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Freddy Bienstock is not a household name, he is famous to many as the music publisher and plugger for Elvis Presley. But still, even to Elvis fans, he is something of a mystery figure. We know about James Burton
, Scotty Moore
, Red West
and Colonel Parker
, but who can tell you much about Freddy Bienstock? And yet look in the index of any Elvis Presley biography
and you will find references to him. He runs through Peter Guralnick's definitive biographies, and, quite clearly, he is an essential component in the Elvis story. Just how important becomes clear when he said, quite matter of factly, 'For the first 12 years of Elvis' career with RCA, he wouldn't look at a song unless I had seen it first'.
Elvis was in fine form on this 'Hot August Night' of the 25th of August 1969, a performance perhaps never to be beaten. For those that only read the summery of reviews, I can be quite clear, this concert is without doubt the best live recording released to-date of Elvis Presley in 1969, and is one of the best concerts Elvis Presley ever performed - both in sound quality and performance! Why? I could say, listen to it and you will agree, but I offer you an interesting fact, it was from this concert that RCA chose to use seven (7) of the tracks to make up the original 12 track 'Elvis In Person' album in 1969. This is 58% of the albums tracks. And this is from the good number of concerts recorded of which several have been released on CD by FTD. So crystal clear stereo sound and a great performance.
Kurt Russell began his film career at the age of 10 in an uncredited part as in Elvis Presley's It Happened At The World's Fair. A favorite scene in the movie is when a ten-year-old Kurt Russell is paid by Elvis' character to kick him in the shins. Little did anyone dream that years later the same Kurt Russell would play Elvis in the made for TV move 'Elvis' and receive an Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy nomination for his portrayal.
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.
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'.
In the afternoon, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black performed in Houston at the Magnolia Gardens (afternoon show), 12044 Beach Street, Houston, Texas. There was actually an ad for this appearance at the time, were in the audience that day and Jim and Lois Robertson were trying out a new 8mm home movie camera with color. They didn't really know of Elvis at the time and Lois Robertson only seemed to recall about 20 to 25 people in attendance. She filmed parts of the performance and after the color film was developed the Robertsons watched it once or twice, then put it away.
View color film of Elvis Presley live in Hawaii 1957, complete footage with overdubbed audio.
I met Elvis on a plane, in 1972. My manager, actually, at the time, was Steve Binder
, who directed the Elvis comeback special for NBC. So I was going back and forth from Australia because I didn't have a permanent visa, so I had to fly back and get another visitor's visa and fly back to America. I was doing that for a while. I got on the plane one time and I was in the back of the bus but I walked past the first-class section - it was stopping in Hawaii because he was going to Hawaii - and there was Elvis ...
If you were a teenage girl living in the Tulsa area on April 18, 1956, chances are you were screaming your head off at the fairgrounds Pavilion. 'Presley Leaves 'Em Limp - 8,000 Squeal at 1st Show', read the headline in the Tulsa World the next day. Elvis was a 21-year-old singer and former truck driver who performed two 'frenetic' Tulsa shows, 60 years ago next month. Most of the tickets were $1 each.
Interview with Sheila Ryan who was was Elvis' girlfriend after Linda Thompson. Sheila was the Oct.'73 Playboy cover girl and married James Caan in '76 (divorced in '77). Elvis had qualities that no other human being has, had, will have. Some of them are so hard to describe because the charisma, the qualities that he had were almost not of this world, you know. They were, a lot of times, angelic. He knew things before I knew things. He knew things that I was feeling before I was feeling them.
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.
Interview with Myrna Smith, one of the Sweet Inspirations, the backing group who sang with Elvis in concert from 1969 to 1977. 'His voice was a lot more remarkable than it ever came off on record. He was just a much better singer than could ever be captured, some great singers voices are just too big.
The Sweet Inspirations were founded by 'Cissy' Houston (Born Emily Drinkard, married to Gary Houston at age 21 for two years) mother of Whitney Houston, and sister of Lee Warrick (herself the mother of well-known sisters, Myrna Smith's cousins Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick). Emily and Lee were members of The Drinkard Singers, a family group that had the distinction of recording the first Gospel album to appear on a major label: A live recording from The Newport Jazz Festival in 1959. The line-up included Judy Guions (who later became Judy Clay), Marie Epps, Larry Drinkard, Nicholas Drinkard, ...
