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Bobby Morris, Vegas Conductor, Dead Aged 93: Bobby Morris was not only Elvis Presley’s original conductor with his own 48-piece orchestra at the International Hotel’s opening season in July 1969 but also a well respected drummer.
Morris passed away peacefully on May 1, 2021 aged 93.
Morris was born on June 30, 1927 in Wilno, Poland and came to America in 1937 at the age of 10, not knowing a word of English. On the streets of New York, he shined shoes and mowed lawns to earn enough money for a weekly drum lesson. While honing his skills as a drummer at the Catskill Mountains resorts, he toured with several big bands before discovering a “little town” out west called Las Vegas in 1950.
He became the driving force on all the Capitol recordings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, even creating his own signature drumbeat, henceforth known as “The Morris Shuffle.”
Bobby later played drums for Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher, Bobby Darin, and was chosen by Buddy Rich to perform with his band. He worked with dozens of stars on the Las Vegas Strip including Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Robert Goulet, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Danny Thomas and Elvis.
He ran the successful Bobby Morris Agency, Inc. from his own building in Las Vegas since1965 and was involved in management, booking, and entertainment direction of many major hotels on the Strip.
His favourite story about working with Elvis was explaining to The King how to stay calm on the Opening Night.
"As I'm walking with Elvis since my dressing room right was right next to his, he asked me who was out there and I said 'Elvis you wouldn't believe the world every star is out there'. Elvis said to me, 'Well, I'm kind of nervous Bobby' and I told him to just think of everybody out there with no clothes on! And it worked!"
Bobby Morris worked with Elvis as a conductor of his own 48-piece orchestra during the opening seasonJuly 1969 with the Sweet Inspirations and The Imperials at the International Hotel.
Graceland 'All-American 4th July Weekend': EPE announces, there is nothing more American than Elvis, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Fireworks, and BBQ. And we’ve put them all together so that you can join us in Memphis and celebrate our nation’s independence at Graceland! In honor of the holiday, Graceland will host several special events and parties, and the iconic Graceland Mansion will be beautifully lit in red, white, and blue all weekend long.
Some of the All-American 4th of July Weekend highlights include an Ultimate Elvis Tribute concert, special "Hidden Graceland" tours, a Gospel Brunch, a never-before-offered BBQ on the Graceland grounds, and an epic Fireworks Extravaganza set to Elvis music!
Go here to EPE to check out details and tickets
Tom Jones Talks Elvis Again: Once again Tom Jones is discussing his friendship with Elvis and how he would get advice from Elvis and then pop down to bar and bump in to Frank Sinatra!
It was obviously an amazing time for the Welsh singer Tom Jones with him getting conflicting advice from both superstars.
He recently told Music Week, "Elvis was always buying my records and he would pass comment on them. I did an album called 'From The Heart' that was all old standards and he said, ‘Tom, we don’t do that. You leave that to Frank Sinatra…’
But then at the same time, I’d go to a bar and Frank Sinatra would be there and I’d have a drink with him and he’d go, ‘Tom, you need to do more standards, fuck that rock and roll stuff…’
"So I had Elvis Presley pulling on me to do more rock and roll tunes and Sinatra telling me to do 'Fly Me To The Moon'! As a singer it’s not a bad position to be in, is it?”
He explained: "All the people I’ve met, the bigger they are the nicer they are. Elvis Presley was one of the nicest fellas you could ever wish to meet.
"Sammy Davis Jr. was fantastic, Frank Sinatra… They were real people, when you meet the real people they’re unbelievable.
"You’d meet these people like Jerry Lee Lewis, he was crazy but he was great. We had a night out together and became really great friends.”
EIN Note: Jones' 'From The Heart' was released in late 1966. At the time Elvis was recording material such as Easy Come, Easy Go and Double Trouble with the real highlight being 'How Great Thou Art' gospel sessions.
It was in mid 1967 that Elvis heard Tom Jones' outstanding
country song 'Green, Green Grass of Home' and couldn't stop playing it.
Jones' G.G.G.Of.H. album also featured standards such as 'He'll Have to Go' and 'Sixteen Tons', other old favourites of Elvis.
Can we really believe that Elvis in 1967 would be telling Tom Jones to record Rock and Roll?
Elvis 'Just Pretend': Need a quality blast of Elvis to get you to the weekend?
Check out this lovely High-Res YouTube clip of Elvis' classic Just Pretend.
Filmed at his Midnight show August 11th 1970.
How easy it is to forget that 'Just Pretend' was not included in the original 1970 TTWII theatrical release.
CLICK HERE to YouTube for 4 minutes of pure Elvis magic
“Monogamy wasn’t in Elvis’ DNA!”: So says Elvis’ long-time partner, Linda Thompson. Ms Thompson also admitted that ‘she would always forgive’ Elvis.
Linda continued: “In his defence, women were far too readily available to him, and monogamy just wasn’t in his DNA.
I always chose to forgive him, because I loved him and because he truly needed
Linda also wrote: “Elvis was the king of cool as well as the king of rock ‘n’ roll. He had an enormous heart, an unbridled generosity, an innovative talent, a loving, affectionate nature, and a profound sensitivity.
“He was an original. He was complex in his simplicity, and he was very human.
The world lost an icon over 43 years, but Elvis still lives in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.”
- Go HERE for EIN's exclusive Interviews with Linda Thompson - and Sam Thompson
(News, Source: GSimpson, UKTabloids/EINet)
Elvis 68 Comeback Hagstrom V-2 Guitar For Auction: GWS Auctions in their 'Artifacts of Hollywood & Music' are offering Elvis stunning 68' Comeback Hagstrom V-2 Guitar for auction - Bids now at US$275,000
The Auction is live now and runs to Sunday March 28, 2021.
.. Elvis Presley 1968 Comeback Special Hagstrom V-2 Guitar (Exhibited in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum W/Extensive Documentation) - This incredibly important artifact has is one of the most historically significant and iconic instruments of all time. This incredible piece of rock n' roll history is the red Hagstrom Viking II show guitar that was played by Elvis Presley in his iconic the "1968 Comeback Special." The special Singer Presents... Elvis, aired on NBC on December 3, 1968 and marked Elvis' return to live performance after seven years during which his career was centered on the movie business. The special was transformed by Steve Binder and producer Bob Finkel to create a concert that would be current and appeal to a younger audience. Elvis played this guitar in several segments of the show, and is on the cover of the RCA album, From Elvis in Memphis.
This guitar belonged to Al Casey, a wonderful musician in his own right, who performed in the backing band during the special. According to the accompanying letter from Casey, he was asked to let Elvis use the guitar by the producers, as they thought it would look beautiful on camera and with the set. Elvis used the guitar for the opening segment as well as during one of the live "stand-up" segments. The guitar comes with a notarized letter of authenticity from Al Casey, a second letter of authenticity from Casey, a notarized statement from Hal Blaine who was the drummer on the 68' Comeback Special and a letter from legendary producer Bones Howe, who was the music producer on the special.
The lot will also include several photographs of Elvis during the filming of the special, including three negatives, and various loan paperwork from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, at which this guitar was exhibited as part of an Elvis Presley exhibit.
This stunning piece of history has not been offered to the public for over 25 years, and is truly a must have for any serious Elvis Presley collection.
Go here to GWS Auctions for info and to bid - Good Luck!
The 8mm Underground Films - Elvis - A Medley Of Costumes Vol 1' New DVD; Cine8 is proud to present a very special presentation of newly discovered footage.
Shot on 8mm and Super-8, you’ll get to see Elvis in a “Medley of Costumes”, from Las Vegas to Johnson City.
Everything on this DVD was shot by fans. As most of you know, the majority of these films don’t have complete performances. However, with clever editing, we have assembled a great selection of complete songs. We overdubbed every song with soundboard quality audio, turning it all into a wonderful experience.
1973-02-15 Las Vegas
1973-02-17 Las Vegas DS
1973-02-17 Las Vegas MS
1973-02-18 Las Vegas DS
1973-02-23 Las Vegas Closing Show
1974-06-23 Philadelphia ES
1974-06-24 Niagara Falls ES
1974-09-27 College Park
1974-09-28 College Park
1975-07-19 Uniondale ES
1976-03-17 Johnson City
1976-03-22 St. Louis
As a bonus we included a 40 minutes split screen edit of Elvis’ performance in San Bernardino on November 13, 1972!
Go here to YouTube for the 1 minute trailer.
