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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI | Sept 16, 1975) - Elvis Presley, resting at home after hospitalization for an enlarged colon and fatigue, felt good enough Monday to go riding down Elvis Presley Boulevard with his girlfriend on twin 'funmobiles'.
Presley, who usually shies away from interviews, encountered a photographer as he rode through his Graceland
Mansion gates on a newly purchased, three-wheeled funmobile.
How many records has Elvis actually sold? Did he really sell one billion records as has been frequently claimed? Ten years ago I researched this subject in depth with help from Ernst Jorgensen and through him Sony BMG and compiled a comprehensive report, which was published on this site. To some extent, as I have said before, this continues to be a work in progress, but the likelihood of more information on the question of international sales outside the USA emerging after all these years are remote. It is, after all, over 40 years since he died.
Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley on tracks like 'Return to Sender', 'Bossa Nova Baby', 'Viva Las Vegas' and the Beach Boys 'Good Vibrations' and laid down one of music's most memorable opening riffs on the Ronettes' 'Be My Baby', died Monday March 11.
Elvis Presley and Vikki Carr, backstage at the Tropicana - early Thursday, September 5, 1974. Vikki Carr had seen Elvis' Hilton show a few times, including the infamous closing night.
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. Despite the arguably poor quality of the packaging, the main attraction of Boston Garden '71 is clearly the concert performance. Although Elvis only performed once in the city of Boston, he did so with gusto! Thanks to the fine folks at FTD, Elvis As Recorded At Boston Garden '71 is a testament to the true concert genius of 'The King of Rock n' Roll' .. (and) a damn-near perfect Elvis concert!
Candid photos of Elvis, taken on August 7, 1956, in St. Petersburg, Florida
. Elvis was playing that evening at St. Pete's Florida Theater, and several teenage fans snuck up the fire escape to his dressing room. The Times reported that while a handful managed to make it into his room, the police put an end to that very quickly. However, several kids did make it in, and he posed for pictures with them.
Review | 'Glen Campbell Sings For The King' CD. Back in 1964, Elvis Presley was busy making movies, three that year including Kissin' Cousins, Viva Las Vegas, and Roustabout. That said, Presley was recording and releasing singles, including 'Viva Las Vegas', 'Kiss Me Quick', and 'Ain't That Lovin' You Baby' to modest sales. He was looking for a hit. At that time Glen Campbell was best-known for his work as a studio musician as part of the Wrecking Crew, who played on a slew of hits. He met Presley during the taping of the Viva Las Vegas soundtrack.
Interview with Wanda Jackson the first lady of Rockabilly.
In arguably one of his greatest, and certainly one of his least recognised or remarked upon contributions to popular music, Elvis created the classic and enduring template of the rock 'n' roll band.
In 1955 faced with the combination of wants, needs and must, the young king agreed to the permanent addition of a drummer, to his Blue Moon Boys. Intentionally or not, in that one moment Elvis gave the world its first classic rock 'n' roll line-up, consisting of just guitar, bass, drums and vocal. Thousands of bands would follow and be inspired by the template, but it was Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ who were the first.
Elvis Presley wearing the new 'Elvis Presley hat', backstage in Tupelo, Wednesday, September 26, 1956.
Elvis spent some of his free Texas weekends in the summer of 1958 at a fancy establishment called the Western Hills Inn in Euless, about a two and a half-hour drive from Kileen, where he had been renting a home. The candids you can see here were taken on Saturday, August 9, 1958, as Elvis happened upon a Texas Christian University ΣΑΕ frat party going on there (Sigma Alpha Epsilon). As may be seen, they are thrilled to see him, and he is his usual gracious self, even tuning (and likely playing) a guitar handed to him.
The 1972 Madison Square Garden Press Conference : June 9, 1972, in much improved picture quality, plus the transcript to read if you prefer ... Elvis: First of all, I plead innocent of all charges! ...
Very few women in Elvis' life meant as much to him as Ann-Margret. When Elvis later asked his 'foreman' Joe Esposito, what was so special with Ann-Margret, he replied: - She's the female you.
