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Nancy Rooks was hired on at Graceland as Elvis Presley's cook / maid in May of 1967. She was there at Graceland on that awful day of August 16th 1977 and continued working at Graceland after Elvis' death.
'And Then There Was Elvis', the 400-page hardcover book containing the richly illustrated memoirs of superfan Virginia Coons from Erik Lorentzen's KJ Consulting is now at the printers so we are nearing the end of the long wait for this book.
As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of Elvis: Houston-Fort Worth-Baton Rouge 1974. Released as a 3-CD 5' digi-pak, this set features three 1974 shows from Astrodome, Houston, Texas (evening show) March 3, Tarrant Convention Center, Fort Worth (evening show) June 15 and Louisiana State University Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, June 17.
As part of its acclaimed 'Sessions' series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'The How Great Thou Art Sessions'. Recorded during May and June of 1996. The 3x Platinum winning album also provided Elvis with his first Grammy ® award for 'Best Sacred Performance'. Apart from the excellent gospel performances including 'Run On', 'So High' and 'Where No One Stands Alone'. The sessions also spawned the secular hits 'If Every Day Was Like Christmas', 'Love Letters' and Indescribably Blue'. Packaged in FTD's 8" format, it features a 24-page booklet with insightful notes, recording data and memorabilia.
FTD Vinyl is pleased to announce the release of Fun In Acapulco 2-LP Limited Edition. Taking inspiration from RCA Victor's European release, this 180 GRAM double vinyl soundtrack companion features original soundtrack masters and many excellent alternative outtakes. Bonus tracks include 'Witchcraft (takes 3/M)', 'Love Me Tonight (takes 6-8/M)' and 'Slowly But Surely (take 5/M)'.
Barbara Leigh is an accomplished model and actress who currently works for the Playboy organization. As an actress, Barbara has appeared in numerous TV series and on the big screen with major stars including Rock Hudson and Steve McQueen. Barbara is also fondly remembered as the 'original' Vampirella. In 1970 Barbara was introduced to Elvis and that meeting began a torrid, two-year affair. Barbara speaks candidly about her time with Elvis.
What happens when you surround Elvis Presley with a first-rate cast, a top screenwriter and a highly talented director?
Hound Dog was Elvis' first great protest song. Social rebellion had been implicit in many of his greatest Sun performances - especially Good Rocking Tonight - and became explicit in Baby Let's Play House where his sexy, yet sinister vocal directly challenges the mores of Fifties America, warning his girl that college, school and Cadillacs didn't make her a better person. But 13 years before In The Ghetto, Elvis' aggressive, dynamic cover of Big Mama Thornton's R&B hit, was an epic expression of a working class hero's righteous anger against those who had judged, misunderstood and patronised him. Elvis' Hound Dog is, Rolling Stone proclaimed, 'a declaration of independence from one generation to its cold, rigid elders'.
'I tell young musicians that we recorded 35 tracks in five nights, and they tell me that's impossible!' snickers Norbert Putnam, bassist with Elvis Presley from 1970 to 1977.
FTD has released 'Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden' 3-CD Box Set and our order is now on the way to us. Having just concluded an immensely successful sell-out tour in April, that was filmed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for the 1972 documentary Elvis On Tour, confidence in Elvis' camp was high as all four shows at New York's Madison Square Garden were sold out along with the rest of the June tour. Any reticence that Elvis may still have had about performing in the Big Apple were soon allayed as the noise from the MSG audiences was deafening. Summing up the triumph, The New York Times 'Arts and Leisure' headline read 'Like A Prince From Another Planet'.
Following on from the success of 'The Making of Jailhouse Rock', FTD Books has released 'The Making of Blue Hawaii'. Our order is now on the way to us. The deluxe movie book contains 387 pages of rare photos and extensive memorabilia from the film including shooting schedules and memories from cast and crew. The music book includes 85 pages of photos and detailed recording documents. Expected release end of April.
From the age of 10, or whenever she could get her hands on a camera - whatever came first - Riley Keough was making movies.
Interview with Elvis' Flaming Star, co-star Barbara Eden. God, what a talent he was! I remember the first time I saw him. It was on television. I had a job dancing, and one of the girls took me home to rehearse, and her sister came running in the room and said, 'Look! Look! Quick! Stop!' It was the Ed Sullivan Show
. And he was just electric. You'd never forget him after that.
