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Interviews: Eric Wolfson, author of From Elvis in Memphis, a new title in Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 book series tells EIN how the book came about and what readers can expect in it.
Book Reviews: 'Elvis in Vegas' (Zoglin)
- this book lives up to its hype!.
Tuesday 16 July 2019
Austin Butler to play ELVIS in new biopic: Aussie director Baz Luhrmann has announced that the Shannara Chronicles star Austin Butler has been cast as Elvis Presley in his new biopic.
News came in earlier this month that Austin Butler was one of the finalists to play the iconic musician in the new Baz Luhrmann’s movie and now he’s beaten out Harry Styles and Miles Teller for the role, though Luhrmann took his time making a selection.
Luhrmann explained how he concluded that the 27-year-old Butler was the right actor to bring Elvis to life in his movie:
"I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist. Throughout the casting process, it was an honor for me to encounter such a vast array of talent.
I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures."
Austin Butler has primarily made an impression in the TV realm, recurring in shows like Life Unexpected and being the lead in the short-lived The Carrie Diaries and The Shannara Chronicles. On the big screen, Butler’s credits include The Dead Don’t Die and the upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
He will act in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic alongside Tom Hanks who is playing Colonel Tom Parker. While the movie will chronicle Elvis’ path to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, it will specifically frame this story through his complex relationship with Parker.
Baz Luhrmann has brought in some of his frequent collaborators such as Craig Pearce writing the script, and Catherine Martin serving as production and costume designer. Warner Bros will release the picture worldwide.
(News, Source;JoanGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS: American Sound 1969' FTD 5CD Box-Set: To celebrate FTD’s 20th Anniversary, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'ELVIS: AMERICAN SOUND 1969' a 5CD Deluxe Complete sessions release.
Keen collectors were disappointed when the recent  'American Sound 1969' was announced as a DIGITAL release only for the general public. The Memphis 1969 session collection features over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis’ 1969 American Sound Studio sessions, which resulted in his From Elvis In Memphis record later that year. From Elvis In Memphis ranks among Elvis’ most universally beloved records, spawning the iconic hit 'In The Ghetto'. However FTD have the solution... 
With 'Suspicious Minds' celebrating its 50th Anniversary on August 26th 2019, Elvis’ pivotal Year of 1969 can be celebrated with 'Elvis: American Sound 1969' a deluxe box-set featuring all known and previously unreleased outtakes from the legendary American Sound Sessions, Including “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds”.
This 5-CD set that’s part of FTD’s new ‘Sessions’ series, includes a 28-page booklet with rare photos and memorabilia.
Go here to 'FTD Releases' for the full-tracklist.
EIN notes that in all honesty only a very few outtakes have not yet been released by FTD and these are...
Long Black Limousine – Takes 1,2,3 & 5
Wearin’ That Loved On Look – Takes 1,2, & 5
You’ll Think Of Me – Takes 11, 19, 20 & 22
In The Ghetto – Takes 5-10
.... and that is all.
However to have all these session gathered together on a 5 disc set with 28-page booklet plus uniform remastering makes this an essential collector's purchase if you can afford it.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee’ FTD Double-Vinyl:  FTD is pleased to announce the release of “Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee” limited edition, a double-vinyl set.
The album contains great alternative versions of songs from The Lost Album sessions in May 1963 and January 1964.
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the album is released in 180-gram format.

EIN Notes: This double-album looks a real stunner with tracks such as 'Memphis, Tennessee', 'Echoes Of Love', 'Please Don't Drag That String Around', 'Devil In Disguise', 'What Now, What Next, Where To', 'Blue River'  and 'It Hurts Me' all on the same album.


Go here to 'FTD / SONY CD News' for the full-tracklist.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Monday 15 July 2019
Ger Rijff, Elvis Author, has Died: Before the FTD label, before The Elvis Files, the MRS and Boxcar books there was Ger Rijff and Tutti Frutti productions.
Ger "Tall-Hair" Rijff was one of the first classic Elvis super-collectors and publishers. He visited the RCA vaults along with a young Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon in the early 1990s and they all went on to publish stunning Elvis products. Rijff died last weekend aged 67.
Ger helped obsessive Elvis fans dreams come true via some truly magical and original books and music releases.
Ger Rijff published the classic 'Long Lonely Highway' "A pictorial coverage of a rock-Odyssey through 1050's America", as well as other top-rated books such as 'Inside Jailhouse Rock', "Florida Close Up', '60 Million TV Viewers Can't Be Wrong', 'Inside King Creole' and 'The Hottest Thing That's Cool'.
His legendary books and "Boot" productions helped push Ernst Jorgensen to create FTD as a quality publishing house.
Anyone who worked with him knew that Ger certainly had "his moments" but when he was on good form he was a scream! (Right with RCA's Chick Crumpacker)
Ger was also one of the best artists and cartoonists around.
Ger Rijff also helped work with Bob Pakes with setting-up the wonderful website 'Elvis: Echoes Of The Past'
Bob Pakes writes today, "Ger Rijff was the absolute leading expert on 50's dates and photos! No one even came close. And Ger was the first with his classic and specialized books.
Before FTD and Lorentzen started publishing specialized books, Ger had done it all.
Same can be said with regard to the boot market: Ger's labels were the absolute best! I will always vividly remember waiting for the postman to bring me the latest boot with all new and extremely rare music, in the coolest designed covers! Ah, those were the days!
But those days are gone. Forever. Nowadays books are much less exciting when compared to Ger's titles. And the boots, even the best FTD releases, can simply not be compared to the stuff Ger put out in the glory days of Elvis boots!
Those days are gone. - And Ger is gone.
What this guy has achieved and what he is leaving behind ... well, no one comes close."

EIN had plenty of contact with Ger over the years and I am proud to have known him.
He use to write "Rijff sez hi Aussie!" and I used to send him postcards from far-away places.
A message from him recently said, "Although Im really falling apart, and should be asleep now, I had to share the story with you guys. Rijff is everywhere ! : ) bye!"
RIP GER RIJFF -
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review): Graceland's Mystery Man (George R. Baugh): George Baugh had a front-row seat at pop culture history.

A teenage friend of Elvis', he later worked as a security guard at Graceland.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently sat down to read George's memoir of his friendship with, and time working for Elvis.

Read Nigel's review of a book which could have been a lot better ..............

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


Aussie outsider may be in the running to play Elvis in Baz Luhrmann biopic: While showbiz stars such as Miles Teller and Harry Styles have been getting the most attention, a little known Aussie ETA, Brody Finlay, is reportedly also in the frame to play Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of Peter Guralnick's Last Train to Memphis.

When Baz Luhrmann announced he was looking for an actor to play Elvis Presley in a forthcoming film, there was a lot of excitement and speculation as to who might slip on the blue suede shoes. You might think a 23-year-old Townsville law student would be a longshot — except Brody Finlay is also one of Australia's top Elvis tribute artists.
Despite wins at the Parkes Elvis Music Festival and Viva Surfers Paradise tribute competitions, Mr Finlay said a call from Luhrmann's office was unexpected.
"I got a call about the Baz Luhrmann film," Mr Finlay said.

"I was surprised as I didn't audition for it or anything.
Rock and roll is in the Finlay blood, Mr Finlay's father is a musician and his mother moonlights as a rock and roll dance instructor. Leanne Finlay said her son became hooked on the King after watching the Elvis movie, King Creole, when he was seven. Then, when he was 10, Ms Finlay took her son to see an Elvis tribute artist.
"Brody actually said then, 'I am going to be an Elvis impersonator,'. I didn't think it would happen as he really couldn't sing...." But he put all the hard work in — he used to sit in his room and sing and sing and sing."

As a child, Mr Finlay won national titles in rock and roll dance competitions before trying out a few Elvis songs as the vocalist with a band.
"I started singing and my voice developed to be a bit more like Elvis" Mr Finlay said. "I sort of fell into [the tribute performances]."
In a realm filled with jumpsuit-era Elvis tribute artists, Mr Finlay intentionally distinguishes his performances with a focus on Elvis in the 1950s.
"Everyone knows Elvis in a jumpsuit, but people aren't very familiar with Elvis in his younger years," Mr Finlay said, "So I like to do that just to open people's eyes to what else is out there with his music."

He is also committed to getting the details of his performances exact — he even uses the same tailoring firm that Elvis did.
"If I stuff up, I am giving people the wrong information," Mr Finlay said. "So I always do my research and make sure it is historically correct."

Wearing Elvis' pants can be an expensive business for a university student and Mr Finlay said live performances take a toll on his costumes.

"For people that know Elvis in the 1950s, they know he was very charismatic and very raw and moved a lot on stage, from sliding across the floor on his knees to doing all the moves — quite often you are doing a move and something happens and you need to replace your pants."
This month, Brody Finlay will perform at Viva Surfers Paradise and has been told Luhrmann will be in the audience. He will join the world's top Elvis tribute artists in Memphis in August, where he will represent Australia at the Elvis Week competition. Mr Finlay lets his cool drop for a moment as he talks about the prospect of returning to Elvis' hometown.
"I learn a lot in the competition, but competition aside, I just love being in Memphis," he said. "Going to Graceland for the first time, I went up to the grave and I got chills. I sort of said to myself 'this is the closest I can get to Elvis Presley right here' … and I cried."
(News, Source: ABC News)


"The King" Elvis, Johnny Rivers, & Presley Family Tradition of Respect for People of Color......Elvis myths challenged - Gladys Presley did not have a drinking problem - Vernon Presley was not racist: Prolific Elvis author, Darrin Lee Memmer, is well known for challenging parts of the Elvis story.

His latest book is no exception. "The King" Elvis, Johnny Rivers, & Presley Family Tradition of Respect for People of Color provides evidence challenging a number of enduring myths in the Elvis story, including that Gladys Presley had a drinking problem and that Vernon Presley was racist.

Memmer's rigorous research draws on a wealth of "primary source" material, from his own first-hand interviews and other recorded interviews with people who knew the Presley family (such as Gladys Presley's close friend, Pat Medford Booth; Graceland cook/maid, Mary Jenkins; the Blackwood Brothers; and musician "Guitar" Greg Gaskins) as well as important archival material held by various institutions, including the University of Memphis.

The result is a strong and thought provoking counter to often long held views and one which offers a fresh perspective on parts of the complex Elvis story.

Memmer also addresses the infamous Sepia magazine article from 1957 and offers a robust record of Elvis' relationship with Black America through the eyes of, among others, The Notorious B.I.G., Black Moses, and Isaac Hayes. On the counter side, many readers will find the disrespectful views of members of the punk group, the Sex Pistols, confronting.