Elvis The King of the Rings Volume 1 (Paul Belard): Hot on the heels of Elvis July 1956 July 5 to July 31 Memphis-Biloxi-New Orleans (EIN’s review will be published next week), prolific photo-journal publisher, Paul Belard will shortly release, Elvis King of the Rings Volume 1.
The book description: Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems. Like Elvis himself, they were at times dazzlingly tasteful and things of beauty, and at other times flashy, ostentatious, in your face.
The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.”
Elvis’ entourage had this line down pat: “Elvis, this ring is beautiful.” And Elvis would remove it from his finger and give it away. Was he taken advantage of? The answer is yes, as quite a few of the rings that show up at auctions were gifted to members of his coterie.
Elvis’ penchant to give things away is sometimes difficult to understand, even taking in the fact that Elvis was not materialistic. When he was in Las Vegas, he saw a doctor whose name was Elias Ghanem. Elvis lavished upon him a $32,000 Stutz car, a Mercedes, watches, rings, including the one he wore in Aloha from Hawaii.
A list of the gifts to this individual comes to a staggering total more than fifty items. The value of the item was of no concern to Elvis. The horseshoe ring he wore in Aloha from Hawaii eventually sold at auction in 2017 for $204,800.
EIN has seen an advanced draft of this 250 page book, and the hundreds of full-color images and supporting background text for each of the rings featured, is visually and narratively impressive. And because Elvis bought so many rings during his life, there will be a second volume!
(News, Source: Paul Belard/ElvisInfoNet)
Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley: Referring to our news item last week, there is no doubt that Bruce Springsteen's key influence was ELVIS.
EIN contributor Dennis Laverty has closely examined the relationship between the two megastars in his documentary 'If I Can Dream: The Influence of Elvis on Bruce.'
Laverty cleverly uses concert footage and previously released interview segments with Springsteen and various rock experts to show just how important Presley was to Springsteen.
It all started with Presley’s first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in 1956 “The revolution has been televised!! Elvis was the hip-shaking human earthquake”. It didn’t matter that CBS cameramen tried to keep Elvis respectable by shooting his performance from the waist up. For Springsteen, Elvis represented a cultural change and moment for the USA at that time.
Springsteen says, “He was a showman, an entertainer, an imaginer of worlds, an unbelievable success, and embarrassing failure and a fount of modern actions and ideas. Ideas that would soon change the shape and future of the nation. Ideas whose time had come. - Everything starts and ends with Elvis.”
Springsteen has written a song for Elvis (“Fire”) and a song about him (“Johnny Bye-Bye”). He has covered many Elvis songs in concert, and even invited an Elvis impersonator onstage with him in Philadelphia (dubbing him “The Philly Elvis”).
Dennis Laverty’s 75-minute film covers also all of this and includes lots of rarely seen, electrifying concert performances.
It also explores the famous 1975 jumping-the-wall incident at Graceland, the Presley concerts that Springsteen saw in person, and interesting tangents such as Patti Scialfa’s song “Looking for Elvis” and the reverence that Springsteen associates Jon Landau and author Dave Marsh have for Presley.
The film also includes footage of Elvis performing in concert and being
interviewed, and ends with a look at some parallels in their lives.
Click here > "If I Can Dream: The Influence of Elvis on Bruce” free on Vimeo
The Boss” recalls the night he heard Elvis had died: Bruce Springsteen is a big Elvis fan and references The King at most of his concerts. Springsteen was so inspired by Elvis that he embarked on his own rock star journey, racking up more than 30 million album sales during his career and reaching 15x platinum for his seventh album, Born in the USA. But when he found out about the star’s tragic death which occurred on August 16, 1977 Springsteen was devastated. The singer gave a rousing speech at one of his gigs in 1985 about Elvis and the impact the singer made on his life.
He told his audience: “I remember later, when a friend of mine called to tell me that Elvis had died, it was so hard to understand how somebody whose music came in and took away so many people's
loneliness and gave so many people a reason and a sense of the possibilities of living could have, in the end, died so tragically. And I guess when you're alone, you ain't nothin' but alone.”
The star previously pointed at Elvis’ 1956 song Hound Dog as a major influence to him. The track, which sold 10 million copies globally, was one of Elvis’ best-selling songs of all time. On listening to the track for the first time Springsteen said: “When I heard it, it just shot straight through to my brain,” and added, “I realised, suddenly, that there was more to life than what I’d been living. I was then in pursuit of something and there’d been a vision laid out before me. You were dealing with the pure thrust, the pure energy of the music itself. I was so very young but it still hit me like a thunderbolt.”
He even confessed to “breaking in” to Elvis’ home, Graceland, in 1985. Springsteen revealed how a tour brought him to Memphis, Tennessee, so he took a detour and visited the King’s residence. Upon seeing a light on in Elvis’ house, Springsteen plucked up the courage to hop the fence. Speaking to the crowd at another gig, the star recalled: “I jumped up over the wall and I started runnin' up the driveway, which when I look back on it now was kind of a stupid thing to do because I hate it when people do it at my house." After explaining who he was the guards told him Elvis wasn’t home, before ushering the star off the premises. “Anyway, at the time, I was filled with the enthusiasm of youth and ran up the driveway and I got to the front door and I was just about to knock, and guards came out of the woods and they asked me what I wanted.”
(News, Source: Callum Crumlish, Express.uk)
ELVIS WEEK 2021 Schedule Announced: Graceland has just announced the Elvis Week 2021 schedule and we cannot wait to welcome fans back to Memphis in August for a celebration like no other!
It will be a great time to gather again with friends to celebrate the music, movies, and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Week 2021 highlights include a 50th anniversary concert celebrating Elvis’ Nashville recording sessions, Blue Hawaii Luau, Ultimate ETA Contests and concerts, exclusive tours, first-time experiences, Elvis in concert on the big screen, and much more! An Elvis Week not-to-be-missed!
Tickets and Packages go on Sale Friday, February 12
Note - COVID-19 Protocols will be in place for all events. This includes the requirement of masks, temperature screenings, and socially distanced seating.
EIN Note: Many of the events are what were planned for Elvis Week 2020, let's hope the COVID-19 situation has calmed down by August.
The two Highlights for EIN would be ...
- Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniversary Concert - August 13
Celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at Nashville’s Studio B in 1970 and 1971 with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, and Charlie McCoy, who shared the studio with Elvis during these legendary recordings. Joined by vocalists Terry Mike Jeffrey and Dean Z, this concert will feature an unforgettable evening of music and storytelling. From fan favorites songs such as “Just Pretend” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to “I’ve Lost You” and “Stranger in the Crowd” – enjoy a very special night of Elvis music at the Graceland Soundstage.
- Elvis In Concert - August 16th
Celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Graceland during this live concert experience featuring amazing on-screen performances by Elvis himself, backed on stage by a live band with special guest appearances by TCB Band members guitarist James Burton and piano player Glen Hardin, plus Terry Blackwood and The Imperials. A not-to-be-missed concert event!
- ‘Down In The Jungle Room’ – is once again a special Event at $750 per ticket!
Only 10 tours available on each date; Limited to two tours per purchaser.
- Also this year ‘Hidden Graceland Tours’ yours for only $500!
Only 10 tours available on each date; Limited to two tours per purchaser.
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.
Tom Jones Talks Elvis (again): Once again Sir Tom Jones was talking about his friendship with Elvis, this time on this week's Graham Norton Show.
Jones re-told the story about his first meeting with Elvis.
"It was in 1965, I arrived in L.A. and it was wonderful. We were staying on the Sunset Strip.
I was like, 'God, this is unbelievable! My my first year in show business.'
I had to go to Paramount Studios to record a song or something and they said Elvis Presley is going to be there tomorrow and he would like to meet you.
I thought, 'Elvis Presley wants to meet me?' It was unbelievable.
And I went there to go and see about the song and they said 'Elvis is filming and once they stopped you can go in.'
So I did and they closed the doors again and I'm standing at the back there with the Memphis Mafia, these guys that work for him and Elvis in this little mock helicopter with this girl.
They did a scene and I'm looking like, 'My God, there's Elvis Presley.' And they said, 'OK cut,' and he looked across and waved.
I was like, you know, looking at these fellas and they said, 'Elvis is waving at you, wave back!'"
So he gets out of this helicopter and he starts walking towards me. I had a single record out at the moment, it was my third single, With These Hands. It was a ballad, a beautiful song.
