January 04 - Gold Award For Elvis (updated)

The British Phonograph Industry (BPI) awarded Elvis Presley a Gold Record Award for the "Christmas With Elvis And The and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" for selling over 100,000 copies. The album was awarded a Silver Award on December 22, 2017.

The "Christmas With Elvis And The and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" has sold 143,500 (all formats) in 2017 and is ranked the 37th Best Selling UK Album for that year. 'The Wonder Of You' - Elvis And The RPO has sold 84,000 (all formats) in 2017 and is ranked 84th Best Selling UK Album. Overall TWOY has sold 542,000 (all formats) since its original release.

August 16, 1977

The Stanley brothers initiated another Elvis Presley movie project entitled "August 16, 1977" through their Impello Entertainment company.

From the movie website:
August 16, 1977 was a day that changed the music world forever – when young American Rock & Roll Super Star Elvis Presley was discovered dead at his Graceland Mansion in Memphis, TN. In the film August 16, 1977 we follow in almost real time the events of three individuals before, during, and after this incomprehensible event that would change their lives and forever alter our world’s entertainment landscape. Thrust into a scenario of unprecedented drama with unimaginable consequences, these key characters respond with shock, outrage, determination and courage. 
Woven together, their seemingly disparate perspectives make one of the most intriguing and powerful stories never told. From producers Billy, Ricky and David E. Stanley August 16, 1977 is the true story behind a tragic day in history you thought you knew, but didn’t, and couldn’t, until now… 40 years later.

Priscilla Presley's Father Paul Beaulieu Has Died

Priscilla Presley's father, Paul Beaulieu, has died. "Paul Beaulieu — Priscilla's stepfather since the age of three and the man that introduced Priscilla to Elvis Presley in Germany — passed away in the Brentwood, CA home that Elvis gave to him at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4 from kidney failure. He had been in declining health for several years," a source exclusively revealed to us.

The insider told Closer that Priscilla's stepfather will not be buried in Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery. He is thought to instead be laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Virginia. Funeral services for Paul are expected to take place sometime next week in Santa Monica, CA and many members of Priscilla's family, including daughter Lisa Marie Presley and granddaughter Riley Keough, will attend. A source close to her family told Closer that Priscilla is trying to keep the news of her father's passing quiet at this time to avoid paparazzi interest in the matter.

In a recent exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Priscilla opened up about first meeting her future husband, Elvis, in 1959 after her stepfather, Paul, introduced the two. At the time, Priscilla was just 14 years old and living with her family in Wiesbaden, Germany, where Paul was working as an Air Force officer. Elvis was also stationed there as an Army sergeant.

"I’ll never forget it," Priscilla said, adding that although Paul introduced her to Elvis, he was not too keen on them dating at first. "My father said, 'Absolutely not!' My mother said, 'I won’t let you walk across the street to see Elvis Presley!' I knew this was going to be a battle." When Elvis wanted to see Priscilla again, she recalled that her father "interrogated" her. "He wanted to know, 'What happened the first night? Why does he want to see you again?'" Priscilla then revealed that Elvis came to her house "in full uniform" to speak to her parents. "He came absolutely decked out in white gloves, hat, everything! Already he won my father over! They talked for an hour and a half," she said. Our thoughts are with Priscilla and her family as they mourn Paul's passing.

(Source: FECC / BPI / Impello Entertainment / Closer Weekly)

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