August 16 - 40 Years Gone

It will be 40 years on the 16th of August that The King died, leaving millions of fans behind. Still today, his ingenious music, style statements and over the top lifestyle fascinate. The Stylight website partnered with the music streaming platform Deezer, and looked back at 10 things you did not know about Elvis Presley. From his windmill dance move to his rockabilly hair there is no denying, especially with the millions of fans still streaming his songs, The King’s era is still alive.

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Impact Of Elvis Lasts Today

The Dutch NOS news-site did a nice story on the impact of Elvis Presley which still lasts today "There is no new Elvis, because everyone is listening in his own bubble".

He was able to make the black music mainstream, at the heart of pop culture and was a worldwide sex symbol: Elvis Presley. Today, it's forty years since he died in Memphis. His influence on pop music is invaluable. Are there pop artists who are as innovative as Elvis at the time or who have the same impact? Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé or Jay Z, for example? Music connoisseurs do not think: "The impact of Elvis is not over."

Music is now everywhere, releases pop journalist Gijsbert Chamber. "A summer hit like Despacito this year can be missed by listening to your own music only. In Elvis's time, you could not hear that, when listening to the radio, you heard Elvis."

"A new Elvis can not be at all, that's been," says Leo Blokhuis. "He is the big bang of pop culture - even though there was a prelude." Rock-'n-roll originated as black music, but Elvis made the music stream mainstream and eventually all other pop music came out, Blokhuis said. "The musical revolution makes him unique, that impact he has and can not be overlooked by anyone."

In the segregated America of the 1950s, a white artist like Elvis was required to grow rock-n roll, Blokhuis explains. "In addition, Elvis added his appearance and appearance, making the connection between black and white, which made a huge impact."

During the first TV shows in The Ed Sullivan Show, he should not be filmed under his waist. "Moving his hips was obscene, which indicates what shock he caused in America in the 1950s."

The time joint was unique, say Room and Blokhuis. "Elvis and The Beatles were the first to make pop music so popular," said Chamber. "Ultimately, all modern music currents are rock-n-roll branches, shortly afterwards, pop, soul, funk, r & b and hard rock originated, which is a consequence of Elvis's big bang," Blokhuis said.

Now, in a time of music on YouTube and Spotify, it's different. It is much fragmented. "I've been hoping for a real pop star once again that connects everyone," said Chamber. "But it's difficult, now everyone is listening to music in his own bubble. You have your own Spotify playlist and do not have to listen to what's popular."

Individually, an artist can still have huge impact, Blokhuis thinks. "If I look at Justin Bieber's concerts, I believe he has huge impact on all the girls who are watching, but that's individual." Chamber also thinks that a teenager like Bieber can not make the same impact: "We will not know him about fifty years now, as we know Elvis now."

The original article in >>> Dutch

(Source: Stylight / NOS)

August 15 - Hollywood's Heartthrob

Volume 11 of the "Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition" is entitled "Hollywood's Heartthrob".

The Official Elvis Presley Collector's Edition is proud to present the 11th Volume in its ongoing series celebrating America's favorite entertainer: Hollywood's Heartthrob. Today he's most often remembered as the King of Rock & Roll, but Elvis was also one of the 20th century's most beloved movie stars. This 100-page, glossy special edition is packed with the wildest stories, rarest photos, most interesting trivia and, as always, an introduction from Priscilla Presley, the woman who knew him best. 


Elvis Presley is featured on the weekly Closer magazine with inside the article "Elvis - The Women who Tried To Save Him Tell All". 

(Source: On Newsstands Now / Elvis Club Berlin)

August 14 - Demons And Jumpsuits

More than 40 of Elvis Presley’s trademark jumpsuits are to go on display for the first time in the UK for an exhibition focusing on his later, touring years. The three-month show at London’s O2 will tell the story of Elvis between 1969 and 1977 – his comeback years when he toured the US almost non-stop. They were also years in which he struggled with depression, obesity and an addiction to prescription drugs.

His ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, acknowledged they were, at times, difficult years, but told the Guardian: “We all have demons. The press likes to just focus on things like that but we all have our demons, we all have our ups and downs and unfortunately for the people who are in the limelight, it is magnified so many times more.”

The Presleys separated in 1972 and divorced the following year. They remained close and were photographed leaving the Los Angeles courthouse where their divorce was finalised, smiling and arm in arm.

Presley said that image was significant. “I wish people could work it out more,” she said. “Just because you separate or divorce doesn’t mean you’re not still in love: it’s just people move on, life changes, people grow up.”

Elvis performed more than 1,100 concerts in his later years, which would put a strain on any relationship. “Touring is not easy for any couple,” Presley said. After the separation they became even closer than before, she said. “We were there for each other, we cared for each other, we remained close, close friends. Elvis would talk to me about things which were going on his life.”

The O2 show will include more than 40 of the jumpsuits Elvis wore on stage, most of which have never been on display at Graceland, let alone the UK.

It will include three phoenix jumpsuits he wore on tours in 1974-75, which the designer had originally intended as zebras. “Elvis looked at the design upside-down and thought it was a bird,” said Graceland’s director of archives, Angie Marchese. So a stripy bird it became.

