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Tuesday 31 August 2004

Lisa Presley talks to Larry King: we've just added the full (and very long) transcript of Lisa Presley's appearance on Larry King Live last year. The transcript incorporates earlier interview excerpts with Linda Thompson, Priscilla Presley and Joe Esposito. (Interview, Source: Piers Beagley)

Bill Burk's Elvis World #73 released: the latest quarterly issue of one of the world's most credible Elvis magazines, "Elvis World", has just been published. Full of rare photos, the EW Shopper's Service and stimulating articles, Elvis World is a quality product. Issue #73 includes a fascinating story about why Vernon Presley loved slaughtering pigs, a tribute to Peter Butler and also includes 1950s Elvis recollections by fans there at the height of Presleymania. (Elvis News, Source: Pete Smith)

Monday 30 August 2004
Original Elvis On Tour jacket on eBay: Ginger Aldens Tour jacket is up for auction. The jacket is unworn, as new and was given to Ginger Alden by Elvis. This jacket was to be worn on the tour starting in Portland, Maine on August 16th, 1977 which unfortunately never took place. The jacket is 100% nylon with white and red striped ribbing on the cuffs, waistband and collar. There are two front slit pockets along with a front zippered closure. It is a men's size small, roomy,with Ginger's name written in ink on the inside label which reads, "Apollo by Holloway". The jacket comes with a letter of authenticity signed and dated by Ginger Alden. (Elvis News, Source: ElvisNews.com/Ebay)
Misleading item on eBay: while on the subject of eBay, last week a booklet "Elvis A Legendary Performer - Yesterdays" was listed on the online auction house as being an original from Elvis' Las Vegas shows in 1969. The booklet was actually issued with the RCA "Elvis A Legendary Performer Volume 3" album in 1978. Thankfully, the item was passed in on eBay. (Elvis News, Source: For Elvis CD Collectors messageboard/eBay)

Elvis honored in name of new music group - "Velvet Elvis": Members of Chalmers Green, Haggis and Ghetto Cowgirl have joined forces with a former Gin Blossom to form a rock outfit called Velvet Elvis. The band made its debut performance on the weekend at Last Exit in Tempe as part of the bar's "Last Call Bash" to commemorate the first weekend that bars and clubs in Arizona can stay open until 2 a.m. The group intends the music of Velvet Elvis to be varied. Kodachrome by Paul Simon, Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder and Tell Him by the Motown band The Exciters are some of the covers the band has been working on. The guys also have a handful of original songs. (Elvis News, Source: The Arizona Republic)

Australian chart update: Aloha From Hawaii slipped two places to #4 on this week's ARIA Music DVD chart and the '68 Comeback Special fell one place to #6. (Elvis News, Source: ARIA)

Sunday 29 August 2004
Graceland for sale?: Sid Shaw's latest Elvis cyberalert suggests rumors are again circulating that Graceland and EPE are for sale, with a reported asking price of US$350 million. The rationale for selling Graceland and the EPE franchise would be concerns that older fans won't be around much longer and receipts are likely to diminish in future years.With fan numbers much less than
anticipated at this years "50th Anniversary of That's All Right/Birth of Rock & Roll" Elvis Week some alarm bells may be ringing. Apart from a potential big 3oth anniversary Elvis Week in 2007 EPE may continue to experience slim pickings at other times. (Elvis News, Source: Sid Shaw)

Complete soundboard list compiled: EIN congratulates Keith Flynn on compiling the definitive list of Elvis soundboard releases. The list is an outstanding job. (Elvis CD News, Source: For Elvis CD Collectors messageboard)

Saturday 28 August 2004

Tupelo Elvis festival in jeopardy: Tupelo's annual Elvis festival has posted another financial loss with disappointing ticket sales. (Elvis News, Source: Associated Press)

Elvis-The Concert Returning to Europe in 2005: In September, watch for a detailed formal announcement on www.elvis.com of a 2-week/10-show tour of Europe for Elvis-The Concert. When all the details are ready, EPE will post a tour schedule and issue an Essential Elvis E-newsletter alert. This will be the show's fifth trip to Europe since it began touring in 1998. This is the only tour or engagement presently in the works. (Elvis News, Source: EPE)

Bill Burk virus alert: do not open any email (with an attachment) from Bill Burk unless you have previously received a message from Bill saying he is sending a message with an attachment. The "virus Nazi's" have infiltrated Bill's email address book and are potentially wreaking havoc. (Elvis News, Source: Bill Burk)

