August 18 - Walk A Mile In My Shoes On Stage

Due for release is a 7 CD bootleg set "Walk A Mile In My Shoes on Stage" deluxe box-set containing (multitrack) recordings made for the 1970 "On Stage" album.

January 26, 1970 - opening show
February 15, 1970 - midnight show
February 16, 1970 - dinner show + midnight show
February 17, 1970 - dinner show + midnight show
February 18, 1970 - dinner show + midnight show
February 19, 1970 - dinner show + midnight show
February 23, 1970 - closing show
Plus many bonus tracks.


Vinyl From 827 Thomas Street


Just released are two vinyl editions of the 5 CD import set “827 Thomas Street” featuring alternate recordings from the 1969 American Sound Studio sessions. The set comes on 6 colored marble blue and marble red LP’s, a 45 RPM single for “It Keeps Right On A Hurtin’” and 5 CDs. 

Disc 1: 01 After Loving You / Unedited Master Take 4 02 In The Ghetto / Take 5,6,7 03 If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) / Take 4,5 04 If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) / Unedited Undubbed Master Take 9 05 Hey Jude / Take 6 + Undubbed Master Take 7 06 Long Black Limousine / Take 1,2 07 I'm Movin' On / Fully Overdubbed Take 2 08 Inherit The Wind / Fully Overdubbed Vocal Overdub #2 09 From A Jack To A King / Take 4 (Incl False Starts) 10 Long Black Limousine / Take 3,4,5 11 Long Black Limousine / Vocal Repair Master Take 9 12 Only The Strong Survive / Rehearsal, Take 2,3 13 Rubberneckin'/ Partially Overdubbed Take 2 14 In The Ghetto / Take 8,9,10 15 In The Ghetto / Partially Overdubbed Master Take 22 16 From A Jack To A King / Undubbed Unrepaired Master Take 5 17 Only The Strong Survive / Take 4 (Incl False Starts) 18 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road / Take 8,9 19 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road / Take 3

Disc2: 01 And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind / Take 4 02 And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind / Unrepaired Undubbed Master Take 6 03 Kentucky Rain / Take 4, 9 (Incl False Starts) 04 Do You Know Who I Am? / Take 2 (Incl False Starts) 05 Any Day Now / Take 3 (Incl False Starts) 06 Gentle On My Mind / Vocal Overdub Master Take 3 07 Any Day Now / Unrepaired Undubbed Master Take 6 08 Only The Strong Survive / Take 7,8 (Incl False Starts) 09 Only The Strong Survive / Take 11 10 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road / Take 5 11 Wearin' That Loved On Look / Take 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 12 Wearin' That Loved On Look / Take 11 13 Wearin' That Loved On Look / Draft Tape Mix 14 A Little Bit Of Green / Unedited Unrepaired Master Take 3 15 This Is The Story / Take 1, Partially Overdubbed Master Take 2 16 Don't Cry Daddy / Acetate Version 17 Inherit The Wind / Partially Overdubbed Draft Tape Composite 18 Suspicious Minds / Partially Overdubbed Master Take 8 19 It's My Way-This Time-I Can't Stop Loving You / Jam

Disc3: 01 Do You Know Who I Am? / Take 6,7 (Unrepaired Undubbed Master) 02 You'll Think Of Me / Take 14 03 Only The Strong Survive / Take 5,6 (Incl False Starts) 04 My Little Friend / Unedited Undubbed Master 05 Who Am I? / Undubbed Master Take 1 06 Without Love / Undubbed Master Take 5 07 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'/ Undubbed Master Take 3 (Incl False Starts) 08 Mama Liked The Roses / Harmony Vocal Overdub Master 09 Power Of My Love / Take 4 (Incl False Starts) 10 Power Of My Love / Take 5,6a,6b 11 Stranger In My Own Home Town / Unedited Undubbed Master 12 I'll Be There / Alt. Master #6 With Excessive Vocal Echo 13 The Fair's Moving On / Vocal Overdubbed Master Take 1 14 Gentle On My Mind / Vocal Overdubbed Master (Organ Mix Version) 15 Suspicious Minds / Extended Master Without Fade 16 In The Ghetto / Partially Overdubbed Master Take 22 (Unrepaired Vocal) 17 Poor Man's Gold / Take 1 With Vocal Overdub

Disc4: 01 In The Ghetto / Live August 21 1969 (Ms) 02 Suspicious Minds / Live August 21 1969 (Ms) 03 Hey Jude / Live August 24 1969 (Ms) 04 Inherit The Wind / Live August 26 1969 (Ds) 05 Rubberneckin'/ Live August 26 1969 (Ms) 06 This Is The Story / Live August 26 1969 (Ms) 07 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road / Live January 26 1970 08 Kentucky Rain / Live February 23 1970 (Cs) 09 Don't Cry Daddy / Live February 23 1970 (Cs) 10 After Loving You / Home Recording February 1966 11 Memory Revival / Instrumental 12 Poor Man's Gold / Instrumental Track Only 13 Come Out Come Out (Wherever You Are) / Complete Instrumental Jam

