Elvis Straight Up Book 

The first waves of pre-order were sold out but new pre-orders placed now will definitely ship on July 4th. You can click on the banner above for a direct link to Joe Esposito & Joe Russo's Straight Up book.

source: Joe Russo / June 23, 2007


Riding With Elvis DVD

This DVD will be available on August 15. This is based on the shocking true story of David Stanley, stepbrother and bodyguard of Elvis Presley. Some of the extras include : The Real Life Story Of David Stanley, Personal Accounts of Life With The King, Actual Photos of the King, Behind the Scenes, Out-Takes, interviews, etc..

source: Evan Mueller / June 20, 2007


Tupelo's Own out now

We just have received the DVD/Book Tupelo's Own, and it's indeed one of a kind release for the fans. As for me as a 50's fan I was blown away to see the footage with sound and also the book is fun to watch and read. This is a must have for the 50's fan, and you can find an in-depth review, screenshots and more on the EIN website.
June 11, 2007


Elvis Raffle

Jordan's Elvis World Rare CD Raffle! A super rare one track promo CD (right) released by GRACELAND in 1998 to Fan Club Presidents only is being raffled to serious Elvis fans. About 600 only were printed and it is valued at $450 according to various websites. The cd and cover are both in GREAT MINT condition. Jordan Ritchie is not selling it on Ebay preferring this rare gem to go to a true Elvis fan, and by raffling it he hopes to give everyone an equal chance. The raffle ends June 30th. Click here (http://jordans-elvis-world.com/raffle.html) for further details & to get your raffle tickets.
Source: JR/EI / June, 2007


Hot Shots And Cool Clips Volume 3 

JAT Productions will be accepting pre-orders beginning on May 30th for Hot Shots And Cool Clips volume 3. All details are available on their website at www.jatpublishing.com .

source: JAT Productions / May 30, 2007


Hot Shots And Cool Clips Volume 3

Hot Shots and Cool Clips - Volume 3 will be bumped up and released August 1st from JAT Productions, riding on the success of THE BEST SELLING DVD  Hot Shots and Cool Clips - Volume 2 . It will contain unreleased footage from the 50s, 60s., and 70s, complete film listing will be available soon. 

source: JAT Productions / May 20, 2007


Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley

Memphis Recording Service UK Label releases its latest ‘Tupelo’s Own Elvis Presley’ Music DVD in the UK and Australia on June 11th.  

Never before have we seen an Elvis concert from the 50’s with sound. Until Now! 

The release is produced by Joseph Pirzada and Co Produced by Joseph Tunzi. The Limited Edition book accompanying the DVD is written by Tupelo’s own Roy Turner and involves many people including the fans who were there, to the likes of Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana. The book is available with the DVD for a short time only.  

The DVD Contains:

Recently discovered UNRELEASED FILM of Elvis performing 6 songs, including ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive ‘Long Tall Sally’ seen here for the first time ever.  

Further unseen footage contains backstage, the evening show, parade, Tupelo 57 and many more. Please note that the DVD contains specially licensed footage by Fox. 

Interview with Elvis at the 1957 Tupelo show NEVER BEFORE HEARD!  

The DVD Audio section contains 21 tracks of the two shows from Tupelo 1956 concerts. 

LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL BONUS:

The Book - Tupelo’s Own Elvis Presley  

The book contains nearly 200 pages of Elvis in his birth town of Tupelo Mississippi. Born into plainness poverty in 1935, Elvis and his parents left Tupelo in 1948 for a better life in Memphis. Elvis triumphantly returns to Tupelo like a tornado in 1956 for a welcome reception bigger than that of President Franklin Roosevelt’s visit to the city in 1934. The book is written by Tupelo’s own Roy Turner, Elvis/Tupelo historian.  

See the hundreds of photographs of Elvis both on stage and backstage from the Tupelo events of 1956 and 1957. Included are many unpublished photographs, ticket stubs, newspaper articles and the first known Elvis signature, all seen here FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! Available for a short time only.

FULL DVD CONTENT

PART 1: DVD- VIDEO

1)    Tupelo Welcomes Home Elvis Presley UNRELEASED footage of the Parade in Tupelo on 26th September 1956 as well as some backstage footage with Elvis. The audio accompanying the clip are the interviews with Elvis, Vernon and Gladys Presley, Nick Adams and Judy Hopper. 7 min 41 sec

 

2) Tupelo’s Own Elvis Presley UNRELEASED film from the afternoon performance ‘The Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show’ at the  Fairgrounds in Tupelo Mississippi on 26th September 1956.

13 min 09 sec

Never before have we seen an Elvis concert from the 50’s with sound. Until Now!

Song Performances:

1. Heartbreak Hotel

2. Long Tall Sally

3. Presentation to the City 

4. I Was The One

*5. I Want Need Love You & I Got a Woman

6. Don’t Be Cruel

*7. Hound Dog

* Songs available in parts as no footage exist

3) Tupelo Evening Show Clip - UNRELEASED footage from the evening performance. 0.46 sec 

4)    Original Fox Movie tone News Reel  1956 – 1min 24 sec 

5)    Elvis in Tupelo 1957 - Includes an UNRELEASED AUDIO interview with Elvis Presley and Anita Wood. The footage contains performance clips from the 27th September 1957 show as well as backstage and more. 10 mins 12 sec

Total Running Time: 33 minutes 12 seconds

 

PART 2: DVD - AUDIO

21 tracks of the Afternoon and Evening performance from the 26th September 1956 shows

All tracks accompanied with photographs  

Audio Tracklisting:

Total running time 51.13 

Afternoon Show: 

01   Heartbreak Hotel

02   Long Tall Sally 

03   Presentation Key To The City 

04   I Was The One

05   I Want You, I Need You , I Love You 

06   Announcement

07   I Got a Woman

08   Don't Be Cruel

09   Ready Teddy 

10   Love Me Tender

11   Hound Dog 

      Evening Show:

12   Love Me Tender

13   I Was The One 

14   I Got a Woman

15   Dialogue

16   Don't Be Cruel

17   Blue Suede Shoes18

18   Dialogue

19   Baby, Let's Play House

20   Hound Dog

21   Dialogue

source: Joseph Pirzada / May 19, 2007


Coming Soon from JAT Productions

JAT Productions is announcing his next projects for 2007 including ( Country's Golden Hits ) and available now for those interested. Their next book is a book related to the movie Tickle Me and scheduled for August 2007, while Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 3 for late 2007. You can go directly to their website at www.jatpublishing.com for ordering !!!

source: JAT Productions / April 25, 2007


Elvis Is Back!

The next book from Elvis Unlimited will be titled Elvis Is Back. It will be made like the two “Inside” boxes. The book will be thicker and the dvd will be much longer than in the two previous boxes.  

Elvis Is Back will be about Elvis’ return to the music scene in 1960. This year was a bittersweet one for Elvis. He was being discharged from the Army. Music had changed in two years and he was a little insecure about his music career. Yet he enters the sessions with such ambition and determination. He delivers a new mature diverse voice. “It's Now Or Never” and “Surrender” are truly challenging for Elvis. He proofs himself to be a truly talented singer and not just a flash in the pan. These recording sessions will forever stand out in Elvis’ history.  

It’s almost as if Elvis hit the ground running upon his return. The Colonel had been busy preparing for Elvis' return for a very long time. Not only were the recording sessions lined up, an appearance on the ABC televised Frank Sinatra Special and the filming for “G.I. Blues” were immediately following. 

His appearance on the Sinatra Special is warmly received by the public. Elvis innocently steals the show from Sinatra. Yet the repertoire between the two performers is very apparent. “G.I. Blues” is a very successful film for Elvis although Elvis hates being in uniform again.  

During this year, Elvis is also experiencing many changes in his personal life. Elvis has met Priscilla while in Germany. But he returns to his long time girlfriend Anita Wood. They continue their relationship where it left off before Elvis left for Germany. Vernon marries Dee, which is hard on Elvis because of the loss of his mother. Elvis also brings many of his friends from Germany home and the Memphis Mafia is formed.  

But still the most important thing during the year 1960 is the amazing recording sessions. We have two incredible albums from this year, “Elvis Is Back” and “His Hand In Mine.” Elvis truly proves his ability as a performer. He conquers every challenge he is faced with and proves Elvis is back!  

Elvis Is Back will present many never before seen pictures from this period. There will even be some very interesting ones from the filming of G.I. Blues. Those were not used in the Inside G.I. Blues book.  

Elvis Is Back will be released in mid May, 2007.

source : Elvis Unlimited / April 20, 2007


Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 2

We mentioned five days ago the new DVD from JAT Productions was nearly sold out. Joe Tunzi confirmed us today this is actually the case now, and unable to fill more orders for this item . You can always get a copy from your local dealer.

We have about 10 copies left so this is still possible to order it directly from us. If you are looking for a copy you can write to us at fecc@elvis-collectors.com .

source: Joe Tunzi-FECC Team / April 13, 2007


Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 2

Joe Tunzi informed us all his orders ( dealers & customers ) were shipped out this past week ,and also mentioned to us he should be sold out within a week. There are still a very low number of copies left and possible to order some directly from JAT Productions if you don't wait too long at www.jatpublishing.com , yet you can always ask your favorite dealer for a copy.

Next book project from JAT Publishing is already in production, and as previously announced several months ago this book will be related to the movie Tickle Me. This book is scheduled for August 1st and watch this space for more details and cover on this project.

source: Joe Tunzi / April 8, 2007


Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 2 Release Soon

The latest project of JAT Productions Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 2 DVD will be released on April 2nd. 

ELVIS: HOT SHOTS AND COOL CLIPS, VOLUME 2 is another look into the life and career of Elvis Presley using newsreels, home movies, and press interviews. This volume features clips from his 1957 Detroit performance, 1957 home movie footage of Graceland, Elvis 1958 Army induction (and famous haircut), the G. I. Blues premiere, excerpts from the 1971 Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Men Prayer Breakfast (along with the awards ceremony from that evening), filmed footage of Elvis opening show at Madison Square Garden, more footage with Bobby Darin and the Madison Square Garden press conference, as well as footage from Colonel Parkers Birthday Party (which also shows his managers industry influence). Also included is footage of Elvis June 16 and 17 evening performances at Chicago Stadium in 1972.

Collecting unseen, better quality, and more complete footage than what has been seen in the past, this second volume from JAT is a must for any fan, especially those who revel in all these pieces of the puzzle that make up the life, career, and cultural impact of Elvis Presley.
Source: JAT / March 29, 2007

Unusual Elvis CD from Myanmar

Maynmar( formerly Burma) has release its first ever Elvis CD ELVIS PRESLEY The Greatest Collections What a beautiful materpiece. Happy Hunting.
Source: HT Long / updated March 17th 2007


SPECIAL SUBSCRIPTION OFFER 

Subscribe TO EE:UK today and receive a complimentary CD!!! 

Essential Elvis in the UK offers a fantastic deal when subscribing to their glossy magazine, which is distributed worldwide bi-monthly. 

Take out a new subscription during the rest of March, and receive a FREE complimentary CD (consisting of either a soundboard recording, or quality studio material).

click on the logo above for more details !!!

source: Essential Elvis UK / March 16, 2007 


FECC Forum

We received several e-mails concerning our Forum. We were the ones who decided to shut it down as we've got simply tired of the fights going on there. This is not pleasant for us to receive complaints or  have to check the Forum all the time because there is something nasty going on. 

Our first idea was to close it for good but we changed our minds for the time being .We do expect the fighting and bickering to stop permanently. It will have to since we won't have a high degree of tolerance.

The Forum will be active within the next 48 hours. Besides the two administrators and The Boss ( moderator ) we will add an extra moderator. He is well known on our forum as PEP. We do expect these moderators will be treated with respect.

source: FECC Team / February 27, 2007


30th Anniversary Tribute Concert

'' IT'S ELVIS TIME '' BRINGS YOU THE OFFICIAL - ULTIMATE! - 30th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE CONCERT! 

2007 is a very special year for all Elvis fans around the world. On August 16th we all remember the day the music died: the passing of Elvis Presley .

What better way is there to remember the 'Artist Of The Century', 'The King Of Rock 'n' Roll', then with a very spectacular concert?!. 

Therefore, pay attention now and get out your agenda so you don't miss out on this year's One And Only Main Elvis Event: 

On SUNDAY JUNE 10th, 2007 in Schouwburg De Kunstmin te Dordrecht you will be treated to a special concert by: 

THE COMPLETE TCB BAND WITH TERRY MIKE JEFFREY !

This performance officially marks the first time that Ronnie Tutt will make an appearance on a meeting by It's Elvis Time!. 

As a very special treat, It's Elvis Time will bring you closer to Elvis then you've ever been:

THE LARGEST PRIVATE COLLECTION EXHIBIT ON ELVIS OUTSIDE OF GRACELAND !

See ORIGINAL & AUTHENTIC personal belongings of Elvis, see Elvis' clothing, Autographs and much, much more. More details on this exciting exhibit will follow!. 

But there is more! A special appearance:

FROM NASHVILLE , USA : PHIL FRIENDLY & THE LONERS 

And from The Netherlands : Mark Elbers 

This Concert Is Hosted By: ROGIER VAN LUYKEN 

This very special 30th Anniversary Concert is endorsed by SONY/BMG HOLLAND . 

More details and more surprises to be revealed in the coming weeks! 

FOR TICKETS & RESERVATIONS: 

0594-51 82 65 / 0594-51 63 36 - itselvistime@planet.nl

source: It's Elvis Time / February 16, 2007


Inside Roustabout box-set has now been released

Inside Roustabout the follow up to the very successful Inside G.I. Blues box-set has now been released. Every order will be shiped out in the next couple of days.

This deluxe box-set include a book, dvd, vinyl single, a invitation for the premier of the movie and a certificate that proves that you’re one of the only 2000 people who have this box-set. The book is a 112 page full colour book featuring a lot of unknown stories about the movie, many rare and unpublished pictures of Elvis during the filming, at the photo sessions, in the recording studio, at various meetings that was held during the filming etc.

The Inside Roustabout book does also contain a lot of beautiful memorabilia from all over the word. The very informative texts about the movie that you will find in the Inside Roustabout book has been written by Megan Murphy. The foreword is by Bob Moore. The DVD contain some never before seen footages from the movie set. Plus of course the original trailer. The special 45 rpm. promotion vinyl single features some very rare radio spots that have never been released on CD.
Source: Elvis Unlimited - Updated Feb 02nd 2007


More details on Hot Shots 2

The long-awaited ELVIS: HOT SHOTS AND COOL CLIPS, VOLUME 2 is another look into the life and career of Elvis Presley using newsreels, home movies, and press interviews. This volume features clips from his 1957 Detroit performance, 1957 home movie footage of Graceland, Elvis 1958 Army induction (and famous haircut), the G. I. Blues premiere, excerpts from the 1971 Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Men Prayer Breakfast (along with the awards ceremony from that evening), filmed footage of Elvis opening show at Madison Square Garden, more footage with Bobby Darin and the Madison Square Garden press conference, as well as footage from Colonel Parkers Birthday Party (which also shows his managers industry influence). Also included is footage of Elvis June 16 and 17 evening performances at Chicago Stadium in 1972.

Collecting unseen, better quality, and more complete footage than what has been seen in the past, this second volume from JAT is a must for any fan, especially those who revel in all these pieces of the puzzle that make up the life, career, and cultural impact of Elvis Presley.
Source: JAT / January 23, 2007

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Elvis : Hots Shots And Cool Clips vol.2 update

This new DVD project from JAT Publishing was originally scheduled for late March 2007 but now has been re-scheduled for March 6th. 

source: JAT Publishing / January 11, 2007


Elvis Starring in Oklahoma

Joe Tunzi informed us his latest book Elvis Starring in Oklahoma is almost sold out. He is down to his last copies so don't wait if you are interested by this book. As usual you can order directly from JAT Publishing website.

source: JAT Publishing / December 22, 2006


Hot Shots And Cool Clips Volume 2

The next video documentary from JAT Productions is expected in late March 2007. Includes unreleased footage of ....Detroit '56, court room '56, first color footage of Graceland '57, introduced at Bobby Darin show 1960, Colonel Birthday Party '64 ( ?? ), Jaycees presentations with special tribute to the 10 best men of 1971, MSG Press conference behind the scenes and more 1972, MSG 1972 footage plus MORE to come... The release you have been waiting for !!! Retail $39.95. This DVD will be copy guarded and will be the copyright of many participating parties.

Last few copies of Elvis Starring in Oklahoma still available. Thanks to everyone for letting us have another best seller. JAT Productions. 

source: JAT Productions / December 11, 2006


Radio Station Promo TV Guide Package

Here we have the photos of the TV Guide Radio Station Promo package. The CD is the same as the one on the magazines when they come out next week. only the package is different.
It has an unreleased version of "It wont seem like christmas without you" , it's also a CD-ROM that include the "blue christmas video an elvis photo gallery the livin like elvis contest behind the scenes of NBC las vegas episode.
Source: JOSEPH A. KREIN / Updated Dec 4th 2006


2006 presidents CD christmas single

Here we have the artwork of the Christmas CD from EPE that was sent to the presidents of the fanclubs. This year they put the song "Holly leaves and Christmas trees".
Source: JOSEPH A. KREIN / Updated Dec 4th 2006


ELVIS SAILS - COLLECTOR'S EDITION

-Available with original Japanese or US cover artwork!

-Original EP Recordings + bonus tracks.

-Digitally remastered

-Special limited edition!

September 22 1958 - Brooklyn, New York

THE ORIGINAL EP

1. Press Interview with Elvis Presley

2. Elvis Presley`s Newsreel Interview 3. Pat Hernon Interviews Elvis

+ Bonus tracks, including The Press Meets Elvis (an extended recording of track 1) & Elvis talks about the army.

source: e-mail / December 1, 2006


Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 2

Released APRIL 3rd, 2007 WILL BE the long awaited DVD Hot Shots Cool Clips Volume 2..highlights include ..Elvis at Madison Square Garden, the Jaycees award presentations afternoon and evening, the first known color footage of the Graceland mansion, Col. Parker's party for the movie Roustabout...plus more cool clips of the King... Final edit and or selections will not be determined till February 1st, approx 60 min.....now avalaible Elvis Starring in Oklahoma soon to be sold out ..Order Today.... Also Coming in 2007 will be Elvis Presley-Tickle Me a book that's Guaranteed to be one of our best. Stay Tuned.. Thanks to everyone from JAT PUBLISHING AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL.

source: JAT Publishing / November 21, 2006


Elvis Presley – Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth

The second edition of Darrin Lee’s “Elvis Presley – Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth!” is scheduled for release on 20th December 2006. This A5 format, 225-page soft cover will be printed on 80 # glossy paper and feature the beautiful artwork of Night Rider Design’s Chris Middleton.

From the revelation of irresponsible screenwriting in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line”, Kathy Westmoreland’s memories of February 1973 and how they fare versus the rumour Elvis overdosed on Dilaudid, Sweet Inspirations guitarist Gregory Gaskin’s reaction to The Drugs Dialogue, Joseph Tunzi’s uncensored refutation of the allegation Elvis overdosed while on tour in St. Louis, to the pièce de résistance – the author’s shattering of the Desert Storm Myth that purports the King was “strung out” on amphetamines.

The 1974 “Elvis Summer Festival” receives 35 pages of in-depth coverage including the Opening Night set list shakeup, Elvis’ use of the “n” word in response to a heckler on 27th August, launching of the “f” bomb on 30th August, The Painted Statue Dialogue, his incorporation of double entendre into the act e.g. the X-Rated film “Deep Throat”, feminine hygiene products, braces & fellatio, a cunninglus bit involving Mr. Gospel Music and much, much more.

The Drugs Dialogue is dissected over a number of chapters and Fort Baxter’s “Desert Storm” 2 CD set receives an incredible 30 pages of exhaustive analysis.

You’ll be intrigued with the context in which Elvis’ ex-wife yelled out (from The Presley booth) a reference to his manhood! Show tapes reveal Cilla was actually the aggressor! Some folks think Elvis embarrassed her with The Priscilla Dialogue; the fact is he acted honourably with a touch of humour to defend her reputation against vicious fan gossip.

Dennis Berry travelled to Las Vegas with The OEPFC of Great Britain in August 1974 and for the Closing Show, he and two British fans tipped $30.00 for prime seats at the end of the ramp – mere feet from their hero. In addition to writing two articles for this project, “How Can It Get Better Than This?” and “Elvis’ Voice”, Mr. Berry sat for a five-hour interview. His memories of The King’s fantastic performance on 2nd September 1974 will leave you gobsmacked and confirm that the lovely Anne E. Nixon’s “Vegas ’74 Revisited” piece is spot on.

The legendary Phil Gelormine, publisher of the original Elvis World, opened up his collection of previously unseen images from Cole Field House. In addition to the back cover, four more of his shots will be featured in a special preview of the forthcoming soft cover “Elvis Presley – College Park: The Revelation of a Hoax!”

Invaluable contributions were also made by photographers Bob Heis and Keith Alverson, Graceland Insiders Jeanne Pellicani and Ginette Lefebvre, lifelong British fan Jackie McCaffery who wrote “If You Think You Know Elvis, You Don’t”, Elvis scholar Mike Eder and Annemarie Swarts (President of the EPFC of Africa) who wrote “Elvis – My Inspiration”.

For more information, including a Chapter breakdown and how to order your personalized copy of this groundbreaking book, please visit the author’s website: www.ElvisConcertMyths.com.


Elvis Starring in Oklahoma Out Now

The latest project from JAT Productions '' Elvis Starring in Oklahoma '' is out now. This book features photographs from the opening show of the July 1975 tour. There will be free pocket calendar for select dealers. It can be ordered directly from JAT publishing website at www.jatpublishing.com and also through our website.

Coming in 2007 from JAT Productions the book  Elvis Presley - Tickle Me ...watch our Elvis News section for further details concerning this new project.


Latest News from JAT Publishing

The latest book from JAT Publishing will be available for the Holiday Season and released on November 14th....free Elvis pocket calendar for select dealers.

Coming in 2007....Elvis Presley - Tickle Me...includes lost photos from the Allied Artist Archives recently discovered in Chicago.

source: JAT Publishing / November 3, 2006


Elvis Starring in Oklahoma Sneak Preview

This new book from JAT Publishing was originally scheduled for December 5, 2006 but now expected to be published on November 21st. Here's a sneak preview of photographs features in this book. The book can be ordered directly from JAT Publishing website at www.jatpublishing.com and will also be available through our site.

source: JAT Publishing / October 27, 2006


Elvis Presley -Memphis Recording Service

The Rise of Elvis Presley - Volume 2 : 1955

is scheduled for release at the end of November 2006. Much bigger in all proportions that its predecessor Volume 1, again the package is Produced by Joseph Pirzada and this time Co- Produced by Joseph A Tunzi.

This package is the most detailed than has ever been released before

The package will consist of:

DVD-Audio Dolby Digital DVD

1. This will contain Unreleased footage, never before seen, which will mark the first known for Elvis Presley that predates the Magnolia Gardens and Lubbock footage of 1955.

2. A 5.1 DVD Audio / Dolby Digital Recording Of 40 fully restored tracks from 1955 (including 9 Bonus Tracks from 1954) including Studio, Interviews and Live with sound quality that surpasses all previous Elvis’ releases on this era including ‘ Elvis at Sun’.

Lots of surprises on the audio for the disc as it will contain with previous unreleased material from using never before original sources of masters, acetates and tapes to produce high quality sound never before heard, straight to 5.1 Audio/ Dolby Digital sound. A selection of rare photographs is used to accompany each song.

Songs include: Baby Let’s Play House, Mystery Train, Trying To get To You, Blue Moon, Shake rattle and Roll and many more.

Book

The Rise of Elvis Presley - Volume 2 1955

The book contains lots of exclusive new information on Elvis Presley in 1955 and is written by Joseph Pirzada and Co- Written once again by John Michael Heath.

See the hundreds of historical rare insider documents and photographs, many of which have never before been seen. This incredible 200 page book is the best compilation ever compiled. Go on a journey to over 300 shows that year with great stories and exclusive new information, unpublished photographs and documents.

Vinyl

Original 45rpm Sun Master 223 ‘Mystery Train’ Vinyl Repress

Processed and pressed for the first time since 1977 from the original SUN 45rpm master 223 mother stamper. The original Sun 223 45rpm issue of 'Mystery Train' was Elvis Presley's last record on the Sun Record Label released in August 1955.

It has now been released here for the first time since 1955 in its original format, processed from the same mother stamper that Sun used at the time. If you have never been fortunate to own the original pressing we present 'Mystery Train' back in its original format.

Full specifications and details to follow imminently.

source: Memphis Recording Service / October 21, 2006


Free DVD at Elvis-concerts in Holland and Belgium

To commemorate the 45th anniversary of both “It’s Elvis Time” and “The United Elvis Presley Society”, visitors at the events in Knokke (Belgium) and Rotterdam (Holland) will receive a free DVD, containing an interview of D.J. Fontana (Elvis major drummer from 1955 till 1968). The interview was captured in november 1990 in Breda. The DVD will only be available on both days at presentation of a valid ticket.
D.J. Fontana will be the guest of honor at the events of november 25th (Casino, Knokke) and november 26th (Zaal Engels, Rotterdam). In addition, Steve Binder, Nicola Congiu, Sue and the Flaming Stars and Burt Blanca will appear on stage.
Tickets can be ordered as follows: Knokke: 32 3 2529222 – ueps@skynet.be Rotterdam: 31 594518265 – itsElvistime@planet.nl
Source: Peter Haan / It's Elvis Time / Updated October 14th 2006


 

Elvis Starring in Oklahoma

The next project from JAT Publishing '' Elvis Starring in Oklahoma '' will be available on December 5, 2006. The interview with Joe Tunzi should be finished very soon and will appear on this site along with '' Elvis News '' website.

source: JAT Publishing / FECC Team - September 27, 2006


Ed Sullivan Show

Here we have the artwork and details for the upcoming DVD release "Ed Sullivan Show" featuring all of Elvis' appearences on that show.
In the months ahead the three complete episodes of The Ed Sullivan Show that Elvis appeared on will be released on a 3-disc DVD set. This release by SOFA Entertainment, the owner of the Ed Sulllivan Show catalog, is in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises. The distributor is Image Entertainment. A formal press release will be issued closer to the release date of the DVD set. It should include details from SOFA Entertainment regarding the remastering of the sound and picture and point out special aspects of the footage, including the restoration of a "lost" medley. Andrew Solt, who heads up SOFA Entertainment, will present a preview of the DVD set in a segment of Day Two of this year's Elvis Insiders Conference during Elvis Week 2006.


Here are the details:

DISC ONE: September 9, 1956
1 CHARLES LAUGHTON Show Opening" 2:47
2 AMIN BROTHERS Acrobats 4:33
3 DOROTHY SARNOFF "Something Wonderful" from "THE KING AND I" 6:05 4 LINCOLN COMMERCIAL 2:40
5 VAGABONDS "Up A Lazy River" 4:32
6 ELVIS PRESLEY "Don't Be Cruel" 3:49
7 ELVIS PRESLEY "Love Me Tender" 3:50
8 CONN AND MACK Tap Dancers "Tea For Two" 3:57
9 LINCOLN MERCURY COMMERCIAL 0:47
10 CHARLES LAUGHTON "Little Red Riding Hood" 3:47
11 AMRU SANI "I'm In The Mood For Love" 3:27
13 CARL BALLANTINE Comedy & Magic 3:03
15 Preview of Next Week's "ED SULLIVAN SHOW" 1:23
12 TOBY THE DOG Novelty Act 4:00
14 LINCOLN MERCURY COMMERCIAL 2:47
16 ELVIS PRESLEY "Ready Teddy" 2:59
17 ELVIS PRESLEY "Hound Dog" 1:07
19 CHARLES LAUGHTON SAYS "GOODNIGHT" 0:34
20 CREDITS 1:58
TOTAL SHOW RUNNING TIME 58:05:00

DVD has "Play All Elvis Performances" option.
Bonus Material:
ELVIS & ED REMEMBERED BY…
Sam Phillips - Founder of Sun Records
Gordon Stoker - Member of The Jordanaires
Marlo Lewis - Producer (1948-1959)of "The Ed Sullivan Show"
Gordon Stoker - Member of The Jordanaires
Wink Martindale - TV Host & Friend of Elvis
George Klein - Disc Jockey & Friend of Elvis

WHY ED DIDN'T HOST ELVIS'S FIRST APPEARANCE
This sequence sets up Ed Sullivan and his show and tells the story of Ed's car accident and why he was unable to host the show with Elvis's debut appearance.

DISC TWO: October 28, 1956
1 OPENING 0:49
2 LITTLE GAELIC SINGERS "Dandelion Song" "Believe Me" 3:58
3 MERCURY COMMERCIAL 1:42
4 ELVIS PRESLEY "Don't Be Cruel" 2:24
5 ELVIS PRESLEY "Love Me Tender" 3:44
6 SEÑOR WENCES 6:22
7 1957 LINCOLN CONVERTIBLE COMMERCIAL" 3:13
8 ELVIS PRESLEY "Love Me" 3:48
9 JOYCE GRENFELL "Countess of Cotley" 5:16
10 "Happy To Make Your Acquaintance" From the Broadway musical "THE MOST HAPPY FELLA" 7:15
11 "Big D" "THE MOST HAPPY FELLA" 6:13
12 MERCURY COMMERCIAL 1:26
13 Preview of Next Week's "ED SULLIVAN SHOW" 0:45
14 ELVIS PRESLEY "Hound Dog" 3:41
15 UNUS Balancing Act 6:01
16 ROBERT WEBB (Audience Bow) Director of "Love Me Tender" 1:11
17 ED SULLIVAN SAYS "GOODNIGHT" 1:00
18 CREDITS 1:55
TOTAL SHOW RUNNING TIME 1:00:44
DVD has "Play All Elvis Performances" option.
Bonus Material:
ALL ABOUT ELVIS & ED 7:38
7/15/56 Two months before Elvis' 1st appearance.
9/2/56 Patti Page introduces next week's "Ed Sullivan Show" headliners.
9/16/56 One week after Elvis's 1st Appearance, Ed Sullivan returns to host the show.
10/21/56 One week before Elvis's 2nd appearance.
11/18/56 Ed introduces Elvis's 1st Film, "Love Me Tender" (3:43)
FIRST FILM OF ELVIS PRESLEY 2:45
Elvis performance at Magnolia Gardens near Houston, Texas in these rare home movies shot on August 7, 1955

DISC THREE: January 6, 1957
1 SHOW OPENING 0:33
2 ELVIS PRESLEY Medley - "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender" & "Heartbreak Hotel" 3:25
3 ELVIS PRESLEY "Don't Be Cruel" 0:50
4 "ARTHUR WORSLEY Ventriloquist 4:19
5 WILL JORDAN Ed Sullivan Impressionist 3:10
6 LINCOLN COMMERCIAL 2:52
7 CAROL BURNETT Comedy Routine "Your Eyes Have Told Me So," "I Love You," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Paper Moon" and "I Feel A Song Coming On" 5:50
8 ELVIS PRESLEY "Too Much" 2:28
9 ELVIS PRESLEY "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" 1:56
10 SUGAR RAY ROBINSON Ed interviews Boxing Great 2:14
11 NANCI CROMPTON Tap Ballet "Thunder and Lightening" 2:32
12 LENY EVERSONG "El Cubanchero" 2:19
13 LINCOLN COMMERCIAL" 1:13
14 THE SIX GUTIS Clown Act 2:48
15 DON BUDGE Tennis Champion (Audience Bow) 1:08
16 JACKIE ROBINSON Baseball Great (Audience Bow) 0:50
17 BORY AND BOR Comedy Dance 1:29
18 LENY EVERSONG "Jezebel" 2:29
19 MERCURY COMMERCIAL 2:46
20 Preview of Next Week's "ED SULLIVAN SHOW" 0:35
21 ELVIS PRESLEY "Peace In The Valley" 1:33
22 ED SULLIVAN SAYS "GOODNIGHT" 1:58:29
23 CREDITS 1:58:39
TOTAL SHOW RUNNING TIME 1:00:46

DVD has "Play All Elvis Performances" option.
Bonus Material:
SPECIAL "ELVIS MOMENTS" 6:34
4/27/58 Ed talks about Elvis being in the Army.
6/21/64 "A Tribute to The Colonel" by comedian John Byner.
2/9/64 Elvis & The Colonel send a telegram to the Beatles.
9/26/65 "Rock 'n' Roll Ed" - comedian Jack Carter.
9/18/66 Elvis and Colonel Parker congratulate Ed Sullivan.
JERRY SCHILLING'S HOME MOVIES 4:31
Jerry shows his home movies of Elvis and Priscilla horseback riding at Graceland, some of the first shots of Elvis and Priscilla's daughter Lisa Marie, and Elvis and the gang cutting up on a film set.

