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Below are some Exclusive EIN articles & Interviews from 2016 / 2015

Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Interview) Zoey Goto (author of Elvis Style from zoot suits to jumpsuits: EIN's Nigel Patterson recently interviewed Zoey Goto about her very different and very interesting book about Elvis and his style - style that encompasses not only his outfits and personal grooming but also Elvis' style in automobiles, food and architecture.

In a fascinating discussion Zoey discusses Elvis and the zoot suit, the controversial Nudie Cohn pink jumpsuit, how Elvis still resonates today in youth culture and a lot more. (Interview, Source: EIN)

24 February - 'Dr. Nick' Nichopoulos, dead at 88:  Elvis' former personal doctor, George Nichopoulos died on Wednesday, he was 88. After Elvis' death "Dr. Nick" was often accused of over-prescribing drugs that would have hastened the King of Rock and Roll's early demise.
In 1981, Nichopoulous was acquitted on charges that he overprescribed drugs to Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and seven others.
In interviews Dr. Nick always stated that, "I don't regret any of the medications I gave him. They were necessities."
"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.
In 2010 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, 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.
Go here to read our fascinating interview
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Speedway' - FTD Soundtrack Album Review: Speedway was Elvis' very last Soundtrack album. With the intention of recreating the dynamic atmosphere of 1963’s Viva Las Vegas, MGM cast hot property Nancy Sinatra as Elvis’ co-star but there was no chemistry between them. The original session took place on the MGM soundstage and the recordings flooded in echo sounded terrible. Luckily the four-track MGM Masters still exist and have been remixed for this release creating the best quality recordings we have to date.
With only ‘Let Yourself Go’ and 'Suppose' as the stand out tracks the album was a very dull affair
However several previously unreleased outtakes of the Bonus songs ‘Mine’ and ‘Goin’ Home’ are also included here, help add interest and make CD 1 a packed 79 minutes.
Remarkably with such lacklustre original material FTD have managed to create a rather worthy classic soundtrack album.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this recent FTD release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash FTD Book Review: Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
It is a hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career over the important four months from October 1970 to January 1971.
The publicity promised hundreds of photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished and new and exclusive interviews.
It also comes with a bonus CD with unreleased versions of studio-tracks plus Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on Nov 11th 1970.

Can it really be as good as promised? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our indepth review featuring plenty of extracts and wonderful photographs.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS - NBC TV Special' FTD CD Review: Elvis’ NBC TV Special was such a high point in his career - his musical renaissance and the sound of him kicking open the door to his prison cell of movie contracts and dreadful scripts - that can there really ever be enough compilations to satisfy us all?
'ELVIS - Original Soundtrack Recording From His NBC TV Special' is finally released as an FTD "Classic Album" with a 16-page booklet and remastered audio.
The first disc includes the original album plus the expected Bonus Cuts, while Disc 2 contains a full 80 minutes of Elvis' studio sessions of June 21-23 with LA session band 'The Wrecking Crew'.
The vast majority of the session outtakes however have been previously released, so can this FTD Classic Album really offer anything new?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers that it is one of FTD's best releases of all time!
Go here for our in-depth review
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Interview - Joseph Rene, author of Elvis, The Numbers: Joseph Rene's new 'docufiction' book, Elvis, The Numbers, cleverly blends Elvis' life story, the occult and a stimulating dose of 'what if'!

Joseph recently took time out to discuss with EIN's Nigel Patterson his book and how the occult offers insight to the inner Elvis. Readers will find what he has to say is both challenging and at times provocative.

