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Spotlight: “Elvis Presley: Exodus” - 1971 the 50th Anniversary
Spotlight: "Madison / FECC and the collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire"; Trouble in paradise - Has Ernst finally won the war against the bootleggers?
Thursday 22 July 2021
Donald Rumsfeld, Elvis fan, died: A story we missed last month - Donald Rumsfeld, former US Secretary of Defence - and Elvis fan - died June 29, 2021, aged 88.
Donald Rumsfeld is more famous for his time with George W Bush and taking the US into the Iraq war, but even he was an Elvis fan! In an interview to publicise his biography he told this great story...
"A lot of Elvis' songs were really not my thing. But every Sunday if we couldn't get to church we would play tapes of Elvis singing gospel - and they are wonderful."
In his job in the Nixon administration Rumsfeld would become involved in the US "battle against poverty" and meet Sammy Davis Jr.
It was Sammy Davis who invited Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, to see an Elvis Presley show at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas. Rumsfeld has never seen Elvis perform or even
heard him sing. But he quickly became a fan.
Rumsfeld explains, "Elvis wore scarlet scarves, and he would wipe his face. He'd stand up there and sing and it was fantastic. He'd sing the most ridiculous thing in the world and people would cheer and yell and love it and I would sit there and I'd go oh-no, but then he would sing a ballad and it was absolutely beautiful. Elvis had a voice that was spectacular."
After the show, Sammy Davis took the Rumsfelds backstage to meet Elvis but somewhere in the crowd, Joyce Rumsfeld lost track of her husband.
... "Joyce gets carried away and she's talking to somebody and she couldn't find me. And she finally looked around the room and way off in the corner and Elvis Presley had me cornered. I was against the corner and he's big and he's like this and I was right behind him. He was talking about the United States Army. Elvis served in Germany and he wanted to talk about it. I found it fascinating. Here was a man who'd just been performing on stage and now he was surrounded by all these gorgeous women walking around his dressing room - but he wanted to ask me question after question about the US Army. It says a lot about the man."
During the show Elvis' threw out his famous scarlet scarves with one of them ending up with Mrs. Rumsfeld, and according to the former Secretary of Defence, "it's framed."
.. EIN thanks Bruce Bailey for the reminder.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

(New book) The Strange Medical Saga of Elvis Presley (Forest Tennant): Dr. Tennant was the major defense witness at Dr. Nick’s trial in 1980 and also authored the controversial article, Elvis Presley: Head Trauma, Autoimmunity, Pain, and Early Death. Will his just released new book also be controversial? This is Dr. Tennant’s book description:

... Front page headlines on the day Elvis Presley died showed the deep feelings so many had for the first and only “King” of Rock ‘n Roll. His early death at a young age was a shock. Not even 24 hours had passed after his death before the controversies started around the cause of his death. Did he really die of a heart attack as stated by the county coroner, or was his death a drug over-dose? Heart or drugs; what actually killed him? What were Elvis Presley’s health issues that plagued him during his short life? Why was he in so much pain? Why the early death?
His full medical saga has only recently begun to be thoroughly examined. After all these years people still want to know what happened to the “King.” Three years after his death, I served as the major expert defense witness for Elvis’ doctor, Dr. George C. Nichopolous. The District Attorney of Shelby County originally wanted to charge him with murder/manslaughter for “intentionally prescribing to harm Elvis Presley,” but the charges were changed to “prescribing without a legitimate medical purpose.” The jury promptly acquitted him, but I was left with many questions about what exactly was physically wrong with Elvis.

The question of “was it heart or was it drugs” remained unanswered. In the years since his death, medical research has advanced to the point that we have new insights regarding his underling health problems and untimely death. Many of the mysteries of Elvis’ life and death, which I hope to unveil in this book, can now be answered. I am in the unique position of being the only physician in the country who still has Elvis’ full medical records from the trial.

With expertise in internal medicine, addiction, and pain medicine along with having personally known his physicians, I am in a unique position to help uncover his mysterious medical saga. My hope is to shed some light on his health issues, and hopefully, with the help of medical science and common sense, solve the mystery of what really happened to Elvis!

(News, Source:Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

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Vintage Rock Magazine: Issue 52 of Vintage Rock UK magazine on sale now with ELVIS on the cover!
In the latest August 2021 issue they take an in-depth look at how TV tried to tame Elvis following his controversial appearances on the small screen in 1956.

Plus they also feature an article on the King’s partner of four-and-a-half years, Linda Thompson, who reveals all about her life with Presley in the 70s.

Also features a look at 'The Wild One' and Marlon Brando.
Jerry Lee Lewis’ eponymous 1979 debut for Elektra is the classic album and they also profile King Curtis and Bobby Lewis.


Go HERE to Vintage Rock website to order.

 

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


‘Fall '61 - The October Sessions (Double Album)’ New PD CD: ELVIS ONE presents 'Fall '61 - The October Sessions: 60th Anniv edition'. This album is a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the October 1961 sessions at RCA's Studio B in Nashville and Radio Recorders Studio B in Hollywood . Including many alternate takes in great sound, the original mono masters, radio spots from the movie 'Kid Galahad' and more! A total of 42 tracks on 2 cds!!
Including 'Night Rider', 'Anything That's Part Of You', 'For The Millionth And The Last Time', 'I Met Her Today' and others... Many of the alternate takes are still unreleased by Elvis' record company. Also the 'Kid Galahad' radio spots are previously unreleased on cd and taken from the rare original promotional record for the movie.
This is a limited special edition from The Bootleg Series. Enjoy this celebration!!
Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
EIN Note: All the 'Kid Galahad' outakes were released on the recent FTD "complete sessions", while the POT LUCK "complete sessions" will cover all those outakes in brilliant audio quality.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Yet more AUDIENCE recordings being re-released. Surely ERNST has won the battle of the bootlegs!

'Let It Be Me (February 1970)' New Import: Paradise Road Records presents Elvis Sings Let It Be Me at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
A new album with the complete February 23, 1970 dinner show and additional songs recorded during the dinner show on February 3 and the midnight show on February 22. These AUDIENCE recordings give you the best impression of these shows; You hear how the audience reacts. Elvis sings songs like 'Don't Cry Daddy', 'Kentucky Rain', 'Long Tall Sally' and many others.
The February 23, 1970 dinner show was first released on the 2nd cd from the album 'Rock In Black' (released in 2007) but wrongly dated as the February 22, 1970 midnight show.


This limited edition album is a follow-up to the album ‘Elvis Sings Don't Cry Daddy’ presenting other great recordings from February 1970... Pure stage power!
Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
(News, Source;PR/ElvisInfoNet)


‘Elvis Sings Johnny B. Goode’ New Import CD: Paradise Road Records presents Elvis Sings Johnny B. Goode with recordings from the midnight shows from September 4 and 5, 1970.
Some very nice audience recordings with almost the complete September 5 show and the best from a day earlier... Shows with a lot of fun, a lot of great live versions and some rare one-lines like 'La Bamba' and 'My Way'.
Elvis also sings a part of 'Crying Time' and does some Bob Dylan Impersonations... This is an updated release from 'The Midnight Hour' (released in 2005).
Comes with a nice booklet with photos and info.
A limited edition of only 500 copies.

EIN suggests as this is not the best quality audience recording, fans should check audio quality before purchase.
Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
(News, Source;PR/ElvisInfoNet)


Tuesday 20 July 2021
'ELVIS ON TOUR 1972-2022' Coming Soon: Erik Lorentzen has noted that his new book trilogy 'ELVIS ON TOUR 1972-2022' is at the printers.
Elvis' final film shot in 1972 proved to be a critical success, winning a 1973 Golden Globe with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presenting this award for Best Documentary Film at the 1973 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The MGM film was a musical documentary directed by Robert Abel and Pierre Adidge. It provided a behind-the-scenes perspective on Elvis on a 15-city U.S. tour as well as footage from his legendary live performances.
Erik Lorentzen - in collaboration with Jerry Luckenbach (Elvis Summer Festival TTWIWas Volumes 1-2-3 4 & 5) has been able to get his bands on hundreds of unseen and unpublished photos from the 1972 April, June and November tours.
This 1200 page edition features the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions. Tons of newspaper reviews from every performance Is described and documented. A COMPLETE historical film - audio-biography presented in a Deluxe 3-book edition.
'ELVIS ON TOUR 1972-2022' is a monumental reference work, a 3-book publication, over 1200 pages with more than 1000 unseen photos.
Order this Elvis extravaganza- see Elvis Files website
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Files Magazine #35: Out soon, Elvis Files Magazine issue 35.

Articles include
- Elvis in "It Happened At The World's Fair"
- September 1956 - Elvis On The Upbeat.
- 1970 - Stories from the TCB Band
- 1958 - Elvis In waco, Texas


Go to Elvis Files and Renew your subscription today.
Or send €60 to sales@elvisfiles.no with your details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(News, Source;EL;ElvisInfoNet)


'Introductory Guide To Elvis UK Film Memorabilia 1956 - 1977': A new book on Pre-Order at The Elvis Shop London. Compiled and written by Harry Carrigan, 'The Elvis Collector - An Introductory Guide To UK Film Memorabilia 1956 - 1977' - Hardback 282 Pages.

The publicity notes... This is the first book on the subject of collectable film memorabilia produced in the UK by the film companies to promote the thirty-one scripted films and two documentaries that Elvis starred in.

Features over 800 images including cinema posters, press campaign books, Lobby Cards, other memorabilia plus a selection of relevant magazines, newspapers and books.
Includes the soundtrack recording sessions, production information plus all the UK cinema release dates and the first known television screening dates.

Go here to Elvis Shop London for more info

 


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Freddy Mercury and Elvis: Queen guitarist Brian May recently told the UK Express how Elvis was one of Freddie Mercury’s heroes and how Elvis influenced Queen.
May noted, “I think it’s impossible to have been a kid at that time and not been influenced by Elvis.
Freddie was truly an Elvis fan and Elvis was one of Freddie’s great heroes.”
It was in 1979, two years after Elvis' death that Freddie composed 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' as a tribute to Elvis.
"That was the first number one across the board in America, Billboard, Cashbox and Record World I think.”
The tribute went to No.1 in Australia and reached No.2 back home in the UK.
May added, “When you listen to an Elvis record you realise he probably did it in one or two takes. There’s no auto-tuning, there’s no jiggery-pokery.
He was damn good. Elvis was accurate, passionate, had fantastic range, fantastic tone; he deserved everything he got. He was the pinnacle at the time, I would say, of what a singer could be – no doubt about it. And he had a great team around him.”
And no one could miss the similarity in the total theatrical nature of both Elvis and Freddie’s stunning stage presence.
(News, Source;Express/ElvisInfoNet)

'It Happened at the World’s Fair' Blu-ray: Warner Archives Collection have released the new 'It Happened at the World’s Fair' on Blu-ray.

Set against the backdrop of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, Elvis plays pilot-for-hire Mike, whose hope of starting his own flying business is grounded by the gambling of his copilot Danny (Gary Lockwood). The two hitch to Seattle, where Mike finds romance, Danny finds easy marks and both find problems prior to a “Happy Ending.”
Keep an eye out for Kurt Russell as the child who wallops Mike in the shins.

Priced at US$20.49.


Look here on Amazon USA.

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Friday 16 July 2021
MRS ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970': MRS will release a series of special releases titled ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970' on 24th September 2021.
The formats include a 2CD deluxe that will feature a new previously unreleased soundboard from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD, that will cover the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer festival with great technological improvements upgrades.
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans.
Newspaper reviews from his concerts captured the excitement..
"Elvis Presley, head thrown back, feet wide apart, reaching out for adoration - the frantic screams reached the rafters of the building and hung there - an umbrella of screams.
At 35, Elvis is still youthful and trim, the jaw firm, hair jet black and long.
The main difference in Elvis today from the young man in the fifties is a mellowness. There is less arrogance in the man and more humor.
During his fine performance last night, he smiled often and laughed at his own antics.
But, even in all-white jump suit with white shoes
and Indian belt, there is still a touch of the "grease" in Elvis. If there is a raw power in the man, there also is great sensitivity.
An Evening with Elvis Presley will make a television viewer realize how much Tom Jones has copied Elvis' style and that the real product is so much better."

This brand new Las Vegas show also captures that 1970 excitement.
Other formats include 2 separate 180-gram LPs of the above and a very limited-edition cassette of the September show.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.
Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

Becky Yancey, Elvis Secretary, has died: Becky Yancey, who was Vernon and Elvis' personal secretary has  passed away after a two month stay in hospital.
Fans who ever knew her always commented what a delightful and kind lady she was. She will be missed by all.
In 1977 she published the book 'My Life with Elvis: The Fond Memories of a Fan Who Became Elvis' Private Secretary'.
Becky Yancey was a pretty 14 year-old brunette from Memphis when she first met Elvis in 1954. It was at the beginning of his career and he was singing from the back of a flatbed truck at the opening of a shopping center. Seven years later she became his secretary.
During her nearly thirteen years at Graceland, from March 1962 to July 1974, Becky cemented a friendship and became a sometime confidante of Elvis. She would listen attentively during the times he would walk into the office to chat, informally perching with one leg dangling over the side of her desk.
Becky remembers when Priscilla came to Graceland from Germany to live and to complete high school. She was there when Elvis and Priscilla were married, and when there daughter Lisa was born. And she was there through the breakup of the marriage.
In this delightful 'Elvis Beat' interview with Don Wilson she noted..
"Elvis loved his fans. I don't know if they realize how much he did. I would think they would know it, surely, because he did. I have never known him to turn down a fan for an autograph, if anybody asked him for one. He never turned anyone down and a lot of stars today will."
Becky Yancey R.I.P
(News, Source;Facebook/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Aaron Presley L’uomo Dietro al Mito (Elvis Aaron Presley The Man Behind the Myth)': Last week, EIN published its recent interview with author Antonella Santovincenzo. As the interview went “live”, Antonella’s book, Elvis Aaron Presley L’uomo Dietro al Mito, arrived in the EIN offices.
The book has a compact, neat design, with a pleasing “fins” flexi-softcover. The cover image, an artwork by Angelica Riccardi, the author’s daughter, is strong. Inside, both the line spacing and font size are good. The page borders frame the narrative well.

The narrative appears to be interesting. EIN put 25 paragraphs through an online language translator program to get a feel for the author’s style and book content. A stream of important passages stood out, suggesting the narrative is thoughtful and stimulating.
For example (translated passage):
    p77: ....what influence did Tupelo’s economic and cultural hinterland have on him?
    p95: I don’t know how it could have happened, but today we feel Elvis closer than we felt yesterday.
    p231: The final major paradox is the grandiosity of the created image of his character and the humility, or modesty, of the man he really was.

Read EIN’s interview with Antonella here       
To buy a “signed” copy, contact Antonella: dueaedemme@tiscali.it
(News, Source: EIN)


How will Elvis Presley the singer be judged in the years to come?: Following Elvis’ death in 1977, Rolling Stone magazine published the article, Elvis Presley: Rock’s First Icon. In it, the question of Elvis’ legacy was posed and one position offered:

Here’s a clue from Henry Pleasant’s excellent book, The Great American Popular Singers (Simon & Schuster, 1974), in which he contrasts the singing contributions of Elvis and Louis Armstrong:

“Elvis’ contribution has been, in some respects, the more remarkable of the two. Louis documented the black musician’s importance and won him status in the evolving new Afro-American idiom. But he was outstanding among many – Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, King Oliver, Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters, to name only a few. And Louis was black. Elvis introduced young white America to the music that had been fermenting in the black subculture since Louis’ prime. He stimulated in an enormous, young white public an appetite and a readiness for the real thing.”

