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Don't miss our spotlight on 'ELVIS' new Baz Luhrmann movie with all the stories from 2014 until now!
Friday 29 April 2022 - - - - News Updated - - - -

(Review) 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' ROCKS Bendigo: EIN’s Nigel Patterson spent his Easter interstate including taking in the biographical 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' exhibition in the Victoria, Australia, city of Bendigo.
Included in the more than 300 items on display are personal treasures and a diverse array of artefacts from Elvis’ performance and film career.
As the Bendigo Art Gallery Curatorial Manager, Lauren Ellis explained, "Elvis intoxicated the nation’s youth and provoked vicious backlash from conservative personalities – in a time before celebrities had teams of personal stylists, Elvis Presley invented himself piece by piece. The more I discovered about Elvis' life – the more I wanted to know. "

Nigel was impressed by what he found, though sees ways in which the exhibition could be improved.

Read Nigel’s detailed narrative-visual review.

(Spotlight/Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

More Artists Announced for ‘ELVIS’ Soundtrack Album: RCA Records is set to release the ELVIS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack this summer for Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming film ELVIS, in theaters June 24th, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. While the lead single, Doja Cat’s “Vegas” (which incorporates “Hound Dog”) will be released May 6th other new artists involved in the film soundtrack were flagged this week by director Baz Luhrmann. These artists are Australia's Tame Impala, American singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan, Dance-music veteran Diplo with Swae Lee, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks among others. Luhrmann explained, “You’ll hear Elvis sing the classics but right next door Doja Cat will be doing an interpretation of Hound Dog while Big Mama Thornton [Shonka Dukureh] sings it.”
The RCA "ELVIS" soundtrack will feature Elvis’ extraordinary body of work spanning the 1950s, 60s and 70s, while also celebrating his diverse musical influences and enduring impact on popular artists today.
At Coachella, Luhrmann called Uk singer Yola “a powerhouse voice full of song, plus a beautiful soul. She was so devoted to playing the role, she came all the way to Australia and captured the detail of how Sister Rosetta
Tharpe expressed herself on stage for the film” as well as pre-recording tracks in Nashville. He also lauded Doja Cat, who previewed her single "Vegas", saying that her live performance was brilliant and that “the whole cast and crew are so thrilled and proud.”
Luhrmann is back in Australia still working on final post-production for the film which will get a worldwide cinema release on June 23 / 24.
Elvis fans who are concerned about "new" artists involved in the ELVIS soundtrack have to realise that artists such as Doja Cat’s 'Planet Her' lead single 'Kiss Me More' is certified RIAA platinum and has had over 2.8 billion streams worldwide. These statistics help show the importance of getting Elvis' music out to the new generation.
Go here to listen to the Doja Cat 'VEGAS' feat. Big Mama Thornton Extended Edit - on YouTube
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Rockhurst 'Rock & Roll' Auction tomorrow: The Rockhurst "Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana" Auction ends this weekend and includes more than 130 lots of Elvis Presley personal clothing, his jewelry, autographs, personal effects and vintage concert memorabilia.
Highlights are...
- Elvis Owned Lightning Bolt Silver and Turquoise Ankh Necklace – with original Sketch from Mike McGregor's Files!- Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Elvis Personally Owned and Studied Bible Given to Him by a Fan- later Gifted to His Aunt Nash Pritchett
Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000
- Elvis Presley Signed 1953 Humes High School Yearbook – Also Signed by George Klein - Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
- Elvis Boldy Signed 1955 Sun Records Promotional Photo (BAS)- Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
- Elvis Owned Monogrammed “ELVIS” ID Bracelet - Given to His Cousin Patsy Presley - Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
- RIAA Gold Record Award for Elvis Presley's 1969 Single “Don't Cry Daddy” - Certified in 1970 - Early White Linen Matte Style - Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500
- 1960 Flaming Star Silk Screened Movie Theatre Paper Banner – 82 Inches in Length! Starring Elvis Presley
Estimate: $500 - $800
- 1961 Elvis Presley RCA Compact 33 Single of “I Feel So Bad” / “Wild In The Country” with Original Picture Sleeve -
Rockhurst Auctions emphasize on true authentication.
BIDDING ENDS SATURDAY 730pm April 30, 2022,
Go here to check out all the Elvis goodies and to bid
(News, Source;Rockhurst/ElvisInfoNet)

'This Is ROCK' magazine: The new issue of the spanish language 'This is ROCK' magazine features that incredibly cool image of Elvis in the '68 Comeback Special'.
The magazine includes.
,,, The magazine with the music that is important in your life, presents on our cover Elvis Presley, with “Ten Moments of the King”- No matter where you look or listen, you will find Elvis' influence on any group or musical artist that you appreciate. To commemorate a King, we gather here ten of his most important moments.

We tell you how Motörhead managed 'Iron Fist', the latest album with Fast Eddie Clarke, a hymn to the fast life. In 1992, everything seemed to be taken over by grunge and Generation X.
We spoke to Queen's Brian May about 'Another World'. The Wilson sisters have been masters at marrying their love of British hard rock and soft rock, and Ann Wilson on 'Fierce Bliss', featuring talents like Warren Haynes and collaborations like Kenny Wayne Shepherd, continues in that glorious tradition.

Go here to their website for all the details

(News, Source:ElvisDayByDay/EIN)

Tuesday 26 April 2022
New book - 'Elvis Presley, Gospel Singer: An Inspirational Life' (Madeleine Wilson): New publication 'Elvis Presley, Gospel Singer: An Inspirational Life' - from Shalom Publishing - out April 15, 2022.
The publicity notes...  Elvis was known as the “King of Rock and Roll”, but he was also a Gospel Singer. He received three Grammy awards for his recordings, all of which were for his gospel songs. Elvis, “The King”, many times said publicly that there is only one King, and that is Jesus Christ. He not only acknowledged the Lord but also worshipped Him and prayed to Him, often. This book looks at Elvis’ life, particularly his Christian faith and the inspiration that he has been, and still is, to so many people.
There is no doubt that Elvis is an enigma, but hopefully this book clarifies a side of Elvis that is often neglected. I believe it is a ‘good read’ which will be a revelation to many and, I hope, a blessing to all.
EIN note: The author previously released a much smaller book(let) on the subject but this release is much bigger with 370 pages.
(News, Source: Elvis Presley A Life in Books; Amazon)

Doja Cat’s "Vegas" ‘ELVIS’ Soundtrack Single Out May 6: Doja Cat’s single from Baz Luhrmann’s 'ELVIS' soundtrack, “Vegas,” will be released May 6.
The single precedes a full film companion album that has loosely been scheduled for summer by RCA.
Although “Vegas” is an original song, live snippets reveal the Doja Cat track does incorporate a Big Mama Thornton's sample of 'Hound Dog'.
Baz Luhrmann was at Coachella for its second weekend, supporting three artists associated with “Elvis” as a film or soundtrack — including Yola, who plays Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the movie, and Shonka Dukureh, who portrays Big Mama Thornton, as well as Doja Cat.
The exact nature of the soundtrack is not yet being revealed by RCA, though the Doja Cat song is obviously a clear indicator that it will not consist solely of vintage Presley

recordings or even the adapted versions that will be featured in Luhrmann’s film.
RCA will for now confirm only that the album will include variations on Presley material that include contributions from a number of name artists representing different genres. The “summer” release date is likely to mean close to June 24 when the movie premieres.
The photo shows Shonka Dukureh, Baz Luhrmann, Doja Cat and Yola.
Go here to listen to the Doja Cat 'VEGAS' feat. Big Mama Thornton Extended Edit - on YouTube
(News, Source;Variety/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: A Biography' Reprint for 2022: According to Amazon, Jerry Hopkins popular 'Elvis: A Biography' is being re-published this month.
The publicity notes... Jerry Hopkins's Elvis: A Biography was the first book on popular music to top the U.S. bestseller list, and its sequel was equally popular. Both books, along with a wealth of exciting new interviews, are brought together in Elvis to form the most exhaustive account available of the King's life. Telling the complete story of Presley's rise and fall, from his poverty-stricken childhood in Tupelo through his musical development and emergence as pop's first superstar to his decline and death, the book explores Presley's singular appeal, his far-reaching influence, and his extraordinary legacy. Featuring newly published first-hand interviews with people close to Elvis - including high school teachers, girlfriends, directors, agents, recording engineers, bodyguards, karate instructors, medical professionals, and even his personal jeweller, a comprehensive and amazingly intimate look at this cultural icon.
Plexus Publishing (April 26, 2022) - Paperback: ‎ 416 pages
NOTE: When first published in 2007 EIN's Piers Beagley could not believe all the factual errors that the book still contained - while EIN's Nigel Patterson still appreciated Hopkins "fluent and evocative style without being florid".
Check out our very differing reviews!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/Amazon)

'Elvis '68 Comeback: The Story Behind the Special' Reprint for 2022: Also being reprinted is Steve Binder's 'Elvis '68 Comeback: The Story Behind the Special' taking advantage of the foreword by noted film director Baz Luhrmann!,
The publicity notes...  A chronicle of the comeback performance that marked Elvis Presley’s return from the screen to the stage. Includes exclusive content from the show’s director, Steve Binder. The book contains a foreword by noted film director Baz Luhrmann, whose film credits include Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby, and the 2022 Warner Brothers feature film, ELVIS.
Take a tour behind the scenes at the NBC television special that relaunched Elvis Presley’s career as a stage musician. Author Steve Binder— who directed the TV special— provides exclusive content that gives fans even more insight into the performance that many see as a high point in the King of Rock’s reign of American music. Elvis ’68 Comeback includes full-color photographs and detailed commentary on the show’s development and production, making this an excellent addition to the shelf of every Elvis fan. Foreword by film director Baz Luhrmann.
Now with the special offer hard-cover selling at a reduced price of $19.48.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Midnight In Las Vegas' New Import CD: The Ampex label is back with a brand new unreleased AUDIENCE RECORDING ''Midnight In Las Vegas'' featuring the midnight show on March 24th 1975.
As everybody knows the concerts Elvis gave during his March/April season in las Vegas was a very strong one, there were no weak performances and every show was sold out. This was a very different Elvis and the setlist reflected that as Elvis mostly relied on new material along with material introduced about a year earlier.
During this concert Elvis performs great versions of ''Promised Land'' ''Fairytale'' ''It's Midnight'' ''My Boy'' ''I'll Remember You'' ''Hawaiian Wedding Song'' and Interestingly David Briggs decided to play a different solo on this night playing an instrumental version of ''T-R-O-U-B-L-E'' a song that wouldn't be added to the setlist until the following tour. Elvis also introduces legendary disc jockey, musician ''Wolfman Jack'' which Elvis mentions that he's known him for a long time.
This release comes in a single digipack which contains some stunning photos from this season and you don't want to miss this release.
See 'ALL the CD News 2022' for complete tracklists and details
(News, Source/ElvisInfoNet)

'A Real Pleasant Performance' New Import CD: BJ Records is proud to present their second release ''A Real Pleasant Performance'' - a 2CD package containing two concerts newly mixed into matrix stereo sound. (Audience / Soundboard audio combined)
The concerts presented here were recorded on February 13 in West Palm Beach and February 14 1977 in St. Petersburgh and while these shows have been released previously from the soundboard tapes they deserved a brand new make-over and have never sounded better adding in the audience recordings.
Listen to great performances of ''It's Now Or Never', ''Fever', ''My Way'' and touching ''And I Love You So''. Taking things a a little further there's also bonus performances included with great versions of ''Trying To Get To You'' ''Release Me'' ''Unchained Melody'' ''How Great Thou Art'' and ''Where No One Stands Alone''. 
This release is presented in a digipak containing some fantastic brand new photos from West Palm Beach along with other 1977 photos.
EIN Note: Elvis in 1977 - is 'A Real Pleasant Performance' really all the producers of this CD thought of the show? That's sad.
See 'ALL the CD News 2022' for complete tracklists and details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The King of Rock and Prince of Pop' Australian Concerts: Featuring Mark Andrew as ELVIS and Marty Rhone as Cliff Richard.
After many Covid reschedules at long last, 'The King of Rock and Prince of Pop' Australian concerts are happening.
ELVIS and Cliff Richard - For more than a generation they were the two biggest rock stars on the planet. Today, generations later, they remain two of the biggest recording stars in music history with a combined total of over 100 hits, many of which you will hear in this unique event that pays tribute to a man who was, and still is, so BIG he is referred to as the KING! From the other side of the planet came a young, equally good looker who idolized the KING and was inspired to follow in his footsteps and became known as the Prince of Pop and was fittingly knighted by the Queen to become Sir Cliff Richard.
This is a show that all the fans love because it also tells a beautiful story in great music & pictures.
Sat 21 May - State Theatre Sydney – Bookings Ticketmaster
Sat 18 June – Costa Hall Geelong – Bookings through www.martyrhonemusic.com/tours
Sat 6 August – Perth Concert Hall – Ticketmaster
Sat 20 August – The Star Gold Coast – Ticketek
Thurs 25 August – Concert Hall QPAC Brisbane – Qtix
Sat 10 Sept – Darwin Entertainment Centre - www.martyrhonemusic.com/tours
(News, Source;Marty Rhone/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 23 April 2022
The enigma of "Elvis Cooper": Using Elvis Presley, Alice Cooper and Nirvana in the same sentence is likely incongruous to most serious pop/rock music fans. Each artist occupies a vastly different space in the rock music world…… Elvis, the quintessential rock ‘n’ roll and pop star, Alice Cooper the master of shock rock-heavy metal, and Kurt Cobain (and Nirvana), icons of grunge-punk rock.

Primordially, they share the trait of being “controversial”. All three were perceived by the mainstream to be anti-establishment. But beyond this, they share other surprising connections which are testament to their roles as leaders in their respective fields of popular music, and how that leadership and their disparate genres of music, overlap.

