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The Dutch Video promo.
The Dutch Video promo for the DVD "Elvis #1 Hit Performances".
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14 Most Controversial Moments In Music.
Elvis shakes his pelvis (1956)
He's the man that changed the face of music forever, but however much the teens of the day adored him, the establishment was suspicious of what they deemed his lascivious ways. The New York Times is reported to have stated that "when Presley executes his bumps and grinds, it must be remembered ... that even the twelve-year-old's ... curiosity may be over-stimulated." While another renowned publication wrote that popular music "has reached its lowest depths in the 'grunt and groin' antics of one Elvis Presley." Some called his actions "sexual self-gratification on stage" and "a strip-tease with clothes on" while one state judge went so far as to call Presley a "savage," threatening to arrest him if he shook his body while performing in his jurisdiction.
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Elvis Presley - The Holiday Collection.
This is information from Sony/BMG Canada about this Christmas Collection to be issued on November 13. The Holiday Collection includes all of Elvis' original 20 Chritmas songs as well as 10 additional sacred performances, featured in a collectible Christmas tin box.
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Signed LPs to raise thousands for trust.
AUTOGRAPHED LPs by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Queen, Bob Marley and Pink Floyd will go under the hammer to raise thousands of pounds for Dorset Wildlife Trust. The eBay auction, which will take place on Sunday, November 4, will also feature signed LPs by Wings and Monty Python. High street music chain-turned-charitable organisation Our Price donated much of the autographed memorabilia, which is expected to raise thousands of pounds. All the proceeds from the sale of the auction items, above their reserve price, will be donated to the trust. Auction organiser Les Bunce said: "This was a completely unexpected and amazing offer which could make a massive difference to the amount of money which is raised for Dorset's wildlife." Among the LPs being auctioned is an original copy of The Beatles' album Help! signed by all four band members, which is expected to fetch at least £15,000. Also going under the hammer will be a signed copy of Pink Floyd's 1971 album Meddle, estimated to be worth £4,000, and a copy of Elvis Presley's 1965 LP Harum Scarum, signed by The King himself, valued at £7,000. Our Price charity co-ordinator Lisa Bignall said: "Guide prices are funny things. "There was an auction recently in which a gold disc for the film Tomb Raider signed by Angelina Jolie was given a retail price of £1,200 but in the end it went for £18,000. "It all depends who's at the auction and how much they want what's being auctioned." She explained that after the Our Price ceased trading four years ago, the owner retained the name to do charitable work. She added that the guide price for Natty Dread signed by Bob Marley is £2,500 and Wings' Red Rose Speedway is estimated to be worth £2,800. Dorset Wildlife Trust spokesman Nicky Hoar said: "We're all set up and ready to go. "Our Price got in touch with us at the trust to see if we wanted to auction any of these items and take the profits above the reserve prices. "It is not going to cost the trust anything to run this auction but we stand to do very well from it."
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ELVIS VS MICHAEL JACKSON POLL - VOTE NOW.
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NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CKX, Inc. announced today that 19X, Inc., which previously had agreed to acquire the Company in a merger transaction, had delivered financing letters in furtherance of its obligation to provide the Company with evidence of financing sufficient to complete the acquisition on the previously disclosed terms. The letters, which have not yet been signed by any parties, include firm commitments from, as well as other detailed arrangements and engagements with, three prominent Wall Street firms and expressions of intentions from management and other significant investors in CKX. The Company has a regularly scheduled Board Meeting this Friday, at which the Board of Directors will review the letters. Following completion of the Board's review, 19X is expected to deliver fully executed letters. About CKX, Inc.
CKX, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of entertainment content. To date, the Company has focused on acquiring globally recognized entertainment content and related assets, including the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley, the operations of Graceland, the rights to the name, image and likeness of Muhammad Ali and proprietary rights to the IDOLS television brand, including the American Idol series in the United States and local adaptations of the IDOLS television show format which, collectively, air in over 100 countries around the world. On June 1, 2007 CKX entered into a merger agreement with 19X, Inc., a private company owned and controlled by Mr. Sillerman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CKX, and Simon R. Fuller, a director of CKX and the Chief Executive Officer of 19 Entertainment Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CKX, that will result in the sale of CKX to 19X at a maximum price of $13.75 per share in cash. In addition and as a condition to the merger, the Company has previously announced its plan to distribute to its stockholders two shares of common stock of FX Real Estate and Entertainment Inc. for every ten shares of common or preferred stock of CKX held on the record date for such distribution. For more information about FX Real Estate and Entertainment Inc. and the planned distribution, please see FX Real Estate and Entertainment's Registration Statement on Form S-1 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 24, 2007 and as amended on October 9, 2007. For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at http://www.ckx.com. A registration statement relating to shares of common stock of FX Real Estate and Entertainment Inc. has been filed with the Securities Exchange Commission. These securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.
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ELVIS N.1 HIT PERFORMACES DVD OUT IN ITALY.
Just released by BMG the new Dvd by BMG the "N.1 HIT PERFORMANCES AND MORE" Adertised on the main Music magazines of Italy.
EpGold Columist Livio Monari Italy /
Steve Binder Interview 2007 - Elvis.
Steve Binder Interview 2007 - Elvis Comeback Special 68. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fEFQg4uYRs
Founder of World Press Institute dies.
BUCHAREST, Romania - American journalist Harry W. Morgan, who interviewed Mother Teresa, John F. Kennedy and Indira Gandhi and taught generations of journalists, died Tuesday. He was 73. Morgan died of a heart attack in Timisoara, Romania, three weeks after he was admitted to a hospital with breathing problems, his son Benny said. During a nearly 50-year journalism career working for Reader's Digest, Morgan went to more than 100 countries and interviewed many notables, among them Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Elvis Presley and Ernest Hemingway. In 1961, he founded the World Press Institute, which provides fellowships to allow foreign journalists to live and work in the United States. He also founded the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, which promotes cultural exchanges. Morgan moved to Romania in 1994, when the government invited him to help develop journalism schools at the universities of Bucharest, Sibiu and Timisoara. For the past 11 years he lived in Timisoara, where he taught at the university. Morgan first came to Romania in the 1970s, when he interviewed communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. His visit resulted in Romanian-American cultural exchanges. "Harry was a firm believer in the need for understanding between people of all nations, and in establishing the World Press Institute he sought to build a multiplier effect by exposing foreign journalists to the United States, 'warts and all' as he put it," said Claude E. Erbsen, a member of the World Press Institute's board of directors and a retired vice president of The Associated Press. Benny Morgan said his father began all his courses with a sentence that summed up his creed: "As a journalist, you can make a difference in your life and the lives of others". Morgan is survived by his wife, Margareta, and four sons.
EPE Partnering with St. Jude on Thanks and Giving Program for 2007/08 Holiday Season.
From November 1, 2007 - January 11, 2008 visitors to both Elvis.com and Graceland will be encouraged to make a difference in the life of a child this holiday season by joining Marlo Thomas, her celebrity friends and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® for their Thanks and Giving campaign. Your support can help them find cures for pediatric cancers and other deadly diseases. Eighty-five cents of every dollar St. Jude receives goes directly to research and treatment. Beginning Friday, November 23, visitors to Graceland will be encouraged to purchase a Thanks and Giving pinup in exchange for a dollar donation. The vibrant green pinup reflects both holidays and health, and the iconic magnifying glass represents their tireless search for breakthrough discoveries. As each pinup is purchased and signed, they will be placed in the window of the Graceland ticket pavilion. EPE's participation in this campaign will continue through Elvis's birthday celebration. Please join us and as we Give Thanks for the Healthy Kids in our Lives and Give to Those Who are Not. Click here for more information or to donate now.
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Singer Robert Goulet Dies at 73.
(AP) Actor Robert Goulet arrives at Broadway's Marquis Theater for the opening night of the musical...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert Goulet, the handsome, big-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in "Camelot" launched an awardwinning stage and recording career, has died. He was 73. The singer died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles hospital while awaiting a lung transplant, said Goulet spokesman Norm Johnson. He had been awaiting a lung transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being found last month to have a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis. Goulet had remained in good spirits even as he waited for the transplant, said Vera Goulet, his wife of 25 years. "Just watch my vocal cords," she said he told doctors before they inserted a breathing tube. The Massachusetts-born Goulet, who spent much of his youth in Canada, gained stardom in 1960 with "Camelot," the Lerner and Loewe musical that starred Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as his Queen Guenevere. Goulet played Sir Lancelot, the arrogant French knight who falls in love with Guenevere. He became a hit with American TV viewers with appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other programs. Sullivan labeled him the "American baritone from Canada," where he had already been a popular star in the 1950s, hosting his own show called "General Electric's Showtime." Note: Robert Goulet will also be remembered as the man that caused Elvis Presley to fire a bullet through his own television set, when he was fed up of watching the singer on the box. However, Goulet maintains that the two of them were good friends and Elvis even gave him a ring. Had Elvis been around to fire another bullet or two, he may have tried again decades later, when Robert Goulet appeared as Priscilla Presley’s love interest Quentin Hapsburg in the 1991 comedy The Naked Gun 2½.
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Press Release "Elvis ...A Generous Heart" DVD.
October 30, 2007-Ventura, CA-Following the great success of the DVD Elvis Presley…From Beginning To End, the Collector’s Edition Volume 2 has arrived-Elvis A Generous Heart. Elvis’s accomplishments as an entertainer have been well documented and they continue to be with an endless stream of music and live performances. Because of his popularity long after his death, new material is continually unearthed and created to fill the demand. Marshall Blonstein, president of Morada Music, the parent company of Tangiers Entertainment, and his creative team have put together a new and unique and never before seen perspective on Elvis. The media unfortunately prefers to focus on sensationalism and all the negative things stars do. Elvis A Generous Heart focuses on the King’s charity to organizations, friends, and total strangers. Everyone knows that Elvis was the most successful entertainer in the world. We have heard of all the riches he attained because of that success. Little has been reported about what a great man he was and the way he freely shared his wealth, his “generous heart”. Elvis loved to make people happy; he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, jewelry and cars away just to see people light up. This revealing DVD takes you through the history of Elvis from being a poor sharecropper’s son with little more than basic daily subsistence to the most beloved, wealthy and famous entertainer in the world. Even though he reached such great heights, he remained a humble country boy always ready to share his love and treasures with friends, family, and even complete strangers. There are many reasons the world mourned his death back in 1977 and it was more than for the joy he brought to people in live performances, movies and recorded music. Many of the unknown events include the legendary Aloha From Hawaii concert in 1973 that raised more than $75,000 for cancer research and in 1964 Elvis purchased the FDR presidential yacht and donated it to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, who in turn raised $55,000 for research upon its sale. People who were the closest to Elvis do in depth interviews on the DVD to tell some now celebrated and new stories of his generous heart. Elvis A Generous Heart is a wonderful tribute to an artist that recorded timeless music that remains as popular today as when it was released. His stature as performer on stage, in the studio and in films remains unrivaled. Thanks to this DVD so does the man’s generous heart.
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Imperials In The UK - November 17th 2007.
Imperials In The UK - November 17th 2007.
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Elvis Insiders Reception Guests Announced.
Join Joe Moscheo, Cynthia Pepper and Larry Geller at the 2008 Elvis Insiders Graceland Tour and Reception
We're excited to announce these special guests will be joining us on Sunday, January 6, 2008 for the Elvis Insiders Graceland Tour and Reception from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This event is exclusively for Elvis Insiders and their guests. It includes a private evening tour of Graceland in all its holiday splendor and a reception across the street in Graceland Plaza with our special guests. The reception is a “progressive” event moving about the plaza area and will include Elvis's airplanes, The Elvis Presley Automobile Museum and the "Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access" exhibit in the Sincerely Elvis Museum. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bars will be available and everyone wins a door prize. Because of space limitations, Elvis Insiders may purchase only one guest ticket in addition to their own. Tickets are currently selling quickly and we do expect a sell out soon so, if you plan on attending, reserve your tickets today. Admission is $44.00 for adults, $22.00 for children 7-12, and children under seven are free. ADVANCE TICKETS: From all parts of the world call (901) 332-3322 or, from the USA and Canada call toll-free 800-238-2000. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Parking in the main Graceland parking lot is free beginning at 5:30 PM.
Top Pop Singles 1955-2006 Billboard.
The slogan of Joel Whitburn's remarkable book company, Record Research, is "For Anyone With a Heart for the Charts," and his dozens of volumes over nearly four decades have lived up to that boast. The latest update of the "Top Pop Singles" series is a treasure chest of information about pop music. The heart of the book is an exhaustive listing of every recording to make Billboard magazine's weekly Hot 100 lists since 1955, including the number of weeks it stayed on the charts and the highest position it achieved. If you want to know about, say, Prince's singles history, "Top Pop Singles" tells you that 51 of his recordings have made the chart, from "Soft and Wet" (No. 92 in 1978) through "Black Sweat" (No. 60 in 2006). Whitburn also helps us measure the relative impact of artists from different eras by ranking the most successful by decade as well as those with the most Top 100 singles (Elvis Presley, 151), the most Top 40 hits (Elvis, 104), the most No. 1 hits (the Beatles, 20) and so on. Rather than simply update the figures every few years in new volumes of "Top Pop Singles," the Wisconsin publisher is such an obsessed fan that he keeps adding new elements. This time he borrows a page from baseball batting averages and assigns a "hit average" to recording artists. Another pop book of special interest is "Lyrics by Sting." Rather than just provide words to his songs, Sting offers frequently engaging thoughts about many of them. The back story: The funny thing about Whitburn is that his readers are probably just as obsessed as he is, so they'll be intrigued by his new Top Pop Hit Average rankings. But they also may be quick to offer suggestions to refine the approach. The idea was is to find how high on the charts an artist's average pop hit went. If, for instance, an artist had 10 singles and they all went to No. 1, the artist's Pop Hit Average would be 1 -- the best possible score. And who came up with the best pop hit average among artists with at least 20 pop hits? Three Dog Night, with a hit average of 12, and that's why there will no doubt be outcries. Three Dog Night, a fairly pedestrian hit machine in the late '60s and early '70s did well in Whitburn's formula because the trio had a relatively short chart life: just 21 singles in six years. If you took the best six years of the Beatles, Elvis or other key artists, they would probably blow away Three Dog Night. Meanwhile, Whitburn considers the book's Top 500 Artists chart the most prestigious because it is so comprehensive. For the list, Whitburn awards an artist points for every record that makes the Billboard chart, with bonus points for each week the single stays on the chart and for how high on the chart it climbs. Elvis Presley (9,406 points) remains the runaway leader, but the Beatles (5,360) could soon lose their second spot to Elton John (5,045). Just behind them is Madonna (4,749) and Mariah Carey (4,295), who jumps from No. 14 in the 2002 edition to No. 5 in this one. Joel Whitburn "Top Pop Singles 1955-2006" (Record Research, $79.95)
By Robert Hilburn - Special to The Times / www.epgold.com
Elvis leads list of top-earning dead celebrities.
Marilyn, Warhol, Peanuts creator all make the cut, but there’s only one King.
The 13 legends in our seventh annual list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities grossed a combined $232 million in the past 12 months. Many are instantly recognizable one-name wonders (Elvis, Marilyn, Warhol) who still command attention worldwide, making them a marketer's ideal pitchman. Indeed, all the members of this year's club are the linchpin of enormously profitable — and growing — merchandising empires. Albert Einstein's name is used to peddle Baby Einstein DVDs. Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's books are a staple of every kiddie library on the planet. Hundreds of performances of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown pad the portfolio of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz each year — as well as comic strips that are still syndicated daily in thousands of newspapers worldwide. But even in death, there can only be one King. Reclaiming his top spot on the list is Elvis Presley, whose estate generated $49 million in the past year. CKX Entertainment, the publicly traded firm which presides over the bulk of the Elvis empire (daughter Lisa Marie Presley retains a 15 percent stake) announced a massive overhaul of Graceland this summer, marking the 30th anniversary of the The King's death. Among the changes are a new hotel convention center, a state-of-the-art multimedia museum and a new, spiffier visitor's center. The plans are already paying off: Revenues from Graceland were up 15 percent this year, to $35 million. And that doesn't include royalties generated from Elvis music, DVDs and licensing deals like the one struck with Cirque du Soleil for an Elvis-themed revue in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the brightest star of 2006 doesn't even appear on this year's list. Kurt Cobain, former frontman of grunge band Nirvana, debuted on the list in first place last year after his widow, Courtney Love, sold part of his song catalog for a reported $50 million. But while the deal opened the door for future ad dollars, Cobain's 2007 earnings weren't enough for him to stay on the list. John Lennon jumps from the No. 4 spot last year to second place this year, with earnings estimated at $44 million. In February, the Beatles settled a 15-year battle with Apple Inc. over the company's decision to get into the music business. (The Beatles' commercial interests are overseen by a firm called Apple Corps.) Two months later, the band settled another long-standing dispute with its record label EMI over alleged unpaid royalties. The settlements, which are believed to have exceeded $100 million, also buoyed the income of the other deceased Beatle, George Harrison, who placed No. 4 on this year's list, with earnings estimated at $22 million. Now that Apple and the Beatles have settled their differences, stock market analysts are hungrily awaiting an announcement from Apple Chief Steve Jobs regarding the covetable Beatles archive being made available for download from Apple's iTunes Music Store. In late August, shares of Apple jumped nearly 6 percent on rumors that an announcement was forthcoming. (No such announcement has been made yet.) ITunes already sells the Fab Four's solo works. Earnings for our top dead celebrities were evaluated for the period between October 2006 and October 2007. That ruled out recently departed superstars like Luciano Pavoratti, who passed away in September. The bulk of his earnings during our time frame, we determined, were made while he was living. Newcomers to the Dead Celebrities list include "King of Cool" Steve McQueen ($6 million) and the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown ($5 million). Rapper Tupac Shakur rejoins the list with $9 million — he debuted back in 2002, before falling off — following the sale of catalog rights in May for upward of $5 million. Over a decade after his unsolved 1996 murder in a drive-by shooting, Tupac remains a hot commercial property. Said to be in development are a Tupac biopic, videogame and — gasp! — Broadway show. Estimating income for celebrities is no small feat. But for dead celebrities, it can prove daunting. Such was the case when attempting to value the income of recently departed mega-producer Aaron Spelling, whose estate still collects royalties for every Love Boat or Melrose Place rerun that airs anywhere on the planet. While royalties have long been a staple source of income for the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities, who collects them has now become a hotly debated issue in the entertainment community. Anna Strasberg, widow of famed acting coach Lee Strasberg, inherited the bulk of the Marilyn Monroe estate from her late husband. Two years ago, she sued two photo agencies run by heirs of Monroe photographers for licensing images without her permission. (One, Sam Shaw, shot the iconic picture of Monroe over a subway grate for The Seven Year Itch.) Strasberg claimed that the images were part of Monroe's intellectual property and therefore only her heirs should profit. But in May, both a California and New York court ruled against her, claiming that the concept of a post-mortem right of publicity did not exist until legislation to that effect passed in 1984, so Monroe could not have bequeathed them at the time of her death. (That law, dubbed The Dead Celebrities Act, grants posthumous rights for 70 years.) Those decisions pave the way for other firms to license Monroe images without cooperation from her estate. That has made celebrities who died before 1984 fair game for licensing deals without the permission of their heirs. In early October, California passed a bill that effectively overrides the recent court decisions and grants posthumous publicity rights to celebrities who died pre-1984 to their heirs. It's still unclear what the net effect of the legislation will be on the disputed Monroe images.
© 2007 Forbes.com
By Lea Goldman and Jake Paine - www.forbes.com /
Country singer Porter Wagoner dies at 80.
In a file photo Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner, right, sings 'Someone I Used To Know' with Dolly Parton during his induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, May 4, 2003.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - U.S. country singer Porter Wagoner, lanky Grand Ole Opry star whose flashy Nudie rhinestone suits dazzled fans when he sang with rising new performer Dolly Parton in the 60s, died on Sunday from lung cancer, said his publicity agent, Darlene Bieber. He was 80.
Bieber said the singer died in an Alive Hospice facility in Nashville. He had been hospitalized for several days. Wagoner, an Opry star since 1957 and a Grammy winner, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and won three Country Music Association awards for songs with Parton in the Vocal Duo and Vocal Group categories. The two recorded 14 Top 10 hits including "Last Thing on My Mind" and "Please Don't Stop Loving Me." Wagoner's solo hits included "Company's Comin" and the "Green Green Grass of Home" as well as "Carroll County Accident." A $3 million lawsuit filed by Wagoner claiming Parton owed him money after the duo broke up in 1974 was settled out of court. Wagoner, who sported a pompadour until he changed his hairstyle to curls, annoyed some Opry performers when he invited Soul Music King James Brown to perform on a stage not regularly graced by black performers. At the time, Wagoner said he invited Brown to add to the Opry's reputation and "I hope none of the opposition by some members was racial but people have a problem accepting anything that's new." He was also criticized by some for producing an album by soul artist Joe Simon to which he replied that "that's strange because there is such a similarity between black music and country music." Active to the last, Wagoner released "Wagonmaster" produced by fellow country music performer Marty Stuart just last June. Born in Howell County, Missouri, Wagoner grew up on a farm in hardscrabble surroundings, listening on an old battery radio to the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night. A high school dropout after his father's health failed, Wagoner began his career on a radio show in Springfield, Missouri, where he met Nudie Cohen, a Brooklyn-born tailor who advised him to don his trademark suits on stage. Cohen went on to design suits for Elvis Presley. Wagoner sang on Red Foley's "Ozark Jubilee" in Springfield from 1953 to 1957 when he joined the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Later he signed with RCA to produce albums.
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Man looking for Elvis poster from 1955 show in Cape.
Andrew Hawley is looking for an Elvis Presley concert poster, similar to the one above, from a 1955 Cape Girardeau performance. (Photo courtesy Andrew Hawley)
In 1955, Elvis Presley, then a 20-year-old, relatively unknown singer, took the stage at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau. Children younger than 12 were admitted for free, according to the poster advertising the event. Tickets cost $1 for adults. Five decades later, a Southern California man says he's willing to pay a lot more than that for just the poster. Andrew Hawley of Santa Monica recently took out a classified advertisement in the Southeast Missourian offering $10,000 for an original Elvis 1955 Cape Gir-ardeau concert poster. "I'm on a quest for original Elvis and Buddy Holly concert posters," Hawley said As he spoke on the phone, Hawley, an entrepreneur who dabbles in real estate and stocks, said he was admiring his Elvis concert poster from a show at Municipal Auditorium in Topeka, Kan. "I have a collection of stuff. I trade them, buy them," he said. Because Elvis Presley toured nonstop, Hawley said he believes the odds of his collecting a majority of posters are in his favor, though he doubts he'll be able to track down all of them. Hawley's hobby began about 20 years ago with posters for The Doors. "I loved the graphics and the advertising, the simplicity of it all," he said. Though a big part of the appeal for Hawley lies in the "thrill of the chase," in finding one of the sought-after posters, he said he likes collecting concert posters because they paint a picture of a time period he never got to experience. What he finds particularly fascinating is the difference in the treatment rock 'n' roll stars received 50 years ago on tour, traveling by bus, even in winter, rather than by private Lear jet, he said.
"That part of history could easily have gotten lost in time," he said. Hawley paid $20,00 for a poster a woman pulled off a telephone pole on her way home from a 1956 Elvis Presley concert in Tupelo, Miss., the singer's hometown. "They're not like baseball cards, not like a Honus Wagner baseball card that everyone wants, because there's not a lot of people interested," Hawley said.
By Bridget DiCosmo - Southeast Missourian /
Elvis Song Features in Christmas Movie.
The upcoming comedy Fred Claus, starring Vince Vaughn, features Elvis Presley in the soundtrack.
Press release: Warner Bros. Records to Release Soundtrack to "Fred Claus" onDecember 4, 2007 This holiday season, Warner Bros. Records will release the soundtrack to the holiday comedy "Fred Claus" on December 4th, 2007. Filled with traditional Christmas pop favorites by such artists as the Jackson 5, Sinead O'Connor, and Leigh Nash from Sixpence None the Richer, the album will also be available digitally via all online retail outlets on November 13th, a few days after the movie hits theaters on November 9th. The soundtrack includes classic Christmas tunes such as "Silent Night" from Irish songstress O'Connor, "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" from the legendary Elvis Presley, "Christmas Wrapping" from '80s experimental new wave band The Waitresses, and "Sleigh Ride" by famed girl group The Ronettes. It also features an original piece entitled "Suite From Fred Claus" from film score composer Christophe Beck. About "Fred Claus" Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) has lived his entire life in his brother's very large shadow. Fred tried, but could hardly live up to the example set by the younger Nicholas (Paul Giamatti), who was just a perfect... well... saint. True to form, Nicholas grew up to be the model of giving, while Fred became the polar opposite: a fast-talking repo man who's run out of luck and money. Over Mrs. Claus' objections, Nicholas agrees to help his brother on one condition: that he come to the North Pole and earn the money he needs by working in Santa's workshop. The trouble is that Fred isn't exactly elf material and, with Christmas fast approaching, Fred could jeopardize the jolliest holiday of the year. Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Silver Pictures Production, in association with David Dobkin Pictures and Jessie Nelson Productions, a Film by David Dobkin, "Fred Claus." The film is directed by David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers") from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman ("Cars"), story by Jessie Nelson ("I Am Sam") and Dan Fogelman. Joel Silver, Jessie Nelson and David Dobkin produced the film, with Paul Hitchcock serving as executive producer and Vince Vaughn co-producing. "Fred Claus" stars Vince Vaughn ("Wedding Crashers"), Paul Giamatti ("Sideways"), Miranda Richardson ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"), John Michael Higgins ("The Break-Up"), Elizabeth Banks ("Spider-Man 3"), with Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener"), with Kathy Bates ("Failure to Launch") and Kevin Spacey ("Superman Returns"). "Fred Claus" will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated "PG" by the MPAA for "mild language and some rude humor." www.fredclaus.net. For downloadable information and photos from "Fred Claus," please visit http://press.warnerbros.com
The track-listing for the soundtrack to "Fred Claus" is as follows: 1. Jingle Bells -- Johnny Mercer 2. Santa Claus Is Back In Town -- Elvis Presley 3. Sleigh Ride -- The Ronettes 4. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) -- Doris Day 5. I Want You For Christmas -- Russ Morgan & His Orchestra 6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town -- Jackson 5 7. Christmas Wrapping -- The Waitresses 8. Silent Night -- Sinead O'Connor 9. Auld Lang Syne -- Guy Lombardo 10. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World -- Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole 11. The First Noel -- Leigh Nash 12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen -- Matt Turk with Matter & Gaby Moreno 13. Suite From Fred Claus -- Christophe Beck
"Elvis Is Alive Museum" for sale.
Bill Beeny, operator of the Elvis Is Alive Museum in Missouri and author of a number of books including Elvis' DNA Proves He's Alive sent EIN the following message: "I have a news item and you folks are the first one I am giving it to. After operating the Elvis Is Alive Museum for seventeen years I have decided to close it down and sell all the contents to one buyer. I am doing this for two reasons, I am eighty one years old, even though I an in excellent health I have other interests to take care of.
As you know I have been a Baptist minister for better than sixty years. I plan on using the museum buildings for a mission for the needy. I will not only have church services for them but also operate a food pantry for the poor. In addition we will supply clothing, referral to housing. We will have those who can help the ones who have addictions. We will work with the aged who are poor, taking meals to them making sure they have heat etc." Interested buyers can contact Bill for more information about the Museum: office phone is (636) 745-3154, the Email is email@example.com Visit the 'Elvis Is Alive Museum' website 2007/10/28 www.elvisinfonet.com / www.epgold.com
ROCK BACK THE CLOCK.
The "Straight Arrow" label will release a CD at the end of this year titled "ROCK BACK THE CLOCK" (SA 2007-8-02). It will be a special release of Elvis’ infamous first New Year's Eve show in Pontiac, Michigan. The producers are aware that this concert was previously released from another source but in the case of this release, they were able to obtain an ORIGINAL TAPE recorded by the same person that taped the College Park, MD, 27.09.1974 using the same recorder and microphone. That concert has been released on Straight Arrow's 2006 CD "CHAOS IN COLLEGE PARK". The main reason for this new and ultimate Pontiac '75 release is that the sound quality is excellent for an off-line recording. Since no soundboard recording of this show exists, only audience taped documentation of this historic event is available. Over the last 15 years, three independent audience recordings were collected and on each source there was a major problem: excessive echo caused by the large stadium space. This new source is very clear and most importantly, almost echo-free because the person with recorder was sitting very close to the sound system. The content of the show is well known, with the playlist based on Elvis' previous Las Vegas engagement. Among the Pontiac highlights are powerful performances of "Trying To Get To You", "One Night" and "Heartbreak Hotel" and also the ballads "You Gave Me A Mountain" and "And I Love You So", which were sung with passion. Finally, a thundering performance of "How Great Thou Art" brought the stadium down. The one and only real drawback is an unrehearsed "My Way"; Elvis had problems with the lyrics and he paused the song in the middle for a few seconds. We live in the days when almost every obscure CD label is hyping that their product was "taken directly from the original tape"…is, what else - "professionally remastered" and of course – with "fantastic results". Every new CD seems to contain some "deluxe 16page full color booklet" with many "unpublished photos" in a "very professional layout". The “Straight Arrow” label does not want to exaggerate. If you have any of the previous “Straight Arrow” CD releases, then you know what to expect in design and sound quality. This new CD will contain a 20 page booklet with approx. 60 photos. Some of them are unpublished, some not, but they all were carefully hand-picked from the almost 150 available shots to give the listener a visual overview of The Event. You will see Elvis before and after the show as well as in both jumpsuits on stage. An unusual photo of the Silverdome stage before the concert is included as well as the review from the local newspaper, original ticket stub and show poster. To make the release even more authentic, sleeve notes were written by a fan that was so happy to be there... The “Straight Arrow” team wishes you a Happy New Year 2008 and hopes that you will enjoy this special New Years Eve release! Tracks: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - Monologue (Elvis split his pants) - Love Me - Tryin' To Get To You - And I Love You So - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) Heartbreak Hotel - One Night - You Gave Me A Mountain - Polk Salad Annie - Elvis left the stage to change the jumpsuit - Sweet Sweet Spirit (by J. D Sumner & The Stamps) - Band Introductions - What'd I Say - Drums Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Blues Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin - for the last time with Elvis on stage) - Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - School Day (Hail Hail Rock'n'Roll) - My Way (with break) - Love Me Tender - Monologue / New Year Countdown - Auld Lang Syne - How Great Thou Art (with last part reprise) - It's Now Or Never - America (The Beautiful) - Elvis thanks / Introduction of Lisa Marie and Vernon Presley - Hound Dog - Wooden Heart (part only) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp.
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Landmarker Designates Where Elvis Stopped a Street Fight.
On the corner of Highway 51 and East Washington Avenue in Madison, a plaque has been unveiled to remember a bizar and unusual event. On June 24 1977, Elvis - who just came back from a concert - ordered the driver os his limo to stop when he saw two teens beating up a young boy. Elvis went over, and wanted to confront the two teans: "I'll take you on right now". Stunned by who was standing next to him, the two teens immediately stopped their fight. Eventually, the three of them posed for a picture & Elvis drove off again, happy that he stopped this senseless fight. Both the driver and an eyewitness have now told their story to ABC. YouTube 2007/10/28 www.elvismatters.be / www.epgold.com
Uk Chart Update.
UK Singles chart "If I Can Dream" new entry at #17 this week.
Elvis celebrations in Deventer Churches.