On a lighter note in the book, Goldie Hawn's account of how meeting Elvis "kickstarted her hormones" brings a smile to one's face while comedian Eddie Murphy's love of Elvis is nicely recorded. The author's research and important discoveries around Elvis' relationship with singer Johnny Rivers will be expanded upon in an upcoming book release. (News, Source: EIN)

Friday 12 July 2019

(Interview) Richard Zoglin (author of Elvis in Vegas) talks to EIN: Time magazine contributing editor and theater critic, Richard Zoglin, recently talked with EIN's Nigel Patterson about his much anticipated new book, Elvis in Vegas.

In an illuminating interview, Richard discusses, among other things:

  • why Elvis was so important to Vegas;
  • how Elvis redefined the Vegas show;
  • the important role Colonel Parker played in the success of Elvis' comeback to Vegas in 1969;
  • the impact of Elvis' lack of a musical director for his Vegas shows;
  • Elvis fans and his decline;
  • Elvis and rock critics; and
  • mob rule, Howard Hughes and the corporatisation of Vegas.

Read the full interview ...........(Interview, Source: EIN)



Ride like Elvis: Elvis fans can take to the road in his personal stretch limousine, on his last motorcycle or in a pickup truck if they have the money, an auction house announced Wednesday (July 10). Kruse GWS Auctions said the items will be part of its Artifacts of Hollywood auction on Aug. 31.

Presley drove the white-on-white 1973 Lincoln Continental stretch many times around Memphis, Tennessee, Kruse said. It features an old-school TV and other amenities. There are photos showing “the King” driving the car he was in when he stopped at a car accident in Memphis in 1976.

The auction house said a 1976 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide motorcycle was the last motorcycle Presley ever purchased.

He transported it from California to Memphis and sold it 90 days before he died in 1977 at age 42. The Harley has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota, since the late 1980s.

The third Presley vehicle is one of three GMC pickups that Presley purchased in 1967 for his Circle G Ranch in Mississippi. Two years later, his father, Vernon, sold them back to the same dealership, the auction house said. It has undergone a total restoration. (News, Source: Billboard/AP)


Tuesday 9 July 2019
Elvis Week New Guests Ronnie Milsap, Pat West, Sheriff Bill Morris and Bonya Rhodes McGarrity (Elvis’ secretary): More news about Elvis Week 2019.
A Ronnie Milsap concert has been added to Elvis Week 2019 at Graceland in Memphis, August 9-17
Six-time GRAMMY Award winning singer Ronnie Milsap will perform a concert at the Soundstage at Graceland on the evening of Tuesday, August 13.
As one of the most successful country music artists of all time and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Ronnie is a 12-time ACM and CMA winner, has sold over 30 million albums and has had 40 #1 hits.
Ronnie also has a special connection to Elvis, which makes this Elvis Week appearance an exciting addition. As a session player for Chips Moman at American Sound, Ronnie played on Elvis’ “Kentucky Rain” and sang harmony on “Don’t Cry Daddy.” In addition, Ronnie performed for two of Elvis’ New Year’s Eve parties. Ronnie is a known as a great storyteller, so concert goers will likely be treated to some wonderful first-hand stories of his time with Elvis in addition to a night of incredible music.
Other Elvis Week highlights include- the American Sound Studio panel with Memphis Boys Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman and back-up singers Mary and Ginger Holladay who will share stories and memories from their time with Elvis in 1969 for his recording sessions at American Sound;
Other highlights are 'Conversations on Elvis', 'American Sound 50th Anniversary Celebration concert', '1969 50th Anniversary Concert – Elvis Returns to Vegas', 'Elvis Presley Gospel Homecoming concert'
Plus new additions to the Aug 15 Conversations on Elvis include Pat West (above with Elvis) who was a college student when she began working for Elvis as a secretary at Graceland and who married Red West, personal friend former Memphis Mayor and Shelby County Sheriff Bill Morris plus Bonya Rhodes McGarrity, a Memphis native who worked at Graceland as Elvis’ secretary from 1961-1963. (Go HERE to EIN's Tribute to RED WEST)
The cornerstone event, the Candlelight Vigil, will begin on Thursday, August 15, at 8:30 p.m. CDT at Graceland’s front gate. The Candlelight Vigil will be open for all to attend. No special passes or wristbands are required.
Click here to EPE's Elvis Week Schedule for more info
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

James Burton added to Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot Show at Graceland: Legendary guitarist James Burton, a member of Elvis' TCB Band, has just been added a special guest performer at Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot at the Soundstage at Graceland on August 21.
It will also be James' 80th birthday, so the show will double as a huge birthday celebration for him.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton organized Elvis' TCB Band and performed and recorded with Elvis from 1969-1977. Burton has recorded and performed with artists such as Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, John Denver, Merle Haggard, Joni Mitchell, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello and many more. He has also been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Burton will perform at the 1969 Elvis Returns to Vegas event on August 16 and will share his memories of Elvis at the Elvis in Vegas Panel on Aug 17 during Elvis Week.
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner Brian Setzer is a “Musician’s Musician,” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and swing in the ’90’s). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder / leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist.
He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name.
Tickets are on sale now - get them now at gracelandlive.com!
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Glasgow pensioner still shook up 60 years after meeting Elvis:  It might be 60 years on but the memory is still fresh.
On June 5, 1959, aged 19, Lawrence Sammeroff shared a drink and a little conversation with Elvis Presley at a famous Parisian nightclub. A treasured memory that turned him into a life-long fan.
Lawrence was travelling around Europe with his American cousin Jerome, while Elvis, then 23, was on leave from the army and already a world-wide star with three movies under his belt.
The prized photograph of the pair, with Elvis in his military uniform and Lawrence dressed in a smart suit, takes pride of place at his home in Newlands, on Glasgow's South Side.
Lawrence, now 79, said: “It’s an enduring memory and something I’ll never forget.
“We were told that when we were in Paris that there were two clubs we should go to. One was the Folies Bergère and the other was the Lido. We had no booking, we were very naive so we went to the door of the Lido and asked if we could have two seats.
So he said we can only sit you at the bar. My cousin slipped him a few bucks and that took us about half way down and they sat us there.
There was a bit pole in front of us and again, after some more bribery and corruption we ended up at the very front table.
They told us we could spend the minimum, which was half a bottle of champagne. There was a very attractive lady at our table with two young kids who said she was here to see Elvis. We were trying to appear nonchalant. She said he had been there the previous night and was on leave from the army in Germany.
When the interval started we were told that Elvis was coming in for the second show and to keep a couple of seats for him.
When the lights went down, lo and behold in he came with a young lady. (Elvis met his future wife Priscilla later that year when she was 14).
When the lights went up after the show that’s when the word got around.
A woman came up and she was sobbing. We spoke to Elvis afterwards. He was quite shy and very polite, very well mannered. Of course he was very slim at that time and he didn’t drink.
We asked him when he was coming to the Scotland and he said he had never been to the UK but he said to us ‘I’m sure I’ll make it.
" Sadly he never actually made it to the UK, it was only when he stopped off at Prestwick in 1960. Colonel Parker was an illegal alien and also had Elvis tied up in movie contracts.
The trouble was that there was no photographer but he waited patiently while we got one.
The next night we went to Folies Bergère and we were so disappointed he wasn’t there. We were so high from the previous evening.
It was purely a chance encounter."

Go here to Glasgow Evening News for full article
(News, Source;GEN/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 5 July 2019 .... "It was 65 years ago today ...."
July 5th '65 Years of Elvis Rock 'n' Roll' - It All Started On This Day: On July 5, 1954, Presley joined guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black at Phillips' studio in an effort to generate some sides for Phillips' newly launched Sun Records label. The session resulted, mostly by accident, in the recording of the bluesy "That's All Right," among other tunes. The next day they went back to into the studio and recorded a rockabilly-flavored take on the Bill Monroe classic "Blue Moon of Kentucky." By week's end, according to Elvis historian Peter Guralnick, Phillips had the recordings in the hands of a few tastemaker Memphis DJs. Once "That's All Right" hit the airwaves, Elvis was on his way.But Presley wasn't exactly an overnight sensation. He'd first gone to Memphis Recording Studio in the summer of 1953 to cut a do-it-yourself record of the ballad "My Happiness," a hit for the Ink Spots. (Cost: $3.98 plus tax.) Phillips' secretary, Marion Keisker, was intrigued by his voice and made a note of his name and phone number. Around this time, Phillips' studio had been rented by Chess Records and other established labels to record blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, Ike Turner and B.B. King. Phillips was
famously prescient in anticipating the convergence of African-American musical styles with country and pop into a phenomenon that didn't yet have a name. Sam Phillips had Presley back in his studio in January 1954 to record a host of songs but none of them captured the sound Phillips was looking for. At the July 5, 1954, session, Phillips took another shot on Presley, this time pairing him with Moore and Black. The spark of "That's All Right," a variation on a tune Presley knew from Mississippi bluesman Arthur Crudup, came during a break when the three thought they were just goofing around. Phillips finally got what he wanted. By the end of the month, Presley had incited a frenzy at his first professional concert performance in a Memphis park. Sun Records released more Elvis singles (including "Baby Let's Play House" and "Good Rockin' Tonight") as his regional hits became national sellers. Elvis would leave Sun for the big leagues of RCA Records by the end of 1955. But Phillips secured his place in musical history, and made a tidy profit even if it wasn't $1 billion. (Right; Elvis back in Sun Studios Dec 1956) Phillips' vision of Presley as the one who could achieve crossover success by expropriating African-American influences was reinforced by the very first reference to "Elvis Presley" in Variety, which came in the Aug. 24, 1955, weekly edition. The story wasn't about Elvis per se (those came just a few weeks later) but about a movement in Houston led by the local branch of the NAACP to clean up the airwaves of sexually suggestive "race music" played on radio stations. "Most of the 26 were by Negro artists," Variety reported. The list of included Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman," B.B. King, the Dominoes' "Sixty-Minute Man," the Midnighters' "Annie Had a  Baby" and "Work With Me Annie," and two versions of "Good Rockin' Tonight": one by R&B hitmaker Roy Brown - who wrote the infectious "Have you heard the news / there's good rockin' tonight" and one by the singer who would soon be on a first-name basis with the world - ELVIS.