 

(News, Source:RS/ElvisInfoNet)


'Ser Elvis: Una vida Solitaria' - Spanish edition announced of Being Elvis (Ray Connolly): On 9 September 2021, a Spanish edition (Kindle format) of Being Elvis: A Lonely Life (English text edition published in 2016), will be released.

Read EIN’s detailed review of 'Being Elvis'

(News, Source: Amazon UK)

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'Elvis Unlimited' Magazine #2 Out Now: The newly reinvigorated  'Elvis Unlimited' Magazine Issue 2 is out now.
This issue features article on super-fan Judy Palmer, B.B. King and Elvis, Elvis collector John Heath plus more on the new Frank Sinatra show acetates and more.
Once again the magazine comes with an old fashioned flexi-disc this time in yellow- featuring an alternate version of 'Flaming Star'.

Go here to Memphis Mansion shop to order
€53.75 - 4 magazines yearly.

 


(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)


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Monday 12 July 2021
'Elvis is back, but this time with his “streaming” channel':  Nice to see the 2022 launch of "The Elvis Presley Channel" getting into the mainstream media.
Guardian Daily recently reported...
... Famous singer and actor Elvis Presley, one of the most important stars in American music of the twentieth century, will once again be in the music scene, but this time, through his new channel.
The creation of this channel will be made possible thanks to the agreement reached by Cinedigm and the star’s heirs via Elvis Presley Enterprises, the former said in a statement.
The new service will exclusively broadcast the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” movie and TV shows along with music documentaries and films by other artists.
The Elvis Presley Channel, is expected to launch in early 2022, and can be available in the US and Canada for line platforms and on
network-connected TVs, as well as other digital devices, according to Cinedigm.
“There are few people more famous than Elvis Presley, and he transcends time, gender, and medium,” Eric Obika, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks, said in the statement.
“The opportunity to create a brand channel around Elvis opens up streaming possibilities for a whole new demographic in the fastest growing segment of advertising. The channel will allow a whole new audience to experience Elvis, while also giving its fans a deeper look into their idol.”

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Linda Thompson reunites with David Stanley: Linda Thompson recently reunited with David Stanley, Elvis' step-brother, and visited some of their old haunts.
In her Instagram post Linda wrote..
.. What a great few days & nights in Vegas! It was so nostalgic getting to revisit the city where I lived for 9 months of the 4 1/2 years Elvis and I were together!
I had a lovely lunch & sweet visit with Elvis’ stepbrother David Stanley at the old Hilton international which is now the Westgate.
She also commented on another Elvis fan, superstar Bruno Mars, "I'm leave the door open” for more 24 karat magic after seeing Bruno Mars in concert! What an astonishing performer! He is an amalgamation of Prince, James Brown, Elvis & Michael Jackson - yet uniquely his own style & magic! "

Linda Thompson apparently then also visited Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi and stopped by Graceland in Tennessee.

Go here to read EIN's exclusive interview with Linda Thompson

Go here to read EIN's exclusive interview with David Stanley

(News, Source;IG/ElvisInfoNet)


Porthcawl Elvis Festival hopeful for 2021: The Welsh Porthcawl Elvis Festival - one of the biggest celebrations of Elvis anywhere in the world which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year is "pretty confident" the event will take place this year. Like many Elvis festivals last year it had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
Branded as one of the best things to do in the world by UK Time Out, the iconic gathering of fans from around the world is set to return to the town between 24 and 26 September 2021.
Peter Phillips, who created the event in 2004, said: "I’m pretty confident the Elvis Festival, in a pretty healthy shape or form, will go ahead. It’s always been very important to the local economy of Porthcawl and I think even more so this year."
He said the festival is "critical" to local businesses and brings in around £3.5 to £5 million annually with around 40,000 visitors.
Local businesses including music venues, hotels and caravan parks are planning to welcome back fans of the rock and roll icon after the event was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
Go here to Porthcawl Elvis Festival facebook for more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 9 July 2021
(Interview) Antonella Santovincenzo, author of the new book, Elvis Aaron Presley L’Uomo Dietro Al Mito, talks to EIN: Author and Elvis researcher, Antonella Santovincenzo recently took time out of her busy schedule to talk to EIN about Elvis in Italy and her new book, Elvis Aaron Presley L’Uomo Dietro Al Mito. As we announced about Antonella’s book last month:
... This new book in Italian looks to be very interesting. Its Introduction translates to: 'When Elvis smiled the sun started to shine.' Thus expressed Joe Esposito. The importance of a smile. Like the one, one of the last, that Elvis did during the interpretation of the song Unchained Melody on June 21, 1977 and which impressed Antonella Santovincenzo so much. The smile of a tired and suffering man, still capable, however, of creating indissoluble bonds in space and time. It is precisely by chasing this smile that Antonella leads us to discover Elvis as a man, beyond the myth, drawing an extremely private, almost intimate portrait of him. Retracing the places where the artist lived, and visited by the author, the book manages to probe all the character aspects of Elvis: loneliness, generosity, insecurity, versatility, moods, charisma, intelligence, ambition, aesthetic sense, talent, patriotism, spirituality."
 

In this very interesting and wide ranging interview, the issues Antonella discusses, include:
    - Elvis’ popularity in Italy,
    - how she became a fan,
    - the genesis for her book,
    - traveling to Tupelo and Memphis,
    - how Elvis can help us in understanding our lives, and
    - highlights in her book.

   
    (Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

Coco Palms Resort Iconic Hawaii resort to be demolished: One of Hawaii’s most iconic resorts that once welcomed Elvis Presley as well as Frank Sinatra, among other stars, is set to be demolished after nearly 30 years of abandonment.
Coco Palms Resort first opened in 1953 and shortly thereafter became very popular in the Hollywood community.
Several movies were filmed at the resort, including the ELVIS classic “Blue Hawaii.”
Located in Wailuā, the structure was built in the middle of a coconut grove that was planted in 1896 on an ancient site of Hawaiian royalty, according to Jam Press. Many locals consider the land of historical significance.
In 1992, Coco Palms,which sat on nearly 20 acres, was destroyed by Hurricane Iniki, a Category 4 storm, and has since remained neglected.
Water flooded the resort while the natural surrounding elements have inhaled the property.
The hoped for redevelopment plan needed the original main building to be an integral part of any final development but unfortunately the buildings’ concrete has corroded overtime due to exposure to the ocean salt.
Despite this, the original artistic mosaic work can still be seen, while some of the abandoned 24 rooms of the hotel give a hint of how it used to look in its former glory days.
In 2016, Honolulu developers GreeneWaters LLC formed a partnership with Coco Palms Hui LLC to restore the resort, with the intent to reopen Coco Palms as part of the Hyatt franchise and to stop the initial proposed demolition. But in 2019 the project collapsed due to financial reasons. The future of the land remains in limbo.
Back in 2015 EIN's Sanja Meegin brought us her fabulous report on one of Elvis' most famous Hawaiian destinations. See below
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis and the Coco Palms Resort: Elvis spent quite some time on the Hawaiian island of Kauai vacationing, and filming Blue Hawaii - in fact the last 20 minutes of the movie was shot on and near the grounds of the Coco Palms resort. Kauai has always been EIN's Sanja Meegin's favourite of the Hawaiian Islands, primarily because of its unspoiled majestic natural beauty, but also because of its Elvis ties.
The recent news that Hawaii's Coco Palms Resort will be completely renovated made her extremely eager to see this paradise where Elvis sang The Hawaiian Wedding song whilst floating up the lagoon on a floral canoe with co-star Joan Blackman.
Click here as Sanja brings us her fabulous 2015 report on one of Elvis' most famous Hawaiian destinations with some fabulous before and after shots.
- Aloha From Hawaii!
(Spotlight, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Memphis Mansion republishing 'Elvis King of the Rings Vol.1' (Paul Belard): The first volume of Paul Belard’s excellent 250 page photobook examination of Elvis’ love of rings, has been picked up for publishing by Henrik Knudsen’s Memphis Mansion organisation in Denmark.
From the press release:
        Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge and lavish rings set with rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems. Like Elvis himself, they were at times dazzlingly tasteful and beautiful, and at other times flashy and ostentatious. Occasionally, he would design the jewels himself, such as the famous TCB – Taking Care of Business – pendant and ring.
    He loved to give his possessions away to people close to him, as well as to complete strangers. The value of the item was of no concern to him. An expensive horseshoe ring was designed by Memphis jeweller Lowell Hayes, specifically for Elvis to wear on stage during his televised Aloha from Hawaii performance in 1973. Elvis gave the ring away a few years later. It eventually sold at auction in 2017 for $204,800.

  The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.

Memphis Mansion has the book for pre-order at 53.75 Euro (not including postage). - Go HERE to order.
Unfortunately for fans “downunder”, the postage (Global Packet) rate to Australia and New Zealand is 60 Euro.
Read EIN’s recent review of the book
(News, Source: Paul Belard/ElvisInfoNet)


Sanford Clark Rockabilly artist dead at 85: Early rockabilly star, Sanford Clark, who influenced both Elvis Presley and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, has died at the age of 85 after battling COVID-19 and cancer - July 4, 2021.
Clark, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1935, grew up to be a respected music artist in the 1950s. He scored his biggest chart hit with writer/producer Lee Hazlewood's "The Fool" in 1956, reaching No. 7 on Billboard's Top 100. Elvis would go on to record the song, as would the Animals.
Following his chart success Clark would tour with Roy Orbison, Ray Price and others. Clark's 1957 follow-up single 'The Cheat' also gave him a second minor hit.
Clark's publicist, Johnny Vallis, pointed out that Elvis recorded 'The Fool' twice, once as part of his personal recordings while he served in the Army, and another professional recording for public release in the 1970s.
"You can hear that he's trying to emulate Sanford's sound," Vallis observes. "You know, most people I know want to impersonate Elvis, and here Elvis was trying to impersonate him."
The Stones' Keith Richards was also among the musicians Clark influenced stated that his 1959 single "Son of a Gun" was one of the first songs he ever performed onstage.
Elvis 1970 recording of The Fool was one of the highlights of last year's 'From Elvis In Nashville' set
.. "In one of the session's most sublime moments is at the start of Elvis' spontaneous decision "while we're waiting" to record Sanford Clark's 1956 US Top 10 hit 'The Fool'.
James Burton kicks in with the lead riff and the band are off and running, "You rolling?" Elvis asks Felton mid-intro and again it's almost a master laid down in one take."
see full review here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Riley Keough shares powerful thoughts on grief, losing her brother, and not listening to her grandfather’s music: Riley Keough, daughter of Lisa Marie and granddaughter of Elvis, is opening up about grief one year after her younger brother, Benjamin Keough, died by suicide at age 27.
The 32-year-old actor appeared on the “Just for Variety” podcast hosted by Marc Malkin this week, using the end of their segment to discuss the aftermath of the loss her family suffered last year.

Riley said, “I think when you're in grief, everything for the first time hits you. It’s like, ‘Oh I'm experiencing this in grief now.’ It's the little things at first, like I'm going to the grocery store in grief. Never done that before. And then it's like, 'I'm going back to the gym in grief.' And so you kind of have to re-experience everything in grief all over again until you've kind of done everything in grief in my experience.”
Keough described returning to set for "The Terminal List" while grieving as a new experience to learn how to navigate. Going back on set to everything being untouched was “bizarre” ..
“It’s weird… you're back in your office, so to speak, but your brother's gone,” she said.
She admitted that she had preconceived notions about suicide, so when Benjamin passed away in July 2020, she began posting videos on Instagram to “share that the people you’d never know would take their life can take their life” and set out to take away the bias surrounding suicide.

“I think people have these ways they imagined mental health looking, and I think that really for me is what I had always wanted to communicate by him. Everyone that knew him knew that, but he was just a magical person.” And I'm just very much like yes, talk about it. I want to talk about my brother.”

Keough has remembered her brother on what would have been milestone moments throughout the last year after she penned a heartbreaking tribute to him after his death.

Less than a month after he was laid to rest at Graceland, she honored her brother on what would have been his 28th birthday, simply captioning an

Instagram post that contained a multitude of family memories, “Happy birthday beautiful angel.”
and at Christmas, “Words can’t describe how painful it is. I’m thinking of everyone whose lost someone they love and everyone else whose first Holiday it is with grief and without the person they love. And I’m also thinking of all of the beautiful people who can’t be here with us in physical form and sending them my love wherever they may be, not too far away.”
Keough and Malkin also talked about her grandfather, Elvis Presley. When asked if she listened to her Elvis' music, Keough answered honestly, “I don’t put it on”, but added, “If it’s on, I’ll listen to it. There’s definitely emotion around it. There was definitely a lot of grief around it growing up, especially seeing my mom and my grandma. There was a sad thing, tragic kind of a thing… so there was definitely that relationship to it. And I could see from a young age that it would make my mom sad. And so I could feel that.”
“It’s definitely an emotional experience, especially if it’s one of the more emotional songs. The more gospel stuff, definitely makes me emotional." For her next role in "Daisy Jones and the Six," Keough will be singing, and Malkin pointed out the first thing audience members will look for and listen to are any similarities between her and her iconic grandfather.
So, is she like Elvis when she sings?
"I am not," Keough quickly responded. "My voice is not like Elvis - but I do have kind of a country voice."
(News, Source:NP/ Francesca Gariano,Today)

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Saturday 3 July 2021
Graceland 4th July Weekend Celebrations: There is nothing more American than Elvis, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Fireworks. EPE have put together a big Memphis celebration of US independence. In honor of the holiday, Graceland will host several special events and the Mansion will be beautifully lit in red, white, and blue all weekend long.
Some of the All-American 4th of July Weekend highlights include an Ultimate Elvis Tribute concert with Bill Cherry, special "Hidden Graceland" tours (for $500!), a Gospel Brunch, a never-before-offered BBQ on the Graceland grounds, and on July 4th a FREE epic Fireworks Extravaganza set to Elvis music!
Go here to EPE for all the details.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

‘SOLD OUT Vol. 7’ DVD: Yet another DVD in the SOLD OUT series. Their publicity states... In recent years the Elvis collector’s scene had become a bit complacent, in part due to the number of repetitive and dull import releases. But the ‘Sold Out’ series has changed the whole game, in part because these releases finally give the fans something NEW. The series also proved, for the first time, the great potential of 8mm footage. Many fans were surprised by the quality, and it is no exaggeration to say that these releases have revitalized the Elvis world, even bringing back some of the fans that had almost lost interest.
Without Pyramid, the real fans would never have seen any of this footage.
Each ‘Sold Out’ release is bound to become a true collectors’ item and all previous titles are sold out.
We are proud to announce the release of ‘SOLD OUT VOLUME 7’, and this one is KILLER! Three hours of rare Elvis 8mm footage, including backstage film from New York ’72 (!!), as well as an amazing ‘Shake A Hand’ (!!!) from three years later. And much more…. 21 different films this time!!
Since it’s now 50 years ago that Elvis recorded ‘I’m Leaving’, a song that he always referred to as “one of my favorites”, we asked songwriter MICHAEL JARRETT to write about the time he saw Elvis perform in Las Vegas. You will love Michael’s very personal and lively account of that special night.
‘Sold Out volume 7’ is packaged in a superb 3-panel DVD digipack with relevant photos and notes. Pyramid does not engage in hyperbole – we are simply too busy delivering the goods. And Volume 7 does so by the truckload. Order yours today!
(News, Source;SO/ElvisInfoNet)

New book 'Los Aviones y El Rey': A new book in spanish 'Los Aviones y El Rey' - ('Planes and The King') - from author Carlos Varrenti.
It is a unique book that has been getting high praise. Luckily for us Carlos Varrenti is currently working on an English translation due for late 2021.
The author explains.... 'As an Aeronautical Engineer, and a huge Elvis Presley fan, I have always wanted to write a book on Planes and the King. Since my first visit to Graceland, back in 2001, I have been extremely intrigued by Elvis' history with his aircraft and his link to aeronautics in general. Observing the imposing flying machines exhibited at Graceland as testimonies to the greatness of the Artist of the Century, led me to think at the time that there was more behind his story. And there is! It was like this that, for several years now, every little detail, every short paragraph in a book, every video, every photograph, every little note or information related to Elvis and his planes, was always marked and kept in my personal archive. After several years of accumulating material, I have decided to entrust myself to this company, putting into words what I was able to compile of my two great passions: Elvis Presley and Aeronautics.'