George Klein, the deep-voiced radio personality who became friends with Elvis Presley in high school and stayed close to the King of Rock 'n' Roll throughout his career, has died. He was 83.
Less than a week before the 50th anniversary of his most iconic recording 'Suspicious Minds' being waxed at the American Sound Studio
with producer Chips Moman
, Reggie Young
Interview with Cynthia Pepper, PFC Midge Riley in Kissin' Cousins
, an Army stenographer assigned to accompany a lieutenant (Elvis) to the hills of East Tennessee to negotiate the sale of land to build a missile base. There, they encountered angry property owners, including the lieutenant's cousin, (Elvis)!
While it is well known that Elvis Presley and Sammy Davis Jr. were good friends, first meeting in the 1950s, maintaining a friendship through the years, now, we have a fantastic photo via a news paper clipping from Jet magazine, February 27, 1958 showing Sammy in full swing imitating Elvis, and what's more, the clipping tells us that Elvis was sitting in the front row, roaring with laughter. Imitations were a big part of Sammy's shows and Elvis was not left out in this regard, with Sammy singing Hound Dog in concert.
Elvis Presley in Britain (Well kind of).
The arrival of winter at Graceland was always a special time of year for Elvis. 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.
Angela Lansbury talks about Elvis Presley and Blue Hawaii.
Cross the road, it's now or never. Or that's what residents in the German town of Friedberg may start humming when their traffic light jumps to green to reveal a hip-swivelling Elvis Presley. Elvis performed his military service there between 1958 and 1960 and the town remains all shook up about its celebrated visitor. To commemorate Elvis' link to Friedberg, located north of Frankfurt, local authorities have transformed three traffic lights into Elvis lights. On red, they show the music icon standing at his microphone. On green, Elvis is seen mid-hip shake, performing his trademark move on tip toes.
When Bootleg Elvis appeared in 2012, it sold out almost immediately, and became an instant favorite of Presley collectors all over the world, most calling it the 'Bootleg Bible'. Since then, additional rare bootleg titles have been discovered, not to mention many unexpected variations of some classic albums.
So … it seemed to be time for a new and updated look at this world. Whereas Bootleg Elvis mainly relied on text to tell the story, this new edition titled 'From Cover to Vinyl | The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs
' chooses to focus on photographs. Using the 2012 classic as a reference point, we decided to feature scans of every cover, label, piece of vinyl and insert for you. This will make it easy to identify each and every pressing and variation.
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 was a genius. He didn't express himself the way the middle classes do, which is with word play and being able to explain his actions and reactions. He acted on gut instinct and expressed himself by the way he held the microphone, by the way he moved his hips, by the way that he sang down the microphone. That was his genius ... I believe the essence of any performer is gut instinct ... Because it's all in you, it's instinct.
Elvis Presley was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today in a special ceremony at the White House. The posthumous award bestowed by President Trump is, along with the Congressional Gold Medal the highest civilian award in the United States. It recognizes those people who have made 'an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors'. The medal was established by President Truman in 1945 to recognize notable service in the war. In 1963, President Kennedy reintroduced it as an honor for distinguished civilian service in peacetime.
Elvis Presley is one of seven people who will be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 16 by President Trump. The White House noted Elvis' accomplishments in the music industry and described him as 'an enduring American icon 4 decades after his death'. 'Elvis also served nearly 2 years in the United States Army, humbly accepting the call to serve despite his fame', the news release said.
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.
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.
Gordon Stoker talks about Elvis Presley
(02:37) In this video interview Gordon Stoker - a member of The Jordanaires, shares his memories of when they first met Elvis and recording in the studio with him.
, who appeared opposite Elvis Presley in Live a Little, Love a Little
, had a memorable turn on Star Trek and donned a loincloth to play 'the original flower child' in the jungle-set cult classic Eve, has died last Sunday at her home in Westlake Village, California. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2014 and turned to a crowdsourcing site to help pay her medical expenses. She was 74.
