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Saturday 31 July 2010

'Elvis On Tour' cinema FAN REVIEWS: UPDATED with lots of your comments. Two differing fan reviews of seeing 'Elvis On Tour' at the cinema last night. Greg Nolan Jr reports on a fabulous night out in suburban New York while Ida R has a very different, disappointing experience in Addison, IL.

Go here for these interesting alternate viewpoints

EIN will carry some more fan reviews over the weekend.


(News, Source;EIN)

'Elvis On Tour' cinema special gets mixed reactions: The special July 29 US screening of 'Elvis On Tour' gets mixed reactions from fans. EIN has received reactions suggesting it was a "Great Night Out, seeing Elvis back on the big screen and with an excited audience" to "A Total Disappointment, just the same as the original and this one has nothing new".
Overall it seemed to depend on fan's expectations.
Some fans found the making of EOT documentary film that proceeded it interesting with "insightful interviews with Jerry Schillling and Andrew Solt" while other were let down as "There was no Unseen footage as promised" and only general interviews.
As most Elvis fans realise there is a wealth of stunning EOT material that has not been officially released and this was the perfect place for it.
The comment that all fans agree on was that the sound of the film was low-level and disappointing compared to the great sound of the documentary that was shown first.
The best comment has to be "How nice to see LIVE ELVIS Elvis on the big screen and with an appreciative crowd as it doesn't happen that often nowadays".
EIN will carry some full fan reviews over the weekend.
(News, Source;EIN)

'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' New CD: Coming soon is the second volume of Straight Arrow's special mini-series focusing on "two-mic ambience live recordings": 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' (SA/SP 2010-02-02). This CD will feature the Wednesday, February 21, 1973 Dinner Show, which is previously uncirculated -- no known audience or soundboard recording has surfaced in over 37 years! The concert was taped by the same fan, using the same equipment and settings, who captured the February 15, 1973 Dinner Show heard on our first volume, "Faded Love." This means that the sound quality is just as good. However, this time around there is huge difference in Elvis' performance. Whereas "FADED LOVE" gave the listener an unusual set, as Presley was under the weather and left the stage for a stretch, here he is fully recovered and vocally strong.
"You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" features a fairly standard repertoire for the period, but the majority of the material is performed very well. Among the highlights is a knockout performance of "What
Now My Love," from false start to reprise! Other impressive numbers include "I'm Leavin'" and "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me."
As with Volume 1, this release will be presented in a cool-looking digipak, with relevant information and rare photos. If you enjoyed "FADED LOVE", you will love this one, too. To be released early August.
(News, Source;SA)

"ELVIS 1977 The Final Curtain", New Deluxe Box-Set: The promotional trailer is now available as a download file for the deluxe "ELVIS 1977 The Final Curtain" new box set.

A huge compendium featuring multiple DVDs, unreleased soundboards plus a deluxe photo album is described as 30cm x 23cm in size and 3.2 kilos (around 7Llbs) in weight! This will be a massive enterprise combining all the major events of Elvis' last 1977 tours.

Go here to download the trailer - 25MG size.

Release Date Early October 2010.
(News, Source;BoxCar)

New Website features vintage radio broadcasts August 1977: August 16th is the 33rd anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.
The new site www.ElvisDeathRevisited features vintage radio broadcasts from those three days in August when we interviewed friends and family members who saw him just before he died.  And you'll hear live interviews with fans at the gates of Graceland.
These rare broadcasts transport Elvis fans into the “moment” as you feel the emotions experienced the day the King of Rock died.
These rare interviews have been locked away since 1977 and only posted them on the internet this year when the new website was launched and dedicated to the memory of Elvis. The site includes footage from Elvis' final concert in Indianapolis and an interview with Ginger Alden.
- Long Live The King! - Michael O’Conner Packer
(News, Source;ElvisDeathRevisited)

'The Essence Of Energy' New CD: Rainbow Record's next release will be called The Essence Of Energy and features the complete performance of Thursday, November 12, 1970 at the Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.
The “typical” Elvis Presley of 1970 is hard to describe. With Elvis' desire to go not only back to live performing but to go back on tour, Col Parker organized a short 8 show tour as a try out.
A new situation for the entourage was there - new equipment had to be tested and Jerry Weintraub and Management 3 were hired to organize and support the ELVIS PRESLEY Show. The demand for Presley was there and eight sold out shows! But not everything was perfectly organized in the beginning and to avoid the risk to have problems on a big tour, Parker decided to do another small tour in November 1970. In Seattle, where Elvis shot a motion picture 8 years earlier, the Coliseum hosted the King of Rock 'n' Roll on November 12, 1970.
Taken from a brand new source where even “Funny How Time Slips Away” is complete! Needless to say that the booklet has a lot of pictures and information on its 20 pages (including two full newspaper articles with comments about the show).
Go here to CD News for full details & Tracklist
(News, Source:Rainbow)

Marty Lacker to get Beale Street Blues Note Honor: It was announced today that Marty Lacker is among the honorees to receive a Beale Street Blues Note, the equivalent of a Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star.
Lacker started his entertainment career in radio in 1957 and a few years later his former high schoolmate, Elvis Presley, asked Marty to work for him.  Marty was with and close to Elvis for 20 years and served as his right hand man for a number of years as well as being his Co-Best Man at his wedding.
However, it was not really his association with Elvis that has brought this honor to him but his years after leaving Presley's payroll to become a vital part of the Memphis and National Music Industry.  In 1967 Lacker started Pepper Records at which time he discovered Rita Coolidge and produced her first couple of hits for her.  While at Pepper he also produced some young R&B groups with the help and songs of his close friends Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
Shortly after, Lacker was solely responsible for Elvis to return to Memphis to record for the first time in 14 years when Lacker convinced Elvis to record with Chips Moman and his American Studios Rhythm section.  resulting in "Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto' as well as other hits.  It was a few months after that Moman asked Lacker to run American Studios for him which he did for a couple of years before opening his own company,Mempro,Inc. serving the entire Music Industry..  While at American, Lacker became one of the leaders of the Memphis Music Industry
and produced, directed and wrote three highly successful Memphis Music Awards Shows featuring many of the big named artists who recorded in Memphis at the time as well as attended by most of the executives of the national music industry.
Lacker also co-founded the Memphis Chapter Of NARAS (Grammys), as well as founded the original Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission,(1972) and was its first Chairman. He also was Chairman of Memphis Music,Inc., the official organization of the entire Memphis Music Industry.
It is for those accomplishments and others that Lacker was named today, July 29,2010 as one of the honorees to have his name embedded on a Blues Note in the sidewalk of world famous Beale Street in Memphis.  The dedication ceremony date will be announced in the near future.
(News, Source:Tony Wilkins)

‘The ELVIS Story’ concert this SATURDAY at the Capitol Arts Center: Growing up, Ronnie McDowell remembers sitting for hours listening to records his sister brought home, yet he was amazed when he first heard Elvis Presley. The year was 1954.
“I thought to myself, ‘what is this, and who is this?’ ” he said.
McDowell will join a list of legends - including The Stamps Quartet; D.J. Fontana, Elvis’ drummer; Millie Kirkham; and Ray Walker of the Jordanaires - to perform Saturday at the Capitol Arts Center Bowling Green, Kentucky for a tribute deemed “The ELVIS Story.”
Kicking off the tribute, there will be two shows at 3pm. and 8 p.m. Saturday.
“I loved Elvis’ music,” McDowell said. “And I love to perform the songs he did in 1954, ’55 and ’56. I’m still having fun with it.
“His music speaks to the masses. Even he didn’t realize how great of a voice he had.” McDowell (right with the Jordanaires) said as he grew up, he got into the music business, writing the song “The King is Gone,” following the death of Elvis in 1977. The song, released on an independent label, sold more than 5 million copies. McDowell was 27.
“I was told by Dot, who worked in Randy’s Record Shop in Tennessee, it was the biggest selling single out of the store,” he said.
Sounding like Elvis, and looking like him too, McDowell was offered a role as Elvis in a movie that featured Kurt Russell after doing American Bandstand with Dick Clark. He has done 12 movies since then.
Elvis and Walker, however, were more silent friends, as Walker put it.
“When Elvis looked at you ... he had a calming about him,” he said. “He respected everyone in their own space, and he had the greatest sense of music. He sang the truth of the song. That’s why people still relate to him. They felt that in his singing.”
Ray Walker has been the bass singer for the Jordanaires since June 1, 1958, and has sung with and worked with many artists, including country artists Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline and, of course, Elvis.
Elvis used the Jordanaires on nearly every one of his recording sessions from 1956 for the next 14 years.
“When you met Elvis, you knew it was OK to be who you are,” he said.
 Tickets range from $35 for VIP seating to $20 for balcony seating;
(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis birthplace names architect for expansion: A Memphis, Tenn., architecture company will design new attractions at the Elvis Presley Birthplace. Haizlip Studio also has offices in Asheville, N.C.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the $5.5 million birthplace expansion project includes a theater with a cafe, reception area and an amphitheater.
Dick Guyton, executive director of Elvis Presley Birthplace, says Haizlip Studio joins the project design team of Design 500 Inc. and Richie Smith Associates, a landscape architectural firm.
The new multipurpose theater and event space is the first of several expansions to the birthplace. Completion of Phase One, which includes the theater, is targeted for late 2011.
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 28 July 2010 - - - Today from EIN TEN new updates!

SHOWTIME! - FTD Review: In December 1976 Elvis performed a short mini-tour of five cities ending with the fabulous New Year’s Eve concert in Pittsburgh. Unlike the majority of Elvis' very lackadaisical concerts from earlier in the year he was really ready to rock. Elvis' new girlfriend Ginger Alden, only 20 years old - was on tour with him. These December 1976 concerts would be our last glimpse of that fabulous musical beacon that shone so brightly back in August 1969 in Las Vegas - and both the Dallas and Birmingham concerts are two Must-Have performances that all true Elvis fans should own.
Having previously been out on bootleg FTD manages to upgrade both concerts and gives us two for the price of one..

EIN's Piers Beagley spins them one more time to check out this new double-CD pack - So are they really worth buying again?

(FTD Reviews, Source;EIN)

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'Elvis on Tour' Reminder & Jerry Schilling Interview: Our last reminder that the special ONE NIGHT ONLY event, “Elvis on Tour”, is happening tomorrow Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. local time.
More than 460 select movie theaters will delight Elvis fans with the award-winning 1972 footage as well as never-before-seen Elvis tour scenes, montage sequences produced by Martin Scorsese, and a specially-produced, exclusive retrospective from Priscilla Presley. Screening will be throughout the US. Everywhere from New York to Seattle.
Do not miss out on this special screening. Click here for a list of the 467 participating theatres.

Go here to purchase cinema tickets.

In addition, earlier this week Philadelphia’s top Elvis program, WOGL’s “Elvis and Friends”, ran an exclusive interview with Jerry Schilling, the King’s long time friend and confidante. Schilling is featured in “Elvis on Tour” and was happy to talk about his experiences and what it will mean to see his friend back on the big screen. Click here to the radio program:
(News, Source;Heath Fradkoff)

Ronnie Tutt Asks For Your Support For Myrna! Elvis' drummer Ronnie Tutt has made this special request for all fans to join him in supporting our friend Myrna Smith while she is in hospital.

"I want to encourage ALL ELVIS FANS attending Elvis Week in Memphis this August, to come to the Concert on Aug.12 promoted by our friend Henrik Knudsen. It's my understanding that the proceeds from this Show will go towards helping our long-time friend and stage-mate, Myrna Smith of the Sweet Inspirations with her medical bills. I sincerely ask all who can, to please support Myrna by attending this special concert.
Thank you and may God bless your generosity,
Ronnie Tutt, TCB Band"

(News, Source;ElvisUnlimited)

'Elvis Forever - Tribute' in London's Hyde Park Announced: The 75th birthday of Elvis Presley will be celebrated this summer as part of BBC Radio 2’s commitment to offering a scorching summer of stellar live music performances. In the year that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll would have turned 75, Radio 2 will bring together some of the biggest names in pop and rock music to perform his best loved and most popular songs as part of Elvis Forever, a concert to be held in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday 12 September 2010, hosted by Radio 2 breakfast show presenter Chris Evans.
Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans says: “As the Radio 2 audience knows, I am a huge Elvis fan and it’s an honour to host such a celebration of the enduring appeal of his music.”
The proceedings will be led by Chris plus other guest presenters
who are all great fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, culminating in a spectacular firework finale. The line-up of stars performing at Elvis Forever will be announced shortly.
This thrilling exclusive concert will be broadcast live on Radio 2, and in the following week listeners will also be able to hear highlights across the station’s daytime shows.
Lewis Carnie, Head of Programming for Radio 2, says: “Elvis’s music has an enduring appeal to Radio 2 listeners of all ages, so I’m thrilled that our friends at Graceland in Memphis are working with us on this event. What better way to pay tribute to the Elvis’ incredible legacy than to bring together the stars of today to perform his greatest and best loved hits. "
Gates open 5 pm; entertainment on stage from 6.30pm
Click here for tickets and more information. Tickets £30.00 (under-3s free)
(News, Source;Brian Quinn)

RIAA Presentation at Graceland: During Conversations on Elvis, Session Two on Saturday, August 14 at 1:00 p.m., representatives from Sony will make a special RIAA Presentation. - Another one for the trophy room!
On this day Michael Lollar, Commercial Appeal writer plus former mayor Bill Morris and Elvis' longtime friend Joe Esposito will be present to share stories about their experiences with Elvis. The event, hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for TCM, will be a great way to find out more about Elvis’ hometown and what made his relationship with Memphis so powerful. Included will be rarely seen video and photos from the Graceland and Commercial Appeal archives.
Go here for more ELVIS WEEK information

(News, Source;Brian Quinn)