Harry Styles Odds-On to play ELVIS in Luhrmann’s Biopic: Harry Styles is now listed as favorite to play Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic with Miles Teller given 5-2 Odds
We’ve seen Joaquin Phoenix do Johnny Cash, Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, and recently Taron Egerton as Elton John. Musical biopics are big business in Hollywood.
Given the critical and box office successes of these and so many other films, it is actually shocking that ELVIS has never been given the serious biopic treatment yet.
Given Elvis’ enduring pop cultural presence even 42 years after his untimely death, he’s left some unbelievably big blue suede shoes to fill. So it makes sense that the competition to cast the role of Elvis would be fierce.
Director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge / Great Gatsby) is behind the camera for this big moment in Hollywood history. But given his sparse catalog and unpredictable casting choices, it makes it tough to imagine who will end up as the title role here.
Harry Styles, former One Direction band member and current solo success, is now the front runner, and it makes sense why. He’s handsome, suave, and charming– all attributes the young ELVIS had in spades. He also has the musical chops to carry Presley’s familiar cornucopia of hits.
But even if Harry Styles is an obvious pick, he’s not the only option.
Miles Teller, who has musical experience behind the drum kit in the Hollywood hit Whiplash, doesn’t necessarily have the vocal chops. But then again, that didn’t stop Rami Malek from playing Freddie Mercury.
However when you picture a big movie billboard overlooking Santa Monica Boulevard advertising Elvis’ life on the screen, Harry Styles makes the most sense. He’s a big, exciting star at the moment, we already know he dazzles on the big screen (like his screen-stealing moment in Dunkirk), and he has the same star quality Elvis possessed. Luhrmann would be all shook up to not give Styles a serious screen-test.
EIN Comments: Miles Teller has pedigree and would certainly cut a foot loose; Aaron Taylor-Johnson knows how to kick ass, especially with Elvis singing Trilogy in the background, while Harry Styles has the vocal chops but may be a bit too one directional for the part. Ansol Elgort has part of the Elvis name down pat and Austin Butler has the right look.
Outsider: the supposedly feminist website, Jezebel, suggests the only person who should play Elvis is his "goth" grandson, Benjamin Keough.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

$75M Graceland expansion to proceed: After months of backroom negotiation, and public arguments through the press, Elvis Presley Enterprises, the City of Memphis and Memphis City Council reached a compromise.

EPE finally removed problematic elements of its proposed expansion and is moving forward with a pared down, albeit $75 million, addition to Graceland. Part of that expansion cleared the Memphis City Council Tuesday evening.

The expansion could include retail, 150 more rooms at the Guest House at Graceland, cabins, an airplane hangar, an RV park and expanded exhibit space. It does not include any more square feet of sound stages or any multi-use buildings that could house a concert or live music show, according to the resolution the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday evening.

The expansion has been delayed for months at council while EPE and city officials and city councilors were at loggerheads over whether an expansion of soundstages at Graceland would violate the Arena Use agreement the city has with the Memphis Grizzlies. That agreement forbids use of public funds for another arena of 5,000 or more seats. The resolution the council was set to vote on Tuesday evening doesn't allow public funds to be used for "an arena, or live concert venue..." That vote has been delayed since mid-March.
City Council Attorney Allan Wade said the resolution, which doubles as an agreement, doesn't impact the existing Graceland Soundstage. That sound stage hosts concerts as part of a deal with Live Nation Entertainment.
The council vote is a mechanical one, it amended the Graceland Tourism Development Zone Master Plan. If the public funding clears all the necessary hurdles, it would join the tens of millions of public funding dollars that Graceland has received in the past decade.
Eleven members of the 13 member council voted for it. Councilman Worth Morgan abstained while Councilman Joe Brown did not cast a vote.
(News, Source: The Commercial Appeal)

Massive price drop for Elvis Live 1969 box set on Amazon US and Amazon UK!

Elvis' Irish ancestry is a colorful tale: ELVIS Presley was an Irishman, or at least, his great-great-great-great-grandfather certainly was.

The King of Rock 'n' Roll's 4x great-grandfather William Presley was a farmer from Co. Wicklow who was forced out of Ireland by a "band of evil dispossessed persons" who attacked him in 1775.

William initially fled to Leinster before heading across the Atlantic to the United States just a year before the country declared independence from Britain. The farmer, originally from the village of Shillelagh, claimed in Carlow Court of Assizes on August 25, 1775, that he had been "violently insulted, assaulted, beat and abused" by a group of Wicklow men.

He said he was now in "great dread and fear of his life" as the men had used their "whips and fists, dragged him down by the legs", and attacked him "without any provocation".
The magistrate agreed to list the case for a further hearing, although it's not clear what happened thereafter.
William Presley later moved to New Orleans in Louisiana, where the Presley family’s incredible American story began. Elvis himself was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in Mississippi on January 8, 1935 – 160 years after his Irish ancestor crossed the Atlantic. The rock ‘n’ roll star became one of the most influential musicians ever, with estimated record sales of over 600 million as of 2017. Not bad for a boy from Ireland!
(News, Source: The Irish Post)

Tuesday 2 July 2019

'Elvis: From Georgia To Florida' April 1975 FTD Review: Mid 1975 found Elvis back in good form and having fun on stage. This 5" digipack double-soundboard features two concerts from April 1975. The Opening Show at the Coliseum in Macon on April 24, 1975 and previously unreleased Lakeland April 27, 1975 Afternoon Show. Elvis always had an extra spark on the first date of a tour and would often include some new songs in the set-list.
Unfortunately soundboards from the start of this tour all have the same inherent 'problem' an audio-mix with a HEAVY bias towards Piano tracks - there was often very little drums, guitar or orchestra in the mix. FTD have already released 'Elvis In Atlanta' two concerts from this same tour, plus the April 27 Lakeland Evening show so can this set really provide anything new?

Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out the reality of this new FTD double-pack with mixed feelings.....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Elvis Live 1969 receiving significant promotion on major music websites: The upcoming Elvis Live 1969 boxset is starting to get major coverage via music and entertainment magazines and websites. Billboard, grammy.com and Ultimate Classic Rock are among the leading sites to feature an article, as well as Rolling Stone, whose article included:

Two new collections will delve into the music Elvis Presley produced in Las Vegas and Memphis in 1969, Live 1969 and American Sound 1969, which will be released August 9th and August 23rd, respectively.

Live 1969 commemorates the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ residency at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, which at the time, marked his first live shows in eight years. The musician performed 57 sold-out shows, during which he was backed by two vocal groups — the Imperials and the Sweet Inspirations — a full orchestra and band later known as the TCB Band.

Live 1969 will collect 11 full sets from Elvis’ run recorded in late August, including four shows that have never been previously released in full (two of those gigs, recorded August 22nd and 25th, have remained almost completely unheard since 1969). The set will be released digitally and as an 11-CD box set, with the latter coming with a 52-page booklet featuring rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp comprising historic interviews from Presley, Colonel Tom Parker, Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, James Burton, Fats Domino and more.

Live 1969  is available to  pre-order , along with a separate two-LP vinyl set chronicling Elvis’ August 26th, 1969 midnight show, which will also arrive August 9th. A limited edition version of that record pressed on hot pink and yellow vinyl will be available via the Graceland store.

American Sound 1969 , meanwhile, will comprise 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material that Elvis recorded during the American Studio sessions that produced his acclaimed record, From Elvis in Memphis. That set is available to pre-order and will only be available digitally.

ELVIS 'Live 1969'
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The AFP news service, which many online and print media sources use, is also carrying the following information about the various releases of Elvis Live 1969:

The collections, all due out in August, will delve into the music Elvis produced during his comeback year of 1969.

The largest set of the bunch, "Live 1969," commemorates the 50th anniversary of Presley's residency at Las Vegas's International Hotel, where he performed 57 sold-out live shows after an eight-year absence. At the time, the musician was backed by his TCB Band, a full orchestra as well as two vocal groups, the Imperials and the Sweet Inspirations.

"Live 1969" features 11 complete sets from his run, including two shows recorded on August 22 and 25 that have remained almost completely unheard since 1969. It also includes four gigs that have never been previously released in full.

The set, out on August 9, comes with a 52-page booklet featuring rare photos, an oral history by Ken Sharp with historic interviews with Elvis, Colonel Tom Parker, Tom Jones and more.

'Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969'.
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Presley's residency at the International Hotel marked a turning point in the King's career, as it marked the live debut of "Suspicious Minds," which later shot up the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and "In the Ghetto." These two hits will be included in an upcoming two-LP, "Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV Aug. 26 1969," which features Elvis's complete midnight show.
It will be released on August 9 via RCA and Legacy, with a limited-edition hot pink and yellow vinyl version of the album to be sold through Shop Graceland.
These two upcoming albums will be joined by "American Sound 1969," a digital collection featuring 90 rare and unreleased tracks that Elvis Presley recorded during the American Sound Studio sessions that yielded "From Elvis In Memphis."
The acclaimed record, which is often regarded as one of his best studio albums, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200.
On the various Amazon best sellers charts, the Elvis Live 1969 CD box set has broken into the Top 25 in the UK (where it is also #3 on the box sets chart behind two cheaply priced various artists compilation sets), and it is just outside the top 100 in the US.
(News, Source: Bob Klein/Rolling Stone; AFP; Google News)

Jerry Carrigan (Elvis drummer) Dead at 75: Jerry Carrigan who was in the first rhythm section at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals and was later an in-demand session player in Nashville, has died at his home in Chattanooga. Carrigan died on June 22, he was 75. (Carrigan far right with Elvis at the "Nashville Marathon" sessions)
Jerry Carrigan played drums on Elvis' Nashville and STAX sessions. His work can be heard on the 'That's The Way It Is', 'Elvis Country', 'The Wonderful World of Christmas', 'He Touched Me', 'Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake' recording sessions and more..
The Alabama-born Carrigan was just a teenager when he and his friends David Briggs and Norbert Putnam, who played bass, helped to create the Muscle Shoals sound under the guidance of producer Rick Hall. They played together on some of the earliest Fame records, including Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On"- covered by The Beatles .
That led to Carrigan playing in the Muscle Shoals backup band that opened for the Beatles before their first U.S. concert in Washington, D.C., in 1964. The three Alabama musicians later moved to Nashville, where they became some of the most in-demand session players, known as the Nashville Cats. He became a prolific musician, playing with Elvis Presley, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Porter Wagoner, Waylon Jennings and more.
Jerry Carrigan played on Charlie Rich's classic "Behind Closed Doors," Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler," Ray Stevens' "Everything Is Beautiful," and Tony Joe White's 'Polk Salad Annie'.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Miles Teller possible frontrunner to play Elvis: Director Baz Luhrmann is searching for an actor "between the ages of 19 and 28 who can portray Elvis' shy vulnerability masking his unshakeable faith in his own destiny."
Esquire Entertainment writer Justin Kirkland has suggested five possibilities for actors to play Elvis in Baz Lurhmann's new Elvis Biopic.
With the Elvis biopic getting off the ground, speculation has started about who should play the King of Rock and Roll.
Supposedly on the short list is Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Austin Butler, Harry Styles, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Tom Hanks has already been cast as Col. Tom Parker.
The suggested list is..
5. Ansel Elgort ('Baby Driver' star)
4. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Golden Globe winner for 'Nocturnal Animals')
3. Harry Styles (Singer who was also OK in 'Dunkirk' - surely not)
2. Austin Butler (OK "elvis" look - Nickelodeon / Disney star)
1. Miles Teller (shown above)
A true possibility, strong performances in 'The Spectacular Now' and 'Whiplash' and nearly the lead in La La Land. Teller may even have the voice to carry the role, and the face alone is the closest of the group to Elvis. If this really is the only shortlist, Teller should have it in the bag.
(News, Source;Esquire/ElvisInfoNet)

The Latest CBD Innovation - Elvis Presley Hound Dog Pet Wellness Products: The King of Rock 'n Roll was famously disinterested in his own health but doted on his dogs.

