Interviews

EIN brings you a diverse and interesting range of interviews with those who knew Elvis or have published books about his life and career.

 

 
 
Year: 2014

Hollywood Michael Hoey talks to EIN: Michael Hoey is a Hollywood veteran who has worked alongside some of Tinseltown's biggest names, including Elvis. His latest book is Elvis' Favorite Director: The Amazing 52-Year Career of Norman Taurog. Michael recently spoke to EIN about his new book shedding light on a range of interesting subjects including:

  • Elvis as an actor
  • the 'Elvis formula' film
  • were Elvis films 'B' films?
  • what Elvis thought of his "more adult image" in his final narrative films
  • Elvis' relationship with the Colonel
  • how Hollywood has changed since its Golden Era
  • the use and impact of CGI in contemporary films
  • producer Hal Wallis
  • and of course "Elvis' Favorite Director" Norman Taurog

Read Michael Hoey's new interview with EIN


Interview with 'Elvis Films FAQ' author Paul Simpson: "Elvis Films FAQ"  was reviewed by EIN as one of the best Elvis books published in 2013... "Paul Simpson examines every angle of Elvis’ film career and writes about it in a very engaging and enjoyable style. The real triumph of this book is that it will make you want to watch all of Elvis’ films one more time! Highly recommended."

While Elvis' Hollywood years are full of mystery, and Elvis Films FAQ covers them all! Elvis Films FAQ explains everything you want to know about the whys and wherefores of the singer-actor's bizarre celluloid odyssey; or, as Elvis said, "I saw the movie and I was the hero of the movie."
 
"Elvis Films FAQ" was without doubt one of the best Elvis books published in 2013 and EIN wanted to know more from its author Paul Simpson.
 
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Year: 2013

Linda and Sam Thompson in Australia: EIN Vice-President Sanja Meegin shared some cocktails and quality time with Linda Thompson and her brother Sam Thompson at the 'Elvis Leaves His Mark: Now and Then' tour with Mark Andrew.
One of the most exciting experiences for any Elvis fan, is meeting someone from his inner circle – someone who was there right by his side for the highs and lows and the joys and pain that was part of Elvis’ incredible life.

Go here as Sanja Meegin tells all about what Linda and Sam Thompson had to say to her alone - as well as to the concert audience.

(Spotlight, Source;SanjaMeegin/ElvisInfoNet)


UPDATED - Elvis Music FAQ - Mike Eder Interview: The soon to be released book 'Elvis Music FAQ' chronicles the trajectory of Elvis’ musical career, with a look at his pioneering original record label Sun, insight into his management, a summation of each Presley concert tour, and a full review of every record he ever issued.
Author Mike Eder is a writer and vinyl record aficionado and in his book he gives a fresh perspective on old albums and rediscovers the impact of Elvis’ creative genius, getting to the heart of why records recorded six decades ago still have such a grip on the world’s imagination.

Plenty of EIN readers have pre-ordered the book and want to know more.
What format does the book take, was Felton Jarvis a good producer, was Colonel Parker good or bad, what was Elvis' worst record, Elvis' most overlooked record, did 'Do The Clam' really chart higher than 'Kentucky Rain' ....

Click here where EIN's Piers Beagley poses all the questions and more to author Mike Eder. Now updated with some images from the book.

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


"My Fast Life" Rare Elvis Presley 1964 Interview: In March 1964 Elvis was filming his sixteenth movie 'Roustabout' at the Paramount ranch in Hidden Valley, California. Hollywood reporter Walter Rainbird was on set to interview Elvis for a Weekend magazine article.
Despite the never ending string of movies that needed publicity and promotion, Elvis gave very few interviews in the mid-sixties. This magazine feature therefore captured some rather interesting comments from him.
Elvis discussed everything from The Beatles, Priscilla, Ann-Margret, His Career, and Girls.
THE BEATLES - `They don't bother me ... I wish them luck'
HIS CAREER - `I haven't been hiding. There's no attempt to keep me out of the public eye'
GIRLS - `I'll admit something. I'm as red-blooded as the next guy'

Go here to this fascinating Elvis interview and some cool on-set photos.


(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


Sandy Pichon Interview: Recently a group of students from Murray High School in Kentucky took a trip to Memphis. As a part of their trip, they toured Sun Studios, Graceland, and met Elvis super-fan Sandi Pichon for an interview at Marlowe's Restaurant. Sandi is a long-time Elvis fan who met him on several occasions.
Sandy Pichon has written numerous books and personal photos recounting the life of Elvis Presley and their personal friendship.
Sandi talks about first meeting Elvis - as well as getting five kisses and five scarfs (see images below) - from five 1973 concerts.
Click HERE to this delightful 8 minute interview.

(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)


John Wilkinson 1972 Interview: Interviews with Elvis’ band members from the 1970’s are very rare and so it is with great pleasure that EIN can feature this interview with John Wilkinson from September 1972. This nicely ties in with the recent ‘August 1972 Las Vegas Season’ FTD release but also as a tribute to John Wilkinson who sadly passed away last month.
John Wilkinson was an all-round nice guy who unlike some always told positive stories about his friend Elvis.
In this interview John talks about working with Elvis and the TCB Band in 1972 as well as recording ‘Burning Love’ that had only just been released.
Go HERE for this insight into Elvis, John Wilkinson and 1972.

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Interview - Dr. Gary Vikan: A rock critic once likened the pursuit of 'experiencing Elvis' to observing something through a refractory glass prism or hall of mirrors in a fun house, where one's viewpoint depends on and is skewed by where one is looking from. Die-hard fans view Elvis essentially as musician/singer; other fans view Elvis as singer and an opportunity for social engagement; while academia sees a fuller Elvis, one comprising the musician and just importantly Elvis as a socio-cultural-religious agent.

I recently reviewed Gary Vikan's impressive and thought provoking book, From the Holy Land to Graceland. Dr. Vikan recently took time to talk to EIN about the Elvis that exists beyond his music.

In his absorbing interview, Dr. Vikan discusses the elements that support Elvis as a religious agent (secular charismatic martyr) including the significant role of Graceland, Elvis Week and ETAs (among other things); gives his reasons for why Elvis will endure for a long time to come and why Princess Di hasn't, and why Michael Jackson probably won't, become an enduring secular charismatic martyr. He also raises our awareness about other contemporary figures and incidents which have been so important that secular worship has grown up around them.

Dr. Vikan's interview is an opportunity to challenge one's thinking not only about Elvis in our own lives, but the role of Elvis (and other celebrities/events) in our 21st century media driven world. (Interview, Source: EIN)


Year: 2012

Bernard Lansky talks to EIN: EIN's Piers Beagley chews the fat with a man instrumental in Elvis' fashion sense, the great Bernard Lansky. Bernard talks candidly about Elvis, Priscilla, Lisa Marie, the clothes he made for Elvis, Michael Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nicolas Cage and more in a fascinating interview.

In 2002 Lansky doesn't hold back on his views and heading towards 80-years old he can sure say what he likes! The interview captures Bernard's fabulous spirit and energy - Parental guidance advised. Bernard Lansky died Nov 15, 2012 - RIP

Go HERE to this very amusing interview with a great character of the Elvis World.

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes' - Arjan Deelen Interview: The new book 'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes' is subtitled “Arjan Deelen talks to the musicians, singers, songwriters and producers who helped create the ‘Presley Sound’”. It’s an essential book that for once focuses on the music and the music-making process in Elvis’ career.
Several of the interviews in the book such as with Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Scheff and Michael Jarrett are widely regarded as the best and most revealing interviews ever with these gentlemen. There’s also a strong sense of honesty about the book, because these interviews are presented precisely as they were conducted – so no editing or other manipulation afterwards. ‘Straight from the horses’ mouth’, so to speak.
The book is also a feast for the eye, with almost 300 rare and unpublished photos of Elvis, in some cases sourced from the original negatives and dias.

EIN has had several readers wanting to know more about this new book.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley posed the questions to author Arjan Deelen.
(Interviews; Source;Elvis Information Network)


Allyson Adams 'The Rebel and The King' Interview:  Elvis Presley had just exploded on the American scene and was filming his first movie 'Love Me Tender' when he introduced himself to Nick Adams on the backlot of 20th Century Fox.
Nick was infamous for writing articles about inside Hollywood and now the posthumous publication of Nick Adams raw, unedited manuscript details Nick Adams close friendship with Elvis Presley and the whirlwind eight days in Memphis during the famous singer’s Tupelo Homecoming the summer of 56.
Nick Adams daughter Allyson Adams recently discovered this hidden manuscript and collected research and photos to go into the book.
Not only did Allyson Adams get to sit on Elvis' lap but Colonel Parker was also her godfather! - Read the interview and get your own signed copy of the book.
EIN's Piers Beagley wanted to know more about this fascinating story and sat down with author Allyson Adams to hear all about this amazing discovery.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Part 1 of his fascinating (and very long) interview, Joseph tells EIN about:
  • how it all started for Joe Tunzi
  • meeting Elvis
  • publishing Elvis books
  • the price of Elvis photobooks
  • color vs black & white visuals
  • moving to hardcover publishing
  • his latest release, "Elvis '69" - the GREATEST BOOK ever published by JAT
  • what we can expect in "Sessions IV" and when it is scheduled for release
  • collaborating with Joseph Pirzada and Paul Lichter
  • Elvis soundboards
  • unreleased, rare Elvis recordings...........and a lot more (Aug 2012) .................Read the interview

Interview with Elvis Photographer Dagmar: When EIN contributor Arjan Deelen first heard about the Madison Square Garden 40th Anniversary project, he remembered that renowned rock photographer Dagmar had taken photos of Elvis at MSG and that many of them were still unpublished. He duly put her in touch with Ernst Jørgensen, that was back in October 2011.

Now that the 'Prince From Another Planet' project is nearing completion, he decided to catch up with her and have a chat with her about this project as well as her photography at other Elvis concerts.
Several of her exclusive photos have been optioned for the new SONY release.


Go here for this EIN exclusive Interview by Arjan Deelen along with some great and rare Elvis photos by Dagmar.

(Interviews, Source;Arjan Deelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)


Best selling author, W.A. (Allen) Harbinson, talks to EIN: Allen Harbinson is no stranger to the Elvis world. His various books about Elvis have sold well over 1 million copies and are highly regarded by many fans. A best selling author about not only Elvis, but also in the fields of UFOlogy, celebrity biography, war and fiction, Allen's latest book, Iconic Voices, has Elvis as one of five icons who Allen inhabits to provide a thought provoking and very funny record of social events and the cult of celebrity in the second half of the 20th century.

In one of the most fascinating interviews EIN has ever conducted, Allen discusses his colorful life from his working class roots in Northern Ireland to his time in the RAAF in Australia; working in a senior position for one of the biggest mens magazine publishing houses in Britain (see warning below); a guy named Elvis including the surprising person who taught Elvis some of his on-stage moves; his period as a best selling author in the field of UFOs and celebrity biographies; quantum theory; plus the truth about Evita Peron and a lot more!

Read Allen's interview .........(Source: EIN, Aug 2012)

Warning: This interview contains information, humor and nudity!


David Stanley talks to EIN: Elvis' youngest stepbrother, David Stanley, opens up to EIN in a candid interview about his new book, Conversations with the King Journals of a Young Apprentice and what it offers to all Elvis fans!

David is very frank about the mistakes he has made in the past and the apologies he has made, gives us great insight into the "real" Elvis, Elvis' personal struggles, and the spiritual lessons (and tools) Elvis taught David, his young apprentice.

