Welcome to ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE - The Series
21 years after my original 1999 concept, I am proud to announce that "ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE" is back! Coming soon is the first of many exciting episodes of a brand new, web-based video series that will premiere on YouTube. This series is based on little known, and often times bizarre and unbelievably true accounts in Elvis' life that have not been fully been explored ...and NEVER like this before!www.elvisbehindtheimage.com
Elvis was a complex individual, and there are many pieces to the puzzle. No “one person” in Elvis' personal life, holds more than their one, exclusive piece to that puzzle. By carefully gathering, and examining each individual piece - only then does the puzzle start to take shape to reveal the real man... "behind the image".
This new series is the result of the incredible culmination of a lifetime of my personal research and collection. The source material is comprised of a wide variety of essential unique ingredients that include:
First hand, eye-witness accounts, that have been relayed to me personally over the past few decades; Rare 8mm video footage; unreleased audio; classic corresponding photos, documents and supporting material that establish the factual base to each episode.
Then, utilizing my work as an Elvis historian, book author, documentary producer and Elvis museum owner - I combined those key ingredients and add my personal spin in my own totally unique, often humorous narrative.
The end result is this fresh, modern presentation - delivered in exciting, bite-sized episodes.
Think you know the real Elvis?
Forget what you think you know regarding a typical "feel-good" story about Elvis and his fans.
You are about to cross over to the unexplored realm of Elvis' personal universe- that lies somewhere between unimaginable fame, and simple, mortal humanity.
Welcome to ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE
You KNOW the Legend ... now meet the MAN!
Be sure to visit the official ELVIS BEHIND THE IMAGE website - watch the brand new teaser video - then subscribe to be personally notified when the first episode drops! After that - fasten your seat belts… It’s about to get REAL!
See you soon!
ELVIS and ALICIA - A Mystery Solved
Available now! ELVIS and ALICIA - A Mystery Solved. Alicia Cecilia Kerwin... For The Record by Darrin Lee is an A5 format soft cover numbering 192 pages (US$ 14.95) that gives voice to a young lady who never really had one. In doing so, the author permits Alicia to provide answers to questions fans have asked and pondered for decades. Preceding Chapter 1 and the greatest wealth of information about Alicia C. Kerwin anyplace is a special 4-page bonus entitled, " 'Elvis Is The Greatest Of All Time,' declareth Muhammad Ali & A Joseph Tunzi Tribute."
Prolific author Joseph A. Tunzi’s contribution to this book is significant and will be appreciated by hardcore fans as Chase Park Plaza/Kiel ’73 falls under scrutiny. Mr. Tunzi shines in this 4-page piece about Elvis Presley’s June ’73 tour date in St. Louis! A consequential bit of St. Louis background has been culled from an excellent 2006 “For Elvis CD Collectors Only” and “ElvisNews.com” joint Q&A with Mr. Tunzi – posted on both the FECC Forum and Lex Raaphorst’s site www.elvisnews.com. In an exclusive quote provided to the author, Mr. Tunzi adds to the Q&A’s high point.
Rare images include Ms. Kerwin's Las Vegas employer The California Hotel & Casino and Central High School. • Special features are numerous and include Tori Petty 'Extra Knowledge': From Memphis to Las Vegas Pre-Alicia • Ginger Alden's 2020 Evening In Memphis • "Elvis: Every Memphis Girl's Dream — Tori & Gail" • "Ginger vs. Alicia as Documented by ABC-TV And Referenced in 'Elvis: The Record' – 1979" • Scott Jenkins Questions Ginger on Alicia Kerwin. David Troedson’s "Elvis Australia" GingerScoop. • Deborah Watts 'Extra Knowledge': Second Memphis Bank Teller In EP's Life During '77. • An incredible 45+ pages detailing the EWH bodyguard book/firing and its "Hycodan Tale" dating to October 26th, 1971, including critical source reference to Chapter 7 in Mr. Dick Grob’s 'Elvis: Safe & Sound' (a hardcover edited by David J. Wade of Strictly Elvis UK, available in The Elvis Shop London) and Sandi Miller’s eyewitness account.
In a Statement to Shelby Co. Investigators, Ms. Kerwin shared her thoughts about spending time with Elvis at Graceland, in Las Vegas at The Hilton Hotel that included meeting Dr. Elias Ghanem, and on 845 Chino Canyon Road at his Palm Springs retreat. Brand new copies of ELVIS and ALICIA - A Mystery Solved. Alicia Cecilia Kerwin... For The Record can be ordered today on www.Amazon.com and shipped to fans in countries around the world: England, Canada, Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan, etc.
This impressive work contains over 300 photographs from the collections of various high-profile collectors, and most of these are in color and razor-sharp. The artwork of the book was done by graphic artist Michael van Werven, who has worked during most of 2019 on the design of ‘Inside Elvis’, and has made it a visually stunning work. Also included as an extra is a 29-track CD containing various rarities, including the acetate of ‘Viva Las Vegas’, rare live attempts at ‘Crying Time’, promos for both ‘Love Me Tender’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’, as well as ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Hound Dog’ from Elvis’ show at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas on October 11th, 1956 (note: poor audio), courtesy of longtime collector Luuk Bonthond, who had the recording since the 60s.
You can order ‘Inside Elvis’ directly from Arjan Deelen at: email@example.com Price for the book is €50. Postage to Europe is €20, rest of the world US$30.
Update January 7, 2020
Due for release early January 2020 is the book “Elvis Day By Day 2019 - The Year in Review” by Kees Mouwen.
2019 was a year of many celebrations. It marked the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's triumphant return to live performing and the release of two of his most iconic recordings, "Suspicious Minds" and “In The Ghetto”.
This was celebrated with several milestone releases like the "Elvis Live 1969" deluxe 11 CD box, a vinyl re-issue of "From Elvis in Memphis" and the sessions that for that album on the “American Sound 1969” 5 CD set, a Record Store Day 2-LP and the “Elvis Now In Person” book.
2019 also marked the 60th anniversary of the release of the classic "A Date With Elvis" LP, his trip to Paris and much more.
Sadly 2019 also marks the 42nd anniversary of his untimely death. Elvis Presley has been gone for longer than he was among us, but he left a permanent mark. His cultural impact may very well have been more visible and ‘alive’ during the last 42 years than when he was actually alive. And so is the Elvis-world today.
The almost 500 news-updates about Elvis Day By Day this year about the many new books, CDs, LPs, movie releases on DVD, Blu-ray and in movie theaters around the world, appearances on music and movie charts (and still topping some of those) and still playing sell-out arenas clearly show that Elvis Presley still matters today. Especially when younger generations discover his music through digital releases and Spotify and start to buy re-issues of his work on old fashioned vinyl.
Today’s Elvis news primarily finds its way to fans through on-line channels and in summarized form in newsletters and fan-club magazines. Based on the Elvis Day By Day news blog, and with additional and exclusive in-depth reviews by Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley from the Elvis Information Network, the "Elvis Day By Day 2019 - The year in Review" book compiles a comprehensive and illustrated chronology of ‘everything Elvis from 2019’ in one physical reference book.
The full color book measures 20 x 25 cm, contains around 280 pages with more than 550 illustrations. The book will be available on-line as both a paperback and hardcover edition early January 2020.
The book was inspired by the great “Elvis Day By Day” book by Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen.
For more information or to order the book visit ElvisDayByDay.com or ElvisInfoNet.com or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Update January 3, 2020
So … it seemed to be time for a new and updated look at this world. Whereas Bootleg Elvis mainly relied on text to tell the story, this new edition chooses to focus on photographs. Using the 2012 classic as a reference point, we decided to feature scans of every cover, label, piece of vinyl and insert for you. This will make it easy to identify each and every pressing and variation.
We also decided to split the original book into TWO volumes. In the first, every known bootleg 7” and 10” record will be noted on 300+ pages, with more than 1,600 color pictures, cross-references to Bootleg Elvis, and totaling perhaps 400 titles in all!
The second volume will cover all the wonderful 12” releases and is planned for an early 2019 release.
Please contact your local dealer to ensure your copy of this very limited release!
Update September 11, 2018
ELVIS SAFE & SOUND (HARDCOVER!)
By Dick Grob
Dick Grob first met Elvis in 1967, when Elvis was on his honeymoon in Palm Springs, California. At the time, Dick was a Palm Springs Police Officer and was assigned to provide personal protection to the “Star.” Thus began a friendship that lasted for more than ten years.
