October 26 - More 10 Inch Vinyl

Three new 10-inch vinyl re-issues of classic LP's are due on colored vinyl: 'Elvis Golden Records' (Japan), 'Y Su Conjunto' (Chili) and 'Good Rockin' Tonight' (France). The LP's come on red, green and pink vinyl, all limited to 250 copies each. 

Tracks Elvis Golden Records:

Side A: I Need Your Love Tonight / Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / My Wish Came True / I Got Stung. 

Side B: A Big Hunk O' Love / One Night / (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I / Doncha' Think It's Time.

Tracks Y Su Conjunto:

Side A: Blue Suede Shoes / I'm Counting On You / I Got A Woman / One-Sided Love Affair / I Love You Because / Just Because. 

Side B: Tutti Frutti / Tryin' To Get To You / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) / I'll Never Let You Go / Blue Moon / Money Honey. 

Tracks Good Rockin' Tonight: 

Side A: Good Rockin' Tonight / I Don't Care, If the Sun Don't Shine / That's All Right / Blue Moon Of Kentucky.

Side B: Baby Let-s Play House / I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone / Milkcow Blues Boogie / You're A Heartbreaker.

(Source: Bear-Family / Jungle Records)










October 25 - Japanese Golden Records

Due for release on December 4, 2020 is a 10-inch colored vinyl re-issue Japanese 'Elvis Golden Records' containing 8 of the 10 tracks from the legendary '50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong' hit compilation. It it limited to 500 copies and comes on two-tone gold opaque and violet transparent vinyl. 

(Source: Robert Frieser on Facebook)

October 24 - Elvis And More

The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain released the book 'Elvis And More: The Spoils of War'.  

Description: This is the autobiography of the world’s most well-known fan club president, Todd Slaughter, not through celebrity but because of his unforgettable name. His encounters with the rich and famous occurred – not that anyone wanted to meet him, but everyone wanted to talk about Elvis.  

Conceived on the battlefields of Flanders (coastal Belgium) during WWII, adopted into poverty by loving parents, and growing up in the cosmopolitan East Midlands city of Leicester, this is the story of one man’s determination to promote and preserve the legacy of Elvis Presley.  

Todd’s passion for Elvis is unquestionable. His achievements for Elvis, for the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain and its members are remarkable. His involvement with entertainment industry moguls is unbelievable. Despite bad luck, bad health and bad people, Todd has survived to tell a remarkable story.

(Source: Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain)

October 24 - Charts October 2020 - Week 4

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart updates. Most albums improve their position on the charts a little. 


Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' climbed from #176 to #170.
  • Billboard Top Holiday Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' climbed from #10 to #8.
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' climbed from #30 to #28. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #18 to #21.

Official UK charts:

  • Official Album Top 100 chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' climbed from #80 to #75. 
  • Official Streaming Album Top 100 chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' climbed from #52 to #50. 

Official Scottish charts: 

  • Official Scottish Album chart: 'Party' climbed from #54 to #43.

(Source: Official Chart Company / UK Mix / Billboard)

October 23 - 30th Anniversary LP

The Danish Memphis Mansion announced the release of a 30th Anniversary LP to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Elvis News Denmark fan club. The LP, limited to 300 copies, contains remastered 12 songs selected by fan club members. It comes on gold colored vinyl with black spatters, housed in a gatefold cover. The release-date is December 2020.

Tracks: Ready Teddy / Don't Be Cruel / Lawny Miss Clawdy / Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / One Night / Jailhouse Rock / All Shook Up / Treat Me Nice / I Need Your Love Tonight / Young And Beautiful / Paralized / Love Me Tender. 


Heartbreak Hotel Lyrics

The original handwritten lyrics to the classic 1956 Elvis Presley hit song Heartbreak Hotel will all come up for bid in Weiss Auctions’ major online-only auction planned for November 19th-20th.

Description: Heartbreak Hotel was written in October 1955 by Mae Boren Axton, a high school teacher with a background in musical promotion, and Tommy Durden, a Jacksonville singer-songwriter. 

