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Tuesday 20 February 2018
HBO's 'Elvis-The Searcher': EIN contributor George Smith has supplied some tremendous thoughts about 'Elvis-The Searcher'  the new HBO documentary.
Whereas some fans have been disappointed with the lack of unreleased Elvis material on the soundtrack compilations, George Smith points out the great positives..
- The very idea of this documentary is thrilling. I've been waiting all of my adult life for a serious and respected music film-maker to assemble the definitive Elvis documentary. Whether this turns out to be that documentary remains to be seen, but it looks very promising to me at the moment.
-It will make judicious use of existing tapes to tell the story of Elvis' journey as a creative artist. It will not contain substantial amounts of rare video and music, instead offering commentary from those who knew, loved, worked with and were profoundly influenced by Elvis Presley.
- The marketing imagery is brave and should be applauded. One of the reasons Elvis has relatively little respect among subsequent generations of music listeners is the often shoddy and cliched use of photographs and typography on his LP covers and advertising. Here there is not one single hint of the iconic Elvis used in the picture. Instead they have chosen a mug shot of an ordinary man. Clearly he is a handsome man, But he is just a man. Not a demi-God or a superstar, just a man.
- 'Elvis-The Searcher' may not necessarily be aimed directly at the keen Elvis collector. Instead, it will serve several purposes: it will draw in serious music fans who, until now, have not shown any interest in Presley's music or career but who respect the opinions of people like Springsteen, Petty, Landau, etc;
- It may possibly draw in the casual music fan who just likes to see a well-made documentary;
- It will hopefully draw very positive reviews from the press and the music press, and may even encourage an editorial or two about Elvis' much overlooked artistry and contribution to civil rights;
- It will at last give fans like me something to point the unenlightened towards when they confess to not liking or understanding Presley or his music.
- The accompanying CD will act as a simple tool to encourage those who "bite" to investigate further. It may not sell millions of copies and is not intended to but the graphics look gorgeous to my eyes, as does the track listing.
- This is potentially the single most exciting event in the Elvis world for the past decade, rivalling even the Tupelo box set.

For more go HERE to EIN's dedicated 'Elvis-The Searcher' page.
and do check out George Smith's marvelous 'Elvis Non Stop Erotic Cabaret' EIN spotlight.
(News, Source/GS/FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

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'Walk A Lonely Street' New Book: Out later this year is a fascinating book by author Tony Plews / George Smith Publications. Over 600 pages solving the last great mystery of rock 'n' roll...
Heartbreak Hotel was the electrifying record that launched the career of the world’s most popular entertainer, Elvis Presley, and helped establish rock ‘n’ roll as a genuine musical force.
Recorded and released in January 1956 as the singer turned 21 and was breaking out of the claustrophobic Country music scene, the song quickly became a worldwide hit and awakened an entire generation, kick-starting the cultural revolution of the 1960s.
For sixty years a legend flourished around Presley’s hit record: the saga of how and why it was written became the most famous story-behind-the-song in music history. But the fabled scenario of an anonymous suicide victim and his enigmatic note  –  “I walk a lonely street”  –  posed more questions than it answered.
This is the first book to answer the last great mystery of rock 'n' roll: who was the anonymous man whose death inspired Elvis Presley's first hit record?
It is a story that spans over one hundred years and involves scores of singers and their songs, uncovering the truth, placing events in context and revealing the astonishing depth of Presley’s artistic vision and achievements.
There is a tale to tell …
* Over 600 pages, including an in-depth 300-page examination of Elvis Presley's music and career in the crucial two-year period 5th July 1954 - 4th July 1956
* Contains never-before-published photographs and newly-uncovered newspaper articles
* Based on six years of research, this is the author's interpretation of events surrounding the writing and recording of "Heartbreak Hotel", looking anew at the involvement of Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Buddy Killen, Tom Parker, Hank Snow, Hill & Range, Jack Stapp, Lou Cowan, Steve Sholes, Sam Phillips and many other key figures and organisations
* Publication expected mid-2018
Go here to the 'Walk A Lonely Street' facebook page for updates
(News, Source;GS/ElvisInfoNet)

TCB Cruise 2018: Dennis Jale is welcoming Elvis-Fans with a chance to experience the Elvis Original TCB Band plus Elvis' wife Priscilla and his best friend Jerry Schilling on a TCB-Cruise through the western Mediterranean Sea.
Departure is on October 7th, 2018 and the trip ends on October 14th, 2018.
We are so excited that Priscilla Presley spends this trip with us and gives the fans from all over the world a rare insights into their life with Elvis. Besides the concerts TCB band including James Burton, Glen D. Hardin and Ronnie Tutt together with the singer Dennis Jale, there will be autograph sessions, Elvis discos, movie nights as well as several Meet & Greet sessions.
Terry Blackwood and the Imperials will be on the cruise for the first time!
In cooperation with Dennis Jale the travel agency Ruefa Reisen they say, "Do not miss the most outstanding Elvis event Europe has ever seen and reserve your seat today!"

For more info go here to the website www.tcb-cruise.com.

(News, Source;DJ/ElvisInfoNet)


Activists delay rebuild of Coco Palms: Developers rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged Coco Palms' Hawaii hotel have been delayed by activists including two men who arrived claiming to own the property because they descend from King Kaumualii, the last ruler of Kauai. The men set up camp in tents and at the old tennis pro shop at the shuttered resort, where Elvis Presley's character got married in the 1961 film "Blue Hawaii."
Hurricane Iniki forced its closure in 1992.
Police were called, trespassing citations were written, and a judge last month issued an order to evict them. Since then a stream of protesters has come and gone some camped out at the resort near an ancient Hawaiian fishpond in the community of Wailua. It's the latest example of Native Hawaiian activists taking a stand on cultural issues and sacred places.
Kaukaohu Wahilani noted "That was the place of kings, that was the place of alli (royalty), it was a sacred place, and it still is."
At least 50 protesters gathered at the site, bracing for law enforcement action, as the judge's Jan. 28 deadline
approached. But no police showed up, and the protesters remained.
Demolition began in 2016, with the goal of reopening in mid-2018. The clash has caused delays, so the developers hope to start construction soon after the protesters leave.
The renovated hotel will have 350 rooms, including 22 master suites and about 50 junior suites. Hyatt will manage the hotel once it's reopened.
Wailua was the political center of Kauai long before the resort opened in 1953 and Presley's character crooned the "Hawaiian Wedding Song" while holding his bride's hand and boarding a raft to cross a lagoon.
It's where chiefs were born and lived, said Lilia Merrin from the University of Hawaii's Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. Because of its high amount of surface water, it was ideal for loi, irrigated fields for farming the starchy vegetable taro, a staple crop, she said.
Go HERE for EIN's exclusive 2015  look at of Coco Palms Resort
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Love's Unchained Melody' New book: A new Elvis fiction book 'Love's Unchained Melody' according to the author Robert Evans, fans may find interesting, inspiring, and entertaining.
Description: It's July 7, 1954. The Memphis area is about to hear and witness perhaps the world's most famous and profound singer, entertainer, and unique individual in music history. It all came together in what could be called the 'perfect storm'. A period in history that created a vacuum for the exact right person, at the precise time and place to fulfill destiny's call.
During the years of 1954 and 55, the Memphis area had a front row seat to experience the genesis of an astonishing era in music that has never been seen before or since.
In the first part of the book, we step into the Patton family and their small-town community near Memphis. Through them, we experience the incredible excitement and hysteria created by this local Memphis singer as he exploded into a worldwide phenomenon.
Part one of "Love's Unchained Melody" includes an intriguing account of the magnitude of excitement that took place in the Memphis area from the year 1954 and throughout the remainder of that decade.
This unique and unprecedented era in music is witnessed and experienced from the perspective of the Patton family, their two teenage daughters, and school friends from within a small-town community near Memphis.
The Pattons are a fictitious family representing and characterizing what it was like within the local Memphis area to experience in a close and personal way this real and incredible period in history.
Part two of the book begins August 16, 1977. It takes you on an amazing journey of triumph and victory over seemingly insurmountable odds. It's a story of how destiny miraculously brings soul mates and families together. How the miracle of grace transforms lives.
You'll be touched and inspired by a heartwarming larger-than-life epic love story that really has no end. The book comes to a conclusion on April 28, 2003.
Go here to Amazon for more info & to purchase.
(News, Source/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 18 February 2018
'Murfreesboro '74' FTD will be One of the Best!: Elvis' March 1974 tour was one of the strongest of the year and FTD have already released four concerts from that tour, including the famous Memphis show.
But if you are considering that you don't need yet another 2 concerts from that tour, then "Reconsider-Baby" as FTD contributor Robert Frieser notes that these are two of Elvis' best performances from 1974.
.. The two Murfreesboro shows from March 14th and especially March 19 can be seen as the highlight of the March tour.
These shows can be seen as a prelude to the famous record recording of March 20 in Memphis, the recording of which Elvis received a grammy award for his rendition of How Great Thou Art, counts as one of the best shows of 1974.
The Tour had highlights such as the Tulsa Shows, Houston Astrodome shows but also the Roanoke and Richmond shows were top notch.
The tour was actually a 15 day tour but because of the speed with which the tickets were sold out, more shows were booked.
 
Elvis who had not toured since July 1973 had first completed a fully booked season in Las Vegas in January & February of 1974. At those shows in Las Vegas there was quite some criticism in the media, but that criticism faded with the shows he did in March. The shows were highly professional and alternating his voice and show attitude was good.
The show of March 14th is a very cool show, vocally Elvis is in top form. During Love Me Tender Elvis is irritated by the feedback. And Elvis asks Felton to do something about the sound. Polk salad Annie is a top version and on Why Me Lord he does the last part of the song again. At the end of Suspicious Minds he does a one-liner of Take These Chains. For Charlie Hodge it's a special evening, Elvis told the audience that the parents of Charlie Hodge are in the audience and therefore he does a duet with Charlie on Help Me.
The sound of the show is of a good sound quality. So we have something to enjoy, Elvis is in good shape and gives people value for their money but the highlight of this release is the show on March 19th. The show of Richmond a day earlier was already a top show and Elvis was pretty loose and in his element.
The show in Murfreesboro is even better, this is because it's the end of the tour and maybe the looking forward of the Memphis record recording, that Elvis keeps getting better and better.
In this show Elvis has even more fun and Elvis is even more loose and vocally even better. This show features a powerhouse performance of Steamroller Blues and also during the introductions, Elvis takes the time to thank Ramada Inn for the good care of the group. before Help Me, Elvis tells us that the song was written by Larry Gaitlin. Sadly the tape ends 40 seconds into Mystery Train. This show was the best show of the tour. A professional show with Elvis very much at ease.
These shows have been on the wish list by ftd for a long time.
EIN thanks Robert Frieser for the input and believe FTD should have been using these as part of their promotion.
Go here to EIN's 'Sony / FTD CD News 2018' for tracklistings and even more info.
(News, Source;RF/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Reno Brothers' New Book: The hard-working Erik Lorentzen (Elvis Files) has announced a new book for this spring in his 'Gold Standard' series.
This time about Elvis' first movie, 'The Reno Brothers / Love Me Tender'.
Lorentzen promises plenty of previously unseen images.

More info when we get it


His most recent 'Gold Standard' book, 'Elvis; The Movies' was a stunner - see EIN's book review here with plenty of great photos



(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Presley’s Omega Wristwatch For Auction: Elvis Presley’s Omega wristwatch goes on the block during the auction house’s Geneva Watch Auction on May 12 and 13 at Hôtel La Réserve.
At a charity event and concert in 1961, RCA Records, Presley’s label at the time, presented him with the 18-karat white gold dress watch set with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel to mark his impressive achievement of selling 75 million records. The watch was purchased at Tiffany & Co. and features the retailer’s signature on the dial underneath the Omega designation at 12 o’clock. The case back bears the inscription “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60,” commemorating the date that the sales milestone was reached.
As the story goes, the uncle of the watch’s consignor randomly met Presley in a Las Vegas bar in the 1960s.
After expressing mutual admiration for each other’s watches, Presley suggested to trade his Omega for the other gentleman’s diamond-set Hamilton on the spot, which they did. Presley’s watch was later passed on to its current owner, so it has never appeared on the market before.
“We believe Elvis Presley had hundreds of watches throughout his lifetime,” says Paul Boutros, Phillips head of watches for the Americas, who notes that some of his timepieces, including a Rolex King Midas, are displayed at Graceland. “This particular watch is the first one to come to market that has such a clear and convincing provenance that celebrates a really important milestone in his career.”
The estimate is US$54,000 to US108,000, the Elvis lore increases the estimate tenfold compared to what a similar watch would be valued at without it.
(News, Source/NP/ElvisInfoNet)

EPE vs City of Memphis etc in Court: As reported by the Memphis Business Journal, the “plaintiffs are ‘caught in a trap’ and they ‘can’t walk out’.”
Elvis lyrics quoted in legal documents could only mean one thing: Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) is in court to try and get approval for their planned 6,000+ seat venue on its Graceland campus.
The discussion centred on whether the new arena would violate the FedExForum arena use agreement with Memphis Basketball (Memphis Grizzlies), City of Memphis and Shelby County.
To help fund the proposed venue, EPE wants to seek approval to increase its TIF (tax increment financing) from 50 percent to 65 percent and add the venue to its existing Graceland TIF district.
EPE’s Graceland campus was previously awarded the Graceland TIF to support debt service payments for The Guest House at Graceland, its 450-room hotel, and Elvis Presley’s Memphis, an entertainment and exhibit complex.
Memphis Basketball filed its motion, the reply states how the “Plaintiffs will need ‘a little more bite and a little less bark’ if they are to avoid dismissal of their complaint” — to be clear, yes, the Grizzlies' reply brief makes multiple references to Elvis lyrics throughout its dozen pages.

