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.
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.
Sony Music have released 'Elvis Live 1969' a Limited Edition 11 CD box set with a 52-page book full of rare photos & memorabilia! The set features one show entirely unreleased and complete and newly mixed and mastered shows.
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.
View a promo video for the Sony Music release 'Elvis Live 1969'. This is a Limited Edition 11 CD box set with a 52-page book full of rare photos & memorabilia! The set features one show entirely unreleased and complete and newly mixed and mastered shows. First chronicled in part on the album Elvis In Person At The International Hotel 50 years ago, Live 1969 showcases this incredibly, important phase in Elvis' career in definitive detail – his first live shows following his triumphant, 1968 comeback for NBC after an 8-year absence from playing live. This box set features 11 complete sets from the first of his many engagements at The International Hotel (several of which are released in full for the first time, with one show entirely unreleased), allowing fans a more definitive picture of The King's glorious return to the concert stage. The 52-page book includes rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp curated from historic interviews with Elvis, Colonel Tom Parker, Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, and more.
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.
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.
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 Memphis Recording Service (MRS), the producers of the 'Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD, boldly state on the front cover that never before have we ever had live film footage (i.e., with synchronized sound) of an Elvis concert from the 50's ... until this time.Well, we certainly do now! 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. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The DVD Audio section gives you sound quality superior to CD
The DVD Video Section Contains both Video Film and synchronized Sound
MRS has ingeniously coordinated licensed, professionally shot black and white newsreel footage (taken at the afternoon September 1956 Tupelo homecoming concert) with the amateur recording made of the concert (which has previously appeared on the Elvis Presley Golden Celebration LP/CD box sets) and it blows you away! Not because of the quality of the footage and audio, but because of the combination! You will hardly believe your eyes and ears!
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.
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.
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.
Listen to an exclusive premiere of 'Saved', featuring new backing vocals by the legendary Darlene Love, one of 14 tracks on the inspirational new album, 'Where No One Stands Alone' - available August 10.The groundbreaking new album, 'Elvis Presley - Where No One Stands Alone', released on August 10, features 14 original performances of gospel songs with newly recorded instrumentation and backing vocals, all in support of Elvis' original lead vocal recordings. 'Saved' is an energetic gospel-rock call-and-response tune with some fun rhythmic twists, sassy lyrics and Darlene Love jumping in on background vocals. And in classic Elvis fashion, the king testifies as he gives up his errant ways. Love, who first sang with Elvis on his 1968 NBC television special, shares, 'I had the honor to perform a terrific version of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's 'Saved' on the popular ABC TV show Shindig in 1965 with The Blossoms as the lead vocalist. Though we never recorded it officially it predates Elvis' version which I sang background vocals for with the group'.
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.
Coming from a 1st Generation digital copy of a actual TV Station broadcast tape, (originally used to broadcast 'The Special' in October 1977) and re-mastered frame by frame, the 1977 CBS TV Special, for the first time ever, is in near perfect quality, and is a very special treat for fans!
Elvis '77 DVD Series consists of 9 DVDs. The contents of the DVDs are; ... The 1977 CBS TV Special is in perfect quality, a very special treat for fans. For the first time ever, using a 1st Generation digital copy of a TV Station tape, (originally used to broadcast 'The Special' in October 1977) it has been re-mastered frame by frame and now finally, released to fans to watch this in all its glory! Then there are two DVDs with the Omaha June 19 show from a new tape source with unreleased footage for the first time and the Rapid City June 21st concert from a new tape source with unreleased footage and near 100% complete for the first time.
So many of us have spent Christmas with Elvis' music, but Priscilla Presley actually spent Christmas with Elvis. Priscilla shares heartwarming memories of holidays with the King, from the first time they ever exchanged gifts to their tree-trimming traditions as a married couple living at Graceland, to how that changed when Priscilla gave birth to their daughter, Lisa Marie, and how Priscilla feels when she hears Elvis' music now.