THE MAGIC OF ELVIS' MUSIC IS BACK!!!(The Story Continues...): have a read of this over-the-top PR release - "Elvis Fans from across the Globe are ecstatic about Elvis' "Hit Making Team" teaming up with singer John Krondes to make new music. Kismet summons Presley music entourage and fans alike to historical new music project! (Yes it’s true! Many Elvis fans the world over are ecstatic about Elvis’ "Hit Making Team" reuniting and teaming up with singer John Krondes to make new music. The Jordanaires, the TCB Band, the Sweet Inspirations, Elvis' writers, engineers, producers and other noted musicians and arrangers are back in action, creating historical "original" new music in the studios of Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Barb, a major Elvis fan, e-mailed this question to us: “Is this a dream or is this a joke?”. For twenty seven years, fans have been reporting Elvis sightings and longing to know that he is still alive. They miss him and his music! Some may call it Kismet: Although we can’t bring Elvis back, we can - and we have - brought the magic of Elvis’ music back! Elvis' life and spirit lives on in the synergy of this new music. Welcome to Elvis’ world: “Miracles, I guess, still happen now and then.” And somehow, fans, this is our “miracle”. The legacy continues..... John Krondes and the Jordanaires are receiving great acclaim and radio play on their first single, “The End”. It’s available at amazon.com and other music vendors. E-mail: epl@lozzipr.com John's co-writer, Paul Evans, had four songs recorded by Elvis, and two of his songs were being held by the King when he died. Check out "Writing for Elvis" http://paulevans.com/elvis.htm Check out Paul's original demos for Elvis http://paulevans.com/CDinfo.htm" (Elvis News, Source: PR Wire)

Elvis Sessions III finally released: after several delays, Joseph Tunzi's third volume of his Elvis sessionography, Elvis Sessions III, has finally been released. As well as containing previously undocumented facts, the release includes "beautiful, unreleased photography". Elvis Sessions covers every area of Elvis' recorded legacy: bootlegs, rehearsals, soundboard recordings, a complete discography, and many surprise chapters. Elvis Sessions III is available from Elvis Unlimited. (Elvis News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

Friday 27 August 2004

Richard Davis dies: Elvis' valet manager, movie stand-in, and member of the Memphis Mafia, died on Wednesday night in his sleep, apparently from a heart attack. Richard, who played a lot of touch football with Elvis, joined E's entourage in 1962 and worked for E for 7 years. Elvis bought him a white Cadillac convertible. He was eventually fired by Vernon Presley in a cost-cutting move. Following Elvis' death, Richard faced a few years of very hard times. He worked part-time at George Klein's gigs. After the casinos opened in nearby Tunica, MS, Richard righted his Life and found employment at one of them in the security department, eventually becoming a supervisor at one of the casinos. At some of GK's gigs, he would tell stories, but it was always the same two stories -- (1) of how Elvis threw flash bulbs into his swimming pool, then shot them all, causing the debris to sink to the bottom of the pool and being hell to clean out; and (2) how he had once hidden in the rafters at a movie studio and dropped water-filled balloons on the Mafia below. Richard Davis, overall, was a very nice guy. He seemed to be enjoying to the fullest the re-birth of his Life. So sad it had to end at this stage. (Elvis News, Source: Bill Burk)

Thursday 26 August 2004

Sharing the campfire with Elvis: Ken Crawford recalls the night he shared a campfire in West Germany with the King of Rock & Roll. (Elvis News, Source: Yahho News)

Loyal fan amasses 1,000+ item Elvis collection: Bobbie Turner is not your average fan as a quick peek inside her amazing Elvis collection shows. (Elvis News, Source: The Record Herald)

Las Vegas in Gypsy Style: complete audience recording from Memory Records. (Elvis CD News, Source: ElvisNews.com/For CD Collectors Only)

Elvis - The Cover Up: interesting new CD from Memory Records in Czechoslovakia. Rare 1977 recordings and photos plus interviews around Elvis' death. (Elvis CD News, Source: ElvisNews.com/For CD Collectors Only)

Al Dvorin's online condolence book: an online condolence book has been started to allow fans to add tributes and memories for a "real gentleman" in the Elvis world. (Elvis News, Source: Joan Gansky)