Go here to 'ELVIS FILES' for a neat review and plenty of preview pics.

The review includes, "This work is the result of a meticulous research and compilation of information that he carried out over many years, something that is truly admirable. I really enjoyed reading it, I became aware of events in Elvis' life that I was not aware of and above all I confirmed the humble, generous and enthusiastic nature of Elvis Presley. This book is a valuable project, a jewel for all Elvis fans, as well as a curious and interesting work for experts and lovers of aviation."


This Spanish limited edition is available now through carlosvarrenti@aol.com - Or BUY Here via Elvis Shop Argentina.

EIN thanks Robert van Beek for the info.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Mamma's Little Prince' New Book: A new novel about Elvis from Sweden, probably the first novel about Elvis' childhood and it is called 'Mama's Little Prince'.
From author Mårten Mellin, a huge Elvis fan who has published over a hundred books for children and teenagers that have been translated into various languages and also won prestigious awards in Sweden.
As described, (translated into English):
.. Tupelo, Mississippi, 1945. Elvis is ten years old and loves to sing. His mother encourages and believes in him, but at the same time she wants to protect him from all evil. They have been very close since Elvis' twin brother died. At school, Elvis is pretty lonely. He gets teased for being a mama's boy and for bursting into song as soon as he gets the chance. But there is a girl in the class who likes to hear him sing. Her name is Eloise. To her, Elvis dares to tell about his secret dream: that one day he will sing in front of thousands of people.
In Mamma's Little Prince, Mårten Melin shows evidence of a new side when he in a tender portrait brings to life the childhood idol Elvis Presley. The boy, who before the breakthrough, lived in poor conditions in a city marked by class divisions and segregation.
This is a story about school, exclusion and your first loves. And above all: the love of music.

Go here to Google-play-store for more.
Note that Mårten Mellin is the brother of EIN's good friend Thomas Mellin of the 'Elvis Today' blog
Please check out this interview with the author for more info
(News, Source;TM/ElvisInfoNet)

Irish 'Elvis 'King of Rock 'n' Roll' Coin' Issue: Dublin Mint has recently issued the "Official Elvis Presley 'The King of Rock 'n' Roll' Coin".
As they note, Throughout history there have been multiple kings of different countries across the world. But there is one king who is unique, one that is the only king ever to grace such a title, one that has not and will not ever be succeeded by any other person – the 'King of Rock and Roll'.
Elvis Presley revolutionised the music industry and is instantly recognisable all across the globe!
Issued to celebrate the man who changed the world of music forever, this beautiful commemorative coin immortalises the good looks, charm and incredible voice of Elvis Presley, and can be yours today for FREE (plus €3.95 P&P)
This limited-edition coin is expected to attract high demand, in the words of the man himself, it really is ‘now or never!’
EIN notes that 'Gibraltar' 2020 is noted on the flip-side. Very odd. - Just 500,000 struck worldwide
Strictly limited to only one coin per household
Go here to Dublin Mint for all the details
Thanks to EIN member James Bracken for the word-up.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet.com)

'A Legendary Performer Volume 9' New Import CD: From the reawakened 'Madison' label. Their publicity states... After a long break (believe it or not, our last release was 2009), the Madison label is back with a number of new releases to delight you.
Our first release is A Legendary Performer Volume 9 and is dedicated to “The Crazy Canuck”. In this volume we have included a number of unreleased tracks and it comes with a beautiful 16 page booklet.
In this new volume we have included 23 tracks that will offer something for everybody. For example, ‘(Let’s Have A) Party’ has never sounded better plus an unreleased alternate take of ‘I’ve Got Confidence’ from 1971, and ‘Stay Away’ (Take 13) appears for the first time in pristine stereo. The same goes for the x-rated version of ‘Only The Strong Survive’, which appears in true stereo for the first time. Also, we have included the previously unreleased take 10 of ‘Padre’. Meanwhile, ‘Stranger In My Own Hometown’ is the unedited, overdubbed, master which comes in great sound and runs for a full 5 minutes, while ‘Promised Land’ (Take 1) is taken from a different mix and sounds so much better.
Stay tuned, we are back!
EIN Notes: Beggars can’t be choosers but 15 years ago the Madison label put out quality releases of unavailable Elvis product but now (like other bootleggers) they seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel. They admit that only 10 tracks are “previously unreleased” but even then some of those are ‘stereo’ as opposed to previous mono or “better mixes” or off acetates. - Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
And thanks to ELSandro on FECC who also spotted that three tracks - 'Fountain Of Love' [Tk 8, 6], 'Please, Don't Drag That String Around' [Tks 3, 5], 'Easy Come, Easy Go' (Tk 9) have already been released of previous "Madison" Legendary bootleg releases!
As EIN stated in our review of 'A Legendary Performer Vol 7' back in 2006, "There is no doubt that Madison has produced some of the highest quality Elvis product on the market but to me this has a slight ‘Colonel Parker’ feel about flogging the product as fast as you can."

Thursday 1 July 2021
Two New FTDs: Two new FTDs have been announced, a double 1974 soundboard plus 'Girls!, Girls!, Girls!' on VINYL. 
1.“ELVIS: FORT WORTH, TEXAS ‘74”. FTD is pleased to announce the release of “ELVIS: FORT WORTH, TEXAS ‘74”- June 16, 1974. Released as a 5” digipack, and taken from the original soundboard source, this 2-CD set features Elvis in excellent form from the summer tour of 1974.
Elvis was in great form at the two shows on Father’s Day! Songs include “Big Boss Man”, “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “How Great Thou Art” and “Help Me”.
These two performances have never been released on Soundboard before.
While the setlists were very similar Elvis did perform the rare-for-on-tour-1974 'How Great Thou Art' at the evening show.
EIN Adds: Elvis performed four shows at the 14,000 seater Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth Texas. These were the first four shows of Elvis' Tour #11 so he was ready to rock.
The Opening Show newspaper review included,
"Elvis put on one sharp, uptown and professional show here Saturday afternoon. Wrapped skintight or loosely white bellbottoms and waist-length jacket. Elvis had the show in the palm of his hand.
He moved smoothly through a few Elvis oldies and wheeled into heavier stuff ...'Why Me Lord' and 'Suspicious Minds'.
Elvis was relaxed, comfortable before an obviously warm audience. His easy rapport with backup musicians and singers buoyed the show."

FTD have previously released five shows from this tour #11 all very enjoyable listening.
Rockin' Across Texas (CD1) June 19, Sold Out! CD2 June 21, ELVIS: Omaha Nebraska '74 CD1&2 June 30 (both shows), Fashion For A King (CD1) Omaha July 1.
While the setlists were very similar Elvis did perform the rare-for-on-tour-1974 'How Great Thou Art' at the evening show.
Go to 'SONY / FTD News 2021' for tracklists
2. 'GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!' – Limited Double VINYL
FTD VINYL is please to announce the release of 'GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!' – 180 Gram Limited Double VINYL Edition.
The design is inspired by the original European RCA Victor ‘60s release.
The album contains masters and alternative versions of several songs from the soundtrack sessions.
“Plantation Rock” and “Dainty Little Moonbeams”/ ”Girls! Girls! Girls!” End Title are here in their rightful place at last!
EIN Adds: As most fans are aware most of the session reels have been lost. This means FTD have little to work with and the albums included multiple versions of 'Mama' - three tracks on Side 4 are various versions of 'Mama'!
Recorded March 26-28, 1962 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood.
Go to 'SONY / FTD News 2021' for tracklists
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

"The Elvis Presley Channel" for 2022: Streaming video is about to get all shook up, by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Elvis Presley will be the subject of a new, dedicated live-streaming channel through a deal between Cinedigm and ABG / EPE starting in early 2022.
The free, ad-supported channel will be available in the U.S. and Canada online, on smart TVs and via streaming platforms.
The Elvis Presley Channel will air "Elvis archival content and specials, as well as musical content from some of the most influential rock ‘n roll artists that inspired the music industry," according to Cinedigm.
An Elvis-centric channel "opens up streaming possibilities to an entirely new demographic in the fastest-growing segment of the ad-supported business."
"There are few individuals more iconic than Elvis Presley, he transcends time, genre and medium. The channel will allow a whole new audience to experience Elvis, while also giving his fans a more in-depth look at their idol."
Cinedigm has seen success with the Bob Ross Channel which features more than 350 episodes of the beloved PBS icon painting his happy little trees.
Planned programming for The Elvis Channel includes documentaries and previously aired specials like "Elvis, the '68 Comeback Special", "Elvis Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite" and "Elvis by the Presleys".
The channel will also stream rare home footage of Elvis from the Graceland Archives.
"Many of music's most iconic locations will be on display, with specials on what helped shape rock ‘n' roll, as well as general music documentaries. The new channel will provide viewers an intimate view into the artist that defined a generation with exclusive films, specials, and documentaries," according to Cinedigm.
"The Elvis fandom is incredibly passionate, and Cinedigm is best-in-class when it comes to serving fervent fan bases," they said.
(News, Source:Various/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 'Star Of The Month' on TCM: The King of Rock 'n' Roll reigns over Thursday nights on US Turner Classic Movies as the network's Star of the Month in July. Each week, starting tonight, tune in to see Elvis Presley acting, singing, dancing and romancing in an evening of his films that are grouped together by a certain theme (see lineup below). Most of the featured movies are titles featuring Elvis in acting roles, largely in the musical comedies for which he is best remembered, but there is also the occasional drama or musical drama. including the only movie in which the legend does not sing.
A few concert films capturing the King's performances are also on hand during the month.
GO HERE to TCM for more info
(News, Source;TCM/ElvisInfoNet)

July 1
Kissin’ Cousins (1964) 8pm EST
Double Trouble (1967) 10pm EST
July 2
Clambake (1967) 12am EST
Live A Little, Love A Little (1968) 2am EST
July 8
Viva Las Vegas (1964) 8pm EST
Speedway (1968) 10pm EST
July 9
Spinout (1966) 12am EST
Harum Scarum (1965) 2am EST
Stay Away Joe (1968) 4am EST
Charro! (1968) 6am EST
July 15
Blue Hawaii (1961) 8am EST
G.I. Blues (1960) 10am EST

 

July 16
Kid Galahad (1962) 12am EST
Elvis That’s The Way It is [2001 Version] 2am EST
July 22
Jailhouse Rock (1957) 8pm EST
Follow That Dream (1962) 10pm EST
July 23
Frankie and Johnny (1966) 12am EST
Change Of Habit (1969) 2am EST
Elvis On Tour (1972) 4am EST
July 29
Tickle Me (1965) 8 PM EST
It Happened At The World’s Fair (1963) 10pm EST
July 30
The Trouble With Girls (1969) 12am EST
Girl Happy (1965) 2am EST
This Is Elvis (1981) 4am EST

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 44,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

Now with over thousands of great photos, News and with more added every day – including YouTube footage.

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.


How important was the “other” Phillips in Elvis’ career?: While the role of Sam Phillips in Elvis’ career is well known, the “other” Phillips, Dewey*, who was the first DJ to play an Elvis song right through, is not mentioned very often. Elvis’ second manager, Bob Neal**, (the first being Scotty Moore) had this to say about Dewey’s impact:
 Bob Neal: Dewey was a great character. He played Elvis’ records and had a great deal of influence. He had a big following and a great deal of influence in getting Elvis’ records exposed. Of course, Dewey’s record program was not aimed at the country audience, it was more or less a teenage audience. He was a sort of early day, screaming-type Top 40 man. Very real sounding, but he had a great following. Dewey played all types of records – blues, rock and roll, whatever you want to call it, and so it was a teenage following. He exposed Elvis to this. Elvis was always very fond of him and Dewey was quite a close buddy.
    *Dewey and Sam were not related; **Neal was a DJ and music promoter in the Memphis area.
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Dewey Phillips: A minute after I played it [That’s All Right, Mama], the phone began ringing and never stopped....
Wink Martindale (June 16, 1956): Dewey, thanks a lot for getting Elvis here today. You know, you were really one of the guys who helped get this all started, weren’t ya? Weren’t you one of the first ones to play his records?
Dewey Phillips: You ask Elvis, I don’t know. What about it, Elvis?
Elvis: No. I guess he was the first one in Memphis to play my records. It didn’t cost me much. (laughing)
Dewey Phillips: He is one of the hottest guys that has ever hit show business.
'That’s All Right' Acetate - (Below is the probable Disc Jockey sequence playing the full song, not a snippet):
WHBQ    Dewey Phillips – 1st in Memphis
WHHM   Sleepy-Eyed John Lepey – 2nd in Memphis
WDIA     Rufus Thomas – 3rd in Memphis
WHBQ    Wink Martindale – 4th in Memphis
KOSE      George Klein – 1st in Osceola, Arkansas
KCIJ        T. Tommy Cutrer – 1st in Shreport, Louisiana
KWKH     Frank Page – 2nd in Shreveport, Louisiana 
 
(News, Source: Elvis “A Plan of God” & Sun, Darrin Memmer)

'Elvis Presley News Report July 2021: From Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier, - ' Elvis Was No Racist + Elvis Presley News Report July 2021'. In the video, Quincy Jones' claim (that Elvis was a racist) is refuted with evidence to the contrary. I can only hope that some of the media will pay attention to Quincy Jones' false accusation against Elvis. Also includes the great french WINAMAX advert featuring 'If I Can Dream' plus some great Behind-The-Scenes.

Runs 20 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube well worth watching.

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)


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Elvis News from earlier in the week...
"On Tour" 50th Anniversary - FTD vs Lorentzen release:
In the same way that the FTD 'TTWII' Collectors Edition had to include similar photos to Erik Lorentzen's 'TTWII' Summer Festival publication, a debate among Elvis collectors has already started regarding the two new 'On Tour' editions and which one to purchase.
Lorentzen promises the earlier publication this year, whereas FTD are still gathering documentation and unseen images for their 2022 release.
Trouble has also started as Lorentzen has stated about his book, "Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions" yet now Ernst Jørgensen has posted that his personal session notes are being used without permission.
It will be difficult for fans to decide which to buy, or both, especially with the extra wait for the David English / Pål Granlund 50th Anniversary FTD 'On Tour' project.
Ernst Jørgensen posted the following statement..
"It has come to my attention that some of my personal recording notes are being used in Erik Lorentzen’s forthcoming Elvis On Tour book.
This is disappointing; as Erik has been notified that this information is private and confidential, and prior to publication permission is required, which has not been granted.
Pål, David and myself are working on an 'Elvis On Tour' FTD release for 2022, this information will be included with this release."

