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Coming soon to EIN....
MRS Review: 'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals'
Interview: Joe Shooman author of 'An A-Z of Elvis: Infrequently Asked Questions
Friday 9 April 2021
'ELVIS' Graphic Novel Preview: EPE authorised ‘Elvis: The Graphic Novel’ is set to be published this August 2021 via Z2 Comics.
“Elvis” was written by Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by Michael Shelfer and the graphic novel covers Presley’s career, from his Memphis roots and Sun Studios breakthrough to the triumphs and tribulations that marked his reign as the King of Rock and Roll.
Last week Rolling Stone / Z2 published a cool looking preview. In it a young Elvis navigates a treacherous high school landscape and hones his musical ambitions.
The excerpt focuses on Presley’s adolescence, starting with a scene in a record store where he and a friend listen to arguably the first rock & roll song ever recorded, Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats’ “Rocket ’88’. The excerpt goes on to follow Presley as he admires fine suits and fancy Cadillacs, sneaks a peek at the revelry inside a Memphis jazz club, and enjoys a concert by the gospel group, the Statesmen Quartet.
A later scene finds Presley and his eye-popping outfits drawing the ire of some high school bullies, although before one of them can cut off his hair, he’s rescued by Red West, who would become his confidante and
bodyguard. In the closing moments ELVIS performs live for the first time at his high school talent show...
Elvis: The Graphic Novel is available to preorder and will be released in standard hardcover and softcover editions. - A limited deluxe hardcover edition will also be released.
Go here to Z2 comics for more info
(News, Source;RS/G2/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Bedecked and bejeweled’ Elvis in Dayton: It was 49 years ago that Elvis brought down the house at the University of Dayton Arena, April 7, 1972.
He stepped on stage, “decked out in a blinding white outfit, bedecked and bejeweled,” accompanied by an orchestra playing the theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” according to a story in the Dayton Daily News.
He performed new and old favorites for the packed crowd of 14,000 including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t be Cruel” and “Love Me Tender.”
The review noted, “Hell, Elvis could do no wrong, so he didn’t. He simply sang, sobbed, wailed the blues, made the patented Presley pelvic motions and knocked ‘em out.”
This wasn’t the first or last concert the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll performed in Dayton.
His first performance was May 27, 1956, at the University of Dayton Fieldhouse, just four months after he released “Heartbreak Hotel,” his first number one single.
The 1956 review in the Dayton Daily News described 3,000 “mostly teenagers” waiting for more than two hours for that show.
“Then, when he finally appeared, they screamed and shrieked all the way through his 30-minute performance so that it’s doubtful if anyone heard more than a couple of words from him, sung or spoken.”
Elvis' popularity never changed, his two shows in October 1974 were similarly stunning concerts with Elvis sublime in his 'Dragon' jumpsuit.
For his final performance in Dayton at UD Arena on Oct. 26, 1976, Elvis flew into Dayton in the early morning hours on a white Boeing 707 named after his daughter, Lisa Marie.
A review in the Dayton Daily News written by Vince Staten said 13,750 people “jammed into a frenzied state of spellbound anticipation. Out of the darkness came the opening strains of the ’2001′ theme and the screams from the lower arena seats near the portal. The entire audience leaned forward. There was magic in the air. And then he hit the spotlight. First the jet black hair. Then the white collar, turned up. And then the body, attired in a white jump-suit with an orange and gold sunburst on the back and front. It was all screams.”
Go here to Dayton Daily News for the full story
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Summer Of '56' DVD Re-Release: According to Elvis Club Berlin the old DVD of Elvis' adventures with June Juanico 'Elvis: Summer Of '56'  is going to be re-released. Do we presume, the 65th Anniversary version?
"Years before he meets Priscilla, 21-year-old Elvis Presley is in love with a small-town girl, June Juanico, from Biloxi, Mississippi. Elvis had picked June out of the crowd at one of his concerts. After a chance meeting a year later, they started dating in May 1956. "Heartbreak Hotel," Elvis' first national #1 hit is peaking at the top of the charts. He is yet to film his first Hollywood movie, and the legendary appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show are still months away. Most people, in fact, outside of a growing number of American teenagers, do not know the name Elvis Presley.

The truly special summer of 1956 produced Elvis' first great romance, but also the end of his personal freedom. It's the summer that witnessed his astonishing rise to fame... and also the abrupt end of a simple existence to which he could never return. Elvis - Summer of '56 contains the earliest home movie footage of Elvis, and captures a rare day-in-the-life glimpse of the 21-year-old future King. "

At least the new cover is nice and colourful. More info when we get it.