Wednesday 25 August 2004

Ed Bonja talks to EIN about Al Dvorin, who sadly died this week. Al Dvorin was one of the kindest & friendliest people nicest ever to work for Elvis and was there right at the start. Our thoughts go out to Al Dvorin’s family, to his close friends and especially to Ed Bonja. Al Dvorin will be sorely missed by everybody. EIN interviewed Elvis photgrapher Ed Bonja about life with Elvis, just 2 weeks ago. Ed Bonja was nephew to Tom Diskin, Colonel Parker's right-hand man. Ed knew Colonel Parker from when he was a child, even calling him "Uncle Colonel"! Al Dvorin was one of Ed Bonja's best friends and in part of the interview Ed talks about his friendship with Al. Here is the excerpt. (Elvis News, Source: Ed Bonja)

Tributes flow in for Al Dvorin: fans and friends around the world have been paying heartfelt tribute to one of the "gentlemen" of the Elvis world. In addition, news of Al Dvorin's death has been reported in many newspapers and online. (Elvis News, Source: Associated Press)

Fans not happy at EPE's decision to charge for its "elvis.com" email service: after several years of providing fans with a free elvis.com email service, EPE has moved to the full-service company, Aristotle, and has introduced a charge of US$21.00 or $2.00 a month. It is obvious from discussions on the various Elvis messageboards and messages circulating in Elvis email groups that many fans are far from happy about this change. (Elvis News, Source: Elvis messageboards/Elvis email groups)

Tuesday 24 August 2004

Armed Forces salute Elvis: As a tribute to Elvis' patriotism, Whitehaven VFW Post 4935 has been officially renamed the Elvis Presley Whitehaven Memorial 4935. (Elvis News, Source: The Commercial Appeal)

Elvis infects the Lycos top 50: Elvis Week 2004 saw the Elvis name spike dramatically on the Lycos Internet search engine, rising from #50 to #6. (Elvis News, Source: Lycos.com)

Presidential libraries look to tourism strategy....and Elvis: falling visitor numbers to US Presidential Libraries has prompted new tourism strategies. The Elvis-Bill Clinton connection will be reinforced as part of the makeover with a potential spin-off for Graceland. (Elvis News, Source: Associated Press)

Monday 23 August 2004
"Ladies and Gentlemen", Al Dvorin has left the building: Sadly, Al Dvorin, lost his life in an auto accident yesterday, August 22nd. He was 81. Al will be fondly remembered as the distinctive voice telling fans, "Ladies & Gentlemen, Elvis has left the building."(Elvis News, Source: Paul & Joan Gansky)

Elvis The Concert hits Singapore: Stig Edgren, the mastermind behind Elvis The Concert reflects on its success over more than 100 shows. (Elvis News, Source: Business Times Online)

Sunday 22 August 2004
James Burton praises Elvis: Elvis The Concert came to Hawaii earlier this month and legendary guitarist, James Burton, spoke about his late friend. (Spotlight Article, Source: StarBulletin, Hawaii)

Breast cancer inspires trip to Graceland: After Patricia Bunin was diagnosed with cancer in both breasts a friend told her to look for the "opportunity". Well, Patricia found it, and Elvis is a big part of it. Read our two articles on this inspiring story. (Elvis News, Source: U Features/Elvis.com)

2004 Images of The King winner already on the road: David Lee, fresh from taking this year's crowns as winner of the Images of the King contest in the US and the Collingwood, Ontario contest in Canada, is headlining a charity event. (Almost Elvis, Source: Daily Home Online)

Saturday 21 August 2004

Man claims Elvis is his Dad: 49 year-old Tim Farrell has made this sensational claim and wants EPE to agree to a DNA test. (Elvis News, Source: UPI)

The Artist Collection: BMG offices worldwide will be releasing a new mid-price series in October. Called 'The Artist Collection', there will be 16 titles including one for Elvis (12 tracks). The covers for the series will stun fans as they have been designed by one of the world's leading alternative artists. The Elvis cover has The King's image composed by using a piece of cheese with alfoil for his mouth, pieces of leather fixed by a rivet punch for his eyebrows and star studs around his neck! Other artists in the series include Dolly Parton, Santana, Hall & Oates, Kenny G., Kylie Minogue and Eric Clapton. Several of the titles will be combination DVD/CD releases, but the Elvis one is CD only. BMG is developing a marketing strategy to promote the series. We will have the artwork for the Elvis release shortly. (Elvis News, Source: BMG)

