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Interview with Charlie Hodge

Charlie Hodge began his musical career at age 20 in a gospel quartet with Bill Gaither. He went on to be the lead singer for the Foggy River Boys. At 5'3", the guitarist had to stand on an empty Coke crate to reach the microphone. Elvis Presley first met Hodge backstage after the group performed in Memphis, Tennessee.

Review | Pot Luck With Elvis FTD 2 CD Special Edition | The End of An Era

When Elvis Presley entered RCA's Studio B in Nashville Tennessee on June 25th, 1961, the goal was just to record both sides of a strong June-planned single release. The last one ('I feel So Bad' / 'Wild In The Country') had been a little disappointing. It wasn't that it had performed badly on the charts (No.5) or that it had sold poorly (600.000 copies). But it broke a string of number one records, and the units sold contrasted to the almost 2 million copies of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', the one million plus of It's Now Or Never, the 900.000 copies of 'Stuck On You' from the previous year, or the 750.000 of 'Surrender' in February 1961. All these figures weren't unnoticed by RCA, the Colonel and Elvis himself.
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Mary Ann Mobley Remembers Elvis Presley

Elvis and I felt a common bond, coming from Mississippi. He thought I understood him. He didn't have to put on airs with me, and I wasn't after anything. This is an odd thing to say about Elvis Presley, but it was like I was working with my brother. We never dated. We were just two people from the same state.

Released | The Elvis Is Back Sessions 4-CD Set from FTD

FTD has released 'The Elvis Is Back Sessions'. For the first time, here are all the songs as recorded in sequence. Included are all the RCA outtakes and masters. The release includes a deluxe 28-page booklet and sound carrier adorned with, beautiful portraits, rare photos, insightful essay, recording data and classic memorabilia.

Released | The Making of Viva Las Vegas Deluxe Hardcover Book and CD Set

Follow That Dream has released the Deluxe book / CD set 'The Making of Viva Las Vegas'. Produced in cooperation with David English and Pal Granlund this 400-page hardcover book is packed in a deluxe slipcase and has the same size and format as the 'Elvis Presley A Boy From Tupelo' book / CD from the FTD label.

Elvis: California Ballads CD

Next up in the well-received 'Ballads' series is 'California Ballads '. As a follow up for 'Hollywood Ballads' and after the great success of the previous releases 'Nashville Ballads', 'Memphis Ballads' & 'Vegas Ballads' this is a compilation of some of his best California ballads. Housed in a beautiful deluxe 6-panel digipack.
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The Elvis Presley Way CD & LP Record

Petticoat records is back with The Elvis Presley Way CD & LP Record. This time with a fantastic vinyl album full of late-sixties classics. This high-quality album (including bonus CD) featuring 14 rare and hard to find alternate versions of these classics is now available. Great stuff: beautiful ballads as well as some great rockers! And as always housed in a STUNNING full-color sleeve suitable for framing! This high-quality vinyl pressing is now available in very limited GOLD or CLEAR vinyl. Don't miss out on this ultimate holiday gift.

Preview | Elvis: That's The Way It Is Book Trilogy Box Set (from Erik Lorentzen)

View a 9-page preview from the Erik Lorentzen release of the photographic trilogy 'That's The Way It Is'. Volume one covers the 'The MGM rehearsals', volume two 'The Las Vegas rehearsals' and volume three the 'The concerts'. This hardback set, packed in a special slip-case and will contain over 2000 unpublished photos and is a strictly limited edition of 1000 copies only. Pre-order now essential for December release.

Interview with Barbara Leigh

Barbara Leigh is an accomplished model and actress who currently works for the Playboy organization. As an actress, Barbara has appeared in numerous TV series and on the big screen with major stars including Rock Hudson and Steve McQueen. Barbara is also fondly remembered as the 'original' Vampirella. In 1970 Barbara was introduced to Elvis and that meeting began a torrid, two-year affair. Barbara speaks candidly about her time with Elvis.

