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Saturday 30 June 2012

"The Memphis Boys" get Beale Street Honor: Marty Lacker is proud and happy to announce that The American Band aka "The Memphis Boys" (right- who played on Elvis' all-important 1969 Memphis sessions) will be honored with a Beale Street Blues Note on Beale Street in Memphis at 5:PM, August 13, 2012 during Elvis Week.
All Elvis fans are invited to the ceremony which they can attend free of charge.

In addition the band will be giving a concert on the night of August 14th across from Graceland behind where the Lisa Maria airplane is located & sponsored by EPE.  Chips Moman and I plan to attend if Chips has recovered from his hip replacement surgery by then.  EPE is erecting a huge temporary building that supposedly will hold 1,000 people to see the concert. - Marty Lacker

Go here EIN's Spotlight on Bobby Wood - & The Memphis Boys.

(News, Source;MartyLacker/ElvisInfoNet)

"The Perfect Elvis Presley Collection" 20 CD Boxset: Announced earlier this month the final artwork has now been published.
The box holds 20 Original Albums and is released on August 6th 2012.
The box will match the previous "Singles" box sets from 2007.
Released by Sony Music CMG and priced at £48.40 or US$76

Not everyone would call this the "Perfect Elvis Collection" since no "Golden Record" albums are included and only ONE album from the fifties. The key "Comeback Special" is also notably absent.....

Click here for more info & to preorder>> The Perfect Elvis Presley Collection

The 20 featured albums are the following:

1. Elvis Presley (1956)
2. Elvis Is Back (1960)
3. Something For Everybody (1961)
4. Pot Luck (1962)
5. Elvis For Everyone! (1965)
6. From Elvis In Memphis (1969)
7. On Stage (1970)
8. That's The Way It Is (1971)
9. Elvis Country (1971)
10. Love Letters From Elvis Presley (1971)
11. Elvis Now (1972)
12. Aloha From Hawaii (1973)
13. Elvis [aka The Fool Album] (1973)
14. Raised On Rock / For Ol' Times Sake (1973)
15. Good Times (1974)
16. Promised Land (1975)
17. Today (1975)
18. From Elvis Presley Boulevard (1976)
19. Moody Blue (1977)
20. Welcome To My World (1977)

'Christmas Lights On A Friday Night' - New Import CD: Coming soon from the Straight Arrow label a special double cd release - Elvis' Las Vegas December 3, 1976 Dinner & Midnight Shows.
As the final month of 1976 rolled around, Elvis arrived in Las Vegas for what would be his 15th and final visit as a performer, playing 15 concerts to some very mixed press reviews. By all accounts, health and weight issues had unfortunately contributed to a lowering of the very high standards Elvis had once embraced as a live artist. Still, the fans always came, and sometimes Presley showed more than a hint of the magic that made him the greatest singer of all.
On this collection are the second and third appearances of the ten-day stand, and Elvis is in quite good form, including seasonal favorite "Blue Christmas" along with favorites like "Tryin' To Get To You", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "America the Beautiful" and the powerhouse gospel of "How Great Thou Art". As always, his rendition of "Hurt" is thrills both audiences. It was a Friday night to for any fan to savor throughout the holiday season.
As fans have come to expect, the recordings are of very good audio quality audience tape, sourced from original master tapes recorded by British super-fan "Gemini.” The double digipak is filled with liner notes and photos from both shows that December 3rd. Again, these recordings have been carefully engineered to be presented in the best possible sound.
Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for FULL tracklisting.
(News, Source;StraightArrow)

Elvis in new Portuguese Magazine: News from Portugal for local fans. The Portugues Blitz magazine - July edition - has a 5 page article on Elvis.
The article is about Elvis' first recording on July 5th, 1954.

Pick it up at your news agent.

Thanks to the Clube Oficial de Fãs de Elvis "Burning Star"
Join our fan club on facebook! Go HERE

(News; Source;BurningStar/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 28 June 2012 .... with EIGHT Big News Stories

'A Boy From Tupelo' FTD Book Previews: A special treat of 8 sample pages from the new Ernst Jorgensen FTD book. Supplied by Cristioto on FECC it is possible that these are pre-proofreading.
The preview pages feature plenty of previously unreleased photos, with most of them supplied by the fans who are actually in the photos with Elvis.
No wonder Ernst spent so long tracking down these rare photos - as shown below - and producing the book.

Go here for FULL preview photos GO HERE.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNetwork) 

NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis Memphis to Madison 1977' The Gas Station Incident: Bruce Frey witnessed Elvis stopping a brawl at a Madison Gas Station in June of 1977 - thirty-five years ago this week - the very last time Elvis would be on tour.
This particular public encounter with Presley at the gas station has been written about numerous times. Bruce Frey first reported the event to the local newspapers the next day.
Shirley Dieu first met Elvis and his gang back in 1975 when she attended a Las Vegas concert. During the following 2 years Shirley regularly went on tour with Elvis, as well as holidaying with him. On June 25th 1977 she was on tour with Elvis when the infamous Madison Gas Station incident took place - Shirley Dieu recently told Bruce Frey what she remembered.

Thirty Five years on, see the Now Updated full story...
Go here for this EIN Exclusive by Bruce Frey
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis tops "White Artists with Soul" Chart : To celebrate Black Music Month, Chart Watch collated a list of the biggest white artists in the history of Billboard's R&B chart. That may seem to be an odd way to celebrate Black Music Month, but it dramatizes that black music has influenced countless artists in a wide range of genres. Elvis Presley, whose hits 'That's All Right (mama)', 'Hound Dog', 'Mystery Train', 'I Feel So Bad', 'High Heel Sneakers', 'Crying In The Chapel' etc were remakes of earlier R&B hits, is the most successful white artist in the history of the R&B chart, which is now called Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Twenty-one white artists rank among the top 500 R&B hit-makers in chart history in chart researcher Joel Whitburn's indispensable book Hot R&B Songs 1942-2010. The roster includes numerous blue-eyed soul singers (George Michael, Daryl Hall & John Oates), a rap icon (Eminem), disco stars (KC & the Sunshine Band), a pop provocateur (Madonna) and funk stars - but Elvis stands out above all. (Shown right with Roy Hamilton, 1969 at the Memphis Sessions)
As James Brown the God-Father of R&B and Soul noted, "I wasn’t just a fan, I was his brother. Last time I saw Elvis alive was at Graceland. We sang ‘Old Blind Barnabus’ together, a gospel song. I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There’ll never be another like that soul brother."
The Top Five white artists who rank among the top 500 R&B hit-makers in chart history are...
1. Elvis Presley. The king of rock and roll had 24 top 10 R&B hits, from 1956's "Heartbreak Hotel" to 1963's " Devil In Disguise." Six of them, including "Hound Dog," reached #1. Blues singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton had a #1 R&B hit with "Hound Dog" in 1953.
2. Johnny Otis. Otis amassed 17 top 10 R&B hits, from 1948's "That's Your Last Boogie," a Joe Swift hit on which Otis and his orchestra were featured, to 1958's classic "Willie And The Hand Jive."
3. Teena Marie. Marie had seven top 10 R&B hits, from 1979's "I'm A Sucker For Your Love" to 1991's "If I Were A Bell'.
4 KC & the Sunshine Band. The disco group included both black and white members, but leader Harry Wayne Casey is white. They had 7 top 10 R&B hits, from 1975's "Get Down Tonight" to 1979's "Do You Wanna Go Party."
5. Eminem. The rap icon, a protégé of Dr. Dre, has had three top 10 R&B hits.
For the full Chart Watch article Click Here.
Go HERE to EIN's updated Spotlight 'Elvis was NOT a Racist'
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis leaving the stage, in Chicago 1977: Now on YouTube, the very last song Elvis performed on stage in Indianapolis, June 26 1977. Thirty-Five years ago.

(Audio only, the footage is actually Chicago).

The Indianapolis footage is far worse quality- apologies for our earlier error - thanks to Robert Loos for the word-up

(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNetwork)

More RIAA Awards/Presentations On The Way: Great News for Elvis fans. Executives from Sony Music will emcee a free event at the Elvis Week Main Stage on Wednesday, August 15, as they present multiple awards for releases of Elvis' music that have achieved Gold, Platinum or Diamond status based on RIAA record sales.
EIN contributor Brian Quinn reports that he expects new GOLD Awards for 'An Afternoon In The Garden' and 'Christmas Duets' plus Platinum Presentations for Elvis' first two Albums 'Elvis Presley' and 'Elvis' and the Diamond Award for 'Elvis' Christmas Album' (1970 Version). There could be more.
Should bring Elvis' total RIAA album sales tally to at least 135.5 million.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis Week 2012 Expected to Be Largest Ever: Elvis Week 2012 August 10-18 will be the largest ever says EPE. It features more than 25 events including concerts, a daylong music festival spotlighting young Memphis musicians, an art exhibition, movie screenings, panel discussions, autograph sessions, and sporting events.
As part of the celebration of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley surrounding the 35th anniversary of his passing EPE is sharing more details about the event that has become a pop-culture phenomenon and annual pilgrimage for music lovers from around the world.
DON’T MISS OUT on the much-anticipated Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert, on Thursday, August 16, at the 18,000-seat FedExForum.
As well as the TCB Band and all the regular musicians it has been confirmed that it will also feature Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley on stage.
Tickets selling out fast. - GO HERE for tickets & complete concert details.
The Candlelight Vigil will begin with the traditional opening ceremony on Wednesday, August 15, at 8:30 p.m. at Graceland’s front gate. Elvis music sets the tone of the evening as fans walk up the driveway to Meditation Garden. This free event lasts throughout the night as thousands of participants gather on Elvis Presley Blvd. listening to music, remembering Elvis and enjoying the memorials that are created by fans along the street.
Now confirmed the Elvis Week Opening Event will take place at AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, with a street party hosted by the Memphis Redbirds. Attendees can enjoy live bands, a classic car show, and a special appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales. Following will be an Elvis-themed Memphis Redbirds baseball game against the
Tacoma Rainiers which will include Elvis music, video and Elvis merchandise giveaways.
Go HERE to EIN's 'Elvis Week 2012' for all the news, schedules and Tickets links.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis' hair sold for $4,160 at auction: A plastic vial containing clippings of Elvis Presley's hair has sold for $4,160 at an auction of celebrity memorabilia in Beverly Hills, California.
It is not the first time the King of Rock N' Roll's hair has been put up for auction. The newest collection of clippings was one of several pieces of celebrity memorabilia offered during Julien's Auctions which took place over the weekend.
The latest clippings of Presley's hair were collected by the late singer's personal hairdresser, Homer "Gil" Gilleland.
"As he worked with Elvis off and on up through the 1970s, Gilleland kept locks of Presley's hair, attaching them to business cards and ultimately giving large collections to friends," Julien's Auctions said in its listing. "There have been several large groupings of Elvis hair sold."
In 2009, a strand of hair Gilleland said he clipped from Presley's head sold at a British auction for about $1,560. A jar

containing more of Presley's hair sold for $115,000 in an online auction in 2002.
Also auctioned off at Julien's Auctions - a photo of an X-Ray of Presley's arm, taken after he suffered an injury during a karate session in Las Vegas, sold for $9,375. A pair of glass champagne coupes believed to have been used at Presley's 1967 wedding to Priscilla also fetched $312.50 at the auction. (See story below)
Not all items sold. An acoustic guitar signed by Presley, combined with a photograph of the singer performing at a 1976 concert in Syracuse, New York, fetched no bids. It was estimated to be worth at least $15,000.
Click HERE for more Auction info and photos
Go HERE for EIN's Marty Lacker Spotlight on Elvis & Priscilla's Wedding.
(News, Source;RedCarpet/ElvisInfoNet)

Spanish Club Elvis Summer festival, this weekend: After the huge success of the first Spanish meeting from last year, Club Elvis Spain will return back to Zaragoza for the 2012 Edition of the CLUB ELVIS SUMMER FESTIVAL. We are celebrating our 21th Anniversary of the fanclub, and will bring to the Elvis fans and the members of the Club the best Spanish Tribute artists and spanish Elvis bands in a one big meeting, on Saturday June 30th.
This year special guest is "Ed Bonja", Elvis' official photographer and tour manager who will bring along some great pictures.

For more info GO HERE to 'Almost Elvis' .

(News, Source:ClubElvis/EIN)

Tuesday 26 June 2012

35 Years ago Today Elvis bids "Adios" for the very last time: On June 26th 1977 Elvis walked on stage at Indianapolis for the very last time.
The Indianapolis Star newspaper review stated, "Elvis performs in true Presley style before 18,000"
Indianapolis once again prepared to great royalty-the hip-swivelling singer who has been called the King of rock 'n' roll since the Mid-1950s.
Elvis. His name was everywhere: on posters, buttons, souvenir books, T-shirts, hats, and homemade clothes that proclaimed with personal touches, admiration for a man idolized by millions.
Elvis appeared, in a gold and white jumpsuit and white boots, bounding onstage with energy that was a relief to everyone. At 42, Elvis is still carrying around some excess baggage on his mid-section, but it didn't stop him from giving a performance in true Presley style.
His opening number, the audience-grabbing 'C.C. Rider', got the show off to a flash-bulb-popping, hand-clapping start. His 'Amen', in which he encouraged everyone to lap and sing along, seemed to bring everyone together, as did 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'I got a Woman'.
His older numbers seemed to draw more applause, although just about everything he did created mass hysteria, especially his "leg jerks".
Elvis has limited his karate movements, but the stances he takes with his guitar generated screams and shrieks from delighted fans.
Elvis coveted scarves, tossed into the audience after gracing the singer's neck, caused mad scrambles by the stage as he got rid of them just about as fast as they were put around his neck. The fans were well-behaved, considering the usual ampedes that take place at rock concerts.
The packed Arena was indication enough that Elvis is still as popular as ever. Well, well, well, well!

