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Tuesday 29 April 2008

'High Spirit In Vegas' & 'Getting Down To Business' CDs: For the first time these two concerts will be available under their original titles, but not on CD-R and at the correct speed. High Spirit In Vegas and Getting Down To Business were recorded from the audience but quality was above average for this type of material. Both should be released soon on the Vegas Strip label.

High Spirit In Vegas - Las Vegas, NV September 2, 1973 MS: 1- Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:02 ; 2- C.C. Rider 3:21 ; 3- I Got A Woman / Amen 4:26 ; 4- Love Me 1:40 ; 5- Steamroller Blues 2:48 ; 6- You Gave Me A Mountain 3:11 ; 7- Trouble 2:02 ; 8- Rock Medley : Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Mama Don't Dance/Flip Flop And Fly/Hound Dog 2:37 ; 9- Love Me Tender 1:32 ; 10- Fever 2:37 ; 11- Bridge Over Troubled Water ( with reprise ) 5:24 ; 12- Suspicious Minds 4:05 ; 13- Introductions of the band and celebrities : Hugh O' Brian, Marty Allen and Vernon Presley 3:45 ; 14- My Boy 3:24 ; 15- I Can't Stop Loving You 2:18 ; 16- An American Trilogy 4:25 ; 17- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 3:16 ; 18- Mystery Train / Tiger Man 3:12 ; 19- How Great Thou Art 3:38 ; 20- A Big Hunk O' Love 2:08 ; 21- Release Me 2:12 ; 22- What Now My Love 3:08 ; 23- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp 1:58

Getting Down To Business - Las Vegas, NV August 31, 1973 DS: 1- Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:09 ; 2- C.C. Rider 3:21 ; 3- I Got A Woman / Amen 4:20 ; 4- Love Me 1:32 ; 5- Steamroller Blues 2:46 ; 6- You Gave Me A Mountain 3:09 ; 7- Trouble 2:04 ; 8- Rock Medley : Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin' On/Mama Don’t Dance/Flip Flop And Fly/Hound Dog 2:35 ; 9- Love Me Tender 1:40 ; 10- Fever 3:31 ; 11- Bridge Over Troubled Water 3:57 ; 12- Suspicious Minds 3:52 ; 13- Introductions of band and celebrity : Charlton Heston 2:41 ; 14- My Boy 3:19 ; 15- I Can't Stop Loving You 2:15 ; 16- An American Trilogy 4:01 ; 17- A Big Hunk O' Love 2:30 ; 18- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ( beginning only ) 0:58 ; 19- How Great Thou Art ( reprise only ) 1:32 ; 20- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp 2:01 (News, Source: FECC)

SonyBMG provides FREE Elvis music via Internet: SonyBMG, one of the world’s biggest record labels, has made music by its artists free to listen to over the internet. The record label has signed a deal with We7 to stream songs on user’s computers accompanied by a short advert. The new deal will give music fans access to the complete back-catalogues of Elvis Presley and other artists including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and others.

Speaking to BBC’s Newsbeat, the boss of We7 Steve Purdham, said the deal will give “free music in return for some of your time.”

The new service, which launched on April 28, will build the profiles of its users so that adverts are target specific to each person. Once users have listened to the songs they will also have the option to pay to download the tracks to their computer or MP3 players.

We7 is seen as the latest effort to try and control the growing problem of music piracy, which has seen the sale of traditional recorded formats, such as CDs, decline rapidly over recent years. (News, Source: AP)

Why the lyrics to Hound Dog were changed: Hound Dog" is a twelve-bar blues written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Willa Mae "Big Mama" Thornton in 1952. Other early versions illustrate the differences among blues, country, and rock and roll in the mid 1950s. The 1956 remake by Elvis Presley is the best known version. This is the version that is #19 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. "Hound Dog" was also recorded by 5 country singers in 1953 alone, and over 26 times through 1964.

Thornton gave this account of how the original was created to Ralph Gleason. “They were just a couple of kids, and they had this song written on the back of a paper bag.” She added a few interjections of her own, played around with the rhythm (some of the choruses have thirteen rather than twelve bars), and had the band bark and howl like hound dogs at the end of the song. In fact, she interacts constantly in a call and response fashion during a one minute long guitar "solo" by Pete Lewis . Her vocals include lines such as: "Aw, listen to that ole hound dog howl.. OOOOoooow", "Now wag your tail", Aw, get it, get it, get it". Thornton's version is a slow, powerful, country blues.

Record producer Bernie Lowe suspected that "Hound Dog" could potentially have greater appeal, and asked Freddie Bell of Freddie Bell and the Bellboys to rewrite the lyrics to appeal to a broader radio audience. "Snoopin' round my door" was replaced with "cryin' all the time", and "You can wag your tail, but I ain't gonna feed you no more" was replaced by "You ain't never caught a rabbit, and you ain't no friend of mine." This new version of "Hound Dog" was recorded on Lowe's Teen Records in 1955 ((TEEN 101 with "Move Me Baby" on the flip side, two of four songs the group did with Lowe that year). The regional popularity of this release, along with the group's showmanship, yielded both a tour, and an engagement in the Las Vegas Sands Hotel's Silver Queen Bar. (News, Source: Wikipedia)

Is this Elvis?: An image bearing a resemblance to Elvis Presley has mysteriously appeared on a slate in a garden in the shadow of the Preseli hills and could become a shrine to the king of rock'n'roll.

The phenomenon has rekindled interest in speculation that Elvis' ancestors came from the area, and already fans of the legend are showing a desire to visit the north Pembrokeshire site.

Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo Mississippi in January 1935 and died at his Graceland mansion in August 1977 aged 42.

A TV documentary was made and a number of newspaper articles written in connection with a belief that the singer's ancestors emigrated from the Preseli's.

The slate is a garden ornament at the remote home of Miss Morgan who specifically asked for the location not to be revealed for fear of Elvis fans converging on her home.

Taking up the story she said "My five-year-old niece came into the house and said there was a man in the garden.

"I went outside but couldn't see anyone until my niece pointed to the slate. I was totally taken aback, absolutely amazed. The image was not there when we put the slate in the garden. I just don't know what to think," she said.

Going on to say that one of her friends has already offered a four figure sum for the slate she said "I don't want to sell it. I look at it every day to see if the image is still there."

Shown a picture life-long Elvis fan Gaynor Thomas of Cardigan said: "I'm not entirely convinced it is Elvis but there is a real likeness."

Currently saving to become one of more than 600,000 people who visit Graceland annually she said: "If it becomes possible I will definitely go and see the slate, and I'm sure very many other Elvis fans would be interested." (Odd Spot, Source: Charmaine Voisine/ John Adey, Tivy-Side Advertiser)


Monday 28 April 2008

Memphis Mafia members dispute Radford Ellis claim: EIN received the following message from Marty Lacker after yesterday's story about Radford Ellis' claim Vernon Presley offered him a job as Elvis' double:

"Although my memory is still very good, just to be sure and fair I checkerd with Billy,Sonny and Lamar and NONE of us remember anyone by the name of Radford Ellis.  Seems like, although he's a bit harmless in his story, Ellis is another bullshitter like Billy Miller.

At least one of the four of us was with Elvis every day during the period Ellis states and he was not a friend of Elvis.
These people come up with their stories because Elvis and in this case Vernon too, is gone but they forget one big thing, we are still here.  These people don't understand that we know just about everything Elvis did and who he did it with and who was around.  In many instances we knew more than his father, Priscilla and certainly Lisa Marie.
I don't say that to make ourselves important. Fame and a $1.25 will get you on the bus.  It doesn't mean anything to us.  All we do is state fact and we tell it like it is for a number of reasons. One being that Elvis is too important of a historical icon for false information to be put out there.
First of all, that's the way it should be with anyone.  It's a dis-service to Elvis just as it is a dis-service to the millions of worldwide fans.  They often complain that they don't know who or what to believe about Elvis,us and all those years and that's one reason we have been sticlers for the truth.
There are a number of things in that story sent in by EP Gold that Ellis stated that are so unlike Elvis to do and I will leave that alone for now.
We just thought your readers should know the truth." (News, Source: Marty Lacker)
Cover art for 2nd edition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" CD: Just released is the second edition of the Reeltrax import release "You'll Never Walk Alone", The content of this second edition is the same as the first edition - studio out-takes, session talk and other gospel highlights - only the cover got a "facelift" with a new portrait of Elvis Presley. (News, Source: Elvis News)

New Elvis related auction: Regency Superior has announced a new Elvis related auction for May 3rd. Among the 20+ items are signed Sun-records, promotional 78 rpms, contracts, signatures, pictures and even a 2 piece buff-colored leather suit, custom made for Elvis by the famous North Beach Leather Company (bearing its label).

The jacket, the highlight of the Elvis items, is hand-stitched, 5-button, with 2-button cuffs. The pants, also hand-stitched, feature a football-style fly, and slightly bell-bottomed. The suit appears moderately worn with some sweat stains. Even Elvis, apparently, appreciated a casual Friday in Las Vegas.

This leather suit was one of his favorites and sometime around 1974 had similar ones made for the stage. It is very similar to his 'Mermaid' and 'Rainfall' suits. The suit was a gift from Vernon Presley to Jim Curtin. (Letter of authenticity from Jim Curtin included). (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Local fans still have vivid memories of brushes with Elvis: In the wonderful world of Elvis Presley fandom, there's always more.

Unflagging interest in all things Elvis means that even 30 years after Presley's death, there are more stories to hear and more images to see. In that sense, the King is definitely not dead.

Two weeks ago, after reading an Associated Press story about newly discovered 1972 Presley concert photos, I shared a picture I have. It shows Presley in the 1950s, when he apparently visited the Dallas radio station KLIF. My late father-in-law David Muhlstein, a radio news director there, is standing right next to Elvis.

Seeing that was all it took to coax a few Herald readers into sharing their personal Presley pictures. I also heard from far-flung Elvis fanatics, who sent theories about my photo. A Danish gentleman, Brian Petersen, is such an Elvis aficionado he believes he can precisely pinpoint the date of my picture -- Aug. 10, 1956. Another e-mail directed me to a message board where Elvis fans guessed at the timing of my photo based on Presley's sideburns.

My goal was to find other candid shots.

Diane Woodall's snapshot may be the fuzziest of the bunch, but the Everett woman has a good story to go with it. Her mother, Arlene Dinsmore, worked at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. She was there while Presley was filming "It Happened at the World's Fair."

Along with the picture her mother took -- Presley flanked by police officers -- Woodall sent a statement her mom wrote about the scene.

Dinsmore wrote that during the time Presley was at the fair, "September Fourth to the 17th, 1962," he was walking to the Seattle Monorail one day with two police officers. "I rushed up to him and grabbed his arm and told him I had two daughters who would like his autograph. He very kindly signed two World's Fair postcards for me," she wrote.

In 1999, Woodall's mother went so far as to have her statement, with the Presley picture attached, signed and stamped by a notary public.

The story behind it may be a riddle, but the photo Mark Hibbert sent looks to be a sharp-looking Elvis posed with a hotel maid -- to me, that maid looks pretty nervous. Hibbert of Marysville said the picture was taken by his late grandmother, Wynn Barry, who was a beautician at Seattle's posh Olympic Hotel.

Describing Barry as quite a character, Hibbert said she lived an elegant life in San Francisco before divorcing and moving here. At the Olympic, she once styled the hair of opera star Maria Callas, among other famous clients. During the Seattle filming of "Cinderella Liberty," Hibbert said, his grandmother landed his brother, Scott, a role as an extra in the 1973 James Caan movie.

About the Presley photo, though, Hibbert is short on details. Searching the Internet, where Elvis Web sites trace an almost day-by-day history of Presley's life, I could find no mention of him being in Seattle in 1966 -- the year marked on the photo's border. Along with his 1962 World's Fair visit, Presley sang at the old Sicks Stadium and in Tacoma on Sept. 1, 1957. HistoryLink.org, an online encyclopedia of Washington state, puts Presley in Vancouver, B.C., and in Spokane on Aug. 31, 1957.

Perhaps Elvis made an unreported Seattle visit, or Hibbert's grandmother photographed him on her travels elsewhere. "If my grandmother saw Elvis, she would have pinned him down," said Hibbert, who runs a Marysville music studio, Whiskey Ridge Recording.

In the mid-1960s, Hibbert played bass guitar in a successful local band, Axis Drive. The band was a regular at Seattle's Warehouse Tavern, and once backed up Bobby Sherman. It was hardly Elvis fever, but Hibbert recalls girls throwing jelly beans at the band.

Retired KJR disc jockey Danny Holiday, who lives near Stanwood, sent me a picture of Presley taken with Holiday's mentor and close friend, Red Robinson.

Taken at Vancouver's Empire Stadium on Aug. 31, 1957, the day before Presley played Seattle, it shows a 22-year-old Elvis with Robinson, then 20. Robinson, who emceed the Vancouver concert and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is still heard on Vancouver's CLEAR-FM, 104.9, every Saturday night.

A half-century ago, Holiday said he went with his parents to Vancouver to see Elvis. "The Vancouver show only lasted 20 minutes because the crowd rushed the stage," Holiday said.

In the summer of '57, Presley's "Teddy Bear" had been a No. 1 hit. With the smoldering look of a star at his peak, Presley posed with the fresh-faced Robinson while holding a cute prop, a plush toy bear.

"Red still has the bear wrapped in plastic," Holiday said. (News, Source: Julie Muhlstein, Herald Columnist /  www.epgold.com)

Sunday 27 April 2008
Promo CD from Chile: BMG / Sony of Chile released a promotional CD commemorating the 30 anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. This promotional disc was originally due for release August 2007 but just recently arrived at radio stations in Chile. The CD is a replica of a 1956 vinyl 10-inch release from RCA Chile. The original is considered the most rare and important vinyl release made in South America. (News, Source: Elvis Chile /Elvis News)

"The King" by Ron Galella: The famous American celebrity photographer Ron Galella, known for his 'historic' pictures of Marlon Brando (Ron Galello lost 5 teeth at his first encounter with the actor), Liz Taylor, Robert Redford, Jackie O and Bruce Springsteen, has published his 'Best Off' in volume 14 of 'GUP Magazine' (Guide to Unique Photography) which is subtitled "The Paparazzi Issue". This picture is the highlight of Ron's "Best Off", and is simply titled 'The King'.

