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

(Leonard Bernstein)


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

(George Klein)


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

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)



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

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


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


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

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


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


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


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

(David Bowie)


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

(Mick Jagger)


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

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)


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

(JNP, BBC website)


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

( Dr. John Walker)


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

(Bono from U2)


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

(Little Richard)


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

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


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

(Johnny Carson)

Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:

Heartbreak Hotel (1956)

Don't Be Cruel (1956)

Hound Dog (1956)

Love Me Tender (1956)

Too Much (1957)

All Shook Up (1957)

Teddy Bear (1957)

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Don't (1958)

Stuck On You (1960)

It's Now Or Never (1960)

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)

Surrender (1961)

Good Luck Charm (1962)

Return To Sender (1962)

In The Ghetto (1969)

Suspicious Minds (1969)

Burning Love (1972)

(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)

Elvis Facts:

Elvis was 5' 11" tall


Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond


Elvis' blood type was O Positive


Elvis' shoe size was 11D


One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian


Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936


The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948


Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002


In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride


Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker


The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety


Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm


Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show


In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin


Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest


The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US


Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US


Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967


They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973


Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax


Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson


On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16


"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion


For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000

Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release


Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973


In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale


Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977

When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen

More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages


At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)


By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs


During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million


While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
















































































































































































































































































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"The Elvis Presley Show - Holding Down The Fort" CD release: Here is the cover art of the next Madison release '' The Elvis Presley Show - Holding Down The Fort ''. 

The Madison label will soon release this double CD set titled " The Elvis Presley Show - Holding Down The Fort, " featuring the much-heralded Fort Worth, Texas concert from June 3, 1976. About five years ago Madison issued portions of this show, unfortunately far from complete and in lesser sound quality. However, this 2006 collection will be taken from a first generation soundboard recording in excellent sound quality. The recording is not without any flaws as there are quite a few feedbacks during '' C. C. Rider '', a tape stretch at the end of side A damaged "Jailhouse Rock," and the recording of "Hound Dog" was stopped early on. These have been replaced by the same tunes done just one month later in the same building. However, the incomplete June performances are included as a bonus for the "soundboard collector" in all of us.

And the packaging will include a 16 page, illustrated booklet with relevant text. But there's more!

For the first time, this " 30th Anniversary Edition " will feature all the music from the " pre-show, " with Joe Guercio and the Hot Hilton Horns, J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, and The Sweet Inspirations. All these performances will be as presented that night in Fort Worth. Highlights from the first CD include " When The Saints Go Marching In " and "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the Stamps, and the Sweet Inspirations energetic vocals on " Philadelphia Freedom, " " Lady Marmalade " and a medley of Stevie Wonder hits. The stand up comedian Jackie Kahane's set was not recorded and will not appear on this release.

Elvis' concert itself will feature all the tracks previously released on Madison's Cajun Tornado, but this time in much better sound quality from the first generation soundboard recording and in unbroken running order. Some of the previously unreleased performances will include " If You Love Me (Let Me Know), " " Heartbreak Hotel, " " Help Me " and many more. Don't miss the dynamic 1976 return of The Elvis Presley Show to Cowtown!!!

CD1: The Pre-Show: 01 - Guercio Introduction / Theme From S.W.A.T. / Love Me Tender 2:32 ; 02 - Stamps Introduction / Your First Day in Heaven 1:44 ; 03 - You'll Never Walk Alone 2:41 ; 04 - Operator 3:03 ; 05 - When The Saints Go Marching In 2:58 ; 06 - Inspirations Introduction / Philadelphia Freedom 3:42 ; 07 - Lady Marmalade 3:15 ; 08 - Introduction of Musicians 2:25 ; 09 - Stevie Wonder Medley Boogie On Reggae Woman ("Party ... Stevie Is A Wonder") / For Once In My Life / You Got It Bad Girl / Superstition / You Are The Sunshine Of My Life / Livin' For The City / All In Love Is Fair / Higher Ground / Closing Announcement 7:40. Total time = 30:07. Track 1: Joe Guercio and the Hot Hilton Horns ; Tracks 2-5 : J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet ; Tracks 6-10 : The Sweet Inspirations. All tracks previously unreleased

CD2 : The Main Event. 01 - Introduction Also Sprach Zarathustra 0:47 ; 02 - C.C. Rider 4:40 ; 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen 7:39 ; 04 - Love Me 2:34 ; 05 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 3:22 ; 06 - You Gave Me A Mountain 3:24 ; 07 - All Shook Up 1:05 ; 08 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 1:58 ; 09 - Heartbreak Hotel 1:52 ; 10 - Help Me 2:38 ; 11 - Jailhouse Rock 1:36 ; 12 - Fever 3:11 ; 13 - Polk Salad Annie 3:51 ; 14 - Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band 3:07 ; 15 - Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) 102 ; 16 - What I'd Say? (James Burton) 057 ; 17 - Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) 055 ; 18 - Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt) 1:27 ; 19 - Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) 1:36 ; 20 - Piano solo (Tony Brown) 1:17 ; 21 - Electric piano solo (David Briggs) 1:00 ; 22 - Love Letters 2:43 ; 23 - Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, orchestra 0:25 ; 24 - School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) 1:18 ; 25 - "Happy Birthday" to Bruce Jackson 0:26 ; 26 - Hurt 1:53 ; 27 - Hurt (full reprise) 1:57 ; 28 - Hound Dog 2:58 ; 29 - Funny How Time Slips Away 4:36 ; 30 - Can't Help Falling In Love 1:42 ; 31 - Closing vamp and announcements 2:26 ; Bonus tracks : 32 - Jailhouse Rock (incomplete) 0:54 ; 33 - Hound Dog (incomplete) 0:21. Total time = 71:54. Tracks 5-10, 14, 16-21, 23-24 and 32-33 previously unreleased ; Tracks 11 and 28-31 recorded at the same venue, on July 3, 1976. (News, Source: FECC)

The New Honda CR-V Raises Temperature with Elvis Presley's "Burning Love": A national advertising campaign for the all-new Honda CR-V begins Sept. 28 and one spot features a newly remixed version of Elvis Presley's, "Burning  Love." The strategy developed by Honda's long-standing agency of record, RPA, focuses on the CR-V's all-new styling, inside and out.

"Since the campaign is all about cravings, we figured we couldn't do any better than Elvis and "Burning Love," said RPA Associate Creative Director Jim Real. "The new remix takes an already great song and gives it a bit of fresh energy."

The advertising targets young, active consumers who may be single or just starting their families.
Spots will air on top-rated programs, including the premieres of "Lost" and "Smallville" and the 30-second spot featuring Elvis will also run on movie theater screens across the nation in October and November.

"Because we were asking the CR-V to do things a real SUV simply can't do - wiggle like Elvis, - the best way to capture the idea of a craving was by taking a bit of creative license with the visuals. The CGI created by the team at FAD helped us achieve that, and the result is a cool, never-seen-before campaign that's sure to stand out on all the various media we've chosen," said RPA Associate Creative Director Rich Pass. (News, Source: EPE)

Fate of Audubon Drive residence to be announced next week: "Elvis World's" Bill E. Burk tells us: MIKE CURB, who today holds title to the old Elvis house at 1034 Audubon (after Londoner Uri Geller has submitted the high bid on eBay and been told he had won title to the house), will make his official announcement late next week about the fate of the house. It will deal with some program Curb will establish at prestigious Rhodes College here.  Details when they become available. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)


Friday 29 September 2006
Linda Thompson's best friend releasing book: Jeanne LeMay Dumas, best friend to Linda Thompson, is releasing a book, "Elvis, Linda & Me: Unseen Pictures & Untold Stories from Graceland". To be published shortly by AuthorHouse, it will in color, 8.5x11 format, ISBN: 1425960006. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)

Elvis owned guitar to be be auctioned: Dallas-based "Heritage Auction Galleries" plans to auction a 1958 Isana Black Pearl Acoustic guitar once owned by Elvis. The guitar was purchased during his stint in the army.

"Heritage" says it was one of less than 150 made that year and is believed to be the only guitar used by him while in the service. Years later it passed into the hands of friends and was eventually used to pay for tutoring fees by one of Elvis' secretaries. It's been on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
Cleveland, Ohio, and at the Rock N Soul Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, for the past two years. Heritage Auction Galleries will hold their upcoming Signature auction on October 6 & 7, 2006, at their headquarters in Dallas, TX. For more information on the auction, click here. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)

Elvis-A-Rama museum closing: Las Vegas residents only have a few days left to visit the Elvis-A-Rama Museum. The museum is closing October 1st. It is located west of the Fashion Show Mall on Industrial Road.The museum houses more than $5 million worth of Elvis Presley memorabilia. It's the largest collection of its kind outside of Graceland. Last year, the company CKX, Incorporated, which controls the name, image and likeness of "The King," bought the museum. In its place, the company plans to build a world-class Elvis-themed attraction. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)

Chart update: The new single DVD version of "Aloha From Hawaii" is #11 on the Danish Music DVD Chart.

On the U.S. Billboard Chart for the week ending October 7, 2006 Elvis is listed at:

Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - down 2 to #9
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - down 13 to #45
Top Music Video - Elvis: '68 Comeback Special - down 2 to #9
Top Music Video - Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - down 4 to #12
Top Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis: '68 Comeback Special - down 2 to #9
Top Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - down 4 to #12 (News, Source: Elvis International/Elvis News)

New book announced: Coming shortly from AuthorHouse is "Elvis' Secret Legacy", by Cherry McKenzie (ISBN: 1425941141). No other details available at this time. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)

"Elvis By The Presleys" released in Sweden: The "Elvis By The Presley's" book has been released in a Swedish edition. (News, Source: Source: Elvis Unlimited Sweden/Elvis News)

Dutch fan club issues "shaped CD": The Dutch 'It’s Elvis Time' fan club will release a shaped CD entitled "Tiger Man In Vegas" with Elvis' karate speech recorded on August 30, 1974 at the 03.00 A.M. night show. This CD comes with a 2 pages booklet. Soon after this release volume 2, entitled "King Of The Dessert" will follow. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited /Elvis News)

Elvis sings in Christmas 2006 (see also lead story dated 28 Sep 2006): Being dead 29 years is no excuse for lacking Christmas cheer. This Christmas, Elvis Presley will be singing in the season for his fans. For the first time ever, Sony-BMG is compiling all of Elvis’ Christmas records onto one CD. Elvis recorded two complete Christmas albums during his career plus a number of one of singles.

His first seasonal record was ‘Elvis’ Christmas Album’ from 1957. In 1971, he released ‘Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas’. The 1957 album, which is almost 50 years old, has sold around 14 million units since release while the 1971 album has clocked up sales of 3 million. All tracks on the new album have been digitally remastered.

Track Listing: 1) Santa Claus Is Back In Town/ 2) White Christmas/ 3) Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/ 4) I'll Be Home For Christmas/ 5) Blue Christmas/ 6) Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
7) O Little Town Of Bethlehem/ 8) Silent Night/ 9) There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)/ 10) I Believe/ 11) Take My Hand, Precious Lord/ 12) It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)/ 13) O Come, All Ye Faithful/ 14) The First Noel/ 15) On A Snowy Christmas Night/ 16) Winter Wonderland/ 17) The Wonderful World Of Christmas/ 18) It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)/ 19) I'll Be Home On Christmas Day/ 20) If I Get Home On Christmas Day/ 21) Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees/ 22) Merry Christmas Baby/ 23) Silver Bells (News, Source: Paul Cashmere/Charmaine Voisine)

Tupelo fan club reactivated: Fifty years after the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" played at a fair in his birthplace, the long-defunct Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club has been revived. Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, in a small house in the northeast Mississippi city of Tupelo. He died Aug. 16, 1977, at his Graceland mansion about 100 miles (160 kilometers) away in Memphis, Tennessee. About 20 people showed up earlier this week at the chapel on the birthplace grounds to get the club going. Jane Riley, who helped organize the Elvis Presley Festival in Tupelo in June, said about 400 fans from around the world have signed up as members.

"It's just amazing the common denominator that Elvis Presley and his life and his music provides," Riley said. Local members, some dressed in Elvis regalia, elected officers and voted on bylaws at their meeting Tuesday. Barbara Mallory was elected president of the club, reprising her role as leader of the 1956 fan club named the Elvis Presley Sweethearts. Riley brought an enlarged photo of the original 1956 group. "We were a bunch of teenage girls who were crazy about Elvis," said Mallory, who formed the club with cousins and friends. Although the group disbanded after its members matured, "all of us still remain Elvis fans." (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)

Not everyone "all shook up" over Elvis stage musical: Cashing in on the success of jukebox musicals such as “Mamma Mia” was clearly the main objective of the creative team behind “All Shook Up!” The national tour of the musical, which opened at the Opera House last night, features songs made famous by Elvis Presley, surely a guarantee of box-office gold. There’s only one problem: the story. Writer Joe DiPietro doesn’t have one. But that doesn’t stop anything in the first act. Within the first 10 minutes, we’ve blown through “Jailhouse Rock,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Roustabout” and “One Night With You.”