GALLERY OF PHOTOS & DOCUMENTS
Photos and documents related to the three episodes in the DVD set. Some from Sofa Entertainment's Sullivan archives and some from the Elvis Collection.
Source: Various / Updated: Sep 22, 2006

Essential Elvis #48

We just received the latest issue of the Essential Elvis magazine. In this issue you can read all the latest news, an interview with Ken Sharp, Ed Bonja, Nanette Kuklish, Live Power (a look at concert rarities 1970-1972) and much more.
If you'd like to subscribe: http://www.essentialelvis.com/
Email: ElvisMagazine@aol.com
Updated: September 21st, 6th 2006


Elvis Presley - Sunshine

A new compilation CD containing Sun material has been released by the Comets label ( 2006 ) and features 21 tracks. This is a digipak and the sound is said to be very good.

Track listing :

That's All Right - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Good Rocking Tonight - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - Milkcow Blues Boogie - You're A Heartbreaker - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Baby Let's Play House - Mystery Train - I forgot To Remember To Forget - I Love You Because - Harbor Lights - Blue Moon - Tomorrow Night -  I'll Never Let You Go ( Little Darlin' ) - Just Because - When it Rains, It Really Pours - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - I'll Never Stand In Your Way - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Fool, Fool, Fool

source: Barry McLean / September 20th, 2006


Hawaii 61

Thanks to everyone for making Hawaii 61 one of our best sellers , it is sold out on our end , so check with your dealers if you need a copy of the book /cd/replica ticket..Starring in Oklahoma will be available Dec. 5th retailing at $45.95 ..more information soon on photos and content. Joe Tunzi

Note from FECC : We still have a few copies available of the following books from JAT Publishing : Sessions III, Elvis-The Documentaries, Elvis As The One Called Charro ! ( with CD ) and Hawaii 61 with CD/ticket replica. You can contact us at fecc@elvis-collectors.com if interested by one of those.

source: Joe Tunzi/ FECC - September 1st, 2006


Interview with Sonny West and Marshall Terrill

Always wanted to know "what happened?" This is your chance. Sonny West - Elvis Presley's longtime bodyguard and Memphis Mafia member - and co-author Marshall Terill wrote the upcoming book "Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business". Both agreed to participate in an interview with you, the readers of ElvisNews.com and For Elvis CD Collectors Only. The book will cover Sonny West's 16 years with Elvis Presley from 1960 to 1976, the aftermath of "Elvis: What Happened?" to his thoughts today on Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley. But the interview is not limited to just this book so if you want to know what happened, this is your chance to ask them that question you always wanted to ask them.
Just e-mail us your question and we'll make sure they get it.
Updated August 29th 2006


Hawaii 61

Just to inform the fans due to some great sales in Memphis there are only a minimal quantity of Hawaii 61 left . We don't foresee to have any left by months end, so if you need a copy of the book /cd/ ticket check with your dealer or order direct from our web site www.jatpublishing.com .

source: JAT Publishing / August 23rd, 2006


Interview With Joe Tunzi

Joe Tunzi, author of many Elvis books, including the new release "Elvis Hawaii '61" on Elvis' 1961 U.S.S. Arizona Benefit Show in Hawaii, has agreed to participate in an E-mail interview with the readers of Elvis News and For Elvis CD Collectors.

It is up to you to come up with that question you always wanted to ask Joe Tunzi. >> just e-mail us << your question and we'll make sure Joe Tunzi gets it.

The interview is not limited to just the theme of his latest '' Hawaii 61 '' book or his upcoming DVD project " Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 2 " and the announced book " Elvis Starring In Oklahoma ", so feel free to ask Joe Tunzi whatever you always wanted to ask him.

source: Elvis News - FECC Team / August 7th, 2006


Elvis Starring in Oklahoma & Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 2

Here's the art covers of next two projects from JAT Productions. The book '' Elvis Starring in Oklahoma '' scheduled for December 12th, 2006 will focus on Elvis' opening show of the July 1975 tour. JAT Productions are still working on their DVD project '' Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 2 '' and intend to be released in early 2007.

source: JAT Publishing / August 5th, 2006


The Million Dollar Quartet - 50th Anniversary Special Edition

This double CD set was released in the UK by the Charly label. Both discs have the same photo as the cover.

source: Barry McLean / July 31st, 2006


Elvis Hawaii 61 Book Out Now

Now Available Hawaii 61 The Ultimate Hawaii Package witch includes the book, collectors CD and replica ticket manufactured by the same company that produced many of the original Elvis Presley show tickets. All orders will be shipping early next week..coming in December-Elvis starring in Oklahoma, more as it becomes available. You can order direct from JAT PUBLISHING web-site beginning early next week..

source: JAT Publishing / July 21st, 2006



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Preview Inside G.I. Blues Deluxe Box

This box will contain a deluxe 112 page full colour book, a DVD and a vinyl single. The book will include a lot of unknown stories and some very informative texts about the movie written by Megan Murphy and Henryk Matraszek. It will also feature many rare and unpublished pictures of Elvis from during the filming, at the photo sessions, in the recording studio, at various parties that was held during the filming, eating together with the cast etc.

The Inside G.I. Blues book will also contain a lot of beautiful memorabilia from all over the word. The first printing comes in a deluxe box including a DVD and a vinyl single.

The DVD will contain never before seen footages from the movie. You will see outtakes of a scene, the completely unknown G.I. Hope you like it trailer (including never before seen footage of Elvis) and a lot more. The special 45 rpm. promotion vinyl single will feature very rare radio spots that have never been released on Cd. The box-set will only be available for a short time. After that will be book only be sold alone.
Source: Elvis Unlimited / Updated July 15th 2006



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A Date With Elvis

A great show to commemorate the 45th anniversary of The United Elvis Presley Society Knokke Casino (Belgium) Saturday, November 25th - 6 p.m.

Guests: Burt Blanca (Belgium) / Steve Binder (USA) / D.J. Fontana (U.S.A.) / Nicola Congiu (Italy) Tickets: 43 €
Reservation: 32 3 2529222
1968 Comeback Convention
A great show to commemorate the 45th anniversary of It's Elvis Time
Stationsplein 45
Rotterdam (Holland)

Sunday, November 26th, 12 p.m.

Guests: Sue & The Flaming Stars (Holland) / Steve Binder (U.S.A.) / D.J. Fontana (U.S.A.) / Nicola Congiu (Italy)
Tickets: 40 €
Reservation: 31 594 518265
Updated July 8th 2006 - Source www.ueps.be

John Wilkinson Interview

The Brasilian site Elvis Collectors Brasil has published on their site an interview with John Wilkinson. You can access this interview directly by clicking on the following link : John Wilkinson Interview .

source: Sergio Luiz / updated July 7th, 2006


ANNUAL ELVIS MEETING

SATURDAY, JULY 15 2006 - from 12.00 to 17.30 hour at the DES Gebouw (Albert Steenbergenstraat 44) - Hoogeveen

The dutch Elvis Presley fanclub Elvis For Everyone have there annual Elvis meeting on saturday, July 15 2006. The day begins at 12.00 hour till 17.30 hour. There will be Elvis stands with cd's, dvd's, vinyl, books, photos, collectors items and much more and from different dealers! Also a USA Tour 2007 info stand, Elvis on big screen, a tombola... ALSO an ELVIS AUCTION with original collectors items from the 50's, 60's and 70's... And every fan receive a free and limited edition Collectors CD!!! For the first time available this day!
Entrance: 10 Euro (including free cd)
For more information go to www.elvismagazine.eu
Source: e-mail / Updated July 3rd 2006

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The Ultimate Hawaii 61 Package

The JAT Publishing Hawaii 61 book is scheduled for July 25th, 2006. This book will feature among other things photographs of the U.S.S. Arizona Benefit Show with over 130 black & white and color photos, many unpublished, informative text, with a special Bonus collector CD and replica ticket.The suggested retail price is $45.95. You can contact JAT Publishing directly from their website at  www.jatpublishing.com .

source: JAT Publishing / June 30th, 2006


Inside G.I. Blues

Coming late July is another book in the Inside "an Elvis movie" series. This time is it about the 1960 movie G.I. Blues. This deluxe 112 page full colour book will include a lot of unknown stories about the movie, many rare and unpublished pictures of Elvis during the filming, at the photo sessions, in the recording studio, at various parties that was held during the filming, eating together with the cast etc. Inside G.I. Blues will also contain a lot of beautiful memorabilia from all over the word.

The very informative texts about the movie that you will find in Inside G.I. Blues has been written by Megan Murphy and Henryk Matraszek. The first printing comes in a deluxe box including a DVD and a vinyl single. The DVD will contain never before seen footages from the movie. You will see outtakes of a scene, the completely unknown '' G.I. Hope you like it  '' trailer ( including never before seen footage of Elvis ) and a lot more. The special 45 rpm. promotion vinyl single will feature very rare radio spots that have never been released on Cd. The box-set will only be available for a short time. After that will be book only be sold alone. This book can be pre-ordered directly from Elvis Unlimited.

source: Elvis Unlimited / June 22nd, 2006


NEW ELVIS TRIBUTE ALBUM FEATURING THE JORDANAIRES

Rockabilly legend Robert Gordon ("Red Hot") and guitar hero Chris Spedding (Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music, Katie Melua, etc.) just returned from Nashville, where they recorded 15 Elvis songs for their upcoming album, a tribute to the King Of Rock 'n' Roll. Gordon, who still remembers the impact of hearing 'Heartbreak Hotel' at the age of nine, says that recording this album together with the Jordanaires was "exciting, exhilerating and exhausting... but wow, what an album! I can't wait for everyone to hear this album, which features the fabulous Jordanaires on 9 of the 15 tracks".

Arjan Deelen, who arranged for the Jordanaires to sing on the album, contacted bass-vocalist Ray Walker a few days ago, and Ray wrote that, "a good time was had by all, working with Robert, again. He brought the right talent to work with him in Chris Spedding. They, both, are 'right on'. We hope the best for your project and get a copy to us when it comes out!".
Source: www.robertgordon.dk - updated June 12th 2006

Elvis & Hitchcock on DVD

This Double Feature DVD produced by DCC Labs in Canada contains a 60 minutes documentary on Elvis titled '' The Story Of Elvis '' ( color and black & white ), and first's version of Alfred Hitchcock's '' The Man Who Knew Too Much '' ( black & white ). The disc itself as the same picture as featured on the front cover above.

source: Barry McLean / June 8th, 2006



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45 YEARS IT'S ELVIS TIME

The year 2006 is a special year to celebrate. Not only because of the 50th anniversary of Heartbreak Hotel or the Official Dutch Stamp which will be in the Dutch post offices very soon.....
BUT ALSO TO CELEBRATE THE 45th ANNIVERSARY OF THE OFFICIAL DUTCH FAN CLUB IT’S ELVIS TIME. There is only one artist in the world who deserves that kind of commitment: ELVIS! So we are very proud that we will have a super show in November to celebrate ELVIS and IT'S ELVIS TIME.

Two of ELVIS his co-workers will be attending our show on November 26, 2006 in Rotterdam (Zalencomplex Engels in het Groothandelsgebouw)
We are very proud to announce the LEGENDARY:
DJ FONTANA, Elvis’ drummer from 1955 till 1968
STEVE BINDER producer 1968 comeback special
ALSO two very talented artists with their bands: NICOLA CONGIU + BAND from Italy
SUE & THE FLAMING STARS

Show starts at 12.00
Tickets: € 40,00 at the door or € 37,50 in advance
You can order your tickets now! Make sure you are part of this special day. It's not every day in your life you can meet and greet with DJ Fontana and Steve Binder!!! For some of you it will be a once in a lifetime chance.
TICKET OFFICE:
It’s Elvis Time
Postbus 27015
3003 LA Rotterdam
Tel: 0594 518265/ 0594 516336
Giro: 4207201 ovv meeting 2006
RESERVATIONS ALSO BY E-MAIL: itselvistime@planet.nl
EVERY PAYING VISITOR WILL RECEIVE A FREE CD OR DVD
Source: It's Elvis Time - Updated June 7th 2006

Jennifer Holden to visit the UK

Essential Elvis in the UK have secured their usual venue for their August Bank Holiday week-end bash on August 27th in Shoreham-by-Sea. The guys who publish The Elvis Mag have announced that their special guest will be Elvis' Jailhouse Rock co-star, Jennifer Holden. Without a doubt, this show will be a total sellout way ahead of time, so please book early. The reason? In addition to their exciting USA guest and a massive memorabilia stall, they've also booked All Shook Up, a superb rock ‘n’ roll band to add to the ‘50s feel of the sockhop in sunny Sussex. Please, do not miss what will surely be one of the Elvis event of the year.
For more information please email: enquiries@essentialelvis.com
Source: Essential Elvis - Updated May 26th 2006


Two Elvis fan clubs join forces in Memphis

The United Elvis Presley Society/Belgium and It’s Elvis Time/Holland will also be celebrating their 45th birthday in Memphis 2007. They will dance the night away on August 14, starting 9 p.m. The venue will take place in the center of Memphis and superstar Terry Mike Jeffrey with his complete band will be appearing on stage. Both fan clubs will announce the ticket price for this dance party in the very near future. When seating permits, tickets for other fanclub members will be made available. Other guests and related Elvis Presley friends might be passing by and do autograph sessions. Lists of those who will be attending will be posted on a regular base. It’s Elvis Time and The United Elvis Presley Society will have about 250 of their members in Memphis during Elvisweek 2007.
Source: It's Elvis Time / updated May 20th 2006


The Complete Sun Sessions & The Sun Studio Sessions

'' The Complete Sun Sessions '' was released in the UK on the Chrome Dreams label. This is a double CD set and comes with a nice booklet in a slipcase and has picture discs. '' The Sun Studio Sessions '' was made in the EU on the Revola label ( a division of Cherry Red  Records LTD UK ). Both were released in 2006.

source: Barry McLean / May 9th, 2006


It's Elvis Time 50th Anniversary of TV Guide

This cd marks the 50th anniversary of the TV Guide from 1956. The only difference with the vinyl 45 rpm is, that on this cd you will have the complete interview which was recorded in 1956. With the design of this cd we did try to be as authentic as we could get, compare to the 1956 release.

All members of It’s Elvis Time will get this cd for free with our next magazine number 251. This year (2006) marks the 45th anniversary of the oldest, biggest and most respected fan club in The Netherlands “It’s Elvis Time” and it makes us very proud TCB –ing for Elvis after so many years. To celebrate this event we will release this special cd. We will move forward in the future to be at service to our customers and members. We will make sure the next generation will know Elvis Presley, so he will be number 1 forever.
Source: It's Elvis Time - updated May 7th 2006

Joe Russo's Elvis....Straight Up !

Dear Elvis fans and collectors. My name is Joe Russo and I reside in the New York/Tri-state area.

In addition to being a life-long Elvis fan and musician, I have also published three books and written countless contibutions to various Elvis-related sites and publications over the years.

At the encouragement of fellow Elvis Squad contributor Steve Barile ( Barile's Alternate Take ) , and our glorious host the For Elvis CD Collectors Only website, I have decided to dedicate some of my insight and Elvis passion to this new column, fittingly titled ELVIS....STRAIGHT UP!

Occasionally I will review product and music releases, but the column will vary from personal rants , recollections and opinions to commentary on whatever might be the current hot topic of the Elvis world. I would like to state up-front that I shoot from the hip and that my opinions and writings will usually be very straight-forward and sometimes blazingly direct.

I invite questions,comments and contributions from any and all Elvis fans worldwide and I may always be contacted directly at epshots@yahoo.com

Thank you!

source: Joe Russo / FECC Team - updated on May 5th, 2006


Hawaii 61 Book

Coming this Summer from JAT Publishing Hawaii 61 featuring the U.S.S. Arizona Benefit Show with over 130 black and white and color photos, many unpublished, informative text, with a special Bonus CD and more..Watch our website for further information in the near future and as usual will be available on JAT Publishing website at www.jatpublishing.com .

source : JAT Publishing/ April 27th, 2006


New Polish CD "KRÓL ELVIS I JEGO DWÓR"

A new CD release from Poland that will come with a newspaper is "KRÓL ELVIS I JEGO DWÓR". It has a hard bookcover and contains a 36 page booklet in the Polish language. Here the tracklisting:
1. BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS - (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock 2. CARL PERKINS - Blue Suede Shoes 3. ELVIS PRESLEY - That's All Right 4. CHUCK BERRY - Maybellene 5. FATS DOMINO - Blueberry Hill 6. JERRY LEE LEWIS - Great Balls Of Fire 7. LITTLE RICHARD - Lucille 8. WANDA JACKSON - Fujiyama Mama 9. ELVIS PRESLEY - Good Rockin' Tonight 10. FRANKIE AVALON - Dede Dinah 11. PAT BOONE - Speedy Gonzales 12. BRENDA LEE - Dynamite 13. BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS - Peggy Sue 14. THE PLATTERS - Only You (And You Alone) 15. GENE VINCENT - Be-Bop-A-Lula 16. THE BEATLES - Ain't She Sweet 17. ELVIS PRESLEY - Blue Moon Of Kentucky 18. LULU AND THE LUVVERS - Shout 19. CHUBBY CHECKER - Let's Twist Again 20. LITTLE EVA - The Loco-Motion 21. CARL MANN - Mona Lisa 22. HELEN SHAPIRO - Walkin' Back To Happiness 23. BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS - See You Later, Alligator 24. DANNY MIRROR - I Remember Elvis Presley

Source: E-mail - Updated April 22nd 2006

Elvis Presley Summerfestival

Do you know a better way to welcome the summer of 2006? One complete day with Elvis as top priority. Just take your good spirit, sit down, enjoy and relax. Take all your Elvis friends to this special day. You all know that at June 26th 1977 Elvis gave his last concert in Indianapolis, so that's why this date has been set.

We'd like to show you some great Elvis shots on big screen, do some singing (karaoke) for those who would like to join and ofcourse we treat you with the best music the world has ever known. The restaurant will take care of some Elvis menu's and you are able to buy your souvenirs, cd's, dvd's as always. A special Elvis cap will drive around Rotterdam. Inside the car you will feel right at home, so you could drive around just for fun, even though you don't need any transport. We'd like to give our special thanks to Peter de Wolf and the cafe owner Richard, for his involvement in setting up this meeting! Date: 25th june 2006 starting 12.00H
Eetcafe "de Schuimspaan"
Laan op Zuid 984-986
3071 AC Rotterdam
+ 31 104848606
Source: It's Elvis Time / Updated April 22nd 2006

The Man Called Charro! book Out Now

The latest book from JAT Productions titled '' Elvis as The One Called Charro ! '' is out now. Retail price $39.95 plus postage & handling and includes cool Charro! CD....CD's are limited....first come first served..It can be directly ordered from Joe Tunzi on his website at www.jatpublishing.com .

source: JAT Publishing - updated on April 14th, 2006


Inside GI Blues

There will soon be a new release in the Inside ... book series. This time will it be about the movie G.I. Blues. The book will follow the line of similar projects from Ger Rijff. This Elvis Unlimited production will contain more than 100 pages of known classic and rare and never before seen pictures from the movie. There will be a limited release including a 45 rpm vinyl single and a DVD.
Source: Elvis Unlimited - Updated March 27th 2006


Montreal Elvis Convention 2006

The next Elvis Presley Convention in Montreal will be on April 1st, 2006 from 11:00 a.m. to 16:30 p.m. at St-Gilbert Hall located at 5415 Jean-Talon East in Montreal, near the St. Michel metro ( bus 141 ). You can buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, posters and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. Door prizes will be handed out all day long.

There will be a live band with singer Luc Bouffard and the Dix-Versions Choir.

Special Guest will be Jamie Aaron Kelley. Come and meet in person the new singer from the popular musical '' Elvis Story  '' produced by LCQ in Quebec !

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: e-mail / March 23rd, 2006


It's Elvis Time Opens 100% Elvis Shop

The Elvis Presley Fan Club The Elvis Presley Fan Club “It’s Elvis Time” which is now the biggest and oldest Fan Club of the Netherlands ( founded 8 January 1962), will launch their 250th anniversary magazine this month. This glossy and quality magazine gives the fans a great view and accurate information of what’s happening in the Elvis world. Every three months a new edition will reach all the readers and a lot of them have stood behind their club since the early days. We’re very happy to see that a lot of younger readers find their way to the Fan Club to find out anything they want to know about Elvis Presley. This magazine is the only one in the world which is published in braille.

On 30th March 2006 “It’s Elvis Time” will open a retail shop in the Northern part of The Netherlands.

The address is:
Hoofdstraat 35 A
Tolbert.
 
Opening hours:
Thursdays 10.00 – 18.00 hrs
Fridays 10.00 - 18.00 hrs and 19.00 - 21.00 hrs
Saturdays 10.00 – 17.00 hrs

Tel: +31 594518265
Source: Peter Haan - It's Elvis Time / Updated March 20th 2006


COMPETITION - Win tickets to Spring Fever in the UK

 

Essential Elvis magazine in the UK, and the team at FECC are offering fans the chance to win several pairs of tickets to the Spring Fever event in England next month.  If you and a friend or partner would like to meet two unique guests and enjoy a terrific night of Elvis fun, then please email the answer to the following question to editor@essentialelvis.com
 
Question: In what year did Elvis employ Dean Nichopoulos as a bodyguard? 
 
1. Please include your name and address so we can forward the tickets if you win.
2. Please enter only if you are able to attend the event on Saturday, April 8th.
 
About the guests...
 
Dean Nichouplos first met Elvis when he was teenager in 1970. He introduced Elvis to the sport of racquetball, which lead to a close friendship lasting many years. He became part of Elvis' elite inner circle when he was employed as a personal bodyguard in 1975, and of course, Dean is the son of the infamous George Nichopoulos.  For the first time, Dean has agreed to address questions about his father's time with Elvis, as well as his own. 
For almost thirty years, the media  has pursued an exclusive interview with Dean, one of the few who were with Elvis during the last years of his life.  He holds many interesting, never-before-told stories and has never spoken about such times... Until now!
 
Sara Erwin (author of Over The Fence - A Neighbour’s Memories of Elvis) grew up in the shadow of Graceland. She knew Elvis as a friend and neighbour for over twenty years, and has many fascinating memories of living just yards from the King. Her stories are guaranteed to entertain.

Source: Essential Elvis /updated March 17th 2006

Elvis Presley as The One Called Charro ! & Bonus CD artwork

Released later this month the latest book from JAT Productions titled '' Elvis as The One Called Charro ! ''. Retail price $39.95 plus postage & handling and includes cool Charro! CD....CD's are limited....first come first served..It can be directly ordered from Joe Tunzi on his website at www.jatpublishing.com .

source: JAT Publishing - updated on March 9th, 2006


Info for Charlie Hodge's services

Tennessee viewing:

Atchley Funeral Home
118 E Main Street
Sevierville, TN 37862

 

Sunday, March 5th
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Alabama viewing:

Roselawn Funeral Home
741 Danville Road
Decatur, AL 35601

 

Monday, March 6
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, March 7
12:00 - 2:00 PM

 

Funeral to follow
Condolences may be sent to Jennifer Hodge at:
Memories Theatre
2141 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

 

Charlie Hodge
Funeral Services
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
2:00 pm
Roselawn Funeral Home
741 Danville Road
Decatur Alabama 35601
(256) 353 2996

* If you are interested in sending flowers - they can be sent to the funeral home *
Source: e-mail / Updated March 5th 2006

Charlie Hodge, longtime Elvis friend, dies at 71

Charlie Hodge not only got the audience's attention when he performed on an empty Coke crate. He got the attention of a music legend. Mr. Hodge said that the first time Elvis Presley saw him, he was standing and singing on the crate while performing with The Foggy River Boys in Memphis. The memory always gave Elvis a chuckle, Mr. Hodge said in a 2005 interview with the Web site Elvis Australia. Mr. Hodge, a Decatur native who died Friday at age 71, said he used the crate because he was 5 feet 3 inches tall and the other band members "towered over me." After meeting backstage at that performance, Mr. Hodge didn't see Elvis again until both were in the Army, where they became friends.

Elvis hired Mr. Hodge in 1960 as a member of his "Memphis Mafia." Mr. Hodge was the only professional musician and entertainer in that group. Mr. Hodge became a background vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Elvis, known as the man who gave Elvis his water and scarves. He worked with Elvis for 17 years. Not bad for a boy who started out plucking a ukulele on his front porch in Decatur and did comedy routines in school. Mr. Hodge was with Elvis when he first met his future wife, Priscilla, and was at Graceland when The King died in 1977.

After Elvis' death, Mr. Hodge performed at shows dedicated to Elvis, including a March 2005 appearance at Decatur's Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. He also wrote "Elvis 'N Me," which Castle Books published in 1988. Elvis' bodyguard, Sonny West, said in a DAILY interview that after Elvis' death, he and Mr. Hodge went 27 years without seeing each other. Then they met in Decatur at West's one-man show, "Memories of Elvis." "He walked up, shook my hand, and said, 'It's been too long, Sonny. I'll tell you right now, if he (Elvis) was watching us, he'd want us to get together, because where he's at now, he's nothing but love,' " West recalled.

Although Mr. Hodge lived at Graceland, he returned to Decatur to visit his parents' Jackson Street home. He told THE DAILY in 1982 that "when you come back to Decatur, there are two things you have to have: Bob Gibson's barbecue and a C.F. Penn hamburger." Now the entertainment industry has lost a man who worked to keep Elvis' memory alive.

Cancer
Mr. Hodge died of cancer at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. Fans are posting tributes to Mr. Hodge on Elvis Web sites. A Yahoo site had 81 messages as of Saturday night, including a message from one fan who wrote, "May God bless your soul, Charlie. Now you're together again with your true friend Elvis." That seems fitting, since in his book about Elvis, Mr. Hodge wrote, "Remembering Elvis for the purpose of writing this book, has created loneliness in me like a torment."
Source: decaturdaily / Updated March 5th 2005


EASTER SPECIAL: ELVIS and “The Moon Dogs”

After the very successful local meetings in Holland, we are now pronouncing the next get together ion Saturday, April 15th 2006. Party centre “De Torenstee” Weth. Van der Veldenweg 5 Numansdorp. “The Moon Dogs” will perform their Elvis repertoire live on stage. We will enjoy Elvis on big screen, like we did the first time we laid eyes on him. Some beautiful old timers will be showing of their colours, just for fun. We all understand what it’s all about being an Elvis fan, so let’s enjoy each others company. No huge names, no Elvis crew. Nothing like that at all, “just” down to earth solid ELVIS music and images. That’s the thing we should appreciate the most. You are very welcome to join and make it worthwhile. Let’s Have A Party Ladies and Gentleman, you are a great audience!
Source: It's Elvis Time - Updated Feb 25th 2006


For Collectors Only

The Dutch Elvis Presley Fanclub "It's Elvis Time" has some original ticket stubs for sale!. Those ticket stubs are from Richfield, OH. July 10th, 1975 at the Cleveland Coliseum. All ticket stubs comes with certificate of authenticy. Price is $70 USD including mailing cost. Photo is from the July 10th 1975 concert.
For order information contact: Peter Haan at mailto:itselvistime@planet.nl
Source: It's Elvis Time - Updated Feb 25th 2006


Spring Fever

Essential Elvis will organize a meet and greet with guest from the USA hosted by Shayne Driscoll. The guests are Dean Nichopoulos (Elvis' friend and bodyguard '75-'77) and Sara Erwin (Elvis' friend and neighbour '57-'77). There will be a huge memorabilia stall, big screen footage, great prizes etc... For more info click on the flyer to enlarge it or go to the Essential Elvis website for more details.
Source: Essential Elvis - Updated January 27th 2006


Back To The Roots

Elvis Unlimited will have a new show on April 21 & 22, 2006 called the "Back To The Roots". In the line up you'll have Bob Moore, Reggie Young, Jerry Carrigan, Paul Ansell & Number Nine and a special surprise guest. For more info, click on the flyer to see it enlarge, or visit their site on http://www.elvisunlimited.com
Source: Elvis Unlimited - Updated January 24th 2006


ElvisMatters presents Supershow

On Saturday May 20th, the crew of the Belgian-Dutch fanclub ElvisMatters rocks the town of Eindhoven (Holland) with an unprecedented line up, even bigger than "Elvis The Concert". The supershow "One Night With Elvis" features:

· Jenson Bloomer & Tony Smith
· The Sweet Inspirations
· The Imperials
· 75 p. Joe Guercio Orchestra
· Joe Guercio
· The TCB Band
Place to be: Muziekcentrum Frits Philips Eindhoven (Holland)
Tickets (30-40-45 euro) are for sale here: onenightwithelvis@elvismatters.be
Source: Elvis Matters - Updated February 14th 2006

Elvis' Birthday party Concerts

The TCB-Band will play 3 concerts in January 2006 with Dennis Jale in Austria at the Vienna Metropol. For more info click on the flyer to see it enlarge for further information.
Source: E-mail / Updated December 28th 2005


It's Elvis Time #249

In our mailbox we found the 249th issue of the Dutch it's Elvis Time magazine. In this issue we get "The King Meets The President" including all the pictures that were shot at the meeting. A convention review, Elvis & Dixie Locke and ofcourse the reviews of CD's, DVD's etc...
Also the It's Elvis Time will organize a 71th birthday party on January 7th 2006 in Deventer. For more info on the magazine and the 71th party you can visit the it's elvis time website.
Updated December 25th 2005


Russian Elvis Golden Records Vol. 1 - 4

There`s a new Import series from Russia, they just released Elvis Golden Records Vol. 1 - 4 as Gatefold Digipack with beautiful artwork, CD with Bonus tracks and a special DVD! Real pressed silver CD and DVD, no CD-R or DVD-R! DVD contains the soundtrack from each movie of that time!. The CDs have excellent soundquality, much better as the last remastered versions from `97 the DVD is about the same quality as the original movies released as DVD!
Source: Mathias Netzker - Updated December 23rd 2005


Memphis Recording Service Volume 1 - 1953-1954

We just received the book/DVD Memphis Recording Service vol. 1, and was wondering if this project would live up the hyping. The book itself is made with care, and my compliments for the lay-out, for it's really beautiful and you can see that it was done by "real Elvis fans". It has a lot of colorized pictures, and some are nicely done, but of course it depends on your taste. Then we have the DVD in 5.1 format, well, to be honest I didn't notice any improvement on the sound of the sun masters, but.., the highlight of this project is the first Louisiana Hayride performances. I never heard it in this quality, just stunning. Only for these Hayride songs it's worth to buy this format alone. Our conclusion is that this project is highly recommended.