Elvis' Piano Could Fetch $1 Million at Auction: Elvis Presley's white grand piano and his 1955 contract with RCA Records are going up for auction in Memphis next month, with the piano expected to fetch more than $1 million, auctioneers said on Monday.
The purchase agreement for the King of Rock 'n' Roll's Graceland mansion, and a letter Presley wrote in 1955 to his then girlfriend shortly after entering the U.S. army, are also among the highlights of the 270-lot Elvis Memorabilia auction on August14.
The white Knabe piano was owned and played by Presley for a decade. The singer bought it in 1957 from the Ellis auditorium in Memphis where it had been played by visiting gospel performers for more than 20 years.
The piano was placed in Graceland's music room until 1969.
Doug Norwine, director of music & entertainment at Heritage Auctions said the piano was "an emotionally-charged prized possession of the King himself."
The singer's personal services contract with RCA Records, signed by Presley, his father and his manager Colonel Tom Parker, is expected to fetch more than $150,000.
The 1957 purchase agreement for Graceland is expected to fetch $35,000, and Presley's four-page handwritten letter to sweetheart Anita Wood in 1958 has an estimate of $75,000. (see news item and picture below)
Other items include Presley's personal address and phone book, a pair of custom gold-framed sunglasses and his gun.
Presley died in 1977 at the age of 42 from heart problems after taking a cocktail of prescription drugs. Demand for his memorabilia remains strong with a single lock of his hair selling for $18,300 at auction last year.
Go here for more auction details
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Five New Expos Announced In Graceland Promo Clip: A 9-minute long promo clip for Graceland can now be watched on YouTube. In this clip, plans for 2011 and 2012 are announced. Visitors can expect five new expos with the following subjects:
‘Roots Of Elvis’ (2011)
This expo will focus on Elvis youth and the places he grew up. This expo is part of the VIP experience.
‘Elvis in the News’ (2011)
A look at the thousands of TV and News reports that are made about Elvis.
‘Elvis and Lisa Marie’ (2012)
The relation between father and daughter is illustrated in detail.
‘Elvis Icons’ (2012)
Dozens of artist are inspired by Elvis. This expo is about all those artists that are talking about this inspiration.
‘Elvis On Tour’ (2012)
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the concert documentary ‘Elvis On Tour’, a new expo will be dedicated to this movie.
(News, Source;elvismatters)

Elvis impersonator recreates The King's famous concerts at Las Vegas Hilton: This past weekend at the Las Vegas Hilton, Elvis Presley fans relived a moment in history when Elvis tribute artist, Shawn Klush, performed on the same stage as Elvis in the "That's The Way It Was" concert. Klush, who was recently named Graceland's "Official Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist" recreated the Elvis "Showroom" concerts that were documented in the 1970 film, "That's The Way It Is."
Performing with members of Presley's original band from the 1970s including The Imperials and the Sweet Inspirations, as well as Elvis' drummer from 1954-68, DJ Fontana, Klush brought the King back to life 40 years after the beginning of Elvis Presley's reign as The King of Las Vegas.
Presley first performed at the International Hotel (which became the Hilton in 1971) in Las Vegas in 1969, to sold-out crowds in the intimate 2,000 seat theater, and kept breaking attendance records in subsequent years as up to
4,100 ticketholders were squeezed into the Showroom including standing room only patrons. Elvis would perform two months each year for the next seven years performing two shows a night. He became the biggest draw in Vegas at the time, with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin ranking a distant second behind him.
The "That's The Way It Was" concert was centered around the "Heart of the King" fan festival held at the Las Vegas Hilton from July 14-17. As part of the festivities, fans were treated to a personal tour of the hotel by Elvis Presley's personal bodyguard and friend, Joe Esposito, which included the Showroom onstage, backstage and Elvis' private penthouse suite.
Go here for the full story.
(News, Source;TrinaYannicos)

Elvis documentary re-released on dvd: A documentary called "The True Story Of Elvis Presley", which was originally released in 1999, will soon be re-released on dvd (region code 2) in UK by ICM Vision.

Release date is August 9, 2010. 



(News, Source:The King's World)

Monday 26 July 2010

'VIVA LAS VEGAS' Book Review: Prolific Elvis publisher, Joe Tunzi, recently collaborated with Elvis super-collector, Paul Lichter. For most fans it's a mouth watering delight......Elvis and Ann-Margret together in one of the King's most successful celluloid offerings, Viva Las Vegas. The sight of two of Hollywood's most attractive stars in the one film could not miss - and its success was amplified by the sizzling on and off screen chemistry between the two leads.
VIVA LAS VEGAS Swingin' - Singin' - Lovin' is the result and in keeping with recent hardcover releases from JAT Productions it is a glorious book.

The result is a stunning tribute to one of Elvis's greatest films, Viva Las Vegas. From glorious full page, full color photos to very rare images of Elvis with fans

Read EIN's full review and see more great visuals

(Book Review, Source;EIN)

"ELVIS 1977 The Final Curtain", New Deluxe Box-Set: The promotional trailer has been published for the deluxe  "ELVIS 1977 The Final Curtain" new box set.

A huge compendium featuring multiple DVDs, unreleased soundboards plus a deluxe photo album is described as 30cm x 23cm in size and 3.2 kilos (around 7Llbs) in weight! This will be a massive enterprise combining all the major events of Elvis' last 1977 tours.

Go here to the trailer.

The BoxCar label states that there is "No Further Information For The Time Being Due To Matters Of Security".
Release Date Early October 2010.

(News, Source;BoxCar)

VIVA LAS VEGAS EIN Competition Winners: Many thanks to the several hundred EIN readers who entered our recent competition to win an autographed, numbered edition of "Viva Las Vegas Swingin' - Singin' - Lovin". Our five lucky winners were:

  • Aaron Spicer (England)
  • Bob Hayden (Australia)
  • Jane Smart (USA)
  • Peter Shoebridge (USA)
  • Zdravko Vidergar (Slovenia)

And a big thank you again to Paul Lichter, Joseph Tunzi and Tristan-Elvis Lichter for generously providing the five autographed copies for the competition.

Go here for EIN's review of this fabulous book.


"VIVA ELVIS" – CD to be released November 2010: Legacy Recordings in cooperation with EPE and Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil proudly announces the release of Viva ELVIS - The Album, a 21st century celebration of Elvis and his music, featuring the voice of the King in a whole new context. Viva ELVIS - The Album will be available everywhere this November.
The undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley remains one of the most iconic and powerful forces in popular culture. "Before Elvis," said John Lennon, "there was nothing."
After Elvis, the world looked and sounded different. With a swivel of his hips and the power of his voice, Elvis broke down barriers and shattered the status quo, revolutionizing the worlds of music, film and fashion while signaling a seismic shift in gender, class, race, and generational relationships. The Elvis revolution continues with Viva ELVIS - The Album.
The postmodern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a contemporary perspective while furthering the revolutionary impulses of Elvis' sound. Viva ELVIS - The Album re-imagines the king’s own vocal performances in a broad variety of new musical settings.
This new sound echoes Elvis' own versatility and ability to master all music genres, from Delta blues to rockabilly, from raw soul to gospel, from Southern folk to Vegas pop, while incorporating elements of garage rock, punk, urban and hip-hop.
"Viva ELVIS is a tantalizing musical experience," said Adam Block, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Legacy Recordings. "It's so creative and so contemporary, it effortlessly places Elvis in a current context that appeals to fans of all ages and all kinds of music.  There's a freshness, a newness to these songs that grabs you and shakes you and ultimately testifies to the remarkable artist Elvis remains to this very day."
"What would the songs of Elvis be like if he were doing them for the first time today?," asks the album's producer and arranger Erich van Tourneau, Musical Director and Arranger for Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil. "We set out to evoke the soul and spirit of Elvis Presley while building a bridge between his music and future generations of fans."
Working with tens of thousands of samples of Elvis’ voice, van Tourneau and Bombardier often wove several sequences and sounds into the same songs, sometimes changing details such as the key and tempo. In creating Viva ELVIS - The Album, van Tourneau was looking to accentuate and boost the emotional charge of the songs with the incorporation of ragga, punk or hip-hop elements into classic recordings. In all cases, however, the goal was to respect and understand the essence of the original recordings.
In celebration of all eras of Elvis' musical genius, Viva ELVIS - The Album includes songs from Elvis’ rise to fame in the ‘50s, his movie soundtracks, his triumphant return to the stage in the “’68 Special,” and his ground-breaking appearances in Las Vegas. "Burning Love," "Suspicious Minds," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "It's Now or Never" are among the songs that have been re-imagined and transformed for Viva ELVIS - The Album.
The first opportunity to hear a sample from this ground-breaking album will take place during Elvis Week in Memphis on Saturday, August 14, during the event “Conversations on Elvis.”
Viva ELVIS - The Album is a 21st century venue for rock's first and biggest superstar. The King's Music Lives!
Go here to EIN's 2010 ELVIS CD News for all the extra new VIVA ELVIS CD details
You can pre-order it from Amazon. It is priced cheaply at only US$11. Go here for pre-order.
Go here to EIN's Spotlight on all the 'VIVA ELVIS' news & Videos.
And for more VIVA information, go to www.vivaelvis.com.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn)

Music legend Tom Jones talks about Elvis: This week Tom Jones is to release a stunning collection of gospel, traditional and spiritual songs which critics are already hailing as one of his finest works. And the veteran sex bomb, who still has adoring female fans chucking their underwear on stage, says he is thrilled to be back making waves at an age when other stars are hanging up their microphones.
Elvis and I would sing gospel songs around the piano
When Sir Tom recorded songs for his new album Praise And Blame, the memories of his close friendship with buddy Elvis Presley came flooding back.
He revealed it was the King who first told him to sing gospel after they did a duet together in late night music sessions in his Las Vegas hotel suite in the 1970s.
"We'd stand around the piano and sing gospel songs together.
"Elvis said: 'Do they sing gospel in Wales?' I said 'yes but they are called hymns'. So Elvis replied: 'Why don't you record some of them?'
"I told him ... one day I will."
The superstar singers first met in 1965 when the Jones-boyo was invited on to the set of Elvis' movie Paradise Hawaiian Style. They became instant friends and remained so until the King's death in 1977.
Tom said: "It was my first year in the business. Elvis knew my records and wanted to meet me. I was very nervous.
"I walked into Paramount Studios in Hollywood and he waved across. I thought at first he was waving to somebody else. He walked over and told me how much he loved my voice. Elvis said: 'How the hell can you sing like that?'
"I said: 'Well, you're partly to blame. I listened to your records when I was a teenager'.
"Elvis was a great guy, very down to earth. I still miss him."
But the Welsh music legend reckons Elvis, who would have been 75 this year, would not still be recording.
He said: "Elvis loved being Elvis. I don't think he'd like growing old.
"He was a great looking guy and it was sad when he put on weight towards the end. That really bothered him.
"He felt life had caught up with him. He was messed up."
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

The Elvis Unlimited Graceland Project: Thomas Melin of Elvis Today recently published an interview with Henrik Knudsen of Elvis Unlimited, about their project to build a copy of Graceland.

The groundbreaking ceremony for Graceland Randers on June 15 caught the European media's attention. The idea that a copy of Elvis' Memphis mansion was going to be built in little Denmark was obviously big news.

Click here to the interview about this amazing project.

(News, Source; ThomasMelin)

Saturday 24 July 2010

Return Of The King Elvis Presley's Great Comeback (Book Review): Once in a while a book comes along which re-opens our eyes and minds to the majesty of Elvis as a person and/or performer. Gillian Gaar's Return Of The King Elvis Presley's Great Comeback is one of those books!

Gaar’s release examines, analyses and interprets Elvis’ life and career from the year before his stunning '68 Comeback Special to his death and after. Exhibiting great research and careful thought, the author offers a vibrant, fly-on-the-wall account of how Elvis resurrected himself and why the decline happened.

Read EIN's full review

HT Long Sings The Golden Hits of Elvis Presley (CD Review): Malaysia's HT Long has deservedly enjoyed a long and highly successful career as the leading Elvis stylist in South East Asia.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently put on the headphones to listen to another of HT's wonderful album releases. From the opening lines of I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry to the final bonus mystery song, what he found was a delightful aural treat. HT's smooth Elvis vocal was in its element travelling through tracks including Echoes of Love, Never Ending, I'll Be There, Hawaiian Sunset and a perennial favorite, Love Me Tender.

Read EIN's full review

"Without the King's Consent".......fact or fantasy??:

From the publisher's press release: WITHOUT THE KING'S CONSENT is the true story of a 1954 mystery recording. The record, entitled TELL ME PRETTY BABY, is perhaps the most controversial recording in U.S. music history. The recording received extensive media coverage throughout the world in 1978 and 1979. The discovery of this recording was like finding an unknown Rembrandt or Van Gogh to the music industry. The purchase of this original tape recording in 1977 was like a dream come true for Andrew Jackson.

However, some dreams can turn into nightmares; especially when those dreams feed the greed and power of the hungry hearts of those who take every avenue possible to steal the dreams of others or to stop the world from sharing the joy of that historical event.

Andrew Jackson and Frederick Allen, the authors of WITHOUT THE KING'S CONSENT, pull no punches in this exposition which reveals the methods and means utilized by a greedy and insatiable corporate giant out to "destroy this one-sided mystery record," as stated by Peter Brown of The Dallas Morning News on January 14, 1979.

Not only is the story WITHOUT THE KING'S CONSENT an expose of the greed of powerful attorneys and their ability to influence the outcome of judicial proceedings, but it is also an examination of the conclusive expert and eyewitness testimony attesting to the fact that it was indeed Elvis Aaron Presley who recorded TELL ME PRETTY BABY.

