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Freddy Bienstock is not a household name, he is famous to many as the music publisher and plugger for Elvis Presley. But still, even to Elvis fans, he is something of a mystery figure. We know about James Burton
, Scotty Moore
, Red West
and Colonel Parker
, but who can tell you much about Freddy Bienstock? And yet look in the index of any Elvis Presley biography
and you will find references to him. He runs through Peter Guralnick's definitive biographies, and, quite clearly, he is an essential component in the Elvis story. Just how important becomes clear when he said, quite matter of factly, 'For the first 12 years of Elvis' career with RCA, he wouldn't look at a song unless I had seen it first'.
To celebrate the 60th ANNIVERSARY YEAR of Elvis' first appearance on national television, Boxcar Enterprises will release a LIMITED EDITION 400-page hard cover book (with slipcase), a comprehensive illustration of Elvis Presley's early television appearances titled 'Elvis on Television 1956-1960'.
From his first national introduction on the Dorsey Brothers 'Stage Show' in January 1956, through his appearances on other TV shows hosted by famous celebrities such as Milton Berle, Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan (including the infamous 'from the waist up' show in January 1957), this book goes well behind the scenes of each show documenting his arrival, the rehearsals and the shows themselves, all the way through to Elvis' post-army appearance on The Frank Sinatra-Timex Show in May 1960. It was to be his last television appearance for eight years.
' is a biography of Elvis' top 290 comic moments. The King of rock and roll is for the first time revealed as the King of humor. Girls, guns, guitars, morgues, one-way mirrors, fleets of gifts, duping the U.S. President, chimpanzee sex, charade assassins, and water pistol fights are the deepest insights into the real Elvis. Presley had a thoughtful, comprehensive sense of humor, as detailed in the first chapter 'The Psychology of Elvis' Humor'. The best comic moments of his life follow.
Elvis was in fine form on this 'Hot August Night' of the 25th of August 1969, a performance perhaps never to be beaten. For those that only read the summery of reviews, I can be quite clear, this concert is without doubt the best live recording released to-date of Elvis Presley in 1969, and is one of the best concerts Elvis Presley ever performed - both in sound quality and performance! Why? I could say, listen to it and you will agree, but I offer you an interesting fact, it was from this concert that RCA chose to use seven (7) of the tracks to make up the original 12 track 'Elvis In Person' album in 1969. This is 58% of the albums tracks. And this is from the good number of concerts recorded of which several have been released on CD by FTD. So crystal clear stereo sound and a great performance.
Kurt Russell began his film career at the age of 10 in an uncredited part as in Elvis Presley's It Happened At The World's Fair. A favorite scene in the movie is when a ten-year-old Kurt Russell is paid by Elvis' character to kick him in the shins. Little did anyone dream that years later the same Kurt Russell would play Elvis in the made for TV move 'Elvis' and receive an Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy nomination for his portrayal.
FTD are pleased to announce that the following items are being re-pressed
. It's hoped that some will be available for the new release ship out. The MOST notable are, Sold Out
, Hot August Night
and The On Stage Season
. The other titles; FTD 94 Elvis (Fool)
, FTD 125 Elvis
(2nd Album), FTD 131 Flaming Star
, FTD 134 King Creole
, FTD 137 Live A Little, Love A Little
, and FTD 128 The Return To Vegas
. in vinyl, FTD advise that all catalogue Vinyl is sold out except the latest release
, FTD 312 'He Touched Me : The Recording Sessions
'. (ALL these titles can be ordered from ElvisPresleyShop.com
Follow That Dream
(FTD) will issue 3 new releases in May. There are 2 double CD releases, 'ELVIS - NBC-TV Special
' (2-CD) in the Classic Album (7") Series
, 'Las Vegas 1975
' double soundboard CD in the FTD Soundboard Concert (5") Series
, and a special limited edition vinyl release
, 'King Creole - The Mono Monitor Mixes
'. (1x LP 180 gram Clear Vinyl Hand Numbered Limited Edition). Pre-order now
Out shortly will be Straight Arrow's 5-CD box release 'Charlie, Bring Me The Request Box!' (SA/SB 2016-01-02), featuring the complete Elvis Presley August 1975 Summer Festival. It was shortest ever Elvis Las Vegas season-after just 5 concerts, the rest of the season was cancelled due to health issues.
