August 22 - Virginia is for Elvis Lovers

The Black Diamond import-release “Virginia is for Elvis Lovers” was announced December 2018 and has finally been released. It features Elvis' stunning Richmond show from April 10, 1972, the same show that was released on the Victrola label but according to Black Diamond they have a far superior sound quality. It comes with a 18-page booklet.

From the press-release:
The new label Black Diamond label kicks off with it’s first release of a show originally recorded for the 1972 movie "On Tour". This show has been taken from a digital copy of a rough stereo mix made from the original multitrack tapes some years ago. The sound on this CD has been professionally remastered to achieve optimum audio quality.

We are aware that this show will also be released by the Victrola label. But after listening to their previous release of the Greensboro show, we think that the remastering has not been done properly. It simply was a digital overkill with way too much compression, muffled sound and a lack of separation. You can expect the same digital overkill on their forthcoming Richmond release! Our competitors even swapped the stereo channels which means that the piano comes out of the right speaker ... which is completely wrong!

Please note that Black Diamonds remastered this show from a digital copy of the very same source tape that our competitors used for their release. We are sure the difference is amazing. On Black Diamond the sound is crisp and clear with all instruments clearly audible. And Elvis' voice sounds much more natural than on the other label. They achieved a some kind of artificial sound. Not very enjoyable.

Tracks:  Also Sprach Zarathustra / See See Rider / Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / You Gave Me A Mountain / Until It’s Time For You To Go/ Polk Salad Annie / Love Me / All Shook Up / Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Don’t Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / Bridge Over Troubled Water / Love Me Tender / It's Over / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / For The Good Times / I Can't Stop Loving You / An American Trilogy / Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (incomplete) / Funny How Time Slips Away / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

Cut Down

One of the large trees in from of the Graceland Mansion gone. It had to be cleared to guarantee the safety of the visitors, and also of Graceland itself. 

From Elvis In Memphis

The Music on Vinyl label may re-issue the classic "From Elvis in Memphis" album once more on vinyl. Amazon lists it with October 18 as the release-date. 

(Source: Unforgettable Elvis / Graceland / Amazon)

August 21 - Delay

The Follow That Dream collectors label announced that the release of the 5 CD-set “American Sound 1969”, the 20th Anniversary release of the label, has been postponed until the end of September 2019. 

The five CD set, originally planned as a digital release only, celebrates Elvis' pivotal year of 1969 featuring over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis' 1969 legendary American Sound Studio sessions, including 'In The Ghetto' and 'Suspicious Minds'.


James Burton, born August 21, 1939, celebrated his 80th birthday today with family and friends. Happy birthday James!

(Source: Roger Semon / UEPC / ElvisMatters / Twitter)

August 20 - Singer Presents Elvis, Again

The original 2011 "Singer Presents Elvis" CD / Book sold out immediately, mainly because of the many completely unreleased tracks. Most of these tracks are still only available on this set. Due to popular demand the Venus import label decided to make a low-budget version and give everyone the possibility to own these recording on the label that made them available. As with all Venus releases all tracks are uncut and the sound is top notch.

Tracks: Musicians warming up - Nothingville/ Guitar Man (part 1 - evil section, take 1) - Let Yourself Go (section 2 - takes 2,3,4,5 - Let Yourself Go (section 2 - take 6) - Let Yourself Go (section 2 - take7) - Trouble / Guitar Man (opening - take 1) - Trouble / Guitar Man (opening - takes 2,3) - Sometime I Feel Like A Motherless Child /Where Could I Go But To The Lord (rehearsal, incomplete) - Sometime I Feel Like A Motherless Child /Where Could I Go But To The Lord (take 1) - It Hurts Me (composite of section 4 - take 1 & “After Karate” section 1 - take 1) - Guitar Man (section 1 - escape, takes 2,3,4) - Guitar Man (section 1 - escape, takes 5,6,7,8) - Calliope Carneval (section 2 - escape, take 1) - Big Boss Man (section 3 - escape, take 1 - Big Boss Man (section 3 - escape, take 2) - It Hurts Me (section 4 - escape, take 1) - It Hurts Me (section 4 - escape, takes 2,3,4) - It Hurts Me (section 4 - escape, take 5) - It Hurts Me (section 4 - escape, take 5-7) - It Hurts Me (section 1 - after Karate, take 1) - It Hurts Me (section 1 - after Karate, takes 2,3) - It Hurts Me (section 1 - after Karate, takes 4,5) - Saved (alternate take) - Sometime I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Yes Yes Yes / Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved (master with count-in) - Nothingville / Big Boss Man / Guitar Man / Little Egypt / Trouble / Guitar Man (master) - If I Can Dream (take 5 with count-in).

