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'Elvis Presley: The Complete Works 1953-1955' MRS book/cd Review
'Being Elvis' by Ray Connolly - book review
Sunday 19 February 2017
'Elvis: His Songs of Praise Vol.2' FTD book Promo Video: Trevor Simpson's first book about Elvis' sacred, spiritual and gospel songs came out last september and now the long-anticipated sequel is being prepared. The second volume titled "Elvis: His Songs of Praise Vol.2" will feature 350 pages about the final half of the chosen Elvis sacred songs - 100 in all.
It promises over 350 pages with lavishly illustrated high-quality images, many unseen photographs and graphics. Every song has been thoroughly researched in a similar manner to Trevor Simpson’s previous trilogy "Elvis: The Best of British”.
In early interviews, Elvis divulged that spiritual music was his first love and he publicly continued to reaffirm. Despite being acclaimed as the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, he was only presented with three Grammy awards and they were for his spiritual music and the stories of these iconic songs are much, much more contained within this book. The book comes with bonus CD - see tracklist below.
Click here to the 6 minute YouTube Promo video
More info soon. - Click here to EIN's interview with author Trevor Simpson about this Gospel project.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
ELVIS – HIS SONGS OF PRAISE, VOL.2
1. Elvis Introduction / Only Believe (With unused horns overdubbed June 8, 1970) (2:55)
PURE ELVIS: UNDUBBED SACRED SONGS
2. I, John (T-2 Undubbed Master June 10, 1971) (2:15)
3. Life (T-20 Undubbed Master June 6, 1970) (3:07)
4. Reach Out To Jesus (T-9 Undubbed June 9, 1971) (3:08)
5. He Is My Everything (Undubbed Master June 9, 1971) (2:39)
6. He Knows Just What I Need (T-9 Undubbed Oct 30, 1960) (2:10)
7. Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Undubbed Movie Version Oct 23, 1969) (2:15)
8. We Call On Him (T-3 Undubbed September 11, 1967) (2:33)
9. Padre (Undubbed Spliced Master May 16, 1971) (2:29)
10. Elvis Introduction / You’ll Never Walk Alone (Extended Master September 11, 1967) (3:52)
1956 – 1977 ELVIS IMPROMPTU (LIVE AND RARE)
11. On the Jericho Road (SUN Studio Dec 4, 1956) (0:50)
12. Peace In The Valley (Ed Sullivan Show Jan 6, 1957) (1:39)
13. Down By The Riverside / When The Saints Go Marching In (From the Movie “Frankie & Johnny May 1965) (1:45)
14. The Lord’s Prayer (Edit May 16, 1971) (2:03)
15. Elvis Introduction / Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone / Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God To The (March / April 1972) (3:11)
16. Bosom Of Abraham / You Better Run (March / April 1972) (2:34)
17. The Impossible Dream (Madison Square Garden) (June 10, 1972) (3:18)
18. Where No One Stands Alone (Montgomery, Alabama February 16, 1977) (2:23)
SEASONS GREETINGS FROM ELVIS: THE CHRISTMAS RADIO SPECIAL FROM DECEMBER 3, 1967
19. Announcer / Here Comes Santa Claus (2:37)
20. Announcer / Blue Christmas (2:11)
21. Announcer / O Little Town Of Bethlehem (2:47)
22. Dale Robertson / Christmas Seal Charity Appeal (1:23)
23. Announcer / Silent Night (2:34)
24. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1:54)
25. Announcer / I Believe (2:23)
26. Announcer / If Everyday Was Like Christmas (3:04)
27. Announcer / How Great Thou Art (3:16)
28. His Hand In Mine (3:00)
29. Announcer / Promotion of Elvis’ Albums (1:00)
30. Elvis’ Special Message / I’ll Be Home For Christmas (2:08)
MORE PURE ELVIS – UNDUBBED CHRISTMAS CAROLS
31. The First Noel (Undubbed Master May 21, 1971) (2:13)
32. O Come, All Ye Faithful (T-1 Undubbed Master May 21, 1971 (2:58)
Thanks to FECC for the tracklisting

2017 Tupelo Elvis Festival: The 2017 Tupelo Elvis Festival theme has been released after the artwork was unveiled on Monday.
This year it will be held on June 1-4, 2017, to celebrate the life and music of Tupelo's native son, Elvis Presley.
The artwork was created by Tupelo resident Sue Scruggs. The artist created a Hawaiian-themed image that includes a variety of bright and tropical blues, greens and pinks accompanied with a center-focus on the guitar. The vintage inspired image reflects Elvis’ movie years and the 90-minute special Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite.
Scruggs, longtime Tupelo resident, trained in the impressionist style of art in Como, Italy. She has a degree in art from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee. The Tupelo Elvis Festival is entering its nineteenth year. The festival has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism society
(News, Source;Gansky/ElvisInfoNet)

'Spliced takes - Hollywood Revisited' New Import: CMT is proud to present their latest release, again the STAR team has done all the production on this album 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 tracks. Their professional edits will blow you away, and will make you believe these are unreleased takes.
We're back in Hollywood for some incredible new splices ! We start off with a "too fast" version of "Flaming Star", one of THE highlights is probably "Adam and Evil" which has a totally new "jungle beat" opening, no new instruments were used, but purely rough studio snippets to complete an amazing new take out of 5 takes, with new fade out ending! "G.I. Blues" was re-made out of lots of takes, and sounds very new to your ears! And what to think of the "break up" version of "Yoga is As Yoga Does", lots of funny segments are included in this complete new track. "It Won't Be Long" has a longer "bluesy" intro, and was extended for listening pleasure
The set comes in a “Deluxe Digipack” with beautiful artwork, and is strictly limited to 500 copies! This will be sold out soon!
Go to 'All The CD News 2016' for full details & tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Long Tall Sally' New Import CD: Out soon from the Ampex label is “Long Tall Sally” featuring a great and rare unreleased Audience Recording from January 27th, 1973 dinner show. This is the second show after the Aloha concert and the sound quality is very good for an audience recording. In this show, he starts with Long Tall Sally right after CC Rider. Nice to mention is that the photo from the original RCA album “Raised On Rock” was taking from this show too.
Ask your dealer for a sample.
1. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider 2. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On 3. Until It's Time For You To Go  4. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me  5. Steamroller Blues  6. You Gave Me A Mountain  7. Fever  8. Love Me  9. Blue Suede Shoes  10. Love Me Tender  11. Johnny B. Goode  12. Hound Dog  13. What Now My Love  14. Suspicious Minds  15. Band Introductions  16. I'll Remember You  17. I Can't Stop Loving You  18. An American Trilogy  19. Burning Love  20. Can't Help Falling In Love  21. Closing Vamp
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Latest US Billboard Charts: The joy of Christmas Elvis has truly departed in the Billboard charts for week ending 25th February, 2017:
 Elvis has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart

- 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 4 to 5 on the Classical Albums Chart
- 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' drops from 8 to 13 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart and drops from 28 to 35 on the Top Christian Albums Chart
- 'If I Can Dream' rises from 17 to 13 on the Classical Albums Chart
- 'Heart And Soul' rises from 22 to 21 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
- 'He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley' (Vols.1 & 2) drops from 3 to 9 on the Music Video Sales Chart

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Lisa Marie In Dire Financial Situation?: The E! website has recently posted about how Lisa Marie is "Struggling to Pay Back Millions of Dollars"
EIN's Nigel Patterson comments - The figures don’t seem to add up, how can a $100M+ financial position dwindle to almost bankrupt?
E! News writes..... Having a famous father may have its perks. For Lisa Marie Presley, however, it isn't enough to prevent a difficult financial situation. As the singer-songwriter made headlines this week after opposing ex-husband Michael Lockwood's request for spousal support, court documents are revealing a glimpse into Lisa's finances or lack thereof.
Elvis Presley's daughter claims that she receives monthly income of approximately $100,000 a month from her inheritance.
According to the singer, her business manager did not pay taxes that caused her to have "considerable tax liability outstanding from this income over the last several years." She owes the IRS "one and one-half million dollars, and over five million to the Government of the United Kingdom." In addition, Lisa admits that she owes $250,000 in state taxes and hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional debt.
As an employee of Graceland, Lisa receives a salary of approximately $4,300 per month that has allowed her to obtain health insurance for herself, Michael and their daughters.
But in an addition obstacle, Lisa claims in documents that Michael "spent over a million dollars of my separate property funds without my consent." When she confronted him, Lisa says that her ex-husband "acknowledged that he had spent that amount on my credit cards."
While some fans may know Lisa for her solo albums and hit singles including "Lights Out" and "Dirty Laundry," the 49-year-old says she currently derives no income as a singer/songwriter and never supported herself from the income made in that profession.
In an attempt to save money, Lisa says she has not taken vacations or traveled in the last year. She has not flown in any airplane in more than 18 months.  Finally, she does not pay rent or a mortgage as she lives in the home of her adult daughter Riley Keough and her husband.
"I cannot recall the last time I spent money on clothes and shoes of any value," Lisa assured in court documents. The singer ultimately hopes the court will deny Michael's request for spousal support and attorney's fees.