This is a very different interview but one which reveals why Elvis continues to touch millions of lives 35 years after his death and how celebrating the positive messages from Elvis' life can help us all. (Interviews, Source: EIN, 11 June 2012)


'Elvis In Ottawa' Elvis Interview & Spotlight: Elvis performed in Ottawa, Canada on April 3rd 1957, 55 years ago this month. Janet Fulton was only 13 years-old when she attended Elvis' concert and one of the highlights of her life was not only meeting Elvis but also being kissed by him. Back in November 2011 EIN interviewed Janet Fulton about the experience of meeting Elvis and recently she also provided us with this interesting article on 'Elvis In Ottawa' - 55 years ago this month.
Following the spotlight is Ottawa's radio CKOY Mac Lipson's interview with Elvis on the same day.
"I have never thought I had a good voice. I just enjoy what I'm doing and I put every part of my heart, soul and body into it. But I guess one of the reasons the people have liked it is because it was a little something different" - Elvis Presley, Ottawa 1957.
Go here to this fabulous look at Elvis in Ottawa. 
(Spotlight, Source;JanetFulton/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Kieran Davis Exclusive Interview: Kieran Davis is the author of the excellent 'Elvis On Tour- November 1971' plus the more recent 'Elvis Live at the International' a book containing 170 pages describing in meticulous detail exactly what it was like to see Elvis in concert in Las Vegas
Both of his books are packed with sections of tape transcripts, jumpsuit descriptions, photographs of memorabilia, advertising campaign, RCA promotional material along with marvellous fan recollections of seeing Elvis, meeting him and even spending time with him.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley interviews author Kieran Davis about how he manages to produce such excellent books and includes with some lovely book extracts and photos.
Including Peggy Elzea describing spending time close-up with Elvis in 1969.
(Book Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Author Chris Kennedy Interview about D.J. Tommy Edwards: Tommy Edwards was one of the most successful and innovative deejays in Cleveland history, alongside his professional rival, Bill Randle. He also hosted local TV shows like Farm Bureau Jamboree, which showcased country and rockabilly artists.
He jumpstarted many country and rock 'n' roll careers north of the Mason-Dixon Line, including Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Chuck Berry, and others.
And one of Tommy Edwards' greatest, lasting achievements was recognizing Elvis Presley's talent after "That's All Right" was released in the summer of 1954 on Sun Records....
Author Chris Kennedy has recently published the sensational book '1950s Radio In Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards’ (see EIN's review below).

EIN contributor Jeremy Roberts recently interviewed author Chris Kennedy about the book and Tommy Edwards' legacy - Click here.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


Vernon Presley Interview: In January 1978, Elvis' father Vernon Presley agreed to an in-depth interview with Nancy Anderson for Good Housekeeping magazine.
The interview is incredible for Vernon's honesty and openness as he discusses everything from Elvis' birth, his childhood, his girlfriends, and even his drug habits. The interview begins ....
"My love for my son began even before he was born on January 8, 1935. At that time there was almost nobody poorer than my wife Gladys and me.
But we were thrilled and excited when we learned that we were going to be parents. I was only 18 years old, but throughout Gladys’ pregnancy it never occurred to me that I wouldn‘t be able to take care of her and the baby - -
- -

Go here to read this amazing interview.
(Interviews, Source;MRT/GoodHouskeeping/ElvisInfoNet)

Shelley Fabares talks about Elvis: On a recent cruise Elvis co-star Shelley Fabares revealed what it was like to act, sing, and dance in several Elvis Presley movies and answers the big question, what was it like to kiss Elvis!
For those that can't understand the pressure that Elvis carried throughout his public life, the last 2 minutes of her interview are very revealing and very touching.

Dont Miss it - Click HERE to this Shelley Fabares interview with host Frankie Verroca.
Runs 10 minutes

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Comedian Steve Martin on meeting Elvis: In our 'Elvis Live At the International' book review this week we noted that Elvis saw comedian Steve Martin performing live during Ann-Margret's Opening night show of 1971. (read extract here).
Recently Steve Martin was on the David Letterman show and talked about meeting Elvis and his sense of humor.

Steve Martin also demonstrates one of the silly jokes that had Elvis laughing!
Go here to the short youtube clip.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Year: 2011

Patti Parry exclusive EIN Interview: Patti Parry spent 17 years being a little sister to Elvis & sometimes noted as being the only female member of the 'Memphis Mafia'.
Patti Parry was, in fact, one of a small number of girls who hung out with Elvis and the guys for many years in L.A. from the time they were young in the early 60s.
Patti was also Elvis' hairdresser but, unlike some, has never bragged about her association with him. It was therefore a pleasure for EIN to get a chance to talk to Patti in her Beverly Hills home about a few of her experiences.

Sadly Elvis’ good friend Patti Parry passed away October 27 2011.
Go HERE to our Exclusive Interview
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


EIN Exclusive interview with John Scheinfeld director of  'Fame & Fortune': The new film 'Fame & Fortune' is based on the book, 'Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business' the biography of Sonny West. Emmy and Grammy nominee John Scheinfeld has been chosen as the film's director. John Scheinfeld has previously written and directed some critically acclaimed films about John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and many others.
For Elvis fans this is good news since the film is going to be a serious drama about this extraordinary friendship between two men, rather than the usual disappointing Elvis telemovie.
In this exclusive interview EIN's Piers Beagley talks with director John Scheinfeld about the movie, chosing the cast, EPE involvement, creating a worthy cinematic journey and how he is Taking Care of Business! Go Here.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

"Kissed By Elvis" Janet Fulton Interview: Janet Fulton was only 13 years-old when she attended Elvis' Canadian Ottawa concert on April 3rd 1957, despite her family having great reservations.
One of the highlights of her life was not only meeting Elvis but also being kissed by him, as shown in the famous photo.
Last month Janet Fulton contacted EIN regarding some other photos she was tracking down and was kind enough to let us interview her about the experience of meeting Elvis and being a young teenage fan in the fifties.
She tells us the experience of being at Elvis' famous Canadian concert in Ottawa "the nuns were saying it was the Devil's work" - and how meeting Elvis was a totally unexpected surprise.

Go here for our exclusive interview and for some great stories about Elvis in Ottawa in 1957.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Barbara Leigh exclusive EIN Interview: Actress and international model Barbara Leigh has a new website with a stunning look at her incredible life.
In 1970 Barbara was introduced to Elvis and that meeting began a torrid, two year affair. As Barbara herself says, "This was a monumental time in my development as a human being, knowing very little about sophistication and being exposed to life beyond the velvet rope. I was, however, a quick study. I learned fast that it was either keep up or get left behind…"

Back in 2002 EIN's Nigel Patterson interviewed Barbara Leigh about her new book as well as her famous lovers including Elvis and Steve McQueen.

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Jerry Leiber Interview for EIN: Jerry Leiber along with partner Mike Stoller composed hit songs for many artists, beginning in 1952. After Elvis recorded their Big Mama Thornton hit "Hound Dog" their lives changed. dramatically. The key Leiber / Stoller compositions that Elvis recorded are "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Baby, I Don't Care", “Don't", "Loving You", "Santa Claus Is Back in Town", "King Creole", "Love Me", "Treat Me Nice" and "Trouble".
Mike Stoller appeared with Elvis in the 1957 movie Jailhouse Rock, playing piano for Vince Everett's (Elvis') band. This was due to a strange twist of fate since it was actually Jerry Leiber who had been chosen for the part.
In 2006 Ken Sharp interviewed Jerry Leiber (right with Elvis) and Mike Stoller as part of his impressive FTD book about Elvis’ composers, ‘Writing For the King.’
(Interviews, Source;KenSharpforElvisInfoNetwork) 

Elvis Paradise Hawaiian Interview - with Peter Noone: In the summer of 1965, UK successful sixties band Herman’s Hermits had just finished a big tour of America in Hawaii.
"We were booked to fly home the next day," says original member Barry Whitwam. "But that night after the last show we got a telephone call from Colonel Tom Parker – and he said that Elvis Presley would like to meet Herman’s Hermits on his film set the next day. Elvis was filming Paradise Hawaiian Style.
"We could see about 13 motor bikes side by side coming towards us," says Barry. "We could see that Elvis was in the centre of the riders as they roared onto the film set. What an entrance.
As Elvis approached us I was spellbound, it was as if God had come down from heaven. We had about two hours with Elvis and talked about our tour of America. He knew we had millions of fans there but I don’t think he really understood why!"
Peter Noone was lead singer of  Herman’s Hermits and interviewed Elvis on the set of Paradise Hawaiian Style.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Sam Thompson, Elvis' bodyguard, 2011 Interview: Sam Thompson first met Elvis in November 1972. At the time Elvis was dating Sam's sister Linda Thompson. As an officer with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, Elvis and Sam became fast friends. In July 1973, Elvis purchased a home for Sam less than a mile from the gates of Graceland. Sam travelled with Elvis on the road tours from 1972 until 1976 as Elvis' friend and companion. In July 1976, Sam went to work full time for Elvis, as his personal bodyguard and tour advance man, providing security for Elvis at Graceland, his other homes in California and on all the road tours, including hotel and airport security.

Do not miss this fascinating interview where Doug Elfman discovers the true character of Sam Thompson and his deep-friendship with Elvis.

(News, Source;LasVegasJournal)


James Burton Interview - Rick Nelson & Elvis: An important 25-year milestone passed recently. Singer Rick Nelson perished on December 31st, 1985, in a terrible plane crash in DeKalb, Texas, on the way to a New Year's Eve gig in Dallas. Rick Nelson’s band-members also lost their lives, and Rick was only 45, yet he left behind a legacy that continues to impress and influence to this day.
While this interview is primarily about James Burton's earlier career with Ricky Nelson - however both Elvis' and Rick Nelson's paths crossed so many times that Elvis is also a key figure in this story.

Go here for this interesting interview by EIN contributor Jeremy Roberts, where James Burton remembers his late friend 25 years on.

(Interviews, Source;JeremyRoberts/Examiner.com)


Jerome "Stump" Monroe EIN Interview: Jerome "Stump" Monroe was the drummer for The Sweet Inspirations, and toured with Elvis from the first 1969 Las Vegas concerts through to the very end in 1977.
When regular drummer Ronnie Tutt was ill or absent, 'Stump' stood in as the replacement with the TCB Band three times over those years. 'Stump' Monroe played with Elvis in Philadelphia in 1971, Las Vegas December 1975 and finally in Madison on June 24th 1977. The Madison concert would be Elvis' third last performance, the soundboard of which has just been discovered and released on the box-set The Final Curtain.
This means that Stump has finally got to hear the Madison 1977 concert that he played on for the first time in 33 years!
Jerome 'Stump' Monroe is a charming, down-to-earth man who despite having played over 1,000 concerts with The Elvis Presley Show considers himself as no one special!
(Interviews, Source,ElvisInfoNetwork)

Donnie Sumner Remembers his friend Sherrill Nielsen: Gospel singer Sherrill Nielsen recently passed away after a courageous battle with lung cancer on Friday, December 10th, at the age of 68.
For those who may not know, Nielsen was an established anchor in the gospel music world, having been a member of Jake Hess & The Imperials, Hovie Lister & The Statesmen, and The Singing Speer Family. 
Sherrill Nielsen sang back-up vocals for Elvis beginning in 1973 and Elvis’ record producer, Felton Jarvis, is on record as saying that Elvis considered Nielsen his favourite singer.
As a member of Voice, Nielsen remained with Elvis until the end and became a close friend. In concert Elvis would often ask Sherrill to take the spotlight and perform "Walk With Me," "Help Me," "Unchained Melody" and "Spanish Eyes."
Interview by EIN Contributor Jeremy Roberts.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Year: 2010
Jamie Aaron Kelley - EIN Interview: Jamie Aaron Kelley is not only a performer in his own right, but also an Elvis enthusiast, Elvis collector and Elvis World Record Holder! In Memphis his Elvis Week concerts were reviewed as one of the best shows in town – and with not a white-jumpsuit in sight! Jamie Aaron Kelley has released 5 CDs, some recorded with Elvis own musicians and also with The Dempseys at the celebrated Sun Studios. He is also the first and only person to have memorised all 790 songs that Elvis released in his lifetime and proved it in front of a live audience at Graceland in Memphis in 1999. Graceland has not only used JAK to provide ‘the voice of Elvis’ but they have also called JAK their Ambassador to the next generation of Elvis fans.
Having seen Jamie Aaron Kelley perform a stunning concert at Elvis Week 2010, EIN recently interviewed him to find out what it was all about...
Go here to see if JAK approves of ETAs, what it was like recording with Elvis’ musicians and lots more.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'The Complete Masters' and more: Recently radio personality Mike Ragogna from KRUU-FM got a chance to interview Ernst Jorgensen in length about the new 'Elvis Presley Complete Studio Masters' box-set. Ernst provides some interesting answers as well as his own view on Elvis' musical legacy.

"Elvis lives in the minds of those musicians who took over from him. You get people like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and U2 --everybody somehow relates to those early Elvis recordings, and they meant something in their personal lives, and subsequently, he became an inspiration for their professional lives."

Go here for the full interview & Complete Masters images.

(News, Source;HuffingtonPost/ArjanDeelen)


D.J Fontana Interview: D.J Fontana was Elvis' drummer from 1955 to 1969. Elvis first met Fontana when he appeared at the 'Louisiana Hayride' on October 16, 1954. In fact Fontana became the first person to play drums on the 'Louisiana Hayride' doing so behind a curtain since percussion accompaniment to "real" Country Music was still frowned upon. After joining Elvis' band Fontana played drums on around fifty Elvis recording sessions between 1956 and 1968. After 1969 Fontana became a session musician in Nashville. Fontana also appeared in several Elvis movies such as Loving You and Jailhouse Rock.
 