August 19 - De Elvis 100

Due for release from Sony Music on September 13, 2019 in The Netherlands and Belgium is the budget release "De Elvis 100". The set contains 100 hits in chronological order, from “Heartbreak Hotel” to the JXL remix of "A Little Less Conversation". It is the first European release to include the 1982 "The Elvis Medley", it also includes the Christmas hits as well as special live, rehearsal and studio recordings. 

This box was composed using the masters in the very best sound quality, the mastering was done by Vic Anesini. The booklet contains an extensive story by Rogier van Luyken about Elvis and his link with The Netherlands.

CD 1: Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Love Me Tender - Blue Moon - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Party - Too Much - Paralyzed - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - Trying To Get To You - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Jailhouse Rock - Don't - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Hard Headed Woman - King Creole - One Night - (Now & Then There's) A Fool Such As I - I Got Stung - I Need Your Love Tonight (Live) - A Big Hunk O' Love - Stuck On You

CD 2: It's Now Or Never - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - A Mess Of Blues - Wooden Heart (Muss I denn...) - Surrender - Wild In The Country - I Feel So Bad - (Marie's The Name Of) His Latest Flame - Little Sister - Can't Help Falling In Love - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Good Luck Charm - She's Not You - Return To Sender - King Of The Whole Wide World - No More - One Broken Heart For Sale - (You're The) Devil In Disguise - Bossa Nova Baby - Kiss Me Quick - I Got Lucky - Viva Las Vegas - Kissin' Cousins - Such A Night - Ain't That Loving You Baby

CD 3: Mexico - Do The Clam - Crying In The Chapel - Tell Me Why - I'm Yours - Blue River - Love Letters - U. S. Male - If I Can Dream (Live) - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - Clean Up Your Own Backyard - Don't Cry Daddy - Kentucky Rain - The Wonder Of You (Live) - I've Lost You - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - I Just Can't Help Believin' (Live) - There Goes My Everything - Rags To Riches - I Really Don't Want To Know - An American Trilogy (Live At The Honolulu International Center) - Burning Love - Always On My Mind - Until It's Time For You To Go (Live)

CD 4: Separate Ways - Fool - My Boy - T-R-O-U-B-L-E - Promised Land - Hurt - Suspicion - Moody Blue - Way Down - My Way (Live At The Honolulu International Centrum) - Don't Be Cruel - It's Only Love - Beyond The Reef - Guitar Man (1981 Remake) - Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version) - The Elvis Medley (Jailhouse Rock / Teddy Bear / Hound Dog) - The Twelfth Of Never (Rehearsal) - America, The Beautiful - Suspicious Minds (Live) - That's All Right

(Source: UEPS / Fan Shop)

August 18 - Elvis Collector

Elvis Presley is featured on the cover of the 40th Anniversary Edition of the U.K. Record Collector magazine (issue 496, September 2019). The content does not mention an article on our man.

(Source: FECC / Record Collector)

August 17 - From Sunset Boulevard to Europe (Updated 22/08)

Two new import (re)releases were announced; a vinyl re-issue of the classic DAE title “From Sunset Boulevard to Paradise Road” in three different colors and the double CD set “The European Side Of Elvis / Words And Music”. 

Details “From Sunset Boulevard to Paradise Road”:

August 1974 is a remarkable period in Elvis’ career. A new Vegas engagement was ahead of him and Elvis and his loyal musicians had plans for a new and refreshing show, which they were going to perform for a two-week period. Probably to avoid getting bored from doing the same year in and year out, they went to rehearse some new songs to create the new setlist.

Fortunately the rehearsal from August 16 was recorded on a 2-track cassette deck and is presented here in its ultimate form. Originally released way back in 1995 it was time for an update. Although the rehearsal and the show have been re-released by several other labels, they were simply badly remastered copies of the original release. Sometimes even being incomplete and sounding very “thin” due to the high level of noise reduction and compression. 

An exception must be made for some tracks in original binaural sound that were released some years back. The original master tape has been recorded in binaural but quality wise it left a lot to desire. In 1995 a straight copy of the master tape was used to create a more balanced mix of this remarkable recording. For this re-release an early “work in progress” version is used which contains less reverb than the version originally released. The recording has been painstakingly restored, resulting in what we believe to be the ultimate sounding and most complete outing of this remarkable rehearsal and the show.

Following the rehearsal, we present the opening night show of the engagement rehearsed for.