The other defendants — the City of Memphis and Shelby County — also filed motions to dismiss EPE’s declaratory judgment action. All three cite how the plaintiff was not a third-party beneficiary.
The City of Memphis’ reply in support of the motion to dismiss the declaratory judgment action states:
After Chancellor Jim Kyle had a chance to “stop, look and listen” at the various arguments it was the The Memphis Grizzlies who won the battle
Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle granted a motion to dismiss the case of EPE vs City of Memphis et al.

The debate will no doubt continue.
(News, Source;MBJ/ElvisInfoNet) 

Lisa Marie Presley is more than $16 million in debt!:  So where’s all the money, honey?! According to court documents filed on Valentine’s Day, Lisa Marie noted that she only has a total liquid assets of less than $20,000 and owes more than $10 million in unpaid taxes for the the years 2012 to 2015. Presley filed the court documents in response to the nasty ongoing divorce proceedings with her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood, who is suing Presley for spousal support and attorney’s fees.
According to the paperwork, Presley’s current business manager Justin Stiegemeyer claims his client “had not been provided with proper accountings or notices or been kept abreast of her finances” by her former business manager and that at the time they were fired, Presley had “total liquid assets of less than $20,000.”
Lisa Marie's ex Michael Lockwood won't face any personal charges following her claims he possessed inappropriate photos of children. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looked into the matter but could not determine any crime had occurred.
Presley does receive a monthly salary of $4,361 from her late father Elvis Presley’s estate, and has $100,000 in dividends and interest from investments.
Presley and Lockwood, who married in 2006 and had twin daughters in 2008, have been locked in a bitter divorce battle for two years.
Lockwood has requested spousal support and asked Presley to cover his attorney’s fees.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 14 February 2018 - - - - HAPPY VALENTINE's Day - - - - "Play it Dirty"
Make Your Valentine's Day, "ELVIS Day"! If you are someone who feels a tightness in your chest and teardrops swell in your eyes when you listen to a sublime Elvis song, then perhaps no one but Elvis can make your Valentine's Day! You are almost certainly a baby boomer and you owe this to Elvis before you go - it is time to rename Valentine's Day as "Elvis Day".
Valentine's Day is the ultimate celebration of love, the most precious of human feelings, personified by Elvis as no one else has. This is borne out by the titles he chose for his songs and their lyrics, with almost all of his best songs featuring love and heartache.
What makes Elvis uniquely deserving is the emotionall avalanche of each of his songs, delivered with powerful voice, intonation, timbre and mountains of emotion to someone in front of him, making you feel that someone was no one but you. Arguably even Luciano Pavarotti's superb delivery of the original "O Sole Mio" has never achieved the emotional turmoil of "It's Now or Never" by Elvis in listener's minds.
In today's competitive world of modern electronic media and entertainment, with different values dominated by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, the softer qualities of love,
romance and angst of separation and loss, which endeared Elvis and his music to a generation, do not find much of chance to survive.
In the broken down social fabric of today, you can even find friends you can bang with just by a click, there is less and less people to listen to and experience the inexplicable emotional trips to fantasy worlds of joy and sorrow only Elvis songs can take you.
It is sad that whole new generations are really missing out on something which generations of parents and grand parents were granted to experience but have no real means of passing on, like lessons in text books or in curriculum.
Numbers like "Can't Help Falling in Love", "Always on My Mind", "Love Me Tender", " I Just Can't Help Believin", "I will hold you in my heart" or "The Thrill Of Your Love" or "Let It Be Me" which are indeed immortal might possibly be missed by the younger generations.
Let us show our love of Elvis, for a start, let us call this Valentine's Day in 2018, "ELVIS Day"!
For Valentine's Day why not compile your very own "Lust, Elvis" the unreleased CD, or try BMG's sanitised version "Love Elvis".
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Lust, Elvis" – The unreleased CD: RCA have regularly released their Elvis "love songs" compilations and while there is a positive reason to have these kind of CDs in local record shops, Elvis Presley wasn’t always about love and, in the fifties more importantly, he was far more about lust!
In the 1950s' Elvis was basically too damn sexy for mainstream TV, yet 82% of the US viewing audience couldn’t help but watch! The battle for media censorship struggled while Elvis, seemingly unintentionally, kicked down the door for everyone to follow. American youth would never be the same, & the rest of the world would follow.
Elvis was just a natural great-looking sex-god, oozing LUST and surely that deserves a CD worth of celebration.
So here is the new potential SONY CD "Lust, Elvis (Play it dirty)" as suggested by EIN, play it at home to the partner you desire.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Entertaining biography by Elvis' co-star on Spinout, Diane McBain: One of the most well written and entertainment biographies in recent years is Diane McBain's Famous Enough A Hollywood Memoir. Many of you will recognise her as one of Elvis' co-stars in the enjoyable film, Spinout (aka California Holiday).

Written with acclaimed author, Michael Gregg Michaud, Famous Enough is a candid and revealing look at Hollywood.

Ms McBain fondly remembers her time working on Spinout, stating:

The excitement of being on a movie set helped me. The cast and crew were terrific, supprtive, and great fun. Elvis was a huge help, too. He was slim and gorgeous, at the top of his form. I hadn't really been a big fan, so I didn't know what to expect. The rumors that preceded him were true. He behaved like a complete gentleman.

The author is not as kind about a number of other male actors in Hollywood and she also discusses how she and Elvis incessantly talked about their favorite books and how surprised she was to discover Elvis had a spiritual side.

Famous Enough has been rightly lauded as brutally honest, at times harrowing and a highly entertaining read. The good, the bad and the ugly of Hollywood are laid bare within its more than 400 pages. It is fair to day Ms McBain has experienced an extraordinary life full of highs and, at times, unfortunate adversity! This is a very good book. (News, Source: EIN)


'Marty Lacker RIP: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that one year ago on February 13, 2017 our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker passed away. We still 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. In rememberance of a fine friend.
(Spotlight; Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

Populism Has Created An "Elvis Presley Politics Of Now Or Never": The former President of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Marion Coy says that the political centre in Ireland must now examine how it presents itself in the current "politics of fear".

Ms Coy, the Chair of the political think tank Collins Institute, was speaking at their inaugural conference, entitled 'Populism: The Response from the Centre', which took place at Trinity College during the weekend.

The former third level chief of GMIT said: “We have an Elvis Presley politics of now or never and increasingly we find ourselves confronted by people like May and Trump saying 'pick me- there is no alternative.'"

She added: "We don’t subscribe to this politics of fear and this creation of a sense of ongoing crisis and we want to try and contest that here in Ireland and make sure that we consider alternatives.

“The question for us in this country is are we too in a politics of fear, and we believe there is a need to have a look at how the centre presents itself in a world that is dominated by this philosophy.”

Ms Coy continued: “One of the characteristics of populism is this creation of a sense of urgency and crisis, so regardless of what country you’re looking at- France, the UK, Hungary, Turkey, Greece and Ireland- there is a sense that time is speeding up and that the unexpected is always awaiting us.
“In Ireland we tend to hear the same voices all the time, so for our conference this weekend we have set out to find alternative voices to emphasise the notion that there are a multiplicity of ways of looking at issues and ideas.”
Speakers at the event included Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe and David Goodhart, commentator and author who predicted Brexit. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect Magazine and also the author of bestseller 'The Road to Somewhere' on populism.
The Institute, a political think tank, says the conference was an opportunity to consider some of the features of social, political, economic and cultural life that have given rise to our increasingly unpredictable political milieu.
(News, Source: The Hot Desk Newspress)


When The King Held Court: Released a few years ago this short and interesting film tells the story of how Elvis became obsessed with racquetball and his nixed plans for being part of the sport's expansion in the US. There was blood on the court..... (News, Source: vulture.com)

New book release "Following Elvis": "This is to announce the release of my new book, "Following Elvis" now available at fastpencil.com/marketplace. Soon to be available on Amazon, etc. You can read a portion  for free on fastpencil.com".

The book is an account of a group of fans who attended many Elvis concerts circa 1977. The release includes 60 previously unpublished photos from those shows and a sample of the book is available to read on fastpencil.com.

 

The author preciously edited the 1977 book, I Got Ya, Elvis, I Got Ya by Betty Page.

 

 

(News, Source: Rechey Davidson)


Sunday 11 February 2018
Graceland Commemorates Elvis' Army Anniversary: Elvis began his service in the United States military on March 24, 1958, when he was inducted into the U.S. Army.
The 60th anniversary this year will also mark the opening of an expanded "Private Presley" Army exhibit at Elvis Presley's Memphis.  The newly-expanded exhibit will take an in-depth look at Elvis' military service, including letters from Elvis' manager Col. Parker to the Army asking for a deferment to allow Elvis to complete filming of "King Creole," letters from the Army regarding press access to Elvis, his original Army footlocker, the dress that his mother Gladys wore at his induction ceremony, and more. Fans can also learn about how Col. Parker kept Elvis' career alive while he was serving in Germany and see items from Frank Sinatra's legendary "Welcome Home, Elvis" 1960 ABC television special.
- On March 24, 1958, Elvis was inducted into the United States Army at the Memphis Draft Board and assigned serial number 53310761. On March 25, at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, he received his indoctrination exam and traditional, military, G.I. haircut in front of 55 media photographers. Elvis commented to the crowd, "Hair today, gone tomorrow."
Elvis received basic training at Fort Hood, Texas. Private Presley was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood and received advanced tank instruction. Elvis was stationed there for six months and his parents joined him at a temporary home near the base.
In August 1958, Gladys Presley became ill and returned to Memphis where she was hospitalized with acute hepatitis she died on August 14th at the age of 46.
The following month Elvis left the U.S. for his eighteen-month assignment to West Germany in September 1958. Elvis was assigned to Company C, a scout platoon frequently on maneuvers. It was hoped that in this capacity, Private Presley would be largely out of the public eye and able to do his duty as an active member of the U.S. Army. Company C left for maneuvers in Grafenwohr, Bavaria, on the Czech border on November 2, 1958.
Here, Elvis endured the same field conditions as every other soldier. Elvis achieved the rank of private first class in November 1958, specialist fourth class in June 1959, and sergeant in January 1960. He was honorably discharged on March 5, 1960.
Elvis served his country just like any other G.I., with none of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him. He was, by all accounts, a model soldier, earning the lasting respect of his fellow soldiers and the public at large. Elvis worried what the long time away from recording and acting might mean for his career. His fans, however, remained steadfast, new audiences would embrace him and many of his greatest achievements still lay ahead.
Elvis returned home to Graceland in March 1960 with great press and public fanfare. He quickly went back to the recording studio producing his album "Elvis Is Back!", which would hit number two on the charts with three singles going to number one. 
EPE salutes the US troops and to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Elvis' military service, Graceland has announced that complimentary tickets to the new Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex will be made available on Saturday, March 24, 2018 to all military veterans and those serving on active duty. - Go here to EPE for more info
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Sexual Harassment and the Elvis Film: Hollywood is currently reeling from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and its aftermath with a growing number of prominent actors and behind-the-scenes protagonists being accused of inappropriate behaviour. As the inappropriate behaviour has been occurring since the early days of film it struck EIN that it probably happened behind the scenes during the filming of a number of Elvis’ movies.

In researching the issue it was Tom Lisanti’s series of film and television related books which were revelatory. Lisanti’s books are a collection of profiles, interviews and tributes about actors and films popular during the 60’s. They offer a wonderful and thoroughly entertaining window into the fun and sometimes less than professional mores of what was a cool, swinging time but sadly a seriously compromised industry.

Several of his books also reveal alleged inappropriate behaviour by celebrated film producer/director, Hal Wallis!

In Fantasy Femmes of the Sixties, Lisanti provides this account of the experience of Julie Parrish, Elvis’ co-star in Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966):

As a young naive actress in Hollywood, Julie unfortunately ran into a number of directors and producers who didn’t respect women. “I couldn’t understand why an old guy with white hair would be after me. I was revolted by it. From the beginning, my agent taught me to make excuses to get out of these situations. The main thing was to not hurt their feelings because they might fix it so you didn’t work again.”

“I really wanted to work with Elvis. I was in every Elvis fan club around when I was a teenager. I would even do Elvis imitations with the long sideburns and guitar when I was in high school. So I convinced Hal Wallis to give me another shot and did the test over. Then I got the part. Mr. Wallis, who was married, was an old lech. I think he felt there was an unspoken promise that I would sleep with him since he allowed me to re-test for the part. On the day before filming began, he called me into his office, led me over to the sofa, and briefly kissed me on the mouth. He said, ‘Little girl, we’re going to have a long talk about your future.’ I made up any excuse to get out of there. While on location he was constantly calling me and asking me out. It was quite annoying and insulting. He called me one last time in Hawaii and said, ‘Little girl, you’d better think again.’ I knew I would probably never work for him again, but that was fine with me. This whole incident highly offended me. I’m not claiming to have been an innocent, but when I make mistakes, I like them to be due to choices of my own.”

