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In April 1957, Sepia magazine, a white-owned sensationalist monthly for black readers, took up a discussion, 'How Negroes Feel About Elvis', as controversial then as it is today: the case of a white kid - Elvis Presley - who adopted black music and became the most successful artist of his time. When the 'establishment' accused Elvis Presley of being vulgar, of being deliberately sexual, they did not mean this. This was the cover for what was really meant, what was really feared
, and that was that Elvis would lead to equal rights and racial integration
. And not just Elvis any white person singing rock 'n' roll. Carl Perkins was warned to not do his show. Elvis was simply the number one guy and therefore got the most attention. Here is our definitive response to this nonsense. Read more
In a never-before-seen photograph by Hollywood legend Nat Dallinger, Elvis Presley and Juliet Prowse attend a movie dinner after a special screening of their forthcoming movie G.I. Blues. The co-stars attended a studio-hosted buffet dinner to promote the film to exhibitors. Prowse, appearing in only her second major motion picture, apparently worked hard to perk up his mood.
We have a few copies of the My Baby Left Me 10" vinyl single
, a 1000 copies only limited numbered edition that was released in 2007 only through HMV Stores in the UK (For one week only) by the 'Memphis Recording Service
'. The single entered the UK Top 40 chart at #19. The single also made the 2009 edition of the 'Guinness Book of World Records' as it took nearly 52 years from the time it was recorded, to be a hit, the longest time a recording has taken to become a hit. This is the longest time it took for a track to become a hit. This 10" vinyl is packaged in high grade stock cover, again replicated to t
he original HMV sleeve and the labels are replicated to the original HMV EXPORT version of the original. Only 10,000 were made of these and all are individually numbered.
The new book 'Elvis On Tour 1970 Vol. 2
' is without a doubt THE very best book ever on this important part of Elvis' seventies career. 1970 was the year when the Elvis Road Show hit 'the road' again, and this wonderful book gives details about the second half of that year. Combined with Volume 1, this is a must-have set for every Seventies-junkie. And we're not the only ones to praise the book, see below for more:
To be released This week
, the huge 3 volume 'Ultimate Elvis : The Complete & Definitive Recording Sessions
' will now be BIGGER and have more pages than expected. Initially each of the three volumes was set at 500 pages (per book), but now the total has already reached 1700 pages. The set
is already sold-out - meaning what we have on order is all we can get
so if you have not yet ordered one yet, do so!! This massive set is individually numbered and in a beautiful slipcase. It is LIMITED to only 2000 copies
and only comprises all the recording session details that are available to date, ... It also includes detailed discographies,
reviews of every single, EP and album release, original release dates ... And as you have come to expect from 'The Elvis Files
', the icing on the cake is a wealth of stunning photographs - approximately 1500 of them! - many of them previously unseen. 6 page preview.
Mary Ann Mobley
, a former Miss America, and Elvis' leading lady in Girl Happy and Harum Scarum, passed away December 9 at her home in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 75. In recent years, she'd battled Crohn's Disease and breast cancer.
Jim Cox, author of 'Inside Graceland: Elvis' Maid Remembers
', has done a wonderful job telling Jeanne LeMay Dumas's story in the riveting 'Elvis, Linda & Me
'. Miss Dumas has been Linda Thompson's
best friend since they met in 1972 as they competed for the title of Miss USA. With so many Presley books in print, it's rare that a new project will be so chock full of never-before-told stories and unpublished photographs that you want to tell everybody you know to go out and purchase a copy, but that's exactly how I feel about this book. For my money, the candids of Elvis in his Karate outfit/black belt during his June 1973 concert tour, with Lisa Marie in a Nashville hotel room in-between shows and unseen photos of Elvis' bedroom were worth the price of the book... and then some!
Jerry Chesnut : I met Elvis through a mutual friend of ours, and so called Memphis Mafia
member, Lamar Fike
... in 1974 Priscilla came to see Elvis perform. They sat in the booth Elvis always reserved for her and when he spotted them, He sang Priscilla's Favorite song 'It's Midnight'. He walked to the edge of the stage, looked at her, and tears were streaming down his cheeks. He was all broke up. She was the only girl he really ever loved ... The Nashville songwriting great originally wrote the clever tune 'T-R-O-U-B-L-E' for singer Little David Wilkins, who really did play from '9 til half past 1' in a Nashville bar, and he had a stroke of genius when he realized he could rhyme certain words if he spelled them out.
