World's Best Kept
Secret: Elvis live at Del Webb's Sahara
The book : World's Best Kept Secret: Elvis live at
Del Webb's Sahara
What you see is what you
With this book, the fans will
get what they have been waiting for - a definitive book
about the engagements of Elvis Presley at Del Webb's
Sahara Tahoe from 1971 through 1976. Author Sue
McCasland recounts her experiences of the magic of the
Elvis Presley show and shares her photographs for the
first time with Elvis fans world wide. Memorabilia
expert Joseph A. Krein opens his huge collection and
explains the unique and rare items. Countless
interviews and conversations, with additional Elvis fans
who were also there, when Elvis played live in Tahoe
plus comprehensive research preceded the work before the
project was started. The end result was very important
to the team to have an exciting, fact based, but also a
very vivid book about this never before documented time
frame of Elvis' life and
Sue McCasland and Joseph A. Krein
allow you get an insight into the mysterious, unexplored
and fascinating area of the 'World's Best Kept
The book 'Elvis live at Del Webb's
Sahara Tahoe' offers many memories and impressions of
the 70s about Lake Tahoe. From the history of the Lake
itself, to the owner of the hotel Del E. Webb, from the
architect Martin Stern, Jr. to the opening ceremony of
the Sahara Tahoe.
The chronological way of
telling the story about all these events and the
retrospection to 'what it was like' is not only an eye
catcher, but will fascinate the reader. Former employees
tell their stories about the fans and Elvis with
corresponding pictures to create a complete image of the
gambling paradise with Elvis' performances in the mind's
eye. Ed Bonja, Elvis' official tour photographer
recounts his memories of the entourage crew accompanied
by original Sahara Tahoe memorabilia and personal items
(letters, checks, bills, etc.).
ELVIS is announced with large letters.
Thanks to the
fans, the smaller, black letters were always the same:
ALL CONCERTS SOLD
The book explains the change of the
Sahara Tahoe Hotel (when Elvis played there) to today's
version called the 'Horizon'. There's a spotlight on the
connection to the 'Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary'
and how Elvis supported the hospital with his
performances. Dick Grob (member of the Memphis Mafia and
bodyguard) also with Sonny West (Elvis' friend and
bodyguard) enrich the book with great stories about the
things that happened while being with Elvis in Lake
Sue McCasland was among the very few fans
who were able to take pictures. You have to know that
you were allowed to take pictures during concerts when
Elvis was on tour, but during the engagements at Las
Vegas and Lake Tahoe it was prohibited. There was a much
more intimate atmosphere in Tahoe, because of a smaller
showroom, so the risk was higher to get caught while
sneaking cameras into the showroom and taking pictures
during the concert. With that knowledge, one can
appreciate the value of Sue's photos - a real treasure,
so to say. And thank God, Sue has decided to share her
personal treasure with the world.
existing photo of Elvis' performances in Tahoe from
1971-1976 has been tracked down and restored for the use
in combination with historical information in this
visual experience. You will see Elvis in a great mood,
smiling, entertaining the audience and enjoying the
moments where there is interaction with the audience.
See him wearing a gorilla mask, see him having fun with
Mickey Mouse ears, see him kissing his female fans,
singing spontaneously rare versions of 'Young and
Beautiful', 'Return To Sender' or an exclusive rendition
of 'Happy Birthday' and witness the moment where Elvis
gets caught in a water pistol fight.
Different perspectives, different angles
and a vast collection of different stage outfits portray
Elvis on stage. Complementary items like tickets,
newspaper articles, reviews, advertisements, banners,
posters, menus, napkins, ashtrays, dice, casino
memorabilia, postcards and a lot more. This book will
definitely provide you information and shots you have
never seen before. The Praytome Publishing team is proud
to present you the most comprehensive photo collection
of Elvis' performances in Lake Tahoe and are very happy
Sue McCasland decided to share her personal collection
of memories and unpublished photos.
The complete story about Tahoe.
The book explains not only the
origin of the name 'Lake Tahoe', but gives a lot more
information about the area. There are details about the
resort area, the idea of creating a hotel nearby with
the opening ceremony of the hotel plus the plans and
architectural designs by Martin Stern, Jr. - which, of
course, contain the structure of the showroom and, of
The photos are real gems, not only
because they have never been published, but the May '74
engagement is illustrated for the very first time.
See Elvis wearing the Peacock suit (photo on the
right side). One of the biggest surprises is the
collection of more than two dozen shots from October
1974 showing Elvis in the Sundial suit. The myth that
this suit was only worn in 1977 comes now to an end,
definitely. That's one of the reasons why this book is
call a 'definitive book'.
In which category can this book be best placed?
The question is easily asked, but the answer is really
difficult to answer. It's a definitive book - category:
comprehensive and many-sided.
Lake Tahoe - a wonderful resort
area for people
who love to ski and enjoy the beauty
Many-sided because the appeal of
the content reaches a very diversified target audience.
Among the fans, there are some who enjoy the
nice pictorials where Elvis smiles impishly in the
camera and really looks marvelous. There are fans who
are interested in the pictures, because they want to
study the famous suits.
There are fans who want
the pictures in order to archive concretely dated photos
according to the concerts. There are those who are
interested in the listing of the recordings of the
engagements.Other fans will read with enthusiasm the
impressions of the concerts from first hand witnesses in
order to image themselves there.
people want to read stories and reports of Elvis
backstage to know about the meeting of Elvis and Clint
Eastwood ('Dirty Harry').
Then there are fans who are more
interested in why some shows had been canceled and about
the 'Mother's Day Shows', and how the hotel, the
showroom and Elvis' suite looked like. And then you have
the memorabilia collectors, who have been dependent on
other experts to help them understand the Tahoe
memorabilia. And in the end, there are fans who are
interested in everything.
In opposition to the former 'Live'
pictorial books of Praytome Publishing, this is a
'Definitive Book' which deals intensively with a
specific topic and doesn't put the focus on a special
concert as in 'Born To Rock'.
intensively matters about Elvis' complete engagements in
the years 1971-76. Furthermore, for the better
understanding for the reader as the city itself and the
entire surrounding area is explained.
had to be adapted to the different requirements as it
deals intensively with the topic as you would never had
thought it could be possible. When the announcement came
out, the Elvis World agreed that it's not possible at
all to write a book about Tahoe!
product shows about 470 photos and memorabilia with
extensive explanations. A picture of
Elvis in Lake
Tahoe, you never knew before.
As a matter of course, the same
paper we used for 'Born To Rock' is applied. It has a
special varnish which protects the book from the
Because of the positive
response from the fans concerning the improved quality
of paper and also the printing, we decided to use the
same material to reach another excellent
The producers together with the authors
Sue McCasland and Joseph A. Krein made the dream come
true to publish a book about Elvis' engagements in Lake
Tahoe, which is not to put the other Praytome Publishing
projects in the background.
While keeping the
thought in mind 'Evolution instead of Revolution' and
with the help of many fans, insistent research,
countless hours of working and unique teamwork, this
dream is a reality and after more than three decades,
the best kept secret is revealed.
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