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If Elvis Presley had not grown up to be the King of Rock 'n' Roll, there's a chance he would have been a police officer, such was his deep respect for law enforcement. As a youngster, Presley wanted to grow up to be a policeman, according to press accounts in the 1970s. He collected badges. If he performed in a city, he’d want a badge from there. What he wanted was not merely an honorary badge, but a real one. And he obtained several, some with his name or initials inscribed on them. But Elvis had some fun too, in the 1970s, he was known to actually pull over speeding drivers and flash one of his various badges and lecture them. Then, give an autograph and speed away, leaving behind a stunned person with an awesome story. To achieve this Elvis actually had a flashing blue light that he would put on the roof when required. Elvis also obtained a police radio and a revolving blue light to put on top of the car roof.
Ever since Good Times
was released by the Follow That Dream
label two years ago I've been looking forward to Promised Land
getting the classic album
treatment as well, and earlier this month it finally arrived. After listening to the two CD's packed with alternate takes and interesting studio dialog as well as some rehearsals and undubbed masters, I can say that it was definitely worth the wait.
The story has been repeated thousands of times, with minor variations, in magazines, books, blogs and documentaries. In some versions, the heartbroken man shoots himself; in others, he leaps to his death from a hotel window. There are occasional references to a failed romance and to the destruction of all traces of identification before the fatal act. There's always a one-line suicide note: 'I walk a lonely street'. But there's never a name. For 60 years, the true identity of the man whose death inspired 'Heartbreak Hotel
' has remained a mystery. Florida songwriters Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton always claimed the creative spark for Elvis Presley's first-ever Number One hit was a 1955 newspaper story about an anonymous man's suicide and his cryptic note about that 'lonely street'.
Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce of her fourth marriage. TMZ has learned from friends of The Kings daughter that she demanded full custody of her two daughters. Lisa Marie also wants that her ex Michael Lockwood may only see the twins when she is there. Lisa Marie and Michael married in 2006
, but after ten years the love is over. She has not asked for financial help in the education of the two girls and she wants nothing Michaels assets.The 48-year-old Lisa Marie was three times married. Before her marriage with Lockwood gave her yes to all of Danny Keough, Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.
Scotty Moore, who had been in poor health in recent months, died Tuesday in his longtime home of Nashville. He was 84. He was the man behind 'The Man', the one producing the signature licks amid the screams and hysteria and history making moments. Scotty Moore was one of the foundational figures in rock and roll, a profoundly influential guitarist, and the musician who helped Elvis Presley become The King.
News of Moore's death was confirmed by several sources, including Moore's friend and Phillips Recording Service engineer Matt Ross-Spang.
In early May
, we reported some interesting Elvis Presley
happenings afoot at the Phillips Recording Service. Although details were vague, officials from Sony/Legacy - the custodians of the Presley catalog - and longtime Elvis TCB band members
were on hand at Phillips to work on tracks for an upcoming project. Though unconfirmed officially, the work was reportedly for a 40th anniversary package marking the King's 1976 home recording sessions at Graceland's Jungle Room
. 'We mixed 18 tracks from the Jungle Room sessions, and the really cool thing is James Burton
, Norbert Putnam
, David Briggs
, Ronnie Tutt
- all those guys who played with Elvis came to town and hung out while I mixed', says Ross-Spang. 'It's pretty interesting mixing with James Burton standing over your shoulder
'. Ross-Spang's work offers a sparer-sounding version of the Jungle Room material
. 'Those songs were originally done on 16-track at the house, but afterward, (Elvis producer) Felton Jarvis
took the tracks back to Nashville and added strings and horns and overdubs. Which was cool, but it's really great just to have the original kind of swamp-y tracks, real bare bones. I think that's where some of the material really shines'.
, who played standout horn lines on rock 'n' roll, soul, R&B and pop mainstays along with Memphis Horns partner and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, has died. He was 74. Jackson and Love performed on recordings by numerous top-shelf artists, including Otis Redding, Elvis Presley
, Neil Diamond
and U2. His wife, Amy, said her husband died of congestive heart failure Tuesday night. Jackson had been hospitalized and released June 7 before taking a turn for the worse Monday night and being readmitted. 'He led an incredible life and he left an amazing music legacy', Amy Jackson said.
