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Coming soon to EIN....
Article: Did Elvis appeal to Black American Audiences? - Race, Rock, Style and Elvis;
FTD Review: 'The Something For Everybody / Wild In The Country sessions'.
Wednesday 24 February 2021
'Elvis '68 Comeback' Book Re-Publish for 2022: With Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic due to shake up the Elvis marketing world next year, Thunder Bay Press is re-publishing Steve Binder's 'Elvis '68 Comeback' and this time including a foreword by Baz Luhrmann.
So far announced as 192 page Hardcover out on April 12, 2022.
Described as.. A full-color chronicle of the 1968 comeback performance that marked Elvis Presley’s return from the screen to the stage. Includes exclusive content from the show’s director, Steve Binder. Take a tour behind the scenes of the NBC television special that relaunched Elvis Presley’s career as a stage musician. Author Steve Binder — who directed the TV special — provides exclusive content that gives fans even more insight to the performance that many see as a high point in the King’s reign of American music. And acclaimed director, writer, and producer Baz Luhrmann provides the foreword. Elvis ’68 Comeback includes full-color photographs and detailed commentary on the show’s development and production, making this an excellent addition to the shelf of every Elvis fan.
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (April 12, 2022)
Hardcover: 192 pages. ISBN-10 : 1645176738
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley: Referring to our news item last week, there is no doubt that Bruce Springsteen's key influence was ELVIS.
EIN contributor Dennis Laverty has closely examined the relationship between the two megastars in his documentary 'If I Can Dream: The Influence of Elvis on Bruce.'
Laverty cleverly uses concert footage and previously released interview segments with Springsteen and various rock experts to show just how important Presley was to Springsteen.
It all started with Presley’s first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in 1956 “The revolution has been televised!! Elvis was the hip-shaking human earthquake”. It didn’t matter that CBS cameramen tried to keep Elvis respectable by shooting his performance from the waist up. For Springsteen, Elvis represented a cultural change and moment for the USA at that time.
Springsteen says, “He was a showman, an entertainer, an imaginer of worlds, an unbelievable success, and embarrassing failure and a fount of modern actions and ideas. Ideas that would soon change the shape and future of the nation. Ideas whose time had come. - Everything starts and ends with Elvis.”
Springsteen has written a song for Elvis (“Fire”) and a song about him (“Johnny Bye-Bye”). He has covered many Elvis songs in concert, and even invited an Elvis impersonator onstage with him in Philadelphia (dubbing him “The Philly Elvis”).
Dennis Laverty’s 75-minute film covers also all of this and includes lots of rarely seen, electrifying concert performances.
It also explores the famous 1975 jumping-the-wall incident at Graceland, the Presley concerts that Springsteen saw in person, and interesting tangents such as Patti Scialfa’s song “Looking for Elvis” and the reverence that Springsteen associates Jon Landau and author Dave Marsh have for Presley.
The film also includes footage of Elvis performing in concert and being
interviewed, and ends with a look at some parallels in their lives.
Click here > "If I Can Dream: The Influence of Elvis on Bruce” free on Vimeo
(Spotlight, Source;DLaverty/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis At The Movies' Vintage Rock: The UK magazine Vintage Rock has a new Presley special coming out, ''Elvis At The Movies'.
... We all know of Elvis Presley as the best-selling solo music artist of all time, but less talked about is his status as one of the biggest movie stars of the 50s and 60s. Well, we’re putting that right. In the latest issue of Vintage Rock Presents we take a look back at the King’s big screen oeuvre, putting a spotlight onto some of the great – and some of the not so great – movies in the Elvis canon.
We dive deep into every film of Elvis’, from 1956’s Love Me Tender through to 1969’s Change Of Habit, while also looking at his two in-concerts movies, That’s The Way It Is and Elvis On Tour. We also look back over 40 years of Elvis biopics and documentaries, remember some of his greatest leading ladies, rate his Top 20 movie songs and talk to his Trouble With Girls co-star Marlyn Mason. Additionally, we feast our eyes on some of Elvis’ most memorable movie outfits and we pay tribute to the master songsmiths behind the King’s big screen tunes.
This is a must-read for all fans of Elvis Presley. Out 25 February 2021.

Go here to Anthem publishing for info and to order.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Return To The Queen City of The South' New Import CD Set:
It is not widely known that in 1977, Felton Jarvis planned a release of the great version of "America The Beautiful" and some other tracks from Charlotte 1976 show on a country flavored studio / live compilation album "Welcome To My World." Three concerts from Charlotte here - including Jarvis' original old stereo mix and restored it for our release!
For the February 20th, 1977 a different source than FTD has been used. February 21st, 1977 was newly mastered from same tape source as the1995 Fort Baxter CD release "Moody Blue and Other Great Performances."
As a bonus, you will find a selection of pre-show tracks performed by J. D. Sumner and The Stamps and The Sweet Inspirations in 1976 / 77. Plus bonus tracks taped in February - June 1977, as well, unique mixes of songs like "Steamroller Blues" from Austin, March 28 or "Unchained Melody" from Rapid City, June 21, 1977.
EIN Note: As mentioned FTD released Charlotte Feb 20th and other highlights on their CD 'Unchained Melody' - As we noted at the time, "In 1977 Elvis was running on low, his concerts were often perfunctory at best, early 1977 saw Elvis going downhill fast and putting on the weight that he had recently lost."
Go here to 'All The CD News 2021' for full tracklists
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 21 February 2021
'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005 OUT NOW: Co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce the publication of Elvis UK3. This book follows their two previous works - Elvis UK (published in 1987) and Elvis UK2 (published in 2002).
Both books were extremely well-received by collectors, earned critical acclaim, and have become invaluable reference sources for Elvis collectors all over the world.
However, their latest reference work is bigger and more comprehensive than either of their two original works. The new book comprises 1400 pages (containing over a million words), and features 4,000 plus high quality black and white and colour illustrations. It provides the definitive guide to Elvis's UK compact disc releases and details the development of the medium from the 3 CD set The Legend - the world's first ever Elvis compact disc in 1983 - in meticulous and unprecedented detail.
Every single, RCA, BMG, FTD and third party album (all 450 of them!) issued up to 2005 are written about individually in fascinating detail, arranged in chronological order, carefully cross-referenced, while charting and describing company and industry developments along the way. It has been painstakingly researched over many years, and features many contributions by former RCA / BMG personnel who helped with key background information.
The book also includes sections on various artist CDs containing Elvis material, as well as company promos, including BMG in-house CDs, etc. The huge song index is presented in forensic detail, indicating exactly where each master (and any known outtakes) can be located and, in the case of live performances, when and where they were
recorded. It is a must for serious collectors!
And in what is almost a first for such a project, this incredibly detailed book is presented using Flip technology for use on your own digital device - a computer, laptop, ipad etc. Once you have the link, accessing the whole book is simple. The system allows the reader to access any part of the book in seconds thanks to a very sophisticated - but childishly simple to use - range of navigational tools. Hard-backed specialist reference books of this sort have become extremely expensive to buy (and post) and of course are notoriously difficult to handle and store. Not so with Flip. The book can be accessed on any device and has the advantage of being portable: it can go where you go - and once on your device does not deteriorate at all. Another major advantage is that the price to buy such a book - £50 - is much cheaper than an equivalent hard-copy would have been and it is readily available to anyone interested, wherever they are in the world.
The authors have also compiled a unique 23 track CD 'Beyond The Legend' which accompanies the book that will be sent out to all UK buyers free of charge (overseas customers will be asked to pay the post & p costs).
Anyone wanting more details of this magnificent and reference work Click HERE > www.elvisukbooks.co.uk for Free sample pages, plus ordering info.
Coming Soon to EIN, Interview with author Gordon Minto and our Review of the book
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS on Mars: Elvis loved the excitement of outta-space and rocket-flights to the moon. With the Perseverance rocket and Rover Lander arriving and landing on planet Mars, there is life - and ELVIS - on Mars!
Elvis Presley was the most significant name (he had his own boarding pass) to get onto the rocket Perseverance (great name for Elvis' flight) that launched in July 2020 - and "The Prince From Another Planet" is finally there!

Last year NASA asked people to add their names to the computer chip that would be sent on the Perseverance Rocket. The chip was put on the Rover Lander that touched-down on planet Mars February 18, 2021.
Elvis would have wanted to go. He followed NASA flights from the early 60's and so fans added his name.
Above is the picture of Elvis 'official' NASA boarding pass. And Elvis' name is on the chip for others to find 10's of millions of years from now.
During the filming of MGM's 'On Tour' Elvis asks about the Apollo 16 launch on April 16, 1972, "is the NASA rocket launched?"
Space flights were indeed one of his interests.
Congratulations to The Prince From Another Planet.