Earlier this year D.J. Fontana was still on the road performing in Crowley, Louisiana where he talked about his time with The King.
And in 1998 DJ Fontana was interviewed by EIN contributor Arjan Deelen.
 
 
(Interview, Source;EIN/ArjanDeelen)

Red West Interview: Red West was one of Elvis' closest friends. He first met Elvis in High School and went on to work for Elvis as a bodyguard until 1976. Elvis and Red West became close friends when Red volunteered to help drive Elvis, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and DJ Fontana around the southern US states for their early tours of 1955-1956.  Red West is also a talented composer and actor who still appears in award-winning movies. 

In 1999 Red West was the main guest at the Elvis English Fan Club Convention where he opened up to fans like never before, revealing his true love for Elvis. It is certainly one of the longest and the best interviews with Red West - and at times devastatingly honest.

EIN now presents this fascinating interview for Elvis Week 2010.

(Interviews; Source;OEPFC)

Linda Thompson - Interview Special: Linda Thompson was romantically involved with Elvis in the 1970s and, except for Priscilla, was probably the most import partner that Elvis ever had. She lived with Elvis at Graceland for four and a half years, from 1972 to 1976. When Elvis was admitted to Baptist Memorial Hospital for eighteen days in November 1973, Thompson stayed with him in the same room. The hospital bent its rules and supplied her with a cot.
Elvis' close friends have always stated that without Linda Thompson by his side an earlier death was a clear possibility.
As part of Elvis Week 2010, EIN presents an interview special with Linda Thompson - combining Alanna Nash's 2007 interview along with the longest interview Linda Thompson has ever done for CNN in 2002.
(Interview, Source/ElvisInfoNet/AlannaNash)

Elvis in 1969 - Ann Moses & Ray Connolly Interviews: As an Elvis Week treat author Ken Sharp has provided EIN with these two fascinating interviews with Hollywood correspondent Ann Moses plus UK journalist Ray Connolly. When Elvis launched his return to live performance at Las Vegas' International Hotel in the summer of 1969 it was incredible to be part of that of that historic milestone in Elvis' career. 

(Right: Ann Moses and Elvis)

(Interviews: Source:ElvisInfoNet/Ken Sharp)


Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'On Stage' and Elvis' Legacy in 2010: Back in March 2010 the pop culture website Popdose published yet another fascinating in-depth interview with the Ernst Jorgensen the keeper of Elvis' musical legacy.
In the interview Ernst discusses the importance of changing people’s general perception of declining "Elvis In Vegas" as well as the influence of Colonel Parker, the new Cirque Du Soleil show and future soundtrack record, the pressure of Elvis playing Vegas, and 'Yoga Is as Yoga Does'!

Click here to this fascinating interview by Popdose's Jon Cummings.


(Interviews, Source;Popdose)


Paul Lichter talks exclusively to EIN: Noted publisher of numerous deluxe, limited edition coffee table books on Elvis, Paul Lichter, opens up to EIN about his involvement with Joe Tunzi on the Viva Las Vegas! release and also Paul's own release, Paul Lichter Presents Elvis in Vegas.

In addition, Paul discusses his amazing Elvis collection; his Internet/mail order organisation, Elvis Unique; controversy surrounding the release of both the Forever Young Forever Beautiful album and Paul's Eddie Fadal audio material; and his friendship with Colonel Parker, including one particularly amusing and business savvy proposal.

Paul also announces the upcoming opportunity for 5 lucky EIN readers to win a numbered copy (001 to 005) of his Viva Las Vegas! release with Joe Tunzi! (Interview, Source: EIN, May 2010)


"Dr. Nick" talks to EIN: Dr. George Nichopoulos was Elvis' personal physician for many years. In the Elvis story it appears that "Dr. Nick", along with Priscilla Presley, are figures either loved or hated by fans. There does not appear to be any in-between.

With the long awaited release of his memoir, The King and Dr. Nick What Really Happened To Elvis and Me, Dr. Nick took time out to speak to EIN's Nigel Patterson about his life, Elvis, and how Elvis' death has impacted his life.

In a fascinating and revealing interview, Dr. Nick talks about many issues of interest to fans, from the powerful themes of trust and betrayal to Elvis' death, (including the issues of polypharmacy and bone cancer), Elvis' major medical conditions, the "other" doctors Elvis used, being Jerry Lee Lewis' road manager!, and Elvis' autopsy.

Dr. Nick clarifies what Elvis' major life threatening condition was and the role of the media in how he has been perceived by many fans since Elvis' death. He also corrects a number of widely believed misconceptions in the Elvis story and cogently provides a much needed different perspective on events. (Feb 2010)

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Ian Fraser-Thomson 1969 fan Interview: Ian Fraser-Thomson was the only fan to witness Elvis' astounding July 1969 rehearsal, Las Vegas Opening Night and the Press Conference afterwards. As we all know July 31, 1969 marked a historic milestone in Elvis' career. Bolstered by the runaway success of the '68 Comeback show and energised by productive recording sessions at American Sound Studios, Elvis launched his return to live performance at Las Vegas's International Hotel in the summer of 1969.  

In this insightful interview Ian Fraser-Thomson gives an incredible insiders viewpoint on what it was like to actually be there while Elvis went through the most important on-stage resurrection of his career.

Do not miss this great interview and rare Elvis 1969 photos.

(Interview, Source;EIN)

Alanna Nash talks to EIN: In the final part of her absorbing interview with EIN, author Alanna Nash talks candidly about many fascinating issues including:
  • the controversy about her new book, Baby, Let's Play House
  • Elvis and physical force against women in his life
  • Elvis' psychological issues
  • Elvis and relationships
  • the Gladys Presley letter to Parchman Prison
  • why Elvis acquiesced to the Colonel
  • Elvis' mischievous side

Read the interview

(4 Feb 2010)


Alanna Nash talks to EIN (Part 2): Today we publish the penultimate part of our absorbing interview with celebrated author, Alanna Nash. Alanna's latest book, Baby, Let's Play House Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him (read book review), is released in the US tomorrow (5 Jan 2010).

In the second part of her interview with EIN, Alanna talks about:

  • the four most important women in Elvis' life
  • the type of woman Elvis liked
  • some of the women in Elvis' life most fans have not heard of
  • Elvis' relationships with Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Petula Clark, Tanya Tucker and the late Karen Carpenter
  • Joyce Bova - did she overstate her relationship with Elvis?
  • did Elvis have a Madonna complex?
  • the claim that Elvis did not spend much time with Lisa Marie!
  • the two categories Elvis placed women into
  • the last of the 14 year old girls Elvis mentored
  • the "inner Elvis" and its importance to the Elvis story
  • Jessie Garon and Elvis
  • the day Elvis died........an important revelation!

Read Alanna's interview here

 

Year: 2009
Interview (Part 1) - Noted Elvis author, Alanna Nash, talks to EIN about her latest book, Baby, Let's Play House Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him:

In the first part of her absorbing interview with EIN, among other things Alanna talks about:

  • her family life
  • how she became a writer
  • the importance of both Gladys Presley and Jesse Garon Presley in Elvis' life
  • Elvis' early relationships with women
  • how 'complicated grief' affected Elvis
  • the 'psycho-sexual' Elvis
  • the beginning of Elvis' demise and how it affected his relationships with the opposite sex

Interview: Dan Guyll: Dan Guyll, co-author (with Richard Vaculig) of Elvis UFO Connection: Non-fiction Account of Alien Intervention talks to EIN about:

  • Elvis' interest in UFO's,
  • the background to their intriguing book
  • provides details of how readers can obtain one of the last remaining copies of this long, out-of-print, Elvis collectible.

Elvis had a major interest in the subject of unidentiofied flying objects and Guyll and Vaculig noticed something striking about one of Elvis' concert belts. What they noticed led them to explore the issue of Elvis and UFO's and finally resulted in one of the most thought provoking Elvis books ever written.

 

Read what Dan Guyll has to say

and learn more about one of Elvis' largely ignored interests and the intriguing idea of Elvis and alien abductions! (Oct 26, 2009)


Ron Brandon - Elvis In Tupelo Interview: Ron Brandon was the 17 year-old radio engineer for Tupelo's WTUP station who actually recorded the interviews and Elvis' famous performance.
After reading an EIN review, radio personality Ron Brandon contacted us asking is we knew the whereabouts of Charlie Watts who conducted the Elvis interviews at Tupelo Fair in 1956. Thanks to EIN contributor Pamela Decker we managed to reunite him with his friend Charlie Watts after 53 years!

EIN's Piers Beagley recently spoke to Ron Brandon to find out more of the incredible story of how this historic Elvis performance happened to be recorded for posterity.

Go here to our detailed interview

(Interviews, Source:EIN)


Ernst Jørgensen talks with EIN about 'From Elvis In Memphis': Recently EIN ran a 7,000 word review on the 'From Elvis In Memphis' 2009 Sony Legacy release. At last Elvis' powerful, creative musical statement had been given the respect that it was due. This is the Elvis album that should stand on hallowed ground along with the all-time classics of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd etc..

Ernst Jorgensen was the producer of this special release and EIN's Piers Beagley was keen to ask a few questions about the finer details. Ernst also discusses the importance of the Mono versions, as well as the possibility of future Elvis Legacy projects.

Have YOU listened to the mono tracks in your car?!

Go here to this fascinating interview with Ernst Jørgensen

(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Freddy Bienstock EIN interview: Freddy Bienstock, a prominent music publishing executive who had a long association with Elvis Presley as his designated song screener, died on September 20th 2009 at his home in Manhattan. He was 86.
Bienstock’s job was to not only find Elvis high quality material but also to maximize income for his employer - and songwriters were often pressured to forfeit a large portion of their royalties to Hill & Range, - “the Elvis tax”.

Far too many of Elvis' associates are leaving this mortal coil and author Ken Sharp was very lucky that he managed to interview Freddie Bienstock back in 2006 for his FTD book 'Writing For The King'.

In this fascinating interview with ken Sharp, Freddy Bienstock admits that "I felt very unhappy with all of the crap songs" and that there were times that Elvis would get annoyed with him.
(Interviews; EIN/Ken Sharp)

'Hound Dog' new Leiber & Stoller autobiography: 'Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography' by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller with David Ritz has been announced for a June 9 release.
The publicity notes, "In 1950 a couple of rhythm and blues-loving teenagers named Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met for the first time. In 1956 "Hound Dog" would become a #1 record for Elvis Presley, and Jerry and Mike became the King's favorite songwriters. They wrote such early Elvis hits as "Jailhouse Rock," "Treat Me Nice," and "You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)." Their affection for Elvis was mutual, but Elvis's manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker, didn't appreciate Jerry and Mike's independent ways and ended the relationship."
Hardcover: 336 pages, Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 9, 2009). ISBN-13: 978-1416559382.
In a recent press interview they talked about their times writing in the fifties and working with Elvis.
Mike Stoller: I always thought of it as R&B, but when people told us it was rock'n'roll I took their word for it. But rock'n'roll  -for a lot of people it was everything they loved and for other people it was everything they hated.
Jerry Leiber: We were really committed to black music, not rock'n'roll. We thought rock'n'roll was really silly, to be frank with you and concocted by Alan Freed and Jerry Wexler and a couple of other ne'er-do-wells in the music business that were trying to rustle up publicity and excitement about a form, and the form was essentially white."
Go here for the interview highlights.
(News, Source;EIN)

Jimmy Velvet talks about his book & his life "Inside The Dream": Fans will know Jimmy Velvet as a friend of Elvis’ as well as the creator of the Elvis Presley Museum and owner of one of the world's biggest collectors of rock’n’roll memorabilia. Jimmy Velvet was also a successful recording artist and personally knew almost all the major stars that you can imagine - and was also luckily an enthusiastic photographer who always had his camera with him. He toured with Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard – and ELVIS - just to name a few! Being a contemporary of these mega-stars he managed to capture thousands of candid photographs in a way that a press photographer couldn’t. The photographic memoirs of Jimmy Velvet’s amazing life ‘Inside The Dream’ was released in 2007. EIN’s Piers Beagley recently caught up with him to chat about his amazing journey and how he managed to take so many fabulous candid photos.
As a Special Bonus EIN can get you 30% off the price of the bookRead this fascinating Interview to find out how.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis photographer Richard Weede EIN Interview: On October 28th 1956 Elvis appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the second time. This was the first time that Elvis had been at the New York CBS studio since Elvis' previous Ed Sullivan appearance had been linked in live from a studio in Los Angeles.
Richard Weede, an aspiring photographer, was also in the CBS Studio that day and captured some fabulous candid images of Elvis at the Ed Sullivan rehearsals. His father was the famous opera star Robert Weede, so Rock'n'Roll was certainly not a staple at his home!
It was only recently that an envelope of these lost photographs was discovered - images that beautifully capture a classic moment in Rock'n'Roll history. EIN's Piers Beagley recently interviewed Richard Weede about his iconic 1956 Rock'n'Roll images.

