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Here is a look at the great 166cm (near 5 1/2 feet) high Elvis cardboard cutout and CD display for 'If I Can Dream': Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra'. The display can be seen at select retail outlets Australia wide. Would you like one in your living room? For a chance to win one of these courtesy of Sony Music and Elvis Australia - watch www.elvis.com.au for your chance soon. 'If I Can Dream' on charts; ElvisPresleyCharts.com
Just in time for Christmas we have two beautifully presented Tin Box sets; 'Elvis Home for the Holidays
' includes, 1
x collectible keepsake candle (modeled after the renowned Elvis guitar that was used during the King's seminal 1968 TV comeback special), 1
x A bonus 32-page booklet loaded with photos, 1
x an Elvis-inspired door hanger, 6
x postcards and 1
x CD. While 'The Very Best Of Love
' goes a step further with 1
x DVD (Elvis Through the Years), 1
x a 32-page biographical booklet with photos, 5 x Elvis-inspired greeting cards and 1
x CD with 12 of Elvis most cherished ballads.
Elvis: The Very Best of Love
is a special collector's edition tin box set featuring 12 of Elvis most cherished ballads
. Recreate romantic moments and make new ones with songs like Can't Help Falling in Love
, Love Me Tender
, One Night
and many more. The set also includes five Elvis-inspired greeting cards
, a 32-page biographical booklet
, and Elvis Through the Years
a pictorial DVD
featuring hundreds of candid photos of the King.
Sam Phillips had been thinking more and more that the key lay in the connection between the races, in what they had in common far more than what kept them apart. There were always going to be 'some bastard white people', he knew, but far more to the point was the spiritual connection that he had always known to exist between black and white, the cultural heritage that they all shared. 'Not to copy each other but to just - hey, this is all we've got and we're going to give it to you. This is our Broadway play. This is our Tin Pan Alley. This is what it is. We hope you likeit'.
'If I Can Dream': Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' is this week number 3 in its third week in 3 countries, Australia, Scotland and the United Kingdom. 'If I Can Dream' was certified Gold in Australia by ARIA earlier this week. Also on these 3 charts it has been # 1, 1, and 3 for each of the three weeks.
For a full round-up of 'If I Can Dream' on all charts worldwide see ... ElvisPresleyCharts.com
Elvis was a very tender soul. He had such a good heart. We literally bought out a pet shop one night. About three o'clock one morning, Get- Low was acting really strange, so we had a doctor come over. He said, 'I don't think the dog will make it through the night'. So Elvis leased a Learjet and flew Get Lo, my girlfriend and me, and the doctor up to Boston to a special clinic for kidney dialysis. We left him up there for about three months. But he didn't live long after that. He was only about a year old. We were on tour when he died, and we were coming home on his plane when they told us. Elvis just cried.
There have been several attempts at an Elvis Presley remix album, none of which have worked. This one does! The songs don't and were never intended to replace the original masters, nothing ever could, but to my ears Sony Music have succeeded where others have failed – they have produced an album that that while remaining faithful to the style that was Elvis Presley have created a new listening experience. And this is what the album is, a new listening experience, not a replacement of his body of work. And importantly it is an album. One that Elvis would have - could have - gone into the studio to cut.
'If I Can Dream' with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
has been certified as Gold Award status in Australia by ARIA. The album has so far spent 2 weeks at number 1 in Australia but faces stiff competition this week with a race for the top spot between several former No.1 acts including Justin Bieber, One Direction, Kylie Minogue, il Divo and Kurt Cobain. Last week, for the first time since early July, an album has managed to hold on for a second week at the No.1 spot on the ARIA Albums chart, and that album was the Elvis Presley set 'If I Can Dream' with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra thus being the biggest selling album in the country two weeks running. (Chart data/stats from Gavin Ryan).
Elvis is number 1 for a second straight week in Australia. In doing so 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
' has upset the recent 'status quo' of the past 13 weeks
, where a new album has debuted at No. 1 each week, by going 'back to back' two weeks in a row at No. 1. Last week, 'If I Can Dream' become the 749th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and finally the 600th No.1 for ARIA
(1983 to 2015), plus the 396th album to debut at the top of the Albums chart.
