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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 ...
Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber helped give birth to rock and roll when they wrote Hound Dog
in 1952. Their list of hits sounds like the very history of rock and roll almost from the moment of its birth, with classic songs recorded by everybody from Elvis Presley
to the Drifters to John Lennon
The following interview with Sonny West took place in Sydney Australia, on May 4th, 2005. If you think you know Sonny and his motivations over the years, you may want to think again after reading this interview.
Interview with Bill Belew, who has the distinction of having designed Elvis Presley's costumes and personal wardrobe from 1968 until 1977.
In 1963 Cissy Houston and three other singers formed a backup group that became known as the Sweet Inspirations and performed around the country with various headliners. It was during Cissy Houston's soprano obbligato on 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' that Elvis started laughing at the mid night show on August 26, 1969.
Whitney Houston : 'You don't actually MEET Elvis, you just have to LOOK at Elvis'. She goes on to explain that her mother Cissy Houston (who sang with the gospel group Sweet Inspirations), used to sing back up for Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin for many years. [Cissy Houston was actually only with Elvis for his opening shows in 1969] and how they were sitting in a room backstage and Elvis walked in with his mink (real fur), glasses on, and she just looked at him and could not say anything (star struck).
The U.S. Postal Service will issue the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp and together with Sony Music's RCA/Legacy Recordings an exclusive music CD titled 'ELVIS FOREVER' that includes an Elvis song, as you've never heard it before. The CD will be available in select Post Offices beginning August 12.
When I was with Voice, those were moments when I was actually in there. You sit on the couch around in the house with Elvis. And he'd come and we'd gather around the piano. We'd sing old spirituals and stuff. And he'd play -- he loved to play the piano. And he actually played pretty good. I learned from being in Voice what kind of a guy he really was which is basically just a good southern guy who happened to be really handsome and really could rock the world, you know.
.. 'By Most Accounts
Elvis was as happy and exhilarated as anyone around him had ever seen'. Once more presented with an artistic challenge, he embraced each day that brought the live show date nearer. He incessantly pondered his intended presentation, emphatically compiling and revising the set-list on a daily basis. Among the musical gems being considered were songs like 'The Wonder Of You
', 'My Babe
', 'The Impossible Dream
', 'Suzy Q
', and 'The Twelfth Of Never
'. These selections were eventually omitted in favor of 'What Now My Love', 'Steamroller Blues', 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry', 'It's Over' and 'My Way'.
Priscilla Presley interviewed by Larry King August 16, 2007.
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Despite performing more than 1,000 shows between 1969-1977, there are several concerts which stand out among Elvis fans for one reason or another. One of those concerts was a one-time only performance in Boston during the fall of 1971. For many years, this historic and rare concert made the rounds on the import release circuit in varying degrees of sound quality. But thanks to the good folks at the 'Follow That Dream' (FTD) Collector's Label, Elvis fans can now enjoy the ultimate release of this fine performance.
Well-known in music circles since the early 1960's as a top songwriter, sideman and producer, Swan's songs have been covered successfully by Elvis Presley
, Waylon Jennings
, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, and many others; one of the first he wrote, Lover Please
, was a #7 hit for Clyde McPhatter in 1962, and landed a Grammy for Kris Kristofferson
and Rita Coolidge in 1975. Billy Swan's initial hit single I Can Help
sold over one-million copies in Europe and over two million worldwide. Elvis recorded I Can Help
on March 10, 1975 for the Today album.
Jerry Scheff's original TCB necklace has been sold at auction for 11,970 euro ($13,364 USD). Jerry Scheff
, Elvis' bass player, received the 14K gold necklace from Elvis in the early 70s. While this would be something every Elvis fan would like to own, we think the price is a bit steep. ElvisPresleyShop.com
has an identical pendant for sale for a whole lot less
, made from the same mold and identical in size.
On March 8, 1961, Elvis addressed the Tennessee State Legislature and accepted the title of 'Honorary Colonel
'. During this time Ann Ellington, the daughter of Governor Buford Ellington met Elvis and even attended his recording session at Studio B on March 23 when he recorded 'Can't help Falling In Love'. Of Elvis Ann said, 'I think any female who had an opportunity to sit down and meet him, just even for five minutes, you find a love for him that words cannot describe'.