We’ve set up a situation where a sleepy little town where fun is forbidden gets woken up by a motorcycle rider with a song in his heart and a sneer on his face. We’ve only got 20 more songs to go. How hard can this be? Don’t ask. DiPietro writes himself into such a corner that he starts grasping at straws to get out: Let’s tear a page from “Hairspray” and talk about interracial relationships. We’ve already lifted the premise of “Footloose,” but let’s make it seem legit by adding something from that guy Shakespeare, he’s good for some mistaken-identity stuff. And then, because we have no idea where we’re going, let’s tie it all up with a bunch of weddings and humiliate the leading ladies by making them wear garish white dresses that look like they were rejected by the circus.

Statuesque Susan Anton the town’s femme fatale, and she’s obviously cast because she’s, well, very tall, and very beautiful. But by accenting her height by surrounding her with smaller actors, the director also draws attention to her stiffness on stage. This touring production boasts some pretty scenery and very sharp choreography, but few of the singers are first rate.

The sound in the Opera House is tinny and quite shrill; still you might not notice that our hero Chad (Joe Mandragona) seems slightly off pitch until you hear Natasha Yvette Williams. This girl can sing, and she doesn’t need to belt it out to be heard. “There’s Always Me” is absolutely heartbreaking, and made me want to clear the stage and let her sing everything else in the show alone. Very little is shaking in this musical mess, except maybe Elvis, shaking in his grave over what they’ve done to some great songs. (News, Source: Terry Byrne/Sanja Meegin)


Thursday 28 September 2006
"Elvis Christmas" CD update: Here is a press release from SONY BMG's Strategic Marketing Group on the upcoming "Elvis Christmas" CD.

On October 3 SONY BMG's Strategic Marketing Group will release Elvis Christmas. This definitive, career-spanning collection of holiday songs from Elvis Presley incorporates all the tunes from the 1957 hit Elvis' Christmas Album and his equally acclaimed 1971 Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas for the first time on a single disc. He interprets Christmas-time standards, holiday hymns, as well as several gospel tunes that reflect the spirit of the season. All 23 tracks have been upgraded with DSD technology for optimum sound quality. The original albums are not part of the active Elvis catalog.

Elvis' Christmas Album, recorded in three days of sessions, may have been simply conceived as an ephemeral holiday souvenir for his eager young followers, but over the years it has come to be regarded as one of Elvis's finest LPs by both critics and fans. In the nearly 50 years since its release, the album, in various formats, has sold more than 14 million copies in the United States alone. The lineup from that album has been combined here with all the material from the only other holiday disc Presley ever made, his 1971 collection, Elvis Sings the Wonderful World Of Christmas. Sales of that equally well-received album have exceeded 3 million.

In the course of this definitive collection, Elvis Christmas, Elvis considers every aspect of the holiday season, from its frivolity to its solemnity, from the excitement of getting wished-for presents to the bittersweet longing for those people and things we might be missing to the fun of hanging out near the mistletoe. Elvis conjures up a vision of the holidays as we all know them -- or at least as we wish them to be -- and that's why these songs will never go out of style.(News, Source: Sony BMG/Elites TV)

New book announced: Announced by Authorhouse is a new book entitled "Elvis Interview: A Second Chance". The book by M. J. Allan will be published in September 2006.

From the publisher's website: "Elvis Presley and the publicity questioning the validity of his demise have been consistently explored and will for a number of years to come. This story was not written to bring him back or revive his legacy. To the contrary, it was written to bring him peace and privacy, the common desire we all share.

Here is written one possible explanation of how death may have been cheated. This involved long term planning to prepare the funds, contacts, a safe house, medical teams, and psychotherapists, specializing in dc-programming issues. After his consent the plan was put into action. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Billy Miller talks to EIN: Today we add the final lot of feedback to our very controversial interview with Billy Miller. Thank you to everyone who has provided comments.

Insider trading in purchase of EPE: Regulators say they have solved an insider trading mystery: It was the butler in the poolside office with the fax machine. Graham Lefford was accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday of illegally trading on confidential information that he gleaned in 2004 from his boss's $100 million purchase of a controlling stake of the rights to Elvis Presley's image and likeness. Read full story (News/Sale of EPE, Source: International Herald Tribune/Sanja Meegin)

George Klein Day celebrated in Memphis: "George Klein Day" was celebrated in the city of Memphis on Tuesday. It was a special honor for the man known for his friendship with Elvis, his charity work and his long broadcast career. Klein was given a proclamation and a key to the city by Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton during a surprise meeting at the Peabody Hotel. Klein began his broadcast career back in 1957. He now hosts the tv show "Memphis Sounds". He also hosts a radio program on Sirius Satellite Radio (The Elvis Channel 13). Klein is also involved in a number of charities around the Mid-South. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)

Elvis has left the wardrobe: It seems nowhere on earth was immune to Elvis Presley obsession. Even in Soviet times, Elvis’ LPs slipped through Baltic borders. Thanks to the pirate station Radio Luxembourg, even Estonians were all shook up over the King.

And along with Elvis fever came that other inexplicable global phenomena – Elvis impersonation.
This week, one of Tallinn’s most eclectic theater troupes explores the concept of Elvis impersonation through their production of “Elvis Was in the Wardrobe.” The play, written by young Estonian playwright and lyricist Urmas Vadi, uses Elvis fascination as a metaphor for the identity crises suffered by everyday humans. Although it is performed in Estonian, director Aare Toikka says English speaking audiences should still be able to appreciate the visual humor of the production.

The play focuses on three Elvis impersonators working at an Elvis museum who become so involved in mimicking their idol that they forget their original identities. “All of these characters think they actually are Elvis, they are sure of it,” says Toikka. “It’s a play about a crisis of identity. It’s a surrealistic comedy that is about Elvis, yet is also about something else, about real humans.”

Toikka says he remembers hearing Elvis music float across the airwaves while listening to illegal international radio stations at night. “Elvis was everywhere, all over the world. In Estonia there is even an Elvis club. There was a group of people who made a big party on the 75th anniversary of his birthday. Estonia was just like everywhere else.” “In this play, Elvis is a symbol. It’s about humans and their identity, that’s more important. We took the Elvis myth, and played with it to also tell another story.”

Although the words “wardrobe” and “closet” are often associated with “coming out,” Toikka says the play is not gay-themed, but rather focuses on general concepts of identity. The play does carry an adults-only warning, but Toikka doesn’t want to spoil the surprise by explaining what indecencies the audience can expect.

“Elvis Was in the Wardrobe” is the kind of over-the-top comedy perfectly suited to the VAT Theater, the company presenting the production. VAT is a small company that draws on the same troupe of three actors for all their productions, supplemented by a small number of visiting actors. They are well known for their high-energy visually-driven shows, in particular the recent production of the Estonian epic tale “Kalevipoeg,” which won rave reviews from both Estonian and English speaking audiences. “There is singing in this play, but not all of it is Elvis music. We asked some Estonian musicians to write new music for the play, but there is also one big Elvis number at the end,” Toikka says. (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)


Wednesday 27 September 2006

'Elvis: Live' - CD review: Although aimed at the General Public, this could be a very fine compilation for all Elvis fans. Including the magnificent 'In Person' version of 'Suspicious Minds', as well as a hardly-played 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' this is a clever selection which also features upgraded audio. Can this mid-price genre CD really be that good? EIN's Piers Beagley explores. (CD Review, Source: EIN, Sept 2006)

Cover art for "Let Yourself Go": Here is the cover art of the upcomming Follow That Dream release "Let Yourself Go - The Making of Elvis The 68 Comeback Special" which is due for release on October 1, 2006.

From the EPE site: This Follow That Dreams CD combines previously unreleased outtakes from the sessions at Western Recorders, with the June 24 rehearsal at NBC (previously only available on bootleg). The Western recordings include the opening, the gospel sequence, the road sequence, Memories and If I Can Dream.

The Outtakes: 1. Trouble/Guitar Man opening – takes 6 & 7 / 2. Nothingville - takes 5 & 6 / 3. Let Yourself Go - part 1, takes 5 & 6 + part 2, take 2 + part 3, take 6 / 4. Guitar Man - Escape Section 1 - fast takes 1,2,5 / 5. Guitar Man -After Karate Section 2 – take 1 / 6. Trouble/Guitar Man - After Karate Section 3 – take 2 / 7. Little Egypt - take 8
8. Big Boss Man – take 2 / 9. It Hurts Me – First part, take 5. Second part, take 3 / 10. Guitar Man – Escape 1 (remake) – take 6 / 11. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/Where Could I Go But To The / 12. Lord - Gospel Section 1 - Rehearsal/take 1 13. Up Above My Head/I Found That Light - Gospel – Section 2, take 7 / 14. Saved - Gospel Section 3, take 4 / 15. If I Can Dream - takes 3 & 4
16. Memories (alternate vocal track)

The Dressing Room Rehearsal: 1. I Got A Woman / 2. Blue Moon/Young Love/Oh, Happy Day / 3. When It Rains It Really Pours / 4. Blue Christmas / 5. Are You Lonesome Tonight?/That's My Desire / 6. That's When Your Heartaches Begin / 7. Peter Gunn Theme / 8. Love Me
9. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again / 10. Blue Christmas/Santa Claus Is Back In Town (News, Source: EPE/Elvis News)

TCB Band featured in Performing Songwriter magazine: Thanks to Jesse Thompson from Performing Songwriter magazine, for sending us this message: "Our latest issue, on sale on  newsstands and our website now, features an article on Elvis' TCB  Band in which we interviewed James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Jerry  Scheff and Ronnie Tutt about their memories of working with the King. I was hoping you'd be willing to link our website to the News section  of elvisinfonet.com. I've attached a thumbnail JPEG of our latest  cover for you to post as well, if you're so inclined. Visit our site   (News, Source: Jesse Thompson)

"Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business" available for pre-order update: Further to the following report several days ago, co-author Marshall Terrill has advised EIN that in fact Sonny West's book will have 400 pages, not 240 as currently stated by Amazon (who will be correcting the information shortly). Our 25 Sep 2006 news item said:

Amazon now lists Sonny West's upcoming book with a release date of May 2007. To be published by Triumph Books (ISBN: 1572439394) it can be pre-ordered from Amazon at the discounted price of US$17.13. (News, Source: Marshall Terrill)

Elvis shop opens in Paris, France: Thanks to Caroline Miranda for sending EIN this message: "You might be interested to know that last month opened in Paris France a shop totally dedicated to Elvis, it was created by his fans, they have a web site www.elvismyhappiness.com when you are on the site on the left it says Association you click on it and then you click on descriptif and you get the address and the phone numbers, opening hours and so on". (News, Source: Caroline Miranda)

The Memphis Boys get own website: Thanks to Louella Chrisman for sending EIN this message: "I am writing you on behalf of the 1969 Memphis Sessions Band, the rhythm section that recorded with Elvis at the American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Out of these recordings, two albums emerged which included the hits, "Suspicious Minds", "In The Ghetto", "Kentucky Rain", "Don’t Cry Daddy", and more.

Check out our website www.memphisboys.com. We hope you and the Elvis Information Network Fan Club members will enjoy reading the history behind Elvis and The Memphis Boys and enjoy listening to some wav clips. Also, we thought you and the Elvis Information Network Fan Club members might be interested in our Elvis tee shirts picturing Elvis with us, as well as autographed pictures of Elvis with The Memphis Boys. New productions by The Memphis Boys will be coming soon". (News, Source: Louella Chrisman - wife of Elvis drummer, Gene Chrisman)

Billy Miller talks to EIN: We've added yet more of your feedback to our very controversial interview with Billy Miller. Today's update includes Cory Cooper providing details of his discussion with Billy Miller.

Amazon UK offering 'Aloha' & 'Comeback Special' 2CD set: Amazon UK is now selling this recent UK release. (News, Source: Amazon UK)

Graceland Cellars unveils new packaging for Elvis wines: Graceland Cellars has unveiled new packaging for its line of premium California wines featuring Elvis Presley® imagery. Included in the new packaging lineup are All Shook Up™ California Brut Champagne, 2004 Velvet Elvis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Etched Elvis California Cabernet Sauvignon, and a three-bottle Commemorative Party Pack.

“Our award-winning design team has brought together contemporary design techniques with classic imagery to create an impressive new packaging line that showcases Elvis in uniquely innovative ways,” said Scott Cahill, CEO of Signature Wines, producer of Graceland Cellars. “Combined with high quality, award-winning California wines, the new line appeals to Elvis fans and wine enthusiasts alike.”

