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Interview with Hal Kanter, screenwriter and director for the Elvis Presley movie Loving You
. Previously Hal had written for variety shows, graduating to screenplays and specializing in comedies. He wrote for Bob Hope as well as the comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Over the years, Hal Kanter received six Emmy Award nominations, winning the last two for his writing on the annual Academy Awards telecast. He also wrote the script for Elvis Presley's 1961 hit film Blue Hawaii
, which garnered him a 'Best Written American Musical' nomination from the Writers Guild of America.
More than your ordinary magnet, our Elvis Presley Tupelo 50's style laser die-cut wood magnet is so chunky it stands on its own. Sure to be a new favorite standout on your fridge, in the office, or wherever else you stick it! Magnet is strong and holds fast. Elvis can now stick to your magnetic surfaces!, Perfect for the fridge, the office, or any magnetic surface that needs some excitement, Magnet is strong and won't slip, Dimensions: 4.5" x 2.5" x 0.5".
Now available to order from ElvisPresleyShop.com
are two new 'A3' calendars
, a 'slimline' calendar
, and one diary for 2017
. We also have three great new 1000 piece Elvis Jigsaw Puzzles, 'EuroGraphics' Elvis Live at Olympia Theater Puzzle
, 'EuroGraphics' Elvis Comeback Special
, and 'Aquarius' Million Dollar Quartet Puzzle
. The 'EuroGraphics' puzzels are beauties, each 1000-Piece Puzzle is made in the USA using the highest quality blue board and are strong high-quality, easy fit puzzle pieces that won't break.
Interview With Elvis Presley. August 28, 1956, Location: 20th Century-Fox studios, Hollywood, California. About the 'Criticism'
, About the 'Show
, So I'm Never Nervous, Huh?
, My Special Girl
, What, No Singing Lessons?
, The Green Scrapbook
, My Greatest Ambition
, My Sideburns
, My True Religion
, Have I Changed?
, Who Am I Going to Act Like?
, Do I Really Play the Guitar?
, Do I Say All Those Things?
, On Amusement Parks
, Why Do I Sing Like I Do?
, And Now, What Can I Say?
, Fan Club Address Change
When Kurt Russell
first started his career, he appeared in a number of television shows and supporting roles in a couple of movies. Not many people realize this, but when Kurt Russell was 10 years old, he was able to act alongside the King himself, Elvis Presley in 'It Happened at the World's Fair
'. 'It was my first brush with a real celebrity.
I've never seen anything having to do with a real celebrity before. I didn't really know who Elvis Presley was. I was a 10 year old kid. I knew Elvis Presley was a name that everybody knew. If I'd seen him, I didn't know it. I wasn't into music and I didn't listen to music that much. So the first time he came on the set, a car went on the set, round 100's of women just broke through there and jumped on his car. We were all staring and I was thinking what's going on there.
If you're a fan of Elvis Presley, you certainly know the photograph entitled 'The Kiss'. The famous June 30, 1956
black-and-white photo features 'The King' smooching with a mysterious and unidentified woman. The photo became iconic; but even the photographer, Alfred Wertheimer
, didn't know who the girl was. Her name, if not her image, remained unknown for years. Who she was remained a mystery. Until now ...
Elvis On Tour : The Standing Room Only Tapes is a new exclusive Magnetic 4 CD set featuring The Standing Room Only Tapes rehearsals recorded in March and April 1972. These rehearsals are presented here in their best sound quality available, and for the very first time reunited in a single box-set with a nice booklet featuring related pictures, paperwork and memorabilia.
'Elvis on Television 1956-1960' celebrates Elvis' first appearance on national television. Released by Boxcar Enterprises this is a LIMITED EDITION 400-page hardcover book (with slipcase), a comprehensive illustration of Elvis Presley's early television appearances. Supported by a fully comprehensive text, (by Gordon Minto) collected here are scores of historical documents, memorabilia and hundreds of rare photographs - many of which have never before been published. This book will captivate the reader throughout, and is the most detailed document on the history of Elvis on Television from 1956-60. The Book is expected to be released June 20th 2016.
Continuing celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Elvis' first appearance on national television, Memphis Recording Service will release a 2CD/100-page set titled 'Elvis On Television 1956-1960 The Complete Soundtrack Recordings' on June 26th 2016.
The recordings contain the complete archival recordings of Elvis Presley's television appearances from 1956-60. For the first time ever, these tracks been painstakingly remastered and restored. Fans who have enjoyed our previous mastered works will be pleased to know that our restoration techniques have now been applied these historical television soundtrack recordings. The quality of these recordings are now far superior than ever released before. The recordings contain all song tracks, comedy sketch routines and interviews including the extended Wink Martindale dialogue with Dewey Phillips. The 100-page book
is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first in 1956, to his appearance on The Frank Sinatra show in 1960. It contains liner notes accompanied by many rare and new unpublished photographs. Accompanies 'Elvis on Television 1956-1960
Elvis, Scotty and Bill played the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the first time on May 7, 1955 while on a tour with Hank Snow that had started in New Orleans on May 1st, and was for nearly three weeks touring with almost every day a show. According to writer Peter Guralnick, they met Mae Boren Axton, publicist for the Florida leg of the tour, at the first Florida date, in Daytona Beach. Mae would later co-write 'Heartbreak Hotel' with Tommy Durden which would be Elvis' first recording with RCA and ultimately his first Gold record.
On the recent MRS boxset 'Elvis: Live In The 50's
' is an interview with Mae Axton and Elvis.
In a recent interview, Sony Legacy senior vice president, A&R John Jackson revealed that Sony Legacy are already planning some releases for 2017, the 40th anniversary of Presley's death. 'We've got some interesting ideas', he admits. 'The 40th anniversary of some of the last (1976) recordings he made is coming up, so we're toying with the idea of how to best present those.
NOW, we can reveal that some members of Elvis' TCB Band
are at work in Memphis. They worked in secret
on a special project in the recording studio 'Sam Phillips Recording', located on Madison Avenue. Also the people from Sony Music Entertainment were present, and Ernst Jorgensen
, the major driving force behind the many products of 'Follow That Dream (FTD)
March 23 marked the 60th anniversary of the self-titled debut RCA album from Elvis Presley. To commemorate that occasion, Legacy Recordings released the most comprehensive Presley collection yet. Titled Elvis Presley - The Album Collection
, the 60-disc set spans the entire run of his 21 years with the label. Sony Legacy senior vice president
, A&R John Jackson talked to Billboard concerning the thought process of assembling the set. 'The way we decided to approach this package -- because we have done similar things for other artists, such as Johnny Cash
and Ronnie Milsap -- was to recreate the original albums
. Now, the definition of what an original album is on Elvis becomes tricky because there's been so many collections and compilations of things that were released during his lifetime, and of course, a gazillion since then. What we decided to do was hone it down to what would be considered a new album with some new material on it that was released during his lifetime
-- the first place that a song appeared on a long playing record while he was alive', Jackson said ...
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.
Memphis Recording Service (MRS) have released 'The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956' as a limited edition 1000 copies only double vinyl LP Record for 'Record Store Day' (RSD).
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.
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'.
' 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.
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 '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 ...