April 30 - Elvis Presley Findings

The Xlibris Corporation released the book "Elvis Presley Findings" by Karen E. Alderson.

From the publisher:
"This is the reason why I wrote this script about Elvis. I grew up with his music and loved it. But what I so admired about him, was the way he never gave up. He was so determined he would become famous, and look after his parents.
When I became older I wanted to know why he seemed so unhappy, never content. He seemed to be always looking for something, which I can relate to. How I seem to know this is because the way he acted and the body language.
So when they reckon he died, things did not seem to add up. So many things started to come to light. Even I could tell by just looking at the body in the coffin was not Elvis. Why were people coming out with so many different stories about the night he died? For example, no one could get the colour of his PJs correct. You would also know if someone had not came to bed all night, I know I would know if I was alone for more then a few hours, and why not accept the American flag.
He strongly believes in his country. That is why I had to look more into it. So many fans have been hurt, why he would do this. When he cared so much about the people. Did Colonel Parker have something to do with this? After all, he is worth more dead than alive. He was wealthy, so he could just disappear. And even if he was sick, he could afford the best Medical help he needed. Why did they not do a DNA if he is really dead, because Lisa would know that is the one thing that can prove he is really dead? Would you not do a DNA test just so everyone would get of your back, and so you can have a quite life? I know I would owe it to his fans, just so he could rest in peace. Hoping this book would spark of more questions. Looking for answers’."

Robert Finkel Died

Emmy Award-winning TV director and producer Robert Finkel has died. He was 94. Publicist Dale Olson said Friday that Finkel died April 30 of age-related complications at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. In his long career, Finkel produced TV series with Andy Williams, Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Diller and other stars. Finkel won a Peabody Award for a show with Julie Andrews and directed sitcoms including “Barney Miller’’ and “The Bob Newhart Show.’’ Finkel also produced specials with Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and John Denver, among others.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Boston.com)

April 27 - Nop Notch Bootlegs From Nashville

The Flashlight Records / Shoppin' Around Productions budget label announced the release of the first two volumes in their 'The Bootleg Series' entitled 'Top Notch Nashville - Elvis At RCA's Studio B'. Volume 1 contains 33 official unreleased alternate takes while volume 2 contains 15 official unreleased alternate takes. Both CDs come with 8 pages booklet with photos and recording information.

Tracklisting Volume 1:

For The Millionth And The Last Time (Take 2) - Little Sister (Take 10) - Kiss Me Quick (Take 2) - Sentimental Me (Flse Start - Master) - I Met Her Today (Take 2 & 3) - Kiss Me Quick (Take 3) - Anything That’s Part Of You (Take 3) - (Marie’s The Name Of) His Latest Flame (Take 7 & 9) - (Marie’s The Name Of) His Latest Flame (Master) - I Want You With Me (Try-Out - Master) - I’m Yours (Take 3 - Workpart Take 1 & 2) - Kiss Me Quick (Take 5 & 6) - For The Millionth And The Last Time (Take 3 & 4) - I Met Her Today (Take 5 & 6) - I Feel So Bad (Master) - Put The Blame On Me (Take 3, 4 - Master) - That’s Someone You Never Forget (Take 2, 3 & 4) - Anything That’s Part Of You (Take 6 & 7) - For The Millionth And The Last Time (Take 6) - Kiss Me Quick (Take 7) - I Met Her Today (Take 7) - Judy (Complete Master)
Bonus Songs:
Kiss Me Quick (Take 8 & 9) - Kiss Me Quick (Take 10) - Kiss Me Quick (Take 11)

Tracklisting Volume 2:

I’m Coming Home (Take 6 - Master) - Fame And Fortune (Take 3) - Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Master) - For The Millionth And The Last Time (Take 9 & 11) - For The Millionth And The Last Time (Take 8) - Starting Today (Master) - There’s Always Me (Take 3 - Master) - Fame And Fortune (Take 6) - Fame And Fortune (Take 7) - I Met Her Today (Take 10, 11, 12 & 13) - It’s A Sin (Take 3 - Master) - In Your Arms (Master) - Fame And Fortune (Take 9) - I Met Her Today (Take 14) - Gently (False Start - Master) - Give Me The Right (Master) - Fame And Fortune (Take 10) - Fame And Fortune (Take 11) - I Met Her Today (Take 15 & 17) - I Met Her Today (Take 19 & 20)
Bonus Songs:
Such A Night (Master - Alternativer Mix) - I Gotta Know (Master - Alternativer Mix) - Fame And Fortune (Take 8) - Fame And Fortune (Take 12) - Fame And Fortune (Take 14)