Dick is no stranger to the field of personal protection. During his career, Dick has worked with the FBI, CIA, and other government agencies, including the U.S. State Department, providing protection to very high profile dignitaries, including U.S Presidents and Vice Presidents, and protection for foreign heads of state such as Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia, England’s Prince Phillip, and Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Ailon of Israel when they visited Palm Springs. Palm Springs was the playground of the “stars and dignitaries,” many of whom Dick provided personal security, and Elvis was no exception.
After providing security to Elvis during his visits to Palm Springs, Elvis made Dick “an offer he could not refuse” as his full time personal bodyguard and eventually Elvis’ Chief of Security. In this capacity, Dick planned the security for all of his concert tours, appearances, and vacations to locations like Vail, Colorado and Hawaii. Dick was responsible for the safety of not only Elvis, but for his daughter, Lisa Marie, and the rest of Elvis’ family.
“Elvis Safe & Sound,” Dick’s new book, tells some of the stories experienced by the author over his ten year relationship with Elvis. Not only was Dick Elvis’ bodyguard and Chief of Security, he was Elvis’ close personal friend. Some of his stories are funny; some are scary; other’s just plain interesting.
“Elvis Safe & Sound” is jammed-packed with Dick’s personal descriptive accounts of his time with Elvis. It includes documents from Dick’s personal archives as well as rare, never before seen photos of Elvis on stage, and copyrighted documents and photos (in color and black and white).
“Elvis Safe & Sound” is a great narration of Dick’s authentic and personal time while he kept “Elvis Safe & Sound.”
Hardcover 278 Pages
Approx weight 1 kilo
Size 25 cm x 17 cm
TOURDATES ‘THE ELVIS CONCERT 2018’
Our show will be returning this spring for a 25-date tour of Finland, Holland, Belgium and Sweden. We will be bringing Elvis’ 1970 drummer BOB LANNING (‘The Wonder Of You’, ‘Polk Salad Annie’, etc) as well as original Imperials member JIM MURRAY, who can be seen in the 1970 movie 'Elvis – That’s The Way It Is'. YouTube phenomenon 'The Spa Guy', Billy Stallings Jr, will also be joining us on bass. At each of the shows, there is a meet & greet where you can say hello to the musicians.
This is a production that’s done with passion, integrity and authenticity – no jumpsuits! Leadsinger is Dwight Icenhower, and the band includes top guitarist Carl Bradychok. Don’t miss out – this is a show that really pays tribute to the man and his music.
Photos: Elvis with Jim Murray, 1971. Elvis at the Astrodome with Bob Lanning on drums, 1970.
20.4. (Friday) Club Teatria, Tornio (Finland)
21.4. (Saturday) Radisson Blu, Oulu (FI)
22.4. (Sunday) Hyvinkääsali, Hyvinkää (FI)
25.4. (Wednesday) Sellosali, Espoo (FI)
26.4. (Thursday) Tampere-talo, Tampere (FI)
28.4 (Saturday) Podium Victorie, Alkmaar (Netherlands)
29.4 (Sunday) Effenaar, Eindhoven (NL)
30.4 (Monday) Stadsschouwburg, Nijmegen (NL)
01.5 (Tuesday) Gigant, Apeldoorn (NL)
02.5 (Wednesday) Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL)
03.5 (Thursday) Theater de Mythe, Goes (NL)
06.5 (Sunday) 013, Tilburg (NL)
07.5 (Monday) Theater de Veste, Delft (NL)
08.5 (Tuesday) Muziekgieterij, Maastricht (NL)
09.5 (Wednesday) Hedon, Zwolle (NL)
10.5 (Thursday) Tivoli, Utrecht (NL)
11.5 (Friday) Iduna, Drachten (NL)
12.5 (Saturday) Stadsschouwburg, Antwerpen (Belgium)
13.5 (Sunday) Concertgebouw, Brugge (BE)
14.5 (Monday) Atlas Theater, Emmen (NL)
15.5 (Tuesday) Schouwburg Het Park, Hoorn (NL)
16.5 (Wednesday) Metropool, Hengelo (NL)
18.5 (Friday) Vara Konserthus, Vara (SE)
19.5 (Saturday) Rättvik Arena, Rättvik (SE)
20.5 (Sunday) Royal, Eskilstuna (SE)
Source: Arjan DeelenUpdate February 27, 2018
Hundreds of records, documents, posters, RCA label copies never before on print!!! Over 200 pages of ultra-rare Argentinean collectors ítems on display.
Many years of work and research showcased on Elvis@Argentina 1956-1962 book.
For more info you can contact Carlos Ares by his e-mail address email@example.com
Update September 13, 2017
Two, richly-lived lives honored with this book are Pierre Adidge (Mar. 20, 1939 - Nov. 10, 1974) and Robert Abel (Mar. 10, 1937 - Sept. 23, 2001). Although no other ELVIS biographer has done so, I assure you that it is humbling to be given this opportunity. May God keep you both.
— Darrin Lee Memmer
A Treat For Hardcore Fans:
1. The most comprehensive presentation of the Guardian ad Litem’s Amended Report (Blanchard E. Tual vs. Colonel Thomas A. Parker) & the March 1973, $5 million RCA “Masters Buy-Out” to appear in print. This includes pertinent language/$ agreements for Elvis, RCA, RCA Record Tours, Col. Thomas A. Parker, and All Star Shows deals and side deals.
2. Fifteen pages of fascinating, SINGER presents ELVIS reflections (vast majority, unpublished) by Steve Binder, “Bones” Howe and Billy Goldenberg. 3. “A Little Doggie In Danger.” The engaging account originally appeared in ‘Elvis Monthly’ and is courtesy of Mr. Todd Slaughter and The OEPFC of Great Britain. URL: www.elvispresleyfanclub.co.uk.
4. Grelun Landon (no apologist!): “The Colonel didn’t know about the pills during the MGM days.” This is pertinent to EIN’s spotlight article entitled, “The Dark Side Of Colonel Parker.”
5. The Wrecking Crew’s Hal Blaine: “Elvis asked me to go to Las Vegas for his first big opening. I turned down $10,000 for the month.”
6. The respected “FECC” ELVIS Forum has its ‘Jack Valentine’ script mystery solved.
7. FECC Forum has an active topic dealing with The Colonel and selling (or not) Elvis’s contract. Check out the previously unpublished, raw quote by bodyguard Sam Thompson that follows.
I heard a rumor. I am not really sure where the rumor originated or even where I heard it, but I did, while Elvis was alive. I think—I’m going to put a month, in say April or May of ’77. Somewhere in that time. I’m [not] sure even if it was that close, but I heard that Elvis’s contract was about to be sold. The Colonel was tired of messing with him. In fact, the Colonel, on one or two occasions when I was travelling with him… (Mr. Thompson gets sidetracked discussing The Jet Star and The E.P. Show’s Advance Team)
For a time there, the Colonel did indicate to me—did say that he was considering selling the contract. That Elvis was a lot of trouble. It was getting to be more trouble than it was worth. But then, later, when things blew over, I guess, I would ask the Colonel about it. He would say—he would deny everything. “Oh, no, that has never been the case. I would never sell him,” you know. So, there at one time there was some discussion and that discussion emanated, at least to my knowledge, from the Colonel—between the two of us—about selling Elvis’s contract.
— SAMUEL ALLEN THOMPSON (Statement to criminal investigators, E.L. Hutchinson, Jr. and David N. McGriff on February 8th 1980 in Memphis, TN)
When was the last time a Presley biography gave you something useful, interesting and credible, such as what you just read above RE: the status of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis’s contract? And in doing so, fully answered a decades-long question posed by fans dating back to 1976/77 ? Never? Well, “Elvis & The Colonel” has just done so and offer you much, much more.