(News, Source;ECBerlin/EIN)


Monday 5 April 2021

(Interview) Evangelos Proiou, President of the official Greek Elvis fan club talk to EIN: In the past year EIN has interviewed several Elvis fan club presidents from around the world (Jean-Marie Pouzenc - France and Carlos Ares – Argentina). 

In our latest interview, we talk with Evangelos Proiou. Evangelos, and his wife, Anna, have been running the Elvis Forever Fan Club of Greece for more than four decades.
Evangelos discusses a range of topics including Elvis’ most successful records and films in Greece, rare Greek releases, and promotion of Elvis in Greece.


Read Evangelos’ full interview

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


Did Elvis write in The Book of Mormon?: For three decades, the ghost of Elvis Presley has hung over the historical collection of The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints. In 1989, a copy of The Book of Mormon was donated that contained marginal annotations purportedly by the “King of Rock and Roll”.

Word of the acquisition spread quickly by fireside speakers, classroom teachers, and newspaper columnists. Requests to see and touch the book came repeatedly, so much so that by 2002 the book’s binding had cracked and a digital copy was made for visitors who came each week for a peek.
The Elvis story started with superfan Cricket Coulter, who had followed Elvis for more than a decade before giving him the book. Coulter reports that she gave the book to Elvis on August 2, 1977, and that his father returned it to her on August 19, 1977.

In 1989 the donation of the book purportedly marked by Elvis was accompanied by three photographs including one of the donor, Cricket Coulter with Elvis in Beverly Hills on August 30, 1968..
(Right- The copy of the book allegedly featuring Elvis’ handwriting).
The above is taken from an engrossing paper published in BYU Studies Quarterly in 2018. The paper is by Keith Erekson, Church History Library Director at The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints, who set out to find the truth about the alleged Elvis Presley notations. His paper is an absorbing read with many twists and turns.

Did Elvis really make the notations in the book?

You can read the fascinating story and find out the answer here

In 2007, an independent film shown at the sixth annual LDS Film Festival in Orem, Utah, used the book as its launching point for a highly creative look at Presley’s later years, titled Tears of a King: The Latter Days of Elvis.

(News, Source: ElvisInfoNet)


Tom Jones Talks Elvis Again: Once again Tom Jones is discussing his friendship with Elvis and how he would get advice from Elvis and then pop down to bar and bump in to Frank Sinatra!
It was obviously an amazing time for the Welsh singer Tom Jones with him getting conflicting advice from both superstars.
He recently told Music Week, "Elvis was always buying my records and he would pass comment on them. I did an album called 'From The Heart' that was all old standards and he said, ‘Tom, we don’t do that. You leave that to Frank Sinatra…’
But then at the same time, I’d go to a bar and Frank Sinatra would be there and I’d have a drink with him and he’d go, ‘Tom, you need to do more standards, fuck that rock and roll stuff…’
"So I had Elvis Presley pulling on me to do more rock and roll tunes and Sinatra telling me to do 'Fly Me To The Moon'! As a singer it’s not a bad position to be in, is it?”
He explained: "All the people I’ve met, the bigger they are the nicer they are. Elvis Presley was one of the nicest fellas you could ever wish to meet.
"Sammy Davis Jr. was fantastic, Frank Sinatra… They were real people, when you meet the real people they’re unbelievable.
"You’d meet these people like Jerry Lee Lewis, he was crazy but he was great. We had a night out together and became really great friends.”
EIN Note: Jones' 'From The Heart' was released in late 1966. At the time Elvis was recording material such as Easy Come, Easy Go and Double Trouble with the real highlight being 'How Great Thou Art' gospel sessions.
It was in mid 1967 that Elvis heard Tom Jones' outstanding
country song 'Green, Green Grass of Home' and couldn't stop playing it.
Jones' G.G.G.Of.H. album also featured standards such as 'He'll Have to Go' and 'Sixteen Tons', other old favourites of Elvis.
Can we really believe that Elvis in 1967 would be telling Tom Jones to record Rock and Roll?

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 4 April 2021 - - - - EASTER GREETINGS from Elvis Presley! - - - -

Friday 2 April 2021

'The Something For Everybody Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released Released back in November 202, 'The Something For Everybody Sessions' (ft 'The Wild In The Country Sessions') was another in FTD’s “complete sessions” releases. An 8 inch deluxe 4-CD package featuring a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and movie data, memorabilia and rare photos. It includes remixed and remastered unreleased studio outtakes - all the RCA session takes from Elvis' RCA November 7 / 8, 1960 and March 12 / 13, 1961 recording sessions.
On close investigation we discover various Elvis comments that had been previously edited out such as, “I’m gonna’ get this son-of-a-bitch” on ‘Give Me The Right’ - while the frustration of the repetitive 'Wild In The Country Sessions' also becomes obvious.

