February 27 - Kissed By ...

Elvis Presley is part of a new Coca Cola campaign "Kissed By" marking the 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola bottle. 

"Kissed By" is one of many elements of the global marketing campaign marking the 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola bottle. It features Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles being "kissed by" the iconic bottle. The idea? That anyone can be "kissed by" Coca-Cola by simply taking a sip from the iconic glass bottle. The classic images featured in the campaign touch on both the inspirational role the Coca-Cola bottle has played in film, music and social history, and its power to bring people bother.

Inspired by a quote by artist Andy Warhol, "Kissed By" celebrates the specialness of Coca-Cola and the iconic bottle. Coca-Cola connects us across generations and across the globe through the simple act of drinking an icy cold Coca-Cola from the iconic glass bottle, a symbol of refreshment and uplift.

A picture of Elvis Presley between takes at RCA Victor’s Studio 1 in New York in 1956 is used. Elvis Presley laughs as he drinks a Coca-Cola. At the session, Presley and his band recorded both ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Don’t be Cruel’. 

Like Coca-Cola, Marilyn, Elvis and Ray became pop culture icons because of their ability to create happiness for people by way of presence and sensory experience. They're enduringly cool – global stars and street artists alike continue to look to them for inspiration – and they are global, transcending geographical borders

Import Released

The import-releases “The Essential Undubbed Masters” and “Good 'n' Country” were released. The first one contains “the most essential undubbed recordings, all edited to full versions, without the studio banter of false starts” according to the press-release. The second title is “a sublime late 60’s and 70’s country album, full of rare versions, live recordings and outtakes, all tracks are unreleased in this form” according to the press-release. 

US Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation drops from #14 to #18 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending March 7, 2015. Elvis Presley has no other entries on the Billboard Charts.

European Charts

The CD "Elvis 80" dropped from #84 to #90 on the German Album charts. 
On the Australian Album charts "Elvis 80" dropped from #39 to #56 this week. 

(Source: Coca Cola / FECC / Brian Quinn / The King's World / Elvis On CD)

February 26 - Elvis Today

Continuing the popular Sony/RCA/Legacy releases, the next album in the series of the Kings lifetime album releases is to be Today. The original album's 10 tracks are included and as a bonus on disc one will be the original undubbed session recordings.

The second disc will feature a composite Concert which will be made up of live recordings which Elvis performed in May and June 1975. This was first issued by RCA Records under the title 'Live In Dallas' on the 8 LP box set, Elvis Aron Presley. (The Silver Box).

Elvis Presley Oficially Back In Las Vegas

Elvis Presley’s Graceland and Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino announced today that they will bring the authentic Elvis Presley back to Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years. “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience” will include an expansive, new permanent exhibition featuring hundreds of artifacts never before displayed outside of Graceland, and live entertainment shows that celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. Graceland Holdings LLC Managing Partner Joel Weinshanker and Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel together made the historic announcement that Elvis will be back in the building, and unveiled specific details of the upcoming exhibition and entertainment, which are scheduled to debut April 23, 2015. The press conference took place on the 46th anniversary of Elvis’ first press event at the construction site of the same venue, then known as the International Hotel, where Elvis performed over 600 record-breaking, sold-out shows.

The first-ever permanent Graceland exhibition outside of Memphis will encompass over 28,000 square feet and include hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family’s treasured Graceland Archives, showcasing the man, the performer and the music that revolutionized popular culture around the world. Visitors will experience an unprecedented journey through Elvis’ life and career, beginning with his early days in Tupelo, Miss., through his first recording session in Memphis, rise to fame, Hollywood career, life at Graceland, the Las Vegas years and more. Graceland-produced videos will immerse guests in the experience, concluding with a 26-minute retrospective film featuring Elvis’ greatest performances. 

Some of the rare artifacts include Elvis’ high school yearbooks, his first Gold Album, his 1957 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 1962 Lincoln Continental, 1971 Stutz Blackhawk, jewelry and iconic stage wear from Elvis’ live performances, including the first outfit worn on stage for his first concert at the International Hotel in 1969. Select artifacts will be rotated regularly with artifacts in the Graceland Archives, to keep the exhibit constantly evolving and fresh. The exhibition will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are priced at $22 plus taxes and fees, and available for purchase now.

The newly renamed and renovated Elvis Presley International Showroom will present Elvis-themed live shows for limited engagement runs on the very stage where Elvis performed for millions of guests during his record-breaking, seven-year stint from 1969 through 1976. The debut show will be “The Elvis Experience,” a large-scale production replicating one of Elvis’ legendary Las Vegas shows, starring actor Martin Fontaine and featuring 24 musicians and eight choir members portraying the original musicians and artists on stage with Elvis. The Elvis Experience is scheduled to open with the exhibition on April 23 and perform Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49 plus taxes and fees. After this limited engagement, the property will feature other limited-run, Graceland-produced live shows in the Elvis Presley International Showroom.

Another exciting feature will be the new, “Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel” which will be the first-ever wedding chapel in Las Vegas to be operated by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Additional information on the chapel and special packages will be announced in March. The chapel is also scheduled to open on April 23.

