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Special Deal - Australians & Kiwis CLICK > Prince From Another Planet (Deluxe 2 CD/1 DVD Box Set) for the new release only AU$34 delivered right to your door!
Coming Soon to EIN…
CD Reviews – US ‘I Am An Elvis Fan’ vs Australia’s ‘Elvis By Request’
Interview – Nick Adams daughter discusses her new book about Elvis.
Book Review - 'Elvis On Tour' E-Book review
Interview – Author Arjan Deelen his new book ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’.

Sunday 30 September 2012

NOW UPDATED - 'A Boy From Tupelo' special In-depth Review: For more than a decade Ernst Jorgensen has been working on his deluxe book/CD package to present the definitive look at Elvis during his sensational and creative Sun Records period.
Over eight years later after first being discussed with fans it is finally released as a massive 530 pages, around 1,000 photos and weighing nearly 5 kilograms, this is the biggest project of its kind.
It also features all of Elvis’ Sun recordings on 3 CDs - including a CD of Elvis LIVE, on the radio, and in concert.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this fabulous production while David Tinson checks out Elvis' sensational early LIVE recordings.

Newly updated with more images and excerpts -the review features plenty of book extracts and rare photos.

(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Prince from Another Planet' Release Delayed to November 12: The two versions are now scheduled for release on November 12. Pre-Order cheap - now the DELUXE DVD version is available for only US$29 from Amazon - plus the cheaper budget version without the DVD.
Great news is that the DVD featuree 30 mins of hand-held footage filmed at the June 10th Afternoon Show synced to the complete show - as well as 20 minutes of the Press Conference. Release date is October 30, 2012.
Elvis Presley: Prince from Another Planet, As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden, New York City, June 10, 1972 - Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition 2-Cd+Dvd Box Set Presents Historic Afternoon And Evening Concerts – Newly Remixed - In One Package For First Time
BONUS DVD:1. Afternoon show filmed June 10, 1972 (approx. 1 hour hand-held footage) 2. Afternoon press conference held June 9, 1972 (approx. 20 minutes).
CLICK HERE for all the details, Tracklist and band details - from SONY ElvisThe Music
Go here to EIN's recent Spotlight on Madison Square Garden 40 Years Ago
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Another Elvis Mosaic for Aloha: Almost forty years ago Elvis made history in the record-breaking Aloha concert. Now following on from the 'I Am An Elvis Fan' concept Fan Mosaics and EPE are again giving fans the chance to make Elvis history by participating in the "Aloha from Hawaii" Elvis Fan Mosaic.
Featuring an image of the iconic singer and actor, this officially licensed photo mosaic will be built entirely from fan-submitted photos. The new mosaic will be part of a week-long celebration of the concert’s anniversary being held in Hawaii January 10 – January 15, 2013.

Fans can upload their photos now until October 28. Commemorative prints will begin shipping late November.

For more info and to Upload your photo CLICK HERE.


(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Homesick' Elvis letter in Auction: A letter Elvis wrote from Germany just after his mother Gladys died emerges for sale 54 years on. The King's note from 1958 will be auctioned in Spain this week. "I just want to tell you that I miss and love you all very much", Elvis wrote.
He had just lost his mother and was living thousands of miles from home in a foreign country.
So it’s fair to say that Elvis was feeling genuinely lonesome the night he wrote an emotional letter to his friends.
Aged 23 and doing his national service in Germany, he sent the rare note home in 1958 telling them how homesick he was and how much he missed his mother Gladys who had died three months earlier.
He also spoke of his frustration at having to postpone his burgeoning singing career for the two years he spent in the US military.
The two-page handwritten letter was addressed to a 15-year-old girl called Frances Forbes, but was meant for a whole group of friends back home in Memphis, Tennessee.
It has been with a private collector from Hertfordshire for many years, but has now come up for sale.
The letter reveals Elvis' vulnerable and tender side. We have had a lot of interest in it and we expect it to go for more than the pre-sale estimate of $6,000.
Elvis' letter includes, "Well I don’t know what ever made me decide to write a letter but I guess it’s because I am so homesick and lonely. I just want to tell you that I miss and love you all very much and I am just counting the hours until I can return and we will all be together again.... I guess I miss mother more over here than anything because I am just now realizing that she won’t ever be here anymore."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Help VOTE Elvis into the American Pop Music Hall of Fame: Elvis fans can now vote for the King of Rock 'n' Roll to be included in the first hall of fame dedicated to pop icons. As EIN noted earlier, the American Pop Music Hall of Fame selected Elvis as a nominee to be inducted into the new display honoring pop greats. Elvis is among the top 40 nominees which includes other musical legends such as The Beatles and Frank Sinatra.
The Hall of Fame will announce the top 20 inductees in May and they will be formally inducted on July 2, 2013. Eligible artists must have lodged a national hit between 1946 and 1975.
Voting opened this week - CLICK HERE TO VOTE and for more info.
One vote per person.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Rapper Little Wayne beats Elvis - EIN thinks NOT! Recent publicity supposes that US Rapper Little Wayne has become the new King of the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with a total of 109 songs.
Wayne, recently turned 30, supposedly surpassed Presley's count of 108 entries in the Hot 100 singles chart between 1958 and 2003 as a collaborator on rapper Game's latest track "Celebration". That track also features Chris Brown and Tyga, entering the chart at No. 82 last week.
However times have changed, diminishing Elvis' achievements..
1. Billboard now counts digital downloads as "Singles". In the 1950s or 1960s a '45RPM' single cost about 4 times more than a download today - and was something you saved for.
2. Elvis singles sold millions and stayed in the charts for weeks. Having to wait for delivery to Record Stores meant there was very little "chart-movement" unlike now. You had to wait months between single releases.
3. Around half of Little Wayne's releases are duets/collaborations - not as a solo artist.
Billboard needs to move to newly named Chart for the new millennium. Of course Lil Wayne is highly unlikely to be still lauded (and touring!) 35 years after his death!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Lisa Marie's new UK Country Life: Lisa Marie Presley is discovering new countryside interests. The 44-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley lives on a 90-acre estate in West Sussex in the south of England with her husband Michael Lockwood and their three-year-old twin daughters Harper and Finley. She recently bought a flock of sheep and is enjoying looking after them. She has also been selling fish and chips from the back of a van in the sleepy English village.
Her secret fish-and-chip gig delighted her friends, Kim and Justin Scales, who run the business. "Lisa Marie likes to see how we live and experience it. We were laughing because the customers didn't know it was her. She really enjoyed it. It was the funniest thing. We all did this run and no one knew who she was."
In an interview this week, Lisa Marie said she preferred her English neighbours over "self-absorbed" Californians.
She said: "I lived in the same neighborhood for 17 years, and I didn't even know a neighbor. When I moved here, I was getting notes and flowers. That's what I love about it. It's simple, it's not flash, it was a quality of life I needed."
When she is not touring or at home looking after twins Harper and Finley, 3, she often visits her friends’ pub to have a pint.
"Her rich neighbors are confused that she wants to come to the pub," said Kim Scales. "When she is in the pub people treat her normally. It's not a big deal, everyone has got used to her. She's really friendly."
(News, Source;MartyLacker/ElvisInfoNet)

The Wicked Queen has arrived! Priscilla Presley shows off her costume as she gears up for her first ever panto role in Snow White. The ex-wife of Elvis will star as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the New Wimbledon Theatre later this year, and new pictures show Priscilla looks positively evil in her costume.
The dress is quite revealing for the 67-year-old, as she makes use of the big split in the front of her red dress to stick out one of her toned legs.

The actress will star next to Warwick Davis and Jarred Christmas in the show that starts its run on December 7.

(News, Source;WickedQueen/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 26 September 2012

'A Boy From Tupelo' special In-depth Review: For more than a decade Ernst Jorgensen has been working on his deluxe book/CD package to present the definitive look at Elvis during his sensational and creative Sun Records period.
Over eight years later after first being discussed with fans it is finally released as a massive 530 pages, around 1,000 photos and weighing nearly 5 kilograms, this is the biggest project of its kind.
It also features all of Elvis’ Sun recordings on 3 CDs - including a CD of Elvis LIVE, on the radio, and in concert.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this fabulous production while David Tinson checks out Elvis' sensational early LIVE recordings.
The review features plenty of book extracts and rare photos.

(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Rebel & The King' Book Update: Everybody’s support and interest is helping The Rebel & The King find its way home to fans who are loving the book. I get letters everyday thanking me for sharing my Dad’s manuscript with the world, not to mention all the new friends and connections that bloom each day.
Roy Turner summed it up when he originally named the new video “Footprints on my heart with Nick and Elvis.” Its now titled “Walking in Memphis with The Rebel and the King, Elvis and Nick,” Roy did a beautiful job with his own Elvis archives and additional photos and footage. Never before photos of Elvis and Nick tell the story of the Tupelo Homecoming in 1956, as I follow along with the book discovering Elvis’ upbringing and spiritual legacy.
56 Years ago in 1956, on September 26, Elvis had his homecoming in Tupelo and Daddy was there to ride the wave of that momentous day.
I am so happy to learn how many Nick Adams fans are still out there

and feel that my father was a really good actor who never got his due.
Elvis is good medicine and I am doing my best to stay mindful as I ride this train during  a moment in history. So for now I’m TCB, taking care of business in a flash.
With grace and gratitude, The Rebel’s Daughter.
Go HERE to the youtube clip of Allyson Adams talking about the book.
Go HERE to purchase the book>> The Rebel and the King .
EIN will feature it's exclusive interview with Nick Adams daughter real soon.
(News, Source;A.Adams/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Priscilla "I'll never find another Elvis": Priscilla Presley doesn't think she'll ever find another man she loved as much as Elvis. The 67-year-old actress who was married to the Elvis for just six years before they divorced, finds it 'pointless' to compare him to other guys because nobody will ever be able to better the person that Elvis was nor his amazing aura.
She said: 'I don't think I'll ever find anyone I'll love as much as I loved Elvis. It's pointless trying to compare him to anyone. 'Yes, some men I've been with have mattered to me, but Elvis was my first love, he'll be my last.'
Priscilla admits that she and Lisa Marie, 44, have both had trouble finding men over the years because they still live in 'the shadow of Elvis'.
She explained: 'Lisa Marie first got married at 20, and became pregnant at 21 - almost the same age as me. We had a long talk about it, but then she did exactly what she wanted to do. Just like her father!
'Sadly, that marriage didn't work out and I have to admit we've both had problems with men over the years. We've both made some bad choices. And maybe it's because we both still live with the shadow of Elvis.
'What I mean is, any man who comes into our lives has to understand that
being with us can be overwhelming. The whole world is always watching.'
Priscilla refers to Lisa - who has three-year-old twin daughters, Harper and Finley, with husband Michael Lockwood - as her 'best friend' nowadays but she didn't get on well with her daughter when the she split with Elvis as while she was trying to enforce some rules in the youngster's life, he would let her do 'whatever she wanted to', and Priscilla was 'fearful' that Lisa was getting mixed up in drugs.
"I knew she was getting in with the wrong crowd. Drugs were prevalent. Underage drinking.
I was so fearful that I used to follow her when she went out at night ... I used to drive her to school, just to make sure she was actually going to school! But now we're best friends"
(News, Source;Sanja/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis Died For Somebody's Sins But Not Mine" New Book: Mick Farren has spent more than four decades in the thick of the culture wars as a commentator, activist, essayist, poet, performer, and rebel with multiple causes. 'Elvis Died For Somebody's Sins But Not Mine: A Lifetime's Collected Writing' is a major collection of his lifetime work. Farren also co-authored the excellent 'ELVIS: The Complete Illustrated Record' with Roy Carr which was published in 1982.
Being a founding figure in the 1960s underground press, who was forced to defend his work at The Old Bailey, might well be sufficient laurels on which to rest, but, instead, he careered on through the London birth pangs of punk, the intoxicated madness of Lower Manhattan under Ronald Reagan, earthquakes and urban insurrection in Los Angeles. He has written for IT, Oz, NME, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, and countless other publications great and small. Farren has also taken time out to publish some two dozen sci-fi / psychedelic/Gothic novels. Back home in England, part of his time has been spent assembling this sample volume of his provocative and at times quite alarming body of work. "Within these pages you'll meet the likes of Frank Zappa, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and Gore Vidal, and open correspondence between the author and Pete Townshend. And, much more importantly, you're about to go one-on-one with a world-class raconteur... Sounds like a good time to me. If this kind of mess-around seems like your cup of meat, then prepare your relaxant of choice, kick back and dig in. The greasy 'oodlums are at your door."
To be published by Headpress, May 2013.
(News, Source;NigelP/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 24 September 2012

MRS and JAT's 'Greatest Live Hits of the 50s' Pre-order now: The next MRS release in association with JAT Productions ‘Greatest Live Hits of the 50s’ will be officially released 22nd October 2012. The 24 track CD is the most varied compilation to date, containing only the best live performances, making the ultimate live set list of the 1950’s. And at a Great Price - Only GB£8 or US$13.

For the first time on General Release, it has 8 new live tracks that have all been re-mastered and are now significantly and noticeably improved, than before. Additionally, the CD also contains for the first time, an unreleased live version of ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ from October 1955.
Go HERE for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

The 40TH Anniversary of 'ALOHA FROM HAWAI': EPE is ramping up the advertising for the 'Aloha From Hawaii' 40th Anniversary celebrations, January 10 – January 15, 2013 in Hawaii.
So far featured announced guests include former members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet Donnie Sumner, Larry Strickland, Ed Hill, Bill Baize plus Joe Guercio. Hawaiian radio DJ Tom Moffatt, Ginny Tiu (Elvis' young co-star in 'Girls!Girls!Girls!') plus co-star Jan Shepard. There will also be concert performances from Andy Childs, Terry Mike Jeffrey, Jamie Aaron Kelley, former Members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet and more.
And of course the 'Aloha From Hawaii' 40th Anniversary Enhanced Screening at the original HIC centre.
Click here for more info
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

‘Elvis The Man & His Music’ September 2012: Issue #97 of this fabulous magazine is out now.
The content of this 44 page issue includes....
- In The Beginning... A fantastic in-depth review of 'A Boy From Tupelo'
- 78s Around The World - Rare shellac from around the globe
- Saluting the Sgt! - 'Just Pretend' the classic Sgt Bilko bootleg at 21
- UK Only Albums - Six key albums instigated in the UK
- In-Depth book reviews
- Plus 7 pages of CD reviews, latest news, Rare pics etc
The BEST Elvis magazine around if you want to know about our man and his music.
DON'T MISS OUT on this great issue - Go here for more info.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis By Request' drops to #42 on ARIA Albums Chart in Australia: In its 5th week on the Aussie ARIA Albums Chart, Elvis By Request drops nine places to #42.

Sadly the promised "big TV campaign" supporting the release never happened.

EIN will publish its review of the US "I Am An Elvis Fan" vs Australian "Elvis By Request" later this week.
This good-value 40 track CD costs only $22 from Sanity on line - Click HERE

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/SonyAustralia)

Save Elvis' "Circle G": The Circle G Foundation's mission is to get Elvis' beautiful ranch off the market and restore it so fans can enjoy it for generations. Sadly the ranch is in a rather bad state of repair and may not survive another harsh winter! Myself and the Foundation are taking action now to prevent the ranch being lost forever. Please see the link below for info about our progress and to get some merchandise, because we all need more Elvis stuff! There are enough of us in this Elvis Family that if we all donated just $1 we would have enough to buy the ranch and get a fair start on the restorations!!!
In the following days I hope to bring to you the exciting new campaign we are planning. It is going to be awsome! All I can say is....get your cameras ready!
CLICK HERE for more info and pictures.
(News, Source;CircleGFoundation/ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla Presley the Wicked Queen!: Priscilla Presley will make her pantomime debut at the New Wimbledon theatre, London, this December. She will play the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 7 December to 13 January, 2013.
Several American actors have taken to the British tradition of pantomime in recent years. Presley follows former Baywatch stars David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson to the south-west London theatre. Happy Days actor Henry Winkler also made his debut there in 2006 as Captain Hook.
Presley said she was "delighted" by the opportunity, which she described as an "honour". "I have heard such wonderful things about British pantomime. The script is hilarious, my costume is sensational and I can't wait to get started and give the people of London my Wicked Queen."
In addition to five years starring in Dallas, Presley's acting credits include the Naked Gun film series.
Kevin Wood, chief executive, said: "This year we have scooped the jackpot; it's only Priscilla Presley, Hollywood royalty, TV icon and the wife of the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley. This show is going to be the best yet."
(News, Source;thewickedwitch/EIN)

Friday 21 September 2012

'A Boy From Tupelo' Close to SOLD OUT!: FTD have announced that their print-run has Sold Out (see details below). Fans who want this quality release should buy a copy ASAP.
"A Boy From Tupelo - Complete 53-55 Recordings" includes for the first time in one collection every known Elvis Presley SUN master and outtake, plus two private records Elvis paid for with his own money, as well as thrilling radio and concert performances from the period. The 3 CD package features 10 previously-unreleased cuts. All audio has been re-mastered and restored as best we could, but Disc 3 has pretty rough audio.
EIN will publish an in-depth review tuesday - In the meantime fans can try and order the final few copies from "Elvis The Man & his Music" click here - or the "London Elvis Shop" Click here.
For FULL Tracklisting & details of 'A Boy From Tupelo' go here.