During the Opening Night Also Sprach Zarathustra and See See Rider were replaced by Big Boss Man and were followed by Proud Mary and Down In The Alley. Most likely the audience was very surprised by the new setlist. Remarkably enough the next night the show went back to (pretty much) normal. Songs like Down In The Alley, Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues, Never Been To Spain and My Baby Left Me were not played again during this engagement. So without any doubt the opening night concert is one of his most unique shows. The reason for the abrupt ending of the new refreshing setlist can only be guessed, but most likely Elvis fell out of his comfort zone and the audience was more pleased with the good old I Got A Woman and All Shook Up. Some of the rehearsed songs did survive during this two-week engagement. For example It’s Midnight & If You Talk In Your Sleep and I’m Leavin’ became regular performed songs during these two weeks.

Now available are these very limited-edition deluxe box sets in white, purple and blue vinyl. Each color presented in its own designed boxset. 

Tracks “From Sunset Boulevard To Paradise Road”;

CD 1 -  16.08.1974 - Rehearsal Part 1 - RCA Studios / Hollywood, California:
If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (#2) - Promised Land - Promised Land (#2) - Down In The Alley - Down In The Alley (#2) - It's Midnight - It's Midnight (#2) - Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - Softly As I Leave You - Softly As I Leave You (#2)

CD 2 - 16.08.1974 - Rehearsal Part 2 - RCA Studios / Hollywood, California:
I'm Leavin' - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Proud Mary - If You Talk In Your Sleep - If You Love Me Let Me Know (#3) - If You Love Me Let Me Know (#4) - The Twelfth Of Never - Faded Love - Just Pretend

CD 3 - 19.08.1974 O/S - Las Vegas Hilton:
Big Boss Man - Proud Mary - Down In The Alley - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - Never Been To Spain - It's Midnight - If You Talk In Your Sleep - I'm Leavin' - Let Me Be There - Softly As I Leave You - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Love Me Tender - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Promised Land - Introduction Of Telly Savalas - My Baby Left Me - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Fever - Hound Dog - Can't HeLP Falling In Love (Incomplete)

CD 4 - 16.08.1974 Rehearsal In Binaural Stereo - RCA Studios / Hollywood, California:
If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (#2) - Promised Land (#1) - Down In The Alley - Down In The Alley (#2) - It's Midnight (#2) - Your Love's Been A Long Lime Coming - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - Softly As I Leave You (#1) - I'm Leavin' - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Proud Mary - If You Talk In Your Sleep - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (#3) - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (#4) - Twelfth Of Never - Faded Love - Just Pretend - Twelfth Of Never (Official Released Version) - Twelfth Of Never (David Briggs Overdub)

LP 1 - Side A: If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (#2) - Promised Land - Promised Land (#2) - Down In The Alley - Down In The Alley (#2) - It's Midnight

Side B: It's Midnight (#2) - Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - Softly As I Leave You - Softly As I Leave You (#2) - I'm Leavin'

LP 2 - Side C: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Proud Mary - If You Talk In Your Sleep - If You Love Me Let Me Know (#3)

Side D: If You Love Me Let Me Know (#4) - The Twelfth Of Never - Faded Love - Just Pretend

LP 3 - Side E: Big Boss Man - Proud Mary - Down In The Alley - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - Never Been To Spain - It's Midnight - If You Talk In Your Sleep

Side F: I'm Leavin' - Let Me Be There - Softly As I Leave You - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Love Me Tender - Polk Salad Annie

LP 4 - Side G: Introductions - Promised Land - Introduction Of Telly Savalas - My Baby Left Me - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Fever - Hound Dog - Can't HeLP Falling In Love (Incomplete)

Side H: Twelfth Of Never (David Briggs Overdub) - Bonus Binaural Tracks:
Promised Land (#1) - It's Midnight (#2) - Proud Mary - If You Talk In Your Sleep - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (#3) - Faded Love

Details “The European Side Of Elvis / Words And Music”:

Housed in a beautiful slipcase is a 6-panel digipack with 2 rare albums. This Limited Edition Collectors Pack contains masters and rare alternate tracks. "Words and Music" was only released on CD in Australia in the mid 80's and is very hard to find these days. We present it here with rare bonus tracks and mixed with Elvis quotes just like the original release. "The European Side Of Elvis" was never released on CD. All tracks on this album are rare alternate tracks.

