Elvis Convention - October 19, 2003

Here's the definitive flyer for the Elvis convention of October 19, 2003 in Dordrecht. Tickets for this day are on sale now and you can order them from It's Elvis Time / Postbus 27015 / 3003 LA Rotterdam / The Netherlands.

source: It's Elvis Time / Peter Haan


Elvis Has Left The Building

Out now is the new Rock Legends CD "Elvis Has Left The Building". As the title indicates, this beautifully packaged two-paneled deluxe digipack contains original radio- and television broadcasts from August 16th and 17th, 1977, reporting the death of Elvis Presley. On this 78+ minute release, you can follow the news as it happened first the unconfirmed rumours, then the confirmation from the hospital and Elvis' friends, the speculations about the cause of death, tributes from around the world, reactions from grieving fans, and a real "heartbreaker" the first interview with Elvis' father Vernon Presley at ca. 16.30pm on August 16th, only a few hours after Elvis' body had been found. On this release you can listen tothis unique interview in unedited form for the very first time.

 Another highlight is a long excerpt from the "Elvis What Happened" press-conference (much more than what is usually used in the various documentaries), where Sonny West discusses the controversial book. We have also included a very special "bonustrack" an unreleased recording of Elvis backstage with several Japanese fans, recorded just minutes before the Midnight Show on August 9th, 1973. As private backstage recordings with Elvis are extremely rare, this is an amazing scoop. It's an interesting insight into the man to hear how he interacted with his fans he's very courteous and repeatedly thanks them for the gifts that they had brought along to Las Vegas for him. You even get an insight into the Colonel, as you can hear him shouting in the background repeatedly! A fascinating piece of "Presleyana". All recordings were digitally remastered with great care by Otto Meszaros, whose work on the Czech releases has been praised by many fans.

"Elvis Has Left The Building" is packaged very tastefully, with rare pics of Elvis, newspaper clippings from around the world reporting his death, photos from the funeral, and even the original White House statement about Elvis' death. This breathtaking deluxe digipack has to be seen to be believed, as it's a good example of superior Scandinavian artwork (designer Kenneth Dokkeberg). The theme behind this release is of course a sad one, but on the other hand it also shows how much Elvis was loved and respected all over the globe - a remarkable tribute to the greatest entertainer of the twentieth century. "Elvis Has Left The Building" is an essential and historic release that is a must for the collection of every Elvis fan.

source : It's Elvis Time


A Proposito Di Elvis

We received the latest issue ( May / June - No. 96 ) of the magazine from the " Elvis Presley Club Of Italy ". This Italian fan club magazine contains the latest news, an interview related to the Louisiana Hayride ( part II ), Elvis The Concert Back In London and other features. You can write directly to them if interested to subscribe at elvis_presley_club_of_italy@yahoo.it .

source: Elvis Presley Club Of Italy


Elvis - Inside Loving You

The Dutch Elvis author Ger Rijff is now working on a new photo book about the movie " Loving You ". Ger Rijff has done many Elvis books over the years. He has already done two books on the 1950's movies " Jailhouse Rock " and " King Creole ". This book on "Loving You" will be released around October 2003.

We will have later this week a sneak preview from the book and add it into our Elvis News section.

source: Elvis News / Ger Rijff


Special Summer Edition of inside Memphis magazine

Here is the Summer 2003 special edition of inside Memphis, It is available free at the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. Together inside with this magazine is the Quarterly Calender of Events
Source: HT Long

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 UndervŠrket.
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

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



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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

Elvis Convention - October 19, 2003

Here's the definitive flyer for the Elvis convention of October 19, 2003 in Dordrecht. Tickets for this day are on sale now and you can order them from It's Elvis Time / Postbus 27015 / 3003 LA Rotterdam / The Netherlands.

source: It's Elvis Time / Peter Haan


Elvis Has Left The Building

Out now is the new Rock Legends CD "Elvis Has Left The Building". As the title indicates, this beautifully packaged two-paneled deluxe digipack contains original radio- and television broadcasts from August 16th and 17th, 1977, reporting the death of Elvis Presley. On this 78+ minute release, you can follow the news as it happened first the unconfirmed rumours, then the confirmation from the hospital and Elvis' friends, the speculations about the cause of death, tributes from around the world, reactions from grieving fans, and a real "heartbreaker" the first interview with Elvis' father Vernon Presley at ca. 16.30pm on August 16th, only a few hours after Elvis' body had been found. On this release you can listen tothis unique interview in unedited form for the very first time.