EIN Comment: While we do not believe the voice on Tell Me Pretty Baby is Elvis, Without The King’s Consent is a well written and absorbing account of the legal battles around the song’s authenticity.  With its heady mix of for and against information, audio analysis, court deposition, jail time and intrigue, the book is certainly interesting reading.

A CD edition of the song will shortly be released.  For more information visit the International Classic Productions website

Elvis in Quotes: Last year, the online site Elvis #1 published a list of the Top 10 quotes about Elvis. The #1 and #2 quotes were:

#1: "Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century." (Leonard Bernstein)

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

Myrna Smith Benefit Concert: The Back In Memphis concert (Elvis Unlimited) will be a benefit concert for Myrna Smith of The Sweet Inspirations.

Myrna has suffered a stroke and is on dialysis. She will need long term care. Myrna has many medical bills and many more medical expenses are ahead due to severity of her condition.

The show is during Elvis Week on August 12 at 8 PM at the Michael D. Rose Theater at the University Of Memphis. Reserved seats are 45.00 US Dollars and includes admission to the mini -convention and silent auction from 6 to 8 PM with special guests Barbara Hearn,Charles Stone, Sonny West, Sandi Pichon, Roben Jones & more. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited/Howard Wesselink)

Click below to view all official events at next month's Elvis Week

Elvis Week 2010 Schedule

Alleged Elvis embalming tools removed from auction: An array of surgical and other instruments allegedly used in the 1977 embalming of Elvis Presley was withdrawn Thursday from a planned auction after Memphis Funeral Home objected to the auction of property taken without the funeral home's consent.

Funeral home president E.C. Daves said the instruments were taken by an embalmer who kept them for more than 30 years before offering them for sale through Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. The auction is scheduled Aug. 12 and the Elvis items were in two lots valued by the auction house at $8,000 and $6,000.

Daves said the authenticity of the items still is in question. He said the retired embalmer, in his 80s, claimed to have taken the items after Presley's embalming the night of Aug. 16, 1977. But Daves said another employee told him that those instruments had been sterilized and were used again.

"There's no way to tell whether (the auction items) are authentic," he said.

Daves said the retired embalmer and his son, who handled negotiations with the auction house, agreed to withdraw the items. He said the funeral home plans no legal reprisals if the items are returned.

Auction house owner Leslie Hindman was less final. In an e-mail, she said, "We are in discussions with all parties."

Daves said the funeral home is awaiting word from the Elvis Presley estate on its preferences. The items could be donated to a funeral history museum in Houston.

"Or we could destroy them," Daves said. "We're not going to do anything until the Presley estate agrees with it."

A Graceland spokesman declined to comment. (News, Source: Michael Lollar, The Commercial Appeal)

What is Elvis' greatest recording?: A recent EC poll had Elvis' 1969 smash hit, Suspicious Miinds, in the top spot as his greatest recording. Written by Mark James (aka Francis Zambon), this powerhouse pop ballad held the #1 spot on the US charts for two weeks in 1969.  

Thursday 22 July 2010

LAST CHANCE for the great EIN "Viva Las Vegas" Competition:

Win one of 5 autographed, numbered copies of "Viva Las Vegas"!!!

Five (5) lucky EIN readers will win a numbered, autographed copy of the latest hardcover JAT release, Viva Las Vegas, courtesy of Paul Lichter, Joe Tunzi and Tristan Lichter!

Read Paul Lichter's EIN recent interview for more great info

To go in the draw to win a signed, numbered copy of Viva Las Vegas simply CLICK HERE and send in your entry.  Entries close on Friday 23 July 2010.

Packed with many stunning color and b&w visuals from the film and off-set, and a great article by Mike Eder, Viva Las Vegas is another winning release from the Tunzi stable. The stunning visuals are from the famous Paul Lichter Elvis Archives.

Go here to see the impressive new 'VIVA ELVIS' Album Promo -

See the full story about the new CD release below.

Meditation Garden Stained Glass Windows: Here's an opportunity to own a one of a kind piece of Elvis memorabilia and history.  A Memphian, Mike Witt, who buys older houses and renovates them purchased the house owned by my sister and brother in law in Germantown, a Memphis suburb.  As most fans know my brother in law designed and built the Graceland Meditation Garden where Elvis has been laid to rest.  The beautiful stain glass windows in the Garden wall are companion pieces to four other windows my brother in law purchased from Spain which he installed in his house when he was building it around the same time he built the Garden.  Mike Witt removed the windows from the house during his renovation and now wants to offer them for sale to some lucky Elvis fan.  These are authentic items for which I attest to as I was the one who was the conduit between Elvis and my brother in law in building the Garden and know every detail and decision that was made while building it.

Go here to the Elvis Glass website for the whole story. 

Go here to The story about the stain glass printed in Sunday's Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Marty Lacker adds, After you learn the whole story and have the interest and ability to bid on the glass you can contact Mike at: contact@theelvisglass.com.  Although I have nothing to do with the sale, I do want to see him sell them and be in the hands of an Elvis fan who will cherish the Elvis connection and the historical value of these stained glass windows that were done in Spain in the 1800's. rest assured that the Elvis and Graceland connection is real.- Marty Lacker. Go here to EIN's Marty's Musings for even more information about The Meditation Garden
(News, Source;Marty Lacker)

Elvis Presley statue, found in cemetery!: Ever since Elvis Presley's death 33 years ago, people have breathlessly reported Elvis sightings here, there and everywhere. On Tuesday morning, he was spotted again, hanging out in a cemetery with a pair of angels.
As it turned out, it was a fiberglass Elvis, a 6-foot-tall statue that had gone missing a couple of weeks ago from the roof of a diner on Pulaski Highway in Baltimore County, much to the consternation of the restaurant's owners and regular customers.
When found, the white-suited Elvis, his coiffure intact but his microphone gone, was propped between two angelic statues in the Gardens of Faith Cemetery, a few miles north of Rosedale's Happy Day Diner, whose roof he had graced for a decade.
Whether or not the real Elvis is communing with angels, his earthly appearance in the cemetery's Garden of Wisdom was a brief one, according to the man who found him, George Kropkowski, who lives nearby. The 6-foot fiberglass figure is slightly damaged, but owners will try to repair it. (News, Source;SanjaM)

Wednesday 21 July 2010

'Viva ELVIS - The Album' new CD: The brand new Elvis CD from the 'VIVA ELVIS' stage show is to be released in October.
As described by SONY.... Viva ELVIS - The Album, is a 21st century celebration of Elvis and his music, featuring the voice of the king in a whole new context. The undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, remains one of the most iconic and powerful forces in popular culture. "Before Elvis," said John Lennon, "there was nothing." After Elvis, the world looked and sounded different. With a swivel of his hips and the power of his voice, Elvis broke down barriers and shattered the status quo, revolutionizing the worlds of music, film and fashion, while signalling a seismic shift in gender, class, race, and generational relationships.
The Elvis revolution continues with Viva ELVIS - The Album. This post-modern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a contemporary perspective, while furthering the revolutionary impulses of Elvis' sound. 'Viva ELVIS - The Album' re-imagines the king’s own vocal performances in a broad variety of new musical settings. This new sound echoes Elvis' own versatility and ability to master all music genres, from Delta blues to rockabilly, from raw soul to gospel, from Southern folk to Vegas pop, while incorporating elements of garage rock, punk, urban and hip-hop.
No cover art is yet available and you can pre-order it from Amazon. It is priced cheaply at only US$11. Go here for pre-order.
Go here to EIN's Spotlight on all the 'VIVA ELVIS' news & Videos.
(News, Source;Sony)

'Johnny B. Goode' Missing from new 'On Tour' DVD: According to fans who have already got a copy of the new DVD of  'On Tour', the sensational opening video sequence where Elvis sings 'Johnny B. Goode' has been retained BUT the song 'Johnny B. Goode' has been removed and replaced with 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel' due to copyright problems. The same 'Teddy Bear'/'Don't Be Cruel' is heard later in the movie.
It seem incredible that after 38 years the 'On Tour' re-release is still not the real deal.
(News, Source;Brian Quinn/EIN)

"ELVIS: From Memphis to Manhattan" at STAX: In 1973 Elvis recorded at the soulful STAX studios in Memphis. From July to October 16, 2010, STAX Museum is presenting a new photographic exhibition, "ELVIS: From Memphis to Manhattan," which looks at the early years of superstardom through his many CBS appearances, particularly those on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Young and feisty, talented and sexy, Elvis Presley revolutionized pop music in the early sixties. His trailblazing renditions of blacks-only blues with rock shot him to the top of the charts and into the libidos of America's teenage girls.
Elvis' signature hip roll, considered too risque for prime time TV, prompted the famous order (to CBS cameramen of the Ed Sullivan Show) to photograph the King from the waist up.
Opens July 16 and is US$12 General Admission.
Go here for more Museum ELVIS info.

Go here for EIN's exclusive interview with Ed Sullivan photographer Richard Weede
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Three new European Elvis budget CDs: Three new Elvis budget cds are available, all of them released in Europe during the first week of July, 2010. "Golden Greats, Volume 1" and "Golden Greats, Volume 2" come from the "Play 24-7" label, while "Only! Elvis Presley" was released in France by "Naive". All of these albums contain the well-known Public Domain 50s material only, due to copyright reasons.
(News, Source:TheKing'sWorld)

'Blue Hawaii' voted #4 "Best Beach Movie": WGAL news reports on the Top Five Beach Movies of all time.
Over the decades, beaches have been a favourite Hollywood setting for everything from coming-of-age flicks to stunning documentaries and summer romances -- from innocent Annette Funicello films to the far, far steamier. If you can't get to a sandy shore this summer, let the movies take you there. Here are five of the best beach movies ever.
1. Y Tu Mama Tambien 2. The Endless Summer, 3. Gidget, 4. Blue Hawaii, 5. Castaway
It notes of Blue Hawaii... Elvis Presley is remembered for dreamy love songs and establishment-rattling rock-and-roll. But he was also a Hollywood beach stud, appearing in the likes of "Girls Girls Girls" (1962), "Paradise Hawaiian Style" (1966) and "Clambake" (1967).
"Blue Hawaii" was the first of his beach-bod-bearing roles and was perhaps the biggest commercial success of his film career. Sure, the story is kind of lame -- Presley's Chad returns from the Army and rebels against his father, refusing to go to work at dad's [eye roll here] ... pineapple business.
But the musical comedy is a time capsule of a simpler era, brilliantly lit by sunny nostalgia, and it amounts to a cheesy but fun bit of film. It also has some beautiful beach scenery for its time and includes 14 songs that helped make the soundtrack a Billboard chart topper, including "Can't Help Falling In Love." Angela Lansbury co-stars in an over-the-top role as Elvis' mother.
Go here to EIN's in-depth look at the movie Blue Hawaii
Click to our special "Aloha From Oahu, Hawaii. In search of Oahu Elvis"
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Riley Keough and Kylie Minogue to star in new movie: Kylie Minogue the Aussie actress has signed up to play a heavily tattooed lesbian in new movie "Jack and Diane". The flick will also star Juno Temple and Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough, as teen lovers. Jack and Diane tells the story of two teenage girls who meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously.
"Kylie does have one love scene where she kisses a girl," a source told the New York Post. Her fans will be surprised to see her in this role, but her performance is good." Kylie who shot to fame in the Australian soap Neighbours has not appeared in a movie since 2001’s Moulin Rouge.
Riley Keough recently appeared in the 2010 successful coming-of-age biopic about '70s teenage band "The Runaways." She is also to appear in a staring role in the 2011 film 'The Good Doctor' that is still in post-production.
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 19 July 2010

"Elvis on Tour" Coming to Select Theaters on July 29th; Tickets selling fast! Get yours now. The 'Elvis on Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration' screening will be in 467 special movie theaters throughout the US. Everywhere from New York to Seattle.
Do not miss out on this special screening. Click here for a list of the 467 participating theatres.

Go here to purchase cinema tickets.

During Elvis Week in Memphis on August 14th 2010, a special screening will also take place at The Orpheum Theater in Memphis, the same movie house Elvis frequented as a teenager.
For Memphis tickets and information go here.

(News, Source;EIN/On Tour)

'East Tupelo & Elvis' new book: The new book, 'East Tupelo & Elvis, That's The Way It Was' by Wanda Powell Heagy will be released late July or early August 2010. The book is 357 pages hardback. This is a book that contains the history of East Tupelo where Elvis was born and how it progressed during his life living here. It also contains information about Elvis, his family, interviews, and over 150 photos and maps. You can get an idea of what it was like for Elvis being born and living here during his lifetime, businesses that were here and the progress in East Tupelo during his life.

Go here to EIN's interview with Tupelo Historian, Roy Turner about Elvis in Tupelo


(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

James Burton in Memphis during Elvis Week: The D&N's Elvis Presley Fan Club invites you to join them and James Burton in his only Elvis Week 2010 appearance on Friday Aug 13, 2010 at the Club 152, Beale Street. DJ Tyke Harrison from Austin, Texas will host the evening. There is a spcail dinner as well as a fundraising auction.
James Burton will greet guests individually and there will be a special interview.

Tickets are only available in advance and are US$35 each. There is reserved seating.
Go here for more information.


(News, Source;D&N)

Sunday 18 July 2010

Greil Marcus Interview: In many ways Elvis Presley is bigger now than he was in the last years of his life. Over 30 years after his death Elvis' cultural impact is still ever-present. Greil Marcus is a renown American author, music journalist and cultural critic. An editor and writer for Rolling Stone magazine his stunning 1975 book 'Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music' was a major publication which "re-defined the parameters of rock music criticism". In 1991 Marcus published the fascinating "Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession" a serious book that explored the continuing power and cultural impact of Elvis even after his death.

Go here for this fascinating interview with Greil Marcus by Steven B. Roberts from 'Discovering Elvis'.

