- My QUEST - INFO WANTED -
(See Black and White Group Photo)
Rex would like to contact;
the Elvis fans -Janet Barker+ Alan Trower+ Tony Prince (from England)
+Gitt Nymand & May Britt Berlind (from Sweden)
Photo taken backstage to meet Elvis with me in 1972 – to re-live the memories of the event with them.
Also would like to contact Arlene Coons LA Calif.,
Madeline Burt (daughter of Jane Winston in California)
+ Bill Lusher (Pennsylvania)
+ the 'Two' AUSTRALIAN fans I shared a room with in Vegas 1972
MANY THANKS, R e x (December ’08)
REX MARTIN'S - ELVIS PRESLEY WEEKLY NEWS SERVICE
(Review by E-Bay Shop “Tams Emporium '08)
Issued between 1969~1978 this fantastic little magazine was produced by UK super fan Rex Martin and proved to be one of the most amazingly accurate sources of up to date info ever published on any artist. Initially the newsletter was produced on a duplicator machine and without any photos but crammed full of reviews of Elvis live concert performances from the fans who actually attended the shows. Later issues developed into a more sophisticated photocopied format sometimes spreading over four five and even six pages to an issue.
Many times Rex would follow Elvis on his USA tours and send back full details of each show for inclusion in the newsletters. Reports of those shows would land on subscribers doormats within a couple of days of Elvis' performance thanks to Rex and his newsletters. As the years (and issues) progressed it continued to offer on the spot concert reports but had developed into a booklet style but still full of those fantastic concert reviews plus photos & scans of newspaper cuttings devoted to the concerts reviewed and the life and movements of The King before/after leaving the stage.
Just about every live concert Elvis performed was reviewed in some way within the pages of these newsletters, from the songs he sang, the things he said and the suits he wore. Attendance figures, backing band/vocalist info, celebrities present, newspaper reviews of the shows and loads of other great titbits of detail were all contained within Rex's newsletters. Snippets of info would be crammed into every piece of available space on the pages as Rex tried to report on just about everything happening in the Elvis world. Advance reports of Elvis upcoming single and album releases from around the world would be reported on in this little publication which is still fondly remembered by long time Presley fans.
As a reference source for detailing or studying Elvis' live performances these magazines are invaluable and never fail to astound with the sheer detail included in just about every issue. Published in small qualities of a few hundred they have become true collector’s treasures as very few have managed to survive the ravages of time. It's now been around thirty years since the last issue was sent to subscribers.
Background Information on Rex Martin and his Elvis Films
REX MARTIN ~ 34 Woodfield Road., THORNTON - Near. Cleveleys - Lancs., FY5 4EQ ENGLAND.
2 0 0 8 ~ A Longer Note from “R e x”
At the Start of JANUARY 2004 I retired from running a Very Large Retail Shop in Fleetwood. For the past 4 years, I've been working through various Photo, Slide Show and music projects on a Computer for Myself and my Mother.
“FIVE” TRIPS To See E L V I S From 1972 – to – 1977 ( TOTAL = 64 Concerts )
1972 – Vegas (Mid -August for 9 days and then short 5 day break - then all NINE September shows including 3am Show and meeting Elvis for 8 minutes on the final night 4th Sept. just before the 8pm Dinner show.. )
1973 - Vegas (February, - including the 15th Feb left stage, then closed the show twice. Plus Riot Show on 18th)
1974 - TOUR (June – picked up at CLEVELAND the whole of the ground floor moved forward & the Front rows were raiding the Low Stage ~Left – Right – and Centre from start to end “Wild” ~ (Took one day off to visit with a good friend) then all shows up to the 3 shows in Omaha, Nebraska. Ending 1st July )
1976 - TOUR (March from all 3 in Johnson City, Tenn ~ 6 City tour – then on following day flight to Memphis)
1976-GRACELAND-saw Elvis many times going out thru Gates - at the Airport, Elvis/Linda took small Lear Jet up circling over Graceland’s, & Leaving Cinema early AM, + saw him over the side Graceland Church fence. Plus met VERNON outside his home. + Talked to Sam Phillips on Phone in Alabama (Twice) -then sent his son to meet me.
1977-TOUR (March ~ Norman Ok, to Alexandra Louisiana - bit of a strange tour, flew home thinking he's still touring – but when I get home find out the following day Elvis cancelled and went to his Memphis Hospital)
Plus around 22 sightings most in Daylight
Coming out Back of Hotels getting into cars - 9 times -
(one time I was in the Lobby inside security because I was staying on the floor below him),
travelling over a rise 'slowly' on a Arena Campus road towards Venue ~I had a portable floodlight !!!
(Twice in White Ford LT and once standing next to Driver of Greyhound Bus)
going down ramps into Arena (3 times) /once arriving at an Airport (Bloomington) & all the Memphis sightings
The next thing is to start Converting all my Live! Film to Digital High Definition on Hard Drives and edit plus upgrade the Sound and Vision Plus add Titling to Blue ~ Ray D V D' s. (Its a very Big Project – and will take some time to complete)
Besides my own film, I have a lot of Footage that I arranged other fans to take for me. (For Instance ~ almost a complete show with Original Sound in Seattle 12 Nov'70 White fringed suit with Green Beads “not multicoloured as TTWII”)
Also have an original film professionally taken IN FULL TRUE COLOUR (silent) from the September 1957 Tupelo Show.(Not a fan film + Not on the Tupelo DVD last year although some of it was in Blk & Wht) I've had this for 40 years.
A film of Elvis leaving the Philly Hilton for the Afternoon show (in Daylight)'74 ~ wearing Peacock Jumpsuit with Long Black Leather Coat over his Shoulders shot in 64 frames per second, so when shown back at 18fps, super quality in Slow Motion. (As seen in 'Essential Elvis' magazine picture spread recently)
None of the 26 + hours of film I took has ever been transferred direct to
Any type of DVD format. Some of it is around on VHS, many generations
Down on how the Original Film looks. (Also I didn’t put out the VHS stuff)