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Coming soon to EIN...
Book review - Elvis, Roots, Image, Comeback, Phenomenon, and an interview with the author, Dr. Mark Duffett
(Mark’s previous Elvis release was the excellent, Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs).
Friday 10 July 2020

Graceland archives & Bill Belew: Graceland may be open but Angie Marchese is still sharing more from the Graceland Archives.
In the recent episode fans can check out the work of Elvis costume designer Bill Belew.
It was in June 1968 that Elvis met Bill Belew on the set of the NBC TV special and he would then go on to make the iconic black leather outfit for Elvis.
Among the most famous of Belew's Elvis jumpsuits are the American Eagle and the Peacock. He also designed the suit Elvis wore at the famous meeting with President Nixon.
In the video, Marchese shows the receipts for some of Elvis jump suits and other items worth thousands of dollars.

Click here to Graceland Instagram to watch.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


ELVIS Biopic to Restart ASAP: Tom Hanks is expecting to head back to Australia in October to resume filming Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic. The movie had been in pre-production back in March, when the Queensland shoot was shut down after Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, both tested positive for the coronavirus.
They were briefly hospitalised and quarantined while they recovered, before returning to their home in Los Angeles, where they have been donating plasma to help medical researchers find a cure.
Hanks has said they are aiming to resume filming in three months. "There is certainly a plan and a desire from the studio's perspective and from everybody else involved in the movie to figure out a way to make it happen," Hanks recently told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"There are dates on the calendar that say maybe we will be making this movie in October, but all of
that stuff is a 'maybe' as questions about quarantine and sterilising soundstages and all of that go on.”
However, the Government says that the country's borders would still remain closed to travellers from overseas for "quite some time" in an effort to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
Luhrmann's musical biopic, also starring Austin Butler as Elvis, is scheduled to be released in November 2021.
(News, Source;SMH/ElvisInfoNet)

Charlie Daniels Dead at 83: Singer-songwriter Charlie Daniels, best known for the million-selling "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" has died of a stroke aged 83.
Daniels name came to fore when he played bass and guitar on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline LP. Dylan's 1969 album was produced by Bob Johnston. The Elvis connection is that Daniels co-wrote the beautiful "It Hurts Me" with Bob Johnston (who actually submitted it under his wife's name Joy Byers).
Elvis recorded "It Hurts Me" in January 1964 and it was released as the flip-side to his 'Kissin' Cousins' single.
As the leader of the Charlie Daniels Band, with his fiery fiddle at the forefront, Daniels paved the way for the mainstream country-rock success of his group and others including Alabama and Lynyrd Skynyrd. His 1979 "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" won a Grammy.
He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
When Daniels performed 'It Hurts Me' live in 2018 he noted that Elvis' 1935 birth changed the course of his own life when the King of Rock & Roll recorded his song at Nashville's RCA Studio B.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

King Creole BluRay UK Premium Edition: HMV in the UK have announced an exclusive Premium Edition of King Creole BluRay to be released 21st September 2020.
Elvis Presley brings a new beat to Bourbon Street in KING CREOLE; presented here newly remastered from a 4K film transfer. Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, White Christmas), Elvis plays a troubled youth whose singing sets the French Quarter rockin’. With a sweet girl to love him and nightclubbers cheering, it looks like he’ll shake off his past and head for the top. But a mobster (Walter Matthau) and his man-trap moll (Carolyn Jones) could snare him into a life of crime.
The Premium package set contains the film on Blu-ray, giving fans a must own version. Each release also includes a collectible slipcase and 4 collectible artcards featuring the films key art and theatrical poster. Plus Filmmaker Focus, Leonard Maltin discusses King Creole.
Go here to HMV UK for more info - Price £14.99
(News, Source;HMV/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 7 July 2020

(Interviews) Tracy Wuischpard (Director) and George Thomas (star) of the “trippy” and Roger Cormanesque, ELVIS FROM OUTER SPACE: The new psychedelic, sci-fi musical-comedy film, ELVIS FROM OUTER SPACE is being released today - July 7.
Featuring in the film is Memphis Mafia member, the late Sonny West, and well known actor, Martin Kove (The Karate Kid)! The film’s director, Tracy Wuischpard and star, ETA, George Thomas, kindly spent time discussing the film,including how it came about, the challenges they faced in making it, and what Elvis fans can expect from it.

Based on the film trailer and what Tracy and George have told EIN, it appears Elvis from Outer Space is going to be a lot of offbeat fun!

The film is available now on Apple TV, Amazon Prime (USA), as well as a variety of digital platforms, and DVD.
Read the full exclusive EIN interviews

(Interviews, Source: EIN)


New book announced - Elvis Gun and Weapon Collector: An Illustrated Compendium: Prolific photo-journal publisher, Paul Belard, has advised EIN that his latest book, Elvis Gun and Weapon Collector: An Illustrated Compendium is with the printer, and should be available in September (COVID-19 restrictions mean book print runs are currently being significantly delayed).
EIN saw an early draft of the book (200+ pages) and was impressed by the large sized, full color images of hundreds of Elvis’ rifles, revolvers, pistols, German dress swords, knives, machetes, daggers, bayonets, etc. Many of the items on display are accompanied by detailed background information.
Elvis had a great passion for collecting weapons, and as a record of this
passion, Elvis Gun and Weapon Collector: An Illustrated Compendium will be an important and visually imposing release! - Those interested can contact Paul Belard for more info.
(News, Source:PBelard/ElvisInfoNet)

Strong reaction to 'ELVIS: A Plan of God & SUN The Magic of Without You': Darrin Memmer has released three new Elvis books in the past month. One in particular, ELVIS: A Plan of God & SUN The Magic of Without You, has met with high praise from buyers.
From its stunning cover image to fascinating “new” information about Elvis’ Humes High Talent Show appearance (it wasn’t what we all thought!), and several of Elvis’ recordings at SUN Studio, plus a thought provoking discussion of the Elvis and the Big Mama Thornton race issue, EIN recommends ELVIS: A Plan of God & SUN The Magic of Without You as one of 2020’s best Elvis book releases.
Other highlights in the book include who actually recorded Elvis’ first demo at SUN Studio, the “back story” to the only known photograph taken by Gladys Presley, a ticket from Elvis’ Humes High Talent Show appearance, and the “auditions” for the Talent Show!!
(News, Source: EIN)
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ReMind magazine (July 2020): This new magazine 'Collecting Elvis' is now available in the US. Includes articles on Elvis memorabilia, an inside look at Graceland, and more.

Click here to purchase from 'ReMind'

 

 

 

 

 

 


(News, Source: EIN)


The King Is Dead (Robert Holton) sells for US$521.00!: A copy of the ultra rare book, The King Is Dead (The Funeral of Elvis Presley) by Robert Holton (published by KatcoMedia) attracted five bids from two interested buyers last week on ebay.


The sale price was a whopping US$521.00 for the softcover book which provides a detailed minute-by-minute account of how Elvis’ funeral was arranged at short notice by Memphis Funeral Home’s Funeral Director, Robert Kendall.

 


(News, Source:EIN/ebay)


Sunday 5 July 2020

Why We Should Take Elvis Fans Seriously: In what is a wonderful example of people-power, this EIN spotlight shines a light on how Elvis fans united to successfully prevent the demolition of the Lauderdale Courts in 1995.... a proposed demolition which, at the time, was supported by EPE!

Back in 1995, the Memphis Housing Authority proposed to raze Lauderdale Courts, a downtown housing project, as part of a larger “dedensification” program led by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The tearing down of Lauderdale Courts proved particularly contentious as it would would render many people homeless but what drew the greatest attention was the fact that a teenage Elvis Presley and his parents had lived at Lauderdale Courts from 1949 to 1953.
Enter three well-informed Memphis-based Elvis fans, Mike Freeman, Cindy Hazen, and Georgia King... now read on to find how one of Elvis' key historic sights was saved by Elvis-Fan-power.

(Spotlight; Source;NP/Academia.edu)


''Elvis Summer Festival TTWII" Vols 4 & 5: In what seems an extraordinary move, Erik Lorenzen has now announced the release of two further volumes in his 'Elvis Summer Festival - That's The Way It Was' book trilogy.

The new 1000-page Volumes 4 and 5 (together in a slip-case) will be released in August.

The previous trilogy featured 2,000 photos of Elvis rehearsing and performing for the MGM cameras in August 1970, this new double-set promises yet another 100 unseen colour images plus another 1,000 unseen black& white photographs.

Obviously competing with the FTD book also about 'That's The Way It Is' Lorenzen's set should be out mid August 2020 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the filming of this classic movie.

The new set can be pre-ordered at The Elvis Shop London - priced at £149.99

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis 42 Years Before & After' New Import: First featured by EIN back in December 2019, finally this new interestingly-themed bootleg is out.
... Elvis achieved many musical highs, however his career didn’t end at age 42 in 1977.
The first disc of this double Cd set brings you all the most important recordings and hits from his lifetime. From Elvis’ 1954 debut at the Sun label through to the 'Elvis In Concert' 1977 CBS TV special.
The second disc contains the stuff that has kept his name and legacy alive some 42 years after that fatal day in August 1977. From Felton Jarvis' 1980 Re-Recording session through to 2018 Where No One Stands Alone duet with Lisa-Marie Presley.
It is a journey through new songs, remakes and remixes, a live recording from Elvis The Concert World Tour and finally duets with well-known artists and his daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
EIN loves the "Sgt Pepper" cover image!
See 'All The CD News 2020' for tracklist.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Wednesday 1 July 2020

New TTWII FTD 50th Anniv Deluxe Release: Finally it has been confirmed that the 2020 FTD deluxe release to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Elvis performing for the MGM cameras in Las Vegas will be a 600 page double-volume book with EIGHT cds featuring the complete rehearsal recordings. Many of which have never been previously officially released.

August is the suggested month of release. No price yet announced.

