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'LIVE 1969' Box-Set in-depth review: EIN checks out every concert...
Saturday 28 September 2019
It is a 180gram LP with a 4-page photo pullout poster.
To be released 25th October 2019.
This Limited release of 1000 LP’s produced will be of 600 black and 400 clear vinyl editions.
Only black will be available through Amazon.
Next week MRS will announce its next multi CD / Book boxset release for November.
SIDE A - 23 mins - 1957
01 All Shook Up (with Studio Chat & Count in) 2:02
02 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You 2:31
03 I Need You So 2:39
04 (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) 3:20
05 I Beg Of You 1:54
06 Blueberry Hill 2:38
07 Is It So Strange 2:28
08 That's When Your Heartaches Begin 3:22
09 True Love 2:05
SIDE B – 24:46 mins - 1957
01 Don't Leave Me Now (with Studio Chat & Count in) 2:07
02 One Night (With You) 2:32
03 Don’t’ 2:48
04 Doncha' Think It's Time [Single master] 1:58
05 Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 2:15
06 I Need Your Love Tonight 2:04
07 A Big Hunk O' Love 2:12
08 (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I 2:36
09 I Got Stung 1:48
10 Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Undubbed Version) 2:22
11 Doncha' Think It's Time [LP master] 2:00

(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

Click here to the NEF website for more details

(News, Source;NEF/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 24 September 2019
'Elvis - That’s The Way It Is' Future FTD Release: There is no doubt that 2020 will be a massive celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' MGM filmed August 1970 Las Vegas concerts.
Erik Lorentzen (Elvis Files) has already announced his 3-book set 'Elvis Summer Festival' (see below)
Now FTD have announced their future 2020 deluxe TTWII Book / CD set.
.. David English & Pal Granlund who have just released details on their forthcoming FTD book/cd Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas are proud to announce a new book, which will be released in 2020 on the 50th Anniversary of the documentary Elvis That’s The Way It Is.
Some brief details are listed below.
THE BOOK: 'Elvis Presley - That’s The Way It Is'– Hardbound book with deluxe slipcase containing over 400 pages. It is a 12 by 12 Deluxe format, in the same style as the FTD book ‘Elvis Presley - A Boy From Tupelo’ and ‘Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas.’
With access to 2,000 original negatives
and 35mm slides, these images have been restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before. The book will also contain items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
THE AUDIO: The package will also contain a gatefold sleeve and three compact discs with unreleased material, more details to follow.
EIN presumes the 3 cds will include the unreleased rehearsal material
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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


(See EIN's Suspicious Minds indepth spotlight here)

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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

Friday 20 September 2019

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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

Photographing the people who love Elvis: In a new book, photographer Clémentine Schneidermann, documents in visual form an obsession with the 50s pop god, spanning from Portcawl to Memphis.

“The project began in 2013, when I was studying photography in Newport, south Wales. Someone told me about an annual Elvis festival in Porthcawl, a seaside town, which gathers hundreds of thousands of people.

“I started taking photographs because I was interested in people and vulnerability – small stories. With Elvis, there was a visual attraction to all the costumes, and I’ve always liked things that are sad or melancholic, things that are a little bit out of context. As a kid I was always very attracted to America. I’ve always had this fantasy about it, but it’s been so photographed and I find it more interesting to capture America outside of America. To find America in small towns – (like) in the middle of Wales.

“In 2014, I received a grant to travel to Memphis, where Elvis moved as a teenager. I stayed mainly around Graceland. The project looks at two places, south Wales and Memphis, and I don’t really say where the pictures are taken, it’s up to the viewer to decide.
“(Like Newport), Memphis is post-industrial, a largely working-class city. I was interested in the Americanisation of the working class in the UK. The culture is very white – in south Wales, it’s all very white anyway, but Memphis has a large black population and, in the whole Elvis community, I didn’t see anyone who was black, except for the people working at Graceland.
“Most of the people going to the festival weren’t impersonators – they would dress up a little bit but they were mostly normal, everyday people. You’d see them at the supermarket and they would be dressed normally, but with a retro touch – a red jacket, some tattoos or jewellery, gelled hair and sideburns. I met a lot of children – some came with their parents and didn’t really know what was going on, but some of them were part of the competitions, and were impersonators or tribute artists. They know all these things about Elvis. Most people go back every year.
“Elvis is a working-class hero – he was from a very poor family and there’s a lot of admiration for his background and what he became. You can’t generalise because everybody’s got their own relationship to him, but I definitely noticed that he’s more popular in post-industrial regions – there are a lot of Elvis things happening in the north of England, there’s a big festival in Birmingham as well. It’s the culture, American culture, that appeals – a nostalgia for the era.”
Unpublished and published works taken from I Called Her Lisa-Marie by Clémentine Schneidermann, out now via Chose Commune.. .Buy the book
(News, Source: dazeddigital.com)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 15 September 2019
'Elvis Unleashed' Worldwide - UK and Australia: The company that brought the '68 Special' 50th anniversary event in the cinemas worldwide are going for another replay.
Their publicity says...Experience the King Like Never Before With 'Elvis Unleashed'.
Elvis Presley returns to big screens across the globe next month with the new special, "Elvis Unleashed," featuring previously unseen footage of Elvis as he filmed the iconic "68 Comeback Special." The two-day cinema event, which includes outtakes and performances that reveal a new side of the King, will air in cinemas on October 7, with an encore screening on October 10.
"Elvis Unleashed" captures the spontaneous moments and stories behind the legendary special, and sheds new light on Elvis as a cultural icon. Each screening will include a new 30-minute segment with Los Angeles Times lead music writer Randy Lewis in conversation with actor Dennis Quaid, rising pop/country artist Jade Jackson and director and producer Steve Binder, to discuss Elvis's life and legacy. Quaid and Jackson are set to perform some Elvis classics, while Randy Lewis discusses the behind-the-scenes interactions that Binder had with Elvis and his manager Colonel Parker, as well as celebrating the King.
This brand-new content is produced by Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17, and Dave Harding, in association with ABG.
Fathom Events will present "Elvis Unleashed" in more than 800 US movie theaters -  for a complete list of U.S. theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website.
International cinema locations and ticket-on-sale dates will be announced at a later date.
Click here to Fathom Events for US Theatre locations & info
In Australia showings have been announced in most states - more to be confirmed soon.
Click HERE for Australia EVENT cinemas - check your area
In the UK various cinema chains are showing the movie - do a local search. Includes SHOWCASE and also MyVue
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 14 September 2019

Vintage Rock Presents Elvis: The Live Edition: The new UK Vintage Rock Presents magazine is a special edition where they explore the incredible world of Elvis Presley live on stage.
... We trace the King's seismic live career beginning with his first shows in Memphis and the formation of the Blue Moon Boys, through his provocative early tours and causing a commotion on the airwaves via the Louisiana Hayride. We also switch on to Elvis's game-changing live TV appearances on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, the Milton Berle Show, the Steve Allen Show and the Ed Sullivan Show.
Up next, we head to Sin City Las Vegas to explore Presley's various residencies there, from his first stint at the New Frontier in 1969 through to his incredible run at the International Hotel throughout the 70s.
To add to that, there's features exploring Elvis's TV Specials – the '69 Comeback Special, Aloha From Hawaii By Satellite and the Frank Sinatra Timex Special, his That's The Way It Is Vegas documentary, and the controversial Elvis In Concert film, with some fascinating insight from co-producer Annett Wolf.
Elsewhere, we examine Elvis's heartbreaking final tour and his classic live albums, we unlock that infamously flamboyant touring wardrobe and we deliver our Top 20 essential live recordings – and more!

Click here to Vintage Rock to order (& with 3 different covers)

(News, Source;VR/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis: A Greek God of 1956: The images the average person holds of Greek Gods changes literally from day to day. These ever-evolving images draw upon the cultural experience of the Hellenes. The lasting power of these images varies considerably. Yet, having said all that, how Elvis Presley became – if only briefly – a Greek God is one of the most unique of all such characterizations to date.
Nineteen fifty-six was Elvis Presley’s breakout year. “For Elvis Presley, 1956 was a year like no other. In January, he was a regional sensation, but by year’s end he had become a national and international phenomenon. He made his first two albums for RCA, appeared on national television 11 times, signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures, and starred in his first movie, Love Me Tender.
Elvis’ appearances on national television were pivotal events for America because his unconventional appearance and performing style caused nationwide controversy. Elvis Presley outraged adults, mesmerized the teenagers of the new youth generation, and soon became the leader of the cultural revolution sweeping across the country.”  The one event not mentioned above was when, in the very last months of 1956, Elvis was compared quite favorably to the Ancient Greeks.
On either September 20 or 21, accounts vary, art historian Professor Harry Wood, during his first lecture at Arizona State College at Tempe proclaimed that Elvis “was a ‘dead ringer’ for the gods of the golden age of Greek art.” (Hattiesburg American (MI) September 20, 1956.)
His claim took off like a rocket, being showcased in one news venue after another for the next three/four months
No published account I could locate reports upon how Dr. Wood’s lecture became known to the Associated Press but once the first account was published the news accounts spread this claim to the world.
As Dr. Wood noted, “famous Greek statues of Apollo and Hermes show a strong resemblance to Presley, even to the duck bill haircut and sideburns… ” Photographs of Presley appeared next to those of renowned Classical Greek statues were employed in newspapers around the nation to illustrate Dr. Wood’s comparison. “The most striking statue of Elvis The Greek is that of the Charioteer at Delphi…it has the same heavy jaw, Greek nose, thick lips and half lowered eyelids as Presley. It has the same somewhat proud adolescent look of a young hero.” (Montgomery Advertiser Sept 21, 1956.)
“Other Greek works cited by Wood include Theseus on the Parthenon, Hermes by Praxiteles (this one has a ‘Presley face’ and sideburns) and Apoxyinenos by Lysippus.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette September 21, 1956.)
For Professor Wood, Presley was the “revival of a Greek archetype often found in the entertainment world.” (Carol Daily Times Herald (IA) September 20, 1956.)
Dr. Wood also recognized similarities between the classical Greek musician Terpender, who is often identified as the father of Greek music and through it, of lyric poetry. Additionally, Dr. Wood stated, “the Greek singers began to take on the role of gods in the minds of the audience. I rather imagine there were probably lots of young Greek maidens screaming at the actors and singers playing the role of Apollo, just as our youngsters do at Presley.”
Now on the surface all of the good Dr. Wood’s comparisons between Elvis Presley and the Ancient Greeks sound quite positive. But this was not absolutely the case in 1956. At that moment in time Presley was also known in the public press as ‘Elvis the Pelvis’ for his frenetic on-stage dancing.
Clearly Greek-American studies isn’t as straight forward as it might, at first, seem. Just recording the actions of Greek residents in North America isn’t even half the story. How Americans have and continue to view Greeks has changed time and again since their first appearances on these shores.
The real history, then, is in the ever changing notions and to chart them out. A forgotten issue today, perhaps, but in 1956 Elvis’ on stage hip wiggles not only scandalized public officials it almost got the young singer sent to jail – on numerous occasions.
Look Magazine, again late in 1956, shared this view and went so far as to announce that “Presley is mostly nightmare. On stage, his gyrations…are vulgar…He has also dragged ‘big beat’ music to new lows in taste.”
The associations between Elvis stage movements –as reflecting moral turpitude – were so strongly felt that during his 1956 Florida tour the Murray Hill Methodist Church held a public forum titled, Hot Rods, Reefers and Rock and Roll.