Disc5 - The Memphis Record (This Album Contains Alternate Mixes And Versions)
01 Stranger In My Own Home Town 02 Power Of My Love 03 Only The Strong Survive Overdubbed Master With Backup Vocal Overdubs 04 Any Day Now 05 Suspicious Minds 06 Long Black Limousine 07 Wearin'that Loved On Look / Vocal Replacement Overdubbed Master 08 I'll Hold You In My Heart 09 After Loving You 10 Rubberneckin' 11 I'm Movin'on / Overdubbed Take 2 With Vocal Replacement 12 Gentle On My Mind 13 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road Overdubbed Master Without Elvis' Harmony Vocal Overdub 14 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' 15 You'll Think Of Me 16 Mama Liked The Roses 17 Don't Cry Daddy 18 In The Ghetto 19 The Fair's Moving On 20 Inherit The Wind / Fully Overdubbed Vocal Overdub #1 21 Kentucky Rain 22 Without Love 23 Who Am I?

Nashville Ballads 1960 – 1967


Released is a new import CD entitled “Nashville Ballads 1960 – 1967” containing the best outtakes of Elvis ballads, recorded in Nashville, between 1960 - 1967. The set comes in a 6 panel digi-pack, with photos and liner notes. 

Trill Of Your Love (Take 2)
Are You Lonesome Tonight (Take 2)
Fame And Fortune (Take 5)
Something Blue (Take 6)
Starting Today (Take 2)
I Met Her Today (Take 2)
Love Me Tonight (Take 4)
Angel (Stereo Master)
There's Always Me (Take 9)
That's Someone You Never Forget (Take 1)
Anything That's Part Of You (Take 5)
Ask Me (Take 3)
It Hurts Me (Take 1)
Love Letters (Take 8)
Anyone (Take 2 - Vocal Overdub)
Indescribably Blue (Take 1 - Vocal Overdub)
Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 3)
I'll Remember You (Take 1 - Vocal Overdub)
Mine (Take 13)
Suppose (Nashville Master)

Elvis Swinging Sixties!


A new import-release on gold and clear vinyl is “Elvis Swinging Sixties!” containing 20 rare sixties out-takes. Both sets come with the same tracks on CD. 

A - Side:
I'm Coming Home (Take 4)
Witchcraft (Take 2)
Judy (Take 4)
Make Me Know It (Take 16)
Catchin' On Fast (Unedited Master)
Shoppin' Around (Take 5)
Please Don't Drag That String Around (Take 5)
Too Much Monkey Business (Take 10)
I'm A Roustabout (Master)
Little Sister (Take 10)

B- Side:
Guitar Man (Take 10)
If You Think I Don't Need You (Take 7)
Memphis, Tennessee (Take 5)
Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Take 6)
C'mon Everybody (Take 7)
Come What May (Take 7)
Girl Happy (Master - Correct Speed)
His Latest Flame (Take 12)
Hard Knocks (Master Remix)
A Little Less Conversation (Take 10)

(Source: Music of Elvis Presley / Various)

August 17 - Charts

The weekly Elvis Presley chart updates:
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone”  gospel compilation is a new entry at #9 on the Official UK Album  chart.
  • The DVD “Elvis The King of Rock and Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More” DVD climbed from 17 to #11 on the Australian ARIA Music DVD chart. 
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone”  gospel compilation is a new entry at #15 on the Australian ARIA Album chart.
(Source: FECC / ARIA / Official Chart Company)

August 15 - Comeback Book (Updated)

The book "68 Comeback Special" by Steve Binder has been released. Steve Binder, producer of the legendary show, shares his memories of the show on 279 pages. The book was presented with Priscilla Presley during Elvis as part of the 50th. anniversary of the special. 

From the publisher:
Elvis Comeback Special director and producer, Steve Binder has partnered with Spencer and Meteor 17 to publish the definitive table top book on Binder’s making of the Special and all activities that led up to, were part of and happened, as a result of the landmark television event.
M17 long time art director, Hugh Syme designed the stunning look and feel of the 279 page collector’s item book which includes commentaries, interviews and never before seen memorabilia presented to Binder by both Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker.

The Comeback: Elvis a the Story of the 68 Special

Due from Simon Goddard September 2018 is the book "The Comeback: Elvis a the Story of the 68 Special".
"1968. A year of riots, revolution and world-changing Rock'n'roll. Except for Elvis Presley. The King of the Fifties had become the Clown of the Sixties, churning out bad music in dismal films, a humiliating spectre of his former glory. In the words of the hip young director assigned to his first TV special, Elvis' reputation was "in the toilet."
However the same director, Steve Binder, was now about to save it. Together they would embark on the biggest creative fight of Elvis' life. Overcoming insecurity, paranoia, a failing marriage, network censors, drugs, the over-protective Memphis Mafia, the sabotaging whims of manager Colonel Tom Parker and the heat exhaustion of his soon-to-be iconic black leather suit, with his '68 TV Special Elvis gave the defining performance of his career. He never sang harder, rocked wilder or blazed sexier. This was Elvis, The Resurrection.