Almost 42 years after Elvis Presley died of a drug overdose his estate is getting into the CBD business, or at least the CBD for dogs business.

Better Choice Company, makers of CBD health and wellness products for animals, announced a partnership with  Authentic Brands Group, which owns Elvis Presley Enterprises LLC, to launch a line of CBD pet products under the Elvis Presley Hound Dog brand.

“We’re thrilled to partner with ABG on the launch of all-new Elvis Presley products,” said Damian Dalla-Longa, co-CEO of Better Choice in a prepared statement.

“It’s important to align Better Choice with brands that are iconic and have global consumer appeal. As one of the most celebrated figures in music and pop culture and avid dog lover, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s influence is unmatched.”

During his lifetime Presley was famously an animal lover, with a particularly warm spot in his heart for dogs.

The official Graceland blog reports that Elvis had many pets over the years, including a turkey named Bowtie, a mynah bird that repeated the excuses he heard for Presley being unavailable ("Elvis is asleep," "Elvis isn't available," "Elvis isn't here."), two wallabys from Australian fans (he donated both to the Memphis zoo), various farm animals and many dogs -- Sherlock, Brutus, Snoopy, Edmund, and Get Lo, a Chow he once had flown back and forth to Boston on his private plane for kidney treatment. He often gave dogs as gifts, such as the poodle, Honey, he gave to his wife, Priscilla, for Christmas 1962.

Presley was beloved by millions of fans worldwide, not least among them President Richard Nixon. According to a memorandum written after a meeting of Nixon and Presley at the White House, the King of Rock ‘n Roll denounced the Beatles as “a real force for anti-American spirit.” The memo noted “Presley spent most of the rest of the meeting telling Mr Nixon that he wanted to give his name to the administration's law-and-order campaign "to restore some respect to the flag".

Nixon, doubtless unaware that Presley had a multifaceted addiction to various prescriptions drugs, awarded him a special badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, a precursor to the Drug Enforcement Agency. Presley’s death August 16, 1977, was originally reported as “cardiac arrhythmia” without any drugs involved. That finding was soon contradicted by a toxicology report which found very high levels of the opiates Dilaudid, Percodan, Demerol and codeine, as well as Quaaludes, in Presley’s blood.

“Better Choice’s dedication to championing the health and wellness of ‘man’s best friend’ is admirable and we are pleased to join them in their mission through this partnership,” said Daniel W. Dienst, ABG’s executive vice chairman, in a prepared statement. “Launching Elvis Presley Hound Dog chews and treats infused with CBD is a natural extension of the Elvis Presley brand as Elvis loved his dogs as much as we do. We are excited to collaborate with Better Choice on this category.” (News, Source: Peter Page/ctpost.com)


Elvis News from earlier in the week....
'Live 1969' 50th Anniv Official Announcement: Finally SONY have decided to officially announce the new 11CD live set that EIN has been promising for weeks. They state..
'50th anniversary box set, digital reissue will celebrate Elvis Presley’s triumphant 1969'
The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s transformative Las Vegas residency at the International Hotel will be commemorated this summer with 'Live 1969', a deluxe 11-CD box set out August 9th on RCA / Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony. Marking his return to the stage for the first time in eight years, Elvis’ 1969 Vegas run featured 57 sold-out shows and the live debut of his signature #1 hit “Suspicious Minds” (the track celebrates its 50th anniversary on August 26th). The transcendent performances included The King of Rock and Roll backed by two vocal groups (The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations), a full orchestra and a band later known as the TCB band.

The 11 Elvis performances being released are - as EIN stated back in May - all complete shows and sadly with no "Bonus extras" such as rehearsals or any RCA test tapings.
August 21 1969 Midnight Show - BMG 'Viva Las Vegas CD2'
August 22 1969 Dinner Show - FTD 'Elvis In Person CD2'
August 22 1969 Midnight Show - Unreleased as complete show
August 23 1969 Saturday Dinner Show - Recent VINYL release
August 23 1969 Saturday Midnight Show - FTD 'Elvis At The International' (one of EIN favourite shows)
August 24 1969  Dinner Show - BMG box-set 'Live In Las Vegas CD1'
August 24 1969 Midnight Show - Unreleased as complete show
August 25 1969 Dinner Show - Unreleased as complete show
August 25 1969 Midnight Show - FTD 'Hot August Night'
August 26 1969 Dinner Show - FTD 'Live In Vegas'
August 26 1969 Tuesday Midnight Show - FTD 'All Shook Up'

All the performances have been specially remastered for this new 50th anniversary release by Matt Ross-Spang

Live 1969 is the definitive collection of The King at the height of his power. For the first time ever, it features the release of eleven complete performances from Elvis’ August 1969 engagement at Las Vegas’ International Hotel. Of these performances, four are being released in full for the first time ever – including two Elvis shows that have remained almost completely unheard for fifty years (August 22nd and 25th). The package also includes a 52-page booklet with rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp curated from historic interviews with Elvis, Colonel Tom Parker, Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, James Burton, Cissy Houston and more.
- Also, being released on August 9th is the vinyl 'Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969'. The Double-vinyl release features Elvis’ complete set from August 26’s Midnight show. The material includes a repertoire of blues-tinged rock ‘n’ roll, beautiful ballads and his two, brand-new hit singles “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds.” The performance also gives rare insight into an otherwise very private man, as Elvis cracks jokes and tells in-depth stories about his career.
'Live 1969' and 'Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, August 26, 1969' are available for pre-order now via EPE etc
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS 'Live 1969'
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$159.98 <<< US Amazon

UK Amazon >>> £80.47

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'Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969'.
There seems to be a big difference here...

$25.98 <<< US Amazon

UK Amazon >>> £25.97

Both with FREE Delivery
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New 'American Sound 1969' DIGITAL release: In addition to Live in 1969, RCA / Legacy Recordings will release 'American Sound 1969' digitally on August 23rd. The collection features over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis’ 1969 American Sound Studio sessions – which resulted in his From Elvis In Memphis record later that year. From Elvis In Memphis ranks among Elvis’ most universally beloved records, spawning the iconic hit “In The Ghetto.”


American Sound 1969 is available for pre-order now: https://Elvis.lnk.to/AS1969PR


More info coming soon..

(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)


Wednesday 26 June 2019

Today marks 42 years since Elvis’ final live performance!:

Elvis’ last concert was held at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 26, 1977 in front of a crowd of 18,000. 

The 'Indianapolis News' review included, "Presley may not be able to move like he used to, but the man can sing when he tries. Twice last night he did it magnificently, especially on Hurt, when he made a serious effort to reach some difficult notes. He sang his heart out again on Paul Simon's Bridge Over Troubled Water.. He did approximately 20 numbers if you want to count the quickies. The packed Arena was indication enough that Elvis is still as popular as ever. Well, well, well, well!"

(News, Source: EIN)


'The Dark Side Of Colonel Parker' - EIN Spotlight: June 26th 2019 is a special date that commemorates four unique events of the Elvis World.
1. The 110th Birthday of Colonel Parker.
2. The 42nd Anniversary of Elvis' final concert in Indianapolis.
3. The 40th Anniversary of the death of Elvis' father, Vernon Presley.
4. The 40th Anniversary of the revelation to Elvis’ estate that Colonel Parker was still fleecing his client.

Although comedian Nipsy Russell stated that "Every entertainer should go to bed at night and pray he finds a Colonel Tom Parker under his bed when he wakes up in the morning" - is that really the truth?
It is a fact that after Elvis' death an official investigation found that "both Colonel Parker (and RCA) acted in collusion against Presley's best interests. Colonel Parker was guilty of self-dealing and overreaching and had violated his duty to both Elvis and to the estate."
While there is no doubt that Elvis and The Colonel's story is extremely complex, in this in-depth Spotlight EIN takes a look at the darker side of Colonel Tom Parker - and includes plenty of insights from Elvis’ colleagues and friends. - Go here for this fascinating investigation.
(Spotlight, Source;EIN)

Col. Tom Parker on the 'Gates of Graceland': June 26, - Elvis' manager, Col. Tom Parker, was born on this day in 1909. Get to know more about the wily old Col. Parker with this SANITISED episode of EPE's Gates of Graceland web series.
In this episode, host Tom Brown chats with Charles Stone and Greg McDonald, who worked with Col. Parker on Elvis' career. Find out how the men got to know Elvis and Col. Parker, what the men were like to work with and much more.

As posted in the comments, "WOW..these guys must have amnesia! It's sad that they are trying to re-write history. The fans know the truth though. ... I believe if Elvis fired Parker and got another manager Elvis would have possibly changed his lifestyle. And LIVED a longer, happier life. Parker was a crook!"

To watch EPE's version about Parker go to YouTube CLICK HERE. - Runs 20 minutes. - (News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Steve Dunleavy has died: Australian journalist Steve Dunleavy, who made a name for himself in the US as host & reporter for A Current Affair, and for authoring 'Elvis What Happened?' has died, Monday June 24, aged 81. "It just was very sudden," his son Sean Dunleavy said. "But he was home, it was peaceful. But we don't know what the cause of death was." Born in Sydney in 1938, Dunleavy's media career spanned more than 40 years, with his trademark tabloid style, until his retirement in 2008.

He started at The Sun in Sydney as a copy boy in 1953 and then headed over to The Daily Mirror. He headed overseas in 1966 where filing for newspapers in the UK until he took a job at the New York Post, owned by Rupert Murdoch. At one stage he was set to be the topic of a Hollywood movie with rumours Paul Hogan or Mel Gibson might play a role.

Dunleavy played an inglorious role in the Elvis story, being the journalist who wrote (together with Red West, Sonny West and Dave Hebler) the infamous book, Elvis What Happened? Released shortly before Elvis' death in August 1977, the tabloid book, nicknamed "The Bodyguard Book" and published by the Murdoch media empire, was a multi-million dollar seller which angered many Elvis fans, worldwide.