But it there really enough previously unreleased material to makes this session worth purchasing all over again?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new Deluxe set and discovers some hidden delights for session collectors....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis The Dream Project' New Vinyl: From the Victrola label their publicity notes.. A fresh new project in the completely upgraded sound! All songs have been restored, remixed into stereo and we bet you will love the result!
Ann Nixon, who is a very famous Elvis fan, said it all: "Seeing and hearing Elvis live is a happening in itself. No gramophone record can reflect the sound of Elvis' voice as he sounded in the real life. The dynamic range and the power that came with his voice were never captured like people really experienced it live."
(Note; 'Anne Nixon' was the spelling of her name - see EIN interview here)
With this project we want to try to show you how it was to experience the real Elvis live in Las Vegas as had you been there in person. Our dream was to restore this unique collection of live songs that Elvis performed during his Vegas years to their fullest glory. In this project we used the 1970 "On Stage" album as a template and we dreamt of what an original Elvis album would have looked like in the mid 70s. It was clearly noticeable throughout this project is how well Elvis really did sing on stage, and how immaculate the arrangements of the songs were.
Our release is planned for May 2021.
Go here to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full details
(News, Source;DaybyDay/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS Marries Meghan and Harry!: A neat news item published on April 1 by the UK Sun newspaper.
.. Meghan and Harry look blissfully in love as the Archbishop of Canterbury performs a ceremony for their secret vows — dressed as ELVIS.
Meghan said on their Oprah Winfrey interview last month that Justin Welby allowed them a “backyard service” three days before the 2018 royal wedding.
The Archbishop of Canterbury dressed up as Elvis for Harry and Meghan's secret ceremony. Our sensational pictures show how he donned an Elvis quiff, sideburns and shades to strum a red guitar in tribute to Meg’s love of The King.
The images were taken by an aide at Kensington Palace, near where the couple were living in Nottingham Cottage.
The flunkey, who has asked not to be named, said: “It was such a beautiful moment — but also, I think, a little bizarre. Mr Welby was singing all these Elvis songs — I Can’t Help Falling In Love, Love Me Tender and It’s Now Or Never."
The fact that Elvis can still feature in April Fool's' jokes is in itself notable.
(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS ‘Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’  new 3-CD Set: The MRS label will release a 3CD Deluxe set titled ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’  on 7th May 2021.
This three CD set contains a selection of captivating performances drawn from Elvis’ first two engagements at the Las Vegas International in August 1969 and January thru February 1970.
For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings (formerly in mono) have been remastered, carefully restored, and remixed to true stereo with outstanding expertise using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.
This technology is not available to the major record label industries and the tracks have NOT been electronically processed and nothing has been added to make these tracks to true stereo.
The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.
A sample sound showing "true stereo" from the 3 shows can be downloaded CLICK HERE
EIN Note: All these 3 soundboards have been previously released by FTD but in mono. They were not RCA multitrack recordings.
Go here to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist
A series of 180g LP versions (including the former MRS release of ‘SUMMER FESTIVAL 70 - THE REHEARSALS) will all be released a month later in June.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)
EIN says CHECK OUT this very impressive sample showing "true stereo" - CLICK HERE

Ann-Margret 79 gets Lifetime Achievement Award: The incredible Ann-Margret accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Family Film Awards last week, with Julianne Hough presenting and performing a tribute
The 79-year-old performer / actress - photo right - was presented the award by Julianne Hough at the ceremony, held at the Universal City Hilton Hotel on Wednesday evening.

Ann-Margret was wearing an elegant full-length silver and black gown that barely covered her black shoes. The redhead was all smiles on the red carpet, rocking black-framed glasses and thick diamond earrings for the awards ceremony.

The multi-talented performer was honoured alongside 'Back to the Future' writer Bob Gale plus The Brady Bunch cast getting the Iconic Television Award and Michelle Yeoh receiving the Global Lifetime Achievement Award.

When Elvis and Ann-Margret met on the set of 1963's Viva Las Vegas sparks flew between them immediately - but their relationship wasn't meant to be for the long haul and Elvis and Ann-Margret broke up about a year after they met.