Go here for the exclusive interview and 1956 photographs.

(Interviews, Source;EIN)


'Elvis: Vegas '69', Ken Sharp EIN interview: 'Elvis: Vegas '69', will be the essential Elvis book purchase of 2009. The new 200-page book commemorates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’s historic return to live performance. Written by Ken Sharp author of the critically acclaimed ' Writing For The King' the book tells the remarkable story of Elvis's return to the concert stage told through first-hand accounts by those lucky enough to be on hand to witness Elvis' miraculous artistic and creative rebirth. EIN recently interviewed Ken Sharp to find out more about the book, what to expect, who were his contributors - and whether he has met Lisa Marie! (Yes he has!).

Click here to this interview and fabulous Elvis in 1969. . .. (Book Reviews, Source;EIN)


Eliza Presley speaks EXCLUSIVELY to EIN!: Is Eliza Presley Elvis' half sister?

Independently tested DNA evidence apparently suggests Eliza is Vernon Presley's biological daughter and therefore half-sister to Elvis!

In Part 1 of her exclusive interview with EIN, Eliza speaks about:

  • her early life
  • how she came to suspect she was related to Elvis
  • contact with "Jesse Presley"
  • the next step in her legal case to prove her claim
  • that controversial DNA evidence! (Source: EIN, June 2009)

Melissa Quigg talks to EIN: Many long time fans fondly remember the movie, Touched By Love.

Based on the book, To, Elvis, With Love, by Lena Canada, it tells the bittersweet story of a special relationship between a terminally ill young girl, Karen, her compassionate nurse, Lena Canada, and Karen's inspiring pen-pal friendship with Elvis.

In a candid interview, one of the young co-stars of Touched By Love, Melissa Quigg, tells EIN what it was like on the set of the movie, the funny moments, the stars of the film, why the film did not achieve widespread recognition on its release, and life after the final 'cut' of filming.

This is a special interview about a special movie and several special people! We hope you enjoy it. (Source EIN, March 2009)

Read Melissa's interview with EIN

 


Duke Bardwell Interview: Elvis' bass player Duke Bardwell worked both on stage and in the studio with The King in the mid-70s, playing bass on 181 concerts. Yet he’s always avoided media exposure about his association with Elvis, so in anticipation of the upcoming Elvis tribute tour in May ’09 Arjan Deelen talked to him about that association. Duke experienced some great highs with Presley, including Elvis’ first concerts in Memphis in 13 years, the two amazing Houston Astrodome shows in front of 88,000 people, the dynamite shows at the L.A. Forum.. but there were also the lows. During the period that Duke worked with Elvis, the latters problems with prescription medication were really beginning to take hold. Duke was there that infamous night in Las Vegas, when Presley told a stunned audience that he was sick of the rumours flying around about him, and that if he would find those responsible.

Duke acknowledges that it was generally a difficult period, but nevertheless he still talks about Elvis with a great deal of affection, as this interview shows. “It was the most magnificent thing musically that ever happened to me…” - Duke Bardwell. Click here to the interview. (Interviews, Source;ArjanDeelen) March 2009


Sandi Miller Interview: An exclusive interview with Elvis' good friend Sandi Miller with thanks to Elvis Collectors Brasil. Sandi was a fan of Elvis just like every one of us, but over the years she became a personal friend of his, a privilege that very, very few fans can say they had. Sandi not only became Elvis' friend but was also a guest at his various homes and was present at some important moments in his career. She also took some of the most beloved candid pictures we have of him. Many of his pictures appeared in the great Behind The Image book, together with her fascinating stories of Elvis, that could be relived as it just happened yesterday, thanks to the entries on her journals. In this conversation Sandi shared some more stories about her times with Elvis Presley. We hope you enjoy read it as much as we did.

Go here to this fascinating interview.

Go here to EIN review of 'Behind The Image'..... ...(Interviews, Source;ElvisBrazil)


Rex Martin....the final part: In the final part of a riveting interview, Rex talks about, among other things:
  • the impact of seeing Elvis live on stage
  • some of Elvis' "live" song highlights
  • Elvis in Vegas vs. Elvis on the road
  • how Rex looks back on publishing the Weekly and spending so much time following Elvis in Vegas and on the road
  • the logistics of doing a trans global interview!!!!!
Rex's vivid narrative of life and technology in the 60s and early 70s paints a wonderful panoramic of the landscape in which his weekly Elvis news publication crystallised and grew. It is a slice of what was an often frenetic, challenging and very rewarding part of the Elvis story. (Source: EIN, 17 Feb 2009)

Adrian Payne - author of "The Australian Elvis Discography & Price Guide" talks to EIN:

There have been few Elvis related books published "downunder", but arguably the 'cream of that crop' is Adrian Payne's wonderfully illustrated and informative The Australian Elvis Discography & Price Guide.

In this interview Adrian opens up to EIN about the story behind the book and offers the remaining copies of the limited edition release to interested fans at a special, discounted price. (Source: EIN, 26 Jan 2009)


Rex Martin talks to EIN - the penultimate part!!:

Today, EIN presents the 3rd part of our riveting interview with Rex Martin, publisher of the legendary publication, the Worldwide Elvis News Service Weekly.

Rex's blow-by-blow account of the Elvis world in the 1960s and 1970s is a fascinating time capsule bringing to life an exciting era fondly remembered by many fans. Relive the excitement as Rex reminisces about being in the center of things "Elvis"!

In Part 3 of his interview, Rex talks about:
  • finally meeting Elvis!
  • the hidden microphone
  • Red & Sonny's double somersault
  • why Rex threw his clothes away
  • the "awkward" February 1973 Las Vegas season
  • the riot on stage in Vegas
  • the fan who got kicked in the eye during that fight
  • getting banned from Vegas
  • the logistics of following an Elvis tour
  • having to buy a ticket from a scalper
  • wild times in Cleveland
  • how a car battery helped Rex film Elvis on tour
  • the final years!!!!

Read Part 3 of Rex's interview

 
Year: 2008

Rex Martin (Worldwide Elvis News Service Weekly) talks exclusively to EIN: EIN recently had the pleasure of spending several hours talking to Rex Martin publisher of the legendary publication, the Worldwide Elvis News Service Weekly.

The result is a fascinating multi-part interview beginning today.

In Part 1 Rex speaks about his early years, becoming an Elvis fan, why he started the fondly remembered weekly, his trips to the US and what he has been doing since he ceased publishing the Weekly in 1978.

For those not familar with Rex's publications, the "Weekly" revolutionised how fans right around the world received their Elvis news while his Elvis booklets (see opposite) offered well researched and rare material for readers to enjoy.

EIN invites you to take a trip down memory lane and witness a very important part of Elvis world history.... (Source: EIN, Dec 2008)


Strictly Elvis' Rocky Barra talks to EIN: The name Rocky Barra is one synonymous with the Elvis world in the 1970s. As the publisher of the monthly magazine, Strictly Elvis, Rocky became an iconic figure in the history of Elvis publishing.

So what has Rocky been up to do since he stopped publishing Strictly Elvis?

Rocky recently took time out to talk to EIN about the heady days of Strictly Elvis, why he decided to end its publication, the nearly 70 Elvis concerts he attended, his vast photo archives, how his relationship with Colonel Parker's office changed, and a lot more. (Source: EIN, Sep 2008)

Read Rocky's fascinating interview


Marty Lacker answers your questions: EIN's last interview with Memphis Mafia member, Marty Lacker, was in 2005, so we thought it long overdue to catch up with him again.

This time, apart from introductory and closing questions from EIN, we asked you, our readers, to nominate questions for Marty.

EIN thanks Marty for taking the time to answer what turned out to be a diverse and interesting set of questions. We also thank you for providing questions for Marty.

The interview that follows covers a lot of ground, including how Marty and Elvis became friends at high school to Elvis' marriage to Priscilla, the role of the Colonel, a world tour, the reality of Elvis' relationship with the Memphis Mafia and Marty's campaigning to have Chips Moman and the American Studio Band inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Source: EIN, Aug 2008)


Roy Turner, Elvis historian, talks about Elvis In Tupelo: Roy Turner is an Elvis Historian who is well-known in the Elvis world for his amazing research into this all-important period of Elvis' past. He was the major source of research behind Elaine Dundy's book 'Elvis and Gladys', has been involved in multiple Elvis projects and was the author of the recent MRS book 'Tupelo's Own; Elvis Presley'. Roy has intimate information about Elvis' early days and became good friends with Brother Frank Smith and Elvis' Aunt Lillian. In 2006 Roy Turner & Jim Palmer produced a documentary about Elvis' 1956 triumphant Tupelo return 'Homecoming: Tupelo Welcomes Elvis' which was premiered at the Tupelo Elvis Festival. The recently updated edit of Roy Turner's documentary is soon to be shown on nationwide TV. In this fascinating interview EIN's Piers Beagley recently talked with Roy Turner about Elvis' past and the relevance of Tupelo to his career.

(Interviews, Source;EIN)


Bill Bram, author talks to EIN: Bill Bram is the author of the recent book, Elvis: Frame By Frame.

Bill recently took time out to talk to EIN about how he researched Elvis: Frame By Frame and what he uncovered. In his intriguing interview, Bill discusses many fascinating and little known issues including:

  • that Steve McQueen was very interested in making a film with Elvis!
  • the controversial "rage reduction" scene in Change of Habit
  • do outtakes still exist from Elvis' films?
  • the recent destruction of many of Elvis' personal scripts with handwritten notations

(Interview, Source: EIN)

Read EIN's review of "Elvis: Frame By Frame"


"Elvis in Tupelo" - Roy Turner talks to EIN


Interview - Christopher Byrnes Matthews, author of The Name Code trilogy talks to EIN: Over the years EIN has published a number of very controversial interviews and articles.

However, today's interview with author/researcher, Chris Matthews, represents the most challenging discussion you have ever read on EIN!

Chris Matthews' research is explosive, with the potential to alter not only our understanding of Elvis' role in the world, but also fundamental religious beliefs!

Why are there hidden codes in the Elvis Aaron Presley name?

Who put them there?

Jesus Christ is an imposter!

Who is the real Messiah?

These and many other highly controversial issues are discussed in the interview, an interview unlike any other we have published. (Source: EIN, 18 May 2008)


Joseph Pirzada (MRS) talks to EIN - Part 2: In July 2007 EIN published what turned out to be one of our most controversial interviews ever...with Joseph Pirzada, the man behind the Memphis Recording Service (MRS) organisation. In the past few years MRS has released some of the best ever audio-visual and photo journal Elvis releases including MRS Volumes 1 & 2; Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley; and The Complete New York Sessions.

FINALLY...here is the concluding part to Joseph's controversial interview. (April 2008)

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In part 1 of his interview with EIN Joseph took aim at a number of Elvis world identities and really stirred things up with his comments on a number of issues. To say the response from readers was very polarised is an understatement! While many fans applauded the quality releases from MRS a number of other fans found fault with how they perceived MRS had obtained parts of its material for the releases.

In the concluding part to his interview Joseph again does not hold back, and also answers his critics from part 1 of the interview. Joseph addresses:

  • claims he has "stolen" both audio and visual material for his releases
  • the issue of "public domain" and legal advice he has received
  • his "perceived bitterness" towards a number of people in the Elvis world
  • takes aim at (and exposes) Johnny Saulovich aka Dr John Carpenter (and EIN publishes the photo of the infamous and outspoken Saulovich which has been circulating in the Elvis world for some time)
  • how he obtained the incredible Elvis live in Tupelo audio-visual footage
  • his legal team still waiting for a response from Sony BMG
  • the audio work for Sony BMG by Kevan Budd and David Bendeth
  • the audio fidelity of MRS releases
  • issues Sony BMG/FTD an audio challenge!
  • the chart success of the MRS single, My Baby Left Me
  • sales of MRS releases compared to FTD releases
  • Sony BMG's policy of endlessly rehashing and recycling Elvis material
  • the "politics" behind the book Inside Graceland and the MRS book which will overshadow that release
  • his involvement with the That's Alright Mama dance remix
  • Ernst Jorgensen's ongoing Sun project

Read the interview


Lamar Fike talks to EIN: Fasten your seat belts as we're in for a bumpy and enjoyable ride as the inimitable and humorous Lamar Fike opens up to EIN about a range of Elvis things, including:

  • Lamar's upcoming memoir, Fike: An Uncommon Journey
  • a possible film adaptation of the book
  • the Albert Goldman book - the truth about Lamar's involvement!
  • the celebrities he and Elvis met, including Natalie Wood, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones and Ann-Margret
  • the day Lamar slammed the door in Glenn Ford's face
  • the claims of private eye, Billy Miller and songwriter, Paul Terry King
  • the song Elvis wrote with Johnny Horton
  • Elvis and religion
  • what Elvis said to Lamar about Priscilla's use of the "Presley" name after they divorced
  • Elvis as a recording artist
  • Elvis as a jazz singer
  • and more stimulating and interesting topics!!