EIN notes that this declared bad financial situation could have something to do with the terrible news about her estranged husband, below .....
(News, Source;E!News/ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie Ex-Husband in Child Abuse Claims: Police in Beverly Hills have confirmed they received child abuse allegations involving Lisa Marie Presley's family last summer. The statement comes after explosive allegations of child abuse and neglect made by Lisa Marie Presley in a divorce filing against her ex-husband, Michael Lockwood.
In court papers filed earlier this month, Presley claimed that the couple’s twin daughters, age 8, were taken from their custody and that Lockwood is the subject of criminal investigations involving hundreds of inappropriate photos of children that authorities found on his electronic devices. Lisa Marie, 49, said in the court documents that the allegations left her “shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach.” The court documents from Presley’s legal team, filed on February 7 as part of ongoing divorce proceedings, are part of her attempt to avoid paying spousal support to Lockwood.
In the filing, Presley claims, “... that [Lockwood]... request for spousal support must be denied by reason of his conduct alone.”
Originally married in 2006, Presley cited irreconcilable differences in divorce papers filed last June claiming Lockwood was a poor father and “took advantage” of her finances.
Note that it is still not verified that Lockwood is the subject of a police investigation and that the TBI said there were still investigating if a crime had taken place.
This was Lisa Marie's fourth marriage. In addition to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage, she was also married to Danny Keough – with whom she had two children, Riley and son Ben.
(News, Source;People/ElvisInfoNet)


Thursday 16 February 2017 - - - - - - MARTY LACKER R.I.P. - - - - -

Classic Marty Lacker (R.I.P.): One of Marty Lacker's last conversations with EIN was about Elvis impersonators.
Only two months ago EIN received a note from a US Elvis impersonator - and their Attorney - suggesting a defamation case for lost earnings against EIN and Marty Lacker stating that Marty's "False statements have hurt and tainted my life & career in the music industry" and that he wanted to sue for compensation!
This was because Marty had openly stated that this person was a "nut-job" like most other other impersonators.

Marty said "I’m not fan in any shape or form of Elvis impersonators.  Calling themselves Tribute Artists is a joke; they just want their 15 minutes of fame.  If they had any talent they should put it to use being themselves.
The problem is most of them don’t have the talent.  They will never be Elvis or anything close to it.  If you want to hear Elvis music, play an Elvis record.  If you want to see him perform, play a video or DVD of ELVIS!"


Below are two other classic Marty Lacker stories
. He will be terribly missed.


MARTY on Colonel Parker - Let me be perfectly clear from the beginning, Parker was all about money lining his pockets and Elvis was his golden goose that made that happen.
He never took into consideration Elvis' personal well being as far as his mental and physical condition was concerned.

Parker was good for Elvis in the very beginning because with his carny con ways he got him known quickly and Elvis quickly made big money compared to where he came from.
But Parker never changed with the times and he continued to treat Elvis like a carnival side show in his publicity and tactics.
However, Parker took a ridiculous 25% of everything as a managers fee when the norm was either 10% or 15% at the most.

He instilled in Elvis from the start to let him handle the business side while making sure that Elvis really never learned much about it until he died.
Then in '67 when Elvis fell and had a slight concussion in L.A. Parker took advantage of him and demanded 50% and Elvis gave into him because his head was messed up.

In my opinion Parker never was concerned about Elvis' well being and his bullshit after Elvis died was to always say "that's the way Elvis wanted it" and "he only did what Elvis wanted him to do".

Elvis should have gotten rid of him around '62 and maybe he wouldn't have had to suffer through those shitty movies and got good scripts via another manager.

Elvis wasn't aware of the business side and he really didn't know there were good managers out there who would not only get him good deals in which he would have made more money but they also would have cared about his well being too.

I blame Parker's actions for a big part of Elvis relying on pills to escape his mental well being.
- Marty

MARTY regarding the sub-standard movie songs. Weeks before every movie Elvis would receive a stack of demos from Parker and Freddy Bienstock of Hill & Range Music and most of them were pure shit.
We used to listen them up in his office and put them in three piles,one pile was the 'No', maybe's and Yes. 
Without exception the 'No' pile would be huge, 'Maybe' had a few in it and the 'Yes' pile was usually three or four. 
It really was disheartening to see what Parker was sending him but he did it because he had a piece of the publishing of every song. 
If a songwriter came to us with a song that he wanted Elvis to record we had to tell them to see Parker. Parker would then demand a piece of the publishing before Elvis would record the song, some of them gave it to him but most of the hit songwriters told him to go to hell.  I didn't blame them because to me that was not fair, it would be like a hit songwriter telling Elvis he wanted a piece of his record sales royalties if he wanted to record his song, that would never happen. 
All that was a negative result of Elvis allowing Parker to handle everything. 

I am proud that I got that to change a bit during the American Studio sessions in '69 when one night when Elvis was taking a break because of having a throat problem we were up in his office listening to Parker's demos and Elvis was lamenting that he didn't have any good songs to cut, I then got up and did a long explanation why and I laid into Parker and Bienstock's doings and that it was hurting Elvis.

This was at a time I was not working for Elvis anymore because I had started a record company in Memphis and became educated about the real workings of the music industry and what was the normal and right way of doing things musically. 
That talk I had resulted in Elvis recording 'Suspicious Minds' the next night even if Chips Moman owned the song and refused to give them a percentage of the publishing when he was brow beated by Parker's assistant Tom Diskin.

Diskin then complained to Elvis who told Diskin to let him, Chips and Felton Jarvis handle the session.  That made me feel good and I gave Elvis the thumbs up when he did it. Diskin called Parker in California and Parker angrily told Diskin to leave there and come back to California and he said, "If Elvis wants to do this without us, Let him fall on his ass."
Parker was pissed and I was happy he was.
Some falling on his ass (lol), Four hit singles, His first Number One in 5 years plus two platinum albums that are still selling 46 years after the session!!.
- Marty


Tuesday 14 February 2017
Marty Lacker - RIP: It is with immense sadness that EIN has to report on the death of our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker.
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 write to EIN asking us to add his comments or to correct any inaccuracy.
I feel so saddened as Marty's passing so easily demonstrates the fragility of life. His death being caused by a simple home accident (he fell over while doing laundry) which caused him to be hospitalised with internal bruising and eventual kidney failure. Marty was such a character that he even apologised for being in hospital and not replying to all his friends emails!
Marty Lacker was born in Brooklyn, NY but grew up in the South Bronx until he moved to Memphis in 1952.
In 1953 he transferred to Humes High School where he became aware of Elvis because they both dressed alike which was unlike most of the kids back then. Carrying his NY influences Marty would also wear bright, loud colour clothes with collars up and had semi longer hair than the regular crew-cuts of the time.
It was later after his time in the army, early 1957 that Marty started going over to Graceland.
While Elvis was in the army Marty would become Production Director for Memphis WHHM Radio and it was only in 1961 that Elvis persuaded him to join Elvis' core team full-time.
Unlike many others in the 'Memphis Mafia' Marty Lacker managed a separate career (working for radio stations as well as starting his own label Pepper Records in late 1967 before becoming VP and General Manager of Chips Moman's American Studios in 1969) as well as staying a best friend to Elvis.
Marty was responsible for many stars coming to work at American and was friends with names such as Petula Clark (Marty flew to New York to convince her to record in Memphis) , Dionne Warwick, Bill Medley, Dusty Springfield, Neil Diamond and many more. Marty was had a good friendship with the legendary Jackie Wilson, as did Sonny West.
In recent years Marty Lacker stated his disappointment over Priscilla / EPE's cheap commercialisation of Elvis' legacy and their lack of support or interest in cousin Billy Smith who stayed by Elvis' side to the very end.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal today commented..
"If not for Marty Lacker, Elvis might never have gone to American Studios in 1969 to record the landmark "From Elvis in Memphis" record. If not for Mr. Lacker, then, the world might never have had such Presley hits as "Suspicious Minds", "In the Ghetto," among many others.
Chips Moman noted, "Marty was working for me and he was still in close with Elvis. So Marty was talking to me about Elvis and talking to Elvis about me and slowly bringing us together. He's really the one that got that album to take place."
Mr. Lacker also worked in the music business both during his time with Elvis and after The King's 1977 death. In 1967, Lacker helped launch Pepper Records and went on to become American Studios' vice president and business manager. In the early '70s, Lacker also helped co-found the local Grammy chapter and also served as the chairman of the original Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission.
"A big thing that I wanted to accomplish was to organize the music industry in town. Memphis was not a very organized city; everybody did their own thing," Lacker told the newspaper in 2010. "At the end of the day, you can't underestimate what the music that came out of Memphis has brought to this city."
- Funeral arrangements were still being finalized late Monday.
EIN will publish more about our good friend tomorrow.
Meanwhile, may the great man Rest In Peace - we miss you Marty.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
 

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


Marty Lacker opens up to EIN: In Part 1 of our interviews with Memphis Mafia member, Marty Lacker, Marty tells us about the famous celebrities, the pills, marriage and the Memphis Mafia, the $10m concert offer for Elvis to play in front of the Pyramids in Egypt and the real reason Elvis shot out his TV set when Robert Goulet appeared on the screen.

Marty Lacker was first interviewed in depth by EIN's Nigel Patterson back in 2005.

(Interview, Source: EIN)


Wednesday 8 February 2017

'Elvis: The Wonder Of You' NEW Australian Shows: Great news for Aussie Elvis fans with two new shows being added to the June 2017 tour schedule, as the first shows continue to sell out.
Exciting news as New Shows on sale Now!
Tickets are on sale now for the 3rd Melbourne Show and 2nd Sydney show!
The first Elvis / RPO album went Number 1 in Australia and EPE hope all the concerts will see Australian Elvis fans loving the new production.

Tickets on sale NOW. CLICK HERE for ticket info & purchasing
The Australian Tour dates now confirmed.