During 5 special services, the church community of Deventer (The Netherland) will focus on Elvis Presley’s gospel Music. Yesterday was the first Elvis Gospel celebration. Elvis of course, was more than ‘just a rock ‘n’ roll singer’: he believed in God and sang his heart out in his true musical love – Gospels. Other celebrations with Elvis are October 28 (Broederenkerk, 10.30 am), November 10 (Maria Koningin 5 pm), November 17 (Heilig Hart van Jezus, 6.30 pm) and November 18 (Johannes Vianney, 10 am)
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TRACKLIST: CD 1 Elvis´ Christmas Message / I´ll be home for christmas ° White Christmas ° Here Comes Santa Claus ° Santa Claus Is Back In Town ° Peace In The Valley ° Blue Christmas ° Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me ° O Little Town Of Bethlehem ° Silent Night ° Known Only To Him ° If Everyday Was Like Christmas ° In The Garden ° Somebody Bigger Than You And I ° Where No One Stands Alone ° Mama Liked The Roses ° O Come, All Ye Faithful° The First Noel ° An Evening Prayer ° On A Snowy Christmas Night ° Winter Wonderland ° A Thing Called Love ° The Wonderful World Of Christmas ° It Won´t Seem Like Christmas Without You ° I´ll Be Home On Christmas Day ( master)° Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees ° If That Isn´t Love ° If I Get Home On Christmas Day ° Merry Christmas Baby ° Silver Bells ° I´ll Be Home On Christmas Day( take 10, remake )
TRACKLIST: CD 2 Blue Christmas ( live, 1968 ) ° Somebody Bigger Than You And I ( take 11 ) ° It Wont Seem Like Christmas ( take 6 ) ° Silver Bells ( take 1) ° Oh Holy Night/The First Noel ( remix ) ° A Thing Called Love ( take 1 ) ° I´ll Be Home On Xmas Day ( take 3 ) ° Merry Christmas Baby ( unedited complete master ) ° Santa Claus Is Back In Town ( live, 1968 ) ° Where No One Stands Alone ( spliced take )° Life ° If Everyday Was Like Xmas ( takes 1,2 ) ° Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees ( take 4 ) ° The Wonderful Wold Of Christmas ( unedited master ) ° If I Get Home On Xmas Day ( take 1 ) ° We Call On Him ( take 5 ) ° Listen To The Bell ( informal recording) ° Blue Christmas ( live, 1975 ) ° Winter Wonderland ( undubbed master ) ° How Great Thou Art ( take 4 ) ° I´´ll Be Home On Christmas Day ( take 9, remake )
TRACKLIST: CD 3 Mama Liked The Roses ( undubbed master take 10 ) ° O Come ,All Ye Faithful (extended version ) ° Merry Christmas Baby ( overdubbed ) ° Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees ( take 8 ) ° Known Only To Him ( spliced take ) ° I´ll Be Home On X,as Day ( take 2, remake) ° On A Snowy Christmas Night ( remix ) ° It Won´t Seem Like Xmas ( take 3 ) ° Silver Bells ( remix, take 2 ) ° You´ll Never Walk Alone ( take 2 ) ° Stand By Me ( take 10 ) ° Somebody Bigger Than You And I ( take 15 ) ° I´ll be Home On Christmas Day ( take 4, remake ) ° Blue Christmas ( live, 1977 ) ° Auld Lang Syne ( live, 1977 ) ° BONUS TRACKS: The Elvis Christmas Medley ( unreleased ) ° The Wonderful World Of Christmas ( vocal overdub ) ° If Everyday Was Like Xmas ( demo, sung by Red West ) ° Silent Night ( sung by Lisa- Marie ) ° Jingle Bells / White Christmas ( informal SUN recording, 1956, Million Dollar Quartet)
TRACKLIST: DVD: IF EVERYDAY WAS LIKE CHRISTMAS ° WINTER WONDERLAND ° HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS ° MAMA LIKED THE ROSES ° PEACE IN THE VALLEY ° MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG ° ON A SNOWY CHRISTMAS NIGHT ° I , JOHN ° PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND ° SANTA BRING MY BABY BACK (TO ME) ° I´LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS ° HOLLY LEAVES AND CHRISTMAS TREES ° THE GOSPEL MEDLEY ° HOW GREAT THOU ART ( live 1977 ) ° BLUE CHRISTMAS ( live 1977 ) ° YOU´LL NEVER WALK ALONE ° WHITE CHRISTMAS ° OH, HAPPY DAY ° SANTA CLAUS IS BACK IN TOWN ° AULD LANG SYNE ( RUNNING TIME APPROX: 60 mins - DOLBY DIGITAL SOUND)
Musicians behind hits step into spotlight.
CEO Joe Chambers announces the inaugural inductees. (LAVONDIA MAJORS / THE TENNESSEAN)
6 groups will be first inducted into Musicians Hall of Fame.
The Funk Brothers, the Wrecking Crew, Two.
the Memphis Boys, the Blue Moon Boys, the Nashville A-Team and the Tennessee
Their names alone carry Rushmore-like heft, but it's the music that these six studio groups made — blockbuster hits by everyone from Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Patsy Cline to the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan — that's for the ages. Though they are largely anonymous as individuals, these behind-the-scenes players finally will be getting their due when they are inducted into the inaugural class of the international Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum. "We're not people who like to toot our own horns," said Bobby Wood, keyboardist for the ubiquitous Memphis Boys, the studio unit that played on more chart hits than the bands at Stax and Sun Records combined, including Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" and Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds." "A while back, though, (A-Teamer) Pig Robbins, a great talent whose licks on piano hooked records like 'Brown Eyes Blue' and 'Behind Closed Doors,' nearly left us and I got kind of fed up," added Wood, who moved to Nashville 35 years ago. "Too often an artist like Pig dies and hardly anybody hears about it. We saw that when we lost A-Team guitarist Hank Garland, so I got on the phone and said, 'Something needs to happen, especially here, in Music City USA'." Established in Nashville in June of last year, the Musicians Hall of Fame will honor its first class of inductees at a 7:30 p.m. awards show at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Nov. 26. "These guys have been overlooked for so long," said Hall of Fame CEO and founder Joe Chambers in an interview prior to Thursday's press conference. "This is the only musicians Hall of Fame, and it's here because this is truly Music City." The Nashville A-Team, a prolific group featuring the likes of Grady Martin, Floyd Cramer, Bob Moore and Boots Randolph, worked on some of the biggest hits by pop stars ranging from Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison to the Everly Brothers and Brenda Lee. They worked with virtually every country luminary of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Three of the other studio ensembles to be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame next month made their biggest mark in Memphis. In addition to Wood and his fellow Bluff City pickers, these include guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant of Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two, as well as guitarist Scotty Moore, drummer DJ Fontana and the late bassist Bill Black of Elvis' immortal combo the Blue Moon Boys.
Out of the shadows
The remaining two studio groups that will be feted at the Schermerhorn next month, Detroit's Funk Brothers and West Coast heavyhitters the Wrecking Crew, hail from farther away, but their impact has been no less monumental. Recently celebrated in the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, the Funk Brothers laid down indelible grooves for all of the great Motown groups, from Martha and the Vandellas and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles to the Temptations and the Supremes. The Wrecking Crew, led by guitarist James Burton, keyboardist Larry Knechtel and the drummer extraordinaire Hal Blaine, galvanized the biggest hits by the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra and likes of the Crystals and the Ronettes in producer Phil Spector's stable of groups. "This first year, we're covering a whole lot of ground," Chambers explained. "All six inductees are going in as studio groups. "Musicians will have a chance to be elected as individuals later, but we're starting with these six groups."
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French Book Updates.
Due for release in Canada is the book "Elvis Presley, Le Livre Des Trésors". This book by Robert Gordon and Anne Bleuzen comes with a CD containing ten original interviews. The publisher is K&B, the release date December 1, 2007 (ISBN-10: 2915957339 /
ISBN-13: 978-2915957334). The illustrated paperback biography by Collectif has been translated from the German to the French language ("Elvis Presley: La Biographie En B.D.") and will be published by Petit à Petit on Nevember 19, 2007 (ISBN-10: 284949111X / ISBN-13: 9782849491119). Announced for March 2008 is the book "Elvis Presley (Reliure Inconnue)" by F. X. Feeney (Auteur) and Paul Duncan (Direction). The 192 pages book will be published by Taschen in the French, German and English langueage (ISBN-10: 3822823236 / ISBN-13: 9783822823231)
Comeback Special & Aloha CD re-issues.
The classic soundtracks for Elvis' "'68 Comeback" and "Aloha" specials have been re-issued on CD in the "X2" series from BMG on September 24, 2007. This package was originally released September 4, 2006. Album Description: Two individual hit albums packaged together and housed in a slipcase sleeve. This handy-dandy two-fer features the timeless soundtracks to Elvis' first two TV specials featuring performances that revitalized his career on two separate occasions. The NBC-TV Special (now known as the Comeback Special) was shown in 1968 and features Elvis at his best, vocally. The performances remain stunning four decades after the were recorded.. Aloha From Hawaii was broadcast worldwide live via satellite in January 1973 at the height of his 'jumpsuit' era and contains yet another solid set of performances. Both soundtracks have been the most consistent sellers in his enormous back catalog.
"Elvis - Blue Suede Collection" DVD boxset.
This is due for release in the USA on 27 November. The 8 films in the set are: Elvis That's The Way It Is; This Is Elvis; Jailhouse Rock; Viva Las Vegas; Girl Happy; It Happened At The World's Fair; Kissin' Cousins; Live A Little Love A Little.
Special Editions of Comeback Special & Aloha for release in Japan.
The single disc Special Editions of these TV specials will be released by Sony BMG in Japan on 21 November.
"Love Me Tender" DVD re-issue in Japan.
Fox will re reissue Elvis' first feature film, Love Me Tender, in Japan on 21 December.
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UK FANS SPECIAL PUSH FOR 'IN THE GHETTO'
As most of you will now appreciate the new Singles Campaign in the UK is well under way. All of the singles so far released have entered into the Top 20 with the last four entering at No.14. Bearing the above situation in mind several fans have decided to give 'In The Ghetto' a 'special push' in order for it to get into the Top 10. The release date is 5th November (Guy Fawkes Night). The main thing that fans can do is to try and get it some airplay and this can best be achieved by going to the following site and emailing individual DJ's - http://www.mediauk.com/radio/ at the radio stations listed from A to Z. Should any fans on this site wish to send in some e-mail requests then this would be most appreciated. Bearing in mind the release date, e-mails to the DJ's would best be sent around mid to late October to take account of programme scheduling. Sony BMG(UK) have been informed of this initiative and are enthusiastic about it stating they will get their PR Department on to it. Thanks.
Brian Quinn /
The Flo Peters Gallery Hamburg In Germany.
The Flo Peters Gallery in Hamburg is presenting 40 selected prints for the first time in Germany. Apart from the Elvis pictures, the gallery is showing 100 more great portraits of musicians, for example by Jonathan Mannion, currently the most successful photographer of the US-Rap-scene, Harry Benson, who made himself a name with portraits of the Beatles, Frank Stefanko, Danny Clinch, Herb Snitzer, Don Schlitten, William Gottlieb and Alan Tannenbaum. Exhibition dates: 4 Oct to 17 November 2007.
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Tears Of A King.
This is the movie based on the Mormons belief that Elvis looked into becoming a Mormon. Preview for Tears of a King: The Latter-Days of Elvis Presley. The King of Rock N Roll meets The King of Kings. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTuOGEEykk0
New Elvis Presley Movie - Tears of a King star Matt Lewis.
Matt Lewis talks about the new Elvis Movie that he stars in called "Tears of a King the Latter-days of Elvis". The film takes a look at the personal demons Elvis dealt with and his interest in the Mormon Church and the Book of Mormon in the final Months of his life. Click Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2d6xyPm4KY
www.TearsofaKing.com This interview is from Be All Over TV on Kjzz a NorwayFilms.com production.
Detailed article: Elvis had a Book of Mormon: www.heraldextra.com/content/view/194204/4/
Macca: 'Of course I would download Elvis'
The Dutch news show 'Nova' broadcasted a remarkable interview with Paul McCartney yesterday. The former Beatle had no problem that he would've downloaded Elvis music had internet been available 40, 50 years ago. "Maybe I would've used free downloads, if they were available." Also on bootlegs, Macca had his own view: "They don't bother me much. I think it's rather interesting, they're more like a tribute rather than something else."
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Book Elvis, Sherlock & Me.
Author Michael Hoey as a pocketbook released in October 2007at Bearmanor Media. "Michael A. Hoey is the son of British actor Dennis Hoey, best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard in the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone. A combination memoir and history of the film business covering the decades from the 40's through the present. Here is an
examination of classic Hollywood and such iconic studio bosses as Jack L. Warner, Darryl Zanuck and Walt Disney, plus memorable actors and directors, including John Ford, Fred Zinneman, George Cukor and Elvis Presley, Charlton Heston, Basil Rathbone, Angela Landsbury and Jane Wyman. Filled with the personal recollections of someone who lived it, it is also the story of a father and son, their careers and their turbulent relationship. Interwoven into these stories are numerous historical episodes about Hollywood, Broadway and Television."
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Dvd Elvis - A Generous Heart.
is - A Generous Heart.
Release date: November 11, 2007. Regioncode: 1
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Elvis International Shop - The Netherlands.
OPEN: Saturday & Sunday October 27 & 28, 2007 - 1300. PM - 1800 PM.
The Netherlands : 0251 - 821240 Other Country's Dial : 00 - 31 - 251 - 821240
"FOLLOW THAT DREAM" DVD OUT IN ITALY.
The "Follow That Dream" Dvd has just been released in Italy - Region 2- with Italian, English, and French languages.
Subtitled in Italian, Danish, Finnish, French, Swedish. The Dvd comes with an 8 pages booklet.
EpGold Columnist Italy Livio Monari / www.epgold.com
Elvis in Italy.
(Thanks to: Fred Verdelman, member of "It's Elvis Time" fan club The Netherlands, who provided the picture)
A nice picture of a house/apartment called Elvis. You can rent the place in the German language part of Italy. It's a place called " Selva/Wolkenstein " , close to Bolzano.
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General Colin Powell on Elvis Presley the soldier and patriot.
(Official Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff portrait photograph)
Press Release: In an exclusive BBC Radio 4 interview, former US Secretary of State General Colin Powell talks about the military career of The King of Rock 'n' Roll. In The GI Blues Of Elvis Presley (Wednesday 22 August, 11.02am), Colin Powell joins Elvis' fellow-soldiers in paying tribute to The King's brief, but successful, military career during which he was promoted from private to sergeant in two years. Colin Powell, who met Elvis twice on active service, says he saw him primarily as Elvis the soldier, not Elvis the celebrity. He tells presenter Paul Gambaccini: "He served his country for two years, I saw him in the field, I ran across him in the woods while he was doing what every other GI does and he was thought of well enough by his commanders that he was promoted from private to sergeant before he left. "The focus of your programme of course is Elvis the celebrity and soldier, but I see him as Elvis the soldier who, by the way, happened to be a celebrity." And Colin Powell said that Elvis did the right thing when his draft papers came through and proved he was a true patriot. "He was drafted like any other young man about his age. He stepped forward when his number came up and was willing to give up a career without any objection. Frankly it was in his best interests to do that because it showed he was a patriot and willing to serve as a soldier and he went back after serving in the army to a career that became even bigger." The GI Blues Of Elvis Presley also features friends and military colleagues who recall Elvis' generosity; his first encounter with his future wife, Priscilla; his dedication to military service; and how he earned his promotion to sergeant. The recollections include Elvis taking three friends on two weeks' leave at a cost of $15,000 when they would "sleep all day and play all night"; Elvis knocking a man unconscious in a fist fight; and how a Parisian club's topless dancers nearly missed their late
evening slot because they were partying with Elvis and his friends. Rex Mansfield was one of four friends to join Elvis on two weeks' leave travelling to Paris via Munich. Rex said: "I had a fight with a guy in Munich because he thought I was trying to steal his girlfriend, he was a great big German guy, much bigger than me. "He hit me first now and he jerked her out the booth and shoved her down and she fell down to her knees ... touched him on the shoulder and said you shouldn't be doing that, the next thing I felt was his fist hitting me in the face and Elvis actually knocked the guy out, he slid down the wall, he deserved to get whipped and he did." Another friend recalls how a Private Garcia learned that his whole family had been wiped out in Mexico City. Later fellow soldiers discovered that Elvis had secretly given Private Garcia $1,500 cash, a fortune at the time, to cover all the funeral expenses. But when in the field, according to Colin Powell, Elvis was just like any other GI and his dedication earned him the respect of his fellow troops. Colin Powell said: "He was just another soldier, he wasn't Elvis Presley, well that's not right, he was Elvis Presley but at the same time they assigned him in accordance with the needs of the service and unlike others who have gone in the military from celebrity life and essentially used their talents to entertain troops, he was a scout and he didn't ask for anything special he didn't ask for any special favours. "When it came time to go to the field Elvis Presley was a scout, not a celebrity and, of course, he was still the King of Rock 'n' Roll but he was a good soldier and I think his fellow soldiers respected him for his dedication even though he was as famous as he was." Despite enjoying the luxury of living in a house "off post" (away from the military base camp), when it came to the job, Elvis was just a regular GI prepared to muck in and do his job. Colin Powell said: "When I met him, he was out in the field just as dirty and tired as the rest of us from doing his job and he was recognised for his professional performance even though he had some opportunities for benefits that others didn't enjoy. I'm sure that if any of the other GIs had those kinds of recourses they might also have had a little apartment off post. "When it came time to go to the field, Elvis Presley was a scout and he was in the Third Armoured Division, which was part of the Fifth United States Corps, which I interestingly, subsequently commanded 28 years later and it occupied the shallowest part of NATO battle front ... Elvis' unit and my unit were in that division and we had the toughest job and it was a time of heightened tension and we were in a cold war." The only thing that surprised Colin Powell when he met Elvis was his height. "We were in this wooded area north of Frankfurt and I was driving along in my Jeep and somebody noted that, there he was. When I got out of my Jeep and walked over to him he saluted and was very proper and what struck me was that he looked just like another GI. "He was shorter than I expected other than the fact that he was really Elvis Presley, he acted, and I saw him, as just another soldier, in the woods, kind of dirty, doing a job." And Colin Powell said that there was a real threat of danger during the time Elvis was drafted into military service. "At that time in the late Fifties when there a was a cold war, when there was an iron curtain and there was a Soviet army stacked up on the other side, those were serious times. Back in those days we had people who stepped forward as volunteers and we also had conscription and when his name came up, this country boy took off his blue suede shoes and whatever else he was wearing and put on army green." Notes to Editors: Any use of the above material should incorporate a credit for The GI Blues Of Elvis Presley, Wednesday 22 August 2007, 11.02am, BBC Radio 4.
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Elvis Dressing Gown.
The company Groovy UK, creates and distribute designed merchandising products. They just launched a new product which is a Dressing Gown imitating the Elvis one.
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Compete Cover Art King Of Rock And Roll UK DVD.
This is the complete package of the UK edition of "The King Of Rock And Roll - Elvis #1 Hit Performances" DVD. It follows the design of the CD with the same title which recently topped the UK Album chart. In the US this DVD is entitled "Elvis #1 Hit Performances". Content DVD: Disc - 15 Songs - USA Release Heartbreak Hotel (Stage Show) Don't Be Cruel (Ed Sullivan Show) Hound Dog (Milton Berle Show) Love Me Tender (Ed Sullivan Show) All Shook Up (68 Comeback Special) Teddy Bear (Loving You) Jailhouse Rock (Jailhouse Rock) Stuck On You (Frank Sinatra Show) Are You Lonesome Tonight? (68 Comeback Special) Can't Help Falling In Love (Blue Hawaii) Return To Sender (Girls! Girls! Girls!) In The Ghetto (That's The Way It Is) Suspicious Minds (That's The Way It Is) The Wonder Of You (That's The Way It Is) Burning Love (Aloha From Hawaii)
Additional 15 songs - International Release: That's All Right (68 Comeback Special) Blue Suede Shoes (Paramaount Screen Test) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Steve Allen Show) Love Me (Ed Sullivan Show) Too Much (Ed Sullivan Show) Treat Me Nice (Jailhouse Rock) Trouble (King Creole) One Night (68 Comeback Special) A Big Hunk 'O Love (Aloha From Hawaii) Wooden Heart (G.I. Blues) Rock-A-Hula Baby (Blue Hawaii) Bossa Nova Baby (Fun in Acapulco) If I Can Dream (68 Comeback Special) Don't Cry Daddy (That's The Way It Is) An American Trilogy (Aloha From Hawaii)
Bonus pieces are included on both editions of the DVD: March 7th, 1960 - Graceland 'Home from the Army' Press Conference and June 9th, 1972 - New York Hilton Press Conference for Madison Square Garden Engagement.
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The Billboard chart listings for the week ending November 3, 2007.
Pop Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #19 Comprehensive Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #193 Country Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #2 Holiday Holiday Holiday Holiday Albums: Albums: Albums: Albums: Home For The Holidays #14 Elvis Christmas: #18 It's Christmas Time: #19 Blue Christmas: #46
Music Video: Aloha From Hawaii #24 Music Video: '68 Comeback Chart: 20 Comprehensive Music Video: Aloha From Hawaii: #24 Comprehensive Music Video: '68 Comeback Special #20 Country Catalogue Albums: Ultimate Gospel #17
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Excerpt from 'Can't Buy Me Love' .
By Jonathan Gould. Chapter 1: Now, you've got to keep in mind that Elvis Presley was probably, innately, the most introverted person that came into that studio. Because he didn't play with bands. He didn't go to this little club and pick and grin. All he did was sit with his guitar on the side of his bed at home. —Sam Phillips Well since my baby left me. . ." The voice, unaccompanied but for the tinny flourish of piano that anchors the end of each line, was somehow bigger and riper with feeling than any voice its young listeners had ever heard. "Well I found a new place to dwell. . ." It projected an authority and an insolence that reached beyond the words themselves, and it came from a place beyond the realm of "entertainment" as they had ever conceived of the term. Now joined by a doomstruck bass line, the sound of that voice seemed only to grow larger and more menacing, yet closer and more confiding as well, as if —given the lurching slow-dance tempo of the music— the singer's lips were pressed tight against the ear of the girl he now began to address, his words expressing a vengeful wish to make her feel the same way he was feeling in his room at the Heartbreak Hotel: "So lonely I could die." Though such things had been said for time immemorial in the lives of ordinary people; and though similar expressions of such dire emotion could be found in a growing number of avowedly realistic novels, plays, and films; and though something very much like it had been available for years on the sorts of records that most people never heard (including earlier, more obscure records by this same singer)—the fact remained that no man had ever sounded this way, or spoken this way to a woman, in front of so many millions of listeners before. Elvis Presley was the catalyst, not the originator, of the phenomenon called rock 'n' roll. Three years before he made his first recordings, the term was being promoted by a Cleveland disc jockey named Alan Freed as a race-neutral pseudonym for the black rhythm and blues that Freed began beaming across a wide swath of the North American continent in 1951. In 1954, the year that Freed moved his radio show, "Moondog's Rock 'n' Roll Party," to New York City, a white band singer named Bill Haley (himself a former disc jockey) recorded a pair of songs on the Decca label, one a novelty tune with a snappy tick-tock rhythm called "Rock Around the Clock," the other a sanitized "cover" version of a current rhythm-and-blues hit by Joe Turner called "Shake, Rattle and Roll." "Rock Around the Clock" failed to catch on at first, but Haley's pallid rendition of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" became a hit record, rising into the Billboard Top Ten in the fall of 1954. The following year, "Rock Around the Clock" was featured on the soundtrack of a film called Blackboard Jungle—one of a spate of Hollywood movies designed to exploit the rising tide of public anxiety about juvenile delinquency in America. Placed in a suitably inflammatory context, the song caught fire, reaching number one on the pop charts in the summer of 1955, turning the chubby, thirtyish, tartan-jacketed Haley into the world's first rock-'n'-roll star. In the meantime, legend has it, an eighteen-year-old delivery truck driver named Elvis Aron Presley sauntered into the storefront offices of Sam Phillips's Memphis Recording Service in the summer of 1953 to make an acetate of a song called "My Happiness" as a birthday present for his mom. (That Gladys Presley was born in the spring only burnishes the myth.) Sam Phillips, who operated his studio in conjunction with a small independent record label called Sun, had concerned himself to date with recording such talented Memphis-area bluesmen as Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King. Elvis at first made little impression on him. But Elvis made enough of a pest of himself in the months ahead that Phillips eventually called up an aspiring guitarist he knew named Scotty Moore and asked him to work with the boy. In July of 1954, Presley, Moore, and a bassist named Bill Black came in for a recording test. Sam Phillips asked Elvis what he liked to sing. Elvis, it turned out, liked to sing most anything. He sang country songs in a keening tenor reminiscent of Bill Monroe, and pop ballads in a woozy baritone reminiscent of Dean Martin. Phillips started him out on a ballad, "I Love You Because." The performance, like that of nearly every ballad Presley would ever record, was cloying and overdrawn. Then, during a break in the session, Elvis began to fool around with a blues song he knew called "That's All Right"; Moore and Black fell in behind him, and Phillips rolled the tape. Of the many astonishing things about Elvis Presley, nothing is more astonishing than the fact that Elvis "never did sing anywhere in public" (outside of a couple of high school talent shows) before he started making records with Sam Phillips at Sun. For all its romantic associations with dance halls and honkytonks, rock 'n' roll was born and reared as the child of records and radio. That the prime exponent of this new style of music should be a singer who possessed no prior professional experience was an anomaly; but it was also a telling sign of the way that record-making would change the very nature of music-making in the years ahead. Presley's inexperience was all the more astonishing in light of the opinion held by many of his fans that he would never sound much better on a record than he did on "That's All Right." Not only were most of the mannerisms that would define his vocal style present at the creation—from the sudden swoops in register to the habit, derived from gospel singing, of starting his lines with a throat-clearing "well" that gave whatever followed the feeling of a retort; even more impressive was the extent to which his first professional recording was marked by the trait that has characterized every great popular singer: the absolute assertion of his personality over the song. From this it might be concluded that Presley was simply a "natural." But the truth, as ever, was more complex than that. For one thing, the recording Elvis made with Sam Phillips on that hot summer night in Memphis was made in a manner that would not have been technically possible only a few years before. Up through the end of the 1940s, commercial recording had relied upon a "direct to disc" process that was essentially a reversal of what happened when a record was played on a phonograph: the sound in the studio was converted first into electrical signals by a microphone and then into mechanical impulses by a stylus, which cut a sinuous groove in the surface of a spinning wax or acetate disc. Though this method offered audio engineers little opportunity to edit or enhance the finished product, it was quite adequate to a philosophy of recording whose main goal was to produce as accurate a record as possible of the performance taking place. An alternative technology, involving the use of magnetized wire, had been around for decades, but it was not until World War II that German engineers (working on behalf of Nazi propagandists) developed an efficient means of recording sound on reels of magnetic tape. After the war, this new technology was quickly refined, and by the early 1950s it had all but replaced the direct-to-disc process. Tape recording revolutionized record-making in several ways. On a purely economic level, tape equipment was so affordable, portable, and easy to operate that small storefront recording studios sprang up in cities and towns across the United States. Many of the people who operated these studios had backgrounds in commercial radio, and it wasn't long before they grew restless producing audio keepsakes of weddings and award ceremonies and began to think about trying their hand in the record business—drawing, like Sam Phillips, on the talent in their immediate area. A chain reaction occurred: tape spawned the storefront studios, the storefront studios spawned the independent labels, and the independent labels, by specializing in types of music the major labels (for various geographic, demographic, and aesthetic reasons) tended to ignore, spawned a record boom. This boom combined with a comparable trend toward decentralization and diversification in the radio broadcasting industry (caused by the advent of television) to propel the American music business into the Atomic Age. Tape technology did more than decentralize the recording industry, however; it also helped to democratize record-making by adding a new kind of informality and flexibility to the recording process itself. The big commercial studios in New York and Los Angeles were owned by large corporations and run on a cost-effective basis that equated time with money. They relied on a professionalized cadre of engineers, arrangers, and sidemen who prided themselves, above all, on their efficiency. By comparison with these record factories, the storefront studios had a lot of free time on their hands—time to tinker with their equipment, audition and rehearse prospective talent, and, in the case of Sam Phillips, time to coax a historic performance out of a malleable young singer who had never sung in public before. What came to life in the course of that first Sun session was an entirely new vocal personality, as surprising to its creator as it would be to everyone else. "I never sang like [that] in my whole life until I made that record," Presley said later. Awed by the capacity of modern recording technology to enhance the sound of their voices, something similar would happen to a great many other young, unformed singers—including the boys who became the Beatles—in the years ahead. Sun Records released "That's All Right" as a single in August 1954. Paired with an equally eclectic version of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" on its flip side, the record caused an immediate commotion on the radio in Memphis and sold enough copies to qualify as a local hit. In the year that followed, it was succeeded by four more Presley singles on Sun: "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Milkcow Blues Boogie," "Baby Let's Play House," and "Mystery Train." All were blues that had previously been recorded by black artists; all were performed in the hybrid "rockabilly" style of "That's All Right"; and all were paired with country songs on their flip sides. Together with a weekly spot on the Louisiana Hayride radio show and live appearances at high school dances and county fairs throughout the South, these records established Elvis Presley as a regional sensation by the end of 1955. Yet the modest success of these singles— none of which prior to "Mystery Train" sold more than 25,000 copies— put Sam Phillips in a bind. Independent labels like Sun were dependent on a network of wholesale distributors who only paid for the records they handled if and when they sold. This meant that Phillips was constantly strapped for cash to pay for the pressing and promotion of a product whose cost he could only hope to recoup several months down the line. By the end of 1955, Presley's success in the South had drawn a whole pride of hillbilly cats to the Sun label—singers like Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash—any one of whom, Phillips believed, could do what Elvis had done. So when RCA Victor offered him the princely sum of $35,000 for Presley's contract, Phillips jumped at the chance. The deal was brokered by a former carnival barker, pet-cemetery operator, and country music impresario named "Colonel"
Tom Parker who was gradually assuming command of Presley's business affairs. As one of the half-dozen major labels that dominated the American record market in 1955, RCA had a country music division based in Nashville. The label turned Elvis over to its Nashville production staff and in January 1956 he recorded "Heartbreak Hotel." Its release was coordinated with a series of appearances on network television shows that exposed the American public to the provocative visual image that complemented Presley's provocative musical style: the infamous pelvic gyrations, the outlandish clothes and pompadoured hair, the hurting eyes and the lopsided grin, poised between a leer and a sneer, that functioned as a kind of generational Rorschach test. The effect of this television exposure was overwhelming. "Heartbreak Hotel" vaulted to the top of the Billboard charts in April and held there throughout the spring. Over the next eighteen months, by never failing to have a record or two in the American Top Ten, Elvis Presley would completely redefine the amount of attention that a twenty-one-year-old white boy from a place like Tupelo, Mississippi, could expect to receive from the world. As a matter of course, RCA offered "Heartbreak Hotel" to EMI, the major British label with which it enjoyed a reciprocal licensing deal. Released in May 1956, the record was an immediate hit in Britain, where its popularity was all the more remarkable for the fact that it received little direct airplay on BBC radio, which preferred to broadcast live renditions of current releases by in- house studio bands. This meant that Presley's performance of "Heartbreak Hotel"—the only performance that mattered—was first heard mainly on the jukeboxes of dance halls and coffee bars and on the nightly English-language broadcasts of Radio Luxembourg, a clear- channel commercial station that provided the youth of Britain with a service comparable to that of Radio Free Europe in reverse. It was five hundred miles from Luxembourg to Liverpool, but on most nights the signal carried tolerably well, accompanied by just enough static to enhance the aura of mystery that surrounded rock 'n' roll. Thirteen years after the release of "Heartbreak Hotel," a leading theorist of mass communications asked a leading practitioner of mass communications how he got his start. "I heard Elvis Presley," John Lennon told Marshall McLuhan. "There were a lot of other things going on, but that was the conversion. I kind of dropped everything." Excerpted from Can't Buy Me Love by Jonathan Gould.
By Jonathan Gould - www.usatoday.com / Maurice Colgan
Russian Elvis Presley DVD Collection.
Russian Elvis Presley DVD Collection contents: Jailhouse Rock - Flaming Star - Wild In The Country - Girls! Girls! Girls! - Fun In Acapulco - Viva Las Vegas - Paradise, Hawaiian Style) Release date: October 2007. Regioncode: 5.
USA Elvis TV watch.
Thirty years after Elvis has "left the building," TV Land takes an in- depth look at some of the most popularly held mysteries about the King of Rock 'n' Roll and dissects them to separate fact from fiction. Are Oprah Winfrey and Elvis really related? Did he really approach President Nixon in the hopes of becoming a federal drug agent? These, and many other mysteries will be answered in this special edition of TV Land Myths and Legends. TV Land's "Elvis" special airs 28 October at 10pm (check your local guides)
CNN - www.elvisinfonet.com /
'The Beat Goes On' .
BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS
Boulevard Souvenirs, an Elvis-themed gift shop near Graceland, has filed a lawsuit over changes Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has made to vendor licensing agreements that prevent vendors from selling their wares to the gift shop. -- PHOTO BY ANDY MEEK. Battle continues between EPE, area retailer A little more than a year ago, a representative of Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. floated a business proposition to Rick Roberts, the owner of a one-story brick storefront a few steps from Graceland. The offer reportedly involved buying Roberts' Elvis-themed gift shop Boulevard Souvenirs for about $350,000 and assuming the 13 years remaining on its lease. Roberts, who developed his independent retail operation at 3706 Elvis Presley Blvd. on land that once was the site of a car repair shop, turned down the request to sell. The store currently is stocked from front to back with trinkets such as old newspapers, Tshirts and mugs, and it grosses about $1 million a year. But EPE didn't stop there, Roberts' attorney argues in a lawsuit filed earlier this year in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The corporation that officially conducts and manages Elvis-related business recently tweaked the licensing agreements it has in place with merchandise vendors. CKX Inc. and Robert F.X. Sillerman, which acquired an 85 percent ownership of Elvis Presley Enterprises in February 2005, were not named in the lawsuit.
A change that was inserted now prohibits vendors from selling their Elvis wares to unauthorized retailers within a 5-mile radius of Graceland. "Well, guess who's within a 5-mile radius of Graceland?" said Randy Songstad, the attorney representing Boulevard Souvenirs. "So the vendors said, 'Hey, you can't do that, they do a lot of money with us.' "And (EPE) said, 'If you sell to them, we'll take your license.' So the vendors called us up, one by one, and said, 'It's killing us, but we can't sell to you.'" Earlier this month, one of the federal claims filed on behalf of Boulevard Souvenirs - a claim that EPE and vice president of international licensing Carol Butler were conspiring to eliminate all independently owned retail competitors near Graceland - was dismissed. Why the conspiracy claim wasn't successful is that under the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, a conspiracy involving a business and an employee can't technically be viewed as a conspiracy. A business, in other words, can't conspire with itself. EPE did not respond to requests for an interview and stated in a previous e-mailed response that no comment would be forthcoming. In a motion to dismiss the claims against EPE, Glankler Brown PLLC attorney William Bradley Jr. wrote that the effort was made to amend the vendor license agreements partly in response to an uptick in the proliferation of bootlegged Elvis merchandise around Graceland. "EPE does not want its 'genuine' merchandise sold in a place where bootleg or unauthorized merchandise is also sold," he wrote. EPE has in place more than 200 license agreements with licensees that either manufacture or authorize the manufacture of Elvisthemed collectibles and souvenirs.