Elvis Presley has started a second week at No. 1 in the UK with 'If I Can Dream
' (Sony Music CG), featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This album did something quite rare in modern chart history by selling more in its second week than its first, with sales of 88,600, compared with 79,000 in its first week. The tally is also only narrowly behind the best weekly scorecard for any artist album this year, the 89,110 achieved by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' Chasing Yesterday (Sour Mash) in March.
Elvis has done the previously unthinkable and is this week number 1 on the Classical Album Charts in the USA. 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
' debuted last week at No. 17 and has risen to to top in week 2. This is something new in the crown of the King Of Rock 'N' Roll.
Elvis has this week debuted at number 21 on the prestigious Billboard 200 album chart with 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
'. The album has debut at No. 44 in Canada.
Elvis is number 3 in New Zealand this week with 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
' no. 3 on debut on the Official New Zealand album chart. And on other charts; UK #1, Scotland #1, Ireland #2, Belgium #10, Netherlands # 17, Germany #37, Sweden #48 and Italy #95.
Elvis is number 1 in Australia this week with 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
' topping the ARIA album chart
on debut. Amazingly, this is only Elvis' second number one album in Australia (since reasonably reliable album chart data began in 1974, and so missing so many of Elvis' 'golden' years). 'If I Can Dream' is also No. 1 in both the UK and Scotland.
Elvis Presley has topped the UK album charts for a 12th time with the 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
' CD. Elvis claimed the top album spot with 79,000 chart sales, giving him the second-fastest selling album of the year. Receiving the award on Elvis' behalf, the star's former wife Priscilla Presley said: 'This is an album that Elvis always really wanted to do and he would have been so pleased to know his fans are still there and they continue to love his music. The most talented team put this album together and helped us all realise an unfulfilled dream'.
Back in the mid-to-late-'90s, the Rock Legends label had been responsible for several Elvis CD projects, however, it eventually and mysteriously dissolved as per the norm given its 'bootleg
t' status. The audio quality of these compact discs had largely varied from good to excellent but soundboard sources became scarce and competing with the then newly developed Follow That Dream
label proved difficult, if not impossible. Around 2013, the label resurfaced (suspected under new management) with several re-releases in the way of such titles as From Richmond To Greensboro, No More Feedbacks, and most recently with clearer audience recordings on Las Vegas' Voice Volumes 1 and 2, among others.
Here is the Australian TV Commercial For 'If I Can Dream' from Sony Music.
The numbered, limited edition 'If I Can Dream'/'Bridge Over Troubled Water' 45RPM Vinyl Single' has debuted at No. 1 on the UK's Vinyl Single Chart. Probably it does not take huge numbers to make this chart, but it is a number 1 just the same as we start to watch the global impact of the new 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' CD. We have a small number of this single in stock now.
'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
' has Elvis on the Billboard Classical music chart for the first time, with its debut at No. 17 this week. Hopes are high that the album can give Elvis another number 1 hit, and something previously unthought of, a number 1 Classical Album.
The major new CD release 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
' is doing well in Australia on iTunes, in all the major retailers we have spoken with and at ElvisPresleyShop.com
... Although there is no guarantee, if sales continue as they are and no other title improves, the album looks a good chance to debut at No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Album chart
. If it does this will only be Elvis' second number one album in Australia (The album chart started in 1965). His, last, and first was ELV1S 30 #1 Hits in 2002. There is no guarantee though, and you can help!! Have you purchased the CD? If not then consider doing so before Thursday and help 'The King' top the chart in Australia.
Elvis Presley is on track to rule the Official Albums Chart once more with the new album 'If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
', which features orchestral reworkings of classic Elvis tracks by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, ahead in the race to Number 1 mid-week. If Elvis can hang on until the end of the week, it will give him a 12th chart-topping album in the UK.
Now in stock at ElvisPresleyShop.com is the deluxe box set of 'If I Can Dream' that was issued only in the United Kingdom as a limited edition. In the box is a beautiful 17 track double LP vinyl album set, 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.
Memphis, Tennessee, wasn't just Elvis' home; it was also his stage.