Friday 26 May 2017 – Perth Arena, Perth
Sunday 28 May 2017 – Adelaide Ent Centre,
Thursday 1 June 2017 – Brisbane Ent Centre
Friday 2 June 2017 – ICC Theatre, Sydney
Saturday 3 June 2017 – ICC Theatre, Sydney NEW SHOW
Thursday 8 June 2017 –  Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne NEW SHOW
Friday 9 June 2017 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne SOLD OUT
Saturday 10 June 2017 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne.

(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)


Sweet Inspirations & Bob Lanning LIVE in Belgium: The current line-up of the Sweet Inspirations, featuring original member Estelle Brown and Portia Griffin, will soon be performing in Belgium as part of the show ’An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians’. The show also includes Elvis’ 1970 drummer Bob Lanning, as well as his percussion player Eddie Graham, who can be seen in the MGM movie ‘Elvis, That’s The Way It Is’.
The dates are Friday, May 5th at Kursaal in Oosteinde and Saturday May 6th at Stadsschouwburg in Antwerp.
CLICK HERE to order your tickets and for more info.
The Sweet Inspirations have fond memories of performing in Belgium for both fanclubs, and are looking forward to rekindling those friendships again, w
hile Bob Lanning and Eddie Graham are excited about performing there for the first time.
(News, Source;ADeelen/ElvisInfoNet)


''57 at 60 One Night with Elvis' new JAT book: Another interesting twist in the Elvis World has Joe Tunzi announcing a book on exactly the same subject as Erik Lorentzen's book that was announced back in December last year! (see info below)
'Encore Performance Volume VI: '57 at 60 One Night with Elvis' is the new book announced from Joseph A. Tunzi / JAT Productions with Daryl W. Restly and scheduled for release in a few months. The book will feature photos of Elvis Presley, from the John Sebert collection, that were taken on April 2, 1957 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada. These photographs are taken from the original negative sources rather than lower quality scans you might find in other publications. JAT notes that back in 2015, while JAT Productions was preparing the book, Encore Performance V: One Performance Only, Featuring Chicago '57, Tunzi acquired

the original negatives from the John Sebert collection. Unfortunately the book should have been published back then, not in 2017! The book will retail at $39.95 plus similar amount for shipping & handling and will feature roughly 250 of these images.
Please note that the Paul Sweeney / Erik Lorentzen book photos are also from the original negatives.
(News, Source;JAT/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis In Person - One Night in Toronto April 2, 1957': Now available for pre-order the new book from Paul Sweeney, Jean-Marc Carisse and Erik Lorentzen.

Ready For Pre Orders:
April 2 - 1957 - One Night In Toronto - The Boy In The Gold Suit
With 400 Unseen Photos.
A historical document - the 60th Anniversary.
* interviews
* backstage stories
* private moments
You Can Pre-Order Now. Send €120 By Paypal To: Sales @Elvisfiles.No - Including Shipping All Over The World.
Or CLICK HERE to www.Elvisfiles.No

Author Paul Sweeney comments, "Jean-Marc and I have been working hard on this book since March of 2016 in preparation for its April 2017 release. There are over 300 photos from before, during and after the two shows from the John Sebert Collection at Library & Archives Canada. I was blown away when I first set eyes on them earlier this year, and you know me, the candid photos really caught my eye, but you'll have to wait and see for yourselves.
The photos are taken from the original negatives"

(News, Source;Erik Lorentzen)


"Covered by Elvis Presley" Graceland Blog: EPE have posted a new blog about six songs that Elvis covered.... There’s an art to covering someone else’s song. Whether you stick to the original or create an entirely new arrangement, it’s up to you to put your own stamp on it. Elvis Presley could take any song and make it his own.
Elvis’ catalog included songs written especially for him and a collection of cover songs, and no matter what he sang, he always put that special ‘Elvis’ touch on each and every song. He loved all genres of music and sang songs he loved, songs that meant something to him. If Elvis covered your song, it was like the ultimate compliment. It meant he was a fan of your work. Elvis covered many terrific songs, and Graceland new Blog takes a look at just a few fan-favorite covers and covers that meant a lot to Elvis.
The rather flimsy article only covers these songs, “See See Rider”, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”, “My Way”, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”, “Blue Moon of Kentucky”.
Click here to EPE for the story.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Thinking About You' Video Clip: Over 2 million views on YouTube, pretty impressive considering it's one of Elvis' lesser known songs. Recorded at Stax Studios in 1973. 
It was released in January 1975 as the flip side to the single 'My Boy'.


Worth checking out if you have time
CLICK HERE to watch on YouTube.

 

(News, Source;RobV/ElvisInfoNet)


Latest US Billboard Charts: The joy of Christmas Elvis has truly departed in the Billboard charts for week ending 18th February, 2017:
Elvis has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts
- 'The Wonder Of You' remains at 4 on the Classical Albums Chart
- 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' remains at 8 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart; drops from 25 to 29 on the Christian And Gospel Albums Chart  and drops from 26 to 28 on the Top Christian Albums Chart
- 'If I Can Dream' drops from 13 to 17 on the Classical Albums Chart
- 'Heart And Soul' drops from 17 to 22 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
- 'He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley' (Vols.1 & 2) rises from 8 to 3 on the Music Video Sales ChartElvis has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis in the UK Charts: While the big Christmas sales are dropping away Elvis still features in the UK charts. As EIN contributor Brian Quinn notes, "Only Elvis could get a Christmas EP in the vinyl charts in February".
UK Album Chart - 3rd February, 2017
#48 - 'The Wonder Of You'
#78 'If I Can Dream'
Other Elvis Entries on the UK Charts
- 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 22 to 30 on the Physical Album Chart and drops from 25 to 32 on the Album Sales Chart
- 'If I Can Dream' rises from 42 to 41 on the Physical Album Chart and rises from 55 to 54 on the Album Sales Chart
- 'The Platinum Collection' drops from 51 to 53 on the Physical Album Chart; drops from 65 to 74 on the Album Sales Chart and drops from 11 to 16 on the Indie Albums Chart
- 'Love Me Tender' - (Elvis and Connie Francis Duet) rises from 72 to 34 on the Physical Singles Chart
- 'Noel' - New Entry at 33 on the Vinyl Singles Chart and also a New Entry at 49 on the Physical Singles Chart.
This EP has 4 titles and is limited edition numbered to only 500 copies. For the first time, on a green vinyl 45 with the following 4 titles: Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me; Blue Christmas; Santa Claus Is Back In Town and I'll Be Home For Christmas
'The Wonder Of You' drops from 25 to 45 on the Scottish Album Chart
'If I Can Dream' drops from 56 to 71 on the Scottish Album Chart
'The Platinum Collection' rises from 84 to 75 on the Scottish Album Chart
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 2 February 2017
Two New FTD releases: The Elvis Shop London has just announced the first two new FTD releases for 2017.
 - 'A Date With Elvis' - Classic Album.  'A Date With Elvis' was released in July 1959 and was the second of three compilation albums released by RCA while Elvis was serving in the U.S. Army. The aim of all three albums, apart from keeping Elvis’ name in the public eye, was to collect recordings that had only been out on 45 rpm records in order to take advantage of the fast growing Long Playing album market. This 7” digipack 2-CD set also features stereo masters and ‘fly-on-the-wall’ persona; recordings made during his Army time in Germany.  It also includes the 'Is It So Strange' Binaural session.
DISC 1 Original Album 1 Blue Moon Of Kentucky 2 Young And Beautiful  3 (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care 4 Milkcow Blues Boogie 5 Baby Let’s Play House 6 Good Rockin’ Tonight 7 Is It So Strange 8 We’re Gonna Move 9 I Want To Be Free 10 I Forgot To Remember To Forget BONUS SONGS 11 I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine 12 Let Me Stereo and Binaural 13 Young And Beautiful 14 (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care 15 We’re Gonna Move 16  I Want To Be Free (movie version, Splice of takes 10, 12 & 13)    (binaural master not released as such before)
17 I Want To Be Free (record version,  Splice of takes 11 & final ending take 5)   (binaural master not released before) 18 Is It So Strange (take 1) 19 Is It So Strange (takes 2-9) 20 Is It So Strange (take 10) 21 Is It So Strange (take 11) 22 Is It So Strange (take 12) (original master take)
DISC 2 Private Recordings from Germany 1 I’m Beginning To Forget You 2 I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You) (ending only) 3 Mona Lisa 4 I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You) 5 Guitar Piece 6 Danny Boy (1) 7 Danny Boy – (2) 8 Loving You (incomplete) 9 Talk/I’m Beginning To Forget You – (2) 10 Christmas 11 I’m Beginning To Forget You – (3) 12 I’m Beginning To Forget You – (4) 13 I Asked The Lord  (1 incomplete) 14 I Asked The Lord – (2 incomplete) 15  Apron Strings – (1) 16 Soldier Boy 1:53 17 I Asked The Lord – (3 incomplete) 18 I Asked The Lord – (4) 19 I Asked The Lord – (5) 20 Earth Angel 21 I Will Be True 22 There’s No Tomorrow 23 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen – (slow  2) 24 Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)/   Hound Dog 25 I Asked The Lord – (6) 26 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen – (fast  2) 27 Apron Strings – (3) 28 The Titles Will Tell 29 Send Me Some Lovin’ 30 The Fool – (1) 31 The Fool – (2 incomplete) 32 The Fool – (3) 33 The Fool – (4) Badly Distorted Audio 34 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen – (fast  1) 35 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen – (slow 1) 36 Apron Strings – (2) 37 It’s Been So Long Darling
- “Speedway: The Remixed Soundtrack Masters” Double VINYL release. Following on from the recent “TODAY - the Original Session Mixes”, FTD Vinyl is pleased to announce the release of “Speedway: The Remixed Soundtrack Masters”. The LP also features the original MONO mixes.
SIDE 1. 1  Let Yourself Go 2  Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  3  There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song  (Elvis and Nancy Sinatra) 4  Who Are You? (Who Am I?)  5 Speedway  6  He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad  7 Suppose   SIDE 2 1 Five Sleepy Heads 2  Goin’ Home – takes 24, 21  3  Mine – takes 1, 2, 3, 4   4  Western Union – take 1  5  Suppose  (Nashville master)  6  Let Yourself Go  – take 5
SIDE 3 1  Your Groovy Self  (master)  Nancy Sinatra  2  Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  (movie version)  3  Goin’ Home – takes 16, 23  4  Mine – takes 8, 9  5  Western Union – take 2, 3   6 Let Yourself Go  – take 6   SIDE 4 THE MONO SOUNDTRACK MASTERS  1  Speedway  2  There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song (Elvis and Nancy Sinatra)  3  Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  4  Who Are You? (Who Am I?)  5  He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad   6  Let Yourself Go  7  Your Groovy Self  Nancy Sinatra 8  Five Sleepy Heads*  9  Suppose*   * Not used in the final print
(News, Source;ElvisShopLondon/FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Sara Ann Patterson - Tupelo Elvis fan- RIP: Elvis fans will easily remember Tupelo fan Sara Ann Patterson who is seen with Elvis in the famous photos at the Tupelo showgrounds. We are sad to report that Sara Ann Patterson Gunter died a few days ago on January 29, aged 77.  Sara was born in Tupelo on April 8, l939 to pioneer Lee Countians, Sam and Lucille Garmon Patterson. She grew up in Verona, graduated from Tupelo High School in l957 and received her higher education at Mississippi University for Women and Delta State University.
Sara was an avid Elvis Presley fan. In Elvis' 1956 return to the Tupelo Fairgrounds, she got to not only meet Elvis but received a kiss on the cheek from "the King." She appeared in the definitive documentary of the singer's time in Tupelo, Elvis: "The Return to Tupelo" where she shared the excitement of her association with Elvis. She is seen giving Elvis a special hat, however Elvis then gave her back the hat before he went on stage - and she kept it all these years.
In 1959, she married Gary Gunter. Sara was the owner of Sara's Factory Outlet many years. A lifelong member of the Verona United Methodist Church, she loved local history and contributed greatly to the restoration of the Verona Cemetery, where many of her forebears are interred. Sara was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Colonists.
EIN thanks Tony Stuchbury for passing on this sad news.
(News, Source;TS/ElvisInfoNet) - and for the photos of Ann.

