January 31 - 50,000,000 Vinyl Fans Can't Be Wrong

Sony Legacy re-issued the classic greatest hits compilation "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 2" on 180 Gr. vinyl. 

Side A: I Need Your Love Tonight / Don't / Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / My Wish Came True / I Got Stung
Side B: One Night / A Big Hunk O' Love / I Beg of You / (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I / Doncha' Think It's Time.

Happy Birthday

Jerry Scheff celebrated his 79th birthday. 

Donating Guitars in Nashville


James Burton donated a new batch of guitars through his James Burton Foundation to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and the V.A. Hospital, both in Nashville, TN.

"We believe in healing through the gift of music. Thanks to everyone who partners and supports the James Burton Foundation with their time and money.

Without your support, we couldn’t continue to make this difference. If you’d like to make a donation, any amount helps, visit www.jamesburtonfoundation.org".

Cancelled

The “Elvis: Seen/Unseen” show at the The Borgata, Atlantic City, NJ has been cancelled.

(Source: Amazon / James Burton Foundation)


January 30 Hayride Release

The Danish Memphis Mansion released of "Elvis Presley at The Hayride", an 10 inch vinyl LP compilation that highlights the rarest of Elvis' Hayride performances. This album comes on turquoise vinyl with a pink label (100 copies made) and pink vinyl with a blue label (300 copies made). 

Postponed

The “Elvis: Seen/Unseen” show at the The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ. has been postponed to December 11, 2020.

(Source: The Phoenix Elvis Forum)

January 29 - Vinyl Art

The Wagram label announced the release of "Elvis Presley" in their "Vinyl Art" series. The release-date is March 6, 2020. 

FTD Delayed

Due to a printing error the Follow That Dream collectors label have had to re-print the "Elvis In California" cover. The title contains "San Bernadino" while the correct spelling is "San Bernardino". Therefor the CD will not be shipped on February 3rd as planned but hopefully later in the week.

(Source: Amazon / The Elvis Shop London)

January 28 - The King Is Coming To Charlotte Motor Speedway

From Charlotte Motor Speedway: Move over, Richard Petty and Steve Kinser: another famous car belonging to “The King” is coming to Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

Elvis Presley’s pink-and-white 1955 Cadillac, the car most associated with “The King” and the birth of Rock 'N' Roll music, will roll into Charlotte Motor Speedway to serve as the centerpiece attraction for the April 2-5 Pennzoil AutoFair.

Other than a trip to London in 2015, the iconic Fleetwood sedan - recognized as one of the most famous American-made cars - has not been displayed outside of Memphis since Elvis Presley's Graceland opened for tours in 1982. Currently the car resides in the new Presley Motors exhibit in the Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex across the street from Graceland.

Charlotte Motor Speedway, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, was no stranger to Presley during his remarkable career. Alongside Nancy Sinatra, Presley starred in the 1968 movie "Speedway," which was filmed at Charlotte Motor Speedway. By then, Presley was a worldwide star.

"We are thrilled to join in celebrating the Charlotte Motor Speedway's 60th anniversary," stated Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises. "No doubt that Elvis would be delighted to support the celebration."

As a struggling, 19-year-old singer in October 1954, Presley and his band began traveling from one performance to another by car. To make the hectic, grinding schedule work, band members often slept in the car between gigs when they weren't taking a turn at the wheel. Band cars had to be large, comfortable, fast, and stylish, which narrowed the field in the mid-1950s to the powerful V-8 engine Lincolns and Cadillacs.

Contrary to legend, the famous pink '55 Caddy was not The King's first car as a traveling musician. In January 1955, Presley bought a 1951 Lincoln, which his bass player totaled in March. The singer replaced the Lincoln with a used, pink-and-white 1954 Cadillac that caught fire and burned on the side of the road in June. To keep Presley happy and mobile, his manager helped the singer finance a new Cadillac Series 60 Fleetwood Special on July 7, 1955.

Cadillac's Fleetwood sedan came equipped that year with a 331ci, 250hp V-8 and HydraMatic automatic transmission. Measuring 227 inches from end to end, it was 2.5 inches longer than today's Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV and would seat six comfortably. It came standard with luxury equipment such as power windows, power brakes, and a power-adjustable driver's seat for $4,728.

(Source: WBTV)

January 27 - Photographer Bill Ray Died

Photographer Bill Ray died at 83. He captured Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy birthday, Mr. President’” and was present at the Brooklyn Army Terminal September 1958 when Private Presley blew kisses to fans before shipping out to West Germany for his military tour of duty. 