Follow That Dream
(FTD) will releases in May, 'Las Vegas 1975
' a double soundboard CD in the FTD Soundboard Concert (5") Series
, along with two other titles.
Elvis One proudly presents The Elvis Presley Movie Album : Original Mono Masters CD
containing 34 masters from Elvis Presley as original released in mono on his albums, EPs and singles from 1956 to 1962. Many of the later released versions on CD are different to the versions as original released, like the master of 'I Want To Break Free' (as appeared on the 'Jailhouse Rock' EP), 'Dixieland Rock' (as appeared on the 'King Creole' EP), the extended master of 'Tonight's All Right For Love' (released on a German vinyl single), the album master of 'Didja' Ever', and the original mono masters of 'A Whistling Tune', 'Home Is Where The Heart Is', 'I Got Lucky' and 'King Of The Whole Wide World' (as appeared on the 'Kid Galahad' EP). All these songs as original released, including all Elvis' movie songs released on singles from 1956 to 1962 now for the first time together on one great new CD! Click to
view the video.
Elvis One proudly presents 'Elvis 25'. This special edition from The Bootleg Series is available as a Special Deluxe Edition (2 CDs) and a single CD Regular Special Edition.
The Special Deluxe Edition
contains all masters from March 20-21 and April 3-5 1960 in original Mono and Stereo
sound. As well as outtakes and alternate versions from these legendary studio sessions PLUS Elvis at 'The Frank Sinatra – Timex Show' March 26, 1960, including Elvis' duet with Frank Sinatra 'Witchcraft / Love Me Tender' (unedited – with reprise.) Also including is a 16 pages booklet with photos and recording information.
In the afternoon, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black performed in Houston at the Magnolia Gardens (afternoon show), 12044 Beach Street, Houston, Texas. There was actually an ad for this appearance at the time, were in the audience that day and Jim and Lois Robertson were trying out a new 8mm home movie camera with color. They didn't really know of Elvis at the time and Lois Robertson only seemed to recall about 20 to 25 people in attendance. She filmed parts of the performance and after the color film was developed the Robertsons watched it once or twice, then put it away.
View color film of Elvis Presley live in Hawaii 1957, complete footage with overdubbed audio.
I met Elvis on a plane, in 1972. My manager, actually, at the time, was Steve Binder
, who directed the Elvis comeback special for NBC. So I was going back and forth from Australia because I didn't have a permanent visa, so I had to fly back and get another visitor's visa and fly back to America. I was doing that for a while. I got on the plane one time and I was in the back of the bus but I walked past the first-class section - it was stopping in Hawaii because he was going to Hawaii - and there was Elvis ...
If you were a teenage girl living in the Tulsa area on April 18, 1956, chances are you were screaming your head off at the fairgrounds Pavilion. 'Presley Leaves 'Em Limp - 8,000 Squeal at 1st Show', read the headline in the Tulsa World the next day. Elvis was a 21-year-old singer and former truck driver who performed two 'frenetic' Tulsa shows, 60 years ago next month. Most of the tickets were $1 each.
Elvis Encore Performance Volume V
. This special series of photo journals started in 1990 with Volume I and continues with the 2016 release of Volume V. A hardback book which contains over 125 images, reviews, and documents following Elvis through much of his March/April 1957 tour. Many images from Chicago will finally stem from the original negatives and are stunning. More unpublished photos are shown throughout the book featuring both concert and candid images. View the Trailer.
Blue Miami and Too Big For Texas - are you ready for Clambake? This new release will give you a deep inside look upon the making of Elvis' 25th movie Clambake.
This beautifully designed hardcover book with over 400 pages contains more than 600 pictures. Most of them never published before and in fantastic colors. Get a glimpse behind the scenes through well researched information about the movie and the actors, anecdotes from the set, the movie's recording sessions, the Clambake discography plus a large selection of memorabilia from around the world. The book also contains a reproduction of the original movie script.
Coming soon: 'Definitive Rare Elvis Live Collection' a limited numbered edition 4 CD box-set with only 400 copies made. Contains 2x CD Soundboard Recordings and 2x CD Audience Recordings.
