"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."
"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."
"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."
(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)
"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"
"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."
(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)
"Elvis is everywhere"
(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)
"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"
(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)
"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"
(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)
"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"
"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"
"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"
(Soul legend, James Brown)
"Before Elvis there was nothing!"
"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges…. producing....no propelling...an unstoppable, fundamental and primordial shift in not only musical... but social, political and cultural history"
(JNP, BBC website)
"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"
( Dr. John Walker)
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The first CD, Las Vegas Moonlight (CD MR 2048-2), contains the December 10, 10 P.M. (dinner) show. This show was previously available on an old import CD in very incomplete form and in poor sound. This new release is taken from different original audience recorded mono master tape. Originally, the concert was long about 82 minutes. Producers decided to edit out 2:30 minutes of Elvis’ dialogue to fit the show on to one compact disc. However, no songs or instrumental band solos were edited. Elvis was in a particularly good mood and his high spirits were evident as he sung "Can't Help Falling In Love" as the second song of the show. This version was performed practically acapela and followed immediately by the closing vamp. Elvis acted like he was going to end the show and left the stage. However he came back immediately and continued with a short but complete "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again", a true live rarity. Elvis then showed his full vocal power in "Trying To Get To You", "You Gave Me A Mountain", and "Just Pretend" to name just a few of the highlights. He dedicates "How Great Thou Art" to his friend evangelist Rex Humbard and near the end of the show performs "My Way" by request for the first time since May 1974. He is unsure in the lyrics and he gets some help from his accompanying singer Sherrill Nielsen during the song which makes this particular performance very special too.
Latest releases from Memory Records:
The Czech fan club label Memory Records will release two new live CDs next week. Both CDs are dedicated to Elvis' appearances in Las Vegas in 1975. The sound of these "audience" recorded CDs has been digitally improved.
Tracklist: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (A 2001 Space Odyssey Theme) - 02. See See Rider - 03. Can't Help Falling In Love (No.1) - 04. Closing Vamp (No.1) - 05. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - 06. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 07. Love Me - 08. Fairytale - 09. And I Love You So - 10. Trying To Get To You - 11. All Shook Up - 12. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 13. You Gave Me A Mountain - 14. Polk Salad Annie - 15. Band Introductions - 16. Johnny B. Goode - 17. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo (Blues by Jerry Scheff) - 19. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) - 20. School Day (No.1) - 21. School Day (No.2) - 22. Just Pretend (with 2 false starts) - 23. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 24. Softly As I Leave You (duet with Sherrill Nielsen) - 25. America (The Beautiful) - 26. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) - 27. My Way (with false start, duet with Sherrill Nielsen) - 28. Blue Christmas - 29. Can't Help Falling In Love (No.2) - 30. Closing Vamp (No.2). Approx. running time: 79:41
The second CD, Springtime In Nevada (CD MR 2049-2) represents ' Spring 1975 Las Vegas engagement. This mono audience recording is previously unreleased and apparaently in very good sound quality. The CD runs for almost 70 minutes. Elvis’ dinner show on March 25 was a very typical concert for this season. Elvis was less chatty and he concentrated more on his singing. His voice was strong again and he gave several solid performances of recent songs, whilst the majority of his old standards were excluded from the set list. Among the best moments of this show are spellbinding performances of his "Stax" numbers "It's Midnight", "Promised Land" and "My Boy". Elvis paid attention to rock and rhythm and blues numbers again and he treated songs like "Big Boss Man", "Burning Love" and "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" with gusto and respect. The latter two tracks are included as special bonuses and were taken from another tape, recorded live during the following spring tour in Tampa, Florida on April 26 at the 8:30 P.M. show.
Tracklist: 01. Opening Vamp / See See Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 03. I Can Help (excerpt) / Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. And I Love You So - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. It's Midnight - 08. Dialogues, jokes - 09. Promised Land - 10. Fairytale - 11. Band Introductions - 12. What'd I Say (instrumental, by James Burton) - 13. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 14. Bass Solo (by Duke Bardwell) - 15. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) - 16. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 17. School Day (Hail Hail Rock'n'Roll) - 18. My Boy - 19. I'll Remember You - 20. Let Me Be There - 21. Heartbreak Hotel - 22. Hound Dog - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp / Announcements. Bonus tracks (Tampa, Florida, 26.04.1975, 8:30 P.M. evening show): 25. Help Me - 26. Burning Love - 27. My Boy - 28. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. - 29. Hawaiian Wedding Song. (News, Source: Czech Elvis Presley Fanclub/Pavel Cernocky)
|James Burton's new guitar: Guitarist James Burton will introduce his brand new signature Flame Fender guitar on stage at the "Elvis Lives" shows in Mol (Belgium). The new series of signature guitars with a Flame look, aren't available until next year. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
|New 'graphic novel' - "The King": Released earlier this year in the US was The King by Rich Koslowski. It was published by Top Shelf Productions (ISBN: 1891830651). The storyline is about an Elvis impersonator in Vegas. It is apparently by the award-winning creator of Three Fingers. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
Love Me Tender: Claire Rowlands and Marc Haries will tie the knot on Saturday - at the Porthcawl Elvis Festival. Claire, a freelance legal representative in criminal courts, and Marc, a local bus driver, will exchange vows in front of thousands of Elvis lookalikes and another Elvis backing group, The Sweet Inspirations. (News/Odd Spot, Source: icWales)
Baptist Hospital - And the walls come tumbling down: Following is a press release from Memphis Bioworks Foundation regarding the demolition of Baptist Hospital, where Elvis was treated on several occasions and where the official prounouncement of his passing occurred and where his daughter Lisa Marie was born.
The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has announced that the implosion of the main
tower of the Baptist Hospital on Union Avenue will occur on November 6, 2005, at
The implosion of the 924,000-square-foot tower is part of the Foundation’s second phase of demolition as it makes way for construction of the UT-Baptist Research Park. The research park will ultimately consist of 1.2 million square feet of laboratory, research, education and business development space located on a 10-acre campus in the heart of the Memphis Medical District. The new campus will integrate research, teaching and biomedical development.
The first phase consisted of the removal of the four-story Service building in January of this year. The eight-story Interns’ Residence and the 10-story Physicians and Surgeons buildings were then imploded in May.
“Once the main tower has been cleared away, we’ll be able to begin work on the centerpiece of our infrastructure development for the city’s biosciences – the UT-Baptist Research Park,” said Dr. Steven J. Bares, Executive Director and President of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. “We now will be able to build highly specialized facilities for Memphis’ growing bioscience community, thereby attracting new companies and further boosting the economic growth of the region.”
Bares added that the clean up and debris removal process is expected to be finished in about 11 months.
The completion of the UT-Baptist Research Park is estimated to take ten years, and will be completed in six phases. The Foundation is executing a business plan that is leveraging Memphis’ unique assets to fulfill the nation’s need for an urban biotech research park. When completed, the entire development will provide $250 million in annual salaries for 5,000 new jobs and $2 billion in annual economic impact.
Memphis Bioworks Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, was formed in early 2001 to establish the Memphis region as an internationally recognized center for biomedical technology. Baptist Memorial Health Care donated its property in the Medical Center to the Foundation for the site of its research park, the focal point of the biomedical and economic development. The research park, which will include an incubation program to develop new businesses in biotechnology, will be the centerpiece of a larger biomedical research and development center. (News, Source: EPE)
Elvis's cousin and The Jordanaires ready to rock "Heartbreak Hotel": His name is Presley, he has a distinctive American accent - and he's performing in Wales. But before you start thinking Elvis is still alive after all, it's not The King taking to the stage. It's the next best thing - his cousin Jerry Presley. And one of the venues he will be appearing at is the Heartbreak Hotel.
Jerry is the first male member of the Presley family to visit the UK. He flew into London last night ahead of the second Porthcawl Elvis Festival, which opens tomorrow. Jerry will be performing five tribute concerts to his iconic cousin during the festival weekend. He decided to travel to Wales from his home in Kansas City for the three-day event after learning about it from the owners of London's Elvisly Yours, which sells Elvis memorabilia.
'The festival's a great idea - it's a good opportunity for fans to hear more about Elvis and his music,' said Jerry, who possesses the unmistakable Presley voice.
The festival will feature Elvis tribute artists from all over the world, including Mario Kombou, recently crowned in Memphis World Champion Elvis tribute.
'There are a lot of good tribute artists out there,' said Jerry, whose great-grandfather was the brother of Elvis's great-grandfather. 'It's amazing that 27 years after his death his popularity continues to grow - you can't say that about any other person. He was The King - there will never be another Elvis Presley.'
Jerry believes Elvis, who died on August 16, 1977, would be a little bemused with his iconic status if he were still alive.
'He never liked being called The King, but as far as the phenomenon of his popularity is concerned, he would give credit to all his fans.'
While millions of people loved Elvis's public persona as the music and film legend, Jerry knew the 'real' Elvis.
'He was a typical, everyday, normal human being,' said Jerry. 'He loved to have fun - he was a big joker.'
Jerry does not see much of Elvis's family. 'I don't see Priscilla or Lisa-Marie too often as they are in another part of the country.'
Jerry has a busy work schedule and stages scores of shows throughout America every year.
'I get a very positive reaction from Elvis's fans,' he said. 'I try to pay tribute to him in a first-class way. I try to keep the shows classy - nothing cheesy.'
Jerry travels with a 16-piece band, The Jordanaires, who were Elvis's original backing singers. He will make his Welsh debut tonight with a performance at The Litten Tree in Bridgend. His other gigs as part of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival will be at Trecco Bay Holiday Park (tomorrow, 9pm); The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl (Saturday, 8pm); Hi-Tide Inn, Porthcawl (Sunday, 1pm) and Heartbreak Hotel, Porthcawl (Sunday, 9pm). The festival, which begins tomorrow and ends on Sunday, was launched last year by organiser Peter Phillips and was a huge success.
'I wanted to do something for Porthcawl and had an idea to put on an award show for Elvis tribute artists to give them the recognition they deserve. I had no idea it would be as big as it was. It was the biggest Elvis festival in Europe and the second biggest in the world. When I went to America people had heard of Porthcawl because of the festival.' (Almost Elvis, Source: icWales)
Stop the presses! Elvis has left the building...at least in Montpelier, Vermont: Sure there are still a few remnants of what is billed on the back of the business card for Charlie-O's as "the nearest shrine to Graceland," – 194 feet separate the Main Street bar and Minuteman Press on State Street where for more than two decades Pinky Clark proudly displayed his impressive collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia.
"That's one of the things I'm known for," says the self-described "Elvis fanatic," who recently sold the print shop that he and his wife, Jean, opened in 1983.
A colorful Elvis-shaped plaque still hangs on one wall and one of Presley's albums sits on the corner of a cluttered tabletop, but folks who have wandered into the Minuteman Press over the past few weeks have surely noticed the change of décor.
"Let's just say Elvis is in storage," jokes Pinky, who is still hoeing out the last of his personal belongings after selling the local Minuteman franchise to Montpelier residents John and Nancy Cunningham. (News, Source: Times Argus)
Elvis by the Presleys CBS News promotion: It's been out for a while now but the CBS News website is still carrying promotion for it this week:
Elvis Presley was an icon who is still, 28 years after his death, loved by millions. While many admired him, few really knew him.
The woman who may have known him best was his ex-wife Priscilla Presley. She shares her memories in a new CBS special called "Elvis By The Presleys".
In the special, Priscilla and Lisa Marie speak with unguarded candor about their lives with the legendary Elvis Presley and offer an intimate look at their family and private life.
"I'm a very shy person. My daughter and I don't do a lot of interviews, but we felt there was a whole new generation of people who were discovering Elvis and his music," Priscilla Presley tells The Early Show in a pre-interview. "There are many books and stories that have been written about him, but there are still so many questions that needed to be answered, so we figured it was time to tell our story. We are sharing some very intimate and personal things, but I really wanted to show the definitive Elvis, warts and all."
Rare interviews with Elvis' first cousin, Patsy Presley Geranen, and Priscilla's parents, Ann and Paul Beaulieu, are also featured.
"My mom is 79, my dad is 80," Priscilla Presley notes. "I felt they had so much to add, and we didn't want them to pass on and feel we let the opportunity go. We knew from the very beginning that this was going to be difficult."
Vintage, never-before-seen performance footage will be interwoven with photographs from the Presley Estate archives and press coverage of Elvis over the years. Private home movies of the Presley family illustrate and illuminate his story with vivid detail, honest insight and great warmth.
Different aspects of Elvis' life, including his tours, his time in Hollywood and his home life, are depicted with the insight that only his family can bring. His career ups and downs, his kindness and generosity and his human frailties are all brought to light as well as a reflection on his place in entertainment history and his enduring legacy.
Stay tuned for Priscilla Presley's inteview Thursday morning.
You can see the special "Elvis By The Presleys" Friday night at 8:00 p.m./ET – 7:00 p.m./CT, on CBS. This week, a companion book and CD, with the same name will also be released. (News, Source: CBS News)
|Thursday 29 September 2005
Christmas Wishes "revised" artwork: Here is the new cover art of the upcoming SONY/BMG budget Christmas release "Christmas Wishes". The CD will be available October 11, 2005. The track listing is: 1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town; 2. White Christmas; 3. Silent Nigh; 4. Silver Bells; 5. It Wont Seem Like Christmas (Without You); 6. The First Noel; 7. Crying In The Chapel; 8. O Come, All Ye Faithful; 9. In My Father’s House; 10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem; 11. Amazing Grace; 12. How Great Thou Art ; 13. An Evening Prayer; 14. His Hand In Mine (News, Source: Elvis News)
Tickets are on sale now for the 2006 EPE Elvis Birthday Celebration: From Graceland: "We will probably be sending out invitations for the Fan Club Brunch in late October to arrive in mailboxes in early November, so be looking out for those. We hope to see you there!" (News, Source: EPE)
Elvis print to aid charity: Elvis artist, Dennis Berry has produced a limited edition print run of his "Vegas" painting and in doing so is helping raise money for the Chestnut Tree House. In 1987, Mr. Berry worked on a painting for the Elvis Presley 10th Anniversary plate that still sells worldwide and features on T.V. and Magazines. Dennis has painted for Paul McCartney and produced a portrait of the UK's Queen mother for the National Gallery in London.
About the print:
Each print is produced on high quality canvas card (250 gsm) and measures
11.7 x 16.6 inches and will be hand signed by the artist. £5.00 from every print sold will be donated to the Chestnut Tree House appeal, the charity for Children with terminal illness that the Elvis Express website supports.
The price for this beautiful print, is just: £37.00.
To order your Limited Edition print of "Vegas", send payment of £37.00 (for each print required) Note - Orders outside of the UK please add £4.00 postage.
Payment can be sent by cheque, postal order and even cash (registered), no money orders please. Please remember to include your name and address with your order.