In this revealing article, EIN's Nigel Patterson explores the sometimes unusual connections between the three icons and the unique and unusual artefact from rock history that intertwines all three in place and time.
(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

Two New Guests added to Elvis Week 2022: EPE have announced that 'I Dream of Jeannie' star Barbara Eden, who co-starred with Elvis in Flaming Star, has been added to the line up.
TCB Band bassist Jerry Scheff has also joined the exciting line-up of special celebrity guests who will be part of the week.
Barbara Eden will make her first-ever Elvis Week appearance on August 15 as a special guest at Conversations on Elvis, where she will share some of her favorite memories of co-starring alongside Elvis in the 1960 film “Flaming Star.” Throughout her illustrious career, Barbara Eden has starred in over 25 feature films, five network TV series, and 19 top-rated network made-for-television movies. Her iconic “I Dream of Jeannie” NBC Television series, launched in 1965, became an instant hit. In addition, Barbara is a New York Times bestselling author with her memoir, Jeannie Out of the Bottle.

Jerry Scheff will return to Elvis Week for the first time in 10 years with appearances at All the King’s Men on August 13, Conversations on Elvis on August 15, and Elvis Presley in Concert on August 16.
Scheff played bass guitar as part of Elvis’ TCB Band from 1969-1977.
After his time with Elvis, Scheff worked with Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, and in the '70s and '80s, toured with Elvis Costello, Sam Phillips, and John Denver.

Other guests already confirmed for 2022 are Jerry Schilling, Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira Mistress of the Dark, James Burton, Glen Hardin, Norbert Putnam, Gene Chrisman, Terry Blackwood & The Imperials, Larry Strickland, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Estelle Brown, Sam Thompson, Charles Stone and Priscilla.

Go here to EPE for the Elvis Week 2022 schedule.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis loves Parkes, Australia: With bigger crowds than in Memphis for Elvis' Graceland Birthday, Australia's 2022 Parkes Elvis Festival kicked off with a raucous street parade.
For sure it's basically a big country-fare with far too many old-men-in-white-latex-jumpsuits - but there is ELVIS music everywhere and more than 20 thousand fans all gathered together celebrating Elvis' magnificent legacy.
Despite the 14,000 kilometre distance from Elvis’ Graceland home, fans have been gathering at the country town festival to honour his legacy for nearly 30 years.
Thousands lined Clarinda Street today to watch the parade of cars, in keeping with the festival’s theme of Speedway, the 1968 film starring Elvis and Nancy Sinatra.
Elvis lookalikes revved their engines, sounded their blaring horns and one feigned his best southern drawl to call out “Elvis loves you baby” to a cheering crowd.
There was an Elvis on rollerskates, another sitting next to Marilyn Monroe while swing dancers twirled down the street, alongside a bewigged brass band.
Longtime Elvis fan Cheryl Latter noted, “There’s no badness or sadness about it. Elvis' fashion and the music brings back memories of people's childhood and good old-fashioned fun. The kids are reviving it now, when we go dancing they’re doing the Jailhouse Rock. Everyone’s happy, you don’t see any drunks, there’s no swearing, it’s just everyone enjoying themselves.”
With his hair combed back Elvis-style, mechanic Charlie McCarter added that "Young and old alike love Elvis because he changed music and the way people move. Everyone was so silent before Elvis. They couldn’t move their hips, they couldn’t dance properly. Elvis really broke the ice.”
The festival has been a long time coming and it didn't disappoint. See Parkes Elvis Festival website
(News, Source;Championpost/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Record Store Day 2022 French Vinyl: Today is Record Store Day, 23 April 2022, with two neat VINYL collections from France.

'Elvis Presley - Les Disques En Or D'Elvis'
In a lavish deluxe cardboard boxset, the 3 volumes of the Elvis’ Golden Records collection with alternative takes, a 12-page booklet & a memorabilia poster.
The collector’s edition in Marble (RED, BLUE & GOLDEN) vinyl is limited to 1,500 units Worldwide.

A 'Public Domain' compilation feauturing Elvis' classic hits from ,Heartbreak Hotel', 'Hound Dog' through to 'Little Sister', 'Good Luck Charm' and 'Anything That's Part Of You'

Go to the Culture Factory link to see the complete tracklist - Priced at 49Euros (US$53) beware of other Elvis shops charging large mark-ups.


'Elvis: Blondes, Brunes & Rousses' (It Happened At The World's Fair)
The original Soundtrack of the early 60's Movie "It Happened At The World's Fair" ("Blondes, Brunes & Rousses" in French). Fantastic album made up of alternative takes that for the most part have never been released on vinyl. This Deluxe edition includes a 16 pages booklet and is limited to 1,500 units Worldwide.
Limmited Red/Yellowsplatter marble Vinyl.

Go to Culture Factory France to order
Priced at 25 Euros (US$27) beware of other Elvis shops charging large mark-ups.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 21 April 2022
Australian Parkes Elvis Festival 2022 kicks off: Elvis once sang about waiting for a train carrying his sweetheart "'cos she's mine all, all mine".
More than six decades after Mystery Train was recorded, fans have boarded the Elvis Express to the Australian 29th Elvis Festival in Parkes, in central west NSW.
Wearing bedazzled white jumpsuits, rockabilly skirts and bouffant wigs, they boarded the train at Central Station in Sydney early on Thursday morning.
Thousands of hip-shaking Elvis Presley impersonators and fans of the late King of Rock and Roll returned today to the Elvis Festival in the Australian country town of Parkes for the first time in more than two years.
Last year the Parkes Elvis Festival was cancelled because of COVID-19, which also pushed back the event this year from January, Presley’s birthday month, to this weekend.
Parkes Mayor Ken Keith, wearing a baby blue jumpsuit, waved fans off at platform five before heading to the airport to catch the 'Hound Dog' flight out of the city.
Mr Keith says revellers have arrived in Parkes with a
renewed sense of fun after the festival was cancelled last year and postponed this year due to COVID-19.
"People just want to let their hair down and have fun again." He said 'Elvis's enduring legacy continues to make people happy'. He has such wonderful music that so many people know and can sing and dance to, and there's the opportunity to dress up.
"When you've got a mayor who is silly enough to dress up, you know we don't take ourselves too seriously in Parkes."
The festival's major events include a street parade on Saturday, a Speedway car exhibition, concerts by American tribute artist Taylor Rodriguez, busking, look-alike competitions, and a vow
renewal ceremony on Sunday.
The Elvis Express pulled into Parkes train station this afternoon, to a platform packed with welcomers as The King's music played over the speakers. This year's festival theme is inspired by the movie Speedway.
Go here to the Parkes Elvis Festival website for all the details and planned events.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Dressed to Rock' New Graceland Exhibit: EPE have announced the new 'Elvis: Dressed to Rock' Exhibit will open at the Elvis Museum at Elvis Presley's Memphis on Saturday, May 7.
Elvis: Dressed to Rock will be an in-depth exhibit exploring Elvis' on-stage style from 1969-1977.
Featuring over 100 pieces of stage-wear, including jumpsuits, capes, belts, jewelry, original designer sketches, and more, visitors will be enamored by floor-to-ceiling displays of fashion pieces that defined the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s style in a newly reimagined Elvis: The Entertainer Museum experience.
On Friday, May 6, before the exhibit opens to the general public, Graceland will be
hosting an Elvis: Dressed to Rock First-Look Experience. Only 50 tickets are available for this private event. Tickets for this first-look experience are US$200 per person and extremely limited!
Go here to Graceland for more details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Doja Cat 'Vegas' ELVIS single: As EIN noted below the compilation to be released with Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming ELVIS biopic is going to be a re-vamped compilation by 'New Artists' - as opposed to yet another standard Greatest Hits compile.
According to sources, "a host of stars" have put their spin on the music legend’s iconic songs in a bid to get a new generation into his music.
The new Elvis compilation will reportedly see the likes of Doja Cat (13 million certified albums and US singles) and Swae Lee cover the King of Rock and Roll’s greatest hits.
The Doja Cat track 'VEGAS' will be the first single from the new album out to publicise the film.
Doja Cat played two new songs at her recent 'Coachella' performance one of which was "Vegas" her song for the upcoming Elvis biopic.
Doja Cat interpolates Elvis' "Hound Dog" in her new 'Vegas' single.
Go here to YouTube as Baz Luhrmann explains his musical plans..
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Two new CDs from the CMT/MTP label
-' ELVIS 28+ - Essential Sixties Splices Vol.4'
Volume four in this series is something special, since it also has three tracks from 1964
Elvis was 28 when he recorded all the other tracks.
It includes amazing new splices created for your listening pleasure.
Highlights include an over five minute version of "Bossa Nova Baby", an eight times spliced version of "If You Think I Don't Need You" a beautiful remade version of "Love Me Tonight" which sounds a lot different without "The Jordanaires" and a nice version of "Ask Me" which uses both 1963 and 1964.
Also includes 'Viva Las Vegas - alternate master', 'C’mon Everybody', 'Do The Vega - spliced take', 'I Need Somebody To Lean On - spliced take'
As always most songs have been extended using different takes which mean just like previous volumes you get more of the songs without using the same portions.
Limited to 500 copies this one will be sold out soon, pre order now!
See 'ALL the CD News 2022' for complete tracklists and details

- 'In A Private Moment Volume 2': MTP is back with another "FTD follow up", this one HAD to be done since a lot of private recordings surfaced lately.
As always tracks have been re-edited for your listening pleasure, lots of talk and background noise has been deleted.
Also some splices were done to create new complete tracks.
Once you reach the bonus tracks, you will be in for a real treat, as they have been remastered and now you can hear the tracks, which Elvis overdubbed "live" by humming along, in a much better sound!
Includes, 'Apron Strings', 'Earth Angel', 'Soldier Boy', 'Her Hand in Mine (edit)', 'Like A Baby (edit)' ...
This cd, again, is Meant To Be Played, where other releases are for collecting.
EIN Note: These songs all appeared in unedited forms on the MRS 'The Complete Private Recordings' set.
See 'ALL the CD News 2022' for complete tracklists and details
(News, Source;CMT/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 17 April 2022 - - - - EASTER GREETINGS from EIN and Elvis Presley! - - - -

Yola / Sister Rosetta Tharpe: More news stories on the Baz Luhrmann ELVIS biopic.
Talented English singer-songwriter Yolanda Quartey aka "Yola" received four nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards including "Best New Artist".
She is making a big name for herself as a hot-new-talent and features in Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' as “the Godmother of Rock'n'Roll” Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Elvis fans would know of Tharpe through her songs 'Up Above My Head', 'Just A Closer Walk With Thee' and 'My Babe' which Elvis recorded.
(See EIN's spotlight on 'Sister Rosetta Tharpe')
In a recent interview with Variety Yola explained more on her ELVIS movie role..
..It’s just the privilege I have to speak Sister Rosetta Tharpe's name and to speak on it. Everyone can talk about it, but the role I have is
so central and mainstream and in the purview of everyone, everyone knows about it. So the privilege I get to transmit this message, of rock and roll, and the diaspora’s ownership of this genre, along with everything that it gave birth to, that gives me life."
According to Yola, Luhrmann made it a priority to address how Black American music impacted Elvis' work and also how Rosetta Tharpe helped invent Rock'n'Roll.
“The thing that touched me is it was Luhrmann’s mission to address this balance as well. It wasn’t just pulling people in and making a token gesture at it, it’s profound within him. And that spoke to me, that was my motivation.”
There’s definitely a vanguard of artists of color coming through, I identify very much across a lot of space. And my record inhabits that space, including Rock'n'Roll and soul music. So it’s very important that
we are able to claim all of this space. And everything I’m doing in my life right now is about claiming that space - including the movie.”
Go here for the Variety article
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Go to EIN spotlight on 'ELVIS' new Baz Luhrmann movie for great new movie images and new stories...

More completely unnecessary bootleg releases, nothing that hasn't been previously released and most tracks taken off official FTD releases. Buyer Beware - check your own collection before purchasing!
Radio Recorders label proudly presents the following new releases:
1. The G.I Blues Recording Sessions: In April 1960 Elvis stepped into the Radio recorders studio in Hollywood, California to record the soundtrack for his latest movie G.I. Blues. The sessions resulted in some fan favorites like “Wooden Heart”, “Tonight’s All Right For Love” & “Shoppin’ Around”. Radio recorders™ brings you a fully packed CD containing 28 swinging tracks from the sessions.
2. The Blue Hawaii Recording Sessions: In March 1961 Elvis returned to the now legendary Radio recorders™ studio to record an iconic soundtrack for his new Paramount Pictures soundtrack Blue Hawaii. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” became the closing theme during his entire live career. Ku-U-I-Po, Blue Hawaii and “Hawaiian Wedding Song” were even used in his legendary “Aloha From Hawaii” special.
All recordings have been carefully restored & remastered. They never sounded better.
3. Elvis Rockin' The Early Sixties: Right after his dispatch from the army, he would already appear prime time on the Timex special with Frank Sinatra. This disc features 20 early sixties tracks which make you wanna swing & swirl. Fantastic "rockin" tracks in a restored and remastered sound quality.
4. Tickle Me: In 1965 Elvis starred in the Allied Artists movie “Tickle Me”. This album features 31 great tracks related to this 1965 motion picture. This includes alternate takes, soundtrack versions and tracks that were suggested by the Colonel to be used in the movie but didn’t make it.
See 'ALL the CD News 2022' for complete tracklists and full details
(News, Source;RR/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 15 April 2022 - - - - EASTER GREETINGS from Elvis Presley! - - - - Updated -

