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CD Review - MRS 'Elvis 1956 Mono<>Stereo'
Saturday 22 January 2022

(Book Review) 'Don't Be Cruel, Elvis: The Bill Black Story': It is easy to forget that, in the beginning, Elvis was only one part of a trio put together by Sam Phillips, which included Bill Black on bass and Scotty Moore on lead guitar.
The unique sound that emerged from their early sessions was the result of a close collaboration of like-minded musicians and an engineer who wanted to generate something as yet unheard.
Bill Black's contribution to Elvis’ success went beyond the bass playing. His antics on stage — twirling his bass, riding it as if it was a bronco to be tamed, trading corny jokes with Elvis — delighted the audiences. Scotty confirmed that, “If it hadn’t been for Bill, we would have bombed many times in the early days.”
Memphis Mansion’s Henrik Knudsen fortuitously befriended Bill Black's family and was entrusted with the family’s treasured scrapbook.
Using this key source, plus the investigative power of author Paul Belard, key rock'n'roll bassman Bill Black finally gets the biography he deserves with this impressive 260 page book.

Packed full of rare photos, great stories and interviews, EIN's Piers Beagley spent some quality time enjoying this very fine tribute to "Blackie" a great musician and a true character ... go here to find out more..
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Day By Day 2021' Out Now: The hardcover edition of 'Elvis Day By Day 2021 - The Year In Review' yearbook by author Kees Mouwen has been released by Poplar Tunes Publishing and Memphis Mansion Publishing. The paperback edition should be available next week.
Like the previous volumes on 2018, 2019 and 2020, it covers everything Elvis Presley from this past year on 350 pages.

All the news as it happened and when it happened with 60 in-depth reviews on the important music, movie and book releases by Elvis fans, Elvis-experts and Elvis-authors from around the world, making this volume a real 'international edition'.

Go here to 'Elvis Day By Day' Poplar Tunes shop for all the details and to order.

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisDaybyDay)


'ELVIS BLUES' New Vinyl: Out now from 'Not Now Music' the cool-looking 180gm album, 'Elvis Blues'. This is a UK 'Public Domain' collection.
... One of the things that made Elvis Presley a truly great singer was that he was singing material that he deeply loved. He’d grown up listening to Country Music and Gospel, to the Blues, and its near relative Rhythm & Blues. In fact, Elvis grew up in the very heartland of the Delta Blues, in Mississippi and Tennessee. All of that music filtered through Elvis, who added something of his own as he delivered it to the world. This album collects fourteen of Presley’s greatest Blues recordings between 1953 and 1960.
SIDE ONE- 1. A Mess Of Blues, 2. Mystery Train, 3. Trouble, 4. Reconsider Baby
5. I Feel So Bad, 6. Crawfish, 7. Mean Woman Blues
SIDE TWO - 1. Heartbreak Hotel, 2. Like A Baby, 3. My Baby Left Me, 4. Fever, 5. Blueberry Hill, 6. Milkcow Blues Boogie, 7. It Feels So Right.

Go here to NotNowMusic -

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Future GRM releases: Gravelroad Music is happy to announce that we will continue our series “Digitally re-mastered from soundboard” with the latest book + multimedia combo, 'The Boston Garden' which will be available at the end of January.

(See details here on 'All The CD News')
GRM say, Talk to your Elvis Dealer about ordering the set now.
Please note EIN does not have a shop and we do not sell bootlegs.

‘The Boston Garden' is the follow up of our highly acclaimed book/ Multimedia sets 'Vegas Rhythm Revisited' and 'Love American Style'.
This year we will publish 2 more book combos and we will start to release our albums on vinyl.

Our first release will be “The Return of a Prodigy - 1969”.

 


(News, Source;GRM/EIN)


'Live In Philadelphia' New Import: The Ampex label follows-up last year's 'Kickin' It Down In Baltimore' with our new release 'Live In Philadelphia' from November 8, 1971 in Philadelphia, PA. Out Now.
Elvis gave a stunning show at the Spectrum with reviews citing ''16,000 Scream as Presley Brings Back Rock and Roll'' and he did bring back Rock and Roll!
This show had everything an audience member could hope for with classics such as ''Heartbreak Hotel ''One Night'' ''Are You Lonesome Tonight'' among more recently recorded material like ''You Don't Have To Say You Love Me'' ''You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling'' and even gospel with ‘’How Great Thou Art’’.
Joining Elvis for one night only during this performance was Sweet Inspirations drummer Jerome ''Stump'' Monroe and while Jerome was unprepared he gave a different vibe to most of these songs.
Here we present a brand new AUDIENCE RECORDING of the show, unfortunately the person who recorded the show ran out of battery so we decided to splice it from a second source to complete it.
This release should not be missed as Elvis' show in Philadelphia ranks among one of his finest from the 1970's.
EIN has been informed that this is good quality for an audience recording.
Go here for more details and full tracklist
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'High Notes At The Kiel' New Import: The Rag Doll label is back with a brand new unreleased audience recoring performance! 'High Notes At The Kiel' contains Elvis performance at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis on June 28, 1973.
The June 1973 tour is often considered one of Elvis best tours and while this certainly is true, some dark stuff went on preceding Elvis show on June 28, 1973 in St. Louis, MO.
Back stage moments before Elvis was supposed to take the stage Vernon Presley called Dr. Nick to the singers hotel room, only to find an Elvis that was passed out barely breathing,
after an injection with a stimulant and putting Elvis in a bath tub full of cold water they put him in his nail studded jumpsuit and Elvis took the stage to loud applause.
For the first time we have an AUDIENCE RECORDING of the infamous concert containing one of Elvis his best versions of ''I Can't Stop Loving You'' and ''I'm Leavin’'' we also have a great performance of ''How Great Thou Art'' including a reprise..
Released as a digipack filled with pictures of the show.
EIN says check the sound quality before purchasing.
Go here for more details and full tracklist
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 20 January 2022

'The Airplanes & The King' at The Printers: The two new Elvis Files books that were delayed at the end of last year are now at the printers.

The extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version.

Expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.

Elvis Files Erik Lorentzen says "Be sure to get your copy and order now" 

EIN has seen the preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.

Go here for our exclusive interview with authors Carlos Varrenti & Robert Van Beek - with lots of example pages.

Order NOW via The Elvis Files.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


New Book 'And Then There Was Elvis - A Superfan's Adventures in the Elvis World' contains all the stories and photos of superfan Virginia Coons. Her memories were curated by her daughter, Elaine Christan, into this 400-page hardback book. All her personal memories and stories, illustrated with many hi-res photos plus candid
pictures from Erik Lorentzen's collection come together in this memoir by Elaine Christan and Virginia Coons..
With so many fascinating and personal stories, it's a Elvis collector's delight. Pre-Order now via Elvis Files.

Dallas Frazier Composer has Died: American country music musician-songwriter Dallas Frazier has passed away, aged 82.
Born in Spiro, Oklahoma, but raised in Bakersfield, California, Frazier started out working for country singer Fermin Husky at the age of 12, however, he first saw success as a songwriter with the #1 hit Alley Oop, recorded by The Hollywood Argyles in 1957.
Amongst the other songs he wrote were 'There Goes My Everything', its gospel-themed variation 'He Is My Everything', 'Wearin’ That Loved On Look' and 'True Love Travels On A Gravel Road' all of which were recorded by Elvis. 'There Goes My Everything' also earned Frazier a Grammy nomination. He also wrote The Oak Ridge Boys 1981 classic 'Elvira' and four country #1s for Charlie Pride including '(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again' and 'I Can’t Believe That You’ve Stopped Loving Me'.
In 1988 Frazier left the music industry and became a minister.
Suffering from post-stroke complications he died on 14 January 2022, 53 years to the day after Elvis laid down his first recording of one of his songs, 'Wearin’ That Loved On Look'.
Dallas Frazier RIP: 27 Oct 1939 - 14 January 2022
(News, Source;NeilC/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 1971 Soundboards - How fascinating, Elvis bootleggers at war again! After last week's announcement of the bootleg 1971 five CD set (@ 20Euros per CD) - see below - now comes another bootleg release, 'The 1971 Soundboard Collection & More' a deluxe 6cd set costing 50 Euros!
'The 1971 Soundboard Collection & More' box-set: The publicity notes... featuring all known soundboard recordings plus the essential rare & alternate 1971 studio recordings.
This deluxe 6 CD set features recordings from 6 shows recorded during the first Vegas season plus one tour show recorded in Boston, Massachusetts.
The first Vegas season of 1971 started on January 26 and finished February 23. During these shows Elvis sang some of the tracks from the just released “Elvis Country” album. Examples are “Make The World Go Away” ”There Goes My Everything” and “Snowbird”. All shows are presented as they were recorded: in glorious original mono sound.
The fully packed bonus section included in this set contains not less than 25 rare and official unreleased versions of studio tracks recorded in 1971. Get this ultimate deluxe edition while it's still available; it'll round up
your collection, along with the official deluxe album releases and the recent 1971 Nashville release.
Go here for more details and full tracklist
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis owned Cadillac Sells for US $87,000: Elvis' 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham that was up for auction in Sweden finally sold for €uro77,000 = US$87,100. The 5936mm yacht-like sedan – which ‘The King’ bought new for $12,512 in 1974 – was driven for a year before being gifted to the infamous Doctor George Nichopoulos. 'Dr Nick' would later go down in folklore for overprescribing the opiates which would ultimately lead to the superstar's demise.

Featuring a custom ordered sunroof and '1-ELVIS' plates, the five-seater is finished in Bombay Yellow.

The bidding was tight with over 100 bids before finally hitting €uro77,000. The car needed some repairs to get it running. It still would have looked nice in my driveway!
(News, Source:drive/ElvisInfoNet)


Saturday 15 January 2022
The Pope Digs Elvis: Pope Francis’ music library contains nearly 2,000 CDs and 19 vinyl records, according to the Vatican cardinal who is curating the collection.
While it is mostly made up of classical music, it also includes: an old album of Édith Piaf’s greatest hits; Argentine tango tunes, especially by Astor Piazzolla; and a 25-disc collection of Elvis Presley’s Gospel songs, said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
In an interview Cardinal Ravasi said he was not at all surprised when he saw images of Pope Francis walking out of a Rome music store with an album tucked under his arm Jan. 11.
It began when the pope sent him a few CDs, saying he knew how much the cardinal liked music, too. “I replied that I would love to know what music he likes and that’s how it started,” with the pope regularly sending him music, the cardinal said. “I told him I was thinking of creating a music library and, at one point, he sent me a whole box of discs (saying), ‘I’ve already listened to these.’”
While the pope’s collection is mostly made up of classical music, it also includes a 25-disc collection of Elvis Presley’s Gospel songs.
(EIN NOTE: The biggest Gospel set would be "I Believe". So perhaps Pope Francis has bought every Elvis Gospel CD ever released! That is true dedication.) The cardinal said the pope told him his love of music came from listening to an opera program on the radio with his mother when he was a boy.
(News, Source;CF/ElvisInfoNet) - -(the image is EIN photoshopped!)

'Elvis Presley Quiz Book': There are so many self-published books on Elvis Presley nowadays that it is impossible to keep track.
The recently announced 'Elvis Presley Quiz Book' 201 Questions On The Life of Elvis Presley" by Frank Rogers is another self-published book.
- How much do you know about Elvis Presley? Test your knowledge of one of the most iconic, talented and colourful music stars of all time with this quiz.
There are 201 questions to test how much you know about the life and work of Elvis. The questions are multiple choice and there are a range of questions on a variety of different topics - such Elvis's music, movies and other aspects of Elvis's fascinating life.
Find out how much of a knowledgeable Elvis Presley fan you are with the Elvis quiz book!
- Out this month for $9.70

UK's Colin Carter similarly self-published 'Elvis Presley Quiz Book: 101 Questions To Test Your Knowledge Of Elvis Presley' back in 2020.

EIN has set an annual 'Elvis MEGA-Quiz' for our fan-club members for the last thirty years. Our questions are truly challenging - We should publish a book!