 

Read Lamar's highly entertaining interview

 


Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield Interview: Rex Mansfield was inducted into the Army on the same day as Elvis Presley in March 1958. He went with him through basic training with him in Texas, and travelled with Elvis to Germany & Paris and became close friends for the next 18 months. Elisabeth Stefaniak was a young German girl in 1958, and was hired to answer Presley's fan mail. Elisabeth became romantically involved with Elvis, but was torn between her love for the King, and an ordinary solider named Rex Mansfield. In 2002 they published the fascinating book "Sergeant Presley: Our Untold Story of Elvis' Missing Years". At the time EIN's Piers Beagley was lucky to share some special time with this delightful couple. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary commemorative edition of their book - see below - EIN publishes this lost interview: (Photo right: Elvis, Charlie Hodge & Rex Mansfield)

(Interviews, Source;EIN)  


The Dangerous World of Elvis Bootlegging; Vic Colonna reveals all! For the true fan the Elvis world goes way beyond the endless RCA ‘Greatest Hit’ compiles. The real Elvis musical excitement has always been found in the underworld of bootlegs of officially unreleased material. Of course it is the popularity of Elvis Bootlegs that paved the way for Ernst & Roger to create the ‘FTD’ Fan Club label. In the mists of time these bootlegs were of course vinyl albums with stunning classics as the ‘Behind Closed Doors’, ‘The ’68 Comeback’, ‘From The Waist Up’ etc all featuring unreleased classic Elvis recordings that eventually RCA would issue. Vic Colonna is one of the great names from this mysterious world that many fans will recall. EIN was delighted to discover that Vic Colonna is not only alive and well - but is also writing a book about the exciting world of Elvis bootlegs, and we were more than happy to ask the great man some questions. Go here for his revelations and photos. (Interviews, Source;EIN)


Jerry Schilling Interview: Ken Sharp recently interviewed one of Elvis' closest insiders Jerry Schilling for the US Goldmine magazine. Jerry Schilling and Elvis forged a close friendship that lasted from the mid 1950s all the way to Elvis' death in 1977. Jerry Schilling was a trusted friend and confidante who enjoyed an eyewitness take on life inside the gates of Graceland. He was also Lisa Marie's first manager and he still has strong bonds with EPE and Priscilla. His recent book 'Me And A Guy Named Elvis' however was one of the best releases of last year and his honesty was quite delightful. In this long and fascinating interview with EIN contributor Ken Sharp, Jerry reveals some great stories of his life with Elvis.

(Interviews, Source: Ken Sharp, Jan 2008)  


Michael Hoey talks to EIN: In an absorbing interview, Hollywood producer and director, Michael Hoey (shown opposite with Elvis and Michele Carey), talks to EIN about:

  • working with Elvis on six films
  • the Golden Age of Hollywood - its power brokers and celebrities, from Walt Disney and Jack Warner to Charlton Heston and Bob Hope
  • early Las Vegas
  • the state of film & television today
  • his book, Elvis, Sherlock & Me
  • and a lot more

Having grown up and worked in Hollywood, Michael offers fascinating insights into and often humorous stories about not only Elvis, but many other colorful characters. This is an interview which will both delight and amuse you! (Source: EIN, March 2008)


Mark Bego, co-author of Fike: An Uncommon Journey talks to EIN: The name Mark Bego may not be an instantly recognisable name in the Elvis world but it soon will be. With more than 10 million books in print across 50 titles, Mark Bego is an authority on many major music and acting stars, designs jewellry, and has his own coffee line!

The co-author of Lamar Fike's upcoming memoir recently sat down to discuss Fike: An Uncommon Journey and the cream of the entertainment world.

In a fascinating interview Mark discusses what we can expect in Lamar's memoir, opens up about his own amazing life in Hollywood, and provides his informed views on celebrities ranging from Rock Hudson, Three Dog Night and Bette Midler to Patsy Cline, The Monkees, Aretha Franklin and Leonardo DiCaprio. Be it the incredible talent of Madonna and Cher or the sad self destruction of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, you will be captured by Mark's insights about the stars. (Source: EIN, 18 Jan 2008)

Read the interview

 


Tiffany Slack Smith, Parkes Elvis Festival Coordinator, talks to EIN: This week the 16th Parkes Elvis Festival will be held in NSW, Australia.  From its humble beginnings in the early 1990s attracting only a few hundred people it has grown into one of Australia ’s largest and most popular annual events.  In 2007 more than 7,000 visitors nearly doubled the population of country town Parkes, and an even geater number are expected in 2008.

EIN recently spoke with the Festival Coordinator, Tiffany Slack- Smith, about this year’s huge event which will held from 8 to 13 January 2007. Tiffany discusses all the major events including the first ever global ETA podcast; cessation of Government funding, accommodation issues, and more. (Source: EIN, 6 Jan 2008)

 
Year: 2007

Lorina Bolig, Elvis genealogist talks to EIN: Lorina Bolig is a professional genealogist, child advocate, relative of Elvis' and author of several books.

Her latest book is Ancestors of "Elvis Aaron Presley" 50 Generations The Unofficial Genealogy, the result of more than 13 years research and writing.

In a fascinating interview with EIN, Lorina discusses:

  • Elvis' ancestry which includes royal ancestry!;
  • presidential relations;
  • settles the Elvis is German vs. Elvis is Scottish debate;
  • spelling variations of the Presley name over time;
  • tells us what she discovered about the claimed relationship link between Elvis and Oprah;
  • how to research your own ancestry;
  • her upcoming Marilyn Monroe genealogy book; and
  • many more interesting issues.

Alan Hanson talks to EIN: Elvis' tours in 1957 were his last before entering the Army. Alan Hanson, author of Elvis '57: The Final Fifties Tours recently sat down to talk with EIN about this incredible year in the Elvis story.

In his stimulating and highly informative interview, Alan discusses what is in his critically acclaimed book, the height of Presleymania and the controversy around it, the Nudie Gold Suit designed for Elvis, why the Montreal concert was cancelled, the little known concert Elvis did essentially for military personnel and a lot more about Elvis on tour in 1957. (Dec 2007)

 


Joanne Kelly talks to EIN: This photograph will bring back a lot of memories for many long time fans. In 1956-57 Elvis helped promote polio vaccinations for the March of Dimes (MOD). He was photographed with the organisation's poster girl, Joanne Wilson, and also having his polio vaccination.

Subsequently, Elvis' "Love Me Tender" and an interview were featured on the 1957 LP, Remember Me! March of Dimes 1957 Galaxy of Stars. The LP is now a rare collector's item.

But whatever happened to the little girl who was lucky enough to meet and kiss Elvis?

Well EIN has tracked her down and we recently had the pleasure of talking to Joanne Wilson (married name Kelly) in a very entertaining and informative interview. Joanne opens up about her exciting time as the MOD poster girl meeting not only Elvis, but many other big name celebrities and tells us what she is doing in 2007. (Nov 2007)

 


'She Is The King' interview with EIN: 'She Is The King' is the only woman ever to be selected by EPE to compete in the first ever worldwide sponsored Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition. There is no doubt that since her performance at Elvis Week this year she is also rapidly building a cult-following not only in Australia but also in the US. EIN had the opportunity to catch up with her recently, listen to some songs from her new album, as well as ask her some challenging questions such as, 'Shouldn't fat ETAs in bad jumpsuits be banned?!' Her answers were illuminating, and her new album tracks sound very fine indeed. Go here for the interview and more photos. (Source; EIN, Oct 2007)

Sonny West opens up to EIN (Part 2): Our apologies for the delay in presenting the second part of our interview with Sonny West. But here it is!

In part 2 of his long interview with EIN, Sonny talks about:

  • Elvis and politics
  • Elvis and bipolar disorder
  • the Memphis Mafia
  • sums up those in Elvis' inner circle
  • the real reason why the Colonel worked Elvis so hard
  • Elvis' death
  • Elvis post 16 August 1977 - the conspiracy theories and claims by Dee Presley
  • Sonny's new DVD and website

Lisa Marie Presley Interview: She's the daughter of music's biggest icon, a singer-songwriter in her own right, a mother of two and the head of one of the world's biggest tourist attractions. Lisa Marie Presley is also very outspoken. On the week of the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, which she commemorated by filming a duet of 'In the Ghetto', she shared with Spinner her candid opinions on the commercialization of his music, her distaste for young Hollywood and why she doesn't need fans to remind her how wonderful her dad was. With the new single entering the charts and her upset about the 'Viagra' TV campaign (see below) it is fascinating to hear Lisa's recent views. (Interview, Source: Spinner.com)

Priscilla Presley interview - on CNN: On August 15th as fans assembled for the Candlelight Service, Larry King interviewed Priscilla in the living Room of Graceland. She answered some interesting questions, even showing Larry King some of her personal mementos that belonged to Elvis. Priscilla also talked about meeting Elvis for the first time and their divorce - "We didn't get divorced because I didn't love him." If you missed the programme, now is your chance to examine the interview via EIN's specially edited transcript. EIN also features special photos and the link to the CNN videocast.

(News, Source;EIN/CNN)


Sonny West talks to EIN: Sonny West needs no introduction to Elvis fans. As one of the members of the iconic Memphis Mafia, Sonny was a close friend to Elvis over many years. Accordingly, Sonny has many great stories to share with fans and many rare insights to offer about the real Elvis Presley, not to mention Sonny's own very interesting life since Elvis' death in 1977.

In part 1 of a long interview with EIN, Sonny talks about:

  • his new book, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business
  • where fans can meet him during Elvis Week 2007
  • the Sonny West story
  • why he Red, and Dave Hebler wrote Elvis: What Happened?
  • Priscilla and Ann-Margret
  • recounts experiences of life around Elvis
  • did Elvis have a self-destructive personality?
  • the film offer by Barbra Streisand
  • his last contact with Elvis
  • Elvis and those racism rumors (Source: EIN, 8 Aug 2007)

Wanda June Hill talks to EIN: Wanda June Hill, author of We Remember, Elvis recently took time out to speak with EIN correspondent, Susan MacDougall.

In a frank interview, Wanda discusses how her friendship with Elvis came about, issues with the Memphis Mafia, her books, and Elvis' death. (Source: EIN, July 2007)


Joseph Pirzada opens up to EIN: On the 53rd anniversary of the first radio broadcast of That's All Right, Mama, Joseph Pirzada, the man behind the MRS volumes and the exciting new release, "Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley", talks candidly to EIN about what was involved in producing his sets and the politics of the Elvis world.

Thought provoking, strong, and challenging, this is an interview sure to cause controversy! (Source: EIN, 7 July 2007)

Read Part 1


Jeanne LeMay Dumas talks to EIN: Jeanne LeMay Dumas, Linda Thompson's best friend and author of the book, "Elvis, Linda and Me", talks to EIN about her new book and times with Elvis and Linda.

From the fun times to Elvis' mood swings, Jeanne offers many insights about life around The King. (Source: EIN, 6 July 2007)


Larry Geller new interview with EIN: From 1964 until the very final days Larry Geller was a close friend to Elvis. Perhaps Elvis might have lived longer had he paid more attention to Geller's healthy life-style and managed to shake off the excessive demands of Colonel Parker. With the 30th Anniversary fast approaching Larry was kind enough to answer a lot of questions that fans have raised with EIN and to also tell us something about his new book. Larry has multiple projects happening at this very moment, so EIN extends its sincere thanks to him for sparing us the time for this interview. (Source: EIN, June 2007)


EIN's Nigel Patterson talks Elvis to "Dark Party"


"The Elvis Underground" - Paul Monroe talks to EIN: Paul Monroe (pictured opposite) will be a familiar name to those fans who have visited the Elvis underground. Paul was one of the key drivers of several underground messageboards and is now working on a book about his experiences.