'ELVIS' Re-vamped compilation by 'New Artists': News today that the compilation to be released with Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming ELVIS biopic is going to be a re-vamped compilation by 'New Artists' - as opposed to yet another standard Greatest Hits compile.
According to sources, "a host of stars" have put their spin on the music legend’s iconic songs in a bid to get a new generation into his music.
The new Elvis compilation will reportedly see the likes of Doja Cat and Swae Lee cover the King of Rock and Roll’s greatest hits.
US#1 ‘Say So' hitmaker Doja Cat (13 million certified albums and US singles) has recorded a version of ‘Hound Dog’, while fellow rapper Swae Lee (who has previously worked with Madonna) is also on board for the project.
It’s hoped the soundtrack will boost streaming figures for Elvis’ back catalogue, just like the 2018 Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ did for Queen's music.
Elvis' core fans may not like the idea, however there have been so many 'Greatest Hits' compilations in the past that a new concept is needed.
A source told UK's The Sun "It’s hugely controversial. Elvis fans are diehard and see any tampering as sacrilege, but Warner Bros wanted to bring his music to a new audience. He is one of the most successful musicians of all time, but this album will help introduce his music to a new generation of kids.
The hope is that the record, along with the film, will help bring his music back to the masses again and kickstart a huge increase on streaming services".
A date for the compilation is yet to be announced but it is sure to be timed to the film's cinema release in June.
The film will premiere at Cannes Film Festival in May.
(News, Source;VariousTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

'Colonel Parker: Hero or Heel: Godverdomme!' Out Now: Todd Slaughter's new book 'Colonel Parker: Hero or Heel: Godverdomme!' is out now.
The publicity notes.. Was Elvis' legendary manager a villain or a victor when it came to looking after the world's greatest super-star? The true story is told by fan club president Todd Slaughter who knew Colonel better than anyone else in the UK, and, for the first time, reveals the conversations and correspondence they shared over two decades. The deals, difficulties and millions of dollars lost on the spin of a wheel, and his investments in a pirate radio station. The real facts of the relationship between Elvis and his big boss man are so different from what has previously been written by those who never met this dynamic Dutchman. Colonel Parker Hero or Heel can be obtained directly from Amazon. - Read it and judge for yourself.
EIN NOTE: Todd Slaughter himself states that "This work is not a biography but an overview of the private and commercial life of one of the world’s most famous, some may say infamous, showbusiness managers.
Col Parker knew me, helped me, was kind to me and my family, particularly during some difficult times. He was my friend, but that does not exonerate him from the mistakes he made when looking after Elvis’ interests."
It will be interesting to see how Slaughter's friendship colours his opinions.
Priced at £9.50 on Amazon UK.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Priscilla raves about ‘ELVIS’ actor Austin Butler as movie heads to Cannes': Trina Young, author of 'ELVIS: The Army Years Uncovered' and 'ELVIS: Behind The Legend' has posted a new article about the Baz Luhrmann upcoming ELVIS biopic.

Priscilla has watched the new movie in a private screening, along with Jerry Schilling, and describes herself as being stunned by Austin Butler’s portrayal of her ex-husband.

GO HERE to 'Elvis News Examiner' for the article.



(News, Source;TYoung/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Files' More Delays: Fans waiting for the new 'The Airplanes & The King' Carlos Varrenti book will be dissapointed that there are yet more delays with the printers.

Erik Lorentzen recently posted,
"This has never happened before in the last 13 years.
Sometimes there are some delays, but at the moment we are behind with the printing of the last two books and magazine number 37, big time.
The fault is not with us but with the printer and bindery. Paper is scarce and costs have increased by a factor of two. Unbelievable but true.
We are very sad about this especially for our customers who have already placed their order since December.
Our deep and heartfelt apologies for this.
The Airplanes & The King along with magazine #37 are the first in line to be printed. Hopefully within the next two weeks. We will keep you posted and again our apologies on behalf of the entire team."

(News, Source;ElvisFiles/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis ‘56 Continental Mark II at New York Auto Show: A 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II that once belonged to Elvis is being displayed at the 2022 New York International Auto Show (April 15-24) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. About 1 million visitors are expected to attend the show.
Of all the Lincolns that Elvis bought for himself the white 1956 Continental Mark II is notable as Elvis bought it on a whim - with price sticker of $10,688. Having been performing in Miami he came out to find his Lincoln Premier covered in lipstick and love notes, as was usual with his legions of adoring fans.
Instead of getting it cleaned Elvis drove it to the Miami Lincoln dealership to trade it in for a newer, all-white, clean Continental Mark II, with rear suspension and power steering and a style to match.
Elvis would use the car for the rest of the tour and then drove it back home to Memphis. He also drove it to New Orleans while he filmed King Creole, but sold it when he returned from military service in Germany. Graceland ended up buying it back but has lent it to the New York show. It usually sits in the Graceland Presley museum.
Lincoln announced the very special appearance earlier this month.
(News, Source;NYAuto/ElvisInfoNet)

5 Ways Elvis Changed The Music Industry Forever: The Grammys website recently posted a neat story on "The 5 Ways Elvis Changed The Music Industry Forever, From Vegas Residencies To Cultural Fusion".
Is it possible to undersell someone by calling them "the King"? It might be when you're talking about Elvis Presley.
Every star in his wake who repeatedly overhauled their image and fused divergent cultural signifiers owes Presley a debt of gratitude — from the Beatles to Beyoncé, from Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga.
Of course, Presley wasn't the first rock star. He didn't invent the music, and he arguably walked so others (namely the Beatles, who worshipped him) could run. But the fact remains: there's never been another Presley before or since.
The points in the article included
1. Elvis Helped Braid Disparate Cultural Threads
For decades before Rock'n'Roll, musicians both Black and white perpetually inspired and influenced each other.
But nobody elevated that fusion to the world stage than Presley, and his large-scale disregarding of easy racial and sexual categorization was highly jarring to buttoned-up 1950s America.
Hip-swiveling shock value aside, what would pop music
sound like without his revved-up amalgam of gospel, blues, country, and R&B? What would it look like without his tousled hair, twisted visage and skin-tight black leather?
2. Elvis Galvanized A Nascent Teenage Market
A new young generation of Americans was breaking away from the habits of its parents and defining itself by its music. The important figures of authority were no longer mayors and selectmen or parents, they were disc jockeys, who reaffirmed the right to youthful independence and guided teenagers to their new rock heroes.
Elvis landed in culture like an ambassador from Andromeda, ready to lead a teenage exodus from suburban monotony to frenzied, life-affirming joy.
3. Elvis Activated Film & TV Spaces Like Never Before…
Look at all the artists that followed Elvis. He set the mold for what a prototypical superstar is. Elvis transcended the boundaries of a record or concert and strolling into your TV screen in any number of films.
4. Elvis Paved The Way For The Modern Music Video
The entire point of a music video — to make an artistic statement while selling a record — is crystallized in Presley's films.
The unforgettable "Jailhouse Rock" video and "'68 Comeback Special," shows that Presley's DNA is encoded deep within in this modern artform.
5. Thank Elvis For The Las Vegas Residency.
People used to make fun of the Las Vegas residency, but every artist now wants a Las Vegas residency.
Elvis reinvented the Las Vegas Show and set the stage for loftier, glitzier affairs.
Consider how the pop universe would be unrecognizable without Presley — complete with the performers who never fail to wash away the drudgery of daily life, making it more vibrant, more colorful, more meaningful.
Elvis was the King, indeed. But he was also something more.
Go here to the Grammys for the full article by Morgan Enos.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"1st Annual Sydney Elvis Festival" this August: 2022 is turning out to be a BIG ELVIS year and now the new "Annual Elvis Festival" has been announced for Sydney this August.
This has been rescheduled from 2020 > 2021 > 2022 due to the covid pandemic.
... It’s time to get All Shook Up August 5-7 at the Bankstown Sports Club where we will showcase five exclusive concerts performed by some of the world's best Elvis Tribute Artists including superstar performers Dean Z & Dwight Icenhower. Also joining them will be Australia's premier ETA in Jack Gatto, and up & coming 50s star, Brody Finlay.
The T.I.C band are one of the worlds best Elvis bands and every song played exactly how Elvis liked it, and most importantly… wanted it! Jason Russo, the drummer, is insanely good & one of the worlds best.
All five shows will be different & unique to each other, and you'll be blown away by the authenticity of each act.
Go here to Ticketek for info.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 13 April 2022

Book Review - Elvis: The Quest For An Oscar (James Turiello): Many will find it surprising that someone could write more than 500 pages detailing the case why Elvis deserves to receive an Honorary Academy Award, but author James Turiello has achieved this with his latest book.
EIN's Nigel Patterson spent a weekend exploring the author's argument.
Can someone who appeared in Kissin' Cousins, Harum Scarum and Clambake really be Oscar worthy?
In a detailed review, Nigel discusses what the book has to offer and provides his assessment of whether or not the author successfully makes his case that Elvis is deserving of an Honorary Oscar.

Go here to read Nigel's insightful review
(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork


Remembering Albert Hand: Albert Hand is a name many longtime fans will fondly remember. In 1959, Albert, who operated Heanor Record Centre in London, commenced publishing a series of Elvis related publications starting with the booklets A Century of Elvis and The Elvis They Dig.

In 1960, Albert masterminded what was to be the world's most famous and longest printed commercial Elvis magazine, Elvis Monthly, which could be found in newsagents in countries as far away as Canada and Australia.
The pocket-sized Elvis Monthly ran to 483 editions over more than 40 years of continuous publication. Its first edition appeared on newsstands in February 1960 and the final edition was published in March 2000. For a time, a "sister" publication using the same format but with less pages, Elvis Mensuel, was published in France. Albert was also responsible for publishing the popular annual Elvis Specials (all of which, except for the first issue, were hardcover releases) from 1962 to 1985.

Other Albert Hand publications included Meet Elvis, various Elvis handbooks, and the "Elcyclopedia" (several editions).
On April 1, 1962, Jeanne Saward and Dug Surtees handed over management of the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain (and the Commonwealth) to Albert. Under his stewardship it became the world's biggest and most successful Elvis fan club.
The British fan club which reportedly had more than 50,000 members at its peak, allowed Albert to establish strong connections with both Colonel Parker and RCA, meaning the "fans" voice was heard. In the late 1960s, due to ill health, Albert handed over management of the fan club to Todd Slaughter, who continued to maintain strong links with the Colonel and RCA/BMG/Sony.

This month it is 40 years since Albert Hand passed away. His legacy in the Elvis world is immense and should not be forgotten.
EIN thanks Luther Moore in Elvis The Man and His Music for drawing attention to this important anniversary.
(News, Source: EIN/ETMAHM)

Elvis’ song catalog under New Management: Elvis Presley’s catalog will be administered by Universal Music Publishing and represented by Authentic Brands Group, the companies announced this week.
As part of the expanded relationship, UMPG and ABG will represent Presley’s catalog of hits worldwide (excluding the U.K.), which includes such classics as “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “It’s Now or Never,” “A Little Less Conversation,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “All Shook Up” and countless more.
The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, comes at an auspicious time, as Baz Luhrmann’s biopic ELVIS starring Tom Hanks and Austin Butler, arrives in theaters June 24 and premieres next month at the Cannes Film Festival. ABG’s formidable portfolio includes such iconic celebrity brands such as Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali.
While Presley has songwriting credits on just a handful of songs, ABG holds the rights to his catalog.
ELVIS is widely recognized as the best-selling solo music artist of all time, with more than 500 million records sold and a record for most songs charting on Billboard’s Top 40 with 114 hits, including 40 within the top 10 and 18 reaching number one.
Elvis also holds the record for the most RIAA-certified gold and platinum albums, the most albums charted on the Billboard 200, the most No. 1 albums by a solo artist on the U.K. Albums Chart, and the most No. 1 singles by any act on the U.K. Singles Chart.
The agreement builds upon Universal Music’s existing relationship
strategic initiative to acquire and actively manage artist brands. According to the announcement, in working together, the companies joined forces to expand the legacies and cultural impact of artists worldwide across a wide range of consumer touchpoints to drive opportunities in merchandise, memorabilia, endorsements, brand experiences and content, among many others.
UMPG COO Marc Cimino said: “Elvis Presley has had an unprecedented and lasting global impact on music and pop culture. [CEO] Jody Gerson and I, along with UMPG’s teams around the world, couldn’t be more excited and honored to work with ABG in making sure that Elvis’ iconic legacy endures for generations to come.”
ABG president Marc Rosen noted, “2022 is shaping up to be a banner year for Elvis, highlighted by the highly-anticipated theatrical release this June of ELVIS directed by Baz Luhrmann, as well as the debut of Netflix’s upcoming animated action series ‘Agent King’. We are honored to work in partnership with UMPG as guardians of Elvis’ incomparable catalog, bringing his music and cultural influence to audiences around the world.”
(News, Source:Variety/EIN)

Monday 11 April 2022

‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – NOW 1971' New MRS box-set: As we mentioned last week the UK Label ‘Memphis Recording Service’ (MRS) will release a 4CD Deluxe titled ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – NOW 1971' on May 27, 2022.
The 4CDs contain a varied selection of live performances drawn from Elvis’ engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel during the early part of 1971.

For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings have been remastered, carefully restored and mixed to "true stereo" using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.  
For the first time ever though, the material from these shows is presented in stereo.

The accompanying 40-page booklet which includes rare photographs and memorabilia dating from this and the following summer appearance in August 1971 - also includes liner notes which set the scene.