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


Starting the new year with another pile of barrel-scraping bootlegs. Are these a good chance for newer Elvis fans to get hold of old bootlegs - or just bootleggers getting desperate to earn some money?
The Concert Recordings LAS VEGAS 1971: Elvis One presents The Concert Recordings! A collection of 4 cds with soundboard live recordings recorded at the International Hotel in Las Vegas from January and February 1971 plus a few bonus tracks.
Included are all known recordings from January 26 (opening night), 27 (midnight show), 28 (midnight show), 29 (dinner show) and February 23 (closing show).
These season's shows were quite short (due to hotel management) but Elvis is in an enjoyable mood. There are many highlights including great live recordings from 'Sweet Caroline', 'Make The World Go Away', 'Only Believe', 'Can't Help Falling In Love' (dedicated to Hal Wallis), 'The Impossible Dream', 'How Great Thou Art', 'Something', and many others PLUS also some false starts, one-liners and lyric changes.
'Also Sprach Zarathustra' is played for the very first time during this engagement and the first rendition of this magic opening theme is also presented on this set (opening night, January 26.) Bonus tracks are recordings from the January 28 dinner show, the complete Elvis’s Acceptance Speech of the Jaycees Award from January 16, 1971, and a telephone conversation from April 1971.
All recordings remastered for optimum sound quality.
Each cd contains a 16-pages booklet with photos and recording information. And of course these are all limited editions of only 500 copies. (EIN is not surprised!)
EIN notes that previous releases were...
'Showroom Internationale 71' - January 28, 1971 MS & February 23, 1971 CS.
The classic bootleg 'All Things Are Possible' -Jan 27 Midnight Show
'Snowbird' - Jan 29 Dinner show
and FTD did their own 1971 Las Vegas compilation on 'The Impossible Dream'
Go here for full Elvis One tracklists

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Life' The Alternate Nashville Recordings 1970 / 1971: Another bootleg, 'Life - The Alternate Nashville Recordings 1970 / 1971'.
17 Tracks in total, including alternate recordings that were missing on official releases. That makes this cd a great addition to the sensational albums 'From Elvis In Nashville' and 'Back In Nashville'.
All in the best sound quality! Also included are 2 duets from 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', one with Ginger Holladay and one with Temple Riser.
Presented as a promo release. The artwork is in the style of Elvis' 1971 single 'Only Believe / Life'.
Tracks include 'Stranger In The Crowd' (rehearsal / alternate take 7), 'Life' (rehearsal / take 1 / take 17 / take 18 / take 19), 'Heart Of Rome' (overdub take 3 & work part 1), 'Cindy Cindy' (overdubbed unedited master)...
EIN Notes: Most tracks taken from the Venus "Unedited Masters" series.
Go here for full tracklist

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Even more bootleg craziness, do fans really buy these releases? Perhaps if you own a juke-box.

'Stranger In My Own Home Town' Bootleg Vinyl': ‘as recorded at the American Sound studio, Memphis Tennessee’
Now available is this remarkable box set containing 6 gorgeous 45RPM singles plus a bonus CD.
All tracks are recorded at the American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee and never been issued before on a 45RPM. For sure these alternate takes never appeared on 45 until now.
All singles are suitable to be played in jukeboxes.
A great collection of 1969 masterpieces.
Available in blue or red vinyl. All tracks are also available on the included bonus CD.

Go here for full tracklist

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Music from the MGM motion picture DOUBLE TROUBLE': Now available on the newly found POPCORN label is this amazing double album completely dedicated to the Double Trouble sessions.
These sessions, which took place in June 1966 only resulted in 9 masters. 3 bonus tracks were added to fill up the long play album.
Still the total playing time of the original soundtrack album was very short. Now you can enjoy these sessions on this deluxe double album.
All the tracks are also available on the 2 bonus cds added to this package.
Although not the best sessions Elvis was involved in, still this set makes a great listen.
EIN Note: Absolutely true "not the best sessions Elvis was involved in" - Very doubtful "it makes a great listen".
Go here for full tracklist
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 13 January 2022
'Aloha From Hawaii' FTD 3CD set: When seeking key career highpoints, Elvis’ multi-faceted musical legacy certainly divides opinion amongst fans and critics alike. However, if one goes by the sales and the audience viewing numbers too, there is only one answer. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite.
- RCA’s double album of the show was released throughout the world in February and shot to the #1 spot in many countries including the U.S. The album went to #1 on the Billboard album chart and reigned supreme from late February until late October, re-entering in late December for another two months. Today in the U.S. the album stands at 5.5 million sales and is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
- To acknowledge this achievement, FTD is proud to present an upgraded re-release of Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite utilizing the talents of successful Memphian recording engineer Matt-Ross Spang who has newly remixed the original broadcasted show and the after-concert 3:00 AM crowd-less masters including rehearsal performances for the first time. Also included is the Sony Legacy 2013 remix of the rehearsal show from January 12. (Recommended by EIN! See review)
- Packaged in FTD's ‘complete sessions’ style 8” x 8” slipcase, this deluxe 3-CD contains a 28-page color booklet, great photos, memorabilia and insightful essay.
CD3 Features the extra tracks recorded after the audience had gone home (EIN Note: Who thought that was a fair idea!!) several of these outakes / rehearsals have not been previously released officially.
Go here for full tracklist and details - - - - - Priced around £45 = US$62 - To be released next month.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 11 January 2022

Did Elvis play a secret concert in Germany?: Did Elvis really play a secret concert when in Germany for his army service.
It is hard to believe after all these years, and knowing so much about Elvis' private life, that it is true.

Elvis' army buddies do talk about Elvis playing piano and guitar at home giving "private concerts" to friends so it can't be that much of a stretch to consider that Elvis might have held a bigger "private concert" for friends.

Elvis author Trina Young - (ELVIS: The Army Years Uncovered) - looks at the possibility of Elvis secret "Micky Bar" concert on one of the last few days that he was in Grafenwoehr.

Go HERE for the story


(News, Source;Trina Young/EIN)


Elvis owned Cadillac goes to auction: A 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham once owned by Elvis Presley has been listed for sale. The 5936mm yacht-like sedan – which ‘The King’ bought new for $12,512 in 1974 – was driven for a year before being gifted to the infamous Doctor George Nichopoulos. 'Dr Nick' would later go down in folklore for overprescribing the opiates which would ultimately lead to the superstar's demise.

Featuring a custom ordered sunroof and '1-ELVIS' plates, the five-seater is finished in Bombay Yellow.

Images published with the listing reveal a tattered interior, cracked plastic, light surface rust, and peeling paint – not significant faults for a car 50 years old, but far from pristine. An 8.2-litre V8 petrol engine sends 141kW/488Nm to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission.

The car for sale is now located in Sweden, and bidding opened on 8th January 2022, Elvis’ birthday. At the time of publishing, the highest bid sits at €12,000 ($AU19,000). More info and photos available here
(News, Source: drive.com.au)


'Burning Love - NEW EDIT': A new edit on YouTube, A tribute to Ronnie Tutt, Elvis' drummer.
Mr. Tutt’s powerful yet nuanced style enlivened many of Elvis studio recordings from this period including “Burning Love,” a Top 10 pop hit in 1972 that lives up to its incendiary title.
Admired for his use of cymbals, Mr. Tutt was known for his ability to anticipate Presley’s moves onstage and accentuate them on the drums.

The clip features 4 minutes of interesting comments from Ronnie Tutt.
Watch it here - before the youtubepolice take it away.
A Terrific video clip made by a fan - something EPE / SONY really should do.
(News, Source;RobertV/ElvisInfoNet)


New whiskey and rye commemorating the King: The officially-licensed spirits launched last fall with a Tennessee straight whiskey ($55) (dubbed “Tiger Man” whiskey after one of Presley’s many nicknames) and a straight rye whiskey ($55), both sourced and bottled in Tennessee. Both are now available to purchase online.
According to Matti Anttila, Founder and CEO of Grain & Barrel Spirits, the idea to add an Elvis-inspired line of whiskeys to his company’s portfolio was a no-brainer. “Our team at Grain & Barrel Spirits are big Elvis fans and liked the idea of honoring his legacy by doing what we do best. The Elvis Whiskeys represent another way to memorialize and celebrate his legacy. We made it a point to create and build a brand with him in mind.”
While Presley was known to be a long-time whiskey fan (EIN Note: Really??!!! - doubtful claim) — Anttila says “most of Elvis’ young life was spent living with his maternal grandfather, the majority of whose money was made by producing and bootlegging whiskey (moonshine) to make ends meet” — both expressions also pay tribute to the entertainer by being sourced and bottled in Tennessee, where Elvis began his career and called home.
Nods to Presley are also visible on the bottles, with his signature on the label, alongside the letters “TCB” referring to “Taking Care of Business,” a mantra for Elvis and his Memphis Mafia.
The whiskeys are part of a licensing collaboration between Grain & Barrel Spirits and Authentic Brands Group, who bought the Elvis brand from the Elvis family.
You purchase a bundle pack that includes both the whiskey and rye together for $99 here.
(News, Source: Rolling Stone/EIN)

Saturday 8 January 2022 - - - - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS ! - - - -

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS

EIN wishes Elvis all the best, where ever he is, celebrating his 87th Birthday.

 

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

  

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

'Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony Replay: Happy Birthday, Elvis! On a very chilly January day, EPE along with a faithfull bunch of Elvis fans gathered at Graceland to celebrate Elvis' birthday.
The 'Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony' was earlier today at Graceland with reserved but free admission.

The video includes a neat look at what cool events are planned for 'ELVIS 45'. Priscilla cut the huge cake, along with Jack Soden.
Just as last year, Elvis decided to stay upstairs and watch from his bedroom window. You can watch the REPLAY ceremony, including all the ELVIS 45 promotions, it runs 26 minutes.

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


Baz Luhrmann Happy Birthday Elvis!: The extremely cool Australian director Baz Luhrmann provided his own delightful 'Happy Birthday' to our hero. 
Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' biopic will be released in June 2022.
In the short clip he explains that in his production space everyone is surrounded by Elvis. 
Even the screening room is modelled after Elvis' bedroom in the Hilton Hotel.   

The Instagram clip only runs 1 minute but it is worth checking out - and should help you get even more excited about the biopic.

Go here to via the clip

VIVA ELVIS in 2022

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Friday 7 January 2022

Watch the 2022 Proclamation Ceremony: It's somebody's Birthday tomorrow!
The celebrations have already started -see details below- but if you can't make it to Memphis for Elvis' Birthday Celebration you can join in On-Line.

The special ceremony starts at 8:30am CT on Saturday, January 8 and will feature Priscilla Presley, a birthday cake cutting and proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials.
Fans who are unable to attend can watch the 2022 Proclamation Ceremony from home online for free via Graceland's Livestream page or at Elvis Presley's Graceland Facebook page!

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


"ELVIS 45" Year-long Celebration: Elvis Presley’s Graceland will be celebrating the life and legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll throughout 2022 in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of his passing in 1977. ELVIS 45 will include special events, giveaways, new exhibit openings, and concerts at Graceland during the year, plus exclusive merchandise offerings and more!
The yearlong celebration kicks off this week during Elvis’ Birthday Celebration on January 6-9 in Memphis. Additional Elvis 45 events planned for 2022 include Graceland traditional annual events like Ultimate ETA Weekend, Graceland Performing Arts Camp, Elvis Week 2022, Holiday Lighting Weekend, and Christmas Tours: plus, one-time events including a Valentine’s Day Package, Jailhouse Rock Party, Memphis Music Weekend and more.
- As part of ELVIS 45, Graceland is offering the highly collectible ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection featuring a 2022 Graceland Annual Pass, limited-
edition records, plus other exclusive items. Additionally, Graceland will be giving out 1,000 special ELVIS 45 RPM Records to visitors in Memphis who tour on six select days in 2022.
- Graceland will also open four new exhibits in 2022: 'Rock On' in early January, a replica guitar exhibit in partnership with Gibson Guitars; 'Elvis: Dressed to Rock' on May 7, featuring jumpsuits and stagewear from 1969-1977; 'Graceland: Welcome to My World' on June 7, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Graceland opening to the public; and 'Dear Elvis' in August, an exhibit honoring Elvis fans.
Go here to EPE for all the details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Million Dollar Quartet' Vinyl: A new release planned by the Memphis Mansion label, 'The Million Dollar Quartet' on double-vinyl.
The complete 'The Million Dollar Quartet' sessions - tracklist coming soon.