Living overseas the weight will certainly make this an expensive purchase when you have to include postage.

The EU Public Domain laws mean that any ELVIS material RCA has owned for fifty years but never deemed worthy of release is then rightly moved to the "Public Domain".
ELVIS fans are not getting younger and there is material out there, such as the TTWII rehearsals that 50 years later should be available for any fan to buy.
This would be the reason that FTD are officially releasing all the TTWII rehearsal material - all 8 cds worth - before it gets into the hands of PD labels such as MRS or 'Elvis One'.
After all, the vast majority of this rehearsal material has been available on bootleg since Fort Baxter's stunning 'The Brightest Star on Sunset Boulevard' came out way back in 1998.

The state of play so far for the 8CDs to be released..
The complete rehearsal recordings:
MGM Studios, Culver City - July 14, 1970
- Bootleg: 'TTWII - The Complete Works DVD3'.
Officially: 18 songs out of 12 recorded; FTD 'The Way It Was' and TTWII Movie.
MGM Studios, Culver City - July 15, 1970
- Bootleg: 'Get Down & Get With It' / A Profile The King On Stage /  'TTWII - The Complete Works DVD3'
Officially: 14 songs out of 38 recorded: BMG 2000 'That's The Way It Is CD3', FTD 'The Way It Was', TTWII original movie, This Is Elvis movie.
RCA Studios, Hollywood - July 24, 1970
- Bootleg: The Brightest Star On Sunset Boulevard, (complete)
Officially: 10 songs out of 32 recorded, BMG 2000 'That's The Way It Is CD3', FTD 'The Way It Was'
MGM Studios, Culver City - July 29, 1970
- Bootleg: There's Always Me / The Cream Of Culver City / Plugged In & Geared Up / 'TTWII - The Complete Works DVD3' (complete)
Officially: 17 songs out of 24 recorded, Platinum, BMG 2000 'That's

The Way It Is CD3', FTD 'The Way It Was' / SONY Deluxe 2014 box-set 'That's The Way It Is'
Las Vegas Convention Center - August 4, 1970
- Bootleg: 'TTWII - The Complete Works DVD3' (complete)
Officially: Near complete,- BMG 2000 'That's The Way It Is CD3' / FTD 'One Night In Vegas' / 'That's The Way It Is' - Movie Special Edition
The International Hotel - August 7, 1970
- Bootleg: 'TTWII - The Complete Works DVD3' (complete)/ International Heatwave
Officially: 7 songs out of 14 recorded,   'That's The Way It Is' - Original movie and Special Edition
The International Hotel - August 10, 1970
- Bootleg: Hang Loose (complete tape)
Officially: FTD 'Stage Rehearsal' complete but with weird fake spliced intros: also two tracks on 'Elvis Aron Presley' boxset

Fans who don't own all the bootlegs can see that there are a massive number of tracks not officially released as yet - and we are also promised some brand new material including new rehearsals of 'I've Lost You'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: That's the Way It Is' BluRay 2020 Re-Release: The 2014 combined version of  "Elvis: That's the Way It Is: 2001 Special Edition [BluRay] & 1970 TTWII Original [DVD]" is being re-released for the 50th Anniversary as a cheaper "Archive Collection" priced at only $22.
This set was originally released at Elvis Week August 12, 2014, this year it is being re-released August 11, 2020.

The product details note: Elvis was a legend unlike any other. After years of making movies, Elvis made a triumphant return to the stage, including a stint of celebrity packed shows at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1970. Now, see the backstage footage from rehearsals to relaxing at the hotel and the performances in one of the most intimate looks at Elvis captured on film. Included here are both the 1970 theatrical version (DVD 108 mins) and the 2001 special edition (Blu-ray 95 mins), with the songs, the fans, the love and most of all...the King himself.
Studio: WarnerBrothers
BluRay/DVD Release Date: August 11, 2020
Total Run Time: 203 minutes

 


(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis News from earlier this week ...

Bud Glass is proud to announce the release of the first episode of his new web-based video series ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE.

“DOUBLE TROUBLE” is the title of episode 1 - and the title is definitely an understatement as to the mayhem that ensues in this exciting, action-packed, true-life story.
As the teaser video stated, “Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction”. This rare glimpse inside the private world of Elvis is based on the intriguing and bizarre facts from first-hand accounts of those who were there, as told to the creator of this series.

An excerpt from the video says it best:
"This story involves Elvis' live-in girlfriend, two jealous sisters, a real bonefied "Cat-fight" and Elvis going completely off the hook, wild-man ballistic, in a frenzied fit of rage so extreme- that it took three grown men to restrain him. The ensuing collateral damage was so substantial that it can be clearly evidenced in one of Elvis' films that he was shooting at the time ...if you know where to look."
Fasten your seatbelts, because it's about to get real!

The story is almost unbelievable enough to begin with (as Elvis says), but there are also more than one occasion when the plot further thickens in mid-stream, as this real-life saga unfolds before your eyes. This is definitely unlike any production on Elvis that you have ever seen before.
More episodes are currently in production and pre-production stages… “this is just the beginning” of this TOTALLY FREE video series that is available for fans to enjoy. Bud only asks that you share it with all of your Elvis friends so they can also share in the fun.

There is only one way to be personally notified as each new episode is released; and that is to subscribe on the official ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE YouTube channel and click the notification bell.
SURPRISE! - WHATEVER YOU DO…. Be sure to watch the video ALL THE WAY TO THE VERY END for a surprise that every real Elvis fan will not want to miss out on!
To see Episode 1: “DOUBLE TROUBLE” and more about this eyebrow-raising new series CLICK HERE.
EIN Notes: This episode runs 40 minutes and features some fabulous rare pictures, interviews and rare footage. A great story - Well Worth a look - and indeed there is a cute Bonus at the very end.
(News, Source;BudGlass/ElvisInfoNet)

'From Elvis In Nashville' New 4CD Set: EIN was hoping that the official announcement would have been out by now - but this is what we have so far.
"From Elvis In Nashville" is the new SONY major release, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' "Nashville Marathon" sessions that took place in June 1970.
At these session Elvis would record classic material including I’ve Lost You, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Patch It Up, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Stranger In The Crowd, Mary In The Morning, and Just Pretend. In September Elvis would return to Nashville to record more hits Rags To Riches and Where Did They Go Lord.
The sessions would go on to create two of Elvis' best ever albums 'Elvis Country' and 'That's The Way It Is'.
From Elvis In Nashville promises "Undubbed versions of all tracks" - perhaps all the Undubbed Masters, plenty of which have still never been officially released.
At the time all the Nashville tracks were heavily overdubbed and nowadays the raw studio versions often sound more contemporary. Hopefully, like 'Down In the Jungle Room', this 2020 release 'From Elvis In Nashville' will provide a fascinating and honest look at Elvis' creative side.
This set was originally slated for an August release (to fit in with the 2020 Elvis Week celebrations) but rumours are
that it may be delayed until later in 2020, possibly November.
More info when we get it. - Released back in 2002, FTD's The Nashville Marathon was one of their best
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 26 June 2020 - - - - VIVA ELVIS - - - - VIVA ELVIS - - - -

June 26, 1977, Elvis Presley’s Final Concert: June 26th 2020 marks the 43rd anniversary of the last ever concert of the King of Rock n’ Roll in 1977. Obviously unplanned, the journey of this legendary artist ends on a whim, with his manager still lining up yet more tours for his worn-out artist.

Collapsing at home after a few weeks rest, Elvis died of heart failure from a cardiovascular disease the day before his scheduled next concert in Portland, Maine. With his tragic death announced on August 16th, 1977 people all around the world, including mass media and communication groups, wept as they reminisced of Elvis Presley’s memories outside Baptist Memorial hospital and Graceland Mansion that night.

In Europe, two radio stations

immediately ceased their regular on-air programs the instance Presley’s death was announced. Radio Luxembourg, with the largest audience in Europe, cancelled their commercials just to play his music non-stop. His Graceland mansion was then for the first time opened to the public for the viewing of his body lying-in-state and an estimate of 50,000 to 100,000 people appear to pay their respects to him.

Although life held such a tragic, ill-fated end to his all-too-short career, Elvis' final concert in Indianapolis, Indiana performed to 18 thousand of

his loving fans was one of his best in months.
After the support acts had warmed up the crowd Elvis exploded on stage to Also Sprach Zarathustra, followed by a punchy See See Rider. While obviously not up to the energy of his earlier 70's performances the set-list featured some nice treats for his ever-loving fans such as Fairytale, It’s Now or Never and Little Sister. A rare Please Release Me was performed plus favourites like I Can’t Stop Loving You and an emotional Bridge Over Troubled Water - sung for the first time in over a month.
During the band introductions Elvis added Early Morning Rain and I Really Don’t Want to Know, before the high power of his more recent single Hurt.
Afterwards Elvis' four minute monologue is emotional as he introduces his father, girlfriend Ginger and all the staff who have
helped him on this (final) tour. Truly heart-breaking is hearing Elvis saying, "If you want to hear us again, we'll be back". Sadly that would never happen.
Closing with the poignant, Can’t Help Falling In Love', leaving the stage he adds, “Until we meet again, God Bless, Adios.”
As Elvis sings in the last song he will ever perform, "Like a river flows, surely to the sea, Darling, so it goes, Some things are meant to be", there is no doubt that Elvis died way too young yet we are all blessed that he left behind such a stunning contribution to the entertainment industry as well as his positive influence on pop culture.
Countless artists and companies continue to revive his legacy by updating his legend and remixing his music, but in the end everything goes back to the originality and power of ELVIS. Elvis Presley may have left the building, but his legacy will never fade away as long as there are new people who
appreciate his art.
The Market Square Arena in Indianapolis was demolished in 2001 but a Memorial to Elvis commemorates that there was once a great artist who performed his finale-on-earth in that very sacred place.
(News, Source:GavinOak/Re-WritePB/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Macrame Belt Sells for $298,000!: At the recent Julien's 'Music Icons 2020 Auction' Elvis memorabilia sold very well with the biggest surprise being Elvis' ivory macrame belt with accented reflective stones selling for $298,000 - after 32 bids - and for nearly 10 times its expected price.