Ron Galella, one of the firs paparazzi in Hollywood, also managed to snap Elvis with Diane Goodman departing the Hilton Garden Inn at JFK Airport (New York) For Nassau Coliseum on July 19, 1975. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Retiring CBI boss got car from Elvis: Bob Cantwell, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, has announced his retirement, ending a 44-year law enforcement career that brought him into close contact with two of the most famous figures of the 20th century.

Cantwell, who has been CBI director since July 1, 1999, was working for the Denver Police Department in 1976 when he befriended Elvis Presley on a moonlighting job and was given a Cadillac by the singer.

He was one of three officers the singer gave a luxury car.

Cantwell was still with Denver when he was assigned to a security detail for Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa in Estes Park in the late 1980s. Cantwell worked with the Colorado Department of Corrections before he was named to the CBI post.

He expects to leave the CBI in late May or early June.

"I've grown up with law enforcement," he said this week. "I love it. I just love helping people."

Cantwell, who's turning 65, isn't sure what he will do when he retires.

He's had some job offers, he said, and he's thought about working cold cases or finding a ghost writer to help him write a book about his career. But he's not worried about what he will do next.

"When God shuts one door, he opens another," said the graduate of Metropolitan State College and the FBI National Academy.

Cantwell's successor will be selected through a competitive process. Peter Weir, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, will make the final selection. The job pays $11,073 to $11,859 a month.
(News, Source: Marilyn Robinson: www.rockymountainnews.com /www.epgold.com)

Tributes pour in for Bill E. Burk -UPDATED

Bill Eugene Burk.......may he rest in peace


Vernon Presley offered Radford Ellis a job as Elvis' double: Radford Ellis is a singer and performer who was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He has won many local and regional talent contests; his first at age 5.

Radford first met Elvis around 1966 at Graceland while helping his older brother repair a pinball machine. Before this meeting, he was just an average Elvis fan, but afterwards, Elvis musically influenced Radford.

During the early 70's Radford fronted a band called Radford Ellis and the McCarver Sisters. It was during this time that he began his tribute to Elvis. The band regularly played at Liberty Land Amusement Park in Memphis, TN, a launching ground for other Elvis Tribute Artists.

In 1972 during a 2am conversation with Harold Lloyd, Elvis' first cousin, at the Graceland guard house, the phone rang. It was Elvis. Radford was then invited to come to the house and show off his customized motorcycle. After looking at the bike, Elvis asked if he could take it for a ride. A few minutes later Elvis returned and a friendship began that lasted until Elvis' untimely death in 1977.

Radford saw Elvis perform live 3 times and was personally invited to many parties and get togethers at Graceland and the Memphian Theatre, many of which included Christmas and New Year's Eve parties. Elvis gave Radford a rawhide fringe jacket and a TCB necklace that he removed from around his own neck. These things are still in his posession to this day.

It was at one of the many parties at Graceland that Radford performed Elvis for Elvis. It was at this time that Vernon Presley offered him a job as Elvis' double. Radford was to be a decoy for Elvis after concerts. The job would have included leaving the arena dressed as Elvis, getting into a limo and driving to the airport and/or the hotel to divert an onslaught of fans while Elvis safely left the building. Due to a conflict with his 1st wife, Radford turned down the job.

In 1973 or 1974 while Elvis returned from riding a big black horse named "Sombitch" (a name recieved after throwing Elvis), he gave Radford the nickname "Chief," a nickname he still uses to this day.

After Elvis' death in '77, Radford stopped doing his tribute to Elvis out of respect for his friend and to persue his own musical career. Radford fronted many bands in the late 70's and 80's including The Diamond Steel Band which achieved much success in the southeast region of the US.

He also worked with producer, Fred Morris in Nashville, on a solo career. While performing for audiences throughout the country Radford has often been asked to perform Elvis songs. He reminded so many people of Elvis that requests started pouring in for him to perform an Elvis tribute. So after much thought and consideration, Radford Ellis put together "Thanks For The Memories" as a tribute to Elvis' fans and a personal message to an old friend.

Even though Elvis has long since "left the building," Radford will hold these memories and the private conversations with Elvis very deep in his heart and soul. So when you see a Radford Ellis show, you are not watching the usual impersonator or tribute artist, you are watching a friend say "Thanks For The Memories." (News, http://members.tripod.com/~radfordellis/bio.html /EP Gold)

"He Touched Me Radio Special" CDR promo: This is the first issue of the He Touched Me Radio Special. (News, Source: Barry McLean)


Saturday 26 April 2008

Tributes pour in for Bill E. Burk: EIN has received many, many tributes about Bill Burk since we announced news of his death yesterday.

The outpouring of tributes to not only EIN, but on other sites and numerous messageboards, symbolises the respect and admiration fans around the world have for Elvis World's incomparable "007".

Read the tributes

Obituary & Guest Book

New Elvis sculpture completed: Michael Kuznetsov has completed his latest Elvis sculpture. Michael has told EIN:

" This sculpture is made of polymer clay turned into plastic after baking. It is only 7 inches high."

Michael's sculptor's gift was inspired by seeing many Elvis action-figures having nothing in common with their fabulous prototype. See more images (Spotlight, Source: Michael Kutnetsov)

Live A Little, Love A Little: In his 28th film, Elvis Presley plays frazzled photographer Greg Nolan, juggling two jobs and scrambling to keep his work life afloat while also contending with the kooky attentions of a beach beauty (Michele Carey). Four breezy songs, including the recent Elvis chart-buster, “A Little Less Conversation” and the “Edge of Reality” dream sequence add to the zippy fun. And, for the first time, Elvis takes on-screen chances with his public image doing more “adult” comedy. Visit EIN's Elvis film section, Celluloid Elvis

Original Album Classics: Due for release from SONY / BMG on July 16, 2008 is the five CD budget set "Original Album Classics". (News, Source: Elvis News)

Chart update: On the US Billboard chart the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: remains #1 on the Top Country Catalog Charts for the 4rd week in a row. The album is #14 on the Top Pop Catalog charts (last week #12) and on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums Chart is is listed at  #130 (last week # 122).

On the Swedish Singles Top 60 DJ Spankox Re: Version of "Baby Let's Play House" climbs to #27 in it's fourth week on the chart. On the Mid-price Albums chart "The Essential Elvis Presley" drops from #6 to #9 while the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation fell off the list. The compilation DVD "The King Of Rock And Roll" drops from #4 to #10 on the Music DVD Top 20.

In The Netherlands "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" climbed to #25 on the Back-catalogue Chart. (News, Source: Elvis News)


Friday 25 April 2008

Bill Burk passes away: It is with deep sadness that EIN has to report the passing of Elvis World's "007", Bill E. Burk. To say Bill was highly respected throughout the Elvis world is a vast understatement. Bill was one of the greatest promoters of the Elvis legacy the world has known, and through his many books and long running magazine, Elvis World, was renowned for disspelling many of the myths which had grown up around Elvis.

Bill's legacy is indeed a great one.

EIN expresses its very sincere condolences to Bill's wife, Connie, and his family.

Opposite: Bill (left) with Elvis during Elvis' Army stint

We received this message from Bill's wife, Connie:

It is with such great and abiding sadness that I am telling you that Bill passed away peacefully today at Baptist Hospital at 10:10 am, surrounded by his 3 children -- Gary, Jennifer, Randy -- and me.

He had irreversable brain damage from cardiac arrest suffered Monday afternoon, and it was his living will that he not be kept alive artificially in a situation like that.
It is terribly painful for those of us left behind, who will miss him so dearly, but Bill is now in a much better place.
Services will be at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Avenue.  Visitation on Sunday, April 27, 3-6 pm.  Service Monday, April 28, 1 pm.  Burial at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at a later date next week.
We ask that any memorials be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org, in Bill's name.
Thank you for all your prayers and support throughout Bill's illness.  We both truly appreciated it!



Thursday 24 April 2008

More feedback on Elvis visiting London: EIN asked the person with Elvis during his time in Germany, Lamar Fike, for a comment on the claim Elvis secretly visited London. Succinctly, Lamar replied:

"This did not happen."

We also appreciated Peter Turner's comments on the claim:

The only time Elvis was given permission to leave Germany during his service was when he was allowed to make a trip to Paris. He hired a limo to take him and the guys in his entourage, there and back. With him were:- Red West, Lamar Fike and great army buddy, Rex Mansfield. Check out Rex`s excellent book `Sergeant Presley` co-written with his wife Elisabeth, who also worked as Elvis`s live-in secretary in the house in Bad Nauheim during those years. (No mention in the book of a `London trip`.)

On the Paris trip they did get to meet some Brits....a troupe of English dancing girls from a Paris nightclub they went to, who spent an evening with the guys in El`s hotel suite playing scrabble and discussing Parisian architecure. Then of course, there was his stopover in Prestwick on the way back to the USA and demobilisation.

But that was the total sum of Elvis`s `extra-Germanic` activities to foreign countries. Period!

Also, no way would he have gone to London on his own! At the very least Red & Lamar would have gone too. They were at his side for all `off-base` actvities, plus Rex also. They even had two fist-fights in Paris with guys pissed off at their `gals` being more in love with The King than them.

And yet no-one recogised the most famous face on the planet...flying to and from London...on his own........ in 1958?
Yes..of course!

Finally why would this still be such a state- secret...in 2008? (The CIA might assasinate Tommy?) If it happened, why not confirm it, instead of mysterious talk of pledges of silence. You can tell from Steele`s response that he doesn`t want to call his mate a liar in print, or actually confirm it, otherwise he`d be going along with the fantasy, so he`s masked it all in press double-speak, which actually, speaks volumes! Kenwright should go into business with Jeffrey Archer.

PS: Tommy has also mentioned in the past, that he saw Buddy Holly & The Crickets playing live in Norfolk Viginia, when he was out there as a Merchant seaman. He recalls they sang `Not Fade Away`.A few things to ponder in relation to this:- Steele was out of the MN and doing his first stint at the 2-I`s by July 1956. At that time there were no `Crickets`, Holly was still trying to get something away in Nashville..and `Not Fade Away` was a year off.

"Elvis On Tour" DVD release discussion: The FECC board posted a number of interesting messages about Elvis On Tour, the only Elvis film yet to be officially released on DVD:

Ricky: During Elvis Week last summer, I asked Tom Brown of Turner Movies the same question.. He claimed it will come out, although he couldn't say exactly when. He went on to say that he had the movie poster from EOT hanging on the back of his office door as a daily reminder. I was further disappointed when he stated he wasn't aware of the this particular messageboard. I pointed out, he should read some of the opinions of those more knowlegible of Elvis than the average fan on say...Elvis Insiders. No one wants this more than me, since I was at the 4/9/72 evening show. I always state to folks, that as an extra in the film, I ended up on the cutting room floor.....unless.....an outtake exists!

I thnk we should start a letter campaign asking, begging, pleading with Turner for this release! If they get enough mail maybe they'll get around to it. In fact we should campaign for complete TTWII AND EOT official releases.(meaning every single inch of footage, every single minute of sound!)

Contact Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. at the following address:

One CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Everybody to your pen and paper (or is that too archaic?)......Sylvie

New iTunes Elvis releases + CD release "True Love": Due for release on the Pagasus label on June 9, 2008 is the budget compilation "True Love".

On iTunes two new albums were released by Bluebird Music (see photos opposite), although the release date states January 1, 2008, these twenty tracks virtual albums just popped up in the results. (News, Source: Elvis News)

ELVIS A LEGENDARY PERFORMER - TALKING AND MORE I: A new part of the A Legendary Peformer series - "Talking And More I". The release of this CD with 18 tracks will be next week. Tracklisting:

1. Elvis At NBC (Steve binder, Alan Blye and Chris Beard talking with Elvis about the live segment for the NBC TV Special) 2. Elvis As The One Called Charro! (radio movie spots) 3. Elvis In Texas (interview, Odessa, Texas, 1960) 4. Back On Stage (Las Vegas show excerpts, 1969) 5. The Sweet Inspirations (show excerpts, 1974-1977) 6. Strung Out - Remix (remix of Elvis telling the audience that he is absolutely pissed of by the head-lines and stories from the tabloid press) 7. The Elvis Hour Ed Parker (radio program) 8. 'The Exorcist' Girl (recorded on tour) 9. High School Interview (1956) 10. To Whom It May Concern (radio program with Lisa Marie Presley - Lisa talks about her debut album) 11. A Billboard Presentation (1956) 12. Jingle All The Way (recorded in Las Vegas) 13. With Elvis On Stage - The Story ('After season' interview with John Wilkinson) 14. The Show Taht Never Was (radio spot for the Elvis show, August 20,. 1977) 15. New Years Eve 1975 (Elvis speaks about the show) 16. Germany, March 1959 (Dick Clark calls Elvis) 17. Germany, August 1959 (Dick Clark calls Elvis) 18. Happy Birthday Elvis! January 8, 1960 (Dick Clark calls Elvis) Pre-order Now: 17,95 Euro plus postage from EP Gold

Elvis 2nd in UK hero poll: A new poll of people under 25 conducted by Sky.com found that the singer was rated above Princess Diana in the top heroine category.

Babyshambles singer/guitarist Pete Doherty was voted the second most popular male hero, behind footballer Stephen Gerrard.

Psychologist Donna Dawson told PA that Winehouse may have topped the poll because she "seems to portray a certain sense of vulnerability or having had to fight against some adversity in their lives".

Among the general population, with categories not restricted by gender or age, Winston Churchill was voted top hero figure. Elvis Presley came second. (News, Source: NME /Elvis News)


Wednesday 23 April 2008

Marty Lacker comments on claim Elvis toured London with Tommy Steele (see story yesterday): Tommy Steele's claim that Elvis contacted him and spent a day in London with him is total bullshit.