We do however also know that FTD will be including audio cds with their publication, the audio content however has not been finalised as yet.
(Note: Both images are of course not the actual book covers!)
(News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)

"Segui quel Sogno!" New Italian Book: Published last week is the new Italian book "Segui quel Sogno!" (trad. Follow that dream!).
It is the first book on the Elvis 'FTD' label that is available on mainstream platforms.
It features reviews of all FTD products (cds, vinyls and books) from 1999 to 2020. Most of the sessions are analyzed take by take.
The book is written in italian and includes b/w pictures of all releases.
The authors are Marco Degli Esposti, Davide Raga and Giuseppe Castiglia.
This book is mainly text, the only pictures, are the ones of the cd, albums and books.
The team have been working on the book for the past 12 months.
Author Giuseppe Castiglia providing the chapter on books with detailed reviews and the reviews for the complete sessions series.
The book is published for the Elvis Italian Collector Club (www.elvis-italian-collector-club.it that is run by the authors.

It will be soon available on Amazon.it and other major Italian on-line stores and bookshops.
Go here to Italian Amazon or the IBS bookshop to order.

(News, Source;CG/ElvisInfoNet)


Does China remember Elvis?: China was one of the only places in the world that did not release Presley's music at the time of its initial release, said Anders Nelsson, managing director of BMG Pacific Ltd., the Hong Kong-based company that eventually distributed his albums in the country.
During the Cultural Revolution in China, the few Elvis fans who managed to get their hands on his records often saw the material set ablaze by Red Guards. But that didn't stop The Cat King as he was better known later in China from rising to the top of the charts in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore, as well as in Hong Kong.
Finally in 1977, Presley's classic 1958 album, "Golden Hits," was released in China, with hit songs like "Jailhouse Rock", "All Shook Up" and "Heartbreak Hotel."
All 20,000 cassette tapes were sold out in six days on it’s initial release, and later another 30,000 was pre-sold on the second scheduled run, said Kenny Bloom, president of BMG's China licensee, KB Communications.
In Hong Kong, a unique fanclub continues to celebrate the life and legacy of the Cat King. It comprises some 120 members from all walks of life including bus drivers, doctors, lawyers, Japanese performers, a Myanmar obstetrician, businessmen, and of course Elvis impersonators. Of those impersonators, Melvis Kwok Lam-sang, better known in Hong Kong as
Melvis the Elvis, stood out the most. He had been doing Elvis shows for nearly two decades. Kwok, who sadly died in December 2020 aged 68, owned 20 sparkly suits, two guitars and a black wig sprouting outsized sideburns. He used to be found in the Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo neighborhoods, where he'd burst into an occasional song.  "Melvis" made his living by playing the King’s greatest hits to adoring night revellers who were always willing to part with some cash to be entertained by Hong Kong’s very own King. 
Today, Presley's popularity in China has dwindled as the country embraces more modern western pop acts, but his Chinese fans continue to celebrate Elvis' legacy in their own way, despite their small number.
EIN notes that in 2002 - after the massive ALLC worldwide hit - Elvis cds were stocked in China's record stores including more obscure releases such as 'Sunrise', 'Rhythm & Country' and '50 Greatest Love Songs' 
(News, Source:CGTN/ElvisInfoNet)

Why is Elvis known as “Maowang, the Cat King” in China?: In China, Elvis Presley is a strange name but "Cat King" is not. Chinese people have long been familiar with Elvis Presley being known as cat king. For Chinese people, cat king is not just a most frequently used nickname but a proper name for Elvis Presley, so, here's the problem, why is Elvis Presley known as Maowang, translates to Cat King, in Chinese? Westerners may find it strange, Elvis Presley has some other nicknames like the kind, Memphis flash and so on, how did Chinese people link cat with a king like Elvis? There is nothing close to his original name at all in Chinese.
"The name cat king is originated from the Elvis fans from southern US "the Hillbilly Cat", native cat, but this name is not widespread in US. It wasn't until 2001 that an album called 'The Hillbilly Cat" was published by Elvis,” said by a netizen from Zhihu, the Chinese leading question-and-answer website. On the other hand, compared to the long name in the West, Chinese tend to be simple in calling each other's name.
"We are likely to simplify the name of foreigners," said a comment on Zhihu.
Another said Cat King is the abbreviation of 'the Hillbilly Cat and King of the Western Pop' as whenever Elvis sang a long song, he always attracted a bunch of female fans around just like a male cat attracts a pile of female cats. Although "Cat King" was widespread in China during that time, Elvis's album wasn’t well consumed in China. Behind this fact was considered to be the cultural differences and public prejudice to rock 'n' roll music. Elvis music was only well accepted within small groups in China such as English lovers and intellectuals who are interested in American 50s or 60s' culture.
Unfortunately, "Cat King" has not been able to become a massive music consumption object in China, and his influence was far less than Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears. Elvis' music is still considered as a minority music in China, but his influence has rooted in the Chinese culture. In the TV shows and singing reality shows, a little clue of Elvis can be found from a popular Chinese singer Li Yuchun danced in a singing competition broadcast on China's leading entertainment channel.

EIN Comment: EIN has long been of the view that China (with its 1.5 billion population) represents a golden opportunity for EPE and Sony to establish Elvis as a new major marketing presence. Back in 2002 BMG China did release some Elvis collections (as noted above) but as China now has a massive consumer culture as well as being 'on-line', Elvis’ music catalog is diverse, and his role as a saleable icon around the world is unparalleled, surely it’s a no-brainer!


Go here to read EIN’ series of articles about Robert “Yoshi” Kim (the Asian Elvis)


(News, Source;cgnt/ElvisInfoNet)


Li’l Elvis Jones & the Truckstoppers Coloring Book: The titular hero in this children’s animated series from Australia (late 1990s) was left on the doorstop of truck-stop proprietors Grace and Len, who are fervent fans of Elvis Presley.
In the opening sequence for each episode Li’l Elvis is thrown out of a gold Cadillac in a guitar case, hinting that he is the illegitimate child of Elvis Presley.
This critically acclaimed series concerned 10-years-old Li’l Elvis and his friends and featured a neat rock and roll soundtrack.

It was also the subject of a series of books. In 2021, a new coloring book has just been released.
(News, Source: Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

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Two new ELVIS Shows in Australia: "Today’s technology has enabled us to create two shows the equal of any in the world".
Next month in Perth see ‘The King of Rock and the Prince of Pop’. For more than a generation they were the two biggest rock stars on the planet - and they still are!
ELVIS was King and Cliff Richard, England’s answer to Elvis, became the PRINCE and was duly knighted to become Sir Cliff.
Australian music legend Marty Rhone is a master when it comes to singing Cliff and Mark Andrew has performed on every continent as Elvis. Together they bring you an unparalleled night of music magic.
This is the first time these two legends and their music will be presented on the same stage. Hear Suspicious Minds, Viva Las Vegas, Jailhouse Rock, Devil Woman, Wired for Sound, Young Ones, and more.
NOTE- ‘The King of Rock and the Prince of Pop’ has BEEN MOVED TO December 9 in Perth (Due to CV issues) - Go here for Perth tickets and more info
Also ‘ELVIS King of the World – The Final Encore’ which is the biggest Elvis concert ever staged anywhere in the world and for that reason it is only being presented once and Melbourne Australia is the lucky city.
The date is Sunday August 1st, 3pm at Hamer Hall.
The Final Encore, features the incomparable Mark Andrew as ELVIS in the biggest ELVIS concert ever staged anywhere in the world.
The largest group of performers that ELVIS ever shared a stage with was 47 musicians and singers. King of the World, the Final Encore, at Melbourne’s magnificent Hamer Hall will feature over 100 musicians and singers on stage, more than double the King ever worked with.
You can be in the audience for this historical, record breaking event that is never likely to be repeated and coinciding with the 43rd Anniversary of the King's sad passing.
Melbourne booking details here.
(News, Source;MR/ElvisInfoNet)

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EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in June ...

Judy West has died: It is with a heavy heart that EIN has heard the news of Judy West's passing.
Judy West was a big part of Elvis' life, even living with both Elvis and Priscilla at their Monovale Drive home. At the time their recently-born son, Bryan, even lived there until he was almost a year old.
Sonny West sadly passed away back in May 2017 after a terrible battle with lung cancer.
In a twist of bad luck Sonny’s wife Judy also suffered with breast cancer.
Elvis was the best man at Sonny and Judy's wedding, on December 28 1970, Priscilla was Judy's matron of honor.
When EIN asked Sonny West what was the secret to their four decade marriage, Sonny West replied,
"Judy is the secret. She has had to deal with a lot during our years together, and she has handled it with flying colors. She is the glue."

R.I.P. Judy West
EIN's condolences and prayers go out to the family.

See EIN's interview with Sonny West here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis , racism, and changing song lyrics to avoid jail time: There have been several good books published debunking the myth that Elvis racist. These include Elvis From Black and White to Technicolor (Paul Belard and Joseph Krein), Dispelling the Myths An Analysis of American Attitudes and Prejudices (Todd Rheingold), and Thirty Pieces of Silver: The Betrayal of Elvis Presley (Joyce Rochelle Vaughn). In his book, Dispelling the Myths, Todd Rheingold neatly addresses both the racism issue and also the songwriting credits Elvis occasionally got. On the issue that Elvis stole “black music”:
 .. When black musicians say that Elvis stole everything from them, they are shifting the focus of responsibility from where it belongs. If the American people did not wholly support a stratification or racial hierarchy within the recording industry, there would be no reason for thinly veiled racial classifications such as Country & Western and Rhythm & Blues in the first place..... The blame belongs on the backs of American people, not on Elvis Presley.
 Racism is so deeply embedded in the American psyche that one would be hard pressed to come up with alternatives to marketing musical product for popular consumption in this country that would be completely removed from racial overtones.

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R&B legend James Brown, a close friend of Presley’s, writes in his autobiography that when Elvis first started, “he was copying B.B. King and them, but finally they didn’t have enough fire for him. That’s  when he really got into his own thing. Elvis was great. People still said he was copying, but he found his own style. It’s true we’ve kind of had a monopoly on certain kinds of music, but everybody’s entitled to it. They shouldn’t steal it, but they’re entitled to learn it and play it.”

 Regarding Elvis receiving a “songwriting credit”:
 Exacerbating the situation was that his publishing companies, Elvis Presley Music and Gladys Music, had their songwriters agree to forgo publishing royalties if they had their own publishing company or separate publishing contract.......When Elvis inquired as to the legitimacy of such action. he was informed that his contributions in the studio as far as arrangements and “occasional word changes” warranted such compensation. Actually, Presley did make some important alterations in the lyrics of several songs, particularly R&B songs that were too scandalously written for a mainstream audience. Besides his early Sun revisions, Elvis refurbished tunes like Smiley Lewis’s “One Night of Sin (Is All I’m Paying For)” for RCA Victor. While the original was about an orgy, with lyrics like, “The things I did and I saw/Would make the earth stand still,” the remake had to do with passionate, but monogamous sex. Elvis changed the above line to “The things we two could plan/Would make my dreams come true.”
 Today, these modifications may not seem so drastic, but in 1958 they made the difference between a pop song and an R&B song.

There is evidence to suggest that if Elvis had sung the original and put it out as a single, he probably would have been thrown in jail for obscenity. He had already been threatened enough times wit obscenity charges for his performance style, and various authorities, including the F.B.I., were monitoring his every action in their efforts to safeguard America’s moral fabric from his corruptive and corrosive influence...... This does not change the fact that as a result of his co-authorship and Colonel Parker’s deal with Hill and Range, songwriters had to accept a cut in their royalties.
(News, Source: EIN/Dispelling the Myths)
For more about Elvis and racism:
Elvis was NOT a racist! (Spotlight article)
Elvis Black and White to Technicolor (Book Review)
Thirty Pieces of Silver: The Betrayal of Elvis Presley (Book Review)

Presley Movies: USA Today Top 10: USA TODAY recently published this article about Elvis’ films... The story of Elvis Presley's film career is one of wasted potential. Too many of the 31 movies he shot from 1956 to 1969 were money-making hack jobs, their scripts existing to do little more than fill time between musical numbers. But for the Elvis fan, part of the appeal lies in watching his instinctive onscreen ability and thinking about what might have been: imagining Presley with Robert Mitchum in Thunder Road or opposite Barbra Streisand in A Star Is Born, two roles he could have had. USA TODAY picks 10 movie favorites (well, OK, 11) from the Presley canon, plus a few to avoid.
1. King Creole (1958) - Presley's best picture shows what surrounding him with talent could do for him. Director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Mildred Pierce, Angels With Dirty Faces) brings a noir-ish black-and-white style to the story of a young singer who falls in with organized crime in New Orleans. Initially written with James Dean in mind, King Creole was based on Harold Robbins' A Stone for Danny Fisher, and co-stars Carolyn Jones (who later found fame as Morticia Addams on The Addams Family) and Walter Matthau.
Even The New York Times, which usually mocked Presley's films, found itself surprised by his performance: "Cut my legs off and call me Shorty!" Howard Thompson's review began. "Elvis Presley can act."
2. Jailhouse Rock (1957) - The singer's third film received mixed reviews at the time, with several high-profile publications panning it vociferously. British magazine The Spectator, for instance, called it "dangerously near being repulsive." They were, of course, wrong. This story of an ex-con pop star has held up better than almost any of Presley's other movies. The plot offers parallels to Presley's own story, particularly when he gets involved with a manipulative manager. It's also got first-rate songs from the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and the title song's great dance sequence, arguably the most thrilling thing Presley ever committed to film.
3. Loving You (1957) - His first starring vehicle was a fairly conventional showbiz musical, with country boy Deke Rivers rising to fame then dealing with its pitfalls. In other words, a story not unlike Presley's own. By 1950s teen rock-film standards, Loving You is credible, with plenty of energy and a strong soundtrack including the No. 1 hit Teddy Bear, Mean Woman Blues and (Let's Have A) Party. Variety pronounced that Presley "shows improvement as an actor" and that the film "exposes the singer to the kind of thing he does best." You know, like singing and hip-swiveling. Too bad Presley and his handlers would soon learn they could still make money with less effort and attention to quality.
4. Flaming Star (1960) - After the genial but fatuous G.I. Blues, 20th Century Fox tried to re-establish Presley's dramatic credentials, casting him in this Western as Pacer Burton, a half-breed caught in a culture war and land dispute. Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra had both been associated with the project, co-written by Nunnally Johnson, who previously had written and directed The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and The Three Faces of Eve. The role demanded more of Presley than most of his movies, and he found genuine chemistry with the great Mexican actress Dolores del Rio. The New York Times called Flaming Star "an unpretentious but sturdy Western that takes the time, the place and the people seriously." Theater owners called it a flop.
5. Wild in the Country (1961) - Perhaps Presley's most ambitious dramatic film, Wild in the Country was ultimately undone by the competing priorities of those making it. The script, penned by playwright Clifford Odets, called for Presley to play a callow country boy loaded with literary talent. A cast that included Hope Lange and Tuesday Weld and an attempt at topical relevance made Wild better than the average Presley film, though Variety found it "wobbly and artificial." Smash Blue Hawaii followed, firmly establishing the kind of movies he'd make for the rest of his career.
6. Viva Las Vegas (1964) - Flashy, gaudy, trashy and thin on story, just like the Vegas myth. There's not much of a script, but swimming instructor Ann-Margret looks hot, and so do Presley's cars. "As pleasant and unimportant as a banana split," said The New York Times, and that's just about right. The film that foreshadowed Presley's future boasts some great tunes, though, and one of the most perfect sequences in any of his films — a dreamscape for the jazz-infused I Need Somebody to Lean On in which Presley has the beatific look on his face that he usually reserved for gospel tunes.
7. Follow That Dream (1962) - After Blue Hawaii, Presley headed to Florida, where he played a beach squatter named Toby Kwimper that New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther described as "a combination Sir Galahad and Li'l Abner." Presley seems engaged here, and displays a nice comic touch. Bumped up one spot on this list for helping set the life's course of an 11-year-old Tom Petty, who visited the set.
8. Kid Galahad (1962) - Take Presley out of the equation, and Kid Galahad is a run-of-the-mill boxing picture. In fact, that's just what it was the first time around, in 1937, when Michael Curtiz (who'd go on to direct King Creole) made it with Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Presley, whose weight had ballooned, made for a doughy but hard-punching ingénue who gets caught up in a fight-fixing scheme. At least he had a decent supporting cast, which included Charles Bronson.
9. Love Me Tender (1956) - Presley's first film appearance might rank higher on this list if he had starred in it — but he had only a supporting role in what Variety called "a minor-league oater," the only time he'd be in that position. Presley clearly was inserted in the film, set during the 1860s, to capitalize on his popularity. Theaters hoped to pull young viewers away from the TVs that were popping up in households across the nation, and it worked. It's charming to watch a greenhorn Presley enthusiastically acting opposite more seasoned veterans who knew they weren't in a particularly good picture.
(tie) Change of Habit (1969) - The singer's final feature isn't a great film, by any stretch of the imagination. It's barely a decent one. But it goes a long way on its concept alone: Presley plays
an inner-city doctor whose love interest is Mary Tyler Moore — as a nun. What's not to love there, right? Change of Habit is sort of the film equivalent of In the Ghetto, a heavy-handed attempt at cultural relevance. (At one point, his character says, "I get the feeling there's a message here.") Look for the great Darlene Love in an uncredited role as a backup singer. Ed Asner, who would later play Lou Grant to Moore's Mary Richards, is in it, too, though he and Moore don't have any scenes together.
(tie) Blue Hawaii (1961) - In a perfect world, Blue Hawaii would have been the worst movie Presley ever made. (see EIN Blue Hawaii Spotlight!) Instead, it's solidly in the top third. For all practical purposes, it's a travelogue with a nice soundtrack, including Can't Help Falling in Love.
That would have been just fine, if it hadn't been so successful that the moviemakers and Presley's manager, Col. Tom Parker, used it as the template for nearly every Presley film that followed, with ever less impressive results.