Elvis and Priscilla married in 1967, just a week before Ann-Margret married Roger Smith.
However they stayed good friends often calling each other. In 1972 when Ann-Margret fell from a scaffold during a Lake Tahoe production number she and Smith insisting on flying her to L.A. where surgery repaired the serious damage to her face and which left her famous beauty intact.

A few months after her devastating fall she returned to the Las Vegas Hilton so she should make a comeback. At the time, Elvis was the headliner at the same hotel.

Ann-Margret noted, "I regarded Elvis's presence as an extra bonus, I was pleased to know he was nearby, and I hoped we could connect somehow."
Elvis met with her in her suite, "Elvis wanted to know all about the accident, my recovery. It was so easy for us to lapse into the closeness we'd always shared, but it was clear from some of Elvis' comments that he really missed having me in his life."

(News, Source/NP/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis News from earlier in the week...

Book Review 'An A-Z of Elvis': Joe Shooman’s new book 'An A-Z of Elvis... Infrequently Asked Questions' is an offbeat look at various parts of the Elvis story.
As the author notes, "This isn’t your bog-standard rehash of the same old Elvis tropes, instead we decided to look for the weird and wonderful…"

The A-Z entries are a diverse, eclectic collection, from the well-known to the weird and controversial. Each entry is afforded a paragraph or two up to a page of interesting text, with many of the entries complemented by impressive contemporary, hand drawn, artwork.

Our review discovers that at times, there is an almost punk sensibility in the narrative as author Joe Shooman dredges the darkest recesses of the multi-layered Elvis story and occasionally assaults the reader’s conception of Elvis Presley reality....


Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson checks out this fascinating sounding publication.

 

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis UK3' Book UPDATE: Elvis collectors will be interested to know that the new on-line book 'Elvis UK3' by John Townson and Gordon Minto has already undergone its first update.

They note.. "Following the launch of 'Elvis UK3' in February, as promised, we have carried out the first of our planned (and periodic) updates - taking the opportunity to correct some minor typos at the same time, also.
This update had been held back pending the release of FTD’s 'The His Hand In Mine Sessions', and this information has now been added to the text in the appropriate places.
All subscribers will have immediate access to the changes seamlessly - they don’t need to do anything!"


EIN is impressed that the work can be updated so quickly in this ever-expanding Elvis world.

Go here for EIN's in-depth review and page samples

(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis 68 Comeback Hagstrom V-2 Guitar' Auction hits US$500,000: The GWS 'Artifacts of Hollywood & Music' ended with all bids supposedly not reaching the set minimum - very strange if you check their website.
However Elvis' Comeback Hagstrom V-2 Guitar reached the max price of US$500,000.
This incredibly important artifact has is one of the most historically significant and iconic instruments of all time.
The guitar actually belonged to Al Casey who was asked to let Elvis use the guitar by the producers, as they thought it would look beautiful on camera and with the set.
Other interesting auction prices where for
'Elvis Personally Owned Omega DeVille Watch Engraved "E.A.P"' w/Letter of Provenance' Reached US$6,500
and 'Elvis Personally Owned Yamaha Snowmobile Boots in Original Box' w/Letter of Provenance from Denver Police Department Captain Jerry Kennedy,
Reached US$5,000
(News, Source;GWS/ElvisInfoNet)


EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in March ...

'His Hand In Mine Sessions' FTD set OUT NOW: The first FTD announcement for 2021, another deluxe set in the on-going "complete" sessions series the 'His Hand In Mine Sessions' is OUT NOW.
This 8” deluxe 3-CD package features a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, recording data, memorabilia and rare photos. The set has arrived at dealers and should be heading to fans soon.

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


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

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


'SOLD OUT vol 3’ DVD Out Now: The publicity notes, Volume 3 of the acclaimed ’Sold Out!’ DVD-series is out now, and it’s our best one yet!
We’ve been able to use top industry people to restore the footage, and the results are fantastic. Almost three hours of sensational footage from the key tours of the 70s, including tons of stunning close-ups.
The meticulous restoration process (30+ hours) has really brought this footage to life. Please remember though: nothing has been altered, and everything remains as originally recorded. We believe in preserving and respecting the history of these remarkable 8mm films, which give a fresh perspective on Elvis’ concerts in the seventies.
Volumes 1 and 2 of this series were quickly snapped up and are now completely ‘sold out’. So order your copy of Vol 3 NOW from your dealer.
These quality releases are bound to become true collectors’ items in the years to come. Ignore the copycats, the original is ALWAYS the best.
Pyramid brings you quality releases with a standard that is unmatched in the Elvis import world… If you want proof, then try our Volume 3 for size – It will transport you back to your favorite Elvis shows, and place you right in the audience. - You will love it!
ETMHM recently gave a fair review of Vol 1 noting, "It is manna from heaven for jumpsuit junkies. It's far from perfect - with lots of it only being fragmented snatches of songs. The incomplete nature of the unedited content will bug all but diehard collectors but it certainly includes some of the best fan-shot footage these eyes have seen."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