Tracks “Words And Music”:
Memories (Live) - That's All Right Mama - Jailhouse Rock - I Got Lucky - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Blue Hawaii - Follow That Dream - Guitar Man - Are You Lonesome Tonight (Breakup Version - Live) - Girl Happy - Didja' Ever - G. I. Blues - Wooden Heart - U. S. Male - Mama Liked The Roses - Treat Me Nice - Crying In The Chapel - Hound Dog (Live)

Tracks “The European Side Of Elvis”: 
It's Now Or Never (Undubbed Master) - Surrender (Spliced Take 7) - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Take 2) - Ask Me (Rejected 1963 Master) - Santa Lucia (Vocal Overdub Take 3) - Tonight's All Right For Love (Take 1) - My Way (Live, 05.04.1977) - What Now My Love (Live, 14.01.1973) - I Love Only One Girl (Take 1) - Almost Always True (Take 6) - Wooden Heart (Take 4) - Tonight Is So Right For Love (Take 7) - Yesterday (Live, Februar 1970) -    It's Easy For You (Take 1) - My Boy (Take 2) - Wonderful World (Take 15) - The Last Farewell (Take 2) - Heart Of Rome (Different Mix)

Change of Habit Blu-ray

Due for release from Kock Media on October 24, 2019 in Germany is the Blu-ray of the 1969 movie "Change of Habit" ("Ein Himmlischer Schwindel"). 
The language and subtitles come in English and German, audio comes in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and the screen-size is 1.85:1 (16:9). The extra's on this disc are the original trailer and a slideshow with rare promotional material. 


The weekly global chart updates. In the U.S. Elvis Presley dropped on most charts this (Elvis) week. In Europe the new "Elvis Live 1969" 11 CD set and the vinyl double LP "Live at the International Hotel" made their debut on the charts. 

US Billboard charts:

  • US Billboard Album Top 200: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #138 to #141.
  • US Billboard Top Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped off the chart after last week’s re-entry at #33.
  • US Billboard Top Country Album chart: ‘The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #16 to #18.
  • US Billboard Country Album Sales chart: “ The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special (Soundtrack)” dropped from #30 to #34.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #10 to #16. 
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Heart and Soul” dropped from #18 to #20. 
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” dropped off the chart after last week’s re-entry at #15. 
  • US Billboard Top Country Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #16 to #18.
  • US Billboard Top Rock Albums: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #23 to #31.
  • US Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #34 to #35. 
  • US Billboard Christian Album Sales chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” dropped from #11 to #31.
Official UK charts:
  • Official UK Album chart: "The 50 Greatest Hits" re-entry at #98.
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” climbed from #81 to 76. 
  • Official UK Physical Album chart: “Elvis Live 1969” debuts at #17. 
  • Official UK Physical Album chart: “Live at the International Hotel” debuts at #32.
  • Official UK Vinyl Album chart: “Live at the International Hotel” debuts at #6.
  • Official UK Album Sales chart: “Elvis Live 1969” debuts at #21.
  • Official UK Album Sales chart: “Live at the International Hotel” debuts at #43.
  • Official UK Christian and Gospel Album chart: "Where No One Stands Alone" climbed from #16 to #14.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "Elvis The Searcher" remained steady at #13.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: Elvis Lives - Live from Memphis" climbed from #41 to #37.
Official Irish charts: 
  • Irish IRMA Album chart: “The Real … Elvis” dropped from #78 to #100.
  • Irish IRMA Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” climbed from #3 to #2. 
Official Scottish Album charts:
  • Official Scottish Album chart: “Elvis Live 1969” debuts at #17.
  • Official Scottish Album chart: “Live at the International Hotel” debuts at #34.
  • Official Scottish Album chart: “Elvis at the Movies - 60 Essential Recordings” climbed from #62 to #53. 
Dutch charts:
  • Dutchcharts Album Top 100: “Live at the International” debuts at #50.
  • Dutchcharts Vinyl 33: “Live at the International” debuts at #9.
Belgian UltraTop charts:
  • Belgian UltraTop Album charts: “Elvis Live 1969” debuts at #49 (Flanders).
  • Belgian UltraTop Album charts: “Elvis Live 1969” debuts at #40 (Wallonia).
German Album Top 100
  • German Album Top 100 chart: “Elvis Live 1969” debuts at #19.
Swiss Charts:

  • Swiss Album Top 100 Chart: "Elvis Live 1969" debuts at #43.
  • Swiss Album Top 100 Chart: "Live at the International" debuts at #98.
Austrian Charts:
  • Austrian Club Top 75 chart: "Elvis Live 1969" debuts at #42.
French charts:
  • French Album Top 200 chart: "Elvis Live 1969" debuts at #119.
  • French Physical Album chart: "Elvis Live 1969" debuts at #41.
Australian ARIA chart:
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: "'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)" dropped from #4 to #10.