This is an interview I conducted with the great recording engineer Bill Porter
back in 1987. We chatted and listened to some of his recordings. In one week of 1960, Bill Porter-engineered recordings accounted for 15 of Billboard's Top 100 Singles. You could chalk it up to his having folks like Elvis Presley
, Roy Orbison
, Chet Atkins
and the Everly Brothers
to record, but then you'd have to explain why, with Porter out of the picture, so many of their careers took a nose-dive. The fact is, the original pressings of many of those classic Porter recordings possess a natural, spacious, jump-out-at-you 'live' feel that today's engineers don't seem capable of achieving ... Steve Sholes, who produced the first Elvis session Bill was involved with, said, 'Roll the tape' And I said, 'But I haven't heard the song yet!' And he said, 'Roll the tape, Bill!' and I look and the studio is totally black out there. I can't see a thing. I said, 'You're kidding!' He said, 'No, roll the tape!'.
Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret
Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland, Sweden to Anna Aronsson and Gustav Olsson, a native of Örnsköldsvik. She grew up in a small town 'of lumberjacks and farmers high up near the Arctic Circle'. Her father worked in the United States during his youth and immigrated back in 1942, working with the Johnson Electrical Company. Ann-Margret and her mother moved to the USA four years later. When she filmed Viva Las Vegas
with Elvis the two began a relationship.
Heineken have issued a company profit downgrade (forecast) and a company executive (when talking to the BBC) has jokingly put the blame on the recent Elvis themed commercial using 'Bossa Nova Baby'.
Will McDaniel met Elvis Presley in 1957 at Rainbow Skating Rink. In this video, Will talks about how he earned the nickname Bardahl from Elvis that evening.
Former Los Angeles Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn, author of the acclaimed 2013 biography 'Johnny Cash: A Life', has agreed to write the ultimate biography of Paul Simon. And yes, Elvis is never far away. By way of example, Paul Simon shared an anecdote about talking to Simon about one of his musical heroes, Elvis Presley. 'He loved the way Elvis sounded on Heartbreak Hotel
, the way he looked on television and his exotic Southern background', Hilburn said.
Now on the way to us are 2 Elvis Presley Danilo Calendars and a Diary for 2015
. Elvis Presley Danilo Calendar A3 2015. Danilo Slimline Calendar 2015 Elvis Presley Danilo Diary 2015.
I think being a real person, I kind of go back to being out of place, out of step sometimes with the time. Like, being something so unique at a time in life. Makes you stand out more. Although probably he would stand out at any time. But I think that something about his courage and his ability to go out there and be himself and not compromise what he was made him somewhat of an idol, a hero, a person that you worshipped for a lot of reasons other than his talent as a singer.
, the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes Sunday at his New York apartment.
Just released are three (3) Elvis Presley Limited Edition record players / turntables
in 50s, 60s, and 70s period designs from Ricatech. Each player features a unique period design with a 3 speed turntable (33-45-78 RPM), Speed & Tone control, Auto return tone arm with Audio Technica needle and much more.
WMHS TV-13 from Murray High School interviews Sandi Pichon at Marlowe's Restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee. Sandi met Elvis Presley on several occasions and student Aileen O'Brien talks with Sandi about her experiences. In 1956, Sandi Pichon was a bored 11-year-old girl sweating out summer living in Memphis, Tenn., when she got the idea to knock on rising star Elvis Presley's back door. Such was the beginning of her years-long friendship with one of the most famous entertainers of all time. Don't miss viewing this!
Sir Tom Jones
is reportedly set to lift the lid on his lengthy career by writing a tell-all book. The Welsh singer, who performed at this year's AFL grand final, has signed a lucrative deal with a UK publishing house, according to Britains Mail on Sunday publication. According to the report, Jones will reveal all about his friendships with stars including Elvis and Frank Sinatra. The book is reportedly set for release next year.
Just re-issued the classic album 'Elvis’ Christmas Album
' (Camden 1970) on 180 gram Vinyl.
This is a genuine document. A 1974 arrest warrant issued to Elvis Presley by the city of Los Angeles. The warrant stemmed from a failure by Elvis to appear in court regarding his vehicle being parked in a red no parking zone at the Los Angeles International Airport. The original citation was issued December 18, 1974. Elvis' bail was set at $20. The warrant is accompanied by a typed note from Mary Sholty at the office of Elvis Presley's attorneys, Hookstratten & Irwin. That note is dated July 30, 1975, and reads in part, 'We were able to reduce the bail from $20.00 to $5.00 – so it's been taken care of… '. Additionally below the image is a certificate of authenticity from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Graceland.
Great voices don't always make beautiful music together - because collaborations don't just require exceptional pipes, they also demand vocal harmony and good chemistry. So, does 'Love Me Tender', Barbra Streisand's duet with Elvis Presley, make the grade?
We're happy to note that the song is one of the best tracks in the 72-year-old diva's 34th studio album, 'Partners
Darlene Tompkins met Elvis Presley in 1961 when she co-starred with him in Blue Hawaii. In this video, she talks about how down to earth Elvis was and his unique laugh.
