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Saturday 24 March 2018 - - - Sixty Years Ago Today - - -
HBO The Searcher – Radio Special: Sirius Elvis radio featured a recent one hour special about the new HBO Elvis The Searcher documentary.
Director Thom Zimny, Priscilla, Jerry Schilling, David Porter (STAX) and HBO Producer Kary Antholis were all part of the discussion
While Priscilla tends to dominate the discussion a little too much and makes incorrect statements such as “the documentary goes from Elvis’ start in 1956” there are other interesting points raised.
Jerry Schilling notes that the work started “over seven years ago” and that they “shopped it around” to various companies before getting to HBO who rightly chose Thom Zimny as the director.
Zimny makes the most interesting points including why he chose the style he did and discussion about early Beale Street.
David Porter (of STAX) adds some soul and tells a great story of him and Isaac Hayes jamming with Willie Mitchell at a party for Elvis and Priscilla.
Jerry Schilling seems to defend Col Parker a little too much.  (Where’s Marty Lacker for balance?)
Thom Zimny mentions how he discovered Elvis’ childhood bicycle rusting away at Graceland and how it became a metaphor within the documentary - and also notes how The Searcher is “As close as you can get to the story of Elvis in Elvis’ own words”
CLICK HERE to Soundcloud to listen.
"The Baystar Dude" (from FECC) has kindly offered EIN readers the chance to listen to the one hour special.
Special EIN THANKS to "The Baystar Dude"
(News, Source/BSD/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters And Session Recordings' New MRS box-set:  Memphis Recording Service will release a Limited Edition 5CD / 200-page book ‘THE COMPLETE ‘50s MOVIE MASTERS AND SESSION RECORDINGS’ on May 4th, 2018.
This Limited Edition 5CD/Book set pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s complete music recordings made for his movies during the 1950s.
The 5 CDs contain the complete works of the master and session studio recordings made for each of Elvis’s movies during the 1950s, and all tracks have been remastered with many audio restoration surprises that have ignored by other labels.
The 200-page book focuses on each of the recording sessions held for the four motion pictures made between August 1956 and March 1958.
The comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and documentation.
The five CDs focus on 'Love Me Tender', 'Loving You', 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'King Creole'.
The Jailhouse Rock outtakes feature over three CDs.
Click here to 'All The Elvis CD News 2018' for full tracklisting.
Previous MRS releases have included the best sounding versions of several of Elvis' 50's recordings, including 'Blue Moon', ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’ and 'Love Me Tender' stereo takes, so fans can expect some quality remasters.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis drafted 60 years ago: Rock'n'roll idol Elvis Presley was drafted into the US army sixty year ago, - he was never the same.
Elvis' stint in the U.S. Army began 60 years ago this week, "Black Monday" March 24, 1958. His service lasted close to two years and it changed him forever.
He served dutifully but it was also a dark period in his life during which he lost his mother and started on a pill-popping addiction that would help lead to his way-too-early death.
Elvis noted, "People were expecting me to mess up, to goof up in one way or another. They thought I couldn't take it and so forth, and I was determined to go to any limits to prove otherwise. Not only to the people who were wondering but to myself."
His US army service began at what was arguably the height of his career on March 24, 1958.
He was soon deployed with an armoured division near Frankfurt, Germany, as a truck driver for an officer named Captain Russell. Having begun his working life as a truck driver, he was back where he started.
Soon he would be transferred Elvis to a scout platoon led by Sgt. Ira Jones.
In August 1958, Elvis' mother Gladys Presley died of a heart attack, and he went home to Memphis for the funeral. He would later call her death "the great tragedy of his life."
Another major event in Elvis' life was when he met 14-year-old Priscilla, the daughter of an Army officer, who he immediately began dating. The two later married and divorced in 1973.

During this time, a fellow sergeant introduced Elvis to amphetamines, which he began taking almost daily.
"If I didn't have them, I'd never make it through the day myself. But it's okay, they're safe," Elvis reportedly told Priscilla.
While Elvis was partying and quieting his inner demons with prescription medicine, the rock-and-roll scene in the United States was rapidly changing as the biggest names were sidelined by various ailments.
Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens died in a 1959 plane crash. Chuck Berry was in jail for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Jerry Lee Lewis was shunned for marrying his 13-year-old cousin.
But upon his return, Elvis continued producing hits - such as "It's Now Or Never', 'Surrender', 'Return to Sender', 'Crying In The Chapel' and another return to the top with 'Suspicious Minds' in 1969.
He also became one of Hollywood's highest earners, eventually staring in 33 movies

Sadly it's impossible to predict what Elvis' career might have been if he hadn't taken the two-year hiatus in the service. His mother still could have died unexpectedly. He may still have discovered the immediate pleasures and long-term destruction of drugs.

He may have bridged that two year gap with some powerful rock'n'roll releases that might have slowed the move to the smooth "pop" of early sixties.

With no trip to Germany it is likely that Elvis would have made the big decision to start touring the world while still fresh and enthusiastic. Imagine those HUGE crowds that would have been there for his European performances! He also might have even escaped the clutches of manager Colonel Parker.
Elvis certainly could have toured the US more often and invested more of his own time discovering his blues roots, which again might have altered the impact of the British invasion and The Beatles.
Sadly Elvis' time in Germany helped put him on a treadmill from which there would be no escape - until he sadly left us in 1977 aged only 42.
(News, Source/NYT/ElvisInfoNet)

'Nashville Elvis Festival' This Weekend: 'Nashville Elvis Festival' returns to the Franklin Theatre for the second year to celebrate the life and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll - MARCH 22-25.
Twenty-five Elvis Presley tribute artists are coming from seven countries, said festival co-founder Brian Mayes. Around 1,000 people are slated to attend the series of concerts and performances Thursday through Sunday.
"We bring in those who knew Elvis, dated Elvis, starred with Elvis in movies and band members who played with Elvis," he said.
Special guests include Norbert Putnam, Wink Martindale, Sandy Martindale, Speedway co-star Victoria Paige Meyerink and Bill Baize of The Stamps.
ETA's include Bill Cherry, Dean Z, and Mark Anthony.
Tom Brown, the host of Graceland's Elvis Week is a co-director, 'We've both been in the Elvis world for a very long time," said Mayes. To the duo's dismay, there was no designated Elvis festival or event in Music City, so he and Brown decided to create one, through Music City Festivals, their LLC.
Much of Elvis' early music was recorded at RCA Studio B on Music Row, and he spent a lot of time in Music City working.
Unsurprisingly, Franklin blessed the festival with southern hospitality and high rates of local attendance.
Go here to NashvilleElvisFestival website for details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 21 March 2018
'Elvis: The Searcher' a fan review: One lucky fan, Jukebox (from PHOENIX The Elvis Forum) attended the Graceland premiere of the new HBO documentary.
His conclusion was "The Searcher - I've seen it and I liked it, but . . ." and his review's main points were ...
I'll simply start out by saying that I liked it, but I'm afraid it's not going to satisfy every Elvis fan to the fullest.
I personally give it 4 out of 5 stars... very good, but not excellent.
1. All interviews or voice-overs were done without showing the faces of those speaking.
2. Commentary from Red West was scattered throughout the documentary, which means that Priscilla obviously thought enough of his firsthand accounts to include him in the documentary. There was nothing mentioned about the book Elvis-What Happened? ... a positive for sure.
3. I liked the way they went from the 1950s to the '68 Comeback Special with some effective splicing... especially with the song "That's All Right".
4. The '68 Comeback Special was sort of a centerpiece of the documentary.
5. Albums that were highlighted in a positive light were...
Elvis Presley; Peace In The Valley (EP); Elvis Is Back!; His Hand In Mine; How Great Thou Art; From Elvis In Memphis
6. Some color home movies of Sam Phillips at play from the 1950s were shown... at a beach and such.
7. Some of Elvis' 1950s voice-overs were new to my ears, which was a pleasant surprise!
8. They showed some unreleased footage from the Elvis On Tour mock sessions/rehearsals... "Burning Love" and "Separate Way".
They used some unreleased close-up footage (from his chest up) in very good condition of Elvis performing "An American Trilogy" from 1973 (or '74).

1. The producer lead the unknowing viewer to believe incorrectly that Graceland was the first house/home that Elvis bought.
2. It was stated in the movie that Elvis never played a concert outside of the United States. No mention of Canada 1957.
3. In the early section of Part 2, they made reference to Flaming Star and Wild In The Country as movies that "lost money". I don't think that's accurate.
4. They made the mistake of only saying that Colonel Parker wanted a Christmas song included in the 1968 NBC-TV Special. In truth, which they didn't hit on, was that Colonel Parker originally wanted the entire show to be a Christmas special. I was disappointed with their oversight on that crucial issue.
5. In Part 2 when making reference to the Aloha From Hawaii tv special, they only showed footage from the rehearsal show...
6. I suppose the forthcoming 3-cd set is for complete songs.
One disappointment was that they only showed about 4 seconds of Elvis with Sam Phillips in Memphis from 1961.

Of Great Significance...
The focus of the documentary by the producers was to attempt to give an honest overview and evaluation of Elvis' musical career.
They clearly wanted the viewers to know that Elvis' artistic decline in the mid-1960s was not due to lack of talent, but due to some awkward/poor decision-making by him and his manager Colonel Tom Parker.

One thing they made clear near the beginning of Part 2 (1960) was that Elvis was now in uncharted territory concerning what direction a rock-n-roller's career should take in order to keep him on top after being away in the military for almost 2 years.

They also wanted the viewers to know that his decline in the mid-1970s wasn't from lack of talent on his part.
Therefore, I feel that they did the right thing by letting it be known that Elvis' addiction to prescription medication played a major role in his personal outlook & unconventional decision-making during the last few years of his life.

For the FULL review please go to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'
EIN thanks "Jukebox" - from PHOENIX The Elvis Forum.
(News, Source;"Jukebox"/PHOENIX/ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla and Emmylou Harris At Nashville: Priscilla and country-music legend Emmylou Harris posed together at the recent Nashville screening of 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'.
Priscilla, now an amazing 72-years-old, wore a black vest over a creme button-up top with lace panels while Emmylou Harris, 70, wore a matching ensemble of a tan print coat with suitable country-style dark brown boots.
The veteran singer-songwriter earlier this year was a recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award alongside luminaries such as Tina Turner and Neil Diamond.
Emmylou Harris provides commentary and adds her thoughts about Elvis to the new documentary. She also performed a duet with Chris Stapletonm at the January 28 ceremony from New York City, of Tom Petty's Wildflowers as an homage to the late rock legend, who died last October.

Priscilla earlier this week appeared on a panel at the debut of the documentary at SXSW in Austin, Texas, where she opened up about the depths of Elvis' addiction in his later years.

She said that she and others had tried to wean him off drugs, but his will was strong and influence was overpowering.
'People go, well why didn't anyone do anything? Well, that's not true,' Priscilla said, 'People there in the inner group did, but you did not tell Elvis Presley what to do. You did not. I mean, you'd be out of there faster than a scratched cat.
They would try and no way. He knew what he was doing."


(News, Source/SM/ElvisInfoNet)

'It Happened at the World's Fair' EPE Blog: Elvis' twelfth movie, "It Happened at the World's Fair," was released April 3, 1963, making this year its 55th anniversary.
"Elvis swinging higher than the Space Needle with the gals, the songs and the famous World's Fair!"
The musical comedy follows Mike (Elvis) and Danny (Gary Lockwood), crop duster pilots who travel to the World's Fair in Seattle to pay off Danny's gambling debts and to get their plane back from the local sheriff. Along the way, Danny plays poker to make some quick cash, and Mike woos a nurse, Diane (Joan O'Brien), and takes care of a little girl, Sue-Lin (Vicky Tiu), whose uncle has disappeared. "It Happened at the World's Fair" was directed by Norman Taurog.

Click here to Graceland Blog - for a few nice behind-the-scenes photos.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 19 March 2018
'Elvis Presley - The Searcher' first review: The HBO doco 'Elvis Presley - The Searcher' premiered at SXSW last week and they have now posted the first review.
The review, by Jacob Knight, includes the following interesting points.
- We never see any of the interview subjects despite most of them being pop music luminaries. The voices of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, David Porter, Sam Phillips, Priscilla and even the King himself float over a continuous, free-flowing montage of footage.
- The Searcher doesn't seem to care about your own opinions on Elvis. The movie's made up its mind regarding Elvis' place in history, anointing him perhaps the greatest American artist to ever grace the stage with his talents.
- In two parts The Searcher ~3 1/2 hours, Zimny takes his time, trying to fill in as much background on Presley as he can before the artist recorded those early tracks. (later) There's those early shows, where Elvis was a "wild animal" on stage, his hips signalling their own sexual revolution as pearl-clutchers gasped in panic.
- After Col Parker.. the understanding of Presley's choices becomes murky. Not even Priscilla Presley can offer up a cogent response as to why Elvis put so much trust into the man who would essentially work evil magic to undo his unruly youthful image.
- We're transfixed by the image of Elvis, as the visuals proceed in chronological order. The legendary performer evolves
from wild, churchgoing Mississippi youth..  (finally) to a faded neo-opera singer, belly bloated with bad food, guilt and regret - his manager milking every last dime from the King's body before his heart gives out in August of '77.
- Elvis was our loneliest American enigma, a human being who transcended race and economics, only to get eaten alive by the "father" he trusted his career to. The King is dead, but we're still mesmerized by his otherworldly persona over forty years later, barely comprehending the human being who inhabited the icon.
- The Searcher tries to bring as wide a comprehensive lens to the King as possible, and for the most part succeeds in spades. ... it's difficult to fault a documentary this ambitiously spellbinding, as we're invited into the soul of a legend, in the hopes of letting

us feel and appreciate its fabric, while simultaneously seeing where the gruelling taxations of fame caused it to split at the seams.
Go HERE to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' for the complete article and much more..
(News, Source;SXSW/ElvisInfoNet)

Joe Esposito on ELVIS: A fascinating 14 minute interview with Joe Esposito (RIP) recorded outside Graceland in 2010 - produced by Deja Bernhardt - has been posted on youtube.
It features some of Esposito's home movies and a lot of it is unscripted comments as he appears to be working on an EPE production.
In it he jokes about buying the 'Lisa Marie' jet from a phone call with Elvis and George Klein interviews him for Sirius radio.
There is a real poignancy about the footage which captures a timely sadness of Diamond Joe looking back from 33 years on. Joe talks about the wish to get Elvis off his prescription drug binge and there is a real feel about the impact of when Elvis died.
CLICK HERE to YouTube to see this great documentary

For more on 'Diamond Joe' see our interview below.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Joe Esposito EIN Interview: Joe Esposito (RIP) is best known as a key member of the "Memphis Mafia' and one of Elvis' closest friends. Joe met Elvis in 1958 when they were both in the army. They met in Germany and formed a friendship over playing games of football and taking trips to Paris. Before leaving the service Elvis asked Joe to work for him, from then on their friendship would last almost two decades with Esposito's main role being road-manager.

In 2001 EIN's Nigel Patterson met up with Joe Esposito in Canberra. He had agreed to give us 15 minutes of his time, but ended up talking for over an hour. This interview was featured in our EIN Fan Club newsletter but not on-line.
Joe Esposito January 22, 1938 - November 23,2016 - RIP.

Go here for Joe Esposito's delightful stories of sharing his life with Elvis and the special friendship they had.

(Interviews,  Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Laine Hardy, American Idol and Elvis: In the brand new season of American Idol a upcoming performer Laine Hardy was noted as looking like "a young Elvis Presley'.
17-year-old Laine Hardy captured the attention of star judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. The judges fell in love with Laine's twangy American accent, before pointing out that he looks remarkably like a young Elvis Presley.

Fans watching at home also noticed the similarities, flooding social media with how much they believed the aspiring singer resembled the "King of Rock".
"Elvis is who inspired me so I decided to do one of his songs," he said.
In addition to his resemblance to Elvis, Laine is also influenced by the late singer already posting a YouTube clip of 'Blue Suede Shoes' as well as 'Never Been To Spain'.
Fans note that he not only looks like Elvis, but sings like him as well.
It will be interesting to see how far Laine goes in American Idol.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 17 March 2018

"An Inside Look" at Elvis Presley: The Searcher: Priscilla spoke last Thursday at the SXSW premiere of the HBO documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'.