Order now if you don’t want to miss out on this long-awaited Ernst Jorgensen SUN project.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

'Wednesday Night Roll Over!' New Import CD: It’s All About Elvis! A week into his March-April engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton, Elvis continued to offer generally dynamic performances, filled with good humour and a sense of fun. On the from the Midnight Show March 26, 1975 Elvis incorporated songs from his sessions at RCA Hollywood from earlier that month, all of which would appear on the Elvis Today album. Three-quarters of his two most recent singles received an airing as well, with ‘Promised Land’ sounding frisky indeed. The often-lengthy, angry and too-revealing monologues from the previous summer in Las Vegas were now gone.
Straight Arrow present a superb-quality audience recorded entire show, and it’s a delight. There are commendable performances of 'I’ll Remember You’ (with a quick one-liner of Dionne Warwick’s 1967 hit ‘Alfie’ at the start), 'It's Midnight' (with a funny false start), 'Big Boss Man', ‘And I Love You So', 'Burning Love' and his current top-twenty RCA single, the dramatic 'My Boy.’ Elvis even throws in the seldomly performed ‘Until It’s Time For You To Go.’ Wednesday’s child might have been full of woe, but Wednesday night’s gig at the Hilton is full of go-go-go!
As fans have come to expect, this recording is of very good quality, sourced from an early generation copy of the original cassette. It was recorded by the same fan who taped shows used for our previous release, "AMORE, ELVIS". The digipak contains excellent liner notes and is filled with photos from the March-April 1975 engagement.
Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for tracklisting & more release info.
(News, Source;Straight Arrow)

FTD Deletions: After the announcement of the new October/December releases, FTD also note the deletion of the following items.
5" Digi-packs: 'Burbank 68', 'It’s Midnight', 'Closing Night', 'Rockin’ Across Texas'
7" Classic Album Series: 'Tickle Me'
12" Vinyl Albums: 'Blue Hawaii', 'Standing Room Only', 'Good Times', 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Elvis Is Back'.

The new 2012 Book/CD "A Boy From Tupelo - The Complete 1953 to 1955 Recordings" is also Sold Out not to be reprinted.

Go here for EIN's in-depth FTD Reviews.

(News, Source;FTD)

‘INSPIRATIONS’ - Classic Album on CD:  Back in the early 1980s the K-Tel label released some great Elvis compilation albums. All their releases were advertised on radio and TV, so the impact was huge. Most of the albums became gold or platinum award winning albums. With these great albums  many fans were first introduced to the wonderful music of Elvis Presley .
The 1980 gospel album ‘INSPIRATIONS, is, perhaps, the most successful K-tel album that was released at the time. With it’s beautiful painted cover and excellent tracklist, this is one of the best Elvis gospel compilation albums ever released.
And now, 32 years after it’s release, it’s finally available on silver pressed CD, for all the fans who will treasure their first memory of Elvis’ music, and for those who, simply, want a great Elvis gospel album!
The new BOTHSIDES label, presents the original album including 7 great bonus tracks. All bonus tracks (alternate takes) are edited, so now you can hear them for the first time without false starts, studio chat etc. Just the complete takes.
This great CD (NO CDR!) comes in a 4 page booklet with original sleeve notes.
This is a fantastic CD for the cold and long winter nights or the upcoming Christmas season.
This Is A Strictly Limited Edition Release Of Only 300 Copies!  
(News, Source;BothSides/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Hot Shots and Cool Clips Vol. 6' New JAT DVD: Here is the flyer for the forthcoming Tunzi DVD release "Elvis Hot Shots And Cool Clips Vol. 6". This volume will be housed inside of the legendary rare 1975 Hilton Showroom Menu. The DVD will include Las Vegas 1972, Kansas City 1972, Chicago 1972, afternoon show and more.

Go here to EIN's extensive interview with Joe Tunzi where he discusses his DVD releases and much, much more.

(News, Source;JAT/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 19 September 2012 - - - - Updated - - - -

October & December FTD Release News: There will be three new FTD releases in October, two "Classic Albums" and one vinyl release.
1. The major release is 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard' as a Classic Album.
Featuring a large number of officially unreleased Jungle Room outtakes, it comes with the usual 12-page booklet featuring Behind The Scenes and memorabilia.
'From Elvis Presley Boulevard' was first released in April 1976 but only reached #41 in the US album charts. Originally it only featured 10 tracks, recorded at Elvis' Graceland home among them 'Hurt', 'Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain', 'For The Heart' and 'Solitaire'.
The first Disc features the original album plus ‘The Alternate Album’ made of session highlights while the second disc features the other outtakes and some master rough mixes. The album is Mastered by Vic Anesini and compiled by Jean-Marc Juilland. Surely an essential purchase for any Jungle Room sessions fans.
Go here to EIN’s FTD/SONY 2012 Official CD Releases for full tracklist and info.

2. The 1974 UK album 'Hits Of The 70's' is also released as a "Classic Album" double 7" release.
The original 12 track album included many songs that had only been available in the UK as singles ('I'm Leavin'', 'Rags To Riches', 'I've Lost You' etc) and was a firm favourite with English fans. Maybe this rather odd choice for release is because FTD's Roger Semon is English and has fond memories of this album. At the time it featured no hits later than 1972 due to the dodgy RCA buy-out deal in 1973. Now FTD release their expanded version with 24 Elvis 1970's single A & B sides plus the bonus track 'My Way' (which was released after Elvis' death). For once the album does not feature any outtakes or unreleased material.
It comes with a 12-page booklet featuring the UK and US single sleeves plus chart information and historic release notes.
Go here to EIN’s FTD/SONY 2012 Official CD Releases for full tracklist and info.

3. 'Elvis Country' FTD VINYL special Limited Edition 2-album release. As always it features...
- Re-mastered from original studio tapes
- Vinyl cutting by ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
- DMM Copper Mastering
- 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
- Limited pressing
Go here to EIN’s FTD/SONY 2012 Official CD Releases for full tracklist and info.

December 2012 FTD Releases have also been announced:
'Back In Memphis' as a "Classic Album"
'AUGUST 1972' - A two CD set. CD1 unreleased Rehearsals from early August 1972 (From the new tapes that Ernst recently acquired) CD 2 Live Soundboard August 12, 1972, dinner show. Probably with bonus tracks.
'G.I. Blues' FTD VINYL - special 2-album vinyl release.

(News, Source;FTD/Ken Jensen/FECC)

Elvis girlfriend Sheila Ryan Dies: Elvis' seventies girlfriend Sheila Ryan Caan died this week, aged only 59, after a struggle with cancer. After going out with Elvis in the mid-seventies she then married actor James Caan, their son is Hawaii 5-O actor Scott Caan.
Sheila Ryan met Elvis in February 1974 after Joe Esposito spotted her in the Las Vegas audience. Ryan told an interviewer that when Elvis emerged from his dressing roam, their eyes met and she knew, instantly, that they would he spending a lot of time together.
In one of those perfect "ELVIS MOMENTS" Sheila Ryan was with Elvis during his RCA L.A. March 1975 recording session. As he recorded the beautiful 'And I Love You So' Elvis says, "Step here Sheila and let me sing to you baby". This delicious non-overdubbed Take 1 is available on the 'Today' FTD release.
In the past Sheila Ryan has talked about her time with Elvis...
"Elvis had qualities that no other human being has, had, will have. Some of them are so hard to describe because the charisma, the qualities that he had were almost not of this world, you know. They were, a lot of times, angelic. He knew things before I knew things. He knew things that I was feeling before I was feeling them.
He was very much a little boy, had that little boy quality and I've often said, you know, before I met him, he had that smile and everyone interpreted that

smile to be his sexy look. And it wasn't that at all. It wasn't a sexy look. It was his innocence, his vulnerability. It wasn't at all something that he turned on and off. It was just, you know, just vulnerable.
I don't think that there's another person who had a more tender heart. The biggest joy that Elvis had was in giving and I didn't really understand it that much at the time. But it was what brought most joy to him was to give.
  The thing that meant the most to me in my relationship with Elvis was that it was different than relationships that he had had with other women in that I wasn't the nagging, jealous, I didn't try to change him. I mean, I didn't expect him to be monogamous. When he would go away, I knew that he was gonna be with another woman and when he would come back he would tell me about what happened. And so what was most different about my relationship with him is that he didn't have to explain. He didn't have to be afraid."
RIP Sheila Ryan Caan 
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Tuesday 18 September 2012

'Prince from Another Planet' GREAT NEW DEAL: Two versions being released but now the DELUXE DVD version is available for only US$29 from Amazon - plus the cheaper budget version without the DVD.
Great news is that the DVD featuree 30 mins of hand-held footage filmed at the June 10th Afternoon Show synced to the complete show - as well as 20 minutes of the Press Conference. Release date is October 30, 2012.
Elvis Presley: Prince from Another Planet, As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden, New York City, June 10, 1972 - Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition 2-Cd+Dvd Box Set Presents Historic Afternoon And Evening Concerts – Newly Remixed - In One Package For First Time
5,000-word liner notes essay by Lenny Kaye, historian and guitarist for Patti Smith
BONUS DVD:1. Afternoon show filmed June 10, 1972 (approx. 1 hour hand-held footage) 2. Afternoon press conference held June 9, 1972 (approx. 20 minutes).

Rarely is unseen footage of Elvis in concert discovered, so this footage lends historical importance to the package. The film is a revealing portrait of a physically commanding Elvis and his powerhouse TCB Band, background vocalists, and orchestra.

CLICK HERE for all the details, Tracklist and band details - from SONY ElvisThe Music
Go here to EIN's recent Spotlight on Madison Square Garden 40 Years Ago
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis Nominated for US Pop Music Hall of Fame: Elvis Presley is among the “Top 40” nominees for induction into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame as well as the Beatles and Frank Sinatra. The nominees were announced simultaneously at the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest and the Covered Bridge Festival Sunday.
Others nominated for the Hall of Fame include early pop music icons Pat Boone, Perry Como and Nat King Cole, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and Smokey & the Miracles, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, the Everly Brothers, Elton John, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Patti Page, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder.
To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, an artist must have placed a song on the national charts between 1946 and 1975.
Pop music fans, as well as those in the music industry, will be able to vote for their favorites at americaspopmusichalloffame.org beginning September 20.
A temporary home for the hall of fame has been announced for Canonsburg while funds are being sought for a permanent structure.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

D.J. Fontana Alive and Well! Despite Elvis Club Berlin posting a message that D.J. Fontana died last week, he assures us that he is alive and well!
D.J. said, "I am fine, I don't know how the rumour got started. I wish people would just check out my Facebook pages before they spread such things."
Karen Fontana was more distressed and posted, "I am DJ's wife and this is a terrible thing to do to a person. Our family and friends are getting all kinds of calls and it is all over facebook. You have upset alot of people and it is NOT FUNNY".

EIN is very happy that the great D.J. is still very much alive and kicking.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Young Man with the Big Beat' SPECIAL DEAL - Now ONLY $89!: Released to coincide with the 55th anniversary celebration of Elvis' national break-through year, 'Young Man with the Big Beat' is a 5-disc box set in a retro format containing all of the 1956 RCA Masters including the complete albums 'Elvis Presley' (#1254) and the second 'Elvis' (#1382). It also includes a previously-unreleased live show, outtakes and rare interviews with the Elvis along with an 84-page book with a day-by-day chronology plus assorted photos and memorabilia.
This week SONY is offering this great set for only $89 - reduced from $140 - a great deal. CLICK HERE for the SONY Special price.
(News, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Sunday 16 September 2012

Elvis By Request plummets on ARIA Albums Chart in Australia: In only its 4th week on the Aussie ARIA Albums Chart, Elvis By Request drops 19 spots to #33. At #33 sales are very weak.

While much has been made about its debut position of #4, the album lacks traction in the charts.

Elvis Australia reported on August 26 that:

While the album has benefited from some very clever marketing from Sony Music, all the promotion in the world won't sell a turkey, so clearly the concept has appealed as we expected it would. So with a great concept, title, cover art, fan picked track listing and the massive media coverage of the release we have Elvis riding high on the charts once more.  

Elvis Australia's faith in the pr approach was misguided as a #4 debut while admirable, does not equate sales wise to a #4 debut in the 1980s, 1990s or early noughties!

EIN questions what has happened to the big TV campaign supporting the release and also asks is it a case, as with Sony USA's 'fan voted for' I Am An Elvis Fan album, that another "Elvis' greatest hits" album is simply not what the music buying public wants in 2012?

'The Classic Christmas Album' New Elvis compile: With Elvis' Christmas collections being some of the biggest selling albums SONY is always coming up with new compilation ideas. For 2012 SONY is releasing 'The Classic Christmas Album' featuring 17 of his best yuletide tracks. The interesting feature here is that the first two tracks are from his Xmas Duets album, 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' with Carrie Underwood and 'Blue Christmas' with Martina McBride - the rest are the standard Christmas fare.

Release date October 2, 2012 from Sony Legacy.
Only US$9.00 from Amazon
- Click here for tracklisting and to pre-order.


(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Experience Brazil photos & Concerts Selling Out!: Elvis fans from Brazil and throughout South America can now enjoy the 12-week exhibition, The Elvis Experience, and six performances of Elvis Presley in Concert. Elvis fans can now view photos of the traveling exhibition.
A first of its kind exhibition outside the United States, "The Elvis Experience" includes over 600 rare artifacts, documents and photos, many of which have never left the vaults or exhibit areas of Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis. The exhibition opened on September 5, 2012 in Sao Paulo at the Shopping Eldorado Mall.
Among the items featured are Elvis’ red MG automobile from his classic film "Blue Hawaii," a gold plated rotary dial telephone from Elvis upstairs bedroom, and his signature white suit featured in the closing number of his 1968 television special now referred to as "The ’68 Special." One of the most recognizable items in Brazil
is one of the American Eagle jumpsuits Elvis used for the 1973 "Aloha from Hawaii" television special, the world’s first LIVE televised satellite concert.
In addition to the exhibition, South American fans will also be able to experience the closest they will ever come to a live Elvis concert when "Elvis Presley in Concert" comes to Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero. Two Sao Paulo concerts are already SOLD OUT! - See the complete schedule here.
There are currently many Elvis Presley fan clubs in South America and Graceland has seen a steady increase in visitors from the country in the last several years. Currently, on Elvis’ Facebook page, there are more fans from Brazil than any country other than the United States.
See Photos Here
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Wild Tiger at the Hilton Vol. 4' new Import CD: The MxF label will release soon the fourth volume of "Wild Tiger at the Hilton' featuring the COMPLETE and UNRELESEAD Las Vegas January 28, 1974 Dinner Show.
After almost five months of rest, Elvis back to the Hilton in better shape and stronger respect the previous season. Elvis appears concentrate and his performance is superb. He delivers a long show, practically 60 minutes. Elvis was very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm he sang with power and sensitivity, delivering a solid and heartfelt repertoire like the "new" songs 'Spanish Eyes', 'Help Me' and 'Let Me Be There' and the classic 'Trying to Get To You'. At the same time he introduces the oldie 'My Baby Left Me' plus classic early 70’ songs like 'You’ve Lost Than Loving Feeling', 'Polk Salad Annie' and 'Sweet Caroline'. As you can see from the track list the number of the classic oldies in the show are significant reduced. This season will be the first with the new agreement, Elvis signed two years of contract performed twice at year, but only two weeks at the time rather than the previous four.
The show is unreleased and complete from a first generation copy of a privately-recorded 60-minute cassette. The sound was painstakingly restored for your listening pleasure. The sound quality here is incredible good, considering it was taped from the audience. Elvis’ voice is loud and clear, the band sounds very powerful with a very good balanced mix and some great James Burton’ guitar solos, the audience is never too intrusive giving instead the real feeling of the concert.
Like its predecessors, this new release will be presented in a beautiful four panel digipack with a collection of photos taken during the Season.
The recording excellent quality and the superb show give to Wild Tiger At The Hilton vol.4 the status of UNIQUE.
Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for tracklisting & more release info.
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

The Laser Suit Revival: Click here to read about the Star Wars inspired "lost" Elvis jumpsuit.

PLUS more info about the two "lost" Elvis songs "Come out, come out (wherever you are)" and "Memory Revival" (see our initial report on 8 Sep). (News, Source: Marcus Lundstrom, Sweden)

Opposite: Bill Belew, designer of Elvis' iconic jumpsuits

Graceland at 30 - Better Than Ever: No celebrity home anywhere is as famous as Elvis Presley's Graceland - but that is not why you should visit. I went to Graceland on a cross country driving trip in 1990 and loved it.

I went back two weeks ago and loved it even more.

I’ll preface this by saying that while I like the King’s music, I’m no crazed Elvis fan. That’s the thing some people don’t get – you don’t have to care about Elvis to enjoy Graceland. I’ve been to Versailles, and I wouldn’t call myself a Louis XIV fan, but it is worth visiting nonetheless. Graceland is a very interesting – and extremely well run – attraction that is a seminal part of American culture and speaks volumes to music, celebrity, and yes, history. But admittedly, most of all to Elvis.

Elvis Aaron Presley passed away 35 years ago, in 1977, and his beloved home, Graceland, was opened to the public five years later, now celebrating its 30th anniversary as an attraction. Not just any attraction, but one of the best known on earth. Amazingly, when Elvis’ estate decided to open it to the public, it was no sure thing, and few expected it succeed financially. It opened in large part just to survive and cover its tax bill.

Looking back it is hard to imagine the fear that no one would pay to visit Graceland – hundreds of thousands of people come every year, from all over the world, and while some are just visiting Memphis, many make the trip as a pilgrimage specifically for this attraction. They come from Asia and South America and Europe, they sometimes come in costume, they send and leave flowers, they come back regularly and they even get married here. Graceland hosts around 200 weddings year, which means most days.

As rock star mansions go, Graceland is shockingly understated. As tourist attractions go, it is amazingly impressive. Photo: Elvis Presley Enterprises

Since part of the mission of Graceland is to preserve the house as it was when Elvis lived there, the mansion itself does not change much, although they frequently rotate the exhibits in the two areas that display memorabilia:

  • the King’s former squash and fitness building (which cost him more to build years later then it had cost to buy the entire 14-acre estate) turned museum, and the
  • “Trophy Room,” an outdoor area Elvis had enclosed to hold not just his many trophies, but some of the thousands of gifts sent by fans.
The sheer number of original paintings and other mementos sent in his honor are staggering.

