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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.
Pat Boone: I first met Elvis in Cleveland, Ohio. He was not very, he was not known really nationally at all. It was before Heartbreak Hotel, before Hound Dog
, he had two or three country records, sort of 'rockabilly' we called them. And I'd seen his name on some jukeboxes in Texas, and made note of the name. But he couldn't be a pop artist, not in those days.
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.
This year we have for you a special image, from Elvis and the Colonel, as published in 'Billboard', December 29, 1956, and our modified version, along with video and photos of Elvis at Christmas
, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. (And much more Elvis in 2017!) The arrival of winter at Graceland was always a special time of year. It meant the holiday season was fast approaching and the anticipation of all the fun things the season would bring, including decorating for Christmas, opening Christmas presents with friends and family, the annual New Year's Eve party, Elvis' birthday, building snowmen in the front yard of Graceland and more.
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Up on the 17th floor of the St Regis Hotel in New York City, John Lennon is learning to type. 'It's great', he says, 'Yoko's teaching me'. John is in his bedroom, surrounded by the detritus of creation: guitars, books, notepads, nylon-tipped pens, and... a box full of Elvis Presley singles. 'I asked someone to get all his old singles for me', he says, now down on his hands and knees, opening the box and spilling the bright red RCA labels over the floor. The next 10 minutes are spent sorting them out. My Baby Left Me, Hound Dog, One Night
and the old Sun classics
are in one pile, while crap (John's opinion) like Bossa Nova Baby
and Are You Lonesome Tonight?
go on another.
56 years after its initial broadcast, and 41 years after ABC is said to have discarded the original master videotape, a high-quality source of the soundtrack for the Frank Sinatra-hosted 1960 Timex special has finally been located. The special, officially titled 'It's Nice to Go Traveling', was Sinatra's last for the network, and was conceived as a vehicle to welcome home Elvis Presley, who was returning from Germany, after his separation from the service. Reviews of the show were generally positive, and the highlight of the program was the once-in-a-lifetime pairing of the The Chairman of the Board and The King, as they performed a duet of each other's hits -- 'Love Me Tender' and 'Witchcraft.'
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, ...
Kate Moss has followed up her sensational wearing of an Elvis shirt
(No we don't know where she got it) with an official music video
recorded to accompany the third song taken from the number one album 'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
'. Talking about being involved in the promo, Kate said: 'I was so excited to be asked to be involved in this project, anything for Elvis'..
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After a period of poor health, Larry Muhoberac
has passed away aged 79. It was Muhoberac who played piano for Elvis' at his sensational Las Vegas return to live performing in 1969. In fact, Larry Muhoberac's hands have also doubled for Elvis' in several movie scenes of The King playing the piano. And while Elvis left the building long ago, Muhoberac also played alongside Ray Charles, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand before moving to Australia with his wife Andra in 1986.
The cleverly titled 'Way Down in the Jungle Room
' is another Elvis session anthology from RCA/Legacy that was conceived in the style of 2013's critically acclaimed 'Elvis at Stax
'. It includes all the masters and many outtakes from the 'Jungle Room' sessions that took place from February 2-8 and October 29-30, 1976 at the 'den' of Graceland
, Elvis' home in Memphis, TN. Back then, nobody could have guessed that these sessions would become a rather sad part of music history as Elvis Presley's last studio recordings. The songs that were recorded at those sessions ended up on the albums 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee
' (1976) and 'Moody Blue
' (1977), which were both still released during Elvis' lifetime.
First time I had any contact with Elvis I was in the hospital and Elvis sent me a telegram ... I had written and recorded this song called Old Friend
and in the song it says, 'Would you be here if I could have been there?' in the song and that really means that at one point I think it was the second time maybe he went into the hospital or something I wanted to come to Memphis and talk to Elvis as a friend, you know, didn't want a Cadillac, didn't need anything, didn't want anything, just loved him.
died November 23, after a year of declining health. Joe first met Elvis Presley in the Army in 1958
and began working for him soon after they were both released from the service in 1960 until literally the day he died seventeen years later. Joe was Elvis' right hand man and head of the Memphis Mafia
'If I Can Dream' was the dynamic production duo of Don Reedman (Barbra Streisand
, Michael Crawford) and Nick Patrick (Plácido Domingo, Il Divo). Reedman first approached executive producer Priscilla Presley
with the idea to marry vintage Elvis vocal tracks with the RPO at famed Abbey Road Studios in London, and it was an idea she wholly embraced. Buoyed by the reception of If I Can Dream, the production Dream Team reunited to emerge with another stellar Elvis/RPO offering, 'The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
' (RCA/Legacy), a worthy sequel if ever there was.