Send all orders to:
Dennis Berry (Vegas Print)
4 Alder Lane,
ENGLAND (News, Source: Elvis Express)
Elvis The Music website updated: The Elvis website from BMG promoting Elvis' catalogue has been revamped in line with the upcoming release of the "Hitstory" box. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Elvis Christmas show in Denmark: On Saturday December 3 will you get the chance to witness the world premier of an Elvis Christmas show in Randers, Denmark. Terry Blackwood from The Imperials and Glen D. Hardin from the legendary TCB band will attend the show together with a wide line of European singers. Among them are Stephen Ackles (Norway), Jack Baymoore (Sweden) and Maarten Jansen (Holland). You can order tickets for the Elvis Christmas show from either Elvis Unlimited (firstname.lastname@example.org) or from the venue Værket on phone +458913 5110. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
|Ann-Margret to star in "The Santa Claus 3": Ann-Margret will play Tim Allen's mother-in-law, who is waspish and very critical of her daughter. Michael Lembeck is directing the script, which was written by Ed Decter and John Strauss. All three worked on "The Santa Clause 2," the 2002 sequel to the 1994 holiday smash. Ann-Margret was nominated for Oscars for her performances in "Carnal Knowledge" and "Tommy," and starred opposite Elvis Presley in "Viva Las Vegas." Her recent credits include "Taxi," opposite Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah, and a three-episode arc on NBC's "Third Watch" last season. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
|"Fire Down Below" released: A version of Jerry Scheff's song "A Fire Down Below" which was supposed to be released by Wolfgang Hahn in Austria on August 16, 2005 never saw the light. But with the Austrian singer Dennis Jale Jerry will release a single featuring "Fire Down Below" (backed with "That’s When The Real Love Begins") on October 14, 2005.
Beside the two songs the CD will also feature a track with Jerry Scheff talking about the song Fire Down Below that he wrote for Elvis (Elvis never put his vocal on the track that the band recorded because he was sick during the recording sessions that would be his last). There will be a German and a separate English booklet version. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited/Elvis News)
|Elvis Platinum Deluxe Butterfly: The guys at Elvis News came across this little known release on Amazon Germany. Apparently this CD with the original title "Platinum Deluxe Butterfly" was released on the Italy label in February 2005. Besides the cover no further information is available. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis "Live" set for UK release: For release in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2005 is the CD "Live". This release on the Pegasus label is probably another Hayride compilation. (News, Source: Elvis News)
|Wednesday 28 September 2005
|Max Pellicano talks with EIN: 'Elvis To The Max' is a dynamic Elvis tribute show that has been thrilling Australian audiences for over a decade. Unlike most Elvis imitators Max Pellicano is a trained actor who manages to capture the style, vocals & magic of an Elvis performance. EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed Max Pellicano in Tweed Heads last week, to find out more about 'Elvis To The Max'. (Interview, Source: EIN)
Bill E. Burk identifies two previously unknown "early" shows by Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys: In their continuing search for early gigs that Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys played, gigs that have not been listed anywhere before, Bill & Connie Burk have found another small town where the trio played. Full details will appear in Bill's excellent quarterly magazine, Elvis World #78. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Supplies of "Elvis The Concert Years" not limited: Bill E. Burk tells us that contrary to hyped advertising posted elsewhere this week, supply of this great coffee table book is anything but "limited."
Years ago, Norway's Pal Granlund reached an agreement with Bill whereby he took possession of his remaining stock (numbering in the 100's).
At a size of 8x11 (A-4) and weighing 5 pounds (2.5 kg) . . . this book reports on all of Elvis' concerts from his return to the stage in 1969 to the last one. Brilliant color photographs are included throughout the book, edited by Stein-Erik Skar and printed in perfect English.
CONCERT YEARS is the most-inclusive book ever written on E's concerts during those years. Bill has long ranked it as the #1 Elvis book ever published.
Bill's Elvis World sells it at two bargain prices:
+ US$65 + shipping to the general public
+ US$50 + shipping to EW subscribers
To order a copy of Elvis The Concert Years email Bill (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
"King of the Mountain" - another brooding epic: This is a reminder of what we have been missing with Kate Bush's absence. Tori Amos, Björk and others have attempted to eclipse Bush's otherworldliness, musicality and sheer weirdness, but none has come close and King Of The Mountain shows why.
It's a brooding epic which begins with an ominous guitar riff before that instantly recognisable voice charges in. "Could you see the aisles of women? Could you see them screaming and weeping?" she asks.
As ever, she is too subtle a writer to offer answers to who the king is and where his mountain might be, but there are references to Elvis (Presley?) and Rosebud, the talismanic sledge in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane.
The allegorical lyrical mystery makes her music more alluring. Bush was always a uniquely physical writer, but the more this song progresses, the more she sounds buffeted by the elements atop a frozen mountain. Gales howl around her before she concludes: "The wind, it blows the door closed." It is not easy listening, but it is a landmark work. I can't wait for Aerial. (See also 27 & 23 September) (News, Source: This Is London)
|In bed with Priscilla : One of Australia's biggest selling women's magazines, Womnan's Day, features a two-page article about Priscilla as promotion for her upcoming new range of homewares, "The Priscilla Presley Collection" (see 26 Sep 2005). (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
|Crying In the Chapel/In The Ghetto "reggae" mixes "hot sellers": This two track CD and vinyl single (and a number of other "reggae" mixes of Elvis songs) is changing hands on ebay and through private sales for up to US$75.00, yet its list price is less than US$10.00! EIN has listened to the remixes and cautions buyers - they really aren't very inspiring. Click to listen to a sample of each song. A much better buy is the underground" remix of the "I Shall Be Released/It's Only Love" medley ". (News, Source: ebay/various)
|Tuesday 27 September 2005
CKX, Inc. to acquire and shut down 'Elvis' Themed Museum in Las Vegas - Company Will cease operations, clearing path for major themed attractions in Las Vegas and independent attraction in Hawaii: CKX, Inc. (Nasdaq: CKXE) announced today that its subsidiary, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., has agreed to acquire the assets of the Elvis-A-Rama museum, located off the strip in Las Vegas, including the trademark to the name "Elvis-A-Rama," the related website and a substantial portion of the memorabilia currently on display at the Las Vegas-based establishment. The existing museum will be permanently closed and the Elvis-A-Rama name retired as part of CKX's overall plan to bring a world class Elvis-themed attraction to the Las Vegas strip.
Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and CEO of CKX commented, "As we have mentioned on numerous occasions, establishing a major presence for the 'Elvis' brand in Las Vegas is an important priority of the company. The closure of the museum together with the purchase of the artifacts and memorabilia currently located there, clears the way for implementation of our plan."
CKX is acquiring these assets from Chris Davidson and certain other minority partners. Mr. Davidson has been collecting Elvis memorabilia for over ten years and is among the world's most well known private collectors of such items.
As part of the purchase, the Company will grant to Mr. Davidson the right to open a licensed Elvis-themed museum in Hawaii, a location often associated with Mr. Presley. In addition to receipt of the licensing fee, the Company will retain the right to acquire a significant equity interest in the Hawaiian operations. Hawaii served as the location for three of Mr. Presley's films and perhaps most famously, was home to the 1973 concert "Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii," which was broadcast worldwide and ultimately viewed by more than 1.5 billion people around the world. (News, Source: EPE)
|New Elvis nail polish: From OPI Nail Lacquer in the US, comes A Little Less Conversation. New color in the"limited edition" “All Shook Up“ Collection! (News, Source: Amber Smith)
: Elvis has entered the mail! According to the manufacturer, a new boxed set of Elvis note cards is a must have for any Elvis fan. The box is designed in black velvet and gold sparkles while the cards inside feature five crisp, colorful shots of "The King" in concert. Unfortunately there is no artwork for us to view. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Lyrics to new Elvis tribute song by Kate Bush: Kate Bush's "haunting" tribute to Elvis is starting to get airplay in the UK. Here are the lyrics to what is a great song (News, Source: Sanja Meegin):
King of the Mountain
Could you see the aisles of women?
Could you see them screaming and weeping?
Could you see the storm rising?
Could you see the guy who was driving?
Could you climb higher and higher?
Could you climb right over the top?
Why does a multi-millionaire
Fill up his home with priceless junk?
The wind is whistling
The wind is whistling
Through the house
Elvis are you out there somewhere
Looking like a happy man?
In the snow with Rosebud
And king of the mountain
Another Hollywood waitress
Is telling us she's having your baby
And there's a rumour that you're on ice
And you will rise again someday
And that there's a photograph
Where you're dancing on your grave
The wind is whistling
The wind is whistling
Through the house
Elvis are you out there somewhere
Looking like a happy man?
In the snow with Rosebud
And king of the mountain
The wind it blows
The wind it blows the door closed
Written and Produced by Kate Bush
|Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth (Book Review): This is the most controversial book about Elvis in years. The strength of Desert Storm is its willingness to openly confront and seriously question widely accepted positions in the Elvis world. The reader doesn't have to accept all of the author's arguments but if read with an open mind, the book is a rich and rewarding experience. (Book Review, Source: EIN)
Elvis & United Nations concert update: There has been much confusion and uncertainty concerning our earlier reports that the Elvis recording, If I Can Dream, was being considered for inclusion in the UN 60th Anniversary concert - a concert which now appears uncertain. Brian Quinn sent EIN the following message which at least clears up why Robert Stigwood (see 24 September) couldn't recall saying the song would be used: "Just read your article about the United Nations and Elvis being featured with 'If I Can Dream'. In the article you mention Robert Stigwood. In fact the Producer of the Show is Stig Edgren of 'Elvis The Concert' fame and not Robert Stigwood". (News, Source: Brian Quinn)
|Amazing Elvis Detector for your mobile phone: Available is a new Elvis game for your mobile phone. The game is titled the "Amazing Elvis Detector". Synopsis: Amazing Elvis Detector uses some of the most advanced mathematical-tabloid algorithms available to detect the King's presence. Simply leave Amazing Elvis Detector running on your handset and you'll be alerted; Elvis has left the building, Questionable Elvis Vibe, or Full-on Elvis Alert. If your Elvis detector goes off, you'll hear and see the detector leap into action the rest is up to you. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Aussie chart update: Elvis By The Presleys slipped eleven places to #33 on this week's ARIA Music DVD Top 40 chart. It has been on the chart for 14 weeks having reached a peak of #3. While it remains on the chart sales are sluggish as it is still to reach double platinum (30,000 units sold) status. (News, Source: ARIA)
The Priscilla Presley Collection: AUSTRALIAN businessman Bruno Schiavi took Delta Goodrem's knickers to the world and now he's climbing into bed with Priscilla Presley. Schiavi has joined forces with Presley to release a range of bed linen, robes, slippers, towels and candles.
"We are out in the world fighting battles every single day and the one place you come home to is a place that is like your bedroom that is a sanctuary for you," Presley said from her Los Angeles home.
"I love the fabrics. The collection shows versatility, uniqueness and style."
Schiavi relocated from Sydney to Los Angeles earlier this year to work with Presley on the collection which will be released in Australia in February next year.
"I am hands on with this with Bruno," said Elvis' ex, who also has her own perfume range. "I could never just lend my name and have somebody do all the work for me. I would feel like I am cheating myself and cheating the consumer."
Schiavi, who was this week listed in BRW magazine's young rich list, said he is often approached by celebrities looking to broaden their markets. The businessman specialises in working with high profile people and in the past has mostly worked on marketing lingerie ranges for celebrities, among them Delta Goodrem. He said the most important part of his endeavours is feeling a connection with the person he is working with.
"I could have met Priscilla and she could have been lovely but at the same time, if I didn't think we could work together, I wouldn't have gone ahead," Schiavi, 33, said. "Being a global launch, it is a huge challenge for my company and I have got to make sure this partnership actually lasts for a long time."
Schiavi is in negotiations with retail outlets internationally to distribute the Presley collection. Priscilla Presley will come to Australia in February or March 2006 to launch the first range.
"February is when I am hoping to come for the launch," she said. "And that gives me a chance to meet up with some friends that I have there too and share what we have created and hope that they are as excited as we are."
The Priscilla Presley Collection will consist of nine lines, with the bed linen made of fine egyptian cottons and in a range of colours from whites to browns, gold and green. One line was inspired by a favourite pair of Presley's pants.
Presley was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973 and has two children, Lisa Marie Presley and Navarone Garibaldi. Aside from her new business venture, Presley has been working on the release of the Elvis by the Presleys book and DVD.
"I have been taken aback by the success of both the DVD and the book," she said. "I couldn't be happier and I know that means a lot to the (Elvis Presley) Estate. "Again, it shows that Elvis certainly is probably more popular than he was when he was alive. His legacy just keeps going." (News, Source: AP/Sanja Meegin)
|"Corny Elvis": Elvis picture that’s cut into the "corn" at Resnick in the UK. Let's hope it's not aliens at work! (News/Odd Spot, Source: Sanja Meegin)
EPE rhetoric surfaces again: EIN has no problems with fair promotion, but when a major Broadway "Elvis" musical has gone under in the midst of internal troubles, the least we can expect is balanced reporting from EPE. However, the financially troubled and internally doomed "All Shook Up" gets the 'rosy cheeked' and selectively omitting facts treatment from the "corporation":
All Shook Up, the Elvis-inspired musical that opened on Broadway on March 24 at the Palace Theatre ends its run on September 25. All Shook Up plays Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. See it on Broadway if you can. If not, do not despair. Watch for an announcement in 2006 when this delightful musical is expected to hit the road, maybe coming to a town near you! (News, Source: EPE)
|'Too Much Monkey Business' (FTD review): EIN looks back at this FTD 'special extra' release from 2000. It focussed on the Nashville "Young 'Un Sound" overdub
sessions organised by Elvis' associate producer Felton Jarvis in early
1980. While there are a few hidden gems, in the end these sessions
charmingly emphasise just how much Elvis really was the true producer of
his own recordings. (FTD Review, Source: EIN)
Robbie Williams asks Elvis to grant him serenity! It's nice to know that talented superstar Robbie Williams appreciates the spirit of Elvis. Of course all great fans have Elvis tattoos and Robbie is no exception. The tattoo on his right shouder asking Elvis, "Grant Me Serenity".
(News, Source: Sanja Meegin, EIN)
Elvis’ home Audubon Drive wins historic site nomination: There are no jungle rooms at 1034 Audubon Drive, no gold records and no pink Cadillacs.
But this modest ranch-style house in the Audubon Park Subdivision of southeast Memphis shares a history with Graceland, the famous white-columned mansion more than 10 miles away. The house Elvis Presley purchased at age 21, a home that his fame quickly outgrew, has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. The State Review Board approved the nomination Tuesday and now it moves on — just as Graceland did in 1991 — for approval at the national level.
Judith Johnson, an architecture historian in Memphis, helped the private owners put the house up for nomination. No stranger to Elvis history, Johnson was involved in protecting from demolition a Memphis public housing unit, Lauderdale Courts, where Elvis spent his teenage years. Now she’s hoping to put another Elvis homestead on the map.
Bought with his first royalty checks from RCA Studio on March 8, 1956, Elvis, his parents and grandmother lived in the four-bedroom house for only a year.One month after moving in, his single "Heartbreak Hotel" hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, ultimately ending any privacy he had in the neighborhood.
Crowds of fans lined the suburban street and police frequently had to be called in to handle the growing problem. This massive, and often emotional, response by fans to Elvis and his music would come to characterize the rest of his life and career.
While Graceland is synonymous with the rock ’n’ roll legend, Johnson said, the little Audubon Drive house represents another period of Elvis’ life.
"The house represents the transition from being an unknown singer to a superstar," said Mike Freeman, one of the current owners. "Things changed forever for him in that house."
A Life magazine article from August 1956 had pictures of teenage girls sitting with their ears pressed to his bedroom wall and picking through the grass in his yard for souvenirs. "He really made his most significant impact on our culture while he lived in this home," Johnson said.