Other notable Elvis items that sold were
- A pair of black western trousers with beige fringe on the sides, worn by Elvis in his role as Johnny in Frankie and Johnny (UA, 1966). (Shown below) Estimate US$6000 - Winning Bid $11,875

- The OWL metal decoration buckle. The back of the buckle has handwritten “Elvis LR” from one of Presley’s famous suits worn on stage -  Winning Bid $5,120
- A 1966 Chevrolet Impala which Elvis later decided to gift it to Gary Pepper, president of Presley’s fan club -  Winning Bid $62,500
- 14K yellow gold TCB necklace with full-cut round diamonds Winning bid $34,375
- 14K yellow gold TCB necklace. - $7,680
- A sterling silver cross pendant with turquoise stone inlay  Estimate $6,000 Winning Bid $11,520
A 1977 Silverado pickup truck was purchased on Christmas Eve 1976 by Presley. He eventually gave it to his father, Vernon Presley. Winning bid $41,600.

 

The main item featured at the auction however was Kurt Cobain's 'MTV Unplugged' guitar which sold for a sky-high $6 million. The 1959 Martin D-18E that Cobain played in the band's rare acoustic performance on November 18, 1993, approximately five months before his death, Cobain chose this guitar to paint what Rolling Stone called "his last self-portrait." The guitar was sold to Australian Peter Freedman, owner of Røde Microphones.

Also a custom guitar played by Prince at the height of his stardom in the 1980s and 1990s sold for $563,500 around three times the estimate. Prince played the blindingly blue guitar with the artist's "love" symbol on its neck on his 1984 Purple Rain tour, and it also appeared on the classic albums Lovesexy and Sign O' The Times. He used it into the early 1990s.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/Juliens)


'Suspicious Minds' Billboard Number One (again!): It was 50 years ago this week that the most successful group in Billboard Hot 100 history, The Beatles enjoyed their Billboard chart swan-song with their June 13, 1970 No. 1 single 'The Long and Winding Road'.
Because of this Billboard has posted The Greatest Final No. 1 Singles of All-Time: the Hot 100 toppers that stand as the final statement in the chart history books from some of our most successful artists ever.
Of course, to even have a "final No. 1," you need to have a number of them to begin with, and it has to have been a while since your last one.
We settled at a minimum of four total No. 1s, and at least ten years since the most recent one, to be eligible for this list.
As chosen by Billboard Staff here's the top 20 songs that best capped pop history in Billboard Hot 100 singles.
At NUMBER ONE
1. Elvis Presley, "Suspicious Minds" (1969)

How fitting that the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s last No. 1 is one of his very best -- you wouldn’t want The King to go out on a dud. Presley recorded this song in Memphis in January 1969, when he was coming off his legendary comeback TV special (which aired the previous month). Elvis was back on top, and it shows
in his performance. “Suspicious Minds” is notable for a very long fade, which initially turns out to be a fake ending, guessing correctly that listeners hadn't gotten enough of the outro just yet. Elvis locks into a killer groove and stays with it for a good two minutes -- a very good two minutes.
2. The Jackson 5, "I'll Be There" (1970)
The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" wasn't intended as a swan song for the group as they would record another seven albums. But as their last of their four Hot 100 toppers, this earnest adieu serves as a fitting finale for the frequently fractured family band, with a prepubescent Michael sounding like he's laying the groundwork for a solo ascent.
3. Cher, "Believe" (1999)
This was Cher’s first No. 1 hit in 25 years, and gave her the contemporary cred she needed to rise to a new level as a concert draw.
4. The Temptations, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (1972)
A superlative vocal performance from each of the group's members, a defining moment for the scale, ambition and craft of early-'70s soul.
5. Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind" (2009)
No matter how many times you experience it, the rush never gets stale. It's the last No. 1 for both artists to date – but don't count either out just yet.
6. Madonna, "Music" (2000) - One of Madonna's most successful reinventions.
7. Blondie, "Rapture" (1981) - Blondie's fourth and last No. 1 the seductive, slinky disco-rock bop "Rapture" and first Hot 100 leader to feature some rapping.
8. The Beatles, "The Long and Winding Road" (1970)- This was not only the Beatles’ final - of a still-record 20 No. 1 hits - it was the Beatles’ final single as an active recording act.
9. Janet Jackson, "All For You" (2001) - Breezily updates the jams of Janet's youth for the 21st century
10. Whitney Houston, "Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)" (1995) - The last of eleven Whitney Houston top #1 singles.
The final 10 selections... 11. The Rolling Stones, "Miss You" (1978), 12. Stevie Wonder, "Part-Time Lover" (1985), 13. Diana Ross & the Supremes, "Someday We'll Be Together" (1969), 14. The Bee Gees, "Love You Inside Out" (1979), 15. Destiny's Child, "Bootylicious" (2001), 16. Prince + NPG, "Cream" (1991),  17. Diana Ross, “Endless Love”,
18. The Four Seasons, "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)" (1976), 19. TLC, "Unpretty" (1999), 20. Hall & Oates, "Out of Touch" (1984) - Go here for the full BB article
See EIN"S SPOTLIGHT on 'Suspicious Minds' Elvis' Greatest Single
(News, Source;Billboard/ElvisInfoNet)

20 years ago this week ELVIS topped the charts: It seems only the other day but it was twenty years ago this week that Elvis Presley (born 1935 - first #1 in 1956 ) and Kylie Minogue (born 1968 - first #1 in 1987) battled each other for the UK Official Singles Chart Number 1 spot.
Kylie's hit was 'Love At First Sight', a later follow-up to the global Number 1 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'.
However in 2002, to mark 25 years since his death, the Elvis' estate went into promotional overdrive releasing the new retrospective Elv1s: 30 No.1 Hits and releasing a remix of 'A Little Less Conversation' a lesser soundtrack song that had only been a minor hit in the US upon its original 1968 release.
The new version by Junkie XL marked the first time an artist outside the Presley organisation had been allowed to remix an Elvis song. Boosting the track's popularity even further was its use in Nike's inescapable 2002 FIFA World Cup advertising campaign.
Amazingly 'A Little Less Conversation' debuted at
the UK Number 1 spot selling a staggering 243,000 copies, while Kylie's Love A First Sight took second place on 82,000 copies.
It gave Elvis his 17th UK Number 1 single, four weeks at #1, while for Kylie it ranks as one of her 11 Number 2s.
'A Little Less Conversation' went on to be UK's 2002 fifth best-selling single.
at the time EIN was blown away - read our 2002 review
(News, Source:OfficialUKCharts/ElvisInfoNet)

EPE/Graceland Refund Issues & CV-19 closure: Social media has been abuzz recently with displeased fans unable to obtain a refund for Graceland tickets bought before COVID-19 shut everything down.
EIN agrees that to refuse to refund money (and offer instead a pass for any time in the next 12 months) is not right, is not a good look, and is all about corporate greed, not the customer. Also, despite EPE’s statement, the policy surely has nothing to do with its attorney which would only have advised it “didn’t have to” provide refunds. The law does not preclude making refunds.
EPE could still elect to do the right thing, and in this respect, it is pleasing to read that despite the experience of some people, others are receiving refunds.
This issue is the latest in a series of controversies involving EPE, following Graceland ticket price increases and (aborted) plans to charge fans to attend the Annual Candlelight Vigil.
(News, Source: EIN).

(New book) ELVIS: A Plan of God & SUN The Magic of Without You (Darrin Memmer) – NOW AVAILABLE: Prolific Elvis researcher-author has released a number of new books. The first of these is his ground breaking, ELVIS: A Plan of God & SUN The Magic of Without You. It features a number of never seen before documents and new information about Elvis’ appearance at the Hume High School talent show and his recordings at SUN Studio. EIN has seen an advance copy of the book it lives up to its press release:
The soft cover 'ELVIS, The Hand of Fate & SUN: The Magic of Without You', has been released. Based on months of rigorous research, access to primary source materials, and interviews with those who were there at the time, it provides fascinating, new information and never-before-seen archival documents about Elvis' 12th grade Carnival performance and Sun Studio recordings.
The artwork of this 264-page, 6x9 soft cover dramatically transports you to the Lauderdale Courts on January 8, 1953. The precise moment in time when a Boy from Tupelo turned eighteen years old and purposefully began his transition to an entertainer of renown in Memphis.

Highlights of this new release include:
    -"Without You" lyrics and music chart handwritten on 2 pages within a Peters' Blank Music Book. This previously-unseen document courtesy Rose Clayton
   - Eighteen pages devoted to the "real story" of the Mildred Scrivener-produced talent show Elvis appeared on (and won) at Humes High

-Two long-form interviews about Elvis’ appearance on the Humes High talent show: "Elvis In Red" At The Humes Variety Show in '53 with Buzzy Forbess, and Elvis' Audition and Humes Variety Show in '53 with Mary Ruth Forbess. -Incredibly, Mary Ruth reveals that Elvis had to audition before appearing on the show!
  - John W. Heath authentic ticket for Humes High School Carnival Presents "The Variety Show," March 27, 1953
  - A sweet tenth-grader attending Humes High in 1954 recounts, in detail, being at the Porter-Leath Orphanage and hearing Elvis's debut on Dewey Phillips' radio show 'Red Hot and Blue'.  It is the only such memory to ever be printed!
  - Confirmation by Jud Phillips that Marion Keisker, not his brother, Sam, recorded Elvis' first demo
  - The back story to the "Elvis at 18" photo taken by his mother, Ms. Presley
  - A fresh examination of Elvis, Big Mama Thornton, and the recording of "Hound Dog"
   - Two chapters, "A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw" and "Folk Music Fireball", bring you an amazing 30 pages of SUN 209 knowledge
   - Sixteen pages devoted to the Jimmy Sweeney demo "Without You" (a passion of Chris Kennedy) and how it became EP's magic moment at Sun Records.
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Notes: Due to current Amazon US restrictions on shipping some softcover books internationally, this title was initially not available to readers in Australia and New Zealand. However, a third party seller has now listed it on Amazon Australia, but at an exorbitant price. While the book sells for around US$20.00 in America, the Amazon Australia third party listing has it at around US50.00 (A$75.00). The book is available to readers in the US, Canada, Japan, Italy, and other countries with Amazon sites at the normal price – check your local Amazon site for availability. There is also a different edition of the book with the title, ELVIS: The Hand of Fate & SUN The Magic of Without You. More on this edition in our next update.
(News, Source: Darrin Memmer/Amazon)

(New book) ELVIS, Ginger Alden TLC, Holy Shroud of Turin, and a Jewish CHAI (Darrin Memmer): This is the second new book release from Darrin Memmer, and what a title!
The author has told EIN: “It is dedicated to Jo Alden and features exclusive interviews with Kathy Westmoreland, Jo Alden, and an exclusive written statement by Ginger Alden. Fans have not been treated to a biographical treatment of Ginger's mom in which she is able to speak over several pages - until now."