So, as we read these dated news accounts of Elvis Presley as having a similar physical appearance and the cultural influence on his youthful fans as ancient Greek performers it must be understood that in 1956 his frenetic stage act proved so shocking he was banned from appearing in certain venues and was nearly arrested on several occasions.
In 1956, the year Elvis Presley became an international sensation, he was also proclaimed a Greek God! This proclamation is in keeping with the ongoing use of American notions of Greek culture, past present, all invented-by-the-West to explain and understand the everyday world in which we all live. For reasons best understood at the university, while Greek-American have always experienced this kind of multiple symbolic employment of Greeks and their culture these continuing memes cannot be pointed to as a form of Greek exceptionalism on America’s cultural landscape.
Collectively the lesson drawn from Elvis Presley’s ever-so-brief association with the Ancient Greeks is that as modern Greek-observers we must become aware of the changing ideas and images held by the wider society in which we live.

For the full article go here - As reported by Steve Frangos for the National Herald
(News, Source;SF/ElvisInfoNet)

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

Wednesday 11 September 2019 - - - Massive New Release News - - -
'The Making of Viva Las Vegas' New FTD Book: A new 'deluxe' book announced by FTD, 'The Making of Viva Las Vegas' by David English and Pal Granlund should be out in November.
This book is large Coffee-Table format, same size as previous FTD book/cd publication 'Elvis Presley A Boy From Tupelo' with a hard slip-case.
The ultimate in background story into how the fabulous musical starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret was created. This 400 page hardback book gives a fascinating and comprehensive insight from script to screen.
The book features, 250 newly discovered images, including wardrobe stills, memos, contracts and pages from director George Sidney's personal script, Soundtrack recording session documents, Memories from the cast and crew. The shooting schedule, filming dates and locations revealed for the first time. Exclusive Warner Brothers interview on the film restoration of Viva Las Vegas. Book includes a deluxe slip case
The audio on 3 cds: The first official release of the original soundtrack in mono. The original conceived 1963 studio album. Bonus songs from the soundtrack and newly discovered songwriters' demos.
CHECK OUT the promo video here
Go to FTD / SONY News for tracklisting and more info
(News, Source;DE/ElvisInfoNet)
1. 'Appreciation' (master)
2. 'Night Life' (full version, long fade)
3. 'What'd I Say' (take 4, extended version)
4. The Lady Loves Me' (version I)
5. 'Today, Tomorrow & Forever'
6. 'Jealous Fool' (performed by Jimmy Breedlove)
7. 'My Rival'
8. 'Just Like Me'
9. 'Viva Las Vegas' (performed by Mort Shuman)
10. 'You're the Boss'
11. 'I'd Only Love You More'
12. 'The Climb' (performed by The Coasters)
13. 'The Big Wheel'
14. 'Appreciation'
15. 'The Lady Loves Me' (version 2)
16. 'Do the Vega'
17. 'C'mon Everybody' (performed by Bob Johnston

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

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

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

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

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

However to have all these session gathered together on a 5 disc set with 28-page booklet plus uniform remastering makes this an essential collector's purchase if you can afford it.
Both the FTD 'ELVIS: American Sound 1969' box-set and ‘Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee’ Double-Vinyl releases are delayed until the last week of September. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis The Man & His Music' September Issue Out Now: EIN's favourite music magazine 'Elvis The Man & His Music' September Issue #125 is out now.

Articles include
- Rejuvenation – 11xCD Vegas Box-Set Reviewed
- Jim Murray (Imperials) Interview
- Memories Of Ger Rijff
- Neville Smith Interview – ‘Long Distance Information’ Hits 40!
- Withdrawn! – Infamous 1977 LP
- Presley Press – ‘Tiger’ magazine, December 1956.
- Readers’ Letters
- Book Reviews

Go here to NDT to order or subscribe



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS: The Danish Singles Collection Vol.1' New Vinyl: Recently announced by Memphis Mansion, Randers 'ELVIS: The Danish Singles Collection Vol.1'.
The idea behind the release was to have a discography that was a little different, and the Danish singles were certainly that.
There's a whole generation of fans that have grown up never hearing the original vinyl sound of Elvis, so these are how the tunes sounded when first released, complete with compression, and some of them really rock !
As good as our modern releases are we've kind of lost a little bit of history, and we wanted to put that back.
What we present here is that original vinyl sound, first heard when these tracks were originally released.
Sit back, relax, listen and enjoy the original sound of Elvis !'
Volume one is already selling fast. - Numbered limited edition of 300.
Mastering by EIN contributor Tony Stuchbury

Go to 'Elvis: All The CD News 2019' for tracklist and purchase details
(News, Source;TS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Viva Las Vegas' Spliced takes New Import CD: With rather poor timing - see FTD Viva Las Vegas news above, CMT is proud to present their latest addition to this great series.
This time they choose to do the "fan favorite" "Viva Las Vegas" including 15 unreleased new spliced takes!
All songs from the movie are included, so besides the Elvis tracks, you also get the Ann Margret Songs and "The Climb" performed by George McFadden
One of the highlight probably is the "longer" version of "If You Think..."  it has been created using 8 splices and includes multiple sax solo's
"Do the Vega" has been giving an extra "touch" by repeating the "Shake like a son...."  portion which makes it sound more up to date and modern.
"Santa Lucia" has a longer intro and extra instrumental break. The title track also sound very different due to the use of 3 takes and 4 splices.
As always you get a lot of value in these releases, since almost everything sounds very different then usual without fake remixes.
"If you think you don't need this release.... then baby you're wrong!"
Go to 'Elvis: All The CD News 2019' for tracklist
(News, Source;CMT/ElvisInfoNet)

'Green Peppers, Onions And Catfish' New Import: A new release from the E. P. Collector label, Elvis' Norfolk, July 20th, 1975 8:30pm show AUDIENCE RECORDING previously unreleased and it was never before available in complete form and in solid quality!
As almost every fan knows, Elvis' July ’75 tour is rated as one of the best Elvis tours ever. The shows were longer and the playlists variable. Vocally, Elvis was in TOP shape. Two dynamic, rocking shows in Norfolk are no exception. Yes there was the (in) famous so called “catfish” incident - but, as usual, the whole story was exaggerated. Among the highlights there are „The Wonder Of You,” „Polk Salad Annie,” „ T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” „How Great Thou Art,” and „It’s Now Or Never.”  One song stands out - one of the very last performances of Chuck Berry’s great „Promised Land.”
This concert is taken from a recently found first generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette tape, recorded by a well known American fan. You may ask your supplier for samples.
This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipack with collection of images taken by Len Leech in Norfolk, VA, 1975 E/S.
Go to 'Elvis: All The CD News 2019' for more info and tracklist
(News, Source;EP/ElvisInfoNet)

'Softly, As I Leave You' New Import: Also from E. P. Collector label is 'Softly, As I Leave You'  Elvis' Las Vegas, August 23rd, 1974 Dinner show AUDIENCE RECORDING, previously unreleased. This concert is taken from an early generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette tape which was never in circulation! Sound is excellent for an off - line source.  Unfortunately, the last 3 songs were not recorded. Instead of using a very poor sounding secondary source of the same show (missing the last song "Can't Help Falling In Love," anyway), we have decided to add same songs from the August 23rd, 1974 Midnight show tape which is of similar quality as the August 23rd, 1974 Dinner show. As usual, you may ask your supplier for samples.
The playlist is rather typical for August ’74 shows. Among the concert highlights, there are „It's Midnight,“ ”I'm Leavin',” of course ”Softly, As I Leave You”, a great version of “You Gave Me A Mountain” and a funky ”If You Talk In Your Sleep.”
This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipack with a collection of great images taken during the August/September 1974 concerts.
Go to 'Elvis: All The CD News 2019' for tracklist
(News, Source;EP/ElvisInfoNet)

'See You Soon  Huntsville' Special LP Double Set & DVD: From the "VV" label for the first time in vinyl both shows from Huntsville, AL June 01st, 1975, included as a bonus a special documentary DVD that documents Elvis’ live activities in early 1975..
As always VV's attitude is to present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without doubt, this double set present Elvis still at his top. After shedding some extra weight the man is ready to face his second tour of 1975. “Elvis was an impressive sight in his new jumpsuit” delivering incredible shows. If Rock is attitude, the man still got it. The second tour started with 5 sold-out concerts in Huntsville was the audience created an incredible atmosphere in the hall, Elvis’ spirit, and voice knocked them all out.
We are glad to include a special documentary DVD in the matter to document Elvis’ early 1975 life and concert activity. In this way, we hope to give a wider view of the man and his music.
Elvis looked great in his impressive new Silver Phoenix and delivery a great show with a great version of the up-tempo rockers Burning Love, Polk Salad Annie, and T.R.O.U.B.L.E.
2 X Vinyl LP  housed in a deluxe 300 grams gatefold sleeve that includes
together the double vinyl set a Bonus the DVD and incredible large Poster
Go to 'Elvis: All The CD News 2019' for tracklist & more info
(News, Source;EP/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 9 September 2019

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

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

Read the full and fascination story here


(Spotlight, Source: EIN)

Marion Keisker talks to Jerry Hopkins about Colonel Parker's "strange and unethical" practices: The Mississippi Valley Collection (MVC) - University of Memphis - houses the Jerry Hopkins Collection (among other Elvis related collections). Hopkins wrote the first detailed biography of Elvis in 1972 - Elvis A Biography, concluded by his follow up book, Elvis The Final Years in 1980. Both volumes of Hopkin's Elvis work were published as one volume, Elvis The Biography, in 2007.

Author/researcher, Darrin Memmer has spent countless hours submerged in the Elvis related collections held in the MVC, including the Hopkins records. The invaluable collections often provide information authors, like Hopkins, could not include in their published works.

In Memmer's revealing book, Gladys Love and Elvis Presley Where No One Stands Alone, he includes the following verbatim account by Marion Keisker to Jerry Hopkins, about Colonel Parker:

"Well, let's see, the sale took place in November of '55. I would say probably about a year before that. I know it's hard to pinpoint these things. I know that he started following Elvis around to all of his shows and performances. And he spent a great deal of time, particularly after that show in Jacksonville.

"Well, I can't remember it it was - I think it was Jacksonville. By the this time, I was so snowed under with getting the records out and everything, that there were a lot of aspects [I missed]. But I know Elvis was quite ill down there, running temperatures and everything. I better not even make any comments on that/ But, this was my first totally negative reaction to Colonel Tom and some practices that I thought were rather strange and unethical: of saying one thing and doing something else, you know, taking advantage of the situation." (News, Source: EIN/Darrin Memmer/Amazon)

Lisa Marie moves to block access to her financial records: Lisa Marie Presley has rushed to court to try and block her former business manager from seeing her financial records, including how much Elvis money is in her bank. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Elvis Presley’s daughter is pleading with a judge to shut down subpoenas fired off by her ex-business manager Barry Siegel.

Presley and Siegel are in the middle of a nasty legal battle. She accuses him of squandering her $100 million Elvis fortune. He denies the allegations and accuses her of excessive spending. He then counter-sued Presley for $800,000.

In the newly filed docs, Presley says Siegel recently sent Deutsche Bank a subpoena. He is seeking “the production of confidential financial records and/or the financial records of the Promenade Trust.”