The album is produced by Anthony Stuchbury who did such a great sonic upgrade on the Memphis Mansion "Welcome Home Elvis" release.

Go here to MM to pre-order - Double LP €47

Release date not confirmed.

 

 

 

(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)


Wednesday 5 January 2022
'Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis: The Bill Black Story': EIN’s Piers Beagley is working hard on a detailed review of Paul Bélard’s latest book, Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis: The Bill Black Story. One of the interesting issues covered in the book is the falling out between Elvis and Scotty and Bill. These excepts from what is, a great and overdue release, highlight the issue:
 
Two of Elvis’ Musicians Quit Him by Robert Johnson, Press-Scimitar Staff Writer, September 12, 1957: Bill Black and Scotty Moore, the musicians who have been with Elvis Presley ever since he started his singing career, have quit. They sent Elvis a special delivery letter containing their resignations in Hollywood last Saturday. “I don’t believe Scotty and I could raise more than 50 bucks between us,” said Black. “I’m still living day to day.” Both men expressed admiration for Elvis and wishes for his continued success, but said he had prospered and they haven’t. “He promised us the more he made the more we would make,” Scotty said. “But it hasn’t worked that way.” “Bill and I paid income tax on more than $10,000 the first two years we were with Elvis. Last year, it was down to about $7,500. This year, because of some money we made on the Paramount picture, it’ll be close to $10,000, but the studio paid the extra money.”
 
He (Scotty) said Elvis called him yesterday afternoon and talked with him about his resignation, and he said he told Elvis he would want a raise of $50 a week. He said he would also need $10,000 cash, to
put in the bank, “so I could clean up my debts and have something to show for these four years”. Elvis wanted a couple of days to think it over. Black said he has been working in the service department of Ace Appliance Co. to help make ends meet. Black said Elvis did not call him. “But I figure we’ve been more important in his work than anyone but Col. Parker. He could feel free on the stage with us there behind him. We were always on time, and we never missed a job."
 
Copies of the book can be ordered from Memphis Mansion in Denmark.
(News, Source: Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis: The Bill Black Story/EIN)

Improving Dental Hygiene with Elvis! - How Elvis can help with brushing your teeth: When brushing your teeth, the magic rule is to brush for two minutes. Did you know that the average time brushing is only 20 seconds?! One of the leading factors to a short brushing cycle is using too much toothpaste. When you brush your teeth with too much toothpaste, it causes your mouth to get all foamy and makes you want to spit too soon. Make sure your toothbrush has only a pea sized dollop of toothpaste. This should help keep the foam down and make your brushing cycle last longer.
- Here are some songs to pass the time and ensure that you are brushing your teeth for the full two minutes your smile deserves:

“Toothpaste is like Elvis”: Or so says Tucker Viemeister, an industrial designer who has collected more than 200 tubes of toothpaste from his travels around the world and displays them on the bathroom walls in his Manhattan loft. When 66-year-old Mr. Viemeister began the collection in the mid-1980s, “success in design was like being Elvis. The pinnacle was to design stuff that everyone would want, rich, poor, old, young, anywhere in the world.” And toothpaste is a global thing, says Mr. Viemeister. “Everyone has tubes, but there’s different toothpaste inside.”
His tubes hang vertically from their flat ends, with office clips and nails about 2 inches apart.
The tube installation represents the type of design Mr. Viemeister has striven for — simplicity and universal usefulness.
Mr. Viemeister’s father, also a designer, helped design the 1948 Tucker automobile.
He says the Elvis-like ethic of designing for everyone has given way recently to people’s desire for artisanal and tailor-made products. “Now, everyone wants to know the person who made their stuff,” he says.
(News, Source: Liz Rappaport, Wall Street Journal – 2015)

Missives from around the Elvis world: Author, Gary Lindberg is working on a new Elvis related book (a follow-up to his popular 'Letters from Elvis and Brando' on Elvis releases)............ Baz Luhrmann’s as yet untitled 'ELVIS biopic' is listed for release on 24 June, 2022 in the US, UK, Ireland, Sweden and Turkey (release dates for other countries should be known soon)............. singer Billie Eilish said that she was more influenced by songs from The Beatles, than songs by Elvis......... while Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and other “catalog” acts enjoyed global chart success over Christmas 2021 with yuletide songs, surprisingly Elvis only registered on the UK chart with Blue Christmas............. Amazon sites listed more than 150 “print-on-demand” 2022 Elvis calendars in late 2021 (several featuring images of an ETA rather than Elvis!- see image right! ) ............ the coffee table book, 'Alfred Wertheimer - Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll', is being reissued in March 2022 in multi-lingual format........

Elvis may have left the building 44 years ago but "Elvis is still everywhere".....
(News, Source;NigelP/ElvisInfoNet)


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Tuesday 4 January 2022
"Five things to do to celebrate Elvis' Birthday"; The Memphis Comm Appeal has posted a neat article on how to enjoy Elvis' Birthday Celebrations - by Bob Mehr.
January 8 marks what would have been Elvis Presley's 87th birthday. As is custom, Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises will celebrate the occasion with several days of events, reflections and concerts.
1. Thursday Jan 6 - Elvis Birthday Bash & Evening Graceland Mansion Tours
5pm special guided. 6pm Birthday party featuring an Elvis dance party plus an appearance and book signing with Dixie Locke Emmons.
2. Friday - free daytime screening of "Viva Las Vegas".
3. Saturday Jan 8. Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony. Friends and family of Elvis, including Priscilla cut a birthday cake on the north lawn of Graceland in memory of the King.

4. Conversations on Elvis at 1pm. The Guest House at Graceland - includes appearances by Priscilla, Terry Blackwood and Elvis' jeweller Lowell Hays.
5. Elvis Birthday Pops Concert, tribute concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. The concert will feature a special appearance by Priscilla.
Go to MemCommAppeal for the full article - go to Graceland website for ticket info.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

"The Boston Garden, November 10, 1971": Gravelroad Music label has announced a DELUXE 168 page book, including a 24k gold CD, DVD & BLU-RAY in HD to ensure the very best possible quality in any way.
The audio is a brand new transfer from soundboard tape & the footage on Blu-ray is High Definition (HD). Out in January, 2022.
Book includes: 168 pages and over 150+ rare or unknown photos of the Boston concert, from private collections, mainly in color and unedited news reviews (good & bad ones), personal stories & little known facts.
For the first time, a brand new transfer from the concert which unveils much more detail, previously unnoticed! The sheer richness and fullness is amazing. The idea of a mono recording is gone! The best thing is, this is the real deal!
Publicity states, “Do gold CDs sound better? Are they really that much better than regular CDs?” Short answer : “You bet!” - The fact is that the gold disc's aural improvements are audible under any circumstances. Yes they can be played in any CD/DVD/Blu-ray player.
To us, this concert doesn’t need any enhancements to overwhelm the listener, it is the first row with ELVIS & 15,000 fans at the Boston Garden! It sounds all new.
There was additional work but it all started with the transfer and we loved it! It’s a thrill to hear it like this.
Plus footage of Boston & the November tour also in HD on Blu-ray. Almost 2 hours and yes, it includes little bit of new footage too. The very first release in High definition!
We’ve chosen to use dual-layer DVD to have the best possible quality on a DVD. As a bonus we added a compilation of Boston & Tuscaloosa to have a more enjoyable viewing expirience of the Boston concert. Although priority has been given to the historical content. So you’re good to go either way!
EIN Note: Regarding quality discussed above.
A. Gold and silver CDs both generally reproduce ones and zeros with total accuracy. For audio quality it is the mastering and source quality that matters.
B. Stating that the video quality is “HIGH DEFINITION” truly depends on the quality of what was filmed in the first place - which was fan-footage.

See 'All The CD News' for more info
(News, Source;GV/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 2 January 2022 - - HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our EIN readers - -
Welcome to 2022! For Elvis fans it looks like it could be a fun-packed year. Fingers crossed that Baz Luhrmann’s ‘ELVIS’ biopic gets the scheduled June release. That will of course be a real boost to Elvis' legacy with, no doubt, an interesting Soundtrack album to match.
2022 will also finally bring us the Deluxe “Elvis On Tour” release (FTD Book /Combo) plus a smaller 'Sony' version. Fans will be delighted as we have been waiting for years. Finally the Hampton Roads April 1972 concert in great quality sound.  
With 2022 also being the "45th Anniversary" EPE are already preparing for “ELVIS 45” as another major year-long event and matching it to some
45rpm releases is a neat idea. Well, we do still love our vinyl.
So with the new ELVIS movie, the big EPE celebrations plus “On Tour” 50th Anniv it should be a great Elvis year.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Day By Day - The Year In Review 2021': As 2021 has finally crawled to the end, now is the chance to look back at every ELVIS event of the past 365 days. Kees Mouwen's new book 'Elvis Day By Day 2021' will be released later this month by Poplar Tunes Publishing and Memphis Mansion Publishing.
Like the previous volumes on 2018, 2019 and 2020, it will cover everything Elvis Presley from this year over 350 colourful pages.
All the news as it happened and when it happened with over 60 in-depth reviews on the important music, movie and book releases by Elvis fans, Elvis-experts and Elvis-authors from around the world, making this volume a real 'international edition'.

Contributions by Carlos R. Ares (Argentina), Piers Beagley and Nigel Patterson (Australia), Andy Pendl and Michael Sander (Germany), Giuseppe Castiglia (Italy), Rogier Van Luyken (The Netherlands), Phil Gelormine, Robert Gilbert and Trina Young (United States). Great to see Elvis still connects fans around the world!

The foreword was written by Elvis Songwriter Michael Jarrett.

Go here to Memphis Mansion or ElvisDayByDay to order - €39.00
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Presley, "Merry Christmas, Baby": ELVIS was featured in the StarTribune "6 cool things in music this week". In his review of the Elvis Back in Nashville boxset, Jon Bream observed: On the new boxed set "Elvis Back in Nashville," there is a nearly-9-minute, stripped-down treatment from 1971 of this bluesy holiday nugget "Merry Christmas, Baby" made famous by Charles Brown. Charlie McCoy's harmonica, David Briggs' piano and James Burton's guitar set the mood and once the King finds his groove, he's at his bluesy best, feeling like his baby sure did treat him nice.
The AllMusic review by Stephen Erlewine also includes... Perhaps this may be a bit too much gospel and holiday music for some tastes, but Presley is as masterful on these sides as he is on the pop and country-folk numbers. He's a little older and a little slower, but he bears his scars with pride and knows when to unleash his might at the right moment. All this means Elvis Back in Nashville adds up to an effective, sometimes moving, portrait of a lion in middle age."
(News, Source;AllMusic/startribune.com)

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“No one initially saw Elvis’ talent!”: Elvis super-fan Larry Blong writes.. And to think no one down there in good ole Memphis thought Elvis was anything special in 12th grade or even for the first year after graduation in June of 1953. Working menial jobs and occasionally stopping into Sun Records where they noted him as a “good ballad singer.” Elvis could have actually gone through life without ever becoming noticed for the tremendous amount of talent that was lying underneath the surface. Thank God, as we noted before, for that afternoon when the guys played that “That’s Alright Mama” in sort of a hepped up style that caught Sam Phillips’ attention. We all know the rest of what happened. Sam decided to record it, press it and ask DJ Dewey Phillips to give it a few spins. Elvis was so worried that the kids would laugh at him that he went and hid at his job at Loew’s theater as an usher. Can you imagine, here was the future King of Rock ‘n Roll afraid the public would scoff at his voice. As you know the complete opposite happened as the teens called the radio station in droves asking who this new singer was. Dewey called the Presley home asking for Elvis to please come down to the radio station for an interview.
Elvis told Dewey, “Sir, I don’t know anything about being interviewed.” Dewey told Elvis just to answer the questions truthfully and everything will be fine. So this was the beginning, the very first day of Elvis going from a complete unknown to somebody, even if it was locally. And it it wasn’t for this one day, Elvis may have slipped through the cracks and never been heard from and what a loss that would have been not only for the United States but for the entire world. At last count there were over 650 Elvis fan clubs throughout the world. And as the old saying goes, “success couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy” because Elvis turned out not only to be a great entertainer but an even greater humanitarian, giving away to charity over half of what he made and remaining a humble person to the end.
(News, Source:Larry Blong) (Photo left with Elvis!)