It seems Steele is just another person who has come out of the woodwork since Elvis died that has made false claims about themselves and Elvis.  They think because he's gone they can get away with it but they forget the that we, the original guys who were close to him for 20 years and more, are still here. At least one of us and most times more, were with him just about everyday for all that time.  Many days 24/7.  We know what he did and who he did it with.  Tommy Steele was never with Elvis in London because Elvis was never in London.  The only time Elvis was in any part of Great Britain is when his army plane made a brief landing to refuel in Prestwick, Scotland on his way home from the army in Germany.

Who Steele did meet is Lamar Fike, who says that he went to London back then while he was in Germany with Elvis.  He went with a couple of guys and met Steele as part of a group.  He spent a few hours with him and the others but he never went to Parliment as Steele claims or any other sightseeing tour with him.

Hope that sets the record straight for people.

Hilton retiree reflects on Elvis, glamour, life lived in Vegas:

Janie Steele’s theme song should be “Thanks for the Memories.”

The 67-year-old photographer-turned-bookkeeper retired Friday from the Las Vegas Hilton, where she hobnobbed with Elvis Presley and other celebrities during her almost 30 years at the venue.

“When I feel sorry for myself about not having done anything, I think that for somebody who thought they would never leave their small town, I’ve seen and done quite a lot,” says Steele, a native of Westminster, S.C., population 2,763.

As Steele thought of retirement, she began turning back her pages:

She saw Ike & Tina Turner, Redd Foxx and Frankie Laine at the Hilton lounges and such memorable entertainers as Barbra Streisand, Bill Cosby, Juliet Prowse and Maurice Chevalier with the Kim Sisters at showrooms around town.

And of course, Elvis.

Steele went to work at the Hilton — then the International Hotel — as a photographer in 1970. Streisand was the headliner at the International when it opened in 1969, but then it was Elvis.

“He would do two shows a night, seven nights a week, for four weeks,” Steele says. “I don’t know how he did it, but that’s how all the entertainers used to do here. They never had a day off.”

She lost track of how many times she saw Elvis. She would attend his shows even if she had to pay for them. She often joined members of the public who were invited to his suite.

“It was the only way he could meet normal people,” Steele says. “They would just invite people up to his rooms. Music would be playing. He’d sometimes demonstrate his karate kicks. He’d chitchat with everyone, mingle with the little groups of people who were all around the suite. He was such a gentleman to me. It breaks my heart that things happened the way they did.”

It wasn’t unusual for her to bump into Priscilla Presley and their daughter, Lisa Marie. “The last time I saw Lisa Marie was in the showroom. She was about 6 years old. A gorgeous child.”

When Steele arrived from South Carolina in 1964, she worked in data processing at the Nevada Test Site. “A bus would pick up employees in the morning and take us home in the evening. It was 180 miles round-trip, an hour and a half each way.”

She lived in the Naked City neighborhood near South Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. In those days it was a trendy part of town where showgirls lived and sunbathed by the pools, hence its nickname. “I never saw anyone naked, but they did have awfully tiny little bikinis.”

She married Charlie Steele, music teacher by day and drummer in relief bands in the casinos by night, and they moved to different parts of town. “I loved Las Vegas back then. You could go anywhere in 15 or 20 minutes.”

After her job at the test site ended, she went to work taking pictures in the Hilton’s showroom and lounges. “I was really shy. I had the hardest time walking up to people and asking them if they wanted their picture taken.”

She moved back to South Carolina for four years but returned to Las Vegas and worked at Saks Fifth Avenue when the Fashion Show Mall opened in 1981. She returned to the Hilton to work in the accounting department.

“When I left, Siegfried & Roy were a small part of ‘The Lido’ show at the Stardust. When I came back, they had a show of their own.”

Her fondest memory of Old Vegas?

“I always wanted to live where people wore long gowns and gloves and fixed their hair,” she says. “When I first moved here, that’s what you did. You dressed up.” (News, Source: Jery Fink, Las Vegas Sun)

Tribute vinyl: Collectors, attention. Following Wanda Jackson's tribute album "I Remember Elvis", there's a limited 7" release on white vinyl.

The A side is her version of "There's Good Rockin' Tonight", while the flip site has a remix of the same song, as recorded by Elvis in the Sun Studio.

This release is limited to 300 copies worldwide, so...Happy Hunting! A hint: the label is Goldenlane Records CLP-2012 (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Elvis event in Italy: Thanks to Dennis Skopaz for the following message about Elvis 2008 in Italy:

I wanted to inform you that the venue for the Elvis 2008 Original Cast will be the Conservatory of Music of Milan. Elvis goes Classic! all information available in english language at www.onenightwithelvis.it


Tuesday 22 April 2008

EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' April Update: While the Elvis Internet police keep removing clips, EIN still delivers fifteen brand new videos. An eclectic mix this week with everything from a wonderful 'That's All Right' edit through to 1977 and 'Moody Blue'. As requested we feature three very different versions of 'Let Yourself Go' plus the highlight of 18 minutes of footage from Elvis' M.S.G 1972 Press conference. Not only that but some brilliant rare Army photos - and an incredible 1987 interview with Colonel Parker. And don't miss out on the brilliant compile of Elvis having fun with fans on stage. As EIN always says "Catch them now before they get taken away" ('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source:EIN)

Netherlands chart update: In the Netherlands the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation still sells. It climbs from #34 to #25 on the Back-catalogue Top 50 chart. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Vinyl picture disc release: Here is the "cover art" for the Universe limited edition vinyl release entitled "Loving You". This album is due for release May 12, 2008. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Did Elvis visit London?: If we are to believe (and EIN doesn't) various forum and website postings, Tommy Steele's current manager, Bill Kenwright, claims Elvis contacted the British rock 'n' roller while The King was in Germany and subsequently spent a day with him touring the sights of London. To EIN it sounds like some clever pr to reignite Tommy Steele's career. Two reports from UK media say:

For 50 years, English fans believed that the charming Elvis Presley never kept his foot on their land. But according to reports, the king of rock 'n roll did pay a secret visit to Great Britain. It has been believed that Presley's visit to Scotland was his sole trip in the UK.

But according to theatre tycoon Bill Kenwright, Elvis, then 23, visited his pal Tommy Steele in 1958. "Elvis flew in for a day and Tommy showed him round London. He showed him the Houses of Parliament and spent the day with him," The Sun quoted him, as saying.

Entertainer Tommy, 71 - regarded in the 50s as the UK's answer to Elvis - said: "It was two young men sharing the same love of their music."


Elvis' secret visit to London: Deep in the bowels of Area 51 where they preserve the TRUE FACTS about the REAL STORY behind EVERYTHING, there is a room devoted entirely to Elvis Presley.

Mainly the files relate to the big truths about Elvis, how he's still alive, how he worked for both the CIA and the Mafia and how his plans for a chain of Heartbreak Hotels were scuppered by a lawsuit from Trust House Forte. There is one folder, however, that has particular pertinence this morning, the folder marked Elvis in Britain.

For the past 48 years the received wisdom has been that Elvis only set foot in the UK once, stopping at Prestwick airport on his way home from army service in Germany in 1960. He never left the airport, but told the locals he encountered: "This is quite a country. I must see more of it." He never did.

Or so the story goes, at least. For yesterday on Ken Bruce's Radio 2 programme The Tracks of my Years, a shadowy account emerged of an alternate history, one in which Elvis made another trip to the UK two years previously. A trip to London in fact, where he was escorted round the capital by Tommy Steele, the bloke who sang Little White Bull.

The story was revealed by Bill Kenwright, theatre impresario and chairman of Everton football club, and despite knowing that his mate Tommy doesn't like to talk about it, he didn't half go on at length.

"I remember him telling me about when Elvis came to England very quietly", Kenwright I-wanna-tell-you-a-storied.

"Evidently Tommy got home one night and the phone rings. A voice says, 'They tell me you're good.'

"Tommy says, 'Who's this?'

'Elvis' says the voice. 'Get outta here', says Tommy. 'Are you as good as me?' says Elvis ... and they started this mock rivalry.

"It all came from that. It's quite something isn't it - the thought of them wandering around London together? But the impression I got was that they never got out of the car."

So not quite the missing link between Elvis, Marilyn and the moon landings then, but it's enough to persuade the Daily Mail to turn over their page three to the tale, and send some hack to Woking's New Victoria theatre, where Steele is currently appearing in Doctor Dolittle, to ask the 71-year-old about his secret past.

In a written note to the paper, presumably slipped under a door after five hours of haranguing, Steele revealed his disquiet at the revelation: "It was an event shared by two young men sharing the same love of their music and the same thrill of achieving something unimaginable.

"I swore never to divulge what took place and I regret that it has found some way of 'getting into the light'. I can only hope he can forgive me."

What do you mean, "can"? In the present tense? You don't mean to say ... He couldn't possibly ... Someone call the CIA! (Source: Paul MacInnes, Guardian UK)

Sunday 20 April 2008

Website created for upcoming Tunzi book: Although the book "68 at 40" about Elvis's spectacular Comeback TV-show won't be available until mid-August, author and producer Joe Tunzi has created a special website for it.

The hardcover book is limited to 2,000 copies worldwide and comes with some exclusive never before seen color photos from the private collection of Timothy Mulrenan and Robert Brower.

Visit the site (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Ed Bonja discovers 70 previously unpublished Elvis photos: Elvis Presley's official stage photographer Ed Bonja was going thru his thousands of prints this week, and discovered SEVENTY (70!) shots of Elvis that have never been seen or printed before. "It was truly amazing", Ed told us on the phone. "I hadn't seen that part of my archive in years, and all of a sudden - there they were." It's unclear yet as to how Ed will share the prints with the fans. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)


Saturday 19 April 2008

Elvis Presley Memorial Diamond allegedly made from Elvis' DNA: Currently on eBay is a half carat diamond apparently made from authenticated hair from Elvis. From the listing:

You are bidding on the ONLY .5 ct  Blue, Round Cut, Cultured Diamond that will be created from the actual hair containing the mitochondrial DNA of Elvis “The King” Presley. The hair samples being used are a combination of two separately authenticated samples acquired from two different reputable sources as a way to ensure authenticity.  Each diamond will come with numerous documents and certifications of authenticity. The hair sample will be reduced to it's basic element…carbon and a real diamond will be created using the HPHT process (high pressure high temp.).  Cultured Diamond are real diamonds exhibiting the same identical properties of naturally mined diamonds. The Elvis Diamond will be laser engraved along the girdle with an identity number and Elvis “The King” Presley. 

This is the ONLY ½ ct Blue Elvis Diamond that will ever be created and will be done by the exact same process as the .56 ct Beethoven Diamond which sold on EBay for $202,700 in Sept 2007.  The ½ ct Blue Elvis Diamond is expected to sell for over $300,000 with a low opening bid of $50,000. This auction is being done without any media or advertising promotion which makes this an unbelievable opportunity for someone to own a truely one-of-a-kind gem.

Discover Elvis Presley - front cover: Last year Sony BMG USA released Discover Elvis Presley in the US. Now Sony BMG Canada has followed suit. This is is the cover artwork.

The CD features 5 tracks, and also contains a PIN number for a free download of the song Viva Las Vegas. This is aimed to the people who doesn't know much of Elvis and his music, and specifically for the younger generations. (News, Source: Barry McLean)

Design released for New Overton Park Shell: This may very well be the way the ‘New Overton Park Shell’ will look like, when it’s finished in 2009. The architectural firm working on the renovated design made this image and shared it with other fans through Scotty Moore’s website.

It was here – at the Shell – where Elvis gave his very first live performance, on July 30th 1954. The renovation costs about 1 million dollar & includes – among others – huge video walls. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)

Mickey does Elvis - new series of collectible figurines: The Hamilton Collection in the USA has released the first in its Elvis Disney collection:

Join Mickey in a magical jumpsuit salute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll®, Elvis Presley®! In a first from The Hamilton Collection, this exciting Disney Mickey Mouse collectible figurine showcases Mickey in his version of the glitzy American Eagle jumpsuit Elvis® wore on his Aloha From Hawaii special.

This Disney Mickey Mouse collectible figurine is licensed by Disney and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and is specially designed by The Hamilton Collection. This limited edition is superbly handcrafted and hand-painted, and, in addition to all the other show-stopping details, Mickey takes center-stage on a self-standing base complete with a fan-tossed red rose and even more sparkling rhinestones. Strong demand is expected for this unique Mickey and Elvis gift, so order now!

Each release is priced at US$19.95 + 6.99 p&p (News, Source: Amber Smith)

Popular Elvis stage musical moves venue: George Twamley, producer of the very successful stage musical My Boy Elvis The Musical , informs EIN:

"After the success of "My Boy Elvis" The Musical in Dublin where it received a standing ovation the show moves to The INEC centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry on Saturday 28th. June. For ticket and accomodation enquires phone 06471555 from the UK 003536471555.

JAT sells out of its latest Elvis book: JAT Productions has sold all stock of its new book Portraits, and therefore it is no longer possible to order a copy directly from them.

Please refer to your favorite dealer for a copy. JAT says thank you all for your continued support as it makes it worthwhile. (Source: JAT Productions/FECC)

April FTDs - no more delays: Despite talk to the contrary, Ernst has told Elvis Australia the two April FTD releases will be shipped this coming Monday. (News, Source: Elvis Australia/Elvis News)

USA chart update: Elvis 30 #1 Hits is #1 on the Top Country Catalog Charts for the 3rd week in 2008. At the same time the album is number 12 on the Top Pop Catalog charts (last week number 15) and on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums list, #122 (last week # 140). No Elvis DVD's charted this week on Billboard. (News, Source: Elvis For Everyone/Elvis Gold)


Thursday 17 April 2008

Priscilla dances to Elvis - plus her post 'Dancing with the Stars' interview on Jimmy Kimmel: After being eliminated from the TV contest, last night Priscilla talked about the experience of being on the 'Dancing with the Stars' show. It was noticeable that her eye makeup was beginning to look more like her style from the sixties' Elvis era.  Click here for Kimmel Interview
The DWTS Week 5 performance - Interestingly Priscilla and Van Amstel danced the rumba to Roberta Flack's 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face' - a song that Elvis recorded and sang in concert many times.  Click here to view DWTS final performance.
Also see Priscilla interviewed on Good Morning America, Click here for GMA.
However DO NOT miss these. What would the TV audience have voted had Priscilla danced to Elvis songs? They certainly have a greater emotional impact as one can see. 
Priscilla dances to Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling In Love'

Priscilla dances to Elvis' 'I Got Stung' - a sensation!