Another interesting shocker is the “state of the art” technology Elvis invested heavily in, from 8-track players to multiple small tube TVs built into the walls. Perhaps the biggest surprise to those who do not know much about Elvis is the extent of his philanthropy – one wall is plastered with cancelled checks to myriad causes and his most treasured awards were humanitarian, not musical, in nature. In fact, the only award he ever accepted in person was for his charitable work and it is on display. Graceland is full of such surprises.

Another big eye opener is just how big a star Elvis was. We live in a much more celebrity laden era, but there is no current star, certainly not in music, who holds a candle to the kind of admiration and reverence the King enjoyed. To see and hear (the tours all include headsets) about his one record breaking concert tour and televised event after another is staggering.

Since the dawn of rock n roll, the only performers on similar footing are the Beatles, who like Elvis, not only released hit record after hit record, literally caused crowds to swoon and set concert records everywhere they went, but also made movies, lots of movies. It takes a visit to Graceland to be reminded just how big a movie star Elvis was – in addition to being the biggest musical of his time.

The sheer amount of things to see is staggering, and like any big city art or natural history museum, the vast majority of the artifacts and memorabilia are in storage, not on display, enabling them to be rotated with enough frequency so that every time you visit it is new again.

The biggest change since I last visited – Graceland was only 8, an infant – is the non-mansion part of it. The ticket office and all the infrastructure sits on one side of Elvis Presley Boulevard, the house on the other. It is the entrance plaza complex that has exploded, with restaurants, several shops, four additional museum-type rotating exhibitions, even a hotel – the Heartbreak Hotel of course (really).


But the two biggest attractions on that side of the street were there when I visited last and I was eager to see them again, because they are still a big highlight of any visit to Graceland. There’s a car museum devoted to Elvis’ many automobiles, motorcycles and other motor toys, and what to me is the coolest part of the visit, his planes, especially the Lisa Marie.

A Convair 880, it’s a full-size four engine commercial jet that was converted into a flying palace and is actually much fancier than the house. With a master bedroom suite, dining room and living room that doubles as a second bedroom, it puts most modern billionaires’ private jets to shame.

In my opinion, nothing at Graceland is quite as interesting as Elvis' ultra-luxury jet, the Lisa Marie.

There’s not much in the way of insider tips I can give for visiting Graceland, but I do suggest you visit. There are three things worth considering if you go. First, it is very popular so it is always better to go early in the day, before the tour buses arrive, and if possible on a weekday. Secondly, there are three ticketing options at different price points. Do not do the Mansion Tour – it doesn’t include the cars or planes and these are musts. Plus, at $32 for adults, it saves you just $4 off the Platinum Tour ($36) which adds the planes and car museum, as well as the four rotating special exhibits, currently ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley; Elvis Lives: The King and Pop Culture Exhibit; Elvis on Tour; and ‘68 Special. Even if you just see the planes, the best of the bunch, it’s well worth the extra $4.

The biggest choice is whether to pay about double and spring for the $70 VIP ticket. My recommendation is that if the price isn’t a deal breaker for you, go for it. In theory the only concrete thing it adds is one special exhibit, the “bonus room,” with a few notable sights, including Elvis’ desk and a recreation of his private office. But where it really pays is in terms of crowd control. On busy days it gets you front of the line access which is a big deal. But the best part is that visitors enter Graceland one shuttle bus at a time from the ticket center (there’s no other way), and the VIP shuttles usually have far fewer people.

While the tours are self-guided, in reality the members of each shuttle move through the mansion more or less as a group, because each shuttle is well staggered. So springing for the VIP tour means you see Graceland in the company of less people, in my case five others, while most of the regular shuttles had over a dozen. That may not seem like much difference, but this is a house, so you are talking about stopping in a doorway with a velvet rope across it to look into a room with five people versus twelve, and the experience is much better with five.

The final “secret” is that historic Sun Studio, where Elvis recorded and another top Memphis cultural attraction, runs a free bus to Graceland every hour, as well as to the Rock n’ Soul Museum near Beale Street in the heart of downtown, a great museum and an outpost of the Smithsonian. It is very possible to do all three in one day, and since you have to either drive or cab it a fair ways to both Graceland and Sun Studio, but Rock n’ Soul is likely to be within walking distance of your hotel, this is a great way to go (Additional information on all these attractions can be found at the Official Memphis Visitors Bureau website).

While devoted Elvis fans might spend an entire day examining the many exhibits, the average visitor can easily do Graceland well in three hours or less on a normal day, and as tourist attractions go, it is three hours very well spent. (Article, Source: Larry Olmsted, Forbes.com)

'Elvis Has Left the Building' at Studio Players (Theater Review): If there's one thing Central Kentucky theaters know, it's how to play to their strengths. Whether a theater has been around for decades, like the Lexington Children's Theatre, or is starting new, like ProjectSEE, each has succeeded at carving out a niche without being formulaic.

Studio Players was established in 1953 and while it has certainly experimented with many kinds of plays and players in its half century of existence, there is one type of play it can always count on to deliver laughs and ticket sales. I call it the forget-all-your-troubles play. You know, the kind of hammed up, unpretentious comedy that unabashedly goes for the big laughs and relieves the audience of having to ponder anything too meaningful.

This year's season opener, Elvis Has Left the Building, is one such play. The fact that it has the word "Elvis" in the title is probably a clue. Like the words "Tuna" or "Toga," the presences of "Elvis" in a play title promises a certain camp factor, though serious dramatists, you are invited to prove otherwise.

And while Elvis is in the title, he is nowhere in the play. At least ... not how you'd expect.

The central plot point is that the King has gone missing and his manager, The Colonel, is having an epic freak out as a result. He owes a big gambling debt to an Italian fellow who does not like to be called Bugs and who might break your legs if you cross him ("His name ends in a vowel!" The Colonel laments).

In order to settle his debt, The Colonel must get Elvis to perform at the Golden Horseshoe Casino. With the real Elvis nowhere in sight, The Colonel digs deep into his carnival swindler bag of tricks and conjures the world's first Elvis impersonator.

Tim X. Davis embraces his role as The Colonel with Southern gusto. In a dizzying mix of not entirely likeable and contradictory personality traits, we cannot help but admire The Colonel's sheer gutsiness, even if he is an egomaniacal, greedy, sexist, gambling-addicted conman. And while Davis' character drives the tempo and tone of the play, it's not a one man show. Supporting characters get a chance to chew up some scenery, too, which brings a refreshing balance to what could be a top heavy production.

School for the Creative and Performing Arts senior Cody Taylor threatens to steal the show. It's not just his characterization of awkward, bumbling, oft-humiliated assistant Roscoe that brings the laugh. His riotously funny transformation into the King is truly worthy of the bedazzled jumpsuit Ellen Hellard designed, which reflected Mylissa Crutcher's Vegas-show lighting with appropriate sparkle. Spencer McGuire also glitters as one of two "Elvi" and Allie Darden and Chrisena Ricci deliver well-timed comedic zingers.

I'm not one to guffaw at physical comedy much, but this show relies on it and what can I say, like The Colonel's parlor trick hypnosis—it works. (Play Review, Source: Candace Chaney, Kentucky.com)

‘Blue Suede Shoes’ rocks Drayton: Fan of Elvis Presley or not, Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King, which opened at Drayton Festival Theatre Wednesday evening, is a rousing good time and the music is exceptional, thanks to one of the best combinations of musicians ever to grace the Drayton stage.

'Blue Suede Shoes' stars Roy LeBlanc as Elvis Presley. It runs Sept. 12-29 at the Drayton Festival Theatre

The production is not a new one, having travelled around the various venues within Drayton Entertainment, so obviously the appetite for the songs of Elvis has not waned in the decades since his death in 1977.

Roy LeBlanc of St. Catharines, plays the part of Elvis. As an impersonator who has achieved titles such as World’s Finest Elvis Impersonator at the annual Elvis Extravaganza in Las Vegas and twice a champion at Collingwood’s Elvis festival, he certainly has studied the singer in detail.

LeBlanc throws his heart and soul into each performance and he’s pretty good, though not without flaws. Occasionally his voice slips off key and he can’t quite hit those high notes. Then there were times when his voice, in trying too hard to sound like the king, became a little too nasal. None of this matters much because of his obvious passion for the music which drips from every sequin and silver button on his considerable and impressive wardrobe.

The real stars of this production, however, are the band, particularly keyboardist Dean Harrison. I’ve never seen anyone having quite as much fun playing an instrument on stage as this guy. His face was nearly split in two, he was grinning so much and this happiness, this sheer joy for the music was infectious.

Music director and the show’s co-creator Colin Stewart is on bass with John Kenny on guitar and Howard Gaul on drums. All are middle-aged guys and don’t look very rock and roll, but their musicianship is unquestionably rocking.

Blue Suede Shoes has one more star, Bill Culp playing the part of Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker. He eases on and off stage, recounting the poignant moments in Elvis’s life. He starts with his beginnings at RCA then moving on to starring in 30 films as well as his time in 1958 when he served in the army then on to his big comeback and long and highly successful Las Vegas stint.

Culp is an alternate for Chris McHarge who usually plays the part. Culp is very good in this role and shows a softer side of the man many people vilified as having too much control over every aspect of Elvis’ professional and personal life. McHarge is the director and co-creator of the show and when he plays the role of the Colonel, he’s a little more curmudgeonly, almost sinister, but both actors do a good job.

The stage setting for Blue Suede Shoes is effect and simple, largely because the band takes up most of the space, but a screen off to one side adds gravity to the production as images and film footage of Elvis are projected. At times, LeBlanc is dressed identically and even mimics the moves Elvis is making on the screen. At other times, it’s almost dizzying trying to watch both at the same time.

Mention must also be made to lighting designer Jeff Johnston Collins who creates just the right mood, whether it’s the glitz of Las Vegas or the intimacy of the Colonel’s little corner of the stage, his shrine to Elvis’ career.

Blue Suede Shoes is yet another of this season’s successes at Drayton and with LeBlanc belting out 40 of Elvis’ major hits, the production is a feast for everyone who loves music and good story. (Review, Source: Waterloo Record, 14 Sep 2012)

Thursday 13 September 2012

Elvis hologram bankruptcy: Bosses of Digital Domain, which was co-founded by Titanic director James Cameron and legendary effects guru Stan Winston, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday (11 Sep 12).

The company was also responsible for masterminding the pioneering Tupac Shakur hologram at California's Coachella music festival in April (12) and the move scuppers plans to follow-up the headline-grabbing stunt with a 3D image of Elvis Presley.

Digital Domain, which also provided Oscar-winning effects for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, has racked up debts of $214 million (£133 million). (News, Source: Hollywoodnews.com)

Wednesday 12 September 2012................2nd update

MRS and JAT's 'Greatest Live Hits of the 50s': The next MRS release in association with JAT Productions ‘Greatest Live Hits of the 50s’ will be officially released 22nd October 2012. The 24 track CD is the most varied compilation to date, containing only the best live performances, making the ultimate live set list of the 1950’s. And at a Great Price - Only GB£8 or US$13.

For the first time on General Release, it has 8 new live tracks that have all been re-mastered and are now significantly and noticeably improved, than before. Additionally, the CD also contains for the first time, an unreleased live version of ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ from October 1955. Sound samples for the entire CD will start appearing very soon.

Please note, it is likely that some Elvis fan club dealers will have stock 2 weeks earlier than the official release date of 22nd October.

01. Good Rockin' Tonight - Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955.
02. Baby Let's Play House - Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955.
03. That's All Right - Meridian, Mississippi, May 26, 1955.
04. Little Mama - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955
05. You’re a Heartbreaker - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955
06. Tweedle Dee - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955
07. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 22, 1955
08. Hearts of Stone - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955
09. Blue Moon of Kentucky - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 16, 1954
10. I Got A Woman - Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955.
11. Maybelline - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, August 20, 1955
12. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, July 2, 1955
13. I' Forgot To Remember to Forget - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October, 1955
14. Shake Rattle & Roll - WJOI Radio, Florence, Alabama January 19, 1955
15. Heartbreak Hotel - Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16 1956
16. Long Tall Sally - Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16 1956
17. Money Honey - Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16 1956
18. I Was the One - Mississippi Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo, Afternoon Show, September 26th 1956
19. Blue Suede Shoes - Mississippi Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo, Evening Show, September 26th 1956
20. Paralyzed - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 15, 1956
21. Don't Be Cruel - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 15, 1956
22. Hound Dog - Mississippi Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo, Mississippi, Evening Show September 26th 1956
Bonus Tracks: 23. Money Honey - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1956
24. Shake, Rattle & Roll - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1956
Only £8 at Play.com - Click here to purchase
Only £9.30 at Amazon UK - Click here to purchase
(News, Source: Memphis Recording Service)

Lance LeGault dies: Funeral arrangements were pending today for Lance LeGault, a veteran character actor whose 50-year Hollywood career included work as a stunt double for Elvis Presley and appearances in television programs such as “Magnum P.I.” and “The A-Team” and movies such as “Stripes” and “Coma.”

LeGault died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his daughter, Mary. He was 75.

One of LeGault’s best-known roles was that of Col. Roderick Decker on the hit 1980s series “The A-Team,” his daughter said. The actor, a Chicago native who grew up in Chillicothe, Ill., also played a military officer, Col. Glass, in the 1981 comedy “Stripes,” which starred Bill Murray and John Candy she said.

LeGault had a recurring role in 1980 and 1981 on the series “Dynasty,” according to IMDB. His early credits include stunt double for Presley in “Viva Las Vegas,” “Kissin’ Cousins” and “Roustabout,” his daughter said. LeGault also did voice work in cartoons and in commercials, pitching products for such brands as Burger King, Dodge and 7-Up, Mary LeGault said.

His voice was also used for time as the narrator of the tour audiotape at Presely’s Graceland mansion. Glen Larson, creator of the television series “Knight Rider,” said LeGault’s voice was “four octaves lower than God’s,” his daughter said. LeGault is survived by his wife of 35 years, Teresa; daughters Mary and Teresa; and two sons, Marcus and Lance. (News, Source: Elvis News / Beverly Hills Courier) 

From Elvis to Eminem - exhibition of rock photography comes to Auckland from the US: Auckland Art Gallery is turning up the volume with its next international exhibition - a history of rock through the lenses of more than 100 photographers.

Entitled Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 - Present, the collection comes to the gallery from New York's Brooklyn Museum where it first opened in 2009.

The images range in vintage from the era of Elvis Presley and Little Richard to the hip-hop era of Eminem and beyond. ........ .........................

........................(Image shown not from exhibition)

Among notable names behind the shots are Linda McCartney, Dennis Hopper, David LaChappelle, Annie Leibovitz, and Diane Arbus. The works have been selected by its curator, photographic historian and author Gail Buckland.

Buckland says the collection isn't just an exhibition of photos of famous musicians.

"This exhibition is a history not only of rock-n-roll, but of the men and women who have photographed it and given the music its visual identity," says Arbus in the exhibition publicity.

"From its earliest days, rock-n-roll was captured in photographs that personalised and frequently eroticised musicians."

The Auckland exhibition is the first time   Who Shot Rock & Roll  will have travelled outside of the United States and is the second international exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery since reopening last year. The exhibition opens on November 10 and will run for three months. (News, Source: New Zealand Herald)


Tuesday 11 September 2012

Elvis Presley - I Am an Elvis Fan: Perhaps 100 years from now, there will be a section in Internet Studies on  I Am an Elvis Fan. The new compilation for RCA/Legacy sits at the intersection of a thousand peculiarities —  crowdsourcing and commerce, the passion of fandom and the messiness of history, the desire for relevance that sits at the heart of any Internet-based project.

Over 25,000 people voted online on for the songs that make up I Am an Elvis Fan. One has to assume the overlap with the 18,000 people who attended last year’s Elvis Week at Graceland is high. It’s also comparable with the number of voters in the now-somewhat infamous Pitchfork “People’s List”. While RCA/Legacy hasn’t released any statistics about who exactly did the voting, it’s fair to assume that these are all people who have in someway felt left behind. If the history of Western pop music is Elvis vs. The Beatles, The Beatles won. Groups beat out solo acts, experimentation beat rockabilly, “Imagine” beat gospel. Right or wrong, Elvis is the one to be rebelled against, the one who is truly seen as ‘old’. Cirque de Soleil made a show about him too, but who cares?

That dichotomy has left the people still trying to sell new Elvis records in a bind. Like those who voted in Pitchfork People’s List, Elvis fans strongly believe that their personal taste has the strength to become universally beloved, if only they could make everyone hear what they do. It’s an impossible task, considering how our lives shape the music we listen to, even if it often feels the other way around. But the closest you can get is with mixtapes. If you can tie a song not just to it’s tempo or lyrics but to an actual, breathing person, then it might have a fighting chance.

Once you get over the 20,000 mark, though, the oddities of your sample group will start to show themselves. That might mean thinking Radiohead has put out more than one good album, or in this case, that genius emerges out of a bubble. Listening to the tracks on  Elvis Fan, you’d never know that Presley worshipped (and some would say stole from) so many African-American artists. “Big Mama” Thorton’s “ Hound Dog” is shockingly missing from the collection, as is Elvis’ first single, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s “ That’s All Right”. Forget the fact that these are some of Elvis’ best songs: unpredictable, freewheeling, and in the case of “Hound Dog”, so full of sexual danger that it would get Elvis’ car firebombed after a performance. To ignore these songs is to buy into the myth  Forrest Gump gave us, with it’s early scene of shucking and jiving: that one man could single-handedly create the entirety of rock ‘n’ roll in his free time. It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now.

What we’ve got here isn’t bad, though. There’s no point in describing many of these songs, as the straightening of the shoulders that comes from the pure guitar riff in the middle of “Heartbreak Hotel” and the ever-so-slightly-camp joys of “Burning Love” remain as present as they’ve ever been. Winks and nods mark the best Elvis songs, but  Elvis Fan  gets bogged down in the “Which Elvis Do You Like” debate that held our postal system hostage so many years ago. Fans voted in seven categories, forcing slow and staid duds like “Blue Hawaii” to sit at the table with gems like “Jailhouse Rock”.