News from earlier this week . . . . .

Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley Top of The UK Charts: In the UK Cliff Richard (UK's answer to Elvis) and ELVIS have topped the UK 2022 calendar charts beating pop hunks and beauties more than half their age
UK Chart-topping singer Cliff (now 81) and rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis, who died 44 years ago are still going strong and nabbed first and second spots in the review of UK music calendar sales chart.
The veteran crooners pipped ex-1D star Harry Styles, 27, who has forged a hugely successful solo career but only came third.
In fourth is 53-year-old Aussie pop princess Kylie Minogue, who outsold all her younger female counterparts.
Little Mix in sixth and Taylor Swift, down in ninth, were the only other women to feature in Calendar Club’s top ten music category.
Elvis still sells close to a million calendars world-wide each year due to the clever EPE marketing as well as his stunning looks and fabulous daily media presence.
You can never get enough of ELVIS and EIN has two calendars on their office walls every year

(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)


. . . .
Help increase Elvis' 2022 calendar sales!
Get one today!
and why not a second one? 

Australian '2022 Elvis Presley calendar' AU$17

Australian 'Elvis Presley 2022 Calendar' AU$20


'All Shook Up' Single BPI Silver Award: In a neat end-of-the-year treat the British Phonographic Industry (similar to US RIAA) have awarded a SILVER Award for the 2004 re-release of the single 'All Shook Up'.
It is Elvis' 10th BPI Award this year.
The single has sold 200,000 UK copies with combined digital and physical sales

'Love Me Tender' single re-release was given a similar Silver Award back in August.

It's great to know that Elvis sales still keep on going and keep getting those awards he deserves.

 

(News, Source;Phoenix/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Hawaii 1973' Double 10" Vinyl: From the UK "Elvis - Hawaii 1973" the re-release of Aloha as a 10-Inch Double Album on Sky Blue Vinyl. Presumably released through EU 'Public Domain' as being originally a "TV broadcast", the cover design is a shocker. The publicity sadly describes the artist as sometimes "bloated and intoxicated" and states...
.. Elvis Presley died 16th August, 1977 at the age of 42. In his last years, bloated and intoxicated, his shows were lacklustre, a sad reminder of his previously outstanding talent. By contrast however, the show on this record is a moment of brilliance. This is the soundtrack of the satellite broadcast of his concert special from Hawaii on 14th January 1973. This was arguably his final moment of genius.
Featuring many classics from Presley’s catalogue, the 22 songs he performed included Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog and An American Trilogy.The broadcast was seen by approximately 1.3 billion people in 36
countries and remains a fan favourite that clearly demonstrates the abilities of the man they call ‘The King’ – Elvis Presley. - Costs US$52 & Postage
Go here to StylusGroove if you want to know more
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'February 1970, Las Vegas International Hotel' 7cd Bootleg: EIN has been saying all year that the Bootleg Vaults are basically empty - bar the occaisional miracle (like Kansas City 1974).
Well let's end the year with yet another useless announcement from a no-name label
'February 1970, Las Vegas International Hotel'- coming out next month is a limited 7 CD set (300 copies) that features shows from February 1970 over seven CDs. Limited Edition - what a surprise!
CD 1 - January 26, 1970 Opening Show In Glorious Mono
CD 2 - February 15, 1970 Midnight Show
CD 3 - February 16, 17,18 Shows
CD 4 - February 18, 19 Shows
CD 5 - February 19, 1970 Midnight Show
CD 6 - The Felton Jarvis Rough Mix Album
CD 7 - February 23, 1970 Closing Show
EIN would immediately point out that it is a direct copy of 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes' Elvis On Stage January / February 1970' a 7cd set that came out in September 2018.
(EIN commented at the time "The set features nothing new gathering all its material from official releases as well as previous bootlegs such as 'Elvis Rebooked'. The bootleggers are struggling to make a buck. Checking the tracklist they have taken the recent FTD 'OFF STAGE' release and re-sequenced it to the two correct concerts. Other material is such as FTD's 'Polk Salad Annie' Feb 15th show. It all combines to makes 7CDs, albeit the two 16th & 17th shows being only the 6 / 7 songs released by FTD so are super short. )
And now it gets another flogging - you can find it at dealers for around US$77 so that's pretty cheap - but who knows the quality?
Happy Elvis Bootleg New Year everybody! -- May 2022 brings us some nice surprises.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 25 December 2021 - MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY! ...
Everyone at EIN wishes all of our readers a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Santa Claus Is Back in Town

Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling down
Well you be a real good little girl
Santa Claus is back in town
Got no sleigh with reindeer
No sack on my back
You're gonna see me comin' in a big black caddilac

Oh, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well, you be a real good little baby
Santa Claus is back in town

 
Merry Christmas everybody! 


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'Elvis News '2021 Year In Review': It is the end of the year, so Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier neatly wraps up all the Elvis news with his 2021 year in review.
If you missed any key episodes or any ELVIS news items from this last year then this round up will provide you with all the highlights!
Main news is the up-coming Elvis BioPic, New Music releases, Elvis Auction results plus a trip around the Elvis World!

Runs 20 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube well worth watching

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)


'The Making of Jailhouse Rock' Unboxing: Despite supposed delays to Elvis Dealers the German 'Elvis Presley Gesellschaft' (Elvis Presley Society) have recently posted an "Unboxing" of the new Deluxe FTD book/CD combo  'The Making of Jailhouse Rock'.
FTD's David English and Pål Granlund present the in-depth backstory on how the MGM movie 'Jailhouse Rock' was made. This Deluxe collector's edition includes two hardback books, providing a fascinating and comprehensive insight from script to screen into the making of the film PLUS 3CDs and a 45rpm single. Includes a 365-page hardback book featuring many newly discovered photographs, details of deleted scenes, pages from the script, shooting schedule, memos, cast and crew memories plus a matching 85-page book featuring photos, documents and detailed session information, including pages from a newly found MGM recording session log.
There seems to be plenty of test to read and hundreds of brilliant photos. While many of the images look very familiar (EIN bought the original FTD/TEF Jailhouse Rock 350 page book) there is plenty of new images for collectors to check out.

GO HERE to YouTube to view - - - And check out where to spend your Xmas gift certificates!
Suggested price (Elvis Shop London) is £180 = US$250 plus postage
(News, Source;NP/EPGesellschaft/EIN)

Elvis Met Nixon, December 1970, fifty-one years ago: On December 21, 1970, a White House photographer snapped a photograph of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon together in the Oval Office. Today, that photograph is the most requested image in the National Archives.
That afternoon, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll strolled through the security entrance to the White House, wearing a dark jumpsuit, cape, sunglasses, and a large belt buckle.
“Bud” Krogh, White House deputy for domestic affairs, noted that “Presley kept repeating that he wanted to be helpful, that he wanted to restore some respect for the flag which was being lost. He mentioned that he was just a poor boy from Tennessee who had gotten a lot from his country, which in some ways he wanted to
repay.”
Incredibly Elvis then asked for a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Elvis' girlfriend at the time was Joyce Bova who was a Capitol Hill staffer on the House Armed Services Committee when she first met Elvis in 1969 in Las Vegas during her vacation.
Elvis stayed with her in her Washington DC flat - and Bova also accompanied Elvis at his 1971 recording sessions..
In her exclusive interview with EIN she noted,
"I was at Elvis' May 71 recording sessions.. It was the “Wonderful World of Christmas” album.  I remember he asked me to write down the words to one of the songs, because he couldn’t remember them.  He kept asking my opinion, like I could ever be objective. Hey, I can’t even carry a tune.  But he was like that….involving me so I would feel a part of things.
Elvis practiced every now and then when he was working on a new song.  And he liked playing the piano and fooling around with the guys.  I loved it when he did this; it was fun and spontaneous and he got a kick out of it.  There was one song, “All That I Am” that I liked.  I relate this in my book about how he sang it to me because I asked him to when we were flying back to DC, although I had to remind him of the words..."

Go here for EIN's 2015 interview with Joyce Bova
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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Graceland Christmas CD 2021: Graceland have posted out their annual Christmas / Holiday CD to Elvis Fan Club Presidents.

As usual it features three Xmas songs and this year it has a rather attractive design. A neat collector's treat.

 

(News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)


Graceland Wins "Best Holiday Historic Home Tour": USA Today readers have voted Graceland as the 2021  "Best Holiday Historic Home Tour".
Ever wondered how Thomas Jefferson spent his holidays or how Elvis Presley whiled away his hours at home? These historic houses pull out all the stops for their holiday tours.
1. Graceland - Memphis
"You don’t have to love Elvis to spend an afternoon in his grand house," says voter Melanie Reffes. "Make time to peruse the gift shop." Every year, more than 600,000 people go to Elvis Presley’s former estate in Memphis. The Christmas season at Graceland kicks off with a lighting ceremony mid-November, after which visitors can tour the home decorated for the season with traditional lights, a live-size nativity scene and Santa. Presley family Christmas artifacts are on display during this special time of year.
The Top Five were rounded off by...
2.  The Stetson Mansion - Deland
3.  Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - Akron
4.  The Breakers & The Elms - Newport
5.   Biltmore - Asheville
go here to 10Best USA Today for more details
(News, Source;USAT/ElvisInfoNet)

Australian Elvis Sheet Music book: Prolific Elvis researcher-author-expert, Bob Hayden has published a revised edition of his interesting book on Australian Elvis sheet music.

The bibliographic source, Elvis in Print: The Definitive Reference and Price Guide, said of the release:

Neatly designed and visually appealing compendium of more than 230 covers of Elvis sheet music, sheet music books, and small sheet music books, published in Australia. Also includes various artists sheet music featuring Elvis. Presented in alphabetical (rather than chronological) order. Printed on high quality gloss paper stock. The revised edition (late 2021) included an additional 25+ covers for promo and sample sheet music releases.


For more information/to order, Bob can be contacted at: elvis2594@gmail.com

 

(News, Source:BH/ElvisInfoNet)


'ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection': Next year, 2022. will mark the 45th anniversary of Elvis’ passing. To honor the king, Graceland will launch ELVIS 45 - a yearlong celebration in 2022 with events, concerts, exclusive merchandise, special giveaways, and more!
In honor of this yearlong celebration, Graceland is excited to announce a very special offering - ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection - which features a 2022 Graceland Annual Pass, limited-edition Elvis 45 records and collectibles case, plus other can’t buy items exclusively reserved for this one-time only package!
'ELVIS 45: Sapphire Collections' go on sale starting Tuesday, December 21, at 10am CST.
The collection is truly unique offering – with only 500 being offered during this special time in history.
The six Elvis 45 rpm records will be hand-numbered and authenticated with custom Sapphire Collection record jackets that will be only available via this offering.
In addition, three of the records will be custom pressings, with a one-of-a-kind A/B side combination that is unavailable anywhere in the world!
The collection also includes a swatch of Elvis’ personal wardrobe that was used as part of a 1971 bonus inside Elvis’ album Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 2. The clothing swatches, enclosed in the original RCA Records envelopes, are currently housed inside the Graceland Archives, and will be pulled exclusively to be included as part of this anniversary collection.
The price is US$600.-Go here to EPE for more
(News, Source;Graceland/EIN)


Six Unique 45RPMs for Graceland visitors 2022: EPE have announced yet another great reason (or six) to visit Graceland in 2022!
For six days in 2022, Graceland will be giving out 1,000 special ELVIS 45 RPM Records to visitors who tour on these select days.
Record giveaways are scheduled for:
- Saturday, Feb 12: Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-a-Hula Baby
- Sat, April 9: Jailhouse Rock /Treat Me Nice
- Sat, May 7: Suspicious Minds /You’ll Think of Me
- Sat, Sept 24: Memphis, Tennessee/ That’s All Right (custom-pressing)
- Thursday, Nov 17: Blue Christmas/ Merry Christmas Baby (custom-pressing)
- Sat, Dec 10: I’ll Be Home for Christmas / Peace in the Valley (custom-pressing)

