Erik Lorentzen has released Eleven Hundred and Twenty-Four the deluxe 3 Hardcover Book Set in Slipcase and our order is on the way to us. 1124 ... that's the number of concerts Elvis performed since his return to the stage in front of a live audience in 1969. This is a
The pioneering guitar player reveals the seminal moments of his groundbreaking career in this incredible interview from the GP archives. Long before there was rock 'n' roll, Scotty Moore (1931-2016) was a rock 'n' roll guitar player. As Elvis Presley's first guitarist, every note the young man played - including such groundbreaking classics as 'Hound Dog,' 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Heartbreak Hotel' - was memorized by countless budding guitar players (many of whom have gone on to become legends themselves.) Moore was among the handful of musicians in the early '50s of whom it can be said, 'They invented rock 'n' roll'. The following interview extract originally appeared in the August 1974 issue of Guitar Player…
'Culture Factory' France, (VTI Records) will release 'Elvis Styles' on both Limited Edition 3 LP Vinyl Record Set and 3 CD Set for Record Store Day 2024. 'Elvis Styles' on clouded neon-pink colored vinyl, clouded backs and white colored vinyl and clouded translucent as a triple LP Set vinyl and also a CD Set. Both vinyl releases are limited to 1,500 copies each.
'Culture Factory' France, (VTI Records) will release 'I'm Counting On Them | Elvis Sings Otis Blackwell & Don Robertson' on both Limited Edition LP Vinyl Record Set and CD Set for Record Store Day 2024.
In late February 1972, President Richard Nixon made a historic trip to China in an effort to ease long-term tensions and hostilities after years of diplomatic isolation. Not only did this visit strengthen Chinese-American relations, but it also served to encourage progress with the USSR. I was driving Colonel Parker from Los Angeles to Palm Springs as we listened to a radio broadcast of this event, live via satellite from China. The Colonel's mind went into overdrive as he learned about this new technology, which would allow people to hear and see someone around the world on radio and television. He blurted the first thing that came to his mind. Inc.
A highly unusual concert-advertising poster for Elvis Presley appearing at 3:00 AM in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada on Sunday morning, May 13, 1973. This middle-of-the-night event was a special show in memory of the singer's late mother, Mrs. Gladys Presley, and all proceeds were donated to the local hospital. The show took place in the High Sierra Theatre at the Sahara Tahoe Casino, and fell in the middle of a typical two-week stand there by Elvis. This poster originated with a fan who was in Tahoe that weekend and tried to attend the show, but it quickly sold out. So instead he took this poster down from inside the casino the next day. This is thought to be the only Elvis Presley concert poster in history to mention his mother, whom he was extremely close to. It was made on a heavy art board, as opposed to standard cardboard. Measures 22" x 28".
FTD Vinyl is pleased to announce the release of Elvis' last studio album Moody Blue in LIMITED EDITION GOLD SPARKLE 180-Gram vinyl. This individually numbered gold collectible is limited to 4000 copies. Apart from outtakes of 'Way Down' and 'Moody Blue', this 2-LP deluxe edition includes 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)', 'Pledging My Love', He'll Have To Go' plus two undubbed versions of his now legendary emotional interpretation of 'Unchained Melody'.
View a previously unseen video of Elvis Presley as he passes through Fort Worth TX on January 11, 1958. From KXAS-NBC 5 News Collection and was provided to UNT Digital Library by the UNT Libraries Special Collections.
'Memphis Recording Service' (MRS) has released the deluxe 2CD set, and LP titled 'Elvis: At 3:AM – Lake Tahoe 1973' and our order is on the way to us. The CD features live performances of both the Midnight and 3:AM shows from Elvis' May 1973 engagement at The Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The shows is presented in stereo for the first time ever. The accompanying booklet - featuring rare photographs, memorabilia and includes liner notes that set the scene. The LP version is only of the 3:AM show and is available in black and clear (the clear only Elvis dealers) versions.