Big year for business
Graceland, the late singer's famous mansion home, is a tourist mecca that averages about 566,000 visitors each year. Across the street from Graceland sits Graceland Plaza, where EPE operates a number of Elvis-themed museums and attractions and sells related merchandise.
This year has been an important year for both EPE and Boulevard Souvenirs, in that it marks the 30th anniversary of the singer's death. Throughout the anniversary year, tourists are expected to descend in droves on the commercial pocket of Whitehaven surrounding Graceland. Boulevard Souvenirs also expected to see an increase in sales this year, according to court documents. Underneath the gift shop's store logo on the sign that's passed by swarms of daily tourists are the words "The Beat Goes On." "If you don't have official EPE merchandise, you get people who come to town, that's what they want - you don't have it, they don't buy from you," Songstad said. "So it's a huge deal in our industry to be able to buy officially licensed Elvis Presley merchandise." Boulevard Souvenirs is preparing its next move in the court action over what EPE sees as an assertion of more control over its signature product line and what the small store sees as a bid by EPE to shut it out of the marketplace inappropriately. Songstad declined to specify what legal options remain available, but insisted the recent dismissal of the conspiracy claim did not close the book on Boulevard's case.
Andy Meek - www.memphisdailynews.com /
PRESLEY SCRIPTS + SONG SHEETS LOST IN FIRE.
LATEST: More than 30 original ELVIS PRESLEY movie scripts and song sheets were among the memorabilia items destroyed when Kashan Castle in Malibu, California was destroyed by fire on Sunday (21Oct07). Owned by philanthropist and collector Lilly Lawrence, the famous landmark, also known as Malibu Castle and Hodge Castle, was one of the first buildings to succumb to the Malibu wildfires. Lawrence tells the New York Daily News, "Gone are 32 or 33 original movie scripts of Elvis. They were his personal scripts, with all his notes in the margins. "All the music for Heartbreak Hotel It's just devastating." However, firefighters were able to save Presley's Nash Metropolitan car and his U.S. Army jacket before the flames swept in.
www.contactmusic.com / www.epgold.com
Elvis - The Movie Release Date Still not Known.
First Look Studios advise us that the release of Elvis - The Movie starring Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley is still delayed, 'the release date status for ELVIS is TBD'.
www.elvis.com.au / www.epgold.com
Elvis, My Best Man will be out summer of 2008.
George Klein advises that his autobiography Elvis, My Best Man will be out summer of 2008. George mentioned about the new book 'The Elvis Presley Family Album' and his reply was "It is sort of a coffee table book ... Graceland suggested me as honorary editor ... the publisher made some honest typos and small mistakes after my proof reading it. They are to correct them with an insert." In an interview with Elvis Australia, George said "He was best man at my wedding. That's the working title. It will be from day one, from the first meeting in 1948 until today. It will have inside stories that people don't know and pictures people have never seen. You'll hear the whole, true story. I waited because there were so many books and stories that came out about Elvis after he died and into the eighties and I just didn’t want to get caught up in that circus.
www.elvis.com.au / www.epgold.com
ELVIS - THE KING BMG licensed - MONGOLIA.
RAREST OF THE RARE CD!!
This is the first ever BMG licensed CD from Mongolia (Khan Records) and it is INCREDIBLY rare for a few reasons. First, Mongolia is a Communist country that long ago banned rock n roll and anyone even caught with a rock n roll record (CD) could possibly be fined heavily or even jailed or WORSE! Crazy but true. Anyway, finally the Khan Record label got permission , just this year, from BMG to issue this legal LIMITED CD which may in fact turn out to be the ONLY CD on Elvis released there but time will tell. Please note the small emblem on the left bottom of the back cover. This is Mongolia's special logo. Please also note that it is illegal to send any of these CD's out of Mongolia. For this reason this CD is one of the rarest ever on Elvis. Content: Suspicious Minds; Blue Suede Shoes; Jailhouse Rock; Love Me Tender;Love Me Tender; Don't Be Cruel; King Creole; Hard Headed Woman; All Shook Up; Hound Dog; Too Much; Heartbreak Hotel; Teddy Bear; Party; That's Allright Mama; One Night; Always On My Mind; Big Hunk; Wear My Ring; Crying in The Chapel; Stuck On You; Wooden Heart; Viva Las Vegas; Devil In Disguise; Guitar Man; Little Less Conversation; Welcome To My World; Green Grass Of Home; Now Or Never; Fever; My Way
Paul Dowling - www.worldwideelvis.com / www.epgold.com
Video - Clip from "Protecting The King" by David Stanley.
Elvis movie clip Protecting The King"
Billy and Jo Smith Talking about Elvis early 80s.
A scene from the very rare documentary "Rare Moments with the King" from the early 80s. Elvis Cousin Billy Smith and his Wife Jo talking about August 16, 1977. (4.24 min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id4HgvtOI8w
"HOUND DOG MURRAY 'SLOPPY' ELVIS ACT.
He makes a great Elvis, but Bill Murray is no King of hearts. Posing on the premiere issue of Movies Rock magazine, the "Lost in Translation" star confesses that most women have dated him out of "morbid curiosity." And the comic candidly described his kissing style as "semi-sloppy." Not that Murray lacks charm - he entertained the whole photo shoot crew for the new movie-and-music mag with what they described as a "deafening" rendition of "Suspicious Minds."
Wanda Jackson owes a debt to Elvis Presley.
(Photo Provided by Michael Bloom Media Relations): With the encouragement of her then-boyfriend, Elvis Presley, country singer Wanda Jackson became the first female rock and roller. She performs Thursday at the German House Theater.
With a couple of country hits on the charts, Wanda Jackson had her doubts. But she and Elvis Presley were touring together, along with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly and that crazy Jerry Lee Lewis. With her dad, of course, as chaperone. A girl's reputation had to be guarded, you know, although Dad's presence made it a little tough on the romance then brewing between her and Elvis. "He was a kid then, only about 20, I guess," Jackson says. "I was 17, 18. Sometimes, he and I would just get a hamburger and a Coke. Drive around. Talk. Get acquainted. We were young, our careers were just starting. He was so encouraging to me. He give me the courage to try this new style." Rock and roll. And rockabilly. All of the guys were doing it, and Elvis was persistent. And Jackson caved. She thought, "Maybe I should. I was a teenager, and this was my generation of music. And it would be silly not to try to do it."
Elvis was right. A string of hard-howling, attitudinal hits followed. "Fujiyama Mama," "Riot in Cell Block #9" and even a song Elvis had done, "Let's Have a Party." She was, as the title of a new documentary suggests, The Sweet Lady With the Nasty Voice. Does Wanda Jackson believe, as many musicologists insist, that she was the first female rock and roller? The 70-year-old born-again Christian pauses for just a moment. "Yes," she says. So it's history Thursday at the German House Theater, with Wanda Jackson backed by the Lustre Kings. As yet another Elvis — Elvis Costello — writes in the liner notes to her 2006 album, I Remember Elvis, "Tell me why this woman isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." It's not that Jackson has gone unnoticed. She is in the country music and gospel halls of fame. And in 2005, she was a National Endowment for the Arts honoree, which spotlights folk and traditional arts. "There were 12 of us, including a 93-year-old woman who wove Navajo rugs," Jackson says. She did take note of how few female singers had been honored by the organization over the years. "That made it all the more special to me. Here we are, putting our American music all over the world. I've done my very best to make it pure and not make it pop music, in the poorest sense." Hers was an era in which rock and roll "turned it upside down," Jackson says. "Up until Elvis, all of our songs were geared toward an adult audience. But young people were now buying the records." She was quickly accepted into the club. "I often wondered why I was able to work with him," she says of shows where everyone came to see Elvis. "The crowd seemed to accept me; they didn't boo me, like they did some of the other artists." Well, if Elvis was for the girls, Wanda was for the guys. But the songs were always for the guys. "There just wasn't that much material available for a girl, and I wouldn't get first chance at a rock and roll song," she says. "They wanted one of the guys to get first crack at it." While Jackson speaks admiringly of Elvis' encouraging words, it's tough to tell to what degree Elvis was the man in Jackson's life; she doesn't tell tales. But Elvis did give her a ring, which she still has. But soon enough, he went off to Hollywood, and they lost touch. The new man in her life was Wendell Goodman, who also manages her to this day. And, a decade later, another man entered their lives. "Let's Have a Party" gave way to "I Saw the Light." Becoming born-again, Jackson has said over the years, saved her marriage. "We were going down a pretty rocky path with the lifestyle," she says. "We knew that we loved each other, that was never a problem. But the lifestyle was getting to us. We knew there had to be a change." Change may come slow to Jackson, as her move from country to rock did, but it's been a constant in her life. It came again, in 1995, when the spirited Rosie Flores asked her to appear on her Rockabilly Filly album. "We had a gospel ministry for many years," Jackson says of her husband. "When she asked me to do Rockabilly Filly, I said, 'Well, Rosie, do people listen to that kind of music?' I just really didn't know, having been in Christian music for so long. "But it got me a whole renewed generation of fans, and we're gaining fans it seems like every day. "The only conflict I had in my soul was, I didn't know if an older lady, a Christian lady, singing these kiddish songs, was going to work. But once we saw the audience liking it, I knew it was the right thing." Rockabilly Filly and a subsequent tour with Flores (It was the first time Jackson had been in a nightclub in 20 years) kicked off a Jackson revival. Her excellent 2003 album, Heart Trouble, featured appearances by Costello, Dave Alvin, Lee Rocker and the Cramps. In much the same way that Johnny Cash and a handful of other classic performers had experienced a career renaissance, so did Jackson. The older lady, the Christian lady, was cool. And now she's brought another man back into her life. The last time she saw Elvis was in 1964, during a brief meeting in Las Vegas. In I Remember Elvis, she sings some of the King's classic Sun Records-era music. Songs that Elvis got first crack at, like "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "Mystery Train." "I was always a little bit leery of tackling his stuff," she says. "I didn't want it to sound like I was trying to copy him. If Elvis has done a song, it's been done. "I wanted to keep the ambience of his songs. And I wanted to tell the stories the fans seemed to enjoy hearing so much." Stories like their first meeting, in 1955, at a radio station while promoting a package tour that the two were a part of. "I had never heard his name, I had never even seen him," she says on the final track of the CD, a handful of respectful Elvis stories. She remembers him as tall, dark-haired and good looking. He was wearing a yellow sports coat, with longish hair, sideburns and a ducktail, "which was different than what my friends in Oklahoma were wearing." She remembers he drove off in a pink Cadillac. The guy knew how to make an impression. "I think entertainers are just special anyway. They put their pants on one leg at a time, but there is a magnetism and a charisma about them. Elvis had charisma. Anybody that's ever known him always says the same thing."
Jeff Spevak - www.democratandchronicle.com /
The King The Musical: Review.
Over 800 visitors came to see the Belgian premiere of “The King The Musical”, in the Royal Circus in Brussels. The Belgian media didn’t quite know what to think of this concept. Some French speaking reporters were doubting the success, while in the Flemish part of the country, the media reacted with enthusiasm. Time to see the show ourselves. First off: this show is not a musical as we know it. The three different career stages were brought back to life by Leo Days (fifties + sixties) and Kraig Parker (seventies). Behind the actors/singers was a tight running 7 p orchestra plus three “Sweet Sensations” and far in the back, a video screen with pictures from the three different eras. Leo Days, although an Elvis impersonator, seemed to have brought his own fans: he was very warmly greeted, and it didn’t take long before he had the whole concert hall clapping to the beat of the fifties rockers. Once again, we found out that the YouTube footage didn’t do justice to this show: the songs sounded crisp clear, and weather you are pro or contra imitations, Days does have a good voice. Perhaps Kraig Parker was less convincing: not always the right moves, and somebody should tell him that Elvis never wore glasses on stage, contrary to what his impersonators seem to think. It soon dawned to us why this show didn’t please everybody in Paris: the orchestra is mounted on a box like platform that was just perfect for smaller theatres like the Royal Circus, but too small for huge stages like the one in the Congres Palace in Paris. Conclusion: if you’re expecting pure Presley Power, you may have to consider the fact that Elvis is no more, and that he will always be irreplaceable. Leo Days and Kraig Parker did their very best to look and sound like Elvis and judging by the many positive comments after the show, they succeeded in just doing that. A fun show, but there is no other Elvis Presley, period.
www.elvismatters.be / www.epgold.com
PRESLEY CAR AND ARMY JACKET SAVED IN THE FIRE.
ELVIS PRESLEY's Nash Metropolitan car and his U.S. Army jacket were among the memorabilia items saved from Kashan Castle in Malibu, California, which was destroyed by fire on Sunday(21Oct07). The famous landmark was one of the first building destroyed by the Malibu fires. Owned by philanthropist and collector Lilly Lawrence, the estate, also known as Malibu Castle and Hodge Castle, also featured memorabilia items belonging to late royals Grace Kelly and Diana, Princess Of Wales. Many of the items housed in the castle's private museum were destroyed in the fire.
Operation Phoenix "blueprint" for sale on ebay - is it Elvis' handwriting??
One of the Elvis underground's most mysterious documents is currently for sale on eBay - the Operation Phoenix "blueprint". To date, seen only by a handful of fans, the "blueprint" is one of the most controversial documents relating to the events surrounding August 16, 1977! The 15 page "blueprint" contains: *information on those involved in the cover-up and their roles, including Elvis' comments on their strengths and weaknesses *several pages of notes relating to the events planned around August 16, 1977 - they appear to be the thoughts of Elvis! *a conversation Elvis had with Charlie Hodge in late 1976 *the baffling "codex", which when decoded, is said to provide important information as to why Elvis faked his death (the "blueprint" is the only known document to include the "codex") *IMPORTANTLY, the "blueprint" includes handwritten notations in the margins on several pages (author unknown but the writing style mirrors Elvis's!) The "blueprint" also includes information not generally available in the existing literature about Elvis' alleged faked death!! and also features the "J. Burrows Conglomerate Mississippi" footer. View the eBay listing 2007/10/24 www.elvisinfonet.com / www.epgold.com
Sony's marketing wizards have cooked up a new format for Christmas; the ringle. Sold at retail, each ringle CD will contain three tracks and a ring tone. A Ringle may also include additional bonus content-mobile wallpaper and alternate downloadable content. Current Elvis titled available are "Love Me Tender", "Blue Christmas" and "Suspicious Minds". Track listing Love Me Tender Ringle (released October, 23, 2007):
1 2 3 4
Love Me Tender - (Mono) Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - (2005 DSD remaster) Love Me Tender Love Me Tender
Track listing Suspicious Minds (released November 6, 2007)
1. 2. 3. 4.
Suspicious Minds You’ll Think Of Me - (# 1 Singles Box Set version) Suspicious Minds Suspicious Minds
Track listing Blue Christmas (released November 20, 2007) No Cover yet! 1 2 3 4 Blue Christmas Santa Claus Is Back In Town Blue Christmas Blue Christmas
Elvis and Ali: Two Sides of the Same Coin.
On January 8th 1935, a baby was born in Tupelo, Mississippi into a family struggling through endless poverty, just “white trash” in the minds of the white middle-class, a kid with no future. He went on to become the most important figure in entertainment history and, in the process, completely destroyed the established barriers of race. On January 17th 1942, a baby was born in Louisville, Kentucky into a family struggling through endless poverty, just another “black kid” in the minds of the white middle-class, a kid with no future. He went on to become the most important figure in boxing history
and, in the process, completely destroyed the established barriers of race. A quality these two iconic figures shared was instinctive intelligence, much of the seemingly apocalyptic disruption they caused to the white status quo that then existed came not by design but as a result of their personalities and upbringings. They didn’t, at least initially, seem to know what they were doing, they were being themselves. Muhammad Ali displayed an increasing self-awareness as he matured but Elvis Presley drowned in a sea of material success, cronies and complacency. It is hardly surprising that Ali and Presley became good friends, their backgrounds were so similar and they became the two arms of the pincer movement of civil rights within entertainment and sport. Given that the civil rights in question were those that should have always belonged to all in America, it was crucial that the movement was supported by prominent figures from both black and white communities. Elvis, less articulate than Ali, preferred not to comment on politics but songs such as “In the Ghetto” and “If I Can Dream”, and of course his friendships with BB King, Fats Domino and others, make it clear where Elvis stood on civil rights. Muhammad, possibly less aware than Elvis of the McCarthy Witch Trials of the ‘40s and ‘50s that wrecked the careers of so many within entertainment who held “liberal” views, just wore his heart boldly on his sleeve. During the height of Elijah Muhammad’s influence upon him, Ali spouted some decidedly segregationist ideas on UK TV that led to accusations of racism. In 1957 Elvis was accused of making a racist remark (in a place he had never visited and at a time he was clearly somewhere else) and was similarly accused. Muhammad later rejected that area of the Nation of Islam’s teaching whilst many black friends leapt to Elvis’ defense. Blues man Ivory Joe Hunter said: “He showed me every courtesy. I think he’s one of the greatest.” whilst pianist Dudley Brooks declared: “He faces everyone as a man”. We all knew Ali wasn’t racist and Michael Parkinson, the man who interviewed him on TV, cites Ali as the greatest interviewee he ever met in a career of nearly half a century. Ali and Elvis shared the pressure and loneliness of being “the greatest” in their respective professions and they came to represent America to the world in a way that no politician could ever achieve. Later, Muhammad would fulfill Elvis’ last engagement after his friend had died. The Las Vegas Hilton Hotel’s new Pavilion was supposed to open with a special Elvis show in October 1977 and, as Hilton’s then Vice President, Henri Lewin put it: “We wanted it to be the greatest opening ever. We considered him so great that what we replaced him with was the Ali-Spinks fight. When we lost Elvis, we knew we had to get Ali no matter what it cost. No one else was big enough.” Opening delayed, Ali lost his title to Leon Spinks in February 1978, whilst helping his old friend out again. Elvis fell in love with Gospel music, and his family’s move to Memphis in November 1948 was a natural one for the young Presley, it gave him access to Beale Street, the best black music and the best black clothes. It was probably more innately natural for Elvis to sing blues than Dean Martin stuff, he had lived in similar poverty to most blues singers and had seen the disdain with which he, too, was viewed by middle-class white America. Presley had been brought up with blues around him as surely as any black kid because he was on the same social level as his black neighbors, they were all in hell, with the world looking down on them. When Elvis recorded those classic Sun Records tracks he was playing his music, our music, for black and white, for everyone and anyone. The new hybrid music sounded so fresh and natural because it was fresh and natural. At the Memphis WDIA fundraising event of 1957 for “needy Negro children”, Elvis was happy to take a back seat whilst Ray Charles and other R & B and Gospel stars played. He only came out on stage, at Rufus Thomas’ request, to show his support for the cause at the end of the show. He was later heard profusely thanking BB King for the musical education he had picked up from the old master. Carla Thomas recalled Elvis staying with her and the other black kids after the show, fooling around on piano, “He stayed that long, and we were just having a lot of fun. I remember that Elvis.” The year before this event, Elvis had actually broken the law in attending a Memphis fairground on a designated “colored night” because he simply felt “at home” with people whether they were black or white. Later Rufus Thomas would state, "Well a lot of people said Elvis stole our music. Stole the black man's music. The black man, white man, has got no music of their own. Music belongs to the universe." I agree with that sentiment. Elvis and Jackie Wilson were simply a huge mutual fan club. Elvis adored Wilson’s voice, technique and exuberant live performance style whilst Jackie said of Elvis "A lot of people have accused Elvis of stealing the black man’s music, when in fact, almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from Elvis" which sets the notion of Elvis “stealing” black music on its head. This interaction with black artists was not publicized at the time by any of the involved parties but, when Elvis first appeared on national TV on the Dorsey show on January 28th, 1956, white middle-class America was outraged by the appearance of a white black man. By the Milton Berle show and the legendary performance of “Hound Dog” that caused so much trouble in June that year, the establishment were convinced that Elvis was part of a black conspiracy to undermine civilization as they knew it. In some ways he was, and he did, because things would never be the same again. As Little Richard put it "Elvis was an integrator. Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn't let Black music through. He opened the door for Black music." Ernest Withers concurs: "Elvis was a great man and did more for civil rights than people know. To call him a racist is an insult to us all." Elvis’ 1968 NBC TV Special allowed us all to forgive him for the endless run of Hollywood drivel he had allowed himself to be contracted to. Just prior to the historic TV show he had hit us with “Guitar Man”, US Mail” and “Big Boss Man”, following the gig he gave us “Suspicious Minds” and the “From Elvis In Memphis” album which, for me, would be a good contender for the title of greatest rock/soul album ever made, right up there with “Otis Blue.” The man was back and we loved him. In Muhammad Ali’s life controversy also came quickly. As the Heavyweight Champ a conversion to the Nation of Islam was a horror story for white America. Muhammad seemed brainwashed and, even when Malcolm X told him they had all been sold a pack of lies and there were white Muslims in Mecca, Ali took the side of Elijah Muhammad against his former friend. Ali became public enemy No.1 and his subsequent refusal of the draft for Vietnam pushed everything “over the edge” and brought direct confrontation with the US government. However, as the civil rights and anti-war movements gathered momentum, Ali gained a new support base comprised of students and hippies that seemed at odds with his strict Islamic views. Ali’s performances in the ring at the time were those of the most gifted heavyweight in history. The drama and controversy of the Sonny Liston fights, the anger and bad blood with Floyd Patterson and Ernie Terrell, the ease with which he raced through the division, Ali was clearly special as a fighter, immensely complex as a human being. The man was an artist in the ring, speedy and artistic, unlike any heavyweight since Jack Johnson, and yet he still had the grit to demolish a Cleveland Williams. Outside of boxing he was a black leader, a young man who feared nothing and nobody, including the US government. To black America, he was their son, their Heavyweight Champion, a high earning black celebrity who would get out of the car and walk into black areas just to meet the normal people in any city he visited. What won Ali respect and, more importantly, affection from the white mainstream, however, occurred as a result of the events following his glorious 1960s rampage. The world looked at what he had sacrificed when he was stripped of his title and license and realized that his “political” and “religious” convictions were sincere, looking at the conflict in Vietnam afresh. When he returned to the ring he fought Jerry Quarry and Bonavena, top contenders, after a layoff of three and a half years! Perhaps the most significant event in the “rehabilitation” process that Ali underwent in the eyes of white America without, himself, taking a backward step was the first defeat of his career against Joe Frazier at Madison Square Gardens on March 8th 1971. Ali fought his heart out, took a pounding like we’d never seen him take, and then showed grace in defeat. We had all wondered how the great man would handle a defeat and he showed class, humility, grace. Muhammad had now won all of his battles with the world due to the character he displayed there and then, he was back at the very top of human achievement and he had not compromised at all. THE man was back and we loved him. Later Muhammad would defeat the “unbeatable” George Foreman in 1974 in Zaire to reclaim his title, truly internationalizing the Heavyweight Championship of the World in the process. One year earlier, Elvis had performed in the “Aloha from Hawaii” satellite show, broadcast to possibly the biggest TV audience in history. Elvis and Ali were the two most recognizable human beings on the planet, known for providing pleasure and entertainment for people regardless of nationality, race, class or religion. I think mutual respect is the best description of the nature of Ali and Elvis’ relationship. Ali speaks fondly of Elvis: "Elvis was my close personal friend. He came to my Deer Lake training camp about two years before he died. He told us he didn't want nobody to bother us. He wanted peace and quiet and I gave him a cabin in my camp and nobody even knew it. When the cameras started watching me train, he was up on the hill sleeping in the cabin. Elvis had a robe made for me. I don't admire nobody, but Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know." The robe mentioned refers to the one Elvis presented to Muhammad before he fought Joe Bugner the first time and upon the back it says simply and truthfully “The People’s Champion.” That is probably the closest you will ever get to Elvis Presley expressing an opinion of anyone, his management rigidly controlled pretty much everything he said and did. On the few occasions he broke free he would produce something like the album “From Elvis in Memphis” or the ’68 TV special. Ali also recalled taking Elvis out to a club one night dressed in a disguise because, had the clientele known it were Elvis, he would have been mobbed whilst Ali was a familiar face there. They must have been like two big kids together and I think it is a tragedy that Elvis didn’t get to spend more time with Muhammad. Maybe Elvis would have learned better to cope with fame and been able to walk freely with normal people, in contact with reality.
Ali was a wild, free spirit and could not be contained whilst Elvis seemed to enjoy the Colonel’s enforced containment. Success early in life must be difficult to handle and, whilst Elvis enjoyed hanging with the “yes men” and being able to blame bad artistic moves on the Colonel, Ali had more of an innate intelligence for seeing the truth within a situation. Muhammad was perhaps more inherently honest to himself because he was not frightened of what he might find while Elvis did not wish to hear bad news. They were like brothers who could behave like children sometimes when they were together but, as occasionally happens, the younger man turns out to be the more rounded and more complete person. It’s all done and dusted and, whilst it could be argued that Elvis neglected his God-given talent for most of his career and underachieved, who wouldn’t want to be able to claim the commercial and artistic record of Elvis Presley? That voice and charisma touched the world intimately in a way no other artist has ever come close to. That is how good Elvis Presley was and is. He cut across race and religion. Ali, meanwhile, went on fighting and ended up “damaged” as a consequence. It may seem stupid to ask the question but: is this a bad thing? None of us could have stopped Muhammad fighting on, it was entirely his choice. Is it not, also, true to say that Muhammad’s found more peace with his current condition than he would have in perfect physical condition? And have the great man’s great achievements stopped due to his medical condition? I remember American hostages being freed during the first Gulf War, I know that crowds still gather whenever Muhammad is around. Maybe this was all just meant to be and perhaps Muhammad knew this and that would explain the dignified and quietly confident way in which he has accepted his medical state. The word Allah simply means God in Arabic and I believe that we are sent these gifted and beautiful people by God to entertain us, take us along with them on their emotional and physical roller coaster careers and, ultimately, to teach us lessons. There is a great deal to learn from the lives of Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley, some negative things but, overwhelmingly, the experience of them has been a huge positive for mankind.
Note: The quotations used here largely come from Peter Guralnick’s “Last Train to Memphis” and from the official site of the Elvis Presley estate.
By Peter “The Emperor” Stitt - http://ringsidereport.com / www.epgold.com
Kazakhstan Government Releases Footage of Elvis with Borat.
(Photo:Borat allegedly meeting with Elvis incognito)
Kazakhstan -- The Kazakh Ministry of Information has released footage of Elvis visiting Borat Sagdiyev inside the Nation of Kazakhstan today. "We in Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan like Mr. Elvis. He is very good," a spokesperson for the Ministry stated in the footage, "Kazakhstan number 1!" The film goes on to show Elvis and Borat giving one another "high five!" Elvis sightings have become increasingly rare as of late, but this latest footage is bound to stir quite a controversy, not to mention skepticism across the globe. Says the editor of the Weekly World News, "Look, I don't even believe this shit, ok. That's clearly nothing more than a cheap propaganda film from the government over there." However, the Kazakh Ministry of Information had this to say to about the criticism: "We in the Kazakhstan assure the world because the film we have made with our guest Mr. Elvis is correct. The ministry understand that the Weekly World News is, ah, how you say... jealous, yes, he is jealous because we get Elvis and they don't. But it is ok. Our people is very happy because of this." Finally, we caught up with Borat in the Capital of Astana in order to get his take on the newly released footage. "I know nothing," he immediately yelled out upon seeing us approaching with our cameras. When we explained that we simply desired to inquire about his apparent visit from Elvis, Borat informed us that, "Mr. Elvis is good. We like Mr. Elvis who come from the US and A. But... ehhh, I don't have something more to say." Asked why, Borat motioned that he stands to be "crushed," although he did not elaborate any further. The Kazakh Ministry of Information stands by the footage. Note: The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.
Singer Teresa Brewer dies at 76.
Singer Teresa Brewer, who topped the charts in the 1950s and performed with jazz legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington, died Wednesday. She was 76. In april 1953, just before Elvis could pick up his " High School "-diploma at the age of 18, he performed at the Humes Minstrel Show. He was announced as "Elvis Prestly". He sang Teresa's "Till I Waltz Again With You ".Years later in time Elvis met Teresa Brewer in Las Vegas."The first song I sang in public was" Till I Waltz Again With You", You introduced me in show bizz", Elvis said. Now we all know that Old Shep was the actual first song Elvis sang in front of a live audience.
Singer Teresa Brewer is shown in a photo from 1956. (Associated Press)
Brewer died at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., of a neuromuscular disease, said family spokesman Bill Munroe. She had close to 40 songs that topped the charts, including Dancin' with Someone, Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall, Ricochet and Let Me Go Lover. Brewer scaled back her public life to raise her family, but later reprised it to perform with jazz greats Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.
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ELVIS – VIVA LAS VEGAS – HONGKONG.
Universal Music in Hong Kong just released in their "The Spirit Of Sound Hifi" series a 2 CD set in the best quality with 51 Elvis songs. The 2 CD set comes in a special slipcase for protecting the disc of scratches. It's not the regular release like in the US and Europe witht he live songs, but a "Dolby Digital Compact Disc". It comes with a 6 page booklet with all the Elvis songs in English.
Peter Haan - www.itselvistime.nl
In Europe, a growing fervor for Elvis Presley.
Photo:The Elvis My Happiness boutique in Paris, which specializes in Elvis Presley merchandise and serves as a base for fans like Jacky Germain. (Richard Harbus for the IHT)
PARIS: Along a narrow side street on the Right Bank, a familiar figure in a shiny gold tuxedo looms from a little shop the color of blue suede shoes. The crooked smile, smoky eyes and tousled hair are instantly recognizable but, just in case, the shop owners hail the "King of Rock and Roll" and their petite Graceland in bold gray and red print: "Elvis My Happiness." Elvis Presley never performed a concert in Europe in his long singing career, but that unfortunate oversight apparently is helping to stoke the burnin' flames of desire for all things Elvis in this Parisian colony and other unlikely outposts, from Elvis Matters in Belgium to the Flaming Star in Norway, where the perennial best seller is a €10, or $14, pair of Vegas vintage sunglasses. When Elvis Presley's septuagenarian backup bands showed up in Europe recently, they rocked a sold-out concert hall in Jonkoping, Sweden, then pressed on to finish up an 18-day European tour in Paris for an original-lineup performance organized by Elvis fan clubs across five countries. These fans are discriminating aficionados who aren't satisfied with an Elvis impersonator in a white jumpsuit and who yearn for a taste of the original.
"They're hungry for anything Elvis," marveled Joe Moscheo, a bass singer with the Imperials, a backup gospel band for Elvis that finished one European tour in October and is returning for a second next month. "They ask a lot of questions and they're very fanatical," Moscheo said. "I hate to use the world cult, but these people are serious. It's not just like they say, 'Let's go to a concert.' They know what he wore, what he ate and what he sang." Many of these fans don't know enough English to define the difference between Heartbreak Hotel and a hound dog cryin' all the time. But the music remains universal enough to build fan clubs of 4,500 members in France and 1,600 in Germany. There is enough passion in the Netherlands that Elvis's record company, Sony BMG, this year released a CD titled "The Dutch Collection," with a selection chosen by fans, who voted from a list of 150 songs. A reissue of Elvis's "A Big Hunk O'Love" recently clawed up to No. 12 on the BBC's Top 40 singles chart in England, behind 50 Cent and Sugababes. "It amazes me day after day," said Peter Verbruggen, president of the Elvis Matters fan club, which opened an Elvis store more than two years ago in Turnhout, Belgium, near the Dutch border. The club also runs a store in Antwerp, in the north of Belgium, and is considering opening a third branch. "Everybody is surprised by the success," said Verbruggen, who started his club in 2003 with hopes of drawing 300 people and watched membership soar to 2,200. "One of the reasons that Elvis is so popular is the fact that he's never been here before and he's still a mystery. Another explanation is that Elvis is a universal icon who touches so many different people from all parts of society. He's everything: the rebel, the crooner and the actor." Elvis's oeuvre is so varied that fans divide themselves by periods, debating the relative merits of '50s Elvis, '60s Elvis and his comeback as Vegas Elvis. "There is a great difference between most of the American fans and the European fans," said Peter Beines, chairman of the Elvis Presley Gesellschaft in Bonn. "Americans prefer Elvis impersonators while the original musicians for Elvis are more popular in Europe. The Americans prefer music from the Elvis of the '50s, but European fans, especially in Germany, prefer the concert Elvis of the '70s." The U.S. and European markets also differed in music sales trends after the 30th anniversary of Elvis's death in August. "In the states, there was no huge uplift in terms of Elvis sales. But what we saw in the rest of the world, predominantly in Europe and Australia, is that we were able to get Elvis back to number one for albums in five countries," said Timothy Fraser-Harding, a vice-president of Sony BMG. In life, he noted, Elvis never managed to hit No. 1 in Germany, but 30 years after his death his compilation album climbed to the top of the charts. All of the major clubs are watching the average age of their membership fall with a new generation of young people in their 20s joining the clubs. The average age of the French membership of Elvis My Happiness, the fan club that operates the Paris store of the same name, is 27 and dropping, according to Jean-Marie Pouzenc, club president. Pouzenc is the author of two books on Elvis, including a new edition published in August of "Elvis à Paris," a glossy title that minutely explores the brief period in 1959 when Elvis, the uniformed soldier, visited Paris, staying in the Hotel Prince de Galles and passing time with the chorus girls at the Lido club. For the 30th anniversary of Elvis's death in August, Pouzenc led a pilgrimage of 300 fans to Graceland, a tour that he said represented the diversity of Elvis's fan base in France that includes President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has let it be known that Elvis is on his iPod. "The strength of Elvis is that he touches everyone," said Pouzenc, who presides over the Paris store in a yellow shirt emblazoned with gyrating Elvises. "When you go to Graceland you can see that with people there from all countries, races and religions." But don't ask Pouzenc if he can translate "Just a hunk-a, hunk-a burnin' love into French." ("Morceau d'amour brûlant," suggests an old club magazine.) "It's too difficult," he said.