The grand opening of the exhibition, live show and wedding chapel will be marked with a star-studded celebration, with Priscilla Presley joining the roster of VIPs and celebrities on the red carpet. Tickets for the exclusive opening celebration and opening weekend are on sale now.

“Elvis is synonymous with Las Vegas and this property, so we are tremendously excited to have this new attraction and live show here to entertain Las Vegas visitors,” said David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts. “It is a true honor to join forces with Elvis Presley’s Graceland to bring Elvis to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. We are thrilled to have Elvis back in the building.” 

“After a 40 year absence, it’s time for the authentic Elvis Presley to return to Las Vegas,” stated Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings LLC. “Elvis redefined live entertainment in Las Vegas, so there’s no better location for this new venture than the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, the very site where more people saw Elvis perform live than anywhere else in the world,” Weinshanker said. “The extensive exhibition, live shows and wedding chapel will together create an unprecedented Elvis experience for visitors.”

(Source: Elvis And His Music / Elvis The Man And His Music Magazine / EPE)

February 25 - Cover-art

Here are the cover-art for Wax Time vinyl re-issue of the “King Creole” soundtrack and the Xtra CD release “Elvis Presley Hymnbook” which are respectively due for release on and March 16, and April 27, 2015.

(Source: Amazon)

February 23 - Follow That Samsung Road To Stardom

The Korean electronic company Samsung used Elvis Presley's song "Follow That Dream" in a new commercial entitled "Movie Magic" for their Galaxy product line. Elvis Presley only makes a very small "cameo" in the clip. The commercial ran during the Academy Award 2015 broadcast on TV.

80 Jahre Elvis Presley

Due for release from the German VZ-Handelsgesellschaft mbH on February 24, 2015 in the series “Biografien Grosser Stars” is the DVD “80 Jahre Elvis Presley”. This is a re-issue of the 2001 documentary DVD “The King Of Rock And Roll”.

Enquirer Tribute

The Enquier released an 80th Anniversary commemorative magazine on Elvis Presley entitled "The Road To Stardom". The 80 page magazine contains over 100 rare photos of Elvis Presley's early years according to the description. 

Bobby Emmons Passed Away

In a series of tweets, B.J. Thomas announced on his official Twitter that Bobby Emmons has passed away. Emmons was the renowned organist for the Memphis Boys (Bobby Wood plays piano). 

"RIP Bobby Emmons. One of the truly great musicians and a beautiful man. American Studio Group. Love to Dot and the family." BJ 

"If this was an industry that recognized the truly great studio artists, there would be sadness in every musician's heart tonight, at the passing of Bobby Emmons. One of the Greats. Goodbye my friend, and thank you." BJ 

(Source: FECC / Amazon)

February 22 - Shaking Them Up

The SR import-label announced their forthcoming release entitled "Shaking Them Up". This CD features feature the unreleased afternoon show from Jacksonville April 16, 1972.

From the press-release:
As everybody knows SR concentrates it's work on early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to produce always unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his possibilities. With the new release, we are proud to present the complete show from April 16th afternoon show, a rare show from a the first tour of the 1972, known well from the Elvis on Tour documentary... Elvis' love of singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it. 

After the emotionally breakdown of Vegas winter season where personal problems have blended with music and subsequent depression, Elvis starts the first of the three tours of the year with the will to give his best. The April tour 19 concerts in 15 days will be filmed from the MGM documentary Elvis in Tour and still present Elvis’ at the top of his possibility, the repertoire of the tour is an extension of the Vegas February season with the only inclusion of For The good times and Burning in love coming for his recording March sessions . The man looks pale in front the cameras and no in his best looking although in terrific shape, however in no way is possible to compare him with previous November 1971 tour.

Talking about the show , the show is solid and rough no too long considering a tour concert, we have 53 minutes only, but Elvis worked hard performing 18 songs, including his new single “An American Trilogy.” together his classic best repertoire of Vegas.. Talking of highlight of the show, we can agree with the Florida-Times review, the physical performance of Suspicious minds is surely the best moment of the show.

This recording come from an early generation copy of the master tape, the sound quality is very good considering the early Tour. The sound was restored in matter to remove the background noise and preserving Elvis’ voice and trying to achieve best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to give you the chance to hear it with pleasure.

This new CD will come with the classic of deluxe Digipack four panels, containing a collection of live photographs from the actual show. The running-time of the CD is 53.00 minutes.

01. 2001 Theme 02.See See Rider 03.Proud Mary 04.Never Been To Spain 05.You Gave Me A Mountain 06.Until It’s Time For You To Go 07.Polk Salad Annie 08.Love Me 09.All Shook Up 10.Teddy Bear /Don’t Be Cruel 11.Heartbreak Hotel 12.Hound Dog 13.How Great Thou Art 14.I Can’t Stop Loving You 15.Suspicious Minds 16.Band Introductions 17.For The Good Times 18.An American Trilogy 19.Funny How Time Slips Away 20.Can’t Help Falling In Love21.Closing Vamp