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'Elvis Studio Sessions '56
' 3 CD Boxset from 'Memphis Recording Service
' is the perfect companion
to the Sony 'Young Man With The Big Beat
' 5 CD box-set. Whereas the Sony set gave us the masters, live recordings from Las Vegas and the Hirsch Youth Center, Louisiana along interviews and a very number of outtakes, MRS gives us both the masters and the complete 1956 sessions outtakes as well as the COMPLETE 'The Truth About Me' but also the outtakes for the 'The Truth About Me'. Be quick, this is your very last chance to pre-order and receive five (5) FREE quality photographs of Elvis in 1956.
The King of Rock 'n' Roll shattered many records during his incredible career. Forty-five years ago this weekend, he became the first entertainer in history to sell out four consecutive shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Elvis' Madison Square Garden shows were the first time Elvis performed in front of a live audience in New York since his TV appearances on the Dorsey Brothers, Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan shows in 1956 and 1957. Elvis performed before an audience of 20,000 fans at each of the four shows that took place June 9-11, 1972 (that's a total of 80,000 fans for the entire weekend). Initially, only three shows were booked, but those sold out instantly, so the fourth show on June 11 was added.
I had the pleasure of attending 'The Wonder Of You' sold-out concerts in Melbourne two nights running, Friday, Saturday, June 9 and 10 during which I was totally enthralled for practically every minute.
It is tempting to compare these concerts with the forerunner,'Elvis The Concert' in 1999 and the slightly renamed 'Elvis Presley In Concert' in 2006 (the first being far superior to the second, much bigger screens to begin with) and while that is more than reasonable, these concerts are in many ways very different. But it was ELVIS everyone came to see and seeing him move on such a large screen was amazing.
The United States debut of 'Elvis: Live in Concert', an all-new concert production featuring Elvis Presley on the big screen accompanied by a live orchestra, coming to 12 cities this August. This critically-acclaimed stage event, which has sold out arenas across the world since last November, is inspired by the award-winning, chart-topping album releases, 'If I Can Dream' and 'The Wonder of You', which features remastered vocals of the king's voice and new orchestral arrangements of some of his biggest hits.
Jerry Schilling: The tour is going fantastically. We've done Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane, and I gotta tell you, I said it to the audience last night; I feel like I'm back on tour with Elvis! People are dancing in the aisles, having fun and we have this great orchestra conducted by the renowned Chong Lim who is awesome. This 40-piece orchestra has a rhythm section and three singers; it's first class. You look up at the big screen and you see Elvis, and I know it may sound weird, but you feel his presence.
Just some of the reasons why you MUST see the Elvis: The Wonder Of You Australian Tour!
Jerry Schilling talks about the 'Elvis, The Wonder Of You' Tour of Australia 2017.
SHE was the wife of rock 'n' roll's reigning king - a union that put Priscilla Presley on an irreversible path to stardom. And though 2017 marks 40 years since the passing of Elvis, the association between her and the legendary performer is still as strong as ever.
'I miss his laughter', she says, eyes brightening at the memory. 'His laughter was so contagious. He'd start and everyone would start - they didn't know what they were laughing about, they just got so much enjoyment from being with him.
Sonny West has died in Nashville after a long illness. He was 79 years old. He had been suffereing lung cancer. Sonny was a member of Elvis Presley's entourage and met him for the first time in 1958 before Elvis left for his military service in Germany. Later he came to work for Elvis, and he was responsible for the fleet, and bodyguard. He even lived for a time at Graceland. The man had supporting roles in films such as 'Kid Galahad' and 'Stay Away, Joe'. Sonny was with Elvis (and Jerry Schilling
) on December 21, 1970, when Elvis met with President Richard Nixon
. Sonny West worked a long time for Elvis, but was fired in 1976. He was one of the authors of the controversial book 'Elvis, What Happened'.
Rock stars love the grungy look: sweat-stained T-shirts, ragged jeans, worn-out shoes.
But Elvis Presley was no ordinary rock star. He was, after all, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, and he dressed like it. Fans never saw Elvis on stage in anything less than the best. Even early on in his career, he carefully chose his fashionable stagewear. He wanted to give the audience a thrill – not just with his music, but with his look. All these years later, Elvis' style is as iconic as his music. Elvis had great fashion sense, but it was designer Bill Belew
who helped take Elvis' fashion to the next level. Belew designed clothes for Elvis to wear both on and off the stage.