Graceland Cellars’ newest product, All Shook Up California Brut Champagne, features a lively embossed gold foil Elvis striking his classic “toe stand” pose set against a contrasting black background. A gold foil capsule “signed” by Elvis completes the packaging, giving it a festive, yet elegant look. Read full story (News, Source: EPE)


Tuesday 26 September 2006

Australian TV features Elvis Week & Memphis: Last night the Australian TV travel show, 'The Great Outdoors', ran a special edition on Memphis & Elvis Week. Highlighting most of the important institutions of Elvis' life; Sun Studios, Tupelo, Graceland etc, the programme also featured EIN's Sanja Meegin describing her passion for Elvis (this year was her ninth visit!). What the show failed to tell you was the high prices the Memphis Hotels are already charging for bookings in Elvis Week 2007. There is still a chance for you to join our very special EIN Elvis Week 2007 Tour. (News: Source, EIN)

Elvis stars in a BBC commercial: Don't miss Elvis in this great advert for BBC Radio 2. Featuring Aloha footage but with Elvis introducing a stellar band including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crowe and a marvellous Keith Moon on drums! It is very funny. Click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEYFMHFTNec  (News, Source: BBC/EIN, Sept 2006)

"Elvis: Definitive Collection" in India: A new 3 CD Box, entitled "Definitive Collection - Elvis", has been released in India. The box features 68 songs taken from the compilations "50 Greatest Love Songs" and 18 songs from Elvis' first album "Elvis Presley". (News, Source: Zahir Chinoy/Elvis News)

Elvis image featured in "Blondie" comic strip (News, Source: FECC)

"Elvis" face on Mars exposed as rocky outcrop: A few years the tabloid media ran a photo purporting to show Elvis' face on the red planet, Mars. But no, it's not an image of Elvis on the Red Planet. In fact, the Martian rock formation that has provoked decades of speculation doesn't even look like a face close up. The European Space Agency says detailed photos taken by their new orbiter make it perfectly clear that what was once dubbed a 'face' is just a raised and rugged landform -- and not an alien monument. Photos taken 30 years ago by NASA's Viking One orbiter sparked countless imaginative theories about the "face" on Mars. And those theories persisted despite later photographic fly-bys in 1998 and 2001. Scientists in Germany say the Mars Express now has gotten close enough to reveal a series of peaks and slopes -- and not a face. (News, Source: AP/Photo: NASA)

The "Elvis" of terrorists: Rumors that Osama bin Laden has died have been running rampant in the news the past few days. Reportedly the evil, bearded one fell dead from typhoid, or ennui, or something like that in the latest of his caves.

Of course, who can forget the time he died in Jan. 2002? Or when he ceased living in July of 2002? Or when his 72 smoking-hot virgins welcomed him in June 2005? Or in Dec. 2005?

Osama bin Laden has basically become the Elvis of terrorists. Soon, there will be sightings of him pumping gas while dead in Des Moines. Plus, I hear bin Laden digs wearing leather and swiveling his hips. And loves peanut-butter and banana sandwiches. And popping pills like a mad man. And had a twin brother that died at birth named Jessie Garon. And can also bring tears to your eyes with a version of "Love me Tender." Seriously, the similarities are mind blowing. Anyway, the world may or may not be without its favorite demented cave dweller. (News/Odd Spot, Source: WKW, Travelgolf.com)


Monday 25 September 2006
"Me and a Guy Named Elvis" (Book Review): EIN's Nigel Patterson recently lost himself inside the pages of Jerry Schilling's long awaited memoir. In our detailed review of the book we discover a celebration of life and one special friendship. Schilling's memoir is generously laced with the familiar, the not so familiar, several amazing revelations, and wonderful doses of humor. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

"You'll Never Walk Alone" Camden reissue: As we reported some time ago, set for release in the US on September 26, 2006 is the reissue of the original seventies Camden album "You'll Never Walk Alone" on the BMG Special Products label. Unlike the "Let's Be Friends" this album has officially been available since 1987. Strangely, despite being due out tomorrow it is not yet available on Amazon for pre-order.

Original track listing:

You'll Never Walk Alone
Who Am I?
Let Us Pray
(There Will Be) Peace In the Valley
We Call On Him
I Believe
It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
Sing You Children
Take My Hand, Precious Lord (News/Source: Amazon/Elvis News)

"Let's Be Friends" Camden reissue: As we reported some time ago, also set for release in the US on September 26, 2006 is the reissue of the original seventies Camden album "Let's Be Friends" on the BMG Special Products label. This album has only been previously available as a bootleg release. The track "Let's Forget About The Stars" is not mentioned on Amazon, but will be on the CD. In a surprise move which will not please many fans, "Mama" will not be the original LP version but the shorter 58 seconds version (Double Features). Strangely, despite being due out tomorrow it is not yet available on Amazon for pre-order.

Original track listing:

Stay Away, Joe
If I'm A Fool (For Loving You)
Let's Be Friends
I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
Change Of Habit
Have A Happy
Let's Forget About The Stars
(News, Source: Amazon/Elvis News)

New "Fans Love Letters's" graphic by Charmaine: Charmaine Voisine has designed another wonderful Elvis graphic. Click here to view larger image and see more of Charmaine's superb graphics.

"Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business" available for pre-order: Amazon now lists Sonny West's upcoming book with a release date of May 2007. To be published by Triumph Books (ISBN: 1572439394) it can be pre-ordered from Amazon at the discounted price of US$17.13. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)

"Moody Blue" album ranked in top 40 by CMT: Country Music Television (CMT) has presented its Top 40 Country Albums Of All Time. Elvis' last album "Moody Blue" was listed at #39.

CMT 40 Greatest Albums celebrates country music's most important albums. Spanning five decades, from traditional to contemporary, from hardcore honky-tonk to the Nashville Sound, from outlaw country to country rock, these are country music's classic albums -- groundbreaking, influential and enduring. (News, Source: CMT /Charmaine Voisine)

New Elvis website - Elvis Unplugged: An attractive new Elvis site, Elvis Unplugged, has been set up in the EC. It includes a forum and video footage outside Graceland the day Elvis died. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)

Australian chart update: The Comeback Special fell five places this week to #19, and Aloha one place to #20 on the ARIA Music DVD chart. (News, Source: ARIA)

Elvis on "The Great Outdoors" tonight!: The popular Aussie television travel program, The Great Outdoors, visits Elvis territory tonight. Graceland, Beale Street, Sun Studio etc apparently will all be covered. (News, Source: Robert Vasilevski)

Billy Miller talks to EIN: We've added yet more of your feedback to our very controversial interview with Billy Miller. Today's update includes more comments from Marty Lacker and an apology from EIN to both Jimmy Velvet and Billy Miller.


Sunday 24 September 2006

"Should 'Aloha From Hawaii' be in the Guinness Book of Records?: Currently of the FECC forum there is an interesting discussion about why Aloha is not in the Guinness Book of Records as the most watched television performance by a solo artist (for the record a larger global auduence watched the Live Aid concert). It appears the reason why not is similar to the dilemma with claimed sales of Elvis records...a lack of documented, rather than rhetorical, proof. Brian Quinn posted:

'I contacted the Guinness people about this some 3 years ago and they were happy to include the Aloha Concert as the Largest TV Audience ever for a solo perfomance. The problem is that they want documented proof and that is very difficult to find. Even EPE cannot help in this regard. If anyone can get such information then please contact the Guinness People. Elvis is being cheated out of this one at present.' (News, Source: FECC forum)

"Blue Hawaii '72" DVD: The import release "Blue Hawaii '72" is a collection of private movie footage of Elvis in Hawaii in the run up to his January 1973 "Aloha" special. He did three shows in Honolulu in November 1972. This release contains 8 mm footage from all three performances, filmed from the audience, with additional dubbed audio. Also included is footage from the venue, TCB Band and Al Dvorin. (News, Source: Essential Elvis /Elvis News)

"Follow Me To Tennessee" book: The guys beghind the Essential Elvis magazine are working on a book on visiting Memphis and Graceland. This book, ebtitled "Follow Me To Tennessee" is an "Englishman's guide to the Elvis hangouts" and is due for release later this year. (News, Source: Essential Elvis /Elvis News)

"Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology Volume 5" CD: With volume four in the "Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology" series just released volume five is already announced in the booklet of volume 4. No details on the content or cover art are available yet and although the booklet mentions volume five should contain "unreleased material" we have yet to find an unreleased track in this series. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Tupelo ordered to pay $120k re Elvis Presley Heights Cemetery: A federal jury has awarded $120,000 in damages to a couple who sued the city of Tupelo for altering private property without permission. Bill and Linda Kinard were trying to develop 15 acres in east Tupelo into the Elvis Presley Heights Cemetery. Bill Kinard testified that while he was away from the property in March 2004, city workers dug a trench across it, in the area to be used for the cemetery. The workers were trying to eliminate an erosion problem, said city attorney Guy Mitchell III.

"They failed to get permission to go on the property," he said. "The city admitted they made a mistake. They've been trying to settle the case."

The property is off East Main, near East Heights Baptist Church. He said the Kinards would not accept less than $3 million to settle, and Mitchell called the jury award this week "more in line with the actual damage to the property." District Judge Mike Mills told the jury that the city violated the Constitution by entering the Kinards' property without their permission or a judge's order.

The jury awarded $60,000 for property damage and $30,000 each to the Kinards for psychological damage, he said. Mitchell said he did not know if the city would appeal the case, but "there may be some post-trial motions." Attorney Jim Waide, who with Shane McLaughlin represented the Kinards, said, "Mr. Kinard still believes his business venture can be a success. He hopes the city will now work with him in developing this project, which will beautify Elvis Presley Heights and attract tourists to Tupelo." Waide said the Kinards "felt good for the first time since this happened." (News, Source: djournal.com)

Good luck charm: Spirit of Elvis guides Susan Anton in ‘All Shook Up’: When Susan Anton was asked to join the touring company of “All Shook Up,” which arrives at the Opera House on Tuesday, she didn’t hesitate. “I’m 50-plus and they offered me the part of the hottie. I said ‘Thank you very much, I’m there’,” she says with a laugh. Anton, who became a celebrity in the ’70s, is no stranger to theater, having starred in the original company of “The Will Rogers Follies,” performed in Vegas for several years with her own band and just finished a long run of “Hairspray.”

But she has a special connection to “All Shook Up,” which features songs made famous by Elvis Presley. “I knew Elvis,” she says, “but not in the biblical sense, no. When I was first starting out in Vegas and he ruled the town, he and I were both backstage after a Tom Jones concert. It was getting late and things were winding down and he sat down on a little stool and read to me from Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet.’ He told me it was important because it dealt with people’s spiritual life. What amazed me was that as he read, he followed the lines of the sentences with his finger like a child. And I thought, ‘He’s just a sweet boy, a prisoner of his fame.’” (News, Source: Boston Herald)

Anne Heche upstaged by Elvis: Anne Heche was being upstaged by a raccoon, and the animal wasn't even in the room. Heche was talking to a gathering of TV critics about her new series, Men in Trees, but the critics seemed more interested in gleaning information about Elvis, a raccoon regular on the ABC series airing Fridays. As Elvis's talent was discussed, Heche played along. "Best actor I ever worked with," she quipped. Yet she also revealed Elvis didn't do all his own stunts. He needed a double -- a dog called Boomer in a raccoon suit -- for a sequence when he had to run really fast. (Odd Spot, Source: The Calgary Sun)

A few classic 'oldies' that should be covered: The admonition in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that there is nothing new under the sun is particularly applicable of the entertainment business. Tons of jokes, songs and stories are “re-invented,” veneered to contemporary taste.

It’s natural to mark one’s generational territory. Each group seeks uniqueness. I happen to believe the 1950s were wonderful but, like religions, everybody considers his or her flavor the absolute best. Part of the “marking” process is making old stuff appear new. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with recycling art. After all, we do it to cans, bottles, newspapers, tires and cooking oil, why not creative property?

It clearly makes sense to preserve and promote excellence where possible. Good grief, dead guys like Frank Sinatra and Elvis continue to sell loads of music and will be “players” in the entertainment future for as long as our air is breathable … even longer if you believe Al Gore.

In music, recycling means the “covering” of a song by another artist. Re-makes or “covers” aren’t new. In fact, many tracks issued by my R&B icons were, in fact, retreads from the recycle bin.

Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” covered the 1953 recording by Big Mama Thornton. Wilbert Harrison’s huge 1959 hit, “Kansas City,” was a cover for Little Willie Littlefield’s 1952 platter. Such facts are dim history because those remakes so totally eclipsed the originals. (News, Source: The Free Press)

Billy Miller talks to EIN: We've added yet more of your feedback to our very controversial interview with Billy Miller. Today's update includes a post from 'Blue', a close friend of Billy Miller's, responding to comments made by Marty Lacker.


Saturday 23 September 2006
Elvis: The Ultimate Film Collection – Graceland Edition: has just been released! It is NOT available in stores and is available first to you -- Elvis’s most loyal fans.

This incredible collection contains 9 DVD movies, 2 special DVD’s (including Elvis: Black Leather Concert and never before seen home movies), a music rarities CD, movie posters and photos, collectible booklets, copy of the Jailhouse Rock Script and confidential movie files. All presented in a beautiful collectors’ case.

BUY NOW at www.elvis.com/movies and you will also receive a one of a kind DVD collection mousepad. (Limited quantities of the mousepad available!). EPE is offering payment in 4 monthly instalments.

Relive Elvis’s greatest movie moments and memories in this one of a kind box set. Elvis’ movies and music are timeless and this box set is a perfect way to share it with friends and family, now and forever.