Priscilla dances to Elvis' 'Surrender' . . (News, Source/EIN/SanjaM)

Elvis Presley’s 24-carat Gold Piano to be sold: Elvis fans can now look forward to adding one more rare piece of this legendary’s star’s memorabilia with his 24-carat gold piano soon to be put on the market for the very first time. This IS the piano that has been on public display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The piano has been owned by Andrew Marsh for the past ten years but since 1991 has been displayed in the museum with the permission of its current owner. Manufactured by Piano & Organ Company in 1928, the grand piano was originally white and was referred to as the “world's largest grand”. Its first owner was the Memphis Auditorium but it later got sold to the O.K. Houck Company, which owned it until 1955. That's when Elvis bought it for his mother. The gold leaf plating came when Priscilla secretly removed the piano from storage and hired European professionals to refinish it in 24kt. gold in 1968, their first anniversary. The piano stayed at Graceland until Elvis decided, in the early 70s, to give it to his aunt to use it in her church. But because of its size, the aunt traded it for a smaller one. From then on, the piano has known several owners. The unique Elvis piano is causing quite a stir among Elvis collectors. Information received by EIN is that this heritage piano is not being offered through auction but is only being offered for sale privately through Andrew Marsh. If you have a lot of spare cash, the contact number is (310) 490-8814 USA. (News, Source;EIN/SanjaM)

Tupelo loses old City Swimming Pool near Elvis House: City of Tupelo workers begin tearing down the old city pool behind the Elvis Presley birthplace in East Tupelo last Monday. The pool will be filled in and landscaped. To make up for the loss of the pool, the city is putting a water park in nearby Veterans Park later this year.



(News, Source;EIN/Gansky)

'One Night With Elvis' European Tour in October: One year ago, the major European fanclubs joined forces for a European scoop, uniting the original Elvis Presley musicians on stage, with lead singer Terry Mike Jeffrey. On stage were: the TCB Band, the Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Joe Guercio & Orkest, and two original musicians in Joe Guercio’s Orchestra. The response was overwhelming. Over 20.000 fans came to see this spectacular show in 11 cities in 7 different countries. And the best part of it all is: the Tour gets a sequel! This year, the original Elvis Live Band travels around Europe again, stopping in cities such as Eindhoven, Turnhout, Oslo, Trondheim, Paris, Milano, Alicante.. Here’s an excellent opportunity to catch the Elvis Vibe again, so don’t miss the show! Concert dates are October 9 > 20th. Click here for 2008 Tour details and prices 






(News, Source;elvis2008)

Japanese DVD Re-issues: According to Elvis World Japan, three classic Elvis DVDs are being re-released this summer in Japan. 'Elvis Presley LP' Classic Album', 'Elvis '56' and 'The Great Performances, Vol.1: Center Stage'. One would have thought that 'The Great Performances' series would be ripe for an expanded make-over by EPE but these appear to be the originals.



(News, Source: Elvis World Japan)

ELVIS PRESLEY - THREE BRITISH KTEL ALBUMS ON CD - RARE!!!: These great CDs are very rare. Many UK fans were virtually raised on these LPs, and now you can obtain them on three great CDs. The CDs are very impressive - in black vinyl. They look exactly like the original records, only in CD form. The CDs even have grooves! These are the real deal, not CD-Rs. The packaging is also just like the original. High quality in thick, laminated card.

These CDs are only sold as a set (as seen) and NOT individually. Remember, you are buying all three titles

CD 1 - THE ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE (1981): Introductory Fanfare (2001) / See See Rider / Blue Suede Shoes / Johnny B. Goode / Are You Lonesome Tonight? / Never Been To Spain / You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / The Impossible Dream / Band Introductions / An American Trilogy / In The Ghetto / Suspicious Minds / Love Me / Burning Love / Words / Polk Salad Annie / I Can't Stop Loving You / Can't Help Falling In Love.

CD 2 - LOVE SONGS (1979): It's Now Or Never / She's Not You / Love Letters / Anything That's Part Of You / Surrender / Kentucky Rain / Suspicious Minds / You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / I Just Can't Help Believing / The Wonder Of You / Can't Help Falling In Love / Always On My Mind / Love Me Tender / Loving You / I Want, You, I Need You, I Love You / Wooden Heart / Are You Lonesome Tonight? / Just Pretend / Until It's Time For You To Go / Memories.

CD 3 - INSPIRATIONS (1980): Crying In The Chapel / It's No Secret (What God Can Do) / A Thing Called Love / Bosom Of Abraham / In My Father's House / An Evening Prayer / Amazing Grace / How Great Thou Art / Lead Me, Guide Me / The Impossible Dream / (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) / I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs / I Believe In The Man In The Sky / Mansion Over The Hilltop / Padre / Where Could I Go But To The Lord? / He Is My Everything / Somebody Bigger Than You And I / He Touched Me / Known Only To Him. (News, Source: EP Gold/Amber Smith)


Wednesday 16 April 2008

American Glory - new unofficial release: The MxF label will soon release its Forth CD titled ''American Glory!'' featuring the complete show from Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel December 06, 1975 MS and part of the opening night of the same Season.

The concert is previously unreleased, here you have the opportunity to listen to a slice of the December ‘75 season without doubt one of the best moments of Elvis in 1975, the use of two great tapes make the rest. We are not talking of original tapes but due to the very good quality we are talking of two tapes came from an early generation copy of the master tapes.

The audio-quality of the recording is really good, well balanced with not too heavy an audience intrusion and with the right feeling of an Elvis’ concert.

Elvis' performance in both the shows is superb; Elvis in spite of being overweight is still at the top of his musical ability, very intense and active on the stage. We are talking about one of his best seasons and very successful in terms of audience numbers considering that Las Vegas in December is a dead city, but not for Elvis. Both shows do not really have any low points as Elvis sings with intensity and delivers a solid repertoire, not too much space for the classic oldies but a more mature repertoire for the original rock singer with pop songs performed for the majority. 

Among the highlights are powerful performances of "Polk Salad Annie", "America The Beautiful", "Burning Love", "Just Pretend" , while on Opening Night we have  "It’s Midnight,” performed with absolute show-stopping brilliance and the rare version of “You’ve Lost the Love Feeling” and “ My Boy”.  

The packaging will come with a 12 page booklet professionally edited, picture disc, relevant liner notes, original memorabilia and more than 15 photographs covering practically all of the seasons jumpsuits. These are two great  shows... the package, the 79,52 minutes of superb music give us definitely something unique We Hope The Definitive one in reference to Elvis’ December 1975 Vegas Season. Don’t miss it!!!!  CD Total Time 79.52 min. 

December 06, 1975 MS Show: Tracklist: 01.2001 Theme; 1:08 02.C. C Rider; 3:25 03.I Got A Woman/Amen; 7:02 04. Love Me; 3:45 05. Fairytale; 4:41 06. And I Love You So; 4:09 07.All Shook Up; 1:00 08. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; 2:15 09. Hound Dog; 2:07 10. Happy Birthday; 0:37 11.Polk Salad Annie; 4:44 12. Introductions; 1:08 13.Johnny B. Good; 0:56 14.Drums Solo; 1:27 15.Bass Solo; 1:14 16. Piano Solo; 1:41 17. Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Roll; 1:02 18. Just Pretend; 3:57 19.How Great Thou Art; 3:02 20. Burning Love; 2:44 21.Softly As I Leave You; 2:44 22. America the Beautiful; 2:26 23. It's Now or Never; 3:07 24.Can't Help Falling in Love; 1:57  TIME 62:30 

December 02, 1975 OP Show: 25. Big Boss Man; 2:52 26.It's Midnight; 3:23 27. Early Morning Rain; 2:52 28.You've Lost the Loving Feeling; 4:17 29: My Boy; 3:56  TIME 17:52 (News, Source: FECC)

Cover art - Elvis Re:Versions Spandox: The Japanese Elvis site showed this cover of the DJ Spankox "Re: Versions" remix CD. This CD, Due May 21, 2008, features remixes of the tracks Baby Let's Play House, Don't Be Cruel, Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, Blue Moon Of Kentucky, Heartbreak Hotel, Too Much, Just Because, You're A Heartbreaker and That's All Right. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan/Elvis News)

Dancing With The Stars spoiler - Priscilla eliminated!: Despite committing to the cause and calming her nerves each week with yoga and candles, Priscilla Presley became the latest celebrity casualty Tuesday on "Dancing With the Stars."

The 62-year-old actress, who came into the results show in last place, failed to capture enough viewer votes to overcome her low score. Judges said her rumba was dull and technically imprecise, awarding her just 21 out of 30 points.

"It lacked spontaneity for me," said head judge Len Goodman. "It was too careful. I was disappointed with the performance."

Sunday 13 April 2008

Online Elvis novel - "Pure Elvis": Following in the tradition of the original online serialised Elvis novel (from the late 1990s), The Strange Case of the Lost Elvis Diaries, comes Stefano Boscutti's online novel, Buscotti's Pure Elvis. The storyline revolves around the crazed weekend when Elvis decided to visit President Richard Nixon in search of a Federal Drug Enforcement Agent badge. A new chapter is posted each day. (News, Source: Chris Bamford)

ELVIS PRESLEY - 40 GREATEST HITS ON 2 CD - RARE!: EP Gold advises: This great double CD is very rare. Many fans were virtually raised on this double LP, and now you can obtain it on two great CDs.

The CDs are very impressive - in black vinyl. They look exactly like the original records, only in CD form. The CDs even have grooves!

The tracks have been digitally cleaned and remastered, and they sound incredible. The packaging is also just like the original. High quality in thick, laminated card.

CD 1: My Baby Left Me / Heartbreak Hotel / Blue Suede Shoes / Hound Dog / Love Me Tender / Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do / Teddy Bear / Party / All Shook Up / Old Shep / Don't / Hard Headed Woman / King Creole / Jailhouse Rock / Big Hunk O' Love / I Got Stung / One Night / A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight / Stuck On You

CD 2: Surrender / His Latest Flame / Rock-A-Hula Baby /Fever / It's Now Or Never / Are You Lonesome Tonight / Wooden Heart / Wild In The Country / There's Always Me / Can't Help Falling In Love / Good Luck Charm / She's Not You / Return To Sender / Devil In Disguise / Crying In The Chapel / Guitar Man / In The Ghetto / Suspicious Minds / There Goes My Everything / Don't Cry Daddy

Order now at www.epgoldwebshop.com RARE! € 18.95

Upcoming Highlights for SIRIUS Radio:

Elvis Live in Concert: Elvis at the International
Fri 4/11 8:00 pm ET

This show was recorded on August 23, 1969. It’s the super hot midnight show from his triumphant Vegas ’69 return to the concert stage. Rebroadcast: Sun., Apr. 13th @ 12 am & 10 pm ET.

Elvis and His Number One Billboard Hot 100 Hits
Sat 4/12 11:00 am ET

Elvis Radio’s Big Jim plays all 18 of Elvis’ Number One Billboard Hot 100 Hits starting with his very first, “Heartbreak Hotel”!

Soundtrack Saturday Night: It Happened At The World’s Fair
Sat 4/12 10:00 pm ET

Elvis plays the role of Mike Edwards, crop dusting pilot! His touch football buddy Gary Lockwood co-stars, and 11 year old Kurt Russell has a cameo in this flick. Bill Rock features 1963’s It Happened At The World’s Fair as his Elvis Movie of the Week on Soundtrack Saturday Night.

Elvis Live in Concert
Fri 4/18 8:00 pm ET
For this week’s Elvis Live In Concert, Elvis Radio revisits Elvis’s famous San Antonio show from 36 years ago, recorded on April 18, 1972.

Rebroadcast: Sun., Apr. 20th @ 12 am & 10 pm ET.

Soundtrack Saturday Night: Fun in Acapulco
Sat 4/19 10:00 pm ET

Elvis Radio’s Bill Rock features Fun in Acapulco, costarring Ursula Andress for his Soundtrack Saturday Night Elvis Movie of the Week. (Bonus fun fact: Teri Garr had a walk on part in this film.) (News, Source: EPE)


Saturday 12 April 2008

'HIGH VOLTAGE' - Birmingham 1976, CD review: There can be no doubt that Elvis' 29th December concert in Birmingham, Alabama in 1976 was one of his best concerts in a long while, on a par with his legendary New Year's Eve concert of 2 days later. The original bootleg ‘Burning In Birmingham’ was always a favourite among collectors but contained a lot of background audio hiss and the sound was pretty flat - especially compared to Elvis’ dynamic performance on the night. This new release however is not only in stereo but is now presented with a stylish 16-page booklet full of classic photographs from the concert itself. In this detailed review EIN's Piers Beagley visits an old friend.....