Two years earlier he photographed Elvis Presley live on stage at St Paul, Minnesota, 1956

(Source: New York Times / NY Post)

January 26 - Good Times Preview

Here is a preview of the upcoming vinyl re-issue of the classic “Good Times” album from Friday Music which is due February 14, 2020. This re-issue comes as a limited edition on 180 Gr. gold and blue swirl vinyl, housed in a gate-fold cover with a 24 x 24 inch bonus poster. The audio is mastered by Joe Reagoso. 

Tom Hanks Landed Down Under

Hollywood icon Tom Hanks arrived in Australia to star in the Elvis Presley biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann. The biopic documents Elvis Presley's rise to fame against the backdrop of a changing cultural landscape in the 1950s and '60s. The film is scheduled to be released in October 2021. 

Tom plays Elvis' late manager, Colonel Tom Parker, and has already earned the tick of approval from Parker's widow, Loanne.  Loanne said: 'If Tom Hanks takes on a role, he makes it a good fit. He will be a good fit for Colonel, I have trust in his abilities. Every story has a hero and a villain, and the past stories that made Elvis a hero and that leaves only the Colonel to be a villain and both of them were heroes in their own right.'

(Source: Friday Music / Daily Mail)

January 25 - Burger King

The Burger King customer newsletter / magazine features Elvis Presley on the cover. Inside the 2-page article “Elvis Presley: Bravo, Elvis” on the recent Elvis 85 - Bravo Edition” 3-CD set. 

Cancelled / Postponed

The “Elvis: Seen/Unseen” East Coast shows have been cancelled ““due to unforeseen circumstances”. These shows were previously cancelled November / December 2019, also “due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control”. The dates are:

January 30, 2020: Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater: postponed to December 11, 2020.
January 31, 2020: Atlantic City, NJ – The Borgata: cancelled.
February 1, 2020: New Jersey - Theatre at Westbury: postponed to December 12, 2020.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Burger King / Facebook)

January 25 - Charts January 2020 - Week 4

The global Elvis Presley chart update. Billboard cleaned up the number of charts making life a bit easier. With Christmas gone, Elvis Presley remains with one album title on various charts. The same goes for the UK and Australia, these titles are steady sellers.

US Billboard chart:
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #124 to #141
  • Billboard Catalog Album Sales chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entry #44.
  • Billboard Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #37 to #50.
  • Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #35 to #44.
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #14 to #12.
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #14 to #18.
Eminem ties with Elvis Presley with 10 #1 albums each on the Billboard 200. Eminem is the only artist with 10 consecutive number 1 albums in the history of music.

Official UK charts:
  • Official UK Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” dropped from #95 to #99.
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” dropped from #62 to #65.
Australian ARIA charts:
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: “'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)” dropped from #4 to #7.
Official Swiss charts:
  • Swiss Album Top 100: “Elvis 85 - Bravo Edition” new entry #86.
Official Belgian charts:
  • UltraTop Album Top 200: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” re-entry #200.
(Source: UK Mix / Billboard / Official Chart Company / ARIA / UltraTop /. Swiss Charts)

January 24 - HMV Worldwide Blu-ray Discography

The "HMV Worldwide Discography" by Alan White has been updated and re-released. 

Synopsis:

This 100-page book is all you need to know regarding Elvis’ historic releases on the HMV label. Alan White, the foremost specialist on the worldwide Elvis Presley releases on the HMV label, covers  78’s from England, Ireland, New Zealand and Pakistan, 45’s from England and New Zealand, EP’s from England and LP’s from England, New Zealand and much, much more. 

Did you know POP 408 "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" was issued in the UK with gold lettering? Have you ever seen a solid centre Elvis UK HMV 45rpm? The items in the book are described in meticulous detail to easily identify the variations and illustrated with excellent colour photographed covers and labels. The book also includes test pressings, demonstration discs and other variations. 


King Creole Blu-ray

Paramount announced the release of a limited edition Blu-ray of the classic 1958 movie “King Creole” with March 17th 2020. The movie is remastered, widescreen and comes with English and French subtitles. 

Elvis Pop Icon

Equinox Publishing announced the release of the book "Elvis: Roots, Image, Comeback, Phenomenon" by Mark Duffett as part of their ongoing "Icons of Pop Music" series.

Synopsis: 
Elvis Presley remains the single most important figure in twentieth century popular music. To many commentators, however, he has simply embodied the benefits and problems of uncritically embracing capitalism. By 2005 the ‘Memphis Flash’ sold over a billion records worldwide, yet his cultural significance cannot be measured by these extraordinary sales figures alone. He cannot quite be reduced to a placeholder for the contradictions of commerce. As the most prominent performer of the rock’n’roll era, then as a charismatic global superstar, Elvis fundamentally challenged the established relationship between White and Black culture, drew attention to the social needs of women and young people, and promoted the value of Southern creativity. He functioned as a bridge figure between folk roots and high modernity, and in the process became a controversial symbol of American unity.