EPE flexes its muscles (again) over Elvis web site shop: EPE lawyers (Glankler Brown) have written to Jordan Ritchie telling him his Elvis World Shop (logo) "was willfully hurting and unlawfully making funds from Elvis' name". The letter was postmarked 16 August. As a result of the letter, Jordan has had little option but to remove his shop from his site, all profits of which went to charity. This is not the first time EPE has instructed its lawyers to pressure changes on web sites. EIN received a letter in the late 1990s. It will be interesting to see if other sites with Elvis Shops are similarly pressured. (Elvis News, Source: Jordan Ritchie/Elvis Collectors Messageboard)

Priscilla's son caught speeding and in possession of drugs: Navarone Garibaldi, 17-year-old son of Priscilla Presley and Marco Garibaldi was caught with drugs when pulled over recently for speeding (Elvis News, Source: Press Association/Yahoo)

Friday 20 August 2004

Closing Night: Not only does EIN has exclusive sample pictures from the next FTD release and track running times, but Piers Beagley takes us behind the scenes in September 1973 when the concert was recorded! (FTD News, Source: Arjan Deelen/EIN)

Follow That Dream (MGM): solid audio-visual transfer and sound production values bring to life, lively rib-tickling, family film. And Elvis gets to act as well! (DVD Review, Source: EIN)

Elvis: Caught In A Trap: from the EIN archives and just added to the site - Piers tells us why this photobook is different from others. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Elvis Week Report #3: EIN's roving reporter, Sanja Meegin, provides her third and final report on Elvis Week 2004. Was Beale Street its usual electrifying self?, there certainly was a special magic at the Candlelight Vigil, rendezvous with Sonny West and a lot more in Sanja's cyberspace diary. EIN says a big thanks to Sanja for taking the time to log in when she could have been otherwise enjoying herself a lot more. Elvis Week 2005 is less than 365 days away so everyone start saving. (Elvis News, Source: Sanja Meegin)

Thursday 19 August 2004

Elvis The Concert: Ronnie Tutt & Joe Guercio reminisce about The King as Elvis The Concert takes to the road yet again. (Elvis News, Source: yahoo.com)

Neil Diamond talks about Elvis: Australia's Andrew Denton interviewed superstar Neil Diamond this week. In the interview, Diamond talked about Elvis saying that Elvis introduced him to the audience during one of The King's shows and Neil politely declined to join Elvis on stage. He said words to the effect that there was only "one Great" and that was Elvis, and that he did not think it appropriate to come on stage and be there with him. (Elvis News, Source: Bob Hayden)

Elvis' ghost summoned in seance: the ghost of ELVIS PRESLEY was summoned in a Las Vegas seance to mark the 27th anniversary of his death. Illusionist and escape artist DIXIE DOOLEY invited members of the public to witness him attempt to contact the King, who died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee after suffering drug abuse and heart problems. Dooley held the seance at the Nevada gambling capital's Greek Isles Hotel And Casino, as it was once owned by one of Presley's friends, Debbie Reynolds. Dooley hoped to contact Presley's spirit at 2.01pm (-7GMT) because 2, 0 and 1 were the late rocker's favourite numbers and he was an avid believer in numerology. (Elvis News, Source: contactmusic.com) - EIN note: anyone present at the seance, please let us know how Elvis is.

Viva Las Vegas DVD: a 'budget' priced release will be issued in England on 30 August with an RRP under 10 pounds. One of Elvis' most successful films, Viva Las Vegas is renowned for the great chemistry between Elvis and co-star, Ann-Margret. The film grossed around $4m in the US alone and regularly rates in the top 5 Elvis films in polls of critics and fans. With fun story, pleasing songs and sexual chemistry, this is one film that couldn't miss. (Elvis News, Source: Sendit.com/EIN)

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Wednesday 18 August 2004

Elvis Coin & Stamp collection unveiled at Graceland: at a star-studded launch, fans were finally able to see the coin and stamp collection celebrating the 50th anniversary of That's All Right, Mama. (Elvis News, Source: PRWEB)