Elvis The King

The "The King" roadmovie will be released on DVD on October 1, 2018.
(Source: FECC / Amazon)

August 14 - Graceland Auction Results (Updated)

Once again eager fans lined up yesterday in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history at The Auction at Graceland. The auction was held at the theater The Guest House at Graceland. The auction featured 208 rare and unique artifacts authenticated by Graceland Authenticated and while none of the prices hit the highs of previous Elvis Week auctions - remember last year's “Blue Armadillo” jumpsuit at $250,000, or the Ram’s head necklace at $138,750.

This year's auction highlights included: 

  • General Omar Bradley Owned 1942 Beretta Model M1934 9mm Corto Caliber Pistol Gifted to Elvis Presley on December 9, 1970, Later gifted to Girlfriend Barbara Leigh: $51,250. Other results include:
  • Elvis Owned Large 14kt Yellow Gold and Blue Lapis Ring with Diamonds and Garnets: $43,750
  • July 8, 1955 Publishing Agreement between Elvis and Hill and Range Songs, signed by Elvis, Vernon Presley, Gladys Presley and Jean Aberbach: $37,500
  • Elvis Owned Turquoise and Silver Statement Necklace Gifted to J.D. Sumner: $13,750
  • RIAA Gold Record Award for Elvis Presley’s 1956 Album Elvis Presley – Awarded in 1966: $12,500
  • Elvis Owned Original Oil Painting of his Plane the Lisa Marie: $11,375
  • Collection of Nine News Photos of Elvis Presley at his 1956 Tupelo, Mississippi Concert: $8,750 
Fans must note all of the items in the auction were from third-party collectors and none of the items came from the treasured Graceland Archives owned by Lisa Marie Presley.

Auction Discovery

FTD audio engineer Kevan Budd has spotted a previously unknown SUN recording 'False-Start' for "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" on the acetate offered for auction this week at Graceland Auctions.


Kevan Budd contacted Graceland auction for a sample from the acetate and was surprised by discovering a never-before heard false-start for "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone". 

Kevan Budd has informed Ernst Jorgensen, although where and when this might be officially released is anyone's guess. The SUN Acetates ended up selling for $3,625.

The pair of Sun Records acetates were recordings for Sun Records 216 and the side B songs from Sun 217. Sun 217 is the Elvis Presley single release for "Baby Let's Play House" (matrix 143) and side B "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" (matrix U-142) which was Elvis' fourth single release of five with Sun Records. "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" was recorded in March 1955 and the single with "Baby Let's Play House" was released in April 1955.

Gladys Presley's Headstone added to Meditation Garden

Gladys Presley's headstone was added to the Meditation Garden at Elvis Presley's Graceland, today, August 14, 2018 on the 60th anniversary of her passing. This headstone, which features the Star of David to represent Gladys' Jewish heritage, was placed at her grave in December 1964.


In October 1977 both Elvis and his mother were buried at the Meditation Garden at Graceland. The cross and angels statue was added to the Meditation Garden.
Gladys' original headstone has been in the Graceland Archives since 1977, and was placed in the garden today.

Elvis' mother passed away on August 14, 1958, and was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis. The cross statue with angels was placed in March 1959.

(Source:  Elvis Information Network / Graceland)

August 13 - Brass Note for Putnam


The classic "Elvis Is Back!" Album will be re-issued on Gold colored vinyl on August 24, 2018 by the Not Now Music label.

Side A: Make Me Know It - Fever - The Girl Of My Best Friend - I Will Be Home Again - Dirty, Dirty Feeling - Thrill Of Your Love

Side B: Soldier Boy - Such A Night - It Feels So Right - Girl Next Door Went A'Walking - Like A Baby - Reconsider Baby

Brass Note

Norbert Putnam, Elvis Presley's former bass-player received a Brass Note on Brass Note Walk of Fame on Beale Street, Memphis.

(Source: Elvis Matters / Elvis Club Berlin)

August 12 - Strictly Elvis Volume 2

The book "Strictly Elvis Vol. 2: 1976-1977" has been released. It is the follow up book by Keith Alverson and Erik Lorentzen to last year's "Strictly Elvis Vol. 1: 1973-1974 - 1975".

Volume 2 covers the years 1976 and 1977 on 432 color pages containing over 1200 photos. During these two years Keith Alverson  attended 26 concerts, the first being Johnson City, TN - March 19, 1976

Keith Alverson on the Elvis Information Network website: "I am sort of relieved to have finished this book all the while it was fun and interesting to see some of the photos that I have never seen before it seemed after 40 years of being tucked away in negative protectors. It took over six months to scan all of the negatives while correcting the years of abuse that the photo labs scratched and neglected. Then another month of writing and compiling information for each concert I attended. "There are probably over 800 unpublished photos to my knowledge that fans will never have seen before."

Here are a few previews, read the complete interview with Keith Alverson on the great >>> Elvis Information Network website.

(Source: Elvis Files / Elvis Information Network)

August 11 - Exclusive Pink Vinyl

On the third day of Elvis Week, fans lined up to celebrate the new Elvis gospel album, "Where No One Stands Alone," which was released the day before.


