Saturday 31 December 2022- ... HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR... EIN wishes you all the best.
Elvis Presley’s Most-Streamed Songs on Spotify: Thanks to 'kriss2999' on the fabulous 'Phoenix Elvis Forum' we can end the year with a fascinating list of Elvis' most streamed songs on Spotify.
The Christmas season of course pushed some interesting festive songs into the top twenty. 1 Can't Help Falling in Love 628,566,401
2 Jailhouse Rock 356,538,073
3 Suspicious Minds 348,536,905
4 Blue Christmas 292,315,496
5 Burning Love 211,983,251
6 Hound Dog 200,280,523
7 A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix) 162,557,735
8 In the Ghetto 135,873,090
9 Always On My Mind 122,507,040
10 Don't Be Cruel 115,078,648
11 Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) 114,895,728
12 Heartbreak Hotel 112,966,385
13 Devil in Disguise 104,417,947
14 Blue Suede Shoes 102,061,411
15 O Little Town of Bethlehem 50,708,325
16 Unchained Melody (Live at Ann Arbor) 43,001,503
17 Santa Claus Is Back In Town 28,697,673
18 Silent Night 23,613,423
19 Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) 23,521,128
20 (Duets) Blue Christmas 21,202,551
The real suprise to EIN is to see 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' above so many other classics. (News, Source;Phoenix/EIN)
First Printing "SOLD OUT" - 'Elvis Presley on Compact Disc: First Australian Edition' (Books One to Five): Bob Hayden has advised EIN that following our news item last week about his latest set of Elvis books, the first printing has "SOLD OUT". Due to the demand for the books, Bob is arranging for a second printing which should be available later this month. EIN's original news item:
Prolific Australian Elvis and rock and Roll author-researcher, Bob Hayden, has just released his latest, five-volume Elvis set. Elvis On CDshowcases all of Elvis' CD releases in Australia between 1985 and 2023, including RCA, BMG, Sony, various artists compilations, box sets, promo releases, known CD sales, and more. Both CDs printed in Australia and RCA/BMG/Sony "import" releases, are featured as well as release variations.
The books are softcover and printed on high quality gloss paper stock. Each CD is presented in glorious full colour (front and back covers, CD disc, plus promotional material). There is also an alphabetical listing of the 248 CDs featured in the set. Book One includes informative and detailed narrative sections about the History of Elvis CDS in Australia (RCA-BMG-Sony), and Elvis Downunder: A Fragmented Experience - RCA/BMG/Sony, The Fans, Record and Compact Disc Sales. Each book contains 72 to 76 pages.
Bob originally considered publishing the set as a one volume “coffee table” book, but at around 360 pages with hundreds of colour photos, the cost was prohibitive.
To find out more or order the books, Bob can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org (News, Source: EIN)
Tuesday 27 December 2022
Austin Butler on Saturday Night Live: EIN meant to include this on Christmas Day but it slipped away in a flash of reindeers!
Austin Butler's recent appearance on SNL was a smash hit and the ELVIS star was hilarious in his debut. The final “Saturday Night Live” of 2022 proved doubly emotional, as it was announced mere hours before the episode aired that it would be Cecily Strong’s final “SNL.” She said her own goodbye earlier but an iconic moment was born towards the end of the show as Austin Butler transitioned into the Elvis classic Blue Christmas... 'And I know I speak for everyone else when I say, 'I'll have a Blue Christmas without you...' and sang “Blue Christmas” as a farewell to Strong and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
As the song wound down to a close, a tearful Cecily gave a hug to Austin and to her other fellow cast members as she bid them all a final farewell on stage.
The track was a perfect way to end the SNL episode, but Austin Butler was a brilliant success as a debut host on the show, beginning with his opening monologue where he choked up as he paid tribute to his late mother.
The former Disney channel star stepped onto the decorated stage as the audience excitedly welcomed him with a cheerful applause at the beginning of the episode.
He opted for a sleek, black suit comprising of a double-breasted jacket and loose-fitting slacks.
The star chose to not add a shirt underneath the jacket for a stylish flare.
You can see all the Highlights here via NBC Insider (News, Source;NBC/ElvisInfoNet)
Brian Petersen, Elvis Super-Fan has died: Sad news as we heard that Elvis authority Brian Petersen died last week.
A friend beautifully noted, "I am saddened to announce the demise of Brian Petersen, a true Elvis fan.
Brian never hesitated to answer my queries re dates and info on certain Elvis photos.
He is a big loss to the Elvis fandom and I will surely miss him.
May he rest in peace! I am sure he is now in a better place with Elvis. Thank you, Brian, for keeping Elvis’ memory alive and true and accurate for us and future generations of Elvis fans."
Back in 1994 Brian Petersen published the book 'The Atomic Powered Singer' "240 pages of solid facts - a must for any true, rock historian" a top-notch book of the era published as a day-by-day calendar of Elvis Presley's 1956 - the year that took him from being "the most promising C & W artist" to movie star status.
The book is a classic of its time and Brian Petersen was an authority on every aspect of Elvis' legacy.
ELVIS, Marilyn and murder: The SMH this weekend discussed "Was 2022 Australian cinema’s most divisive year?"
In the neat article (which also featured George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing' author Mel Campbell wrote...
This year the Australian films I liked most were works of fabulism: tall stories about storytelling. They defied genre expectations, and foregrounded their constructed, subjective qualities.
All were about monsters: not just supernatural creatures, but also the capacity for evil in human hearts, and the ugly violence that takes root within social structures.
Baz Luhrmann is another Australian movie maximalist, and in ELVIS he found a perfect match for his lurid aesthetic and anachronistic cultural cross-pollination. Much like Baz, Elvis Presley (Austin Butler) has been called a white-
trash provocateur, a corny sentimentalist and a borrower (or even an outright thief) of other people’s work. And his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), was a rotten parasite. The exhilarating vulgarity of ELVIS captures its subject where the respectful mimesis of a conventional creative biopic simply cannot. Luhrmann understands that Presley’s transgressive thrill resided in his body: I knew ELVIS was a winner from the early scene where Luhrmann weaves between close-ups of Butler’s smoky-eyed sneer, sweaty brow and gyrating crotch clad by Catherine Martin in a pink zoot suit, and reaction shots of girls – and some boys – springing to their feet as if on puppet strings, screaming in bewildered ecstasy.
Moreover, ELVIS underlines its subject’s actual musicianship. We see him watching and learning from his Black peers, and live-arranging numbers while vamping with his Las Vegas band. By contrast, many musical biopics are so incurious about where the talent comes from; it’s just always there.
Alongside Presley in the pantheon of 20th-century culture, Marilyn Monroe eternally bestrides a narrow subway vent like a colossus. And many petty viewers watched Andrew Dominik’s film Blonde and tweeted about finding it a dishonourable grave.
Blonde was Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe film. It was at times grotesque and violent, but like ELVIS, it’s a film that understands the grotesque violence of being turned from a human being into an icon. This week I previewed the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody, which shrinks tastefully from its protagonist’s unhappy death in favour of celebrating her magical talent. ELVIS and Blonde feel more honest, even though they’re less ‘accurate’. And that’s really the kind of Australian film that excites me. Humane, playful writers; directors in command of their visual grammar; and actors who commit fully to being present in what Norma Jeane calls “the circle of light”. Go here for full article (News, Source;SMH/ElvisInfoNet)
Sunday 25 December 2022 ..... MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY!. ...
Everyone working at EIN wishes all of our readers a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Let's all wish for a safe, happy & peaceful 2023 ...
I hear a choir
Singing sweetly somewhere
And a glow fills my heart
I'm at peace with the world
As the sound of their singing fills the air
Oh why can't every day be like Christmas?
Why can't that feeling go on endlessly
For if everyday could be just like Christmas, What a wonderful world this would be....
David Bowie’s Christmas impression of Elvis: In a neat coincidence David Bowie and Elvis have the same birthday, January 8th.
Bowie was a keen fan of Elvis, performed Elvis songs in concert and said of Elvis, “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."
David Bowie's first wife Angie said that Bowie could do a “devastating impersonation of Elvis".
So back in 2013 it was no surprise when David Bowie delivered his own BBC Christmas message from the USA in character as Elvis, including the cool, Thank-You-Very-Much.
Bowie joked, "Hello everybody this is David Bowie making a telephone call from the US of A. At this time of the year I can’t help but remember my British-ness and all the jolly British folk, so here’s to you and have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas and a Happy New Year, “Thank you very much.”! Go here to YouTube to listen.
Saturday 24 December 2022 .... I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas .... 1 sleep to go...
'Elvis News '2022 Year In Review': It is the end of the year, so Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier neatly wraps up all the Elvis news with his 2022 year in review.
If you missed any key episodes or any ELVIS news items from this last year then this round up will provide you with all the highlights!
2022 was the BIGGEST year for Elvis since 2002 - It's a great celebration.
'Elvis: From Louisiana and Memphis' OUT NOW: As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD have released their 1976 special ' Elvis: From Louisiana and Memphis'.
This is a FOUR CD set, 5” digi-pak, this set features three 1976 concerts recorded at Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana July 1, 1976, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 2, 1976 and Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee July 5, 1976. OUT NOW if you're lucky it might make it before New Year's Eve.
Priced at £50 / US$61 + postage for three 1976 soundboards! EIN Note: FTD have already released two soundboards from this 1976 tour (June 25 - July 5) Rockin' Across Texas, Fort Worth TX, July 3 and The Bicentennial Show Tulsa, July 4th 2.30pm
Memphis 1976 has been on many FTD collectors' wish-list however it was released as a bootleg as far back as 1997 on Fort Baxter's 'Goodbye Memphis'.
The other soundboard are new, both concerts previously only released as audience recordings Go to 'FTD / SONY CD News 2022' for tracklisting
'Elvis Day By Day - The Year In Review 2022' Pre-order now: The fifth volume in the 'Elvis Day By Day - The Year In Review' yearbook series will be released January 2023 by Poplar Tunes Publishing.
You can pre-order the book - it will be shipped to you as soon as it comes out. "What a great year it was for Elvis fans with Baz Luhrmann's No. 1 award winning 'ELVIS' biopic and soundtrack, putting Elvis back in the spotlight.
Add to that the 50th Anniversary release of 'On Tour', FTD's 'Aloha', classic hits, albums, concerts as well as alternate takes in mono, stereo and HD-quality on CD, vinyl, DVD and 4K Ultra HD discs. There were also interesting books on Elvis' musical catalogue, the SUN years, airplanes, pilot, manager, cars, jewelry, concert tours and much more.
Literally too much to keep track of, the 2022 edition of 'Elvis Day By Day'- volume 5 in the series - contains it all. The foreword is written by Elvis World's Phil Gelormine.
With 400-plus pages - over 70 pages more than the 2021 edition! - this 5th volume in the series is literally a great addition to your Elvis library.
UK Elvis Fans Xmas TV Treat: Good news for UK Elvis fans as the 'Sky Arts' Channel (130 on Sky TV) in the UK is having an Elvis Presley night on Christmas Day.
Something to distract you from the snow and dark winter nights Christmas Day featured programs
6.35pm Elvis On Tour
10.00pm Elvis ’56
11.20pm Elvis concert - Collection of Live Performances
12.20-1.20am Classic Albums ‘Elvis’ 1956 Also New Year’s Day
10.45am Elvis ’56
12.00pm Elvis On Tour
In the evening they are also showing @7pm 'The Beatles 8 Days a Week' for Beatle fans. (News, Source:Paul A. Clarkson UK/ EIN)
Friday 23 December 2022 ....... 2 nights and... I'll Be Home For Christmas ....
Spinout actress Diane McBain died aged 81: Diane McBain best-known to Elvis fans for her role in Spinout as Diana St. Clair author of the book ‘The Perfect American Male’ (!) has died. She was 81.
McBain's career began at the age of 17 after a talent agent scouted her during a high school performance. Following a short stint as a model she made her television debut in 1959 on the western series Maverick and then appeared in TV ‘77 Sunset Strip’ and ABC crime show ‘Surfside 6’.
She left Warner Brothers in 1964 and vied for Elvis Presley’s attention with Shelly Fabares and Deborah Walley in the 1966 movie 'Spinout' she also played Pinky Pinkston on TV's 'Batman'.
In Tom Lisanti’s 2001 book, Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema, McBain said she regretted being typecast as bad girls. “I wanted to play the ingénue. I could never understand why everyone wanted to play the bitch. Because when you go into society, people view you as they see you onscreen. It’s terrible to be thought of as this messy, horrible person when you’re not!”
She starred opposite Richard Burton in the 1960 film Ice Palace and her résumé also included the films Five the Hard Way (1969), I Sailed to Tahiti With an All Girl Crew (1969)
and episodes of Burke’s Law, The Wild Wild West, Police Story, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Hawaii Five-O, Charlie’s Angels, Eight Is Enough, Dallas, Days of Our Lives and Knight Rider.
In an interview McBaine explained, “I loved Elvis. He was wonderful. He was in good shape at that time. I remember him being tall, slender and so beautiful and he had this beautiful voice. I liked him a lot. He probably had affairs with some actresses or co-stars, but not with me. We had a really nice friendship on set. He was a spiritual guy, and he loved to read anything about being spiritual. He wasn’t so much religious, but spiritual. And I, too, was fascinated by those things. So we bonded over that. We used to exchange books on set and it was great fun. We would have conversations all the time about being spiritual. It was a good relationship, very solid. I just thought he was so terrific.”