THE BOTTOM THREE
Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) - The third and most unwatchable of Presley's Hawaii films. Remember how engaged and excited he looked in King Creole and Jailhouse Rock? Yeah, that guy's gone.
Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) - Having previously served in the Army (G.I. Blues) and the Air Force (Kissin' Cousins), Presley enters the Navy as a frogman. It's hard to sing underwater, but that's OK: When your most memorable tune is Yoga Is As Yoga Does, there's no point singing, anyway.
Harum Scarum (1965) - Presley battles Arab assassins in a film so bad it would take "a fifty-fifth cousin to P.T. Barnum to sell it," Col. Tom Parker wrote to MGM. This from a guy who suggested a talking camel narrate the picture.
(News, Source: Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY)
For more on Elvis movies see - A FANS GUIDE TO "ELVIS MOVIES" - By EIN Movie specialist Nigel Patterson

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JUNE 21- FTD "May Releases" OUT NOW: After inevitable delays the FTD "May releases", the 1973 Las Vegas double-concert pack plus a new Pål Granlund / David English looking at Elvis' first movie Love Me Tender are OUT NOW and at your Elvis dealers.
1) 'ELVIS: Las Vegas ‘73' - double 5” digi-pak.
As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD announces the release of ELVIS: LAS VEGAS ‘73.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis from two shows at the Las Vegas Hilton; August 20 (midnight) and September 2nd (3AM).
EIN Notes: The August 20, 1973 (Midnight Show) is an old favourite that was released as a Fort Baxter bootleg back in 1995 on 'A Profile The King On Stage Vol 1'. It was a "stereo sound booth audience recording" in pretty good quality. Fans can expect an upgraded release.
The September 2, 1973 (3AM show) is previously unreleased.
Elvis was not happy at this Las Vegas season. He walked on stage at the final concert with a monkey on his back and was in a bad mood with both Col Parker and the Hilton.

2) 'Love Me Tender – Through The Lens Of Robert Vose' Book / CD Combo. FTD Books is pleased to present “Love Me Tender – Through The Lens of Robert Vose”.
Pål Granlund and David English visited the 20th Century-Fox Studios archive several years ago which proved to be an amazing experience. These stunning photographs captured by Robert Vose – the majority of them unseen and unpublished since September 1956 – reveal life on the movie set with Director Robert D. Webb, his cast and crew.
Accompanying the book are two CDs.
Disc 1: The original EP, Outtakes, Stereo Masters and The Truth About Me interview.
Disc 2: The 13 recordings made at Radio Recorders between September 1-3, 1956. (EIN Notes: These were for Elvis' second LP 'Elvis' already released as an FTD Classic Album)


Go here to SONY / FTD Releases 2021 for Tracklist and Details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


MRS June VINYL Releases - OUT NOW: Also released this week more treats for Elvis VINYL collectors from the UK based MRS label.
See 'All The CD Release News 2021' for tracklist etc
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
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New book from Italy – 'Elvis Aaron Presley L’Uomo Dietro Al Mito' (Antonella Santovincenzo): This new book in Italian looks to be very interesting. Its Introduction translates to: 'When Elvis smiled the sun started to shine.' Thus expressed Joe Esposito. The importance of a smile. Like the one, one of the last, that Elvis did during the interpretation of the song Unchained Melody on June 21, 1977 and which impressed Antonella Santovincenzo so much. The smile of a tired and suffering man, still capable, however, of creating indissoluble bonds in space and time. It is precisely by chasing this smile that Antonella leads us to discover Elvis as a man, beyond the myth, drawing an extremely private, almost intimate portrait of him. Retracing the places where the artist lived, and visited by the author, the book manages to probe all the character aspects of Elvis: loneliness, generosity, insecurity, versatility, moods, charisma, intelligence, ambition, aesthetic sense, talent, patriotism, spirituality. The second part of the book is dedicated to the traveling exhibition curated by the Author, in collaboration with other Presley admirers, aimed at discovering the private Elvis, his passions, the relationship with his mother and family of origin. The book contains 384 pages including 24 pages of b&w photos. The cover is semi-rigid (with fins).
Note: EIN will publish an exclusive interview with the author, Antonella Santovincenzo, shortly.
(News, Source: ElvisDayByDay)


The Elvis Presley Thread Shop: Recently announced by Sony / ABG, a brand development offering a variety of Elvis Presley products and merchandise, including newly-designed apparel, on the Amazon Elvis Presley store.
The Amazon Elvis store offers fans a wide variety of merchandise including apparel, accessories, toys, books, movies, music (streaming and physical product) and more. The Thread Shop has created an exclusive line of Elvis apparel for the store with newly-designed pieces including t-shirts, tank tops, V-necks, raglan sleeves, crew sweats, hoodies and more.
The Thread Shop designs, manufactures and markets fashionable and functional merchandise and lifestyle goods that reflect the vision and aesthetic of its artist and brand partners. It offers artist-specific product lines, limited-edition customized merchandise and full-scale tour merchandising through a variety of online and physical retailers, as well as through artist e-commerce sites and pop-up retail environments in tour venues and stores.
GO to AMAZON TO Check it out.
(News, Source;ABG/ElvisInfoNet)

Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis’ move away from rock and roll: In his wonderful book, Memphis Beat The Lives and Times of America’s Musical Crossroads, Larry Nagar explores the city that lies at the root of so much of America's music, beginning back in the 1800s, following the frontier to the 1920s blues, 1950s rock-n-roll, and the Grand Ole Opry. His observations about Elvis’ career are thoughtful as the following passages illustrate: It was an incredibly volatile time in pop music. The gap between Elvis’ first Sun single and his army induction was barely three years – a thousand days from shy Memphis kid to the dominant superstar in American music. In that light, Parker’s game plan of moving Presley away from his teenage rock and roll audience makes some sense. The Colonel wasn’t above hawking souvenir photos of Elvis at a dime apiece to screaming fans, but he saw rock and roll as that same sort of nickel-and-dime scam, a fad that would be over in a few months, if not a few weeks. It was a faddish decade, after all, wit that other Tennessean, Davy Crockett, selling millions of coonskin caps after Walt Disney’s 1954 TV series. Nineteen fifty-eight saw the sale of 100 million hula hoops. Make as much fast cash as you could, Colonel Tom thought, then get out of rock and roll. Get into a field where there was staying power and real money, like the movies....... Of course, Parker was a terrible gambler and he folded his rock and roll cards a bit prematurely. He took Elvis out of the game long before the rock revolution of the sixties, when the Beatles, the Stones, Bob Dylan, and the Memphis soul movement would take the stage.
(Archives, Source:NP/Memphis Beat,.. Musical Crossroads by Larry Nagar)
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New conspiracy book (Kindle) - 'Evidence of Murder: Investigating the Strange Death of Elvis Presley' (Michael John Sullivan): Theories around Elvis’ death never go away. Promotion for this new book includes: After fifteen years of extensive research, the non-fiction book, "EVIDENCE OF MURDER - Investigating the Strange Death of Elvis Presley", presents the first full, in-depth critical study of the complete facts of Elvis' sudden demise. This book has been an uncompromised quest for the truth, and the result is both astonishing and shocking. All of the facts in the book firmly establish one, and ONLY one conclusion: ELVIS PRESLEY WAS MURDERED. Unrelentingly focusing on the vital aspects of WHY the murder was committed, HOW it was brilliantly and flawlessly executed, and exactly WHO the perpetrator was, the book meticulously examines seven prime suspects and then carefully eliminates them one by one until the guilty assassin is fully and unmistakably exposed. A shocking revelation that the previous hard facts of the investigation will make it impossible for any honest reader to dispute or reject. And, on the contrary - those legions of doubters who have closed their minds to rational thinking and clear facts will probably most happily have found a topic which they will hotly and vehemently debate for the rest of their lives.
(News, Source:NP/Amazon)
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New book in German (Kindle) - 'Elvis trifft Buddha: Musikalische Erlebnisse in Myanmar, dem Land der goldenen Pagoden' (Jean-René Reyma): The title translates to Elvis meets Buddha: Musical experiences in Myanmar, the land of the golden pagodas. The book publicity (translated) indicates: The music of Myanmar is alien to people from the west. This is not only due to the exotic instruments, but also to the Burmese musical structure. In addition, European classical music only came to what was then Burma in 1820 through the British colonial power. The military ruling in the post-colonial era banned jazz, swing and later rock and pop. Today, however, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Burmese musical tastes sometimes meet and unite to form a tolerant symbiosis. For example at the largest Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar, the Golden Rock near Kyauktion. That is where the author Elvis Presley presented Jailhouse Rock.
(News, Source:NP/Amazon)
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(Book Review) Elvis November 1956: As fans, we do not always realize that what we think we know about Elvis’ life, happened in short periods of time. Paul Belard’s visual biography series illustrates how hectic Elvis’ life and rise to fame was.
The latest release in Paul Belard’s series of photobooks, covering just one month in 1956, highlights just how much happened.
It was a busy time, Elvis spent time with his girlfriend Natalie Wood and buddy, Nick Adams on his new Harley Davidson. He did a small tour in the south with Scotty, DJ and Bill making stops in Toledo, Cleveland, Troy and Louisville, Kentucky. And managed to squeeze in a 10-day holiday with Bitsy Mott, Gene Smith and Richard Dougher to Las Vegas, returning to the New Frontier Hotel.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson and Elvis Day By Day’s Kees Mouwen joined forces to provide a detailed review of the narrative, visual and archival highlights from what was a a very busy month for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

(Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)


'Elvis Presley Live' - new vinyl and CD from RoxVox: Elvis Presley, live from the International Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas 26th January 1970. From 1969 through 1976, Elvis Presley performed 641 stage shows during 15 engagements at the International/Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. The entertainment press widely covered his opening Vegas appearance in August 1969, and RCA issued a live album spotlighting his return to the concert stage. Fuelled by a subsequent host of recordings, photos, and books through the years, those initial engagements still resonate loudly as a turning point in Presley’s career. The backing of the TCB Band was also undeniably fundamental throughout these performances and in enforcing the physical and emotional power of Elvis Presley, live in Las Vegas. Rox Vox very proudly presents, live from the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas on 26th January 1970; the legend, the king of rock ‘n’ roll; Elvis Aaron Presley. Professionally re-mastered original PBS-TV broadcast with background liners and rare archival photos.
EIN Note: This is yet another 'Public Domain' release of the recent MRS 'Las Vegas 26th January 1970' show. Looks like multiple labels are now following in MRS footsteps.
See 'All The CD Release News 2021' for tracklist etc
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
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The impact of Elvis’ death: When Elvis died on August 16, 1977 the outpouring of grief and public and media interest was unprecedented. RCA not only had its vinyl presses operating 24/7, but had to engage the services of other record companies in order to meet the demand for Elvis records. An estimated 100 million Elvis records were sold in the months after his death. Television stations all around the world ran Elvis specials, his films, and news segments for weeks after his death. And the print media went into overdrive as these examples, sourced from the excellent book, When Elvis Died (Neal and Janice Gregory), suggest:
-   The Memphis Press Scimitar and Commercial Appeal newspapers on August 17, had to be reprinted due to the high demand, while Memphis Publishing Company had to hire forty extra employees to handle the number of requests for a mail-order only special Elvis newspaper. It also had to erect a ceiling high chain link fence inside the building to protect the papers from potential thieves.
-   The Philadelphia Daily News published a special section and ordered a press run of 304,314 copies. The section was reprinted with an additional run of 250,000.
-   The New York Daily News sold an extra 110,000 copies of its editions reporting Elvis’ death, while in Macon, Georgia, the paper News, which normally sold 1,000 copies of its final afternoon edition, sold 18,000 copies.
-   The Charlotte Observer Experienced the biggest print run in its history, 262,652 copies (compared to its normal through the week print run of 170,000. Similarly, The Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, had its biggest ever printing, circulating 385,000 copies (its usual daily distribution was 210,000).
-   The Lee County News, a Tupelo weekly, added an historical section on Elvis to its regular edition and printed 30,000 copies, 26,000 more than its normal press run.
-   The National Enquirer had its biggest ever selling edition when it featured the photo of Elvis in his coffin on its front cover. It sold a staggering 6.7 million copies.
-   Country Music magazine published special tribute issue. It sold five times its usual print number.
(Archives, Source: EIN/When Elvis Died)
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New Italian book - 'Elvis l'Ultimo Re' (Elvis The Last King) by Michele de Pippo: This limited edition (100 copies) release comprises stories and photos the author has collected over 50 years of being an Elvis fan.
Michele also ran an Elvis fan club for five years in the 1980s. Also featured in the book is Nicla Crispa's account (with photos) of meeting Elvis twice in Vegas with well known fan, Livio Monari. Jean Marie Gargiulo also contributes an account of his two meetings with Elvis in 1969 and 1973.

There will be an official launch of the book on July 24.