(News, Source: Darrin Memmer)

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'His Latest Flame' Shuffle Remix: OK, this won’t be too everyone’s liking, but it is fun, and if you need something to motivate you to exercise during virus restrictions, this might just be it. And it has already had 25 million views!
It certainly suits the TikTok generation and if they are dancing to ELVIS the world is a better place.
Click here for some hot 'Latest Flame' TikTok Shuffle.

And if you want a full workout, there are also other Elvis remix shuffle dance songs available, including a great 7 minute Such A Night, Viva Las Vegas, Burning Love, and Little Sister.

Time to get up and boogie on down to the King!

(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)


On the road with Elvis - near death drug incident: In 'The Death of Elvis What Really Happened' (Thompson & Cole), there is a harrowing account of the day Elvis’ cousin, Gene Smith, almost died from a drug overdose. The authors record:
Over the years, though, Billy (Smith) was exposed to some harrowing experiences that made the dangers of drug abuse impossible to forget.
In 1962, for example, he came very close to witnessing the drug death of one of his and Elvis’s cousins, Gene Smith.
That year Billy and Gene were accompanying Elvis on a long drive in a mobile home.
Gene had been taking amphetamines to stay awake for the three days it took to make the trip. Gene finished his allotted time as driver. He retired to the back of the vehicle to get some much needed sleep, but the drugs wouldn’t let him doze off.
 
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He complained to Elvis, who gave him a 100-milligram dose of Demerol, a potent downer. And it laid Gene out cold. Later, when Billy went back to check on Gene, he noticed his cousin’s shallow breathing and then detected a faint heart beat.
Memories were fresh in Billy’s mind about Gene’s brother, Junior Smith, another Elvis sidekick in the early days who had died in his bed probably from a drug overdose. Billy was the one who discovered that Junior was dead.
Billy yelled at Elvis to stop the vehicle so that they could get help for Gene. Elvis was unhappy about stopping, and groused about doing it, but he gave in.
Gene was slapped back to consciousness and for the next three hours Elvis, Billy, and Joe Esposito took turns walking him up and down the highway.
Finally he was able to shake of the effects of the Demerol.

(News, Source:TheDeathofElvis/ElvisInfoNet)

'Tickle Me' FTD VINYL release: FTD Vinyl is pleased to announce the 55th Anniversary VINYL release of 'Tickle Me' soundtrack as a double-LP set. As always this is a 'Limited Edition'.
It includes Remastered Stereo and the original EP "Mono Masters" plus alternate takes and extra soundtrack suuggestions as well as US Allied Artists Radio Spots.
180 Gram Vinyl.

EIN notes: If this is a "Special 55th anniversary release", can we expect Harum Scarum, Frankie & Johnny etc vinyl in the future.
Sadly it does not include the 'I Feel That I've Known You Forever' alternate Movie Edit.

Similar song listing to the 'Tickle Me' FTD classic Soundtrack from 2005.

Go here to FTD releases for VINYL tracklisting and details


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


T.G. Sheppard and Larry Gatlin talk Elvis: Recently country legends T.G. Sheppard and Larry Gatlin on Fox News discussed meeting Elvis..
T.G. Sheppard said, "I knew what I wanted to do at a very young age. I was 13 years old and I knew I wanted to be in music in my life and my father was very strict and wasn't going to allow it in his house. So age 15 I ran away from home and hitchhiked to Memphis to chase this dream."
Sheppard said he spent several months living on the streets until a chance encounter at a skating rink changed his life.
"I was skating and they were closing the rink down, I'm standing outside and a couple of Cadillacs pull up and a guy gets out from behind the wheel of the lead car, walks over to me and says, 'Where are you going?'"
I said, 'Well, I'm leaving, they're closing in the rink down.' He said, 'Oh, no, they're opening it up for me.'
The guy I was talking to was Elvis!
The greatest gift Elvis gave me was the confidence to work hard and try to succeed in the tour-bus that he gave me. I didn't want to let him down if he believed in me enough to help out. So I worked harder because of that gift."
Larry Gatlin (who composed the songs 'Help Me' and 'Bitter They Are') also crossed paths with Elvis in the early seventies. Gatlin (Above, far right with Elvis) was in law school when he received a call to audition as baritone with the gospel the Imperials.
.. "It was 1971 and I saw Elvis' Las Vegas shows dinner and cocktail shows and after the midnight show we all gathered in Elvis' suite for "breakfast" and a gospel sing.
At around 4ish that morning I found myself sitting alone, eating a biscuit and some country ham, when Elvis asked me to join him for a visit.
Elvis was very nice. We talked about our gospel music heroes: James and R. W. Blackwood, Jake Hess and Hovie Lister. I never did get to sing with him except for in the dressing room after almost every show.
The Imperials really only needed me for the Jimmy Dean Show, which opened at The Landmark the night after Elvis closed at The Hilton.
After seeing the show Elvis said, "Kid, you sing pretty durn good. Good luck."
I got my one and only picture with Elvis that night. In fact, that's the last time I ever saw him face to face.
A few nights later Jimmy told me that I was NOT going to be an Imperial. It was one of the worst and one of the best moments of my life since Dottie West was Jimmy's special guest and I began writing songs for her and because of that a few years later I won a Grammy!"
(News, Source;FoxNews/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) Elvis 1956 – September 9 First Ed Sullivan Show (Paul Belard): The latest Elvis photo-book from prolific author, Paul Belard, has been published. The “limited edition” first pressing focuses on one of the most significant events in the Elvis story, his first appearance on America’s most popular television entertainment program, The Ed Sullivan Show.

Elvis was reviewed at the time as ..  Anything more outrageously offensive to good taste, is hard to imagine – within the limits of the law. The young man seems devoid of talent, unless one recognises such a thing as a talent for vulgarity.
How then, does he happen to appear again and again on a program allegedly governed by the American family’s sovereign demand for things of good taste?

EIN’s Nigel Patterson has taken a look inside the new book and in a 1,000 word review, offers his view on the rich range of narrative, visual and archival material featured in it.

Read Nigel’s review 

(Book Reviews, Source: ElvisInfoNet)


New academic book, Elvis: Roots, Image, Comeback, Phenomenon (Icons of Popular Music), now available: Last month, EIN reported that distribution of Dr. Mark Duffett’s latest Elvis book had been stymied by the COVID-19 virus restrictions. We are pleased to say that copies of the book have now been supplied to book outlets (including Amazon and the Book Depository).
The book synopsis: Elvis Presley remains the single most important figure in twentieth century popular music. To many commentators, however, he has simply embodied the benefits and problems of uncritically embracing capitalism. By 2005 the 'Memphis Flash' sold over a billion records worldwide, yet his cultural significance cannot be measured by these extraordinary sales figures alone. He cannot quite be reduced to a placeholder for the contradictions of commerce. As the most prominent performer of the rock'n'roll era, then as a charismatic global superstar, Elvis fundamentally challenged the established relationship between White and Black culture, drew attention to the social needs of women and young people, and promoted the value of Southern creativity.
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Elvis functioned as a bridge figure between folk roots and high modernity, and in the process became a controversial symbol of American unity. Elvis interprets the image and music of Elvis Presley to reveal how they have evolved to construct a particularly appealing and powerful myth. Following broad contours of Presley's rollercoaster career, the book uses a range of analytical frames to challenge established perspectives on an icon. Its shows that the controversy around Elvis has effectively tested how far a concern for social equality could be articulated through the marketplace, and ultimately challenged how popular music itself should be assessed.
Read EIN’s review of Dr. Duffett’s previous book on Elvis, Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet
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UPDATED- 'Elvis: St Louis & Spokane 1976' FTD In-Depth Review: 1976 is not an easy Elvis concert year to review. There were no major set-list changes, no dramatic "emotional roller-coaster" of 1974 and no high-flying "Huntsville" 1975 excitements.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this new FTD set features Elvis at the Kiel Auditorium on March 22 1976 and The Coliseum on April 27 1976.
Both shows were "Closing Nights" of these short 1976 tours where Elvis would often go that little bit further for his loving fans.
Larrie Londin played drums with the TCB band on the March 1976 tour so it will be a treat for collectors to get an official release featuring 'A Different Beat' with Larrie Londin playing at St Louis on March 22, 1976.