(CD Reviews, Source; EIN)

End of Elvis Week 2008 - Special Concert announced: With Elvis fans wondering what would be the concert climax of Elvis Week in Memphis at last EPE have announced, 'Elvis: From Broadway to Memphis with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra'. This sure ain't "Elvis In Concert" with the TCB Band - although it still features Elvis via big video screens!
EPE publicity states: "Enjoy a sophisticated and fun celebration of Elvis music with Leah Hocking, from the Broadway cast of All Shook Up, and Austin Miller, television and Broadway star. The show will also star Elvis Presley, via video, accompanied by live music on stage during some special segments of the show. All will be accompanied by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Included in the exciting show will be Elvis fan favorites The Dempseys and lots of surprises.
There will be two shows on August 16, 2008 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis. The matinee will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the evening show will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to the matinee event are $70.00, $50.00 and $30.00. Tickets to the evening show are $125.00, $85.00, $65.00 and $45.00."
Shawn Klush while strangely not mentioned in the above publicity is also featured. Go here for more info and images (News, Source;EIN) 

Mariah Carey is Destroying the World!!: First the war, then the stock market plummets, Global Warming is shown to be real, the housing market collapses, unemployment skyrockets, and yet none of that has prepared us for the tragedy that has rocked this planet to its very core. It's hard to even write these words without breaking down but...Mariah Carey now has more number one singles than Elvis Presley. The unspeakable horror!! Oh the humanity!!
At what point do we just say we can't go on? At what point do we stop believing in God?
No matter what hardship we had to endure -- from terrorism to Ellen's little doggie being recalled - at least we had Elvis. My father, who lived through the Depression and Chevy Chase talk show said he never thought he'd see the day.
When gas prices went to $4.00 a gallon and my children were inconsolable I took their hands and said, "Kids, it's okay. The King has 17 number ones. No one will ever surpass him."
Now what do I tell them? Oh...if only...
If only "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck", "Now and Then There's a Fool Such as I", "Can't Help Falling In Love", and "Return To Sender" hadn't finished at number two. I blame myself. I could have bought "Return To Sender" but no, I had to give that money to Jerry's kids. Now and then there is such a fool as I.
Radio is also at fault. Stations never gave his masterpiece "Rock-A-Hula Baby" the exposure it deserved. There's no reason that song shouldn't be the number one song of ALL-TIME. Or at least the official state song of Hawaii or Colorado.
And why penalize Elvis for stretching himself artistically, for challenging his audience? "Do The Clam" will live on long after "Rhapsody in Blue" fades into the mist of time.
Mariah Carey?! Who is this eighteen-year upstart? So her highest octave is two octaves higher than a normal soprano? Can she sing while doing judo moves? I think not.
Has she paid her dues? Look at her movie career. Glitter? It is to laugh. Compare that with Live A Little, Love A Little, Clambake, Tickle Me, Girls! Girls! Girls!, The Trouble With Girls, Girl Happy, Charro, Roustabout, It Happened At The World's Fair, and of course Harem Scarum.
And how many Mariah Carey impersonators have you seen (with the exception of at least four on American Idol every season)?
We need the healing to begin. We as Americans need to reach down deep and draw upon that resilience that has always served us through such dire times. But we can't do it ourselves. The psychic damage is far too great. A couple of things need to happen.
For the sake of this country and - oh let's just say it - mankind, Mariah Carey has to retire. Sorry. She'll find other work. She can always host a VH-1 reality show or learn a trade at the DeVry Institute.
And RCA records needs to re-release a few Elvis songs. If everyone in the United States buys copies of "Rubberneckin'", "Kiss Me Quick", and "Old Shep" Elvis Presley can reclaim his rightful crown (of being number three behind the Beatles and Bing Crosby) and order can once again be restored to the universe.
Can we do it? It's up to you. Thank you and viva Las Vegas!
You can read more from Ken Levine at kenlevine.blogspot.com. (News, Source;EINSanjaM)

New April FTDs to be released next week: Ernst Jorgensen confirmed to Elvis Collector's Gold that the new FTD CDs 'That's the Way It Is' and 'The Way It Was' are due for release the end of next week, April 18, 2008. The reissue of the 1970 classic album 'That's the Way It Is' is a 2-CD set featuring 40 total tracks including 29 bonus tracks of remixes and studio outtakes. 'The Way It Was' is a special 1 disc re-release of the CD that originally accompanied The Way It Was FTD Book & CD. Click here to see EIN's review of the original FTD Book/CD 'The Way It Was'. - Click here to see an EIN spotlight on whether 'That's the Way It Is' is a worthy re-release of the BMG 3CD 30th Anniversary set. (News, Source; EIN)

Who else has Elvis treasures?: "Never-before-seen. Wow!" That's how a newly discovered photo of Elvis Presley was recently described. Reading the AP article over breakfast, and seeing the 1972 image of a caped King of Rock 'n' Roll at Madison Square Garden in New York, I had to laugh. Then I had to go check. Yep, Elvis was still in the house.
Before leaving for work, I managed to find my prized Presley picture. It was tucked in an envelope of photos of my late father-in-law, David Muhlstein. In the late 1950s, David Muhlstein was news director for a Dallas radio station, KLIF. There's a mention of him in a book called "Gordon McLendon: The Maverick of Radio." McLendon owned KLIF, and in the early '50s had pioneered the top-40 music format at the Texas station.
All I know about my Presley photograph is second-hand information, stories from my late husband and his mom. Apparently the young Elvis dropped by the radio station one day to promote a new single -- I don't know which one. Found in boxes of my husband's stuff were several Presley 45 rpm records from the 1950s and early '60s. They're marked "not for sale," so they likely came from the radio station.
The picture has no date on it, but I know my father-in-law worked at KLIF in 1958 and 1959, when Presley would have been 23 or 24. Perhaps a publicity shot, the photo shows a dreamy Presley, with the slightest hint of a lip curl, in all his "Hound Dog" glory.
My father-in-law is on the right in the picture, and looks to be waiting for the star to sign an autograph. I don't know who the two men are on the left; both appear to be thrilled by the encounter. All the men are wearing the era's white shirts, skinny ties and big-shouldered jackets.
Whenever I look at it, I wish that photo could come to life. I'd love to hear the banter between the King and the man who died before I met his son.
Although never seen at Graceland, my photo was displayed for years in a hallway in my late mother-in-law's house in Arcadia, Calif., near Pasadena. It was hung, framed, alongside all the family graduation, wedding and baby pictures. I remember a few heated talks between my husband and his siblings about who'd end up with the Elvis picture. Finally, one sister had copies made for all of them.
When I went to find the picture Thursday, I was half surprised I still had it. Knowing that my 21-year-old musician son has a few kitschy Elvis items, I thought maybe the photo had become part of his collection. Ah, but it's still mine.
Reading about never-before-seen Presley pictures, I wondered if they're really all that rare. If I have Elvis in an envelope, how many others do?
There must be hundreds, even thousands of never-before-seen Presley pictures. The New York discovery is just the thing to flush them out. Seeing that young, cool Elvis, I couldn't resist. I'll go first. - By Julie Muhlstein, (News, Source:HeraldNet)

Elvis Portraits book released: JAT Productions has annouced that their latest book Portraits is now in stock. Only a few copies are not pre-ordered and it may be sold out within a week. JAT Productions would like to thank everyone for their support and making this new book a huge success. Last copies can be ordered directly from JAT Productions or from your favorite dealer. Click here for JAT Productions orders.


(News, Source;Joe Tunzi)

Bill Burk health Update: Good news! Elvis World's Bill Burk was moved out of ICU and to the Restorative Care Hospital at Baptist yesterday. Connie reports that, "Now begins a lengthy period of treatment to get him active again, so he can get back to sending you these updates himself. Again, thank you for all your cards, thoughts and prayers! They have all worked!! And, unlike in the ICU, your cards are now able to stay in the room with Bill, where I have placed them all in a basket for him to read when he gets a little stronger and is able to sit in a chair at a table. I can tell you that Physical and Occupational Therapy were very impressed with his arm and leg strength when they saw him for the first time today, so it may not be too long before he is moving around again...after almost 4 weeks in a bed!" - Connie. Go here to Bill Burk's Elvis World on-line. (News, Source;EW)


Thursday 10 April 2008

Lost Elvis Presley pictures turn up: Nearly 36 years after Elvis Presley rocked Madison Square Garden, George Kalinsky raided his files, hunting for pictures he'd taken of the concert and never printed. He dug out nearly 100 never-before-seen shots, including some Graceland officials consider the most iconic ever taken.

"I thought I had eight or 10 good photos, but I found four rolls of film," said Kalinsky, the Garden's official photographer for 40 years.

"It was mind-boggling. I'd totally forgotten that I'd taken that many."
The collection is headed to Graceland for an exhibit.

One picture - showing a white jumpsuited Elvis, his cape billowing behind him - stands 36 feet tall on a Times Square billboard, part of a display honoring the world-famous snapper. "That is the one Graceland said was the most iconic," said Kalinsky, who met Elvis backstage after the show and described him as "very humble."

Kalinsky, 64, has taken pictures of every major Madison Square Garden event - including Muhammad Ali's fight with Joe Frazier, a Jimi Hendrix show and the Pope's 1979 visit.

He found the films after being invited to take part in a Times Square display celebrating "Great Moments in New York." He had asked Graceland for permission to use another of his shots, and they asked if he'd search to see if he had any he'd never published.
"This is an incredible and rare find," said Kevin Kern, spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises.
"It is as if George found a treasure chest of never before seen Elvis photos."
CLICK HERE to see all six outstanding Elvis Photos.

(News, Source;NY Daily News, SanjaMeegin)


Elvis' Peacock Jumpsuit On The Auctionblock: A spectacular auction of over 400 lots featuring rare, never before seen memorabilia including handwritten lyrics and letters, stage worn costumes, personal clothing, rare concert posters and photographs, and so much more from the icons of rock and pop: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Britney Spears, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, Buddy Holly and more, is scheduled for next Summer at Gottahaveit.

Two auction highlights are Elvis’s 1967 Clambake Millionaire suit, and the King’s favorite jumpsuit, the famous ‘Peacock’. For more info click here. Gottahaveit.com 

(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

'The Final Farewell' new import release: Yet another import CD announcement. Due for release very shortly is a 2CD set containing the complete June 26, 1977 show including the pre-programme performances. It is the complete Indianapolis show taken from a new source and restored to the best possible sound. The CD is accompanied by 20-page booklet and poster.


(News, Source;e-mail)

Ray Walker And Jerry Schilling in Dublin, Ireland: As part of the Irish "Elvis Social Club" celebration of the 40th Anniversary of "Elvis '68 TV Special the club is proud to present two guests from the U.S.A; Ray Walker (from the Jordanaires) and Jerry Schilling. The ‘If I Can Dream’ show stars Ireland’s foremost Elvis performer Kevin Doyle and the event will include a live on stage performance from Ray Walker and a special meet and greet session with the two guests. This is the latest in a line of charity club events that has given fans the opportunity to meet many of Elvis friends and entourage over the years. The event is happening over the May bank holiday weekend at the Red Cow Complex in Dublin, Ireland.  For more details click here.

(News, Source;"Elvis Social Club")

'Playlist - The Very Best Of Elvis Presley' new CD: To preorder via Amazon is yet another new 'best of' CD, called 'Playlist - The Very Best Of Elvis Presley'. This title will be released on April 29.


(News, Source;Amazon)


Tuesday 8 April 2008
'Royal Gambit In Richfield' - New Import CD: As recorded live at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio; October 23, 1976. The "Straight Arrow" label is proud to announce the release of a new CD this April entitled "ROYAL GAMBIT IN RICHFIELD." It’s our first release of a 1976 show and this particular concert has been selected for several reasons.
Elvis' autumn and winter '76 bicentennial tours were rather good, compared to the often miserable summer '76 personal appearances. The 41-year old King was looking better and actually singing with interest and passion again. The October 23rd Richfield concert (a village about halfway between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio) was probably the longest and best of the tour, running for a generous 80 minutes.
Finally, the audio-quality of the recording is really stunning, especially considering the fact that it was taped from the audience in a large stadium. Producers were able to obtain an ORIGINAL TAPE recorded by the same person that taped the Johnson City and Orlando 1977 concerts released by STRAIGHT ARROW in 2006 as "TENNESSEE STARLIGHT" and "GOING BACK IN TIME", respectively. Among the Richfield highlights are powerful performances of "And I Love You So", "America", "Hurt", "Heartbreak Hotel" and especially "How Great Thou Art," performed with absolute show-stopping brilliance. It is followed by an always-welcome, return-to-the roots medley of "Mystery Train / Tiger Man." (EIN agrees that this is one of the best pre-December concerts in 1976)
Includes a deluxe, full-colour, 16-page booklet with approximately 30 photos from the actual show, taken by four different photographers.
Tracklist: 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 2. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 3. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 4. Love Me - 5. Fairytale - 6. You Gave Me A Mountain - 7. Jailhouse Rock - 8. All Shook Up - 9. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 10. And I Love You So - 11. Little Darlin' (excerpt / intro only) - 12. Fever - 13. America The Beautiful - 14. Polk Salad Annie - 15. Band Introductions - 16. Early Mornin' Rain - 17. What'd I Say - 18. Johnny B. Goode - 19. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 20. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 21. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown) - 22. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 23. Love Letters - 24. School Day - 25. Hurt (with last part reprise) - 26. Hound Dog - 27. Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 28. Walk With Me (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 29. Heartbreak Hotel - 30. How Great Thou Art - 31. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) - 32. Can't Help Falling In Love - 33. Closing Vamp & Announcements. Approximate running time: 79:50 ( News, Source;StraightArrow)

"Opening Night - January 1970" new import CD release: The Madison label will release the CD "Opening Night - January 1970" very soon. This CD contains a soundboard recording of the January 26, 1970 opening show. It comes with a professionally designed 16-page booklet, liner notes, memorabilia and photographs from Elvis' second Las Vegas season. This show of course has been released on bootleg previously, however this upgrade promises to sound ever better. From the publicity:
The soundboard recording of the January 26, 1970 opening show was overall of poor quality because of severe microphone overload. It ain't perfect but NOW, and for the first time you will be able to enjoy this great concert in its entirety. This excellent new source has been greatly improved into a surprisingly fuller, dynamic and warmer sound, and without any doubts the best-ever sound fidelity attained on this amazing opening show of January 1970.
This limited edition of "Opening Show - January 1970" will come with a professionally designed 16-page booklet, liner notes, memorabilia and photographs from Elvis' second Las Vegas season. Don't miss out soon a remarkable concert and Closing Night - February 1970's perfect companion, Opening Night - January 1970.
Tracklist: 1- Opening /All Shook Up, 2- That's All Right, 3- Proud Mary, 4- Don't Cry Daddy, 5- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel, 6- Long Tall Sally, 7- Let It Be Me, 8- I Can't Stop Loving You, 9- Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 10- In The Ghetto, 11- True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (with false start), 12- Sweet Caroline, 13- Polk Salad Annie, 14- Introductions, 15- Kentucky Rain, 16- Suspicious Minds, 17- Can't Help Falling In Love. (Track 17 is previously unreleased in full.) (News, Source Madison)











Priscilla 'Dancing With The Stars' Week 4. Featuring Priscilla & her partner Louis Van Amstel doing the Viennese Waltz. She dances to Aretha Franklin's classic 'Do Right Woman' - and you even get to see her on roller-skates! Click here to see her US TV performance on Week 4


(News, Source:EIN/Sanja Meegin)

Learn To Play Elvis With Scotty Moore And DJ Fontana: Elvis' original band mates, DJ Fontana and Scotty Moore, will have videos up tomorrow showing you how to play five of the King's classics including "Jailhouse Rock", "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Hound Dog" on the iVideosongs website. From the press release:
iVideosongs is a new site that teaches viewers how to play songs completely and accurately. The cool thing about the site is that they have licensed full rights to its songs, so fans can be assured that they are learning the complete and accurate version of "Don't Be Cruel" - just as it was written by Elvis. Many of the songs are taught by the original artists with color commentary, are shot in high-def and once downloaded, can be placed on devices such as iPods, iPhones and more. Go here for more information.