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.
Interview with Joe Esposito by Larry King 2007. Joe Esposito: Elvis loved to be on stage. That where -- he felt the happiest on stage because he got the love from the audience
. And he loved to sing. I mean, that's what he loved to do. He'd sit in his house on hours on end by himself at the piano and just play songs and sing.
There's a photograph of you and Elvis here that looked like a plaque. Can you tell us a little background about what happened there? Well, Elvis and I took a picture together, because we wrote a song called 'I'll Be Back', which was voted in the top ten in the motion picture category.
Interview with Ray Walker of the Jordanaires
. We were looking the other way when Elvis came in. When I turned around, he stuck his hand out and said, 'I'm Elvis Presley'. I said, 'I know who you are. I'm Ray Walker'. Elvis replied to me, 'And I know who you are'. We stood there and talked, and the minute I looked in to his face all his fame left. I saw one of the nicest guys. I'm not really one to keep my mouth shut most of the time, as long as I know there's no harm, so during that all-night session I said to him, 'You know, your heart's going to take a beating in this business. And I've only been in it three weeks'. (Laughs) I really liked him right off. There was just an aura about him, he was one of the most impressive people I have ever met in my life.
Elvis Live Australia and New Zealand in Priscilla's own words.
Australian and New Zealand audiences should prepare themselves to experience what will be a triumphant celebration of Elvis Presley and his music, in a way that many have never before. View concert dates and venues.
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. This is a tour not to be missed! Friday May 26
: Perth Arena Sunday May 28
: Adelaide Entertainment Centre Thursday June 1
: Brisbane Entertainment Centre Friday June 2
: ICC Theatre, Sydney Friday June 9
: Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Sunday June 11
: Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart Friday July 7
: Horncastle Arena, Christchurch Sunday July 9
: Vector Arena, Auckland
Video, B.B. King talks about Elvis Presley, and the first time he saw him at Sun Records. Later, Elvis Presley and B.B. King backstage at the WDIA Goodwill Revue at Ellis Auditorium on December 7, 1956.
The I'm 10,000 Years Old : Elvis Country' album 'tells us as much about the man who created it as anything he ever did'. In January 1971, RCA records slipped its latest Elvis Presley LP on the market, not two months after the previous one. That record, 'I'm 10,000 Years Old: Elvis Country', the singer's 30th of original material (excluding live collections, compilations and greatest hits sets), wasn't just another Elvis LP. It was an honest to gosh concept LP. The songs were not only linked stylistically and thematically, but all the performances were linked by splices of a song interspersed between each number. Even the cover wasn't the usual head shot of a smiling Elvis, concert pose, or movie still. In their place was a sepia toned photo of a very familiar looking young boy, Elvis Presley aged two.
Kate Moss wore a nice jean blouse with silhouettes of Elvis Presley, the TCB logo and titles of popular songs of Elvis like 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Teddy Bear' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love' at the recent Spring 2017 Fashion Dior show. The 42-year-old model wore black pants, boots, a t-shirt and the blue 'Elvis' denim shirt. Thank you, thank you very much, Kate.
Elvis Presley: Elvis Treasures - Robert Gordon Book and CD
. For Elvis fans everywhere, Graceland has opened the doors to its extensive archives, allowing the historic documents and memorabilia within to be reproduced in facsimile, collectible form. With the expert help of archivists from Elvis Presley Enterprises, the King's life story is told through handwritten letters, press releases, movie scripts, and additional memorabilia and photographs from the Graceland archives. These historic documents, combined with the evocative text of author Robert Gordon, create a moving portrait of the legendary performer in this one-of-a-kind collector's book. Includes Elvis Speaks, an exclusive 60-Minute Audio CD of Candid Conversations with The King Of Rock 'N' Roll
. This unique interactive book also contains a 60-minute CD of interviews spanning his career, providing a formerly unavailable portrait of the King in his own words.