See 'ALL the CD News 2022' for complete tracklists
(News, Source;MRS)

New book 'The Faith of Elvis' by Billy Stanley: Elvis' stepbrother, Billy Stanley has a new book coming in October 2022. Titled 'The Faith of Elvis' it examines Elvis' Christian faith and its deep influence on his music, films, relationships, commitment to his family and fans, and love for the Gospel.
... When seven-year-old Billy Stanley and his two younger brothers moved to Graceland in 1960, Elvis eagerly welcomed them, embracing his new roles as big brother, spiritual mentor, protector, and playmate. On their first night together, Elvis introduced his brothers to bedtime prayers as he thanked God for his new siblings. Soon after, he began to read the Bible with them, and he continued both practices for the next seventeen years. During Billy and his brothers' teenage years, Elvis shared his experiences of filming movies, offered dating advice, and even doled out gentle discipline after two of the brothers once used a blue light to pull over cars in hopes of picking up women. Billy was particularly drawn to the times he bonded with his big brother through car racing, the wind on their faces as they sped through God's creation in Elvis' Ferrari, Pantera, or pink Cadillac.
Billy joined Elvis on tour for several years, helping as part of his road crew, bringing Elvis's Bible along, and witnessing his growing number of adoring fans. Elvis loved his fans in return, which is why he was drawn to Gospel music- - it allowed him to share God's abundant love.
In The Faith of Elvis, Billy gives his first-hand accounts of Elvis's life and abiding belief in Jesus and heaven, which has been kept from public view until now. Though ELVIS struggled with addiction and with his notorious playboy image, Billy reveals that the true Elvis was deeply committed to ensuring his family and his fans knew the true King, Jesus Christ

(News, Source:Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)
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Elvis German EPs Record Guide: Heins Otto Zimmermann's new book focuses on a forgotten 7" vinyl category, the Extended Play - EP (which had 4 to 6 tracks placing its playing time in between a single and LP), specifically Elvis EPs in Germany.
For more information contact Heins at: heozim@web.de

The book "Elvis German EP's Record Guide" by Horst Zimmermann (co-author of the books "The EP Records Guide", "Picture Sleeve Record Guide") will now be published in April / May 2022 after several postponements.
This will be divided into four areas, each with the title "Guide", "Part 1 - the EPs", "Part 2 - the "Army-EPs" and as the last area the appendix "Singles (re-releases)".
In the "Guide" the differences between the covers and labels are described, explained and fully illustrated..
In addition, the "Guide" contains a table showing the release dates of the covers and the records, so that it is easy to see whether a record can belong to the cover in which it is found.

"Part 1 - the EPs" will contain all known EPs up to the editorial deadline. For Germany that's 46 EPs. While in the USA the EPs were published chronologically according to number order, beginning in 1956 with the EPA-747, the German editions unfortunately do not have a clear order. EPA-821 “Heartbreak Hotel” appeared as the first EP in 1956, followed by EPA-747, then EPA-9500, followed by the two EPB-1254-1 and EPB-1254-2.
An attempt is made to reproduce the records as authentically as possible and to depict them as they were sold in stores at the time,
which means that the covers are shown with the corresponding record. Other combinations cannot be ruled out as long as the year of release of the cover and the record roughly match - there were no more for the book.

The penultimate "Part 2 - the "Army-EPs" contains several of the 46 records made in Germany, which were sold from the PX department stores.
The same order (and numbering) was chosen for the "Army-EPs" as for the EPs in Part 1, even though apparently not all EPs were available in the PX. But here, too, only those who were known at the time of going to press could be considered. It's entirely possible that there are other EPs as well.
In the appendix "Singles (re-releases)", the picture sleeves of the singles that were re-released in the 70s and 80s are shown ("Devil", "Gospel" and "Annual" covers) and explained in detail.
(News, Source: Hans Otto Zimmermann/ElvisInfoNet)

Possible Italian edition of 'Destined To Die Young': Author Sally Hoedel, posted on her Facebook page: 'Very excited to announce that the Italian translation rights for Elvis: Destined to Die Young have been picked up by a publisher in Italy. The important layer of information this book explores continues to spread around the world. Stay tuned for the release in the next six months or so... hopefully more languages to come!!
Elvis is universal and so is the job of protecting / promoting his legacy. ❤️⚡️❤️'

See EIN's exclusive interview with Sally Hoedel here

(News, Source: SallyHoedel,EIN)


Friday 1 April 2022

(Book Review) 'Disc Jockeys, Preachers, and Elvis': From author /DJ Ron Brandon 'Disc Jockeys, Preachers, and Elvis' is a self-published biography.
Ron Brandon was the person who recorded Elvis' 1956 live performance in Tupelo and our Elvis legacy would be less rich had he not done so and then sent Elvis a personal copy!
The book details "55 years of Behind The Scenes stories of Disc Jockeys, Rock & Roll, and Elvis.. as told by the author that lived them"
It includes 23 chapters, 96 pages, 150 photos many in color, A4 size with large type easy-to-read, excellent quality.
Chapters include sections on radio stations WTUP Tupelo 1956, WMOC Chattanooga 1962, WNOE and Marty Lacker New Orleans 1963, 'Radio Music Report' magazine, Sex Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll, as well as the story of 'Elvis comes home to Tupelo'. Brandon tells the stories of hard work, meeting loads of radio personalities and getting a successful time slot in multiple radio stations. He meets plenty of interesting characters along the way, both good and bad! He also was the person who tracked down Elvis' 'Mystery Kisser'!

Packed full of stories EIN's Piers Beagley spent time enjoying this look into a very interesting life well-lived! go here to find out more
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

FTD 'Live 1976' Title Change: In a neat cover and title change, FTD have now swapped the new double 1976 soundboard title to match the chronological order of the actual concerts!
'Elvis: Pine Bluff to Madison ’76': As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of ‘Elvis: Pine Bluff To Madison ‘76’.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features two shows: Pine Bluff Convention Center, Arkansas, September 8, 1976 - 830pm and Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin October 19, 1976 8.30pm. FTD have already releases plenty of soundboards from this tour including the day before Sioux Falls, Oct 18 (Bruce Jackson: On The Road With Elvis CD2) and September 6, 1976 Afternoon and Evening shows ‘Elvis In Alabama: The Last Double Date’
Both these 1976 shows - especially the Pine Bluff Closing show - are recommended by soundboard collectors
See 'FTD / SONY CD News 2022' for tracklists

Three new Eastern Europe vinyl discographies:  Piotr Soczynski has advised EIN that the remaining volumes in his superb series of Elvis vinyl discographies have been published. Like his earlier releases the new books are "coffee table" volumes with excellent page design, wonderful color images and strong narrative. The titles are:

ELVIS "For Vinyl Fans Only" Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe  Yugoslavia *Romania  - Piotr advises: The 2nd part of "Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe" is finally out!! Like the first volume it contains 160 pages with a complete discography from Yugoslavia and information from Romania. More than 900 color and black & white pictures including all cover and label variants of each record, promos, booklets, etc. I present the history of the Yugoslav company Jugoton, and even a short history of Yugoslavia. The book is available with two cover variants, SATIN MATT HARD COVER (as first volume) and GLOSSY HARD COVER. The book includes a bonus photo (like the first edition).

ELVIS "For Vinyl Fans Only" Elvis' Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe Yugoslavia 45 RPM Singles & Extended Play Records  - 160 pages, high quality gloss paper stock, laminated hard cover and bonus photo.

ELVIS "For LP Fans Only" Elvis' Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe Yugoslavia Long Play Records  - 160 pages, high quality gloss paper stock, laminated hard cover and bonus photo.

Piotr's earlier volumes are among the best Elvis discography books ever published. The new volumes and remaining copies of the earlier books can be found on  Piotr’s page on eBay

Read Piotr’s interview with EIN

EIN will be featuring plenty of example pages - and more details soon...

'Elvis Now 1971' new MRS release: Recently advertised in the new Vintage Rock magazine - the MRS label's upcoming Limited-Edition four CD Deluxe Set of Elvis LIVE in 1971.

"Containing a varied selection of live performances from Elvis' engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel during the early part of 1971. The accompanying booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia and liner notes to set the scene."

MRS recently released the excellent 'Black Tornado' Elvis November 1971 Boston concert.

This could be the perfect companion set.

More information coming soon.



(News, Source;VR/ElvisInfoNet)

Sun’s Greatest 45s: Vintage Rock magazine’s latest newsletter details the 10 greatest 45rpm singles released by Sam Phillips on his SUN label. The list includes two by Elvis. The label was built on 7-inch singles and released more than its fair share of classics. Niko Primus plugs in the jukebox:
.. Let’s turn back the clock to March 1951, a track called Rocket 88 is recorded at Memphis Recording Service. Produced by a young Sam Phillips, the blues rocker is confusingly credited to Jackie Brenston, but actually performed by Ike Turner’s band. The track, released on Chess Records, is now widely considered one of the earliest recordings of what would eventually become rock ‘n’ roll. Yet more proof, if any more was really needed that Sam Phillips was so, so pivotal in the development of popular music in the 20th century.
Albums only really gained commercial traction from the mid-6os onwards, singles were always the immediate currency at the birth of rock’n’roll. The instant adrenalin-burst of excitement offered by the single could not be beaten and during their heyday Sun Records were the absolute masters of it. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash just four who would release incendiary singles on the label that would turn them into worldwide stars and make an indelible mark on the cultural history of the planet.
While back in the day 45s were pretty much manufactured as disposal artefacts, the Sun singles from the 50s that survived are now worth a small fortune.
Elvis Presley – Mystery Train: Mystery Train was written and recorded by American blues musician Junior Parker in 1953, and originally performed as a Memphis R&B tune.
The track was loosely based on other traditional songs circulating around during the day and ended up as the inspiration for a rockabilly classic. Parker, was billed as Little Junior’s Blue Flames, and the track was produced by Sam Phillips during sessions in September and October 1953 at Sun Studios.
Familiar with the song, Phillips got Elvis to record it and Presley’s version of Mystery Train was first released on August 20, 1955, as the B-side of I Forgot to Remember to Forget. It featured Presley on vocals and rhythm guitar, Scotty Moore on lead guitar, and Bill Black on bass. Moore used a country-style lead break and also ‘borrowed’ the guitar riff from Junior Parker’s Love My Baby.
Mystery Train was the first recording to make Elvis Presley a nationally known country music star. Black once said to a visitor to his house in Memphis, as he pointed to a framed Sun Record of Mystery Train on the wall, “Now there was a record.” He was right.
In 1973, with the approval of Sam Phillips, Robbie Robertson wrote some additional lyrics for Mystery Train, and The Band recorded this version of the song for their Moondog Matinee album. It wasn’t a patch on Elvis’ version.
Elvis Presley – That’s All Right: Originally written and performed by bluesman Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, That’s All Right is best known as Elvis' debut recording. Presley’s version was recorded on July 5, 1954, and released exactly a fortnight later with Blue Moon Of Kentucky on the B-side.
During an uneventful recording session at Sun Studio, Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black were taking a break between recordings when Presley started fooling around with an up-tempo version of Crudup’s song That’s All Right, Mama. Black began joining in on his upright bass, and soon they were joined by Moore on guitar.
Producer Sam Phillips, was taken aback by this sudden upbeat atmosphere, asked the three of them to start again so he could record it.
Black’s bass and guitars from Presley and Moore provided the entire instrumentation. The recording contains no drums or additional instruments. The song was produced in the style of a live recording. Upon finishing the recording session, according to Scotty Moore, Bill Black remarked, “Get that on the radio and they’ll run us out of town.”
Sam Phillips gave copies of the acetate to local disc jockeys. Dewey Phillips played That’s All Right on his radio show. Interest in the song was so intense that Dewey reportedly played the acetate 14 times and received over 40 phone calls.
Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes: Blue Suede Shoes is a rock ‘n’ roll landmark written and first recorded by the mighty Carl Perkins in 1955. Many consider it one of the first rockabilly records, melding elements of blues, country and pop music of the time. Perkins’ original version was a hit, but the song went stellar when another former Sun artist recorded it.
Famously Elvis Presley performed his version of the song three different times on national television. It was also recorded by Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran, among many others, but it was Presley who wrestled the song away from Perkins. It was another Sun artist who originally planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, when Cash told Perkins of a man he’d met when serving in the military in Germany, who had referred to his military regulation airmen’s shoes as “blue suede shoes.” Cash suggested that Perkins write a song about them. Perkins replied, “I don’t know anything about shoes. How can I write a song about shoes?”
However, when Perkins performed on December 4, 1955, he noticed a couple dancing near the stage. Between songs, he heard a demonstrative voice say to his girlfriend, “Uh-uh, don’t step on my suedes!” He looked down and noted that the male (yep, you guessed it) was wearing blue suede shoes and one had a scuff mark. “Good gracious, a pretty little thing like that and all he can think about is his blue suede shoes”, thought Perkins.
The other singles in the list are:
Sonny Burgess – We Wanna Boogie
Johnny Cash – Ballad Of A Teenage Crush
Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line
Billy Riley – Flyin’ Saucers Rock’n’Roll
Roy Orbison – Ooby Dooby
Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On
Rufus Thomas Jr – Bear Cat

(News, Source:Niko Primus, Vintage Rock) See full article here.

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More Elvis News from earlier this past week ...
'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' gets 5-star Review: Australia's 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' exhibition gets a 5-star review in Arts-Hub magazine.
It includes..
This expansive showcase of the entertainer's evolution in style has an astounding amount of detail. Chronologically and thematically arranged, the Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition allows audiences to access the life of a private man in a pre-digital public arena, when celebrities’ private time could counterbalance the intrusions of their fame.
The music filling every room exemplifies distinct career stages. Memphis’s Sun Records, the studio of Elvis’s inaugural recording, is showcased first.
Young Elvis’s Depression-era clothes have a hand-me-down quality which contrasts with the custom-designed suits and stage costumes of later years. Showbiz designer Bill Belew’s ‘riveting contemporary take’ for the ‘68 Comeback Special, signalling Elvis’ return featured clever incorporation of the singer’s ‘cultural roots — the working-class dreamer, the Southern preacher, the youthful rebel’.
... Elvis' exuberant Vegas costumes, over 15 jumpsuits, many with matching capes, allow all-round access. Corners of the capes are flicked over to display the shiny undersides of contrasting colour under the heavy fabric topsides, emulating perhaps what a Vegas audience would have seen as Elvis moved around the stage.
Film footage of opulent furnishings and scenic exteriors further draw the audience into Elvis’s private haven.
Activities for kids are masterfully interwoven, as

are Elvis’s personal effects: school books, opulent jewellery from later years, guitars, vehicles and ornaments from Graceland such as his bedside gold telephone. Accompanying photographs show the performer in action with these items.
Go here to Arts-Hub for full review. - - . Go here for ticket info.
(News, Source;AH/ElvisInfoNet)

Austin Butler discusses "ELVIS": Austin Butler plays Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's new biopic that will guide viewers through Elvis' life from relative unknown to the biggest musician on the planet.
Butler recently spoke about Elvis and how the film became an emotional journey for him.
Elvis was a searcher and would consume books about spirituality such as Kahlil Gibran and Hermann Hesse.
"It was experiences like that that really showed me how much gospel-influenced Elvis on a musical level, on a spiritual level, on the way he moved, and the freedom of his body. I remember walking into this little chapel,
with all these period microphones, and they’re stamping their feet. I stood in the centre and tears poured down my face and chills down my spine.
Gospel music was so important to Elvis. You know, I think it was an incredible gift us getting to go down to Nashville and record with some of the most amazing gospel singers I’ve ever heard.
When we first started, it really felt like when you're a kid, and you put on your father's suit, and the

sleeves are much too long, and the shoes are like boats on your feet. At the beginning, I thought, this is impossible. You know, how could I possibly do anything but feel like I'm less than this superhuman individual? But as time passed I started to feel like I grew into it. And suddenly, I felt Elvis' humanity more.

