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This previously unpublished photograph of Elvis Presley was taken at Elvis' Bel Air home in 1965 by Eddie Richardson the President of the Elvis Presley Fan Club at the time.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.
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.
Elvis Presley is the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. In 1954, Elvis Presley kicked off a musical revolution by modernizing traditional genres such as blues, country and bluegrass. Throw in a charismatic stage presence with then-scandalous hip-swings and body contortions, and it's easy to see why he set the charts (and hearts) ablaze.
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
'I had started the Kui Lee Cancer Fund (thru my column) for a doctor at the UH doing cancer research. Lee was the legendary songwriter who died of cancer at 34. In the TV concert, Elvis sang Kui's most famous tune - 'I'll Remember You
', to millions of global viewers. Thanks to Elvis and Col. Tom Parker
, his manager, I received (for the fund) a check for $75,000 from the live concert gate. Because it was a television broadcast, there was no charge. The audience was allowed in via their own contributions. Some kids saw the show for only 10 cents. Next day, Elvis and the Colonel took out full-page newspaper ads thanking Hawaii'.
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.
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.