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity To Take Home A Piece Of Elvis History!!! (News, Source: EPE)

Inside visuals of the new "Elvis The Ed Sullivan Shows" DVD set: see news item 7 Sep 2006 and click here for track listings (News, Source: FECC)

'Is Elvis alive?' conspiracy voted the #20 conspiracy theory: The idea that Elvis may not have died in August 1977 has been rated as the #20 conspiracy theory by the popular Australian television program, '20 to 1'. Strangely, (it's probably a conspiracy), theories above Elvis were that Prince Harry is not the son of Prince Charles and the death of Princess Diana. (News, Source: EIN)

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"Elvis Presley" pic disc: Here is the vinyl picture disc edition of Elvis'debut album "Elvis Presley" which will be released by Cargo Records on October 13, 2006 in the EC. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)

New Elvis yuletide album Elvis Christmas update: This album is set for release by Sony-BMG USA on 3 October, 2006. Tracklist: 1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town /2. White Christmas /3. Here Comes Santa Claus /4. I'll Be Home For Christmas /5. Blue Christmas /6. Santa Bring My Baby Back /7. O Little Town Of Bethlehem/ 8. Silent Night /9. Peace In The Valley /10. I Believe11. Take My Hand, Precious Lord /12. It Is No Secret /13. O Come, All Ye Faithful /14. The First Noel /15. On A Snowy Christmas Night /16. Winter Wonderland /17. The Wonderful World Of Christmas /18. It Won't Seem Like Christmas /19. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day/ 20. If I Get Home On Christmas Day /21. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees /22. Merry Christmas Baby/ 23. Silver Bells (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)

New German CD - "Elvis Pures Gold: 30 #1's": Set for release on November 10, 2006 is a CD from BMG Germany entitled "Elvis Presley - Pures Gold: 30 #1's" This compilation is aimed at the general public and will be supported by an advertisement campaign. (News, Source: Collectors Service/Elvis News)

Chart update: The US Billboard chart listings for the week ending September 30, 2006:

Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - up 2 to #7 (sg)
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - down 1 to #32
Top Music Video - Elvis: '68 Comeback Special - stays at #7
Top Music Video - Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - up 1 to #8
Top Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis: '68 Comeback Special - stays at #7
Top Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - up 1 to #8
(News, Source: Elvis International Fan Club /Elvis News)

Having Fun With Elvis On Stage Again: Reissued on the Cargo Records label earlier this month are five volumes of the "Having Fun With Elvis On Stage" series. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)

Updated Today: Billy Miller talks to EIN: We've added more of your feedback, including comments from prominent Memphis Mafia member, Marty Lacker, to our very controversial interview with Billy Miller.


Friday 22 September 2006
ELVIS WEEK 2006 - The exclusive EIN photographs & reports: Wrapping up our Elvis Week 2006 reports, EIN Roving Reporter Sanja Meegin presents her favourite photos. Although relatively quiet this year, there was still plenty of fun to be had and the Insiders' Conference was a must. Check out all of Sanja's 81 photos - plus Elvis' jumpsuits close-up. And see you all there next year! (Spotlight, Source EIN Sanja Meegin, 2006)

THOMAS KINKADE PAINTS GRACELAND TO COMMEMORATE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF ELVIS’S PURCHASE - Press Conference Features Artist on Friday, September 22, 2006:

Who: Thomas Kinkade, The Painter of Light™, and America’s most collected living artist will unveil and discuss his Plein Air Study in preparation for the creation of his first-ever painting of Graceland. Mr Kinkade is in Memphis to tour Graceland, paint, and find inspiration by walking in the footsteps of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

Why:The painting will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Elvis’s purchase of the historic home in the Spring of 2007.  It coincides with the 25th year of Graceland being open for public tours.

What: Press conference announcing the selection of Thomas Kinkade as painter of the commemorative image of Graceland and of the new partnership between the Thomas Kinkade Company and Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

When: Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, 12:30 to1 p.m.

Where:  Graceland, 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis. Parking will be provided.

Other: Speakers include artist, Thomas Kinkade and Kevin Kern, Media Manager for Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

Contact: Kevin Kern, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. (901) 848-5656 or email kkern@elvis.com (News, Source: EPE)

Elvis in BBC Radio 2 commercial: Apparently footage of Elvis' Aloha Special was used for a BBC Radio 2 commercial. It shows Elvis from the Aloha shows, overdubbed by an impersonator introducing "The Band". The backing singers are the "Sugar Babes" and Marvin Gaye, on the drums is Keith Moon, guitar Sheryl Crowe, Stevie Wonder on piano, Noel Gallagher on rhythm guitar and Jimmy Page on lead guitar. The tag line was "What a line up", in reference to the music played by Radio 2. (News, Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum /Elvis News)

Billy Miller talks to EIN: We've added more of your feedback, including comments from Jimmy Velvet, to our very controversial interview with Billy Miller.


Thursday 21 September 2006
A Profile - The King On Stage Volume 3?: According to the Elvis In Norway site, a third volume of the famed Profile boxsets is to be released. While the first two volumes were released by Fort Baxter, there is no word yet on who is behind this new release.

From Elvis In Norway: "From reliable sources - a new Profile box has been announced. A Profile - The King On Stage Volume 3 will contain 4 shows from Huntsville 1975. This 4 cd box-set will include two shows from May 31 and two shows from June 1. Said to come from recently found, top-notch soundboard recordings. As with the other Profile box-sets this one will be limited. More information about label, content and cover will come later." (News, Source: Robert Vasilevski/Elvis In Norway)

Special Elvis Exhibition heads to Australia: Australia & New Zealand will at last get to see some of Elvis' rare jumpsuits & memorabilia up close. Some unique items will be Elvis' Fringe Jumpsuit, 'Madison Square Garden' jumpsuit and his delightful TTWII rehearsal 'Red puffed-sleeve shirt' & red studded belt. Go here for more details & photos. (Source: EIN /EPE, September 2006)

"Sunshine" CD released:

We have mentioned this release before.

A new compilation CD containing Sun material has been released by the Comets label (2006) and features 21 tracks.This is a digipak and the sound is said to be very good.


Track listing: That's All Right - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Good Rocking Tonight - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - Milkcow Blues Boogie - You're A Heartbreaker - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Baby Let's Play House - Mystery Train - I forgot To Remember To Forget - I Love You Because - Harbor Lights - Blue Moon - Tomorrow Night -  I'll Never Let You Go ( Little Darlin' ) - Just Because - When it Rains, It Really Pours - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - I'll Never Stand In Your Way - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Fool, Fool, Fool. (News, Source: Barry McLean/FECC)

"Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology Volume 4" CD release: Just released is volume 4 of the "Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology" import series. This edition contains 26 alternate recordings from 1969 to 1977.

This CD should contain 9 previously unreleased tracks and all tracks are remastered and available in the best sound quality according to the update. The previous releases in this series contained no unreleased material.

Track listing: 1. You’ll Think Of Me alternate mix/2. In The Ghetto unreleased unfinished master /3. Rubberneckin’ unreleased unfinished master /4. Wearin’ That Loved On Look alternate mix /5. Suspicious Minds unreleased unfinished master /6. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road take 9 & 8 /7. Power Of My Love takes 4, 5 & 6 /8. The Fair Is Moving On alternate mix /9. Proud Mary live, undubbed master /10. I’ve Lost You undubbed master /11. If I Were You unedited take 5 /12. Suspicious Minds rehearsal /13. Stranger In My Own Home Town unedited version /14. Reach Out To Jesus unreleased Elvis’ vocal version /15. Never Been To Spain live /16. Hawaiian Wedding Song stage recording, take 1 & 2/7. No More stage recording, take 2 /18. Hawaiian Wedding Song stage recording, take 3 /19. Early Morning Rain stage recording, master take /20. Mr. Songman unreleased alternate mix /21. There’s A Honkey Tonk/Angel undubbed master /22. Down In The Alley informal recording/ 23. Hurt undubbed master take /24. Love Coming Down undubbed master take /25. Way Down alternate undubbed master /26. Unchained Melody live, without overdubs. (News, Source: Elvis For Everyone Fan Club/Elvis News)

Elvis 'film festival' review

(Source: LA Weekly.com)


Updated Today:
'Elvis In Concert' 1977 TV special - should it be released officially? Updated with more EIN reader's feedback. Why not have your say?
Billy Miller talks to EIN: We've added your feedback to our very controversial interview with Billy Miller.


Wednesday 20 September 2006

Billy Miller talks to EIN: In recent years the name Billy Miller has surfaced in Elvis circles. Billy, a private investigator, has divided fans with his claims he was close to, and did undercover work for and with Elvis. In a challenging interview Billy tells EIN how he became friends with Elvis, how he and Elvis were abused as children, their exploits undercover, the Memphis Mafia, Elvis and Priscilla, the charitable foundation Elvis and he wanted, and Billy's upcoming book which he says will make many of his critics sit up and take notice. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Opposite: Billy Miller with Jimmy Velvet

Elvis radio salutes 50 years since Elvis' Tupelo homecoming: For this weekend’s edition of Elvis Live In Concert, Elvis Radio's Doc Walker will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of Elvis’s Tupelo Homecoming Concerts (afternoon and evening shows) from Wednesday, September 26, 1956.

Next Tuesday September 26, Doc will have historian and documentary filmmaker Roy Turner (and producer Jim Palmer) as his guest DJ’s to share the intimate detail and background of this significant historical rock & roll concert event. Also Doc will be playing a special encore of the afternoon concert.

Go to the Elvis Radio page at Sirius.com to see details about Elvis programming in the week ahead plus the Sirius presentation of this year's Collingwood Elvis Festival. Not a subscriber?  While visiting Elvis Radio check out the free trial subscription offer to enjoy not only Elvis Radio, but also all the other Sirius channels. (News, Source: EPE)

Elvis at The Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis: The Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis will be unveiling the redecoration of their mezzanine level on October 1, 2006, at 5:00 pm CST. The entire second floor has been redocorated with Elvis memorabilia and artifacts. (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited/Elvis News)

Jerry Scheff to write book: Bass player and TCB member Jerry Scheff has begun writing a book about his career. “The Elvis shows will be an important chapter in the book, but it’s not all Elvis”, Jerry said during a press conference in Soest, Germany. Scheff played with hundreds of other singers, including Jim Morrison, John Denver, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. No release date yet, but Jerry added that the book may come with a bonus CD. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/Elvis News)

New Madison label CD announced: Following the double CD release '' The Elvis Presley Show- Holding Down The Fort, '' the Madison label will release Elvis' May 31st evening and June 1st matinee shows from Huntsville, Alabama from the May / June 1975 tour. Both in excellent sound quality and will include 16-page, illustrated booklets, with relevant photos and notes. More details to follow soon!! (News, Source: FECC)

Latest celebrity visitor to Graceland: Singer/songwriter KT Tunstall and members of her band toured Graceland on 18 September. (News, Source: EPE)

Updated Today:

James Burton plays on Dutch single: During his stay in Holland and Belgium last week, James Burton took some time off for a studio recording. James played the dobro guitar on the English song “Extraordinary”, with lead vocals by ElvisMatters member Mark Schraven. The single should be out in a few months. The actual recording took place in a studio in Goirle (Holland). (News, Source: Elvis Matters/Elvis News)


Tuesday 19 September 2006

Elvis Presley's Graceland Becomes a Partner Place of The National Trust for Historic Preservation: Following is a press release from the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

Washington, D.C. – The places of America are a catalog of the history, architecture and traditions that are our legacy from the past. They are also reminders of the importance of preservation in keeping that legacy alive so that we can continue to learn from it and be inspired by it. Partner Places of the National Trust for Historic Preservation invite you to experience the amazing shared diversity of our heritage by visiting the places that are among America’s greatest treasures.

The growing Partner Places program features more than 130 historic sites and museums across the United States offering authentic historic experiences, from the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, New York, to Casa del Herrero in Santa Barbara, California. The program was created in an effort to raise awareness about the wealth of historic experiences throughout America while offering increased benefits to National Trust Members. “National Trust members receive discounted admission to American landmarks such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Chicago and Greene & Greene’s Gamble House in Pasadena, California,” said Susan Neumann, director of engagement at National Trust headquarters in Washington, DC. “In return, these special places benefit from additional marketing efforts, and, we hope, increased visitation.”
(News, Source: EPE)

Will Beatles postage stamps rival the Elvis stamp?: With the announcement that Britain's Royal Mail will issue a series of six postage stamps featuring Beatles album covers in January 2007, some pundits are predicting they will become the most successful stamps of all-time, eclipsing the Elvis stamp.

EIN Comment: For several reasons EIN doubts the Beatles stamps will rival sales of the Elvis stamp. For a start the Beatles stamps are going to be more than one. There is also that Elvis fans appear to be more fanatical about buying non-musical items than Beatles fans. Also, the stamps are being released in the UK which has a much smaller population than the USA. Undoubtedly there will be very strong interest from fans outside the UK, but we doubt it will be sufficient to take any or even all of the Beatles stamps to the 500,000,000+ unit sales achieved by the Elvis stamp. (News, Source: AP/EIN)

Netherlands chart update: In the Netherlands the "Aloha Special" climbs from #19 to #10 while the "'68 Comeback Special" climbs from #16 to #9. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Elvis & Dolly hit the road: Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton have made Tennessee's state tourism website a hit on the internet. The Tennessee music icons have been digitally paired in a TV commercial, cruising down the road in a red sports car. Elvis is behind the wheel and Dolly is talking up Tennessee.

"Let's pick it up a little bit, honey," she tells the king of rock 'n' roll. "There are all kinds of things to do in Tennessee. But, next time, let's take the pink Cadillac."

Tennessee state tourism commissioner Susan Whitaker told The Knoxville News Sentinel this week that people around the world were interested in the Presley-Parton commercial. The commercial has led those interested to Tennessee's internet link supporting the state's $12.4 billion tourism industry.