Baz also directs in a way that we tried so much to get it right.. So we had tapes where it was just purely for getting every finger to be in the exact same way that he moved. And then some we would just throw it away and allow just visceral life to come.

We were in Nashville and so headed to Memphis. Priscilla was at Graceland and I met her.
I walk in, and I’m just waiting in the living room. Eventually, she walks in. She’s so ethereal. It took my breath away.
She looked me in the eyes. Something so profound about staring into the eyes meant so much to Elvis. It gives me chills right now. She said, ‘you have a lot of support'. She hugged me, and that was so huge for me getting that blessing.

ELVIS opens in cinemas June 24 2022.
Go to EIN's spotlight for more great movie news and images
(News, Source;Various/ElvisINet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in March
'Glen Glenn' Dead aged 87: Rockabilly performer "Glen Glenn" (aka Orin Glenn Troutman) has died aged 87.
'Glen Glenn' is known to Elvis fans due to photos of them relaxing together at LA's Knickerbocker Hotel when Elvis was filming 'Loving You'.
However they had also met earlier backstage at Elvis San Diego performance on April 4 1956 (below)
It was through Bill Black's friendship with influential bass player Fred Maddox that Glen Glenn got to meet Elvis.
While relatively unknown "Glen Glenn" would make a professional come-back with the European rock'n'roll shows of the 80's
As 'wiki' notes, "Glen Glenn" was born in Joplin, Missouri, and relocated with his parents to California in 1948. Troutman was raised on the classic traditional country sounds of the deep South and was related to Porter Wagoner by marriage. In the early 1950s, he formed a duo with guitarist Gary Lambert, called the Missouri Mountain Boys, and began playing country music in bars in Los Angeles. They soon began performing on local TV shows, and met singer and guitarist Eddie Cochran, who became a formative influence. In late 1957, he signed with Era Records, adopted the name Glen Glenn, and in January 1958 his first single was released, "Everybody's Movin'" backed with "I'm Glad My Baby's Gone".
He was soon drafted, and, while Era continued to release his records, was unable to promote them. After
leaving the Army in 1960, he transferred to the Dore label and made some more pop-oriented recordings, which were unsuccessful. He continued to perform occasionally with Lambert, while also working outside the music industry. In 1977, Ace Records in Britain released a compilation of his rockabilly recordings, and his career was reinvigorated.
While he never gained the same fame and public recognition as such fellow West Coast rockabilly pioneers as Eddie Cochran and Ricky Nelson, Glen Glenn's talent far outweighed his luck in the music business, and his classic sides have become the stuff of legend among rockabilly fans as well as such roots rock giants as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, all of whom have covered his tunes on-stage.
When asked about Elvis 'Glen Glenn' noted, "Elvis was such a nice guy. For me being a nobody in those days, a young little rockabilly that nobody in the world knew, Elvis treated me good. And I've had other entertainers that weren't anything like Elvis that didn't - but Elvis treated you just like a normal person.
He means more to me than any singer. He's done
more for music to me than any performer. Hank Williams was my favorite country singer, but Elvis...  there is nobody like him. What do you call it, charisma or something, Elvis had something that the impersonators just don't have. Everything Elvis does is Elvis, he doesn't copy nobody.. There's only one Elvis Presley."
(News, Source;ETMHM/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis: Celluloid Sell-Out!’ from FTD: Chris Giles of the Elvis Shop London has posted some neat sample pages of the new FTD book ‘Elvis: Celluloid Sell-Out!’ from author Bob Pakes.

The book contains 448 pages and over two thousand images of Worldwide Elvis Presley movie memorabilia from 1956-1958.
It’s packed with movie posters, lobby cards, press-books, publicity stills, programs, standees, heralds and much more!
Plus 2 bonus CDs featuring the soundtracks from ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Loving You’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘King Creole’.

Chris Giles notes, "Here’s a few Sampler Pages of what to expect with this fantastic new Book. The book brings you Artwork from around the World that were used on their Elvis Promotion for the Movies, including many fabulous images that many will have never seen before plus the History behind them all.
Over 4 years of painstaking research by Bob Pakes this is truly a Gem that will grace anyone's collection that loves Elvis history."

Go HERE to Elvis Shop London to pre-order

(News, Source;ESL/ElvisInfoNet)

"A Star Is Born": The latest issue of the excellent UK magazine, Vintage Rock includes several Elvis related items, SUN: Year One (article); Elvis Presley The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956 – MRS (review); Elvis Like A Black Tornado – Live At Boston Garden 1971 (review) and A Star Is Born. The latter is excerpts from Gary Parker’s soon to be published book (April-May), 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley'. They include:
 ..... ... “The door to the control room was open,” Sam Phillips recalled later, “the mics were on, Scotty was in the process of packing up his guitar, I think Bill had already thrown his old bass down – he didn’t even have a cover for it – and the session was, to all intents and purposes, over. Then Elvis struck up on just his rhythm guitar, That’s All Right, Mama and I mean he got my attention immediately. That was what I was looking for!”

....  In the decades since that moment – the second that Elvis launched into That’s All Right – has been characterised as either one of the most monumental cultural events of the 20th century, or in the words of Sinatra, the birth of “a music sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons.” For Sam Phillips, it was the sound of the wall that separated white audiences from the music he loved about to crumble.
 “Get yasself a wheelbarrow load of mad hogs", Dewey Phillips screamed as he cued up That’s All Right for his listening audience, “and run ‘em through the front door and tell ‘em Phillips sentcha! This is Red, Hot And Blue comin’ atcha from the Hotel Chisca. And now we got somethin’ new!

Good people, this is Elvis Presley!” And with that, a Presley record was played over the public airwaves for the first time."
EIN Note: “Snippets” of Elvis’ first SUN single had been played on another Memphis radio station earlier that day. However, Dewey Phillips was the first to play either side of the single in their entirety.
For more Read EIN’s interview with author Gary Parker  and Vintage Rock Magazine site
(News, Source: VR,ElvisInfoNet)

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Mavis Staples, Booker T. and Priscilla among Memphis 'Music Hall of Fame' class of 2022: Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, Priscilla Presley and other members of some of the world's most famous music families are among the notables who will be inducted this year into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame - reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The eight honorees in the Hall of Fame's class of 2022 will raise the roster of inductees to 90, making for a roll call that includes Kings (Elvis and B.B.), a Queen (Aretha Franklin), a Black Moses (Isaac Hayes), several reverends (including Al Green), and a Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett, better known as Howlin' Wolf).
Some of the honorees, such as Mavis Staples, have been performing for more than six decades, yet remain active. Executive director John Doyle said, "Many of these icons are still doing what they do — creating music."
The honorees are selected by a committee made up of local and national musicians, writers, educators and other music experts.
“It is difficult, because there are literally hundreds of deserving Memphis musicians yet to be honored, with new musical candidates emerging annually," Doyle said.
"Some have more name recognition, Grammys or records sold, but the Hall prides itself for not being a popularity contest." In fact, teachers and disc jockeys are in the Hall, alongside legends of pop, rock, rockabilly, blues, soul, rhythm-and-blues, swing, jazz, country, hip-hop and opera
These are the eight 2022 inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame:
- Mavis Staples: After the Chicago-based Staple Singers took their songs of hope and freedom to Stax in Memphis, they hit the top 40 charts eight times in the 1970s, with such anthems as "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There." Mavis established herself as a star presence and has remained a solo star in the decades since. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and has recorded with Bob Dylan and Prince.
- Priscilla Presley: Priscilla Beaulieu moved to Memphis in 1963 and attended Immaculate Conception High School before marrying the King of Rock 'n Roll in 1966. In 1979, she was named executor of Graceland, and worked to ensure that the legacy of  her late husband would continue to be meaningful, and that Elvis' popularity would continue.
- Fred Ford (1939-1999). Achieved fame as a baritone saxophonist, playing in clubs around the country; backing such artists as Charlie Rich and Rufus Thomas at recording sessions at Sun and Stax;
- Jim Gaines: This Memphis native became one of the industry's most successful studio wizards, working as a sound engineer and producer on such famed albums as the Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like an Eagle," Van Morrison's "St. Dominic's Preview," George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone," Huey Lewis' "Sports" and Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Pride and Joy."
- Booker T. Jones: Previously inducted in 2012 as a member of the Stax instrumental combo Booker T. & the MG's, this Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner will be recognized for his work as a solo artist, studio musician, composer and producer of classic albums, including Willie Nelson's "Stardust" and Bill Withers' debut.
- Ronnie Milsap: Moving to Memphis in the late 1960s, the North Carolina-born Milsap recorded here at Chips Moman's American Sound Studio before he relocated to Nashville and became a top country artist.
- Billy Lee Riley (1933–2009):  Though he never achieved the household-name status of SUN colleagues as Elvis,  Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, Riley remains revered for such uninhibited explosions of musical mayhem as "Flyin' Saucers Rock and Roll" and "Red Hot."
- J.M. Van Eaton: The Memphis-born rock-and-roll drummer and producer was a foundational architect of the liberating Sun sound, serving as in-house drummer on "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and other epochal records by such artists as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and fellow class of 2022 inductee Billy Lee Riley
(News, Source;MemphisCommAppeal)

'ELVIS: Prodigy of SUN Records' New Book: Erik Lorentzen's Elvis Files presents 'ELVIS: Prodigy of SUN Records' an 800-page two book deluxe-package formatted as an illustrated day-by-day travelogue and date book chronicling Elvis' early career and life through newspaper clippings, memorabilia and many unique and rare photos in superb quality.
'ELVIS: Prodigy of SUN Records' is set to be the most comprehensive early Elvis bible on the market today.
Many hours of research through digital libraries uncovered new facts and interesting anecdotes from Elvis' early life and career from '35 till '55. From Old Saltillo Road to the magic of SUN recording studios the first Louisiana Hayride appearances and everything in between.
This book comes with a string of never-before-seen photos dated from 1935 through to 1955.
BUT WAIT, we're not done yet - a 10 inch vinyl bonus LP with twelve songs comes with this release!! The early Elvis SUN recordings in the best possible sound.
The world's first atomic powered singer mixed blues, pop and hillbilly / country to create an electrifying new music that was called Rock'n'Roll and changed the influence of music in the world forever.
Also you will get 9 glossy early SUN promotional photos with your order, all presented in a printed paper sleeve.
A collection of stories: many of Elvis early childhood friends sharing their memories in these issues.

Elvis' time in primary and secondary school is extensively discussed as well as his first loves (not only girls) and his roots for Gospel music.
A collection of jaw-dropping photos and, of course, the near to complete story from Elvis' birth until his big break in 1955.
An unmissable reference book for all fans.

Out this summer from Erik Lorentzen / Robert van Beek and ELVIS FILES

More info coming soon...

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'The legacy of Elvis Presley lives on in new Australian exhibition': The brand new ELVIS exhibition in Bendigo, Australia is getting lots of publicity.
Australian Vogue reported...
.. The legacy of music and style icon Elvis Presley lives on in a new exhibition- Well, it's one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now go, cat, go… to Bendigo. The historic city in Victoria is attracting travellers thanks to the latest regional gold rush that is 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland', a new biographical exhibition that explores the private life and legacy of larger-than-life icon, Elvis Presley.
Already rating as the fastest-selling exhibition in the history of Bendigo Art Gallery, 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' marks another coup.
Previous exhibitions include Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly: Style Icon and if there’s a consistent curatorial line threading through the gallery’s crowd-pleasing exhibition program, it is the enigma of the icon – a theme they dissect through the fashion ephemera and personal effect of the rarefied few who transcend time.
Arguably, no celebrity shares the same depth of cultural significance and devotional worship as Elvis. His legend and fashion legacy will soon explode on the big screen thanks to 'ELVIS', Baz Luhrmann’s viscerally rich biopic which is set to be released mid-year. It reveals the ripple effect across fashion and form and showcases Elvis’s enduring impact on the cult of celebrity and style.
But while Baz was negotiating the logistics of an oncoming pandemic, BAG’s curators were independently kite-flying the possibility of an exhibition premised on Elvis’s private side. Jessica Bridgfoot, the director of Bendigo Art Gallery, recalls the first Zoom call being made from her home to Graceland during the 2020 lockdown, and the evolution of an improbable proposition into the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of archived Elvis artifacts ever to be displayed in Australia. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition paying homage to one of the most influential
figures of the 20th century,” she says. “This is not a travelling exhibition… it goes straight back to Graceland when over. It is absolutely a triumph".
40 years and 20 million visitors later, Graceland is the most visited historic home in the United States after The White House. The enduring legacy of Elvis is testament to the determination, staying power and sense of ‘right’ that sums up the now 76 year-old Priscilla Presley.
Priscilla noted, “Everything, everything was special about life at Graceland. That was our whole world – our horses, hanging out with the guys, the fireworks, it was very, very private. We would go to the movies late at night. Elvis was able to get the latest movies, before anyone else had seen them, We would leave home right after the Johnny Carson monologue and head out to the theatre. Sometimes it was three or four in the morning, back home at 7.30am.
I read a couple of books and one of them made fun of his Las Vegas suits, calling them Liberace suits… it really hit me, I got a bit angry, because this person didn’t know Elvis Presley and why he had those suits. Elvis wanted to give his audience something to take home. He started wearing regular suits, then he met Bill Belew who was an unbelievable designer. They started designing together. First it was simple suits and it went from there. Elvis would say, “I need something a little more, I want to give a show that audiences will remember”. And progressively, one after the other, they were a little bit more embellished, a little bit more flamboyant with semi-precious stones. He wanted the audience to have something to talk about. It was always about the audience…giving them a show, letting them go home with memories.
I think my favourite exhibits are the books, because he would read at night. We might come home from a movie at 2 o’clock in the morning or later, and he would go right to the books and start reading. He would read to me and I had to go to school the next morning. I would be so tired. And he would say, “you’re not listening to me woman.” ( laughs). There were so many of them piled up on the floor. I made a special book case for him, that went under the bed. I was afraid that he would step on the books and trip… I put them all away and showed him and said you don’t have to worry now, you are not going to trip over them. What do you think happens? The books go right back on the floor. He didn’t care. He was an avid reader.”
'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' is a ticketed event from 19 March to 17 July, 2022 at Bendigo Art Gallery - -- Go here to see the full Vogue article.
(News, Source/V/ElvisInfoNet)