Elvis interprets the image and music of Elvis Presley to reveal how they have evolved to construct a particularly appealing and powerful myth. Following broad contours of Presley’s rollercoaster career, the book uses a range of analytical frames to challenge established perspectives on an icon. Its shows that the controversy around Elvis has effectively tested how far a concern for social equality could be articulated through the marketplace, and ultimately challenged how popular music itself should be assessed.

(Source: The Elvis Shop London / Amazon / FECC)

January 23 - Jacket Auction

Three jackets, once worn by Elvis Presley, are up for auction at the Gotta Have Rock 'n' Roll auction on January 29th. The items are a red wine denim jacket, worn in the movie "Stay Away Joe", a Suzy Cream Cheese two-tone brown suede fringed jacket and a blue warm-up jacket. Each of these jackets is expected to raise around US$ 20,000. 

(Source: UEPS / Gotta Have Rock And Roll)

January 22 - Terry Blackwood Awarded

Terry Blackwood, lead singer for Elvis Presley's former backing group The Imperials, received the "Golden Medal Of Honor" from the Austrian city of Vienna and became an honorary citizen of the city. Blackwood has performed dozens of times in the city and Vienna has now rewarded him with this award.

(Source: Elvis Matters)

January 21 - The Essential Elvis Presley

Sony Music re-issued the "The Essential Elvis Presley" double CD compilation. 

(Source: Fan Shop)

January 20 - That's The Way A Preview Is

David English shared a small update on the upcoming Follow That Dream “That’s the Way It Is” set he is working on with Pal Granlund. 

“Just to update everyone, the project is making good progress...the audio is being worked on this week. The images are being being cleaned and restored meticulously by some very talented people, one of the images is included here as a sample...Both Pal and myself, with the help of Ernst are working hard to bring this project to completion...I will update with more samples and news soon”.

(Source: David English on FECC)

January 19 - Jailhouse Rock in Colour

The Waxtime In Colour red vinyl re-issue of the "Jailhouse Rock" soundtrack has been released. 

(Source: Facebook / Jazz Messengers)

January 18 - Charts January 2020 - Week 3

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. The 

US Billboard Charts:
  • Billboard Top 200 chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #123 to #124.
  • Billboard Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #35 to #37.
  • Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #20 to #35.
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #16 to #14.
  • Billboard Top Country Albums: “The Essential Elvis Presley” remained steady #14.
Official UK Charts
  • Official UK Album chart: “The 50 greatest Hits” re-entry #95.
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 greatest Hits” remained steady #62.
UK Album Chart Milestones according to Forbes: "Elvis Presley - The 50 Greatest Hits" at #95. Elvis has never dwindled in popularity in the UK and fans of the rock and roll pioneer continue to consume his most beloved songs, even decades after his passing. Somewhat coincidentally, the musician and songwriter's compilation 'The 50 Greatest Hits' has now spent 50 weeks on the chart. The set returns this time around at No. 95 and will surely return to the UK's Top 100 again at a later date.

Irish IRMA charts:
  • IRMA Music DVD chart: ‘Elvis The Searcher” re-entry #5.
Australian Charts:
  • ARIA Music DVD chart: “'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)” climbed from #7 to #4. 
(Source: UK Mix / Billboard / Official Chart Company / IRMA / ARIA)

January 18 - Elvis Presley's from Elvis in Memphis Book

Bloomsbury Academic announced the cover and release-date of the paperback book "Elvis Presley's from Elvis in Memphis" in their 33 1/3 series. The 152-page book by Eric Wolfson, has November 12, 2020 as the release date. 

From the press-release:
"I had to leave town for a little while--" with these words, Elvis Presley truly came home to rock and roll. A little over month earlier he had staged rock's first and greatest comeback in a television program, forever known as "The '68 Comeback Special." With this show, he resurrected himself--at the age of 33, no less--from the ashes of a career mired in lousy movies and even lousier soundtracks. So where to go from here?

Like a killer returning to the scene of the crime, Elvis came back home to Memphis, where it had all begun. Eschewing the fancier studios of Nashville and Hollywood, he set up shop at the ramshackle American Sound Studio, run by a maverick named Chips Moman with an in-house backing band simply known as "The Memphis Boys," and made the music of his life. The resulting work, "From Elvis in Memphis", would be the finest studio album of his career, an explosion of mature confidence and fiery inspiration. It was the sound of Elvis--and, in turn, rock and roll--grappling with adulthood in a teenage music, as sung by the person who shaped it more than anyone else.