Thanks to EIN's friend Carol Danner for the update.
(News, Source;CD/ElvisInfoNet)


The Making of Pickwick's 'Frankie & Johnny': Elvis author and EIN contributor Thomas Melin has posted a neat 'Insiders' article about the "The Making of Frankie & Johnny".
The 1976 Pickwick reissue of 'Frankie & Johnny' was one of the strangest budget compilations ever released.
Fans may have wondered how this ludicrous idea came about, and Thomas Melin may just have the answer.

As the Pickwick marketing executive (stupidly) noted, “Even if we can’t make it sound contemporary, we can always give it a more modern look. Put an Elvis LIVE shot on the front and it might sell like hotcakes."

Go here to 'Elvis Today' Blog for this very amusing article.

 


(News, Source;TM/ElvisInfoNet)


Graceland plans in-person events during Elvis Week: Publicity is ramping up with media reporting that 'Elvis Presley's Graceland is preparing to host visitors and offer in-person activities during the annual Elvis Week this summer in Memphis, Tennessee.'
On the 44th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, fans will get to celebrate the musician once again at the annual Elvis Week event in Memphis, Tennessee.
Presley's Graceland is preparing to host visitors and offer in-person events for Elvis Week from Aug. 11 through Aug. 17. Organizers said public health protocols will be in place, including the requirement of masks, temperature screenings and socially distanced seating.
The event will feature appearances by celebrities and musicians, live concerts, panel discussions, parties, bus excursions and the Elvis tribute artist contest. The keystone event, once again, will be a candlelight vigil as fans visit his grave.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Elvis Week events were mostly held online last year.
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

"Andy Warhol's Elvis Presley" by Bearbrick: In a rather fascinating release the Medicom Toy corp have produced a "guaranteed authentic product" featuring 'Andy Warhol's Elvis Presley'.
The Bearbrick set includes 2 figures 7cm and 28cm in height.
A limited quantity product with no price.
Previous "Unique Bearbrick" similar Warhol designs have sold for US$530.
That's a lot for a plastic doll!


Go here to Artsy for more purchase info.

 

 


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Wednesday 17 February 2021

(Book Review) The Jewish World of Elvis Presley (Roselle Kline Chartock): The latest Elvis related book by an academic draws attention to an issue many fans will have been unaware of – the strong affinity Elvis had with Jews and how it influenced his life. Jews were disproportionately represented in Elvis’ life and inner circle – for instance, five of the Memphis Mafia were Jews. Was it just coincidence that there were so many Jews in Elvis’ life or was there something more at work?

Roselle Kline Chartock (Professor Emerita of Education) has written an absorbing and accessible account of the importance of Jews in Elvis’ life from his Jewish roots to the many personal friendships and professional relationships he enjoyed with them.
In so doing, the author reveals that what has previously been seen as a series of anecdotes, is actually a coherent and important theme in the Elvis story.
Read Nigel Patterson’s detailed review

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInfomationNetwork)

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'ELVIS UK3 - Ultimate CD Guide' Out Soon: Coming Soon from co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto the new in-depth book 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley’s CD Releases 1983-2005'. The 1400 page book (containing over a million words, plus 4,000 plus black and white and colour illustrations), provides the definitive guide to Elvis’s UK compact disc releases and details the development of the medium from the 3 CD set The Legend – the world’s first ever Elvis compact disc in 1983 – in meticulous and unprecedented detail.
Every single, RCA, BMG, FTD and third party album (all 450 of them!) issued in the UK up to 2005 are written about individually in comprehensive detail, arranged in chronological order, carefully cross-referenced, charting and describing company and industry developments along the way. It has been painstakingly researched, and features many contributions by former RCA / BMG personnel who helped with key background information.
The book also includes sections on various artist CDs containing Elvis material and company promos, including BMG in-house CDs etc. The huge song index is presented in forensic detail, indicating exactly where each master and outtake can be located and, in the case of live performances, when and where they were recorded.

EIN has glimpsed a few preview pages and found the thorough in-depth research and comprehensive cross-referencing truly fascinating. It is a must for serious collectors! - Release details soon.

(News, Source;UK3/ElvisInfoNet)


“The Boss” recalls the night he heard Elvis had died: Bruce Springsteen is a big Elvis fan and references The King at most of his concerts. Springsteen was so inspired by Elvis that he embarked on his own rock star journey, racking up more than 30 million album sales during his career and reaching 15x platinum for his seventh album, Born in the USA. But when he found out about the star’s tragic death which occurred on August 16, 1977 Springsteen was devastated. The singer gave a rousing speech at one of his gigs in 1985 about Elvis and the impact the singer made on his life.
He told his audience: “I remember later, when a friend of mine called to tell me that Elvis had died, it was so hard to understand how somebody whose music came in and took away so many people's
loneliness and gave so many people a reason and a sense of the possibilities of living could have, in the end, died so tragically. And I guess when you're alone, you ain't nothin' but alone.”
The star previously pointed at Elvis’ 1956 song Hound Dog as a major influence to him. The track, which sold 10 million copies globally, was one of Elvis’ best-selling songs of all time. On listening to the track for the first time Springsteen said: “When I heard it, it just shot straight through to my brain,” and added, “I realised, suddenly, that there was more to life than what I’d been living. I was then in pursuit of something and there’d been a vision laid out before me. You were dealing with the pure thrust, the pure energy of the music itself. I was so very young but it still hit me like a thunderbolt.”
He even confessed to “breaking in” to Elvis’ home, Graceland, in 1985. Springsteen revealed how a tour brought him to Memphis, Tennessee, so he took a detour and visited the King’s residence. Upon seeing a light on in Elvis’ house, Springsteen plucked up the courage to hop the fence. Speaking to the crowd at another gig, the star recalled: “I jumped up over the wall and I started runnin' up the driveway, which when I look back on it now was kind of a stupid thing to do because I hate it when people do it at my house." After explaining who he was the guards told him Elvis wasn’t home, before ushering the star off the premises. “Anyway, at the time, I was filled with the enthusiasm of youth and ran up the driveway and I got to the front door and I was just about to knock, and guards came out of the woods and they asked me what I wanted.”
(News, Source: Callum Crumlish, Express.uk)

'From Memphis to Taipeh' OUT NOW: The book 'From Memphis to Taipei - A Reference Guide to the Colorful Magic of Elvis' Asian Vinyl' by Dick Dekker ('Bootleg Elvis' book) and Ferry Van Der Werf is OUT Now. The limited print run is 500 copies worldwide.
It was in the late 1950s that the first Asian records featuring Elvis' music were released. Hundreds of records followed afterwards many with beautiful covers in different variations and with beautifully coloured vinyl. However no collector's guide to Elvis' Asian vinyl has ever been published. There has never even been an information booklet on these Elvis albums.
So this new book is the very first reference guide to Elvis' vinyl releases in Asia. This volume examinest the 10" and 12" vinyl releases from six major Asian countries: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
In the book fans can discover where, why and for whom these records were made. And there were plenty of Elvis fans.
The cover images and label designs are presented in large format so you can check the design and often the interesting spelling mistakes.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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Sunday 14 February 2021 - - - - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY - - - -

Make Your Valentine's Day, "ELVIS Day"! Elvis means romance, Elvis means lust! If you are a true Elvis fan then surely you feel a tightness in your chest and teardrops in your eyes when you listen to a sublime Elvis song and ELVIS can truly fill you with love on Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day is the ultimate celebration of love, the most precious of human feelings, personified by Elvis as no one else has with so many songs featuring love and heartache.
In today's competitive modern world and media dominated by the likes of Dua Lipa, Post Malone, The Weeknd and Drake what people miss out on is the softer qualities of love, romance and angst of separation which endeared Elvis and his music to a generation and now do not find much of a chance to survive.
It is sad that whole new generations are really missing out on something which generations of parents and grand parents were granted to experience but have no real means of passing on.
Put on your favourite Elvis compile, relax and feel the true emotion of classics such as 'Can't Help Falling in Love', 'Always on My Mind', 'Love Me Tender', 'I Just Can't Help Believin', 'I Need Somebody To Lean On', 'The Thrill Of Your Love' or 'Let It Be Me'. . . . . - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.

'Can’t Help Falling In Love' New Valentine Video: Elvis The Music has posted a brand new “Can’t Help Falling In Love” animated video just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Featuring never before seen footage of Elvis.
Includes rare home-footage of Graceland, Hawaiian holidays, Live in Hawaii 1957 plus outtakes from his movies and more.