'Elvis '70 Bringing Him Back Again' is a new book which picks up where the best selling 'Elvis In the Dome' ends from March 1970 to January 1st 1971. This journal will feature newly discovered and unbelievable photos from 'Elvis That's the Way It Is
' and from the June Nashville recording sessions, also unreleased concert photos exclusive to this book from September to November.
VV records, presents a 400 copy only CD, DVD and double Vinyl LP box set, : 'Still Wielding The Old Magic!', a limited edition box set housed in a deluxe 350 grams gatefold sleeve that includes:
- a double vinyl edition of the album with the remastered show from Richmond April 10, 1972 - a CD with an unreleased show from Buffalo April 5, 1972 - a DVD with the remastered show from Hampton Road April 09, 1972.
Memphis Recording Service (MRS) will release 'The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956' as a limited edition 1000 copies only double vinyl LP Record for 'Record Store Day' (RSD) in April.
This Limited Edition 180 gram
2 LP set contains for the first time ever, the complete archival live recordings of the Louisiana Hayride by Elvis Presley from 1954-1956 on vinyl. All of the 33 tracks herein are re-mastered using the most sophisticated technology and include recently discovered material, including a live version of 'I Forgot to Remember to Forget' and a brand new song 'Little Mama', released for the first time ever on vinyl. The bonus 24 page booklet
has many rare and unreleased photographs. It contains extensive linear notes, with informative and historical facts on Elvis' time with the Louisiana Hayride.
Memphis Recording Service (MRS) will release 'Live In The 50's - The Complete Tour Recordings' as a limited edition 1000 copies only double vinyl LP Record for 'Record Store Day' (RSD) in April.
This limited edition 180 gram
2 LP set contains for the first time ever, the complete archival live tour recordings of the 1950's by Elvis Presley. All of the 34 tracks are re-mastered using the most sophisticated technology and includes a bonus track of recently discovered material. The bonus 24 page gatefold photo album has many rare and unreleased photographs and every show listing (including the Louisiana Hayride) of the 1950's.
Memphis Recording Service (MRS) will release 'Such A Night In Pearl Harbor' as a limited edition 1000 copies only double vinyl LP Record for 'Record Store Day' (RSD) in April. At the same time MRS will release, also for 'Record Store Day' 'The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956' double LP and 'Live In The 50's - The Complete Tour Recordings' double LP, both also limited to 1000 copies.
The recent JAT Publications book, 'The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977
' is now sold out, however with the huge demand (and many um-filled orders!!) we are pleased to be able to report that JAT will reprint a limited number of this book in May. 'This book is the perfect companion piece to the elaborate 'Elvis Sessions IV The Recorded Music of Elvis Aron Presley 1954-1977'.
The Elvis Files Volume 8
will be entering the final phase of production, 'going to the printer' shortly. With this announcement the The Elvis Files Team have released details of a new book series called 'Gold Standard Series', which will focus on highlights in Elvis' wonderful career. The first two books to be released later this year. Two Historical Documents – 60 Years later. 'Elvis In Person, The Florida Tour August '56' and 'Elvis at The Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, TUPELO'. (View flyers
Interview with Myrna Smith, one of the Sweet Inspirations, the backing group who sang with Elvis in concert from 1969 to 1977. 'His voice was a lot more remarkable than it ever came off on record. He was just a much better singer than could ever be captured, some great singers voices are just too big.
The Sweet Inspirations were founded by 'Cissy' Houston (Born Emily Drinkard, married to Gary Houston at age 21 for two years) mother of Whitney Houston, and sister of Lee Warrick (herself the mother of well-known sisters, Myrna Smith's cousins Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick). Emily and Lee were members of The Drinkard Singers, a family group that had the distinction of recording the first Gospel album to appear on a major label: A live recording from The Newport Jazz Festival in 1959. The line-up included Judy Guions (who later became Judy Clay), Marie Epps, Larry Drinkard, Nicholas Drinkard, ...
Charlie Hodge began his musical career at age 20 in a gospel quartet with Bill Gaither. He went on to be the lead singer for the Foggy River Boys. At 5'3", the guitarist had to stand on an empty Coke crate to reach the microphone. Elvis Presley first met Hodge backstage after the group performed in Memphis, Tennessee. Charlie Hodge .... I said, 'Hello, Is Elvis there? This is Charlie Hodge'. And Lamar said, 'Charlie Hodge?' And I heard Elvis yell, 'Yeah, Charlie, come on up'. And so, that's how we got together ...