You can read an extensive interview with the author by Nigel Patterson from the Elvis Information Network in my book "Elvis Day By Day 2019". >>> Buy it online here.

(Source: Amazon / Good Reads)


January 17 - Elvis Sings ...

The Spanish El Toro Records released three EPs; “Elvis Sings Don Robertson” on clear red vinyl, “Elvis Sings Pomus & Shuman” on clear transparent vinyl and “Elvis Sings Stan Kesler” on clear yellow vinyl. 

Details “Elvis Sings Stan Kesler”:

Side A : I Forgot To Remember To Forget. / I'm Left You're Right She's Gone
Side B: Playing For Keeps / Thrill Of Your Love

First of three volumes specially released to commemorate the King's 85th anniversary!

Like Elvis, musician and songwriter Stan Kesler began his career at Sun Records in Memphis. A master of the clever song title, Stan pitched "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" to Elvis in 1955 and followed up with "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" and, since Elvis' move to RCA, the other two songs featured on this EP.


Details “Elvis Sings Pomus & Shuman”:

Second of three volumes specially released to commemorate the King's 85th anniversary!

Both born in Brooklyn although over ten years apart, Jerome "Doc" Pomus and Mort Shuman have rightly become one of the most successful song-writing partnerships during the rock 'n' roll years. Their first for Elvis was 1960's "A Mess of Blues" and they have gone on to pitch these other great songs at the King.

Side A: Little Sister / Gonna Get Back Home Somehow
Side B: A Mess of Blues / His Latest Flame

Details “Elvis Sings Don Robertson”:

Third of three volumes specially released to commemorate the King's 85th anniversary!
A talented pianist and composer, Don Robertson co-wrote the million-selling "I Really Don't Want to Know" for Eddy Arnold in 1953 and secured one of his songs, the beautiful ballad "I'm Counting on You", on Elvis' debut LP in 1956. Since then he has successfully pitched these other songs at Elvis and has played on a film soundtrack for the King.

Side A: I'm Counting On You / I'm Yours
Side B: No More / There's Always Me

Elvis In Bronze

In less than 1 year and 5 months after the start of the campaign to collect 15,330 Euro for a life-size bronze Elvis Presley sculpture - to be placed at the American Bridge in the German town of Bad Nauheim where Elvis lived while stationed in Germany - the goal has been reached. The bridge is under restoration and the statue will be formed using 3D print technology and hopefully find his place later this year.

(Source: El Toro / Amazon / Facebook)

January 16 - First In Line Definitive Edition


The MxF Records import label announced the release of “First In Line - The Complete Edition”. A limited edition containing both “First In Line” releases. The box set is limited to 26 copies and comes in two variations. 

In this set you find 5 complete audience recordings from the January - February 1974 Vegas season on three formats: white colored vinyl, CD and cassette. 

LP: February 8th, 1974 Dinner Show.
Double CD set 1: “First Time Vol.1” with the February 1, 1974 Dinner and Midnight Shows.
Double CD set 2: January 28th, 1974 Dinner Show and February 09th, 1974 Closing Show.
Cassette (two colors): “First Time Vol.1” February 09th, 1974 Closing Show.

The two sets come with their own box, obi, tote bag, poster and certificate and more.

Looking For Love

Elvis Presley is featured on the cover of the US National Enquirer (edition 20th January, 2020) with inside the article “The Woman Who Loved Him Tell All”. In the UK Closer magazine an article on the same theme "Elvis Was a Hit With the Ladies, but was ‘Searching for a True Love’!”

Easy Come, Easy Go


Paramount announced the re-release of the movie "Easy Come, Easy Go" on DVD with February 14, 2020 as the release-date. The movie will be available in Spain one day earlier as "Como Vienne, Se Va". 

(Source: National Enquirer / Closer Magazine / Elvis Information Network / FECC / Elvis Club Berlin / Amazon)








January 15 - Replaced

The Follow That Dream collectors label announced that they will supply a replacement disc for CD 2 of the "Elvis Is Back Sessions" 4 CD set.

The statement: "Due to a minor audio defect, on CD 2 of ”The Elvis Is Back Sessions”, we will be supplying a free replacement disc (housed in a plastic wallet) for you to send out with our new releases to your regular customers. You will receive a quantity matching all orders placed by you to date and any future orders until stock is deleted".