The forgotten centerpiece of the Elvis Experience is the live performance, an electric magnetism and thighs so virile that  The Ed Sullivan Show  was pressured into showing him from the waist up. Here, though, we get the later stuff. For “Suspicious Minds” and “Burning Love”, this works great, with the King willing to wink and laugh at himself.  Especially on “Suspicious Minds”, there’s a lightness in voice, a twinkle in his eye. “I hope this suit don’t tear up, baby”, he improvises. The horns whirl with background singers, and you can him woo-woo’ing right along with the audience. It’s a disarming performance, the type that lets you brush aside any mythology getting in the way of enjoying the music.

We’re also stuck with “The American Trilogy”. The only track on the compilation that reaches noxious levels, it features Elvis portentously and gravely weaving three Civil War standards together. Radically different than the original arrangement created by country legend Mickey Newbury, Elvis’ ignores Newbury’s attempts to personalize a vicious segment of American history and makes the “Trilogy” a straight line of nostalgia, as if “Dixie” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” were talking about the same place. The horns and background singers used so effectively on “Suspicious Minds” feel forced and corny. The trick of cashing in is to make sure everyone forgets you’re doing it. Hearing Elvis sing “Dixie” belongs in Branson, Missouri with imitators, not the genuine artifact.

I’m picking on “Trilogy” so much because, like the other songs here, it doesn’t have to be. All of Elvis Fan is stuck between the fun and the serious, and Elvis did the former way better than the latter. But there’s no point in telling that to the people who voted on  Elvis Fan. Any critique of track choices on a compilation like this is part of a debate pre-approved by RCA/Legacy, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. No one will ever stop trying to put the round circles of song into the square pegs of numeric value, and the press materials for Elvis Fan note that it is “BY Elvis fans” and “FOR Elvis fans”. A lot of the songs here feel like they hadn’t made the cut for previous best-ofs, and the collectors who have them all finally got a chance to give their ignored tracks the respect they thought they deserved. It’s a great idea, one that could be applied to many bands (It’ll be a shame if the eventual Animal Collective best-of is complied any other way).  I Am An Elvis Fan  is a collection for the die-hards. For the rest of us, not so much. (News, Source: David Grossman, popmatters.com)

EIN Comment: The foregoing is a thought provoking, albeit contrived viewpoint.

ESPOSITO's Elvis Fashion Takes on New York Fashion Week: ESPOSITO's collection turned many heads during New York Fashion Week and is now offering trendy Elvis fashion at Espositocollection.com.

The fashion forward menswear (not to be confused with "Diamond Joe") is unique in that each piece contains luxurious fabrics and includes a bold, red lining.

As a recognized European clothing line, Elvis fans can enjoy easy to wear clothes featured front and center on fashion websites.  
ESPOSITO Collection is a method of dressing classy and unique, all while feeling comfortable and trendy. Elvis tees, like the one pictured here, pay tribute to the king and his legendary Tupelo Homecoming in '56.

Combined with the classic leather jacket and pompadour hair-do, Elvis' style continues to impact the fashion industry today.

Want to see more of ESPOSITO's Elvis fashion? See their entire collection by visiting Espositocollection.com.

Not what you are looking for? You can find more Elvis gear at ShopElvis.com.  


Sunday 9 September 2012

Elvis’ bible fetches A$92,007: A bible used by Elvis Presley has sold at auction in England for STG59,000 ($A92,007).

The holy book, given to Presley on his first Christmas in Graceland in 1957, was expected to raise around STG25,000, but went for more than double the price.

But a pair of The King's briefs, unwashed and still soiled, went unsold. Bids for the light-blue underpants worn underneath his famous white jumpsuit during a 1977 concert performance, reached STG5000, failing to meet the STG7000 reserve price.

The entire Elvis collection, owned by a single British collector, sold for just over STG100,000 at the sale at Omega Auctions in Stockport, Cheshire.

The bible was used by Presley throughout his life until his death on August 16, 1977. It contains his handwritten notes, thoughts, annotations and underlining throughout. Poignantly, one of the many lines emphasised by the troubled singer states: "What is a man advantaged if he gain the whole world and lose himself or be cast away."

The successful bidder, who did not want to be identified, was an American man based in the UK.

A movie contract signed by Elvis for the 1962 film, Follow That Dream, went for STG6000 and a pair of shoes made by Black Flagg Brothers, owned and worn by Elvis, sold for STG6500. (News, Source: ninemsn.com.au)

The King helped foster Rockabilly Queen's career: Elvis encouraged Wanda Jackson to blend country, rock 'n' roll. It was listening to another musical mind with a feel for the "record-buying crowd" that made Wanda Jackson a house-hold name throughout North America in the late '50s and early '60s: Elvis Presley.

Born in Maud, Okla., on Oct. 20, 1937, Wanda Lavonne Jack-son's early days of her career were spent playing mostly country music before making the move to a more rockabilly sound in the late '50s with singles like Fujiyama Mama and Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad.

Her parents were strong sup-porters of her work at a time when solo female rock 'n' roll singers did not really exist: Her father was her manager and chaperon, and her mother designed her stage outfits - fringe dresses and high heels that were much different than the country outfits of that time.

"She was a great seamstress," Jackson said. "And she was very frugal. She saw one of the costumes I had bought for $150 and said, 'Heck, Wanda! I can make this for little more than nothing!' And my dad taught me guitar. His love for music was where I got the desire to be a singer since I was six years old.

"I said, 'I'm gonna be a girl singer' and I never got side-tracked. That was always my goal: To make records and travel the world and have my own band. And I was able to do all that because my parents were so supportive."

Presley, with whom Jackson often shared the bill, encouraged her to blend country and rock 'n' roll. She even ended up dating The King for a little while, something Jackson says her father approved of.

"He liked him very much. Elvis was telling us, 'If you want to sell a lot of records, Wanda, sing the songs that the young people like. They're beginning to be the record-buying crowd.' It had always been adults that bought records until Elvis came along. Dad finally said, 'I think he's right. I think you need to stretch yourself and give it a try.'"

When Jackson released Let's Have A Party in 1960, a song Presley had released three years earlier, the single hit the Top 40 and made Jackson one of the defining voices of the era.

Jackson later detoured back into country and then embraced gospel (she became a Christian in the early 1970s), and it wasn't until The Party Ain't Over that she finally had an album chart on the Bill-board 200, making her the oldest female singer to do so and beating the record long held by Mae West, who was 72 when her 1966 album Way Out West peaked at No. 116.

In writing the liner notes for Unfinished Business*, famed horror novelist Stephen King said, "Now in her mid-70s, you'd think the one-time First Lady of Rockabilly would be either retired, or running on fumes. You'd be wrong on both counts.

"Here is a one-of-a-kind voice as fresh now as it was in 1958. This album made me smile, chased out a tear or two, and occasionally brought on the goosebumps. A voice this big will never be living in the past."

Jackson said she was "in shock" when she read King's heartfelt tribute.

King has admittedly been a lifelong fan of Jackson's work, and he once included Let's Have A Party in his Top 25 rock songs list for a regular column he wrote for Entertainment Weekly.

"Let's Have A Party was No. 8, I think," Jackson said. "He said a few words about me and my originality and my guts to do this when other girls weren't. He really knows my story.

"It was our publicist - he's a younger whippersnapper - that got in touch with Jack White and thought Justin (Townes Earle) would be a good producer, who said, 'I wanted somebody totally removed from the music business (to write the liner notes) and I remembered: Stephen King.' Maybe I'll get to meet him somewhere down the road." (News, Source: Francois Marchand, Vancover Sun)

*Unfinished Business, the new album from legendary singer and “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” inductee Wanda Jackson, will be released October 9 on Sugar Hill Records. You can pre-order now via the link above.

Cody Slaughter "live" in Memphis during Elvis Week 2012: EIN's 'roving ambassador', Sanja Meegin, captured stunning images of leading ETA, Cody Slaughter, during her visit to Elvis Week 2012. Here is one:

Click here to see all four images of Cody Slaughter

Elvis By Request slips out of ARIA Top 10: Elvis By Request slides 5 places to #14 on tomorrow's ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart in Australia.

It has been on the chart for 3 weeks.

Reported sales are below 10,000. (News, Source: Email/ARIA)


Saturday 8 September 2012

Brazilian fans flock to Elvis Presley exhibit in São Paulo: Hundreds of Brazilian fans of Elvis Presley are flocking to a special exhibit devoted to the “King of Rock ’n’ Roll” in São Paulo this week, the first to be held outside the United States.

“The Elvis Experience,” which opened at the Shopping Eldorado Mall on Sept. 5 and runs through Nov. 5, features more than 500 rare artifacts, documents and photos, many of which have never left the vaults or exhibit areas of the late Elvis’s mythical Graceland mansion in the U.S. southern city of Memphis.

“An Elvis Presley in Concert” is also planned here for Oct. 2, when some of Elvis’ finest performances will be projected on a large video screen, accompanied live on stage by a cast of singers and musicians who worked with him.

“I have been an Elvis fan since the age of nine,” said Malu Ezipato, a bank employee sporting a tattooed autograph of her idol on her ankle. “In addition to his music, his marvelous voice, his face, Elvis was a good, generous person who helped everybody. He inspired me to be a better person.”

Priscilla Presley, the ex-wife of the late star, was on hand and said she had fond memories of her life at Graceland where Elvis spent two decades until his untimely death at the age of 42.

“In this exhibit you will be able to feel the spirit of Elvis,” she said, all dressed in red.

Jack Soden, president of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the corporate entity created by the singer’s trust to manage its assets, said Brazil was chosen as the first foreign destination for the exhibit because the country has many Elvis fans.

“We were very interested in Brazil because Elvis has many fans here. Brazil is a country of nearly 200 million people and Brazilians are very active on Elvis’s Facebook page,” he added. “Later, we will look into prospects for taking the show to other countries.”

It was Brazilian businessman Rafael Reisman who came up with the idea of staging the exhibit in São Paulo and contacted Soden after a visit to Graceland.

“To stage this exhibit was not easy. We have to look at the results, assess whether it is financially viable and try to take it to other places,” he said.

Reisman said bringing the show to Brazil cost around US$5 million.

On display here are two of Elvis’ sports cars, his military uniform, pictures, a gold-plated rotary dial telephone, his signature white suit and one of the American Eagle jumpsuits Elvis used for the 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii” television special. (News, Source: AFP)

More on "The Elvis Experience" exhibit in Brazil: Fans can view photos of the opening day of the new exhibit by visiting UltimoSegundo.ig.com.br. Elvis' former wife, Priscilla Presley, sat down with Rolling Stone Brazil for RollingStone.br and takes "Jornal Hoje" on a tour of the new exhibit in a new video on g1.globo.com.

"The Elvis Experience" officially opened on September 5, in Sao Paulo at the Shopping Eldorado Mall. The new exhibition includes over 600 rare artifacts, documents and photos, many of which have never left the vaults or exhibit areas of Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis.

Please note the jumpsuit shown opposite is not necessarily part of the "The Elvis Experience" exhibit

Among the items featured are Elvis’ red MG automobile from his classic film “Blue Hawaii,” a gold plated rotary dial telephone from Elvis' upstairs bedroom, and his signature white suit featured in the closing number of his 1968 television special now referred to as “’68 Special.” One of the most recognizable items in Brazil is one of the American Eagle jumpsuits Elvis used for the 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii” television special, the world’s first LIVE televised satellite concert.

In addition to the exhibition, South American fans will also be able to experience the king on stage when “Elvis Presley in Concert” comes to Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero in October.

For more information on purchasing tickets to see "The Elvis Experience" exhibition, visit Elvis.com/Brazil. To learn more about tickets, featured performers or to see photos of previous "Elvis Presley in Concert" shows, visit the Elvis Presley in Concert page on Elvis.com.  (News, Source: EPE)

"Doctor Who" Star Comes From Elvis Fan Family: The BBC's "Doctor Who" star Karen Gillan declared she is an Elvis fan and wants to make her father's lifetime dream come true. In a recent article with   Daily Record, Gillan talked about being raised as an Elvis fan and why she's helping her father record his own album.  

“I am a massive Elvis fan. I grew up listening to him because my dad is obsessed with music," said Gillan. "He knows everything about Elvis and would tell me all these stories about him. He just loves talking about it, so now I know all about the king’s life.”

According to Daily Record, Karen, who recently filmed her last scenes as Amy Pond in the BBC sci-fi series, wanted to help fulfil her dad’s ambition to thank him for supporting her career.

“I got it as a Father’s Day present. I’m thinking of doing a duet with him but he’s far better than me.”

Read the entire article about Karen Gillan's Elvis fan roots by visiting DailyRecord.co.uk. Are you an Elvis fan? Make your declaration by visiting Elvis.com/Elvisfan. (News, Source: EPE)

Magical Memphis & Mississippi: The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain will organise several travels to Memphis next year. You can choose several dates to visit all the “must sees” in Memphis, like the Sun studios, Graceland, Stax and Beale street, but of course Tupelo too. Tupelo get extra attention during the travel in June, you will visit it for 3 days during the Elvis Festival.

Download the full brochure for Magical Memphis & Mississippi, pick your date and book! "The Elvis Experience" Exhibition Makes Headlines Across South America: A new exhibition in Brazil is making headlines across South America and fans can now see photos and video of "The Elvis Experience" exhibition. (News, Source: Elvis News)

"Lost" Elvis song demo to be revealed in Sweden: EIN recently received the following message from Marcus Lundstrom:

Hi! I am currently involved in a project with a Swedish tribute artist about recording lost Elvis songs and songs that Elvis would record in -78 if he didnt die.

Anyway the two lost songs that have slipped trough all of the Elvis world is "Come out, come out (wherever you are)" and "Memory Revival".

Bouth sessioned at the American Studio '69. We have the lyrics for "Come out, come out" and two versions recorded by other artists.

And the real killer: We have "Memory Revival", The lyrics and the demo recorded by songwriter Dallas Frazier. This song have not been recorded by any artist since 1969.

We have got it directly from Dallas Frazier and it arrived to us in this week. The envelope will be opened next thursday at a press conferance in Malmo, Sweden. The CD will be play´d for the first time to the public this day.

Nobody know how this song ended up at Elvis 1969 Memphis session. Known fact is that Elvis wanted something new and different and this song is for sure. The "Memphis Boys Band" at the American Studio never got the song together, possibly mixing and confusing it with another song called "Memory Revival" (see log record below).

There are no indication that Elvis ever laid vocal on this song, though the rumor says Elvis plays the drums on one ore more outtakes. You can almost hear that it is not an professional drummer on the some outtakes.

The song, as performed by it´s songwriter Mark Millius's band Raintree Minority (listen to the group singing Come out, come out - a song that was definitely well suited to Elvis), sound a little like early Hard Rock / Heavy Metal. Later in -69 a group called Young and Company recorded it. Young and Company later in the 70´s turns into a Disco band.

A mystery is how it could have been forgotten in the Elvis World, thinking of everything that is known about Elvis career and life. Some fans confuses it with another song with the same title, recorded by Frank Sinatra. Different songwriters though.

Just like Poor Mans Gold and Fire Down Below, you could only imagine how great Elvis would have made it.

He sadly never did, but he surely took a liking of the song, otherwise it never would have came as far as to the recording studio at this time of his career.

EIN will have a follow up report with more information on Memory Revival next week. (News, Source:Marcus Lundstrom, Sweden)


Lyrics to Come out, come out (wherever you are):

"Come out Come out Com' on com' on come out com' on com' on come out" (2x)

Come come out wherever you are the world is passin' you buy

Come come out wherever you are come out and open your eyes

There's things happenin' that can't be denied

You gotta get out girl from where you're inside

The river's risin' the waves are for real

Jump in and get wet and see how you feel

Too late to wait if you hesitate you'll be alone"

You'll be surprised, things that you hear, things that you see, things that you feel

Things that you see I know you won't believe

Things that you hear you'll say you can't conceive

How you gonna know what's right if you don't know what's real?


Come Out, Come Out (track)

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Love Me Tender ranked #78 on list of Top 100 Country Love Songs: Since its release in 1956, ‘Love Me Tender’ has been one of Elvis Presley‘s most popular songs — and one of the most recognizable love songs of all time.

Lyrics like, “Love me tender/Love me sweet/Never let me go” are so simple, yet poignant, that they have made this addition to the Top 100 Country Love Songs countdown a ballad for lovers and for parents and their children, too.

Presley performed ‘Love Me Tender’ on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ one week before releasing the song. The next day, RCA received one million pre-orders for the tune. It went gold before it was even released, and it continues to be one of the King’s most popular. (News, Source: tasteofcountry.com)


Thursday 6 September 2012

New video of Elvis at the Louisiana Hayride: A 19-year-old Elvis Presley first performed on the stage of the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on October 16, 1954, during a broadcast of the Louisiana Hayride.

This segment of a new video tour of Shreveport Municipal Auditorium features interviews including Frank Page, the emcee who introduced Elvis to listeners on October 16, 1954, as well as Shreveport Municipal Auditorium tour guide Teresa Micheels. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Elvis 40 Years Ago - in the Press-ence of The King: I once, just once, was this close to Elvis Presley. It was June, 1972 a heady time to be in the music business, which still featured lots of small, independent labels run by colorful -- if sometimes crooked -- characters who actually cared about making great records.

As a cub reporter for the trade magazine Record World, I got to cover one of the most thrilling music-related events of that spring -- Elvis's press conference at Madison Square Garden on June 9th, just before his first-ever New York performances.

Having staged a dramatic comeback a few years earlier, The King strode into the press room still looking like royalty -- tall, tan, impossibly handsome and projecting an otherworldly charisma. I got goose bumps just being near the man whose music introduced me -- and countless millions all over the world -- to an ecstatic world beyond our everyday experience.