All three bodyguards Red & Sonny West and Dave Helber have since blamed Dunleavy for twisting their stories to create Murdoch Tabloid sensationalism - "We had absolutely no control over the content. The publishers wanted to sensationalize the book and our inputs were ignored." - Dave Hebler

(News, Source: TV Tonight/ElvisInfoNet)



EIN exclusives and News from earlier in June ...
Dave Bartholomew Dies Aged 100: Dave Bartholomew was a giant of New Orleans music and a rock n’ roll pioneer. If you don't know his name you sure know his music with his incredible 'One Night' the classic late fifties Elvis Number One.
Dave Bartholomew as a producer co-wrote such classics with Fats Domino as 'Ain’t That a Shame', 'I’m Walkin'' and 'Let the Four Winds Blow' he died Sunday aged 100.
A trumpet player since childhood and a bandleader and arranger before World War II, Bartholomew befriended Fats Domino in the late 1940s and collaborated with the singer-piano player on dozens of hits that captured Domino’s good-natured appeal, making him one of rock’s first stars and New Orleans a center for popular music. Throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, virtually anyone recording in New Orleans ended up performing Bartholomew songs or working with him in the studio.
Worldwide sales for Domino rivalling Elvis' and eventually surpassing 60 million records. Domino’s boogie-woogie flair and ringing triplets on piano and Bartholomew’s funky, “Big Beat” arrangements, with their second line drum rhythms and chorus of saxophone players, were so distinctive that covers of such pre-rock standards as “Blueberry Hill” and “My Blue Heaven” sounded no less original than the songs by Domino and Bartholomew.
He produced the Lloyd Price hit 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' also cut by Elvis. The Bartholomew-Earl King ballad “One Night” was a hit for Smiley Lewis and a #1 smash for Elvis and a highlight of Presley’s 1968 NBC “comeback” TV special. British rocker Dave Edmunds had success in the 1970s with Bartholomew-King’s “I Hear You Knocking.”
In the early 50s Bartholomew became New Orleans’ top producer and arranger through his years at Imperial Records, where artists included Domino, Frankie Ford, Chris Kenner, Huey “Piano” Smith and the duo Shirley & Lee.
Born in Edgard, Louisiana, in 1918 and a resident of New Orleans since the 1930s, Bartholomew learned the trumpet from Peter Davis, who had mentored Armstrong. When he returned home after World War II service he assembled his own group, which featured such prominent sidemen as drummer Earl Palmer and saxophonist Lee Allen. The partnership between Bartholomew, who called himself a “slave driver” in his quest for the right sound, and the more easygoing Domino took time to fully catch on. But in 1956-57 alone, Domino had 17 songs in Billboard’s top 100. Elvis had great respect for Fats Domino telling people, "Rock 'n' roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that kind of music like colored people. Let's face it, I can't sing like Fats Domino can. I know that!"
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

My Life as the Asian Elvis (Part 3): In the third part of his fascinating series for EIN, ETA Robert "Yoshi" Kim recounts his time filming the Nicolas Cage hit movie, Honeymoon In Vegas, mixing with a young Bruno Mars, "the Black Elvis" Clarence Giddens, and meeting celebrated actor, James Earl Jones.

 

 

 

 

(Article, Source: Robert Kim/EIN)



Elvis Presley News Report June 2019: Emiel Maier has released his latest roundup of "things Elvis".

Always interesting, Emiel is to be congratulated on his great monthly video release for Elvis fans.

Watch the June 2016 report here

 

 

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)


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

'Elvis: Live 1969' Deluxe 11-CD Set: SONY 50th Anniversary Deluxe "Elvis LIVE 1969" set.
New ELEVEN CD set.
EIN notes that nothing however has been officially confirmed by SONY / RCA as yet.
FOUR of these 1969 Elvis Las Vegas concerts have never been released as full performances on CD.
Limited 11CD box set with 52 page book full of rare photos & memorabilia! One show entirely unreleased! Complete Newly Mixed and Mastered Shows! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary Of Elvis' Triumphant Return To The Stage "I missed the closeness of a live audience. So just as soon as I got out of the movie contracts, I started to do live performances again. " Elvis Presley First chronicled in part on the album Elvis In Person At The International Hotel 50 years ago, Live 1969 showcases this incredibly, important phase in Elvis' career in definitive detail his first live shows following his triumphant, 1968 comeback for NBC after an 8 year absence from playing live. This box set features 11 complete sets from the first of his many engagements at The
International Hotel (several of which are released in full for the first time, with one show entirely unreleased), allowing fans a more definitive picture of The King's glorious return to the concert stage. 52-page book includes rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp curated from historic interviews with Elvis, Colonel Tom Park, Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, James Burton, Cissy Houston, Terry Blackwood, George Klein, Fats Domino and more. -- No full tracklists disclosed as yet - Full info soon.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Role cut from Elton Biopic: US actor Rob Delaney states that his role as Elvis Presley was cut from new the Elton John biopic Rocketman, but only after filmmakers permanently dyed his hair black by accident.
The 42-year-old actor and comedian said he had signed up to play Elvis Presley in the hit movie but admits his part never made it to the big screen.
The star of TV's Catastrophe noted "I did shoot a couple scenes in the film as a guy named Elvis Presley, who you may have heard of, and they even dyed my hair black for it. In the make-up trailer they said: 'Do you want the temporary dye or the permanent?'
I was like, 'temporary please', and they put in the permanent by mistake, so it was black for six months after. My hair is black in another movie because of playing Elvis in Rocketman, which got cut, which is very funny, but that's just the way the ball bounces sometimes."
Delaney said he felt no bitterness about being cut from the final version of the movie, which stars Taron Egerton as the iconic musician.
"I know when Sharon Horgan and I were making Catastrophe, we would frequently cut out things that we really enjoyed, just for time"
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Upcoming book release: From Elvis In Memphis: It's been a long time coming, but finally, Elvis is to be featured as part of Bloomsbury's highly successful 33 1/3 book series of insightful examinations of classic albums.

There have been more than 130 books (so far) in the series including such classic albums as Low (David Bowie), Electric Ladyland (Jimi Hendrix), Let It Be (The Beatles), Aqualung (Jethro Tull), Exile on Main Street (The Rolling Stones), Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys), and Dusty in Memphis (Dusty Springfield).

Penning the upcoming release of From Elvis in Memphis is Eric Wolfson. Eric told EIN:

Despite Elvis's towering influence on rock & roll as well as the fact that well over 130 "33 1/3" titles have been released, this will be the first volume about an Elvis album. I am very excited & honored to be able to write this & have been hard at work researching & writing about what I consider to be Elvis's studio masterpiece.

From Elvis in Memphis is due for release in the second quarter of 2020. EIN will have more information shortly. (News, Source: Eric Wolfson)

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

It has been a while since EIN has caught up with Ken Sharp - and with the 50th anniversary of Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas Return-To-Splendour about to be celebrated we thought it was about time to find up what he was up to.

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


'Elvis in Vegas' New Book: Announced on EIN back in 2018 - and being published next month July 23, 'Elvis in Vegas' by Richard Zoglin.
... The story of how Las Vegas saved Elvis and Elvis saved Las Vegas in the greatest musical comeback of all time.
The conventional wisdom is that Las Vegas is what destroyed Elvis Presley: launching him on a downward spiral of drugs, boredom, erratic stage behavior, and eventually his fatal overdose. But in Elvis in Vegas, Richard Zoglin takes a revisionist view, arguing that Vegas is where the King of Rock and Roll resurrected his career, reinvented himself as a performer, and created the most exciting show in Vegas history.
Elvis’s 1969 opening night in Vegas was his first time back on a live stage in more than eight years. His career had gone sour - bad movies, mediocre pop songs that no longer made the charts - and he’d been dismissed by most critics as over the hill. But in Vegas he played the biggest showroom in the biggest hotel in the city, drawing more people for his four-week engagement than any other show in Vegas history. His performance got rave reviews, 'Suspicious Minds' gave him his first number-one hit in seven years, and Elvis became Vegas’s biggest star. Over the next seven years, he performed more than 800 shows there, and sold out every one.
Las Vegas was changed too. The intimate night-club-style shows of the Rat Pack, who made Vegas the nation’s premier live-entertainment center in the 1950s and ‘60s, catered largely to well-heeled older gamblers. Elvis brought a new kind of experience: an over-the-top, rock-concert-like extravaganza. He set a new bar for Vegas performers, with the biggest salary, the biggest musical production, and the biggest promotion campaign
the city had ever seen. In doing so, Elvis opened the door to a new generation of pop/rock performers, and brought a new audience to Vegas - a mass audience from Middle America that Vegas depends on for its success to this day. A classic comeback tale set against the backdrop of Las Vegas’s golden age, Richard Zoglin’s Elvis in Vegas is a feel-good story for the ages.
Advance reviews are looking good.
“Richard Zoglin perfectly captures a seismic moment in 1969 when Elvis tore the roof off the International Hotel and ended the reign of the Rat Pack. This is the story of a spectacular head-on collision.”- Conan O’Brien
"Fascinating entertainment history...Elvis fans will enjoy this richly sourced look at one of the most consequential performances of his career and his lasting legacy in the city that hosted him." - —Publishers Weekly

EIN readers can look forward to our up-and-coming interview with author Richard Zoglin.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

King Creole at Melbourne Astor theatre: Good news for Australian Elvis fans who live in Melbourne
as the Astor theatre is showing a brand new 4K Digital print of Elvis' classic King Creole.
Don't miss out - two showings only

King Creole at the Astor theatre.
June 16th 7.00pm
July 7th 4.00pm

Click here to the Astor Theatre for bookings and info

 

 

EIN Thanks Tony Canatta for the info


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Jimmy Page - How Elvis Changed The World: In a recent Instagram post, Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page has shared an untold story of how he paid his respect to rock n’ roll star Elvis in 1998.
He also mentioned how Elvis Presley’s vision changed the world.
He wrote, “On this day in 1998, I played at Tupelo, where Elvis was born and raised, when there were no local attractions apart from the cotton fields or getting to Memphis.
When Elvis grew up it must have been pretty bleak but the white and black picked the cotton side by side and the local indigenous music provided the soundtrack to this tough environment and it took the visionary genius of Elvis to blend those musical sources and change the world.”
Page also noted fans should check out John Lee Hooker’s sonic ambience to the region ‘Tupelo’ recorded in 1960.
(News, Source;MetalHeadZone/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review): Elvis September 1958 - Germany Bound (Paul Belard): Paul Belard's latest visual and archival record of the Elvis story focuses on just one month, September 1958. This was the month Elvis prepared for his departure from the USA on deployment to Germany to continue his Army training.

 

 

EIN's Nigel Patterson took a tour of duty through Germany Bound. He has taken inventory and you can read what Nigel found here:

Read Nigel's review ......

 

..(Book Review, Source: EIN)


'Elvis Summer Festival '72' New Book: Another high-quality Elvis book from author Keiran Davis.
This volume is dedicated to Elvis' 1972 Summer Festival in Las Vegas.
The 154 page book includes stories, documents, photographs, architectural drawings and more from Elvis' 1972 Summer Festival at the Las Vegas Hilton.
This book contains the final diary / memories of Peggy Elzea (in addition to those of many other fans) who attended some of the shows.
It was Peggy Elzea' diaries that made Keiran Davis' 'Live At The International' such an incredible book. (See EIN review and Interview with the author here)
154 page, hard-bound, full colour book

Priced at UK £40 & Rest Of The World £55

The book will sell-out!