The lyrics were inspired by a newspaper account of a man who committed suicide by jumping to his death from a hotel window, leaving a note that said, “I walk a lonely street.” Axton presented the song to Presley and he loved it, recording the hit in January 1956 for his new label, RCA Victor. 

Axton and Durden’s signed lyrics, in pencil with corrections, is a rare slice of rock’n’roll history.

(Source: Elvis News Denmark / Anthony Stuchbury / Weiss Auction / EIN Presswire)

October 22 - Lyric Video (Updated)

Sony Legacy released a lyric video of 'Funny How Time Slips Away' to promote the upcoming 'From Elvis In Nashville' album.

Recorded in one single take, Elvis puts his soul into this perfect bluesy rendition of the Willie Nelson classic. Matt Ross-Spring's new remaster adds even more emotion with Charlie McCoy's organ neatly counterpointing James Burton's fine guitar playing.  


Elvis Connection

McCartney hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of “Rockdown,” he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III: a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade. 

He recorded the record earlier this year in Sussex and it’s mostly made up of live takes of Paul on vocals, guitar, piano, drumming and more. Among the vintage instruments Paul plays is the double bass that belonged to Bill Black, who played the instrument in Elvis’ original trio.

City of Memphis vs. EPE

The city of Memphis won another legal battle Thursday against one of its more notable corporate citizens, Elvis Presley Enterprises, the owner of Graceland. 

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Samuel Mays dismissed EPE's suit against the city of Memphis.

In it, Graceland's owner alleged that the city of Memphis had told the city's office of planning and development not to consider plans for Graceland's expansion in retaliation for EPE's previous lawsuits against the city.  The office of planning and development held off considering the plans due to litigation over whether tax incentives could be used for an arena at Graceland

EPE and the city have been embroiled in legal disputes for the better party of two years over whether Graceland could expand and build an indoor arena with public incentives. The city of Memphis has maintained that taxpayer funds can't be used to subsidize an arena because that would violate the noncompete clause in the city's agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies. At each turn, the city of Memphis has won, though an EPE appeal remains pending in the Tennessee Supreme Court. 

(Source: Elvis Information network / Elvis The Music / Express Commercial Appeal)

    

October 21 - Tinseltown Troubadour Vol. 2

The Lauderdale Records import label announced the release of volume 2 of 'Tinseltown Troubadour', a 33-track compilation featuring a 'fun and dynamic mix of movie versions, studio outtakes and alternate mixes' and 'cool movie dialogue, movie dialogue and promo spots, freshly mixed and edited in glorious mono' according to the text on the cover (the same text and cover as on vol. 1).

Tracks:C’mon Everybody - Loving You - Blue Hawaii - Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet Baby - One More Day - Teddy Bear - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - Take Me To The Fair - Happy Ending - It Won’t Be Long - Mean Woman Blues - Spinout - Adam & Evil - Spinout - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here - She’s A Machine - Long Legged Girl - Bossa Nova Baby - Stop Where You Are - Rock A’ Hula Baby - There’s No Room To Rhumba - Drums Of The Islands - What A Wonderful Life - You Can’t Say No In Acapulco - Big Boots - Slicin’ Sand - Smokey Mountain Boy - Girls, Girls, Girls - Catchin’ On Fast - Follow That Dream - Long Lonely Highway - King Of The Whole Wide World - Meanest Girl In Town - You’re The Boss - Hey Little Girl

(Source: Elvis Shop London)

October 17 - Charts october 2020 - Week 3 (Updated)

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. The usual albums remain steady, the biggest movement is on the Holiday Album chart. 

U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Album Top 200 chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #170 to #176.
  • Billboard Top Holiday Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album: climbed from #27 to #10. 
  • Billboard Top Christian Album chart: 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' climbed from #50 to #49.
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #27 to 30. 
  • Billboard Country Rock Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' remained steady at #18.

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' remained steady at #80.
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from $50 to #52.
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'The Elvis Collection' re-entry #43. 