Elvis fielded questions about his hair (he'd stopped using "greasy kid's stuff") and his opinion of Vietnam War protesters (he declined to comment). When asked whether he was indeed the shy, humble person his image suggested, he stood up and unbuttoned his jacket to reveal a colossal Vegas-style gold belt buckle. 'Nuff said.

In some vault somewhere there is TV footage of me and Record World's then-editor Gregg Geller -- at the advanced age of 24, two years older than I -- sitting next to each other at that press conference. Gregg recalls, "I was so awestruck to be in the presence of The King that I was incapable of asking a question (one of my greatest regrets -- ever!) I also remember the Colonel's role in the proceedings. He was selling pencils -- the better to take notes with. It was a press conference, after all." (Colonel Tom Parker was Elvis' legendary manager and another larger-than-life figure.)

That night's show wasn't Elvis at his best, but it hardly mattered. He gave the overflowing crowd an enthralling communal experience -- taking us from cries of exultation to tears of grief and back again, with a dollop of self-deprecating humor lest we start singing in tongues -- from the over-the-top "Also Sprach Zarathustra" introduction to the stirring finale of "The Impossible Dream," by way of "All Shook Up" and "Heartbreak Hotel."

Five years later, when news broke that Elvis had died, a deep gloom settled in at the Record World offices. Writer and Elvis fanatic David McGee, author of books on B.B. King, Carl Perkins and Steve Earle, who now runs the fantastic web publication The Bluegrass Special -- which will be relaunched next month as Deep Roots -- was the most heartbroken, and the most eloquent. He wrote, "In Elvis, I found someone to believe in; in rock and roll, as I learned it from him, I found a way of life that I wouldn't swap for any amount of money, because it was, and is, endlessly rewarding and fulfilling. It's only natural that I feel a certain hollowness inside of me now. A certain hollowness? I feel as if my guts had been ripped out."

Elvis recorded three songs written by my dad. "My Heart Cries for You" was composed -- on a bet -- with orchestra leader/composer Percy faith in 10 minutes at the race track, and quickly became a No. 1 hit for Guy Mitchell in 1950. It was a throwaway for Elvis, sung for fun and memorialized on the Elvis at Home album. 

Also on that album was "What Now My Love," which became a staple of Elvis' live show and appeared on the multi-million-selling Elvis Aloha from

Hawaii album/DVD. The song's been recorded by hundreds of artists, but none can top the grandeur of Elvis's live performance, though Miss Piggy's interpretation is also in a class by itself. The third was "Fool," a moderate hit single and side one/cut one on Elvis's self-titled 1973 record, which has come to be known as the "Fool album."

None of these approached Elvis's best recordings, but 40 years later, hearing them or anything else by The King brings back the thrill -- and the goose bumps -- from that spring day in 1972. (Article, Source: Michael Sigman, The Huffington Post)

A Hillbilly who wove a rock-and-roll spell: ON A COLD SATURDAY night in late January 1956, a seismic shock flickered across American television screens as Elvis Presley gyrated into national consciousness for the first time.

To a sheltered 14-year-old boy growing up in a New Jersey town not unlike Springfield, the sanitized suburban paradise of ''Father Knows Best,'' this loose-limbed hillbilly greaser, with his pudgy-lipped sneer, shiny hair, flapping legs and hiccupy grunt, had the impact of an extraterrestrial visitation.

Although word of Elvis Presley had preceded his appearance that night on ''The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show,'' none of us suburban adolescents had yet seen him in action. And when he turned out to be better - and stranger - than we had even imagined, his place in pop history was clinched.

Along with his galvanizing physicality, what I remember most clearly was the incredible, brazen self-consciousness of his performance. Far from being carried away by his music, Presley, at 21, was already an intuitive master of provocation who conveyed an amused knowingness. Overnight, thousands of adolescents began imagining themselves as Presley.

By the time RCA Records released his first national hit, ''Heartbreak Hotel,'' a month later, I was a devoted Elvis impersonator who practiced imitating his funny-sexy caricature of sensual abandon in the mirror and for anyone who cared to watch, dreaming that someday the Presley mystique might transform me into someone far more glamorous than a naive ninth-grader from suburbia. When the record came out, I learned every nuance of the slurred, sullen, Southern Presley enunciation that was quickly imitated by rock-and-roll singers across the country. To this day, I don't think anyone has packed more explosive insinuation into the word ''baby'' than he did in ''Heartbreak Hotel.''

These early memories of Presley are triggered by RCA Records' release of four albums commemorating the 10th anniversary of the singer's death on Aug. 16, 1977. ''The Complete Sun Sessions'' (RCA 6414-1-R; LP, cassette, compact disk) collects all the music, including the outtakes, that he cut for Sun Records in Memphis in 1954-55, before being signed by RCA. ''The Number One Hits'' (6382-1-R; LP, cassette, compact disk), a single disk, collects his 18 No. 1 hits, from ''Heartbreak Hotel'' (1956) through ''Suspicious Minds'' (1969). ''The Top Ten Hits'' (RCA 6383-1-R), a two-disk set, brings together his 38 Top 10 hits, from ''Heartbreak Hotel,'' through ''Burning Love'' (1972).

''The Memphis Record'' (6221-2-R; LP, cassette, compact disk) includes 23 songs recorded in 1969 at the American Studios in Memphis with the producer Chips Moman and a large studio band. These Memphis sessions represented a remarkable, though short-lived, resurgence of energy and commitment by a singer whose career had stagnated throughout most of the 1960's and resumed its downhill slide in the 70's.

Like everything to do with Presley's life and times, the four albums leave deeply contradictory impressions. Presley pioneered the most basic rock-and-roll iconography. He was the original guitar-sporting stud-rebel hero who brought overt male sexual aggression to the American pop mainstream. In ''The Sun Sessions,'' which produced such masterpieces as ''Mystery Train,'' ''That's All Right,'' ''Good Rockin' Tonight'' and an eerie falsetto version of ''Blue Moon,'' he virtually invented rockabilly with the resourceful help of the producer Sam Phillips, the bassist Bill Black and the lead guitarist Scotty Moore.

These performances are suffused with an aura of mystical exhilaration - the music is almost unearthly. Years later, the singer, whose original idol was the oleaginous crooner, Dean Martin, brought rock-and-roll to Las Vegas and vice versa, fusing the progressive and conservative worlds of musical entertainment. On the one hand, without Elvis, there would probably have been no John Lennon or Bruce Springsteen. On the other, there would also probably be no Tom Jones, Wayne Newton or Julio Iglesias.

For Presley wove the whole unwieldy spectrum of pop singing -country-blues, Italianate crooning, Gospel, soul shouting and honky-tonk yodeling - into an integral personal style. His crowning touch was to accentuate the spontaneously exuberant humor that had always been an ingredient of country and blues singing in a way that seemed to poke fun at his own accomplishment.

Riding a streamlined rock-and-roll beat, the singer's vocal swoops, slurs, hiccups, moans and growls added up to a new pop singing vocabulary that was instantly memorized by scores of imitators. The antithesis of Perry Como's relaxed conversational crooning, Presley's style was fraught with tension and animated by an attitude of self-conscious melodrama. Its essence was a rapid, spontaneous juxtaposition of a whole range of blatantly exaggerated affectations. ''Heartbreak Hotel'' is the most extreme example of the way Presley substituted an intense gasping punctuation for the smooth bel canto phrasing that Frank Sinatra had refined.

If these commemorative albums bring home once again the revolutionary impact of Presley's singing, they also remind me of why I very quickly stopped wanting to be Presley. While the singer brought plenty of gusto, humor and charisma to his hits after ''Heartbreak Hotel,'' his material was mostly dime-store kitsch that turned his melodramatic mannerisms back on themselves.

Even in the most legendary Presley rockers - ''Hound Dog,'' ''Don't Be Cruel'' and ''Jailhouse Rock,'' the slick studio rock arrangements and deadening background vocals made him sound like a tamed lion jumping through hoops. In ''The Memphis Record,'' Presley groped toward artistic maturity by emoting with a burly, stern aggression that largely precluded the old joking self-caricature. One hears years of encrusted mannerisms begin to be peeled away as the singer tried to become one with his material. But it was only a beginning. The record is exciting because of the singer's obvious struggle to express authentic emotions that remained stubbornly out of reach.

At their peaks, the greatest popular singers - people like Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Hank Williams, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder - uncover the bare truths of life. The main truth that Elvis Presley communicated was the tragicomic irony of being Elvis Presley, an icon at 21, idolized and thereafter artistically stunted. (Article, Source: Stephen Holden, The New York Times, 19 July 1987)

Joe South dies: Singer-songwriter Joe South, who penned hits in the 1960s and 1970s like “Games People Play” and “Down in the Boondocks,” died Wednesday, his music publisher said. South was 72.

Another great hit that he wrote, was “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” which was also performed by Elvis. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)


Monday 3 September 2012

'Hits Of The 70's' New FTD: The latest edition of the excellent UK magazine 'Elvis: The Man And His Music' notes in a "UK Only" article that the FTD label are planning to release an expanded, revised version of the 1974 UK only album release.
The original 12 track album included many songs that had previously only been available in the UK as singles ('I'm Leavin'', 'Rags To Riches', 'Always On My Mind', 'I've Lost You' etc) and was a firm favourite with English fans.
Maybe this is because FTD's Roger Semon is English and has fond memories of this classic album.
At the time it featured no hits later than 1972. But now it could also include the UK hits that were missed out due to the infamous RCA buy-out deal in 1973 and perhaps the elusive mono mixes.

(News, Source;ETM&HM/EIN)

Composer Hal David dies of stroke at 91: Hal David, the master lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs such as 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head' has died in LA after stroke.
Bacharach and David were among the most successful music teams in modern history, with top 40 hits including 'Walk On By' and 'I Say a Little Prayer'. Although most associated with Dionne Warwick, their music was recorded by many top acts, from Barbra Streisand to Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin. They won an Oscar for Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (from the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid), as well as Grammys and Tonys for songs from the hit Broadway musical Promises, Promises.
"As a lyric writer, Hal was simple, concise and poetic – conveying volumes of meaning in fewest possible words and always in service to the music," ASCAP's current president, the songwriter Paul Williams, said in a statement. "It is no wonder that so many of his lyrics have become part of our everyday vocabulary and his songs ... the backdrop of our lives."
In May, Bacharach and David received the Library of Congress Gershwin prize for popular song during a tribute concert attended by President Barack Obama.
More than 55 years after their first songs hit the airwaves, Obama said: "These guys have still got it." He noted their music is still being recorded by such artists as Alicia Keys and John Legend.
David and Bacharach met when both worked in the Brill Building, New York's legendary Tin Pan Alley song factory where writers cranked out songs and attempted to sell them to music publishers. They scored their first big hit with 'Magic Moments', a million-selling record for Perry Como.
Hal David co-composed two songs for Kid Galahad,  the marvellous 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' and 'A Whistling Tune'.
Interstingly his elder brother, Mack David was also a successful composer who wrote 'I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine' that was also recorded by the young Elvis.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

E.I.N. meets E.E.R!: Helping celebrate Elvis Week in England, EIN's Piers Beagley (who had been working on the Olympics in London) met up with Elvis Express Radio's Lee Dawson (photo left) finally connecting up the Australian website and UK's E.E.R. after many years of enjoyable Elvis correspondence.

Lee Dawson and Lana were the perfect hosts - and we spent far too long chatting about mutual friends and the craziness of the Elvis World! It was a true pleasure to meet up after all this time.

Go HERE to check out EER's great radio shows and website.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis BY REQUEST' drops to #9 on ARIA Album chart in Australia: The latest ARIA Album Chart has the new Australian 'Greatest Hits' down slightly to #9 from last week's #4. With fans pre-purchasing the album to receive their free "named" poster thus creating some excellent first week sales - this second week's chart position is pretty respectable.

Apparently all Sony USA sold of the "I Am An Elvis Fan" 35th Anniversary release was 3,330 copies despite all the multi-media promotion.
Congratulations to Tim McLean of Sony Australia Marketing.
Well done Aussies!
This excellent 40 track CD costs only $22 from Sanity on line - Click HERE and keep the momentum going......

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/SonyAustralia)

Elvis' Memphis Mafia Jacket on Ebay: This jacket from Elvis' Memphis Mafia, is only one of six originals ever made! (and to my knowledge there's only 1 reproduction out there as well). It belongs to Elvis Presley insider, Sheri Lacker (daughter of Elvis' co-best man, Marty Lacker). The other original five jackets were the only personalized jackets owned by Marty, Billy Smith and three other original members of Elvis' Memphis Mafia. Sheri designed the Memphis Mafia logo and was honored with the only other original jacket made. 
The coat is styled like a football "letter-man's" jacket with leather-like sleeves and soft woolen body in black with red embroidered lettering and logos. The jacket is an XL, with an interior of black satin lining, and made by the same Hollywood, CA designer that created the other five jackets. The jacket will come with a letter of authentication signed by Sheri Lacker.
This is a rare chance to own an authentic piece of Elvis Presley entourage history. In the 35 years since Elvis' passing, all types of items of questionable authenticity have flooded the marketplace. Here is a 100 % real item that can be traced directly to a documented long-time member of Elvis' inner-circle "family."
Click here to Ebay for more info and to purchase
(News, Source;MartyLacker)

New STAR 'T.T.W.I.I' DVD: Our friend Lee Dawson posted this news about a new STAR DVD/CD release focusing on the superb TTWII period.
That's The Way It Is - ONE NIGHT - August 12, 1970 Midnight Show
In 1970 MGM tried to capture Elvis on stage, although they did a great job, the movie itself does not really represent what an actual performance looked like, due to the use of many different shows, and the interruption by fan interviews and even Elvis impersonators!, this is by far an Elvis Presley show.
STAR has been pleasing fans for over 10 years, their edits are known throughout the world, and their releases are amongst the best import DVDs out there.
This new release is no exception, for the first time a complete performance of Elvis 3rd Vegas engagement is released, where 90% of its (footage) content is actually from the mentioned show.
You won't see different suits, and you really get the feeling you are present at the International! All footage has been edited with different angles, although you wont see multiple angles in one screen (complete works), which spoils the excitement of the show. 3 sources of audio has been used to create the most complete release to date!
Watch Elvis go through the audience, playing electric guitar, fooling around.... BLOWING THE ROOF OF...... This could be Elvis best show EVER, and it happened… ONE NIGHT!
As a bonus a MINI CD is included with some great rehearsal tracks.
- Hound Dog: no exciting footage is found to date, here is where the STAR magic appears!
- Audience Walk: (over 5 minutes!) not as clean as the movie version.
- You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling: with reprise!
- Words: some cool newly found angles are used.
The total running time is 79 minutes, without interruptions!!
(News, Source;Elvis Express Radio)

'Elvis That's The Way It Still Is' Australian Concert: Silas Lulic, acclaimed Elvis Tribute Artist, accompanied by The TCB Experience a 13 piece ensemble in full production.
Elvis That's The Way It Still Is, bigger and better, with Silas Lulicis is the ultimate event that will take you back in time to experience the complete re-creation of Elvis Presley's 1970s ...concert "Elvis That's The Way It Is".
Clocktower Centre Theatre
750 Mt Alexander Road
Moonee Ponds, Melbourne - VIC 3039
Go here for tickets and more info
(News, Source;ETWIStill.Is)

Saturday 1 September 2012 - - - today with ELEVEN news stories! - - -

A Fond Farewell to Cirque's 'Viva ELVIS': Last night, August 31st was the final performance of Cirque-du-Soliel's brilliant Viva ELVIS show at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. The show will be replaced in November by an updated and modified version of Zarakana (which had its premiere at Radio City in New York). Robert Diamond from the influential Theatre website BroadwayWorld.com noted, "To say that I'm shocked the show is closing would be an understatement.
There's NOTHING like a great Cirque experience that makes us all look upon the stage with childlike wonder at the feats of the human body, the artistry and the magic. What made Viva ELVIS special, and akin to their BEATLES LOVE show is that it also layered in the music and the great story of the one-of-a-kind American icon.
There never will be another like Elvis Presley, and there likely will never be a Cirque experience quite like Viva ELVIS either, so here's hoping that the show winds up touring or landing elsewhere.
Out here - we were all shook up."
Go HERE for EIN’s news, reviews and history of ‘Viva Elvis’
(News, Source;broadwayworld.com/EIN)

'Once Upon A Time, Elvis and Anita' New Book: The year was 1957. Elvis Presley was on top of the world. Just twenty-two at the time, he was not just the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll but a handsome prince who had his choice of all the fair maidens in the land, and yet, like a true fairy tale, he fell in love with Anita Wood, a rising musical talent with the looks of a beauty queen. Anita put her own career aside to be with Elvis, her first love and his steady girlfriend for the next five years. ONCE UPON A TIME: ELVIS AND ANITA is a heartfelt memoir of Anita’s life with Elvis from 1957 through 1962. Written by Jonnita Brewer Barrett, Anita’s daughter, the book takes readers back to a magical time that many believe was among the best years of Elvis’ life: His career was taking off, he had just purchased Graceland (where Anita lived with Elvis for most of their time together), and life seemed incredibly good. Through her daughter, Anita recaptures the joy and excitement of two young people in love. She shares many key moments that bonded her with Elvis’ family, including the shocking news that he had been drafted by the Army in 1958, and the devastation he felt later that year by the sudden death of his beloved mother, Gladys. ONCE UPON A TIME traces Anita’s own journey in show business which included appearances with such entertainment legends as Jack Paar, Buddy Hackett, Andy Williams and Dick Van Dyke. But it also revisits some of the most painful memories of Anita’s life, from the lengths that Elvis’ manager took to shield their relationship from the public, to the heartache and betrayal that made her realize that the fairy tale had to end.
Go HERE for more info and to purchase a signed copy
(News, Source;ElvisAndAnita/ElvisInfoNetwork)

New England Elvis Festival this weekend: The New England Elvis Festival returns to the Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH, August 31 - September 2, 2012. Featuring 18 of the world's top Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs) competing for over $5,200 in prize money and the chance to represent New England at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis.
This year's big Saturday night show will feature, "Back to the Beginning" starring 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Cody Slaughter and 2011 New England Elvis Festival Champion Rick Huntress celebrating Elvis' life and music 35 years after his death.
The Festival will also feature an Elvis collectibles sale, a Friday night Champion's Set, plus the free Sunday Morning Elvis Gospel Music Contest.

