August 31 - Ultimate Transparant Debut (Updated)

Elvis Presley's self titled debut album will be re-issued by the Waxtime label on January 1, 2019 on transparent green colored vinyl. This re-issue contains 4 additional bonus tracks. 

Ultimate Re-issue 

The Dutch compilation “Top 40 Elvis Presley - His Ultimate Top 40 Collection” has been re-issued by Sony in a double digit-pack. 


B.P.I. Award

The 2004 single release of "The Wonder of You" was awarded a Silver Single Award by the British Phonographic Industry for selling over 200.000 copies sold since it's release (streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales) in the United Kingdom.

A Greensboro Release


The Victrola import-title “Elvis April 14 1972 Greensboro” containing Elvis Presley’s powerhouse concert in Greensboro Coliseum on April 14th 1972. The concert comes in a digital-pack filled with many rare pictures.

(Source: Amazon / Elvis On CD / FECC)

August 30 - Comeback Screening Success

The Cinema presentation of ELVIS'  'Comeback Special' 50th anniversary was sensational. The great news is that there was such a big fan turnout the 2018 cinema "Comeback Special" was the top performing Fathom music event of 2018 and the top performing music event in cinemas worldwide this year. The event was presented in nearly 700 movie theatres across the U.S. on August 16 and 20. The two-night event attracted more than 70,000 attendees domestically and is estimated to sell more than 165,000 tickets across 1,000 movie theatres internationally.

Both event dates performed in the top 10 at the box office; the first night secured the fourth highest per-screen average attendance and the second night secured the second highest per-screen average attendance.
Each screening included bonus content about the making of the special with audiences taken on a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from Binder, Priscilla Presley and others.

The short documentary was produced by Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17, a partner to Fathom and ABG on this successful project. "Even 50 years after the original premiere of the special, audiences were eager to experience it on the big screen," said Fathom CEO Ray Nutt. "In partnership with ABG and Spencer Proffer, we were able to create a successful campaign creation of new behind-the-scenes content and a promotional screening in New York. Combined, these tactics brought in a whole new generation of Elvis fans."

"We are thrilled with the success of the 50th Anniversary Comeback Special event" said ABG's Marc Rosen, "Building on this momentum, we are working to produce more one-of-a-kind events for theaters around the world featuring a few of our other iconic brands including Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali."

"What strikes me most about the success of the Elvis Comeback event is that despite the torrent of content available on television, audiences are still compelled to leave their homes to experience something unique, and communally, on the big screen," said Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17. "This special was made fifty years ago and it still holds up thanks to Steve Binder's pioneering use of handheld cameras in a concert setting and Elvis at his best - unplugged, playful, raw."

(Source: Broadway World / Elvis Information Network)

August 26 - Rex Mansfield Died

Elvis Presley's former army buddy Rex Mansfield passed away Sunday morning. He was 83.

Rex Mansfield was inducted into the Army on the same day as Elvis in March 1958 and went through basic training with him in Texas, traveled with him to Germany and became close friends for the next 18 months. 

Elisabeth Stefaniak (later Mansfield) was a young German girl in 1958 and was hired to answer Elvis' fan mail. Elisabeth became romantically involved with Elvis but was torn between her love for Elvis and her love for Rex – and she eventually chose Rex and they married in 1960. He wrote several books on his time with Private Presley.


Both Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield were special guests at Elvis Week this year at the 'Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents’ Event'. While Rex seemed older he did was energetic and talked with fans as he signed copies of his book. That was only 2 weeks ago.

Elvis Car on the Auction Block

Legendary rocker Elvis Presley was famous for doing it his way and that includes a custom-painted 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL sedan that will be on the auction block in Las Vegas next month.

The car, which will be offered by Barrett-Jackson, was purchased new by Presley and he owned it until his death in 1977. He had it painted Alpha Crystal Blue Metallic to match his 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600. After the singer died, the car was placed in a museum and has been on display there for 40 years. 

The 280SEL is powered by a 169.5cid 6-cylinder engine capable of making 180 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. It is paired to a 3-speed automatic transmission. As befitting of the King, the car has a lot of options, including power brakes, steering and windows. It also has air conditioning and a Becker Europa AM/FM radio with an 8-track player.


In addition to the Mercedes-Benz, the buyer will receive the car’s bills of sale, registration and other paperwork, in addition to a photo of the car in front of Presley’s home, Graceland. 


(Source: Elvis Information Network / Classic Cars)


August 25 - SUN 45RPM Re-issues

The original five SUN singles will be re-issued once more. Following the release of the five Sun 10 inch replica singles at 78RPM the 45RPM are due out in September in 7" 45RPM. This is a strictly low limited number of only 250 copies release.

