February 01 - Taking Care Of Books

The Danish Elvis Presley fan club comes their first book in five years; "TCB Band, Still Taking Care of Business". The book is written by Thomas La Cour with pictures from Eddie Michel Azoulay. This is a tribute to the TCB Band, and is wonderful reading for all. 

From the description:

How would Aretha Franklin's "Respect" have sounded without The Swampers? How would Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" have sounded without Funk Brothers? How would Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" have sounded without Booker T & The MG's?
How would Elvis Presley have sounded in the 1970s without the TCB Band?

There is no doubt about the fact that it was Elvis who chose the songs and it was Elvis who interpreted them. But it was his faithful backing band that created the sound in which the songs should swim. Just as the famous studio bands from Fame, Motown and STAX created the sound of a host of artists on classic recordings - including Aretha's, Stevie's and Otis'.

But where the large studio bands have been hailed with movies and books aplenty, the TCB Band is missing the biographical legacy they deserve. The musical legacy is in place and in a class of its own, but so far we have been missing the penned down epitaph, which their historical significance naturally demands.

How would ”Polk Salad Annie” have sounded without Ronnie Tutt's energetic drumming and Jerry Scheff's virtuosic bass? How would "I Just Can't Help Believin" have sounded if it had been arranged for Elvis by anyone other than Glen D. Hardin? How would the material from the 50s have sounded in the 70s without James "the master of the Telecaster" Burton's familiar twang? 

When listening to Elvis in the 70s, you're not just hearing Elvis; you're just as much hearing the TCB Band. In the almost 40 years that have passed since Elvis died, all members have remained involved in musical projects and on special occasions come together to recreate the spark we know from Hawaii, Madison Square Garden, Las Vegas and concert and studio recordings from all over the United States.

The Danish city of Randers has been a regular venue, since Henrik Knudsen (concert organizer and owner of the largest Elvis Museum outside the US) invited them over for the first time in 1999. 25 shows on Danish soil to date (plus the big screen concerts "Elvis: The Concert”), and when Glen, James and Ronnie returned at Elvis' posthumous 80th birthday in January 2015, the idea arose to photo document the show. The documentary and reportage photographer Eddie Michel Azoulay, who is also a devoted Elvis fan, was assigned with the task and when the TCB Band returned to Randers in 2016, Eddie was back with his cameras in place. Backstage. On stage. During the waiting period.

Initially, Henrik and Eddie didn't really know what the photos should be used for. Perhaps an exhibit. Perhaps a booklet, or a book. Slowly the idea took shape and the result is what you’re holding in your hand: A photo essay for and about the TCB Band. A tribute and a thank you to the band and all its living and deceased membersrs through the years – and James Burton, Glen D. Hardin and Ronnie Tutt in particular.

We owe them a heartfelt thank you, because they together with Elvis created the songs that have become such an essential a part of the soundtrack of life. And we owe them a lot of gratitude for not calling it quits a long time ago and instead keep coming back. Again and again. So that all of us who didn't get to see Elvis live, can have a musical experience that comes quite close. 


Billboard Charts For 11th February, 2017:

  • Elvis Presley has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts
  • 'The Wonder Of You' remains at 4 on the Classical Albums Chart
  • 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' remains at 8 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart and is a re-entry at 25 on the Christian And Gospel Albums Chart 
  • 'If I Can Dream' rises from 14 to 13 on the Classical Albums Chart
  • 'Heart And Soul' rises from 25 to 17 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
  • 'He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley' (Vols.1 & 2) drops from 6 to 8 on the Music Video Sales Chart

65 Greatest Hits

Due for release from EU Imports on March 17, 2017 is the 3 CD compilation "Elvis Presley - 65 Greatest Hits".

CD 1: Baby Let's Play House - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Mystery Train - Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Blue Suede Shoes - Money Honey - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - My Baby Left Me - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - Blue Moon - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - Love Me Tender - Any Way You Want Me (that's How I Will Be) - Love Me - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Rip It Up - Paralyzed - Old Shep - Poor Boy

CD 2: Too Much - Playing For Keeps - All Shook Up - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - (Let's Have A) Party - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - Jailhouse Rock - Treat Me Nice - Trying To Get To You - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - Don't - I Beg Of You - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Doncha' Think It's Time - Hard Headed Woman - Don't Ask Me Why - King Creole

CD 3: One Night - I Got Stung - (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I - I Need Your Love Tonight - A Big Hunk O' Love - My Wish Came True - Stuck On You - Fame And Fortune - It's Now Or Never - A Mess Of Blues - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - I Gotta Know - Surrender - Lonely Man - Wooden Heart - Flaming Star - I Feel So Bad - Wild In The Country - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Little Sister - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Can't Help Falling In Love

(Source: Memphis Mansion / EM / Flaming Star / Elvis Club Berlin / Brian Quinn of FECC)