(Interviews, Source;DiscoveringElvis/EIN)

'Elvis On Tour' book out August 3; Elvis On Tour the new JAT book will be out on August 3, featuring over 400 color and black and white photographs and documents many, unpublished in a beautiful new design fitting to the film itself. Elvis On Tour was the ultimate film now comes the ultimate book. It will sell out quickly, so order from your dealer today.

Also coming soon 'Elvis: Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 5' featuring unreleased footage..in  fantastic quality  available October 1.


(News, Source:JAT Publishing)

Elvis International Magazine July Edition out now: The EPE affiliated "Elvis International" July magazine is now available. The quarterly magazine features in-depth articles, never-before-seen photos and more. The July issue includes:
- The King of Charts, Elvis on the Billboard Top 100
- Hotel New Frontier: Elvis Remembers It as a Blast
- American Idol Visits Graceland
- Cookin' with Elvis
- The Creation of the Jumpsuit

You can click here for a FREE trial issue of "Elvis International."


(News, Source;EPE)

EIN "Viva Las Vegas" Competition:

Win one of 5 autographed, numbered copies of "Viva Las Vegas"!!!

Five (5) lucky EIN readers will win a numbered, autographed copy of the latest hardcover JAT release, Viva Las Vegas, courtesy of Paul Lichter, Joe Tunzi and Tristan Lichter!

As Paul told EIN in his recent interview with us:

"I've spoken to Tristan and Joe and we would like you to have a contest for visitors to your site. The three of us will autograph 5 copies of the book (see book cover opposite) and these will be the only 5 copies ever signed by all 3 of us. We will number these books 001-005 so that your lucky winners will receive a real collectible."

To go in the draw to win a signed, numbered copy of Viva Las Vegas simply click here and send in your entry.  Entries close on Friday 23 July 2010.

Packed with many stunning color and b&w visuals from the film and off-set, and a great article by Mike Eder, Viva Las Vegas is another winning release from the Tunzi stable. The stunning visuals are from the famous Paul Lichter Elvis Archives.

Hank Cochran, Country Music Legend,  dies aged 74: Singer/songwriter Hank Cochran lost his battle with cancer at the age of 74. A country music legend, Cochran penned hits like "I Fall to Pieces" "That's All That Matters To Me", and George Strait's "Ocean Front Property".
He died at his home in Tennessee on Thursday, July 15 after a final singalong on Wednesday night, July 14 with pals Billy Ray Cyrus and Jamey Johnson, who visited the ailing songwriter. Cochran landed his big break as a songwriter in the early 1960s when Ray Price hired him. Cochran then brought pal Willie Nelson onboard.

To Elvis fans he is best known as the composer of the song "Make the World Go Away" which Elvis recorded for his album 'Elvis Country' in June 1970. Elvis would also go on to perform the song on stage in the early 1970's.

(News, Source;CMT)

Thursday 15 July 2010

UPDATED - Elvis' 1956 Mystery Kisser Found! Now with Reader Feedback - Former Memphis radio engineer Ron Brandon believes that he has finally found the famous 1956 'Elvis Mystery Kisser'. In 1956 it was Ron Brandon who recorded the famous Mississippi-Alabama Fair concert and so was well aware of the iconic photographs of Alfred Wertheimer including the ones taken in June 1956 at an Elvis concert in Richmond, Virginia. There were over forty of the photos of Elvis many of them featuring an attractive young lady.  One or two of these photographs, in particular, have become quite famous.. photos of Elvis apparently attempting to kiss the young lady. - See full details below -
This led to a phone-call with Mr. Wertheimer, Ron Brandon and the mystery kisser - which in the end was sworn to confidentiality....
Go here to the fascinating story of how Ron Brandon finally tracked her down. An EIN exclusive. (Spotlight, Source;Ron Brandon/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' July Update: We're back with a sensational TWENTY new fabulous Elvis clips. Starting with a stunning 'Elvis Tribute' we have LIVE footage from Vegas 1969, plus live 'It's A Matter Of Time' and 'Promised Land'. Absolutely sensational 'Long Tall Sally' 1956 live, some cute Sixties movie clips including 'Let Yourself Go' and 'It Feels So Right' plus GI Blues rare clips. And don't miss the fabulous 'I Like The Way You Move' - plus some TTWII outtakes and Elvis' final Pittsburgh New Year's Eve concert As EIN always says "Catch them now before they get taken away" ('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source:EIN)

US American Idol Tour Live! includes Elvis: Bringing Elvis to the US general public in 2010 the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2010, top 10 finalist Aaron Kelly is performing “Walking in Memphis” while Elvis Presley home video footage accompanies him on stage.
Aaron Kelly also performed Blues Suede Shoes during the TV contest.

Go here for more American Idol US tour information.

(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Monday 12 July 2010

Elvis' 1956 Mystery Kisser Found! Former Memphis radio engineer Ron Brandon believes that he has finally found the famous 1956 'Elvis Mystery Kisser'. In 1956 it was Ron Brandon who recorded the famous Mississippi-Alabama Fair concert and so was well aware of the iconic photographs of Alfred Wertheimer including the ones taken in June 1956 at an Elvis concert in Richmond, Virginia. There were over forty of the photos of Elvis many of them featuring an attractive young lady.  One or two of these photographs, in particular, have become quite famous.. photos of Elvis apparently attempting to kiss the young lady.
In 2010, earlier this year Brandon "stumbled upon" the woman who claimed to be the mystery kisser in the photos. Having lived in Richmond at one time, Brandon was intrigued enough follow through with a full interview - and was convinced without any reservation whatever, that she is the mystery kisser.
This led to a phone-call with Mr. Wertheimer, Ron Brandon and the mystery kisser - which in the end was sworn to confidentiality....
Go here to the fascinating story of how Ron Brandon finally tracked her down. An EIN exclusive.
(Spotlight, Source;Ron Brandon/ElvisInfoNet)

'Good Times – The Outakes' – VINYL set details: Following on from our previous strictly Limited Edition series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of a special 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set of 'Good Times – The Outakes'. Supplied in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, it features the superb original draft artwork design that was superseded prior to release. UNIQUE!
• 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl • Re-mastered by Vic Anesini and Jean-Marc Juilland.
(Go to EIN New CD Releases for all the details)
Side 1
Take Good Care of Her - rehearsal & take 1
Loving Arms - take 1 & rehearsal
I Got a Feelin' in My Body - take 1
If That Isn't Love - take 1
She Wears My Ring - take 8
I've Got a Thing about You, Baby - take 1
My Boy – take 1
Side 2
Talk about the Good Times - take 3
Spanish Eyes - takes 1, 2
Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues - takes 7, 8
I Got a Feelin' in My Body - take 4
I've Got a Thing about You, Baby - take 14
My Boy - take 2
Take Good Care of Her - take 4
Side 3
I've Got a Thing about You, Baby - takes 6, 8, 10, 11
Loving Arms - take 2
I Got a Feelin' in My Body - take 2
Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues - takes 1, 4, 6
Take Good Care of Her - takes 2, 3
Spanish Eyes - take 4 (undubbed master)
(News, Source:FTD)

Side 4
Talk about the Good Times - takes 1, 2
Talk about the Good Times - take 4 (undubbed master)
She Wears My Rings - takes 1-7
I Got a Feelin' in My Body - take 7
My Boy - take 3 (undubbed master)
Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues - take 9 (unedited undubbed master)
If That Isn't Love - splice of takes 5 (LFS) & 7

Sunday 11 July 2010

FTD Elvis Releases planned for 2010: FTD have announced the upcoming releases planned for 2010. Last week, some of the new releases were already announced, prior to the official message from FTD. To stop further speculation and rumours these are the releases that are planned by FTD for 2010 at this stage:
1. King Creole, The Music (book + CD, Aug 8 2010)
'King Creole - The Music' is a 200-page book with images exclusively designed to complement the music from the film. It consists of two main sections; the recording sessions on January 16, 1958 and song scenes from the filming of the movie (including behind-the scenes shots). The images are classic and well-known shots with the majority being previously unpublished and taken by the original still photographers on the set (no freeze-frames). The accompanying CD consists of the masters and the well-known alternative masters (no unreleased session reels have been found). As always, the music has been re-mastered. (Click here for tracklist & more info)
2. Good Times: The Outtakes (2 LP Vinyl release, Aug 8 2010)
Following on from the previous strictly Limited Edition series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of a special 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set of Good Times: The Outtakes. Supplied in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, it features the superb original draft artwork design that was superseded prior to release. Details above - UNIQUE!

3. Boston Garden (no official title, 5" CD, Sep 14 2010)
FTD will release the soundboard of the November 10, 1971 Boston Garden Show (previously released on bootleg) as this is the only available show from the early tours of the seventies. We believe that this is of such historical importance, that it should be available to everyone. This will be a 5" digi-pack with a photo booklet.
EIN note - If you have never owned this Boston concert, this FTD will be an essential purchase. Go here to EIN's review of the fabulous Madison bootleg version.
4. Elvis: Fool (2CD 7" CD, Sep 14 2010)
On the same date, a 2-CD set of ELVIS (FOOL) in the Classic Album series.. (Original LP cover above)
This will feature a 7" digi-pack with an 8-page booklet.
- FTD plan to release another soundboard in September.
- Early November will consist of another classic album and 2-LP Limited Edition vinyl Set. Titles have not been chosen yet but we’ll update as soon as decision is made.
(News, Source;FTD)

Elvis Week Peabody Auction - August 14: 2010 is the year of The King, the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth. This summer all roads lead to Elvis Week in Memphis, and Heritage Auction Galleries' Ultimate Elvis Auction. Every year, our internationally-recognized Everything Elvis events present selections of Elvis memorabilia as unique and superior as the legacy of The King himself. Now, in this milestone year, we're taking it to another level -- The Ultimate Elvis Auction will be held live at The Peabody Hotel on Saturday, August 14 in Memphis.
Items include
* Elvis' 4-Page Handwritten and Signed Letter to Anita Wood, the most personal offering in the auction. The letter was penned just six weeks after Private Presley arrived in Germany.
Includes Elvis' mention of 'Soldier Boy' a song he would record in 1960 plus the delightful sign off and "PS; No one ever reads this ok" (see right)
* Elvis' Black Star 14k gold Sapphire Ring.
* Elvis Pair of Nautic Neo Style TCG Sunglasses

* Elvis Gold TCB Necklace with Memorial Plaque given to Janelle McComb.
* Elvis' Opal Ring surrounded by 34 full cut diamonds (right)
The items will be displayed for close-up inspection beginning Thursday, August 12th, in the fabulous Venetian Room of The Peabody. And don't miss the auction itself, Saturday, August 14.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A celebration fit for The King!
Go here to full auction details - and to read the letter in full.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Bernard Lansky Remembers Elvis in EPE Video: Elvis walked down the world famous Beale Street and looked into the windows of Lansky Bros. clothing store which has helped set many hot fashion trends over the last 60 years. Watch this video of Bernard Lansky, the man who first helped Elvis clean up his look for personal use and public appearances! Lansky shares a colorful account of some of his first encounters with Elvis as his music career began to take shape.
Now, the story of Bernard Lansky's family business is available in a new book "Lansky Brothers: Clothier to the King." The book features never-before-seen photographs of Elvis in the Lansky store. Visitors to Memphis can experience Lansky’s through its presence in The Peabody Hotel and several concept stores in Downtown Memphis.
"Lansky Brothers: Clothier to the King" will be available for purchase in Memphis during Elvis Week.
See the video on EPE's front page.
Go here to EIN's exclusive interview with the ever-fiesty Bernard Lansky.
(News, Source;EPE/EIN)

Myrna Smith Health update: Elvis super-fan Carole Drexler spent several hours with Myrna in hospital last monday, she has told EIN. >> Myrna was more alert than the week before, but still very weak. Elvis fans are the best - so many of you have sent cards, notes & letters & Myrna asked me if I would thank everyone & tell you how much she appreciates it. Another friend of Myrna's was there when I visited & we read all the wonderful cards & letters to Myrna & she looked at all of them. There were times when Myrna teared up, I don't think she knew so many people love her. I took string with me & strung it in lines across the walls & hung the cards on the string.
The dialyses is hard on Myrna & she is weak. Myrna needs all the support & encouragement we can give her. I know it's a lot to ask, but please keep the cards & notes coming, & really, really important, please keep Myrna in your prayers. Estelle from the Sweet Inspirations asked me to also pass on her thanks to everyone for the love & prayers for Myrna.
For all the cards, notes, letters, flowers, love & prayers you have sent to Myrna, thank you so much, it really means a lot to Myrna.
*Please send cards to:* Myrna Smith
Canyon Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
22029 Saticoy Street, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Please pass this information on to as many fans as possible. - Thank you, Carole Drexler
(News, Source;PJGansky)

‘Heart of the King’ EP Fans’ VEGAS Festival July 14-17: History will repeat itself THIS WEEK at the Las Vegas Hilton! The ‘Heart of the King’ EP Fans’ Festival, Convention, Contest and Concert at the Las Vegas Hilton. The property is arguably one of the most historic locations in the career of Elvis Presley. This event is in celebration of the anniversary of Elvis’ Las Vegas performances as well as the 75th Birthday Year of the Greatest Entertainer of All Time. Forty years ago, Elvis’ performances at the Hilton were the subject of the documentary film and live album "Elvis, That’s The Way It Is". One of the highlights of the festival will be to celebrate those historic performances portrayed in the documentary in a concert entitled ‘That’s The Way It Was’ on July 17th. The show will include much of the same cast such as Elvis’ Imperials, the Sweet Inspirations, comedian Sammy Shore and Special guest Elvis’ drummer and Rock N Roll Hall of Famer DJ Fontana. Elvis’ closest friend, Joe Esposito, will host the events. The tribute show will feature Shawn Klush, Graceland’s Official Ultimate ETA in the same room Elvis made history.