Freeman said that what made Elvis different from other musicians and celebrities was his affection for his fans, no matter how large the crowds. "He would never call the police," Freeman said. "He’d go out there and sign autographs."
In the short time the family was there, Elvis had a 50-footlong granite pool installed in the backyard and a den added to the house, according to records. The pool was the largest residential pool in Memphis when he built it.
Many of Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs of the emerging musician were shot at this house, chronicling Elvis’ growing fame and fortune. These photographs helped the owners recreate the interior decoration as close as possible with period furniture from the 1950s. In March 1957, Elvis swapped the house on Audubon Drive for a 14-acre estate with a two-story colonial already known as Graceland, a home that Elvis would make famous. (News, Source: Kristin Hall: AP)
|Saturday 24 September 2005
|Elvis' involvement with U.N. 60th Anniversary concert now uncertain:
Earlier reports of Elvis' 'If I Can Dream' performance being a key song in the televised 60th Anniversary celebrations of the United Nations now seem uncertain. EIN contacted EPE who confirmed that they would be delighted if Elvis was part of the celebrations. However Robert Stigwood was puzzled by the quote from him, which he now can't recall. 'Stig' said that with all that is going on with the UN at present, it is not certain yet whether the show will actually happen. Whether Elvis & 'If I Can Dream' will be a part of the show depends on the many factors involved in putting the production together, but EPE will not be an obstacle. EPE told EIN that if it the show is confirmed and Elvis is involved, they will issue an e-newsletter alert. (News, Source: EIN)
|‘Elvis To The Max’ is back! One of the world’s very best Elvis impersonators Max Pellicano is back in Australia for a 10 week tour. His first concert in Melbourne was described by fans as awesome. His voice was tremendous and the packed crowd of 700 truly felt the power of Elvis, as Max’s performance blew the roof off the house! Max’s tour also includes 3 performances next weekend at Sydney’s Star Casino. Check out Sanja Meegin’s concert review & photos, plus full concerts dates. Don’t miss out. (Almost Elvis, Source: EIN)
|Elvis goes Reggae! 'All Shook Up - A Reggae Tribute To The King', the very first collection of Elvis covers, reggae style, is being released by Trojan Records on Nov 21, 2005. Following on from their excellent 2004 CD 'Is it Rolling Bob?: A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan' this album pays homage to The King in what would have been his 70th year. Jamaica has never had song copyright laws and so mainstream artists such as Jim Reeves, the Beatles, and Elvis were hugely popular in Jamaica throughout the 60s and 70s with reggae versions of their hits a common occurrence. In 1969 The Heptones had a smash hit with their reggae 'Suspicious Minds' cover.
'All Shook Up' includes Chaka Demus & Pliers (who made the Australian Top 20 in 1993 with 'Tease Me' & 'Twist & Shout') covering Don't Be Cruel. Other highlights are Hortense Ellis' Suspicious Minds, by super-producer Lee Perry, and Jackie Edwards' superb version of the title track. Interestingly the earlier 'Is It Rolling Bob?' featured a reggae version of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right' a song released by both Elvis & Bob Dylan. Elvis fans may also remember 1991's extraordinary band Dread Zeppelin who toured Australia playing Led Zeppelin songs sung reggae style with an Elvis vocalist! If you saw them live it was a totally weird concept that worked extremely well! So for fans of Elvis, reggae & the bizarre this new CD will be a must-have purchase. Capitalising on Elvis’ recent singles success in the UK and its large reggae fan-base, the CD features reggae-fied versions of 10 Elvis #1s, including the UK's 1000th #1 single One Night.
'All Shook Up - A Reggae Tribute To The King'
01. Don't Be Cruel - Chaka Demus & Pliers
02. Love Me Tender - Slim Smith
03. All Shook Up - Jackie Edwards
04. One Night - Jackie Brown
05. It's Now Or Never - Cornel Campbell
06. Are You Lonesome Tonight - Pat Kelly
07. Wooden Heart - Hortense Ellis
08. Kiss Me Quick - Keeling Beckford
09. Suspicion - Jimmy London
10. Frankie And Johnny - Eugene Paul
11. Love Letters - Alton & Phyllis
12. You'll Never Walk Alone - Vic Taylor
13. How Great Thou Art - Cedric Poitier with Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
14. In The Ghetto - Susan Cadogan
15. Suspicious Minds - Hortense Ellis
16. The Wonder Of You - Lloyd Parks
17. Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Bob Andy
18. Always On My Mind - Barbara Jones
19. The Impossible Dream - Ken Boothe
20. For The Good Times - Lloyd Charmers
21. Fever - Junior Byles
22. Lovin' Arms - Al Brown
23. Pledging My Love - John Holt
(News, Source: EIN/Sanctuary Record)
New Kate Bush song is tribute to Elvis: The new Kate Bush song "King of the Mountain" is about the legendary Elvis Presley! It is quite a hypnotic song with a driving musical beat which is sure to cause quite a commotion, and likely to become a major hit for the singer. Kate is one of the most original artists in the popular music world. Her very unusual songs are both imaginative and poetic. Her return to the charts will be welcomed by discerning listeners everywhere. Elvis fans will be delighted. (News, Source: Maurice Colgan)
|"The King of Western Bop" now on vinyl: Previously released on CD, t he budget SUN release "The King Of Western Bop" has now been remastered and collected on vinyl by Simply Vinyl. The double LP represents the first steps into the recording studio of Popular Music’s biggest ever icon. The 27 tracks include early takes in progress and studio conversations between Elvis and his producers, these are the tracks that took him to the verge of being the greatest Rock 'n' Roll icon in the world. These songs document the process of the Hillbilly Cat from Memphis, the king of western bop, becoming simply The King and the music contained here documents the seed-sowing of what we now know as Rock and Roll. (News, Source: Elvis News)
1 Just Because
2 Blue Moon Of Kentucky Discarded Take
3 Blue Moon of Kentucky
4 Harbor Lights
5 I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') discarded take
6 I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
7 That's All Right discarded takes
8 That's Alright
1 That's All Right (Live Radio KWKH)
2 Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Live Radio KWKH)
3 My Baby's Gone (I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone) - discarded take
4 My Baby's Gone (I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone)
5 I Love You Because discarded take
6 I Love You Because
1 Tomorrow Night
2 I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine discarded take
3 I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
4 Good Rockin' Tonight
5 Blue Moon discarded take
6 Blue Moon discarded takes
7 Blue Moon
1 You're A Heartbreaker
2 Milk Cow Blues Boogie
3 My Happiness
4 That's When Your Heartaches Begin
5 I'll Never Stand In Your Way
6 (It Wouldn't Be The Same) Without You
From the Archives #1: Today we add a new segment to the site. From time to time we will dip into the vast Elvis archives to bring you items of historical interest.
1 July 1973 - "Nashville, Tennessee met with Elvis in the flesh. Elvis did two shows to capacity audiences of 10,000 each and grossed $180,000 for the day. A record! There were requests for nearly 100,000 tickets and it must have made the promoters ill to have to return all that cash people had sent in for mail order tickets". (Source: Dave Bouska, Strictly Elvis #66, October 1973)
New DVD & book release - "Elvis Presley - Music In Review": Set for release by Classic Rock Legends on 28 November 28 2005 is the biography DVD "Elvis Presley - Music In Review". The set will contain two discs and a book and the DVD is region 2. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Glen D. Hardin added to Elvis Christmas Show in Sweden: Glen D. Hardin has been added to the line-up at the Elvis Christmas show in Randers, Denmark on December 3 and in Uddevalla, Sweden on December 4. Glen played piano for Elvis in the legendary TCB band from 1970 to 1976.
Besides playing for Elvis did he also work with some of the greatest names in showbiz. Among them are names like: Emmylou Harris, Marty Robbins, John Denver, Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr, Sonny & Cher, Dean Martin, Linda Ronstadt, Ike & Tina Turner, Tammy Wynette, Roy Orbison and many
Glen l perform with Terry Blackwood and a wide line of European singers. Among them are Stephen Ackles (Norway), Jack Baymoore (Sweden) and Maarten Jansen (Holland).
If you would like to order a ticket for the show can you contact either the venue at phone +45 8913 5110 or Elvis Unlimited at email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
|Thursday 22 September 2005
|"Elvis Songs from the Movies" longbox edition: Timeless Media Group has released a 3 CD box containing 36 songs from Elvis' movies. The product is licensed by BMG/Sony and is available in the U.S.A. On 6 September we showed you the double jewelcase edition, here is the longbox version.
Each CD contains 12 songs, spanning from the mid 50's to the late 60's. The first CD starts with Love Me Tender and CD 3 ends with Rubberneckin'. (News, Source: Elvis Is Still Active In Norway /Elvis News)
Elvis & Bob Dylan: If you are interested in Elvis and Bob Dylan we recommend you click here to view some interesting video footage. "Real Player" needed. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Britain's answer to Elvis blames radio ban for ending his recording career: (This is isn't about Elvis but should interest many readers as it concerns Britain's "Elvis", Cliff Richard). For his diehard fans it will be a cause for dismay. Others might see it as an excuse for a celebration. Either way, Cliff Richard's announcement that he will not be releasing any more records closes the door on one of the most prolific careers in popular music. Sir Cliff's music is no longer as popular as it was - at least not with the arbiters of taste at UK radio stations. The 64-year-old yesterday blamed an unofficial boycott for driving him out of the recording industry. (News, Source: The Guardian)
|Former Elvis impersonator is new front man for INXS: AUSTRALIAN rock band INXS claim their new singer has been approved by Michael Hutchence. Canadian JD Fortune -- a former Elvis impersonator who was so broke he slept in his car -- was chosen to replace the late Hutchence on yesterday's finale of reality TV show Rock Star. INXS guitarist Tim Farriss said a surprise thunderstorm in LA yesterday -- the day they had to choose their new singer -- was a sign from Hutchence; it had not rained the entire time they had been in Hollywood to film Rock Star. (News, Source: Herald Sun/Sanja Meegin)
Welcome: New lead singer of INXS J.D. Fortune (third left) with band members Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, Andrew Farriss and Garry Beers.
"Red Elvis" painting sparks court battle: Swedish heiress Kersten Lindholm of Greenwich is fighting a court ruling that declared newsprint magnate Peter Brant the rightful owner of "Red Elvis," a 6-foot-tall painting that features 36 identical images of Elvis Presley's face. Brant bought the painting five years ago from Lindholm's art dealer, who was later convicted of stealing it. Last month, after a three-year legal battle, a Stamford Superior Court judge ruled Brant the rightful owner of the painting.
Lindholm had filed a civil suit alleging that Brant and Swedish art dealer Anders Malmberg conspired to buy the painting without her permission. Lindholm's attorney, Lawrence Weinstein of Proskauer Rose in Manhattan, said she filed an appeal last week.
Brant, a longtime Warhol collector, paid $2.9 million to buy the painting from Malmberg, who had represented Lindholm in many art transactions, according to court documents. The painting is now in Brant's private collection. Court papers indicate that Malmberg lied and said he had bought the painting from Lindholm, then offered to sell it to Brant.
But Lindholm alleges in her lawsuit that Brant knew she owned the painting and conspired with Malmberg to buy it. Superior Court Judge Chase Rogers ruled last month that Brant made a reasonable effort to confirm that Malmberg was authorized to sell the painting.
"This decision basically vindicates Mr. Brant as the innocent purchaser who paid fair value for the painting," said his Stamford attorney, Jay Sandak. "Mrs. Lindholm was wronged by Malmberg."
Weinstein said Brant's due diligence should have alerted him that the painting could not be sold because of a court order barring the sale of property while Kersten Lindholm was divorcing her husband, Magnus. Kersten Lindholm's lawsuit sought the return of the painting, monetary damages of not less than $12 million, and punitive damages. Brant bought the painting while it was on exhibit in Europe as part of a Warhol tour put on by the Guggenheim Museum of New York.
In 2003, Malmberg began serving a three-year term in Sweden on criminal theft charges in connection with the sale of "Red Elvis." He has not paid Kersten Lindholm the $2.9 million sale price of the painting.
"He appears to be judgment proof," Weinstein said. "If he has any assets he has hidden them very well." (News/Odd Spot, Source: Boston News/Sanja Meegin)
|Wednesday 21 September 2005
All Shook Up to close: Not surprisingly (see our earlier stories dated 19, 18 & 15 September), All Shook Up, the Elvis-inspired musical that stars Cheyenne Jackson and Jenn Gambatese, will play its final performance at the Palace Theatre Sept. 25.
All Shook Up began previews on Broadway Feb. 20 with an official opening March 24. The musical will have played 33 previews and 213 regular performances. A national tour of the musical, according to a press statement, is being planned.
All Shook Up, which boasts a cast of 30, also features Jonathan Hadary, Leah Hocking, Curtis Holbrook, Nikki M. James, John Jellison, Alix Korey, Mark Price and Sharon Wilkins. The musical has a book by Joe DiPietro, choreography by Ken Roberson with additional choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Christopher Ashley directed.
All Shook Up tells the story of "a small town girl (Gambatese) who dreams of hitting the open road, and the guitar-playing stranger (Jackson) who brings romance, rebellion and rock 'n' roll into her life." Among the Presley tunes heard in the show are "Heartbreak Hotel," "Burning Love," "Love Me Tender," "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Jailhouse Rock," "Blue Suede Shoes," "A Little Less Conversation," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel" and "All Shook Up."
All Shook Up plays Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. (News, Source: Playbill)
The show was performed on Sunday, March 25 - 1961 at 8.30 P.M. at the Bloch Arena in Pearl Harbor. There were 4000 tickets sold in the price range from $3 - $10, and an additional 100 tickets of $100 each were reserved for a special ringside section in the bloch arena. 50 of these tickets were bought by Elvis and The Colonel and donated to patients from the Tripler Hospital.Elvis' benefit concert raised over $65,000 for the USS Arizona memorial building fund. All proceeds went directly to the project, without anything held for expenses. Even Elvis and the Colonel had to buy a ticket to get into the show. This show created one of the biggest private donations to the memorial fund.
|Plaque for Arizona Memorial: Elvis documentary maker and Elvis Express regular, Bernard Roughton has told Elvis Express he was able to gain access to the Bloch Arena Nr Pearl Harbour, Oahu, Hawaii last month. This is not an easy task to do as a civilian because you need permission from the base commander.
Elvis wore his gold lame jacket and black dress pants. This would be the last time Elvis would ever wear the gold lame jacket. The concert itself would become the last performance on stage till Elvis return on stage, almost 8 years later in Las Vegas in 1969.One week after Bernards visit to the arena, Lisa Marie Presley & her son, plus about 10 other people, also visited the arena, wanting to see where her Dad did the fund-raising concert for the USS Arizona Memorial.
As you probably know, there is NO OFFICIAL plaque commemorating this concert at Pearl Harbour, or the Bloch Arena. But Bernard has found out that Tom Hulet (Concerts West?) has agreed to donate a plaque & there is a place on the outer wall which has been discussed as a possible site, but the U.S. Naval Authorities are not keen on the idea of commemorating one of, if not the single biggest and generous private donation by Elvis Presley in helping to build the memorial.
There is however, a small "non-official" display in a corridor leading to the arena, due purely to the efforts of a fan who works near there, but a proper, "Official" plaque is needed.