The Wonder Of You Tour of Australia has begun with the first concert in Perth last night with 10,400 Elvis fans in attendance. With Elvis Presley on state of the art screens, specially designed for this arena tour and backed by a full 40 piece symphony orchestra, Elvis is once again back in Australia! Next up is Adelaide Sunday night, followed by, Brisbane, consecutive nights in Sydney and ending with 3 nights in Melbourne through to June 10. These multiple concert dates follow hot on the heels of a sold-out arena tour in the United Kingdom and Europe.
If you have yet to decide, it is easy, do you like the CDs, If I Can Dream
and The Wonder of You
with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra? And/or did you enjoy the 'Elvis The Concert' (1999) and 'Elvis Presley In Concert
' (2006) tours? If you answered yes to either, or especially both, it should be an easy decision!! Tickets are still available in all states. Do you want to spoil yourself a little?
Check out the exciting VIP packages
and be treated like a star by being one of the fortunate few to access the official pre-show party!
The following is an article by Chet Flippo, the Editorial Director for CMT: The 1977 book Elvis: What Happened? was a very messy tell-all expose, based entirely on interviews with the three formerly trusted aides and bodyguards who had recently been fired by Elvis' father Vernon as part of a cost-cutting operation. The bodyguards, the cousins Red West
and Sonny West
and Dave Hebler, felt betrayed after being summarily dismissed after years of what they regarded as devotion to the King. They seemed to seek revenge. And they got it in Elvis: What Happened?
From the Loving You DVD
, Martin Sheen talks about how much Elvis meant to him
, why Elvis was king. Sheen shows he is a well informed Elvis fan, and music/film lover. Martin is a big fan and tells of his love for Elvis and seeing 'Love Me Tender' about 20 times in the 50's. A great inclusion to an otherwise delightful DVD.
A Saturday morning fire caused 'extensive' damage to the former home of Elvis Presley on Audubon Drive, but ongoing renovations meant no Presley artifacts were in the house at the time of the blaze. Memphis Fire Lt. Wayne Cooke said the department responded to the home just after 7:30 a.m. The fire was under control by 7:52, he said. Fire personnel were on scene for several hours. The cause was electrical, Cooke said, and started in the wall between the living room and dining room. The one-story home was unoccupied and undergoing renovations.
Eleven years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Elvis' first drummer D.J Fontana
. I was working as a reporter at a radio station, when, one day in April, 2006, a press release caught my eye. It announced that Fontana was touring Sweden as part of a Swedish group called The Cadillac Band that would be playing my home town that very night. As my news editor didn't seem to understand the significance of this, I practically had to beg him to let me interview the drummer instead of doing the news piece he had in mind for me to do.
The 'Elvis In Person, One Night in Toronto April 2, 1957
' Hardcover Book has been released and our order is on the way to us. This is the third book of Erik Lorentzen in the 'Gold Standard Series' and tells the story of the two performances that Elvis did on April 2, 1957, sixty years ago, in Toronto, Canada. With over 350 previously unpublished photos
taken from the original negatives and new stories in text, you'll be taken back to the fifties! Amazing and beautiful photos
show Elvis before, during and after the performance on stage, backstage, etc. A great collector's item for fifties fan and a wonderful book for every Elvis fan! Available to pre-order at ElvisPresleyShop.com
This is an interview with Scotty Moore by retired Boston Herald journalist Larry Katz that he has recently transcribed. This is a superb, honest chat he had with Scotty Moore back in May 2002, almost exactly 15 years ago. At one point, Scotty makes an interesting observation. 'The stuff from back in the '50s is what people want to hear', he says. 'They love watching the jumpsuits and everything, but the music in the '70s don’t seem to have the staying power that the other stuff did'.
Could Elvis actually play guitar?
He played pretty good, yeah. And he played piano and drums. The first sessions he'd come in and work. After that, when he got more confident, he'd come in and play drums a while, then guitar, then piano. Then he'd practice his karate and then send out for 85 White Cottage burgers and then he'd go to work around 11 o'clock at night. But he loved gospel music. Jake Hess had influenced him and Bill Monroe and Big Boy Crudup. The first time I ever heard him I thought, 'What in the hell is this?' I couldn't tell if he was black or bluegrass or gospel or what. Of course that was what made him what he was. He was so damn versatile he could sing anything.
Elvis Presley was pulled over April 3, 1955, for speeding on U.S. Highway 171 in Caddo Parish. 'I turned around and followed him for eight miles at speeds of 65 to 80 mph ...,' says a statement by the trooper who stopped Elvis. It's believed that Elvis he was on his way to play a concert at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds in Shreveport when authorities stopped his 1954 pink and white Cadillac. He reportedly was driving at 80 mph in a 60-mph zone. Elvis posted a $25 bond for traveling 20 miles over the speed limit. On April 5, his name was called three times at the Caddo Courthouse door but he failed to appear, leading to the forfeiture of the bond, records show. Click here
to view all the legal documents about his arrest.