FTD - Three New April Releases: FTD have announced three new releases for next month. A 1976 double-soundboard, a Kid Galahad double Vinyl LP, plus a new book on 'Elvis Presley movie memorabilia 1956-1958'.
1- 'Elvis: Madison to Pine Bluff ’76': As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of ‘Elvis: Pine Bluff To Madison ‘76’.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features two shows: Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin October 19, 1976 8.30pm  and Pine Bluff Convention Center, Arkansas, September 8, 1976 - 830pm. FTD have already releases plenty of soundboards from this tour including the day before Sioux Falls, Oct 18 (Bruce Jackson: On The Road With Elvis CD2) and September 6, 1976 Afternoon and Evening shows ‘Elvis In Alabama: The Last Double Date’
Both these 1976 shows - especially the Pine Bluff Closing show - are recommended by soundboard collectors
See 'FTD / SONY CD News 2022' for tracklists

2- “Kid Galahad” (2-LP Limited Edition)
FTD is pleased to announce the release of the first official ‘Kid Galahad’ vinyl soundtrack album. It is hard to believe that it was 60 years ago that this movie first made its debut. “King Of  The Whole Wide World” sounds as fresh today as it did then.
This 180gram 2-LP limited edition contains all the original soundtrack masters and many excellent alternative outtakes.

EIN finds this particularly surreal as one of the first Elvis 45rpm singles I ever bought was the ‘Kid Galahad’ EP.
... and now it is a double-vinyl release!

See 'FTD / SONY CD News 2022' for tracklists


3- Book – ‘Elvis: Celluloid Sell-Out!’
FTD Books presents ‘Elvis: Celluloid Sell-Out!’ from author Bob Pakes.  
448 pages and over two thousand images of Worldwide Elvis Presley movie memorabilia from 1956-1958.
It’s packed with movie posters, lobby cards, pressbooks, publicity stills, programs, standees, heralds and much more!

Plus 2 bonus CDs featuring the soundtracks from ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Loving You’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘King Creole’.

EIN Notes – Bob Pakes previously published the stunning book ‘The EPE Catalog’ 400 pages and over 1,450 images on every weird and wonderful product that was part of the immensely successful 1956 Elvis Presley merchandise train.
See EIN’s interview with Bob Pakes here.

There can be no doubt that this book will be as thorough – though why fans need the movie soundtracks is anyone’s guess.


(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

New book release - 'Elvis August 1956 Hollywood Bound August 16 - 31': The latest photo-journal by prolific Elvis author-researcher, Paul Belard, is now available. The book features well over one hundred b&w and color/colorized images as well as a wide array of important archival material from the time. This is an excerpt from the book:
... On August 16, Elvis flew to Los Angeles to star in his first movie. He was welcomed at the airport by a group of fans, some of whom carried banners inscribed “Elvis for President.” He stayed at the Knickerbocker Hotel. There, photographer Ed Braslaff took multiple pictures of Elvis in a variety clothing, or lack thereof, in his room and on the roof of the hotel. Most pictures were published in the book Elvis 1956 Reflections. On the 24th, while on the set, Elvis recorded three of the songs that would appear in the film. Preliminary work began on the 25th. At that time, the film was still titled The Reno Brothers.
In late August, Debra Paget and Elvis were interviewed by Jules Archer. Archer was an American author of many books on U.S. history, political events, and personalities.
The interview titled Stop Hounding Teenagers! appeared in the magazine Writer’s Digest in November 1956. It is one of the best articles written about Elvis. Towards the end of the interview, to the question, “Elvis, do you think that your popularity with teenagers could be harnessed to fight delinquency and to keep kids on the right path”, Elvis replies: “I’d be right proud to help any way I could to influence kids to do the right thing. If I can help any civic, charitable or religious drive by sending a special message, or posing for a special picture, I’ll be happy to do so. That goes for Protestants, Catholics, Jews - white or colored.. We’re all God’s children, and I don’t care what a man’s color or religion is. If my influence can help people, especially teenagers, solve their problems, I hope they’ll let me help.”
At the time of this interview, Tupelo and Memphis and most of the South were still segregated. For Elvis to admit he did not care about a man’s color or religion took courage. For those who still think Elvis was a racist, this article is a must-read.
The book is available on Amazon and the author can be contacted at: pbelard@hotmail.com
(News, Source: Paul Belard)

‘Elvis’ World Premiere at Cannes!: Great news that the Baz Luhrmann ELVIS biopic will have its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Warner Bros is hyping up its upcoming film ELVIS with a premiere just as flashy as the man himself. The movie will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival a month before its theatrical release. While no specific date has been selected yet it will have to be between May 17 to May 28.
Luhrmann has previously opened the French Riviera Film festival with both Moulin Rouge! in 2001 and The Great Gatsby in 2013.
Luhrmann’s first movie since The Great Gatsby, ELVIS explores the
life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager. The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
Variety had predicted the film will play at Cannes along with 'Top Gun: Maverick', George Miller’s 'Three Thousand Years of Longing', David Cronenberg’s 'Crimes of the Future',
Wes Anderson's 'Asteroid City' among others..
The Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection will be unveiled at a press conference in Paris during the second or third week of April. - ELVIS is set to hit Cinemas on June 24.
(News, Source;Variety/ElvisInfoNet)
Visit our spotlight on 'ELVIS' the new Baz Luhrmann movie for more stories and great images..

'The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll: 70 Years of Sun Records' New Book: More info on this new books from authors Peter Guralnick and Colin Escott, 'The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll: 70 Years of Sun Records'
With a foreword by Jerry Lee Lewis!  - Out October 18, 2022.
A fascinating look at the history of Sun Records, the label that started Rock n’ Roll, told through 70 of its iconic recordings.
In Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1950s, there was hard-edged blues playing on Beale Street, and hillbilly boogie on the outskirts of town. But at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records studio on Union Avenue, there was something different going on – a whole lotta shakin’, rockin’, and rollin’.
This is where rock ’n’ roll was born.
Sun Records: the company that launched Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Carl Perkins.
The label that brought the world, “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Breathless,” “I Walk the Line,” “Mystery Train,” “Good Rockin’ Tonight.”
The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll: 70 Years of Sun Records is the official history of this legendary label, and looks at its story in a unique way: through the lens of 70 of its most iconic recordings. From the early days with primal blues artists like Howlin’ Wolf and B.B. King to long nights in the studio with Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, you will see how the label was shaped and how it redefined American music. Accompanying the recordings is the label’s origin story and a look at the mission of the label today, as well as “Sun Spot” sidebars - a fascinating dive into subjects such as how the iconic logo was created, the legendary Million Dollar Quartet sessions, and how the song “Harper Valley, PTA” funded the purchase of the label.
The foreword by Jerry Lee Lewis includes...
... When I first heard about Sam Phillips and SUN Records I knew if I could play for Sam, he could make me a star; he was the man I needed to see to really get things going. He already made Elvis a hit and if he could do it for Elvis, he could certainly do it for Jerry Lee Lewis.
- Recording at Sun were some of the best days of my life. It was much different back then than it is today. To cut a record today you need thirty people but back in those days we would just show up and let 'er rip. When I recorded "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" Sam didn't want to record it at first. He wanted me to record "It'll Be Me," which I did, but that wasn't what people wanted to hear. They wanted to hear real Rock and Roll. I kept after Sam until he agreed to do it.  We cut that song just like we'd done it on stage; something that would never happen today. When it came out I was right, it was what the people wanted to hear. It was real rock and roll and that's what we did at Sun, we cut real rock and roll records. That was the beginning of it all. Rock and roll started at Sun Records and without Sun there would be no rock and roll.
- Elvis asked me how I was possibly going to follow up "Whole Lotta Shakin'Goin On." Well, I wasn't too worried about that so just turned to him and said "Oh, I'll think of something" and walked away. Of course, we followed-up with "Great Balls of Fire" which we originally recorded for a movie called "Jamboree." ... I didn't feel like that original take was quite right. It was good but I knew it could be better. We took that song back to the studio at Sun, re-cut it, and the rest is history.
- A lot of people have asked me over the years what I think of Sam Phillips and it's sure that we didn't always see eye to eye but, you know, he was like a brother to me. He helped me get my start, and for that I will forever be grateful. There will never be another like him and there will never be another Sun Records. That's where it all started; with Sam, and Carl, and Roy, Johnny, and, of course, ole Jerry Lee. Sam Phillips and Sun records changed the whole world.
- I can't believe it's been 70 years since Sam founded Sun records and I'm blessed to be here to celebrate it with my fans, Sam's fans, Sun Records' fans. God Bless you all. --- - Jerry Lee Lewis

Written by two of the most acclaimed music writers of our time, Peter Guralnick and Colin Escott, and featuring hundreds of rare images from the Sun archives as well as a foreword by music legend Jerry Lee Lewis, this is a one-of-a-kind book for anyone who wants to know where it all started.
Publisher: Weldon Owen OUT October 18, 2022 256 pages.

EIN reckons this will be a sensational book.

(News, Source; Amazon/ ElvisInfoNet)

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'The Pot Luck Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released back in December 2021, 'The Pot Luck Sessions' was the eighth in FTD’s “complete sessions” packages. An 8 inch deluxe 5-CD package featuring a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and session data, memorabilia and rare photos. The set includes remastered complete RCA sessions from Elvis' June 25 and October 15 1961 and March 18-19 1962 recording sessions.
The set features a good number of previously unreleased outakes and EIN also uncovers plenty of Elvis studio discussions that had been previously edited out on earlier "Classic Album" releases such as Elvis saying, “Here we go already. How do like that arrangement, Red?” an important question to his friend Red West who had composed the song 'That’s Someone You Never Forget'.

With the complete Little Sister / His Latest Flame sessions this is the release collectors have been waiting forty years for!
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley goes in-deep to discover the hidden delights for session collectors....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Laurel Goodwin - ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’ - Dead at 79: Laurel Goodwin, who made her movie debut opposite Elvis Presley in Girls! Girls! Girls! and co-stared in the first Star Trek pilot episode has died aged 79.
Goodwin died February 25 in Cathedral City, California, her sister, Maureen Scott, announced yesterday.
Born on Aug. 11, 1942, in Wichita, Kansas, Goodwin moved to San Francisco where she began working as a model when she was only 7 years old. Paramount studio signed her to a seven-year contract when she was only 19.
In Hollywood, she studied acting with Jeff Corey and, when he was away his fill-in was Leonard Nimoy!
In the Elvis' Girls! Girls! Girls! Goodwin played the wholesome rich girl Laurel Dodge, who battles with Stella Stevens for the affections of Elvis’ tuna fisherman and helps him get the boat he always wanted. The two memorably share a dance in the clever “The Wall Have Ears” number.
Goodwin also portrayed the elder daughter of Jackie
Gleason in Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963) and appeared in The Glory Guys written by Sam Peckinpah.
In 1964 Goodwin was cast with Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in “The Cage” the Star Trek pilot.
Goodwin would later appear on episodes of Get Smart, The Beverly Hillbillies and Mannix before retiring from acting in 1971 and going into nursing.
Talking about working with Elvis, Laurel Goodwin noted, “Although it was my first film role and I was a little nervous, Elvis was very sweet and endearing. We got along wonderfully, we became good friends. I came from San Francisco I grew up in a sophisticated kind of world, and I felt his world was much more sheltered even though he was a huge star. I knew about Elvis' entourage but never felt threatened by them and we had a great time. We used to play touch football together and we had fun.
I spent time on the movie-set with him talking about philosophy and I’d get Elvis to sing to me a cappella! It was a great thrill as he had a God’s given voice and a cappella was even better than the records I’d heard".

- See her complete interview in Gates of Graceland: 2017 Laurel Goodwin shares stories from 'Girls! Girls! Girls!'
(News, Source;Michael/ElvisInfoNet)

'..And Then There Was Elvis' Sneak Peak: Virginia Coons was a super-SUPER-fan. Her interest started with Elvis’ breakthrough in the mid-fities and continued to her very last day. She has met Elvis multiple times and was the direct link between America and England. She maintained contacts and ensured that the latest releases of LPs and 45s found their way overseas. She not only had contact with Elvis but with everyone close to him including Priscilla, Col. Parker's office and RCA. There are so many fun-to-read stories its incredible.
Virginia has hundreds of memories now curated by her daughter ─ Elaine Christan ─ in a 400 page hardback book. Many personal stories summarized in a beautiful book "And Then There Was Elvis - A Superfan's Adventures in the Elvis World" with many high resolution photos, personal candids etc . . . made available by MEGA collector Erik Lorentzen. Erik's stunning photo collection is known worldwide.
Elaine translated her mother's journey into writing, so many beautiful stories brought together in one book.
Anyone who reads The Elvis Files magazine will be familiar the way Virginia remembered Elvis and penned her memories...
Erik Lorentzen has sent EIN a "Sneak-Peak" at some of the pages, describing the book as... "Can there be better personal stories more interesting than this, combined with the unique photos? And the book is full of such stories and pictures.
This is my favourite book looking at the personal life of Elvis and his fans."
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Interview – Gary Parker author of 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley: A Critical History of the Early Recordings': Gary Parker’s The Original Jethro Tull was critically heralded as was his fiction thriller, The Fourth Order. His latest book about Elvis’ early recordings is due out next month.