Highlights of the festival and convention will include:

* A large scale Elvis Tribute Artist Competition and concert with major cash prizes
* An EP Celebrity Fan Forum/Meet & Greet with friends, co-workers and co-stars of Elvis
* An EP memorabilia and vendor Fair
* Tours of Elvis’ suite, dressing rooms and other Las Vegas attractions
* A premier screening of the documentary "Heart of the King" about 4 who struggle to be ETA’s
* World’s largest Elvis Presley Fan Club Gathering and Introductions
* Anniversary Concert starring Shawn Klush, Elvis’ Imperials, the Sweet Inspirations and more. Even if you can’t make it out earlier in the week, break away for a day on Saturday. This concert is one that should not to be missed. You can experience all the memories, the magic and the Heart, of the King!
When: July 14-17th, 2010
Click here for INFO and Tickets.
(News, Source;www.elvishoneymoon.com)

Priscilla Shares Her Love of Horses: Breyer Animal Creations has entered into a license to launch their Elvis Presley® Collection of the horses of Graceland. The new collectible will be showcased at BreyerFest which takes place July 23-25, 2010 in Lexington, KY at the Kentucky Horse Park along with a special appearance by Priscilla Presley. 2010 is the 21st year for the annual model horse collector’s festival and horse fair which features award-winning equine entertainment and fun for the whole family.
The collection will launch with a collectible model of Elvis' registered American Quarter Horse Rising Sun.
Priscilla Presley will join in the celebration on July 23-24 to share her love of horses and support of equine welfare. Of the four horses currently living at Graceland®, Max, Tucker and Bandit were adopted after being rescued. The fourth, Candy was a gift. Priscilla will sign models of Rising Sun at BreyerFest.
"Elvis enjoyed horses and loved having them at Graceland," said Priscilla Presley. "I'm happy to share this part of his legacy with the equestrian world in this anniversary year and to add my voice to those who support equine welfare."
(News, Source;EPE)

Friday 9 July 2010 - . . . . Major update with twelve news items.

'Elvis A Portrait In Music' All-time classic-album New CD Release: We are very proud to announce a new Limited Edition (500 copies) factory pressed silver CD. For many, mostly European fans, this album was their first introduction to Elvis´ music. The album was re-released many times and sold millions of copies worldwide. The original album was first released in 1968 in Germany, but after Elvis´ passing in 1977 it hit the charts again in many countries.
It's a shame that RCA never released this album on CD. But finally it´s here now. We are sure that, if only for sentimental reasons, many Elvis fans are happy to have this classic album in their CD collection. But there are more reasons to treasure this new release.  Of course this CD contains the original album in brilliant sound quality, taken from the latest remastered  master tapes, but also various b-sides from the hit singles ( European / US releases), including hard to find outtakes (many of them not even available on FTD) and 2 unreleased  takes, unavailable elsewhere. Total of 27 tracks!!!
Also included is a 4 page full color booklet, including the same beautiful center spread that was used in the original LP inner sleeve (promotional shot for ´Kissin´ Cousins´ )
Order your copy today....to treasure it forever!

Original Album:
Hound Dog
Jailhouse Rock
A Big Hunk O Love
A Fool Such As I
Wooden Heart
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Its Now Or Never
Kiss Me Quick
Good Luck Charm
Devil in Disguise
Guitar Man
U.S. Male
Don’t Be Cruel
Treat Me Nice – take 19
My Wish Came True
I Need Your Love Tonight – take 15
Puppet On A String – take 10
Tonight is So Right for Love – take 4
I Gotta Know – spliced take #
A Mess Of Blues – Spliced take #
Make Me Know It – take 18
Suspicion – take 4
Night Rider – take 3
Anything That’s Part of You – take 3
Please Don’t Drag That String Around – take 5
Hi-Heel Sneakers – take 5
Stay Away – take 9


This Release Includes A Free Beautiful Full Colour A6 265 Gramms Glossy Postcard With A Fantastic And Rare Alternate Front Cover Promotional Photo Of Elvis!!!!!!!!

# Unreleased Versions. Total Timing ~ 70 mins.
(News, Source;PortraitInMusic)

Bill Porter, Elvis' legendary Nashville engineer, passed away: Bill Porter who was all-important in shaping and recording the 'Nashville sound' passed away on July 7.  Bill Porter was an American sound engineer who recorded many stars in Nashville in their great creative periods including Chet Atkins, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison as well as Elvis Presley from the late 1950s through the 1970s. In one week of 1960, his recordings accounted for 15 of Billboard Magazine's "Top 100," a feat none have matched.
Bill Porter also continued as mixing engineer for Elvis' live concerts from 1970 until the singer's death in 1977. For his achievements in improving recording studio practices, Porter was inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame in 1992.
Porter's work with Elvis in the studio and on tour was exemplary. 
Click here to a great interview with Bill Porter from a few years ago.
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Like Any Other Soldier' Special 50th Anniversary Edition: The press release states that - "Elvis: Like Any Other Soldier" is one of the most fascinating, compelling, and informative books ever!
It covers more in one huge volume than in all the other Elvis army books put together: 504 pages and well over 1,500 photos! Many, many of these are previously unpublished! It is quite likely this book contains more never-before-seen Elvis photos from 1957-'60 than any previous publication. In addition to the 400 black-and-white pages, we feature 104 full pages in gorgeous full color. And wait till you see the amazing shot that graces our back cover!
We can absolutely guarantee NO ONE can say they've seen all these photos before! It's a fascinating and accurate text and pictorial history, and the definitive chronicle of Elvis' army experience.
Our amazing research department has tracked down as many living members as possible from Fort Hood as well as Elvis' Scout Platoon, in Germany, and most of these men have shared stories and never-before-seen photos.
Besides the truly amazing photos, there is 40 pages of text, transcripts, interviews, letters and other authentic pieces of correspondence from Elvis, between March 24, 1958 and April 1960. "Elvis: Like Any Other Soldier" is a deluxe edition and is huge: 504 pages, all on beautiful glossy (90g) coated stock and with a gorgeous hard cover and matching dust jacket.
Click here for the slide show sample and great video (includes rare take)
For more information about this very important book, go here:
(News, Source;JerryOsbourne)

'Elvis Tribute Artist World Cup' in Wales: On 4 July 2010 the first ever Elvis Tribute Artist World Cup took place in the St David's Concert Hall, Cardiff, Wales. Twelve tribute acts from as far afield as Australia and South Africa battled it out to be crowned the best Elvis Presley impersonator in the world. Johnny Lee Memphis (right) from Stirling in Scotland, beat off some stiff competition to take the crown at the Elvis World Cup in Cardiff. Twelve National Qualifiers competed for the coveted crown, and World Cup Final Week saw the National Champions hosted by towns throughout Wales. 
The 2010 Results were 
1. Johnny Lee Memphis (Scotland)

2. Gordon Elvis (Malta)
3. Tom Gilson (Ireland)
4. Mark Andrew (Australia)
Go to BBC TV video story here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The King In Queen City' new Import CD: Management 3 productions will release a new CD with 12-page booklet called 'The King In Queen City'. The CD features  the April 29th, 1973 Afternoon Show from Seattle, Washington that was previously released on bootleg, but Management 3 state that this recording is of better quality and more complete.




'Elvis In Finland Vol.2' New CD; Dozens of songs of Elvis Presley’s repertoire have been recorded in Finland from the beginning of the 60’s and up ‘till now – both in Finnish and in English. This obviously includes many sides of Elvis’s versatile recording career: rock tunes, ballads, country and movie songs.
The new collection "Elvis in Finland 2" starts with a version of That’s All Right, Mama (Kaikki hyvin mama) by a legendary singer Rauli Somerjoki. This song comes from Elvis’s first and Rauli’s last recording session. Probably the most well-known Elvis movie songs in Finland, Flaming Star (titled Kohtalon tähti) and The Walls Have Ears (Seinillä on korvat) are both naturally included on this cd. Early Finnish rock’n’rollers, like Jussi Raittinen, Rock Jerry and Pekka Loukiala, have their own versions on this collection too.
There are also a couple of rarities on the collection. One of them is Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Kesän suukot talvi vei) which is the only single release by a singer called Richard. Some fine arrangements can be found as well: an a cappella group Veeti And the Velvets delivers a very nice version of King Creole and the late Tapio Heinonen sings beautifully his version of Mary in the Morning (Kaunein aamuisin).
"Elvis Suomessa – in Finland vol. 2" celebrates the 25th Anniversary Year of The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Finland. Copies of the brand new cd can be ordered directly from the fan club at 20 € each (incl. p & p. in Europe), 25 € (overseas).
Cd includes the following songs in English: Baby Let’s Play House, My Baby Left Me, Don’t Be Cruel, King Creole, Suspicion, Return to Sender and All That I Am. Release date: July 7, 2010
(News, Source;OEPFCF)

Elvis to get a "European Star"; Jerry Schilling will unveil the Elvis On Tour star at the movie theater 'Utopolis' in Turnhout, Belgium where the European Premiere of the digitally remastered 'On Tour' takes place on August 15th. This will be the First Elvis walk of fame star in Europe! Ticket holders can attend this special ceremony for no additional charge. After the unveiling of the Elvis Movie Star, Jerry Schilling will introduce the new film. Jerry was a long-time friend of Elvis and still lives in the house that The King gave him as a present. He was very closely involved as an advisor, producer and editor for ‘Elvis On Tour’.
To order movie tickets go here
(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

Elvis Day In Barcelona- JULY 17: Next Saturday, 17 July, there is a special "Elvis Day" celebration in Barcelona, Spain, organised by Club Elvis Spain. During the day a series of very interesting events will take place in the nearby towns of Badalona and Santboi.

It includes, Visit to the house-museum "Memphis Records", with the showing of rare live shootings, music and sale of Elvis material (CD's, RCA, FTD, Vynils, DVD's)... it is the largest exhibition of Elvis' material on sale in Spain, Elvis Fans Lunch, and first ever contest of Elvis tribute artists organised by Club Elvis Spain. Our members will select the best characterisation, best voice and best Elvis Tribure Artist of Club Elvis Spain in 2010.


Click here for all the times and information

(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

More New Elvis Vinyl: These following Elvis LPs will be released by the dutch Label "Music On Vinyl" on 23 July 2010. All remastered by Vic Anesini and pressed on 180g Virgin Vinyl:
1. GI Blues
2. Girl Happy
3. Girls, Girls, Girls
4. Viva Las Vegas
5. 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can`t Be Wrong
Looks very promising for Vinyl collectors, but don`t expect audiophile quality, since these LPs are made from digital remasters.
According to Elvis Australia, these albums will be on vinyl too:
6. Fun In Acapulco
7. Clambake
8. Frankie & Johnny
9. Roustabout

 7-foot Elvis taken from diner roof: Thirty Three years after his death ELVIS is still a wanted man! The owners of a Maryland restaurant said someone stole a 7-foot Elvis Presley statue that had been bolted to the roof of the diner since 2001.
Maria and Dimitrios Pigiaditis, owners of the Happy Day Diner in Rosedale, said security-camera footage shows a white van pulling up to the restaurant Wednesday night, when they believe the fiberglass statue was taken, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.
The owners said the thieves apparently broke the statue from the roof, leaving part of Elvis' feet bolted in place.
Maria Pigiaditis said the previous owner of the restaurant purchased the statue of the King from an antique store in 2001 for $1,500.
Baltimore County Police are investigating the theft.
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

"Bubba Ho-tep" Sequel still in Pre Production: Elvis and monsters make for an unlikely pair, but fans of the Bruce Campbell-starring "Bubba Ho-tep" (right) are already well aware of how well that combination actually works. Those same fans have anxiously anticipated "Bubba Nosferatu," the film's vampire-centric sequel, ever since "Ho-tep's" release. But the project has experienced numerous setbacks and delays, not the least of which is Campbell's departure as Elvis.
In the upsides department, Ron Perlman was mentioned as a possible replacement for Campbell in 2008, while award winning actor actor Paul Giamatti (Sideways, John Adams) is still set to co-star as Colonel Tom Parker. Giamatti remains as enthusiastic about the project as ever, stating that "Nosferatu" will definitely get off the ground -- eventually.
"We've been trying to make that for two, three years, and we're going to get it done at some point," said Giamatti, "I'm going to break my spine in half if I have to to get that thing done."
Giamatti is clearly a big fan of the creative work that's gone into "Nosferatu," saying that the real trouble lies in finding investors for the film.
"I think it's just the atmosphere of movies right now, smaller movies. Nobody has the balls to make a cheap movie, It's Avatar or nothing. Everybody's terrified of doing anything else except that kind of thing. So that movie is deemed way too bizarre and outside the box right now. Which is stupid, because there's an audience for that movie, totally."
Even if financing is currently hard to come by, Giamatti is convinced that "Nosferatu" will eventually get made.
"We've been trying so hard and we've had so many near-misses," he continued. "It's almost come together like 15 freaking times and then it falls apart. At some point we're going to get that done because it's a great script. I think 'Bubba Ho-tep' is just a f---ing great movie, I really do. We'll make this sequel somehow."
While too bizarre for some fans, EIN really enjoyed the first film Go here for our 'Bubba Ho Tep' review.
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

2010 Tupelo Elvis Fest expected to make more than $80K: The 2010 Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival is expected to make between $80,000 and $90,000, according to festival organizers.
The Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival last month ended with an old-time tent gospel singing, much like one Elvis might've attended as a child. The Martins, The Landmarks, Tupelo-Lee County Diversity Choir and the Foyer Boyz performed on the grounds of the Elvis Presley birthplace, underneath a huge tent. Attendees used Elvis fans to beat the heat.
Though gospel music was the event's focus, The King of Rock 'n' Roll was invoked a few times.
Festival director Debbie Brangenberg said the 2010 festival was a success.
"It was an outstanding weekend," she said. "I saw lots of smiles on people's faces," she said. "And that's what makes us do what we do."
The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, treasurer John Avila said the numbers aren’t completely finalized but net profit is expected to come in around $89,000. He said the numbers are a tad below last year’s figures, but he attributed the difference to a 22 percent increase in expenses this year. “Overall, we feel it was a pretty successful festival,” Avila said.
(News, Source: SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 6 July 2010

'Good Times' next FTD Vinyl release: ElvisUnlimited reports that FTD's next VINYL release following on from the successful Blue Hawaii and Standing Room Only vinyl releases will be a new version of 'Good Times'. This will be released in August, 2010 after the new FTD package 'King Creole; The Music' an audiovisual documentary by Pål Granlund and Ernst Jorgensen. 