 Another highlight is a long excerpt from the "Elvis What Happened" press-conference (much more than what is usually used in the various documentaries), where Sonny West discusses the controversial book. We have also included a very special "bonustrack" an unreleased recording of Elvis backstage with several Japanese fans, recorded just minutes before the Midnight Show on August 9th, 1973. As private backstage recordings with Elvis are extremely rare, this is an amazing scoop. It's an interesting insight into the man to hear how he interacted with his fans he's very courteous and repeatedly thanks them for the gifts that they had brought along to Las Vegas for him. You even get an insight into the Colonel, as you can hear him shouting in the background repeatedly! A fascinating piece of "Presleyana". All recordings were digitally remastered with great care by Otto Meszaros, whose work on the Czech releases has been praised by many fans.

"Elvis Has Left The Building" is packaged very tastefully, with rare pics of Elvis, newspaper clippings from around the world reporting his death, photos from the funeral, and even the original White House statement about Elvis' death. This breathtaking deluxe digipack has to be seen to be believed, as it's a good example of superior Scandinavian artwork (designer Kenneth Dokkeberg). The theme behind this release is of course a sad one, but on the other hand it also shows how much Elvis was loved and respected all over the globe - a remarkable tribute to the greatest entertainer of the twentieth century. "Elvis Has Left The Building" is an essential and historic release that is a must for the collection of every Elvis fan.

source : It's Elvis Time


A Proposito Di Elvis

We received the latest issue ( May / June - No. 96 ) of the magazine from the " Elvis Presley Club Of Italy ". This Italian fan club magazine contains the latest news, an interview related to the Louisiana Hayride ( part II ), Elvis The Concert Back In London and other features. You can write directly to them if interested to subscribe at elvis_presley_club_of_italy@yahoo.it .

source: Elvis Presley Club Of Italy


Elvis - Inside Loving You

The Dutch Elvis author Ger Rijff is now working on a new photo book about the movie " Loving You ". Ger Rijff has done many Elvis books over the years. He has already done two books on the 1950's movies " Jailhouse Rock " and " King Creole ". This book on "Loving You" will be released around October 2003.

We will have later this week a sneak preview from the book and add it into our Elvis News section.

source: Elvis News / Ger Rijff


Special Summer Edition of inside Memphis magazine

Here is the Summer 2003 special edition of inside Memphis, It is available free at the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. Together inside with this magazine is the Quarterly Calender of Events
Source: HT Long

Essential Elvis #29

We just received the latest issue of Essential Elvis and as always this top notch magazine is loaded with great stories and latest news. In issue #29 you can read the following:
Interview with Shirley Dieu, for people who are not familiar with her name just click here and you will see who she is ;-). Just for the record, an exclusive interview with Elvis' buddy Richard Davis, CD reviews, news, and much more. As we saying this many times, it's honestly one of the best magazines out there, so subscribe to this GREAT magazine, and you won't be sorry!!
If you'd like to subscribe: http://www.essentialelvis.co.uk/
Email: ElvisMagazine@aol.com

Interview with Ernst M. Jorgensen

BMG/FTD producer kindly accepted to make an interview for our website. We will have questions for him but we'd like to give you the opportunity to participate. You have a week from now for sending us your questions, and ALL questions must be related to the BMG Heritage ' Close Up ' box-set and/or FTD label projects. We'll choose the best questions and add them to our own.
Send us your questions at fecc@elvis-collectors.com.

