Tuesday, March 30, 2021

March 30 - The First Engagements 1969 - 1970

The U.K. based Memphis Recording Service announced the release of the triple CD set ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969 - 1970’ featuring a selection of tracks drawn from Elvis’ first two engagements at the Las Vegas Hilton. The release date is May 7th 2021. 

A series of 180 Gr. LP versions (including the former MRS release of ‘Summer Festival '70 - The Rehearsals) will all be released a month later, in June 2021. 

From the press release: This three CD set contains a selection of captivating performances drawn from Elvis’ first two engagements at the Las Vegas International Hotel in August 1969 and January thru February 1970.

For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings (formerly in mono) have been remastered, carefully restored, and remixed to true stereo with outstanding expertise using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound. 

This technology is not available to the major record label industries and the tracks have not been electronically processed and nothing has been added to make these tracks to true stereo. 

The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

CD 1 - August 1969:

Blue Suede Shoes - I Got A Woman - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Memories - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Monologue - Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Yesterday / Hey Jude - Introductions - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - What’d I Say - Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 2 - Opening Show - January 26th 1970:

All Shook Up - That´s All Right - Proud Mary - Don't Cry Daddy - (Let Me be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Long Tall Sally - Let It Be Me - I Can´t Stop Loving You - Walk A Mile In My Shoes - In The Ghetto - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Sweet Caroline - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Kentucky Rain - Suspicious Minds - Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 3 - Closing Show February 23rd 1970:

Opening Vamp / All Shook Up - I Got A Woman - Long Tall Sally - Elvis Talks - Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis Talks - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Kentucky Rain - Let It Be Me - I Can’t Stop Loving You - See See Rider - Sweet Caroline - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Talks - One Night - It's Now Or Never - Suspicious Minds - Elvis Talks - Can´t Help Falling in Love

Bonus Songs - February 19th 1970 (Dinner Show):

Don't Cry Daddy - Let It Be Me - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Walk A Mile In My Shoes.


Friday Music re-issued their limited edition translucent orange colored version of the 'Roustabout' soundtrack.  This LP comes in a gate-fold cover. 

Side A: Roustabout - Little Egypt - Poison Ivy League - Hard Knocks - It's A Wonderful World - Big Love Big Heartache

Side B: One Track Heart - It's Carnival Time - Carny Town - There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon - Wheels On My Heels.

(Source: Anthony Stuchbury / FECC / Elvis Club Berlin / Memphis Recording Service)

Sunday, March 28, 2021

March 28 - Details From a Mad European Professor

Here are the track listings for the two French Record Store Day released from the VPI label 'Elvis Sings The Mad Professor' and 'Café Europe en Uniforme'. Both due June 12th 2021. 

Tracks Elvis Sings The Mad Professor' (cristal clear vinyl, 1,500 copies):

Side A:  First in Line (Take 27) / Got A Lot O’ Living to Do (Take 17) / Don’t Leave Me Now (Version 2, Take 8) / As Long as I Have You (Take 8) / Crawfish (Take 8) / Don’t Ask Me Why (Take 12) / Fame and Fortune (Take 5) / It Feels So Right (Take 3) / Wooden Heart (Take 1).

Side B: Pocketful of Rainbows (Version 1, Take 14) / Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Take 14) / I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 18) / In My Way (Take 2) / Rock-A-Hula Baby (Take 1) / Steppin’ Out of Line (Movie Version) / Moonlight Swim (Take 2) / Follow That Dream (Take 1) / I Got Lucky (Version1, Take 6) / This Is Living (Take 2)

Tracks 'Café Europe en Uniforme' (cornetto colored vinyl, 1,500 copies): 

Side A: Tonight’s All Right for Love (Take 12) / What’s She Really Like (Take 7) / Frankfort Special (Fast, Take 8) / Wooden Heart (Take 1) / G.I. Blues (Take 7) / Pocketful of Rainbows (Version 1, Take 25) / Shoppin’ Around (Version 1, Take 10) / Big Boots (Fast, Take 3).

