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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'.
Elvis was in fine form on this hot August night on August 25, 1969, a performance perhaps never to be beaten. This concert is arguably the best live recording of Elvis Presley in 1969, and is one of the best concerts Elvis Presley ever performed - both in sound quality and performance! All that is left then is to say then is - buy 'Elvis Live 1969' and enjoy this concert along with 10 other great performances, Elvis style.
Celebrating Elvis' 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.
With Elvis reciting the same stage patter nearly word-for-word in each of the 11 concerts, it's these gaffes and unexpected moments that keep 'Elvis Live 1969' from becoming just an overly repetitive entry for Elvis completists. Instead, the box set serves as a snapshot of a world-class entertainer successfully but gingerly rediscovering the magic that made him so in the first place. 'Suspicious Minds', then just a week or so into its life as a single, is majestic, with Elvis possessed by the pounding rhythm of drummer Ronnie Tutt. The gig is the same one during which Elvis comes to pieces in 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' supposedly tickled by Sweet Inspirations singer Cissy Houston's ability to keep on singing, unfazed, while Elvis goes further and further off the rails. Still frazzled, he screws up 'Rubberneckin' immediately afterward and asks the band to restart the tune a full 45 seconds in.
42 years ... gone too soon ...
42 years ... gone too long ...
Elvis Presley ... Remembered for eternity ... 1935-1977 | 1977-2019 ...
Elvis Presley died at Graceland on August 16, 1977. He was 42 years old. Through the early morning of the 16th, Elvis took care of last-minute tour details and relaxed with family and staff. He was to fly to Portland, Maine that night and do a show there on the 17th, then continue the scheduled tour. Elvis retired to his master suite at Graceland around 7:00 AM to rest for his evening flight. By late morning, Elvis Presley had died of heart failure. In a matter of hours the shock registered around the world.
Whether you think of Elvis Presley as the young, energetic singer with the dynamic good looks and gyrating hips that shook the music world in the 1950s or the more mature Elvis with the long sideburns and sequined jumpsuits who performed in Las Vegas, his career spanned decades. Music fans around the world were devastated by the news of his death on August 16th, 1977. And yet, more than four decades later, the man with the voice and style that changed popular music forever, remains the King of Rock and Roll. Millions around the world still buy his music and hundreds of thousands visit Graceland every year to see where he lived, died, and remains buried today.
Wink Martindale had no idea his life would forever change when he met a truck driver named Elvis Presley in 1954. After listening to the aspiring singer's new track titled 'That's All Right Mama', the radio and game show personality knew there was something magical occurring. And sure enough, Presley quickly transformed into the king of rock 'n' roll. But despite Elvis' reign in both music and Hollywood, the iconic performer passed away on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42 from a heart attack. Martindale, 85, spoke to Fox News about how he met his beloved pal, their heartbreaking final meeting and how he continues to pursue his own passion to entertain others.
Interview with Hal Kanter, screenwriter and director for the Elvis Presley movie Loving You
. Previously Hal had written for variety shows, graduating to screenplays and specializing in comedies. He wrote for Bob Hope as well as the comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Over the years, Hal Kanter received six Emmy Award nominations, winning the last two for his writing on the annual Academy Awards telecast. He also wrote the script for Elvis Presley's 1961 hit film Blue Hawaii
, which garnered him a 'Best Written American Musical' nomination from the Writers Guild of America.
Dressed in a chic black tunic and bell bottoms that matched his long but neatly combed black-tinted hair. Elvis Presley stepped onstage last week at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and launched into the driving beat of 'Blue Suede Shoes'. The audience of 2,000, most of them over 30, roared and squealed in nostalgic appreciation. In spite of his updated look, Elvis hadn't changed at all in the nearly nine years since his last personal appearance. Shaking, gyrating and quivering, he again proved himself worthy of his nickname, The Pelvis. Through nervousness caused him to sing 'Love my, me tender' for 'Love Me Tender', the pasty-faced enchanter quickly settled down to work his oleaginous charms, backed by a 30-piece orchestra, a five-man combo and a chorus of seven. Oozing the sullen sexuality that threw the America into a state of shock in the 50's, he groaned and swiveled through a medley of 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Don't Be Cruel', 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'All Shook Up' and 'Hound Dog'.
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.
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.
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.
Ginger Alden is of course known in the Elvis World as the woman who shared his last few months with him. Late in 2014, after years of keeping silent about their relationship, she released 'ELVIS AND GINGER: Elvis Presley's Fiancée
and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story'. The book has been received warmly by fans and the general public, and went to No.1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
When Kurt Russell
first started his career, he appeared in a number of television shows and supporting roles in a couple of movies. Not many people realize this, but when Kurt Russell was 10 years old, he was able to act alongside the King himself, Elvis Presley in 'It Happened at the World's Fair
'. 'It was my first brush with a real celebrity.