Club Elvis

We just received the latest issue of the official Elvis magazine from Spain "Club Elvis". You can read the following in issue #44:
-Pittsburgh 76'. Review to the concert and the FTD CD.
-Elvis En DVd. 3 new DVD's in spanish
-Today: Latest News
-Return To Sender: Letters from the Spanish Fans
-Elvis Celebrity Autograhs. En every magazine Josep JuliÓ, spanish fan an autograph collector, talk about a new autograph in his collection, These celebrities are always from the Elvis World.
-A Truly Elvis Fan: Greg Stanford. Other member of our Club talk about a new American friend of him, and -Elvis fan, of course.
-How The Web Was Woben. Websites review, 1 Spanish website, and 1 English website.
The fans of our Club shows their collection in this section.
Behind The Image. Interview with Bud Glass, the author of the new book
-1969 Sessions. The American Sessions, song by song.
Welcome. The new members of the last 3 months.
Elvis In Concert 1955 (V). Interesting section about Elvis In Concert in the 50'.
Entrevista a Micky. Interview with the 60' spanish singer Micky, about the king.
-Elvis In Hollywood. The Elvis Movies, one by one. This time: Frankie And Johnny
-Novedades. Review of the new CD's
So, tons of news to read, and for subscription you can e-mail to clubelvisjl@eresmas.net or visit their website at http://www.clubelvis.es.vg

10th Anniversary Contest ( June 2003 )

The entries for our sixth contest ( June 2003 ) closed on June 30th. We would like to thank everyone for their participations. The answers to the trivia questions for Contest #6 are : 1- Yes ; 2- G.I. Blues ; 3-Vernon's office at Graceland ; 4-October 9, 1973 ; 5- 9 shows .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 : Clint Anderson, Warrington, England  ( The Rock 'N' Roll Years - My Wish Came True  book by Ger Rijff  )

#2 : Michael Cavino, New-York, NY. ( Elvis Sings Beatles' Songs BMG Special Products promo, USA )

#3 : Gunilla Yregard, Gothenburg, Sweden ( Let's Take It Home Vol. II - A Talking Album Only )

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

Contest #7 ( July 2003 )

You can now participate to our seventh (7th) contest. You can go directly to Contest #7 or from the the welcome page on www.elvis-collectors.com.


Elvis My Happiness Magazine

The French Fan Club " Elvis My Happiness " has just issued their latest magazine ( No. 44- June 2003 ). This is the best Elvis magazine for French readers. This current issue contains an interview with Joe Guercio, details on the " Elvis- The Concert " in Paris, an in-depth article on Elvis' August '74 season in Las Vegas, news, CD & book reviews, Lisa Marie Presley visit in Paris and several other features.

Source: Elvis My Happiness


Elvis In Concert On SVCD

The "Memphis Sound" label comes with a new super VCD release of " Elvis In Concert " with several bonus tracks. The difference between a super video CD and a video CD is that the VCD is 352 x 240 lines and the SVCD is 480 x 480 lines. The quality is like a Laser disc according to the " Memphis Sound " producers.

Content : Intro / Elvis In Concert / Vernon Presley / Intro / Oh happy day (Rehearsal in Las Vegas Aug. 8, 70) / Little Sister ( Live in Las Vegas Aug. 12, 70 ) / A little less conversation - 2002 remix / A little less conversation - 1968 clip from film.

The content indicates that " Little Sister " is from August 12, 1970, but this is most likely the clip shown on MGM/Turner website when they released " That's The Way It Is - Special Edition " that was filmed at the August 11, 1970 midnight show. " Oh Happy Day " clip was equally featured on the same site back then.

Source: Memphis Sound


The Definitive Elvis’: Limited Gold Collection

Here we have the artwork of the Special individually numbered gold edition of this btrilliant 8 DVD Box Set (Region 0, PAL)

August 16th, 2002, marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, the most celebrated entertainer of the 20th century. The Definitive Elvis is exactly that - an all-encompassing, in-depth look at the life and career of a man whose popularity is unrivalled in the history of showbusiness and who continues to attract millions of new fans each year. This ground-breaking, sixteen hour series is brimming with classic film clips, rare home movies, never-before-seen photos, and newly produced location footage that cover every aspect of Elvis' life as never seen before.

At the heart of this landmark project are more than 200 Exclusive Interviews with many of Presley's most intimate associates including Elvis’ Dentist, Road Manager, Band Members, Friends, Fans, School Buddies, Girlfriend, Directors, Actors and Singers (including some of the biggest names in the film