EIN noted that, in this final concert Elvis would strangely leave out ‘My Way’ (and ‘Unchained Melody’) instead adding ’Fairytale’ "It’s kinda the story of our lives". He also added rare treats, a rather cool 'Release Me', plus a seemingly spontaneous audience request for 'I Can't Stop Loving You.' Elvis also sang a very rare and poignant 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' - a song that he only performed 3 times in 1977.
Elvis thanked the audience and despite any conspiracy theory Elvis did actually state "If you want us back just let us know, and we’ll come back!"
With that and a sweet ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ Elvis left the building for the very final time.
Go HERE to EIN's in-depth Final Curtain Review for more
(News, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis Presley Crypt Pulled From Auction after Fan Uproar: Thanks to everyone who signed the online petition that Elvis Matters started against the sale of Elvis' crypt at the Julien's auction. With the effort of Elvis fan clubs all over the world Elvis Matters gathered over 10,000 fans who signed the petition - and for now the crypt will remain empty - as it should!
The news made newspapers worldwide.... (see more below)
Julien's Auctions announced in May that it would sell the empty tomb at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, at its "Music Icons" auction last weekend. However Julien said that after seeing fan reaction, the company won't sell the crypt "until Forest Hills finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis Presley."
Elvis Presley was interred there after he died on Aug 16, 1977. Two months later, Elvis and also Gladys his mother were reburied at his Graceland home. The original crypt has remained empty ever since.
Hopefully it will now stay that way.
(News, Source;ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Allyson Adams (Nick Adams daughter) Joins Elvis Week: Allyson Adams, daughter of actor Nick Adams, will share stories during the 2012 Official Elvis Insiders Conference from her father's new book that spotlights the time he spent with Elvis in 1956. 
Elvis was filming his first movie in Hollywood, "Love Me Tender," when he introduced himself to Nick Adams, who was a struggling actor and part of the "Rebel Without A Cause" gang. Nick was infamous for writing about his famous friends and now Allyson Adams has published her fathers' posthumous, unedited manuscript, "The Rebel & The King." The new book is an inspirational portrait of a spiritual Elvis and describes Nick Adams’ whirlwind eight days in Memphis during the famous performer's Tupelo Homecoming in the summer of '56.
The Elvis Insiders' Conference is a full-day of special programming including featured guests, videos, and more. Other guests include: Jerry Schilling, Egil "Bud" Krogh, Tom Perryman, Larry Geller, Dixie Locke Emmons, June Juanico, the Holladay Sisters. Monday, August 13, 2012.
Go HERE to EIN's Elvis Week 2012 for full news and details
(News, Source:EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Juliens Auction Elvis Sold!: The "Music Icons" auction at Juliens Auctions last weekend got maximum attention due to the fact that Elvis' Crypt was removed from sale. However there where several other Elvis items that sold well.
1. Elvis' Motorcycle Jacket & Pants - US$41,600
An Elvis Presley owned ensemble consisting of a black leather motorcycle jacket and black Lansky Bros. tuxedo pants. The ensemble is accompanied by a typed letter from Vernon Presley to the Memphis Salvation Army written on TCB stationery dated December 19, 1976, stating that the clothing items are for the organization's fundraising efforts that year and thanking them for their good work. Signed by Vernon Presley. The Harley-Davidson brand leather jacket has an orange quilted lining, three zippered exterior pockets, zipper and belt closure. The black tuxedo pants have a label that reads "Styled for Elvis Presley,"
2. Elvis' "EP" necklace - US$31,250
3. Star Ruby and diamond ring -US$21,250
Click HERE for full auction results.
(News, Source;Juliens/ElvisMatters/EIN)

Sunday 24 June 2012

ELVIS PRESLEY FTD WORLD (Book Review): Finally, a book release documenting releases on Sony's Elvis collector's label, Follow That Dream (FTD).

Compiled by Atsushi from Elvis Sound Magazine, this is a great release aimed at Elvis collectors and scholars, which documents the first 111 releases from FTD (plus several added extras) and is published with dual Japanese-English text.

Read EIN's detailed review here

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

PLUS check out EPE's new FTD Database

Elvis Presley Gold & Platinum Collection: Readers Digest (USA and Canada) is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death with a new 3CD release. The pr exclaims:

Come on everybody let's rock!: That famous sideways grin, the twinkle in his eyes, the hair…and those moves! He’s a man who needs no introduction. He’s the King of Rock and Roll.

60 Legendary Hits

3 High-Quality Sound CDs

1 Amazing Collection!


Elvis Presley was the singing sensation that swept the nation, prompting headlines like “Presley Puts the Swoon Back in Croon.” His voice, charisma, and stage presence are beyond legendary. After all these years his music still makes you jump to your feet and dance. You'll get it all on 3 CDs for only $34.96-PLUS FREE SHIPPING when you pre-order today.

So get “all shook up” to the sparkling sounds of Elvis’s gold and platinum hits.  They called him “the young man with the big beats,” and now, Reader’s Digest is proud to give him the “royal treatment” on the 35th anniversary of his passing. Pre-release price is $34.96 (RRP $49.96) with free postage – less than 60c a song! (News, Source: Amber Smith)

EIN Note: The release includes several rare tracks including My Boy and My Way (1977).

Is this the world’s most expensive Elvis book?: On 1 September 2012, Taschen GmbH releases Alfred Wertheimer, Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll.  A limited edition (1,500 copies) hardback with 300 pages, the retail price on Amazon UK is 435 pounds (US$678), while the Book Depository UK has it discounted from US$988 to $741 (and throws in free shipping worldwide!). 

The new Wertheimer release is described by the publisher as: "Elvis who?" was photographer Al Wertheimer's response when, in early 1956, an RCA Victor publicist asked him to shoot an up-and-coming crooner from Memphis. Little did Wertheimer know that this would be the job of his life: just 21 years old, Elvis Presley was - as we now know - about to become a legend. Trailing him like a shadow, Wertheimer was given unlimited access to get up close and personal with Elvis; even as the singer was seducing young women in dark hallways, he allowed the photographer to record his every move. Wertheimer took nearly 3,000 photographs of Presley that year, creating a penetrating portrait of a man poised on the brink of superstardom. Extraordinary in its intimacy and unparalleled in its scope, Wertheimer's Elvis project immortalized a young man in the very process of making history. (Just a month after he shot Elvis recording the "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog" record, it became the first ever to top all three Billboard charts.)

Limited to 1,500 numbered copies signed by Wertheimer, this Collector's Edition brings together his most remarkable Elvis shots from 1956, along with a selection from his historic pictures of the star in 1958 as he was being shipped off to an army base in Germany. Though many of Wertheimer's photos of Elvis are among the best known, nearly half of the photographs in this book have never been published before. Fans of photojournalism, portraiture, and, of course, the King himself will covet this collector's volume. ISBN 13: 9783836534239 ISBN 10: 3836534231 (News, Source: Amazon UK/Book Depository UK)

·         EIN Note: A number of book dealers have listed ‘out of print’ Elvis books for exorbitant prices.  For example, on Amazon UK, one seller has the Bill E. Burk release, Elvis Through My Eyes, listed for nearly 2,000 pounds (US$3,200) - on ebay copies have sold for up to US$50.  Among serious collectors, the highest known price for an Elvis book with significant historical importance is US$800.00 for the very rare 1959 German book by Peter De Vecchi, Elvis Presley – Ein Lebensbild.  However, for a newly published book, the latest Wertheimer incarnation has reached new heights for its incredibly high retail price.

Vote Graceland as Top Southern (USA) Attraction (Source: EPE)

Daughter of Nickj Adams joins Elvis Insiders Conference at Elvis Week 2012: Allyson Adams, daughter of actor Nick Adams, will share stories during the 2012 Official Elvis Insiders Conference from her father's new book that spotlights the time he spent with Elvis in 1956.   

Elvis was filming his first movie in Hollywood, "Love Me Tender," when he introduced himself to Nick Adams, who was a struggling actor and part of the "Rebel Without A Cause" gang. Nick was infamous for writing about his famous friends and now Allyson Adams has published her fathers' posthumous, unedited manuscript, "The Rebel & The King." The new book is an inspirational portrait of a spiritual Elvis and describes Nick Adams’ whirlwind eight days in Memphis during the famous performer's Tupelo Homecoming in the summer of '56.
The Elvis Insiders' Conference is a full-day of special programming including featured guests, videos, and more. Other confirmed guests include: Jerry Schilling, Egil "Bud" Krogh, Tom and Billie Perryman, Larry Geller, Dixie Locke Emmons, June Juanico, and the Holladay Sisters. The conference is from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2012.

Learn more about Nick Adam's new book "The Rebel & The King" by visiting www.therebelandtheking.com. To purchase tickets to the Elvis Insiders Conference, call Graceland Reservations at 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322, or click here to purchase online. (News, Source: EPE)

Elvis's Crypt Pulled From Auction Block: The online petition that ElvisMatters started against the sale of Elvis's crypt and the Letter of Protest that ElvisMatters member Fred Omvlee personally handed to the management of Forest Hill made auction house Julian's decide to pull the crypt from the auction block! What a success! They have just proven that fans can stand united! With the effort of ElvisMatters, the help of fan clubs all over the world and the support of over 10,000 fans who signed our petition, the crypt will remain empty - as it should!

Here's the official press release in English: "Elvis Presley’s crypt has left the auction block. Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien said Friday that his company has agreed not to sell the crypt after fans worldwide demanded that it be kept as a shrine to his memory. (= the petition) Julien’s Auctions announced in May that it would sell the empty tomb at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., at its “Music Icons” auction Sunday. Julien said the company won’t sell the crypt “until Forest Hills finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis Presley.” Presley was interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977. Two months later, they were reburied at his Graceland home. The original crypt has remained empty ever since."  (News, Source: Elvis Matters/Elvis News)

EIN Comment#1: Well done to Elvis Matters for a great and successful campaign!

EIN Comment #2: A minor thing........Elvis' mother, Gladys, was not interred inside the mauseleum, but outside.

EIN Comment #3: Online reporting of this issue has been interesting:

  • According to the Washington Post, the auction house agreed not to sell the crypt after angry fans demanded that it remained as a shrine to the singer's memory
  • The New Musical Express (NME) in England reported the story with the sub-headline: The King's burial chambEIN Comment #2:er won't be sold following outcry from Presley-obsessives

Estelle Brown hospitalised and surgery successful!!: As many fans know, Estelle Brown had difficulties walking because of her hip and knee problems. But not now! She had surgery the other day, and although doctors advise her to stay in the hospital for 2 weeks for rehab, she feels a lot better and will be able to walk again without the use of a wheel chair.

If you'd like to writer her, Estelle is in the Rosecrans Care Center at 1142 W. Rosecrans Ave. Gardena, Ca. 90427. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/Elvis News)

Opposite: Left to right: Cissy Drinkard Houston, Myrna Smith, Sylvia Shemwell and Estelle Brown.

New "Spiderman" felt like "Elvis": Andrew Garfield has replaced Tobey Maguire as the web-swinging super hero. However, Andrew revealed he was resigned to not getting the part after going up against Hollywood's hottest young talent - including Jamie Bell and Aaron Johnson - but ten minutes after being told he was successful he was paraded in front of the world's press, leaving him feeling like a superstar.  

He said: ''I'd gotten the impression that it wasn't going to go my way. I was resigned to it. I went to see the producers having zero expectations. I imagined I'd be leaving there crying, wishing I'd chosen a different profession.''

''[Being paraded in front of the press] was pretty insane. I got to feel like Elvis   for a moment, which was fun.''  

Meanwhile, Andrew has revealed the moment he was told of his success has been recorded on camera so fans may get to witness it someday.  

He explained: ''I knocked on the door and [director] Mark Webb answered which was the first weird thing. And then I saw a little Flipcam which was recording. They were filming my reaction to not getting the role or getting the role. I hoped it wasn't cruel because that would have been f****d up.''  (News, Source: BANG Showbiz)

Friday 22 June 2012

Massive Elvis Ebay Auction: Greg Page (Yellow Wiggle) is selling a large part of his Elvis collection on Ebay. As EIN reported back in April 2011 Greg Page might have to sell his massive $4 million Elvis Collection due to losing substantial sums in the global financial crisis.
Page, who wore the yellow skivvy in the popular children's entertainment group reportedly had the fourth largest Elvis collection in the world and estimated to be worth $4 million.
A large part of his collection is now up for Ebay auction including these gems.
- Elvis Presley's 1974 Leather 2-Piece Stage Suit (right)
Buy Now $160,000
- Elvis Presley's Gold Nugget Ring with 10cts of Diamond
GIfted to a fan during a concert in Ashevlle, NC, 1975
Buy Now $140,000
- Elvis Presley's Martin D28 Stage-Used Guitar
Elvis Presley’s Martin D-28 stage guitar - used by Elvis for his last Las Vegas 1976 performance - serial no. 361827. This guitar was given to Elvis' friend and bodyguard, Sam Thompson in 1977.
- Elvis' Handwritten Mantra for Meditation (below, far right)
Elvis' handwritten mantra for meditation from fan Judy Phillips who was given this piece in Elvis' suite in Las Vegas one night after a performance. Elvis presley Handwritten Mantra from the International Hotel in Vegas along with post card signed to Judy.
Buy Now $15,000
The Ebay listings end in 2 days time June 24, 2012.
Click here to check out all these great Elvis goodies for sale.
(News, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'Another Saturday Night' FTD Review: Mid 1975 found Elvis back in good form and having fun on stage. Slimmed down and looking great in his new Indian Feather jump-suit Elvis seemed rejuvenated and happy to be back on stage.
As the Memphis Commercial Appeal commented … "It didn't seem to matter what Elvis sang, the audience went wild every time he moved and he made if clear he knew what was turning them on."
FTD has now released the Shreveport June 7th 1975 Evening Show - a previously UNISSUED performance, even on bootleg.
While the set-list may seem a little familiar, Elvis sure knows how to put on a crowd-pleasing show.
Go here as Elvis super-fan Geoffrey McDonnell checks out whether this previously UNRELEASED concert offers anything new for Elvis collectors.... (now UPDATED with Chris Brown's story who attended this great Shreveport concert)
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis in "Worn to be Wild: Black Leather Jacket" Exhibit: Who better to represent rebellion and rock 'n' roll than the King of Rock 'n' Roll himself! Elvis Presley is being featured in a new exhibit called "Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket" and his leather threads are currently featured on MSNBC.com.
"The black leather jacket has maintained its role as the uniform of youthful rebellion and has been seen on everyone from James Dean and Elvis Presley to the Ramones and Bruce Springsteen."
The talks about Elvis' role in a new exhibit at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The exhibit explores the history of the leather jacket and where it picked up its "bad-boy image."
'Worn to Be Wild' reunites the Harley Davidson motorcycle bought by a 21-year-old Elvis Presley in 1956 with the motorcycle jacket he bought a few years later from J.C. Penney."
According to the article, the exhibit traces the history of the biker jacket along with the "evolution of the garment from clothing to cultural shorthand." More than 50 jackets are on display, ranging from rare historical examples pulled from both the Harley-Davidson Archives and private collections to those worn by superstars of the stage and screen.
Elvis' jacket and motorcycle will be on display at the Harley Davidson Museum until September 3, 2012. Visit www.Harley-Davidson.com for more information.
Click here to the full MSNBC article.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Rocks new Animated Film: The publicity states.... Elvis Presley was last seen in movie theaters in the 1972 Golden Globe award winning film “Elvis on Tour,” and he will once again take theater goers by storm in 2012. (EIN wonders what happened to 'This Is Elvis' and 'That's The Way It Is' 2002 Special Edition which ran in Sydney cinemas for 2 months!)
In a lively animated Attraction film that features several iconic tracks from the King of Rock ‘n Roll we meet Memphis teens Aaron and Mindy. The teenage sweethearts are about to tie the knot when their marriage is thwarted at the altar by the conniving local Sheriff who has his own eyes on the innocent unsuspecting Mindy. This lively “rom com” animated film follows Aaron on a madcap journey from Memphis across the desert to Las Vegas in a bid to win back his true love and bride to be Mindy.
Officially licensed by EPE to create the film, The Juice Brand Limited is a global strategic brand management company for the entertainment industry that specializes in the development of 3d/4d/5d films and their associated licensing programs.
Pauline Quayle, Director for The Juice Brand Limited, commented, “We have been pleased to work with such a famous and legendary icon as Elvis Presley and to have the full support of EPE to create a film that truly offers such wide appeal. Uniting generations and enabling them to enjoy a common link through the film has been a goal from the beginning. We are truly grateful to EPE, Inc. for allowing us to have the artistic flair to achieve the ultimate attraction experience.”
Click here for more info -
(News, Source;Juice/ElvisInfoNet)