Runs 3 minutes, well worth watching.
CLICK HERE to YouTube

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Week' Tickets On Sale Now: Elvis Week 2021 will mark the 44th anniversary of Elvis’ passing and Graceland is hoping for the gathering of thousands of Elvis fans and friends.
Taking place August 11-17, Elvis Week is an annual, multi-day gathering celebrating Elvis’ life and legacy. Hopefully CV19 restrictions will be sorted by mid-summer.
It has become a pop-culture phenomenon and an annual pilgrimage for music lovers from around the world.
Events include appearances by celebrities and musicians, live concerts, panel discussions, meet and greet opportunities, parties, fan events, the usual Elvis Impersonator / Tribute Artist Contests, special bus excursions around Memphis and to Tupelo, and much more.
Events and special tours will be held at the Mansion, the entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the Guest House at Graceland hotel, and the Graceland Exhibition Center, home to the Jungle Room Bar.
Tickets for all Elvis Week events are on sale now!
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Tuesday 9 February 2021

Academic and Elvis researcher Mathias Haeussler talks to EIN -Interview PART TWO : In December 2020 Professor Mathias Haeussler’s book, Inventing Elvis: An American Icon in A Cold War World was published.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson sat down with Mathias for a fascinating face-to-face and thought-provoking interview.
In this second part of their discussion, some of the topics explored are..
- Elvis, the Beatles and Dylan
- Elvis and the "difficult" 70's decade
- Elvis' complete control of his image
- Cuba, Japan... the Cold War on Elvis’ reception
- The crass commercialisation of Elvis' image,
- EPE’s / ABG's new marketing strategy

Read the final part of our fascinating interview here..


(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


ELVIS WEEK 2021 Schedule Announced: Graceland has just announced the Elvis Week 2021 schedule and we cannot wait to welcome fans back to Memphis in August for a celebration like no other!
It will be a great time to gather again with friends to celebrate the music, movies, and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Week 2021 highlights include a 50th anniversary concert celebrating Elvis’ Nashville recording sessions, Blue Hawaii Luau, Ultimate ETA Contests and concerts, exclusive tours, first-time experiences, Elvis in concert on the big screen, and much more! An Elvis Week not-to-be-missed!
Tickets and Packages go on Sale Friday, February 12
Note - COVID-19 Protocols will be in place for all events. This includes the requirement of masks, temperature screenings, and socially distanced seating.

EIN Note: Many of the events are what were planned for Elvis Week 2020, let's hope the COVID-19 situation has calmed down by August.

The two Highlights for EIN would be ...
- Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniversary Concert - August 13
Celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at Nashville’s Studio B in 1970 and 1971 with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, and Charlie McCoy, who shared the studio with Elvis during these legendary recordings. Joined by vocalists Terry Mike Jeffrey and Dean Z, this concert will feature an unforgettable evening of music and storytelling. From fan favorites songs such as “Just Pretend” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to “I’ve Lost You” and “Stranger in the Crowd” – enjoy a very special night of Elvis music at the Graceland Soundstage.
- Elvis In Concert - August 16th
Celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Graceland during this live concert experience featuring amazing on-screen performances by Elvis himself, backed on stage by a live band with special guest appearances by TCB Band members guitarist James Burton and piano player Glen Hardin, plus Terry Blackwood and The Imperials. A not-to-be-missed concert event!
- ‘Down In The Jungle Room’ – is once again a special Event at $750 per ticket!
Only 10 tours available on each date; Limited to two tours per purchaser.
- Also this year ‘Hidden Graceland Tours’ yours for only $500!
Only 10 tours available on each date; Limited to two tours per purchaser.
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


King Creole 'True Stereo' VINYL released: The CMT import-label release of the LP 'King Creole' featuring the soundtrack album in stereo with additional bonus tracks.
This re-issue comes on yellow colored vinyl and is out now.
Side 1: King Creole / Crawfish / As Long As I Have You / Headed Woman / Trouble / Dixieland Rock / Don’t Ask Me Why / Lover Doll / Young Dreams / Steadfast, Loyal And True / New Orleans.
Side 2:  Berries, Gumbo - Crawfish (Film Version) / Lover Doll  (undubbed) / Dixieland Rock (Film Version) / As Long As I Have You (Take 4) / Steadfast, Loyal And True (Slow Version) / Turtles, Berries, Gumbo (Master) / Muskat Ramble / Main Title / Radio Spot.
EIN Note: "True Stereo" it is not, since it is created using the digital audio process, Digitally Extracted Stereo.
Unfortunately this works better with simpler arrangements and not with orchestral backings.
As EIN noted last year about in our review of Elvis Reborn Mono > Stereo "EIN really wanted the final track, the sensational ‘Trouble’ to reveal something new to me but sadly while Elvis is dead-centre the backing sounds all-over-the-place and not like a stereo recording."

You can read a neat review of the CMT King Creole album here by our friends at Elvis DayByDay

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


(From the EIN Archives) - rare promotional poster for Jailhouse Rock:

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Friday 5 February 2021

'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' New MRS set: MRS have announced a 3CD Deluxe set titled ‘SUMMER FESTIVAL 1970 – THE REHEARSALS’ on 12th March 2021.

The CDs contain rehearsal highlights from one of the most memorable periods in Elvis’ career - his captivating performances at The International Hotel Las Vegas in the summer of 1970. These truly historical recordings, remastered and restored capture the raw and early development of songs that were performed weeks later in Las Vegas. The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs taken at some of these rehearsal sessions.

As usual MRS has spared no expense in our remastering techniques. For the first time ever all, the tracks listed have had repairs and restorations having now the same mastering techniques, used on such recent MRS releases such as ‘Made in Germany’ and ‘Such a Night in Pearl Harbor’. A sample sound of this will circulate on forums within days of this announcement.

The 180g 3LP Gatefold version will be announced soon.

Please note: This is a prequel to a series of releases coming out this year from MRS. In that series will be a totally new and unreleased soundboard from the Summer Festival in 1970. A recording never heard before, stay tuned.

This Deluxe 'Summer Festival' 3CD set includes the great 15 July and 24 July 1970 MGM rehearsals.


Go here to 'All The CD News 2021' for full details and tracklists

 


(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


Tom Jones Talks Elvis (again): Once again Sir Tom Jones was talking about his friendship with Elvis, this time on this week's Graham Norton Show.
Jones re-told the story about his first meeting with Elvis.
"It was in 1965, I arrived in L.A. and it was wonderful. We were staying on the Sunset Strip.
I was like, 'God, this is unbelievable! My my first year in show business.'
I had to go to Paramount Studios to record a song or something and they said Elvis Presley is going to be there tomorrow and he would like to meet you.
I thought, 'Elvis Presley wants to meet me?' It was unbelievable.
And I went there to go and see about the song and they said 'Elvis is filming and once they stopped you can go in.'
So I did and they closed the doors again and I'm standing at the back there with the Memphis Mafia, these guys that work for him and Elvis in this little mock helicopter with this girl.

They did a scene and I'm looking like, 'My God, there's Elvis Presley.' And they said, 'OK cut,' and he looked across and waved.
I was like, you know, looking at these fellas and they said, 'Elvis is waving at you, wave back!'"
So he gets out of this helicopter and he starts walking towards me. I had a single record out at the moment, it was my third single, With These Hands. It was a ballad, a beautiful song.
And Elvis is walking towards me going 'With these hands, I will cling to you. With these hands,' and I'm going, 'My God, if the boys back home could see me now.'
- It was unbelievable."

Sir Tom and Elvis were incredibly close with the King's lifelong friend Jerry Schilling revealing the singers would often duet with one another into the early hours of the morning.
"Elvis didn't really hang out with other entertainers that much, but if there was one artist that Elvis truly called a friend and hung out with the most, it was Tom Jones," Schilling told the BBC.
(News, Source;GN/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' samurai sword found hidden in Graceland drawer: Back in 1982, five years after Elvis Presley died, Graceland was opened as a museum for the first time. When preparing the house for public viewing, the archives team found that most of the drawers were empty but in a few The King had left behind some real treasures. One particular highlight was a samurai sword discovered in a drawer of the Living Room.
The Graceland team had no idea how it got there until Dick Grob, Elvis' Head of Security from 1967-1977, told the story behind it. Appearing on the Gates of Graceland web series, he said the incident took place in late 1976 or early 1977, in the last year of The King's life. Elvis was upstairs and was already in his pyjamas as was getting ready to go to bed.
Dick said how he got a call from his security team member Harold Lloyd on the gates, saying there was a guy in uniform who wanted to see the Head of Security. Dick thought it would be one of his police officer friends but it turned out to be an elderly Japanese veteran in his military uniform and carrying a samurai sword.
Struggling with his English, the soldier said: "I brought this to give to Mr Presley. I was an officer in the Japanese military during World War II and I want to apologise to you and to Mr Presley for us fighting you guys. I'm really sorry about that.
Because Mr Presley studied karate and learned from Mr Ed Parker, who was a champion in Japan, I want to give this to Mr Presley as a token of my appreciation."