Gary kindly took time to discuss what we can expect in his new book, Jethro Tull, and things in-between.
Elvis’ Sun recordings vs. RCA early recordings, the muddy Mississippi delta plains, Elvis’ swirlingly innovative mixture of hair-raising rock & roll and balladry.

These and other issues are explored in Gary’s fascinating interview with EIN's Nigel Patterson...


(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS WEEK 2022' Details: EPE have finally released the first details about ELVIS WEEK 2022.
The publicity states... We are so excited to be able to share what we have planned for Elvis Week 2022 - and we can't wait for you to join us here in Memphis for this historic celebration.
Graceland will be welcoming fans from around the world on August 9-17 for Elvis Week 2022, as we mark the 45th anniversary of Elvis' passing and honor the man, the star, the icon - the King of Rock 'n' Roll!
Elvis Week 2022 will offer an unforgettable line-up of concerts, conversations, tributes, and more. 2022 highlights include...
- The August 16 'Elvis Presley in Concer't featuring Elvis on the big screen backed by a live band;
Includes James Burton, Glen Hardin, Terry Blackwood and The Imperials, Larry Strickland and a special appearance by Priscilla Presley.

- All the King's Men, showcasing those who shared the studio and stage with Elvis;
Hear stories from TCB Band members James Burton, Glen Hardin and Memphis Boy Gene Chrisman.

- The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Dinner Show, where fans can enjoy Elvis' gospel favorites;
Features Terry Blackwood and The Imperials, Stamps' Larry Strickland, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and Estelle Brown of The Sweet Inspirations.
- Conversations On Elvis: the man, the music, the legend
Including Priscilla Presley; James Burton, Glen Hardin, Estelle Brown with more guests to be announced.
- The annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and performances by many of EPE's past Ultimate winners;
- The the annual Candlelight Vigil on August 15 where fans gather in quiet remembrance of the king.
Tickets for Elvis Week 2022 officially go on sale on Thursday, March 10!
Check out the schedule of events & tickets here at Graceland website
There will be further special guest announcements and added events
(News, Source;EPE/EIN)

Book Review: elvis presley Un fenomeno  mondiale nelle cronache italiane (Volume 1) 1956-1959 (Luca Casteellino and Ernesto Zucconi): Late in 2021 this new book from Italy was released. As the first volume in a five volume (scrapbook type) series, the book catalogues Elvis’ impact in Italy in the first years of Elvis’ international super-stardom.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson spent a weekend consulting Google Translate and exploring what is featured in an absorbing, richly narrative and visual, 155 pages of Elvis Italian style.

Read Nigel’s full review



(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

MRS 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo 1956' CD Review: At the end of last year the UK based MRS label released their Double CD/ Book 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956'.
The set contains the complete 1956 RCA studio master recordings in mono and (DES extracted) stereo versions. These were thirty classic RCA recordings that would help change the future of popular music.
The accompanying 20-page booklet includes photographs and memorabilia plus introductory notes.
While 'DES Stereo' remastering can sometimes reveal new details about classic MONO studio recordings, trying to create believable stereo from echoey mono masters is not that easy, even when using "highly advanced sound processing techniques".
Can classic mono tracks such as 'Hound Dog', 'Don't Be Cruel', 'My Baby Left Me' and 'Heartbreak Hotel' really sound better in DES stereo?

EIN's Piers Beagley put on some good quality headphones to provide an in-depth review of this recent MRS release.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: South Bound- Tampa / Atlanta '75' FTD in-depth Review: Mid 1975 found Elvis back in good form and having fun on stage. This 5" digipack double-soundboard features two more concerts from Elvis' 1975 Spring Tour. The Tampa April 26, 1975 Afternoon show at Curtis Hixon Convention Center plus Atlanta Omni Coliseum May 2, 1975 Evening Show.
Unfortunately soundboards from the start of this tour all have the same inherent 'problem' a HEAVY bias towards Piano tracks, there was often very little drums or orchestra in the mix. So can this release show us anything new?
But while collectors are right to be a little reticent about “Afternoon Shows” this soundboard is surprisingly enjoyable...

Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out the reality of this new FTD double-pack and discover Elvis having fun with his loving fans ..
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) 'Don't Be Cruel, Elvis: The Bill Black Story': It is easy to forget that, in the beginning, Elvis was only one part of a trio put together by Sam Phillips, which included Bill Black on bass and Scotty Moore on lead guitar.
The unique sound that emerged from their early sessions was the result of a close collaboration of like-minded musicians and an engineer who wanted to generate something as yet unheard.
Bill Black's contribution to Elvis’ success went beyond the bass playing. His antics on stage — twirling his bass, riding it as if it was a bronco to be tamed, trading corny jokes with Elvis — delighted the audiences. Scotty confirmed that, “If it hadn’t been for Bill, we would have bombed many times in the early days.”
Memphis Mansion’s Henrik Knudsen fortuitously befriended Bill Black's family and was entrusted with the family’s treasured scrapbook.
Using this key source, plus the investigative power of author Paul Belard, key rock'n'roll bassman Bill Black finally gets the biography he deserves with this impressive 260 page book.

Packed full of rare photos, great stories and interviews, EIN's Piers Beagley spent some quality time enjoying this very fine tribute to "Blackie" a great musician and a true character ... go here to find out more..
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

"ELVIS 45" Year-long Celebration: Elvis Presley’s Graceland will be celebrating the life and legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll throughout 2022 in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of his passing in 1977. ELVIS 45 will include special events, giveaways, new exhibit openings, and concerts at Graceland during the year, plus exclusive merchandise offerings and more!
The yearlong celebration kicks off this week during Elvis’ Birthday Celebration on January 6-9 in Memphis. Additional Elvis 45 events planned for 2022 include Graceland traditional annual events like Ultimate ETA Weekend, Graceland Performing Arts Camp, Elvis Week 2022, Holiday Lighting Weekend, and Christmas Tours: plus, one-time events including a Valentine’s Day Package, Jailhouse Rock Party, Memphis Music Weekend and more.
- As part of ELVIS 45, Graceland is offering the highly collectible ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection featuring a 2022 Graceland Annual Pass, limited-
edition records, plus other exclusive items. Additionally, Graceland will be giving out 1,000 special ELVIS 45 RPM Records to visitors in Memphis who tour on six select days in 2022.
- Graceland will also open four new exhibits in 2022: 'Rock On' in early January, a replica guitar exhibit in partnership with Gibson Guitars; 'Elvis: Dressed to Rock' on May 7, featuring jumpsuits and stagewear from 1969-1977; 'Graceland: Welcome to My World' on June 7, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Graceland opening to the public; and 'Dear Elvis' in August, an exhibit honoring Elvis fans.
Go here to EPE for all the details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Interview 'The Airplanes & The King' with Carlos Varrenti & Robert Van Beek: As promised a few months ago, the extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version.
Not only that but it has now been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team, EIN has seen some preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.

EIN is delighted to be able to talk with the author Carlos Varrenti - as well as Elvis Files designer Robert Van Beek to find out more.

We find out more about Carlos Varrenti's Argentinian background, how he came to be involved with designer Robert Van Beek and The Elvis Files for the expanded reprint, what highlights are in the book and what new stories fans will be able to discover within the covers.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interview, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: '72 Summer Festival' Book Review: Published back in 2019 by author Kieran Davis, this impressive hardcover book focuses on Elvis' 1972 stunning summer season in Las Vegas. With every performance examined in detail over 160 pages, it features rare on-stage photographs, plenty of memorabilia, exclusive original tour documents and best of all fan diaries detailing Elvis' every move.

Packed with rare pics, multiple concert reviews, detailed tracklists, articles on meeting Elvis, an examination of his new stage attire and much much more.. it is one of the most comprehensive books ever written about Elvis' 1972 summer season.

It has been described as a labour-of-love by a true Elvis fan who wanted to self-publish a worthy book for true Elvis fans. Originally Sold Out, the book has now been re-printed for 2021

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out whether the book truly captures Elvis' great 1972 Las Vegas Summer Season.


(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

"Elvis Back In Nashville" 8/10 Review: It's great to see the mainstream music press already giving truly positive reviews to the new "Elvis Back In Nashville" box-set that comes out next week.
UNCUT uk music magazine have already reviewed it noting....
"The King's final recordings in the country music capital"
Elvis Presley was more ambitious than his late career output might suggest.
During his 1971 sessions in Nashville, he cut tracks for his dream project: a folk-rock record featuring songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kris Kristofferson and others. Sadly, it never saw the light of day, and tracks from those sessions were scattered across cookie-cutter collections throughout the'70s.
'Elvis Back In Nashville' collects those recordings in one place, showcasing his stylistic range (gospel, carols, standards... you name it) and offering a glimpse of what might have been.
Despite being sold as a nostalgia act, Elvis was absolutely devoted to whatever he song he was singing. He immersed himself in the story and invested each line with nuance and character, whether it's the casually funky "Put Your Hand In The Hand" or the delicate "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (recorded while he had the flu).
Box-Set rates 8/10.
Extras: 6/10. Archival photos and liner notes by David Cantwell.

You can also have a sneak preview of 30 seconds of every track via PlatoMania - CLICK HERE to listen

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS presents 'ELVIS: September 1970' in-depth Review: MRS's new 2CD deluxe set features a new previously unreleased soundboard from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD that covers the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer festival.
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans. Newspaper reviews of his concerts wrote about the excitement and fun Elvis was having back on-stage.
This brand-new previously unknown concert captures Elvis feeling 'loose-as-a-goose' yet still performing with a real intensity. His live versions of ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’’, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' were truly exceptional this evening.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and enjoy a hilarious ride-with-the-king.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Elvis June 1956: June 1956 was another busy month for Elvis Presley and author Paul Bélard captures the frenzy and excitement of Elvis' rocket-to-stardom in this new photo-book, ‘Elvis June 1956’.
Elvis' 1956 juggernaut was picking up strength during the month with a series of dynamic live shows across America, appearing on Wink Martindale’s ‘Dance Party’ TV show, violating segregation laws in Memphis, outraging media critics and many parents with his burlesque show rendition of ‘Hound Dog’ on The Milton Berle Show and rehearsing for his appearance on The Steve Allen Show as the highlights.
The book includes some wonderful archive material such as..
- “Singing Sensation Causes Near Riot Here”
- “Writhing Singer Has Long Beach Soxers Wailing”
- "Elvis Sends 6,400 Here Into Frenzy”
- “Presley Leaves You In A Blue Suede Funk”
· “The Presley Problem”

This graphic biography illustrates how our man worked hard getting his career off the ground. All this packed on 220 pages.
Go here as Nigel Patterson and Kees Mouwen check out this look at one of Elvis' key months of his career
(Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)

Book Review 'From Elvis in Japan': David Ward's 'From Elvis in Japan: Elvis Presley Japanese LPs 1956-2018' is the a very detailed and visually attractive Elvis “discography”. It covers Elvis LP (vinyl) releases in Japan between 1956 and 2018, the e-book is full of interesting information about each release and stunning images of the LP covers and discs.

The discography contains information on 131 Elvis LPs released in the “land of the rising sun”, a complete song index, and “value add” sections such as How to Read Elvis’ Name in Japanese, Japanese Albums with US Artwork, and English Lyrics (the translations are often outrageously funny!).

Japan also pressed plenty of unique compilations such as 'Elvis Presley Special 24', 'Elvis on Screen', 'Elvis Presley The Complete Singles (11 LP box set)' and 'Elvis Presley By Request of Japanese Fans'.

Go here and discover even more as EIN's Nigel Patterson reviews this fascinating look at Elvis' Japan releases.

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Elvis The Army Years Uncovered (Trina Young): EIN thanks our good friend, Kees Mouwen (administrator of the best Elvis blog on the Internet....Elvis Day By Day), for allowing us to publish his informative review of Trina Young’s latest book.

Despite what some fans may think, Elvis’ Army years were eventful, full of interesting and sometimes sad, incidents.
Those two years in the Army were important in shaping Elvis as a person.
As Kees notes in his enlightening review, in her book, Trina Young “goes behind the superficial public relations story of Presley’s army years”.

Read Kees’ detailed review

(Book Review: Source: Kees Mouwen)


'Elvis: Fort Worth, Texas 1974' FTD in-depth Review: This FTD double-pack features two concerts from Elvis’ third tour of 1974, both performances from Father's Day in Fort Worth, Texas, June 16 1974. Elvis performed four shows at the 14,000 seater Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth Texas. These were the first four shows of Elvis' Tour #11 so he was ready to rock. Reviews included, "Elvis put on one sharp, uptown and professional show. Wrapped skintight or loosely white bellbottoms and waist-length jacket. Elvis had the show in the palm of his hand".
In fine humour, at the evening show Elvis jokes that the whole band are from Texas... “John Wilkinson from Waco Texas, Ronnie Tutt from Dallas Texas, Duke Bardwell from Abilene Texas, Charlie Hodge from Decateur Texas, Voice from Nashville Texas and Joe Guercio with the all-Texas choir band! And I’m from Tupelo, Texas."
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley give you the complete low-down on this new FTD double-pack ....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Interview) Dennis van Tiel... the Netherlands: EIN continues its series of interviews with Elvis world identities in different countries, this time discussing “things Elvis” with Dennis Tiel from the Netherlands.
Dennis has published several books about Elvis and is also responsible for the long-running series of “annual” publications, Almost in Elvis.
His view about the Elvis world and what fans can learn from "everything Elvis" is truly fascinating.