1) That's All Right / Blue Moon of Kentucky
2) Good Rockin' Tonight / I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
3) Milkcow Blues Boogie / You're A Heartbreaker
4) Baby Let's Play House / I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
5) I Forgot To Remember To Forget / Mystery Train

(Source: Elvis Australia)

August 24 - Preview Charts (Updated)

The global chart overview:
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #9 to #28 on the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #7 to #25 on the Official UK Vinyl Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" DVD climbed from #11 to #10 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 
  • The 3 DVD set "Elvis – The DVD Gold Collection" dropped from #14 to #36 on the Official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #27 to #78 on the Official Irish Album chart. 
  • The "The Real ... Elvis" compilation re-entered the Official Irish Album charts at #97.
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #6 to #18 on the Official Scottish Album chart. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped off the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #15 to #59 on the Dutch Album chart. 
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #1 to #5 on the Dutch Vinyl 33 chart. 
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped off the German Album chart from last week's listing at #37. 
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation climbed from #34 to #26 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation entered the Austrian Album chart at #37.
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation entered the Swiss Album chart at #24.
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation entered the Spanish Album chart at #60.
  • The DVD "Elvis: ’68 Comeback – Special Edition" dropped from #33 to #47 on the Official Uk Music DVD chart. 
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #15 to #34 on the Australian Aria Album chart. 


Preview '68 Comeback


Here are a few previews of the new “’68 Comeback” book by it’s original director Steve Binder. 
One strange error can be spotted, the 1977 "Moody Blue" album was bought way back in 1968 as inspiration for the music for the TV special.

(Source: The King's World / MysteryTrain on FECC Forum)

August 23 - Primo (Updated)

Elvis Presley is featured on the cover of the Belgian Primo magazine. Inside the story on the rumors that he might have committed suicide. 

Women's Weekly

Elvis Presley is also featured in this week's Women's Weekly magazine with an article "It's Now Or Never, The Truth About Elvis". 

(Source: Primo /UEPS / FECC)



August 22 - New Vinyl


Released by Friday Music Records is a three album package containing the classic albums “Elvis Is Back!", on transparent  blue vinyl, "His Hand In Mine" on white silver vinyl and "On Stage – February, 1970" on black blue vinyl. The albums come in a gatefold cover with original artwork on front and back and new content inside. 

The Not Now Music label released the three LP set "Elvis In The ’50's" containing 48 classic tracks from the years 1954 to 1959.

(Source: The King's World)

August 21 - Clambake Blu-ray

Due for release from Koch Media GmbH on blu-ray and DVD in Germany is the movie "Clambake" (aka "Nur Nicht Millionär Sein").

(Source: Amazon / Elvis Club Berlin)

August 20 - Elvis Debuts at #1 In US


Elvis Presley has entered the Billboard Top Christian album chart at #1, a first for the legendary artist, with "Where No One Stands Alone". Sales are the 18,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. The new collection is also #1 on the Billboard Physical Albums chart and the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart.

While three contemporary gospel albums recorded by Elvis, "His Hand In Mine" (1960, RIAA Platinum), "How Great Thou Art" (1967, RIAA 3x Platinum) and "He Touched Me" (1972, RIAA Platinum), were released during the artist's lifetime, "Where No One Stands Alone" is the first Elvis album to hit #1 on the Billboard Christian album chart. Elvis Presley's religious recordings -- singles, EPs, albums, compilations -- have sold approximately 300 million copies in the US alone with "(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)" and "Crying In The Chapel" each selling more than 20 million copies. 

Ten Elvis albums have hit #1 on the Billboard 200 while seven Elvis album titles have reached #1 on the Billboard Country chart. 

Lisa Marie Wins Court Case

Lisa Marie had to leave Elvis Week early to head back to court - but has at last received some good news in her divorce court case from Michael Lockwood.
According to the media court papers state that Lisa Marie won’t have to pay her estranged husband spousal support.

In the order handed down on (of all days) August 17, a judge found that a 2007 post-nuptial agreement signed by Presley and Lockwood was valid.
The agreement was arrived at the year after Presley and Lockwood married and before the couple’s twins were born. The post-nuptial agreement stated that, “in the event of a judgment of nullity, legal separation or dissolution of marriage, neither party shall be obligated to pay spousal support to the other.”
The court added that apparently Lockwood didn’t read it because it didn’t interest him but he still signed them as well as his attorney.
The decision marked a victory for Lisa Marie in the on-going and nasty divorce proceedings. In February, Presley was ordered to pay $100,000 for Lockwood’s legal fees, after she asked to pay no more than $40,000.

That amount was a compromise between what Presley and Lockwood had been seeking. According to court papers filed earlier this month, Lockwood had sought $460,000 in attorney’s fees and costs relating to their divorce proceedings.

In making her case Lisa Marie filed paperwork stating that she was more than $16 million in debt. The majority of that burden relates to tax debt, which totals just over $10 million. However, Lockwood subsequently filed papers alleging that Presley had been “misleading and inaccurate” about her finances.

(Source: Graceland / Elvis Information Network)


August 19 - Ronnie Tutt Returns To Stage

Legendary drummer and TCB Band member Ronnie Tutt was the star of the show on the last day of Elvis Week 2018.

He was a guest at the first-ever Elvis Week Brunch at The Guest House at Graceland, and he was one of the special guest appearances during the final concert of Elvis Week, Elvis Live in Concert - With an All-Star Band. 