The Promenade Trust was created to hold money Presley receives from Elvis’ estate. (News, Source: TheBlast)

EIN Comment: Elvis Presley Enterprises was sold (initially to Robert Sillerman's CKX, Inc. group before ending up being owned by Authentic Brands Group since 2013). Only 85% ownership was sold by Lisa Marie -

the remaining 15% is still owned by her. While EPE turnover has always been high, net profits are a lot less than gross turnover. Nevertheless, Lisa Marie will still be receiving a significant return each year on her 15% shareholding each year (which based on the above report is held by the Promenade Trust). Lisa Marie also has outright ownership of Graceland and Elvis' personal effects (except those sold over the years). (Sale of Graceland/LMP, Source: The Blast/EIN)

Cybill Shepherd says Austin Butler will ge great as my ex, Elvis: Cybill Shepherd -- one of Elvis Presley's famous exes -- says Austin Butler will probably kill as the King, but it won't be a walk through Graceland based on what she remembers.

The famous actress, singer and model -- who was an "It" girl in the '70s, and who briefly dated Elvis during his Vegas days -- told a photog at LAX Saturday that Austin will likely be great as her old flame. She's seen a photo of him, and suggests he's a dead-ringer.

However, when it comes to portraying the life of Elvis on the big screen ... Cybill says, "I think it's a rough row to hoe." That means it ain't gonna be an easy role.

As to why, Cybill shares an interesting story that she played a role in -- and that she later learned the full

alleged details about. She says she read a book that detailed Elvis' life and, allegedly, while the King had her in one room of his Sin City hotel ... he'd also have two other women on the same floor.

Speaking of womanizers in Hollywood, Cybill sheds some light on some of the most famous men she turned down -- including Jack Nicholson, De Niro and Les Moonves -- and gives an interesting reason as to why she snubbed those dudes in their heyday. Sounds like Cybill doesn't like mixing business with pleasure. (News, Source: TMZ)

Thursday 5 September 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As stated in the book Preface:

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

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

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

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

New book release - Johnnny Rivers and Elvis Presley - Sun '54 & Memphis '64: Last month we announced a new book from prolific Elvis author, Darrin Memmer. A formal press release has now been issued providing more detail about the release. It includes:

Now available on Amazon! Johnny Rivers and Elvis Presley – Sun ’54 & Memphis ’64: That’s All Right and Blue Moon of Kentucky à la Marion Keisker, Scotty Moore, Sam C. & Dewey Phillips, George Klein (SUN 209), and Mr. Ricky Nelson’s Legit Black Belt is a 230-page soft cover that features unpublished knowledge destined to thrill fans of Elvis, Johnny Rivers and Ricky Nelson.

At your fingertips will be more stunning, history-defining/correcting research into Elvis’ audition with Scotty Moore, Sun 209 (That’s All Right b/w Blue Moon of Kentucky), the Without You demo, and Dewey Phillips’ historic July 8th 1954 Red, Hot and Blue broadcast than the sum total of all books in your library. In addition, you will be treated to several interesting chapters.

Robert Conrad once described Elvis’ touch football games as “brutal.” But nobody has illustrated to what degree. Chapter 11 happens to be the most comprehensive ever written on the subject of Elvis and football. It includes Ricky Nelson’s eyewitness account of ‘Adam-12’ actor Kent McCord “playing opposite Red and I remember it got to a point where he, he just—poor Red—just got really knocked out. He got wiped out. I remember looking at him and he had no knees in his pants and his sleeves, off the jersey, were completely ripped off.” Through laughter, Ricky Nelson continued. “He’s really tough. Red is. But I thought it was really funny.”

Incredibly, Kent McCord’s on-field pounding rendered E.P.’s toughest bodyguard, Robert Gene ‘Red’ West, “unconscious” on the sideline!

An 11-page chapter — Leiber & Stoller’s Hound Dog, “Big Mama” Thornton, Johnny Otis and Van Jones’ Cultural Appropriation — features rare insights and unpublished quotes from Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Johnny Otis on the subject of Elvis, Willie Mae and the #1 smash hit Hound Dog.

This 6x9 soft cover brings together eyewitness accounts of Marion Keisker, Dewey Phillips, Wink Martindale, Scotty Moore, and George Klein to bring you supercharged enlightenment RE: That’s All Right & Blue Moon of Kentucky in July of ’54.

It’s only after you learn never-before-published facts about Elvis at Sun, that this project reveals groundbreaking Facts: Mr. Rivers did not copy Elvis’ studio arrangement of Memphis, poach the idea to record a cover version, or “appropriate” (per Guralnick) the Chuck Berry number Memphis, Tennessee.

Also revealed in the book is how Johnny and Elvis initially connected in the early sixties, Mr. Rivers’ firsthand observation of Elvis and Cilla’s relationship, and the story behind the post-Memphis motorcyle candid of Johnny riding with E.P. in Los Angeles. (News, Source: Darrin Memmer)

The religious and political views of influentials - Elvis Presley: The Hollowverse site has published the following account of Elvis' religious and political views:

Religion and the King - Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and grew up there until his teenage years when he and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis’ upbringing, much like his fellow rock ‘n roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, was in the Assembly of God Church, a born-again Christian denomination where Elvis first gained an appreciation for gospel and soul music.

Reports tend to agree that Elvis and his family were not very devout while he was growing up. Elvis himself had an “on again, off again” relationship with Christianity and didn’t believe the Bible in any literal sense.

On one hand, Elvis’ childhood preacher said that Elvis came to visit him in the 50s after he had become ridiculously famous. The preacher quotes Elvis as saying:

Pastor, I’m the most miserable young man you’ve ever seen. I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need to spend. I’ve got millions of fans. I’ve got friends. But I’m doing what you taught me not to do, and I’m not doing the things you taught me to do.

On the other hand, those close to Elvis say that he was an avid reader, was fascinated by all the world’s religions and seemed to relate to aspects of almost all of them. One biographer noted that Elvis’ true faith was “a personalized religion out of what he’d read of Hinduism, Judaism, numerology, theosophy, mind control, positive thinking and Christianity.”

The confusion over the faith of this now-legendary American icon might explain why so many faiths try to claim him today. There are films that seek to prove Elvis was in fact Jewish, a Christian denomination that represents Christian teachings through the stories of Elvis’ life, essays that claim Elvis was a Catholic, a picture of Elvis in Hindu temples, and many more phenomena linking “The King” with spirituality.

Interestingly, both Elvis’ ex-wife and his daughter joined the Church of Scientology. - (EIN thanks Paul.C for the corrections)

Politics of the King - Elvis was never very political. It’s believed that he never actually voted in a presidential election, though he did mention who he preferred in a number of national elections.

For the most part, he favored Democrats, such as Adlai Stevenson over Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1956 election. He was a big fan of President John F. Kennedy, also a Democrat, and a personal friend of Democrat Jimmy Carter when he was still the governor of Georgia.

But we’d be hard-pressed to call Presley a liberal. Rumors of Presley being a racist aside, he didn’t like hippies. He even contacted President Nixon, asking him to ban* all four members of The Beatles from entering the United States because, as Presley felt, they were a bad influence on American youth and contributed to their anti-American, anti-capitalistic, anti-war sentiments and contributed to their “unkempt appearances.”

Elvis was what he was–an old-school guy with old-school sensibilities. He was already an icon during one of the most dramatic transformations in western history–and he didn’t like it. Still, not even The King could stop the 60s.

Summary: Religion - Presley was raised in the Assembly of God Church, a born-again Christian denomination. But he wasn't always a devout Christian. Reports conflict, but it seems that Presley was interested and moved by almost all religious faiths. Political views - Presley wasn't too political. He supported more Democrats than Republicans, but he didn't like hippies or the progressive politics of the 60s. (News, Source: The Hollowverse)

* EIN Comment: In his letter to and meeting with the President, Elvis stated that he thought the Beatles were a threat to America’s youth. The White House meeting notes describe this exchange:

“Presley indicated that he thought the Beatles had been a real force for anti-American spirit. He said that the Beatles came to this country, made their money, and then returned to England where they promoted an anti-American theme."

As Jerry Schilling has stated, in fact, Elvis loved the Beatles, sang a number of their songs in concert, and on meeting President Nixon was likely wanting to appear as patriotic as possible. The claim Elvis asked President Nixon to "ban" the Beatles from entering the US is false - for one thing, the Beatles toured America in 1964 and 1965; Elvis' letter to and meeting with President Nixon was in 1970.

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Tabloid media continues to feed on Presley family stories: With Britain's tabloid papers regularly spruiking the tiresome story that Elvis did not die in 1977, last week radaronline.com in the US ran the headline: Desperate Measures! Priscilla Begs Scientology To Save Troubled Lisa Marie. Complete with unflattering photos, the story included:

Desperate Priscilla Presley is begging the Church of Scientology to accept her troubled daughter, Lisa Marie, back into the fold, insiders claimed, so she can enroll in their notorious drug treatment program!

Scientology “shunned” drug-addled Lisa Marie in 2016, and sources said she hit rock bottom during her toxic custody and divorce battle with her estranged husband.

“Lisa Marie was taking drugs again, and no one could get through to her,” an insider said. “Priscilla saw how bad things were and did what she always does to save her daughter — turned to Scientology to get her back into line.”
When Lisa Marie stepped out in L.A. recently, the 51-year-old appeared badly bloated and nearly unrecognizable.
While a rep for Priscilla denied the claims, insiders said she and Lisa Marie’s actress daughter, Riley Keough, have pleaded with Scientology bigwigs to accept her into their anti-drug program, Narconon.
“Priscilla knows the church is looking to the next generation, which is why they’re building up the profiles of Tom Cruise’s kids [Connor and Isabella] and John Travolta’s girl [Ella Bleu],” insisting that “Elvis Presley’s granddaughters would be an opportunity too good to miss!”
“Those girls are Lisa’s way back in, Lisa never thought this day would come, but even she admits deep down that she needs help.”
Scientology has helped Lisa Marie, who didn’t respond to a request for comment, get clean in the past — when Priscilla put her aboard the church’s ship, Freewinds.
“She was a troubled teen who had gotten involved with drugs,” recalled former Freewinds crew member Scott Campbell, 56, who was serving with Scientology’s Sea Org at the time. “Priscilla wanted to put her there to get into an environment where she didn’t have access to that kind of stuff.”
The insider added: “Scientology trades on celebrity. To have the full set of Elvis’ blood relatives in the fold is too good an opportunity for them to pass up. And imagine the success story they could tell if they got Lisa Marie clean!”
(News, Source: radaronline.com)
EIN Comment: By all accounts Priscilla Presley has had nothing to do with Scientology for some time now. That the tabloid media continues to promote sensationalised stories around Elvis is testament to the ongoing interest the public has with his life, career and family.

Elvis singing hazardous to your bank balance but avoids Jailhouse Rock: An Elvis Presley impersonator has been left all shook up after being handed a £9,000 fine for belting out tunes in the early hours of the morning from the kitchen of his two-bed semi. Dean Holland, 45, who is from Bradford, West Yorkshire in England, live streams his performances to fans in the U.S. late at night because of the time difference.