Elvis Meeting in Hoogeveen (The Netherlands)

Saturday, December 17 2005 at the “DES Gebouw” (Albert Steenbergenstraat 44) in Hoogeveen. A great Elvis day for everyone! With a big fanclub shop and also some other Elvis shops; The TTWII & Elvis On Tour Outtakes on big screen!!!, a Tombola, and more!
It's Christmas time at the Elvis meeting in Hoogeveen! The annual Elvis Christmas meeting from the Elvis For Everyone fanclub. Visitors can also win some great Elvis items! Including copies of the DVD "Colonel Parker - De manager van Elvis". Also for this day for the first time available: Volume 3-5 from "The Single Collection"...
Tickets: 10 Euro only. Doors are open from 12.00 to 17.00.
Hope to see you all!!! Shopping, selling, dancing, meeting other fans & more! For more information: elvisforeveryone@zonnet.nl

Elvis For Everyone
P.O. Box 2104
7900 BC Hoogeveen
The Netherlands
Updated December 10th 2005

Elvis Empire - The Jim 'E' Curtin Collection Book

This is one Super Elvis' 71st Birthday Anniversary Celebration Book. This book will blow your mind - I though had a collection !! This Jim " E " Curtin had an unbelievable collection . A real Big & Heavy Catalogue book. The Elvis Treasures in this book will be on Public Auction to be held on January 7 & 8, 2006 at Berverly Hills, California. An Essential Colletors' Gem of a Book..
Source: HT long - Updated December 10th 2005


Elvis Presley as The One Called Charro !

The next project from JAT Productions will be a book titled '' Elvis Presley as The One Called Charro '' and should be out in early Spring 2006. This 96 pages book will contain over 150 photographs in color and black & white. It will also features documents and text pertaining to the film, and a free collectors bonus CD with the first 1000 books. The suggested retail price for the whole package is $39.95. It will be possible to order this book directly from Joe Tunzi on his website at www.jatpublishing.com .

source: Joe Tunzi - updated on December 6th, 2005


Elvis For Everyone #32

We just received the latest issue of the dutch fanmagazine "Elvis For Everyone". In this magazine you will have a very nice treat for it comes with a free CD. The CD features the first Sun single and 3 bonus songs (that's all right and Blue moon of Kentucky, live October 16th 1954, and an overdubbed live recording of That's all right. The magazine features tons of news, an article about the TTWII & On Tour outtakes, bootleg CD's special #2 and more. For more info you can send an e-mail to elvisforeveryone@zonnet.nl
Updated: December 2nd, 2005


All Elvis 2

Two years after Elvis Unlimited published the book '' All Elvis '' are a follow up in the making. This second volume will be made after the concept as the first volume. You will find more than 150 rare and unpublished pictures in '' All Elvis 2 '' . If you like the first '' All Elvis '' then make sure to get the follow up. You won't be disappointed! Keep yourself updated regarding '' All Elvis 2 '' on Elvis Unlimited website.

source: Elvis Unlimited - updated on November 30th, 2005


Chinese "Elvis In The 50's" 2 VCD Set

Released officially by BMG China and distributed by GSM Music throughout China and Asia is the 2 VCD set of "Elvis in The 50's" featuring both the Elvis in Hollywood & Elvis '56 shows. This Double VCD set comes with the most beautiful cover sleeves housed in an excellent slip-case. A must for any true collectors' collection. Happy hunting.
Source: HT Long / Updated November 22nd 2005


Las Vegas Original Soundtrack

NBC has produced an original soundtrack CD for their popular series '' Las Vegas '' starring James Caan. This CD on the '' Treadstone '' label contains two tracks by Elvis. The first track is the JXL Remix '' A Little Less Conversation '' while the last track is the same track from the '68 NBC Special. It contains also '' Suspicious Minds '' performed by Wayne Newton .

source: Barry McLean - updated on November 22nd, 2005


Elvis- The Documentaries Sneak Preview

Yesterday we added a review of the latest book from JAT Publishing. We thought it would be interesting to have a sneak preview of some of the images featured in the Elvis The Documentaries. Take note some of those photographs are not full page thus explaining the size can vary from one to another.

source: JAT Publishing / FECC Team - updated on November 17th, 2005


Elvis- The Documentaries Book Out Now

We received a few days ago our copies of the latest book from JAT Publishing on both documentaries Elvis did for MGM. Joe Tunzi also informed us they already shipped out their orders ( including dealers ) and about everyone shall get their copies soon. We will try to put a full review of this book on our site within the next 2-3 days. In the meantime we think everyone will be please with this book.

The book almost went sold out on pre-orders only and should be sold out soon. If you want a copy then don't wait !!!! It is possible to order the book directly on their website at www.jatpublishing.com

source: JAT Publishing / FECC Team - updated on November 10th, 2005


Elvis goes I-pod!!

As an additional service to it's listeners, Radio Mi Amigo 192 now offers the weekly Elvis program 'The Memphis Flash' using the latest technical feature: podcasting. Until now, if you missed an episode of the weekly Wednesday show, containing all the studio recordings made by Elvis in chronological order: bummer! But now YOU can decide when and where to listen to your favorite program! Simply surf to http://www.radio-miamigo.nl and click on Podcasting. Look for the Memphis Flash feed and click on the iPodder icon (or surf directly to http://feeds.feedburner.com/MemphisFlashRadioMiAmigo), and you'll never miss an episode again! Lots of out-takes, many originals and valuable information about Elvis Presley at a time convenient to you.

And the good thing: it's for FREE!! Relive the Memphis Flash program series starting with Episode 1, Elvis in the Sun studios for the first time in 1953! Although the program is in Dutch, you'll hear many out-takes and Elvis orginials!
Source: Radio Miamigo / Updated November 7th 2005

Lamar Fike in remission

This evening I had a long phone conversation with Lamar Fike in Nashville. He has informed me that although doctors will be keeping a close eye on his health, he has been given the all-clear from cancer. He wants to thank fans from around the world for their prayers and kind messages. He is now looking trim, feeling great and thanking God that he is AG... Above Ground.
Source: Andrew Hearn - Essential Elvis / Updated: November 6th 2005


Essential Elvis #43

Here we have the latest issue of the magazine "Essential Elvis". In this issue you can find an interview with Roy C. Bennett, the second part of Elvis 1954 Sun Sessions, an interview with Cherry Wainer and of course the latest news.

If you'd like to subscribe: http://www.essentialelvis.com/
Email: ElvisMagazine@aol.com
Updated: November 6th 2005


Last Reminder for the Elvis Convention in Montreal

The next Elvis Presley Convention in Montreal is held on November 5th, 2005 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. . The meeting is at the Auberge Royal Versaille, 7200 Sherbrooke East Street, Montreal.  Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. Door prizes will be handed out all day long. There will be also live entertainment.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: FECC Team - updated on November 2nd, 2005


Following the two successful promo Cd's Jordan released earlier this year to benefit Memphis' Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center, he is now releasing a third limited edition cd to benefit the World-Wide American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. The title of the cd is "Doing the best I can - From Fan to Fans".

All tracks digitally remastered to bring you 76 minutes of guaranteed listening pleasure, in the highest quality possible!Portion of proceeds to benefit the World-Wide Red Cross™ disaster relief efforts.Stunning artwork designed by NightRider Designs™. Packaged in a DVD Style Case. Showcasing the fantastic artwork in the best way. Majority of the tracks selected for the CD are by the fans, for the fans. Mini Essay by talented Elvis writer Bob Nelson. Comments from Elvis fans. Full color, professional digital printed artwork. This LIMITED EDITION release deserves to be in every fans collection!

The official release date for this limited edition CD is October 31st, 2005. But you can pre-order your copy NOW! For further information, please visit: http://promos.jordans-elvis-world.com It's a win-win situation!
You get a cool Elvis CD, and you will be helping the Red Cross at the same time!
Source: Jordan's Elvis World / October 27, 2005


Elvis - The Documentaries

The new book '' Elvis - The Documentaries '' by J.A.T. Publishing is ready and Joe Tunzi will have them shipped out to him this week. The distribution of this book will start as soon as he receives them. This is possible to make direct orders for the book on their website at www.jatpublishing.com

source: J.A.T. Publishing / FECC Team - updated on October 25th, 2005


Elvis Convention in Montreal

The next Elvis Presley Convention in Montreal is held on November 5th, 2005 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. . The meeting is at the Auberge Royal Versaille, 7200 Sherbrooke East Street, Montreal.  Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. Door prizes will be handed out all day long. There will be also live entertainment.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: FECC Team - updated on October 22nd, 2005


The Single Collection

Coming soon are the '' Elvis-The Single Collection ''. The first two will be available soon while the last three are set to be released on December 10th. Those are limited edition ( 1000 copies ) in a special cardboard package with booklet. Each single contains 5 tracks including the original tracks and 3 bonus tracks.

AVAILABLE SOON

1. That's All Right / Blue Moon Of Kentucky : Including the original versions + a live recording from both songs from October 16, 1954 in very good quality and an overdubbed live version from That's All Right.

2. Good Rockin' Tonight / I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine :Including the original versions + a live version from Good Rockin' Tonight recorded March 19, 1955, an overdubbed live version from the same song and takes 2 & 3 from I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine.

source: e-mail - updated on October 21st, 2005


Elizabethtown Soundtrack

The soundtrack of the movie '' Elizabethtown '' contains an alternate track of '' Kentucky Rain '' ( take 9 ). This CD comes in a cardboard sleeve.

source: Ron Lacourse - updated on October 17th, 2005


Elvis- The Documentaries

This new book by J.A.T. Publishing is still scheduled for November 1st. This is now possible to make direct orders for the book on their website at www.jatpublishing.com

source: J.A.T. Publishing / FECC Team - updated on October 11th, 2005


Elvis Rockin' Up North

The Dutch Fanclub "It's Elvis Time" will organize a meeting on November 12th in the northern part of Holland. The entrance is free. The address is:
Dorpshuis, Tolbert

Meester Boonstraplantsoon 2
It starts at 12:00.
For more info you click on the flyer above.
Source: Peter Haan / Updated September 20th 2005


Elvis : The Documentaries

On November 1st, 2005 from J.A.T. Publishing comes Elvis The Documentaries. Joseph Tunzi has put together a beautiful 136-page photo journal that will take you into Elvis Presley's two acclaimed documentaries, including That's The Way It Is, and Golden Globe winner Elvis On Tour.

We were lucky to obtain earlier this week a preview copy of his upcoming book. This project contains about 228 pictures, some memorabilia pages, documents related to these two movies, details on the studio sessions, rehearsals, live recordings and filmings of these two documentaries. The text part of the book is similar to '' Sessions III '' in its presentation and has been updated.

The layout of the book is different than previous books from J.A.T. Publishing and overall quite nice I may add. There's also some additions to the book since it contains a nice unpublished publicity photograph from the movie '' Change Of Habit ''. The section on the movie '' T.T.W.I.I. '' is about 64 pages and features photographs from all the rehearsals and all the shows up to August 14th, 1970 midnight show excepted for the August 13th, 1970 midnight show. This section of the book is completed with photographs of the first show of the September 1970 tour in Phoenix, AZ.

The '' Elvis On Tour '' section features as well numerous pictures taken during the filming of this project. There are shots from different locations such as Hampton Rds, VA. evening show, Richmond, VA, Indianapolis, IN, Greensboro, NC, Macon ,GA ( both shows ), Jacksonville, FL ( both shows ), San Antonio, TX, Albuquerque, NM and finally some from the August 4th, 1972 opening and August 5th, 1972 in Las Vegas.

Elvis The Documentaries has some pictures we have seen before ( not that many though ) but fitting perfectly into the concept of this project, the front cover shot used on the album '' That's The Way It Is '' being a good example here. However a lot of captures are seen for the very first time, and nicely reproduced on a good quality glossy paper. The color section at the end has photos from both projects. It will make a nice addition to your book collection, and moreover a handy reference book pertaining to these two great projects into Elvis' career and legacy.

Elvis The Documentaries will be available through this website. You can also order and obtain more details on this book directly from their website at www.jatpublishing.com .

source: FECC Team / J.A.T. Publushing - updated on September 19th, 2005


Memphis Recording Service Volume 1

Here is the cover of the upcoming SUN project by Joseph Pirzada and John Michael Heath as featured in an advertisement in the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club magzine fron the UK. This book deals with Elvis SUN years 1953 - 1954 and should contain new information on this period as well as new colour pictures.

This project also includes a 45rpm vinyl single of "That's All Right" from the original mother stamper (without the additional echo RCA added when re-releasing the SUN singles) and an audio DVD with eleven tracks in 5.1 surround sound and includes a complete take of "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" which has never been released in its entirety.
Source: Elvisnews / Updated: Sep 14th 2005

A DVD about Colonel Parker

A new DVD that will be out soon is a documentary about Colonel Parker "Looking for Colonel Parker" by the Dutch journalist Constant Meijers. This documentary was televised on the Dutch television ("Het Uur Van De Wolf") several years ago.
Source: Peter Haan / Updated September 13th 2005


The Original Footage Music Video DVD

A new Original Footage Music Video DVD was released in Malaysia last week featuring ELVIS on its cover with Nancy Sinatra and Cliff Richard. It has 1 Elvis song "Heartbreak Hotel" from the Dorsey Brothers Show. Other music videos includes those by the Beatles, Platters, Abba, Bee Gees, etc. It has a very nice color Picture Disc.
Source: HT Long / Updated September 11th 2005


On Tour Interviews

The Dutch It's Elvis Time Fanclub will give a way a free CD for their meeting "Dutch Elvis On Tour Convention" on October 23, 2005. More info on their convention you can find below on this page. The CD release is a kind of Elvis between the takes. Here the tracklisting:
Track listing: Elvis talks to Piere Aldridge and Robert Able (Hollywood, Ca.) / Elvis talks about his childhood / Elvis talks about his early years, his movies, his JC Award and musicians / Conversations with Mayor Roy Webber (Roanoke Airport, VA.) / Backstage conversations (Macon, GA.) / Conversations with crew and gang (Jacksonville, FL.) / Conversations with his entourage (Little Rock, AK.)/ Conversations with his entourage (San Antonio, TX.). Total playing time 53:18 min.
Source: Peter Haan - It's Elvis Time / Updated September 11th 2005.


Essential Elvis #42

We just received the latest issue (#42) of the Essential Magazine. In this issue you will find an interview with Patti Parry, Graceland 1957 (Graceland neighbor Sara Erwin remembers Elvis moving in, Elvis' 1954 Sun Sessions, concert reviews, and much more.
If you'd like to subscribe: http://www.essentialelvis.com/
Email: ElvisMagazine@aol.com
Updated September 10th 2005


The Oxford American CD

This CD compiled by the staff of The Oxford American ( on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas ) with Rick Clark of Nashville, TN ( producer ) contains one track by Elvis ( Suspicious Minds ). 

source: Barry McLean - updated on September 10th, 2005


Elvis Auction

Several items from Sean O' Neal's Elvis collection will be sold by Heritage Galleries on October 8, 2005. Bidding is possible through their web site at http//www.heritagegalleries.com. Included are two items belonging to Elvis that Sean obtained as part of the Second Memphis Recording Service Acetate Collection : A G.I. Blues Script belonging to Elvis and his acetate copy of '' Tell Me Why  ''. Other items being sold from his collection include a 1963 High School Yearbook belonging to a neighbor of Elvis', signed by Elvis, Priscilla Beaulieu, and Vernon Presley, Humes High Items from 1953 including a yearbook, graduation program, and an 11x14 class photo, a movie poster sized in-store poster from 1968 advertising the 1968 Comeback Special, a 1970 International Hotel Concert Poster, a concert poster for Nasau Coliseum, and much more.

source: Sean O'Neil - updated on September 8th, 2005


The Special Taiwanese DVD Box-Set

This very beautiful ELVIS DVD Box-set from Taiwan features 2 Aloha From Hawaii Discs; 2 '68 Comeback Special Discs and 1 That's The Way It Is Special Edition Disc. An excellent Elvis Collector's Treasure dream box.
Source: HT Long / Updated September 2nd 2005


Thai VCD Release "Elvis is Alive"

Here we have the artwork of the new VCD release "Elvis Is Alive from Thailand.
Source: Nitaya Kanchanawan / Updated August 31, 2005


Elvis Showtime Sold Out!!

Essential Elvis in the UK is pleased to announce that the Elvis Showtime with John Wilkinson this Sunday is now a complete sell-out. Unfortunately, fans hoping to attend on the day will not be able to. Every single ticket was sold in advance.
Source: Essential Elvis / Updated August 26th 2005


Special Radio DJ Edition of ELVIS By The Presley from Taiwan

This Promotional CD is super rare. It has 14 tracks including: Always On My Mind, Don't Cry Daddy, The Impossible Dream, Can't Help Falling In Love, You'll Never Walk Alone, Never Ending a.o. This is impossible to find unless you know someone in the Radio Stations in the Far East. Happy hunting anyway.
Source: Aaron King / Updated Aug 25th 2005


Book Desert Storm Out Now

"Elvis Presley - Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth!" is out now. You can learn much more about this groundbreaking 250 page, A5 soft cover biography on the author's website at www.elvisconcertmyths.com.
Source: Darrin Lee / Updated August 23rd 2005


Chinese Frankie And Johnny VCD

China has just officially released this Double Discs VCD version of Frankie And Johnny. A nice collectors item for those with an exotic taste for Elvis stuffs from the Far East.
Source: HT Long / Updated August 22nd 2005


2 More VCD Releases Thailand

Here's two more new VCDs from Thailand: "Change of Habit" and "Harum Scaum."
Source: Nitaya Kanchanawan / Updated August 22nd 2005


New VCD's from Thailand

"Viva Las Vegas" VCD has just been released in Thailand. Also 5 VCD's have been re-released with a little bit different cover. All came with both Thai and English versions.
Source: Nitaya Kanchanawan / Updated August 17th 2005


A Proposito Di Elvis

This is the latest issue of the Elvis Presley Club of  Italy. The number 107 issue ( May / June 2005 ) contains numerous photographs, news, reviews,etc. You can subscribe and get informations at elvis_presley_club_of_italy@yahoo.it .

source: Elvis Presley Club of Italy - updated on August 16th, 2005


 
TOP 70 ON DUTCH RADIO, AUGUST 16
 
On august 16, radio Delfzicht will do a top 70 of Elvis tracks. They will do that together with the dutch Elvis Presley fanclub "There's Always Elvis". You can listen to the top 70 from 18:00 till 24:00 (dutch time) through stream radio (worldwide). Simply click on www.radiodelfzicht.nl and download WINAMP (if you do not have that) and enjoy the radioprogramm. You can also send in you're own TOP 10 of Elvis tracks to make the list even greater and better. Here you can send you're own top 10 to: elvis.presley@tiscali.nl the last day to send you're top 10 is august 15. Or click here: TOP 10 list

Music Book Store Features Elvis Presley to Celebrate His 70th Year

On January 8, 2005, "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" would have turned 70 years old. During his lifetime, Elvis Presley performed over one thousand concerts and recorded over one thousand different songs. To celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley, the Ultimate Music Consortium, an online retailer of music books and sheet music, is featuring two music books dedicated to "The King" and published to commemorate his birthday.

The first music book featured by the Ultimate Music Consortium is "Elvis Presley: The Complete Guide to His Music", written by rock 'n' roll experts John Robertson and Chris Charlesworth. The music book closely examines every song in Elvis' recorded repertoire and includes several black and white photographs. The second music book , "The Elvis Archives" by British fan club president Todd Slaughter and international Elvis expert Anne E. Nixon, reflects the Elvis Presley life story without debate or criticism. This music book is illustrated with over 100 rare and exclusive color photographs, many of which show Elvis meeting with some of the most influential people of the 20th century.

The Elvis Archives" music book contains:

* Detailed information about Elvis' early life, before he became a star

* Autographed photos collected by the authors

* Chapters titled after Elvis' most famous and influential songs
Source: PRWEB / Updated July 28th 2005



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Memphis Sessions Band Live

The legendary Memphis Sessions Band will be performing live in Memphis on August 12 & 13. After the succes of the show that Elvis Unlimited arranged with the band and three European singers in January 2005 have we decided to put up another show this coming August. The fantastic Memphis Sessions Band played on huge Elvis hits like In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds, Don't Cry Daddy, Rubberneckin' and many others.

The members of the band are: Bobby Wood (Piano), Bobby Emmons (Organ), Mike Leech (Bass), Reggie Young (Guitar) and Gene Chrisman (Drums). The concerts will take place at the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee on August 12 & 13 at 8 P.M. (Doors will open at 7 P.M.). The ticket price will be US $ 45.00. You can order your ticket from Elvis Unlimited at info@elvispresley.dk
Source: Elvis Unlimited / Updated July 13th 2005


The Jordanaires, voices behind Elvis, still singing

"I'm on a small label right now making some noise," said the brash, dark-haired kid. "But if I get a recording contract with a major company, I want you to back me up."

The year was 1955. The little-known youngster was Elvis Presley, making a backstage pitch to Gordon Stoker, whose Jordanaires quartet had just finished backing up Eddy Arnold at a show in Memphis.

"Nobody had heard of Elvis Presley," Stoker, now 80, recalled. "But apparently he was impressed with our rendition of 'Peace in the Valley' because his first love was always gospel, you know. He had listened to us on the Grand Ole Opry where we were the first white quartet to sing spirituals and his music was influenced by that too."

The collaboration took off and the Jordanaires ultimately sang back-up on some of Elvis's biggest hits including "Don't Be Cruel" and "Jailhouse Rock".

The quartet also sang back-up for Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton -- even the Beatles' Ringo Starr.

Although they are hardly household names themselves, they have recorded with an estimated 2,500 different artists and have sung on more Top 10 records than any other vocal group in history, culminating in record sales of more than $2.6 billion.

Looking back on this career, Stoker lounged in the old RCA studio where Presley put out those first albums on Nashville's famed "Music Row." His gaze lingered on the somewhat battered 1949 Steinway, the recording equipment, the instruments, the straight-back chairs and the black and white photos on the wall taken when Presley and his entourage were all so very young.

It was almost as if they had left on a break from a session.

Stoker remembers being surprised a year after meeting Presley when the "noise" he spoke of making at Sun Records in Memphis had landed him a contract with RCA. By that time, the Jordanaires, who had formed their quartet in 1948 in Springfield, Missouri, were a fixture in Nashville.

 

ELVIS HAD A REQUEST

Country star Chet Atkins, who was producing Presley's first RCA record, told Stoker that the young fellow had asked for the Jordanaires to sing back-up.

"Chet didn't think the kid would go anywhere in the music business," said Stoker. "He said that Elvis was just a long-haired kid who was a passing fancy and he called me in to sing back-up with Ben and Brock Speer on the session.

"It wasn't that we had anything against the Speers," said Stoker, "but in music, meshing harmonies and styles can be tricky. But I went over to the studio and Elvis asked where the rest of the Jordanaires were and was disappointed that they weren't there. Four months later, Chet brought in the Speers again to join me in backing up Presley on 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You', which was a big hit."

At that point, Elvis insisted not only on the Jordanaires on all future sessions but also their name on his album -- an unusual move since no backing musicians, producers or engineers were given credit on labels then.

This time he got his way. The long-haired kid was a star with enough clout to overrule Atkins, then a powerhouse in the business.

Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, "told Chet that when Elvis asks for someone, Elvis gets them," Stoker recalled. And, he added, "to the day he died, Elvis didn't like Chet."

It was the beginning of a 14-year relationship during which the Jordanaires provided back-up on "Don't Be Cruel", "All Shook Up", "Jailhouse Rock", "Can't Help Falling in Love" and numerous other Presley hits.

It lasted until Presley based his career in Las Vegas and the Jordanaires declined to leave their roots in Nashville for the bright lights of the gambling mecca.

Was it a hard decision to make?

"Well," drawled the white-haired Stoker who sees nothing unusual about his continuing to sing harmony at the age of 80 for the biggest artists in the business. "Not really. We could have gone with Elvis to Las Vegas with our careers tied to his but it made more sense for us to stay here and make music with just about everyone in the business. So that's what we did."

Presley died in Memphis in 1977 at the age of 42.

 

STILL ON THE ROAD

The Jordanaires went on to back up other singers so successfully that they are still cutting records and performing in their own shows, now members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

They take on new challenges, just releasing their first bluegrass album titled "Believe", which contains 26 hymns including four new ones written specifically for the project. The album features a Presley favourite, "Angel Band".

Through the years several members of the original group have died and been replaced. First tenor Stoker joined in 1950. Ray Walker became a member eight years later. Other current members are Louis Nunley and Curtis Young.

"We've played to a quarter of a million people in Canada during the past two years," said Stoker. "We do between 30 and 35 shows a year here in this country and we can't keep up with the requests for more."

"Yeah," said Walker. "I think people have found out that we're not dead."


Source: Reuters / Updated July 11th 2005


 


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Dutch Elvis On Tour Convention

The Dutch fanclub "It's Elvis Time" will organize an "Elvis On Tour" convention on October 23rd. Special guest will be John Wilkinson, Glenn D. Hardin & Bill Belew. Also they will have a big screen with some interesting footage "Elvis, the lost performances Vol. 2 & Elvis the concert (compilation of the 25th anniversary concert 2002 in Memphis). And you can see an Elvis exhibition. For more info in Dutch, click here for more details.
Source: IET / Updated July 10th 2005


Uncut Legends - Elvis

The British magazine '' Uncut Legends '' on Elvis released a few months ago is now available in Canada in HMV and Chapters Book stores.

source: Barry Mclean - updated on July 6th, 2005


Elvis Presley Enterprises hires a new e-commerce provider

Elvis Presley Enterprises has hired e-commerce provider eFashion Solutions LLC to manage web retailing for officially licensed and trademarked Elvis products. The arrangement with eFashion replaces a deal with FanBuzz that Elvis Presley Enterprises struck last year. EFashion Solutions will design the online store and provide marketing, operations, fulfillment and call center services. EFashion Solutions provides online retailing services for a number of celebrities, including celebrities of the day including Jennifer Lopez, Eminem, Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons, Rapper Nelly, Jay-Z and Damon Dash. EFashion Solutions also reports that over the next 18 months, it plans to expand its international platform to accept foreign currency and providing faster and less expensive shipping to 120 countries.
Source: Internetretailer /Updated July 6th 2005


New Look Elvis VCDs from Malaysia

Two of Elvis Presley's most popular movies Blue Hawaii and Viva Las Vegas have been re-issued in Malaysia with new cover art on the much prefered VCD format. These sure are real nice Collectors' Items.
Source: HT Long / Updated July 5th 205


Elvis at #3 UK ALBUMS CHART OF ALL TIME'

Elvis Presley, who earlier this year was named the most successful music act of all time by the British Hit Singles and Albums, was at number three in the album chart.

1. Queen (1,322 weeks) 2. The Beatles (1,293 weeks) 3. Elvis Presley (1,280 weeks) 4. U2 (1,150 weeks) 5. Dire Straits (1,136 weeks) 6. Simon and Garfunkel (1,114 weeks) 7. Madonna (1,032 weeks) 8. David Bowie (1,005 weeks) 9. Elton John (989 weeks) 10. Michael Jackson (966 weeks)
Source: Guinness World Records /Updated July 4th 2005

Cover Art Elvis: The Memphis Flash

Here is the cover art of the Chrome Dreams release "Elvis: The Memphis Flash" DVD which is due for release August 1, 2005.
Synopsis:

The facts are familiar. Memphis, Tennessee, July 18th 1953. A 19 year old kid wanders into The Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue. He wants to record a couple of recent hits as a present for his mother. Company secretary Marion Keisker - alone in the office that day - runs off an extra copy and tells her boss the kid's 'a good ballad singer'. Six months later the kid stops by again, Marion tells Sam Phillips, the boss, to listen.
June 1954. Sam's looking for a session singer. Marion mentions the kid. Sam's keen but doesn't have his number. Marion does. The kid's in the studio before the phone's back in the cradle'. The kid works with Sam for a day and he's recommended to Sun session guitarist Scotty Moore. Scotty's unimpressed but books the kid for a session at Sun on 5th July. Rock n' Roll is invented that day and the world changes forever!
But there's a lot more to the legend of Elvis Aaron Presley and the subsequent transformation of music and society than is suggested in the story above. This film looks behind the facts and between the lines and attempts to discover why and how? Why was Rock `n' Roll invented in Memphis by a quiet, respectable and religious young man with a passion for all types of music? How did the events that led up to that fateful session on 5th July 1954 conspire to create a brand new music and a brand new way of life for all those who came along in its wake?

With contributions from those who were there at the time and from others who have studied the subject in depth, and with rare footage and photographs, and music from those pivotal sessions and from subsequent recording dates, and with a host of other features, this film goes some way to discovering the why and the how. It is the most detailed, informative and downright entertaining film yet to emerge about this period and about these historical events.
Songs featured include:
That's All Right Mama Blue Moon Of Kentucky I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine Good Rockin' Tonight Milkcow Blues Boogie You're A Heartbreaker Blue Moon Shake Rattle and Roll I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone My Happiness [Elvis' first ever recording]...and many others.
Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes (approx) - Due for release, August 1st 2005
Source: Elvisnews/ The Elvis Express / Updated: Jul 4, 2005

MOVIE LEGENDS 'WERE SEXIER

CLASSIC stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley were sexier than today's Hollywood heart-throbs, according to a survey. Current big names, including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, do not rank as highly as the screen legends when it comes to sex appeal, even with the younger generation. The poll, commissioned by Muller, asked 1000 Britons which American stars they would most like to spend the night with. Fifties screen legend Marilyn Monroe was the preferred choice for men, followed by Calamity Jane actress Doris Day. Modern-day stars Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Halle Berry came next Elvis came top among the women polled, followed by John Wayne, crooner Frank Sinatra, 1950s rebel James Dean and Humphrey Bogart.

Robert De Niro was next, while Tom Cruise and Pitt languished behind their classic counterparts. Muller brand manager Angela Paine said: 'It's clearly evident from the poll that the British public hankers after the sophistication and glamour of American classics. 'The people polled reckon they outshone the glitz of modern-day Hollywood.' The younger generation of Britons, aged 16-24, also reckoned that Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe were twice as desirable as Robert De Niro and Madonna
Source: Daily Record / Updated July 4th 2005

Unusual Love, Elvis CD from Vietnam

Here are the front and back cover art for the new Love,Elvis CD from Vietnam. The track listing is the same but there's a nice faint silver Picture Disc of the back cover photo. According to the sleeve, this CD is strictly for sale in Vietnam only and not to be exported. So getting a copy is not going to be easy but Happy Hunting anyway.
Source: HT Long / Updated June 12th 2005


ELVIS MEETING in HOOGEVEEN (THE NETHERLANDS)

Saturday, June 18 2005 at the “DES Gebouw” in Hoogeveen.
A great Elvis day for everyone! With Elvis shops; Rock & Roll Band “All Shook Up” (a great live band!!!), Elvis on big screen, and more! Every visitor gets a free and limited edition ELVIS PROMO CD with the title “THE PRESLEYS”. Visitors can also win some great “Elvis By The Presleys” items! And there’s a CD presentation of “Live From The USA / EFE Promo Volume 5”. Also available this day.
Tickets: 10 Euro only. Doors are open from 12.00 to 17.30…
Hope to see you all!!! Shopping, selling, dancing, meeting other fans & more! For more information: elvisforeveryone@zonnet.nl
Elvis For Everyone P.O. Box 2104 7900 BC Hoogeveen The Netherlands


Elvis - A Tribute To The King

This is a double CD set issued and made in Canada  by '' Legacy Entertainment Inc '' contain original live recordings Elvis ( Louisiana Hayride material ) on CD #1 and a collection of tributes performed by '' Stars Of Studio 99 '' and '' The Graceland Choir '' on CD #2. 

source: Barry McLean - updated on June 7th, 2005


New Tupelo Magazine

Visitors to Elvis' birthplace Tupelo can pick up free copies of a new 42 page 8"by 10" all color magazine TUPELO MISSISSIPPI Area Attractions Guide. The most interesting item in this magazine is a picture of a green 1939 Plymouth 4-door Sedan, similar to the car in which his Elvis and his family rode to Memphis in 1948.
Source: HT Long / Updated May 20th 2005


Canadian TV Guide

This is the cover of the new May 7th, 2005 Canadian TV Guide Prairie Edition  ( Western part of Canada ).

source: Barry McLean - updated on May 4th, 2005


John Wilkinson In The UK

Andrew Hearn, and the team at Essential Elvis in the UK, are thrilled and excited to announce that John Wilkinson, Elvis friend and rhythm guitarist, will be this year s guest at their huge Summer convention on the South coast of England.