Official Scottish charts:

  • Official Scottish Album chart: 'Party' dropped from #52 to #54.

(Source: UK Mix / Official Chart Company / Billboard)

October 16 - The Wonder of Platinum

The 'The Wonder Of You' album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was certified Double Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (B.P.I.) for selling over 600,000 copies (streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales) since October 21, 2016.

(Source: FECC / B.P.I.)

October 14 - Walk A Lonely Street

Author Tony Plews shared an update on the publication of his book 'Walk A Lonely Street - The Tale of Heartbreak Hotel' which has been a few years in the making. The original release was planned in 2016. 

The manuscript is ready and resides with the proofreader and the last copyright details are under negation. If all progress smoothly, it is the intention of the author to publish the book December 2020.

Synopsis: This is the first book to answer the last great mystery of rock 'n' roll: who was the anonymous man whose death inspired Elvis Presley's first hit record? It is a story that spans over one hundred years and involves scores of singers and their songs, uncovering the truth, placing events in context and revealing the astonishing depth of Presley's artistic vision and achievements.

(Source: Tony Plews)

October 13 - Movie Hits From Asia

This is the cover-art for the upcoming 'From Memphis to Taipeh', an Asian vinyl reference book by Ferry van der Werf and Dick Dekker. The book, containing 500 plus entries on 500 plus pages, is set for release January or February 2021.

While working on the book we very soon we found out that we had run right into a wasp’s nest of countless titles, flying in from everywhere. We could never tell this epic story in just a single volume. So we decided to limit our coverage to 10” and 12” records from six major Asian countries: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Other countries and formats will just have to wait for Volume 2, and perhaps even a Volume 3! 

Hits Sings Hits From the Movies

The Miracle Surface label released the LP 'Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies'. This compilation of alternate takes comes on blue vinyl housed in a gate-fold cover.

(Source: Dick Dekker on Facebook)



October 12 - Smooth Bronce Box-sets

The MfX import-label released various versions of the ‘Smooth Chicago Nights’ vinyl / CD set featuring soundboard recordings from the October 14th and 15th 1976 concerts as recorded in Chicago. 

The set comes in four different versions on various colors of vinyl in various packages with various kinds of bonus items like CDs, tote-bags, art-cards, certificates, foldable water bottle, cassette and more.

Elvis In Bronce

The new statue of Elvis Presley, which will be placed at the American Bridge in the German Town Bad Nauheim is ready. The statue is set to be unveiled January 8, 2021.

(Source: email / Elvis In Bronce)


October 10 - Charts October 2020 - Week 2 (Updated)

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update, steady again, except in Scotland where Elvis makes a big jump on the Album chart. 

Billboard

  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #163 to #170.
  • Billboard Catalog Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #45 to #48.
  • Billboard Top Holiday Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' climbed from #31 to #27.
  • Billboard Top Christian Album chart: 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' re-entry at #50.
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: ' The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #23 to #27. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: ' The Essential Elvis Presley' climbed from #20 to #18. 

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from #71 to #80. 
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped climbed #51 to #50. 
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'Elvis The Searcher' climbed from #46 to #38. 
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'Elvis Lives - Live From Memphis' dropped from #44 to #45.

Official Scottish charts: 

  • Official Scottish Album chart: 'Party' climbed from #99 to #52.
(Source: UK Mix / Billboard / Official Charts)

October 09 - Preview From Elvis In Randers

Sony Legacy released another preview track from the upcoming 'From Elvis In Nashville' 4-CD and 2-LP set, takes 3-4 of 'Mary In the Morning'.  

Elvis 4 Films

Paramount Pictures France announced the release of the 4 DVD set 'Elvis 4 Films' featuring the movies 'G.I. Blues', 'Sous Le Ciel Bleu d'Hawaii', 'L'Homme A Tout Faire' ('Roustabout') and 'Bagarres Au King Creole'.

This set features the same cover art as the 'Elvis 5 Films' set from the same company released May 2020. That set also featured 'Fun in Acapulco' and 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' but committed 'King Creole'. 