In this short YouTube video fans can get a first look with Director Thom Zimny and Executive Producer Priscilla Presley as they show a fresh perspective on one of the world's most famous musicians, ELVIS.
At SXSW Priscilla opened up about the rock star's drug addiction and his final days.
She said, "We certainly didn't see it coming. But we certainly saw the journey he was taking."

- CLICK HERE to YouTube to watch this great Behind The Scenes video

"People go, 'Well why didn't anyone do anything?', well, that's not true. People there in the inner group did, but you did not tell Elvis Presley what to do. You did not. I mean, you'd be out of there faster than a scratched cat. They would try and no way. He knew what he was doing."
Priscilla who met Elvis back in 1959 when he was serving in the U.S. Army, said that the singer started taking pills when he was stationed in Germany.
"That was the thing -- they gave them to the soldiers over there to keep them awake. He was on guard at that time. He had maneuvers that he had to do late at night, so the pills were given to the guys and that's how he started. And if you take a sleeping pill, you have to do something to get yourself awake. ... He was in unchartered territory, he truly was, and he did this and tried to do this alone."
During their marriage, which ended in 1973. she said she tried to hide his pills, but he always found them.
Elvis Presley took sleeping pills because he had insomnia and a fear of going to sleep, a phobia his ex-wife says dated  back to childhood.
Directed by Thom Zimny, "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" premieres on HBO on April 14.
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

‘RCA Studio 1 - The New York Sessions’ - Vinyl: Memphis Recording Service new VINYL album ‘RCA STUDIO 1 - THE NEW YORK SESSIONS’ is being released for Record Store Day, 21st April 2018.
The LIMITED EDITON 180 gram vinyl contains the complete New York masters plus outtake session recordings.
With Bonus 4 Page pullout inside.
SIDE A 1. Blue Suede Shoes, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. One-Sided Love Affair, 4. So Glad Your Mine, 5. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Cry, 6. Tutti Frutti, 7. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 8. Shake, Rattle & Roll, 9. Hound Dog, 10. Don't Be Cruel, 11. Anyway You Want Me,   
SIDE B 1. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 6), 2. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 7), 3. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 8 & 9), 4. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 11 & 12), 5. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 1-3), 6. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 5-7), 7. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 8), 8. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 9-11), 9. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 12 Undubbed Edit Master)

For Record Store Day info go to their website

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Files Magazine Issue 23- Out SOON : Erik Lorentzen has now posted some fabulous example pages from the March 2018 issue of his Elvis Files Magazine - and it does promise to be 'Better Than Ever'!

Issue #23 will feature articles on...
1955 - Clarksdale - Unseen photos and untold story
1956 - Tupelo 'The Great Homecoming'
1961 - Kid Galahad - Behind The Scenes
1970 - Houston 1970 - check out the stunning cover photo

 Check the fabulous Houston 1970 and Clarksdale 1955 'The King Was In The Building' example pages below. GREAT rare Elvis Live shots from fifteen years apart!

Subscribe annually for 4 issues by sending €58 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

Or also €15 for a single issue

or click here to Elvis Files subscriptions


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 15 March 2018
Elvis Style, Back In Fashion: For spring, men’s designers are rolling out versions of the King’s beloved ‘bowling’ shirts, a casual look that feels right again.
One day in 1952, in Memphis, Elvis Presley walked into the Lansky Bros. clothing store, where Bernard Lansky was tending the till. Elvis, then a 17-year-old usher at the Loews movie theater around the corner, confidently declared, “Mr. Lansky, I don’t have any money, but one of these days I’m going to come in and buy you out.” Amused, Mr. Lansky countered, “Don’t buy me out, just buy from me.” With that, a lifelong collaboration took root. Even as Elvis became a global phenomenon, Lansky Bros. kept him in blue suede shoes and collar-popping shirts. When the controversially gyrating star was invited to perform on “The Milton Berle Show” in 1956, Mr. Lansky outfitted him in the pink and black bowling shirt he wore on air. At the time, lots of men wore bowling shirts on their off days whether they bowled or not, but Elvis took the shirts to the next level with his electric color combinations.
“In the mid-50s when he broke into the scene, Elvis really liberated menswear,” said Zoey Goto, a London-based writer and author of the book “Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits.” Six decades later, fashion has adopted a brash Elvis-ish sensibility and designers are whipping up their own unconservative bowling shirts. Most notably, Prada and Ami brought them to the European runways in candy-color schemes that might have met with Mr. Lansky’s approval.

“My dad used to call them his ‘lifesaver colors,’” said Hal Lansky, who became president of Lansky Bros. after the passing of his father in 2012. “My dad loved to put those loud colors in the window, and that’s probably what drew Elvis to our front door.”
The sort of brightly colored open-collared shirts Elvis helped popularize played a role in defining the breezy style of California and Hawaii, too. “It’s a very surfer look, like in the ’60s when surfers would wear nice suits and camp-collared shirts before changing into their boardshorts to go surfing,” noted Kurt Narmore, the designer of Los Angeles-based label Noon Goons. Bowling shirts walk the line nicely between refined and rebellious. Their straight hem and boxy cut create a crisp silhouette, and striking colors and textures make them more interesting than whatever you’re probably wearing right now. “It’s not your normal oxford shirt or something that’s just a regular shirt. It has more flavor, style and flair,” said Mr. Narmore.
Visvim and Stussy offer shirts in flamingo pink and cornflower blue, while Topman is hyping stripes. Hecho embellished its patchworked bowling shirt with screenprinted characters for an added wink.
The more experimental you get, the more prudent it is to wear solid chinos below (in neutral navy or khaki, please) so you don’t look excessively eccentric. Whether you pop the collar like the King is entirely up to you.
Go here to the WallStreetJournal for the full article
Go here to EIN's exculsive interview with Zoey Goto

(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' blue Mercedes-Benz is on sale:  By modern standards, Elvis paid the equivalent of around $55,000 for the Mercedes luxury sedan.
Elvis' 1971 280SEL remains in pristine condition and is currently for sale in St. Louis, Missouri, for US$139,900. The sedan includes paperwork showing the iconic rock star as the vehicle's original owner.
Elvis purchased the 280SEL on December 21, 1970, for $8,764 – the equivalent of $54,828 in modern money. The optional air conditioning likely made Tennessee's hot summers much more tolerable. The rock star also got the luxury sedan with power windows and a Becker Europa stereo. The car originally came in a shade of dark red, but
Elvis decided to change it to Alpha Crystal Blue Metallic.
With 80,312 miles on the odometer, Elvis or his entourage apparently got good use out of the Mercedes before the singer's death in August 1977. After he passed away, the sedan went on display at a museum in Tennessee until 2016.
Now, there's a chance for the gorgeous sedan with celebrity provenance to have a new owner.
As its name implies, the 280 SEL had a 2.8-liter inline-six engine that put out a whopping 160 hp. The long-wheelbase four-door is powered by a smooth 2.8-liter inline-six engine and features air conditioning , power steering, power brakes, power windows, power everything! The car is in museum quality condition.
Go here to purchase
The vehicle is still equipped with its factory options including air conditioning, power windows, power steering, power brakes, and a Becker Europa radio that is still in working condition. This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL is well documented and comes with copies of the title registration, the original title (both of which bare Elvis’ signature), a copy of the original Bill of Sale, as well as a photo of the vehicle parked in front of Graceland.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

EPE redevelopment, now 1000 new jobs also on Hold: With EPE's proposed new arena venue there was a deal to bring 1,000 full-time jobs to Whitehaven, but after the Memphis court challenges and with EPE's venue put on hold Graceland has halted the manufacturing project.
The proposed $40 million-$50 million venue had become a point of contention between EPE, the City of Memphis, Shelby County and the Memphis Grizzlies. To fund the venue, EPE wanted to increase its Graceland tax increment financing (TIF) district from 50 to 65 percent.
On Oct. 9, EDGE sent out an email canceling the special board meeting to hear the EPE proposal.
In response to the meeting cancellation, Joel Weinshanker manager of Graceland Holdings decided to cease progress on the manufacturing facility.
“The manufacturing facility would have been located in Whitehaven in a site EPE had under contract at the time the 6,200-seat venue was taken off the EDGE agenda. We had spoken to EDGE and to the state about the project, and my client was prepared to move forward with a goal of having that facility opened and people working in Whitehaven by the end of this year.”
A representative with EDGE declined to comment on the manufacturing facility, “since the Graceland performance venue project is still part of ongoing litigation.”
EPE et al. v. City of Memphis et al. was filed by EPE Nov. 15, 2017, asking Chancery Court to rule that using public incentives to help pay for its proposed 6,200-seat venue would not violate the FedExForum arena use agreement.
That case was dismissed Feb. 16 by Chancellor Jim Kyle.
The building EPE would have redeveloped for the manufacturing facility is no longer under contract.
But, McLaren said if the venue moved forward and received the necessary approvals from EDGE, the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission, EPE's plans for the manufacturing facility might then be revisited.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Kissin' Cousins' and 'Easter Eggs' Spliced Takes: Another two "Spliced takes" albums announced.
- 'Easter Eggs' Spliced Takes: This one includes all tracks from the 1966 recording sessions, many gospel songs were recorded, but also some  excellent other tracks. CMT managed to produce a full new album with high standard spliced takes only the STAR team can deliver.
To name just one highlight it has to be the new approach the team did on "Tomorrow is A Long Time" it was re-created from scratch, gives a totally new feel to the song since the "chorus" was used only once and all "verses" were put after one and other. Also a longer intro and outro makes this an outstanding new track!
Other surprises like "Fools Fall in Love" with TWO  saxophone solos and an alternate piano intro for "Where No One Stands Alone" confirms:  This is a MUST have!
Again the STAR team has done all the edits on this album, and they did an excellent job again , with lots of excellent edits, and surprises. Unlike other “import” labels, they truly were able to produce an album using many incomplete takes , to create beautiful new versions.
- Kissin Cousins - Spliced Take Special: An incredible new album, featuring extended versions, alternate takes including new instrumental tracks and some pretty cool edits!
Don't think you already heard these! ALL tracks are brandnew edits and sound very rare, The title track for example starts of with an alternate opening and includes the extra verses.
"Gold in the Mountains" has been extended and includes rare alternate musical segments. For "Tender Feeling"  they used the alternate take 1 (vocal) and combined it with an alternate musical track, the result is stunning and sound quality is much better then the master version! "Echoes of Love" includes an alternate Saxophone solo makes you feel as if it is a brandnew take! The "drums" on "Catchin On Fast" are taken from an alternate musical track and put in just at the right spot to make it sound pretty cool and different!
 Another highlight must be "Kissin Cousins #1" ... for this song Elvis recorded TWO different vocal styles... Here they have "reversed" the vocals, and a complete NEW release is born.
Go to 'All The CD News 2018' for full tracklistings and more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 12 March 2018
'Elvis: The King In The Ring' for Record Store Day: RCA / Sony have announced a special release for "Record Store Day" April 21st 2018. A Double Vinyl, 'Elvis Presley: The King In The Ring'
... Elvis Presley re-established himself as the King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the widely-seen "comeback special" broadcast on NBC at the end of 1968. The show's many highlights included laid-back live performances recorded in the round before a small audience and featuring a powerful ensemble, including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis' original, classic backing band. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS, both electrifying intimate sets will be released in an individually numbered 2XLP package with a newly created gatefold sleeve, pressed on red vinyl.
Tracklist: 1 Heartbreak Hotel 2 Baby What You Want Me To Do 3 Introductions 8pm 4 That's All Right 5 Are You Lonesome Tonight? 6 Baby What You Want Me To Do 7 Blue Suede Shoes 8 One Night 9 Love Me 10 Trying To Get To You11 Lawdy Miss Clawdy 12 Santa Claus Is Back In Town 13 Blue Christmas 14 Tiger Man 15 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 16 Memories
Great Cover shot.
For Record Store Day info go to their website
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Hillcrest Home ReFurbish: The high-end design group 'The Future Perfect' has moved into 1174 Hillcrest Drive, the former Beverly Hills home of Elvis Presley, decking out the Trousdale Estate with its furnishings in a stunning re-furbish.
How nice to see that the suggested 2013 demolition never happened.
Designed in 1958 by architect Rex Lotery and a former home to Elvis Presley (he purchased the estate in 1967 and lived there for six creatively-fecund years), the house’s typically Californian architecture and symbiotic combination of panoramic LA views, expansive space and light – plus elegantly decorated interiors and a neat, Hockney-style pool – were an ideal fit for their philosophy and aesthetic.
They describe the recently renovated build as ‘nothing short of the mythical California pad imagined in vivid celluloid dreams’, flooded with light from the full height windows and filled with details dating back to Presley’s domestic tenure. Embellished with The Future Perfect’s expertly chosen pieces, the aesthetic effect is more sophisticated still.
If you want to see lots of new house photos go here to the wallpaper design website.

(News, Source;Gansky/ElvisInfoNet)

'The 50s In Stereo' New Vinyl: UK's Vee-Tone Records are releasing "Elvis Presley - The 50s In Stereo" "NEOPHONIC Stereo" in both Orange and Green Vinyl options.
EIN notes that "NEOPHONIC Stereo"  is something like RCA's "Electronically reprocessed stereo" so do not expect too much.
This special collector’s edition vinyl comes in two stunning coloured vinyl options (500 x green vinyl and 500 x orange vinyl). Hot on the heels of the NEOPHONIC Stereo single ‘My Baby Left Me’, ‘Elvis Presley - The 50s In Stereo’ features 12 specially selected mono recordings given the NEOPHONIC Stereo makeover.
Individually numbered, this limited edition album will not re-pressed.
Stunning album artwork featuring a high gloss, flip back sleeve and full colour inner sleeve - Limited Edition only 1000 copies worldwide.
All "NEOPHONIC Stereo" versions! 
Side A: 1, Mystery Train 2, Baby, Let's Play House 3, Blue Moon Of Kentucky* 4, Good Rockin' Tonight 5, One Sided Love Affair 6, Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)
Side B: 1, I Got A Woman 2, Lawdy Miss Clawdy (3, My Baby Left Me* 4, Don't 5, Dixieland Rock 6, I Got Stung *45rpm single 45-6540(e)
Go HERE to VeeTone Records website to purchase - probably cheaper than your local "Elvis Dealer"
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley - Speedway" Podcast: The recent Graceland podcast features a look at Elvis' 1968 film Speedway - released 50 years ago this June. "Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra - smooth, fast and in high gear!"
The latest Podcast is all about Elvis' 27th film, the musical comedy "Speedway," also starring Nancy Sinatra and Bill Bixby. EPE's Savannah Faircloth and Sheena Barnett discuss movie trivia and share reactions from Elvis fans on this episode.
Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear a special interview with Elvis' "Speedway" co-star Victoria Paige Meyerink.

CLICK here to Graceland podcast.

And don't miss out on EIN's in-depth look at the 2016 FTD Classic album - see below


(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Speedway' - FTD Soundtrack Album Review: Speedway was Elvis' very last Soundtrack album. With the intention of recreating the dynamic atmosphere of 1963’s Viva Las Vegas, MGM cast hot property Nancy Sinatra as Elvis’ co-star but there was no chemistry between them. The original session took place on the MGM soundstage and the recordings flooded in echo sounded terrible. Luckily the four-track MGM Masters still exist and have been remixed for this release creating the best quality recordings we have to date.
With only ‘Let Yourself Go’ and 'Suppose' as the stand out tracks the album was a very dull affair
However several previously unreleased outtakes of the Bonus songs ‘Mine’ and ‘Goin’ Home’ are also included here, help add interest and make CD 1 a packed 79 minutes.
Remarkably with such lacklustre original material FTD have managed to create a rather worthy classic soundtrack album.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this FTD release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

How Lisa Marie ended up penniless!: Now the tabloids are weighing in about Lisa Marie's bad financial decisions.
Which of course could all be a ruse to stop her ex-husband getting his share of the estate in the bitter up-coming divorce proceedings.

The story includes ...
.... ELVIS is still worth hundreds of millions, but a turbulent personal life and bad decisions have left Lisa Marie Presley virtually penniless as she claims to have just $US14,000 to her name.
Where did it all go wrong for the troubled singer, 50, whose turbulent personal life has been the subject of tabloid fodder for decades?

