April 21 - Loving Weekend Charts

Due for release from Pan Am-Records on July 5, 2018 is the LP "Loving You" containing the original tracks from the LP with three additional bonus songs  

Side A:
Mean Woman Blues - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Party
Bonus Song:
 Is It So Strange
Side B:
Blueberry Hill - True Love - Don´t Leave Me Now - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - I Need You So Bonus Songs:
Treat Me Nice - All Shook Up

Weekend charts

The Official UK and Scottish Chart Company Charts (chart week April 20 to April 26, 2018)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Top Albums #- (#32)  (Sales: less than 1,070 units)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Albums Sales #74 (#18)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Physical Albums #56 (#16)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Record Store Top 40 #- (#34)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Soundtrack Albums #6 (#2)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Vinyl Albums Top 40 #- (#15)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Top Albums: #88 (#12)
Other European results:
  • Elvis The Searcher: Belgium (Flanders): #47 (#47)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Belgium (Wallonia) #87 (#97)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Germany #-- (#58)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Ireland #100 (#49)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Netherlands #-- (#81)

The Searcher (OST), which debuted at #72 on April 16, is no longer in the Top 100 Albums Chart after its second sales week.

There is also Down Under a well-known greatest hit compilation issue more pleasant. The cd album The King (88697118042), former #4 highest position and meanwhile certified for 140,000 sold units with double platinum is still in the Top 100 Albums, rising from #87 to #80 next chart week (commencing April 23, 2018).
By the way... The DVD (88697174959) "The King Of Rock 'n' Roll - 30 Hit Performances And More" (same artwork but not identical content with the 2 cd) also continues to be exemplary in the corresponding chart (Music DVDs): ranked at #20 (dropped from #15) in now 282nd chart week for the former #2 and five-time platinum (75,000) certified video.

Rare Elvis Pictures Discovered

Elvis Presley’s show at Empire Stadium on Aug. 31, 1957 is the stuff of legend. But photos of the gig are as rare as hen’s teeth. So imagine Rob Frith’s surprise when he recently got a call about some unknown Elvis pix from Empire Stadium.

Frith admits he was “a bit skeptical” about new photos turning up six decades after the show. But he was astonished when he saw them in person.

“Look at this,” he said this week, pointing to a photo of Elvis in full pelvis mode. “That’s just killer! It’s the classic pose.” Indeed it is. The photo captures the early Elvis in all his rock ’n’ roll glory, knees bent and wide apart, singin’ and swingin’ in his famous gold lame jacket.

“I was excited — I had to have them,” laughs Frith, one of Canada’s top rock poster collectors.

“I was worried they would disappear. The guy (was moving) and one of his boxes gets lost and that’s it, they’re gone.”

Frith wound up purchasing 14 prints from Andrew Bazan, whose dad Anthony took the shots. Anthony Bazan worked as a portrait photographer, and talked his way into the Presley show by claiming to be a member of the press.

One photo features Elvis with his backing singers the Jordonaires, the rest are solo shots of Elvis in various states of gyration. They’ve never been published, which is hard to believe, because they totally capture his onstage magic.

The show only lasted 22 minutes before some fans rushed the stage and Elvis vamoosed. But it sounds like the King was in full control onstage.

“(At one point) Dad was about to take a photograph when Elvis turned away,” Andrew Bazan said in an email.

“Elvis realized the situation, turned, faced Dad, smiled and waited for him to take the photo, all while still performing the song.”

The black and white prints are small, four by six inches. The negatives were lost in a fire years ago, but the Bazans kept the prints in pristine condition. Anthony Bazan died about 10 years ago, and his son inherited the photos. He decided to sell them when he moved to Peterborough, Ont.

“I felt the photos belonged in Vancouver, in a good home, hopefully to be enjoyed as I had enjoyed them over the years,” he said.

Frith was a logical person to sell them to — he owns Neptoon Records on Main Street, and is Vancouver’s top rock poster collector. Bazan had also dealt with him before.

“Apparently when his mother died he called me and I bought her records, like 20 years ago or something,” said Frith. “I think he (also) saw me on that Rockinitis (cable TV) show.”

Most of the existing shots from the gig were by Rolly Ford, who made prints for disc jockey Red Robinson, who was the MC of the show. Robinson chuckles when asked about a rumour that Elvis was wearing black pants in the Vancouver show because his gold lame pants were at the drycleaners.

“Elvis tried to wear that gold suit (onstage), but with his movement and everything else it cracked,” he said.

“He said ‘I don’t want to wear this (bleep) anymore,’ and took off the bottom and left the top on. It was gold lame, and just split apart.”

The Sun sent photographer Bill Dennett to the Presley show, and apparently he took some marvellous shots. But when the crowd rushed the stage, editors decided to run a Ralph Bower photo of the crowd instead of Elvis, which infuriated Dennett.

“He went (backstage) and did a whole bunch of (portrait) shots of Elvis with his hand up, with his wristwatch, beautiful shots,” Bower recalls.

“He had an idea of selling them as a big promotion (in the paper). He must have had about a dozen good shots.”

Unfortunately the Dennett photos have disappeared from the Sun’s archives, and have never been seen by the public. Frith can’t believe the Sun didn’t run any Elvis shots from his show, which drew a record crowd of 25,898.

“It was one of the biggest cultural events in the history of the world — Elvis Presley was a big deal!” said Frith.

“How could they not run that? Why wouldn’t you? Do you not want to sell newspapers?”

(Source: Amazon / Laser Freak / Vancouver Sun / Elvis Club Berlin)

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