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Finally due next week is the Memphis Mansion picture disc release 'Home Is Where The Heart Is'. The picture disc features the images of fans that supported the Memphis Mansion during these hard times.

Side One: 

1.Home Is Where The Heart Is (original edit stereo master)

2.Introduction / I’m Counting On You

3. Elvis speaks / I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

4. Elvis speaks / Party (Alternate Master)

5. Elvis speaks / As Long as I Have You

6. Elvis speaks / I Will Be Home Again


Side Two

1. Shoppin’ Around

2. Elvis speaks / I Want You With Me

3. Elvis speaks / I’m Comin’ Home

4. Elvis speaks / Ku-u-ipo

5. Elvis speaks / Because Of Love

6. Elvis speaks / I Got LuckyVerstuurd vanaf mijn iPhone

Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies

The Miracle Surface LP 'Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies' should be available next week too. 

(Source: FECC Forum / Sony Legacy / Elvis Club Berlin / Memphis Mansion)


    

October 07 - (P)review Elvis: Argentina 1956 / 1962

Elvis collector and author Carlos R. Ares recently announced the release of his new book 'Elvis @ Argentina 1963-1969'. 

The book is currently at the printer and should be available this November. Here is a (p)review:

One of the best parts of being an Elvis fan is collecting Elvis’ music. We usually start-off young with budget and local releases. How great was the discovery of that old or exotic record you missed, simply because you were born too late or lived in a certain corner of the globe?

For many fans the releases from Japan, Asia, Africa and South America are highly collectable because they differed from the main USA, UK or German releases. In this book, Carlos R. Ares takes us back in time to the years 1963 to 1969 documenting Elvis’ impact in Argentina between 1963 and 1969. 

This book is the follow up to the Elvis: Argentina 1956 / 1962 book published in 2018. Let’s see what this Argentine trip down memory lane holds for us.

Design

The design of this 200-page hardback book is one of its main selling points. It is colorful with a lot of eye-candy and yet easy on the eye.

Each year has its own chapter and the design follows the content of the chapter using (style) elements from the movie and music memorabilia shown.

The author and designer clearly chose not to make this an encyclopedia on Argentinian record releases, but an entertaining read for fans and collectors.

The text – in English – is a good addition to the graphic content and helps the reader's understanding of all the Spanish newspaper clippings and promotional material.

Content

The book is an illustrated chronology of Elvis @ Argentina for the years 1963 to 1969, covering all Argentinian Elvis music and movie releases – on many formats – with additional background information and illustrations placing these releases in the proper (social) historical context.

The book opens with the “Street Fighting Man” from ‘Kid Galahad’ and ends with “That Idol” and the ‘From Elvis In Memphis’ album. In between we get all information on 17 movies, 12 LPs, 26 singles, 3 EPS and one 78 RPM acetate released in Argentina between 1963 and 1969.

These years include titles such as ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’, ‘Pot Luck’, Golden Records Vol.3’, ‘Harum Scarum, ‘Elvis’ (The ’NBC TV Special’) and ‘From Elvis in Memphis’. We all may have our perspective on the (artistic) quality of our man’s work, but he certainly was very productive.

As a fan it is interesting to learn how Elvis was received and represented in other countries. These original newspaper clippings and promotional material illustrate this. The author did not wear ‘pink glasses’ he added both the (very) critical and positive opinions on our man’s work.

Reading the original reviews, the appreciation of Elvis’ sixties output is pretty much the same across the globe: a worn-out formula with pretty girls, Elvis, fluffy music and some light comedy as the main ingredients. A quote from the book from a movie executive after seeing ‘Harum Scarum’: “Elvis movies don’t need titles; they could be numbered”.

The little details, background stories and different South American designs make this book an interesting release. And the book holds many. You just got to love the language, the writing, and the designs.

The book is obviously written by an enthusiastic fan and collector. A fan reminiscing about the early days of discovering and collection Elvis while sharing (background) stories and nice little details.

The illustrations with many original and altered known designs from the authors collection will make you jealous.

