April 28 - New Releases

Due for release from the Major Babies label on may 5, 2017 is the 5 CD set “Timeless Classic Albums” containing the original albums “Elvis Presley”, Elvis”, “Elvis Christmas Album”, “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Golden Records Vol. 2” and “His Hand In Mine”.

The State of Art label wil release a CD coupling the albums “G.I. Blues” and “Blue Hawaii” on May 26, 2017. 

The Intermusic label will release a CD entitled “G.I. Blues” on June 9, 2017. 


April 27 - Charts

Elvis Presley has nop entries on the Billboard Album Top 200 chart for the week ending May 6, 2017. Other US listings are:
  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 10 to 11 on the Classical Albums Chart
  • 'If I Can Dream' drops from 21 to 23 on the Classical Albums Chart
  • 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' drops from 14 to 15 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart; drops from 29 to 31 on the Top Christian Albums Chart and drops from 29 to 30 on the Christian And Gospel Albums Chart
  • 'Crying In The Chapel' (Hymns and Gospel Favourites) is a new entry on the Christian and Gospel Albums Sales Chart
  • 'Heart And Soul' remains at 13 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
  • 'The Essential Elvis Presley' rises from 45 to 43 on the Top Country Albums Chart and rises from 21 to 20 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
  • 'He Touched Me' (The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley) (Vols.1 and 2) rises from 8 to 4 on the Music Video Sales Chart
UK and European Chart

The 'The Wonder Of You' drops out of the Official UK Top 100 Album chart. Other Elvis Presley entries on the UK Charts for April 28, 2017 are:
  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 45 to 81 on the Physical Album Chart and drops from 55 to 92 on the Album Sales Chart 
  • 'The Platinum Collection' drops from 61 to 69 on the Physical Album Chart; drops from 16 to 22 on the Indie Albums Chart and drops from 81 to 88 on the Album Sales Chart
  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 53 to 66 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • 'The Platinum Collection' rises from 91 to 83 on the Scottish Album Chart
(Source: Brian Quinn on FECC / The King's World)

April 24 - Rock And Beauty

The SR import-release "Rock And Beauty" containing the previously unreleased 1971 concert performance has been released. 

From the press-release:
Available from the middle March, Rock and Beauty (SR Records) with focus on Elvis’ August 1971. Both the shows are previously unreleased taken directly from a first generation tape. This will be the first of three volumes that SR will publish inside the year with focus on August 1971. 

The SR attitude is to present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without doubt in the Las Vegas August 1971 season Elvis still rocks and still beautiful, delivering maybe shorter shows respect the previous summer seasons , but still solid. 

If Rock is attitude, the man still have it. The performance is terrific full and sharp. Here are presented two unreleased shows from the second week of the season. Both the show are very similar, the track list is minimized and the shows are practically identical, with the exception of I Got A Woman &Lawdy Miss Clawdy from August 19 are replaced with Mystery Train/Tiger Man in the August 24 show. 

We are happy and proud of the result we hope you can enjoy too, in spite of the limitation of the audience recording you can listen in a very balanced form all the instruments and Elvis super powerful voice. The shows are fantastic and the track listing is solid, giving us the best of the Season. All the songs are very well performed. Talking of best song is very hard, however you have Proud Mary and Johnny B. Good performed at the top of Elvis’ possibilities, but in the same moment the same happens with classic ballad Love Me Tender here still performed in both the shows or the pop new single I’m Leaving. This the magic of Elvis in the 1971, a man singing with his own style all styles at the top of his possibilities.

This new SR special Product will be the first of three volumes housed in a deluxe long digi-pack, containing a 12 pages of booklet with focus and details on the season including a collection of live photographs newspapers clips and memorabilia plus a high quality glossy 135 gram paper poster of 50x50 cm size and a high glossy paper bonus art card of 25x13 cm of size.

In matter to have a special collector item, the 400 copies will be presented with two different sleeves variation (same sleeve, but in color and black and white). All the copies will come hand numbered and individually sealed and Please remember, this is a limed hand-numbered edition of 400 copies. 

Tracks unreleased show august 19, 1971 DS:
01. 2001 Theme 02. That’s All Right 03. Proud Mary 04.I Got A Woman / Amen 05. Love Me Tender 06. Sweet Caroline 07. Polk Salad Annie 08. Dialogue 09. Johnny B Goode 10. It’s Impossible 11. Love Me 12. Blue Suede Shoes/ Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On 13. Heartbreak Hotel 14. Teddy Bear /Don’t Be Cruel 15. Dialogue 16. Hound Dog 17. Suspicious Minds 18. Band Introductions 19. I’m Leavin’ 20. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 21. Dialogue 22. Can’t Help Falling In Love 23.Closing Vamp (Running time 50 minutes).

Tracks unreleased show August 24, 1971 DS  
01. 2001 Theme/Intro 02. That’s All Right 03. Proud Mary 04. Sweet Caroline 05. Polk Salad Annie 06. Johnny B Goode 07. It’s Impossible 08. Love Me 09. Blue Suede Shoes/ Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On 10. Heartbreak Hotel 11. Teddy Bear /Don’t Be Cruel 12. Hound Dog 13. Love Me Tender 14. I’m Leavin’ 15. Suspicious Minds 16. Band Introductions 17. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 18. Can’t Help Falling In Love 19. Closing Vamp (Running time 45.00 minutes).