Folks, for the 1st time in your life, you have an opportunity to soak up a tsunami of never-before-published quotes by notable figures including Mac Davis, bodyguard Sam Thompson, EP’s first manager Bob Neal, DJ Fontana, Billy Goldenberg, John Hartmann, Hal Blaine, “Bones” Howe, TCB band rhythm guitarist “Big John” Wilkinson, Grelun Landon, his beautiful co-star Yvonne “Batgirl” Craig, Minnie Pearl, Sam Katzman, bodyguard Red West, Jerry Schilling, Joe Pasternak, Las Vegas Hilton VP Henri Lewin, Freddy Beinstock, KPAO program director Ron Jacobs, Jordanaires Gordon Stoker & Ray Walker, songwriter Jerry Leiber, Joe Guercio orchestra member/tour conductor Marty Harrell, CMA President Jo Walker, Hubert Long, Johnny Rivers, Pete Johnson, Bill “The Incredible Hulk” Bixby, and, of course, The Chief Potentate—Thomas Andrew Parker.
Fellow Elvis fans, never again anticipate reading contemporaneously-recorded quotes from a list as influential & expansive as the one just detailed above. This soft cover features groundbreaking content from the Colonel’s “For The Record” interview with 2 astute, take-no-prisoners criminal investigators (Mr. E.L. Hutchinson, Jr. and Mr. David N. McGriff) from the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office.
A baseless charge has been leveled that “Elvis & The Colonel” is a whitewash of Colonel Parker. No such thing took place. Consider just three quotes from this definitive look at The Colonel:
“I think people like Colonel Parker should [not] have allowed him to work when they became aware of the problem. A rude, crude sonofab*tch.”
— JOHN O’GRADY (Private detective)
“I feel that the Colonel was concerned about Elvis…but I think it was primarily financially motivated. That was his meal ticket.”
— SAMUEL ALLEN THOMPSON
He wouldn’t listen to the Colonel. And strangely, I don’t know why, I got the feeling that he couldn’t stand the Colonel…It was in private conversations, a couple of times, Elvis put him down real bad… [Excerpts from a story] He turned around to me, sorta like this (Mr. Wilkinson makes a face): “F*** the Colonel!” And kept right on walkin’! Because he had business to do up there on that stage, right? The Colonel was never inside Graceland, so far as I know. As far as I know, he never attempted to enter the grounds. They might have huddled at one time or another. They probably did. I am sure they had to. But they’d never do the town together.
— JOHN WILKINSON
Yeah, the author sure was engaged in a whitewash all right! Jesus Christ, how silly for a critic to claim to have read this book and then allege something so asinine as an author “whitewash.” Although Elvis and the Colonel are featured throughout the book, “Bones” Howe, Billy Goldenberg, and NBC-TV Special visionary Steve Binder are given considerable space. Do ELVIS fans wish to read pages of never-before-in-print words spoken by these three gentlemen? The author certainly believes so, and thus, has allocated multitudinous pages to ‘em. Mr. Binder’s telling of a special overseas request is indicative of the fact that Col. Tom Parker often ends up as the primary focus of this book’s rare material.
“General de Gaulle and The Colonel” STEVE BINDER: He’s a sly, old fox in the truest sense of the word. The Colonel is, in my estimation, 100%—he is the wizard in The Wizard of Oz. He is Frank Morgan, the guy hiding behind a big black velour with lots of gadgets and neon signs lighting up and all. And he’s putting on the whole world. That’s where he’s at. He is one of the great storytellers of all time. You are mesmerized by his storytelling. The Colonel tells this fantastic story of during the war. No, it was not during the war, but when Elvis was in the Service. He used to get calls from all over about Elvis performing for troops. And he gets a long-distance phone call from General de Gaulle, who has an interpreter on the line. And then, de Gaulle’s interpreter says: “The general would like Elvis to perform for the French army.” The Colonel says, “you got it. But there is only one thing.” He said, “I have to charge General de Gaulle the exact same amount of money to perform for the French army, as I would charge President Eisenhower to have Elvis perform for the American army.” De Gaulle’s interpreter tells de Gaulle, and then says, “the general would like to know how much?” And the Colonel says, “three hundred and fifty-thousand dollars,” or something like that. The Colonel hears de Gaulle say, in English: “That’s a lot of f***in’ money!”
This book is available on www.Amazon.com, www.Amazon.co.uk and all Amazon bookstores around the world.
Update July 16, 2017
“Marion Keisker - Elvis, Sam, Sun Records, Cash & The Colonel: Through Her Eyes” by Darrin Lee Memmer is an A4 format, 200 page-soft cover on track for publication (with convenient, international shipping courtesy of Amazon) no later than June 10th 2017. Amongst the most stunning knowledge the reader will gain is Ms. Keisker’s detailing of the six (6!) primary reasons/motivations behind the sale of ELVIS by Mr. Sam C. Phillips. Four compelling, previously unpublished quotes from Darrin’s forthcoming project honoring a lovely lady who adored Elvis Presley:
EP, SAM & MARION at SUN (“For Elvis CD Collectors Only” featured picture)
“In fact, I do not have one single picture of me with Elvis. Not one. The only other picture I have taken, Nick Adams — the kid that was just in The Rebel — he took some pictures of us at the studio one day. The last time I saw Nick, he was in that Rebel costume walking down Time Square.
And I said, ‘Nick! I have never gotten my pictures!’
And he said, ‘I am gonna send ‘em to you. I am gonna send ‘em to you.’
So, I have never gotten the pictures. I am prone to think that he didn’t even have any film in the camera, he was clicking so much!” — Marion Keisker
GRAND OLE OPRY (Myth: EP received “polite” applause, at best)
“But when it was time for Elvis to go on, I happened to be standing there and give him a little pat on the back before he made his entrance.
And Elvis was a very big success. He was one of the few artists who performed that night who got spontaneous applause. There was no need for the applause signs or the applause signals from the announcers, which are standard procedure at the Opry. The applause came very spontaneously and very naturally and very exciting.
And afterward, I remember we were walking down the street and Elvis still wasn’t so sure; although, the applause had been great and the response from the audience had been terrific.
I think some other things had been said — some comments had been made — that had hurt his feelings and he wasn’t too sure. We were walking down the street and we passed a little boy and his mother walking down the street. And the kid turned around and said, ‘Hey, look mama! That’s one of the guys that was on the Grand Ole Opry!’ And Elvis just glowed. I think that was his first, you know, sort of on-the-street recognition and it was a very big moment for him.” — Marion Keisker
TIGER MAN (1 of “easily, at least” 50-75 SUN songs on “hundreds of tapes”?)
“I don’t know how Sam feels about it, but I have got to kick myself around the block a thousand times. I don’t know how many were in there, there must have been easily 50, 75 songs. And many different versions of each one. And hundreds of tapes. That Sam just said, ‘Here. These are some things that we were trying with him that didn’t come off.’ And these were tapes that we never would have released.
Some of them we had prior to what we even did release! Because we didn’t think they were good enough. Or we didn’t think they were fresh enough. Or Scotty broke a string or Elvis flatted. We never intended to release.
By George, Victor released ‘em. I would have destroyed ‘em (the tapes); I wouldn’t have turned them over. It was a gesture that Sam made because he was interested in Elvis, and what happened to him, and he wanted to show ‘em what he was trying to do.
I know one of them was Blue Moon — one of the songs. I remember that, particularly, because we worked on it quite a bit. Anyhow, one person in the music publishing business came back and told us that he had walked in and whoever was the [Victor] Rep Man there had these Sun tapes playing. The person had his head down on his desk, just listening to these tapes till the bitter end. ‘How do they do it? How do they get that sound out of him?’
Which was always the great question. How did Sam get that sound with his studio and the facilities that we had? There were easily, at least 50 to 75 that we never intended to release. We didn’t think they were good enough.” — Marion Keisker
Sam C. Phillips (“The Perfectionist”)
“One standard. Sam used to say over and over and over again. If we ever release a Sun record and it’s a flop, at least we know we did all that was humanly possible to make it. And artists can say, ‘Okay. Let it go. Let it go.’ Sam wasn’t going to let it go until it hit that moment of pure perfection. As far as the sound. As far as the engineering. The arrangement. The song. The convergence of all elements.” — Marion Keisker
Memphis Recording Service will release a Limited Edition 3CD / book ‘ELVIS STUDIO SESSIONS ‘56’ on June 16th.
The set pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s first recordings made for the RCA label in 1956. The 172-page book focuses on each of Elvis’ studio recording sessions during his first year of national stardom - from the first one in January, held in Nashville, then later in New York, before finishing his final session of the year in Hollywood in September. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and pieces of documentation.