A Touch of Gold Lamé is a 450+ page Hardcover book by Erik Lorentzen author of the Elvis Files books and is the same size and weight (3.5kg/ 7.7 pounds) as these classic releases (i.e. HUGE) and will cover all you could want to know about Elvis and his 1957 concerts featuring the famous Gold Lame Suit. The wealth of material in this book is stunning with 420 pages of glorious photographs and articles of Elvis on tour! View a video preview
In May 2017 Elvis fans will have an opportunity that many have never had before - to experience the man who changed the course of popular music - the biggest selling solo artist in history (having sold an astonishing one billion records
worldwide), in a live concert experience - 'The Wonder of You', featuring the most recognizable voice of all time with a full symphony orchestra live on stage performing the King of Rock and Roll's most well-known rock 'n' roll songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads - with a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley
. Australian & New Zealand announced October 11.
The man who brought it all into focus and made the world catch on fire with rock and roll was Elvis Presley. He also generated those fires in me and my friends. We all thought we could be like him.
Let's just say it wasn't Jenny Maxwell's day. It all started early, when scenes for 'Blue Hawaii', Hal Wallis production, called for Jenny to try to drown herself, be rescued by Elvis Presley, who then turns the tiny 19-year-old blonde over his knee and gives her a sound spanking.
For the long shots and close-ups, Jenny dunked herself thoroughly three times, was hauled out and spanked by Elvis, a total of four times.
A suicide note was the unlikely inspiration behind the song that became Elvis Presley's first No. 1 hit and million-selling single.
Steel guitarist and session musician Tommy Durden read a newspaper article about a man who had killed himself, leaving behind a piece of paper with the haunting words: 'I walk a lonely street'. Durden brought the article to his friend and cowriter Mae Boren Axton. A 41-year-old high school English teacher who moonlighted as a journalist and a songwriter, Axton had notched a few hits in the early '50s with artists such as Perry Como and Ernest Tubb. In late 1955, she took a part-time position as a public relations secretary for Elvis' manger, Colonel Tom Parker
. As Axton and Durden discussed how they could turn the newspaper article into a song, Axton suggested that there be a 'Heartbreak Hotel
' at the end of the lonely street. With that flash of inspiration, the pair was off and running. Painting a picture of a place where 'broken-hearted lovers cry away their gloom' and 'the desk clerk's dressed in black', they managed to convey in very few words a mood that was both romantically charged and funereal.
On stage during the filming of 'Elvis: That's The Way it Is
' Elvis joked and teased the 'Sweet Inspirations' that you would bring in the Supremes, with Mahalia Jackson singing lead. He did not have to go that far, he had an ideal group in front of him (as Elvis fans know), but the person to bring in, or rather bring back was the groups founder, Cissy Houston
. Emily 'Cissy' Houston was the real killer feature of the group, certainly when listening to this CD, and she was backed by three very competent singers in Myrna Smith
, Sylvia Shemwell and Estelle Brown who managed a great mix of a gospel sound and Atlantic soul music.
'I approached writing for Elvis differently than I did for any other artist. The songs had to have acombination of blues, country, rock and pop [what came to becalled 'rockabilly']. It was like walking in his musical shoes. With each new Elvis movie, more of my songs were being recorded. It became more and more exciting, for I was becoming the only songwriter to have so many songs recorded by him.
You may never have heard a Roy Hamilton song - he is not played much on the radio anymore, and is prized mainly by rhythm-and-blues aficionados, especially in England - but you’ve heard the reach of his gospel-tinged voice. Hamilton was 'one of Elvis’s chief vocal inspirations', according to Elvis Presley’s biographer Peter Guralnick, who also noted that Elvis was 'one of Roy Hamilton’s most devoted admirers'.
In 1969 Elvis and Roy met at the American Sound Studios
in Memphis. Both were being produced by Chips Moman, Elvis at night and Roy during the day. Elvis was thrilled to discover that Roy (his boyhood idol) would be working at the same studio.