Tennessee's site at http://www.tnvacation.com - the only place where you can see the commercial on demand - has become one of the most popular vacation web addresses on the internet, ranking in the Top 10 of more than 200 million Google sites, she said. (News, Source: News 24)

New Elvis remix album?: Further to our story on 15 September comes this item: A remixed version of Elvis' classic "Burning Love" is currently used in Japan for a Honda CR-V commercial. According the remixer "Mowo": "Ive just done a remix of "HUNK OF BURNIN LOVE". funky new beats, gospel sounding piano, THE KING getting his whoops and hollahs in and me, little old stupid me... rocking the funkiness. Initially the remix is going to be featured in a HONDA CR-V ad... and then it will be released as a full version on an ELVIS remixed album." (News, Source: Mocean Worker /Elvis News)

Photographer captures the faces of those who pay tribute to Elvis: Chicago photographer Patty Carroll began by looking for ways to show people's inner lives, but she ended up revealing their inner Elvis. Call them Elvis impersonators, impressionists, stylists, performers, interpreters or imposters; they call themselves ETAs — Elvis Tribute Artists. Immersing herself in the kitschy yet cool subculture, Carroll has taken hundreds of portraits, some of which have been published in a little pink book, "Living the Life! The World of Elvis Tribute Artists." Read full story (Almost Elvis, Source: Express News)


Monday 18 September 2006

Elvis' death voted the 5th most memorable event on TV: Elvis' death has been voted by Australian television viewers as the 5th most memorable event on TV. Not surprisingly, man's first step on the Moon and 9-11 filled the top two positions respectively. The assassination of JFK was #3 and the death of Princess Diana #4. The Beatles stunning visit to Australia came in at #19. The list of the top 20 moments on TV were announced last night on the TV special, "TV Turns 50 - The Events That Stopped A Nation". The special included a tribute to Elvis by both Human Nature (Don't Be Cruel) and David Campbell (Viva Las Vegas/Suspicious Minds). As Campbell sang, two large screens and five thin screens showed clips from various parts of Elvis' career. (News, Source: EIN)

"Les Indispensables" new French release CD: Released September 11, 2006 in France is the budget CD "Les Indispensables". This 16 track compilation was originally released in May 2001 by BMG France in the "L'essentiel" series. The cover only slightly changed; same picture, same colours.

Track listing: 1. Blue Suede Shoes /2. Hound Dog /3. All Shook Up /4. I Got A Woman /5. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy /6. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck /7. A Big Hunk O'Love /8. Mean Woman Blues /9. It'S Now Or Never /10. Fever /11. Return To Sender /12. That'S All Right /13. Treat Me Nice /14. My Baby Left Me /15. Hard Headed Woman /16. Mystery Train (News, Source: Amazon France/Elvis News)

"The Essential Elvis Presley" greatest hits comilation announced: Sony-BMG will release a new 2CD compile of Elvis' greatest hits. "The Essential Elvis Presley" is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2007. (News, Source: Sony-BMG)

Elvis collection for sale...at reasonable prices: Debra Palmer is returning to Singapore and can't take her Elvis collection with here. So many items are for sale at very reasonable prices. Debra's collection comprises CDs, books and magazines. Some examples: America The Beautiful CD single with video track (US$3.00); Elvis The Number One Hits CD (US$8.00); Burning Love & Hits From His Movies - Camden CD (US$7.00; The Girl's Guide To Elvis book (US$10.00); selection of TV Guide issues with Elvis covers (US$3.50 each); Priscilla & Elvis book (US$2.50) Contact Debra for details (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)

Elvis Gospel Service in Paradiso, Amsterdam, Sunday September 24, 2006, 4 p.m.: Elvis Presley being a great gospel lover and singer is known to his fans, but still news for a lot of people. From his early days uptill his untimely death, the King of Rock and Roll found inspiration and peace in religious music. Nearly thirty years after his death the gospels as sung by Elvis still inspire and move people throughout the world. Reason enough for reverend Fred Omvlee, an Elvis fan himself, to give these gospels the place they deserve: in a service accompanied by readings, a sermon and prayers.


After several Elvis Gospel Services throughout Holland there will be one on Sunday September 24 in Paradiso. This former church and nowadays famous pop temple is the place to built a bridge between pop music and religion. Accompanied by the Couleur Locale choir under direction of Anton Poot you will hear Elvis sing, among others, Where could I go but to the Lord?, Precious Lord, take my hand, So High and If I can Dream. Singer Sue Moreno will sing some Elvis Gospels with choir and solo.Fred Omvlee, a chaplain in the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces, explains on the website www.elvisgospel.nl that a talented singer as Elvis, with all of his problems, is exemplary for the modern human being in search of God. Get inspired by the warm and soulful gospels of the King, of which John Lennon said: ‘Before anyone did anything, Elvis did everything’.Entrance free, doors open at 3.30 p.m. For reservations please mail to secretariaat@paradiso.nl  The service will be recorded and can be seen later on at: www.fabchannel.com

Paradiso site: www.paradiso.nl (News, Source: Rev. Fred Omvlee)


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Last day! - Win an Elvis CD: Courtesy of Sony-BMG, EIN has six of the new Elvis "genre" CDs to give away. To enter the draw to win a copy of one of the CDs simply click here and send EIN your email address. Competition has now ended

"Chaos In The Park" CD released: The latest release from the Straight Arrow import label, "Chaos In The Park" has been released. The label also announced their next project - they will release Elvis' August 23, 1972 Midnight show, recorded in Las Vegas. No release date has been given yet. (News, Source: Elvis News)

New book announced - "Elvis: Inspirations": On 1 May 2007 the Andrews McMeel Publishing will release this title in the US. It will be a hardcover issue with 160 pages. ISBN: 0740763598. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)

Australian chart update: On this week's ARIA Music DVD chart in Australia, the Comeback Special fell six places to #14 while Aloha fell nine places to #19. (News, Source: ARIA)



Sunday 17 September 2006

Congratulations to EPE - Graceland wins major award: As we reported recently, EPE was nominated for "Event Site of the Year" in the Annual Events Solutions Awards. And it has won!:

Elvis Presley’s Graceland has been awarded the “Event Site of the Year,” one of the highest honors in the special events industry. The award is voted on by industry peers and was presented at the annual Event Solutions magazine gathering. Criteria for the award include hospitality, customer service, staff performance creativity, uniqueness and overall presentation conducive to fantastic events.
The Spotlight Awards celebrates event industry professionals for extraordinary work, creativity and commitment to their crafts. Elvis Presley’s Graceland offers a wide variety of special event options at the Memphis landmark, and has become one of the premiere locations in the nation for private and corporate special events of all sizes and budgets, as well as weddings in the Graceland “Chapel in the Woods.”

Event Solutions is the premier trade magazine for professionals involved with all aspects of the event, meeting and incentive markets. These readers represent decision-makers who are responsible for events, meetings and incentives in terms of choosing destinations and locations, selecting planners, producers and suppliers, and setting budgets and spending limits for these events. The magazine delivers valuable content by and for those in the special events industry, and has become the standard for information and resources for event professionals. (News, Source: EPE)

'Elvis on Ed Sullivan' DVD release in EC: The three DVD-Box set with The Ed Sullivan Shows will have it's European release through BMG on November 11, 2006. (News, Source: The United Elvis Presley Society /Elvis News)

Elvis on the auction block: Elvis' embalmer sells the hanger on which Elvis' costume was delivered to the funeral home by Elvis' father Vernon Presley at the Memphis Funeral Home Langsheen Union Avenue on August 17, 1977.

Elvis Presley´s massive 1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille sold for £23,000 - 50% over its estimate this week at H&H's sale in Buxton, Derbyshire. The King of Rock ´n´ Roll´s pink and white motor was one of several entered by the Yorkshire Car Collection. (News, Source: Elvis News)

Chart update: The U.S. Billboard Chart listings for the week ending September 23, 2006.

Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - remains at #9
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Heartbreak Hotel - down 5 to #31
Top Music Video - Elvis: '68 Comeback Special - up 3 to #7
Top Music Video - Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - up 5 to #9
Top Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis: '68 Comeback Special - up 3 to #7
Top Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - up 5 to #9 (News, Source: Elvis International Fan Club)

"Tears of A King" film update: Further to our report on 15 September, here is the press release about the film exploring links between Elvis and the Book of Mormon:

What do you think of when someone mentions Elvis Presley? The music, the outfits, and his gyrations during his early career, of course. What you probably don't think of is his spiritual side, witnessed by notes he left in a Book of Mormon. A new movie, currently in production, shows that side of the "King".

On an Orem soundstage, production is underway on a new movie about Elvis Presley, but it will not focus on his music. Fans certainly remember the King in his early years -- young, vibrant. Prior to his death, Presley struggled with alcohol and drugs, which is well documented. What isn't, was his spiritual journey in those last years.

Rob Diamond, Director/Screenwriter: "Elvis was very interested in spirituality. To me he was a seeker of truth and knowledge, and any information that could make him a better man." Rob Diamond has written and is directing "Tears of a King" which explores that part of Elvis' life. The movie looks at the period when Presley studied the teachings of the LDS Church. He was given a Book of Mormon and visited with missionaries a number of times.

The producers wanted to make this film, after examining Presley's Book of Mormon, which is now in the church's historical department. The Osmond family, which knew Presley, was given the book after his death, and donated it to the church. On various pages throughout the book, are handwritten notes, believed to be written by Presley. He'd underlined the word "KING" throughout the book; and on one page, there is this: "My daughter Lisa needs this church. She's nine. Please help her..."

Rob Diamond: "My feeling of looking at the passages that he marked, were of a man that was hurting and sincerely wanted help from his maker."

The numerous handwritten notes-- though not authenticated as being Presley's-- were the inspiration for the film. Rob Diamond: "And so, hopefully, when people walk away from the film they won't care whether he studied Mormonism, Judiasm or whatever, that they are drawn to a man who was seeking truth and peace in his life."

No one will ever know, however, whether Elvis indeed found it. The movie "Tears of a King" will be released next year, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Presley's death. Watch video promo (News, Source: KSL Newsradio/Amber Smith)

'Good Rockin' Tonight' CD release: Set for release on September 12, 2006 is another budget release entitled "Good Rockin' Tonight". This release comes from the German Membran/ Intense label. Track listing - 1. Good rockin' tonight /2. That's all right /3. Milcow blues boogie /4. Blue moon /5. Harbor lights /6. Blue moon of Kentucky /7. You're a heartbreaker /8. I don't care if the sun don't shine /9. I'm left you're right she's gone /10. I love you because /11. Tomorrow night /12. I'll never let you go /13. Just because. (News, Source: CD Universe/Elvis News)

World’s best Elvis: IT is believed that there are in excess of 85,000 Elvis Impersonators in the world today!
Top Elvis wannabes from all over travel to America to compete in the "Elvis Idol" competition, for the title "The World's Finest Elvis Impersonator". In June of this year an Irishman named Liam Murphy won the competition, beating off competitors from around the globe. Now Liam and his band of top Irish musicians and singers are bringing an all-new Elvis show around Ireland.

Not only is Liam's voice identical to Elvis, his show is just as exhilarating and action packed. The two-hour spectacle features most of Elvis' big hits and also Elvis songs that most impersonators would not dare attempt, like 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Proud Mary' and 'You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling'. At 36 Liam is one of the few Elvis performers that captures 'The King' in his prime. Every shake, rattle, and roll has the audience screaming for more, particularly when he arrives out after the interval wearing the black leather '68 Comback Special' suit, and mingles with the screaming crowd. All Liam's costumes are hand made by the same company that made Elvis Presley's threads, and are exact replica, as is the pink paisley Fender guitar.
Liam Murphy plays Elvis at the TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar, this Friday, 25 August.
(News, Source: Western People)

Elvis track on The Oxford American CD: This CD compiled by the staff of The Oxford American (University of Central Arkansas ) with Rick Clark of Nashville, TN (producer) contains one track by Elvis (Suspicious Minds). (News, Source: Amber Smith)

Rod Stewart wants to be laid to rest in mausoleum, a la Elvis: Rock star Rod Stewart does not want to be buried after his death, and wishes that a mausoleum similar to that of Elvis Presley should be made for him too.

The 61-year-old rocker revealed that he worked as a gravedigger in his youth, and that the idea of being buried beneath the ground seems scornful to him. Stewart says that he wants to be laid to rest in an ornate mausoleum in the grounds of his country estate, for which he is planning to seek permission from the government.

"Actually I don’t like the idea of being buried underground. I want to be above ground like Elvis at his house. I’d like a nice little mausoleum here in the garden. I’ll have to write to my MP about that," the Sun quoted him as saying. (News, Source: ANI)


Saturday 16 September 2006
Elvis 2006 CD releases update: Elvis Presley released around 70 official albums in his lifetime. Thirty years on, nearly SIXTY CDs have been released so far in 2006 - and EIN has been trying to keep track! Have you bought them all? How can a hard-core collector keep up? It's enough to make one's head-spin. (EIN Reference, Source: EIN, Sept 2006)
Updated Today:
'Elvis In Concert' 1977 TV special - should it be released officially? Updated with EIN reader's feedback. Why not have your say?