Want to know more about an Elvis book featuring a fascinating blend of fact, fiction, occult analysis and psychological interpretation? Then go here to read this detailed and amazing interview

(Interviews, Source: EIN)

EIN Joyce Bova Interview: Joyce Bova worked in Washington DC and had a fascinating relationship with Elvis that lasted between 1969 and 1972. The story of which she wrote about in her 1994 book, 'Don't Ask Forever: My Love Affair With Elvis' has recently been re-published as an updated E-Book.
Bova was a Capitol Hill staffer on the House Armed Services Committee when she first met Elvis in 1969 in Las Vegas during her vacation.
'Don't Ask Forever' is the intimate true story of two star-crossed lovers-and a revealing portrait of an Elvis Presley that also looked at the crazy day-to-day world rarely featured in other Elvis books.
As the book publicity stated, "It started out like a fairy tale. She was a beautiful, hardworking Congressional aide. He was America's most explosive entertainer. They met one night in Las Vegas in 1969 - a night that changed Joyce's life forever".

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley recently caught up with Joyce Bova to talk about her incredible times with Elvis and to learn more about the new revised and update Ebook publication.

(Interview, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Jon Abbott, author of The Elvis Films and acclaimed author on pop culture talks to EIN: Noted pop culture author, Jon Abbott, recently took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Elvis' film career and Jon's passion, pop culture TV and film with EIN's Nigel Patterson.

Jon's fascinating interview is one in two parts. In the first part Jon discusses the Elvis film canon and in the second part he takes us on a rollercoaster ride back to a time many readers will fondly remember, the swinging 60s' and 70's, when pop culture ruled, particularly in television and film.

Along the way Jon reveals a multitude of things about Elvis' films and offers often strong commentary and keen insight on a range of subjects including:

  • how the Colonel protected Elvis
  • why Elvis' film career worked
  • could Elvis' film career have been better?
  • will Elvis' film canon simply be an artefact of 20th century teen culture or can it survive as an area of interest for future generations?
  • why co-starring with Barbra Streisand in A Star Is Born would have been a bad idea
  • Mae West considered for Roustabout
  • the special type of film director needed to direct Elvis
  • why pop culture resonates with us
  • marketing and the re-evaluation of pop culture hits
  • the role of guns on TV and film
  • the use of CGI in film
  • the vagaries of what becomes a pop culture hit
  • the good and bad of comic book super heroes on film
  • classic TV shows including The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Avengers, The Prisoner, Danger Man, Lost In Space, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Time Tunnel, My Favorite Martian, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Stephen J. Cannell, the man behind TV hits such as The Rockford Files, Adam-12, The A-Team, Hunter, and Hardcastle and McCormick
  • his latest book releases Cool TV of the 1960s: Three Shows That Changed The World and Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s

With a healthy serving of thought provoking Elvis and dollops of juicy pop culture this is an flavorsome interview which will satisfy the tastes of many fans and stimulate one's thought processes. (July 2015)

Read EIN's full interview with Jon Abbott

'ELVIS On Television The Complete Sound Recordings' CD/Book Review: The 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first appearance on national television is celebrated with this 2CD/100-page set.
The new MRS box-set was publicised as containing the complete archival recordings of Elvis Presley’s television appearances from 1956-60. For the first time ever, these tracks been painstakingly remastered and restored.
The recordings contain all song tracks, comedy sketch routines and interviews including the extended Wink Martindale interview.
The 100-page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first in 1956, to his appearance on The Frank Sinatra show in 1960. It contains liner notes accompanied by many rare and new unpublished photographs.

In the individual chapters Gordon Minto provides the main details and highlights of each TV performance. Matching the text, each chapter features around 15 pages of significant photographs, a surprising number of the in colour.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new MRS CD/Book package with an in-depth review along with some scans from the book showcasing some excellent Elvis images.

(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Book Review - Elvis Style: from zoot suits to jumpsuits (Zoey Goto): Fashion and design journalist Zoey Goto's new book, Elvis Style is a celebration of the aesthetic world of Elvis Presley - a release that looks beyond just Elvis' wardrobe to his hairstyles, cars and interior design preferences.

EIN's Nigel Patterson takes an inside look at an important aspect of the Elvis story too often overlooked. What he finds is a fascinating narrative-visual account of the importance of style to Elvis and why he has been a style icon not only during his lifetime but since his death!