The 3CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored to their original sound quality. Also for the first time on CD is the complete ‘The Truth About Me’ from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Although this has been claimed complete by FTD and other past official releases, they all had a missing sentence that was on the original disc. Included also are all the out-takes from this interview.
THE 1956 RCA STUDIO MASTERS
I Got a Woman
I'm Counting on You
I Was the One
Blue Suede Shoes
My Baby Left Me
One-Sided Love Affair
So Glad Your Mine
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Cry
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Shake, Rattle & Rol
Don Davis Interview March 1956
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Don't Be Cruel
Anyway You Want Me
Playing For Keeps
How Do You Think I Feel
How's The World Treating You
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
Long Tall Sally
Anyplace Is Paradise
First in Line
Rip It Up
The Truth About Me (ORIGINAL US 45RPM INTERVIEW FLEXIDISK)
MOVIE SOUNDTRACK MASTER RECORDINGS
01) Love Me Tender (Matson/Presley) 02:41
02) Let Me (Matson/Presley) 02:07
03) Poor Boy (Matson/Presley) 02:12
04) We're Gonna Move (Matson/Presley 02:28
05) Love Me Tender (End Title Movie Version) (Matson/Presley) 01:07
MOVIE SOUNDTRACK OUTTAKES (STEREO)
06) We're Gonna Move (Take 4) (Matson/Presley) 02:49
07) We're Gonna Move (Take 9) (Matson/Presley) 02:47
STUDIO OUTTAKES & SESSIONS
08) I Got a Woman (Unknown Take)
09) I Got a Woman (Incomplete Unknown Take)
10) Heartbreak Hotel (Incomplete Take 4)
11) Heartbreak Hotel (Take 5)
12) Heartbreak Hotel (Take 6)
13) Money Honey (Incomplete Take 10)
14) I'm Counting on You (FS Take 1a & 1b)
15) I'm Counting on You (Incomplete Take 2 Dry Version)
16) I'm Counting on You (Unknown Incomplete Take)
17) I'm Counting on You (Take 13)
18) I'm Counting on You (Incomplete Take 14)
19) I Was the One (Takes 1 & 2)
20) I Was the One (Take 3)
21) I Was the One (Take 7)
22) I Was the One (Incomplete Unknown Take)
23) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 1)
24) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 3)
25) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 4)
26) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 5)
27) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 6)
28) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Incomplete Take 7)
29) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Incomplete Take 8 & Take 9)
30) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 10)
31) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (FS Take 11 & Take 12)
MOVIE SOUNDTRACK MASTER RECORDINGS (STEREO VERSIONS)
32) Love Me Tender
33) Let Me
34) Poor Boy
35) We're Gonna Move
STUDIO OUTTAKES & SESSIONS (CONTINUED)
01) Shake Rattle & Roll (FS Take 1, Take 2, FS Take 3)
02) Shake Rattle & Roll (FS Take 5, FS Take 6, Take 7)
03) Shake Rattle & Roll (Take 8)
04) Shake Rattle & Roll (FS Take 9, FS Take 10, FS Take 11)
05) Shake Rattle & Roll (Take 12)
06) Shake Rattle & Roll (Take 12 Unedited Un-dubbed Master)
07) Shake Rattle & Roll (Take 12 Edit Un-dubbed Master)
08) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 3)
09) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 4)
10) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 13)
11) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Incomplete Take 14)
12) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 15)
13) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 16)
14) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 17)
15) Old Shep (Take 5)
16) Rip It Up (FS on Takes 10, 11, 12, 13, Take 14)
17) Rip It Up (Take 15)
18) Rip It Up (Take 16
19) Rip It Up (Take 17
20) Rip It Up (LFS Take 18
THE TRUTH ABOUT ME (INTERVIEW OUTAKES)
21) The Truth About Me (Take 3)
22) The Truth About Me (Take 2)
23) The Truth About Me (Take 1
‘The British Elvis Fan Club’s “SuperTrip USA” ‘74’ by Darrin Lee is an A4 format, 376-page soft cover featuring rare, contemporaneous material originally published by the OEPFC of Great Britain.
This book is dedicated to Rusty, Elvis and Bill Roberts — three generations of loyal fans from the Land Down Under.
In Chapter 4 (“Elvis Confronts Hecklers, Stands By His Friend For Life And Spreads The Love In August 1974”), readers will learn why the Ragdoll label’s 2 CD release, the superb ‘Elvis Presley – 12:00am’ (RD 2016-01), was such an important resource to the author.
So, special thanks are due Ragdoll Records.
Mr. Keith Alverson (forthcoming project with Erik Lorentzen, entitled ‘Strictly Elvis: 1973 – 1974 – 1975’) is the premier photographer to have captured Elvis onstage during ‘Desert Storm’ and his three images from Closing Night are featured. Mr. Todd Slaughter, president of “The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain,” kindly permitted the inclusion of multitudinous Elvis Monthly articles from years past, specifically those penned by fans on board “SuperTrip USA” ‘74. Mr. Slaughter did not participate in and doesn’t even know the content of this project, so please don’t misinterpret his kindness to open up OEPFC of Great Britain Elvis Monthly archives.
Throughout the 376 pages are multitudinous eyewitness accounts of 1974 Elvis “Summer Festival” performances by fans from around the world, including: Dennis Berry (Oldham, Lancashire), Keith Alverson (Georgia, USA), Kerstin Ede (Sweden), Lila-Jean Morris (Canada), Katherine (USA), W.A. Harbison (Northern Ireland), Angie Sheering, Anne E. Nixon (Dudley, West Midlands), Wanda June Hill and her daughter, Starla (California, USA), Annie Bentley (Great Britain), Chantal Dambremont (Belgium), and Pat Barrs.
The fascinating content of Rock Legends ‘Elvis – Mood Swings’ and Fort Baxter’s ‘Elvis – Desert Storm. Closing Night Las Vegas Hilton. September 2, 1974’ receive exhaustive analysis. Popular 70’s magazines tapped for rare insight include Rocky Barra’s Strictly Elvis, Elvis Monthly, Rex Martin’s Worldwide Elvis News Service Weekly, and Paul Lichter’s Memphis Flash.
“Elvis At Vegas” By Lila-Jean Morris (Eyewitness Fan Account Of Aug. 19th 1974) is the title of Chapter 24 that, when complimented by author analysis & show transcription, represents the most comprehensive, in-depth analysis/first-person coverage of this season’s “Opening Night” to appear in print.
‘The British Elvis Fan Club’s “SuperTrip USA” ‘74’ is written in honour of the lovely Anne E. Nixon — a star in our galaxy of Elvis writers. Simply type “Darrin Lee Elvis Fan Club” on Amazon and you will find this book available, worldwide, for just $29.99 plus shipping.Update April 24, 2017
To celebrate the 60th ANNIVERSARY YEAR of Elvis’ first appearance on national television, Boxcar Enterprises will release a LIMITED EDITION 400-page hard cover book (with slipcase), a comprehensive illustration of Elvis Presley’s early television appearances titled ‘Elvis on Television (1956-1960).
From his first national introduction on the Dorsey Brothers ‘Stage Show’ in January 1956, through his appearances on other TV shows hosted by famous celebrities such as Milton Berle, Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan (including the infamous ‘from the waist up’ show in January 1957), this book goes well behind the scenes of each show documenting his arrival, the rehearsals and the shows themselves, all the way through to Elvis’ post-army appearance on The Frank Sinatra-Timex Show in May 1960. It was to be his last television appearance for eight years.
Supported by a fully comprehensive text, (by Gordon Minto) collected here are scores of historical documents, memorabilia and hundreds of rare photographs - many of which have never before been published. This book will captivate the reader throughout, and is the most detailed document on the history of Elvis on Television from 1956-60.
The Book is expected to be released June 20th 2016Update may 3, 2016
ELVIS' PERCUSSIONIST COMING TO EUROPE
The show 'An Evening with Elvis' Friends and Original Musicians' will be doing 14 concerts in Sweden, Finland and Holland in a couple of weeks. The show includes Elvis' 'On Stage' drummer BOB LANNING, as well as his 70s bodyguard DAVE HEBLER.
The production crew behind the show has now added another name, percussionist EDDIE GRAHAM, who played percussion for Elvis at almost 200 Vegas shows in 1969 - 1972. Eddie remembers Elvis as a gifted entertainer who always gave his best, and who was kind and generous towards the people he worked with. You can hear Eddie's percussion (Elvis sometimes called it 'kettle drums') on albums like 'On Stage' and 'That's The Way It Is'. You can even see Eddie in the movie a couple of times, for instance in the Vegas rehearsal sequences.
