December 13 - Spirit of Jackson Released

The Follow That Dream collectors label released the December 2016 CD; a 2 CD set entitled “Spirit of Jackson MS.” containing the September 5, 1976 Dinner Show performance and the July 9, 1975 Dinner Show performance, both recorded at the State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi.

Elvis To Be Inducted Into Mississippi Hall of Fame

Soon people might be saying they spotted Elvis in Mississippi. The state’s Department of Archives and History choosing Presley as one of five people being named to the Mississippi Hall of Fame.

Presley born in Tupelo, qualifying him for his Mississippi roots. The Hall of Fame can only choose five inductees every five years. The other honorees: Evelyn Gandy, the first woman elected lieutenant governor of the state, transplant surgeon Dr. James Hardy, former state Representative Aaron Henry, a civil-rights activist and Ida B. Wells, a journalist and women’s rights advocate.

Gold Award

PRS chairman Guy Fletcher has been awarded a Gold Disc for his songwriting work on the new Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra album "The Wonder of You".

Fletcher (centre) and long-term writing partner Doug Flett (right) received the accolades for their song Just Pretend, at a surprise party at PRS for Music’s central London office late last week.

The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was released on 21 October, going straight in at number one on the UK Albums Chart. It has since been riding high for seven weeks, with sales now in excess of 100,000 – hence the Gold Disc. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios by producers Don Reedman (left) and Nick Patrick.

It features Elvis’ original performances of rock, gospel and country ballads, augmented with lush new arrangements from the famous orchestra.

The song "Just Pretend" features twice on the set, with award-winning German artist Helene Fischer singing alongside Elvis’ original take for a reworking of the song.

Fletcher: ‘I was aware that the album had achieved considerable sales but I had absolutely no idea it merited a Gold Disc. Any writer would be thrilled, as I was. It was such a lovely surprise.’

(Source: FECC / Fox News / PRS For Music)

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