Mike Stoller Elvis Songwriter Featured in Wall Street Journal: Elvis Week special guest and legendary song-writer Mike Stoller was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his lengthy career of producing chart topping hits.
Stoller, along with his business partner, Jerry Leiber, were the men behind Elvis' hits "Hound Dog," “Loving You" and "Jailhouse Rock."  The duo produced several more of Elvis' songs and continued their career with an expanding list of solo artists and groups.
"Leiber and Stoller's songs were more than just jukebox vinyl. In the '50s, their records helped transform R & B from segregated dance music to mainstream rock 'n' roll," says Wall Street Journal writer Marc Myers.
Stoller and Lieber's first smash-hit was "Hound Dog" performed by Elvis. Their music and lyrics opened the doors for his southern-blues sound and gave rock artists a new outlet to perform their non-conventional music. "At age 79, Mr. Stoller is among this country's most successful living blues composers—and one of rock's original architects.
Since he began collaborating with Jerry Leiber in 1950, Mike Stoller has written dozens of highly influential blues and pop-rock melodies." Jerry Leiber passed away in August 2011.
Click here to the Wall Street Journal's complete article.
Go HERE to EIN's interview with Jerry Leiber - Mike Stoller and more about this great team.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'From Memphis to Hollywood' new FTD book delayed:  Not-so-good news from FTD and Flaming Star. The book/CD "From Memphis to Hollywood", which was originally set for release this month, has been delayed due to technical problems.
Elvis Matters notes that the new release date is August.

SEE EIN's preview pages of this great book below.


(News, Source;ElvisMatters/EIN)

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Linda Thompson slams book rumor: The infamous gossip tabloid, The Midnight Globe, recently published a story suggesting Linda Thompson was planning to publish her memoir, which would be less than flattering about her time as Elvis' partner. Linda was none too pleased about the article and published this response on her Facebook page:

Trashy tabloids that spew vitriol and libelous misinformation should not be allowed to discredit individuals who have always made an effort to "take the high road"! IF I write my memoir, it will be about my entire life. Elvis was indeed a big part of my life's journey. I have ALWAYS spoken lovingly and kindly toward his memory, and would never violate the inherent trust he placed in me during our time together! I have never capitalized on or exploited my intimate relationship with him! I have been blessed to have enjoyed great success in my life without ever having done so! It is absurd to suggest I would be interested in a "tell all" book! I have lived my life with dignity, discretion, and decorum. I plan to continue representing myself in that same fashion! Thank you to all those who know me well enough to understand that. Love to you all!

EIN Comment: To use an Aussie colloquialism....Good on'ya Linda!


Lisa Hangs Up on Radio Interview: Lisa Marie Presley called in to talk to K&M about her latest album “Storm & Grace” and her upcoming show at The Wilbur Theater! Will she tolerate K&M for long or will Kevin ruin yet ANOTHER interview.

When Lisa said she dreamed of her dad, he asked her “Is he fat in your dreams?” LISA HUNG UP ON HIM!!! GO LISA! Voice your support at the above link!

Fluff Piece Gone Bad... The questions asked by the DJ do seem to be scripted like, "she sounds a lot like him" & "does Elvis appear to her in a ghost form?" but they crossed the line when they stepped out of the "Fluff Piece" style interview a sickening attempt in Rude Howard Stern fashion by.....well listen for yourself guys and you decide

EIN Comment: To use an Aussie colloquialism....Good on'ya Lisa!

EPE launches Follow That Dream (FTD) web page: The Official Elvis site announces:

Welcome to Follow That Dream Records, a collectors record label that exists exclusively for the dedicated Elvis music collector and currently offers over 100 different Elvis CDs, books and LPs with additional titles released throughout the year. Available online through   www.shopelvis.com   and at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis.

(Book Review) ELVIS in concert 1945-1977: This new large-sized release by Italian Fan Club president, Sebastiano Cecere, boasts an incredible 794 pages and as its title suggests, focuses on Elvis' "on stage" performances.

The publisher says: This book is the most detailed account that has ever appeared on the international level, the concerts of Elvis, and takes us day by day in the life of Presley the performer. (translated from Italian)

EIN recently delved deep inside this massive book. So what did we find? Does it live up to the publisher's claims?

Read our detailed review here and find out why even non-Italian reading fans may be interested in having it in their collection!

From Memphis To Hollywood (FTD): Many thanks to David English for providing these preview pages of the upcoming FTD/Flaming Star Productions release. David is the author of the book:





The Rise of an Elvis Scion: The King was her grandpa. Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage were stepdads. Now, the 22-year-old is starting to shake, rattle and roll through Hollywood as she plays a stripper for Soderbergh in "Magic Mike."

She is Elvis's granddaughter and Michael Jackson's stepchild, Riley Keough has lived in an improbable celebrity vortex for all her 22 years. She's been asked every Elvis question and shyly confesses that the most annoying ones have to do with "people thinking I was alive when he was alive," since Keough was born 12 years after he died.

Regarding the eccentric Jackson, who married her mother, Lisa Marie, in 1994, Keough says she mainly knew him as the stepdad who went swimming with her, dropped her off at school and indulged her candy fixes at Neverland from the time she was 6 till she was 11. A few years after divorcing

Jackson, her mother wed Oscar-winning professional firebrand Nicolas Cage, which barely registered on the infamy scale with a teenaged Keough, long since inured to the tabloid gold mine that was her family.

Not a public train wreck by any means, the reserved, childlike actress, who is featured in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, opening June 29, talks about her family's notoriety as if it all happened to someone else. "It felt normal because I didn't know any different," says Keough, sitting in West Hollywood's Cecconi's wearing a baggy white T-shirt and gray cardigan in mid-April.

"As I've gotten older, I'm like, 'Wow.' Honestly, I think it's because people draw it to my attention all the time. When they're like, 'Was that crazy?' I'm like, 'No, no, no,' to the point where now I'm just sort of like, 'Wasthat crazy?' "

Since she started modeling at age 14, Keough (who goes by middle name Riley instead of her first name, Danielle) has not overtly traded on that notoriety. (She politely declines to talk about her personal life, though during a photo shoot she un-self-consciously displayed a beautiful ring, an emerald surrounded by diamonds, symbolizing her engagement to fiance -- and Magic Mike co-star -- Alex Pettyfer.)

Three years ago, after walking the runway for Dolce & Gabbana and being the face of Christian Dior perfume, Keough left modeling behind and began fighting for roles in indie films such as The Runaways, in which she played sister to Dakota Fanning's Cherie Currie; The Good Doctor, opposite Orlando Bloom; and Jack and Diane, which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Now she is enjoying a career step up to studio films with Magic Mike, a Warner Bros. look into the world of male strippers.

In Mike, which shot in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla., last fall, Keough plays Nora, a stripper who has a brief dalliance with Pettyfer's up-and-coming erotic dancer. "Her character is young and really wild, kind of like a siren who leads Alex's character down the rabbit hole," says Mike writer-producer Reid Carolin, who claims he wasn't aware of her legacy before she became a front-runner for the role. "Somebody said something like, 'Elvis Presley's granddaughter,' but honestly, I feel like I heard that after we saw her audition. But as you'd imagine for a Soderbergh movie, every big actor auditions for every tiny part. She put herself on tape and went straight to the top of the list."

About Keough's chemistry with Pettyfer, Carolin says, "I didn't notice something right away, but their characters were meant to be gradually drawn to one another, which is always interesting when that ends up taking on life offscreen." He adds, "They have different personalities and complement each other nicely -- she is much more laid-back. They're really good about keeping to themselves. I don't think it's one of those relationships for the press. I think they are genuinely into each other and genuinely love each other."

Not surprisingly, Pettyfer, 22, has only praise for his co-star. "Riley is one of the most talented people I've come across. Growing up, I watched Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Tuesday Weld. They were truly classic movie stars. Riley, for me, is destined to be one of the greats."

Keough underwent a strip-club crawl to prep for the movie, as did much of the cast, which includesMatthew McConaughey and star-producer Channing Tatum (the movie is based on his life).

"It's odd, it's dirty, it's not somewhere I'd like to spend my time," she says of L.A.'s The Body Shop, Seventh Veil and Crazy Girls, where leering, drunken guys hit on her and her female friends. Keough found the male version -- the weekly "Hollywood Men" show at Highlands Nightclub in the Hollywood and Highland Center -- more entertaining.

"It's a totally different vibe," she says. "Women aren't threatening to men, so it's just this party. It's not hands-off, but it's not as dirty, and it's more fun. That's kind of what the movie captures."

About her indie career before Magic Mike, Keough says, "To an extent I have to do what I get." She admits that like her peers, she competes for the high-profile roles Kristen Stewart, Lily Collins and Jennifer Lawrence have landed in Snow White and the HuntsmanMirror Mirror and The Hunger Games. "It's definitely challenging," Keough says of her efforts to break in, as she enjoyed some misleading beginner's luck when she scored the Runaways role on her very first audition.

For the lead role of Jack in Jack and Diane, "a little story about two girls in love in New York" that Magnolia will release in the fall, Keough indicates "the characters seem more written. I find it more fun to do something with a little bit more to do." That "more to do" included cutting off her long blond hair and dying it black and repeatedly making out with co-star Juno Temple. Writer-director Bradley Rust Gray (The Exploding Girl) did the haircutting himself: "With Riley, you're not sure what you're going to get on each take."

Adds producer Jen Gatien, who hired Keough again for the as-yet-unreleased Kiss of the Damned, directed by Xan Cassavetes: "When Xan cast her as a fan of an actress, Riley made such distinct choices for who this character was. It suddenly occurred to me that she knew this sort of fanaticism and so she used it."

When she's not off shooting her other projects -- We Are What We Are, a movie that includes cannabalism, and Mad Max: Fury Road, co-starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy -- Keough lives in Calabasas with much of her current family, including her brother Ben, her mother and twin stepsisters from current stepdad Michael Lockwood (Lisa Marie's fourth husband).

That kind of full house is no different from the one she grew up in: "My mom had us sort of young," Keough says. "She was definitely a really great mother, but there were always people over at my house," especially musicians -- like her dad, Danny Keough, her brother, her mother and Lockwood. (Keough's youth also involved Scientology, as her parents were married in the church, a topic she politely dodges with, "If it would be OK, I'd rather not talk about religion or politics. It just feels too controversial.")

Keough may like classic rock because "it fits every mood," but she claims she has no musical aspirations.

While she considers a move to L.A.'s Westside, Keough is aware that her career trajectory, if successful, will put her squarely in the spotlight that up to now has mostly been about other family members. "It's one of those things where it's like, if you're going to do this job, your personal life is going to be everyone's business. I'm in a position where I've been really lucky, and I'm not going to act like that didn't have anything to do with it," Keough says. "So you can't be an asshole about it."
Elvis tune reveals clues to Williams syndrome and the genes tied to emotions: Listening to certain songs, particularly some from The King, caused a spike in certain hormones. These findings may also influence treatments for autism and anxiety.

Even the toughest of hearts might melt at the sound of Elvis Presley crooning his classic song, “Love Me Tender.”

Now a new study shows that when people with the genetic disorder Williams syndrome listen to that song or others, they experience changes in levels of the hormones associated with feelings of love.

The findings provide clues about the genes that are tied to people's emotions, the researchers say. Researchers observed 21 people while they listened to music, and took blood samples to track levels of the hormones oxytocin and arginine vasopressin (AVP). The 13 participants with Williams syndrome — a genetic disorder that can bring developmental delays and mild mental retardation, along with an overly friendly and trusting personality — experienced a spike in both hormones when music played.
Individuals without the condition saw little change to their oxytocin and AVP levels while listening. 

One woman with Williams syndrome experienced significantly higher spikes in the hormones, compared with everyone else in the study; in the experiment, she listened to the Elvis tune.

The results could help researchers treat people who have this disorder and others that share some features with Williams syndrome, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and autism, said study researcher Julie Korenberg, of the University of Utah. The research provides insight to the relationship between genes and emotions, and links AVP levels to music for the first time, she said.

People with Williams syndrome have several genes missing from their seventh chromosome. They tend to be very friendly and have an affinity for music, but also are likely to have IQs as low as 60 and experience several health concerns, such as narrow blood vessels and high levels of calcium.

People with the condition often lack the ability to read social cues, despite their desire for friendship. Their disposition may be the result of high levels of oxytocin and AVP, according to the researchers.