LIST OF EPISODES: 1. THE MEMPHIS YEARS 2. THE TELEVISION YEARS 3. THE HOLLYWOOD YEARS Part 1: 1956 – 1961 4. THE HOLLYWOOD YEARS Part 2: 1962 – 1969 5. THE ARMY YEARS 6. THE COMEBACK SPECIAL 7. THE VEGAS YEARS 8. ELVIS AND THE COLONEL 9. ELVIS AND PRISCILLA 10. THE INTIMATE LOVES OF ELVIS 11. THE MANY LOVES OF ELVIS 12. THE MEMPHIS MAFIA 13. A MAN AND HIS MUSIC 14. THE SPIRITUAL SOUL OF ELVIS 15. THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED – ELVIS IS GONE 16. ALL THE KING’S DISCIPLES – IMPERSONATORS & FANS

Duration: Approx. 16 hours/ Audio Content: Stereo / Screen Content: 4:3 / Color Mode: Colour
Source: Peter Haan - It's Elvis Time


Elvis On Paramount

The 4 new paramount pictures (region 2) will be included in a box of 8 dvd set and set for release in july. the formerly 4 dvd's + the 4 new ones will also be available seperately.
Source: Peter haan - It's Elvis Time

James Burton In Japan

Elvis' Legendary Lead-Guitarist James Burton will be doing a Special Tribute Concert in Tokyo on July 6, 2003. The Concert is sponsored by Fender Guitar & Elvis Presley Fan Club(Tokyo). There will be an 1 hour Interview & Dialogue with the Japanese Elvis fans prior to the actual Show.
Source: HT Long

It's Elvis Time magazine

Here's the cover of the next issue ( No. 239 ) of the fan club ' It's Elvis Time ' in Holland. The magazine has been sent for printing and ready soon. You can visit ' It's Elvis Time ' website if you want to know more about this Dutch Fan Club.

Source: Peter Haan - It's Elvis Time


Re-releases DVD's

Here we have the artwork of the two new re-releases with newly remastered sound and vision by the Finley Holiday Film Corp. The titles are Aloha From Hawaii, The Alternate Aloha and One Night With you. The release will also be available through our Elvis Shop.
Source: Peter Haan - It's Elvis Time

VCDs from Singapore

Legitimate copies of ' The Trouble With Girls' and the original black & white version of ' Jailhouse Rock ' were released in Singapore last week. Elvis movies are extremely popular in Asia. All previous titles are completely sold-out with the exception of ' Change Of Habit ' and ' Blue Hawaii ' which can still be bought from various music shops. The only movies left unreleased on VCD are 'Live A Little, Love A Little' and ' It Happened At The World's Fair.' VCDs are more popular than DVDs in Asia because of its similar size to the normal CDs in jewel boxes.

source: H.T.Long


Elvis Unlimited Shop in Sweden

The Elvis Unlimited shop in Sweden is now open. The shop is built on the same concept as the Danish one in Randers, Denmark. You can find everything Elvis from BMG and FTD CD's to souvenirs, video's, DVD's, books and much, much more. There will also be a web-page in a short while.

source: Elvis News


A Proposito Di Elvis

We have received on Friday the latest issue ( March / April - No. 95 ) of the magazine from the " Elvis Presley Club Of Italy ". This Italian fan club magazine contains the latest news, an article on Elvis at the Louisiana Hayride, details on BMG releases for 2003, CD reviews and other features. You can write directly to them if interested to subscribe at elvis_presley_club_of_italy@yahoo.it .

source: Elvis Presley Club Of Italy


Special Elvis records Day in Amsterdam

The collectors shop in Amsterdam "The sound of the 50's" will have another open Elvis day on Sunday June 8th from 12 PM to 6 PM.
You can find a lot of Elvis vinyl 78's, 45's, collectible CD's such as the FTD labels, and other highly collectibles CD releases and much more treasures over there such as books, fanmagazines. It will be another great day, and everyone is invited. The address is Prinsengracht 66, Amsterdam.

J.A.T. Publishing  Updates

We talked to Joe Tunzi today and confirmed that " Rock'n' Nassau " should be sent out to press very soon, and therefore released on July 1st as scheduled. We had a very interesting conversation about his upcoming book " Sessions III " and it clearly appears as a complete winner. The complete details on every masters ( including the overdub sessions, musicians,etc. ), the outtakes that has been released along with the ones yet to be released. A complete updated list of all the soundboard recordings known to exist. Informations on rehearsals. Some very interesting facts about the filming of " Elvis On Tour ", and although some of these facts has to be verified and confirmed, this book should give us the best overview on this movie with accurate details. " Sessions III " will also provide a lot of unpublished pictures and much more.