(News, Source; ElvisNews/ivideosongs.com)

Elvis, Sinatra, Speilberg’s Super Agent McElwaine passes: A service for Hollywood executive Guy McElwaine, who passed away on April 2 after a 2 month illness, was held on Saturday in Westwood. McElwaine wore many hats which included being a publicist at MGM, the head of ICM’s film division, head of production for Ray Stark, Columbia and Morgan Creek. Born in Southern California, McElwaine aspired to become a professional baseball player, but had to give up that quest when he hurt his arm. McElwaine’s brilliant business sense, and his charming character were his stock and trade, and he utilized those skills to a successful 50 year career.
His family, which included his daughters Dawn and Alexandra, were at his bedside when he passed away. McElwaine had lived life in a large way. He had been married at least nine times. He became one of the guards of the old Hollywood, having been associated with people such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and as Steven Spielberg’s first agent. Guy McElwaine was 71. (News, Source;SanjaMeegin)

"Elvis Sings" new import compile CD: A double CD collection of themed Elvis tunes called "Elvis Sings…" is to be released by the new label 'Inspiration.' It's always amazes me man, what concepts people come up with! With 57 songs in total, includes two "English songs"! 
From the press release:
Elvis sings… Beatles songs, Hawaiian songs and even Beethoven…??? Surprised? Besides recording songs that were written for him Elvis’ Elvis also covered many songs that were originally written and recorded by some of the biggest names in the entertainment field and at the same time some of the best songwriters in the world. Among them are names from different music genres like Arthur Crudup, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison from The Beatles, Kris Kristofferson and of course some of Little Richard’s songs. Little Richard didn’t write the songs himself, but he influenced the writer and made the songs his own. Just listen to the four Little Richard songs Elvis covered and you won’t be in any doubt who Elvis is trying to sound like.

Elvis also recorded quite a few songs that were built on old European or Hawaiian melodies or songs. Some even became classics like "It’s Now Or Never", "Wooden Heart", "Can’t Help Falling In Love", "Surrender" and "My Way".
The Inspiration label decided to include studio, live, rehearsal and even home recordings to make this compilation as complete as possible.
The first CD contains the cover songs. The second CD starts with the only known recording of Elvis singing bass in a trio to the tune of Beethoven’s "Moonlight Sonata". An informal home recording that wouldn’t make sense to release to the wide public, but a charming pearl for music lovers. What follows are the four musical songs that Elvis sang during his career. Only two of them were released during his lifetime. The first two are home recordings of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "If I Loved You from the musical Carousel and Make Believe from the musical Showboat. Then follows You’ll Never Walk Alone" from the musical "Carousel" also by Rodgers and Hammerstein and the last one in the musical genre is a live recording of "The Impossible Dream" from "The Man Of La Mancha". The remainder of CD 2 contains all the French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hawaiian and English songs that Elvis recorded. Some of them he sings like they originally were written and some were rewritten with English lyrics. In the situations were the lyrics were changed we have mentioned the original title right after the English title.
Elvis Sings… brings you for the first time ever a collection of all these recordings by Elvis Presley. We hope that you will enjoy Elvis Sings…!
Tracklisting: CD 1:
Arthur Crudup songs: [01] That’s All Right [02] My Baby Left Me [03] So Glad You’re Mine
Bill Monroe songs:  [04] Blue Moon Of Kentucky [05] Little Cabin On The Hill (Million Dollar Quartet) [06] Summertime Is Past And Gone (Million Dollar Quartet) [07] I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling (Million Dollar Quartet) [08] Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong (Million Dollar Quartet)
Hank Williams songs: [09] Your Cheatin’ Heart [10] I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Home recording) [11] I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Live) [12] Men With Broken Hearts (Live) [13] Jambalaya (Live)
Little Richard songs: [14] Rip It Up [15] Ready Teddy [16] Long Tall Sally [17] Tutti Frutti
Chuck Berry songs: [18] Maybellene (Live) [19] Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Million Dollar Quartet) [20] Memphis Tennessee [21] Too Much Monkey Business [22] Johnny B. Goode (Live) [23] Promised Land [24] School Days (Live)
Ray Charles songs:  [25] I Got A Woman [26] What’d I Say
Bob Dylan songs: [27] Blowing In The Wind (Home recording) [28] Tomorrow Is A Long Time [29] Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right [30] I Shall Be Released
Beatles songs: [31] Something (Live) [32] Hey Jude [33] Get Back [34] Yesterday (Live) [35] Lady Madonna
Kris Kristofferson songs: [36] Help Me Make It Through The Night [37] For The Good Times [38] Why Me Lord (Live)
CD 2: Beethoven Composition [01] Moonlight Sonata (For piano, C-sharp-minor, opus 27 no. 2) (Home recording)
Musical songs: [02] If I Loved You (From Carousel) (Home recording) [03] Make Believe (From Showboat) (Home recording) [04] You’ll Never Walk Alone (From Carousel) [05] The Impossible Dream (From The Man Of La Mancha) (Live)
French songs: [06] Almost Always True (Alouette) [07] Can’t Help Falling In Love (Plaisir d’Amour) [08] Let It Be Me (Je T’Appartiens) (Live) [09] My Way (Comme d’ Habitude) (Live) [10] My Boy (Parce Que Je T’Aime Mon Enfant)
[11] What Now My Love (Et Maintenent) (Live)
Italian songs: [12] Surrender (Torna A Sorrento) [13] No More (La Poloma) [14] Ask Me (Io) [15] Santa Lucia [16] O Solo Mio (Live) [17] It’s Now Or Never (O Solo Mio)
Spanish songs: [18] Guadalajara [19] Alla’ en el Rancho Grande [20] It’s Impossible (Somos Novios) (Live)
German songs; [21] Wooden Heart (Muss I denn) [22] Tonight Is So Right For Love (Barcarolle) [23] Tonight Is All Right For Love (Geschichten Aus den Weinerwald) [24] Five Sleepy Heads (Wiegendlied)
Hawaiian songs: [25] Aloha Oe [26] Drums Of The Island (Bula Lai) [27] Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au)
English songs: [28] Old McDonald [29] Stay Away (Greensleeves)
(News, Source: Email)

Monday 7 April 2008

Joseph Pirzada (MRS) talks to EIN - Part 2: In July 2007 EIN published what turned out to be one of our most controversial interviews ever...with Joseph Pirzada, the man behind the Memphis Recording Service (MRS) organisation. In the past few years MRS has released some of the best ever audio-visual and photo journal Elvis releases including MRS Volumes 1 & 2; Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley; and The Complete New York Sessions.

FINALLY...here is the concluding part to Joseph's controversial interview.

Read the interview

In part 1 of his interview with EIN Joseph took aim at a number of Elvis world identities and really stirred things up with his comments on a number of issues. To say the response from readers was very polarised is an understatement! While many fans applauded the quality releases from MRS a number of other fans found fault with how they perceived MRS had obtained parts of its material for the releases.

In the concluding part to his interview Joseph again does not hold back, and also answers his critics from part 1 of the interview. Joseph addresses:

  • claims he has "stolen" both audio and visual material for his releases
  • the issue of "public domain" and legal advice he has received
  • his "perceived bitterness" towards a number of people in the Elvis world
  • takes aim at (and exposes) Johnny Saulovich aka Dr John Carpenter (and EIN publishes the photo of the infamous and outspoken Saulovich which has been circulating in the Elvis world for some time)
  • how he obtained the incredible Elvis live in Tupelo audio-visual footage
  • his legal team still waiting for a response from Sony BMG
  • the audio work for Sony BMG by Kevan Budd and David Bendeth
  • the audio fidelity of MRS releases
  • issues Sony BMG/FTD an audio challenge!
  • the chart success of the MRS single, My Baby Left Me
  • sales of MRS releases compared to FTD releases
  • Sony BMG's policy of endlessly rehashing and recycling Elvis material
  • the "politics" behind the book Inside Graceland and the MRS book which will overshadow that release
  • his involvement with the That's Alright Mama dance remix
  • Ernst Jorgensen's ongoing Sun project

Read the interview

Elvis in Germany celebrated 50 years on: Fifty years ago this week, Elvis Presley and his parents came to Fort Hood, where the junior Presley trained with Alpha Company, 37th Armor Battalion, 2nd Armored Division, as a light truck driver in a tank crew. On March 28, 1958, local attorney Chester Crawford and his wife rented a home on Oakhill Drive in Killeen to the Presleys, who lived there for 25 weeks, during which the music superstar underwent basic and advanced individual training to become a soldier.

Elvis Presley lived in this house on Oakhill Drive when he was stationed at Fort Hood in 1958.(Herald/JOHN A. BOWERSMITH)

Pvt. Presley was inducted into the Army at Fort Chaffee, Ark., four days before he arrived at Fort Hood. On Sept. 19, 1958, he and 1,360 other 3rd Armored Division replacements left Fort Hood for Friedburg, Germany. Though the man that would be known as the King of Rock and Roll wasn't here long, his legacy lingers in memories and the occasional promotion.dia frenzy

Gerald Skidmore was managing editor of the Killeen Daily Herald in 1958 and was at the news conference when Elvis arrived at Fort Hood. Skidmore remembers Elvis' arrival as chaotic. He was one of three reporters covering Elvis' departure the following September.

The news conference on March 28, 1958, was the only authorized press event with Elvis. Reporters were told they were not permitted to interfere with Elvis' training. Reporters from radio stations filled the back of a truck on which Elvis stood, "trying to get one word into their recorders," Skidmore said in an interview this week.

Reporters were later invited to interview Elvis at a mess hall while he ate a fish and fries dinner, Skidmore said. Elvis' departure was very different. It was quiet at the railhead, where Elvis boarded a train for California before heading to Germany, Skidmore said.

Elvis didn't talk to the media, and he appeared emotional, still affected by the recent death of his mother, Gladys, Skidmore said.

Despite the Army's request to allow Elvis to train just like any other soldier, the residence at 605 Oakhill Drive in Killeen, located off U.S. Highway 190, was a gathering place for many Elvis fans while he lived there. Newspaper stories from that time suggest that fans regularly flocked to the home, and on some nights, if he was not too tired, Elvis would come out the front door and sign some autographs. Many cars and fans crowded the street, lawn and porch of the home, sometimes as many as 100 per night, newspaper stories stated. "People were waiting for him every day," Skidmore said.

Elvis would get out of the car before getting to the house, climb a hill and sneak in through the back door. Presley's neighbors at the time often gave him permission to cross through their backyards in order to avoid the crowds, Skidmore said.

"He was nice and visited with everyone. He was a perfect gentleman and never unkind," Skidmore said.shared

Photos of Elvis Presley dot the walls of the house he lived in with his parents when he was stationed at Fort Hood in 1958.

Lois Ferrell, then Lois Griffin, now a second-grade aide working at Clark Elementary School in Killeen, remembers her encounter with Elvis. Ferrell's mother was working as a telephone operator at a Fort Hood store when Lois came to pick her up one day. Elvis, who called his mother every day at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays, came out of the building, spotted Ferrell and her friend, Margaret Wildman, in the parked vehicle and struck up a conversation with the girls.

"I remember it was cold, we had the windows rolled up on the car. He sat in the car with us for 20 minutes and talked. He told us to come back that Sunday, and he would take us to a movie," Ferrell said. That Sunday, Elvis drove the girls to a movie in a leased Cadillac convertible. Ferrell sat beside Elvis, and Wildman sat in the window seat.

"A couple of his Army buddies were at the movie, but they didn't come with us," said Ferrell, who couldn't remember the name of the movie. "He (Elvis) was nice and generous. He bought all the Girl Scout cookies on sale and passed them out to everyone in line at the theater," Ferrell said.

"I remember he said that he wished he could go off post (he was restricted to post at the time, before moving off post) and visit with us in our homes. I had a piano in my house and offered to host a jam session, but he said that it would attract too much of a crowd and make everyone miserable," Ferrell said. "Overall, it was a wonderful experience for a 17-year-old," Ferrell said.
Close encounters in Killeen
Tommy Joe Mills, of Modern TV and Appliance, located at 315 E. Avenue C, recalls his brief interaction with Elvis. In the spring of 1958, Elvis and Sgt. Maj. Bill Norwood came into the store to buy a television set. Elvis was buying the TV for the soldiers in his company. Mills sold him a 21-inch, black-and-white General Electric television set; Elvis wrote a check and signed it, "E.A. Presley." Mills' daughter, Gwen Stewart, then 8 years old, told her father to keep the check. Mills didn't keep it because he needed the money.

"I wish I had kept it," he says now. "It would be worth quite a bit."

Eric Carlile, a next-door neighbor, was 6 years old in 1958. He remembers Elvis climbing up the hill behind his home and sneaking in. He also remembers that on Sundays, women, wearing their Sunday best, formed a line stretching from Elvis' home down the street. They would wait to meet him, get a kiss and have their photo taken with him, Carlile said.n to sender

In August 1958, just before Elvis' departure from Fort Hood, his fans petitioned the Killeen City Council to change the name of Oakhill Drive to Presley Drive, bringing nationwide publicity to the area. In 2006, the 2,400-square-foot house on Oakhill Drive made history again when its owner, Myka Allen-Johnson, put it up for sale on eBay because she could not afford to convert it into a historical landmark. The house is currently for sale for $170,000.