Looking back at his association with Elvis today, Graham says: "I come from a Jazz background, and when Elvis started making headlines I was not interested in the "new" rock n' roll. I was not a fan. I didn't see what the fuss was about Elvis shaking his hips. Then later, when I was asked to step in and play Elvis' show in Las Vegas, I got a totally different perspective. I realized his talent and his connection to black Southern Gospel music. Man, it was an epiphany. Watching him work and his effortless singing gave me a respect for him that I didn't share with other "rockers" of the day. Little Richard and the likes to me were all show and short on talent. Elvis was just the opposite. By the way, I was NOT initially a fan of the Beatles. Remember, I was playing pure Jazz at the time. Now I have broadened my tastes and realize the contributions of these groundbreaking artists".
This tour marks Eddie's first appearance at Elvis shows in Europe. For more info, please visit: www.elvisnews.dk
Update April 13, 2016
Source: Arjan Deelen - Update January 6, 2016
The book also takes a brief glimpse into the last tour of 1976 with rare photos of the five related shows and then an overview of two shows from the first 1977 tour, focusing on West Palm Beach, Fl. and Montgomery, AL. Finally, a more in-depth insight to the Charlotte, North Carolina concert in the way of rare photos and a live cd recording!
This photographic document features many unpublished images throughout that will be appreciated by photo collectors and fans around the world.
This first volume of the February 1977 tour is 24,5 x 24,5 cm, 192 full color pages with a matt laminated hard cover binding, professional 150 gramms silk paper and superb design .
September 29, 2015
The author’s remaining inventory – twenty two (22) copies – are being given away as GIFTS to those folks who visit eBay (www.ebay.com), utilize the key word search "Elvis Darrin Lee", and win one of his ongoing auctions/”Buy It Now” listings. Each Elvis Presley FTD CD, DVD or item of memorabilia that is being offered for sale is competitively priced – often below market. To hold this stunning book in your hands allows you to fully appreciate graphic artist Chris Middleton’s skills (as evidenced in The Elvis Files series) and what Nightrider Designs is capable of creating!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
“Fate Reaches Out And Taps The Brave” ~ “The Nature Of Fate” ~ A Life Roadmap For LMP (EP Offers Up A Workable Solution) ~ Elvis Responds To Threats / The Rise Of LMP ~ If I Can Dream (Please Let My Dream Come True)
The Self-Destruction Myth Collapses Under Authorial Scrutiny
If I Died Tonight, It Would Take ‘Em A Year To Get The Smile Off My Face (Spoken By Elvis)
The Man In Black, The Memphis Flash & Hollywood Hokum
The Hycodan Overdose: Thank God For Blonde Miracles… Enter Sandi Miller *“The January-February 1972 Hilton Engagement”
Aloha – A Pharmaceutical Powered Performance By A Star In Decline?
Tales Of A Post Aloha Pharmaceutical Binge In Sin City (January and February 1973) *Linda Thompson’s “Drowning In Chicken Soup” Tale Circa 1973-1974
The Rumored February 1973 Prescription Drug Overdoses
The May 1973 Tahoe Engagement – Lucy, Colleen, And An Onset Of Pleurisy *Elvis “The Rancher” Cast As The Lead In Psycho
A Rumored Near Fatal Drug Overdose In St. Louis’s Chase Park Plaza (28th June 1973 Tour Stop) Chapter 10 Revisiting The June-July 1973 Tour And Jeanne LeMay Dumas Meets A Greek God
The October 1973 Hospitalization: Due To Demerol Addiction? *The Stanleys, Sonny West And Forging Of Prescriptions
A Snapshot Of 1975: Baptist Memorial Hospital In Jan., Huntsville In June And Asheville Gunplay In July *The July 1975 Norfolk Catfish Controversy *Pill Poppin’ High Over The Lone Star State?
The 1975 Las Vegas Hilton “Summer Festival” And Hospitalization: A Testament Of Courage
Celebrating America’s Bicentennial With The King *Overmedicated And Perfunctory At Kiel?
The Sahara Tahoe Stand In May 1976: A Factual Overview
Going Back In Time To Understand Sir Elton John’s Fifteen Years Of Demeaning Elvis Presley *The 1977 CBS TV-Filmed Shows – A Factual Assessment *Elvis Meets The Sioux Nation On 6/21/77 *An Honest, Realistic Perspective On EP’s Voice *Seeing Rapid City With 20/20 Vision
August 16th, 1977: The Truth Comes At Long Last *God, I Ask This Of You ~ “Don’t Ask Me Where I Got These Balls” ~ Reflections Of Vernon and Gladys Love Presley
This project is dedicated to Lisa Marie Presley and in its year of printing (2010), was one of three birthday gifts that author Darrin Lee Memmer shipped to Graceland's corporate office on 13th August 2010 in an effort to celebrate not only the year of her 42nd birthday, but The Candlelight Vigil honoring Elvis Aaron Presley. So don’t delay a bit of shopping on eBay (www.ebay.com) because once remaining copies of "Elvis Presley Karma 2010: E.P., LMP And Cilla – Useful Knowledge" are shipped, this groundbreaking book is Sold Out.
Updated August 8, 2015
It contains background info on Bob, an interview with him about his association with Elvis, photos from his collection and several videos. The website is still in its infancy, and much more material will be added in the coming period.
Bob has also made an exclusive agreement with Arjan Deelen for the next few years to jointly work on more shows and other Elvis-related projects. "So many times through the years I've thought about re-visiting the time I worked for and performed with the magnificent Elvis Presley”, Lanning says. “But I wanted to do this in a way that paid tribute to Elvis' Legacy. I'm pleased to be a part of the Elvis' Friends and Original Musicians Tour and also to work with Producer Arjan Deelen. Our new website boblanning.com looks great and I'm excited about working with Arjan for future tours and other projects..."
Photo: Elvis at the Astrodome, February 1970. Bob Lanning is on drums.
Source: www.boblanning.com Update April 20, 20154
This remarkable tour will mark the first time in those 45 years that he participates in an Elvis event, and thus the first time in all those years that he will be playing Elvis' music again. Bob says that he is particularly looking forward to rockin' out on 'Polk Salad Annie' again!
More details: www.elvisnews.dk
Update March 2, 2015 - Source: Arjan Deelen
1. Heartbreak Hotel HMV 7M 385 (45) / Pop 182 (78) 2. I Was The One HMV 7M 385 (45) / Pop 182 (78) 3. Blue Suede Shoes HMV 7M 405 (45) / Pop 213 (78) 4. Tutti Frutti HMV 7M 405 (45) / Pop 213 (78) 5. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You HMV 7M 424 (45) / Pop 235 (78) 6. My Baby Left Me HMV 7M 424 (45) / Pop 235 (78) 7. Hound Dog HMV POP 249 8. Don't Be Cruel HMV POP 249
1. Blue Moon HMV POP 272(45 & 78) 2. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine HMV POP 272 (45 & 78) 3. Love Me Tender HMV POP 253 (45 & 78) 4. Any Way You Want Me HMV POP 253 (45 & 78) 5. Mystery Train HMV POP 295 (45 & 78) 6. Love Me HMV POP 295 (45 & 78) 7. Rip It Up HMV POP 305 (45 & 78) 8. Baby, Let's Play House HMV POP 305 (45 & 78)
Update February 3, 2015
Marlyn Mason, who co-starred with Elvis in his last scripted film The Trouble with Girls, and one of the very few to have actually recorded a duet with him, believes that he wouldn’t have changed all that much. “He’d still be ELVIS,” she notes. “Always with a woman, maybe the entourage would be gone… But I like to think that he’d be like Tony Bennett, in top form and keeping the fans happy. He would definitely still be singing. I think Elvis just had to sing. I don’t think that he would limit himself to any specific genre – just whatever appealed to him.” She also believes that he would have realized his dream of doing serious acting roles, and that he would have been recognized today as a great actor. “He really had it in him. He told me, ‘I’d like to do one good movie because I know people in this town laugh at me.’ This is a direct quote… The saddest thing he ever said to me.”