Click here to his website to purchase

 

(News, Source;KD/ElvisInfoNet)



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)

Luhrmann’s ELVIS to be filmed in Australia: Baz Luhrmann’s Tom Hanks-starring Elvis film is set to shoot significant portions in Australia. This was confirmed by Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland.
The currently untitled film, backed by Warner Bros will explore the life and music of Elvis Presley, including his rise to fame, his unprecedented stardom, and his impact on the world. It will also delve into his complicated relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The 56-year-old Director of innovative musicals Moulin Rouge!/ Great Gatsby Baz Luhrmann is still on the hunt for an actor to play Elvis Presley. He is searching for an actor between the ages of 19 and 28 who can portray the singer’s shy vulnerability masking his unshakeable faith in his own destiny. Anyone who is interested in the role should send photos to elviscasting2020@gmail.com.
Palaszczuk said she was looking forward to welcoming the Warner Bros. production to Queensland’s world-class facilities, Village Roadshow Studios, on the Gold Coast. She said that an agreement to shoot in Queensland had been made after a recent meeting with Luhrmann in London.
No schedule for a start of production was announced.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Now In Person' New Book: If fans weren't tempted before these new promo shots for the new Erik Lorentzen (The Elvis Files) 'Gold Standard' series book 'Elvis: Now In Person' celebrating Elvis' 50th Anniversary of his return to live concerts in Las Vegas sure look mouth-watering!

The book features 400 pages with new articles, plus plenty of photos including Elvis at the construction of the International Hotel, Elvis’ Vegas Press conference plus a detailed look at Elvis' fantastic 1969 Summer Season performances from 31 July to 28 August 1969.


The book is available for Pre-Order through the Elvis Shop London.

Or Pre-order with Elvis Files - Send € 105 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no (includes shipping with DHL)

Erik Lorentzen promises lots of new previosuly unpublished photos....

(More example pages below)

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Baz Lurhmann - the ELVIS research: As noted below Australian director Baz Luhrmann (Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) is working on pre-production for his new Warner Bros ELVIS biopic.
Latest news was that Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is to play Elvis Presley's iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker.

EIN first reported the news of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic back in May 2014 - but it is only recently that Baz Luhrmann has acknowledged that he is now focussed on his ELVIS project.

Luhrmann has recently posted four videos of  his interview with Elvis' childhood Tupelo friend Sam Bell.
His interviews feature some great photos and delightful insights of Elvis' early years.  (see links below)

The director has also posted three neat photos of him at Graceland with the comment..
"Thanks to Jack, Angie, Regina, and the whole team at Graceland for their support over the last year and a half of research. Not a bad office, hey? Just gotta close the gate on your way out..."
With Academy Award winner Tom Hanks on board and Luhrmann's skills in making epic, music-focused movies there is a real hope that Elvis' legacy will be well-served in this new release.
Baz Luhrmann interviews Sam Bell - Video 1 Click here.
Video 2 Click here. - Video 3 Click here 10 mins. - Video 4 Click here.


EIN Thanks FECC's Jimmy Jamerson for the word-up.
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Live at the International, Aug 23, 1969” a Variety RSD Top Choice: Variety has nominated their 25 Best Record Store day releases and Elvis Presley, “Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969” is one of them.
Record Store Day 2019 has brought music fans 401 brand new slabs of vinyl, some will be available for months, and some were released in such limited quantities that even joining your local Record Store line at dawn is no guarantor of success.
The total list (see RSD website) of over 400 releases is mind-boggling so Variety selected their 25 highlights including releases from ELVIS, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello and Elton John.
They noted..
Elvis Presley, “Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969” (2xLP, 3000 copies)
Elvis’ so-called comeback special is rightly revered. What came immediately after, a little less so. But there’s a forthcoming CD box set devoted to the very first run of shows he did in Las Vegas, when he was still riding high off that network special, that represented his first real live gigs in 11 years, that aims to make the case that Elvis in Vegas was initially a beautiful thing, however sour things went before his demise.
In advance of the new 1969 box-set, they’ve issued one complete live show as a two-LP set just for RSD, and the prototype for the TCB Band is as smoking as the still-in-fighting-trim Presley.
Some other releases mentioned were
Elvis Costello & the Imposters, “Purse” (EP, 3000 copies) "Everyone should have both Elvises in their lives."
Bob Dylan, “Blood on the Tracks — Original New York Test Pressing” (LP, 7500 copies) "The raison d’etre, the catnip, the holy grail of this year’s Record Store Day"
Jeff Tweedy, “Warmer” (LP, 5000 copies)
Van Morrison, “Astral Weeks Alternative” (EP, 9000 copies)
Fleetwood Mac, “The Alternative Fleetwood Mac” (LP, 12,500 copies)
John Lennon, “Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)” (LP, 5500 copies)
Pink Floyd, “A Saucerful of Secrets (Mono)” (LP, 6500 copies)
Go here to Variety for the full story
(News, Source;V/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS ‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters' VINYL Review: The MRS label released ‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters & Alternate Recordings’ for Record Store Day 2019.
The double LP set features one side of vinyl dedicated to each one of Elvis' four fifties movies and includes additional gems such as the STEREO 'Love Me Tender' recordings, 'Treat Me Nice' and 'Jailhouse Rock' in STEREO as well as the delightful 'Crawfish' Movie Master Edit from King Creole.
This was a neat idea, one side for each movie with a couple of extra bonus tracks, nice audio mastering plus a stylish 24-page massive inside booklet.
We get ‘Love Me Tender’ on one side with 7 tracks, ‘Loving You’ on Side B, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ as a sensational Side C and to my surprise all of ‘King Creole’ fitting neatly into the final side and with a cool Bonus Track not on the original RCA vinyl.
With the 24-page album-size gatefold booklet it truly is a stunning presentation.
Released on 180grm Vinyl and with quality audio remastering.
EIN's Vinyl-lover Piers Beagley spins these new discs and checks out the sumptuous packaging
(VINYL Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

MRS ‘Made in Germany – Private Recordings’ VINYL Review: The MRS label released ‘Made in Germany: Private Recordings’ which features the best of the remastered private recordings Elvis made in Germany, for Record Store Day 2019.
The audio from Elvis' private recordings has been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology.
Elvis vinyl fans can now enjoy these truly historical recordings including the newly found 'Like A Baby', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'His Hand in Mine', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and 'Cool Water' for the very first time.
Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP set with a 24-page photo spread gatefold with stunning pictures and with several photos not featured in the recent MRS Book/CD combo.
Released on 180grm Vinyl and with quality audio remastering.

EIN's Vinyl-lover Piers Beagley spins these new discs of Elvis' German Private Recordings and checks out the sumptuous packaging...

(VINYL Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Presley - Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969' OUT TODAY: Great news for Elvis VINYL collectors a brand new PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 1969 Las Vegas performance was released today for Record Store Day.
'Elvis Presley - Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969'  2 LP Vinyl
Label: CMG / Legacy
Following his triumphant comeback special for NBC at the end of 1968, Elvis Presley made a highly-publicized return to live performance in 1969, booking an exclusive engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. Elvis treated audiences to a raucous rock set inspired by the recent sessions for his just-released studio album From Elvis In Memphis, backed by vocal groups The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations as well as an early version of his famed TCB Band. Live In Las Vegas 1969 showcases this incredible, important phase in Elvis' career with a previously unreleased set from the first of many engagements at The International Hotel.
Click here to RSD for more details
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Two new book releases from Paul Belard: Elvis author/researcher, Paul Belard, has published the latest photobooks in his ongoing project to present a comprehensive pictorial record of Elvis' life. His new titles are Elvis 1956 January-February and Elvis September 1958 - Germany Bound.

Paul has numerous other titles nearing completion including Elvis May 1956; Elvis October 1958, and Elvis November-December 1958, as well as the thematic volumes, Elvis A Humanitarian; Elvis Badges, Cops and Guns; and Advertising Elvis.

Contact Paul Belard for purchase information

Other titles from Paul Belard already published are:

Elvis In Hawaii November 1957
Elvis March 1956
Elvis April 1956
Elvis December 1956
Elvis The Gospel Singer
Elvis Las Vegas April - May 1956

'Elvis LIVE UK Tour 2019': A new tour showcasing Elvis Presley's greatest hits has been announced.
Elvis' Greatest Hits tour will hit six arenas across the UK in November/December 2019.
As well as performances from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra this time the show will also feature the TCB Band.
Priscilla Presley and long term associate Jerry Shilling will also appear on stage at each date, sharing stories, personal photos and rare home movies.
The 2019 tour marks 50 years since Elvis made a triumphant return to live performing with a Las Vegas residency in 1969. Priscilla noted, "We're BACK and better than ever!"
"I am thrilled and honoured to be returning to the UK. Please join me live on stage to present this brand new show backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Elvis' TCB Band, never before seen new footage of Elvis and more surprises, including, Jerry Schilling and myself on stage sharing our stories. This will be a once in a lifetime show... you won't want to miss."
Tickets for Elvis's Greatest Hits tour go on sale on Friday, April 12. Dates are:
November 25 - Manchester Arena
November 26 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
November 27 - Birmingham Resorts Arena
November 28 - Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
November 29 - Glasgow Hydro
December 1 - London O2 Arena
UK Elvis in Concert tickets are available from 12 April, 9am go to Ticketline.co.uk, bookingsdirect.com or ticketmaster.co.uk
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'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)


Tom Hanks to play Col Parker!: Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is in negotiations to play Elvis Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Warner Bros biopic about ELVIS. Variety broke the news this week. EIN first reported the news of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic back in May 2014! While Parker helped launch Elvis’ huge career, he of course also hindered it in many ways. Because he himself was Dutch-born and did not have a US passport, he never allowed Presley to tour internationally.
Luhrmann will direct the movie. He also penned the script with Craig Pearce.
Parker discovered Presley when he was just an unknown and quickly moved in as his lone representation. Parker was responsible for various milestones, including Presley’s record deal with RCA and his successful acting career.
While Luhrmann always envisioned a star for Parker’s part, he wants a newcomer for the role of Presley. The director has begun meeting with talent for the part.
Insiders say a budget is still being ironed out, but Hanks’ commitment will urge the studio to push the project forward. Luhrmann hopes to get the pic into production sometime this year.
Hanks is no stranger to portraying real-life figures like astronaut Jim Lovell in “Apollo 13,” Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in “The Post,” airline captain Chesley Sullenberger in “Sully,” Captain Richard Phillips in “Captain Phillips,” and Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.”
In previous productions about Elvis' life, Parker has been portrayed by actors including Beau Bridges, Randy Quaid and Gene Jones.
With Hanks’ talents as an actor and Luhrmann’s skills in making epic, music-focused films such as Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom there’s now every reason to start getting excited about this new Elvis biopic.
(News, Source;Varity/ElvisInfoNet)

'Return Of The King' Gillian Gaar Interview: Gillian Gaar is the author of the book 'Return Of The King: Elvis' Great Comeback'. With the recently celebrated 50th anniversary of the 1968 Comeback Special as well as the all-important 50th anniversary of Elvis' return in January 1969 for The Memphis sessions it is the perfect time to revisit this fantastic book.
EIN wanted to find out more of author Gillian Gaar's thoughts on Elvis' great legacy

In this detailed interview Gillian Gaar discusses...
- Who she interviewed for 'Return Of The King'
- Elvis, Nixon and what Egil “Bud” Krogh had to say
- Colonel Parker - good manager or just monetarily self-interested?
- How she compares Elvis' 1960 comeback to his return to splendour in 1968-69?
- EPE's refusal to acknowledge Elvis’ work post Aloha.
- Was Felton Jarvis purely a “Yes” man or a positive driving force?
- Her opinion of The Searcher.
- The possible release of the CBS 'Elvis In Concert'
and much more...