There is also a 'quality control' issue regarding "The Making of Viva Las Vegas" book / CD set. 

If you want to hear "I Need Somebody To Lean On" on CD 1 and skip to track 4 you will find the song starts 15 seconds in, mid through the first line. The first 15 seconds is actually at the end of Track 3 "If You Think I Don’t Need You". Of course if you play the CD all the way through you will not notice. However your CD player will show that "I Need Somebody To Lean On" runs 2.45 when the song actually runs 3 minutes.

(Source: FECC / Elvis Shop London / FTD / Elvis Information Network)

October 14 - Elvis Day By Day 2019 Book Released!

A proud moment! My first book "Elvis Day By Day 2019 - The year in Review" has been released and is now available on-line! 300 pages on 'everything Elvis 2019'.

>>> Buy it online here.

All the news from 2019 fully illustrated with 24 additional - some new and exclusively written - reviews, articles and interviews on the main releases by Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley from the great Elvis Information Network website, Shane Brown, Joan Gansky and myself. 

The combination of news and reviews creates a comprehensive overview, '2019, the year in review'. As the book is both a yearbook and a reference book I added an index for easy access. 

After 20 years of blogging and writing online on Elvis Presley on ElvisNews.com and ElvisDayByDay.com finally I finally have something to show for it :-). 

I want to thank the fans from this forum for sharing news and opinions on this forum, it was a valuable source of information for my book. 

For those interested, the book, including a small preview, is available on-line in both a softcover and a hardcover edition. Both full color.

>>> Buy it online here.

The price is 49 euro for the softcover and 59 euro for the hardcover edition. For more information click on the right banner.

January 13 - Love Letters Form California

The Follow that Dream collectors label announced the release of the "Elvis in California" double CD and the “Love Letters” double LP featuring alternate version from the June 4th - June 8th 1970 sessions. 

As part of the ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of "Elvis in California". Released as a 2-CD 5 inch digi-pak, this set features Elvis touring during May 1974. The shows, taken from the original soundboard tapes, feature concerts from Selland Arena, Fresno (May 12) and Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino (May 10 and 13).

From the E.I.N. website: Elvis' 10th tour was short, five concerts in California over four days the most famous being his two "Forum of Inglewood" concerts on May 11, 1974. (As released on FTD "Live in LA") Elvis was in good form. The San Bernardino local review of Elvis' first concert there included, "Above all Elvis Presley knows what the faithful want and he bowls them over with his style. That's why he was a sellout at the Swing last night, will be on Monday night when he returns, and sells out wherever he performs. "I'm a cement mixer, baby," he snarls at the screamers, "a churning urn of burning funk." Believe it."

The set-list is familiar early 1974 material including, Steamroller Blues, Help Me, Funny How Time Slips Away and Big Boss Man.

CD 1 - 12.05.1974 Selland Arena, Fresno:
See See Rider (Incomplete / Late Recording Start) - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Steamroller Blues - Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Help Me - American Trilogy

10.05.1974 8:30pm Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino:
Let Me Be There - Funny How Time Slips Away - Big Boss Man - Can’t Help Falling In Love

Tracks 1-17 recorded May 12th, 1974, 3:00 PM at Selland Arena, Fresno, CA. Tracks 18-21 recorded May 10th, 1974, 8:30 PM at swing Auditorium, san Bernardino, CA. This is a soundboard recording. Please Note that the two shows have been combined as that the last songs on the Fresno tape are damaged, and only the second half of the San Bernardino show was recorded.

CD 2 - 13.05.1974 8:30pm Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino:
See See Rider (Incomplete / Late Recording Start) - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Steamroller Blues - Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Help Me - American Trilogy - Let Me Be There - Funny How Time Slips Away - Big Boss Man - Can’t Help Falling In Love (Incomplete)

Recorded May 13th, 1974, 8:30 PM at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA. This is a soundboard recording.

FTD Vinyl’s next release upgrades "Love Letters from Elvis". Recorded during the marathon sessions held in Nashville, June 4-8, 1970, the original LP became the last album of utilising songs recorded during that week. This new 180-gram heavyweight vinyl edition mastered at Abbey Road in London features a festival of outtakes and masters

Side A 01 It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) (master) 2:48 02 Heart Of Rome – takes 2, 3 (undubbed master) 7:57 03 When I’m Over You (master) 2:27 04 Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It (master) 4:36 

Side B 01 Life – takes 1,2 4:57 02 Cindy, Cindy – takes 2, 3 (undubbed master) 4:22 03 Rags To Riches – take 3 1:54 04 Love Letters – takes 3,1 3:59 05 It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) – takes 1,2 3:32 