Charlie Hodge began his musical career at age 20 in a gospel quartet with Bill Gaither. He went on to be the lead singer for the Foggy River Boys. At 5'3", the guitarist had to stand on an empty Coke crate to reach the microphone. Elvis Presley first met Hodge backstage after the group performed in Memphis, Tennessee. Charlie Hodge .... I said, 'Hello, Is Elvis there? This is Charlie Hodge'. And Lamar said, 'Charlie Hodge?' And I heard Elvis yell, 'Yeah, Charlie, come on up'. And so, that's how we got together ...
Somehow, I scraped together enough money to buy every new Presley release so that I could play them in the privacy of my bedroom - all the better to study his unique singing style.
For six years, Donnie Sumner toured with and was a close personal friend of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. His father was a Pentecostal preacher, and his uncle, J.D. Sumner, was a legendary musical figure. Listen to a private recording where Elvis sings 'Let Me Be The One'.
In 1956, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson were in the race for president, but singer-songwriter Lou Monte had a different candidate in mind: Elvis Presley. He penned the tune 'Elvis Presley for President', which was released that summer. 'A vote for him is a vote for rock 'n' roll/Elvis Presley for President!' Monte sang.
The song garnered 5,000 write-in votes from fans who wanted to elect Elvis. Elvis' manager, Col. Tom Parker, borrowed the idea, and often passed out 'Elvis for President' buttons, which were a big success. And fans often made 'Elvis for President' signs. They were all on to something: Elvis for President is a great idea.
On September 4,1972 the UK Elvis Presley fan club flocked to Las Vegas to catch a glimpse of their hero -- and were NOT disappointed! 'Destination USA
' FTD 2-CD documents Elvis' Las Vegas 1972 summer season - and for many fans it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see the King ...
Lamar Fike was one of Elvis Presley's career-long entourage who became the singer's friends, foils, bodyguards, road managers, lighting technicians, punchbags. Or, as Fike put it, 'his buffer zone'.
The group of men, and one woman, became known as 'The Memphis Mafia
', not least because of their black mohair suits, sunglasses at night and black limos. The term stuck and was generally used, including by Elvis and themselves, with considerable irony. Elvis considered his 'mafia' as his extended family and there is a school of thought that he kept such old friends around him to protect him from the advances of the real mob, particularly during his Las Vegas years, when he was said to have received offers that must have been difficult to refuse.
In the early 1950s, a friend brought Charlie Chaplin a copy of Elvis' first record: Charlie was always aware of the public. While at the Manoir in the fifties, a friend visited him and brought him a record of a new singer named Elvis Presley. Charlie hadn't heard of him. 'This man has made a sensation in the States', his friend said. 'I can't understand it. He wiggles his hips and sings and people go mad'. 'If he's made such an impact', Charlie replied, 'he must have something. You can't fool the public'.
The legendary DVD 'Elvis Behind The Image Vol. 1
' heralded a completely new era of Elvis documentaries and entails a series of first class issues, which not only revitalized the 8mm-genre, but revolutionized it. The historic material has been digitalized directly from the 8mm-reel by a new developed and highly sensitive laser scanning technique. By using this equipment it was possible to bring the previously unreleased 8mm movies on DVD in a never before known quality.
How many records has Elvis actually sold? Did he really sell One Billion records as has been claimed. Nick Keene has researched this subject in depth with help from Ernst Jorgensen and
Sony BMG and has compiled the following report. This is a work in progress and will continue to be until the full facts finally emerge. Like a jigsaw puzzle the pieces are slowly coming together and beginning to make sense.
This is the review of Elvis' first concert
at the International Hotel on July 31, 1969
. It was written by Ray Connelly and originally published in the London Evening Standard August 2, 1969. Included with the review is an exciting interview with The King, again by Ray Connelly.
'The Album Collection
' is now in stock and we have begun the rather large job of packing and sending out orders. (Should be completed by Friday). This is a delightful work from Sony, and to give you a different take on the set, and what very much caught our eye was the original back cover art
that we do not get even with the FTD Classic album releases
. A really nice, original touch. The original album packaging has been painstakingly restored including gatefold/die cut sleeves, original RCA Victor inserts, stickers and more. And the CD labels replicate original side 1 labels. This should be a center-piece in every home
be it in playing the albums, or simply making a statement with its very presence!!!!