Jocelyn 'Jackie' Lane was born Jocelyn Olga Bolton in Vienna, Austria in 1937. Today she was married to Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. In 1965, she co-starred with Elvis Presley in Tickle Me and later appeared in several roles in Hollywood films, including as 'biker chick' Cathy in Hell's Belles in 1969. She also made guest appearances on American television series. She retired in 1971 after marrying Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg in Marbella, Spain on 3 May 1973
As the bassist of the most iconic rock and roll band, The Beatles,Paul McCartney played bass gutair. In this clip he shows his talents on the upright bass. But not just any upright bass. The 'upright' as many call it officially known as the 'double bass', is the acoustic early version of the electric modern day bass guitar that would become Paul's role in The Beatles. Paul reveals the original Elvis Presley bass, played by Bill Black, and sings 'Heartbreak Hotel'.
This is a video interview with Shelley Fabares on American Bandstand in 1965. Shelley starred with Elvis Presley in the 1965 movie Girl Happy, was one of three leading ladies in 'Spinout'. Adding to her lineup of movies with Elvis, the following year she starred in 'Clambake', her third starring role alongside the King. 'I loved doing those pictures', said Fabares. 'It's a happy memory for me, they were great fun'.
Singer, 'Morrissey' is currently opening his concerts with a memorable - and faithful - run through the Elvis Presley nugget 'You'll Be Gone'. Morrissey's version shook with swagger, in a fashion that surely would've pleased the King of Rock and Roll. He has performed the song in concert since 2015. And isn't is so cool he has chosen this song and the one that Elvis had a genuine writing credit on (Red West / Elvis Presley / Charlie Hodge). Steven Patrick Morrissey, known mononymously as Morrissey, rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Smiths. The Smiths recorded 'His Latest Flame', Elvis' 1961 hit. His father was an Elvis-fan and one of Morrisseys friends is Nancy Sinatra. There are several live versions, we have picked the one with the best sound quality.
Bill Medley Remembers Elvis Presley(09:44). I was working the Hilton Hotel, Elvis was in the main room, I was in this lounge and Elvis was doing You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' in his show. And so I'm doin' it 'You never close your eyes--' And I'm right at the place where it's 'Baby, baby, I get down on my knees for--' and I sense some rustling going on backstage, you know, when you're onstage it's like your living room and somebody walks onstage it's like somebody walking into your home at midnight. So I hear this rustling going on and I'm 'Baby, baby I get down on my knees for you'. And here comes Elvis and he walks right by me, in front of me, hits me on the arm and says, 'Hi, Bill' and keeps right on walking. And there was about four other guys with him and they just walked right off. And I didn't say anything. Well, the place went crazy.
Did you know Elvis did not want to record 'Blue Christmas'? Elvis told the band to play and sing as badly as possible. Millie Kirkham tells the story as she remembers her first Recording Session with Elvis Presley.
On November 23, 1976 at Graceland, Memphis Tennessee, Elvis' cousin Harold Loyd, the night guard at Graceland, called the police complaining of a drunk, pistol wielding man blocking the gates at Elvis Presley's home in a brand new white lincoln continental. Police approached the car cautiously when they got to the open driver's side window, they found that the man was Jerry Lee Lewis ...
The two most popular and successful live acts of the 1970s were Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin, who played to capacity crowds night after night. Coincidentally, both were handled by Concerts West, one of the biggest tour promoters in America. In May 1974, the company offered complimentary tickets to Zeppelin for Elvis' gig at the LA Inglewood Forum, with the possibility of meeting him afterward.
1976 was a turbulent year for The King of Rock n' Roll. His continually declining health coupled with a hectic touring schedule resulted in a very up and down quality to his shows throughout the year. Coming off the summer portion of his touring schedule, where he endured numerous mediocre concert reviews, Elvis kicked off his 8th tour of 1976 with a 2-night engagement at the Chicago Stadium in the 'Windy City' of Chicago, Illinois. Did the 35-day vacation between tours help E... lvis to rejuvenate from the frenzied pace of his summer tours? The 'Follow That Dream' (FTD) Collector's Label answers that question with it's 96th release - Chicago Stadium a 2-CD set containing both performances in Chicago on Oct 14th and 15th.