Lisanti recounts Ms Parrish’s experience in his most recent book, Talking Drive-In Movies (2017) and also reveals the experience of another young actress who co-starred with Elvis:

Parrish wasn’t the only starlet who had a problem with Wallis. Laurel Goodwin almost did too previously on Girls! Girls! Girls! “Hal Wallis made me a little nervous,” commented Goodwin in Drive-In Dream Girls. “But by the time that we were in a position where there might have been a problem for me he had a personal crisis. Wallis had to leave the shoot in Hawaii and return to the mainland. I took a sigh of relief and really didn’t have to face that issue but I saw it coming around the corner, so to speak. He was always a gentleman with me but I knew what was lurking.” 

Jon Abbott, in his book, The Elvis Films, described the sexual harassment of Julie Parrish and Laurel Goodwin by Hal Wallis as:

Parrish was apparently not so lucky, and suffered the usual cliched pushy threats of the stereotypical middle-aged movie producer.

Hal Wallis was no stranger to accusations of sexual harassment. One of the most interesting, sourced from Bernard F. Dick’s biography, Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars and recounted in the online journal Famous Casting Couch Victims is: 

Even when it was clear to him that actress Corinne Calvet lacked the talent to become the next Greta Garbo or Ingrid Bergman, Paramount Pictures producer Hal Wallis continued to show interest in Calvet. According to her autobiography, Has Corinne Been a Good Girl? (1983), Wallis expected her to have sex with him in exchange for her starring in the studio’s 1949 film Rope of Sand.However, Calvet was unwilling to trade sex for a role in the film. She was a married woman, she told him. Allegedly, he countered by stating that her marriage was merely one of convenience, suggested by him as good for publicity. Wallis dropped her option in 1953.To avenge herself, she had sex with him while she was sick. The next day, Wallis developed a strep throat. Calvet sent him four dozen roses with a get-well-soon card and a note: “Next time, I’ll give you something worse. Best wishes for your recovery.”

It will be interesting to see if the scandal currently engulfing Hollywood leads to new accusations of inappropriate behaviour during the filming of Elvis movies.
 


Devoted daughter seeks help to send her Elvis-mad father diagnosed with MND to Graceland before his condition worsens: During his life Elvis supported those in need through his annual charity giving and helping strangers he had only just met. Many Elvis fan clubs continue Elvis' spirit of giving by regularly raising money to help local charities and those in unfortunate situations.

The following news story about UK Elvis fan, Robert Hornby, who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and has less than three years to live is a sobering one reminding us all about how fragile life can be. Robert's daughter, Louise, has given up her job to care full-time for her father and has commenced a fund raising bid hoping to send her dad to Graceland.

EIN hopes many fans will get behind Louise's campaign:

A devoted daughter has launched a fundraising bid to help get her Elvis-mad dad to Graceland after he was diagnosed with a devastating degenerative illness. Louise Hornby, 31, is hoping to raise £3,500 as soon as possible to take her dad Robert on the trip-of-a-lifetime to the late star’s mansion in Memphis, US. Louise Hornby and father Robert, 55. Robert has been diagnosed with MND and Louise is trying to raise money for the Elvis fan to get to Graceland before his condition worsens. The 55-year-old, of West Park, was diagnosed last year with progressive bulbar palsy motor neurone disease (MND) - a rare condition which leads to gradual paralysis and eventual death.

It has already robbed the dad-of-two of his ability to speak or eat and drink and doctors have said he has a maximum life expectancy of between 14 months and three years. Louise, who has given up her job and home to care for her dad, said: “It’s heartbreaking. It’s a cruel disease. There is no cure. It’s just devastated the family.

“He’s still mentally capable. It’s just his brain is not connecting with the rest of his body. It feels like I’m watching this disease take him away from me day by day and there’s nothing I can do.”

Louise said the family always wanted to take him to Graceland for his 60th birthday but now fear he won’t reach that date. “He’s always been a massive Elvis fan, since I can ever remember. It was always on in the house and at family gatherings he would be on the dance floor. He has every LP and CD - just a massive fan. Graceland has been somewhere he always wanted to go. If I can do this one thing for him, I would be very happy. We’d like to do it while he is still has some mobility.” Louise has also moved her wedding date forward to make sure her dad is with her on her big day. Scrapping an already-booked date in June, she is now set to wed fiancé Christopher Douglas, 31, on April 7 at Leeds Town Hall.

“With dad’s condition progressing, I made the decision to bring it forward so I can have him there and he is physically able to walk me down the aisle. That’s my wish.” She added: “Christopher’s aware that my dad comes first. He’s been so supportive. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

To donate to help Robert get to Graceland, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/louise-hornby. Any excess donations will be given to the MND Association. (News, Source: Yorkshire Evening Post)

EIN Note: At 11 February, Louise has raised more than 1,400 pounds and was 41% of the way to her target.


From the EIN Archives - never before published:

Reflections on Elvis #1: Baby, Let’s Play House…….it’s time to have a Party….…Elvis opened the door to damnation and the ruination of society!: Records by Elvis Presley were burned in the ’50s; in the 1960s, Beatles records were consigned to hellfire, and in December 1975, a public record burning was held in Florida:

A Tallahassee pastor held what a columnist described as “a spirited bonfire celebration.” Several hundred albums worth about $2,200 all told were put to the torch. Elvis records were burned on various pretenses, from his presumably corrupting effect on the morals of kids to the alleged communist influence of rock ‘n’ roll.

Beatles records were burned after John Lennon suggested that the Fab Four were more popular than Jesus. By the 1970s, the sexual revolution was in full swing, and that provided the justification for the Tallahassee record roast.

The Reverend Mr. Charles Boykin criticized rock music for its “appeal to the flesh,” but he wasn’t just speaking in generalities — he had statistics. Out of a thousand girls giving birth out of wedlock, he claimed, 984 of them were listening to rock music when they got pregnant. To fight this lascivious trend, albums by artists including the Rolling Stones and Elton John were fricasseed.

The columnist wisecracked that all of the pregnant girls were breathing at the time of conception, so “maybe the congregation should hold their breath.” While a few critics might have been sympathetic to setting copies of It’s Only Rock and Roll (the Stones’ most recent album) ablaze, the protest got little notice at the time, and had little effect — after all, Boykin wasn’t calling for the burning of rock radio stations. (Source: Rock Flashback: Tallahassee Roasts the Rolling Stones, 1975)

The Oracle Speaks: What did capitalist society learn between the advent of Elvis in the mid 1950s and the (let’s face it) musically stuttering Rolling Stones of the mid 1970s? Going by the above, it seems not much! Yes, Elvis opened the door very wide to allow subsequent minstrels of alleged societal destruction the opportunity to air their dastardly deeds. But hey….have a guess what? In the noughties it doesn’t seem they succeeded! 

The fundamental issue here is that western societies were still paranoid about change in the mid 1970s. OK there was a Cold War raging but even blind Charlie (and what an inspired harmonica infused blues player he was) could see teenager’s music had not undone the core pillars of western democracy and capitalist society. In fact, the advent of Elvis and the subsequent burgeoning market driven by youth favored music and fashion had only stimulated the capitalist levers to produce more, sell more, create bigger profits and (heaven help the world) help validate a teenager’s identity (in 2012 a teenager in love is not that different to a teenager in love in 1955). 

So if rock and roll, rock, punk and rap and whatever Gangnam Style is, represent society’s Devil in Disguise, I’ll sleep a lot easier tonight. It could have been a lot worse! I mean, there could have been fruitcakes in the kitchen!!!

Do you agree with the Oracle? Let EIN know your views


'Elvis Presley - The Beginning' New DVD:  From S'more Entertainment a new DVD, out in April 2018 with, the publicity claims, extensive interviews and remembrances by Scotty Moore.
Elvis Aaron Presley was the undisputed King of Rock and Roll, but long before he earned his title, he was just another nervous 19 year old kid looking to make it in the music business. Together with his more worldly and experienced band mates, Scotty Moore and Bill Black, the trio headed out on an unofficial one year tour, driving in a 4,500 mile loop starting in Memphis and stopping for more than 200 one night stands. This fascinating documentary looks at the genesis of Elvis Presley's 1954 to 1955 adventures with his bandmates (whose first appearance happened at a drug store grand opening). With seldom heard recordings of Elvis and interviews with guitarist and band mate Scotty Moore, booking agents, song writers, disc jockeys and fans.. .basically, anyone who's paths they crossed. you'll experience the raw power and innocence of the man who would become King.' The program starts with an Elvis appearance on a KWKH radio broadcast from October 16, 1954, taken from a Louisana Hayride performance by the then 19 year old. You travel the same route they traveled, seeing the small clubs, honky tonks, churches, high schools and other venues they performed at and motels they slept in during this year long odyssey. There are radio promos and even clips of Elvis, who talks about the stress of touring, doing multiple shows each day, the pressure of day to day life on the road.

Emmy winner Jack Perkins's narration and idiosyncratic style sets the tone for a thoughtful look back at Elvis's trials and tribulations on the road to stardom.
* This is the only documentary about Elvis 1954-55 tour
* Contains audio from Elvis's early 'Louisiana Hayride' performances
* Extensive interviews and remembrances by Scotty Moore, Elvis' long time guitarist
* Interviews with booking agents, disc jockeys, and fans from the tour
List Price: $14.95  - Run Time: 82 mins
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Thursday 8 February 2018
'ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER' OUT April 6: This spring, the three-hour, two-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher will peel back the legend of The King of Rock and Roll to focus on Elvis' evolution as a musician and a man. The Thom Zimny directed feature uses rare footage and new interviews with those who knew Elvis best to share the stories behind the songs that made him famous.
The soundtrack to Elvis Presley: The Searcher showcases Elvis' most enduring hits, powerful performances and rare alternate takes, from his early blues and country-influenced recordings to his final 1976 recording sessions in the Jungle Room.
The soundtrack will be available on April 6 as an 18-track overview on CD or 2LP & a 3CD deluxe version which adds 37 additional Elvis cuts, original score compositions by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam plus songs that inspired Elvis, from R&B and country classics to his mother Gladys Presley singing at home.

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Deluxe 3CD Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.”
The 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”), plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including singles that inspired Presley (Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s original version of “That’s All Right,” Odetta’s gospel version of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow is a Long Time”) and two original instrumental pieces composed for the documentary by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. - 3CD Deluxe set priced at $40
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (Original Soundtrack) Deluxe includes a 40-page book of photos, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a producer's note from film director Thom Zimny.
Disc 1: 1 Trouble / Guitar Man, 2 My Baby Left Me, 3 Baby, What You Want Me To Do, 4 Old Shep, 5 That's When Your Heartaches Begin, 6 That's All Right, 7 Blue Moon Of Kentucky, 8 Fool, Fool, Fool, 9 Tweedlee Dee, 10 Baby Let's Play House, 11 Good Rockin' Tonight, 12 Trying To Get To You, 13 Blue Moon, 14 When It Rains It Pours, 15 Blue Christmas, 16 Heartbreak Hotel, 17 Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 18 Money Honey, 19 Hound Dog, 20 (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), 21 Crawfish, 22 Trouble, 23 Farther Along, 24 Mona Lisa, 25 Hide Thou Me, 26 Loving You (End Title Take 16), 27 Lonely Man (Solo Version), 28 Power Of My Love
Disc 2: 1 Milky White Way,  2 A Mess Of Blues, 3 Fame And Fortune, 4 Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (Duet With Frank Sinatra), 5 Like A Baby, 6 Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 7 It's Now Or Never, 8 Wooden Heart, 9 Swing Down Sweet Chariot, 10 Reconsider Baby, 11 Bossa Nova Baby, 12 C'mon Everybody, 13 Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 14 Take My Hand, Precious Lord, 15 Run On, 16 Baby What You Want Me To Do, 17 Suspicious Minds (Take 6), 18 Baby Let's Play House (Rehearsal), 19 Words (Rehearsal), 20 That's All Right, 21 Never Been To Spain, 22 An American Trilogy, 23 You Gave Me A Mountain, 24 Burning Love (Rehearsal Version), 25 Separate Ways (Rehearsal Version), 26 Hurt (Take 5), 27 If I Can Dream
Disc 3: 1 Mike Mccready - Dissolution 2, 2 The Blackwood Brothers - Satisfied, 3 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - That's All Right, 4 Joe Hill Louis - She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me So, 5 Little Junior's Blue Flames - Mystery Train, 6 Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning, 7 The Blackwood Brothers - Rock-A-My Soul, 8 The Prisonaires - Just Walkin' In The Rain, 9 Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats - Rocket 88, 10 The Ravens - Write Me A Letter, 11 Bill Monroe - Blue Moon Of Kentucky, 12 Eddie Snow - Ain't That Right, 13 Johnnie Ray - Just Walkin' In The Rain, 14 Lloyd Price - Lawdy Miss Clawdy, 15 Gladys Presley - Home Sweet Home, 16 Odetta - Blowin' In The Wind, 17 Odetta - Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 18 The Staple Singers - The Weight, 19 The Orlons - Heartbreak Hotel, 20 Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Wooden Heart, 21 Mike Mccready - Rebound