Also on the way to us we have more of the following titles ....
We have a new preview video that explains why Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - Thru the eyes of Japan needed to be reprinted - and clearly shows why this is going to be a fantastic release with such dedication to quality. The printing fault delayed the release with March currently the new expected release date. Now, fifty years after Elvis' legendary concert in Hawaii ... many valuable, long-lost negatives have been discovered : the release of Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - Thru the eyes of Japan (Nov '72 & Jan '73) a hardcover book with beautiful photographs taken by Japanese cameraman, Yoshiji Kizaki. Text in English (translated by David Ward). Worldwide Release: March, 2024 and it is a limited edition of 500 copies. Mr. Kizaki is one of the few photographers who photographed not only the actual show in January 1973, but also the three Aloha performances and press conference held in November 1972.
Born in 1936 in LaGrange, Georgia, Chips Moman made his name as one of the architects of the Memphis Sound, an edgier style of soul music descended from Memphis' blues and rhythm and blues. Settling in Memphis in the late 1950s, he helped establish soulful Stax Records in 1958. Six years later, Moman and fellow producer Bob Crewe founded American Sound Studios. Both; the champions of the Memphis Sound.
Interview with Elvis Presley - The 1969 Press Conference - August 1, 1969. 'Why have you waited so long to perform Live again?' 'Did you return to Live Performing because of the Phenomenal successes of Wales Singer Tom Jones and British Crooner Engelbert Humperdinck?'
As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'Elvis: Stateline Sahara 1974'. Released as a 3-CD 5" digi-pak, this set features three great shows from Lake Tahoe, Nevada: May 19 (evening show), May 20 (midnight show) and May 25 (Midnight show). Recorded in mono. Released at the same time, as part of its ongoing 'Sessions' series, Follow That Dream (FTD) is pleased to announce the release of Elvis Presley - The Blue Hawaii Sessions. Released as a 4-CD SET, It features the complete soundtrack sessions newly-mixed from the original 3-track session tapes. The 24-page booklet features informative flashbacks from musicians and songwriters. session data, memorabilia and global chart information.
Exclusively to Elvis dealers only, next month MRS will release two very collectable titles both comprising a 7" gatefold 45rpm vinyl EP single housed together with a sleeved CD EP single. This unique packaging, designed and created by MRS, comprises on the inside left panel a CD wallet inserted into a slot and on the right panel a vinyl 45rpm 7" EP single. The 45rpms will be available in both black and crystal-clear vinyl. Since these two titles will NOT be available on mainstream internet sites and stores, these releases are in extremely limited numbers. These two uniquely designed EPs are, 'Elvis Presley & Frank Sinatra – Welcome Home Elvis' and 'Follow That Dream'.
In 1960, NME writer Derek Johnson jetted over to Germany for a chat with Sergeant Presley. Elvis Presley treated me to one of his smouldering, heavy-lidded glances, and the corner of his mouth curled into a faint smile. 'I don't know if I shall manage to get to the top again', he said. 'I only wish I did know. I hear that trends have changed, so it might be pretty difficult for me. But I'll tell you this - I'm gonna try hard'.
The 1973 Soundboard Collection And More is a comprehensive deluxe 8 CD set contains all known soundboard recordings recorded during live performances at the Las Vegas Hilton & Lake Tahoe in 1973. All shows are painstakingly remastered, and presented as they were recorded: in glorious mono sound. The included bonus disc set contains 23 rare and official unreleased versions of studio tracks recorded in 1973. This disc includes alternate takes, unedited masters, unreleased mono masters and further unreleased alternate recordings. Get this ultimate deluxe edition while it's available; it'll round up your collection.
Elvis Presley knew how to entertain and he certainly applied that in the best Elvis movies. 'You have to put on a show for people in order to draw a crowd', he once shared. 'If I just stood out there and sang and didn't move a muscle, then people would say, ‘My goodness, I can stay home and listen to his records'. You have to give them a show'. And that he did, which is why the King was - and still is - a legendary musical icon who's recognized as the greatest-selling solo artist of all time, having sold over an estimated billion records worldwide.