(News, Source: Elvis Day By Day)


A case of Ripley’s Believe It or Not?: The UK Tabloids are beating-up an old story that Elvis entered an impersonator contest and didn't win. Any Elvis fan would know that this is rubbish.
The recent report says,, A new book claims that Elvis once entered an Elvis impersonator contest and he didn’t win. One night in the late 1950s, Lil Thompson's Steakhouse in Tennessee held an Elvis Presley impersonator contest. The great man heard about it, turned up with his entourage and sat quietly at the back. No one recognised him, so he decided to take part. 'I'm going to smash this,' said Elvis. Lil was worried that everyone would go mental when they realised who the newcomer was, but nothing of the sort took place. Elvis sang Love Me Tender, the audience applauded politely — and he came third.
The book, 'Pop Miscellany: Sex, Drugs And Cars In Swimming Pools' (Marcus Berkmann) was published by Little Brown on June 3 at £14.99. It features a vast number of stories about celebrities including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Frank Zappa, the Rolling Stones, Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richard, John Denver, Ozzy Osborne and many more.
Sadly the rubbish about Elvis is hardly a good promotion for the book. Marty Lacker (RIP) always confirmed that this was a typical fake Elvis story. "That is a load of bull-manure. Elvis did not enter and would not enter an Impersonator contest. In any case they didn't have those while he was alive that we knew of because there wasn't really any number of impersonators while he was alive."
(News, Source:UK Trash tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

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'Elvis UK' Book Re-Issue: Following the successful release of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British CD Releases 1983-2005' as a Flip book in February 2021, co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce that their original book – the long out-of-print Elvis UK – published in 1987 – is now to be made available using the same digital technology but with an additional 60 pages of ‘bonus material’.
Our prime reason for making this book available is due to the constant requests for hard copies as it went out of print in the late 1980s.  Unfortunately, a physical reprint was not an option, owing to extremely high production costs – just as it wasn’t for Elvis UK3.  However, unlike the latter project - which we wanted to be able to update when required  – 'Elvis UK' will be available as a download.  The document will not be held on a digital platform and accessed via the internet, but will be available on the buyer’s own device.
Importantly though, the original book appears exactly as it was in 1987 as it has not been possible to make any textl amendments as the book did not exist in a digital form.
The original Elvis UK was a 565 page hard-backed reference book, published by Blandford Press, dealing with the then hitherto largely unexplored subject of Elvis Presley’s UK record releases from March 1956 through to 1986, nine years after Presley’s death. The digital copy of Elvis UK features:
    Every individual record release – singles, EPs and LPs issued on HMV, RCA and third party labels between 1956-86 – in great detail and in chronological order
- Each entry included detailed track info as well as writers’ names, release dates, and chart entry positions
    Every release and re-release carefully cross-referenced
    Label and sleeve variations identified and dated
    Introductory sections which include background to the issuing companies, comprehensive information about details printed on labels and the process of how records were made
    Chronological and alphabetical listings of all main sections, including catalogue numbers and release dates   
A various artist section which featured one or more Elvis tracks
    A section detailing promotional records
    Hundreds of illustrations
    An Interview and spoken word index
    A full list of every song showing where it appeared, cross-referenced with page numbers
- Plus - 60 pages of bonus material – which includes the following:
    The Making Of Elvis UK
    Golden Grooves
    Mastering
    LP Re-issues

Fortunately, in transferring Elvis UK into the Flip format none of the original search features have been lost. On the contrary, the comprehensive contents and indexing system built in to the original book has been accentuated by the highly intuitive navigational features offered by Flip.  Searching is much easier and quicker.
In our view, this move represents the only sensible and cost-effective way of making this valuable and much-sought after reference work available to a much wider audience – but at the reasonable and affordable price.  The download version of 'Elvis UK', complete with 60 pages of bonus material section costs just £20. 
More about this release (and others in the series) and how to order it can be found on our website – www.elvisukbooks.co.uk
(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)
See EIN review of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis British CD 1983-2005'- highly recommended

''72 ELVIS ON TOUR': The publicity and competition is now ramping up with both FTD and 'Elvis Files' Erik Lorentzen hoping to win over the ELVIS fans with their 50th Anniversary 'ELVIS ON TOUR' deluxe publications.
Erik Lorentzen has announced that his "3-book edition of approximately 1,200 pages with double the amount of photos and 5-600 previously unpublished images" is already heading to the printers. Hopefully for a July publication date
SEE YouTube Promo video here.
In 'Elvis On Tour 1972-2022' the April, June and November concerts are extensively presented with lots, lots of text to accompany the shows that Elvis performed. 1972 was a grueling year for Presley.
Not only the photos with text, but also ─ for the first time EVER ─ all the studio, the rehearsals and recordings of this series of concerts from 1972 are discussed in detail with many rare and
unseen photos with accompanying text. No other publisher can beat this, never done before.
Hard cover, glossy paper, weighs 9 kgs and is for pre-order NOW. Little money for such an extensive publication.
Go here to Elvis Files website for more info and to purchase - €280.EUR = US$340 (includes postage)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

FTD 'On Tour' Deluxe Release Confirmed: As many fans have suspected, FTD have now confirmed that they will be releasing a special 'On Tour' deluxe release to celebrate the film's 50th Anniversary.
For fans of the 'TTWII deluxe set' that was released last year, this is GREAT news.
A "big" FTD production for September / October 2021 is also noted.

FTD author David English posted.
... "In response to many questions I have received, I can confirm that both Pål Granlund and myself are busy working on an FTD 'On Tour' project for the 50th Anniversary of the movie, with a tentative release date - August / September 2022 (Audio elements will be included though not finalised).

If any collectors own any materials/ photos/ documents in relation to the movie, Elvis On Tour, then please get in contact with me at david_memphis@hotmail.com

In addition, we are putting the final elements together for a big 2021 September / October release - more details to follow.
With thanks - David"

(Regarding the "big 2021 September / October release" EIN notes that Blue Hawaii's 60th Anniversary would be November 2021, a delightful 'The Making of Blue Hawaii' would be a nice treat!)

(News, Source;DE/ElvisInfoNet)


“King of Karate” New Exhibition: Graceland has announced the new exhibit “King of Karate” highlighting Elvis’ lifelong passion of the art of Karate
To celebrate the 39th anniversary of the opening of Graceland to tours on June 7, 1982, Graceland is opening a new POP-UP exhibit inside the Graceland Archives Experience in Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Elvis was first exposed to Karate in 1958 after he was drafted into the Army and stationed in Germany. His first instructor was a German shotokan stylist named Juergen Seydel who taught Elvis at his off-base housing in Nauheim until 1958.
Elvis developed a passion for Karate which continued throughout his life.
When he returned to Memphis, Elvis earned his first-degree black belt in 1960 under Chito-Ryu stylist Hank Slemansky. Later, he trained in a Memphis dojo under Master Kang Rhee, who bestowed upon him a seventhdegree black belt in March of 1973 and his eighth in September of 1974. Kang Rhee was also one of the people who Elvis gave a custom Cadillac to as a gift in 1973. Elvis would open his own center, the Tennessee Karate Institute in the Crosstown area of Memphis in 1974.
The exhibit documents Elvis’ love for karate and features artifacts from the Graceland archives including his personal Karate Gi’s, Testatkarte Karate card and Honorary Membership Certificate, plus many other artifacts including the original handwritten script for his 1974 Karate documentary the “New Gladiators” as well as many more rarely seen items.
The exhibit opened today Monday, June 7.
Go here to Graceland website for more info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

David Bowie covers Elvis: David Bowie and Elvis were both superstars, creative living legends who coincidentally shared the same birthday.
Bowie flew over to New York to see Elvis’ 1972 Madison Square Garden concert, “Elvis was a major hero of mine, and I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.”
Bowie also claimed that when he wrote his hit single ‘Golden Years’ he had offered it to Elvis to record but that Presley declined it. Both were major RCA artists.
Bowie happened to be bringing his Area 2 Tour to an end on 16 August, 2002 with a momentous headline show in Seattle on the 25th anniversary of Elvis’ death. In high spirits Bowie paused between songs to share stories including recalling the time he found out about the death of Elvis.

Bowie noted, “I was looking through the newspaper this morning and I realised it is 24 years and Elvis is still dead. You have to believe this, this is absolutely true. I was in a Maasai encampment

in West Kenya in 1977 on this day and I was drinking milk and blood taken from a cow by one of the tribesmen. I went back to my hotel in the evening, I tried to stay in one of the huts there but they wouldn’t let me, I went back and the paper said: ‘Elvis Dead’. I still have it, the Nairobi Times. Isn’t that bizarre?’
So what can an anniversary be without doing something by the man. We just learned this real quick..”

Bowie then launched into a rendition of Elvis’ 1961 single ‘I Feel So Bad’. Clearly enjoying himself Bowie’s encore also include another Elvis hit – the 1959 Number One single ‘One Night’.

In his best Elvis impression, Bowie adds, “Thank you very much. Thank you, thank you very much,”

Listen here to both tracks via YouTube.

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


‘Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ was released last month. The CDs contain three captivating performances drawn from Elvis’ first two engagements at the Las Vegas International in August 1969 and January thru February 1970.
For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings (formerly in mono) have been remastered and remixed to true stereo with outstanding expertise using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.
The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover just how good these concerts sound in stereo - a perfect concert package for any Elvis fan.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis On Tour' New Book. Announced this week, a new book from Erik Lorentzen. Elvis' final film shot in 1972 proved to be a critical success by winning the 1973 Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary, making it the only Elvis film to win an award of any kind.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented this award for Best Documentary Film at the 1973 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The MGM film was a musical documentary directed by Robert Abel and Pierre Adidge. It provided a behind-the-scenes perspective on Elvis on a 15-city U.S. tour as well as footage from his legendary live performances.
Erik Lorentzen - in collaboration with Jerry Luckenbach (Elvis Summer Festival TTWIWas Volume 1-2-3 4 & 5) has been able to get his bands on hundreds of unseen and unpublished photos from the 1972 April, June and November tours.
Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions (live / studio / matters / dubs and overdubs) - (SIC). Tons of newspaper reviews from every performance Is described and documented. Dates, times, places, producers, musicians. footnotes ... etc, the list is miles long. We promise a COMPLETE historical film - audio-biography presented in a Deluxe 3-book edition.
As 2022 'On Tour" marks its 50th anniversary:
We celebrate ELVIS ON TOUR with a very well researched and groundbraking publication by Erik Lorentzen and Jerry Luckenbach among others...
'ELVIS ON TOUR 1972-2022' is the first and only monumental reference work for decades.
A 3-book publication, over 1200 pages with more than 1000 unseen photos.
This Is Elvis extravaganza. - - - More details to follow - see Elvis Files website and shop -
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'Unlocked: Memoirs of Elvis's First Girlfriend' New Book: Announced by Graceland a new book 'Unlocked: Memoirs of Elvis's First Girlfriend' by Dixie Locke Emmons.
Dixie Locke is highly regarded as Elvis's first girlfriend and recollects her experiences with Elvis over time.  This memoir is a must read for every Elvis fan.
Dixie Locke Emmons was 15 years old when she spotted Elvis Presley at the First Assembly of God in Memphis. At 19, the future King of Rock had a start in his career thanks to a recent recording with Sun Records, but that didn't stop him from pursuing love.

Dixie Locke Emmons is appearing at Elvis Week 2021 so presumably this book is a tie-in with that event.
"Dixie's heartwarming book is a must read for not only Elvis fans but for those who are curious about his early life before fame.  Her story is captivating in that you feel like you are living it with her."   - Priscilla Presley

Hardback, 171 Pages.
No publisher noted. - Go here to Graceland Shop - $26.95

(News, Source;Graceland/ElvisInfoNet)


Book Review: 'Elvis The King of the Rings Vol 1': Author-researcher Paul Belard has released the latest installment in his ongoing Elvis day-by-day biography series, visually (and narratively) documenting Elvis Presley's life and times. Unlike previous volumes, this book doesn’t cover a specific period of time, it covers a “shiny” part of our man's life, his love for big and glittery jewelry, specifically rings.
Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems.
The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.”

Belard's new book features 254 pages dedicated to Elvis’ love of rings.
The photos include close-ups of so much glorious "Bling" along with stories of Elvis wearing them on-stage and even where they ended up.
Go here to read our review by Kees Mouwen and Nigel Patterson
(Book Review, Source:DayByDay/ElvisInformationNetwork)


Priscilla At Elvis Week 2021: In a neat push to ramp up excitmednt about this year's Elvis Week, Graceland is excited to announce that Priscilla Presley will make special appearances during Elvis Week 2021 at ELVIS IN CONCERT on August 16 and CONVERSATIONS ON ELVIS on August 17 at the Graceland Soundstage, in addition to attending the exclusive cocktail party on Graceland’s Back Lawn for Elvis Week Platinum Package Holders on August 17.
New Guests for Elvis Week include Dixie Locke Emmons at Conversations on Elvis on August 17; Sam Thompson, Norbert Putnam and David Briggs at Conversations on Elvis on August 14; and Charles Stone at Fan Celebration on August 16.
A limited amount of Platinum Elvis Week Packages including the exclusive cocktail party are still available. Yours for only US$1,650 each!
(EIN would want to meet ELVIS at that price!)
Go here to Graceland for tickets and more info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Jay Thompson and Elvis Presley' Spotlight: In April 1956 Disc-jockey Jay Thompson, from Breckenridge radio station KSTB, interviewed a young Elvis Presley while he was touring through Texas on a string of one-night stands. In that 1956 interview Elvis interestingly revealed that he was previously training to be an electrician, that his first movie would be The Rainmaker and that he did not know Bill Black or Scotty Moore before their Sun session.

In 1982 Elvis fan Scott Wheeler befriended and interviewed Jay Thompson about the experience. Although Jay never actively participated in Elvis-related events or productions in later years he also never sought notoriety for the interview either. However we believe it's important that Jay Thompson be well remembered for his valuable contribution to the history of Elvis.

Go here to our special Spotlight - plus Elvis' Wichita Falls Interview - by Scott Wheeler / Piers Beagley...
(Spotlight; Source;SW/ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set 'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' was released last month.
The CDs contain rehearsal highlights from one of the most memorable periods in Elvis’ career - his captivating performances at The International Hotel Las Vegas in the summer of 1970. With remastered audio and accompanying 40-page booklet the package is aimed at the general public, plus Elvis collectors who could not afford last year's FTD fan club deluxe release.
Elvis’ glorious rehearsals on 24 July at RCA studios are the real key to this release. Twenty seven classic performances and with Elvis not only rehearsing the familiar songs we would all come to know from the MGM movie but also songs he would never perform on stage.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover some neat surprises along the way.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


MRS June VINYL Releases: The UK Memphis Recording Service will release 3 separate vinyl releases in June 2021.
These are strictly Limited Edition sets and will be available in both Black and Clear vinyl.
Please note, the clear vinyl is ONLY available from Elvis fan clubs and exclusive Elvis dealers and WILL NOT be available to the mainstream public and stores.
The 3 vinyl releases are as follows:

SUMMER FESTIVAL 1970 - THE REHEARSALS
(3LP 180g GATEFOLD)
This triple album set contains rehearsal highlights from one of the most memorable periods in Elvis’ career - his captivating performances at The International Hotel Las Vegas in the summer of 1970. These truly historical recordings, remastered and restored, capture the raw and early development of songs that were performed weeks later in Las Vegas and which were recorded by the MGM cameras for Elvis' stunning TTWII movie.

The album features 48 recordings from Elvis' rehearsals at MGM Culver City 15 July 1970 as well as his stunning session at RCA Studios, Hollywood, 24 July 1970.