On February 14, 1973 Elvis presented Muhammad Ali with an 'Elvis Style' robe emblazoned with the words, 'People's Choice' on the back in rhinestones and jewels. The wording was a mistake as Ali was known as the 'The Peoples Champion'. Elvis was very upset about this but it too late. Ali thanked Elvis for the robe then went directly to the Las Vegas Convention Center for his fight that night against Joe Bugner where he wore Elvis' robe for the first time. Often the story is told he did not wear it this night, but he sure did, and he won the fight too! Sammy Davis Jr was ringside for the fight and bought into the ring post fight by Ali.
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.
Raquel Welch : I first saw Elvis Presley in concert in 1956, when I was 15 years old. He played the San Diego Arena
in the spring, and my family lived in nearby La Jolla.Heartbreak Hotel
was already a radio hit, and I couldn't get enough of it. Hearing that song was a real turning point for me as a teenager. When I saw him in action, he was mesmerizing. I screamed myself silly ... 'This must be what sex is all about' ... How a 'smoldering' 1956 performance by Elvis hypnotized a budding sex symbol ...
The most trusted man in America, CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, happened to be off, and Roger Mudd was sitting in. The newscast's 'fish bowl' - the key group of senior producers - had decided to lead with a story about the proposed Panama Canal treaty. While the program was being prepped, the wires exploded with news that Elvis Presley had died. ABC and NBC led with the death and ran special broadcasts after their late local news. CBS producers decided to include it, but only later in the broadcast.
Music – especially the music of Elvis Presley – is the universal language.
No matter where you go in the world, everyone knows the word 'Elvis'. They also know his movies and music, even if English isn't their first language. And as Elvis fans, we all know the iconic images of the King of Rock 'n' Roll
, including the posters for his movies like 'Jailhouse Rock
' and 'Blue Hawaii
'. Those movies had to be marketed to international fans, too – and that's where we get these amazing international movie posters. These colorful collectors items offer a different look at Elvis movies. Take a look at a few of these cool international movie posters below.
Comeback '68 | The Story Of The Elvis Special
is an in-depth behind the scenes look at the making of the '68 NBC Television Special that put Elvis back on the map, written by director/producer Steve Binder
. Filled with never before told stories and classic images, the book offers fresh perspective on who Elvis was as a man and a musician. Binder recounts his tug of war with Elvis' controlling manager Colonel Parker
, shares his personal battle with censors, and poignantly writes a buddy story where he ultimately gains Elvis' trust. With a foreword by Priscilla Presley, this 180-page commemorative volume is a must-have for Elvis fans.
Parker was wrong in advising Elvis against the role in 'A Star Is Born' | If it really were the Colonel who talked Elvis out of accepting Streisand's offer, he would have been absolutely right to do so, in every respect. To list the numerous reasons for that would go beyond the scope and provide enough material for a separate article on that subject only. So, let's cut a long story short: Whoever believes Elvis should have done this movie, may please watch it (it's available on DVD). The role was magnificent for Kris Kristofferson, but for Elvis it would have been a disaster.
When premiered in 1957, moviegoers could barely hear the dialogue due to the screaming and swooning of Elvis' frenzied fans. Now newly remastered for optimum sound and picture quality, 'Loving You
' stars a young Elvis Presley in his second feature film. This semi-autobiographical tale - which boasts some of his most outstanding performances including Teddy Bear
and Loving You
- chronicles the King's meteoric rise to super-stardom. With his unique vocal style, smoldering sensuality, and easy-going sex appeal to burn, Elvis shows us why he will live forever! This is highly recommended DVD release.
After three days of privately grieving the loss of his son, Vernon Presley
searched for words to thank the world for its concern. 'It lightened my grief somewhat as I watched the tributes to my son that were shown from people throughout the world', said the 62-year-old, white-haired Presley ...
Here is a comprehensive review of the 'Elvis: The Viva Las Vegas Sessions' 3 CD Boxset (in slipcase).
Elvis: 'Where No One Stands Alone
' has debuted on charts around the world. #9 United Kingdom, #15 Australia
, #27 Ireland, #15 Netherlands, #34 Belgium, #37 Germany.