ELVIS Biopic filming Wraps: Elvis has left the (Queensland) building!
Austin Butler who plays Elvis in the new Baz Luhrmann ELVIS biopic headed back to the US after filming wrapped at the Australian studios
Shooting has now wrapped on the project in Queensland, and the Hollywood actor, 29, is heading home.  
Last week the star left the QLD apartment block he called a home away from home, with the naturally blonde actor clearly still attached to the iconic subject matter of his latest project with Elvis' slicked back 'do still locked in place.
In order to play the King of Rock N Roll, the American actor enlisted the help of a Gold Coast trainer to replicate the late singer's build, and work on hip exercises to master Elvis' iconic moves.
Tom Hanks will also star as Elvis' notorious manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The film is expected to be released in cinemas June 2022.
Elvis fans and EPE Inc have high expectations for this movie to push ELVIS back in to the main spotlight.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 'Just Pretend': Need a quality blast of Elvis to get you to the weekend?
Check out this lovely High-Res YouTube clip of Elvis' classic Just Pretend.
Filmed at his Midnight show August 11th 1970.

How easy it is to forget that 'Just Pretend' was not included in the original 1970 TTWII theatrical release.

CLICK HERE to YouTube for 4 minutes of pure Elvis magic

 

 


(News, Source;RobV/ElvisInfoNet)


'On Stage with Elvis Presley' Mini-Review: The Backstage Stories of Elvis’ legendary TCB Band, as told to Stuart Coupe: This new book may be slimline but it offers many great stories/anecdotes.
You may have heard many of the stories recounted in this book before, but it is neat to have them all recorded in one release for easy reference. It is interesting that the author apparently spoke with James Burton, Ron(nie) Tutt, Glen D. Hardin, Jerry Scheff, and orchestra maestro, Joe Guercio, in Australia when Elvis The Concert toured “downunder” in 1999. Why it has taken two decades for those discussions to be published is puzzling.

Life on the road has its ups and downs, and the memories recorded in 'On Stage with Elvis Presley' hold the reader’s interest:

... For every member of the T.C.B. Band there’s no question that Elvis’ series of shows at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1972 was the highlight of their time together as a band.
... “That was one of the highlights of my life,” recalls Joe. “We had The Sweet Inspirations and Jackie Kahane, but the audience didn’t want to hear any comedy.
They wanted Elvis Presley and that was it, so they were heckling Jackie. It finally came to the second half of the show and I started the Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey and you could feel the audience. I don’t think I’ll ever get that experience again. There was this huge rumble, rumble, rumble and by the time we hit a note where Elvis came out so many flash bulbs were going off from cameras that there were moments where it seemed like the entire Madison Square Garden was lit up It was like someone had turned up the house lights, but it was just the blare from flashbulbs.”

Ronnie Tutt observed about Elvis’ performances:
... “What stands out about the concerts were the incredible highs and lows,” he says. “Elvis was a very spontaneous performer so you would have these incredible nights where it was just roaring. People were packed to the ceilings and were responding wonderfully, and they’d get the show of their life”……
”But if people were sitting on their hands and the acoustics were bad, or it was cold in the building, or we were in a real conservative town, it wouldn’t be that great.”

(Mini-Book Review, Source: NP/ElvisInfoNet)

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“Monogamy wasn’t in Elvis’ DNA!”: So says Elvis’ long-time partner, Linda Thompson. Ms Thompson also admitted that ‘she would always forgive’ Elvis.
Linda continued: “In his defence, women were far too readily available to him, and monogamy just wasn’t in his DNA.
I always chose to forgive him, because I loved him and because he truly needed
Linda also wrote: “Elvis was the king of cool as well as the king of rock ‘n’ roll. He had an enormous heart, an unbridled generosity, an innovative talent, a loving, affectionate nature, and a profound sensitivity.
“He was an original. He was complex in his simplicity, and he was very human.
The world lost an icon over 43 years, but Elvis still lives in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.”
- Go HERE for EIN's exclusive Interviews with Linda Thompson - and Sam Thompson