Elvis Presley | 'Vegas Throat' CD

CMT returns with Elvis Presley 'Vegas Throat', an incredible follow up to last years 'I'm Evil'. Presented in a six-panel digipack, limited to 500 copies, this one will be sold out before Christmas! Every Elvis fan of course will know that this year marked the 50th anniversary of Elvis returning to the stage. An amazing 11 disc boxset was released and although it is a must, it is most likely it will be played often because most shows are pretty much the same as the one before. CMT has made an outstanding 'Ultimate' release which includes ALL the songs (29 tracks!) from the shows in ONE performance! Lots of time and effort went into the editing and it sounds like one complete show. This is the one you will be playing over and over, this is why we are Elvis fans; to enjoy his music!
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The Elvis Movie DVD

The ELVIS Movie | Starring Kurt Russell with the soundtrack of Elvis Presley! It's the same story but the performances have made an incredible upgrade with Ronnie McDowell's soundtrack replaced with the only soundtrack that should have been there in the first place -- Elvis'. In addition, lots more music has been included along with blockbusters like 'Walk the Line' and 'Great Balls of Fire', giving the movie a more 'professional' touch. And rare Elvis Presley live versions and outtakes were handpicked to find the best matching songs for the scenes. Kurt Russell's 'playbacking' looks much more natural and real than before, and how cool it is to hear the actual radio broadcast (Dewey Phillips) from the time when 'That's All Right' was first played on the air, or to hear 'The Blackwood Brothers' at the funeral of Elvis his mother Gladys.
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Elvis: 'The Guitar Player Worth A Damn' Book / DVD / CD Set from Venus

Coming this week from Venus Productions is 'The Guitar Player Worth A Damn', volume 4 in their 'The King in Motion' series. This release contains the previously unreleased April 14, 1972 Afternoon Show as recorded in Greensboro and the April 9, 1972 Hampton Roads show presented in a brand new alternate mix. Presented in a hardcover book containing 1 DVD and 2 CDs' featuring out-takes from 'Elvis On Tour' in 'better than ever quality' than ever before. The 200-page book contains unreleased photos and insightful liner-notes.

Preview #2 | Elvis: That's The Way It Is Book Trilogy Box Set (from Erik Lorentzen)

View a 6-page preview from August 11, 1970 taken from the Erik Lorentzen release of the photographic trilogy 'That's The Way It Is'. Volume one covers the 'The MGM rehearsals', volume two 'The Las Vegas rehearsals' and volume three the 'The concerts'. This hardback set, packed in a special slip-case and will contain over 2000 unpublished photos and is a strictly limited edition of 1000 copies only. Pre-order now essential for December release. As a special pre-order bonus there will be 18 25cm x 30cm (9.84" x 11.8") 'Perfect For Framing' photos.

Deputy Chief Robert Cantwell Remembers Elvis Presley

If Elvis Presley lived, perhaps he would still visit Denver, where it turns out 'The King' struck up some close friendships in the 1970s. Elvis was even made an honorary captain on the city's police force. Robert Cantwell first got to know Elvis in 1970 while working as a guard in a hotel the night Elvis played the Denver Coliseum. When Elvis emerged from an elevator, Cantwell wasn't sure it was him. So he asked for identification. 'He was definitely a country, Southern gentleman', Cantwell tells Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. 'Off the stage he was a different Elvis. He was a superstar on the stage and a super friend off the stage'.

Preview #3 | Elvis: That's The Way It Is Book Trilogy Box Set (from Erik Lorentzen)

View a 6-page preview from August 12, 1970 taken from the Erik Lorentzen release of the photographic trilogy 'That's The Way It Is'. Volume one covers the 'The MGM rehearsals', volume two 'The Las Vegas rehearsals' and volume three the 'The concerts'. This hardback set, packed in a special slip-case and will contain over 2000 unpublished photos and is a strictly limited edition of 1000 copies only. Pre-order now essential for December release. As a special pre-order bonus there will be 18 25cm x 30cm (9.84" x 11.8") 'Perfect For Framing' photos.
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Released | Elvis: 'Back-In Living Stereo' 6CD/100-page Book

MRS have released the 'Back-In Living Stereo'6CD/100-page book. The 6 CDs presented with a new CD housing package contain over 150 remastered tracks of the essential 1960-1962 master recordings, plus rare alternate outtakes (including unreleased material) and all of the personal home recordings Elvis made during the 1960s. All tracks have now been cleaned, repaired (there are too many to mention), and restored. The home recordings have now had the same mastering techniques as used so successfully on the recent MRS release 'Made in Germany'. The set also includes unreleased recordings - including one that will have the Elvis world 'all shook up', as well as a previously unreleased stereo version of home recordings. The 100-page book includes rare unpublished documents and photographs, supported by a comprehensive text discussing each of Elvis' RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1960-62.