At the start of the experiment, before any music was played, blood samples showed that people with Williams syndrome had three times the amount of oxytocin as people in the control group. Results from the hormone tests showed that the people with Williams syndrome experienced marked increases in hormone levels while listening to music.

The research "points to surprising, entirely unsuspected deleted genes involved in regulation of these hormones and human sociability,” Korenberg said.

"It also suggests that the simple characterization of oxytocin as ‘the love hormone’ may be an overreach. The data paint a far more complicated picture."

Understanding the relationship between genes, hormones and emotions will be key in treating Williams syndrome, but may also have implications for treating disorders such as autism and anxiety, the researchers said.

The study was published June 12 in the journal PLoS One. (News, Source: MyHealthNewsDaily, mmn.com)

New Emmylou Harris 'download' album, Hickory Wind, features 'Boy From Tupelo': Country music legend Emmylou Harris features a great Elvis tribute, Boy From Tupelo. The lyrics include:

Like the buffalo
That boy from Tupelo
Any way the wind can blow
That's where I'm gonna go
I'll be gone like a five and dime
It'll be the perfect crime
Just ask the boy from Tupelo
He's the king and he oughta know

Listen to samples of the whole album buy the album or just Boy From Tupelo by clicking the Amazon link opposite.

Riley Keough hated strip club research: Lisa Marie Presley’s actress daughter Riley Keough has vowed to steer clear of Los Angeles’ strip club circuit after learning they’re no place for girls who aren’t baring all while researching her role in “Magic Mike.”

The 22-year-old took a tour of infamous joints like the Seventh Veil and Crazy Girls as she prepared to play stripper Nora in the film, opposite fiance Alex Pettyfer, and admits she’s in no rush to go back.

She tells The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s odd; it’s dirty; it’s not somewhere I’d like to spend my time.”

But she enjoyed her trips to nude male revue bars, adding, “It’s a totally different vibe. Women aren’t threatening to men, so it’s just this party. … It’s not as dirty, and it’s more fun.” (News, Source: SFGate.com)

Analyst: Elvis Hologram Project Opens up New "Revenue Share" Growth Potential for Digital Domain: Digital Domain Media Group's deal to develop an Elvis Presley hologram will open up new growth opportunities for the visual effects company, an analyst said Friday.

"We believe this new project will change the growth potential for the new technology as we believe it will be established as a revenue share rather than a one-time payment," Janney Montgomery Scott's Tony Wible wrote in a report.

And he predicted that there would be more to come from the company. "We believe Digital Domain is also working on introducing other entertainment assets," he said without providing further details of his expectations. Asked by THR for his expectations, he said: "Elvis is first, and I think there are three to five [similar deals] in the works...We have speculated that we could see some rock legends."
Overall, the new entertainment business opportunities show "how a core visual effects business can leverage its technology into new areas," said Wible, predicting that the company could also enter the military and medical simulation space.

Reiterating his "buy" rating on Digital Domain, Wible on Friday also raised his fair value estimate on the company's stock by $1 to $10 after raising some financial estimates based on a recent deal the firm struck with Abu Dhabi. It will open a studio in the emirate, which has announced a 30 percent tax incentive for production costs incurred in the country.

We believe studios will flock to this incentive, especially as the economic pressure in the rest of the world will likely curtail these incentives in many regional economies," Wible argued. "Digital Domain is ideally positioned to help studios monetize this benefit."

As of 12:30pm ET, Digital Domain's stock was up 0.3 percent at $7. (News, Source: Hollywood Reporter)

Nurse Marian Cocke releasing 3 volume audio book: From Marian's Facebook page: "Hi everybody; news flash - I have finally, after many request, just completed an audio book about Elvis - fondest memories. It will be ready for the market on July 14th, there are three volumes and it will sell for $23.00 which includes s&h. They may be purchased from me direct - put out ProVideo - making ck payable to me and mailing to 784 Pecan Gardens Cl. East, Memphis, Tn. 38122. We are sending this notice out to get some idea as to how this will be received and I think you will like it. This is a cd. The title of this cd is "An evening with Marian" sharing fondest memories of Elvis Presley." (News, Source: Amber Smith)

EIN Note: Marian's original 1979 book (now back in print) about her time with Elvis was called I Called Him Babe: Elvis Presley's Nurse Remembers. Autographed copies are available by visiting Marian's website


Monday 18 June 2012

"I AM AN ELVIS FAN" CD Song List: Over 250,000 votes were cast by fans in over 20 countries to compile the first-ever Elvis Presley fan-created albu m. The top voted songs will comprise the song list for the 21-song collection that will be available both digitally and in stores starting July 31. The cover of the release will feature the Elvis fan mosaic that was created by thousands of Elvis fan photos. Sadly there are no surprises in the tracklisting. The songs that will be featured on the album are... (News, Source: EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork) Go here to check out the CD Cover pics

Don't Be Cruel

Heartbreak Hotel

All Shook Up

Jailhouse Rock

Blue Hawaii

Viva Las Vegas

In The Ghetto

Suspicious Minds


Can't Help Falling in Love

The Wonder of You

Always On My Mind

Welcome To My World

Guitar Man

Kentucky Rain

An American Trilogy (live)

Burning Love (live)

Suspicious Minds (live)

Peace In The Valley

How Great Thou Art

If I Can Dream

Elvis Fan Mosaic Design Revealed: Nearly 8,000 Elvis fans uploaded their photos to be included in the Elvis fan mosaic. You can now check out the final design and use your email address to locate where your image fits into the big picture.  

Countries represented in the design include fans from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, France, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Israel, Sweden and Uruguay.  

A 24x30 commemorative print of the poster is available for purchase and the design will be featured as the cover for the upcoming "I AM AN ELVIS FAN" CD release.

Find your photo and order a copy of the official commemorative print at FanMosaics.com/Elvis.

EIN has found their picture, which is surely the only reason to buy this photo!!!

(News, Source: EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

UPDATED - 'Graceland Through The Years 1957-1977' Book Review: The latest release about Elvis’ Memphis mansion from Joseph Pirzada’s Boxcar label dropped into the EIN mail box last week.  With considerable pre-publication hype, an impressive 450 pages and more than 1,000 visuals, did it impress EIN as an expansive top floor view or as a depressingly damp basement?

Click here for our detailed review by Nigel Patterson - including plenty of Graceland Elvis images and example pages - Now UPDATED with more photos


(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘Elvis The Man & His Music’ June 2012: Issue #96 of this very fine magazine is out now.
The content of this 44 page issue includes....
- New York '72 Revisited - the last major press conference
- Michael A. Hoey (Hollywood screenwriter) Interview
- Book Reviews: 'Way Down - Jerry Scheff and detailed review of 'Jaihouse Rock: Frame By Frame'.
- Massive CD review section - 15 CDs reviewed
- Mary and Ginger Holladay Interview
- Readers Letters & some cool photos (right)
Arjan Deelen talks to Mary & Ginger Hollaway over a fascinating 6-page interview.
In it Ginger Holladay (shown right below with Elvis) has a lovely story about recording the unreleased 'First Time I Ever Saw Your Face' duet.
Gonger H - "I'm a lot shorter than Elvis, so they had to get a wooden box for me to stand on. I think we used the same mike, I don't remember. But we did the recording and everything, and Elvis being the actor that

he is, got very romantic about his part, and I being the shy 19-year old I was at the time, I was really excited about singing the harmony with him. But with Elvis you never rehearsed really. You just started doing it. And then hopefully one of the takes would be good. So we just started doing it. I was trying to make up my part, and Elvis was getting more and more emotionally involved in the song. Let's put it that way. So several times he would kind of put his arms around me and draw me in, and I would duck under his arm and step off of the wooden box, and then get back up there in time to sing my lines. It was a little bit like a comedy, I think. But we did it, and it was OK."
- The BEST Elvis magazine around if you want to know about our man and his music.
DON'T MISS OUT on this great issue - Go here for more info.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Friday 15 June 2012

'Another Saturday Night' FTD Review: Mid 1975 found Elvis back in good form and having fun on stage. Slimmed down and looking great in his new Indian Feather jump-suit Elvis seemed rejuvenated and happy to be back on stage.
As the Memphis Commercial Appeal commented … "It didn't seem to matter what Elvis sang, the audience went wild every time he moved and he made if clear he knew what was turning them on."
FTD has now released the Shreveport June 7th 1975 Evening Show - a previously UNISSUED performance, even on bootleg.
While the set-list may seem a little familiar, Elvis sure knows how to put on a crowd-pleasing show.
Go here as Elvis super-fan Geoffrey McDonnell checks out whether this previously UNRELEASED concert offers anything new for Elvis collectors....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Lonesome Summer Breeze' new Import CD: In August 1972, Elvis was a lean & mean rock & roll machine. He was still just as good as he was in 1970, but the experience that he had gained since then had made him into a mesmerizing performer. In every show that year you could see that he meant business, and like a starved predator he went straight for the jocular, taking no prisoners and knocking out audiences night after night. He was performing with a consistently high standard, and the Madison Square Garden shows show him at the apex of his performing abilities. The show on this disc was recorded roughly two months later, and the same high standard is obvious right from the get-go. This topnotch audience recording from the Straight Arrow label dates from Friday, August 25th, 1972 (Dinner show). Elvis could do no wrong in this period of time, and thankfully, someone was there to capture it all. This previously unreleased concert was taped by the same super-fan who recorded the concerts that were released on "LABOR DAY MADNESS" and "WATCHING DREAMS TURN INTO ASHES".
As you have come to expect from us, the recording is of very good audio quality, sourced from a first-generation, 1981 cassette copy of the original mono tape. Small portions of the show were skillfully repaired using secondary source to make the recording complete. If you liked this label's previous 1972 releases - then brace yourself, because this is a keeper!
Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for tracklisting.
(News, Source;StraightArrow/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis’ spirit keeps tourists coming to Graceland 30 years on: When Graceland opened to the public 30 years ago this month, nobody knew if it would be a success. Nearly 18 million visitors later, the house where Elvis Presley once lived is a money-making business that’s helped transform the city of Memphis into a top destination for music lovers.
But Priscilla says it’s the spirit of Elvis, and not just music history, that keeps the crowds coming to Graceland.
"Every time I go in there, I feel like Elvis is going to come down the stairs any minute," said Priscilla Presley in an interview about the landmark’s anniversary. "I have no doubt that he’s there, somewhere, his spirit. I think people feel that."
Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977, and by the early 1980s, Graceland had become a burden on his estate, which faced high estate and inheritance taxes. Accountants and bankers wanted to sell the home, but Priscilla Presley thought that opening the house to tourists could solve the financial problems while keeping Elvis’ legacy alive.
Graceland opened for tours on June 7, 1982. "We had no idea whether 30 people were coming, or 300, or 3,000
that first day. Fortunately it was the latter." said Jack Soden, CEO of EPE who helped with the plan.
They sold out all 3,024 tickets on the first day and never looked back. Graceland’s success led to a worldwide merchandising and licensing business that keeps Elvis’ legend strong while generating $32 million a year in revenue. And the flow of tourists has remained steady, with an average of 500,000 annual visitors to the mansion and exhibit area across the street, according to Soden.
Visitors come all year, but they peak in August during the annual commemoration of Elvis’ death, which includes a candlelight vigil. Graceland expects to welcome its 18 millionth visitor this year.
Graceland’s popularity has also helped turn Memphis into a major music destination.
When Elvis died, Beale Street in downtown Memphis, which had been known for the blues since the early 1900s, was in disrepair and shunned by visitors, but today it’s a bustling attraction featuring blues-themed bars, shops and restaurants. Sun Studios, where music producer Sam Phillips worked with Elvis, Jerry Lee
Lewis, Carl Perkins and others, opened as a tourist attraction in 1985. The STAX studio, known for Otis Redding and others, has been reborn as a slick multimedia museum of the label’s distinctive Memphis soul sound. The idea of opening Graceland to the public came to Priscilla Presley after Elvis’ father Vernon died in 1979 and she was thrust into the role of managing the estate. "I realized as it was going on that there really wasn’t any money that could support Graceland or any of the people that worked for Elvis that were still there," she said. "I had a decision to make to somehow save Graceland."
By 1982, they were ready to open, with Priscilla Presley’s idea of keeping everything in the home the same as it was when Elvis was alive still intact.
Future plans include $50 million in improvements to Elvis Presley Boulevard and other infrastructure near Graceland.
"I’m blown away by the mere fact that it’s 30 years," Priscilla Presley said. "It’s been incredible to see that the legacy of Elvis is still going strong. We wouldn’t have imagined that when it was opened in 1982. Elvis is as popular now as he was then, if not even more."
SEE BELOW for our in-depth review of the new Deluxe GRACELAND book.
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Latest Billboard Album Charts & Sales: This week, the following appeared on the Billboard Catalog Album Charts (w/e 16th June, 2012):
'Elvis: The Very Best Of Love' selling some 1790 copies. Total sales to date: 272,160 copies.
'An Afternoon In The Garden' selling some 1643 copies. Total sales to date: 470,849 copies.
'Heart And Soul' selling some 1419 copies. Total sales to date: 561,499 copies.
'Elvis Rock' (Compilation) selling 1094 copies. Total sales: 169,396 copies.
'Elvis Country' (Compilation) selling 1032 copies. Total sales : 110,843 copies.
'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) selling some 1008 copies. Total sales to date: 89,153 copies.
'Essential Elvis' selling some 1007 copies. Total sales to date: 350,274 copies (minimum). The last Soundscan figure we have for this album at the end of 2010 was 348,357 copies sold. It is a double album and therefore under RIAA rules qualifies for double sales - so for their purposes it has sold 696,714 copies and already been awarded Gold status. However, it must be remembered we have no record of sales since the end of 2010 (until now) so the total should be considerably higher. One that could be in the frame for a Platinum Award in the not too distant future.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 13 June 2012

'Graceland Through The Years 1957-1977' Book Review: The latest release about Elvis’ Memphis mansion from Joseph Pirzada’s Boxcar label dropped into the EIN mail box last week.  With considerable pre-publication hype, an impressive 450 pages and more than 1,000 visuals, did it impress EIN as an expansive top floor view or as a depressingly damp basement?