Touched by this, Dick went up to the house to see if Elvis was available. But The King didn't want to have to get dressed to go down there as he was about to go to sleep. So Dick went back down to Graceland's gates and told the Japanese veteran, saying Elvis appreciated this but was already in his pyjamas.
So as a courtesy the Head of Security took the soldier around on one of the golf carts to show him the grounds, while the Japanese man left Dick with the samurai sword to give to Elvis later.
(News, Source: George Simpson, msn.com)

Thursday 4 February 2021

(Book Review): Kid of the King (Liz Presley): The world knows Lisa Marie Presley to be the only child of Elvis and Priscilla. In this new book, Liz Presley claims to be the “older sibling” of Lisa Marie - a claim that will be met with derision and disbelief by most fans.
EIN’s Nigel Patterson offers his views on Ms Presley’s claim and the author’s wider story which traverses her struggles with gender identity (Liz was born ‘David’), a troubled upbringing, becoming successful in business, fulfilling her dream to be a singer, and, most importantly, finding “herself” and her “real family”. Regardless of what readers think of the author’s claim, EIN’s Nigel Patterson found that there is an important message reflected in Kid of the King.

Read Nigel’s detailed review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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Elvis 'A Star Is Born' Contract: While most fans know about Barbra Streisand asking Elvis to appear in her movie 'A Star Is Born' it is a real surprise to know that the proposed agreement for his version is actually in the Graceland archives.
In a new 'Inside The Archives' video Angie Marchese brings out the contract in a black folder.
Included in the contract was $1000 per week expenses for Elvis and First Class transportation to all locations. Also she notes, “Elvis would be entitled to first position credit and 100 per cent of the title above the title.”
It’s pretty detailed! Goes into marketing as well as producing and photography and everything that goes along with making an Elvis movie.”
In the end Elvis never made another movie but continued touring throughout 1976 and some of the following year.
Go here to the YouTube video - runs 3 minutes
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Nancy Sinatra Talks Elvis: Nancy Sinatra may be 80 and cut off by Covid, but she's still ready to walk all over Donald Trump. As her greatest songs, including 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin'', are reissued she recently reflected on her friendship with Elvis and her hopes for peace in the USA.
In a 1960 episode of the show, Nancy was charged with welcoming Elvis Presley back from his military service in Germany. She had met Elvis before at Fort Dix, courtesy of her father, and wasn't intimidated: "Elvis was lovely. What a great guy. What a sweet, polite, wonderful man." When Nancy starred alongside him in the 1968 action flick Speedway, they became close and on the night Lisa Marie was born in February 1968 Elvis called Nancy with the news - "He treated me as a good friend. Elvis said he felt so grateful that she was born into a loving, secure life. He mentioned how he felt pain for the babies born that same night in poverty. I knew what he meant."
Sinatra agrees that Elvis probably felt a kinship with her because she understood the difference between the superstar and the human being. For Nancy, living amid her father's stratospheric success never dissuaded her from following that path. The only event that derailed her was her first marriage, to the pop star Tommy Sands in 1960. "I was old-fashioned. I married as a virgin. We were both way too young. You find that out, don't you?" For five years of marriage she put her career on hold. She blames herself. "I made the stumbling block, had I had a sexual life prior, I would not have married. In those days you got married to have sex, sadly."
The resurgence of Sinatra's career was also helped by
Quentin Tarantino's use in 2003 of her 1966 cover of Cher's Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) in Kill Bill. The song was an accident. At the end of every record, Sinatra and her arranger, Billy Strange, used to do duets; just his guitar and her voice. She started singing the riff. "It became such a classic, but it was a throwaway. I was stunned that Quentin Tarantino was interested. I'd never met him."
Sinatra has some sage advice for this younger generation. "If young people have an opportunity, they have to examine it carefully. Don't pooh-pooh it because it's not the ideal situation." She is looking forward to peace in the US again, but with cautious optimism. "I need to get over fighting back if I'm going to survive. Carrying that angst is not healthy. I hope we can get back to the freedoms we enjoy. I worry. I don't want my granddaughters to grow up in a nation full of hate."
Go here to full Guardian interview
(News, Source;G/ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie Thanks Fans: Lisa Marie recently broke her self-imposed silence to send a heartfelt message to fans.
On Monday Lisa Marie celebrated her 53rd birthday and shared a beautiful picture with her eldest daughter Riley Keough and twins Finley and Harper.
She had been keeping quiet following the sudden accidental death of her son, Benjamin, last July.
Lisa Marie wrote: "Thank you for all of the overwhelming birthday wishes from everyone.
Like everyday, I couldn’t have made it through without these three by my side. - LMP"

Riley is Lisa Marie's daughter and eldest child from her first marriage to musician Danny Keogh. The actress, model and producer has carved out a successful career in independent cinema.
Benjamin was Riley's little brother and four years younger.
Benjamin Keough, who bore a remarkable resemblance to Elvis, was an aspiring musician and artist. A small family funeral service was held at the end of July. Benjamin was buried at Graceland in the Meditation Garden, next to Elvis, Vernon, Gladys and grandmother Minnie Mae.

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


‘Elvis - Oh, Happy Day’ New Import CD: Paradise Road Records presents ‘Oh, Happy Day’ - Elvis live at the International hotel in Las Vegas. This cd contains a great audience recording from the August 14, 1970 Midnight Show PLUS camera sound recordings from this show (from the MGM tapes).
Elvis is singing great songs like 'Oh, Happy Day', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Folsom Prison Blues' and 'I Walk The Line' .. A very remarkable show. Elvis was in a really goofy mood and introduced himself as Johnny Cash. He seemed to be really enjoying this show, despite the cameras and the house lights being up so MGM could film him. He changed the words to the several songs and really had fun messing them up.
This show was first released on 'The Man In White - Volume 3' released in 2003. Now -18 year later- all performances have been newly remastered and speed corrected where necessary. And for the first time on cd the camera sound recordings of this show. Including a booklet with information and photos from this great show! PLUS some background information about these recordings.
Go here to 'ALL THE CD NEWS 2021' for tracklist & details
(News, Source;PR/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley Sings Flaming Star’ New Import CD: A special edition release from the Elvis One label with 38 tracks from the movie ‘Flaming Star’.
Including 'Flaming Star' and 'Summer Kisses, Winter Tears' (mono and stereo masters), the unedited master of 'Flaming Star', many alternate takes, seven original radio spots from the movie, the acetate recording of the composite master of 'Black Star', and more! All tracks in the best possible sound.
This limited edition comes with a 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.

EIN Note: 38 tracks from only five songs, including 16 versions / takes of ‘Summer Kisses, Winter Tears’!

Go here to 'ALL THE CD NEWS 2021' for tracklist & details

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


‘A Valentine Gift For You - Volume I & 2’ New Import: A great way to celebrate Valentine's day! Two limited edition cd releases with some of Elvis best love songs - for Valentine's Day 2021 ! Including the original masters, alternate takes and home-recordings.
All tracks on these 2 albums are newly remastered/remixed (no overdubs) with some real surprises.
You'll enjoy the 50's and 60's masters with more focus on Elvis voice!
And of course the home-recordings which never sounded better... enjoy great versions of 'Her Hand In Mine', 'Earth Angel', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and a short version of 'Return To Me'.
A great gift for yourself or your loved one...

EIN Note: The sound of an empty barrel being scraped. Collectors can compile it for themselves – with love!