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!'.
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.
Screenwriter Allan Weiss, who was on hand to witness Elvis Presley's first Hollywood screen test and worked on six of Elvis' movies
in the 1960s, has died. He was 90. Weiss died Thursday at a nursing facility in Mission Viejo, Calif., his nephew, Ken Maas, told The Hollywood Reporter. Weiss provided the story for Presley's Blue Hawaii
(1961) and wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for the films Girls! Girls! Girls!
(1962), Fun in Acapulco
(1964), Paradise, Hawaiian Style
(1966) and Easy Come, Easy Go
In this video interview with Billy Strange (From 2010, to celebrate his 80th birthday), Billy talks about his friendship with Elvis, writing songs for him with Mac Davis
. Writing Memories, discussing the lyrics with Elvis in the process of writing the song, A Little Less Conversation
and about that songs mega success in 2002. Working with Elvis on the song Viva Las Vegas
, 'I was playing guitar on Viva Las Vegas
... he liked what I did'. On their friendship he talks about Elvis calling him up 'to his house' and them 'playing with the baby, Lisa Marie
for hours. Billy also talks about working with Nancy Sinatra
and her hit, These Boots Were Made for Walking
and much more.
Shirley Dieu met Elvis Presley in 1975. After becoming friends, she would spend the next 3 years touring and vacationing with him. In this exclusive Interview with Sergio Luiz Shirley tells her amazing story and how she became the 'Memphis Mafia Princess'. 'I dont think that Elvis took the vacation as a much-needed break. He had just gotten his plane The Lisa Marie and felt a certain freedom that he hadnt really had before. So since he loved Hawaii, he said Hey, I'm taking everyone to Hawaii. It was a last minute kind of thing ...'
So different are Elvis' voices, that if one could find a person who has never heard his recordings and you put him or her on an island and then had them listen to these fifty songs, mixed with say, those of 12 other distinctive singers, and then you then ask him or her, to classify them, to separate the singers, I could bet a million dollars that the person will never say that there are 13 singers, as would be the case, but at least 25.
Elvis Presley's two concerts at Maple Leaf Gardens were among only five he ever performed outside of the U.S. The April 2 concert is now featured in the 'Elvis In Person, One Night in Toronto April 2, 1957
' Hardcover Book. 'It goes without saying', Toronto Star music critic Hugh Thomson wrote in a scathing review of Elvis Presley's two-concert appearance at Maple Leaf Gardens on April 2, 1957
, 'he has all the appeal of one-part dynamite and one-part chain-lightning to the adolescent girls, but to one like myself who is neither a girl nor adolescent, I could only feel he was strikingly devoid of talent'.
MRS will release for 'Record Store Day', 'Elvis On Television 1956-1960: The Complete Sound Recordings', a LIMITED EDITION 180 gram double LP set containing for the first time ever, the complete archival sound recordings of all of Elvis Presley's television appearances from 1956-1960. All the 40 tracks herein are restored re-mastered using the most sophisticated technology. The bonus 24-page gatefold photo album contains many rare photographs with listings of Elvis' TV appearance dates.
Once an in-demand Hollywood actress, Dolores Hart shocked the entertainment industry when she gave up everything to become a cloistered Benedictine Roman Catholic nun. She left her career, broke off her engagement to Los Angeles businessman Don Robinson, and pursued her vocation as a nun.
The new 'Elvis Presley's Memphis' opened today. Jack Soden, Priscilla Presley and Joel Weinshanker cut the ribbon on the new a $45 million, 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment complex across the street from Graceland Mansion.
CMT is selling 'Sun Records' as the saga of Elvis Presley
, Johnny Cash
, and Jerry Lee Lewis
as the revolutionary first generation of rock 'n' roll
, but the show is really about Sam Phillips
, founder of the record label that recorded them all - Sun Records
- in 1950s Memphis. Phillips is played by Chad Michael Murray as a poor and stubborn innovator, determined to build a company around a new sound that would combine black rhythm and blues with white country music to forge both an art form and a money-maker.
will be on hand to kick off a four-day grand opening celebration for Elvis Presley's Memphis on Thursday, March 2, at Graceland
. The $45 million, 200,000-square-foot entertainment and museum complex is the second phase of Graceland's expansion plans. It will feature a new Elvis Presley career museum, the 'Presley Motors' automobile museum, a 20,000-square-foot 'Graceland Soundstage' performing space/meeting hall, a barbecue restaurant, a 1950s-inspired diner and retail stores. The facility will be five times the size of the current visitors center.