Interview with Vernon Presley by Nancy Anderson : Good Housekeeping, January 1978.
Sony Music has a major new CD release, 'If I Can Dream', due out in September. As we understand it the CD will NOT be a 'duets' album, (that has been known to be in consideration for some years, however we have been told this is NOT a 'duets' album), instead it will focus on ELVIS PRESLEY as the 'headline' artist while 'featuring
, many artists including Michael Buble', and remixed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Priscilla Presley
has spoken of the release with; 'Elvis' voice now sounds unleashed while attacking 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' with the orchestra fuming. He probably would have loved this album, because it stands where it always wanted to be: the best entertainer on the planet'.
'The Last Farewell' 5 CD / Book set is housed in a stunning pewter box 12" x 12" and 2" high. The set is a one-stop collectors delight containing every recording and outtake known to exist from Elvis' last recording sessions at Graceland, February and October 1976. Included is much interesting banter from the 'King', to interest any fan. Then the book, 11" x 11", is a combination of interesting excepts of interviews with musicians, articles (Starting with the vacation in VAIL Colorado) and unseen photo's, never published before of Elvis. Nice additions are the write-ups about each song, some brief, others detailed.
Nicolas Cage talks about ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley on Barbara Walters.
Interview with Elvis' dentist, Dr. Lester Hoffman who first met Elvis just after he had come back from Hawaii, from making Blue Hawaii. 'It was my day out of the office, the girl called me and said, There's a phone call, somebody said Elvis Presley needs a dentist'.
, the woman who gave Elvis his first on-screen kiss is asking for $9 million to restore her crumbling abbey. The most recent version of the renovation plan, dubbed New Horizons, calls for a new chapel (the ceiling is sagging), housing and other environmentally friendly and disabled accessible spaces to live and pray. More than anything, they need more space. In the documentary God Is The Bigger Elvis
she gives them a unique insight into the daily life of the Benedictine Abbey ... Now she hopes now for to be able to help raise more donations to save the abbey for future generations.
The connections between Elvis Presley and Australia are few. He never visited us. He never expressed any particular interest in the land 'down under' He was essentially a Memphis boy who, apart from his brief stint in the army in Germany, liked to stay in the Deep South and to spend his time in Graceland. It therefore comes as a pleasant surprise to learn that Larry Muhoberac, the man who played keyboards for Elvis for ten years, is an Aussie citizen and currently lives in a delightful home overlooking a valley full of gum trees on Sydney's northern beaches.
The Follow That Dream classic album
, or more correctly 'wannabe' classic album 'Elvis Sings Guitar Man
' containing secular masters cut in Nashville, Tennessee between May 1966 and September 1967. In order to proceed we must establish some background to the material included. Coming in the deluxe 7" packaging we've become accustomed to with FTD this release is another stunner. The sound quality is universally excellent throughout. Snap this one up, you won't be disappointed!
Marty Pasetta produced and directed the Aloha TV special which became the most watched TV program ever, with over 1.5 billion people watching it worldwide. Marty actually told Elvis 'He's got to lose some weight' when they met in Las Vegas. Elvis spent the next three months dieting, taking vitamin injections, and rigorously working out with his Memphis karate instructor, Kang Rhee. Director/producer Marty Pasetta reminisces about pitching his ideas for the Elvis Aloha from Hawaii special, the first program to ever be beamed around the world by satellite. Following is an interview with Marty and clips from the show.
, best known among Elvis fans as the director of the 'Aloha From Hawaii' TV Special has died age 82 after he was struck by a car he had just exited from. He died at the scene, police said.
Elvis was first exposed to Karate in 1958 after he was drafted into the Army
and stationed in Germany. His first instructor was a German shotokan
stylist named Juergen Seydel who taught Elvis at his off-base housing in Nauheim until 1958. One nice thing about the military was that you got thirty days of paid vacation (leave) each year. During his vacation in Paris
he would take private lessons with Tetsugio Murakami, one of Japan's top shotokan stylists, who would help pioneer shotokan in Europe. On one occasion he spent nine straight days studying for several hours each day with Murakami.