Side C 01 I’ll Never Know (master) 2:24 02 Something (master) 3:33 03 This Is Our Dance – takes 6, 7, 9,11 (undubbed master) 6:45 04 Only Believe – takes 3. 4 (undubbed master) 5:35 

Side D 01 The Sound Of Your Cry (master) 3:14 02 It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) – takes 3-6 4:10 03 Love Letters (master) 2:50) 04 If I Were You – takes 2-5 6:23 05 Life – take 10 3:04


(Source: FECC / FTD)

January 12 - Hometown Memphis

The Wonderland Records / Rock & Roll Majesty import label announced the release of the 6-CD set "Home town Memphis" featuring the Memphis shows from March 16, 1974 (Afternoon Show), March 17, 1974 (Evening Show), March 20, 1974, June 10, 1975, July 5, 1975 and the rehearsals at Sam Thompson house from November 3rd and 4th 1973. This set is limited to 300 copies. Everything on this 6-CD set was taken from previous releases.

(Source: FECC)

January 11 - Charts January 2020 - Week 2

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update: 

Billboard Charts

  • Billboard Top 200 chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #171 to #123.
  • Billboard Top Album Sales chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entry #96.
  • Billboard Top Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entry #35.
  • Billboard Top Catalog Album Sales chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entry #45.
  • Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart: “It’s Christmas Time” climbed from #15 to #11.
  • Billboard Holiday Album Sales chart “It’s Christmas Time” climbed from #5 to #3. 
  • Billboard Holiday Album Sales chart: “The Classic Christmas Album” climbed from #8 to #6. 
  • Billboard Holiday Album Sales chart: “Merry Christmas, Love Elvis” climbed from #42 to #28. 
  • Billboard Holiday Album Sales chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Christmas” re-entry #41.
  • Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” climbed from #25 to #20.
  • Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” re-entry #45.
  • Billboard Christian Album Sales chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” climbed from #14 to #5.
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #33 to #16.
  • Billboard Rock Album Sales chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” re-entry #33.
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #20 to #14.
  • Billboard Country Album Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special (Soundtrack)” re-entry #50.
  • Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #5 to #3.
  • Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “It’s Christmas Time” dropped from #1 to #4.
  • Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” re-entry #8.
  • Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “The Classic Christmas Album” dropped from #3 to #9.
  • Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” re-entry #10.
Official UK charts
  • UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 greatest Hits” dropped form #47 to #62.
  • UK Music DVD chart: “The Ultimate Collection” re-entry #25.
Official Australian charts:
  • ARIA Music DVD chart: "'68 Comeback Special (5oth Anniversary Edition") climbed from #9 to #7.
(Source: UK Mix / Billboard / Official Chart Company / IRMA / ARIA)

January 11 - Auction Results

A number of unique and original Elvis' memorabilia were auctioned via the Catawiki Elvis Auction on January 11. Among the items were a concert jacket from '77, a 14-carat gold ring, and the latest Elvis Presley guitar. The auction ended today, and the concert jacket raised 2,650 euros, a gold ring 9,500 euros, and Elvis' 'last' guitar over 26,000 euros.

According to the certificate of guitarist John Wilkinson he gave Elvis this guitar about 30 minutes before his very last show on June 26, 1977, prior to what Elvis' last concert would be. John Wilkinson was Elvis' rhythm guitar player in the TCB Band from 1969 until 1977. 

The instrument has beautiful abalone and mother of pearl around the sound hole and around the edges of the body. It has the famous TCB logo on the peg head and 'Elvis Presley' spelled out on the finger board, all this in abalone and mother of pearl. The instrument was built in 1974 by the Gallagher Guitar Company of Wartrace, TN. 

You can still see the scratches on the back from Elvis' show belt from when he strapped the guitar on for the one and only time. Elvis thanked John for this special gift and asked if John could keep it for him, in case he would like to use it later. This was June 26, 1977, unfortunately there was never another concert. Elvis died on August 16, 1977. Elvis Presley passed away less then two months later, on August 16, 1977.  

(Source: ElvisMatters)

January 10 - Elvis Reborn

The Good Music label announced the release of the CD "Elvis Reborn: Mono To Stereo Mixes" on February 1, 2020. Unlike his previous projects, of adding new instrumentation to some of Elvis' classic recordings, this time Larry Jordan is releasing 'Elvis Reborn" containing 30 classic songs turned from mono to stereo by using the relatively recent process of "Digitally Extracting Stereo" (DES).

The producer previously released "Elvis: The New Recordings" (2015), "Elvis: The New Sessions" (2015), "Elvis: A New Way" (2017), "The Tender Side of Elvis" (2018) and the recent "Elvis: The Best of The New Recordings" (2019).