By Doreen Carvajal - www.iht.com / www.epgold.com
FIRE DESTROYS PRICELESS ELVIS COLLECTION.
Her priceless Elvis Presley memorabilia collection, including one of the King's cars, was in ruins.
A state of emergency has been declared in seven Southern California counties, as wildfires fanned by the Santa Ana desert winds sweep through the area. One life has been lost in San Diego, and a falling power cable in Malibu has caused several fires among the opulent homes alongside the Pacific Ocean, where over 1500 residents have now been evacuated. Among them is the $17 million Hodge Castle, home to Elvis fan and daughter of an Iranian oil minister, Lilly Lawrence, which has been completely destroyed. The home contained a priceless collection of family heirlooms and an enviable Elvis collection, housed in a rock 'n' roll room,
decorated with a mural of the Graceland gates, a sofa made from the seat of a 1959 Cadillac and memorabilia purchased from Graceland which included Elvis Presley’s Army fatigues. As fire took over, Lawrence managed to grab a few items including jewellery and Elvis’ army fatigues. Fires are expected to engulf the area for several more days and former showgirl and girlfriend of Elvis Presley, Dorothy Harmony, also has an old beachfront residence in Malibu, which will certainly be under threat from the spreading fires. FIRE DESTROYS PRICELESS ELVIS COLLECTION. BREAKING NEWS: A priceless collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia featuring much of his Vegas days souvenirs has been destroyed in a blaze that engulfed the famous Hodge Castle in Malibu, California this morning (SUN). The estate was owned by socialite Lily Lawrence–and fire fighters are battling the flames of a canyon brush fire that have now swept into the pricey star-studded enclave of the Malibu beachfront colony. In a nightmare scenario some multi-million dollar beach homes are actually now ablaze. Cable news is running non-stop helicopter coverage of the out-of-control fiery furnace and reporting that such Vegas headliners and regular visitors as Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears, and Olivia Newton-John are now being asked to evacuate their homes there for their own personal safety. The Pacific Coast Highway has been closed by authorities because of the flames that have engulfed both sides of the roadway.
COURTROOM BATTLE LOOMS FOR ROCK ICONS.
(Photo: Sid Shaw)
ELVIS PRESLEY and legendary rockers THE BEATLES are set for a courtroom showdown - over the rights to a basement. Rival shop owners Sid Shaw and Howard Cohen, who respectively own neighbouring memorabilia stores Elvisly Yours and The London Beatles Store in London's Baker Street, are squabbling over the rights to the shared basement. A contract was drawn up in 2005, granting Beatles fan Cohen exclusive access to the storage space, but Shaw insists he has broken it by not paying his As a result, Shaw will be dusting off his white jumpsuit in preparation for this week's courtroom showcase (begs22Oct07). He says, "Every day he stays in the basement I suffer further loss. He has cost me thousands."
Doesburg, The Netherlands 21 October 2007. "Oh Happy Day"
Elvis songs and Maarten's voice....
This Sunday must have been a happy day to all the Elvis fans who made it to Doesburg Holland. A lot of fans did! When they walked into a nice white party tent they were welcomed by all kinds of Elvis souvenirs, cd's dvd's, book's etc etc. Inside
the building people could get some coffee, tea, soda's and make it to the Elvis museum. The visitors could enjoy listening to Maarten Jansen en getting the Memphis experience with his band! The sound was just great and some people who never heart Maarten before were just stunned. The show started with See See Rider and then there was You Gave Me A Mountain, Steamroller, Polk Salad etc...The show reached it's climax when Maarten shared "I Believe" and "Unchained Melody" with the crowd. Those songs aren't easy to sing and when your voice can't handle it, it could create a big mess. But the crowd loved it and the atmosphere was just great. All good things have to finish at one point, so the show closes after "Can't Help Falling In Love".
Mr. Cees van Doorn received a original ticket stub of a 1975 Elvis show which he can add to his museum.
This as a sign of appreciation and as a memory to this wonderful day.
To everybody who helped creating this special day: THANK YOU! With special thanks to King's Place Doesburg, Maarten Jansen and his Memphis Experience band, last but not least to the beautiful audience! For those who became member of It's Elvis Time, thank you very much for your trust in our Fan Club!
Sincerly Peter Haan It's Elvis Time, The Netherlands.
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Chart Update UK.
UK singles chart the re-issue of "Wear Your Ring Around My Neck"makes a new entry at #16. The Elvis The King compilation Cd dropped off the Album Top 40.
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Theatre Tour Maarten Jansen & The Memphis Experience.
Listen to: Let Yourself Go.mp3
Many years Maarten toured with the original TCB band of Elvis. Recently he sang with the Thomas Street band in German Town Memphis. Strangly enough as a Dutch man he never shared a stage with any of them in his home country. Now Maarten is going on tour in The Netherlands with is own band "The Memphis Experience". The kick-of will be on stage of Lochem Theatre at the 4th of December 2007.
Tickets available: www.schouwburglochem.nl Enjoy 40 perfect songs from the repertoire of the King. No jumpsuits, just a beautiful lead voice with a great band! Never been to Memphis? Get your Memphis Experience in Holland! For more information: www.maartenjansen.tv
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Billy Adams' contributions to music gaining attention.
When Elvis Presley took the world by storm in 1954 with releases “That’s All Right Mama,” “Mystery Train,” and his rock ‘n’ roll version of “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” he was putting out a sound nobody had heard before. Well, almost nobody. Kentucky native and longtime Flatwoods resident Billy Adams had heard it. In fact, he did more than hear it. He played it, about two years before Presley changed the music world forever. “The perception of Billy Adams over time has changed and people in America are realizing that he was an early player,” said Clif Doyle, a booking agent who came to know Adams in 2001 and later joined Adams’ band, which still performs occasional shows in Europe and the United States. “In the industry, he’s perceived as one of the early Rockabilly artists.”
The beginning Adams’ signature song — “Rock, Pretty Mama” — was released on Quincy Records in 1957 when he was just 17 years old. Adams began playing in his pre-teens, primarily with his brother, Charlie. Adams’ early influences came from bluegrass music, including Bill Monroe, the Carter Family and the Stanley Brothers, among others. The origins of his music includes sounds coming from the lid of a lard bucket, in which he would run his knuckles up and down to create a rhythm when he was just 7 years old. Those primitive beginnings helped shape a sound that led Adams to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. “He was different from a lot of the Rockabilly artists because most of them came from the area around the Mississippi Delta — Arkansas, Tennessee, some from Louisiana, but they mainly centered around the Mississippi River,” said Doyle, who said artists like Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis had the good fortune of becoming involved with Sun Records and legendary producer Sam Phillips. “Billy was in Appalachia, isolated with no recording centers. He didn’t have as much opportunity and his access to music was a lot different than those I call the ‘Sun Rockabillies.’ It’s different because of his bluegrass element.” Doyle said Adams’ sound was distinctive and different than his early contemporaries. That sound, a sound that would later become classified as rock ‘n’ roll, was heard on the airwaves in Ashland, Ky., on WCMI Radio in 1952. Adams, who was just 12 years old, said it was a day he will never forget. “It was a Saturday evening type jamboree. Everybody thought I was beating that guitar to death, but I saw them patting their feet,” said Adams, who said Elvis’ sound two years later was familiar to him. “What was so different about me and got me in trouble was I was a creator. I heard the music differently, I learned to play going up and down. Whenever I heard “Mystery Train,” “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and “That’s All Right Mama,” it kicks off the guitar just like I played it — an up and down rhythm.”
A life change Adams was born in Red Bush, Ky., near Paintsville, but his family moved to Greenup County when he was at an early age. His formative years in music were spent locally and by the time he was 21 he was working for Dot Records and was touring the country. He came back home in 1961 and worked for WB Modern Dairy in Russell and delivered dairy goods on an Ironton route. He also spent three years in police work, with the Flatwoods and Russell, Ky., police departments. He married his wife, Freda, in 1961 and the couple were married until Freda’s death in May of this year after a long battle with cancer. In 1964 he went to Nashville, Tenn., and was continuing his music career until a day in 1965 changed everything. “I came back home on Aug. 8, 1965 and that’s when the Lord spoke to my heart,” said Adams, who is now an ordained bishop in the Church of God. He now lives in Tennessee and is the minister at the Word Church of God in Lewisburg, Tenn. As his life and music took a different direction, Adams says so too did rock ’n’ roll … and not always for the better. He said he was often disappointed by the showmanship and other elements that made some aspects of rock ’n’ roll different than it was in the early years. “Some of those rock musicians, regardless of who they are, are some of the greatest musicians we’ve ever known — I wouldn’t take that away from them,” said Adams, who said rock ‘n’ roll was an innocent form of music in the beginning. “But they were so good in their talents, they would have won the music world over just with their talent, without going into all the other things — the sexual situations on stage, trying to sell Satanism, all that, they didn’t have to do that.” Doyle said Adams’ life change took him away from rock ‘n’ roll and may have had an impact on his lasting legacy. “Because he got out of rock ‘n’ roll in the ’60s and got into gospel, his place in history kind of got lost along the way,” he said. But Adams says that what he found was worth more than his image as a musician. He said his shows now are a reflection of his faith. “In our shows, nobody would ever do anything to embarrass the children or the parents of the children,” he said. “They are familyoriented and always give a testimony in some way for Jesus Christ.”
An ‘American songbook’ This month, Adams will be featured in an installment of a Public Radio International series called “Whole Lotta Shakin’,” 10 hourlong programs that explore the Rockabilly sound and explain it as the early formation of rock ‘n’ roll. Adams said those early days played an important role in music history for a lot of different reasons. “We brought Rockabilly out of the Appalachian hills of Kentucky and it’s gone around the world. I’m not proud of all it’s become, but what we did was important,” Adams said. “We were the first people who ever pulled the children out of a house and put them around a jukebox dancing. Musically speaking, they had very little and then all of a sudden we got their attention.” Adams said he likes the notion that his music helps people. He said that has been a constant throughout his career. Doyle said Adams’ natural ability to relate to people has served him well in his music and his ministry. “His works as a humanitarian are what people should know about him. He’s a selfless man,” Doyle said. “He’s one of the most gifted people I’ve ever known.” Doyle said Adams’ musical ability — even at age 67 — still shines through. “He plays guitar — acoustic and lead — he plays piano and he even played some mandolin and fiddle. He’s a world-class musician,” he said. “He can play all the different styles, from Chet Atkins to Chuck Berry. He’s a walking American songbook.”
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No 'Graceland' in The Netherlands.
(picture: the REAL Graceland)
A Dutch court has ruled against an admirer of Elvis Presley. The Dutch fan has begun building a replica of the King's mansion, Graceland. However, after having been given first approval, the neighbourhood filed a complaint and the judge seems to follow their vision. In a ruling yesterday, the Dutch judge ordered a 'stop', because the "extravagant mansion with outdoor swimming pool" does not fit in the decor of that particular part of Breda - the city where the European Graceland is planned. According to the Dutch Elvis fan, the works are in a crucial fase and cannot be stopped at this point. However, that didn't convince the judge, and he stood by his decision.
On the internet at the moment is a news report of Elvis’ arrival in Huntsville, Alabama May 30, 1975. Two local reporters wanted to film Elvis’ arrival at the airport but Elvis and his group were of course so mart in ducking reporters that they didn’t catch him. They raced after Elvis’ limo and were able to film him seconds when he went into the Hilton Hotel. Dick Curtis tells his story about how they were able to film Elvis for a few seconds on his arrival and when Elvis left town after giving his performances they were able to film him when entering his plane. Dick Curtis welcomes Elvis to Huntsville and Elvis, surrounded by Red West, Joe Esposito and Sheila Ryan! thanks him.
This is really unique footage, never before has any local TV film footage surfaced. Sure, there is the footage of Elvis on Tour arrving at venues, but other than that ‘official footage’ candid Seventies footage filmed professionally was non-existent. This really gives hope that more footage like this exists. If EPE were to really investigate and go through all those local archives I am sure more footage would pop up. Simon de Wit for Epgold.com
Click Here: http://www.vid19.com/clipshare2/view_video.php?viewkey=e3bef5e069713af9fa6c
Simon de Wit for Epgold.com / www.epgold.com
Collection Looking For Museum.
(Left to Right: Andreas Schröer, Michael Knorr and Oskar Hentschel)
The 3 collectors from Gelsenkirchen - Germany Andreas Schröer, Michael Knorr and Oskar Hentschel have been hunting Elvis Presley´s personal property for 25 years and call the “worldwide largest Elvis-collection from the 50s” their own. Original items from the 60s and 70s including thousands of autographs together with extremely rare film- and commercial posters also belong to the pieces of their collection. Their problem: The collection is distributed among private accomodation, bank safes and other museums. Now they want to lend their collection permanently to the city of Gladbeck and are looking for suitable space for a museum. A trio from Gelsenkirchen, Germany, call the worldwide biggest collection of personal property of the King of Rock ´n´Roll from the 50s their own and would like to display their teasures permanently in the neighbouring town of Gladbeck: “What we need first of all is a locality.”
Watch the Video -Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daeLW8s9KME
Graceland in Gladbeck.
By Christoph van Bürk - translation German articles to English for EpGold Oskar Hentschel.
Andreas Schröer (photo: Deffte)
Entering Andreas Schröer´s living room you take a step back into the 50s. Or you think you are at Graceland, Elvis Presley´s estate,
the destination of yearly pilgrimage for some hundred thousands of Elvis-fans. This is the place where Elvis lives, if he really does so: on coat hangers, racks and in showcases. There stands a guitar of the King of Rock ´n´Roll, stage costumes are hanging there, an army jacket and the ruby red tie that Elvis wore when he signed the contract between Sun Records and RCA Victor. Diamond rings are lying there, his first credt card or a pair of sunglasses with the initials “EP”. And these treasures are only part of what Andreas schröer (42), Michael Knorr (48) and Oskar Hentschel (61) call their own. Their passion is too big for a flat. It is distributed among private accomodation, safe deposit boxes, the Rock ´n´Pop Museum in Gronau near the Dutch border and the House of History in the former German capital Bonn on the Rhine. Their collected passion comprises alone 800 pieces of the personal possesion of the King of Rock ´n´Roll – “the worldwide largest Elvis collection from the 50s”, they proudly say. If they also count rare records and posters, it easily comes to 1500 items, autographs included even to 3000. With a detective´s good nose and often with a good deal of luck they struck gold. Their passion has a name: Elvis. But their passion has no constant home and that creates grief. The Elvis Presley Initiative Circle is searching a museum and would like to call Gladbeck home of their treasures, in other words: Graceland in Gladbeck. Measured by their collection or its estimated value you may condidently claim that the trio belongs to the biggest Elvis fans of the world. Experts say the collection could be worth 5 million euros, perhaps more. Who knows? “You could actually ask what the meaning of value is. Value is what another person would be willing to pay for a thing”, adds Andreas Schröer. But that means that Schröer, Knorr and Hentschel would be willing to sell, but that would never happen. But the three want to lend, permanently and preferably to Gladbeck. “Because we are afraid that single items could be damaged when we lend them out. And because we don´t like the idea of driving a few hundred kilometres to see our favourite pieces”, Oskar Hentschel explains. They hope for support by the town of Gladbeck: “What we need first of all is a locality”, says Andreas Schröer and outlines the plans of the museum: Martin Wohl, owner of the Star Chief Diner in the neighbouring small town of Kirchhellen would be willing to invest 100000.- euros in event catering trade in the style of the 50s. There concerts, impersonator-contests or automobile-club meetings could take place. After their investigations and publications of 2 books the trio has good contact to Sony BMG and the Warner and Paramount film companies. They could help to supply a museum shop with extraordinary merchandise. Referring to the industrial region of the “Ruhrgebiet” the 3 men are convinced by the synenergyeffects which an Elvis museum would develop with the Movie World in Kirchhellen and the Zoom Event World in Gelsenkirchen. For nonlocal visitors a trip to the Elvis museum would be more worth while, when they could combine the visit with other attractions or even spend a weekend there. Oskar Hentschel is a teacher for English and could play the guide as an old-age pensioner. He is an expert in giving a lecture. He recently reported on “The King in Bad Nauheim” while he was a patient in one of the clinics in the “Elvis city” of Bad Nauheim. “I am the only director of a museum without a museum”, he smiles.
Elvis lives? No, but Elvis gets you going – in a cultural and economical way. The King of Rock ´n´Roll is a cult figure for every generation and a high quality museum would be a magnet for the public far beyond city limits. People who take decisions in the town hall or administration must keep in mind now which jewel has dropped in front of their feet. There they stand: 3 gentlemen with a collection that may be worth a few million euros with a conception and a vision. The most difficult thing about visions is: You must not only see the risk, but you must have the courage to make use of the chance behind it. Gladbeck needs the Elvis museum. Otherwise mockers will say in a few years: Gladbeck was glad to have it – nearly. Or they do it with the King: “Muss i denn, muss i denn zum (anderen) Städtele hinaus . . . when I want to visit the Elvis museum? Mayor Roland wants round table talks. The project must be checked seriously.
Graceland in Gladbeck?
“A highly thrilling and interesting project. I would be interested to follow this idea.”, says mayor Ulrich Roland. Regarding Gladbeck´s emergency budget, Lothar Sikorski, speaker for the town´s cultural affairs, steps on the brake of euphoria and emphazizes that a locality must be found and the management must be taken over by the owners – as it works with the townhall gallery and the supporting society or the swimming club 13 with the outdoor swimming-pool. Ulrich Roland on the other hand does not want to kill such a topic with the argument of the emergency budget. For Elvis does not only have a cultural meaning, but also an economical touch: “People who visit such a museum stay overnight in hotels here, eat in restaurants here and fill their tanks at local stations.” Roland stresses however that the project must be checked seriously. He intends to form a round table meeting. The following people should take place there: The Elvis Presley-Initiative Circle, the town´s representatives for cultural affairs, economical promotion and of the department of town planning. The question for a locality has yet to answered: The department of financial affairs would be suitable, but it belongs to the county of Northrhine-Westphalia. You could also think of rooms in the right wing of the machinery hall to which the foundation of industrial monuments and culture of history had to give their consent. Old warehouses or a settlement in an industrial estate would be suitable. Perhaps one of the churches which is going to stand empty soon? “That leads to the problem of energy costs for many items of the exhibition need a certain constant temperature”, explains Michael Knorr of the Initiative Circle. One thing is certain: The main problem is to find a suitable building in combination with a good traffic link and big enough car parks.
Elvis´ record: Fingers off!
Please complete the sentence “Elvis means to me . . .” Andreas Schröer, Michael Knorr and Oskar Hentschel soon agree on: “ . . . the object of our collectors´ greed and the most collectible artist of the world!” Their eyes were recently filled with tears of delight. A friend of Elvis´ father Vernon left them records from Elvis´ personal property on which the King himself left behind traces: his army stamp and the message: “Get your fingers off!”
Just one sensation among many others: On this particular Sun Records invoice alone all signatures of the famous “Million Dollar Quartet” are assembled: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. The rock ´n´roll giants were recorded during a spontanous session in 1957.
Elvis-Museum online row of photos: http://www.waz.de/waz/waz.gladbeck.lokal.php?lokstadt=Gladbeck
The late Elvis: Extravagant stage outfit of the year 1972 Army caps and badge from his army time in Friedberg, Germany Elvis wore this ring from 1975 to 1977, also during his last concert. Elvis´ shirt from the “Raffle of Stars” of the youth magazine BRAVO, 1959 Stamp used at Graceland, golden Cadillac key and army ring Not quite harmless autograph hour: Elvis with army buddies and the company´s mascot Leo. In 1956 Elvis started collecting police badges. The King was wild about the idea of playing police officer himself. Elvis´ army worksheet. The major part of the collection dates from Presley´s time at Friedberg and Bad Nauheim.
2007/10/19 By Christoph van Bürk -translation English for EpGold Oskar Hentschel - Andylon Lensen / www.epgold.com
Elvis International Shop - The Netherlands.
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Wertheimer's Visit To China.
Elvis Unlimited recently spoke to Al at his home in New York City. He told us he had just returned from China where he had a photo exhibit of his collection of Elvis photographs. He said the Chinese people treated him so well especially a lot of the college students who came to see his exhibit. He said it was hard for them to pronounce Alfred Wertheimer so they nicknamed him what they referred to Elvis as, " King Cat". Of course they pronounced it in their native language but it was an honor for Al.
www.elvisunlimited.com / www.epgold.com
Elvis MP3 Scam.
An email message promising new MP3 files of Elvis, contains a disguised spam message. Although the files do not carry any viruses, don’t expect to hear an Elvis track either. The recording is of a female voice making a stock pitch: 'Hello, this is an investor alert Exit Only Incorporated has announced it is ready to launch its new text4cars.com Web site, already a huge success in Canada, we are expecting amazing results in the USA. Go read the news and sit on EXTO. That symbol again is EXTO. Thank you' Reportedly the Elvis.mp3 file is reaching 10,000 inboxes every hour, but even Elvis can't make this one a hit!
www.elvis.co.uk / www.epgold.com
Remembering when Elvis filmed Upvalley.
Elvis may have left the building long ago, but he is still very much in the memories of Napa women who dropped everything to see him when he came to Napa Valley to makes one of his movies. Although the moment of magic when they met the King was four decades ago, Nona Alessio and Judith Towey say it remains one of the highlights of their lives.
Both women, who were teenagers at the time, met Elvis in 1961 when he, Tuesday Weld and others were filming “Wild in the Country” in St. Helena. Towey and Alessio were the sort of star-struck teens who would have swum an ocean, walked a desert or climbed a mountain for a face-to-face encounter with their idol.
Judith Towey met Elvis Presley when she was 17 and he was filming “Wild in the Country” in St. Helena (submitted photo) Towey not only got to meet the King, but came away with her cheek still tingling from the kiss Elvis planted on it. “I’ll never forget it. I got my picture taken with Elvis and he kissed me. I could have died a happy girl,” she said. Alessio paid her dues to meet the man who was famous for his mellow voice, tantalizing smile and swiveling hips. She still remembers that day in 1961 when she and about six or seven girlfriends from Vallejo High School cut class and stood in the rain from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. to get the singer’s autograph. “I’ll never forget meeting Elvis. It’s right up with what I imagine it would be like going through the Pearly Gates,” Alessio said. “I begged and begged my mother to let me cut school that day so we could drive to St. Helena. She gave in. She understood. After all, she knew it was Elvis.” The news that Elvis was in the area had spread like wildfire. When the girls got to the set at what is now the Ink House Bed and Breakfast on Highway 29, south of St. Helena, they soon found Elvis’ whereabouts was no secret. “The line was at least a mile long, with people waiting to get a look at Elvis and get his autograph,” said Alessio, who is now the classified advertising manager for the Register. “We had signs saying we were from Vallejo. So, we took our place in line and just like everyone else we stood and waited and waited and waited.” Between takes, Elvis would come out and meet the people in line and sign autographs, Alessio said. “But the line was moving very, very slow.” Despite their loyalty and perseverance, time ran out for the Vallejo fans. “It was 5 p.m., and one of the crew members came out and said that Elvis would not be signing any more autographs. It was all over. Many of the people in line became angry and rude and starting shouting and yelling. We just took our signs and started to leave quietly, when we heard someone holler, ‘Hey Vallejo, he will see you,’” Alessio said. The teens stood single file waiting their turn to have a dream come true. “He was sitting at picnic table eating a sandwich that you get out of a vending machine — you know those triangle-shaped packaged sandwiches — along with a carton of milk,” Alessio said. “I don’t remember what he was saying to us, but I will never forget how polite he was.” All of the Vallejo teens, except Alessio’s friend Rebecca, were clutching papers for Elvis to sign. “Rebecca was two people in front of me. When she got up there, Elvis asked her if she had a paper for him to autograph. She said, ‘No, I want you to kiss me.’ And he did, right on the lips. I wanted to do that so bad, but when it was my turn I was speechless, and I’m not usually a quiet person,” Alessio said. “He took my paper and put it on my back to sign his name. And his thumb was touching my neck. That’s right, Elvis’ thumb touched my neck. That is my two-minute claim to fame. It might not be much, but is all mine.” Towey cut afternoon classes from Napa High School that same day in 1961 to meet the man who made young teens swoon with his charisma and Southern charm. Towey also had to convince her mother to let her skip school. “It didn’t take much convincing. My mom drove me and my girlfriend to St. Helena to see Elvis,” Towey said. “We were just taking a chance we could maybe just see him. We didn’t expect to actually meet him.” But fate swiveled in Towey’s direction. “We pulled into the parking lot of the Ink House, which at that time was a private home, and saw Elvis playing around with some other guys. They were wrestling on the lawn,” Towey said. “We started walking over to where he was, and he jumped up and came to meet us. He just walked over and said ‘Hi’ just like he knew us. He was so nice, such a gentleman. He started talking to my mom. We told him we had cut school to see him. He got a real kick out of that.” Towey admits she was somewhat in shock. “I just couldn’t believe Elvis Presley was standing there talking to my mom and us — just like an ordinary person. He had such good manners. He was truly a Southern gentleman.” Towey also had the chance to gloat a little. “While we were standing there with Elvis, a school bus pulled in to drop kids off, and the kids saw us. They were all staring out the window at me, my friend, my mom and Elvis,” she said. “I think I got a little embarrassed.” Towey’s big moment was still to come. “He asked my mom if she wanted a picture of he and me. She couldn’t get her camera out quick enough. Elvis put his arm around me. My mom snapped the picture and then he gave me a kiss on the cheek. It might not have been the most romantic kiss I have had in my life, but it is one I will never forget for as long as I live. How could I? It was Elvis.”
Judith Towey today.
www.napavalleyregister.com / www.epgold.com
US Billboard Elvis Chart Listing.
James Burton is OK.
Good news from Shreveport, Louisiana. James Burton, who was injured in a car wreck, is doing fine. His wife Louise said that we did not have to worry about James: he's OK. His recording and concert schedule remains intact.
www.elvismatters.be / www.epgold.com
Doubts about ‘The Musical’ .
News reports in French and French speaking Belgian media have shed a rather negative light on ‘The King The Musical’. Contrary to what the French promoter claimed, this theatre show is no musical but, instead, a set of three mini concerts, focussing on the fifties, sixties and seventies Elvis shows with a 7 p. orchestra and three different ‘Elvis actors’. The clip on YouTube gives you an idea, it certainly did not convince us. This show is no ElvisMatters production. If the high expectations are not met, we will stop promoting the show. YouTube 2007/10/19 www.elvismatters.be - Music Machine / www.epgold..com
'Viva Laughlin': Think Elvis musical, just not as good.
If Elvis isn't already dead, Viva Laughlin just might kill him. The King, of course, survived more than his share of bad musicals, but none so horrid as this totally botched expansion of the British miniseries Viva Blackpool. The moment star Lloyd Owen — offering an egregiously charisma-free performance — kicks into a joyless Viva Las Vegas sing-along, you can almost hear Presley spinning along in his grave.
Not that Laughlin concedes it's a musical; heaven forefend. CBS and producer Hugh Jackman, whose guest appearance tonight is as inert as his show, have gone to great pains to insist that Laughlin is actually a murder-mystery with music. Clearly, they're terrified you'll equate the show with ABC's infamous flop Cop Rock, and they're right to shun the comparison. It's insulting — to Cop Rock, a grandly ambitious failure in which the cast sang songs written for the show and purposely tailored to the characters. Instead of using original songs, Laughlin plays generic hits and lets the actors karaoke behind the recording artist in desultory, sotto voce fashion. It's the same gimmick as Blackpool with the same dramatic limits — but what the BBC did with exuberance, CBS does with embarrassment. There are many ways to pull off a musical, but all require commitment to the form. At the very least, you'd expect people involved with a casino-based show to realize that you can't win big by hedging your bets. What's missing is any unifying style, not to mention flair. Where Blackpool accepted the normal musical conceit, that singing and dancing is as natural as walking and talking, Laughlin rejects it without coming up with a workable, consistent substitute. Sometimes the musical numbers are fantasies, sometimes they're not. Sometimes people notice the numbers going on around them, sometimes they don't. The show tries to be half in and half out, and ends up nowhere.
Robert Bianco - www.usatoday.com /
BBC Radio 2 picked up the gold award for its TV ad campaign featuring Elvis Presley.
The BBC "Elvis" Commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qEVeoKNLAk
BBC Radio 2 picked up the gold award at last night's Radio Academy Promotions and Marketing Awards for its TV ad campaign featuring Elvis Presley. Click on the full story to see our report from the Radio Academy PAMs awards and view our photos from the event: http://www.radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.2572 Radio 2 also walked away with a second award for best national marketing campaign for the ad, which aims to reflect the station's diverse music policy. In the video, which became a YouTube hit, The King appears to introduce a number of musical greats on stage, including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Who's Keith Moon. The biggest winner at the ceremony – which recognises the best in radio marketing and promos across commercial radio and the BBC – was GCap Media, which won four awards. Two of those were for Trent FM in Nottingham, which won best local promo for its "Runaway Bride" competition, and best "street" marketing for the 2006 "Tower of Toys" Christmas giveaway for under- privileged local children.
Update: Steve Binder (Director 1968 Elvis Special) On Nicola Congiu.
(Nicola, Ivana Trump - daughter Ivanka Trump. (Photo: Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
Nicola had his first BIG test last night in front of 100 very important people and was very impressive! Ivana Trump hosted the showcase and a lot of important American press were there and took many photographs and video's of him performing and with American celebrities. We will do another one tomorrow in front of a little larger crowd and then we go to Chicago where he will open for the artist Jewell with the Chicago Pops Orchestra. He will sing with a 100-piece orchestra "Amor Mio" and "He's My Brother." Then to Los Angeles where he will perform 2-more showcases for many important Hollywood people and the press. Then, we'll see what happens.
Warmest, Steve Binder
Listen to some great songs from Nicola Congiu "The Sensation From Italy" .
He Ain't Heavy - Schiavi - Per Te - Home - Click Here: http://www.myspace.com/nicolacongiu
Video-Clips 2004: I Am Just A Bad Boy:
Official Website: www.nicolacongiu.com
2007/10/18 Hubert Vindevogel - The United Elvis Presley Society - www.ueps.be / www.epgold.com
Scotty's original EchoSonic cabinet on eBay.
Apparantly they've located another Echosonic prototype that was intended to be made for/by Gretsch and swapped the chassis into the Scotty's original cabinet to make a complete amp and has gone up on eBay again.
Starting bid: US $99,999.00
James v. Roy - www.scottymoore.net -
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James Burton slightly injured in wreck.
Famed guitarist James Burton was slightly injured this afternoon in a wreck in Shreveport. Burton, 68, was driving on Murphy Street when another driver hit his truck at the intersection at Pete Harris Drive. Both drivers said they had the green light, police said. Burton and the other driver both were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Burton, who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has played with some of the biggest stars in music. Among them: Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Roy Orbison.
Watch the Opening Video from the 2007 Elvis 30th Anniversary Concert.
Attendees to the 2007 Elvis 30th Anniversary Concert at the FedExForum in Memphis on August 16th experienced a dream-like video sequence that featured Jerry Schilling, George Klein and Joe Esposito to open the concert.
Click Here: http://www.elvis.com/news/full_story.asp?id=1334
Priest has no problem worshipping God and Elvis.
Romanian-born Antonio Petrescu believes you can worship God and Elvis at the same time: as a Catholic priest and Elvis Presley impersonator, he finds his spiritual inspiration in the late rock legend. "People ask me 'How can you reconcile Elvis impersonations with your choiceof professional work?'" said Petrescu, who puts on his glittery suits andswivels his hips when not working as a parish priest in the Italian town of Avezzano. Interviewed by Reuters on a church visit to the tiny town of Sorbo -- population, 52 -- in southern Italy, the priest said he believes Elvis is an appropriate inspiration for Christian worship because he sang of "love in general". The 34-year-old's Web site (www.antoniupetrescu.com) has two separate entries -- one for the priest, another for the artist, which talks about his "fiery voice" and discography including the singles "Lovin' Arms" and "Reach out to Jesus". The pop doesn't stop at Elvis: Petrescu also incorporates the lyrics of singers like Celine Dion into his sermons. Petrescu feels his responsibility as a priest is to "walk this Earth in love for Jesus Christ", a task in which he is inspired by Elvis's "search for spirituality in his own life".
Slideshow: Priest doubles as Elvis impersonator
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Montgomery Gentry - Graceland's Latest Celebrity Visitors.
The country music duo Montgomery Gentry made a special trip to Elvis Presley’s Graceland on October 12th. The award winning country act was in Memphis along with their band for a recording session at a local studio.
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ANYWAY YOU WANT ME.
The 2nd brand new picture disc release from Rockwell in October featuring The King's studio recordings from 1956 Limited edition of 2000 copies Please take a look: www.rockwellrecords.co.uk
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Big Boss Man In Trouble.
Link with a MP3 file with a sample of six songs. http://www.uploading.com/files/AEKV13NF/Samplebigbossintrouble.mp3.html
The NEW Import EPB76 records label is proud to announce its first release scheduled early November and titled " Big Boss Man In Trouble " This Brand new CD will feature previously unreleased audience recording of an Elvis show in Atlanta, June 06, 1976.