From small clubs to large coliseums, Elvis performed in many different Bluff City venues throughout his career. Recently we looked at the Presley family's Tupelo and Memphis homes and apartments
. This week, let's look at a few of the Memphis venues where Elvis wowed his fans. Elvis' career started small, with gigs at the Bel-Air Club and the Bon Air Club. But his first official billed performance was on July 30, 1954
, at the Overton Park Shell.
Listen as Elvis receives 'The Sun Collection' LP from a fan on December 13th 1975 (Dinner Show). 'The Sun Collection' CD release is now available to order from ElvisPresleyShop.com. The audio is from the CD, 'Calling Elvis' a talking album containing all ten known to date telephone conversations of Elvis Presley
An Intimate Conversation With Elvis, by Rosa Luxemburg. TV And Movie Play, December 1969.
Wife of the king of rock'n'roll, Michael Jackson's mother-in-law and ... it's been an extraordinary life for a woman who has been in the spotlight since she moved in with Elvis at the age of 14. Today, she says, she would rather talk about the music. She talks about the first time she saw him play live, when he made his legendary '68 Comeback Special
on TV, shortly after she had given birth to their only child, Lisa Marie
. 'I was in the audience and I looked at him and thought: 'Oh my God, I had no idea!' she says, laughing. 'I thought: 'He's really good! He's really sexy! Oh my God!''
A man's home is his castle - and so Graceland is definitely the king's castle.
But for about the first half of his life, Elvis and his family had many other home sweet homes. The family moved often in both Tupelo and Memphis, and lived in many different houses and apartment complexes. Before Elvis ever crossed the gates of Graceland, he called many other places from Tupelo to Memphis 'home'.
In January 2014, Vanity Fair magazine published an article showing a photo of Elvis Presley presumably taken in downtown Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1947.
The article traces the origin of the photo to a woman who was walking into a drugstore to drop off some film that had one exposure left on the roll. According to the story, she noticed a young Elvis on his bike and asked him to pose, snapping her last frame of him. The woman later gave the photo to Presley family friend Janelle McComb of Tupelo, who passed along the photo and the story of how she obtained it to Elvis fan and memorabilia collector Wade Jones shortly before her death. The story behind the photo may have been correct, but the city was wrong.
The first ten tracks of FTD's 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee
' represent the original album that RCA released in May 1976. Recorded at Graceland
in February of that year, this album is thematically the saddest ever released by Elvis. It also may be the most honest look at himself ever made available by the man living behind the gates of that home on Elvis Presley Boulevard. Despite the at times overblown production, 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard' is a beautiful and moving album. Highlights include 'For The Heart', 'Hurt', 'Never Again', and 'Love Coming Down'.
Eleven-year-old Sterling Smith was keen at being idle and solemn about his watermelon business. Those two qualities worked together for the young boy during the hot Mississippi summer of 1973 when he noticed four cars parading toward his watermelon stand on Highway 51 going northbound one scalding afternoon.
'Can you imagine that? Elvis Presley was walking up to ME to see MY watermelons and I just sat there because I was being cool, while they were hot', grinned Smith. 'Some other men and women walked up to look them over too and give them a good thump. It was scorching, but I knew my melons were tasty'.
'Elvis is good to his family and he is good to his fans', Harold Loyd told this writer in 1992, some fifteen years after his first cousin died on August 16, 1977. 'He would love knowing that fans still come to Graceland. He loves his fans'. In May 1976, this reporter first met Loyd at the famous musical gates at the entrance of Presley's home, Graceland
, in Memphis, Tennessee. Besides being a loyal cousin to the King of Rock and Roll, Loyd was obviously a dedicated ambassador to the fans who came daily to visit the home. Loyd was generous with information and praise for Presley as he agreed to sit down at the Graceland gate guard shack for conversation and interviews each evening for a few days.
Decades after the death of Elvis Presley, all indications show that America's greatest music legend's legacy is becoming even stronger. The release of another commemorative stamp
, new albums
, international recognition and new generations of Presley fans are key indicators, but the biggest hint comes from what is happening in Memphis, Tennessee.