 

 

Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details

LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS ELVIS – JANUARY THRU FEBRUARY 1970
(2LP 180g GATEFOLD)

This double LP contains Elvis’ second engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel in January & February 1970.

The first LP features Elvis Opening Show, 26th JANUARY 1970, the second album features the season's Closing Show, 23rd FEBRUARY 1970

 

 

Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details

 

LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS ELVIS – AUGUST 1969
(Single LP 180g)
This single album contains the earliest known recorded performance from Elvis’ first engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel in August 1969.

Capturing Elvis at his energised best weeks before the RCA mobile van arrived to record his later 1969 performances that would be compiled into his classic 'In Person' album.

 

Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details

 



'Elvis Presley Recorded Live At The Fontainebleau' New CD: The Memphis Mansion label announces a brand new CD release, 'Elvis Presley Recorded Live At The Fontainebleau'.
This features 'The Frank Sinatra Timex Special with Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis, jr., Joey Bishop, Nancy Sinatra, Peter Lawford'.
Recorded 26th of March, 1960. Shown on television for the first time on the 12th of May, 1960.
For the first time ever, you will hear the show in a completely magical sound quality! Comes from a newly found acetate.
We guarantee that you have NEVER heard this show in this kind of HiFi quality!!
If you want to give yourself a blast of a new Elvis experience, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy this release!
Go here to Memphis Mansion to Pre-order and full tracklisting - €13.75.

(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)


(Interview): Joe Shooman (author of An A-Z of Elvis: Infrequently Asked Questions) talks to EIN: Joe Shooman’s new book is unlike any other Elvis book you’ve read. Its subject matter (presented in encyclopedic style) is offbeat and at times confronting, with amazing beliefs from the outer limits of the Elvis world.

In his interview with Nigel Patterson, Shooman notes, "I'm a journalist above all so I tend to dwell on things that are factual, but as a fan of Elvis I am also drawn toward the rich and wonderful theories that abound in pop culture...."

Join EIN to find out why the author chose such an unusual theme for the book and be intrigued as he reveals information that challenges our usual understanding of the Elvis story, such as British pop star, Tommy Steele, taking Elvis on a tour of London in 1958, the “elusive” Presley (Commission) Report, and Vernon Presley not being Elvis’ biological father.


(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


“Skin on skin. I think it was good’ – my night with Elvis: Gael Greene is a name not instantly recognisable in the Elvis story. Ms Greene is a highly celebrated American restaurant critic, author and novelist. And, if we are to believe the account in her easily digestible and nourishingly satisfying memoir, Insatiable Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess (2006), her name should be one we well know. Variously described as being audacious, sensuous and with fierce wit, Insatiable is a fulsome read....” a plateful of pleasure without any guilt”.
(EIN can attest to the unending and moreish delights of Ms Greene’s life as recorded in her book – for the record, it appears she believes ‘the best lover turns into a pizza at 3 am’)
The opening chapter, The Fried Egg and I, is about Ms Greene’s encounter with Elvis.
It is deliciously tasty to say the least (and we are only providing one tantalising morsel of the salivating information on offer). An aspiring journalist, but yet to be employed by any newspaper, Ms Greene wrote to the Colonel in 1956 asking to interview Elvis, and managed an invite to his official press conference where she was befriended by Lamar Fike (who likely realised the lithe and attractive Ms Greene, would be to Elvis’ taste).
As the story unfolds, she was led to the bedroom by Elvis where things became a blur because of the moment and the incessant noise from the street below where young teen girls were chanting: “We want Elvis. We want Elvis.” Ms Greene’s post-coital account is nutritionally amusing, and reveals the culinary significance of the fried egg.
While the chapter is only three and a half pages long, its placement as the entrée to her wonderfully moreish life, is tastefully telling.
(News, Source: ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis slunk directly toward me, “And who are you?”
I babbled something.
Elvis didn’t seem to be listening. Silently, he took my hand, and led me to a bedroom. I was thinking, Oh my God … this is Elvis… . I am going to do it with Elvis. I am not going to be coy. I will not make him talk me into it. He didn’t ask. I didn’t answer. He closed the door, dropped his pants ...
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(Interview) Evangelos Proiou, President of the official Greek Elvis fan club talk to EIN: In the past year EIN has interviewed several Elvis fan club presidents from around the world (Jean-Marie Pouzenc - France and Carlos Ares – Argentina). 

In our latest interview, we talk with Evangelos Proiou. Evangelos, and his wife, Anna, have been running the Elvis Forever Fan Club of Greece for more than four decades.
Evangelos discusses a range of topics including Elvis’ most successful records and films in Greece, rare Greek releases, and promotion of Elvis in Greece.


Read Evangelos’ full interview

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


'The Something For Everybody Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released Released back in November 202, 'The Something For Everybody Sessions' (ft 'The Wild In The Country Sessions') was another in FTD’s “complete sessions” releases. An 8 inch deluxe 4-CD package featuring a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and movie data, memorabilia and rare photos. It includes remixed and remastered unreleased studio outtakes - all the RCA session takes from Elvis' RCA November 7 / 8, 1960 and March 12 / 13, 1961 recording sessions.
On close investigation we discover various Elvis comments that had been previously edited out such as, “I’m gonna’ get this son-of-a-bitch” on ‘Give Me The Right’ - while the frustration of the repetitive 'Wild In The Country Sessions' also becomes obvious.

But it there really enough previously unreleased material to makes this session worth purchasing all over again?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new Deluxe set and discovers some hidden delights for session collectors....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Book Review 'An A-Z of Elvis': Joe Shooman’s new book 'An A-Z of Elvis... Infrequently Asked Questions' is an offbeat look at various parts of the Elvis story.
As the author notes, "This isn’t your bog-standard rehash of the same old Elvis tropes, instead we decided to look for the weird and wonderful…"

The A-Z entries are a diverse, eclectic collection, from the well-known to the weird and controversial. Each entry is afforded a paragraph or two up to a page of interesting text, with many of the entries complemented by impressive contemporary, hand drawn, artwork.

Our review discovers that at times, there is an almost punk sensibility in the narrative as author Joe Shooman dredges the darkest recesses of the multi-layered Elvis story and occasionally assaults the reader’s conception of Elvis Presley reality....


Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson checks out this fascinating sounding publication.

 

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis UK3' Book UPDATE: Elvis collectors will be interested to know that the new on-line book 'Elvis UK3' by John Townson and Gordon Minto has already undergone its first update.

They note.. "Following the launch of 'Elvis UK3' in February, as promised, we have carried out the first of our planned (and periodic) updates - taking the opportunity to correct some minor typos at the same time, also.
This update had been held back pending the release of FTD’s 'The His Hand In Mine Sessions', and this information has now been added to the text in the appropriate places.
All subscribers will have immediate access to the changes seamlessly - they don’t need to do anything!"


EIN is impressed that the work can be updated so quickly in this ever-expanding Elvis world.

Go here for EIN's in-depth review and page samples

(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis 'Just Pretend': Need a quality blast of Elvis to get you to the weekend?
Check out this lovely High-Res YouTube clip of Elvis' classic Just Pretend.
Filmed at his Midnight show August 11th 1970.

How easy it is to forget that 'Just Pretend' was not included in the original 1970 TTWII theatrical release.

CLICK HERE to YouTube for 4 minutes of pure Elvis magic

 

 


(News, Source;RobV/ElvisInfoNet)


Book Review - 'ELVIS UK3': Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus illustrations.
This examination of Elvis’ British releases is an incredibly detailed narrative and visual record of his CD releases in the UK from 1983 to 2005. The first Elvis CD, 'The Legend' (3CD), was released in the UK in December 1983. Reflecting the fledgling nature of the format, UK fans had to wait another 12 months until the release of not one, but three, Elvis albums, in December 1984. By that time, the flood gates for the CD medium were starting to strain.
As with the authors’ earlier two volumes on Elvis UK vinyl releases, the information in Elvis UK3 is exhaustive.
To say that Elvis UK3 was well-researched would be a serious understatement. There is so much information in this book that it is difficult to comprehensively review it all. While many collectors will be most interested in the technical details for each entry, the author’s narrative is excellent.
Released using the flipbook format EIN tested Elvis UK3 on four platforms - a 28” computer monitor, 14” tablet, iPad 8 and a 6.5” android mobile phone.
EIN's Nigel Patterson has spent plenty of time reading through this massive work and here presents his in-depth review ...

(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Elvis "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD.
'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960...
'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962...
'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.- Release date: March 12, 2021. From Amazon for $14.99.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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'The Best Use of Elvis Music in Recent Movies': In the first two decades after his untimely death it was rare to hear an Elvis song in a new feature film - and certainly not in a TV advert.
EPE / BMG seemed reluctant to licence Elvis' music which is strange considering the amount of sub-standard Elvis products they were pumping out to fans. But everything changed in 2002 with ‘ALLC' hitting number one all around the world .
So with Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic in production it's a good time to revisit some of the best use of Elvis music in recent movies.
Film producers have discovered that using ELVIS in recent movie soundtracks can be a powerful and positive idea.
From the cartoon Lilo & Stitch to the blockbuster Blade Runner 2049 and the Elton John biopic Rocketman, the use of Elvis songs in the soundtrack can add that something special.
EIN lists Movie blog Screenrant's recently posted Top Ten and also adds EIN readers favourites.
Visit our EIN spotlight and also send us YOUR THOUGHTS on your favourite use of ELVIS in modern films.
(Spotlight, Source;SR/ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Day By Day 2020' Book Review: 2020 is a year none of us will forget. But as we all tried to adapt to a "new normal" the wonderful world of Elvis Presley provided a very fine distraction. 2020 brought us several great Elvis releases on CD and vinyl (lots of it!), many new books, movie releases on DVD, Blu-ray and in cinemas around the world. We had to say good-bye to friends from the Elvis world and there was the Covid-19 pandemic, which had a huge impact on the Elvis world too.

Everything Elvis Presley from 2020 is captured in this comprehensive, day-by-day yearbook. Fully illustrated, with new in-depth reviews, articles and interviews on the main - and odd-ball - releases of the year. The good, the bad, the funny and the sad, and even the news and reviews you may have missed. All packed in one comprehensive book to revisit 2020 as it happened.

The book is.. "Impeccably written, in an attractive and easy to read composition, it is peppered with facts accompanied by high quality B&W and color pictures. It demonstrates in detail that Elvis is still present and influential."
Go here to Elvis author Paul Belard's full review..
(Book Reviews, Source;PB/ElvisInfoNet)


Interview: 'ELVIS UK3' authors John Townson & Gordon Minto: Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus high quality black and white and colour illustrations.
It is a massive undertaking that provides the definitive guide to Elvis's UK compact disc releases from the ' The Legend' - the world's first ever Elvis compact disc in 1983 - in meticulous and unprecedented detail.
Every single, RCA, FTD and third party album (all 450 of them!) issued up to 2005 are written about individually in fascinating detail, arranged in chronological order, carefully cross-referenced, while charting and describing company and industry developments along the way.
With such a massive book EIN readers have asked questions such as..
- Who is this book actually aimed at?
- Did you learn particular new insights into RCA's marketing on Elvis?
- How important was Roger Semon in changing Elvis' musical legacy
- Was 'The King Of Rock n Roll' box-set the true turning point?
- Should RCA have stuck to 'The Beatles' approach of only one essential release per year?
- Why is it a digital release and not a hard-back?

EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed authors John Townson and Gordon Minto to find out more about this amazing work ...
Go here to their fascinating and detailed interview
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Week' Tickets On Sale Now: Elvis Week 2021 will mark the 44th anniversary of Elvis’ passing and Graceland is hoping for the gathering of thousands of Elvis fans and friends.
Taking place August 11-17, Elvis Week is an annual, multi-day gathering celebrating Elvis’ life and legacy. Hopefully CV19 restrictions will be sorted by mid-summer.
It has become a pop-culture phenomenon and an annual pilgrimage for music lovers from around the world.
Events include appearances by celebrities and musicians, live concerts, panel discussions, meet and greet opportunities, parties, fan events, the usual Elvis Impersonator / Tribute Artist Contests, special bus excursions around Memphis and to Tupelo, and much more.
Events and special tours will be held at the Mansion, the entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the Guest House at Graceland hotel, and the Graceland Exhibition Center, home to the Jungle Room Bar.
Tickets for all Elvis Week events are on sale now!
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


ELVIS WEEK 2021 Schedule Announced: Graceland has just announced the Elvis Week 2021 schedule and we cannot wait to welcome fans back to Memphis in August for a celebration like no other!
It will be a great time to gather again with friends to celebrate the music, movies, and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Week 2021 highlights include a 50th anniversary concert celebrating Elvis’ Nashville recording sessions, Blue Hawaii Luau, Ultimate ETA Contests and concerts, exclusive tours, first-time experiences, Elvis in concert on the big screen, and much more! An Elvis Week not-to-be-missed!
Tickets and Packages go on Sale Friday, February 12
Note - COVID-19 Protocols will be in place for all events. This includes the requirement of masks, temperature screenings, and socially distanced seating.

EIN Note: Many of the events are what were planned for Elvis Week 2020, let's hope the COVID-19 situation has calmed down by August.

The two Highlights for EIN would be ...
- Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniversary Concert - August 13
Celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at Nashville’s Studio B in 1970 and 1971 with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, and Charlie McCoy, who shared the studio with Elvis during these legendary recordings. Joined by vocalists Terry Mike Jeffrey and Dean Z, this concert will feature an unforgettable evening of music and storytelling. From fan favorites songs such as “Just Pretend” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to “I’ve Lost You” and “Stranger in the Crowd” – enjoy a very special night of Elvis music at the Graceland Soundstage.
- Elvis In Concert - August 16th
Celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Graceland during this live concert experience featuring amazing on-screen performances by Elvis himself, backed on stage by a live band with special guest appearances by TCB Band members guitarist James Burton and piano player Glen Hardin, plus Terry Blackwood and The Imperials. A not-to-be-missed concert event!
- ‘Down In The Jungle Room’ – is once again a special Event at $750 per ticket!
Only 10 tours available on each date; Limited to two tours per purchaser.
- Also this year ‘Hidden Graceland Tours’ yours for only $500!
Only 10 tours available on each date; Limited to two tours per purchaser.
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


(Interview) Brandon Yip (author of Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” in Canada): Elvis only performed outside the USA on five occasions – all shows in Canada in 1957. Canadian born and bred writer and author, Brandon Yip, formed an obsession about Elvis’ Canadian concerts.
Dissatisfied with the information he had read about the shows, particularly Elvis’ final Canadian performance in Vancouver, Brandon went in search of more information, tracking down and interviewing people who were lucky enough to see Elvis “live” in Canada.

The result of his research is his new book, Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” in Canada. It includes first-hand accounts by fans and legendary Canadian radio DJ, Red Robinson.

Brandon recently took time out to talk with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about his book and what he found.