View three video interviews with Scotty Moore. Scotty talks about meeting Elvis
, about The Sun Sessions
, where Scotty says that it was Bill Black that came up with the flip side for what would be their first record. It was their rendition of the bluegrass standard 'Blue Moon of Kentucky', made famous by Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys. And in a third interview Scotty talks about The 68 Comeback Special
Listen as Roy Orbison talks with Glen A. Baker about Elvis Presley and 'Only The Lonely' (1980).
, the legendary producer of the American Sound Studios in Memphis
, where Elvis recorded in January and February 1969, passed away yesterday, just a day after his 79 birthday. Chips worked for a while at the famous Stax studios in Memphis, but in 1962 he started his own recording studio on 827 Thomas Street in Memphis. Lincoln Wayne 'Chips' (because he loved gambling and collecting the 'chips') Moman worked with many great artists, including Neil Diamond
and Elvis Presley
, and wrote and/or produced more than 100 songs for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings
and many others.
Elvis' first Canadian performances were at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto April 2, 1957
. Next The 'King' performed two concerts in Ottawa on April 3, 1957
. Then on August 31, 1957
, Elvis, Scotty Moore, Bill Black
, D.J. Fontana
and the Jordanaires
went to Vancouver by train to perform at Empire Stadium. It was the second stop of a tour of the Northwest that had started the day before in Spokane. By this time Elvis had recorded eight No. 1 singles in two years, had made three movies and was about to release 'Jailhouse Rock' as his latest single. Having performed in Toronto and Ottawa in April, this was only the third time they ever performed outside of the U.S. and for Elvis it would be the last. Vancouver's first rock-and-roll show had taken place barely a year before, when Bill Haley
and the Comets drew 6,000 people to the Kerrisdale Arena. Now Elvis had drawn a crowd over four times larger.
: 'People don't realize what they had till it's gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing
My first hero, and a very good friend of and to Elvis, Muhammad Ali has died today. It is hardly surprising that Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley became good friends, their backgrounds were so similar and they became the two arms of the pincer movement of civil rights within entertainment and sport. Muhammad Ali : 'Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know'.
'Elvis is a truly great vocalist, and you can hear why on this song. His phrasing, his use of echo, it's all so beautiful. It's the way he sings it, too. As if he's singing it from the depths of Hell. It's a perfect example of a singer being in command of the song. Musically it's perfect, too. The double-bass and the walk-in piano create this incredibly haunting atmosphere. It's so full of mystery, and it's never lost that for me. The echo is just stunning. When The Beatles
were recording, we'd often ask George Martin for 'the Elvis echo. I think we got it down perfectly on A Day in the Life
Well, my first meeting with Elvis was the pre-production meeting. I got a call from Tom Diskin who was the Colonel's associate, and he said they were thinking about me conducting the show for Elvis Presley. And someone had preceded me there for the first show.
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.
Interview with Hal Kanter, screenwriter and director for the Elvis Presley movie Loving You
. Previously Hal had written for variety shows, graduating to screenplays and specializing in comedies. He wrote for Bob Hope as well as the comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Over the years, Hal Kanter received six Emmy Award nominations, winning the last two for his writing on the annual Academy Awards telecast. He also wrote the script for Elvis Presley's 1961 hit film Blue Hawaii
, which garnered him a 'Best Written American Musical' nomination from the Writers Guild of America.
When it is said of Elvis' return to the stage in Las Vegas in 1969 was his 'first live performance in 8 years', this concert is the one referenced - and as a 'last' concert for so long - fittingly it was a powerhouse performance, exciting for what it was, but disappointing in that the 1960s were not full of, and known for such performances instead of just movies.
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Now available to order from ElvisPresleyShop.com
are two new 'A3' calendars
, a 'slimline' calendar
, and one diary for 2017
. We also have three great new 1000 piece Elvis Jigsaw Puzzles, 'EuroGraphics' Elvis Live at Olympia Theater Puzzle
, 'EuroGraphics' Elvis Comeback Special
, and 'Aquarius' Million Dollar Quartet Puzzle
. The 'EuroGraphics' puzzels are beauties, each 1000-Piece Puzzle is made in the USA using the highest quality blue board and are strong high-quality, easy fit puzzle pieces that won't break.