This show last 80,00 minutes of pure magic music. This release is taken directly from original MASTER tape and professional remastered with a great audio-quality. Its a full length show , the best of the June tour. It's a very good performance with Elvis in good mood and strong voice, the highlights of the concert are surely the rare last live version of “SHAKE A HAND” and an outstanding performances of “AMERICA&HURT&BIG BOSS MAN”. The CD contains a de-luxe 16-page full color booklet with 16 rare photos mostly unreleased taken from the original concert in a very professional layout.
Extract from the inside note: Atlanta, June 6th and the end of a tour of 13 shows where the last four were just in Atlanta. In spite of a passable tour with Elvis often not in good condition, slow in his movements and lacking concentration in some songs. Despite this the tour was completely sold out and with the public full of enthusiasm. The last show, presented here lasts 80 minutes. We decided to leave out the solos because the audio quality was very bad in respect to the rest of the tape and overall to keep the concert to one CD of purely Elvis.The Show is good the repertoire result very interesting without doubt is no the classic boring concert of the last period of Elvis' live activity. Elvis sings 19 songs with a great mood with a great public reaction, here is almost possible to breath the atmosphere of the Elvis' performance. The electricity that Elvis generates in the attendance is possible to touch with our hands what mostly considering the limitation of the audience tape here is the winner element…
TRACKLIST: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra- 02. C.C. Rider- 03. I Got A Woman/Amen- 04. Love Me- 05. If You Love Me- 06. You Gave Me A Mountain- 07. All Shook Up-08. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel- 09. Help Me- 10. Jailhouse Rock- 11. Fever- 12. America The Beautiful13. Band Introductions- 14. Love Letters- 15. School Days/Hurt #1- 16. Hurt #2- 17. Burning Love- 18. Big Boss Man- 19. Shake A Hand- 20. Funny How Time Slips Away- 21. Mystery Train- 22. Tiger Man- 23. Can't Help Falling In Love- 24. Closing Vamp/Announcements TIME 80.00 minutes A concert not just for the hard core fans. Don’t Miss it.
MARK BEGO ON ELVIS PRESLEY BOULEVARD.
(Photo: Lamar Fike and Mark Bego)
Celebrity-author MARK BEGO is uncovering all sorts of never-before-revealed tidbits about ELVIS PRESLEY, in the forthcoming ON ELVIS PRESLEY BOULEVARD; LAMAR FIKE: AN UNCOMMON JOURNEY, the tome he is writing with LAMAR FIKE; he of the infamous Memphis Mafia. Fike lived, worked, played, and partied with the King. He was there for the highs and the lows of life with The King. Among the books saucy revelations: "When Lamar first moved into Graceland with Elvis, he actually slept in the same bed with The King. According to Lamar, "He would have nightmares, and he would sleepwalk, so I slept with him ... so he didn't walk out of the second floor window. I had to turn on the lights to get him out of his sleepwalking phase." While there are all sorts of rumors about Elvis meeting and having an affair with Marilyn Monroe, in reality, it was Lamar who met her. Says Fike, "She invited Elvis over to a party at the studio, but he sent me over to send his apologies. Instead of Elvis ever meeting her, it was just me. I spent a half an hour talking to her. She was just mesmerizing to talk to. She would look you right in the eyes." *In 1971, when Elvis had been absent on the record scene for years, it was Lamar who found him his last million-selling hit, "Kentucky Rain." Lamar went onto run Elvis' publishing company for years. *Lamar was with Elvis at a party at Nat King Cole's house in 1957, where Rock Hudson was a guest. Lamar told Elvis that Rock was gay, and Elvis didn't believe him. At the party, Lamar watched as Rock started up a conversation with Elvis and they sat down on the sofa together. Amidst their conversation, Rock put his hand on Elvis' leg, and Presley jumped up like the sofa was on fire. He walked over to Lamar and said, "You know what? You were right - Rock is Gay!" *Lamar went to Hollywood to stay with Elvis in 1957 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The following day Elvis told him that they were going to go over to the movie studio. The next thing Lamar knew, he was on the set of "Jailhouse Rock," and he was a character in the film. Lamar is seen in several scenes as part of Elvis' group of friends in the final cut of the picture. *One night, late, after some serious partying, Elvis and Lamar were sitting alone, and Elvis asked Lamar how he saw him as an old man. Lamar, pausing for a moment, looked at him and said "I don't." Prophetic words indeed. The book will be out early next year.
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Elvis the Musical Paris...
Our correspondent from Paris told us that "Elvis The Musical" was replaced by a tribute artist show called "The Three Elvisses."
The people who bought tickets were NOT amussed. Nobody knew in advance and nobody got a refund! The fans were very dissapointed.
PLEASE HELP US TO HELP CHILDREN IN DIFFICULTY WITH THE HELP OF ELVIS IMAGE AND HIS FANS (AS WE ARE).
TAKE NOTE:THIS CD HAS A VERY SPECIAL BONUS BY THE REAL THING; IT IS AN UN-ISSUED TAKE (track n°26) HEAR AN UNRELEASED VERSION OF BEGINNER'S LUCK ..THIS WILL BE A RARE ELVIS COLLECTOR'S ITEM SOON. This benefit cd is sold at 15 euro plus shipping. The price is the same for 1 copy or 1000 copies , since even I myself pay this price for my own copies, our goal is that every cent must go to the charity associations. Bruno Pause Via di S.Barbara 34 Muggia (TS)-ITALY firstname.lastname@example.org
EpGold Correspondent Italy Livio Monari / www.epgold.com
Civil Rights photographer Ernest Withers dead.
Memphis, TN 10/16/2007) A legendary figure in the Civil Rights Movement died Monday evening. Ernest Withers was a photographer who helped record the Civil Rights struggle in the Mid-South. His son, Joshua Withers said his father died Monday at the VA Hospital in Memphis after suffering a stroke last month. He was 85. As a freelance photographer for African-American newspapers, Withers traveled with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Medgar Evers and other figures in the Civil Rights Movement. He also photographed the early performances of celebrities like Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Ike and Tina Turner
(Photo: Elvis & ErnestWithers)
Wither's career spanned 60 years. Withers' career began during World War II when he was asked to replace an Army photographer who was being promoted. His duties included photographing engineering projects such as bridges and airfields that black soldiers helped build. Withers then began shooting photos for his camp newspaper. His news clients would later range from the Tri-State Defender to Newsweek, TIME and The New York Times. Former Chairman of the NAACP and long time Civil Rights activist, Dr. Benjamin Hooks had great things to say about the legacy of his dear friend. News Channel 3's Markova Reed spoke to Dr. Hooks on Daybreak Tuesday morning.
It´s Tahoe Time.
The new Cd release from Rainbow Records titled It's Tahoe Time has now been released. The Cd contains the complete October 13, 1974 show from Lake Tahoe in good quality.
01 - See See Rider [02:44] (traditional) 02 - I Got A Woman / Amen [06:40] (Charles / traditional) 03 - Love Me [01:24] (Leiber Stoller) 04 - All Shook Up [00:58] (Blackwell) 05 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel [02:28] (Mann-Low / Blackwell-Presley) 06 Heartbreak Hotel [01:25] (Axton - Durden) 07 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) [02:45] (Rostill) 08 - Fever [03:05] (Davenport Coole) 09 - Big Boss Man [02:42] (Smith - Dixon) 10 - It's Midnight [03:06] (Wheeler - Chesnut) 11 - Hound Dog [01:52] (Leiber Stoller) 12 - Band Introductions [04:37] (instrumental, public domain) 13 - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy [03:11] (Price) 14 - Why Me, Lord? [02:38] (Kristofferson) 15 - I'm Leavin' [03:04] (Jarrett - Charles) 16 - Johnny B. Goode [02:07] (Berry) 17 - Hawaiian Wedding Song [01:58] (King - Hoffman - Manning) 18 - Can't Help Falling In Love [01:42] (Weiss - Peretti - Creatore) 19 - Bonus: Music Makers "Guitar" feat. James Burton [07:12](instrumental, public domain)
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK - The International / Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.
Up for bid is "IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK" , an exquisite piece of Elvis Presley History. The penthouse suite of the International/Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas where Elvis Presely resided when he was preforming at the hotel was remodeled in the early 90's. Recovered from that demolition was wall covering made of pigskin. Only 1000 numbered collages are planned.. At this time, this is the only one made to date. Each piece of pigskin wall covering is set in an elegant frame, with burgundy suede matting and gold trim around each of the five pictures. A dark burgundy wood frame houses this first one of a kind piece, covered by a clear plexiglas window. Each collage will be registered at no cost with the Law Firm DEMPSEY, ROBERTS & SMITH, LTD, by the buyer. This is the Law firm that oversees the cuttings of the wall covering.
Subject: elvis / Ebay #110179334253
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The Ultimate Tribute.
The BBC has commissioned Endemol-owned Initial to produce The Ultimate Tribute (working title), a new prime time BBC One Saturday night series. Presented by Graham Norton, The Ultimate Tribute is a brand new talent show that will leave viewers amazed ... and wondering if seeing is believing. The show will be looking for tribute acts who think they are the best. The BBC's new search for the Ultimate Tribute does not include Elvis. For several weeks a leading television production company have been searching for superfans to take part in a new BBC TV show, which we advertised on this site. The details were hushed-up for weeks, but the fans were needed as judges on a new tribute show. Now the show has the go-ahead, Elvis has been dropped as one of the categories. Mainly because of the recently televised World’s Greatest Elvis (also on the BBC) and Graceland’s highly publicised search for the Ultimate Elvis. Instead, they are only looking for:
Elton John, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart, Freddie Mercury, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Cher, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Dusty Springfield. The winner could walk away with a contract to perform in Las Vegas and there are plenty of Elvis’ there anyway!
www.bbc.co.uk - Various /
Victim was ex-butcher.
(Photo: Darren Guy Eaton)
A murder victim whose badly-burned body was found near Wolverhampton Market was a former butcher and a popular member of the city’s Elvis Presley Fan Club, it emerged today. This is the first picture of Darren Guy Eaton, who was set on fire and dumped just yards from the city centre butcher’s shop where he used to work. The 42-year-old divorcee had lived in Pendeford but moved to Hydes Road, Wednesfield. He was today described as “charming and fun-loving” by fan club chair Barbara Wilson, of Upper Vauxhall, Wolverhampton. Mr Eaton worked at Sandhu Meat & Poultry, School Street, until seven years ago – near where his body was discovered on a grassed area in Salop Street at 12.45am last Wednesday. He also worked at Dave Silverton Butchers in the Mander Centre. He did not have any children. “I had known him through the club for about 20 years,” the 64-year-old said. “All the women in Dave Silverton’s used to say ‘I want Darren to serve me’ because he used to give them a bit of charm. Everybody knew him. “He was a good-looking guy and had a bit of an eye for the girls. We used to go on club boat trips along the River Severn – he was a
really sociable chap and always put his name down for everything.” Mrs Wilson said she was “shocked and upset” by his death, adding he would be sadly missed by his friends in the fan club. Jason John Perks, 36, originally of Stoke-on-Trent but now of no fixed address, appeared before city magistrates on Saturday charged with Mr Eaton’s murder. A post-mortem confirmed Mr Eaton died of head injuries. Perks was remanded in custody to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court later this month.
Code name Elvis.
Ailing bank Northern Rock is now managed under the codename Elvis. The Financial Services Authority has nicknamed the struggling Northern Rock Bank as Elvis. FSA regulators have chosen the Northern Rock / Jailhouse Rock link to come up with this codename. Virgin are already planning a takeover bid so let’s hope they manage to claw back all the Money Honey!
Essential Elvis UK Event In Memphis.
The UK's largest Elvis Presley organisation, Essential Elvis, recently staged an extremely successful event in Memphis during Elvis 2007. The guest list was an impressive one with Billy & Jo Smith, Marty & Patsy Lacker, George & Dean Nicholoulos, Sam Thompson, Jeanne LeMay Dumas and Susan Henning from Elvis' 1968 TV Special. The venue was Vernon Presley's former home on Dolan Drive, just yards from Graceland.
We thought you might like to see some photos (there's hundreds more) at:
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Susan Doll 3 Book Package.
This is the 3 book package from Susan Doll which will be officially released in November at a price of $29.95 USD. It contains the books "The Secret Life Of Elvis", "The Essential Elvis" and "The Music And Movies Of Elvis".
Bill E. Burk's Elvis World - www.elvisnews.com /
Insider - Vegas Suite Video Clip.
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Colonel Parker At ABC's Nightline.
Rare interview from Colonel Tom Parker with ABC news Anchorman Ted Koppel. Original airing date : August 15th 1987.
New Larry Geller Book Hits # 1.
Sales of pre-publication copies of Larry Geller's new book, Leaves of Elvis' Garden, have propelled it to #1 on the online sales outlet Quick Pick Distribution
Leaves of Elvis' Garden.
By Larry Geller. The Most Revealing Elvis Book You’ll Ever Read. Literally hundreds of books and millions of words have been written about the phenomenon that was Elvis Presley. None even approaches what is revealed in this one – because this is the one story Elvis made Larry Geller promise to tell. Larry Geller was more than Elvis Presley’s personal hairstylist. He was his close confidant and, in many ways, his spiritual mentor, in a relationship that lasted from 1964 until the day he did Elvis’ hair for the funeral in 1977. Take a walk with Elvis and Larry through the heart and soul of Elvis the seeker. No matter how much you may know of Elvis, you will come away feeling that you know him far better for having experienced The Leaves of Elvis’ Garden. You will know him and, very likely, love him even more. For more Information go to Larry Geller's Website: www.larrygellerauthor.com As Larry explains: “Elvis charged me with this responsibility, empowering me and inspiring me to write this book when he said: ‘The world knows Elvis Presley all right, but they don’t know me. I want them to know me, the real person. Larry, I’m counting on you.’” Larry hasn’t let Elvis down…and he doesn’t let you down either.
www.elvisinfonet.com - www.larrygellerauthor.com / www.epgold.com
Let Vegas meet your appetites: How's your luck? Cheap shrimp, penny slots, or caviar parfait.
(Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand is the chef's first US restaurant. (Scott Frances for the Boston Globe)
The giddy roller coaster of highs and lows makes Vegas an irresistible destination. Here anything is possible - after all, the Eiffel Tower is across the street from Bellagio and gondoliers make tips in the desert. The Strip is a fantasy world, where living on the edge is not only encouraged, but expected. In a town where nongaming revenues have finally caught up with the gaming kind, rock star chefs, over-the-top accommodations, and big ticket entertainment give the 38.9 million annual visitors plenty of ways to blow through any winnings. If what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, for gamblers that includes their money, to the tune of about $8.2 billion last year. For the down and out, it can be a town without pity, but if you're on top, living large is what it's all about. Not sure which way the dice are going to roll? Not to worry, Vegas can cover you. For high rollers . . . In a place known for coddling big money players with complimentary everything, the boom in luxury suites is geared to anybody who can afford a 10,000-square-foot loft overlooking the Strip. While some casinos don't advertise their most luxurious rooms, reserving them for gamers, there are dozens of $10,000-plus-per-night suites in town, spots with amenities like butlers, bowling lanes, and hydraulic beds. If they are available, and you can afford them, these digs can be yours.
High-end suites are nothing new here. Over the course of 800-plus performances, Elvis Presley maintained a 5,000-square-foot suite on the 30th floor of the International Hotel (now the Las Vegas Hilton). Even the King would be impressed with the most expensive penthouse in town: the Hugh Hefner suite at the Palms, $40,000 a night. The Palms celebrity cachet is undeniable: Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan have all stayed in its top suites.
By Beth D'Addono -
Boston Globe /
Weekly Elvis magazine being issued in Australia!
Hi everyone. Just wanted to let Aussie (and possibly NZ) fans know that the DeAgostini publishing group is releasing a weekly Elvis magazine 'downunder". Full details on: http://www.elvisinfonet.com today (15 Oct 2007). Nigel.
U.K Top 40 Chart.
The re-issue single "A Big Hunk O'Love" entries at #12 this week on on the U.K Top 40 chart.
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Mr. and Mrs. Rock 'n Roll...touring the south.
Last june Rene and Angel-Eye were live on stage with the legendary TCB-band in Belgium and Holland. After their great Elvis memorial on the 16th of August in Valkenburg Holland, Rene and Angel-Eye are now heading for their new project in November and December 2007. In coopartion with a Dutch store Jan Linders, Rene and Angel-Eye will tour the soutern parts of Holland. They will do a Christmas show, with lots and lots of good songs.
The kick off will be at: November 25th Weert, Munttheater - Starting show: 14:30 PM and 19:45u PM
For those who understand Dutch, please watch the following clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-XTD-jV7Cc Details about the tour date you can find at: http://www.always-online.tv/echtekerst
www.itselvistime.nl / www.epgold.com
Elvis In Tickle Me Ad.
The book Elvis In Tickle Me from JAT Publishing will come with a bonus CD and 2008 pocket calendar. Coming soon from JAT Publishing a new book for their 20th Anniversary an ALL COLOR BOOK titled Elvis Portraits Of Our Love.
JAT Publishing / www.epgold.com
Video interviews: Scotty Moore.
Interview 1 : Scotty Moore Talks About Meeting Elvis. www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Video/Elvis%20Presley_s%20Guitar%20Player
Interview 2: Scotty Moore Talks About His Influences. http://www.gibson.com/en%2Dus/Lifestyle/Video/Elvis%20Presley%5Fs%20Guitar%20Pla%20%281%29
Interview 3 : Scotty Moore Talks About The Sun Sessions. http://www.gibson.com/en%2Dus/Lifestyle/Video/Elvis%20Presley%5Fs%20Guitar%20Pla%20%282%29
Interview 4 : Scotty Moore Talks About The 68 Comeback Special. http://www.gibson.com/en%2Dus/Lifestyle/Video/Elvis%20Presley%5Fs%20Guitar%20Pla%20%283%29
E-Cat / www.gibson.com /
Update: Steve Binder (Director 1968 Elvis Special) On Nicola Congiu Leaving For L.A.
(Photo : left Nicola Congiu at his last"Elvis" concert in Ravenna, Italy end of July, 2007- Right: at an UEPS Meeting in Belgium)
Hi Hubert, Hope all is well with you and your family. I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you that starting next week, Niko will be on his American quest for stardom. I have set-up many opportunities for him to meet and perform for many key people who can help him become an international star. By the end of October, I should have a pretty good idea just how far his talent will take him. I am very cautious but optimistic! It's a huge financial 'investment' on Sharon and my part, but we believe he deserves this opportunity.
Steve Binder, Los Angeles.
Nicola Congiu "North American debut this October! 15th, 2007" .
With more information on other engagements, amongst them a show where Nicola Congiu will appear next to Julio Iglesias. Nicola Congiu "The Sensation From Italy" . October 15,2007 18:00 Private Showcase - Hosted by Trump Family New York City, New York October 17, 2007 19:00 Private Showcase New York City, New York October 20, 2007 20:00 North American Debut! - Chicago Pops w/Jewel Rosemont, Illinois October 25, 2007 16:00 Gibson Showcase Beverly Hills, California November 8, 2007 19:30 Lance Armstrong’s Night of the STAR’S - (w/Julio Iglesias) Johannesburg, Gauteng
Listen to some great songs from Nicola Congiu "The Sensation From Italy" .
He Ain't Heavy - Schiavi - Per Te - Home - Click Here: http://www.myspace.com/nicolacongiu
Video-Clip 2004: I am just a bad boy:
Official Website: www.nicolacongiu.com
Hubert Vindevogel - The United Elvis Presley Society Belgium - www.ueps.be / www.epgold.com
DENNIS JALE & THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS ROCKIN´ CHRISTMAS GOSPELS.
15.12. - 16.12.2007, Vienna, Metropol - AUSTRIA. Rock around your Christmas tree with Dannis Jale and the Sweets! The Sweet Inpirations will sing with Dannis Jale in the Metropol of Vienna Austria, a few days before Christmas. A lot of Christmas gospels will light up the dark december "sky". So ...start the holiday seasons with light, peace and joy, the way Elvis would have wished for us all!
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Duet "Lisa and Elvis".
"In the Ghetto" reached #1 on iTunes in CANADA, UK, AUSTRALIA, IRELAND, GERMANY AND NEW ZEALAND! In the Ghetto, Lisa's duet with Elvis, reached #1 on iTunes in Canada, UK, Australia, Ireland, Germany & New Zealand! - TOP 5 everywhere else! Thank you all for helping it get there and for helping the people of New Orleans! WE LOVE YOU!!! In order to stem the tide of the public (illegally) watching the In the Ghetto video on YouTube and other video sites, we've made a movie that will hopefully persuade the viewers to go to iTunes and purchase it, and thereby.... HELP END HOMELESSNESS! YOU TOO CAN HELP OUT! People have been uploading the 'In the Ghetto' video to YouTube and other video sites, thereby allowing viewers to see it for free. In order to stem the tide of the public (illegally) watching the In the Ghetto video on YouTube and other video sites, we've made a movie that will hopefully persuade the viewers to go to iTunes and purchase it, and thereby.... HELP END HOMELESSNESS! YOU TOO CAN HELP OUT! People have been uploading the 'In the Ghetto' video to YouTube and other video sites, thereby allowing viewers to see it for free. In the hopes of persuading the public to help the homeless New Orleans victims, we've made the following movie pointing viewers to purchase it on iTunes: http://lisapresley.com/ghetto_choice/you_have_a_choice.htm
http://lisapresley.com / www.itselvistime.nl / www.epgold.com
Elvis International Shop - The Netherlands.
OPEN: Saturday & Sunday October 13 & 14, 2007 - 1300. PM - 1800 PM.
The Netherlands : 0251 - 821240 Other Country's Dial : 00 - 31 - 251 - 821240
Elvis Presley Music Video: Marty Pasetta Interview.
Mary Pasetta directed Elvis' "Aloha from Hawaii" TV special which became the most watched TV program ever, with over 1.5 billion people watching it worldwide. Marty actually told Elvis ''He's got to lose some weight'' when they met in Las Vegas. Elvis spent the next three months dieting, taking vitamin injections, and rigorously working out with his Memphis karate instructor, Kang Rhee.
Elvis Presley Music Video: Marty Pasetta Interview On Elvis Australia Click Here: http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/video/marty_pasetta_interview.html
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Ray Walker and Gordon Stoker in radio shows.
On the 14th and 21th October this radio is having special guests. Click Here: http://www.sunstarstudios.com/starr_talk.html
Rover - www.sunstarstudios.com
Win Elvis Goodies - This prize could be yours in an instant!
This fantastic selection of Elvis booty includes the bestselling biography Elvis: By the Presleys, a collectable photograph, an Elvis Presley DVD boxset including Love Me Tender, Wild In The Country and Flaming Star, and the brilliant CDs Hitstory and Love, Elvis. Click Here: http://www.instantwin4now.co.uk/index?ID=9QZBBGKWQZF00DD
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Harold Robbins thoughts on King Creole.
A new biography of Harold Robbins by Andrew Wilson titled "Harold Robbins - The Man Who Invented Sex" just came out recently. As many of you know, Harold Robbins wrote the novel, "A Stone For Danny Fisher" which "King Creole" is based upon. Here is a review of the book "Harold Robbins - The Man Who Invented Sex." http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/reviews/2007-10-08-harold-robbins_N.htm?csp=34&loc=interstitialskip
King Creole Trailer
Here is an extract from the book (pages 87-89): The process by which Robbins's A Stone For Danny Fisher, a raw novel about a Jewish boy growing up in Brooklyn and becoming a boxer, transformed itself into King Creole, a musical starring Elvis Presley as a hip gyrating New Orleans nightclub singer who gets involved in organized crime, is symptomatic of Hollywood's tendency toward bastardization. Although the movie may well be one of Elvis's best films, it bears such a slim resemblance to the original book that Paramount could have easily have saved itself the $25,000 it paid Robbins for using his novel as source material. It had all started so promisingly. Hal Wallis envisaged Marlon Brando, fresh from his success in The Wild One, On The Waterfront, and Guys And Dolls, for the central role of Danny and enlisted the services of Michael Curtiz, the director famous for Casablanca, Mildred Pierce and White Christmas. Wallis passed Robbins's treatment on to scriptwriter and actor Michael Vincente Gazzo, who earned $10,000 for the job. But Curtiz found the script, which Gazzo delivered in May 1955, disappointing. In Curtiz's opinion it was important to remain faithful to the original novel, and he suggested opening the film with the first scene of the book, in which a little boy places a stone on his father's grave. The problem, as he saw it, was that "Danny has been turned into a conventional, unreal, dead-end kid hero," he wrote to Hal Wallis, "underpriviledged by his father and society...Thus we have an old-fashioned, unrealistic, abused hero, who does not create his own destiny." Central to both the book and the film, said Wallis, was Danny's relationship with his father, "a small professional man who has done everything possible for his son and has big plans for him, but who is trapped in an economic upheaval; and a son so eager for a place in the world and so bewildered and desperate at ill fortune that he blames his father in haste. These are two human beings we can understand and feel for, and the situation is real because one of them created it, and the other responds in a real, human way." Wallis met with his co-producer Joseph Hazen and associate producer Paul Nathan to discuss the weaknesses of the script. Hazen thought it helpful to compare the psychological dynamic at the heart of A Stone For Danny Fisher to the dysfunctional father-son relationship in Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. "It is this impenetrable wall -- this lack of communication and understanding between father and son -- which is a major contributing factor to the tragedy of Danny Fisher," Hazen wrote in a memo to Nathan. "Had Danny been able to understand his father's point of view more completely and had Danny's father been more aware of and more sympathetic and understanding of Danny's problem, Danny would not have developed into a misanthrope." When Marlon Brando turned down the role, Wallis and his team were desparate to find another big star with the same kind of rebellious associations and capacity for brooding intensity. Naturally, at the top of their list was Elvis Presley, who had already made
three films, Love Me Tender, Loving You, and Jailhouse Rock. Wallis knew the star -- who was paid nearly $72,000 for eight and and a half weeks' work -- was guaranteed box office, but one of the consequences of hiring him was that the script would now have to incorporate some songs. After all, what was the point of casting the essence of rock 'n' roll and not taking advantage of his performing skills? A number of songs were quickly written, including one called "Sing, You Sinners," and by October 1956 Paul Nathan had persuaded the rest of the production team that they should construct the narrative of the film around the song. The source material was all but abandoned, and the project became a showcase of Elvis's talents. The producers of the film -- which now went under the title Sing, You Sinners -- moved the action from New York to New Orleans, and Danny Fisher became the rebellious son of a minister. "We changed the leading character from a prizefighter to a singer," said Wallis. Wallis then employed composer and writer Herbert Baker at the rate of $1,250 a week to polish the script. Finally, by the end of 1957 the team had something they felt they could shoot, and the screenplay was sent off to the office of the Production Code to ensure that it did not breach decency regulations. Geoffrey Shurlock, the vice president and director of the official body, wrote to Hal Wallis with three pages of potential problems. Many of his comments were minor ones, for instance, requesting that expressions such as "Jeez" be removed from the script. Others -- such an intimate scene in which Ronnie (Carolyn Jones) offers herself to Danny (Elvis Presley) -- necessitated a more drastic rewriting of the script. "This sequence is unacceptable under the Code," wrote Shurlock "...Such lines as, 'Do you think you could take a day out of your life and give it to me?' and 'Then love me -- for today,' together with the action of both of them lying together on the sand, must be revised in such a way as to keep their relationship a moral and clean one." The shooting of the film started in New Orleans on 20 January 1958. Presley's presence in the city resulted in hysteria. "When we were on location in New Orleans, the crowds were so huge that we had to arrange for top security," said Wallis. "When we shot on the streets, police and ropes were necessary to hold back the crowds." When the film opened that July, it was met with entusiastic reviews and became a box-office hit. But for Robbins the movie was nothing less than a travesty. Later in life he pretended to be nonchalant about it -- "I got the check," he said, referring to the film -but privately he always felt frustrated that his Danny Fisher, a story so close to his heart, had never made it onto the silver screen.
Daryl - www.usatoday.com / www.epgold.com
ELVIS ON DECK.
ELVIS was definitely in the building the other night when Bill Clinton hosted a book party at Tabla for daughter Chelsea's exboyfriend, Ian Klaus. To fete "Elvis Is Titanic," which chronicles his adventures as a teacher in Iraqi Kurdistan, Klaus piped in wall-to-wall Presley hits and snacks like cajun popcorn. Klaus, who's already pounding out a sequel, told us he can't take credit for the title - it came when he asked a class if they knew who Presley was, and one He is like Titanic of music." Guests included Turkish ambassador Falah Bahir, Bill Buford, Orhan Pamuk and Sir Evelyn de Rothschild
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Sir Richard Branson meets Elvis.
Virgin America definitely delivered on their “have fun” attitude towards flying on their new domestic airline. Check out this video on Viddler to get the vibe in Vegas. You’ll see Richard Branson, Kyla Ebbert, Jamie Gold—and Elvis.
2007/10/13 www.latimes.com / www.elvisinfonet.com / www.epgold.com
Premiere WorldWide "The new Version of TTWII " on cinema in Paris - France.
Premiere WorldWide The new Version of TTWII (Version 2000) in 35 M/M on cinema in Paris - France.
For the French EpGold readers: Cette nouvelle version en 35 M/M passe depuis le 10 octobre au cinéma ACTION CHRISTINE. Rue Christine 75006 PARIS, Métro : St Michel. Il y a 5 séances par jour : 14h – 16h- 18h-20h- 22h. La place ne coute que 8 €
Jean-Marc Gargiulo - www.treatmenice.org
TCB Band goes Vienna.
The full TCB Band is booked for a series of show in Vienna, on January 24th, 25th, 27th, 29th and 30th. Special guests are the Sweet Inspirations. These shows with singer Dennis Jale have been well received by the fans the last few years, and it's clear that the TCB Band feels at home in Vienna too. For tickets and more information: check out the link below.
TCB in Vienna
2007/10/12 www.elvismatters.be / www.epgold.com
NBC Universal Plans Sale of Burbank Studio.
NBC are closing down their famous studios where Elvis recorded his ’68 Comeback Special. NBC, the host of many TV shows, is moving to away from its legendary Burbank Studios at 3000 West Alameda Avenue in Los Angeles to a new development opposite Universal Studios and Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, leaving the Burbank site open for sale and redevelopment. Almost 40 years ago, Elvis filmed the groundbreaking TV special Elvis for NBC at Burbank, which later become known as the ’68 Comeback Special. Recently the studios have been the home of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Company will use profit to build new facilities in Universal City.
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 10/11/07 – After initially downplaying the possibility of selling part of its Burbank studios, NBC Universal announced on Thursday that it will do exactly that.
As a result of the sale, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” will move to a new facility with a state-of-the-art broadcasting studio, which will be located on the historic Universal Studios Stage One lot. The relocation should take place around 2009 when Conan O’ Brien is slated to take over the hosting duties from Leno. Also being evicted from their current homes are “Access Hollywood” and the NBC news syndicates. They will set up shop in a completely new location in 2011, part of NBC Universal’s overhaul. The company will develop a new building in Universal City, boasting a subway line that will connect the area to downtown Los Angeles. The facilities will be located across the way from Universal Studios, as well as the theme park and tourist attractions. NBC Universal Senior VP of west coast real estate Tom Smith believes the decision will help strengthen the company. “When looking at our long-term business operations, we realized there are very real strategic and synergistic opportunities in bringing our production facilities and talent together to grow in Los Angeles,” he said in a statement. However, not everyone is happy with the sale of the Burbank space, which was made famous by legendary host Johnny Carson who frequently quipped about his show’s “beautiful Downtown Burbank” setting. Burbank Mayor Marsha Ramos was saddened by the news. “Without that line from Johnny Carson about beautiful downtown Burbank, most people wouldn’t even know that we exist,” she told the LA Times. The new studios will mock the style of the New York location in Rockefeller Center that houses the “Today” show. They will also be home to both “Today” and NBC’s “Nightly News” when the programs head out west for special broadcasts.
By Jonathan Zipper - www.hollywoodtoday.net
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James Burton, Tipitina’s to receive Governor’s Arts Awards.
Shreveport guitarist James Burton will be given a Lifetime Achievement award by Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu on Thursday at the Governor’s Arts Awards in Baton Rouge. “It’s wonderful,” Burton said. Born in Minden and raised in Shreveport, Burton lived in Los Angeles for more than 40 years and then moved back to Shreveport. “I’m glad that I moved back to my hometown. … The people’s hospitality is wonderful.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist was a celebrated sideman for Rick Nelson, Elvis Presley, John Denver and Jerry Lee Lewis. He got his start at the Louisiana Hayride in the 1950s and then moved to Los Angeles. He was a highly sought-after session musician for artists like the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, Merle Haggard and Sonny and Cher. He also pioneered chicken pickin’, a twangy style that has influenced scores of guitarists. Of late, Burton enjoys working with the James Burton Foundation, which provides free guitar lessons at Caddo and Bossier parish schools. “I just really enjoy my foundation and being able to present guitars to kids.” The statewide Tipitina’s Foundation. which supports the Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op in Shreveport, will take home a Cultural Economy Development award. The foundation supports musicians and the development of the music industry statewide. It was founded in 1997 in New Orleans and has another office in Alexandria. Its 1,000-plus members take advantage of everything from computer access to professional development seminars. Dan Garner, manager of the Shreveport office, was happy to learn of the award. “It’s of course a great honor,” Garner said. In particular, Tipitina’s is being honored for helping New Orleans musicians recover after Hurricane Katrina. “Katrina never stopped anything. It just slowed things down,” Garner said. He noted that Tipitina’s is about to open a new office in Baton Rouge. “The effort is growing.” Twenty recipients from cities statewide will take home honors from the Governor’s Arts Awards. In a press release, Landrieu said, “In addition to honoring individual artists and organizations who have spent their lives in furtherance of the arts, the Governor’s Arts Awards celebrates those who work to share Louisiana’s arts and culture with the world, bringing tourists and jobs and economic development to our state.”
