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Elvis: It Happened At The World's Fair 2-LP Limited Edition from FTD

FTD Vinyl is pleased to announce the release of It Happened At The World's Fair 2-LP Limited Edition. Taking inspiration from RCA Victor's originally planned but subsequently aborted deluxe soundtrack release (LOC/LSO 1080), this 180 GRAM double vinyl soundtrack companion features original soundtrack masters and excellent alternative outtakes. Bonus tracks include 'Witchcraft (takes 3/M)', 'Love Me Tonight (takes 6-8/M)' and 'Slowly But Surely (take 5/M)'.

Elvis: Las Vegas '71 3-CD Set from FTD

As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of Elvis: Las Vegas '71. Released as a 3-CD 5' digi-pak, this set features three 1971concerts recorded at the International Hotel on January 27 / 28 (Midnight shows) and January 29 (Dinner show). Recorded by Bill Porter, The tapes unfortunately have imperfections, but we have prioritized the historic importance and rarity of these recordings.

An ashtray for Elvis | Hollywood 1963

The journalist, Bo Hanson, had a tough time getting through the entire wall of agents and studios people, but was finally granted a ten minute interview. After waiting for two hours, the doors were thrown open and there he was: Elvis Presley. Bo Hanson later described the meeting in an article published in the Swedish magazine Allers, on May 3, 1964. He's so handsome, so beautiful in his white, tight pants, his bright red shirt and the most adorable little white bolero jacket, that it almost isn't true.

Interview with Shirley Dieu

Shirley Dieu met Elvis Presley in 1975. After becoming friends, she would spend the next 3 years touring and vacationing with him. In this exclusive Interview with Sergio Luiz Shirley tells her amazing story and how she became the 'Memphis Mafia Princess'. 'I don't think that Elvis took the vacation as a much-needed break. He had just gotten his plane The Lisa Marie and felt a certain freedom that he hadn't really had before. So since he loved Hawaii, he said 'Hey, I'm taking everyone to Hawaii. 'It was a last minute kind of thing ...'

'The Lisa Marie': Elvis Presley's Convair 880 Jet Airplane

On April 17, 1975 Elvis bought a Convair 880 Jet, recently taken out of service by Delta Airlines, for the then-substantial sum of $250,000. After refurbishing, the total exceeded $600,000. He immediately rechristened it the Lisa Marie.

John Lee Hooker talks about Elvis Presley and sings his song 'Tupelo'

Tupelo is a city in the state of Mississippi, which is best known for being the birthplace of Elvis Presley. John Lee Hooker recorded the original version of the song, 'Tupelo' in 1959, which chronicles a flood in Tupelo, 20 years previously. Said Hooker: 'People never forgot it. So when I grew up and got famous, I wrote about it and it brought back memories to a lot of people'. Inspired by John Lee Hooker's song, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds reworked it as 'Tupelo,' combining imagery of the flood with memories of Elvis Presley. It was released on the Bad Seeds 1985 album The Firstborn is Dead. Here Johm Lee Hooker talks about Elvis, and sings the song 'Tupelo'.

Whitney Houston talks about how she met Elvis in 1969

Whitney Houston : 'You don't actually MEET Elvis, you just have to LOOK at Elvis'. She goes on to explain that her mother Cissy Houston (who sang with the gospel group Sweet Inspirations), used to sing back up for Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin for many years. [Cissy Houston was actually only with Elvis for his opening shows in 1969] and how they were sitting in a room backstage and Elvis walked in with his mink (real fur), glasses on, and she just looked at him and could not say anything (star struck).

Released | Elvis Movie DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K

The 'Elvis' movie has been released on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K

The Fifty Voices of Elvis Presley

So different are Elvis' voices, that if one could find a person who has never heard his recordings and you put him or her on an island and then had them listen to these fifty songs, mixed with say, those of 12 other distinctive singers, and then you then ask him or her, to classify them, to separate the singers, I could bet a million dollars that the person will never say that there are 13 singers, as would be the case, but at least 25.