They've booked a brand new venue with many fantastic improvements (including a large, free car park and easy access by train from London). Also, you ll be pleased to hear, that they've chosen a Sunday evening with a lazy Bank Holiday Monday to recover. They'd really love to see as many of you in attendance as possible on August 28th. They guarantee an event that you' ll not want to miss!

Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase them in the usual way, including their website (www.essentialelvis.com) where you' ll find a safe and secure online ordering service.

source: Essential Elvis - updated on April 26th, 2005


Thailand Released Ed Sullivan's DVD's

A set of 10 DVD's: Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics has just been released in Thailand. Elvis is in four of them.
Source: Nitaya Kanchanawan / Updated April 7th 2005


Elvis Presley – Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth!

“Elvis Presley – Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth!” is scheduled for release on April 25th, 2005. This A5 format softcover book will number 225 pages and feature two of Keith Alverson’s never-before-seen photo-graphs from the Closing Show. Fort Baxter’s 2 disc set, “Desert Storm,” will be the primary focus but fifty pages have been allocated to the 1974 “Elvis Summer Festival” August performances. Important contributors to the project are Mike Eder, known for his work with Joseph Tunzi, and EPFC of Great Britain member Dennis Berry. Mr. Berry’ account of what he witnessed during “Desert Storm” is compelling and a must-read. For more information about this groundbreaking biography, please visit the author’s website at www.elvisconcertmyths.com
Souce: Darrin lee / Updated March 30th 2005


Chinese 'Welcome Home Elvis' DVD

Available now in China and in many parts of Asia is the complete Frank Sinatra Show with Special Guest Star ELVIS PRESLEY. This Chinese DVD has an extra Bonus hour long program: "The Elvis Presley Story" a very nice documentary with lots of rare photos, songs clips and movie trailers etc Happy Hunting!
Source: HT Long / Updated March 28th 2005


Elvis Convention In Montreal

The next Elvis Presley Convention in Montreal is held on April 2nd, 2005 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and this time at a new address. The convention will be this year at the Auberge Royal Versaille, 7200 Sherbrooke East Street, Montreal.  Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. Door prizes will be handed out all day long There will be also live entertainment.

This year our good friend Steve Barile from New-York City will be attending and have exclusive photographs for sale.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: FECC Team - updated on March 19th, 2005


Elvis Has Left The Building DVD

Released this week in Malaysia & Singapore Elvis Has Left The Building DVD with a New Cover Art.
Source: HT Long / Updated March 18th 2005


Chinese Elv1s DVD

Just released in China this week, a special and unique DVD featuring 6 Elvis Presley classic song clips from the Ed Sullivan Shows plus another 6 Video Song Clips by various artistes. Tracks are: 1.Don't Be Cruel 2.Ready Teddy 3.Hound Dog 4.Too Much 5.When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 6. Peace In The Valley Bonus Songs Clips 7.Help -The Beatles 8.Words - The Bee Gees 9.Mr.Tambourine Man - The Byrds 10. It's All in The Game - The Four Tops 11. My Girl -The Temptations 12. Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Source: HT Long / Updated March 18th 2005

New Book - Elvis by the Presleys

A beautiful, lavishly designed book full of personal photos, memorabilia, and never-before-seen shots of Graceland’s rooms, Elvis by the Presleys will mark the first time Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley have teamed up to talk about Elvis. Their poignant, firsthand memories center around important themes and events in Elvis’ life, such as his rise to fame, his courtship of teenaged Priscilla, his life as a devoted father, his desire to be a serious actor, his generosity, his style, his dark side, his eccentricities, and the decline in health leading to his death.

The photos will include home movie stills and never-before-seen treasures from Graceland’s huge archive. Spreads of Elvis’ onstage outfits and strange collections will provide insight into his flamboyant lifestyle, and photos of Elvis memorabilia, such as his guns, Christmas cards, and handwritten notes, will provide an intimate look into his day-to-day life.
Source: Peter Haan - Updated March 14th 2005

Re-release Roustabout and Clambake

In Malaysia & Singapore, both ROUSTABOUT & CLAMBAKE VCD’s have been re-released with a new cover art. These movies are very popular in the Far East and are huge sellers. The VCD format is preferred over the DVD format in these Asian countries.
Source: HT Long - Updated March 12th 2005


Interview With Joe Tunzi -part II

The second part of our interview with Joe Tunzi is now published on our website. You will find out as well that Mr. Tunzi is working on two projects ; a CD for the Beatles fans and a book on '' That's The Way It Is '' and '' Elvis On Tour ''. 

Late spring of 2005 from J.A.T. Publishing comes Elvis: The Documentaries. Joseph Tunzi has put together a beautiful 125-page photo journal that will take you into Elvis Presley's two acclaimed documentaries, including That's The Way It Is, and Golden Globe winner Elvis On Tour. You can obtain further details on this book and this CD on www.jatpublishing.com

source: J.A.T. Publishing / FECC Team - updated on March 6th, 2005


Super Rare Elvis At Sun Radio Broadcast Promo CD

Just discovered this special edition of Elvis At Sun Promo CD made specially for Radio Stations in Indonesia. This one is almost impossible to find. A real collectors' treasure. Happy hunting!
Source: HT Long - Updated March 5th 2005


Interview With Joe Tunzi Part 2

The second part of our interview with Joe Tunzi is done. We will put it up on our website sometimes during the weekend or on Monday at the latest.

source: FECC Team - updated on March 4th, 2005


MGM Acetate Jailhouse Rock Discovered

Jean-Marc Gargiulo from the Official French fan club Treat Me Nice discovered acetate of "Jailhouse Rock" which should contain "Jailhouse Rock" in a superb audio quality and a strange version of "Jailhouse Rock" with a piano intro in stead of a drum intro.

source: Elvis News / Treat Me Nice Fan Club ( France ) - updated on February 18th, 2005


Love CD's from Thailand & Malaysia

Here we have the artwork of the Love CD in Thailand & Malaysia. The back cover art for Love Elvis is different from the rest of the world and it has a picture disc of the front cover art. Happy Hunting!
Source: HT Long & Nitaya Kanchanawan / Updated February 17th 2005


The King to reign on small screen in May

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Elvis Presley's life and legacy will be celebrated full-force in May, with two new TV programs on CBS, a book and a two-CD set, all endorsed by the Presley estate. Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley will host "Elvis by the Presleys," a two-hour special that will air May 13. The show, inspired by Priscilla and Lisa Marie's book of the same title, will include previously unaired footage and new interviews with Elvis' former wife and daughter. Crown Publishers' "Elvis by the Presleys" arrives in stores May 3. The TV special's companion soundtrack will be released in May by Sony BMG Strategic Marketing. Meanwhile, on May 8 and 11, CBS will air the four-hour "Elvis" miniseries, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Velvet Goldmine") as Elvis. It will be the first time that Elvis' master recordings will be used in a film about him.
Source: Billboard/Reuters - Updated February 12 2005


Ask Ernst - part 5

Ernst M. JØrgensen kindly accepted to do a follow up for our section titled '' Ask Ernst '' ( part 5 ). You can send your questions to us at fecc@elvis-collectors.com. Please keep in mind Mr. JØrgensen will only answer questions related to the FTD label. He can't answer on behalf of other's companies, and to ask him by example if Warner will release a special edition DVD of '' Elvis On Tour '' would be irrelevant.

We will compile the questions and send them to Ernst. It's not possible to give a precise schedule when it will published on our site since Ernst is a busy person, but he'll do it when he has some spare times.

We would like also point out something else here. There's no possibilities to open a '' real '' dialogue between Mr. JØrgensen and the fans when his answers are being subjected to irritating comments on our forum, or elsewhere for that matter. If for some reasons you are not satisfy with an answer then you'll have other chances to go back to the subject in the future for further explanation. Let's keep this positive and have the chance to established a real dialogue instead of making this a dead end with unpleasant remarks. This is not only valid for the '' Ask Ernst '' section but also for any other interviews we might do in the future.

source: Ernst M. JØrgensen / FECC Team - updated on February 7th, 2005


Presley scoops another number one

Elvis Presley has recorded his third number one in January with "It's Now or Never", the Official UK Charts Company says. The reissue was Elvis's 21st British number one -- more than any other solo artist -- and comes more than 27 years after his death. The song is one of 18 Elvis number ones being re-released in consecutive weeks, in time to cash in before the 50-year copyright protection on sound recordings in most European countries expires on his earlier hits. Ashanti's "Only U" entered the singles charts in second place and last week's number one, "Goodies", by 18-year-old American R&B singer Ciara Harris dropped to third place.

The charity hit "Grief Never Grows Old" which was released to raise money for victims of the devastating Asian tsunami came in at fourth place. The song was written by former DJ Mike Read and featured Cliff Richard, Bee Gees Robin and Barry Gibb and Boy George. Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, opera singer Russell Watson and Kenny Jones of The Who also appeared on the track. Veteran electronic dance duo the Chemical Brothers dropped two places to fifth with "Galvanize", taken from their new album "Push The Button" and dance hit "Shine" by LoveFreekz entered the charts in sixth place. London pop quartet Athlete were in seventh place with "Wires" above three new entries. Boy band Freefaller entered the charts in eighth place with "Do This Do That", Xzibit entered in ninth with "Hey Now (Mean Muggin) and trio Hanson rounded out the top ten with "Penny & Me".
Source: Reuters / Updated January 31 2005


Artwork "Like A Prince From Another Planet"

Here is the cover art for the upcoming book Like A Prince From Another Planet from Three Stars inc. in Luxemburg. The books will be a 72 page full colour photo book. Including many rare and unpublished pictures of Elvis in the the 1970's. Like A Prince From Another Planet will be available from February 1, 2005
Source: Elvis Unlimited - Updated January 25 2005

Elvis single all set to be UK's 1000th number one

ELVIS PRESLEY is on course to make history on Sunday by landing the 1000th UK number one.

The re-release of his single One Night is outselling nearest rival Manic Street Preachers by 5000 copies.

Elvis currently holds the 999th number one spot with Jailhouse Rock. His record company is releasing all 18 of his original number ones at the rate of one per week to mark what would have been his 70th year.

One Night first topped the charts on January 23, 1959.

HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: "It’s looking pretty certain that Elvis will claim the UK charts 1000th number one single. It’s fantastic news given that the honour could have fallen to an unknown artist or a bland single.

"With the obvious exception of The Beatles, there is no other act in the history of popular music which has the iconic, enduring and collectible appeal of Elvis. "Who else could keep breaking chart records some 50 years after his first number one and nearly 30 years after his death?

"The key to Elvis’s continuing chart success is that he has a massively loyal following, while also appealing to a new generation of music fans who think he’s pretty cool."

If One Night does top the chart, it will give Elvis his 20th number one - three more than The Beatles. Bookmaker William Hill has slashed the odds of Elvis landing the 1000th number one this weekend to 1/8.
Source: scotsman / Updated January 14th 2005


It's Official - Elvis 19th Number One Hit In The UK


King Elvis set to reign again

Elvis Presley is set to top the charts again - 27 years after his death. The re-release of Jailhouse Rock looks likely to knock Steve Brookstein off the number one spot. Elvis fans have been snapping up copies of the single all week in a bid to get the King to number one. It will become his 19th chart-topper - and the 999th number one since the singles chart was launched in 1952. Saturday would have been the King of Rock'n'Roll's 70th birthday. His record label SonyBMG are re-releasing each of his 18 number ones to mark the occasion in what they describe as "the most ambitious singles release campaign in the history of the UK record industry". Elvis died on August 16 1977 but remains one of the world's best-selling artists. He last topped the chart in June 2002 with A Little Less Conversation, which became a hit after it was featured in a Nike TV advert. Elvis is still in with a good chance of scoring the 1000th number one - next week sees the re-release of his single One Night, followed the week after by A Fool Such As I.
Source: Reuters / Updated January 9th 2005


TV Guide Cover from Canada

This is the front page of the January 8th, 2005 TV Guide in Canada.

Source: Barry McClean - updated on January 6th, 2005


A date with Elvis/ The army days

Here is the frontcover of the fanclub CD "A Date With Elvis - The Army Days" that could be purchased at the meeting from the Dutch fanclub "Elvis for Everyone". There are 21 tracks on this CD, and it is limited to 500 copies.
Updated December 23rd 2004


Ask Ger Rijff

Ger Rijff, author of many well known books and articles, is suffering health problems lately. Therefore he decided to step back a little. For Elvis CD Collectors and ElvisNews.com found him willing to look back on his huge contributions to the Elvis-scene.
Both our sites will carry a form with which you can ask him what you always wanted to know about... Ger Rijff promised to make a work of art of the answers, and knowing his abilities we are already looking forward to it. So, the remaining of this year you have time to think about it and somewhere next year you’ll get treated with the answers.
Ask Ger...


Elvis Talk Book

'' Elvis Talk '' is a book ompiled by Andrew Hearn. Here is the final artwork for the forthcoming book Elvis Talk from EEUK. This exciting release consists of a selection of exclusive interviews with Elvis' friends, associates and celebrity fans, illustrated with many rare and unseen photographs from the archives of collector Russ Howe.

Fans will enjoy over 30 unedited transcripts from various interviews with photographs and material used for the very first time.

Released in January 2005, to coinside with Elvis' 70th birthday, this 192-page book will be available at www.essentialelvis.com (pre-order safely online from Monday 20th December), or from your local Elvis fan club / dealer.

More information and wholesale enquiries E-mail enquiries@essentialelvis.com

source: Andrew Hearn - Updated on December 18th, 2004


TCB Band Comes To Austria

The TCB-Band comes to Austria for 4 concerts: January 14-16, 2005 in Vienna, Austria at Metropol ; January 18, 2005 in Wels, Austria at Bosch-Halle. You can also find information about their visit to Austria on Dennis Jale website.

source: Silvester - updated on December 17th, 2004


ELVIS PRESLEY CHRISTMAS MEETING

For the Dutch Elvis fans there will be an Elvis Presley Christmas meeting on Saturday, December 18, 2004 at the DES Gebouw (Albert Steenbergenstraat 44) in Hoogeveen (The Netherlands).
With Many Elvis shops! Including a big presentation of gold and platinum records! (also available this day) Elvis on big screen! AND Special Elvis CD presentation of "The Army Days". On this day available for the first time and for a special price!
Tickets: 10 Euro each.
Elvis For Everyone Fanclub
P.O. Box 2104,
7900 BC Hoogeveen
elvisforeveryone@zonnet.nl
Updated December 16th 2004


Elvis Presley’s "Memphis Boys" Join Historical Music Project

Los Angeles/New York (PRWEB) December 13, 2004 -- Fate has been knockin’ on Heaven’s door; the powers at be and Elvis’ spirit have answered. The prophets have spoken…"Get The Band Back Together, Save The Music"! And so it is fans, the word of the Rock ‘n Roll Gods. Elvis Presley’s entire "Hit Making Team" has re-assembled in a history making new music venture with singer/songwriter John Krondes and The Jordanaires. For the first time since Elvis’ death, The "TCB" Band, The Jordanaires, Sweet Inspirations, and now the Elvis "Memphis Studio Band" have been put back in place together to record new music.

The Heavens shook, and the universe is rockin’ and cheerin’ on the news of this divine assembly. This historic convocation has just mustered up the Elvis troops named the "Memphis Boys." The Memphis Studio team for Elvis, Mike Leech (Bass), Bobby Emmons (Organ), Bobby Woods (Piano/Keyboards), Shane Keister (Piano/Keyboards), Gene Chrisman (Drums) and Reggie Young (Guitar) have all been united in this league of rockers with front man John Krondes and the Jordanaires. At "American Studios" in Memphis, "The Memphis Boys" played on such Elvis hits as "Suspicious Minds", "Kentucky Rain", "In The Ghetto", "Don’t Cry Daddy", "Long Black Limousine", "It Keeps Right A Hurtin", "Momma Liked The Roses", "Rubberneckin" and "Trouble" to name a few. As preordination continues to call the shots in this dazzling story, The "Memphis Boys" recently joined rocker John Krondes and the Jordanaires at Emerald Recording Studio in Nashville for their first recording session together in this monumental musical undertaking. "TCB" Band Member and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer James Burton will be adding guitar parts to the new tracks, and The "Sweet Inspirations" are scheduled to add their "Sweet" Vocals to the new tracks next week in Los Angeles.

The Elvis "Hit Making Team" in responding to our fans wishes is here forth inviting a limited number of music fans to our historical recording sessions. Watch history in the making, be a part of Elvis’ dream of keeping the music alive! Fans wishing to attend the next recording session of The Elvis "Hit Making Team" with John Krondes and The Jordanaires should contact Gene Kennedy, Funky Sound of America Nashvile at 615-754-0417 Email: FunkySoundofAmerica"@"yahoo.com Space is very limited, so RSVP as soon as possible. Please stay tuned for future updates, and feel free to contact us with your ideas and input for the project. The new Email address for fan correspondence is HitMakers"@"elvis.com. A new fan club is now up and running on MSN and Yahoo entitled "The Elvis Presley Hit Making Team". Join now and help in the Rock 'n Roll mission of "Keeping The Music Alive!" Our rapidly growing nucleus of Elvis Music Fans have created our new fan club, for this project with the vision and goal of keeping Elvis' spirit alive.

Through this new club, you will be the first to hear breaking news and updates on the exploding music making venture by John Krondes and The Jordanaires and The Elvis Presley "Hit Making Team." How do I find this MSN Group on the Web? http://groups.msn.com/theelvispresleyhitmakingteam The first CD single "The End" by John Krondes and The Jordanaires continues to receive great acclaim from radio and is available at amazon.com and other Internet retailers.
Source: PR Web / Updated December 15th 2004


Rising Star

There will be a new 10" vinyl release in Sweden titled Rising Star just before Christmas. Here we have the tracklisting:
Side 1:
Louisiana Hayride Intro That´s All Right (Live October 16, 1954) Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Live October 16, 1954) Mae Axton Interviews Elvis In 1955 Maybellene "Uncut Version" (Live August 20. 1955) Louisiana Hayride Commercial Break
Side 2:
Blue Moon Of Kentucky "Alternate Version" (Live January 22, 1955) Wink Martindale Interviews Elvis In 1955 Tweedle Dee "Uncut Version" (Live April 30, 1955) Louisiana Hayride Announcement Radio Commercial 1955 Baby Let´s Play House (Live August 20, 1955) Telegram From Elvis and The Colonel 1958
Source: Elvis Unlimited / Updated December 15th 2004


Interview With Joe Tunzi

Our second interview with Joe Tunzi is now up on our site. You can go directly from here at Joe Tunzi interview #2 ( Part I ).

source: FECC Team / J.A.T. Publishing - updated on December 9th, 2004


Front cover 2004 "Fanclubs Presidents Only" CD

Here we have the front cover of the Graceland Xmas CD.
Source: elvisoncd - Updated on December 6th, 2004


Interview With Joe Tunzi

We were expecting to published the first part of our interview with Joe Tunzi about three weeks ago. However a few things came up and it was impossible to do it earlier. We will receive this coming Monday or Tuesday the answers from Joe and a few days later the interview will be up on our site. Joe also wanted to answer all the questions in an in-depth manner with lots of details and not just by a few lines. Some very interesting documents will also be featured in the interview.

We still have a few copies of '' Sessions III '' available and if interested you can inquire about this product in writing to us at fecc@elvis-collectors.com . Recently we published our review of this book and you can read it in our '' Book Reviews '' section. You can also buy directly from J.A.T. Publishing website and/or write directly to them at jatpublishing@aol.com .

source: J.A.T. Publishing / FECC - updated on December 5th, 2004


Elvis Has Left The Building

"Elvis Has Left The Building" has just been released in Thailand both as DVD and VCD. Here we have the cover.
Source: Nitaya Kanchanawan / Updated November 29th 2004


Graceland Christmas CD 2004

Here we have the special "Fan Club President's only" Christmas Cd for 2004. It is housed in the cardboard sleeve that we are all used to.
Source: Jordan's Elvis World / Updated November 29th 2004


ELVIS '68 Comeback Box-Set Chinese Style

Here's the beautiful artwork and superb picture-discs of the new ELVIS '68 Comeback 3-DVD Box set released in Shanghai, China. This is so much nicer than the American or European Editions, making it an instant Collector's dream item. Happy hunting!

source: HT Long - updated on November 26th, 2004


A collection of 6 original uncut inches reel to reel tapes of Elvis Presley

This is an absolutely unique and extraordinary find, historically and culturally. Elvis's recording career really began in 1954 at Sun Records in Memphis with the famous producer Sam Phillips. Out of those sessions came "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't be Cruel, "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Love Me Tender," among others. It was Sam Phillip's vision to create a complete fusion between white country music, and black blues. In Elvis (the Atomic powered singer, as he came to be billed), he had found the perfect instrument to disseminate the new art form. No one had ever seen or heard anyone like him. 

The sessions were characterized by an edgy nervous drumming, white session players like Scotty Moore and Bill Black tore out all the stops, and Elvis, when it came to the Arthur Crudup Song "That's All Right", went on full attack, turning it inside out. Phillips knew they had something. Elvis' success caught many old hands unaware. They were dumfounded when Presley occupied the No. 1 singles spot on the charts for 19 weeks in 1956, and then both EPs went to number one. Next, Colonel Parker engineered the buy-out of Elvis' Sun contract by RCA. There was an initial session in New York, and by September 1956, Elvis was recording for RCA at Radio Recorders on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, one of only two studios in LA at that time. The sessions ranged from September 1956, to September 1957, one of the most creative periods in his career. The engineer for all of his Hollywood sessions was the best man on the West Coast, the legendary Thorne Nogar, who happened to be the father of our consignor. These sessions were highly important and 1956 and 1957 were two of the most key years in Elvis' rapid ascent to superstardom.


The way the sessions worked was this. There was no multi-tracking in 1956 and all the recordings are mono. Elvis would sing into a single microphone the signal going directly to the reel to reel tape. Hogar would then cut and splice together the tape and send the finished product to New York for mastering. Once the tapes left Hogar's hands there were no more changes possible, in New York or anyway else. That was the way the record would be released. New York wanted the tapes immediately as they were done, and would often have a record out within a few days. With the sessions barely begun Hogar heard back from New York that they liked the beginning of one take and the end of another. His response "too bad, that's on the cutting room floor." From that moment on, Hogar set up an identical deck and made two simultaneous originals of every take, one to cut together and send to RCA headquarters, and the other for insurance. What we have here are the 'insurance' tapes.

A full set of originals, completely unmolested. Raw footage, with awesome sound quality including conversations and comments between the tracks. Essentially a clean and perfect record of everything that transpired in the studio, between the engineer, the producer, Elvis and the session players. This record exists no where else and, as such this really is an extraordinary find. The tapes are all in original boxes, and contain session labels indicating the date, the personnel, the titles and other identifying information. There are many takes that became hits. There are, over the 6 tapes some 57 tracks, over 2 hours, including the entire "Elvis Christmas Album", with "Blue Christmas", there's "Jailhouse Rock," "Long Tall Sally," "All Shook Up," "Blueberry Hill," "Teddy Bear," "Love Me," and many others, a complete list of the 57 tracks is available on request. These are "Radio Recorders," tape numbers 349-354, and some of these actual tapes are depicted in Jorgensen's "Reconsider Baby: The Definitive Elvis Sessionography," Pierian Press, 1986. To hear a 23-year old Elvis direct to tape in this 1st generation state is amazing. Nevermind the fact that this is a one-only original group of sessions. With this lot is a copy of a letter to the consignor from Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. in which the Director of Entertainment and Music Publishing indicates that the recordings may be sold, but that music rights reside with BMG/RCA. But although they have the rights, without these recordings only the purchaser may enjoy what is on these tapes. A Signed printed photograph is also included "To Barby from Elvis Presely" which Thorne had Elvis sign for his daughter.

source: Bonhams & Butterfields - updated on November 21st, 2004


Exhibition Traces The Elvis Years As A GI In Germany

BONN, Germany (AFP) - The two years that Elvis Presley spent in Germany as the most famous GI in history are the subject of a new exhibition opening here on Sunday.The organisers are putting on show 300 items from Presley's stay in Friedberg, which left the sleepy town "All Shook Up", to quote one of the King's best-known songs.

Fans can see the military-issue bag Elvis was carrying when he arrived in the northern port of Bremerhaven in 1958 to begin his military service, the partially reconstructed barracks hut where he had his regulation army haircut, or the pink Cadillac he drove on days off.The exhibition also highlights that Germany played an important role in Presley's life -- it was there that he met Priscilla, his future wife and the mother of his only child, Lisa Marie. Presley even moved his father and his grandmother into a house in Bad Neuheim, a small town near to the military camp where he was stationed. The deputy mayor of Friedberg, Michael Keller, recalled earlier this year how Presley's arrival electrified the locals. "It was rock 'n' roll and the PX shops with American products and a whole new image for Friedberg -- very exciting," he said.

source: Yahoo News - updated on November 20th, 2004


ELVIS INDUCTED TO UK HALL OF FAME

Superstar MADONNA, pop hunk ROBBIE WILLIAMS and late rocker ELVIS PRESLEY were among the superstars inducted into the UK MUSIC HALL OF FAME last night (11NOV04). The MATERIAL GIRL and 'The King' joined U2, THE BEATLES and BOB MARLEY as the founders of the first ever induction at a star-studded ceremony at east London's Hackney Empire. Decade representatives include SIR CLIFF RICHARD for the 1950s, the ROLLING STONES for the 1960s, QUEEN for the 1970s, MICHAEL JACKSON for the 1980s and Williams as the top 1990s artist. Madonna, U2 frontman BONO and Williams were all on hand to collect their awards, while Marley's widow RITA MARLEY and Presley's widow PRISCILLA PRESLEY accepted the honour on behalf of their late husbands.

The NAKED GUN actress enthused, "Elvis would be very proud. I wish that he could be here to enjoy this moment. "His dream of a world tour was never realised. His fan base was so strong here, and because of that he would have been very proud to receive this." Guitarist RONNIE WOOD picked up the sixties honour for the Stones, joking, "I wasn't even there in the 1960s as you all know. But I'm here now." Accepting his gong from movie star DENNIS HOPPER, Bono said, "I really didn't want to come. Only respect for the people who were running the show has me here. I hate the idea of being in the UK Hall of Fame to be honest with you. We don't want to be in any Hall of Fame until we're retired or dead."
Source: contactmusic / Updated November 12th 2004

Essential Elvis #37

Today we have received the latest issue of the magazine "Essential Elvis", and in this issue we have the following articles:
The latest news, the 2nd part of the Marty Pasetta interview, The King's Ransom (Andrew looks at the King's personal treasures), Elvis week 2004, Bob Moore remember Elvis and much more.
If you'd like to subscribe: http://www.essentialelvis.com/
Email: ElvisMagazine@aol.com
Updated November 7th 2004


Elvis On Tour DVD from Indonesia

Here's the artwork for Elvis On Tour DVD that is now available in Indonesia. This is of brilliant picture quality and in DTS { Digital Surround Sound } It is the original Multiple Widescreen version. This Indonesian DVD is much more superior than the Pakistan release. Happy hunting!
Source: HT Long / Updated November 3rd 2004


Elvis Convention In Montreal

Daniel Pharand invites you to the Elvis Presley Convention on November 6th, 2004 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to St-Gilbert Hall located at 5415 Jean-Talon East in Montreal, near the St.Michel metro ( bus 141 ). Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. 

Door prizes will be handed out all day long, and for trivia buffs,an Elvis trivia contest at every hour will challenge the Elvis fans on hand. There will be also a live music and we'll give you the details later concerning this.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: Daniel Pharand - updated October23rd, 2004


Interview With Joe Tunzi

Our interview with Joe Tunzi will be done in two parts. The first part will be on our site in about a month from now and last part will follow 3-4 weeks later. The interview will contain your questions and some of ours as well. There will be several documents also published on our site for backing up some of the answers. You can post your questions on the FECC Forum in the thread titled '' Questions for Joe Tunzi ''.

'' Elvis - Sessions III '' was definitely our biggest and fastest selling book published within the last two years. We only have a few copies available and if interested you can inquire about this product in writing to us at fecc@elvis-collectors.com . Recently we published our review of this book and you can read it in our '' Book Reviews '' section.

You can also buy directly from J.A.T. Publishing website and/or write directly to them at jatpublishing@aol.com .

source: J.A.T. Publishing / FECC - updated on October 16th, 2004


Cover DVD "The Final Days"

Here we have the artwork of the DVD "The Final Days", this disc features 3 shows, including some of the June tour e.a. Indianapolis. Also featured on this DVD are the Omaha, NE June 19th '77 show, the Rapid City, June 21st '77 and the "Official CBS Special". The quality is at least just as good as it was released back then on the Import video tapes. Also on this DVD you have 2 CBS Specials from August, including the TV special from the day Elvis passed away, hosted by Geraldo Rivera. The quality on this one is not that good, but still interesting to have.
Updated: October 14th 2004


New Elvis DVD From Brasil

Here we have the cover of the new DVD released from Brasil "The king of rock (O Rei do rock)". It's an 2 hours documentary on the Continental Home Video Label.
Source: Mario Silva from ElvisChile Fan Club - elvischile.cl


Elvis Has Left The Building

The movie "Elvis Has Left the Building" is now showing in Thailand. Here's one of the billboards on a Sky Train station in Bangkok.
Source: Nitaya Kanchanawan / Updated October 8th 2004


New VCD Releases From Thailand

Seven more VCD's have been released in Thailand with both versions in English and Thai. They are "Double Trouble," "Easy Come, Easy go," "Jailhouse Rock," "Speed Way," "Spin Out," "The Trouble with Girls" and "It Happened at the World's Fair."
Source: Nitaya Kanchanawan / Updated October 1st 2004


Elvis My Happiness Magazine Latest Issue

This is the latest issue of the best French magazine of the Fan Club " Elvis My Happiness " ( No. 49- September 2004 ).  This current issue contains 80 pages filled with the latest news and CD, DVD & book reviews. There's a full report on their Memphis - Texas Tour 2004 this past Summer, what is happening with their branch in Belgium, an in-depth article on Elvis 14th Las Vegas season ( December '75 ). Their feature this month into the section '' Elvis Sur Grand Ecran '' ( Elvis On Big Screen ) is about the movie '' Elvis On Tour '', an article on the album covers from 1971 and 1972 and many other interesting articles. If you can read French...this is a magazine for you !!!! All the informations for subscription can be found at their website on www.elvismyhappiness.com .

source: Elvis My Happiness / FECC Team - updated on September 28, 2004


'68 Comeback Special in longbox

Here we have the cover of the Elvis '68 Special DVD that was recently released. It's a USA pressing in a 12" X 6" longbox with a different cover. Only a limited supply of these were made.
Source: Mike Malitas / Updated: September 25th 2004


Statement From J.A.T. Publishing About Sessions III Book

I would first like to say thank you to the many fans who ordered and to all the nice comments, it is really appreciated . I would like to address the issue of mistakes in the publishing business and in a book that is 656 pages, let alone Elvis Presley's recording sessions. We try our best to get as many typos and gremlins out of there and some things we changed didn't get changed, this is another modern day problem with the computer age, it really has nothing to do with time as this is a constant moving and changing subject and this is part of the reason for typos and mistakes also many words, numbers, etc,etc get jumped around in layout, typesetting and creative design is part of the business, you can proof read till your blue in the face but these things still happen, anyone who has done a book knows this, especially a book of this magnitude. In closing we also know that none of these typos compared to what we have right and new info presented would amount to a hill of beans and in no way im-pedes our desire to bring the fans one of the most exciting books in recent memory ,as one fan stated to us, and I am very proud of our staff that contibuted to this work for bringing forth a book that as time goes will prove to be indispensable.