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/The Hollywood Reporter)
Elvis Presley on Compact Disc - First Australian Edition (Books One to Five): Prolific Australian Elvis and rock and Roll author-researcher, Bob Hayden, has just released his latest, five-volume Elvis set. Elvis On CD showcases all of Elvis' CD releases in Australia between 1985 and 2023, including RCA, BMG, Sony, various artists compilations, box sets, promo releases, known CD sales, and more. Both CDs printed in Australia and RCA/BMG/Sony "import" releases, are featured as well as release variations.
The books are softcover and printed on high quality gloss paper stock. Each CD is presented in glorious full colour (front and back covers, CD disc, plus promotional material). There is also an alphabetical listing of the 248 CDs featured in the set.
Book One includes informative and detailed narrative sections about the History of Elvis CDS in Australia (RCA-BMG-Sony), and Elvis Downunder: A Fragmented Experience - RCA/BMG/Sony, The Fans, Record and Compact Disc Sales. Each book contains 72 to 76 pages.
Bob originally considered publishing the set as a one volume “coffee table” book, but at around 360 pages with hundreds of colour photos, the cost was prohibitive.
To find out more or order the books, Bob can be contacted by email at: email@example.com (News, Source: EIN)
(Mini review) The Inspirational Success Story, Legacy and the Mysterious Death of Elvis Presley - The Real History About Elvis Presley's Parents. Estate. Wife. Daughter. Wealth. And the Sudden Death of Elvis Presley (Peter Chasey): Out of interest, its relatively cheap price (A$23) for a 400 page book, and being intrigued by its ridiculously long and involved title, EIN bought this new release from Amazon Australia. On initially leafing though the book we chanced upon several passages we thought were quite interesting and thought OK, this may be a good read.
However, on further exploration we found a book where we thought that English was not the author's first language (despite his anglicised name), and which exhibited unusual expressions, e.g.:
Parker had at this point drove Presley into a weighty filmmaking plan, zeroed in on equation based, unobtrusively planned melodic comedies.
That, quite surprisingly, the text seems to have been translated is evidenced by:
An addict XL remix of Presley's "Somewhat Less Discussion"[credited as "Elvis vs JXL"] was utilized in a Nike [ad] promoting effort during the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
There are also clearly "author revised" parts of Wikipedia articles (e.g. Top selling recording artists).
Quite bizarrely, "in a why is it here?" section, Writings (a list of only seven books!), the author changes the title of James Tramontana's entertaining sci-fi novel (which has a neat Elvis related theme), 'Ace Tucker, Space Trucker', to 'Pro Exhaust Space Driver!' - that is some online translator the author was using!
Also, the design of the book is ordinary, with lists of particular things running like normal narrative, and tables of information not being formatted, thereby losing their coherence and impact.
The diverse variety of topics in the book ranges from straight biography to Elvis' awards, musicianship, Elvis Presley Scholastic Capabilities, computer games, sports, equestrian, - you get the idea (it is all over the place). The chapter on Elvis' "mysterious" death offers nothing new.
The page design has excess white space which combined with larger than normal font size means the book could have been produced with a significantly reduced number of pages - however, EIN acknowledges that those of us with diminishing quality of visual acuity will likely appreciate the larger font. There is a Contents page, sadly sans the relevant page numbers (an obvious negative in a 400 page book).
On a positive note, EIN found the author's changing of Sony's collector's label, FTD (Follow That Dream) to "Follow That Fantasy", quite clever, and a few sections (likely Wiki sourced) such as Lost in Hollywood, have some merit. Overall Verdict: Caveat Emptor! (Book Review, Source: EIN)
Remember who else played Elvis on screen?: The LA Times recently posted... Three years after Rami Malik won an Academy Award for playing Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Orange County native Austin Butler has been generating Academy Award buzz for channelling Elvis Presley in the Baz Luhrman-directed bio-spectacle ELVIS. In the lavish production, Butler’s Elvis shakes, rattles and rolls in all the right places, but he’s hardly the first actor to walk a mile in the King’s jumpsuit.
Here’s a look at six eye-popping on-screen portrayals of Elvis Presley, with at least another half-dozen out there.
Photo, clockwise from bottom left: Kurt Russell and Season Hubley from TV’s “Elvis”; Stephanie Zimbalist and Don Johnson from “Elvis and the Beauty Queen”; Jonathan Rhys Meyers from CBS’ miniseries “Elvis”; Austin Butler from Warner Bros movie “ELVIS”; Michael Shannon in “Elvis & Nixon”; Harvey Keitel in “Finding Graceland.”
Austin Butler in ELVIS (2022) Singing: Butler does most of his own singing on the pre-1960s material, recording his vocals in the same Nashville studio favored by Presley back in the day. For Las Vegas-era Elvis, Butler lip-syncs to Presley recordings. Dancing: To master Elvis’ rubber-legged wiggles and wobbles, Butler worked with British movement coach Polly Bennett, who also trained Malik for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” All dressed up: Butler moves through more than 90 costume changes, from Young Elvis in pink blazer to the black leather outfit from Presley’s 1968 TV “Comeback Special,” culminating in the ‘70s era Las Vegas jumpsuit from designer Bill Belew. Significant other: Manager Col Parker (Tom Hanks) stunted Elvis’ artistic growth with a rapacious contract that contributed to the star’s tragic later years. Credit where it’s due: Little Richard (Alton Mason), Big Mama Thornton (Shonka Dukureh), Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Yola), B.B. King (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Arthur Crudup (Gary Clark Jr.) demonstrate how Black artists inspired early Elvis covers like “That’s All Right” and “Hound Dog.” Preparation: Butler studied with numerous vocal coaches and dialect experts for two years before production began.
Michael Shannon in “Elvis & Nixon” (2016) Singing: Shannon’s Elvis does not sing. Dancing: He does not dance. However, this Elvis does show off karate moves in the Oval Office. All dressed up: Shannon wears a jet-black pompadour wig, black pants, gold belt, white shirt with spread collar and a cape-like black jacket in near-perfect emulation of the clothes worn by Presley in a photo op with Nixon that would become the National Archives’ most requested photograph. Significant other: Sidekick Jerry Schilling wrote a memoir detailing this stranger-than-fiction 1970 incident. In the film, Schilling (Alex Pettyfer) and Johnny Knoxville’s Sonny dramatize the essential role played by Presley’s “Memphis Mafia” entourage. Gunplay: Elvis opens fire on a TV set at Graceland. Later, he shocks White House security guards by casually opening a briefcase loaded with pistols. Preparation: Shannon visited Elvis’ tiny bedroom in Memphis’ Lauderdale Court public housing complex. Standing 6 feet 3, the actor focused less on physical verisimilitude and more on the star’s soft-spoken offstage demeanor.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers in “Elvis” miniseries (2005) Singing: Rhys Meyers lip-syncs to original Elvis Presley recordings. Dancing: Rhys Meyers pulls off one of Young Elvis’ most audacious moves by skidding across the stage on his knees like he’s sliding into home base. All dressed up: A shimmering 1958 gold-leaf suit highlights a 1958 performance of “Blue Suede Shoes” at Chicago‘s International Amphitheatre. Significant other: “I didn’t think of Elvis as the King of rock ‘n’ roll,” Rhys Meyers once said in an interview with Larry King. “I thought of him as a poor, talented boy from Tupelo, Miss., who wanted to buy his mother a house.” Preparation: The Irish actor visited Graceland and met with members of Presley’s family. Rhys Meyers previously portrayed another charismatic musician, with his David Bowie-like role in 1998’s “Velvet Goldmine.”
Harvey Keitel in “Finding Graceland” (1998) Singing: Keitel lip-syncs “Suspicious Minds” to a performance by an uncredited vocalist that bears little resemblance to Presley’s actual singing voice. Dancing: Stocky 5-foot-7 Keitel puts everything he’s got into Elvis’ signature windmill gestures and hip thrusts. All dressed up: Keitel’s “Elvis” wears a spangly blue jumpsuit for the movie’s climactic musical sequence. Suspension of disbelief: Keitel’s drifter, claiming to be the not-really-dead Elvis Presley, hitches a ride to Memphis and dispenses home-spun wisdom along the way to his new friend (Johnathon Schaech). Telling quote: Before Keitel’s nervous Elvis walks on stage, a friend advises: “If you forget any of the words just do some karate.”
Don Johnson in “Elvis and the Beauty Queen” (1981) Singing: Three years before he found his alpha-male groove as Sonny Crockett in “Miami Vice,” Johnson lip-syncs in this TV movie to country singer Ronnie McDowell’s performance of the 1972 ballad “Separate Ways.” Dancing: Minimal. All dressed up: White jumpsuit in public. Wide-collar shirts, half-buttoned, in private. Significant other: Melodrama trumps music in this story about Elvis’ tumultuous relationship with Miss Memphis State University Linda Thompson (Stephanie Zimbalist) in the 1970s. Gunplay: “A hotel room is not an appropriate place for target practice,” Thompson scolds Elvis after shots are fired.
Kurt Russell in “Elvis” (1979) Singing: Russell lip-syncs to his rockabilly-style “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and a raft of other Presley songs voiced by go-to sound-alike Ronnie McDowell. Dancing: Well-placed hip shakes help Russell as Elvis sell “Blue Suede Shoes.” All dressed up: Sequined jumpsuits in public. Silk shirts open at the neck in private. Significant other: Priscilla Presley (Season Hubley) struggles to keep Elvis focused as he prepares for his first appearance at Las Vegas’ International Hotel after 10 years away from the stage. Preparation: At age 10, child actor Russell, in character, kicked Presley in the shins on the set of “It Happened at the World’s Fair.” Between takes, Russell tossed a football around with the affable star.
EIN Note: Some of the other portrayals of Elvis on screen include Michael St. Gerard (“early” Elvis mini-series), Dale Midkiff (Elvis and Me), David Keith (Heartbreak Hotel), George Thomas (Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns aka Elvis From Outer Space (….in which Sonny West plays himself), Rob Youngblood (Elvis and the Colonel….the Colonel was played by Beau Bridges), Jacob Elordi (in the upcoming film, Priscilla). (News, Source: Hugh Hart, Los Angeles Times/EIN)
Wednesday 21 December 2022 ....... 4 days & Santa Claus is coming to town... .
'Making of ELVIS Movie' New Graceland Exhibition: If you've seen Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS we know you’re going to be all shook up about Elvis - and there is no better place to live the legacy of the king than at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis.
In celebration of the film, Graceland is opening a new 'Making of ELVIS Movie Exhibition' in January.
In partnership with Warner Bros & National Film and Sound Archives of Australia, and Baz Luhrmann, the exhibition will look at the beginning of the creative process for the celebrated film and follow it through its journey to the big screen, taking the story from paper to film.
Highlights of the exhibition will include behind-the-scenes videos of the making of the film, including videos shot while researching Memphis and Tupelo, during the set builds in Australia, and in rehearsals, plus handwritten notes, drafts of scripts, storyboards, and more. Props from the film, set pieces, and costumes and accessories worn by Austin Butler
(Elvis), Tom Hanks (Colonel Tom Parker), Olivia DeJonge (Priscilla) and other actors will also be on display, plus a look at the worldwide media frenzy surrounding the film.
Opens January 8 Go here to EPE for more 'ELVIS' exhibition info
The Imperials Armond Morales has died: The Imperials Armond Morales sadly passed away on December 5, 2022, at the age of 90.
Morales was born on February 25th, 1932 and he managed the Imperials through every transition, from the beginning, retiring only five years ago.
The Imperials announced the death of Armond Morales on Facebook with the message,"Today we mourn the loss of our beloved Armond Morales. He is walking on the streets of gold into the arms of Jesus on Monday, December 5th, 2022. He gets to hear the words, well done a good and faithful servant!" Says Bonnie, Armond's wife for 52 years."
Even though Armond was no longer part of the public team, he was always available with his wonderful advice and encouragement. We all knew Armond's countless accolades. But, the accolade he was most committed to, was his family. Bonnie and Jason, We are here for you. We are loving you and pray for you. To our dear Armond... Life is such a short dash. Today you are standing in the Presence of The King. We will miss you until we join you once again for a great reunion." (Photo: Jim Murray, Elvis, Armond Morales and composer Larry Gatlin)
Armond Morales was a founding member of The Imperials / Classic Imperials and served as president for 40 years. Throughout the group's long history, his smooth, rich tone helped to define its sound.
During his time Armond recorded 42 projects, and won 17 Dove Awards and 4 Grammy Awards.
Armond's career in gospel music culminated in his induction into The Gospel Music Hall of Fame which set the stage for this historic organization by allowing millions of people to enjoy one of the country's most illustrious and renowned figures in Christian music.-
Go here for more info and tributes EIN Note: The Imperials recorded with Elvis in sessions from May 1966 to June 1971. This included his last two Grammy Award-producing albums: How Great Thou Art (which won a Grammy for the title song and featured a duet with Jake Hess on the classic Statesmen song "If the Lord Wasn't Walking by My Side") and He Touched Me (which used many of the songs that The Imperials had recorded on their own albums and, again, won a Grammy for the title song)
'Elvis UK - Beyond RCA The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British Non-RCA LPs 1974-1997' New book for 2023: Good news for Elvis collectors as Elvis experts John Townson and Gordon Minto have announced a new book continuing their fascinating volumes of the "Elvis UK" series this time with 'Elvis UK - Beyond RCA The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British Non-RCA LPs 1974-1997'.