And Elvis is walking towards me going 'With these hands, I will cling to you. With these hands,' and I'm going, 'My God, if the boys back home could see me now.'
- It was unbelievable."
Sir Tom and Elvis were incredibly close with the King's lifelong friend Jerry Schilling revealing the singers would often duet with one another into the early hours of the morning.
"Elvis didn't really hang out with other entertainers that much, but if there was one artist that Elvis truly called a friend and hung out with the most, it was Tom Jones," Schilling told the BBC.
"Sun Records" Sold!: The private music publishing company 'Primary Wave' has bought the iconic Sun Records label including its 6000 song masters with such classic recordings as Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes,” Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line,” Roy Orbison’s “Ooby Dooby” and Billy Lee Riley’s “Red Hot” among them. Elvis Presley's SUN recording are not part of the deal. Suggestions are that the deal was for US$30 million. SUN records still turns over around $4 million a year.
The deal also included the Sun Records trademark, which sources say is also a very profitable component, as well as the Sun Diner in Nashville and its merch business too. John Singleton -- brother of the late Shelby Singleton who purchased the Sun label back in 1969 from founder and industry legend Sam Phillips -- will stay on overseeing the Sun Records operation.
“We are extremely pleased to pass the Sun Records baton to Primary Wave and are confident
that they will continue to reach new heights for the crown jewel of the music business created by Sam Phillips, which my brother, Shelby, and I have kept alive and relevant for the past 50 years” John Singleton said in a statement.
Primary Wave will also provide additional resources to expand the Sun Records brand, which can now tap into the company’s marketing, branding, digital strategy and licensing and synch opportunities.
Sun Records is currently distributed by the label itself through direct digital licensing deals and by licensing the masters to well-known established re-issue labels like Charly Records and Bear Family Records.
Baz Luhrmann praises Austin Butler’s ability to embody ELVIS: Legendary performer Elvis Presley has never been given the proper biopic treatment and with such runaway successes as Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman filling cinema seats and garnering Academy Awards, it is about time he did.
Australian Director Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) stepped up to the challenge to do the King justice, but the biggest issue with telling Elvis’ story was always going to be casting the correct actor to play the versatile star.
Thankfully Luhrmann believes he found the perfect on-screen Elvis in former Disney star Austin Butler. He explained: “I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right. We searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural
movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star [Elvis], but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.”
Touching upon the arrival of Butler, Luhrmann said: “I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway. Through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”
Despite being a relative newcomer to cinema, he was in Tarantino's Award winning Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Butler has already gained quite the fan in Luhrmann.
The film - simply titled ELVIS - is due for release at the end of the year.
Graceland Virtual Live Tours: A new concept from EPE, for the first-time ever there will be a limited number of Graceland Virtual Live Tours!
The Graceland Virtual Live Tours will provide behind the scenes and never before seen highlights of the Mansion, the Lisa Marie jet and Elvis Presley’s Memphis exhibit and entertainment complex.
The two-hour guided tour will offer a behind the ropes look at the Mansion, a tour of the Lisa Marie jet and a walk through Elvis Presley’s Memphis exhibit and entertainment complex.
Hosted by VP of Graceland Archives and Exhibits Angie Marchese, the Virtual Live Tours will provide guests a VIP experience with an in-depth look into Elvis’ life. The artifacts spotlighted and stories told will
vary from tour to tour making each experience unique, and viewers will have the opportunity to ask Angie questions throughout the event.
The Mansion aspect of the tour will begin at Graceland’s front door and conclude with a quiet moment in the Meditation Garden.
Guests will enjoy touring the same rooms inside Graceland Mansion, but will get a special perspective, as the camera goes behind the ropes offering rare insights with intriguing commentary.
The experience also includes a look onboard the Lisa Marie airplane, the Convair 880 jet, nicknamed the "Flying Graceland" by Elvis, featuring two half-baths, a lounge area, a conference room, sitting room and a master bedroom. Following that viewers will visit Elvis Presley’s Memphis and continue their tour through 200,000 square feet of Elvis-themed exhibits where Angie will highlight and discuss
many of the unique archives including Elvis’ spectacular outfits, awards, automobiles, motorcycles and more.
Graceland Virtual Live Tours are $100 and begin at 8am CST on the following dates:
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Thursday, March 25, 2021
Tickets are on sale now. Click HERE to EPE for info and tickets.
Elvis Presley would have been 86-years-old on January 8, 2021. But Graceland has been keeping his legacy alive by celebrating his birthday every year with special events just like Elvis Week in August. This year, socially distanced COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the in-person events held in Memphis, Tennessee.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS !!
Rare Elvis related book attracts strong bidding on ebay: One of the hardest to find Elvis books is the softcover, The King Is Dead The Funeral of Elvis Presley by Robert Holton. Originally published in 1998 as a 1,000 limited edition, it was re-released in 2004. On both occasions the book proved elusive to find. While a few copies of the 2004 edition have sold on ebay, we had to wait until last week for a copy of the original 1998 edition to be listed. It attracted strong bidding from six parties (28 total bids) before selling for a whopping US$406.56 (A$540; 307 Pounds; 336 Euro).
The book details the account of Robert Kendall, the Funeral Director that Vernon Presley engaged to arrange Elvis’ funeral, including, at very short notice, sourcing a coffin matching the one Gladys Presley had been buried in. The moment-by-moment account of how Elvis’ funeral was arranged explains things that others have uncritically and opportunistically developed into/promoted as wild conspiracy theory.
(News, Source: ebay/EIN)
'Rare items unearthed in Graceland archives: At Graceland this year, archivist Angie Marchese has been giving Elvis fans a behind-the-scenes look in her Inside the Archives videos. Posted on Graceland’s official Instagram account, the latest saw the Elvis historian surprised by one particular item uncovered in the archives.
At the start of the video, Angie found a members receipt for the American Guild of Variety Artists, dated October 3, 1956.
But it was the second randomly selected item that surprised the Elvis historian. Angie picked out a brand new cheque book from the National Bank of Commerce, with the first one being for the Presley rental account.
She said: “I’ve never heard of this
account! Think I’m going to have to do some research on that to see what that one’s about.” Perhaps it was a bank account Elvis used for when he rented particular items he didn’t want to keep?
Meanwhile, another of Elvis’ possessions had a connection to his early girlfriend June Juanico. It was a matchbook from the Buena Vista hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi, presumably from around the mid-1950s when they were dating.
Angie enthused: “Wow! Elvis was in Biloxi on vacation with June Juanico. I wonder if this is where they stayed.”
Finally, the Graceland historian uncovered a very early possession of Elvis’ father Vernon Presley.
Angie showed fans Vernon Presley’s United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America union dues book from 1942. The item said the initiation fee was $50 and even had Vernon’s birthdate on it of April 10, 1916.
GO HERE to INSTAGRAM for the Video
Dolly Parton tells of another potential Elvis number one stopped by The Colonel: Back in 2004 EIN published this story below, a sad tale that Dolly Parton is still re-telling 16 years later..
(2004) Thirty years ago Elvis Presley asked a pretty blond country singer if he could record a love song she'd penned. The request for ‘I Will Always Love You’ in 1974 stirred Dolly Parton's blood. "I got so excited," she drawled wide-eyed, recounting the story for a packed house in Ontario, "I told everybody Elvis was doing it. I’d been invited down to the studio to meet Elvis and be there when he sang my song. That was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me. Who doesn’t love Elvis?
But then Col Parker called me before the session and said ‘You do know we have to have at least half the publishing on any song that Elvis records?’
“And I said ‘No, I did not know that’. He said ‘Well, it’s just a rule’. So I said ‘Well, it’s not my rule’.”
Parton added: “And I cried all night long, ’cause I was so disappointed. It wasn’t Elvis, I loved Elvis. And I’m sure he was as disappointed as I was because he had it all worked up and ready to go. I know he loved the song.”
Speaking about Presley’s wife of six years, Parton said: “Priscilla told me later that he sang that song to her when they were coming down the steps of the courthouse after they divorced. That really touched me and I thought ‘Oh well, I can only imagine’. But it wasn’t his fault.”
In 2004 Parton told the story to set up a new song she's written, ‘I Dreamed About Elvis’, to memorialize the event. "I was disappointed I never got Elvis to record it . . . but Whitney Houston did it and made me a ton of money,"
laughed the 58-year-old music and film star. "It has been the biggest song of my career." Whitney Houston’s single sold 5 million copies in 1992 and spent 14 weeks at number One.