Let's get Lisa Marie on board and get Elvis recognised for his part in honouring the many who lost their lives on December 7th 1941. Send your emails to Lisa Marie at email@example.com (News, Source: Bernard Roughton/Elvis Express)
Biggest Elvis festival in Europe: Porthcawl Elvis Festival this year takes in 26 venues and more than 80 different events and is the biggest Elvis Festival in Europe.
It starts officially on Friday 30th September with a champagne reception at the Grand Pavilion on the town's Esplanade. As it gets dark, the Elvis themed fairground at Coney Beach will come to life at 50p per ride and the 'Heartbreak Hotel' hosts an Elvis Speed dating evening before the opening heats of the Best Festival Elvis Karaoke Competition.
The following artistes will also be performing at various locations around Porthcawl throughout the weekend:
Martin Elvis from Malta, Colbert Hamilton from London, Jelvis from Swansea, MT Knight from Pontypridd, Mark Leen from Ireland, Leigh 'GI' Casling from St Albans, Welsh Elvis Dave Smith from Aberdare, Mario Kombou from London's West End, The Paul Black Tribute Band from Merthyr, Andrew Morgan from Llanharry, Dale Corcoran from Canada, Mark Adey from Llantwit Fardre, Marc George from Penydarren, Gareth Elvis from Bridgend, Southern Storm from Porthcawl and 'Stars in Their Eyes' winner Gordon Hendricks. (News/Almost Elvis, Source: News Wales/Sanja Meegin)
|Joel Hirschborn dies: Joel Hirschhorn, who shared two Academy Awards for theme songs in "The Poseidon Adventure" (1973) and "The Towering Inferno," (1975) has died. He was 67. Hirschhorn died Sunday of a heart attack at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, his wife, documentary producer Jennifer Carter Hirschhorn, said Monday. He had broken his shoulder in a fall Friday night, she said.
Hirschhorn's songs sold more than 90 million records, were featured in 20 movies and were recorded by various artists. Elvis recorded his song "Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby" in 1967 for the movie soundtrack of "Speedway". Two years later, Hirschhorn and Kasha, who co-wrote the Elvis track, were nominated for a pair of Oscars for songs from the Disney animated film "Pete's Dragon." Hirschhorn and Kasha also received two Tony Award nominations.
(News, Source: AP)
|Tuesday 20 September 2005
|Memphis Recording Service: Joseph Pirzada has provided EIN with several visuals for his upcoming book, audio DVD and vinyl single project. (News, Source: Joseph Pirzada)
|Elvis On Stamps (Book Review): The world of Elvis stamps is a visually colorful and expressive one. EIN takes a look inside Ronald King's glorious hardcover release devoted to the subject. (Book Review, Source: EIN)
|Elvis The Documentaries - upcoming Tunzi book release update: On 1 November 2005, J.A.T. Publishing will release "Elvis The Documentaries". Joseph Tunzi has put together a 136-page photo journal that will take you into Elvis Presley's two acclaimed documentaries, "That's The Way It Is", and Golden Globe winner "Elvis On Tour".
This project contains about 228 pictures, some memorabilia pages, documents related to these two movies, details on the studio sessions, rehearsals, live recordings and filmings of these two documentaries. The text part of the book is similar to "Sessions III" in its presentation and has been updated.
The layout of the book is different than previous books from J.A.T. Publishing. There are some additions to the book since it contains a nice unpublished publicity photograph from the movie "Change Of Habit". The section on the movie "That's The Way It Is" is about 64 pages and features photographs from all the rehearsals and all the shows up to August 14th, 1970 midnight show excepted for the August 13th, 1970 midnight show. This section of the book is completed with photographs of the first show of the September 1970 tour in Phoenix, AZ.
The "Elvis On Tour" section features as well numerous pictures taken during the filming of this project. There are shots from different locations such as Hampton Rds, VA. evening show, Richmond, VA, Indianapolis, IN, Greensboro, NC, Macon ,GA (both shows), Jacksonville, FL (both shows), San Antonio, TX, Albuquerque, NM and finally some from the August 4th, 1972 opening and August 5th, 1972 in Las Vegas. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis "Charro" Chapel mystery deepens: On 8 September we published a story that the chapel donated to Superstition Mountain Museum was not the chapel featured in Charro. We have now been contacted by Philip Rauso Jr. whose research is at odds with our earlier story. Philip says:
|"My name is Philip Rauso, Jr. and I am a historian for the area of Apache Junction, particularly, Apacheland Movie Ranch and other movie making locations in the area. I read a recent posting on your website by a man named Tim Casara. He said that the church the Superstition Mountain Museum is looking to preserve is bogus and is not the same building from 1969 Elvis movie “Charro!”I have researched the building for the past 10 years and I can assure you that it is in fact the very same building that was in “Charro!” the movie. After the building was damaged by canon fire in the movie, the only way to save the building was to add certain features to it to cover up the damage. Photos on my site show the current building in the same position and location as the original building. Other photos show CLEARLY that it is exactly the same building right down to the fancy trim under the overhangs and the mountain bluffs and shrubbery in the background… they match identically.
I applaud the efforts of the Superstition Mountain Museum for saving this piece of Elvis history and am proud to have been a part of helping to raise funds for it. When the building is completed and moved to its new location in the near future, I hope to put my vast collection of “Charro!” artifacts, including his cement footprints, on display. I am also helping with efforts to building “The Arizona Cowboy Museum” in the same location that many desert scenes were filmed in “Charro!” and many other western movies and TV shows. I will also be putting up a “Charro!” display at this location and hope the two museums will compliment each other".
You can read more about these efforts on the museum website: http://www.ApachelandMuseum.com and contact Philip by email: info@ApachelandMuseum.com (News, Source: Philip Rauso, Jr.)
No Emmy Awards for "Elvis":
The CBS mini-series, Elvis, was nominated in six categories but failed to receive one award. The categories were:
- Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie - Jonathan Rhys Meyers
- Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie - Randy Quaid
- Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie - Camryn Manheim
- Casting, Miniseries, Movie or Special
- Costuming, Miniseries, Movie or Special (News, Source: Yahoo TV)
USA release of "Hitstory" delayed: Sony BMG's originally annnounced October 4 release date for Elvis Presley: The Rest Is 'Hitstory' has been changed to October 11. (News, Source: EPE)
|'Elvis Seriously': Commentator Mike Handley wonders why, after Elvis was rightly crowned the 'Artist Of The Century', the brilliance of Elvis' voice is too often ignored - and also misunderstood by people who should definitely know better. (Spotlight, Source: Mike Handley, EIN; 2005)
"All Shook Up" stumbles along but "Lennon" gone: More bad news for fans of the jukebox musical: "Lennon" will shut up shop on Sept. 24. Gotham criitics slaughtered the Yoko-approved tuner about the life and music of John Lennon, and audiences seemed to agree. The dismal attendance figures of the $7 million "Lennon" follow in the wake of "Good Vibrations," the Beach Boys musical that wiped out last season.
The Elvis offering currently on the boards, "All Shook Up," (see 15 & 18 September) continues to struggle at the box office, playing to 37% capacity last week. Next in the firing line: a bio of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, "Jersey Boys," opening Nov. 6 at the newly rechristened August Wilson. (News, Source: Variety)
"Elvis & the Memphis Mafia" Aussie release:
Alanna Nash's book, Elvis & the Memphis Mafia
, will be released in Australia in mid October. It is the long awaited re-issue of the author's critically acclaimed Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations of the Memphis Mafia
. The book is one of the best ever written about Elvis and features the detailed recollections of Memphis Mafia members Lamar Fike, Billy Smith and Marty Lacker. (News, Source: Bookwise International)
BMG Canada update: The 18 UK #1 singles box set will be released as a pre-filled box in Canada too on November 1st. 2005. The Box will have the same look and feel as the one that the UK released earlier this year but the singles will not be numbered and slightly slimmer as the singles will have no inner sleeves. The disks itself will be black CDs with a vinyl look.
The "Elvis Hitstory" box will be released on October 11th. and one week later the "Christmas Wishes" CD will be released as the new mid price Elvis Christmas package with the usual 14 Christmas songs. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis performed on X Factor: Elvis Presley performed for the X Factor judges on Saturday night’s show.
But wasn’t the real king of rock and roll hoping to impress Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell and make it through to the finals of the ITV1 talent show. Instead the judges were forced to listen to the north of England’s own Elvis Presley – a man from Scomersdale who had changed his name to that of the legendry music star.
Sadly this Elvis left the building after receiving a unanimous “no” vote from the trio who decided the hopeful just didn’t live up to his name.
“I think you’re more Shakin’ Stevens than Elvis Presley,” Louis told Elvis after his audition.
“Hmm, I think you’re more Shufflin’ Stevens than Shakin’ Stevens,” added acid-tongued Simon.
Later in the show, Sharon came face to face with her own biggest fan. Londoner Erika declared her love for Mrs Osbourne before breaking into uncontrollable sobs.
“Oh, oh Sharon, can I hug you Sharon? Oh I love you, I meet you in the flesh, I love you so much,” the obsessed fan exclaimed.
Her adulation seemed to carry weight with Sharon, who voted to put Erika through to the X Factor finals despite both Simon and Louis berating her performance of the Gloria Gaynor hit “I Will Survive.” (News, Source: InTheNews/Sanja Meegin)
Elvis Express back online: Lee Dawson's site, Elvis Express, has resumed transmission. (News, Source: Elvis Express)
Australian chart update: Elvis by the Presleys slipped eleven places to #22 on this week's ARIA Musuc DVD top 40 chart. The title has now been in the chart for 13 weeks with a peak position of #3. It is certified Platinum for sales exceeding 15,000 copies. (News, Source: ARIA)
Chart round-up: The compilation "ELV1S 30#1 Hits" dropped to #73 from last week's #53 in the Irish Top 75 albums chart this week. In the UK TOP 30 dvd music chart the "Aloha" deluxe set dropped to #17 from last week's #15, the "68 special" deluxe set dropped to #24 from last week's #22 and finally "Elvis by the Presleys" dropped to #26 from last week's #23. (News, Source: Elvis News)
|"All Shook Up" celebrates 200 performances on Broadway: The financially embattled show, All Shook Up, celebrated its 200th performance on Broadway on 16 September. With major financiers pulling out of the production (see 15 September) it is not clear how much longer the show will continue. (News, Source: EPE/EIN)
More gold & platinum for Elvis?: EPE updated the birthday events calendar for what would have been Elvis' 71st birthday. As part of the "Elvis Presley Day Ceremony" on the front lawn of Graceland Mansion the calendar mentions "A Sony BMG presentation of Elvis’s latest gold and platinum record and DVD awards is anticipated". (News, Source: EPE/Elvis News)
New Elvis stamp?: The Dutch Postal Service, TPG Post will issue new stamps in 2006. One of the fifteen possible themes is Elvis Presley. Dutch fans can support a possible Elvis stamp by writing a card to the address below before october 30, 2005.
A good motivation can bet that next year will be the 50th anniversary of the recording of Elvis' first global hit for RCA, "Heartbreak Hotel".
2500 GG Den Haag (News, Source: Elvis News)
Robbie Williams & Elvis: We found this on the Robbie Williams fan club site:
|'Before a Robbie Williams gig the "inner circle" assembles, forms a ring and Robbie speaks :"Elvis,grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.The courage to change the things I can. And the wisdom to know the difference.Read here a little personal description of the person Elvis:The mocking corner of his mouth, a crookedly grin - half threat, half request - the sideburns, leather clothes, the chortle of the voice, the image of the wild: All boys wanted to be like him, all girls wanted to have him. Billy Idol took over the grin, Luke Perry made the sideburns to his trademark, the Fonz slipped over the leather jacked, The Clash copied an album cover and Elvis Costello even named himself after him.
Nobody before had in the thing of coolness as much gave the note as Elvis did. His appearances at the "Country Package Tours" in 1955 inspired lots of young musicians. Elvis is and continues to be an inspiration source for artist all around the world - Bruce Springsteen, Bono of U2 and Jim Morrison belong to them. And John Lennon once said: "Before Elvis there was nothing". The live-Shows of Elvis have inspired scores of musicians. You think only of Ricky Martins performance at the Grammy’s 1999, of Mick Jagger, when he struts across the stage or of Michael Jackson’s way to dance, when he skips on the tip of his toe and press the basin forward.
Elvis is all-pervasive. His style, his gestures, his expression. His way to sing and his looks constitute a part of the success, but it was his stage show, that made the girls go wild like nothing before. Until the censorship intervened and the TV cameras only more showed the upper part of his body. It started at his first bigger show on 30th July 1954 in Overton Park on Memphis: Elvis began to shake his leg during the singing. When he realised, which effect he had with it on his audience, he improved it at the following gigs. He moved his hips lascivious, sang on bended knee, enhanced his gestures and installed over and over again something new into his shows – among other things karate movements. His show is still today the example for countless rock musicians and for the never ending line of impersonators'.
EIN note: To see a great tribute to Elvis and the '68 Comeback Special watch "The Robbie Williams Show" DVD. (News, Source: Robbie Williams Fan Club)
The Beatles beat Elvis on shared download tributes: According to a recent survey of online "audio shared" sources, there are 50% more tribute downloads for The Beatles than Elvis. (News, Source: Amber Smith)
|Saturday 17 September 2005
|New import CD - "Not Too Sweet" released: The latest escape from the SR Import label titled "Not Too Sweet" featuring Elvis September 1, 1972 Midnight Show is available. The first 100 copies come with a special collectors card. (News, Source: Elvis News)
|"A Tribute To The King" (Book Review): Dennis Uithol's 20 page visual tribute to Dutch tribute artist, Frank Anthony, is an unusual but visually entertaining entry in the world of Elvis related photobooks. There are only a handful of releases which focus on the Elvis tribute artist and even fewer which offer a striking visual record of an artist in action, live on stage. Uithol's booklet occupies both realms. (Book Review, Source: EIN)
18 #1's German release: BMG Germany will release the "18 UK No. 1's" box. The complete box (RCA Int. 82876729772) will be in shops on October 7, 2005. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)
"My Christmas Number Ones" CD: BMG's ongoing capitalisation on Elvis product continues with yet another not needed Christmas release. BMG Germany will release a new 2CD Christmas compilation called "My Christmas Number Ones". The compilation is set for release on October 21, 2005. This title is available for pre-order from Amazon Germany. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Elvis On Tour Outtakes 2DVD set: Amber Smith sent this information on yet another edition of the 2 disc release of the "Elvis On Tour Outtakes". (News, Source: FECC/Amber Smith)
|"On Tour Outtakes Part 1" - This DVD contains the following footage: Johnny B.Goode (Rehearsal) / Seperate Ways (Rehearsal) / Proud Mary (Rehearsal) / Big Hunk O'Love (3 different rehearsals) / Burning Love (3 different rehearsals) / I John (jam version) / Interview (black and white footage) / Burning Love (band rehearsal) / Burning Love (rehearsal) / In the limo in Jacksonville) / Backstage Jacksonville) / Elvis in front of mirror / Backstage White Pyramid / A man talks about Elvis in Lake Tahoe / Elvis meets a little girl in his trailer / Cattle Call (rehearsal) / For The Good Times (just sound)
|"On Tour Outtakes Part 2" - This DVD contains the following footage: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (Hampton Roads) / Part of An American Trilogy (San Antonio) / Closing Vamp / Announcement (San Antonio) / Until It's Time For You To Go (Greensboro) / Love Me (Hampton Roads) / For The Good Times (Hampton Roads) / Release Me (Greensboro) / Last seconds of Heartbreak Hotel (Greensboro) / Big Hunk O'Love (Greensboro) / Last seconds of Heartbreak Hotel (same but with different camera angles Greensboro) / Big Hunk O'Love ( same but withe different camera angles Greensboro) / Bridge Over Troubled Water (Part only Greensboro) / Opening Riff / CC Rider (Hampton Roads) / Opening Riff CC Rider (different camera angles Hampton Roads) / Opening Riff CC Rider (different camera angles (part 2) Hampton
Rare demo laser disc sold on ebay: A very rare Pioneer '88 demo laser disc featuring performances from the pop and classical fields was sold on ebay earlier today. It included Elvis singing Jailhouse Rock from the '68 Comeback Special and footage of The Beatles in their film, Help! (News, Source: ebay)
|Thursday 15 September 2005
Clarification about "Memphis Recording Service": Joseph Pirzada contacted EIN to clarify information in our report yesterday about his upcoming book & DVD project. Joseph said: "Anyway the reason for my email is just to clear up one thing. My ‘That’s when your heartaches begin’ from 1953 is not unreleased. However I have the complete version of that take of which is has never before been released in its complete entirety". (News, Source: Joseph Pirzada)
|"Elvis & the Memphis Mafia" now available: The reprint of Alanna Nash's excellent book "Elvis Aaron Presley - Revelations of the Memphis Mafia" has now been released in both the EC and USA. With its new title, "Elvis & the Memphis Mafia", it is available from most online sellers including amazon.com and bn.com (News, Source: EIN)
New "Elvis" books announced: Several new Elvis books have been announced for publication in late 2005 and the first half of 2006. They include:
- Elvis Religion: Exploring the Cult of The King by Gregory L. Reece (I.B. Tauris, 28 February 2006, ISBN: 1845111648)
- The Elvis Impersonation Kit (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 7 June 2006, ISBN: 1579125484)
- E Is for Elvis: The Elvis Presley Alphabet by Jennie Ivey and Lisa W. Rand (Rutledge Hill Press, April 2006, ISBN: 1401602401)
- All Shook Up, the latest sheet music release from Hal Leonard Publishing (December 2005, ISBN: 0634096842). (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
"Inside Graceland" - Dee Stanley's unpublished book manuscript: A recently discovered book manuscript by Dee Stanley failed to reach its reserve price on eBay earlier today.