Side B: Didja’ Ever (Take 2M) / Blue Suede Shoes (Take 1) / Doin’ the Best I Can (Take 13M) / Tonight Is So Right for Love (Take 7) / Big Boots (Slow Version, Take 4) / Pocketful Of Rainbows (Remake, Take 3) / Frankfort Special (Remake, Take 5) / Whistling Blues (Instrumental).

Side C: Tonight’s All Right for Love (Take 5) / What’s She Really Like (Take 11) / Frankfort Special (Fast, Take 7) / Wooden Heart (Take 4m) / G.I. Blues (Take 5) / Pocketful of Rainbows (Version1, Take 20) / Shoppin ’Around (Remake, Take 5) / Big Boots (Fast, Take 4). 

Side D: Shoppin’ Around (Version 1, Take 11) / Big Boots (Medium Tempo, Take 1) / Didja’ Ever (Take 1) / Doin’ the Best I Can (Take 9) / Tonight Is So Right for Love (Take 3) / Pocketful of Rainbows (Version 1, Take 16) / Big Boots (Acoustic Version) / Tonight’s All Right for Love (Instrumental) / What’s She Really Like (From the Movie) / Pocketful of Rainbows (From the Movie).

(Source: ElvisMatters / Elvis Shop London)

Saturday, March 27, 2021

March 27 - Sold!

The Hagstrom V-2 Guitar that Elvis Presley used in his iconic ''68 Comeback Special' was sold at the Kruse GWS Artifacts of Hollywood and Music auction for US$500,000. 

Elvis Presley played this guitar for the opening segment as well as during one of the live "stand-up" segments, and is pictured with it on the cover of the RCA album, 'From Elvis in Memphis'.

This guitar belonged to Al Casey, who performed in the backing band during the special. According to the accompanying letter from Casey, he was asked to let Elvis use the guitar by the producers, as they thought it would look beautiful on camera and with the set. 

This incredibly important artifact has not been offered for auction since the 1990s and is one of the most historically significant and iconic instruments of all time. 

Other interesting / fun auction results were:

- Elvis Personally Owned Omega DeVille Watch Engraved "E.A.P"' sold for US$6,500.

- Elvis Personally Owned Yamaha Snowmobile Boots in Original Box' sold for US$5,000.

- Elvis Presley 5 Sun 45s Signed by Sam Phillips sold for US$6,000.00.

- Elvis Presley 14K Blue Enamel TCB Necklace sold for US$16,000.00.

(Source: Kruse GWS / Elvis Information Network)

March 27 - Charts March 2021 - Week 4

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart updates. After last week's chart debut the MRS 3-CD set 'Summer Festival - The Rehearsals' dropped off the Independent Sales charts in the U.K.

U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top Country Albums chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #22 to #23. 
  • Billboard Top Rock Albums chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #36 to #40. 
  • Billboard Top Christian Album chart: 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' dropped from #40 to #41. 

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' climbed from #66 to #61.
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from #49 to #52.
  • Official Country Compilations chart: 'From Elvis In Nashville' remained steady at #9.
Greek IFPI charts:
  • Greek Album Top 75 chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #52 to #55. 
(Source: Official Chart Company / Billboard / IFPI)

Friday, March 26, 2021

March 26 - Elvis Left The Vintage Building

Elvis has left Queensland as the shooting for the 2022 Elvis biopic has now wrapped-up. Austin Butler, who plays Elvis in the new Baz Luhrmann ELVIS biopic, headed back to the U.S. after filming wrapped at the Australian studios. The film is expected to be released in cinemas June 2022.

Vintage Rock

Elvis Presley is featured in an article in volume 50 of Vintage Rock magazine entitled 'Leiber & Stoller - Elvis: They Were My Good Luck Charms'. 

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Elvis Club Berlin)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

March 24 - FTD and DVD news

The FTD release of 'The His Hand In Mine Sessions', a 3 CD set, housed in an 8-inch replica tape-box was released. It features the October 1960 sessions with around 5 minutes of completely new material according to the experts. The set comes with a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, recording data, memorabilia and rare photos.

The label also released a second print of the 'American Sound 1969' 5-CD set.

Sold Out!
Also released by the Pyramid import-label is volume 3 in the 'Sold Out!' concert footage DVD series.