Up on the 17th floor of the St Regis Hotel in New York City, John Lennon is learning to type. 'It's great', he says, 'Yoko's teaching me'. John is in his bedroom, surrounded by the detritus of creation: guitars, books, notepads, nylon-tipped pens, and... a box full of Elvis Presley singles. 'I asked someone to get all his old singles for me', he says, now down on his hands and knees, opening the box and spilling the bright red RCA labels over the floor. The next 10 minutes are spent sorting them out. My Baby Left Me, Hound Dog, One Night
and the old Sun classics
are in one pile, while crap (John's opinion) like Bossa Nova Baby
and Are You Lonesome Tonight?
go on another.
Venus Productions is proud to present Unedited Masters Vol. 1 (Venus), a new CD with unreleased, unedited, overdubbed or differently mixed tracks! It's been a while since our last release and we're looking forward to bring you unreleased tracks in top sound again. We'll kick off with a paper sleeve CD that we almost forgot about and has been ready for 3 years.
Memphis Recording Service will release its vinyl 180-gram 2LP version of 'Las Vegas Summer Festival 1972' on 17th May 2023.
Elvis Presley's Friend, Confidante & Business Partner Jerry Schilling On His Lifelong Relationship With The King | Jerry Schilling's tender friendship with the King is a core component of his identity, but his story wouldn't mean much if he wasn't a fascinating character in his own right. In this interview, he goes deep on how Elvis Presley irrevocably shaped him.
In 1957, Yvonne Lime was chosen to co-star with Elvis Presley in Loving You in which she played the role of Sally. Elvis and Yvonne developed more than a professional interest in one another - and they dated some during the filming. Yvonne spent Easter weekend 1957 with Elvis and his parents at Audubon Drive in Memphis and Elvis took her to see Graceland that was in the midst of renovation and the two posed for a series of photographs in front of the house.
Elvis Presley could merely open his mouth and fans across the world would be utterly entranced by what came out of it. Elvis inspired the onslaught of rock and roll bands of the 1960s, including one of rock's finest exports, Led Zeppelin. Singer Robert Plant owes much of his introduction to genre to Elvis, as confirmed in a number of press pieces throughout the years.
Read the story of and view photos from Elvis' Stop in Vickers Gas Station, Memphis, October 4, 1976.
The following article was first published in the U.K. based ‘Elvis Monthly' magazine in 1974, written by Wayne Stierle. The annoyance is the single sleeve which proclaims an 'Easter Television Special From Elvis'. The fact is most fans are eagerly awaiting it, and why not? (Unless Elvis decided to convert his millions of non-religious fans and fans of other beliefs to his way of worshiping it'll be great. If he pulls off a religious trip, well, it'll be interesting to see how the country responds to it). But, no such thing, folks, and here we go on a binge of phone calls to find out what's happening, or not happening. Come on along!
Following is the tracklisting for 'The Making of Blue Hawaii'. The 4 compact discs included with this deluxe set feature the soundtrack recording sessions which are newly mixed from the original 3-track tapes. Featuring 50 unreleased takes, the songs are sequenced in recording order for the first time. A 33rpm vinyl EP is also included.The deluxe movie book contains 387 pages of rare photos and extensive memorabilia from the film including shooting schedules and memories from cast and crew. The music book includes 85 pages of photos and detailed recording documents. Expected release end of April.
Following on from the success of 'The Making of Jailhouse Rock', FTD Books announces the release of 'The Making of Blue Hawaii'. The deluxe movie book contains 387 pages of rare photos and extensive memorabilia from the film including shooting schedules and memories from cast and crew. The music book includes 85 pages of photos and detailed recording documents. Expected release end of April.
FTD is pleased to announce 'Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden' 3-CD Box Set with an estimated shipping date of April 24. Having just concluded an immensely successful sell-out tour in April, that was filmed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for the 1972 documentary Elvis On Tour, confidence in Elvis' camp was high as all four shows at New York's Madison Square Garden were sold out along with the rest of the June tour. Any reticence that Elvis may still have had about performing in the Big Apple were soon allayed as the noise from the MSG audiences was deafening. Summing up the triumph, The New York Times 'Arts and Leisure' headline read 'Like A Prince From Another Planet'.