Julie Parrish starred in several films, including 'Paradise Hawaiian Style', with Elvis Presley. In one of the most delightful moments of the film, Elvis sings to her in a helicopter, while she holds a group of dogs at bay. Julie was born, October 21, 1940 and passed away on October 1st, 2003.
Though Leonard Cohen and Elvis Presley seem to occupy different time-zones in the history of rock, they were born within a year of each other. And Cohen, like John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and so many others, vividly remembers the 'shock of recognition' he felt when he first heard Presley in the '50s.
One of Elvis' trusted friends, Marty Lacker was instrumental in arranging Elvis' seminal recording sessions at American Sound Studios with producer Chips Moman
in January and February of 1969. Marty shares the genesis behind those historic sessions, which yielded the hits, 'Suspicious Minds
', 'In The Ghetto
', 'Don't Cry Daddy
', and 'Kentucky Rain
' and marked an artistic rebirth for the singer.
Due to overwhelming demand, two new shows have been added to 'Elvis, The Wonder Of You' Tour of Australia 2017, as the first shows continue to sell out. Tickets are on sale now for the 3rd Melbourne Show and 2nd Sydney show.
Hot off the back of the No 1 UK debut for The Wonder Of You
album, Elvis Presley has broken the all-time Official Albums Chart record with the 13th Number 1 after almost 40 years of his passing. This all-time new record marks the most No. 1 albums achieved by any solo artist in the UK ever and sees The King continue to make history for his second collection of orchestral re-workings of hits.
Marty Lacker, a member of Elvis' famed Memphis Mafia
and one of the best men at Elvis' 1967 wedding, died Monday after suffering from kidney failure. He was 80. He's the second member of the Memphis Mafia to die in recent months, following the November 2016 death of Joe Esposito
, the other best man at Elvis' wedding.
Bruce Springsteen was seven when he first saw Elvis on The Ed Sullivan Show
. Elvis Presley's third and final appearance took place on January 6, 1957. Watching the show, Springsteen felt mesmerised: 'I couldn't imagine anyone not wanting to be Elvis Presley
', he recalled ... 'I jumped up over the wall and I started runnin' up the driveway, which when I look back on it now was kind of a stupid thing to do because I hate it when people do it at my house'.
Elvis was singing in the men's room. But I'd gotten used to that. This time, though, there was something new. And it led me, after all these years, to the legendary Barbara Hearn. A little explanation -- all right, a lot of explanation -- is in order:
Interview with Steve Wynn, bother of Kenny
who we recently featured an interview with.
Interview with Kenny Wynn, Colonel Tom Parker's assistant. Kenny had an insider's view of the Presley empire back in the 1970s when 'The King' was selling out hundreds of performances at the Las Vegas Hilton. Wynn was in charge of the sale of Elvis Presley memorabilia and even traveled with Elvis Presley on tour.
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.
US Emmy award-winning actress Mary Tyler Moore has died aged 80, her publicist says. Tyler Moore was best known for her television roles in the 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and the eponymous The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s. Elvis Presley fans know her for her rol in the King's last movie, 'Change Of Habit
'. She was also nominated for a best actress Oscar in 1980 for the film Ordinary People. Mara Buxbaum said in a statement she died in the company of friends and her husband, Dr S. Robert Levine.
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.
Interview with Elvis Presley - The 1969 Press Conference - August 1, 1969.
Interview with Vernon Presley by Nancy Anderson : Good Housekeeping, January 1978.
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.
Larry Auerbach booked Elvis Presley's first network television performance in 1956. The agency had just signed on to represent Presley when a producer for Jackie Gleason's 'Stage Show' called Auerbach and said he needed an act, 'a country singer', for an upcoming broadcast. So Auerbach said, 'I've got one,' while knowing almost nothing about Presley's act.
Elvis was gonna perform at the Armory and my friend and I, we were so excited to go and we went and everybody was screaming and all the girls and everything and then my friend wanted me to go back stage to get his autograph and I wouldn't go and she goes, 'Are you crazy?' and I go, 'I don't want to'. She goes, 'Why not?' I said, 'Because I'm gonna go to Hollywood and he is gonna be my friend' ... And she goes, 'You're crazy ...', because my name Aidieme, 'You're crazy Aidieme, you're never gonna be a movie star and you should go back. At least you get to see him in person'. And I wouldn't do it.