(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Single CD Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.”
This soundtrack features 18 songs as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”).
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – Single CD / Digital - Priced at $12
1. Trouble / Guitar Man, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. That’s All Right, 4. Baby Let’s Play House, 5. Heartbreak Hotel, 6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 7. Hound Dog, 8. Crawfish, 9. Mona Lisa, 10. Milky White Way, 11. Like A Baby, 12. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 13. It’s Now Or Never, 14. Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 15. Suspicious Minds (take 6), 16. Separate Ways (rehearsal version), 17. Hurt (take 5), 18. If I Can Dream.
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' 2LP VINYL Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny.
Also released  as a DOUBLE-VINYL set this soundtrack features 18 songs as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”).
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – CD / Digital - Priced at $25
LP. Trouble / Guitar Man, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. That’s All Right, 4. Baby Let’s Play House, 5. Heartbreak Hotel, Side 2 - 6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 7. Hound Dog, 8. Crawfish, 9. Mona Lisa, 10. Milky White Way,
LP Two - 1. Like A Baby, 2. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 3. It’s Now Or Never, 4. Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Side 2 - 5. Suspicious Minds (take 6), 6. Separate Ways (rehearsal version), 7. Hurt (take 5), 8. If I Can Dream
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 'The Searcher' Hits & Rarities Soundtrack: Rolling Stone has run a short news piece for the up-coming The Searcher release.
An expansive soundtrack Elvis Presley: The Searcher, will be released April 6th. The soundtrack features a mix of Elvis hits and alternate mixes, while a deluxe edition will feature selections from the documentary's score composed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.
The Searcher soundtrack will be available digitally and on CD and double vinyl LP, while the deluxe edition will packaged as a three-CD set. All versions are available to pre-order.
Along with the original soundtrack and parts of Pearl Jam's Mike McCread's score, the deluxe edition of The Searcher soundtrack will include a plethora of bonus material including additional rarities, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' rendition of "Wooden Heart" and classic R&B, country and gospel songs that inspired Elvis.
The set will also come with a 40-page hardcover book packed with rare photographs and a note from director Thom Zimny.
Thom Zimny, "From day one I had a soundtrack in mind; one that would cover Elvis in a new way and go deep into the vault. Thanks to the help of Sony Legacy and the efforts of Ernst Jorgensen, I was able to pore over thousands of recordings and Elvis Presley outtakes. I also wanted the film's soundtrack to pay tribute to the many artists who influenced Elvis, and to incorporate their music to create a sonic landscape that I hoped would give the viewer the experiences Elvis had absorbing the many genres he was exposed to and influenced by – from gospel, to R&B, to country."
He added that McCready's score "brought additional sonic textures and emotional overtones that helped to capture this artist's journey."
The Searcher will premiere on HBO April 14th.
The film was made with the cooperation of EPE and Zimny was reportedly allowed unprecedented access to the Graceland archives.
(News, Source;RollingStone/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 7 February 2018

'Kissin' Cousins' FTD Soundtrack Review: The final Elvis movie soundtrack album in FTD's Classic Album series.
Kissin’ Cousins was Elvis’ 14th movie release and it was Elvis' first budget movie production.
The 'Kissin’ Cousins' album was released in April 1964 and it was his lowest charting soundtrack album so far.
About the release UK Fan Club President Albert Hand stated, "Here we have an artiste, the finest in the world, being slowly but surely – as a chart prospect – being killed off inches by inches through sheer stupidity”.
Elvis didn't attend the soundtrack session in Nashville and so there is very little available in studio outtakes. FTD however have discovered some previously unreleased material - along with the session backing tracks.

FTD have compiled a packed CD and EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD soundtrack album to discover some fine gems hidden in the old mountain dirt..
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


3 New FTD Releases: FTD today have announced three new releases for the end of this month. A double digipack 1974 previously unreleaed soundboard, the previously announced book/cd 'Rebel With A Cause' plus the double-vinyl “Elvis – The Fool Album”. 
- 'Elvis: Murfreesboro ‘74'.
Released as a 5” digipack, this 2-CD set features Elvis in great form at these two shows on March 14th & 19th 1974 at the Murfreesboro Middle State Tennessee University.
The sound quality and performances from Elvis and the band are really powerful.
“Steamroller Blues” will knock your socks off!.
These two soundboards have never been released before not even on bootleg
FTD have previously released five concerts from this tour (check EIN's FTD releases here) and they have all been very fine indeed.
Go here for tracklist

- 'Rebel With A Cause' Book/CD Combo. Written and produced by David English & Pal Granlund it features newly-discovered images scanned for the first time from the original negatives - exclusive to this book.
The book follows Elvis between August 16 and September 30, 1956 from his arrival in Hollywood to his return to Memphis. Produced by David English and Pål Granlund, it includes many rare unpublished photos taken from the original negatives.

The bonus CD features Elvis Presley: Rock ‘N’roll No.2 – an album originally released by HMV in the UK. It also features all 4 songs from Elvis’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956 and a recording off the afternoon performance of September 26 in Tupelo Mississipi.

The book is 312 pages and author David English notes that two more unseen photos from September 56, one of which shows Elvis paying to go into Malco Theatre just made it into the book before printing.
The book will include an accompanying cd. See tracklist below.

Pre-order now at £59.99 plus postage.

 

- “Elvis – The Fool Album” VINYL - . Originally released in July 1973, this album’s track listing changed dramatically from RCA’s internal documents circulated just one month before.  Here for the first time, DISC 1 features the LP sequenced as Originally Planned. The LP artwork also replicates the original draft layout before it was amended. DISC 2 includes outtakes from the sessions that contributed to the album.
Highlights include the rare fully orchestrated version of ‘FOOL” and the 11-minute plus version Of “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright.”
DISC 1 The Original Planned Version Of The Album
Side A - 1 Fool, 2 Where Do I Go From Here, 3 Blue Hawaii* 4 Early Mornin’ Rain* 5 It’s Impossible*
Side B - 1 Reconsider Baby (Blues Jam)* 2 Hawaiian Wedding Song* 3 Ku-U-I-Po* 4 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen 5 No More*
*Recorded live
DISC 2 The Outtakes And Alternates
Side C - 1 FOOL (with full strings overdub) 2 Steamroller Blues* (single mix) 3 Until It’s Time For You To Go (tks 1 & 2) 4 (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me (tk 9 & 10) 5 I Will Be True (tks 1 & 2)
Side D - 1 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right + (take 2, informal recording) 2 Love Me, Love The Life I Lead (alternate mix) 3 It’s Still Here (takes 4 & 5)

'Strictly Elvis Vol.2 1976-77' New Book: Erik Lorentzen has announced that he is working on the second Keith Alverson STRICTLY ELVIS book and that it's a real pleasure to work with all this fantastic photos by Keith Alverson.

It will contain more than 1.200 photos from 1976 - 1977 and more than 1,000 has never been published or even seen before.

Here's the cover of 'STRICTLY ELVIS VOLUME 2' to be released later this year.



Go here for EIN's exclusive interview with Keith Alverson

Go here to see our review of 'Strictly Elvis Vol.1 73-75'  one of the BEST Elvis releases from 2017

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Monday 5 February 2018

"Elvis Presley: Rebel With A Cause '56" FTD Update: A new promo for the up-coming FTD book about Elvis in 1956 "Elvis Presley: Rebel With A Cause '56".
Written and produced by David English & Pal Granlund it features newly-discovered images scanned for the first time from the original negatives - exclusive to this book.
The book's story starts on August 16 1956 and ends on September 30, 1956!
The book is 312 pages and author David English notes that two more unseen photos from September 56, one of which shows Elvis paying to go into Malco Theatre just made it into the book before printing. the book will hopefully be out at the end of this month.
The book will include an accompanying cd.

Pre-order now at £59.99 plus postage.

CD Tracklist: ELVIS PRESLEY ROCK N ROLL No. 2. 1. 'Rip It Up', 2. 'Love Me', 3. 'When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again', 4. 'Long Tall Sally', 5. 'First In Line', 6. 'Paralyzed', 7. 'So Glad You're Mine', 8. 'Old Shep' (Take 5), 9. 'Ready Teddy', 10. 'Anyplace Is Paradise', 11. 'How's The World Treating You', 12. 'How Do You Think I Feel'

THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW SEPTEMBER 9, 1956 13. 'Don't Be Cruel', 14. Elvis talks, 15. 'Love Me Tender', 16. 'Ready Teddy', 17. 'Hound Dog'

THE MISSISSIPPI - ALABAMA FAIR AND DAIRY SHOW SEPTEMBER 26, 1956 - AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE 18. 'Heartbreak Hotel', 19. 'Long Tall Sally', 20. Presentations, 21. 'I Was The One', 22. 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You', 23. Elvis talks, 24. 'I Got A Woman', 25. 'Don't Be Cruel', 26. 'Ready Teddy', 27. 'Love Me Tender', 28. 'Hound Dog', 29. Interview with Vernon and Gladys Presley, 30. Interview with Nick Adams, 31. Interview with Judy Hopper, 32. Interview with Elvis, (All interviews conducted by Jack Cristil.)
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

'Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs' New Book:  A new book looking at Elvis' musical legacy, 'Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs' by Mark Duffett will be out February 15, 2018 in hardcover and Kindle.
The publicity notes... Over the course of the last six decades, Elvis Presley has sold more than a billion records; his music has touched nearly every modern listener. Despite an avalanche of books on his life, there are, surprisingly, few about his musical creativity. (EIN notes, except for instance the recent 'Reconsider Baby' by Shane Brown).
In 'Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs', Mark Duffett urges readers to put aside the misleading stereotypes and rumor-filled debates about Elvis and listen once again to the legend who emerged from Memphis.
Elvis had a unique approach to music- one that was both powerful and versatile. In a career stretching across more than twenty years, Presley changed the face of popular music, drawing together genres-from country and blues to contemporary folk - and placing a unique stamp on all of them. Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs explores the full range of Presley recordings, from his earliest numbers to posthumous hits, combing through gold records and unpolished gems to distill the best that Presley has to offer.
Publishers Weekly review noted, "In this energetic and insightful look at the songs of Elvis Presley, Duffett, a media professor at the University of Chester in the U.K., lists his "personal 100 countdown" of songs from the more than 700 master recordings that Presley released in his lifetime. Duffett does not analyze Presley's music in a chronological fashion, preferring instead to look at the singer's creative contribution to popular music. He argues that Presley was "innovative in picking and interpreting material." Rather than distinguishing between early (rock) and late (easy listening) Presley,
Duffett is interested in the big picture of an artist who drew "on a full gamut of instrumentation, engulfing a variety of different genres in a broad and unique style" and "could see into the emotional core of each piece of music." Though he clearly prefers the rocking Presley of "Heartbreak Hotel" (at #4) to the country Presley of "Gentle on My Mind" (#91), he expertly conveys the subtleties of both performances. And though fans may differ with, for example, Duffett ranking Presley's version of "Bridge over Troubled Water" (at #5, with its "colossal feeling of spectacle") over "Good Rockin' Tonight" (a "rockabilly classic" at #68), most will appreciate the writer's enthusiasm. Elvis Presley fans will find this a fascinating and useful look at the King's work."
Hardcover: 270 pages. Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Out February 15, 2018.
Click here to AMAZON to Pre-order
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Priscilla divulges a detail about Elvis that will shock you'!: Beware fellow readers Priscilla has recently divulged a detail about Elvis that will shock even you. Hold on to your hats!
Luckily for Elvis’ super fans, the “King of Rock and Roll’s” former wife, Priscilla is happy to share details about the legendary superstar.
In fact, Priscilla recently shared a rather funny quirk about Elvis during her recent visit at WGN 9 Morning News.
As it turns out, “The King” was actually somewhat of a germaphobe.
Priscilla explained, “When he drank his coffee, he would always drink it close to the handle and not anywhere else, because everywhere else other people would drink. He was religious about it, so it was always his cup.”
But she said Elvis was actually less of a germaphobe as an adult than he was in his youth.
“Not so much as when he was a child. When he was a child he would go to all his relatives’ homes and stay, and his mother would give him his own fork, and his own knife and spoon to bring, but he didn’t like it. He didn’t know for sure if it was clean or not.”
Dirty cup specifications aside, Priscilla also chatted about her previous role as girlfriend, and then wife, to Elvis. The two were married from 1967 to 1973, but remained close friends after their divorce.
EIN is SHOCKED! Thank goodness Elvis never kissed any strange girls on the lips, he could have caught the creepin' crud!
These daily stories only go to show how Elvis' stunning legacy transcends every craziness!
(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