(Source: UK Mix / Billboard / Official Chart Company / IRMA / Dutchcharts / MTV / FECC)

August 16 - It Keeps Right On A Hurtin’

Whether you think of Elvis Presley as the young, energetic singer with the dynamic good looks and gyrating hips that shook the music world in the 1950s or the more mature Elvis with the long sideburns and sequined jumpsuits who performed in Las Vegas, his career spanned decades. Music fans around the world were devastated by the news of his death on August 16th, 1977.

42 years, gone too soon, 42 years, gone too long ...

And yet, more than four decades later, the man with the voice and style that changed popular music forever, remains the King of Rock and Roll. How has he remained so deeply ingrained in our hearts, minds, and culture, so many years after his passing? 

42 years gone, but paradoxically, 42 years where he has been with us ever more visible and all encompassingly than when he lived.

Today Elvis is bigger and more entrenched in popular culture and conscience than back in 1977, when his legendary status was acknowledged but barely understood by the world at large. Today Elvis' iconic status and continued relevance is universally acknowledged. It's not just Elvis fans commemorating this 42nd anniversary, not just the native English speaking countries of the world. Today the whole world joins us in remembering Elvis Presley, universally acknowledging him as the King. From the USA, UK, East and Western Europe, South America, to Thailand, Japan and down to Australia, the media coverage is pan global and prolific. Today, the world commemorates and celebrates the living legend that is Elvis Presley.

'He's probably the most important star of all time', notes acclaimed journalist and author, Alanna Nash. 'And I'm not the first person to say that. You can't argue with the fact that he not only changed, but directed the course of both popular music and popular culture of the '50's'

The young man from Tupelo, Mississippi burst onto the national scene in 1956 with a style all his own. He moved and danced like no one else before him.

Millions around the world still buy his music and hundreds of thousands visit Graceland every year to see where he lived, died, and remains buried today.

Elvis Presley fans carrying lit candles in the Tennessee night are visiting the rock ‘n’ roll icon’s grave at Graceland during the annual vigil commemorating his death 42 years ago. The vigil is the week’s cornerstone event, with silent mourners filing slowly past his resting place and the graves of his parents and grandmother in the Meditation Garden at his former home, Graceland. The vigil started Thursday night and runs throughout the night into Friday.

The 2019 Candlelight Vigil was organized by the Elvis Country Fan Club. The 41st. Annual Candlelight Service, commemorating the 42nd. Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, had the theme "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin’”. They included these words in the service; 

“People around the world are present with us tonight, in person, in spirit and via all the media outlets to honor the many unsurpassed achievements of Elvis Presley. This candle is lit for those people that are not able to be here in person, we acknowledge their presence with the lighting of this candle”.

It has been 42 years since Elvis has walked this earth. As it was only 42 short years that Elvis accomplished more than any other entertainer. And it keeps right on a hurtin’ every minute of the day ... for every year and for every year to come.

When we see your picture, hear your magnificent voice, and a walk in your footsteps, our hearts break down and we cry a million tears. It just keeps right on hurtin’ since you’re gone.

Yes, Elvis it does keep right on hurtin’ and it always will, since you're gone. We miss you more than words can express”.

Lisa Marie shared this message with the Elvis fans at the vigil;

"I am sorry that I am not able to be there with you this year. By now you will have read that it is not possible for us to do so. Please know that our hearts and spirits as they are with you regardless. I have said many times before that there's nowhere else I'd rather be and no one else I would rather be with at this time than with you. Thank you for your continued love and support. Most sincerely Lisa Marie, Riley, Ben, Harper and Finley" 

Agent King

An adult animated series starring a fictional Elvis Presley is coming to Netflix, the streaming platform announced on Friday. Netflix is partnering with Priscilla Presley and John Eddie to create Agent King, an “adult action comedy series” that positions the King as a secret government agent, moonlighting as a spy while still touring the country as a musician.

“Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves — all while holding down his day job as the King of Rock and Roll,” reads the synopsis.

Priscilla Presley stated, “From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that. My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven’t seen before.”

Mike Arnold, who wrote several episodes of the animated spy comedy Archer, will serve as showrunner. Presley and Eddie are credited as co-creators and executive producers. Jerry Schilling, a noted member of Elvis’s entourage, has been hired as a consultant on the project, and menswear designer John Varvatos will create the animated Elvis’s wardrobe for the entire show.

Elvis Unleashed

Elvis Presley returns to big screens across the globe this fall with the new music special, "Elvis Unleashed," featuring previously unseen footage on movie theater screens of Elvis as he filmed the iconic "68 Comeback Special." The two-day cinema event, which includes outtakes and performances that reveal a new side of the King, will air in cinemas on October 7, with an encore screening on October 10.