From what some might only see as his flashy 1950s Beale Street rags and greasy pompadour, to contemporary street style, Elvis' impact on the world of fashion, style and design is a lasting, colorful and busy one.

Elvis Style from zoot suits to jumpsuits is due for release on 1 July. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

'The Elvis Files Vol. 7 1974-1975'  Book Review: I truly think by now that reviews of these beautiful hard-cover Elvis Files books are almost unnecessary. After six sensational volumes of the Elvis Files over the past 5 years it is hard to believe that fans would waver on whether to purchase this newest volume that focuses on Elvis in 1974 and 1975.
In the two years featured here Elvis performed close to 260 concerts including seven mind-numbingly repetitive seasons at the Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe casinos. By now it is usually accepted that touring had become more of a chore to Elvis although he could still put on some high calibre performances.
While the vast majority of the photos from this period are basically candid photos, the book features well over one hundred pages of stunning full size colour photos.
As always the real pleasure of this book is a chance to reference the reviews and articles from the time along with stunning photos while listening to the particular concerts, no other series of Elvis photo-books comes close.

Click here to EIN Review with lots of example pages, review excerpts and great photos
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

'ELVIS LIVE in the 50's The Complete Concert Recordings' CD/ Book Review: The new MRS box-set 'Elvis Live in the 50’s The Complete Concert Recordings' was publicised as the ultimate tribute to Elvis Presley documenting his shows from the 1950’s. The 3 CD’s represent for the first time ever, the release of the complete collection of archival live concert recordings by Elvis Presley in the 1950’s. All of the 82 tracks included have been painstakingly remastered and restored.

The 172 page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first to the very last shows performed in the 1950’s. It contains linear notes that includes every show listing (now updated) and is accompanied by hundreds of photographs many of which are rare and unpublished.
The book includes tour details (date, town, venue) and all photos are annotated. The customary range of press clippings is a powerful record of 1950s publicity ads, ticket stubs, receipts and show reviews.


Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release along with some scans from the book showcasing Elvis in action.

(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

(Interview) Bob Hayden talks to EIN: Noted Elvis and rock 'n' roll researcher/author, Bob Hayden, recently sat down with EIN's Nigel Patterson to talk about his life, his critically acclaimed books about Elvis and the heyday of Australian rock 'n' roll. In a fascinating interview Bob:

  • recounts the strategic game-play between promoter Lee Gordon and the Colonel
  • talks about his friendship with Lee Gordon's right-hand man, Alan Heffernan
  • reflects on Aussie rock 'n' roll stars including the late, great Johnny O'Keefe,
  • names the 'most popular rocker' in Melbourne
  • reveals what gave him the idea for his recent Elvis book trilogy
  • discusses how he was able to confirm facts and source photos for his Elvis books
  • tells us what will be in the final volume of his "Biggest Shows of 1957" trilogy
  • and a lot more!

Bob's candid interview will appeal to not only Elvis fans but will also conjure up many pleasant memories for those old enough to remember the golden days of Australian rock 'n' roll. (Source: EIN, June 2015)

(Interview) Anne E. Nixon answers your questions: Last month we asked for your questions to form an interview with noted Elvis author, Anne E. Nixon.

Anne has now responded to the many questions EIN received and in a wide ranging interview she discusses:

  • her feelings on not meeting Elvis
  • did Elvis have an aura when performing?
  • Elvis' interaction with his audience
  • was Elvis live on stage better in 1972 or 1976?
  • her favorite songs that Elvis sung live
  • the "Desert Storm" show

and a lot more! - Go HERE to our Anne E. Nixon interview

ALSO - read EIN's review of King of the Hilton

Ginger Alden Interview: Ginger Alden spent the last nine months of Elvis' life by his side before his untimely passing on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42.
Her recent book, 'Elvis & Ginger' is not a sleazy tell-all but rather offers a clear-eyed chronicle of their courtship, she was 22 years his junior, revealing previously unknown details about the final year of “The King’s’’ life while setting the record straight about their relationship.
EIN contributor Ken Sharp recently interviewed Ginger Alden to publicise her recent book, as featured in the Sydney Telegraph.
As with all her interviews there were restrictions on what questions could be asked.
Go HERE for edited highlights from the interview..
(Interviews, Source;SydTele/ElvisInfoNet)