Go here for more info.
(News, Source;NewEnglandElvisFestival/ElvisInfoNet)

New film to highlight mystery of Elvis' faith: Who will release the first Hollywood biographical movie about Elvis Presley? According to the Hollywood Reporter, four productions are in the works — and one of them, The Identical, focuses on the elusive question of Presley’s Christian faith.

Worldwide, the enigmatic Presley sold over one billion records, more than any other artist, according to the website  BiographyElvis.  He won multiple gold and platinum awards for 131 albums and singles — far more than any other artist.

Nominated 14 times for Grammy awards, he only won three — all for Gospel recordings: the album “How Great Thou Art” in 1967, the album “He Touched Me” in 1972 and his live Memphis concert recording of the song “How Great Thou Art” in 1974.

Given the success of biographical movies about Ray Charles’ life in 2004′s Ray and Johnny Cash’s in the 2005 Walk the Line, the race is on to release an Elvis film. ”Four unauthorized Presley projects are in varying stages of development,” writes Daniel Miller in the Hollywood Reporter. “Each tackles the topic differently.”

Billionaire producer Steve Bing’s project at Fox is based on the bestselling biography Last Train to Memphis, and “is expected to be a traditional biopic,” writes Miller. “The Identical has a faith-based bent and centers on an Elvis impersonator; Fame & Fortune is adapted from a memoir by a Presley bodyguard; and a project financed by producer Michael Benaroya, Elvis & Nixon, centers on an encounter between the singer and the president.”

However, the legal issues related to any Presley film are enormous. “The singer — whose superstardom dovetailed with an abusive relationship with manager ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker, a rocky romance with wife Priscilla Presley and battles with drugs that contributed to his 1977 death from a heart attack at age 42 — would seem perfect fodder for the big screen. But a handful of key issues stand in the way, from the narrative challenges presented by Elvis’ complicated and at times dark personal story to working with CKX Inc., the company that controls Presley’s music, image and other intellectual property.”

The firm is highly resistant to any film that will cast Presley in a negative light.“CKX, which acquired 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises from Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, for $100 million in 2005, must approve all uses” of Presley’s more than 700 compositions, writes Miller. “Given CKX’s fierce protectiveness of the Elvis image and the cost of licensing music, which can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars per track,” some of the Elvis films “aren’t even bothering to use Presley songs.”

“CKX has not been asked for any licenses to Elvis Presley’s music by any of these film projects, nor has it granted any,” a spokesman told Miller.

“The company declined further comment,” Miller notes. “CKX, which owns the Idol brand and in June was purchased by private-equity firm Apollo Management for $509 million, has shown that it is not afraid to sue to protect Elvis rights. In February, it filed lawsuits in U.S. and U.K. courts against individuals it accused of copyright infringement and illegal sales of Presley’s music and footage that features him. CKX also has filed separate lawsuits against a record label and a music publisher, seeking allegedly unpaid fees and royalties.“

The company has a financial incentive to maintain the image of an almost cartoonishly feel-good Presley whom many fans remember, meaning it likely would not endorse a warts-and-all biopic (and with only a minority interest, Presley’s daughter doesn’t have the final say on issues such as licensing).

“According to first-quarter 2011 CKX filings, Graceland alone generated revenue of $5.2 million, compared with $4.4 million brought in by royalties and licensing. Indeed, Presley trails only Michael Jackson among dead-celebrity earners, according to Forbes, which says Presley brought in $55 million from October 2010 to October 2011. Jackson brought in $170 million.”

“That Presley hasn’t gotten the big-screen treatment is ironic,” writes Miller, “considering he starred in 31 narrative films during his career.”

The Identical, a $3 million independent project from City of Peace Films, is taking a surprising approach: the faith-based route,” reveals Miller.

“City of Peace president Yochanan Marcellino says the script, adapted by Space Cowboys scribe Howie Klausner from a play about an Elvis impersonator, focuses on Presley’s interest in Gospel music and his religious roots. The project will star Ryan Pelton, an actual Elvis impersonator.

Marcellino says plans call for Identical to include licensed Presley music — a combination of covers and original recordings — but he declined to discuss negotiations with rights-holders.”

“Presley recorded over 80 Gospel tracks during his career,” writes biographer Peter Ramsay. ”Those who knew Elvis said he not only knew and sang hymns he actually loved Gospel songs. After concerts, late at night, Elvis and his friends would sing classic Christian songs such as ‘In the Sweet By and By.’”

He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

“Elvis started singing hymns as a child, attending church with his mother,” writes Ramsay.

“There are many stories about Elvis’ respect for Christ. One such story goes like this: One night at a concert fans unfurled a massive banner while Elvis was singing. The banner read: ‘Elvis is King!’ Elvis stopped in the middle of his song and clearly stated in the microphone: ‘There is only one king and He is Jesus Christ.’

“Donnie Sumner, in his autobiography In the Shadow of Kings, devotes a chapter to the question: Was Elvis a Christian?” writes Ramsay. “Sumner sang with Elvis for years as a member of the Stamps Quartet. Here is a lengthy excerpt from Chapter 27 of Sumner’s book:”

I recall one night when Elvis motioned for me to follow him and I did.

After leaving Linda and all the guys in the living room, we found ourselves in his bedroom. He sat on the bed with his back to the headboard and I sprawled out across the foot of the bed, on my side with my head propped up by my bent arm and said, “What ya’ need, boss?”

His response shall always be the memory of a door that I once had opened before me and one that I failed to walk through.

I was in no way a professing believer at the time and the question Elvis asked me took me totally by surprise.

It is not within my power to return again to that point and redo it properly but I can tell you now, what was said.

“What does ‘being saved’ mean?”I was astonished that Elvis would ask “me” such a question and I said to him in response, “Far out boss, why you askin’ me such a question? Do I look like a preacher?”

“Seriously,” he said, “I was watchin’ this show on TV and they were talking about when they got “saved” and I knew your dad was a preacher and I figured if anybody here would know, you would.”

Realizing, then, that he was seriously trying to determine what “being saved” really was, I made a brief attempt at trying to explain it, the way that I had been taught as a child, in a less than an ecclesiastical rendering.

I said to Elvis, “Well, the way I understand it, if you believe the story that Jesus really came as they say He did and that He died for sins the way they say He did and the other stuff they say, like, He rose from the dead, went back to Heaven and that He’s coming again some day: If you really truly believe all of that and discount any other way to be right with God as you and I believe Him to be, then you are saved and “being saved” is just a way of saying that you are a “born again believer.” Then, in a jesting after thought, I said, “How’s that ‘my son’?”

Elvis then asked, “Well, what happens then?”

I was really getting into it by then and answered him, “Well if you accept by faith the fact that all of this is true and ask the Spirit of Jesus to take control of your living, He will and He’ll help you do stuff like make the right decisions and be a better kind of person.”

I said to him, “I’ve heard my daddy say, lots of times, “If Jesus wasn’t walking with me, I don’t think I could make it.” I then concluded my “redneck” message with the comment, “But the best part is, when you die you go to heaven instead of hell!”

Elvis’ short comment was, “Cool!” He then added, “Sometimes life is hell! Maybe I’m already there!” (News, Source: beliefnet.com)
Dr. Jerry DeVane - Elvis experience starts ER career: DR. JERRY DEVANE, an emergency medicine physician at SkyRidge Medical Center in Cleveland, started his career by working on the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, in 1977.

After working on thousands of patients throughout his 35 years as an ER physician, DeVane is still as dedicated to saving lives and taking care of patients as he was during his internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Most Elvis Presley fans, including Dr. Jerry DeVane, can remember where they were when “The King of Rock and Roll” died on Aug. 16, 1977.

DeVane will never forget where he was because he was at the side of Elvis Presley. As an intern at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, he did CPR on Elvis before he was pronounced dead by his physician, Dr. George Nichopolous.

Looking back on that fateful day near the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death, DeVane, the medical director of Bradley County Fire and Rescue and medical adviser to the Cleveland Fire Department, elaborated on the day that became a defining moment in his life and career as an emergency room physician.

“I was working at the hospital that day as an acting intern on the resuscitation team when they called a code — which was a resuscitation in progress in the emergency room,” DeVane said. “Since I was on the resuscitation team I went into the emergency room that was packed with people. They were initiating the first steps of resuscitation. I made my way around the stretcher and relieved the person doing the chest compressions.”

DeVane said he did not know he was working on Elvis Presley, explaining, “When you go into resuscitation your mind goes into a series of steps that you have to take to give the person the best opportunity for survival. We were in those steps — not really thinking about outcome or who the person is, but thinking about getting things done as efficiently as possible.”

Still, looking down at the person and having grown up just two miles from Elvis’ house on Whitehaven, DeVane said it did cross his mind, “Man! This guy could be Elvis Presley.’”

“I kept looking and pumping on his chest,” he said. “Then I looked down and saw he had on his signature, trademark necklace, which had TCB and a lightning bolt emboldened on it. He gave that to friends and associates.”

As he kept performing CPR, DeVane said others in the packed room wanted to know who the man was he was working on and someone blurted out, “It’s Elvis Presley.”

Because he was slightly above the crowd perched on a stool while performing resuscitation, DeVane said he could see everyone in the room and noticed Elvis’ private-duty nurse across the way and his physician facing the foot of the stretcher. The emergency room and paramedic staff continued to work on Elvis for quite a while but to no avail. The King was gone. Dr. Nichopolous listed the official cause of death as cardiac arrhythmia. Silence followed. Reality was setting in for everyone. Elvis was officially dead.

“It’s one of those surreal moments in life that — when you look back it doesn’t seem real, but at the time it was very real,” DeVane said. “He still looked like Elvis would look in life, but paler, obviously.”

According to DeVane, Presley “was never defibrillated because he never developed any kind of a heart beat.” Since Presley was found at home and paramedics had worked on him there before transporting him to Baptist Memorial Hospital, DeVane estimates Presley was out at least an hour before he worked on him.

“It was quite an experience in life,” DeVane admits. “And as you find out in emergency medicine, life is full of experiences. When you look back you wonder how you made it through all of them.”

DeVane said he grew up a fan of Elvis, who had lived not far from him in the community, but Elvis was older and had a different circle of friends.

“He use to come out and play football at our high school football stadium at Whitehaven High School,” DeVane recalled. But memories of that charismatic youth who turned rock and roll on its heels and took music to a new level of excitement took a back seat to what had unfolded on Aug. 16, 1977.

DeVane admits, “It really was the beginning of a career in medicine that made me want to try to make an impact. It was like a first experience to see exactly what kind of influence my opportunities in medicine provided.”

Having completed a residency in internal medicine at the city of Memphis Hospital, he moved to Cleveland and have been here ever since working as the medical director at Bradley Memorial Hospital, the medical director at Bradley County EMS for 25 years and an emergency medicine physician at SkyRidge Medical Center.

Married 38 years to Jo Lee DeVane, a physician at Lee University’s clinic, the couple has three children, Ben, who has a Ph.D. in educational technology, Taylor, a commercial pilot at American Eagle and Brianna, a fifth-grade student at Tennessee Christian School.

Having 35 years of experience and practices as E.R. physician, even having been stabbed by a patient once, DeVane said he is honored to be in his profession and to work side-by-side with dedicated professionals who oftentimes risk their lives for the sake of others — a profession he links to his faith.

“I feel pretty strongly that if I had not had my Maker walking with me throughout my career in the ER, I wouldn’t have made it these 35 years,” he said. “But every time you pass these public servants it would be nice if people would stop and give them a pat on the back and thank them, because they risk their lives for relatively little in reward other than the fact that they made an impact on someone’s life.” (
News, Source: by WILLIAM WRIGHT, Cleveland Daily Banner)

Elvis is still in the building:

“What kind of songs do you sing?”

“I sing all kinds.”

“And who do you sound like when you sing?”

“I don’t sound like anybody.”

According to Rock history and lore the above lines are taken pretty well from a conversation between Elvis Presley and Marion Keisker, Sam Phillip’s assistant at Sun Records in Memphis, when Elvis went there to record a song for his mother in the summer of 1953.

On June 6, 1954 Sam Phillips, upon Marion’s urging, invited the ‘kid with sideburns’ back again to help in the recording of a song. The rest, as we like to say, is history.

And now 35 years after his untimely death in 1977 Elvis is still remembered by his legions of old and new fans alike. They flock to Memphis each year to visit Graceland and have made it the second most visited home in the United States. They gather at his memorial service in August each year at the Meditation Gardens at Graceland Mansion and, of course, they continue buying his records by the millions every year.

So, why? Why after 35 years is Elvis still so popular with his generations and a several more generations since his death?

We all love a ‘rags to riches’ story of course and Elvis’ rise to fame and fortune was just that. He was born into a fairly average family in Tupelo, Tennessee and was starting a training program to become an electrician in 1954 after finishing high school in Memphis. But those plans changed after he met Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records and started recoding songs.

And Elvis was good at his craft. He had that famous voice that propelled him to immortality and into the annals of rock history. He recorded about 40 number one hits and a number of number one records. Back in his day you had to sell a million copies for a record to be considered gold as compared to the 100,000 you need to sell today.

Elvis recorded music in several genres that touched many peoples’ lives. Some people may not be aware but Elvis recorded Gospel music with great conviction and that his Gospel music, like all his records, sell to this very day.

And, Elvis was different as the great ones always are. He marched to different drummers and he followed different stars than most people do.

He may not have been the originator of Rock music but he came along when rock was in its infancy. While many singers of that time were good, they were bland compared to Elvis. He sang the ‘Devil’s music’ as many parents called it, and they didn’t like the way he swivelled his hips on stage. But their teenage children loved it, especially the girls, and they all loved Elvis despite some of the negativity about him in the 1950s.

And despite being away from us for 35 years there have not been many truly original Rockers since then who are different and will stand the acid test of time. The simple fact was that Elvis was a great singer, his writers wrote some great material for him especially in the early 1960s, the Golden Age of Rock and Roll. There may never be another age of Rock like that. And besides, is there any really good Rock music today?

Some people say that Chuck Berry was or is the true King of Rock and Roll and that John Lennon was the greatest Rocker of them all.

But Elvis fans don’t worry too much about that. They know that no one could, can, or will ever, will ever be able to sing a song like Elvis could. And Elvis will be just as popular as long as they keep on playing his music all over the world.

And they’ll be playing Elvis songs forever. (News, Source: Clayton Hunt, thecoaster)

Caught in a Trap: Elvis's Last No. 1 Hit: In the late 1960s, as the landscape of rock and soul shifted underneath him, Elvis Presley's career began to sputter. Then, some headway: A TV special in December 1968 rekindled interest, and the following month Presley headed into the studio to record what would become "From Elvis in Memphis"—a rock-soul album that is still considered one of his finest. "In the Ghetto" from those sessions went to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. And 43 years ago this week, a Memphis recording that didn't make the album was released as a single. "Suspicious Minds" went to No. 1 in November 1969. It led to Presley's "comeback," albeit one that would later play out largely in Las Vegas.

Presley's "Suspicious Minds" actually was a cover. A year earlier, singer Mark James had written and recorded the original for Scepter Records.

Last week, Mr. James, 71, and producer Chips Moman, 75, talked about the song's inspiration and how an argument over rights nearly cost the King his hit. Edited from interviews.

Mark James: In early 1968, Chips Moman asked me to come to Memphis to write songs for his music publishing company. I was living in Houston at the time and had written three hits that reached No. 1 in the South. Chips's American Sound Studio was just starting to get hot—the Box Tops had just recorded "The Letter" there. So I relocated.

Mark James at this year's Elvis Week singers and songwriters showcase held at Graceland.

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

At my recording session, Chips produced, I sang the lead vocal and the studio band backed me. The strings, horns and Holladay Sisters were overdubbed later. After the tape was mixed, Chips and I flew to Scepter in New York, where my manager had contacts. They loved the song and put it out, but the label didn't have the dollars to promote new talent, so the song didn't chart.

Later that year, Don Cruise, Chips's partner, told me Elvis had booked American Sound to record what would become his "From Elvis in Memphis" album. Don kept asking if I had any songs that would be a good fit. Tom Jones was hot at the time, and I knew Elvis needed a mature rock 'n' roll song to bring him back. Don and I thought of "Suspicious Minds" and I began urging everyone to get Elvis to hear it.

Chips Moman: When Elvis arrived at my studio in January 1969, he was looking for new material. I played him Mark's Scepter record, and he was crazy about it. He wanted to hear the song over and over again, and learned it on the spot.

Mr. James: I wasn't at Elvis's recording. Days earlier I had walked into the control room and sensed he was uncomfortable. He was like, "Who is this guy? I met him twice, why is he here?" I didn't want to jinx the song, so I stayed away.

Mr. Moman: We finally got around to recording "Suspicious Minds" after midnight [early on Jan. 23]. I had a ping-pong table, and Elvis was pretty good at it [laughing]. He used the same arrangement on Mark's single and most of the same American Sound studio musicians.

When we finished, Elvis's crowd of business people standing around said they wanted half my publishing rights. I told them they were barking up the wrong tree. I accused them of stealing, they got angry, and I threatened to halt the entire session.

Fortunately, RCA's Harry Jenkins said, "This boy is right and we're going to finish the session just the way he wants to." Jenkins sensed "Suspicious Minds" was going to be big and he knew there would be plenty to go around.