For the Colonel, it was all about the money | This is true – fortunately, I have to add. That's what Elvis hired and paid the Colonel for. A manager not 'greedy for money' is just as unqualified for his job as a chimney sweeper suffering from acrophobia. The art on the other hand is the sole task of the artist, as the name already implies. Elvis was an artist who really deserved this term; he didn't need anybody telling him what to sing and how to sing.
In recognition of the 60th anniversary of Gladys Presley's death, the tombstone Elvis designed for his beloved mother - complete with a Star of David, to acknowledge her Jewish heritage - has been exhumed from storage and placed permanently at the Graceland Meditation Garden, near the grave of Gladys' world-famous son.
Musically this album is terrific, the music is top notch as are the backing vocals. The songs are 'alive' and modern sounding - importantly they sound very good. For the most part, musically 'Where No One Stands Alone' is by far closer to what Elvis recorded than the recent 'Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' (RPO) releases ('If I Can Dream' and 'The Wonder Of You') - I think by way of example I can safely say that if you simply liked those (I loved them!!) you will LOVE this new album. And if you did not like them there is a far greater chance you will like this new release, but those that have a closed 'don't touch' Elvis' recordings attitude probably will not (because they will not even give it a go). Of course with people liking different things, not everyone is going to like a different sound, but going by the success of both 'If I Can Dream' and 'The Wonder Of You' there are obviously plenty of fans that do!
Just as his Elvis Presley is possibly the most famous entertainer of all time, Colonel Tom Parker
is the publicly best-known artist manager, besides perhaps the Beatles' Brian Epstein who was, by the way, a huge admirer of Parker. In contrast to Epstein, however, Parker always 'enjoyed' an extremely bad reputation among his client's fans; loads of the worst imaginable stories and rumors are being told about the man who directed Elvis' career. The question is: What of all this is truth, what is legend, what is misunderstood or misjudged, what is totally false? It's about time to take a closer look at the most prevalent stories, rumors, claims, and opinions about this enigmatic and flamboyant personality. This article explicitly targets fans who are willing to take on a different perspective and face some sturdy facts. However, those who prefer to keep holding on to clichés they've come to love over the years should better stop reading now.
When Elvis Presley was filming the intro to his fabled '68 Comeback Special', the program's director had an unusual problem. 'I ended up having too many Elvises in the background', filmmaker Steve Binder tells Rolling Stone. 'I hate to fire anybody, so I decided to use them all. We were afraid the scaffold was not gonna hold the weight. We were sure we were gonna have a major lawsuit if it collapsed'.
It's been 41 years since the passing of the King of Rock 'N' Roll, Elvis Presley, but this Friday, his fans are able to get their hands on a new album featuring Presley's favorite gospel songs. The album, 'Where No One Stands Alone', was co-produced by Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. In her first television interview in four years, Lisa Marie sat down TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager at Graceland to discuss her relationship with music, her fight with drug addiction and her fondest memories of her father
Darlene Love was the lead voice of 'The Blossoms' an American girl-group. During their height of success in the 1960s, the group's lineup most famously consisted of Darlene Love, Fanita James, and Jean King. It has been said that the Blossoms were to the American West Coast what the Sweet Inspirations
were to the East Coast and the Andantes were for Motown. In 1968 they appeared in the Elvis (NBC TV Special)
In the early hours of 24 July 1973, singer/songwriter Tony Joe White was woken by a phone call in his Memphis home. A German voice on the other end of the line said: 'Mr White, we are down at Stax Records do you have any more songs? We need to do some more songs' ...
The voice belonged to Freddy Bienstock
, principal finder of songs at the King's court. When White realised who the tunes were for - and that his friend Felton Jarvis
was producing the session - he ran off a copy of three songs (most notably I've Got A Thing About You Baby
and For Ol' Times Sake
) and drove to the studio ... Felton Jarvis walked by, and made sure that the man who had invented 'Swamp Rock', met Elvis, who had been one of the young White's great inspirations.