Jerry Springer to be Elvis!:Talk show host JERRY SPRINGER can't wait to impersonate his biggest hero, ELVIS PRESLEY on a British TV show. The 60-year-old agreed to sing on next year's (05) CELEBRITY STARS IN THEIR EYES after gushing about the King of Rock to a TV executive, and has been obsessively rehearsing in a white catsuit and wig ever since. An insider says, "We gave Jerry a choice of stars and he's plumped for Elvis. He'll probably be glad to appear on a show where he doesn't get beaten up." (Elvis Odd Spot, Source: contactmusic.com)

Candlelight Vigil 2004: fans can watch this year's Vigil online courtesy of EPE. (Elvis News, Source: EPE)

'68 Comeback Special #1 in 7 countries!: EPE has updated its sales and chart info for both the Comeback Special and Aloha From Hawaii DVDs. The Comeback Special has hit #1 in 7 countries while Aloha has been #1 in 5 countries. Read more. (Elvis News, Source: EPE)

Aloha and Comeback Special DVD sales drive ongoing interest in Elvis: over 500 fans attended a special ceremony at Graceland during Elvis Week as BMG presented EPE with more Gold & Platinum awards to add to the Hall of Gold (Elvis News, Source: EPE)

Tuesday 17 August 2004

David Stanley talks to EIN: Elvis' youngest step-brother, David Stanley, talks openly to EIN about his upcoming movie, The Headhunter, giving us a glimpse inside its powerful storyline. David also talks about of life growing up around and working for Elvis - the potentially destructive seduction of a life often lived without responsibility. (Interview, Source: EIN)

The Impossible Dream: The recent FTD release has some treats, but overall may disappoint many fans. EIN's Piers Beagley tells us why. (FTD Review, Source: EIN)

Fans mark anniversary of the passing of Elvis: A candlelight vigil was held at Graceland on 15 August, 2004, to mark the passing of the "King of Rock and Roll." Elvis Presley died 27 years ago, on August 16th. Fans from across the country (and the
world) have been arriving at his former home in Memphis, Tennessee where his grave is in a garden next to the estate. The vigil caps a week-long string of activities, including performances by Elvis impersonators, parties and fan club meetings. One woman who traveled from upstate New York says she can feel Elvis' spirit when she enters the driveway at Graceland (Elvis News, Source: Associated Press)

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Developing Elvis: Albert Wertheimer has the distinction of photographing a very famous set of Elvis publicity photos in 1956. He was in Memphis for Elvis Week 2004 and reflected on his historic pictures in a very interersting article. (Spotlight/Article, Source: Elvis World Japan/The Commercial Appeal)

Fans want Elvis drummer in hall: Elvis Week 2004 would be a good time to fix a glaring oversight from Elvis history: D.J. Fontana, his first drummer, is not a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since the hall has a "Sidemen" category, there's no reason he shouldn't be - a point recently made in a letter to the hall signed by drummers Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr of the Beatles, Levon Helm of the Band and Max Weinberg of the E Street Band. "To me, it's an embarrassment D.J. isn't in there," says Weinberg. "He was a major influence on so many drummers who followed. "It's not just that he and Scotty Moore are the last living guys who rode in that car with Elvis. D.J. was the link between big band jazz and rock 'n' roll." Dominic Joseph Fontana, 75, doesn't claim anything that sweeping, although his footprints are all over the rock 'n' roll trail. "A lot of (the) country audience then didn't want drums," says Fontana, who often played behind the curtain. "Some artists didn't want them, either." But Elvis was different: "He wanted drums. He liked a lot of noise, bangin' and bashin'." (Elvis News, Source: The New York Daily News)

D.J. Fontana live in England: and while we're speaking of D.J., he will be a guest act during the Eddie Cochran Rock 'n' Roll Weekend in Chippenham (September 24-26). Other artists are Dave Edmunds, Little Richard and Marty Wilde, to name just a few. (Elvis News, Source: alt.elvis.king messageboard)

Monday 16 August 2004 (Day 10/Final day - Elvis Week) - the 27th anniversary of Elvis' passing

Elvis Aaron Presley: died on this day in 1977. EIN pays tribute to the man who touched, and continues to touch, the hearts of millions worldwide. (Obituary, Source: EIN)

Australian chart update: Elvis' consecutive 5 week run at the top of the Australian Music DVD chart has come to an end. Aloha From Hawaii has dropped to #2 and the '68 Comeback Special to #7. Both releases are officially certified Platinum. (Elvis News, Source: ARIA)

