Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
Well we made it and what a milestone it is! Edition 200 of our weekly E-Alert. And to celebrate we are giving away 5 great Elvis prize (details below). We want to thank everyone who has given us feedback over the nearly 4 years the E-Alert has been published. We continue to add 3 to 4 new subscribers each week and the distribution list now exceeds 3,000 plus secondary distribution on two other email newsletter lists.
Also, watch out on the site shortly, as courtesy of Bookwise International, we will be giving away 5 copies of the Alanna Nash book, Elvis & the Memphis Mafia. This is widely recognised as one of the best books ever published about Elvis! In addition, we will shortly add a great new (two part) interview with Memphis Mafia member, Lamar Fike (see teaser below).
We've added some new information on the right and left hand columns of the site's Home page (the info also appears in the left & right hand columns of each E-Alert). Please scroll down and let us know what you think
Nigel & Piers
This week on the site: Lamar Fike talks to EIN
Some of the items added to www.elvisinfonet.com this week:
HILTON – E.P. LOYALTY PROGRAM:
Edward Verbraeken from Europe has proposed this idea:
Exceptional joint marketing opportunity for Hilton Hotels and EPE and CKXE which will be a success-story for all involved:Strong recommendation from a worldwide guru of international marketing:
Make a joint-marketing effort/program with the HILTON hotels CHAIN whereby:
All Elvis fans (worldwide) should get 30% discount on regular hotel room rates or a “flat rate” of US$50 per night in Hilton hotels and US$75 per night in all Hilton Hotel Resorts:
Such a program is similar to the Frequent Guest program that have established all major hotels and FT airline programs. In view of the fact that Hilton hotels have tremendously benefited from Elvis’ performances in the Las Vegas Hilton for many years and cashed in revenues that were unheard of before 1969 when the King actually sang before sold-out audiences and everyday twice! Unequalled so far in Vegas and music industry! The fact that Hilton has therefore put up a bronze statue of Elvis in the lobby, is not sufficient, we feel.In addition, Elvis & his entourage have stayed hundreds of nights in Hilton hotels everywhere in the U.S. and therefore those hotels should ALL participate in the program and offer special amenities to Elvis fans carrying their HILTON-EP LOYALTY CARD. Easy for Hilton to monitor the success rate of such a program and create therefore a new lucrative database of traveling Elvis fans who might prefer to stay in Hiltons (or Doubleday's, Garden Inns etc). (Source: Pete Smith)
Journey to Graceland
Many thanks to DC Bradley in the US who sent us news about this tribute song:
'There is a good Elvis tribute song ("Journey to Graceland") on the website www.elvis4u.com It tells the story of going to Graceland and visiting all the sites there that most people visit. It is in the early Elvis rock-a-billy style (but can be varied of course) and refers to Elvis as the "King of Rock and Roll" in the chorus. It might be a good song to be a part in promoting the new Elvis "revamping" efforts presently underway. It may have potential to be included as part of any new project to rejuvenate the Elvis empire for all the world to enjoy.'
‘A Lost Elvis Treasure……Blue Suede Shoes (The Elvis Ballet)’
A ballet set to the music of Elvis Aron Presley! Who are we trying to kid? But yes it did happen and it was a major hit.
What was particularly innovative about the Elvis ballet was the way it used The King’s music to tell a powerful story about innocence and the post-war American Dream. As Dennis Nahat commented: “We didn’t realise it then, but Elvis set the tone for the time. I don’t know if the current generation really understands who he was. To my generation, he’s an icon. He came on the scene and hit us between the eyes and captured our feelings with music. He freed an entire generation.”
The structure of Blue Suede Shoes was clever. Each of the 36 Elvis songs symbolised individual parts of the story (with Guitar Man used as an overture linking different scenes). For example, Arthur tries to woo Sally (I Want You, I Need You, I Love You), the local bad boy arrives (Devil In Disguise) and the Army beckons (Soldier Boy). Returning home after a lonely winter (Long Lonely Highway ) the GI’s are unrecognised (Stranger In My Own Home Town). Later a fight ensues to the strains of Trouble and the boys spend a night (One Night) behind bars (Jailhouse Rock). Other songs prominent in the ballet included Hound Dog, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Bossa Nova Baby, Starting Today, Tutti Frutti, Are You Lonesome Tonight? And Mama Liked The Roses.
Critics also noted how Blue Suede Shoes incorporated contemporary social themes - for instance, In The Ghetto was used to symbolise the effect of drugs. And initially, more traditional patrons of the ballet form were quite dismissive. Dennis Nahat commented: “We had some people say, “How can you use Elvis in this classical art form?’, but I just said, ‘Elvis is classic.’ “
At the end of the day Blue Suede Shoes displayed artistic integrity and was notable for introducing new patrons to the art form that is ballet. Described at the time as being as easy to watch as a movie Blue Suede Shoes brought new ideas to the fine arts medium. It seems Elvis’s ability to continually transcend musical, social and cultural genres is limitless!
At a time when the fine arts in the US were in trouble, facing government funding cuts and falling patronage, Blue Suede Shoes enjoyed immense success with 63,000 people attending its opening season. Buoyed by its success, the producers developed plans to tour the production nationally and internationally. Sadly the plans to stage the ballet outside of the US were never realised, apparently due to financial and logistical considerations. As a result overseas fans missed out being captivated by its fresh and energetic approach to the Elvis story.
The soundtrack to Blue Suede Shoes was issued by RCA (#67458-2) in 1997 as a double CD set with attractive slipcase and a 16 page full-color booklet.
One performance of Blue Suede Shoes was telecast on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in America and if you ever get a chance to see it...DO NOT MISS IT!
The ballet was resurrected in 2002 and performed by Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley.
Verdict: Blue Suede Shoes was a brave, socially aware and sparkling undertaking that richly deserved the success it received.
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"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50
While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959
Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957
Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed
During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Menphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowlt lost to Delta Automatic Transmission. 6-13.
In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age
In the 1970s Elvis was ofered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m