'Spliced Takes - GI Blues' New Import CD: The CMT / STAR label say, "Tonight's So Right For ..Elvis! Hop, Two, Three, Four.... a new release out soon"
Another winner in the great "Spliced take" series is finished.
There have been lots and lots of "G.I. Blues" releases, but this one sounds completely different, with many tracks NEVER heard before!
A lot of work has been put into this release and it was worth it, presented in high quality card sleeve and disc (both factory pressed)
Including 12 NEW "spliced" tracks from the 1960 recordings
This first 2018 CMT release will blow you away, with lots of surprises, including rare studio material and new edits.
The title track for example has been recreated out of five (!) takes and sounds exciting and fresh, "Wooden Heart" has a new opening, and "Frankfort Special" has some funny studio snippets at the end.
"Big Boots" was build up out of three versions (slow, medium and fast) and even "Blue Suede Shoes" sound different than before, although there was only one take to work with..
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New releases from Straight Arrow: The Straight Arrow label have announced the following three new releases, out soon- all of them are AUDIENCE recordings.
- 'Philadelphia Freedom'.
It's the summer of 1976, and America is celebrating its bicentennial. What could be more patriotic than seeing America's greatest entertainer in the city where the countries' Declaration of Independence was formed and signed?
Compared with July and August 1976 concerts, performances in June were of a much better standard and the Philadelphia concert is no exception. Elvis did a fine show that night.
The Philadelphia, June 28th, 1976 show is previously unreleased. Until now, this show was not available in acceptable sound. The only existing tape was in horrible quality. Our release has been taken directly from a previously unreleased original audience-recorded cassette. This concert was recorded by an Elvis fan from Pennsylvania.
This release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak with collection of photos taken in  Philadelphia, PA, June 28th, 1976 and with great liner notes written by the fan who taped the show!
Go here to 'All The CD News 2018' for tracklist
- 'Rippin' It In Cincinnatti'
It was the 1st tour of 1976 and some of Elvis' key musicians were replaced. Unexpectedly, the result was a surprisingly fresh sound, with keyboards and drums prominent. During this rather short tour, Elvis performed 8 solid and entertaining shows in 4 cities.
The Cincinnati, March 21st, 1976, 2:30pm show is previously unreleased. Once again, this show was not available in acceptable sound thus far. The only existing tape in circulation was in subpar quality. This was the show where Elvis ripped the seat of his blue Bicentennial suit during "Polk Salad Annie", and finished the show dressed in the Rainfall suit. It is one of the very few shows where Elvis left the stage for a while (another example is Baltimore, May 29, 1977, released on our 2CD "Breakdown In Baltimore").
Our release has been taken directly from a first generation copy of a previously unreleased original audience-recorded cassette. This concert was recorded by Elvis super fan John Herman.
As usual, this release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak with collection of photos taken in Cincinnati and local press reviews. A couple of unpublished John Herman snapshots were added, too.
Go here to 'All The CD News 2018' for tracklist
- 'He's The One In '71'
Our 3rd CD in this batch, and some might say, the best. Straight Arrow is very pleased to bring you  this rare concert recording from Elvis' Summer 1971 festival. It is always a delight to find new tapes from this year and this is an excellent recording of the August 28th dinner show.
Elvis' previous engagement there had shown signs of his high performing standard slipping, but here he sounds like he's back on track again. Late August shows are tight, no-nonsense affairs with Presley in good voice and in strong form. He performs with focus and professionalism, and he sings a fantastic variety of music.
The Las Vegas, August 28th, 1971, Dinner show is previously unreleased. The only existing tape/CDR in circulation is of very poor quality. Our release has been taken directly from a recently obtained first generation copy of an original audience-recorded cassette. This concert was recorded by an Elvis fan from France, Marie Chantal Rivière, who also taped other August 1971 Las Vegas shows.
This release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak with collection of photos taken in August 1971 and press reviews.
Go here to 'All The CD News 2018' for tracklist
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 1 February 2018
Happy 50th Birthday Lisa Marie!: It's hard to believe but today is Lisa Marie's 50th birthday. Lisa Marie was born February 1st 1968, nine months to the day after Elvis and Priscilla's wedding in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967.
The world has long been fascinated with the children of celebrities. While she has had her ups and downs life must have been a truly emotional roller-coaster being the daughter of Elvis. Unlike many celebrity children Lisa Marie has been famous her entire life, pretty much every second.
Cameras were in Priscilla’s Baptist Memorial Hospital room in Memphis, Tenn., after Lisa Marie was born in 1968. And they even followed her parents, with Priscilla in a wheelchair, as they headed home for the first time.
Lisa Marie has gone on to become a star in her own right, her 2003 debut album, To Whom It May Concern, went platinum and the world has watched her every step of the way.
Lisa Marie has been married four times. She first married Chicago-born musician Danny Keough in 1988, having two children, Riley Keough (actress born 1989) and son Benjamin Keough, born in 1992.

More famously she also married Michael Jackson and actor Nicolas Cage, before marrying music producer Michael Lockwood, father of her twin girls.
Her relationship with Michael Lockwood has ended with nasty on-going court cases
Lisa Marie Presley is also chairperson of the "Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation' formed by EPE in 1984 to continue Elvis's own tradition of generosity and community service and to honor his memory.
Right, Riley Keough, Lisa Marie and twins Harper Lockwood and Finley Lockwood.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lisa Marie

(Go here for more on Lisa Marie)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


FREE Beer this Weekend if you dress like Elvis: You might have a Suspicious Mind but this this is definitely true, this weekend in Brighton UK, a pub is serving up free beer to its customers if you dress up as Elvis.
In a cute positive response to EPE taking them to court, Brewdog, in Grand Parade, Brighton UK will give a schooner of its Elvis Juice to anyone who shows up wearing any element of an Elvis costume this Saturday and Sunday.
The pub is located a short distance north of the iconic Brighton Royal Pavilion.
The independent Scottish brewer, which has 37 bars across the UK, is celebrating its trademark victory over the Elvis Presley Estate.
BrewDog Elvis Juice, a grapefruit-infused IPA, was launched in 2015.
But it was quickly hit with a lawsuit from The King’s estate, alleging it infringed on its trademark and requesting BrewDog change the name.

Elvis, who died in 1977, had his name and likeness trademarked by EPE, which earns millions of dollars through a licensing programme that grants the right to manufacture and sell Elvis merchandise worldwide.

In response, co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie changed their first names to Elvis to demonstrate the lack of exclusivity of the name.
A judge ruled in the estate’s favour in 2017 but, following an appeal, Brewdog finally won its battle last week.
James Watt said: “It’s a triumph for all underdogs battling against corporate inflexibility and entrenched hubris.
“It’s a win for the thousands of beer drinkers across the world who have been refreshed by amazing craft beer and who have supported us over the last three years.

“This is a vindication of our belief in freedom and our dogged decision to appeal against the initial ruling.”
So put on your brew suede shoes and head down to Brewdog Brighton which will be open on Saturday from 11am to 1am and 11am to 11pm on Sunday.
The Brewdog beer company, which launched in Scotland in 2007, quickly became well known for its “punk” ethos which rejected corporate standards and norms.
Click here to the Brighton's Pub website for more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Movies' Book Review: Respected Elvis author Alan Hanson, along with Erik Lorentzen, has just published 'Elvis - The Movies', 432 pages examining all of Elvis' movies and including some sensational photos.
Elvis Presley's dream was to become a movie star, and the dream started well for him. His acting ability developed steadily throughout his first four movies. But, alas, it was the music which first gave him access to Hollywood, that proved the undoing of his acting career. The inevitable result was a long series of films with weak plots in which only the music mattered.

Author Alan Hanson chronicles Elvis' cinematic career, combined with hundreds of stunning photos from Erik Lorentzen's exclusive collection. But how could this improve on all the previous 'Elvis movie' books.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new deluxe production and includes some of the book's fabulous Elvis photos
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Tuesday 30th January 2018
"Elvis was my first love" says Linda Thompson: Fox News recently reported on Linda Thompson remembering Elvis some forty years on.
Linda Thompson told them "I was always a fan, but I didn't think he would transcend time and space and become the iconic, almost religion he is now,"
Thompson was crowned Miss Tennessee back in 1972. She first met Presley at a movie theater. The former pageant queen described how Presley, whose marriage to Priscilla Presley had ended, was abusing prescription pills. The pair dated from 1972 until 1976.
Talking about Elvis' health issues she noted, "I don't have such an ego that I think I could have made a difference. But I know I did
take very good care of him and probably extended his life by a few years. I felt a keen responsibility to take good care of him.
Elvis was my first love, the one who altered my life the most. He was the first, and that's always very special. Time and circumstances will express themselves no matter what you do."
While Thompson went on to marry Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner. She also later wed music producer David Foster, but they split in 2005. Still, she still keeps Presley in her heart.
"Elvis was very old-fashioned, I think that was one thing that he very much appreciated and valued in me, that I was a virtuous girl at the time. I wasn't that young, but I was a Southern Baptist. I grew up very conservatively and traditionally. I wanted to save myself for marriage, and he just thought that was very commendable. He didn't want to put the pressure on me to commit before I was ready. He was a Southern gentleman, a lovely human being."
Thompson also revealed she learned "romantic love" from Presley while living with him in Las Vegas and Graceland, as well as when they hit the road together for his performances.
"I learned just about everything about love, both good and bad. One of the biggest lessons I learned from living with Elvis and loving him for so many years was that we're all human, and no matter what level one has reached in terms of fame, they're still human beings.
It's a disservice, really, when we put celebrated people on a pedestal and don't allow them to be human. It's a very lonely experience for the individual. It's not a sustainable way to live. I think that happens to a lot of people who find themselves thrust into the spotlight. Life becomes a little distorted for them."
Thompson had no regrets about their romance.
"I absolutely adored him. And I still feel a connection to his soul because he was such a good human being and a charismatic figure. I got to know him very intimately as a human being, not just Elvis Presley the icon.
I still feel that and there's a raw spot in my heart when I see him or hear him sing. I have to stop what I'm doing and just remember the great love that we shared. That doesn't go away. That stays in the heart forever."

Click HERE to EIN's exclusive Linda Thompson interviews.
Go here to our book review of her biography 'A Little Thing Called Life.
(News, Source;Fox/ElvisInfoNet)

Scottish brewers wins battle with EPE over "Elvis Juice":  Back in 2017 Scottish brewers BrewDog were banned them from calling one of their bestsellers "Elvis Juice" with EPE demanding the Scottish brewers change the name of the drink. However after a three-year battle the firm has overturned a ruling banning them from using the name and the order to pay Presley's estate £1,500 in costs has been scrapped.
BrewDog founders James Watt and Martin Dickie even changed their names by deed poll to Elvis in a bid to prove the name was not exclusive.
They insisted their beer had no connection to the singer and suggested there ought to be 'a little less conversation and more time enjoying our beer'.
The Elvis estate said the application overlapped with their registered trade mark 'Elvis' and people could mistakenly believe that the beer was endorsed by them.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which rules on trade mark disputes, found in favour of the estate last June but Brewdog appealed the decision.
Although Elvis died in 1977, his name and likeness have been trademarked by EPE, which earns millions of dollars every year through a licensing programme that grants the right to manufacture and sell Elvis Presley merchandise worldwide.
BrewDog said it was famous in its own right and had 'no need to ride on the coat tails of others.'
Watt and Dickie, who were at school together started BrewDog in 2007 with a bank loan and a grant from the Prince's Trust because they couldn't find anything they wanted to drink.
The company, which is based in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, has been valued at up to £1billion and the pair were awarded MBEs in 2016.
BrewDog currently has 47 bars and bottle shops and exports to 55 countries.
(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

'This is Elvis' UK Review: The musical 'This is Elvis: From Burbank To Vegas' is playing at UK's Theatre Royal Windsor until next Saturday. The local paper posted a cool review including.. 
"Is my career in the toilet?"
Elvis's plaintive question might be uncomfortable for fans to hear but Bill Kenwright's latest production shows the vulnerable side of The King of Rock'n'Roll.

Much more than a tribute show, This Is Elvis is set in the Sixties and the times they are a-changin' for the singer.
Poised to perform in his first live TV show on an NBC special, he's racked with self-doubt. Chatting with his band backstage, he's insecure and edgy - avoiding calls from wife Priscilla, ducking away from his manager 'Colonel' Tom Parker, and feeling out of touch with modern music audiences who go wild only 'if you've got a Liverpool accent'.
Stephen Michaels looks the part of Presley and certainly sounds like him to, armed with a soft Southern accent in the acting vignettes and a powerful pair of lungs for the song.
Backed by 10 talented musicians and three great backing singers, soon the 14 musicians are raising the roof in at NBC in what would come to be known as The '68 Comeback Special'.
Elvis classics like Heartbreak Hotel and Love Me Tender had the Windsor audience swaying in their seats.
The story of Elvis's extraordinary upbringing 'since he was an itty bitty boy' unfolded, the loss of his twin brother, rise to fame and
his pain over his mother's death. Michaels brought out the sadness and confusion of the man who lived as both a pauper and The King.
I never knew that the singer stood up for civil rights, insisting that his trio The Sweet Inspirations, who were black, should play with him in Vegas. "Music doesn't care if you're black or white, north or south, rich or poor."
The act ends with a searing Bridge Over Troubled Water, a funky version of Get Back and stunning gospel in Oh Happy Day.
The second act sees Elvis at the International Hotel and ready to Viva Las Vegas if it kills him. The hits come thick and fast: In The Ghetto, Blue Suede Shoes, Always on My Mind, King Creole. the audience was jumping like catfish on a pole.
Everyone was on their feet by the end, all thoughts of Elvis's blue moments blown away.
I didn't know whether this would be another jukebox musical but I came away intrigued and inspired by Elvis Aron Presley. Long Live the King.