As we get closer to the scheduled release date ( October 1st, 2003 ) we should be able to give you more details on what you can expect from this book. No doubts it'll be worth the wait !!! Watch this space regularly for the latest update from J.A.T. Publishing.

source : Joe Tunzi from J.A.T. Publishing/ FECC Team


Spanish DVD releases

Three new DVDs to be released in Spain on June 11th: íChicas! íChicas! íChicas! (Girls! Girls! Girls!), El ═dolo de Acapulco (Fun In Acapulco) and ParaÝso Hawaiano (Paradise Hawaiian Style). They’re in wide screen format and each of them has audio in English (5.1 and restored mono), Spanish, French, German and Italian (all mono). No extra contents (not even the trailers) have been announced. Subtitles: English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Source: Alberto Alvarez Perea

10th Anniversary Contest ( May 2003 )

The entries for the fifth contest ( May 2003 ) closed on May 31st. We would like to thank you for your participation. The answers to the trivia questions for Contest #5 are : 1- Yes ; 2- September 22, 1958 ; 3-Marie ; 4-The Hugh Jarrett Singers ; 5- National General Pictures.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 : Richard Hoogendorp, Holland  ( Dinner At Eight FTD )

#2 : Lisa Marie Persico, Pittsburgh,PA. ( Elvis - Word For Word volume 1 ( Promo CD from the Flaming Star Fan Club )

#3 : Paul Sweeney, Canada ( Patriot three tracks single , BMG Special Products USA )

Congratulations to the three winners! All three will be informed by e-mail as some details are missing for shippments.

Contest #6 ( June 2003 )

You can now participate to the sixth contest. You can go directly from here to the Contest #6 or from the " For Elvis CD Collectors Only " welcome page. Good luck to everyone from the FECC Team.



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ELVIS: 2ND TO NONE CONVENTION

The "It's Elvis Time fanclub" will have a big convention on October 19th 2003 in Dordrecht. A big scoop is that Duke Bardwell will be there for the 1st time at a convention. Other guest will be Glen D. Hardin, Terry Mike Jeffrey & band, and Rene Shuman. For more info you can click on the picture to see it enlarge.
Source: It's Elvis Time


10th Anniversary Contest

There are only five (5) days left if you want to participate to our fifth contest. If you haven't done it yet, then make sure to do it before it's too late. You can go directly from here at our 5th contest : FECC Contest #5.


Memphis in tune with Elvis estate

In Memphis, Tenn., pictures of Elvis Presley and Graceland, his former mansion turned museum, appear on most of the Convention & Visitors Bureau's promotional materials. But the agency's vice president of communications rarely needs permission. "Graceland's over 20 years (old) now; it's really well established," said Denise DuBois Taylor. "They've worked out the kinks." Taylor has a set of photos that Elvis Presley Enterprises allows her to use. For an unusual item, she'll send them an e-mail: "We're going to be working on this promotion. If you have a problem, let me know," she said.

Taylor, who has worked for the visitors bureau for the past decade, can't recall any disputes. She doesn't need permission to identify Memphis as the home of Elvis Presley or Graceland. "Those are just statements of fact," she said. "There's nothing to debate." Bobby Davis, a spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises, described the relationship as "very warm, very friendly." "Elvis and Memphis, there's a connection between the two," he said. "You have really a perfect marriage of a city and an artist."
Source: Charlotte Observer

Rapid City and/or Omaha 1977 Shows Released on SAVCD

A SAVCD ( Super Audio Video Compact Disc ) coming from Chile of the June 1977 concerts in Rapid City, SD. and/or Omaha, NB. will be released on June 20, 2003. The quality of this format ( SAVCD ) would be in between a VCD and a DVD. We will give you more informations when we have it.

source: Elvis My Happiness ( from France )


Elvis Matters

Wonderful news from Belgium. Former members of the United Elvis Presley Society have joined forces to start a brand new fanclub, ELVIS MATTERS. The new club (with the self-explaining baseline The Best Fanclub in the Country - out of respect for Elvis) offers a highly professional quarterly magazine with lots of unseen pictures (in color and b/w) and untold stories. Highlight of the first issue is an unreleased fan-interview with Elvis, backstage in Las Vegas (Sept. 1971). Other than that, Elvis Matters has an on line shop (the first in Belgium) and a top class website in both English and Dutch (www.elvismatters.be).
More information: info@elvismatters.be or p.verbruggen@pi.be
Membership fees starting at 15 euro/dollar per year.