Lisa Marie Presley joined her album co-producers Joel Weinshanker and Andy Childs, plus John Jackson of Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment, for a listening party at the Graceland Soundstage on Saturday. They talked about the making of the album and debuted a 20-minute documentary about Elvis' love of gospel music.

Available exclusively through the Graceland (online) shop is a pink vinyl version of tje "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation.



(Source: Graceland)


August 10 - A Gold and Blue Swirl at the International

Due for release from Friday Music on October 05, 2018 is a vinyl re-issue of the classic “Elvis Presley - In Person At The International Hotel Las Vegas Nevada”. This re-issue is mastered by Joe Reagoso and comes as a limited edition on 180 gram audiophile translucent gold and blue swirl vinyl packed in a gatefold cover with an additional 24” x 24” poster insert of the front cover artwork. 

(Source: Amazon)

August 09 - Elvis The Seacher DVD Cover

This is the cover-art for the Limited Edition of the “Elvis: The Searcher” DVD which is due October 16, 2018.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

August 08 - Where No One Stands Alone Official Video

Here is the official video for the “Where No One Stands Alone” single by Elvis and Lisa marie Presley. 



Charts
  • On the US Billboard Christian Album Charts “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” is listed at #19. 
  • On the Official Irish Album Charts the “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation is listed at #57. 
  • On the Official Scottish Album Top 100 chart the “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation is lited at #74.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation dropped off the US Billboard Country Album chart from last week’s #35 position. 
  • The “The Searcher” soundtrack dropped off the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The 3 DVD set “Elvis - The DVD Gold Collection” climbed from #4 to #2 on the official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The DVD “Elvis The King of Rock and Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More” DVD climbed from #24 to #17 on the Australian ARIA Music DVD chart. 
(Source: Sony Legacy / FECC / Elvis Club Berlin)

August 07 - The Original EP Collection Continues

The Reel to Reel label announced the release of volume 4 in “The Original EP Collection”. This compilation comes on white vinyl. 

Tracks: Elvis Volume 4 (EP) (US) RCA EPA-992:
Side A: Rip It Up - Love Me 
 Side B: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Paralyzed Love Me Tender 
(EP) (US) RCA EPA-4006:
Side A: Love Me Tender - Let Me 
Side B: Poor Boy - We´re Gonna Move

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

August 06 - The Making of Where No One Stands Alone

Here is a clip on the making of the new “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation on which you find new renditions of Elvis Presley’s classic gospel recordings with new backing music and vocals by the original backing artists. Lisa Marie Presley does a duet with her father on the title track.

August 04 - New Elvis Biopic?

Following the Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which will be released in October, the King himself, Elvis Presley, is to be portrayed on the big screen. On hold since 2014, the project is likely to pick up speed now that director Baz Luhrmann intends to begin shooting in March 2019.
As well as taking the director’s chair, Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge” and the “The Great Gatsby”) will write the screenplay and act as producer. In his role as writer, he will take over from Kelly Marcel and Jeremy Donner, who were previously tasked with producing the script.
The film will be split into two parts focusing on different periods in the singer’s life. The first of these will focus on Elvis between the ages of 18 and 22, and the second will pick up his story at age 35.
Casting director Kristy Carlson will be looking for two actors with a talent for singing, to play the role of the King whose wild dance moves sparked so much controversy in his day. The film will be the first major biopic to be entirely focused on an iconic celebrity of the 1950s.
The rumor has yet to be conffirmed by Warner Bros.

His Hand In Mine

The classic gospel LP “His Hand In Mine” has been re-issued on Silver Swirl vinyl by Friday Music. This re-issue comes in a gatefold cover with additional poster. 


Side A: His Hand In Mine / I’m Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs / In My Father’s House / Milky White Way / Known Only To Him / I Believe In The Man In The Sky

Side B: Joshua Fit The Battle / He Knows Just What I Need / Swing Down, Sweet Chariot / Mansion Over The Hilltop / If We Never Meet Again / Working On The Building.
(Source: Discussing Films / Inquirer)

August 02 - Merry Christmas

Due for release from RCA / Sony Legacy on September 28, 2018 is the vinyl re-issue of the "Merry Christmas Baby" compilation.  

(Source: Amazon)

August 01 - Viva the Follow That Dream Label

The Follow That Dream collectors label release "Elvis: The Viva Las Vegas Sessions" 3 CD deluxe set is out, the label shipped the set to dealers around the world. 

From the press-release:
FTD is pleased to announce the release of “Elvis: The Viva Las Vegas Sessions”. This is the ultimate "Viva Las Vegas" 3 CD-set: includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes! All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes. The 8 inch x 8 inch slipcase replicates an original Session Reel box. The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia, Ann-Margret bio by the late Stuart Colman and Movie overview by Alan Hanson. The 3 CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation. This release is a strictly limited edition. Due to manufacturing costs, there will be no reprint.

(Source: FECC / UEPS) 

July 31 - G.I. In Germany

Due for release from the V180 label on August 3, 2018 is the vinyl picture disc "G.I. In Germany". This 21 track compilation comes on 180 Gr. vinyl and is limited to 1111 copies. 