Nancy Graff talks about when she met Elvis in December of 1971.
Del Puschert's most prized possessions are two scraps of fabric, each about six inches long and frayed at the edges. One is lavender-colored cotton with faint white lines forming a rectangular pattern; the other is black wool with thin pinstripes and a zipper attached. At first glance, they're nothing special. In fact, if they weren't framed together and hung on the wall of Puschert's Annapolis home, you'd pay them no mind. Puschert stands before the scraps like a pilgrim in the presence of a reliquary. 'There they are', he says, dialing back his boisterous voice to a murmur.
For rock-and-roll devotees, the scraps do, indeed, have near-religious significance - they were cut from a jacket and pants that clothed Elvis Presley.
In the summer of 1954, Elvis Presley released his first single. He had one problem: He couldn't play it. The aspiring 19-year-old singer was living with his parents at 462 Alabama Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. With rent at $50 a month, his family was too poor to afford a record player. So, as he often did, Elvis turned to his upstairs neighbours for help - Rabbi Alfred Fruchter and Jeannette Fruchter, his wife.
Barbra Streisand's new album, 'Partners
' will include a duet with Elvis, the CD features '12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world's greatest male vocalists'. This is the legendary artist's first duets album in more than a decade, and debuts new studio recordings of Streisand classics and others songs. View a video of Barbra Streisand telling the story
of how her virtual duet with Elvis Presley came to be and the magic they created in studio and of her meeting the King, in this exclusive clip. 'Because I met him a couple of times, it was very easy. It felt like our spirits were kind of touching'. : Barbra Streisand. Listen
Here is something you will not believe what you are hearing as you view what is in itself quite an interesting TV program. But for an Elvis fan it is mesmerising !!!It is an episode of 'Streets of San Francisco' episode (Season 3; Episode 3) guest starring Bill Bixby
(remember him from the movies Clambake and Speedway?). It first aired in the US on 26 September 1974, called 'Target : Red'. This particular episode was written by Rick Husky, who met Elvis in the early sixties. But here’s the weird thing: Bill Bixby is playing a hitman called Jerry Schilling
, there is also a character called General Red West
, an FBI agent called Vernon Presley
and 2 sidekicks called Sonny
Forty-five years ago, only eleven days after astronaut Neil Armstrong took his famous 'one small step' on the moon, Elvis Presley took his own giant leap.
On that July 31st night in 1969, the singer stepped onto the stage of the International Hotel in Las Vegas and firmly reestablished himself as one of the world’s most dynamic performers. To commemorate the anniversary, Sony’s Follow That Dream (FTD) collectors label
for Elvis fans recently released on CD The Return To Vegas
, the earliest known recording from this concert series.
It seems the very public 'negotiations' between EPE and the owners of the 'Lisa Marie' (OKC Partnership) continues with the Memphis based company apparently putting both planes up for sale. However the jets namesake, Lisa Marie Presley has responded to fans saying they 'are not for sale', so it seems the dysfunctional maneuvering between the two parties continues.
EPE are trying to obtain a better, more affordable lease agreement, but the negotiations are not for the faint hearted with EPE seemingly playing hard-ball telling the owners to remove the planes (or, we assume, agree to terms) and the planes owners playing on the sympathies of Elvis fans ...
Ginger Alden's book, 'Elvis and Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story
' has been released. The following is from the publisher ... 'For over three decades Ginger has held the truth of their relationship close to her heart. Now she shares her unique story, and while a lot has been written about the King, the Elvis we meet in this long-anticipated memoir is a revelation'. 'In her own words Ginger details their whirlwind romance - from first kiss to his stunning proposal of marriage. She details his exploration of Eastern religions, his perception of being a 'legend', his devotion to family and friends, and her attempt to know the insular group surrounding Elvis. And for the very first time she talks about the devastating end of it all, and the 50,000 mourners and reporters who descended on Graceland in 1977, exposing Ginger to the reality of living in the spotlight of a short, yet immortal, life'.
View an all star tribute to Elvis Presley. 'We Remember The King', Johnny Cash
singing lead vocal and backed by Roy Orbison
, Jerry Lee Lewis
and Carl Perkins
. (Not a bad group hey!! From the 1986 reunion 'Class Of '55'. The 'Class Of '55' was a CD release in 1986
, however it was also filmed by Dick Clark and broadcast on US TV in 1989, the album billed as a 'Rock 'N' Roll Homecoming' also remembered Elvis in other songs, but stands in its own right as a classic album full of solid performances.
Review of the 'That's The Way It Is' 8 CD + 2 DVD Box Set by David Tinson.