Read the full interview here


(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


Tony Plews - 'Walk A Lonely Street' - INTERVIEW: Recently published author Tony Plews' 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”.
The book, Walk A Lonely Street, spans over one hundred years and involves scores of singers and their songs, it uncovers the truth, placing events in context, and revealing the astonishing depth of Presley’s artistic vision and achievements.
It is unlike any Elvis book that you will have read before.
EIN wanted to know some answers such as.....
- Part biography, part investigation, part reference and part thriller, how did he come up with the concept
- Why does a book about "Heartbreak Hotel" start in 1865
- How did he find connections to Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden and even Delta Pinney (who shot that lonely man) and what did they think when he came calling?
EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed author Tony Plews to find out how he came up with such an incredible concept for his first book - and what discoveries he made along the way...
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) Inventing Elvis – An American Icon in a Cold War World (Mathias Haeussler): The latest academic examination of the Elvis Presley story explores his relationship in the context of a rising trans-national youth culture and Cold War politics. Assistant Professor Mathias Haeussler has written a powerful account of how Elvis’ role in each of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was an evolutionary one, reflecting the broader socio-cultural and political changes of each decade.
The subject matter is diverse, ranging from Elvis’ image as a threat to the morals of youth in the 1950s (in a sense mirroring the threat of communism), to the cultural imperialism reflected his 1960s movies (while American culture and political influence was spreading globally), and Elvis’ decline in the 1970s (at a time when America was reeling from its own excesses including the disastrous Vietnam War).

Read EIN Nigel Patterson's in-depth review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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(Book Review) Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969 (Carlos Ares): The second volume in Carlos Ares’ series of “coffee table” books detailing Elvis’ reception in Argentina is another high quality production. With a great balance between informative text, colorful images and impressive archival artefacts, it is a worthy inclusion in any fan’s Elvis library.

It is available in English and Spanish text editions.

Read EIN Nigel Patterson’s detailed review

 

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)


'Walk A Lonely Street' Book Review: Recently published Tony Plews, 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that changed the world.
In EIN Piers Beagley's detailed review he discovers that.. the true joy of this book is Tony Plews’ delightful and engaging writing style. His detailed research and his mix of facts and imagination blend together to create an emotional narrative that really draws the reader in. At times he also adds a nice British, somewhat droll, sense of humour that can make you laugh out loud. A totally enthralling musical journey, Tony Plews writes with a truly engaging, colourful and passionate style. If your love of Elvis is based upon his amazing musical legacy then this is the book for you....
Go here to EIN's 'Walk A Lonely Street' in-depth review
Coming Wednesday.. EIN interviews author Tony Plews
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Box-set EIN In-Depth Review: A 4CD collection presenting the definitive chronicle of Elvis' 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B over the course of an epic five day run in June 1970 now, for the first time, the sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang without the added overdubs appearing on earlier releases.
Elvis’ 1970 Nashville session was very different from the previous Memphis sessions or even Elvis’ later sessions. Nashville was a real mix of Elvis recording RCA supplied demos along with one-take spontaneous favourites Elvis threw into the mix.
As Elvis noted, "It don't take much to get these guys going, boy, I'll tell you…. Just give them a "well..." and they're gone. That's what I call 'Sittin' on ready".
EIN's Piers Beagley explores this new box-set to discover one of the best Elvis releases in years..
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

US CD box-set
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UK Vinyl
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(Book Review) 'Technicolor to Black & White' (Jean-Marie Pouzenc): The latest ‘coffee table” multi-media” (book, CD and 10” vinyl) set from Jean-Marie Pouzenc continues his history of producing fan pleasing, high quality, releases!
Focusing on Elvis’ film career in France it is a wonderfully expressive record of its subject and offers a neatly balanced package between its narrative, visual, archival and audio elements.

Elvis didn’t incarnate almost supernatural heroes, he was you and he was all of us. He played an everyday guy, an ordinary character with a job....(Jean-Marie Pouzenc)

Read EIN’s detailed review by Nigel Patterson

 

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) From Elvis in Memphis (Eric Wolfson): The 150th volume in the popular Bloomsbury Academic 33 1/3 series of music history and criticism books is Eric Wolfson’s From Elvis in Memphis (due out on 12 November).
EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently sat down and submerged himself in what is the first (and long overdue) extensive examination of any Elvis album.
What Nigel found was a deeply considered, strongly written, and thought provoking analysis of what many regard as Elvis’ finest album.

.. "In 1968, Elvis Presley was worse than dead – he was irrelevant. After helping to establish rock and roll as a cultural force and becoming its biggest star in the 1950s, he now found himself eclipsed by the music. New artists like the Beatles and Bob Dylan blew the mid-1960’s rock landscape wide open.. Elvis, once the epitome of the young and exciting rock and roll star, had become old and stale.
From the moment that From Elvis in Memphis begins with a rock and roll Odysseus returning home after “a little while”, the album refuses to settle. Over the course of the record, people drive eight-wheel locomotives, ride in long black limousines, and soar like beautiful birds...."

Read Nigel’s detailed 3,000+ words review of From Elvis in Memphis

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


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Jean-Marie Pouzenc Interview: Jean-Marie Pouzenc is one of Europe's most well-known identities in the Elvis fan world. He is the founder and long-time president of the celebrated Elvis My Happiness fan club and publishes one of the best Elvis magazines in the world.
Jean-Marie has also written a number of acclaimed Elvis books including his latest coffee table release, Elvis Technicolor in Black & White.
In this fascinating interview Jean-Marie Pouzenc, now 77 years old, discusses...
- How and when he became an Elvis fan
- What changes he has noticed in the Elvis world since 1956
- Elvis' popularity in France
- His new publication 'Elvis Technicolor in Black & White'
- Elvis in Paris
. . . . and much, much more

Go here - EIN's Nigel Patterson ask the questions

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


‘TTWII 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ FTD Book Review: FTD's most expensive set ever published, David English and Pal Granlund bring the complete background story of 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie's 1970 release, this ultimate collector's edition includes two hardback books, eight cds with over 450 minutes of music, including newly discovered unreleased performances.
With access to 2,000 original negatives and 35mm slides, restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before, the book also contains items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
Two books, 600 pages, plus all the MGM recorded rehearsals - including 70 tracks officially unreleased.
FTD's most expensive set but with the vast majority of the rehearsals already out on bootleg, can it really be worth the US$270 plus postage. Initially Sold Out and already into its first reprint what makes it so desirable?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our 6000 word review including plenty of extracts and stunning images.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Arlo Guthrie 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You': A marvelous story for CV19 lockdown.
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie (son of legend Woody Guthrie) tells a truly wonderful life-affirming story of singing Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You' at a European folk festival, to 30,000 folk music lovers!
He jokes about choosing a song made popular by 'The King of Folk Singers' Elvis Presley. 
Arlo Guthrie teases fellow musician Pete Seeger about him being a core "Folkie" and exactly how Elvis' music fits into the whole equation.
After all everyone knows Elvis' music and the world is a better place if you are an ELVIS fan.
Live at Wolftrap, August 8, 1993
Go here to YouTube for a life-affirming 9 minutes.
EIN HIGHLY recommended
with big THANKS to our friend James Bracken
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Amazon Deals on ELVIS Blu-rays - Beware of excessive prices at some Elvis dealers.
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'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade: Rather like Elvis’s own career, each decade since Elvis’s death appears to have had a theme or identity of its own. Clearly the late 1970s were difficult for RCA as they struggled to find the right direction with which to take their posthumous releases, and so it was the 1980s that was the decade when the company slowly but surely learned how to look back at Elvis's legacy and start to make some sense of it.
The 1990s were when that reached a peak, with the decades boxed sets, and the Elvis in the 90s series, thus bringing virtually the whole catalogue back into print in a coherent way.
The 2000s were when errors of judgement at retail level started to occur (despite huge successes like Elv1s), but also when FTD came into its own and flourished.
And so what will we make of Elvis releases of the 2010s when we look back on them from the future?
Go here for EIN contributor Shane Brown's personal take on the highs and lows of Elvis product that has come our way over the last decade....
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)
One of EIN most popular recent articles - NOW UPDATED with YOUR comments - Have YOUR SAY - do you agree with Shane's comments? What were YOUR favourite releases and why?

ELVIS 'Live 1969'
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Elvis LIVE Aug 23, 1969 Album Review + Elvis Concert Review 1969: ... "The atmosphere throughout the entire hotel was nail-bitingly electric! It is difficult for me to describe and paint a true portrait of attending in person this unique occasion - Elvis' Return to Splendor LIVE in 1969 - but I'll try my best.  I want, and hope, you will understand the excitement of what has to be the pinnacle of Elvis' career to date!"
Joan Gansky was lucky because not only was she in the audience for Elvis' TV musical renaissance of the '68 NBC Special but she also saw Elvis at his most dynamic - first at his August 22nd 1969 Midnight Show and then the following night at his August 23rd Dinner Show.
Joan Gansky has written this insightful and emotional article for EIN in 2019, fifty years later, looking back at this special event from 1969 as well as providing her review of the new RCA vinyl album of the August 23rd Dinner Show.
One of EIN's most important articles we have ever published - Go here for Joan and Paul Gansky's incredible articles and exclusive photos
(Review/Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)



'What was Elvis searching for?' EIN Spotlight: The question is raised – but never answered – in the title of HBO’s recent absorbing, imperfect documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'.
At the start it seems clear what the teenage Elvis was searching for – an escape from the oblivion of poverty in the American South. Yet his quest was cultural as well as financial.
Later Elvis read obsessively, seeking out such books as The Impersonal Life, Joseph Brenner’s guide to self-discovery and Kahil Gibran’s book of fables, The Prophet. In his copy of Gibran’s tome, Elvis jotted down the line: “A singer can sing his songs but he must have an ear to receive the song”.
So what exactly was Elvis searching for? In this fascinating EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this all important question which, for some reason, was basically ignored in the recent HBO documentary..

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)



The VINYL Boom: Over 7.6 million vinyl LPs were sold in the USA during the first half of 2018, a 20% increase from the previous year, while in Australia vinyl sales increased by $3 million, the same increase of 20%. In the same period CD sales however dropped by 15%.
Elvis vinyl is still selling very nicely with ‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ recently in the UK Top ten VINYL charts.
And there is plenty of Elvis Presley vinyl on offer....

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ on GOLD Vinyl: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits was re-released by Sony Music on GOLD Vinyl on 12 October. UK's Entertainment-Focus have posted this cute review.
... What is there to say about Elvis Presley that hasn’t already been said?
It may be 41 years since the icon died tragically at only 42 years old but his music continues to live on, and likely will forever. It’s actually mind-blowing to think that his music has survived for almost as long as he was alive. In 2002 Sony Music released a new greatest hits collection titled ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which dominated charts across the world and sold millions and millions of copies. 16 years on from its original release, ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits has been reissued on 2LP vinyl.
Taking inspiration from the album cover, the release has been pressed on gold vinyl making the whole package feel very special.
Presley was an incredibly prolific artist so getting this collection down to 31 tracks was no easy feat. It also includes the ALLC Junkie XL remix.
 What was achieved with ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits though, is a

collection that gives you all the highlights you need from The King’s career to showcase the incredible impact he had on music. The album opens with Heartbreak Hotel and there isn’t a single filler track here.
It’s actually near impossible to pick out highlights across the 2LPs because every single one of these songs is a classic.
Of course no Elvis collection would be complete without Suspicious Minds and that track is near the end of the track listing on the final side.
The release features the artwork from the original 2002 release and it’s a beautiful, high-quality gatefold. I mentioned earlier about the gold vinyl but what I’ve not commented on yet is the sound. The CD version was a little patchy given that the songs were all recorded at different times. It’s not as noticeable on the vinyl release and the quality is crystal clear. The warm crackle of vinyl adds to the overall feel too.
ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan. While he had plenty of great songs that aren’t featured here, this collection truly is the definitive one to own. There’s not a single bad song here and it’s lengthy enough to give you value for money. The whole vinyl package is fantastic and it looks as good as it sounds.
They don’t make artists like Elvis anymore and they probably never will again.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ GOLD Vinyl Double LP.

'ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits' is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan.

The Official 'A Boy From Tupelo' Vinyl album is still selling, while there are some interesting Public Domain Vinyl releases out in the UK including 'Jailhouse Rock' with 16 tracks even including 'Lonesome Cowboy'! Also the rather odd CD called 'Girls! Girls! Girls! + Loving You' with thirty tracks including Bonus tracks such as 'Is It So Strange' and even 'Good Luck Charm' out 29 October 2018 from Hoo Doo Records!

 

 

 

 


'ELVIS ON TOUR - 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' IN-Depth Review: Amiga International's long awaited LIMITED-EDITION boxset featuring 9-CD’s, all remastered, of all known recordings made for the Golden Globe Award-winning concert documentary ELVIS ON TOUR is OUT NOW. It includes the premiere of the complete rehearsal recorded in Buffalo, NY on April 5, 1972, with three previously unreleased performances.
The 13-inch boxset also includes a huge 128-page hardcover book containing detailed essays of the entire April 1972 tour with RARE AND UNPUBLISHED photographs and related memorabilia.

When considering the lack of attention paid to this concert documentary, it seems a shame that so few official releases have emerged. It is for this reason that AMIGA International presents this deluxe package to honor the excellent recordings made for the much neglected "Elvis On Tour" film.


Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Mindi Miller Interview with EIN: Mindi Miller was a working actress when she met Elvis in early 1975. She was interested in karate (she performed all her own movie stunts), exploring spirituality and the Bible and so they had a lot in common.
Mindi Miller and Elvis bonded over their common interests and soon afterwards he asked her to go on tour with him in April 1975.
She stayed friends with Elvis through the years - along with members of the 'Memphis Mafia' - and attended his funeral.

EIN's Sanja Meegin recently caught up with Mindi Miller to talk about her close friendship with Elvis over the years.
In this fascinating interview she discusses. . .
- Her first night with Elvis
- How Elvis persuaded her to cancel her overseas movie & modelling plans
- Their mutual interest in Karate
- Graceland and meeting Lisa Marie
- Attending Elvis' funeral 
. . . and much much more...
Go here for EIN's Sanja Meegin and her intimate and detailed discussion with the delightful Mindi Miller - Now with Reader Feedback.

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


Official Elvis CD Box-sets at bargain prices through Amazon UK

'Marty Lacker: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that last month EIN had to report on the death of our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker. We will miss him dearly.
Marty is well-known as one of the key members of the Memphis Mafia and also co-Best Man at Elvis' wedding. He was known for both his honesty and being forthright with his opinions. He was the only member of the Memphis Mafia who still watched and commented on recent Elvis News. He had no issue with holding people to account (especially ones who would inflate their importance within Elvis' legacy) and would regularly ask EIN to add his comments or to correct any inaccuracy.
Elvis fans often ask about Marty Lacker's background, how he came to meet Elvis, as well as his involvement in the music industry outside of working for The King.
As a prelude to Ken Sharp's fascinating interview with Marty Lacker and a discussion about Elvis' famous American Studio' Memphis sessions, EIN presents "Marty Lacker: a life well-lived" in which Marty tells of his life in the music industry, his friendship with Elvis along with his dislike of the over-controlling Col Parker.
Go here to learn all you need to know about Marty Lacker as well as Elvis outstanding Memphis American Sound sessions in 1969.
(Spotlight; Source,KenSharp/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Marty Lacker RIP : Sadly Marty will no longer be able to answer all your those fascinating questions, but his honesty and openess should not be forgotten.

- Chips Moman (RIP) later thoughts on Elvis
- Being a consultant on 1979 "ELVIS" movie.
- The demonstrations in Memphis this Elvis Week.
- Felton Jarvis as Elvis' Executive Album Producer.
- The Jungle Room sessions
- Elvis might have some illegitimate children
- Why did Elvis never travel to holiday in Europe,
- Is David Stanley, Holy Priest of truth, OR a liarGo here to 'ASK MARTY' to remember the great man.

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words! The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

Unfortunately the book has not arrived in Australia yet so I have not seen the final product!
Go here to see his very detailed review - plus more new preview pages - EIN thanks Mike Lodge for the review
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

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