June 05 - Details New Elvis Stamp

A new commemorative forever stamp honoring entertainer Elvis Presley will be issued Aug. 12 by the United States Postal Service. Plans for the new stamp were announced in a USPS news release issued Wednesday morning, June 3. The image of the new forever stamp has not been revealed but but The Postal Service revealed only the design for the pane's backing paper, which is similar to other panes in the Music Icon series.

The backing paper photograph shows Presley holding a six-string acoustic guitar and performing on a broadcast of The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show from March 17, 1956. The image is cropped from a photograph taken by Alfred Wertheimer. The full photograph also shows guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, both members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as is Presley.

New book about Sam Phillips in November
 
The author of the books Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, Peter Guralnick, brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records in Memphis. The music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists. The book contains 752 pages, hard cover.

Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town!

The earlier announced Straight Arrow 2CD "Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town! (From “The Rick Rennie master tapes” Vol. 5)" is out. This contains 

audience recordings of both the Dinner and the Midnight Show in Las Vegas August 21, 1970.

Charts

The DVD-Box "Music Legends: Elvis Presley" remains steady at #5 on the Irish Music DVD Chart.

The "Heart And Soul" compilation climbed from #24 to #21 on the Country Catalog Albums charts for the week ending June 13, 2015. 

The DVD "The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll" e-entered the Australian Music DVD chart once more. This week it is listed at #40. 

(Source: Linn / FECC / Elvis And His Music / The King's World)

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