Stopped By Security But Elvis Said Let Her Through

Martha Carr wanted to meet Elvis Presley. So she and a few friends from Jackson traveled to Memphis on Jan. 18, 1971, to the Jaycees' 10 Outstanding Young Men of America ceremony - now known as the 10 Outstanding  Young Americans. Elvis was the final recipient that evening at the old Ellis Auditorium. 'Of course, every woman was trying to get to Elvis', Carr says. 'But security would stop them and send them back. It looked like I wasn't going to meet Elvis, after all. 'But my friends kept urging me, 'Go on, Martha. Go see Elvis'. We were only about 40 feet from him. So I finally walked over toward him'. She was stopped by security, only to have Elvis step in: 'Let her come on', he said.

Elvis Movie DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K

The 'Elvis' movie will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K on September 21 and are now available to pre-order.

The Night Bruce Springsteen Jumped the Wall at Graceland

Bruce Springsteen was seven when he first saw Elvis on The Ed Sullivan Show. Elvis Presley's third and final appearance took place on January 6, 1957. Watching the show, Springsteen felt mesmerised: 'I couldn't imagine anyone not wanting to be Elvis Presley', he recalled ... 'I jumped up over the wall and I started runnin' up the driveway, which when I look back on it now was kind of a stupid thing to do because I hate it when people do it at my house'.

Interview with Vernon Presley (1978)

Interview with Vernon Presley by Nancy Anderson : Good Housekeeping, January 1978.

Elvis: 'Like A Black Tornado - Live At Boston Garden 1971' Vinyl LP Record from MRS

UK Memphis Recording Service will release its vinyl 180-gram LP version of 'Like A Black Tornado - Live At Boston Garden 1971' on 21st October 2022.
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Review | Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

The Memphis Recording Service (MRS), the producers of the 'Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD, boldly state on the front cover that never before have we ever had live film footage (i.e., with synchronized sound) of an Elvis concert from the 50's ... until this time. Well, we certainly do now! Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it. 
  • The DVD Audio section gives you sound quality superior to CD
  • The DVD Video Section Contains both Video Film and synchronized Sound
MRS has ingeniously coordinated licensed, professionally shot black and white newsreel footage (taken at the afternoon September 1956 Tupelo homecoming concert) with the amateur recording made of the concert (which has previously appeared on the Elvis Presley Golden Celebration LP/CD box sets) and it blows you away! Not because of the quality of the footage and audio, but because of the combination! You will hardly believe your eyes and ears!

Blackie | Bill Black and Elvis Presley

For someone who played such a large part in the early years of Elvis Presley, helping establish the hillbilly cat, it's more than a little surprising how few and spread about are the details of Bill Black.

Elvis Presley and Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John saw Elvis in concert at least twice but just missed out on meeting the King of rock 'n roll. Olivia: 'I was really excited to be invited to see the King at the Hilton in Las Vegas. It was a celebrity-packed row, with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber sitting next to me on either side. After the show, I went backstage to meet him and got another big surprise. Doris Day was there, too - I've always adored her. Doris was warm and welcoming, but sadly I never met Elvis up close and personal. His road manager said there was an emergency and Elvis had to leave the building, Literally!'

Goldie Hawn talks about meeting Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Goldie Hawn recalls meeting Elvis when he visited her on the 'Laugh-In' NBC set. 'I met Elvis when I was in Laugh-In ... He was on the set because we used to rehearse in the studio ant NBC ...' And in walks this guy, and he was soooo beautiful, that it just took my breath away, everybody's breath away. And he walked up to me, and he tussled my hair, and he said 'you look like a chicken that's just been hatched'. '....

Brenda Lee Fondly Remembers A Special Gift From Elvis

Brenda Lee and Elvis met at Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga., in March of 1956 when Elvis played the first time there with June Carter and her mother and two sisters.

Interview with Glen Glenn

Well, he couldn't get out, he tried to get out one time, and walk down Hollywood Blvd. and he got all the people recognized him and pretty soon he had a mob down there and they had to call the cops to get him back to the Knickerbocker. And, one night, it must have been about 10 or 11 o'clock, where the Pantages Theatre, it's around the corner from the Knickerbocker. And, across the street from the Knickerbocker was a car, I mean a parking lot. So, people would park their car there and go to the movies at the Pantages Theatre. So, all the people were walking down Hollywood Blvd. and they'd walk across the street to go to their cars, so they wouldn't actually walk right past the Knickerbocker.