Elaine Beckett -Easy Come Easy Go costar- Interview: Elaine Beckett was born in England, qualified with an Arts Degree and yet was somehow destined to be a co-star in Elvis’ 1966 movie ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’.

The film was Hal Wallis' last movie with Elvis and the circumstances - including forcing Elvis to wear a scuba suit and with only a low-budget - were not ideal.
Elaine Beckett still lives in LA and it was through a connection with her fine work for ‘The Humane Society Of the US’ that EIN managed to track her down for an interview about her amazing career and her time with Elvis.
Elaine Beckett not only worked with Elvis but met a multitude of fascinating people through her life in Arts and the movies..

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley talks with Elaine Beckett about her amazing life...

(Interview, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

(Interview) Allen J. Wiener author of Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll talks to EIN: Earlier this month EIN ranked Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll as one of the 'Two Best Books in 2014 that add Appreciably to our Knowledge & Understanding of Elvis'.

Following our review Allen kindly took time out of his busy schedule promoting Channeling Elvis to talk to EIN's Nigel Patterson.

In an insightful and thought provoking interview Allen talks about many intriguing issues including:

  • whether Elvis would have made it without television
  • did Elvis appear on the Roy Orbison TV show
  • why the controversy of Elvis' "Hound Dog" performance on the Milton Berle Show was an over reaction.
  • why Steve Allen is unfairly criticised over Elvis' appearance on his show
  • the 'special clause' the Colonel had added to Elvis' contract with RCA
  • why Elvis generally acquiesced to the Colonel and TV producers during filming
  • the lack of chemistry between Elvis and Frank Sinatra
  • the Elvis single regarded by one of his well known backing singers as being an "inferior, throwaway song"
  • the stars who tried to stop Elvis from appearing on their show
  • behind the scenes of the Comeback Special as Elvis bonds with producers Steve Binder and Bones Howe
  • which studios Elvis actually moved into and slept at during filming of one of his TV appearances
  • why producer Marty Passeta included "visual distractions" in the "Aloha" special
  • will EPE ever release Elvis in Concert

Click here to read this fascinating Interview

UPDATED - Elvis and the Coco Palms Resort: Elvis spent quite some time on the Hawaiian island of Kauai vacationing, and filming Blue Hawaii - in fact the last 20 minutes of the movie was shot on and near the grounds of the Coco Palms resort. Kauai has always been EIN's Sanja Meegin's favourite of the Hawaiian Islands, primarily because of its unspoiled majestic natural beauty, but also because of its Elvis ties.
The recent news that Hawaii's Coco Palms Resort will be completely renovated made her extremely eager to see this paradise where Elvis sang The Hawaiian Wedding song whilst floating up the lagoon on a floral canoe with co-star Joan Blackman.
Click here as Sanja brings us her fabulous 2015 report on one of Elvis' most famous Hawaiian destinations with some fabulous before and after shots.
- Aloha From Hawaii! Now with new photos for 2016 -
May 10, 2016, today it has been confirmed for EIN that the first buildings to be demolished with be the bungalows, including Elvis' - and that demolition with start at the end of this month. (Spotlight, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Elusive Norman Taurog' EIN Spotlight: Who was Norman Taurog? - It is a legitimate question because he remains one of the most elusive characters in Elvis Presley’s remarkable career. Even in Starmaker, the memoirs of Hal B. Wallis, for whom Taurog produced six Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movies and three Presley flicks, he seems a bit player.
Taurog is not the kind of director to be revered at film school - and film author David Quinlan describes his Presley films as "the only dull spots" in the filmmaker’s career.