Now, 50 years after his stay in Killeen, local businesses are running Elvis specials. Hooters in Killeen is offering an "Elvis sauce," which is available upon request. The hot sauce is not on the menu because, "Elvis has left the building," said general manager Wayne Young.

In honor of Elvis' stay in the city, Shilo Inn & Suites is offering a Heartbreak Hotel package for guests, said Sherry Hoffpauir, director of sales. The package includes a reservation in the "King" junior suite; a snack of jelly doughnuts, a personal favorite of Elvis; an Elvis Presley greatest hits CD; and an "Elvis Slept Here, You Can Too" T-shirt. (News, Source: Iuliana Petre - Killeen Daily Herald/www.epgold.com)

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Polish sessionography series: The Polish Elvis Presley Fan Club "Raised On Rock" began realization of a series of four magazines completely devoted to Elvis Presley's recording sessions.

The first issue (Elvis' Sessions 1953-1959) appeared on March, 18, the next will be available in May.

Each issue contains over 80 black and white pages with detailed descriptions of the sessions, songs, recollections of the musicians and a lot of interesting photos.
The series is limited and each magazine has its own individually written number.

It is the first Polish sessionography of the greatest artist of all time - Elvis Presley.

For more information see the website:

www.elvis.raks.com.pl  (information) or e-mail: elvistrilogy@wp.pl
0(News, Source: EP Gold)


Sunday 6 April 2008

Elvis Is In The Building...During the ReelHeART International Film Festival (RHIFF): It has just been announced that ’Elvis, How Great Thou Art, A Portrait of the Artist’ is an Official Selection of the ReelHeART International Film Festival (RHIFF) June 16-21, 2008. ’Elvis, How Great Thou Art, A Portrait of the Artist’ has been selected as part of the Dance and Music Related category. ReelHeART is dedicated to supporting the need for exposure for all levels of independent filmmakers around the world.

’Elvis, How Great Thou Art, A Portrait of The Artist’, is part of ’The Memphis Lullaby’ stage play (currently in pre-production) The play and film were written by the author of the book ‘The Memphis Lullaby’ - Linda Ann McConnell. The book has received excellent reviews from all over the world including endorsements from people who knew and worked with Elvis. The film was produced to convey and commemorate the musical significance, cultural impact and artistic achievements of one man and to demonstrate how the power of an individual CAN make a difference.

’Elvis, How Great Thou Art, A Portrait of the Artist’ can be seen on Wednesday June 18 2008 at 9.30PM as part of the ReelHeART Venue Program upstairs at Southern Accent Restaurant , 595 Markham Street (1 Block West of Honest Ed’s). Tickets are $6 (includes Free KERNELS Gourmet popcorn)

If you are part of an Elvis Fan Club, please email us for information about Group Discounts

Advance Sales on line April 21, 2008 at www.reelheart.com

Screeners available for press reviews

Contact filmmaker: Linda Ann McConnell

Email: film@thememphislullaby.com



Annual Elvis Honeymoon Weekend (Hideaway)

Chart Update #1: On this week's ARIA Top 40 Music DVD chart, The Greatest - Elvis Collection jumps 3 places to #33 (2nd week on chart). (News, Source: ARIA)

Better than Mariah Carey, new entry at 51: Having received the blessing by Elvis Presley Enterprises and Sony BMG US, the Elvis Presley's new remixed song "Baby Let's Play House" by contemporary DJ/producer Spankox enters this week the Swedish chart at n.48, beating Mariah Carey's Touch My Body that follows at position 51. Elvis enters the chart chasing Flo-Rida feat. T-Pain Low that this week is at position 47 and before Leona Lewis's Bleeding Love, at number 49. Elvis' new remix has already been sitting at the Italian Official Nielsen Charts for 7 weeks, setting the new chart record. Now the help of Swedish Elvis fans is needed to support this release and push the King to the top. The record is available as special limited edition VinylDISC (CD + Vinyl in one: a CD that plays also on a turntable) and is also available as digital download from iTunes and other online stores.

More info and videoclip:

luca@everness.com (News, Source: Luca De Bertolis)


Friday 4 April 2008

Lamar Fike talks to EIN: Fasten your seat belts as we're in for a bumpy and enjoyable ride as the inimitable and humorous Lamar Fike opens up to EIN about a range of Elvis things, including:

  • Lamar's upcoming memoir, Fike: An Uncommon Journey
  • a possible film adaptation of the book
  • the Albert Goldman book - the truth about Lamar's involvement!
  • the celebrities he and Elvis met, including Natalie Wood, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones and Ann-Margret
  • the day Lamar slammed the door in Glenn Ford's face
  • the claims of private eye, Billy Miller and songwriter, Paul Terry King
  • the song Elvis wrote with Johnny Horton
  • Elvis and religion
  • what Elvis said to Lamar about Priscilla's use of the "Presley" name after they divorced
  • Elvis as a recording artist
  • Elvis as a jazz singer
  • and more stimulating and interesting topics!!


Read Lamar's highly entertaining interview

Elvis release part of upcoming Sony BMG Greatest Hits "The Steel Box" series: Title "Elvis Greatest Hits....Price: budget....Release date: July 2008....Number of tracks: 20.

Other artists in the 20 artist series are Frank Sinatra; Lou Reed; Toto; Cyndi Lauper; John Denver; Meat Loaf; Bonnie Tyler; Bangles; Alice Cooper; Deep Purple; Sweet; Johnny Cash; Smokie; Santana; Judas Priest; Blue Oyster Cult; REO Speedwagon; Aerosmith and Janis Joplin. (News, Source: Sony BMG Australia)



Contact:  Andrew Marsh
Tel:  310/490-8814
Email:  ABMercury@gmail.com 

 .......ELVIS PRESLEY'S 24-carat gold piano for sale.......

 Upcoming sale of hidden treasure is about to

" Shake, Rattle and Roll" the world of high-end Rock n' Roll memorabilia.

Dear Editor:

A rare piece of Rock n' Roll memorabilia is now on the market for the very first time.  The buzz around this unique offering has set the international memorabilia world into a tailspin, as collectors are lining up to make their competitive bids.  So far the decision has been made to offer the Elvis piano privately, yet all the famous auction houses are foaming at the bit to have a chance to administer the sale.

Please have a look at the attached pictures.  We hope you agree that a story about this one-of-a-kind piece of American Rock n' Roll history will be of interest to your readers.

For more information and details, or if you plan to write about the piano, please feel free to contact us at Mercury Communications.

Preview of new Tunzi book: Here are four preview pictures of the new JAT book "Portraits" which is due for release April 8, 2008. (News, Source: Elvis News/Elvis Australia)

EPE celebrates the life of Todd Morgan: One month to the day that we lost beloved Graceland employee, Todd Morgan, his family, friends and co-workers gathered at the University of Memphis Rose Theater to remember the very special person that touched many lives in and outside the Elvis world.  

The rundown of speakers included Jack Soden, Jerry Schilling, Joe Guercio, Gary Hovey with a video condolence message from Priscilla Presley and written message from Lisa Marie Presley. Elvis classics and gospel tunes were more than memorable with performances by The Imperials, Terry Mike Jeffery and Ruby Wilson.
While not everyone could be there, devoted Elvis fan Susan Graham traveled to Memphis to witness the touching memorial service and was able to blog about the event from rehearsal through the emotional ending, her blog can be found by clicking on this link. (News, Source: EPE)

President Bush and the French Elvis: It's "Love me tender" between the United States and France after President George W. Bush compared French President Nicolas Sarkozy with rock'n'roll singer Elvis Presley. Bush told NATO leaders at a Bucharest summit on Thursday that when Sarkozy visited the United States recently, he was seen as "the latest incarnation of Elvis". Such an example of "Burning love" marks a sea change from the "Suspicious minds" that clouded Franco-American relations under Sarkozy's predecessor, Jacques Chirac, who often seemed to see Washington as "The devil in disguise".

Bush has made clear the diminutive French leader, who recently married another singer, Carla Bruni, is now his "Good luck charm" and "My little friend". Sarkozy has shown he is "All shook up" by heaping praise on Bush as the first U.S. leader to understand the need for a strong European defense. (News, Source: ElvisMatters)

EIN Comment: Obviously President Bush is unaware that there already is a French Elvis...the phenomenal Johnny Hallyday

Chart Update: While Mariah Carey breaks the King's Billboard record in the USA, Elvis beats Mariah in Sweden as he enters the Swedish Single Top 50 one place above her at #48 with the Spankox Re: Version of "Baby Let's Play House". In the DVD music chart "Elvis The King Of Rock And Roll" felt to #2 from last week's #1. (News, Source: Elvis News)

CD releases/reissues: BMG will re-issue the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" slider-pack on April 14, 2008.

The Primo label will release the 2CD budget compilation "Elvis Presley - World Shaker" on April 28, 2008 in the UK. One day later the CD "Playlist" will be released in the US by an yet unknown label.

On May 13, 2008 the Wagram label will release the budget CD simply entitled "Elvis Presley". (News, Source: Elvis News)

Elvis Presley Record Chart Statistics Clarification: From EPE: Elvis Aaron Presley had 149 songs to appear on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart in America. Of these, 114 were in the top forty, 40 were in the top ten, and 18 went to number one. His number one singles spent a total of 80 weeks at number one. He has also had over 90 charted albums with ten of them reaching number one. These figures are only for the pop charts, and only in America. He was also a leading artist in the American country, R&B, and gospel fields, and his chart success in other countries was substantial.

It is estimated that Elvis Presley has sold over one billion record units worldwide, more than anyone in record industry history. In America alone, Elvis has had 150 different albums and singles that have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with more certifications expected as research into his past record sales continues and as current sales go on. Research is also underway to document his record sales achievements in other countries. It is estimated that 40% of Elvis' total record sales have been outside the United States.

Elvis Presley Billboard Chart Statistics:

Song Title                                                 Pop Chart           Year Released

1. Heartbreak Hotel                                         1                         1956

2. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You             1                         1956

3. Don’t Be Cruel                                              1                         1956

4. Hound Dog                                                   1                         1956

5. Love Me Tender                                            1                         1956

6. Too Much                                                      1                         1957

7. All Shook Up                                                 1                         1957

8. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear                        1                         1957

9. Jailhouse Rock                                              1                         1957

10. Don’t                                                           1                         1957

11. Hard Headed Woman                                 1                         1958

12. A Big Hunk O’ Love                                     1                         1959

13. Stuck On You                                              1                         1960

14. It’s Now or Never                                       1                         1960

15. Are You Lonesome Tonight?                       1                         1960

16. Surrender                                                   1                         1961

17. Good Luck Charm                                       1                          1962

18. Suspicious Minds                                        1                          1969


Thursday 3 April 2008
Priscilla gets her Highest Score on D.W.T.S: Priscilla continues to shock us by establishing herself as a serious contender on 'Dancing With The Stars'. While her tango was nowhere near as quick as Kristi's, the judges raved about the chemistry between Priscilla and Louis and how convincing she was at playing her role in the tango, "the actor's dance". Indeed, they found her and Louis' face groping right at the beginning of their dance especially convincing. Dressed in vibrant red and sporting a leg garter, she performed a sexy tango with her partner. Judge Bruno Tonioli said the dance was full of passion and drama. He gushed it was "Priscilla Presley starring in the hot cougar tango."
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she was "mesmerised" by Presley, who she said did a "fantastic" job. Though, she did caution Presley to watch her neck line. Click here to see her Week 3 performance. (News, Source;SanjaM)

Coming very soon to EIN - Our exclusive recent interview with Lamar Fike.

Lamar talks about Elvis and Religion, Far Fetched Claims made by Billy Miller and others, his new book, as well as his often criticised involvement with the Albert Goldman biography... including...

EIN: The infamous Albert Goldman biography on Elvis. We know you've talked about your involvement in his book before but as you say even today you still are blamed for it. For those fans who don't know the full story could you set the story straight?

Lamar Fike: I'll tell you something. He wanted to do the book and my involvement was set up through an individual in New York. Albert was a hard writer and I had nothing to do with how he used the information I provided to him. The way he wrote it was terrible but I had no editorial control over the book. When I read the galley proofs I took them out the back yard and buried them! - - (Interviews, Source;EIN)

Madonna and Mariah Carey leapfrog over Elvis!: Two leading ladies, Mariah Carey and Madonna leapfrog over Elvis in the Billboard charts record book this week. As expected, Mariah Carey moves past Elvis Presley and into sole possession of second place for most No. 1s in the rock era, as "Touch My Body" becomes her 18th chart-topper. The Beatles still hold the record of 20 Number 1s.
Elvis will also be nudged from his standing as the 'Artist with the most US Top Tens' when Madonna surpasses him with her 37th top 10 "4 Minutes." The track, which features Justin Timberlake, jumped from 68 to #3. Previous to the establishment of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, the industry standard chart was the Best Sellers in Stores tally, where Elvis scored his first 12 top 10s. This will take her above Elvis' record of 36 top ten hits in his career. The Beatles are third on the all-time list with 34, ahead of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson on 28. (News, Source;Billboard/SanjaM)

Elvis Image Towers over Times Square: A 36-foot tall Elvis Presley can now be seen in Times Square in New York. The newly unveiled three-story billboard of Elvis Presley is by famous photographer George Kalinsky, who recently discovered many never-before-seen Elvis photos in his collection. The image is from a 1972 performance at Madison Square Garden where Kalinsky captured some photographs of Elvis. An exhibit of these never before seen photos will open at Graceland in May.
As the official photographer of Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall and the special photographer for the New York Mets, Kalinsky has created some of the most celebrated images of famous people. The recently discovered "Lost Photos" were created by Kalinsky while he was photographing Elvis’ second-night performance in Madison Square Garden in 1972. He recently came across them and realized they had never been seen by the general public. "It’s a treasure trove of photos," commented Kalinsky. "When I discovered them I contacted the folks at Graceland, who were thrilled."
The collection of never before published photos will be displayed at Graceland in May as part of "Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access," a fashion exhibit featuring more than 50 of Elvis’ famous stage wear jumpsuits. A grand opening for the Kalinsky photo exhibit is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend at Graceland. The billboard is part of the "Great Moments in New York" campaign. (News, Source;EPE)