Higher priced Aug 2007 ' Elvis Presley In Concert' Tickets all "sold out": Charmaine Voisine has advised EIN that all $250.00 and $90.00 tickets for the performance of 'Elvis Presley In Concert' in Memphis in August 2007 are apparently "sold out"! There are still $70.00 and $50.00 tickets available. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)

Audio link: Elvis, April 2, 1957 concert at Toronto's Maple Leaf Garden (Source: Charmaine Voisine)


Friday 15 September 2006

'Almost In Love' Camden CD review: Another budget Elvis CD, short & sweet - but is it what we really want to see in the records shops? Are these new budget compiles once again diluting Elvis' back-catalogue? Is this lightweight fluff or fabulous nostalgia? Are there any hidden gems or has the wily old Colonel Parker made a comeback? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates. (CD Reviews, Source: EIN)

'BMG; Cutting The Catalogue': Since 1990 Ernst Jorgensen & Roger Semon have done a wonderful job in putting a real strength back into BMG's Elvis catalogue. However,S as we can see, the cheap Camden LPs are back & now being officially released. Will these dilute Elvis' musical legacy or will they find a new market? In 2003 Robin van Cleef turned the spotlight on to Elvis' excessive CD catalogue & made some excellent suggestions for BMG to follow. EIN re-publishes that excellent article. (Spotlight, Source: Robin van Cleef/EIN)

New film looks at Elvis and the Book of Mormon: We know him as the king of rock and roll and much was written about his spiritual side. But not many people know Elvis was looking into The Book of Mormon. That is now the subject matter of a new movie being filmed in Utah County.

Writers of the upcoming film suggest that while in Hawaii Elvis received a copy of the Book of Mormon from a stranger on a movie set. Elvis Presley never joined the LDS church but filmakers say it was apparent he was quite curious about it.

The movie takes a look into Elvis' spiritual quest and suggests that the Book of Mormon was a source of comfort for him, especially during periods of hardship. The movie shows actual excerpts Elvis read and wrote personal notes on the side of the scriptures. The actual copy of the Book of Mormon that Elvis read and wrote in is now in the LDS archives. The film is expected to be released next year, which would be thirty years after Elvis' death.
Watch video promo (News, Source: Sanja Meegin)

"The Elvis Presley Show - Holding Down The Fort" CD release: The Madison label will soon release a double CD set titled " The Elvis Presley Show - Holding Down The Fort, " featuring the much-heralded Fort Worth, Texas concert from June 3, 1976. About five years ago Madison issued portions of this show, unfortunately far from complete and in lesser sound quality. However, this 2006 collection will be taken from a first generation soundboard recording in excellent sound quality. Read full story and see track listing (News, Source: FECC)

"Elvis The Ultimate Film Collection" update: According to the official Elvis site, this package is an Elvis Presley Enterprises production that will be sold through the Graceland gift shops (later this month) and to the general public commencing in January 2007 via a television infomercial. (News, Source: EPE)

Updated Today:

"Burning Love" being used in Honda CRV ad in the US: A new TV commercial for Honda CRV uses Burning Love as the backing track. (News, Source: Andy Foster)

EPE's Todd Morgan charged - "Blew .243, doesn't know how he got to Collierville": As the long-time spokesperson for Elvis Presley Enterprises, Todd Morgan has been in the newspaper about 180 times since the early 1990s. But this time it's different.

Collierville Police arrested the disoriented 44-year-old Sunday night on a charge of driving under the influence after he wrecked his car, according to a police report. "Mr. Morgan did not know where he was or how he got there," the report states. The Presley Enterprises director of media and creative development registered a .243 on the breathalyzer, the report  states. The maximum allowable blood alcohol content in Tennessee is .08. Police found Morgan and his damaged Toyota Avalon at Byhalia Road and Polo Run at 9:53 p.m.

"Officer observed Mr. Morgan to have a strong odor of intoxicant on or about his person, bloodshot, watery eyes and was very unsteady on his feet," the report states.

He performed poorly on three field sobriety tests, according to the report. Morgan told police he had three beers at Rafferty's Restaurant at Poplar and Perkins near his home in Memphis. "... And could not figure out how he ended up in Collierville," the report states. The arrest occurred about 15 miles east of the Memphis restaurant. Police took Morgan to jail. The car's hood was cracked, the front fender damaged, front left tire missing and rear left tire was flat. But police couldn't figure out what he had hit. "It was undetermined what location Mr. Morgan caused damage to his vehicle," the report states.

Morgan said Tuesday that his car struck something in the road. His arraignment in Municipal Court is scheduled for Sept. 21. (News, Source: Contact)

Thursday 14 September 2006
'Elvis In Concert' 1977 TV special; Should it be released officially? There is always a heated debate as to whether Elvis' final TV special should be released. Should we accept Elvis with the sadness & pain of his last concerts, or do we agree with EPE's policy of glorifying the god-like Elvis mega-star and deny that anything changed after 'Aloha'? Some fans scream YES for the release of 'Elvis In Concert', yet they are often labelled as idiots for wanting Elvis' good clean image once again vilified. In this stimulating article, Gary V explains why most of us are in fact deluded! (Spotlight, Source: Gary V/EIN, September 2006)

Elvis ringtones introduced by Sony-BMG Australia

"Shakin' Up The Great Lakes" CD released: According to a posting on the FECC forum the latest Fort Baxter reissue “Shakin' Up The Great Lakes” has been released. This CD features the April 24th, 1977 Ann Arbor, MI show (originally released on the A Profile - The King On Stage vol.1 ). Since the soundboard recording is incomplete the CD also contains the performance recorded two days later in Kalamazoo, MI. Both soundboard recordings had some songs edited out when originally released, and are for the first time presented in their complete form.

Track listing : 01- Love Me * 1:35 ; 02- If You Love Me, Let Me Know 2:54 ; 03- You Gave Me A Mountain 3:36 ; 04-Trying To Get To You 2:25 ; 05 - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 4:09 ; 06- Little Sister 1:52 ; 07 -Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:10 ; 08- Help Me 2:42 ; 09- My Way 4:02 ; 10- Polk Salad Annie 4:08 ; 11- Hurt ( with reprise ) 2:50 ; 12- Hound Dog * 2:02 ; 13- Unchained Melody 2:36 ; 14- Little Darlin' 1:52 ; 15- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp 1:58 ; 16- Love Me 2:41 ; 17- Fairytale ( false start ) 0:31 ; 18- If You Love Me, Let Me Know 2:54 ; 19-You Gave Me A Mountain 3:44 ; 20- Jailhouse Rock 1:58 ; 21- O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 3:34 ; 22- Big Boss Man 2:53 ; 23- Heartbreak Hotel 1:55 ; 24- Blue Suede Shoes 1:12 ; 25- And I Love You So (with false start ) 4:08 ; 26- My Way 4:13 ; 27- Hound Dog* 1:53 ; 28- Can't Help Falling In Love* / Closing vamp * 2:17 * previously unreleased Tracks 01-15 recorded on April 24th, 1977 Ann Arbor, MI. Tracks 16-28 recorded on April 26th, 1977 Kalamazoo, MI (News, Source: For Elvis CD Collectors)

That "Elvis cup" is back!: We've eagerly been waiting here at TMZ for our chance to own a cup that may (or may not) have been used by Elvis Presley. Now that chance to spend all of our hard earned cash on a Styrofoam cup has arrived. For a starting bid of $56,000, you too can own the world famous Elvis Cup. That's right -- for the price of a luxury German sedan, you can own the cup the King himself allegedly drank from at a 1977 concert.

Wade Jones, the man who saved the cup from obscurity, has already auctioned off three teaspoons of water from the the cup for $455 back on Christmas Day 2004. Now Wade is going for the whole enchilada and selling the cup that has brought him so much joy over the years. Now all we need is an Elvis plate and some Elvis utensils and we'll have ourselves an Elvis dining set. (News, Source: 
In The Zone/Elvis News)
New "French" language book released: Released with French text in June 2006 in Canada was the book "Fonction Elvis" by Laure Limongi. ISBN: 2756100358. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)

Louisiana Hayride secures legend, Frankie Avalon, for Elvis infomercial: The Louisiana Hayride, Inc. has secured the services of 1960s 'beach movies' legend, Frankie Avalon, for their infomercial promoting the "Elvis at the Hayride" package (see original story 10 Sep 2006). (News, Source: Louisiana Hayride)


Wednesday 13 September 2006
Elvis ringtones introduced by Sony-BMG Australia: EIN was recently contacted by Sony-BMG regarding news of more than 20 Elvis ringtones the company has intoduced. Sony BMG said: "We have recently expanded the selection of Elvis ringtones available (many are available for the first time in Australia), and I thought EIN might like to make your members aware of this exciting news! There are many classics hits such as Jailhouse Rock, Suspicious Minds, Burning Love, Return To Sender, Heartbreak Hotel, A Little Less Conversation and many more - over 20 Elvis tracks to choose from!

You can either  SMS ‘ELVIS’ to 193123 to get ringtones sent direct to your mobile, or visit www.sonybmgmobile.com.au for the full list and to listen and download to your phone!

Click for more information (News, Source: Sony-BMG)

Elvis The Concert 25th Anniversary DVD: Retail distribution issues is the reason the DVD presentation of the 25th anniversary Elvis - The Concert presentation at The Pyramid Arena in Memphis in August 2002 will not be available on general release until January 2007. Released by Coming Home Music the DVD concentrates on Act 2 of theconcert plus material from the gospel segment from Act 1. (News, Source: Elvis The Man and His Music)

Collecting The King!: Noted Elvis world identity, "Rockin" Robin Rosaaen, featured in American Profile magazine. View article (News, Source: Robin Rosaaen)


Tuesday 12 September 2006
Ernst Jorgensen 'Keeper of the Lastest Flame' - the Ken Sharp interview; Ken Sharp, author of the up-coming FTD book 'Writing For The King', recently interviewed Ernst Jorgensen for 'Record Collector' magazine. In this fascinating interview Ernst talks about his future 'Sun Records' project, the search for unreleased Elvis material, his take on Colonel Parker, Elvis' 60s soundtrack material, the Chips Momon session, preserving Elvis' legacy and more. Ken Sharp kindly gave EIN permission to re-publish his interview. (Interview, Source: Record Collector/Ken Sharp, September 2006)

Concert not to be missed: Pittsburgh - Chamber Music Project - Seven members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra offer a terrific-looking program of Stravinsky's "L'histoire du soldat'' (complete with narrator), Michael Dougherty's "Dead Elvis,'' and tangos by Astor Piazzolla. (Presented by the San Jose Chamber Music Society.) Where: Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose.....When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24....How much: $21-$36; (408) 286-5111....Info: www.sjchambermusic.org


Monday 11 September 2006

Chart update: The '68 Comeback Special DVD is at #10 this week on both the Billboard Comprehensive Music Video and Top Music Video Charts in its 5th week of release. On the Billboard Country Catalogue Album Chart the compilation "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" is at #9 this week, this album remains at 4X Platinum in the United States.

On the Australian ARIA Music DVD Top 40 the "Comeback" DVD drops from #3 to #8 (after 17 weeks in the chart) while the "Aloha" DVD drops from #4 to #10 (after 28 weeks in the chart). Both albums peaked at #1 when originally released in their deluxe editions.

On the Dutch Mega Charts Music DVD Top 30 the "Aloha" disc climbs from #9 to #7 while the "Comeback" release climbs from #15 to #10. (News, Source: ARIA/Elvis News)

Vietnamese CD reissue: This is the artwork of the newest re-issue from Vietnam - the compilation "Elvis 2nd To None". It includes an extra track: "Don't Be Cruel". (News, Source: HT Long/FECC)

New "light speakers" add to your Elvis listening experience: Even if your desktop is equipped with a pair of high-end speakers, they still look pretty drab when compared side-by-side with these ice-cool Light Speakers that are guaranteed to set the tongues of anyone who lays eyes on them wagging, and for good reason. These speakers are equipped with optically enhanced LED light cones that are capable of displaying over 200 color combinations, ensuring you will never see the same performance twice. The advantage of using such technology ensures that the lighting results do not only look stunning at night, they are equally mesmerizing during the day.

The Light Speakers can be configured to display up to three unique lighting patterns, and you can choose from ‘Snake’, ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Random’. They are pretty much self-explanatory, and these lighting patterns do not just move in a preset speed, but it flashes and grooves to the beats emitted by the currently playing track.

This means a faster tune from Ministry of Sound, for example, will elicit similar effects as seen in clubs while a romantic ballad by Elvis will result in a soothing, constant stream of light. Alternatively, you can also stick to a static color which proves to be considerably less funky but provides a calming effect instead.

These speakers pump out tunes at 5 watts of power each. Constructed from high-grade polycarbonate, each speaker is equipped with a control knob that enables you to select the color mode as well as the volume level. The speakers measure 11cm x 10cm x 10cm each. You can pick up a pair for $89.98 from IWantOneOfThose.com. (News, Source: Ubergizmo)

Unused 1956 Elvis concert ticket fetches high price at auction: An unused 1956 Elvis concert ticket has netted a trio of siblings US$1,623.98 on eBay. The ticket belonged to their mother, Ginny Jevack, 64, of Painesville. A snowstorm on Nov. 23, 1956, prevented her from attending the concert at the Cleveland Arena. She originally bought the ticket for $2.

"We were hoping for $1,000," said Matt Jevack, 36, who put the ticket on eBay. "So we are really happy with the bid."