Fans outraged by Elvis Week 2020 Prices: Colonel Parker may have been a total scoundrel but he always knew where Elvis' true fan-base was and rightfully kept ticket prices affordable. A front row ticket to see an Elvis concert in 1977 cost just US$15 - which is US$70 in today's value.
Now EPE is suggesting that fans pay $750 each to their exclusive 'Down In The Jungle Room' event and fans are rightly outraged.
While of course it is a unique event, surely this should be selected via a ballot or random selection from Graceland visitors on the day. It should be fair for all and not for just the super-rich.
In the same way to join the "Graceland Guest House Founders" was priced at up to $30,000 this Jungle Room event is surely nothing that ELVIS would have agreed to.
EPE note "DOWN IN THE JUNGLE ROOM EXPERIENCE" $750. Very limited availability (20 available). In 1976, the Jungle Room at Graceland became a make-shift studio – and Elvis recorded there in February and October of that year. During this exclusive experience, attendees will step back in time to 1976 with some of the guys who were part of the Jungle Room sessions to hear their stories of what it was like to record with Elvis. Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests sharing their memories include bassist Norbert Putnam, piano player David Briggs, Ronnie Tutt and guitarist James Burton.
To EIN this again symbolises EPE’s move to an Elvis Week beyond the “traditional” Elvis fans. Is a physical room worth paying $750 for when the same Elvis musicians Putnam, Briggs, Tutt & Burton can be heard at other Elvis concerts at much more affordable prices. And you can easily meet them for FREE!
Similarly there is no way that EPE will be bringing in the complete RCA recording set-up that was used back in 1976. - And EPE are repeating this money-grabbing trick twice!
Fans have posted on EIN Facebook..
- EPE ripping off fans again. Shame, if Elvis was alive he would be very disappointed with how it being run.
- Just imagine what Elvis would think.... $750 to meet them, he would be disgusted. Elvis was always one to go down to the gates and very personable with his fans....I think he would really dislike this.
- I’d expect Elvis himself to be there for that price!
Priscilla Pushes to increase EPE Revenue: After the recent Rolling Stone article on future ELVIS EPE plans (see below), The Blast comments...
.. Elvis Presley's ex, Priscilla has been a busy woman over the past several months. Priscilla has been working every angle and idea possible to boost the income for the Presley estate. ABG have been pumping out idea after idea on some major new Elvis Presley projects.
(EIN actually suspects Graceland COO Joel Weinshanker's major involvement here)
If you can name it then there is likely a product version for the Elvis Presley brand or one in the making. Just a few new Presley projects that are in the works include an Elvis Snapchat filter, a soon to be released Elvis favorite pets DVD and CBD infused Hound Dog treats for your pooch.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg in upcoming merch featuring the late King of Rock and Roll.
Priscilla shares her input on all things Elvis related. With an Elvis cartoon series underway for Netflix, the plan is to make Elvis gain in popularity with the younger crowds. It is going to be a very aggressive push. To date, the estate is estimated to be worth around $400 million.
For fans who make their travel and vacation plans around Elvis events Memphis you had better start saving up a little more cash because ticket prices to tour Graceland are rising.
The 2020 Elvis Week tickets offer several packages. The first the Limited Platinum Package costs $1600, while the Gold Package is $655. The Guest House Theatre Concert Package will cost you $121.
Fans have noted that ticket prices continue to rise and with Priscilla at the helm there are now numerous events and memorabilia museums of your choice. At the rate the events and new attractions are unfolding it seems that EPE is turning Presley's once-beloved mansion into a major entertainment park.
While some fans are thrilled with the opportunity to tour and participate in everything Elvis, many others are not too happy with the price increases.
Elvis: That’s the Way It Is’ CINEMA Re-Release April 22: Trafalgar Releasing has announced the cinema re-release for “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” for April 22 worldwide in 14 countries.
The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release by MGM. Most of the remastered footage was shot at the International Hotel in Las Vegas with songs including “Love Me Tender,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds.”
The film was directed by Denis Sanders.
On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade.
Elvis' series of concerts broke all box office records and completely re-energised the career of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The film followed Elvis’s summer festival in Las Vegas during August 1970.
Now 'Elvis: That’s The Way It Is' returns to cinemas worldwide for one night only on April 22, 2020.
An unmissable event for fans around the world.
Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing notes, "Trafalgar Releasing are pleased to be able to celebrate 85 years of this musical legend in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Authentic Brand Group.
It's been 50 years since this career-changing documentary about The King of Rock 'n' Roll was released, yet the lasting legacy of Elvis Presley and his music can be seen more clearly than ever in film, music and culture.”
Elvis: That’s The Way It Is will be shown in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany and Austria.
Also, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Australia and New Zealand.
Tickets will be on sale from February 26, with all the details of participating cinemas.
Go HERE to the TTWII website for all the details, cinemas and tickets
ELVIS' BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 2020
January 8-11, 2020
Memphis on January 8-11, 2020, for this milestone Graceland celebrates Elvis’ 85th Birthday! Enjoy four days of birthday festivities, plus special guests Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling. Events this year include our annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on January 8, Elvis Birthday Bash and Evening Tour, private tours of Graceland Mansion with Priscilla Presley, a Birthday Celebration Concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, fan-favorite concert Elvis: Live in Concert featuring The TCB Band, and much more! A Birthday Celebration not-to-be-missed! See the schedule Click Here
Tom Hanks gets to play the Bad Guy!: Veteran actor Tom Hanks says he is set to play a "bad guy" in the Elvis Presley biopic and he hopes to prove the naysayers wrong that he can only play the good guy.
Hanks who was awarded the Cecille B DeMille award at the recent Golden Globes ceremony is playing Elvis' shifty manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann's untitled biopic on the legendary musician. Relative newcomer Austin Butler is playing Presley.
Backstage at the Golden Globes Hanks joked, "If all goes according to plan, I'll be playing Colonel Tom Parker to Austin Butler's Elvis and hopefully I will then finally have an answer to all your stupid questions about why I will never play a bad guy. I think I'm about to do that. That's who I am playing next!"
Hanks will be flying to Australia to shoot the movie also sent out "good thoughts to Australia for what's going on down there" in the wake of the devastating bushfires.
Elvis Hologram Tour a Future Reality?: While in the UK Priscilla recently commented on the possibility of a future Elvis hologram tour - however she doesn’t think the technology is there yet.
Sadly most Elvis fans nowadays will never know what it was like to see Elvis perform live. The closest now is Elvis In Concert – Live on Screen which sees footage of the entertainer singing live accompanied by a real orchestra. But what about a hologram tour as there already are plans for Whitney Houston and ABBA hologram tours in the near future, with "Roy Orbison" already having gone "On Tour" but with varied results.
A hologram of Elvis singing in 2049 appeared in the last Blade Runner film so the idea has certainly been around for some time.
Asked in a recent interview Priscilla Presley isn’t convinced the technology is good enough yet but is open to the idea.
Priscilla stated, “No, it hasn’t progressed really to what I feel would be him. It’s very difficult to get his image right.
It's very difficult because the way they do holograms is putting bits and pieces together.
But (in Elvis In Concert) you are seeing the real deal on the screen. I don’t think a hologram can really match what you’re seeing yet.
I haven’t really seen it that perfected. I’m not saying it’ll never be around (in the future) but right now it’s not in progress.”
Meanwhile, a request for a CGI recreation of Elvis to star in a new movie was rejected by his estate.
However Baz Luhrmann's major biopic on Elvis is already in production staring 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’s Austin Butler.
(News, Source;UK Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis & Beatles New Liverpool Plaque: A plaque celebrating Elvis' Memphis and The Beatles' Liverpool relationship as musical "Rock ‘n’ Soul Mates" was unveiled last week in Liverpool's Mathew Street.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and Kevin Kane, president of Memphis Tourism, officially unveiled the latest link between the two cities.
An identical plaque is being placed in world-famous Beale Street in Memphis where blues and rock ‘n’ roll were born.
Speaking at a special event at the Cavern Club, Mr Kane said: “There aren’t two cities in the world that had a bigger impact culturally through music than Liverpool and Memphis. We should celebrate that.”
The plaque – donated by Memphis - states that “Liverpool on the banks of the River Mersey and Memphis on the mighty Mississippi River are bound by their definitive music heritage.. The iconic sounds of both cities changed the world and continue to reverberate globally weaving into new and exciting revolutionary music genres even today.”