Found in a garage sale this original manuscript of a book titled "Inside Graceland" was written by Dee Presley (Elvis' stepmother) in 1976.
There are 129 hand written pages by Ms. Presley and 18 type written pages including the original outline for the book.
The 25 chapters include stories about how some thought Elvis and Dee were romantically involved, how the relationship with Priscilla came to an end, Graceland the Gilded Cage, problems of being a Presley, drugs and a lot more. (News, Source: ebay)
|Unusual Elvis & Hitchcock DVD release: This is an odd double feature. Released on one DVD are an Elvis documentary ("The Story Of Elvis") and the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much". The DVD was found on ebay and is Region 1. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Producer blamed for failure of musical "All Shook Up": A pair of big investors in "All Shook Up," starring Cheyenne Jackson, could've used a hunk, a hunk of burnin' love from the lead producer.
'I Got Stung" never made its way into the Elvis Presley musical "All Shook Up." But it's the perfect song for backers of a show that had enormous potential but, because of mismanagement, behind-the-scenes feuds and an arrogant and inexperienced lead producer, has turned out to be one of last season's costliest flops.
One person involved in the production calls "All Shook Up," which will likely lose more than $10 million, "a massive missed opportunity." Two principal investors - Miramax Films and Clear Channel Entertainment - are so disgusted with the way things have been run by Jonathan Pollard, the lead producer, that they've withdrawn from the production. The two companies have written off the money they've already sunk into the show and are refusing to put up any more. "We're gone," says a source at one of the companies. "The thing is a disaster."
While other shows posted recorded numbers at the box office this summer, "All Shook Up" barely held its head above water. It's expected to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in the next month. The picture wasn't always so bleak for "All Shook Up." While in development last year, it generated good word of mouth. "People were lining up to give us money," says a production source. "It was fresh and exciting and fun." It was also Pollard's first Broadway show.
Having made a fortune as the producer of the long-running off-Broadway revue, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," he was ready to enter the big time. He was so sure of the success of "All Shook Up" - and of his own producing skills - that he told potential investors, "If you want to be in this game, you are going to have to follow my guidelines." The only problem was, Pollard (who refused to comment for this column) really didn't know what he was doing. The show's budget ballooned during its out-of-town tryout in Chicago last winter as Pollard butted heads with the creative team. He also fought bitterly with Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein, who, sources say, had good ideas on how to improve and market the show.
"The problem with Jonathan is that unless it's his idea, he won't listen to it," a person involved in the show says. Pollard tried to market "All Shook Up," a $10 million Broadway musical, the same way he marketed "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," which was produced on a shoestring. He resisted spending money on television ads in the spring - a key time, since so much attention is focused on the Tony Awards - preferring instead to pass out flyers and CDs at the half-price ticket booth. "Flyers and CDs are not going to change your fate," says a production source.
He eventually shot a TV commercial but waited too long to air it, many of his investors believe. Says one, "We got a lot of good reviews, but he never capitalized on them." His arrogance also alienated many people.
"He would sit there at marketing meetings in front of a hundred people and pontificate for hours," says a person who attended the meetings. "He produced a little off-Broadway show, and he thought he was Cameron Mackintosh."
The mood backstage at "All Shook Up" these days is grim. The cast shows up for work every day expecting a closing notice. But Pollard is vowing to keep the show open at least until the end of the year and has raised some additional money from new investors. As wise men say, only fools rush in. (News, Source: New York Post)
|Wednesday 14 September 2005
|New book, 7" vinyl & audio DVD release - "Memphis Recording Service": This is the cover of the upcoming SUN project by Joseph Pirzada and John Michael Heath as featured in an advertisement in the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club magazine from the UK. This book deals with Elvis SUN years 1953 - 1954 and will contain new information on this period as well as new color pictures.
This project also includes a 45rpm vinyl single of "That's All Right" from the original mother stamper (without the additional echo RCA added when re-releasing the SUN singles) and an audio DVD with eleven tracks in 5.1 surround sound and includes an unreleased version of "That's When Your Heartaches Begin".
The actual release of this project has been postponed several times, it is now due for release November 2005. (News, Source: OEPFC/Elvis News)
|"Summer Festival" FTD: This is the cover art and track listing for the upcoming Follow That Dream release "Summer Festival". It features Elvis' Dinner show from August 11, 1972 recorded live at The Las Vegas Hilton. The CD is due out early October 2005 and can be pre-ordered through EIN's FTD Shop.
Dinner show, August 11, 1972
16) Hound Dog 2:47
1) Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:18
2) See See Rider 2:46
3) I Got A Woman 2:15
4) Until It's Time For You To Go 2:36
5) You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2:02
6) You've Lost That Loving Feeling 4:29
7) Polk Salad Annie 4:58
8) What Now My Love 3:30
9) Fever 2:48
10) Love Me 1:38
11) Blue Suede Shoes 1:04
12) One Night 1:34
13) All Shook Up 0:57
14) (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 1:47
15) Heartbreak Hotel 1:47
17) Love Me Tender 1:39
18) Suspicious Minds 4:48
19) Introductions 1:15
20) My Way 3:50
21) An American Trilogy 4:27
22) Can't Help Falling In Love - instrumental closing 2:20
Midnight show, August 11, 1972
23) Little Sister / Get Back 2:12
24) Its’ Over 2:30
Midnight show, August 12, 1972
25) Proud Mary 2:36
26) Never Been To Spain 3:46
27) For The Good Times 3:10
28) A Big Hunk O’ Love 2:04
29) Tiger Man – opening only 0:19
(News, Source: Elvis News)
|Lilo & Stitch 2 - Stitch Has A Glitch (DVD Review): EIN sat down with the kids, Coke and popcorn to watch the follow up to 2002's biggest conventionally animated hit film. What we enjoyed was a colorful and fun filled story bolstered by some great Elvis music. (DVD Review, Source: EIN)
Large "private' Elvis collection for sale: One of the world's biggest private collections of rare Elvis releases, radio station, demo and promo CD's is being offered for sale on an item by item basis. There are simply too many items to list but the collection includes rarities such as Perfect For Parties Highlighter, A Golden Celebration (in house sampler), Don't Be Cruel (Elvis & Ringo Starr - promo CD from Japan) and From Memphis to Venice (private RCA in house sampler). Anyone interested in receiving the detailed listing can email EIN. (News, Source: Chris Bamford)
"Elvis Express" website offline:
Due to computer problems the British based site, Elvis Express, will be offline for up to a fortnight. (News, Source: Elvis Express)
Where's Elvis on Rolling Stone most valuable LP's list?:
Rolling Stone magazine in the EC has published a list of the 100 Most Valuable LP's. No Elvis in the top 10...but 6 Beatles albums including Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band at #1! Jeanno from "elvis at stax" (www.tcb-world.com/elvisatstax
) has a discussion thread about Elvis' lack of prominence on the list: http://www.geocities.com/yanoyanote/brainwash.htm (News, Source: Jeanno, Elvis at Stax)
|Tuesday 13 September 2005
|Bill Bryson, American Author, confirms that Elvis IS within us all!
In his new book 'A Short History Of Nearly Everything', American author Bill Bryson confirms what we have all hoped for- That Elvis will eventually be within us all, if not quite yet! He writes.. "A sugar cube will contain 45 billion billion molecules. Atoms, in short, are very abundant. They are also fantastically durable. Because they are so long-lived, atoms really get around. Every atom you possess has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms on its way to becoming you. We are each so atomically numerous and so vigorously recycled at death that a significant number of our atoms - up to a billion for each of us, it has been suggested - probably once belonged to Shakespeare. A billion more each came from Buddha and Genghis Khan and Beethoven, and any other historical figure you care to name. The personages have to be historical, apparently, as it takes the atoms some decades to become thoroughly redistributed; however much you may wish it, you are not yet one with Elvis Presley. So we are all reincarnations - though short-lived ones."(News, Source: EIN, Rod Cramp)
|"Heartbreak Hotel" CD from Hong Kong: Released in the Hong Kong region is the 2 CD gold CD set "Heartbreak Hotel". This release comes in a jewel case with a cardboard slipcase and contains 48 tracks. Although advertised on eBay as an "HDCD" it features the "DTS" sound logo. (News, Source: Elvis News)
"Elvis Has Left The Building" DVD release in Australia: Paramount will release this Kim Basinger "Elvis" themed movie in Australia on 16 October. (News, Source: Ezy DVD)
How Elvis helped set "hostage" Douglas Wood's spirit free: During the 47 days Douglas Wood was bashed, handcuffed and blindfolded in Iraq, he kept his spirits up by humming Elvis Presley's I Want To Be Free.
Now the song's writer, Mike Stoller, says it was the "most important use of that song ever", and Mr Wood says he will close his speaking engagements with a rendition. Mr Wood said the Kris Kristofferson song Me and Bobby McGee, popularised by Janis Joplin, had been his first choice, but did not fit the situation. "When I was in the hell-hole, I hummed it," he said, recounting the song's famous line: freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.
Speaking from Los Angeles, Mr Wood said he received "much more inspiration" from the Elvis song after considering his predicament. The song, off the 1957 Jailhouse Rock EP, speaks of a man sitting alone in a dark room:
There's no joy in my heart, only sorrow / And I'm sad as a man can be
And this room is a prison to me / I look at window and what do I see
I see a bird way up in the tree / I want to be free
It came from the pens of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, whose work stands alongside that of Lennon and McCartney as among the most significant composers of popular music since World War II.
On his release, Mr Wood discussed with his cousin Ian Allen how he had used the song to keep his spirits up. His Seaford-based cousin sent a letter to Stoller, expressing appreciation for the motivation and support the song provided during Mr Wood's ordeal — in which he was bashed, robbed, handcuffed, and witnessed other hostages being murdered.
Stoller read about Mr Wood's ordeal in newspapers, and said he was "touched and honoured" by the gesture. Mr Wood will appear at a sold-out event at Shepparton United Football Club, Shepparton, on September 16, and confirmed that he would end his speech with a rendition. (News, Source: The Melbourne Age)
"When The Beatles Met Elvis" audiobook: Set for release on September 26, 2005 is the 3CD audio book "When The Beatles Met Elvis" by Chris Hutchins and Peter Thompson. This audiobook has a running time of four hours.
Synopsis: The Untold Story Of Their Entangles Lives. No one laughed more loudly than the King himself when the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, boasted 'My boys are going to be bigger than Elvis Presley'. It was the early sixties, and Presley, a living legend, appeared unassailable. Yet, in 1964, John, Paul, George and Ringo suddenly topped the American charts - and Beatlemania rolled the King in the greatest rock coup of all time.
Chris Hutchins, then a music journalist in his early twenties,was at the eye of the hurricane as the Beatles swept all before them. No other writer grew as close to the Fab Four from Liverpool as they conquered the world.
As America turned on to the Beatles in a big way during their 1965 tour, Chris Hutchins used his extensive network of connections to mastermind the greatest rock summit meeting ever: a one-and-only rendezvous between the King and the pretenders who were seizing his throne.
With co-author Peter Thompson, Hutchins draws on his own exclusive sources and unpublished personal archives, as well as FBI files and explosive dossiers from the District Attorney's investigators in Memphis, to probe into the greatest rock story never told - one in which the lives of Elvis Presley and the Beatles became dramatically entwined. They reveal the passions and the powerplay, the corruption and the conspiracies, the vendettas and the vanity behind pop-culture's greatest phenomena.
No book has ever penetrated so deeply into the secret worlds of Elvis and the Beatles. This is the graphic, firsthand account of the ambition, lust and greed that drove the most gilded icons in pop history to the very peak of the mountain. And of the dark and dangerous forces that destroyed them. EIN note: The authors have previously released the books "Elvis meets the Beatles" and 'Elvis & Lennon". (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)
"I just told him, 'Do what you want' and he was great. He had great charisma and all those tattoos are covered by his tuxedo so he can transform himself. He's a really attractive guy. And as far as acting is concerned, he's really got it. He is a real personality, make no mistake." (News, Source: Contact Music)
|Robbie Williams could be next Elvis: British pop star ROBBIE WILLIAMS has been tipped to become the next ELVIS PRESLEY, by legendary Hollywood filmmaker IRWIN WINKLER. Williams makes a cameo appearance in ROCKY producer Winkler's new musical movie DE-LOVELY - and the veteran was blown away by his charisma and talent. Winkler - who produced 1966 Elvis movie DOUBLE TROUBLE - gushes, "He's the most innovative, exciting performer today. I thought nobody had the star potential that Elvis Presley had, but Robbie certainly does.
Elvis spotted in Ontario, Canada:
Elvis Presley, The King of Rock N'
Roll(R), was spotted at almost forty retail venues and bingo centres across
Ontario today, thanks to the latest Pocket Slots game released by Arrow Games
Corporation in Ontario.
Pocket Slots, also known as Break Open Tickets or Nevada Tickets, are
sold by licensed charitable and non-profit organizations in Ontario to raise
funds for charitable and community purposes.