Elvis’ Humes High School may close: Elvis’ Humes High School is now an under-enrolled charter school and state officials will soon decide its fate. When Elvis Presley graduated from L.C. Humes High School in 1953 during the days of segregated schools, the stately red brick building was operated by the city district to serve white students in a growing area of north Memphis.
The school still operates today and is known as Humes Preparatory Academy Middle, a mostly black, state-run charter school serving a community with a shrinking population of school-age children. This week, leaders of Tennessee’s Achievement School District are expected to announce whether the historic school will remain open.
Last year the state-run school turnaround district invited other eligible charter networks to apply to step in. But only one, Memphis-based Frayser Community Schools, threw its hat in the ring. Among Frayser’s plans for Humes: a renewed focus on music.

“It’s inspiring to know that we will be walking in the footsteps of Elvis Presley if we are able to start this program,” said Derrick Lewis, fine arts chairman for MLK College Preparatory High School, Frayser’s only current school, also in Memphis.
The state-run district already plans to let at least one of its 31 Memphis schools close because of low enrollment.
But the outlook at Humes is somewhat brighter with the middle school operating at 69 percent of capacity.

Whatever the decision about Humes, the school building on North Manassas Avenue will remain. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its connection to Presley, whose performance in the school talent show whetted his appetite to become an entertainer.

A historical plaque has stood in the schoolyard since 2013 to trumpet the school’s history and famous alumnus. The Humes property would return to the possession of Shelby County Schools if the ASD decides to walk away.

(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)


Col Parker's Home saved for future Museum: The historic Madison home once owned by Elvis Presley’s manager is being taken apart piece by piece.
Brian Oxley and his crew are working on the Madison home of Colonel Tom Parker. When he learned they wanted to put a car wash up, he knew people would want to keep the history of the home. “I’ve told my team, we’re all archaeologists, ya know? This is fun, we’re looking for clues, we’re trying to match pictures with the knots on the doors, where Elvis may have stood, but I think the number one thing more than archaeologists, I’m an anthropologist, which means I’m interested in people,”
So crews are taking it apart and numbering every beam, floor board, and pine wall so it can be re-assembled somewhere else for a permanent Elvis Presley display.
The famous singer would stay there when he was in Nashville.
The home has sat largely vacant since Steve North, who purchased the property and moved his law office there in the mid-1990s, retired. In 2015, it was included on the 2015 "Nashville Nine" list of the city's most-endangered historic places. Last month, news that developers wanted to open a car wash on the property made headlines nationwide.
This isn’t Oxley's first project. In recent years he purchased and restored Johnny Cash’s Bon Aqua property and the “Mama Cash House” the country star bought for his mother in Hendersonville. But now he’s switching his focus from the Man in Black to the King.
Oxley hopes to eventually reassemble the interior and include it as part of a permanent Presley display. He’s already begun delving into research about Parker’s life and work as well as the home’s famous visitors. Pointing to the wood paneling on the wall, he said, "These knots are like fingerprints. You see them in old pictures (of the house) and you can tell exactly where Elvis was standing."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Latest US Billboard Charts: The joy of Christmas Elvis has truly departed in the Billboard charts for week ending 11th February, 2017:
Elvis has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts

- 'The Wonder Of You' remains at 4 on the Classical Albums Chart
- 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' remains at 8 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart and is a re-entry at 25 on the Christian And Gospel Albums Chart
- 'If I Can Dream' rises from 14 to 13 on the Classical Albums Chart
- 'Heart And Soul' rises from 25 to 17 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart

- 'He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley' (Vols.1 & 2) drops from 6 to 8  on the Music Video Sales Chart

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Monday 30 January 2017
Sonny & Judy West still need Our Help: Things are very sadly going worse for Sonny West and his wife Judy with both now diagnosed with cancer and needing our help.
Paige Petersen was a fan who happened to overdose on Hycodan one night at Elvis' Palm Springs house around 1973.
She describes how Sony West saved her life and now asks for your help to support Sonny & Judy West...
"As you know, Sonny was one of the original members of the "Memphis Mafia", but to me, he is so much more. This man saved my life. Literally.

If it wasn't for Sonny, I would be dead. I am now 64, but at 17 years old, after a night of partying with Elvis, I fell into a coma. I was unresponsive and Sonny found me, got an ambulance and rode with me to the hospital. He was with me every day, got my mother to me and after a week in a coma, I woke up. The first face I saw was Sonny's. I owe my life to this man. Please pray for Sonny and his beautiful wife, Judy. They both need our prayers and if you can please donate anything at all, I know they would be very grateful. These are good people with bad luck. I wish the Elvis Presley Estate would help out, too. That would be awesome.
But since we cannot count on that, let's all chip in to help this hero and his wife. Please. Please.
Thank you. - Paige Petersen
Bryan West has posted, "Both my mom and dad are two of the kindest and loving individuals I know. Both have been in and out of the hospital due to major health concerns. They need your help and I'm asking for your help. If you can find it somewhere in your heart to contribute, it would be greatly appreciated."
PLEASE CLICK HERE, donate what you can, every little bit helps
West is currently undergoing treatment for cancer shortly after celebrating five years in remission. His wife of 46 years, Judy Jordan, is also undergoing treatment for cancer and will be admitted into surgery next week.
Because of their mounting medical bills, and debt of nearly $22,000, the couple said they are now facing foreclosure, scheduled later this month.
"I just feel very depressed," West said.
To pay off debt they accrued for the various treatments, the couple said they began selling Presley's memorabilia, including the jewelry he gifted West, and a briefcase.
They also started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to pay off their debt. PLEASE HELP - click here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley’s #1 Hits' New Graceland Blog: EPE writes.. Elvis Presley had a lot of hit singles. A lot. Seriously. A lot.
If you’ve ever visited Graceland, you’ve no doubt been a little blown away by Elvis’ countless Gold, Diamond and Platinum Records. It’s fun to pick out your favorite songs on the walls and even snap a selfie with your favorite Gold Record.
To celebrate Elvis’ iconic and groundbreaking music, EPE are covering Elvis’ #1 hits on their Graceland Blog. They’ll share the backstory of each song, who played on it, where it landed on various charts and more.
They’ll tackle a few at a time, and every few months or so.

Don't Be Cruel, One Night, In the Ghetto, His Latest Flame and The Wonder Of You are all featured
Click here to EPE for the stories of a few of Elvis’ #1s, picked at random.