Elvis Presley placed fourth on Forbes’ annual list of the top-earning dead celebrities last year, earning $US35 million in 2017, 40 years after his death.
On Lisa Marie's 25th birthday in 1993 she inherited her father’s estate, which, thanks largely to the stewardship of her mother, Priscilla, had grown to an estimated $US100 million.
She was owner and chairman of the board until 2005, when she sold 85 per cent of the estate’s business holdings, excluding his expansive property Graceland, which she kept.

Now, Lisa Marie claims her former business manager Barry Siegel swindled her out of the vast majority of her fortune, leaving her with only $US14,000.
In turn Siegel and his company allege it was her own out-of-control spending that led to her perilous financial situation.
According to court documents Lisa Marie owes $US10 million in taxes and $US6 million on her home in England.

Lisa Marie married Michael Lockwood, her forth marriage, in 2006. She filed for divorce after 10-years and with their two twin girls.
Legal documents filed by Presley as part of divorce proceedings paint a picture of an unstable home life, as she battled drug and alcohol problems.

Lisa Marie has stated, "I had to go to rehab several times. I was a mess. I couldn’t stop. The last year of our marriage I was abusing cocaine terribly, it was bad."

Scientology is also being mentioned. Scientology was introduced to Lisa Marie in 1977 by her mother Priscilla. Over the years she rose through the ranks of the mysterious church, becoming an influential and well-respected member, even accepting a Humanitarian Award for her activities within the church.
But in the past decade she is said to have had a growing dissatisfaction with Scientology, and in 2016 officially defected.
But her mother and 28-year-old daughter, actor Riley Keough, are both still devout Scientologists, and are reportedly fighting to get her to rejoin the church.
Elvis himself was deeply sceptical of Scientology saying after a visit, "There’s no way I’ll ever get involved with that son-of-a-bitchin’ group. All they want is my money."
And indeed, Scientology may explain at least some of the Elvis estate’s missing millions: It’s rumoured that Priscilla gave the church a hefty share of his estate.

(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 10 March 2018
Elvis' RIAA "Certified" Album Sales More Than 146.5 Million: SONY / Legacy and RCA Records acknowledge the astounding ongoing impact of the music and artistry of Elvis Presley, whose all time RIAA certified album awards in the US now top 146.5 million units. (perhaps more says EIN!)
As Presley's catalog achieves new Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum sales awards as certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Elvis continues to inspire, inform and transform popular culture.
Elvis, the second most awarded solo performer and third most awarded act in RIAA history (after the Beatles at #1 and Garth Brooks at #2) has racked up more Gold Records (101) than any other act and is the only artist still earning RIAA certifications whose connection to the association dates back to its founding.
In 1958, the inaugural year of the RIAA Gold & Platinum program, Elvis' "Hard Headed Woman" became one of the RIAA's first three Gold singles and the very first in Elvis' ongoing string of Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications.
Over the past year, 17 Elvis Presley catalog titles have been awarded RIAA certifications, with 11 of those albums reaching Gold (or Platinum) status for the very first time.
HOWEVER there has always been a discrepancy over RIAA's total sales measurements.. 
- The basis for RIAA’s overall artist announcements totally exclude singles - of which Elvis is the true king.
- The RIAA certifications are based on documented sales figures but in the case of Elvis the RCA figures are incomplete, most importantly sales during the 12 months after Elvis' death are unaccounted for.  BILLBOARD wrote in September 1977 that RCA shipped 20 million records a week. They had as many as 40 pressing plants working overtime to cope with the demand. RCA November releas
- Figures are based on "certified" albums sales, but this becomes VERY interesting because neither The Beatles nor Garth Brooks have any albums that have not been certified, Elvis however has more than 200 non-certified albums which combined sales would also have been yet more millions.
EIN published several articles on this in 2001 - with input from Roger Semon & Ernst Jørgensen.

While things have greatly changed over the last 16 years (unlike Garth Books, Elvis has been slack and recorded no new studio material!) the sales numbers for Elvis are however still not the complete picture.
Click here to "Is Elvis the Biggest Selling Recording Artist? - Sorting Out Records Sales Stats & RIAA Rules"
New 2017 and 2018 certifications are shown below...
GOLD - Elvis Presley Christmas Duets, An Afternoon In The Garden, Elvis' Greatest Jukebox Hits, Elvis Rock, The Great Performances, White Christmas.
GOLD Multi-Disc Set: He Touched Me, Artist Of the Century, Peace in the Valley, Christmas Peace, HITstory.
PLATINUM - Heart And Soul, That's The Way It Is, Elvis Ultimate Gospel.
MULTI- PLATINUM - Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol. 1 (3X), It's Christmas Time (4X), Elvis 30 #1 Hits (6X).
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Donna Butterworth dead at 62: Donna Butterworth who co-starred with Elvis in the 1966 movie “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” died Tuesday following a long illness - reports the Hawaii Tribune. Donna Butterworth was a child actress and singer, who was actually born in Philadelphia in 1956 but moved to moved to Hawaii with her family aged 3.
She was 9 and already a showbiz veteran when she got the call to film with Elvis. By then, she had performed with entertainer Don Ho; released two singles, “Sailor Boy” and “California Sunshine Boy”, appeared on “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Andy Williams Show” and “The Danny Kaye Show” and garnered a Golden Globe nomination for most promising newcomer for her role in the 1965 Jerry Lewis comedy “The Family Jewels.”
In “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,” Butterworth played Jan Kohana, daughter of the business partner of Elvis’ character.
Butterworth sang several duets with the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and gained a cult following.

Butterworth recalled filming her first scene with Elvis and running into his arms... “I had only met Elvis a few minutes before

that, so when the director called ‘action,’ I ran up and got in his arms, and his face was about 4 inches from my face. After all the anticipation of meeting "Elvis Presley" and working with him, I just froze. I couldn’t believe I was so close to this beautiful man. All the crew cracked up because they knew I was so enamored. In fact, Elvis laughed the hardest, he just loved to laugh.”
Sadly her acting career was short-lived only remembered for 'A Boy Called Nuthin’'in 1967 for 'Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color' which also starred Ron Howard.
As an adult, Butterworth sang professionally and recorded a CD in Hawaii in the early 2000s.
A private memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Butterworth is survived by her mother and brother.
(News, Source;Hawaii-Tribune/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Debuts at SXSW: The brand new HBO doco 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' debuts this week at the US 'South by Southwest Film Festival' on March 14 & 15. 
Elvis Presley: The Searcher offers a fresh look at one of the most famous musicians in history, with a dedicated focus on the man as a working musician, not just the caricature that time and fame has drawn. “This is really, I think, the definitive documentary about the artist, the man behind the music,” says Priscilla. Divided into two films, the three hours of archival footage, photo stills, and narration reveal a rare intimate glimpse of Elvis, almost like stepping inside of his private photo albums.
“My heart goes out to him,” she said. “This film humanizes him so much. . He was a genius. ... His management just saw him as a moneymaker.” Priscilla was executive producer of the film,
Austin, a musical city where Priscilla has roots, is seemingly the perfect place to premiere a film about a working musician. With “absolute carte blanche” access to the archives, including thousands of stills and over 6,000 digital recordings, Zimny digs deep into the personal musical history of Elvis. The second film even includes a previously undiscovered recording – “a really haunting vocal” – of Elvis’ mother Gladys singing. Zimny said, “I was chasing those lost details because it paints a much more complex, layered vision of Elvis than had been out there before. I got to hear about his frustrations with his career, and also just his frustrations as a person who loved music, and the destructive force of making those films.”
“I think if there’s any tragedy in the two films it’s to realize that Elvis as an artist was held back,” added Zimny.
To anchor the films stylistically, Zimny decided not to include any visuals of the interviews, instead focusing exclusively on the archival footage and photos, with voiceover narration peppered throughout. “I wanted the film to feel like a dream where you were going back into time seeing Elvis in Super-8 home movies, seeing the space of Graceland as a character, and hearing these voices – the voice of Elvis or the voices of people who spent time with him. I wanted the voices to have this musical feel, and I wanted to be able to play with images and ideas against the soundtrack.”
Elvis Presley: The Searcher explores far more than his greatest hits. Little-known recordings and performances, as well as Elvis’ gospel roots, are highlighted.
A lifelong Memphian, David Porter watched Elvis transform from just a kid hanging around the Beale Street clubs to a major talent who explored the influences of black artists while still maintaining his own style. The legendary songwriter and producer, formerly in charge of A & R at Stax Records said, “Elvis was amazing – not at trying to make anyone think he could dance like Jackie Wilson – but he had that animation and that movement that gave him an individual identity that was just as impactful as it was to watch Jackie Wilson dance at the Flamingo. It just speaks to the visionary parts of his creative mind.
“There are no new emotions, so when a person has the ability to find an impactful way to affect people’s emotions, based on how they are creatively able to do that, that’s a stroke of genius, a stroke of creativeness that’s hard to find,” added Porter. “I think true artists find things about themselves that amplify their credibility, and not every artist has the intellect to seek things in their inner core to do that. But when you find ones that are able to do that, they become the greats, like Michael Jackson, like James Brown, like Elvis Presley.”
Go HERE to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' for the complete article and much more..
(News, Source;austinchronicle/ElvisInfoNet)

New FTD Releases OUT NOW: The three new FTDs, supposedly for the end of February, are now at Elvis Dealers. A double digipack 1974 previously unreleaed soundboard, the previously announced book/cd 'Rebel With A Cause' plus the double-vinyl “Elvis – The Fool Album”. 
- 'Elvis: Murfreesboro ‘74'.
Released as a 5” digipack, this 2-CD set features Elvis in great form at these two shows on March 14th & 19th 1974 at the Murfreesboro Middle State Tennessee University.
The sound quality and performances from Elvis and the band are really powerful.
“Steamroller Blues” will knock your socks off!.
These two soundboards have never been released before not even on bootleg
FTD have previously released five concerts from this tour (check EIN's FTD releases here) and they have all been very fine indeed.
Go here for tracklist

- 'Rebel With A Cause' Book/CD Combo. Written and produced by David English & Pal Granlund it features newly-discovered images scanned for the first time from the original negatives - exclusive to this book.
The book follows Elvis between August 16 and September 30, 1956 from his arrival in Hollywood to his return to Memphis. Produced by David English and Pål Granlund, it includes many rare unpublished photos taken from the original negatives.

The bonus CD features Elvis Presley: Rock ‘N’roll No.2 – an album originally released by HMV in the UK. It also features all 4 songs from Elvis’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956 and a recording off the afternoon performance of September 26 in Tupelo Mississipi.

The book is 312 pages and author David English notes that two more unseen photos from September 56, one of which shows Elvis paying to go into Malco Theatre just made it into the book before printing.
The book will include an accompanying cd. See tracklist below.

£59.99 plus postage.


- “Elvis – The Fool Album” VINYL - . Originally released in July 1973, this album’s track listing changed dramatically from RCA’s internal documents circulated just one month before.  Here for the first time, DISC 1 features the LP sequenced as Originally Planned. The LP artwork also replicates the original draft layout before it was amended. DISC 2 includes outtakes from the sessions that contributed to the album.
Highlights include the rare fully orchestrated version of ‘FOOL” and the 11-minute plus version Of “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright.”
DISC 1 The Original Planned Version Of The Album
Side A - 1 Fool, 2 Where Do I Go From Here, 3 Blue Hawaii* 4 Early Mornin’ Rain* 5 It’s Impossible*
Side B - 1 Reconsider Baby (Blues Jam)* 2 Hawaiian Wedding Song* 3 Ku-U-I-Po* 4 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen 5 No Moe*
*Recorded live
DISC 2 The Outtakes And Alternates
Side C - 1 FOOL (with full strings overdub) 2 Steamroller Blues* (single mix) 3 Until It’s Time For You To Go (tks 1 & 2) 4 (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me (tk 9 & 10) 5 I Will Be True (tks 1 & 2)
Side D - 1 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right + (take 2, informal recording) 2 Love Me, Love The Life I Lead (alternate mix) 3 It’s Still Here (takes 4 & 5)

Georgia Elvis Festival - This Weekend:  The first Georgia Elvis Festival was held in March of 2013, a four-day festival this year running March 8-11, 2018.
The talent pool is certainly deep this year, with professionals arriving from as far as Germany to perform for the judges. The contest will conclude Sunday with the king being crowned and entered into the Ultimate Elvis Competition in Memphis.
But first there’s a lot of fun and music to be had, attendees flocked to the downtown area to listen to performers sing classic tunes in honor of the King of Rock and Roll. Many of those, both tribute artists and attendees, at this year’s festival are quite young. Too young in fact to have even been alive during Elvis’ lifetime.
“It’s all about keeping the memory of Elvis alive. People don’t understand how big it is until they come out and see it. Then, they get it.”
This year 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Dwight Icenhower is appearing plus Ryan Pelton, Tim Hendry and Brunswick favorite Travis Powell will also appear as will newcomers Riley Jenkins and Taylor Rodriguez.
“It’s so great to see the younger guys. They are awesome, it makes you really appreciate young Elvis too. I don’t think I really did when I was younger. But I do now. And these guys are keeping it going. They are helping to keep the legacy alive.
Go here to the Georgia Elvis Festival website for info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 7 March 2018

New Elvis Footage of Toronto, April 2 1957: This Elvis footage came to light in the middle of last year but it was hidden within an interview with  DJ Red Robinson and Fred Latremouille about Little Richard.
The clip of Elvis on stage lasts less than one minute but it still gives a wonderful look at the excitement that Elvis generated in 1957.
Now, where is the rest of the footage!


Last year Paul Sweeney published his marvelous book 'Elvis 'One Night In Toronto' April 2 - 1957' - go here to see what the show looked like in stunning highgrade images compared to this short clip.

Click here for the original Little Richard piece.

EIN thanks Steve Johnson for the story.
(News, Source;SJ/ElvisInfoNet)

'Worldwide Elvis Vinyl Discography' - Can Anyone help?: Back in May 2016 EIN interviewed super-collector Paul Dowling about his fascinating Elvis past and in the very detailed interview he talked about the massive Elvis collectors book he has been working on since 1992 - the ultimate WORLDWIDE ELVIS VINYL DISCOGRAPHY.
In our interview he noted, "I found listing notices of Elvis singles, EP's and LP's that either came out and no one has found yet or that were planned and then cancelled for some reason. Plus many foreign releases that no one knows about even now! There are loads and loads of super interesting items I found that I will picture in my book someday".
Paul Dowling is now asking if any Elvis fan can help him finish the project. "I became friends with Bernadette Moore (BMG ARCHIVES New York) and she invited me to go through all of their Elvis archives. I must have spent every other week in their vaults from Jan - May going through every file I could find (including ones that most of the people working there at the time never knew existed) to get as much info as I could on U.S. Elvis releases since I had loads of foreign information already. The idea of course was to do books which would contain information on every Elvis 78, single, EP, LP, promos etc from the following countries that released Elvis vinyl on RCA. 
Angola; Argentina; Australia; Barbados; Belgium; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Czechoslovakia; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; England; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Holland; Hong Kong; Iceland; India; Indonesia; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Kenya; Korea; Lebanon; Madagascar; Malaysia; Mexico; Mozambique; New Zealand; Norway; Pakistan; Panama; Peru; Philippines; Portugal; Rhodesia; Singapore; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; Thailand; Trinidad; Turkey; Uruguay; Venezuela; Yugoslavia; U.S.
This became an enormous task which obviously I still have not completed but I have kept up-to-date EVERY DAY updating the information with as of last week close to 11,000 scans on my computer!!! (some RCA paper archives shown below)
I really would like all of this to come out one day but in all honesty I just don't have the time. So I am going to sell everything to someone who would be interested in taking the time, etc to putting it together. Please get back to me if you are interested in finishing this enormous project!"