Go here to 'ALL THE CD NEWS 2021' for tracklist & details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


‘Houston Astrodome Sunday March 03, 1974’ VINYL: A Special Deluxe Combo LP / CD from the "VV" label for the first time in vinyl, of the show of Houston 3th of March 1974 and including the unreleased AUDIENCE recording Tulsa OK, Oral Roberts University March 2, 1974, included as a bonus.
As always the VV attitude is to present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without a doubt, this double set presents Elvis still at his best. After shedding some extra weight the man is ready to face his first tour of 1974. March 1974 started with two great shows in Tulsa and then departed to Houston for two shows in the Astrodome where Elvis beat his own audience record from 1970. The Houston show it’s a usual one where Elvis faces a large distant adoring crowd without the orchestra.
Here is presented completely remastered for the first time in heavy glorious vinyl.
At the same time, we are glad to include as a bonus CD an unreleased Audience Recording of the previous day in Tulsa. The sound is decent. If you want to live the atmosphere of an Elvis concert in 2021 this is the right tape. We can guarantee that Elvis was greeted with incredible enthusiasm;
Go to 'ALL THE CD NEWS 2021' for tracklist & FULL details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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Monday 1 February 2021
Happy 53rd Birthday Lisa Marie!: It's hard to believe but today is Lisa Marie's 53rd birthday. Lisa Marie was born February 1st 1968, nine months to the day after Elvis and Priscilla's wedding in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967.
The world has long been fascinated with the children of celebrities. While she has had her ups and downs life must have been a truly emotional roller-coaster being the daughter of Elvis. Unlike many celebrity children Lisa Marie has been famous her entire life, pretty much every second.
Cameras were in Priscilla’s Baptist Memorial Hospital room in Memphis, Tenn., after Lisa Marie was born in 1968. And they even followed her parents, with Priscilla in a wheelchair, as they headed home for the first time.
Recently Graceland archivist Angie Marchese revealed a “secret drawer” located in the corridor next to the kitchen on the way to the Jungle Room. Inside you can see Lisa Marie’s graffiti which reads, “Lisa’s home Graceland” with a smiley face.
Hopefully Lisa Marie can find happiness again in 2021.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Jerry Scheff Happy Birthday: It is hard to believe but the great Jerry Scheff turned 80 years old on January 31, 2021.
It was back in 1969 that James Burton asked Jerry Scheff to join Elvis' new 'TCB Band' to perform at Elvis' stunning return to live performances in 1969. Scheff then worked with Elvis from 1969 to 1973 and later returned for the final years 1975 to 1977. Jerry can be seen in 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is', 'On Tour' and 'Aloha From Hawaii'.
Jerry however started playing with up-coming stars like Billy Preston (The Beatles etc) as far back as 1965 before recording with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr and Neil Diamond. There is also the strange oddity of Red West calling him up to play on Elvis’ ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ session. Red West asked "Are you Jerry Scheff the trumpet player?", to which Jerry of course agreed - although he had never played trumpet before in his life!
Jerry Scheff was 80 on January 31st. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jerry.
His autobiography 'Way Down' is well worth getting. Go here for EIN's review.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Presley News Report Feb' 2021: From Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier, here is the Elvis Presley News Report of February 2021, includes the Unseen film discovered and three New Re-Mixes.

Runs 11 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube

well worth watching.



(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)


"Sun Records" Sold!: The private music publishing company 'Primary Wave' has bought the iconic Sun Records label including its 6000 song masters with such classic recordings as Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes,” Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line,” Roy Orbison’s “Ooby Dooby” and Billy Lee Riley’s “Red Hot” among them. Elvis Presley's SUN recording are not part of the deal. Suggestions are that the deal was for US$30 million. SUN records still turns over around $4 million a year.
The deal also included the Sun Records trademark, which sources say is also a very profitable component, as well as the Sun Diner in Nashville and its merch business too. John Singleton -- brother of the late Shelby Singleton who purchased the Sun label back in 1969 from founder and industry legend Sam Phillips -- will stay on overseeing the Sun Records operation.
“We are extremely pleased to pass the Sun Records baton to Primary Wave and are confident
that they will continue to reach new heights for the crown jewel of the music business created by Sam Phillips, which my brother, Shelby, and I have kept alive and relevant for the past 50 years” John Singleton said in a statement.
Primary Wave will also provide additional resources to expand the Sun Records brand, which can now tap into the company’s marketing, branding, digital strategy and licensing and synch opportunities.
Sun Records is currently distributed by the label itself through direct digital licensing deals and by licensing the masters to well-known established re-issue labels like Charly Records and Bear Family Records.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'His Hand In Mine Sessions' New FTD deluxe set: The first FTD announcement for 2021, another deluxe set in the on-going "complete" sessions series the 'His Hand In Mine Sessions'.
This 8” deluxe 3-CD package features a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, recording data, memorabilia and rare photos.

EIN Note: Many collectors will be wondering what new takes are included that were not on the excellent and near complete FTD 'Classic Album' from 2006.
We can only find two or three officially unreleased outtakes in the tracklist, 'In My Father's House' (w/p Take 1) & Take 8 plus possibly 'Surrender' incomplete Take 4 where the ending was spliced to complete the master.


For full tracklist and details go here to "Elvis FTD/ SONY News 2021'.

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


Luhrmann’s ELVIS movie now for 2022 release: Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS biopic, now currently in production in Australia, has moved its official release date from November 5, 2021 to June 3, 2022.
The movie will explore the life and music of Elvis ( Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks.
The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
Olivia DeJonge, Gary Clark, Jr., Yola, Shonka Dukureh, Shannon Sanders, Lenesha Randolph, Jordan Holland, Kelvin Harrison Jr. , Alton Mason also star. Australia's David Wenham will play TV director Steve Binder. The biopic also stars Natasha Bassett as Dixie Locke, Xavier Samuel as Scotty Moore, Leon Ford as Tom Diskin, Kate Mulvany as Marion Keisker, Gareth Davies as Bones Howe, Charles Grounds as Billy Smith, Josh McConville as Sam Phillips, and Adam Dunn as Bill Black.
On the cast, Luhrmann said: “Elvis was surrounded by an extraordinary array of rich personalities, and we are very fortunate to pull together a tremendous ensemble to tell this story. It’s exciting to unite some of Australia’s finest actors, from longtime collaborators from Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby like Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham and Kate Mulvany, to exciting new faces such as Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett and many more. ”
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


News from earlier this week ....
‘Elvis Day By Day 2020 – The Year In Review’ OUT NOW: The new book by Kees Mouwen, from Poplar Tunes Publishing and Memphis Mansion, is OUT NOW.
Clearly showing that Elvis Presley still matters today, it features all the 2020 news plus over 50 in-depth reviews, articles and interviews, covering both the important as well as more odd-ball releases of the year, in one complete and fully illustrated reference-book.
The book was compiled and written by Kees Mouwen with additional contributions by Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley - from the Elvis Information Network - and other fans from around the world, and a preface by renowned Elvis Presley author Alanna Nash.
The full color book measures 20 x 25 cm / 8 x 10 inch and contains 300+ pages with more than 550 illustrations.
EIN has seen a sneak-preview and Kees Mouwen has done a fabulous job, creating a beautiful, stylish and colourful look to the book with even more impact than last year's edition.
It features a pile of unique reviews - some very interesting vinyl reviews - as well as a fascinating comparison between the two TTWII deluxe releases from Erik Lorentzen and FTD.
There is also a delightful foreword by Alanna Nash
It includes the good, the bad, the funny and the sad and news and reviews you may have missed. All packed in one complete book to revisit 2020 as it happened.
For more information or to order the book, only €30.00, visit: Elvis Day-By-Day or Memphis Mansion
See more preview pages here. - - - - (News, Source;KM/ElvisInfoNet)