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asks the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Counting Down Elvis' Finest 100' Spotlight: Dr. Mark Duffett's 'Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Recordings' recently won EIN's joint-prize for 'Best Elvis Book of 2018' .
The book is far, far more than a simple look at Duffett's 100 favourite Elvis songs and each chapter delves deep into Elvis' legacy with the book being a much deeper exploration that you might first think.
Elvis' timeless music ultimately stands on its own and speaks for itself. Listen again to the recordings, and Elvis amazes. Think about what they mean, and he astounds. Another person emerges...
Author Mark Duffett has offered EIN an excerpt from his splendid book so that EIN readers can check out his fine exploration of Elvis' musical legacy.
EIN has chosen a random selection - one from Elvis' classic fifties SUN sessions, a sixties Gospel classic, and a seventies rocker.
If you enjoy these three excerpts than you are surely going to enjoy the whole book.
Go here for our special EIN Spotlight prepared by Piers Beagley.
(Spotlight, Source;MarkDuffett/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis: Aloha The Ultimate Experience (2019) BACK ON YOUTUBE!: The 46th anniversary release of 'Aloha From Hawaii' where new camera angles have been combined from all available versions together with a brand new audio mix.
This historic concert by Elvis Presley was recorded live on January 14th, 1973.
'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - The Ultimate Experience' took a year to complete and is made by a big Elvis fan. Now Back On YOUTUBE here


Elvis Week 2019: EPE have announced the Elvis Week 2019 logo (although ours below was better)
EPE says, Mark your calendars, Elvis fans - Elvis Week 2019 is August 9-17, and tickets are on sale now.
There are so many fun and exciting events for all Elvis fans at Elvis Week! The week kicks off with the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and several ETA performances. Then, we celebrate important anniversaries in Elvis' career, such as his American Sound sessions and Las Vegas residency, with concerts and panels.
Other fun events include the Elvis Week Bash, Gospel Brunch, Fan Celebration Event and much more.
After last year's disastrously low crowd numbers EPE have decided that there will be no charges or special passes associated with the Candlelight Vigil.
Surely one of the best reasons to go (no, not the ETA contests!) has to be...
- American Sound Studio 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert. August 14, 7pm. Graceland Soundstage.
An incredible night of music as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis' legendary recording sessions at Memphis' American Sound Studio. Join Memphis Boys Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman, who were members of the legendary house band at the American Sound Studio, along with special guest Mac Davis,
Click HERE TO EPE for their updated schedule
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Best (and Worst) Books of 2018: What were the best Elvis books published in 2018? The worst? The most incredulous?

EIN's Nigel Patterson, with help from Piers Beagley, has compiled an extensive list of the best and worst Elvis books of last year.

The 14 award categories include the best:

  • general biography
  • "subject specific" release
  • composite (book/CD and/or DVD) release
  • "insider" memoir
  • photo-journal
  • fiction release
  • ebook
  • book for younger readers
  • non-english text
  • re-issue
  • fan club/fan publication
  • most incredulous release

Plus EIN names its top two Elvis books of 2018!

To find out what they are (and why) and read about more than 70 other Elvis books published in 2018 click here..(Spotlight, Source: EIN)


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


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

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

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)


'Elvis: St Paul To Wichita: Oct 1974' FTD In-Depth Review: A live soundboard 5” double-digipack this time focussing on Elvis' Tour 12 which went from September 27 to October 9.
Two concerts St. Paul, Minnesota October 3, 1974 and Wichita, Kansas October 7, 1974 are included with three bonus songs from October 4, 1974.
Best of all these are both previously unreleased soundboards.
While Elvis had performed some memorable shows earlier in 1974, the September-October 1974 tour was not one of his best, with highlights sparsely dotted across the shows. The infamous College Park performance was during this tour, but by October 3 it was clear Elvis was up and enjoying himself.
In high energy and good humour Elvis at one point jokes, "By God, you might have been wrong for so long, but you were right tonight J.D!"
The soundboard audio quality is excellent.
Click here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out Elvis' performance
(FTD 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)



Sunday 13 January 2019 - FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY - - - -

The Memphis Sessions - 50 Years ago Today: It seems impossible that it was fifty years ago this month that Elvis walked into American Studios in Memphis and started work on what are probably his most celebrated sessions, maybe even better than those made at Sun.
Not as influential, of course, but certainly deeper and darker from both the point of view of lyrics and Elvis’s emotional involvement. He was no longer a (relatively) innocent teenager singing about love to his sweetheart, but someone who had really experienced love as an adult.
Elvis could also sing about loss in a way he couldn’t fifteen years earlier, he had lived, and he seemed to pour all of his experiences into the recordings at America, and didn’t care about laying bare his soul. In fact, he knew he had to.
This was make or break....

In this fascinating article EIN contributor Shane Brown investigates the importance of The Memphis Sessions and the press reaction from the time...
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


'Suspicious Minds' - Elvis' Greatest Single?: It was FIFTY YEARS AGO, in the early morning hours of January 23, 1969, that Elvis recorded the song that would guarantee his true musical renaissance would last through until his all-too-early demise almost a decade later.  'Suspicious Minds' would be released on August 26th 1969. While the NBC '68 TV Special, along with the single 'In the Ghetto' had pushed Elvis back to the forefront of popular culture, it would be the release of Elvis' last US Number 1 single that would ultimately prove to all the critics that Elvis was a still relevant contemporary musical force.

Back in 2009 EIN celebrated the 40th anniversary of this Number One single and looked back in detail at the history of this classic song, including new interviews with Marty Lacker and Bobby Wood, as well as insights from composer Mark James and producer Chips Moman.

Go here for this fascinating spotlight

(Spotlight, Source; ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth (Matthew Martin): October 2018 saw the release of a new but little known Elvis book, Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth.

In hardcover format (with dust jacket) and containing more than 400 pages, EIN's Nigel Patterson decided to explore what author Matthew Martin had to offer.

Is Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth simply another run-of-the-mill biography, or does it offer the reader something more substantial?

What Nigel found in a book few have heard of, was a pleasant surprise.

Read Nigel's detailed review

 

(Book Review, Source: EIN)



Matt Shepherd ('Elvis: Stories Behind The Songs') Interview:  BBC Local Radio presenter and EIN contributor Matt Shepherd has published his first book looking at some of Elvis' biggest hits and lesser known treasures.
'Elvis Presley: Stories Behind The Songs' the first of a two volume book, starts in January 1969, almost 50 years ago, when Elvis recorded in Memphis for the first time in 14 years.
Shepherd notes, "I started my book in 1969 as it was a crucial crossroads for Elvis, he had proved in the 68 Special that he was still a dynamic performer. However the 69 sessions would go on to show Elvis was still a major chart force, able to select and record hit making and relevant songs.
"Had these Memphis sessions not been the great success they were, Elvis could well have spent the rest of his life as a nostalgia act. So it was essential he got it right."

EIN wanted to find out more about this new volume..
- How will your book compare to recent books about Elvis’ music?
- Elvis movie songs are they what was required or tripe that never should have been recorded?
- At what point should Elvis had said "NO, I am not recording this crap”? Can you name a particular song?
- What was Col Parker’s biggest musical mistake?
-  What do you think of Elvis’ “remixes” or the new fake duets? Are they a necessary evil?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the tricky questions..
(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: The Searcher - Additional Stories' Spotlight: Like all too many serious Elvis fans Dennis Laverty felt let-down by the lack of seventies content in the HBO 'Elvis The Searcher' documentary. Luckily for us he has produced a lovely documentary "Elvis Presley: The Searcher - Additional Stories Not in the Original Film" that anyone can view on Vimeo.
He writes, "I really enjoyed The Searcher documentary, but after watching I wished they would have made it 4 hours. The 1950's skipped what pushed Elvis over-the-top when he appeared on TV, two of his best films and soundtracks (Loving You & Jailhouse Rock), and the backlash he took with his rock and roll Christmas Album. The 1960s unfortunately glossed over American Sound, especially Elvis taking a risk with 'In The Ghetto'.
The 1970s disappointed when nothing was discussed about Elvis' only concept album (Elvis Country), nor 'He Touched Me' (they could have included unreleased Elvis on Tour footage of gospel segment) and finally with David Porter one of the Execs of the film from Stax Records that nothing was discussed about Elvis' returning to Memphis and STAX to record three key albums.
My goal was just to highlight those stories in some way.
Obviously I don't have access to the Elvis archives at Graceland, but I hope you enjoy.
The following are 10 segments that I thought could have fit into the film.
"
... EIN totally agrees and thoroughly recommends this 37 minute video.
This is the type of material that should have been in the DVD Extras     
CLICK HERE to VIMEO to watch
EIN thanks Dennis Laverty for his input.
(Spotlight, Source;Dennis Laverty/ElvisInfoNet)

 

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis.

This week celebrated our 25,000 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.


Book Review - 'Elvis The Gospel Singer' (Paul Belard): Paul Belard has a quest to present the Elvis story in chronological visual form. To date he has released seven books with another 40+ at an advanced stage. In Elvis The Gospel Singer Belard moves from his chronological account of the Elvis day-by-day biography and offers a subject specific chronological account of Elvis' favourite music: gospel.

Over an impressive 300+ pages the author offers a full account of the gospel artists and music influencing Elvis and provides the lyrics for, and often background information to, all of Elvis' gospel recordings.

With more narrative than usual Belard delves deep into Elvis and his love of gospel music and includes rare historic material, and some unusual but valid song choices.