 


(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Judge rules Elvis guitar belongs to National Museum: The debate has been going since July 2014 but now a federal judge ruled this morning that a guitar played by Elvis Presley rightfully belongs to the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota and not a Memphis-based memorabilia collector.
The decision means that the museum will not have to turn over the guitar to collector Larry Moss, who sued both the museum and Robert Johnson, a broker who negotiated the deal that led to the museum acquiring the guitar.
Moss argued that he had a deal in 2008 with Johnson to purchase the Martin D-35 guitar, which the rock icon played on his final tour in 1977. The guitar was damaged during a show in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Presley gave it to a fan. He died six months later.
But the guitar, one of several instruments negotiated between Moss and Johnson, was never delivered to Johnson. Nor did money change hands for that guitar, although Moss did pay Johnson $70,000 for two other guitars.
Based on correspondence between the two, Schreier ruled that the D-35 was one part of two separate deals negotiated between 2007 and 2010 – one for the two guitars Moss did receive and the other which included the Martin D-35 that was never completed.
The museum hoped Elvis’ broad appeal would help attract visitors.
Knowing the ownership history of the objects entering Museum collections is becoming ever more vital, not only for the educational value of that information, but for legal, ethical, and moral reasons.
“As a non-profit organization,” he added, “of course, we were pained by the expense required to protect this important instrument in our collection, but we’re thrilled that our further investment will allow the Elvis guitar to remain in the public’s eye at the NMM for the learning and enjoyment of our future visitors.”
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Sahara Tahoe' New Import: AudiRec proudly presents 'Sahara Tahoe' - probably last “listenable” Lake Tahoe “Summer of 1971” audience recording. Recorded with non-professional equipment by a female fan in the audience - on July 31st, 1971 at the Dinner Show - it is the first time that this concert is available on a “real” cd.
Elvis stint at the “Sahara Tahoe” Hotel in the summer of 1971 isn't well documented. What seems to be pretty clear from our research is that Elvis had a really good time at this first engagement at the (compared to Las Vegas) smaller venue. Rex Martin´s weekly publication for the worldwide Elvis fan base delivered first hand information from fans who were at the shows at the “Sahara Tahoe”. So for instance fans were able to read astounding facts like this in Issue´s number 24 and 25: “Elvis sang Happy Birthday to a 12-year old girl and gave her a 4-LP set! He was giving away those gift sets from the stage now and then….”
It is also interesting to learn that these unusual songs have been heard by fans at at least one of the other shows: Treat Me Nice / Old Shep / Sweet Caroline / It´s Impossible / I Was The One / It´s Over / Hawaiian Wedding Song / My Babe / Help Me Make It Through The Night. Issue number 24 tells us “Elvis wore many white jumpsuits, plus a black and red outfit. Red jacket with black trim, black slacks, red shirt, black Onyx ring” and also “He split his pants once and was so embarrassed!”.
Check dealer's sound samples before buying.
Click Elvis - All the CD News 2017 for more details & tracklistings
(News, Source;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)


Recent Elvis News from earlier last week . . .
RIP Mary Tyler Moore: This morning we learnt that actress Mary Tyler Moore had died aged 80. Although best known  for her roles as Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 – 1966), and as Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1971 – 1977), Mary Tyler Moore is also remembered by Elvis fans as Sister Michelle Gallagher in Elvis’ final scripted film, Change Of Habit (1969).
Born in Brooklyn, New York, and initially living in Flushing, Queens, Moore and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was eight. At age 17, she decided that she wanted to be a dancer. However, she ended up moving into acting, appearing in guest roles on such television shows as 77 Sunset Strip, Wanted: Dead Or Alive, Surfside Six, and Hawaiian Eye (N.B. Surfside Six featured Diane McBain, and the cast of Hawaiian Eye included Anthony Eisley, and Poncie Ponce, all of whom would appear in Elvis’ 1960s movies).
Moore’s big break came in 1961 when she was cast as Laurie Petrie, wife of Rob Petrie, Dick Van Dyke’s character in The Dick Van Dyke Show.  The show ran until 1966, and earned Moore two Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Subsequently, she found greater success playing Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970 – 1977) (which also featured Ed Asner who had appeared with Elvis in Kid Galahad, and Change of Habit). The show earned a then-record 29 Emmy Awards (including four for Moore herself, who also won a Golden Globe for the series), and has become a television classic. She continued to work in television on and off until 2013, with her last appearance being a guest spot on Hot In Cleveland.
Moore also made 15 movies, including Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), and Ordinary People (1980), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress (losing out to Sissy Spacek for Coal Miner’s Daughter).  She also appeared in Elvis’ final scripted film, Change of Habit. The movie – made as part of the NBC deal that included the 1968 Elvis ‘comeback’ television special. – was filmed between March and May 1969, and released nationally on 10 November the same year, reaching #17 on the year-end list of top-grossing films (which was quite impressive given its late release date!).
In a December 1969 article for Coronet magazine, Moore is quoted as saying “I was an Elvis fan before I ever met him, but probably later than most girls were. I began to like the way he sang when he began to put more feeling into his songs. You know, I thought anybody who had been the centre of all that insanity for so long would have some of it rub off on him …

Most of my preconceived notions were not borne out. For instance, I was very surprised at how awfully good he is as an actor.”

In her 1995 autobiography, After All, Moore noted that “Elvis confessed right from the start that he’d had a crush on me since The Dick Van Dyke Show. He was so shy about it he was literally kicking at the dirt below him as he talked. He had a tendency, even though I was younger, to call me ‘ma’am’ out of respect: ‘Yes ma’am. Be right there, ma’am.’”
In an interview with Larry King, Moore recalled her time shooting Change of Habit as “a wonderful experience”, however, co-star Barbara McNair had recalled her as being “kind of standoffish”, with Jane Elliot remembering that Moore “didn’t get involved. She didn’t socialise.” Additionally, the film’s Director, William Graham, noted that Moore “wondered what she was doing in an Elvis Presley movie”, and that “she was a little bit on the prissy side, but that was okay, because she was playing a nun”. Whether the reserve Moore displayed was due to her strong work ethic, or her specific diet which resulted in her eating separately from the other cast and crew, everyone involved in the movie seems to have been in agreement that she was “very cooperative, a real nice person” (Director assistant, Walt Gilmore), “a wonderful actor and a wonderful person” (Director, William Graham), and that she had an excellent work ethic (Co-star, Jane Elliot).

Although there was apparently no affair between Elvis and Moore, interestingly, in 2009, when asked by Parade magazine, which of her co-stars was most her type, Moore responded, “I think maybe Elvis, because he went so against the grain.”
After years of dealing with various health issues (she had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, was a recovering alcoholic, had undergone brain surgery to remove a benign meningioma in 2011, and was apparently suffering from heart and kidney problems), Moore died from cardiopulmonary arrest because of pneumonia in Greenwich Hospital, Connecticut on 25 January 2017, after being placed on a respirator the previous week. She was 80 years old, and is survived by her third husband, Dr S Robert Levine, whom she married in 1983. Levine, and some close friends were with Moore at the time of her death.
RIP Mary Tyler Moore: (29 Dec 1936 – 25 Jan 2017)
With thanks to EIN contributor Neil C.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis On Tour' boxset for 2017?: It would make sense to tie in the 2017 long-awaited 'Elvis On Tour' box-set with the already announced 'Elvis On Tour: 1972' FTD book. 2017 is also the 45th Anniversary of 'Elvis On Tour' and what a treat for Elvis collectors for the 40th Anniversary year.
Now the rumours look even more likely as Memphis audio-engineer Matt Ross-Spang (who did such a good job on the "Way Down in the Jungle Room" legacy release) recently announced to music magazine 'Tape Op' that "Now (Sony) have got me mixing some live shows, and rehearsals from Elvis' live shows."
What other shows could they be with rehearsals that need multitrack re-mixing?
Matt Ross-Spang also commented.. that since moving in to Sam Phillips' Memphis studio, "I've been mixing Elvis in here, which is funny. He got tired of recording in Nashville, so he demanded they record him at home. He'd done the record at American Sound Studio, obviously with From Elvis in Memphis. So then Felton Jarvis bought a bread truck, turned it into a mobile studio, and drove it down to Memphis. It promptly broke down in Jackson, Tennessee, so they towed it to Graceland, where it stayed until after Elvis died. We found one picture of the
outside, but we've been trying to find pictures of the inside of the truck. They recorded a bunch of dates in Graceland's Jungle Room, so I mixed a lot of that.
They put out the original masters, as well as all my mixes of the unreleased music [Way Down in the Jungle Room - see EIN review here]. Now they've got me mixing some live shows, and rehearsals from the live shows.
- (Hearing Elvis' voice) It's amazing! The studio banter is incredible too, because you hear Elvis completely relaxed in his "element." He really controlled the sessions musically, as well. He really pushes the band to get the feeling he wants. When I was mixing, they brought the guys down, so James Burton [guitar], Ronnie Tutt [drums], and Norbert Putnam [bassist] were there.
- (Ronnie Tutt) He's like Animal (from the Muppets) on the drums; just endless energy, especially with that double bass drum! Mixing the Elvis tracks has really inspired me with the artists I have been working with lately. Those Elvis records had incredible arrangements, with horns, strings, and The Stamps Quartet that really make choruses huge and the songs feel so cinematic. I really love the impact that they have on his records, so I've been stealing that idea!

Go here to the full article --- (Cover above is an EIN suggestion!)
EIN thanks Johnny van der Geld for the LINK
(News, Source;JVG/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Files Magazine Issue 19: Erik Lorentzen has posted the front cover of the March 2017 issue of his Elvis Files Magazine.