As well as charting on the 'Billboard Top 200' chart, the 'Elvis Presley Forever' CD compilation hit No. 2 on the 'Billboard Country Chart' and is this week at No. 23 after 6 weeks. As the CD sold out some time ago, it looks safe to assume that not a great deal of sales is required to make the country chart these days, and that there must be stock left at some retail locations, dare we say 'in the country'!! Order a CD and Stamp set today.
Elvis : 'The thing I keep up with most is professional football'. When he wasn't on stage, in a studio or on the big screen, there's a good chance you could find Elvis Presley playing football. Elvis loved other sports, too, like karate and racquetball. But Elvis always found time for a quick game, and if he couldn't play it himself, he watched his favorite teams compete on TV. He often watched three Football games at once in the TV room at Graceland where he had installed three TV sets.
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The Ants in Elvis Presley's Pants by Jane Newcomb, Exposed, December 1956.
Britney Spears talks about Elvis Presley.
How Elvis Told His Mom Good-bye. by John Dunne. Movie Stars Parade, November 1958.
The Life And Death Of Gladys Presley, Modern Screen, November 1958.
Elvis Presley on stage in Seattle November 12, 1970.
Celeste Yarnell (sic) Tells All... About Her Life With Elvis by Allison Hayes, Screen Stars, December 1968.
Review of the FTD release, Back In Memphis
, by Troy Yeary. When I first heard the original 'Back In Memphis', over twenty years ago, I was surprised by my disappointment. After listening to this expanded FTD release of the album, I am surprised yet again. Not by disappointment this time, but by how much I enjoyed it. Verdict: Two long blasts on the train whistle (highest rating).
Elvis Presley's twenty-eighth movie was the 1968 MGM film 'Live A Little, Love A Little
' directed by Norman Taurog, who had directed several previous Presley films. This was to be Taurog's final film. Principal photography began on 3/13/68. Locations included the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, Marineland, the Hollywood Citizen News building, the Los Angeles Music Center and the streets of the Hollywood Hills. The film introduced the song 'A Little Less Conversation
' an alternative take of which would form the basis of a remix that returned Presley to international music sales charts in 2002.
Interview with Celeste Yarnall who appeared briefly in Live A Little, Love a Little. Celeste plays Ellen, the girl at the party, with all the astrological reasons why she and Elvis just can't possibly be matched up.
Minnie Mae Presley was Elvis Presley's paternal grandmother, whom he affectionately called 'Dodger'.
Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in Lee County. His family tree traces both east and west of the All America City. His parents came from the the two counties that surround Lee County: His mother's family is from Pontotoc County, which is to the west of Lee County, and his father's family is from Itawamba County, which to to the east.
On August 27, 1965, Elvis Presley met The Beatles at his California home. One memorable evening, the Colonel
arranged for Elvis to meet four famous people. But I believe it was the Beatles who were eager to meet Elvis, not the other way around. In fact, when John, Paul, Ringo and George walked in, Elvis was relaxing on the couch, looking at TV without the sound. He barely bothered to get up. Naturally he was curious about the Beatles. He respected them. Mostly he respected the way they had achieved their artistic freedom. He saw how they did whatever they liked to do. There are no photos from that historic meeting between the King of Rock 'n' Roll and The Fab Four, but Priscilla Presley recalls that evening ...
Dean Jones, the actor best known to many for his role in Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock
' has died at the age of 84. After MGM signed Jones to a contract, he began with a small role in 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' before his role in the classic Elvis Presley movie 'Jailhouse Rock'.
A Craze Called Elvis, by Carlton Brown, Coronet, September 1956 ...
was the morning DJ at WHBQ in Memphis. The evening DJ, Dewey Phillips
, was known for playing what was then called 'race music', and it was one evening that a record brought in by Sam Phillips
featuring an artist by the name of Elvis Presley was played. 'You could tell that something exciting was going on when the record was played', says Wink. Ironically, Wink's future wife Sandy had dated Elvis for six years.
It is hard not to be excited about the soon to be released 'The Elvis Files' Volume 7 Hardcover book
after viewing these preview images
. The book is almost finished and soon to be printed so is on schedule to be released in October as announced. Volume 7 is about Elvis' career in 1974-1975. More details soon.