Each screening will include a new 30-minute segment with Los Angeles Times lead music writer Randy Lewis in conversation with actor Dennis Quaid, rising pop/country artist Jade Jackson and the esteemed director and producer of the "68 Elvis Comeback Special," Steve Binder, to discuss Elvis's life and legacy. Quaid and Jackson are set to perform some Elvis classics, while Randy Lewis discusses the behind-the-scenes interactions that Binder had with Elvis and his manager Colonel Parker, as well as celebrating the King.

This brand-new content is produced by Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17, and Dave Harding, in association with Authentic Brands Group.

Fathom Events will present "Elvis Unleashed" in more than 800 U.S. movie theaters on Monday, October 7, and Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. local time (both dates), through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network (DBN).  International cinema locations and ticket-on-sale dates will be announced at a later date.

"This cinema event showcases Elvis as both a legendary performer and a charming, charismatic presence behind the scenes," said Meteor 17 CEO Spencer Proffer. "With my partners at Fathom Events, we are excited to bring together his many fans in theaters across the world to celebrate his lasting impact with never-before-seen moments and performances."

The "'Elvis '68 Comeback Special" was a major milestone in Elvis Presley's storied career, marking his first live television performance in seven years and pioneering the "unplugged" performance style with an acoustic set. "Elvis Unleashed" captures the spontaneous moments and stories behind the legendary special, and sheds new light on Elvis as a cultural icon. 

"We are thrilled to share this wonderful tribute to Elvis with his fans around the world," Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. "This special not only provides a behind-the-curtain look at Elvis's most memorable live performance, it also explores his impact on today's music culture and performers."

Graceland Legends Introduction

The TCB Band and The Blue Moon Boys were the first to be inaugurated into the Graceland Legends. 

Established in 2019, Graceland Legends recognizes and honors noteworthy musicians who have come together to create, excite and inspire, leaving an everlasting legacy on pop culture and music that will endure forever. Accepting the awards for the Blue Moon Boys were Scotty Moore’s grandson, Bill Black's daughter and D.J. Fontana’s wife.

Master Kang Rhee Died

The Kang Rhee Institute and Pasaryu Martial Arts Association posted on their Facebook page the passing of founder and Master of PaSaRyu, Grandmaster Kang Rhee has died. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of the Founder and Master of PaSaRyu, Grandmaster Kang Rhee.”

Kang Rhee taught Elvis Presley martial arts and the singer went on to become a black-belt himself at the Kang Rhee Institute in the 1970s.

Elvis Presley’ interest in the martial arts began when he was an Army private stationed in Germany after he was drafted. He returned from the Army a certified black belt and continued his training in the U.S. During his concerts he often used karate skills, many of his 1970s stage poses were based on karate stances.

Elvis trained from 1970-1974 under Master Kang Rhee in Memphis, TN. He said Master Rhee had a good reputation and had come highly recommended by Ed Parker, his former instructor, of California. During the four year period under Master Rhee, Elvis, like all the other students, selected an animal title by which to be addressed in the training area. After first choosing Mr. Panther, that name was later changed to 'Mr. Tiger' because of existing political implications associated with the name 'Panther' at that time.

Elvis trained with the other students in a regular training session. Classroom discipline was so strict that Elvis was allowed the same freedom of training as the ordinary students without the usual press from adoring fans. Elvis was awarded 7th Degree Black Belt in 1973 by Master Rhee and on occasion had the opportunity, himself, to test and promote students of lower rank. He received his 8th Degree San Black Belt certificate from Master Rhee September 1976. 

Kang Rhee taught karate to countless Mid-South youngsters and adults, including martial arts champion Bill “Superfoot” Wallace. Kang Rhee held karate tournaments benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from 1970 to 1993.

Funeral services for Grand Master Rhee will be held on Friday, August 23rd at 7:30 pm at Korean Baptist Church of Memphis in Collierville, located at 9650 E. Shelby Drive.

For EP Collectors

Due from the E.P. Collectors import label are two new CDs; “Green Peppers, Onions and Catfish” containing the July 20, 1975 Evening Show performance as recorded live at The Norfolk Scope Arena, VA, and “Softly As I Leave You” containing the August 23, 1974 Dinner Show performance as recorded live at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. The E.P. Collectors label only produces live concerts recorded by fans from the audience.