In 1950 Sam Phillips opened Sun Studio in Union Avenue, Memphis. It was there in 1954 that a teenage Elvis Presley recorded That’s All Right – and rock ‘n’ roll was born.
Four thousand miles away, Presley’s music inspired a certain John Winston Lennon to pick up a guitar (as well as naming his cat Elvis) and what would become The Beatles was born.
Although Elvis and The Beatles met only once – at Presley’s mansion in Bel Air in 1965, both singer and band changed the face of popular music.
Links between Liverpool, a UNESCO City of Music, and Memphis go back to 2004 and the 50th anniversary of That’s All Right. - In 2011 venues in the two cities agreed to become Rock ‘n’ Soul Mates.
Elvis' Graceland home receives over 600,000 visitors per year while Liverpool’s music heritage industry is now believed to be worth around £90m per year to the city. New works are being planned in Liverpool to transform the Mathew Street area to be similar to Memphis' Beale Street in offering visitors a great musical experience.
Go here for EIN's detailed look at all things 'Elvis / Beatles'
Elvis is Back! once again #2 Top-Earning Dead Celebrity: Last year ELVIS once again jumped back up the Forbes charts to become #2 Top-Earning Dead Celebrity and this year he retained that same position earning a cool $39 million - helped no doubt by the expanded Elvis Presley's Memphis museum and interest surrounding the 1969 '50th Anniversary'.
In 2019 Michael Jackson again tops Forbes magazine's annual list of the highest-earning deceased celebrities but with an estimated of $60 million income - this is a MASSIVE DROP from his income last year of $400 million.
Golf legend Arnold Palmer drops to No.4 with $30 million while "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz is back to No.3 with a $38 million.
As last year, rounding out the top five is reggae icon Bob Marley ($20 million).
Even with CD sales collapsing nine musicians feature in the list of 13, up from just six a year ago. John Lennon is the richer late Beatle at #7 on the list with $14 million (much of it owed to the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road) while George Harrison is 13th on the list, with $9 million.
Other musicians included are Prince #9 ($12M), Rapper Nipsey Hussle (who was shot in Los Angeles) comes in at 10 with $11 million, XXXTentacion, who died in June 2018, is 11 on the list having made $10 million since his death. He is most-streamed deceased celebrity in America.
Whitney Houston is #12 ($9.5M). The great Marilyn Monroe is #8 ($13M) while children’s author Dr. Seuss is #6 ($19M)
Top Ten Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2019.
1. Michael Jackson $60 million (down from $400m!)
2. Elvis Presley $39 million (down from $40m)
3. Charles Schulz ('Peanuts' creator) $38 million.
4. Arnold Palmer $30 million.
5. Bob Marley $20 million.
Also - 6. Dr. Seuss $19 million, 7. John Lennon $14 million, 8. Marilyn Monroe $13 million, 9. Prince $12 million, 10. Nipsey Hussle $10 million.
As Gore Vidal once noted, "Death is a good career move"!
Elvis left the building 42 years ago - will Michael Jackson still be in the list in 30 years' time? - EIN truly has its doubts.
Luhrmann finds his Priscilla for Elvis Biopic: Director Baz Luhrmann has found the Priscilla to his Elvis for his new biopic in 'The Society' actress Olivia DeJonge.
Australian DeJonge, who also starred in M. Night Shyamalan's 2015 thriller The Visit and Netflix series “The Society” will portray Priscilla Presley in Luhrmann's untitled movie that will follow a 20-year period of Elvis Presley's life as he hit stratospheric levels of fame and success.
“Olivia is capable of manifesting the complex depth and presence that has made Priscilla Presley an icon in her own right. She’s an extremely talented young actor and the perfect counterpoint to Austin Butler's Elvis,” Luhrmann said in a statement.
Butler beat out the likes of Ansel Elgort and Harry Styles to play the King of Rock 'n' Roll in the film that will examine the musician's life through his relationship with his manager Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks.
Principal photography will begin early next year in Queensland, Australia.
Luhrmann co-wrote the screenplay for his film alongside Craig Pearce.
The as yet untitled Warner Bros. film, which is due to hit cinemas next year on October 21,
New James Burton Interview: Legendary guitar maestro, James Burton, was recently interviewed by Terry Gross, host of the Fresh Air podcast. Gross is known for her stimulating and wide ranging interviews and her discussion with James is a beauty. Apart from his time with Elvis, James talks about his start in the business at age 14, working with Rick Nelson, Glen Campbell, and a lot more. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Terry Gross: My guest is guitarist James Burton. He's featured on the new 11-CD box set "Elvis Live 1969." These Vegas concerts were the first time he was, like, back onstage in front of a lot of people live. And he was nervous about getting onstage. I think he told you that he was afraid that he wasn't going to be able to do it. Is that right?
JAMES BURTON: Yeah, he - backstage, just before we went out on stage, he was very nervous. He came up to me, and he said, James, I don't know if I can walk out there. And I said, Elvis, you'll have no problem. Just when you come out onstage, man, just sing maybe three or four songs just to the band, you know? We'll just key off each other and forget the audience. And after he did that, he just kind of relaxed
and loosened up, and he started talking to the audience. But he was very nervous. He actually hadn't been onstage in nine years. He just did movies for nine years. And when he called me and asked me to put the band together in '69, he said that his favorite thing was to be onstage and sing to his live audience. And that's what he really missed most of all - is singing to the fans.
TG: Was there ever a moment where you thought he's really not going to make it; he is not going to be able to go onstage?
BURTON: No, not really. He was always wound up and ready to go. I mean, all of his performances were fantastic. You know, that suit he wore weighed, like, 5,000 pounds. It was the heaviest suit I've ever seen. I don't have a clue how he could jump around onstage in that suit.
TG: : Well, let me describe this. It's a white jumpsuit, but it had, like, a zillion really large rivets on it, like... instead of buttons, there were rivets. And then it's, like, a heavy white material with a big collar - not the huge collar that he later wore, but a pretty big collar nevertheless.
BURTON: It was so heavy, Terry. I got to tell you. I picked it up one day to move it off the couch, and I couldn't pick it up. It was so heavy. I really don't know how he could jump around like a little kid on stage wearing that suit.
TG: I read that he rehearsed with weights on his hands and feet so that he'd be...
BURTON: He would do that because, I guess, wearing those suits and everything, he had to get ready for it - jumping around onstage.
TG: And describe your pink paisley guitar that you got for these concerts.
BURTON: Oh, wow. That guitar - this was amazing. My friend that was - he was actually the vice president of Fender - called me. He said, I have a guitar here with your name on it. And I said, really? Well, send it to me. And he said, no, no. You have to come down and check it out. So I went down and had lunch with him that day, and he said, there's the guitar in the corner. So I went over and opened the case, and I said, no, no, no. That's too flashy, too bright for me.
But anyway, I took the guitar to Vegas with me. The first two weeks, I decided to only play my Telecaster that my mother and dad bought me and I played on thousands of records. And two weeks later, we had two weeks left in Vegas. And I said - Red West came to me, the Memphis Mafia guy. He came to me and he said, James, you've got to play that new guitar, man. So I was a little nervous about playing it. I figured, you know, it's a little too flashy.
Elvis might say something onstage and, you know, might embarrass me.
But anyway, I played the guitar that night. We did two shows, and he never said anything. And after the second show, Elvis said, "hey, James. I noticed you were playing a different guitar tonight. Man, it sounds great, and it looks great". And I said, yeah. I told him a story. I said, yeah, I was a little nervous about bringing it out onstage. I don't know what you might think about it. And he said, "no, it looks great and it sounds great, so play it all you want to." So I continued playing it. It was great.
TG: So what was it like standing behind Elvis or to the side of Elvis onstage facing the audience, watching the audience, watching him? Because, like, you're onstage, but, like, the eyes are mostly going to be, like, fixed on Elvis, and you're taking in the whole spectacle.
BURTON: Yeah. You know, he loved guitar. He always keyed off guitar, and he'd always give me looks onstage.
He'd always kind of follow me on guitar, and we had to watch him every second because he would change in middle of a song or something. We never knew what he was going to do, so we had to watch him every second. But it was amazing. He was - we couldn't get too close because he was moving so fast and kicking and - a little bit of karate there. We didn't want to get our head chopped off.