In this fascinating interview Paul addresses many topics including: Did Elvis die in August 1977?.......Lisa Johannsen arrested......transcript exposing Belkis Cuza-Male......who wrote the Tupelo-Memphis Murders?......Elvis Presley Jr. (Source: EIN, April 2007)


Elvis-A-Rama - What Happened?: In a fascinating, but disturbing, interview, James Warner raises serious questions about the now defunct Elvis-A-Rama contest: Don't Be Cruel: Search For The World's Best Elvis Impersonator.

With impressive prizes (which appear not to have been awarded) and names behind the scenes including Jimmy Velvet, Paul Terry King and Chris Davidson, this was a TV show which never aired, leaving contestants financially out of pocket and not knowing what was happening.

James Warner's experience is a strong warning about how innocent people can be ripped off by promoters, who at the end of the day, are interested only in their own bank account. (Source: EIN, April 2007)


Patrick Lacy talks to EIN: In a fascinating interview, Patrick Lacy tells EIN how he went about researching his book, Elvis Decoded, why he had to leave out various pieces of information, and addresses a wide range of controversial issues including (the):
  • Elvis is alive theory
  • alleged uncashed $1m insurance policy
  • Bill Beeny DNA evidence
  • Dr Donald Hinton
  • Sari Johansen (the other Lisa Marie Presley)
  • Billy Miller
  • Forest Hill Cemetery break-in
  • Lucy de Barbin's alleged love affair with Elvis
  • Dick Grob's "The Elvis Conspiracy"
  • Paul Terry King
Anyone serious about properly understanding the many controversial theories, myths and misinformation in the Elvis world needs to consider the more than ten yeasrs of research Patrick undertook in writing Elvis Decoded. Join EIN as Patrick takes us on a fascinating journey behind the facade of an unusual, but potent, part of the Elvis World mosaic. (Conspiracy, Source: EIN, March 2007)

El Gamble - The Comeback Interview: Last year Australia's legendary Elvis tribute artist returned to the Elvis scene after an absence of nearly 30 years. The man who sold out nearly 300 shows straight in the late 1970s with his phenomenally popular Elvis tribute was back.

On the eve of his return to live performing the man with the "Elvis voice" sat down with EIN to talk about his incredible career, what he has been doing for the past 30 years, and how after such a long break from the Elvis scene, and now afflicted with a rare motor neurone disease, he was confronting his self doubts in the hardest of all places, Parkes...recognised as Australia's "Elvis town".

What resulted was a heartfelt, at times very funny, and always entertaining look back at an incredible professional life. From his early days when he was fired by Johnny O'Keefe, through his alcohol infused rock 'n' roll years, his incredible 13 months run of sold-out "Elvis" shows, and working with stars such as Kylie Minogue, Digger Revell, Johnny Devlin, Kamahl, John Farnham and (almost) Tom Jones, there are many amazing stories to relish. The drugs, the alcohol, the groupies, the laughter, the tears...it is all captured in an interview you will not easily forget! (Source: EIN, March 2007)


Secret love affair with Elvis revealed - Minanda talks to EIN: Did Elvis have a secret love affair with a young girl before he died?

The story is one which will confront many fans. Some will believe Minanda's claims, others will not.

Minanda recently took time out to talk about her love affair with Elvis and her book, IN THE NAME OF LOVE.

(Source: EIN, March 2007)


Interview with Mac Davis - writer of 'In The Ghetto' & 'A Little Less Conversation': Mac Davis was one of Elvis Presley’s most-important songwriters. He wrote several million-sellers for Elvis including the politically significant number one ‘In The Ghetto’, 'Don't Cry Daddy', as well as the song that restarted Elvis’ new renaissance, ‘A Little Less Conversation.’ Ken Sharp author of ‘Writing For The King’ spent a while talking with Mac Davis who revealed not only his inspiration for writing these incredible songs but also the delight he had in spending time with Elvis. He also talked about his relationship with The Colonel, his surprising inspiration behind ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’, going to Elvis’ Bel Air house, how Elvis wanted to appear on Rowan & Martin’s ‘Laugh-In’ TV show, seeing Elvis in Vegas and much, much more. (Source: EIN, March 2007)

Roger Semon interview with EIN: Roger Semon, along with Ernst Jorgensen, is the co-producer of everything Elvis at SONY/BMG. It was in fact the UK Roger Semon produced 'E.P. Collection' that spearheaded the fabulous re-packaging of Elvis' musical legacy leading to the creation of the FTD label. Roger recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk with EIN about future releases, how he met Ernst Jorgensen, the future of FTD, 'Clambake', 'Tickle Me', 'Jailhouse Rock' and much much more. (Source: EIN, February 2007)


Ernst Jorgensen talks about his SUN project, the future of FTD and more - An EIN exclusive interview: Ernst Jorgensen’s long-awaited FTD SUN project is due for release in 2007. Containing hundreds of Elvis photos, many never previously published, interviews and 3 CDs it will be FTD's biggest project ever. However Elvis fans have recently have highlighted the possible clash of content between Ernst’s forthcoming FTD book and Joseph Pirzada’s ‘Memphis Recording Service’ packages released last year. Ernst kindly agreed to talk at length with EIN about how his SUN project is progressing, its contents, the future of FTD, illegal downloads, and much, much more. (Interviews, Source: EIN, February 2007)

Bud Glass talks to EIN about his new project: TOP SECRET - Elvis Presley Paternity Suit is the  brand new Bud Glass project which focusses on Elvis' 1970 Paternity Suit.

Promising a 100-page, full-colour, hard-cover book containing a thrilling detective tale, EIN is intrigued as anybody.

Bud Glass was kind enough to take time off from his Christmas festivities to answer a few of our questions. (Source: EIN, Jan 2007)

 

Year: 2006
Scotty Moore interview with EIN: Scotty Moore was in the delivery room when Rock'n' Roll was born. On July 5, 1954, guitarist Scotty Moore, bass player Bill Black and a young man from Tupelo, Mississippi, by the name of Elvis Presley recorded ‘That's All Right’ - and the world was never to be the same again.’ Winfield Scott Moore III was born on December 27, 1931. To celebrate Scotty Moore's 75th Birthday EIN presents this exclusive Arjan Deelen interview. It is an interview well worth revisiting. (Interviews, Source: Arjan Deelen, EIN)

Ernst Jorgensen, The Definitive Interview- 2002: In 2002 Ernst Jorgensen was interviewed by respected Elvis writer & collector Arjan Deelen. During the long interview Ernst provided some fascinating answers about what material there maybe for future releases, commented about the Bootleggers, Elvis' drug-abuse, Joe Tunzi's and Paul Dowling's rumours, tracking down 'possible rarities'missing takes & numbering methods, early Sun material, meeting producer Felton Jarvis, seeing Elvis in concert for the only time & much, much more. It is an interview well worth revisiting.

(Interviews, Source: Arjan Deelen, EIN)


Kevan Budd interview, 'The Million Dollar Quartet' & more; The recent BMG 50th Anniversary release of the complete 'MDQ' was one of the Elvis highlights of 2006. Audio restorer and Elvis researcher Kevan Budd kindly agreed to answer EIN's questions about this new, improved, re-release - and he also revealed some details about the future 'SUN box-set'. (Interview, Source: EIN, December 2006)

Kevan Budd interview, 'The Million Dollar Quartet' & more; The recent BMG 50th Anniversary release of the complete 'MDQ' was one of the Elvis highlights of 2006. Audio restorer and Elvis researcher Kevan Budd kindly agreed to answer EIN's questions about this new, improved, re-release - and he also revealed some details about the future 'SUN box-set'. (Source: EIN, December 2006)

'Writing For The King' - EIN interviews author Ken Sharp: 'Writing For The King' is FTD's biggest project yet with over 400 pages plus 2 CDs. The book features over 100 interviews plus an amazing selection of Elvis demos (including the 'Heartbreak Hotel' original) plus 23 unreleased live Elvis songs. Ken Sharp kindly agreed to a pre-release interview with EIN to give us the low-down on what to expect in this exciting new book. ( Source: EIN, November 2006)


James Forsher interviewed about "The Love Me Tender Years Diary": Tony Stuchbury has published a very interesting audio interview with Trude Forsher's son, James, about his mother's "fly on the wall" book about her years working for Elvis and the Colonel. (Source: Tony Stuchbury, Elvis Presley Scrapbook)

 


The Memphis Horns' Wayne Jackson - the EIN in-depth interview; Wayne Jackson has played with all the greats from Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond to Elvis Presley. He knew Elvis from an early age, and not only played on some of Elvis' greatest songs including 'Suspicious Minds' but was also a friend & a visitor to Graceland - and he has some great insights into Music and Elvis. Wayne has played on over 300 Number 1 records and still is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. (Source: EIN, October 2006)


Billy Miller talks to EIN: In recent years the name Billy Miller has surfaced in Elvis circles. Billy, a private investigator, has split fans with his claims he was close to and did undercover work for and with Elvis. In a challenging interview Billy discusses how he became friends with Elvis, how he and Elvis were abused as children, their exploits undercover, the Memphis Mafia, Elvis and Priscilla, and Billy's upcoming book which he says will make many of his critics sit up and take notice. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Opposite: Billy Miller with Jimmy Velvet


Ernst Jorgensen 'Keeper of the Lastest Flame' - the Ken Sharp interview; Ken Sharp, author of the up-coming FTD book 'Writing For The King', recently interviewed Ernst Jorgensen for 'Record Collector' magazine. In this fascinating interview Ernst talks about his future 'Sun Records' project, the search for unreleased Elvis material, his take on Colonel Parker, Elvis' 60s soundtrack material, the Chips Momon session, preserving Elvis' legacy and more. Ken Sharp kindly gave EIN permission to re-publish his interview. (Interview, Source: Record Collector/Ken Sharp, September 2006)

Pamela Keogh author of 'The Man, the Life, The Legend' talks with EIN: In this fascinating interview Pamela Keogh, author of the first EPE authorised biography of Elvis, talks about her writing & research, EPE's secret archives, her relationship with Priscilla & much, much more. EIN also asks why Elvis' final years seem glossed over & whether that was due to EPE pressure. (Source: EIN, August 2006)


World famous Elvis artist, Betty Harper, talks to EIN: The name Betty Harper has been associated with stunning sketch portraits of Elvis Presley and other celebrities for many decades.

The author of three stunning art books showcasing some of her 10,000+ Elvis portraits, and an artist hailed as the best since Norman Rockwell, has that rare ability to bring life and feeling to her sublime images of the King. Trained at the American Academy in Paris and winner of countless awards, Betty's exquisite, intimate portrtaits of Elvis are a revelation in the world of Elvis art.

In a fascinating interview with EIN, Betty talks about her life and reveals some of the secrets of how she approaches her amazing drawings. We also present a dozen of her critically acclaimed Elvis sketch portraits (Source: EIN)


Interview with 'Inside GI Blues' co-author: Megan Murphy is the co-author of the recently released 'Inside GI Blues'. With a deluxe box-set combining a 112 page book, DVD and vinyl single, EIN was excited to know more about its contents. EIN thanks Paul "PEP" for contributing this interview. (Source: PEP/EIN)

EIN checks in with Chris Lambeth the "art designer" of Elvis' CDs: Back in 2005 EIN interviewed Chris Lambeth who works for Peacock Design, the company that fashions the look for all of Elvis’ FTD CD releases and more. With the recent improvement in FTD's style & design we contacted Chris for a quick 2006 update, and yes he did work on 'Clambake'! (Interview, Source: EIN)

Ernst Jorgensen talks about the 'Easter Special' FTD CD; During Easter this year, Sirius D.J. 'Doc Walker' interviewed Ernst Jorgensen, the respected keeper of Elvis’ musical legacy, about the 'Easter Special' FTD CD. In this fascinating interview Ernst revealed why he chose the particular tracks, the importance of Charlie Hodge's musical input and also his thoughts on Elvis' religious recording sessions.