Click here to contact PAUL DOWLING - this book need to be finished for all Elvis collectors.
If you never read EIN's lengthy interview with Elvis super-collector / bootlegger please start reading below!
(News, Source;PD/ElvisInfoNet)

Part 1 - Paul Dowling in-depth EIN Interview: 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 this fascinating and informative interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- How he became part of the Elvis World
- How he became one of the world's most famous Elvis bootleggers
- The shock of Elvis' death
- Unreleased Elvis material
- includes the possibility of 'Don't Be Cruel' outtakes! 
- Unreleased material noted on RCA paperwork
- Famous Elvis Bootleg customers such as Elton John and RCA's 'Elvis producer' Joan Deary

Go here - & Don’t Miss - this exclusive interview with EIN's Piers Beagley - an essential 2016 interview for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Auckland's 'Elvis in the Gardens' Big weekend: Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Auckland Botanic Gardens (in New Zealand) the king of all free events was back for its ninth year, featuring six hours of top tier musical tributes to the imitable Elvis Presley.
Thousands of Aucklanders couldn't help falling in love with the King of Rock 'n' Roll all over again last Sunday March 4th.
Elvis in the Gardens, a free annual event, had fans of Elvis Presley 'all shook up' and 'dancing to the jailhouse rock' at the Auckland Botanical Gardens.
The King's been dead 40 years, but his devotees still love a chance to be dance to the 50s classics.
Elvis ETA Dean Zeligman, from the USA, was this year's headlining act and took the stage to wild enthusiasm from the audience. Elvis' cousin Donna Presley was the guest of honour.
For many fans it was a return visit they noted, "Elvis is still alive here in New Zealand, I like rock 'n' roll, I like the era. The atmosphere and the fans are fantastic and we love dancing."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie Ordered to Pay Up: Lisa Marie was dealt a new financial card last week in the midst of her ongoing divorce case against ex Michael Lockwood. Inside a L.A. court room, Presley and Lockwood stood beside their attorneys as Judge Patrick Cathcart ordered the singer-songwriter to pay her estranged husband $100,000. The figure is to cover his attorney's projected fees in preparation for their August trial in their divorce case stemming from 2016.
Lisa Marie has 30 days to pay him the full amount.
Michael Lockwood sasy that Lisa Marie is lying about the mountain of debt she claims to be under, and about how much money she's earning. He points out she claimed to be making $104,000 per month in 2016, but also claimed she owed the IRS $1.67 million. Lockwood says that would mean she owes more than she made in income that year
The mother of four was stoic during the hearing and sported sunglasses. Both Presley and Lockwood did not speak during the hearing nor did they acknowledge each other afterward in the hallway.
The ruling comes on the heels of newly filed legal documents from Presley alleging she is more than $16 million in debt, including $10 million in tax bills from past years.
Lisa Marie filed for legal separation from Lockwood back in June 2016 after 10 years of marriage.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 1 March 2018 - - - - 2nd news update - - - -
'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Official Trailer: HBO have posted the official trailer for 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'. Fans will love the fact that it DOES feature plenty of new home-footage that has never been officially released before. Includes some stunning footage from the 50s, 60s and 70s. This looks AWESOME - at last a documentary fit for a king.
With this film, filmmaker Thom Zimny (director of several documentaries for Bruce Springsteen) sought to showcase Elvis Presley in a way that few have seen: past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll to reveal the man and the artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.” Elvis Presley: The Searcher offers unprecedented access to Elvis, featuring new interviews with his collaborators, artists inspired by him (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris) and never-before-seen photos and footage of Presley at work and at play. The result is an intimate look at a performer countless audiences around the world have heard but only few have truly known.

This three-hour doco focuses on the musical icon, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.
Premieres in the USA April 14 at 8pm on HBO.
Go HERE to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

ETMHM # 119 Out Now: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine ETMHM March 2018 issue is out now. Featuring photos and interview from February '56, in-depth 'Elvis On Tour' bootleg box review, the full story behind the 'Wake Up To Music' 45 (PLUS A CHANCE TO WIN AN ORIGINAL PROMO COPY!!!).

Articles include
Norfolk, Virginia February 1956 - interview & pix
Elvis On Tour Deluxe Edition - review of new bootleg package
The Giles Files - Wake Up To Music
"It did NOT change!" - Elvis' take on his movie career
Neat & Tidy - cult TV
Shout It Out - readers' letters
CD & Book Reviews

Go here to ETHHM website to subscribe


(News, Source;EMM/ElvisInfoNet)

This Weekend At Graceland: March 2-3, 2018  is the first 'Ultimate Elvis Tribute Weekend Showcase' at The Guest House at Graceland Theater.
You can join impersonator fans for Graceland’s first-ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend Celebration, March 2-3, 2018, at The Guest House at Graceland Theater in two concert experiences.

2014 winner Jay Dupuis, 2011 Ultimate champ Cody Slaughter, David Lee, Shawn Klush, Justin Shandor and Dwight Icenhower are all there for for the first-ever ETA weekend at Graceland.
The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend Showcase is March 2-3 at the Soundstage at Elvis Presley's Memphis at Graceland.

- ELVIS: The Greatest Hits
• Friday, March 2 at 7:00 pm at The Guest House at Graceland Theater •
A concert tribute to Elvis’ chart-topping hits from studio, stage and screen, starring Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winners Justin Shandor, Cody Slaughter and Dwight Icenhower.
- ELVIS: The Concert Years
Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 pm at The Guest House at Graceland Theater •
A concert salute to Elvis’ Vegas performances and concert tours, starring Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winners David Lee, Jay Dupuis and Shawn Klush.
(Tickets range from $125 to $35)
Go here to EPE for tickets and info
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Sandi Miller, Elvis & The Spa Guy!: "The Spa Guy" is not only an Elvis super-fan but also a great bass-guitar player. Fans should check out his videos especially his in-depth videos with Elvis acquaintances - as well as his investigations into Elvis myths.
In case you have missed it "The Spa Guy" filmed a three-part 45 minute interview with Elvis' good friend Sandi Miller.
It is well worth watching.
"This video is about Sandi Miller a California "Gate Girl" who because friends with Elvis Presley and took more than 1000 pictures as well. These are incredible stories of her times of knowing Elvis personally - enjoy."
CLICK HERE to Sandi Miller Interview on YouTube

Also as announced below "The Spa Guy" aka Billy Stallings Jr will be playing bass on the ‘THE ELVIS CONCERT 2018’ European Tour - See the dates below
Click here to view his YouTube promo for the Elvis European tour and as he says, "Come and say hello"

(News, Source;AJ/ElvisInfoNet)

News from earlier this week . . . .

Lisa Marie Presley Sues Her Former Manager for More Than $100 Million: Lisa Marie’s legal battles are far from over.  Elvis Presley’s daughter is suing her former manager,  Barry Siegel, after a failed investment. Presley claims that Siegel, who ran the trust that Elvis left for his daughter when he died in 1977, sold 85 percent her interest in Elvis Presley Enterprises for $100 million in 2005, according to the court documents obtained by  Us Weekly.  The singer-songwriter says in the docs that Siegel used the money from the sale to invest in Core Entertainment, which is the parent company of American Idol. Core went bankrupt in 2016, and as a result, Presley claims she lost $24.5 million.

“Siegel never provided Lisa with the required accounting at any time after the Core deal,” the court docs read, adding that “Siegel reportedly led Lisa to believe she was in ‘good shape’ with her finances.”
The “Nobody Noticed It” singer, 50, is suing Siegel for $100 million because she believes that she has “been damaged in an amount that has not yet been fully ascertained, but is believed to be in excess of $100 million,” the docs read.
As previously reported, Lisa Marie recently made headlines for her financial woes. She claimed in a court documents related to her divorce from Michael Lockwood on February 14 that she was $16 million in debt. According to the documents Lisa Marie owes more than $10 million in taxes from 2012 to 2017 (see EIN story below) and has defaulted on her debt of more than $6 million from her United Kingdom home. Presley also owes $263,050 in professional frees, $47,844 in credit card debt and an estimate of $250,000 in miscellaneous unpaid bills.

Lisa Marie revealed her financial struggles in response to a request from Lockwood that she help pay part of his $450,000 in attorney fees. Presley and Lockwood, who share 9-year-old twin daughters, called it quits in June 2016 after more than 10 years of marriage.
Other media report that Siegel says Presley has “uncontrollable spending habits” and he has filed his own lawsuit against her.
(News, Source:US Magazine/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Impersonator becomes Australian Deputy Prime Minister!: The world is a crazy place and 'Elvis IS everywhere'.
While EIN tries to avoid the embarrassment of reporting about most Elvis ETAs, we have to note that today Michael McCormack became the leader of the National Party of Australia and thus - due to coalition politics - Australia's Deputy Prime Minister.
Michael McCormack also happens to be an "Occasional Elvis impersonator"!
Michael McCormack (53) grew up on family farms at regional Marrar and Brucedale. Today he told the media that, “His job is to heal the party now and to get back to the issues, and that is what Australians want.”
EIN hopes this means a greater focus on ELVIS!
At last year's Parkes Elvis Festival (the biggest Elvis birthday Festival in the world) Michael McCormack was
joined by ex Labour power-broker Sam Dastyari and Parkes Mayor Ken Keith.
Australia really does love Elvis - as do our politicians!
In the photo, Sam Dastyari, Ken Keith (Parkes Mayor), Michael McCormack (Australian Deputy Prime Minister)
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Protesters ousted from sacred site where Elvis filmed ‘Blue Hawaii’: State sheriffs on Thursday removed protesters from the ruins of a Hawaii hotel where they have been squatting since last year in an attempt to block redevelopment of land where Hawaiian chiefs once lived and where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the movie “Blue Hawaii.”
The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said in a statement Thursday that state sheriffs arrested 23-year-old Mahealani Hanie-Grace for trespassing at Coco Palms on Kauai.

As EIN reported last week, the protest began when two men arrived claiming they owned the property because they descend from King Kaumualii, the last ruler of Kauai. They’ve been joined by dozens of others.
Police have cited protesters for trespassing. A judge last month issued an order to evict them. The public safety department said 25 deputy sheriffs participated in the raid.
The protest is the latest example of Native Hawaiian activists taking a stand on cultural issues and sacred places.

Protesters in recent years blocked a road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea, the Big Island’s highest peak, to stop the construction of one of the world’s largest telescopes. That case is currently before the courts. Keala Lopez, who has been teaching Hawaiian to those gathered at the property, said people occupying the site are protecting the land and the natural resource. She said they won’t give up now, they’ll just have to adapt.
“I don’t think it will diminish our fire. It’s inspiring for the community to see us continue. We’ve been receiving so much support and aloha, so that I only feel stronger when situations happen,” she said.

The people occupying the Coco Palms site have been growing taro, a traditional Hawaiian staple, and other crops, she said. The effort is more about having a place to live and sleep, she said.
“It’s a cultural calling to preserve and protect this place,” she said.
Coco Palms has been shut since 1992, when Hurricane Iniki heavily damaged the property. Demolition began in 2016, with the goal of reopening in mid-2018. The clash has caused delays, so the developers hope to start construction soon after the protesters leave.
Coco Palms opened as a resort in 1953. Eight years later, it served as the backdrop for scenes in a Hollywood romantic comedy featuring Presley.
See EIN's exclusive feature on Coco Palms here
(News, Source:AP/NP/ElvisInfoNet)

How did prestigious British private school blazer turn up in Elvis’ wardrobe?: The prestigious private school attended by ex UK prime minister Tony Blair is investigating how one of its magenta and brown blazers came to be in the wardrobe of Elvis Presley.

Fettes College in Edinburgh, which charges £33,500 a year, also counts Tilda Swinton among its former pupils.

The school was astounded to discover that one of its distinctive jackets had once belonged to Elvis.

The item is being sold by PR Auction online - with no mention of its Scottish roots - and is expected to fetch at least $2,000 (£1,430).

EIN notes how similar the jacket looks to the one Elvis wore at the Chicago Press Conference in 1957. Were the two possibly mixed up or did Elvis purchase a similar jacket? It seems very odd.  
The Fettes College blazer was among a massive collection of the Elvis's possessions which were obtained from his father's home in Tennessee in 1999. The jacket was identified by its Aitken and Niven retailer label with the address marked '79 George Street Edinburgh'. Aitken and Niven supplied the Edinburgh school with its uniform until about 20 years ago, and the same blazers are still worn by the senior boys at the school, now priced at £120.
The Edinburgh school blazer was on display inside the Elvis-a-rama museum from 1999 until 2006.
A spokeswoman for Fettes College said: 'We were utterly delighted when we found out that Elvis Presley owned and wore the distinctive Fettes blazer. An Old Fettesian living in the United States originally alerted us to the discovery and our archivist has been busy trying to find the link between Elvis and Fettes College.
David Ferguson, managing director of Aitken and Niven, who long ago moved from George Street to stores in the city's Morningside and Blackhall areas, confirmed it was a Fettes college blazer.
He said: 'We sold these until about 20 years ago. The school have their own shop now. I don't know how it would come into Elvis's hands. He must have liked the colours.'
A spokesman for PR Auction said: 'The collection in which the jacket was found, is well known to Elvis collectors. In light of the new information about it originating from Scotland, how it made its way to Elvis can only be speculation and an educated guess.
'If I had to guess I would say that it must have been a gift from a fan who recognized that Elvis wore such flashy clothing in the 50s.'
Elvis set foot in Scotland once, during a 60-minute layover at Prestwick airport in 1960, during which he was mobbed by fans.
(News, Source: DailyMail/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in February . . .
'Elvis Presley: The Searcher': The LA Times also ran a promo story about the new Elvis HBO documentary and box-set.
The article includes....
HBO's "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" largely sidesteps the rock star's status as a pop culture icon in favor of highlighting his artistic ambitions, with a companion soundtrack album that similarly favors his most creative recordings over his signature hits.
'Elvis Presley: The Searcher - Original Soundtrack' spans his earliest recordings at Sun Studio in Memphis, such as 'That's All Right' and 'My Baby Left Me' through song choices that reveal his questing nature that often was obscured by his fame as well as by his detour into Hollywood and, later, Las Vegas.
Thom Zimny notes, "The soundtrack was in my mind from the beginning. I wasn't just
making a film, I was thinking about the collection of recordings I would gather for a person who saw the film, who wanted to complete the experience, just as I always had."
The deluxe edition also includes a disc containing recordings that influenced Presley, such as Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's rendition of "That's All Right," the Blackwood Brothers gospel group's version of "Satisfied," bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe's rendition of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and Lloyd Price's hit version of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" that Presley greatly admired.
The soundtrack album is produced by longtime Presley archivist Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Zimny and rock writer-manager Jon Landau.
Warren Zanes writes in the book, "In this collection, one gets not a greatest hits package but a song-by-song, curated portrait of an artist,  an artist who very consistently and courageously gave himself to his performances, as if in the giving he might find some missing part of himself."
Among the numerous Presley disciples Zimny and Zanes interviewed for the documentary are Springsteen and Tom Petty, who recently shared his thoughts about the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

Go HERE to EIN's 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' for the full article - (News, Source;LAT/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Files Magazine Issue 23: Erik Lorentzen has posted the front cover of the March 2018 issue of his Elvis Files Magazine - and promises this issue is 'Better Than Ever'!

Issue #23 will feature articles on...
1955 - Clarksdale - Unseen photos and untold story
1956 - Tupelo 'The Great Homecoming'
1961 - Kid Galahad - Behind The Scenes
1970 - Houston 1970 - check out the stunning cover photo


Subscribe annually for 4 issues by sending €58 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

Or also €15 for a single issue

or click here to Elvis Files subscriptions


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘THE ELVIS CONCERT 2018’ European Tour Dates: Arjan Deelen's very fine concert event "An Evening with Elvis' Friends and Original Musicians" this year returns as the easier titled ‘THE ELVIS CONCERT 2018’.
The special show will be returning this spring for a 25-date tour of Finland, Holland, Belgium and Sweden.
We will be bringing Elvis’ 1970 drummer BOB LANNING (‘The Wonder Of You’, ‘Polk Salad Annie’, etc) as well as original Imperials member JIM MURRAY, who can be seen in the 1970 movie 'Elvis – That’s The Way It Is'. At each of the shows, there is a meet & greet where you can say hello to the musicians.
YouTube phenomenon 'The Spa Guy', Billy Stallings Jr, will also be joining us on bass.
This is a production that’s done with passion, integrity and authenticity – no jumpsuits! Leadsinger is the vocally impressive Dwight Icenhower, and the band includes top guitarist Carl Bradychok.
Don’t miss out – this is a show that really pays tribute to the man and his music.

Photos: Elvis with Jim Murray, 1971. Elvis at the Astrodome with Bob Lanning on drums, 1970.