The Elvis Is Back Sessions 4-CD Set from FTD

To celebrate its 60th Anniversary year, FTD will release 'The Elvis Is Back Sessions' on November 18. Hailed by many as Elvis' finest recordings. For the first time, here are all the songs as recorded in sequence. Included are all the RCA outtakes and masters. The release includes a deluxe 28-page booklet and sound carrier adorned with, beautiful portraits, rare photos, insightful essay, recording data and classic memorabilia.

Interview with Johnny Tillotson

Johnny Tillotson wrote the song, It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' early in 1962 inspired by the terminal illness of his father. He recorded the song himself and it became one of his biggest hits, reaching # 3 in the US pop chart and becoming the first of his records to make the country music charts, where it peaked at # 4. It earned him his first Grammy nomination, for Best Country & Western Recording, and was later recorded by over 100 performers including Elvis Presley in 1969 at his legendary American Sound Studios Sessions.

The Making of Viva Las Vegas Deluxe Hardcover Book and CD Set from FTD

Follow That Dream in cooperation with David English and Pal Granlund will release the Deluxe book / CD set 'The Making of Viva Las Vegas' in November 2019. The 400-page hardcover book, packed in a deluxe slipcase, has the same size and format as the 'Elvis Presley A Boy From Tupelo' book / CD from the FTD label. The book covers the background story into how the fabulous musical was created and gives a comprehensive insight from script to screen. It contains two hundred and fifty newly discovered images, including wardrobe stills, memos, contract and pages from director George Sidney's personal script, soundtrack recording session documents, memories from cast and crew, the shooting schedule, filming dates and locations revealed for the first time.

Interview with Tony Brown

Tony Brown first met Elvis in 1969 at the International Hotel through J.D Sumner. He later became a member of Voice and in March 1975 played piano on Elvis' recording of 'Bringing it Back' on Elvis' 'Today' album. On 21st April 1976, Tony permanently replaced Glen D. Today Tony holds a key-job in the record industry as now president of MCA-Nashville. When I was with Voice, those were moments when I was actually in there. You sit on the couch around in the house with Elvis. And he'd come and we'd gather around the piano. We'd sing old spirituals and stuff. And he'd play -- he loved to play the piano. And he actually played pretty good.

Elvis By Request Of Japanese Fans 4 CD Set

Elvis By Request Of Japanese Fans was originally released as a 4 LP set in 1980 this set has always been a fan favorite. Not only this is one of the best compiled Elvis releases of all time, but also the cover art drew some attention. Many times referred to as the 'tear' cover this set can be found in many serious Elvis collections. It's a stunning beauty. And now this wonderful box set is available on cd. Presented in a clamshell box set including the original LP set on 3 CDs plus a fantastic bonus cd containing rare or hard to find recordings. The set contains the original tracks as released on the 1980 Japanese LP set. So for the first time you can find some original electronic stereo tracks on CD. A fantastic set full of fan favorites that will be in your player for a long long time.
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My, It's Been A Long Long Time | Greensboro Coliseum, June 30 1976 LP & CD

Now available on vinyl: My, It's Been A Long Long Time, originally released in 1998 and featuring probably the best show of (already) the 5th tour of 1976. In total Elvis rocked the Greensboro Coliseum 5 times. Obviously most memorable is the April 14, 1972, performance which is considered to be one of his best performances.

'Elvis At Christmas' LP and CD

Petticoat records is back with 'Elvis At Christmas' LP and CD! And with the holidays in sight we present you the ultimate Elvis Christmas vinyl album. A fantastic vinyl album (plus bonus cd) featuring 16 rare and hard to find alternate versions of some of the best Christmas songs ever recorded. From the late 1950s until the 1970s!

Interview with Vernon Presley (1978)

Interview with Vernon Presley by Nancy Anderson : Good Housekeeping, January 1978.

Elvis: 'American Sound Sessions 1969' double LP Record set

Sony Legacy will release a 'Black Friday Record Store Day' release Elvis: 'American Sound Sessions 1969' double LP Record Set. This release is limited to 4000 copies worldwide. 1969 was a pivotal year for Elvis Presley.