TG: So you kept playing with Elvis from '69 until his death, so you weren't put in a position to watch his health deteriorate. Do you think he understood that the pills he was taking were addictive and were really harming his health?
BURTON: Well, you know, I never saw him do anything or take anything. I know that sometimes, he would he would gain a little weight, and then he would say, man, I got to go back on my diet. I got to slow down here and lose this weight. I've seen him gain quite a bit of weight and then lose it real fast, which is not good. But I never saw him do anything or take anything. And all the time I worked with him, I never saw any of that.
TG: You know, you've had such a big influence on guitar players. And I think part of that comes from being on "Ozzie And Harriet," which, like I said, like, all teenagers watched it at the time. Elvis watched it. Elvis told you he used to watch it.
Go here for EIN's spotlight on 'Ricky Nelson and James Burton'
BURTON: Well, I found out later. But when Elvis called me and asked me to put the band together for a 1969 comeback and he said, "you know, I watch the "Ozzie And Harriet" TV show, I watch Ricky sing and you play guitar - it's my favorite show. I watch it every week". And I said, you got to be kidding. The king of rock 'n' roll watching me on TV, watching me play guitar? (Laughter). But he said he loved it. He watched it every week.
TG: So what Phil Spector records do you remember playing on?
BURTON: Oh, boy. I don't have a clue right now. I don't have a clue. There's so much stuff. You know, I was doing, like, four sessions a day seven days a week, and it got pretty crazy because sometimes, you didn't even know who the artist was, you know? But I know I'd go from one session like The Monkees and, of course, The Beach Boys - Glen Campbell and I played on a lot of Beach Boys stuff. And I used to go up to Brian Wilson's house in Bel Air, and we would play all weekend. We cut a record, a whole album in one weekend, and he would have all the studio guys come up there and stay. He said, nobody goes home. Everybody stays up here. And we just played day and night, and it was crazy.
Go here for the full TG podcast / interview
(Interview, Source: npr.com/ElvisInfoNet)
Ed Bonja Photographer / Tour Manager has died: EIN has heard the sad news that Elvis' photographer Ed Bonja died in Berlin last night, aged 74. EIN's good friends Joan & Paul Gansky noted..
... Our dear friend and Elvis Photographer/tour manager Ed Bonja has joined Elvis and so many of his friends, co-stars, musicians, backup singers and others in Heaven. Leukemia and other medical complications brought his life to a close on September 4th, 2019. He was 74. Rest in peace Ed, our special friend.
Ed lived in Germany, most recently in Berlin, for the last 12 years of his life, participating in hundreds of shows at Hotel Estrella with Elvis-connected entertainers and friends. He also was a guest celebrity at many Elvis-events all over Europe and the USA.
Previously, he had called our house in Culver City “home” for several years. Whenever Ed visited the USA, he had his old “Bonja Suite” reserved in our home!
Our precious memories are too numerous to mention here, but we will always remember him as a gentle soul who went through life seeing good in everyone that crossed his path. - Paul & Joan Gansky
It was fifty years ago that RCA started professionally recording ELVIS LIVE 1969 at the International Hotel Las Vegas. RCA recorded eleven concerts, all of which have now been released in the new deluxe box-set. Fifty years later fans can truly reminisce about all the excitement that Elvis generated as he returned to live performances. The eleven concerts would be culled to produce the 'Elvis In Person' 13-track album which would be released in November 1969. In 2019 EIN suggests you relive every concert day-by-day on their 50th anniversary.
Watch the Candlelight Vigil LIVE NOW: It is Thursday night in Memphis as thousands of fans honour the life and legacy of Elvis Presley and observe the annual Candlelight Vigil at Graceland.
Thousands of Elvis fans have gathered around the gates of Graceland for the annual Candlelight Vigil and to celebrate the life and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The ceremony for the 41st anniversary is organized as always by the Elvis Country Fan Club.
You can watch the vigil live from Graceland starting at 8pm. CT USA tomorrow =1am GMT on Livestream. 11am Sydney time
Elvis Still the King 42 Years After His Death: Whether you think of Elvis Presley as the young, energetic singer with the dynamic good looks and gyrating hips that shook the music world in the 1950’s, or the more mature Elvis with the long sideburns and sequined jumpsuits who performed in Las Vegas, his career spanned decades. Music fans around the world were devastated by news of his death on August 16th, 1977.
And yet, more than four decades later, the man with the voice and style that changed popular music forever, remains the King of Rock and Roll. Millions around the world still buy his music and hundreds of thousands visit Graceland every year to see where he lived, died, and remains buried today. Elvis is so popular he ranked No. 2 (behind Michael Jackson) on Forbes’s list of Highest Paid Celebrities for 2018. The list, released every October, showed Elvis pulling in $40 million last year.
This week, to mark the anniversary of his death, officials estimate 20,000 people or more will gather at Graceland for “Elvis Week”. How has he remained so deeply ingrained in our hearts, minds, and culture, so many years after his passing?
Friday 9 August 2019 - - - ELVIS WEEK 2019 Starts Today ! - - -
Elvis Week 2019 Starts Today: Once again the crowds are descending on Memphis to help celebrate the life and legend that it Elvis. EIN's roving reporter Sanja Meegin has just jetted into the Promised Land and will be reporting back on all things ELVIS.
Elvis Week 2019 is August 9-17 - already announced by EPE are additional special guests, Ronnie Milsap will speak at the American Sound Studio Panel, BJ Thomas and "Suspicious Minds" songwriter Mark James will be there too. Sony Music's Ernst Jorgensen and John Jackson will speak on the Elvis in Vegas panel and the Sweet Inspirations' Estelle Brown will be on hand to celebrate Elvis in Vegas at both the panel and concert, and Former Members of J.D. Sumner & the Stamps Quartet featuring Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland will perform at the Elvis Gospel Homecoming on August 17.
Elvis tribute artist champs Cody Slaughter and Shawn Klush have been added to Elvis Unplugged shows.
Click here to EPE for the full schedule"
'The Auction at Graceland' On-Line Bidding Open: The August 13th Graceland-Authenticated Auction feature artifacts from Elvis' personal and professional life.
Highlights include his 14k diamond ring gifted to JD Sumner in 1974 and the signed agreement giving Col Parker a portion of Elvis' publishing rights.
The Auction at Graceland is a highlight of Elvis Week when collectors and fans get a chance to bid on a piece of Elvis history. The auction will include over 400 artifacts from Elvis' career.
Online bidding is now open for the auction which will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 12pm EDT / 11am CDT in the Guest House at Graceland and online.
All the items in the auction will be offered from third-party collectors and none of the items come from the treasured Graceland Archives which continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.
Highlights will be displayed at Elvis Presley's Memphis and later at Graceland Guest House.
Auction highlights include
- 1970s Elvis Presley's 14k Large Diamond Stage Ring Gifted to JD Sumner in 1974 - Former Mike Moon Collection Estimate $40-50,000
- Incredible Elvis Presley Pictorial Poster for September 2, 1957, Concert at Portland's Multnomah Stadium $30-50,000
- Elvis Owned Custom Black Three-Piece Tuxedo Made for His 1969 Film The Trouble with Girls - Former Mike Moon Collection $25-30,000
- 1967 Elvis Presley's Saddle Made by Mike McGregor $20-30,000
- Elvis Presley, Vernon Presley and Gladys Presley Signed November 21, 1955, Agreement Giving Colonel Tom Parker a Portion of Elvis' Publishing Rights $10-20,000
- Impressive 22.18 ct Opal and Diamond Ring that Elvis Presley Gifted to Linda Thompson $10-15,000
- 1970 Elvis U.S. FDA Drug Abuse Control Badge Gifted to Sonny West - Former Mike Moon Collection $10-15,000
- Elvis Signed Guitar - Signed in Concert $8-12,000
- Elvis Wardrobe Shirt from 1969 Film Charro $8-10,000
- 1970s Elvis IC Costume Brown Patterned Shirt Gifted to Ed Hill - Former Mike Moon Collection $8-10,000
- Immaculate 1954 Sun Records 209 Unplayed 45 RPM 7-Inch Single of "That's All Right" / "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - Memphis Pressing $8-10,000
- 1973 Elvis Presley's Stage Worn Scarf from "Aloha from Hawaii" Afternoon Concert Rehearsal Scarf with Heavy Makeup and Original Concert Ticket Stub $6-8,000
- Elvis Presley Double Signed and Inscribed Loving You Soundtrack Album with Photo of Fan with Elvis - $3-5,000
Click here to The Auction at Graceland to bid
Lisa Marie Writing a Book?: Tabloid rumors today (from the same company that published Elvis: What Happened!) that Lisa Marie has signed a book deal with Gallery Books.