Jevack will split the money with his two siblings: brother Michael Jevack, 38, who lives in Denver and sister Melissa Jevack, 40, who lives in Lake County. Their mother, who found the unused ticket years ago, suggested selling it on eBay after she asked Matt to sell her upright piano on the popular auction Web site.

The ticket went on the Web site a week ago, at first only garnering a $50 bid. It was the lone bid for most of the week. As Saturday's 3 p.m. deadline loomed, the item picked up interest and in the last few minutes jumped from $1,350 to the final winning bid. Matt said he will probably put his share of the money in the bank. "Yeah, maybe I'll put it in an Elvis CD account," he joked. (News, Source: The Plain Dealer)

Elvis book competition winners: Congratulations to the three winners in our recent Elvis book competition: John Iannazzo, Felicia Merton and Chris Bonny. Thank you to everyone who entered. And please check out our new Elvis CD competition above.

Elvis was King of Rock and Roll: William O"Brien gives his take on the richly textured new Elvis biography by Charles Ponce de Leon. From Vernon's incarceration and the role of Colonel Tom Parker to Elvis' decline into a world of paranoia and drug addiction... (Book Review, Source: Altus Times)


Sunday 10 September 2006
"Louisiana Hayride" special offer for Elvis fans: From The Louisiana Hayride: "We are sure that you will find this special offer particularly interesting. Louisiana Hayride, Inc. has dedicated itself to bring to you the digitally enhanced versions of the actual performances of Louisiana Hayride’s talented artists of as it was performed in all its glory. We are especially proud to introduce a new historical package that features the music of Elvis Presley (our most celebrated artist) in his early years at the Louisiana Hayride along with rarely seen photos of Elvis on the Louisiana Hayride stage, capturing the excitement surrounding a very young, vibrant and fresh Elvis Presley and containing seldom heard personal stories from people who actually were there with him."The Hayride is offering fans a very special offer - Read full offer & view visual (News, Source: Louisiana Hayride)


Graceland Revealed! - new pop-up book: The glory of Elvis Presley’s beloved Graceland is celebrated in a new book, GRACELAND: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour (Quirk Books, $40), created by Chuck Murphy with a Foreword by Priscilla Presley, scheduled to hit bookstores in November 2006. (It will also be available at QuirkBooks.com at www.ShopElvis.com and in the gift shops at Graceland.) Read full story & view larger image (News, Source: EPE)

Elvis' Palm Springs residence marketing rights: The current owners of Elvis’s Palm Springs home are offering the lending rights to the mansion. The house is not for sale, but interested parties can place a bid on the highest amount you they’re willing to loan on this property in exchange for exclusive marketing rights in association with this historic residence. Minimum bid (via eBay) is 2 million dollar. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/Elvis News)

Sleeping with the King of Rock n’ Roll…:The Andy Warhol Collection by Contrast presents a series of exclusive and inspiring Elvis designs– bed linen, deco cushions and towels. Andy Warhol was a dedicated admirer of both film stars and the contemporary cult figures of North American literature and legendary Superstars like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley were key figures in Warhol’s art. Throughout his life Warhol was deeply fascinated by the ups and downs of their fame and glory and Elvis continues to live on through Warhol’s art. For generations to come.

The collection is available in Europe this fall. Visit www.andywarholcollection.com for further
information or please contact +45 87448733 / contact@andywarholcollection.com for your
nearest sales representative. (News, Source: EPE)

Bring The King to your home with Elvis Interiors: Decorate with Elvis and get free shipping. Elvis Interiors is a new and exciting company that launched during Elvis Week 2006 in Memphis. Their team of award winning artists and designers are developing an exciting and totally unique assortment of contemporary Elvis images. These can be used on canvas art and other custom-made but affordable interior design products like rugs, murals, blinds, flooring and more. Order now and take advantage of a "20% off" introductory discount and free shipping in the USA. For more information or to order, go to www.elvisinteriors.com. (News, Source: EPE)

Brenda Lee on "The Elvis Hour" today: On this Sunday's edition of "The Elvis Hour" we'll visit with Brenda Lee as she tells what Elvis meant to her generation. We'll take you back to 1956 as Elvis dispells rumors of a rivalry with his friend Pat Boone. We'll also relive those landmark appearances on the Ed Sullivan television show, and country music superstar Eddie Rabitt tells what it's like to write a hit for The King. All of this plus the highlights from 1962 and more with Elvis in Concert. It's all coming this Sunday evening with an all new edition of "The Elvis Hour." Sunday evenings at 7:00PM (eastern) only at www.elvisthemagazine.com (News, Source: Elvis The Magazine)

Priscilla Presley sells an asset: Priscilla Presley has sold one of her California estates, reportedly for some $2.5 million. The Los Angeles Times said Presley, the actress and ex-wife of late rock legend Elvis Presley, described the Canterbury, Calif., home as “a country English farmhouse on a grand scale.”
The paper said the spread includes a seven-bedroom house, three-tiered theater and other amenities on five lakeside acres. But the Times said Presley owns several homes and rarely used the place.
Presley, 61, still oversees many of her late ex-husband’s businesses. She also starred in 1991’s “The Naked Gun” and its two sequels. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)

"The Headhunter" film update: Despite rumors of a name change for the upcoming film by David Stanley, "The Headhunter" is remaining as the title. The producers had considered changing the title to "Raised On Rock" but decided to leave it as is. (News, Source: Impello Films)


Saturday 9 September 2006

"The Elvis Cover-Up" - Geraldo Rivera 20/20 documentaries: EIN recently obtained a copy of the unofficial DVD release of the "20/20" investigations into Elvis' death. Based on a "leaked" copy of the toxicology report on drugs in Elvis' body when he died, and the book, "The Death of Elvis What Really Happened" by Thompson & Cole, the original hour long special (September 1979) plus several follow-up stories are enlightening 'tabloid' viewing. Rivera exposes the role of Dr Jerry Francisco in going public with a cause of death (cardiac arrhythmia) at odds with the official autopsy findings (polypharmacy). The 20/20 investigations were instrumental in leading to the indictment of "Dr Nick". Also featuring a lucid Ginger Alden, the DVD is compelling viewing.

In a follow-up to the most controversial article EIN has ever pubished (the Beeny DNA evidence), EIN examines the iconic Rivera reports. (Spotlight Elvis/DVD Review/Source: EIN)

"Elvis The Ultimate Film Collection - Graceland Edition" update: Further to our report last month, EPE has now announced: "Set for release later this month is a special DVD set, Elvis: Ulimate Movie Collection - Graceland Edition.  It will be available exclusively online via a special site we will soon have set up, in the gift shops at Graceland and through a television infomercial that will begin airing in January 2007'.   Content Details (News, Source: EPE)

The Return of Evil Elvis: Hordes of Australian Elvis Presley fans are carving their quiffs in preparation for the King's return on the big screen with live backing from his old TCB band at Rod Laver Arena in October. But those who like some heavy metal and dark imagery with their crooning are more excited about the news that Glenn Danzig, aka "Evil Elvis", has returned to our shores for the first time in 13 years. Read the full story (News, Source: The Age)

"The Complete Million Dollar Quartet" - new CD taken from Elvis' private tape of the legendary "jam" session: With news that the upcoming Complete Million Dollar Quartet album is taken from a tape found in Elvis' personal collection, 'Dr John Carpenter' posted this on the FECC messageboard:

"EPE and others have been going through the Graceland archives, not to mention what Parker sold to the estate in the 1990s, cataloging everything for the record. Obviously, Elvis had a collection of personal tapes, acetates, promos and more in his home. All of those wonderful 1966 demos were located and identified in a similar search several years back. Hopefully we'll hear more cool discoveries in the future." (News, Source: FECC)

Dutch Elvis themed ad: Here is a Dutch Elvis themed advertisement from the insurance company Reaal. It has a series of advertisements in which they use percentages on the chance things can happen. This advertisement is for a live insurance, the text reads: "00,2% chance that your customers are inmortal". (News, Source: Elvis News)

James Burton buys building on Elvis Presley Avenue: James Burton and his wife Louise have bought the building across the street from the Municipal Auditorium, where Elvis played week after week in the fifties at the Louisiana Hayride. James started playing in the staff band when he was 14 years old. The building, located at Elvis Presley Avenue, is the new home of the James Burton Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps children in developing their musical talents. (News, Source: Elvis Matters / Elvis News)

New unofficial DVD "Elvis Bicentennial": "Set for release is new Memory Records DVD called "ELVIS BICENTENNIAL". It includes 2 shows from 1976 taken from 8mm amateur films, with restored picture: Charlotte, NC, 20.03.1976 evening show and Chicago, IL, 14.10.1976 tour opening show. The sound is overdubbed from soundboard recordings with perfect lip-synchronozation. DVD contain professional menus and easy navigation. PAL - region free." (News, Source: FECC)

"Elvis Presley" to be released as vinyl pic disc: Elvis' self titled debut album "Elvis Presley" will be reissued as a vinyl picture disc by the same label that released the "Sunshine" vinyl picture disc. This edition is due for release early October 2006. (News, Source: Elvis Corner /Elvis News)


Friday 8 September 2006

DJ Fontana & Myrna Smith online interview: We received this message from Laura Grochocki of Upscale TV: "Dear President, I understand you are the president of an Elvis Presley Fan Club. I thought you and your members would like to know about an new behind-the-scenes interview with Elvis' original drummer DJ Fontana and back-up singer Myrna Smith that is on YouTube.com.

The recent interview was done with Upscale TV's William Kelly and also features interviews and performances with acclaimed Elvis tribute artists, Shawn Klush and Ryan Pelton at one of their concerts in Chicago. All you need to do to view the interview is go to YouTube.com and search Upscale TV. The segment is called "The Elvis Edit."
Hope you enjoy it. By the way - there is also website link information for the Elvis performers at www.upscaletv.com under exclusive preview." (News, Source: Upscale TV)

Steady Clothing licensed to release new line of Elvis clothing: EPE has licensed a new range of Elvis clothing. The company involved has the credentials of already outfitting and making clothes for many top musicians, including Billie Joe Armstrong, Jessica Simpson, Davey Havoc, The Living End and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Steady Clothing’s signature embellishments, finishes, custom buttons, unique fabrics and custom screen-printing make it the ideal choice for the Elvis Presley clothing collection. Read the press release (News, Source: EPE)

Bring Elvis to your home with Elvis interiors: Decorate with Elvis and get free shipping. Elvis Interiors is a new and exciting company that launched during Elvis Week 2006 in Memphis. Their team of award winning artists and designers are developing an exciting and totally unique assortment of contemporary Elvis images. These can be used on canvas art and other custom-made but affordable interior design products like rugs, murals, blinds, flooring and more.

Order now and take advantage of a "20% off" introductory discount and free shipping in the USA. For more information or to order, go to www.elvisinteriors.com. (News, Source: EPE)

"It Is No Secret" unofficial CD: The CD "It Is No Secret" is the new and third release in the TinTin cartoons series. Previously did we get the two releases I Couldn’t Live Without You (Snowy) and In The Early Morning Rain (TinTin) in this series.

The new one titled "It Is No Secret" is made on the Captain Haddock label. It contains sixteen studio and rehearsal recordings with Elvis plus one never before released demo of the song "Wisdom Of The Ages" and the two lead vocal recordings with Red West on the songs "Indescribably Blue" and "If Everyday Was Like Christmas". Those were done live in the studio. Elvis overdubbed his vocal a few days later on the same music track.

Tracklist: 1. Peace In The Valley (Binaural take 1)/ 2. It Is No Secret (Binaural take 1)/ 3. Fame And Fortune (Take 14 – complete)/ 4. Dirty Dirty Feeling (Alternate version)/ 5. Riding The Rainbow (MX 4 – take 7)/ 6. Riding The Rainbow (M 4 – take 9)/ 7. I’ve Got To Find My Baby (Take 1)/ 8. It Hurts Me (Alternate master)/ 9. Wisdom Of The Ages (Demo of different version)/ 10. Indescribably Blue (Lead vocal by Red West)/ 11. Indescribably Blue (Alternate master)/ 12. If Everyday Was Like Christmas (Lead vocal by Red West)/ 13. If Everyday Was Like Christmas (Alternate master)/ 14. Stay Away (Overdub by Jerry Reed take 1)/ 15. Stay Away (Overdub by Jerry Reed take 2)/ 16. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Rehearsal)/ 17. Any Day Now (Rehearsal)/ 18. Mary In The Morning (Undubbed)/ 19. I’m Leaving It Up To You (Rehearsal)
Updated today: Almost Elvis (12+ news items and photos added for ETA activity in the US, Canada, the Netherlands and Australia)


Thursday 7 September 2006

Pamela Keogh author of 'The Man, the Life, The Legend' talks with EIN: In this fascinating interview Pamela Keogh, author of the first EPE authorised biography of Elvis, talks about her writing & research, EPE's secret archives, her relationship with Priscilla & much, much more. EIN also asks why Elvis' final years seem glossed over & whether that was due to EPE pressure. (Interview, Source: EIN, August 2006)

Discs show how Elvis shook up the world 50 years ago: Fifty years ago, as Elvis Presley was about to make his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Helen Kreis was staring at the TV screen, barely able to contain her teenage excitement.

Then her father pulled the plug.