Elvis Presley died at Graceland on August 16, 1977. He was 42 years old. Listen to Tony Prince announce Elvis Presley's death on Radio Luxembourg and the first hour of his show, (46:53), Vernon Presley Talks to the Media (August 16, 1977), View videos, Metamorphosis of Elvis Presley & Old Friend by Bill Medley, Elvis Presley Funeral Procession August 18, 1977 and November 1977, first time the public were allowed to view Elvis' grave. President Carter statement, photos, the original news story and more. The manner in which the major television networks handled the news of Elvis' death illustrated his enormous popularity and the tremendous impact he had on America, something few realized until he was gone.
Elvis Presley & the event of 1977. A detailed look at the years events. Updated
'Way Down in the Jungle Room
' has debuted at No. 9 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart
and is No. 6 on the ARIA 'physical chart' (i.e. CD). The album has also debuted at No. 16 on the Official UK Charts
, No. 29 in Ireland, No. 25 Netherlands, Belgium No. 30, and No. 12 in Scotland.
Elvis Presley never called it the Jungle Room. For him, his breathtakingly garish tiki-tinged lair - sui generis in the realm of ostentatious kitsch - was merely 'the den'. Constructed in 1965 as an addition to Graceland
, Elvis Presley's already-fabled Memphis headquarters, the room was the nerve center of his home life. There he would take his breakfast, contemplate the enormous artificial waterfall, entertain his coterie of confidants nicknamed the 'Memphis Mafia
'. For a man who opened many of his concerts by singing 'I'm the king of the jungle, they call me tiger man', this unruly terrain of green shag carpeting, plastic plants, rainbow lights and ersatz animal fur seemed perfectly appropriate.
We need a red light or something, you know, so these guys'll think they're in a whorehouse and play better', Elvis Presley jokes before a stunning take of 'It's Easy For You' on the new release Way Down in the Jungle Room, released on Friday. He needn't have worried. Long considered a fallow period in Elvis' career, the 1976 sessions on 'Way Down in the Jungle Room' - recorded when Elvis was overweight, out of shape, and overmedicated - are stunning. Cut after cut shows Elvis in powerful voice, with his peerless gift for interpreting a song undiminished.
Interview with Richard Davis a longtime member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia. Richard started working for Elvis after Elvis returned from the Army and continued to work for him until 1971 as a body guard, a stand-in in 23 movies and eventually a wardrobe manager. He remained friends with Elvis until the end. Known among the other Memphis Mafia members for his quick wit and for being a bit of a prankster he once dropped a water balloon on Elvis' head as he walked out of his trailer in fresh makeup for a movie shoot.
Richard Davis : There's so many things it's hard to pinpoint. Well I got one thing. I don't remember what year it was. And one thing that happened is back in the dressing room before he went on one night, somebody came back and told Elvis, 'Muhammad Ali
is in the audience and he would like to meet you'. And Elvis said, 'Oh, yeah, yeah, bring him on back', 'cause Elvis loved Muhammad Ali. So Muhammad Ali comes back there and he's got his entourage with him and -- big old guys, man. You know, and big bodyguard guys.
Elvis 'If I Can Dream' the concert with 40 piece Orchestra is coming to Australia and New Zealand in 2017. Following on from the six date UK run in November featuring the (touring) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perhaps surprisingly, Australia and New Zealand are up next, however the international tour will be without the actual Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with instead a '40 piece Orchestra' to replicate the original album work of the Royal Philharmonic. 'If I Can Dream' was a worldwide chart success and hit the very top of the Australian ARIA album charts on debut and as reached as high as No. 3 in New Zealand. No concerts dates have been announced as yet.
Where is your copy of the 'If I Can Dream': Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra'
CD? Filed away, among your current played CDs, or perhaps is it open with the disc in your CD player? After a period of it being 'left' on the shelf' after the heady times of its release nine months ago, recently I have had the album out and I have since played the CD several times, and I find I l still love this CD, with the exception of one track ('Fever' with Michael Bublé) so without any doubt for me this album has stood a good test of time, and I don't have any doubt I be able to say the same in ten years’ time!
Original NME article from April 6, 1962 that mentions a projected Elvis Presley charity concert in Britain. Includes many rare images, including the ad that announces the concert that proves it just wasn't talk.
The Houston Astrodome was chosen by Colonel Parker to be the first venue for Elvis to perform outside Las Vegas. After the concluding show Elvis held a press conference for about 100 journalists at Astroworld.
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'.