It will be 400 pages essentially focusing on the non-RCA releases (official ones) issued in the UK between 1974 and 1997 in much more detail than has ever been done before.
Like the previous volumes it will available as a digital download in the Flip format priced at £20.
It should be out before February 2023
More info in the new year.
EIN truly enjoyed this year's 'Elvis UK Cover Story: The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley's British EP & LP Sleeves 1956-1977' which provided some incredible information anout Elvis' vimyl treleases. Go here for EIN's review
..... - - - - -- Elvis and the Art of Timely Marketing: Has Sony Australia missed a great opportunity for Elvis CD and download sales?: At this time of the year Christmas singles and albums have a strong presence on Top 40 charts around the world. 2022 is no exception, with Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You yet again at #1 on several major Singles charts, while other “golden oldies” riding high include Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee), Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms), Andy Williams (It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year), and Last Christmas (Wham). On the Australian ARIA Album chart, Ms Carey (Merry Christmas), Michael Buble (Christmas), Jimmy Barnes (Blue Christmas), and others, are all prominent with festive season recordings.
In past years Elvis’ Blue Christmas single and Elvis’ Christmas Album have registered well on the ARIA charts, but their presence this year is seemingly non-existent, yet they are performing well on the US and UK charts.
It appears Sony Australia has missed a golden opportunity to capitalise on the ongoing success of Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS biopic! (News, Source: EIN; Billboard; Official UK Charts; ARIA)
What has happened to the animated series, Agent King, on Netflix: It was originally slated for 2021 release (but Covid got in the way), and then announced for late 2022. However, it appears Netflix has gone undercover on a release date for the adventures of “undercover” Elvis as a federal agent. From the Netflix synopsis: "Elvis trades in his jumpsuit for a jetpack when he joins a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country."
In EIN’s opinion, it appears to be another lost opportunity to capitalise on the back of the runaway success of Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS. (News, Source: EIN)
There is a broad range of Elvis books discussed in the group and Jane welcomes new contributions.
Luhrmann explains Tom Hanks’ accent in 'ELVIS': Director Baz Luhrmann knows that Elvis fans thinks Tom Hanks’ accent as Col Parker in 'ELVIS' is rather strange or O-T-T.
However during a recent interview Luhrmann explains that it was all according to plan.
“We were consciously getting audiences to lean forward and go, ‘What the hell is that all about?’
It was a gambit worthy of Hanks’ character in the film, Colonel Tom Parker. Parker, who is both the narrator and villain of the film, is a “snowman,” an expert at luring in audiences, giving them a show and leaving them with empty wallets and smiles on their faces.
And the accent certainly seemed to help lure in audiences. ELVIS ranks #11 for US box office gross in 2022 and is the highest-grossing original movie, not an adaptation or sequel, on the list.
But Hanks’ idiosyncratic speaking style isn’t just a marketing tactic. It is also a product of Luhrmann’s
marketing tactic. It is also a product of Luhrmann’s intensive research into Presley’s life, which he says began in earnest about a decade ago. One memorable sequence, in which shots of Butler’s Presley and the real Presley are intercut was created five years ago, Luhrmann says. His research involved multiple trips to Graceland, and among the materials Luhrmann unearthed was a series of recordings of Parker, which included some “very strange vocalizations.”
“One moment he’d be sort of speaking like Bela Lugosi, and the next moment he’d be sort of speaking with thith lithp like Elmer Fudd a bit, but with this kind of strange cadence... And so the thing was to lay crumbs, enough for people to go, like, ‘What’s that all about?’”
Parker’s accent is not just a mystery for audiences. It’s also a puzzle for everyone in the film but the snowman himself.
“I was just a boy from Huntington, West Virginia,” Colonel Tom Parker protests in one scene, with a decidedly un-West Virginian affectation.
The revelation of Parker’s origins, about three-quarters of the way through “Elvis,” comes as a shock. Even with the bizarre accent,
facial prosthetics and fat suit, Tom Hanks is, after all, Tom Hanks. His charisma shines through, lulling both viewers and Butler’s vulnerable Presley into a state of trusting bemusement. Hanks’ tremendous skills and reputation made him the ideal person to bring the complex colonel to life, Luhrmann says.
“I always say that Col Parker was a bit like a clown with a chain saw, playing games. And the gigantean scale of the character needed a really, really, really brave and gigantean actor. There’s no bigger actor in some regards than Tom Hanks because you know he’s such a great actor, he will step up to the plate.”
It’s a role that Hanks, who is from the East Bay, was reportedly eager to accept.
“It was a 15-minute conversation because he was dying to do something that would unsettle,” Luhrmann says, adding that the unsettling character of Parker was central to his vision for “Elvis.”
'The movie is not a music biopic!' Luhrmann says. He compares ELVIS to 1984’s 'Amadeus', where the film explored the theme of jealousy through the character of Antonio Salieri and his perceived rivalry with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Luhrmann wanted “Elvis” to explore the relationship between greed and art.
“I only wanted to deal with it in a Shakespearean sense of using someone’s life to explore a larger idea. I knew that Elvis was great because he’s at the crosshairs of culture at the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, but I couldn’t find the ‘in’ for the larger idea until I really started to double down on Parker.” (News, Source: VictoriaSepulveda/SFGate.com/EIN)
Sunday 18 December 2022
Our apologies. The EIN website was hacked on Friday. And we could do nothing about the nasty "Gambling Website" that appeared in our place.
Our HOST company in Singapore was hacked and we were not the only website affected.
It was extremely tiresome for us - EIN is after all a FREE service which we do only to help keep Elvis' name and legacy burning bright.
Hopefully things are fixed, but more firewall work still needs to be done.
and THANKS to the amazing number of EIN readers who contacted us over the last few days.... It makes it all worthwhile..
'ELVIS Prodigy of SUN Records' Out Now: The highly-anticipated new book 'ELVIS Prodigy of SUN Records' is out now.
Authors Erik Lorentzen and Robert van Beek commented, "The printing is much better than expected" and the book will be rushed to worldwide shipping asap. Most likely the set will not make it to your home before Christmas. Sorry for this but we really did our best to get everything done on time. Nevertheless, you will enjoy many hours of reading it over and over and drool over the quality of this box set. The photos in these two volumes are... gee, just awesome - breathtakingly - absurdly GOOD.
We wish you a very happy Christmas and thank you for all the trust you've placed in us, including your patience.
A BIG THANK YOU!"
Order now - as no reprints will be made of this rare and unique collector's item.
Go HERE to ELVIS FILES to order - and to see a flick-through of the book
'ELVIS' at Critics Choice Awards 2023: Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS has received seven nominations for the 2023 Critics Choice Awards. In comparison art-house 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' got 14 nominations as the highest among films in contention for the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards for Film.
ELVIS got seven nominations including Best Actor for Austin Butler and Director for Baz Luhrmann.
The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics Choice Awards gala on Sunday, January 15.
-- BEST PICTURE ELVIS
-- BEST ACTOR Austin Butler – Elvis
-- BEST DIRECTOR Baz Luhrmann – Elvis
-- BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Bev Dunn – Elvis
-- BEST EDITING Matt Villa, Jonathan Redmond – Elvis
-- BEST COSTUME DESIGN Catherine Martin – Elvis
-- BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP ELVIS (News, Source;Baz/ElvisinfoNet)
ELVIS for more Golden Globes?: Now confirmed ELVIS is up for three Golden Globes. NBC will host the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 10, 2023. Best Motion Picture (Drama) ELVIS (Warner Bros.)
“The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)
“Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount Pictures)
“Tár” (Focus Features)
“Avatar: The Way of Water” (20th Century Studios) Best Actor in a Leading Role Austin Butler — ELVIS
Brendan Fraser — “The Whale”
Bill Nighy — “Living”
Hugh Jackman — “The Son”
Will Smith — “Emancipation” Best Director Baz Luhrmann — ELVIS
"ELVIS" could win another Golden Globe! Suck on that Tom Parker!
50 years ago in 1973 'Elvis On Tour' won the Best Documentary Film at the 30th Golden Globe Awards.
Tuesday 13 December 2022
Robert Van Beek Interview -author of 'Elvis: Prodigy of SUN': In this new book 'Elvis: Prodigy of SUN Records' hundreds of hours of research have revealed new facts and interesting anecdotes from Elvis' early life and career. From Old Saltillo Rd to the magic of SUN recording studios, the first Louisiana Hayride appearances and everything in between. This book is filled with a string of never-before-seen photos dated from 1935 till 1955.
Many of Elvis' early childhood friends share their memories in these two books. It includes a collection of jaw-dropping photos and, of course, the near to complete story from Elvis' birth until his big break in 1955.
As the book hit the printers EIN wanted to know more about this massive project, questions include... - What extra material does this new publication offer to collectors compared to 'A Boy From Tupelo' and 'Elvis Files Vol 1'?
- The book is described as a "day-by-day" travelogue, isn't that the same as Ernst's Tupelo volume?
- How many unseen photos will fans get to see in this huge book?
- What new material is featured in the 1955 volume of the book?
- How many copies were printed and is it selling out?
Author Robert Van Beek was kind to take time out of his heavy schedule to answer our questions and send us some preview pages. EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..
Doja Cat’s ‘Elvis’ hit deemed Ineligible for Oscars: Variety has posted today, 'Vegas' the popular Doja Cat song from Elvis' has been disqualified from Oscar consideration.
Eligibility lists for songs and scores were quietly unveiled Monday morning, but only to Academy members who can access the official website.
'Vegas' the top-ten Doja Cat song from ELVIS has been debated for months. The lead single from the soundtrack to Luhrmann’s ELVIS biopic was written by Doja Cat and producers Roget Chahayed / Yeti Beats but its interpolation of the Presley classic “Hound Dog” (by Mike Stoller and the late Jerry Lieber) apparently doomed it for consideration.
Oscar rules demand that both words and music must be “original, written specifically for the motion picture” and must be the result of “creative interaction between the filmmakers and the songwriters who have been engaged to work directly on the motion picture.” 'Vegas' reached No. 10 on the Billboard charts and was the only song from ELVIS entered for awards consideration.
The original score for “Tár,” one of the year’s most acclaimed films was also disqualified. Sources say that it was deemed ineligible because the amount of original, audible music was insufficient.
Music execs at Universal and Warner Bros the studios that released “Tar” and ELVIS were not immediately available for comment.
Among other high-profile movies, Top Gun: Maverick did qualify for the song list (Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand”) but was not on the eligible score list as it fell short of the amount of original music required (a sequel “must consist of more than 80% newly composed music”). (News, Source;Variety/ElvisInfoNet)
Sunday 11 December 2022
ELVIS for more Golden Globes?: Variety have recently posted their predictions for the up-coming Golden Globe Awards. NBC will host the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 10, 2023.
Recognizing both film and TV the nominees will be announced tomorrow Monday Dec 12.
Variety expects Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS to be a contender!
Variety nomination predictions. Best Motion Picture (Drama) ELVIS (Warner Bros.)
“The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)
“Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount Pictures)
“Tár” (Focus Features)
“Avatar: The Way of Water” (20th Century Studios) Actor in a Leading Role (Drama) Austin Butler — ELVIS
Brendan Fraser — “The Whale”
Bill Nighy — “Living”
Hugh Jackman — “The Son”
Will Smith — “Emancipation” Best Director Baz Luhrmann — ELVIS
Steven Spielberg — “The Fabelmans”
Martin McDonagh — “The Banshees of Inisherin”
James Cameron — “Avatar: The Way of Water”
Gina Prince-Bythewood — “The Woman King” "ELVIS" could win another Golden Globe! Suck on that Tom Parker!
50 years ago in 1973 'Elvis On Tour' won the Best Documentary Film at the 30th Golden Globe Awards. (News, Source;Variety/ElvisInfoNet)
'Elvis: The Man & His Music' #138: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine 'Elvis: The Man & His Music' December 2022 issue is out now.
- Of Philosophers And Rabbits – The ‘Hound Dog’ Saga
- The Andreas Enigma Part Two
- When The Killer Got The Elvis Bug
- Mystery Of The Singing Tree
- Elvis In Person
- Letters / Shout It Out!
- CD & DVD Reviews
Possible Baz Luhrmann Austin Butler Full ‘Elvis’ Concert: A story we missed from 2 weeks ago. ELVIS director Baz Luhrmann has mentioned his 4-hour director's cut in the past but last week he ignited more anticipation by revealing that he may edit a complete Austin Butler’s full concert performance.
While Butler’s on-stage performances were tighlty edited for the film Luhrmann did film the majority of the concerts in full just as the real Elvis Presley did. Luhrmann now says that he wants fans to see Butler’s uninterrupted concerts.
Luhrmann recently told IndieWire, “It’s a directors’ assembly. It’s not a cut. There’s a whole lot of material that adds up to four hours… Austin did his concerts in full. He did all the numbers. Austin just did it and it was an out of body experience to watch him do those full concerts, so one day I will cut those full concerts together.
I thought it would be great for fans to have the experience we had, which is to watch Austin do the entire concert. So I can’t say exactly when because I have got to get through this, but I can say one thing: there will be a day when we do that concert version.”