(News, Source: GSimpson, UKTabloids/EINet)


Book Review - 'ELVIS UK3': Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus illustrations.
This examination of Elvis’ British releases is an incredibly detailed narrative and visual record of his CD releases in the UK from 1983 to 2005. The first Elvis CD, 'The Legend' (3CD), was released in the UK in December 1983. Reflecting the fledgling nature of the format, UK fans had to wait another 12 months until the release of not one, but three, Elvis albums, in December 1984. By that time, the flood gates for the CD medium were starting to strain.
As with the authors’ earlier two volumes on Elvis UK vinyl releases, the information in Elvis UK3 is exhaustive.
To say that Elvis UK3 was well-researched would be a serious understatement. There is so much information in this book that it is difficult to comprehensively review it all. While many collectors will be most interested in the technical details for each entry, the author’s narrative is excellent.
Released using the flipbook format EIN tested Elvis UK3 on four platforms - a 28” computer monitor, 14” tablet, iPad 8 and a 6.5” android mobile phone.
EIN's Nigel Patterson has spent plenty of time reading through this massive work and here presents his in-depth review ...

(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


MRS 'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' In UK Charts; Elvis is back in the UK charts with the MRS 3CD Deluxe set ‘SUMMER FESTIVAL 1970 – THE REHEARSALS’ that was released on 12th March 2021.

The CDs contain rehearsal highlights from one of the most memorable periods in Elvis’ career - his captivating performances at The International Hotel Las Vegas in the summer of 1970. These truly historical recordings, remastered and restored capture the raw and early development of songs that were performed weeks later in Las Vegas. The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs taken at some of these rehearsal sessions.
As usual MRS has spared no expense in our remastering techniques. For the first time ever all, the tracks listed have had repairs and restorations having now the same mastering techniques, used on such recent MRS releases such as ‘Made in Germany’ and ‘Such a Night in Pearl Harbor’.

Please note: This is a prequel to a series of releases coming out this year from MRS. In that series will be a totally new and unreleased soundboard from the Summer Festival in 1970. A recording never heard before, stay tuned. -- Go here to 'All The CD News 2021' for full details and tracklists
(News, Source;UKCharts/TS/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD.
'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960...
'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962...
'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.- Release date: March 12, 2021. From Amazon for $14.99.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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'The Best Use of Elvis Music in Recent Movies': In the first two decades after his untimely death it was rare to hear an Elvis song in a new feature film - and certainly not in a TV advert.
EPE / BMG seemed reluctant to licence Elvis' music which is strange considering the amount of sub-standard Elvis products they were pumping out to fans. But everything changed in 2002 with ‘ALLC' hitting number one all around the world .
So with Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic in production it's a good time to revisit some of the best use of Elvis music in recent movies.
Film producers have discovered that using ELVIS in recent movie soundtracks can be a powerful and positive idea.
From the cartoon Lilo & Stitch to the blockbuster Blade Runner 2049 and the Elton John biopic Rocketman, the use of Elvis songs in the soundtrack can add that something special.
EIN lists Movie blog Screenrant's recently posted Top Ten and also adds EIN readers favourites.
Visit our EIN spotlight and also send us YOUR THOUGHTS on your favourite use of ELVIS in modern films.
(Spotlight, Source;SR/ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Day By Day 2020' Book Review: 2020 is a year none of us will forget. But as we all tried to adapt to a "new normal" the wonderful world of Elvis Presley provided a very fine distraction. 2020 brought us several great Elvis releases on CD and vinyl (lots of it!), many new books, movie releases on DVD, Blu-ray and in cinemas around the world. We had to say good-bye to friends from the Elvis world and there was the Covid-19 pandemic, which had a huge impact on the Elvis world too.

Everything Elvis Presley from 2020 is captured in this comprehensive, day-by-day yearbook. Fully illustrated, with new in-depth reviews, articles and interviews on the main - and odd-ball - releases of the year. The good, the bad, the funny and the sad, and even the news and reviews you may have missed. All packed in one comprehensive book to revisit 2020 as it happened.

The book is.. "Impeccably written, in an attractive and easy to read composition, it is peppered with facts accompanied by high quality B&W and color pictures. It demonstrates in detail that Elvis is still present and influential."
Go here to Elvis author Paul Belard's full review..
(Book Reviews, Source;PB/ElvisInfoNet)


Book Review – 'Elvis 1956 July 5 to July 31 (Memphis-Biloxi-New Orleans)': Paul Belard’s latest photobook is another strong release. Focusing on a month in 1956 when Elvis actually got to take vacation.
Starting on July 5, 1956 (the day after Elvis’ triumphant concert at Russwood Park in Memphis - this will be covered in another volume), the hundreds of photos (many candid shots) show a different side to Elvis than normally associated with books about Elvis during the height of Presleymania.