Can there really be that much to say about these two concerts, well EIN's coolest reviewers have rustled up over 4000 words.. and check if there any surprises in store..
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & Piers Beagley check out this new set ....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)


(Concert Review) A Rock ‘n’ Roll Story – Elvis in Asheville in 1975: We found this review hiding away in the EIN archives...
Around 10 p.m., the lights in the Asheville Civic Center arena darkened, and the somber strains of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” – the theme from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 – filled the air. The music was appropriately momentous, because the long-waited date of July 22, 1975, had arrived. A bona fide superstar was about to rock the then-new arena for three nights in a row.
Asheville resident Nancy Fox was there, after she and a girlfriend, along with 7,500 other people, had shelled out a mere $10 for their tickets. “We were in the orchestra section; we had good seats,” she recalls. “My heart was jumping out of my skin.” As the dramatic pounding of the timpani drove 2001 to its climax, into the limelight stepped the one, the only, Elvis Aaron Presley.
“When he came out, he was bigger than life in that white jumpsuit,” Fox remembers. An eruption of screams filled the arena as the music segued into a rousing version of another late-Elvis standard, “See, See, Rider.”
That show and the next two – all of which had sold out in a matter of hours back in March – marked the end of one of Elvis’ ’70s-era whirlwind tours. It was a short but intense venture away from the comforts of Graceland, a two-week Oklahoma City-to-WNC blitz brimming with music and mayhem.
And for all the excitement at the Civic Center – where scalper tickets were going for as much as $50 – an equally compelling display of Elvis’ dramatic flair was playing out behind the scenes. “A writer who had the time could dig up a thousand stories about Elvis’ visit here,” noted Asheville Citizen writer Bob Terrell in a July 25 column. Unearthing those stories, which exemplified the excess, eccentricity and sheer heart that came to characterize the performer’s final years, makes it clear that Elvis rocked Asheville in more ways than one.
When he played the Asheville shows – 30 years ago last week – Elvis was an increasingly hefty 40-year-old, a far cry from the boy-faced, slick-and-slim wonder who hypnotized a generation of teenagers with the forbidden fruit of rock ‘n’ roll. He’d been to Asheville before, but under much different circumstances: In 1955, right before he became famous, he’d opened here for country music faves Hank Snow and Martha Carson. Twenty years later, when Elvis finally returned, the once indisputable “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” found his fame – and frame – changing shape. As Nancy Fox remembers it, in Asheville there were signs of the star’s now-infamous physical decline, but he was still a full-fledged star. “He was in that progression to where he ended up being, but he had not gotten to that point. He was just bigger – but he was still Elvis Presley, in all of his glory. He was just a bigger version of Elvis.”
The next day, the Asheville Citizen recorded that Elvis was “paunchy but pretty,” and that he sang in a voice “as vigorous and convincing as ever.” During the almost two-hour performance, the singer, his 15-piece band, 11-member orchestra and slew of backup singers gave the Asheville audience a big show, pausing for only one, unexpected seven- minute intermission.

See EIN's review of Elvis' final Asheville  1975 concert on bootleg
(News, Source: Jon Elliston and Stuart Gaines/Elvis Daily)

Follow That Dream - My Life as the Asian Elvis (Part 8) – Yoshi (Suzuki) Rides Again: Over the past year, EIN has published the uplifting story and enviable adventures of the “Original Asian Elvis”, Robert “Yoshi” Kim, as he has established himself as one of the world’s most popular ETA’s, collaborating with many musicians who performed with Elvis, and meeting those who knew Elvis.

Yoshi is concluding his decades long amazing story as he takes us both back, and front stage, for his participation in the auditions for the very popular America’s Got Talent (AGT) TV show, and subsequently the Gong Show.

Throw in celebrities Megan Fox and Mike Myers, and 3,500 other contestants in AGT, and what we have is a colorful and fun conclusion to what has been an amazing ride. Thanks “Yoshi”!

(Almost Elvis, Source: Robert ‘Yoshi” Kim)


Arlo Guthrie 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You': A marvelous story for CV19 lockdown.
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie (son of legend Woody Guthrie) tells a truly wonderful life-affirming story of singing Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You' at a European folk festival, to 30,000 folk music lovers!
He jokes about choosing a song made popular by 'The King of Folk Singers' Elvis Presley. 
Arlo Guthrie teases fellow musician Pete Seeger about him being a core "Folkie" and exactly how Elvis' music fits into the whole equation.
After all everyone knows Elvis' music and the world is a better place if you are an ELVIS fan.
Live at Wolftrap, August 8, 1993
Go here to YouTube for a life-affirming 9 minutes.
EIN HIGHLY recommended
with big THANKS to our friend James Bracken
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - ‘Elvis Reborn: New Mono to Stereo’ CD In-Depth Review: The publicity notes, "Hear 30 classic Elvis songs like you've never heard them before... in STEREO! These are NOT "overdubs". All of the sounds you hear are the original musicians backing Elvis, but with a clarity that exposes for the first time sounds you never heard before!"
The MONO vs STEREO debate is a fascinating discussion, so we need to get some facts straight before we investigated the possibilities of this new Elvis "Stereo" release.
The earliest recordings of the sound era were recorded in MONO with the singer and orchestra carefully positioned around one microphone. But even in Sun Studios it was actually Sam Phillips who created Elvis' classic mono recordings.
Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys were not playing "mono" - nor were they recorded via one microphone. So listening in "Fake Stereo" can fans really learn anything new about how some of these life-changing songs that Elvis recorded in the studio were created?
Is it truly possible that these "DES Stereo" versions actually sound better than their original classic mono vinyl releases?
- NOW UPDATED with YOUR Comments
EIN's Piers Beagley takes a detailed look into this new compilation and the "MONO vs STEREO" debate.
(CD Reviews, Source;PB/ElvisInformationNetwork) - Click HERE and join the 'Mono vs Stereo' debate!

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Loanne, Col Parker's widow, Has Died: Elvis Matters website confirm that Loanne Parker, widow of Colonel Parker, died Sunday May 10, in Las Vegas.

"Loanne was the beloved widow of the manager of Elvis Presley. Colonel Parker met her at the International Hotel in 1969 when they announced Elvis' first concerts at the hotel's showroom.
She has often defended the regular negative comments made against Col Parker including the fact that his manager stopped Elvis travelling overseas.
Loanne has always been a great support in the life of the Colonel. She was a friend of the house of ElvisMatters who just a few months ago were with her laughing, talking and she was beaming....
She will be missed very much. RIP Loanne."


(News, Source;ElvisMatters)


Loanne Parker interview: Back in 2004 Loanne Parker was interviewed for ETA radio where she spent a lengthy time discussing life, Elvis and the Colonel.
Loanne Parker was Col Parker's second wife. She was working as an RCA Records tour secretary a job she held until Elvis' death.
She married Col Parker in 1990 but their relationship went back to 1970.

She has often defended the regular negative comments made against Col Parker including the fact that his manager stopped Elvis travelling overseas, that Parker worked Elvis to death and also denied that Parker had any gambling debts..
Go here to this fascinating and controversial interview and read on ...

(Interviews, Source;ETA/ElvisInfoNet)


Little Richard Dead aged 87: Little Richard, one of the pioneers of the first wave of rock’n’roll, sadly died yesterday May 9th 2020. He was 87.
'Little Richard' real name Richard Penniman, had been in poor health for several years, suffering hip problems, a stroke and a heart attack.
Richard was a crucial founding father of rock & roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form.
Richard’s son, Danny Penniman confirmed the pioneer’s death.
Richard’s performing career began when he was in mid-teens, in the late 40s, but his early recordings with the RCA Victor label garnered little success.
The breakthrough came when he signed to Specialty Records in 1955, releasing a run of singles that were among the wildest and most flamboyant of the rock’n’roll era – Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, The Girl Can’t Help It, Lucille, Keep A-Knockin’ and Good Golly Miss Molly, among others – and that made him a star on both sides of the Atlantic.
He was known for his outrageous performance style, eyes lined with mascara, brightly coloured clothes, which was echoed later by Prince. He had been a drag performer before the rock’n’roll boom and by his own admission was involved in voyeurism and had been arrested at times.
Little Richard’s breakthrough single 'Tutti Frutti' was originally a song about sex, “If it don’t fit, don’t force it” he sang until the producer Bumps Blackwell suggested it be cleaned up. The song gave rock’n’roll its greatest nonsensical expression of joy, whose exact syllables are still debated: “Awopbopaloobopalopbamboom!
Elvis recorded Richard's songs, 'Tutti Frutti', 'Rip It Up', 'Long Tall Sally' and 'Ready Teddy' putting Little Richard's compositions into millions of white teenager's homes.
When Elvis first performed on national TV in early 1956 he chose to perform Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti' a week before he finally decided to sing his own new single 'Heartbreak Hotel'.
Little Richard said of Elvis, "He was an integrator. Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn't let black music through. He opened the door for black music."
However in his Australian October 1957 tour, Little Richard saw a fireball crossing the sky (actually Sputnik 1 satellite) and took it as a sign from God that he needed to change his ways, and in 1958 he became a preacher, only to return to secular music in 1962. The conflict between God and the devil’s music was a theme for much of the rest of his life.
The Specialty singles exerted a profound influence on a later generation of musicians such as Paul McCartney and the Beatles who also performed Richard’s songs in concert.
McCartney noted, “I could do Little Richard’s voice, which is a wild, hoarse, screaming thing. It’s like an out-of-body experience. You have to actually go outside yourself.”
Unsurprisingly both David Bowie and Elton John who both copied Richard's flamboyant ways also acknowledged the impact of Little Richard..
"When I heard Little Richard, I mean, it just set my world on fire". - David Bowie
"I heard Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and that was it. I didn't ever want to be anything else." - Elton John
Other stars confirmed,
"Nobody could beat Little Richard's stage act. Little Richard is the originator and my first idol". - Mick Jagger
"The most exciting moment of my life was appearing on the same stage as Little Richard". - Keith Richards
Rather sadly, back in March 2020, the 'Last Man Standing' Jerry Lee Lewis revealed that "I talk with Richard occasionally. We talk about old times, and good times, and what's going on in our health. He's a good friend of mine."
In a statement today Lewis noted, “It is with a heavy heart that I ask for prayers for the family of my lifelong friend and fellow rocker Little Richard. He will live on always in my heart with his amazing talent and his friendship! He was one of a kind and I will miss him dearly.”
R.I.P Little Richard. December 5, 1932 - May 9, 2020
(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)- Click here for Little Richard doing a brilliant live 'Ready Teddy' 

Amazon Deals on ELVIS Blu-rays - Beware of excessive prices at some Elvis dealers.
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'INSIDE ELVIS' - Book Review: With the world in lockdown now is the perfect opportunity to invest time into some quality and thought provoking reading. 'Inside Elvis' by author Arjan Deelen might be just what the doctor ordered, with insightful interviews from key Elvis musicians such as James Burton, Scotty Moore, Jerry Scheff, Glen D. Hardin, Charlie Hodge, Bob Lanning, Jim Murray, Duke Bardwell and many more.
We can learn what was it like working with Elvis. What was it like being on the road day after day as the world’s most famous entertainer and it all helps us understand more about Elvis’ complicated life story.
The 300-page book also contains over 300 photographs from the collections of various high-profile collectors, and most of these are in color and razor-sharp.
The artwork of the book was done by graphic artist Michael van Werven, who has made it a visually stunning work.
Also included is a Bonus CD with 29-tracks containing various rarities.