Mr Holland's vocals failed to win over his neighbours though who complained to the Department of Environmental Health leading to officials issuing the father-of-one with a noise abatement order telling him to pipe down. However, Mr Holland failed to heed the warning and continued to perform from his home. Magistrates then issuing a warrant allowing officials to enter his home and take equipment. Dean said he has a wide audience in the U.S. and is often life-streaming into the early hours of the morning.. "I perform as guest singer on Facebook Elvis fan pages. I don't get paid for this. I do this to bring the fans together, to reach out to those who are lonely or can't get out of the house,' he said. Read full story (Almost Elvis, Source: Daily Mail UK)

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

Monday 2 September 2019

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

Elvis Harley - 3rd Most Expensive Bike In The World: Sadly the weekend auction of Elvis' 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide never reached the hoped-for $2 million mark - but for a 40-year-old classic motor-bike the price certainly rates.
The King was a well-known motorbike fiend. Between the Cadillacs and the Harleys, he was probably the best “influencer” to ever endorse these brands. We recently had a look at Elvis’s 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide heading for the auction block, one of the countless pieces of his motorized collection. The motorcycle had been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum for over thirty years before auction. The bike has now found a new owner and took the third spot in the most expensive motorcycles ever sold ranking.
Back when they announced the bike would be up for grabs at the Artifacts of Hollywood and Music auction, the folks at GWS Auctions expected the bike to fetch as much as $2M. Had the auction reached the ambitious estimate
the 76’ Electra Glide would have become the most expensive bike in the world.
However, as much as people still love ELVIS even 40 years after his death, nobody was willing to throw their millions at the auctioneers to get their hands on a motorcycle his butt had touched. Instead the Harley fetched only a third of the anticipated amount, going, going, gone for $800k. BUT it still allowed the FLH to become the third most expensive motorcycle in the world.
Bought brand-new back in 1976, Elvis had the Harley personalized with a custom paint scheme. He only kept the bike three months before selling it to a Harley-Davidson dealership, shortly before his death. This is the very last motorcycle the King ever purchased. After changing hands a few times, the Electra Glide found its way to the museum where it was frozen in time with only 126 miles on the counter.
The title of the most expensive bike ever sold goes to a 1951 Vincent Black Lightning Australian Jake Ehret set a speed record on in 1954. The bike was auctioned off in 2018 for the modest sum of $929,000.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 30 August 2019
Ernst Jorgensen's Top Five 'Suspicious Minds': For the 50th anniversary of 'Suspicious Minds' "Ultimate Classic Rock" got Ernst Jorgensen to pick out his Top 5 favorite recordings of 'Suspicious Minds' from the eight years that ELVIS sang the song. EIN wish that we had thought of this great idea.
.. Back when Elvis released 'Suspicious Minds' on August 26, 1969, he was on the cusp of his final grand musical resurrection. The Chips Moman produced 'Suspicious Minds' would prove that at Memphis' American Sound Studio Elvis was singing better, and making more consistently great music, than he had in years.
Here are Ernst Jorgensen's Top Five.
5. American Sound 1969 (The Outtakes)

The undubbed master from the original recording session in January 1969. As Elvis had learned the hard way in the mid-'60s, without a great song, it doesn't matter how good a singer you are. This basic version of the song, before all the overdubbed musicians and singers, and without the legendary "endless" ending, proves just that point. This naked version shows just how strong the song and Elvis' performance are. Possibly more poignant than any other version, this has timeless beauty, which will forever stand the challenge of time and fashion.

4. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite, Jan. 14, 1973.
The most known version of all and also on film. The claim at the time was that Aloha From Hawaii was watched by no less than 1 billion people. The show has reappeared again and again on TV, and if people have a memory of his exceptional performance of the song, this version is most likely what they remember.

3. As Recorded at Madison Square Garden, June 10, 1972.
"Suspicious Minds" would be a highlight of most shows for the rest of Elvis' career, and literally hundreds of versions exist. This New York version represented a triumph for Elvis. He had never played in New York City, and basically felt that people "up there" didn't like him, based on the devastating criticism that the New York media had given in his early career.

Four sold-out shows at the Garden was a sweet revenge and triumph, and his band probably never played better than here.

2. ELVIS LIVE 1969, Aug. 25, 1969, Midnight Show.(Elvis In Person)
When Elvis returned to live performances on July 31, 1969, he had compiled a set list of many of his older hits, mixed it with some new songs, and highlighted it with a seven-minute version of "Suspicious Minds" to be the climax of the show. His faith in the song was immense - it hadn't even been released as a single yet. This performance, on the eve of its release as a single, has a unique extended instrumental introduction, and displays Elvis and his band at their most passionate, virtuosic and barely-in-control best. By the end, Elvis is spent; he has given everything to his performance.
1. Original studio recording, January 1969, American Sound Studio, Memphis
In 1969 Elvis had just relaunched an otherwise fading career with, first, the NBC TV show and then the legendary recording sessions in Memphis. The first release from the sessions, "In the Ghetto," brought him back to the top of the charts. "Suspicious Minds" was the second single from these sessions and took him back to the No. 1 spot. It is one of Elvis' most enduring hits.
Go here to UCR for the article and video links
(News, Source;UCR/ElvisInfoNet)

“Elvis Loving You Roadster” For Auction: This weekend GWS Auctions out up for sale the unique Elvis Presley owned hot rod - the “Elvis Roadster” - auctioned for the first-time ever. The hot rod is a one-owner car and has never been offered for sale publicly or privately. The phenomenal, one-of-a-kind car is among the extraordinary items up for grabs from the King and other entertainment giants.
Twice on display at the Smithsonian, exhibited at the Petersen Automotive Museum and the National Hot Rod Museum, the car was featured prominently in Elvis' first movie starring role in 1957's “Loving You.” More than a mere prop, the Elvis-driven hot rod played a pivotal part in the film, including a loving, detailed description of its unique characteristics.
Hot-rodding pioneer John Athan custom-designed and built the auto in 1937. The groundbreaking car could reach speeds of more than 100 mph. Elvis who loved cars almost as much as he loved music, wanted to buy it, but Athan refused to sell it to him.
The roadster had too much sentimental value: Athan, who died in 2016, and his wife had driven it from LA to Las Vegas to get married. Athan is the only owner the car has ever had. Furthermore, Athan’s wife will help sell the car on auction day at the live event. She is 89 years old.
The Presley movie made the car a star and gave it the moniker that lasts to this day. Despite its auto exhibit status, because the roadster has never been offered for sale, it has flown under the radar for Elvis collectors, until now.
The auction also features Elvis’s personal white 1973 Lincoln Continental stretch limousine; the last motorcycle he ever purchased, a 1976 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide; and a Circle G Ranch GMC pickup truck; as well as other, never before seen Presley memorabilia.
The GWS Auction will take place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood this Saturday, August 31, 2019, beginning at 10am PT. Click here to GWS auctions for more
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New FTD releases Delayed- 'ELVIS: American Sound 1969' FTD 5CD Box-Set: To celebrate FTD’s 20th Anniversary, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'ELVIS: AMERICAN SOUND 1969' a 5CD Deluxe Complete sessions release.
Keen collectors were disappointed when the recent  'American Sound 1969' was announced as a DIGITAL release only for the general public. The Memphis 1969 session collection features over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis’ 1969 American Sound Studio sessions, which resulted in his From Elvis In Memphis record later that year. From Elvis In Memphis ranks among Elvis’ most universally beloved records, spawning the iconic hit 'In The Ghetto'. However FTD have the solution... 
With 'Suspicious Minds' celebrating its 50th Anniversary on August 26th 2019, Elvis’ pivotal Year of 1969 can be celebrated with 'Elvis: American Sound 1969' a deluxe box-set featuring all known and previously unreleased outtakes from the legendary American Sound Sessions, Including “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds”.
This 5-CD set that’s part of FTD’s new ‘Sessions’ series, includes a 28-page booklet with rare photos and memorabilia.
Go here to 'FTD Releases' for the full-tracklist.
EIN notes that in all honesty only a very few outtakes have not yet been released by FTD and these are...
Long Black Limousine – Takes 1,2,3 & 5
Wearin’ That Loved On Look – Takes 1,2, & 5
You’ll Think Of Me – Takes 11, 19, 20 & 22
In The Ghetto – Takes 5-10 - .... and that is all.
However to have all these session gathered together on a 5 disc set with 28-page booklet plus uniform remastering makes this an essential collector's purchase if you can afford it.
Both the FTD 'ELVIS: American Sound 1969' box-set and ‘Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee’ Double-Vinyl releases are now delayed until the last week of September. (see details below): (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis News from earlier in the week....

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

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

Go here for this fascinating spotlight

(Spotlight, Source; EIN)

Elvis and the ‘Suspicious Minds’ fade-Out: Interestingly Rolling Stone magazine in article by Stephen Betts discusses the dramatic fade-out on Elvis classic single 'Suspicious Minds' released August 26th fifty years ago!
the article includes..
In mid-January 1969, Elvis Presley and his entourage arrived at American Sound Studios in Memphis for a scheduled 10-day recording session with studio producer Chips Moman and Presley’s longtime RCA producer Felton Jarvis. These would be the first sessions Presley had done outside of Nashville or Hollywood since his last Sun Records sessions in 1955 and would take place just weeks after Presley’s triumphant 1968 comeback special. Aired on NBC during the Christmas season, the special fueled a renewed interest in Presley to shift his focus in the studio from movie-soundtrack fodder to songs he could feel more invested in recording and performing.
With a rhythm section made up of the studio’s famed house band, the Memphis Boys, led by guitarist Reggie Young, the sessions injected elements of Memphis soul, gospel, blues, and country into the resultant cuts, compiled for an LP titled From Elvis in Memphis. The single released from the album was the Mac Davis-penned “In the Ghetto,” a Top Five hit for Presley and his highest-charting hit since 1965’s “Crying in the Chapel.”
Perhaps the most well-known of the songs recorded during these sessions, however, was one written by Houston-based singer - songwriter Mark James called “Suspicious Minds.”
In 1968, James had cut the tune as a single for New York-based label Scepter Records. Also produced by Moman at American Sound using many of the same musicians as Presley’s version, James’ more subdued country-sounding take on the song failed to chart.
ELVIS' rendition, however, which hit stores 50 years ago this week, became an instant smash. By mid-1969, the King had logged 17 Number One hits on Billboard’s pop chart. This would be his 18th and final US chart-topper.
One of the more unusual aspects of the single is the fade-out that begins at about 3:35, lasting for several seconds before fading back in and resuming normal volume, then fading out again for good. While accounts vary as to how this came about, one version is that the edit was producer Jarvis’ idea, executed at a Las Vegas studio in early August after witnessing Presley onstage during his series of concerts at the International Hotel. During the epic performance of the then-unknown track, Presley and the band would attack then retreat several times, lowering their collective volume on the tune and thereby enhancing its already intrinsic dramatic effect. With a running time of around eight minutes during most of the performances from July 31st to August 28th, 1969, “Suspicious Minds” became one of the more irresistible showpieces of the triumphant Vegas concerts.
The eight takes of “Suspicious Minds” from the Memphis sessions are among the 90 tracks included on the just-digitally released American Sound 1969 collection, which boasts several rare and previously unreleased takes from Presley and the legendary musicians. This month Sony also released Live 1969, a spectacular 11-CD box set that collects 11 of the performances from the International Hotel shows.

Go here for the full RS article - - -- see EIN Spotlight above for the full story
(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Meets The Beatles': "It was fifty-four years ago today!!"... on August 27, 1965 An EIN spotlight on this famous night in 1965 when the Fab Four finally met the King. In 1965 The Beatles manager Brian Epstein initiated contact with Colonel Parker, and the decision was made that on the night of August 27, the Beatles would come to Elvis’ home for an informal get-together. Intensive security arrangements were worked out, and it was agreed that no press would be involved and no pictures would be taken or recordings made of whatever happened.

"So many things could have gone wrong,"
says Jerry Schilling, "If Colonel and Brian hadn’t gotten along, it wouldn’t have gotten past the phone-call stage. But there were no ego battles, and from the start it was approached as a pair of music greats coming together out of admiration for each other."

Piers Beagley and Chuck Crisafulli tell the story of this amazing night.

