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"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)



"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges...producing, no propelling, a fundamental, primordial and unstoppable shift in not only musical, but social, political and cultural history"

(JNP, BBC website)


"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"

( Dr. John Walker)


"It [rock & roll] was always about Elvis; not just because he was Elvis, but because he was the big star"

(Bono from U2)


"If they had let me on white radio stations back then, there never would have been an Elvis"

(Little Richard)


"Elvis loved opera, and he especially liked Mario Lanza. He would watch The Student Prince which was set in Heidelberg, over and over again. He loved the power of the big voices. And he loved big orchestras. He liked real dramatic things"

(Marty Lacker in 'Elvis and the Memphis Mafia')


"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead"

(Johnny Carson)

Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:

Heartbreak Hotel (1956)

Don't Be Cruel (1956)

Hound Dog (1956)

Love Me Tender (1956)

Too Much (1957)

All Shook Up (1957)

Teddy Bear (1957)

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Don't (1958)

Stuck On You (1960)

It's Now Or Never (1960)

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)

Surrender (1961)

Good Luck Charm (1962)

Return To Sender (1962)

In The Ghetto (1969)

Suspicious Minds (1969)

Burning Love (1972)

(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)

Elvis Facts:

Elvis was 5' 11" tall


Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond


Elvis' blood type was O Positive


Elvis' shoe size was 11D


One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian


Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936


The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948


Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002


In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride


Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker


The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety


Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm


Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show


In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin


Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest


The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US


Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US


Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967


They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973


Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax


Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson


On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16


"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion


For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000

Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release


Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973


In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale


Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977

When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen

More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages


At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)


By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs


During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million


While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
















































































































































































































































































Mad Tiger label reissues CDs

(Source: Elvis News, 26 July 2006)

The Mad Tiger label has reissued the following albums:

"Mobile Trouble" is a reissue of the 1998 Rock Legends soundboard import release "Sold Out in Dixie" with Elvis' 20.30 performance from June 2, 1975, recorded live at The Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, AL..

Track listing

Also Sprach Zarathustra* / See See Rider* / I Got A Woman-*Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / Love Me Tender / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear-Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog / The Wonder Of You / Burning Love / Introductions / Johnny B. Goode / Band Solos / School Days / Bridge Over Troubled Water / T-R-O-U-B-L-E / I'll Remember You / Let Me Be There / American Trilogy Funny How Time Slips Away / Little Darlin' / Mystery Train-Tiger Man / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

*Recorded in Memphis, March 20 1974

"From Ann Arbor To Kalamzoo" with two incomplete concerts. The first concert is recorded on April 24, 1977 in Ann Arbor, MI., the second concert was recorded on April 26, 1977 in Kalamazoo, MI.. The cover for this release appears to be taken from the Spinout alternate cover art website.

Track listing Ann Arbor: If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Trying To Get To You / It's Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / Help Me / My Way / Polk Salad Annie / Hurt / Unchained Melody / Little Darlin' / Can't Help Falling In Love

Track list Kalamazoo: Love Me / Fairytale (excerpt) / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never / Big Boss Man / Heartbreak Hotel / Blue Suede Shoes / And I Love You So (false start) / And I Love You So / My Way

"Macon Magic" is a re-release of the 1998 Luxor soundboard import release "Southbound" with Elvis' performance from August 31, 1976, 8:30, recorded live at Macon Coliseum. in Macon, GA.

Track listing:

Also Sprach Zarathustra / See See Rider / I Got A Woman/Amen / Elvis talks... / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Jailhouse Rock / Fever / America, The Beautiful / Introductions / Early Mornin' Rain / What'd I Say / Johnny B. Goode / Introductions / Love Letters / Introductions / School Days / Hurt / Hound Dog / That's Alright, Mama / Blue Christmas / Mystery Train - Tiger Man / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp / Trying To Get To You (Johnson City, March 17 1976) / Hurt (Johnson City, March 17 1976)

"Dallas 76": This is a reissue of the 1998 Fort Baxter soundboard import release "A Hot Winter Night In Dallas" with Elvis' performance from December 28, 1976 Dallas, TX., recorded live at The Memorial Auditorium.

Track listing:

2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / Fairytale / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock (1 fs) / O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never / Trying To Get To You / Blue Suede Shoes / My Way / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions & Solos: Early Morning Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Love Letters - Hail Hail Rock n Roll / Hound Dog / Hurt / Unchained Melody / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

"Raw - The Other Side Of Elvis" with "alternate, humorous and sometimes risque studio and home recorded tracks" and it comes with a warning for "explicit content" and "parental advisory" according to the information from the seller on eBay. Looking at the other releases from this label so far this compilation most likely contains material taken from other import releases.

Track list: Ode To a Robin (X-Rated)/Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (Uncut) /Stranger In My Own Home Town (X-Rated)/Don't Cry Daddy (Rehearsal) /Froggy Went A Courtin' (Rehearsal)/Faded Love (Alternate Take)/Down In The Alley (Alternate Take) /After Loving You (Alternate Take)/Stagger Lee (Rehearsal) / Promised Land (X-Rated) / Beach Shack (Takes 1 & 3, Funny)/Wings Of An Angel (AKA The Prisoners Song)/Next Step Is Love (Rehearsal)/Power Of Love (Alternate Take)/Kentucky Rain (Alternate Take) / Suspicious Minds (Rehearsal Takes)/True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Rehearsal) /Wearin' That Loved On Look (Alternate Take)/Cotton Fields (Rehearsal)/ Hurt (X-Rated Version)/U.S. Male (Take 4)/You Gave Me A Molehill -Mountain- (Rehearsal)/Polk A Little Sock Salad (Rehearsal)/Heart Of Rome (Rehearsal)/Long Black Limosine (Alternate Take)/Only The Strong Survive (Uncut)/Memories (Doggie Version)

"Recorded Live at the Las Vegas Hilton": This is the 1996 Fort Baxter soundboard import release "Desert Storm" with Elvis' performance from September 2, 1974 Closing Show, recorded live at The Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. According to the information on eBay: "The recording quality of Raging Tiger is first class and was taken from the "master tapes", but more likely from the Fort Baxter tapes.

Disc 1:
Microphone Dialogue / I got a woman - amen / Karate dialogue / Until it's time for you to go / If you love me let me know / It's midnight / Big boss man / You gave me a mountain / Priscilla dialogue / Softly, as i leave you / Hound dog / An American trilogy / It's now or never

Disc 2:
Band introductions / Bringin' it back (Sung by Voice, Elvis sings bass in parts) / Aubrey (Sung by Voice, Elvis recites the words) / Band & Celebrity introductions / It's now or never / Let me be there / If you talk in your sleep / Drugs dialogue / Hawaiian wedding song / Jewelry dialogue / Can't help falling in love / Closing vamp


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"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"

(Dr. Gary Enders)


"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"



"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"

(humorist Dave Barry)


"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"

(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")


"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"

(Nick Tosches)


"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)


"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"

(Bob Dylan)


"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"

(Sir Paul McCartney)


"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"

(Johnny Cash)


"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"

(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)


"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"

(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)

Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:

#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)

#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)

#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)

#3: One Night (1958)

#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)

Elvis Facts:

Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50

While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959

Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957

Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed

During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13

In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age

In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m