Tour Dates
20.4. (Friday) Club Teatria, Tornio (Finland)
21.4. (Saturday) Radisson Blu, Oulu (FI)
22.4. (Sunday) Hyvinkääsali, Hyvinkää (FI)
25.4. (Wednesday) Sellosali, Espoo (FI)
26.4. (Thursday) Tampere-talo, Tampere (FI)
28.4 (Saturday) Podium Victorie, Alkmaar (Netherlands)
29.4 (Sunday) Effenaar, Eindhoven (NL)
30.4 (Monday) Stadsschouwburg, Nijmegen (NL)
01.5 (Tuesday) Gigant, Apeldoorn (NL)
02.5 (Wednesday) Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL)
03.5 (Thursday) Theater de Mythe, Goes (NL)
06.5 (Sunday) 013, Tilburg (NL)
07.5 (Monday) Theater de Veste, Delft (NL)
08.5 (Tuesday) Muziekgieterij, Maastricht (NL)
09.5 (Wednesday) Hedon, Zwolle (NL)

10.5 (Thursday) Tivoli, Utrecht (NL)
11.5 (Friday) Iduna, Drachten (NL)
12.5 (Saturday) Stadsschouwburg, Antwerpen (Belgium)
13.5 (Sunday) Concertgebouw, Brugge (BE)
14.5 (Monday) Atlas Theater, Emmen (NL)
15.5 (Tuesday) Schouwburg Het Park, Hoorn (NL)
16.5 (Wednesday) Metropool, Hengelo (NL)
18.5 (Friday) Vara Konserthus, Vara (SE)
19.5 (Saturday) Rättvik Arena, Rättvik (SE)
20.5 (Sunday) Royal, Eskilstuna (SE)
Check Individual Venues - Tickets Now On Sale

(News, Source;AJ/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis in Blade Runner 2049: One of the best films of last year was 'Blade Runner 2049' by director Denis Villeneuve. It was the sequel to the 1982 'Blade Runner' and stared Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
Set thirty years after the first film, Ryan Gosling plays K, a blade runner.
And, Yes, in 2049 ELVIS is still relevant! His great musical legacy continues and his holographic image is still playing in Las Vegas. In a delightful touch ELVIS is still playing in Las Vegas but now as a hologram.

EPE's Joel Weinshanker at the time noted, "A genuine Elvis Hologram is a big ‘if’. My position is that you can never create what Elvis had, which is something you can’t put a finger on or describe."
In a time when holographic entertainment seems like it’s readily available and consumed, it makes sense that legends would be brought back from the dead for a constant hurrah.
It’d be odd if Elvis Presley is the only famous figure that the future still holds onto, but for the King of Rock and Roll, it wouldn’t be that surprising.

In the derelict Las Vegas of 2049 a malfunctioning hologram of Elvis Presley keeps flashing in and out playing "Suspicious Minds", the lyrics of which touch on the film's theme.
After Elvis sings 'Can't Help Falling In Love' Harrison Ford comments, "Listen to this, this was my favourite Elvis song" Was this because, as a replicant he couldn't feel love?
Now you can CLICK HERE to YouTube and see the Elvis clip in HD quality.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week 'Garden Party' at Denmark's Memphis Mansion: Henrik Knudsen is planning a special Elvis Extravaganza for Elvis Week 2018.
For three days August 17-19  European Elvis fans can enjoy the delights of Elvis' friends, acquaintances and musicians without the trouble of flying to Memphis.
This will take place at the "Danish version of Graceland" the Randers Memphis Mansion.

Special guests include Linda and Sam Thompson, Dick Grob, James Burton, Glen D Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Alanna Nash and The Imperials.

Henrik Knudsen started the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Denmark back in 1990 and by 1993 had opened the first Elvis exhibition in Randers.

Memphis Mansion, Graceland Randers Vej,
Randers SØ,

Go to www.MemphisMansion.DK for more info and tickets.





(News, Source;TonyS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley - The Beginning' NOT A New DVD: EIN thanks Elvis Express Radio who spotted that the supposedly new documentary - which we ran as a news story last week - is in fact a re-release from 15 years ago!
In no way is it "NEW" or "the only documentary about Elvis 1954-55 tour".
The DVD was originally released by "Delta home entertainment" in 2003 (pic right). Check on Amazon where you can buy the original version for around $2.
The program starts with an Elvis appearance on a KWKH radio broadcast from October 16, 1954, taken from a Louisana Hayride performance by the then 19 year old. You travel the same route they traveled, seeing the small clubs, honky tonks, churches, high schools and other venues they performed at and motels they slept in during this year long odyssey. There are radio promos and even clips of Elvis, who talks about the stress of touring, doing multiple shows each day, the pressure of day to day life on the road.

2018 List Price: $14.95  - Run Time: 82 mins
Original November 2003 'Delta home entertainment" DVD available on Amazon for around $2.
Buyer Beware.
(News, Source;ElvisExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

Five Actors Who Played Elvis Extremely Well:  Recently posted on TvOvermind website an entertaining article on actors who have portrayed Elvis in movies.
... There are a lot of actors that have played Elvis Presley, but there are only a few that have really played him well. The list for this is as long as a person's arm and then some. If you decided to count every Elvis impersonator that had ever put on the dark wig, the flashy outfits, and those customary dark sunglasses then the list would never stop. Elvis Presley was and still in many ways is an icon in American culture and if you happen to say that he was just so-so to a diehard fan the best bet is to have a ready argument for your claim or just walk away.

The actors that have played the legendary ELVIS are many, but only a few have ever managed to capture the essence of the man in their acts.

5. Tyler Hilton - Walk the Line
Hilton's part in this movie was understandably small because it was the story of Johnny Cash and the others were just window dressing.

But there is a pivotal scene that's been argued far and wide since it's deemed very incorrect. It comes when Cash first starts popping pills, because Elvis takes them so it should be okay. The pills they took were commonly used so that they could get from gig to gig without having to take any extra time, but eventually they did become a problem.

Check YouTube clip here

4. Michael St. Gerard - Elvis (TV Show)
This is not Gerard's only stint playing Elvis but it is the longest since he didn't have much of a role in Great Balls of Fire on account of the fact that the movie was about Jerry Lee Lewis. Gerard though has the look that simply defines the way that a lot of people wanted to look when impersonating Elvis.

He had the baby face and the classic good looks that made him a shoe-in for the part.

Check YouTube clip here

3. Bruce Campbell - Bubba Ho-Tep
So admittedly Campbell plays an impersonator in the film but he still pulls off the look so well that I had to add this one in. A lot of Elvis impersonators just don't have the right kind of build, face shape, or even the swagger to pull off the look.
That's not the point since it's about having fun and paying homage to the king, but in a movie it pays to at least get close to the look.

Check YouTube clip here


EIN reviewed the movie here. Very off-beat and great fun.

2. Michael Shannon - Elvis & Nixon
Neither man really looks like the person they're playing, but this is actually quite alright since it's more of a parody of the picture that was taken of the real Elvis and Nixon many years ago. Shannon is doing his best to get the look down, but he definitely gets the eccentricities in there, even if they're not one hundred percent correct, they're still amusing.

Check YouTube clip here

EIN notes that Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon is an excellent actor and once you get over the lack of similarity to Elvis, his performance is very clever and matches the mood of the movie.

1. Kurt Russell - Elvis
Kurt Russell really threw himself into this role. He had the voice just about down, the movements, and the swagger that he needed to be the king. The strength of Russell's role as Elvis helped propel him into bigger leading roles in movies with 'Escape from New York' following soon after. The film had a fine director in John Carpenter (riding success after 'Halloween' in 1978) and is a fine biography even if only made-for-tv.

Kurt Russell also portrayed Elvis again later on in 2001 in '3000 Miles to Graceland' opposite Kevin Costner.

Perhaps it helped that Russell made his film debut as the kid who kicks Elvis in the shins in 1963's 'It Happened at the World's Fair'.

Check YouTube clip here

It takes a lot to fill Elvis' shoes, but some actors do a pretty good job.
EIN would also note two other performers of Elvis,
- Johnny Harra in the quality 1981 bio-pic 'This Is Elvis' who had the difficult job of playing the older Elvis. Harra was however an Elvis impersonator rather than an actor.
Incredibly EPE / Priscilla let them film upstairs in Graceland in Elvis' bedroom!
Marty Lacker noted, "It was filmed upstairs and they would have to have permission to do so. I put nothing past Priscilla especially if she got paid." (Go here for more Marty Lacker RIP)
- Val Kilmer, who looks nothing like Elvis, but did a marvellous job in True Romance (1993) as the ghost of Elvis watching over Christian Slater's role as comic-book nerd / Elvis fan.
True Romance is a very fine thriller / romp with excellent Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino and excellent director Tony Scott.
(News, Source;TVO/ElvisInfoNet)

HBO's 'Elvis-The Searcher': EIN contributor George Smith has supplied some tremendous thoughts about 'Elvis-The Searcher'  the new HBO documentary.
Whereas some fans have been disappointed with the lack of unreleased Elvis material on the soundtrack compilations, George Smith points out the great positives..
- The very idea of this documentary is thrilling. I've been waiting all of my adult life for a serious and respected music film-maker to assemble the definitive Elvis documentary. Whether this turns out to be that documentary remains to be seen, but it looks very promising to me at the moment.
-It will make judicious use of existing tapes to tell the story of Elvis' journey as a creative artist. It will not contain substantial amounts of rare video and music, instead offering commentary from those who knew, loved, worked with and were profoundly influenced by Elvis Presley.
- The marketing imagery is brave and should be applauded. One of the reasons Elvis has relatively little respect among subsequent generations of music listeners is the often shoddy and cliched use of photographs and typography on his LP covers and advertising. Here there is not one single hint of the iconic Elvis used in the picture. Instead they have chosen a mug shot of an ordinary man. Clearly he is a handsome man, But he is just a man. Not a demi-God or a superstar, just a man.
- 'Elvis-The Searcher' may not necessarily be aimed directly at the keen Elvis collector. Instead, it will serve several purposes: it will draw in serious music fans who, until now, have not shown any interest in Presley's music or career but who respect the opinions of people like Springsteen, Petty, Landau, etc;
- It may possibly draw in the casual music fan who just likes to see a well-made documentary;
- It will hopefully draw very positive reviews from the press and the music press, and may even encourage an editorial or two about Elvis' much overlooked artistry and contribution to civil rights;
- It will at last give fans like me something to point the unenlightened towards when they confess to not liking or understanding Presley or his music.
- The accompanying CD will act as a simple tool to encourage those who "bite" to investigate further. It may not sell millions of copies and is not intended to but the graphics look gorgeous to my eyes, as does the track listing.
- This is potentially the single most exciting event in the Elvis world for the past decade, rivalling even the Tupelo box set.

For more go HERE to EIN's dedicated 'Elvis-The Searcher' page.
and do check out George Smith's marvelous 'Elvis Non Stop Erotic Cabaret' EIN spotlight.
(News, Source/GS/FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

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'Walk A Lonely Street' New Book: Out later this year is a fascinating book by author Tony Plews / George Smith Publications. Over 600 pages solving the last great mystery of rock 'n' roll...
Heartbreak Hotel was the electrifying record that launched the career of the world’s most popular entertainer, Elvis Presley, and helped establish rock ‘n’ roll as a genuine musical force.
Recorded and released in January 1956 as the singer turned 21 and was breaking out of the claustrophobic Country music scene, the song quickly became a worldwide hit and awakened an entire generation, kick-starting the cultural revolution of the 1960s.
For sixty years a legend flourished around Presley’s hit record: the saga of how and why it was written became the most famous story-behind-the-song in music history. But the fabled scenario of an anonymous suicide victim and his enigmatic note  –  “I walk a lonely street”  –  posed more questions than it answered.
This is the first book to answer the last great mystery of rock 'n' roll: who was the anonymous man whose death inspired Elvis Presley's first hit record?
It is a story that spans over one hundred years and involves scores of singers and their songs, uncovering the truth, placing events in context and revealing the astonishing depth of Presley’s artistic vision and achievements.
There is a tale to tell …
* Over 600 pages, including an in-depth 300-page examination of Elvis Presley's music and career in the crucial two-year period 5th July 1954 - 4th July 1956
* Contains never-before-published photographs and newly-uncovered newspaper articles
* Based on six years of research, this is the author's interpretation of events surrounding the writing and recording of "Heartbreak Hotel", looking anew at the involvement of Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Buddy Killen, Tom Parker, Hank Snow, Hill & Range, Jack Stapp, Lou Cowan, Steve Sholes, Sam Phillips and many other key figures and organisations
* Publication expected mid-2018
Go here to the 'Walk A Lonely Street' facebook page for updates
(News, Source;GS/ElvisInfoNet)

TCB Cruise 2018: Dennis Jale is welcoming Elvis-Fans with a chance to experience the Elvis Original TCB Band plus Elvis' wife Priscilla and his best friend Jerry Schilling on a TCB-Cruise through the western Mediterranean Sea.
Departure is on October 7th, 2018 and the trip ends on October 14th, 2018.
We are so excited that Priscilla Presley spends this trip with us and gives the fans from all over the world a rare insights into their life with Elvis. Besides the concerts TCB band including James Burton, Glen D. Hardin and Ronnie Tutt together with the singer Dennis Jale, there will be autograph sessions, Elvis discos, movie nights as well as several Meet & Greet sessions.
Terry Blackwood and the Imperials will be on the cruise for the first time!
In cooperation with Dennis Jale the travel agency Ruefa Reisen they say, "Do not miss the most outstanding Elvis event Europe has ever seen and reserve your seat today!"

For more info go here to the website www.tcb-cruise.com.

(News, Source;DJ/ElvisInfoNet)

'Murfreesboro '74' FTD will be One of the Best!: Elvis' March 1974 tour was one of the strongest of the year and FTD have already released four concerts from that tour, including the famous Memphis show.
But if you are considering that you don't need yet another 2 concerts from that tour, then "Reconsider-Baby" as FTD contributor Robert Frieser notes that these are two of Elvis' best performances from 1974.
.. The two Murfreesboro shows from March 14th and especially March 19 can be seen as the highlight of the March tour.
These shows can be seen as a prelude to the famous record recording of March 20 in Memphis, the recording of which Elvis received a grammy award for his rendition of How Great Thou Art, counts as one of the best shows of 1974.
The Tour had highlights such as the Tulsa Shows, Houston Astrodome shows but also the Roanoke and Richmond shows were top notch.
The tour was actually a 15 day tour but because of the speed with which the tickets were sold out, more shows were booked.
Elvis who had not toured since July 1973 had first completed a fully booked season in Las Vegas in January & February of 1974. At those shows in Las Vegas there was quite some criticism in the media, but that criticism faded with the shows he did in March. The shows were highly professional and alternating his voice and show attitude was good.
The show of March 14th is a very cool show, vocally Elvis is in top form. During Love Me Tender Elvis is irritated by the feedback. And Elvis asks Felton to do something about the sound. Polk salad Annie is a top version and on Why Me Lord he does the last part of the song again. At the end of Suspicious Minds he does a one-liner of Take These Chains. For Charlie Hodge it's a special evening, Elvis told the audience that the parents of Charlie Hodge are in the audience and therefore he does a duet with Charlie on Help Me.
The sound of the show is of a good sound quality. So we have something to enjoy, Elvis is in good shape and gives people value for their money but the highlight of this release is the show on March 19th. The show of Richmond a day earlier was already a top show and Elvis was pretty loose and in his element.
The show in Murfreesboro is even better, this is because it's the end of the tour and maybe the looking forward of the Memphis record recording, that Elvis keeps getting better and better.
In this show Elvis has even more fun and Elvis is even more loose and vocally even better. This show features a powerhouse performance of Steamroller Blues and also during the introductions, Elvis takes the time to thank Ramada Inn for the good care of the group. before Help Me, Elvis tells us that the song was written by Larry Gaitlin. Sadly the tape ends 40 seconds into Mystery Train. This show was the best show of the tour. A professional show with Elvis very much at ease.
These shows have been on the wish list by ftd for a long time.
EIN thanks Robert Frieser for the input and believe FTD should have been using these as part of their promotion.
Go here to EIN's 'Sony / FTD CD News 2018' for tracklistings and even more info.
(News, Source;RF/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Reno Brothers' New Book: The hard-working Erik Lorentzen (Elvis Files) has announced a new book for this spring in his 'Gold Standard' series.
This time about Elvis' first movie, 'The Reno Brothers / Love Me Tender'.
Lorentzen promises plenty of previously unseen images.