This week not one Elvis Presley releae made it onto the Billboard Album Top 200 chart. The best-selling Elvis Presley releases were 'An Afternoon In The garden', 'The Best Of Love', 'Elvis Inspirational', 'Elvis Rock',' Elvis Country', 'Elvis Gospel / An Evening Prayer' and 'Elvis Christmas' which sold 10,126 copies in total. 

Original Bootleg Re-issues

The Cargo Records budget label re-issued three original bootleg albums on various sub-label. On the Pink & Black label 'Shock Rattle And Roll', on the Golden Archives label 'From The Waist Up' and 'The Dorsey Shows'. 

(Source: FECC / Flashlight / SoundScan / Amazon)

April 26 - There Always Are Free CD's

The Flaming Star fan-club announced the release of the CD 'There's Always Me' which comes free with the next fan-club magazine. It contains 12 tracks recorded on March 12, 1961 at Studio B, Nashville.

Jailhouse Rock

The Audio Fidelity label announced the release of a vinyl re-issue of the 'Jailhouse Rock' album on June 5, 2012.

Into The Light In Tahoe

The TouchDown label import releases 'Into The Light', containing an audience recording of the August 7, 1973 Dinner Show, and 'Paying The Dues In Tahoe', containing an audience recording from October 13, 1974, were released. 

(Source: Flaming Star / Amazon)

April 25 - Follow That Japanese Fan-club To Russia

The Japanese fan-club Elvis For Sound Fans Only will release a book on the first 111 releases of the Follow That Dream Collector's label. The reason for the book appears to be - according to Google Translation - the poor information the label gives with each release. The fan-club did the research and published it in their quarterly 'Elvis Sound Magazine' magazine. 

South Revenge

Just released this April in Russia is the translation of the book 'South Revenge' ('Ou la revanche du Sud') by Sebastian Danchin. The book has been originally published on French in 2004. It is a hard-cover 357 pages book. 

(Source: FECC / Amazon Japan / Google / Elvis In Russia)

April 24 - The Elvis HMV Magazine

Erik Lorentzen announced a new quarterly magazine entitled 'The Elvis Files Magazines'. The author of 'The Elvis Files' books, has bought some huge photo collections that he really just wants to share with other fans, and this is one of the reasons for starting the magazine. The first magazine, around 80 pages, should be out September 2012.

Elvis: The HMV Years Volume 1

Essential Elvis editor Trevor Simpson is working on a book entitled 'Elvis: The Best Of British – The HMV Years Volume 1 – 1956/1958' which is due  this Summer.

(Source: The Elvis Files / FECC / Essential Elvis)

April 23 - I Am A Maxine Brown Fan, Are You?

EPE launched a new site today with the slogan 'I Am An Elvis Fan. Are You?'. It's not clear what the purpose of the site is, as this info is still a secret. You can see a countdown running untill May 1 and this text: Beginning May 1, 2012, you will be able to visit this landing page and find three ways to declare, “I am an Elvis fan.” While we can’t tell you all the details quite yet, we wanted to let you know that more information on this special 35th anniversary online celebration will be posted soon. The countdown is on!

Elvis' Friend and Fellow Performer to Be Honored at Cherry Blossom Festival

Elvis' friend and music pioneer Maxine Brown will be presented the Ella Dickey Literacy Award April 26 at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Missouri. Elvis and Maxine met while her family trio, "The Browns," were touring on the Louisiana Hayride. Brown toured with Elvis from 1954 to 1956.

Brown is the author of "Looking Back To See," a chronicle of The Browns vocal trio, best-known for its international hit, “The Three Bells.” Published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2005, "Looking Back To See" is the #20 bestseller among the more than 500 books the UAP has published in its 30-year history. In addition to her other talents, Brown is an acclaimed songwriter whose country hits include “Here Today And Gone Tomorrow” and “Looking Back To See.”
The Cherry Blossom Festival is April 26 - 28 and honors a host of musical, literary, acting and historical figures. Brown continues to perform occasionally with her brother, Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown and sister, Bonnie. She also maintains an active website at www.themaxinebrown.com that features historical music videos from her career, including photos of her days with Elvis on the Lousisiana Hayride.