By Alexandyr Kent - www.shreveporttimes.com /
ELVIS PRESLEY: NEW YORK RCA STUDIO 1 – THE COMPLETE SESSIONS CD/DVD-A/BOOK.
This next installment from UK ‘Memphis Recording Service’ is released 12th November. This Audio Visual CD release is remastered in high quality sound by Real Bouwman and is by far the best versions ever released. This production is in full cooperation with special thanks to Alfred Wertheimer for rare and some newly discovered photographs for the accompaniment. • CD contains 39 newly restored and remastered classic recordings including: Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, My Baby Left Me, Session recordings, Interview, Previously Unreleased Material and 3 Bonus tracks. • Bonus Disc: DVD-AUDIO 5.1/Dolby Digital The DVD-A version is remastered in high quality 24 bit 96 kHz sound. Experience these recordings in high quality sound for the first time ever. All tracks are accompanied by rare photographs. • Bonus Book contains full written notes on the all the NY sessions and is accompanied by many photographs including a stunning collection of rare and unpublished shots by Alfred Wertheimer.
MASTER TRACKS 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. BLUE SUEDE SHOES MY BABY LEFT ME ONE SIDED LOVE AFFAIR SO GLAD YOU’RE MINE I’M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND CRY (OVER YOU TUTTI FRUTTI LAWDY, MISS CLAWDY SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL HOUND DOG DON'T BE CRUEL ANYWAY YOU WANT ME (THAT'S HOW I WILL BE) DON DAVIS INTERVIEWS ELVIS
SESSION TRACKS LAWDY MISS CLAWDY 13. take 1 & incomplete take 2 2.40 14. take 3 2.19 15. take 4 2.18 16. take 5 2.20 17. take 6 2.20 18. take 7 1.51 19. take 8 0.59 20. take 9 2.15 21. take 10 2.29 22. take 11 0.12 23. take 12 2.20
SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. take take take take take take take take take take take take take 1 0.37 2 2.35 3 0.19 5 0.47 (take 4, not called) 6 0.34 7 2.38 8 2.36 9 0.21 10 0.11 11 0.14 12 1.41 12 2.34 (Unedited Undubbed Master) 12 2.26 (Edit Undubbed Master) * Previously Unreleased
BONUS TRACKS (ON CD ONLY) Previous Artist Versions. 37. MY BABY LEFT ME - Performed by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
38. HOUND DOG - Performed by Freddie Bell and the Bell Boys 39. SO GLAD YOU’RE MINE - Performed by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
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U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week of Oct 20, 2007.
(sg - sales gainer, gg - greatest sales gainer, ne - new entry, re - re-entry)
Top Pop Catalog - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - down 9 to #28 Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - remains at #3 Top Country Catalog Albums - Ultimate Gospel - remains at #19 (sg) Top Music Video - Aloha from Hawaii - down 4 to #22 Top Music Video - 68 Comeback Special - down 4 to #20 Comprehensive Music Video - Aloha from Hawaii - down 4 to #23 Comprehensive Music Video - 68 Comeback Special - down 4 to #21 Dropping off the Charts: -Elvis Lives: 25th Anniversary Concert drops off the Top Music Vidoe and Comprehensive Music Video Charts New Entries: -none Notes of Interest: -Elvis: Ultimate Gospel...the first ever best of gospel single cd regular release...is noted as a sales gainer. This release, with little or no advertising has been a solid chart performer.
Elvis Returns To The Building.
(Arty ... Elvis Presley, Andy Warhol and Ned Kelly will help celebrate the National Gallery of Australia's 25th birthday, with iconic images from the gallery's historic collection projected on to the building)
ELVIS Presley, Andy Warhol and Ned Kelly will help celebrate the National Gallery of Australia's 25th birthday. In a New York-style presentation, iconic images from the gallery's historic collection - including these familiar faces - are being projected on to the building each night in a kaleidoscopic montage. The slideshow features more than 60 well-known images and works of art including Australian landscapes, impressionist works and pop art. Officially launched on Tuesday, the rolling light display appears on the southern facade of the five-storey gallery overlooking Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin and has drawn astonished crowds. Gallery spokesman Todd Hayward said the building comes alive from 6pm to midnight with the lightning demonstration designed by Sydney-based outdoor visual display experts Electric Canvas. "It's a unique and different project aimed at reinvigorating the National Gallery and making people aware of key works of art after hours," Mr Hayward said.
By Brad Watts - www.news.com.au
Video Press Conference - Airport Terminal, Houston, Texas (February 25 1970)
Watch on keith flynn site the Video Press Conference - Airport Terminal, Houston, Texas (February 25 1970) 8.56 min.
Click Here: Press Conference - Airport Terminal, Houston, Texas (February 25 1970
A look in Elvis's Las Vegas suite.
( Copy & Publishing rights and photo's taken : Ad Schijven - It's Elvis Time)
One of the most interesting topics on the message board from elvismatters is about Elvis's Las Vegas suite. It features pictures of the suite, that make their debut on the internet.
The suite in it's original state was only used after Elvis by Bill Cosby and Engelbert Humperdinck. Last August, when the ElvisMatters group visited the Hilton Hotel, it was occupied by Barry Manilow, so there was no access, but these pictures make up for it - A LOT.
Have a look by clicking the link below.
2007/10/11 www.elvismatter.be / www.epgold.com
Worth the Trip: Antiques stores bring Miami to life.
People collect everything - busts of Elvis Presley, frog salt and pepper shakers, Mickey Mouse phones - and somehow all of it seems to end up in Miami, Ariz. "You'd be surprised," says Gene Brass, co-owner of Grandma Weezy's Attic. "We just bought a bulldog collection." Miami's Sullivan Street is the heart of antiquing in the Cobre Valley. Once temperatures cool, Valley residents and winter visitors will make the drive east to find that must-have item at the perfect price. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the time to go, because all the shops are open for business. ... On a weekday, Sullivan Street might just be a ghost town. Nary a soul is on the streets of downtown Miami. Only a few shops are open. But Friday morning, the street awakens and Miami becomes a quarter of the bustling town it once was. Between Miami and Globe there are about 30 stores to choose from. If you have a particular store in mind, it's always a good idea to call ahead. While you're there .... Check out the Elvis memorabilia at Grandma Weezy's Attic, 411 Sullivan St., Miami. (928) 473-9004.
By Marija Potkonjak - East Valley Tribune / www.epgold.com
AVRev.com 'Top 100 Rock Albums of All Time' .
Artists Include Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Eagles Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Radiohead fail to crack top 100. To celebrate the release of their "Top 100 Rock Albums of All Time" list, online audio/video publication AVRev.com is giving away all 100 albums. From now until October 31, 2007, anyone over 18 years of age can log on to AVRev.com and click the "Top 100 Rock Albums of All Time" link and enter to win these 100 compact discs. The winner will be announced in early November on http://www.avrev.com Rather than pick albums based purely on emotional impact and popularity, AVRev.com's panel of judges used a mathematical system to establish scores in various categories such as Performance, Songs and Songwriting, Sound, Production, and more. ... A discussion group was created for fans to vent about their favorite records being omitted from the list or to praise the brilliance of the AVRev.com judges' picks. This discussion group is at http://www.avrevforum.com The list is based on points for performance, songs, sound, production, staying power and continuity/concept. The No. 1 album got 394 points. Elvis' Christmas Album gets an honorable mention with 204 points. The Top 10 albums: 1. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd 2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles 3. Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience 4. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin 5. The Wall - Pink Floyd 6. Led Zeppelin I - Led Zeppelin 7. Security - Peter Gabriel 8. Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience 9. The Joshua Tree - U2 10. Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin
In a world where record companies seem happy to sell consumers songs by the single via a low-resolution, non-surround sound download - AVRev.com wanted to point out the importance of the album concept. Inspired by the Sabermetric system used by Bill James in his baseball abstracts that attempt to make seemingly subjective elements more scientific in comparison - the AVRev.com staff compiled a set of categories to rate the Top 100 Rock Albums of all time. We offer a link below for readers to download the same sheet to see how your favorites do. You can even post them on our forum and discuss them with other music and audio fans. The Judges:
The team of judges include: AVRev.com publisher Jerry Del Colliano Jr., AVRev.com Music Editor Charles Andrews, 5.1 music executive David Delgrosso, Xhifi's President Howard Schilling, Definitive Audio's Eric Ward, Bel Canto's President John Stronczer and record industry veteran and high-resolution enthusiast, Ted Cohen.
The Categories: Performance: (100 Points) Simply put, how well did the band or artist play on the record? Technical ability, soul and beyond. Songs and Songwriting: (100 Points) How good are the songs on the record? Were they great originals, killer covers, reinterpretations that were better than the original? All would spike the score in this category. Sound: (50 Points) - How good does the record sound? Did it ever get released in a high-resolution or surround sound format? If so, that would get a few extra points. Was the record a breakthrough record for recording techniques or does it just plain sound good on a CD? These are all factors in a high score for sound. Production: (50 Points) - Great sound doesn’t always match with great production (think Wall of Sound from Phil Spector). Slick production, unique instrumentation, development of important "sounds" all factor into a high score in this category. Staying Power: (50 Points) - To be a truly great album, the record needs to be as relevant today as it when it came out. Concept/Continuity: (50 Points) - This is the X Factor category where albums that are great from the first note to the last get the highest grades. Think of The Police's Synchronicity and the stiff song "Mother" as an example of a great record with one bad track. Records that are great from top to bottom receive the best grades here.
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American Way 5 Out Now!
Volume 5 in the "American Way" series has been yesterday. This volume will be a mix of the (same) American Sound Studio sessions, some live tracks and many takes of "Goin' Home" (1968). The cover will be the "1968 version", but for those that liked the "1970 version" better: that one will be on the back, so you can turn the booklet and make your favourite the front.
Tracks: "WITHOUT LOVE" SESSION: 01. Without Love - takes 1, 2, 3 (complete take + 2 x false start) 02. Without Love - take 4 (complete take) 03. Without Love - take 5 (complete master take) All tracks mono. "ROUGH MIX TAPE": 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. Gentle On My Mind (vocal overdub, master take - number unknown) Just A Little Bit Of Green (undubbed master take 3) Wearin' That Loved On Look (partially overdubbed master take 15) Suspicious Minds (vocal overdub, master take 8) I'll Be There - takes 5, 6 (false start + complete take with vocal echo) Hey Jude (longer running undubbed master)
10. You'll Think Of Me (vocal overdub, master take 23) 11. Inherit The Wind (partially overdubbed master take 4) 12. This Is The Story - takes 1, 2 (false start + complete master take vocal overdub) All tracks mono. "LAS VEGAS 26.01.1970 OPENING SHOW"***: 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Sammy Shore's end of sketch / Opening Riff All Shook Up Don't Cry Daddy Walk A Mile In My Shoes / In The Ghetto (medley) True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (with false start, the only known live version)
All tracks mono. "GOIN' HOME" SESSION (PART 1 - ACETATE SOURCE): 18. 19. 20. 21. Goin' Goin' Goin' Goin' Home Home Home Home takes 3, 4 (studio chat + 2 x false start) take 5 (complete take) exact take numbers unknown (3 x false start) takes 12, 13, 14 (2 x false start + long false start + take 15 announcement only)
All tracks mono. "GOIN' HOME" SESSION (PART 2)***: 22. Goin' 23. Goin' 24. Goin' excerpt) 25. Goin' Home - takes 16, 17, 18 (long false start + 5 x false start) Home - takes 19, 20, 22 (long false start + 2 x false start) Home - takes 23, 24 (complete take with cut + "I Got A Woman" excerpt + false start including "Heartbreak Hotel" Home - takes 25, 26, 27, 28 (false start + complete take with cut + 2 x false start)
All tracks stereo.
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High Def DVD and Blu Ray Disc Releases of "Jailhouse Rock" and "Viva Las Vegas" .
HD DVD and Blu Ray Disc releases of VIVA LAS VEGAS and JAILHOUSE ROCK are now available. Warner Brothers had hoped to release them at the same time as the new regular DVD releases of remastered editions of these films came out in August, but the new technologies required a greater lead time. This marks Elvis's hi def debut on home video and Warner wants to let the Elvis fans know that these two crown jewels are part of their launch of the new technologies. Right now, there are amazing deals in place for HD DVD players as low as $250, with Blu Ray players now down to $450. We have it on good authority that Tom Brown of Turner Classic Movies (a serious Elvis fan who hosts the Elvis Insiders Conference in Memphis each year) recently bought an HD DVD player just because of the Jailhouse and Viva HD releases and had to be un-glued from his ceiling upon viewing them. By the high def DVD or Blu Ray Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas releases on Amazon.com today!
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International Record fair in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
The Mega Record & CD Fair in Utrecht, The Netherlands, is fair of the year according to the British monthly magazine Record Collector, the international bible for record collectors. Utrecht is certainly Europe’s biggest fair and possibly the world’s, together with the New York record fair. ‘They really are the king and the queen of fairs around the world’,states the Record Collector in its March 2007 issue. A conclusion numerous popfans, music lovers, experts and DJs that travel from all over the world twice a year to visit this two-day spectacle can only agree with. By now 75 % of the specialised exhibitors come from abroad, offering a varied and exclusive assortment of millions of albums, singles, 12-inches, CDs, DVDs, poprelated articles and memorabilia. Added to the show are special rock exhibitions, signing sessions, book presentations, live performances and DJs. The next Mega Record & CD Fair takes places on 17 and 18 November at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht, so mark the date in your agenda.
Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver Is Graceland's Latest Celebrity.
Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum toured Graceland yesterday.
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Revving up for new Harley-Davidson Museum.
The artist's rendering of the Harley-Davidson Museum shows the coming attraction at 6th and Canal streets. The MenomoneeRiver surrounds the 20-acre site on three sides. The museum is slated to open in the summer of 2008. (Media Credit: Photo Courtesy Harley-Davidson)
Menomonee Valley site to open in summer 2008.
Students will hear the thunder of motorcycles near campus soon when the Harley-Davidson Museum opens blocks away in the Menomonee Valley. Harley's new 130,000-square foot museum at 6th and Canal streets is projected to open next summer when the motorcycle company, founded in Milwaukee, celebrates its 105th anniversary. The company projects 350,000 visitors will come to the museum each year, said Rebecca Bortner, communications manager for Harley-Davidson.
Ever since founders William S. Harley and Walter and Arthur Davidson started collecting their company's artifacts in the early 1900s, they knew they were on to something pretty big, Bortner said. She said Harley had been planning to build a museum for years and the company wanted the museum in the city where it started. "There was never any question," Bortner said. "This is the home of Harley-Davidson." Exhibit features include a two-engine, 13-foot long motorcycle dubbed the "King Kong." It's part of a customized bikes exhibit featuring unique motorcycles of customers. The museum will also feature Elvis Presley's 1956 model KH motorcycle. The paperwork indicating Presley's purchase will be on display. On the paperwork, Presley indicated his profession was "self-employed vocalist," Bortner said. "I think people are going to walk away with that feeling of awe through the cool stories," Bortner said. "Riding is about a sense of adventure and the stories that you share at the end of the day." The Menomonee River borders the 20-acre site, formerly occupied by the city's Department of Public Works, on three sides. Bortner said the grounds would be open to the general public free of charge. The $75 million phases one and two of the project are now underway, in which builders are constructing three buildings. Besides the primary museum, a second building will host special events and include a restaurant and cafe. A third building will house special exhibits and the company's archives, which are currently located at Harley's headquarters at 37th Street and Juneau Avenue, Bortner said. A potential third phase of 100,000 additional square feet could be added to the current construction, Bortner said. With Miller Park on the western edge of the Menomonee Valley and Potawatomi Bingo Casino in the middle, the new museum to the east adds to the redevelopment of former industrial spaces, said Peter Beitzel, vice president of business development for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. "That area's going to be changing and growing," Beitzel said. The MMAC projects the museum will bring in $78 million in annual spending and $12.3 million in annual state and local revenue, said Bret Mayborne, the organization's director of economic research. Nancy Congdon, marketing manager at the House of Harley, a local Harley dealership, said the staff is hoping visitors to the new museum will stop in at their business. About 12,000 people walk through the doors of the House of Harley, 6221 W. Layton Ave., each year. The Harley shop on the south side is inviting museum visitors to come in and buy a T-shirt or souvenir before they get back on the road, Congdon said. "It's a great environment for visitors to the city," Congdon said. "It will attract a lot of new people to city. And then we'll get those people to come by our dealership and shop." A new hotel blocks from the museum will also target Harley tourists. Developer Tim Dixon is converting a 100-year-old warehouse in Walker's Point, on the eastern edge of the Menomonee Valley, into a hotel geared toward motorcycle enthusiasts and business travelers. The 102-room Iron Horse Hotel at 500 W. Florida St. is expected to open next summer, according to a press release. Planned biker-friendly amenities include a place for riders to hang leather coats and benches to remove boots, the release said.
By Christopher Placek - www.marquettetribune.org / www.epgold.com
Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology Vol. 9.
Shake Records released "Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology Volume 9" with well known material. Tracks: Relax (Take 12 & 13 - Unedited Master) - I’m A Roustabout - So Close Yet So Far (Take 5) - Who Are You (Take 6) - Five Sleepy Heads (Take 3) - Suppose (Short Version - Take 7) - Blue Suede Shoes (Remix For "This Is Elvis") - Jailhouse Rock (Spliced Version) - Let’s Forget About The Stars (Undubbed Master) - In The Ghetto (Mix) - It’s Keep Right On A Hurtin’ (Mix) - Who Am I (Mix) - You’ll Think Of Me (Single Version) - Let’s Be Friends (Undubbed Master) - Don’t Cry Daddy (On Stage) - I’ve Lost You (On Stage) - Little Cabin Home On The Hill (Undubbed Master) - Mary In The Morning (Undubbed Master) - I’ll Never Know (Undubbed Master) - Make The World Go Away (Take 3) - Rags To Riches (Take 4) - Fools Rush In (Undubbed Master) - It’s Only Love (Undubbed Master) - An American Trilogy (From "This Is Elvis") - Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Rough Cut Mix) - For The Heart (Undubbed Master) Blueberry Hill (On Stage)
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Million Dollar Quartet Musical...
The historical "Million Dollar Quartet session" has been turned into a musical. It is based on the book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux with musical arrangements by Chuck Mead...... We received an complaint why EpGold did not publish this article, while all other Elvis sites covered this the last two days.
Sorry... but EpGold covered this full detailed written story with the original topic "Million" Honors An Amazing Moment In Rock by Tom Keogh exactly one week ago, scroll way down to October 2nd on this page.
FBI Knew The Singer Was Addicted To Cocaine.
More than three years before Elvis Presley collapsed and died next to the toilet at Graceland, the FBI knew the singer was addicted to cocaine, according to these two informant reports. But did the bureau try and intervene to save the life of an American hero? Sadly, the answer is no. They sat by and watched the music die. Please note that, in these reports, "PC" stands for "person contacted," while "LCN" is the acronym for La Cosa Nostra, or the Mafia. Clicke Here: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/elvis1.html (4 pages)
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He was barely Elvis...but he was in Bastrop.
The date was February 24, 1955. The place: Bastrop's own South Side Elementary School. Music fans packed the auditorium, breathless with anticipation, anxious for the curtain to raise at 7:30 p.m. for the first of two shows. Lurking somewhere out of sight, 20-year-old Elvis Presley awaited his cue.
In 1955 the future King of Rock 'n' Roll stood on the cusp of worldwide fame, and few could have predicted how meteoric his ascent into the public consciousness would be. Just two years before his Bastrop appearance, Elvis had graduated high school and worked as a truck driver for Crown Electric until signing his first contract with Sun Records in Memphis. Despite humble origins -- his parents had bought him his first guitar because they couldn't afford a bicycle -- Sun magnate Sam Phillips saw potential in Elvis' brash musical style. Phillips teamed Elvis up with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, with whom he recorded his first album, "That's All Right, Mama" just months before coming to Bastrop. Known as the Blue Moon Boys or the Bill Black Combo, they traveled half a million miles in 1954 with Shreveport's Louisiana Hayride, burning up stages in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Elvis' Bastrop appearance was orchestrated by Memphis disc jockey-turned-manager Bob Neal, who was known for combining second-string acts from the Grand Ole Opry and Hayride, slating rural schoolhouses to perform in and giving the schools a cut of the profits. For the '55 Jamboree Attractions tour, Neal signed the boys with Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters and comedian Benjamin "Whitey" Ford, known to radio listeners as The Duke of Paducah. The Bastrop Daily Enterprise ran ads for the show Feb. 22-23, and tickets were sold at Bastrop Drug for $1 apiece. Oral Herndon, 80, only went to the show because his wife saw the ads. "I hadn't really heard of Elvis yet. I had no idea he would get so famous," Herndon said. Martha Crumley and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Rowland of Searcy, Ark., borrowed money for tickets and left their husbands on babysitting duty. "They couldn't have stopped us from going if they tried," Crumley joked. "They used to have things at the schools all the time. We used to go, no matter what was happening," said Ida Dumas, 82, who went to the show with her husband, Reese, and son, Dennis Ainsworth. "I was just eight years old, and it was my first secular concert," said Ainsworth, who now lives in San Diego. "When Elvis came on stage the girls and women cheered wildly." As Dumas tells it, Elvis "came out and did a lot of twisting and so forth." Crumley remembers that Elvis wore all black, tight fitting clothes, he had an escort for protection, and the audience was all shook up.
"The young folks thronged him. They were doing everything but pull him down from the stage," Crumley said. Asked if she shared in the tearful hysterics, Crumley said, "I was too old for that. I was cheering." For Ainsworth the scene has taken on a dream-like quality. "I just remember his figure on the stage as opposed to really remembering him and his face. What I remember most is being in shock at all these screaming women!" Ainsworth said. "He had an encore, maybe two. Afterward the women kept screaming, but he didn't come back out. People just looked at each other like they were trying to figure out what they just saw. Was it really real? To me it was like a creature from outer space had just landed! I didn't know what kind of music this was, but it wasn't country, and I loved it!" Even in 1955, Elvis was the act none dared follow. But what about the performers who graced the stage before him? Herndon remembers someone comparing another man's girlfriend to a bureau, "because she sits in the corner all day and has big drawers." The joke likely came from Ford, alias the Duke of Paducah. Ford began his career as one of the McGinty Cowboys who originated "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain." His tag line at the end of each act was, "I'm goin' back to the wagon, boys. These shoes are killin' me!" Crumley remembers Ford as the announcer from the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts: "He'd say, 'Let 'er go, boys,' and the show would start." Also at the show was June Carter, second generation member of the Carter Family Singers whose courtship with Johnny Cash -- they married in 1968 -- is recounted in the 2005 film "Walk the Line." "June was cuttin' up and acting stupid, telling jokes," Crumley said, adding that the comedienne wore oversized bloomers. At the time, Carter was married to country singer Carl Smith and pregnant with their daughter, future recording artist Carlene Carter. Within two months of the Bastrop show, Elvis cracked the Billboard's top ten with "Baby, Let's Play House." Colonel Tom Parker replaced Neal as his manager and began slating him for TV appearances. America, and the world, couldn't help falling in love. Crumley remembers watching Elvis -- from the waist up -- on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. Ainsworth recalls a sold-out box office when Elvis' first movie, "Love Me Tender," played at the Rose Theatre. Herndon remembers an A&W Root Beer stand on North Washington Street where a jukebox never seemed to stop playing Elvis tunes. "We all tried to act like Elvis. Even now, I'm 80 years old and I still try to act like Elvis," Crumley said. "His fame lives on. I don't know if it will ever die."
By Wes Helblin - Bastrop daily enterprise /
UK MIDWEEK CHARTS - 9TH OCTOBER, 2007.
'A Big Hunk O' Love' - No.2 'Elvis The King' - Top 40. Elvis has two entries on the UK Top 10 Music Video Charts: Up from 5 to 3 - 'The 68 Comeback Special' Up from 13 to 10 - 'Aloha from Hawaii'.
Brian Quinn /
David Main, 52, really was larger than life: David Main was known for imitating celebrities.
When people said David Main was larger than life, they weren't dabbling in hyperbole. Mr. Main was a large man - most of his adult days he carried about 400 pounds on his 5-foot-6 frame - but his stature was only part of the reason for the description. With a voice that enabled him to successfully mimic several key figures in American history, such as Elvis Presley and John Wayne, a seemingly innate talent for music and a personality that enriched nearly everyone he encountered - including those whose vehicles he repossessed and nurses who provided care for him during his final days - Mr. Main was, in many ways, larger than life. "Everyone who was at his funeral, they couldn't say a bad word about him," Kelly Main said of his brother, who died Sept. 22 at St. Joseph's Hospital from complications stemming from his weight. "I mean, we're in the repo business, and before we'd take a car, he'd tell me to knock on the door and have a woman come get her car seat out of the car or tell a guy to come get his tools so they wouldn't have to jump through hoops to get them back." Kelly Main, 47, is one of five siblings of David Main, who, at 52, was the eldest. The brothers began their own business, Knights Eye Investigations and Recovery Solutions, in October 2005. The business, which conducts private investigations, repossessions, skip tracing and surveillance has quickly become reputable in the industry, but Kelly Main admits certain situations can be shady. David Main, though, always seemed to make a friend, even if he was hauling off their car. His capacity to imitate voices also made him an excellent skip tracer. "He could call you 10 different times and you would think it was 10 different people," Kelly Main said. The Mains grew up in rural Kansas, where much of the family remains, but Kelly and David moved to the Denver area in 1980. Kelly got started in the repossession and investigation business in 1982, and David joined him on and off before they finally joined forces with the family business two years ago. David Main, who was born Jan. 24, 1955, took longer to immerse himself in the business because he was the lead singer in Electrivia, a local band that played 1950s and '60s rock. While in the band, which disbanded in 1992, he was known as "Diamond Dave, The Round Mound of Sound." Even during his final days at the hospital, he enamored the nurses by singing song after song when they checked on him. "One nurse said she had been there 27 years and that no patient had ever done that or made such an impression on her," Kelly Main said. Services were held Sept. 26 at Horan and McConaty (3201 S. Parker Road), and the family had a separate memorial Saturday in Cunningham, Kan. On Sept. 30, Mr. Main was buried next to his father, Walter, in Kingman, Kan. Walter Main died April 29, 2005. Mr. Main is survived by his wife, Bridget; their sons, Tamar and Noel; his mother, Helen, of Kingman, Kan.; two brothers, Kelly and Scott; three sisters, Bitsy, Kristie and Marla; and several in-laws and nieces and nephews. Nephew Heath Main, 27, said Mr. Main was the funniest person he'd ever met. He said that while looking through Mr. Main's possessions after he died, he found numerous employee-of-the-month awards from various jobs. "As soon as you met him, you fell in love with him," Heath Main said. "He's one of those people who shines a little bit brighter than everybody else."
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The Tour: It's Over.
A sold out 'Palais de Congres' in Paris was the setting for the last stop on the European Fanclub Tour "Elvis 2007". After 10 shows in different cities, the show had become a smooth, tight working unit that had no problem bringing the 3.000+ visitors to their feet in the very same showroom that once had top stars such as Charles Aznavour, Frank Sinatra, Cliff Richard and even Luciano Pavarotti on stage. With this tour just ended, over 17.000 fans came to see the Elvis Band in Concert in all parts of Europe.
'A Thing Called Love', August 1970.
Visitors at one of the Elvis 2007 Concerts could hear this Imperials classic 'A Thing Called Love'. On YouTube, we've found a clip of the 1970 pre-show where these gospelsingers perform the song in Las Vegas. The footage is proffessionaly filmed for the docu That's The Way It Is, but where never used in the final version. Bassinger Joe Moscheo is playing the piano (you do not see him in the clip), in the background is maestro Joe Guercio.
A Thing Called Love
Note EpGold: This clip was released several months in great quality on the Star Dvd "The Fantasy Concert" .
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In Search of Elvis.
Elvis Presley's fans are all over the map. They come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Books on Elvis Presley arrive almost on a weekly basis. It's good to see children introduced to the world's most versatile singer in popular music. Adults may like to check out Dr Vernon Chadwick's "In Search of Elvis" for a comprehensive look at all aspects of Elvis's amazing career.
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Elvis & LSD? No, DHE for Migraine!
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Elvis Presley's Private Struggle With Intractable Migraines Revealed. Visit our forums http://headaches.about.com/mpboards.htm any day, and you'll find posts from people whose main problem with Migraine care is Attitude - not theirs, but that of some medical professionals, some media, and much of the general public. Too many people still don't realize that Migraine is a neurological disease. They still stereotype us, consider us "drug seekers," and continue to misunderstand Migraine. When Michael John Coleman, the director of MAGNUM, the National Migraine Association, and the rest of the staff discovered that Elvis Presley was reported to have been a Migraineur, they set out to investigate. The article below is the
result of his months of in-depth research. In the heartland of the country, Migraine sufferer Jennifer Johnson is rushed to a Wisconsin emergency room. Jennifer, who suffers from just a few Migraines a year, was not responding to her home OTC (over-the-counter) treatment regimen and so came to the ER to put an end to the severe pain and nausea caused from her three-day-long debilitating Migraine attack. But to her shock and dismay, this Midwest emergency room would only add to her suffering. The ER refused to give her treatment, and, in frustration and disabling pain, she went to the only other hospital in the small city. Jennifer, like so many other Migraineurs, could pass a drug test with flying colors, does not drink alcohol, and hates smoking. But based upon her 'look' and a health care professional's misinterpretation of the existence of 'migraine behavior,' Jennifer was assumed to be a 'drug seeker' and was turned away. This scenario, unfortunately, is nothing new, as Americans have been misunderstanding the behavior of Migraine sufferers for decades. Some well-known Americans have had to endure this misunderstanding, oftentimes negatively affecting their legacy. The most recent findings reveal the fact that the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, suffered from Migraines and that his condition has been greatly misunderstood. One of the corner stones of any disease awareness campaign is letting patients know that they are not alone in their suffering, but instead are in good company. Accordingly, MAGNUM, the National Migraine Association, gets very positive responses from sufferers who visit their web site, and communications indicate that Migraine sufferers find great comfort in the knowledge that they are not alone. Knowing that others have accomplished great things in spite of their Migraine disability is empowering. Compiling a list of famous Migraineurs is a daunting task, however, as many have hidden the fact that they have Migraine (or 'sick headaches' as they where known in the past). Furthermore, as pointed out by Dr. Stuart R. Stark, Director of the Neurology & Headache Treatment Center in Alexandria, Virginia, many persons with Migraines are misdiagnosed, further fogging the issue. Many individuals do or did not realize that they suffer from Migraines and instead dangerously blamed their illness on depression or other somatoforms. Recently, MAGNUM was updating its You Are In Good Company section of its more than one-hundred-page award-winning Migraine awareness Web site when it noticed that its site was the only one to list Elvis Presley as a Migraine sufferer. To the staff at MAGNUM, it seemed obvious that Elvis suffered from Migraines based upon public records and Elvis' observed behavior. It came to MAGNUM's attention that the rumors of Elvis' abuse of unneeded prescription drugs, illegal drug use, drinking, and other intonated but unsupportable behavior, could be attributed to his Migraines. The typical rhetoric so many Migraine sufferers deal with every day, even today, seemed to surround this gifted artist. In response, MAGNUM's Executive Director, Michael John Coleman, spent several weeks investigating to once and for all confirm or deny whether the King of rock and roll suffered from Migraine disease and if his Migraines were treated.
MAGNUM Executive Director Michael John Coleman conducted an extensive interview with the kind and articulate Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis Presley's personal physician, during which was discussed Elvis' seemingly Migraine-related behavior. Discussed, among other things, were public records and accounts of Elvis' life, including a Washington, D.C. radio broadcast which talked about leaked information from Elvis' autopsy, including certain drugs found in the singer's bloodstream such as Demerol, Propranolol, LSD, and antiemetics. The primary indicator that Elvis had Migraines gleaned from these public reports was that the very drugs found in Elvis' system at the time of the autopsy were used in the 70's to treat anyone under good prudent care for intractable Migraine. MAGNUM raised the subject of the autopsy drug information during the interview and noted that the best and only abortive drug family available in the 1970's to treat Migraine was the prescription ergotamine drug family. This is important because ergotamine most often tests as LSD, as ergot alkaloid is structurally related to the potent hallucinogen LSD. In addition, Propranolol, Demerol, and antiemetics were all common medications used to treat Migraine. Accordingly, Dr. Nichopoulos confirmed to MAGNUM that Mr. Presley was indeed treated for reoccurring and debilitating Migraines. DHE45, an ergotamine derivative, was Elvis' primary abortive Migraine regimen. However, unfortunately for Elvis, DHE45 can only be used a limited number of times a month, thereby requiring Elvis to depend upon more conventional pain management therapies such as analgesics and narcotics to treat his other debilitating Migraine attacks. (Although DHE injection has been used for many years in the effective treatment of Migraine, it is now considered more appropriate for treating the most severe cases since less toxic agents are currently available such as a more refined DHE Nasal spray under the name of Migranal®.) MAGNUM also noted that the press concluded that Elvis suffered from hypertension problems based upon the presence of Propranolol, a common hypertension prescription drug, in his blood. However, Propranolol is also approved by the FDA for use as a Migraine prophylactic treatment, which Dr. Nichopoulos confirmed Elvis was undergoing. There was a time in this country when Migraine was thought by many in the medical community to be a psychosomatic illness. If it were not for the dedicated commitment over the past two decades of more enlightened physicians who understood that Migraine is an organic neurological disease, we wouldn't have the care and treatment now available to Migraine sufferers. Better understanding of Migraine continues to be advanced by such pioneers as Drs. Keith Campbell, Seymour Diamond, Merle Diamond, Nabih Ramadan, Joel Saper, Fred Sheftell, and Stephen Silberstein. Better understanding of Migraine disease is also being underscored more often in the press, for example, in the cover story run in the FDA Consumer Magazine last May. That article pointed out that, according to the American Medical Association, Migraine is a neurological disorder, not a psychological disorder. No dedicated medical test for Migraine currently exists, so proper diagnosis and treatment of Migraine remains critical. According to MAGNUM's Legislative Director, Terri Miller Burchfield, the overall best approach to Migraine treatment and management is what MAGNUM calls a MULTIFACTORIAL approach to Migraine treatment: this approach involves addressing all four aspects of Migraine health care, namely, preventive treatment, trigger management, abortive treatment, and general pain management. In addition to proper treatment of Migraine, knowledge about Migraine and other disease awareness activities are potent weapons in the fight improve the quality of life of Migraineurs, Ms. Burchfield went on to say.