Interview With Elvis Presley. August 28, 1956, Location: 20th Century-Fox studios, Hollywood, California. About the 'Criticism'
, About the 'Show
, So I'm Never Nervous, Huh?
, My Special Girl
, What, No Singing Lessons?
, The Green Scrapbook
, My Greatest Ambition
, My Sideburns
, My True Religion
, Have I Changed?
, Who Am I Going to Act Like?
, Do I Really Play the Guitar?
, Do I Say All Those Things?
, On Amusement Parks
, Why Do I Sing Like I Do?
, And Now, What Can I Say?
, Fan Club Address Change
When Kurt Russell
first started his career, he appeared in a number of television shows and supporting roles in a couple of movies. Not many people realize this, but when Kurt Russell was 10 years old, he was able to act alongside the King himself, Elvis Presley in 'It Happened at the World's Fair
'. 'It was my first brush with a real celebrity.
I've never seen anything having to do with a real celebrity before. I didn't really know who Elvis Presley was. I was a 10 year old kid. I knew Elvis Presley was a name that everybody knew. If I'd seen him, I didn't know it. I wasn't into music and I didn't listen to music that much. So the first time he came on the set, a car went on the set, round 100's of women just broke through there and jumped on his car. We were all staring and I was thinking what's going on there.
If you're a fan of Elvis Presley, you certainly know the photograph entitled 'The Kiss'. The famous June 30, 1956
black-and-white photo features 'The King' smooching with a mysterious and unidentified woman. The photo became iconic; but even the photographer, Alfred Wertheimer
, didn't know who the girl was. Her name, if not her image, remained unknown for years. Who she was remained a mystery. Until now ...
'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.
'Legacy Records' Elvis Presley 'Record Store Day' release for 2014 was, 'Showroom Internationale', a special numbered 2 x LP deluxe gatefold (picture below) pressed on 180G vinyl and is one of the best 'RSD' offerings so far. This show was recorded on August 12, 1970 at the Dinner Show concert when Elvis was filming the documentary 'That's the Way It Is'. This is Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess. The sound quality on this 17-track double LP is as stellar as is the selection here making this a must-have!
Elvis, Scotty and Bill played the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the first time on May 7, 1955 while on a tour with Hank Snow that had started in New Orleans on May 1st, and was for nearly three weeks touring with almost every day a show. According to writer Peter Guralnick, they met Mae Boren Axton, publicist for the Florida leg of the tour, at the first Florida date, in Daytona Beach. Mae would later co-write 'Heartbreak Hotel' with Tommy Durden which would be Elvis' first recording with RCA and ultimately his first Gold record.
On the recent MRS boxset 'Elvis: Live In The 50's
' is an interview with Mae Axton and Elvis.
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.
In a recent interview, Sony Legacy senior vice president, A&R John Jackson revealed that Sony Legacy are already planning some releases for 2017, the 40th anniversary of Presley's death. 'We've got some interesting ideas', he admits. 'The 40th anniversary of some of the last (1976) recordings he made is coming up, so we're toying with the idea of how to best present those.
NOW, we can reveal that some members of Elvis' TCB Band
are at work in Memphis. They worked in secret
on a special project in the recording studio 'Sam Phillips Recording', located on Madison Avenue. Also the people from Sony Music Entertainment were present, and Ernst Jorgensen
, the major driving force behind the many products of 'Follow That Dream (FTD)
March 23 marked the 60th anniversary of the self-titled debut RCA album from Elvis Presley. To commemorate that occasion, Legacy Recordings released the most comprehensive Presley collection yet. Titled Elvis Presley - The Album Collection
, the 60-disc set spans the entire run of his 21 years with the label. Sony Legacy senior vice president
, A&R John Jackson talked to Billboard concerning the thought process of assembling the set. 'The way we decided to approach this package -- because we have done similar things for other artists, such as Johnny Cash
and Ronnie Milsap -- was to recreate the original albums
. Now, the definition of what an original album is on Elvis becomes tricky because there's been so many collections and compilations of things that were released during his lifetime, and of course, a gazillion since then. What we decided to do was hone it down to what would be considered a new album with some new material on it that was released during his lifetime
-- the first place that a song appeared on a long playing record while he was alive', Jackson said ...
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'.
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.
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.