(Source: ElvisMatters / EPE)

April 21 - Flaslight Budget Releases

The 'Alternate Expanded Album' edition of the "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack by the U.K. based Memphis Recording Service was released. 

Alternate Budget Compilations

The Flashlight Records budget label announced three more budget compilations containing alternative takes; 'Loving You', 'King Creole' and 'His Hand In Mine' will be released May 21, 2012)

From the label's website:

Loving You (The Alternate Album)

Hear Elvis in Loving You! This release features all album & movie tracks including the movie versions which are different from the album versions. All tracks are true classics and as a fantastic bonus you can hear Elvis as you have never heard him before. You hear him fool around with unreleased versions of "Blueberry Hill" and "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You", this album features over 10 alternate takes from these true classics. It's Elvis at his best!

Track Listing
1.Mean Woman Blues 
2. Teddy Bear 
3. Loving You 
4. Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do 
5.Lonesome Cowboy 
6. Hot Dog 
7. Party 
8. Blueberry Hill 
9. True Love 
10. Don’t Leave Me Now 
11. Have I Told You Lately That I love You 
12. I Need You So. 
The Movie Versions: 
13. Loving You - version 1, 
14. Mean Woman Blues 
15. Party 
16. Teddy Bear 
17. Loving You- version 2 
18. Lonesome Cowboy 9. Hot Dog 
20. Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do 
21. Loving You - version 3 
22. Road Medley 
23. Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do - version 2 
24. Loving You - version 4 
The Alternates: 
25. Blueberry Hill - take 1, 
26. Blueberry Hill - take 4, 
27. Blueberry Hill - takes 5 & 6, 
28. Blueberry Hill - take 8, 
29. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - take 1, 
30. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - take 3, 
31. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - takes 4 & 5, 
32. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - takes 8 – 11, 
33. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - take 14.

His Hand In Mine (The Alternate Album)

"His Hand In Mine" , Elvis' first spiritual album. His love for gospel music can be heard very well and he must have been delighted that he was able to cut a complete religious album. This alternate album features not only the original album but also never heard before alternate takes and master takes. Hear how Elvis worked in the studio to record these top notch gospels. You can hear many unreleased versions and many tracks exactly how they were cut in the studio without any editing. All for the very first time! It's Elvis at his best!!

Track Listing
1. His Hand in Mine 
2. I’m Gonna Walk dem Golden Stairs 
3. In my Father’s House 
4. Milky White Way 
5. Known Only to Him 
6. I Believe in the Man in the Sky 
7. Joshua Fit the Battle 
8. He Knows Just What I Need 
9. Swing Down Sweet Chariot 
10. Mansion Over the Hilltop 
11. If we Never Meet Again 
12. Working on the Building. 
The Alternates: 
13. In my Father’s House - take 8 
14. In my Father’s House - work part take 1 
15. He Knows Just What I Need - take 9 
16. He Knows Just What I Need - take 10 
17. Milky White Way - take 7 / master take incl. false start 
18. Joshua Fit the Battle - take 4 / master take incl. count in 
19. Swing Down Sweet Chariot - take 4 / master take incl. count in 
20. Mansion Over the Hilltop - false start & master take 3 
21. Working on the Building - take 5 / master take incl. count in 
Bonus track from the session 
22. Surrender - take 4 / count in only & master 
Bonus Rarity
23. Swing Down Sweet Chariot - live ‘61

King Creole (The Alternate Album)

King Creole, Elvis' 4th movie. King Creole is concidered Elvis' best acting performance. This album features the complete soundtrack, including all movie versions. Also featured are some very rare bonus tracks including a remix of Dixieland Rock. This is Elvis in the 50's! It's Elvis at his best!