Click here for our detailed review by Nigel Patterson - including plenty of Graceland Elvis images and example pages


(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

TIME names Elvis' Pompadour in "The 10 Most Iconic Hairstyles": TIME magazine has named Elvis' pompadour as one of "The 10 Most Iconic Hairstyles" in a recent look at the hairdos that inspired "envy and imitation" over the past century.
TIME writes, "As its name implies, the pompadour should be worn with confidence and panache, as the hair is swept high over the head with pronounced volume.
Elvis' rockabilly hairdo, along with his gyrating hips, captivated a nation and inspired countless imitations by young men hoping for that bad-boy look."
When describing someone sporting the Elvis look, the article says they are "looking to add a bit of swagger to their style." 

The only other males to make the list are The Beatles' Mop Tops and Bob Marley's Dreadlocks

Go here for the complete list

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 11 June 2012

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

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

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

Elvis in Vegas released in Europe: Paul Lichter's Elvis in Vegas book has now been released in Europe. Collectors should note that the original cover for the outside-US edition was different and featured Elvis in the white/black Cisco Kid Suit. The Amazon UK site shows the cover to be the same as the US edition but you never know! If anyone finds a copy with the alternate cover let us know. (News, Source: Amazon/Elvis Unique)

Note: Amazon UK currently has a fantastic price for the book!!

Read EIN's review


Sunday 10 June 2012

Eliza Presley case back in court: The Probate Lawyer Blog reports: We've written extensively about the efforts by Eliza Presley to prove that she is half-sister to Elvis Presley and daughter to Vernon Presley, based on DNA and other evidence. Much of this same evidence also supports Eliza's claim that Elvis Presley is actually alive. You can get caught up to speed starting here, if you haven't followed this case before. It's been more than a year since we last wrote that Eliza's case was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. This meant that the court in which she filed her lawsuit was not able to hear the case; rather, the case had to go to a different court. Because of this and other legal hurdles, Eliza has never had her "day in court" to present her evidence to a judge or jury.
As we wrote then, Eliza was at the end of her road -- emotionally and financially -- and was not able to continue with the case. Trying to re-write the history books, which is what Eliza was literally trying to do, is no easy task. This is especially true when there are those who will go to extraordinary means to try to stop her.

Eliza has recently contacted us again and informed us that she has been able to restart the lawsuit, due in large part to previously undisclosed information her legal team received about Vernon Presley. But, she was forced to try a different legal approach this time. Unfortunately, Eliza is not able to disclose exactly where her case is proceeding or how. She said she is relieved that she can finally finish what she started. Eliza was able to share this redacted letter from her attorney that disclosed something quite interesting about her case:

A third court proceeding has been started ... Ms. Presley intends to re-file in Probate Court in Tennessee ... She believes strongly that she should be recognized as Vernon Elvis Presley's child, and that she should be allowed to claim her share of the four separate trusts he left as his "unknown heirs" due to her adoption at birth. (News, Source: Danielle & Andy Mayoras, The Probate Lawyer Blog)

Click here to read more about Eliza Presley's legal battle

Visit EIN's comprehensive Elvis Conspiracy pages

Presleyana VII to be released during Elvis Week 2012: The 7th edition of Jerry Osborne's popular Elvis Presley Price Guide 'Presleyana' will be presented in Memphis, during Elvis Week. The book has several new features, such as: 

1) Elvis’ LP catalog now divided into two easy-to-locate categories. 

2) Newly updated “buyers beware” & “counterfeit information”. 

3) Complete up-to-date listings of all the SONY/BMG "Follow That Dream" LP releases. 

4) All of Elvis’ standard RCA releases and reissues completely updated. 

5) Many “Verifications Pending” resolved. 

6) Full color pages picturing all bonus items and stickers that came with all of Elvis' U.S. album releases through the years.
(News,Source: Elvis Matters)

Conversations with the King Journals of a Young Apprentice: David Stanley's new book is now available from:

Conversations with the King is David's very different perspective on Elvis and his life. It explores the concept of spirituality as it affected both Elvis and David and helps us go beyond the image to understand the 'real Elvis'.

Click here to read EIN's detailed review of the book

Elvis phone home - "Holo-gram": This week's news that Elvis will be given the (so called) hologram treatment saw this unusual "Open letter from Elvis to the people of the Earth" published by the National Post:

Friends, I’ll admit that I had to look it up. Turns out that old Elvis might have come across one of these at Disneyland in between waffle sandwiches and root beer cones, but, heck, I’m not sure. Holo-gram. Now that I know what it is, I just have to say: Jesus, man. Sure, you might wanna use it to show kids how rockets fly or simulate the effects of sugar substitutes on the inner workings of the nervous system, but bringing back the dead? I tell you, friends, it’s what a Frenchman might call “uncouth,” although, you’re right: I had to look that word up, too.

OK. I know I’ve been away for awhile and you’re probably thinking: of all the crazy things that have gone on in this world, it’s a hologram that brought the old boy back? I know I have some explaining to do, and I’ll tell ya: You can hold Elvis to it. Don’t worry. None of ya’s are gonna leave here not knowing the very circumstances of the last — what is it?— 35 years? Jesus and Mary in heaven.

Thirty-five years. Can you imagine slipping away for so long? Can you imagine being at the very pinnacle of the entertainment universe and then, all of a sudden, surrounded by nothing more than a grove of coconuts, a wild pig here and there, two channels of television — repeats, all of ’em — and an overgrown volleyball court?

Heaven: whatta scam. It’s always 74 degrees and they turn off the lights at 8:30. It’s a no-fun town, friends, and believe me, I’ve done my best trying to get the heck out. But every door leads to another door, which leads to another, and after awhile you just sit down and give up. A nurse brings you an ice cream and a pill and you dream of your highschool sweetie in bikini bottoms eating cotton candy. But that’s as far as it goes.

Anyone who ever thinks they’ve run into me renting bowling shoes in some podunk pinjoint or cleaning johns in the Peoria airport or, worse, appearing in the fold of a hickory tortilla in some slop shop down Key West Way, well, listen friends, I don’t like Mexican food   that  much. True, the Colonel and I, we figured a good way to treat a burger was to slather the mother in jalapenos and cheese but, really, that was the extent of it. Elvis knows when someone’s been stepping over the line, and you folks: you done did it. You went kinda crazy after I died. Believe me, I would have loved to have bowled the odd frame, laid down some nice common work. Heck, I woulda given my left chestnut to have come to within 16 miles of a halfway decent taco joint. But no. Who am I to rewrite that which has been stitched into the very fabric of human tapestry?

Before leaving, I mostly had a good life: happy, sad, zany, complicated, and all of those things that anyone with a pulse ever experienced. Growing up was simple, and, truth be told, it was probably the best part of it all. Elvis wun’t nothing but a good, old country boy who liked his blues and his hog jowls. I was affected just like every other Southern kid by those things I’d seen at the minstrel shows: Jumping Jimmy Jenkins and the Hotfoot Brothers and the stone cold stare of Howling Harold. Man, the way that cat would look at you; he coulda pulled Jesus off the nails. He was stricken, man, double bent over that guitar singing those songs about fast Lucy and the devil in a grey suit. Weird thing is, while nine out of 10 young’uns run away from that type of music, me, I felt something boil along my spine, like hot chitlins poured down my back. I remember Harold’s rheumy blue eyes, his crookedy hands and fingers, how he bit down on every word harder than a mongoose on a rattlesnake chaw. I swear he had fangs, but that’s probably just the age in me showing. I mean, he couldn’t have had ’em, could he?

First time I saw Harold, I was 12. Went with my daddy. He bought me a candied apple dusted with cinnamon and brown sugar. Daddy bid on a bull for the farm, but got shut out. Didn’t matter, though. I saw Harold, and then, years later, I was bringing home more bacon than any bull woulda provided, although I know that bacon comes from a pig; Elvis ain’t that out of it, friends. Anyhow, after Daddy saw his bull go the other way, he lost his liquor quicker and worse than Freddy Pompeii and so we had to sleep in the truck, where I laid on the flatbed, stared at the stars, and dreamed I wanted to be like Harold. Wanted people to remember me for my fangs. As opposed to dying on the toilet. Which, yup, I did. I’m not here to sugar-coat things, folks, for this is the truth and nothing but.

True, the Colonel got me young. I was 16 when I first recorded at Sun studios. Man, that was some day. I was decked out in the fanciest silver suit — swoosh! I was dressed to kill, if only for Tom, the studio engineer, Sam Phillips, the producer, and his secretary, a gal by the name of Cherry Margolis, who was grateful enough to take Elvis out back for a bit of whatfor after 17 hours of straight singing. Seventeen hours. I don’t want Elvis to come across like some geezer standing up here judging every little two-bit nosebleed who ever hummed a tune in public since, but 17 hours! The last time I was around, there was this fellow named Billy Jo-el. He was all the everything just before I left, and not to speak out of turn here, but I doubt that he ever sang that much.

Tom pressed the record, and the next thing you know — bam! — I was backstage at the Sullivan show. It was a hot night and, I believe, one of those nights where even the most misinformed brother on the planet — the pencil pusher with his button done up tight to his neck — well, even he was aware that something was circling in the air, like some sort of invisible bird that you couldn’t see, but could feel weighing above you. Mr. Sullivan was very courteous, but he told me, “Son, if you plan on shaking those hips of yours, we might be forced to pull away. We have a nice proper situation here in this country, and we don’t need you riling up the kids for no reason at all. The bosses upstairs have it directly from the White House.”

Of course, I didn’t want to disobey the president, let alone Mr. Sullivan, let alone the beautiful backstage scene with the Champagne on ice and the flowers and all the attendants a man shy of royalty would ever need to call on. No, I was filled to the brim with the pleasure of getting even a sniff of such high living, especially after coming up through the grit and dirt of Southern life, where most folks didn’t own a television, let alone appear on one of its programs. Still, once that swirly red cherrytop lit up on that big old camera, it was all Elvis could do to not push my way through the lens into the lap of the nation’s living room. Folks, I set off like a lit firecracker. Not that I have to sell it to you — I know you’ve all seen it; you study it in history class today, am I right? — but I was a shiver of electric shock on that cold, flat stage.

Not only that, but I hadn’t sung as good in my entire life. I took America by the throat and I done shook it. All of the rocks in its pockets came flying out and, after that, everybody loosened up. ’Course, a lot of other people got a whole lot uptighter, but you know what I mean. Rock ’n’ roll, as we know it, had arrived. And they’d only shown half of me. People talk about some of the things I done did later on in life, but how would you feel, friends, knowing that you’d done what you’d done with half your body showing? It would be like Picasso showing half a painting, Mozart composing half his symphony. But in the end, it’s what they didn’t show that got people juiced. The joke was on Mr. Sullivan and the potentates at the major networks, I suppose. After awhile, they were clamouring for more, but, of course, I fed them nothing. Elvis never answered to no man and don’t you forget it.

Now there’s this hologram business. They want to put me in a concert again and hologram me up the way they hologrammed that bare-chested fella who kind of looked like Howling Harold, only in blue jeans, undershirt and a pirate’s cap. What I want to say, folks, is this: I want to say no. The way I see it, what’s dead is dead. What’s gone is gone. And those of you who are gonna be selling tickets to watch some video ghost who looks likes me — who was me — dance around: well, shame on you. You can’t do that without asking a dead man, and I’m here to tell you that dead men don’t talk, no matter how grave the matter or hilarious the comedy or serious the predicament. Believe me, I’ve done my share of shouting and causing a ruckus from above. But all you people get is cold, hard rain at the wrong times and for that, friends, I apologize.

If you people of Earth wanna see me moving around again and doing the thing that set the country’s pants on fire, well, that’s why God invented the DVD (which he did; he told me when we were playing volleyball last month). Better yet, go find some tape from that appearance on the Sullivan show. I was crazy the way Harold was, only maybe a little better looking, which is not my way of seeming boastful, it’s just the facts. No hologram will ever capture that, and besides, the whole thing seems creepy to me and looks bad on you. If you wanna spend your money and your days watching Hologram Elvis instead of looking for the New Elvis or the Next Elvis — and believe me, folks, he is out there; he might even be a she; who knows? — then let me tell you: you’re doing no better than me playing volleyball against God, and really, folks, you can’t win for losing; that’s just the way it is. Instead, why not take the wife bowling; why not go outside and, heck, fetch some fine red hot tortillas? Next to building a hologram to raise the dead, it might not seem like much. But that’s what they call living, really living. Trust Elvis. It’s some good stuff, friends. It is. All of it. (Odd Spot, Source: David Bidini, National Post)

Elvis hits top of the Canadian Video Slots: The legendary King of Rock and Roll returns to Canada as International Game Technology  (NYSE: IGT), the global leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems technology, announces the first installation of the amazing Elvis  The King®  Multi-Level Progressives in Canada at the Fallsview Casino Resort, in Niagara Falls, Canada.  

Adding star-studded appeal to Fallsview Casino Resort's floor, Elvis  The King®  video slots features chart-topping Elvis Presley hits that deliver top performing game content to new and life-long Elvis fans. Elvis also will headline the Casino Gaming Summit on June 11-13, 2012, in Niagara Falls, Canada.

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This new industry-leading game is part of IGT's extensive pop-culture portfolio of games being shown at the Canadian Gaming Summit, which continue to increase the entertainment value and overall experience on the casino floor.            

"With the Elvis  The King®  slot machine we're introducing an exciting new experience to Fallsview Casino patrons, featuring one of the most famous artists of all time and the King of Rock and Roll," said David Flinn IGT executive director for Canada. "IGT is deeply committed to the Canadian market and we will continue to deliver the excitement and pop-culture hits that players know and love."

This new Elvis title is delivering entertainment on casino floors with performance of 1.5 to three times zone average along with rave reviews from operators and players. Elvis left a legacy of music and his library of greatest hits are showcased throughout the base and bonus games. The jukebox-inspired design delights players with five hip-shaking musical bonus options: The Song, Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog and Viva Las Vegas top the charts as players win big and enjoy their favorite Elvis® hit songs. (News, Source: sacbee.com)

More on Elvis slot games: Elvis Slot Machine: The Elvis slot machine  is the king of all progressive slots.  Elvis Presley slotsare produced by   IGT, which has been an industry setter in the video poker and slot machine business since the seventies.

IGT's Elvis progressive slot machine  is a 3 reel, 3 coin offering.