Issue #19 will feature articles on...
1954 - The William Speer photos
1969 - Opening Night, The International, Las Vegas
1974 - Elvis Live at the LA Forum
  

 

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)


Elvis Week 2017 Tentative Schedule of Events: EPE is already making plans for Elvis Week 2017 which will mark the 40th anniversary since Elvis’ passing. Graceland is anticipating this to be the largest Elvis Week ever. Fans from around the world will make the ultimate pilgrimage to Graceland in August 2017 to be close to Elvis' spirit during this very special celebration of his life and legacy.
Elvis Week 2017 will be August 11-19.
Click here to EPE for a tentative schedule of events for Elvis Week 2017 for planning purposes.
EIN notes Wednesday, August 16 features the "Elvis Week Concert Event" for 8pm, which we presume will be the "Elvis with the RPO" performance with special added guests.
EPE notes, additional information will be posted as details are finalized.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

EPE being sued over civil rights violations: The City of Memphis and Elvis Presley Enterprises are being sued over civil rights violations. A complaint filed yesterday in federal court stems from an issue that took place at the Candlelit Vigil at Graceland's Elvis Week last August. Five people who are African American claim they were discriminated against and not allowed to participate in the vigil because of their race. They say the treatment violated deprived them of rights under the United States and Tennessee Constitutions, as well as violated a slew of other claims under federal and state law.
During Elvis Week a group associated with the Black Lives Matter movement protested nearby the candlelight vigil, and police in riot gear prevented the protesters from entering an area of a public street where The Elvis fans were gathering. The civil rights lawsuit accuses both Graceland and Memphis police of barring the protesters because of the color of their skin.
Three protesters were ultimately arrested in the Graceland incident. Those suing Graceland and the city of Memphis seek a jury trial and unspecified damages.
The lawsuit also claims some of the plaintiffs who said "black lives matter" while on the grounds were approached by officers and instructed to leave. One claim alleges Memphis Police physically carried someone out by the arms when she did not immediately move.
Memphis Police and EPE are accused of depriving the African American plaintiffs their constitutional rights to equal access, as well as a slew of other claims under federal and state law. The complaint does not say whether any of the five were part of a protest that happened the same evening nearby.
City spokespeople say they cannot comment on pending litigation.
In a statement, EPE said of the lawsuit, "For 34 years now, Graceland has welcomed over 20 million visitors. They have come to celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley from nearly every country on Earth, and they have all been welcomed without incident. Graceland is proud of its worldwide reputation for inclusion and hospitality as it welcomes the next 20 million visitors."
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

'Can't Help Falling In Love' Latest UK BPI Certification: The UK single 'Can't Help Falling In Love' released in January 2005 has received UK BPI Silver Certification (Single) for 200,000 sales on 20 January 2017.


Why this single that charted lower than the re-releases of Jailhouse Rock and One Night - and which people surely aren't buying now -  has suddenly been awarded this sales certification is a bit of a mystery.

Having said that, any new official awards for a star that passed away over 39 years ago is still something to celebrate.

 


(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


EIN exclusives and News from earlier in January . . .
'Elvis: Spirit Of Jackson, MS' - FTD In-depth Review: On May 5th 1975 Elvis performed a concert in aid of the McComb tornado victims at the State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi. Elvis raised $108, 860 to help residents who were affected by the devastation. Since the audio for this benefit show is damaged beyond repair, 'Spirit Of Jackson, MS' includes two other shows from the State Fair Coliseum. Just over a month after the charity show, Elvis performed in Jackson again on June 8 1975 and this show is featured on Disc 2. Disc 1 is from September 5 1976 and one of his very best performances from 1976, prior to his stunning late December shows.
For once the set’s main show is the previously unreleased September 5, 1976 concert. Knowing how average/poor Elvis’ shows could be in 1976 this really is a positive statement from FTD that this is an important performance, and luckily recorded in superb quality sound...
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out this new FTD double-pack .....
(FTD Reviews, Source;GM/PB/ElvisInformationNetwork) 


'The World of FTD' Mini-Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and EIN has got a first mini review.

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 the first mini-review plus more preview pages - EIN thanks Stefan Kock for the review
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


2017 Special Anniversaries: Several websites are commenting on this years special anniversaries. The highlights of 1977, with cinematic first releases such as Star Wars and Saturday Night Fever, the TV miniseries Roots and the death of rock’s first and ultimate superstar Elvis Presley gives ’67 competition in the rose-coloured nostalgia category.
So from Elvis and Summer Of Love to Star Wars and Roots, here are 2017’s most significant anniversaries.
To be honest the most major celebrations are from 50 years ago when the ’60s generation decimated everything in its path, ensuring that every decade in its wake would reverberate with a faint temporal echo.
50 years: Summer of Love.
50 years: Monterey Pop Festival
50 years: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
50 years: Hair (the barrier-breaking play) opens off-Broadway
50 years: Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” hits No. 1
40 years: Star Wars is released
40 years: Roots becomes a small screen TV phenomenon

and finally...
40 years: Elvis Presley dies

When the King of Rock and Roll finally succumbed to pressure of constant touring Aug. 16, 1977, it was the first indication that larger-than-life rock icons who had become symbols of eternal youth were fallible.
Previously most "rock casualties" before him had been victims of freak accidents (Buddy Holly, Otis Redding) or late ’60s rock excess (Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison) but if an icon as large as Elvis could die, then anyone could.

Elvis' impact was so great that decades later there are still fans convinced that he has to be alive. Poor Elvis.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Saturday 14 January 2017 - - - - - - Elvis Birthday Celebrations -
January 14 - 'Aloha Via Satellite': It was on January 14 1973, forty-four years ago, that Elvis performed his classic record-breaking concert. Dressed in his stunning "American-Eagle" jumpsuit, tanned, slim and Adonis-like Elvis was truly at the peak of his later career.
    "$2.5 million in the making and one billion in the watching, the global telecast of Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii was and forever will be a pinnacle in television and music history. No solo performer other than Elvis Presley could have headlined such an undertaking, and for that matter no entertainment enterprise other than RCA could have pulled it off.
    Outside of Elvis himself and the managerial smarts of Colonel Parker it was the technical leadership of RCA that enabled the finished article to be presented in such a hi-tech manner.
    "Aloha From Hawaii" wasn’t the first global satellite broadcast; that was rudimentary arts magazine known as Our World. It might be hard to comprehend now, but ‘in person’ location recordings were still in their infancy when the extravaganza began to take shape."
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Click here for a look at the Legacy CD release and Boxcar 'ALOHA' deluxe book
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Parkes Australia Elvis Festival: This morning in the small NSW country town of Parkes near 20 thousands fans turned out for parade celebrating The King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley fans of all ages took over the streets of Parkes to celebrate their love for the king of rock 'n' roll.
The street parade is one of the feature events of the Parkes Elvis Festival, which this year celebrates 25 years.
And while temperatures soared into the 40Cs, over 100F, it did not keep dedicated fans from turning out to celebrate the legacy of the rock music pioneer.
At the 25th annual festival there are Elvis tribute artists from all walks of life trying to get noticed with the hope of becoming the next big thing.
There was also an increase in the number of younger fans at the festival, which is tipped to draw 25,000 visitors.

Organisers hope the support of young people will lead to another 25 successful years of the festival, that is estimated to boost the local economy by $11 million.
Festival director Cathy Treasure said the week-long event has developed an international profile and is drawing Elvis enthusiasts from abroad.
"I think it's a great reputation as a festival … word's just spreading throughout the world about it," Ms Treasure said.
The festival runs until Sunday and includes a range of events, including a competition to find the best Elvis tribute act.

Go here to the Parkes Elvis Festival website for info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


2017 Elvis Birthday Celebration Memphis: Graceland celebrated Elvis’ birthday as construction continues on schedule for the new, state-of-the-art “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” entertainment complex across the street from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Memphis mansion. Graceland guests, fans from around the world, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell officially celebrated with a proclamation of “Elvis Presley Day” on the front lawn of Graceland and by cutting the largest birthday cake in Graceland history.
Also includes T.G Sheppard talking about Graceland.
Other birthday events included concerts and panel discussions, with special guests including “Follow That Dream” movie co-stars Robin and Gavin Koon and award-winning filmmaker Andrew Solt, who made a number of acclaimed films and television specials about Elvis Presley. For the first time ever, birthday celebration events were hosted at Graceland’s new The Guest House at Graceland. The birthday celebrations kick-off the 40th anniversary year of Elvis’ passing.
You can CLICK HERE to Live stream to watch the 2017 Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony
None of the Presley family were in attendance this year.  - Run 40 minutes in total.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Graceland Auction Nets over $330,000: On Saturday the Auction at Graceland netted $330,531 in sales from the 160 pieces of Elvis Presley memorabilia up for auction.
Highlights included a Gold and Diamond Lion Head Ring Elvis owned and gave to Charlie Hodge, one of the Memphis Mafia. It was estimated to sell for $10,000 - $15,000 and went for $37,500. Elvis’ Colt “Police Positive Special” .32 Caliber Pistol which he gave to bodyguard Richard Grob sold for $10,625.00 on an estimate of $4,000 - $6,000.
Elvis Kid Galahad Boxing Glove made $11,875, this was also above the top estimate of $10,000.
There were also two other pieces that Elvis gave to Charlie Hodge, which included a sapphire and gold ring along with an “Indian Head” gold coin ring dated from 1911.
Other items that were especially popular at the Graceland auction were images of Elvis. Some of these included Terry Wood photographs which showed Elvis Presley’s 1956 concert held in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley’s hometown, which earned $8,125.