So what was Taurog's background and how did he get to direct more films so many Elvis movies?

Go here as respected author Paul Simpson investigates the legacy of Norman Taurog - to try and discover why he was chosen to direct more Elvis Presley films than anybody

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInfoNet)

'Heartbreak Hotel '- 60 years ago today: On January 10th 1956, a just-turned 21 year-old Elvis Presley walked into RCA's McGavock Street, Nashville recording studio and laid-down his first million seller 'Heartbreak Hotel'. Sounding unlike anything Elvis had recorded previously, drowned in echo and with a melancholic voodoo-sounding tale of suicide and loneliness, the song was also unlike anything in the pop charts of the day.
How strange that this moody, dark tale of alienation was recorded in the building RCA shared with the Methodist TV and Film commission! Sun producer Sam Phillips called the song a "morbid mess" while Glenn Reeves, the singer who cut the demo, insisted that his name was kept off the demo as it was the "silliest title" he had ever heard.
Heartbreak Hotel was released by RCA on January 27, 1956 - It was as if the world had been holding its breath and waiting for Elvis Presley.
On this historic day we look at the true importance of 'Heartbreak Hotel' with a spotlight that nicely places this classic recording in its proper historical context.
(Spotlight, Source;PatrickHumphries/ElvisInfoNet)

"Baby, Let's Play House": Recorded at Sun Studios in February 1955, Presley’s historic rendition of "Baby, Let's Play House" reveals the comprehensive love for – and knowledge of – the blues. Compared to the Arthur Gunter original Elvis’s version is much more emphatic, playful, exuberant, tougher and scornful. The interplay between Bill Black’s thunderous bass-slapping, Elvis’s audacious, experimental vocal – he makes use of every trick in his rapidly expanding vocal repertoire – and Scotty Moore’s snarling rhythm guitar creates something that transcends such labels as country and blues.
“You may have a pink Cadillac but don’t you be nobody’s fool.” But who is Elvis singing to here?

In this EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a fascinating look at this Sun Studios Elvis classic..

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'If I Can Dream' new Elvis album - EIN Readers Respond: The publicity for the "new" Elvis album is ramping up, which is good to see. Yesterday EIN asked its readers what were their opinions so far about the new album to be released at the end of this week.
Of all the sneak previews EIN suggested that the new version of "Burning Love" sounded GHASTLY!
Nor can we possibly believe that these songs with new overdubs are, "What Elvis would have loved to have had" as Priscilla tells everyone on her publicity trail.
EIN reader's comments are a very mixed bunch such as..
... I've listened to every track that's available from this CD, and I hate them all! They've ruined Elvis' songs. Why can't they leave his music alone? The original tracks are perfect, just the way they are!
....The new arrangements are terrific and exciting as well as creative - especially Burning Love!!
... I’ve really liked most of what I’ve heard so far but must agree that 'Burning Love' is a bit odd… it doesn’t offend but it won’t be the track I use to sell the concept to family and friends."
... They have absolutely destroyed "Burning Love". This was about as stupid as painting a mustache on the "Mona Lisa".
To be honest while EIN is not so sure of the concept of putting an orchestra over already orchestrated versions and putting violins over great rock'n'roll numbers like 'Burning Love' but we are keeping an open mind until we hear the whole album on a quality HiFi.
We also hope the album is a big success but maybe we are the wrong target-market since we know the originals so very well. Today we add lots more reader feedback - including a very detailed look from EIN contributor Bryan Gruszka.
Click HERE to read our reader Feedback - and send us YOUR Opinion
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"You Can Have Her" Elvis' One-Off Performance: Elvis Presley appeared four times at The Forum of Inglewood in Los Angeles in the 1970’s over two days, three years apart. The first in 1970 on 14 November during just his second tour and the second on 11 May 1974.
The 1974 shows were attended by British rock group Led Zeppellin and both performances had very little difference in terms of the setlist.
Of the 37,000 who attended those shows the half which made their way into the Forum for the afternoon show had no idea that within that show would be two and a half minutes which would set this show apart and the treat that awaited them.
Both shows were excellent with Elvis in good voice and mood – a combination which always proved to be a winner.  During the afternoon show between ‘Love Me Tender’ and ‘Steamroller Blues’ something magical and quite wonderful happened. In a moment of pure Elvis spontaneity he started to sing Ray Hamilton’s 1961 hit ‘You Can Have Her’.
The song seems to progress in stages with the passing of each verse firstly Elvis shouts the songs title then Elvis and pianist Glen D. Hardin start of before Ronnie Tutt joins in with the cymbals but at the start of the next verse it’s full blown drums. By the end you can hear the clapping along as everyone seems to be playing and singing with a smile on their face and it’s almost just like they never want it to end but eventually Elvis does just that by bringing the song to a close.
A studio version could never have caught this fun in quite the same way and the audience recording seems to add to the ‘fly on the wall’ feel to this recording. I doubt if anyone in the crowd that afternoon had any inclination as to how special a moment they were witnessing.
It is however lucky for us that the performance was captured by an audience member.
For the full article click here to EIN's look at 'Live In LA'.
Or just go here to YouTube for Elvis' performance of ‘You Can Have Her’
EIN thanks Leon Smith for the contribution.
(News, Source;LeonSmith/ElvisInfoNet) 