American martial arts man Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace who was Elvis Presley's bodyguard and personal trainer from 1974 until his death in 1977 recently talked about his times with the King and gave a rare glimpse of the man behind the legend. 'He was a wonderful person, a nice guy. It was fun working out with him too but you couldn't hit him too hard. You couldn't punch Elvis in the face but it was fun beating up his 'Memphis Mafia
'. He was very good at martial arts, he worked out very hard.
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.
In an interview for 'Daily Mail' (UK), Nancy Sinatra
was asked who her dream dinner date would be. She said: 'Elvis. He always made me laugh. He was silly, funny and such a lovely guy to be around. When we did our movie (Speedway
) he had a tandem made for the two of us. He'd say: 'Nancy, let's go for a ride', and then we'd go off and within seconds all these Elvis fans would descend on us and we wouldn't get more than a few minutes cycling done. But it was fun. He loved life. He loved to laugh.
Scott 'Mac' Davis was born Jan. 21, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas. During his early years in the music business, he lived in Atlanta, where he played in a rock & roll band and worked as a regional manager for Vee-Jay Records. Although he had enjoyed a measure of songwriting achievement before, his big breakthrough occurred in 1969-70 when Elvis Presley turned three of his songs into pop hits.
The Canadian based company Remstar Films has acquired the Canadian rights to the new film Elvis & Nixon. The film is about the meeting between Elvis and President Nixon on December 21, 1970
at the White House. Elvis wrote a letter to President Nixon while on a plane headed to Washington seeking a meeeting so he could ask to be a federal 'DEA' agent. Elvis & Nixon shows what happened during this intimate moment in the Oval Office. Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey playing the lead roles as Elvis and the president. They are currently filming in Los Angeles and New Orleans.
Elvis Presley's jet-airplanes, 'The Lisa Marie
' and 'Hound Dog II
', will remain permanent fixtures at Graceland
. EPE issued a statement on Sunday confirming the news after 10 months of public wrangling
over a new payment deal with the planes owners, triggering an uproar among loyal Elvis fans worldwide.
There's a great moment
on CD-2 of the new FTD 'Moody Blue
' release - two fabulous rehearsals of the funky 'Way Down' start the disc - with Elvis and his band joking amid jamming and a throbbing bass guitar. Take 1 is reminiscent in feel to the funky jam intro to, 'I Got A Feeling In My Body' (Elvis At Stax
3-CD). After the first breakdown, Elvis say's: 'When Briggs fingers start bleeding' see, we know we've got it!' Ronnie Tutt's
thumping drums herald take 2A, followed by David Briggs
electric piano, and Norbert Putnam's supercool bass - fabulous! Again Ernst Jorgensen
and the Follow That Dream
team deserve credit for this magnum opus - 'Moody Blue' is the sound of the mature Elvis. Most highly recommended.
One of the most recorded guitar players of all time, Reggie Young has played on hundreds of hit songs in multiple genres. His career spans over 50 years and between the years 1967 thru 1971 alone his guitar was on 120 Top 40 pop and R&B hits. He's recorded with Elvis and opened for The Beatles
along with playing guitar on several hundred different artists recordings, playing rockabilly, R&B, rock, pop, country and jazz with some of the greatest of all time: ... Do you have a special memory with Elvis? Well, it's all a special moment. But especially American, the one on one, when we were just sittin' around talking and you know, after the fact I look back and say, man I was just sittin' around talking to Elvis.
, the 25-year-old daughter of Lisa Marie Presley
is featured on the cover of the May edition of Vogue magazine in Australia, with her best friend and supermodel and actress Abbey Lee Kershaw.
On March 15
we reported that Jack White, an American musician, record producer, and occasional actor. bought the My Happiness
of acetate at the Graceland
auction on January 8 this year. Now the latest update we have is that on February 26, White took his $300,000 acetate to Alan Stoker, a specialist from Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame, to digital transfer the acetate. You can now view a video clip
showing the beginning of the work, looking at and playing the acetate. White will release the acetate again for Record Store Day in America on April, 18, and later a 7" version will be released.
Two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley, 'The Lisa Marie
' and 'Hound Dog II
', could be moved from Graceland to a location down the street under a plan approved Thursday by a county board.
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  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.