.. July 1956, Elvis days off were spent deep sea fishing and relaxing before Elvis returned to Memphis on the 20th, where photographer, Lloyd Shearer, was on hand to take a slew of photos of Elvis around the city. At the end of the month Elvis returned to Biloxi....

The images are nicely complemented by a diverse and fascinating collection of archival materials.


Go here to read EIN’s detailed review from Nigel Patterson

 

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Portraits ─ A Life In Photos' New Book: OUT NOW: According to Elvis Files their new book is out now. A monster project by Erik Lorentzen, this should be a stunning and beautiful book from his sky-high digital photo collection.
Here you will see more than 400 beautiful publicity photos spread over approximately 400 pages, taken from 1953 to 1977. The best photo material from the greatest and most famous photographers such as: Alfred Wertheimer, William Speer, Sean Shaver, Virgil Apger aso. Elvis up-close and personal.
As usual with Erik, these photos come out best when printed on high-quality glossy paper. An average book by Lorentzen weighs about 3 kilos and measures 25x30 cm. The photos are almost all printed full page, resulting in a beautiful photo book.
From the flyer up below you can see that the photos are not commonplace and that makes this book a valuable copy that you must have in your collection. NOW is the time to create space on your bookshelf for this mammoth photo book. Only the best high-quality photos deserve a place in this book.

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


Interview: 'ELVIS UK3' authors John Townson & Gordon Minto: Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus high quality black and white and colour illustrations.
It is a massive undertaking that provides the definitive guide to Elvis's UK compact disc releases from the ' The Legend' - the world's first ever Elvis compact disc in 1983 - in meticulous and unprecedented detail.
Every single, RCA, FTD and third party album (all 450 of them!) issued up to 2005 are written about individually in fascinating detail, arranged in chronological order, carefully cross-referenced, while charting and describing company and industry developments along the way.
With such a massive book EIN readers have asked questions such as..
- Who is this book actually aimed at?
- Did you learn particular new insights into RCA's marketing on Elvis?
- How important was Roger Semon in changing Elvis' musical legacy
- Was 'The King Of Rock n Roll' box-set the true turning point?
- Should RCA have stuck to 'The Beatles' approach of only one essential release per year?
- Why is it a digital release and not a hard-back?

EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed authors John Townson and Gordon Minto to find out more about this amazing work ...
Go here to their fascinating and detailed interview
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Christmas with Elvis' New Book: To be published in November a new book from author Robert K. Elder 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide to the Holidays from the King of Rock ’n’ Roll'.
Why not, Celebrate Christmas with the King of Rock n' Roll!
For Elvis, Christmas at Graceland was a time for family and friends, a respite from the road and the recording studio. It was a time to sing gospel songs around the piano and give out extravagant gifts.
In this spirit, Christmas with Elvis is designed like a Christmas party Elvis himself would have liked. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic music and songs Elvis sang and recorded for his bestselling holiday albums, alongside favorite stories, trivia, and Yuletide cocktails and munchies—all wrapped up with a merry Christmas twist fit for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. Fully illustrated with color photographs and illustrations throughout.
An EPE authorized book, it features vintage photos from the Graceland archives, will be out in November 2021 from Running Press / Hachette.
Hardcover: 144 pages. ISBN-10 : 0762469765
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

March 1- Eddie Youngblood has died: Sadly, one of Australia’s most popular Elvis tribute artists has died, struck down by lung cancer. Eddie Youngblood will be a name very familiar to many Australia and New Zealand fans.
Eddie was one of Australia’s original ETAs coming onto the scene not long after the other Elvis tribute pioneers, El Gamble and Roy Hawkins. Eddie enjoyed a long career doing both his Elvis tribute show and branching out for a period into country music. He was also the first feature concert artist at the Parkes Elvis Festival, performing there in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Eddie had a lot of time for the fans and would stay long after his show had finished signing autographs and talking about Elvis and music.

Eddie Youngblood was born in the Victorian bush town of Apollo Bay. After moving around Victoria for several years due to his father's occupation, the family moved to Townsville, Qld, the complete extremity in climates, but this didn't change the country boy. During his teen years, Eddie got his first taste of showbiz by entering a High School talent show. He didn't win the judges' award but won the audience prize of $10.00 by an overwhelming vote. This small success, combined with playing in local bands, gave Eddie the urge to further his career in the big smoke - Sydney.
After serving his apprenticeship in talent quests, Eddie formed a show around the music of his idol Elvis Presley. Eddie was Australia’s multi award winning Elvis tribute artist - and with good reason!