ELVIS WEEK 2015 - EIN exclusive report: Sanja Meegin, EIN's roving reporter, is back in MEMPHIS and at last soaking up the atmosphere!

Today spends her final day in the Promised Land before bidding farewell . She checks out Jerry Lee Lewis' house and of course spent the whole evening at the Candlelit Vigil and Meditation Gardens on a emotional summer's night. This year Lisa Marie, her twins and Priscilla were all there to say a special Thank You to all the fans.

EIN is the only website with these exclusive Sanja Meegin Elvis Week 2015 reports, click here & don't miss out


(Elvis Week 2015, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

Forever Elvis - A 2015 commemorative Spotlight: Elvis touched the soul of every true fan and that hot August night in 1977 the fans returned the love. The funeral for the famous musician stopped the city. Thousands of people packed the streets, sharing their grief and love for the man who was gone. They followed the casket, which was festooned with flowers, and then, together, started singing one of the musician's most popular songs. Never before had so many voices joined in glorious harmony.... There is a universality to grief.

Just as mourners in Milan did back in 1901 as they joined together to sing one of Verdi's signature tunes, so too in August 1977 did people gather from all over the world at the gates of Graceland to mourn over their lost idol.

EIN's Piers Beagley contributes a special Spotlight for August 16th - And Elvis will live, Forever.


(Spotlight, Source;EIN)

Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis "Non Stop Erotic Cabaret": 45 years ago today Elvis’ performance from the midnight show at the Las Vegas International on August 12, 1970 has been described by his record company as "Probably the best live concert ever recorded by Elvis Presley."
This stunning performance has been released by SONY on last year's "That's The Way It Is' Deluxe box-set as well as the June 2000 BMG 'That’s The Way It Is: Special Edition' 3cd set.
When he decided to investigate in-depth author George Smith discovered however that this 1970 Midnight performance was not just "the best live concert ever recorded by Elvis Presley"; it is an almost spiritual experience. But, like most great albums and concerts of that nature, it cannot be rushed: one must sit and listen to the show in its entirety. Then, and only then, can the genius of Elvis the performer be fully appreciated.
The show takes the form of a metaphorical sexual act with Elvis wooing, loving, and then ravishing his audience before twice taking it to an exhausting musical peak.
(Spotlight; Source;GeorgeSmith/ElvisInfoNet)  

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

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

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

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"60 Years of Elvis" EIN Exhibition Preview: In the new Graceland exhibition fans can explore the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music and journey through the transformation of the would-be King of Rock ‘n’ Roll from delivery truck driver to world-wide singing sensation and star of the silver screen.