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Prince's Estate take charge of home Tours from EPE: Since October 2016 Graceland Holdings (the company responsible for the Graceland tours) started to run the Paisley Park tours at PRINCE's home & recording studios at his $10 million Minnesota home – six months after Prince died in an elevator at the property.
Visitor estimates were originally 1,500 to 2,000 fans who might tour Prince's home every day during peak season. This put the figure close to Graceland's 600,000 per year but Paisley Park certainly doesn't have that "Homely" visual appeal of Elvis' old mansion and apparently the high visitor numbers did not eventuate.
The late superstar’s sister, Sharon Nelson, insists the estate is happy with the way Graceland Holdings ran the place as a museum, but economic reasons have forced her and other family members to make the change.
Graceland Holdings’ contract expires next month (Sep19), when bosses from the estate’s administrator, Comerica, will make a final decision on how to operate the place.
Despite the likely similarity to the Graceland concept apparently Prince didn't like comparisons noting "Prince doesn't want anybody "to feel like they've walked into Graceland" when visiting Paisley Park."
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Dolly Parton Regrets telling Elvis ‘No’: Country music legend Dolly Parton just spoke out to express her regret over refusing to let Elvis cover her song I Will Always Love You, saying that it “broke her heart” to say no.
In a BBC Dolly Parton documentary will soon air the 73-year-old singer said that she’s “very protective” of her songs, explaining that’s why she refused to let Elvis cover the tune.
'I Will Always Love You' was Dolly’s first number one hit on the US Country charts when she released it in 1974, and it was later famously covered by Whitney Houston in 1992.
As she has previosuly explained Parton refused to let Elvis cover the song after his Col Parker insisted she would have to sign over half of the publishing rights.
“Elvis already had it worked up and he loved this song, in fact Priscilla had told me not very long ago that when she and Elvis were leaving the courthouse after they divorced, he was singing that to her. That "I Will Always Love You".
(EIN note: 'I Will Always Love You' was first released by Dolly on RCA March 18, 1974. Elvis' courthouse divorce settlement was on October 9, 1973. So it is INCREDIBLE that Elvis sang it to Priscilla that day)!
But it wasn’t about Elvis. Colonel Tom wanted to have his share on that song and I wouldn’t allow it because it was my most important copyright.
I’d already had a number one song myself, and it broke my heart because Elvis didn’t get to sing it.
But I’ve been protective of my songs, like you are with your children through the years”.
The BBC documentary is called 'Dolly’s Country' and it will take fans on Dolly’s 50 year journey through her career.
(News, Source;BBC/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 21 August 2019 - - - - Fifty years ago today. . . .

It was fifty years ago today that RCA started professionally recording ELVIS LIVE 1969 at the International Hotel Las Vegas. RCA recorded eleven concerts, all of which have now been released in the new deluxe box-set. Fifty years later fans can truly reminisce about all the excitement that Elvis generated as he returned to live performances. The eleven concerts would be culled to produce the 'Elvis In Person' 13-track album which would be released in November 1969. In 2019 EIN suggests you relive every concert day-by-day on their 50th anniversary.

Elvis history with Ernst Jorgensen: While over in Memphis for Elvis Week 2019 Elvis historian Ernst Jorgensen appeared on WREG News TV to talk about the new 1969 LIVE box-set and Elvis in general.
Unfortunately the questions were a little simplistic - "Is Elvis the greatest that ever lived?" - "How much does Elvis consume you?" but Jorgensen is fabulously animated in his replies, obviously enjoying the interview.
There is a marvelous reaction to the question, "Is there any new Elvis find that still surprises you today?"
He says about the 1969 LIVE set, "This is a music fan's dream, 11 consecutive shows professionally recorded"

Runs 6 minutes, worth a watch.
Click HERE to You-Tube

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Unleashed' in Cinemas Worldwide: The company that brought the '68 Special' 50th anniversary event in the cinemas worldwide are going for another replay.
Their publicity says...Experience the King Like Never Before With 'Elvis Unleashed'.
Elvis Presley returns to big screens across the globe this fall with the new music special, "Elvis Unleashed," featuring previously unseen footage on movie theater screens of Elvis as he filmed the iconic "68 Comeback Special." The two-day cinema event, which includes outtakes and performances that reveal a new side of the King, will air in cinemas on October 7, with an encore screening on October 10.
"Elvis Unleashed" captures the spontaneous moments and stories behind the legendary special, and sheds new light on Elvis as a cultural icon.Each screening will include a new 30-minute segment with Los Angeles Times lead music writer Randy Lewis in conversation with actor Dennis Quaid, rising pop/country artist Jade Jackson and the esteemed director and producer of the "68 Elvis Comeback Special," Steve Binder, to discuss Elvis's life and legacy. Quaid and Jackson are set to perform some Elvis classics, while Randy Lewis discusses the behind-the-scenes interactions that Binder had with Elvis and his manager Colonel Parker, as well as celebrating the King.
This brand-new content is produced by Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17, and Dave Harding, in association with ABG.
Tickets for US screenings of "Elvis Unleashed" can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.
Fathom Events will present "Elvis Unleashed" in more than 800 US movie theaters -  for a complete list of U.S. theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website.
International cinema locations and ticket-on-sale dates will be announced at a later date.
Click here to Fathom Events for Theatre locations & info
(News, Source;FE/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS New Animated Series On Netflix: Netflix has picked up a new animated series inspired by the late music icon, Elvis Presley. The streaming service confirmed Friday, the 42nd anniversary of Presley's death, that it has ordered Agent King, an adult action comedy co-created by Priscilla Presley and singer John Eddie. Priscilla Presley and Eddie will executive produce the new show, with Mike Arnold to co-executive produce and serve as showrunner and writer. Arnold has previously penned episodes of the FX series Archer.
Agent King imagines Presley, who died at age 42 in 1977, as a spy in addition to the King of Rock and Roll.
"Priscilla Presley & John Eddie co-created AgentKing, featuring Elvis Presley as a
covert government agent who fights to keep America safe while also maintaining his cover as the King of RocknRoll."
Priscilla Presley shared her excitement in a statement Friday. "From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that! My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven't seen before," she added.
News of the series follows word Australian director Baz Luhrmann is making a new biopic about Presley. Austin Butler will play Presley in the film, which begins production in early 2020.
(News, Source:VariousElvisInfoNet)

New ELVIS Museum on Australia's Gold Coast: Greg Page may no longer be the "yellow Wiggle" but he odes own the largest collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia outside the US which he is now bringing to a new ELVIS PRESLEY Museum at Queenslands's Gold Coast.
A co-founder of kids’ supergroup The Wiggles, Greg Page began amassing his Elvis collection about 15 years ago after an earlier visit to Graceland.
Last Friday, the 42nd anniversary of Elvis’ death he noted, “That visit made me connect with the story of The King’s life, not so much his fame but his personal struggles on and off the stage.”
Page invested hundreds of thousands of dollars of his Wiggles fortune buying Elvis collectables including clothing, jewellery, furniture, photos Cadillac cars and even Presley’s marriage certificate from his 1967 wedding to Priscilla.
In 2009, he loaned the valuable collection to the
NSW town of Parkes which runs Australia's biggest Elvis Festival each January.
Dubbed The King’s Castle, part of the now-permanent attraction has been brought to the Gold Coast for what Page hopes will also be a long-term exhibition.
The exhibition which opened today at the Italo-Australian Club at Clear Island Waters, includes ‘priceless’ items such as a black onyx, gold and diamond necklace that Presley wore in his last show.
Go HERE to the Museum Website for tickets and more info
(News, Source;ABC/ElvisInfoNet)

Remembering Presleymania: In 1956-57 Elvis was considered by many to be the devil incarnate, a vile sexual pervert out to destroy the morals of teenage girls. The following excerpts taken from The Elvis Atlas (by Michael Gray and Roger Osborne) – an innovative approach to the Elvis story which through the use of road maps takes the reader on a wonderful tour through Elvis Presley’s America – highlight the stir that Elvis’ on-stage performances caused:

“The trouble with going to see Elvis Presley is that you’re liable to get killed. The experience is the closest thing to getting hit on the head by an atomic bomb. All to see Elvis sing, stomp, stagger and strum.” (Frank Beckman, Free Press)

“Elvis, leaning backwards like an intoxicated seaman with a gale at his heels while the fans whistled, screamed, wept, stomped their feet, jumped up on their seats, ran up and down the aisles and shrieked over and over again ‘Ohhh Elvis, Elvis!” (Paul Wallace, Long Beach Press-Telegram)

“A hard working stripper who tried anything like it would find herself a guest of the country.” (Variety)

A ban on lewd movements and wiggles on stage was enforced by Louisville Police Chief, Carl Hestis.

Female students of Notre Dame High School burned Elvis souvenirs together with an effigy, and prayed for forgiveness for their teenage excesses. “girls shrieked and Elvis shrieked, but he was outnumbered.” (Post-Dispatch, St. Louis)

“On stage he is obscene, ridiculous and sullen, yet he gets $50,000 a week because of his appearances. Off-stage he appears polite and good-natured, only too eager to tell the truth about the way he acts and feels.” (Donalee Donaldson, Lakeland Ledger)

“Tennessee fugitive from a barber shop.... Elvis Presley, who allegedly sings.” (Jim O’Connor, Daily News)

“The sound from the audience was like 12,000 girls having their heads shaved at once.” (Don Duncan, Tacoma News-Tribune)

“His performance was the most disgusting exhibition this reporter has ever seen. He has a sulky look and his infrequent smile is almost surly. The act was merely variations on a single theme, except that each wiggle was a little more ‘low down’.” (Marjorie Howe, Sioux City Journal)

“At the first tap of the Presley leg, the auditorium exploded.” (David Lee, La Crosse Tribune)

Note: Following the Elvis show a letter was sent from La Crosse to J Edgar Hoover at the FBI. It read:

“The filthiest and most harmful production that ever came to La Crosse for exhibition to teenagers.... sexual gratification on stage...a strip-tease with clothes on...may possibly be a drug addict and sexual pervert.”

Perspectives on Elvis’ passing - Mick Farren: The outpouring of grief and tributes following Elvis’ death in August 1977 was unprecedented in the music world. (The late) Mick Farren, author of many books, including four about Elvis (Elvis In His Own Words; Elvis The Illustrated Record; The Hitchhikers Guide to Elvis; and Elvis & the Colonel) was, at the time, a journalist with Britain’s New Musical Express. Farren, once a prominent figure in the Sixties (counter culture) underground, remembered the idol very much as thousands of his generation will – as a brash, brazen young man who started something totally original and vital and then opted out.
Even Elvis’s comeback was not to Farren: “His return was for the blue-rinse and double knit set. He was fated never to return to rock and rollers and overgrown juvenile delinquents who had sweated out their adolescence with him.” There is a sense of loss in Farren’s article, but the loss came in 1958 not in 1977. (Source: Elvis Man & Myth A Personal Comment on the Legend, Nigel Trevena, Rooster/Bantam, UK, 1977)

Elvis as a religious figure: Since the Elvis’s death at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42, there have been alleged post-death sightings of Elvis. It gave him a resurrection theme to go with his divine pop culture status as “The King,” after a rise from humble beginnings in a stable-like home in Tupelo, Miss.

In 2006, Gregory L. Reece, a former instructor at the University of Montevallo, wrote a book called “Elvis Religion: Cult of the King.” Reece explored the possibility that Elvis had founded his own religion.

''I don’t think there’s an Elvis cult,'' Reece said. ''But there are a lot of religious references to Elvis in popular culture.''

Reece, a former Methodist minister who has taught classes in religion and philosophy at several Alabama colleges, once taught a class at the University of Montevallo applying scientific methods of analyzing religion to the cult of Elvis Presley. He did a similar presentation at the American Academy of Religion, which caught the attention of a book editor.