More info when we get it

His most recent 'Gold Standard' book, 'Elvis; The Movies' was a stunner - see EIN's book review here with plenty of great photos

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley’s Omega Wristwatch For Auction: Elvis Presley’s Omega wristwatch goes on the block during the auction house’s Geneva Watch Auction on May 12 and 13 at Hôtel La Réserve.
At a charity event and concert in 1961, RCA Records, Presley’s label at the time, presented him with the 18-karat white gold dress watch set with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel to mark his impressive achievement of selling 75 million records. The watch was purchased at Tiffany & Co. and features the retailer’s signature on the dial underneath the Omega designation at 12 o’clock. The case back bears the inscription “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60,” commemorating the date that the sales milestone was reached.
As the story goes, the uncle of the watch’s consignor randomly met Presley in a Las Vegas bar in the 1960s.
After expressing mutual admiration for each other’s watches, Presley suggested to trade his Omega for the other gentleman’s diamond-set Hamilton on the spot, which they did. Presley’s watch was later passed on to its current owner, so it has never appeared on the market before.
“We believe Elvis Presley had hundreds of watches throughout his lifetime,” says Paul Boutros, Phillips head of watches for the Americas, who notes that some of his timepieces, including a Rolex King Midas, are displayed at Graceland. “This particular watch is the first one to come to market that has such a clear and convincing provenance that celebrates a really important milestone in his career.”
The estimate is US$54,000 to US108,000, the Elvis lore increases the estimate tenfold compared to what a similar watch would be valued at without it.
(News, Source/NP/ElvisInfoNet)

EPE vs City of Memphis etc in Court: As reported by the Memphis Business Journal, the “plaintiffs are ‘caught in a trap’ and they ‘can’t walk out’.”
Elvis lyrics quoted in legal documents could only mean one thing: Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) is in court to try and get approval for their planned 6,000+ seat venue on its Graceland campus.
The discussion centred on whether the new arena would violate the FedExForum arena use agreement with Memphis Basketball (Memphis Grizzlies), City of Memphis and Shelby County.
To help fund the proposed venue, EPE wants to seek approval to increase its TIF (tax increment financing) from 50 percent to 65 percent and add the venue to its existing Graceland TIF district.
EPE’s Graceland campus was previously awarded the Graceland TIF to support debt service payments for The Guest House at Graceland, its 450-room hotel, and Elvis Presley’s Memphis, an entertainment and exhibit complex.
Memphis Basketball filed its motion, the reply states how the “Plaintiffs will need ‘a little more bite and a little less bark’ if they are to avoid dismissal of their complaint” — to be clear, yes, the Grizzlies' reply brief makes multiple references to Elvis lyrics throughout its dozen pages.

The other defendants — the City of Memphis and Shelby County — also filed motions to dismiss EPE’s declaratory judgment action. All three cite how the plaintiff was not a third-party beneficiary.
The City of Memphis’ reply in support of the motion to dismiss the declaratory judgment action states:
After Chancellor Jim Kyle had a chance to “stop, look and listen” at the various arguments it was the The Memphis Grizzlies who won the battle
Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle granted a motion to dismiss the case of EPE vs City of Memphis et al.

The debate will no doubt continue.
(News, Source;MBJ/ElvisInfoNet) 

Lisa Marie Presley is more than $16 million in debt!:  So where’s all the money, honey?! According to court documents filed on Valentine’s Day, Lisa Marie noted that she only has a total liquid assets of less than $20,000 and owes more than $10 million in unpaid taxes for the the years 2012 to 2015. Presley filed the court documents in response to the nasty ongoing divorce proceedings with her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood, who is suing Presley for spousal support and attorney’s fees.
According to the paperwork, Presley’s current business manager Justin Stiegemeyer claims his client “had not been provided with proper accountings or notices or been kept abreast of her finances” by her former business manager and that at the time they were fired, Presley had “total liquid assets of less than $20,000.”
Lisa Marie's ex Michael Lockwood won't face any personal charges following her claims he possessed inappropriate photos of children. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looked into the matter but could not determine any crime had occurred.
Presley does receive a monthly salary of $4,361 from her late father Elvis Presley’s estate, and has $100,000 in dividends and interest from investments.
Presley and Lockwood, who married in 2006 and had twin daughters in 2008, have been locked in a bitter divorce battle for two years.
Lockwood has requested spousal support and asked Presley to cover his attorney’s fees.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 14 February 2018 - - - - HAPPY VALENTINE's Day - - - - "Play it Dirty"
Make Your Valentine's Day, "ELVIS Day"! If you are someone who feels a tightness in your chest and teardrops swell in your eyes when you listen to a sublime Elvis song, then perhaps no one but Elvis can make your Valentine's Day! You are almost certainly a baby boomer and you owe this to Elvis before you go - it is time to rename Valentine's Day as "Elvis Day".
Valentine's Day is the ultimate celebration of love, the most precious of human feelings, personified by Elvis as no one else has. This is borne out by the titles he chose for his songs and their lyrics, with almost all of his best songs featuring love and heartache.
What makes Elvis uniquely deserving is the emotionall avalanche of each of his songs, delivered with powerful voice, intonation, timbre and mountains of emotion to someone in front of him, making you feel that someone was no one but you. Arguably even Luciano Pavarotti's superb delivery of the original "O Sole Mio" has never achieved the emotional turmoil of "It's Now or Never" by Elvis in listener's minds.
In today's competitive world of modern electronic media and entertainment, with different values dominated by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, the softer qualities of love,
romance and angst of separation and loss, which endeared Elvis and his music to a generation, do not find much of chance to survive.
In the broken down social fabric of today, you can even find friends you can bang with just by a click, there is less and less people to listen to and experience the inexplicable emotional trips to fantasy worlds of joy and sorrow only Elvis songs can take you.
It is sad that whole new generations are really missing out on something which generations of parents and grand parents were granted to experience but have no real means of passing on, like lessons in text books or in curriculum.
Numbers like "Can't Help Falling in Love", "Always on My Mind", "Love Me Tender", " I Just Can't Help Believin", "I will hold you in my heart" or "The Thrill Of Your Love" or "Let It Be Me" which are indeed immortal might possibly be missed by the younger generations.
Let us show our love of Elvis, for a start, let us call this Valentine's Day in 2018, "ELVIS Day"!
For Valentine's Day why not compile your very own "Lust, Elvis" the unreleased CD, or try BMG's sanitised version "Love Elvis".
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Lust, Elvis" – The unreleased CD: RCA have regularly released their Elvis "love songs" compilations and while there is a positive reason to have these kind of CDs in local record shops, Elvis Presley wasn’t always about love and, in the fifties more importantly, he was far more about lust!
In the 1950s' Elvis was basically too damn sexy for mainstream TV, yet 82% of the US viewing audience couldn’t help but watch! The battle for media censorship struggled while Elvis, seemingly unintentionally, kicked down the door for everyone to follow. American youth would never be the same, & the rest of the world would follow.
Elvis was just a natural great-looking sex-god, oozing LUST and surely that deserves a CD worth of celebration.
So here is the new potential SONY CD "Lust, Elvis (Play it dirty)" as suggested by EIN, play it at home to the partner you desire.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Entertaining biography by Elvis' co-star on Spinout, Diane McBain: One of the most well written and entertainment biographies in recent years is Diane McBain's Famous Enough A Hollywood Memoir. Many of you will recognise her as one of Elvis' co-stars in the enjoyable film, Spinout (aka California Holiday).

Written with acclaimed author, Michael Gregg Michaud, Famous Enough is a candid and revealing look at Hollywood.

Ms McBain fondly remembers her time working on Spinout, stating:

The excitement of being on a movie set helped me. The cast and crew were terrific, supprtive, and great fun. Elvis was a huge help, too. He was slim and gorgeous, at the top of his form. I hadn't really been a big fan, so I didn't know what to expect. The rumors that preceded him were true. He behaved like a complete gentleman.

The author is not as kind about a number of other male actors in Hollywood and she also discusses how she and Elvis incessantly talked about their favorite books and how surprised she was to discover Elvis had a spiritual side.

Famous Enough has been rightly lauded as brutally honest, at times harrowing and a highly entertaining read. The good, the bad and the ugly of Hollywood are laid bare within its more than 400 pages. It is fair to day Ms McBain has experienced an extraordinary life full of highs and, at times, unfortunate adversity! This is a very good book. (News, Source: EIN)

'Marty Lacker RIP: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that one year ago on February 13, 2017 our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker passed away. We still 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. In rememberance of a fine friend.
(Spotlight; Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

Sexual Harassment and the Elvis Film: Hollywood is currently reeling from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and its aftermath with a growing number of prominent actors and behind-the-scenes protagonists being accused of inappropriate behaviour. As the inappropriate behaviour has been occurring since the early days of film it struck EIN that it probably happened behind the scenes during the filming of a number of Elvis’ movies.

In researching the issue it was Tom Lisanti’s series of film and television related books which were revelatory. Lisanti’s books are a collection of profiles, interviews and tributes about actors and films popular during the 60’s. They offer a wonderful and thoroughly entertaining window into the fun and sometimes less than professional mores of what was a cool, swinging time but sadly a seriously compromised industry.

Several of his books also reveal alleged inappropriate behaviour by celebrated film producer/director, Hal Wallis!

In Fantasy Femmes of the Sixties, Lisanti provides this account of the experience of Julie Parrish, Elvis’ co-star in Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966):

As a young naive actress in Hollywood, Julie unfortunately ran into a number of directors and producers who didn’t respect women. “I couldn’t understand why an old guy with white hair would be after me. I was revolted by it. From the beginning, my agent taught me to make excuses to get out of these situations. The main thing was to not hurt their feelings because they might fix it so you didn’t work again.”

“I really wanted to work with Elvis. I was in every Elvis fan club around when I was a teenager. I would even do Elvis imitations with the long sideburns and guitar when I was in high school. So I convinced Hal Wallis to give me another shot and did the test over. Then I got the part. Mr. Wallis, who was married, was an old lech. I think he felt there was an unspoken promise that I would sleep with him since he allowed me to re-test for the part. On the day before filming began, he called me into his office, led me over to the sofa, and briefly kissed me on the mouth. He said, ‘Little girl, we’re going to have a long talk about your future.’ I made up any excuse to get out of there. While on location he was constantly calling me and asking me out. It was quite annoying and insulting. He called me one last time in Hawaii and said, ‘Little girl, you’d better think again.’ I knew I would probably never work for him again, but that was fine with me. This whole incident highly offended me. I’m not claiming to have been an innocent, but when I make mistakes, I like them to be due to choices of my own.”

Lisanti recounts Ms Parrish’s experience in his most recent book, Talking Drive-In Movies (2017) and also reveals the experience of another young actress who co-starred with Elvis:

Parrish wasn’t the only starlet who had a problem with Wallis. Laurel Goodwin almost did too previously on Girls! Girls! Girls! “Hal Wallis made me a little nervous,” commented Goodwin in Drive-In Dream Girls. “But by the time that we were in a position where there might have been a problem for me he had a personal crisis. Wallis had to leave the shoot in Hawaii and return to the mainland. I took a sigh of relief and really didn’t have to face that issue but I saw it coming around the corner, so to speak. He was always a gentleman with me but I knew what was lurking.” 

Jon Abbott, in his book, The Elvis Films, described the sexual harassment of Julie Parrish and Laurel Goodwin by Hal Wallis as:

Parrish was apparently not so lucky, and suffered the usual cliched pushy threats of the stereotypical middle-aged movie producer.

Hal Wallis was no stranger to accusations of sexual harassment. One of the most interesting, sourced from Bernard F. Dick’s biography, Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars and recounted in the online journal Famous Casting Couch Victims is: 

Even when it was clear to him that actress Corinne Calvet lacked the talent to become the next Greta Garbo or Ingrid Bergman, Paramount Pictures producer Hal Wallis continued to show interest in Calvet. According to her autobiography, Has Corinne Been a Good Girl? (1983), Wallis expected her to have sex with him in exchange for her starring in the studio’s 1949 film Rope of Sand.However, Calvet was unwilling to trade sex for a role in the film. She was a married woman, she told him. Allegedly, he countered by stating that her marriage was merely one of convenience, suggested by him as good for publicity. Wallis dropped her option in 1953.To avenge herself, she had sex with him while she was sick. The next day, Wallis developed a strep throat. Calvet sent him four dozen roses with a get-well-soon card and a note: “Next time, I’ll give you something worse. Best wishes for your recovery.”

It will be interesting to see if the scandal currently engulfing Hollywood leads to new accusations of inappropriate behaviour during the filming of Elvis movies.

'ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER' OUT April 6: This spring, the three-hour, two-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher will peel back the legend of The King of Rock and Roll to focus on Elvis' evolution as a musician and a man. The Thom Zimny directed feature uses rare footage and new interviews with those who knew Elvis best to share the stories behind the songs that made him famous.
The soundtrack to Elvis Presley: The Searcher showcases Elvis' most enduring hits, powerful performances and rare alternate takes, from his early blues and country-influenced recordings to his final 1976 recording sessions in the Jungle Room.
The soundtrack will be available on April 6 as an 18-track overview on CD or 2LP & a 3CD deluxe version which adds 37 additional Elvis cuts, original score compositions by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam plus songs that inspired Elvis, from R&B and country classics to his mother Gladys Presley singing at home.

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Deluxe 3CD Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.”
The 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”), plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including singles that inspired Presley (Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s original version of “That’s All Right,” Odetta’s gospel version of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow is a Long Time”) and two original instrumental pieces composed for the documentary by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. - 3CD Deluxe set priced at $40
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (Original Soundtrack) Deluxe includes a 40-page book of photos, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a producer's note from film director Thom Zimny.
Disc 1: 1 Trouble / Guitar Man, 2 My Baby Left Me, 3 Baby, What You Want Me To Do, 4 Old Shep, 5 That's When Your Heartaches Begin, 6 That's All Right, 7 Blue Moon Of Kentucky, 8 Fool, Fool, Fool, 9 Tweedlee Dee, 10 Baby Let's Play House, 11 Good Rockin' Tonight, 12 Trying To Get To You, 13 Blue Moon, 14 When It Rains It Pours, 15 Blue Christmas, 16 Heartbreak Hotel, 17 Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 18 Money Honey, 19 Hound Dog, 20 (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), 21 Crawfish, 22 Trouble, 23 Farther Along, 24 Mona Lisa, 25 Hide Thou Me, 26 Loving You (End Title Take 16), 27 Lonely Man (Solo Version), 28 Power Of My Love
Disc 2: 1 Milky White Way,  2 A Mess Of Blues, 3 Fame And Fortune, 4 Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (Duet With Frank Sinatra), 5 Like A Baby, 6 Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 7 It's Now Or Never, 8 Wooden Heart, 9 Swing Down Sweet Chariot, 10 Reconsider Baby, 11 Bossa Nova Baby, 12 C'mon Everybody, 13 Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 14 Take My Hand, Precious Lord, 15 Run On, 16 Baby What You Want Me To Do, 17 Suspicious Minds (Take 6), 18 Baby Let's Play House (Rehearsal), 19 Words (Rehearsal), 20 That's All Right, 21 Never Been To Spain, 22 An American Trilogy, 23 You Gave Me A Mountain, 24 Burning Love (Rehearsal Version), 25 Separate Ways (Rehearsal Version), 26 Hurt (Take 5), 27 If I Can Dream
Disc 3: 1 Mike Mccready - Dissolution 2, 2 The Blackwood Brothers - Satisfied, 3 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - That's All Right, 4 Joe Hill Louis - She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me So, 5 Little Junior's Blue Flames - Mystery Train, 6 Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning, 7 The Blackwood Brothers - Rock-A-My Soul, 8 The Prisonaires - Just Walkin' In The Rain, 9 Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats - Rocket 88, 10 The Ravens - Write Me A Letter, 11 Bill Monroe - Blue Moon Of Kentucky, 12 Eddie Snow - Ain't That Right, 13 Johnnie Ray - Just Walkin' In The Rain, 14 Lloyd Price - Lawdy Miss Clawdy, 15 Gladys Presley - Home Sweet Home, 16 Odetta - Blowin' In The Wind, 17 Odetta - Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 18 The Staple Singers - The Weight, 19 The Orlons - Heartbreak Hotel, 20 Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Wooden Heart, 21 Mike Mccready - Rebound