EIN's Piers Beagley takes a break and enjoys soaking up time with Elvis and his friends. Go here for his review and check out some example pages along the way.
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Dick Grob Has Died: Memphis Mafia member and former Elvis bodyguard Dick Grob has died at his home in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Melissa Grob recently posted the sad news...
"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Richard “Dick” Grob on April 22, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He passed peacefully at home, knowing he was immensely loved and surrounded by family.
Given current events, a small ceremony restricted to immediate family will be held. At a later date, we will announce a larger ceremony of life to celebrate his remarkable journey here on earth with the family and friends he loved so dearly. Thank you for your prayers and support.
At this time, we ask that you please respect our privacy as we work through this difficult time together as a family."
- Melissa.
... Dick Grob first met Elvis on May 1, 1967 the day of Elvis and Priscilla's wedding. "I met Elvis in Palm Springs California. He was just married in Las Vegas to Priscilla and they came to Palm Springs for their honeymoon. I was a policeman off duty at the time working special events. I was assigned to watch the house that Elvis was leasing and keep the crowds away. Elvis came out of the house, walked over to the police car where I was sitting, he introduced himself and asked if he could sit in the car. We listened to the police radio for about an hour and a half before he went back inside. As he left he told me if I wanted any more lemonade I should come into the house to get some... From the first time I met Elvis we were friends. Whenever he came to Palm Springs, which was often, he would always call me and I would go up to the house. I would talk with him as two friends would along with everyone else that was there...
See EIN's 2014 in-depth Interview with Dick Grob below
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
- - R.I.P. Richard “Dick” Grob - -

Interview with Dick Grob, Elvis' Head Of Security: Some fans have very strong opinions about some Elvis associates such as Priscilla, Charlie Hodge and indeed Dick Grob. One can ask the question whether it is fair to judge these people like we sometimes do, since in reality we were not there – and yet they were.
Elvis’ life was pretty extraordinary, with many highs and lows, and one wonders how any of us would have coped with the stress, especially if you were responsible for the man’s safety.
In our special interview Dick Grob talks about Elvis as a friend and as a human being, life on the road, Aloha, Elvis’ fondness for the police, Ginger Alden, Elvis’ plans in ’77 for shows in Europe, Elvis’ decline and his death. Grob also discusses, Elvis’ reaction to a fan who said he should smoke marijuana to improve his music and his final conversation with Elvis in the very early morning of August 16, 1977.

Go here for this fascinating interview by EIN Contributors Arjan Deelen & Mariusz Ogieglo
(Interviews, Source;ArjanDeelen/MariuszOgieglo/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: Live in California' May 1974 FTD Review: The most recent live soundboard 5” double-digipack FTD release which this time focused on Elvis' short Tour of California which went from May 10 to May 13 1974. CD1 features a combination of May 10 San Bernardino Opening Show / Fresno May 12 show while the second CD features May 13 San Bernardino Closing Show.
Best of all, these shows are previously unreleased soundboards.
In 1974 Elvis added the new songs 'Help Me', 'Let Me Be There' and ‘Why Me Lord’ to his set-list plus the old SUN classic ‘Trying To Get To You’ while on this tour Elvis added 'Big Boss Man' which he would then keep performing through to 1977. With 'Polk Salad', 'Steamroller Blues', 'Suspicious Minds', 'I Can't Stop Loving You' and 'An American Trilogy' also in the mix, the set-list was a truly solid selection.
With a mix of fifties oldies, classics hits, new material and some nice surprises fans would have truly enjoyed these shows.
Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley have a close look at this new FTD release .....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘Elvis: That’s the Way It Is’ CINEMA Rescheduled to AUGUST 13: Trafalgar Releasing has announced the cinema re-release for “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” - originally planned for April 22 worldwide - has now been rescheduled to AUGUST 13. .
The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release by MGM. Most of the remastered footage was shot at the International Hotel in Las Vegas with songs including “Love Me Tender,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds.”
The film was directed by Denis Sanders.
On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade.
Elvis' series of concerts broke all box office records and completely re-energised the career of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The film followed Elvis’s summer festival in Las Vegas during August 1970. An unmissable event for fans around the world. Elvis: That’s The Way It Is will be shown in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany and Austria.
Also, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia and New Zealand. Go HERE to the TTWII website to BOOK LOCAL CINEMA TICKETS & for all the details - (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Inside Elvis' - Arjan Deelen Interview: The new book 'Inside Elvis' from Elvis One / Rock Legends publications features Arjan Deelen's interviews with Elvis' musicians including James Burton, Bob Lanning, Scotty Moore, Jim Murray, Jerry Scheff, D.J. Fontana, The Sweet Inspirations, The Holladay Sisters, Glen D. Hardin, Johnny Christopher, Charlie Hodge, Duke Bardwell, Sherril Nielsen and The Imperials. While some of these interviews first appeared in Elvis - The Man and his Music here all these in-depth, candid interviews are presented in complete, unedited form and matched with some exclusive images.
This 300-page book contains over 300 photographs from the collections of various high-profile collectors, and most of these are in color and razor-sharp. The artwork of the book was done by graphic artist Michael van Werven, who has made it a visually stunning work.
Also included is a Bonus CD with 29-tracks containing various rarities.
'INSIDE ELVIS' seems to have slipped out rather quietly, perhaps with less fanfare than it deserved. It has been almost a decade since Arjan Deelen's last book and EIN readers have wanted to know more about this new publication.
In this exclusive EIN interview Arjan Deelen reveals some fascinating stories, as well as some truly touching moments.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asks the questions
(Interview, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis Week Tickets On Sale Now: Elvis fans can start making plans to return to the Promised Land for Elvis Week 2020!
The Elvis Week 2020 line-up includes A concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at RCA’s Studio B with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam and David Briggs;
Elvis TTWII 50th Anniv Enhanced Screening celebrating Elvis’ 1970 documentary with appearances by members of the TCB Band and Elvis’ Imperials;
Conversations on Elvis with special guests Mother Dolores Hart, Sam Thompson, Charles Stone and former member of the Stamps Larry Strickland;
Elvis Gospel Homecoming featuring gospel groups with special Elvis connections, including former members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps – Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland & Terry Blackwood and The Imperials;
Elvis in 1970 Conversations to celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions and “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” documentary through stories and memories from those who were there.

It also features the usual Elvis Imitator stuff like Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest 2020. Ultimate ETA winners Shawn Klush, Dean Z, Jay Dupuis, Cody Ray Slaughter, Taylor Rodriguez and Ben Thompson will return.
Get tickets now at ElvisWeek.com if you can afford them - see article below
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week 2020 Announced: Graceland has announced the initial plans for Elvis Week 2020 which will mark the 43rd anniv of Elvis’ passing.
The cornerstone event, the CANDLELIGHT VIGIL, will begin on Saturday, August 15, at Graceland’s front gate. Elvis music sets the tone of the evening as fans walk up the driveway to the Meditation Garden.
New this year, an exclusive  DOWN IN THE JUNGLE ROOM EXPERIENCE will allow a small group of fans to step into the Jungle Room with some of the musicians who were there for Elvis’ 1976 recording sessions and hear their stories of what it was like to record with Elvis there. Special guests include guitarist James Burton, piano player David Briggs, drummer Ronnie Tutt and bassist Norbert Putnam. In addition guests will enjoy a rare photo opportunity inside the Jungle Room with Elvis' musicians.
The Elvis Week 2020 line-up also includes
- NASHVILLE MARATHON SESSIONS 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at RCA’s Studio B with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam and David Briggs;
- ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS 50th ANNIVERSARY ENHANCED SCREENING celebrating Elvis’ 1970 documentary with appearances by members of the TCB Band and Elvis’ Imperials;
- The GRACELAND ELITE AUCTION featuring 30 to 40 of some of the most sought-after Elvis collectibles. Included in this auction will be 10 unforgettable Graceland and Elvis Experiences, benefitting the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.
- CONVERSATIONS ON ELVIS with special guests Mother Dolores Hart, who co-starred with Elvis in “King Creole” and “Loving You”; Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard; Charles Stone, who worked closely with the Colonel on Elvis' tours and career; and former member of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet Larry Strickland;
- ELVIS GOSPEL HOMECOMING featuring gospel groups with special Elvis connections, including former members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps – Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland & Terry Blackwood and The Imperials;
- ELVIS IN 1970 PANEL which will celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions and “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” documentary through stories and memories from those who were there.
There will also be the usual pile of Elvis tribute artist events including the ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST featuring semifinalists from around the world competing for the 2020 title;
Also other Elvis tribute artist events AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH SHAWN KLUSH AND CODY RAY SLAUGHTER and an acoustic afternoon with ELVIS UNPLUGGED: STARRING DEAN Z & FRIENDS.
Tickets for all Elvis Week events on-sale for general public Friday, March 6, see ticket information here at EPE
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Day By Day 2019' Book Review: 2019 was a year of many celebrations. It marked the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's triumphant return to live performing and the release of two of his most iconic recordings, "Suspicious Minds" and “In The Ghetto”.
Sadly 2019 also marked the 42nd anniversary of his untimely death - yet his cultural impact may very well have been more visible and ‘alive’ during the last 42 years than when he was actually alive. And so is the Elvis-world today.
Kees Mouwen's "Elvis Day By Day 2019 - The year in Review" compiles a comprehensive and illustrated chronology of ‘everything Elvis from 2019’ in one physical reference book and with over 500 illustrations.
Joan Gansky first met Elvis on August 18, 1967 and was there at the '68 Special' as well as Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas live return.
She writes, "We are both honored and proud that this book features my husband Paul's photographs and my fond memories of August '69 at the International Las Vegas! When I wrote them back at that time, I never dreamed 50 years later they would be printed in any book, especially one of this high caliber. This ongoing deep interest is due to Elvis Presley and the enduring love for and appreciation of him by his fans worldwide."
Go here as Joan Gansky provides a lovely insider's review..
(Book Reviews, Source;JG/ElvisInfoNet)