Drummer Bob Lanning, who played the drums for Elvis at 63 concerts during his ‘comeback’ era, agrees that he wouldn’t have changed much: “I think that today Elvis would be a survivor of the rock and roll life-style. With age comes a better understanding of how you may want to temper that a bit. Having said that, Elvis would still be Elvis, and he loved his family, his buddies and his players and would still be enjoying every minute. I’m sure that he would have toured the world by now, because that’s what he loved doing most, performing… He would still be making music, and I’m sure that his creativity would have taken him to new places even he wasn’t expecting as a young man.”
Bass-player Duke Bardwell, who played 181 shows behind Elvis in the mid-70s, got to experience first-hand the toll that fame had on the rock and roll icon: the fans, the press, the paparazzi… Duke feels that the downfall was inevitable, because it was too much to handle for any one human being. He hopes that Presley, if he had still been alive today, would have found peace and solitude: “I do think his celebrity would never allow him to truly live in peace as long as his whereabouts were known to the public and to his fans. I’d like to think he’d be in a place of his choosing, unknown to most, with several companions of like minds, who could all play and sing. I see several cars that please him, including an old Caddy. There is not a gold record on the walls… anywhere. There is not a jumpsuit in a glass-case. He needs no reminders or trophies because he knows who he is and what he has done. I see a beautiful, aged woman with a forgiving and tolerant heart that holds him close at night and enables him to feel grateful for just still being alive. I see him smile…”
An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians will be touring Europe in May 2015. For more details please visit: www.elvisnews.dk
Photo insert: Bob Lanning, early 70s.
Source: Arjan Deelen - Update January 7, 2015
From now we are planning to update regularly the website with news, book updates and other books review ….
About the next two books, The First will be a different kind of project with focus on early 1956 a sort of update of the previous book. In the specific Steve Rino is working on the first three months of 1956, for a large format 400 pages book. The book will be part of a larger package..... The Second one will be the follow up to the acclaimed and much discussed Teenagers’ Hero. In the specific Steve Rino is working on July and August 1956, for a large format 400 pages book.
We hope you can be active of the making…..
Update August 26, 2014
In recent years, various researchers have tried to locate Bob Lanning, but so far none succeeded. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that Bob lives a quiet life these days, away from some of the modern technology that many of us take for granted. He prefers to go biking for 2 hours daily, and he also plays the drums for several hours every single day. Needless to say that he is in terrific shape. Arjan Deelen, producer of the ‘An Evening with Elvis’ Friends and Original Musicians’ tours, was able to locate Bob and struck a deal with him for an exclusive tour in May 2015. This is going to be rather special, because this tour will mark the first time since 1970 that Bob will be playing Elvis’ music. For the first time, you will be able to hear songs like ‘Polk Salad Annie’, ‘The Wonder Of You’, ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ and many others as played by the drummer that you can hear on the original Elvis versions. No doubt it will be bittersweet for Bob in some ways, because the last time that he played these songs was with Elvis. If you want more information about this remarkable tour (which also includes a.o. bassplayer Duke Bardwell), or are interested in booking the show, then please contact Arjan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below you can hear a short clip of Elvis introducing Bob Lanning at the January 26, 1970 Opening Show in Las Vegas. A couple of days ago, Bob heard this recording for the first time since these words were originally uttered by Elvis, and he was positively thrilled. Interestingly, Elvis also mentions Bob’s mother, singer Roberta Sherwood:
Photo credit: Elvis introduces drummer Bob Lanning - Friday, February 27, 1970 ES, Astrodome, Houston, Texas.
Source: Arjan Deelen - Update Augst 17, 2014
Photos for this publication were taken by Ed Bonja, who worked as Tour Manager and Official Photographer from 1970 to 1977. During that period he took some 10.000 photos of Elvis and various happenings in conjunction with the tours and engagements. Ed's photos were routinely used on all kinds of souvenir materials promoting Elvis tours, Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe engagements. In addition, most photos used on the single and LP covers from the 70's are from Ed. “Elvis – We’ll Remember You” covers years 1970 – 1975; including various tours, photos from Las Vegas Hilton Engagements and photos of crew members and musicians alike. The book is divided in four different categories, which makes it a very special one. These chapters allow you to take a look also behind the scenes of a superstar’s production. On 200 full color pages, we see Elvis meeting fans – on and off stage, sometimes receiving gifts and awards. Roadies can be seen taking care of business and helping the organization their own way, as well as Colonel Parker relaxing at his home in Palm Springs or playing Santa for Hilton employees children. Included are the photos Ed took at Graceland when went there to take pictures for the live album cover. Not to forget The King himself: you’ll see Elvis on stage doing what he loved to do – entertaining.
Text in the book is in both Finnish and English, which makes this book international. Naturally, photos speak for themselves and cross all language barriers. Ed is a fantastic story teller and his vivid memories are integral part of this book.
This is not an ordinary photo-album-style book, this is a photographic essay which tells the Elvis story in many ways: particularly through the lens of Ed Bonja.
Limited print of 1.000 is available, so order your copies now! Quote for prices and freight costs available by e-mails at: email@example.com
Promotion video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyQmXWMpM9w&feature=youtu.be
Update June 25, 2014
Sessions 4 will be distributed worldwide with the most accurate information of any previous sessions books or websites. It is based on documents and every union contract containing more information that is sure to capture the hearts of every Elvis fan of music enthusiast. The book will be over 1000 pages and over 500 photographs from the first session in Nashville to the last session in Graceland. Check our website as more updates will be given as the release draws near.
Update March 9, 2014
For the fans who are interested to obtain a copy of this magazine can go to essentialelvis.com/ for more information.
Updated July 9, 2013
A big meeting you don't want to miss!!!
Genuine artifacts and priceless personal treasures of Elvis will be on display in the very city where he set up court and ruled Las Vegas from 1969-1976.
The passion and frenzy that filled Las Vegas when Elvis was in town has never been replicated since. Now, more than 30 years later, the spirit of Elvis' memory will live on, as it comes back to Vegas with ...
THE KING'S RANSOM MUSEUM
PERSONAL TREASURES OF ELVIS PRESLEY
A MULTI MILLION DOLLAR EXHIBIT
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About Binion's: http://www.binions.com/
About THE FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE: http://www.vegasexperience.com/
ELVIS / BINION'S / FREMONT STREET TRIVIA
The 1964 Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas featured nighttime footage of Fremont Street and Binion's Horseshoe Casino during the opening credits.
Update June 11, 2013
Ever since the first edition appeared in December 1988, the magazine has attracted a worldwide readership of Elvis fans whose interest is first and foremost The King's musical legacy. During the intervening 25 years the magazine has presented more than its fair share of exclusives: previously unpublished photos, fact-filled articles and in-depth interviews with Presley associates being top of the agenda.
Issue 100 is a bit special - a 60-page bumper edition packed with exclusive content spanning virtually every aspect of Elvis' career and legacy.
ELVIS AND THE RACQUETBALL RACKET
For the first time ever - a detailed account of Presley Center Courts, the ill-fated business venture that cost Elvis dearly.
LET'S GO BACK AND TOUCH THE PAST
A look back at some of the essential releases of the last 25 years.
CAROL MONTGOMERY INTERVIEW
The former backing singer recalls working with The King.
ELVIS ON SUPER 8
The golden age of home cinema.
DAVID ENGLISH INTERVIEW
Behind-the-scenes stories from the author of 'Welcome Home Elvis', 'From Memphis To Hollywood' and 'Summer Of '61'.
THE DIRTY DOZEN
12 of the worst Elvis cover versions.
...plus extensive CD, DVD and book reviews, readers' letters, news 'n' views and a whole lot more!
Says Editor and founder of the magazine, Trevor Cajiao: "We've pulled out all the stops to make this 100th issue really special. There's something for everybody here and, thanks to our great team of knowledgable writers and contributors, it's the perfect way to celebrate this publishing landmark. Enjoy The King's legacy. Enjoy 'Elvis - The Man & His Music'. Let's have a party!"