Track Listing
King Creole Masters 
1. King Creole 
2. As Long As I Have You 
3. Hard Headed Woman 
4. Trouble 
5. Dixieland Rock 
6. Don’t Ask Me Why 
7. Lover Doll - lp version 
8. Crawfish 
9. Young Dreams 
10. Steadfast, Loyal & True 
11. New Orleans 
12. Lover Doll - ep master. 
The Movie Versions 
13. King Creole / Crawfish 
14. Steadfast, Loyal & True 
15. Lover Doll 
16. Trouble 
17. Dixieland Rock 
18. Young Dreams 
19. New Orleans 
20. King Creole - version 2 
21. Don’t Ask Me Why 
22. As Long As I Have You. 
23. Lover Doll - electronic stereo version 
24. Dixieland Rock - remix 
25. Instrumental Remix

(Source: Amazon / FECC)

April 20 - Elvis Preview Files

Here is a preview of volume 5 of "The Elvis Files" deluxe photo biography books. This volume features the years 1969-1970. 


This week not one Elvis Presley releae made it onto the Billboard Album Top 200 chart. The best-selling Elvis Presley releases were 'An Afternoon In The garden', 'The Best Of Love', 'Elvis Inspirational', 'Elvis Rock',' Elvis Country', 'Elvis Gospel / An Evening Prayer' and 'Elvis Christmas' which sold 9,466 copies in total. 

(Source: Elvis Australia / FECC)

April 18 - No Aloha From Sonny And Dick

The import re-issues of the 'Elvis Forever Volumes 1 and 2' were released in three-panel digipacks. The volumes 3 and 4 were released last March and sold out in two weeks. Both releases contain the original compilation with additional bonus tracks. Both releases are limited to 500 copies each.

Sonny West In Hospital

Elvis Unlimited received a troubling message this morning concerning Sonny West. He needs to undergo open heart surgery and is hospitalized in Nashville.

Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite

Amazon Germany listed 'Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite' as a new CD release from BMG Hbg (Sony Music) with May 25 , 2012 as the release-date. This edition is part of the 'Albums For Eternity' series and comes with an exclusive high-quality booklet, written by the famous "Rolling Stone" magazine.

Collecting Elvis

Volume 8 in the German 'Elvis-Sammler-Edition' was released by 'De Agostini' and EPE. This edition contains the movie 'King Creole', a 28 pages magazine and various memorabilia reproductions.

Dick Clark Died

Dick Clark, a television host and entrepreneur who sold rock-and-roll to Middle America on the dance show “American Bandstand” and counted down the new year with millions of TV viewers as emcee of an annual celebration in New York’s Times Square, died April 18 at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., after a heart attack. He was 82.In 1959 Colonel Parker allowed Clark to conduct three telephone interviews with Elvis and broadcast them on American Bandstand. They allowed Elvis to speak directly to Clark’s massive audience of record-buying teenagers.

Dolores Hart Wins Life Achievement Award

It was announced that Mother Dolores Hart who was recently profiled in the Academy Award-nominated HBO documentary "God is the Bigger Elvis" – will receive the 2012 Christopher Life Achievement Award during its 63rd annual Christopher Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 24th. 
As part of the annual Christopher Awards which recognize books, films and TV/Cable programs that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit," the organization also presents special Awards to worthy individuals and achievements, one of which is the Life Achievement Award. 
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Dolores Hart enjoyed a successful acting career that led her to co-star in movies with Robert Wagner, Anthony Quinn, and Elvis Presley. She became the first actress to kiss Elvis in a movie, and portrayed St. Clare in the film "Francis of Assisi." Though she enjoyed her time and work in Hollywood, Hart felt an even stronger spiritual call from God that led her to give up the acting life to become a cloistered Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn.
Mother Dolores still remains an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, giving her a vote to help determine each year’s Oscar winners. She watches the movies on screener DVDs and invites her fellow nuns to see the good ones.

(Source: Elvis Unlimited / Elvis Information Network / ElvisMatters /Amazon / The King's World)