(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Single CD Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.”
This soundtrack features 18 songs as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”).
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – Single CD / Digital - Priced at $12
1. Trouble / Guitar Man, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. That’s All Right, 4. Baby Let’s Play House, 5. Heartbreak Hotel, 6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 7. Hound Dog, 8. Crawfish, 9. Mona Lisa, 10. Milky White Way, 11. Like A Baby, 12. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 13. It’s Now Or Never, 14. Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 15. Suspicious Minds (take 6), 16. Separate Ways (rehearsal version), 17. Hurt (take 5), 18. If I Can Dream.
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' 2LP VINYL Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny.
Also released  as a DOUBLE-VINYL set this soundtrack features 18 songs as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”).
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – CD / Digital - Priced at $25
LP. Trouble / Guitar Man, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. That’s All Right, 4. Baby Let’s Play House, 5. Heartbreak Hotel, Side 2 - 6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 7. Hound Dog, 8. Crawfish, 9. Mona Lisa, 10. Milky White Way,
LP Two - 1. Like A Baby, 2. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 3. It’s Now Or Never, 4. Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Side 2 - 5. Suspicious Minds (take 6), 6. Separate Ways (rehearsal version), 7. Hurt (take 5), 8. If I Can Dream
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 'The Searcher' Hits & Rarities Soundtrack: Rolling Stone has run a short news piece for the up-coming The Searcher release.
An expansive soundtrack Elvis Presley: The Searcher, will be released April 6th. The soundtrack features a mix of Elvis hits and alternate mixes, while a deluxe edition will feature selections from the documentary's score composed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.
The Searcher soundtrack will be available digitally and on CD and double vinyl LP, while the deluxe edition will packaged as a three-CD set. All versions are available to pre-order.
Along with the original soundtrack and parts of Pearl Jam's Mike McCread's score, the deluxe edition of The Searcher soundtrack will include a plethora of bonus material including additional rarities, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' rendition of "Wooden Heart" and classic R&B, country and gospel songs that inspired Elvis.
The set will also come with a 40-page hardcover book packed with rare photographs and a note from director Thom Zimny.
Thom Zimny, "From day one I had a soundtrack in mind; one that would cover Elvis in a new way and go deep into the vault. Thanks to the help of Sony Legacy and the efforts of Ernst Jorgensen, I was able to pore over thousands of recordings and Elvis Presley outtakes. I also wanted the film's soundtrack to pay tribute to the many artists who influenced Elvis, and to incorporate their music to create a sonic landscape that I hoped would give the viewer the experiences Elvis had absorbing the many genres he was exposed to and influenced by – from gospel, to R&B, to country."
He added that McCready's score "brought additional sonic textures and emotional overtones that helped to capture this artist's journey."
The Searcher will premiere on HBO April 14th.
The film was made with the cooperation of EPE and Zimny was reportedly allowed unprecedented access to the Graceland archives.
(News, Source;RollingStone/ElvisInfoNet)

'Kissin' Cousins' FTD Soundtrack Review: The final Elvis movie soundtrack album in FTD's Classic Album series.
Kissin’ Cousins was Elvis’ 14th movie release and it was Elvis' first budget movie production.
The 'Kissin’ Cousins' album was released in April 1964 and it was his lowest charting soundtrack album so far.
About the release UK Fan Club President Albert Hand stated, "Here we have an artiste, the finest in the world, being slowly but surely – as a chart prospect – being killed off inches by inches through sheer stupidity”.
Elvis didn't attend the soundtrack session in Nashville and so there is very little available in studio outtakes. FTD however have discovered some previously unreleased material - along with the session backing tracks.

FTD have compiled a packed CD and EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD soundtrack album to discover some fine gems hidden in the old mountain dirt..
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

3 New FTD Releases: FTD today have announced three new releases for the end of this month. A double digipack 1974 previously unreleaed soundboard, the previously announced book/cd 'Rebel With A Cause' plus the double-vinyl “Elvis – The Fool Album”. 
- 'Elvis: Murfreesboro ‘74'.
Released as a 5” digipack, this 2-CD set features Elvis in great form at these two shows on March 14th & 19th 1974 at the Murfreesboro Middle State Tennessee University.
The sound quality and performances from Elvis and the band are really powerful.
“Steamroller Blues” will knock your socks off!.
These two soundboards have never been released before not even on bootleg
FTD have previously released five concerts from this tour (check EIN's FTD releases here) and they have all been very fine indeed.
Go here for tracklist

- 'Rebel With A Cause' Book/CD Combo. Written and produced by David English & Pal Granlund it features newly-discovered images scanned for the first time from the original negatives - exclusive to this book.
The book follows Elvis between August 16 and September 30, 1956 from his arrival in Hollywood to his return to Memphis. Produced by David English and Pål Granlund, it includes many rare unpublished photos taken from the original negatives.

The bonus CD features Elvis Presley: Rock ‘N’roll No.2 – an album originally released by HMV in the UK. It also features all 4 songs from Elvis’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956 and a recording off the afternoon performance of September 26 in Tupelo Mississipi.

The book is 312 pages and author David English notes that two more unseen photos from September 56, one of which shows Elvis paying to go into Malco Theatre just made it into the book before printing.
The book will include an accompanying cd. See tracklist below.

Pre-order now at £59.99 plus postage.


- “Elvis – The Fool Album” VINYL - . Originally released in July 1973, this album’s track listing changed dramatically from RCA’s internal documents circulated just one month before.  Here for the first time, DISC 1 features the LP sequenced as Originally Planned. The LP artwork also replicates the original draft layout before it was amended. DISC 2 includes outtakes from the sessions that contributed to the album.
Highlights include the rare fully orchestrated version of ‘FOOL” and the 11-minute plus version Of “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright.”
DISC 1 The Original Planned Version Of The Album
Side A - 1 Fool, 2 Where Do I Go From Here, 3 Blue Hawaii* 4 Early Mornin’ Rain* 5 It’s Impossible*
Side B - 1 Reconsider Baby (Blues Jam)* 2 Hawaiian Wedding Song* 3 Ku-U-I-Po* 4 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen 5 No More*
*Recorded live
DISC 2 The Outtakes And Alternates
Side C - 1 FOOL (with full strings overdub) 2 Steamroller Blues* (single mix) 3 Until It’s Time For You To Go (tks 1 & 2) 4 (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me (tk 9 & 10) 5 I Will Be True (tks 1 & 2)
Side D - 1 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right + (take 2, informal recording) 2 Love Me, Love The Life I Lead (alternate mix) 3 It’s Still Here (takes 4 & 5)

'Strictly Elvis Vol.2 1976-77' New Book: Erik Lorentzen has announced that he is working on the second Keith Alverson STRICTLY ELVIS book and that it's a real pleasure to work with all this fantastic photos by Keith Alverson.

It will contain more than 1.200 photos from 1976 - 1977 and more than 1,000 has never been published or even seen before.

Here's the cover of 'STRICTLY ELVIS VOLUME 2' to be released later this year.

Go here for EIN's exclusive interview with Keith Alverson

Go here to see our review of 'Strictly Elvis Vol.1 73-75'  one of the BEST Elvis releases from 2017



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis Presley: Rebel With A Cause '56" FTD Update: A new promo for the up-coming FTD book about Elvis in 1956 "Elvis Presley: Rebel With A Cause '56".
Written and produced by David English & Pal Granlund it features newly-discovered images scanned for the first time from the original negatives - exclusive to this book.
The book's story starts on August 16 1956 and ends on September 30, 1956!
The book is 312 pages and author David English notes that two more unseen photos from September 56, one of which shows Elvis paying to go into Malco Theatre just made it into the book before printing. the book will hopefully be out at the end of this month.
The book will include an accompanying cd.

Pre-order now at £59.99 plus postage.

CD Tracklist: ELVIS PRESLEY ROCK N ROLL No. 2. 1. 'Rip It Up', 2. 'Love Me', 3. 'When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again', 4. 'Long Tall Sally', 5. 'First In Line', 6. 'Paralyzed', 7. 'So Glad You're Mine', 8. 'Old Shep' (Take 5), 9. 'Ready Teddy', 10. 'Anyplace Is Paradise', 11. 'How's The World Treating You', 12. 'How Do You Think I Feel'

THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW SEPTEMBER 9, 1956 13. 'Don't Be Cruel', 14. Elvis talks, 15. 'Love Me Tender', 16. 'Ready Teddy', 17. 'Hound Dog'

THE MISSISSIPPI - ALABAMA FAIR AND DAIRY SHOW SEPTEMBER 26, 1956 - AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE 18. 'Heartbreak Hotel', 19. 'Long Tall Sally', 20. Presentations, 21. 'I Was The One', 22. 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You', 23. Elvis talks, 24. 'I Got A Woman', 25. 'Don't Be Cruel', 26. 'Ready Teddy', 27. 'Love Me Tender', 28. 'Hound Dog', 29. Interview with Vernon and Gladys Presley, 30. Interview with Nick Adams, 31. Interview with Judy Hopper, 32. Interview with Elvis, (All interviews conducted by Jack Cristil.)
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

'Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs' New Book:  A new book looking at Elvis' musical legacy, 'Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs' by Mark Duffett will be out February 15, 2018 in hardcover and Kindle.
The publicity notes... Over the course of the last six decades, Elvis Presley has sold more than a billion records; his music has touched nearly every modern listener. Despite an avalanche of books on his life, there are, surprisingly, few about his musical creativity. (EIN notes, except for instance the recent 'Reconsider Baby' by Shane Brown).
In 'Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs', Mark Duffett urges readers to put aside the misleading stereotypes and rumor-filled debates about Elvis and listen once again to the legend who emerged from Memphis.
Elvis had a unique approach to music- one that was both powerful and versatile. In a career stretching across more than twenty years, Presley changed the face of popular music, drawing together genres-from country and blues to contemporary folk - and placing a unique stamp on all of them. Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs explores the full range of Presley recordings, from his earliest numbers to posthumous hits, combing through gold records and unpolished gems to distill the best that Presley has to offer.
Publishers Weekly review noted, "In this energetic and insightful look at the songs of Elvis Presley, Duffett, a media professor at the University of Chester in the U.K., lists his "personal 100 countdown" of songs from the more than 700 master recordings that Presley released in his lifetime. Duffett does not analyze Presley's music in a chronological fashion, preferring instead to look at the singer's creative contribution to popular music. He argues that Presley was "innovative in picking and interpreting material." Rather than distinguishing between early (rock) and late (easy listening) Presley,
Duffett is interested in the big picture of an artist who drew "on a full gamut of instrumentation, engulfing a variety of different genres in a broad and unique style" and "could see into the emotional core of each piece of music." Though he clearly prefers the rocking Presley of "Heartbreak Hotel" (at #4) to the country Presley of "Gentle on My Mind" (#91), he expertly conveys the subtleties of both performances. And though fans may differ with, for example, Duffett ranking Presley's version of "Bridge over Troubled Water" (at #5, with its "colossal feeling of spectacle") over "Good Rockin' Tonight" (a "rockabilly classic" at #68), most will appreciate the writer's enthusiasm. Elvis Presley fans will find this a fascinating and useful look at the King's work."
Hardcover: 270 pages. Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Out February 15, 2018.
Click here to AMAZON to Pre-order
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

FEB 1, 2018 - Happy 50th Birthday Lisa Marie!: It's hard to believe but today is Lisa Marie's 50th birthday. Lisa Marie was born February 1st 1968, nine months to the day after Elvis and Priscilla's wedding in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967.
The world has long been fascinated with the children of celebrities. While she has had her ups and downs life must have been a truly emotional roller-coaster being the daughter of Elvis. Unlike many celebrity children Lisa Marie has been famous her entire life, pretty much every second.
Cameras were in Priscilla’s Baptist Memorial Hospital room in Memphis, Tenn., after Lisa Marie was born in 1968. And they even followed her parents, with Priscilla in a wheelchair, as they headed home for the first time.
Lisa Marie has gone on to become a star in her own right, her 2003 debut album, To Whom It May Concern, went platinum and the world has watched her every step of the way.
Lisa Marie has been married four times. She first married Chicago-born musician Danny Keough in 1988, having two children, Riley Keough (actress born 1989) and son Benjamin Keough, born in 1992.

More famously she also married Michael Jackson and actor Nicolas Cage, before marrying music producer Michael Lockwood, father of her twin girls.
Her relationship with Michael Lockwood has ended with nasty on-going court cases
Lisa Marie Presley is also chairperson of the "Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation' formed by EPE in 1984 to continue Elvis's own tradition of generosity and community service and to honor his memory.
Right, Riley Keough, Lisa Marie and twins Harper Lockwood and Finley Lockwood.

(Go here for more on Lisa Marie)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Movies' Book Review: Respected Elvis author Alan Hanson, along with Erik Lorentzen, has just published 'Elvis - The Movies', 432 pages examining all of Elvis' movies and including some sensational photos.
Elvis Presley's dream was to become a movie star, and the dream started well for him. His acting ability developed steadily throughout his first four movies. But, alas, it was the music which first gave him access to Hollywood, that proved the undoing of his acting career. The inevitable result was a long series of films with weak plots in which only the music mattered.

Author Alan Hanson chronicles Elvis' cinematic career, combined with hundreds of stunning photos from Erik Lorentzen's exclusive collection. But how could this improve on all the previous 'Elvis movie' books.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new deluxe production and includes some of the book's fabulous Elvis photos
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

"Elvis was my first love" says Linda Thompson: Fox News recently reported on Linda Thompson remembering Elvis some forty years on.
Linda Thompson told them "I was always a fan, but I didn't think he would transcend time and space and become the iconic, almost religion he is now,"
Thompson was crowned Miss Tennessee back in 1972. She first met Presley at a movie theater. The former pageant queen described how Presley, whose marriage to Priscilla Presley had ended, was abusing prescription pills. The pair dated from 1972 until 1976.
Talking about Elvis' health issues she noted, "I don't have such an ego that I think I could have made a difference. But I know I did
take very good care of him and probably extended his life by a few years. I felt a keen responsibility to take good care of him.
Elvis was my first love, the one who altered my life the most. He was the first, and that's always very special. Time and circumstances will express themselves no matter what you do."
While Thompson went on to marry Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner. She also later wed music producer David Foster, but they split in 2005. Still, she still keeps Presley in her heart.
"Elvis was very old-fashioned, I think that was one thing that he very much appreciated and valued in me, that I was a virtuous girl at the time. I wasn't that young, but I was a Southern Baptist. I grew up very conservatively and traditionally. I wanted to save myself for marriage, and he just thought that was very commendable. He didn't want to put the pressure on me to commit before I was ready. He was a Southern gentleman, a lovely human being."
Thompson also revealed she learned "romantic love" from Presley while living with him in Las Vegas and Graceland, as well as when they hit the road together for his performances.
"I learned just about everything about love, both good and bad. One of the biggest lessons I learned from living with Elvis and loving him for so many years was that we're all human, and no matter what level one has reached in terms of fame, they're still human beings.
It's a disservice, really, when we put celebrated people on a pedestal and don't allow them to be human. It's a very lonely experience for the individual. It's not a sustainable way to live. I think that happens to a lot of people who find themselves thrust into the spotlight. Life becomes a little distorted for them."
Thompson had no regrets about their romance.
"I absolutely adored him. And I still feel a connection to his soul because he was such a good human being and a charismatic figure. I got to know him very intimately as a human being, not just Elvis Presley the icon.
I still feel that and there's a raw spot in my heart when I see him or hear him sing. I have to stop what I'm doing and just remember the great love that we shared. That doesn't go away. That stays in the heart forever."

Click HERE to EIN's exclusive Linda Thompson interviews.
Go here to our book review of her biography 'A Little Thing Called Life.
(News, Source;Fox/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Bicentennial Show' 1976' FTD In-Depth Review: 1976 is not an easy Elvis live-in-concert year to review. There were no major set-list changes, no dramatic "emotional roller-coaster" of 1974 and no high-flying "Huntsville" 1975 excitements. Apart from the exceptional blast of the final December 1976 Tour the year was the inevitable downward spiral.

However there were some highlights along the way and Elvis collectors have always been keen to hear Elvis' July 4th 1976 Bicentennial performance, as well as RCA's Joan Deary's initial choice for the 1980 box-set of Duluth, October 16, 1976.  