All records will feature an ELVIS 45 custom jacket and only be available by touring Graceland on these dates.
The custom-pressings are one-of-a-kind A/B side combination that is unavailable anywhere in the world!
EIN really likes the look of the 'Memphis, Tennessee/That’s All Right' (custom-pressing)
Go here to Record Giveaway at EPE for more info
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in December ...
"‘Not a lick of truth!" Elvis hit back at his Critics: The UK Tabloids can't get enough of Elvis - which can't be a bad thing!
This week they venture their take on Elvis responding to the press in a magazine article in 1956 over comments made about his appearance, all of which he claimed were untrue.
In 1956 Elvis made a concerted effort to connect with his fans. At 21-years-old he wrote a lengthy article in the magazine "Elvis Answers Back" with 32 pages full of pictures.
During the piece, he answered some questions about himself, including one about his sideburns...
Elvis was no doubt inspired by his Mississippi roots and country music before he became the ultimate Rock And Roll star.
The King told his dedicated fans..
... I’ve heard so many stories about why I grew my sideburns that I just can’t help from laughing sometimes. One magazine said, “… he started wearing sideburns at 15 because they made him feel mature and important. He still wears them for the same reason…”
Man, that magazine made me laugh because there wasn’t a lick of truth to the things they said. Heck, I couldn’t have grown sideburns when I was 15 if I’d wanted to! I wasn’t hardly even shaving by then! I was 17 when I first started growing ‘em. And I sure didn’t feel “mature and important” when the sideburns started coming in. I grew them for one reason only… because I’d always admired them. I never thought they make you look older, and certainly never thought they made me look important. Nope. I just like them, that’s all. That’s why I wear ‘em. A lot of people ask me why I don’t cut
them off now. You know what I tell them? I tell them that I got started off wearing sideburns and I’m like those folks who don’t like to change horses in the middle of the stream. All my friends have liked me with the sideburns on, so I don’t really see any reason for cutting them off. And, oh yes, there’s one other thing, too. I still admire them very much, just like I did when I was a little kid.
They ask me why I wear the clothes I do. What can I say? I just like nice clothes, that’s all. I like colour and such. Is there something wrong with that?
As for My Greatest Ambition - I know I’ve been lucky in an awful lot of ways. But I think the luckiest thing that ever happened to me is that I’m beginning to realize my biggest ambition.
All of my life, I’ve wanted to be an actor, though I never was in any school plays or recited a line other than the Gettysburg Address for my sixth-grade homeroom class. But always sticking in the back of my head was the idea that somehow, someday, I’d like to get the chance to act.
I came out to Hollywood almost three months ago, and Mr. Hal Wallis of Paramount Pictures asked me to take a screen test. I jumped at the chance. I went in to take the test and Mr. Wallis told me not to worry about trying to act like John Barrymore or anybody. He told me to just act like myself. I studied up on what they wanted me to do, and then before I knew it I was in front of the camera. I
wonder if you can ever know what it’s like to be standing in a movie sound stage and hear a bell ring and people shout “Quiet”, and then all of a sudden realize that everyone’s watching you, and you’re supposed to be acting out a part. I’ll tell you, it’s enough to make your legs slide out from under you.
I’m ever grateful to my fans everywhere. They really are responsible for my acceptance and success...
Now that I have finished Love Me Tender for 20th Century-Fox, and am making another picture for Paramount, it likes like I’ll be spending a lot of time in Hollywood. So please address your mail to me via Box 94, Hollywood, California. A million thanks!

(News, Source;NP/UKExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis and Natalie Wood: Yet again Elvis' connection to 'West Side Story' (new Spielberg adaptation coming soon!) has got 'The King' back in the UK tabloids. This time discussing his relationship with 'West Side Story' star Natalie Wood.
Here is EIN's version of the story...  
Elvis was in Hollywood for the first time in 1956 and being fascinated by James Dean and the film 'Rebel Without A Cause', Elvis started hanging around with its stars Nick Adams and Natalie Wood. James Dean had sadly died the previous September.
And by late 1956 Natalie Wood and Elvis Presley were two of the hottest stars in the world and now both were in Hollywood.
Elvis was still dating Memphis girlfriend Barbara Hearn, as well as seeing June Juanico, but that didn't stop him dating Natalie Wood. Nor seeing Dottie Harmony later in the year!
Natalie Wood was so taken with Elvis that she gave him two "Hand-made" velvet shirts created by her dress-maker.
Elvis wore these at his historic concert at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show concerts on September 26, 1956. (photo below)
Wood told reporters, "I was Elvis' picture in the paper and I liked his eyes. I thought then I just had to go out with him. He’s really great and the most totally real boy I’ve ever met. He’s very courteous and polite and so sweet! He’s the nicest boy I know. A wonderful dancer – and he sings all the time to me. All the girls in the country are in love with him – so why should I be any different?"
In a later interview Natalie said that "Elvis was very sweet with a wonderful little-boy quality. He didn't drink, He didn't swear, he didn't even smoke. Elvis was the first person of my age group I had ever met who said to me, 'How come you're wearing make-up? Why do you want to go to New York? Why don't you want to stay home and be a sweet little girl?' It was like having a date that I never ever had in high school. I thought it was really wild. I hadn't been around anyone who was so religious. Elvis felt he had been given the gift of his talent by God. He didn't take it for granted, he thought it was something that he had to protect. He had to be nice to people, otherwise God would take it all back."
But Elvis and Natalie's relationship ran hot and cold.
When asked by reporters at the Tupelo concert about his relationship with Natalie Wood Elvis replied, "I worry about her when I out in Hollywood. I don't think about her when I'm not."
Natalie Wood visited Memphis in November and stayed in Elvis' Audubon Drive home. Elvis even bought a new motor-cycle and went riding with Natalie clinging tightly to him on the back. She was shocked by the amount of attention he was getting and described her visit as being "like a circus".
Lamar Fike noted that Elvis would play the piano while his pet monkey would sit and screech. This made Elvis laugh like hell but Natalie hated it.
Elvis' mother Gladys also didn't approve of Natalie considering her a wild girl compared to homespun June Juanico.
According to her sister Lana, Natalie called home saying, "Gladys has wrecked everything. I don’t have a chance. Get me out of this, and fast.'
Natalie’s romance with the king of rock fizzled out, with Lana explaining that Natalie told her "God, it was awful. He can sing, but he can’t do much else.'"
Later on Elvis and his friends nicknamed her 'Mad Nat', "a good person but nuttier than a fruitcake."
At one point, back in Hollywood, she climbed onto a balcony and threatened that she was going to jump but Elvis stayed calm about the situation.
By November Elvis had been to Las Vegas and met dancer Dottie Harmony who he would bring home to Memphis for Christmas.
When asked a few months later about her relationship with Elvis, Natalie Wood confirmed it was over.

The two stars would had been reunited however had Elvis been chosen for the lead role in 'West Side Story'.
Elvis was apparently considered for the lead role of Tony in the 1961 top-grossing movie and the timing would have been right for his career.
However the budget for 'West Side Story' was $6.75 million and how would Elvis feature on a shared soundtrack album?
It is said that Colonel Parker was "not happy about the story line based on street gangs" and rejected the idea, however it is more likely that Parker wanted complete control, movies made for cheap budgets, big selling soundtrack albums and for Elvis to stay under the 'Hal Wallis' contracts.

( News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


New Elvis Presley plaque unveiled in Honolulu, Hawaii and PBS documentary: Thanks also to Trina Young for sending EIN links to these news items. Marking the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the new plaque dedicated to Elvis’ fundraising show in support of the USS Arizona Memorial was unveiled this week.
The plaque reads...
“On March 21, 1961, Elvis Presley performed in a benefit concert at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena to raise funds for the construction of the USS Arizona Memorial.
Elvis held his pre-concert press conference here at Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Following the concert, Elvis remained at the hotel for the filming of the renowned movie, “Blue Hawaii.”
The hotel was to become his place of retreat during his many visits to Hawai’i.

Dedicated on December 7, 2021 – The 80th Anniversary of the Day of Infamy – by the World War II Foundation.”
The plaque is displayed in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Tower, where the history of the hotel is shown on posters on the wall. (Note: Elvis' concert at Bloch Arena was in fact on March 25th 1961. How did they get that wrong)
A background article on the Memorial and PBS documentary by the Elvis News Examiner commented: "Without Presley’s concert, the USS Arizona memorial may have never been finished".
As George Chaplin wrote in the Honolulu Advertiser in 1991: “His [Presley’s] Hawaii concert did more than raise

money. It created national publicity and revived public sentiment for the memorial. That September, Congress was prodded into voting $150,000; then the Hawaii Legislature added $50,000 to a previous contribution.”
The PBS documentary aired last month, it is impressive viewing.
(News, Source: Trina Young/Elvis News Examiner)

'The Beatles & Elvis': Peter Jackson's new Beatles documentary 'Get Back' has been getting plenty of media interest. In three parts in runs over seven hours - if only 'TTWII' or 'The Searcher' had been allowed that luxury.
Elvis' influence is noted in the documentary as The Beatles jam together over the 3 weeks of filming.
Someone has calculated that The Beatles performed more than 200 covers over the course of the Get Back / Let It Be sessions. Some are full performances while others are the typical "one-liners".
The musical range of their chosen covers is quite staggering, including everything from gritty US R&B oldies to ridiculously corny contemporary pop hits, instrumentals, old folk songs and even pre-war standards. And of course, ELVIS.
The speed with which they conjure up
arrangements of just about anything is no doubt due to their early years on the punishing Hamburg club circuit. It's also a reminder that all four of the Fabs were major music fans and serious record collectors.
The list of covers played demonstrates their influences and heroes still affecting this studio work in 1968/69.
Top of the list is Chuck Berry with a massive 15 songs mentioned while Bob Dylan - obviously a massive influence from 1965 onwards - racks up 13, Elvis comes third with 12 songs and then Buddy Holly with nine.
Other artists touched on by The Beatles are Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson and Ray Charles.
Some of the Elvis songs included are All Shook Up, That's All Right, Baby I Don't Care and Good Rockin' Tonight.
The last session was January 1969 the same month that John Lennon told his bandmates that he wanted "a divorce."
John Lennon often talked about the influence Elvis Presley had on him...
Lennon stated that, "I was shown the name Elvis Presley in the New Musical Express.. I thought it sounded a bit phony, "Heartbreak Hotel'. The music papers were saying that Presley was fantastic and at first I expected someone like Perry Como or Sinatra - 'Heartbreak Hotel' seemed a corny title and his name seemed strange.
But when I heard it for the first time it was the end for me. Elvis turned out to be fantastic.
I remember rushing home with the record and saying, 'He sounds like Frankie Laine and Johnnie Ray and Tennessee Ernie Ford!..
I'm an Elvis fan because it was Elvis who really got me out of Liverpool. Once I heard it and got into it, that was life, there was no other-thing. I thought of nothing else but rock'n'roll, apart from sex and food and money - but that's all the same thing, really.
People have been trying to stamp out rock'n'roll since it started. It was mainly parents who were against rock'n'roll. The words had a lot of double entendre in the early days.
They cleaned it up for the white audience, a lot of it. That

black stuff was very sexual. They made Little Richard re-record Tutti Frutti' and they had to clean up a lot of words. Elvis did 'One Night With You'. The original was 'One Night Of Sin' - 'One night of sin is what I'm praying for.' The words were pretty good; they were street words or black words.
Rock'n'Roll will never die. It's been apparent in all the music since it began. It came out of its roots of blues and rhythm-and-blues and jazz and country. It was really a combination of black and white music. That's what finally made it.
There have only been two great albums that I listened to all the way through when i was about sixteen. One was Carl Perkins' and the other was Elvis's first album. Those are the only ones on which I enjoyed every track.
There was only one person in the United States we ever wanted to meet, we just idolized him so much. The only person we wanted to meet was Elvis Presley.”