Jimmie Rodgers dies [composer of 'It's Over']: James (Jimmie) Rodgers composer of  Number 1 'Honeycomb', 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine' and 'It’s Over' which Elvis featured in his stunning Aloha TV performance died on January 18, aged 87.
EIN contributor Jeremy Roberts writes,
... The death of Jimmie Rodgers at age 87 from kidney disease and COVID-19 complications on Jan. 18, 2021, prompted a deep dive into his discography. Between 1957 and 1967, the Camas, Washington-raised artist accumulated 14 Top 40 Billboard singles such as “Honeycomb” [No. 1], “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” [No. 7], “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again” [No. 7], “Secretly” [No. 3], “Are You Really Mine?” [No. 10], and “Bimbombey” [No. 11]. Rodgers’ composition “It’s Over” [No. 37 POP, Glen Campbell and drummer Hal Blaine were on the session] was given an orchestral makeover by Elvis Presley during his innovative Aloha from Hawaii satellite broadcast.
A songwriter and acoustic guitarist since his Korean stint in the Air Force, Rodgers’ career trajectory found him exploring pop, folk, country and western and even gospel. Rodgers pioneered folk rock and had an unusual guitar style where he strummed hard right hand rhythm barre chords with his thumb. A lap steel guitar belonged to his parents, and Rodgers learned by tuning to an open E chord. Richie Havens was a similar picker, albeit on a more accomplished scale. Dolly Parton studied Rodgers’ technique as
strumming with long acrylic nails would have been impossible in a regular tuning.
Towards the end of Rodgers’ four-year tenure with Morris Levy’s notorious Roulette Records, he waxed “Sloop John B” under its alternate title of “The Wreck of the John B”.
A diverse array of singers- e.g. the Weavers, Johnny Cash, soul stirring balladeer Jerry Butler, Barry McGuire, Dick Dale and His Del-Tones, The Ventures, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed — have tackled the traditional folk standard recounting a sailor’s homesickness going back to the dawn of Truman’s second presidential administration.
Founding Beach Boy Al Jardine acknowledges the Kingston Trio’s 1958 recording, found on their debut self-titled album, as inspiring Brian Wilson’s landmark Pet Sounds production which enlisted the prolific Wrecking Crew for a lush, Spectorized “Wall of Sound” intertwined with multi-layered group harmonies. “John B” was a runaway smash in the hands of America’s Band, narrowly missing the top of the charts in late spring 1966 and becoming an oldies radio perennial.
Besides an unexpected Top Five hit in the UK with “English Country Garden” in 1962, Rodgers’ radio-friendly days grew sporadic.
In spite of a heart attack and earlier major altercation with the Police, the deeply religious Rodgers toured intermittently, singing and playing guitar live to deep cuts including the Buddy Holly-dedicated “500 Miles Away from Home.” Elvis fans heard him interviewed on Memphis mafia alum George Klein’s SiriusXM Elvis show. In 2016 Rodgers exhibited symptoms of dementia and was living in a care facility in California at the time of his passing.
To learn more about Jimmie Rodgers' complicated life including the $11 million lawsuit go here to Jeremy Roberts full article on Medium.com
(News, Source;JR/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley ─ The World's Most Photographed' New Book: More Previews: Coming soon, a new monster project by Erik Lorentzen. Erik squeezed every last drop out of his hard drive, consulted his online comrades and conjures up a beautiful book from his sky-high digital photo collection.
Here you will see more than 400 beautiful publicity photos spread over approximately 400 pages, taken from 1953 to 1977. The best photo material from the greatest and most famous photographers such as: Alfred Wertheimer, William Speer, Sean Shaver, Virgil Apger aso. Elvis up-close and personal.
As usual with Erik, these photos come out best when printed on high-quality glossy paper. An average book by Lorentzen weighs about 3 kilos and measures 25x30 cm. The photos are almost all printed full page, resulting in a beautiful photo book.
From the flyer up below you can see that the photos are not commonplace and that makes this book a valuable copy that you must have in your collection. NOW is the time to create space on your bookshelf for this mammoth photo book. Only the best high-quality photos deserve a place in this book.

€115 (US$140) incl shipping - Pre-order at Elvis Files website and see full size sample pages > www.theelvisfiles.com
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


(Interview) academic and Elvis researcher Mathias Haeussler talks to EIN: In December 2020 Professor Mathias Haeussler’s book, Inventing Elvis: An American Icon in A Cold War World was published.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson sat down with Mathias for a fascinating face-to-face (via the wonders of Zoom technology) and thought-provoking interview.
In the first part of their discussion, some of the topics explored are why Mathias decided to write a book about Elvis’ role in the Cold War context; the official certificate he noticed on display at Graceland; Elvis, youth culture and propaganda in the 1950s; the impact of Elvis’ sexualised performing style; Elvis’ films and the Cold War; and Elvis and the issue of Race.


Read the fascinating interview here..


(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


New "Letters of Colonel Tom Parker" Book: Another confirmation that music writer and Elvis author Peter Guralnick is working on a new book around the “letters” of Colonel Tom Parker. In an interview with Jim Patterson (for chapter16.org) Peter Guralnick said: I’ve started now on a project that initially I wanted to start 20 years ago, which was a collection of Colonel Parker’s letters, which I would select and annotate and introduce. That’s actually becoming a reality.
This will give us a completely different picture of Colonel Parker than most people have, because the letters are so eloquent, so witty, also so smart and so to-the-point that they’re just fascinating.
I learnt when I told both Sam Phillips and Col Parker the title of the first volume of my biography of Elvis, “Last Train to Memphis,” Sam got hugely indignant. “So what are you talking about? The last train? There’s going to be lots
more trains. This isn’t the last train. You know, the future is looking bright ahead.”
At the time Col Parker said to me, “What are you talking about? We took trains and buses... You know, money doesn’t grow on trees.” So I thought, okay, that’s it. No more revelations along those lines.
Photo above: Peter Guralnick with Col Parker and Sam Phillips
(News, Source:NashvilleScene.com/arts/EIN)

'Don't Be Cruel: The Story of Bill Black' New Book for 2020: News update that Danish super-fan Henrik Knudsen is working on a new book about Elvis' first 'Blue Moon Boys' bassist Bill Black. After quitting Elvis' band in 1957 he had a successful solo-career with The Bill Black Combo. The working title for this project is 'Don't Be Cruel - The Story of Bill Black'. Bill Black's brother, Johnny Black, is contributing to the project, which will be published by the Memphis Mansion label.
More news when we have it, a release date has not been decided.


Meanwhile it is worth checking out the excellent book 'The Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley's Band'

 

(News, Source;ElvisDayByDay/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Unlimited' new Magazine FlexiDisc: EIN remembers the old 'Elvis Unlimited' magazine from years ago.
Below we announced that "Memphis Mansion" has decided the time is right to launch a new magazine.
Coming soon the "new" Elvis Unlimited Magazine - Spectacular First Issue.
4 magazines yearly, in English, 60-pages.

"Exciting Elvis article written by people from all around the world"
A free Flexidisc included in the first issue. The Flexidisc will be a unique 'King Creole Movie Version'


Subscription costs €53.75 per year.


Go here to Memphis Mansion to pre-order

(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)


EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in January ...

(Interview) Brandon Yip (author of Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” in Canada): Elvis only performed outside the USA on five occasions – all shows in Canada in 1957. Canadian born and bred writer and author, Brandon Yip, formed an obsession about Elvis’ Canadian concerts.
Dissatisfied with the information he had read about the shows, particularly Elvis’ final Canadian performance in Vancouver, Brandon went in search of more information, tracking down and interviewing people who were lucky enough to see Elvis “live” in Canada.

The result of his research is his new book, Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” in Canada. It includes first-hand accounts by fans and legendary Canadian radio DJ, Red Robinson.

Brandon recently took time out to talk with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about his book and what he found.

Read the full interview here


(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


Tony Plews - 'Walk A Lonely Street' - INTERVIEW: Recently published author Tony Plews' 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”.
The book, Walk A Lonely Street, spans over one hundred years and involves scores of singers and their songs, it uncovers the truth, placing events in context, and revealing the astonishing depth of Presley’s artistic vision and achievements.
It is unlike any Elvis book that you will have read before.
EIN wanted to know some answers such as.....
- Part biography, part investigation, part reference and part thriller, how did he come up with the concept
- Why does a book about "Heartbreak Hotel" start in 1865
- How did he find connections to Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden and even Delta Pinney (who shot that lonely man) and what did they think when he came calling?
EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed author Tony Plews to find out how he came up with such an incredible concept for his first book - and what discoveries he made along the way...
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Phil Spector Dead Aged 81: Phil Spector the massively influential music producer whose “Wall of Sound” productions revolutionized the way pop music was recorded in the sixties, died 16 January at the age of 81.
Spector’s life was tumultuous and ultimately tragic as his groundbreaking studio accomplishments were overshadowed by his 2009 conviction for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
At the height of his career he was hailed as the first person to see the potential of the recording studio as an instrument in itself. The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson described him as the most influential music producer he knew. (Right: In the studio with Darlene Love and Cher)
Phil Spector always recorded using LA's "Wrecking Crew" musicians who were in effect "The Beach Boys" on Brian Wilson's major recordings.
Similarly it was the "Wrecking Crew" who backed ELVIS on his NBC TV "68 Comeback Special" while many of the same musicians ie super-drummer Hal Blaine worked on countless Elvis sessions.
Phil Spector began recording on the West Coast in L.A.’s Gold Star Studios where soon produced four Top 10 hits in 1963: the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron”, “Then He Kissed Me”, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and greatest of all The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby”.
He had twenty Top 40 hits between 1961 and 1965. Co-Produced The Beatles “Let It Be” with his most stunning achievements The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” which sold over 2 million copies and became another Number One hit plus Ike and Tina Turner's “River Deep – Mountain High”.
John Lennon called him the greatest music producer of all time, (with him he produced the song “Imagine”) but Spector’s inspirational career came to an end in the late 1970s.
Phil Spector had a few ELVIS connections. Being a friend of composer "Doc Pomus" Spector produced some demos for Elvis including the Pot Luck track 'Night Rider'.
Darlene Love (of The Blossoms) was also a lead singer for Spector. She commented, "Both were important men in my musical life. Elvis looked like something that God just created, just for us - while the other proved himself to be a jackass."
Phil Spector was a huge fan of Elvis and noted in an interview, "Elvis is sensational. He can do anything with his voice. He
can sing anything you want him to, anyway you tell him. Elvis is the unquestionable King of Rock n' Roll".
In an interesting sidenote Phil Spector also introduced Elvis to his personal bodyguard Mike Stone who was similarly interested in martial arts. Soon after this Mike Stone would become Priscilla's Karate instructor and that particular affair would help lead to Elvis and Priscilla's divorce in 1973.
Phil Spector knew that his studio magnificence was tempered by the lows of his depression and what he described as the demons inside him. "I'm probably relatively insane" he told the UK Daily Telegraph in 2003 just before he murdered actress Lana Clarkson. "I'm my own worst enemy."
He needed serious help and therapy, he never got what he needed. After the 2009 murder trial he was sentenced to 19 years to life - Spector died in prison due to Covid19 complications.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Unlimited' new Magazine Launch: EIN remembers the old 'Elvis Unlimited' magazine from years ago.
It seems that "Memphis Mansion" has decided the time is right to launch a new magazine.
Coming soon the "new" Elvis Unlimited Magazine - Spectacular First Issue.
4 magazines yearly, in English, 60-pages.

