February 14 - Good Times

The Friday Music label re-issued the "Good Times" album as a limited edition on 180 Gr. translucent gold and blue swirl vinyl. It comes housed in a gatefold sleeve and as a bonus the cover-art on a  24 x 24 inch poster. 

Rufus Sewell as Vernon Presley

Rufus Sewell will portray the reserved, soft-spoken Vernon Presley, the King of Rock and Roll’s father, in Baz Luhrmann’s "Elvis".

The Warner Bros. film stars Austin Butler in the title role and Tom Hanks as Elvis Presley’s manger, Colonel Tom Parker.

Luhrmann co-wrote the script with Craig Pearce. The movie revolves around the veteran manager and the young singer, who came from dirt-poor origins to become an icon who changed the course of music history. 

Throughout his career, Presley talked about his devotion to his mother, Gladys, constantly calling her his number one girl. The close relationship is said to have continued when the musician’s career took off and during Gladys’ bout of depression due to his time away from home. 

Vernon Presley was a man who, though outwardly proud of his talented son, was said to be deeply insecure. Though tasked with the management of Elvis’ finances, he was unqualified for the job and plagued by a constant fear of returning to their earlier life of poverty.

Follow That Release

The first 2020 releases from the Follow That Dream Collector label were released. The original pressing of the CD contained a typo on the frontcover. 

The “Elvis In California” double CD featuring Elvis touring during May 1974 featuring concerts from Selland Arena, Fresno (May 12) and Swing Auditorium, San Bernadino (May 10 and 13).

The LP “Love Letters From Elvis” featuring a festival of outtakes and masters with 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.

Easy Come, Easy Go

Paramount Pictures re-issued the movie “Easy Come, Easy Go” on DVD. 

Lieutenant Ted Jackson (Elvis Presley) a Navy frogman, is about to end his tour of duty but on his last dive, he discovers a sunken ship. Once he finds out there are silver coins hidden in the wreck, he sees a fortune in his future. Now, he and his old boss (Pat Harrington) dive headfirst into the treasure-hunting business. Mix in go-go dancers, underwater suspense and romance with a yoga cutie....suddenly, adventure doesn't get any groovier. Featuring the songs "Easy Come, Easy Go," "I'll Take Your Love," "Yoga is as Yoga Does," and "The Love Machine."

Sylvia Holmes Died

Sylvia Holmes, a former KTXS host and DJ died Friday at her home in Abilene. She was 88. It was while working at WHHM in Memphis, Tennessee that she became good friends with one of the regular listeners to her all-night radio show. His name was Elvis Presley. He visited her at the radio station, and they became longtime friends.

(Source: Friday Music / Amazon / Variety / BBC / KTXS / Memphis Mansion)