Side 1: Arrival In Friedberg - Germany / Wooden Heart - Muß i denn, muß i denn... / Frankfort Special / Tonight Is So Right For Love - G'schichten aus dem Wiener Wald / Blue Suede Shoes / Jailhouse Rock / Tutti Frutti / A Big Hunk O' Love / Don't / She's Not You / Good Luck Charm 


Side 2: G.I. Blues / My Wish Came True / Fool Such As I / No More - La Paloma / I Need Your Love Tonight / What's She Really Like / Return To Sender / Stuck On You / Surrender / Spanish Eyes (bonus track). 

Rock ’N’ Roll Magazine 

The late DJ Fontana is featured on the cover of the German Rock ’N’ Roll magazine (volume 239) and inside the article "The King´s Drummer: DJ Fontana". 

(Source: Amazon / Rock 'N' Roll magazine / Elvis Club Berlin)

July 30 - Charts

The weekly chart wrap-up from around the globe.
  • The "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation remained steady at #21 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped off the US Billboard Country Album chart.
  • The "Elvis - The Searcher" soundtrack re-entered the Belgian Album chart at #149 (Flanders).
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped from #57 to #72 on the Irish Album chart. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped off the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" DVD dropped from #22 to #24 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
  • The "Elvis - The Collection" 3 DVD set climbed from #5 to #3 on the Official UK Music DVD chart.
(Source: Ultratop / Irish Recorded Music Association / Official Charts / Aria Charts / The King's World)

July 28 - Life in The Elvis World

Charles Stone, former Memphis Maffia and Snowman’s Club member announced the release of the book “Life in The Elvis World”. The book will be released during Elvisweek 2018 and Charles Stone will attend it. 

(Source: Charles Stone / EM)


July 25 - Saved or Lost?

On the Parade Magazine website you listen to an exclusive premiere of "Saved," featuring new backing vocals by the legendary Darlene Love, one of 14 tracks on the inspirational new album, "Where No One Stands Alone" - available August 10, 2018. 

July 24 - Another Graceland Elvis Auction

The august 12th Graceland-authenticated auction will feature artifacts from Elvis’ personal and professional life including general Omar Bradley owned pistol gifted to Elvis Presley and historic Elvis Presley signed contract for song “Love Me Tender”.

A highlight during Elvis Week 2018 is The Auction at Graceland when collectors, fans and pop culture enthusiasts from around the world will raise their paddles to bid in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history. The auction will include artifacts from across the spectrum of collecting, including items owned by Elvis, gifted by Elvis, signed by Elvis, used by Elvis and created to promote the king and his career. Every lot in this auction has been thoroughly researched and certified by Graceland Authenticated, the authority in Elvis and pop culture authentication. 

Online bidding is now open for the auction, which will be held on Sunday, August 12 at 1:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. CDT in the theater at The Guest House at Graceland, and online at GracelandAuctions.com. Every artifact is authenticated by Graceland Authenticated, LLC.  All of the items in the auction will be offered from third-party collectors and none of the items will come from the treasured Graceland Archives. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale. 

Auction highlights include:

  • Elvis Presley Owned 1942 Beretta Model M1934 9mm Corto Caliber (Known as .380 ACP in Modern Day), Given to Him by General Omar Bradley on December 9, 1970, Later Gifted to Girlfriend Barbara Leigh.  Estimate: $50-100,000.
  • 1970s Elvis Presley's Hillcrest Home Walnut Desk and Chair. Estimate $5-7,000.
  • Collection of Historic Documents from Hill and Range Including: 
  • July 8, 1955, Publishing Agreement Between Elvis Presley and Hill and Range Songs, Inc. Signed by Elvis, Vernon Presley, Gladys Presley and Jean Aberbach*. Estimate $20-40,000.
  • August 27, 1956, Elvis Presley Signed Songwriters Contract for Song “Love Me
  • Tender” - Also Signed by Ken Darby’s (The Song’s Writer) Wife Vera Matson and Freddy Bienstock*.  Estimate $20-40,000.
  • November 21, 1956, Agreement Signed by Elvis Presley and Colonel Parker Granting Parker 25% of All Song Publishing Royalties*. Estimate $10-20,000.
  • Elvis Presley Owned Mother-of-Pearl Cross Gifted to Ginger Alden, Mentioned in Her Book*. Estimate $15-25,000.
  • Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Silver Concho Belt Gifted to Barbara Leigh*. Estimate $10-15,000.
  • Elvis Presley Owned 14K Gold Bulova Wristwatch with “EP” Engraved on the Reverse.  Estimate $8-10,000.
  • Elvis Presley Owned “Nudie’s” Brown Suede Jacket with Extraordinary Beaded Fringe – Gifted to His Aunt Delta. Estimate $5-10,000.
  • 1954 Sun Records Acetate for Elvis Presley's “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (Sun 209) with Additional Recordings on the Reverse. Estimate $5-10,000. 
  • Elvis Presley Owned Television Set from Lisa Marie’s Bedroom at Graceland -
  • With Bullet Hole from When Elvis Shot It. Estimate $5-10,000.
  • Elvis Presley/Charlie Hodge Stage-Used Black Binder That Held Song Lyric Sheets Specifically for Elvis During His Live Shows From 1972 to His Last Show in Indy in June of 1977.  Estimate $5-10,000.