(News, Source;GetBack/ElvisInfoNet)
For more go here to EIN spotlights on ELVIS meets The Beatles

'Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis – The Bill Black Story' New Book: Paul Belard’s latest book is now at the dealers feady to be sent out.

Published in conjunction with Henrik Knudsen’s Memphis Mansion organisation, the 250+ page book 'Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis – The Bill Black Story' is the first detailed account of the Bill Black Story and is filled with rare images provided by the Black family.

Included is a special Flexi Disc, sure to be a collector’s item!
“If it hadn’t been for Bill, we would have bombed many times in the early days” – Scotty Moore
€54 plus shipping- go here to order

(News, Source:PaulBelard/EIN)


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MRS - 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956' OUT NOW: The newest release from the UK MRS label, the Deluxe Double CD/ Book 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956'.
Is OUT NOW.
The 2CD set contains the complete master recordings of Elvis’ 1956 RCA studio recordings in mono and, for the first time, in stereo. Using DES (Digitally Extracted Stereo), authentic stereo mixes from original mono recordings. All tracks have been restored and remastered using highly sophisticated sound processing techniques
CD 1 Stereo: I Got A Woman - Heartbreak Hotel - Money Honey - I'm Counting On You - I Was The One - Blue Suede Shoes - My Baby Left Me - One-Sided Love Affair - So Glad You're Mine - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Tutti Frutti - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Shake, Rattle And Roll - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - Playing For Keeps - Love Me - How Do You Think I Feel - How's The World Treating You - Paralyzed - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Long Tall Sally - Old Shep - Too Much - Anyplace Is Paradise - Ready Teddy - First In Line - Rip It Up - Old Shep (Alternate Version - Take 5)

CD 2 Mono Versions same tracklist
Our good friend in Europe Kees Mouwen already has his copy and gave it a very interesting and detailed review - Go here - Re-creating true "Stereo" separation from mono studio recordings is always going to be much harder than from the atmosphere and audio of a live performance.
(News, Source;ElvisDayByDay/ElvisInfoNet)

- EIN previously ran an extensive piece about Elvis Mono > Stereo DES versions, some work, some do not -

Interview 'The Airplanes & The King' with Carlos Varrenti & Robert Van Beek: As promised a few months ago, the extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version.
Not only that but it has now been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team, EIN has seen some preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.

EIN is delighted to be able to talk with the author Carlos Varrenti - as well as Elvis Files designer Robert Van Beek to find out more.

We find out more about Carlos Varrenti's Argentinian background, how he came to be involved with designer Robert Van Beek and The Elvis Files for the expanded reprint, what highlights are in the book and what new stories fans will be able to discover within the covers.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interview, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Amazon Australia links - for our Aussie readers

MRS 'Las Vegas Presents Elvis – September 1970' (Deluxe 2CD Digi book)

BLUE HAWAII  - Coloured Vinyl

Perfect Elvis Presley Soundtrack Collection - 20 original albums



'ELVIS: Like A Black Tornado - Live At Boston Garden 1971’ New CD: The official anouncement.. UK Label ‘Memphis Recording Service’ (MRS) will release a CD Deluxe titled ‘Like A Black Tornado - Live At Boston Garden 1971’ on 28th January 2021.
CD contains a captivating performance from one of Elvis’ earliest tours of the 1970s. Performed and recorded in Boston on 10th November 1971, this show demonstrates the raw energy and spirit Elvis displayed when performing away from his Las Vegas engagements, reminding everyone that, finally, he was back!

For the first time ever, this recording (formerly in mono) has been remastered, carefully restored, and remixed to true stereo using the most sophisticated technologies. The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken from this performance, along with introductory notes.

Go to 'All Elvis CD News 2021' for tracklist

(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


Four new "Australian" Elvis books: Australian Elvis researcher, Bob Hayden, has just published his latest books (printed on glossy paper stock with flexi-covers).

The trilogy: Elvis Presley Australian 45RPM Record Label Scans in Catalogue Order (Books 1 -3)
and Elvis Presley Australian 45RPM Picture Covers.

These will appeal to Elvis bibliophiles and researchers.

For more information and ordering, author Bob Hayden can be contacted at: elvis2594@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

(News, Source: Bob Hayden/EIN)


'The Airplanes & The King' English Version -ORDER NOW!: As promised a few months ago, the extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version. The Prologue was written by Elvis expert Carlos R. Ares.
Not only that but it has now been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.

EIN has seen some preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.

Check out these YouTube Trailers - Trailer 1- and brilliant flip-through > Trailer 2
The author notes, 'As an Aeronautical Engineer, and a huge Elvis Presley fan, I have always wanted to write a book on Planes and the King. Since my first visit to Graceland, back in 2001, I have been extremely intrigued by Elvis' history with his aircraft and his link to aeronautics in general. In my life every little detail, every short paragraph in a book, every video, every photograph, every little note or information related to Elvis and his planes, was always marked and kept in my personal archive. In 2021 all this information, along with some unique Elvis stories, has now been beautifully arranged in this glorious book, for every Elvis fan."
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team!

. Coming December 2021 - Pre-Order NOW via The Elvis Files.

Check out more via the author's website - Airplanes & The King


- - EIN will publish an extensive interview with the book's authors this monday

(News, Source;CV/ElvisInfoNet)


'The Making of Jailhouse Rock' New FTD Deluxe Set: Following on from FTD / David English's excellent 'The Making of Viva Las Vegas' comes another Elvis movie in-depth exploration with the December 2021 publication of 'The Making of Jailhouse Rock'.
FTD's David English and Pål Granlund present the in-depth backstory on how the MGM movie 'Jailhouse Rock' starring Elvis Presley and Judy Tyler was made.
This Deluxe collector's edition includes two hardback books, providing a fascinating and comprehensive insight from script to screen into the making of the film PLUS 3CDs and a 45rpm single.

'The Making of Jailhouse Rock; The Movie' is a 365-page deluxe hardback book featuring many newly discovered photographs, details of deleted scenes, pages from the script, shooting schedule, memos, contracts, and cast and crew memories.
'The Making of Jailhouse Rock; The Music' is a matching 85-page book featuring photos, documents and detailed session information, including pages from a newly found MGM recording session log.

Also included with this release are 3 CDs containing the entire recording sessions mixed for the first time, from the original binaural tapes to mono sequences in session order.
It includes the previously unreleased complete Instrumental Versions of (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, featuring Elvis on Bass Guitar.
Also included will be a special "collectible 45rpm" with a reproduction of the "Vince Everett" Treat Me Nice single as seen in the movie Jailhouse Rock.

Suggested price from Elvis Shop London is £180 = US$250 plus postage   

FTD have of course released almost every session recording in their previous two 'Jailhouse Rock' Classic albums.

See CD tracklist & more details here - More info when we receive it
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisShop/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: '72 Summer Festival' Book Review: Published back in 2019 by author Kieran Davis, this impressive hardcover book focuses on Elvis' 1972 stunning summer season in Las Vegas. With every performance examined in detail over 160 pages, it features rare on-stage photographs, plenty of memorabilia, exclusive original tour documents and best of all fan diaries detailing Elvis' every move.

Packed with rare pics, multiple concert reviews, detailed tracklists, articles on meeting Elvis, an examination of his new stage attire and much much more.. it is one of the most comprehensive books ever written about Elvis' 1972 summer season.

It has been described as a labour-of-love by a true Elvis fan who wanted to self-publish a worthy book for true Elvis fans. Originally Sold Out, the book has now been re-printed for 2021

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out whether the book truly captures Elvis' great 1972 Las Vegas Summer Season.

 

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


First ‘ELVIS’ Movie Teaser: Australian director Baz Luhrmann is taking care of business.
The filmmaker shared a teaser trailer for his upcoming Elvis Presley biopic starring Austin Butler as the iconic musician.
The brief video which Luhrmann shared via Instagram included a shot of Butler from behind as a young Elvis and other shots of the singer walking backstage in his recognizable performance wear.
The video ended with the letters TCB and the date June 24, 2022.
Baz Luhrmann  noted, "Made a little something to let you good people know we are taking care of business on June 24, 2022."
The ELVIS biopic was originally supposed to release on June 3rd, 2022 but thanks to Luhrmann's tweet it's been confirmed the film has been pushed back to June 24th, 2022. Luhrmann's latest film will be released only in theaters and not in a hybrid fashion.
Warner Brothers has been trying to move away from their previous pandemic distribution plan, which saw film released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.
(News, Source;Insta/ElvisInfoNet)

NOV 12 - "Elvis: Back in Nashville" Out Now!: The official announcement from SONY that the long-awaited box-set is officially released.
The SONY publicity notes... This comprehensive collection chronicles Elvis’ fabled 1971 marathon recording session that would be his final session in Nashville.
These pristine recordings reveal some of the most compelling singing of his career and include “I’m Leavin’,” “My Way,” and “If Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread).”
EIN NOTE: Sadly the song is called "Fools Rush In" and not  “If Fools Rush In"!
"Elvis: Back in Nashville" is an essential addition to any collection.
Like its predecessor 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' is designed to showcase Elvis and his core band as they sounded during the actual sessions without orchestral overdubs and vocal accompaniment. A key difference between Elvis’ 1970 and 1971 Nashville sessions is that many of the 1971 recordings included backing singers; therefore, 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' offers a variety of song performances both with and without vocal augmentation.
This amazing collection is available on vinyl 2 LP 12” edition and 4-CD Box Set!
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)

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Kieran Davis announces more reprints – Elvis October 1976 and Spirit of ‘76: Kieran Davis has advised: Two more of our books will soon be available in reprint form for those that missed them the first time round. To make both of these books available in the most cost effective manner for a very short print run (50 copies) both books have now been combined under a single cover. If you have both of the old versions of these books you DO NOT need this one as the contents are identical, they have simply been printed in a single volume. If you missed out on either volume now is a chance to reserve a copy.
As the title suggests, the book covers in detail Elvis' tour of October 1976, with a special focus on the show in Champaign, for which there are approximately 100 previously unpublished black and white images.
There are numerous reviews, personal stories, images of memorabilia and Elvis on stage, plus glimpses into the internal workings of the Elvis Presley Show, life in the box office and more. All of which are incorporated into an extensive narrative. ~300 pages and hardbound.
This book is currently at the printers, but print times have increased due to the global supply chain delays.
We are expecting this book within the next 6 to 8 weeks. We do not like taking fully paid preorders for books in case there are longer delays or print problems. However, we are accepting deposits to guarantee a copy of the book. The book is expected to be £60 plus shipping (£5 in the UK, ~£20 in Europe, ~£30 for the rest of the world). To reserve a copy of the book for £10 please Go here > theelvispresleyshow.com
... EIN will add a new review of Kieran Davis' excellent 'Elvis ‘72 Summer Festival' book tomorrow.
(News, Source: Kieran Davis/ElvisInfoNet)

“Elvis Presley: Exodus” 1971 LP: When RCA released the best of Elvis' 1971 secular recordings spread over two albums and singles it was a grave error which ended up diluting the quality of Elvis' seventies releases.
The alternate compilation “Elvis Presley: Exodus” would have been a potentially vital LP in Elvis' musical legacy.
With the official 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' about to be released and to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the recording sessions, EIN contributor George Smith has taken the opportunity to lay the ghosts to rest to assemble his definitive collection of secular 1971 tracks: this is the 1971 album that should have been.
“Elvis Presley: Exodus” - the album that was never released - is an exploration of adult relationships expressed through the medium of folk music.
In this fascinating spotlight he has collected his thoughts regarding the songs and the circumstances surrounding their recording and has much to say about this lost masterpiece.
Don't miss this sensational article as George Smith reflects on Elvis' 1971 Nashville Sessions and the album that never was...
(Spotlight, Source;GS/ElvisInformationNetwork)


"Elvis Back In Nashville" 8/10 Review: It's great to see the mainstream music press already giving truly positive reviews to the new "Elvis Back In Nashville" box-set that comes out next week.
UNCUT uk music magazine have already reviewed it noting....
"The King's final recordings in the country music capital"
Elvis Presley was more ambitious than his late career output might suggest.
During his 1971 sessions in Nashville, he cut tracks for his dream project: a folk-rock record featuring songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kris Kristofferson and others. Sadly, it never saw the light of day, and tracks from those sessions were scattered across cookie-cutter collections throughout the'70s.
'Elvis Back In Nashville' collects those recordings in one place, showcasing his stylistic range (gospel, carols, standards... you name it) and offering a glimpse of what might have been.
Despite being sold as a nostalgia act, Elvis was absolutely devoted to whatever he song he was singing. He immersed himself in the story and invested each line with nuance and character, whether it's the casually funky "Put Your Hand In The Hand" or the delicate "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (recorded while he had the flu).
Box-Set rates 8/10.
Extras: 6/10. Archival photos and liner notes by David Cantwell.