(Go here for full details).


(News, Source:ElvisUnlimited)

Historic piece of Elvis/Beatles memorabilia - The final bidding sprint to the finish-line!: A unique signed photo by all four Beatles on the day John Lennon said that "Meeting Elvis was the greatest night of my life". With five hours left, the bidding already stands at US $1,525 - this one will be worth watching for the final bidding race to the line.
In August, 1965 at Elvis' Bel Air, California house Marty Lacker was present at the historical first and only meeting between Elvis and the four Beatles.  It was an historical event in music history. 
The next afternoon the Beatles were overjoyed to see them and John in particular took Marty aside and told him the night before was at the time, the greatest night in his life and that "Elvis was the one person they wanted to meet in the U.S."  When the Mafia was about to leave, The Beatles gathered at a table and all four Beatles signed a picture of them to Marty.
Marty has kept that picture for the last 45 years. He had it laminated many years ago intending to keep it forever and it is in pristine condition because of it, just as it was the afternoon he received.
The winning bidder can enjoy owning this rare piece of memorabilia that is connected to both Elvis and The Beatles.  Signed by all four Beatles, this is a unique historical piece of Memorabilia. They wrote on the photo " To Marty, Best wishes from The Beatles". Photo size is 6 1/4" X 8"
Go here for EIN Spotlight on 'Elvis Meets The Beatles'
(News, Source;Marty Lacker)

More New Photos of Elvis at Graceland: Here are the other 2 new never-before-seen photos of Elvis were uncovered this summer in a collection of papers found in the Graceland office of Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley. See full story below.
The photos show a 22 year old Elvis at the gates of Graceland in 1957 shortly after he purchased the mansion and the now famous gates were installed as an added security measure. Elvis is photographed just inside the gates signing autographs.

Go HERE for more Elvis week information
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Graceland surrounds finally being revamped: The City of Memphis is finally keeping good on its promise to spruce up "The King's" boulevard. City council chairman Harold Collins said city engineers are working on blueprints to revamp Elvis Presley Boulevard.
Graceland executives decided back in 2006, the mansion and surrounding area needed a makeover. They estimated it would cost $250M, but the city needed convincing. Now, the councilman who oversees that Whitehaven district said all of his colleagues are on board.
No signs properly point towards the Elvis Presley mansion, a complaint shared by many who travel this popular strip in the city's Whitehaven neighborhood. City councilman Harold Collins, who represents the district, said get ready for a facelift.
"This is the gateway to Elvis Presley's mansion, but also the gateway to a great neighborhood and a great community and so at the end of the day, we're going to make sure it reflects that," said Collins.
Collins said, "We finally got the funding to do it, we finally got it prioritized, and as you can see, it's something that's well needed."
The total cost for the renovations is expected to cost $46.6M. The enhancements will improve the utility wiring and poles, streets, and sidewalks. Collins said the area will also be lined with trees and streetlights.
"We know that Graceland Enterprises is about ready to make a move, and so we want to be ready," said Collins.
Since 2006, executives at Graceland have talked about revamping the mansion and the area surrounding it. They were expected to spend $250M. Right now, EPE isn't saying much about the project or its progress.
Collins expects the project to take anywhere from 2 to 3 years before it is entirely complete.
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 4 July 2010 - HAPPY 4th July!!!

"King Creole: The Music" August FTD Book/CD release: The next release from FTD will be 'King Creole; The Music' an audiovisual documentary by Pål Granlund and Ernst Jorgensen. The focus of the book is on the King Creole recording sessions with photos from the Pål Granlund collection. 'King Creole' will be released in August and it will be followed by another great vinyl FTD LP with the rumour that it could be an expanded version of 'Good Times'.
King Creole Tracklist
Original Album

1 King Creole – take 13
2 As Long As I Have You – take 10
3 Hard Headed Woman – take 10
4 Trouble – take 5
5 Dixieland Rock – take 14
6 Don’t Ask Me Why – take 12
7 Lover Doll - take 7
8 Crawfish – take 7
9 Young Dreams – take 8
10 Steadfast, Loyal And True
11 New Orleans – take 5
Bonus Tracks
12 Danny – take 10
13 As Long As I Have You – (movie version) – take 4
14 Lover Doll (undubbed EP master) – take 7
15 King Creole (1. version) - take 3
16 Steadfast, Loyal And True (1. version) – take 6
17 As Long As I Have You (unused movie version) – take 8
18 King Creole (1. version) – take 18
19 Steadfast, Loyal And True (undubbed version)
- According to this tracklist above the extended version of 'Crawfish' is missing - and somewhat disappointingly all of this session material has been previously released.
Go here for more details
(News, Source/FTD/elvisunlimited)

Newly - Discovered Photos of Elvis at Graceland: Every day is a discovery at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, and never has that been more true than when the negatives for three never before seen photos of Elvis were uncovered this summer in a collection of papers found in the Graceland office of Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley.
The newly-discovered photos show a twenty-two year old Elvis at the gates of Graceland in 1957 shortly after he purchased the mansion and the now famous gates were installed as an added security measure. The three rare photos have never been published, although a 4th photo from the same series has appeared on a limited basis in Elvis focused publications. Elvis is photographed just inside the gates signing autographs as a crowd of adoring fans seeks his autograph. A number of fans are even pictured on top of the famous fieldstone wall and brick columns that surround Elvis’ Memphis estate, appearing as if they are about to rush over the wall to greet Elvis. At the time, Elvis was celebrating an eight week run at #1 on the charts with the hit tune, “All Shook Up.”
As part of Elvis’ 75th Birthday year-long celebration that leads up to Elvis Week 2010, the photos will go on display in the Elvis Lives Exhibit at Graceland beginning July 1st through the end of Elvis Week on August 16th.
Go HERE for more Elvis week information
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

"Shake, Rattle & Roll at the Shell" Elvis Week August 10th: Don't miss the official Elvis Week 2010 Kickoff to Benefit The Alzheimer’s Association. An exclusive evening party at the historic “Levitt Shell,” formerly known as The Overton Park Shell, where Elvis played one of his first concerts in Memphis! Come out to celebrate the official kickoff of Elvis Week 2010 with a live recreation of this concert by the award-winning tribute artist Donny Edwards, along with the Change of Habit Band. For three years in a row, Donny was among the top three contestants in The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Special celebrity guests and select vendors on site. General admission tickets are $40. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit under the stars at the Shell. There are also VIP tickets include a private backstage tour and happy hour 5 - 6pm. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Click here to purchase tickets online.


Go here for more Elvis Week Schedule Info

(News, Source;EIN)

Saturday 3 July 2010

New Tunzi-Lichter book a winner!!: The recently issued Viva Las Vegas (Swingin' - Singin' -Lovin') from Joe Tunzi with photos from the Paul Lichter Archives is a winner!

The 120 page sturdy HARDBACK book features a stunning array of full color and b&w images printed on quality semi-gloss paper, a preface by Paul Lichter and an absorbing essay around the film by noted Elvis writer, Mike Eder. Eder reveals many little known facts relating to the film!!

Already "sold out" from the publisher (read: buy from your nearest Elvis outlet)....Viva Las Vegas is a worthy inclusion in any fan's Elvis library!


Historic piece of Elvis/Beatles memorabilia listed on eBay; A unique signed photo by all four Beatles on the day John Lennon said that "Meeting Elvis was the greatest night of my life".
In August, 1965 at Elvis' Bel Air, California house Marty Lacker was present at the historical first and only meeting between Elvis and the four Beatles.  It was an historical event in music history.  They talked and jammed and they all had a great time. Upon leaving, The Beatles, particularly John and Paul, invited Elvis and The Memphis Mafia to visit them at the house they were staying at in the Hollywood Hills the next day.  The Beatles were in town to perform at the Universal Amphitheater the next night.  Elvis decided not to go but Marty and three other Memphis Mafia took them up on their invitation.
The next afternoon the Beatles were overjoyed to see them and John in particular took Marty aside and told him the night before was at the time, the greatest night in his life. Elvis was the one person they wanted to meet in the U.S..  They sat around and talked including Joan Baez who was visiting George.  When the Mafia was about to leave, The Beatles gathered at a table and all four signed a picture of them to Marty.
Marty has kept that picture for the last 45 years. He had it laminated many years ago intending to keep it forever and it is in pristine condition because of it,just as it was the afternoon he received.
Marty Lacker is selling this precious possession as he is raising money for a family project.
The winning bidder can enjoy owning this rare piece of memorabilia that is connected to both Elvis and The Beatles.  Where and how this item was received by Marty, in addition to the fact that it is signed by all four Beatles, makes this a rare historical piece of Memorabilia. The picture is in the original black and white and the signatures are in the original blue ink and signed to Marty. They wrote on the photo " To Marty, Best wishes from The Beatles". Photo size is 6 1/4" X 8"
Go here for EIN Spotlight on 'Elvis Meets The Beatles'
(News, Source;Marty Lacker)

Next FTD to be King Creole book: It's now sure that the next release from FTD will be a King Creole Book, with Pictures from Pål Granlund collection.  This release in August will be followed by another great LP from FTD. Could be Good Times but we will wait on FTD's update to be sure. Everyone who orders the King Creole Book/CD from Elvis Unlimited will receive a collectible CD for free. You will be able to order from Elvis Unlimited very shortly.

Again you read it first at www.elvisunlimited.com

Elvis 75th Anniversary Bronze Medallion: Here is the perfect way to commemorate the 75th Birthday Year of Elvis.

In addition to the date, this unique medallion includes an illustration of some of the most memorable moments of Elvis' life and career.

The reverse side has a beautiful rendering of Elvis' home in Memphis, Graceland with the January 8th, 2010 75th Birthday noted.

The medallion comes in a beautiful blue box with blue suede flocking inside.

Also included is a certificate of authenticity and a routed walnut wood base for displaying this magnificent collectible. (News, Source: EPE)

"Tell Me Pretty Baby" now a book!: Andrew Jackson and Frederick Allen wrote the book Without The King's Consent - Tell Me Pretty Baby. It's about supposedly the first record Elvis made before going to Sun in 1954.

Here is some background information, taken from answers.com:

My information on this particular recording is that it was claimed to be Elvis' first ever recording, supposedly made at Audio Recorders in Phoenix, Arizona in 1954. It was released in 1978 on the Elvis Classic label (EC-5478), lasted 2 minutes 12 seconds, with writing credit going to Andrew (Lee) Jackson, production by Pete Falco, and music publishing by Sheri-Kay Publishers/Golgotha BMI. It was distributed by Cin/Kay Records Distributors of Nashville, Tn.

In an affidavit signed by Pete Falco on July 6th 1978, he stated that he paid Elvis $15 to record "Tell Me Pretty Baby" with his group, the Red Dots. Elvis' father, Vernon Presley contested the song's authenticity, stating that Elvis was never in Phoenix in 1954 and never recorded for any company before Sun Records.

Apparently a singer by the name of Michael Conley later admitted making the fake recording, although his manager, Hal Freeman, stated that Conley lied. Unknown or "lost" recordings by Elvis are extremely rare. If you have new information that the recording of "Tell Me Pretty Baby" was genuine, then I'm sure that the entire Elvis world will be absolutely delighted. This book is available in both softcover and hardback editions.

EIN Comment: EIN was in Memphis in 1986 and bought copies of this recording for US$2.00 each. It was very obvious on listening to the single that the singer was DEFINITELY not Elvis Aaron Presley!

Buy the book

New memoir with Elvis twist: EIN received this interesting message from Pepper Ritter:

Hi, I have owned a computer for 5 years and only use it to write, play games and do emails. I’m a young senior citizen (75) and have finally  ventured out in computer space hoping to find certain books written about Elvis, but haven’t located them yet. Somehow, I found your site.

I read some and am amazed and disappointed that people are actually arguing with each other about Elvis. In fact some are downright hurtful. I don’t mean to take up too much of your time….So here’s the thing. I have just completed a book at the request of  my daughter. She wanted me to write the story of my life for my grandchildren. The Title of my book is What I Remember Before I Forget. It is in the Edit stage, and then It will be ready to bind. My oldest grandson has read some of it because I sent my manuscript via email. He is encouraging me to share it….In other words publish it. If I did I imagine there will be those who say I am only making money off of Elvis….Somehow I don’t think he would mind. In any case chapter 35 of my book is about Elvis, and is Titled, Don’t Cry Darlin.

I believe Elvis fans will be shocked. I have kept this story to myself for years…only sharing it with my daughter and grandchildren who were sworn to secrecy. I hesitate to include this chapter, but because of my title it wouldn’t be right to exclude it.  I haven’t checked yet to see how much it’s going to cost to bind copies, but I am on a fixed income so I would be doing this to make money if I decide to put it on the market instead of only giving it to my grandchildren. I know you don’t sell books or encourage anyone to buy books, but what I wonder is this? Is there any way I could put a feeler on your site asking your readers if they would be interested in reading my story if I can get some copies printed.  I have had an interesting life and I am sure they will learn It is an easy and fun read even without my Elvis chapter.