James Burton Live in Concert. The beautiful showroom of VITO Technologies in Mol Belgium is the place to be on Saturday, October 11th 2003. Elvis-guitar player James Burton has accepted an invitation by the Belgian fanclub Elvis Matters, to perform at their Launch Party. Tickets are 35 and 42 euros, but we advise our readers not to wait too long, as the seat capacity is strictly limited. The live show with James Burton and the King of Belgium Band is an exclusive for Europe. More information: info@elvismatters.be or (0032)14/31.44.40.
Website: www.elvismatters.be

New Limited Edition ELVIS Fan Club CD

This is a real superb release of an official Fan Club CD issued by the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Philippines. This is strictly for their members only. Not for Sale. The lovely Picture-Disc CD features many unreleased alternate takes. Tracks are: 1.Blue Suede Shoes (live) 2.Elvis Message -Party 3.Rip It Up medley 4.The Elvis Medley 5.Plantation Rock(Alt.extended version) 6.America The Beautiful(with naration -Repeat of ending chorus) 7.Fools Rush In 8.It's A Sin To Tell A Lie(Home Recording) 9.Too Much Monkey Business(Alt.Take 9) 10.Burning Love(Alternate Take) 11.Blue Suede Shoes (fast with echo) 12.Viva Las Vegas(Takes 1 & 2 ) 13. Baby I Don't Care(Alt.Take) 14.Memories (live) Happy Hunting!
Source: HT Long

J.A.T. Publishing - Sessions III & Rock'n' Nassau Updates

We already put a statement earlier this week from J.A.T. Publishing ( below ) explaining the delay for the release of " Sessions III ". Russ Howe and Tom Salva book published by J.A.T. Publishing will be released on July 1st. As previously mentioned " Sessions III " is now scheduled for October 1st.

You can still send us questions for our Joe Tunzi interview at : fecc@elvis-collectors.com .You have until late August for sending us questions you'd like to ask to Joe. Don't forget to participate to the " Sessions III Contest " if you haven't done it yet.

Source: J.A.T. Publishing / For Elvis CD Collectors Only


J.A.T. Publishing - Sessions III Update

As most fans are well aware we are running late on " Sessions III ". WHY you may ask. To start it is a monumental task much bigger then anyone or I anticipated but it is coming to an end and all of your questions will hopefully be answered in our final edition.I can only say that I dont think there will be any need for another ,this extra time is to solidify and validate all sources of film and tapes, and not only the sources most fans are aware of. I like to thank everyone for there patience and if all goes right look for a release date of October 1st... a special thanks to the Fecc team for giving me this forum...

Source: J.A.T. Publishing


35th Anniversary Edition of the classic 68 Comeback DVD

Just released in Singapore is a Special Edition of the 68 Comeback. This time they re-titled it to: ELVIS PRESLEY. It has excellent sound Dolby Digital 5.1 and a very unique and Picture Disc. Reminds me of the DOUBLE TROUBLE Album cover, only Elvis facing himself this time. . Really very nice! An instant Collectors' Treasure!
Source: HT Long

Elvis Day - Update

Essential Elvis, the UK's official Elvis Presley magazine, stages it's ELVIS DAY at Woodies, the 50s American diner next weekend. In addition to a huge memorabilia stall and great Elvis music & videos all day long, you can now enjoy live entertainment from British singer SHAYNE DRISCOLL from 7pm. See flyer for more details.

Source: Essential Elvis UK


I Shot Elvis by Sean Shaver

One member of the FECC Forum got an e-mail today from Sean's assistant and she said Sean's new book will be out this year and it will be called " I Shot Elvis ". Also, the website is done but due to some problems with the server, it won't be up until about a month from now, maybe a few weeks if we're all lucky. She said that Sean will have lots of photos on there that he has never released before. I have added the advertisement flyer Sean gave me in Memphis,TN.( August 1997 ).