Singer, actor, television host and countless other job titles could be attributed to Dionne Warwick. The New Jersey-born musician reached a level of fame that can be considered legendary decades ago and has maintained that reputation ever since. It has not always been smooth sailing for Warwick, though, and it is possible she would not have reached her levels of stardom without the enterprising help of one Elvis Presley.
There has been a printing fault delaying the release of Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - Thru the eyes of Japan with March currently the new expected release date as the books need to be reprinted. Now, in 2023, fifty years after Elvis' legendary concert in Hawaii ... many valuable, long-lost negatives have been discovered : the release of Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - Thru the eyes of Japan (Nov '72 & Jan '73) a hardcover book with beautiful photographs taken by Japanese cameraman, Yoshiji Kizaki. Text in English (translated by David Ward). Worldwide Release: March, 2024 and it is a limited edition of 500 copies.
Erik Lorentzen has announced the release of 'Eleven Hundred and Twenty-Four' ... that's the number of concerts Elvis performed since his return to the stage in front of a live audience in 1969. This is a deluxe 3 Hardcover Books in Slipcase and is expected to be released in November.
In the first of two articles, Paul Simpson explores how Hal Wallis broke his own rules when he made King Creole - and how that transformed Elvis' movie career. 'There was absolutely no point in pushing him', producer Hal Wallis said once, reflecting on Elvis Presley's movie career.
Riley Keough has announced the October 15, 2024 publication of Lisa Marie Presley's memoirs. She posted: 'I'm honored to help put my mother's book out for her. Her autobiography will be out in October'. The memoir of Lisa Marie Presley, the singer-songwriter daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley will be published by Random House.
Although many consider Elvis' mid-1950s sessions with Sam Phillips at Sun Records his most seminal work and his RCA recordings in Nashville and New York in the late-'50s his most successful, in terms of a single album, the consensus is Presley's best and most creatively satisfying LP was 1969's 'From Elvis in Memphis', recorded - where else? - in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.
Excerpt from the 400-page Hardcover Book 'And Then There Was Elvis | A Superfan's Adventures in the Elvis World'. Sanders did a very poor job of representing the fans. Like Jerry Hopkins, Denis Sanders just did not respect the fans. For example, there was that stupid clip he used of Sue with her cat; and that guy with those glasses - he admitted he wasn't much of an Elvis fan so why was he even in the film? And then there was the poor girl in the church. That was Mom's friend Linda. It was Sanders who wanted to film in her church and the minister agreed to let him. But Linda was horrified by the line of questioning Sanders pursued. He tried to get her to say - and in front of her minister no less - that she loved Elvis more than God. That is why she back peddled herself into a corner by saying she loved Elvis, but she didn't want to marry him. She loved him like a friend or a brother. I later heard that when Elvis saw the film at the studio he said, 'Why - What's wrong with me - Why wouldn't she want to marry me?' He was hurt by that, wondering why she would not ever think of him as someone who could be loved as a husband.
Anita Marie Wood Brewer was a TV performer, recording artist and girlfriend to Elvis Presley. She later married NFL football player Johnny Brewer. Elvis Presley and Anita Wood met in 1957 and in the same year Elvis referred to Wood as his 'No. 1 Girl'. The two dated seriously for several years from 1957 to 1962. Anita signed a contract to work as an actress for Paramount Pictures but later gave it up for Elvis. While he was in the army, he sent her letters which he told her never to show anyone. Anita recorded for ABC-Paramount (1958); Sun (1961); and Santo (1963). She also worked on the Andy Williams TV Show (summer 1958) and is the uncredited vocalist with Williams on 'The Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au)', a Top 15 hit in early 1959.