According to the press release: We’ve been able to use top industry people to restore the footage, and the results are fantastic. Almost three hours of sensational footage from the key tours of the 70s, including tons of stunning close-ups. The meticulous restoration process (30+ hours) has really brought this footage to life. Please remember though: nothing has been altered, and everything remains as originally recorded. We believe in preserving and respecting the history of these remarkable 8mm films, which give a fresh perspective on Elvis’ concerts in the seventies.

Volumes 1 and 2 of this series were quickly snapped up and are now completely ‘sold out’. In order to avoid disappointment, order your copy of Volume 3 NOW from your dealer. These quality releases are bound to become true collectors’ items in the years to come. Ignore the copycats, the original is ALWAYS the best. Pyramid brings you quality releases with a standard that is unmatched in the Elvis import world… If you want proof, then try our Volume 3 for size – It will transport you back to your favorite Elvis shows, and place you right in the audience. You will love it!

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ann-Margret was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, March 24, at the 24th Annual Family Film Awards at the Universal City Hilton Hotel in Universal City, California. Ann-Margret wore a full-length silver and black gown with black shoes. Ann-Margret, at age 79, was presented the award by singer, actress and dancer Julianne Hough at the ceremony. 

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret worked together in the 1964 film “Viva Las Vegas.” Ann-Margret played the character of “Rusty Martin.”

(Source: Memphis Mansion / FECC /  Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville)

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

March 23 - An A to Z of Elvis: Infrequently Asked Questions

The 62-page book 'An A to Z of Elvis: Infrequently Asked Questions' by Joe Shooman and illustrator Gary McGarvey was released. 

Description: Elvis Presley is alive and well, and living in Kalamazoo. Elvis Presley is alive and well, preaching the gospel in Arkansas. The man that died in 1977 was one of Elvis’ brothers. Did you know he was a triplet Elvis faked his death and has been working for the FBI ever since. Elvis communicates with parapsychologists from beyond the grave. Elvis is Cherokee. Elvis is Welsh. Elvis is Scottish. Elvis is German. Elvis is ... Elvis is all these things and more. 

An A to Z of Elvis researched the far-flung corners of Elvisology to dig out some of the more out-there theories and beliefs about the legendary singer. It is a book that shines a spotlight on some of the most controversial and contradictory ‘facts’ floating around about The King, and in doing so investigates how these proclamations hold up to scrutiny.

This is no ordinary rehash of the same old Presley story: that’s been told a million times. There is a reason that An A to Z of Elvis is subtitled Infrequently Asked Questions. So dive in at your leisure: there are layers upon layers of information, oodles of off-the-wall assertions and a bunch of good old mysteries to ponder within these beautifully illustrated pages.

There’s one thing we can all agree on, though: Elvis Presley is a true legend. 

You can read a review by Nigel Patterson on the >>> Elvis Information Network.

Ethel Gabriel Died

Ethel Gabriel, an Emmy and Grammy-winning record producer, with over twenty-five hundred releases to her credit, died. She was 99. 

Ethel was the first female record-producer and turned RCA’s sleepy Camden label into a major profit center. She said she was on hand at the 1955 meeting in which the RCA executive Stephen Sholes signed Elvis Presley. 

Later in her career she was in charge of RCA’s  Camden label and the ‘Legendary Performer’ and ‘Pure Gold’ reissue lines. She produced various Elvis Presley budget compilations. The album ‘Pure Gold’ was certified Gold. 

Collecting Elvis

Released in Sweden is a Bokasin Guide Special on Elvis Presley. The magazine helps readers start with with a new hobby. 

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Browns Books / NY Times / Washington Post)

Monday, March 22, 2021

March 22 - It's Nice To Go Red

The Danish Memphis Mansion record label also released a clear orange and a red colored version of the 'It's Nice To Go Trav'ling' single. Both limited to 100 copies each. 

(Source: Sabine Vindahl)

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Review - Elvis: July 5 to July 31, 1956

Elvis Presley was one of the most photographed people in history, and many biographers wrote hefty books on – parts or aspects – of his life. So the question is if there is room for more – detailed – works on Elvis Presley. Paul Bélard’s ongoing series of scholarly works, exploring Elvis Presley’s career and his impact on society in the USA and abroad, prove there is. 