April 16 - Bootleg Elvis

Five European collector's send out an announcement for their upcomming 'Bootleg Elvis!'  book. 
The announcement:
After many years of painstaking research, a group of five European mega-collectors have finished their work on the ultimate vinyl bootleg bible: Bootleg Elvis Now, in 2012, the time has come that this massive -640 pages- work of love and labor will be made available to all Elvis fans and music lovers worldwide. With more than 1200 color pictures, track listings, cross-references, matrix numbers, cover/label/vinyl/sound descriptions of about 1000 records on 480+ pages, this is the most in-depth work on Elvis vinyl bootlegs ever! This book will not only list and visualize every known Elvis bootleg record, but it will also list and show all known variations of each record. All records will be listed in several chapters, being:
  • 7-inch Singles
  • 7-inch Extended Play Albums
  • 10-inch Albums and 78 rpm Singles
  • 12-inch Long Play Albums and Maxi Singles
  • Interviews and Session Talks
  • Novelty and Tribute Bootlegged Records
  • Far Eastern Bootlegged Records
To top it off, there is an almost 65 pages description about the history of (Elvis) bootlegging, starting in 1901 up to today. There are about 70 pages of stories written by all the major bootleggers from the USA, Canada and Europe. They will tell you why they made their bootlegs, how they obtained their recordings, how they got their records and sleeves made and how they managed to sell their records without being caught. Read stories -first hand- about albums like Please Release Me (the first Elvis bootleg ever!) The Hillbilly Cat "Live", The '68 Comeback, Million Dollar Quartet, Loving You Recording Sessions, Welcome In Germany and many more. These are more than fascinating insider stories that were never known nor published before! 
All in all, this book gives you the most complete insight ever into the evolution of bootlegging Elvis. Even if you’re not a vinyl collector, this book is definitely a must-have!

(Source: e-mail)

April 15 - Collector's Box

The Chrome Dreams budget label announced the release of the 3 CD-set 'CD Collector's Box' with May 18th. as the release-date. The set contains interviews, spoken word recordings, posters and an illustrated booklet. 

(Source: Amazon)

April 14 - Follow That Statue Preview

The Danish Elvis Unlimited revealed their Elvis Presley statue. 

Welcome Preview

Elvis Australia had a ten page close up preview of the soon to be released book 'Welcome Home Elvis'. Due for release by the Follow That Dream collector's label is a 260 page book covering the weeks in 1960 where Elvis regained control over his career. The format is the same as the well-known FTD book format (King Creole: The Music and A Moment In Time). The book includes: More than 300 photos, many of them previously unpublished, text by David English and a CD with the original mono master for 'Elvis Is Back!'. Pictures include; Elvis coming home from the army, several press conferences, pictures at Graceland, coverage of the Sinatra TV show and much more.

(Source: Elvis Unlimited / Elvis Australia)

April 13 - Greatest Hawiian Charts

The Golden Stars budget label released a 65 track compilation simply entitled "65 Greatest Hits".

Early Hawaii 

Release date 'Blue Hawaii, The Expanded Alternate Album' will be released sooner. While other labels are post poning their release, MRS announces that, just like 'Such a Night', the new release 'Blue Hawaii' will be released sooner as planned. The CD is an expanded edition of the original soundtrack album ‘Blue Hawaii’ originally released in 1961. It contains many previously unreleased out-takes and alternate versions of the soundtrack recording including Elvis’ number 1 hit, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’. As a bonus, the CD is accompanied by a 40 page book containing many rare and unpublished photographs taken on and off the set of ‘Blue Hawaii’.


The Billboard Album charts and sales for the Billboard Catalog Album Charts for the week ending April 21, 2012.
  • 'An Afternoon In The Garden' selling 2758 copies. Total sales to date: 455335 copies.
  • 'Elvis: The Very Best Of Love' selling 2574 copies. Total sales to date: 255,757 copies.
  • 'Elvis Rock' (Compilation) selling 1595 copies. Total sales to date: 161,217.
  • 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) selling 1379 copies. Total sales to date: 103,458 copies.
  • 'Elvis Gospel/ An Evening Prayer' (Compilation) selling 1348 copies. Total sales to date: 150,857 copies.
  • 'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) selling 1559 copies. Total sales to date: 83890 copies.

(Source: Amazon / Elvis Express)

April 12 - Silent Horn

Wayne Jackson has sent the Elvis Information Website this very sad message on the passing of Andrew Love April 12, 2012:
What can I say about my best friend, Andrew Love? He was the best man I knew. He was a great husband and father. He was a fabulous musician, and he left behind for us a wealth of recorded saxophone so we can continue to be amazed by him. How fortuitous of God to have put the two of us together. The first time I heard Andrew play was at the Manhattan Club with the Willie Mitchell band. I knew we would be perfect together. He had a big tone, and I had a big tone. And I knew that they would blend in the the most natural, beautiful way. We loved to laugh together. We laughed and traveled all over the world together making records with artists of all genres. Andrew and I knew we were blessed beyond most people. We got to do what we loved everyday and share our unique gifts. It all paid off this year with The Memphis Horns receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  
I will miss him - Wayne Jackson
As The Memphis Horns, they made music for five decades. They were forever just out of the spotlight, sidemen was the term, but their sound was front and center, furnishing the heart, soul, and ballast behind hit records by Elvis Presley (Memphis Sessions), Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, James Taylor, U2 and countless others. 