Somehow, I scraped together enough money to buy every new Presley release so that I could play them in the privacy of my bedroom - all the better to study his unique singing style.
The book, Elvis : The Final Performance
, is a lavish 100-page, full-colour 140+ photo hardback book which documents Elvis' final show in Indianapolis on June 26th 1977. This is the ultimate book on the subject and it covers every aspect of the show itself. Also, there are many additional shots of Elvis' last tour with a special 'Sundial' section! This lavish 100-page, full-colour book is a must.
I Gotta Know - 1960 (Part II) transparent ORANGE vinyl 12" LP
featuring classic Elvis recordings from 1960. A limited Edition of just 120 NUMBERED copies. This is the first release of this title on coloured vinyl as a twelve inch record (formerly a 10"release).
The Rock Legends import label have announced the release of their first book, 'The February 1977 Tour : An Audiovisual Documentary : Volume I
'. Rock Legends is proud to announce a new series of concert themed volumes that would make perfect companions to your FTD
book collection. The first book of this series is mainly about the first tour of 1977. The February, 1977 Tour is an audiovisual document exploring the first shows of 1977 in a photographic manner along with several performances recorded live during some of the events which are featured on the bonus CD. View new images
My Treasured Memories of Elvis
by July Palmer was released late June 2009. We have a few copies newly available to us
. Judy considers her photos of this engagement to be her favorite set. No one has ever seen all her photos in one book, in context with her stories. Judy has been known as one of the best fan photographers of Elvis for over 35 years. 'My Treasured Memories of Elvis'
is a hard cover, full color 114 pages book with over 150 photos
. Nearly all the photos are of Elvis Presley, many full or half page.
In 1956, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson were in the race for president, but singer-songwriter Lou Monte had a different candidate in mind: Elvis Presley. He penned the tune 'Elvis Presley for President', which was released that summer. 'A vote for him is a vote for rock 'n' roll/Elvis Presley for President!' Monte sang.
The song garnered 5,000 write-in votes from fans who wanted to elect Elvis. Elvis' manager, Col. Tom Parker, borrowed the idea, and often passed out 'Elvis for President' buttons, which were a big success. And fans often made 'Elvis for President' signs. They were all on to something: Elvis for President is a great idea.
Three new CD releases from 'Elvis One' are 'Nineteen Sixty Five Studio Sessions
' Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Volume 1 contains 40 alternate takes and versions from the movie 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style', all previously unreleased by Elvis' record company. And for the first time ever presented in the correct speed! Volume 2 contains 42 alternate takes and versions from the movies 'Harum Scarum', 'Frankie And Johnny' and 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style', all previously unreleased by Elvis' record company. Volume 3 contains 46 alternate takes and versions from the movie 'Frankie And Johnny', all previously unreleased by Elvis' record company. Each CD includes a 12 page booklet with recording information and photos.
Lamar Fike was one of Elvis Presley's career-long entourage who became the singer's friends, foils, bodyguards, road managers, lighting technicians, punchbags. Or, as Fike put it, 'his buffer zone'.
The group of men, and one woman, became known as 'The Memphis Mafia
', not least because of their black mohair suits, sunglasses at night and black limos. The term stuck and was generally used, including by Elvis and themselves, with considerable irony. Elvis considered his 'mafia' as his extended family and there is a school of thought that he kept such old friends around him to protect him from the advances of the real mob, particularly during his Las Vegas years, when he was said to have received offers that must have been difficult to refuse.
Only 1 year after it was released, FTD
have now 'sold out' of their extended soundtrack release of 'This Is Elvis
' adding it to the growing list of no longer available titles. We have the last copies we were able to order on the way to us now, only a handful, so if you would like one, order now!
The worldwide chart topping album, 'If I Can Dream
' will now be the basis of a UK tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Achieving Elvis his 12th UK Number One, 'If I Can Dream' used recordings of Elvis' voice alongside new orchestral arrangements.
'Elvis The Complete Sun Masters
' is a release from the Elvis One label that was released but NOT intended for general sale -- but we have some available to us. 'Elvis' very first recordings from 1953 to 1955 at the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. All the original masters in the best possible sound for the first time together on one great cd, including his first 4 demo's'.