A few examples:

  • Would The Colonel have known - or should I say have allowed - that the great ‘Return To Sender' was used as a B-side to benefit local rock ’n’ roll singer Johnny Tedesco's native version?
  • Do collectors of South American vinyl know that this single was released in very limited numbers on 78 RPM (as an acetate)?
  • The classic ‘In The Ghetto’ was released on single as 'En El Barrio De Los Judíos' which translates as ‘In The In Jewish Neighborhood'.
  • The LP ‘From Elvis in Memphis’ was mixed down from stereo to mono by Argentine technicians because back then monaural records were still popular in Argentina? This mix sounds quite different from the one most of us know.

Conclusion

This book is not only interesting for fans interested in Argentine Elvis releases, but for Elvis fans in general. Besides a nice trip down memory lane by South American fan and collector Carlos R. Ares, to which many fans can relate, this book is a nicely illustrated chronology of Elvis @ Argentina covering most of the sixties. It is a collector’s guide to everything Elvis Presley from Argentina at the same time, including some interesting and very rare items for the serious collectors.

Hopefully there will be a next installment in this series as the seventies bring us a new and different Elvis. I’m curious to find out how "that idol" was presented and marketed in Argentina.

Here is a preview of what to expect:


For more information on the book, and how to order it contact the author by mail at Elvis.Shop@gmail.com or on Facebook at: "elvis.shop.argentina".

Review by Kees Mouwen / October 2020.

October 07 - Classic Christmas and Gospel Vinyl

The Not Now Music budget label announced the release of the LP 'Elvis Christmas Greats' with October 30th as the release date. 

Description

So entrenched was the public perception of Elvis as a hell-raiser, that the announcement he was making a record of Christmas songs sent the world into a tailspin. Released in 1957, 'Elvis’ Christmas Album', showed that Elvis had created a template for all future Christmas recordings: no rock star had ever undertaken such a project and it was Elvis who paved the way. Enjoy this superb LP including "Santa Claus Is Back In Town", "Blue Christmas" and many more ...

Tracks: Santa Claus is Back In Town / White Christmas / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / I'll Be Home For Christmas / Blue Christmas / Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me / Oh Little Town of Bethlehem / Silent Night / (There'll Be) Peace In the Valley (For Me) / I Believe / Take My Hand, Precious Lord / It is No Secret (What God Can Do).


Christmas Classics & Gospel Greats

The Vinyl Passion label announced the (re-)release of ‘Christmas Classics & Gospel Greats’ with October 23 as the release date. This re-issue is limited to 300 copies and comes on ‘silver’ colored vinyl, housed in a gate-fold sleeve. 

Description:

Elvis Presley’s first holiday album was 1957’s Elvis' Christmas Album. The original 1957 LP consisted of six popular Christmas songs, two traditional Christmas carols and four gospel songs which had been released earlier in 1957 on the EP 'Peace in the Valley'. Those included two spirituals by innovator Thomas A. Dorsey, 'Peace in the Valley' and 'Take My Hand, Precious Lord'.

This Vinyl Passion specially expanded version of the 'Christmas Album' includes a further four Gospel tracks taken from Elvis’ 1960 Gospel album 'His Hand in Mine'. These four tracks 'Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'I Believe In The Man In The Sky' and 'Swing Down Sweet Chariot' combine with the original 12 tracks from 'Elvis' Christmas Album' to create a programme of both secular Christmas songs and the gospel numbers that Elvis himself grew up with.

Tracks: Santa Claus Is Back In Town / White Christmas / O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Lane) / Blue Christmas / Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) / I'll Be Home For Christmas / Silent Night / (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) / It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) / I Believe /  Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho / He Knows Just What I Need / I Believe In The Man In The Sky / Swing Down Sweet Chariot / Take My Hand, Precious Lord

(Source: Facebook / Wagram)

October 06 - Atlanta Weekend '76

The AudiRec import label announced the 3-CD set 'Atlanta Weekend '76' featuring 3 Asheville shows from June 4 - 6 1976 as recorded in Atlanta, GA.