Given Elvis wore the jumpsuits for about six months at a time, the show will also feature some of the many dry cleaning and repair bills. There will be guitars, microphones, posters and tour trunks including one still filled with the silk scarves that he used to throw out to audiences.

Marchese said the aim of the show was for visitors to feel as if they were on tour with Elvis. One exhibit will be a recreation of the inside of the plane he used to fly from city to city.

The new show, announced during “Elvis Week” – he died aged 42 on 16 August 1977 – is the follow-up to an Elvis show staged at the O2 in 2014-15 that attracted more than 200,000 visitors.

Priscilla Presley said she was surprised by how popular the first exhibition had been. “We were all absolutely taken aback by the success of it, which is why we are doing it again … it’s by popular demand. People came back not just once or twice but sometimes three, four times.”

Marchese said the first show had exceeded expectations. “The UK loves Elvis and we know it. Elvis was never able to tour the UK so to bring this story to the UK and make it feel like Elvis is there, performing … that’s the excitement of it all.”

Elvis on Tour opens at the O2 in London on 3 November.

(Source: FECC / Daily Mail)

August 13 - A Blue Boy From Tupelo

The US Barnes And Nobles released an exclusive blue vinyl edition of the "A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters" album. It comes with an additional 12x12 poster and includes a digital download of the album. 

Side A: That's All Right / Blue Moon of Kentucky /Good Rockin' Tonight / I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine / Milkcow Blues Boogie / You're a Heartbreaker / Baby, Let's Play House / I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone / I Forgot to Remember to Forget

Sibe B: Mystery Train \ I Love You Because \ Blue Moon \ I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') \ Just Because \ Trying to Get to You \ Tomorrow Night \ Harbor Lights

(Source: FECC)

August 12 - Auction and Chart Results

Collectors from around the world raised their paddles to bid in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history at the “Auction at Graceland,” which took place at the new Guest House at Graceland Theater during the 40th Anniversary Elvis Week commemoration, with items selling for over $1.6 million.

The 40th Anniversary attracted a worldwide bidding contingent who participated in the auction of rare and authentic Elvis Presley artifacts and memorabilia. With an unprecedented 315 lots available, it was the largest and most comprehensive auction to date at Graceland.

Fans, music collectors and pop culture enthusiasts from around the world participated on site and online in the auction, with all 315 lots expertly authenticated by the staff of Graceland Authenticated.  All of the items in the auction were offered from third-party collectors and none of the items included in the auction came from the treasured Graceland Archives.  The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale. Graceland Authenticated sets a new standard for pop culture authentication and appraisal to ensure artifact accuracy and provide evaluations of privately-owned collections.

Among the 315 items sold in the August 12 auction, notable items include:

  • Elvis Presley owned and stage-worn sleeveless jumpsuit and jacket - $250,000
  • Elvis Presley owned and worn gold and diamond ram’s head necklace - $138,750
  • Elvis Presley owned and worn gold and diamond guitar ring with “EP” initials - $112,500
  • 1973 Elvis Presley stage worn cape with tiger skin pattern on the interior - $83,750. The cape will be coming home to Graceland to join the jumpsuit and belt.
  • Elvis Presley TCB necklace - $75,000
  • Elvis Presley owned and worn red “elephant corduroy” suit - $62,500
  • March 26, 1956, Elvis Presley signed contract solidifying Colonel Parker as his exclusive management - $35,000
  • Historic 1977 Elvis Presley signed legal document giving Vernon Presley power of attorney, one of the last legal documents Elvis signed - $32,500
  • Elvis Presley handwritten and initialed note “When You’re Not In Love, You’re Not Alive – God Is Love. E.P.” - $27,500
  • Scotty Moore’s personal 1999 Gibson “ES-295 Scotty Moore” guitar – The first one made, presented to Scotty by Gibson - $25,000
  • The 3 CD box "Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings" dropped off both the album charts in the United Kingdom and Germany after entering only last week. 
  • The 3 CD box "Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings" dropped from #95 to #187 on the Belgian cAlbum chart.
  • The 3 CD box "Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings" is a new entry on the Austrian Album chart at #48.
  • The 3 CD box "Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings" is a new entry on the Swiss Album chart at #98.
  • The 3 CD box "Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings" is a new entry on the Spanish Album chart at #68.
  • The vinyl "Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo – The Sun Masters" album dropped off the Vinyl Album charts in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. 
  • The double album "The Wonder Of You & If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley and  The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra re-entered the Belgian Album chart at #196. 
  • The double album "Top 40 Elvis – His Ultimate Top 40 Collection" remained steady at #11 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart. 
  • The CD "The Real… Elvis" re-entered the Irish Album charts at #96. 
  • The CD "The Real… Elvis" climbed from #32 to #30 on the Scottish Album chart. 
  • The "The Platinum Collection" budget release is a re-entry at #85 on the Scottish Album chart.
(Source: Graceland / The King's World / Official Charts)