With the assistance of Marvin Robinstien, Development Officer of the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee, MAGNUM was able identify who in the Memphis medical community should be contacted to discuss the facts regarding Mr. Presley's Migraines. Mr. Coleman, armed with various observations, past press leaks, and public record facts (such as Mr. Presley's October and November 1973 Hospital stays for "headache and mild hypertension," his 1975 hospital stay for "extensive eye exam" which was later discovered to be for migraine aura problems, and physicians' reports from both the Baptist Hospital and the Mid-South Hospital regarding Mr. Presley's eye problems, i.e., aura, sensitivity to light and sound, fatigue, pain, slurred speech, and other Migrainous traits) began digging for the facts to support the existence of Elvis' Migraines.
Elvis "Sightings" Although the negative social stigma currently attached to persons suffering from Migraine disease is not as bad as it was in the 1950's, 60's, or 70's, it still has a long way to go. The good news is that thanks to groups like ACHE (American Council on Headache Education), the WHA (World Headache Alliance), and MAGNUM (The National Migraine Association), and thanks to new anti-migraine drugs and aggressive research conducted on Migraine in the 90's, the world is finally beginning to overcome the myths and misconceptions that surround this debilitating disease. For further information on Migraines or the efforts to protect Migraineurs and those with head-pain, visit MAGNUM's Web site www.migraines.org or call MAGNUM's Washington, DC office at (703) 739-9384 .
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Tennessee's Music Highway.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Knowing how obsessed Elvis fans can be, I wasn't surprised when my wife and I drove up to the Heartbreak Hotel and found, true to the song's lyrics, that it actually was ''down at the end of Lonely Street'' and that the desk clerk was ``dressed in black.'' Our room was lined with photos of the King, and two TV channels were devoted 24/7 to Elvis Presley's music and movies. And, as expected, the souvenir shop contained Elvis novelties such as Love Me Tender tea sets and copies of the work shirt a teenage Presley
wore when he drove a truck for Crown Electric. (Guess which one I bought.) But one thing that did surprise me on this, the first night of our five-day Memphis and Nashville music tour, was the Elvis look-alike chatting it up in the lobby. You might expect an official greeter in a Vegas skyscraper but hardly at a modest, 128-room place like this. It wasn't until I saw him chowing down on biscuits and gravy at the complimentary breakfast the next morning that I realized the laugh was on me. The guy wasn't a hotel employee but another guest, which brings us back to the point about obsessed Elvis fans. More than 50,000 flock to Memphis for Elvis Week each August for a candlelight vigil at Graceland marking the anniversary of Presley's death. But you don't have to wait until Elvis Week to get a dose of the King. He rules here year-round. For $100, at one of the official souvenir shops across from Graceland (Elvis' home), you can play pool on the same table that Presley and the Beatles used during their meeting in Los Angeles in 1965. And just 15 minutes away at the Arcade cafe, you can have one of Elvis' beloved peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Fried, of course. Once you get past the carnival atmosphere, you can find an inspiring story in the music history of Memphis and Nashville, linked by Interstate 40 -- the ''Music Highway.'' Thanks to nearly a dozen museums and historical sites, there is no richer, more illuminating showcase of musical roots in the country than in this 220-mile stretch of highway. And we're talking more than simply the land of Elvis. The region's heritage also includes landmark figures such as Hank Williams, Otis Redding, Patsy Cline and Al Green. When you follow the music trail through Tennessee, including a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum, you realize that the music was part of a wider social and cultural revolution that involved race, class and politics. Whether you're just after good-time nostalgia or pop-culture history, the trip is joyful and illuminating. But health-conscious pop fans, beware. I swore I would eat only one bite of that fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, but I didn't count on it being soooo good. I ended up using half my day's calorie allotment on just six bites. Funny. Years ago, I used to count my pennies on vacations. Now it's calories. Elvis might have been rock's greatest star, but I wouldn't want him decorating my house. Graceland's living room, with its 15-footlong white sofa, is tasteful enough in a formal 1950s way, and the black baby grand piano adds a nice touch to the music room. But brace yourself before entering the den. The jungle theme, complete with a waterfall and an overload of wooden exotica, might have reminded Elvis of relaxed times in Hawaii, but the decor is more likely to remind visitors of dated scenes from a tacky '60s comedy. I felt dizzy after seeing the wildly conflicting patterns on the multicolored drapes covering the billiard-room ceiling and walls. While touring the Colonial Revival-style structure, which attracts 600,000 visitors a year, you'll see lots of Elvis' personal items as well as gold records and colorful jumpsuits from the Vegas years. Yet there's a more affecting side of Graceland: the rags-to-riches saga of the young man from the housing projects buying the home of his dreams, partly for his financially struggling parents. Looking at the garden (where he now rests) and the horses in the pasture, you understand how the property was a source of pride and a sanctuary. Figure on spending three to four hours at Graceland, the various museums and the souvenir shops, but skip the restaurants. There are better choices, including Neely's, a family barbecue operation, and, of course, the Arcade cafe. For some reason, those chunky peanut butter and banana sandwiches, which come with two pounds of steak fries, aren't on the menu at the informal Arcade; you have to ask for them. Cross your fingers when you do, because they're only available when the bananas are ripe. Next stop: Sun Records and, for rock fans, guaranteed goose bumps. It's easy to miss the Sun Studio as you head down Union Avenue toward downtown because it's in an ordinary, two-story brick structure that sits at an angle. Just start looking for tourists with cameras when you approach the 700 block of Union. The entrance to the museum is actually in an adjacent cafe where Sun owner Sam Phillips relaxed or held business meetings between recording duties. Sit in one of the booths, and you can imagine a young Johnny Cash telling you all about this song he has just written about a prison in California. The tour starts upstairs in a room detailing the history of the studio, which specialized in blues artists, including Ike Turner and Howlin' Wolf, before Phillips found Presley. But the heart of the tour is the 18-by-32-foot studio, pretty much untouched since the '50s. For me, in fact, the Memphis trip turned from Elvis fun to musical legacy when I looked at the tape on the floor marking the spot where the 19-year-old singer stood the night in 1954 he recorded That's All Right, the single that largely defined rock 'n' roll as we know it today. The Sun guide also told us that Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On in one take with the same primitive equipment, a reminder that great music is based more on imagination and passion than on technology and polish. The sense of musical mission was equally strong at our next stop, the home of Stax Records, whose '60s and '70s glory days are saluted in a run-down stretch of McLemore Avenue. This museum, with more than 2,000 artifacts, is much larger than the Sun site. It's also easy to spot, thanks to a large theater marquee. Stax's focus, oddly enough, was country and pop until co-founder Jim Stewart moved to the mostly black neighborhood on McLemore, where he converted an old movie theater into a studio and record shop. Not only did Stewart start stocking albums his customers requested, which meant R&B and soul, but he also began making records to appeal to those customers. Stax's classic sound was a gritty, Southern-fried R&B and funk served up by Redding, Isaac Hayes and the Staple Singers. The label folded in 1975 and the original building was razed. The new facility opened in 2003, and it conveys well the early spirit of brotherhood among the black and white artists at the label. If the Sun and Stax tours focus on what happened inside studios, two other essential museums in Memphis tell you about highimpact cultural and historical factors outside the studio. Start downtown with the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, across from the Gibson Guitar Factory (which offers yet another tour). Then head a few blocks southwest to the National Civil Rights Museum, which addresses the wider story of racial struggle in this country. The museum is at the site of the Lorraine Motel, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. The first thing you see when you walk up to the museum is the balcony where the shooting occurred (the motel is closed and part of the museum). Inside, you can look through a window at the third-floor room where King spent his final hours. I'm betting it's a scene you'll never forget. For our second night in town, we stayed at the Peabody Memphis Hotel, a place with such a history that it has its own mini-museum, although the downtown hotel might be best known for its novelty ''duck walks.'' Twice daily, five or six ducks march through the hotel lobby as hundreds of tourists watch in amused fascination. The Peabody is just a block from the trolley line that takes you to the civil rights museum and the Arcade. We walked to Beale Street, which once hosted one of the most active black music scenes in the country. There are still blues and
funk clubs galore, but the level of talent is pretty pedestrian.
BY Robert Hilburn - Los Angeles Times Service / www.epgold.com
UK CHART RESULTS - 7TH OCTOBER, 2007.
'Elvis The King' - No.21 'King Creole' - No.15. 'King Creole' sold 8974 copies during last week. There are no other chart entries.
'BLUE SUEDE SHOES' GOT TO NO.1 ON UK 'PHYSICAL' CHARTS.
Very interesting. Just found out that 'Blue Suede Shoes' was No.1 on the UK Physical Sales Chart for week ending 26th August. J ust goes to show the negative effect of 'downloading' on Elvis' chart chances.
Sunday Chart Updates.
In Ireland "King Creole" is a new entry at #23 while "Elvis The King" drops from #37 to #39 on the Album chart. In Australia the "'68 Comeback Special" DVD drops from #35 to #37 on the DVD Top 40 while the "Aloha From Hawaii Special" hangs on to the last spot, dropping from#29 this week. In Germany "Elvis The King" drops from #30 to #33. In the Flanders part of Belgium "The Essential Elvis Presley" drops from #26 to #49. In the Wallonian site of the country "The Essential Elvis Presley" drops from #13 to #22
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FOR UK FANS ONLY - 'BRUCE ON VEGAS' TONIGHT.
Bruce on Vegas Sun 7 Oct, BBC1 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm 60mins Bruce Forsyth heads to Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, in search of the stories behind such legendary entertainers as the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley, Liberace and many more. [S]
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Elvis, Sherlock And Me.
A new book by Michael A. Hoey entitled "Elvis, Sherlock And Me" is a father and son biography on their years in Hollywood. Synopsis: Michael A. Hoey is the son of British actor Dennis Hoey, best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard in the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone. A combination memoir and history of the film business covering the decades from the 40's through the present. Here is an examination of classic Hollywood and such iconic studio bosses as Jack L. Warner, Darryl Zanuck and Walt Disney, plus memorable
actors and directors, including John Ford, Fred Zinneman, George Cukor and Elvis Presley, Charlton Heston, Basil Rathbone, Angela Landsbury and Jane Wyman. Filled with the personal recollections of someone who lived it, it is also the story of a father and son, their careers and their turbulent relationship. Interwoven into these stories are numerous historical episodes about Hollywood, Broadway and Television. "It's a look at Hollywood from the inside ... a fascinating glimpse at some of the industry's heavy hitters, as told by someone who was there in the trenches -- right from boyhood!" Tom Weaver
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Bringing the King to the 8 to 12 year old set.
Elvis Presley's fans are all over the map. They come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. But a couple of groups may still need a nudge. In his new illustrated biography of Presley, author Geoff Edgers targets a group he says under-appreciates "the King" — the 8-to-12year-old set. Edgers, a reporter at The Boston Globe, traces Presley's colorful roots to Depression-era Mississippi, then shows children how the singer created a sound all his own. Illustrator John O'Brien brings Presley to life with black-and-white illustrations on nearly every page. Edgers spoke with guest host James Hattori about why children should know about Presley, and how they respond to his story.
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ELVIS RARITIES MUSEUM IN ITALY.
HEARTBREAK HOTEL IS THE NAME OF A RECENTLY OPENED MUSEUM IN REGGIO CALABRIA (ITALY). THE OWNER, MR. SAVERIO DE SALVO, DECIDED TO SHARE WITH ALL VISITORS HIS GREAT COLLECTION OF RARE ELVIS WORLDWIDE MATERIAL (RARE RECORDS, MOVIE POSTERS AND MANY OTHER THINGS). THERE IS ALSO A TRIBUTE CD RELEASED TO INAUGURATE THIS NEW MUSEUM. IT IS AN OFFICIAL CD WHICH INCLUDES 7 TRACKS SUNG BY "ESSEDESSE".
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New York RCA Studio 1: The Complete Sessions (With Bonus DVD-A & Book)
Cover art and details of the UK Memphis Recording Service. CD with bonus DVD and book pakckage "New York RCA Studio 1: The Complete Sessions". Due for release 12 November.
New York RCA Studio 1: The Complete Sessions (With Bonus DVD-A & Book)
Track List: Blue Suede Shoes My Baby Left Me One Sided Love Affair So Glad You"Re Mine I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) Tutti Frutti Lawdy, Miss Clawdy Shake Rattle And Roll Hound Dog Don't Be Cruel Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) Don Davis Interviews Elvis Lawdy Lawdy Lawdy Lawdy Lawdy Lawdy Lawdy Lawdy Lawdy Lawdy Lawdy Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Miss Clawdy Clawdy Clawdy Clawdy Clawdy Clawdy Clawdy Clawdy Clawdy Clawdy Clawdy And And And And And And And And And And And Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions Sessions
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Shake Rattle And Roll Sessions Shake Rattle And Roll - (Undubbed Edit Master) My Baby Left Me - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (Bonus Track) Hound Dog - Freddie Bell And The Bell Boys (Bonus Track) So Glad You're Mine - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (Bonus Track) Quote: Book has a stunning collection of rare and unpublished photographs of Elvis at the New York Sessions by famous photographer, Alfred Wertheimer. Free Bonus Disc: DVD‐ AUDIO 5.1/Dolby Digital. ‐ The DVD‐A version contains the same tracks as the CD and is remastered in high quality 24 bit 96 kHz sound and is accompanied by ‐ rare photographs. Experience and notice the difference in sound quality on these famous recordings for the first time ever! Note EpGold: None of these tracks are sourced from the FTD. An official announcment end of this week with full details and more artwork.
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High Sierra Fever Cover Art.
Here's the covert art of the forthcoming release High Sierra Fever from the Straight Arrow label. This CD will feature the Lake Tahoe, May 7th, 1973 Midnight show as taken from an excellent quality audience recorded tape. Compared to the January/February 1973 Las Vegas shows, Elvis was in better voice in Lake Tahoe, and his shows were more engaged and playful again. This concert includes classy performances of "Steamroller Blues", "You Gave Me A Mountain", "I'm Leavin' ", "What Now My Love", "I'll Remember You", "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "A Big Hunk O'Love". As a bonus, an excerpt of "Surrender" and the seldom performed "It's Over", recorded during the Midnight Show the previous day were added. Both mastertapes were recorded by the same person, and they are of equal sound-quality. This recording comes from a 1st generation copy of the original tape. As you’ve come to expect from us, the sound was restored in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible results. And it's not necessary to emphasize another Straight Arrow label tradition – this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16page booklet, containing a collection of live- and candid photographs from April, May and June 1973, rare Lake Tahoe memorabilia, informative liner notes as well as details about Elvis' Lake Tahoe 1973 season. This CD is set for release in late September. Don't miss your opportunity to spend an unforgettable hour with The King in High Sierra! Tracks: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Love Me - 09. Blue Suede Shoes - 10. Heartbreak Hotel - 11. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (medley) - 12. I'm Leavin' - 13. Hound Dog (slow & fast) - 14. Fever - 15. What Now My Love - 16. Suspicious Minds - 17. Band Introductions - 18. I'll Remember You - 19. I Can't Stop Loving You - 20. An American Trilogy - 21. A Big Hunk O'Love - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp. Special bonus (recorded in Lake Tahoe, May 06, 1973 Midnight show): 25. Surrender (excerpt) / It's Over
Approximate running time: 60:00
A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - Volume One Out Now.
The new release A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - volume one from the Madison label is out now.This CD features the concert from May 31, 1975 afternoon show in Huntsville, AL. Some tracks has been previously released but this show is available for the very first time unedited, and as recorded from the mixing board that day at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL. All the Huntsville shows from the May / June 1975 tour were pretty good and among the best from this period. Elvis is in good form, humor, spirit and it shows throughout the performance. Unfortunately the show has not been recorded in its entirety and starts early during '' Love Me ''. The sound quality is excellent and this new CD comes with a 16 page full color booklet. Watch out soon for Volume Two featuring the afternoon performance recorded the following day in Huntsville, AL ! Tracks : 1- Love Me ( incomplete ) 2:03 ; 2- If You Love Me ( Let Me Know ) 3:08 ; 3- Love Me Tender 2:47 ; 4- All Shook Up 1:57 ; 5- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:09 ; 6- The Wonder Of You ( w/ false start ) 2:25 ; 7- Burning Love 3:28 ; 8- Introduction of the vocalists, John Wilkinson., James Burton 1:37 ; 9- What I'd Say ? ( featuring James Burton ) 0:52 ; 10- Drum Solo ( featuring Ron Tutt ) 1:25 ; 11- Bass solo ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) 1:26 ; 12- Piano solo ( featuring Glen D. Hardin ) 1:02 ; 13- Introduction of Charlie Hodge, Voice, Joe Guercio and his orchestra 0:39 ; 14- School Day ( featuring Joe Guercio & orchestra ) 1:14 ; 15- Trouble 0:54 ; 16- T-R-OU-B-L-E 3:39 ; 17- Hawaiian Wedding Song 2:14 ; 18- Let Me Be There ( with reprise ) 3:21 ; 19- An American Trilogy 5:04 ; 20Funny How Time Slips Away 2:47 ; 21- Blue Suede Shoes 1:22 ; 22- For The Good Times 3:11 ; 23- Little Darlin' 2:34 ; 24- Can't Help Falling In Love 1:39 ; 25- Closing vamp 0:35
Bonus : 26- Elvis at the WFL football game August 9, 1975 0:31 Tracks 15-17, 21-22 and 26 are previously released ! Note EpGold: None of these tracks are sourced from the FTD version.
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"Elvis: The Biography" for 'downunder' release.
Just in time for Christmas, Jerry Hopkin's revised one volume tome about the Elvis story is to be released in Australia and New Zealand in December. The 350 page softcover is published by Plexus Publishing (ISBN-13: 9780859653916). RRP A$42.95/NZ$49.99
Elvis International Shop - The Netherlands.
OPEN: Saturday & Sunday October 06 & 07, 2007 - 1300. PM - 1800 PM.
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Elvis In Concert – 30 Years Anniversary DVD Edition Out Now.
The legendary TV Special filmed on Elvis Presley’s last concert tour has now been released on dvd. This new remastered edition is the best dvd version that has surfaced so far. “We’re here to entertain you, and to make you happy. So just enjoy yourself, and leave the driving to us” said Elvis to an adoring crowd on his last tour. Elvis had been doing just that for over 20 years - entertaining his fans and making them happy. Two shows were filmed by CBS on what was to be Elvis’ last concert tour. The June 19 appearance in Omaha, Nebraska and the June 21 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Only three songs were used from the Omaha performance in the final special, which was broadcast on October 3, 1977. “If you haven’t guessed by now, you’re on television” Elvis said with a characteristic grin to the audience at the June 21 show. “Don't let the lights and cameras throw you, and try not to throw the lights and cameras if you can help it.” Elvis In Concert was Elvis’ first filmed production in four years after the blockbuster Aloha From Hawaii television special. The contrast in his appearance between the two shows is striking. He was obviously way overweight, said Elvis’ friend Joe Esposito, a few years after Elvis’ death. Although he did look ill during the filming was the magic still there. Elvis was also still singing great! Just hear Elvis singing thru touching and powerful performances of songs like How Great Thou Art and his latest RCA single Hurt.
Chapters: Elvis Fans Comments Getting Ready For The Show Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)/Opening Riff See See Rider That’s All Right Are You Lonesome Tonight? Teddy Bear, (Let Me Be Your)/Don't Be Cruel Elvis Fans Comments You Gave Me A Mountain Jailhouse Rock Elvis Fans Comments How Great Thou Art Elvis Fans Comments I Really Don't Want To Know Elvis Introduces His Father Hurt Hound Dog My Way Can't Help Falling In Love Closing Riff/Interview With Elvis’ Father Special Message From Elvis’ Father Playing time 55 min.
Director: Dwight Hemion Writer: Annett Wolf
Plans to bring Elvis limo to Texarkana finalized.
Plans to display a 1955 Cadillac limousine once owned by Elvis Presley in front of the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium (City Hall) were announced Thursday. The Tex-Ark Antique Auto Museum and the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium Commission have teamed up to bring the exhibit to Texarkana. The event goes along with commission plans to continue restoration of the auditorium. “Johnny Cash, Elvis, Floyd Cramer, all kinds of people have played at this place (the auditorium) starting in 1928. It’s important to Arkansas history,” said Jimmy “Smitty” Smith, vice president of the commission. Charles Decker Barnette, activities director for the auto museum, made the announcement during the auditorium commission’s monthly meeting. As part of his presentation, Barnette played a historic 45rpm single called “Beginnings-Elvis Style,” which was recorded by Memphis Flash Records in the mid-1950s. The recording, a concert promotion interview, elicited applause and some cheers from commission members as they heard Elvis invite the Texarkana fans out to the Arkansas Municipal Auditorium. “We are excited about partnering with the Tex-Ark Auto Museum,” said Mark Shoptaw. The limo will be on display at the auditorium on September 5, 2008, the vehicle will be on display at the auto museum the following two days.
Texarkana Gazette - www.itselvistime.nl / www.epgold.com
UK Final Midweek Charts Update (October 5th).
'Elvis The King' - around the No.20 position. Last week the album sold 7480 copies. 'King Creole' - around the No.10 position. Last week 'Hard Headed Woman' sold 9006 copies.
Brian Quinn /
THE ELVIS CRUISE 2008.
From August 30-September 3, 2007 nearly 1,400 of the most loyal fans of Elvis Presley jammed onto Carnival’s m/s Celebration for four nights of the most exciting Elvis Presley entertainment ever produced. From the moment that Ruby Wilson opened the show with “Walking in Memphis” to the final song on the last night when Ronnie McDowell, Terry Mike Jeffrey, Ruby Wilson The TCB Band, The Imperials, The Dempseys and The Jordanaires came together to sing “Trilogy”, every night was filled with the excitement of live music, all themed to remember and honor the music of Elvis Presley. Under the ever watchful eye of Host Jerry Schilling and Joe Guercio, each detail of the shows was crafted to elicit the memory of Elvis and pay tribute to his legacy. Watching these legends of music perform as they did with Elvis was It was truly a lovefest for Elvis. But that was not all! There were autograph sessions, special panel discussions with the performers and so many impromptu performances and special events, many of which were unplanned, spontaneous occurrences that can only occur in the setting of a cruise. And, of course, we had a wonderful Passenger Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, that was both exciting and entertaining. So many wonderful memories. To those who joined us for the inaugural sailing, all that we can To those who missed the event, get ready for the “Even Bigger, Even Better 2008 Sailing of The Elvis Cruise.
2007 Cruise Photos.
Click on below to view our new Elvis 2007 Cruise Photos Highlights Slideshow!
Jerry Schilling -
Houston Press Conference Video.
(Photo's from Andylon Lensen Private Archives)
Houston Press Conference Video February 25, 1970 - 8.55 min. Click Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUnAqwZkmjs
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1964 Jose Ramirez Classical Guitar played by Elvis(?) on Ebay.
DESCRIPTON: This guitar was played by Elvis Presley and owned by Jack Lord. Elvis was a friend of Jack and Marie Lord and visited them on different occasions. In that time they spent together Elvis played this guitar. Interior of body of guitar has grey and cream colored label (grey border) with information on Ramirez in Spanish and states 1882 Madrid, 1964 conception style of Jeroniman #2. Jose Ramirez classical guitar, grey label Rosewood body spruce top Ebony fingerboard made in Madrid (stated to have been purchased in 1964 ) the top of the guitar is light wood spruce and bottom is rosewood. There's inlay around sound hole is red, black, and green. It comes in a medium brown colored hard case.
DIMENSIONS: Overall length is 39 ½ inches – body is 20 inches long with widest area of guitar 14 inches wide.
CONDITION: Some surface mars – felt from interior of case is stuck to the surface of the guitar top (felt should be removed from surface) - some finish mars.
Starting bid: US $99.99 The buy it now price is: 1000,00 GBP including shipping. Click Here: http://cgi.ebay.com/1964-Jose-Ramirez-Classical-Guitar-played-byElvis_W0QQitemZ320166499363QQihZ011QQcategoryZ155223QQssPageNameZWDaVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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Muziek, Mens, Mythe "Library Tour" In Belgium.
Author Marc Hendricks starts a 2 hour "library Tour" with his new book "Muziek, mens, Mythe in Belgium with fragments from audio and film images. The United Elvis Presley Society will support this "Tour" with a Info stand and a small Elvis boutique. The "Tour" starts on Friday October 5th at the Library in Izegem, Grote Markt 20 in Belgium - 20.00 hours P.M.
For more details: http://elvisnews.skynetblogs.be
The United Elvis Presley Society - http://elvisnews.skynetblogs.be / www.epgold.com
SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER " ONE NIGHT WITH ELVIS" IN MILANO - ITALY.
EpGold Columnist Italy Livio Monari /
Japanese DVD Reissue.
Designs 2007 Paramount DVD re-issues: "Fun In Acapulco", "G.I. Blues", "Girls! Girls! Girls!", "Roustabout", "King Creole", "Paradise Hawaiian Style", "Easy Come Easy Go" and "Blue Hawaii" now available. Released last August.
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U.S. Billboard Elvis Chart listings for the week of October 13, 2007.
(sg - sales gainer, gg - greatest sales gainer, ne - new entry, re - re-entry) Top Pop Catalog - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - down 1 to #19) Top Country Catalog Albums - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - remains at #3 Top Country Catalog Albums - Ultimate Gospel - down 5 to #19
Top Music Video - Aloha from Hawaii - down 6 to #18 Top Music Video - 68 Comeback Special - down 6 to #16 Top Music Video - Elvis Lives - 25th Ann Concert - down 10 to #35 Comprehensive Music Video - Aloha from Hawaii - down 7 to #19 Comprehensive Music Video - 68 Comeback Special - down 7 to #17 Comprehensive Music Video - Elvis Lives - 25th Ann Concert - down 11 to #36 Dropping off the charts: - "Viva Las Vegas" drops back off from the Top Comprehensive and Top 200 Albums Charts. - ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" drops back off from the Comprehensive Album chart.
www.elvischarts.com / www.epgold.com
Elvis 3CD Package.
Here is the 3 CD package containing the albums "Elvis Presley", "Aloha From Hawaii" and "Moody Blue" which was released October 2, 2007 in France.
Amazon.com - www.elvisnews.com /
Would You Live With A Non-Elvis Fan!
A UK production company is looking for a family of fans for Channel 4's Wife Swap! Do you & your family want to try something totally different? Do you think that others can benefit from your family life? The new series of Wife Swap would love to hear from you! BUT!!! Could you trade places with a family of non-fans? If you are a family that fits this bill please send details to us: »firstname.lastname@example.org
International press-praise for Terry Mike Jeffrey.
The European Tour that ElvisMatters, together with 4 major European fanclubs has worked out, is getting feedback from the international press. While the show sets foot on Swiss ground tonight, the reviews of the 'French' show are extremely positive. One news paper focused on the lead vocalist of the tour, dubbing Terry Mike Jeffrey "Terry Le King". By the way, that show sold 2.000 tickets, and there's more people attending tonight's show in Geneva. But the icing on the cake is for Saturday, when more than 3.000 people will fill the seats of the unique "Congres de Palais" in Paris, France. C'est Fantastique!
Terminally ill Elvis fan will visit Presley's Memphis mansion.
(Photo By Times-Gazette photo/Duane Martin. Dave VanBremen shows off some of his Elvis Presley collection at his home Wednesday afternoon. The terminally ill Ashland man will visit Graceland for the first time Oct. 20.)
Dave VanBremen shows off some of his Elvis Presley collection at his home Wednesday afternoon. The terminally ill Ashland man will visit Graceland for the first time Oct. 20. Dave VanBremen harbors a "hunka, hunka burnin' love" for all things Elvis Presley. And, in a few weeks, he will buckle up his blue suede shoes and head for Graceland, eager to lay eyes upon his idol's mansion for the first time. When Dave's cell phone rang one Tuesday night late in September, he knew who was calling. But he still couldn't believe it. Priscilla Presley's voice carried across the line, traveling across miles of sound waves to invite Dave to Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., a dream of his for years. "As soon as I'm outside that place, I'll be on cloud nine," said Dave. "If I get to meet her, that'd be the best time." Priscilla is a Dream Foundation ambassador and has worked with the foundation the past 10 years, helping to bring foundation members' dreams to fruition. The Dream Foundation is a program aiming to fulfill lifelong dreams of terminally ill adults. Dave, 48, was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and liver failure in May, at which point his family began applying to the Dream Foundation, hoping to give Dave one last gift. "I can't wait to see his face when we get to Graceland," said Heather Coffman, Dave's niece. "It's something he's always wanted to
do and we're excited for him." Priscilla quizzed Dave on song names, movie names and other trivia. "I think she wanted to see if I was legit," said Dave. Dave has been an Elvis devotee since before he reached the double digits and has been an avid collector of Elvis memorabilia for more than 15 years. He even has an entire room he dubs his "Elvis room." The Elvis room houses Dave's extensive collection, including anything from Elvis records to Elvis Elmo to unopened Reese Cup packages with an Elvis emblem. Coffman recalls an occasion when family members gave her Uncle Dave an Elvis puzzle to put together and frame. However, Dave refused to break the package's seal and the family had to buy him a replica of the puzzle to put on display. Dave also, although humbly, can do an Elvis impersonation. To help finance the trip to Graceland, the family held a sock hop benefit Sept. 29 at Ashland American Legion. The fund-raiser brought in $1,800 with more than 100 people in attendance. "It was good for him to know he has that kind of support," said Kim VanBremen, Dave's wife. "I think he knows that now." Dan Doubek, owner of Main Street Tattoos in Ashland, agreed to give Dave a free portrait tattoo of Elvis. The cost of the tattoo, valued at $250, Doubek said, could help defray the cost of the Graceland trip. During the trip, Dave will have the opportunity to tour Elvis' 14-acre estate and Graceland mansion; shop on Beale Street, a roadway inundated with blues history, formerly known as Beale Avenue, and visit Sun Studios, the recording studio where Elvis began his career. Dave also plans to add his name to the brick wall outside Graceland mansion where fans have been signing their names for half a century. Since Dave's diagnosis earlier this year, his wife and family have provided unending support, helping him deal with the news and working together to make the Graceland dream a reality. "It's been a long journey," said Kim. And, although Dave's life has changed drastically in the past few months, he knows one thing for certain. He will travel to Graceland Oct. 20.
By Ginger Christ - www.times-gazette.com /
Elvis book for the youngest.
Hi! Watch out for this book. I have of course bought one to my one year old boy: http://www.bokus.com/b/9789129667004.html "Pek-Elvis är en charmig pekbok med saker som "Kungen" hade men som också finns i många vanliga hem. Rockiga föräldrar och mor-och-far-föräldrar kommer att peka och skratta och visa bebisen gitarren, de blå skorna, byxorna, jackan, bilen och alla de andra "Elvis-sakerna"." In English it´s something like this: "Pek-Elvis (Picture book) is a charming book with things that the King owned, but also are common in ordinary homes. Rocking parents and grandparents will point and laugh and show the baby the guitar, the blue suede shoes, the trousers, the jacket, the car all the other Elvis stuff". Yóu´re never too young or old for Elvis!
Bjorn / www.epgold.com
Gold In Austria.
The RoJam Records release "Elvis Presley - Anniversary Rock'n'Roll Edition" has reached Gold Status in Austria. The Austian IFPI certified the release Gold last August of 2007.
Second Approval For Sony BMG Joint Venture.
Japanese electronics group Sony and Germany's Bertelsmann on Wednesday again won the approval of the European Commission for their joint venture that has created the second-largest record music business in the world. The European Union's antitrust watchdog gave the greenlight without imposing any conditions after finding the creation of Sony BMG, a joint venture combining the record music business of Sony and Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), a subsidiary of Bertelsmann, would not create or strengthen a dominant position in the music markets. The commission previously approved the deal in 2004 and the two companies have already gone ahead with their joint venture. However, rival music groups appealed the decision, which was overturned in 2006 by the European Court of First Instance, the EU's second highest court in Luxembourg, on the basis that the commission made errors in its assessment and relied on insufficient evidence. Following the annulment, the commission started a new assessment of the transaction and opened an in-depth investigation in March. "This investigation represents one of the most thorough analyses of complex information ever undertaken by the commission in a merger procedure," the EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement. "It clearly shows that the merger would not raise competition concerns in any of the affected markets," she added. The commission said it re-evaluated the transaction in the light of current market conditions, taking into account developments since 2004, including the developments in the sales of online music. With about 25 percent of global music sales, Sony BMG is currently the world's second-largest music group after Universal, followed by Warner and EMI
OBITUARY - Janis Martin; 'Female Elvis' of the 1950s; 67.