From the press release: AudiRec label is back! In November 2018 we released a thematic box set with 3 Asheville shows from July 22 – 24, 1975. “The Asheville Marathon ’75 was a huge success and this release was immediately sold out. Now we are releasing a similar thematic set dedicated to Elvis great shows in Atlanta 1976. 

All three Atlanta June ’76 shows were released a very long time ago, but never in such a great sound quality. We have located the original sources recorded by the same person and restored the sound from scratch. All shows were taped with a recorder equipped with two microphones and there is a certain stereo effect making the sound rich and full. The sound of all concerts was re-tuned by professional musician to the correct speed! Hopefully you will enjoy the outcome. 

We originally planned to release Atlanta, Dec. 30 1976 show too, but this one will be released very soon by FTD label from soundboard source.

For the first time ever, our release is presented in a deluxe triple digipack with a collection of great images taken in Atlanta, GA, June 4 - 6, 1976.

So enjoy this comprehensive Atlanta trilogy on 3 discs. Do not miss the opportunity to own the 'Atlanta Weekend '76'! It is an ultimate release of Elvis' magical June ’76 Atlanta shows!

CD 1 - Atlanta, GA, Friday, June 4, 1976:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Help Me - Jailhouse Rock  - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions - Early Morning Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - Love Letters - School Day - Hurt (#1) - Hurt (#2) - Burning Love - Funny How Time Slips Away - Little Darlin' - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp 

CD 2 - Atlanta, GA, Saturday, June 5, 1976:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Monologue - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Help Me - America (The Beautiful) - Jailhouse Rock - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Monologue (About Pontiac, MI, New Years Eve Show) - Band Introductions - Early Mornin' Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - Love Letters - School Day - Hurt (#1) - Hurt (#2) - Burning Love - One Night - Dialogue - Funny How Time Slips Away - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 3 - Atlanta, GA, Sunday, June 6, 1976:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Help Me - Jailhouse Rock - Fever - America (The Beautiful) - Band Introductions - Love Letters - School Day - Hurt (#1) - Hurt (#2) - Burning Love - Big Boss Man - Shake A Hand - Funny How Time Slips Away - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcements

(Source: FECC)

October 05 - Viva Porthcawl!

Harris Printers published the book 'Viva Porthcawl! The Official Story of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival' by Emily Price. 

Synopsis: “When asked to write this book I decided right from the start it had to be about the hard working people involved in this fantastic festival. I didn’t want it to be about facts and figures of how many shows take place or how much profit it rakes in, but about how every character is integral to the running of the event. The people involved are what makes the story of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival so unique. Thank you to Peter Phillips for asking me to write this book and taking me to Porthcawl to meet the people involved. The writing of this book required hours of interviews with key individuals and it was a pleasure talking to all of you. 

In the words of Elvis Presley, “Thank you very much…”

Elvis One

The Elvis One CDs 'A Vegas Treat', 'Sings Leiber & Stoller' and 'California Holiday' have been released. 

(Source: FECC / Harris Printers / Various)

October 04 - From Miami to Vegas - Updated!

The Danish Memphis Mansion released the EP 'From Memphis to Miami' featuring the newly discovered interview with Elvis from March 22, 1960 in Miami and performances from the Frank Sinatra 'Welcome Home Elvis' TV show. This EP is limited to 300 copies on classic black vinyl.

Update: the label also released 100 clear vinyl and 100 orange vinyl copies. 

Side A: Interview with Elvis from March 22, 1960 /  It’s Nice To Go Traveling / Fame And Fortune

Side B: Stuck On You / Witchcraft / Witchcraft (Reprise)

Available from the >>> Memphis Mansion online shop.

Good Times In Vegas

The Touchdown import label announced the release of the CD 'Good Times In Vegas' featuring the August 9, 1972 Midnight Show. 

From the press release:

A new release by Touchdown! We’re proud to present our new release 'Good Times In Vegas' which contains the former released Midnight Show from August 9, 1972. 