Joe Moscheo Remembers Elvis Presley

Joe Moscheo was a member of the group of gospel singers called The Imperials. The group has been around since 1964 and has had several member changes since then. The Imperials still exist as a Southern gospel contemporary Christian venue. After Elvis' success on NBC in 1968 in a show that's come to be known as the '68 Comeback Special, he went on to play the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1970. Normally his backup band was the Jordanaires. They had been with him on the television show and had sung with him for a number of years. Unfortunately, due to the success they'd been having, the group wasn't able to do the Vegas shows. Elvis' next choice for backup singers was The Imperials. The group performed with Elvis from 1969 to 1971.

Elvis: 'Out In Hollywood' Vol. 3 and 'The Nashville Marathon' Vol. 2 CDs

MTP is back with two (2) amazing new releases, 'Out In Hollywood' Vol. 3 and 'The Nashville Marathon' Vol. 2. We all remember the 'good old days' when FTD released their first releases like 'The Jungle Room Sessions', 'Fame and Fortune' and 'Out in Hollywood'. Those CDs were in our players for weeks, due to all the unreleased stuff, great sound quality and last but not least the fact there were a lot of complete outtakes never heard before. After a while, although the releases were still fantastic, we got more and more CDs with lots of outtakes from the same songs, great for collecting, but the listening pleasure was a bit less fun... The label continues their series with two releases which will be in your player for weeks, and are again 'Meant to be Played'.
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Elvis: 'Back-In Living Stereo' 6CD/100-page book from MRS

MRS will release a 6CD/100-page book 'Back-In Living Stereo' on November 22, 2019 with a new CD housing package box set. The 6 CDs contain over 150 remastered tracks of the essential 1960-1962 master recordings, plus rare alternate outtakes (including unreleased material) and all of the personal home recordings Elvis made during the 1960s. All tracks have now been cleaned, repaired (there are too many to mention), and restored. The home recordings have now had the same mastering techniques as used so successfully on the recent MRS release 'Made in Germany'. The set also includes unreleased recordings - including one that will have the Elvis world 'all shook up', as well as a previously unreleased stereo version of home recordings. The 100-page book includes rare unpublished documents and photographs, supported by a comprehensive text discussing each of Elvis' RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1960-62. Read more | Pre-order 'Back-In Living Stereo' now!

Ed Asner | Working with Elvis Presley

Ed Asner made his film debut in 1962, in the Elvis Presley movie Kid Galahad and again with the king in 'Change of Habit'. Asner is best known for his character Lou Grant, who was first introduced on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970. In 1977, after the series, Asner's character was given his own show, Lou Grant (1977–82).

Released | American Sessions 1969 5 CD Boxset from FTD

FTD has released both the 'American Sound '69' 5 CD Set and 'Elvis Sings Memphis' LP Record. Elvis' pivotal Year of 1969 celebrated with Elvis: American Sound 1969 featuring over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis' 1969 legendary American Sound Studio sessions, including 'In The Ghetto' and 'Suspicious Minds'. FTD also advises that they will only be manufacturing to satisfy initial orders. Any re-orders will only be available if there is residue stock existing from the first pressing. Order Now before this set is SOLD OUT!!!

Interview with Ginger Alden

Ginger Alden first met Elvis when she was five years old. Her father was a Public Relations Officer in the Army in Memphis. When Elvis returned from Germany and was no longer in the service, our family was invited, by an uncle of Elvis', to join Elvis and a group at the local fairground. Elvis remembered Ginger's father and walked over to meet him and his family. Elvis was so kind and cordial. He shook hands with each person and patted Ginger on the head. No one never dreamed their paths would cross again or that in 15 years Ginger would become engaged to Elvis!

Mele Mai Ka Lani Mai 3 CD Set | With Unreleased Blue Hawaii Outtakes

Venus Productions is proud to present you, Mele Mai Ka Lani Mai, a 3-CD set with unreleased outtakes from the movie 'Blue Hawaii'. As with all Venus releases all tracks are uncut and the sound is top-notch!