Order your copy today from http://www.nowdigthis.co.uk/
May 28, 2013
RELEASED June 3rd 2013
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Source: Boxcar - Updated April 13, 2013
Many fans will be happy to know that the big surprise of 'The Original Elvis Tribute’ 2012 tour, Ginger & Mary Holladay, will be back again. On the highly successful spring ’12 tour, they delighted the crowds with their great voices and warm personalities. This time they will be reunited for the first time in 40 years with fellow backing vocalist Carol Montgomery, whose voice can be heard on 11 of Elvis’ original albums, starting with ‘From Elvis In Memphis’ from '69 and ending with the ‘Fool’ album from ’73. This tour marks the first time that Carol Montgomery (also listed in some session books as Sonja Montgomery) will be appear in an Elvis-related show.
Tour dates are as follows:
Update January 31, 2013
This massive most comprehensive 450 page volume is packaged and housed the same as Boxcar’s previous outing of “Elvis Presley’s Graceland through the Years” released earlier this year.
The text book comprises of hundreds upon hundreds of photographs many of which have never before been seen. Also collected here exclusively are scores of historical memorabilia and the Colonels original internal documents and scripts. This is intended to create a time-travel experience of sorts documenting the most groundbreaking event in the annals of television history.
On January 14th 1973 “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Via Satellite” was the first live concert to be televised live with a global viewing audience of 1.5 Billion. An audience larger than man's first landing on the moon! From the ‘making of’ to the show itself, the reader enjoys reliving the magic of this extraordinary event and is sufficiently reminded that 1,500,000,000 Elvis fans can't be wrong!
More details with further artwork in January 2013.
Source: Boxcar - Update December 23, 2012
01 Mean Woman Blues (master) 02 I Beg Of You (take 2, 3, 4, 6 fs only + master) 03 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (take 1) 04 Blueberry Hill (take 1 & 4) 05 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (take 7) 06 I Beg Of You (take 7, 9 & 10) 07 It Is No Secret (take 4) 08 Peace In The Valley (take 5, 6, 8 + master) 09 Take My Hand, Precious Lord (master) 10 All Shook Up (master) 11 Blueberry Hill (take 5 + master) 12 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (take 3, 4 & 5) 13 Is It So Strange (take 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 + master) 14 Blueberry Hill (take 8) 15 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (take 8, 9, 10, 11 & 14) 16 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (take 8 & 9) 17 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (take 10 & 11) 18 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (master) 19 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (take 12 & 13) 20 It Is No Secret (take 6, 7, 8 + master) 21 It Is No Secret (take 9, 10, 11 & 12)
22 Don’t (master)
23 Lover Doll (LP master)
24 Doncha’ Think It’s Time (LP master)
25 Lover Doll (EP master)
26 Doncha’ Think It’s Time (Single master)
27 Muskrat Ramble (Instrumental)
28 1957 RCA Commercial
Update November 15, 2012
We have just received a copy of the book '' Walk A Mile In My Shoes '' co-produced by Elvis For Everyone and Rock Legend Publications.
Arjan Deelen's last journey into Laurens van Houten world of Elvis in Las Vegas at the end of August 1973 with a group of fans is already ten years and half years old. '' Elvis : Caught In A Trap '' is an excellent document on this period in Elvis' life on and off stage, and guess we can expect the same from his last effort.
'' Elvis : Walk A Mile In My Shoes '' is a totally different publication as Arjan talks to people from the Elvis world such as musicians ( James Burton, Duke Bardwell who wrote the preface , Jerry Scheff, Ron Tutt and many others ), songwriters etc...
All the interviews are very interesting and go hand in hand with varied images throughout the book. Indeed the interviews are enhanced with photographs, which makes the whole thing more enjoyable since this is partly a photo book. Perhaps the best of both worlds after all !
The graphic design is extremely well done with multiple photos of Elvis on stage with the personalities interviewed . There are also several photo sections spanning different eras of Elvis' career , a few we've seen on some occasions while others are unpublished or rarely seen.
I am quite sensible to wrongly dated pictures, although I understand this is very hard to make such book without a single error even though it's the dream of all publishers. The ones that I noticed at first glance were nevertheless minimal. By example on page 16 ( top right ) there's a photo dated from Amarillo, TX June 19, 1974 while in fact this picture is from San Bernardino, CA May 10, 1974. The photo on top of page 90 is supposedly from Hampton Roads, VA April 9, 1972 concert while it is in fact from April 14, 1972 in Greensboro, NC. Elvis was wearing the '' Burning Love '' suit at the matinee concert in Hampton Roads, VA and it's not what we have there.
The biggest error being the section titled '' Greensboro March 13, 1974 '' as those pictures are actually from the Charlotte concert of the same tour. Ironically on page 9 there is an actual photo from the Greensboro show ( in color ) of Elvis wearing the blue target suit instead of the '' Raised On Rock '' suit as seen in the Greensboro section.
You can order this book directly from Arjan Deelen, and if interested purchase a signed copy from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't be put off by such small mistakes as this is only a short fragment of the book, and by any means do not diminished the quality of this work. This book is highly recommended for fans who enjoy a good read, and at the same time like to see new photographs, all of this in an harmoniously fashion, and simply a nice companion to '' Elvis : Caught In A Trap '' on your book shelf.
The book comes with a bonus CD of the same title featuring various tracks ( mostly 50s and a few 1974 home recordings ), about all of them aren't new but nice to have altogether into this collection. This is of interest to notice though the inclusion of the excellent newly found Louisiana Hayride track from 1955 '' I Forgot To Remember To Forget ''.
For the first time on General Release, it has 8 new live tracks that have all been re-mastered and are now significantly and noticeably improved, than before. Additionally, the CD also contains for the first time, an unreleased live version of ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ from October 1955. Sound samples for entire CD will start appearing very soon.
Please note, it is likely that some Elvis fan club dealers will have stock 2 weeks earlier than the official release date of 22nd October.
01. Good Rockin' Tonight - Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955.
02. Baby Let's Play House - Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955.
03. That's All Right - Meridian, Mississippi, May 26, 1955.
04. Little Mama - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955
05. You’re a Heartbreaker - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955
06. Tweedle Dee - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955
07. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 22, 1955
08. Hearts of Stone - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955
09. Blue Moon of Kentucky - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 16, 1954
10. I Got A Woman - Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955.
11. Maybelline - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, August 20, 1955
12. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, July 2, 1955
13. I' Forgot To Remember to Forget - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October, 1955
14. Shake Rattle & Roll - WJOI Radio, Florence, Alabama January 19, 1955
15. Heartbreak Hotel - Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16 1956
16. Long Tall Sally - Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16 1956
17. Money Honey - Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16 1956
18. I Was the One - Mississippi Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo, Mississippi, Afternoon Show, September 26th 1956
19. Blue Suede Shoes - Mississippi Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo, Mississippi, Evening Show, September 26th 1956
20. Paralyzed - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 15, 1956
21. Don't Be Cruel - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 15, 1956
22. Hound Dog - Mississippi Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo, Mississippi, Evening Show September 26th 1956
23. Money Honey - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955 24. Shake, Rattle & Roll - Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955
Source: MRS - Update September 13, 2012
Do you know who James “Mississippi Slim” Ausborn was, and which influence he had in Elvis childhood musical culture and skill development? Do you know what does it say the Morse code at the beginning of the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert? Do you want to know all the details of the 1957 tours? Did you know that when Jean Marc Gargiulo (president of “Treat Me Nice – Les Amis D’Elvis” fan club) met Elvis in 1969 in Las Vegas, Elvis himself was so worried about Jean Marc’s financial commitment to fly in USA (back then it was not so common…) that he asked him if he needed some money? Do you know that beside normal 45 and 33 rpm record releases, in the seventies there has also been a live extended play record release?
Click on the picture above to see the pages of the book enlarged
All of this and much, much more information, including rare and unreleased pictures, plus concert statistics are available on “Elvis in Concert 1945/1977”. Despite its mammoth dimensions (A4 format per 800 pages) its price is very affordable: only 38 Euros through the most important website retailers. You can even get it at a cheaper price (only 32.30 Euros) should you will buy it directly through the Stampa Alternativa publishing company website, at the following address:
You can get also in touch directly with the Author (note that he doesn’t sell the book). Please send your welcomed feedback directly to Sebastiano Cecere at the following e-mail address:
Source: Sebastiano Cerere - August 30, 2012
For many years, the name Temple Riser was a bit of a mystery in the Elvis world. Not much was known about the dark-haired beauty with the deep, strong voice other than the fact that she had sung backup for Elvis at his early 70s Nashville sessions, and that she got to record a duet with Elvis live in the studio on ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. Her whereabouts were unknown, and it seemed like she had simply vanished off this planet. Nobody seemed to know where she was located or whether she was still amongst us. Earlier this year, Elvis expert Arjan Deelen decided to try and locate her, and just a few weeks ago, his research paid off when he found her alive and well and even looking pretty much the way she did 40 years ago!