Go HERE for full review and to check tickets
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Scottish Elvis Party At Prestwick: Over 200 Elvis fans were All Shook Up when they converged on Prestwick International Airport to pay homage to the King.
The Elvis Touch - the Glasgow branch of the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club - held their annual birthday tribute to the late king of rock 'n roll on January 13.
Every year the event is hosted at the airport which is a mecca for fans of the legendary singer as it was the only place in the UK he visited after his aircraft stopped to re-fuel on the way home from military service in Germany.
Revellers were treated to an electrifying set of songs performed by Elvis in the band's own style, which included Johnny B Goode, Baby Let's Play House, A Fool Such As I and a Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On.
Irvine man Paul Downie, who organised the event said: "We had more people along than in the last couple of years, Elvis is still the King."
It was March 2, 1960 that Elvis was mobbed by screaming fans as plane stops at Prestwick Airport, Scotland..
Elvis chatted to the fans for a few moments then walked into the terminal buildings. Inside the terminal building the singer told them that he was looking forward to seeing his family again.
He said his plans for the future, "Well, I want to see my friends and relatives before I do anything"
There will be more movies. But Elvis said: "I would like to branch out and do something more serious. But nothing like Shakespeare . . . I know my limitations."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


EIN exclusives and News from earlier in January . . .

'Elvis: The Bicentennial Show' 1976' FTD In-Depth Review: 1976 is not an easy Elvis live-in-concert year to review. There were no major set-list changes, no dramatic "emotional roller-coaster" of 1974 and no high-flying "Huntsville" 1975 excitements. Apart from the exceptional blast of the final December 1976 Tour the year was the inevitable downward spiral.

However there were some highlights along the way and Elvis collectors have always been keen to hear Elvis' July 4th 1976 Bicentennial performance, as well as RCA's Joan Deary's initial choice for the 1980 box-set of Duluth, October 16, 1976.  

As FTD releases two more 1976 soundboards, will Elvis be back on form and are there any surprises in store..
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell checks out Elvis' celebrating July 4th 1976 ....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)


Rare footage of Elvis in Summer 1957: In contrast to 1976 above, it's short but sweet, just one minute of fan filmed footage of Elvis signing autographs and talking to fans outside Graceland in summer 1957.
Elvis is driving his 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, probably early August 1957

Elvis would have been relaxing after completing his new film 'Jailhouse Rock' and getting ready for his US Pacific Northwest tour.

Click here to YouTube to watch,

With thanks to lanadelslay on FECC




(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)


Neil Diamond Retires from Touring: Neil Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, has cancelled his 50th anniversary Australian shows and retired from performing due to a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
He usually tours with Elvis' drummer Ronnie Tutt in his band.
The shows will not go ahead as Diamond reluctantly bowed out permanently from live performances.
His upcoming Australian and New Zealand shows would have been the third leg of a 50th anniversary tour.
The onset of Parkinson's disease has made it difficult for Diamond to travel and perform, but he plans to continue writing, recording and developing projects.
"My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world," he said. "You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been 'so good, so good, so good' thanks to you."
On Sunday, the Recording Academy will honour Diamond with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Throughout his extraordinary career, he has had 11 singles reach the top of the charts, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Elvis recorded two Neil Diamond songs 'And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind' and performed 'Sweet Caroline' multiple times in concert.
Neil Diamond attended Elvis' Las Vegas on August 21, 1970 where Elvis introduced him from the stage.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Harum Scarum' New JAT Book: From JAT publishing a new book about 'Harum Scarum'. Featuring over 150 unreleased photos from the 1965 movie. From the recording sessions, to the backlot, straight to the filming.
Presented in colour and B&W, celebrating 30 years of JAT Publishing, as Elvis brings the big beat to Baghdad.

As a bonus there is an extra chapter on 'Behind The Scenes of Girl Happy'.


Retails at $125 (includes P&H)

 

 

(News, Source;JAT/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: Close Up' Boxset Re-Release: The excellent 4-CD set 'Elvis: Close Up'  that was originally issued by BMG back in 2003, is being re-released this year as a new compact box-set.
At the time EIN described it as "With a slight emphasis towards the collector’s market, Ernst & the team have come up with a truly sensational follow up. Possibly the best ‘specialised’ box-set yet released!"
With the 4 discs all having a particular theme there isn’t a weak point on any of them. All four discs are packed full of gems demonstrating the power of Elvis’ music while at the same time including rarities that will delight collectors and give all of us plenty of new material to explore. At the time it featured 89 previously Unreleased tracks.
The four themed Discs are
1. Unreleased Stereo Masters from the '50s
2. Unreleased Movie Gems
3. The Magic Of Nashville
4. Live In Texas 1972

Coming out 6 April 2018 from Sony Music Cmg.
Price £23.99 (= US$34) with FREE Delivery in the UK
Click here to AMAZON UK to Pre-Order
Go here to read our 2003 review '25 Essential reasons to get ‘Close Up’ (with Elvis)!'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Alan Hanson 'Elvis: The Movies' Interview: Respected Elvis author Alan Hanson, along with Erik Lorentzen, has just published 'Elvis - The Movies', 432 pages examining all of Elvis' movies and including some sensational photos.
Elvis Presley's dream was to become a movie star, and the dream started well for him. His acting ability developed steadily throughout his first four movies. But, alas, it was the music which first gave him access to Hollywood, that proved the undoing of his acting career. The inevitable result was a long series of films with weak plots in which only the music mattered.
Author Alan Hanson chronicles Elvis' cinematic career, combined with hundreds of stunning photos from Erik Lorentzen's exclusive collection. But what does this book offer that other Elvis Movie books don't?
EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed author Alan Hanson to find out more..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

EPE's Best moments of 2017: Graceland have posted their 'Top Moments of 2017'.
No matter what year it is, the New Year's Resolutions at Graceland are always the same:
Celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley.
Find new and interesting ways to tell Elvis' story so that it's always fresh, even to Elvis fans who have visited the king's castle a hundred times.
Introduce Elvis to a new generation of fans.
This year, 2017, we can say we did all those things - and on a much larger, more grand scale than ever before.
This year, Graceland and Elvis fans celebrated Elvis in amazing ways that were, you guessed it, fit for a king.
Here are the 20 "best moments of 2017" as chosen by EPE in no particular order!
20. New Gold and Platinum Awards for Elvis' two albums with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, "The Wonder of You" and "If I Can Dream."
19. New Elvis Tunes -
'Elvis Christmas album with RPO' and  "Elvis Presley - A Boy From Tupelo - The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings"
18. Elvis on Tour -
World tour of "Wonder of You" with a live orchestra with Elvis on the big screen in the US,  Europe and Australia.
17. Elvis on Tour: The Exhibition -on display now at The O2 in London.
16. Gates of Graceland
Graceland's web series continues to delight fans with more behind-the-scenes action and artifacts.
15. KISS Me Quick
A popular new exhibit at Elvis Presley's Memphis is Icons: The Influence of Elvis Presley.
14. The Guest House at Graceland Turns One
The Guest House at Graceland celebrated its first anniversary in October
13. Sold! The Auction at Graceland
Three Auctions at Graceland this year with the Elvis Week auction the biggest money earner ever.
12. Celebrity Visitors to Graceland
This year we welcomed many celebrity visitors, including Niall Horan, Kesha, Aloe Blacc, Jon Bon Jovi, and The Beach Boys' Mike Love.
11. The Ultimate Return
Elvis Week's 10 previous winners at Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist 'The Ultimate Return'.
10. Gordon Hendricks Wins 2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest
9.  Elvis' Birthday Celebration
8. 2017 Lighting Ceremony

Elvis' friend George Klein flipped the switch on Graceland's lights with the help of Graceland CEO Jack Soden.
7. Graceland's Holiday Concert Weekend
Fans from around the world gathered at Graceland for the first-ever Holiday Concert Weekend. The weekend wrapped up with Elvis Live in Concert, which featured an all-star band with Elvis on the big screen. The shows earned standing ovations, the Holiday Concert Weekend will return in 2018!
6. Racquetball Building Renovations
To help keep Graceland in its original state, Elvis' Racquetball Building received a major facelift this year
5. Musical Journey with Graceland Excursions
The luxury Graceland Excursions motorcoach will take you on a educational - journey into Elvis' roots.
4. Elvis Week 2017
Elvis Week marked the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's passing, and it was an emotional, but memorable, week.
3. Candlelight Vigil 2017
The 39th annual Candlelight Vigil, which marked the 40th anniversary of Elvis' passing, was a family affair, with Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and three of Lisa's children, Ben, Harper and Finley, in attendance.
2. Elvis' White Piano Returns to Graceland
Elvis' white piano changed hands several times over the years, but this year - 60 years after Elvis purchased it - the piano returned home to Graceland.
1. Elvis Presley's Memphis Opens
On March 2, 2017, Graceland opened its new, 200,000 square foot, state-of-the-art exhibit and entertainment complex, Elvis Presley's Memphis. The complex allows our Archives Team to display more Elvis artifacts than ever before. The complex houses the world's largest Elvis museum, Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, and a new, large automobile museum, called Presley Motors plus extra exhibits.
Click here to EPE website to read more.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Irving Berlin and White Christmas' the discussion continues: Last week EIN reader "T Anderson" wrote in wanting to know more about Shane Brown's 'Irving Berlin and White Christmas' spotlight.
He raised a few more queries about this infamous story including.. 
- The signed picture that Elvis sent to Berlin worded to lessen hostility. This gives credence to the story about Berlin's anger over Elvis's recording.
- Elvis' Christmas Album was definitely controversial in 1957, and I'm sure Berlin didn't like the performance by Elvis.
- The lack of reporting of this story elsewhere means nothing. This was at a time when powerful people could stop stories from being published. Berlin certainly had a lot of power.
- The "firing" of DJ Al Priddy may have actually been a "suspension".


It is after all the power of Elvis' legacy that makes these apocryphal stories so fascinating 60 years on..
Please visit our EIN 'Christmas Album Secrets & Lies' spotlight for Shane Brown's detailed replies to all these interesting queries.

(Spotlight, Source;Shane Brown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'Secrets and Lies: Getting to the Truth about Elvis' Christmas Album': Probably more than any other album of his career, Elvis’ Christmas Album is generally regarded as having created the most controversy.
Some would argue that the first album in 1956 did this, but actually there was relatively little backlash against it or Elvis in the press prior to the second Milton Berle appearance. Elvis’ Christmas Album, however, has stories of it being banned by radio stations, firings of DJs, and an irate Irving Berlin all attached to it.
These events make for great stories, have been often repeated, and only add to the legend of the boy from Tupelo taking on the establishment and coming out with #1 album.
But are they really true?
Go here to this fascinating EIN spotlight where author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy

(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


2018 Australian Elvis Festival biggest yet: Parkes Elvis Festival director Cathy Treasure said that while they haven't had a chance to crunch any official numbers more people attended this year's festival than the 25,000 who attended in 2017.
She estimated that $15 million would be generated into the local economy this year.
Elvis fans from around Australia and around the world congregated in Parkes for five action-packed days of live music, special events, talks and more, kicking off on Wednesday and running until Sunday.
From Ballarat to Burke, the UK, Japan, Canada and Singapore, fans travelled to rock around the clock and celebrate the King himself.
While bejeweled jumpsuits, Priscilla Presley outfits and poodle skirts are usually the way to go for a Parkes Elvis Festival - there were some very brave fans who rocked leather in the 40 degree heat on Friday for the '68 Comeback themed festival this year.
A heavy contingency of celebrity fans also joined in the festivities including model and author Tara Moss, former Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry and rock legend Phil Emmanuel and acclaimed music journalist Glenn A. Baker.
"Parkes Elvis Festival has grown over the years into a truly king-sized celebration and a globally recognised bucket-list event," Ms Treasure said.
A big difference she noticed this year was how much the crowd was spread out across town and how festival goers remained in the park longer on the last day of the event.
"We had a new competition in the park on the Sunday - the unplugged session which involved no backing and no costumes.  There was some amazing talent in that unplugged session, I was nearly brought to tears," Ms Treasure said.
The Elvis Street Parade on Saturday saw over 10,000 people line the streets to enjoy over 170 Elvis-themed floats, vintage cars, motorcycles, walking groups and marching bands.
In 2019 Parkes Elvis Festival will celebrate its 27th year with the theme "All Shook Up"
(News, Source;PF/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'

Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Doco Debuts April 14: 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' the comprehensive documentary exploring Elvis' creative journey is confirmed to debut on HBO on April 14 2018
RCA/Legacy will release a matching audio set on April 6
The HBO documentary ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER debuts Saturday, APRIL 14 (8:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.
This three-hour, two-film presentation focuses on Elvis Presley the musical artist, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. The films include stunning atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland, Elvis’ iconic home, and feature more than 20 new, primary source interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and other artists who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him. The documentary also features never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide, and includes an original musical score composed by Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready.
As previously announced by SXSW, Priscilla Presley, David Porter (legendary Memphis music writer and producer), Thom Zimny (director), Jon Landau (producer) and moderator John Jackson (SVP A&R, Sony Music) will discuss the film, the cultural impact of Elvis’ music and how that impact became the embodiment of rock’n’roll at the 2018 SXSW Festival in March. The panel is expected to cover:
• how Elvis found inspiration in black and white gospel music of Tupelo
• his early experience with the great African-American blues and r’n’b of Memphis
• his evolution as an artist with Sam Phillips
• the creative impact of his time serving in the U.S. Army in Germany
• the creative highs and lows of his career in the 1960s, culminating in the triumphant ’68 special
• an assessment of Elvis as a performing artist in the early ’70s, featuring a discussion of Jon Landau‘s seminal 1971 review of Elvis in concert
• a discussion of the interviews conducted for the film, including insights into the conversations with Scotty Moore, Red West, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, among others
• insight into the creation of the film’s score by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready
• an inquiry into the artistic and personal struggles that preceded his death in 1977
RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release “Elvis Presley: The Searcher”, the musical companion to the HBO/Sony Pictures documentary, on Friday, April 6. It will be available in digital and physical configurations.
ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER is an HBO Documentary Films Presentation in association with Sony Pictures Television; executive producers, Glen Zipper, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Andrew Solt, Alan Gasmer and Jamie Salter (chairman ABG); producers, Jon Landau and Kary Antholis; directed and produced by Thom Zimny.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 8th January 2018 - - - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS !! - - -

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS

EIN wishes Elvis all the best, where ever he is, celebrating his 83rd Birthday.