Source: John Gael / For Elvis CD Collectors Only


Limited Edition Music Magazine Elvis Sampler

Here we have the artwork for the new Limited Edition BMG Sampler given away with a Asian Music Weekly magazine. All copies were gone within 3 days. A real collector's item now. Really beautiful thin cardboard cover slip-case and Picture Disc. Happy hunting!
Source: HT Long

DVD Young Elvis

Coming out soon is the DVD " Young Elvis", here we have the artwork.
Source: Club berlin

Elvis Promo From Cherry Lane Publishing

Cherry Lane Publishing released an Elvis sampler in the U.S.. This 37 tracks 2 CD set includes both classic and lesser-known Elvis tracks. It comes in a custom facsimile autographed picture sleeve and discs, with booklet describing the chart positions and credits for each individual track plus information on popular artists who have covered each song.

Track listing:
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / Don’t Be Cruel / Love Me Tender / Too Much / All Shook Up / (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / I Beg Of You / Hard Headed Woman / I Got Stung / One Night / A Big Hunk O’ Love / Stuck On You / It’s Now Or Never / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Little Sister / (Marie’s The Name Of) His Latest Flame / Surrender / Good Luck Charm / Return To Sender / She’s Not You / (You’re The) Devil In Disguise / So Glad Your Mine / Shoppin’ Around / Kiss Me Quick / We’ll Be Together / Today, Tomorrow and Forever / Wheels On My Heels / Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers / I’ve Got To Find My Baby / Beginner’s Luck / Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On) / A Little Less Conversation / Five Sleepyheads / There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song / Run On / First Noel / America The Beautiful.

Source: Elvis News


Essential Elvis #28

We received yesterday the latest issue of the magazine "Essential Elvis", and again it is packed with the latest news. In this issue we can read interviews with Master Kang Rhee (Elvis' karate teacher), Elvis' chiropodist, and an interview with the songwriter Paul Evans. And ofcourse all the latest news on books, import CD's, and BMG news.
If you'd like to subscribe: http://www.essentialelvis.co.uk/
Email: ElvisMagazine@aol.com

Preliminary Details on Upcoming RCA/BMG Elvis Releases for 2003

After months of rumors and gossip out there on fan sites, here is official preliminary information from RCA/BMG about new Elvis releases for this year. As always, we will update the information immediately anytime the record company provides us any new details to share with the public.

BMG Heritage and RCA Records tell us that ELVIS: CLOSE UP, a 4 CD/CS deluxe box set will hit stores on July 1, 2003. ELVIS: CLOSE UP features 89 previously unreleased tracks by the King of Rock 'n Roll and focuses on four important and key periods in Elvis Presley's incredible career. This box set provides a glimpse into Elvis' music making techniques, featuring rare stereo masters from the '50s and never-before heard outtakes from Elvis' first four post-army films. It also includes unreleased takes from almost every Studio B session in Nashville and a complete and unreleased live concert recorded in San Antonio, Texas in 1972. The 1972 concert includes a performance of the classic Burning Love before the studio single was released.

ELVIS: CLOSE UP features: deluxe 4-CD/CS box set of 100% previously unreleased material; 48-page booklet with insightful essay by Colin Escott, detailed track info and great rare photos; all tracks digitally remastered.

ELVIS: CLOSE UP is the follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed TODAY, TOMORROW & FOREVER boxset, which was voted Best Reissue of 2002 by Rolling Stone magazine and is approaching RIAA gold sales status.

Coming Later This Year...

Official and detailed announcements are coming soon about the following releases:

ELVIS: 2ND TO NONE, a 1-CD/CS specially re-mastered compilation of Elvis hits and classics, is expected to be released on September 9, 2003. It is the follow-up to last year's global smash, ELV1S 30 #1 HITS, which hit #1 on the charts in 26 territories, earning gold and platinum awards around the world, including RIAA triple platinum in the United States. Further details about ELVIS: 2ND TO NONE will be posted on this site immediately, each time RCA/BMG provides official, confirmed information for us to share with the public.

ELVIS: CHRISTMAS PEACE, a 2-CD/CS compilation of Christmas and inspirational recordings, is expected to be released on September 23, 2003. Further details will be posted on this site immediately, each time RCA/BMG provides official, confirmed information for us to share with the public.

