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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.
In the course of her remarkable recording career, Patti Page has sold approximately 100 million plus records, making her one of the biggest, if not the biggest selling female recording artist in history. She has 15 certified gold records and her recording of 'Tennessee Waltz', at ten million sold, remains, the biggest selling single ever recorded by a female artist.
Your biggest success came after a phone call from Sam Phillips, right? Yes, Sam phoned me and said he had this new boy who just had a record out and would I put him on a show. I agreed with Sam and so I got Elvis on a show on August 10th, 1954. He got a tremendous reaction, which really amazed me because he had just started. Then a couple of months after that I was thinking one day and asked Elvis had he got a manager. He said 'No' and well I said I've never been a manager but let's try it.
Did you know that Bruce Springsteen can be seen wearing an Elvis fan club badge on the cover of his classic 'Born To Run' album from 1975? Elvis' image is on the button placed on Bruce's guitar strap, a badge from the now-defunct New York-area Elvis Presley fan club called 'The King's Court'.
Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret
Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland, Sweden to Anna Aronsson and Gustav Olsson, a native of Örnsköldsvik. She grew up in a small town 'of lumberjacks and farmers high up near the Arctic Circle'. Her father worked in the United States during his youth and immigrated back in 1942, working with the Johnson Electrical Company. Ann-Margret and her mother moved to the USA four years later. When she filmed Viva Las Vegas
with Elvis the two began a relationship.
Elvis Presley's 'moving' duet with his daughter Lisa Marie Presley features on a new posthumous album set for release in August.
The 14-track record comes four decades after the King of Rock and Roll's death in August 1977, with a release date of August 11. 'Where No One Stands Alone
' - the same name of their father-daughter song - features new backing music and vocals from old collaborators in the form of Darlene Love, Cissy Houston, The Imperials and The Stamps. Elvis won the Grammy for Best Sacred Performance for the title track, which has been re-imagined, in 1967. In her notes for the album, Lisa writes: 'It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father. 'The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. 'I'm certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way'.
Here is a special article by Elvis' youngest co-star, Victoria Paige Meyerink, from 'Speedway' as she shares some of her memories of working with the king.
Being in the film business is unlike any other. The bonds formed during production last a lifetime and, in Elvis' case, beyond. When I was cast as Ellie Easterlake in 'Speedway' I knew the project was special and that it would be a great experience… I had no idea that from that moment on, Elvis Presley would become a huge part of my life and career forever.
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).
D.J. Fontana, Elvis' legendary drummer, has died aged 87. The last of the 'Blue Moon Boys' has now left to join his fellow musicians - the creators of the Rock'n'Roll big-bang.
Susan Henning was born in North Hollywood, raised in the San Fernando Valley, the blonde, tan, blue-eyed California girl epitomized the Healthy All American girl. She won 'Miss Teen USA' in 1965. Susan appeared in Elvis' movie, 'Live A Little, Love A Little' and says her all-time favorite was the 1968 'Elvis Special' where 'Elvis and I came together again igniting our chemistry to thrill the fans'.
Fathom Events has announced a strategic partnership with Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a brand development, marketing and entertainment company, and owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises LLC. The partnership kicks off this summer with an exclusive two-day theatrical release Elvis' legendary ''68 Comeback Special', directed and produced by Steve Binder, to cinema audiences worldwide.
Can you tell me how you met Elvis? When you're assigned a film role, you have to go to the doctor, because of the insurance company. They have to make sure you don't have a bad heart, any of that nonsense. They made my appointment for me at the studio, so I was there and I had on a white shirt and these slacks my mother had made for me that were like wine coloured. I went in the office and I was waiting to be called in. In walks Elvis with two of his buddies. I looked at him and he looked at me and we started to laugh. His jacket was the identical material and colour of my slacks. He looked at me and he said, 'Honey, I'm either going to have to give you my jacket or you're going to have to give me your pants' ...
Interview with Per-Erik 'Pete' Hallin about Elvis Presley and gospel by Thomas Melin. Per-Erik Hallin sang and played piano with Elvis Presley in 1973 and 1974 (when he was Voice's piano player).
'Elvis Presley: The Searcher
' will debut on TV in Australia on Sunday on SBS May 27, 8:30pm-10:30pm followed by part two on Sunday June 3 8:30pm-10:30pm.
On March 8, 1961, Elvis addressed the Tennessee State Legislature and accepted the title of 'Honorary Colonel
'. During this time Ann Ellington, the daughter of Governor Buford Ellington met Elvis and even attended his recording session at Studio B on March 23 when he recorded 'Can't help Falling In Love'. Of Elvis Ann said, 'I think any female who had an opportunity to sit down and meet him, just even for five minutes, you find a love for him that words cannot describe'.
Bob Chase WOWO Exclusive Interview with Elvis Presley Fort Wayne, Indiana, March 30, 1957.
