Saturday, April 13, 2024

April 13 - Canzoni di Elvis Presley

Marco Durzu published a flexible and an hardback edition of his 539-page book 'Canzoni di Elvis Presley'. This Italian book contains the lyrics, and some additional information, on all the songs Elvis Presley recorded, rehearsed and performed, and more. 

Description (through Google Translate)
: This book contains the complete list of Elvis Presley's Songs in alphabetical order, 898 songs in total! It is the ideal companion to my previous Elvis Presley book entitled 'Elvis Presley Concerts and Rehearsals from 1944 to 1977'.

It is a useful tool for reading the lyrics of Elvis Presley's songs both when listening to studio recorded in the studio and performed during live performances. All songs are presented in alphabetical order and perfectly indexed and recallable with a direct link to the initial letter of the song.

For completeness, the songs sung by Elvis Presley between 1944 to 1977, including the songs he rehearsed for the planned tour in August 1977, but for which we currently have no recorded audio or video evidence are included too. 

Also added were the songs that other singers from Elvis Presley's group (Kathy Westmoreland, Sherrill Nielsen, The Stamps, VOICE) sang at his concerts and rehearsals from 1968 to 1977. 

For each song I included: the songwriters, the recording date, reference to the film in which Elvis Presley sang the song and first release (on a single, Extended Play or album). For the songs for which we do not have audio/video recordings, I have reported the authors of the song, the year in which the song was recorded and the references of the concerts and rehearsals in which Elvis Presley sang the song.


This weeks National Examiner tabloid featured another article on Elvis and Ann-Margret: "Forbidden Love Revealed!". 

(Source: Amazon / Lucky Jackson on Facebook)

April 13 - Charts April 2024 - Week 2


Looking at the Official  Irish IRMA charts the 'ELVIS' movie made a major jump on the chart! On the U.S. Billboard chart the 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' compilation made a little jump upwards. 

Other charts will be updated over the weekend when the updates are published on the various chart-websites.

Official U.K. charts:
  • Official Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #37 to #52. 
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #37 to #34. 

Irish IRMA charts: (to be updated)
  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30#1 Hits' dropped from #70 to #88. 
  • Official Irish Video chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from #50 to #25.

Billboard charts:
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #182 to #167.
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #33 to #31. 
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #44 top #39. 

(Source: Official Charts / U.K. Mix / Billboard/ IRMA) 

Friday, April 12, 2024

April 12 - The Honor of Shreveport

Shreveport Mayor Tom Arceneaux has declared April 12, 2024, as James Burton Day and presented a proclamation acknowledging the contributions Burton has made to the entertainment industry and to his hometown of Shreveport at a dedication ceremony at the northwest corner of Milam Street at Elvis Presley Avenue in downtown Shreveport.

He also announced that two blocks of Milam Street, from Common Street to Austen Place, are being renamed "James Burton Way". This stretch runs past Municipal Auditorium, near the statues of James Burton and Elvis Presley and the headquarters of the James Burton Foundation.

According to the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority press release Burton’s love of music began at an early age, and he found his first guitar in downtown Shreveport. "I happened to be walking by J&S Music on Milam Street," he says. "This guitar was hanging in the window, and I just stood there drooling over it." Fortunately, his parents bought his first guitar. "It was perfect," Burton recalls. "It was the most important guitar in the world for me, and still today, I love that guitar."

James Burton is planning to celebrate his 85th birthday in August hosting a 3-day reunion James Burton International Guitar Festival from August 17 to 19 at Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport. He has invited all artists who have performed at his shows over the years to join him. He holds these festivals around the country to raise money for the James Burton Foundation which supports music education for those in need through guitar donations and music instruction to schools, hospitals and community service organizations. James’ mission is to give children the lifelong gift of music to pass on for generations.

New Ryman Auditorium Elvis Exhibit

Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium has unveiled a new Elvis Presley exhibition titled “From Memphis to the Ryman,” commemorating 70 years since Presley’s one and only Grand Ole Opry performance at the Ryman on Oct. 2, 1954.

Renowned as one of the most talked-about moments in Ryman history, Presley’s performance, alongside lead guitarist Scotty Moore and double bass player Bill Black, is revisited through a series of recollections, photographs and artifact displays. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the dynamic storytelling surrounding Presley’s infamous appearance, narrated by Matthew Ramsey, songwriter and lead singer of ACM and CMA award-winning band Old Dominion.

Ramsey noted, “The Ryman is full of history and stories like this, and it’s great to be a part of telling the story of someone who’s had such a tremendous impact on music and culture, not to mention my own personal musical journey. I’m honored to narrate this incredible exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of Elvis’s historic Opry debut at the Ryman.”

Visitors will experience the tale of Presley’s nerves backstage, his prediction of the audience’s reception and the aftermath of his rendition of Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Despite the tepid applause that followed, the night remains etched in Ryman lore.

The exhibition’s highlights include unique artifacts, each offering a glimpse into different facets of Elvis’s life and legacy, including the 1954 contract between Presley and Sun Records that jumpstarted his career. A short 64 days after the contract was signed, Presley stepped onto the Ryman’s stage.

From an iconic royal blue suit worn by Presley to a collection of personal items belonging to influential figures who were present for Elvis’s Opry debut such as Sam Phillips, Hank Snow and Bill Monroe, the exhibit immerses visitors in the essence of an era that forever changed the landscape of American music.
Go here to for the full story

(Source: Bill Shute / Shreveport-Bossier City Advocate / Ryman / Elvis Information Network)

Thursday, April 11, 2024

April 11 - The Wonder of Norway

Glen D. Hardin, Elvis' former piano player from 1970 to 1976, was honored in Norway today with his own stone on the Walk Of Fame in Bergen. 

Hardin arranged 'The Wonder of You' for Elvis and played it on a piano in Nøsteboden.

Never Forget History

Julie Patience published the 43-page book 'Elvis Presley: A Biography of American Singer and Actor.

Description: Embark on an unforgettable journey through the life and legacy of Elvis Presley, the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll. From his humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, to his meteoric rise to fame and iconic status, this comprehensive biography uncovers the man behind the legend.

Explore Presley's groundbreaking impact on music, culture, and entertainment, as well as his enduring influence on generations of fans worldwide. Delve into the fascinating stories behind his chart-topping hits, electrifying performances, and larger-than-life persona.

With meticulous research and exclusive interviews, this book offers unparalleled insights into Presley's personal life, including his relationships, struggles, and triumphs. Discover the secrets of his unparalleled charisma, stage presence, and musical genius that made him a global sensation.

In this book you'll find:
  1. In-depth exploration of Elvis Presley's rise to fame and cultural significance
  2. Insider anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories from those who knew him best
  3. Analysis of his enduring impact on music, fashion, and popular culture
  4. Rare photographs and memorabilia that capture the essence of the King
  5. Whether you're a lifelong fan or a newcomer to Presley's music, this biography provides a comprehensive and captivating portrait of a true legend. Immerse yourself in the world of Elvis Presley and experience the magic of his timeless legacy.
(Source: Flaming Star / Amzon)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

April 10 - Elvis Encore Performance VIII

The book 'Elvis Encore Performance VIII - From Elvis Presley Boulevard to Chicago, Illinois Live October 14-15, 1976' was announced halfway 2023, but has not yet been released. 

According to Amazon, this latest volume in Joseph Tunzi's popular pictorial 'Encore Performance' series, is due for release on July 12 2024.

It is unclear if copies bought through Amazon include the bonus 2024 pocket calendar advertised on the JAT Publishing site.

(Source: Amazon / Nigel Patterson)