There were also 35mm negatives that were originals of an Elvis Presley jam session which featured the guitarist Scotty Moore, who passed away last year. These were estimated to be worth $2,000, but sold for $6,250. (see two pics below). Trude Forsher also held an archive of photos that sold for $6,250, with the pre-auction estimate listed at $1,500.
There are numerous other items at the Auction at Graceland that held interest for bidders, especially personal belongings of Elvis which had been used often. These included things like a platinum album award for Aloha from Hawaii, which sold for $9,375, a blue suede jacket that Elvis Presley wore which fetched $4,750, a diamond cluster cocktail ring that was auctioned at $13,750, a card which showed that Presley was certified as a sixth-degree black belt in karate received $2,375, and a Union 76 credit card from the 1970s which sold at $3,375.
Go here to EPE for full results

(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)


Sunday 8th January 2017 - - - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS !! - - -

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS

EIN wishes Elvis all the best, where ever he is, celebrating his 82nd Birthday.

 

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

  

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

Elvis Presley's Birthday:
What does one remember or think about on Elvis Presley's birthday?
The 1950's, or the Army years? What about the sixties movies and Las Vegas?
Or the controversy surrounding his death?
All of those aspects may come to mind when one recalls Elvis; but I have noticed that almost everyone I speak to overlooks one tremendously important aspect: His impact on our world today.
When you look at any truly talented singer today; from the Beatles to Lady Gaga; they are all touched in one way or another by Elvis Presley.
Elvis paved the way for future performers to express themselves

freely and not be stopped by any barrier. Born shortly after the Great Depression, in Tupelo, Mississippi; Elvis was destined for greatness.
By the age of 21, he had a gold record, one million dollars and a movie deal. He inspired people to fulfill the ‘American Dream’ all over the world and demonstrated that it was attainable.
Throughout his life, he gave to people sometimes with donations to various charities or with hope.
Hope for someone, that someday, they would be able to live without the fear of being judged because they are a different race or religion.
Hope to that one kid in every school who was always different and harassed or looked down on. One day they could rise above those who tormented them and be successful and have the life they had always wanted. And so, today on the seventy-ninth anniversary of his birth, let us not remember him for his death or common human qualities; but for his contribution to all generations: past, present and future.
“ It’s rare when an artist’s talent can touch an entire generation of people. It’s even rarer when that same
influence affects several generations.”
--Dick Clark.
Article by EIN contributor Jenna Jachles.
(News, Source;JennaJachles/ElvisInfoNetwork)


'Tickle Me' Francine York died aged 80:  It is with great sadness that I share that my dear friend Francine York passed away this morning - writes Celeste Yarnall. I have known Francine since we were both teenagers and began our modeling careers with Max Factor in Hollywood. We always had such fun together traveling to media shows such as Memphis / Graceland, or the Hollywood Shows here in Los Angeles.
I cannot believe that Francine York is no longer here with us here on this physical plain. We have heard she had a fever last night and went to the ER early this morning and passed away there. She was 80 years old. Devastating news for all of us who knew her or loved her work as an actress.
Let’s celebrate a life well lived and keep in her hearts forever! - Celeste.

Francine York  had more than 150 television and film credits and once declared the 1973 cult film “The Doll Squad” her most popular film, but she played everything from an alien to a exotic belly dancer. On “Batman,” she played Lydia Limpet, the hench-woman of the Bookworm (Roddy McDowall). Her credits include guest roles on “Bewitched,” “General Hospital,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “My Favorite Martian.” She also

appeared in “Tickle Me” with Elvis Presley. Her more recent roles include “Family Man” with Nicolas Cage, “Hot in Cleveland” and “Star Trek: Progeny.”
Born Francine Yerich, she was raised in Aurora, Minn. and Cleveland, where she performed in school plays. She danced as a showgirl in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles, where she played the Moulin Rouge nightclub. Her screen career was launched when Jerry Lewis cast her in “It’s Only Money,” and she went on to appear in five more Jerry Lewis films.
She appeared in sci fi and cult movies like “Curse of the Swamp People” and “The Centerfold Girls,” often costumed in latex or leather. She told USA Today in a recent interview, “The studios would often hire me because I was attractive, then realized I could act, too!”
(News, Source;PGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

Happy Birthday To Elvis: Las Vegas is not only celebrating the new E.P Blvd but the Westgate casino also wishes Happy Birthday to the King of Rock & Roll!

Viva Las Vegas fan club President Sue L says - Check out the sign put up yesterday. Isn't this great? Looks even better with the new street name the hotel made happen. The Westgate told me this sign would be up today, so here it is for all of you to see!

 


(News, Source; SueL/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Presley: Stories Behind His Songs' New E-Book: BBC Radio Presenter Matt Shepherd (and EIN contributor) is publishing a series of e-books all about Elvis' songs.  
Last week he published exclusive free extracts from future editions of Elvis Presley: Stories Behind His Songs on his facebook page.
Note that Volume two of 'Elvis Presley: Stories Behind his Songs' comes out on Elvis’ birthday
Click here to Facebook to read free extracts
Here's a taste of his thoughts on "A Big Hunk O Love".
The driving song was written by Aaron Schroeder and Sid Wyche. Wyche had been best known for composing the jazz standard "Alright, Okay, You Win".
Whereas Aaron Schroeder was a Rock n' Roll composer through and through, having written hits for many artists but enjoying his biggest success with Elvis Presley. Other tracks Schroeder would co-write included "It's Now or Never" and "Good Luck Charm".
The "Big Hunk O Love" session took place on June 10, 1958 in Nashville, before Elvis headed off to Germany for his National Service. Not only did it create some awesome tunes, it must have been a strange session for Elvis as it was his first ever without Scotty Moore and Bill Black by his side. This marked the first time the musicians hadn't worked with Elvis since his very first recordings for Sun four years earlier. ..

Click here to Facebook to continue reading
Each monthly e-book will tackle around eight songs and will be priced around £1.20 each / US$1.60 so I really hope they represent value for money.
CLICK HERE to AMAZON UK £1.28 > ELVIS PRESLEY: STORIES BEHIND HIS SONGS Volume 1
CLICK HERE to AMAZON USA US$1.60 > ELVIS PRESLEY: STORIES BEHIND HIS SONGS Volume 1
CLICK HERE to AMAZON Australia AU $2.15 ELVIS PRESLEY: STORIES BEHIND HIS SONGS Volume 1
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'A Vegas Fling With The King' CD Review: Elvis' 1973 February Las Vegas season has a reputation for being a rather lackluster come-down after the truly stunning success of the Aloha shows just two weeks beforehand.
There is no doubt that Elvis should have had a welcome relax and a break after performing such a record breaking world-wide event. Instead, Col Parker shoved him straight back into the old-routine of playing to the all-too-familiar casino-crowd. Elvis had a right to be uninspired.
However recent releases such as Straight Arrow's audience-recorded double-pack of Elvis' concerts from February 12th 1973 capture him in better than expected form...
In fact Elvis was on great form this night riding high from his recent ALOHA concerts. The Dinner Show is very worthy with more bass apparent than the late show and the TCB band is HOT!
Go here as EIN contributor David Tinson checks out this new Straight Arrow release....
(CD Reviews, Source;DavidTinson/ElvisInfoNet)


'Spirit Of Jackson, MS' new FTD OUT NOW: The FTD release planned for December, featuring two soundboard recordings from the Jackson, State Fair Coliseum on June 9th 1975 and a year later September 5th 1976 - is OUT NOW and at dealers.
On May 5th 1975, Elvis performed a concert in aid of the McComb tornado victims at the State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi. Elvis raised $108, 860 to help residents who were affected by the devastation. The audio for this show is damaged beyond repair. However 'Spirit Of Jackson, MS' includes two other shows from the State Fair Coliseum. Just over a month after the charity show, Elvis performed in Jackson again and this show is featured on Disc 2. Disc 1 is from September 1976. Spirit Of Jackson, MS is a 2-CD digipack.
Tracklist CD1: 1) Also Sprach Zarathustra 2) See See Rider, 3) I Got A Woman / Amen 4) Love Me 5) Fairytale 6) You Gave Me A Mountain 7) All Shook Up 8) (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 9) And I Love You So 10) Jailhouse Rock 11) Fever 12) America The Beautiful 13) Introductions a) Early Mornin’ Rain b) What’d I Say c) Johnny B. Goode 14) Love Letters 15) Hurt  16) Hound Dog 17) Danny Boy – sung by Sherrill Nielsen 18) That’s All Right 19) Blue Christmas 20) How Great Thou Art 20) Can’t Help Falling In Love 21) Closing Vamp
Go to 'FTD/SONY News 2016' for full tracklists & details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis & Orchestra AUSTRALIA Concerts: While the UK part of the new Elvis & RPO tour is getting rave reviews, now the Tasmanian, HOBART concert has also been "cancelled". The promoter explained to EIN that "it was advertised fully but sadly it never sold like Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney. We really need to do the Elvis brand justice, and perform to sell out crowds, and to where he is the most popular. We have offered Tassie audiences a special deal to come to Melbourne.
The first album went Number 1 in Australia and EPE hope the concerts will be sellouts
Tickets on sale NOW. CLICK HERE for ticket info & purchasing
The Australian & NZ Tour dates now confirmed.
Friday 26 May 2017 – Perth Arena, Perth
Sunday 28 May 2017 – Adelaide Ent Centre, Adelaide
Thursday 1 June 2017 – Brisbane Ent Centre
Friday 2 June 2017 – ICC Theatre, Sydney
Saturday 10 June 2017 – New Show added Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Sunday 11 June 2017 – CANCELLED, Tasmania
Friday 7 July 2017 – CANCELLED, Christchurch
Sunday 9 July 2017 – CANCELLED, Auckland