"He was just joking, but before he could get it plugged back in, I was next door at the neighbor's house. They were watching Elvis, of course, and I wasn't taking any chances," says Olney, Md., resident Kreis, now 65. "Everybody was watching Elvis."

Well, maybe not everybody, but nearly everyone in America who had a TV had tuned in. Presley's first of three appearances on Sullivan's show, on Sept. 9, 1956, drew 60 million viewers, more than 80 percent of the national TV audience.

It was the high point in the year, 1956, that was the defining period for Presley's move from regional celebrity to national icon, and it created one of the first great moments in the history of American pop culture.

"This was a chance for him to really prove himself to the country," says Andrew Solt, producer of an upcoming set of DVDs marking the 50th anniversary of Presley's appearances on the Sullivan show.

By today's standards, Presley looked tame on that first Sullivan show in his opened-neck shirt. He was cool, for sure, with a sly, curled-lip smile, but hardly threatening.

Presley had been on national TV several times in 1956 before Sullivan had him on, but none of the earlier programs carried Sullivan's wide appeal and all-American stamp of approval. Presley's first No. 1 hit, "Heartbreak Hotel," came out in January 1956, and his first album, also a chart topper, was released in March.

Describing Presley as "not my cup of tea," Sullivan had vowed not to have him on his show. But when ratings for an Elvis appearance on Steve Allen's show went through the roof, Sullivan had a change of heart. He paid Presley the unheard of sum of $50,000 for the three shows. Presley received $1,200 each for his first TV performances, and $7,500 for the Allen show.

Presley thought the Sullivan show could make or break his career, says Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires, the quartet that backed Presley for almost 15 years. Presley was nervous and didn't want to feel alone on stage. "He had us stand just as close to him as we could stand," Stoker recalls. "We were so close that when he would move back, he would step on our toes." (News, Source: AP)

BMG Music Sold To French Holding: As we reported several months ago was a possibility, the German media company Bertelsmann has sold BMG Music Publishing to the French group Vivendi for 1.63 Billion euro. Last May, Bertelsmann announced the possible sale of the music catalogue. BMG owns the rights to over one million titles, including the hits of Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey and Elvis. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/Elvis News)

SRVS thanks EPE and fan clubs: Received by EPE: Dear Mr. Soden, On behalf of our staff at Shelby Residential & Vocational Services (SRVS) and more than 800 service recipients, I would like to extend a special thank you to Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) and the Elvis Presley fan club presidents for choosing SRVS as their charity to support this year.

More than 750 items were donated to our agency with an in-kind value of $2,408, and cash donations totaled $120. We are truly grateful for the generosity of all the Elvis fans and to EPE for following in the footsteps of Elvis and his desire to help local charities.

Again, we are most appreciative of your support of our service recipients and people with developmental disabilities.

Sincerely, Jeffrie Bruton, Executive Director, SRVS (News, Source: EPE)

Last day to win an Elvis book!

Lisa Marie Presley: new tour dates (USA Sep-Oct 2006)

Lisa Marie Presley one of new faces of Viva Glam lipstick line: What do you get when you mix a rock legend, a rapper, a burlesque babe and Elvis Presley's daughter?

The latest MAC Viva Glam squad, made up of Blondie frontwoman Deborah Harry, Eve, Dita von Teese and Lisa Marie Presley. The ladies started their stints yesterday as the newest faces of MAC makeup's Viva Glam lipstick and lip gloss line, which raises money to help people who are living with HIV/AIDS and has generated $70 million to date for the MAC AIDS Fund.

The four are "outstanding ambassadors for raising awareness for the cause" because each conveys glamour and confidence, says John Demsey, chairman of the MAC AIDS Fund and group president of Estee Lauder Cos. (News, Source: USA Today)


Wednesday 6 September 2006

"Me and a Guy Named Elvis": PEP recently posted this interesting view of the new Jerry Schilling memoir on the FECC messageboard. (Book Review, Source: PEP/FECC board)


Last 2 days to win an Elvis book!

Sad death for "the Elvis of the animal world": The sad death on Monday of the Crocodile Hunter, the larger-than life Steve Irwin, has seen him described as "the Elvis of the animal world". (News, Source: Amber Smith)

Chart update: "Aloha" enters the Wallonian DVD top 10 at #3 this week in Belgium. In the TOP 20 DVD music chart from the Canary islands, The "68 Special" is a new entry at #8 while "Aloha" lands at #20. (News, Source: Elvis News)


Tuesday 5 September 2006


The Complete Million Dollar Quartet Sony-BMG flyer: This is the Sony/BMG official flyer for The Complete Million Dollar Quartet release scheduled for September 19, 2006. It gives the complete track listing and an overview for this release. It will contain the original recording in it's original sequence with an extra 12 minutes. (News, Source: Barry McLean/FECC)

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Elvis beats Queen & the Beatles in Channel 5 poll: Okay, so it was only on Channel 5 (UK), but our man beat Queen to the number 1 spot! The Beatles came third! (News, Source: Heath Barclay/FECC)

Quote of the week: We found this great quote in Michael Hill's liner notes to the recent "genre" CD release 'Elvis Live': Once in a great while, a special champion comes along, a Joe Louis...a Joe DiMaggio, someone in whose hands the way a thing is done is more important than the thing itself...Friday night at Madison Square Garden, Elvis was that. He stood there at the end, arms stretched out, the great gold cloak giving him wings, a champion, the only one in his class." (Rock critic, Chris Chase, New York Times)


Monday 4 September 2006

August-September is Elvis Book Month on EIN!

Today we add the following review, another rare Elvis book cover and a mini-review of an Elvis book classic, "Elvis On The Road To Stardom, 1955-1956"

Fortunate Son (Book Review): Charles Ponce de Leon's biography on Elvis could well be the Elvis book release of 2006. Susan MacDougall offers an insightful review of what is a considered and thought provoking release which, unlike many other biographies, places its subject within the social, economic and historic parameters of his time and examines the triggers for his behaviour and actions. In so doing, the reviewer explains why de Leon's book has merit beyond the generally accepted definitive two volume Elvis biography by Peter Guralnick. (Book review, Source: EIN)

The Elvis Presley Watermark Radio Show: The site elvis.org has added an article on the 1971 & 1975 radio series based on the Jerry Hopkins biography, "Elvis A Biography". The site also has an interesting article looking at Elvis' personal guitars. (News, Source: elvis.org)

DVD competition winners: Congratulations to the following winners in our recent Elvis DVD competition: Michael Fugaro, Nerida Langdon, Margaret Kennedy and Tina Farmer. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition and to Sony BMG for providing the competition prizes. Don't forget our current Elvis Book Competition (see above) and watch out for our new Elvis CD Competition starting later this week.

Aussie chart update: The single disc DVD editions of "Elvis '68 Comeback Special" (#3) and "Elvis Aloha From Hawaii" (#4) held steady on this week's ARIA Music DVD Chart. (News, Source: ARIA)


Sunday 3 September 2006

'Elvis Presley: The Man, The Life, The Legend' - book review: Written by Pamela Keogh, this is the first EPE authorised Elvis biography. Printed on high-quality paper and with a good selection of beautiful photos, the writing has a suitable urgency that reflects Elvis' own life. But do we really need yet another biography? Piers Beagley investigates. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

"Elvis: How Great Thou Art" documentary film receives standing ovation in Glasgow: Elvis, How Great Thou Art, adapted from the book, The Memphis Lullaby, is a documentary portrait commemorating the artist Elvis Aaron Presley’s Musical, Cultural and Historical legacy. For the first time, his artistic legacy has been collated to illustrate Elvis Presley’s artistry and his contribution to the arts. Linda Ann McConnell’s debut film, Elvis, How Great Thou Art premiered to a standing ovation at the Glasgow Film Theatre in Scotland on the 29th anniversary of Elvis’ death on the 16th Aug 2006. The film is now available for hiring. Read full press release (News, Source: Linda Ann Connell)

New Elvis books announced for 2007 release: ElvisBookResearch has advised EIN that the following Elvis books have been announced -

  • Shooting Elvis (Detective Inspector Charlie Priest Mystery), Stuart Pawson, Allison & Busby, ISBN: 0749081139. USA release date: 15 February 2007
  • Up Close - Elvis Presley, Wilborn Hampton, Viking Juvenile, ISBN: 0670061662, USA release date 7 June 2007
  • Elvis: A Celebration (re-issue), Mike Evans, DK Adult, ISBN: 0756628849, USA release date: 18 June 2007

2007 Elvis calendar currently "sold out": According to reports from the US, a 2007 Elvis calendar released on 21 August by Slow Dazzle Worldwide has exceeded initial expectations and "sold out". New stocks are expected to be printed shortly. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)

Hawaii '61 JAT book "sold out": Also sold out (at least by the publisher), is the recent JAT book & CD release, "Hawaii '61". The release has gained mixed reviews but with JAT having sold all of its supplies it is likely we will see its selling price rise on ebay. (News, Source: FECC)


Saturday 2 September 2006
Complete set of Elvis Sun Singles up for auction: On AmericanMemorabilia.com you can buy the complete set of Sun singles from The Matt Wanhala Collection until September 21. Read full description & view larger photo image (News, Source: )

Australian BMG album releases & DVD sales update: The budget priced album, "Elvis Rock 'n' Roll Hero" will be released mid September by BMG Australia. The Aussie release of "The Million Dollar Quartet" album has slipped to sometime in October. Also, BMG Australia is very pleased with sales of the single disc editions of "Aloha From Hawaii" and "The '68 Comeback Special". Both titles are creeping close to triple platinum certification (based on combined sales of the deluxe and single disc editions). (News, Source: Sony BMG)

Meet the woman who turned down Elvis!

"Elvis" a common online & computer password - but beware!!: Security.net has included the name "Elvis" in its list of commonly used passwords. The downside says Security.net is that computer hackers often use a 'brute force' or 'dictionary' attack on computers pairing common log on id's (such as admin, guest or user etc) with common 'passwords'. Those who have adopted a basic log on/password combination are therefore at higher risk of being hacked into. (News, Source: Security.net)


Friday 1 September 2006

New Elvis embroidery design collection licensed: Dakota Collectibles, the world’s largest supplier of stock embroidery designs, is proud to present an Embroidery Design Collection of one of the greatest entertainers of all time—Elvis Presley! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of Elvis’ illustrious career, Elvis Presley “the 50’s” Embroidery Design Collection is professionally digitized and captures the talent, good looks, sensuality, and good humor that endeared Elvis to millions of fans worldwide. Elvis Presley “the 50’s” includes 20 designs in 4x4 and 5x7 sewing fields and is on a multi-formatted CD-Rom. Read full story (News, Source: EPE)

"Altered By Elvis" makes West Coast Premier at '7th Annual Mods and Rockers Film Festival'


Read the press release

"Elvis Book Month" on EIN continues...

'THE KING' by Jim Piazza - book review: If you are looking for something extraordinary amongst a zillion Elvis books then this is it. Way over-the-top and so large that it will never fit on your bookshelf, this 160 page glossy high quality, high-style book is immense. Even though the fabulous photos are the key to the book, author Jim Piazza does include some pertinent text and observations. August (and now early September) is EIN's book month so don't miss out on the opportunity to check out some images from this unique book. (Book Review, Source: EIN, August 2006)

Encore presentation of 2006 Candlelight Vigil: Go to Elvis Radio on the Sirius Satellite Radio site and scroll down to see the current programming schedule.  Among the highlights is an encore presentation of Elvis Radio's very special coverage of the Candlelight Vigil at Graceland during Elvis Week 2006:

Sunday, September 3rd at 12:00 Noon Eastern
Monday, September 4th at 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern (News, Source: EPE)

New book delayed: Last month we reported on a new book "Elvis in the Beat of the Night: True Stories of Elvis and His Police Buddies" (ISBN:0978853407). Due for release a few days ago in the US, publication has been delayed. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)

Rockabilly singer Gene Simmons dies: Gene Simmons (not from KISS), who lived in Tupelo and opened for Elvis at an early Tupelo gig, died Tuesday (29 August) in Tupelo. He was best known for his one big hit, "Haunted House," which climbed to #11 on the Billboard charts in 1964.  I knew him as a night club performer in Memphis when I penned the "Memphis After Dark" column for the Press-Scimitar. Simmons, 69, co-wrote "Indian Outlaw," which Tim McGraw charted with in 1994. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)

Single disc DVD editions of "Aloha" and "Comeback Special" for release in Japan: BMG Japan will release the single disc editions of these DVDs in November. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)
Chart update: The latest release of the "68 Comeback Special" DVD drops to no. 8 (from no. 5 last week) this week in both the September 9, 2006 Billboard Top Music Video and Comprehensive Music Video Charts. (News, Source: Elvis News)
The Truth About Elvis film trailer: The trailer for this film documentary will be released on My Space today.



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

(Dr. Gary Enders)


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



"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"

(humorist Dave Barry)


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

(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")


"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"

(Nick Tosches)


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

(Carl Perkins)


"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"

(Bob Dylan)


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

(Sir Paul McCartney)


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

(Johnny Cash)


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

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


"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"

(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)

Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:

#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)

#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)

#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)

#3: One Night (1958)

#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)

Elvis Facts:

Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50


While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959


Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957


Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed


During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13


In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age


In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m