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

MRS 'Elvis:Back In Living Stereo' in-depth Review: The new MRS set contains 6CDs of essential 1960-1962 master recordings, plus rare alternate outtakes - including plenty of officially unreleased material - and all of the personal home recordings Elvis made during the 1960s.
The 100 page book, with text from Gordon Minto, includes rare unpublished documents and photographs, supported by a comprehensive text discussing each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1960-62.
Musically the packed cds - over seven hours - present a stunning look at Elvis recording in the early sixties before the shine wore off. The "Master" sessions nicely contrast with the looser "Outtakes" discs and with Elvis getting even more uninhibited on the Home Recordings. - Very unihibited with a certain Nancy Sharpe!

But with so much thrown into the mix, and some tracks in poor audio quality, have MRS packed "Too Much" into the one release.Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley check out the positives and negatives in their in-depth review.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'The Guitar Player Worth A Damn' - The King In Motion Vol. 4 (Venus Productions): Elvis' 1972 'On Tour' performances have been featured in multiple books as well as the official MGM movie / DVD. The latest Venus Productions multimedia set revisits this tour with a composite book, DVD and CD set. The DVD promises a qualified revamp of "Elvis On Tour" compiled from hours of unreleased footage taken from the best sources available - while the CDs include the never-before-released Hampton Roads Afternoon Show from April 9, 1972 plus an unreleased alternate mix of Elvis' Greensboro April 14, 1972 concert.
The main feature is the 200 page hardcover book with loads of rare pictures of the On Tour performances.EIN's Piers Beagley and Nigel Patterson recently explored this new release. What did they find? How does the book component compare to other Venus releases? What do the audio-visual elements offer?

Read Piers and Nigel's detailed review featuring plenty of example pages of 1972 Elvis 'On Tour' on-stage action.

(Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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ELVIS Forever - 2019: - August 16th, 1956, Elvis arrived on board an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles International airport in order to start work on his first film role, The Reno Brothers soon to be renamed 'Love Me Tender'.
Elvis was only 21 years old and at the start of his incredible trajectory to become the world's biggest superstar.
Little did Elvis know that he was already halfway through his all too-short life on earth.
In the same month Elvis would tell fans, "I've been lucky. You know something? I just feel sometimes like it's all a dream, like I'll rub my eyes and wake up and it will be over. I hope not. I hope it never happens. I hope it never ends"
Sadly, just 21 years later, it would end far too soon.
Forty two years on we all are once again thinking about tragic end to Elvis' incredible life and how much he did for us in his all too short life-time.

In 2019 EIN's Piers Beagley looks back at why the legacy of ELVIS is still so important to us - along with memories of Elvis from Jerry Schilling, Linda Thompson, Alan Fortas, George Klein, Joe Esposito, Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike and Larry Geller
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

31 July 2019 .... It was FIFTY YEARS ago today ... Elvis was back in Las Vegas ..
Elvis’ in 1969 - the triumphant return: - By Maria Davies / Rex Martin
Ian Fraser-Thomson 1969 fan Interview: he was there for Opening Night show and the Press Conference


(Book Review): Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show (Richard Zoglin): EIN recently interviewed senior editor of Time magazine, Richard Zoglin, about his new book, Elvis in Vegas. To complement our interview, EIN's Nigel Patterson provides a detailed review of Zoglin's book, a release that offers a lot more than its title suggests, and a book that is clearly one of the most important Elvis releases of 2019.

Read Nigel's detailed review of Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

Read EIN's interview with the author, Richard Zoglin


'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released by FTD back in March 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is a 3-CD set that the publicity noted included more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts and complete takes!
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson - with all tracks recently remixed and remastered.
A Mexican locale, some Tijuana horns, plus the interesting presence of the Mexican ‘Amigos’ at the recording sessions presented a novel setting for Elvis.
If you like Elvis, sunny locations, sixties movies packed full of songs and the Latino sound then there is no doubt that Fun In Acapulco must be one of your favourites.
But 56 years after the original album and movie can there really be that much of interest left in the vault unreleased?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates this massive set, discovers all the Previously Unreleased Delights - and wonders if 33 minutes of Guadalajara might be too much for some...
A FTD Deluxe set deserves a proper review and EIN gives you 4000 words plus to see if you really need to add this limited release to your collection!
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Ken Sharp Interview 2019: Ken Sharp is a New York Times best-selling writer who has published an astounding number of books about musicians such John Lennon, David Bowie, Kiss, Cheap Trick, LA's Wrecking Crew as well as Elvis Presley.
He authored the stunning FTD book 'Writing For The King' as well as the unique 'Elvis Vegas 1969' and has published a multitude of interviews with key Elvis acquaintances in major music magazines such as Goldmine, he has also supplied sleeve notes for some major Sony ELVIS releases.
Packed full of unique interviews, fans have asked EIN whether "Elvis Vegas '69"is being republished for the 50th anniversary. It has been a while since EIN has caught up with Ken Sharp - and with the 50th anniversary of Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas Return-To-Splendour about to be celebrated we thought it was about time to find up what he was up to.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions.. and YES you can get copies of 'Elvis Vegas 1969' now at a special price for the 50th anniversary.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review): Elvis September 1958 - Germany Bound (Paul Belard): Paul Belard's latest visual and archival record of the Elvis story focuses on just one month, September 1958. This was the month Elvis prepared for his departure from the USA on deployment to Germany to continue his Army training. EIN's Nigel Patterson took a tour of duty through Germany Bound. He has taken inventory and you can read what Nigel found here:

Read Nigel's review ......

..(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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

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

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special' CD Review: The original NBC TV Special featured Elvis playing with so much passion that it inspired a career renaissance
Released to cash-in on the recent “Elvis All-Star Tribute” one can only hope that the mass of Post Malone and Ed Sheeran fans will consider Elvis’ amazing musical legacy worth checking out.
Elvis never looked cooler than in the 68 Special and this surely has got to help.
The original ELVIS NBC soundtrack vinyl album was obviously the very first selected ‘Best Of’ while BMG’s marvellous 1998 “Memories” double-album was an expanded version. This new ‘Best Of’ has presumably been selected by Rob Santos and John Jackson.
Elvis was SO DAMN GOOD performing for the NBC TV special that any alternate edit has to be enjoyable so EIN thought it worth giving the new set a spin. With all of Elvis’ USA sales getting a positive bump after the new TV show we know that this new set is being played in a fair few homes.  
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates, can another '68 ComeBack Special compilation really be worth buying all over again?
and Have Your Say! Does this really help Elvis' great legacy...  
(CD Review, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Larry Geller talks to EIN: Larry Geller, Elvis' personal hair stylist and spiritual confidante, recently talked with EIN's Nigel Patterson about a range of Elvis and Larry related issues. Larry's fascinating and candid interview traverses issues including:

  • Elvis' last few years and his dramatic plans to change his life and career from September 1977new claims about Elvis by Aurelia Dupont Yarbrough and singer-songwriter, Leo Sayer meeting Elvis for the first time - and later working for him"What was Elvis really like?", what Larry tells fans who want to know Elvis and UFOsVernon Presley and the "blue light" over the Presley home in Tupelo the night Elvis was born
  • Larry's new company, Wisdome Organics, based on his Holistic Hair Care Philosophy

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)


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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)



Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This week celebrated our 29,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

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

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.


The VINYL Boom: Over 7.6 million vinyl LPs were sold in the USA during the first half of 2018, a 20% increase from the previous year, while in Australia vinyl sales increased by $3 million, the same increase of 20%. In the same period CD sales however dropped by 15%.
Elvis vinyl is still selling very nicely with ‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ recently in the UK Top ten VINYL charts.
And there is plenty of Elvis Presley vinyl on offer....