As Tiel explains, "'Almost in Elvis' is an initiative for writers, journalists, poets, artist and just passionate lovers of the character Elvis A. Presley. Every issue has is own theme. The style and the design are different every issue and follows the theme of that edition sort of speak. You could consider Elvis is a kind of muse in this context."
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson discovers more ..
(Interviews, Source;NP/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Think Twice: Elvis in The Studio 1971': The forthcoming 'Back In Nashville' boxset is going to shine the spotlight on Elvis' 1971 sessions which have traditionally been ignored by the official label. In this fascinating and detailed article EIN contributor Shane Brown examines these all too easily dismissed Nashville sessions and discovers some real gems.
It’s very easy to look at the March, May and June 1971 recordings out of context. While the recordings are certainly not up to the standard of those from June 1970, it’s also true to say that Elvis was in a very different place personally by spring 1971.
In June 1970 Elvis was riding the crest of a wave with his recent successes but by January 1971 he was in the newspapers due to an ongoing paternity suit.
The Presley’s marriage was on the rocks and Elvis was having problems with his eyes.
However despite all of this there was something very interesting going on during the 1971 sessions.
Find out more as Shane Brown investigates these controversial 1971 Nashville Sessions....
(Spotlight; Source;ShaneBrown/EIN)

Don't miss out on one of EIN's most-viewed and controversial interviews of all-time - Mike Stone tells all.

EIN Interview with Mike Stone: Mike Stone has had a long and successful career in athletics, in the entertainment business, as an author, sports instructor, bodyguard and personal fitness trainer.
Mike Stone was also a key figure in the emotional roller-coaster that described Elvis and Priscilla Presley's lives in the seventies.
In this exclusive EIN interview Priscilla's ex-partner, karate champion and author talks about his amazing life, including...
- Meeting Elvis and Priscilla
- Hawaii, Elvis and Karate
- Being Phil Spector's bodyguard
- Sitting next to John Lennon recording
- Priscilla and karate
- Fans blaming him for Elvis' marriage split-up
- Elvis putting a "Hit" out on him
- Finding peace in the Philippines
- His new autobiography

EIN was delighted to be able to finally talk with the man and find out more. EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Interview) Piotr Soczynski talks to EIN: While serious collectors will be familiar with Piotr Soczynski’s phenomenal work in documenting little known parts of the Elvis recording catalog, most fans will not. This is a great pity, as Piotr, who lives in Poland, has already published five of the best Elvis books in 2021, with two more volumes due later this year and in 2022. These books are:
Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1956-1967
★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1968-1991
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1953-1965
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1965-1993

Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 1
Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 2 (late 2021)
Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 3 (expected 2022)
The first four volumes sold out quickly earlier this year, while the more recent first volume of Piotr’s Eastern Europe vinyl trilogy is selling fast. The depth of information, glorious visuals, and strong, clean book design have resulted in fascinating “coffee table” releases which will please (amaze) both collectors and the general fan. Piotr recently took time out to discuss Elvis in Poland and his series of books which are an important narrative-visual record of little understood Elvis vinyl releases.
Read Piotr’s full interview with Nigel Patterson and marvel at some great page visuals from the various volumes
(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED- The collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire: Has Ernst won the war?’: Back in 1999 Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon convinced BMG to let them start the FTD collectors label in order to counteract the Elvis bootleg companies which had been selling unreleased material to fans since the very first vinyl bootleg 'Please Release Me' was issued back in 1970.
Of all the bootleg labels that have come and gone the 'Madison' label was one of the very few that always produced high-quality releases and which happened to start at the same time as FTD. The designs were top-notch and with detailed sleeve notes they easily competed with the legal Elvis releases.
In 2021 ‘Madison’ have returned with the new bootleg ‘A Legendary Performer Volume 9’ but all is not what was promised. The Elvis bootleg vaults are empty and FTD appears to have won the game.
Go here as EIN’s Piers Beagley checks out the lack of new material and considers the bootleg era at an end...
And EIN wants YOUR SAY - Our article is now updated with YOUR FEEDBACK - and more...
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 45,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

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

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

"On Tour" 50th Anniversary - FTD vs Lorentzen release:
In the same way that the FTD 'TTWII' Collectors Edition had to include similar photos to Erik Lorentzen's 'TTWII' Summer Festival publication, a debate among Elvis collectors has already started regarding the two new 'On Tour' editions and which one to purchase.
Lorentzen promises the earlier publication this year, whereas FTD are still gathering documentation and unseen images for their 2022 release.
Trouble has also started as Lorentzen has stated about his book, "Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions" yet now Ernst Jørgensen has posted that his personal session notes are being used without permission.
It will be difficult for fans to decide which to buy, or both, especially with the extra wait for the David English / Pål Granlund 50th Anniversary FTD 'On Tour' project.
Ernst Jørgensen posted the following statement..
"It has come to my attention that some of my personal recording notes are being used in Erik Lorentzen’s forthcoming Elvis On Tour book.
This is disappointing; as Erik has been notified that this information is private and confidential, and prior to publication permission is required, which has not been granted.
Pål, David and myself are working on an 'Elvis On Tour' FTD release for 2022, this information will be included with this release."

We do however also know that FTD will be including audio cds with their publication, the audio content however has not been finalised as yet.
(Note: Both images are of course not the actual book covers!)
(News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis UK' Book Re-Issue: Following the successful release of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British CD Releases 1983-2005' as a Flip book in February 2021, co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce that their original book – the long out-of-print Elvis UK – published in 1987 – is now to be made available using the same digital technology but with an additional 60 pages of ‘bonus material’.
Our prime reason for making this book available is due to the constant requests for hard copies as it went out of print in the late 1980s.  Unfortunately, a physical reprint was not an option, owing to extremely high production costs – just as it wasn’t for Elvis UK3.  However, unlike the latter project - which we wanted to be able to update when required  – 'Elvis UK' will be available as a download.  The document will not be held on a digital platform and accessed via the internet, but will be available on the buyer’s own device.
Importantly though, the original book appears exactly as it was in 1987 as it has not been possible to make any textl amendments as the book did not exist in a digital form.
The original Elvis UK was a 565 page hard-backed reference book, published by Blandford Press, dealing with the then hitherto largely unexplored subject of Elvis Presley’s UK record releases from March 1956 through to 1986, nine years after Presley’s death. The digital copy of Elvis UK features:
    Every individual record release – singles, EPs and LPs issued on HMV, RCA and third party labels between 1956-86 – in great detail and in chronological order
- Each entry included detailed track info as well as writers’ names, release dates, and chart entry positions
    Every release and re-release carefully cross-referenced
    Label and sleeve variations identified and dated
    Introductory sections which include background to the issuing companies, comprehensive information about details printed on labels and the process of how records were made
    Chronological and alphabetical listings of all main sections, including catalogue numbers and release dates   
A various artist section which featured one or more Elvis tracks
    A section detailing promotional records
    Hundreds of illustrations
    An Interview and spoken word index
    A full list of every song showing where it appeared, cross-referenced with page numbers
- Plus - 60 pages of bonus material – which includes the following:
    The Making Of Elvis UK
    Golden Grooves
    LP Re-issues

Fortunately, in transferring Elvis UK into the Flip format none of the original search features have been lost. On the contrary, the comprehensive contents and indexing system built in to the original book has been accentuated by the highly intuitive navigational features offered by Flip.  Searching is much easier and quicker.
In our view, this move represents the only sensible and cost-effective way of making this valuable and much-sought after reference work available to a much wider audience – but at the reasonable and affordable price.  The download version of 'Elvis UK', complete with 60 pages of bonus material section costs just £20. 
More about this release (and others in the series) and how to order it can be found on our website – www.elvisukbooks.co.uk
(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)
See EIN review of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis British CD 1983-2005'- highly recommended

Book Review: 'Elvis The King of the Rings Vol 1': Author-researcher Paul Belard has released the latest installment in his ongoing Elvis day-by-day biography series, visually (and narratively) documenting Elvis Presley's life and times. Unlike previous volumes, this book doesn’t cover a specific period of time, it covers a “shiny” part of our man's life, his love for big and glittery jewelry, specifically rings.
Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems.
The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.”

Belard's new book features 254 pages dedicated to Elvis’ love of rings.
The photos include close-ups of so much glorious "Bling" along with stories of Elvis wearing them on-stage and even where they ended up.
Go here to read our review by Kees Mouwen and Nigel Patterson
(Book Review, Source:DayByDay/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Jay Thompson and Elvis Presley' Spotlight: In April 1956 Disc-jockey Jay Thompson, from Breckenridge radio station KSTB, interviewed a young Elvis Presley while he was touring through Texas on a string of one-night stands. In that 1956 interview Elvis interestingly revealed that he was previously training to be an electrician, that his first movie would be The Rainmaker and that he did not know Bill Black or Scotty Moore before their Sun session.

In 1982 Elvis fan Scott Wheeler befriended and interviewed Jay Thompson about the experience. Although Jay never actively participated in Elvis-related events or productions in later years he also never sought notoriety for the interview either. However we believe it's important that Jay Thompson be well remembered for his valuable contribution to the history of Elvis.

Go here to our special Spotlight - plus Elvis' Wichita Falls Interview - by Scott Wheeler / Piers Beagley...
(Spotlight; Source;SW/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review - 'ELVIS UK3': Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus illustrations.
This examination of Elvis’ British releases is an incredibly detailed narrative and visual record of his CD releases in the UK from 1983 to 2005. The first Elvis CD, 'The Legend' (3CD), was released in the UK in December 1983. Reflecting the fledgling nature of the format, UK fans had to wait another 12 months until the release of not one, but three, Elvis albums, in December 1984. By that time, the flood gates for the CD medium were starting to strain.
As with the authors’ earlier two volumes on Elvis UK vinyl releases, the information in Elvis UK3 is exhaustive.
To say that Elvis UK3 was well-researched would be a serious understatement. There is so much information in this book that it is difficult to comprehensively review it all. While many collectors will be most interested in the technical details for each entry, the author’s narrative is excellent.
Released using the flipbook format EIN tested Elvis UK3 on four platforms - a 28” computer monitor, 14” tablet, iPad 8 and a 6.5” android mobile phone.
EIN's Nigel Patterson has spent plenty of time reading through this massive work and here presents his in-depth review ...

(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD.
'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960...
'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962...
'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.- Release date: March 12, 2021. From Amazon for $14.99.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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(Book Review) Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969 (Carlos Ares): The second volume in Carlos Ares’ series of “coffee table” books detailing Elvis’ reception in Argentina is another high quality production. With a great balance between informative text, colorful images and impressive archival artefacts, it is a worthy inclusion in any fan’s Elvis library.

It is available in English and Spanish text editions.

Read EIN Nigel Patterson’s detailed review


(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Walk A Lonely Street' Book Review: Recently published Tony Plews, 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that changed the world.
In EIN Piers Beagley's detailed review he discovers that.. the true joy of this book is Tony Plews’ delightful and engaging writing style. His detailed research and his mix of facts and imagination blend together to create an emotional narrative that really draws the reader in. At times he also adds a nice British, somewhat droll, sense of humour that can make you laugh out loud. A totally enthralling musical journey, Tony Plews writes with a truly engaging, colourful and passionate style. If your love of Elvis is based upon his amazing musical legacy then this is the book for you....
Go here to EIN's 'Walk A Lonely Street' in-depth review
Coming Wednesday.. EIN interviews author Tony Plews
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Box-set EIN In-Depth Review: A 4CD collection presenting the definitive chronicle of Elvis' 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B over the course of an epic five day run in June 1970 now, for the first time, the sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang without the added overdubs appearing on earlier releases.
Elvis’ 1970 Nashville session was very different from the previous Memphis sessions or even Elvis’ later sessions. Nashville was a real mix of Elvis recording RCA supplied demos along with one-take spontaneous favourites Elvis threw into the mix.
As Elvis noted, "It don't take much to get these guys going, boy, I'll tell you…. Just give them a "well..." and they're gone. That's what I call 'Sittin' on ready".
EIN's Piers Beagley explores this new box-set to discover one of the best Elvis releases in years..
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

US CD box-set
US Vinyl
UK CD box-set
UK Vinyl
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‘TTWII 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ FTD Book Review: FTD's most expensive set ever published, David English and Pal Granlund bring the complete background story of 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie's 1970 release, this ultimate collector's edition includes two hardback books, eight cds with over 450 minutes of music, including newly discovered unreleased performances.
With access to 2,000 original negatives and 35mm slides, restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before, the book also contains items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
Two books, 600 pages, plus all the MGM recorded rehearsals - including 70 tracks officially unreleased.
FTD's most expensive set but with the vast majority of the rehearsals already out on bootleg, can it really be worth the US$270 plus postage. Initially Sold Out and already into its first reprint what makes it so desirable?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our 6000 word review including plenty of extracts and stunning images.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade: Rather like Elvis’s own career, each decade since Elvis’s death appears to have had a theme or identity of its own. Clearly the late 1970s were difficult for RCA as they struggled to find the right direction with which to take their posthumous releases, and so it was the 1980s that was the decade when the company slowly but surely learned how to look back at Elvis's legacy and start to make some sense of it.
The 1990s were when that reached a peak, with the decades boxed sets, and the Elvis in the 90s series, thus bringing virtually the whole catalogue back into print in a coherent way.
The 2000s were when errors of judgement at retail level started to occur (despite huge successes like Elv1s), but also when FTD came into its own and flourished.
And so what will we make of Elvis releases of the 2010s when we look back on them from the future?
Go here for EIN contributor Shane Brown's personal take on the highs and lows of Elvis product that has come our way over the last decade....
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)
One of EIN most popular recent articles - NOW UPDATED with YOUR comments - Have YOUR SAY - do you agree with Shane's comments? What were YOUR favourite releases and why?

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

'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words! The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

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

UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
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
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- 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)


'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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)

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