Highlights will be displayed at Elvis Presley’s Memphis from July 23 through August 10th and on August 11th in the Rock conference room of The Guest House at Graceland. Toregister and bid online visit GracelandAuctions.com.

(Source: Graceland)

July 23 - Greensboro Released

The "April 14 1972 Greensboro" CD from the Victrola import-label has been released. This CD, also due on vinyl, contains Elvis Presley’s powerhouse performance as recorded at the Greensboro Coliseum on April 14th 1972.

The concert has seen various releases, most recently on the Amiga label boxed set "Elvis On Tour - Deluxe Edition". But this release should "blows that set right out of the water!" according to the press-release as it was taken from the actual RCA multitrack tapes. The recording that the Victrola label obtained was mixed down from the original 8- and 16-track masters fairly recently, but then, oddly enough, stored back in the vaults. It is available now in a "fresh, professionally mixed stunning stereo sound" and comes in a deluxe double digipack accompanied with a 16-page booklet. 

The label also announced that "Elvis April 14, 1972 Greensboro" will be released later this year on 180grams vinyl in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, and with a large booklet filled with many rare pix.

Elvis Safe And Sound

Dick Grob's book "Elvis Safe And Sound" has been released. 

From the press-release:
Dick Grob first met Elvis in 1967, when Elvis was on his honeymoon in Palm Springs, California.  At the time, Dick was a Palm Springs Police Officer and was assigned to provide personal protection to the “Star.”  Thus began a friendship that lasted for more than ten years. 

Dick is no stranger to the field of personal protection.  During his career, Dick has worked with the FBI, CIA, and other government agencies, including the U.S. State Department, providing protection to very high profile dignitaries, including U.S Presidents and Vice Presidents, and  protection for foreign heads of state such as Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia, England’s Prince Phillip, and Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Ailon of Israel when they visited Palm Springs.  Palm Springs was the playground of the “stars and dignitaries,” many of whom Dick provided personal security, and Elvis was no exception. 

After providing security to Elvis during his visits to Palm Springs, Elvis made Dick “an offer he could not refuse” as his full time personal bodyguard and eventually Elvis’ Chief of Security.  In this capacity, Dick planned the security for all of his concert tours, appearances, and vacations to locations like Vail, Colorado and Hawaii.  Dick was responsible for the safety of not only Elvis, but for his daughter, Lisa Marie, and the rest of Elvis’ family. 

“Elvis Safe & Sound,” Dick’s new book, tells some of the stories experienced by the author over his ten year relationship with Elvis.  Not only was Dick Elvis’ bodyguard and Chief of Security, he was Elvis’ close personal friend. Some of his stories are funny; some are scary; other’s just plain interesting. 
“Elvis Safe & Sound” is jammed-packed with Dick’s personal descriptive accounts of his time with Elvis. It includes documents from Dick’s personal archives as well as rare, never before seen photos of Elvis on stage, and copyrighted documents and photos (in color and black and white). “Elvis Safe & Sound” is a great narration of Dick’s authentic and personal time while he kept “Elvis Safe & Sound.” 


(Source: FECC)

July 20 - Elvis Jukebox Chart (Updated)

Elvis Presley is featured on the cover of the August edition of the French Jukebox Magazine. Inside the article "Une vie au service de la musique" (“a life dedicated to music”).

You can read the article >>> here.

Charts

The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation climbed from #22 to #21 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart. 
The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation re-entered the US Billboard Country Album chart at #34. 
On the Official Scottish Album chart the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation climbed from #95 to #92.
The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped from #52 to #57 on the Official Irish Album chart.
The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" re-entered the Australian Music DVD chart at #22. 
The 3 DVD set "Elvis – The DVD Gold Collection" climbed from #9 to #5 on the official UK Music DVD chart. 

(Source: Elvis Forum / The King's World / UEPS)

July 19 - #1 Hits

Due for release from the Vinyl Passion label on September 7, 2018 is the LP “Number One Hits”.

Side A: 1. Heartbreak Hotel 2. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 3. Hound Dog 4. Don't Be Cruel 5. Love Me Tender 6. Too Much 7. All Shook Up 8. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 9. Jailhouse Rock 10. Don't 11. Hard Headed Woman 12. A Fool Such As I 

Side B: 1. A Big Hunk O' Love 2. One Night 3. Stuck On You 4. It's Now Or Never 5. Are You Lonesome Tonight 6. Wooden Heart 7. Surrender 8. His Latest Flame 9. Can't Help Falling In Love 10. Return To Sender 11. Good Luck Charm.

(Source: Amazon)

July 18 - Pot Luck For Everybody

The Wax Time label announced the re-releasse of the "Pot Luck With Elvis" and "Something For Everybody" albums on vinyl. The release-date is July 23, 2018, both re-issues are limited editions and come with additional bonus tracks. 

