Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 18 - No Aloha From Sonny And Dick

The import re-issues of the 'Elvis Forever Volumes 1 and 2' were released in three-panel digipacks. The volumes 3 and 4 were released last March and sold out in two weeks. Both releases contain the original compilation with additional bonus tracks. Both releases are limited to 500 copies each.

Sonny West In Hospital

Elvis Unlimited received a troubling message this morning concerning Sonny West. He needs to undergo open heart surgery and is hospitalized in Nashville.

Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite

Amazon Germany listed 'Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite' as a new CD release from BMG Hbg (Sony Music) with May 25 , 2012 as the release-date. This edition is part of the 'Albums For Eternity' series and comes with an exclusive high-quality booklet, written by the famous "Rolling Stone" magazine.

Collecting Elvis

Volume 8 in the German 'Elvis-Sammler-Edition' was released by 'De Agostini' and EPE. This edition contains the movie 'King Creole', a 28 pages magazine and various memorabilia reproductions.

Dick Clark Died

Dick Clark, a television host and entrepreneur who sold rock-and-roll to Middle America on the dance show “American Bandstand” and counted down the new year with millions of TV viewers as emcee of an annual celebration in New York’s Times Square, died April 18 at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., after a heart attack. He was 82.In 1959 Colonel Parker allowed Clark to conduct three telephone interviews with Elvis and broadcast them on American Bandstand. They allowed Elvis to speak directly to Clark’s massive audience of record-buying teenagers.

Dolores Hart Wins Life Achievement Award

It was announced that Mother Dolores Hart who was recently profiled in the Academy Award-nominated HBO documentary "God is the Bigger Elvis" – will receive the 2012 Christopher Life Achievement Award during its 63rd annual Christopher Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 24th. 
As part of the annual Christopher Awards which recognize books, films and TV/Cable programs that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit," the organization also presents special Awards to worthy individuals and achievements, one of which is the Life Achievement Award. 
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Dolores Hart enjoyed a successful acting career that led her to co-star in movies with Robert Wagner, Anthony Quinn, and Elvis Presley. She became the first actress to kiss Elvis in a movie, and portrayed St. Clare in the film "Francis of Assisi." Though she enjoyed her time and work in Hollywood, Hart felt an even stronger spiritual call from God that led her to give up the acting life to become a cloistered Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn.
Mother Dolores still remains an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, giving her a vote to help determine each year’s Oscar winners. She watches the movies on screener DVDs and invites her fellow nuns to see the good ones.

(Source: Elvis Unlimited / Elvis Information Network / ElvisMatters /Amazon / The King's World)