EIN's Elvis Week 2004 Report #2: EIN's Sanja Meegin logs in all the way from Memphis with her second Elvis Week report - Sun Studios, Elvis Collectors Club, new Elvis DVDs, James Burton, Alfred Wertheimer, Celeste Yarnall, Larry Geller, Shelley Fabares, Terry Mike Jeffery and a lot more! (Elvis News, Source: Sanja Meegin)

Six more Elvis DVD's: EIN's Sanja Meegin heard it direct from EPE supremo, Jack Soden. Warner Bros will be releasing another six Elvis movies in the USA on DVD on January 8, 2005: Charro, Kissin' Cousins, Live a Little Love a Little, Stay Away Joe, Tickle Me and Girl Happy. (Elvis News, Source: Sanja Meegin/Jack Soden)

The day Elvis shot the television: Singer, Robert Goulet talks about Elvis, including that infamous incident (Interview, Source: The Commercial Appeal)

Sunday 15 August 2004 (Day 9 Elvis Week)
David Stanley talks to EIN: Elvis' youngest step-brother, David Stanley, talks openly to EIN about his upcoming movie, The Headhunter, giving us a glimpse inside its powerful storyline. David also talks about of life growing up around and working for Elvis - the potentially destructive seduction of a life often lived without responsibility. (Interview, Source: EIN)

Today at Graceland: The Candlelight Vigil.

Israel's Elvis Inn welcomes Arabs, Jews: The Elvis Inn, a truck stop diner on the outskirts of a small Israeli town, is famous for uniting Jews and Arabs for a meal and to hear the King's music. Business has picked up this week at the Abu Ghosh, Israel, restaurant as locals and tourists converge on the Elvis Inn to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the legendary entertainer's death coming up Monday, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.

"Elvis is something that can unite not only the Arabs and the Jews but all the people of the world. A lot of people from all over the world like this music. He is the man," said Uri Yoeli, the diner's owner. Yoeli has operated the Elvis Inn like a shrine for the past 30 years, with "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel" and other Elvis classics playing all day, and bottles of Jordan River holy water, and Arab kaffiyeh headdresses setting on shelves with Elvis key chains and miniature Elvis statues.

"This is our little Graceland. Elvis is not only for the Americans. Elvis is for all the world," said Lior Bernstein, 27, who stopped by the Elvis Inn. (Elvis News, Source: washtimes.com)

Saturday 14 August 2004 (Day 8 Elvis Week)

Gladys Presley dies: On this day in 1958, Elvis' beloved mother, Gladys Love Presley, passed away at 3.15am.

Courtney Love to end life the "Elvis way": it's Elvis Week 2004 and anything seems to be fair game, including an unusual political satire about embattled singer, Courtney Love. (Elvis News, Source: Deadbrain)

Kate Moss & Elvis to be immortalized on canvas: Supermodel Kate Moss has commissioned a painting of her with Elvis. And the artist chosen has a direct link to one of rock & roll's iconic bands, The Rolling Stones. (Elvis News, Source: AFP)
Billboard magazine tribute to Elvis: the 2nd To None message board has a posting on the September 18 edition of Billboard magazine. The issue will be a tribute to Elvis. (Elvis News, Source: ElvisNews.com/elvissecondtonone.com)

Closing Night: artwork and track listing for the next two FTD releases are now available (Elvis FTD News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

Elvis crowned at Irish Goat Festival: the Elvis world is a complex one, and at times a very odd one, as you'll read in this news article (Elvis Odd Spot, Source: Reuters)

Friday 13 August 2004 (Day 7: Elvis Week)

Elvis-Frank Sinatra Feud?: Singer Nancy Sinatra has hit out at rumours her famous father Frank Sinatra had a feud with Elvis. The pair are two of the biggest superstars of the 20th century - both topped the charts

throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s and have left lasting legacies years after their deaths - but reports claimed they didn't get on. But Nancy insists they were actually firm friends. She says, "They were friends. I can remember the two of them laughing and carrying on. They really hit it off, y'know. They were pals." (Elvis News, Source: contactmusic.com)

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Thursday 12 August 2004 (Day 6: Elvis Week)

Elvis Week 2004 - Report #1: EIN's roving reporter, Sanja Meegin, managed to find time (and an Internet cafe!) to log in her first report of what's happening this year in Memphis. (Elvis News, Source: Sanja Meegin)