As part of its ongoing 'Sessions' series, Follow That Dream (FTD) is pleased to announce the release of Elvis Presley - The Blue Hawaii Sessions. Released as a 4-CD SET, It features the complete soundtrack sessions newly-mixed from the original 3-track session tapes. The 24-page booklet features informative flashbacks from musicians and songwriters. session data, memorabilia and global chart information.
Interview with Anita Wood Part II. Anita talks about the death of Elvis' mother, Priscilla, Elvis' return from Germany, letters from Priscilla and breaking up with Elvis, the name similar to Lisa Marie they would have given their child if they had a girl and if a boy he was to be Elvis Presley Jr, the death of Elvis and much more.
First time I met Elvis was at RCA recording studio in Los Angeles. And that was the first rehearsal that I had with him. James Burton called me and I had done an album with James and he remembered me, fortunately. So he called me and asked me if I wanted to do it. And I wasn't an Elvis fan. And I wasn't big on it. I wasn't gonna do it. But I wanted to go down and see what Elvis was like, you know.
Christmas was a special time for Elvis and every year he decorated Graceland, inside and out, with an impressive display of lights and decorations to celebrate the festive season. With his love of the season it seemed an obvious move for him to record a selection of Christmas songs for release on an album, or at least The Colonel and RCA thought so.
Interview with Elvis' dentist, Dr. Lester Hoffman who first met Elvis just after he had come back from Hawaii, from making Blue Hawaii. 'It was my day out of the office, the girl called me and said, There's a phone call, somebody said Elvis Presley needs a dentist'.
'Memphis Recording Service' (MRS) will release a deluxe 2CD set, and an LP titled 'Elvis: At 3:AM – Lake Tahoe 1973' both on 23rd February 2024. The CD features live performances of both the Midnight and 3:AM shows from Elvis' May 1973 engagement at The Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The shows is presented in stereo for the first time ever. The accompanying booklet - featuring rare photographs, memorabilia and includes liner notes that set the scene. The LP version is only of the 3:AM show and is available in black and clear (the clear only Elvis dealers) versions.
Interview with Glen D. Hardin. I Elvis him the first time when I went to an audition to play the Las Vegas show. I didn't go the first time in 1969. But I, after that, Larry Muhoberac, playing the piano before me, for reasons of his own, didn't want to go on the road anymore. Anyway, the boys in the band leaned on me and wanted to come and do it, so I went down for a little audition.
June 2021 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (JTA) – The large crate sat unopened in a 20,000-square-foot warehouse here for more than four decades, concealing a little-known fact about one of America's cultural icons. Inside was the headstone of Elvis Presley's mother, Gladys, which had been stored in the Graceland archives along with 1.5 million other items since 1977. And on the upper left side of the long-unseen marker - designed by Elvis himself - is a Star of David.
Suzanna Leigh was the Kate Winslet of her day: a beautiful feted young British actress who made it big in Hollywood. In her heyday she starred opposite Elvis Presley and Tony Curtis and stepped out with Steve McQueen; her other beaux included Patrick Lichfield, Richard Harris and Michael Caine (for one night only - well, it was the Sixties, after all). She lived a champagne lifestyle, mixed with the beautiful people and drove a Rolls Royce. She was presented to the Queen at a Royal Command Performance. (HRH wanted only to hear about Elvis, she remembers.)
In an extract from his new memoir A Head Full of Music, Cliff Richard recalls his first encounter with the King – and how he fell for his music, style and way of being. That Saturday in May 1956, Norman Mitham, Terry Smart and I did the walk. We were planning to do the usual: hang out in the park, look in a couple of shops, have a cup of tea in a cafe, maybe call in at Marsden's to listen to a new single or two. And then, outside the newsagent's, Aspland's, we saw the parked car.
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.
Elvis Presley's songs are unforgettable - they have stood the test of time, especially his singles of the 1950s, a decade in which he had a song at No. 1. for 59 weeks and 4 No. 1 albums ('56-'59). Read More.