Some say the intense devotion to Presley constitutes not just reverence but worship, and that his life bears messianic parallels. Presley died and many think he lives on; pilgrims constantly throng his home, Graceland in Memphis, as if it’s the Holy Land; his image on objects turns them into icons; relics from his lifetime are treasured; a priesthood of Elvis impersonators imitate him in reverence.

Elvis has become a god and his followers may be on the verge of creating a religion, argued Ted Harrison, in his 1992 book ''Elvis People: The Cult of the King.'' Harrison wrote that it’s the early development of a religion, and the impersonators are a representation of Elvis on Earth in the way priests represent Christ at the Mass.

"When I started working on the book, I assumed he was correct, but I just couldn’t find any evidence of it,'’ Reece said. ''My book is kind of a response to his. I have a different take on it. I couldn’t find any evidence of any communities of people worshiping Elvis. I didn’t find the pilgrimage to Graceland being overly religious. But the religious imagery of Elvis is very prevalent in popular culture.''

Presley grew up Pentecostal, imbued with gospel music, at First Assembly of God in Tupelo, Miss. But his religious curiosity later ran to yoga, New Age, numerology, astrology, the occult, astral projection and reincarnation.

An ‘incarnation theme’ - Presley sought spiritual explanations for why he of all people was plucked from the obscurity of Tupelo to become a celebrity. Presley fans tell the story as if it were the story of Jesus: He was born in a house little bigger than a stable and he died betrayed by his friends.

''He’s a poor boy from Tupelo who become as an international star,'' Reece said. ''He’s a transcendent figure. It’s the incarnation theme, divinity incarnate.''

There are also the tales of Presley being seen alive after his death.

''It’s not something that many people literally believe, but it helps put Elvis in that religious context,'' Reece said.

Presley’s father is said to have told Elvis that during the act of conception, a strange blue light hovered over Vernon and he passed out - a mythic parallel to stories in which gods fathered children. ''The idea of Elvis as a religious figure has become an image throughout popular culture,'' Reece said. ''The idea of the Elvis religion has become prevalent. The idea that Elvis is a religious figure and people are making the pilgrimage out of religious devotion. Even though that isn’t really happening. In our mass consciousness, we accept that to be true.''

There’s even a stained-glass window of Elvis in the chapel at his birthplace in Tupelo. Elvis devotees usually disclaim any religious intent. ''If you even mention the idea they might be worshiping Elvis, it’s an offensive idea,'' Reece said. ''They’re very quick to tell you that’s not what they’re doing.''

Reece noted that legendary Delta blues singer Robert Johnson also died on Aug. 16, in 1938, and that Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul, died on Aug. 16, 2018. “It does seem emotionally significant,” he said of the date.

Reece said he was in Mentone earlier this month to browse the world’s longest yard sale when he saw a 1970s-era bust of Elvis that was also a lamp. “There’s an Elvis beyond the real artist, this fabricated mythological Elvis,” Reece said. “The fabricated Elvis of pop culture is who Elvis is for me. Maybe that’s where he is, in yard sales.”

But Presley’s impact on America is clearly more than kitchsy lamps on the roadside.

“He’s become an icon of the culture,” said retired Birmingham attorney Mike Burrell, author of “Land of Grace,” a comic novel about an Alabama-based Elvis cult published in July 2018 by Livingston Press. “Seeing him in that jumpsuit is like seeing George Washington crossing the Delaware.” (Article, Source: Greg Garrison, al.com)

Bob Hope's jokes about Elvis: EIN recently reviewed (and interviewed the author) Elvis in Vegas, Richard Zoglin's latest, critically acclaimed book. Richard's previous release was Hope: Entertainer of the Century (the most comprehensive bio of the legendary Bob Hope).

In Hope, Zoglin recorded a number of jokes about Elvis that Bob Hope used in his comedy routine. They include:

"He'll be the only private the Army ever had that can roll the dice without taking them out of his pocket."

"Can't wait to see Elvis on guard duty, yelling, 'Halt, who goes there, friend or square.'"

"Elvis is asking for deferment, on the grounds that it would create a hardship for Ed Sullivan."

(News, Source: Hope: Entertainer of the Century, Richard Zoglin)

Saturday 17 August 2019 - - - Elvis Week - - -
1969 50th Anniv 'Elvis Returns to Vegas' Concert: One of the real highlights of ELVIS WEEK 2019 has to be Friday night's special 'Elvis Returns to Vegas' 50th Anniversary concert.
At the Graceland Soundstage and completely Sold Out this was a real chance to understand the power and the passion of Elvis' 1969 return to live performing in Las Vegas. The concert featured Elvis on the big screen with performances by Elvis’ TCB Band James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, and Glen Hardin along with original members of The Imperials Terry Blackwood and Jim Murray, and Estelle Brown of The Sweet Inspirations.
Sadly of course no professional footage was recorded of Elvis' great 1969 return
(stupid tight-ass manager!) but luckily RCA were there to record eleven concerts.
Tonight's show - featuring the usual TTWII footage - started with the stunning power of 'That’s All Right' with the Sold Out crowd cheering on the presence of the TCB Band and genuine Elvis musicians.
The concert was produced by Andy Childs who cleverly acknowledged the performers with informative on-stage interviews giving the crowd a chance to hear from the musicians themselves what working with ELVIS was really like. Estelle Brown was on fine form while James Burton led the way with his chickin'-pickin guitar work and Glen D Hardin glowed with enthusiasm. There was also special ackowledgement to Ronnie Tutt on drums as well as Imperials' Terry Blackwood and Jim Murray.
EIN's Sanja Meegin was there bathing in Elvis' glory - and has posted some special videos and photos on EIN's Facebook page - GO HERE.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Karate Master Kang Rhee Has Died: In an extraordinary coincidence Elvis Karate Master Kang Rhee died yesterday August 16th. It was Kang Rhee who helped teach Elvis martial arts.
Rhee trained in Kong Soo Do, Chang Mu Kwan, Kwon Bup, Kang Duk Won and Han Kuk Hap Ki Do in the 1950s and 60s. He started PaSaRyu Association in Memphis in 1966. Countless Memphians learned the martial arts at Rhee’s studio – including martial artist Bill “Superfoot” Wallace and Elvis Presley.
Elvis trained with Rhee from 1970-1974 in Memphis. Elvis was awarded the 8th degree black belt by Rhee in 1974.
Elvis gave Rhee a custom deluxe Eldorado Cadillac. Elvis’ father Vernon purchased the car for Elvis, who used it as his personal car for 10 months before gifting it to Rhee.
Rhee gave Elvis his karate nickname, Tiger.
Rhee produced an annual charity karate championship that benefitted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He was given the State of Tennessee Governor’s Award in 1988, won numerous Certificates of Appreciation from the City of Memphis Mayor and was named the Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill in 2001.
Kang Rhee's style of Karate and Martial Arts encompasses the PaSaRyu system - see more at their facebook page
Go HERE to EIN's interview with Bill “Superfoot” Wallace
(News, Source;EPE/SM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Graceland Legends induction ceremony': Earlier yesterday Elvis Week featured the first "Graceland Legends" inductions.
Established in 2019, Graceland Legends recognizes and honors noteworthy musicians who have come together to create, excite and inspire, leaving an everlasting legacy on pop culture and music that will endure forever.
EIN notes that it seems a little late in the day to start doing these. These should really have started 30 years ago when the like of Sam Phillips was alive.
EIN's Mandy Squair was there to see EPE honor The TCB Band and The Blue Moon Boys as the inaugural inductees into Graceland Legends.
Accepting the awards for the Blue Moon Boys were Scotty Moore’s grandson, Bill Black's daughter and D.J. Fontana’s wife.
How nice to see Graceland doing something positive about Elvis' all-important musicians if albeit a little too late.
(News, Source;MS/ElvisInfoNet)

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

ELVIS Forever - 2019: - August 16th, 1956, Elvis arrived on board an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles International airport in order to start work on his first film role, The Reno Brothers soon to be renamed 'Love Me Tender'.
Elvis was only 21 years old and at the start of his incredible trajectory to become the world's biggest superstar.
Little did Elvis know that he was already halfway through his all too-short life on earth.
In the same month Elvis would tell fans, "I've been lucky. You know something? I just feel sometimes like it's all a dream, like I'll rub my eyes and wake up and it will be over. I hope not. I hope it never happens. I hope it never ends"
Sadly, just 21 years later, it would end far too soon.
Forty two years on we all are once again thinking about tragic end to Elvis' incredible life and how much he did for us in his all too short life-time.

In 2019 EIN's Piers Beagley looks back at why the legacy of ELVIS is still so important to us - along with memories of Elvis from Jerry Schilling, Linda Thompson, Alan Fortas, George Klein, Joe Esposito, Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike and Larry Geller
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Thursday 15 August 2019 - - - ELVIS WEEK - - -

Watch the Candlelight Vigil REPLAY: It is Thursday night in Memphis as thousands of fans honour the life and legacy of Elvis Presley and observe the annual Candlelight Vigil at Graceland.
Thousands of Elvis fans have gathered around the gates of Graceland for the annual Candlelight Vigil and to celebrate the life and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The ceremony for the 41st anniversary is organized as always by the Elvis Country Fan Club.
You can watch the vigil live from Graceland starting at 8pm. CT USA tomorrow =1am GMT on Livestream. 11am Sydney time


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

The ceremony for the 41st anniversary is organized as always by the Elvis Country Fan Club.

The Elvis Country Fan Club included these words in the service...

... People around the world are present with us tonight, in person, in spirit and via all the media outlets to honour the many unsurpassed achievements of Elvis Presley. This candle is lit for those people that are not able to be here in person, we acknowledge their presence with the lighting of this candle.

The theme for this year's Candlelit Service is "It Keeps Right on a A-Hurtin'"

It has been 42 years since Elvis has walked this earth. As it was only 42 short years that Elvis accomplished more than any other entertainer. And it keeps right on a hurtin' every minute of the day ... for every year and for every year to come.

When we see your picture, hear your magnificent voice, and a walk in your footsteps, our hearts break down and we cry a million tears. It just keeps right on hurtin' since your gone.

Yes, Elvis it does keep right on hurtin' and it always will, since you're gone. We miss you more than words can express.


Lisa Marie shared this message with the Elvis fans at the vigil....

"I am sorry that I am not able to be there with you this year. by now you will have read that it is not possible for us to do so. Please know that our hearts and spirits as they are with you regardless. I have said many times before that there's nowhere else I'd rather be and no one else I would rather be with at this time than with you. thank you for your continued love and support. Most sincerely Lisa Marie, Riley, Ben, Harper and Finley"

(Photo from the 2017 Elvis candlelit vigil)

(Book Review): Thirty Pieces of Silver - The Betrayal of Elvis Presley (Joyce Rochelle Vaughn): In all likelihood few EIN readers will be familiar with this 713 page opus released in 2016. It has largely slipped under the radar in the Elvis world.

With its striking title and controversial subject matter the writing of the book by African American, Joyce Rochelle Vaughn, who was raised to hate Elvis and his' music, was 40 years in the making.

EIN's Nigel Patterson has compiled a detailed 2,500 word review taking us inside this large coffee table release which examines and challenges various claims made about Elvis, from him being racist to the claims in Elvis, What Happened? (aka The Bodyguard Book)and Sonny West's later release, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business.