John Wilkinson interview: The Brasilian site Elvis Collectors Brasil has published on their site an interview with John Wilkinson. You can access this interview directly by clicking on the following link : John Wilkinson Interview. (Source: Sergio Luiz/FECC)


EIN interviews the Australian Promoter of the 'Elvis Presley In Concert' tour: This spectacular Elvis tour returns to Australia in October and fans are already getting excited. This time it is presented by Dainty Consolidated Entertainment & includes a new set-list, as well as an Elvis memorabilia display. DCE's promoter kindly agreed to talk with EIN and answer questions like, "Why are the tickets so expensive?" (Interview, Source: EIN, June 2006)

Andreas Roth, author of "Elvis In Munich", talks to EIN:

Researcher & author, Andreas Roth, talks to EIN's Nigel Patterson about his years of research in writing "The Ultimate ELVIS IN MUNICH Book", the many discoveries he made along the way, and how he managed to secure some of the most stunning and rare Elvis photos ever published!(Source: EIN)


EIN's preview of the new FTD 'I Found My Thrill': Jean-Marc Juilland works in audio restoration & remastering for FTD. His newest creation is the July 2006 release 'I Found My Thrill', which features a very rare soundboard recording from Elvis' January-February 1974 Las Vegas season. Fans are already getting excited about this rare soundboard, and EIN was lucky enough to talk with Jean-Marc and discover some fascinating facts about this brand new release. (Interview, Source: EIN, June 2006)

Rev. Mother Dolores Hart returns to Hollywood: After 43 years in a monastery, Rev. Mother Dolres Hart, who co-starred with Elvis in Loving You and King Creole, has returned to Hollywood. In this interview, the Rev. Mother talks about a range of issues including why she left Hollywood, the illness she is now fighting, and of course, Elvis. (Source: San Jose Mercury News)

David Stanley talks to EIN: Elvis' youngest brother, David Stanley, is currently making his first motion picture, The Headhunter. Due to open later this year or early 2007, The Headhunter is David's story of growing up around Elvis. In this exclusive interview with EIN, David talks about what fans can expect in The Headhunter, its stars, and several topical issues including the sale of EPE's operational arm to Robert Sillerman, Elvis tribute artists and last year's CBS TV Elvis mini-series. (Source: EIN)

Charlie Hodge talks to EIN: In 1986 Charlie Hodge sat down over a few drinks to talk to EIN's Nigel Patterson. In this rare interview, never before published on the Internet, Charlie reminisces, recalling some very funny stories of life around Elvis, the movie years, living at Graceland, Elvis and the pills, would Elvis have married Ginger Alden, and more. (Source: EIN)

Kevan Budd, Elvis audio engineer, restorer and researcher talks with EIN: Kevan Budd is an Elvis audio restorer and researcher extraordinaire. His name first came to prominence due to his sensational audio restoration work for 'Elvis At Sun' in 2004. He has also brought us the definitive version of Elvis' first 3 LPs. Recently FTD released the extended 'Loving You' soundtrack compiled & mastered by Kevan which also included some extraordinary audio restoration work. In this interesting interview Kevan Budd answers a few questions that we have all wanted to ask! (Interview, Source: EIN. March 2006)

How many records has Elvis sold?: A recent posting on the ElvisNumberOne.com Bulletin Board referred to an alleged 'private' letter written by Ernst Jorgensen regarding the issue of sales by both Elvis and The Beatles. Intrigued by several of the alleged comments in the letter, EIN asked Ernst to comment on its contents. In this interview, Ernst addresses a number of topical issues including the letter, Elvis' sales, and BMGs "genre" releases aiming to bring Elvis to new markets. ( Source: EIN)

Billy Smith, Elvis' cousin, the EIN interview Part 2: In the second part of our EIN interview, Elvis' cousin Billy Smith talks candidly about Elvis' Girls, the Final Years, his relationship with Priscilla & EPE, 'Elvis By The Presleys' and much more. Billy Smith is still working for his living and so it is a real privilege for us that he could spare so much time for this interview. (Interview, Source: EIN. Feb 2006)

Billy Smith, Elvis' cousin, opens up to EIN (Part 1): In the first part of an fascinating two-part interview with EIN, Elvis' cousin Billy Smith talks candidly about Elvis & the family, the early years, his colleagues in the Memphis Mafia, meeting The Beatles and much more. Billy Smith is still working for his living and so it is a real privilege for us that he could spare so much time for this interview. (Interview, Source: EIN. Jan 2006)

Petula Clark talks about Elvis' final days and the night he tried to seduce both Petula and Karen Carpenter: Petula Clark says she has had offers to write a memoir about her remarkable life and career. While it's not on her agenda she recalls seeing Elvis Presley shortly before his death and talks about the night he tried to seduce both her and Karen Carpenter. (Interview, Source: Canada.com)

"Elvis Killed My Brother" (Film Review & Interview): In 1990 the short film, Elvis Killed My Brother, opened to critical acclaim in Perth, Australia. Made on a restricted budget funded by the WA Film Council, the intention was to secure funding for a full-length feature film around the same subject. Sadly, additional funding was not forthcoming and this gem of a short film was largely forgotten....until recently.

Following an article EIN published last year in which the short film was mentioned, we were contacted by the star of Elvis Killed My Brother, Peter Hardy. Peter provided us with a copy of the short film and agreed to an interview.

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Lamar Fike talks to EIN (Part 2): In the absorbing, concluding part of our interview with noted Memphis Mafia member, Lamar Fike, Lamar tells us what really happened on Sunset Boulevard during the making of the '68 Comeback Special and talks about Elvis' deterioration in the final few years of his life, cancelled shows, hijinks on stage in Vegas, and a lot more. Lamar closes our interview with a highly memorable observation about actress Nicole Kidman. (Interview, Source: EIN)

 

Year: 2005
Lamar Fike opens up to EIN: In the first part of an absorbing two-part interview with EIN, prominent Memphis Mafia member, Lamar Fike, talks candidly about Elvis, the early years, the pills, why Elvis' relationship with Ann-Margret didn't work out, marriage to Priscilla and a lot more. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Marty Lacker talks to EIN (Part 2): In the second part of our candid interview with Memphis Mafia member, Marty Lacker, Marty talks about the Memphis Mafia, the women in Elvis' life, Lisa Presley and the idea that Elvis faked his death. As usual, Marty is very open about his views and pulls no punches. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Marty Lacker opens up to EIN: In Part 1 of our two part interview with Memphis Mafia member, Marty Lacker, Marty tells us about the famous celebrities, the pills, marriage and the Memphis Mafia, the $10m concert offer for Elvis to play in front of the Pyramids in Egypt and the real reason Elvis shot out his TV set when Robert Goulet appeared on the screen. Part 2 of our fascinating talk with Marty will be published next week. (Interview, Source: EIN)
FTD's Ernst Jorgensen interviewed on Sirius Elvis radio: Ernst Jorgensen, the respected keeper of Elvis’ musical legacy, was interviewed on Sirius Elvis Radio at the weekend. He made some interesting comments, mentioning the discovery of a new 1956 concert, as well as assuring one & all that FTD still had a definitive mission statement. Here are the main points of his interview. (Interview, Source: ElvisSessions)

Ernst Jorgensen & Roger Semon discuss the FTD label back in 2002: Ernst Jorgensen & Roger Semon are the producers behind the Follow That Dream fan club label. They are the tireless & respected keepers of Elvis’ musical legacy. One of the highlights of Elvis Week 2002 was a session to discuss their FTD project. A fascinating meeting, where all kinds of points were raised and Ernst revealed some interesting inside information, including some of the material he has left and future releases. EIN’s Piers Beagley was there to ask some questions and takes notes... (Interview, Source: EIN)

Max Pellicano talks with EIN: 'Elvis To The Max' is a dynamic Elvis tribute show that has been thrilling Australian audiences for over a decade. Unlike most Elvis imitators Max Pellicano is a trained actor who manages to capture the style, vocals & magic of an Elvis performance. EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed Max Pellicano in Tweed Heads last week, to find out more about 'Elvis To The Max'. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Author of "Elvis On Stamps" talks to EIN: In this interview Ronald King talks to EIN about the fascinating world for Elvis philatelists, the involvement of one of Elvis' closest friends, Charlie Hodge, and a legal battle over the name, Elvis On Stamps. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Read EIN's review of "Elvis On Stamps"

Bernard Lansky talks to EIN: EIN's Piers Beagley chews the fat with a man instrumental in Elvis' fashion sense, the great Bernard Lansky. Bernard talks candidly about Elvis, Priscilla, Lisa Marie, the clothes he made for Elvis, Michael Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nicolas Cage and more in a fascinating interview. Parental guidance advised. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Access all areas...Polaroid memories of Elvis: This week, 49 years ago, Elvis Presley performed Hound Dog, and the new rock 'n' roll was born. Paul McNamee talks to Al Wertheimer, a photographer who was given exclusive access to The King during that first, heady flush of fame. (Spotlight/Interview, Source: Belfast News

Priscilla talks to TV Guide: With the "Elvis" mini-series and "Elvis By The Presleys" receiving solid media publicity, the US TV bible, TV Guide, talked to Priscilla about her EPE sponsored documentary. (Source: TV Guide, Elvis-Express.com, 11 May 2005)

EIN interviews Marshall Terrill co-writer of Sonny West's new book: With Elvis’ close friend Sonny West touring Australia this month, EIN talked to Marshall Terrill, the co-writer of Sonny’s new book ‘Still Taking Care of Business’. EIN asked about the recent rumours of how the manuscript is going and whether this new book will update & correct the scandal-ridden 'Elvis: What Happened'? (Interview, Source: EIN, 8 May 2005)

Lisa Marie Presley interviewed on CNN by Larry King: On 30 April, Larry King interviewed Lisa Marie Presley. In an animated discussion Lisa Marie talked about her new boyfriend, the selling of EPE, her music, Scientology, as well as Elvis’ on-going renaissance in the USA. Lisa Marie also talks about the new TV documentary including, LMP: “It's called "Presley by the Presleys," and I'm normally not involved in things like that, stayed away from it, but this is done so well that -- it's done in only his voice, my mom's & mine, my grandparents, his mother. You know, it's through all of our voices. So it's not someone else narrating. It's quite fascinating. And I learned so much about him actually watching -- because there was footage pulled that no one's ever seen. Which is interesting”. And the end of the interview to Larry King’s affectionate comment, “Continued good luck, doll”, Lisa Marie replies a humble “Thank you very much, sir.” She sure is like her Father! Click here for CNN’s full interview transcript. (Lisa Presley's World/Interview, Source: Larry King Live)

Stanley Oberst ("Rockin' Across Texas") interview: Elvis International has a very interesting interview with Stanley Oberst, author of the new FTD book Rockin' Across Texas. (Interview, Source: Elvis Charts)

From the Archives - Priscilla talks about "Elvis By The Presleys": Elvis Presley was an icon who is still loved by millions 28 years after his death. But, while many admired him, few really knew him. The woman who may have known him best was his ex-wife, Priscilla Presley. She shares her memories in a new CBS special called "Elvis by the Presleys." In the special, Priscilla and her daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, speak with candor about their lives with the legendary Elvis and offer an intimate look at their family and private life.

"It's a combination of great stories, not just mine," Priscilla Presley tells The Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler. She says Elvis' first cousin, Patsy Presley Geranen, and her own parents, Ann and Paul Beaulieu, share their memories about Elvis. "My mom is 79, my dad is 80," Priscilla Presley notes. "I felt they had so much to add, and we didn't want them to pass on and feel we let the opportunity go. We knew from the very beginning that this was going to be difficult."

The idea of doing this documentary came to Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley a while ago, but what prompted them to do it was the realization that only they could show the real Elvis, warts and all, to a whole new generation of people who were just discovering him and his music.

"Lisa and I thought about it," Priscilla Presley says, "We thought we can't do this. These are our memories. This is what we have to share. We've exposed so much as it is. But there are many kids now who are visiting Graceland who are asking questions: Why is Elvis still so popular today? And there are many, many books out there. There's about 500 or more books, so I can understand their confusion on who's telling the right story? There are so many different versions; other people are writing it from other books."

Looking back at the first time she met Elvis, Priscilla Presley says fans will get to see her parents version of it in the documentary.

She says, "This is the first time my parents have ever been interviewed on the subject. There's been a lot of books saying: My parents gave me away; my parents were promoting me; my mother was a stage mother, which was all absolutely untrue. My parents were very, very concerned for me, my welfare. But, again, this is a very different time. This is 1959, 1960, and, you know, Elvis was a very nervous, very vulnerable, very family-oriented. Family was very important to him, as we know. His mother held a very special place in his heart."'

Asked about what life was like when Lisa Marie arrived, Priscilla Presley says, "Oh, my gosh, it changed our lives. It changed his. He always had a very loving way about him. And for someone who hasn't been around children that much because he had no siblings, he was a natural father. We would try to be with him as much as possible, but being on the road was difficult. He would have her, as a young child, on stage. I mean, in his audiences with him. So it was a delight to see."