Austin Butler first earlier revealed that Luhrmann filmed full concert-length performances of him in character as Elvis Presley. “We weren’t going to have a moment where suddenly we’re talking about acting. So I would come on stage, like in Vegas, do the entire concert, curtain comes down, I walk off. So every time the audience is getting the experience of the show. And if we would cut for any reason, I would entertain the crowd as Elvis.”
Luhrmann has however noted that any potential four-hour “Elvis” cut would take another four to six months to edit and he’s simply too tired right now to finish it. The earliest the director could see
himself starting to work on the four-hour ELVIS would be in 2025. ELVIS became a breakout 2022 hit for Warner Bros getting thunderous standing ovations at Film Festivals worldwide and earning $284 million at the worldwide box ffice. The musical biopic outgrossed 'The Great Gatsby' at the US box office making it the highest-grossing US earner of Luhrmann’s career so far. (News, Source;Indiewire/ElvisInfoNet)
Thursday 8 December 2022
'ELVIS' dominates Australian Oscars:- Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' won an incredible 11 Australian 'Oscars' at this week's annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards. The Australian Academy awards are a mix of Industry and Audience Choice selected trophies. ELVIS was nominated in 15 categories and took home a stunning 11 trophies: Take that Col Parker!! o Best Film – ELVIS
o Best Direction in Film – Baz Luhrmann
o Best Actor – Austin Butler
o Best Supporting Actress Olivia deJonge
o Best Cinematography– Mandy Walker*
o Best Costume Design– Catherine Martin
o Best Production Design – Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy and Beverley Dunn
o Best Editing – Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond
o Best Sound – David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson, Michael Keller
o Best Hair and Makeup – Shane Thomas, Louise Coulston, Mark Coulier, Jason Baird
o Best Visual Effects or Animation – Tom Wood, Fiona Crawford, Julian Hutchens, Joshua Simmonds, Adam Hammond * Mandy Walker smashed a glass ceiling at the Australian AACTA Awards by winning for best cinematography – a feat no woman has ever achieved in Australia, or in the history of the Oscars and British academy awards.
In addition two-time US Oscar winner Catherine Martin (Luhrmann’s partner on and off stage) received the prestigious AACTA Longford Lyell Award in recognition of her vast contribution to enriching Australian cinema and TV.
It is the highest honor that the Australian Academy can bestow on an individual.
The categories where ELVIS was also nominated but unsuccessful in getting top honor, were Best Screenplay, Best Casting, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Original Score.
Coincidentally, also unsuccessful in the Best Original Score category was Tom Holkenborg for Three Thousand Years of Longing – Tom is better known to Elvis fans as Junkie XL, the DJ who remixed the global smash hit, A Little Less Conversation (Elvis vs JXL) in 2002.
EIN was the only Elvis fan club organisation to get an interview with Tom (Junkie XL) at the time. You can read the interview here. (News, Source:GarryMaddoxSMH/ElvisInfoNet)
‘Las Vegas Hilton Presents Elvis – Opening Night 1972’ New MRS: The UK label ‘Memphis Recording Service’ (MRS) will release a CD Deluxe titled ‘Las Vegas Hilton Presents Elvis – Opening Night 1972' on 27th January 2023.
The CD contains a thrilling new show - featuring a revised setlist - from Elvis’ Opening Night at the Las Vegas Hilton on the 26 January 1972. The soundboard recording has been remastered and for the first time presented in true stereo. The accompanying booklet includes rare photographs and
memorabilia along with introductory notes.
This was the concert where Elvis premiered the classic songs 'I'll Remember You', 'You Gave Me A Mountain' (sung with a lighter arrangement), 'Never Been To Spain', 'A Big Hunk O'Love' and 'An American Trilogy' as well as the first time 'See See Rider' was used as his opening number.
See 'All The CD News 2022'for full details & tracklist
'8mm Elvis: The Story of Elvis on 8mm film' New Book: The new book '8mm Elvis: The Story of Elvis on 8mm film' should be out in January 2023.
Author Vince Wright notes..
As an Elvis fan and an 8mm fan I was always disappointed about the lack of info that was out there in the Elvis 8mm world.
All that we had was a list here and there and the same old pics.
As an Elvis fan working at Derann Film Services a million years ago I became obsessed with Elvis on 8mm and bought whatever my wage would allow. Later in life I put an advert in the Records Collector and the rarities rolled in
My dream was to own a book just about 8mm Elvis.. but now we will bring the story to life.
Mijn boek met bebopalulaverhalen - the 20th Volume in the “Annual” Almost in Elvis publication series has been released: For almost two decades, Dennis van Tiel in the Netherlands has been publishing a very unusual “annual” series under the banner of his organisation, Almost in Elvis.
The construction of each volume is always innovative and obtuse, and a wonderful tribute to the socio-cultural impact that Elvis continues to have 45 years after his death.
Each release is based around a theme, and to date the themes have been eclectic, ranging from All Shook Up (Elvis and sports) to Desert Storm (the infamous rants that Elvis had while performing in Las Vegas in 1974).
The style and the design of each release have also been different for every issue, sometimes a book, other times a magazine, sometimes large, other times small in size (dimensions).
As an example of how different the “annual” Almost in Elvis releases can be, this is a part description of the Desert Storm volume:
And inside the envelope (closed with a copper pin) you could find separate sheets filled with different columns, essays and stories and with black censor stripes like an FBI dossier.
EIN asked Dennis to explain the “holy” theme and content for his 2022 volume, the title of which translates to My Book with Be Bop A Lula Stories:
... ‘As contemporary apostles, eleven writers, poets, artists and expert enthusiasts have plunged into the source, my book of be-bop-a-lula stories tells about the birth of true music and its Messenger. The Savior united nations, freed love from its shame, and enriched poor souls. We hope that the stories and verses of praise are moving and cause you to sing.
My book with be-bop-a-lula stories is a periodical brimming with facts and fantasies in Biblical book form. 'Hardcover, 172 colorful pages filled with essays, poems, stories and verses of praise' Including the indispensable reading ribbon! A little bit of pious musical story doesn’t make a person any worse, so don’t hesitate and let yourself be carried away.
My motivation in coming up with this edition was for it to be a kind of new holy book.
The whole idea is based on a children’s bible I got as a present when I was around eight years old from a Jehovah schoolfriend. This together with the mail I have received in the last twenty years from angry Elvis fans who couldn’t grasp the humor, irony and more literary-based approach in Almost in Elvis, got me thinking that it feels like all the fuzz about the cartoons made about the prophet Muhammad.
Despite the fact that every edition is made with love and passion, some people seemed only be focused on the “blasphemy” parts. So it gave me a sense of religious expressions. So that’s why this 20th edition of the twenty year Almost in Elvis is shaped as a new holy book. Elvis’ name is
never mentioned, neither are most existing places, other names or years. But, of course, his life and that of his ancestors are the backbone (characters) of this new holy book.
The construction of this book: Mijn boek met bebopalulaverhalen (My book with be-bop-a-lula stories) is split into three parts. The first part (like the Old Testament) tells the story of the ancestors from the arriving in the Promised Land (USA) until the moment the parents of the Messenger meet up. The second part tells the story of the Messenger, who has brought us the holy music (R’n’R), from his birth until his death. And the third part is like a book of psalms with poems focused on the 23 chapters in parts 1 and 2.
So while each edition of Almost in Elvis is always something different, this time it is REALLY DIFFERENT!’
Mike Freeman has died: Very sad news from Memphis as yesterday we learnt that Elvis scholar Mike Freeman has died.
His family posted, "It is with a broken heart that I let you know that Mike passed away peacefully at 2:14 am this morning. I was by his side. Arrangements will be made tomorrow"
Since 1991 Mike offered guided tours as well as books about the life of Elvis Presley.
He co-wrote 'The Best of Elvis in 1992' and 'Memphis Elvis Style' in 1997 with Cindy Hazen.
For eight years they owned and lived in the first home Elvis purchased at 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis.
In 2007 Mike helped create three DVDS; Elvis’ Memphis and Beyond Elvis’ Memphis with Artsmagic, UK and Elvis: Return to Tupelo with Michael Rose Productions.
His original Mike's Memphis Tours became Memphis Road Tours. Right; Mike Freeman and another Memphian.
Go here to add your thoughts on his FB page. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
'I Will Always Love You' cut from ELVIS biopic: There is a poignant scene in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis where Austin Butler’s character says the words, “I will always love you.” It’s a shot that comes toward the end of the film, and Luhrmann describes it as the film’s actual death scene.
But in a recent conversation for Variety with cinematographer, Mandy Walker, Luhrmann revealed a scene of Butler singing Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” that didn’t make the final cut.
After Elvis and Priscilla Presley break up, Elvis drops off their daughter, Lisa Marie, at the airport. The couple have a short heart-to-heart in the back of a Pullman Mercedes, and it’s a heartbreaking moment that foreshadows Elvis’ death and examines his isolation. As Elvis walks up the stairs leaving his family behind, that to Luhrmann was the film’s death scene.
“The script was pretty long, but I always wanted another moment where Priscilla came back into his life and that they were friends. In a way when he walks on that plane and it takes off, we don’t need to see him die, he’s dead,” the director says.
He explains Dolly Parton had always wanted Elvis to sing the song, “but the Colonel interceded and he never recorded it.”
Parton states that Elvis was set to record the track but “The night before the session, Col Parker called me and said, ‘You know, we don’t record anything with Elvis unless we have at least half the publishing.’ I said, ‘I can’t do that.’ And he said, ‘Well, then we can’t do it.’ And I cried all night, because I’d just pictured Elvis singing it. I know it wasn’t his decision, but it’s true. I said no.”
Luhrmann explains the scene was a special moment because it was coming toward the end of the shoot: “Austin sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ in the back of the car. The scene begins with Priscilla saying, ‘It’s a beautiful song,’ and he says, ‘Yeah, Dolly wants me to sing it, but the Colonel…’” However, the moment wouldn’t work for the scene and the film, so it was cut.
Luhrmann reveals, “When Austin got out of the car, he looks across at Priscilla and says that line, so that’s where it comes from.”
The filmmaker credits production designer Catherine Martin (also the film’s costume designer…see news item above) for getting a rare Pullman Mercedes for the scene. The production found one in Melbourne, Australia, and had it shipped to the film’s location shoot.
But Luhrmann and the production faced another obstacle: They were running out of time and he wanted to shoot the sequence on the tarmac at an airport. “We just didn’t know how we would fit it into the schedule. We couldn't drive the car so it’s my guy, Fletch, pulling the car with a piece of rope. There’s no plane and no tarmac. Just a wind machine and the actors,” he said. Check the ELVIS Airport scene on YouTube. (News, Source:Variety/EIN)
Elvis 1962 Lockheed JetStar Up for Auction (again): Elvis' private Lockheed 1329 Jetstar will be auctioned off in January after sitting for more than 35 years in the Roswell, New Mexico 'aircraft graveyard'.
In the 60s Lockheed’s JetStar was the executive jet of choice for countless celebrities. Elvis bought it from OMNI Aircraft Sales Inc. on December 22, 1976 for the princely sum of $840,000.
It was last auctioned off in 2017 for about $430,000, but it is unclear why the jet is up for grabs again
The jet hasn't been restored since the King last sat in it and holds the vessel's original cassette player, wood cabin
paneling and 1970s charm but is in terrible condition.
Have you got $430,000 for a rusting plane in the desert?! - "The aircraft will require disassembly to be shipped"! - - Go here to bid and see all the pics. (News, Source;JG/Paul A. Clarkson UK/ElvisInfoNet)
'Shooting Star In Largo' New Import: Straight Arrow is pleased to announce this new 2CD set and two concerts from the June 1976 Bicentennial tour, a topnotch 1976 AUDIENCE recording.
1976 was a problematic year for Elvis, nevertheless the June Largo concerts are examples of really solid Presley performances.
It is worth mentioning that Elvis met Elton John prior to his evening show in Largo. Before he left, the British singer asked Elvis to sing 'Heartbreak Hotel' (which Elvis did), and informed him that his parents would also be in the audience. Elton and Presley said goodbye cordially and Elton also posed for a picture with an illustrious fan: Lisa Marie, the daughter of his idol.
Both shows were taken directly from recently found original audience-recorded master tapes.
The June 27th, 1976, 2:30pm show was previously released on inferior incomplete source. The July 27th 8:30pm show is previously unreleased. Every second was enhanced to achieve the optimal listening experience.
This special release is presented in de-luxe double digipack, accompanied with local press review. All images used for this project were taken on stage during Elvis' 1976 Largo concerts. See 'All The CD News 2022' for full details & tracklist
'Burning in Tahoe ‘76' New Import: Want more 1976 AUDIENCE RECORDINGS(EIN: Actually, No!) well MxF will soon release 'Burning In Tahoe ‘76' featuring the complete evening show from May 05th. This show is previously unreleased and taken directly from the original ambiance high-quality tape.
Elvis worked hard during this last Tahoe season in spite has not been an impressive vision He fought very hard to deliver a good show. The choice of songs was more varied with respect to the regular tour and the intimate showroom seemed to inspire Elvis to deliver longer and more solid shows. The 5 May 1976 evening show here presented doesn’t make an exception Elvis delivered 18 solid songs reaching the top with the bluesy Trying to get to you, the anthem America, and the very sensitive Hawaiian Wedding Song, at the same time in spite of the poor shape He still able to perform rockers like the classic Polk Salad Annie and overall the fast Burning Love.