Tracks  "Elvis - Something For Everybody":
Side A: Theres Always Me - Give Me The Right - It´s A Sin - Sentimental Me - Starting Today - Gently - Bonus Song: I Feel So Bad
Side B: I'm Comin Home - In Your Arms - Put The Blame On Me - Judy - I Want You With Me - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell - Bonus Song: Little Sister

Tracks "Pot Luck With Elvis": 
Side A: Kiss Me Quick - Just For Old Time Sake - Gonna Get Back Home Somehow - (Such An) Easy Question - Steppin` Out Of Line - I'm Yours - Bonus Song: She's Not You

Side B: Something Blue - Suspicion - I Feel That I`Ve Known You Forever - Night Rider - Fountain Of Love - That`S Someone You Never Forget - Bonus Song: Follow That Dream.

Graceland Announces All-New Wedding Venue

Day of Love on August 13 Marking Graceland’s 2000th Ceremony  

Elvis Presley’s Graceland announces a brand-new Chapel in the Woods. The newly constructed chapel will feature a grand ceiling and windows throughout to allow the beautiful surroundings of the Graceland woods to be the back drop for couples to be married or renew their vows. Located just steps from the newly constructed AAA rated Four Diamond luxury resort, The Guest House at Graceland, the Chapel in the Woods makes for the most iconic and memorable wedding destination. To christen this new chapel, Graceland is hosting a day of love, featuring couples whose love were inspired by Elvis, whether on a visit to Graceland or during Elvis Week. The Chapel in the Woods will be hosting one special wedding and an amazing ten  vow renewals on August 13, 2018.  

For the last 18 years, nestled in the woods beside Elvis Presley’s Graceland, stood the original Chapel in the Woods. The quaint wedding venue, located on the iconic property of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, has been host to almost 2,000 weddings, dedications, and vow renewals. The all-new chapel features modern design and architecture by HBG Design, who previously collaborated on the design of The Guest House at Graceland. Maintaining the intimate feel, 75 guests can be hosted at this charming new location. 

The Chapel in the Woods is officially accepting reservations for ceremonies as early as August 14, 2018. During Elvis Week 2018, fans and friends are invited to an open house at the new chapel from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on August 16, 2018, when celebratory wedding cake will be served. The new chapel is located adjacent to The Guest House at Graceland. Parking is permitted at The Guest House for a fee. 

Marking the 2,000th wedding at Graceland, the first wedding in the new chapel will be between Julie and Marc, who met three years ago at Elvis Week 2015. After running into each other in the lobby of their hotel, Marc, a native Memphian who was visiting his hometown on business, offered first-time Elvis Week attendee, Julie, a tour of the iconic Elvis Presley historic locations downtown. From then on, they were inseparable. Julie explains of their immediate connection, “That is the power of Elvis, of Elvis Week. This profound love for Elvis brings people together, even if for one small moment, one sacred Candlelight Vigil, or for a lifetime, like with Marc and me. We can’t imagine our life without this Elvis connection.” 

To continue the day of love, Graceland is asking for couples who met at Graceland or Elvis Week and would like to take part in a group vow renewal on August 13, 2018. Ten couples will be chosen for this complimentary group ceremony. Couples should submit their Elvis-inspired love story by July 27, 2018 to be considered. These couples will be the first in the new chapel, marking their place in Graceland history! 


To submit a love story, email love@graceland.com with an image and name of the couple, the story of how the couple met at Graceland or during Elvis Week, and when they will be arriving to Elvis Week 2018. All couples submitting a love story must already be coming to Elvis Week 2018 and available the afternoon of August 13,2018. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Juno / Graceland)

July 17 - New and Re-releases (Updated)

The 2016 “The Rock and Roll Years” 3 CD set will be re-issued on vinyl by the My Generation Music label. This release is limited to 14 tracks. 

Side A: Jailhouse Rock - Hound Dog - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - That's All Right - Ready Teddy - Old Shep
Side B: Love Me Tender - Don't Be Cruel - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - I Got A Woman - Rip It Up - All Shook Up - Good Rockin' Tonight.

Due for release from the New Continent label on July 20, 2018 is the 3 CD set “The #1 Hits”.

Due for release on October 12, 2018 from the Wagram (Indigo) label is the vinyl LP “Jailhouse Rock”. 

Side A: Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - All Shook Up - Fever - Love Me Tender - Mystery Train - My Baby Left Me -  A Mess Of Blues - Blue Moon

Side B: Jailhouse Rock - Hound Dog - A Big Hunk O' Love - Trouble - Love Me - Reconsider Baby - That's All Right - King Creole - Loving You

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Amazon)

July 16 - Greatest Hits

Due for release on August 15, 2018 in Japan is the compilation CD "Love Me Tender - The Greatest Hits".

Love Me Tender - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear - Jailhouse Rock - I Need Your Love Tonight - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - A Big Hunk O' Love - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Blue Hawaii - Can't Help Falling In Love - It's Now Or Never - Return To Sender - Little Sister - His Latest Flame - Devil In Disguise - Bossa Nova Baby - Viva Las Vegas - If I Can Dream - Suspicious Minds - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - The Wonder Of You - Polk Salad Annie - Burning Love - Always On My Mind - A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix)

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / ElvisWorld-Japan)

July 14 - Weekend Charts (Updated)

Due for release from the State of Art label on September 14, 2018 is the CD "King Creole / Loving You". 