Review | Elvis: Peace In The Valley (The Complete Gospel Recordings)

Elvis : Peace In The Valley (The Complete Gospel Recordings) is a long overdue triple CD release. In 1994 we were treated to the excellent double album 'Amazing Grace' and more recently to a number of good (if forgettable) mid-price gospel albums. This set is a fitting testament to an often under-appreciated segment of Elvis' incredible musical legacy. Many fans will be surprised at the breadth of tracks on this release.

Documentary on '68 Comeback Special' Coming From Steve Binder

Hot on the heels of the success of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, the third-highest grossing music biopic since the 1970s, Steve Binder, the Emmy-winning director of Elvis Presley's electrifying '68 Comeback Special, is producing a documentary about the experience. The documentary, coming in 2023, will take fans behind the turbulent creation of the special that revitalized Presley's career.

Elvis On Tour 6 CD + 1 Blu-ray box set

RCA/Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the Elvis On Tour box set, a newly-compiled 50th anniversary celebration of Presley's monumental 1972 concert trek (premiering unreleased live and studio material), on Friday, December 2. Fans can get their first taste of Elvis On Tour when the previously unreleased 'Burning Love (Rehearsal 2),' recorded live at RCA Recording Studios in Hollywood in March 1972.

Songwriter Layng Martine recalls writing 'Way Down', Elvis' last hit

'Way Down' song-writer, Layng Martine Jr. remembers being in seventh grade and hearing one of Elvis Presley's earliest singles on the radio. 'It changed my entire life', he says. Two decades later, the Nashville songwriter wrote a hit for Elvis - which ended up being the final single released before his death in 1977. He remembered writing the song, and learning of Elvis' death, in a conversation with Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Piers Morgan Interview with Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley has discussed her relationship with Elvis, following the release of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis' biopic.

Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley

Very few women in Elvis' life meant as much to him as Ann-Margret.  When Elvis later asked his 'foreman' Joe Esposito, what was so special with Ann-Margret, he replied: - She's the female you.

Elvis Presley became a rock 'n' roll icon with the help of Memphis clothier

Elvis Presley became a rock 'n' roll icon with the help of Memphis clothier: 'That changed everything'
Baz Luhrman and Austin Butler shopped with Bernard Lansky's son Hal in preparation for the biopic 'Elvis'

Elvis Presley and Tony Joe White

I was doing a lot of Elvis on stage. I had my hair combed like Elvis. A big wave. I could sing him, copy him to a T. After 'Polk' came out and I was living in Memphis again, Elvis' producer called me. He said, 'We're flying a jet down to pick you and your wife up. We want you to come to Las Vegas and watch Elvis record 'Polk Salad Annie' for six nights, every night he does it on stage'. Elvis recorded Tony Joe White's 'Polk Salad Annie', 'I've Got a Thing About You Baby' and 'For Ol' Times Sake'. Tony Joe believed that Elvis was planning to also record 'Rainy Night In Georgia'.

Elvis Presley and Bobby Smith

By Billy Smith. My brother, Bobby, got run over down in front of Graceland. That was in '61. I guess Bobby was about nineteen or twenty. He was running across the road. He'd been talking to some friends, and he was coming back across, and a kid who wasn't much older than Bobby came out of the side-road and down Highway 51. He'd been drinking and he claimed he didn't see him. He hit Bobby dead-on. The bumper caught him and threw him up over the hood, and then he rolled on across. It crushed both of his legs, and broke his cheekbone, and cut him up a little. He had some internal bleeding, but it was mostly his legs.

Red West Remembers Writing For The King

That's Someone You Never Forget was a title that came from Elvis. He said, 'How about coming up with a song with the title of That's Someone You Never Forget?' I sat down and wrote it. I played him a demo with me singing that I cut at Gold Star Recording in Hollywood. Elvis liked it and I was in the studio when he recorded it, which was great but also nerve wrecking. Every time he'd start over and say, 'Hold it! hold it!' I'd think, 'Uh oh, he's gonna lose interest'. I like how the song turned out. That song had a strange, weird melody. I like the way Elvis recorded all the songs that I wrote. Elvis wouldn't have recorded my songs if he didn't like them. As a matter of fact there's a couple that he turned down, I wish I had written more for him.