"Exciting Elvis article written by people from all around the world"
A free Flexidisc included in the first issue.


Cost €53.75 per year.


Go here to Memphis Mansion to pre-order

 

 

(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)


(Book Review) Inventing Elvis – An American Icon in a Cold War World (Mathias Haeussler): The latest academic examination of the Elvis Presley story explores his relationship in the context of a rising trans-national youth culture and Cold War politics. Assistant Professor Mathias Haeussler has written a powerful account of how Elvis’ role in each of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was an evolutionary one, reflecting the broader socio-cultural and political changes of each decade.
The subject matter is diverse, ranging from Elvis’ image as a threat to the morals of youth in the 1950s (in a sense mirroring the threat of communism), to the cultural imperialism reflected his 1960s movies (while American culture and political influence was spreading globally), and Elvis’ decline in the 1970s (at a time when America was reeling from its own excesses including the disastrous Vietnam War).

Read EIN Nigel Patterson's in-depth review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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'Welcome Home Elvis! – Deluxe Box Set' VINYL: More new release VINYL from the Memphis Mansion label for those with cash to spare.
Memphis Mansion presents – "Welcome Home Elvis! – The Acetates"
The Frank Sinatra Timex Special with Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis, jr., Joey Bishop, Nancy Sinatra, Peter Lawford
Recorded 26th of March, 1960. Shown on television for the first time on the 12th of may, 1960.
Deluxe Box Set: Includes: 2 x 12″ vinyl and 1 x 10″ vinyl, Booklet & Poster -  €121.25 (US$150)
For the first time ever, you will hear the show in a completely magical sound quality! Comes from a newly found acetate. We are going to guarantee that you have NEVER heard this show of this kind of way!!
If you want to give yourself a blast of a new Elvis experience, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy this release!
It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling (Opening ensemble)
Frank’s Time Machine (Frank Sinatra and Joey Bishop)
Witchcraft (performed by Frank Sinatra)
Come On Bess (performed by Sammy Davis Jnr.)
Oriental Wedding Celebration (Leona Irwin and the Tommy Hansen Dancers), Gone With Wind (performed by Frank Sinatra)
Uh Oh-The Nutty Squirrels (The Tommy Hansen Dancers)
Sammy Recalls the Oscars (Sammy Davis Jnr.)
Shall We Dance (Sammy Davis Jnr. and Peter Lawford)
Fame and Fortune (Elvis Presley) - Stuck on You (Elvis Presley)
Love Me Tender/Witchcraft Duet (performed by Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley) and Love Me Tender/Witchcraft reprise.
Love Makes You Feel So Young ( by Frank and Nancy Sinatra)
Let’s Dance (Nancy Sinatra) - Goodbye (Frank Sinatra)

Go here to Memphis Mansion shop to order.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

(Interview) Carlos Ares talks to EIN: With his latest book, elvis@argentina 1963-1969 just published, Argentine Elvis world legend, Carlos Ares, took time out to talk to EIN’s Nigel Patterson about the book and other things Elvis.

In a wide ranging and fascinating interview, Carlos discusses how he first became an Elvis fan, his famed Elvis collection, how he moved from managing rock bands in South America to becoming an Elvis dealer (Elvis Shop Argentina) full-time, Argentinian Elvis records and  film posters, how the assassination of JFK affected popular music, the release of 'Elvis La Pelvis' and to make most of us jealous seeing Elvis live on stage, plus a lot more.

Read Nigel Patterson's interview with Carlos R Ares.

(Interview, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)


'Bruce Jackson, On The Road With Elvis' OUT NOW: Gary Jackson’s 2018 book on his brother’s adventures on the road as Elvis’ sound engineer between 1971 and 1977, complete with three new cds.
CD 1: An audio documentary on Elvis in 1976 hosted by Jack Mullins.
CD 2: Previously unreleased soundboard of Elvis’ concert in Sioux Falls, October 18th 1976.
CD 3: Previously unreleased soundboard of Elvis’ concert in Atlanta, December 30th 1976.
OUT NOW - It is a strictly limited release so if you want it you need to chase Elvis dealers now.
EIN Notes: Wow, EIN thought the FTD deluxe 'TTWII' 600-page book with 8

1970 rehearsal cds was expensive at £180 but this set at £111 (US$240) for a 200-page book (not totally on Elvis) plus two 1976 soundboard concerts (with audio doco) seems ludicrous. Atlanta December 1976 features a very poor piano-heavy audio mix. Hopefully FTD see reason and release the soundboards as a CD- double-pack after this limited edition sells-out - Go here to 'All The FTD 2020 Release News' for tracklist and more details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

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

It is available in English and Spanish text editions.

Read EIN Nigel Patterson’s detailed review

 

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)


Friday 8 January 2021 - - - - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS ! - - - -

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS

EIN wishes Elvis all the best, where ever he is, celebrating his 86th Birthday.

 

Fifty-nine years ago today in 1962 Elvis celebrated his 27th birthday at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas - (photo right).

  

Elvis was there with Memphis girlfriend Bonnie Bunkley as well as Joe Esposito & friends. Elvis also met up with one of his favourite songwriters Don Robertson.
President Nigel Patterson of the Elvis Information Network Fan Club (Australia's oldest Elvis fan club) was also there to present Elvis with a special Birthday cake. 

'Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony' Watch live: Happy Birthday, Elvis! EPE plus a very few Elvis fans gathered at Graceland to celebrate Elvis' birthday with three days of social-distanced events and, of course, Birthday cake.
The 'Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony' was earlier today at Graceland with reserved but free admission.

Due to mask-wearing and social-distancing, as well as wet windy weather, the ceremony and the birthday cake cutting was basically a non-event.
This year, Elvis decided to stay upstairs and watch from his bedroom window. You can watch the REPLAY ceremony - with nothing to really see, it runs 10 minutes

Click HERE to Graceland FB to watch Elvis Birthday Proclamation REPLAY
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Buzzy Forbess has passed away: EIN has heard the sad news that Elvis’ high school close friend, Buzzy Forbess, has passed away.
Elvis and Buzzy were good friends at Humes High and Elvis’ early days at Sun.
(Teenage Elvis with Friends, Paul Dougher and on the far right Buzzy Forbess)
In his freshman year of high school Elvis teamed up with three friends, Buzzy Forbess, Paul Dougher and Farley Guy, to start a lawn business. With a push lawn mower that his father, Vernon, purchased for him, and a few sickles, Elvis and his team mowed yards at the cost of $4.00 per yard.
Buzzy noted that "In the early days Elvis didn’t have the wiggle and what-have-you then but some things about Elvis never changed. But when Elvis started singing he’d always affect people just with his voice and singing."
Over the years Buzzy was interviewed in various newspaper, magazine and Elvis television documentary specials, contributed to several books and helped inspire an upcoming book about Elvis’ appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
(News, Source: ElvisInfoNet)


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


Peloton Exclusive Elvis remixes: Peloton (Bicycles / Workout company) is the only place anyone can hear a trio of classic Elvis Presley songs remixed by DJ Dillon Francis, Big Boi and Chromeo, at least for now. T
The songs, Do The Vega, Catchin’ On Fast, and Clean Up Your Own Backyard, will play out as part of Peloton’s Artist Series of themed workouts.
The remixes are owned by Sony and will be an exclusive on Peloton for an initial launch window.
Elvis fans who don’t have a Peloton subscription needn’t worry as the company is offering a two-month free trial of the Peloton app, which offers classes for strength, stretching, meditation, yoga and everything else.
Peloton has, for a while now, had the Artist Series workouts in which an entire class is backed up with music from a single artist. The most notable name on the list is Beyoncé but you can also enjoy a ride backed by Alicia Keys, Britney Spears and Lizzo.
Peloton teased an Elvis-themed artist series on December 13th, encouraging people to “move to the sounds” of the King. After the initial launch it is possible that Sony might release all three remixes commercially thereafter.
See the 30 second YouTube promoclip here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Brand New Elvis Army Footage: A lovely surprise for New Year as Chicago Film Archives uploads 18 minutes of new footage of Elvis entering the army.
The quality is excellent and you can see the apprehension on Elvis' face as he heads to a very uncertain future.
Described as, "Singer Elvis Presley is processed into the Army on March 24, 1958 at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. He talks to reporters, fills out paperwork, and gets a physical examination. Elvis' parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley, are seen briefly, looking dour. The day was dubbed "black Monday" for his fans by the press.
The singer entered regular Army service as a private, rather than joining Special Services, in which he would have entertained troops."