Elvis is a quarter slot. You must make the maximum bet to qualify for the  progressive jackpot, which isn't a bad bargain in the least. That means players get a chance at a six figure progressive for a tiny 75 cent wager.

Elvis Progressive Jackpots: The Elvis progressive jackpot starts out at $100,000, so Elvis is always one of the richest jackpots in the industry. Most of the jackpots range into the several hundred thousand range, but the prize goes much higher. The record progressive jackpot for the Elvis slot machine was over $1.75 million. Because it's part of the IGT network, the progressive increases every time someone plays an Elvis slot across the nation. All you need is for the three Elvis symbols to line up for you to win the progressive.

Elvis Slot Games: Because fans would not stand for anything less, Elvis slots are all-around first rate  slots games. The slot machines use a Liquid Crystal Display CD Rom format. With such a platform at its disposal, the Elvis game is one of the most active and entertaining machines on the market. Players can answer Elvis trivia while they wait for the next spin. And whenever you win coins, a smiling Elvis face pops up to greet you with the good news.

Elvis Bonus Slots: Even better, if a player scores a bonus round on the Elvis slot machine, players are treated to a hit song by Elvis. Most of the King's biggest hits are available. Not only do you win money, but you'll be treated to "Heartbreak Hotel", "Jailhouse Rock", or my personal favorite, "Hound Dog". There is a video streaming as the songs play and last about a half minute. Elvis slots really is a cool game.

Of course, the real attraction of the Elvis slot machine is the money which can be won. In additions to a selection of well over a dozen Elvis Pressley hits, the bonus round offers a player a chance to win additional coins. Up to a thousand coins can be won in any one bonus round. Bonus rounds, progressive jackpots and Elvis music is a lot of bang for less than a buck.

The Elvis slot machine is a wonderful game for those who wish to pay tribute to the king. The slot machine started out in Las Vegas, where Elvis so loved to perform. All of the big name casinos in Vegas, from the Bellagio to the MGM Grand, have the game. But thanks to IGT, the Elvis slot machine is found in scores of casinos throughout the country. And as the IGT network of Elvis slots grows, the potential windfall from the Elvis progressive jackpot grows. (News, Source: SlotsHero.com)

The Presley Plot now listed on Amazon: Author Stephen Yanoff advises that THE PRESLEY PLOT (his new mystery novel) is now available on Amazon.com! The photo of the book cover and a brief description of the plot will be put up in the days ahead.

There were over 300 pre-orders for the book and they have already depleted (only temporarily) their stock!  You can still order the book, and when the next shipment comes in they will promptly mail it out.

Advertising about the novel has gone out to over 20,000 Elvis Presley fans in over 400 Elvis Presley Fan Clubs located throughout the country (all 50 states!) and 42 foreign countries!
Book Description: A mysterious death at the Anchor Insurance Company leads to the discovery of a treasure trove of never-before-heard songs by Elvis Presley - and a claim that could bankrupt the carrier. Adam Gold, an insurance investigator, has 72 hours to determine if the tapes are genuine, and in order to do so, he must venture to Tupelo, Mississippi. Upon his arrival in the town where Elvis was born, he becomes entangled in an elaborate insurance scam, and is forced to deal with an assortment of quirky characters. He will also encounter some sinister folks who would be willing to die - or kill - to get their hands on the Presley tapes. What follows, is a hair-raising adventure that readers will never forget. (News, Source: Stephen Yanoff/Amazon)


Saturday 9 June 2012

'Elvis At Madison Square Garden' FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY!: Elvis' June 1972 concerts in Madison Square Garden were a key part of his stunning career. It was on June 9th 1972, forty years ago today, that Elvis finally took on and conquered the USA's major city of New York.
"He looked like a prince from another planet, narrow-eyed, with high Indian cheek bones and a smooth brown skin untouched by his 37 years.
When Elvis started to work with the mike, his right hand flailing air, his left leg moving as though it had a life of its own, time stopped, and everyone in the place was 17 again. It was a lesson in dominance; we had just seen the comic who couldn’t control anybody, not even himself, and that had got us nervous; now Elvis made it all right again."

EIN contributor Daniel Massey and Colin Escott check out this major Elvis concert at Madison Square Garden
Go here to read this special EIN spotlight 40 years on!

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Friday 8 June 2012

'Elvis By Request' Australia's "Best Of" CD outsmarts 'I Am An Elvis Fan'!: EIN has now had confirmed that the Australian 'Best Of' collection will be a 40 track double CD compilation which has (possibly!) been in the planning stage before the 'I Am An Elvis Fan' international version!
Australians will also be able to select their favourites to be included on the 40 track set from every Elvis Master.
This is also going to be promoted via the 'Golden Oldies' type radio stations and with TV promotion as well. Thus hitting, and making a mark, on the 'General Public' rather that the EPE subscribed Elvis fan.
The concept is to wake up the "General Public" to Elvis’ on going popularity as the 35th Anniversary approaches.

The voting promotion is from June 4 until Friday July 13.
Pre-order the CD online before July 13 and your name will be included with other Australian fans on an exclusive fan edition poster – included with the CD.
Fans outside Australia may order the CD unfortunately only residents of Australia will receive the exclusive poster.
The poor timing we noted below was just an unfortunate slip.

CLICK HERE - Vote now for your favourite Elvis track ... and pre-order the CD !
(News, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis Presley Hologram More News: It has now been confirmed that the makers of a Tupac hologram that debuted at Coachella in April 2012 will create an Elvis hologram next. Digital Domain Media Group has signed an agreement with CORE Media Group, the parent company of EPE to develop and produce a series of "virtual" Elvis Presley likenesses for projects including appearances in shows and film and TV productions. "This is a new and exciting way to bring the magic and music of Elvis Presley to life. His lifelong fans will be thrilled all over again and new audiences will discover the electric experience of Elvis the performer," EPE's Jack Soden noted.
"The high level of quality entertainment that both CORE Media Group and Digital Domain deliver gives us great confidence that these projects will help continue the growth of Elvis’ rich legacy
all over the world."
The companies have already begun work on the Presley likenesses, but no announcement has been made yet about when and where audiences can see the first virtual performances.
“Elvis is the most iconic, most recognized performer on the planet, and we are thrilled to have been chosen to bring new performances and original shows where fans can have their own, new experiences of Elvis,” said CEO John Textor. “In addition to being a dream project on the creative side, this agreement enables us to participate in the success of any number of potential virtual Elvis appearances.”
The realistic likeness of Shakur reuniting with rapper Snoop Dogg at Coachella was created by Digital Domain "based on techniques developed for the Academy Award-winning CG likeness of Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and more," according to Digital Domain's website.
EIN wonders if the first Hologram project will be ready for the 35th Anniversary Concert.
(News, Source;MemphisCommAppeal/ElvisInfoNet)

Sanja's Friday Rare Elvis Photos - added to EIN today:

Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs - from EIN V-P Sanja Meegin.

Now with over 5,300 photos and with more added every week – including YouTube footage.

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EPE "Thank You Elvis Fans": It was 30 years ago today (June 7, 1982) that we stood on the front steps of Elvis home and welcomed fans from around the world for the very first tours of Graceland. Since that first day, almost 18 million guests have walked through the home Elvis loved. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, Elvis fans, for being part of this remarkable journey we have all taken together. Like you, we look forward to the future and all the great opportunities Graceland gives us to share the legacy of Elvis Presley.
Sincerely, Jack Soden and Priscilla Presley.

(News, Source;EPE)

Wednesday 6 June 2012

'VIVA ELVIS' Star DVD Review: Now that we know 'VIVA ELVIS' is to close, the timing is perfect for STAR to release their specially edited version of the show's recut classic Elvis songs. Described as .. for ELVIS FANS, Cirque Du Soleil Fans and Non Cirque Du Soleil Fans - one thing's for sure… after watching it… the album itself can't be played without seeing the sensational footage created on this dvd. It has nothing to do with Cirque Du Soleil, but if you did see the show in Vegas, it will bring back some memories as some footage is linked to it.

The STAR DVD label in the past have created some of the best-edited and impressive Elvis videos of all-time. Their '1st, 2nd & Forever' is worth watching again and again.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley explores this fun new release - & features some cool Elvis screen grabs.

(DVD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

ElVIS- Still #2 Top Selling UK Singles Act: The Official Charts Company today released the Top Selling Singles Acts of all time in the UK as follows: The Top 12 were:
1 The Beatles 21.9m

3 Cliff Richard 21.5m
4 Madonna 17.6m
5 Michael Jackson 15.3m
6 Elton John 14.8m
7 Queen 12.6m
8 ABBA 11.2m
9 David Bowie 10.6m
10 Rihanna 10.4m
11 Paul McCartney 10.2m
12 Kylie Minogue 10.1m
Regarding the above - The Official Charts Company have not given a source for their figures. Point of sale scans and downloads are only part of the equation. A lot of Elvis' sales records have been lost in the mists of time e.g. his HMV sales for openers.
Another fact to consider is that Elvis spent well over twice as many weeks on the UK singles chart than The Beatles.
Artist with Most Weeks at Number 1 - Elvis Presley who topped the chart for a total of 80 weeks (as of w/e 5th Feb 2005). Top group is The Beatles (69 weeks). Top female performer is Madonna (29 weeks - as of w/e 17th May 2008).
Elvis also has 'The Most Top 10 Hits' with 76 as of May 2005. Cliff Richard follows with 67.
While newcomer Rihanna’s figures are impressive they are pretty much all downloads which as a 'Single' today costs far less than an 45RPM was for teenagers in the 50s & 60s.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Wintersun Festival this weekend in Australia: Wintersun is Australia’s longest running Retro Nostalgia Festival featuring the cars, music and lifestyle mainly of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. The 2012 Festival official runs from June 1st to June 11th in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales Australia.
This year is our 25th Birthday year so we are celebrating big time. Pre 1974 Hot Rods, Classics and Custom cars will be driving around and on static display and are a major part of the festival.
You can also renew your wedding vows with Elvis, enter a 50’s Cake Bake competition, enjoy a street parade, watch a Roller Derby or 50’s fashion parade, or just lay back and soak up the atmosphere.
Plenty of Elvis associated shows with three Ultimate ETA Elvis heats and many more popular shows including ...

'Aloha From Australia'  with Liam Murphy. Friday June 8
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest Finals. Saturday June 9 (in Sawtell RSL)
'Elvis Leaves His Mark' - with Mark Andrew. Sunday June 10
Plus lots more Rockabilly, swing and Rock'n'Roll shows.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

‘Pure Gold For Your CD Collection’ New Import CD: Pure Gold was a 1975 compilation album released as part of RCA's budget "Pure Gold" series of albums. Though at this point in his career Presley was focused more on the country music market, this compilation focuses more on earlier material than his 1970's hits.
"Kentucky Rain", "Fever", "It's Impossible", and "In The Ghetto" are true stereo mixes. All other tracks are in "electronically reprocessed" stereo. When this album was eventually issued on CD for the first in the early 1990s, the 6 songs from the 50's were restored to original monaural sound. The album wasn't a strong seller when it was first released in 1975.
It was certified Gold on 9/12/1977, Platinum on 3/20/1988 and 2x Platinum on 3/27/1992 by the R.I.A.A.
The front cover photo features Elvis from his ' Aloha from Hawaii' concert in 1973.
In Europe the album was released, with a different cover, in RCA's ' Take-Off ' series.
Released now in a stunning 3- panel digipack is an Alternate Album Of 'Pure Gold'. Containing masters, first takes, master takes and other rarities!!!
Limited edition real pressed gold disc!!!! (NO CD-R) limited edition of 500 copies!! The disc is GOLD on the back (playing side) and has gold vinyl grooves on the label side!!
There's a (removable) sticker on the digi-pack front cover saying 'Limited Edition Gold Disc' - This is a very limited release so order your copy now !!!!
Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for tracklisting, digi-Cover & more details.
(News, Source;PureGold/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Monday 4 June 2012

CATCH UP on all the recent EIN exclusives and reviews you might have missed - GO HERE to EIN's June 2012 E-Alert - and register at our EIN Facebook page for on-going exclusives from the Promised Land.
'Elvis By Request' Now Vote for Australia's "Best Of" CD!!: In what must be the craziest marketing move, Sony Music Australia are now asking Australian fans to vote for their favourite Elvis tracks to celebrate the 2012 35th Anniversary.
This makes little sense against the World-Wide similar release of "I Am An Elvis Fan". PLUS the announcement of the Australian CD comes ONE DAY after the voting of the "I Am An Elvis Fan" worldwide closed! (why would you vote for and buy both?)
However Australians can vote for any of Elvis' 711 Masters - not just the insubstantial 87 track shortlist for the "I Am An Elvis Fan" Greatest Hits! AND your name gets added to a Limited Edition Fan Poster!!!!!  
The Australian CD promotion states ...
- This is a special release where Australian Fans will be able to vote for their favourite Elvis track. This will then turn into a release to celebrate the Anniversary of Elvis 35th year since his passing.
-  The voting promotion will be from Monday 4th June til Friday 13th July and then from this we will get the album track listing for the album.
-  Album release 16th August which is the Anniversary of his passing.
- I am very proud we have the approval from the estate – and is an amazing opportunity to make Australia huge for Elvis in this year of Elvis 35 promotion!
It makes little sense to EIN - but you can Vote HERE!!!!
(News, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Elvis Files Vol. 5 69-70 OUT NOW!: While it hasn't arrived in Australia yet, this wonderful book is OUT NOW! This is surely going to be the SELL-OUT Volume of this great series. In EIN's opinion the best series of photo-books on Elvis ever-produced.  The Pre-Orders are already the highest ever - so Don't Miss Out.
From the desk of Erik Lorentzen...
Bigger and better than ever: 560 pages & 1,600 photos
– This is a labour of love for me, says Erik Lorentzen, author and long time Elvis fan, who has found images and information never revealed before.
All ELVIS EVENTS in this Time Frame Period 1969-1970 are shown
- Every Working Moment...
- Every Getting to that Busy Elvis Schedule
- Elvis AT PLAY Images. (over 200 Newly Discovered for the first time)
- Plenty of Off Set CANDID Moments.
- All the Recording Sessions have pages of Features (Film & Studio)
- All the " Interviews" are shown.
- Elvis In Las Vegas his return to live performances
- The Tours of 1970 are showcased with Many Rare Pictures
- With many Surprises - more than 1600 PHOTOS on 560 PAGES
Go HERE for more FULL SIZE tasty ELVIS images - plus ordering info and more...
(News, Source;ElvisFiles/FECC/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis Memories' New Book: Author Michael Freedland (who has written multiple star biographies) is releasing  'Elvis Memories: The Real Elvis Presley Recalled by Those Who Knew Him' publication date October 4, 2012
Book Description...
"This is not just another Elvis Presley biography, although it gets closer to the real Elvis story than many of the hundreds of other books that have dealt with the life of the man his contemporaries have called 'The King'. As the author Michael Freedland puts it in his introduction, "Everyone knows Elvis". But not the way his close friends, employees and others who entered his life knew him. For this is their story, told in their words. He interviews those who knew Elvis intimately, from the now elderly woman who was at school with him and whose parents foreclosed on the shack they rented to Elvis' mother when his father was in jail, to the maid who prepared his peanut butter sandwiches and hamburgers and watched him line up the girls he wanted to take to his bed. In between, we meet the black man who remembered sneaking into a local cinema with his pal in defiance of most of the Deep South race laws, members of the so-called 'Memphis Mafia' who went where he went, laughed when he laughed and suffered when he suffered - and usually received a brand new Cadillac for their troubles. There's also his doctor who denies giving him fatal doses of the drugs he collected along with the hamburgers. Writer and broadcaster Michael Freedland went all over the West Coast and Southland to talk to these people who shared Elvis' life, telling the complex Elvis Presley story in a way more true to the real man than the usual collection of dates, film and song titles.
Publisher: Robson Press ISBN-10: 1849543585
(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

Over 20 Elvis Week Events Under One Roof: New for Elvis Week 2012, the Graceland Plaza large, air-conditioned entertainment pavilion will be the hub for the majority of the Elvis Week events, including concerts, movies, dances and panel discussions. It is a great opportunity to enjoy lots of different entertainment experiences all in one place.

