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

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 Elvis Presley's monumental 1972 concert trek (premiering unreleased live and studio material), on January 27, 2022. 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.

Interview with 'Aloha From Hawaii' director and producer, Marty Pasetta

Marty Pasetta produced and directed the Aloha TV special which became the most watched TV program ever, with over 1.5 billion people watching it worldwide. Marty actually told Elvis 'He's got to lose some weight' when they met in Las Vegas. Elvis spent the next three months dieting, taking vitamin injections, and rigorously working out with his Memphis karate instructor, Kang Rhee. Director Marty Pasetta reminisces about pitching his ideas for the Elvis Aloha from Hawaii special, the first program to ever be beamed around the world by satellite. Following is an interview with Marty and clips from the show.

Interview with Johnny Tillotson

Johnny Tillotson wrote the song, It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' early in 1962 inspired by the terminal illness of his father. He recorded the song himself and it became one of his biggest hits, reaching # 3 in the US pop chart and becoming the first of his records to make the country music charts, where it peaked at # 4. It earned him his first Grammy nomination, for Best Country & Western Recording, and was later recorded by over 100 performers including Elvis Presley in 1969 at his legendary American Sound Studios Sessions.

Elvis From Louisiana And Memphis 4-CD Set from FTD

FTD is pleased to announce its last release for 2022. It's hoped that this will ship w/c 12th December. As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'Elvis From Louisiana And Memphis'. Released as a 4-CD 5" digi-pak, this set features three 1976 concerts recorded at Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana July 1, 1976, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 2, 1976 and Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee July 5, 1976.
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Interview with Donna Butterworth (Elvis' co-star 'Paradise Hawaiian Style)

Interview with Donna Butterworth who played Jan Kohana in Paradise Hawaiian Style. Donna also appeared in the 1965 film 'The Family Jewels' with Jerry Lewis and received Golden Globe nomination for her role.

Elvis Presley amazed Paul Simon with 'unbelievable' cover

Elvis Presley covered many stunning songs throughout the years from some extremely popular artists. While performing in concert he lent his voice to such incredible tracks as Frank Sinatra's My Way, The Beatles' Something and Yesterday and even Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline. But when he recorded one of Paul Simon's songs for an album, the singer-songwriter was gobsmacked.

Jerry Lee Lewis dies at 87

Jerry Lee Lewis, the last surving member of the famed Million Dollar Quartet has died aged 87. Lewis achieved dazzling early success as a defining hero of rock'n'roll, when he muscled in among Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, creating rock'n'roll piano from honky-tonk and hymn, as if doing so were as natural as breathing, and commandeering rhythm and blues with a casual authority achieved by no other white performer except Elvis Presley. With Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Great Balls of Fire and High School Confidential, he made three of the genre's indispensable classics.

Interview with Steve Wynn

Interview with Steve Wynn, bother of Kenny who we recently featured an interview with. Steve Wynn graduated from The Manlius School, a private boys' school in upstate New York, in 1959. Wynn's father, Michael Weinberg, ran a string of bingo parlors in the eastern United States, and died of complications from heart surgery shortly before Wynn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. At college, he studied Cultural Anthropology and English Literature. After college he took over running the family's bingo operation in Maryland. He did well enough at it to accumulate the money to buy a small stake in the Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where he and his wife, Elaine, moved in 1967. Wynn managed to parlay his profits from a land deal in the early 1970s (the deal involved two established titans of the Las Vegas casino business, Howard Hughes and Caesars Palace) into a controlling interest in a dusty downtown casino, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas (he also owned The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City). Wynn renovated, revamped and expanded the Golden Nugget with enormous success, in the process attracting a new upscale clientele to downtown Las Vegas'. Steve Wynn literally helped build over half the casinos in Las Vegas and having a road was not good enough for him, in 2005 construction completed on The Wynn hotel.

D.J. Fontana Interview (1985)

I knew Elvis was different by his clothes and his actions on stage. I said, ‘The boy's got something. What it is, I don't know'. The first show at the Louisiana Hayride was kind of lukewarm. It was a country-oriented crowd, and they weren't quite used to what he was doing. They weren't ready for it. After the second or third time, that changed and we had kids coming in. But it was a gradual thing. We didn't really know it for a couple of years. We knew we were getting bigger crowds, but we didn't know exactly how big he was. I don't think he knew, because we were always going from one town to the next. We didn't have the chance to hear any critics, although we knew the security had gotten tight. But we really didn't know that he had become so famous. We didn't pay attention to it, because we were there every day. We were all still traveling in a car, and it wasn't any big deal to us'.

Elvis Presley's private Graceland upstairs rooms

Graceland is open to the public these days but nobody is allowed upstairs - just as it was when Elvis was alive. During his 20 years living at Graceland, the upstairs was off-limits except for an invite from Elvis Presley himself. Even to this day, tours of the mansion – which have been on-going for 40 years – do not include The King's bedroom and the bathroom where he died. Nevertheless, Elvis' cousin Billy Smith has described the layout of the star's private haven. Billy spent his whole life by The King's side, both as a boy living on the grounds of Graceland, and then as an inner member of the star's Memphis Mafia.

Sofia Coppola will direct a Priscilla Presley Biopic based on Priscilla's 1985 memoir

Sofia Coppola will direct a Priscilla Presley Biopic based on Priscilla's 1985 memoir, Elvis and Me. Starring Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, 'Priscilla' will chronicle Presley's torrid, one-of-a-kind romance with the king of rock and roll. Born Priscilla Ann Wagner in 1945, she was only 14 when she caught the eye of a then 24-year-old Elvis Presley during his military service in Germany. The pair eventually got married in 1967 and had a daughter, Lisa Marie, before separating in 1972. It's easy to see why Coppola would be drawn to interpreting her one-of-a-kind life for the screen.

Elvis Presley: Prodigy of SUN Records 800-page 2 x Hardcover Book Set in Slipcase

Erik Lorentzen, publisher of The Elvis Files volume 1 to 8 mammoth series of books (and many others) and co-author Robert van Beek set to release: Elvis Presley: Prodigy of SUN Records an 800-page two book formatted as an illustrated day-by-day travelogue and date book chronicling Elvis' early career and life through newspaper clippings, memorabilia and many unique and rare photos in superb quality - Date set for this Spring - over 45 years after Elvis' untimely demise.

Interview with Billy Swan

Well-known in music circles since the early 1960's as a top songwriter, sideman and producer, Swan's songs have been covered successfully by Elvis PresleyWaylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, and many others; one of the first he wrote, Lover Please, was a #7 hit for Clyde McPhatter in 1962, and landed a Grammy for Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge in 1975.  Billy Swan's initial hit single I Can Help sold over one-million copies in Europe and over two million worldwide. Elvis recorded I Can Help on March 10, 1975.

MRS 2 LP Release - Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - Now 1971

UK Memphis Recording Service will release its vinyl 180-gram 2LP version of 'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - Now 1971' on 25th November 2022. Live performances are 28th January (Midnight) and the closing show 23rd February 1971 from Elvis' engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel. The 2LP's also contain bonus tracks.

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.

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.

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'

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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.