Lionel Rose: 'I was punching a heavy bag in a gym in L.A., and I hear a voice sing out, 'Hey, Lionel! What's doin'?' And it was Elvis himself', Rose recalled. 'I was in awe of him, but he said he was in awe of me'.
Elois Bedford was probably Elvis' first 'girlfriend' - the relationship ended after perhaps one year when Elvis handed Elois a note as she was about to board the school bus. It said he had gone to another girl. Her name was Magdalene Morgan. Magdalene had had her eyes on the shy youngster for a longer time and she knew - just knew - that one day, sooner or later, they would become 'an item'.
Elvis Presley Enterprises is 'deeply concerned with the aggressive actions' taken by the Westgate Las Vegas Resort in closing an Elvis exhibit over the weekend.
In a statement sent to the Review-Journal, EPE said the Westgate on Friday seized, 'without any legitimate legal basis', hundreds of Elvis artifacts on loan to the exhibition from the Graceland Archives. EPE said it is not a party in the third-party dispute, but 'we have no choice but to pursue all legal means necessary to ensure the return of our artifacts immediately'.
Aug. 16, 1977, forever will be remembered by Elvis fans everywhere as 'the day the music died'. I was studying in New Zealand at the time and was bummed beyond comparison as I took a break from classes that day to mourn the loss of the King of Rock 'n' Roll ... The Parker sisters, Beth Uale of Hawaii Kai and Sheri Pula of Southern California, (Ed Parker's daughters) share many fond memories of Elvis - like when he came rolling into their driveway in a black limousine one summer afternoon in 1974.
Dr. George Nichopoulos
, Elvis Presley's physician, has died at 88 years old. 'Dr Nick' began treating Elvis in 1967 for saddle pain, then started working exclusively for him between 1970 until Elvis' death in 1977. Nichopoulos was present the day Elvis died.
For me, it was a horrible scene, Just horrible. But Elvis turned it all around. I did a Hollywood gossip column for a fan magazine called Teen Scene. You may remember it. Well, Dad had known Elvis' manager, Col. Tom Parker
, and his wife, Marie, for many years. So Dad was able to get me an interview with the great Elvis who had just come back from Germany and had come out to the West Coast to make movies. The interview was going to take a place on the set of GI Blues
. It really was a fantastic break for a kid like me. I knew it. I bought new shoes. I chose a new dress. I got an appointment with an expensive hairdresser. I was shaking but I was going to look sharp and make a great impression on Elvis.
Elvis and I felt a common bond, coming from Mississippi. He thought I understood him. He didn't have to put on airs with me, and I wasn't after anything. This is an odd thing to say about Elvis Presley, but it was like I was working with my brother. We never dated. We were just two people from the same state.
I never quite know what to make of Stay Away, Joe
. The first time I tried to watch the movie as a teenager in the early 1990s, I couldn't get past the non-stop party scene near the beginning. The whole thing just seemed so unbearable. Yet, over the years, I have come to love most of the five songs Elvis recorded for this film. While Elvis performed many country songs in his career, he rarely delved into 'outdoor' country songs that celebrate nature like Stay Away
(Greensleeves) and Goin' Home
Seeing Elvis' many awards and Gold and Platinum Records is one of the most memorable aspects of touriSeeing Elvis' many awards and Gold and Platinum Records is one of the most memorable aspects of touring Graceland.
Whether it's the Hall of Gold - a long hallway full of Gold records and awards – or the Trophy Room in the Racquetball Building – where awards and Gold, Platinum and Diamond Records cover the walls up to the ceiling - both locations leave fans in awe of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The deluxe box set of 'If I Can Dream' contains a beautiful 17 track double vinyl LP, a poster, a 12' size booklet, and last but not least, a 17 track CD, yes both the CD and the double vinyl record have an extra three bonus tracks, 'What Now My Love, 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Anything That's Part of You'. And all in a nice box! The regular version of the CD includes 14 tracks in the UK, as per the US and Australian versions ...