In this video interview with Billy Strange (From 2010, to celebrate his 80th birthday), Billy talks about his friendship with Elvis, writing songs for him with Mac Davis. Writing Memories, discussing the lyrics with Elvis in the process of writing the song, A Little Less Conversation and about that songs mega success in 2002. Working with Elvis on the song Viva Las Vegas, 'I was playing guitar on Viva Las Vegas ... he liked what I did'. On their friendship he talks about Elvis calling him up 'to his house' and them 'playing with the baby, Lisa Marie for hours. Billy also talks about working with Nancy Sinatra and her hit, These Boots Were Made for Walking and much more.
Bruce Springsteen was seven when he first saw Elvis on The Ed Sullivan Show. Elvis Presley's third and final appearance took place on January 6, 1957. Watching the show, Springsteen felt mesmerised: 'I couldn't imagine anyone not wanting to be Elvis Presley', he recalled ... 'I jumped up over the wall and I started runnin' up the driveway, which when I look back on it now was kind of a stupid thing to do because I hate it when people do it at my house'.
Interview with Milton Berle who talks about Elvis and his appearance on 'The Milton Berle Show', about his first meeting with Elvis that occurred when his manager wanted Berle to audition him. It was his second appearance on The Milton Berle show that Elvis' performance of 'Hound Dog' drove the audience wild and had the press and some of the viewers appalled. It is one of his most controversial performances.
Watch the emotional duet featuring Lisa Marie Presley and Elvis singing 'I Love You Because'. The audio 'single' is now available to purchase from iTunes and the video will be available soon. The video itself is a masterpiece that I must say brought tears to my eyes. You will see Lisa Marie in the Sun studio recording the song and home film of Elvis' grandchildren. Lisa Marie performs a wonderful duet with her late father and does not 'take over' the song - with the first 1 minute 33 seconds with only Elvis' vocals before Lisa joins in for the remaining 1 minute 22 seconds. View and listen to the music video clip.
First time I had any contact with Elvis I was in the hospital and Elvis sent me a telegram ... I had written and recorded this song called Old Friend and in the song it says, 'Would you be here if I could have been there?' in the song and that really means that at one point I think it was the second time maybe he went into the hospital or something I wanted to come to Memphis and talk to Elvis as a friend, you know, didn't want a Cadillac, didn't need anything, didn't want anything, just loved him.
Listen to 'I've Got A Thing About You Baby' from the forthcoming release 'The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic'. Originally recorded at Stax Studios in 1973 and featured heavily in Elvis' 1970s live shows, this song takes on a new life with bright orchestral accompaniment from the renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The global phenomenon continues! The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic, the follow-up to last year's 'If I Can Dream', will be released on October 21.
Cliff Richard has announced his 101st album will feature a 'duet' with Elvis Presley. The veteran singer, 75, will release the album - 'News of Just ... Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll' - in November, and hopes it will top the charts at Christmas. One track, entitled Blue Suede Shoes, will feature Sir Cliff singing a 'duet' with the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Listen to a sample now.
Whitney Houston : 'You don't actually MEET Elvis, you just have to LOOK at Elvis'. She goes on to explain that her mother Cissy Houston (who sang with the gospel group Sweet Inspirations), used to sing back up for Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin for many years. [Cissy Houston was actually only with Elvis for his opening shows in 1969] and how they were sitting in a room backstage and Elvis walked in with his mink (real fur), glasses on, and she just looked at him and could not say anything (star struck).
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.
Elvis Presley's songs are unforgettable - they have stood the test of time, especially his singles of the 1950s, a decade in which he had a song at No. 1. for 59 weeks and 4 No. 1 albums ('56-'59). Read More.