From the press release:

Hear 30 classic Elvis songs like you've never heard them before ... in stereo! Through a new, cutting-edge digital audio process called DES (Digitally Extracted Stereo), it is now possible to create new, authentic-sounding stereo mixes from original mono recordings.

Since instruments and vocals typically occupy fairly narrow frequency ranges, DES is able to isolate guitars, drums, piano, strings, singers, etc. and extract them into separate tracks that can be remixed just like multi-track stereo recordings.

This breakthrough technology allows fans to experience their favorite mono songs in a more lifelike way than ever before!

These are not 'overdubs'. No new instrumentation has been added. All of the sounds you hear are the original musicians backing Elvis, but with a clarity that exposes for the first time sounds you never heard before! This exciting, trend-setting CD is as close as you will come to actually being present in the studio when these songs were recorded in the glory days of Rock 'N' Roll.

"Elvis Reborn: Mono To Stereo Mixes" is destined to remain a treasured collectible for years to come! Official release date: February 1, 2020. 

Tracks: Jailhouse Rock - Blue Suede Shoes - What A Wonderful Life - (You´re So Square) Baby I Don´t Care - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - I Want You, I Need You, I Love - Good Rockin´ Tonight - I Love You Because - One-Sided Love Affair - I´ll Be Home For Christmas - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Mean Woman Blues - One Night - Young And Beautiful - Don´t Be Cruel - A Fool Such As I - Money Honey - I Was The One - A Big Hunk O´ Love - Blue Christmas - Doncha´ Think It´s Time - Got A Lot O´ Living to Do - I Beg Of You - I Need Your Love Tonight - Rip It Up - Is It So Strange - Mystery Train - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Trouble

Listen to a preview:


(Source: FECC / Elvis Shop London / Elvis Express)

January 10 - From Elvis Presley Boulevard to Colored Vinyl

Friday Music announced the release of the LP “From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis Tennessee” as a limited edition on 180 Gr. audiophile burgundy red vinyl. This re-issue, with march 20, 2020 as the release date, comes housed in a gatefold cover. 

"From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee" is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured for a very limited time on beautiful burgundy Vinyl at R.T.I.

Side A: Hurt / Never Again / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / Danny Boy / The Last Farewell

Side B: For The Heart / Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall / Solitaire / Love Coming Down / I'll Never Fall In Love Again.

Throughout the 1970’s, Elvis Presley would release many fantastic hit albums, smash singles and movies. Ever proving that he was indeed on top of his game, The King of Rock and Roll delivered to his fans one of his finest albums yet “From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee.”

Featuring a treasure trove of his most familiar hit singles like his huge worldwide smash hit “Hurt” and the great Neil Sedaka composition “Solitaire”, “From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee” went on to achieve gold status and beyond, while becoming one of his last studio albums that he would record before his untimely passing. It also went #1 in the country charts, and achieved numerous chart placings in the various Top 40, Adult Contemporary and Country charts…..plus a ton of airplay!

Stellar balladry abounds as well with his classic rendition of his good friend Tom Jones’ hit “ I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” and the beautiful Roger Whitaker standard “The Last Farewell.” The 1976 album was truly a continuing story of success for The King proving once again that his career was unlike any other in music history.

(Source Friday Music / Elvis Club Berlin)

January 09 - Hits From The Movies

Released by the Gold Vinyl label on red colored vinyl is the LP "Hits From The Movies". This set is limited to 1111 copies. 

Side A: Jailhouse Rock - Young And Beautiful - Loving You - Mean Woman Blues - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Party - G. I. Blues - Blue Suede Shoes - Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn...) - King Of The Whole Wide World - Home Is Where The Heart Is

Side B: Girls! Girls Girls! - Return To Sender - Because Of Love - Blue Hawaii - No More -  Can't Help Falling In Love - Hawaiian Wedding Song - King Creole - Dixieland Rock - New Orleans.



Liberace and Elvis!

The independently published paperback book "Liberace & Elvis! The Shocking Truth! Paperback" by Pamela Presley has been released. 

Description: Władziu Valentino Liberace, born on May 16th, 1919, West Allis, Wisconsin, U.S., was a pianist, singer, entertainer and actor. Liberace was a child prodigy, born to parents of Italian and Polish origin, having had a career spanning 4 decades of concerts, recordings, TV, movies, and endorsements. From the '50s to the '70s, while at the height of his fame, he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world, with established concert residencies in Las Vegas, along with an international touring schedule. Liberace had a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, being nicknamed 'Mr. Showmanship'.