Elvis Presley & the event of 1977. A detailed look at the years events. Updated
Following our redevelopment of elvis.com.au we are delighted to announce the launch of our new online shop. This new shop is designed to be ultra user friendly, and importantly easy to checkout. But there is so much more!!! Here are the highlights of what the store offers you in functionality.
Celebrating Elvis's first motion picture - Follow That Dream
present 'Love Me Tender
' in the2-CD 7" classic soundtrack format
-- and its stunning audio and visual content is highly impressive. The sound here is warm, detailed and full on the soundtracks original EP recordings.
Among the more notable pieces I made for Elvis during his career include the TCB ring, Aloha ring, the Maltese Cross, and the Lion necklace. Elvis was a very giving person who had wonderful, yet expensive taste in the jewellery he added to his collection. He loved his fans, friends.and family, and he tried to give everything he could back to them I was honoured to be able to work with him.
Country singer Miranda Lambert got a shout out from the queen herself, Priscilla Presley, regarding her new song 'Priscilla'. The song pays homage to the pressure of having a famous husband, something Lambert understands with her 'The Voice' star husband, Blake Shelton, who's also a famous country singer himself. Priscilla Presley Instagrammed a photo that Lambert reposted of herself and daughter Lisa Marie Presley listening to the song about life at Graceland. View the video to listen to the song
Tim Krul, the goal keeper who became known as the 'penalty killer' at the World Cup, is an Elvis fan! This picture shows Tim Krul right after he arrived back in Holland (his team won third prize).
Ron Olson, a Memphis DJ tells the story of how he was able to get Elvis' autograph at Graceland.
Memphis celebrated the 60th anniversary of rock 'n' roll this past weekend with a variety of rockin’ events across the city known as the Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll. On July 5, 1954, Elvis walked into Memphis Recording Service, now known as Sun Studio
, and recorded a fast version of Arthur Crudup's 'That's All Right' with guitarist Scotty Moore
and bassist Bill Black
. In honor of this special anniversary, the action packed weekend included a fireworks show, live music concert, new exhibit opening and much more.
One of the youngest actresses to ever costar with Elvis, English ingenue Annette Day
was just 18 years old when she acted in Double Trouble
. Day was discovered in typical Hollywood fashion. Producer Judd Bernard was shopping in an antique store on London's famed Portobello Road when he caught a glimpse of the red-haired teenager. The shop belonged to Day's mother, and Day was working behind the counter that day. Months later, when Bernard was casting for the film, he remembered the perky girl and called on her to ask the fateful question, 'Do you want to be an actress?'.
It does seem clear that both EPE and the owners of the 'Lisa Marie' are involved in some heavy hardball negotiations over how much of the ticket receipts EPE pays the planes owners. Clearly the planes owners have released the news, first to the 'Associated Press' and now in the form of a copy of the letter from Jack Soden of EPE in an effort to garner Elvis fan reaction so to help any such negotiations with EPE to go more in their favour, in response to EPE trying a good old fashioned bluff that they are happy to see the planes removed
while trying to re-negotiate the price agreement down.
Nancy Bramlett knew Elvis through her husband John Bramlett
and spent time at Graceland.
Priscilla Presley has posted this response to fans complaints arising from the 'Associated Press' report of the likely removal of the 'Lisa Marie' from it's current 'Graceland' home
: 'I see your posts about the planes. Please calm down, we're in the midst of negotiations. It's as simple as that. Thank you'.
This rather disturbing 'Associated Press' report really makes us concerned about the direction EPE is taking Elvis' legacy and particularly the 'Graceland' name of late : For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Elvis Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his family.
Mindy Campbell was a flight attendant and was invited to attend the Aloha from Hawaii
concert. Then, the next day, she was excited to find out that Elvis and his entourage would be passengers on their flight back to Los Angeles. We think you will agree this is a very interesting video and well worth your time.
A few customers of our online shop asked us if the content of the 8 audio CD's in the deluxe box set THAT'S THE WAY IT IS will be identical to previous releases. The answer is: No, and No. Not only does this box set feature two previously unreleased live concerts, but also: all the concerts have been either mixed or remixed and mastered to establish a uniform sound, making this set one of the most ambitious Elvis restoration packages ever created, bringing together the original album, the theatrical AND home video versions of the film, six full-length concerts, rehearsal highlights and an 80 page book! Expected delivery date: August 1st, although we hope we'll have it in stock sooner - now available for pre order
She will forever be known as the wife of Elvis. So Priscilla Presley no doubt felt like she was standing next to her Good Luck Charm as she posed in front of a giant photo of the music icon & her former husband in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The 69-year-old gave a small smile as she stood next to the massive portrait photo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.