Silver Sales Award

The 2005 re-issue of the "Hound Dog" single was awarded a Silver Sales Award in the U.K. by the B.P.I. for selling over 200.000 copies sold since 14/11/2004 (streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales) 

Elvis Primo

Elvis Presley is featured on the cover of the Belgian Prima TV magazine with a story on his relation with Ginger Alden. Was he about to marry or dump her? 

(Source: FECC / Elvis Information Network / Washington Post / Forbes / The Kang Rhee Institute and Pasaryu Martial Arts Association / WMC Action News 5 / UEPS / Primo / Mark Cunliffe / Ronnie Tutt)

August 15 - Auction Results

The highly promoted August 13th Graceland-Authenticated Auction that featured some cool artifacts from Elvis' personal and professional life had somewhat of a disappointing outcome this year - with many of the high ticketed items not selling and being passed in. Whether this was due to the price being set too high or lack of collector interest it was hard to tell.

The noted highlight of Elvis' 14k diamond ring gifted to JD Sumner in 1974 with a minimum bid of $20,000 was passed in after only 5 bids, although the signed agreement giving Col Parker a portion of Elvis' publishing rights was sold at $9,375 a little under the estimated $10,000. The Auction included over 400 artifacts from Elvis' career and was held on Tuesday, August 13 at the Guest House at Graceland. All the items in the auction were offered from third-party collectors and none of the items come from the treasured Graceland Archives which continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.

Auction highlights results are as below

  • 1970s Elvis Presley's 14k Large Diamond Stage Ring Gifted to JD Sumner in 1974 - Former Mike Moon Collection Estimate $40-50,000 - No Sale 
  • Incredible Elvis Presley Pictorial Poster for September 2, 1957, Concert at Portland Stadium $30-50,000- No Sale
  • Elvis Owned Custom Black Three-Piece Tuxedo Made for His 1969 Film The Trouble with Girls - Former Mike Moon Collection $25-30,000 - 2 bids No Sale
  • 1967 Elvis Presley's Saddle Made by Mike McGregor $20-30,000 No Sale
  • Elvis Presley, Vernon Presley and Gladys Presley Signed November 21, 1955, Agreement Giving Colonel Tom Parker a Portion of Elvis' Publishing Rights $10-20,000 - $9,375
  • Impressive 22.18 ct Opal and Diamond Ring that Elvis Presley Gifted to Linda Thompson $10-15,000 - 18 bids - $23,750
  • 1970 Elvis U.S. FDA Drug Abuse Control Badge Gifted to Sonny West - Former Mike Moon Collection $10-15,000 - No Sale
  • Elvis Signed Guitar - Signed in Concert $8-12,000 - 4 bids $8,125
  • Elvis Wardrobe Shirt from 1969 Film Charro $8-10,000 - 2 bids $6,250
  • 1970s Elvis IC Costume Brown Patterned Shirt Gifted to Ed Hill - Former Mike Moon Collection $8-10,000 - 4 bids  $8,750
  • Immaculate 1954 Sun Records 209 Unplayed 45 RPM 7-Inch Single of "That's All Right" / "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - $8-10,000 - 8 bids $3,250
  • 1973 Elvis Presley's Stage Worn Scarf from "Aloha from Hawaii" Afternoon Concert Rehearsal Scarf with Heavy Makeup and Original Concert Ticket Stub $6-8,000 - 8 Bids $6,250
  • Elvis Presley Double Signed and Inscribed Loving You Soundtrack Album with Photo of Fan with Elvis - $3-5,000 - 10 Bids $2,875

(Source: Graceland / Elvis Information Network)

August 13 - Elvis is Back on Streaming Services

Ernst Mikael Jorgensen appeared at Elvis Week today in Memphis for the American Sound Panel at Graceland to talk about the release of the 5 CD box-set "American Sound 1969" containing recordings from the recording sessions at the American Sound studio.

He also announced that the 1960 “Elvis is Back” album is lined up as a new box-set release from the Follow That Dream Collector’s label. 

Elvis Top 10 Most Streamed Songs Revealed

Elvis Presley may have died 42 years ago, but Elvis’s music is as popular as ever. In fact, in 2019 there’s been more than 16.5 million hours of his tracks streamed so far. With Elvis Week is upon us, Spotify have revealed the most streamed songs of The King of Rock and Roll this year. 

Interestingly, the top age group to stream Elvis in the last month were 18-22 year-olds, proving just how timeless his music is. Naturally, the USA is the top country for streaming The King, followed by the UK and Mexico.While the US states streaming the highest percentage of his songs are topped by Alaska and followed by Arkansas and New Mexico.