At the brunch, Tutt shared stories from his childhood, talked about some of the many songs he played on, and what it was like to work with Elvis on tour.

Elvis Live in Concert featured Elvis' most powerful live performances on a big screen, with a an amazing live rock band backing him up. Tutt played drums for a few songs, and former members of The Stamps Quartet also added their heavenly voices to the show.




(Source: Graceland / Ronnie Tutt Facebook Fan Page / FECC)

August 18 - Walk A Mile In My Shoes On Stage (Updated)

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. 

Side A: 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)


Side B:

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)

Vinyl Is Back

Released by the Not Now Records label is "Elvis Is Back" on transparent green vinyl. 

Product Description:

On March 24th 1958, Elvis Presley entered the US Army until March 1960. Back in civilian life there was a lot of pressure on Elvis to come up with the goods RCA had ordered an initial pressing of one million copies of his first 'comeback' single before the songs were even chosen, let alone recorded. There was a lot to prove when, in March 1960, he entered the RCA recording studio in Nashville and recorded the sessions that resulted in the Elvis Is Back album, which you now hold in your hand.

(Source: Music of Elvis Presley / Various)

August 17 - Charts, #1 in The Netherlands! (Updated)

The weekly Elvis Presley chart updates from around the world. The usual compilations are back on the chart while the recent "The Searcher" and best selling "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation make a re-entry on the charts. The new "Where No One Stands Alone" gospel compilation, containing new renditions of Elvis Presley's classic gospel recordings with new backing music and vocals by the original backing artists, including a duet with Lisa Marie Presley on the title track, makes it's chart debut around the world. 

United Kingdom:
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #9 on the Official UK Album chart, marking his 53th. Top 10 album.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #4 on the Official UK Physical Album chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #7 on the Official UK Vinyl Album chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #5 on the Official UK Album Sales chart.
  • The "Elvis - The Searcher" is a re-entry at #45 on the Official UK Soundtrack Top 50 chart.
  • The 3 DVD set "Elvis – The DVD Gold Collection" drohe from #2 to #14.
  • The classic DVD "Elvis: ’68 Comeback – Special Edition" re-entered the Music DVD Chart at #33. 
  • The digital single "Where No One Stands Alone" is listed at #49 on the ITunes Top 100 Gospel and  Christians Songs chart.
  • The digital single "Where No One Stands Alone" is listed at #US Hot Christian Songs chart.
Scotland and Ireland:
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #6 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation is listed at #82 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #27 on the Official Irish Album chart.
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation re-entered the Official Irish Album chart at #56.
Australia:
  • 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.
US (Billboard):
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #22 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation is a re-entry at #194 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #4 on the US Billboard Top Album Sales chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #4 on the US Billboard Top Current Sales chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #3 on the US Billboard Internet Albums chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #1 on the US Billboard Vinyl Albums chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #1 on the US Billboard Rock Album Sales chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #2 on the US Billboard Top Rock Album chart.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation climbed from #47 to #38 on the US Billboard Top Rock Album chart.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation climbed from #30 to #26 on the US Billboard Top Country Album chart.
  • The “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation climbed from #11 to #3 on the US Billboard Country Catalogue Album chart.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation is a re-entry at #22 on the US Billboard Country Catalogue Album chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #1 on the US Billboard Top Christian Album chart.
  • The “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” gospel compilation climbed from #22 to #21 on the US Billboard Top Christian Album chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #1 on the US Billboard Christian Album Sales chart.
Europe:
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #15 on the Dutch Album chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #17 on the Dutch Combi Album chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #1 on the Dutch Vinyl 33 chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #34 on the Belgian Album chart (Flanders).
  • The "Elvis - The Searcher" is a re-entry at #190 on the Belgian Album chart.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” gospel compilation is a new entry at #37 on the German Album chart.
(Source: FECC / ARIA / Official Chart Company / Bilboard / The King's World / Dutch Charts)

August 15 - Comeback Book (Updated)

The book "68 Comeback" 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.

A Fool Such As I

Released by the Promo Sound label is the compilation CD “A Fool Such As I”. 

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.

Love Me Tender - The Greatest Hits

Release in Japan by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. is the CD “Love Me Tender - The Greatest Hits”. This CD was released as the follow-up for the use of the title-track on the Wednesday drama "Takamine no Hana" that started on July 11, 2018.  This marked the first time an Elvis song was selected as a TV series theme song in Japan.

The CD, presented in Sony's Blue-Spec CD 2 format, comes with a 40 pages booklet with notes about the songs in Japanese and lyrics in English and Japanese. Included is a download code for the mobile phone (PlayPass Music Player required).
(Source: FECC / Amazon / Elvis World Japan / Elvis On CD)




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.

The Big Issue

Elvis Presley is featured on the cover of the UK magazine "The Big Issue" with an article by Simon Goddard on the '68 Comeback Special. This is a magazine offering employment opportunities to people in poverty.

(Source:  Elvis Information Network / Graceland / FECC / The Big Issue)

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)