Elvis with Chips Moman, 1969

Mr. James: The next day I heard the track at the studio. At first I thought it sounded too slow. But when I heard how it was embellished later, I was blown away.

Mr. Moman: Felton Jarvis [Elvis's longtime producer] was never happy that Elvis recorded at American. It was a control thing. So when Jarvis took the tape of "Suspicious Minds," he added this crazy 15-second fade toward the end, like the song was ending, and brought it back by overdubbing to extend it. I have no idea why he did that, but he messed it up. It was like a scar. None of which mattered. Soon after the song was released, Elvis was back on top of the charts.

Mr. James: In the years that followed, whenever I saw Elvis, he'd cross the room just to say hello to me—no matter who was with him. After he died, I heard he'd always asked the guys in the studio, "Did Mark send me any more songs?" Golly, I wish I had known that.

Go HERE to read EIN's spotlight on 'Suspicious Minds 40 years on" for more great insights.
(News, Source: Mark Myers, The Wall Street Journal)

Why Elvis still matters?: August 16th, 2012 was the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. Long live the King. MANY people can remember where they were when President Kennedy was shot. I haven't got a clue, I was barely out of nappies.

Three events will, however, be indelibly tattooed on my mind. The 9/11 attacks on New York's Twin Towers, man's first walk on the moon and the death of Elvis Presley.

Elvis died 35 years ago, on August 16, 1977, apparently in his bathroom, a quaint American euphemism for the dunny. He was pepped up to the eyeballs on pharmaceuticals. And in this ignominious way, the life of the world's most famous singer was cut short.

The cult of Elvis, however, shows no sign of giving up the ghost. There are at least 85,000 Elvis impersonators worldwide, and that's only the official ones. Surprisingly, there are far fewer impersonators of, say, Perry Como or Engelbert Humperdinck, or Barry Manilow. There's a Mexican impersonator called El Vez and a lesbian called Elvis Herselvis. There's a Nude Elvis (who actually wears undies). There are skydiving Elvises. There's a Jewish impersonator called Elvis Schmelvis.

Many of these performers are pranksters, little more than cheesy parodies, but most, by far, are sincere worshippers.

I learned of Elvis's death from an Elvis impersonator. Our next-door neighbour used to sing Presley songs down at the local Italian Club and he'd heard about the death on the radio. He came over to our place, tears in his eyes.

But Elvis was the man who made it all happen. The man who stirred the pot, added all the right ingredients, threw in a bit of pepper and dished it out by the bucketload I didn't really understand the fuss at the time. To my generation, Elvis was just a puffy crooner in sparkly suits well past his use-by date. He was about as cool as boiled cabbage.

I later realised I was missing the point by a mile (or 1.609344km). Even a cursory reading of Elvis's career should persuade most people that the guy was one of the few musical figures who can lay genuine claim to changing the course of culture.

There had always been raucous, wild, sexy music in America's Deep South, of course, among the black folks and the white folks. It was a big melting pot.

But Elvis was the man who made it all happen. The man who stirred the pot, added all the right ingredients, threw in a bit of pepper and dished it out by the bucketload. He was the man who made rock and roll mainstream. It was no longer that noise that filtered out of the southern juke joints, it was on the wireless!

"Hey, Betty Lou, come listen to this crazy new singer! Ain't he somethin!"

When I first listened to Elvis, I mean really listened, I fell for it deeply. This was the real deal, the guts and gizzards of pop culture. This was Ground Zero. How I could have missed it for all those years, I still wonder.

Years later, I made the pilgrimage to Memphis and to Graceland, marvelling at the awesome kitsch of it all, but also chilled to the bone to be standing in the same room where the King had once tuned his guitar or watched TV or, heck, even trimmed his toenails. This was holy ground.

But I have a rather mild case of Elvisitis compared with some. I have a mate who is an Elvis impersonator of sorts. He has the suit and he doesn't need much encouragement to belt out a few tunes at any social gathering. He's made a few trips to Graceland.

He was chuffed to find out that the bus stop across from his family home has the code number 16877. Yes, that's right - 16/8/77 is the date of Elvis's death.

All aboard the bus to glory. Unfortunately, this bus goes to Oakleigh Shopping Centre. (News, Source: Baz Blakeney, Herald Sun, Australia)

Elvis and Ali: Their Lives, Their Time, and Their Impact on Our World [Kindle Edition]: It’s been thirty-five years since Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, passed away at the age of 42. His impact on the world of music and popular culture continues to resonate to this day and millions of fans, young and old, hold the memory of Elvis close to their hearts. In Elvis and Ali, Thomas Hauser, bestselling author of Muhammad Ali: His Life & Times, examines the arc of Elvis’s career from his early days in Memphis to his final performances in Las Vegas, while comparing the similarities and differences between the beloved rocker’s life to that of another cultural icon, Muhammad Ali.
bout the author: Thomas Hauser is an award-winning author most celebrated for his work Muhammad Ali: His Life And Times. Recognized worldwide for his critically acclaimed work about the legendary boxer, Hauser shares some personal thoughts on Elvis, who he greatly admired, and illustrates how the lives of these two extraordinary men made an indelible stamp on America.

In recent years, his writing has focused on the sport and business of professional boxing. His investigative articles and his testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation were hailed within the boxing industry as a significant force for change. Hauser has written articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and numerous other publications and was retained by Encyclopedia Britannica to author its entries on Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer. He lives in New York City. File size: 576KB; 36 pages (News, Source: Amazon)

 Other new Elvis titles in the very affordable Kindle format:

Why I'm convinced the Mob killed my soulmate Elvis (by Suzanna Leigh): Sixties starlet Suzanna Leigh dated Richard Harris, Steve McQueen and Michael Caine. But it was her friendship with Elvis Presley, with whom she starred in the 1966 film Paradise, Hawaiian Style, that still dominates her life. For years, she’s been plagued by doubts about his death. Here, she describes how her investigations led to a shocking conclusion.

As soon as I saw photos of the aftermath of Elvis’s death, alarm bells went off in my head.

There was a picture of a woman, who was close to Elvis, standing in the doorway at Graceland in the middle of the night, just hours after his death. She looked immaculate, her make-up perfect.What was wrong with this? Well, if the love of my life had just been found dead, I would have looked like the Witch of Endor, mascara streaming down my face.

Although we were only ever friends, I had been in love with Elvis since I was 11. My dreams of meeting him came true when I was cast in Paradise, Hawaiian Style. We bonded immediately and became true soulmates.

Elvis, who was very religious, loved my stories about my English convent school. The first time he took my hand was on set. We only kissed twice but there was the promise of many more intimacies to come. We remained friends throughout my passionate affair with Richard Harris, and wanted to make another movie together — but it was never to be.

Colonel Tom Parker never liked our friendship, mainly because I was introducing him to actors like Richard Harris. Elvis wanted to be a real actor, but Colonel Parker only looked for easy money.

I was asleep in London when Elvis died — having returned to Britain in the Seventies. In the years that followed, I continued my career in England. Then, in 2003, I put my connection with Elvis to use by going to work as a VIP tour guide at Graceland.

It was there that I first heard rumours from people on the estate that Elvis had been murdered. (EIN Note: That Elvis had been murdered was Vernon Presley's initial view)

nd when I went to the library to find out more, I discovered that many reputable people believed his death — from apparent heart failure, compounded by drug abuse — was not straightforward.

One book pointed the finger at Elvis’s doctor, ‘Nick’ Nichopoulos, who prescribed scores of pills for his hypochondriac patient, although it’s hard to believe he would kill his paymaster. (EIN Note: It is well documented that "Dr Nick" gave Elvis many placebos without Elvis' knowledge)

The most interesting theory was by British journalist John Parker, who claimed there was a Mafia connection.

Then there’s the fact that the post-mortem report will not be available until 2027. (EIN Note: This was done at the request of Vernon Presley) Why would the Federal Bureau of Investigation lock documents away if there was nothing to hide?

I soon learned Elvis had in fact been part of one of the largest FBI investigations of the Seventies, codenamed Fountain Pen. Apparently, he had been the innocent victim in a Mafia fraud case involving billions of dollars. Scores of federal agents worldwide had investigated it, and Elvis was due to give evidence. The FBI was meant to be protecting Elvis when he died.

Despite this, Elvis’s death has never been officially investigated. (EIN Note: In 1994, officials reopened Elvis' case and coroner, Dr Joseph Davis, was engaged to investigate the circumstances of Elvis' death - see email messages from Dr Davis published on EIN on 25 and 29 August 2012) The first person I talked to as I tried to understand more about the mystery was Beecher Smith, who had been Elvis’s lawyer. He told me that as part of the investigation, Elvis and his father were supposed to appear in front of a federal grand jury on August 16, 1977 — the day Elvis died.

My next port of call was George Klein, who had been at school with Elvis. He told me that just before his death, Elvis, who was a mess because of his hectic workload, had decided to take a year off and had sacked half his staff, including Colonel Parker.

When he sacked his band, tempers were running so high that they brought out a salacious book about him just two weeks before he died. It all got so nasty that Elvis was forced to employ a team of security people who were all ex-cops (EIN Note: Not all of Elvis' security team were ex-police), headed by Dick Grob, a former police sergeant. George told me Elvis was so serious about giving up work that he had rented a house in Hawaii and planned to get fit again. To find out more, I went to see Grob. Though upset when talking about it all, he confirmed that Vernon, Elvis’s father, always believed his son was murdered.

When Elvis died, Grob had launched his own investigation, questioning everyone in the house as to where they were that night, and logging every call. He claims records show someone phoned a newspaper from Graceland at 1am to alert them that there was a big story coming out that night — an hour before emergency services were called.

Then he made a truly extraordinary allegation. ‘Elvis died of a massive codeine overdose,’ he told me. ‘It doesn’t matter what other things they say he died of — that is what he really died of.’ I could hardly believe what I was hearing. I knew Elvis was allergic to codeine, an opiate painkiller. Could someone have tricked him into ingesting it?

Grob explained that the madness on the night Elvis died meant that nothing was properly investigated. ‘There was pandemonium in the streets, with distraught fans and journalists arriving from all over the world,’ he said. ‘There were about 200,000 people outside the gate.

‘If the police had said they suspected Elvis had been murdered, there would have been a lynching. The police tried to get a handle on things, but so much stuff was walking out the door. A lot of things disappeared that night and were sold later.

‘Someone even washed the carpet where Elvis had fallen. Imagine that — cleaning up before the police arrived? It could only have been someone really close to Elvis that could have ordered that.’

George Klein had told me that many suspicions were focused on Colonel Parker. Beecher Smith, meanwhile, said Parker had a lot to gain from Elvis’s death — only a day after the death, he had persuaded the singer’s father to sign over to him 50 per cent of The King’s posthumous earnings.

The news about Colonel Parker didn’t surprise me. I had never liked him. Yet though there were a lot of incentives for him to dispatch his protege, he wasn’t there that fateful night.

So how did Elvis die?

In Dick Grob’s opinion, it was organised by the Mob. He told me they did not want Elvis or his father to appear in court because of all the media interest it would create, so they must have got someone inside the house.

‘That’s what Vernon believed all along,’ said Dick. ‘Someone from inside let the killer into the house.’

This was explosive stuff, and I suspected I was on the right track because odd things started happening to me. First, a wheel fell off my truck while I was driving.

If I had been going faster, I could have been killed. A mechanic I saw afterwards said the nuts on the other wheels were also about to come off. Somebody had been messing with them.

Then, one night as I was walking my dog, I stood like a rabbit in the headlights while a young black girl, not more than 20, stuck her arm out of the window of a passing car and fired at least five very loud shots from a handgun, which hit some trees above me. On another occasion, someone broke into my car, then someone tried to break into my house and stabbed one of my other dogs.

To this day, I suspect someone wanted me out of the way. I didn’t wait to find out who before I left town. I know people will find it hard to believe these claims, but I knew the real Elvis, and after what’s happened to me I’m more convinced than ever that we are a long way from discovering the full truth about his death. Adapted by Glenys Roberts from The Flip Side Of Paradise, a forthcoming book. © 2011 Suzanna Leigh. (News, Source: dailymail.co.uk)

EIN's comprehensive "Elvis Conspiracy" page - click here

Book on Elvis Also Sheds Light on Enigmatic Actor Nick Adams - Malibu Resident Rediscovers Father's Lost Manuscript About Friendship with Presley and Shares Story: Actor and aspiring writer Nick Adams died in 1968, when his daughter Allyson Adams was still a small child. His death—initially investigated as a possible homicide or suicide and finally ruled undetermined—has haunted his daughter.

The chance discovery of an original manuscript written by Nick Adams in 1956 chronicling his friendship with the young Elvis Presley has offered Allyson Adams, a writer, independent filmmaker and Malibu resident an opportunity to learn more about her father and offered new insights into the life of Presley.

"The Rebel and the King," Nick Adams' original manuscript describing his friendship with Elvis, augmented with research and photos collected by Allyson Adams, was published this month.

"I had no idea the journey I was about to begin when I reached up and got my "Daddy Box" down from the closet to take with me back to California," Adams writes in the forward.

"The cardboard bankers box with 'Daddy' scrawled across it is stuffed with my father's memorabilia. I've carted this box across the country for 40 years and, believe it or not, never opened it because I couldn't deal with my father's story, even though it haunted me."

When Allyson Adams finally opened the box, she found her father's type-written manuscript entitled "Elvis Presley: Singer, Actor, Man."

"Daddy died of an overdose when I was seven years old," Allyson Adams wrote. "The Los Angeles Coroner labeled the cause of death undetermined. Nothing was found in the house. Every trace was gone—his drugs, journals, the typewriter given to him by James Dean, the bronze Rebel cap, his tape recordings, his life."

"I couldn't believe what I was holding in my hands had been here all along," Adams said.

Elvis was filming his first movie, "Love Me Tender," when he was introduced to Nick Adams, a young actor who had just appeared in "Rebel Without a Cause" and who was making a name for himself as a celebrity writer.

The two men rapidly became friends. Adams introduced Presley to his friends, including actress Natalie Wood, and showed the young singer around Los Angeles. Presley invited Adams to visit his family inTennessee.

"The Rebel and the King" is a portrait of Elvis during eight days in Memphis during the performer's "Tupelo Homecoming" tour in the summer of 1956.

"I would rather live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb," wrote Nick Adams, in 1956. "A very great man once made that statement.  And that was the first thing that came to my mind when I sat down to write this story about Elvis." 

Allyson Adams was invited to participate in the Official Elvis Insiders Conference at Graceland Tennessee, last week. The Malibu Surfside News spoke to her about the new book as she was concluding her own whirlwind tour at a Tupelo Film Commission event focusing on women in film.

"The people are so nice, I love it down here," Adams said. " Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis. He bought his first guitar at the hardware store. He was fifth place in the grade school talent show. This is where it happened.

"I feel a sense of connection with my father," Adams said. "The Rebel and the King" about eight days in Memphis, The climax is in Tupelo."

"I'm learning about my dad," Adams said. "I've learned other stories, met people who were 14, 15,  16 years old in 1956 and remember the concert, remember my dad."

Adams also discovered eight never before seen pictures of her father. "The journey continues," she said.

"Elvis fans are the nicest, warmest, most down-to- earth people," Adams said, adding that she wanted to share her father's manuscript because it offered a rare look at Elvis at the beginning of his career.

"I love it because it's a positive, spiritual message without politics," Adams said. "That's why I published it. Elvis was ahead of Ophra. His message was 'be grateful for what you have.' My dad was tape recording what Elvis said word for word, so it's a historical document. A little time capsule.

"I still recall the words, 'All good things come from God,' Presley told Nick Adams. "And if more people when something good happens to them in life and makes them happy or if something is given to them if they would just stop and think and thank God for it and say, 'God, thank you for this wonderful blessing you have bestowed upon me.'  Then they would have more good luck and more blessings. That's my honest, sincere, way of thinking.  And if tomorrow, should all my success come to an end, I wouldn't stop thanking him. And I would go on for the rest of my life telling people what a wonderful blessing he once gave me. This is my way of thinking and the words are coming directly from my heart."

The manuscript also provides a portrait of Presley's parents. "My dad brings Elvis' parents alive," Adams said.

The book includes photos of the Presleys relaxing in the backyard of their Memphis home in 1957 with Nick Adams mother, Catherine Adamshock. The family laundry is on the line in the background. Sweetpea, a dog that Elvis gave his mother as a gift in one of the anecdote provided by Nick Adams in the book, is in Gladys Presley's lap.

"Finding the manuscript changed my life," Adams said. "I've learned about dad in Hollywood. He was a writer. I love that."

"It's brought light to a sometimes dark legacy," Adams said. "This is my father's best side. I love the innocence of it. Elvis was a gentleman. He had manners. He was down to earth and humble. As soon as I read the manuscript I new I had to share it."

Adams will be signing and discussing "The Rebel and the King" at Diesel Bookstore, Malibu, 23410 Civic Center Way, on Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. Adams, who worked at the original Malibu Books and Company in the 1990s, and later at Tops Gallery, says the Diesel event is like a homecoming for her.

"How cool for me to come full circle to the same little shopping center where I worked," Adams said, adding that no matter how far she travels, Malibu always draws her home.