"A mystery source" (tabloid-speak for made-up rumor) said that the Lisa Marie book is such a bombshell, she has sold it to Gallery Books for between $3 million and $4 million.
The tome “promises shocking revelations about Michael Jackson and a completely new understanding of Elvis”.
Lisa Marie, now 51, was married to the King of Pop from 1994 to 1996.
They secretly wed in a private ceremony before unveiling the relationship publicly on MTV, and splitting just two years later.
In 2010, she offered a somewhat cryptic account of how the marriage ended in an interview with Oprah Winfrey: “There was a very profound point in the marriage when he had to make a decision. Was it the drugs and the sort of vampires, or me? And he pushed me away.” She added that by “vampires” she meant “sycophants.”
The allegations have returned with the release of HBO’s “Leaving Neverland,” and Jackson’s estate has sued over the doc. The marriage is covered in the film, but Presley hasn’t commented.
Lisa Marie, who’s also been married to Danny Keough, Nicolas Cage and Michael Lockwood, has been open about her past addiction to painkillers, writing the foreword for the book “The United States of Opioids.”
Her new book is one of a number of high-profile projects on ELVIS a Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic on the King of Rock ’n’ Roll will shoot next year.
EIN is awaiting confirmation from Gallery books.
Lana Del Ray to play Priscilla?: The meteoric rise of Elvis has been depicted several times onscreen, and the story will be told one more time in an upcoming big-screen biopic from director Baz Luhrmann.
With the recent news that Austin Butler has landed the lead role as Presley and Tom Hanks is set to play manager Col. Tom Parker, the late star's former wife is offering her opinion about who she thinks should be portraying her in the still-untitled biopic.
Recent reports have singer Lana Del Rey wanting to take on the role of Priscilla.
Media reports state that Del Rey feels it's a role she was born to play and that she has her agent contacting Baz Luhrmann hoping to get her cast.
Lana does look like Priscilla and has decided there's no way she won't get the part.
Despite the singer's reported enthusiasm, her lack of acting experience is reportedly a source of doubt for Luhrmann although he did use her song "Young & Beautiful" on the soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby".
When asked about the possibility Priscilla told media, "I like Lana" clearly giving her stamp of approval to Lana.
Priscilla Presley has clearly always been one of Lana Del Rey's muses. Besides their striking resemblance, LDR nods Elvis' ex-wife's fashion sense frequently and even croons "Elvis is my daddy" in her song Body Electric.
The movie is described as focusing on the late entertainer's rise and zenith, with a major aspect being his relationship with Parker.
Austin Butler to play ELVIS in new biopic: Aussie director Baz Luhrmann has announced that the Shannara Chronicles star Austin Butler has been cast as Elvis Presley in his new biopic.
News came in earlier this month that Austin Butler was one of the finalists to play the iconic musician in the new Baz Luhrmann’s movie and now he’s beaten out Harry Styles and Miles Teller for the role, though Luhrmann took his time making a selection.
Luhrmann explained how he concluded that the 27-year-old Butler was the right actor to bring Elvis to life in his movie:
"I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist. Throughout the casting process, it was an honor for me to encounter such a vast array of talent.
I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures."
Austin Butler has primarily made an impression in the TV realm, recurring in shows like Life Unexpected and being the lead in the short-lived The Carrie Diaries and The Shannara Chronicles. On the big screen, Butler’s credits include The Dead Don’t Die and the upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
He will act in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic alongside Tom Hanks who is playing Colonel Tom Parker. While the movie will chronicle Elvis’ path to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, it will specifically frame this story through his complex relationship with Parker.
Baz Luhrmann has brought in some of his frequent collaborators such as Craig Pearce writing the script, and Catherine Martin serving as production and costume designer. Warner Bros will release the picture worldwide.
Elvis Week New Guests Ronnie Milsap, Pat West, Sheriff Bill Morris and Bonya Rhodes McGarrity (Elvis’ secretary): More news about Elvis Week 2019.
A Ronnie Milsap concert has been added to Elvis Week 2019 at Graceland in Memphis, August 9-17
Six-time GRAMMY Award winning singer Ronnie Milsap will perform a concert at the Soundstage at Graceland on the evening of Tuesday, August 13.
As one of the most successful country music artists of all time and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Ronnie is a 12-time ACM and CMA winner, has sold over 30 million albums and has had 40 #1 hits.
Ronnie also has a special connection to Elvis, which makes this Elvis Week appearance an exciting addition. As a session player for Chips Moman at American Sound, Ronnie played on Elvis’ “Kentucky Rain” and sang harmony on “Don’t Cry Daddy.” In addition, Ronnie performed for two of Elvis’ New Year’s Eve parties. Ronnie is a known as a great storyteller, so concert goers will likely be treated to some wonderful first-hand stories of his time with Elvis in addition to a night of incredible music.
Other Elvis Week highlights include- the American Sound Studio panel with Memphis Boys Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman and back-up singers Mary and Ginger Holladay who will share stories and memories from their time with Elvis in 1969 for his recording sessions at American Sound;
Other highlights are 'Conversations on Elvis', 'American Sound 50th Anniversary Celebration concert', '1969 50th Anniversary Concert – Elvis Returns to Vegas', 'Elvis Presley Gospel Homecoming concert'
Plus new additions to the Aug 15 Conversations on Elvis include Pat West (above with Elvis) who was a college student when she began working for Elvis as a secretary at Graceland and who married Red West, personal friend former Memphis Mayor and Shelby County Sheriff Bill Morris plus Bonya Rhodes McGarrity, a Memphis native who worked at Graceland as Elvis’ secretary from 1961-1963. (Go HERE to EIN's Tribute to RED WEST)
The cornerstone event, the Candlelight Vigil, will begin on Thursday, August 15, at 8:30 p.m. CDT at Graceland’s front gate. The Candlelight Vigil will be open for all to attend. No special passes or wristbands are required.
Click here to EPE's Elvis Week Schedule for more info
James Burton added to Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot Show at Graceland: Legendary guitarist James Burton, a member of Elvis' TCB Band, has just been added a special guest performer at Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot at the Soundstage at Graceland on August 21.
It will also be James' 80th birthday, so the show will double as a huge birthday celebration for him.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton organized Elvis' TCB Band and performed and recorded with Elvis from 1969-1977. Burton has recorded and performed with artists such as Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, John Denver, Merle Haggard, Joni Mitchell, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello and many more. He has also been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Burton will perform at the 1969 Elvis Returns to Vegas event on August 16 and will share his memories of Elvis at the Elvis in Vegas Panel on Aug 17 during Elvis Week.
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner Brian Setzer is a “Musician’s Musician,” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and swing in the ’90’s). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder / leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist.
He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name.
Tickets are on sale now - get them now at gracelandlive.com!
Cinema ''68 Comeback Special' fans Rave: Finally after 50 years Elvis fans got the chance to see the sensational 'NBC Comeback Special' in the cinema.
It was pure joy to know that Elvis fans worldwide could celebrate such an emotional ELVIS experience at the same time.
Event TV / EPE / Fathom Events must be commended for organising such a great tribute.
"The 75-minute special showcases Elvis at his best. The ’68 Comeback Special has never looked nor sounded better. Clearly, a lot of effort went into the transfers, and it looks like they went back to the original masters to get the best quality. It’s clear that everybody involved really went to town to make this screening something memorable for the fans, and this is also a great showcase for Elvis’ enduring talent and charisma. Go out and see this, and bring a friend. You won’t regret it."
Elvis Week 2018: Elvis Week hits the emotional time of remembrance as fans gather for the Candlelight Vigil and EIN's Mandy Squair is there. The Candlelight Vigil was tonight from 8.30 marking the 41st anniversary of Elvis’ death. The service at the Graceland gates was first and all out special candles are lit. Then everyone walked up the driveway of Graceland to the Meditation Garden where Elvis is buried. The line of candles up the driveway is very moving. The Elvis Country Fan Club this year selected "Thinking About You" as the theme. They also played the video of Lisa Marie singing her new duet with her father - the gospel song “Where no one stands alone” with all Elvis loving fans gathered together this felt very special. There were not many people this year compared to last year - locals put it down to the $28 fee introduced by EPE last year - and everyone was through the gates by 10.15 pm.
