The Valentine Records 8 CD box “Complete 1956 - 1962 Albums” has been released. It contains 189 Songs and a 20 page booklet.
The CD “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entered the Dutch Midprice-Album-Chart at #45.
The "Return To Sender" budget compilation dropped from #66 to #97 on the official UK Album chart.
The Warner Home Video 6-DVD-Box "The Elvis Collection" climbed from #47 to #46 on the Official UK Music Video chart.
The "Elvis Love Songs" compilation dropped from #64 to #66 on the Official Scottish Album charts. The compilation "Return To Sender" dropped off the Official Scottish Album chart.
On the Billboard Country Catalog Albums "Heart And Soul" remained steady at #18.
The DVD "He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley: Volumes 1 & 2" is a re-entry on the Billboard Music Video chart.
$1 million for Elvis' Birthplace
Legislation is alive to provide $1 million to continue upgrades at the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo, and will strengthen Tupelo’s efforts to attract tourists to spend more time in the city.
In 2011, before recent improvements were made at the Park, there were 37,000 tickets sold. In 2014, there were 43,238 visitors to the Park who purchased tickets to tour the birthplace, museum and other attractions.
In August, during ceremonies in association with Presley’s death anniversary, statues of the King and other items will be unveiled at an overlook at the back of the park where legend has it the then-mega-famous Presley would make late-night drives from his home in Memphis to the site where he would reflect and gaze over his birthplace.
The bond bill pending in the Legislature now would make other improvements, particularly develop a walking area at the scenic lake next to the overlook. Dick Guyton, executive director of the Birthplace, said the entire park is 15 acres, but only about three and half acres have been utilized for the museum, home, chapel and other attractions. The improvements have been designed to use more of the scenic site.
Gold Suit Arrived In UK
The unique gold suit worn by Elvis will be brought over from Graceland under armed guard to go on display in Greenwich. The $10,000 Gold Lame Tuxedo outfit created for The King of Rock and Roll by Nudie Rodeo Taylors of North Hollywood will be at the Elvis At The O2 Exhibition for two months from April 12 before it returns to Graceland.
It will join other rare artefacts from Elvis Presley’s estate, which include his 16 karat TCB Taking Care of Business ring, a Champagne bottle from Elvis’s wedding to Priscilla that’s signed by both the bride and groom and the gold phone that was beside his bed.
Elvis Presley wore the full suit – including jacket, trousers, belt, tie and shoes - on just three occasions at live shows, the first of which was at the International Amphiteatre in Chicago on March 28, 1957. He wore it again the following night in St Louis and in Toronto on April 2. He also wore it for the cover of his 1959 album 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong, which featured 14 images of Elvis in the suit on the cover.
The outfit was so valuable that Elvis’ notorious manager, Colonel Tom Parker, always had it specially transported in an armoured car under armed guard. Exhibition curator Angie Marchese says: “The reaction to the exhibition has been amazing and now we’re thrilled to be including the stunning gold suit that belonged to Elvis.
“Despite being so iconic, Elvis only wore the full outfit three times as he found the gold trousers heavy to wear. “The Toronto performance in April 1957 was the last time that Elvis wore the entire outfit because he frequently fell to his knees during his stage show, which wore off the gold from the trouser knees, so he swapped to wearing the gold lame jacket with black trousers after that. “However, the trousers were restored and have been displayed with the full outfit at Graceland after the estate bought the gold suit from Colonel Parker following Elvis’ death in 1977.
“The suit will take pride of place alongside all of the other personal items which are already on display. “No exhibition mounted previously has ever been so revealing of the man and the star. For people who can’t get to Graceland, Graceland is coming to them.”
(Source: The King's World / ElvisMatters / Official Chart Company)