'What Tom did, perhaps more than anybody, was tell the story that we were trying to tell', said Landau, the longtime manager of Bruce Springsteen
, who is also interviewed in 'The Searcher'. 'Tom started talking about the later part of Elvis' career, which is typically dealt with dismissively. He said, 'Yeah, but when you put all the craziness aside, there is still this incredible singer, surrounded by this incredible band'.
Thom Zimny: I think for me, the desire to do a film about Elvis came about when I realized there was a generation that was missing out on the beauty of the man and his music. The message got lost in portraying Elvis as a cartoon figure. I wanted to get to a closer place and examine the artist. We looked at what he accomplished and kept away from the backstory that has been the focus of other films which looked at the character defects and the losses in his life. I felt the music needed to be revisited and our generation would not see him as a caricature, but as a person who was deeply connected to the music and whose life has not been clearly explained in books and films.
Elvis Presley probably spent more time in front of a movie camera than any other rock star of his era. He made young rebel melodramas, breezy musical comedies, and concert films-and that's not even counting his hours and hours of appearances on TV variety shows. Yet there's never been an Elvis picture quite like HBO's two-part, three-and-a-half hour Elvis Presley: The Searcher
. Ostensibly a documentary spin on author Peter Guralnick's comprehensive, analytical biographies 'Last Train To Memphis' and 'Careless Love', director Thom Zimny's
film isn't about Elvis the icon so much as it's about Presley the person.
Memphis soul-music legend David Porter, the co-author of such classic hits as 'Hold On! I'm Coming' and 'Soul Man', recently took time to offer his thoughts on Elvis.
Chip Young: RCA Studio B. I was blown away getting to work with Elvis. Then the next thing we did was a movie soundtrack out in L.A. We went to MGM or Universal, I've forgotten which one it was now. I remember I was driving the car with all the musicians with me. It's a movie lot, so all the buildings are really close together. I swerved around the corner and Rock Hudson stepped out of one of the doorways and jumped back in. I almost hit him. Scared me to death!
Martha Carr wanted to meet Elvis Presley.
So she and a few friends from Jackson traveled to Memphis on Jan. 18, 1971, to the Jaycees' 10 Outstanding Young Men of America
ceremony - now known as the 10 Outstanding Young Americans. Elvis was the final recipient that evening at the old Ellis Auditorium. 'Of course, every woman was trying to get to Elvis', Carr says. 'But security would stop them and send them back. It looked like I wasn't going to meet Elvis, after all. 'But my friends kept urging me, 'Go on, Martha. Go see Elvis'. We were only about 40 feet from him. So I finally walked over toward him'. She was stopped by security, only to have Elvis step in: 'Let her come on', he said.
Here is an inside look
at the upcoming new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher.
Can it really be true that an Elvis Presley documentary as probing and thoughtful as Thom Zimny's Elvis Presley: The Searcher
does not already exist? After decades of home video performance-film releases and docs of varying quality, this two-part, three and a half-hour film feels like a landmark, something that should be welcomed as warmly as the two Elvis books published in the 1990s by Peter Guralnick
, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. Chipping away calcified layers of myth and caricature to address the psychology behind Presley's career, its seriousness and sensitivity is no surprise to those who've followed the series of documentaries Zimny has been making about Bruce Springsteen
. Sure to fare well when it bows April 14 on HBO, it made for a spellbinding big-screen experience at the music-rooted SXSW Film Festival.
Elvis In Concert
is a posthumous 1977 TV special starring Elvis Presley. It was Elvis' third and final TV special, following Elvis (aka The '68 Comeback Special
) and Aloha From Hawaii
. It was filmed during Elvis' final tour in the cities of Omaha, Nebraska, on June 19, 1977, and Rapid City, South Dakota, on June 21, 1977. It was shown on CBS on October 3, 1977, two months after Elvis' death. It is one of only few of Elvis' programs which remains unlikely to ever be commercially released on home video and is only available in bootleg
form. However, parts of the special were used in the video documentary Elvis: The Great Performances
and the theatrical documentary This is Elvis
, both of which were released on home video.
Listen to Priscilla Presley & Jerry Schilling talk about how to explain Colonel Tom Parker accurately in 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'. Q: How do you resist making the Colonel the bad guy?
Listen to Priscilla Presley & Jerry Schilling talk about Gladys Presley singing 'Home Sweet Home'. As included in the Sony release Elvis Presley: The Searcher Deluxe 3 CD set in 8"x 8" with a 40-page book in slipcase
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and RCA Records acknowledge the astounding ongoing impact of the music and artistry of Elvis Presley, whose all time RIAA certified album awards in the US now top 146.5 million units.
Elvis in Blade Runner 2049: One of the best films of last year was 'Blade Runner 2049' by director Denis Villeneuve. It was the sequel to the 1982 'Blade Runner' and stared Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Set thirty years after the first film, Ryan Gosling plays K, a blade runner. And, Yes, in 2049 ELVIS is still relevant! His great musical legacy continues and his holographic image is still playing in Las Vegas. In a delightful touch ELVIS is still playing in Las Vegas but now as a hologram. View the scene
It has always been stated that the 'Aloha From Hawaii' concert that was 'broadcast to the whole world live via satellite' to over 1 Billion viewers. But was it?