The AUDIENCE tape is very good quality, as you can appreciate both Elvis and the band and also the atmosphere of the Lake Tahoe Showroom and enthusiasm of the crowd.
This new MxF double cd set is in a deluxe Long Digipack. See 'All The CD News 2022' for full details & tracklist
Saturday 3 December 2022
'Elvis On Tour' Box-set Digital Release: RCA had FIFTY years to get this CD box-set out to Elvis' adoring fans and they stuffed it up!
Now to stop the content going to "Public Domain" RCA have been forced to release the new set to Digital streaming months before the official CD box-set.
While the material was released yesterday via Amazon / Spotify it is a total embarassment since Elvis' faithful followers have been waiting so long for the physical release.
There really is no excuse and RCA management should hang their heads in shame.
EIN along with the majority of its Fan Club members will be waiting for the physical release
However fan reports are that the sound in tremendous.
In total, this Elvis On Tour box set features a total of 145 audio tracks, 91 of which are officially previously unreleased. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
'Never Been to Spain' Elvis On Tour Interview: Another neat new promo for the Elvis On Tour box-set.
EIN readers should enjoy this as it features Ernst Jorgensen and audio engineer Matt Ross-Spang again listen to the session tapes and talk about why 'Never Been to Spain' was such a great concert song for Elvis at this point in his career.
MR-S, "The TCB Band are letting a lot of space to the groove letting Elvis energy build up"
EJ, "A period where Elvis was covering everything musically that he liked" (News, Source;EOT/ElvisInfoNet)
'Elvis Live 1972 (2-LP)' New RCA Vinyl: In a surprise move we hear from "Bear Family" records that there will be a new RCA double-vinyl release from 'Elvis On Tour', 'Elvis Live 1972'
Interestingly it features a "best of" the four concerts listed below, thus creating the "ultimate tracklist", although the final side then features some kind of Col Parker "Bonus Tracks"...
April 9, 1972 - Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia
April 10, 1972 - Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia
April 14, 1972 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
April 18, 1972 Convention Center Arena, San Antonio, Texas
Release date 27 January 2023
The tracklist however looks most enjoyable.
Priced at $57 I'm looking forward to this one
'Elvis: Prodigy Of Sun Records' Out Next Week: The new book by Erik Lorentzen / Robert van Beek should be out by next week
Hundreds of hours of research gives an overall picture of the boy who became a king. Many new quality photos have been purchased, you will be amazed at the mass of information that has come to light.
Many hours of research through digital libraries emerged new facts and interesting anecdotes from Elvis' early life and career. From Old Saltillo Rd., to the magic of SUN recording studios, the first Louisiana Hayride appearances and everything in between. This book is filled with a string of never-before-seen photos dated from 1935 till 1955. BUT WAIT, that’s not all ─ a 10 inch vinyl bonus LP with ten songs also comes with this release!! The early Elvis SUN recordings in the best possible sound. The world's first atomic powered singer mixed blues, pop and hillbilly/country to create an electrifying new music that was called Rock ‘n Roll and changed the influence of music in the world forever.
Many of Elvis' early childhood friends share their memories in these two books. Elvis' time in primary and secondary school is extensively discussed as well as his first loves (not only girls) and his roots for Gospel music. Tupeloans share their stories about their childhood friend who became the future King. A collection of jaw-dropping photos and, of course, the near to complete story from Elvis' birth until his big break in 1955. An unmissable reference book for all fans.
Go to ELVIS FILES to place your order now and have a chance to win a free promo single. Coming this week to EIN, an interview with author Robert van Beek. What can fans expect and will it sell out before New Year! (News, Source;ElvisFiles/ElvisInfoNet)
James Burton Health Update: Unfortunately last week after his recent hospitalisation with cancer, James Burton slipped and fell and broke his hip on Thanksgiving morning. "They had to do a hip replacement at Vanderbilt in Nashville and the surgery was successful. The problem he has now is very serious, we need everyone's prayers for complete healing at this time.
The remaining kidney is struggling to process all the heavy medication that he has been given through 3 surgeries now and we're close to critical.
Please pray today for a complete healing for James. We really appreciate your prayers, friendship and love.
May God bless you all... the Burton Family. "
Today, as you can see, James Burton is in rehab and doing better. The family ask for our prayers and blessings
Elvis news from earlier this week ...
2023 UK Tour - Elvis Presley + The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, tickets on sale this Friday: Elvis never toured the UK, in recent years the magic of technology has made that possible with a series of acclaimed shows.
Hot on the heels of this year's hit Elvis biopic comes a return of 'The Very Best of Elvis – In Concert, Live On Screen with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra'.
The unique concert experience is coming back to the UK in autumn 2023, taking in a number of arenas.
"The full-scale concert brings the King up close on screen alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra live on stage performing the King of Rock and Roll’s most well-known 'rocking' songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads, with special guests to be announced in due course," said promoters.
'A show like no other, expect an overwhelmingly encapsulating and enthralling evening'
'These shows are a chance to both honour the legacy of an icon who has defined popular culture for over half a century, and for fans to see The King live, who never had the chance to before.'
The full Elvis with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra 2023 tour dates are as follows:
• 25 October – Glasgow OVO Hydro
• 26 October – Manchester AO Arena
• 27 October – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
• 28 October – Newcastle Utilita Arena
• 29 October – Leeds First Direct Arena
• 31 October – London The O2
• 1 November – Cardiff International Arena
Tickets available from Friday, Dec 2 from venues, or via ticketline.co.uk, bookingsdirect.com or ticketmaster.co.uk. (News, Source:MayerNissim, smoothradio.com/EIN)
UPDATED - 'The Elvis RCA Camden Collection' EIN Spotlight:Most fans have had a love-hate relationship with Elvis' Camden collections. On one hand they are seen as an artistic misstep being released at a time when Elvis was back riding high on the charts saturating the market with a series of albums containing little-known songs. Yet on the other hand many younger fans used these budget collections as a way to enter the amazing world of Elvis’ vast back-catalogue.
The RCA Camdens featured the first release of an Elvis live recording, 19 previously unreleasedtracks and 58 tracks previously unreleased on an album. That is quite impressive even if Col Parker only had his increased revenue as the main goal.
'Elvis Presley News Report December 2022: Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier presents all the recent news.... includes, Priscilla movie set, ELVIS earnings, Jerry Lee Lewis Obit, You'll Never Walk Alone sing-along, Elvis car auction, Elvis trivia and much more..
New book 'Shake, Rattle and Blue Moon: The Formative Recordings of Elvis Presley 1953-1960' by Alan Tranter: In 1953, Elvis Presley made his very first recording, paying around $4 for two sides of a demonstration disc at the Sun Studios in his hometown of Memphis.
It was a humble beginning, but a significant one. This 267 page book traces what came next; the local success that within a couple of years would explode into worldwide stardom, which would endure for the rest of his life, and beyond.
It is not a biography, it is more accurately a chronicle of Elvis' growth; his visits to the recording studio, his first movies, his record releases, his influences, his live performances, his TV appearances, all of which paint a picture of the artist who became, and remained, King.
When Elvis completed his National Service, in 1960, he emerged almost anew. In this book, the author draws a line from that fledgling artist to the 25-year old that emerged, poised to take on the decade that would usher in so many (as yet unknown) musical (and social) changes. (News, Source: Amazon UK/EIN)
Oscars: ‘Elvis’ Gets Rapturous Standing Ovation at Academy Screening: Some people thought I was crazy declaring Baz Luhrmann’s “ELVIS” an Oscar contender way back in May, but I saw something in this film that made me believe it would be immensely liked by AMPAS voters.
Fact of the matter is that for all of the artful ambition Luhrmann paints his films with, he’s first and foremost a man of the people. He makes movies for the mainstream and that can be seen not just in “Elvis,” but also “Moulin Rouge,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Strictly Ballroom” and “Romeo & Juliet.” All of these were crowd pleasers. So it’s not really that surprising to learn that “Elvis” had a rousing screening for Oscar voters on Saturday. There were standing ovations throughout the film. When Luhrmann and Austin Butler’s names appeared on-screen the crowd roared. It felt like a concert rather than a movie screening.
The film has made around $286 million worldwide, and has more than tripled its $85 million budget. It’s also one of the few major studio films of this
past summer to have earned mostly positive reviews (along with “Nope,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” and “The Black Phone”). “ELVIS” is not the train wreck a few critics would have had you believe. Luhrmann’s biopic is a flashy, and does make you feel pummelled by the end of its 159 minute runtime, but it’s not unworthy. There’s real passion in the delivery. Luhrmann clearly knows the essence, the legend, of Elvis Presley, and what made him such a paradigm-shifting figure immediately after his first single “That’s All Right Mama” was released. Compared to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” at least this was a musical biopic that was more original than the norm. I fully support its Oscar run and believe a Best Picture nomination is more than likely.. (News, Source: Jordan Ruimy-worldofreel.com)
EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in November ...
'Elvis: From Louisiana and Memphis' New FTD: As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of Elvis: From Louisiana and Memphis'.
This is a FOUR CD set, 5” digi-pak, this set features three 1976 concerts recorded at Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana July 1, 1976, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 2, 1976 and Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee July 5, 1976.
Early 2023 release
Priced at £50 / US$61 + postage for three 1976 soundboards! EIN Note: FTD have already released two soundboards from this 1976 tour (June 25 - July 5) Rockin' Across Texas, Fort Worth TX, July 3 and The Bicentennial Show Tulsa, July 4th 2.30pm
Memphis 1976 has been on many FTD collectors' wish-list however it was released as a bootleg as far back as 1997 on Fort Baxter's 'Goodbye Memphis'.
The other soundboard are new, both concerts previously only released as audience recordings Go to 'FTD / SONY CD News 2022' for tracklisting
'ELVIS' wins again: 2022 is turning out to be a big Awards year for our hero! The American Music Awards took place last weekend in Los Angeles. The show from dick clark productions was hosted by Wayne Brady.
The star-studded event celebrated the year’s best music and performances, as voted on by fans.
While the night belonged to Taylor Swift who won in all six categories for which she was nominated. This makes her the most decorated artist in AMAs history, with 40 career wins.
However 'ELVIS' won for favorite soundtrack of the year!
Other soundtrack nominees were 'Encanto', 'Sing 2', 'Stranger Things Season 4', and 'Top Gun: Maverick'.
Lionel Richie was honored with the Icon Award for his career contributions to the music industry.
Elton John took home his first AMA win since 1988 for best collaboration with Dua Lipa, becoming the longest-recognised artist in the awards show’s history. Congrats to ELVIS and the Baz Luhrmann team
'From Memphis to Tokyo' (Dick Dekker and David Ward): Elvis authors Dick Dekker (Bootleg Elvis, ‘From Memphis To Taipeh’) and David Ward (From Elvis in Japan: Elvis Presley Japanese LPs 1956 - 2018) have announced the May 2023 release of their new book ‘From Memphis To Tokyo – A Reference Guide To The Absolute Mastery Of Elvis’ Japanese Vinyl’.
The authors stated: The book will combine the best of both authors, following the quality format of Dekker’s Asian vinyl book, combined with David Ward’s in-depth details on the Japanese Elvis Presley vinyl.
The 700-page hardcover book is divided in a text and photo section featuring all kinds of info about the Japanese 78rpm, singles, EPs, 10 and 12 inch vinyl records and the different pressings with large and easy to read photos of all releases.
Written by two experts of Asian vinyl, and with the contributions by collectors like Chris Giles and others, who opened their archives and collections for this release, it includes front and back labels, inserts and more.
The price of the book is not yet available but you can flag your interest in pre-ordering by contacting the authors: firstname.lastname@example.org (News, Source: EDBD/Dick Dekker)
Cover artwork - The Chicago Blues - Elvis Encore Performance VII: Joseph Tunzi has released the artwork for the 7th volume in his popular series, Elvis Encore Performance.
This book will feature photos from Elvis' performance at the Chicago Stadium on June 17, 1972.. It will come with a bonus 2023 "pocket" Elvis calendar.
With Christmas creeping up, some “Elvis related” present suggestions:
'Elvis Presley Advent Calendar': FRANZIS Elvis Presley 55120 Advent Calendar Cadillac Eldorado Metal Model in 1:37 Scale with Sound Module and 52-Page Companion Book - this multi-faceted new release will appeal to car enthusiasts. It is described as:
· The complete package for all Elvis fans: the Cadillac of the "King", the scale corresponds to approx. 19.5 x 6 x 8.5 cm
· Detailed vehicle: finished model vehicle of the 1953 Cadillac Eldorado with high-quality plastic base and sound module with the voice of Elvis
· 24 reversible boxes made of environmentally friendly cardboard create a large, attractive motif on the front and back and contain small surprises for collecting and decorating
· A celebration for all Elvis fans: the high-quality workmanship of the individual model and electronic components ensures long functional safety. The right tool you need for assembly is included
· Accessories: the officially licensed 52-page companion book contains a detailed overview of the vehicles that accompanied it for a lifetime
· Bi-lingual text: English and German
Elvis LA Forum, November 14 1970 HD Remaster: While we all wait for the unreleased MGM 'On Tour' footage, why not check out the fabulous 'HD' remastered youtube clip from November 1970 of Elvis at the L.A. 'Forum of Inglewood' in his 'Long fringe' jumpsuit.