The great thing in the Publishing business and as minor as they are, we can correct our mistakes and we will do this. In life we all make them everyday and thank God we do, we become better human beings because of it.  A mans errors are what make him amiable ..GOETHE...Great errors seldom originate but with men of great minds.. PETRARCH.. WWW.JATPUBLISHING.COM  would be glad to service you on your book request and/ or comments..all your questions will be answered on this web-site as we plan a unique interview.

source: J.A.T. Publishing - updated on September 24th, 2004


New DVD "The Final Days" Out Soon

We have received today a preview copy of the upcoming DVD "The Final Days", this disc features 3 complete shows, including the very last concert Elvis ever gave in Indianapolis,IN. After more than 25 years, this rare original Indianapolis 8mm amateur footage of June 26th, 1977 concert will be featured on DVD with the audio and video digitally remastered. The total time of the Indianapolis concert is 52 minutes. Also featured on this DVD are the Omaha, NE June 19th '77 show, the Rapid City, June 21st '77 and the "Official CBS Special". The quality is at least just as good as it was released back then on the Import video tapes. Everyone knows the content of the CBS ' 77 footage so we are listing only the Indianapolis ' 77 footage featured on this DVD:

The show starts with a good close up as Elvis enters the building, and starts with See See rider. Followed by I Got A woman - Amen/ Love me / Fairy tale/ You Gave Mountain / Jailhouse rock / O solo Mio (by Nielsen) - It's Now Or Never/ Little Sister/ Teddy Bear/ Please release me / I Can't Stop Loving You / Bridge Over Troubled water (reading the lyrics from paper)/ Early Morning rain / What'd I Say/ Johnny B. Goode (Burton is playing the guitar behind his neck)/ I Really Don't Want To Know / Hurt/ Hound Dog/ Vernon On Stage/ and Can't Help Falling In Love.

Also on this DVD you have 2 CBS Specials from August, including the TV special from the day Elvis passed away, hosted by Geraldo Rivera. The quality on this one is not that good, but still interesting to have. We will add the cover of this DVD as soon as we received it.
Updated: September 22nd 2004

Interview With Joe Tunzi

With the release of the book '' Elvis - Sessions III '' by J.A.T. Publishing we thought it would be interesting to do an interview with Joe. There is no doubt that we will have a lot of questions for him about the book itself and future projects as well. We are hoping to do this interview in early November which will give the time to everyone ( including us ) to go through the entire book. This interview will be equally illustrated with photographs and interesting documents. Watch this space for further informations concerning our interview with Joe Tunzi.

A short reminder that J.A.T. Publishing is running very low on their first batch of '' Sessions III '' and not expecting the second run before 4 weeks from now. If you want to obtain a copy then don't waste time and get all the informations for ordering at www.jatpublishing.com .

source: J.A.T. Publishing / FECC - updated on September 21st, 2004


'All Shook Up,' a musical inspired by music of Elvis, opens in Chicago

"All Shook Up," the Broadway-bound musical inspired by Elvis Presley, has found its swivel hips. Jarrod Emick, who just completed a run in "The Boy From Oz" as the boyfriend of entertainer Peter Allen, will portray a rebellious, rock 'n' roll stranger who romances a small-town girl in 1955 America. Jennifer Gambatese, playing the late-blooming Penny Pingleton in the Broadway company of "Hairspray," will be the object of his perseverance. The musical, featuring such Presley classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel" and "Love Me Tender," will play Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre from Dec. 19.-Jan, 23, 2005. "All Shook Up" opens March 24 at the Palace Theatre in New York. Preview performances begin Feb. 20. The show, directed by Christopher Ashley, has a book by Joe DiPietro and choreography by Ken Roberson.
Source: Timesleader / Updated September 20th 2004


Latest News On Sessions III book

We have just been informed by J.A.T. Publishing that '' Sessions III '' is selling extremely well, and consequently running low on their first batch. Ask to your favorite dealer for a copy if you don't want to wait for this item as the second run will be available only in 5-6 weeks.

J.A.T. Publishing has started to add photographs on their website and new ones will be added on a regular basis. You can easily find them  into the section '' About The Author ''. Those photos are previews from books published by J.A.T. Publishing although some of them could be seen in color for the first time or/ and unpublished .

You can visit their website on a regular basis for new additions and also for ordering '' Sessions III '' at www.jatpublishing.com .

source: J.A.T. Publishing - updated on September 17, 2004


DVD Elvis - That's Live

We just received the "new" DVD "Elvis - That's Live" featuring the 1977 CBS TV Special. The quality is good, and contains also bonus material such as some press conferences, award presentations, super 8 MM material, Elvis marriage footage, Blue suede shoes videoclip featuring Carl Perkins, Heartbreak Hotel from the Dorsey shows, and others bonus material. It comes in a digipack, happy hunting!!!
Updated September 13th 2004


Two New DVD's from Thailand

The Local BMG, Thailand, has just released Deluxe editions of 68 Comeback and Aloha DVD's with a compliment T-shirt.
Source: Nitaya Kanchanawan / Updated September 11th 2004


The Elvis Archives

The Elvis Archives is an exclusive and objective account of the extraordinary life of Elvis Aaron Presley It details the undisputed facts of Elvis’ life and career and is illustrated strated with over 100 rare or exclusive photographs. Written and compiled by British fanclub president Todd Slaughter with international Elvis expert Anne E Nixon, The Elvis Archives presents the documentary truth about Elvis, a truth that has so often been forgotten amid the deluge of hero-worship, criticsm and myth-making of the past 30 years.

Elvis was often thought to be recluse, but the rare images contained in The Elvis Archives show him in the company of some of the 20th century’s most famous people: pop stars, politicians, potentates and presidents. They reflect the enormous impact of the poor boy from Mississippi who was to change the world and whose life story was so uniquely remarkable as to need no embellishment.
Source: Peter Haan / Updated September 8th 2004

Swedish Elvis stamp

On october 2nd the swedish post will release their stampset called Rock 54-04 wich contains 7 swedish performers + Elvis. The stamps are going to be presented in 5 different ways, a little booklet with all eight stamps in their regular size, a first day letter ( 21x15 cm ) with all eight stamps, a collectors sheet ( 22x30 cm ) with a big Wertheimer picture of Elvis from the army and pictures of the eight stamps on it, a souvenirsheet ( 19x15 cm ) with 9 of the Elvisstamps together with a picture from the Aloha show, and last a pack o eight postcards with a separate card for each artist. For info. on how, when, how much etc contact Elvis Unlimited Sweden, elvisunlimited@telia.com.
Source: Elvis Unlimited Sweden / Updated September 6th 2004


Essential Elvis #36

Today we have received the latest issue of the magazine "Essential Elvis", and in this issue we have the following articles:
An interview with Aloha director/producer Marty Pasetta, an interview with Todd Morgan about the latest DVD releases, an interview with Susan Henning (The super-sexy chick from the Elvis' 1968 TV Special), and of course the latest news and indepth reviews. As we have mentioned this many times before, this is a high-class magazine, and you won't be sorry to to subscribe. Here the details to do so... :
If you'd like to subscribe: http://www.essentialelvis.com/
Email: ElvisMagazine@aol.com
Updated September 4th 2004


PRESLEY DEATH TOPS SHOCK ROCK DEMISES

Rock legend ELVIS PRESLEY's demise from a heart failure has been named the most shocking moment in music history. The King was found slumped on the toilet in his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee on 16 August 1977. Over 2500 listeners took part in the poll by British radio station VIRGIN to vote for the most shocking moment in rock 'n' roll.

The suicide of NIRVANA frontman KURT COBAIN in April 1994 and the disappearance of MANIC STREET PREACHERS singer RICHEY EDWARDS in early 1995 also featured. Another figure in the survey was American rocker JERRY LEE LEWIS, who caused a media storm when he married his 13-year-old cousin MYRA.
Source: ContactMusic / Updated September 1st 2004

Sessions III Contest

Our copies of the book '' Sessions III '' had been shipped out to us so we can now announce the winner of our contest. We received a lot of entries for this contest ( +500 ) and since it took only two good answers out of three about all entries were valid ( a few were rejected ). The answers to the contest were fairly easy ; 1- January and/or February 1970 2- Cisco Kid jumpsuit with green yokes ( other variants like ''Black Cisco Kid '' were also accepted ) 3- Elvis On Tour.

The winner of our Elvis-Sessions III is Andreas Holz from Ludwigshafen, Germany. Congratulations Andreas ! Send us an e-mail at fecc@elvis-collectors.com with your shipping address and mention in the subject '' Sessions III Winner ''. The book will be shipped out to you as soon as we receive our copies.

You can obtain details for ordering Elvis-Sessions III at www.jatpublishing.com .

source: FECC Team - updated on August 26th, 2004


Special Edition ELVIS DVD from Hong Kong

This Special Limited Edition of ELVIS That's The Way It Is is strictly for sale in Hong Kong and Macau only. The Cover Art and Digi-pack is really very excellent and most beautiful. A real collector's treasure. Happy hunting!
Source: HT Long / Updated August 26th 2004


ELVIS PRESLEY MEETING

The official Dutch Elvis Presley fanclub Elvis For Everyone will have their annual Elvis Meeting next Saturday, August 28 at the DES Gebouw (Albert Steenbergenstraat 44) in Hoogeveen. Each visitor gets a free limited Edtion Elvis CD especially made for this event. Only 500 copies available worldwide! Also a free Coca Cola Light drink for everyone.
Programm: Big Screen Footage, Elvis shops (including a huge Elvis stall from the Elvis For Everyone fanclub and many vinyl). Great Prizes, Hot food & bar, and much more!!! Doors are open from 12.00 o' clock to 6 p.m. Tickets: 10 Euro only!

For more information: elvisforeveryone@zonnet.nl Elvis For Everyone
P.O. Box 2104
7900 BC Hoogeveen
The Netherlands Source: EFE / Updated August 25th 2004

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ELVIS PRESLEY - FIRST TIME IN ASIA

Fans of Elvis Presley were treated to a larger-than-life video projection of the legendary singer at a three-hour multi-media extravaganza at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday night - August 21, 2004 at 8pm.. The gig, titled Elvis - The Concert, was initially put together in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1997 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Presley's death. It grew to become a hit touring show that has played to audiences in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia, including several sell-outs at London's famed Wembley Arena.

The show incorporates footage of Presley culled mainly from three of his best live concerts. The images are beamed on a 6m-tall by 4.5m-wide screen. Only Presley's vocals are heard, leaving the musical instrumentation to the 16 live performers on stage. The concert features material shot for the MGM concert films Elvis, That's the Way It Is (1970) and Elvis On Tour (1972), as well as the historic 1973 global TV special Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite. The accompanying live band at the Indoor Stadium gig includes musicians who had worked with the late American singer in the 1960s and 1970s.

Most of the original performing line-up are from Presley's former band, The TCB (Taking Care of Business) Band, and back-up singing groups The Imperials, The Stamps and The Sweet Inspirations. In a phone interview on Tuesday (17 August 2004) from Memphis, Joe Guercio, the concert's musical director who directed and conducted Presley's concerts from 1970 to 1977.who has worked with big names like Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and Barbra Streisand, said he believes that Presley's appeal transcends age.

In fact, he did not have a strong impression of the singer prior to working with him, but became an instant convert after they met in the studio for their first rehearsals in 1970. 'After five minutes with him, it was obvious that Elvis had total control of the band and there was this charisma and energy about him. And that's what his shows were all about,' said Guercio, 65. Even then, he was initially sceptical about the concept of the current show when the idea was proposed back in 1997 as a way to mark the 20th anniversary of Presley's death. 'We had not seen these musicians in years, some since 1970. And I was thinking to myself: 'Okay, a lot of old people are going to walk in.' 'But once we started, it all just happened again and I realised that nothing has really changed.' The chemistry between band members such as guitarist James Burton and drummer Ronnie Tutt was intact. It even led to a teary-eyed occasion when they were practising Bridge Over Troubled Water. 'Some of the girls started getting emotional when we were halfway through it,' Guercio recalled. 'We had to take a five-minute break to get everyone back again.'

The current touring show, he said, is the next best thing to experiencing Elvis live for overseas fans, especially since the singer only performed five shows outside the US during his lifetime. These were in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa in 1957. The show's producer, Stig Edgren, said that the tour group is committed to making the Elvis experience as authentic as possible. The current tour involved six months of meticulous hard work. 'We started with his best concerts and basically picked his best numbers to use for the show,' he said. Songs include Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel and Can't Help Falling In Love plus a never seen before rare footage of Are You Lonesome Tonight from That's The Way It Is.. JUDGING by ticket sales, there is still an audience in Singapore hungry for Elvis nostalgia. Tickets, priced between $100 and $300 tickets were snapped up, said Singapore events organiser Panpac Events Management.

WK Koo, chief operating officer for Panpac Media Group, said the company had brought in the show because it wanted to give Singaporeans the chance to experience an 'exhilarating' combo of modern technology and classic hits. Still, some fans may be deterred from going to the Elvis concert because of the exorbitant ticket prices. Engineer George Ong, 27, is one ardent Presley fan did not attend the event. Ong, who has a collection of Presley albums from the 1950s to the 1970s, said the tickets were just too costly for him. But a Panpac spokesman explained that the tickets were priced high because of the hi-tech equipment required for the show. But there are other fans like Thomas Forster, 39, director of the private wealth management division in a foreign bank, who made the special trip to relive Elvis all over again.

'For a fan, this is an ultimate dream come true,' said the German, who will be going to the concert with his Singaporean wife. He said he had watched the touring concert a number of times in the US and Australia over the past few years, and the show was really superb and most exciting. 'The way the musicians interact with Elvis on screen is so natural that you can feel the love in the arena,' he said. As the King himself sang in Love Me Tender: 'I'll be yours through all the years, till the end of time.'
Source: HT Long / Updated August 24th 2004


Interview With Alan Rush

With the release of the CD Cold Night In Nashville, a compilation that focuses on what was to be the future direction of Elvis Presley's recording career. We thought that it would be interesting to have some insight on the cancelled session of January 1977. Alan Rush is a composer / musician from Nashville,TN and one of his song ( Yes I do ) was chosen for Elvis to record at this session. This interview might shed some light on the songs mentioned as '' positively chosen '' to record and other facts related to what happened exactly in January 1977. 

We shall have this interview published on our site very soon so watch this space for further details. In the meantime you can order directly the CD '' A Cold Night In Nashville '' from J.A.T. Publishing. All the informations related to this product and '' Sessions III '' book can be found at www.jatpublishing.com .

You have about 24-48 hours left to participate at the '' Sessions III Contest '' . There's a lot of participants to this contest but you don't have any chances to win if you don't participate, so give it a try !!!!

source: FECC Team - updated on August 24th, 2004


'Elvis has Left the Building' Announcer Dies

Al Dvorin, the announcer who coined the legendary phrase “Elvis has left the building”, has died at the age of 81. Dvorin was killed in a car accident as he returned from an Elvis convention in California. He first met Elvis Presley in 1955 and worked with him for 22 years, helping to organise his tours and personal appearances. It was in the early 1970s that the star’s manager Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans after a gig that Elvis would not be appearing for an encore. Dvorin took the stage and made his now legendary announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.”

The phrase became a staple at Elvis concerts and has lived on long past the star’s death. But Dvorin was never paid a penny for the words, which have been reproduced countless times over the years, and remained bitter towards Elvis Presley Enterprises, the multi-million pound empire now run by the star’s daughter Lisa Marie. Sid Shaw, owner of London memorabilia store Elvisly Yours and a close friend of Dvorin, said: “Of all the people I have met associated with Elvis he was the nicest, funniest, smartest and most honest. “He had so many great memories of Elvis that I always told him he should write a book. “But after Elvis died he kept a low profile because of his friendship with Colonel Parker and because he didn’t want to be seen cashing in on Elvis’s death like so many others had done. “It was only a few years ago, after the Colonel died, that he decided to start attending Elvis events and conventions around the world to share some of his memories.”

At the time of the accident Dvorin was in a car driven by Ed Bonja, a long-time Elvis photographer. A former band leader and talent agent in Chicago, Dvorin first met Elvis through his work with Colonel Parker. He was among those on Elvis’s last tour in 1977. The singer died of heart problems and drug abuse that August. A spokesman for the Elvis Presley estate in Graceland said: “He was a fixture in Elvis world. He’ll be greatly missed.”

Source: scotsman - updated August 23rd, 2004


Elvis Booklet from Brazil

In Brazil a new booklet was released under the Title "ELVIS". It is written by Brazilian journalist Odair Braz Junior. This book of almost 100 pages tells the basic biography of Elvis including commentaries for more than 60 albums. In the last pages of the booklet there's a list of Elvis best web sites in the net, in which Elvis-collectors.com is listed.

source: Sergio Luiz from Brazil - updated on August 19th, 2004


World's First Elvis Coin and Stamp Collection Released at Graceland As Part of Historic 50th Anniversary Celebrations

During a star-studded celebration at Elvis’ Graceland mansion in Memphis, collectors were finally able to see the highly anticipated coin and stamp collection honoring the 50th anniversary of "That's All Right." It is the world's first official coin and stamp collection honoring a pivotal event in Elvis Presley's amazing career.

Fifty years ago in 1954, Elvis Presley dared to rock. He recorded his first single release, "That's All Right," for the Sun Records label in Memphis. It marked the birth of Rock 'n' Roll and the start of Elvis' amazing career. Today, during a star-studded celebration at Elvis' Graceland mansion in Memphis, collectors were finally able to see the highly anticipated coin and stamp collection honoring the 50th anniversary of "That's All Right." It is the world's first official coin and stamp collection honoring a pivotal event in Elvis' amazing career.

M Moshe Malamud, President of the Morgan Mint, unveiled the collection. It consists of official legal tender postage stamp sheets from the governments of Grenada and The Gambia, as well as a genuine U.S. Silver Dollar that has been officially colorized by the Morgan Mint. The collection is authorized by the issuing governments, Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises. Each sheet of official legal tender stamps features classic images of Elvis. The stamps are legal for postage in the nations of issue and are recognized by every postal authority in the world, including the United States. Unlike the Elvis stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service over a decade ago, however, these stamps are limited editions. Just a fraction of the stamp sheets have been set aside for this unique collection.

The U.S. Silver Dollar was issued by the United States Mint under an Act of Congress and features a rare archival image of Elvis, together with the caption "He Dared to Rock" and Elvis' official facsimile signature. The coin contains one full ounce of pure silver. Based on the overwhelming popularity of Elvis Presley memorabilia, Malamud expects this collection to sell out quickly. "The U.S. Elvis stamp was the best-selling commemorative in history," said Malamud, "but this 50th anniversary collection is being released in a shockingly small edition of just thousands. I encourage all collectors to get theirs early, before they sell out." The stamps and coins release was organized by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. (IGPC), the world's largest postal authority representing over 75 client nations in areas of posts and treasury.
Source: Press Release / Updated August 17th 2004


More Elvis DVDs

Elvis Information network mentions that EPE's Jack Soden said that Warner Brothers will release six more Elvis movies on DVD on January 8, 2005. The titles are: "Charro", "Kissin' Cousins", "Live A Little Love A Little", "Stay Away Joe", "Tickle Me" and "Girl Happy".

source: Elvis Information Network / Elvis News - updated on August 16th, 2004


Painter puts supermodel in the picture with Elvis

British supermodel Kate Moss has commissioned a specialist in rock portraits to come up with a painting of her with the late great Elvis Presley. Paul Karslake, who is the brother-in-law of Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood, is creating the "tinted photo" style image for Moss, 30, who would have been a toddler when the King of Rock 'n' Roll died in 1977.

"He is already working on a picture of her in a classic 1950s dress with Elvis holding her in his arm," the Sun newspaper quoted a "pal" as saying. "She's looking out from the picture and he's looking at her in his trademark crooning pose," the source added. "It will be an amazing oil painting." Karslake has previously done a portrait of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards as a pirate -- inspired by the film "Pirates of the Caribbean" starring Johnny Depp, who once dated Moss.
Source: AFP / Updated Aug 13th 2004

Elvis's gun banned from TV sale

A gold-plated handgun which belonged to Elvis Presley has been banned from sale in a TV auction. The Walther PPK, engraved with the King's motto "TCB" ("Taking Care of Business") was to have been the star lot in the rock'n'roll memorabilia sale on cable channel Auction-world TV. But media regulators have refused to allow it because advertising guns on TV is forbidden. The gun was expected to fetch up to £60,000 in Sunday's auction.

Elvis was a gun fanatic and was known for shooting TV screens when he was bored. The Walther PPK was one of several he owned, along with M-16 rifles and machine guns. A spokeswoman for media regulator Ofcom said: "Auction-world TV approached us for clarification of our code relating to guns. "It is clearly set out that the advertisement of guns or gun clubs is prohibited." The channel had the gun decommissioned in the US before it was brought over to Britain but was advised it could still not be sold on TV. Instead it will be sold through the channel's website.
Source: Yahoo / Updated August 12th 2004

CD and VCD from Thailand

BMG Thailand has just released ELVIS AT SUN in Thailand with the same cover as the US one. The VCD THAT'S THE WAY IT IS has also been released. Please notice the name in Thai characters.
Source: Nitaya Kanchanawan - The Elvis Presley Information Center of Thailand / Updated Aug 10th 2004


New Elvis Presley DVD PC CD-ROM

Available exclusively in Malaysia only, this new Limited Edition ELVIS PRESLEY DVD PC CD-ROM feature 214 Elvis Songs with Virtual Karaoke screen when played on the Personal Computer. The factory pressed Disc is Pink in color and is really beautiful. A real super Collectors's item.
Source: HT Long / Updated Aug 10th 2004


Return To Splendour Cover Art

Here is the cover art of the DVD release of "Return To Splendour". This DVD should be available September 1st. 2004.

source: Elvis News - updated on August 9, 2004


 

Elvis Sessions III 

The Recorded Music Of Elvis Aron Presley 1953-1977 By Joseph A. Tunzi

On August 24th 2004 J.A.T. Publishing will release over a 650-page book that is the ultimate account of Elvis Presley's recording career, author Joseph A. Tunzi's long awaited Elvis Sessions III.

Elvis Presley's overall impact on society was profound in many areas, but the most important aspect was the way he revolutionized music. Elvis Sessions III is the only publication to properly gage the true depth of his artistry. Years of tireless research have ensured a level of accuracy that sets a new standard in reference literature.

With newly discovered facts, and over 100 unreleased photos, Elvis Sessions III is a requirement for any comprehensive study of 20th century music and culture.

Chicago (August 5th) - Elvis Sessions III is the third volume of Joseph Tunzi's acclaimed Elvis Presley sessionography. As authoritative as the first two entries were, neither prepares you for the sheer knowledge the third volume imparts. As well as containing previously undocumented facts, every J.A.T. Publishing release is acclaimed for their inclusion of beautiful, unreleased photography. Designed beautifully, Elvis Sessions III will include over 100 stark black and white illustrations. Looking at Elvis in photos from actual sessions and concerts makes clear the passion he felt for music.

From his first demo to his last tour Elvis Sessions III explores the most important body of music ever recorded.Covering every area of Elvis' recorded legacy. Bootlegs, rehearsals, soundboard recordings, a complete discography, and many surprise chapters are all included. Another thing that makes Elvis Sessions III stand out from other reference material is the easy to read format. Even a casual fan can learn the intricacies of how Elvis' recordings were constructed and marketed. A particularly informative section contains undocumented details about Presley's two concert documentaries That's The Way It Is and Elvis On Tour. Joseph Tunzi's evenhanded approach has received praise from both casual and diehard Elvis Presley fans. Since J.A.T. Publishing only makes a limited number of all their products, Elvis Sessions III is going to quickly become a sought after collectible.

(J.A.T. Publishing $59.95)

Upcoming books from J.A.T. Publishing include:

Ace Frehley: The Ultimate Fan's Scrapbook by Bill Baker

Beatles '64

 

COLD NIGHT IN NASHVILLE 

The First Release From J.A.T. Records!

August 24th, 2004 marks the launching date of a new independent label J.A.T. Records. Formed by Joseph Tunzi, the label will release the CD Cold Night In Nashville, a compilation that focuses on what was to be the future direction of Elvis Presley's recording career.

J.A.T. Publishing has included bonus CDs with four of their acclaimed publications. One of the few labels that will attempt to replicate the warmth of vinyl, Cold Night In Nashville has the natural ambience that made the Elvis era so special.

Cold Night In Nashville has ten terrific selections, five of which are the original demo's that are the ones actually heard by Elvis. These tracks along with one of Elvis' favorites “Rainy Night In Georgia” would have constituted part of a remarkable album. Although Elvis does not sing the tunes, Cold Night In Nashville shows off Presley's unparalleled ability to pick classic material. 

Chicago (August 5th) - In January 1977 Elvis Presley flew to Nashville to finish his Moody Blue LP at Creative Workshop studios. Unforeseen circumstances made Elvis cancel these sessions, but he still intended to record the new material for future release. While he died before he could begin the new sessions, six songs had already been selected. Cold Night In Nashville gathers together these tracks for the first time. 

Cold Night In Nashville is one of the rare collections that let’s you explore the music inside and out. Two versions of “Rainy Night In Georgia” and “Energy” are included. Like all of the other tracks, a version by the composer is featured, but for these two tracks we also get the opportunity to hear a commercially released version. Adding even more value to this feature is that in the case of Brook Benton’s hit rendering of “Rainy Night In Georgia”, Cold Night In Nashville spotlights a rare alternate take. Also included are two bonus tracks which feature the original demo’s for two of Elvis’ most contemporaneous rock songs “Way Down” and “I’ve Got A Feelin’ In My Body”. Composed by Layng Martine Jr. and Dennis Linde respectively, both were songwriters Elvis held in the highest regard. With Dennis Linde’s “By Day, By Day” and Layng Martine Jr.’s “Let Me On” included among Elvis’ selection of new songs, it is fascinating to hear how his final masters differed from these authors earlier submissions.

Even if Elvis did not get to record his six selections personally, they reveal that his growth as an artist was still thriving at the time of his untimely death. Even if one ignores its historical signifigence, Cold Night In Nashville stands up as a great collection of music. This various artists release features:

“By Day, By Day” – Dennis Linde, “Rainy Night In Georgia” – Brook Benton, “Energy” – Tommy Roe ,“That's What You Do To Me” – Bob Morrison, “Way Down” - Layng Martine Jr., “Yes I Do” – Alan Rush, “Let Me On” - Layng Martine Jr., “Energy” – Bob Morrison ,“Rainy Night In Georgia” – Tony Joe White, “I've Got A Feelin' In My Body” – Dennis Linde

(J.AT. Records 72504 Cold Night In Nashville $15.99)

source: J.A.T. Publishing - updated on August 6, 2004


The New Gladiator Reunion Lucheon - Relocated!

The New Gladiator reunion luncheon being staged by Essential Elvis, the UK's official Elvis Presley magazine, has been re-located to Elvis' former home at 1034 Audubon Drive.

The event, taking place on August 15th - commencing at noon, will include special guest speakers, a dance contest, a raffle, entertainment by Tyke Harrison’s Tomcat and Food. You'll also be able to Swim in Elvis’ pool, tour his home and enjoy a silent auction.

The event will benefit MASH—Moving Animals Safely Home by Labs4Rescue

Tickets are now $35.00 per person in advance only. Checks: personal (USA), travelers checks or international money orders to: Cindy Hazen or Mike Freeman, 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, TN 38117.
For more information contact Andrew Hearn at ElvisMagazine@aol.com Or visit www.essentialelvis.com
Source: Andrew Hearn - Updated July 16th



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For The First Time ELVIS The Concert In Singapore

Here's the poster art for the SINGAPORE ELVIS CONCERT. Excitement is building up in this modern Capital where for the first time thousands of Elvis fans will be gathering outside the S'pore Indoor Stadium on August 21,2004 to celebrate ELVIS 50th Year In Show Business before showtime. Fans from neighboring Asian countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines will be pouring into Singapore for a Lifetime Concert Experience and a wonderful holiday. This Event is supported by BMG Singapore.
Souce: HT Long / Updated July 6th 2004



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Open house at Vernon Presley's Home

In Cooperation with Jordan's Elvis World and Universally Elvis Fan Club - Memphis.
Open house at Vernon Presley's Home 2.0
August 15, 2004 6pm - ?? 1266 Dolan Drive. Memphis, TN

FREE Admission, FREE Refreshments, Elvis Music.. And More! Special Promo CD To The First 50 Guests!
Special Guest appearance by Larry Geller.
Come take a look inside the house Elvis bought for Vernon in the early 60's. This home is located directly behind Graceland. There is no "Time Limit" you can spend inside the house. Hang out until closing if you wish!
Source: Jordan Ritchie / Updated July 5th 2004

That's All Right #1 on Billboard sales charts

New York (June 23, 2004) - More than 50 years after Elvis Presley initially recorded the single "That's All Right" and changed music forever, the song claims the top berth among the Billboard singles sales chart. This week, the single "That's All Right" - released by BMG Strategic Marketing Group with an alternate version of the track as well as its original B-side "Blue Moon of Kentucky"

BMG Strategic Marketing Group released the special CD single of "That's All Right" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of rock 'n' roll, which will officially be celebrated around the world on July 5th, with most of the activities emanating from Elvis Presley's hometown, Memphis, TN.

"That's All Right" also appears on two full length BMG CDs released this week to commemorate the anniversary - the critically acclaimed "ELVIS AT SUN," the definitive collection of Presley's work at this historic studio, recorded with the legendary producer Sam Phillips, as well as "Memphis Celebrates 50 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll" featuring a diverse array of musicians who were either born in Memphis, recorded in Memphis, or were deeply influenced by the city and its sound, including Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Otis Redding and many others.

"BMG is truly proud of this milestone and the overall renewed musical legacy of one of the greatest artists of all time," said Joe DiMuro, Executive Vice President, BMG Strategic Marketing Group. "No one but Elvis could claim a #1 single 50 years after it was originally recorded, and this tremendous achievement speaks to the phenomenal love and popularity he continues to enjoy today." The success of "That's All Right" is yet another milestone in Elvis's record-setting music career. He is the only artist to be inducted into all three music Halls of Fame, including Rock 'N' Roll, Country and Gospel. He holds the record for most top 10 pop singles, the most gold and platinum awards and is the world's best selling artist, eclipsing any other musician or group in history. His popularity remains intact to this day as there are more active Elvis Presley fan clubs around the world than for any other artist - dead or alive.
Source: E-mail - Updated June 24th 2004


Limited Edition Philippines Elvis Promo CD

A special limited edition of a Promotional CD entitled: RARE ELVIS DUETS is given away free with the latest edition of ELVIS - 50 YEARS OF ROCK 'N' ROLL magazine. It features mostly film songs including: Happy Ending / Crawfish / Moonlight Swim / Mexico / Earth Boy / The Lady loves Me / There Ain't Nothin' Like A Songs /Don't Cry Daddy and another 11 more.. Happy Hunting!
Source: HT Long - Updated June 24th 2004


Elvis My Happiness Magazine from France

Here's the latest issue ( No.48 - June 2004 ) of the French magazine '' Elvis My Happiness ''. This issue contains the latest news and several reviews of all the latest books, CDs, DVDs,etc..There are also interviews with Scotty Moore. An in-depth article related to '' That's The Way It Is '' and several other features. If you can read French then this magazine is for you !!!!

The latest issue contains an exclusive review of the double CD set '' Elvis Chante Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller '' that shall appear on the market very shortly.

source: Elvis My Happiness / FECC Team - updated on June 23, 2004


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Enter The King's Ransom Contest Today!

Win a free admission ticket to THE KING'S RANSOM on display in Memphis for Elvis Week 2004!

To enter, simply send your :

Name

Street Address or P.O. Box Address and  E-mail Address to :

THE KING'S RANSOM CONTEST

c/o Bud Glass Productions

3813-7 N. Monroe

PMB 21

Tallahassee, FL 32303

A drawing will be held on Saturday, July 24th And the winner will be contacted immediately. The winner will receive a free one-day admission ticket to THE KINGS RANSOM exhibit on display in Memphis at the Airport Inn, August 9-14, 2004.

source: Bud Glass - updated on June 18, 2004


That's All Right Promo

Here we have the scan of the new promo "That's all right Promo" that was printed in the EU.
Source: FECC - Updated June 17th 2004


Elvis And Other Celebrities - Candid Favourite Shots

Elvis Unlimited will release soon a new book and you can read the details hereunder.