You can also have a sneak preview of 30 seconds of every track via PlatoMania - CLICK HERE to listen

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


MRS presents 'ELVIS: September 1970' in-depth Review: MRS's new 2CD deluxe set features a new previously unreleased soundboard from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD that covers the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer festival.
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans. Newspaper reviews of his concerts wrote about the excitement and fun Elvis was having back on-stage.
This brand-new previously unknown concert captures Elvis feeling 'loose-as-a-goose' yet still performing with a real intensity. His live versions of ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’’, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' were truly exceptional this evening.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and enjoy a hilarious ride-with-the-king.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Exhibition 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' for Victoria, Australia: The Australian southern state of Victoria has scored and unprecedented Elvis Presley exhibition for early 2022.
This major new biographical exhibition exploring one of the most iconic and influential figures of the 20th Century. Elvis: Direct from Graceland, will open on 19 March 2022 at Bendigo Art Gallery.
Exclusive to Bendigo, VIC, the exhibition will explore Elvis’ stellar career, his larger-than-life persona, lesser-known aspects of his early years, interests and personal life, and his radical sense of style.
In a major coup the Gallery has been able to secure unprecedented access to the Graceland archives to present a comprehensive exhibition on the world’s greatest and most popular artists.
Elvis: Direct from Graceland will feature around 300 authentic artifacts owned by Elvis direct from the icon’s Graceland home - including his military uniforms, his 1976 Red Bicentennial Custom Harley Davidson, and an amazing array of his famous jumpsuits to personal items like Lisa Marie’s baby clothes, Elvis’ first job application and the 1st grade crayon box he took to school. Visiting Australia for the first time ever is a bright red convertible 1960 MG from the movie Blue Hawaii, the only car from his films that Elvis actually owned and had brought to the Hawaii location to get around in his free time.
The exhibition will also feature many items that rarely travel beyond the Graceland gates, including Elvis’ wedding tuxedo and Priscilla’s wedding dress, two costumes from the acclaimed television performance known as the ‘68 Comeback Special, and garments from his eclectic home wardrobe.
Graceland's Angie Marchese stated, "While Elvis was never able to visit Australia himself, it brings us great pride at Graceland to know that his legacy and music lives on there. We look forward to sharing a glimpse into Elvis’ life with the fans in Australia.”
Key periods in Elvis’ life and career will be covered, including his early years living in the ‘shotgun shack’ in Tupelo, Mississippi, his break-out Sun Studios hit, U.S. Army service, his time in Hollywood, his unforgettable ’68 Special performance, and the glamorous Vegas years.
The exhibition also moves beyond the familiar story of his musical and acting career to present his more private side, his devotion to his parents, his love of books, motorcycles, horses and karate and the haven he created in Graceland for his friends and family.
The exhibition includes garments and jewellery worn by Elvis throughout his life, personal items from Graceland, as well as vintage Elvis-branded merchandise, costumes and scripts from the Hollywood movies and much more.
Bendigo Art Gallery Director Jessica Bridgfoot said, “We are so excited to be able to bring this iconic collection to Australia at a time when international travel has been limited.
This is the latest in the international series of exhibitions presented by Bendigo Art Gallery that pay homage to the great style icons of our recent history."
Victoria Minister for Tourism Martin Pakula said: “Landing this exhibition is a major coup for Bendigo and Victoria and thousands of Elvis fans will be marking the dates in their diaries right now.
Whether people come for the jumpsuits, the Harley or just to celebrate one of the great figures in recent history, the benefit will extend to cafes, restaurants and hotels across the region.”
Elvis Presley: Direct from Graceland runs 19 March – 17 July 2022
Tickets on sale now at bendigoartgallery.com.au
(News, Source;BendigoArtGallery/ElvisInfoNet) - EIN will have more details soon-

(Book Review) Elvis June 1956: June 1956 was another busy month for Elvis Presley and author Paul Bélard captures the frenzy and excitement of Elvis' rocket-to-stardom in this new photo-book, ‘Elvis June 1956’.
Elvis' 1956 juggernaut was picking up strength during the month with a series of dynamic live shows across America, appearing on Wink Martindale’s ‘Dance Party’ TV show, violating segregation laws in Memphis, outraging media critics and many parents with his burlesque show rendition of ‘Hound Dog’ on The Milton Berle Show and rehearsing for his appearance on The Steve Allen Show as the highlights.
The book includes some wonderful archive material such as..
- “Singing Sensation Causes Near Riot Here”
- “Writhing Singer Has Long Beach Soxers Wailing”
- "Elvis Sends 6,400 Here Into Frenzy”
- “Presley Leaves You In A Blue Suede Funk”
· “The Presley Problem”

This graphic biography illustrates how our man worked hard getting his career off the ground. All this packed on 220 pages.
Go here as Nigel Patterson and Kees Mouwen check out this look at one of Elvis' key months of his career
(Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)


Ronnie Tutt has died Aged 83: Very sad news for all Elvis fans today, finding out that the incredible TCB Band drummer Ronnie Tutt has died aged 83.
Graceland posted a heartfelt tribute...
.."All of us at EPE were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt. In addition to being a legendary drummer, he was a good friend to many of us here at Graceland. We enjoyed each time he joined us here to celebrate Elvis Week, Elvis' Birthday and many other special occasions. Ronnie was an amazing ambassador to Elvis' legacy - sharing his memories of working with Elvis with fans - as well as bringing Elvis' music to arenas around the globe through later "Elvis in Concert" shows and performances.
Ronnie Tutt played drums for Elvis as part of the TCB Band from 1969 until 1977. He was part of the band put together by James Burton for Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas opening - and stayed with Elvis until his death in 1977.
Ronnie later toured with Neil Diamond's band. He also recorded and performed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks, Michael McDonald, among others.
Our hearts go out to Donna, his family, his fellow TCB Band members - and to his fans around the world.
He will be deeply missed by all of us."
- Ron Tutt was born in 1938 in Dallas, Texas and was considered a "Child Prodigy" by many as by the age of three he was already enrolled in voice and tap dance classes. He was soon playing violin in his school orchestra, then trumpet and finally playing drums in his final years at school.
He later studied music at North Texas University before moving to Los Angeles as a professional drummer.
Ronnie said, "The two greatest music influences on my life were Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond. Elvis for the flashy, explosive, slightly out of control, style of playing that he needed and Neil for wanting the opposite and a very disciplined drummer."
Ronnie Tutt was a true gentleman, a friend to all, and a delightful person to talk to.
He will be missed by all.
R.I.P 'Ronnie Tutt' 12 March 1938 - 16 Oct 2021
EIN recommends this delightful interview with Ronnie Tutt at NAMM 'Oral Histories'
Also see the Ronnie Tutt page at Drummer World
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS Birthday Celebration 2022: Graceland is getting in early with an update about ELVIS' Birthday Celebration in January 2022.
... Join us in Memphis on January 6-9, 2022, for Elvis' 2022 Birthday Celebration.
Enjoy four days of birthday festivities surrounding the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s birthday!
The celebration includes
- Elvis Birthday Bash and Evening Christmas Tour
- Elvis Gospel Dinner
- Elvis on Tour late night movie screening
- Conversations on Elvis

Founders and Insiders will be contacted directly about pre-sale opportunities.
Go here to EPE for all the details

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Book Review 'From Elvis in Japan': David Ward's 'From Elvis in Japan: Elvis Presley Japanese LPs 1956-2018' is the a very detailed and visually attractive Elvis “discography”. It covers Elvis LP (vinyl) releases in Japan between 1956 and 2018, the e-book is full of interesting information about each release and stunning images of the LP covers and discs.

The discography contains information on 131 Elvis LPs released in the “land of the rising sun”, a complete song index, and “value add” sections such as How to Read Elvis’ Name in Japanese, Japanese Albums with US Artwork, and English Lyrics (the translations are often outrageously funny!).

Japan also pressed plenty of unique compilations such as 'Elvis Presley Special 24', 'Elvis on Screen', 'Elvis Presley The Complete Singles (11 LP box set)' and 'Elvis Presley By Request of Japanese Fans'.

Go here and discover even more as EIN's Nigel Patterson reviews this fascinating look at Elvis' Japan releases.

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


Baz Luhrmann Taking Care Of Business!: ELVIS movie director Baz Luhrmann has announced a weekly ELVIS DAY when he will share pictures to get fans involved in his upcoming biopic.

Luhrmann tweeted.. "Still taking care of business here... Thought we’d make Monday, ‘Elvis Day’, dropping you some favorite pics as we go through our journey."

Next summer his new ELVIS biopic will hit cinemas, charting the life and career of The King of Rock and Roll. But with less than a year to go we still haven’t had our first look at Austin Butler as Elvis or Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker, let alone a trailer.

The first set of pictures featured Elvis posing and performing back in the 1950s. The second set yesterday featured the comment, "To Understand The Elvis phenomenon you must first understand the Colonel".

The weekly pictures are on Baz Luhrmann Twitter feed.

(News, Source:NP/UKExpress/ElvisInfoNet)


(Interview) Robert Elder, author of (recently released) 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide to the Holidays from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll' talks to EIN: All fans know how important Christmas was to Elvis. Elvis and Christmas are the subject of a delightful new book by celebrated author, Robert K. Elder. Arranged with the assistance of EPE, the book is informative, colorful, and “party” fun.
Robert recently took time out of his hectic schedule (promoting the book) to talk with EIN’s Nigel Patterson, Robert’s interview covers a range of subjects:
    - what is in the book
    - why Christmas was so important to Elvis
    - the assistance he got from not only EPE, but also two other well known authors
    - the Christmas with Elvis Bobblehead set; and
    - there are also appearances by Kurt Russell, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, U2, and Ernest Hemingway.

Read Robert’s full interview
(Interview, Source: Robert K.Elder/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide': Out Now from author Robert Elder, 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide to the Holidays from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll'
Written in collaboration with EPE, the book helps you Celebrate Christmas with the King of Rock n' Roll!
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.


Go here as EIN’s Nigel Patterson investigates more...

(Book Reviews, Source;/ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Interview) David Ward, author of 'From Elvis in Japan: Elvis Presley Japanese LPs 1956-2018': A new e-book by David Ward chronicles more than 100 Japanese Elvis LPs in great narrative detail and full color images.
Long-time collectors will be very aware of how different many Japanese Elvis records were.

In a fascinating and entertaining interview with EIN’s Nigel Patterson, David discusses:
    - the extra effort RCA Japan put into Elvis’ LP releases
    rare albums
    - what you can find in Japanese obi strips on Elvis LPs
    - the Elvis LP obi strip doubling as a poster
    - Elvis’ record sales in Japan
    - the single you need to hold up to the light
    - some very funny Japanese transcriptions of English lyrics, and a lot more.

There is also a shout out to Ernst Jorgensen!

Read David’s full interview - & check out the great covers..

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) Elvis The Army Years Uncovered (Trina Young): EIN thanks our good friend, Kees Mouwen (administrator of the best Elvis blog on the Internet....Elvis Day By Day), for allowing us to publish his informative review of Trina Young’s latest book.

Despite what some fans may think, Elvis’ Army years were eventful, full of interesting and sometimes sad, incidents.
Those two years in the Army were important in shaping Elvis as a person.
As Kees notes in his enlightening review, in her book, Trina Young “goes behind the superficial public relations story of Presley’s army years”.