A litter of puppies were born on Graceland
property two weeks ago and had to be rescued Sunday morning, after one humane society was going to separate them from their mother ... In honor of their birth being on Graceland property, workers with the Tunica Humane Society decided to name the mother Priscilla and the black puppy with the white stomach Elvis.
Celebrating Elvis's first motion picture - Follow That Dream
present 'Love Me Tender
' in the 2-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.
There is a one week exclusive exhibit at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas of Elvis' Stutz Blackhawk Car from 1971
. Collectors and fans have the rare car which he purchased in September 1971. The car will be sold in May at the auction in New York. It was one of only 26 built as a 1971 production model.
Interview with with Anita Wood, Elvis' girlfriend during the whirlwind late 50's. Anita talks about meeting Elvis for the first time WHPQ radio television in Memphis 1957, dating, Elvis being drafted and his mothers reaction, Hollywood, Elvis Presley Jr, Natalie Wood and more.
Mary Tyler Moore talks about Elvis Presley.
Interview with Donna Butterworth who played Jan Kohana in Paradise Hawaiian Style
Elvis Presley and Jack Lord first met on January 14, 1973 following Elvis' triumphant Aloha From Hawaii television special. Elvis made special mention that Jack was in the audience which completely 'floored' the Lords., 'One of my favorite actors is in the audience, Jack Lord, I gotta say that, you know, Hawaii 5-0'. Afterwards, they went backstage and met Elvis for the first time, and met later at The Lords home facing the ocean on the Oahu side of the island. They met again on February 10, 1973 in Las Vegas.
FTD's 'Elvis At American Sound Studio
' 2-CD opens a door to the remarkable 1969 Memphis recording sessions. As a stand-alone release it includes the remaining songs not originally available on the landmark FTD albums', Back In Memphis
' & 'From Elvis In Memphis
' plus an additional thirty unreleased nuggets. Akin to admiring two beautiful paintings, and discovering a third, a clever compile results in a pleasing listen which augments the stellar Memphis 1969 recording sessions trilogy with aplomb.
I just had the chance to finish up watching the new DVD release, Elvis : He Didn't Come Back ... We Did. I just love seeing 'That's The Way It Is' material in this kind of quality without the big, annoying 'Property of Turner' text on the screen. The small type on the 'On Tour' material is the way to go and so much less obtrusive. 'Elvis : He Didn't Come Back ... We Did' DVD contains nearly 100 minutes of further outtakes from 'That's The Way It Is' & 'Elvis on Tour' and contains unreleased material from both [as well as some we have had before but with different camera angles] and also for first time in original widescreen.
A look at Elvis' Guitar Man Sessions with Jerry Reed. Jerry Reed immediately took over the session
, you can hear it from the first notes of the first take - Reed is coaching the musicians, encouraging them, egging them on, with Felton happy just to be presiding over some thing that is actually happening. There is a bright, shimmering surface to the music different in many respects from anything Elvis has ever recorded before but providing, at the same time, the kind of churning, driving rhythm that has characterized Elvis' music from the first. There is not the slightest question of Elvis' engagement. There is no self-deprecation, there is no wisecracking; all of the singer's attention is focused on the music. Completely updated
Songwriter and pianist Don Robertson
died last week at the age of 92. Elvis recorded 14 songs written by Robertson. Robertson's own song 'The Happy Whistler' was a million seller in 1956. His special way of playing the piano was very successful. Robertson worked as a singer and pianist for RCA Victor and Capitol Records,but also as a background keyboardist on recordings with Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Duane Eddy, Al Martino and many others. The best-known songs Elvis recorded, written by Robertson, his 'There's Always Me', 'Anything That's Part Of You', 'I Met Her Today', 'I'm Counting on You' and 'No More'.
A number of websites are reporting the story that Nancy Sinatra recently said that 'Elvis, frankly, was just an OK singer' ... 'Elvis was the King, but he was no Chairman of the Board' .... 'You're talking about the difference between stardom and talent', ... 'Elvis had talent and was a big star, but no one touches Frank and no one will in terms of musicianship and elegance and charitable work' ... Well Nancy did not say any of this. Elvis Australia's Scott Jenkins asked Nancy (Via her twitter account) and received the reply, read in full.