I've never seen anything having to do with a real celebrity before. I didn't really know who Elvis Presley was. I was a 10 year old kid. I knew Elvis Presley was a name that everybody knew. If I'd seen him, I didn't know it. I wasn't into music and I didn't listen to music that much. So the first time he came on the set, a car went on the set, round 100's of women just broke through there and jumped on his car.
On November 9, 1957, Elvis arrived in Hawaii on the Matsonia at 9:00 a.m. and was welcomed by the shrieks of some 4,000 fans. Before he landed, he met the press aboard ship.
I was doing a lot of Elvis on stage. I had my hair combed like Elvis. A big wave. I could sing him, copy him to a T. After 'Polk' came out and I was living in Memphis again, Elvis' producer called me. He said, 'We're flying a jet down to pick you and your wife up. We want you to come to Las Vegas and watch Elvis record 'Polk Salad Annie' for six nights, every night he does it on stage'. Elvis recorded Tony Joe White's 'Polk Salad Annie', 'I've Got a Thing About You Baby' and 'For Ol' Times Sake'. Tony Joe believed that Elvis was planning to also record 'Rainy Night In Georgia'.
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.
1957 Telegram from Elvis Presley to a young Fan. The young fan was Kristen Peterson, daughter of actor Arthur Peterson, a veteran actor of radio and film, perhaps best known as 'The Major' on the quirky, cult-classic TV series 'Soap'. Kristen had a grand dream - to invite Elvis to her birthday party! Elvis was at the height of his pre-Army career in early 1957 and had to politely decline the invitation. Kristen's disappointment must have been mitigated somewhat by a telegram from the King of Rock and Roll, with the closing, 'All My Love, Elvis Presley'!
The story behind Elvis Presley's 1968 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe is well known and it has an incredible history. Elvis Presley spotted this Topaz Gold Firemist beauty parked outside a Memphis Cadillac dealer showroom on December 28, 1967 and decided on the spot that he had to have it. He immediately made it his daily transportation and reportedly used the car for approximately thirteen months. At one point the car would not start and Elvis furthered his reputation for shooting displeasing inanimate objects by deploying his side-arm and plugging the car in the right front fender. The bullet hole still remains there today. Elvis drove the car up until the birth of his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on February 1, 1968. A short time afterward, Elvis gave the Cadillac to Priscilla's (step)father as a gift.
(born 3 August 1935) is a Mexican actress. Since 1954 she has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows. She starred in the film Happiness, which was entered into the 7th Berlin International Film Festival. She acted alongside many stars, including Elvis Presley and James Dean.
Elvis Presley's Draft Card. This is Elvis' Selective Service Registration Certificate -- more commonly referred to as a 'draft card' -- dated January 19, 1953 (11 days after his 18th birthday) and signed along the left edge by Elvis in blue ink and co-signed by a local board clerk along the bottom.
This previously unpublished photograph of Elvis Presley was taken at Elvis' Bel Air home in 1965 by Eddie Richardson the President of the Elvis Presley Fan Club at the time.
Beatles' Autographs on Elvis' Personal Stationery | August 27, 1965. Iconic is an understatement! It was August 27, 1965. The Beatles were on the eve of playing the Balboa Stadium in San Diego. Elvis was in the midst of shooting Paradise, Hawaiian Style in Hollywood. That night, between 10 and 11 p.m., John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived in limousines at Elvis' domain, 565 Perugia Way in Bel Air, and Elvis personally greeted them at the door for what forever after became known as the 'summit meeting' of Pop music and Rock and Roll. A relic survives from that legendary meeting -- Jerry Schilling, a member of Elvis' 'Memphis Mafia', got the autographs of all four Beatles on a 5" x 8" piece of Elvis Presley's personal stationery ...
Much has been written about the various musical styles that influenced Elvis: Country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, pop and rhythm & blues. However, one very distinct style has always been omitted from this list: Hawaiian music. From the early 20th century Hawaiian music or Hawaiian-inspired music was present in the U.S. both as an influence on various forms of popular music as well an artistic and commercial force of its own.
Mindy Campbell was a flight attendant and was invited to attend the Aloha from Hawaii
concert. Then, the next day, she was excited to find out that Elvis and his entourage would be passengers on their flight back to Los Angeles. We think you will agree this is a very interesting video and well worth your time.
Elvis Presley at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis, circa August 1954, by his aunt, Clettes Presley. She apparently took all the photos we have from this evening, and if we had a recording as well that would have been a dream come true. Elvis is just 19, and Sun 209 is burning up local radio and selling like hot cakes. His hair does seem a little lighter, than in other versions of the shot.