Read Kees’ detailed review

(Book Review: Source: Kees Mouwen)

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'Elvis: Fort Worth, Texas 1974' FTD in-depth Review: This FTD double-pack features two concerts from Elvis’ third tour of 1974, both performances from Father's Day in Fort Worth, Texas, June 16 1974. Elvis performed four shows at the 14,000 seater Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth Texas. These were the first four shows of Elvis' Tour #11 so he was ready to rock. Reviews included, "Elvis put on one sharp, uptown and professional show. Wrapped skintight or loosely white bellbottoms and waist-length jacket. Elvis had the show in the palm of his hand".
In fine humour, at the evening show Elvis jokes that the whole band are from Texas... “John Wilkinson from Waco Texas, Ronnie Tutt from Dallas Texas, Duke Bardwell from Abilene Texas, Charlie Hodge from Decateur Texas, Voice from Nashville Texas and Joe Guercio with the all-Texas choir band! And I’m from Tupelo, Texas."
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley give you the complete low-down on this new FTD double-pack ....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Think Twice: Elvis in The Studio 1971': The forthcoming 'Back In Nashville' boxset is going to shine the spotlight on Elvis' 1971 sessions which have traditionally been ignored by the official label. In this fascinating and detailed article EIN contributor Shane Brown examines these all too easily dismissed Nashville sessions and discovers some real gems.
It’s very easy to look at the March, May and June 1971 recordings out of context. While the recordings are certainly not up to the standard of those from June 1970, it’s also true to say that Elvis was in a very different place personally by spring 1971.
In June 1970 Elvis was riding the crest of a wave with his recent successes but by January 1971 he was in the newspapers due to an ongoing paternity suit.
The Presley’s marriage was on the rocks and Elvis was having problems with his eyes.
However despite all of this there was something very interesting going on during the 1971 sessions.
Find out more as Shane Brown investigates these controversial 1971 Nashville Sessions....
(Spotlight; Source;ShaneBrown/EIN)

Don't miss out on one of EIN's most-viewed and controversial interviews of all-time - Mike Stone tells all.

EIN Interview with Mike Stone: Mike Stone has had a long and successful career in athletics, in the entertainment business, as an author, sports instructor, bodyguard and personal fitness trainer.
Mike Stone was also a key figure in the emotional roller-coaster that described Elvis and Priscilla Presley's lives in the seventies.
In this exclusive EIN interview Priscilla's ex-partner, karate champion and author talks about his amazing life, including...
- Meeting Elvis and Priscilla
- Hawaii, Elvis and Karate
- Being Phil Spector's bodyguard
- Sitting next to John Lennon recording
- Priscilla and karate
- Fans blaming him for Elvis' marriage split-up
- Elvis putting a "Hit" out on him
- Finding peace in the Philippines
- His new autobiography

EIN was delighted to be able to finally talk with the man and find out more. EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Interview) Piotr Soczynski talks to EIN: While serious collectors will be familiar with Piotr Soczynski’s phenomenal work in documenting little known parts of the Elvis recording catalog, most fans will not. This is a great pity, as Piotr, who lives in Poland, has already published five of the best Elvis books in 2021, with two more volumes due later this year and in 2022. These books are:
Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1956-1967
★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1968-1991
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1953-1965
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1965-1993

Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 1
Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 2 (late 2021)
Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 3 (expected 2022)
The first four volumes sold out quickly earlier this year, while the more recent first volume of Piotr’s Eastern Europe vinyl trilogy is selling fast. The depth of information, glorious visuals, and strong, clean book design have resulted in fascinating “coffee table” releases which will please (amaze) both collectors and the general fan. Piotr recently took time out to discuss Elvis in Poland and his series of books which are an important narrative-visual record of little understood Elvis vinyl releases.
Read Piotr’s full interview with Nigel Patterson and marvel at some great page visuals from the various volumes
(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: Back In Nashville' Vinyl tracklist: RCA/Legacy Recordings will release Elvis: Back In Nashville, the definitive presentation of Presley's May-June 1971 Nashville studio sessions on Friday, November 12.
The 4 CD collection presents 82 pristine Studio original recordings, free of overdubs.
Graceland is also offering an exclusive 2LP 12" color vinyl collectors pressing of 'Elvis: Back In Nashville'.
A standard 2LP 12" vinyl version of the album will also be available.
The vinyl tracklist features the best selection of outtakes and remixed original recordings
Elvis: Back In Nashville Graceland 2LP 12" vinyl edition is available for pre-order from EPE here. US$24.98

Go HERE to 'Elvis FTD / SONY News 2021' for the tracklist
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


'Selling Elvis in 2021' EIN Spotlight: One of the most common questions asked of EIN is "how do I sell my Elvis records?"
Sadly, the market for Elvis’ recorded material is a shadow of what it was in the decade following his death. The exceptions are high quality original Sun Studio singles and various obscure releases such as test pressings, demos and acetates.
The best time of the year to sell anything ELVIS related is, of course, now around "Elvis Week" in August.
In 2021, demand for Elvis records generally continues to diminish as the sheer volume of Elvis records pressed means most collectors already have what they want, older fans are passing away, and younger fans are not as interested in physical records.
Highlighting the situation, a recent edition of the excellent Vintage Rock magazine featured a fascinating article discussing how the market for 50s vinyl has dipped and which artists and recordings are maintaining buyer interest.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson puts a spotlight on the declining vinyl market
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformatoinNetwork)

UPDATED- The collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire: Has Ernst won the war?’: Back in 1999 Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon convinced BMG to let them start the FTD collectors label in order to counteract the Elvis bootleg companies which had been selling unreleased material to fans since the very first vinyl bootleg 'Please Release Me' was issued back in 1970.
Of all the bootleg labels that have come and gone the 'Madison' label was one of the very few that always produced high-quality releases and which happened to start at the same time as FTD. The designs were top-notch and with detailed sleeve notes they easily competed with the legal Elvis releases.
In 2021 ‘Madison’ have returned with the new bootleg ‘A Legendary Performer Volume 9’ but all is not what was promised. The Elvis bootleg vaults are empty and FTD appears to have won the game.
Go here as EIN’s Piers Beagley checks out the lack of new material and considers the bootleg era at an end...
And EIN wants YOUR SAY - Our article is now updated with YOUR FEEDBACK - and more...
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 44,000 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.


"On Tour" 50th Anniversary - FTD vs Lorentzen release:
In the same way that the FTD 'TTWII' Collectors Edition had to include similar photos to Erik Lorentzen's 'TTWII' Summer Festival publication, a debate among Elvis collectors has already started regarding the two new 'On Tour' editions and which one to purchase.
Lorentzen promises the earlier publication this year, whereas FTD are still gathering documentation and unseen images for their 2022 release.
Trouble has also started as Lorentzen has stated about his book, "Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions" yet now Ernst Jørgensen has posted that his personal session notes are being used without permission.
It will be difficult for fans to decide which to buy, or both, especially with the extra wait for the David English / Pål Granlund 50th Anniversary FTD 'On Tour' project.
Ernst Jørgensen posted the following statement..
"It has come to my attention that some of my personal recording notes are being used in Erik Lorentzen’s forthcoming Elvis On Tour book.
This is disappointing; as Erik has been notified that this information is private and confidential, and prior to publication permission is required, which has not been granted.
Pål, David and myself are working on an 'Elvis On Tour' FTD release for 2022, this information will be included with this release."

We do however also know that FTD will be including audio cds with their publication, the audio content however has not been finalised as yet.
(Note: Both images are of course not the actual book covers!)
(News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)

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'Elvis UK' Book Re-Issue: Following the successful release of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British CD Releases 1983-2005' as a Flip book in February 2021, co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce that their original book – the long out-of-print Elvis UK – published in 1987 – is now to be made available using the same digital technology but with an additional 60 pages of ‘bonus material’.
Our prime reason for making this book available is due to the constant requests for hard copies as it went out of print in the late 1980s.  Unfortunately, a physical reprint was not an option, owing to extremely high production costs – just as it wasn’t for Elvis UK3.  However, unlike the latter project - which we wanted to be able to update when required  – 'Elvis UK' will be available as a download.  The document will not be held on a digital platform and accessed via the internet, but will be available on the buyer’s own device.
Importantly though, the original book appears exactly as it was in 1987 as it has not been possible to make any textl amendments as the book did not exist in a digital form.
The original Elvis UK was a 565 page hard-backed reference book, published by Blandford Press, dealing with the then hitherto largely unexplored subject of Elvis Presley’s UK record releases from March 1956 through to 1986, nine years after Presley’s death. The digital copy of Elvis UK features:
    Every individual record release – singles, EPs and LPs issued on HMV, RCA and third party labels between 1956-86 – in great detail and in chronological order
- Each entry included detailed track info as well as writers’ names, release dates, and chart entry positions
    Every release and re-release carefully cross-referenced
    Label and sleeve variations identified and dated
    Introductory sections which include background to the issuing companies, comprehensive information about details printed on labels and the process of how records were made
    Chronological and alphabetical listings of all main sections, including catalogue numbers and release dates   
A various artist section which featured one or more Elvis tracks
    A section detailing promotional records
    Hundreds of illustrations
    An Interview and spoken word index
    A full list of every song showing where it appeared, cross-referenced with page numbers
- Plus - 60 pages of bonus material – which includes the following:
    The Making Of Elvis UK
    Golden Grooves
    Mastering
    LP Re-issues

Fortunately, in transferring Elvis UK into the Flip format none of the original search features have been lost. On the contrary, the comprehensive contents and indexing system built in to the original book has been accentuated by the highly intuitive navigational features offered by Flip.  Searching is much easier and quicker.
In our view, this move represents the only sensible and cost-effective way of making this valuable and much-sought after reference work available to a much wider audience – but at the reasonable and affordable price.  The download version of 'Elvis UK', complete with 60 pages of bonus material section costs just £20. 
More about this release (and others in the series) and how to order it can be found on our website – www.elvisukbooks.co.uk
(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)
See EIN review of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis British CD 1983-2005'- highly recommended

‘Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ was released last month. The CDs contain three 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 and remixed to true stereo with outstanding expertise using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.
The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover just how good these concerts sound in stereo - a perfect concert package for any Elvis fan.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Book Review: 'Elvis The King of the Rings Vol 1': Author-researcher Paul Belard has released the latest installment in his ongoing Elvis day-by-day biography series, visually (and narratively) documenting Elvis Presley's life and times. Unlike previous volumes, this book doesn’t cover a specific period of time, it covers a “shiny” part of our man's life, his love for big and glittery jewelry, specifically rings.
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.
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.”

Belard's new book features 254 pages dedicated to Elvis’ love of rings.
The photos include close-ups of so much glorious "Bling" along with stories of Elvis wearing them on-stage and even where they ended up.
Go here to read our review by Kees Mouwen and Nigel Patterson
(Book Review, Source:DayByDay/ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Jay Thompson and Elvis Presley' Spotlight: In April 1956 Disc-jockey Jay Thompson, from Breckenridge radio station KSTB, interviewed a young Elvis Presley while he was touring through Texas on a string of one-night stands. In that 1956 interview Elvis interestingly revealed that he was previously training to be an electrician, that his first movie would be The Rainmaker and that he did not know Bill Black or Scotty Moore before their Sun session.

In 1982 Elvis fan Scott Wheeler befriended and interviewed Jay Thompson about the experience. Although Jay never actively participated in Elvis-related events or productions in later years he also never sought notoriety for the interview either. However we believe it's important that Jay Thompson be well remembered for his valuable contribution to the history of Elvis.

Go here to our special Spotlight - plus Elvis' Wichita Falls Interview - by Scott Wheeler / Piers Beagley...
(Spotlight; Source;SW/ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set 'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' was released last month.
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. With remastered audio and accompanying 40-page booklet the package is aimed at the general public, plus Elvis collectors who could not afford last year's FTD fan club deluxe release.
Elvis’ glorious rehearsals on 24 July at RCA studios are the real key to this release. Twenty seven classic performances and with Elvis not only rehearsing the familiar songs we would all come to know from the MGM movie but also songs he would never perform on stage.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover some neat surprises along the way.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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)


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)


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)


(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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‘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)



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!

 

 

 

 


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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

- Chips Moman (RIP) later thoughts on Elvis
- Being a consultant on 1979 "ELVIS" movie.
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- 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 - 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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