 

Fifty-six 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' Watch live: Happy Birthday, Elvis! EPE are celebrating Elvis' birthday with a weekend full of events and  of course, Birthday cake.
The 'Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony' is today at 9:30 am Graceland's North Lawn with Free admission.

It features a ceremony with Graceland officials, 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 ceremony live via Elvis Presley's Graceland Livestream.

Click HERE to Graceland Livestream to watch Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony


(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


FTD New Book about Elvis in 1956: The newly announced "Elvis Presley: Rebel With A Cause '56" book from FTD / Flaming Star out in February 2018. Written and produced by David English & Pal Granlund it features newly-discovered images scanned for the first time from the original negatives - exclusive to this book.
The book's story starts on August 16 1956 and ends on September 30, 1956!
The book will include an accompanying cd.
Tracklist: ELVIS PRESLEY ROCK N ROLL No. 2. 1. 'Rip It Up', 2. 'Love Me', 3. 'When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again', 4. 'Long Tall Sally', 5. 'First In Line', 6. 'Paralyzed', 7. 'So Glad You're Mine', 8. 'Old Shep' (Take 5), 9. 'Ready Teddy', 10. 'Anyplace Is Paradise', 11. 'How's The World Treating You', 12. 'How Do You Think I Feel'
THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW SEPTEMBER 9, 1956 13. 'Don't Be Cruel', 14. Elvis talks, 15. 'Love Me Tender', 16. 'Ready Teddy', 17. 'Hound Dog'
THE MISSISSIPPI - ALABAMA FAIR AND DAIRY SHOW SEPTEMBER 26, 1956 - AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE 18. 'Heartbreak Hotel', 19. 'Long Tall Sally', 20. Presentations,
21. 'I Was The One', 22. 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You', 23. Elvis talks, 24. 'I Got A Woman', 25. 'Don't Be Cruel', 26. 'Ready Teddy', 27. 'Love Me Tender', 28. 'Hound Dog', 29. Interview with Vernon and Gladys Presley, 30. Interview with Nick Adams, 31. Interview with Judy Hopper, 32. Interview with Elvis, (All interviews conducted by Jack Cristil.)
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusive - photo of Elvis' little known girlfriend, Debra (Debbie) Watts: “Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley & Human Dignity: Lights Out In Memphis” is the latest soft cover by Darrin Memmer and amongst the ground breaking research featured within the 268-page book, is this EIN EXCLUSIVE Darrin has shared with our readers: a recently uncovered archival photo of Debra Watts!

EIN readers may recall our May 24, 2005 article titled, “Elvis and Debbie - the mystery solved?” by award winning journalist and noted Elvis author, the late Bill Burk:

Elvis and Debbie - the mystery solved?: "The sudden death of Haywood Watts last Wednesday (burial Friday) will have an effect on a future issue of Elvis World magazine... and here's how. I've told you how all alumni of old South Side High School get together for dinner each 3 months... and how many of this group had their moments with Elvis, in one place or another.

Well, we were standing in the buffet line at Piccadilly about last Fall and Haywood came in immediately behind us. Asked what I was doing these days and I told him: publishing Elvis World magazine, and Haywood began rattling off his encounter with Elvis and it's one of those "only Elvis" stories. We made a mental note to contact Haywood "soon" and get the full details for a future issue of EW. ALSO, three months before Elvis died, I had pretty reliable reports Elvis was dating a girl named Debbie and was told she was working as a bank teller on EP Blvd.

For months I'd go into this and that bank and to this and that teller and ask for change for a dollar, looking at the nameplates of each teller, trying to find this "Debbie."  Never did. Then came the trial of Dr. Nick (that ended up with his losing his license) ... and I was looking at the list of witnesses and saw a "Debbie Watts" listed for the next day's hearings.

Not putting two and two together instantly, I called George Klein to ask who this Debbie Watts was and he said "You ought to know her. You played baseball with her father at South Side." Haywood Watts?!  Debbie Watts?!!  Father/daughter?

So, IN that Piccadilly line, I told Haywood I'd like to come to his house and do the interview and, if possible, have Debbie sit in with us; telling him what had been reported to me in 1977 and he assured me that was true. Well, only DAYS after that dinner, Haywood Watts was rushed to the hospital where it was discovered he had contracted a serious case of Diabetes 2 ... and that "maybe" they would have to amputate one or both feet. Haywood went into instant deep depression and, regretfully, I never followed up on his problem. He wound up losing only one big toe, but last week, still in depression, I was told, he was in his front yard and keeled over dead with a heart attack. I attended Haywood's funeral ... as I do as many Scrapper funerals as possible ... and I let Debbie know I'd still like to talk with her whenever she feels like it.  That may be soon, later, or never ... but at least we're going to TRY! Haywood, like me, signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.  Whereas he played 2 years of minor league ball before getting hurt, I never reported -- opting at the last minute to devote all of my time to flying (and coaching kids' baseball on the side)."
12½ years later....EIN brings you this image of Debra Watts as captured by Memphis Press-Scimitar Staff photographer Ken Ross on Sept. 4th 1973:

"September Holiday — Debra Watts, senior at Hillcrest High School, spends her Labor Day holiday watching young fishermen from the dock at Audubon Lake, who, in turn, watched her. Debra plans to enter the Miss Teen-Age America pageant which has its national finals in Memphis next November. It was a warm, lazy day, just right for getting out to admire the late summer scenery." (Photo caption and image courtesy the UofM, Special Collections Dept.; Memphis Press-Scimitar Staff by Ken Ross; Sept. 4th 1973)

More info from the book: Edward George Klein, Sr. was married to Ida Watts Klein. Ida had two sisters and two brothers, one of whom was named Haywood Watts. Mr. Haywood Oren Watts would marry Evelyn Lee and one of their children: Deborah Gail Watts. The late Bill Burk referred to her (in an EIN news article, May 2005) as “Debbie” — which biographer Alanna Nash does, as well — whilst the Memphis Press-Scimitar went with “Debra” in 1973. Ostensibly, Ms. Watts graduated in the Hillcrest High School Vikings class of 1973 and by 1977 was employed in Memphis as a bank teller. (Source: Darrin Memmer)

“Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley & Human Dignity: Lights Out In Memphis” is available now from Amazon USA and Amazon UK - see links above.


'The Million Dollar Quartet’ Book Review: 'The Million Dollar Quartet’ is the name given to the impromptu jam session among Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash on December 4th 1956.
This book by Stephen Miller - from 2013 - includes interviews with the drummer and the sound engineer.
It features a detailed analysis of the music played – and its relevance to subsequent popular music.
The early lives and careers of the quartet – where they were in 1956.
Relevant social and economic factors which meant that a massive audience of young people were keenly looking for a new kind of music they could call their own.
The “reunions” of surviving members of the quartet.
The emergence of the tapes, first on bootleg and then on legitimate CDs.
The genesis of the stage show and its reception – the enduring appeal of the music.

Go here as EIN book reviewer Susan MacDougall explores this detailed look into a jam session that Elvis fans all know so well... is there really any more to discover?


(Book Reviews, Source;SMacDougall/ElvisInformationNetwork)


FTD will NOT end in 2019:  A fair number of uninformed supposed Elvis "insiders" (even some Fan Club Presidents) have been publishing fictional stories that the FTD label is planning to close in 2019.
Ernst Jorgensen had strongly denied this story stating, that FTD has plans to continue for the foreseeable future.
In an interesting interview about 'The Future of FTD' - with Trevor Cajiao in the recent ETM&HM magazine - Ernst Jorgensen's main points were....
1. FTD will not be closing in 2019
2. The 'Classic Albums" series is nearly complete but there are more to come, noting 'Aloha' and 'Madison Square Garden' are still to be done.
3. Expanded "complete session tapes" releases are being considered
4. Plenty more soundboards to come
To read the complete story including answers about FTD deletions and other future ideas please read the December issue of ETM&HM.
For what's left for FTD check out our detailed listing
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)



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

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

'Elvis:The Last Movies' FTD in-depth Review: Charro!, The trouble with girls, Change Of Habit, finally Elvis’ last soundtrack recordings are brought together in a cohesive release that works as a companion set for the FTD 7” Classic Album series.
“The Last Movies” contains outtakes and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia and photos.
In this period Elvis' voice had matured and the sound of ‘68/’69 was a great musical turning point for Elvis with the NBC TV special and the Memphis sessions. While some of the movie compositions were not as good as he deserved, with Elvis sounding vocally great at this time what does this new Classic Soundtrack have to offer?
The one disc contains previously unreleased material, including "rough mixes" and also multiple outtakes from 'The Trouble With Girls' 'Almost' session.
EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD Classic soundtrack album release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;IanGarfield/ElvisInformationNetwork)

"The Wonder Of You" 2018 Australia Tour changes: The "Back By Popular Demand" 2018 'Wonder Of You' Australian tour has been majorly altered by the local producers RCM Touring. They are no longer in April 2018 as planned and the locally-anticipated show in the new venue of Newcastle, NSW has been cancelled completely.
Now there are only the two shows in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates have been moved to August 2018, presumably to help link up with the excitement of Elvis Week.
Elvis will beam down from 'state of the art' video screens to give fans the closest possible experience to seeing The King "ELVIS" perform live.
Elvis Encore Shows 2018 will feature the 40-piece Chong Lim symphony orchestra live on
stage performing the King's most well-known songs and ballads. Experience the enchantment and wonder of Elvis - the highest selling solo artist in history - whose musical genius helped to inform and shape a generation of fans and performers.
Melbourne Hisense Arena Saturday 4th August, - Sydney ICC Theatre Saturday 10th August.
CLICK HERE to Ticketek Australia for tickets original ticket holders have been informed of the change.
(News, Source;RCM/ElvisInfoNet)

Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware) - Exposing the Amazon Elvis Book Rip-Off?: From RCA to Sony Elvis' back catalog has long been exploited at the expense of his legacy. The same thing is now happening regarding Elvis book releases!

Through clever marketing, including the use of different (but suspicious) author names and different book titles for releases which are essentially identical; short and long book editions; and coupling the Elvis story with that of other celebrities, a glut of Elvis related book titles (with repetitive text) only available from Amazon are blatantly misleading fans.

Read EIN's findings in our "exclusive" investigative report

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)



UPDATED - 'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today': Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes”. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
One of the places that Elvis spent a large part of his life is the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel – now the Westgate. Elvis performed a stunning 636 concerts in the Hilton showroom and the impact of his incredible legacy can still be felt. - NOW with more great Hilton photos - plus EIN Readers Feedback.
Arjan Deelen recently returned to the classic hotel to investigate “Elvis Hotspots” and discovered that behind the showroom stage it is relatively unchanged.
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Interview - Elvis 02 Exhibition - Angie Marchese, Graceland Director of Archives: Following the success of the 2014/15 Elvis at the O2 exhibition, which attracted a staggering 200,000 visitors, Graceland have decided to return to London’s O2 Arena with the Elvis on Tour The Exhibition. The focus this time has been narrowed down to the period from 1969 – 1977 and over 200 items are included from the Graceland archive, including over 35 outfits, costume sketches and guitars that Elvis used onstage.

Zoey Goto, author of Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits visited the exhibition to meet with Graceland’s director of archives, Angie Marchese to discuss how the show was put together and Elvis’ unique style. Angie also discusses who had creative control of Elvis' on-stage fashions, the "must-see" item of the Exhibition and other artists that have been influenced by Elvis' striking fashion sense.

(Interview, Source: Zoey Goto/EIN)



'Elvis: Lake Tahoe '74' FTD In-Depth Review: 'ELVIS: Lake Tahoe ‘74' features another value-for-money double pack with two Dinner Shows from May 25 and May 26 1974. This a 2-CD 5” digipack release.
The setlist at Lake Tahoe this season was fine, and while the May 25, 1974 Dinner Show has been out as an audience recording, the May 26, 1974 Dinner Show is totally unreleased.
Although both concerts are "Dinner Shows" on May 26, with The Jackson 5 in the audience, Elvis was inspired and included several rarities - and pushed the band on with unexpected reprises.
Both concerts create a good combination - making this a great two-for-one release from FTD.