What instruments did Elvis play? He played guitar, bass and piano, and often toyed with instruments like the drums, accordion and ukulele. While he couldn't read or write music and had no formal lessons, he was a natural musician and played everything by ear. He could often hear a song, pick up an instrument, and play. He often played an instrument in his recordings, and always produced his own music. Elvis was simply born to create music and he was always learning new ways to do it.
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.
This last photo of Elvis Presley
was taken shortly after midnight at 12:28 AM on August 16, 1977. Elvis was returning to Graceland
in his Stutz Blackhawk
after a late night visit to his Dentist Dr. Lester Hoffman
Elvis, Ginger Alden and Lisa Marie driving through the Graceland gates on August 12, 1977
. Elvis was unable to get a copy of the film 'Star Wars' to view with his daughter Lisa Marie, so they watched the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me' instead. (Star Wars was released to theaters in the US on May 25, 1977) As they came home, Lisa was siting on Ginger Alden's lap, holding her bag of popcorn from the theater. The photo below, snapped just four days before his death is the last ever taken with his daughter Lisa Marie.
Interview with Elvis Presley - The 1969 Press Conference - August 1, 1969.
'Elvis Now In Person 1969' contains 400-pages packed with rare and unseen shots taken during the period of July 31 and August 28, 1969. It includes amazing photographs from the construction of the International Hotel, the famous press conference and the shows themselves. Published by Erik Lorentzen.
View Elvis Presley's Las Vegas contract agreement, August 4, 1969.
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.
Elvis: Las Vegas '56 | Elvis' First Las Vegas Season Hardcover Book
. Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut on April 23, 1956. He performs in the Venus Room at the Frontier Hotel. Elvis Presley is in the forefront of the Freddie Martin Orchestra and the comedian Shecky Greene. He is booked for two weeks. Thirteen years later he makes a successful comeback in Las Vegas with hundreds of sold-out concerts. The title of the book is' Las Vegas' 56 '. Published by Erik Lorentzen
. Weight | 3 kg / 6.6 pounds.
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Hollywood legend Tom Hanks will star in a new Baz Luhrmann movie about the life of Elvis Presley to be filmed on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
The dual-Oscar winner will play Presley's lifelong manager Colonel Tom Parker
, but who'll play The King of rock 'n' roll
is yet to be revealed.
Olivia Newton-John saw Elvis in concert at least twice but just missed out on meeting the King of rock 'n roll
. Olivia: 'I was really excited to be invited to see the King at the Hilton in Las Vegas. It was a celebrity-packed row, with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber sitting next to me on either side. After the show, I went backstage to meet him and got another big surprise. Doris Day was there, too - I've always adored her. Doris was warm and welcoming, but sadly I never met Elvis up close and personal. His road manager said there was an emergency and Elvis had to leave the building, Literally!'
The first time I saw Elvis in person I knew he was special. Number one he was the prettiest man you ever saw in your life. He was really beyond handsome. There was something electric about him. Coming along when he did, moving the way he did, jumping around the way he did plus the fact that every woman was totally mesmerized by him. And if they said they weren't they were lying. Everything came to standstill when you saw Elvis. This was when he was 19 and again when he was 30. I saw him at both instances and there was the same reaction both times. You couldn't have wiped the smiles off their faces with a hand grenade. It was unbelievable every time he performed. He was just a great looking guy and he was very confident.
The following article was first published in the U.K. based ‘Elvis Monthly' magazine in 1974, written by Wayne Stierle. The annoyance is the single sleeve which proclaims an 'Easter Television Special From Elvis'. The fact is most fans are eagerly awaiting it, and why not? (Unless Elvis decided to convert his millions of non-religious fans and fans of other beliefs to his way of worshiping it'll be great. If he pulls off a religious trip, well, it'll be interesting to see how the country responds to it). But, no such thing, folks, and here we go on a binge of phone calls to find out what's happening, or not happening. Come on along!
For almost as long as there's been rock 'n' roll, Los Angeles has been a city at the center of its history and mythology, a town in which legends are made, burned, rebuilt, merchandised, forgotten. The city has had its fair share of native rock talent, and has been the adopted home of many more singular rockin' careers, but perhaps the greatest of L.A.'s rock 'n' roll tête-à-têtes occurred on a still summer night in 1965, high up in the rarefied climes of Bel Air. There, in a splendid home on Perugia Way, Elvis met the Beatles.
Interview with Donna Butterworth who played Jan Kohana in Paradise Hawaiian Style. Donna also appeared in the 1965 film 'The Family Jewels' with Jerry Lewis and received Golden Globe nomination for her role.
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.
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.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
+ Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.