Ronnie Milsap auspiciously bridged the gap between country and pop in the early '80s, and his influence still permeates contemporary country music radio. In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview, Milsap, the dictionary definition of a crossover phenomenon, recalls meeting boyhood idol Elvis Presley and ultimately getting to play on the King of Rock and Roll's heralded 1969 comeback sessions at American Sound Studios in Memphis.
Elvis Presley co-star Interviews 1992 Part 5 (of a 5 part series).
If Elvis Presley lived, perhaps he would still visit Denver, where it turns out 'The King' struck up some close friendships in the 1970s. Elvis was even made an honorary captain on the city's police force. Robert Cantwell first got to know Elvis in 1970 while working as a guard in a hotel the night Elvis played the Denver Coliseum. When Elvis emerged from an elevator, Cantwell wasn't sure it was him. So he asked for identification. 'He was definitely a country, Southern gentleman', Cantwell tells Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. 'Off the stage he was a different Elvis. He was a superstar on the stage and a super friend off the stage'.
'Elvis On Tour' shows Elvis Presley in the midst of the whirlwind touring that dominated his career in the 1970s. 'Elvis On Tour' directors and members of Elvis' backing band tell about the experience - with the film now reissued as an expanded edition in a Blu-ray/CD set.
Elvis Presley co-star Interviews 1992 Part 4 (of a 5 part series).
Despite rumors to the contrary, the fourth volume of Joseph Tunzi's informative Elvis 'Sessions' series is still being published, and hopefully it will be this year. Daryl R. (who is helping Joe Tunzi with the release) posted this message: Recently, I received an email questioning whether Elvis Sessions IV by JAT Productions has been cancelled, abandoned, delayed, whatever you want to call it. The answer is a resounding no, the book has not been cancelled or abandoned. We have too much time, effort and financial resources tied up into the book for it to simply be cancelled or abandoned.
FTD Vinyl has released the special blue vinyl edition of From Elvis Presley Boulevard and our order is on the way to us. Each double album is individually numbered and features great outtakes and masters recorded in the legendary Jungle Room. Songs include Hurt, For The Heart, Love Coming Down, I'll Never Fall In Love Again and The Last Farewell. Available only while stock of 3500 lasts!
FTD has released 'Elvis: Let Me Be There' and our order is on the way to us.. This first new release for 2023 is part of its ongoing live on tour series.
Elvis Presley co-star Interviews 1992 Part 3 (of a 5 part series).
'Memphis Recording Service' (MRS) will release a 4 CD Deluxe titled 'Las Vegas Summer Festival 1972' on 28th April 2023. This 4 CD set contains a varied selection of live performances drawn from Elvis' seventh engagement in Las Vegas. The shows, recorded at the Hilton Hotel, took place during Elvis' summer festival in the month of August 1972. Bonus rehearsal tracks, recorded days before the engagement began, are also included. The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia and liner notes to set the scene.
UK Memphis Recording Service have released its vinyl 180-gram LP version of 'Las Vegas Hilton Presents Elvis – Opening Night 1972' and this is now in stock at ElvisPresleyShop.com. 'Las Vegas Hilton Presents Elvis – Opening Night 1972' contains a thrilling new show - featuring a revised setlist - from Elvis' Opening Night at the Las Vegas Hilton on the 26 January 1972. The soundboard recording has been remastered and for the first time presented in true stereo. The accompanying booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia along with introductory notes.
For Record Store Day 2023, from the French VPI / LMLR record label Elvis Is Black! 3 LP Vinyl Record Set (colored vinyl). This triple album contains no fewer than fifty-three titles. This set is a unique compilation that has never been produced before. It is exceptional as a tribute to all the fabulous songwriters who contributed to make the records of Elvis an incomparable body of work that is not only flamboyant, but eternal.
For Record Store Day 2023, from the French VPI / LMLR record label He Was The One 'Elvis Sings Aaron Schroeder' single LP (colored vinyl).
For Record Store Day 2023 from Sony Music Burning Love: The RCA Rehearsals 2 LP Vinyl Record Set.
Burning Love: The RCA Rehearsals compiles the best of the recordings made during rehearsals for Elvis' April 1972 US tour, and the tracks are all taken from the new Elvis On Tour collection.
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 in April or May.
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.