The weekly chart wrap-up

US Billboard charts:
The “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” compilation climbed from #24 to #22 on the US Billboard Cristian Album chart. 
The "The Searcher" soundtrack is a re-entry at #50 on the Billboard Country Album Sales chart.
The "The Searcher" soundtrack is a re-entry at #23 on the Billboard Soundtrack Album Sales chart.

Official UK, Scottish and Irish Charts:
The "Elvis: The Searcher" soundtrack album dropped from #48 to #49 on the Official UK Soundtrack Album chart.
The 3 DVD set "Elvis – The DVD Gold Collection" remained steady at #9 on the Official UK Music DVD chart.
The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped from #45 to #52 on the Official Irish Album chart
The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation is a re-entry at #95 on the Official Scottish Album chart

Australian Charts:
The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" dropped off the Australian Music DVD Chart from last week's #39 position.

(Source: Billboard / Chart Company / The King's World / Amazon / Australian Recording Industry Association)

July 13 - Elvis On Vinyl (Finally)

After six months delay the 4 LP import-set "Elvis On Stage" will finally be available. 

Lp 1 - Side A -On Stage - The Album - The Felton Jarvis Rough Mix
1. See See Rider (Feb. 18; Ds)
2. Elvis Talks (Feb. 18; Ms)
3. Release Me (Feb. 18; Ms)
4. Sweet Caroline (Feb. 16; Ds)
5. Elvis Talks (Feb. 18; Ds)
6. The Wonder Of You (Feb. 18; Ds)

Lp 1 - Side B
1. Polk Salad Annie (Feb. 18; Ms)
2. Elvis Talks (Feb. 16; Ds)
3. Proud Mary (Feb. 16; Ds)
4. Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Feb. 19; Ms)
5. Let It Be Me (Feb. 17; Ms)
6. I Can´T Stop Loving You (Feb. 19; Ms)

Lp 2 - Side A - Opening Show - January 26, 1970
1. Opening Vamp/All Shook Up
2. That´S All Right
3. Elvis Talks
4. Proud Mary
5. Don´T Cry Daddy
6. Teddy Bear/Don´T Be Cruel
7. Long Tall Sally
8. Let It Be Me
9. Walk A Mile In My Shoes/In The Ghetto

Lp 2 - Side B
1. I Can´T Stop Loving You
2. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
3. Sweet Caroline
4. Polk Salad Annie
5. Introductions
6. Kentucky Rain
7. Can´T Help Falling In Love

Lp 3 - Side A - Dinner Show - February 18, 1970
1. Long Tall Sally
2. Elvis Talks
3. Don´T Cry Daddy
4. The Wonder Of You
5. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
6. Release Me
7. Polk Salad Annie

Lp 3 - Side B - Dinner Show - February 19, 1970
1. Proud Mary
2. Don´T Cry Daddy
3. Kentucky Rain
4. Let It Be Me
5. I Can´T Stop Loving You
6. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
7. Release Me
8. See See Rider

Lp 4 - Side A - Closing Show - February 23
1. Opening Vamp/All Shook Up
2. I Got A Woman
3. Long Tall Sally
4. Don´T Cry Daddy
5. Hound Dog
6. Love Me Tender
7. Kentucky Rain
8. Let It Be Me
9. I Can´T Stop Loving You

Lp 4 - Side B - Dinner Show - February 19, 1970
1. See See Rider
2. Sweet Caroline
3. Polk Salad Annie
4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
5. Heartbreak Hotel
6. One Night
7. It´S Now Or Never
8. Suspicious Minds
9. Can´T Help Falling In Love

Sony/ATVC Added to Producing Team of Heartbreak Hotel

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has come on board as a co-producer and investor of brand new Elvis Presley stage musical "Heartbreak Hotel".

A prequel to the Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet, "Heartbreak Hotel" recounts the astonishing early life of the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll whose pioneering recordings with record producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records unleashed a music revolution and propelled Presley to worldwide fame and adulation.

The new musical is written and directed by Million Dollar Quartet co-creator Floyd Mutrux and is a partnership between Heartbreak King Productions, the Tony Award-winning producers behind productions including Rock of Ages and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, and Authentic Brands Group, owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises LLC. It will have its premiere at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago on Sunday, July 15.

Besides its role as a co-producer and investor, Sony/ATV has also agreed to license to "Heartbreak Hotel" more than a dozen songs recorded by Presley. These include some of his most-recognized and successful early hits, such as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Mystery Train," Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and "Rip It Up" as well as "Heartbreak Hotel," which not only serves as the musical's title but was his first Billboard pop No. 1 and first million-seller in the U.S. and became his breakthrough international hit.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier said: "Elvis Presley is the ultimate music icon who not only totally transformed music but changed the world. I am proud that Sony/ATV is now involved as a co-producer and investor of "Heartbreak Hotel" which will not only serve as a fantastic reminder to everyone like me who grew up with Elvis just how unique and special he was, but will be a terrific way for a new audience to discover the music and life of The King of Rock 'n' Roll."

(Source: Various / Broadway World)