Elvis Advertisement

Sony used 'Elvis' for a new campaign for earphones. The Print Ad titled Elvis Presley was done by Welcom Publicis Worldwide advertising agency for product: Sony Earphone (brand: Sony) in South Korea. It featured the text 'Hello, Elvis: Like the King of Rock & Roll who captured the hearts of many women, feel the passion with full of vitality using XBA Sound' and was released April 2012.

(Source: Elvis Inormation Website / Advertlog)

April 10 - Vinyl

The Friday Music budget label re-issued the 1956 album 'Elvis' on 180gr vinyl.

April 09 - Delay '61

The 3764 BLVD Publishing label send out a press-release on the upcoming 'Hawaii '61' book / CD package. 

The press-release:
Due to recent developments and new contacts made, and new collaborations established, we have had to revise our release plans. We want to bring you the definitive product on Hawaii ’61, and not just a quickie money grabber as some might be tempted to do, hence our decision to delay our release for a few more weeks. 
Various top collectors have provided unique photos and other materials with us, which we intend to share with you. Moreover, we will have some surprising – no, make that revealing info – about the show and the way it was recorded. Some of this information will blow your mind! The basic concept of our release - the CD with ticket, promo photo and the vinyl issue – will remain the same.
However, the format of the book will be different, bigger, better and more photos. Wait a sec, make that more unreleased photos! Due to the large amount of new data about the show there will also be more text, and yes, more audio. We want to do this right, and even though we are doing our best to meet our deadline, we believe that our main goal should be a top of the line final product. That’s why “Elvis – Hawaii; for God and Country” will now be released this summer. We are all very excited about these recent developments and look forward to sharing all this with you. 
Thank you for your patience.

Graceland's Outdoor and Print Designs Win Multiple ADDY Awards

Elvis Presley Enterprises along with the graphic art team at Combustion are using award winning campaigns to help Elvis fans learn more about visiting Graceland. The 2011 Graceland print and outdoor advertising campaigns recently received multiple ADDY awards. 

The Elvis outdoor campaign received Best of Outdoor, Best Out-of-Home, and Best in Art Direction - Print at the Memphis ADDY awards. The Elvis Print Ad Campaign was honored in the Best in Consumer/ Trade Campaign category.
Combustion and Elvis Presley Enterprises also won three awards at the district level, including one gold and two silver ADDY Awards for outdoor advertising. Gold winners are forwarded to the national competition, where they will be judged along with winners from all districts. 
"The only way to create award-winning advertising is to have a great client-agency relationship, where you can feel free to bounce crazy ideas off each other and know that something really cool can come out of it," said Billy Riley of Combustion. 
Both campaigns featured photos of Elvis during 1956, the landmark year when he catapulted into stardom. The print ads, along with the outdoor billboards, encouraged Elvis fans to visit Graceland and included messages such as "Started a Revolution, Ended up a King," and "Broke the Rules, Then Broke the Records." 
"One of the things that endears Elvis to so many people is that he represents fun," said Riley. "Rock 'n' roll is fun. Having a close knit group of friends and family is fun. Youth is fun. Being successful and popular is fun. Tapping into that spirit is really key to what we try to do with these ads."
In honor of the 55th anniversary of Elvis' landmark year, Elvis Presley Enterprises and the Combustion design team decided on the common theme to help encourage Elvis fans to visit the place the king called home. 
"With practically 100% brand awareness, our primary objective with our annual tourism campaign is to remind potential guests that Graceland is here in Memphis and is an incredible experience that’s fun for the whole family,” said Scott Williams, Vice President of Marketing for EPE. “This campaign was also an opportunity for us to celebrate Elvis’ rise to fame in 1956.”
The Memphis ADDY awards highlight the best in local advertising and honors local campaigns with a devotion to design.

(Source: 3764BLVD Publishing / EPE)

April 08 - Paying The Dues

The Touchdown import label announced the release of two new titles. The first one, 'It's Into The Light'  was already announced, but now 'Payin' The Dues In Tahoe' was announced too. The CD, containing a recording from October 13, 1974 (MS) as recorded on  in Las Vegas comes with a 16 page booklet. 

