"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
















































































































































































































































































Book Review:

"The Ultimate ELVIS IN MUNICH Book"

by Andreas Roth

Published by Andreas Roth, Munchen, 2004, ISBN: 3-00-014671-7

The year 2004 was a particularly good one for quality Elvis book releases. Some of the titles that year included:

  • Elvis Fashion (Julie Mundy)
  • Elvis Presley The Man The Life The Legend (Pamela Clarke Keogh)
  • Elvis A Celebration* (Mike Evans)
  • Elvis Culture* (Erika Doss)
  • The Colonel* (Alanna Nash)

* Softcover reissue

In Germany another book was published, and while it may not be as well known as the foregoing mainstream releases it is every bit their equal.

"The Ultimate ELVIS IN MUNICH Book" is a fascinating narrative and visual exploration of the time Elvis spent in the German city.

Andreas Roth has done a superb job in his research for "The Ultimate ELVIS IN MUNICH Book". Following up on many leads, Andreas has uncovered numerous little known aspects of Elvis' visit to the German city.

While most fans will be familiar with Elvis' well chronicled visits to the Moulin Rouge, how many of us were aware of his visit to the Eve Bar on Karolinenplatz, just a few steps away from the "Amerika-Haus"? Not only does Andreas Roth give us illuminating text on this visit but he has sourced a sublime collection of photos from the evening.

Undoubtedly the rare visuals in "The Ultimate ELVIS IN MUNICH Book" are what initially capture your attention. The many quality black & white candids show a relaxed Elvis obviously enjoying his time in Germany, while a number of glorious color visuals resonate in your mind long after their viewing.

There many great photos inside "ELVIS IN MUNICH" including a "hidden" photo suggesting Elvis was definitely smitten with Angelika Zehetbauer, a dancer at the Moulin Rouge. One can only imagine what Elvis was thinking at the time! Another fascinating full-page photo shows Elvis arm-wrestling with Irene Mann.

There is also a touching visual of Elvis tossing a basketball to young Robert Marquette, who was paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. As Andreas Roth tells us, Elvis visited the Marquette family on several occasions and became a good friend to the young boy. The full set of visuals showing Elvis with Robert symbolically parallels the story told in Lena Canada's book, "To Elvis With Love", about Elvis' pen-pal relationship with Karen, a young girl afflicted with cerebral palsy.

Andreas Roth's lucid narrative based on his meticulous research offers great insight to Elvis' times in Munich. His vivid descriptions of Elvis' time in Munich, be it at the movies, out boating, visiting the set of "The Vikings" or The King's various nocturnal visits, offer an illuminating insight to what was Elvis' world for a short, but important time, in his life.

There are also important recollections by Elvis' two Memphis Mafia companions while in Munich, Red West and Lamar Fike. These shed light on a number of issues, including whether there was a romance between Elvis and the very attractive movie starlet, Vera Tschechowa, and media speculation they had secretly got engaged and married. The author insightfully observes how the "photo love story" between Elvis and Vera served as the visual text which drove the evolution of their story in the German media.

Showing what good investigative research can achieve, the author also reveals important information about the Rudolph Paulini photo session and the fact that there were at least two other photo sessions involving Elvis, but they were not in Munich!

Another coup for Andreas Roth is presenting the reader with the transcript of an interview done between Elvis and Hannelmore Krab over a drink in the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. Great stuff!! The author also provides interviews with various other people who either interviewed Elvis or met him during his Munich visits.

In a move sure to please many fans, Andreas Roth uses a two column design for the narrative, providing his text in both German and English.

"The Ultimate ELVIS IN MUNICH Book" is printed on high quality gloss paper stock with sewn in binding for extra durability.

Verdict: Andreas Roth's "The Ultimate ELVIS IN MUNICH Book" is an outstanding release providing an historic record of an important part of Elvis history. Not only is it one of the top five Elvis book releases of 2004, but with its strong research and many rare, stunning visuals, it ranks as one of the best ever Elvis publications. It is one of only a few Elvis books which will stand the test of time and take pride of place in any fan's Elvis library.

"The Ultimate ELVIS IN MUNICH Book" costs US$49.00 which includes shipping to anywhere in the world

Contact Andreas Roth & buy "The Ultimate ELVIS IN MUNICH Book"

Visit the "Elvis In Munich" website

Andreas Roth talks to EIN (interview)

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What others have said about "The Ultimate ELVIS IN MUNICH Book"

“This is one of the most beautiful photo books ever made!”
Elvis Corner, Holland

“Books arrived today-splendid and exceeded my wildest expectations.”
Ed Evans, England

“The Book is GREAT! Thank you for sharing your beautiful, wonderful, priceless photographs.”
Miyuki Ono, Tokyo/Japan

“It is great. Elvis would love this.”
Robin Rosaaen, USA

”This will be kept along with the best Elvis photo books I have.
Thank you for producing it.”
Zahir Chinoy, India

“Very informative. A must for any collection.”
Lothar Köhler (Elvis Records), Germany

“German-English masterpiece of Andreas Roth (...) we don’t hesitate to give “Elvis In Munich” our highest recommendation.”
Elvis Matters, Belgium

“I am absolutely thrilled. (...) All books about Elvis should be like this one. Especially considering the fact that this book is from the year 2004/05, it deserves even more praise. New aspects, new facts, new photos are increasingly hard to find. Congratulations.”
Helmut Radermacher, EPG

”INCREDIBLE... Amazing... very high quality and very wonderful
pictures of Elvis. When will you come to Brazil?”
L. Moreno, Brazil

“The book is really, really great. Big “thumbs up” on this book.
It is one of the best books I know about Elvis.”
Ms. G. Neumann, Germany

“It is an unbelievably wonderful book, both in content and in the quality of the paper. I don't think we have that good a quality paper in the USA.”
Bill E. Burk, Elvis World Magazine

“Just fantastic. Thank you so much for your wonderful work and research. Your book looks great. Absolutely stunning unseen pictures. I'm so glad to have your book about Elvis in my collection.”
Elena Shuvalova, Moscow / Russia

“My opinion on this book: Very informative, captivating, concise and very well-structured!!! To sum it up, it is by far the best publication on the subject.”
Manfred Wolfsberger, www.elvisforever.de

“My compliments for the nice job you did.
This is a very impressive book!”
Rien van Houten, Holland

“I think it’s really awesome! Keep ‘em coming!”
Barbara S., Austria

“Sensational - that’s all I can say!”
Heribert Schaack, eyewitness

“I find the book extremely well done”
Gerald Rössner, eyewitness

“You have every right to be proud of your book. Very good work, indeed.
It looks most impressive and ... the contents are extremely interesting.”

David N., Belgium




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

(Dr. Gary Enders)

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


Quote:"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"

(humorist Dave Barry)

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

(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")

Quote:"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"

(Nick Tosches)

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

(Carl Perkins)

Quote:"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)

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

(Sir Paul McCartney)

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

(Johnny Cash)

Quote:"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)

Quote:"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