(Source: Amazon)

January 08 - Happy birthday, Elvis!

King of Rock 'N' Roll was born 85 years ago today, and this morning, fans from around the world celebrated Elvis' birthday at the annual Birthday Proclamation Ceremony at Graceland with Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Jack Soden and Joel Weinshanker,

They announced at the proclamation that a new Elvis artifact is now on display at Graceland: his childhood bicycle. Elvis' father, Vernon, purchased the bike for Elvis when he was about 11 years old and it has been stored in the Smokehouse at Graceland for years. The Graceland Archives team had the bike restored, and it's now on display in the Trophy Building.

Sadly for the King’s only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, she won’t be able to bring her twin 11-year-old daughters to the celebration, which was to include a private party at Graceland Wednesday night with Lisa Marie’s mother, Priscilla Presley.

That’s because Lisa Marie Presley, 51, failed to get a judge to sign an emergency order, letting her take the girls, Finley and Harper, out of state. Presley has been caught up in a pretty grueling custody battle with her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood, from whom she filed for divorce in 2016.


Under terms of a standing court order, neither Presley nor Lockwood can take the children out of California without the consent of the other parent or court approval, The Blast reported.

Priscilla talks about Elvis watching the Comeback Special: 

Speaking at Elvis' 85th birthday celebrations this month, Priscilla Presley spoke of watching the 1968 special with The King live that Winter. Priscilla, now 74, recalled: 

"I was sitting with him in our living room and we were watching the show. It was Sonny West, myself and Charlie Hodge with Elvis. And it was so intense... you couldn't hear a pin drop.

Elvis was literally stuck to that TV and we didn't say anything. He watched the whole entire thing with such intensity, I could feel his nervousness watching it that night. He didn't say a word. Nothing, until after it was over. I could see him a little bit perspiring.

And all of a sudden the phone started ringing and it was all like magic. They were all saying, 'Oh my god, Elvis was really great...what a night!' When it came out in the papers it told all the ratings of how well the show did and it was like a big sigh of relief for him. But, y'know he was nervous." 

That's The Way It Is

The classic 1970 music documentary "Elvis That's The Way It Is" from Denis Sanders was shown on the big screen in various countries. Just one day only. Over 25,000 people bought a ticket in Belgium and The Netherlands according to Warner Brothers.

Auction Results

Graceland 2020 Birthday Auction Results: The fourteenth Auction at Graceland took place on Elvis' 85th birthday with over 280 artifacts up for purchase.
  • The highest bid went for Elvis's 1950s Alpaca Vest selling for an incredible $42,500.
  • Surprisingly both original TBC necklaces sold for under their estimates price, Lamar Fike's only selling for  $18,750
  • Among the 288 items offered in the January 8 auction, auction highlights included:
  • - 1950s Elvis owned and Worn Alpaca Vest Gifted to Texas DJ and Dear Personal Friend Eddie Fadal - Sold for $42,500
  • - Elvis Gold Colored “ELVIS” Monogrammed I.D. Bracelet with Secret Photo Compartment - Sold for $30,000 (way over $1,000 estimate)
  • - Group of 22 Photos of Elvis at the Lee County Sheriff's Office - Sold for $21,250 (way over $1,000 estimate)
  • - Lamar Fike’s TCB Necklace Given to Him from Elvis Presley - Sold for $18,750 (way under estimate of $30,000+)
  • - Elvis TCB Necklace Gifted to Friend of Kathy Westmoreland After a Concert in Las Vegas - Sold for $6,875 (under the estimate of $10,000+)
  • - Elvis Blue “Ron Postal” Turtleneck Sweater - Sold for $7,500
  • - 1969 Elvis Presley Signed Oversized Photo with Don Ho - On Stage at the International Hotel - with Huge Signature! - Sold for $7,500
  • - 1957 Elvis Presley Doll in Rare Original Shipping Box - Sold For $6,000
  • - Elvis Presley Screen-Used “Match-O-Matic” Chrome Pistol-Shaped Lighter Used in the Film Spinout with Letter from Charlie Hodge - Sold for $5,500
  • - Elvis Presley Owned Silver Dollar Money Clip – with Genuine 1881 “Liberty Head” Morgan Silver Dollar Coin! - Sold for $4,250
  • Elvis' Harley-Davidson Golf Cart (see story below) was passed in & did not meet $20,000 minimum
  • Graceland Auctions was also honored to offer a selection of “Experiences at Graceland” that raised nearly $20,000 to benefit the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.
(Source: Graceland / FECC / Pathe)