'ELVIS Christmas' with the RPO' - Shane Brown Review: The new Christmas album supposedly brings together the legend’s yuletide performances from both his 1957 and 1971 Christmas Albums, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Shane Brown, author of the new book 'Reconsider Baby' and Elvis music expert, has written a fascinating and thought-provoking review. He raises the issue that fans should be genuinely concerned what these "Re-Imagined" versions are doing to Elvis great musical legacy.
The REAL ISSUE could be that the desperation to earn a quick "Christmas" buck may lead to Elvis' musical legacy being diluted by overdubbed tacky M-O-R versions that have nothing to do with Elvis' original recordings.
He suggests, "All good things must come to an end. Thankfully, all bad things must come to an end, too – and the new Christmas release should prove to be the end of the road of the RPO albums with Elvis."
Read Shane Brown's incisive review and send us YOUR feedback.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


UPDATED - 'ELVIS Christmas with the RPO' CD Review: The new Christmas album supposedly brings together the legend’s yuletide performances from his 1957 Christmas Album and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas from 1971, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
It's the third album of orchestral re-workings of tracks performed by Elvis, following 2016's The Wonder Of You and 2015's If I Can Dream both reached Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.
But can producers Nick Patrick, Don Reedman and Priscilla Presley really keeping milking the money-making Elvis cow or will they turn out an overdone Christmas turkey?
Do the "new" Producers even care about Elvis' fabulous musical legacy?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Brittany Edwards go into the Listening Booth to cause "Double-trouble" and try and discover what's good and bad...
NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR FEEDBACK - do you think this was a good idea- do you agree with our review?- .CLICK HERE.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


UPDATED - FTD - What now, What next, Where to – What’s left?: During Elvis’ lifetime, RCA released a total of between 60 – 70 albums, consisting of dedicated recordings, movie soundtracks and live performances.
The FTD label has been doing an excellent job at looking at the recording anthology of Elvis Presley and releasing every significant LP or recording session on a 1CD or 2CD ‘Classic Album’ version.
However as noted with the recent "ELVIS" second LP release there are less and less outtakes and studio sessions left in the vaults.
FTD’s first release was ‘Burbank ’68’ seventeen years ago, so with all the past releases and packaging what is left for the collector?

Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines what has been released and what is left for the FTD collectors label. - CHECK OUT EIN's table of Studio sessions and LIVE TOURS to see what is left for the FTD label.

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


Millie Kirkham  - Bob Hayden Interview for EIN: Millie Kirkham was one of Elvis' favourite back-up singers. Upon hearing her vocal on Ferlin Husky’s million selling 1957 hit record 'Gone' Elvis asked her to join in with The Jordanaires at his 1957 recording session. Millie Kirkham would work on Elvis' studio sessions through to 1967 and join him on-stage in Las Vegas for live performances including 1970's 'That's The Way It Is' filming.
As well as working with Elvis, Millie Kirkham worked closely with the Jordanaires on some of the most famous Nashville sessions including records by George Jones, Patsy Cline, Bobby Vinton, Jim Reeves, Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn.
Millie Kirkham was a little reluctant at first to do an interview as she had been mis-quoted in the past and had that fear of it happening again. She agreed to the Q & A after she was advised she would not be coming to Australia for the first "Elvis in Concert" tour.
Millie answered every question and seemed to be most happy and full of life for her age at that time.
Go here where Bob Hayden has recently provided his full and detailed interview with Millie Kirkham for EIN.
(Interviews, Source;BobHayden/ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'Strictly Elvis: 1973-74-75' Book Review: Photographer Keith Alverson's new book with Erik Lorentzen was the perfect new publication for Elvis Week 2017.

Keith Alverson first saw Elvis in concert in the early 70s when he secretly smuggled in his small pocket camera to sneak a few photos of Elvis from there he went from strength to strength. One his first Elvis' concerts where he was able to get quality photos of Elvis in concert was Elvis in Atlanta, July 1973 after which he saw Elvis over 80 times live on stage.
Alverson's outstanding photos of Elvis in his "Phoenix" jumpsuits are known by every Elvis fan. With 1,500 photos this book concentrating on Elvis from 1973-1975 has the possibilty to be a real stunner.

With the book arriving a little late in Australia EIN's Piers Beagley has at last had the chance to discover whether the book really lives up to its publicity -- Hint - It really does!

Go here to our in-depth review of this stunning book - with plenty of example pages. Now updated with reader comments including super-fan Jeanne P who saw Elvis 19 times in concert.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Presley's The 50 Greatest Hits' VINYL 3-LP set: 'Elvis Presley's The 50 Greatest Hits' is the brand new 3-LP set released september 25 in Australia.
Described as "an incredible collection of Elvis' hits highlight his astonishing career.
From the poor streets of Tupelo to world domination via some of the biggest songs ever released, Elvis became the first really global star.
The 50 songs on The 50 Greatest Hits include all the classics, from his first recording at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios, "That's All Right (Mama)", through his hits including "All Shook Up", "Viva Las Vegas", "Jailhouse Rock" and "Can't Help Falling in Love", through to one of his last hits "Suspicious Minds". The album also includes songs taken from Elvis' film soundtracks including "Return to Sender", "Hard Headed Woman" and "King Creole".

Heavyweight triple LP package on 180gm audiophile vinyl, completed with a stylish black & white info sheet."
Available in Australian JBHiFi stores for only AU$80 - AUSTRALIANS click here to JBHiFi to purchase on-line
The same 'The 50 Greatest Hits' VINYL 3-LP set was released in the UK back in 2010 and is still available for £44.79 with FREE Delivery in the UK. >>>
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


 

More new Elvis Vinyl!

The new Elvis / RPO "Christmas" album  is one of the biggest charting vinyl albums this week on pre-order. Selling in the UK with guaranteed price of £20.70 with FREE Delivery in the UK. - Release date 6 Oct, 2017

Meanwhile 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters' VINYL is also selling nicely in the UK at £19.99 on Amazon UK.

Who thought that vinyl would fade away!? SONY Australia will open a brand new vinyl factory next year in 2018!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'A Boy From Tupelo' 2017 In-depth Review: Back in early 2012 Ernst Jorgensen published his definitive look at Elvis during his sensational and creative Sun Records period as a FTD deluxe book/CD package. It had been a project he had been working on for more than a decade.
Now in 2017, RCA/SONY has republished 'A Boy From Tupelo' in a cut-down format and at a price anyone can afford.
This is the story of Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, achieving success on a level that no one could have dreamed possible.
It features all of Elvis' Sun recordings on 3 CDs plus Elvis LIVE, on the radio, and in concert in the best possible sound. The new release also includes a previously officially unreleased "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.
Our in-depth 3,000 word review provides a detailed look, with 14 example pages plus additional photos from the book.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new slimline version released for the 'General Public'..
For fans who have asked, we also compare the 2012 'A Boy From Tupelo' Deluxe FTD to the new "Mainstream"  release.
(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
 

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Australian and NZ fans should go to Amazon UK here >>> and get it for ONLY AU$43.00 including postage to your door..


‘ELVIS: Studio Sessions 1956' In-Depth Review: MRS newest release, a massive 3CD/172 page book compilation "Elvis Studio Sessions ‘56 The Complete Recordings". The 172-page book, with text by Gordon Minto, focuses on each of Elvis’ studio recording sessions during his first year of national stardom - from the first one in January, held in Nashville, then later in New York, before finishing his final session of the year in Hollywood in September. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and pieces of documentation.
The 3CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored. Also for the first time on CD is the complete ‘The Truth About Me’ from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Also included are all the out-takes from this interview.

Once again MRS release a first putting all of Elvis' key 1956 Studio Session masters onto one disc, with the addition of two other fully-packed cds of 1956 material and a stunning 172 page book. But what does this set offer over other previous releases
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new volume from MRS to find what is on offer. Includes stunning example photos & a detailed audio investigation.
(Book Review: Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Roustabout' FTD Soundtrack Review: Roustabout was Elvis' 16th movie, it had been five months since Elvis’ last album session and his publishers had a chance to secure soundtrack material from a variety of composers. Eleven songs were needed and while the carnival theme stopped most of them having any inspired lyrics, at least the composers Leiber / Stoller and Otis Blackwell were included in the selection.
Reaching #1 on Billboard in early 1965, it would Elvis’ last chart topping album until "Aloha From Elvis Via Satellite" in 1973.
53 years after its original release FTD is pleased to announce the long awaited "Classic Album" version of "Roustabout". Packaged in 7" format with a full colour 16-page memorabilia booklet, it contains some previously unreleased material.
So why has it taken FTD so long to release?  It was once noted that only the masters had been located in the vaults, so there was not much to include for a “Classic Album”...  
Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines this new FTD soundtrack release and checks out what's new.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Some of the better Elvis books released for the 40th anniverary:

'Elvis - Live in Concert' Returns to Europe June 2018: Hot on the heels of the European tour this May, the reprise of "The Wonder Of You" tour has been announced by EPE for June 2018.
Elvis will return to Europe to visit ten new cities, and to give music fans an opportunity that many have never had before: experiencing the biggest selling solo artist in history in a live concert experience. The 2018 tour will once again feature the most recognizable voice of all time with a full symphony orchestra live on stage performing his most well-known rock 'n roll songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads with a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley.
Following the success of the two orchestral albums and a sold out UK arena tour featuring Elvis Presley on the big screen backed by a full symphony orchestra in November 2016, a very successful European 10 date arena tour has just been completed this May. After rave reviews from fans and media alike, a new European tour has been announced for June 2018, exactly 50 years after Elvis' iconic '68 Comeback special.
Elvis: Live in Concert is produced by EPE. The European concert tour is produced by GEA Live.
Tour Dates Europe 2018
June 1st - Sweden, Gothenborg Scandinavium
June 2nd - Sweden, Stockholm Ericsson Globe
June 3rd - Norway, Oslo Spektrum
June 4th - Denmark, Copenhagen Forum
June 6th - Hungary, Budapest, Papp László arena
June 7th - Poland, Krakow, Tauron Arena
June 8th - Czech Republic, Prague, O2 Arena
Click here to EPE for Tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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)


'Platinum: A Life In Music' Re-Release OUT NOW: Sony UK has re-released the classic 4-Cd set 'Platinum: A Life In Music'- in a small-book format twenty years after its first release in 1997.
The set chronicles the outstanding career of Elvis Presley (1954 to 1977) from a unique perspective and it includes 100 performances, 77 of which were previously unreleased in 1997. This historic overview traces his development as an artist and emphasizes how Elvis' music always returned to its unshakable core values. This 4-CD box set contains a 48-page book and consists mostly of previously unreleased alternate takes of Elvis Presley's hits.
There is no info on whether this 20th anniversary release includes audio upgrades of all the "77 were previously unreleased takes" which have since been remastered.
The publicity notes, "You probably think you've heard all there is to hear from The King, what with countless Elvis retrospectives, anthologies, and reissues flooding the market. While PLATINUM is far from the first Elvis boxset, it's unique in that it's composed largely of previously unreleased material. Four discs cover every phase of Presley's career, from young Memphis hip-shaker to the Las Vegas era, adding a fresh perspective to each period.
It's both an education and a kick to hear alternate versions of songs as ingrained in the public consciousness as 'That's All Right', and others from Elvis' legendary Sun sessions."
Only £18.53 & FREE UK Delivery on Amazon UK orders (see below)
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'Marty Lacker: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that last month EIN had to report on the death of our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker. We will miss him dearly.
Marty is well-known as one of the key members of the Memphis Mafia and also co-Best Man at Elvis' wedding. He was known for both his honesty and being forthright with his opinions. He was the only member of the Memphis Mafia who still watched and commented on recent Elvis News. He had no issue with holding people to account (especially ones who would inflate their importance within Elvis' legacy) and would regularly ask EIN to add his comments or to correct any inaccuracy.
Elvis fans often ask about Marty Lacker's background, how he came to meet Elvis, as well as his involvement in the music industry outside of working for The King.
As a prelude to Ken Sharp's fascinating interview with Marty Lacker and a discussion about Elvis' famous American Studio' Memphis sessions, EIN presents "Marty Lacker: a life well-lived" in which Marty tells of his life in the music industry, his friendship with Elvis along with his dislike of the over-controlling Col Parker.
Go here to learn all you need to know about Marty Lacker as well as Elvis outstanding Memphis American Sound sessions in 1969.
(Spotlight; Source,KenSharp/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


'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
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Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read.

Inside its nearly 400 pages Linda reveals her life as an individual, as a mother and as a partner. We learn of the similarities and differences between the three.

Alternating between the light, dark and shades of life in between, A Little Thing Called Life is an honest and intimate account of the incredible life of an amazing woman, from the three men who shared her life and her family to the highly successful and varied career that she continues to enjoy. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

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UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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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
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- 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.
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'Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash FTD Book Review: Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
It is a hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career over the important four months from October 1970 to January 1971.
The publicity promised hundreds of photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished and new and exclusive interviews.
It also comes with a bonus CD with unreleased versions of studio-tracks plus Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on Nov 11th 1970.

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


'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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