Over 20 events will take place at the Elvis Week Main Stage throughout the week, with ticket prices ranging from $5 to $35.

GO HERE to EIN's special ELVIS WEEK 2012 information page - for all the news, Schedule and Events.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Sunday 3 June 2012

CKx plan New Elvis Presley Projects: American Idol owners CKx are considering new Elvis Presley projects including a Graceland upgrade, Elvis duets album and possible hologram tour. The company that owns the rights to American Idol is restructuring the TV show in light of the recent ratings drop but also developing projects for its other assets, including the creative exploitation of Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.
CKx, which will change its name to Core Media Group, has especially big plans in store for Presley: an upgrade of the Graceland museum is in the works, as well as a possible Elvis drama series based on the singer's early life. Core is also in talks with Sony about a potential duets album, which would pair contemporary singers with Presley in much the same way that past duets albums have done with Frank Sinatra. A subsequent tour may see singers performing alongside an Elvis hologram.
Core is also planning a revamp of Idol, which comes on the tail of the show's 30% ratings decline in its 11th season this year.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

The Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments: Teen idols are a special kind of rock star – their popularity may fall as fast as it rises, but it tends to rise higher and inspire more ecstatic adoration than any other kind of artist. Rolling Stone features 'The Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments' in chronological order, from Frank Sinatra in 1942 to One Direction in 2012. Elvis is third on their chronological list.
ELVIS - America had never seen anything like Elvis Presley when he burst onto the scene in the mid-1950s. His dance moves were so sexually suggestive that he was filmed from the hips up during his debut appearance on the Tonight Show. If anything, the censorship made him even more irresistible to teenagers across the country. Everyone wondered what exactly was going on underneath that camera. Nationwide mania for Elvis lasted until he joined the army in 1958, but it peaked in 1956 when he scored Number One singles with "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog" and "Love Me Tender." Regardless of how badly he squandered his gift in the 1960s and 1970s, the image of Elvis gyrating his pelvis on national TV is permanently planted in the memories of an entire generation. Countless artists decided to devote themselves to rock & roll in that very moment. (Right: Teenage Elvis 1954)
Go here to the full article

(News, Source;RollingStone/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis Experience” Coming to Brazil: Tickets are selling fast for the first-of-its-kind exhibition outside the United States called the Elvis Experience.
This will be the first time that an exhibition of such size will be mounted outside the United States. The Elvis Experience will feature over 500 rare and personal items such as tools, documents and photos - most of which have never been seen outside of Graceland.
The new exhibition will open on September 5, 2012 in Sao Paulo at the Shopping Eldorado Mall. Elvis Presley in Concert will also be on tour in South America during the same time this exciting exhibition launches in Sao Paulo.
Among the items are Elvis’ red MG automobile as featured in his classic film “Blue Hawaii,” a gold plated rotary dial telephone from Elvis upstairs bedroom, and his signature white suit featured in

the closing number of his 1968 television special now referred to as the "’68 Special.” One of the most recognizable items traveling from Memphis to Brazil is one of the American Eagle jumpsuits Elvis used for the 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii” television special, the world’s first LIVE televised satellite concert.
GO HERE for more info and tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie's Release Party at Sun Studio: Lisa Marie Presley released her new album "Storm and Grace" on May 15 and held her official watch party at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. Lisa spent the evening signing autographs and chatting with fans. Later that week, she made appearances on "Good Morning America," "American Idol," and Jay Leno's "Tonight Show."
The new album is bringing in rave reviews with the sultry sound of a down home southern girl returning to her roots. Rolling Stone magazine recently said it was "the album she was born to make."
Go here to EIN's 'Storm and Grace' review - her best album yet & all things Lisa Marie.
Check out EPE's photo gallery of Lisa Marie with her fans at Sun Studios here.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts & Sales: This week, the following appeared on the Billboard Catalog Album Charts (w/e 9th June, 2012):

'Elvis: The Very Best Of Love' selling some 1634 copies. Total sales to date: 270,370 copies.
'An Afternoon In The Garden' selling some 1605 copies. Total sales to date: 469,206 copies.
'Heart And Soul' selling some 1543 copies. Total sales to date: 560,080 copies.
'Elvis Rock' (Compilation) selling some 969 copies. Total sales to date: 168,302 copies.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 1 June 2012

'Follow That Dream' 50th Anniversary Spotlight: Follow That Dream was Elvis’ 9th movie and although filmed after ‘Blue Hawaii’ the Elvis "travelogue formula" still hadn’t been established. ‘Follow That Dream’ was still a fresh chance for Elvis to try out his relaxed comedic style of acting and without the added pressure of too many soundtrack songs. Filmed almost entirely on location in Florida it is one of Elvis’ best films. It was released 50 years ago this week on May 23rd 1962.
A great number of Elvis fans share an appreciation for this particular movie even though that appreciation is virtually absent from all critical texts. There are two reasons for this continued level of likeability. One of course is that Follow That Dream is a pretty good movie. The second, less obvious reason, is the fact that it says something good about human nature and that observation makes you feel a little bit better about living.
Go here as EIN contributor Harley Payette takes a fascinating look at this fan favourite.
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Tupelo ELVIS Festival This Weekend: For the first time in the history of this festival, three of the past five National Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists will perform at the Lyric Theatre. Featured artists include Bill Cherry, the 2009 Ultimate ETA, Brandon Bennett, D.J. Fontana, Sonny Burgess and the Pacers and the reigning 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Cody Slaughter at the 2012 Elvis Festival this weekend May 31-June 3.
The "Elvis Tribute Artists" however are in fact just one part of the festival, which also features a variety of local, regional and national musical acts including the headliner at Fairpark, "Little Big Town."
Debbie Brangenberg with the Tupelo Elvis Festival said, "We try to do some music that influenced his musical style. We've asked our entertainers if they would do an Elvis song while they're here. So, everybody's excited about that."
Meantime, there are other activities during the four day festival from a carnival for the kids to a pet parade you might say is fit for a "King." Each activity or event at this year's festival, just like in previous years, will have an element of Elvis to it.
The Tupelo Elvis Festival is a musical celebration designed to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo’s native son, and the impact that his music has on the world.
The 14th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival is on May 31, June 1, 2, and 3.
Go HERE for all the TUPELO ELVIS FESTIVAL Events and Information.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

12 Original Madison Square Garden slides on EBay!: On June 11th 1972 Elvis played for the final time at Madison Square Garden in New York. He gave a masterful performance to a 20,000 strong audience. Elvis was at the top of his field at this time in his life. Even though he was going through personal turmoil, he was a consummate artist taking a back seat to nobody in the music field.
I have for auction 12 (35mm) slides taken on that day. This is one of the rarest shows from Madison Square Garden to find photos from. These are original slides from the original owner and photographer. The film was developed on June 12th 1972, the day after the concert. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a piece of Elvis history. The 12 original slides have been carefully stored for 40 years and now with the 40th Anniversary of Elvis' Madison Square Garden appearances approaching; I feel it is a good time to let another fan/collector enjoy them.

For sale for US $2,500 with 3 days to go - LOOK HERE.


(News, Source;EBay/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley crypt to be sold in Memorabilia auction!:  The private mausoleum crypt in Memphis, Tennessee in which Elvis Presley was first buried is to be sold at auction.
The lot includes the crypt itself, the right to open and close the vault for a burial, a memorial inscription and the use of a small chapel for a service.
The person who will be able to buy the opportunity will be laid to rest in the private crypt after his or her death, where the singer was originally placed after his death in 1977.
In an unbelievably tacky statement Darren Julien, who is conducting the auction, said "I just consider that if you're an ultimate fan of Elvis Presley, it's an opportunity. It's definitely a conversation piece. Only one person can say, 'Hey, I'm going to be buried where Elvis Presley was'," he said.
Following Presley's funeral at his Graceland home in August 1977, his body was temporarily entombed in a crypt at Forest Hill Cemetery. Around 80,000 people lined the processional route that Presley's coffin took from Graceland to Forest Hill.
Within two months, both his body and that of his mother Gladys were moved to a permanent site in the meditation garden on the Graceland grounds.
Presley's body was at the tomb at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, for around two months before it was transferred to be re-laid at his home in
The lot will be auctioned on JUNE 23rd for a starting price of $100,000, which will include the opening and closing of the vault and crypt for burial, a memorial inscription and the use of the chapel for a committal service.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)
Say NO to the auction of Elvis' crypt: 35 years after Elvis's body was laid to rest at the crypt before it was buried on the Graceland Grounds, this mausoleum is still one of the most visited sites in Memphis. The crypt has been empty since 1977, and fans want it to stay that way - out of respect for Elvis. That's why we call for all fans worldwide, all Elvis fan club presidents and everybody who cares for Elvis to join forces and say NO to the auction of the crypt. Show the world that you care and please share the link to the online petition with your members and website visitors. Other auctions have been withdrawn before, after protest. We will do all we can to stop this auction - but we need your help! Elvis Matters has started a petition CLICK HERE to sign

20 Original Albums - New Sony Box-Set: Set for an August 2012 release is a new CD box collection from SONY (EU). Housed in what looks to be a set up along the lines of the Singles box sets from 2005 and 2007.
There's no other information at this time but according to Elvis Unlimited the albums are: Elvis Presley (56), Elvis Is Back (60), Something For Everybody (61), Pot Luck (62), Elvis For Everyone! (65)  From Elvis In Memphis (69), On Stage (70), That's The Way It Is (71),  Elvis Country (71), Love Letters From Elvis Presley (71), Elvis Now (72), Elvis (73), Good Times (74), Aloha From Hawaii (73), Promised Land (75), Raised On Rock (73), Today (75), From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (76), Moody Blue (77), Welcome To My World (77),  However as you can see the box also features pictures of the soundtrack albums G.I. Blues, Frankie & Johnny and Viva Las Vegas.
More info when all is confirmed   - Priced around $70
(News, Source;Elvis Unlimited/Elvis Express/ElvisInfoNet)

'Graceland Through The Years 1957-1977' Amazon release date July 9: Boxcar have informed EIN that the worldwide release date on Amazon for the new deluxe Graceland book is July 9th, although some delaers have giot their copies earlier. 'Graceland Through The Years 1957-1977' is a sensational production by MRS' Jo Pirzada featuring everything you need to know about Elvis and Graceland. Featuring 450 pages and including 1000 photos many never published before with masses of photos of Elvis and his friends at Graceland. With informative text and also including the original purchase documents and blueprints of Graceland. In quality print and hardcover book, it is all together bound in a 12 by 10 inch hard cover cardboard sleeve slipcase like Boxcar’s previous outing last year of ‘The Final Curtain’.
CLICK HERE to the Official promotional video

To guarantee your copy make sure you get your orders in.
To ensure your pre-order CLICK HERE TO AMAZON UK>> Elvis Presley's Graceland, Through the Years 1957-1977 .

(News, Source;Boxcar/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Elvis Mag' #77: Out Now is the 'Essential Elvis' new May/June magazine #77. It features a detailed article on Elvis' Circle G Ranch and the operation to save it for Elvis fans. The Stamps Bill Baize (far right) gives a lengthy interview on his times spent with Elvis, plus the continuing look at composer Randy Starr's (rather unspectacular!) work and the usual reviews and news.

It is worth noting today that The Elvis Mag previous issue #76 featured a lengthy article about 'The Forest Hill Cemetery' where the administrator of the cemetery stated "This is a very special place and I personally consider a sale to be extremely unlikely. This place of pilgrimage is an asset to our cemetery"!
How things change in just a few months!  