A book which will divide readers, it is powerfully written and offers a viewpoint which will challenge many fan's beliefs. Read Nigel's full review to find out more. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

'The Auction at Graceland' Disappoints: The highly promoted August 13th Graceland-Authenticated Auction that featured some cool artifacts from Elvis' personal and professional life had somewhat of a disappointing outcome this year - with many of the high ticketed items not selling and being passed in.
Whether this was due to the price being set too high or lack of collector interest it was hard to tell.
The noted highlight of Elvis' 14k diamond ring gifted to JD Sumner in 1974 with a minimum bid of $20,000 was passed in after only 5 bids, although the signed agreement giving Col Parker a portion of Elvis' publishing rights was sold at $9,375 a little under the estimated $10,000
The Auction included over 400 artifacts from Elvis' career and was held on Tuesday, August 13 at the Guest House at Graceland.
All the items in the auction were offered from third-party collectors and none of the items come from the treasured Graceland Archives which continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.
Auction highlights results are as below
- 1970s Elvis Presley's 14k Large Diamond Stage Ring Gifted to JD Sumner in 1974 - Former Mike Moon Collection Estimate $40-50,000 - No Sale
- Incredible Elvis Presley Pictorial Poster for September 2, 1957, Concert at Portland Stadium $30-50,000- No Sale
- Elvis Owned Custom Black Three-Piece Tuxedo Made for His 1969 Film The Trouble with Girls - Former Mike Moon Collection $25-30,000 - 2 bids No Sale
- 1967 Elvis Presley's Saddle Made by Mike McGregor $20-30,000 No Sale
- Elvis Presley, Vernon Presley and Gladys Presley Signed November 21, 1955, Agreement Giving Colonel Tom Parker a Portion of Elvis' Publishing Rights $10-20,000 - $9,375
- Impressive 22.18 ct Opal and Diamond Ring that Elvis Presley Gifted to Linda Thompson $10-15,000 - 18 bids - $23,750
- 1970 Elvis U.S. FDA Drug Abuse Control Badge Gifted to Sonny West - Former Mike Moon Collection $10-15,000 - No Sale
- Elvis Signed Guitar - Signed in Concert $8-12,000 - 4 bids $8,125
- Elvis Wardrobe Shirt from 1969 Film Charro $8-10,000 - 2 bids $6,250
- 1970s Elvis IC Costume Brown Patterned Shirt Gifted to Ed Hill - Former Mike Moon Collection $8-10,000 - 4 bids  $8,750
- Immaculate 1954 Sun Records 209 Unplayed 45 RPM 7-Inch Single of "That's All Right" / "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - $8-10,000 - 8 bids $3,250
- 1973 Elvis Presley's Stage Worn Scarf from "Aloha from Hawaii" Afternoon Concert Rehearsal Scarf with Heavy Makeup and Original Concert Ticket Stub $6-8,000 - 8 Bids $6,250
- Elvis Presley Double Signed and Inscribed Loving You Soundtrack Album with Photo of Fan with Elvis - $3-5,000 - 10 Bids $2,875
Click here to The Auction to see all the results
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Still the King 42 Years After His Death: Whether you think of Elvis Presley as the young, energetic singer with the dynamic good looks and gyrating hips that shook the music world in the 1950’s, or the more mature Elvis with the long sideburns and sequined jumpsuits who performed in Las Vegas, his career spanned decades. Music fans around the world were devastated by news of his death on August 16th, 1977.

And yet, more than four decades later, the man with the voice and style that changed popular music forever, remains the King of Rock and Roll. Millions around the world still buy his music and hundreds of thousands visit Graceland every year to see where he lived, died, and remains buried today. Elvis is so popular he ranked No. 2 (behind Michael Jackson) on Forbes’s list of Highest Paid Celebrities for 2018. The list, released every October, showed Elvis pulling in $40 million last year.

This week, to mark the anniversary of his death, officials estimate 20,000 people or more will gather at Graceland for “Elvis Week”. How has he remained so deeply ingrained in our hearts, minds, and culture, so many years after his passing?

“He’s probably the most important star of all time,” notes acclaimed journalist and author, Alanna Nash. “And I’m not the first person to say that. You can’t argue with the fact that he not only changed, but directed the course of both popular music and popular culture of the ‘50’s.”

The young man from Tupelo, Mississippi burst onto the national scene in 1956 with a style all his own. He moved and danced like no one else before him.
“And he looked like nobody else,” says Nash. “He was an incredibly beautiful human being. And when he started moving or singing you really couldn’t take your eyes off of him. I think he still matters today because the art is so true.”
His art, she says, came from Elvis "just being Elvis. He was so unique his influence can still be felt years later in music, culture, dress, hairstyles, and pop stardom.
“Unlike the stars of today who have managers and choreographers and dressers and people who are assigned for every aspect of what they do, he largely made himself. It was his ideas for what he wore in Vegas, it was his ideas for the music. All of that creativity came from Elvis.”

That creativity carried him through the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, allowing him to reinvent himself in each decade. Nash says that staying power serves as a huge testament to his depth and truth as an artist. She believes it was the loss of that ability to create that led to him, eventually, losing himself.
“I think his decline came partly because he didn’t have many creative challenges. Part of that is because of decisions the Colonel made (his manager Colonel Tom Parker), and part of it is that he couldn’t stand to see what he had become. In some ways becoming kind of a caricature of his former self so that he just had to numb himself out.

Nash’s journey into trying to understand Elvis began with his death. She was working as the pop music writer for the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal when word broke that he died. She was sent to Graceland to cover his funeral and became the first journalists to view his remains. She would go on to write a series of books on Elvis covering just about every aspect of his life. Two of them serve as book ends of sorts with Elvis and the Memphis Mafia (2005) covering some of the men closest to him, and Baby, Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him (2010), covering the women.
She also wrote The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley (2003), a deeply-researched book that looked at the mysterious and often controversial figure who managed and controlled Elvis’ career.

For the Memphis Mafia book, she spoke with three members of Elvis Presley’s entourage - who between them - covered just about every phase of his life, including his cousin, Billy Smith, who was able to detail the early years. Smith, Marty Lacker, and Lamar Fike painted a vivid portrait of what it was like to live with Elvis through the highs and lows of his life and career, and during the later years as he began to slip away.

“They were haunted by Elvis and how they weren’t able to save him,” says Nash. “And it was extremely important for them to be able to tell their story because they’d been blamed for letting him die, and they were blamed by fans who thought they were hangers-on when honestly I think he would have died years earlier without that pack of guys around him to bolster him emotionally, save him from overdoses, and rescue him from lots of frightening situations when he was too drugged to realize what he was doing.”

Her book Baby, Let’s Play House explores his relationships with the women with who touched his life from lovers to friends to family members. It includes interviews with Ann-Margret, Barbara Eden, Cybil Shepherd, and a host of others. It also delves into his extremely close relationship with his mother, Gladys.

“He was really very woman-centered because of his closeness with his mother and the death of his twin at birth,” explains Nash. “He was what a psychologist would call ‘lethally enmeshed with his mother.’ She was always going to be the premiere female figure in his life. But he loved being around female energy and I don’t just mean sexual energy. He liked being around young people and he adored those younger fans. It wasn’t just ‘love me, love me,’ he wanted to know what they thought about the music.”

And yet, he seemed unable to fully commit to a romantic relationship.  Nash recounts a story featured in the book involving an actress named Yvonne Lime.

“She was a starlet and you see her in those pictures when Elvis first bought Graceland and he was showing her around. She said when they were home with Gladys, if Elvis wanted to hold Yvonne’s hand, he had to make sure he sat between her and Gladys, so he could hold her hand, too. It was so Gladys wouldn’t feel left out. That really says it all to me that he just wasn’t psychologically capable of settling down or fully committing himself to anyone.”

Her book on the Colonel came after six years of extensive research that began when she started seeking answers to some of the allegations by members of the Memphis Mafia about the way he handled Elvis. There were decisions that didn’t make sense, deals made that benefited the Colonel more than Elvis, and questions about his background.

“He was an illegal alien from the Netherlands who never made an attempt to become a U.S. citizen. And, of course, you have to ask why, when he lived here all of these years. He never stepped foot out of the U.S. except very briefly to take Elvis on some Canadian dates in 1957 and he was very nervous about getting back over here.”

It did seem odd the Colonel never allowed Elvis to tour in Europe when he was so popular there. Nash met with Colonel Parker three times and traveled to the Netherlands to uncover his story. She says that while the Colonel made a number of bad decisions, he’s credited with others that kept Elvis on top through the years, even when music had radically changed. The Colonel shifted Elvis from records to movies, then when the movies petered out, to Vegas. Still, she says, there was something that struck her with each of her three in-person meetings with Colonel Parker.

“They were strange and wonderful, he was very wily and there was a lot to like about him. He was also very amusing, but there was something predatory about him that was really frightening. It was the only time I’ve ever felt that I’d been in the presence of evil.”

Nash admits that studying Elvis so closely through the years has not always been easy, but it has been very rewarding. While Elvis faced a number of challenges and his life ended far too soon at the age of 42, his music, his art, and his legacy lives on. And will continue to do so.

“I expect Elvis will still be someone that generations will study long after you and I are in the grave," says Nash. “He’s probably the most influential figure in the 20th century.” (Article, Source: Pam Windsor, Forbes magazine)

The World's RAREST Elvis Record has been found: Elvis collector Wade Jones (who previously found the 1949 Elvis Memphis bicycle photo) believes he has now found the "Treat Me Nice" movie prop from "Jailhouse Rock".
If so it is probably the only one in existence.
The same label is pasted on both sides of the record and credits Vince Everett on the label.
Wade reports that he has played the record..and it's Hawaiian music. The # in the trail off space on the record is HRC-65B (Hawaii Record Company)
I did quite a bit of research.. and the 45 rpm record that these labels are glued on is "A Song of Old Hawaii / HoloHolo Ka'a" on the "49th State Hawaii Record Company" label, this record company was in business from 1949 to 1958.
I've watched the movie "Jailhouse Rock", and this record was used as a prop when Disc Jockey Dean Jones plays "Treat Me Nice" on the radio, which lights up the phone lines, creates demand..
and then Elvis is seen in the record store scene autographing the Vince Everett "Treat Me Nice "sleeves for fans. (Click for youtube links )
I assume that since only one side of the record was going to be on film...they pasted the same label on both sides of the record. Catalog #41-623 is on the label (same as the Laurel picture sleeve prop) and shows the Jordanaires as the backup singers.
Interestingly the label also credits a misspelled "Stroller-Leiber"  instead of Leiber and Stoller,
Wade says that he purchased it from a record shop in Los Angeles area years ago. The labels show age (easily over 60 years old) an the printing/font seems to be period.
EIN notes that copies of these were released as vinyl bootlegs but Wade is sure he has the movie original.
In his Presleyana price guide Jerry Osborne estimates the price of the ultimately collectable B&W paper sleeve (of which multiples are seen in the movie) at $8,500 so it is hard to guess what the actual VINYL might be worth.
Wade has been in contact with Jerry Osborne who believes it to be 100% authentic and has suggested checking the real value with an auction house.
(News, Source;WadeJones/ElvisInfoNet)