Tracklisting: Payin´The Dues In Tahoe:
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Greeting The Audience - Love Me - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don‘t Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - If You Love Me, Let Me Know - Fever - Big Boss Man - It‘s Midnight - Hound Dog - Joking With The Audience - Introductions Part 1 - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Introductions Part 2 - Why Me Lord - I‘m Leavin‘ - Johnny B. Goode - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Let Me Be There - Can‘t Help Falling In Love

(Source: FECC / EPG)

April 07 - You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet At The Last Stop Hotel

The Chrome Dreams budgetlabel announced the may 12, 2012 release of the DVD 'Elvis The Last Stop Hotel'. 

From Amazon:
Many would claim that the music Elvis Presley made towards the end of his life paled in comparison with that he made in the 1950s. But, as is often the case in the King's career, re-appraisal of those later performances and recordings reveal a passion and vitality as charged as anything he'd recorded during earlier times. This film documents the final years of Elvis's life, with particular emphasis given to his last few months on earth, and details in depth his final days. Presented in documentary style with plenty of rare and previously unseen Elvis footage, exclusive interviews with those who were with The King during his final days (such as members of the 'Memphis Mafia', other friends and colleagues and his spiritual advisor) news clips, archive interviews with the man himself and numerous other features to make, in completion, the finest film yet on this part of Elvis Presley's life.

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

For fans of solo female artists with strong voices, times are booming. There’s Adele, of course, still commanding the charts; Norah Jones, set to release her Dangermouse-assisted new album in less than a month; and Fiona Apple, whose overdue comeback is prowling just around the corner. Now, add Lisa Marie Presley to the mix. After a seven-year absence, the scion of a legendary pop legacy is about to unleash the T Bone Burnett-produced Storm and Grace.
“When songs from Lisa Marie Presley showed up at my door, I was curious,” Burnett says of working on the record. “I wondered what the daughter of an American revolutionary music artist had to say.” “What I heard was honest, raw, unaffected, and soulful,” he continued. “I thought her father would be proud of her.” The album doesn’t hit shelves until May 15, but you can listen to the smoky, spooky lead single “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” exclusively here.

Click to listen.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Amazon / Entertainment Weekly)

April 06 - Lights Out For The Wild Tiger

The MxF import label announced the release of the first volume of “Wild Tiger in Concert" featuring the Long Beach, November 14, 1972 Show. 

From the press-release:
The November Tour represent the third tour of a busy year, Elvis in 1972 is still a rocking Elvis but without any doubt it is the last year with Elvis is still on the top of his shape. For this reason his performance is superb, in spite some fatigue and maybe some worries about the imminent Hawaii TV satellite Show, Elvis is very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm and he sings with power the classic repertoire of the 1972 including the incredible “new rocker single” “Burning Love”. On stage you see an impressive figure in his Aztec star blue jumpsuit and golden cape, the rocker attitude still intact, his voice is great, the atmosphere enormous, the demand terrific, 28.000 lucky people attended at the two shows of Long Beach.
The show was previously released in a substandard quality using an unknown generation copy of the tape released by the Tiger label way back in 1991. Here we present the show directly from a first generation copy of a privately-recorded 60-minute cassette. The sound was painstakingly restored for your listening pleasure. The improvement is incredible, the sound quality here is incredible good, considering it was taped from the audience. Elvis’ voice is loud and clear, the band sounds very powerful in very good balanced mix with some great James Burton’ guitar solos, the audience is never too intrusive giving instead the real feeling of the concert.
Like its predecessors, this new release will be presented in a beautiful four panel digipack with a collection of photos taken during the actual show. As bonus the first 500 copies will come with a poster 24x12 cm. The recording excellent quality and the superb show give to Wild Tiger in Concert the status of unique. Don’t miss it! 