So what do we think of the three extra tracks? In this new review we use a selection of the feedback we have received. We have scooped up the last remaining ORIGINAL PRESSING and they are on the way to us NOW.
In arguably one of his greatest, and certainly one of his least recognised or remarked upon contributions to popular music, Elvis created the classic and enduring template of the rock 'n' roll band.
In 1955 faced with the combination of wants, needs and must, the young king agreed to the permanent addition of a drummer, to his Blue Moon Boys. Intentionally or not, in that one moment Elvis gave the world its first classic rock 'n' roll line-up, consisting of just guitar, bass, drums and vocal. Thousands of bands would follow and be inspired by the template, but it was Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ who were the first.
In concert, Elvis talks about how Lisa calls him Alvis.
Listen as Roy Orbison talks with Glen A. Baker about Elvis Presley and 'Only The Lonely' (1980).
On January 24, 1969 after completing the first recording sessions at American Studios, Elvis takes a winter holiday to Aspen Colarado with Priscilla and Lisa Marie returning for more recording on the 17th.
Touching on all of the styles that shaped the one and only King – pop, R&B, country, gospel, and of course, rock and roll – Elvis at Stax chronicles some of his last truly great studio sessions. As such, it's another essential release as part of Legacy's streamlining and repackaging of his vast musical catalogue. When push came to shove, nobody took care of business quite like Elvis Presley.
B.B. King knew 'the definitive truth about Elvis Presley and racism'. 'Let me tell you the definitive truth about Elvis Presley and racism', The King of the Blues, B.B. King said in 2010. 'With Elvis, there was not a single drop of racism in that man. And when I say that, believe me I should know'.
Recently the seventh volume was published in the famous book series 'The Elvis Files
' by Erik Lorentzen. More than 1000 pictures are inside the latest release, with some unpublished.
Elvis Presley in Concert Honolulu, Hawaii November 18, 1972 (2:30 pm Show).
Everyone has a favorite Elvis movie. There are the obvious choices Blue Hawaii and GI Blues, Jailhouse Rock, and Love Me Tender that made Elvis' career in films. In this nice six film collection (Released in 2007) from Warner Brothers, there are some of the Elvis movies that don't always get shown during Elvis tribute times, but are special to many people.
There is nothing like an Elvis movie to make viewers nostalgic. You may not have lived it, but with Elvis as the star, you certainly feel a part of the action. Anyone up for 'doing the clam?'
On January 4, 1976, on the spur of the moment Elvis decided to fly to Vail, Colorado for a vacation. During this time, Elvis purchased and gave as gifts several Cadillacs. In reporting the story of Elvis generosity to his police friends it is said that Denver television newsman Don Kinney
joked on air that he'd like a car, too ('Elvis, if you're watching - I wouldn't mind getting a car too') and that Elvis buys him a Seville. In the following, Don Kinney contradicts this and tells his story.
Keith Richards can be a bit hard to listen too, but it is Keith Richards talks about Elvis Presley after all! Watch and listen as Keith talks about Elvis Presley.
Ben Keough carries the very dominant Elvis Presley gene inheriting the famous pout and baby blues eyes that his mother Lisa Marie also dons.The resemblance is spooky to say the least, because given the year, if Ben Keough would dye his locks jet black he would be identical to his late grandpa, Elvis Presley.
What is an Elvis Presley? by Eddie Condon. Cosmopolitan, December 1956.
Elvis Presley's Grandfather, Jessie D. McDowell (J.D.) Presley was born on April 9, 1896. We tell his story in great detail and with compassion, and include audio of his two songs he recorded in 1958. For the first time we name Elvis' great-grandfather on his father side and publish a photo of Elvis' great grand-mother, Rosella. Includes video, of Elvis' Grandfather Jesse D. Presley with his wife, Vera, on CBS TV in 1958 discussing his new record, his singing debut and hopes of becoming a success. Plus audio of the two songs he recorded, and released on record!!
, star of the upcoming Starz series 'The Girlfriend Experience' and daughter of Lisa Marie Presley
, was captivated by her mother's magical closet growing up.
Elvis Presley, Linda Thompson, Jeanne LeMay, Lisa Marie | August 2 1974