CLICK HERE to our EIN preview of the exhibition including some high-res pictures of Elvis' personal copy of “That’s All Right" SUN single, Crown Electric Pay Stub, Jailhouse Rock Original Script and "Viva Las Vegas" Red Shirt and more. 


(Spotlight, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

- - - ALOHA The Concert 2013, Honolulu, Hawaii - EIN was there -
Aloha From Hawaii - The Concert 2013- EIN Exclusive Review: Living as we do in an age where communication technology connects people oceans apart — and from their cellphones — it's hard to imagine the novelty of a concert that reached a global television audience. But when Elvis Presley took the stage 40 years ago in Honolulu, the only thing bigger than "The King" was that his "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" concert was beamed live via satellite to 40 countries in Europe and Asia.
A mainland production crew from NBC-TV flew to Hawaii and used camera operators from KGMB, the local CBS affiliate, to broadcast the concert. The site was the Honolulu International Center, which is now called the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.
January 14th 2013, the recreation of that event was stunning for all who were there. Around 700+ had flown in internationally while over 3,000 tickets had been sold to the actual event. Not bad for a DVD concert replay!
After the exciting build-up of being in the actual Arena, firstly Tom Moffatt introduced the show with Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie proclaiming a new Hawaii "Elvis Presley Day" and handing over the official document to EPE CEO Jack Soden. Following that Priscilla Presley appeared via video to explain the significance, apologise for not being there and to thank all of Elvis’ fans.
Then the real excitement kicked off with the "In Concert" portion of Elvis leaving Graceland in a helicopter used connecting to Elvis flying in to Hawaii in the helicopter.
And then the sound CRANKED UP as the ‘Also Sprach’ theme told everyone that ELVIS WAS IN THE BUILDING.
The video quality was magnificent compared to the versions we know and the immediate surprise that ALTERNATE camera angles and multiple screens were used throughout the show. This not only added to increase the feel of the action on stage – BUT also gave us plenty of camera angles that we have NEVER seen before – nor knew existed.
After the Intermission The Stamps and Joe Guercio came on stage to explain their part in the production and to sing ‘Sweet Sweet Spirit’ which was announced as Elvis’ lucky warm-up song and performed that night before the original broadcast in his dressing room.
Steamroller, Burning Love, My Way, What Now My Love, Fever, every song felt invigorated and new.
Every fan wanted a copy of this new presentation and it is a real shame it is not a part of the Legacy release. But it does let fans know that there is plenty more ALOHA footage available for future projects.
Even the "non" Elvis who had just come along for the ride said how impressed they were with the whole show and the applause for Elvis’ performances echoed throughout the Arena.
It was a SERIOUSLY impressive night with the sound pumping loud you really felt part of the whole experience. EPE put far more into this presentation that most people expected, it was a real winner.
Go here for some exclusive EIN Aloha images. More tomorrow, it's 1am – the after-party is calling!
- Piers Beagley, EIN roving reporter!
(News, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Wedding' EIN Spotlight: Whatever people's own personal feelings are toward Priscilla, Elvis clearly loved her. We can debate whether he was ‘pushed’ in to marriage by outside forces or whether Elvis who belonged to the women of the world should have married at all, but the fact is that Elvis did marry Priscilla 45 years ago. May 1st 1967 was no ordinary day in Elvis' life.
There were however some odd choices to the day and the ‘last minute’ exclusion of some of those who grew-up with Elvis was a particularly bad and hurtful.
Marty Lacker was Elvis' co-Best Man at the wedding and he has kindly given EIN permission to publish his story of what happened on that famous day.
Go here to Marty Lacker's story with some great Elvis & Priscilla photos

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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