The new release of the Las Vegas concert does sound excellent for this kind of recordings. Elvis delighted his audience with a strong setlist and lots of highlights. As usual the release is accompanied with a 16-page booklet and lots of rare photos and seldom seen memorabilia.

Tracks: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Until Its Time For You To Go - You Dont Have To Say You Love Me - Youve Lost That Loving Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - Elvis Talks With The Audience - What Now My Love - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - One Night - Little Sister / Get Back - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Elvis Talks With The Audience - For The Good Times - Suspicious Minds - Band Introductions - My Way - A Big Hunk Of Love - An American Trilogy - Cant Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

(Source: Memphis Mansion / Elvis on CD Facebook)



October 03 - Charts October 2020 - Week 1 (Updated)

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. Elvis drops on all charts, even dropping out of the Billboard Top Christian Album chart.

 U.S. Billboard Charts:

  • Billboard Album Top 200 chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #148 to #163.
  • Billboard Catalog Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #41 to #45. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #19 to #20. 
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #18 to #23.

Official U.K. Charts:

  • Official Album Top 100: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from #62 to #71. 
  • Official Streaming Album Top 100: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from #49 to #51. 
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: ' Elvis Lives  - Live from Memphis' re-entry #44.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: 'Elvis The Searcher' re-entry #46.
Official Scottish Charts:

Official Scottish Album chart: 'Party' new entry at #99.
(Source: Billboard / UK Mix  / Official Chart Company)

October 02 - Elvis Vinyl

The Wagram / Indigo budget label released the 5-LP set 'The King'. This set contains a selection of public domain recordings and comes housed in a box with a bonus poster. 

Sony Music re-issued 'The Classic Christmas Album' once more on black vinyl. The US based Walmart released an exclusive version of this album on Clear Snowflake vinyl.

Gold Record

Elvis Presley was awarded a Gold Record Award for the 2004 (re-issue) single 'Burning Love' by the British Phonographic Industry (B.P.I.) for the sale of over 400,000 copies since 17/11/2004 (streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales).

Baby, Let's Play House

Alanna Nash's 2010 classic 'Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him' has been released as an audible audiobook. Erin Spencer (Narrator), Alanna Nash did the introduction. 

Synopsis: Elvis Presley’s unbreakable stronghold on the psyche of women - and theirs on him - is the focus of this much-lauded book by Elvis expert, journalist, and Country Music Association Media Achievement Award winner Alanna Nash. 

Called "by far the best study of Presley I have ever read...Impressively researched written - and felt" by New York Times best-selling author Philip Norman (author of John Lennon and Shout!) and “the most entertaining Elvis book ever” by New York Times best-selling author Jimmy McDonough (Shakey: Neil Young's Biography), Baby, Let’s Play House is the first ever Elvis book to focus solely on his complex relationships with women, starting with his mother, and including celebrities such as Ann-Margret, Linda Thompson, Mary Ann Mobley, Cher, Raquel Welch, Barbara Eden, and Cybill Shepherd. 

(Source: Amazon  / Walmart / FECC B.P.I.)



October 01 - A New Grave in the Meditation Garden - Updated

Lisa Marie Presley's son, who died at age 27 in mid-July, was buried in Meditation Garden at Graceland. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office ruled on July 14 that Keough's official cause of death was a shotgun wound and the manner of death was ruled suicide.

Graceland posted the following update:

Benjamin Storm Keough was laid to rest in the Meditation Garden at Graceland with his family including his grandfather, Elvis Presley, great-grandmother, Gladys Presley, great-grandfather, Vernon Presley and great-great-grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley.

Graceland Mansion Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

The historic Elvis Presley's Graceland will light up pink each night starting October 1 through October 11 to remind everyone about the benefits of early detection in the battle against breast cancer.

To help raise awareness, Graceland joins countless of other famous landmarks, buildings and monuments all around the world that are displaying pink as a symbol of hope and empowerment. 

For more information on how you can help raise awareness, visit Cancer.org 

(Source: Graceland)