Read Nigel Patterson's review of Elvis The Gospel Singer.
(Book Review, Source; ELvisInformationNetwork)


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!

 

 

 

 



'68 Comeback Special - 50th-anniversary' deluxe box-set.

Priced at around US$150 and £95.40 in the UK.

Not cheap if you already own the DVDs and CD box-set but the Blu-Rays are still pretty tempting.

'68 Comeback Special - 50th-anniversary': More publicity out for the new box set.
... '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) is set for release on November 30 and includes five CDs of music plus two Blu-ray discs featuring video content.
After spending most of the decade in Hollywood making forgettable movies and mostly boring music to accompany those films, Presley staged a comeback in 1968 with a TV special that was simply called Elvis and aired on Dec. 3.
Part of that program featured Presley singing some of his old hits, as well as a few new songs, surrounded by a lavish, Hollywood-style backdrop. But another section of that show spotlighted Presley, decked out in black leather and armed with a guitar, sitting on a stool on a spare stage that also included guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, two-thirds of the trio that catapulted Presley to fame in the mid '50s with their work on the Sun sessions and early RCA recordings.
That "sit-down" performance included raw takes of some of their best records, including "That's All Right" and "Heartbreak Hotel."
There were also scorching versions of "Baby, What You Want Me to Do" and "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" that pretty much signalled Presley's return to rock 'n' roll.
The Comeback Special, as it was later called, opened the door to Presley's terrific Memphis records from 1969 and his renewed success in the '70s until his death in 1977.
The '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) collects all of the existing audio and video from the show plus rehearsals and sessions recorded with the Wrecking Crew.
The CD Track-listing is a previously noted by EIN - see below.
The book also features rare photos and memorabilia and full recording data
There is over 7.5 hours of footage across 2 newly mastered Blu-ray discs, overseen by Thom Zimny.

Blu-ray Disc 1:
- Elvis NBC TV Special originally broadcast on December 3, 1968
- Black Leather Sit-Down Show #1 - June 27, 1968
- Black Leather Sit-Down Show #2 - June 27, 1968
- Black Leather Stand-Up Show #1 - June 29, 1968
- Black Leather Stand-Up Show #2 - June 29, 1968

 

(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

Blu-ray Disc 2:
- Trouble/Guitar Man TV Show Opener - June 30, 1968 - All Takes and Raw Components
- If I Can Dream TV Show Closer - June 30, 1968 - All Takes
- Huh-Huh-Huh Promo - June 30, 1968
- Elvis Closing Credits Without Credit Roll - June 30, 1968
- If I Can Dream Special Music Video 2004 - June 30, 1968
- Gospel Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components
- Guitar Man Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components
- Blu-ray Special Feature Re-Cut

Bud Glass Elvis Super-Collector 2018 Interview: Bud Glass is the co-owner of The King’s Ransom Elvis Presley Museum and is a world authority on locating and authenticating rare Elvis Presley artifacts of all kinds. In the past he published the very popular series of  'ELVIS: Behind The Image' books and DVDs.
Not only does he own one of the largest collections of Elvis Presley memorabilia in the world, he is also an Elvis Presley historian, documentary producer as well as a consultant to major collectors.
Glass’ artifacts have been featured on multiple TV shows and he has even loaned artifacts to Graceland.
EIN heard that Bud Glass has recently started a new project - "Elvis Relics" - and we wanted to know more.
Go here as we discuss fake Elvis memorabilia, dodgy Elvis signatures, the death of Elvis' close friends, can one ever own enough “ELVIS  rarities” and much much more
EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'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.


(Book Review) The Comeback - Elvis and the Story of the 68 Special (Simon Goddard): The past two months have been a busy period regarding Elvis' legendary '68 Comeback Special. Marking its 50th anniversary, the Special was shown in cinemas and two new books were published, one by Steve Binder (Director/Producer of the Special) and the other by noted rock music analyst, Simon Goddard.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently took a few deep breaths and submerged himself in the Simon Goddard release.

Having previously read a number of the author's cerebrally challenging books, he was not surprised to find that Goddard's treatise on Elvis' legendary Comeback Special is one hell of an intellectively challenging and dizzy rollercoaster of a ride....... a journey most rewarding for those brave enough to go the distance.

Read Nigel's detailed review (Book Review, Source: EIN)


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

(Book Review) The Elvis Experience (Dave Hebler): As a member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia, Dave Hebler was part of Elvis' inner sanctum at least until his acromonious sacking, along with Red West and Sonny West, in 1976, and the subsequent publication of the infamous book, Elvis What Happened?.

Over the years, Dave, Red and Sonny West reclaimed respect in the Elvis world, at least with many fans, if not the Presley family and EPE.

Dave Hebler's new book was released during Elvis Week 2018.

The Elvis Experience has a 'fan friendly' feel to it. There are many amusing and fun stories and the author does not shy away from discussing at least some of the not so positive aspects of his experience working for Elvis.

To find out more about "The Elvis Experience" you can read Nigel Patterson's in-depth review here.

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


EIN founding President, Nigel Patterson, interviewed by Pop Music Research Blog Spot: EIN recently interviewed Dr Mark Duffett and reviewed his excellent book, Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs.

Due to Nigel's keen interest in "Elvis world" history and the socio-cultural aspects of the Elvis legend, Dr Duffett decided to "turn the tables" and interview Nigel for his insightful pop music research blog.

In a three-part interview Nigel discusses a wide range of topics including:

  • what the Elvis world was like in the 1970s;
  • the most important "landmarks" (changes) in the Elvis world since August 1977;
  • answers the question: "Do Elvis fans have a shared, collective ethics or morality?";
  • Elvis' unfairly maligned film canon;
  • Elvis as a socio-cultural force;
  • an attempt to establish a national fan club in Australia in the late 1990s;
  • the issues that most divide Elvis fans;
  • the biggest myths that still persist about Elvis;
  • what Elvis' interests in reading say about him as a person;
  • have those closest to Elvis been straight with fans about what he was really like; and
  • a lot more......

Read part 1 of the interview

Pop Research Links . . .

 

... some of the best in popular music research compiled by Dr Mark Duffett

 

an interview with EIN's Nigel Patterson

 



Documentary 'The King' set for DVD and Blu-ray release: Eugene Jerecki's 'road trip' across America in Elvis' Rolls Royce Phantom V will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 2 October in the US.

The film suggests that America, like Elvis, has squandered its potential and betrayed the promise of its glorious beginning. As Harlem rapper Immortal Technique tells Jarecki in the film: "If Elvis is your metaphor for America, we're about to O.D."

Jarecki's "The King" is essentially a filmed essay, with musical interludes and commentary provided by guest artists (Emmylou Harris, Chuck D), journalists (Dan Rather) and celebrities (a seemingly irrelevant but quite eloquent Mike Myers), many of whom discuss Elvis and America from the back seat of the large luxury car, purchased at auction for the production. (Entering the Rolls in Nashville, musician John Hiatt breaks into tears, struck by how "trapped" Elvis must have felt.) News, Source: EIN/Amazon)



Dave Hebler Interview Update with EIN: Dave Hebler is best known to Elvis Presley fans as being part of the Memphis Mafia and Elvis’ bodyguard in the mid-seventies. As an integral part of Elvis’ personal and professional life, Hebler’s primary responsibility was the personal safety of Elvis at home as well as at recording sessions, personal appearances, concert tours and various recreations.
After our April interview with Dave Hebler he has completed his new book 'The Elvis Experience' which is now available through Amazon. (see below)

EIN's Piers Beagley wanted to find out more about the book - released just in time for Elvis Week - and giving Hebler a chance to answer a few EIN readers questions..

Go here for EIN's exclusive catch-up with Dave Hebler including some cool photos..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR COMMENTS

Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


UPDATED - EIN review ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Deluxe CD boxset: If your main interest in Elvis is his music then HBO’s ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ will probably become your favourite documentary ever produced about our hero.
The companion 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings, powerful vocal performances and rare outtakes plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including several early singles that inspired Elvis.
Thom Zimny said, "To live with the music of The Searcher over a period of years was more than a privilege. It changed my thinking about the emotional life of songs, both for those who make them and those who listen to them."
While keen Elvis fans may already own all the chosen songs Director Thom Zimny's selection is so eclectic that there is still plenty to enjoy and discover. But does the box-set really work without having seen the film?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley provides an indepth review and investigates how the new box-set works compared with the HBO documentary.... Now updated with YOUR Comments
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs (Mark Duffett): Given Elvis recorded around 700 songs during his lifetime, compiling a list of his 100 finest recordings is no mean feat.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently submerged himself in Mark Duffett's latest book and found a wonderfully woven narrative full of intriguing analysis and musical surprises as it counted down to #1 and then offered 100 more.

For lovers of Elvis' music this is an essential read.

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)



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

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

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'

Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)



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



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

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

'Elvis:The Last Movies' FTD in-depth Review: Charro!, The trouble with girls, Change Of Habit, finally Elvis’ last soundtrack recordings are brought together in a cohesive release that works as a companion set for the FTD 7” Classic Album series.
“The Last Movies” contains outtakes and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia and photos.
In this period Elvis' voice had matured and the sound of ‘68/’69 was a great musical turning point for Elvis with the NBC TV special and the Memphis sessions. While some of the movie compositions were not as good as he deserved, with Elvis sounding vocally great at this time what does this new Classic Soundtrack have to offer?
The one disc contains previously unreleased material, including "rough mixes" and also multiple outtakes from 'The Trouble With Girls' 'Almost' session.
EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD Classic soundtrack album release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;IanGarfield/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware) - Exposing the Amazon Elvis Book Rip-Off?: From RCA to Sony Elvis' back catalog has long been exploited at the expense of his legacy. The same thing is now happening regarding Elvis book releases!

Through clever marketing, including the use of different (but suspicious) author names and different book titles for releases which are essentially identical; short and long book editions; and coupling the Elvis story with that of other celebrities, a glut of Elvis related book titles (with repetitive text) only available from Amazon are blatantly misleading fans.

Read EIN's findings in our "exclusive" investigative report

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


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


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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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

Go here to 'ASK MARTY' to remember the great man.

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words!

The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

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


Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read.

Inside its nearly 400 pages Linda reveals her life as an individual, as a mother and as a partner. We learn of the similarities and differences between the three.

Alternating between the light, dark and shades of life in between, A Little Thing Called Life is an honest and intimate account of the incredible life of an amazing woman, from the three men who shared her life and her family to the highly successful and varied career that she continues to enjoy. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review


UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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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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'Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash FTD Book Review: Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
It is a hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career over the important four months from October 1970 to January 1971.
The publicity promised hundreds of photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished and new and exclusive interviews.
It also comes with a bonus CD with unreleased versions of studio-tracks plus Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on Nov 11th 1970.

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


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

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