For complete information on the Elvis(R) sightings in Ontario, please
(News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
|Cover artwork for "Spirit of Memphis" DVD: This is the cover art of the 2 DVD set "The Spirit Of Memphis". This collectors edition comes with a full color booklet and 15 early and rare live recordings according to the cover. The double DVD () was released on 29 August in the EC by This collectors edition comes with a full color booklet and 15 early and rare live recordings. It is Region 2 PAL, in color, and runs for 139 minutes. (News, Source: ElvisNews)
Aussie chart update: "Elvis by the Presleys" slipped five places to #11 on this week's ARIA Music DVD Top 40 chart. (News, Source: ARIA)
|Lisa Presley duets with "punk rock" King, Billy Idol: On the Fashion Rocks TV special screened a few days ago on CBS TV in the US, Lisa Marie Presley dueted with Billy Idol on his classic rock hit of the 1980s, White Wedding. Check out Lisa's black "wedding" dress. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
|'Today' - FTD deluxe CD review: EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the hidden delights of the newest FTD 'deluxe release' that other reviews might have missed. While not without its faults, he finds a CD capturing the lovely atmosphere of what would turn out to be Elvis’ last spirited recording session - and there is also plenty of new material to explore. (FTD Review, Source : EIN)
"The Elvis Mob" on Aussie TV: Australia's national broadcaster, the ABC, is repeating the excellent documentary, The Elvis Mob, tomorrow night at 11.10pm. The documentary is a look back at Elvis by members of the Memphis Mafia. (News, Source: EIN)
|Saturday 10 September 2005
Elvis on The Ed Sullivan Show- The Real Story: Given that many fans think Elvis is still alive despite his death certificate, highly publicized funeral, and gravestone, it’s no surprise that misunderstandings abound about his career. Among those events surrounded by fallacies—perhaps because it strongly affected popular culture as well as Elvis’s work—is his legendary first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, 49 years ago today, on September 9, 1956. (Spotlight Article, Source: American Heritage)
|Elvis photos for sale to aid Hurricane Katrina victims: Pete Smith has some more great Elvis photos for sale - "Photos Of Elvis From The Seventies On Stage Set 01". All prices are in U.S. Dollars. A percentage of these sales will be donated to our brothers and sisters in the "Southland" in order to help those who suffered in Hurricane Katrina!! To order, Pete says "Just send us an email to order the Elvis photos you want - thank you". Click for larger image and prices. (News, Source: Pete Smith)
Elvis car wash to benefit Ghanda Mission: Citizens of Dundas, Canada can see Elvis and get their car washed at the same time on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5. The Elvis Car Wash at Beverly Tire is part of the Rotary Club of Dundas' ongoing tractor service project in aid of Titian Ministries in Ghana'. (News, Source: Dundas Star News)
Fan club president proposes Elvis tribute album to aid Hurricane Katrina victims: Pete Smith in Canada sent us this great idea by Barb Thomas from the "For The Heart" fan club in Chicago - "Hi, Y'all, I think it would be great if Graceland would create a Tribute Album dedicated to the victims and their families of the Katrina disaster. It is so horrific to try to just imagine what those poor people are going through. I keep thinking about what Elvis might do for his home state of Tennessee and the other states that were hit by this terrible, terrible disaster. I think Elvis would love the idea of creating an album of songs from the movie "King Creole" shot in New Orleans....and perhaps include some gospel songs, like "Amazing Grace" or "How Great Thou Art". He had stated many times he thought his best performance was in King Creole. So here are the songs that I suggest be included and would be appropriate on a Special Tribute CD:
1) King Creole
3) New Orleans
4) Dixieland Rock
5) The Trilogy
6) Amazing Grace (or) How Great Thou Art (as the end song)(Optional)
Further, I am recommending that Lisa Marie and Priscilla have a special message to the victims of this tragedy on the back of the album and that the proceeds for this album be given to The American Red Cross (or whatever organization Graceland chooses) for disaster relief for all those people who have lost their loved ones, families, homes, treasured items from their homes and jobs. Their very existence is left up to us to help them". Fans can contact Barb by telephone on Home: (312) 988-9588/Cell: (740) 504-8865. Fans can also get behind Barb's idea and contact EPE by clicking on the email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (News, Source: Pete Smith)
|Elvis's granddaughter in Dior Campaign: Riley Keough grand daughter of Elvis Presley looks stunning in her latest advertising campaign for Christian Dior. The 16 year old was photographed by Pirelli calendar photographer Nick Knight, styled by Cate Blanchett's stylist and directed by Dior designer John Galliano. She wore a beautifully cut pale blue jacket accessorised with a denim mini and handbag.
Galliano is delighted with the campaign and said;" I felt Riley represented the youthfulness of the jacket and decided to do a few pictures with her people would associate the personality in it. Keough has previously modelled for Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana. Her mother Lisa Marie Presley supports her career but once said" She has big plans- she is making me a nervous wreck. She wants to make her own money, which I totally respect but she is still my baby." (News, Source: FemaleFirst.co.uk)
Track listing for "These Guys Are The Backbone of My Show" CD: Out now from the American Flag label is a compilation CD of (solo) performances by side men and women who worked with Elvis through the years. The title is "These Guys Are The Backbone Of My Show".
Scotty Moore - Mystery Train
Red Foley and The Foggy River Boys - He’s There
Bill Black’s Combo - Don’t Be Cruel
Bob Moore - Mexico
Jerry Kennedy - Little Sister
Grady Martin - Fly Me To The Moon
Hank Garland - Pop Goes The Weasel
Boots Randolph - Shangri-La
The Surfers - Drums Of Tahiti
Thurl Ravenscroft Singers “The Mellomen” - I’m Sorry I Made You Cry
Pete Drake - For Pete’s Sake
Red West - If Everyday Was Like Christmas
Sherrill Nielsen - Beyond Understanding
Billy Strange - EL Rancho Grande
Hal Blaine - Wooly Bully
Bobby Wood - If I’m A Fool For Loving You
Bobby Wood - This Time
Reggie Young - Pencil
The 827 Thomas Street Band - Cry Like A Baby
The Anita Kerr Singers - Are You There With Another Girls
Sweet Inspiration - The Sweet Inspirations
John Wilkinson - July, You’re A Woman
James Burton - Corn Pickin’
J.D. Sumner - Turn Your Radio On
The Imperials - A Thing Called Love
Bill Baize With The Stamps Quartet - I’ll Fly Away
Kathy Westmoreland - My Heavenly Father
Nielsen, Sumner And Baty “Voice” - Give Just A Little More Time
The TCB Band “Lead vocal by Ronnie Tutt” - Mystery Train (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
|Thursday 8 September 2005
Bogus "Elvis Chapel" chapel donated to Superstition Mountain Museum: Tim Casara has contacted EIN about the White Chapel at Apacheland (aka the "Elvis Chapel") recently donated to the Superstition Mountain Museum. Tim has discovered that the chapel donated is not the one featured in Charro. Click to read the story and see the photographic evidence. (News, Source; Tim Casara)
Elvis is: I am an Elvis fan and have been since 1954. I was a pretty bad banjo player back then, with a resonating tin ear, but I sure liked to whack that old instrument. I would take the bus down to Robinson Auditorium every Saturday night to the Barnyard Frolics. I didn't play for any group, but just stood around waiting for them to ask me to accompany someone with my clanging. If they requested your services, it meant $5 in your pocket. There was always a final song and they would let me whack a few chords in the finale.
A young man from Memphis had some hits out I was bonkers about: "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "That's All Right, Mama." I was also into R & B, but would not have let any of the country performers know. It was evident that "Heartbreak Hotel" and "That's All Right Mama" were Elvis' versions of songs recorded by black artists from River City - just up tempo and with more enthusiasm, like his later "(You Ain't Nothin' But a) Hound Dog" done by blues giant Bessie Smith in the 1940s. There is really only one version of "Blue Moon of Kentucky," and that is by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in blue grass; but Elvis did it his way and made us like it.
Elvis was a regular on "Louisiana Hayride" and one night talk was that he was coming to perform at the Frolics. There was no middle ground: The younger folks were giddy with delight, the old timers were less than enthusiastic. Didn't matter because he didn't come and it was the next year that I had to shell out five smokes to catch Elvis in the auditorium. Why folks were even ... shudder ... dancing in the aisles until the cops put a squeeze on such behavior.
There is one thing I cannot forgive Elvis for, however: He just about killed country music as we knew it. He had such an impact on country audiences that alarm bells began to go off all over Nashville. The result was that guitar virtuoso and director of talent at RCA Victor records, Chet Atkins, had to do something and do it fast; the result came to be known as the Nashville Sound. It was wildly popular with young folks, I just never got into it. No more Eddie Arnold, Cowboy Copas, Jimmy Rogers, Little Jimmy Dickens, Flatt and Scruggs, Patsy Montana, Bob Wills and other greats. Why Bob Wills was promoted to icon and his music taken over by a group known as Asleep at The Wheel. Elvis, old pard, I love you anyway. (News, Source: Ron Meyer, Benton Courier)
New tribute song: Click to hear the new tribute song by David Lee, Journey To Graceland. It ain't half bad! (News, Source: Chris Bamford)
CKX, Inc., Together With Elvis Presley Enterprises and American Idol, to Aid Hurricane Victims: Graceland and American Idol are pitching in to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CKX, Inc. announced today. CKX will donate 100% of the net proceeds from Graceland, the Memphis home of the legendary Elvis Presley, collected on Saturday, Sept. 10, to aid the hurricane victims, Sillerman said.
The American Idols tour will also add a show Sunday, Sept. 11th in Syracuse, N.Y. at the War Memorial in the OnCenter, with all net proceeds of that concert going to the victims as well. In addition, Sillerman announced that CKX will match contributions made by its employees to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. Sillerman made the first CKX donation, $100,000, and a total of more than $300,000 has already been collected. All donations will be made to the American Red Cross.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this tragic and horrific hurricane," Sillerman said. I am sure Elvis Presley's fans as well as our Idol audience will be pleased to see that their support of our entertainment properties will be helping their neighbors who have suffered such tremendous losses. We at CKX are proud of our employees' swift and generous response to this crisis." CKX owns controlling interests in Elvis Presley Enterprises, which operates Graceland; 19 Entertainment, one of the producers of the American Idol television program and the IDOLS television brand, airing in more than 30 countries around the world; and Morra, Brezner, Steinberg & Tenenbaum Entertainment, Inc. a leading manager of comedic talent and producer of motion pictures and television programming. (News, Source: Newswire)
Bobby Emmons hospitalised: Bobby Emmons the organ player in the Memphis Sessions band was hospitalized recently. They found a spot on his lung that could have been cancerous. Thankfully, after surgery the doctors found it was benign. Bobby is recovering and should come home "any day now". (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
Images of The King 2005 winner: Mario Kombou has been hailed the "King" after being named as the top Elvis impersonator - on the planet. An amazing year for the Muswell Hill musician was topped off in Memphis this month when he clinched first prize in the contest which attracted hundreds competitors from across the globe. Mario, of Avenue Road, Muswell Hill, said: "It has been a great year for me, it really stands alone by itself, and winning this contest has just capped it really.
"I have entered it five times before. Last year I came second, and now I have been indicted into the King's Hall of Fame. It was a fantastic atmosphere in Memphis. You have to be there to believe it."
He charmed the judges with his versions on Burning Love, Can't Stop Loving You and Just Pretend - and got so enthusiastic he even split one of his jewel-encrusted figure hugging costumes on stage. Mario has just finished his lead role in the West End musical Jailhouse Rock, an experience he found both stimulating and exhausting. He added: "It was such an honour to be involved in the show.
"We were doing eight shows a week and it was physically and mentally exhausting but so, so rewarding."
A trained actor, Mario is looking to get other stage and film roles in the near future. But he said the King would never die.
"It speaks volume that 28 years after he died, there is still massive interest in this man," he said. "Elvis was the full package and was the first to offer the real rock'n'roll deal. I will still always love to perform Elvis - there will always be life in Elvis and I will always want to share that." (News, Source: nlnews/Sanja Meegin)
|Wednesday 7 September 2005
Rare Elvis items for sale: Prominent Elvis author and collector, Sean O'Neal, has advised EIN of the following: "I thought some of your readers might be interested in noting that several items from my Elvis collection will be sold by Heritage Galleries on October 8, 2005. Bidding is possible through their web site http://www.heritagegalleries.com. Included are two items belonging to Elvis that I obtained as part of the Second Memphis Recording Service Acetate Collection: A G.I. Blues Script belonging to Elvis and his acetate copy of Tell Me Why. Other items being sold from my collection include a 1963 High School Yearbook belonging to a neighbor of Elvis', signed by Elvis, Priscilla Beaulieu, and Vernon Presley, Humes High Items from 1953 including a yearbook, graduation program, and an 11x14 class photo, a movie poster sized in-store poster from 1968 advertising the 1968 Comeback Special, a 1970 International Hotel Concert Poster, a concert poster for Nasau Coliseum, and much more". (News, Source: Sean O'Neal)
|"Elvis to the Max" returns to Australia for 2005!: The Star City Casino is proud to present Max Pellicano in his new show: "ELVIS TO THE MAX - A Night in Las Vegas". For the very first time Max will be supported by a String Orchestra. The show will take you from the early year's of the King's career wearing the Gold Lame suit then on to the famous Black Leather outfit worn for his 1968 CBS Comeback TV Special. The journey continues into the Concert years with the White Eagle costume, which became part of Rock & Roll history. Complete on stage with Max's Las Vegas Dancers and Comedian. Click to see Max's full tour schedule including shows in America and New Zealand (News, Source: Amber Smith/Russ Morison)
Lisa Presley on Oprah to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina: Don't miss LMP when she joins Oprah to aid Hurricane Katrina victims this week."The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7 (check your local listings for times and stations). (News, Source: LMP newsletter)
Relief fund set up to help Elvis author: A Relief Fund webpage has been set up for Sandi Pichon. Sandi is the author of the book RAISED ON ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! Sandi lives in Slidell, LA and her home was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Sandi is a wonderful lady and her passion for Elvis has been so beneficial to all of us fans who never saw Elvis, through her first book of memories, and her forthcoming book. Here is the link:
|Tucson '72 CD: Set for release this week is the import CD "Tucson '72". This release is an audiencerecording of Elvis performance from November 9, 1972 (20.30) in the Cummunity Arena in Tuscon, Arizona.