New CD 'Elvis; Inspiration Volume 2':  Another CD presenting a selections of songs that possibly inspired Elvis' musical legacy. From the Secret Records Label it featured the regular classics that most Elvis fans will already know. These CDs are always worth listening to, just to reaffirm John Lennon's point that "Before Elvis There Was Nothing"!
Tracklist: CD 1:
Shake Rattle & Roll (Big Joe Turner) - My Happiness - (Ella Fitzgerald With The Song Spinners) - Baby Lets Play House (Arthur Gunter) - Harbor Lights (Sammy Kaye & his orchestra feat. Tony Alamo & The Kaydets) - Hearts Of Stone (The Jewels) - I´ll Never Stand In Your Way (Joni James) - Shake A Hand (Faye Adams) - Love Me (Jimmie Rodgers
Snow & His Tennessee Playboys) - Sentimental Me (The Ames Brothers) - Im Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye (Hank Snow) - Pledging My Love (Johnny Ace & The Johnny Otis Orchestra) - How Do You Think I Feel (Red Sovine) - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Roy Hamilton) - I Really Don't Want To Know (Eddy Arnold) - Reconsider Baby (Lowell Fulson) - I`ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin) (Gene Autry) - Tomorrow Night (LaVern Baker And The Gliders) - Tomorrow Never Comes (Ernest Tubb) - Are You Lonesome Tonight (Don Cornell With Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra) - White Christmas (The Drifters)
CD 2:
Good Rockin Tonight (Roy Brown with Bob Ogden’s Orchestra) - Aura Lee (The Shelton Brothers) - I Feel So Bad (Chuck Willis) - Hows The World Treating You (Eddy Arnold) - Tweedle Dee (LaVern Baker And The Gliders) -  Theres No Tomorrow (Tony Martin) - Love Me (Willy & Ruth) - Have I Told You Lately That I Love (Red Foley with Roy Ross & His Ramblers ) - Tryin To Get To You (The Eagles) - Little Cabin Home On The Hill (Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys) - Im 10000 Years Old (Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters) - Beyond The Reef (Jimmy Wakeley & Margaret Whiting) - When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano (Billy Ward & His Dominoes) -  When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (Wiley Walker & Gene Sullivan) - Love My Baby (Little Junior’s Blue Flames - Junior Parker) - Hurt (Roy Hamilton) - Are You Lonesome Tonight (The Red Caps) - Hound Dog (Freddie Bell & The Bellboys) - Its A Sin To Tell A Lie (The Ink Spots) - Here Comes Santa Clause (Gene Autrey)
(News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin )

Graceland Goes Blue as University of Memphis Tigers Reach Final Four: Graceland will be bathed in blue light starting Monday night March 31, 2008 through the NCAA Final Four Championship on April 7th, 2008 in support of the University of Memphis Tigers and their success in reaching the 2008 Final Four.
In what is being called Final Four Operation: Blue Suede Shoe, Graceland’s employees have outfitted over 150 spotlights scattered around the 13 acre Graceland compound with special bulbs to illuminate the King of Rock n’ Roll’s famous home in the Tiger’s trademark color of blue. Each year over 600,000 visitors from all over the world travel to Memphis and tour the National Historic Landmark and its related attractions. (News, Source;EPE)

Graceland to Host 2nd Annual "Elvis® Rock 'n' Roll Ride for Life": EPE announced the second annual Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Ride for Life benefiting the American Diabetes Association. The Ride will begin and end at Elvis Presley's Graceland, the legendary superstar's home in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 20, 2008. Last year’s inaugural event raised more than $100,000 for the ADA. It was attended by more than 300 riders from 22 states and three countries. They rode nearly 100 miles through four north Mississippi counties, returning to Graceland for a post-ride celebration. In addition to the ride, there are numerous optional events for the weekend of April 17-20. This event for motorcycle enthusiasts serves as a fitting homage to Presley's passion for motorcycles and to his lifetime of generosity to individuals and charitable causes.
The Memphis Ride on Saturday, April 19, includes a turn on the NASCAR oval at the Memphis Motorsports Park and free admission to Stax Museum, Sun Studios, Saint Blues Guitars and the O'Reilly Super Chevy Show. A VIP party will be held that evening at Graceland’s Elvis Presley’s Automobile Museum. Joyce Cobb will be performing along with Route South. There will be a live auction where bidders can bid on once in a lifetime items which include a trip to Milwaukee for the Harley Anniversary Party and participate in the parade, limited edition Saint Blues Guitars and a collectible Elvis Presley Smith and Wesson revolver. (News, Source;EPE)


Tuesday 1 April 2008

Elvis' right hand man far from lonely in Australia: JOE ESPOSITO certainly wasn't feeling lonesome on Friday night.

Elvis Presley's best mate, road manager and godfather to Lisa-Marie Presley was spotted at Aqua Dining, Milsons Point, with an eclectic mix of entertainers. Joining the King's bestie were former Yellow Wiggle Greg Page and Fat Pizza's Rob Shehadie and Tahir Bilgic and a few other guests.

No word on what Los Angeles limousine fleet owner Esposito was doing in town but we did hear the group of diners had one with the lot and cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti. (News, Source: news.com.au)

EPE licences new humorous greeting cards: NobleWorks, Inc. is proud to announce a new partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) that will feature The King of Rock 'n' Roll in a series of hilarious new greeting cards for 2008.

For the first time, Elvis Presley's legendary style will be paired with NobleWorks' trademark wit in a new line of Christmas, birthday and everyday greeting cards. NobleWorks is looking forward to joining The King of Rock 'n' Roll at center stage, following the success of its comical card line featuring another Las Vegas icon, Liberace. Highlights from the new line include the iconic image of Elvis and Richard Nixon, with the president saying "I'm not a crook" and The King responding "I'm not a hound dog." Another card features a photo of a young Elvis leaving the front door of Graceland and is accompanied by the caption: "Elvis has left the building."

All the new Elvis cards are available for order at NobleWorks' flagship site, TheHornyRabbit.com, or as completely customizable print-on-demand cards at NobleWorksCards.com.

Please call NobleWorks at 800-346-6253 (x28) or 201-420-0095 (x28) for more information. (News, Source: eMediaWire)

Chart Update: In Australia the DVD "The Greatest Elvis Collection", features "Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert" and "He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley" packaged together in a box set, is a new entry at #36 on the Music DVD Top 40. The "Comeback Special" DVD dropped out of the chart after last week's re-entry.

In The Netherlands the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation fell off the Back-catalogue Top 50 after last week's re-entry at #39. (News, Source: ARIA/Elvis News)

"Elvis The King" CD release: The Flex label released a budget compilation entitled "The King" on March 10 2008.

Track listing:

All Shook Up - Jailhouse Rock - Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear - Too Much - Playing For Keeps - I Believe - Mean Woman Blues - Loving You - Got A Lot O' Lovin To Do - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Blueberry Hill - True Love - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Love Me Tender - Tutti Frutti - Blue Suede Shoes - Mystery Train

(News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)


Monday 31 March 2008

'Inside Graceland' Book Review: Published by Elvis Unlimited, Inside Graceland is an 112 page book of never before seen pictures from the collection Sherif Hanna. More than half the photos are from 1975 and they help demonstrate just how much Graceland has been redecorated since Elvis died. Apart from the unique pictures, the book also contains quotes and stories from the people who were there in the 1970s including Linda Thompson and Sandi Miller. EIN's Sanja Meegin reviews the book and decides whether so many unreleased photos of Graceland can really be that interesting. Go here for the full review.

(Book Reviews, Source;EIN)

Hugh Jarrett, former Jordanaire, injured in car accident: Hugh Jarrett who worked with Elvis as bass-singer of the Jordanaires up until 1958 has been hurt in a car accident - and is reportedly "not doing well". After recording and appearing in the film King Creole, Hugh Jarrett left the group to work at Nashville radio station WLAC. There he created the character of  Big Hugh Baby Jarrett. He has since been a radio host at WPLO-AM and WQXI-AM and most recently Victory 91.5. He also hosted a variety show on WXIA-TV at one point. He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2007. The photo shows Elvis and The Jordanaires with Hugh Jarrett on the far right. (News, Source;EIN/ElvisExpert@aol)

Priscilla 'Dancing With The Stars' Week 3. Click here to see her TV performance on Week 3 featuring Priscilla & her partner Louis Van Amstel doing the Mambo. And don't miss her Dutch radio interview we noted yesterday.

Jack Soden's Whole lot of shaking going on at Graceland: The keeper of the flame of all things Elvis is still Jack Soden. The Kansas City native spearheaded the preservation and opening to the public of the King’s Memphis mansion Graceland in 1982. And while mum’s the word on exactly what may soon go down in the way of improvements, there’s plenty to see right now, as evidenced by the more than half-million visitors a year to Elvis’ former home.
“We’ve been buying property in our neighborhood for the last 18 years, and now we have a 120-acre campus,” Soden says. . (Right: EIN's Sanja Meegin with her friend Jack Soden)
Don’t look for a Disneyland-like theme park intruding on nearby neighborhoods, Soden says of the coming changes.
“It conjures up rides and Ferris wheels, and nobody wants that around this famous place,” Soden says. “If anything, we will build all new visitor centers, museum and parking facilities. We’re going to build everything over while carefully preserving the integrity of Graceland, because it’s a national landmark.
“People still place a great deal of value on authenticity. So it’s extremely important that Graceland be preserved the same as it was when Elvis lived here. And I think it’s important to note that just because you have 120 acres doesn’t mean you have to develop it all. A lot of it could remain green space.”
Return visitors can check out two new exhibits: Private Presley, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Elvis’ induction into the Army, and the 68 Special exhibit, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ television “comeback” where he performed the song “If I Can Dream.”










“We change an awful lot of our exhibits,” Soden says. “If you haven’t been here in several years, you’ll see a lot of things that are new.”
One thing people won’t see: Graceland’s upstairs, which will remain closed. Even President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi weren’t allowed up there when they jetted in for a schmooze two years ago.
“We were prepared that even if the White House had asked for that, we would have said no,” Soden says. “We were going to say if Koizumi was a real Elvis fan, he wouldn’t want to go upstairs. Elvis fans would consider it in poor taste to go upstairs and look at the bathroom floor where Elvis was found dead. But they never asked.”
Speaking of Bush’s visit, “The Secret Service loved being here,” Soden says. “We gave them all Elvis sunglasses.”
Countless celebs have flocked to Graceland over the years.
“Jeff Bridges is touring right now,” Soden says. “There’s always somebody. They’re making two movies in Memphis right now, one with Justin Timberlake, who is from Memphis. And Samuel L. Jackson is here. This is the third movie he’s made in Memphis.”
Incredibly, only two stars were kicked out for misbehavior, Soden says: Boy George and Courtney Love. George was acting up like he was vying for tabloid coverage, and Love wanted to engage in an unmentionable activity.
“We’re tolerant up to a point,” Soden says. (News, Source;EIN/SanjaM)

Hotel Grünewald in Bad Nauheim has closed: The famous 'Grunewald Hotel' in Bad Nauheim, Germany, where Elvis rented an entire floor during his (first) army days, is no longer open. The current owners used to rent the 'Elvis Room' to fans. However, they have come to an age that they decided to stop this 'service'. This is a real shame since this was a unique opportunity to experience a special night in one of Elvis' European homes.


(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

Elvis on-line slot release 'All Shook Up': It's been a long wait, but the online version of Wagerworks' Elvis multi-strike online slot has finally arrived.  As reported by EIN last year the Elvis slot was supposed to appear in 2007, but it took longer than expected to finally make it online.
The original Elvis casino slot machine, which was released by Wagerworks' parent IGT, was a firm favourite in Vegas and has even appeared as a fruit machine variant in the UK. The online Elvis slot version has all the extras of the original and can be found on the Virgin Casino and Paddy Power Casino websites.

(News, Source;EIN/SanjaM)

What would Thomas Jefferson say to Elvis Presley? Now there’s a question to ponder, which Harvard University Professor Robert Kiely has. The question figures in the topic of his upcoming lecture, “From Monticello to Graceland: Jefferson and Elvis as American Icons.” The professor of English, author and book reviewer for The New York Times will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Houston Memorial Chapel at Randolph College, thanks to the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library and the Dr. and Mrs. C.H. Lippard Memorial Fund.
And what would such an event be without music? To the King, music was everything, and to Jefferson, who played the violin, it was his “favorite passion,” according to Colonial Williamsburg. So Randolph College students will accompany the lecture with selections from Jefferson’s era, such as “Since Love Is the Plan,” and some Elvis hits, a la “Can’t Help Falling in Love.
A telephone interview with Kiely revealed that his pondering of things Jefferson and Elvis began with a road trip.
In January five or six years ago, he and his wife decided to drive to California for his sabbatical at Stanford University via the Southern route. They planned an itinerary that would take them through Charlottesville, where they had friends and where sooner or later everyone visits Monticello.
Kiely’s students noted that if the Kielys were driving through Tennessee, then naturally that would require a stop at Graceland. While not a huge Elvis fan, Kiely added that mecca to the list.
He said he later heard that Graceland, along with Monticello and the White House, numbers among the top five or 10 historic homes people go to see.
On his return to Massachusetts, Kiely said a student asked, “Are you going to write something about this?”
That got Kiely thinking. Jefferson and Elvis are both American icons, albeit from vastly different realms.
What, if any, commonalities might the two share, besides being Southerners? And, Kiely wondered, “what, if anything, they might say to each other?
Kiely thought about the advice-filled letters Jefferson sent to a nephew. Jefferson was a truly disciplined person, and “I think his advice to Elvis might be to be a more disciplined person.”
Elvis, for his part, seemed to be searching for a father figure, Kiely said. (One relationship that might suggest it was the one with his manager, “Col.” Tom Parker.)
So, were Jefferson and Elvis to talk, “I think the conversation would have been father/son, uncle/nephew.”
There is, of course, more to the lecture than one question. It broaches broader subjects, such as “what does pop culture have to say to high-brow culture?” in Kiely’s words.
The answers, though, are part of the lecture, and the big reveal comes Tuesday. (News, Source SanjaM)





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