"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)



"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges...producing, no propelling, a fundamental, primordial and unstoppable shift in not only musical, but social, political and cultural history"

(JNP, BBC website)


"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"

( Dr. John Walker)


"It [rock & roll] was always about Elvis; not just because he was Elvis, but because he was the big star"

(Bono from U2)


"If they had let me on white radio stations back then, there never would have been an Elvis"

(Little Richard)


"Elvis loved opera, and he especially liked Mario Lanza. He would watch The Student Prince which was set in Heidelberg, over and over again. He loved the power of the big voices. And he loved big orchestras. He liked real dramatic things"

(Marty Lacker in 'Elvis and the Memphis Mafia')


"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead"

(Johnny Carson)

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)

Don't (1958)

Stuck On You (1960)

It's Now Or Never (1960)

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)

Surrender (1961)

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 Facts:

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
















































































































































































































































































EIN E-Alert #219....Friday 19 May 2006

Hi everyone

Another big week in the Elvis world with huge news about the future of the Elvis brand. Full details below.

Due to a pc crash yesterday I have lost a number of email messages. If anyone has messaged me in the past week or so and hasn't yet received a reply I'd be grateful if you could resend your message(s) to me.


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  • EPE unveils 2006-07 "Elvis Is" branding campaign
  • George Klein DVD in works
  • Sonny West book update
  • Elvis Week 2006 tickets go on sale on 23 May
  • "Q" magazine article biased
  • Tupelo birthplace museum to close for several months for upgrade
  • New compilation, Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Hero, delayed in EC
  • O.J. Simpson to appear as Elvis
  • Jerry Schilling to be guest speaker at Elvis World luncheon during Elvis Week 2006
  • Celluloid Rock DVDs announced
  • Book review: Elvis Through My Eyes

"Breaking News"

CKX and Cirque du Soleil to Develop Elvis Presley Shows and ''Experiences'' Worldwide - The Elvis World Tour Kicks Off in 2008

CKX, Inc., through its subsidiary Elvis Presley Enterprises, has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Cirque du Soleil for the creation, development, production and promotion of Elvis Presley Projects, featuring touring and permanent shows, as well as multimedia interactive "Elvis Experiences," throughout the world.

Elvis Presley Projects, expected to debut beginning in 2008, will consist of:

  • Touring shows that will be produced by Cirque du Soleil and incorporate the name, image, likeness and music of Elvis Presley.
  • Permanent shows at fixed locations that will be produced by Cirque du Soleil and incorporate the name, image, likeness and music of Elvis Presley.
  • Multimedia interactive entertainment "Elvis Experiences" that incorporate the music, memorabilia, audiovisual works, and the life and times of Elvis Presley.
Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and CEO of CKX, Inc., commented, "This arrangement will allow fans around the globe, who have only seen Elvis Presley in movies or listened to his music, to truly experience what it was like to see Elvis perform. Cirque du Soleil remains one of the most stunning and exciting entertainment experiences on the planet and brings the creative genius needed to produce shows and multimedia events that will capture the true Elvis Presley."

Guy Laliberte, Founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, commented, "This new arrangement, with such incredible new partners as Robert F.X. Sillerman and his team, promises to be a most exciting and stimulating creative project for Cirque du Soleil. It also clearly demonstrates our intention to pursue the diversification of our artistic content through different live productions."

CKX and Cirque du Soleil will each own 50 percent of each Elvis Presley Project, sharing equally in the costs of creating, developing, building and producing each project and in the profits from each Project. CKX will also receive royalty payments on various aspects of its intellectual property used in the Elvis Presley Projects.

The parties have agreed to open at least one touring show in Europe and/or Asia and one "Elvis Experience" outside of the United States by 2008. Beginning in 2009, at least one Elvis Presley Project will be opened in each of the next six years. Beginning in 2014, at least one Elvis Presley Project will be opened every two years during the next eight years, through 2021. Shows in Las Vegas are not included in this arrangement at this time.

EIN Comment: This announcement is arguably the most important news since CKX bought an interest in EPE. If successful the venture will be a key driver in ensuring Elvis' legacy is publicly exposed and appreciated for the next 15 years.

"Elvis & Kathy" achieves new record price on ebay

The highly sought after book, Elvis & Kathy, by Kathy Westmoreland reached a new high on ebay earlier this week. After 32 bids the final selling price was a whopping US$356.00, easily surpassing the $200.00 sale price achieved only a few weeks ago.

"Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture" by Douglas Brode

On 30 June McFarland Publishing in the US will publish a serious and intellectually challenging examination of Elvis' film career.

In Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture, Douglas Brode demonstrates how Elvis, through his films, reflected a shifting social, cultural and political landscape in America.

Encompassing all 31 movies and two 1970s documentaries, it provides a film-by-film study of Elvis Presley and America, and argues that each film reflects the society for which it was made. Throughout his career, most of Elvis's characters combined rebellion with wholesome, traditional ideals, but the public's perspective changed, and what was considered radical in 1954 was called reactionary by 1970.

Studied sequentially, his films reflect those cyclical ideals, and unconsciously portray America's process of renewal and redefinition of self.

Courtesy of the author, in the lead up its publication, EIN will be publishing short excerpts from Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture.

The first of our excerpts is from Chapter 11: A Mid-Sixties Masterpiece - "Viva Las Vegas":

In a notable sequence involving a put-down of the elegant European, Lucky – serving as a waiter at Mancini’s expensive suite – purposefully engages in a series of supposedly accidental mis-haps that culminate in the ruination of the Count’s initially suave, ultimately embarrassing attempt to seduce Rusty. She is dressed in high style for the occasion. Here again, the class- consciousness motif reveals a heightened if often unnoticed ambition: Elvis is the poor white boy who (not unlike the subtle slave of African American folk literature) wisely employs his servile position to cleverly outwit the upperclass ‘master’ via a seemingly sincere clumsiness that expresses a social anarchism, the film containing implications that are truly political.

Click to pre-order Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture


Recently announced first Dutch Elvis stamp

Elvis' contract with RCA

On the FECC messageboard, 'likethebike' posted this interesting message:

"Eileen brought this up in a post a few weeks back and I think the idea deserves a thread of its own. Has anyone ever heard of Colonel Parker trying to hook other record labels or testing the waters to try and get RCA to up their contract? I haven't. This makes me wonder why.

This seems to be one of the most logical things a manager would do. How do you know Elvis' worth unless you determine what the market will bear? In some ways it almost borders on criminal negligence. In the early 1960s there were a number of big label signings for rock and soul influenced artists that basically redefined the rules of the industry. Ray Charles asked for and received eventual ownership of his masters when he switched to ABC. The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbsion received either million dollar advances or guarantees when they switched to Warner Brothers and MGM respectively. Ricky Nelson got a huge deal and an unheard of 20-year contract with Decca in 1963.

Shouldn't the existence of these deals triggered an immediate renegotiation with RCA to guarantee Elvis some of or any of these perks? After all, while all these artists were great hit makers they were dwarfed by Elvis in popularity even in their greatest periods. A deal that Elvis could have obtained in 1960, 1961 and 1962 based on these deals would have been record shattering. Instead, he never received a stake beyond royalties in the masters, a decision that cost millions upon millions even within his lifetime and he was at a royalty rate lower than the industry average upon his death. This is well documented in books like Sean O'Neal's Elvis inc. So, we know RCA wasn't keeping Elvis on board with insane deals to cut off the competition.

Even before the March 1973 agreement wouldn't it have made sense to test the market? After all Elvis was a red hot commodity at this time. The MSG album was a million seller, "Burning Love" was another million seller, "Aloha" was on its way to #1 and the TV special had basically rewritten the rules of worldwide popularity. This was a hot streak far greater than the one on which ABC based their Charles' decision. Even Elvis' semi-reluctance to record played well for a new deal. Why not seek out a less demanding contract? One album per year was already becoming the industry standard.

Think even at this time what Elvis could have gotten. Berry Gordy's Motown label was dying to break into the white mainstream at this time signing artists like Bobby Darin and the Four Seasons. Elvis would make more sense to the label than these artists because unlike them he wasn't five years away from the Top 40. He may have given Elvis something outrageous to come aboard. And Elvis for his part would have had the chance to work with creative personalities like Smokey Robinson who were familiar with the Top 40 landscape of the early 1970s. Sure it's a fantasy but we never know how close to reality it could have been because Parker never bothered to find out.

In Hopkins' Final Years there's a toss off about Elvis wanting to record for White Whale an LA based label that was home to the Turtles. Otherwise in the Presley literature there is little to no mention of other labels after the initial RCA deal.

Was it Parker's kickbacks and collusion with RCA that kept him from exploring this most logical of all options?

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Quote:"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"

(Dr. Gary Enders)

Quote:"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"


Quote:"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"

(humorist Dave Barry)

Quote:"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"

(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")

Quote:"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"

(Nick Tosches)

Quote:"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)

Quote:"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"

(Bob Dylan)

Quote:"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"

(Sir Paul McCartney)

Quote:"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"

(Johnny Cash)

Quote:"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"

(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)

Quote:"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)

Elvis Facts:

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 Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly 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 offered $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