The track listing: 2001 Theme / C. C. Rider / I Got A Woman / Until It's Time For You To Go / You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Polk Salad Annie / Love Me / All Shook Up / Heartbreak Hotel / Blue Suede Shoes / The Wonder Of You / Love Me Tender / One Night / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / Little Sister - Get Back / Hound Dog / I'll Remember You / How Great Thou Art / Suspicious Minds / Introductions / For The Good Times / A Big Hunk O' Love / Fever / I Can't Stop Loving You / Johnny B. Goode / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Feb. 25, 1965 3:17 / 12- The Love Machine (Tk. 12, master) Sept. 29, 1966 2:53 / 13- Stay Away (Tk. 5, 10, guitar overdub Tk. 1) (previously unreleased) Jan. 17, 1968 2:59 /
|"Elvis A Legendary Performer Vol. 6" released: After a problem with its first pressing, the Madison label's latest CD has been reissued. Track listing: 01- Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (tk. 9) Feb. 3, 1956 2:09 / 02- Shake, Rattle And Roll (tk. 13 - master take without backing vocal overdub) Feb. 3, 1956 2:22 / Blueberry Hill (Binaural tk. 8) Jan. 19, 1957 2:35 / 04- Loving You (farm version 3) (Tk. 6) Feb. 14, 1957 2:01 / 05- Elvis Shakes His Pelvis In Canada (previously unreleased radio broadcast) April 2, 1957 2:07 / 06- Riding The Rainbow (Tk. 6 , second version) 148 / 07- Fountain Of Love (Tk. 8, 6) March 18, 1962 2:42 / 08- Kissin' Cousins (Number 2) (Take 4, previously unreleased master without backing vocal overdub) Oct. 10, 1963 1:14 / 09- Smokey Mountain Boy (Tk. 3, previously unreleased master without banjo overdub) Oct. 10, 1963 2:34 / 10- Tender Feeling (Tk. 1, previously unreleased master without backing vocals) Oct. 10, 1963 2:30/11- So Close Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Tk. 2*, 3) (* previously unreleased)
14- If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) (Tk. 5,4) (previously unreleased) Feb. 21, 1969 1:23 / 15- Wearin' That Loved On Look (Tk. 1*, 9*, 11) (* previously unreleased) Jan. 13, 1969 3:38 / 16- What I'd Say ? (Las Vegas, NV. August 21, 1969 midnight show) 3:57 / 17- True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Las Vegas, NV January 26, 1970 opening night) 2:51 / 18- Kentucky Rain (Las Vegas, NV January 26, 1970 opening night) 3:12 / 19- Heartbreak Hotel (Las Vegas, NV February 23, 1970 closing night) 1:35 / 20- One Night (Elvis on electric guitar) (Las Vegas, NV February 23, 1970 closing night) 2:33 / 21- You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (with reprise) July 29, 1970 rehearsal 3:29 / 22- Don't Cry Daddy (August 4, 1970 rehearsal) (previously unreleased) 2:31 / 23- Bridge Over Troubled Water (Richmond, VA April 10, 1972) 4:00 / 24- Gold Record Award presentation to Elvis (Las Vegas, NV. August 1972) (previously unreleased) 0:35 / 25- Steamroller Blues (Las Vegas, NV Jan. 29, 1973 dinner show) 2:47 / 26- It's Midnight (Las Vegas, NV August 30, 1974 midnight show) 3:13 / 27- Burning Love (Charlotte, NC March 20, 1976 evening show) (previously unreleased binaural) 2:46 / 28- Hurt (Charlotte, NC March 20, 1976 evening show) (previously unreleased binaural) 2:13 / 29- Love Letters (Birmingham, AL Dec. 29, 1976) (previously unreleased binaural) 2:44 / 30- Radio Ad for Elvis Aron Presley LP box-set (1980) (previously unreleased) 1:03. The playing time is 75:57. (News, Source: Elvis News)
|‘It’s Over’ - Gordon Minto sums up the recent 18 UK No.1s campaign: Elvis’ 18 UK #1s box-set is due to be released in October in Australia. In this fascinating article, Gordon Minto questions whether this Elvis singles campaign was clever marketing or bad exploitation, and suggests that it actually hurt Elvis’ image, while at the same time adding yet more number 1’s to his achievements. (Spotlight, Source 'Elvis: The Man & His Music'/EIN)
Letter to fans from Memories of Elvis: Dear Friends and Customers:
It was wonderful to see those of you who made it to Memphis during Elvis Week. Thank you once again for your loyalty and for doing business with us here at Memories of Elvis.
We express to you our sincere thanks for signing the petition to EPE to renew our lease. At this time, we still do not have anything definite to report to you considering our future plans. In that this business is truly the heart of my family and employees, we are willing to pursue any and all options made available to us. We will keep you posted as plans develop.
Be sure to check our website frequently at www.carolsmemoriesofelvis.com. We are still offering our wonderful line of gifts and memorabilia on line. Also, we are still adding Elvis Week photos to the site. If any of you have photos, especially those made at Graceland Crossing or near the tent, please email them. We may be able to include those with our photos on our Entertainment Page.
One of our employees, Heather Barnett, married Wes Greenland on August 27. You can see a couple of photos of her beautiful wedding day on our website. Click on “HEATHER’S WEDDING.”
We want to express our concern to many of our customers located in the New Orleans area and in the path of Katrina. Our prayers continue for them as they struggle to deal with the devastation.
Again, thanks to all for your support, words of encouragement, emails, and phone calls. We would not be here without you!
Carol J. Light
( MEMORIES OF ELVIS, 3717 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Suite #3 Memphis, TN 38116.....Ph: 901.396.1320...Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(News, Source: Sanja Meegin)
|Elvis Presley & Elvis DSD quality CD releases: This cardboard slipcase contains the albums "Elvis Presley" and "Elvis", both in remastered DSD quality. They will be released in the EC (Germany) on September 30, 2005.
CD 1: Blue Suede Shoes - I'm Counting On You - I Got A Woman - One-Sided Love Affair - I Love You Because - Just Because - Tutti Frutti - Trying To Get To You - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - Blue Moon - Money Honey - Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Shake, Rattle And Roll - My Baby Left Me - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
CD 2: Rip It Up - Love Me - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Long Tall Sally - First In Line - Paralyzed - So Glad You're Mine - Old Shep - Ready Teddy - Anyplace Is Paradise - How's The World Treating You - How Do You Think I Feel - Playing For Keeps - Too Much - Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - Love Me Tender (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)
Elvis’ swivel hips never appeared on Sullivan’s show: On Sept. 9, 1956, America’s cultural paradigm shifted. Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was a clash of customs and a war between the forces of good and evil. Presley, representing evil, won handily. To begin at the beginning, in 1956 the Elvis phenomenon was starting to spread nationally. Records such as “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” and “Heartbreak Hotel” were climbing not only the popular charts but the country-music and rhythm-and-blues charts as well, which had never happened before. Elvis was hot, but he was also controversial. With his perpetual sneer, his guitar slung low and suggestively, and hips that swiveled and gyrated when he performed live, he was as feared and loathed by parents as he was worshipped by their children. “Elvis the Pelvis,” who in reality was a mild-mannered momma’s boy, became the symbol of teenage rebellion and sexuality.
Ed Sullivan, a stone-faced former gossip columnist, had somehow come to host the most popular variety show on television, The Ed Sullivan Show. Utterly humorless, but with a voice and onstage manner that were grist for countless stand-up comics, Sullivan ran his show like a tyrant, and as a self-proclaimed guardian of public morality, he would book only entertainers whose wholesomeness was beyond question. Which is why he publicly proclaimed that Elvis would never appear on his show. He would eat those words. Immediately, Sullivan’s main competitor, which in 1956 was a variety show hosted by the comic Steve Allen, booked Presley for an appearance. Although Allen had no qualms about having Presley on his show, he did try to tone the singer down, dressing him in a tuxedo and casting him in the show’s comedy sketches.
As an attempt to “split the difference” it was an abject failure — Elvis fans hated the show — but as a ratings getter it was a huge success. For the first time ever, Allen’s show drew more viewers than Sullivan’s. Sullivan was not amused. Fighting for decency was one thing. Losing viewers, advertisers and your No. 1 rating was another. Sullivan’s agents quickly booked Elvis for a three-show gig at an unheard of $50,000. This small but significant battle in the Kulturkampf had come to an end. Elvis had won. But Sullivan still had one shot to fire. He ordered his cameramen to shoot Elvis only from the waist up, meaning the television audience never saw the singer’s gyrating hips and pelvis thrusts. It was Sullivan’s way of “splitting the difference,” and although it was cleverer than Steve Allen’s, in the end it was little more than a parting shot. The “King” as Elvis was soon known, became more popular than ever. (News, Source: cantonrep.com)
New 3CD USA release - Elvis Songs From The Movies: Timeless Music has licensed the following tracks on their new Elvis boxset. (News Source: FECC Messageboard/ Timeless Music)
1. Love Me Tender 2:43
2. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 1:46
3. Loving You 2:12
4. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do 2:32
5. Jailhouse Rock 2:27
6. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care 1:52
7. Treat Me Nice 2:11
8. Hard Headed Woman 1:54
9. King Creole 2:08
10. Trouble 2:17
11. Wooden Heart 2:02
12. Doin' The Best I Can 3:10
1. Flaming Star 2:26
2. Mean Woman Blues 2:16
3. Wild In The Country 1:52
4. Rock A Hula Baby 1:58
5. Blue Hawaii 2:34
6. Can't Help Falling I Love 1:59
7. Follow That Dream 1:38
8. (Such An) Easy Question 2:20
9. It Feels So Right 2:09
10. King Of The Whole Wide World 2:07
11. Return To Sender 2:07
12. One Broken Heart For Sale 1:46
1. Bossa Nova Baby 2:02
2. Little Egypt 2:16
3. Kissin' Cousins 2:12
4. Viva Las Vegas 2:21
5. Waht'd I Say 3:02
6. Frankie And Johnny 2:34
7. Please Don't Stop Loving me 2:03
8. Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On) 1:27
9. Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby 1:52
10. A Little Less Conversation 2:10
11. Clean Up Your Own Back Yard 3:07
12. Rubberneckin' 2:10
Elvis On Tour Outtakes DVD confusion: With the various EOT DVDs now being offered for sale, Steve M's posting on the FECC messageboard appears to shed some much needed light on this confusing issue.
"Perhaps I should believe it, but I struggle to do so at the best of times. I have been informed that clips are being used to sell the EOT out takes and as such are being touted as examples of what is on the DVD's being offered for sale. Unfortunatley these clips are ones that I made and do not represent what is on the DVD at all. On the clips I made I had enhanced the footage, I had put a multi angle synchronised montage in from 2 to 4 angles depending on the clip and had used alternate sound as a source where they were available and superior to that on the footage. Whilst they are no longer available to view via the links I originally had in my signature some have kept the clip and used it to advertise their copy of the out takes and are claiming that the clips represent the quality and content of what they are selling.
THEY DO NOT! It may also be the case that because I have a limited presence on the internet with this and just a few other sites, that other language forums and sites are using the log in name of "Steve_M" or "Steve Moore" and are passing themselves off as being me who is selling this footage and claiming that the content I have is the same on the DVD as the clips "I" am showing.
It IS NOT ME! If anyone is in any doubt then please PM me here if you should find yourself considering buying something you're never going to recieve from someone claiming or portraying themselves as me. As with all requests on here from PM's I do not have the DVD's available for money trade bribes or otherwise. Post the pics of me and the donkey - I don't care. Seriously though, please pay attention to the above, don't get conned". (News, Source; FECC mesageboard)
Elvis to return to Vegas!: A half-century after his Las Vegas debut, Elvis is returning to the Strip in a big way. New York businessman Robert F.X. Sillerman, who purchased the business side of the Elvis Presley estate, has an Elvis project planned on Las Vegas Boulevard that will stretch from the Harley-Davidson Cafe to Smith & Wollensky's.
During a Friday interview at his oceanside compound in the Hamptons, Sillerman told me that he and his partners have a major entertainment element planned for the project, which, he reminded me, will go up across the Strip from the MGM Mirage's $6 billion City Center project.
He compared the location to owning property at Times Square in New York City. Remember the name. Sillerman, who sold his SFX Entertainment company to Clear Channel for $4.5 billion and is one of the producers of the Broadway hit "The Producers," has been a major player in the
entertainment industry and has big plans for Elvis. "When we bought Elvis Presley Enterprises, we said the world is under-Elvised," Sillerman said. (News/Sale of EPE, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
"Summer Festival 72" track listing: According to "The Man And His Music" the tracklist of the upcoming FTD "Summer Festival 72 (to be released on October 1st) will be:
August 11, 1972 D.S.: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got a Woman/ Amen - Until It's Time for You to Go - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' - Polk Salad Annie - What Now My Love - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - One Night - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - My Way - An American Trilogy - Can't Help Falling in Love
Bonus tracks: Little Sister/ Get Back - It's Over (August 11, 1972 M.S.) - Proud Mary - Never Been to Spain - For the Good Times - A Big Hunk o' Love - Tiger Man (opening only) (August 12, 1972 M.S.) (News, Source: Elvis News/The Man and His Music)
Joe Guercio's wife passes away: (News, Source: Elvis News) Joe Guercio's beloved wife, Penny, passed away this morning. Mrs. Guercio had been battling cancer for a long time. Services will be held Friday, September 9, 2005. We wish Joe and his family all the strength to overcome this incredible loss.
Flowers are welcome or in lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to:
Family Home Hospice
1701 West Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Russ Peterson-Las Vegas Florist
New book - "Numerology Report for Elvis Presley": This release has turned up on eBay in the past fortnight marked with a publication date of 2005. The listing read: "This is a comprehensive and professional numerology report done on the legendary Elvis Presley. It's a unique investigation and insight into the king. You'll discover his deeper, personal attributes which are fascinating and unique". (News, Source: ebay)
"Elvis by the Presleys" re-enters Aussie DVD chart: After exiting the ARIA Top 40 Music DVD Chart last week, Elvis by the Presleys staged a remarkable comeback this week by re-entering at #6. (News, Source; ARIA)
"All That I Am" CD track listing: The import label Mystery Train, which originally produced the import release "When All Was Kool", will release a CD titled "All That I Am" this month. This CD will contain mostly interviews recorded in March 1972 and July 1972. About 45 minutes of these interviews are unreleased. You can hear Elvis in a very relaxed and candid atmosphere talking about the early days, the army, the tours, his friends, Hollywood, driving a truck, sideburns and several other subjects. The CD will come with an extensive 20 pages booklet and has a total running time of 62:27.
Track listing: Hiring The Stamps Quartet (March 31, 1972 Los Angeles, CA) 1:21 / 02- Musical Roots (March 31, 1972 Los Angeles, CA) 10:46 / 03- Wild Early Years 6:39 / 04- Entertaining Fans 2:24 / 05- Assembling Singers And Musicians 3:35 / 06- Live Performances 0:40 / 07- Jaycee Awards Speech 2:21 / 08- First Talent Contest 1:40 / 09- His Famous Sideburns 1:01 / 10- Humes High '' Annual Minstrel '' Show, 1953 1:58 / 11- Driving A Truck And SUN Records 1:43 / 12- From The Waist Up 1:19 / 13- Drafted 1:37 / 14- Jealousy And Acceptance 4:03 / 15- Trapped In Hollywood 8:44 / 16- His Entourage 2:09 / 17- Tour Preparation 4:25 / 18- Backstage Discussion (April 15, 1972 Macon,GA) 0:59 / 19- With Denise Sanchez (Albuquerque, NM April 19, 1972) 1:05 / 20- Funny How Time Slips Away (March 31, 1972 Los Angeles, CA) 2:50 / 21- It's Over (April 10, 1972 Richmond, VA) 2:19. Tracks 3-19 previously unreleased. All tracks recorded in late July 1972 at MGM Studios in Los Angeles, CA except where noted. (News, Source: For CD Collectors Only/Elvis News)
Contribute to Red Cross 2005 Hurricane Relief: From EPE - You may donate directly to Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Relief. In times of disaster, many Elvis fans wish to make contributions as a group in memory of Elvis. We are in the process of adding a Red Cross option to the online donation form for the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation to facilitate this wish. You also have the option of sending in a donation to the foundation via regular mail and designating the Red Cross as beneficiary. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk/EPE)
"All Shook Up" cast members media appearances: Cast members of the musical All Shook Up have a couple of upcoming media appearances you might want to catch:
Labor Day Weekend 2005
Cheyenne Jackson will sing on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, which airs September 4 - 5. An approximate time will be posted if we receive updated information.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
The cast will appear on the ABC daytime drama All My Children. (News, Source: EPE)
Elvis' "cement footprints" from Charro too heavy for eBay sale: Philip Rauso has advised EIN of the reason for his ending this sale (for earlier story see 1 September): "I withdrew the auction because of the shipping costs. The total weight of the footprints alone was over 250lbs and the couriers could not guarantee me or the purchaser that they would arrive in one piece. I had lots of people from Japan and the UK interested but the shipping is what caused me to pull auction. Prices for freight shipping could cost over $4,000 with insurance but there is no way to replace the items if they were damaged." (News, Source: Philip Rauso)
|New EPE licensed Elvis Flip-Flops, Slippers & Sandals: FootSteps PlusT is proud to announce its affiliation with Elvis Presley Enterprises as a new licensee. Available for the first time are Elvis Presley custom casual footwear...flip flops, slippers, and sandals. These new products were introduced during Elvis Week here in Memphis and created a lot of excitement. All items are currently in stock for immediate delivery. All orders will ship within forty-eight hours of receipt.