Janis Martin, a teenage rockabilly sensation of the 1950s who was billed as "the female Elvis," died Sept. 3 of cancer at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. She lived in Danville, Va., and was 67. After beginning her career on country-music radio shows in Virginia, Ms. Martin had a short but bright burst of fame in the 1950s with the dawn of rock 'n' roll. By 15, she was recording for RCA, had a Top 40 hit and seemed poised for stardom. She was a ponytailed blonde with a strong, clear, country-inflected voice, and a series of lively, eye-catching dance moves. A convention of disc jockeys named her "the most promising female vocalist" of 1956. Ms. Martin was also one of the few young women, along with Wanda Jackson and Lorrie Collins, to make a mark in the masculine, raw-edged music that decades later became known as rockabilly. A 1998 article in the Nashville Scene newspaper described the enduring excitement of the music she made as a teenager: "Forty years later, Martin's records remain some of the most rockin', most thrilling hillbilly music ever to emerge from the Music City." When Ms. Martin secretly married and became pregnant, her record label dropped her, and she returned to southern Virginia. Except for a few local appearances, she was all but forgotten until 1982, when she emerged from retirement with a concert in England. "I can't begin to tell you what it was like - like stepping back in time," she told the Nashville Scene. "Those kids dressed like we did in the '50s. Here I'd been a housewife and a mother. When I hit the stage, it was like I'd come home." The song young European admirers clamored for wasn't her Top 40 hit, "Will You, Willyum," but a hard-charging tune called "Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll," which Martin wrote at 15. "I wrote 'Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll' in about 10 minutes," she said in a 1993 interview with Roctober magazine. "Everything in that song is actually the scene that was happening for us as teenagers," she said. "The drugstore was the only place we had to go and hang out after school." By 11, she was a regular on a weekly country-music radio show in Danville. When she was 13, she appeared with country star Ernest Tubb and became a featured performer with the Old Dominion Barn Dance, a weekly country concert in Richmond broadcast on CBS Radio. She soon became interested in Ruth Brown, La-Vern Baker and other rhythm-and-blues singers. "I heard Ruth Brown, and I just found my kind of music," Ms. Martin said in 1993. She toured with country singers Hank Snow and Porter Waggoner, made a demo tape and was recording for RCA with Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer, all before her 16th birthday. She was called "the female Elvis" with the approval of Elvis Presley, her RCA label mate, and sang "My Boy Elvis" on NBC's 'Today" show. She also appeared on "The Tonight Show" and "American Bandstand" and at the Grand Ole Opry. ...
By Matt Schudel - www.signonsandiego.com
Forget the multi-million selling Celestine Prophecy...
Forget the multi-million selling Celestine Prophecy. Here comes The Presley Prophecy! Based on Elvis Presley’s Scottish Ancestry, the story features Bonnie Prince Charlie as he arrives in Scotland to take on the might of the British Army and claim his father’s crown. Meanwhile, Elvis’s ancestor, Andrew Presley, is given a mission. He has to kill the Prince, or Andrew’s brother will hang. Can he bring himself to do it? And, if so, what does The Prophecy mean? The answers to both questions can be found within the pages of an exciting new novel penned by Inverclyde author Allan Morrison. The book is based on years of researching the Presley family and based the book on true facts. The family connections and genealogy are 100% accurate the author claims, then he has taken history and created a tale around it with Elvis’ Scottish ancestor Andrew Presley as the hero. If Allan had written The Presley Prophecy 40 years earlier, we could have had Elvis starring in a movie about it, with a kilt-swinging soundtrack!
RABO NUENEN PROMS Also REMEMBERS ELVIS PRESLEY The king of Rock 'n roll.
Because of the passing away from elvis presley the whole world was shocked and sad 30 years ago. But 30 years later ELVIS PRESLEY is going to be remembered ..... With a 50 people counting big orchestra ,and a choir of 40 men and women. (conducted during rehearsels by Paul van den Bemt) This orchestra is going to be conducted by the very famous (in Holland) MARK HENDRIKS and also "Known" as a brillant composer .
And there is a show-dancing group of 30 girls who can't wait to get on the stage to show their skills.(Choreography is done by Katja Gloudemans) This show has a very big variaty of music from disco to classic and rock n roll.The artists who perform with this big orchestra are:
From the left to the right side.(Above) Mark elbers, Karin van Mil, Janneke van den Bos, Jos Seegers . (below) Astrid Baggermans, Reinier Bil, Linda van de Wiel, Nanda Philipse, rapper Active. ( no photo sorry ).
The ELVIS PRESLEY memorial part of the show will be sung by ETA (Elvis tribute Artist )
Mark Elbers who had the priveledge to do the frontact when the Original ELVIS TCB Band was in Holland for the Dutch Elvis fanclub "it's elvis time" who organized a very big Elvis Memorial day in Dordrecht "the kunstmin theater".
Mark Elbers as frontact for the ELVIS TCB BAND in The Netherlands.
Listen to Mark Elbers: For oll time sake.mp3 - charro 2.mp3 help me.mp3 love song of year 1.mp3
This Elvis part of the show is arranged by Mark Hendriks the conductor and it is based from the years 1968 to the last year 1977 of ELVIS PRESLEY life and starts with the elvis intro "speach the zarathustra" and See, See rider and this part of the show ends with "What now my love" and every thing between those songs is a suprise.
For more info and tickets: www.nuenenproms.nl This show takes place at 3, 9, 10 November, 2007 in Nuenen (The Netherlands)
Mark Elbers - www.nuenenproms.nl
Houston Press Conference - 1970.
(Photo's from Andylon Lensen Private Archives)
While I was going through video etc... and deciding how I would next update my web site, I was also going through old magazines and newspaper clippings too, and noticed something very strange. It looks like the "Houston Press Conference" which can be found on Joe Tunzi's 'Hot Shots & Cool Clips Volume 3' from 1970 isn't from February 27th at all (as listed in Ernst's book "Day By Day" and others), but is actually from February 25th, just after Elvis landed in Houston.
I've added new pages to my Interviews list to back up this claim, but just wondered where the February 27th date came from in the first place? As no Press Conference was held on this date.
Looks like some history books need to be re-written.
Keith Flynn - www.keithflynn.com /
Elvis’ Memphis - A Magical History Tour.
A dvd titled Elvis’ Memphis - A Magical History Tour will be released on October 30. The dvd will feature a documentary by Mike Freeman, a historian at the University of Memphis. He takes us on a personal guided tour of the Elvis Memphis sites. Under his expert and enthusiastic guidance, we visit around fifty locations, including Sun Studios, Humes High School and his teenage home and many other Elvis related sites. We cruise the eateries where the King hung out with his Memphis Mafia buddies, the karate school, where he perfected the infamous kicks and punches of his stage act and meeting the Memphis folks who are best able to tell you how it all came about. Also due for release on November 13 is another dvd titled Beyond Elvis’ Memphis. This dvd takes us on a journey deep into Elvis territory, visiting locations such as his schools, where he bought his first guitar in Tupelo, Graceland, Nashville, and the Grand Ole Opry and many other sites.
www.elvisunlimited.com / www.epgold.com
Hottest show in the tour.
While the second part starts on the sound of '2001', we bring you a little feel of he first part of the show in Marseille. The cold temperatures from North-Europe last week are long forgotten by the hot temperatures at the Côte D'Azur (+ 25°C), and that makes this the hottest show of the tour. The concert takes place in 'Le Dôme' and could be seen as a little brother of the MidSouth Coloseum in Memphis. The venue is packed with enthousiastic Elvis fans who aprreciated the first part a lot. Seeing all the hankerchiefs popping out of the purses, it prooves that there where a lot of goosebumps during the gospelsongs. All good things must come to an end, so there are two shows to go, with the masterpiece in the 'palais du congres' in Paris with more than 3500 visitors. By the end of the tour, almost 15.000 people have seen the show!
Welcome To Graceland University.
Graceland University was founded in 1895. We are dedicated to providing all students an education grounded in the core values of caring and community. As we expand our programs and locations to help meet the needs of today's (and tomorrow's) students, we continue to focus on bringing out the full potential of each and every student who walks through our doors. Students who come to Graceland often tell us it was the best decision they ever made.
www.itselvistime.nl / www.epgold.com
Elvis At The Movies Promo CD.
(Elvis at the movies is EFE promo - in series they have been doing)
Elvis At The Movies CD. Elvis At The Movies, a promotional CD for the latest Elvis DVD movie releases will be released soon. This CD contains original movie radio trailers, interviews with Elvis, his friends, and Cast & Crew members about his movies, movie sequences and more! Get an inside look in Elvis Hollywood career!… hear about Elvis' first screentest, his first movie script, and hear Elvis talking about his own movies! - Including rare & some never before released recordings on CD! - Released for Elvis fans & Collectors only! Including : Radio trailers from Flaming Star, Viva Las Vegas, Roustabout, Tickle Me, Live A Little, Love A Little, That’s The Way It Is, Elvis On Tour and others ... Elvis on the movie set of Blue Hawaii Studio & movie excerpts Elvis for the first time in Hollywood And much more! A total of 50 tracks! Extra bonus: This Is Elvis (Warner Brothers Radio Trailer) and Jan Shepard (Co-star, King Creole) about Elvis' movie career.
The Elvis Presley Interview Record on CD.
The Elvis Presley Interview Record originally released on vinyl in 1984 will be released for the first time on CD. This release will be limited to 300 copies only and will contains the original artwork & tracks! The 1956 interviews: Elvis Presley-excerpt from a TV guide interview 1956 Colonel tom parker-excerpt from a TV guide interview 1956 Vernon & Gladys Presley Tupelo, Mississippi, Sept. 26, 1956 Elvis Presley Tupelo, Mississippi, Sept 26, 1956 * Recorded at the Mississippi-Alabama fair & Dairy Show - Tupelo, Mississippi, Sept. 26, 1956. The 1960-61 interview: Image change since discharge from the army-by accident or design? Elvis talks about his mother How does Elvis view himself? Does he enjoy his work? How does he relax? Does he have any time to read? If so, what does he read? Does he like himself? 0:43 8-does he like to work? If he were starting out again (in 1961) would he do anything differently? Does he have any specific goals for the future? Does he think he has changed much as a person? How does he view the criticism that has been leveled at some of the people surrounding him? If he were a father and could only give his child one piece of advice, what would that be?
Elvis Presley Gold Vinyl Disc Release CD Set.
(A Public Domain Release)
Elvis Presley, Elvis' debut album will be the first Elvis Gold Vinyl Disc Release! packaged as a deluxe digipack with 20 a page fully illustrated booklet containing all song lyrics. This CD contains the original tracklisting + great & rare bonus songs! A Beautiful package including The First Elvis Gold Vinyl Disc! You have never seen an Elvis CD like this before! This release is very limited! Original Album Tracks: Side One Blue Suede Shoes; I'm Counting On You; I Got A Woman; One-sided Love Affair; I Love You Because; Just Because Original Album Tracks: Side Two Tutti Frutti; Trying To Get To You; I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (over You); I'll Never Let You Go (little Darlin'); Blue Moon; Money Honey Bonus Material: Shake Rattle And Roll (undubbed Master); Shake Rattle And Roll (performing Live On The Air, 1955); I Got A Woman (march 19, 1955); Heartbreak Hotel (radio Station Recording, 1956); One-sided Love Affair (with Countdown); I'm Counting On You (newly Remastered & Remixed Version); Yippee Yi Yo Yippee Yi Yay (with Imagene Coca, Andy Griffith & Steve Allen, July 1 1956); At The Dance Party (memphis Tv Station)
ELVIS PROMO CD GOLD VINYL DIGI PACK SONY UNIQUE
Here is the Promo Cd Gold Vinyl Digipack Sony Unique (Ebay:http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=330172115972&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=014 )
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Christian Music Group Jump 5 Are Graceland's Latest Celebrity Visitors.
The Christian music group Jump 5 toured Graceland on October 2nd.
EPE / www.epgold.com
Arrest Puts Spotlight on Guitar Fakes.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - It's a familiar tune, a sad lament actually, about a product falling victim to counterfeiters. Lately, they've been picking on guitars. Last month, a Long Island music dealer was accused of selling $90,000 worth of knockoffs of classic Gibsons, a guitar known for its deep, melodic sound and used by virtually every country, rock and blues artist from Elvis Presley to Eric Clapton. "Unfortunately, consumers are ending up on the short end of the stick," said Henry Juszkiewicz, chief executive of Nashville-based Gibson Guitars Corp. Gibson guitars — inexpensive models start at about $2,000 — have a rich, distinctive sound that leads musicians to speak about them in reverent tones. B.B. King is perhaps the best-known devotee; his black Gibson, nicknamed Lucille, shares nearly equal billing with the blues master on stage. "Signing guitars that are not Gibson is like being married and kissing a woman who is not your wife," King once huffed when asked to autograph a Fender guitar. Some of Gibson's Les Paul models — named for the creator of the solid body electric guitar — can sell for as much as $10,000 new. Knocking them off is a lucrative and easy business, according to Hank Risan, a founder of the online Museum of Musical Instruments who owns an extensive collection of guitars and other instruments, including a $15 million guitar once owned by Mark Twain. "To put together a replica might cost me a thousand dollars, more or less, depending on the instruments and parts," Risan said. Add a fake logo and insert serial numbers that appear genuine, he said, and "the average person, and most experts, won't know if it's a really good forgery." China — as it has with other consumer goods, such as electronics, designer clothing and cigarettes — has become the source of an influx of mass-produced counterfeit guitars, Juszkiewicz said. Gibson has a factory in China, and Juszkiewicz said that in addition to the legitimate factory, there is another one producing bogus guitars. He estimated the knockoffs cost the industry millions, but he had no specific figures. "Most of our leads come from consumers," he said. "There are a lot of really bad instruments being passed off as Gibsons out there. The paint rubs off on your clothes when you take it out of the box, and they sound awful." A surge in recent years in the value of vintage guitars — some of which sell for millions at auction — is also helping fuel the market in fake Gibsons, Fenders and other six-strings. Forged musical instruments are nothing new. There have been knockoffs of valuable instruments like the Stradivarius violin since Antonio Stradivari began making them in the late 1600s. "Just like in the art world, an expert can tell if something is fake, but you need to be an expert," Juszkiewicz said. If done properly, and sold to the right unsuspecting customer, a vintage knockoff could fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said. The owner of the Long Island music store, Bernard Musemeci, has pleaded not guilty to trademark counterfeiting. Musemeci, 44, insists he thought he was buying legitimate Gibson guitars from a dealer who advertised a going-out-of-business sale on the Internet. "I've been playing guitar for years and I couldn't tell the difference," Musemeci said after his arrest. "They looked right, they sounded right, they felt right." His attorney, John Fath, said Musemeci discovered they were fakes about two months after receiving them, but had no luck in contacting the seller to get his money back. After that, Fath said, Musemeci only used them for parts to repair other guitars. Juszkiewicz said his company maintains a 24-hour hot line for consumer complaints about counterfeiting and other issues, but ultimately he offers a familiar version of caveat emptor: "If it's too good a deal, it's too good a deal
A New DVD: The Man Who "Shot" Elvis Presley.
Late December 1968 after the broadcasting of the 68 COME BACK SHOW, I went to Brussels to watch, and buy a Super 8 M/M copy of the show filmed from the screen of a T.V set, it was sent by a Canadian fan to the President of the Belgium fan club. The copy was TERRIBLE, but good enough to see that ELVIS was reborn. This is what I was waiting for since 1965, when I started the Official TREAT ME NICE fan club in France, finally it became reality, ELVIS will perform live again. When and where I didn’t know yet, but I was confident. Early 1969 I received the news personally from the Colonel Parker,and confirmed it will be in august and in Las Vegas. In april I started to find a cheap solution to cross the ocean, take a boat, wash the deck…hum not a good idea, finally I found a travel agency specialised on charter flights flying from Belgium to New York at a fair price, I think it was around 1000 french francs. Now from the Big Apple to Las Vegas, I discover THE GREYHOUND with wich we can ride a complete month with a pass, great ! I started to pass the word to my members and friends who were old enough. Sadly most of them preferred to wait thinking ELVIS will make a world tour soon or later. For my “first” group I found 4 people besides me, 3 guys and one girl. I had in mind to buy a movie camera, even if I was told; it will not work, too dark, not allowed, etc…
Here is the Weapon I used to Shot the King !!
I went to buy a super 8 M/M a Nizo, with 4 Kodak reels of 3’20”, very expensive at that time. That explains why in 1969 I just took that little film that became history. ELVIS was so great on stage and nice backstage, that I decided to go back the following year in 1970, this time I was loaded of reels and I shoot the KING with almost a complete show. The year after, 1971 ELVIS was wearing such great and different suits that I filmed some parts of a lot of shows that year.....
THE MAN WHO SHOT ELVIS PRESLEY.
This is what I present on this new DVD: THE MAN WHO SHOT ELVIS PRESLEY. All Las Vegas Footage with matching Sound from 1969,1970 and again in 1971 and more... DVD zone free - 80 minutes.
Jean-Marc Gargiulo. The Official TREAT ME NICE fan club France - www.treatmenice.org
Note: This DVD has "matching sound" which means; it is added after the "silent filming".
The existance of 8 mm camera's WITH sound were international introduced late '74 - beginning of the year '75.
DVD Elvis Adrenaline Volume 2: A Praytome Publishing - Andylon Lensen Production (A.L.Productions) - in association with Bud Glass Productions, had this footage from 1969,1970 and 1971 released with instrumental sound.
Jean Marc Gargiulo - www.treatmenice.org
A WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’ GOIN’ ON AT DODGER STADIUM .
In the photo above, Elvis drives by the Dodger Stadium Parking Lot sign for Lot 38, featuring an orange globe with baseball stitching, as he approaches the finish line)
Savvy music fans know that numerous legendary performers and performances have taken place at Dodger Stadium, beginning with The Beatles on August 28, 1966, to Elton John on October 25-26, 1975, to the heavenly voices of “Encore -- The Three Tenors” concert on July 16, 1994. But, not many aficionados would know that in 1966, another famous American idol was at Dodger Stadium. It was not on the Dodger Stadium field, however, but in the parking lots. Rock ‘n’ roll superstar Elvis Presley was at Dodger Stadium for three days to film sequences simulating road races in “Spinout”, his 22nd feature movie. The negotiations between the Dodger organization and Dutch Horton, location manager for MGM Studios were started by Dick Walsh, Vice President Stadium Operations and subsequently turned over to Jeane Hoffman to complete. Walter O’Malley had hired Hoffman as Assistant to the President — the first woman department head of the Dodgers — in May 1965. She was to find creative ways to promote and utilize Dodger Stadium for non-baseball activities on a limited basis, such as rentals from movies/TV, conventions, alternative sports and concerts. Hoffman’s name was well-known in Los Angeles, as she had been an award-winning sports writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Mirror. In addition, she served as executive editor of the Police Gazette. When MGM needed a place to simulate the “Santa Fe Road Race” in the “Spinout” movie, the Dodgers were happy to accommodate the production from March 9-11.
(Left: Poster art from the 1966 movie “Spinout” starring Elvis Presley as “Mike McCoy,” a pop singer on the road who doubles as a part-time race car driver. Presley drove his race car in the Dodger Stadium Parking Lot in March 1966, filming scenes simulating the start and finish of the “Santa Fe Road Race.” (Right: The original Dodger Stadium Parking Lot map shows the area in which the movie “Spinout” was filmed in March 1966, behind the Right Field Pavilion and near the Union Oil station. The MGM movie starred Elvis Presley and a trio of romantic interests vying for his attention: Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain and Deborah Walley.)
In “Spinout”, Elvis plays Mike McCoy, a pop singer on the road with his rock band, who is also a part-time top racing driver (he sports a sleek Cobra 427). Elvis as “McCoy” goes for a triple play with not one or two romantic interests, but three in this case, including Shelley Fabares, who plays “the spoiled daughter of a racing car magnate (Carl Betz)”; Diane McBain, “an ‘older’ woman who writes books on how to trap bachelors”; and Deborah Walley, “the drummer in his band.”1 Fabares was in three of Presley’s movies as a leading lady. Walley was known for playing “Gidget” in the 1961 film “Gidget Goes Hawaiian.”
Norman Taurog, a veteran of more than 175 films, directed the movie, which was released under a different name — “California Holiday” — in Great Britain. The working title of “Never Say Yes” eventually was changed to “Spinout” for the United States release. Several other titles were considered by Producer Joe Pasternak. Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager, suggested two titles, “Jim Dandy” and “Clambake”. The “Clambake” title was saved and used for one of Presley’s 1967 film releases. Surrounded by a bevy of beauties with bit parts, Presley might not have known that a young girl named Rita Wilson was included in the film. Of course, actress Wilson later went on to garner her own stardom and married actor Tom Hanks. “I had Jeane Hoffman negotiate the MGM contract, following my initial meeting with Mr. Horton on January 31st,” said Walsh. “I was involved with a number of other things at that time (including starting negotiations to bring the Beatles to Dodger Stadium in August) so Jeanne would have been our liaison to MGM and the on-site director and crew. I do remember the movie shoot — at the time Elvis was into racing cars so he was strapped into one of them and the racers were ‘off’ and under a checkered flag a number of times.” Another of those on site was Bob Smith of Allied Consolidated Services, who handled operational issues and security at Dodger Stadium at the time. Smith later became Dodger Vice President of Stadium Operations. “The majority of the movie was shot elsewhere, but what they used Dodger Stadium for was the start and the finish line for the racing scenes,” said Smith. “It was filmed near where the Union Oil station is by Lot 26 (now known as Lot H). They set up some dressing trailers and I remember that I saw Elvis, but he had bodyguards around him. They really didn’t want it known that he was even out there. They were on site for three days — a set-up day and shooting the second and third days. There were a lot of camera people. Elvis would drive by the start and the finish line and then they would go back and forth and do it all again. They dressed up the parking lots to tie it in with the rest of the racing scenes where the movie was shot, so it would be hard to tell it was at Dodger Stadium.” Smith is right, it is hard to know that it was the Dodger Stadium Parking Lot with one minor exception: the Dodger Parking Lot signage was identified by numbers on colored globes with baseball stitching on them. In the movie, during the finish line sequence, the Parking Lot 38 sign is visible (now known as Lot 7). This was the lot near the hillside behind Lot 26 back of the Right Field Pavilion. Two days after filming concluded at Dodger Stadium, Colonel Parker confirmed a UPI story that stated 31-year-old Elvis was the “highest paid entertainer in the world (about $6 million a year) and the highest single taxpayer in the United States.” Hoffman wrote in a letter to Walter O’Malley on March 11, 1966 about “Spinout”: “Elvis shooting running into third day. Their location man, Dutch Horton, says MGM is looking for unusual offices for a forthcoming movie. Almost rented yours out from under you — thought I’d better wait till you get home.” A week later, she updated O’Malley, “Elvis has gone and the little secretaries are all sad; three of them met him.”
(Left: Elvis Presley proudly displays the first-place trophy he receives for winning the “Santa Fe Road Race” in the 1966 movie “Spinout”, which was filmed in part in the Dodger Stadium Parking Lot. The green hillside behind Parking Lot 38 is visible in the background) (Right:The soundtrack from the MGM movie “Spinout” starring 31-year-old Elvis Presley, who was at Dodger Stadium in the parking lot filming road racing scenes for the movie in March 1966. Songs from the RCA label album, released October 31, 1966, include “I’ll Be Back,” “Never Say Yes,” and “Spinout.” )
The year 1966 may now be remembered as the one in which both Elvis Presley and The Beatles were at Dodger Stadium. Was there an actual Elvis sighting in Dodger Stadium? “In all probability he wandered in between takes since we would have had the center field gates open as well as those between the Pavilions,” said Walsh.
“Spinout” made its theatrical debut on November 23, 1966. Long live “the King”!
By Brent Shyer - www.walteromalley.com /
BELGIAN GOLD FOR THE KING.
Right before the phonomenal concert "ELVIS 2007" kicked off in Antwerp, ElvisMatters had the very special honor of presenting Elvis's latest Golden Award, for the 2CD "The Essential Elvis Presley". Sony/BMG Belgium had asked ElvisMatters to officially present the plaque. The double CD sold over 15.000 copies and was awarded Gold last September 15th. Joe Guercio accepted the brand new Golden Record on behalf of Elvis Presley Enterprises and thanked the Belgian fans for their loyal, everlasting support. He made sure that this new Golden Award would get a special spot of honor in Graceland's Racquet Ball Building. The design for the magnificant Golden Award 2007 was made by Ron Rutten.
UK MIDWEEK CHARTS - 2ND OCTOBER, 2007.
'King Creole' - Top 5. 'Elvis The King' - now back into the Top 25. Again I suspect as a result of the 'World's Greatest Elvis' TV Show. Elvis has three entries on the UK Music DVD Top 20 Chart - 'The 68 Comeback Special' moves up from 6 to 5. 'Aloha From Hawaii' moves up from 16 to 13 and 'Destination Vegas drops from 12 to 19.
Brian Quinn /
Great picture report on Showbizz site.
The breath taking live show “ELVIS 2007” is now captured in 300 stunning pictures on the popular website www.showbizzsite.be The team of this news website sent a camera crew to the Elisabeth Showroom in Antwerp, and the result is now available for every internet user. Click the link below to go back to that magic evening in Belgium, when the original Elvis musicians paid tribute to Elvis Presley. With special thanks to the Showbizz site.
Showbizzsite TV report.
It doesn’t happen every day that the musicians of Elvis Presley set foot on Belgian ground, and naturally the media can’t look the other way. In this case, we saw news reports in the Belgian news papers Het Laatste Nieuws, De Nieuwe Gazet and Het Nieuwsblad. All focussed on the exceptional gathering of so many original Elvis musicians, the ‘new’ leading vocalist Terry Mike Jeffrey and guest star Will Tura. The Belgian TV channel ‘VTM’, who also accompanied us on our last Memphis-trip, made a beautiful TV report, which has already been posted on the ElvisMatters YouTube webspace.
www.showbizzsite.be - VTM - www.elvismatters.be / www.epgold.com
"Million" Honors An Amazing Moment In Rock.
(Photo: Levi Kreis is Jerry Lee Lewis at Village Theatre)
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at Sun Studio on Dec 4, 1956. Music fans who revere the legacy of Sun (which released hit tunes on the Sun Records label) and its visionary owner, producer Sam Phillips, know that rock 'n' roll was partially invented behind the walls of the small recording facility in Memphis, Tenn. That's where, among other things, the determined Phillips pulled a synthesis of blues, country, rockabilly and gospel out of Elvis Presley for the latter's groundbreaking first releases in 1954. Two years later, Presley was no longer with Sun. But his December visit in '56, that led to an impromptu jam session with Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, was a momentous occasion — and the subject of Village Theatre's exhilarating new musical "Million Dollar Quartet." A blend of historical fact, wistfulness and love for Phillips' revolutionary contribution to American culture, "Million Dollar Quartet" is the closest thing to wish fulfillment for anyone who has dreamed of witnessing Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash blend their disparate influences into an original, albeit brief, sound. The book by Colin Escott (author of "Good Rockin' Tonight — Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'N' Roll") and Floyd Mutrux (who directed a very good film about rock's infancy, "American Hot Wax," and co-directed "Quartet," along with Matt Walker) isn't a forced narrative with musical accompaniment. It's a reflection of a moment in time that also coincided with the end of Phillips' peak impact on rock's development. The action takes place over a few hours in which the primary drama is the music itself. "Quartet" is largely a concert with various ironies unfolding in the background, conflicts no one really wants to speak of lest they spoil the day's bonhomie, but which will be addressed eventually.
"Quartet" opens on a fantasy note with Perkins (Rob Lyons) leading Presley (Dane Stokinger), Lewis (Levi Kreis) and Cash (Lance Guest) through a sizzling "Blue Suede Shoes." It takes about a minute to realize that all four performers are, in fact, playing their own instruments, a rather dazzling detail particularly regarding Lyons and Kreis, who recreate the sensational fullness of their characters' complex sound while capturing, respectively, Perkins' coiled personality and Lewis' shrewd wildness. Stokinger's Presley isn't so much an impression as an allusion to a great artist who knows, on some level, he's already been compromised and misses the purity of Sun. Guest, who is 47 and plays Cash at 24, brings a lifetime's gravity to the Man in Black. Matt Wolfe might have the toughest job, finding in the enigmatic and disillusioned Phillips a man who could hear the possibilities in rock 'n' roll before anyone else, but who couldn't hold onto his creation for long. It plays in Issaquah WA. (Francis J. Gaudette Theatre) and Everett WA. (Everett Performing Arts Center), September 19 – November 18, 2007. Tom Keogh: email@example.com
By Tom Keogh - Special to The Seattle Times / www.epgld.com
How To Be The Elvis Of Linking.
Elvis Presley is credited with being one of the first pioneers of rock and roll. He launched his career in 1955 by popularizing black and bluegrass music and scandalized many with his suggestive pelvis moves. A lot of musicians have become famous since then, but none have defined rock and roll like Elvis. When you say "the King of Rock and Roll," it's Elvis that immediately comes to mind. His reputation in this field is unchallenged. Building a top-of-mind reputation that attracts links isn't easy in any industry and doubly hard if you're a small guy fighting for space and links on the web. The internet is a cluttered place with multiple news, ecommerce, and social media outlets, making it difficult for the guy with a limited link and advertising budget to get much attention.
Elvis a big part of new Rock & Roll Theme Park.
Watch this video. It is about a new theme park called Hard Rock Park being built in Myrtle Beach, SC. There's an Elvis theme as part of what is called Mount Rockmore, like the park idea but something like this would have been bigger and better put in Orlando tied in with Disney World the way The Holy Land Experience is today. Memphis would have also been an ideal place.
2007/10/02 EP75 / www.epgold.com
Madison Landmarker shows where Elvis Stopped A Fight.
Madison landmarker shows where Elvis stopped a fight at the gas station in Madison, Wis. The marker commemorates the spot and a re-enactment was done on the 30th anniversary at the spot. It has grown into local legend in Madison. Some believe the story on the plaque of Madison's plays an Elvis Presley history some think his urban legend. The limo stops right here at a red light like it is now. Bruce Bryant 20 year old. And in the time and former limo driver Eric Schumacher were prepared to experience it firsthand. Is pressing between Madison -- contravention 24 1977. As he sat in a limo at the corner of highway 51 at eastern Washington rides this happened in the unit car behind it Schumacher was driving the limo. A few feet away at a gas station parking lot to teens are speeding up the boy in this picture. ... Elvis' holed up there -- So of course this the person I recognize Elvis Presley immediately. Don't tell them all and walked directly over to confront. That you avoid being a mom he's standing dislike deaths and the boys are doing a punches any anything I'll take you on right now. And that's going to look back and they they're just Don and was I was pretty stunned himself -- I would not tell us. Just after he confronted he had a big grin on his face like he was very Entertained by the way it turned out by we actually got from those two boys I remember him.
Now 30 years later both men still in Madison and are still telling their story about the night they met.
Watch the Video: http://www.wisn.com/video/14149670/index.html
EPE's Elvis Birthday Events Tickets on Sale October 2nd.
The Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration 2008 in Memphis runs Saturday, January 5th through Tuesday, January 8th. Tickets for The Elvis Birthday Pops by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra have been on sale for several weeks. Tomorrow, October 2nd, EPE's ticketed events - the Elvis Insiders Reception & Graceland Tour, the "Bears on Tour" Scavenger Hunt Graceland Tour, and Club Elvis - will go on sale. Click here to go to the complete Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration calendar of events for all the details.
EPE / www.epgold.com
Spectacular Show In Antwerp.
What can we say about the concert last night? Sometimes words fail to express or describe the Magic that was happening on stage. The band sounded tighter than ever before, and a spectacular light show made this 7th show in a row one of THE best of the Tour. The fans just loved it. And a very spoecial "thank you" for the Belgian guest singer Will Tura, who brought the house on its knees with the TCB-version of his tribute song "Goodbye Elvis". What a great show, what a great bunch of people on stage, what a talent! And of course, since it was Sunday, Terry Mike Jeffrey added a gospel show, like he did in Germany: "Where No one Stands Alone". Today, the Elvis Tour arrives in Marseilles, France, before it leaves for Switzerland, Paris and Italy.
Actor Ken Davitian Is Graceland's Latest Celebrity Visitor.
Actor Ken Davitian toured Graceland on September 27th.
EPE / www.epgold.com
The Worlds Greatest Elvis Final.
If you missed Saturdays show on BBC 1, it began with the five finalists from last weeks show singing ‘An American Trilogy’. After performing again for the judges, just two were chosen for the final showdown. They were Gino Monopoli from Toronto, Canada and Shawn Klush from Pennsylvania, USA. They performed ‘Love Me Tender’ together as their last song to be judged. It was then down to the studio audience to choose their favourite and with not much surprise Shawn Klush was announced the winner. Congratulations Shawn who was of course also the winner of the ultimate Elvis that took place in Memphis, in August so there must be something there.
www.elvis.co.uk / www.epgold.com
The Greatest Elvis Collection.
Here is the cover art for "The Greatest Elvis Collection" triple disc DVD set from Spring House / EMI. This set, containing the "Elvis Lives" 25th Anniversary concert and the "He Touched Me" gospel documentary, is due for release October23, 2007.
www.amazon.com / www.elvisnews.com / www.epgold.com
In the U.K. "Hard Headed Woman" is a new entry at #15 this week. On the Album Chart "The King" climbs from #40 to #30.
Brian Quinn / www.epgold.com
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