Elvis is said to be the most photographed man in history. If not the most photographed, he is certainly one of the most photographed anyway. From every angle and corner, Elvis has been exposed, "recycled" and captured, almost from the day he first stepped in at Sun in Memphis, to record that little single for his beloved mother - or from the day he redefined popular music. Since then, every moment and movement of his life and career has almost been captured on film. The result an enormous collection of Elvis photos spread around the World. But what was missing in that huge collection - for a big deal - was some crucial information of what, whom and who was seen on the pictures. "Who is Elvis standing with on that pictures?" you have probably asked yourself a hundred times. That problem has now been solved.

Elvis' Magnetism For the many fans that actually met Elvis personally or saw him at concerts, it was a revelation seeing Elvis' powerful and prolific character. For the many Elvis fans who didn't caught a glimpse of the King - likely the biggest part - it is still a revelation seeing him on pictures and feeling the fascinating magnetism and mysterious charisma of Elvis. Some of those many thousands of photos spread around the World are well known to many Elvis' fans, thanks to the thousands of books written about the man. Some of the most famous - and perhaps most bizarre and controversial of the history of popular music - being the ones taken in the Oval office at the White House in December 1970. It's of course Elvis' meeting with former President Richard M. Nixon.

At the time being, it was a meeting of probably the country's (and the World's) two most prominent household names for every American citizen. To this day the pictures that captured the event, is still as fascinating, as they were back then. They're simply become household-pictures for every Elvis fan around.

Not Alone

But they're not alone. Elvis was also captured with other personalities like Nixon. He was photographed together with Frank Sinatra, Muhammed Ali, Glen Campbell, Bill Haley, Dean Martin and Sophia Loren among many, many others. All of which today is considered to be household pictures as well, in the enormous collection of Elvis snapshots taken during his life. But sometimes you've probably caught a glimpse of Elvis with someone else on a picture but you never knew who it was? If so, you have the chance to learn a lot more about these other - not to famous - personalities. Names like Tempest Storm, Imogene Coco, Dorothy Harmony, Gary Merrill and Hedda Hopper. You can read a lot more about them and many others, their meeting and connection to Elvis, in the detailed new book titled "Elvis And Other Celebrities - Candid Favourite Shots", released through Elvis Unlimited very soon.

First A-Z Book

The new book is not supposed to be a new photo book, with many rare and unpublished photos, even though some are really rare. Instead it's the first ever A-Z book, to sum up all the details of every personality Elvis met in his life, in a compact form with a picture of Elvis and the person written about. At least an attempt to do so. A book terribly missed for every Elvis fan around.

source: Elvis Unlimited - updated on June 16, 2004


Global Release Schedule for '68 and Aloha DVD Sets

'' Elvis 68 Comeback Special '' Deluxe Edition DVD and '' Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii ''  Deluxe Edtion DVD will be released in North America on June 22. Dates vary in other territories of the world, depending upon the plans of the BMG marketing teams in those areas. Here is a full rundown from BMG of the release dates as they now stand :

Australia (July 5) ; Belgium (June 21) ; Canada (June 22) ; Chile (June 30) ; Czech Rep (June 21) ; France (June 21) ; Germany (June 21) ; Ireland (July 2) ; Italy (June 21) ; Japan (Aug 16) ; Korea (June 24) ; Mexico (June 27) ; Netherlands (June 21) ; Poland (June 28) ; Portugal (June 28) ; South Africa (June 28) ; Sweden (June 21) ; Switzerland (June 21) ; Taiwan (July 2) ; Thailand (July 6) ; United Kingdom (July 5) ; United States (June 22)

The scheduled release date for all other European markets June 21. The scheduled release date for all ll other Asian and Latin American markets is on or before July 5.

The dates in a few places outside North America could change because promotional campaign plans by the BMG marketing teams in those areas continue to evolve and the release date is tied to those plans.

source: Steven Colella - updated on June 16, 2004


T.V. Guide Of Elvis

In celebration of 50 years of Rock 'n' Roll, TV Guide will be issuing four commemorative Elvis covers for its July 4th issue (on news stands July 1st). The first of four covers is being unveiled exclusively here, with the release of the other three covers soon. Each of the four covers depicts Elvis during a different phase of his legendary career and all newsstand copies will be affixed with a mini-CD featuring a Never-Before Released Live version of Elvis's first single, "That's All Right."

source: Steven Colella -updated on June 15, 2004


Elvis And Miller Lite Beer

It's part of an overall promotion EPE Marketing has been working on with Miller Beer and Rolling Stone magazine to celebrate 50 years of rock 'n' roll. This image is from the Rolling Stone cover in September 1977. The cans should be available all over the country. Miller will include advertising inserts in Rolling Stone promoting the can series which is also great exposure for Elvis. There's also a Miller Mini-Magazine that includes a promotion for the July 3,4, and 5 weekend events at Graceland - These mini-mags will be included in the welcome kits at this year's collectors club conference. Sorry, no beer will be included.

source: Steven Colella - updated on June 12th, 2004


More Details on the ELVIS Mini Series

CBS is whipping up a big hunk of burnin' love for the King of Rock 'n Roll a new four-hour movie about Elvis Presley. The film, tentatively titled "Elvis," will be the first-ever TV movie to use the master recordings of some of Presley's biggest hits, according to Variety.

It's slated to air sometime next season, presumably during a sweeps period. The actor who will play Elvis has not yet been cast. But co-producer Howard Braunstein says the most important element for going forward with the film was getting Presley's estate involved.

"We thought that if you're going to do this right, you just can't do it without their cooperation," said Braunstein. "They're going to open their archives for us, and that means we really get first-hand information about his life rather than just some biography."

Past TV projects about Presley have used Elvis sound-alikes to record the King's songs, while individual songs have been licensed for some feature film soundtracks. "When our Elvis actor opens up his mouth, it'll be Elvis' voice that comes out," said co-producer Robert Greenblatt. The producers are also promising a "warts and all" version of Presley's story, despite the cooperation of the singer's estate. "The estate understands that you need to tell the true version of his story," says Braunstein. "And hopefully, with access to the archives, we can learn all sorts of new and provocative things.

"The estate is not afraid of doing the darker side [of Presley]," says Braunstein. "It just wants it done with class and integrity, like. ..[2001's] Judy Garland [made for-TV] movie."

Although there have been many Elvis TV movies and feature films in the past, Braunstein thinks there's still room for another King-themed project. The film's producers say that "Elvis" will not follow the singer's whole life, but will focus on just one part of it. However, they are not sure which part yet. Presley died in 1977 at the age of 42 from a heart attack.

source: Steven Colella - updated on June 11th, 2004


Elvis Express Radio

Just wanted to inform you of the exciting news that Elvis Express Radio, having been on air for 8 months, is finally getting its own website at www.elvisexpressradio.com. As demand for the show has grown to fantastically high figures, now topping 8,000 listeners per week. The new site will feature competitions, fan interactive services and will soon be selling elvis ring tones and other exciting official elvis products, as well an archive of previous hit shows for anyone who missed them at the time of broadcast. Special guest John Wilkinson may also be appearing on the show for an exclusive interview this summer when he visits the UK.

The show re-launched on June 4th with the new site and a brand new format in what we hope to be is an exciting step forward in the world of elvis internet media.
Source: Jim Devereaux - Updated June 5th 2004


An Epic Mini- Series : Elvis

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We just received the news that there will be an epic mini-series '' Elvis '' on CBS prime time for the season 2004 - 2005. We don't know at this time if the mini-series will start this coming Fall season or for early 2005. This mini-series is done with the cooperation of Lisa Marie Presley and the Elvis Presley Estate. More details when we have it !

source: Steven Colella - updated on June 4, 2004


The King's Ransom

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Elvis' belongings from the private collection of Russ Howe, Tom Salva and Bud Glass will be on display for the first time ever in Memphis this coming August at the Airport Inn on Brooks Road. It'll be possible to see these items from August 9 to August 14, 2004.

source: Bud Glass - updated on June 4, 2004


"An Evening with ELVIS"

Here we have the press release of the American Trilogy Show:
Paul Casey's AMERICAN TRILOGY SHOW "An Evening with ELVIS"
2 BIG Weekends with the friends of ELVIS
This SOLD-OUT multimedia production show will have Elvis' business and personal friends telling their life with Elvis Presley starring Las Vegas' Official Elvis and 2 time Entertainer of the Year performing 42 of the King's biggest hits with 16 costume changes in a 2 hour show.

AUGUST 13-14, 2004 CANNERY HOTEL AND CASINO Las Vegas, Nevada Room/Show Information: 702-507-5700

"INVITED SPECIAL GUESTS" The Sweet Inspirations (Elvis' backup singers 1969-77) The Brass Attack (Horn Section) Al Dvorin (Famous announcer & Col. Parker's right hand man) Ed Bonja (Tour Manager-Official Photographer) Patti Parry (personal friend 1960-77 Elvis' little sister-Memphis Mafia) Darlene Tompkins "BLUE HAWAII" costar 1961 Cynthia Pepper "KISSIN COUSIN" costar 1964 and many more... and on AUGUST 21, 2004 TRUMP CASINO 29, COACHELLA, CA 760-775-5566
"INVITED SPECIAL GUESTS" The Brass Attack (Horn Section) Al Dvorin (Famous announcer & Col. Parker's right hand man) Ed Bonja (Tour Manager-Official Photographer) Patti Parry (personal friend 1960-77 Elvis' little sister-Memphis Mafia) Darlene Tompkins "BLUE HAWAII" costar 1961 Cynthia Pepper "KISSIN COUSIN" costar 1964 Hans Fiebig Originator and Creator of Elvis Famous TCB Sunglasses Optician to the Hollywood Stars Jody Reynolds (Friend and Hall of Fame Rockabilly Recording Artist #1 Hit 'Endless Sleep') Rick Logan (Personal Assistant Col. Parker and Elvis Presley Tours)

For more information you can go to the the website www.americantrilogyshow.com

Source: e-mail - Updated June 2nd 2004

Elvis lives ... in the charts

ELVIS Presley has spent longer in the UK charts than he did on Earth, it was revealed yesterday. The King’s 47 years, two months compares to the 42 years and eight months he was alive. And he has beaten nearest rival Sir Cliff Richard by ten years. The top 50 chart-makers list is published in British Hit Singles & Albums. The Beatles are third, followed by Queen.
Source: FECC Forum / The Sun - Updated May 28, 204


Ernst Jorgensen's Comments About '' Elvis At Sun ''

Fine article in the new ICE Magazine, in which Ernst discusses the new CD "Elvis At Sun." The article proclaims the CD to be the "go-to disc for collectors and mainstream consumers alike who simply want to hear the brilliant first phase of Elvis' career."

Ernst is quoted as saying, "We've spent the better part of a year restoring every single one of these. Every one of those 19 tracks will sound better than you've ever heard them before. That's very hard to tell people, because we say that on every release (laughing). But this time, it really is true...I've been working with an English and a Swedish (expert), and we've gone through every one of them, hand-corrected every mistake, readjusted the EQ's until we were silly...all to get close to what the original Sun records sounded like."

He goes on: "In several cases, we've been able to get a tape that was one generation earlier than what we had. Of the 19 cuts, we have new and improved audio sources on 14 of them."

And: "Just 15 months ago we located a tape that had gone terribly wrong (gotten lost). It has better generation masters of seven of the tracks, including 'That's All Right,' 'Good Rockin' Tonight,' 'I'm left...,' and 'Baby, Let's Play House. We restored the end of 'I'm Left...,' which has gone bad for so many years; we got the full-length fade out of 'Mystery Train' on there; and we got both 'I Love You Because' and 'Harbor Lights' without the reverb that RCA always added to them, because we were able to get hold of the real tapes."

"Technology has certainly improved in five years (since 'Sunrise'), but it's really the time spent...we've had to take this outside normal recording-studio scenarios, because we never could have paid the bill for the restoration we've done. It's been done by three people with too much equipment for sensible people to own, so...no studio costs. At a going rate of $250 an hour, this would have been a million-dollar project; we've been working on it for a year."

"I played it for (an RCA executive) who's ultra-critical, and even he said it's like night and day when played against the versions of everything we've ever put out before."

New liner notes were penned by Knox Phillips (Sam's son)....

source: KHoots / FECC Forum - updated on May 26, 2004


Special Elvis Sales Amsterdam

On Saturday, June 5th "The Sound Of The Fifties" will organize another Special Elvis Day. There will be a huge collection for sale from rare vinyl, 78 RPM records, rare Elvis CD's and much more. The shop will open their doors at 11 AM. Here the address:
Prinsengracht 669, Amsterdam
It's approx. 5 minutes walk distance from the Leidseplein.
Updated - May 22 2004


Two New Books From Norway

The first book is titled " I Was the One " and contains quotes from Elvis about himself, with one quote on each side, and a picture on the opposite page. The second one is " He Touched Me " and contains quotes from famous people about Elvis and pictures of either Elvis together with that person or a solo picture of the person (or of Elvis).

Both are printed on glossy paper and contain approximatively 140 photographs each and hard cover books

source: Peter Haan / It's Elvis Time - updated on May 18, 2004


Cover Art for 5 Warner Home Video Summer DVD Releases

These films will be released on DVD on August 3rd, 2004. All films are remastered in new 16x9 digital transfers, in a format preserving the “scope” aspect ratio of their original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for widescreen TVs. The DVDs also include an Elvis Presley trailer gallery.

source: Elvis News - updated on May 8, 2004


John Wilkinson In Italy

It will be the first time that an original Elvis' band member will be the guest star in an Italian Elvis' meeting. In the afternoon he will be available for pictures and autographs, and in the evening he will sing with an Italian Elvis' band The Dreamers.

The event will take place on May 29th, 2004 in Cortemaggiore (PC) near Milano, in the north of Italy, from 2:00 pm to Midnight. During the party there will be many attractions such as an Elvis' fair (sell/buy Elvis' memorabilia, Lp's, CD's, books, video and so on), American Cars and Bikes Expo, an Elvis' portraits contest, Elvis' Karaoke and three of the best Italian Elvis' tribute bands ; Rocking (fifties), Contromano (sixties) ; Dreamers (seventies).The proceeds of the event will be donate to the ' Alzheimer ' and 'Armonia ' (fight the breast cancer) Associations.

You can obtain further details at the website of the '' Elvis Friends Fan Club Of Italia '' and/or write to Stefano Bardelli at slebar@tin.it .

source: Stefano Bardelli - updated on May 4th, 2004


Elvis : '68 Comeback Special & Aloha From Hawaii Deluxe Edition DVDs

BMG Strategic Marketing has partnered with Elvis Presley Enterprises to distribute two comprehensive deluxe DVD box sets chronicling two of Elvis Presley’s most memorable television appearances. The DVDs “ELVIS: ’68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition DVD” and “ELVIS, Aloha from Hawaii - Deluxe Edition DVD” feature all the previously released material and an abundance of previously unreleased footage.

The “ELVIS: ’68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition DVD” is a three-disc set featuring all the material shot for Elvis Presley’s 1968 television special, which is considered one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest moments on television and one of the most magical and important moments of Elvis’s career. The original broadcast version of the special is included for historical context. The DVD set features the two complete jam session concerts and the two complete solo concerts – all with Elvis in black leather – that were shot as the resource for the heart of the original broadcast. These four concerts have never been released in their entirety. Also included are all takes of the material shot for the original broadcast’s two big production numbers and for the show’s opening and closing segments. Over half of the seven hours of material on this set is previously unreleased. The material is presented with newly re-mastered sound and picture.

“ELVIS, Aloha from Hawaii - Deluxe Edition DVD” is a two-disc set featuring all the performance material formally shot in conjunction with Elvis’s “Aloha from Hawaii” television special – an historic concert event seen in more than 40 countries by 1.5 billion people when it initially aired in 1973. The original American broadcast version of the show is included for historical context. The DVD set features the complete concert that was adapted for that special and the complete rehearsal concert performed two days before. Both concerts are presented with newly re-mastered sound and picture and are being released in their complete, uncut form for the first time. Also included is the raw, uncut footage shot for the “Elvis arrives” sequence of the special’s original opening and the raw, uncut performance footage of songs recorded for the after-show session that Elvis taped as a resource of extra material for the American broadcast.

source: EPE - Updated on April 27, 2004


Sessions III Update

We received yesterday a message from Joe Tunzi concerning his book '' Elvis - Sessions III ''. Time is running out for our contest so participate to our Sessions III contest before it's too late !!!

'' Many fans are asking about Sessions 3. It is out of our hands and in production. It will be released VERY soon, and for those who pre-ordered a special gift will be given for their patience.We will also accommodate those who may have pre-ordered through our dealers,thank you . JAT ''

Courtesy of J.A.T. Publishing we received a nice a color photograph taken by Ray Walker at the '' Frankie And Johnny sessions ''. You can see  this picture by clicking on the one above ( middle ) or simply going directly to our '' Picture Of The Week ''.


A Proposito di Elvis

The Elvis Presley Club Of Italy started in 1986 and has now reached No.100. Sebastiano Cecere has been able to hold the Fort for 18 years and no doubts that he'll be able to continue for many years to come. Congratulations to Sebastiano and the Elvis Presley club of Italy for his achievement !!!

This most recent issue contains CD reviews of the recent FTD's releases, the latest news, an article on the movie '' Clambake '' and other features. You can write directly to them for information or if interested to subscribe at elvis_presley_club_of_italy@yahoo.it .

source: Elvis Presley Club Of Italy - updated on April 16, 2004


Last Reminder For The Elvis Convention In Montreal

The Elvis Presley Convention in Montreal is held on April 3rd, 2004 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St-Gilbert Hall located at 5415 Jean-Talon East in Montreal, near the St.Michel metro ( bus 141 ). Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. 

Door prizes will be handed out all day long, and for trivia buffs,an Elvis trivia contest at every hour will challenge the Elvis fans on hand. There will be also a live band and Luc Bouffard will sing Elvis' songs.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: Daniel Pharand - updated April 1st, 2004


Elvis Presley - The Last 24 Hours DVD & CD

A documentary look at the last hours in the life of Elvis Presley, including interviews with key members of The Memphis Mafia. This release also includes a 40 minute audio CD featuring Elvis' backing group The Jordanaires.

CD tracklist : All The King's Men Medley, Suspicion, Don't, Too Much, Girl Of My Best Friend, Paralyzed, Love Letters, Fame and Fortune, American Trilogy, Gospel Medley.

DVD extra's discography, filmography, colour booklet with subtitles available in the following language ; Dutch, English, French, German and Italian. 60 minutes and Region 2. From what we understood this DVD & CD is being produced in United Kingdom and release in April.

source: It's Elvis Time / Peter Haan - updated on March 30, 2004


Elvis Convention In Montreal

Daniel Pharand invites you to the Elvis Presley Convention on April 3rd,  2004 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at St-Gilbert Hall located at 5415 Jean-Talon East in Montreal, near the St.Michel metro ( bus 141 ). Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. 

Door prizes will be handed out all day long, and for trivia buffs,an Elvis trivia contest at every hour will challenge the Elvis fans on hand.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: Daniel Pharand - updated March 21, 2004


Return To Splendour On DVD

Elvis Unlimited mentions that the video " Return To Splendour " will be released on DVD this Spring. " Return To Splendour " contains some of the best 8 mm film of Elvis, most of it filmed in the 1970’s by Sean Shaver. Read more about this release soon.
source: Elvis News / Elvis Unlimited - updated on March 18, 2004


Unique and unprecedented: The FULL TCB Band Reunites!

D. Hardin, Jerry Scheff and Ronnie Tutt. This will be a one time event only, and there are NO plans for another reunion.

Vocalist is Jenson Bloomer (UK), who brings along his group Mondo Carne. Tickets are limited, as the showroom holds only 485 seats. However, there’s a Saturday and a Sunday show, which gives the band the chance to bring a different track list on both shows. There’s a special combiticket for visitors that wish to attend both TCB-shows.

 

Dates: October 2 & 3, Mol Belgium. Tickets on pre sale at info@elvismatters.be. Don't miss out this unique live experience by Elvis Presley's rock band. No studio try-outs, but the very best of the best!

 

Source: www.elvismatters.be -updated on March 11, 2004


Memphis 69 Sessions - 35th Anniversary Reunion Concerts

It s Elvis Time and Elvis Quarterly are proud to inform you of our remarkable Elvis scoop the Memphis 69 Sessions - 35th Anniversary Reunion Concerts, featuring the original players that participated at these legendary sessions Reggie Young (guitar), Bobby Emmons (keyboards), Gene Chrisman (drums), Mike Leech (bass) and Bobby Wood (piano).

The Memphis 69 sessions are amongst the finest moments of Elvis career; he recorded the landmark album From Elvis In Memphis during these sessions, as well as the hitsingles In The Ghetto , Suspicious Minds , Kentucky Rain and Don t Cry Daddy.

These fantastic players have never played at an Elvis convention before, so this is really a first that you cannot afford to miss. Elvis collector Arjan Deelen was able to locate all five players and negotiate an agreement with them. Reggie, Bobby E., Gene, Mike and Bobby W. are really looking forward to this unique reunion, and can t wait to knock your socks off with their amazing musicianship!! These two concerts will take place in Holland and Belgium next October. More info soon!!

Source: It s Elvis Time & Elvis Quarterly - updated on March 10, 2004


Summer 2004 DVD Releases from Warner Brothers

Warner Brothers will release several Elvis' movies on DVDs in July 2004. The following seven titles scheduled for July 2004 are : It Happened At The World's Fair, Harum Scarum, Spinout, Double Trouble, Speedway, The Trouble With Girls and This Is Elvis ( extended version ).

source: e-mail - updated on February 27, 2004


To see the picture enlarge click on the photo

TCB Band & The Sweet Inspirations Live In Uddevalla, Sweden

The TCB Band and The Sweet Inspirations is going to play an intimate show Uddevalla on April 8. At this special show will there be recorded a live album. The Great Maarten Jansen from Holland is going to be the lead singer. For more information please contact:

Elvis Unlimited Sverige

Brattgatan 11
451 50 Uddevalla
Tel. 0522-388 00
Int. +46 522 388 00
E-Mail: elvisunlimited@telia.com
Source: Elvis Unlimited - Updated February 24th 2004

Elvis - The Lost Performances DVD

Currently released in Malaysia is '' The Lost Performances '' on DVD. This is NTSC Region 1 and in DTS digital surround.

source : HT Long - updated on February 23, 2004


Roustabout VCD's In Thailand

Two versions (Thai and English) of VCD Roustabout have just been officially released in Thailand.

source: Nitaya Kanchanawan from The Elvis Presley Information Center of Thailand - updated on February 20,2004


Bad News About Rick Rennie

Hi, My name is Jamie, Ricks' other half. I am writing to inform you of his death. He passed away today. I would appreciate any help you can offer in helping me sell his elvis lps, cds, Elvis memorabilia. I need the money for his funeral costs. You can contact me at jamiejean74@aol.com I am canceling his WebTV address soon. Thank you for being Ricks friend for these many years. Jamie.
Source: Mario Silva - ElvisChile Fan Club - Updated Feb 19th 2004


Taking Care Of Business With Sonny West

Planet Hollywood, London

Sunday 29th February

5pm until late

Tickets £25.00

Email elvismagazine@aol.com

A superb evening in the company of Elvis Elvis' close friend and bodyguard for sixteen years, Sonny West. A member of Elvis inner circle, the Memphis Mafia, Sonny will provide an exclusive insight into his extraordinary life with the King.

The evening will also be attended by Sonny s beautiful wife Judy and will feature a Grand Charity Auction in aid of Make A Wish Foundation, a superb charity granting wishes to children living with life-threatening illnesses.

Highlight of the auction will be an original artwork from Elvis - All The Kings Men, kindly donated by Sonny and Judy and personally signed by all the members of the Memphis Mafia featured in this superb set of programmes.

Elvis Memorabilia will also be available on the night from The UK s Official Elvis Presley Magazine, Essential Elvis UK.

source: Essential Elvis UK - updated on February 16, 2004


Raised On Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!

by Sandra Haynes Pichon

The author of this book is a fan who met Elvis lots of times and the book details the parallels of her life with Elvis' life, hence the title "Raised On Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!" In the book she looks back at the good times at the concerts and Vegas shows she attended, becoming friends with the Memphis Mafia, and how Elvis changed as he became ill. According to the information from Sandi the book will contain 40 pages of unpublished photo's, both concerts and candids, from Sandi, Dorothy Campbell, Keith Alverson, George Hill and Joyce Biddie Hulsey. The foreword was written by Kathy Westmoreland.
source: Elvis News - updated on February 12, 2004


Calling Elvis

'' Calling Elvis ''  is a  new 70-minute CD is to be released that contains a comprehensive overview of all the Elvis Presley's telephone conversations that are currently known to exist, including several that have not been released previously.

'' Calling Elvis '' is packaged beautifully in a deluxe, full-colour digipack with two " wings ". The packaging complements the CD very well, as it contains 18 rare photographs of Elvis -- from different stages in his career -- holding a telephone! It’s a true piece of art, courtesy of young Dutch designer Ron Landheer. This Dutch designer is known on the FECC board as '' Unchained Elvis '' and a regular of our '' Alternate Cover Art '' section.

source : EIN - updated on February 10, 2004


ELVIS On The Road - First Latin American Elvis Convention

(Click on the photo to see the picture enlarged)

Events will take place on April 8-11, 2004 in Sao Paulo, Brazil's Hilton Hotel.
* Collectors Exhibits of rare Elvis items. Memorabilia, CD's, original records, etc.
* FUN IN ACAPULCO, THAT'S THE WAY IT IS (ORIGINAL 1970 and SPECIAL EDITION) and ELVIS ON TOUR to be shown at Hilton's cinema.
* Live Concerts.
* Breakfast, lunch and dinner activities with international Elvis' related guests.
* To be confirmed: ELSA CARDENAS (FUN IN ACAPULCO), PATSY ANDERSEN (GRACELAND), JOE ESPOSITO (MEMPHIS MAFIA), GEORGE KLEIN (MEMPHIS MAFIA), JERRY SCHILLING (MEMPHIS MAFIA), CYNTHIA PEPPER (KISSIN' COUSINS) and musicians: RONNIE McDOWELL, TERRY MIKE JEFFREY, JAMES BURTON, JERRY SCHEFF, RONNIE TUTT, GLEN HARDIN , THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS (ESTELLE, MYRNA & PORTIA), THE GOLDEN COVENANT (Ex-STAMPS: ED ENOCH, ED HILL, RICK STRICKLAND).
* Brazilian performers: EDSON GALHARDI, TENNESSEE BAND and MAURICIO CAMARGO BRITO
* Elvis experts: CARLOS ARES (ARGENTINA), Mario Silva Fajardo (CHILE), GEORGINA (MÉXICO), JERRY OSBORNE (EUA) y NORTON COLL (BRASIL).
Source: Carlos Ares - Updated February 5th


Last Reminder For The Elvis Convention In Montreal

The Elvis Presley Convention in Montreal is held on April 3rd, 2004 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St-Gilbert Hall located at 5415 Jean-Talon East in Montreal, near the St.Michel metro ( bus 141 ). Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. 

Door prizes will be handed out all day long, and for trivia buffs,an Elvis trivia contest at every hour will challenge the Elvis fans on hand. There will be also a live band and Luc Bouffard will sing Elvis' songs.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: Daniel Pharand - updated April 1st, 2004


Elvis Presley - The Last 24 Hours DVD & CD

A documentary look at the last hours in the life of Elvis Presley, including interviews with key members of The Memphis Mafia. This release also includes a 40 minute audio CD featuring Elvis' backing group The Jordanaires.

CD tracklist : All The King's Men Medley, Suspicion, Don't, Too Much, Girl Of My Best Friend, Paralyzed, Love Letters, Fame and Fortune, American Trilogy, Gospel Medley.

DVD extra's discography, filmography, colour booklet with subtitles available in the following language ; Dutch, English, French, German and Italian. 60 minutes and Region 2. From what we understood this DVD & CD is being produced in United Kingdom and release in April.

source: It's Elvis Time / Peter Haan - updated on March 30, 2004


Elvis Convention In Montreal

Daniel Pharand invites you to the Elvis Presley Convention on April 3rd,  2004 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at St-Gilbert Hall located at 5415 Jean-Talon East in Montreal, near the St.Michel metro ( bus 141 ). Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. 

Door prizes will be handed out all day long, and for trivia buffs,an Elvis trivia contest at every hour will challenge the Elvis fans on hand.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: Daniel Pharand - updated March 21, 2004


Return To Splendour On DVD

Elvis Unlimited mentions that the video " Return To Splendour " will be released on DVD this Spring. " Return To Splendour " contains some of the best 8 mm film of Elvis, most of it filmed in the 1970’s by Sean Shaver. Read more about this release soon.
source: Elvis News / Elvis Unlimited - updated on March 18, 2004


Unique and unprecedented: The FULL TCB Band Reunites!

D. Hardin, Jerry Scheff and Ronnie Tutt. This will be a one time event only, and there are NO plans for another reunion.

Vocalist is Jenson Bloomer (UK), who brings along his group Mondo Carne. Tickets are limited, as the showroom holds only 485 seats. However, there’s a Saturday and a Sunday show, which gives the band the chance to bring a different track list on both shows. There’s a special combiticket for visitors that wish to attend both TCB-shows.

 

Dates: October 2 & 3, Mol Belgium. Tickets on pre sale at info@elvismatters.be. Don't miss out this unique live experience by Elvis Presley's rock band. No studio try-outs, but the very best of the best!

 

Source: www.elvismatters.be -updated on March 11, 2004


Memphis 69 Sessions - 35th Anniversary Reunion Concerts

It s Elvis Time and Elvis Quarterly are proud to inform you of our remarkable Elvis scoop the Memphis 69 Sessions - 35th Anniversary Reunion Concerts, featuring the original players that participated at these legendary sessions Reggie Young (guitar), Bobby Emmons (keyboards), Gene Chrisman (drums), Mike Leech (bass) and Bobby Wood (piano).

The Memphis 69 sessions are amongst the finest moments of Elvis career; he recorded the landmark album From Elvis In Memphis during these sessions, as well as the hitsingles In The Ghetto , Suspicious Minds , Kentucky Rain and Don t Cry Daddy.

These fantastic players have never played at an Elvis convention before, so this is really a first that you cannot afford to miss. Elvis collector Arjan Deelen was able to locate all five players and negotiate an agreement with them. Reggie, Bobby E., Gene, Mike and Bobby W. are really looking forward to this unique reunion, and can t wait to knock your socks off with their amazing musicianship!! These two concerts will take place in Holland and Belgium next October. More info soon!!

Source: It s Elvis Time & Elvis Quarterly - updated on March 10, 2004


Summer 2004 DVD Releases from Warner Brothers

Warner Brothers will release several Elvis' movies on DVDs in July 2004. The following seven titles scheduled for July 2004 are : It Happened At The World's Fair, Harum Scarum, Spinout, Double Trouble, Speedway, The Trouble With Girls and This Is Elvis ( extended version ).

source: e-mail - updated on February 27, 2004


To see the picture enlarge click on the photo

TCB Band & The Sweet Inspirations Live In Uddevalla, Sweden

The TCB Band and The Sweet Inspirations is going to play an intimate show Uddevalla on April 8. At this special show will there be recorded a live album. The Great Maarten Jansen from Holland is going to be the lead singer. For more information please contact:

Elvis Unlimited Sverige

Brattgatan 11
451 50 Uddevalla
Tel. 0522-388 00
Int. +46 522 388 00
E-Mail: elvisunlimited@telia.com
Source: Elvis Unlimited - Updated February 24th 2004

Elvis - The Lost Performances DVD

Currently released in Malaysia is '' The Lost Performances '' on DVD. This is NTSC Region 1 and in DTS digital surround.

source : HT Long - updated on February 23, 2004


Roustabout VCD's In Thailand

Two versions (Thai and English) of VCD Roustabout have just been officially released in Thailand.

source: Nitaya Kanchanawan from The Elvis Presley Information Center of Thailand - updated on February 20,2004


Bad News About Rick Rennie

Hi, My name is Jamie, Ricks' other half. I am writing to inform you of his death. He passed away today. I would appreciate any help you can offer in helping me sell his elvis lps, cds, Elvis memorabilia. I need the money for his funeral costs. You can contact me at jamiejean74@aol.com I am canceling his WebTV address soon. Thank you for being Ricks friend for these many years. Jamie.
Source: Mario Silva - ElvisChile Fan Club - Updated Feb 19th 2004


Taking Care Of Business With Sonny West

Planet Hollywood, London

Sunday 29th February

5pm until late

Tickets £25.00

Email elvismagazine@aol.com

A superb evening in the company of Elvis Elvis' close friend and bodyguard for sixteen years, Sonny West. A member of Elvis inner circle, the Memphis Mafia, Sonny will provide an exclusive insight into his extraordinary life with the King.