James Burton Looks Back on Elvis Presley's Vegas Years

On the 42nd anniversary of his death, Elvis Presley's longtime guitarist looks back on his career rebirth in 1969 - now immortalized on a massive box set. 'I hadn't actually met Elvis before I went to work with him', says the legendary guitarist James Burton, who'd already worked with a veritable who's who of rock stars when he picked up the phone one night in 1969 and found himself speaking to the King himself, Elvis Presley. 'I'd played the Louisiana Hayride around the time he came through when he was just starting out, but I didn't actually meet Elvis until 1969. He called me on the phone at my home in L.A., and I talked to him for two or three hours on the phone. He asked me if I'd be interested in going to Vegas and putting a band together for him. So I did'.

18 Perfect For Framing' Elvis photos

As a special pre-order bonus there will be 18 25cm x 30cm (9.84" x 11.8") 'Perfect For Framing' photos with each pre-order of this limited edition 1000 copies only box set. View an 8-page preview from the Erik Lorentzen release of the photographic trilogy 'That's The Way It Is'. Volume one covers the 'The MGM rehearsals', volume two 'The Las Vegas rehearsals' and volume three the 'The concerts'. This hardback set, packed in a special slip-case and will contain over 2000 unpublished photos and is a strictly limited edition of 1000 copies only. Pre-order essential.

William Morris Agent Larry Auerbach remembers Elvis Presley

Larry Auerbach booked Elvis Presley's first network television performance in 1956. The agency had just signed on to represent Presley when a producer for Jackie Gleason's 'Stage Show' called Auerbach and said he needed an act, 'a country singer', for an upcoming broadcast. So Auerbach said, 'I've got one', while knowing almost nothing about Presley's act. During rehearsal, there was a problem. Producer Jack Philbin turned to Auerbach while Elvis Presley gyrated and said, 'All the parts in his pants are moving'. Auerbach, assigned to fix the problem, took the singer to an Army and Navy store at 53rd Street and Broadway and bought him his first athletic supporter. 'He said, 'Why am I wearing this?' and I said, 'So your parts won't move', Auerbach recalled.
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Interview with Elvis Presley by radio broadcaster Harold Johnson 1975

This is an interview with Elvis Presley by radio broadcaster Harold Johnson recorded on August 9th 1975 at the Memphis Liberty Bowl Stadium. Elvis was at the stadium enjoying a football game between the Memphis Southmen and the Charlotte Hornets when the interview was conducted live on air.

Limited Edition | American Sessions 1969 5 CD Boxset

Elvis' pivotal Year of 1969 celebrated with Elvis: American Sound 1969 featuring over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis' 1969 legendary American Sound Studio sessions, including 'In The Ghetto' and 'Suspicious Minds'. FTD have revised the original wording to the press release they first put out about the 'American Sound '69' set. The most important parts read: 'Although originally intended as a Sony download release only, FTD agreed to release a limited physical edition after requests from many of you. As this was put together somewhat hastily, clarification is needed regarding the content. The digital set was never intended to be the 'complete' sessions. Therefore it does not include sub-standard, inconsequential and fragmented material that has surfaced on bootleg over the years. It features all the recordings deemed essential by the producers. FTD also advise that they 'will only manufacturing to satisfy initial orders. Any re-orders will only be available if there is residue stock existing from the first pressing'. Order Now before this set is SOLD OUT!! www.elvispresleyshop.com

Elvis Presley | That's The Way It Is | Deluxe book and CD Boxset from FTD

David English & Pal Granlund who have just released details on their forthcoming FTD Book/CD Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas, are proud to announce a new book, which will be released in 2020 on the 50th Anniversary of the documentary Elvis That's The Way It Is. Some brief details are listed below.

Previously Unseen | Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash

Previously unseen home movie footage which shows Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash together back in 1957 was included in episode four of Ken Burns 'Country Music' documentary series. The clip shows Elvis Presley dancing, possibly to 'Treat Me Nice' from 'Jailhouse Rock'. A Canada Packers sign in the background while Johnny Cash is on the street would suggest that section is filmed in Canada. The first shot is Elvis is chewing gum and dancing - a finger from an unseen man snaps along with his dancing (probably Johnny, based on what comes in a moment).

Elvis: That's The Way It Is Book Trilogy Box Set from Erik Lorentzen

Erik Lorentzen will release the limited edition, 1000 copies only, photographic trilogy 'That's The Way It Is' by in December. Volume one covers the 'The MGM rehearsals', volume two 'The Las Vegas rehearsals' and volume three the 'The concerts'. This hardback set, packed in a special slip-case and will contain over 2000 unpublished photos.
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Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

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.