You can easily see why the long-fringe caused Elvis so much TROUBLE
As EIN member Robert V notes, "Terrific footage. Elvis was untouchable in 1970."
'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – Now 1971' VINYL OUT NOW:The Memphis Recording Service new release 180-gram 2LP version of ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – Now 1971’ is OUT NOW and at your local Elvis dealers.
The live performances are from 28th January (Midnight) and the closing show 23rd February 1971 from Elvis’ engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel.
The 2 albums feature 36 tracks from the two concerts plus six key bonus tracks - There Goes My Everything, Only Believe, Release Me, It’s Now or Never, Snowbird and The Impossible Dream .
This is a Limited Edition set and is available in both Black and Clear vinyl.
The clear vinyl version is ONLY available from Elvis dealers and is not be available to the mainstream public and stores.
'ELVIS' soundtrack nominated for two Grammys: Australian director Baz Luhrmann may help ELVIS win not only an Oscar but also another Grammy Award!
The 'ELVIS soundtrack' is nominated for "Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media"
Along with 'Encanto', 'Stranger Things', 'Top Gun: Maverick' and 'West Side Story'
From the ELVIS movie soundtrack Doja Cat's 'Vegas' is also nominated for 'Best Rap Performance' single. Interestingly she is also nominated for her single 'Woman' in the 'Best Pop Solo Performance' category.
The 2023 Grammys Awards are on Sunday, February 5th from Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena
Elvis and Roy Orbison: More on the Elvis and Roy Orbison photo.
James V Roy of the 'Scotty Moore' websitesays that he was given a copy of the image eight years ago by photographer by Cecile Hollifield. "Several people representing Roy Orbison's family contacted me about it soon after and I referred them to Cecil but I don't think he was happy about it and I've stayed out of it since."
The date would be around June 26 / 27 1957 when Roy Orbison was recording demos at SUN and was staying at Sam Phillips house.
The room is definitely Sam Phillips lounge room.
Elvis returned to Memphis from filming Jailhouse Rock on June 26 1957 and that day would be Elvis' very first night sleeping at Graceland. So perhaps Elvis visiting Sam Phillips on June 27 1957, and bumping in to Roy Orbison at the house is a good possibility.
The oddity is the fact that we have never seen this photo before and if real, why would you not sell the original to Graceland or the Roy Orbison estate?
Some digital lines and blurring in the image suggest some manipulation or perhaps just a bad photo scan. NOTE: There are some dodgy customers offering keen Elvis fans the chance to buy "The Original Print" at a high price. As EIN always says, 'Buyer Beware'.
EIN says thanks for the input from all our readers...
Go here to Roy Orbison facebook
If you can confirm it real or a fakeplease tell EIN! (News, Source;FB/ElvisInfoNet)
Below Elvis at the St. Jude Hospital concert at Russwood Park, Memphis - June 28 1957
ELVIS at the Oscars 2023: The anticipation for ELVIS to get his first Oscar - Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS that is - is still building.
Back in the sixties Elvis was furious when he found out that producer Hal Wallis used the profits from his light-hearted movies to fund 'Oscar worthy' films.
Similarly the uncaring Col Parker even stated that "All Elvis’ films are good for is making money."
Well in 2022 it suddenly looks like ELVIS may get the last laugh and will finally get an Oscar!
Indiewire has recently reported...
One prevailing narrative currently forming around the 2023 Oscars race for Best Picture is acknowledging the films that have been vital toward keeping the moviegoing experience alive.
Movie sequels in particular like 'Top Gun: Maverick', have never been more on the Academy’s radar, upcoming 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' is another.
However Original Screenplays like 'ELVIS','Everything Everywhere All at Once' and 'The Woman King' also benefit from their unexpected box office triumphs. And they also showcase their powerful leads including Best Actor contender Austin Butler.
With a guaranteed 10 best picture contenders, ABC hopes that Oscar voters in 2023 will include blockbusters such as 'Top: Gun Maverick' and Luhrmann’s musical biopic 'ELVIS'.
Best Picture frontrunners (as of Nov 2022) 'ELVIS'
'The Banshees of Inisherin'
'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'
'Everything Everywhere All at Once'
'Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio'
'Top Gun: Maverick'
'The Woman King'
The Best Actor Oscar race is also shaping into a year full of possible first-time Oscar nominees like Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Bill Nighy and Brendan Fraser.
On the tail end of festival season the Best Actor race is starting to form around a final few contenders.
Colin Farrell leads the pack a few steps ahead of Brendan Fraser in 'The Whale'. 'ELVIS' star Austin Butler is still holding strong as Warner Bros. prepares a second wave of campaigns for the hit biopic, while Jeremy Pope has started to gain momentum for his triumphant turn as a gay Marine in 'The Inspection.' Best Actor frontrunners: Austin Butler 'ELVIS'
Colin Farrell - 'The Banshees of Inisherin'
Brendan Fraser - 'The Whale'
Bill Nighy - 'Living'
Jeremy Pope - 'The Inspection'
Meanwhile in Best Costume Design Oscar predictions 'ELVIS' (costumes by Catherine Martin) still leads the field of contenders whose costumes tell stories of showbiz, social change, and superheroics.
Other contenders include 'Amsterdam', 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever', 'Blonde', 'The Fabelmans', and 'Bardo.' (News, Source;Indiwire/ElvisInfoNet)
'ELVIS: Prodigy of Sun Records' AT THE PRINTERS! Elvis Files' Erik Lorentzen has posted the great news that his stunning 2-book 800-page project with Robert van Beek is at the printers and with the Release date set for December 8 2022!
After all last year's covid delays this is impressive. He notes both Volumes #1 1935-1954 and #2 1955 are printed. Go to ELVIS FILES to place your order now and have a chance to win a free promo single.
Hundreds of hours of research gives an overall picture of the boy who became a king. Many new quality photos have been purchased, you will be amazed at the mass of information that has come to light. (News, Source;EL/ElvisFiles /ElvisInfoNet)
'How Great Thou Art' Elvis On Tour Interview: A neatly timed 'On Tour' promo to coincide with our interview about 'Elvis: Gospel Singer'.
EIN readers should enjoy this as it features Ernst Jorgensen and audio engineer Matt Ross-Spang again listening to the session tapes and talking about why 'How Great Thou Art' would have meant so much to Elvis at this point in his career.
ELVIS #4 Highest Paid Dead Celebrity 2022: Forbes' annual list of the highest earning deceased celebrities for 2022 has been released and without even leaving his secret hideaway ELVIS has made a big comeback!
The Top Ten departed artists, athletes and entertainers on this year’s list earned a record US$1.1 billion making it a 72% increase over last year’s total.
It’s by far the biggest 12-month haul since Forbes started tracking graveyard earnings in 2001 and, for the first time ever, the top five made more than $100 million each - including ELVIS!
Top earner is long-deceased author of 'The Lord of the Rings' J.R. Tolkien. While he died of pneumonia in 1973 he still earned $500 million from the sale of rights-owner "Middle-Earth Enterprises" to Swedish gaming company Embracer.
Kobe Bryant similarly earned $400 million from his estate sale of sports drink to Coca-Cola.
The sale of David Bowie's publishing catalog and Masters to Warners Chappell helped generate $250M for The Thin White Duke.
And while ELVIS may have "left the building" he is still an economic powerhouse this year generating $110 million in income 45 years after his death. Forbes notes that major share was made from box office and merchandise sales at Graceland while only $5 million of that came from rights for the Baz Luhrmann-directed ELVIS biopic. EIN Note; This is such a massive jump from recent years of around $30m earnings that we suspect the methodology has changed.
It was back in 2006 that we saw Elvis' earnings drop from the usual $55m to half that. At the time Forbes noted "Though Presley’s 2016 earnings are listed at half of last year’s total a change in methodology and not plummeting demand accounted for Forbes shift in income".
Perhaps that has now changed back as $110 million is such a massive increase from last year's $30m. It's possible that EPE asked for a percentage profit from the film - as they do from other ELVIS product. TOP TEN 2022 1 J.R. Tolkien $500 million
2 Kobe Bryant $400 million
3 David Bowie $250 million 4 Elvis Presley $110 million
5 James Brown $100 million
6 Michael Jackson $75 million
7 Leonard Cohen $55 million
8. Dr. Seuss $32 million /
9. Jeff Porcaro (Toto drummer) $25 million
/ 10. Charles Schulz $24 million In 2021 Elvis was seventh with $30 million, with author Roald Dahl topping the list at $513 million. Prince was second $120m, and #3 Michael Jackson with $75m
This is the first time since Michael Jackson's death that Elvis overtaken Jacko.
Overall the music of yesteryear is seen by investors as a reliable income stream.
Nearly $700 million of total earnings came from the estates of the nine musicians including David Bowie ($250m), Michael Jackson ($75m) and “Hallelujah” songwriter Leonard Cohen ($55m). Some of those earnings came from one-time sales. The estate of Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro, for instance, sold his publishing and recording royalties for $25m in November 2021. As Gore Vidal once noted, "Death is a good career move"!
Read the original article here (News, Source:Forbes/ElvisInfoNet)
'Elvis On Tour' box-set January 27 Release date: While rumours abound that the SONY 'On Tour' box-set may be delayed until March 2023, Amazon has now updated their official release date for the upcoming 6CD + 1 Blu-ray Elvis On Tour boxset to January 27, 2023.
The FTD Deluxe book/boxset is sadly not expected until much later in the year. It has, after all, only been FIFTY YEARS for these Elvis companies to get their act together!
The set comprises four concerts (and two rehearsals) that were part of Elvis’ 1972 North American tour.
The set features a total of 145 tracks, including 91 tracks that have been previously unreleased, as well as the award-winning concert film on Blu-ray. (News, Source:Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)
ELVIS 'Live 1969' Keeping an eye on the prices.
Amazon UK has just dropped the price £24!
Buy a copy now if you don't own one!
Now $89 <<< US Amazon (another great deal)
UK Amazon - a great bargain >>> £50.00
Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.
'Priscilla' New Biopic: Director Sofia Coppola is in pre-production on new her biopic about the journey of the famous Presley couple - as well as Priscilla later as a successful actress and business woman. Jacob Elordi will be filling the shoes as the new Elvis Presley. It will be nigh impossible to beat Austin Butler, but he has already shown his magnetic talent as Nate in the series Euphoria. The 25-year-old actor now seems ready to take his charisma to the next level as a movie star on the silver screen. Cailee Spaeny(Pacific Rim: Uprising) will play the role of Priscilla Presley. Spaeny also worked with Kate Winslet in the HBO mini-series Mare of Easttown. With Priscilla, Cailee Spaeny could very well have signed the role of a lifetime.
The film, written and directed by Sofia Coppola for A24, will be directly adapted from Priscilla's autobiography, Elvis And Me.
Published in 1985, the book topped the prestigious New York Times bestseller list and has remained a bestseller ever since.
Sofia Coppola has joined Instagram in a moodboard dedicated to the film. In doing so, Coppola offers us a glimpse into her creative process. One post featured an original copy of the book Elvis and Me, snippets of the script with handwritten notes and a vintage shot of none other than Priscilla herself.
The film will begin shooting this fall in Toronto.
Elvis 2023 Birthday Celebration: Graceland announced, join us in Memphis on January 5-8 as we celebrate Elvis' birthday with concerts, movies, conversations and much more!
This year's festivities include our annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony, The Memphis Symphony Orchestra's annual Elvis Pops Concert with Terry Mike Jeffrey, Conversations on Elvis.
It also includes the 'Aloha from Hawaii' 50th anniv concert.
Live on the big screen, featuring vocals by the king himself, backed
by a live band on stage. A 50th anniversary tribute to this landmark concert event!
Tickets and packages go on sale Saturday, October 22.
Go here to EPE for Birthday Schedule and ticket info (News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)
(Book Review) Elvis For Vinyl Fans Only Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe Yugoslavia * Romania (Piotr Soczynski): To date, Polish author Piotr Soczynski has published eight (one more to come) Elvis discographies. His first four books were two volumes chronicling Elvis’ demo and acetate records and two volumes detailing his U.S. Army vinyl records.
His most recent books have been discographies of Elvis’ music released in Eastern European countries.
All eight books are high quality “coffee table” hardcovers full of color and information for all fans, but particularly serious collectors.
'The Airplanes & The King' OUT NOW:Confirming that the highly anticipated expanded English edition of 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is at your local Elvis shop now.
The book has been been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book. The author notes, '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. In my life 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. In 2021 all this information, along with some unique Elvis stories, has now been beautifully arranged in this glorious book, for every Elvis fan."
The Prologue was written by Elvis expert Carlos R. Ares.
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team!
After months of delays the book is in stock Internationally.
Now Available at: Elvis Shop London 🇬🇧 / Elvis Matters 🇳🇱 / The Elvis Files Shop 🇳🇴 / TCB-shop.de 🇩🇪 / Museum RockArt 🇳� Culture Factory Shop -France - and more... See EIN's exclusive interview with the authors here (News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)
'Elvis On Tour November 1971 - 50th Anniv Edition' - EXPANDED: Following on from the successful 50th Anniversary edition of his acclaimed release, Elvis Live At the International - 50th Anniversary Edition, author-researcher, Kieran Davis has announced "pre-orders" are open for the mid-November release of the 50th Anniversary edition of another of his best-selling books. On its original release in 2010, Elvis On Tour November 1971 comprised 150 pages. The 50th Anniversary Edition more than doubles that to 368 pages!