As FTD releases two more 1976 soundboards, will Elvis be back on form and are there any surprises in store..
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell checks out Elvis' celebrating July 4th 1976 ....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Close Up' Boxset Re-Release: The excellent 4-CD set 'Elvis: Close Up'  that was originally issued by BMG back in 2003, is being re-released this year as a new compact box-set.
At the time EIN described it as "With a slight emphasis towards the collector’s market, Ernst & the team have come up with a truly sensational follow up. Possibly the best ‘specialised’ box-set yet released!"
With the 4 discs all having a particular theme there isn’t a weak point on any of them. All four discs are packed full of gems demonstrating the power of Elvis’ music while at the same time including rarities that will delight collectors and give all of us plenty of new material to explore. At the time it featured 89 previously Unreleased tracks.
The four themed Discs are
1. Unreleased Stereo Masters from the '50s
2. Unreleased Movie Gems
3. The Magic Of Nashville
4. Live In Texas 1972

Coming out 6 April 2018 from Sony Music Cmg.
Price £23.99 (= US$34) with FREE Delivery in the UK
Click here to AMAZON UK to Pre-Order
Go here to read our 2003 review '25 Essential reasons to get ‘Close Up’ (with Elvis)!'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Alan Hanson 'Elvis: The Movies' Interview: Respected Elvis author Alan Hanson, along with Erik Lorentzen, has just published 'Elvis - The Movies', 432 pages examining all of Elvis' movies and including some sensational photos.
Elvis Presley's dream was to become a movie star, and the dream started well for him. His acting ability developed steadily throughout his first four movies. But, alas, it was the music which first gave him access to Hollywood, that proved the undoing of his acting career. The inevitable result was a long series of films with weak plots in which only the music mattered.
Author Alan Hanson chronicles Elvis' cinematic career, combined with hundreds of stunning photos from Erik Lorentzen's exclusive collection. But what does this book offer that other Elvis Movie books don't?
EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed author Alan Hanson to find out more..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Irving Berlin and White Christmas' the discussion continues: Last week EIN reader "T Anderson" wrote in wanting to know more about Shane Brown's 'Irving Berlin and White Christmas' spotlight.
He raised a few more queries about this infamous story including.. 
- The signed picture that Elvis sent to Berlin worded to lessen hostility. This gives credence to the story about Berlin's anger over Elvis's recording.
- Elvis' Christmas Album was definitely controversial in 1957, and I'm sure Berlin didn't like the performance by Elvis.
- The lack of reporting of this story elsewhere means nothing. This was at a time when powerful people could stop stories from being published. Berlin certainly had a lot of power.
- The "firing" of DJ Al Priddy may have actually been a "suspension".

It is after all the power of Elvis' legacy that makes these apocryphal stories so fascinating 60 years on..
Please visit our EIN 'Christmas Album Secrets & Lies' spotlight for Shane Brown's detailed replies to all these interesting queries.

(Spotlight, Source;Shane Brown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'Secrets and Lies: Getting to the Truth about Elvis' Christmas Album': Probably more than any other album of his career, Elvis’ Christmas Album is generally regarded as having created the most controversy.
Some would argue that the first album in 1956 did this, but actually there was relatively little backlash against it or Elvis in the press prior to the second Milton Berle appearance. Elvis’ Christmas Album, however, has stories of it being banned by radio stations, firings of DJs, and an irate Irving Berlin all attached to it.
These events make for great stories, have been often repeated, and only add to the legend of the boy from Tupelo taking on the establishment and coming out with #1 album.
But are they really true?
Go here to this fascinating EIN spotlight where author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy

(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)

'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)

'The Million Dollar Quartet’ Book Review: 'The Million Dollar Quartet’ is the name given to the impromptu jam session among Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash on December 4th 1956.
This book by Stephen Miller - from 2013 - includes interviews with the drummer and the sound engineer.
It features a detailed analysis of the music played – and its relevance to subsequent popular music.
The early lives and careers of the quartet – where they were in 1956.
Relevant social and economic factors which meant that a massive audience of young people were keenly looking for a new kind of music they could call their own.
The “reunions” of surviving members of the quartet.
The emergence of the tapes, first on bootleg and then on legitimate CDs.
The genesis of the stage show and its reception – the enduring appeal of the music.

Go here as EIN book reviewer Susan MacDougall explores this detailed look into a jam session that Elvis fans all know so well... is there really any more to discover?

(Book Reviews, Source;SMacDougall/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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)

"The Wonder Of You" 2018 Australia Tour changes: The "Back By Popular Demand" 2018 'Wonder Of You' Australian tour has been majorly altered by the local producers RCM Touring. They are no longer in April 2018 as planned and the locally-anticipated show in the new venue of Newcastle, NSW has been cancelled completely.
Now there are only the two shows in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates have been moved to August 2018, presumably to help link up with the excitement of Elvis Week.
Elvis will beam down from 'state of the art' video screens to give fans the closest possible experience to seeing The King "ELVIS" perform live.
Elvis Encore Shows 2018 will feature the 40-piece Chong Lim symphony orchestra live on
stage performing the King's most well-known songs and ballads. Experience the enchantment and wonder of Elvis - the highest selling solo artist in history - whose musical genius helped to inform and shape a generation of fans and performers.
Melbourne Hisense Arena Saturday 4th August, - Sydney ICC Theatre Saturday 10th August.
CLICK HERE to Ticketek Australia for tickets original ticket holders have been informed of the change.
(News, Source;RCM/ElvisInfoNet)

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)

'Elvis: Lake Tahoe '74' FTD In-Depth Review: 'ELVIS: Lake Tahoe ‘74' features another value-for-money double pack with two Dinner Shows from May 25 and May 26 1974. This a 2-CD 5” digipack release.
The setlist at Lake Tahoe this season was fine, and while the May 25, 1974 Dinner Show has been out as an audience recording, the May 26, 1974 Dinner Show is totally unreleased.
Although both concerts are "Dinner Shows" on May 26, with The Jackson 5 in the audience, Elvis was inspired and included several rarities - and pushed the band on with unexpected reprises.
Both concerts create a good combination - making this a great two-for-one release from FTD.

UPDATED - 'ELVIS Christmas with the RPO' CD Review: The new Christmas album supposedly brings together the legend’s yuletide performances from his 1957 Christmas Album and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas from 1971, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
It's the third album of orchestral re-workings of tracks performed by Elvis, following 2016's The Wonder Of You and 2015's If I Can Dream both reached Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.
But can producers Nick Patrick, Don Reedman and Priscilla Presley really keeping milking the money-making Elvis cow or will they turn out an overdone Christmas turkey?
Do the "new" Producers even care about Elvis' fabulous musical legacy?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Brittany Edwards go into the Listening Booth to cause "Double-trouble" and try and discover what's good and bad...
NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR FEEDBACK - do you think this was a good idea- do you agree with our review?- .CLICK HERE.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - FTD - What now, What next, Where to – What’s left?: During Elvis’ lifetime, RCA released a total of between 60 – 70 albums, consisting of dedicated recordings, movie soundtracks and live performances.
The FTD label has been doing an excellent job at looking at the recording anthology of Elvis Presley and releasing every significant LP or recording session on a 1CD or 2CD ‘Classic Album’ version.
However as noted with the recent "ELVIS" second LP release there are less and less outtakes and studio sessions left in the vaults.
FTD’s first release was ‘Burbank ’68’ seventeen years ago, so with all the past releases and packaging what is left for the collector?

Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines what has been released and what is left for the FTD collectors label. - CHECK OUT EIN's table of Studio sessions and LIVE TOURS to see what is left for the FTD label.

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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)

Millie Kirkham  - Bob Hayden Interview for EIN: Millie Kirkham was one of Elvis' favourite back-up singers. Upon hearing her vocal on Ferlin Husky’s million selling 1957 hit record 'Gone' Elvis asked her to join in with The Jordanaires at his 1957 recording session. Millie Kirkham would work on Elvis' studio sessions through to 1967 and join him on-stage in Las Vegas for live performances including 1970's 'That's The Way It Is' filming.
As well as working with Elvis, Millie Kirkham worked closely with the Jordanaires on some of the most famous Nashville sessions including records by George Jones, Patsy Cline, Bobby Vinton, Jim Reeves, Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn.
Millie Kirkham was a little reluctant at first to do an interview as she had been mis-quoted in the past and had that fear of it happening again. She agreed to the Q & A after she was advised she would not be coming to Australia for the first "Elvis in Concert" tour.
Millie answered every question and seemed to be most happy and full of life for her age at that time.
Go here where Bob Hayden has recently provided his full and detailed interview with Millie Kirkham for EIN.
(Interviews, Source;BobHayden/ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'Strictly Elvis: 1973-74-75' Book Review: Photographer Keith Alverson's new book with Erik Lorentzen was the perfect new publication for Elvis Week 2017.

Keith Alverson first saw Elvis in concert in the early 70s when he secretly smuggled in his small pocket camera to sneak a few photos of Elvis from there he went from strength to strength. One his first Elvis' concerts where he was able to get quality photos of Elvis in concert was Elvis in Atlanta, July 1973 after which he saw Elvis over 80 times live on stage.
Alverson's outstanding photos of Elvis in his "Phoenix" jumpsuits are known by every Elvis fan. With 1,500 photos this book concentrating on Elvis from 1973-1975 has the possibilty to be a real stunner.

With the book arriving a little late in Australia EIN's Piers Beagley has at last had the chance to discover whether the book really lives up to its publicity -- Hint - It really does!

Go here to our in-depth review of this stunning book - with plenty of example pages. Now updated with reader comments including super-fan Jeanne P who saw Elvis 19 times in concert.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Presley's The 50 Greatest Hits' VINYL 3-LP set: 'Elvis Presley's The 50 Greatest Hits' is the brand new 3-LP set released september 25 in Australia.
Described as "an incredible collection of Elvis' hits highlight his astonishing career.
From the poor streets of Tupelo to world domination via some of the biggest songs ever released, Elvis became the first really global star.
The 50 songs on The 50 Greatest Hits include all the classics, from his first recording at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios, "That's All Right (Mama)", through his hits including "All Shook Up", "Viva Las Vegas", "Jailhouse Rock" and "Can't Help Falling in Love", through to one of his last hits "Suspicious Minds". The album also includes songs taken from Elvis' film soundtracks including "Return to Sender", "Hard Headed Woman" and "King Creole".

Heavyweight triple LP package on 180gm audiophile vinyl, completed with a stylish black & white info sheet."
Available in Australian JBHiFi stores for only AU$80 - AUSTRALIANS click here to JBHiFi to purchase on-line
The same 'The 50 Greatest Hits' VINYL 3-LP set was released in the UK back in 2010 and is still available for £44.79 with FREE Delivery in the UK. >>>
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


More new Elvis Vinyl!

The new Elvis / RPO "Christmas" album  is one of the biggest charting vinyl albums this week on pre-order. Selling in the UK with guaranteed price of £20.70 with FREE Delivery in the UK. - Release date 6 Oct, 2017

Meanwhile 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters' VINYL is also selling nicely in the UK at £19.99 on Amazon UK.

Who thought that vinyl would fade away!? SONY Australia will open a brand new vinyl factory next year in 2018!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'A Boy From Tupelo' 2017 In-depth Review: Back in early 2012 Ernst Jorgensen published his definitive look at Elvis during his sensational and creative Sun Records period as a FTD deluxe book/CD package. It had been a project he had been working on for more than a decade.
Now in 2017, RCA/SONY has republished 'A Boy From Tupelo' in a cut-down format and at a price anyone can afford.
This is the story of Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, achieving success on a level that no one could have dreamed possible.
It features all of Elvis' Sun recordings on 3 CDs plus Elvis LIVE, on the radio, and in concert in the best possible sound. The new release also includes a previously officially unreleased "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.
Our in-depth 3,000 word review provides a detailed look, with 14 example pages plus additional photos from the book.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new slimline version released for the 'General Public'..
For fans who have asked, we also compare the 2012 'A Boy From Tupelo' Deluxe FTD to the new "Mainstream"  release.
(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

<< Buy from Amazon US for only $26.80

Buy from Amazon UK for only
£24.99 >>>

Australian and NZ fans should go to Amazon UK here >>> and get it for ONLY AU$43.00 including postage to your door..

‘ELVIS: Studio Sessions 1956' In-Depth Review: MRS newest release, a massive 3CD/172 page book compilation "Elvis Studio Sessions ‘56 The Complete Recordings". The 172-page book, with text by Gordon Minto, focuses on each of Elvis’ studio recording sessions during his first year of national stardom - from the first one in January, held in Nashville, then later in New York, before finishing his final session of the year in Hollywood in September. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and pieces of documentation.
The 3CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored. Also for the first time on CD is the complete ‘The Truth About Me’ from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Also included are all the out-takes from this interview.

Once again MRS release a first putting all of Elvis' key 1956 Studio Session masters onto one disc, with the addition of two other fully-packed cds of 1956 material and a stunning 172 page book. But what does this set offer over other previous releases
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new volume from MRS to find what is on offer. Includes stunning example photos & a detailed audio investigation.
(Book Review: Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Roustabout' FTD Soundtrack Review: Roustabout was Elvis' 16th movie, it had been five months since Elvis’ last album session and his publishers had a chance to secure soundtrack material from a variety of composers. Eleven songs were needed and while the carnival theme stopped most of them having any inspired lyrics, at least the composers Leiber / Stoller and Otis Blackwell were included in the selection.
Reaching #1 on Billboard in early 1965, it would Elvis’ last chart topping album until "Aloha From Elvis Via Satellite" in 1973.
53 years after its original release FTD is pleased to announce the long awaited "Classic Album" version of "Roustabout". Packaged in 7" format with a full colour 16-page memorabilia booklet, it contains some previously unreleased material.
So why has it taken FTD so long to release?  It was once noted that only the masters had been located in the vaults, so there was not much to include for a “Classic Album”...  
Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines this new FTD soundtrack release and checks out what's new.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Some of the better Elvis books released for the 40th anniverary:

'Elvis - Live in Concert' Returns to Europe June 2018: Hot on the heels of the European tour this May, the reprise of "The Wonder Of You" tour has been announced by EPE for June 2018.
Elvis will return to Europe to visit ten new cities, and to give music fans an opportunity that many have never had before: experiencing the biggest selling solo artist in history in a live concert experience. The 2018 tour will once again feature the most recognizable voice of all time with a full symphony orchestra live on stage performing his most well-known rock 'n roll songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads with a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley.
Following the success of the two orchestral albums and a sold out UK arena tour featuring Elvis Presley on the big screen backed by a full symphony orchestra in November 2016, a very successful European 10 date arena tour has just been completed this May. After rave reviews from fans and media alike, a new European tour has been announced for June 2018, exactly 50 years after Elvis' iconic '68 Comeback special.
Elvis: Live in Concert is produced by EPE. The European concert tour is produced by GEA Live.
Tour Dates Europe 2018
June 1st - Sweden, Gothenborg Scandinavium
June 2nd - Sweden, Stockholm Ericsson Globe
June 3rd - Norway, Oslo Spektrum
June 4th - Denmark, Copenhagen Forum
June 6th - Hungary, Budapest, Papp László arena
June 7th - Poland, Krakow, Tauron Arena
June 8th - Czech Republic, Prague, O2 Arena
Click here to EPE for Tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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)

'Platinum: A Life In Music' Re-Release OUT NOW: Sony UK has re-released the classic 4-Cd set 'Platinum: A Life In Music'- in a small-book format twenty years after its first release in 1997.
The set chronicles the outstanding career of Elvis Presley (1954 to 1977) from a unique perspective and it includes 100 performances, 77 of which were previously unreleased in 1997. This historic overview traces his development as an artist and emphasizes how Elvis' music always returned to its unshakable core values. This 4-CD box set contains a 48-page book and consists mostly of previously unreleased alternate takes of Elvis Presley's hits.
There is no info on whether this 20th anniversary release includes audio upgrades of all the "77 were previously unreleased takes" which have since been remastered.
The publicity notes, "You probably think you've heard all there is to hear from The King, what with countless Elvis retrospectives, anthologies, and reissues flooding the market. While PLATINUM is far from the first Elvis boxset, it's unique in that it's composed largely of previously unreleased material. Four discs cover every phase of Presley's career, from young Memphis hip-shaker to the Las Vegas era, adding a fresh perspective to each period.
It's both an education and a kick to hear alternate versions of songs as ingrained in the public consciousness as 'That's All Right', and others from Elvis' legendary Sun sessions."
Only £18.53 & FREE UK Delivery on Amazon UK orders (see below)
(News, Source;Sony/Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

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
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- The demonstrations in Memphis this Elvis Week.
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- 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)

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EIN's Elvis Facebook page this week celebrates its 22,000 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: 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

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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)


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

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

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

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

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