(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

EIN review - 'Elvis & RPO In Concert' London: The general media have been very positive in their reviews of the new 'Elvis & the RPO' UK concert tour. It is amazing that almost 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley is still getting fully-deserved standing ovations at packed arenas.
Cleverly put-together, the interaction between an On-Screen Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra works better than many expected.
Once again the new Elvis shows have such an impact that reviews note, "So realistic fans felt Elvis really was in the building! "
Elvis super-fan and EIN contributor Brian Quinn was at the London O2 concert and reports back in detail on the lengthy concert.
Go here for the review, concert photos and more 

(Spotlight; Source;BQ/ElvisInformationNetwork)


‘Memphis Recording Service: The Complete Works 1953 – 1955’ OUT NOW: MRS has released their 2CD/100page book compilation titled ‘Memphis Recording Service: The Complete Works 1953 – 1955’ - for Only £29.99.
The 100-page book chronicles Elvis’ short recording career there, from its humble beginnings (his personal acetate recordings from July 1953 and January 1954) through to the final Sun sessions in 1955. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare photographs and unseen pieces of documentation. The 2CDs contain the complete archival studio recordings from 1953- 1955:  Elvis’ personal acetates, the Sun masters, along with rare session outtakes. The tracks have been painstakingly remastered and restored.
There are many highlights on this new release. All of the newly remastered tracks now sound much clearer and crisper. For instance, ‘That’s All Right’ has been taken from the ‘Mother’ master of the original Sun 45rpm. Also, for the first time on CD, ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ appears without the false bass RCA added to it in the 1980s when tampering with the master tapes.   Indeed, all previous erroneous mastering faults and miscalculations have been rectified on this release, making it the best collection of these seminal recordings thus far.
Go to 'All The CD News 2016' for full details & tracklisting

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'The Wonder Of You' Elvis with the RPO - In-depth CD Review: It is forty years since Elvis Presley entered a recording studio and he seems very reluctant to record anything new. So in terms of releasing a "new" album of Elvis material the topic has always been a tricky one. After the massive 2015 success of "Elvis with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" and ‘If I Can Dream’ the follow-up was inevitable and 'The Wonder Of You' recently achieved Number One in the UK album charts.
But can a follow-up really be as impressive - and do the true Elvis fans have to approve of these on-going fake "Revisions"?

Click here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Bryan Gruszka are back again to cause "Double-trouble" and supply a very detailed review, discovering what's good and bad...
And HAVE YOUR SAY - what do you think of the new album? Are we wrong in our opinions?
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


EIN Advice - Click straight to 'The Elvis Files' website to order the new ‘Elvis and Ann-Margret; Love In Las Vegas’ book for only EuroE.42  - includes world-wide postage. See book details below.
Some naughty online Elvis shops are, as always, ripping fans off charging EuroE70 (AU$99) plus postage for the same 150-page soft-back book!!!

'Love In Las Vegas' New Book: Erik Lorentzen has announced 'Elvis & Ann-Margret; Love In Las Vegas' - a beautiful soft cover book with 150 pages (25 x 30 cm) of PURE LOVE was released in Sweden, Saturday at the Elvis Convention in Västerås.
You can't beat the romance, power & lust of 'Elvis & Ann-Margret'.
It’s written in English and is full of articles and great photos of the beautiful couple.
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this book about one of the biggest (Hollywood) romances of the sixties.

More Preview pages - and looking fantastic!

Click straight to 'The Elvis Files' to pre-order for EU42.

 

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Book Review - Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond An Intimate Conversation with Lamar Fike: Many of Elvis’ inner sanctum (family, friends and the Memphis Mafia) have released one or more books about their experience with Elvis. In 2011 it was anticipated that the larger than life, Lamar Fike, would finally publish his memoir. Publication plans were delayed as Lamar courted interest from Hollywood about a screen adaptation of his book. Then, very sadly, before the book was finished, Lamar passed away on 21 January 2011.

In 2016 it became known that before he died, Lamar had also spent several days with researchers L.E. McCullough and Harold F. Eggers, Jr. discussing his 23 years association and friendship with Elvis. The result of those discussions (400 questions and answers) have now been released in the book, Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond An Intimate Conversation with Lamar Fike Elvis Presley's Closest Friend and Confidant.

In the shadows of late afternoon, EIN's Nigel Patterson recently took off his blue suede shoes and delved deep inside Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond, to explore the germane, always interesting and clever mind of the late Lamar Rielly Fike. This is what Nigel found

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


ASK Marty: Today Marty Lacker answers your questions about....

- Did you think Elvis marriage would possibly last at the time
- When was Graceland upstairs restricted access and did any Memphis Mafia guys stay upstairs
- Elvis at STAX, did he take another direction just to please his fans
- Of all the women in his life, who who looked after him the best
- Did Elvis drive a Chevy truck around undercover around Memphis.
- Did Elvis had any income from alternate investments such as real estate
- What was Elvis singing voice like up close and personal

Go here to 'ASK MARTY' for his answers plus how to send in your questions. 

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

 

'The Hometown Shows' FTD In-depth Review: FTD's new release 'ELVIS: The Hometown Shows' is another double-CD this time focusing on Elvis' Memphis performance from 1974 / 75.  It features two legendary shows from the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, the March 17, 1974 (Evening show) and June 10, 1975 performance.
The March 17, 1974 ES soundboard is a brand new unreleased show, while June 10 1975 is one of Elvis' best mid-seventies concerts which has been previously out on bootleg. Both are excellent shows and in GREAT sound.
This 1975 concert provided us with the great Ed Bonja cover photo for the 'From EP Boulevard' album so you know Elvis was up for a good time!
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out this new FTD Memphis double-pack and discover both the good and the disappointing facts about this new FTD release
(FTD Reviews, Source;GM/PB/ElvisInformationNetwork) 


'The Wonder Of You/If I Can Dream' Elvis/RPO Double set: Yet another version of the new 'Wonder Of You' album has been announced. A double-CD combining both the new album as well as the previous 'If I Can Dream'. I am not sure why any Elvis fans would need this - but it does have a cute alternate cover. So far you can only pre-order this via Amazon in Germany and Japan.
SEE below for Pre-order info for other CD versions.
The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice and most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new orchestral accompaniment. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios featuring beloved Presley classics along with several surprises, standout tracks include a sultry new version of “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” the glorious “Amazing Grace,” and a stunning new take on “Always On My Mind.”
'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic'  VINYL release is presented in beautiful gatefold packaging and pressed on 150g vinyl.
'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic' DELUXE  Edition includes 3 additional tracks on CD, two, 150 gram LPs in a gatefold package, poster and a 12 page booklet, all housed in a 12”x 12” lift off box.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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EIN's Elvis Facebook page this week celebrates its 20,000 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)

(Book Review) Elvis on Television 1956-60 - new Boxcar deluxe production another winner!: Joseph Pirzada and his Boxcar organisation return with their new deluxe, coffee table examination of Elvis' early television performances. Elvis On Television 1956-60 impacts the reader on several levels – it not only informs, but it entertains and also delights as a potent narrative-visual record of Elvis on 50s-early 60s TV, highlighting its importance in propelling his career beyond being contained only to a regional footprint.

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review of another winner from Boxcar - including some great Elvis photos !

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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

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


'ELVIS - NBC TV Special' FTD CD Review: Elvis’ NBC TV Special was such a high point in his career - his musical renaissance and the sound of him kicking open the door to his prison cell of movie contracts and dreadful scripts - that can there really ever be enough compilations to satisfy us all?
'ELVIS - Original Soundtrack Recording From His NBC TV Special' is finally released as an FTD "Classic Album" with a 16-page booklet and remastered audio.
The first disc includes the original album plus the expected Bonus Cuts, while Disc 2 contains a full 80 minutes of Elvis' studio sessions of June 21-23 with LA session band 'The Wrecking Crew'.
The vast majority of the session outtakes however have been previously released, so can this FTD Classic Album really offer anything new?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers that it is one of FTD's best releases of all time!
Go here for our in-depth review
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS On Television The Complete Sound Recordings' Review: The 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first appearance on national television is celebrated with this 2CD/100-page set.
The new MRS box-set was publicised as containing the complete archival recordings of Elvis Presley’s television appearances from 1956-60. For the first time ever, these tracks been painstakingly remastered and restored.
The recordings contain all song tracks, comedy sketch routines and interviews including the extended Wink Martindale interview.
The 100-page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first in 1956, to his appearance on The Frank Sinatra show in 1960. It contains liner notes accompanied by many rare and new unpublished photographs.

In the individual chapters Gordon Minto provides the main details and highlights of each TV performance. Matching the text, each chapter features around 15 pages of significant photographs, a surprising number of the in colour.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new MRS CD/Book package with an in-depth review along with some scans from the book showcasing some excellent Elvis images.

(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


Now available:

NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' EIN Review: This 60th Anniversary 60-CD Deluxe Edition celebrates RCA Victor's signing of Elvis Presley. It features nearly all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime: studio, soundtrack, and live.
It includes a 300-page deluxe fully illustrated hard cover book with complete insightful commentary, discography and recording session data. Elvis Presley-The Album Collection represents a level of artistic achievement unparalleled to this day.
Elvis collectors have bought these Elvis albums time and time again - so can this new set really offer anything more..
Go here as Elvis author Shane Brown investigates the new deluxe box-set and and discovers the good, the bad and truly great value package ...
Now Updated- EIN Contributor David Tinson add his comments on the two classic albums NBC-TV Special and Memphis To Vegas, Vegas To Memphis
(CD Reviews; Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)

'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
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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?
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