You can view our lines at www.footstepsplus.com, but we have chosen to e-market our product through eBay. It is the world's leading e-mall and is the safest, most secure avenue for consumers to purchase products. You can find the product by going to www.ebay.com and entering the search keywords "Elvis Flip Flops" or simply click on the link below.
1797 Florida Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38109
Link to eBay and Elvis Flip Flops:
http://search.ebay.com/elvis-flip-flop_W0QQfromZR41 (News, Source: Chris Bamford)
Canadian Idol Elvis tribute brings high TV rating: It's been one high note after another for rising star Aaron Walpole, who this week cracked the Top 3 on Canadian Idol, the nationally televised hit singing contest. It means he's one of three with a shot at becoming the next Canadian Idol. Walpole earned enough of the record 3.6 million votes cast this week to stay at least another week. The five-foot-nine, 300-pounder is set to compete again next week when the final three Idol competitors will sing songs by The Barenaked Ladies, one of Walpole's favourite groups. A season-high 2.54 million viewers watched this week's tribute to the music of Elvis Presley. The new Canadian Idol -- Kalan Porter won last year -- will be crowned in a two-hour finale Sept. 14. (News, Source: canoe.ca)
|Saturday 3 September 2005
"Elvis On Tour Outtakes" legal action?: We found this interesting post from Luuk on the alt.elvis.king board: "Anybody offering these outtakes for sale is violating rights of the copyright owners. Rumour has it there are going to be a lot of arrests soon, including high
profile people in the Elvis fan world, as Turner/MGM is quite p*ssed off. I am still looking for these DVD's myself. It would not surprise me if in a couple of weeks or months they will be for sale in nice digipacks for euro 20,00 at the usual addresses. 1956 TV show appearances, film-song compilations and previously unreleased audience filmed live shows are already available as well as "Elvis in concert" complete with outtakes". (News, Source: alt.elvis.king)
|Vote for EIN in People's Choice Awards: You can now vote for the Elvis Information Network in the The People's Choice Award category in the BT Digital Awards for 2005. A short list will be announced in late September, and by voting you will be automatically entered in the free draw to win BT Broadband for a year (UK only) and 100 music downloads courtesy of iTunes. Just click on the banner opposite to vote for EIN. Last year the People's Choice Award was won by a Madonna site. (News, Source: EIN)
"Cooking With Elvis" on tour in UK: Hull Truck tonight kicks off its autumn/winter season – which includes Lee Hall’s Cooking with Elvis, with a run at Hull before and after a regional tour. The 1999 black comedy, written by Billy Elliot’s Lee Hall, revolves around a cooking-mad teenage girl, her promiscuous mother and her paralysed Elvis impersonator father. In 2000, Cooking with Elvis had a successful run at the West End’s Whitehall Theatre, where it starred comedian Frank Skinner. The play was first seen at Hull Truck in 2003. Directed by associate artistic director Gareth Tudor Price, the play runs at Hull from 1 to 10 September 2005 and then again from 21 November to 10 December. In between, it visits Loughborough, Buxton, Huddersfield, Winchester, Scunthorpe, Kendal, Worcester, Poole, Liverpool and, from 24 to 29 September, London’s Hackney Empire. (News, Source: Whatsonstage.com)
|'Elvis Leaves His Mark': Melbourne concert review: Acclaimed Australian Elvis Tribute Artist Mark Andrew has just wound up another successful tour of the country with his energetic and highly entertaining show "Elvis Leaves His Mark". For over 2 hours, in the final show of his tour, the audience was treated to a plethora of Elvis hits from all different eras along with a visually dazzling performance. (Almost Elvis: Source EIN)
|"Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth" released: Darren Lee's controversial book, Elvis Presley: The Shattering Of A Myth!, was recently released in softcover format. The book's narrative impact is essentially driven from a threshold question: was Elvis relaxed, tanned and fit after a holiday in Hawaii, or on a downward spiral fuelled by pills and negative thoughts? EIN previously published a detailed review of the book when it was released as an E-Book. We re-publish that review ahead of our detailed review of the new, softcover edition. (Book Review, Source: EIN)
Hurricane Katrina affects Elvis world identity: Elvis author Sandi Pichon (Raised on Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!), as far as we can determine, still has not been able to get back to her home in Slidell, La., a New Orleans suburb. She was visiting Elvis fan/friend Phyl Gordon in Virginia when Katrina hit. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Elvis artist daughter loses "Elvis" costumes in hurricane: Betty Harper's daughter, Loretta, is living in New Orleans and working in the movie industry. Loretta was on location in Baton Rouge; returned to clear out her apartment the weekend Katrina hit; saw what was coming; took what she could and left. Lost most everything, including several notable costumes from movies she has been involved in, including the recent Elvis mini-series last May on CBS-TV. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Long road to recovery for Ed Bonja: Ed Bonja, who recently had heart surgery, reports he will be recuperating for "about 6 months." (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
|"Spring Fever" comes to CD: The CD-R label Unicorn will release their first real CD with the title "Spring Fever". The CD is released in memory of Elvis' death 28 years ago on August 16, 1977. This is a completely unreleased show that was recorded on May 22, 1974 (midnight) at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. This is a digitally remastered audience recording taken from the master tape. The running time is 77:18 minutes.
From the press release: Elvis does an excellent performance in this show as he does some powerful tunes such as "Trying To Get To You", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "The Wonder Of You", "I Can't Stop Loving You" and a very rare song performed in 1974 which Elvis did in this show is "My Way" (actually it is the ONLY KNOWN version of this song that comes from 1974). Unfortunately the show was incomplete as it's missing "Can't Help Falling In Love". Unicorn added this closing number from the May 21st, 1974 Midnight Show (unheard before, too) to make it a complete concert feeling. Also "Help Me" was slightly damaged on the master tape so producers added this song as one of the bonus tracks from the May 21st, 1974 as well.
Track listing: 01. Instrumental Intro / Also Sprach Zarathustra (A 2001 Space Odyssey Theme); 02. C. C. Rider; 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley); 04. Love Me; 05. Trying To Get To You; 06. All Shook Up; 07. Love Me Tender; 08. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; 09. Hound Dog; 10. Fever; 11. Polk Salad Annie; 12. Why Me Lord; 13. Suspicious Minds; 14. Band Introductions; 15. I Can't Stop Loving You (with last part reprise); 16. Help Me(incomplete); 17. Bridge Over Troubed Water; 18. Let Me Be There;19. The Wonder Of You; 20. Big Boss Man (with last part reprise); 21. My Way; 22. Can't Help Falling In Love (21.05.1974 MS); 23. Closing Vamp (21.05.1974 MS)
Bonus tracks (Lake Tahoe, May 21, 1974 Midnight show):
24. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; 25. Help Me; 26. Bridge Over Troubled Water; 27. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (News, Source: Elvis News)
Man "possessed by soul of Elvis" takes his life: A 35-year-old man who believed he was possessed by the soul of Elvis Presley was found hanging from a tree in woods near his home, an inquest heard. Paul Box, of King George Road, Chatham, died on May 12, by hanging himself from a scarf in the woods off Campion Close behind the Bridgewood Manor Hotel. Mr Box, who was unemployed and single, was discovered by a woman walking her dog. Just hours before he was found he had seen his probation officer Adam Crocker following an appearance at Medway magistrates' court.
Mr Crocker told the Gillingham inquest on Wednesday that he had been seen by a psychiatrist for mental health problems but on that morning he was calm and showing no signs of stress or anxiety. Mr Crocker added: “He believed he was possessed by the soul of Elvis Presley and that his aura descended on him in the evenings and that he experienced him through singing and dancing. “He had approached the Press in the past but nobody was interested. He also spent part of his time living rough.”
Coroner Roger Sykes, recording a verdict of suicide, heard that Mr Box would have needed to clamber up a tree in order to tie the scarf to hang himself. A post mortem examination revealed he had low levels of alcohol, cannabis and amphetamine but not enough to significantly affect his thoughts. Mr Sykes said: “His manner was calm and composed on the day but in the past I have been told his chosen method of dying would be hanging. He took his own life while suffering an undiagnosed form of mental illness. He was a man who had real problems in dealing with normal life.” (News/Odd Spot, Source: Sanja Meegin)
|Thursday 1 September 2005
Elvis' "cement footprints" found : The cement slab that was stepped in by the King during the filming of "Charro!" has been found. The slab reads: "Elvis Presley (signed) - JESSE (played Jesse Wade) - July 7, 1968.
The cement slab has been stored in a secure vault. This is understood to be the only known cement footprint ever cast by Elvis and is a central part of the history of Apacheland where Charro! and other movies were filmed.
Many actors and actresses cast their hand prints and footprints at the historic Apacheland Studio back in the 1960's but when Apacheland closed it's doors to the public in the late 1970's many of the valuable artifacts were sold, or lost and became part of personal collections in past.
By the time Apacheland opened it's doors again in 1994 not much was left to remind people of the famous actors and actresses that walked the dusty streets. For more info visit: www.ArizonaCowboyMuseum.com
(News, Source: Philip Rauso Jr.)
Canadian Idols massacre Elvis hits:
The final four Canadian Idol
contestants each took on two songs by the king of rock 'n' roll Tuesday night, but by the end of the evening it was clear that few of them deserve to be heir to the throne. It was the third straight week of the competition that focused on rock music — we've already seen the pop protégées attempt classic rock and Burton Cummings
to mixed results — but most of the Idol hopefuls had trouble translating Elvis Presley
's dated, bluesy material into something contemporary. At least they got a free trip to Sun Studio in Memphis, where Presley once recorded.
Following an all-too-brief video bio on Presley (which was also all-too-happy to skip the part about the depression and the drug abuse), big teddy bear Aaron Walpole performed the appropriate "Teddy Bear," a peppy doo-wop number that would sound great on a chewing gum commercial. It was a bit too obvious a selection for the show tune-lovin' guy from St. Thomas, but judge Sass Jordan was pleased with it. "You're starting to make a fabulous name for big men everywhere!" she gushed. Then rocker Suzi Rawn dished out a strong, but slurred working of "Heartbreak Hotel," breaking a lot of hearts in the process as she sexily breathed the line, "I get so lonely."
"You sing that like you had heartbreak," judge Jake Gold remarked in approval. Compadre Zack Werner felt differently. "It looks like you could use a good night's sleep," Werner told Rawn. Melissa O'Neil was a bit unstable with the low part of her vocals during "A Little Less Conversation" (the recent Junkie XL dance version), but she stepped it up by the second verse with her louder register. Judges, again, were unimpressed. "You energized the room at least," Farley Flex offered. "I found it really screechy," Gold said. Hat-boy Rex Goudie traded his lucky white hat for his blue suede Adidas during a pretty good "Blue Suede Shoes." Like Elvis, Goudie's best asset is his pelvis, I mean, charisma; it's definitely not his stiff dancing. "You're like Elvis Pretzel," Farley said.
The second half of the show was dedicated to Presley ballads and Walpole stared straight into the cameras for his soft and composed "Love Me Tender." The super saccharine delivery irked Werner. "I think some people just tuning in are gonna think this is The Dairy Network," he said. "All cheese all the time."
Rawn was wobbly on "Can't Help Falling In Love," taking liberty with the melody and introducing a never-before-heard yodel. Jordan called the vocal "iffy," but Gold liked Rawn's unusually low-key performance. "Tonight is the first I've seen you vulnerable and it moved me," Gold admitted. Then O'Neil recomposed herself for the soaring gospel song, "You'll Never Walk Alone," which should convince viewers of her Idol-worthy big voice. "That was simple, that was sweet and that was stunning," Jordan praised.
Finally, Goudie proved that although he excels in rock, ballads are tricky for him, and the singer struggled with the rhythm on "If I Can Dream." "I thought that was blue, but I really like you," Jordan said as sweetly as possible, while Werner proclaimed that on this night, four Canadians "massacred" the Presley catalog. (News, Source: Chart Attack/Sanja Meegin)
Another celebrity visitor at Graceland: Actress/singer Jada Pinkett Smith toured Graceland with her children earlier this week. Travel plans for further south for her and husband actor/singer Will Smith and their family were thwarted by Hurricane Katrina, thus the Smiths' extended stay in Memphis and the opportunity to visit Graceland. Mr. Smith (alias The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) did not join his wife and family for the Graceland outing. (News, Source: EPE)
Lilo & Stitch 2 now out: Lilo & Stitch II - Stitch Has A Glitch, the straight-to-DVD follow-up to Disney's hit 2002 film Lilo & Stitch, has just been released. As with the first film, Lilo shares her love for Elvis with Stitch, her extraterrestrial friend. Elvis recordings featured on the new film's soundtrack are Rubberneckin', A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix) and I Need Your Love Tonight. Elvis-inspired chapter titles are Inspiration From The King and A Little More Action. (News, Source: EPE)
Lilo & Stitch II - Official Site
Coming Soon.Net's Review of L&S II
Lilo & Stitch I - Offcial Site
Elvis Museum & Gift Shop opens its doors in Pigeon Forge: Lynn McAllister, owner of the Elvis Museum and Gift Shops, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony recently for the reopening of the museum. Attending were Kay Powell with the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism; Charlie Hodge, friend, vocalist and musician of Elvis Presley; Mrs. McAllister's father, Mike L. Moon, founder and curator of the Elvis Museum and once owner of Elvis' back-up gospel group, The Stamps Quartet; Dee Gallon, owner of Memories Theater; and others.
Lynn McAllister and her family, now full-time residents of Sevier County, "accepted the challenge of revitalizing the museum and gift shops with a passion," said Moon. "We are grateful for all of her efforts and look forward to future plans she and her family have in store." Those who attended joined the McAllister family for a dinner and award ceremony at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. McAllister presented several plaques in appreciation and thanked those who have assisted in the project.
A special musical jam session concluded the festivities with special guest musicians and vocalists paying tribute to Presley's gospel heritage. The Elvis Museum and Gift Shops has what it calls the world's largest private collection of authentic collectibles, displays and memorabilia. It is located at 2638 Parkway. For more information visit www.ElvisMuseums.com. (News, Source: The Mountain Press)
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)