From the Golden to the Vegas years, he executed a dynamic performance so full of energy, he left no choice for the audience but to sweat! He had style, charm, good looks and presented his shows in a tasteful, very professional manner.
The recipient of two “MO” awards, which is the highest entertainment award in Australia & the Daily Telegraph Readers' "Favourite Entertainer" award, Eddie appeared in three major TV variety shows, had three top selling albums, and was nominated for awards for his live theatre role of “Pharoah” in the stage production of “Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”.
He believed in what he did, believed in the legacy Elvis left us, and that Elvis’ music should be presented in the most respectful, honest way possible.
The Parkes Elvis Festival site featured this tribute notice:
.. Youngblood, Edward "Eddie" passed away peacefully 1-3-2021. Aged 65. Late of Forster/Tuncurry. Adored husband of Michelle and her family "The Edens". Cherished brother of Christine & Rick. Eddie will be missed by his extended family and his many friends. Eddie was the Marketing / Entertainment manager with Club Forster for the past 20 years. Eddie will always remain an important part of the Festival's history and holds a special place in our hearts. We will miss you Eddie !!!

"Elvis Has Left The Building" - A funeral service will be held at Club Forster, Strand St Forster on Tuesday 9th of March 2021 commencing at 11am prior to cremation.
Via YouTube watch Eddie Youngblood live at the NRL Grand Final and on TV
(News, Source: Bob Hayden/Parkes Elvis Festival/AirPlayDirect.com/EIN)

Elvis The King of the Rings Volume 1 (Paul Belard): Hot on the heels of Elvis July 1956 July 5 to July 31 Memphis-Biloxi-New Orleans (EIN’s review will be published next week), prolific photo-journal publisher, Paul Belard will shortly release, Elvis King of the Rings Volume 1.

The book description: Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems. Like Elvis himself, they were at times dazzlingly tasteful and things of beauty, and at other times flashy, ostentatious, in your face.
The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.”
Elvis’ entourage had this line down pat: “Elvis, this ring is beautiful.” And Elvis would remove it from his finger and give it away. Was he taken advantage of? The answer is yes, as quite a few of the rings that show up at auctions were gifted to members of his coterie.

Elvis’ penchant to give things away is sometimes difficult to understand, even taking in the fact that Elvis was not materialistic. When he was in Las Vegas, he saw a doctor whose name was Elias Ghanem. Elvis lavished upon him a $32,000 Stutz car, a Mercedes, watches, rings, including the one he wore in Aloha from Hawaii.

A list of the gifts to this individual comes to a staggering total more than fifty items. The value of the item was of no concern to Elvis. The horseshoe ring he wore in Aloha from Hawaii eventually sold at auction in 2017 for $204,800.

EIN has seen an advanced draft of this 250 page book, and the hundreds of full-color images and supporting background text for each of the rings featured, is visually and narratively impressive. And because Elvis bought so many rings during his life, there will be a second volume!


(News, Source: Paul Belard/ElvisInfoNet)


'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' New MRS set Preview Copy: MRS have announced a 3CD Deluxe set titled ‘SUMMER FESTIVAL 1970 – THE REHEARSALS’ to be released on 12th March 2021, but PREVIEW copies have already sneaked out!

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

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

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

Please note: This is a prequel to a series of releases coming out this year from MRS. In that series will be a totally new and unreleased soundboard from the Summer Festival in 1970. A recording never heard before, stay tuned. -- Go here to 'All The CD News 2021' for full details and tracklists


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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInfomationNetwork)

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


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

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

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

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

Read the full interview here


(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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


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

Read EIN Nigel Patterson's in-depth review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

It is available in English and Spanish text editions.

Read EIN Nigel Patterson’s detailed review

 

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)


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


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

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

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

Read EIN’s detailed review by Nigel Patterson

 

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

Go here to read EIN Nigel Patterson's detailed review

(Book Review. Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

Go here - EIN's Nigel Patterson ask the questions

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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


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

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

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

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

UK Amazon >>> £73.00

Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.


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

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

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)



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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)



Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This week celebrated our 30,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

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

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.


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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

 

 

 

 


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

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

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


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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


UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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In Australia - buy this great release for only $23 at JBHiFi click here . delivery only $1.70!

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


UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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