July 24 - The Legend Lives (in Germany)

Due for release from the German Igloo Books GmbH. on November 1, 2017 is the 304 page book 'Elvis: Die Legende Lebt' ('Elvis: The Legend Lives').

Mystery Train

Due for release from Wax Time records on September 15, 2017 is the vinyl compilation 'Mystery Train: Sun Studio Recordings'. 

Side A: Mystery Train - That's All Right (Mama) - 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

Side B: I Love You Because - Blue Moon - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - Just Because - Trying To Get To You - Harbor Lights - Tomorrow Night - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version) - When It Rains, It Really Pours - My Happiness (Demo)

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

July 23 - Elvis' First Music Agency Contract Sold

American singer Elvis Presley's first music agency contract, signed by 'the King of Rock and Roll' in 1956, has been sold for 37,000 pounds at an auction in the UK. "There was significant interest in the auction from buyers all over the world especially from the US and UK both online and bidders on the phone," Aldridge said.

A pair of mint-green pyjamas, that Presley wore during his stay at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in the US in 1977, was also auctioned and fetched 8,000 pounds."He spent a week there recovering from exhaustion and they were left at his father's home," said Andrew Aldridge from the Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, an auction house in the UK. After Elvis died in August 1977, aged 42, the pyjamas went on display at the world famous Elvis-A-Rama museum for many years.

"The prices achieved reflect the continuing interest in the King of Rock and Roll," he said.

(Source: BBC)

July 22 - Riding The Rainbow Charts

The UK based Rockwell Music label released 'Riding The Rainbow - 1961 (Part III)'. It is a twelve track compilation, released on 180g 'electric blue vinyl' in a limited edition of 150 copies.  

Side One: Follow That Dream / Angel / What a Wonderful Life / I'm Not the Marrying Kind / Good Luck Charm / Anything That's Part Of You /  Night Rider

Side Two: Riding the Rainbow /  Home Is Where the Heart Is / A Whistling Tune / I Got Lucky / This Is Living / King Of The Whole Wide World


Elvis is listed with four titles in the latest US Billboard charts. 

The 'The Wonder Of You' album climbed from #5 to #2 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
The 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' compilation re-entered the 
Billboard Country Album chart at #38.
The double album 'He Touched Me – The Billboard Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley, Volumes 1 & 2' re-entered the Billboard Christian Album chart at #28.
The 'Ultimate Gospel' compilation dropped from #22 to #29 on the Christian Album chart. 
The 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits’ dropped off the Official UK Album chart after a re-entry last week at #91
The 'The Real … Elvis’ is a re-entry on the Official Scottish Album chart at #39.
The 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits’ climbed from #88 to #86 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
The 'The Platinum Collection’ 3 CD compilation is a re-entry at #87 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
The 'Top 40 Elvis – His Ultimate Top 40 Collection' compilation re-entered the Belgian Mid-price chart at #25. 

(Source: Rockwell Music / Billboard / The King's World / Official UK Charts)

July 21 - Remembering Elvis Once Again

LIFE magazine re-issued their 'Remembering Elvis Presley: The King Lives On' magazine once more.  

Celebrate the King of Rock ’n’ Roll with this keepsake biography of Elvis Presley, lavishly illustrated with dozens of historic photos, including many from the archives of Life magazine. A detailed timeline traces Elvis’s life from when he received his first guitar to his glory days filled with recording, acting and gyrating for shrieking fans, to his great ’68 comeback comeback, and right up to his untimely death in 1977. Intimate photojournalism combines with insightful text to reveal Elvis behind the scenes . . . at Graceland and on the road, with Priscilla and Lisa Marie, in front of the cameras, and on the stage. Explore the days of “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender,” “Blue Christmas” and so many other unforgettable hits.

(Source: LIFE)

July 20 - Elvis's British Roots

The August issue of the English 'The Oldie' magazine has a front cover cartoon of Elvis Presley. Inside is a 2-page spread ('King of Britain'), intelligently and sympathetically written by Andrew M. Brown, with a picture of Elvis at Prestwick, Scotland.

From the publisher:
"It’s hard to believe that nearly forty years have passed since it fell to Reginald Bosanquet – at the very end of News at Ten on 16th August 1977 – to announce to the British people that there were unconfirmed reports Elvis Presley had died.

There was a commercial break and then, in an ITN newsflash, Reggie confirmed the awful news. Back then, all the newsreaders carefully spaced out the words ‘rock – and – roll’. Elvis probably only visited Britain for two hours, when stopping off for refuelling at Prestwick USAF base in 1960.

But he always had a peculiar affinity with the British, and he himself was more British than you might realise.  Along with those powerful genetic and cultural influences most people know about – the Red Indian ancestry, the black music that shaped him – the great bulk of Elvis’s heritage, like that of most white..."

(Source: Steve Morse on FECC / The Oldie)

July 19 - Elvis Presley´s First Music Contract For Sale

Music fans can buy a “piece of rock and roll history” when Elvis Presley’s first music agency contract is sold at auction, where it is expected to fetch up to £30,000. Elvis signed the contract, with the William Morris Agency, in New York on January 31 1956. He also initialed a rider authorizing certain people to act on his behalf, except for “fairs, one-nighters and engagements” handled by his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The contract will go on sale at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, on Saturday, where it is expected to fetch between £25,000 and £30,000.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: “The contract represents the genesis for Elvis collectors. It helped take Elvis´s career to a new level and was a factor in him becoming the global phenomenon we know today. “This contact is quite literally a piece of rock and roll history.” The contract is signed by Elvis, then aged 21, in three places – two full signatures and one set of the initials EP – as well as a William Morris Agency representative. Elvis and the representative also initialed the rider. 

On the day before the signing, Elvis recorded his version of Blue Suede Shoes at RCA Studio 1 in New York. The contract is sold with copies of two photographs taken at the signing. The relationship between the agency and Elvis continued throughout his career.

(Source: DailyMail)