The Million Dollar Quartet | December 4, 1956

The 'Million Dollar Quartet' is a recording of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis PresleyJerry Lee LewisCarl Perkins, and Johnny Cash (According to Cash) and made on December 4, 1956, at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. An article about the session was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar under the title 'Million Dollar Quartet'. Carl Perkins, who by this time had already met success with 'Blue Suede Shoes', had come into the studios that day, accompanied by his brothers Clayton and Jay and by drummer W.S. Holland, their aim being to record some new material, at at his fathers suggestion began working on a revamped version of an old blues song, 'Matchbox'.

Elvis Presley and Johnny Bragg

Johnny Bragg was imprisoned in l943,at the age of sixteen, for crimes he most likely did not commit and was sentenced to six consecutive life-terms in the Tennessee State Prison, Nashville. While serving his sentence, Bragg formed a singing group, the Prisonaires, which became a chart-topping musical act. The Prisonaires were given permission to perform at various shows. both inside and outside of the prison, by Warden James E. Edwards and by Frank Clement, the Governor of Tennessee at the time, who used the group as a showcase for his campaign for prison reform and civil rights. Clement consequently became one of Bragg's closest friends and supporters.

'Elvis' is No. 1 at the box office

'Elvis' has won its box-office danceoff with 'Top Gun: Maverick.' After the two films reported the same ticket sales Sunday, Monday's final numbers has 'Elvis', alone, as king of the weekend.
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Elvis (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CD

Sony Music will release the soundtrack CD to 'Elvis' on July 29, 2022. ELVIS is an epic, big-screen spectacle from visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler) through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
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Tom Hanks Interview

Tom Hanks Interview.

'Elvis' Fact or Fiction: What's Real and What's Not in Baz Luhrmann Biopic

Does the phrase 'That's All Right, Mama' apply to the new 'Elvis' movie… as in, 'that's all correct, ma'am'? No one is probably expecting that; any practiced watcher of biopics knows virtually any example will take deep liberties with the facts for dramatic purposes. And maybe it's a given that a director who puts hip-hop and hard rock on his period-film soundtracks, as Baz Luhrmann does, might favor effect over total verisimilitude.

Update: The Airplanes and The King Hardcover Book

The Elvis Files team finally announced that after 6 months of delays due to paper-shortage, Carlos Varrenti's book, in collaboration with Robert van Beek, 'The Airplanes & The King' was sent to the printers today. The bindery will also be ready in a maximum of two weeks from today. They stated: 'Our apologies for the long wait, but in the end you will be amazed by the quality of The Airplanes & The King book work and that may ease the suffering a little. The Elvis Files team wish you a lot of reading pleasure'. The English version is expanded to an amazing 400 pages with ja lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults and printed as a high quality hardback book.'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti, English version is an expanded 400-page High quality Hardback book with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults! Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team.

'And Then There Was Elvis | A Superfan's Adventures in the Elvis World' 400-page Hardcover Book

Erik Lorentzen's KJ Consulting will publish 'And Then There Was Elvis', a 400-page hardcover book containing the richly illustrated memoirs of superfan Virginia Coons.

Interview with Ann Ellington

On March 8, 1961, Elvis addressed the Tennessee State Legislature and accepted the title of 'Honorary Colonel'. During this time Ann Ellington, the daughter of Governor Buford Ellington met Elvis and even attended his recording session at Studio B on March 23 when he recorded 'Can't help Falling In Love'. Of Elvis Ann said, 'I think any female who had an opportunity to sit down and meet him, just even for five minutes, you find a love for him that words cannot describe'.

Fans flock to stores to buy Elvis records, dramatic sales increase (August 1977)

Record stores in the Los Angeles area reported a dramatic increase in sales of Elvis Presley records Tuesday night. Salespersons at Tower Record stores in Hollywood and Westwood said they had sold 55 to 65 more Elvis records than usual.
Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.

This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.

The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.