D.J. Fontana Has Died aged 87:
DJ Fontana, Elvis' legendary drummer, has died aged 87.
The last of the 'Blue Moon Boys' has now left to join his fellow musicians - the creators of the Rock'n'Roll big-bang.
Dominic Joseph Fontana passed away in his sleep last night.
His son David Fontana, wrote: “My dad passed away in his sleep at 9:33 tonight June 13. He was very comfortable with no pain. We ask for privacy at this time. Thank you for your love and prayers.”
Fontana, who was born in Shreveport Louisiana on March 15 1931, originally began backing Elvis Presley, Bill Black and Scotty Moore when he worked at the Louisiana Hayride as early as 1954.
Sun Records Sam Phillips originally assembled Elvis' Blue Moon Boys without a drummer and so it wasn't until the key RCA session of January 10 1956 that DJ Fontana joined the band on recordings.
That session produced 'Heartbreak Hotel' and the music world would never be the same.
Fontana's key input would be his solid beat creating the stunning impact on songs such as 'Hound Dog' and 'Jailhouse Rock'.
Elvis, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana continued to play and record together throughout the 1960s.
Fontana played on over 400 of Elvis RCA recordings as well as appearing in several films.
Lead guitarist Scotty Moore sadly passed away back in 2016.
Original bassist Bill Black died back in 1965 and never played with Elvis' band again following the 1958 break-up.
DJ Fontana was instrumental in Elvis career revival of the 1968 'Comeback Special' although it would be the last time he performed with Elvis.
Of the NBC TV Special Fontana said, "We had a lot of fun doing it. Elvis looked great . . . he was real nervous, but once he started it was like he'd never been away."
"Elvis was just a nice guy, even though he was so young. He always treated people like he wanted to be treated. You know, we worked hard. We just tried to cut good records. But we knew that if it wasn't for Elvis, we wouldn't have done anything."
DJ Fontana R.I.P.
Elvis Hologram Show Delayed: This week a US a federal court ordered Pulse Evolution to pay $524,196 to Darren Bagert, a Broadway producer, for breaching their deal to develop a new Elvis Presley Hologram musical.
Pulse Evolution specializes in making lifelike holograms for concerts and films. It previously resurrected rapper Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Music Festival in 2012, and breathed new life into singer Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014.
In 2014 Pulse Evolution next acquired the rights to create a virtual version of Presley from EPE. It hoped to put him back on stage in a 90-minute show, and brought in Darren Bagert, a producer of An American in Paris and Dear Evan Hansen, to oversee the $15 to $25 million project.
Note that although Priscilla has recently stated that EPE were "not interested in a Hologram show" Simon Fuller is still working on the show haven been given the rights by EPE!
According to their agreement, Bagert had to assemble a creative team, build a budget, and attend meetings with potential investors. Pulse Evolution, in return, had to give him advances against a production fee, a slice of the net profits, and 200,000 shares of its common stock.
However after Bagert fulfilled his obligations, Pulse Evolution announced a new partnership with the creator of American Idol, Simon Fuller and stated that he would focus on developing the Elvis Presley hologram show.
“That was a game-changing moment for us,” recalled Bagert, emphasizing that “two producers were attached to the same project.”
The Broadway producer continued to work on the show behind the scenes. But, last October, he had enough, and decided to bring Pulse Evolution to arbitration. He claimed that Pulse Evolution never paid him some of the advances against the production fee, and the shares that he received were all restricted stock, meaning that he could not sell them on the open market.
Pulse Evolution chose not to defend the matter in arbitration and Bagert was awarded $500,000, finding that the Pulse had breached their agreement.
Bagert then sued to enforce the arbitration award in federal court, and Pulse Evolution, once again, decided not to defend the matter. The court has now ordered it to pay up.
Elvis ' Christmas album with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release date October 6th 2017
1. Santa claus is back in town
2. White christmas
3. Here comes santa claus (right down santa claus lane)
4. Merry christmas baby
5. Blue christmas
6. I'll be home for christmas
7. Winter wonderland
8. Santa bring my baby back (to me)
9. Silver bells
10. Oh little town of bethlehem
11. O come all ye faithful
12. The first Noël
13. Silent night
Gepubliceerd: 03 september 2017, 19:44
Bron: ElvisMatters / Gepubliceerd door: ElvisMatters - Jeroen Vanderschoot .
Graceland Auction Brings in Over $1.6 Million: Collectors from around the world raised their paddles to bid in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history at the “Auction at Graceland” yesterday with items selling for over $1.6 million.
It was the first time Graceland Auctions brought in over $1 million in its history. Big ticket items included an Elvis owned and stage-worn sleeveless jumpsuit and jacket that sold for $250,000.
Jeff Marren director for Graceland Auctions, said the stage-worn suits tend to fetch the most money because only 15 to 18 of them are owned by collectors. "Those are very hard to come by because the vast majority of them are in the Graceland archives"
The 40th Anniversary attracted a worldwide bidding contingent with an unprecedented 315 lots available, it was the largest and most comprehensive auction to date at Graceland.
All of the items in the auction were offered from third-party collectors and none of the items included in the auction came from the treasured Graceland Archives. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.
Among the 315 items sold the major items included:
- Elvis owned and stage-worn “Blue Armadillo” two-piece jumpsuit - $250,000
This jumpsuit was one of Elvis' favourite in mid-1975 worn multiple times during March, April and May 1975.
- Elvis owned and worn gold and diamond ram’s head necklace - $138,750
- Elvis owned and worn gold and diamond guitar ring with “EP” initials - $112,500
- 1973 Elvis stage worn cape with tiger skin pattern on the interior - $83,750. The cape will be coming home to Graceland to join the jumpsuit and belt.
- Elvis Presley TCB necklace - $75,000
- Elvis Presley owned and worn red “elephant corduroy” suit - $62,500
- March 26, 1956, Elvis Presley signed contract solidifying Colonel Parker as his exclusive management - $35,000
- Historic 1977 Elvis Presley signed legal document giving Vernon Presley power of attorney, one of the last legal documents Elvis signed - $32,500
- Elvis Presley handwritten and initialed note “When You’re Not In Love, You’re Not Alive – God Is Love. E.P.” - $27,500
This incredible handwritten missive measures was given to his good friend Patti Parry who noted, "Elvis was a very spiritual person. Over the years we spent countless hours discussing the bible and other spiritual books."
- Scotty Moore’s personal 1999 Gibson “ES-295 Scotty Moore” guitar – The first one made, presented to Scotty by Gibson - $25,000
Graceland Charge for visits to Elvis' grave: The FOX13 network have reported that "For the first time since Elvis Presley's death, you will have to pay to visit his gravesite."
This year, Elvis Week, which begins this weekend, promises to draw one of its largest crowds ever because this will be the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death.
While this is true, any visitor who buys tickets to Graceland / Elvis Memphis Museum will receive an "Elvis Week Property Pass" which is free with any ticket purchase that includes Elvis Presley's Memphis. The pass allows access to all non-ticketed parts of the property including the Elvis Entertainment Tent, free parking after 5:00 p.m, and more.
EPE responded that - "This year we have updated our security measures at Graceland for Elvis Week, as we anticipate very large crowds for this 40th anniversary. In order to keep everyone safe and ensure an enjoyable and meaningful event for all, we have worked closely with local, state and federal security authorities to establish new procedures that have been widely used across the us.
An Elvis Week property pass wristband now allows guests to enter all non-ticketed parts of Graceland property throughout Elvis Week, including the Elvis Week entertainment tent, ticket pavilion, restaurants and select gift shops, plus free parking after 5 pm. This wristband is included with a ticket to Elvis Presley's Memphis during Elvis week (our lowest priced tour ticket). Since the vast majority of our guests take our tour as part of their visit during Elvis Week, there is no additional cost to them."
This means that it is the fans who ONLY want to take part in the vigil that will actually have to pay for the extra ticket.
EPE notes, "As with all other Elvis Week events on the Graceland campus, to join the procession up to meditation garden, guests will need their Elvis Week property pass wristband. For guests who join us for vigil night only and wish to join the procession, they will be able to purchase an Elvis Presley's Memphis tour ticket that evening and receive their property pass."
EIN notes that with security and large crowd-numbers an authorised wrist-band is not a bad idea - However this does penalise local Memphis fans who might only want to pay their respects on the night.