Click here for "Elvis Enters the Army 3-24-58, Negative Trims" - 10 minutes
Click here for "Elvis Spends His First Day at Camp, Negative Trims" - 8 minutes
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet.com)

Decades After His Death, The Estate Of Elvis Presley Is Still Making A TON Of Money: January 2021, Elvis has been dead for 43 years and he is STILL making a TON of money. Sure, the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down the tourist traffic to Graceland, his former home turned museum devoted to all things Elvis. In a typical year, Graceland brings in more than $10 million of Elvis' estate's earnings. However, 2020, is anything but typical in all ways. Graceland was closed for two months due to Covid-19 and is now operating at reduced capacity. That said, the King of Rock and Roll is the fifth highest-paid celebrity of the year with $23 million in earnings. That's pretty incredible considering it's been more than four decades since Elvis left the building for the last time.
Elvis' earnings from beyond the grave come from two main sources, album sales and Graceland. Despite album sales that are still surprisingly good (even when compared to living artists), Graceland still brings in the bulk of his post-death income.
Elvis sells more than one million albums per year – yes, albums. Elvis is timeless and iconic but the bulk of his fan base is collecting retirement benefits and still playing vinyl albums – something they have in common with hipsters. And isn't Elvis in a way the original hipster? However, Elvis is not, as of yet at least, trending on Spotify, so with no downloading of his music, we expect Elvis' income to wane a bit over the coming years as his biggest fans are, quite literally, dying off (and hopefully getting to meet their idol in the afterlife).
Elvis also earns royalties from concerts and old TV appearances, DVD sales, and the royalties from his movies being shown on television. Elvis' estate has been pretty savvy at pivoting with the times over the years, so I wouldn't be at all surprised to wake up at some point in the near future with a "Release Radar" email from Spotify announcing some all-new Elvis feature. And then there's always the hologram tour that could happen when we get Covid-19 under control and can have concerts and festivals again.
(News, Source: CelebrityNetWorth/ElvisInfoNet)

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

US CD box-set
US Vinyl
UK CD box-set
UK Vinyl
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(Book Review) 'Technicolor to Black & White' (Jean-Marie Pouzenc): The latest ‘coffee table” multi-media” (book, CD and 10” vinyl) set from Jean-Marie Pouzenc continues his history of producing fan pleasing, high quality, releases!
Focusing on Elvis’ film career in France it is a wonderfully expressive record of its subject and offers a neatly balanced package between its narrative, visual, archival and audio elements.

Elvis didn’t incarnate almost supernatural heroes, he was you and he was all of us. He played an everyday guy, an ordinary character with a job....(Jean-Marie Pouzenc)

Read EIN’s detailed review by Nigel Patterson

 

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) Destined to Die Young (Sally Hoedel): Could Elvis’ death at the young age of 42 have been avoided? This question is answered in Sally Hoedel’s thought provoking book, Destined to Die Young.

The book is the result of exhaustive research by the author who found a key factor which was to affect Elvis throughout his life – one which meant that regardless of his diet and overuse of prescription medication, he was destined to die young. The narrative is full and colorful, and its depth of detail reflects the extent of research undertaken by the author.

In her introduction, the author establishes an important context for Elvis’ longevity (or lack of longevity) and health issues, this being his family tree....  Hoedel identifies the genetic disorder as Antitrypsin Deficiency, a condition which can result in lung and/or liver disease. In this respect, her discussion of the life and death of Gladys Presley is thought provoking..

Go here to read EIN Nigel Patterson's detailed review

(Book Review. Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


Sally Hoedel (author of Destined to Die Young) talks to EIN: Elvis’ death at a young age could not have been prevented! Why did Elvis die so young?
This question is examined in Sally Hoedel’s new book, Destined to Die Young. Sally kindly agreed to take time out to speak with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about her research into the untold story of Elvis’ health struggles.
In her revealing interview, Sally discusses the key factors that affected Elvis’ life and health from pre-birth and how his lifestyle and overuse of prescription medication contributed to his premature death.
What Sally has to say challenges several commonly held beliefs about the causes of Elvis’ death!

 Read the interview to learn more...

(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


Note, EIN’s detailed review of 'Destined to Die Young' will be published shortly.


(Book Review) From Elvis in Memphis (Eric Wolfson): The 150th volume in the popular Bloomsbury Academic 33 1/3 series of music history and criticism books is Eric Wolfson’s From Elvis in Memphis (due out on 12 November).
EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently sat down and submerged himself in what is the first (and long overdue) extensive examination of any Elvis album.
What Nigel found was a deeply considered, strongly written, and thought provoking analysis of what many regard as Elvis’ finest album.

.. "In 1968, Elvis Presley was worse than dead – he was irrelevant. After helping to establish rock and roll as a cultural force and becoming its biggest star in the 1950s, he now found himself eclipsed by the music. New artists like the Beatles and Bob Dylan blew the mid-1960’s rock landscape wide open.. Elvis, once the epitome of the young and exciting rock and roll star, had become old and stale.
From the moment that From Elvis in Memphis begins with a rock and roll Odysseus returning home after “a little while”, the album refuses to settle. Over the course of the record, people drive eight-wheel locomotives, ride in long black limousines, and soar like beautiful birds...."

Read Nigel’s detailed 3,000+ words review of From Elvis in Memphis

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


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Jean-Marie Pouzenc Interview: Jean-Marie Pouzenc is one of Europe's most well-known identities in the Elvis fan world. He is the founder and long-time president of the celebrated Elvis My Happiness fan club and publishes one of the best Elvis magazines in the world.
Jean-Marie has also written a number of acclaimed Elvis books including his latest coffee table release, Elvis Technicolor in Black & White.
In this fascinating interview Jean-Marie Pouzenc, now 77 years old, discusses...
- How and when he became an Elvis fan
- What changes he has noticed in the Elvis world since 1956
- Elvis' popularity in France
- His new publication 'Elvis Technicolor in Black & White'
- Elvis in Paris
. . . . and much, much more

Go here - EIN's Nigel Patterson ask the questions

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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


"ELVIS 1969" PART 2: While the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' stunning return to live performances was officially celebrated last year, disappointingly there was no related documentary. Luckily, Elvis super-fan and EIN contributor Dennis Laverty has now followed-up his unique in-depth look at 'Elvis in 1968' with this new special, an exclusive two-part documentary focusing on Elvis' stunning year of 1969.
Released today July 31st, "ELVIS 1969 Part 2" continues Laverty's look at Elvis' Las Vegas "Return-To-Splendour" and much, much more.
The story is told by those who were there, including his band members, backup singers, song-writers, friends and family.
Featuring newspaper articles, home movies, archive footage plus unreleased footage from Elvis' 1970 'That's The Way It Is".
"ELVIS 1969" Part 2, released today includes rare archive interviews including Orchestra Leader Bobby Morris (I'd never see this interview before), George Hamilton, Priscilla, Sammy Shore, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jr, Jerry Scheff, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Del Shannon plus some wonderful home-video of Elvis on stage in 1969.
Settle down to another impressive two hours. CLICK HERE TO VIMEO TO VIEW.
While "ELVIS 1969 Part 2" has to feature a lot of 1970 material from TTWII to help explore Elvis' legacy back in 1969, fans can only blame Col Parker for that. How could such a monetary based manager not bother to film even 10 minutes of Elvis' comeback?
EIN THANKS Dennis Laverty for his dedication. WATCH THIS NOW, in case it disappears. We hope you enjoy it.
(Spotlight, Source; DennisLaverty/ElvisInfoNet)

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)


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)

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

'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)


ELVIS 'Live 1969'
Keeping an eye on the prices.

Now $105 (down from $160) <<< US Amazon

UK Amazon >>> £73.00

Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.


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

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

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)



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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)



Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This week celebrated our 30,000 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.


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

(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)


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)

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)


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'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)


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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In Australia - buy this great release for only $23 at JBHiFi click here . delivery only $1.70!

Please Do Not be ripped off by other Australian Elvis shops.


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
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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'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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