The evening will also be attended by Sonny s beautiful wife Judy and will feature a Grand Charity Auction in aid of Make A Wish Foundation, a superb charity granting wishes to children living with life-threatening illnesses.

Highlight of the auction will be an original artwork from Elvis - All The Kings Men, kindly donated by Sonny and Judy and personally signed by all the members of the Memphis Mafia featured in this superb set of programmes.

Elvis Memorabilia will also be available on the night from The UK s Official Elvis Presley Magazine, Essential Elvis UK.

source: Essential Elvis UK - updated on February 16, 2004


Raised On Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!

by Sandra Haynes Pichon

The author of this book is a fan who met Elvis lots of times and the book details the parallels of her life with Elvis' life, hence the title "Raised On Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!" In the book she looks back at the good times at the concerts and Vegas shows she attended, becoming friends with the Memphis Mafia, and how Elvis changed as he became ill. According to the information from Sandi the book will contain 40 pages of unpublished photo's, both concerts and candids, from Sandi, Dorothy Campbell, Keith Alverson, George Hill and Joyce Biddie Hulsey. The foreword was written by Kathy Westmoreland.
source: Elvis News - updated on February 12, 2004


Calling Elvis

'' Calling Elvis ''  is a  new 70-minute CD is to be released that contains a comprehensive overview of all the Elvis Presley's telephone conversations that are currently known to exist, including several that have not been released previously.

'' Calling Elvis '' is packaged beautifully in a deluxe, full-colour digipack with two " wings ". The packaging complements the CD very well, as it contains 18 rare photographs of Elvis -- from different stages in his career -- holding a telephone! It’s a true piece of art, courtesy of young Dutch designer Ron Landheer. This Dutch designer is known on the FECC board as '' Unchained Elvis '' and a regular of our '' Alternate Cover Art '' section.

source : EIN - updated on February 10, 2004


ELVIS On The Road - First Latin American Elvis Convention

(Click on the photo to see the picture enlarged)

Events will take place on April 8-11, 2004 in Sao Paulo, Brazil's Hilton Hotel.
* Collectors Exhibits of rare Elvis items. Memorabilia, CD's, original records, etc.
* FUN IN ACAPULCO, THAT'S THE WAY IT IS (ORIGINAL 1970 and SPECIAL EDITION) and ELVIS ON TOUR to be shown at Hilton's cinema.
* Live Concerts.
* Breakfast, lunch and dinner activities with international Elvis' related guests.
* To be confirmed: ELSA CARDENAS (FUN IN ACAPULCO), PATSY ANDERSEN (GRACELAND), JOE ESPOSITO (MEMPHIS MAFIA), GEORGE KLEIN (MEMPHIS MAFIA), JERRY SCHILLING (MEMPHIS MAFIA), CYNTHIA PEPPER (KISSIN' COUSINS) and musicians: RONNIE McDOWELL, TERRY MIKE JEFFREY, JAMES BURTON, JERRY SCHEFF, RONNIE TUTT, GLEN HARDIN , THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS (ESTELLE, MYRNA & PORTIA), THE GOLDEN COVENANT (Ex-STAMPS: ED ENOCH, ED HILL, RICK STRICKLAND).
* Brazilian performers: EDSON GALHARDI, TENNESSEE BAND and MAURICIO CAMARGO BRITO
* Elvis experts: CARLOS ARES (ARGENTINA), Mario Silva Fajardo (CHILE), GEORGINA (MÉXICO), JERRY OSBORNE (EUA) y NORTON COLL (BRASIL).
Source: Carlos Ares - Updated February 5th


Follow That Dream DVD

Here's the front cover of the upcoming  '' Follow That Dream '' DVD from MGM/UA. The DVD will be available on region 1 and scheduled for release on April 20, 2004. The movie will contain English and Spanish mono, and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. The  original theatrical trailer will be included as well.

source: FECC Team - updated on February 2, 2004


Elvis Fans All Shook Up Over Plan to Sell Bits of Reel

NEW YORK -- At 11 a.m. today, in a midtown Manhattan music studio, a handful of record industry veterans will huddle around a reel of tape they say is an original master from the historic 1954 recording debut of Elvis Presley. Then, after a brief introduction, the tape will be chopped to pieces.

Thousands of pieces, if all goes as planned. The owner of this tape intends to dice it into two-inch bits, which will then be mounted on framed plaques and sold to fans for $495 apiece. It's being billed as a chance for Elvis lovers to own a sliver of one of the most famous moments in pop history -- the songs recorded in Memphis's Sun Studio by Presley under the eye of producer Sam Phillips. The Sun sessions are widely considered the birth of rock.

"Exactly how many we make is function of how many pieces of tape will withstand cutting," says Michael Esposito, president of Master Tape Collection, based in Bloomfield, N.J. "The song 'That's Alright, Mama' runs 2:20, and the tape runs at 15 inches per second, so that piece of tape alone could allow us to produce 800 to 900 plaques."

Spluttering fans, take note: Esposito says he has made top-quality digital copies of the music on the tape. And he claims that the reel is deteriorating so quickly, it will be unplayable in a matter of years. But the project has, nonetheless, earned him a legion of new enemies. Message boards on Presley fan sites have been filled with slashing posts by collectors who consider Master Tape's cut-and-mount concept an outrage.

"Next they'll be selling little bits of the Mona Lisa," huffed someone identified as Greg on the elvis-collectors.com message board, "or maybe a slice of the U.S. Constitution or the dead sea scrolls."

"If this is real, I'm pretty sure that God made a commandment against doing this kind of thing!!" fumed "elvis fan" on the same page.

If this is real. The leading authority on Elvis's recording career has serious doubts. Actually, that's putting it charitably. Ernst Jorgensen, the author of "Elvis Day by Day" and the man who oversees the CD repackaging of Presley's back catalogue for RCA, the King's label, heard the tape when Esposito tried to sell it to RCA a few years ago. He passed, convinced that he was listening to a copy of a master tape that RCA already owns.

"We [RCA] have the original and Sam had only one tape machine, and he certainly didn't have the money to run two tapes at the same time," he said. "And there's nothing new on the tape they have. About 95 percent of it has already been released in the marketplace, and the rest will eventually be released in the coming years."

There are also questions raised by the physical appearance of the tape and the box it came in, Jorgensen says. The tape that he saw has telltale markings of assorted edits, suggesting it's a patchwork of tapes strung together, he says. As damning evidence, Esposito's tape contains songs spanning the entire 16-month period of the Sun sessions. All the other masters feature just a few days' or weeks' worth of material, Jorgensen and other Presley experts maintain. Jorgensen believes that what Esposito has comes from what he called a "safety copy" of songs from "Golden Celebration," a 1984 reissue. "It's also in poor taste," Jorgensen added. "Inherent in everything Elvis is greed. It will haunt him forever."

Esposito is convinced, however, that what he has is the genuine article, and he offered a 10-page "forensic report" that he says settles nearly every question of the tape's provenance. Though the story includes what it calls "a mystery," it won over Elvis Presley's estate, which sold Master Tape a license allowing the company to use Presley's image to market its plaques.

"We're not making any judgments about [the tape]," said Todd Morgan, a spokesman for the estate, Elvis Presley Enterprises. But he later added: "All we can go by is the research they presented, and it's convincing."

Also in Esposito's corner is the man he hired to authenticate the tape, Tony Bongiovi, a producer with 50 gold and platinum albums to his credit. On Friday, Bongiovi sat in Nola Studios, where today's news conference is scheduled, and offered a listen. On the tape, a take of "When It Rains, It Really Pours" breaks down and you can hear Presley, guitarist Scotty Moore and Phillips trying to figure out what went wrong.

"What happened?" Presley asks.

"Try it one more time," Phillips says from his control booth. "And Scotty, don't make it too damn complicated in the middle there."

Phillips offers more directions, then Elvis chimes in again, addressing either Moore or bass player Bill Black:

"Hey, you know when you first hit bah-dah-dah . . . ya old boom, boom, boom, you just hold that till you get the change." And a moment later: "All right, let's hit it."

Bongiovi stops the tape before the band tries "When It Rains" again. A small man with a booming voice, he's overjoyed about eavesdropping on rock's prince as he fumbles toward his throne.

"Here's Sam Phillips talking to Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley!" he shouts.

Bongiovi says he spent 20 hours authenticating the tape, aided by sound engineer and owner of Nola, Jim Czak. What Bongiovi found compelling was evidence that he was listening to "unprocessed sound."

"Generally, when a master tape comes out of a studio, there might be too much bass or too much treble," he said. "It goes to a mastering engineer, who then takes that and smooths all that out so that it can be put on a vinyl record. Well, the tape we have, nothing's been corrected. There's hum on it. Hasn't been touched."

An element of the unknown shrouds any account of the Sun session masters, which yielded a batch of world-changing tracks, including "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "Mystery Train." Presley was an 18-year-old truck driver when he began the recordings in July 1954, and a year later he had enough momentum to catch the attention of RCA, which paid $35,000 to Phillips to buy out Elvis's contract.

That sale included all of Phillips's master tapes. He delivered 15, and RCA turned them into cash right away. Before the label released its own string of hits with Presley, starting with "Heartbreak Hotel," it rereleased his Sun material, which, with the added heft of a national publicity campaign, rose higher than they had the first time around.

According to Jorgensen, RCA then stashed the masters in a warehouse in Indianapolis, near the company's manufacturing plant. About nine of those tapes were destroyed in 1959 when someone in upper management decided to save money on storage costs by tossing out thousands of reels. They had copies, after all. Who cared?

"I talked to some of the men who were at the plant back then," Jorgensen says. "I wanted to cry when they told me about it. I couldn't bring myself to ask how they destroyed them."

Negligence and luck saved the surviving six, which either were mislabeled in Indianapolis or kept in a Nashville storage facility that was spared an austerity program. Those six are kept in a climate-controlled vault built into a mountain in Pennsylvania.

Esposito doesn't claim to have one of the nine reels that were presumed to be destroyed. Instead, he believes he owns a tape that Phillips didn't hand over to RCA, and which somehow wound up in a warehouse along with a huge cache -- between 400 and 500 tapes -- that includes the work of other Sun stars, including Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Nobody knows how that trove got to the warehouse, he says, but it was uncovered in 1992 when it was purchased by a couple at auction -- sold off because the owner of the storage bin hadn't paid the rent. Esposito won't say how much he spent for the tapes, which he purchased through a middleman, but calls it "a substantial sum of money."

The Master Tape forensic report states that Esposito called Phillips in July 2002 and told him what the tape looked like. The color ("chocolate brown") and the brand (Scotch) matched Phillips's memory of it, the report says. But Phillips never heard or saw the tape because of his hectic travel schedule, the report says, and last year he died.

Real or not, the tape will test the legendary ardor of Presley fans. Esposito didn't take pre-orders, so he has no sense of demand.

But Elvis isn't the first 20th-century legend who has been shredded for dollars.

Last summer, one of Babe Ruth's jerseys was snipped into one-inch square swatches and sold in trading-card packs, which infuriated more than a few baseball fans.

source: David Segal ( Washington Post ) / Arjan Deelen - updated on January 27, 2004


 

CD & DVD Release Dates for 2004

This is a list of pending Elvis issues and all subject to change. We don't have details on some of these products either such as the DVD box-set scheduled for October 2004.

March 23- Ultimate Gospel ( BMG ) ;April 20- Follow That Dream DVD ( MGM ) ; June 21- '68 Comeback DVD set ( EPE ) ; June 21- Aloha From Hawaii DVD set ( EPE ) ; June 21- Sun Sessions ( BMG ) ; October 26- 3 DVD box set ( ??? ) ; November 9-Elvis Anthology-2 DVD Set ( EPE ??? )

source: e-mail - updated on January 24, 2004


Book Review from Shreveport

Here's a review of the latest book from J.A.T. Publishing from the bi-monthly Shreveport Forum News. Click on the book cover above if you want to read this review of '' The Hayride Years 54-56 '' by Frank Page and Joey Kent.

source: FECC Team - Updated on January 16, 2004


Polish Promo CD

A new women Polish magazine appears today ( January 15 ) on the stands and contains a promo CD with 7 tracks from the 30 #1 Hits. The tracks featured on that promo are : Love Me Tender, It's Now Or Never, The Wonder Of You, Are You Lonesome Tonight ?, Suspicious Minds, Jailhouse Rock and Can't Help Falling In Love.

source: Tomek Michalczyk from the Elvis In Person website - updated on January 16, 2004


Follow That Dream on DVD

The movie '' Follow That Dream '' will be released in the USA ( region 1 ) on April 20, 2004. Amazon is already taking pre-orders for this at $10.47 USD.

source: FECC Forum - updated on January 14, 2003


Candid Central

We are now hosting the '' Candid Central '' section from Paul's Elvis Page website. You can access it directly from here, from the left menu on the main page and welcome page menu when newly updated. It is possible that some pictures/links won't work but those will be fixed within the next few days.

source: Paul Sweeney / FECC Team - updated on January 12, 2004


Essential Elvis #32

We received yesterday the latest issue #32 of the magazine "Essential Elvis", and again it is packed with the latest news. In this issue we have an interesting indepth article of the Jaycees mystery, an interview with Jerry Schilling and Steve Binder and a lot more. The lay-out is also improved a lot, great work guys!! One of the best magazines out there.
If you'd like to subscribe: http://www.essentialelvis.com/
Email: ElvisMagazine@aol.com


Elvis Presley Now Best Selling Solo Artist In U.S. History

Catalog Audit Results in 15 New Certifications

WASHINGTON, January 8, 2004 - With a large crowd of fans gathering to celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday, RCA Records and BMG Strategic Marketing Group, both part of BMG, with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced at a ceremony on the grounds of Graceland Mansion this morning that Elvis Presley now stands as the best selling solo artist in U.S. history.

"Elvis Presley, quite simply, is an American icon," said RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol. “As such an important musical, historical and cultural figure, we’re thrilled to be able to make this announcement. We will continue to work closely with BMG to make sure that there will be more exciting news about the Elvis Presley catalog in the near future," concluded Bainwol.

“It is incredibly gratifying to have the certifications to back up what many have long held as an article of faith, that Elvis is the best selling solo artist in U.S. history,” said Joe DiMuro, Executive Vice President, BMG Strategic Marketing Group. “I’d like to thank the RIAA and our team who worked tirelessly to complete this audit and help secure Elvis’ historic achievement.”

In August 2002, it was announced that the Presley catalog finally passed the previously elusive 100 million sales mark. And now during this recent audit, 15 titles were either being certified for the first time or upgraded from previously audited sales levels, his overall album sales total climbed to 117.5 million.

In all, seven new Gold records were added to his overall tally including “Almost In Love,” “C’mon Everybody,” “Double Dynamite,” “Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies, Vol. 1,” “Frankie & Johnny,” “I Got Lucky” and his 1956 release “Love Me Tender.” Four of these titles (“Almost In Love,” “Double Dynamite,” “Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies, Vol. 1” and “Frankie & Johnny”) were also certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million copies. There were four additional Platinum awards for “Flaming Star,” “From Nashville To Memphis,” “Let’s Be Friends,” and “Separate Ways.”

Additionally, four new multi-Platinum certifications included “Burning Love and Hits From His Movies, Vol. 2” (two million), “The Top Ten Hits” (four million), “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (three million) and "Elvis' Christmas Album" which remains the best selling title in the Elvis Presley catalog with certified sales of more than nine million copies.

Also, contributing to his overall sales total was the recently released “2nd TO NONE,” a collection of Elvis Presley singles that follows up 2002’s “ELV1S: 30 #1 HITS,” which was certified both Gold and Platinum in November 2003 for sales of more than one million copies.

In all, Elvis Presley has received 97 Gold Records, 55 of which have been certified Platinum, and 25 have gone on to multi-Platinum status. His highest certified album is "Elvis' Christmas Album" which has been certified for the sale of more than seven million copies.

He has also received more Gold and Platinum singles than any artist in history with 51 Gold singles, 27 of which have been certified Platinum with seven being certified multi-Platinum.

Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman audit all certification requests for the RIAA’s Gold and Platinum award program.

source: EPE - updated on January 8, 2004


Elvis My Happiness Magazine from France

Here's the latest issue ( No.46 - December 2003 ) of the French magazine '' Elvis My Happiness ''. As usual each magazine several reviews of all the latest books, CDs, DVDs,etc..There's also an article on the '' TCB Band And The Imperials in Paris '', an interview with James Burton. A text on the shows of Elvis' 12th Vegas season ( March 18th - April 1st 1975 ), a tribute to Johnny Cash and many other features. If you can read French then this magazine is for you !!!!

There's a short note in the magazine concerning the double CD set '' Elvis Chante Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller '' that was scheduled last year. It's being mentioned that the '' Elvis My Happiness '' is negociating with BMG and hoping this double CD set could be released in the first quarter of 2004.

source: FECC Team - updated on January 8, 2004


 

 

10th Anniversary Contest ( December 2003 )

Before going any further we would like to wish to everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for 2004. The December 2003 Contest was our last one and we want to thank all our readers who participated this past year. The answers to the trivia questions for Contest #12 are:1- Yes ; 2- False. The last show was opened with '' Blue Suede Shoes '' ; 3- Yes; 4- April/May 1975 tour; 5- True ( Ron Tutt, Jerome Monroe and Larry Londin ) .Three (3) good answers out of five (5) were required to be eligible. For the very first time the first three winners were eliminated since they had only two (2) good answers out of five (5), and therefore a second draw was done for obtaining the winners to this contest.

The three winners are :

#1 : Stig Ericsson from Sweden - Elvis - Inside Loving You book by Ger Rijff

#2 : Michael Cavino from New-York, NY - Elvis - Rock'n' Nassau book by J.A.T. Publishing

#3 : Svante Rask from Sweden - Dragonheart FTD

Congratulations to the three winners! All three winners will be notified by e-mail and for arrangements about the shippings.

source: FECC Team - updated on January 2, 2004


Candid Central

Many of our readers know very well the site '' Paul's Elvis Page '' and his '' Candid Central '' section. Unfortunately our good friend Paul Sweeney from Ottawa,Canada got problems with his server because he's exceeding the monthly traffic allowance, and the aforementioned section on this site is greatly responsible since this is a very popular part of Paul's wesbite.

Sometimes in January the '' Candid Central '' section of '' Paul's Elvis Page '' will be hosted on our site. Paul Sweeney will remain the owner of this section and responsible for the updates.

source: Paul Sweeney / FECC Team - updated on December 31, 2003


A New Book from Ernst M. Jorgensen

In the January '04 Ice Magazine (page 18) there is a brief piece/interview with Ernst. He's working on a coffee table book book covering 1954-1955, with the regular photos/memorabilia and some new stuff. More importantly, it will "hopefully have a three CD set with everything Elvis ever recorded for Sun, from the worst sounding acetate ever - of the Louisiana Hayride - to all the Sun masters. It will be very limited, probably just 5,000 copies, a labor of love".

source: FECC Forum - updated on December 30, 2003


Birthday Party Promo

Here we have the scans of the promo that will be given away to the fans who will be attended at the Elvis Birthday Party at the Paradiso on January 8th, Amsterdam, Holland.
Source: Peter Haan / It's Elvis Time - updated December 30th, 2004


Spring Fever With Elvis

An Elvis meeting will take place on April 24th 2004 in Holland. For more information click on the picture above to see the flyer enlarged.
Source: Peter Haan - updated December 30th, 2004


EPE Christmas CD

EPE's fanclub president Christmas single for this year brings us "Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me". The back contains the usual wishes by Lisa-Marie and Priscilla. The CD comes in a jewelcase like last year's "Christmas card".

source: Jordan's Elvis World - updated on December 28, 2003


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 

The FECC Team would like to wish to their readers and members of our Forum a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

source: FECC Team - updated on December 24, 2003


Elvis is King of Singles in Britain

Elvis Presley is the all-time singles king in Britain, nearly a half-century after he first crashed into the pop chart here, according to a new list published Monday. Presley has appeared on 1,193 of the weekly charts since 1952, when British Hit Singles, a book published by Guinness World Records, began keeping records.


At No. 2 is Cliff Richard with 1,152 weeks in the charts, followed by The Shadows at 771 weeks. The singles chart in Britain has varied in length over the years. When Presley appeared for the first time in 1956 with "Heartbreak Hotel," the British chart listed 30 records. In 1978, the year after Presley died, the chart stabilized at its present length of the top 75 singles.The rest of the top 10 are: Elton John, Madonna, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, the Beatles and David Bowie.

source: Associated Press, London - updated on December 23, 2003


Elvis - The Inside Story

A new 3 DVD box by Entertainment Distribution titled " Inside Story - The Man The Music The Legend " is available from Amazon. The documentary DVD (region 1) was released on November 11, 2003 and the running time is 450 minutes. The footage is both black/white and color.

source: Elvis News / Elvis World Japan - Decmber 23, 2003


Latest Issue of It's Elvis Time Magazine

This is the latest issue ( #241 ) of the fan club magazine '' It's Elvis Time ''. The magazine contains all the details of their '' Elvis : Second To None Party '' in Amsterdam on January 8, 2004. As always the newest issue contains articles, CD and book reviews,etc...You will find all the details concerning this party in Amsterdam on It's Elvis Time website .

source: It's Elvis Time - updated on December 20, 2003


Latest informations about the new publication by J.A.T. Productions

We spoke with Joe Tunzi and he informed us that the book is out. The CDs will follow in a couple of days and distribution will start in the middle of the week. We also received the complete track listing of '' Elvis Presley At The Hayride Tonight ! volume one '' CD. Don't miss our interview with Joey Kent published on our site a week ago !!

Track listing :

01- That's All Right ; 02- Blue Moon Of Kentucky ; 03- Baby Let's Play House ; 04- Tweedlee Dee ; 05- I Was The One ; 06- Hound Dog ; 07- Hearts Of Stone ; 08- Maybellene ; 09- That's All Right ( second version ) ; 10- June Carter Cash talks about Elvis at the Hayride and reads a poem.

source: Joe Tunzi / FECC Team - updated on December 15, 2003


Elvis- Touchdown !

Everyone's been talking about the recent discovery of a brand new interview, albeit very short, recorded on August 9th 1975 at the Memphis Liberty Bowl Stadium by radio broadcaster Harold Johnson.  Elvis was at the stadium enjoying a football game between the Memphis Southmen and the Charlotte Hornets when the interview was conducted live on air.

Essential Elvis has acquired the exclusive and official rights to the interview and a CD will be out within just a few days.  The disc, entitled Elvis Touchdown! includes several other football related interviews with Elvis, and some unique on stage dialogue (the singing voice of Elvis does not appear on this release).

source: Essential Elvis UK / FECC Forum - updated on December 12, 2003


New Elvis Releases for 2004

EPE released a press-release on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Elvis first recording “That’s All Right Mama”. Part of the celebrations are various releases.

CDs
First up is the release on March 23, BMG/RCA of “Elvis Ultimate Gospel”. This single disc CD will contain the greatest hits from Elvis’ extensive gospel recordings. Also in June, shortly before the 50th anniversary of That’s All Right, BMG/RCA will release “Elvis at Sun”, a new, comprehensive collection of Elvis Presley’s Sun Records recordings. Yesterday the follow up to "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" and "Elvis 2nd To None", titled "Anthology" was also announced.

DVDs
In the summer, likely late June, EPE will release its highly anticipated, new comprehensive DVD collections of the material from Elvis Presley’s 1968 television special Elvis and his 1973 television special Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, via Satellite. Both sets are to be distributed globally by BMG. Content details will be announced soon on the official Elvis site. Both DVD sets will contain all the previously released material plus previously unreleased material all specially presented in newly re-edited and re-mastered form. In the case of the 1968 special, so much footage was shot from which to assemble the original TV show that the previously unreleased component of the ’68 TV special DVD will be particularly significant.

Television Special
The 50th Anniversary year will crescendo with an as yet untitled, new Elvis network special in development for airing in the fourth quarter. EPE is the owner and executive producer of this project, which will be produced by the acclaimed David Saltz. A more detailed announcement on this project will be forthcoming.

source: Elvis News / EPE - updated on December 11, 2003


Interview with Joey Kent

The interview with Joey Kent ( owner of the Louisiana Hayride archives ) is now available for our readers. This is definitely a very interesting reading as you will certainly learn a few things there. Joey Kent and Frank Page are planning a second Hayride book that will focus on Elvis' last live performance at the Hayride on December 15, 1956. This is also very interesting to learn that they are hoping to include a CD containing the full concert from that night's performance.

Songs performed at the last Hayride performance were : "Heartbreak Hotel", "Long Tall Sally", "I Was The One", "Love Me Tender", "Don't Be Cruel", "Love Me", "I Got A Woman", "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again", "Paralyzed", and "Hound Dog".

Don't miss it and go directly from here at the interview with Joey Kent. 

source: FECC Team - updated on December 9, 2003


Interview with Joey Kent

Mr. Joseph D. Kent is the owner of the Louisiana Hayride archives. He kindly accepted to make an exclusive interview with us for our readers. The interview should be published on our page very soon so watch this space for further details.

As announced recently '' Elvis - The Hayride Years 54-56 '' book by Frank Page & Joey Kent and published by J.A.T. Publishing will be out on December 12, 2003. This new publication will contain about a hundred (100 ) pages with great photographs from the Hayride years and a few surprises as well. This book comes with a 10 tracks CD of restored Louisiana Hayride recordings.

source : FECC Team - updated on December 4, 2003


10th Anniversary Contest ( November 2003 )

The entries for our tenth contest ( November 2003 ) closed on the 30th. We would like to thank everyone for their participations. The answers to the trivia questions for Contest #11 are:1- Yes at a Hollywood party in 1957 ; 2- Tupelo, Mississippi September 1957 ; 3- False (1965 ) ; 4- No  ; 5- Yes in Mobile,AL on June 2nd, 1977 .Three (3) good answers out of five (5) were required to be eligible and according to this rule almost all  the entries were retained excepted for one who didn't have three good answers out of five.

The three winners are :

#1 : Jim Bolton from New Jersey - Elvis - Rock'n' Nassau book by J.A.T. Publishing

#2 : Trevor Spooner from Leceister, UK - Elvis - Easter Special ( FTD )

#3 : Simon Evans from UK - Elvis Sings Beatles' Songs promo

Congratulations to the three winners! All three winners will be notified by e-mail and for arrangements about the shippings.

Contest #12 ( December 2003 )

You can now participate to our last 10th Anniversary contest. You can go directly to Contest #12 or from the the welcome page on www.elvis-collectors.com.

source: FECC Team - updated on December 1st, 2003


Elvis : The Hayride Years 54-56

'' Elvis - The Hayride Years 54-56 '' book by Frank Page & Joey Kent and published by J.A.T. Publishing will be out on December 12, 2003. This new publication will contain about a hundred (100 ) pages with great photographs from the Hayride years and a few surprises as well.

This book comes with a 10 tracks CD of restored Louisiana Hayride recordings. '' Elvis Presley At The Hayride Tonight ! - volume one '' CD contains '' Tweedlee Dee '', '' Hearts Of Stone '', a surprise version of '' Maybellene '' and others. The suggested retail price for this book with CD is $34.95 USD plus postage.

source : J.A.T. Publishing - updated on November 27, 2003


A new Book About Elvis and John Wilkinson

The Belgian fanclub Elvis Matters announces the release of a new book, titled "Memories - Sweetened thru the ages just like wine", subtitled "On the road with Elvis & John Wilkinson". "Memories" holds over a hundred rare illustrations and takes you back to the days when Elvis filled showroom after showroom. The 160 page book brings back to life the many memories of Elvis Presley's friend and rhythm guitarist John Wilkinson. Author of the English book is Peter Verbruggen, who also wrote "Elvis - King of Belgium".

For the release of this book, Elvismatters joined forces with the Danish fanclub "Elvis Unlimited". The book is all but an encyclopedia. Instead, it's a bundle of memories, as John Wilkinson remembers his years with Elvis. It's illustrated with unique documents, news paper clippings and reviews.

First presentation of the book is on Saturday, January 10th 2004 during the Belgian Birthday Party in Sint-Niklaas (near Antwerp). Guest of honor is, of course, John Wilkinson himself. The second presentation of the book - in presence of John - takes place on Saturday January 17th in Denmark, and on the 18th in Sweden.

source: Elvis News / Elvis Matters fan club - updated on November 21, 2003


A Proposito Di Elvis

We just received the latest issue ( No. 97/98 ) of the magazine from the " Elvis Presley Club Of Italy ". You can find the latest news, an in-depth article on Elvis at Sun Records, CD reviews of '' Close-Up '' box set, Studio B Nashville and Dragonheart FTD's. You can write directly to them for informations or if interested to subscribe at elvis_presley_club_of_italy@yahoo.it .

source: Elvis Presley Club Of Italy - updated on November 20, 2003


Roots Of Elvis

Roots Of Elvis is the first book by long-time Elvis Presley fan David Neale.There are plenty of books about Elvis already, of course -- more than two-thousand titles, in fact! -- but Roots Of Elvis is something different! It does not retell the story of Elvis's life; it is not a tell-all exposé by someone who once saw Elvis across a room; it is not the tale of an ex "friend" or family-member! Roots Of Elvis instead examines the very thing that made Elvis tick: his music. More intriguingly, Roots Of Elvis looks at the origins of Elvis's music. David Neale has spent some ten years searching for the original versions of numbers that Elvis later recorded himself. The search has uncovered more than 450 titles! All these titles are listed in Roots Of Elvis.

Here's an example of an entry:

Can't Help Falling In Love (Peretti/Creatore/Weiss)
Recorded by Elvis on Thursday, 23 March, 1961
Original: A. Delcroix, 1903
Elvis's version can be heard on Blue Hawaii; ELV1S 30 #1 Hits
Based on Plaisir d'Amour (Pleasure of Love), a song dating from 1785, with original words by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian and music by Johann Paul Aegidius Martini (Schwarzendorf). The words first appeared in de Florian's novel Célestine and, because of its context there, the song was also know as Romance du Chevrier (Romance of the goatherd). It was later adapted in English as The Joy of Love. Recorded innumerable times by everyone and his mother, the very earliest recording seems to have been made by A. Delcroix (listed on label as "Mons. A. Delcroix" -- very French!) on Odeon 33089 in 1903. Can't Help Falling In Love is an adaptation of the original tune with new words, written for the film Blue Hawaii, by George Weiss.