Temple Riser, who is now 63, feels that she has been blessed in life, and cites working with Elvis and singing at President Nixon’s inauguration as her (singing) career highlights. About meeting Elvis for the first time, she says: “I was a little stuck up… I didn’t want to give him the impression that I was starstruck. But the moment he came into the studio, I was in awe… He had such a charisma about him, and he was so handsome. And he was very flirtatious!”, she says with a smile.
When asked about her nicest memories of him, she answers: “There’s several… I remember that he invited me and Ginger & Mary (Holladay) to come to his hotel room in Nashville - and we did. He was just so nice to us. Very easy to talk to, very talkative. He grabbed his guitar and we sang Gospels together. He didn’t sing any of his hits, just Gospel music… he loved that”.
About the duet, she says: “He asked me to do the duet with him. He was really having a good time while we recorded it. I just tried to do the best I could. You know, I used to be embarrassed about it. I didn’t think I sounded so good. These days with the internet it’s turning up everywhere, and people ask me about it. I’m proud of the fact that I got to sing with Elvis Presley. It doesn’t get any better than that!”.
The really exciting news is that Temple Riser will be joining the ’Original Elvis Tribute’ show together with a.o. Mary and Ginger Holladay for a Euro tour in May 2013!
“People have told me that the Elvis fans in Europe know about me, and I have always said: ‘You’ve got to be kidding!’. I’m really excited about coming to Europe for the very first time, and meeting the fans and performing for them. We may even do that duet, ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. Hopefully, I will do a better job on it this time around!”, Temple laughingly says. “It’s a priviledge to be able to pay tribute to the greatest performer ever and I will do my best to make this tour memorable for the fans. See you all in May 2013!”.
For more information about the ‘Original Elvis Tribute’ production, please contact Arjan Deelen at email@example.com or visit www.elvisnews.dk
Source: elvisnews.dk - Update August 1, 2012
‘Arjan Deelen's insightful interviews shed compelling new light on the legacy of Elvis Presley. His innate love of his subject and well-spring of knowledge informs his work, ultimately producing a series of captivating, candid and revelatory interviews that offer heretofore new perspective on the artistry of "the King"’ ‘, said Ken Sharp, author of "Writing For The King” and "Vegas: '69".
Some of these interviews were used in the aforementioned book, as well as some of the world’s leading Elvis magazines, like “Elvis – The Man And His Music”, “Flaming Star” and “ElvisMatters”, and you can now read them in their unedited form in this fascinating publication. Several of the interviews in the book, like for instance the ones with Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Scheff and Michael Jarrett, are widely regarded as the best and most revealing interviews ever with these gentlemen. There’s also a strong sense of honesty about the book, because these interviews are presented precisely as they were conducted – so no editing or other manipulation afterwards. ‘Straight from the horses’ mouth’, so to speak. “ELVIS: WALK A MILE IN MY MUSIC” is a must for those who really want to know more about Elvis and the music he created.
The book is also a feast for the eye, with almost 300 rare and unpublished photos of Elvis, in some cases sourced from the original negatives and dias. These photos cover the whole spectrum of Elvis’ career, from 1954 to 1977. The foreword was written by Duke Bardwell, Elvis’ mid-70s bassplayer. Handsomely designed, this is a book that delivers on all levels. A free promotional CD containing various Elvis rarities, including the newly discovered live version of ‘I Forgot To Remember To Forget’ as well as a rare 1956 radio promo, is also included. Order your copy of “ELVIS: WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES” now (hardback, 160 pages, color throughout) now from: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: EFE - July 25, 2012
It all started from here.....
I won't spoil anything what you can read in this book, but it is very entertaining, you will love it!!!
Without any doubt, this is one of the most essential Elvis books ever, period.
For your reading pleasure the bootleg entries are divided into the following chapters:
AND… IT’S LIMITED TO 1,000 COPIES, BUT IT CAN BE YOURS IF YOU ORDER TODAY!
For more info go to http://www.bootleg-elvis.com/
Update July 7, 2012
There’s much, much more, way too much to detail it all here. If you know our previous photo-books (Images 1 + 2), then you will know what to expect, only this one’s even better. We know that many fans have expressed concern about the high price of Elvis books of late, so we are pleased to report that this book is very affordable. Contact us now for more details: email@example.com
Source: EFE - July 2, 2012
For your reading pleasure the bootleg entries are divided into the following chapters:
AND… IT’S LIMITED TO 1,000 COPIES, BUT IT CAN BE YOURS IF YOU ORDER TODAY!
You can also order this book through us for the best price: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Update June 29, 2012
A quick glimpse at the book can be found on this YouTube trailer link below.
Source: Boxcar Enterprises - Update may 8, 2012
Now, in 2012, the time has come that this massive -640 pages- work of love and labor will be made available to all Elvis fans and music lovers worldwide. With more than 1200 color pictures, track listings, cross-references, matrix numbers, cover/label/vinyl/sound descriptions of about 1000 records on 480+ pages, this is the most in-depth work on Elvis vinyl bootlegs ever!
This book will not only list and visualize every known Elvis bootleg record, but it will also list and show all known variations of each record. All records will be listed in several chapters, being:
To top it off, there is an almost 65 pages description about the history of (Elvis) bootlegging, starting in 1901 up to today. There are about 70 pages of stories written by all the major bootleggers from the USA, Canada and Europe. They will tell you why they made their bootlegs, how they obtained their recordings, how they got their records and sleeves made and how they managed to sell their records without being caught.
Read stories -first hand- about albums like Please Release Me (the first Elvis bootleg ever!) The Hillbilly Cat "Live", The '68 Comeback, Million Dollar Quartet, Loving You Recording Sessions, Welcome In Germany and many more.
These are more than fascinating insider stories that were never known nor published before!
All in all, this book gives you the most complete insight ever into the evolution of bootlegging Elvis.
Even if you’re not a vinyl collector, this book is definitely a must-have!
Update April 16, 2012
As a bonus, the CD is accompanied by a 40 page book containing many rare and unpublished photographs taken on and off the set of "Blue Hawaii".
It will be released on May 8th, 2012 - for more info go to www.memphisrecordingservice.com.
Source: MRS - Update April 6, 2012
This title is currently available for Pre –order on Amazon UK and Play at below £12.
THE EXPANDED ALBUM
01. Blue Hawaii (Take 1FS Take 7M) 02. Almost Always True (Take 1FS Take 8M) 03. Aloha Oe (Take 4FS & SPM) 04. No More (Take 1FS Take 13M) 05. Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 27FS Take 28FS Take 29M) 06. Rock-A-Hula Baby (Take 4FS Take 5M) 07. Moonlight Swim (Take 3M) 08. Ku ui po (Take 8LFS Take 9M) 09. Ito Eats (Take 6FS Take 7FS Take8FS Take 9M) 10. Slicin' Sand (Take 18LFS Take 19M) 11. Hawaiian Sunset (Master) 12. Beach Boy Blues (Take 1FS Take 2M) 13. Island of Love (Take 11FS Take 12FS Take 13M) 14. Hawaiian Wedding Song (Take 2M)
THE ALTERNATE OUTAKES
15. No More (Take 3LFS) 16. No More (Take 9) 17. Rock-A-Hula Baby (Take 1FS) 18. Ito Eats (Take 1MM Take 3FS) 19. Slicin' Sand (Take 15FS Take 16FS Take 17) 20. Beach Boy Blues (Take 3MM) 21. Island of Love (Take 3FS, Take 5FS, Take 10FS) 22. Aloha Oe (Take 2) 23. Aloha Oe (Take 3) 24. Aloha Oe (Take 5SPM) 25. Aloha Oe (Take 7SPM) 26. Aloha Oe (MASTER OF SECTION 2) 27. Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 1FS Take 2FS Take 3FS Take 4FS) 28. Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 5LSF) 29. Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 6FS, Take 7FS) 30. Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 8LFS) 31. Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 9) 32. Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 10FS Take 11FS Take 12FS) 33. Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 18FS Take 23MM)
Source: MRS - Update Fenruary 10, 2012