I don’t know if my email address comes up when I send this so I am going to give it to you here: a_pepper22@msn.com  (Note: between the a and p is an underscore)

Welcome To The Jungle: Venus Productions will soon release a new CD, carrying you back in time, right into Elvis' den, known to everyone as the Jungle Room. Welcome To The Jungle - Solitaire is a compilation of released and unreleased tracks recorded in February 1976. '' There was a man, a lonely man....'' is certainly a line the rock singer had on his mind during those early February winter nights behind Graceland's walls, and he felt Neil Sedaka's song could work very well for him. On this CD you can hear the progress from the very first take through the master take.

The following night Elvis seemed to enjoy himself while recording what would become the title of his very last album. The song Moody Blue had a very modern sound for early 1976, very disco-like and it had a fair amount of air play all over the USA in late 1976 and early 1977.


Elvis is clearly having fun recording this number, yet he ignored to include it into his live appearances, excepted for a brief attempt on February 20, 1977 and finally had a go at it the next night for his first and only performance. The excellent sound quality will bring you right into the action that happened in the jungle room when those songs were being recorded. The CD will be presented to you in a standard jewel case, completed with a beautiful 16 page booklet.

This is the follow-up to Christmas Today

Track list: 1- Solitaire (Take 1) 2:28 ; 2- Solitaire (Take 2) 2:06 ; 3- Solitaire (Take 3) 4:47 ; 4- Solitaire (Takes 6-7) 5:21 ; 5- Solitaire (Take 8) 4:39 ; 6- Solitaire (Takes 9-10) 0:58 ; 7- Solitaire (Undubbed master) 4:37 ; 8- Solitaire (Different mix) 4:43 ; 9- Solitaire (Master) 4:43 ; 10- Moody Blue (Take 3) 3:46 ; 11- Moody Blue (Take 4) 3:30 ; 12- Moody Blue (Take 5) 4:01 ; 13- Moody Blue (Take 6) 4:12 ; 14- Moody Blue (Take 7) 1:33 ; 15- Moody Blue (Takes 8-9) 0:58 ; 16- Moody Blue (Undubbed master) 3:57 ; 17- Moody Blue (Master) 2:54

Sony Australia releases Vic Anesini mastered CDs......Viva Las Vegas and G.I. Blues: Thanks to Chris Bamford for this news. Now out downunder!!

EPE announces Elvis On Tour + website: "Elvis 75th Birthday DVD Collection,” available from Warner Home Video on August 3, features 17 of The King of Rock 'n' Roll’s films, including the new “Elvis on Tour” and fan favorites “Jailhouse Rock” and “Viva Las Vegas.” Warner Home Video's official website, ElvistheMovies.com now has lots of free movie clips, details, a fan message board and more. Coming very soon will be photo galleries, free downloads and lots more fun ways to celebrate these exciting new releases.
There is a Facebook messageboard already running.
(News, Source:EIN/ EPE)

New LP boxset: A new box set has been announced Elvis at the Las vegas Hilton live in the showroom Internationale, January 28 & February 23, 1971.

This box set includes 2 LP's in Heavy Colored vinyl and 2 CD version of the set. (News, Source: Elvis News/Elvis Unlimited)

Thursday 1 July 2010

Elvis Milton Berle shirt sells for $61,000 at Auction: In the recent Julien's auction a shirt that Elvis wore in 1956 on The Milton Berle Show sold for a little more than $61,000 although the estimate was only $8.000.
And in a intruiging move the apparently endless market for images of superstar Marilyn Monroe also now extends to inside her body. A set of three Monroe Chest X-rays from a 1954 hospital visit sold Sunday for $45,000 at the Hollywood Legends auction at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
In other strange or morbid auction news, someone also spent $1,400 for a tongue depressor that had been used in Elvis Presley's mouth. A disposable patient gown Elvis wore during a doctor's appointment went for just under $2,000.
And, someone has paid about $470 for a medical swab used on Elvis.
Elvis' Personal Copy of the 'Physicians Desk Reference' went for $11,875
And a guitar Johnny Cash owned and played went for $60,000 in the sale by Julien's Auctions in Las Vegas.
Go here for the full auction listings
and Go here to the video of Elvis on Milton Berle TV show wearing the shirt doing THAT 'Hound Dog' version!
 (News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Files, Volume 2 1957-1959: The next instalment in the stunning six-part 'Elvis Files' series will be Volume 2 1957-1959.
Here is the provisional cover from author Erik Lorentzen.
This next volume does not have a fixed release date as yet.

The first book released, 'The Elvis Files Vol. 3' 1960 – 1964, contained over 1200 stunning photos in its 470 pages and all in quality printing.

Go here to EIN's review and to sample lots of example pages and also where to purchase for US$123 (includes postage within Europe)


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The Dead Rich List: So while Michael Jackson makes £168m in the year after his death, who else earns the most from beyond the grave?
Elvis Presley is of course the main earner with over £1bn.
Elvis' estate has generated many millions from music royalties, DVDs, licensing deals and tourism at Graceland since his death in 1977, aged 42.
This year, his estate earned £36million. Presley's Graceland mansion is the second most-visited home in the U.S. after the White House, raising £18million a year. His estate also has a large collection of licensing and merchandise deals. He has appeared posthumously in adverts for everything from Apple's iMac to Lipton's Tea.
There is even a newly-released collectors' edition of a Jailhouse Rock-themed Barbie doll on the market.
His former wife Priscilla has built an extraordinary business from the King's ashes. She and her daughter, Lisa-Marie, are the main beneficiaries of the estate.
# 2 - John Lennon £200m
Lennon was worth £100million on his death, aged 40, but has since made £200million. The most famous Beatle sang: 'Money can't buy me love.' But his name has earned vast sums since he was shot dead in New York in 1980. He has had 27 singles in the U.S. charts and sold tens of millions of albums. It is believed his widow Yoko Ono has amassed a £300million fortune from his estate. She has authorised Lennon's likeness on everything from coffee cups to sunscreen tubes. There is even a watch featuring a picture of his buttocks.
In 2008, she sold rights to his name to Ben & Jerry's ice cream. But Sir Paul McCartney and Apple Records keep a tight hold on much of Lennon's musical back catalogue. Lennon was worth £100million on his death, aged 40, but has since made £200million.
# 3 - Michael Jackson £168m
After his premature death last June, his music immediately shot back into the charts, alongside a hastily put-together movie, This Is It, which has made his estate £40million so far. Michael Jackson was married to Elvis' daughter for a short while.
Merchandise deals increased his posthumous income. A new dance game by Ubisoft Entertainment brought in £20million in advances. It is believed Jackson has sold 10.4 million albums worldwide and made £168million in gross earnings since his death at the age of 50.
# 4 Marilyn Monroe £96m
CMG Worldwide, the company that manages her estate, sells her image around the world. The curvaceous star, who died in 1962, is exploited in death as she was in life, selling everything from Visa to Volkswagen.
Memorabilia sales have raised millions for her estate, with items including a five-page note Marilyn wrote when she was 16.
The curvaceous star, who died in 1962, is exploited in death as she was in life, selling everything from Visa to Volkswagen
She also adorns posters and greeting cards, and her enduring fame generates around £2million a year. When she died, aged 36, her estate was valued at £1million. She left three-quarters to her acting coach Lee Strasberg, and a quarter to her psychoanalyst, Dr Marianne Kris.
At #5, Kurt Cobain £95m.  #6 James Dean £60m. #7 Tupac Shakur £56m #8 Freddie Mercury £50m. #9 Jerry Garcia £45m. #10 George Harrison £40m. #11 Agatha Christie £40m. #12 Steve McQueen £40m. #13 Bob Marley £38m. #14 Jimi Hendrix £35m. #15 Albert Einstein £30m.
(News, Source,SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Send Myrna Smith a letter of support: Sweet Inspiration Myrna Smith has been unwell recently and her kidneys are not functioning properly & she is on dialysis. The dialysis treatments are very hard on Myrna and have made her weak. Myrna really needs our prayers and she deserves all the support we can give her. It would help Myrna a lot to know how many fans care about her & it would give her the courage she needs to get through this difficult time.
Here is your opportunity to show Myrna how many of us care about her and love her, and that we want to see her well and back on stage so we can enjoy her beautiful voice & great energy. Please send cards to:
Myrna Smith
Canyon Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center,
22029 Saticoy Street, Canoga Park, CA 91303.

Myrna Smith has always supported Elvis and  is a true inspiration both In Concert and in person. EIN wishes her a healthy recovery as soon as possible.

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Elvis lives - in country star Tim McGraw: Apparently, Elvis lives. Country star Tim McGraw effortlessly conjured the spirit of Elvis Presley Sunday at his recent concert. Although he directly referenced Presley while singing "Things Change," McGraw's evocation of the King of Rock and Roll was largely unintentional.
His serviceable voice pales in comparison to Presley's and he doesn't shake his hips like the icon, but McGraw's headlining performance for an audience of about 14,000 showcased many similarities between the two performers. The parallels begin with rugged good looks and Southern affectations capable of inciting rabid adoration. As McGraw strutted down his stage's extended runway like a bowlegged male model, he was often bombarded by female undergarments.
Not unlike Presley, McGraw enjoys an astoundingly successful genre-crossing recording career characterized by wildly inconsistent artistic quality. Much of the material contained on McGraw's three greatest hits collections more closely resembles emasculated rock-and-roll than traditional country music.
Concerns about authenticity vanished while McGraw was on stage. The 24 selections McGraw and his 10-piece band p erformed in an hour-and-45-minute outing sounded far more vital than on their bland studio versions.
McGraw's natural charisma has led to a film career far more promising than Presley's. Unfortunately, McGraw's sideline as an actor played a role in the most disappointing aspect of Sunday's concert. Over an hour of downtime preceded McGraw's appearance, with some of that time dedicated to filming crowd shots for a forthcoming McGraw movie co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
The serious flaw marred an otherwise fine night. Presley died at 42 but McGraw, 43, only recently seems to be hitting his stride. He may resemble Presley, but the rapidly maturing McGraw has become equal parts George Strait and Tom Petty.

Freshly scrubbed Nashville hitmakers Lady Antebellum offered a cover of Petty's "Free Fallin''" during their breezy set. Their attempt to rock was noble, but the group's approach more closely resembles the pleasant pop of Lionel Ritchie. The appreciative audience greeted the group's "Need You Now" with the evening's warmest ovation.
The similarly effervescent sound of Love and Theft opened the show. Their Rascal Flatts-derived country-pop delighted the female-dominated audience. Elvis would have approved.

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CKX owner of EP Enterprises signs up new chief executive: CKX Inc, parent company of Elvis Presley Enterprises and of "American Idol" producer 19 Entertainment, has signed its new chief executive, Michael Ferrel, to a contract that runs through 2013.
Ferrel, who succeeded CKX founder and Chief Executive Robert F.X. Sillerman, has signed a deal with a minimum base salary of $1 million per year through February 2013. Details of the accord were disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing by CKX. Ferrel had been a senior CKX executive several years ago who returned as acting chief executive in May after Sillerman resigned.
Besides 19 Entertainment, CKX also owns the rights to the names, likenesses and images of Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali, and manages Presley's Graceland.
According to the terms of the contract, should CKX change owners before February 2011 and Ferrel ends up leaving as a result, he would get a lump sum equal to two years of his base salary as well as $250,000 in a non-compete clause. If the ownership of the company changes after February 2011, then his lump sum payment is reduced by 1/24th for each full month that Ferrel has been employed by the company with a cap at his base salary.
Go here to EIN's Spotlight on CKX and the sale of EPE.
(News, Source;LAtimes)

Red West still keeps working with 'Goodbye Solo': “When one job ends, another always seems to come along because I’ve done enough so that I can get work,” says Red West (right in 2010), who co-stars in “Goodbye Solo,” an award-winning independent film that aired last night on WEDU.
Red West, a stuntman, actor, songwriter and former member of Elvis Presley's original Memphis Mafia, doesn't worry about finding film roles. They find him.
"When one job ends, another always seems to come along because I've done enough so that I can get work," says West, who co-stars in "Goodbye Solo," an award-winning independent film.
The 74-year-old West, who has homes in Tampa and Memphis, was in town last week to visit his son, a card dealer who relocated here from Biloxi, Miss., to work at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
In "Goodbye Solo," West plays a depressed, tight-lipped loner who appears headed toward suicide when an immigrant cab driver from Senegal (Souleymane Sy Savane) takes an interest in him.
"The story leaves a lot for the audience to figure out," says West who has a deep Southern drawl, a rugged face and red hair with streaks of white. He says his character is willing to pay the cabbie $1,000 for a one-way ride to Blowing Rock, home of the nearly 6,000-foot-high Grandfather Mountain. "Is he going to jump and why?" West says.
West filmed "Goodbye Solo" two years ago and since then worked on Kevin Spacey's independent comedy "The Father of Invention," filmed in New Orleans.
His next role is playing a villain who was a former Elvis bodyguard in "Black Dove," a film about a guitar that reportedly once belonged to Presley. "It turns out to be fake and it's part of switch and swindle scheme," he says.
"I guess I've come full circle with the role because I was his bodyguard," he says.
West is somewhat reluctant to rehash his days with Elvis because he's been asked about it so often. He and his brother Sonny West co-authored "Elvis: What Happened?" published in 1977 – the year Elvis died. (Right, Red West with Elvis in happier times)

Born Robert Gene West, he met Elvis in junior high. West played for the Memphis Tigers high school football team, boxed in the Golden Gloves and helped Elvis fend off some high school bullies.
"He had a lot of black hair combed back in a ducktail and these other guys had crew cuts," West recalls. "They wanted to give him a haircut." This forged a friendship that lasted 20 years.
West appeared in small roles in 16 Elvis movies. He also wrote songs that were recorded by Elvis ("Separate Ways" and "If Everyday Was Like Christmas").