Two re-issues of The Million Dollar Quartet: The 2nd To None messageboard has a report that there will be a digipack reissue of the "Million Dollar Quartet" album. The cover is done in a newspaper style art, which opens up into a picture of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. It will comes with a booklet. There will also be a release of the album this month by BMG International. (Elvis News, Source: ElvisNews.com/2nd To None)

Tuesday 10 August 2004 (Day 4: Elvis Week)

October FTD releases announced: the next two FTD releases, due for release around 1 October, are a soundboard recording of Elvis' Las Vegas Hilton show on 3 September 1973, and a 7" deluxe edition of the film soundtrack Double Trouble. (Elvis News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)

"Elvis" feast on Aussie Pay TV through August: Pay TV subscribers in Australia are being treated to a veritable feast of Elvis movies and specials during August. (Elvis News, Source: Foxtel)

Monday 9 August 2004 (Day 3: Elvis Week)

Chart Update (Australia): Aloha From Hawaii is #1 on the ARIA Music DVD chart for the third consecutive week (and certified Platinum) after debuting at #1. The Comeback Special drops two places to #5 after five weeks on the chart. Elvis has now been #1 on the Aussie Music DVD chart for 5 consecutive weeks! It is Elvis' third #1 hit on that chart (last year The Definitive Elvis DVD boxset was #1 for more than 10 weeks). Picture opposite is of last week's Sanity Store Chart. (Elvis News, Source: ARIA/Sanity)


Sunday 8 August 2004 (Day 2: Elvis Week)

New EPE licensee: EPE has licensed another company to market products, this time in the social and charitable gaming area. (Elvis News, Source: EPE)

Elvis In Munich: Another German/English Elvis book will be released in October. The book "Elvis in Munich" will be approximately 120 pages, with text both in German and in English. It will feature over 100 rare, unpublished photographs, autographs and memorabilia. It will also include interviews with fans, friends and people who were in Munich with Elvis (Red West, Lamar Fike, Toni Netzle, Vera Tschechowa), as well as many hitherto unknown facts and stories. (Elvis News, Source: ElvisNews.com)

That's All Right - Original Sun Master Plate: news from Worldwide Elvis about the "Original Sun Master Plate" - finally we will be able to hear the original sound as Elvis recorded it on July 05, 1954.

To be released in the next few months as a limited edition pressing. (Elvis News, Source: Worldwide Elvis)


Saturday 7 August 2004 (Day 1: Elvis Week)
Elvis Week 2004 has begun! From today until 16 August, Memphis comes alive to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Elvis' death. With more than 50 events during the week fans from all around the world will be having a blast! EIN will bring you several reports throughout the week by our roving reporter in Memphis, Sanja Meegin. (Elvis News, Source: EIN)

Elvis Rose to be launched during Elvis Week: Speaking Roses International is teaming up with Elvis Presley Enterprises to launch the Elvis Signature Collection during Elvis Week, which begins Aug. 7. (Elvis News, Source: American City Business Journals Inc.)

Another Elvis auction: hot on the heels of our auction article from yesterday, another item (a Diamond studded ring) apparently owned by Elvis is being auctioned, this time on eBay. (Elvis News, Source: Business Wire)

Friday 6 August 2004

Elvis 2004 Auction: is it all genuine?: given the withdrawal from sale of alleged Elvis owned items by a number of major auction houses, EIN casts its suspicious mind over the upcoming UK auction of significant items apparently owned by The King. (Spotlight Elvis Article, Source: EIN)

The King and Dick: One of Denmark's biggest cinemas, located in Odense, will show the short movie “The King And Dick” on August 11 and 12. The King And Dick is a nine minute long movie about Elvis’ famous meeting with President Nixon in the White House in December, 1970. The movie is produced by the talented young director Scott Calonico from Burlingame, CA. Calonico has produced five short movies about legends like Sonny Bono, Dick Cheney, Gerald Ford and John F. Kennedy. (Elvis News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)


Thursday, 5 August 2004

Tears of a Shadow: The King, Marilyn and Me: Stella Patchouli's engaging memoir has been reprinted. Tears of a Shadow is a fast paced, exciting read, full of non-committal sex, drugs and revealing celebrity encounters. It is an absorbing rollercoaster ride from the snow capped mountains of Switzerland to the musically rich, smoke filled clubs of Paris and a certain hilltop mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. Read EIN's full review.....Buy the book (Elvis Book News, Source: Stella Patchouli)