The full Top 10:
1. Can't Help Falling in Love
2. Jailhouse Rock
3. Suspicious Minds
4. Hound Dog
5. Burning Love
6. A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix)
7. Heartbreak Hotel
8. Don't Be Cruel
9. Blue Suede Shoes
10. In the Ghetto

Elvis' Harley-Davidson Could Break Auction Record

Elvis loved his motorbikes and now his last motorcycle, a 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide with just 126 miles on the clock, is going to auction later this month at GWS Auctions, and is estimated at US$1,750,000 and $2,000,000. 

The current world record price for a motorcycle at auction was set last year when Bonhams sold a Vincent Black Lightning for $929,000, but a spate of celebrity motorcycle sales in recent times suggests the Elvis Presley provenance could result in the sale of the most expensive motorcycle in history.

Since then the bike has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota, but is now being put up for auction to raise money… and it’x tipped to raise a lot with GWS Auctions is estimating it will sell for between $1,750,000 and $2,000,000.

Elvis Presley's 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide was only ridden very sparingly by Elvis, notching up just 126 miles on the clock in that time, the bike has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota, for over 30 years. Motorcycles once ridden by entertainment superstars have been breaking records in recent years with Rock & Roll's original bad boy, Jerry Lee Lewis, selling his 1959 Harley-Davidson FLH Panhead Duo-Glide for $385,000 at a Mecum auction in 2015. While "the Killer" is without doubt one of the most famous performers of all-time, his cred on the auction block pales compared to "the King."

Another high profile motorcycle, Schwarzenegger's Harley-Davidson Fat Boy from Terminator 2: Judgment Day fetched $512,000 at auction, beating out the Jerry Lee Lewis Panhead Duo-Glide, and Pope Francis's 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide (€241,500 / US$327,000) as the most expensive modern day Harley-Davidson to sell at auction. Other examples of superstar provenance considerably enhancing the value of motorcycles include Marlon Brando's 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide that sold for $256,000, Buddy Holly's Ariel Cyclone 650 that fetched $450,000 and Steve McQueen's Husqvarna 250 that sold for $230,000.

Ernst Jorgensen Interview

Ernst Jorgensen did an interview on WREG News Channel 3. Click below to watch it.

(Source: Ernst Jorgensen / FECC / ElvisMatters / Express / Spotify / GWS Auctions)

August 12 - French Biography Comic

Due for release from Threshold-Delcourt on October 16, 2019 is the 144-page French comic “Elvis” by Kent and Mahé. It graphically documents the career of Elvis Presley. 

(Source: Elvis My Happiness)

August 11 - Elvis Unleashed

In 2018 director and producer, Steve Binder partnered with Spencer and Meteor 17 and published the definitive table top book on Binder’s making of the “’68 Comeback Special” and all activities that led up to, were part of and happened, as a result of the landmark television event. As a follow up to the book and successful theatrical screening of the special, a spoken wordt version of the book is due in the last quarter of 2019 and a new documentary “Elvis Unleashed” is due 2020. 

Synopsis documentary:
Spencer and Steve will bring the book to life in a documentary, to be directed by Meteor 17’s John Coltrane Chasing Trane helmer, John Scheinfeld, in 2020. It will center on the making of the Special and Binder’s role as director/producer, teaming up with Elvis in a true buddy story that helped inform the course of pop music history. The film will highlight Steve's interface with Elvis on the production process, blessed by NBC, to accomplish an evergreen and lauded result. It will also highlight many new filming innovations such as capturing an artist performing music unplugged as well as the first use of handheld cameras to film music performance, all pioneered by Binder.

Steve has the most unique and informed perspective on how this landmark show was made and the events which transpired during production.  Elvis bravely stood up and supported Binder in order to have the Special completed and broadcast.  The success of this Comeback show propelled the course of Elvis' life and career to the next level.

This never before told perspective will be at the heart of the Proffer produced documentary.  The film will enlighten and inform Elvis fans throughout the world with a behind the scenes look at this seminal moment of pop music media history.

Solid outtakes and a few rehearsal moments from the original Elivs ‘68 special with never before seen footage on the big screen of a charming side of Elvis for 70 minutes intertwined with some what promises to be some amazing newly created footage for 30-40 minutes of added value featuring Randy Lewis, Dennis Quaid and others.

Synopsis audiobook:
A spoken word version of the book via Amazon’s Audible division, will follow in the 4th quarter of 2019. The audio book will will contain actual excerpts from the Special, woven in with a actor, musician Dennis Quaid, reading Binder’s words plus unique interviews with Elvis himself speaking about his career, all of which will tie into Binder's forthcoming feature documentary.

(Source: FECC / Meteor 17 / Far Away Entertainment)