Kieran adds.. We are now taking pre-orders for this book, which is expected around the middle of November. As with our expanded edition of 'Live At The International,' much new information and images have been added taking the page count from 150 to 368. As always there is comprehensive text to present the tour in its greatest detail, plus archival documents and memorabilia, colour and b&w photographs, and fan stories.
There is some additional good news in that we are able to price this book lower than 'Live At The International'.
This is partly because of the lower page count, but with the cost of everything going up we decided being able to reduce the price so that more fans can afford our books was the way to go. To do this, however, it means we are no longer going to wholesale our books. As 80% of our books are sold direct to customers it was decided reducing the price overall was more important than being able to offer both retail and wholesale.
To place an order please visit our website and use the paypal links. (News, Source: Kieran Davis)
'ELVIS' Original Soundtrack Vinyl:'ELVIS' director Baz Luhrmann promised a vinyl edition of his original soundtrack and the first announcements have it as a single album with 13 tracks plus the short Elvis "Vocal intro" 'Elvis - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' is the music companion to the Warner Bros. film 'Elvis' This critically acclaimed film stars Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Vinyl track list is
1 Suspicious Minds (Vocal Intro) - Elvis Presley
2 Vegas- Doja Cat
3 The King and I - Eminem & CeeLo Green
4 Tupelo Shuffle - Swae Lee & Diplo
5 Can't Help Falling in Love - Kacey Musgraves
6 Cotton Candy Land - Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak
7 Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix) - Elvis Presley & Tame Impala
8 Don't Fly Away (PNAU Remix) - Elvis & PNAU
1 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Jazmine Sullivan
2 If I Can Dream - Måneskin
3 Power of My Love - Elvis Presley & Jack White
4 I Got A Feelin' In My Body - Elvis & Stuart Price
5 Suspicious Minds - Paravi
6 In the Ghetto (World Turns Remix) - Elvis Presley feat. Nardo Wick
RCA Records. OUT November 18, 2022
Amazon US listed at US$27.98 (News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)
In a wide ranging and intriguing interview, Mariusz discusses how Elvis has been viewed in Poland (during and after Communist rule in the country), how difficult it was to obtain Elvis records before Poland’s transition to democracy, the lengths some fans went to in order to listen to Elvis’ music, Polish media and Elvis, Elvis’ biggest selling record in Poland, Mariusz’s three books about Elvis, and more. Read the full interview
ELVIS continues its reign at #1: With its global box office gross now approaching US$286M, on streaming channels the Elvis biopic maintained its #1 status on both HBO and Hulu up to September 28.
Documenting the highs and lows of Elvis’s (Austin Butler) life from childhood to becoming the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll through his complicated relationship with manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), the movie ousted Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick from its recent four-week stint atop the chart.
ELVIS is still Number One!
(News, Source:Box Office Mojo/Flix Patrol/EIN)
(Book Review) Elvis Live At The International 50th Anniversary Edition (Kieran Davis): In 2011, Kieran Davis released the highly praised book, Elvis Live At The International. In 2022, he has published an expanded 50th Anniversary edition…and what an expansion it is!
The latest edition dwarfs the original with 432 pages compared to 172 in the original release.
And the added 250+ pages of additional material is stunning, making the 50th Anniversary release one of the best Elvis books published in 2022.
As its title reflects, the book covers Elvis' appearances at the International Hotel in Las Vegas between 1969 and 1971 (it was renamed the Las Vegas Hilton in July 1971). The narrative element is significantly based around fan, Peggy Elzea’s copious diaries, and a bumper array of archival material. Peggy’s experience seeing Elvis in Las Vegas is one every fan will envy. There is so much fascinating information and so many striking images in the book that it is hard to know where to start in describing it...
'ELVIS: From Vegas to Tahoe' 1973 FTD Review: Released in July as a 3-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features three 1973 midnight shows recorded on January 27 / February 21 (Las Vegas Hilton) and May 12 1973 (High Sierra Theatre, Sahara Hotel, Lake Tahoe).
'ELVIS' DVD, BluRay, 4K OUT Now: Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' movie now released as DVD, BluRay and 4K Blu Ray, out September 13.
The BluRay review includes,, The 1080p transfer offers a very crisp and faithful representation of Elvis' specific appearance. Cinematographer Mandy Walker reportedly shot the entire film .. with custom "Elvis" lenses made from special glass. Meant to evoke the era in which it represents this formula genuinely produces an image evocative of a classic cinematic appearance. With the addition of artificial film grain, the illusion is even more convincing. Still, this is ultimately a purely digital image through and through, and one with a varied color palette that ranges from dark and muted to almost candy-colored in its overall intensity, especially in some of the specific background elements by costume and production designer Catherine Martin. Bonus features include
- Bigger Than Life: The Story of Elvis (22:22) The challenges and joys of adapting Elvis' life for the big screen.
- Rock 'N Roll Royalty: The Music and Artists Behind ELVIS (7:33)
- Fit for a King: The Style of Elvis (8:02) - An overview of the iconic stage outfits and period clothing used in the film.
- Viva Australia: Recreating Iconic Locations for Elvis (7:26).
- "Trouble" Lyric Video (2:15).
- Musical Moments (19 clips, 46:19 total) All of the music segments. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/Bluray.com)
... They say first impressions last! The cover image of Elvis’ famous TCB ring is truly striking and sets the tone for what is an impressive examination of another 100+ rings that Elvis owned during his lifetime.
This is more than a photo-book and while the mostly colour images dominate, the narrative component contains valuable and interesting information...
... Elvis, “The King”, many times said publicly that there is only one King, and that is Jesus Christ. He not only acknowledged the Lord but also worshipped Him and prayed to Him, often. (Madeleine Wilson)
It has been said that the formula of a great tragedy is that a fatal flaw prevents tremendous potential from being realized, and the ending is one of ruin not of joy.
In many ways, the life story of Elvis Presley can be seen as one of tragedy…
Parkes Elvis Festival 2023 to celebrate Blue Hawaii: Next year's Parkes (Australia) Elvis Festival will be held between 4 and 8 January and will have a Blue Hawaii theme……. It’s time to start planning your outfit for the 2023 Parkes Elvis Festival, as we celebrate Elvis' 1961 musical film, Blue Hawaii.
Elvis plays the role of Chad Gates who has recently gotten out of the Army and is looking forward to some fun and romance the Aloha State.
The movie's sun, sand and surf mixed with Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, leis, ukuleles and pineapples will give lots of options to dress in theme.
For more info see the Parkes Elvis Festival website. (News, Source:PEF/ElvisinfoNet)
‘ELVIS ON TOUR’ Official Announcement: The official SONY announcement has now been posted. EIN was correct with our news item yesterday and the release date is December 2, 2022
... 'Elvis On Tour' is a 6CD + 1 Blu-ray box set comprised of the audio from four of the shows (and two rehearsals) that were part of Elvis’ 1972 North American tour. Originally recorded for the Elvis On Tour concert film that was released later that year, the set features a total of 145 tracks, including 91 previously unreleased tracks, as well as the award-winning concert film on Blu-ray.
It includes 3 Unreleased Elvis Concerts plus the San Antonio Concert Remixed, Pre-Tour Rehearsals and 'Best Documentary Film' Golden Globe winner film on Blu-ray Release date Friday, December 2.
Fans can get their first taste with the previously unreleased"Burning Love (Rehearsal 2)"recorded live at RCA Recording Studios in Hollywood in March 1972.
RCA/Legacy's Elvis On Tour box set is produced by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen and mixed by Grammy Award-winning Memphis-based producer Matt Ross-Spang.
The original recordings were made by Felton Jarvis and Al Pachucki.
Disc 1 live April 9, 1972, Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia, and contains all previously unreleased material. Disc 2 live April 10, 1972, Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, and contains all previously unreleased material. Disc 3 live April 14, 1972, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, and contains all previously unreleased material. Disc 4 live April 18, 1972, Convention Center San Antonio, TX previously on 2003 'Elvis: Close-Up' remixed for this release. Disc 5On Tour rehearsals, recorded live at RCA Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, on March 30 and 31, 1972. The disc is comprised primarily of previously unreleased tracks. (EIN Note: the 2004 FTD 'Elvis On Tour - The Rehearsals' featured some great highlights) Disc 6 completes Elvis' rehearsals with his band at RCA Recordings Studios on March 31, 1972. The disc includes previously unreleased takes on Kris Kristofferson's 'For The Good Times' plus others already released.
As Elvis Presley’s national tour played to sold-out secondary markets across the country in 1972, Elvis was enjoying himself on-stage and finding electrifying new ways of connecting to audiences at every show. Working with a band and set lists of his choosing, Elvis was channeling the music he loved most--from pop and gospel and traditional country to blues and rock and contemporary hits--while transforming his own greatest hits with fresh arrangements, turning nostalgia into an unforgettable concert experience packed with immediacy.
Award-winning filmmakers Pierre Adidge and Robert Abel (Mad Dogs & Englishmen) went on the road with Elvis Presley and his band with all-access passes, cameras and crew to chronicle the
King of Rock & Roll at his on-stage peak in MGM’s Elvis On Tour documentary film. The film captures Elvis, the human being driving the myth, behind-the-scenes backstage with his eyes open and his defenses down. According to MGM's original press release, the Elvis On Tour film "offers the first intimate look at the enigmatic country boy who became the world's most celebrated musician." Both documentary and concert film, Elvis On Tour features
montage sequences supervised by Martin Scorsese. The film was released on November 1, 1972.
The Elvis On Tour box set includes fascinating behind-the-scenes liner notes by Jerry Schilling, a longtime personal friend and member of Elvis' inner circle.
The set also features an illuminating essay by rock historian/musician Warren Zanes, founding member of The Del Fuegos and Professor at New York University. According to Zanes: "The set lists and the performances of the Elvis On Tour period bring a rare thing: a fifties legend working in the early seventies who was still taking his audiences to new places.... "
July 29- 'ELVIS Original Soundtrack' CD OUT NOW: At last the 'ELVIS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' CD has been officially released worldwide today - OUT NOW.
The CD is twenty-two tracks, whereas the Digital Release is 36 tracks.
CD priced at Australia AU$22 and UK £10.99 and US$14 "The soundtrack features Elvis's extraordinary body of work spanning the 1950s, '60s and '70s, while also celebrating his diverse musical influences and enduring impact on popular artists today."
1. Suspicious Minds (Vocal Intro) - Elvis Presley
2. Cotton Candy Land - Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak
3. Vegas - Doja Cat
4. The King And I - Eminem & CeeLo Green
5. Tupelo Shuffle - Swae Lee & Diplo
6. Baby, Let's Play House - Austin Butler
7. Craw-Fever - Elvis Presley
8. Strange Things Are Happening Every Day - Yola
9. Trouble - Austin Butler
10. Can't Help Falling in Love - Kacey Musgraves
11. I Got A Feelin' In My Body - Lenesha Randolph
12. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Jazmine Sullivan
13. Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix) - Elvis & Tame Impala
14. Power of My Love - Elvis Presley and Jack White
15. Polk Salad Annie (Film Mix) - Elvis Presley
16. Suspicious Minds (Film Edit) - Elvis Presley
17. Burning Love (Film Mix) - Elvis Presley
18. I Got A Feelin' In My Body - Elvis Presley & Stuart Price
19. Don't Fly Away (PNAU Remix) - Elvis Presley & PNAU
20. If I Can Dream - Måneskin
21. Suspicious Minds - Paravi
22. In the Ghetto (World Turns Remix) - Elvis feat. Nardo Wick
Interview with actor Adam Dunn / Bill Black in 'ELVIS':Elvis author-researcher, Paul Bélard, interviews actor Adam Dunn who plays Bill Black in Baz Luhrmann's movie 'Elvis'.
The interview is particularly of interest as Paul Bélard recently published the first detailed biography of super-bassist Bill Black.
In the interview Adam Dunn reveals.. - how he got the role,
- how he learnt to play double-bass Bill Black style,
- about meeting Tom Hanks and Austin Butler,
- working with Xavier Samuel and Terepai Richmond who played Scotty and D.J.
- the 'trouble' filming the Russwood Park riot
- and much much more...
The book includes a fabulous Elvis-related story about Ron Strauss visiting his bank manager to obtain a home mortgage and the time Ron fell asleep in Elvis’ bed will bring a smile to the reader’s face. Other interesting accounts include Ron’s reaction to Elvis carrying a loaded gun on board (in a pressurized cabin), and many readers will appreciate reading how Ron felt about Linda Thompson and Ginger Alden.
EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently took flight with an advance copy. What Nigel found, not only added appreciably to his knowledge of a rarely written about aspect of the Elvis Presley story and provided greater insight as to who Elvis was as a person, but also offered a wonderfully rich and entertaining account of the life and times of the underappreciated, Ron Strauss.
'Elvis UK Cover Story' Book Review: Elvis experts John Townson and Gordon Minto recently published their new (digital) book 'Elvis UK Cover Story: The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley's British EP & LP Sleeves 1956-1977' designed to add to and complement their original 'Elvis UK' book.
It is a 286 page, fully comprehensive book, providing the ultimate guide to Elvis’s EP and LP album sleeves released in the UK between 1956-1977.