Michael Werner and Bianca Weber have invested more than half a year of concentrated research to shed light on several aspects regarding this event.
, a child actress and singer who co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1966 movie 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style
', died Tuesday at Hilo Medical Center following a long illness. She was 62.
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.
Elvis : Return To Tupelo DVD
is a 90 minute program and a wonderful insight into the personal life and early life of Elvis Presley. The filmmakers really brought home the conservatism of 'the' America that was in place at the time. The split between the races and the lingering post World War II poverty was all happening at the time. Elvis somehow got through the snares of being beyond impoverished from birth possibly because he knew nothing else save for the love of his tight-knit family anchored by his mother Gladys. He had a gift and all he knew is he loved to sing and share it. The chronicle of his family's rise from being beyond poor to when they were welcomed as the town's pride and joy in his 1956 return is amazing.
Elvis met Gene Vincent at least twice in 1956, once in New York on July 3, and again a few months later in Los Angeles.
There are no photos of the chance July meeting at Penn Station, although Elvis mentions it in an interview about a week later. Below we have a photo from the second meeting; Elvis Presley, with Paul Peek, Gene Vincent in Los Angeles, CA - Sunday, September 30, 1956.
Bitsy recalls the meal fondly. 'Mom had chosen not to put out place cards, so everyone chose their own seat. Usually when we ate dinner my dad would sit at one end of the table and my mom would sit at the other end. Her chair had a butterfly switch on the floor underneath that she could step on to ring and let the kitchen know if she needed something. 'As we were sitting down to dinner, my dad sat at his usual end of the table, but Gladys took her seat at the opposite end in the butterfly chair. Dad's eyes darted over to my mother silently urging her not to say anything to Gladys to avoid embarrassment. All of a sudden we heard a buzzing noise coming from the kitchen. It turns out; Gladys had accidentally stepped on the switch.
One of the constants in Elvis Presley's life was his father, Vernon Presley.
Elvis' dad was always there, raising his son in Tupelo, supporting his early career in Memphis and working behind the scenes as his son became the King of Rock 'n' Roll
. Jesse D.
and Minnie Mae Presley
welcomed their son, Vernon Elvis Presley
, into the world on April 10, 1916, in Fulton, Mississippi.
Lonnie Wolfe was just a 17-year-old running away from home when he joined the U.S. Army in the late 1950s.
Little did he know he would be sharing close quarters with every teen girl's heartthrob - Elvis Presley. Wolfe was assigned to one of 13 jeeps in his armory as a driver. Each jeep carried three soldiers, including the driver, who would go on reconnaissance missions. In Wolfe's jeep was Sgt. Elvis Presley and another soldier.
RCM Touring announces a triumphant celebration of Elvis Presley™ with two Encore Shows coming in 2018. Melbourne August 4
, Sydney August 10
. For audiences that missed out this is a way for audiences to experience this show in a way that many have never. The Wonder of You Elvis Encore Shows 2018 will feature the 40-piece Chong Lim symphony orchestra live on stage performing the King's most well-known songs and ballads. Music fans will be totally immersed in the world of Elvis and once again, be captivated by the man who changed the course of popular music, in this world-class concert event.
Whether it's the black leather suit from the '68 special, the Pink Cadillac, his Grammy Awards or Graceland itself, fans love getting a glimpse of the things Elvis owned, loved and appreciated. And this trend didn't start in 1982, when Graceland was opened to the public for tours. In 1965 and 1968, Elvis' gold Cadillac hit the road to promote Elvis.
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.
Many Elvis fans will know the story of Denise Sanchez, the 8-year-old fan from Santa Fe who we saw in an outtake from 'Elvis On Tour'. Denise had been battling cancer (Leukaemia) since the age of 6 and, like her mom was a huge Elvis fan.
With the help of the local paper, her mom Trudi was able to get tickets for a concert in Albuquerque on April 19, 1972, and an opportunity to meet Elvis backstage before the show.
Sunday night, Nov. 12, 1972. The Santa Ana winds were howling, so typical of San Bernardino in November. And it was cold. But a sold-out crowd stood patiently to have an audience with The King.
Elvis' iconic special, 'Aloha from Hawaii', aired on January 14, 1973, and it was the first entertainment special by a solo artist to be broadcast live around the world. 1972 and 1973 were great years to be Elvis fans. In 1972, Elvis released the documentary 'Elvis on Tour', giving fans a good long look at his concerts and the work that went into producing them. In fact, the 'Aloha from Hawaii' concert was supposed to take place in November 1972, but MGM, who produced the documentary, feared it was too close to the movie's opening. 'Aloha' was pushed to January 1973. The November 1972 concerts happened, anyway, but they weren't filmed.