ELVIS LIVES on DVD: A 100-minute version of the TV Special Elvis Lives is to be released as a stand-alone DVD on October 21, 2003. Plans are for an abundance of previously unseen footage from the special, still photo gallery and extended interviews.
Source: EPE


10th Anniversary Contest ( April 2003 )

The entries for the fourth contest ( April 2003 ) closed on April 30th. We would like to thank you for your participation. The answers to the trivia questions for Contest #4 are : 1- Judy Tyler ; 2- 1965 ; 3-Bob Lanning ; 4-No ; 5-The New Gladiators.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 : Tim Beames from Kent, England  (Elvis Presley - He Touched Me - BMG promo from The Netherlands )

#2 : Patrik Ahlgren from Gothenburg, Sweden ( Long Lonely Highway  FTD )

#3 : Sebastian Eibich from Muenster, Germany ( That's The Way It Is - The Greatest Live Performances Of Elvis Presley ( The Sunday Telegraph Promo )

Congratulations to the three winners! Contact us at fecc@elvis-collectors.com with your address and your prize will be shipped out as soon as possible.

Contest #5 ( May 2003 )

You can now participate to the fifth contest. You can go directly from here to the Contest #5 or from the " For Elvis CD Collectors Only " welcome page. Good luck to everyone from the FECC Team.


Ernst Jorgensen On New Releases

On the "new" song rumor:
There will not be a "new" song on the new upcoming FTD "Southbend", it will contain 3 bonus tracks but no decision has been made from the 200 songs available.

On the soundtrack releases:
FTD has the intention to release more soundtracks, depending the success of the current release. The goal is to do this around Christmas. Eventually they hope to release all soundtracks. Depending what RCA decides to do with their catalogue FTD might consider re-releasing non-soundtrack albums.

On "On Tour":
Only Turner knows if there is going to be a DVD release, they own the rights, but BMG will release more music on both the RCA and FTD label.

On the "Close Up" box-set:
The "stereo" tracks on the first CD are all binaural takes. The seventies masters are the dubbed versions. The Live show, San Antonio, Tx. is in Stereo.

On Live Concerts:
J°rgensen is looking into the release the complete "Aloha Dress Rehearsal" 1973 ( fully remixed ). The Memphis show of 1974 ( Midsouth, " Live On Stage in Memphis " ) is very unclear: in one line the answer to the question if it will be re-released is yes, in another no. There are no plans for updating " Madison Square Garden " or the " 1968 Special ". The 1973 Tahoe concert ( May 13 ) will be one of the next FTD soundboards.

Source: Elvis News


FTD Top 15

With the release of four new titles, we decided to expand the Follow That Dream Top 10 to a Top 15. Hopefully this will make the list a little more dynamic. The Top 15 is a cooperation between Elvisnews.com, Follow That Dream (not the official site) and For Elvis CD Collectors.

Rock'n' Nassau

The new book " Rock'n' Nassau " by Russ Howe and Tom Salva will be released in early June. This J.A.T. Publication will contain photos of Elvis' 1973 engagement at the Nassau Coliseum. All the pictures are unpublished and should please all the fans.The text is written by Jim Donohue.

Watch our Elvis News section as we should be getting the latest news from J.A.T. Publishing concerning " Elvis Sessions III ", which is certainly the most awaited book of the year.

Source: J.AT. Publishing


The Colonel - The Extraordinary Story Of Colonel Tom Parker And Elvis Presley

The publication date for " The Colonel " book by Alanna Nash is July 15th, 2003. Alanna Nash's THE COLONEL The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley attempts to solve one of the biggest riddles in the history of the music industry who was Colonel Tom Parker?

Little is known about Elvis' mentor, manager and manipulator. Nash, an Elvis expert--she was the first journalist to see Elvis' body after his death--and a personal friend of Colonel Tom Parker, goes deeper into the secrets surrounding the Colonel than any journalist before her. With over 300 new interviews, Nash traveled to Holland-where Parker fled after allegedly bludgeoning a young woman to death-to interview Parker's family. Nash examines Parker's status as an illegal alien, his desertion from the US army, his psychosis for which he was hospitalized, his decision to put Elvis in a long string of terrible movies designed to protect his own secret past, and his lack of paper trail--he had no FBI, INS or CIA files and no marriage license.

Nash proves that the only figure in American popular culture as fascinating as Elvis is the man who made Elvis-Colonel Tom Parker.

source: Brianne Halverson from Simon & Schuster Publishing