Extensively illustrated in full colour and arranged in sections, this book addresses a wide range of topics including back cover photos, printing companies, sleeve notes, etc.
There are extended sections including 'Front Cover – Fact File', and 'For UK Fans Only' an in-depth study of those albums that originated in the UK, or were only ever available in the UK.
It includes a wealth of background info incorporated into the text.
It is a downloadable digital flip-book stored on your own device.
Reading through this fact-filled investigation, the amazing thing EIN discovered was just how many sleeve variations, UK only releases, and cheap RCA / Parker design decisions there were.
For the world’s biggest superstar some of their marketing decisions were truly bewildering. And some of their design choices total madness.
'Aloha From Hawaii' Deluxe FTD indepth Review: When seeking Elvis' key career highpoints, if one goes by the sales and the audience viewing numbers, there is only one answer. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite. RCA’s double album of the show was released throughout the world in February 1973 and shot to the #1 spot in many countries including the U.S. It is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
While in 2013 RCA/ Legacy released the '40th Anniversary edition' sadly the audio of the main concert left much to be desired.
In 2022 FTD released this upgraded 'Aloha From Hawaii' set with Matt Ross-Spang remixing the original broadcast - plus including the full after-concert 3am 'Insert Song' session in a 3-CD set. In 'large-size 8" format with 24 page booklet it is a stunning package.
(Interview) Alanna Nash talks to EIN: With the recent reissue of her best-selling book, 'The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley', renowned author, Alanna Nash, took time out of her busy schedule to discuss Elvis, the Colonel and other related issues with EIN’s Nigel Patterson, Elvis Day By Day’s Kees Mouwen, and prolific Elvis author, Paul Bélard.
In her candid interview, Alanna provides insightful commentary about the Colonel’s early years before coming to America, when he lost his way in promoting Elvis, the controversial source Byron Raphael, Lamar Fike’s finding about the rumor the Colonel was involved in the death of a woman in Holland, why Elvis didn’t take more control of his career, the new Baz Luhrmann 'ELVIS' biopic and much, much more...
ELVIS 'Austin Butler Pre-Production Test Footage': This is a sensational clip. Forget all those average Elvis Impersonators you might have seen, here Austin Butler truly inhabits Elvis character showing what he could do
at a pre-production jam.
As 'Depper' rightly comments, "Austin was a brilliant choice as there are millions of new young Elvis fans just based on the trailers alone. Many more will join us in the Elvis fanbase as soon as the movie drops. This movie successfully explains the contributions to music of Elvis Presley, to today's current generation. Elvis' legacy has been given a tremendous boost, and will help young people understand that he was a force of good for American music and humanity." (News, Source;EIN)
'ELVIS' EIN movie review: Keith Richards said, "Elvis hit like a bombshell ... it was like the world went from black and white to Technicolor." While those words apply to Elvis Presley they could similarly apply to Baz Luhrmann's style of film direction. Compared to the regular Hollywood output Baz Luhrmann movies have a similar feel of busting out of jail and going from black-and-white to technicolour. They are loud, brash, super-colourful, fast-edited and exciting, they have their own language and style.
The full-bore soundtrack, the glowing colour, the revelation of Austin Butler's truly stunning performance and the real excitement of the fast editing really does make it feel that Luhrmann has grabbed Elvis' true spirit. The film not only tells Elvis’ life but has the genuine excitement of the real Elvis, something that I've never felt from any previous Elvis Bio-Pic.
The incredible fact is that while the movie includes so many snatches of real Elvis (Hy Garner interview, Lisa Marie, Al Dvorin etc) yet Austin Butler has one so enthralled in playing Elvis' character that you can hardly spot the difference.
However typical of a Luhrmann movie you can see why fans' overly detailed fact-checking needs to be left at the door - and knowledgeable Elvis fans should just enjoy the ride. Go here for EIN Piers Beagley's exclusive and detailed review
Baz Luhrmann ELVIS Sydney Premiere: The Sydney Premiere of Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS movie was presented in the glorious Sydney State Theatre where Luhrmann's first film 'Strictly Ballroom' was featured thirty years ago at the 1992 Sydney Film Festival.
The evening was part of Sydney's VIVID festival and before the actual Premiere, director Baz Luhrmann spent an hour in conversation discussing his life in movies as well as his thoughts on ELVIS.
The Sydney Media were out in force to celebrate the international cast of the movie, including Austin Butler, Tom Hanks and Australia's Olivia DeJonge, along with Director Baz Luhrmann.
EIN's Piers Beagley was lucky enough to be part of the ELVIS celebration - and who knew that his night would include an Elvis sing-a-long with Tom Hanks! Go here for the Baz Luhrmann discussion and plenty of Premiere pics.
(Book Review) 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley: A Critical History of the Early Recordings' (Gary Parker):‘For Elvis Presley, stardom was the promise, and he made the trip, but at an extraordinarily high cost’. This is one of the thought provoking themes in Gary Parker’s latest book which critically examines in thoroughly researched detail, Elvis’ seminal recordings in the 1950s (as well as more briefly discussing Elvis’ post Army recordings).
Noting that... "Elvis' clever manipulation of his numerous interests remains one of the music world's great marvels. Presley, with one foot in delta mud and the other in a country hoedown, teamed with Scotty Moore and Bill Black to fuse two distinctly American musical forms -- country and blues -- to form what would come to be known as 'rockabilly'". This is a book with plenty to discuss.
In their 2,100 words collaboration, EIN’s Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley, review what they have found to be one of the best, and most important, Elvis book releases of 2022. Read the full review here (Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)
Baz Luhrmann 'ELVIS' movie posters for 50s/ 60s/ 70s - plus a great shot of Austin Butler
'The Pot Luck Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released back in December 2021, 'The Pot Luck Sessions' was the eighth in FTD’s “complete sessions” packages. An 8 inch deluxe 5-CD package featuring a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and session data, memorabilia and rare photos. The set includes remastered complete RCA sessions from Elvis' June 25 and October 15 1961 and March 18-19 1962 recording sessions.
The set features a good number of previously unreleased outakes and EIN also uncovers plenty of Elvis studio discussions that had been previously edited out on earlier "Classic Album" releases such as Elvis saying, “Here we go already. How do like that
arrangement, Red?” an important question to his friend Red West who
had composed the song 'That’s Someone You Never Forget'.
Gary kindly took time to discuss what we can expect in his new book, Jethro Tull, and things in-between.
Elvis’ Sun recordings vs. RCA early recordings, the muddy Mississippi delta plains, Elvis’ swirlingly innovative mixture of hair-raising rock & roll and balladry.
MRS 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo 1956' CD Review: At the end of last year the UK based MRS label released their Double CD/ Book 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956'.
The set contains the complete 1956 RCA studio master recordings in mono and (DES extracted) stereo versions. These were thirty classic RCA recordings that would help change the future of popular music.
The accompanying 20-page booklet includes photographs and memorabilia plus introductory notes.
While 'DES Stereo' remastering can sometimes reveal new details about classic MONO studio recordings, trying to create believable stereo from echoey mono masters is not that easy, even when using "highly advanced sound processing techniques".
Can classic mono tracks such as 'Hound Dog', 'Don't Be Cruel', 'My Baby Left Me' and 'Heartbreak Hotel' really sound better in DES stereo?
'Elvis: South Bound- Tampa / Atlanta '75' FTD in-depth Review: Mid 1975 found Elvis back in good form and having fun on stage. This 5" digipack double-soundboard features two more concerts from Elvis' 1975 Spring Tour. The Tampa April 26, 1975 Afternoon show at Curtis Hixon Convention Center plus Atlanta Omni Coliseum May 2, 1975 Evening Show.
Unfortunately soundboards from the start of this tour all have the same inherent 'problem' a HEAVY bias towards Piano tracks, there was often very little drums or orchestra in the mix. So can this release show us anything new?
But while collectors are right to be a little reticent about “Afternoon Shows” this soundboard is surprisingly enjoyable...
(Book Review) 'Don't Be Cruel, Elvis: The Bill Black Story': It is easy to forget that, in the beginning, Elvis was only one part of a trio put together by Sam Phillips, which included Bill Black on bass and Scotty Moore on lead guitar.
The unique sound that emerged from their early sessions was the result of a close collaboration of like-minded musicians and an engineer who wanted to generate something as yet unheard. Bill Black's contribution to Elvis’ success went beyond the bass playing. His antics on stage — twirling his bass, riding it as if it was a bronco to be tamed, trading corny jokes with Elvis — delighted the audiences. Scotty confirmed that, “If it hadn’t been for Bill, we would have bombed many times in the early days.”
Memphis Mansion’s Henrik Knudsen fortuitously befriended Bill Black's family and was entrusted with the family’s treasured scrapbook.
Using this key source, plus the investigative power of author Paul Belard, key rock'n'roll bassman Bill Black finally gets the biography he deserves with this impressive 260 page book.
Packed full of rare photos, great stories and interviews, EIN's Piers Beagley spent some quality time enjoying this very fine tribute to "Blackie" a great musician and a true character ... go here to find out more.. (Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Interview 'The Airplanes & The King' with Carlos Varrenti & Robert Van Beek:As promised a few months ago, the extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version.
Not only that but it has now been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team, EIN has seen some preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.
EIN is delighted to be able to talk with the author Carlos Varrenti - as well as Elvis Files designer Robert Van Beek to find out more.
We find out more about Carlos Varrenti's Argentinian background, how he came to be involved with designer Robert Van Beek and The Elvis Files for the expanded reprint, what highlights are in the book and what new stories fans will be able to discover within the covers. Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..
"Elvis Back In Nashville" 8/10 Review: It's great to see the mainstream music press already giving truly positive reviews to the new "Elvis Back In Nashville" box-set that comes out next week. UNCUT uk music magazine have already reviewed it noting.... "The King's final recordings in the country music capital"
Elvis Presley was more ambitious than his late career output might suggest.
During his 1971 sessions in Nashville, he cut tracks for his dream project: a folk-rock record featuring songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kris Kristofferson and others. Sadly, it never saw the light of day, and tracks from those sessions were scattered across cookie-cutter collections throughout the'70s. 'Elvis Back In Nashville' collects those recordings in one place, showcasing his stylistic range (gospel, carols, standards... you name it) and offering a glimpse of what might have been.
Despite being sold as a nostalgia act, Elvis was absolutely devoted to whatever he song he was singing. He immersed himself in the story and invested each line with nuance and character, whether it's the casually funky "Put Your Hand In The Hand" or the delicate "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (recorded while he had the flu). Box-Set rates 8/10. Extras: 6/10. Archival photos and liner notes by David Cantwell.
'Think Twice: Elvis in The Studio 1971': The forthcoming 'Back In Nashville' boxset is going to shine the spotlight on Elvis' 1971 sessions which have traditionally been ignored by the official label. In this fascinating and detailed article EIN contributor Shane Brown examines these all too easily dismissed Nashville sessions and discovers some real gems.
It’s very easy to look at the March, May and June 1971 recordings out of context. While the recordings are certainly not up to the standard of those from June 1970, it’s also true to say that Elvis was in a very different place personally by spring 1971.
In June 1970 Elvis was riding the crest of a wave with his recent successes but by January 1971 he was in the newspapers due to an ongoing paternity suit.
The Presley’s marriage was on the rocks and Elvis was having problems with his eyes. However despite all of this there was something very interesting going on during the 1971 sessions. Find out more as Shane Brown investigates these controversial 1971 Nashville Sessions....
Don't miss out on one of EIN's most-viewed and controversial interviews of all-time - Mike Stone tells all.
EIN Interview with Mike Stone: Mike Stone has had a long and successful career in athletics, in the entertainment business, as an author, sports instructor, bodyguard and personal fitness trainer.
Mike Stone was also a key figure in the emotional roller-coaster that described Elvis and Priscilla Presley's lives in the seventies. In this exclusive EIN interview Priscilla's ex-partner, karate champion and author talks about his amazing life, including... - Meeting Elvis and Priscilla
- Hawaii, Elvis and Karate
- Being Phil Spector's bodyguard
- Sitting next to John Lennon recording
- Priscilla and karate
- Fans blaming him for Elvis' marriage split-up
- Elvis putting a "Hit" out on him
- Finding peace in the Philippines
- His new autobiography
UPDATED- The collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire: Has Ernst won the war?’: Back in 1999 Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon convinced BMG to let them start the FTD collectors label in order to counteract the Elvis bootleg companies which had been selling unreleased material to fans since the very first vinyl bootleg 'Please Release Me' was issued back in 1970.
Of all the bootleg labels that have come and gone the 'Madison' label was one of the very few that always produced high-quality releases and which happened to start at the same time as FTD. The designs were top-notch and with detailed sleeve notes they easily competed with the legal Elvis releases.
In 2021 ‘Madison’ have returned with the new bootleg ‘A Legendary Performer Volume 9’ but all is not what was promised. The Elvis bootleg vaults are empty and FTD appears to have won the game. Go here as EIN’s Piers Beagley checks out the lack of new material and considers the bootleg era at an end... And EIN wants YOUR SAY -Our article is now updated with YOUR FEEDBACK - and more... (Spotlight; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 45,000 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.
"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)
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)
‘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
UK CD box-set
‘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)
Amazon Deals on ELVIS Blu-rays - Beware of excessive prices at some Elvis dealers.
'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....
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
'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..
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.
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)
'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.
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
'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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