(Source: FECC)

April 23 - Chris Bearde Died

Chris Bearde, who wrote for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, produced The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and created The Gong Show, has died. He was 80. Bearde also co-wrote Elvis Presley's 'Comeback Special' for NBC in 1968. Chris Bearde died Sunday morning of a sudden heart attack at his home in Westlake, Calif., his son, Tyler Bearde, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Steve Binder notes, "Chris Bearde and co-writer Allan Blye went and bought every single album and 45 that Elvis had ever recorded and locked themselves in a room and didn't leave it until they had worked out the basic format. Chris Bearde had a tremendous personality and practically performed their entire show in front of Elvis. You could tell by Elvis' reactions that he loved their ideas and the concept. In fact Elvis was so enthusiastic he didn't want to change a thing, which made me a little nervous!" 

(Source: FECC / Hollywood Reporter / Elvis Information Network)

April 22 - Newsstands And Television On Fire

A new volume in the Elvis Presley Collector's magazine series has been published. 

Content: Long Live The King, A Rock Star Is Born, Elvis Big Break, The Colonel, Army Days, She Never Stopped Loving Him, The Man And His Music, Graceland, Movie Guide, Memphis Mafia, The Men Who Would Be King, Rockin The Small Screen, Daddy's Little Girl, Love Was Never, Enough, His Last Romance, Dressed To Thrill, Inside His Final Days, New Elvis Projects, Eat Like The King, Memorabilia, A Little More Conversation.

There are also brief descriptions about six different upcoming Elvis projects.

  1. The HBO Special.
  2. Harvey Weinstein-Television and the EP Estate are partnering together to produce an 8-10 part Miniseries that will be filmed at Graceland. The show will draw upon Dave Marsh's book 'Elvis, along with Elvis music and archives that will give viewers an in depth look at how he became King.
  3. The Sam Phillips project with Leonardo Dicaprio
  4. Drawn And Recorded - T-Bone Burnett narrated project of a series of Spotify animated shorts that will bring the Elvis story to life.
  5. Elvis Stage Musical - Heartbreak Hotel
  6. Growing up Graceland Biopic

Elvis On Television

The UK based Memphis Recording Service released 'Elvis On Television 1956-1960' as a double vinyl album especially for Record Store Day. 

This Limited Edition 180 gram double-album set contains for the first time ever, the complete archival sound recordings of all of Elvis Presleys television appearances from 1956 – 1960. All the 40 tracks herein are restored re-mastered using the most sophisticated technology. The bonus 24-page gatefold photo album contains many rare photographs & listings of Elvis TV appearances.

You can buy this release through your local Record Store - or as under RSD rules any leftover copies can be purchased from next week through local Elvis dealers.

Fire At Audubon Drive

A Saturday morning fire caused "extensive" damage to the former home of Elvis Presley on Audubon Drive, but ongoing renovations meant no Presley artifacts were in the house at the time of the blaze. Memphis Fire Lt. Wayne Cooke said the department responded to the home just after 7:30 a.m. The fire was under control by 7:52, he said. Fire personnel were on scene for several hours.

The cause was electrical, Cooke said, and started in the wall between the living room and dining room. The one-story home was unoccupied and undergoing renovations.

Rhodes College is the steward of the house, now owned by music industry veteran and philanthropist Mike Curb. As an extension of the Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes, the home hosts small VIP events and private music concerts.

John Bass, executive director of the institute, said he stopped by the house Saturday afternoon but wasn't able to get inside because the fire department had secured the property. "It seems pretty extensive," Bass said of the damage.

The fire department did not have an official damage estimate. Curb purchased the house for $1 million in 2006.

The house was undergoing repairs after a water pipe burst in January, Bass said. As a result, almost all the furniture in the house was in a storage unit in the driveway. The few artifacts that remain from when Presley lived in the house were secured on Rhodes' campus during the renovations, Bass said.

"The mission is to really research Memphis music in a variety of ways, so we use that house, or we have in the past, as a resource for our students," Bass said.

Presley purchased the home at 1034 Audubon in 1956. He lived there for just over a year, during which he skyrocketed to fame, appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and recording "Hound Dog" and "Don’t Be Cruel." His rising popularity brought waves of fans to the East Memphis neighborhood, eventually forcing his move to the more secluded Graceland.

"He was 21 when he lived there, around the same age as our students, so we use it as a space to inspire our young students of today," Bass said.

Neighbor Ron McCrarey, who had been in the home once before, said he was able to get a look inside the house from the carport after the fire was put out Saturday. "All the walls are blackened," McCrarey said.

McCrarey said he was outside at 7 a.m. and didn't see any signs of a fire across the street. But 45 minutes later, he said, smoke was pouring from the roof and fire trucks filled the street. Firefighters climbed onto the roof to vent the smoke, he said. "You couldn’t actually see the flames, just the smoke," McCrarey said.

(Source: FECC / Elvis Information Network / Memphis Recording Service / Commercial Appeal)