As recorded live at Long Beach Arena, November 14, 1972 01.2001 Theme 02.See See Rider 03.I Got A Woman / Amen 04.Until It's Time For You To Go 05.You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 06.Polk Salad Annie 07.Love Me 08.All Shook Up 09.Heartbreak Hotel 10.Blue Suede Shoes 11.One Night 12.Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 13.Hound Dog 14.Love Me Tender 15.Little Sister/Get Back 16.How Great Thou Art 17.Suspicious Minds 18.Introductions 19.Burning Love 20.Funny How Time Slips Aways 21.You Gave Me A Mountain 22.Fever 23.A Big Hunk Of Love 24.Can't Help Falling In Love 25.Closing Vamp 

Thomas Kinkade Died

Thomas Kinkade died at his home in Los Gatos in the San Francisco Bay Area of what appeared to be natural causes. He was 54. Artist Thomas Kinkade once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell: He wanted to make people happy. And he won success with brushwork paintings that focused on idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches. In 2007, Kinkade was commissioned to paint Elvis' Graceland to mark the 50th Anniversary of Elvis buying the home in 1957. When the famous painter visited Graceland in September 2006, he told the press, "Elvis Presley created rock and roll and changed music forever. Graceland was his refuge from the demands of his fame. My hope is that I will capture on canvas a bit of the home that he loved so much." Thomas Kinkade produced a 2nd painting of Elvis' home which was titled, "Graceland Christmas".


The latest stats are in for the Elvis albums doing their thing on the American Billboard Charts.
  • 'An Afternoon In The Garden' drops out of the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts (w/e 14th April, 2012) selling some 2,672 copies. Total sales to date: 452,577 copies as this album moves ever closer to GOLD status.
The following also appeared on the Catalog Album Charts:
  • 'Elvis: The Very Best Of Love' selling some 2,233 copies. Total sales to date: 253,183 copies.
  • 'Elvis Rock' (Compilation) selling some 1,381 copies. Total sales to date: 158,244 copies.
  • 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) selling some 1,218 copies. Total sales to date: 102,079 copies.
  • 'Elvis Gospel/ An Evening Prayer' (Compilation) selling some 1,169 copies. Total sales to date: 149,509 copies.
  • 'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) selling some 1,098 copies. Total sales to date: 79,979 copies.
  • 'Elvis Christmas' selling some 12 copies. Total sales to date: 599,416 copies
(Source: FECC / ElvisExpress / ElvisMatters)

April 05 - Blue Hawaii Press-release

The UK based Memphis Recording Service announced that the expanded edition of the original 1961 soundtrack album ‘Blue Hawaii’ will be released May 8, 2012. According to the press-release it contains many previously unreleased out-takes and alternate versions of the soundtrack recording including Elvis’ number 1 hit, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’. As a bonus, the CD is accompanied by a 40 page book containing many rare and unpublished photographs taken on and off the set of ‘Blue Hawaii’.

Denver Police Department

A piece of Elvis Presley and Denver Police Department history may be torn down to make way for a new Walgreens.
Presley donated money to the department in 1971 for the completion of a gym in the name of a slain officer. The building which housed the District 2 station, including the Nading-Presley Memorial Gym at 3555 Colorado Blvd., is an attractive location, said Walgreens spokesman Robert Elfinger.
“We haven’t signed a lease yet, but, yes, we are looking at that location,” Elfinger said. In 1971, officer Merle Nading was killed while on duty by a gunman at Colfax Avenue and Gaylord Street, according to police.
Presley, who was close friends with former Denver police Captain Jerry Kennedy, was troubled by the news and donated $5,000 to the department, Kennedy said.
“One of Elvis’ great loves was law enforcement. He was in town visiting and heard Merle was killed. He was visibly shaken hearing a police officer had been killed,” Kennedy said.
The news of the station’s demolition came as a surprise to Kennedy.
“I am really sorry to hear that. How sad,” he said.
The department stopped using the gym when the District 2 station moved to its Holly Street location, said Raquel Lopez, spokeswoman for Denver police.
Friends with Elvis since he worked his concert security detail, Kennedy said “The King” was an extremely sincere man.
“He just did those kinds of things,” Kennedy said.

Officials from neither Historic Denver nor History Colorado were initially aware of the building’s significance but now have piqued interest.

Conversations with the King

David Stanley, Elvis former steps-brother, announced the release of the book 'Conversations with the King: Journal of a Young Apprentice'. In his new book (due for release in Hardback in June 2012) David chronicles the spiritual journey he took during his 17 years with Elvis and addresses perhaps today's biggest spiritual challenge: Closing the gap between the higher wisdom that comes through us and our everyday behavior that often contradicts it.

(Source: MRS / FECC / Denver Post / Denver Police)