 ‘Live 1969’ Rolling Stone Review: Rolling Stone reviews the new LIVE 1969 box-set as "A Fascinating Snapshot of Elvis Presley in His Comeback Prime"
The review includes..
... There’s a live version of “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” from 1969 that captures Elvis Presley in a comical meltdown of uncontrollable laughter. It’s a favorite track for oldies-radio DJs to play during Sunday morning but it’s rarely been heard in the context of the full concert from which it derives. That August 26th “midnight show” is one of 11 complete shows that make up the new Elvis Live 1969 box set, an 11-disc chronicle that documents Presley’s return to the concert stage after an eight-year hiatus of making largely forgettable Hollywood movies.
Live 1969 compiles the dinner and midnight engagements Presley performed from August 21st through 26th at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, but this isn’t the “Vegas Elvis” in a white jumpsuit that’s become a pop-culture caricature and cautionary tale of overindulgence. Here, he’s mainly performing in black two-piece suits that evoke the leather-clad badass from his TV comeback special a year earlier, and arriving onstage not to the fanfare of “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” but to a rock & roll vamp by his band. At only 34, Presley is lean and at the top of his vocal game, if overly corny when he banters with the audience.
The thrilling performances of “Suspicious Minds,” are majestic, with Elvis possessed by the pounding rhythm of drummer Ronnie Tutt. The “Mystery Train/Tiger Man” mash-up is equally combustible, summoning the same dangerous energy that Presley first let loose in the Fifties as a hip-shaking parental nightmare. And “In the Ghetto,” the entertainer’s earnest 1968 attempt at social commentary, is more urgent than schmaltzy.
But it’s Presley’s covers of then contemporary songs that are most fascinating. He imbues the Beatles’ “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude” with Southern soul, and transforms Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say” into an unrelenting rock rave-up. For Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” he all but owns the lyric’s heartbreak. Shannon is in the audience for one performance, and Presley gives him props from the stage. The gig is the same one during which Elvis comes to pieces in “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” supposedly tickled by Sweet Inspirations singer Cissy Houston’s ability to keep on singing, unfazed, while Presley goes further and further off the rails. Still frazzled, he screws up “Rubberneckin'” immediately afterward and asks the band to restart the tune a full 45 seconds in.
With Presley reciting the same stage patter nearly word-for-word in
each of the 11 concerts, it’s these gaffes and unexpected moments that keep Elvis Live 1969 from becoming just an overly repetitive entry for Presley completists.
Instead, the box set serves as a snapshot of a world-class entertainer successfully but gingerly rediscovering the magic that made him so in the first place.

Go here to RS for full review
(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet)
ELVIS 'Live 1969'
Keeping an eye on the prices.

Now $115 (down from $160) <<< US Amazon

UK Amazon >>> £80.00

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James Burton and Darlene Love talk Elvis' Vegas Comeback: Elvis was terrified, the audience was packed with celebrities — Cary Grant, Ann-Margret, Sammy Davis Jr. — and billionaire Kirk Kerkorian had flown in a slew of critics on his private jet.
Geoff Edgers of the Washington Post recently interviewed James Burton and Darlene Love for their thoughts of this momentous On-Stage return..
.. Backstage Elvis told guitarist James Burton, who had put together the TCB Band for the Elvis' return to the stage, that he couldn’t perform.
“He hadn’t been onstage in nine years,” says Burton, 79. “He said, ‘James, I don’t know if I can go out there. I don’t know if I can walk out there and do this, man.’ I said, ‘Sure you can. Just walk out there and don’t even pay attention to the audience. Just sing to us, man. Make it like a jam session at Graceland.’ ”
50 years later James Burton and The Blossoms' Darlene Love reflect on what they witnessed..
James Burton: Well, Elvis actually came up with that, taking care of business, and that became its logo. Also, he came up with the idea of TLC — tender loving care — for the ladies. But for the guys, TCB, when we walk onstage, when we sing and when we play, it’s taking care of business, man, straight ahead.
- Mystery Train.. just the tempo was so cool and everything and that little guitar riff thing behind the song. And then the solo and everything. Very similar to the original record, but a little more energy, a little more up. And then he jumped into “Tiger Man” and that was kind of a surprise, so we went with it. And that gave me a chance to do some more chicken picking.
- The audience went nuts. He walked out there, and all you could hear was screaming and hollering and clapping. We only had monitors onstage for his voice, but we couldn’t hear each other. .. .And man, it was amazing. It makes you think, how did these guys play together?
- Elvis would just tell stories about things that we had never heard, which is kind of funny onstage. You had to watch him every minute because he may jump into a song or a different song. And we had him covered, man. We watched him like a hawk.
Darlene Love: Elvis was trim, all right. He looked good. That’s why he was able to wear that body suit .. . and he was a, what do you call it, a black belt. So he actually did those kind of moves while he was onstage.
- Elvis was the one that started that leaning over the stage, you know, taking their handkerchiefs, and whatever else they had they
gave him, and wiping his face off with them. So you probably would hear their screams louder than you would hear anybody else’s because he had the microphone in his hands. But it was like that all over the audience.
- A lot of times, as soon as the show is over, people start leaving, especially in Vegas. They go back out and start gambling. But everybody moved very slowly. I think they were letting it all sink in — what happened that night, what happened at that show... and the whole idea that Elvis was on and he was back. I don’t think there would ever be another moment like that. Everybody has their moment, and that was Elvis’s moment.”

(Go here to the full WP article)
(News, Source;WP/ElvisInfoNet)

Leaving Graceland: In the fourth part of Robert "Yoshi" Kim's adventures in becoming a successful Elvis Tribute artist, Yoshi discusses his meetings with Elvis' housekeeper/cook, Nancy Rooks, and Elvis' close confidante and spiritual adviser, Larry Geller. (Right with Yoshi)

Among other things, Yoshi relates what Larry told him about Elvis' death on August 16, 1977.

(Almost Elvis, Source: Yoshi Kim)

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

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

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

(Interview, Source: EIN)

Read Eric's interview

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

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

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

Click here to YouTube to see the promo video

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

Read EIN's interview with the author, Richard Zoglin

Ger Rijff RIP: It was a shock to us all that one of the legendary icons of the Elvis World Ger Rijff passed away last week aged on 67.
Elvis author and specialist Gordon Minto worked with Ger Rijff on multiple projects over the years.. he adds his condolences....
‘Ger was a legendary figure in the Elvis-world when I got to know him back in the 1980s, so it was particularly thrilling to meet with him and become friends, subsequently sharing some great times both in England and Holland. In the 1990s though, he invited me to write the text for his 60 Million Elvis TV Fans … book about Elvis’s appearances on the Ed Sullivan shows.   I also worked on Inside Jailhouse Rock - though for  reasons not relevant here,  Jim Hannaford received the main writing credit. I also did a number of sleeve notes for some of his ‘alternative’ CD releases! What was he like to work with?  Really good - I had almost complete freedom to write whatever I wanted. I felt we connected - he liked my writing and I loved his artwork and ability to find really stunning photographic material to share with dedicated fans.  In summary, he had great creative energy - producing some of the most wonderful Elvis product ever issued - most of which stands the test of time and remains relevant today.
He was one-of-a-kind, a maverick who was less interested in commercial success than producing high quality Elvis releases for fellow fans. If only more people adopted that principled approach nowadays … RIP my friend.’ - Gordon Minto.
EIN will feature a Ger Rijff spotlight to honour our good friend - coming soon.
Shown above with Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS: American Sound 1969' FTD 5CD Box-Set: To celebrate FTD’s 20th Anniversary, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'ELVIS: AMERICAN SOUND 1969' a 5CD Deluxe Complete sessions release.
Keen collectors were disappointed when the recent  'American Sound 1969' was announced as a DIGITAL release only for the general public. The Memphis 1969 session collection features over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis’ 1969 American Sound Studio sessions, which resulted in his From Elvis In Memphis record later that year. From Elvis In Memphis ranks among Elvis’ most universally beloved records, spawning the iconic hit 'In The Ghetto'. However FTD have the solution... 
With 'Suspicious Minds' celebrating its 50th Anniversary on August 26th 2019, Elvis’ pivotal Year of 1969 can be celebrated with 'Elvis: American Sound 1969' a deluxe box-set featuring all known and previously unreleased outtakes from the legendary American Sound Sessions, Including “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds”.
This 5-CD set that’s part of FTD’s new ‘Sessions’ series, includes a 28-page booklet with rare photos and memorabilia.
Go here to 'FTD Releases' for the full-tracklist.
EIN notes that in all honesty only a very few outtakes have not yet been released by FTD and these are...
Long Black Limousine – Takes 1,2,3 & 5
Wearin’ That Loved On Look – Takes 1,2, & 5
You’ll Think Of Me – Takes 11, 19, 20 & 22
In The Ghetto – Takes 5-10
.... and that is all.
However to have all these session gathered together on a 5 disc set with 28-page booklet plus uniform remastering makes this an essential collector's purchase if you can afford it.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee’ FTD Double-Vinyl:  FTD is pleased to announce the release of “Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee” limited edition, a double-vinyl set.
The album contains great alternative versions of songs from The Lost Album sessions in May 1963 and January 1964.
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the album is released in 180-gram format.

EIN Notes: This double-album looks a real stunner with tracks such as 'Memphis, Tennessee', 'Echoes Of Love', 'Please Don't Drag That String Around', 'Devil In Disguise', 'What Now, What Next, Where To', 'Blue River'  and 'It Hurts Me' all on the same album.

Go here to 'FTD / SONY CD News' for the full-tracklist.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Read Nigel's review ......


..(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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

MRS ‘Made in Germany – Private Recordings’ VINYL Review: The MRS label released ‘Made in Germany: Private Recordings’ which features the best of the remastered private recordings Elvis made in Germany, for Record Store Day 2019.
The audio from Elvis' private recordings has been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology.
Elvis vinyl fans can now enjoy these truly historical recordings including the newly found 'Like A Baby', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'His Hand in Mine', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and 'Cool Water' for the very first time.
Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP set with a 24-page photo spread gatefold with stunning pictures and with several photos not featured in the recent MRS Book/CD combo.
Released on 180grm Vinyl and with quality audio remastering.

EIN's Vinyl-lover Piers Beagley spins these new discs of Elvis' German Private Recordings and checks out the sumptuous packaging...

(VINYL Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Two new book releases from Paul Belard: Elvis author/researcher, Paul Belard, has published the latest photobooks in his ongoing project to present a comprehensive pictorial record of Elvis' life. His new titles are Elvis 1956 January-February and Elvis September 1958 - Germany Bound.

Paul has numerous other titles nearing completion including Elvis May 1956; Elvis October 1958, and Elvis November-December 1958, as well as the thematic volumes, Elvis A Humanitarian; Elvis Badges, Cops and Guns; and Advertising Elvis.

Contact Paul Belard for purchase information

Other titles from Paul Belard already published are:

Elvis In Hawaii November 1957
Elvis March 1956
Elvis April 1956
Elvis December 1956
Elvis The Gospel Singer
Elvis Las Vegas April - May 1956

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

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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

The 14 award categories include the best:

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

Plus EIN names its top two Elvis books of 2018!

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

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

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

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

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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


Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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


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

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





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

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

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

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

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


(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

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

Read part 1 of the interview

Pop Research Links . . .


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


an interview with EIN's Nigel Patterson


Documentary 'The King' set for DVD and Blu-ray release: Eugene Jerecki's 'road trip' across America in Elvis' Rolls Royce Phantom V will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 2 October in the US.

The film suggests that America, like Elvis, has squandered its potential and betrayed the promise of its glorious beginning. As Harlem rapper Immortal Technique tells Jarecki in the film: "If Elvis is your metaphor for America, we're about to O.D."

Jarecki's "The King" is essentially a filmed essay, with musical interludes and commentary provided by guest artists (Emmylou Harris, Chuck D), journalists (Dan Rather) and celebrities (a seemingly irrelevant but quite eloquent Mike Myers), many of whom discuss Elvis and America from the back seat of the large luxury car, purchased at auction for the production. (Entering the Rolls in Nashville, musician John Hiatt breaks into tears, struck by how "trapped" Elvis must have felt.) News, Source: EIN/Amazon)

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

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

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

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


Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can it really be as good as promised? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our indepth review featuring plenty of extracts and wonderful photographs.
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'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
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Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
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