<Coming: EIN's Elvis Week 2004 reports - 7 August to 16 August>

Elvis Global Chart Overview: ElvisNews.com has put together a comprehensive list of peak positions reached by the various major Elvis CD and DVD releases in 2004. We recommend it to all Elvis(chart)philes. (Elvis News, Source: Elvis News.com)

Wednesday, 4 August 2004
Elvis DVDs Promotional Site: The Billboard site has a big advertisement for the six new Elvis DVD's from Warner Bros. that were released on August 3rd. The movies are: "It Happened At The World's Fair", "Speedway", "Spinout", "Harum Scarum", "The Trouble With Girls" and "Double Trouble". The advertisement links to a special flash site for the six titles which contains flash animations, the synopsis of the movies and wallpapers of all movies. (Elvis News, Source: Elvis News.com/www.warnervideo.com/elvis/)

A (Yellow) Wiggle (Australia's Greg Page) + the TCB Band = a rockin' good time in Nashville. (Elvis News/Review, Source: Email/Young 'un Sound on For Elvis CD Collectors Only)

Tickle Me to be released on DVD?: according to a listing on the Elvis Collectors messageboard, the trailer for Tickle Me is included on the just released DVDs from Warner Bros: It Happened At The World's Fair and Harum Scarum (Elvis News, Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Only)

Elvis - A 50th Anniversary Celebration (DVD): should now be available in Australian record stores. On July 5th, 1954, Elvis stepped into tiny Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and changed the world forever by recording the rockabilly standard "That's Alright, Mama." This DVD is a rare tribute with stars such as Tom Jones, Pat Boone, Neil Sedaka, Kenny Rogers, ZZ Top, Suzi Quatro, Julio Iglesias, Cliff Richard, Buddy Holly's Crickets and many more reflecting on Elvis' extraordinary talent and enduring popularity after half a century. Plus you'll see rare, color footage of Elvis performing onstage and hear the historic first recording session at Sun Studios from the people who were there! (Elvis News, Source: Ezy DVD)

Tuesday, 3 August 2004

Elvis Week 2004: we're only a few days away! EIN's roving reporter, Sanja Meegin, will be logging in periodically with "on the spot" news from Graceland, Presley Place, Marlowe's restaurant, Stephen Kabakos live at the Hard Rock Cafe, Conversations on Elvis, TCB Concert, the RIAA presentation ceremony, the Candlelight Vigil and more. Stay tuned!(Elvis News, Source: EIN)

<Check out EIN's Elvis Week 2004 reports: 7 August to 16 August>

Secrets of Elvis' record collection: the June 2004 issue of Britain's excellent Record Collector magazine featured a very interesting article about what is in Elvis' personal record collection. It provides a great insight into Elvis' eclectic musical interests with many titles sure to surprise fans. (Book r eview, Source: EIN, 3 August 2004)


Monday, 2 August 2004

Elvis continues #1 reign in Australia: Aloha From Hawaii occupies the #1 position on the ARIA Music DVD chart for the second consecutive week. This gives Elvis the #1 position for the past four weeks, the '68 Comeback Special had been #1 for two consecutive weeks before being toppled from the top spot by Aloha. The Comeback Special is again #3 this week with Kylie Minogue's Body Language Live DVD still in second spot.(Elvis News, Source: ARIA, 2 August 2004)

Aloha From Hawaii & '68 Comeback DVDs a global hit: sales of the two DVD sets are placing Elvis at the top or near the top of music DVD charts worldwide. Canada presently leads the way with Aloha certified double Platinum and the Comeback Special triple Platinum. EPE has established a special website where fans can keep up to date on their success: http://www.elvis.com/elvisdvds/. (Elvis News, Source: EPE, 2 August 2004)

Sunday, 1 August 2004

Elvis exhibition: a photographic exhibition exploring the devotion to Elvis Presley will be hosted at the Blender Gallery in Paddington, Sydney during August. EIN has the media release for the event and several photographs from the exhibition. (Elvis News, Source: Blender Gallery, 1 August 2004)


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FTD: Flashback
FTD: Paradise, Hawaiian Style
CD: I Remember His First Love Song
FTD: Polk Salad Annie
DVD review: Aloha From Hawaii
CD: Elvis At Sun
DVD: Comeback Special
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