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ on GOLD Vinyl: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits was re-released by Sony Music on GOLD Vinyl on 12 October. UK's Entertainment-Focus have posted this cute review.
... What is there to say about Elvis Presley that hasn’t already been said?
It may be 41 years since the icon died tragically at only 42 years old but his music continues to live on, and likely will forever. It’s actually mind-blowing to think that his music has survived for almost as long as he was alive. In 2002 Sony Music released a new greatest hits collection titled ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which dominated charts across the world and sold millions and millions of copies. 16 years on from its original release, ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits has been reissued on 2LP vinyl.
Taking inspiration from the album cover, the release has been pressed on gold vinyl making the whole package feel very special.
Presley was an incredibly prolific artist so getting this collection down to 31 tracks was no easy feat. It also includes the ALLC Junkie XL remix.
 What was achieved with ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits though, is a

collection that gives you all the highlights you need from The King’s career to showcase the incredible impact he had on music. The album opens with Heartbreak Hotel and there isn’t a single filler track here.
It’s actually near impossible to pick out highlights across the 2LPs because every single one of these songs is a classic.
Of course no Elvis collection would be complete without Suspicious Minds and that track is near the end of the track listing on the final side.
The release features the artwork from the original 2002 release and it’s a beautiful, high-quality gatefold. I mentioned earlier about the gold vinyl but what I’ve not commented on yet is the sound. The CD version was a little patchy given that the songs were all recorded at different times. It’s not as noticeable on the vinyl release and the quality is crystal clear. The warm crackle of vinyl adds to the overall feel too.
ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan. While he had plenty of great songs that aren’t featured here, this collection truly is the definitive one to own. There’s not a single bad song here and it’s lengthy enough to give you value for money. The whole vinyl package is fantastic and it looks as good as it sounds.
They don’t make artists like Elvis anymore and they probably never will again.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ GOLD Vinyl Double LP.

'ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits' is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan.

The Official 'A Boy From Tupelo' Vinyl album is still selling, while there are some interesting Public Domain Vinyl releases out in the UK including 'Jailhouse Rock' with 16 tracks even including 'Lonesome Cowboy'! Also the rather odd CD called 'Girls! Girls! Girls! + Loving You' with thirty tracks including Bonus tracks such as 'Is It So Strange' and even 'Good Luck Charm' out 29 October 2018 from Hoo Doo Records!

 

 

 

 



'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' DVD Review: For fans of Elvis’ music there is no doubt that the HBO documentary “Elvis Presley The Searcher” was one of the best programmes ever made about Elvis and where his inspiration and music came from. Fans were therefore pleased to know that the documentary would be released on DVD. The vision quality is excellent and it is a joy to slow-mo through some of the newly found clips and historical footage of Elvis. However, how can such a fine documentary feel like such a let down as fans discover there are no DVD extras included that look deeper into Elvis' search?
EIN's Piers Beagley looks at the recent Australian DVD releases to find a good value-for-money documentary is also one of the biggest Elvis marketing failures in years and a disgrace. Go here for the full review, a look at the "Questions & Answers" bonus material plus the special 20-page booklet. Is it really what Elvis fans wanted in this special DVD release?

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

The standard versions are available from under US$18 and £14.99 in the UK.

'The Searcher Collector's Edition' costs $33 from Amazon USA.


UPDATED - ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ In-Depth Review: It is forty years since Elvis Presley entered a recording studio and he seems very reluctant to record anything new. So in terms of releasing a "new" album of Elvis material the topic has always been a tricky one. After commercial failure of the last Elvis / RPO album that concept has been dropped in favour of an Andy Childs led “Re-Vamp” of some Elvis Gospel.
Recorded over fifty years ago there is no doubt that some of Elvis’ Gospel songs might benefit from some sensitive modern production. And, after all, there is an interesting selection of tracks to work with. Not only that, but Lisa Marie was also involved in the recording.
So can a new ‘Re-Vamp’ of Elvis Gospel really work and can we recommend it to Elvis collectors?
Click here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Bryan Gruszka are back again to cause "Double-trouble" and supply a very detailed review, discovering what's good and bad...
And HAVE YOUR SAY - what do you think of the new album? Are we wrong in our opinions?
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
MORE UPDATES with YOUR FEEDBACK - Our review certainly has stimulated great debate with comments from "The two of you haven’t a clue!" to "A great, sobering review" - Now updated with even more of your comments - go here to check out the full review and send EIN YOUR THOUGHTS

(Book Review) The Elvis Experience (Dave Hebler): As a member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia, Dave Hebler was part of Elvis' inner sanctum at least until his acromonious sacking, along with Red West and Sonny West, in 1976, and the subsequent publication of the infamous book, Elvis What Happened?. Over the years, Dave, Red and Sonny West reclaimed respect in the Elvis world, at least with many fans, if not the Presley family and EPE. Dave Hebler's new book was released during Elvis Week 2018. The Elvis Experience has a 'fan friendly' feel to it. There are many amusing and fun stories and the author does not shy away from discussing at least some of the not so positive aspects of his experience working for Elvis. To find out more about "The Elvis Experience" you can read Nigel Patterson's in-depth review here.

(Book Review, Source: EIN)



For all 'The SEARCHER' News and Reviews go to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'

UPDATED - Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO film review): EIN's Nigel Patterson takes an in-depth look at Thom Zimny's documentary film about Elvis and his music.

What Nigel finds will surprise many fans. Discover what's The Good and The Bad about this new documentary looking at Elvis' music.

Is the film a masterpiece (the definitive Elvis documentary), over-rated or somewhere in the middle?

NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR COMMENTS

Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs (Mark Duffett): Given Elvis recorded around 700 songs during his lifetime, compiling a list of his 100 finest recordings is no mean feat. EIN's Nigel Patterson recently submerged himself in Mark Duffett's latest book and found a wonderfully woven narrative full of intriguing analysis and musical surprises as it counted down to #1 and then offered 100 more. For lovers of Elvis' music this is an essential read.

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


'ELVIS ON TOUR - 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' IN-Depth Review: Amiga International's long awaited LIMITED-EDITION boxset featuring 9-CD’s, all remastered, of all known recordings made for the Golden Globe Award-winning concert documentary ELVIS ON TOUR is OUT NOW. It includes the premiere of the complete rehearsal recorded in Buffalo, NY on April 5, 1972, with three previously unreleased performances.
The 13-inch boxset also includes a huge 128-page hardcover book containing detailed essays of the entire April 1972 tour with RARE AND UNPUBLISHED photographs and related memorabilia.

When considering the lack of attention paid to this concert documentary, it seems a shame that so few official releases have emerged. It is for this reason that AMIGA International presents this deluxe package to honor the excellent recordings made for the much neglected "Elvis On Tour" film.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


FTD will NOT end in 2019:  A fair number of uninformed supposed Elvis "insiders" (even some Fan Club Presidents) have been publishing fictional stories that the FTD label is planning to close in 2019.
Ernst Jorgensen had strongly denied this story stating, that FTD has plans to continue for the foreseeable future.
In an interesting interview about 'The Future of FTD' - with Trevor Cajiao in the recent ETM&HM magazine - Ernst Jorgensen's main points were....
1. FTD will not be closing in 2019
2. The 'Classic Albums" series is nearly complete but there are more to come, noting 'Aloha' and 'Madison Square Garden' are still to be done.
3. Expanded "complete session tapes" releases are being considered
4. Plenty more soundboards to come
To read the complete story including answers about FTD deletions and other future ideas please read the December issue of ETM&HM.
For what's left for FTD check out our detailed listing
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)



UPDATED - Trying To Get To You: The Truth Behind The Elvis And Roy Orbison Show Rumours: For decades there has always been an unsubstantiated rumour that Elvis Presley appeared as a guest on Roy Orbison's TV show on the local station KOSA.
The Roy Orbison website notes that both Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley performed on Roy’s TV show in late 1955.
Respected author Colin Escott wrote in his book Good Rockin’ Tonight about a kinescope of Elvis on the Roy Orbison TV show actually existing.
Some keen Elvis fans have said that they have seen this very kinescope at Elvis Week shows back in the 80s.
But like infamous Pied Piper of Cleveland does this footage really exist and is there any real proof that Elvis did appear on the Roy Orbison TV show?
Shane Brown (author of Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide) has done an immense amount of investigation and thinks he has found the answer.

Go here as EIN contributor & author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy.
(Spotlight; Source;SBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today': Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes”. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
One of the places that Elvis spent a large part of his life is the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel – now the Westgate. Elvis performed a stunning 636 concerts in the Hilton showroom and the impact of his incredible legacy can still be felt. - NOW with more great Hilton photos - plus EIN Readers Feedback. Arjan Deelen recently returned to the classic hotel to investigate “Elvis Hotspots” and discovered that behind the showroom stage it is relatively unchanged. Go here to Arjan Deelen's fascinating investigation.
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Book Review "Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide": Elvis Presley made over 700 recordings during his life. This book by author Shane Brown examines all of them. Session by session, song by song, Reconsider Baby takes the reader on a journey from Elvis’s first recordings in 1953 through to his last performances in 1977.
This significantly expanded and revised edition of 2014’s Elvis Presley: A Listener’s Guide provides a commentary on Elvis’s vast and varied body of work, while also examining in detail how Elvis and his recordings and performances were discussed in newspapers, magazines, and trade publications from the 1950s through to the 1970s.
The text draws on over 500 contemporary articles and reviews, telling for the first time the story of how Elvis and his career played out in the printed media, and often forcing us to question our understanding of how Elvis’s work was received at the time of release.

Can another detailed examination into Elvis' musical legacy really be worth buying? (Hint, the answer is a big YES!)
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley reviews the newly expanded look into Elvis' musical legacy, including some choice book extracts...

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

Marty Lacker RIP : Sadly Marty will no longer be able to answer all your those fascinating questions, but his honesty and openess should not be forgotten.

- Chips Moman (RIP) later thoughts on Elvis
- Being a consultant on 1979 "ELVIS" movie.
- The demonstrations in Memphis this Elvis Week.
- Felton Jarvis as Elvis' Executive Album Producer.
- The Jungle Room sessions
- Elvis might have some illegitimate children
- Why did Elvis never travel to holiday in Europe,
- Is David Stanley, Holy Priest of truth, OR a liarGo here to 'ASK MARTY' to remember the great man.

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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


Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read. Inside its nearly 400 pages Linda reveals her life as an individual, as a mother and as a partner. We learn of the similarities and differences between the three.Alternating between the light, dark and shades of life in between, A Little Thing Called Life is an honest and intimate account of the incredible life of an amazing woman, from the three men who shared her life and her family to the highly successful and varied career that she continues to enjoy. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review


UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
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- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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


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

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

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