Go HERE for more info.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Uncovered' new Sony budget CD: A new budget compile out June 19 from Sony Special Products.
The promo states.. In the years between his 1968 Comeback and his death in 1977, Elvis Presley reinvented himself as both a bigger-than-life concert performer and an astute interpreter of contemporary pop material. During that period, his studio albums and live concerts were dominated by his distinctive readings of recent hits and older pop standards. This collection spotlights that phase of Presley's career, collecting a dozen notable cover numbers from his last decade. Complete with 8-page booklet and Liner Notes
Tracklist: 1. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, 2. Proud Mary, 3. Something, 4. You've Lost That Loving Feeling, 5. Sweet Caroline, 6. Words, 7. Bridge Over Troubled Water 8. Hey Jude, 9. Make The World Go Away, 10. My Way, 11. Steamroller Blues 12. Unchained Melody. 
Go here for info & to pre-order Only $12>
.Elvis Uncovered .
(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

Comeback producer Robert Finkel has died: Emmy Award-winning TV director and 1968 'Elvis Comeback Special' executive producer Robert Finkel has died. He was 94.
Publicist Dale Olson said Friday that Finkel died April 30 of age-related complications at his home in Beverly Hills.
In his long career, Finkel produced TV series with Andy Williams, Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Diller and other stars. Finkel won a Peabody Award for a show with Julie Andrews and directed sitcoms including "Barney Miller" and "The Bob Newhart Show."
It was Bob Finkel who hired Steve Binder as the director/producer of the Comeback Special. (Photo right, Steve Binder, Elvis, Bob Finkel at the press conference)
Finkel also produced specials with Bing Crosby John Denver, among others.
A Pittsburgh, Pa., native, Finkel is survived by family members including his daughter, Terry.
(News, Source:AP/ElvisInfoNet)

More recent news from May ....
EIN asked our good friend Marty Lacker about the somewhat surprising news report below..
Marty replied.. That surprises me because Bobby and I were friends and he never talked that way before. He recorded at American and would show up every once in awhile because he lived in L.A. He did play on some early sessions at American Studios but  I do not remember Bobby playing on Suspicious Minds or any of Elvis' songs..  Somehow or another I think whatever they took out of his head has messed him up and made him bitter.  I have not seen him in years. - Marty Lacker. 
Bobby Womack thinks Elvis "stole" his entire career! The soul music legend Bobby Womack said this week that he played on Elvis' track 'Suspicious Minds', but wasn't impressed by the star.
After a recent cancer scare the UK tabloids report that Womack said: "People say: 'What did you think of Elvis Presley?' I say: 'He wasn't s**t. Everything he got he stole.'"
Bobby also wrote one of The Rolling Stones first ever hits, 'The Last Time', and worked with the band on their 1986 album 'Dirty Work'. While he got on with some members of the band, he "had a problem" with singer Sir Mick Jagger.
Speaking about 'The Last Time', he added: "To be honest with you, I said: 'Let the Rolling Stones get their own f***ing record and record that."
Speaking of Mick, he added: "Some people never grow up if you give 'em too much. They gonna be as*holes, then they just become a bigger as*hole."
EIN notes that recently Womack has had a tumour removed and perhaps this is causing him to be nasty to other performers and previous friends.
His statements can be considered as rubbish since there is no proof in the studio session logs that he ever played on the 'Suspicious Minds' session at all. Maybe this is all a tabloid news beat-up?

(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Four New June FTD Releases: The following FOUR releases have been announced by FTD for late June.
'G.I. Blues Vol.1' Classic Album – The long-awaited first volume of G.I. BLUES material in the classic album series. As always in a 7" inch digi pack format with booklet. However like the ‘Jailhouse Rock Classic album’ the first volume will be without the In-and-Outtakes section, which will be featured in Volume 2 and will summarize all the G.I. Blues recordings. A lot of effort (and money) has gone into making these the best sounding G.I. Blues recordings ever.

‘From Hawaii To Las Vegas’ (Unreleased 1973 Rehearsal)- The new 5" digi pack release ‘From Hawaii To Las Vegas’ is from a previously unreleased cassette recording of Elvis’ January 25 1973 dress rehearsal for his January/February Las Vegas Hilton season. The rough audio quality is more than compensated by the fascinating insight into how Elvis worked in order

to create his shows. With little talk, and a lot of music, we are invited to a first row presentation of what Elvis had in mind, and yet he decided to change the repertoire the next day. Among the many songs is "Separate Ways" – rehearsed with and without the orchestra - a song that Elvis chose to never perform in public. This will be a fabulous collectors’ release.
The one track ‘I'm Leavin' It All Up To You’ was previously released on the FTD ‘Stage Rehearsal’ and was one of the best tracks on that compilation. The audio quality was pretty good as we noted in our review "Elvis tries it out in rehearsal and it’s another spontaneous Elvis moment, luckily captured in pretty good sound – the best quality bonus track here."
Tracklist: 1) Something 2) You Gave Me A Mountain 3) Steamroller Blues 4) My Way 5) Love Me 6) It’s Over 7) Blue Suede Shoes, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry 9) Welcome To My World 10) I’ll Remember You 11) Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On 12) An American Trilogy 13) A Big Hunk O’ Love 14) I’m Leavin’ It All Up To You 15) Faded Love 16) I Can’t Stop Loving You 17) Separate Ways

– with band 18) Separate Ways – with band and orchestra 19) Bridge Over Troubled Water 20) Can’t Help Falling In Love - incomplete Recorded on stage January 25, 1973 at the Las Vegas Hilton.

‘From Memphis To Hollywood’ Book: Hot on the heels of WELCOME HOME ELVIS comes its sequel, another Flaming Star production written by David English, which brings Elvis from Memphis back to the movie making business in Hollywood, and the actual production of G.I. BLUES. As with WELCOME HOME ELVIS the book features an album – this time not surprising the newly found original mono LP master for G.I. BLUES. As with its predecessor, the book is filled to the brim with great, rare and informative photos and documents.


‘That’s The Way It Is’ Double-Vinyl: A Special Limited Edition 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set. This release follows the other FTD special edition albums.
• Vinyl cutting by ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
• DMM Copper Mastering
• 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
• Strictly limited pressing


(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

'A Boy From Tupelo - Complete 53-55 Recordings' More News: Elvis collectors' holy-grail 'Little Mama' is included. Out in AUGUST 2012 the deluxe book + 3CD set has been announced for August release. For over five years “Follow That Dream” /Sony Elvis Committee president Ernst Jorgensen has been working on the Definitive Elvis At Sun Records & book, which is possibly the most ambitious project of his entire career. The Genesis of rock n roll has to be the combination of Elvis and the Memphis based Sun Records Company, and at last this outstanding labour of love is about to be published.
This will be no ordinary volume of facts and figures. It will be a massive superlative Elvis Presley production including the rarest of pictures, recording data, the real story behind Elvis’ time at Sun with unique Elvis artifacts, photographs, together with a companion of Elvis Sun recordings on THREE CDs which will excite your senses.
FTD has noted that the 3 CD package features 10 previously-unreleased cuts. EIN has been informed unofficially that the following songs have been mastered for the project. 'Little Mama', 'Heartbreaker', 'Heart of Stone', 'Blue Moon of Kentucky', 'Shake, Rattle & Roll' plus the already announced by Ernst 'That’s All Right' from Meridian.
The 'Little Mama' acetate audio which was believed to be unrepairable, is better than expected.
The studio outtakes feature more of 'When It Rains, It Really Pours’. The official full tracklisting has not yet been announced.

The accompanying book is, in essence, a fully-illustrated travelogue. It thoughtfully details the birth of Elvis' career through.
Go here for more 'A Boy From Tupelo' details.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNetwork) 

Conversations with the King Journals of a Young Apprentice (Book Review): Elvis' youngest stepbrother, David Stanley released his latest book this week.

This is a book about Elvis which has an important difference to others......it provides new insight into the wisdom and gifts Elvis never openly discussed in public. The untold stories of each chapter revolve around life lessons encouraging and assisting readers to discover the lessons and answers in their own lives.

Conversations with the King is challenging and it is thought provoking and it is unlike any other Elvis book you have probably read! To find out just how different and how important Conversations with the King is: read EIN's detailed review here

Buy an autographed copy of Conversations with the King

'I Am An Elvis Fan (Fanatic Edition)' now available for Pre-Order outside USA: Until today the Pre-Order system for the new 'I Am An Elvis Fan' CD was not working for outside the USA.
This has now been fixed and fans worldwide can now Pre-Order the CD as well as Upload their names and photos for the cover.
FOR A LIMITED TIME:  Pre-order your copy of the album now to get your name in the package (while space is available)!
This exclusive offer includes: 21 Fan-Voted Favorite Elvis Songs, 12-page booklet with liner notes and career-spanning photos, An exclusive fan poster including names of fans who pre-ordered before 11:59pm ET on  12 May 2012
This special edition of I AM AN ELVIS FAN is not available in stores
Fans have to pick their Top 3 favorite songs from each of the seven categories:  50s, 60s, Gospel, Love Songs, Movies, Country, In Concert. Then the Top 3 most voted songs from each category will be used to create the I AM AN ELVIS FAN album!  Voting ends at 11:59pm ET May 12, 2012.
EIN notes that the website STILL mentions the eigth category of "R&B" - but strangely that category is not actually featured.
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Some great Elvis music buys at affordable prices:

Rock Sex - N -Roll (Book Review): Has the prodigous Joe Tunzi-Paul Lichter partnership hit another bullseye with their latest release...... Rock Sex-N-Roll, a photo-book showcasing Elvis' breakout year, 1956?


Nigel Patterson recently re-entered EIN HQ to find out if the release lives up to the high promise of its pre-publication pr.

Read Nigel's review here


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'Promised Land' FTD CD Review:
'Elvis Presley’s GOLD Cadillac Tour of AUSTRALASIA 1968-69' Book Review
'The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956’ Review
'48 Hours To Memphis' FTD CD Review
Shawn Klush and Donny Edwards In Australia - Review:
Elvis By Special Request '71 At 40 (Book Review)
'The Elvis Files Vol. 4' Book Review:
'Young Man with the Big Beat' In-Depth Review:
'Fashion For A King' FTD in-depth Review:
"ReBooked At The International'- in-depth Review:
'Stage Rehearsal' FTD Review:
Elvis Amarillo ’77 FTD CD Review:
'Elvis On Tour November 1971' Book Review:
-'Elvis At Madison Square Garden' An In-Depth Report:
'Spanish Eyes By Request' GRM CD Review:
MRS 'G.I Blues - Café Europa Sessions' Review:
'Bringing It All Back Home' CD/Book Review:
'The Final Curtain' Deluxe Box-Set Review:
'The Elvis Files Vol. 2' Book Review:
'The Complete Elvis Presley Masters' in-depth Review:
Latest Articles (Spotlights)
Elvis at Madison Square Garden 40 Years Ago
'The Wedding' Elvis & Priscilla EIN special Spotlight:
'Elvis In Ottawa' Spotlight & Elvis Interview:
'Elvis In Concert ROCKS Copenhagen in 2012:
Elvis Lives (Nik Cohn)
Spotlight on the new 'Vintage Rock' Magazine: 
Christmas Elvis-Style in Bavaria:
Shawn Klush and Donny Edwards In Australia - Review:
"Kissed By Elvis" Janet Fulton Interview:
EIN Spotlight on Alfred Wertheimer:
SONY/RCA 2011 Future CD Release Details:
ELVIS WEEK 2011 - the stories and reports
-'Elvis At Madison Square Garden' An In-Depth Report:
'Elvis Memphis to Madison 1977' The Gas Station Incident:
'Heartbreak Hotel '- 55 years ago today:
John Lennon And Elvis: It was "Thirty Years Ago Today"
Elvis Statues & Memorials - an EIN Spotlight:
Remember 'The King' with Music:
'Elvis Tattoos' and EIN Spotlight:
SONY/RCA 2010 Future CD Release Details:
ELVIS WEEK 2010, EIN Exclusive reports:
Elvis' 1956 Mystery Kisser Found!
EIN Spotlight on 'Girl Happy':
'Elvis Forever' London concert Review:
'The Original Elvis Tribute 2010'- An Elvis band on Tour:
'Elvis Meets The Beatles':
Elvis or Michael Jackson - who is the bigger star?
Dark Side of the Colonel


Latest Interviews
David Stanley (2012)
Author Chris Kennedy Interview about D.J. Tommy Edwards:
Vernon Presley Interview:
EIN interviews John Scheinfeld director of  'Fame & Fortune'
Jerry Leiber Interview for EIN
Elvis Paradise Hawaiian Interview - with Peter Noone
Sam Thompson, Elvis' bodyguard, 2011 Interview
'Losing Graceland' Book Review - plus Micah Nathan Interview
James Burton Interview - Rick Nelson & Elvis:
Elvis Drummer Jerome "Stump" Monroe EIN Interview:
Donnie Sumner Remembers his friend Sherrill Nielsen: 
Lamar Fike EIN Exclusive Interview
Jamie Aaron Kelley - EIN Interview:
Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'The Complete Masters' and more:
D.J Fontana Interview - Elvis Week 2010 special: 
Red West Interview:- 2010 Elvis week special
Linda Thompson - Interview Special:
Elvis in 1969 - Ann Moses & Ray Connolly Interviews:
Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'On Stage' and Elvis' Legacy in 2010:
Paul Lichter
Dr. Nick talks to EIN
Alanna Nash
Ernst Jorgensen (2009)
Ron Brandon - Elvis in Tupelo
Jimmy Velvet
Eliza Presley (Part 1)
Paul Monroe
Duke Bardwell Interview
Sandi Miller Interview:

Lamar Fike


Best of Elvis on YouTube
Graceland cam
EPE's Multimedia Elvis Gallery
Sirius Elvis Satellite Radio
Elvis Radio (ETA's)
Elvis Express Radio
Ultimate Elvis Radio
Elvis Only Radio
"Images in Concert" PhotoDatabase
Radio Interview: Vernon & Gladys Presley
Sanja's Elvis Week 2007 Photo Gallery
'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube'
The Music of Elvis Presley - Australian Radio Show
All about Elvis
All about Elvis Tribute Artists
All about Graceland
All about Lisa Marie Presley
Ancestors of Elvis
Art Archives
Book Releases 2009
Contact List
Elvis and Racism
Elvis as Religion
Elvis Film Guide
Elvis Online Virtual Library
Elvis Research Forum
Elvis Rules on Television
FTD Database (EPE)
Graceland - The National Historic Landmark
How & where do I sell my Elvis collection?
Is Elvis the best selling artist?
Links to Elvis' family & friends
Links to other Elvis sites
Marty's Musings
Online Elvis Symposium
Parkes Elvis Festival 2009 (Australia)
Presley Law legal archives (Preslaw)
Presleys In The Press
Sale of EPE (Archives)
6th Annual Elvis Website Survey
Spotlight on The King
"Wikipedia" Elvis biography
Did You Miss?
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong - the most 'covered' Elvis album of all-time
Spotlight: Elvis Film Posters
FTD Review: An American Trilogy
Book Review: Elvis: A King in the Making
Interview: Vic Colonna - the Dangerous World of Bootlegging Elvis