Vintage never-before-seen performance footage is interwoven with photographs from the Presley Estate archives and press coverage of Elvis over the years. Private home movies of the Presley family illustrate and illuminate his story. A companion book and CD will be released the same week.


"I think of happy times after I see the documentary," Priscilla Presley says. "I haven't seen these films, actually, in a long time. When we put it all together, it made us realize, God, we really had some great times. And I want the audience, the readers, to see this because, again, you have much more of an understanding of the man, not so much as the performer. You see a very different side of Elvis, again, in every aspect. By the way, I just found out the book debuts next week as number 7 of The New York Times list."

Asked why she thinks his legacy has endured," Priscilla Presley says, "He's given us so much to share. And i think he was a very special talent. When you see the documentary, you will realize why he was who he was and why he captured people's hearts. There is no other entertainer I could really compare him to."

You can see the special "Elvis by the Presleys" Friday night at 8 p.m.ET/7 p.m./CT on CBS. Also this week, a companion book and CD, with the same name, will be released. (Source: CBS, May 2005)

EIN interviews Bud Glass (Part 2): Bud Glass is one of the world’s best known collectors of Elvis memorabilia who also happens to be friends with a great number of Elvis personal acquaintances like Sonny West & Sandi Miller. His ‘Behind The Image’ DVDs & books are essential for any true Elvis fan. In part 2 of our interview Bud Glass replies to EIN's challenge that Elvis did not look "Born to Rock" in 1975, and talks about EBay rip-offs, the Madison Square Garden footage & Marilyn Monroe's white dress! (Interview, Source: EIN, April 2005)

EIN interviews Bud Glass (Part 1): Bud Glass is one of the world’s best known collectors of Elvis memorabilia. He also happens to be friends with a great number of Elvis personal acquaintances like Sonny West, Kathy Westmoreland & Sandi Miller. His ‘Behind The Image’ DVDs & book are essential for any true Elvis fan and now he has also created a special Elvis memorabilia exhibition, "The King’s Ransom". EIN's Piers Beagley recently talked to him at his home-base in Tallahassee, Florida. (Interview, Source: EIN, April 2005)

EIN interviews the "art designer" of Elvis' CDs, Chris Lambeth: Chris Lambeth works for Peacock Design, the company that fashions the look for all of Elvis’ Follow That Dream CD releases and more. Creating so many new designs at such a rate, & within a tight budget, is not as easy a job as you might think. EIN’s Piers Beagley spent some time discovering how the process works. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Mick Gerace: talks to EIN about the TCB Band visit "downunder in 2005. (Source: EIN, 17 Feb 2005)

Greg Page talks to EIN about the TCB Band and a lot more: In March, Greg Page is headlining a series of Aussie concerts with TCB Band members, James Burton and Glen D. Hardin. Greg recently talked to EIN about the shows, his CD deal with ABC, the whereabouts of Jerry Scheff, the Taking Care of Country Charity Fund, Greg's plans for a "travelling Elvis museum", and a very special item owned by Elvis that Greg has purchased. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Elvis World's "007", Bill E. Burk talks to EIN: His new book, Elvis Aaron Presley: A Candle In The Wind, will be published shortly. Bill Burk tells us what fans can expect in it and gives his candid and very interesting views on the recent sale of EPE to Robert Sillerman. We also reprint our interview with Bill from 2002. (Source: Bill E. Burk/EIN, Jan 2005 & 2002)

Larry King transcript: The transcript of the recent Larry King interview featuring David Stanley, Jerry Schilling, Patti Parry, Anita Wood, Kathy Westmoreland, Lamar Fike and Marty Lacker can now be read online. (Interview, Source: David E. Stanley/CNN)

Lisa Marie on Estate Sale - Presley says she didn’t “go nuts”: Lisa Marie Presley talked to Rolling Stone magazine about the sale of EPE to Robert Sillerman. In the interview Lisa reveals that she had been searching for years for the right buyer and importantly, under arrangements for the sale, she retains the power of veto. (Interview, Source: rollingstone.com)

Red & Sonny West

Year: 2004

Paul Simpson (The Rough Guide to Elvis) opens up to EIN: With a revised edition of his very popular Elvis compendium to be released shortly, author Paul Simpson gives EIN his take on rock & roll, Elvis' gospel music, the RIAA stats and a lot more in a very interesting interview. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Ed Bonja interview (part 2): in the concluding part of our exclusive interview with Ed Bonja, Ed talks about the final years. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Mick Gerace & the TCB Band: Australia's leading Elvis tribute artist talks to EIN about next month's tour with the TCB Band and Myrna Smith, VIP tickets for the shows, and a new song especially written for the tour. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Lisa Marie Presley interview: Earlier this year Lisa Marie Presley appeared on the top rating Enough Rope program in Australia. Here is the full transcript of that entertaining interview. (Interview, Source: Enough Rope)

Jack Soden talks to Billboard: As part of its Elvis tribute edition, Billboard spoke to the President of EPE, Jack Soden. Mr Soden talks about the running of Graceland and EPE's exciting plans for the future, including book and documentary projects. (Interview, Source: Elvis World Japan/Elvis Australia)

Ed Bonja opens up to EIN: Ed Bonja, employee of Colonel Parker and photographer to The King, is one of the nicest men you could meet. Ed was part of the Elvis family from his childhood through to 1977 and while he declined to talk to Allana Nash for her book about The Colonel, he was kind enough to spend several hours being interviewed by EIN. In this first part of the interview Ed talks about the early years, working for The Colonel, missed opportunities and witnessing Aloha at 3am. (Interview, Source: EIN/Ed Bonja/Joan Gansky)

Ernst Jorgensen: EIN exclusive! Ernst talks to Arjan Deelen about the upcoming FTD release, Closing Night, and the reel-to-reel tape of Elvis' final live performance. (Interview, Source: Arjan Deelen)

David Stanley talks to EIN: Elvis' youngest step-brother, David Stanley, talks openly to EIN about his upcoming movie, The Headhunter, giving us a glimpse inside its powerful storyline. David also talks about of life growing up around and working for Elvis - the potentially destructive seduction of a life often lived without responsibility. (Source: EIN)

The day Elvis shot the television: Singer, Robert Goulet talks about Elvis, including that infamous incident (Interview, Source: Commercial Appeal)

Mick Gerace talks to EIN: Mick Gerace took time out to tell EIN about the postponement of the TCB Band & Myrna Smith concert and his future plans (Interview, Source: EIN, 28 July 2004)

Jake Hess talks about Elvis: legendary gospel singer and friend of Elvis' was interviewed by Bill Gaither (Source: Elvis World-Japan, 24 July 2004)

Interview (Part 2) - Elaine Dundy: author of the major book, 'Elvis and Gladys:The Genesis of The King', talks to EIN about her amazing life and Elvis, in a candid two-part interview (Source: EIN, 7 July 2004)

Elaine Dundy, author of one of the most famous books ever released about Elvis talks candidly to EIN (Part 1): as we prepare for the long awaited reprint of 'Elvis and Gladys: The Genesis of the King', EIN was lucky enough to talk with its author, the "amazing" Elaine Dundy, a woman whose own life is about to be filmed!

Stella Patchouli talks to EIN: her name may not be immediately recognizable, but Stella Patchouli was Elvis' friend. In an interview with EIN, Ms Patchouli discusses her incredible life from her famous lovers to friendship with Elvis Aaron Presley.


Year: 2003

Tony Joe White chews the fat with EIN: Tony Joe White’s latest CD ‘The Heroines’ was recently voted #2 CD for 2004 by Rolling Stone magazine. In this collection of righteous duets, TJW calls upon some of roots music's most revered female singers, including Shelby Lynne and Lucinda Williams, to get hot & steamy with the man. As Elvis would say, “Some of you never been down south too much”! EIN tracked down the elusive Tony Joe White while he was in Sydney during 2003 and discovered some fascinating facts about his relationship with Elvis. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Lisa Marie Presley on Larry King Live: we've added the full transcript of Lisa's very interesting appearance on the Larry King Live show. The transcript incorporates earlier interview excerpts with Linda Thompson, Priscilla Presley and Joe Esposito.

James Burton opens up to EIN: The TCB Band ventured downunder for a successful string of shows. During their visit to the sunny shores of Australia, guitar maestro chewed the fat with EIN's Piers Beagley.

David Stanley Talks to Madeleine Wilson: While David Stanley was in the UK he took time out to talk about his life with The King.

Larry Geller interview with EIN - Part 1 The Sixties: From 1964 until the very final days Larry Geller was a close friend to Elvis - and his spiritual mentor. Perhaps Elvis might have lived longer had he paid more attention to Geller's healthy life-style and managed to shake off the excessive demands of Colonel Parker. In 2003 Larry Geller spent a long time talking in-depth with EIN's Piers Beagley. In Part One Larry discusses meeting Elvis, the 1967 incident, the Memphis Mafia, Colonel Parker, meeting The Beatles, and Elvis in the sixties. (Interviews, Source: EIN, 2003)

Larry Geller interview with EIN - Part 2 The Seventies: Elvis' spiritual side is an often overlooked part of his life and psyche. Larry Geller was a good friend to Elvis who spent years by his side and was there at the very end. Perhaps Elvis might have lived longer had he paid more attention to Geller's healthy life-style and managed to shake off the excessive demands of Colonel Parker. In Part Two Larry Larry talks candidly about Elvis and spitituality and the final years, the nasty side of The Colonel, the hard life of Elvis being on tour, Dr. Nick and Elvis' future plans. (Interviews, Source: EIN, 2003)

Alanna Nash Talks to EIN About Elvis & The Colonel: Noted Elvis author, Alanna Nash

The Colonel's wife talks (Loanna Parker): Loanna Parker, wife of Colonel Parker talks to ETA Radio about life around Elvis and the Colonel giving her view on several contentious issues to do with the two men.

Is Elvis Alive?: Phil Aitcheson Talks to EIN: Head of The Presley Commission, Phil Aitcheson, talks to EIN about why Elvis may have faked his death in August 1977.

Patti Parry Opens Up to EIN: Elvis' friend and hair stylist, Patti Parry pffers us an insider's view of life around Elvis in a candid interview with EIN's Piers Beagley.

Jimmy Velvet Talks to EIN: Jimmy Velvet is a name familar to many Elvis fans. Jimmy was a friend of Elvis' and once owned the bioggest collection of Elvis memorabilia outside of Graceland. Jimmy took time out to talk to EIN about Elvis, The Colonel and many other things.

Elvis' youngest step-brother, David Stanley, talks to EIN: EIN's Nigel Patterson spent one and a half hours talking with David Stanley about life, Elvis and the pursuit of happiness.

Myrna Smith: Sweet Inspiration, Ms Myrna Smith talks to EIN about music, Aretha Franklin, The Sweet Inspirations and Elvis.

Daniel Klein: the author of the Elvis Presley super-sleuth series of novels talks to EIN about Elvis the detective and life in general.

Pre 2003
EIN interview with 'Elvis 30 #1 Hits' producer David Bendeth: In 2002, just as 'Elvis 30#1s' CD was becoming Elvis' biggest-selling CD of all-time, its producer David Bendeth was interviewed by EIN. The audio surround-sound DVD of ‘Elv1s 30#1s’ was about to be released. The concept of hearing Elvis’ studio recordings in surround-sound actually takes your breath away and there were a lot of questions being asked about how the mono tracks could be processed to a suitable surround-sound format. David Bendeth kindly agreed to talk at length with Piers Beagley, Vice-President of EIN. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Junkie XL talks to EIN: In a world exclusive, EIN gets an hour with legendary music DJ and re-mixer of A Little Less Conversation, Junkie XL.

Celeste Yarnall: The woman who kissed by Elvis during "that song" in Live A Little, Love A Little, talks to EIN

Rex & Elizabeth Mansfield Talk About Their Good Friend, Elvis Presley: They met Elvis in Germany and became good friends with him. Now married, they share their remembrances of that exciting time.

EIN talks to members of the Memphis Mafia: In this composite interview we have pieced together interesting questions and answers from our interviews with George Klein, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito and Jerry Schilling.

"The King, the Mirror, Spiritualism and the Love Machine": Actress and international model, Barbara Leigh talks to EIN about her famous lovers including Elvis and Steve McQueen

Mick Gerace: Australia's premier Elvis tribute artist talks to EIN about his concerts, Joe Esposito and Elvis

Rare interview with "Red and Sonny West": We found this interview from 13 March 1978 archived on the kennyelvis.net site. It makes interesting reading. (Source: kennyelvis.net)

 

 

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