You can buy a copy signed by the author David Neale on Roots Of Elvis website.

source: David Neale - updated on November 19, 2003


Club Elvis #46

We just received the latest issue (#46) of the Spanish Magazine Club Elvis. In this issue you'll find:
Aniversio en Castellon. Our first meeting in Castellon, with karaoke contest, and two groups singing Elvis songs.
Rubberneckin' a review of the single
News in the Today section
An article about the news songs since 1977 until now
Web reviews
Bad Nauheim Festival
Elvis in concert (part 1)
Interview with the Spanish actor and director Santiago Segura about Elvis
Article about the June-September 1970 session
CD Reviews and a lot more...
It's a classy magazine, and for subscription you can send an e-mail to clubelvisjl@eresmas.net or visit their website at http://www.clubelvis.es.vg


More Elvis VCD's From Thailand

In 1960, the King and Queen of Thailand visited and met with Elvis during the filming of GI BLUES. Private movie footages were shot by the King's aides. These were taken during the scenes of Tonight Is So Right For Love - all different angles plus movies and still photography of Elvis sitting & talking with the King and Queen both must be great Elvis fans. This week, another 2 more Elvis VCDs KING CREOLE & PARADISE,HAWAIIAN STYLE are released with lovely picture-Discs. Even though they are dubbed entirely in Thai, they are still an essential Collectors' dream items.
Source: HT Long - Updated November 15th


Elvis VCD's from Thailand

The Elvis Presley movies are extremely popular and loved by all in Asia. In Thailand, they are such big favorites that they are released dubbed in the Thai language. The first 2 that came out last week were completely sold out within a day. They are FUN IN ACAPULCO & GI BLUES. More titles are to be issued in weeks to come, all with beautiful Picture Discs. Superb collectors items. Happy hunting!
Source: HT Long - Updated November 15th


Sessions III update

This is the accurate statement from Joe Tunzi concerning the book '' Sessions III ''. This statement was mentioned on our forum but there were a few words replaced by incorrect ones.

"Elvis Sessions 3 will be out early next year. The information has finally reached the cut off stage and I think everyone will appreciate the reason for the extra time it took to get this project done. There are more than a few surprises, all of which have been supported. I understand the frustration of the many fans who want this book, but once it's out, it's out forever and I have only one chance to make that happen. And I want it to be my best chance. Common sense tells me people understand this. Thanks for your patience.!

source: J.A.T. Publishing - updated on November 12, 2003


200 Cadillacs DVD

Elvis World Japan had the coverart of the " 200 Cadillacs " documentary from Image Entertainment. This one hour DVD, covering Elvis' generosity and especially the Cadillacs he gave away, is set for release January 6, 2004.

source: Elvis World Japan/ Elvis News - updated on November 11, 2003


That's The Way It Is- Special Edition DVD from China

Here we have a Chinese version of the '' That's The Way It Is - Special Edition '' DVD.

source: Evan Mueller - updated on November 7, 2003


Russell Stover Chocolate CDs

This is the new four Russell Stover Chocolate CDs. The four different versions are shown above with their back covers. The back covers have the same pictures as the front but in larger size. All four have the mention '' Collect All Four '' and in French '' Collectionnez la Série de 4 ''.

source: Barry McClean - updated on November 6, 2003


10th Anniversary Contest ( October 2003 )

We are sorry for having delayed the annoucement for this contest as scheduled but we were away for the weekend.The entries for our tenth contest ( October 2003 ) closed on the 31st. We would like to thank everyone for their participations. The answers to the trivia questions for Contest #10 are:1- Several answers were possible: Words, Yesterday, Runaway and My Babe are a few examples ; 2- September 6, 1971 Las Vegas Closing show ; 3- Cary Grant ; 4- George Klein  ; 5- Bing Crosby Award .Three (3) good answers out of five (5) were required to be eligible and according to this rule almost all  the entries were retained excepted for one who didn't have three good answers out of five.

The three winners are :

#1 : W. Veen, Groningen from Holland  Elvis - Asian Magazine promo CD '' The Best Elvis Presley Movie Hits '' 

#2 : Svante Rask, Skogas, Sweden - Elvis - Dragonheart ( FTD )

#3 : Jacques Laurent, Brussels, Belgium - The Greatest Live Performances Of Elvis Presley ( Sunday Telegraph Promo )

Congratulations to the three winners! All three winners will be notified by e-mail and for arrangements about the shippings.

Contest #11 ( November 2003 )

You can now participate to our eleventh (11th) contest. You can go directly to Contest #11 or from the the welcome page on www.elvis-collectors.com.

source: FECC Team - updated on November 4, 2003


ENCYKLOPEDIE MULTIMEDIALNE - ELVIS CD-Rom

Just discovered this interesting CD Rom from Eastern Europe, contains a multimedia discography of Elvis' recordings 1954 - 1977 plus great pictures, etc very rare & impossible to find now
Happy Hunting!
Source: HT Long - Updated November 3rd


Aloha From Hawaii and 68 Comeback DVDs

It seems that we will have to wait a bit longer for these two DVDs. The new street dates for these two DVDs is now June 22, 2004. The DVD '' Elvis Lives '' with 40 minutes extras is scheduled for January 13, 2004, and the CD '' The Ultimate Gospel '' will be in stores on March 23, 2004.

source: Elvis My Happiness - Updated on October 30, 2003


Elvis Unlimited Gospel Show CD

Elvis Unlimited will release a special souvenir CD for their gospel show this Saturday November 1, 2004. The CD contains song by some of the performers at the show. Among them are The Sweet Inspirations, Bill Baize, Maarten Jansen, Stephen Ackles & Stan Urban. Elvis is of cause talking about gospel music between every track on the CD. The title of the CD is "Without A Song The Road Would Never End... So I'll Keep Singing A Song" As a special bonus is the new tribute song by Stan Urban "Why Can't They Leave Him Alone" also included. This song is a very nice tribute to Elvis. Stan will also perform the song at the show. There will only be produced a limited amount of 1000 copies of this special CD. You can buy the CD at the show or from Elvis Unlimited as long there's any left.

Tracklisting :

[1] Elvis Speech - Without A Song... (Memphis 1971) ; [2] Maarten Jansen - If I Can Dream ; [3] Elvis Talks About Gospel Music (Burbank 1968) ; [4] Maarten - Lead Me, Guide Me ; [5] Elvis Introduces Bill Baize (Collage Park 1974) ; [6] Bill Baize - When It's My Time ; [7] Elvis Talks About Gospel Music (Houston 1970) ; [8] Bill Baize - You'll Never Walk Alone ; [9] Elvis Introduces The Sweet Inspirations (Huntsville 1976) ; [10] The Sweet Inspirations - Sweet Inspirations (Live Duluth 1976) ; [11] Sylvia Shemwell Introduces The Sweet Inspirations (Live Duluth 1976) ; [12] The Sweet Inspirations - The Last Time I Saw Him (Live Duluth 1976) ; [13] Elvis Talk About His Gospel Hero Mr. JD Sumner. He Also Talks About ; XXX (Hollywood 1972) ; [14] Stephen Acles - It's Over ; [15] Elvis Talks About All Night Gospel Singing In Las Vegas (Hollywood 1972) ; [16] Stan Urban - Why Can't They Leave Him Alone ; [17] Stan Urban - Lifetime Friend ; [18] Elvis Farewell (Omaha 1977) ; [19] Teaser For The Complete Word For Word, 1955-77 - Radio Commercial (Gladewater 1955) ; [20] Teaser For The Press Conferences, Vol. 1 - Elvis Accepts An Award (Pearl Habor 1961) ; [21] Teaser For The Press Conferences, Vol. 2 - Elvis Answers A Question (Vancouver 1957).

source: Elvis Unlimited


Last Reminder for the Montreal Convention on November 1st

Daniel Pharand invites you to the Elvis Presley Convention on November 1st  2003 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at St-Gilbert Hall located at 5415 Jean-Talon East in Montreal, near the St.Michel metro ( bus 141 ). Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. 

Door prizes will be handed out all day long, and for trivia buffs,an Elvis trivia contest at every hour will challenge the Elvis fans on hand.In the afternoon of the event, Elvis impersonator Luc Bouffard will perform live.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: Daniel Pharand - updated October 29, 2003


Second 2 None Party Amsterdam

A big event "Second 2 None Party" will take place in Amsterdam, Holland on January 8th, 2004. Starring: Elvis' original TCB bandmembers and many more. For more information click on the picture above to see the poster enlarge for further details
Source: Peter Haan - updated on October 28, 2003


WalMart In Store Promo

This is an in store promo at WalMart Canada for the advertisement of '' Second To None '' with a reference to last year smash hit '' Elvis - 30 #1 Hits ''.

source: Barry McClean - updated on October 23, 2003


ELVIS 2ND TO NONE enters US Billboard album chart at #3

ELVIS PRESLEY
Album Title: 2nd to None
Release Date: Oct. 7
Source: Billboard Magazine
This follow-up to last year's successful "30 #1 Hits" again features a winning collection of 30 hits and important singles spanning the King's career, all remastered from the original tapes. There is no significant drop-off in relevance; if anything, intense classics like "That's All Right," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Mean Woman Blues," along with early ballads "Love Me," "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" and "Love You," showcase Presley's stature quite nicely. Other cool cuts include attitude-laden "Trouble" and the mightily swinging "I Feel So Bad." Elvis' later career mostly holds up very well, reflected best by the languid "Don't Cry Daddy," "Kentucky Rain," "Always on My Mind" and the powerful live track "An American Trilogy." Extras include "I'm a Roustabout" and a wild Paul Oakenfold remix of "Rubberneckin' " that's more revelation than novelty.
This Presley guy could really catch on.
RW
Source: HT LONG - Updated - October 18th


Reminder for the Elvis Convention in Montreal

Daniel Pharand invites you to the Elvis Presley Convention on November 1st  2003 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at St-Gilbert Hall located at 5415 Jean-Talon East in Montreal, near the St.Michel metro ( bus 141 ). Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. 

Door prizes will be handed out all day long, and for trivia buffs,an Elvis trivia contest at every hour will challenge the Elvis fans on hand.In the afternoon of the event, Elvis impersonator Luc Bouffard will perform live.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: Daniel Pharand - updated October 11, 2003


News From Paul's Elvis Page

Unfortunately '' Paul's Elvis Page '' is temporarily unavailable. My web site has apparently exceeded the monthly traffic allowance and will be unavailable until November 1st. This has never happened to Paul's Elvis Page before, and I find it highly suspect that in the first seven days of October this has happened, but in every other month for several years not once did I exceed my monthly traffic allowance. I am truly sorry for this, and if it happens again I will have to consider other alternatives, but if it becomes to costly to run my web site, I will just shut it down.

source: Paul Sweeney - updated on October 10, 2003


New ELVIS 50th Anniversary Book

A very excellent & nice New Elvis Book released this week all over Asia entitled: ELVIS Recording Career 50th Anniversary FOREVER IN THE GROOVE 1954 - 2004. This is a 216 page large coffee-table size hardback filled with hundreds of rare Elvis color & b/w pictures plus Covers of Elvis CDs & Vinyl Records etc This manufactured in China. and released by Publications International, Ltd.
Source: HT Long - Updated: October 8th, 2003


New Lilo & Stitch Island Favorites CD

Released this week in the Far East by SONY MUSIC. Asia is a brand new Various Artistes Audio CD featuring 13 songs. The whole CD is based on Elvis Presley's Hawaiian theme. The only song sung by Elvis is "Blue Hawaii", the other Elvis-related numbers are: "Love Me Tender" by Jessica Simpson, "Rock-A-Hula-Baby" by Colin Raye and the Jordanaires. Also released in Asia on DVD & VCD is the 60 minutes TV pilot-episode of STITCH The Movie. The movie begins with Elvis singing SLICIN' SAND. Great for the Kids & Grown-Ups too.
Source: HT LONG - Updated: October 2nd, 2003 


Elvis My Happiness Magazine

The French Fan Club " Elvis My Happiness " has just issued their latest magazine ( No. 45- September 2003 ). This magazine is in French but undoubtedly the best on Elvis in Molière's language . The current issue contains details and reviews on the latest CDs, books and DVDs, an in-depth article on Elvis in Lake Tahoe ( October '74 ), the '' Elvis My Happiness '' members' trip to Memphis in August 2003 in detail, and as usual many other features.

Source: Elvis My Happiness - updated on October 2nd, 2003


Stich! The Movie VCD in Thailand

'' Stich ! The Movie '' has just been released on VCD in Thailand. There is an English and a Thai version, both front covers are exactly the same while the back covers are written in the chosen language.

source: Nitaya Kanchanawan from Thailand - updated on October 1st, 2003


10th Anniversary Contest ( September 2003 )

The entries for our ninth contest ( September 2003 ) closed on the 30th. We would like to thank everyone for their participations. The answers to the trivia questions for Contest #9 are:1- Hotel Prince de Galles in Paris ; 2- Hotel Claridge in Memphis,TN. ; 3- Patricia Ann Parker ; 4- Yes  ; 5- No .Three (3) good answers out of five (5) were required to be eligible and according to this rule all entries were retained.

The three winners are :

#1 : Gunilla Yregard from Gothenburg, Sweden  - Elvis - Dragonheart ( FTD ) 

#2 : Tracy Rangel from Ventura,CA - The New Gladiators - Elvis' Love For Karate

#3 : Sabine Kielar from France - Elvis - Word For Word volume 1 ( Promo CD from the Flaming Star Fan Club )

Congratulations to the three winners! All three winners will be notified by e-mail and for arrangements about the shippings.

Contest #10 ( October 2003 )

You can now participate to our seventh (10th) contest. You can go directly to Contest #10 or from the the welcome page on www.elvis-collectors.com.

source: FECC Team - updated on October 1st, 2003


Elvis Wins the Legend Award

Elvis has won the ' Legends ' Legend Award in a Poll run by Capital Gold Radio in the UK. 

source: Brian Quinn / FECC Forum - updated on September 29, 2003


Loving You DVD from Thailand

The Thai version of Loving You DVD has just been released in Thailand.This is a legit release found in the stores and not copy.

source: Nitaya Kanchanawan from Thailand - updated on September 29, 2003


Elvis Fashion : From Memphis To Vegas

This is the final cover art for the upcoming book ' Elvis Fashion: From Memphis To Vegas ' by Julie Mundy/ EPE, which is scheduled for November 1, 2003.

source: Elvis News - updated September 20, 2003


Elvis Convention in Montreal

Daniel Pharand invites you to the Elvis Presley Convention on November 1st  2003 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at St-Gilbert Hall located at 5415 Jean-Talon East in Montreal, near the St.Michel metro ( bus 141 ). Dealers and collectors from all over Canada will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade Elvis memorabilia of all kinds; LP’s, CD’s, DVD's, photos,videos, and everything from Elvis dolls to Elvis stamps. 

Door prizes will be handed out all day long, and for trivia buffs,an Elvis trivia contest at every hour will challenge the Elvis fans on hand.In the afternoon of the event, Elvis impersonator Luc Bouffard will perform live.

Admission: $5.00 Adults ; Age 12 and under, free ( with an adult ). 

source: Daniel Pharand - updated September 19, 2003


Elvis Presley's Memphis Restaurant Closed

Jordan Ritchie announced on the FECC Forum the news that EP's Memphis Restaurant on Beale Street has closed for good. Here's the complete details written by Jordan.

'' It's with a very heavy heart to let you all know that as of today EP's Memphis Restaurant on Beale St. here in Memphis has closed for good. Just got off the phone with an EPE rep to confirm this. I can safely say that they did fantastic business during Elvis week, and the birthday week.. But the rest of the year business was very slow.. This is such a shame. It was a great hangout, a very cool place to be. Now it's closed forever. The problem I guess is that Memphians didn't appreciate, or enjoy it's vibrant ambience.Sorry to break the bad news. ''

source : Jordan Ritchie / FECC Forum - updated September 16, 2003


Bob Moore Will Perform in Elvis Unlimited Gospel Show In November

It’s an honour for Elvis Unlimited to announce that the legendary bassist Bob Moore will be performing at our gospel show on November 1st. Bob Moore played with Elvis for more than 10 years. His first job with Elvis was the legendary June 1958 session that produced hits like ”A Fool Such As I”, ”A Big Hunk O’ Love” and many others. Bob Moore was part of the famous Nashville A-team who played on all of Elvis’ sessions in Nashville in the 1960’s. Bob Moore also played on many film soundtracks. Among them are “Blue Hawaii”, “Follow That Dream” and many others. He of cause also played bass on the two 1960’s gospel albums ”His Hand In Mine” and “How Great Thou Art” Elvis won a Grammy for the last one. The last session that Bob Moore played for Elvis was the January 1968 session that produced “US Male” and other late 1960’s Elvis classics.

Beside Bob Moore will The Sweet Inspirations, Bill Baize (Fomerly member of J.D. Sumner And The Stamps), Maarten Jansen, Stephen Acles, Denis Jale, Stan Urban, Bobo Moreno and many others perform at the Gospel show in Randers, Denmark on November 1st.

You can order ticket from Værket at tel. +45 8913 5110

Address:

Elvis Unlimited
Stemannsgade 9 C
8900 Randers
Denmark

Source: Elvis Unlimited - update September 2nd, 2003

6 Official VCD's Out In Thailand

In Thailand they recently released 6 VCD's that has been released legally. The titles are :
King Creole, G.I.Blues, Blue Hawaii, Fan In Acapulco, Girls! Girls! Girls!, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style.
Source: Nitaya Kanchanawan - update September 1st, 2003


10th Anniversary Contest ( August 2003 )

The entries for our eighth contest ( August 2003 ) closed on August 31th. We would like to thank everyone for their participations. The answers to the trivia questions for Contest #8 are:1- Eddie Fadal's Home in Texas ; 2- Beverly Hills Hotel on May 12, 1960 ; 3- Elvis' scenes at the MGM's Culver City studios in California & other footage filmed on location in Fort Lauderdale,FL. ; 4- Elvis' last concert, Colonel Parker's birthday and Vernon's death in 1979 ; 4 shows ( 2 in November 1970 - 2 in May 1974 ) .Three (3) good answers out of five (5) were required to be eligible and according to this rule all entries were retained.

The three winners are :

#1 : Terry Presley, Grande Prairie,TX.  ( Rock'n' Nassau  book by Russ Howe/Tom Salva/ J.A.T. Publishing  )

#2 : Luuk Bonthond, Rotterdam, The Netherlands ( Between Takes With Elvis  double CD set  ( A Talking Album Only ) )

#3 : Matt Mueller, Schneverdingen, Germany ( Elvis Sings Beatles' Songs , BMG Special Products - USA  )

Congratulations to the three winners! All three winners will be notified by e-mail and for arrangements about the shippings.

Contest #9 ( September 2003 )

You can now participate to our seventh (9th) contest. You can go directly to Contest #9 or from the the welcome page on www.elvis-collectors.com.

source: FECC Team - update September 1st, 2003


The Definitive Elvis Collection

This great looking videobox was available through mailorder only in the UK for a couple of months. Very limited boxes were print. It contains the same documentary as the DVD-box, only this time on video in a collectable box. Happy hunting.

source: Michel Pathuis - update August 31st, 2003


The Man And His Music #61

Out now is issue #61 of the Fan magazine "The Man And His Music".
update: August 31 2003


New Elvis Presley Forever MP3

Here is the artwork for the new Elvis Presley Forever MP3. Available exclusively in Asia only. It features 194 Elvis songs including the following: What'd I Say / Pledging My Love / Let Yourself Go / Animal Instinct / Steamroller Blues / City By Night / I'll Be Back / All I Needed Was The Rain / Early Morning Rain / Baby Let's Play House & T.R.O.U.B.L.E. A great collection of songs.
Happy hunting.
Source: HT Long - update: August 28th 2003


CNN LARRY KING LIVE - Elvis Presley Remembered

After some delays, Larry King did a special on Elvis. to read the transcript click here.
Update: August 27th, 2003


DVD Release Dates Europe

Elvis My Happiness mentions the releasedates for three Elvis DVD's in Europe; "Kid Galahad", "Frankie & Johnny" and "Clambake". The release date for this region 2 DVD's is set for September 2.
Source: Elvisnews/ Elvis My Happiness - update: August 25th 2003


Elvis Unlimited Has Now Moved Their Shop

Elvis Unlimited has now moved their shop and museum in Randers, Denmark to a twice as big shop at Underværket.
The address is Stemannsgade 9 C, 8900 Randers, Denmark. The phone and fax no. will stay the same. There will be an official opening on Saturday September 6th. More about this later.
The opening hours is:
Mon-Friday 10:00 – 17:30
Saturday 10:00 – 17:30
Source: Elvis Unlimited - update: August 25th 2003


Elvis Incredible

This book is being published by the magazine '' Elvis International '' in California. The flyer specify that the first printing limited to 2000 copies is sold out. This advertisement is for a second and final printing. 

Source: e-mail


He Was Nothin' But A Clothes Hound !

"I would have given anything to design for Elvis..."
— Gianni Versace

To Elvis Presley, clothes were second in importance only to music. An avid collector of garments, accessories, and costumes, many made just for him, Elvis became was as much a fashion icon as a rock ‘n’ roll trendsetter. He loved clothes and had an uncanny eye for what would shine on stage, and maintain his sexy persona off stage. Elvis loved to be part of the process and often conferred with his tailors, costumers, and accessory designers, working his initials into their designs whenever possible! Featured in ELVIS FASHION- From Memphis to Vegas are working sketches of costumes, and comments from favorite designers like Nudie, the Rodeo Tailor, Vegas costumer-extraordinare Bill Belew, 50s Rat-Pack tailor Sy Devore, and the legendary Oscar-winning Edith Head, who designed many of his film wardrobes. Also included is fascinating ephemera like a record of his running tab at a Memphis jeweler, and invoices for clothing described down to the minutest detail: “light-blue double-knit suit w/lattice patterned jacket front in navy blue leather accented w/brass studs…lined in patterned silk.”

Graceland gave author Julie Mundy unprecedented access to the Elvis Presley’s costume archive and allowed her to select an incredible range of Elvis’s famous jumpsuits, leather pants, embroidered and jeweled capes, and accessories from hats to belts to custom boots. Mundy chronicles the development of Elvis’ taste, and his growth into a true fashion icon paralleled by his meteoric rise to stardom. Multitudes of costumes from the Graceland collection were photographed especially for this book, and will be enhanced by archival photos of Elvis wearing them, both on stage and off.

Elvis’s velvety voice, smolderingly good looks, charisma, and personal style all contributed to making him “The King of Rock ’n’ Roll.” Beloved by millions, Elvis is known in every corner of the world and is one of the most important and enduring figures ever in American popular culture.

A comprehensive look at the gorgeous clothes that were so much a part of what made Elvis Elvis is long overdue. Stunningly designed, this book is as tasty a package as Elvis was himself! An absolute must for Elvis Presley fans everywhere.

About the Author

Julie Mundy is a music journalist and the author of The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club Commemorative Album (Virgin, ’97). In 1995 she was commissioned to re-launch The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club Magazine, and Elvis Monthly to be ready for the 20th anniversary of Elvis’ death. Julie Mundy lives in London and is currently working on two book projects, one of which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Las Vegas.

Specifications

ELVIS FASHION: From Memphis to Vegas
By Julie Mundy, in Association with Graceland®
Hardcover / 9” x 12” / 208 pages / 200+ color and black & white photographs and illustrations
$45. US, $70. Canadian
Published by Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: 0-7893-0987-4
Release date: December 1, 2003


Source : EPE


Forgotten Elvis Recording Set for Release

Elvis Presley fans got a special treat on the 26th anniversary of his death -- a never-heard-before Elvis song. "I'm A Roustabout," which Presley recorded for the 1964 movie "Roustabout," is being released for the first time on a CD called "Elvis 2nd To None." The song didn't make it into the movie, and the only known recording was forgotten for years among boxes of records and tapes belonging to co-author Winfield Scott.

Scott, who wrote the song with partner Otis Blackwell, remembered he had an acetate of "I'm A Roustabout" last year during a newspaper interview about his career.

Scott said he didn't think much about the recording at the time, but it wasn't long before RCA heard about it and came calling. The record company put the song on the album "Elvis 2nd To None," which is scheduled for release on Oct. 7. The song was debuted Friday at Graceland, Presley's Memphis residence. Scott described the song as a rocker that tells the story of a carnival worker whose boss is constantly pressing him to work harder.

"I'm happy it's coming out," Scott said by telephone from New York. "I think the public should hear it because I think the public should hear everything this man does. This guy is in a class by himself." Presley died at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977.
Source: Associated Press


Elvis : Inside Loving You

After the huge success of ‘Inside Jailhouse Rock’ (1994) and ‘Inside King Creole’ (1999), foremost fans and collectors Ger Rijff and Jean Paul Commandeur ( The Netherlands ) and Chris Giles and Trevor Cajiao ( England ) now proudly present ‘Inside Loving You’. The 136 glossy pages are crammed with rare and often unpublished photographs ( both in color and black & white ) plus memorabilia related to this classic Elvis motion picture.‘Loving You’, made in early 1957 for Paramount Pictures, is regarded by many as being The King’s best and most exciting movie, capturing the raw energy of this truly amazing performer in a way that none of his other movies did. So sit back and experience the excitement of 1950s Elvis with ‘Inside Loving You’. Elvis Presley - the man who single handedly changed popular music and teenage culture forever. He was the first. He was the best. And he still is.

The Crew Of Four

This new book by Ger Rijff / Chris Giles will be released around October 2003.

Source: Ger Rijff / FECC


Ernst Jorgensen 'Takes Five'

Ernst Jorgensen is the keeper of the Elvis vaults. Saturday marked the 26th anniversary of Elvis Presley's passing, but RCA Victor continues to mine his old reservoir of recordings for new products. This summer, the label released "Elvis: Close Up," a four-CD boxed set of 89 never-before-released alternative takes and concert recordings. Coming Oct. 7 is "Elvis 2nd to None," a new greatest-hits collection of additional songs designed to build on the remarkable success of last year's "Elvis 30 #1 Hits," the biggest-selling rock album of 2002. Producer and researcher Jorgensen manages Presley's back catalog for his old label. He's the man who goes through the mountains of old tape looking for interesting and often unreleased material that might interest hard-core Presley fans or - as in the case of "Elvis 30 #1 Hits" - snag the interest of the general public. Jorgensen spoke to Journal Sentinel music writer Dave Tianen about the challenges of managing Elvis' recorded legacy.

Q. There was a collection of Elvis No. 1 hits available for years before "Elvis 30 #1 Hits" came out. I never expected that to go multi-multiplatinum. Were you surprised?

A. I wasn't surprised that it would sell, but that we've sold 9 million worldwide now, that is a pleasant surprise. The company in general was very bullish about it. There was one guy who stood up and said, "We're going to sell 10 million of this." The rest of us looked at him and said, "I'm glad I didn't say that." He's eventually going to be proven right.

Q. Country Music magazine recently ran an interview with June Carter Cash in which she said Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had absolutely no idea what constituted good material or songs. Was he truly clueless or merely indifferent?

A. Parker was never there at the recording sessions. The only way he interfered - and it was a dramatic interference - was through the whole setup of Elvis music and publishing. . . . He fought to convince Elvis to only record songs from staff writers. Elvis was probably a little too nice on that issue, . . . well, not a little bit. The Colonel felt threatened by the great songwriters (Jerry) Leiber and (Mike) Stoller to the point where the Colonel made sure that the two great songs they'd written for "G.I. Blues" got kicked out of the movie.

Q. Was the Colonel an idiot?

A. I don't think he was an idiot, but he was unsympathetic to the feelings that people like you and I have about Elvis. He was all, all business. Where you can criticize the Colonel and Elvis was that it took them until 1968 to realize they had to do something else. They should have realized that in '64, '65. It was obvious at that time that each of those movie albums sold less than the one before. We would not have had to listen to "Frankie and Johnny" and "Harum Scarum" and "Easy Come, Easy Go."

Q. One of the problems you must have is that Elvis Presley recorded more horrendous junk than any other major recording artist - "He's Your Uncle, Not Your Dad," "Petunia the Gardener's Daughter"; we could go on and on. Do you just ignore that stuff?

A. We separate to a great extent between what is available for collectors and what is for the main marketplace. There is a major, major difference between Elvis or Sinatra from the time when you have artists who actually write their own material and thereby keep a consistent level of quality. There are several things that Frank Sinatra and Elvis have in common, but there are two things that are very, very important. One is that they both recorded "Old MacDonald." The second one is that they shouldn't have.

Q. What is it that made Elvis Presley a great singer? Was he a great singer?

A. The magic of Elvis Presley is that he had a very nice voice, but he didn't have the biggest voice in the world. Roy Hamilton had a bigger voice. Opera singers, obviously, have bigger voices. The uniqueness of Elvis was to take a song and make it believable. The best example of that, to me, is "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" If you just read those lyrics off a piece of paper, you'd say anyone who does that lyric is going to die somewhere. That's so over the top as a lyric, but you actually believe him when he sings it, and I think that's the magic of it.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



(Click on the flyer to see it enlarge)

Essential Elvis Event

Essential Elvis would like to remind everyone of it's event coming up on August 25th (Bank Holiday Monday) at Woodies Diner in Hove. This will certainly be the hottest event of the summer with lots of Elvis music, a massive memorabilia stall, great company and a wonderful menu of excellent American style food (the ice-creams are out of this world at Woodies!). All this, right of the beach, for FREE!!!! More more information call Andrew Hearn on 01903 525917 or email: ElvisMagazine@aol.com

Elvis :In The Eyes Of The Storm Booklet & CD

For those of you that dig Elvis' best years, there's a great new booklet & CD titled "Elvis: In The Eye Of The Storm". It focuses on the years 1953 - 1956, and it contains dozens of newspaper & magazine clippings from those years, the majority of which has never been reproduced since their original publication. This includes reviews, articles, magazine covers and advertisements ("A Red Hot Star is born on RCA Victor Records!"). 

The booklet also contains revealing interviews with Elvis' musicians Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, memories of fans who saw Elvis on stage in 1954 - '55, and rare EP covers from Europe. The icing on the cake are many rare Elvis pics, both color and b&w. Some of the highlights are a section on Audubon Drive (which contains many unpublished private pics), and a couple of color pics from the Elvis & Ed Sullivan press-conference. 

The enclosed CD contains several rare interviews from 1955 and '56, including, for the first time, the complete unedited 'TV Guide' interview from August 1956 - 28+ minutes!! This complete interview is fascinating to listen to, and it's quite clear that Elvis is getting increasingly annoyed with the questions! 

Also included are 10 Elvis mystery tracks from the Sun years, including 'Little Mama', 'Satisfied', 'We're Getting Closer To Being Apart', 'Uncle Pen' and 'Icecold Love'. These tracks were recorded by Number Nine from London, who are regarded by many as the best "early Elvis" sounding band. This great band has toured with Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana on several occasions. All tracks were recorded on original Valve equipment from the fifties, and the band spent a great deal of effort trying to figure out how Elvis would have performed these titles. The result is a very authentic "Elvis 1955" sound - this is really as close as it gets!

Source: It's Elvis Time / Peter Haan


Rock ‘n’ Roll’s gain, and Elvis manager’s too

Elvis Presley might have become a decent actor if manager Tom Parker hadn’t been so eager to cash in on a string of lacklustre movies, says a songwriter who created music for some of the films. Mike Stoller and partner Jerry Leiber, authors of the title song for the movie Jailhouse Rock, wrote more than 20 songs recorded by Presley, including his No. 1 hit Hound Dog. With Stoller handling the music and Leiber providing the lyrics, they also contributed many songs to the Presley movie soundtracks. Stoller (70), met with Elvis fans who crowded into the Presley estate’s Beale Street club on Monday night to watch Jailhouse Rock and begin a weeklong observance of the 26th anniversary of the death of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Presley longed to be a serious actor but Parker, who adopted the title “Colonel,” did nothing to help him, Stoller said. “Unfortunately, the Colonel had the golden goose and he wanted him to keep cranking it out.” Stoller said he never understood why Presley gave Parker so much control over his life and career. Many of Parker’s decisions were more for his own benefit than for Presley’s. “The Colonel’s only interest was the Colonel’s... Elvis was merely a vehicle for his greed.” Presley was 42 when he died on 16 August 1977, of drug abuse and heart disease at his Memphis residence. The house, Graceland, now draws more than 600,000 tourists a year. Graceland is the centre of an annual string of parties, fan get-togethers and memorials focused on the death anniversary. Over the week, estate managers expect up to 4,000 people a day to tour Graceland and for even more to shop at its complex of souvenir stores and museums. The week’s highlight is a candlelight procession past Presley’s grave in a garden beside Graceland.
Source: Associated Press