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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
















































































































































































































































































The Books of Paul Lichter

One of the most prolific authors in the Elvis world is Paul Lichter. Since the mid 1970s Paul has released more than 25 books and photobooks about Elvis. The Paul Lichter Photo Archives comprises more than 40,000 transparencies! In addition, a number of Paul's quality "coffee table" releases are highly sought after by collectors.

In particular, hard-to-find titles like EP In Concert; Rebel Heart; Elvis Memories A Love Story; and Elvis Behind Closed Doors sell for a high price through dealers and on ebay.

On eBay Millennium Elvis was listed with a start price of US$99.99 and Elvis Thank You Very Much with a start price of $124.99.

In recent correspondence, Paul told EIN:

"Most recently I have supplied 99% of the photographs and material featured on the CD for Joe Tunzi's Charro book.  I've also done the same for a new book and CD by Joe that should be out in January 2007 for the movie Tickle Me. 

I am currently involved in some projects with Peter Haan and when these books are completed they will feature complete concerts with exclusive, never-before-seen photographs in many different rare Elvis jumpsuits.  As a heads up I will tell you that in 1980 Sean Shaver and I purchased all of Judy Palmer's original transparencies.  We split them 50/50.  Sean used his in his big Elvis books, mine have never been produced for the public nor have they been viewed by anyone outside my personal archives.  That will change in the near future with the above mentioned project and a potential project with my good friend, Bud Glass.

I have over 40,000 original images that are part of Paul Lichter's Photo Archives.  Many have been seen but the majority, which consist of candids, Hollywood, personal and concerts from the 50's through the 70's have not."

The Paul Lichter Booklist:

1.  Portrait Of A Legend 1975 Gold Collectors Edition
2.  Portrait Of A Legend 1977 Red Memorial Edition
3.  Elvis In Hollywood 1975 coffee table edition
4.  Elvis In Hollywood 1975 hardback (very rare 500 copies)
5.  Elvis The Legend Lives On
6.  The Candid Elvis
7.  Elvis TV Years
8.  Elvis The Boy Who Dared To Rock coffee table edition
9.  The Definitive Elvis - The Boy Who Dared To Rock hardback edition
10.  Elvis Presley Memorial Book Of Days 1977

Millennium Elvis had the distinction of being released as "two books in one", with two main covers, each having its own sub-title:

"larger than life THE CANDIDS"


"as good as it gets THE CONCERTS"

The book was cleverly designed with its content split in two and the reader had to turn the book upside down to read and view the second half.

11.  Elvis Presley Memorial Book Of Days 1978
12.  Elvis Presley Memorial Book Of Days 1979
13.  Elvis Presley Memorial Book Of Days 1980
14.  Paul Lichter's Elvis Memories Are Forever book & 33 1/3 record album marketed through TV by Crane & Norris

15.  Paul Lichter's Elvis Memories Are Forever coffee table book
16.  Elvis A Portrait In Music
17.  Elvis Memories A Love Story Golden Anniversary Edition
18.  Elvis Memories A Love Story Deluxe Collectors Edition
19.  Elvis Behind Closed Doors standard edition turquoise leather cover with stamped gold Elvis silouette
20.  Elvis Behind Closed Doors Deluxe Graceland Edition (note: first printing featured a lavender leather cover, next 17 printings a deep purple leather)

21.  Elvis All My Best
22.  Rebel Heart
23.  Magic Moments
24.  EP In Concert
25.  From The City Of Brotherly Love To The Big Apple
26.  Thank You Very Much
27.  Millennium Elvis - As Good As It Gets/Larger Than Life
28.  Elvis Immortal (contributed photos)
29.  Charro (JAT Productions - contributed photos)
30.  Tickle Me (JAT Productions - contributed photos)
31.  Viva Las Vegas (JAT Productions - contributed photos)
32.  Paul Lichter Presents Elvis in Las Vegas

A side note: some of these titles were published in different countries with different covers and slightly different titles

Availability of Paul Lichter titles:

Many of the Lichter releases are out of print. A number can be purchased directly from the author (see below) while others can often be found on ebay and from the Amazon and Barnes & Noble book dealer networks

Contacting Paul Lichter:

Elvis Unique Record Club
10933 E. Elmwood St.
Mesa AZ, 85207 USA

Tel: (480) 984-5026
Fax: (480) 984-5056


Mini Book Reviews


Jesse Books, USA, 1999, Hardback, 144 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 1929137001.

Synopsis: This limited edition collectible from Elvis “superman” and former manager of the 1960’s group The Vanilla Fudge features unseen photos from Elvis’s Philadelphia (November 1971) and Madison Square Garden (June 1972) concerts. One of Lichter’s best with high production values and great color and black & white visuals.

Read EIN's detailed review of this book


Jesse Books, USA, Hardback, 1994, 176 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0961602775.

Synopsis: Another deluxe, limited edition coffee table publication from Paul Lichter. The second in his ‘Rebel Heart’ trilogy, this release features hundreds of stunning photos and interesting stories (‘a ducks-ass haircut’: ‘pegged trousers’ and ‘The King of Western Bop’ to name a few). Printed on high quality, high gloss paper with each page hand sewn. Custom color laminated, hardback portrait cover. Made with the co-operation of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Aka ‘Elvis Presley: Magic Moments’.


Dolphin Books/Doubleday & Co., USA, 1978, 304 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0385126360.

Sphere Books, England, 1980 & 1981, Soft cover, 304 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0722155476.

Galahad Books, USA, 1982, 304 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0883656221.

Synopsis: Lichter’s Elvis biography is more renowned for its coverage of recording sessions and record covers from around the world (RCA and many rare and bootleg albums). Also includes a listing of Elvis’s live appearances between 1969 and 1977. ‘The Boy Who Dared To Rock’ contains a veritable feast of information and photos for eager collectors. At the time of its release this was certainly one of the best, if not the best, of its kind. Regardless of what some fans may think of Lichter he put his heart and soul into this (and subsequent releases).

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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