"I had songs recorded by Pat Boone, Ricky Nelson and Johnny Rivers," he says. "I studied music in high school before I got to playing football. And when Elvis hit it big, I thought, 'why heck, I can write a song.' Pat Boone recorded my first song, 'A Thousand Years' on the flip side of 'Moody River' which was a million-seller and that gave me a million seller, too. I had a few good songs."
West also befriended actor Robert Conrad and worked on three of Conrad's TV series "The Wild Wild West" (1965), "Black Sheep Squadron" (1976) and "The Duke" (1979).
"I owe a lot to Bob Conrad because he really got my acting career going," West says. Conrad helped him get work after he, his brother Sonny and another bodyguard Dave Hebler were fired from Elvis' entourage in 1976 by Presley's father, Vernon.
West went on to work in films such as "Road House" with Patrick Swayze and on more than 50 TV series, such as "Hunter," "Magnum, P.I.", "The Fall Guy," "The A-Team" and the recent offbeat series "The Riches."

(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

June 25th - Fans mark anniversary of Michael Jackson Death: Fans across the globe are paying tribute to singer Michael Jackson on the first anniversary of his death at the age of 50. There was an expectation that thousands of people were likely to gather at the Los Angeles cemetery where the musician is at rest, along with members of his family. Jackson's mother Katherine is expected at the family home in Gary, Indiana, where tributes will be paid. A monument has also been dedicated to the star at London's Lyric Theatre.
In New York, the Apollo Theatre - where Jackson and his brothers won a talent contest and were subsequently signed to Motown Records - there will be a commemoration of his life.
In Tokyo (right) flowers have been left in tribute to the late star, where 50 fans spent the night in an exhibition of his possessions. Jackson devotees gathering at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California said they had come to both grieve and celebrate his life.
Early this morning however only 30 fans lined up outside Forest Lawn cemetery to visit Michael Jackson's grave site on the one-year anniversary of his death. Some had been there since 3am, even though the cemetery does not open until 8 a.m.
This was a marked contrast in numbers to similar devoted fan tributes to Elvis Presley, where 50,000 fans have been known to gather at Graceland - Presley's Memphis home - to mourn the singer's passing decades after his death on August 16th 1977. Michael Jackson was previously married to Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
In the past year law enforcement officials have spent months focusing on how Jackson died. They removed prescription drugs and medical evidence from the rented Holmby Hills home where he died. The entertainer had a history of drug addiction -- and an early focus was that drugs played a role in his death.

The L.A. County Coroner's office found that Jackson had high levels of a propofol, a strong anaesthetic used during surgery, in his body when he died.
L.A. prosecutors charged his doctor, Conrad Murray, with giving him the drugs. Murray has denied any wrongdoing.
Jackson's children are now living with the pop star's mother, Katherine, at the family's Encino estate.

Lisa Marie Dedicates a song to Michael Jackson: Lisa Marie commented on the first anniversary of the singer Michael Jackson's death, "The Song" Sunshower" by Chris Cornell says more than anything I could say" said Lisa Marie.
"Dark as roses, and fine as sand, I feel your healing in your sting again
I hear you laughing and my soul is saved, On forgotten graves you cry
Crawl like ivy up my spine, Through my nerves and into my eyes
Cuts like anguish, Or recollections of better days gone by
But it's alright
When you're all in pain, And you feel the rain come down
Oh, it's alright,
When you find your way, Then you see it disappear,
It's alright
Though your garden's grey, I know all your graces
Someday will flower, In the sweet sunshower, In the sweet sunshower
Eyes like oceans so far away, Feathered trails to a better way
Worried mornings turn into days, And into worried nights
But it's alright
When you're all in pain, And you feel the rain come down
Oh, it's alright
When you find your way, Then you see it disappear
It's alright,
Though your garden's grey, I know all your graces
Someday will flower, In the sweet sunshower
In the sweet sunshower, I know all your graces
Someday will flower, In the sweet sunshower
And it's alright, All you feel you are today
It's alright.

Go here to all things Lisa Marie
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Dean Martin’s daughter: "Elvis Called My Dad ‘The King of Cool’": You know you’re a lucky kid when Elvis Presley thinks your father is the greatest thing since sliced focaccia. And that’s precisely what Dean Martin’s daughter Deana Martin came to realize one day during the swinging ’60s, as she recounts this week.
 "Elvis adored Dean Martin," Deana (below, as a teen, at a recording session with Dino).
“Elvis was doing a movie at Paramount, and so was my dad. I went to visit dad at the studio and we were standing outside [dad's] dressing room. And in those days, you rode around the studio on bicycles,” Deana - who like her legendary father, is a big-band crooner.
“And Elvis Presley comes riding up on his bicycle. And he gets off the bike when he sees my dad… And he says hi to my father. And dad introduces me,” continues Deana, whose new CD is titled Volare.
“He says, ‘Deana, this is Elvis Presley. And, Elvis, this is my daughter Deana.’
“And Elvis leans down to me and says, ‘Deana, they call me the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. But your dad is the King of Cool.’
“And I thought, Oh my gosh. It must be true. Elvis Presley said so!”
Elvis with Deana (above left) and her siblings.
Later in the show, Deana chats about hanging out with her dad in Las Vegas during his Rat Pack days, when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. would join them after and sometimes during Dino’s performances.
“They’d walk out into the casino and deal. My dad would take over for one of the blackjack dealers. And he would deal.
“And people would come up to the table and go, ‘Are you Dean Martin?’
“And he’d go, ‘Nope. I’m the dealer.’”
To hear Deana’s full interview, click here.
Go HERE for EIN's Spotlight on Influences on The King - ' Dean Martin and Elvis':
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Announces more plans for Elvis Week 2010: EPE have announced new Elvis Week events that include the finals for the international Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, a special screening of “Elvis on Tour” featuring a newly-remastered version of the award-winning concert documentary, fan club events, charity fundraisers, celebrity guests and more.
Elvis Week 2010 will feature several new special events and concerts, including a screening experience of the newly-restored and remastered Blu-ray and DVD versions of “Elvis on Tour” from Warner Bros. (see more below) This exclusive event on Saturday, August 14, will feature a screening of the 1972 Golden Globe Best Documentary winner and a specially-produced, retrospective from Priscilla Presley. In addition, the premiere event at The Orpheum Theatre will also include raw, never-before-seen Elvis tour footage from the Warner Bros. vault as well as montage sequences produced by Academy Award-winner Martin Scorsese, special celebrity guests and a short concert by backup singers who performed in “Elvis on Tour” as part of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet.
The highly-popular and entertaining Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will be held again this year with competitors from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan.
A new element to the contest this year includes a semifinal round position that will be filled by a tribute artist selected by fans in an online vote at ElvisWeek.com. Individuals can vote for the Elvis tribute artist that they would like to see compete during the semifinal round of the contest on Thursday, August 12, at The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. The top ten semifinalists on Thursday will then move on to compete for the top spot of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2010 on Friday, August 13, during the final round of the competition.
"Conversations on Elvis", one of the most popular Elvis Week events, returns this year on Saturday, August 14 with two different sessions featuring many of Elvis’ friends and associates who worked with him during his career. Joining host Tom Brown of Turner Classic Movies for session one at 10:00am will be Donnie Sumner and Bill Baize, backup singers who performed as part of J.D. Sumner & and the Stamps Quartet in “Elvis on Tour,” along with Joe Guercio, Elvis’ musical director and conductor from 1970-77. During session two at 1:00pm Michael Lollar Commercial Appeal writer and contributing author for the new book “Elvis Presley’s Memphis,” will be on hand to take guests behind-the-scenes and share what he discovered when researching for the book. Joining Michael will be longtime Memphis supporter and former mayor Bill Morris and Elvis' friend Joe Esposito to share stories about their experiences with Elvis and his love for the city of Memphis.
Plus two new outdoor concert events. On Sunday, August 15 at 9:00 a.m., fans will enjoy a celebration of the gospel music Elvis loved during the Classic Sunday Morning Gospel Music Singin’. Bill Baize, Larry Strickland, Ed Hill and Donnie Sumner, who performed on stage with Elvis as part of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet, will perform many of the gospel hits Elvis loved. Also performing that morning will be gospel group Soul City from First Assembly of God, Memphis, which was Elvis’ home church for many years.
Then, on Monday, August 16 at 9:00 a.m., the Elvis Week Finale Celebration Concert will be the perfect way to end an amazing Elvis Week when Jamie Aaron Kelley, along with Brad Birkedahl and Joe Fick, formerly with The Dempsey’s, will perform Elvis’ hits in their unique style. Another Elvis fan favorite, Terry Mike Jeffrey, will also be on hand to perform his favorite Elvis music.
GO HERE for all the info plus tickets.
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Singer Jimmy Dean dies, aged 81; Jimmy Dean the american singer and actor best known for his hit 'Big Bad John' has died aged 81.
Dean composed the song as a dramatic monologue, the heroic story of a coal miner who "stood six foot six and weighed two forty-five" and held up a collapsing roof until his fellows had escaped, but could not save himself. Hammer-rings punctuate the recording, which ends with the epitaph: "At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man – Big Bad John."
In an interesting coincidence in the UK charts 'Big Bad John' was only just held off the top spot by Elvis' 'His Latest Flame'. In the US, however, it reached No 1 on both country and pop charts, receiving a Grammy award as best country and western recording.
Dean was raised in what he called dirt-poor surroundings in the small west Texas town of Seth Ward, near Plainview. After leaving the armed forces in 1948, Dean began to make his name as a country singer around Washington DC, then a nexus of country music activity, thanks in part to the promoter Connie B Gay. In 1953 he had a regional hit with Bummin' Around, for the independent label 4 Star.
Dean than secured a spot on radio at WARL in Arlington, Virginia, then, from 1960, on television, hosted the show Town & Country Jamboree, which was quite widely syndicated. In 1956 Elvis Presley appeared on his TV show and Jimmy humorously recounted what a hard time he had getting anything out of Elvis other than a 'yep' or a 'nope'.
He noted it went as follows,
Jimmy Dean: So, you're gonna be on the S.S. Mt. Vernon tonight, are you, Elvis?
Elvis: Yep.
Jimmy: Have you ever worked on a boat before?
Elvis: Nope.
Jimmy: I imagine you're looking forward to this, aren't you?
Elvis: Yep.
And that was it. "Yep, nope... " and that was all he would say.
Dean stated that years later Elvis apologised profusely for leaving me hanging on that interview, telling Dean that "Elvis said that hHe was so sorry about that - but I was scared to death".
Dean noted that, "It's hard to believe that Elvis could be shy or afraid of anything, but I guess even 'The King' had those days in the beginning."
In the late 1960s, Dean entered the meat business, which he knew well – his family had been in the trade. In the early Nineties, his fortune was estimated at $75 million (£50m). Having watched other stars lose their fortunes, Dean said he had learned to be careful with his money. "I've seen so many people in this business that made a fortune," he said. "They get old and broke and can't make any money. I tell you something … no-one's going to play a benefit for Jimmy Dean."
In February, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was to have been inducted in October.
Dean is survived by his wife, Donna, three children and two grandchildren.
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

'Elvis on Tour' 75th Anniversary Celebration in Theaters in July: After they filmed "Elvis: That’s the Way It Is," Elvis and his team were eager to follow that success with another captivating concert documentary. How could they make it different? By going backstage and on the road. Now, for only one night, you can experience the excitement of what it was like to tour with Elvis. On Thursday July 29, 2010 in select US movie theaters you can see the masterpiece "Elvis on Tour." 
Click here to find exclusive complete list of US theaters and to purchase tickets before the general public.
This one night event will feature much of the last film footage shot with Elvis, a specially produced, exclusive retrospective featuring Priscilla Presley, and never-before-seen Elvis footage. More than 25 numbers spotlighting Elvis Presley’s talent, range and showmanship fill this lively chronicle of his multi-city 1972 series of concerts. Plus montage sequences (supervised by Martin Scorsese) showcase Presley’s early career in music and movies. The unique split-screen presentation conveys the whirlwind, “you-are-there” energy and performance thrills of "Elvis on Tour." The result of this different look at the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll™? Fan euphoria – and a Golden Globe® for Best Documentary.
The presentation of "Elvis on Tour" will be specially formatted to preserve the exact aspect ratio of the film as first seen by audiences in 1972.
Sydney, Australia is also planning its own special 'ON TOUR' exclusive cinema presentation. Stay tuned for details soon.
(News, Source,EIN)

'How Great Thou Art' new Classic Album FTD Out Now: Ernst Jorgensen has told Elvis Unlimited that the new FTD release will be shipped out last week when FTD releases its deluxe edition of Elvis’ GRAMMY AWARD winning album 'How Great Thou Art'.
Originally released in 1967 it was Elvis' second Gospel album. The original album featured a collection of thirteen sacred songs including the hit single "Crying In The Chapel".
In addition to the masters, the Classic Album FTD will feature many great outtakes.
The 7" inch digi-pack format includes a 12-page booklet with great photographs and RARE memorabilia.

Go here for more info and full tracklisting.

(News, Source;ElvisUnlimited)

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Elvis Rules on Television
Graceland - The National Historic Landmark
How & where do I sell my Elvis collection?
Is Elvis the best selling artist?
Links to Elvis' family & friends
Links to other Elvis sites
Marty's Musings
Online Elvis Symposium
Parkes Elvis Festival 2009 (Australia)
Presley Law legal archives (Preslaw)
Presleys In The Press
Sale of EPE (Archives)
6th Annual Elvis Website Survey
Spotlight on The King
"Wikipedia" Elvis biography
Did You Miss?
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong - the most 'covered' Elvis album of all-time
Spotlight: Elvis Film Posters
FTD Review: An American Trilogy
Book Review: Elvis: A King in the Making
Interview: Vic Colonna - the Dangerous World of Bootlegging Elvis