More information on the book is available at therebelandtheking.com (News, Source: SUZANNE GULDIMANN, Malibu Surfside News)

Friday 31 August 2012

Never before seen Elvis video from Knoxville concerts: Elvis fan John Stansberry shot film of Elvis when he visited Stokely Athletic Center, Knoxville in 1972, 1974, and 10 months before Elvis died in 1977. And it's what he captured with his camera 40 years ago that he's most proud of. The film is a little grainy, a little fuzzy but clear enough to know it's Elvis Presley. Only the family has known about the secret film until now.
John told Local 8 News, "I got stopped coming out, I didn't get stopped going in. They asked if I had a movie camera, I said yes, they wanted to know where the film was and they took the camera and opened it up and there was no film in it. It was in my daughter's pocket book."
"That was a time before you had Ipods, You tube, MTV, and VH1 if you got to see an entertainer, that was big stuff."
Elvis is still king in the hearts and minds of millions of fans. John Stansberry has proof.
Go HERE for the story & footage
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis UK Auction: British Auction House 'Omega Auctions' has over 60 Elvis items up for sale on Saturday, September 8, in Stockport, England.
Being auctioned is Elvis’ personal Bible, which features handwritten notes, musings and underlined passages from the rock legend.  This Bible with Elvis Presley and Holy Bible, embossed in gold on a leather cover, was given to Elvis by his uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes Presley as a Christmas gift on December 25th, 1957 at Graceland
The bible is expected to sell for as much as 25,000 pounds, or $40,000. 
Other Presley items going on the block include home movies of Elvis and his family, signed contracts and jewellery items.
Also for sale is a hand-written and signed/initialled note to his friend Joan Schmidt-Powell. The note reads "Give this to Jo-Jo if she comes by - E.P." It was hand written by Elvis in the 1970`s. Elvis knew Jo since 1956, their first meeting being at Paramount Pictures and they stayed in touch until Elvis` Death. Elvis` nickname for her was Jo, Jo-Jo and in the seventies Jo Go-Go. Also included is a copy of a letter from Vernon Presley written to Joan about Elvis`s funeral.
Go HERE for more Auction Info.
(News, Source;Omega/ElvisInfoNet)

'Bright Light City' New Import CD: The third release from the new Convair label is a rare recording of a great live performance Elvis did at the Las Vegas International Hotel on August 12, 1969 (Dinner Show). An Audience recording by a fan this release is for the collectors. Accompanied by a 20 page booklet telling interesting facts about Elvis´ return to live performances after almost nine years in words and pictures it´s a very nice collectors-package. Go and get it while you can, this release is – as usual for CONVAIR products - limited to 300 copies only. You know what to expect from Elvis in Vegas in 69 – pure magic!
Tracklisting: 1. Orchestra Intro 2. Opening Vamp / Blue Suede Shoes 3. I Got A Woman 4. All Shook Up 5. Love Me Tender 6. Jailhouse Rock / Don´t Be Cruel 7. Heartbreak Hotel 8. Hound Dog 9. Memories 10. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 11. Monologue 12. Baby What You Want Me to Do 13. Runaway 14. Are You Lonesome Tonight 15. Yesterday / Hey Jude 16. Band Introductions 17. In The Ghetto 18. Suspicious Minds 19. What'd I Say 20. Can´t Help Falling In Love
21. Bonus Track: Ronnie Tutt talks about how he became Elvis´ Drummer in 1969
Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for more release info.
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

More EIN News & Articles from August...

Film rights optioned for David E. Stanley's book, Conversations With The King: Journals of a Young Apprentice: As David Stanley foreshadowed in his recent interview with EIN, his latest book has been picked up for a film release. Here is the official media release:

The new entertainment company has optioned David E. Stanley's Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice, about his 17-year relationship with the singer.

BiteSize Entertainment has optioned the rights to David E. Stanley and Dr. David Gruder’s Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice and plan to adapt it into a movie about Elvis Presley called Growing Up Graceland.

The film will be produced through BiteSize’s feature film production arm, led by Gene Kirkwood and Ross Elliot. The movie will focus on Stanley’s 17-year relationship with Presley, his stepbrother and mentor. Stanley moved into Presley’s home at Graceland when he was 4 years old, and Presley quickly became his father figure. He grew up to become of one Presley’s aides, and Presley is aid to have confided in him his spiritual search for meaning during the final years of his life.

“After meeting David Stanley, reading his book and listening to his stories, I realized there is another side to the Elvis phenomenon, a bigger story, and one that has never been told," Kirkwood said. "If Elvis was alive today, in this time of revolution in mass communication, I believe he would be one of the most inspirational individuals in the world.

Read David E. Stanley's recent interview with EIN

Read EIN's review of David's book Conversations With The King: Journals of a Young Apprentice

Filming Girl Happy Behind the Scenes With Elvis (Book Review): The enduringly attractive and endearing Chris Noel was one of Elvis’ co-stars on Girl Happy

At one time Chris was considered to be the ‘next’ Marilyn Monroe and she also became a very popular attraction visiting Vietnam eight times with Bob Hope to entertain the troops (which unfortunately at the time affected Chris' career by alienating her from a blinkered, politically influenced Hollywood). 

Chris recently released her photo-journal about the filming of Girl Happy and EIN takes a peek inside.

EIN Off Review Note #1: The popular film and TV site, IMDB describes Chris as ".... one of a myriad of beautiful, statuesque, bikini-clad blondes who pranced and romped about the sand and surf of the California shores in all those nostalgic beach party movies of the "swinging '60s".  

EIN Off Review Note #2: Chris also appeared as a guest star in various TV series including My Three Sons, Perry Mason, Bewitched, The Smothers Brothers Show, Burkes Law and CHiPS.

EIN Off Review Note #3: Girl Happy, released in 1965, was Elvis' film (sandwiched between Roustabout and Tickle Me) and the first to co-star Shelley Fabares, who would go on to become Elvis' #1 leading lady by co-starring in two more Elvis films, Spinout (aka California Holiday) in 1966 and Clambake in 1967.

EIN Off Review Note #4: Elvis currently has 373 lisings (how greedy can you get?) on IMDB

The narrative in Filming Girl Happy Behind the Scenes With Elvis is a good one, pleasantly mixing Chris’ interesting anecdotes of events during filming, the script for deleted scenes (a great value add!) and pages devoted to:

  • Girl Happy pre-production
  • the Girl Happy soundtrack
  • “juicy on-set gossip”
  • “sexy Elvis stories”
  • insider info including about Elvis
  • Elvis’ other co-stars in the film
  • Priscilla visiting the set
  • Elvis meeting Larry Geller
  • Chris in Vietnam (shown opposite)
  • Girl Happy - Fifty Years Later
The inclusion of various press articles from the (Girl Happy) time also makes for very interesting reading. 

Chris tells us what it was like working with Elvis and what his other co-stars in the film were like including Shelley Fabares, Mary Ann Mobley (a former Miss America) and Gary Crosby (son of the legendary Bing). We also find out how Elvis surprised Chris by coming up behind her and sticking his tongue in her ear.  As you will read she was not impressed and told Elvis…..

The majority of the visuals are in full color and the color shots are at times let down by being fuzzy or out of focus.  Despite this, they are curiously intriguing and certainly very colorful and expressive!

Chris Noel and Shelley Fabares in Girl Happy

Various film posters and picture cover ‘singles’ record releases for Girl Happy from around the world are also featured and there is a fantastic full page publicity shot of Chris and Elvis.

And be prepared, because during the chronological visual-narrative record of filming we are told to “Get with it!  Learn the latest dance craze…..THE CLAM” (are your toes tapping yet?)

All in all Filming Girl Happy Behind the Scenes with Elvis is a nicely told ’insiders’ record of the film.  Scandal free (this is not a tell-all release), it is different from many other Elvis books which, with its light, funny and engaging tone, will be deservedly welcomed by many fans.

Read A Date with Chris Noel

Another one of those ubiquitous pin up photos that Hollywood hopefuls had to endure. Chris Noel' first film was in 1963 with Steve McQueen in Soldier In The Rain. She was also cast with Annette Funicello in Beach Ball in 1965. Chris' movie career abruptly ended because of her Vietnam service. Hollywood would not hire her because she was too closely identified with that unpopular war.

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'Elvis BY REQUEST' debuts at #4 on ARIA Album chart in Australia: The latest ARIA Album Chart will be released later today with the new Australian 'Greatest Hits' at #4! This is the same highest Elvis chart entry position since 'ELVIS: 30 #1 Hits' in 2002. Of course this time fans had to pre-purchase to receive their free "named" poster, which would create some excellent first week sales.

Apparently all Sony USA sold of the "I Am An Elvis Fan" 35th Anniversary release was 3,330 copies despite all the multi-media promotion.
Congratulations to Tim McLean of Sony Australia Marketing.
Well done Aussies!
This excellent 40 track CD costs only $22 from Sanity on line - Click HERE and keep the momentum going......

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/SonyAustralia)

The Elvis Files Magazine, Volume 1 - On Sale Now: The new quarterly magazine dedicated to The King - featuring new articles and photos - The talented Mike Eder has contributed some brand new articles and all the featured pictures are unreleased and not in previous Elvis Files books.
Go HERE for more info and to purchase.
More info and extra ordering details soon.

(News, Source;ErikLorentzen)

'Unedited Masters - Hollywood To Nashville 1972-1980' New Import CD: The new volume in the "Unedited Masters" series sub-titled "Hollywood To Nashville 1972-1980" is out now. According to their flyer this is the best of that series with several "firsts" such as the overdubbed version of "It's A Matter Of Time" taken directly from studio tape instead of a scratchy acetate, an X-rated ending of "the first take" of "Fool", first release of the 1980 re-recording of "For Ol' Times Sake" which is one of their best re-recording but still unreleased to this day.

See the flyer HERE for all the details concerning this new release from Venus Productions.


(News. Source;FECC)

Joseph Tunzi one-on-one with EIN (Interview) - Part 2: The doyen of Elvis books, Joseph A. Tunzi, recently opened up to EIN in a fascinating interview.

The Tunzi name or his company, JAT Productions needs little introduction to most fans. For the past 25 years the Tunzi organisation has been producing glorious photo and information books (more than 40!) which invariably are accompanied by the familiar sign "Sold Out".

So just who is Joseph Tunzi and what has he in store for fans......?

In the concluding part of his fascinating (and very long) interview, Joseph opens up to EIN about:

  • his favorite JAT releases
  • the biggest selling JAT book release
  • competition in the Elvis book space
  • Sony's promotion of Elvis
  • FTD
  • EPE's promotion of Elvis
  • his thoughts on an Elvis On Tour "Special Edition" DVD
  • JAT's "Hot Shots and Cool Clips" DVD series
  • the Tunzi "Maybelline" remix
  • The Pied Piper of Cleveland film!!! .........and a lot more!

Lisa Marie & Elvis 'I Love You Because' Duet: One of the highlights of the Elvis Week FedEx 35th anniversary concert was Priscilla's rare home movies of Lisa and Elvis, accompanied by their duet on 'I Love You Because' one of Elvis' early SUN songs.
Halfway through the video (as you can see HERE) Lisa Marie joined Elvis harmonising and also then showed some home-movies of Elvis' grandchildren.
After the song finished a spotlight hit the stage and Lisa Marie walked out to talk with Elvis' fans.
Lisa Marie asked "Did you like that?" and honestly told the huge crowd, “Once again there’s nowhere else that I’d rather be. And no one else I’d rather be with on this day and on this special night. We appreciate you and we love you.”
Go HERE for the Lisa Marie/Elvis 2012 duet on YouTube along with "That's All Right".
(News, Source;YouTube/ElvisInfoNet)

SONY/FTD Elvis Week 2012 Presentation: This year’s presentation unfortunately revealed a few less surprises than in previous years. The discussion was mainly around the upcoming ‘Madison Square Garden’ 40th anniversary release.
Ernst however did talk about how he tracked down the rehearsal tape for the FTD ‘From Hawaii To Las Vegas'‘ and how the same fan happened to have the unreleased footage of Elvis at MSG for 'Prince From Another Planet'. The guy was sitting in the 8th row - and the footage is very good.
Ernst Jorgensen still proved himself as the Elvis treasure hunter. (See EIN interview here)
Ernst Jorgensen also confirmed, "There is no decision that anything that exists of Elvis shouldn’t be available. Whether it be in documentaries or smaller projects - or a full scale production like ‘YMWTBB’ or projects like MSG."
Jamie Aron Kelley appeared to show the crowd the "Tupelo" box-set to much amusement and you hear the explanation of
how the tapes for the new box-set were found.
Ernst.J. - "We can only do this if we can share these Elvis discoveries."
Roger Semon talked about the joy of repackaging Elvis’ product to make them truly representative of the key Elvis’ performances.
John Jackson, Vice President of A&R and Development for Legacy/Sony also talked about the excitement of these new Elvis projects.
They then showed the 23 minutes of film synced to Elvis’ 1 hour MSG performance. There are however gaps due to the film being changed - but it presented as a whole concert with nothing edited or missing from the taped footage.
The Elvis Week fans were showed an excerpt of the MSG footage but due to legal reasons it could not be filmed for our viewing pleasure – Just buy it - Click here!! Only $37!
It is revealed that the guy (Don Lance) worked at the Hilton and just left his tape recorder on a table when he heard Elvis and his band was rehearsing and would go back to pick it up later!
He offered his tapes to RCA and Joan Deary in the 1980s but they weren’t interested!!
As for the ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ wire recording Ernst said, "The minute it hits YouTube it became Public Domain" which is a problem. He did not reassure the fans that he had bought the copy, although you can hear his frustration that it was discovered too late to put onto his fabulous "Boy From Tupelo’ box-set.
BEST NEWS is that we do know that at least 2 more Elvis rehearsals will be released on FTD relatively soon!
As always EIN thanks Elvis Sessions (see previous years here) and also Paul Sweeney for the great info.
Go HERE for the complete 38 minute presentation on YouTube.
(News, Source; Elvis Sessions/ElvisInfoNetwork)

ELVIS WEEK 2012, FINAL report: "Maybe it's too late, sometimes I even hate myself for loving you..."
Well dear friends all good things come sadly to an end so here is Sanja Meegin's final report from The Promised Land.
Yesterday she finally toured the mansion properly to soak up the end-of-the-week loving Elvis vibes.
She saw the sensational Shawn Klush/Cody Slaughter concert - as well as experiencing the ETA finals.
Was it a great way to end Elvis Week? Click here to see all the photos. -- EIN is the only website with these daily exclusives so click here & don't miss these special reports.

(Elvis Week 2012, Source:SanjaMeegin)

'Elvis was not a Racist'- A Spotlight Revisited: Back in 2005 EIN's Piers Beagley wrote an in-depth look at Elvis' background & cultural influences, discovering a man that not only helped the local black community but who was also key figure in the racial integration of popular music. As James Brown said, "I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There’ll never be another like that soul brother" and Muhammad Ali, "Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know."
Now in 2012 EIN's good friend Bernard Tanner, Jr. sent us a wonderful letter explaining his reaction when faced with young adults in his hometown of Altanta Georgia accusing Elvis of being a racist. He says.. "My refusal to back down against their impassioned but wrong-headed and false accusations of Presley's race bigotry shocked them.... .. And (often) lost in these arguments is the fact that Elvis was supernally

gifted as a performer and as a vocalist. And that he marshaled those rare gifts to the African-American cultural and musical construct and helped to give those musical idioms, not only a much wider acceptability, respect and legitimacy - but supernally so!
With Elvis Week just ending please CLICK HERE to see this excellent article re-visited.
(Spotlight Article, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

Bootleg Elvis (Book Review): Illicit Elvis recordings released by underground labels on pristine black or colored vinyl! For many fans the thought and memories of that important part of the Elvis music scene still resonates in 2012.

And now one of the year's greatest book releases has been published, Bootleg Elvis.......a high quality, incredibly well researched narrative and visual history of the 900+ Elvis bootlegs released on vinyl.

EIN recently delved deep inside this formidable book to sample its veritable treasure trove of Elvis delights! Old and new fans take note!!

Read EIN's detailed review

'Prince from Another Planet' Full Details: SONY have released the full details of the new 'Prince from Another Planet' Madison Square Garden. There are two versions being released, the DELUXE DVD version and also a budget version without the DVD for only $16.
Great news is that the DVD will feature ONE HOUR of hand-held footage filmed at the June 10th Afternoon Show as well as 20 minutes of the Press Conference.
Release date is now noted as October 30, 2012.
Elvis Presley: Prince from Another Planet, As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden, New York City, June 10, 1972 - Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition 2-Cd+Dvd Box Set Presents Historic Afternoon And Evening Concerts – Newly Remixed - In One Package For First Time
5,000-word liner notes essay by Lenny Kaye, historian and guitarist for Patti Smith
BONUS DVD:1. Afternoon show filmed June 10, 1972 (approx. 1 hour hand-held footage) 2. Afternoon press conference held June 9, 1972 (approx. 20 minutes).
The recently discovered footage is set to make its world premiere during Elvis Week in Memphis on Friday, August 17th, at 4:30 p.m. at a free event in the Elvis Week Pavilion.
Go HERE to Pre-Order>> Prince From Another Planet (Deluxe 2 CD/1 DVD Box Set) - $37.37
Pre-Order 'Prince From Another Planet Legacy' ONLY $16.33
Of all the live concert recordings released by RCA during Elvis Presley’s lifetime, none carried the historic significance of his long-awaited New York City shows at Madison Square Garden in June 1972.
After being roundly excoriated by New York critics after his televised visits of 1956 (on Jackie Gleason’s Stage Show), and 1957 (Ed Sullivan & Steve Allen), Elvis and his manager Tom Parker did not schedule another New York performance for some 15 years. Even after Elvis triumphed on his black leather NBC-TV "comeback" special of December 1968, and returned to public concert touring fulltime in August 1969 (at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, they still waited three years to play New York.
Accompanying the two CDs is a bonus DVD that presents unseen footage of the Saturday afternoon show, captured on hand-held camera by a fan, and now acquired by Legacy from that fan decades later for this package.

Rarely is unseen footage of Elvis in concert discovered, so this footage lends historical importance to the package. The film is a revealing portrait of a physically commanding Elvis and his powerhouse TCB Band, background vocalists, and orchestra.
CLICK HERE for all the details, Tracklist and band details - from SONY ElvisThe Music
Go here to EIN's recent Spotlight on Madison Square Garden 40 Years Ago
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNetwork)
To EIN's Australian & Kiwi friends - Don't be ripped off by others, Pre-Order the Deluxe set here from Amazon for only AU$44 > Prince From Another Planet (Deluxe 2 CD/1 DVD Box Set) .

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