Just released is the new volume: 'Elvis: July 5 to July 31, 1956 - Memphis - Biloxi - New Orleans'. 


The 200-page paperback book follows the format set by Paul’s previous books. Each volume in his illustrated biography series documents a specific time-frame or aspect of Elvis’ life. After a brief introduction, setting the scene, the pictures do the talking. To paint the complete – almost day by day – picture, Paul added pretty much all images available. Going beyond the standard images we know. The time-line is further illustrated with archival material. 

As the images were sourced from various books, magazines and different corners of the world wide web, most of them being candid shots, it is understandable that there is variation in the quality of the pictures. The author found a good balance between completeness and quality to illustrate the story. 


The book covers the month July from Elvis breakthrough year 1956. In July Elvis took his first vacation after months of incessant grueling tours, several appearances on television, and the memorable show he gave in Memphis on July 4th 1956. 

This vacation took him from Memphis to Tupelo, Biloxi, New Orleans and back to  Memphis. On holiday he was joined by photographer Lloyd Shearer who visited him in his hometown and took a slew of pictures of Elvis at his hairdresser, in the streets of Memphis, in his hotel room and at Audubon Drive. The story behind this article, featuring some classic shots, is one of the storylines for the book. 

Paul Bélard must be complimented for his effort to meticulously research and update the Elvis timeline. Tracking every picture and finding its place on the timeline, overcoming the challenge that the various biographies offer conflicting information on what happened, where it happened and when exactly it happened. I’m thankful Paul did the research for us, it must have been a hell of a job.

The book differs from the usual photobooks, as most pictures are candid’s, showing Elvis in private and behind the scenes. This volume illustrates how much Elvis had grown from the truck-driver who recorded ‘That’s All Right’ just two years earlier, to the professional entertainer that conquered the nation by storm. 

Although fans and bystanders didn’t have mobiles and social media to follow and photograph celebrities, Elvis’ stardom doesn’t seem to differ all that much from today’s big artists. Elvis appears to be mobbed by a crowd of fans almost 24/7. There is a nice picture of a group of fans with their ears to the wall of Elvis bedroom at Audubon Drive ... and then some of today’s popular artist complain … 

The book nicely shows how Elvis dealt professionally with all the attention and people asking for photographs. The "before and after" images show Elvis being photographed but not noticing it (looking a bit grumpy) followed by a picture, taken a few second later,  of Elvis with a professional smile when he noticed he was being photographed. It shows Elvis taking time to do a quick picture with a fan, but not (always) posing voluntarily or getting out of the car for a picture. 

Paul Bélard smartly integrated the pictures and Parade Magazine feature by Lloyd Shearer, and expanding the story from there. As there were no social media, magazines like 'Parade’ and ‘Radio Mirror’ were the go-to for fans and criticasters of the Elvis Presley phenomenon. A chance for fans to get up close and personal. This book details the story behind these kind of articles to document the era and end-stage of Elvis rise to fame. He goes beyond the images we already know, bringing it all together in an illustrated timeline.

Besides these pictures from the crowd, we get the pictures of Elvis relaxing with his girlfriend, parents and friends. At moments you get the idea you're browsing through Elvis' family photo album. 


Paul Bélard really captured July 1956 in pictures, illustrating the Elvis Presley story with another illustrated timebox. Reading the book, Paul not only takes you back 65 years, he puts you on the backseat of Elvis’ holiday trip, probably one of the last relaxed holidays with friends and family holidays before stardom would take over his life. 

Paul Bélard’s comment on the Lloyd Sheared article in Parade magazine also goes for his own book, “an insightful and courteous look at Elvis at this crucial time of his climb to everlasting fame”. An easy and entertaining read, recommended for fans and (Elvis) historians. 

Order information

The book is available from >>> Amazon.com or directly from the author by email at pbelard@hotmail.com if you prefer a signed and numbered copy.

March 20 - Charts March 2021 - Week 3

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. After more than a year the 'Essential Elvis Presley' compilation suddenly finished its run on the Billboard charts. It dropped off the Billboard Top 200, Rock and Country album charts.

The 2002 greatest hits compilation 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' replaced the album on the Billboard Country and Rock album charts. 

In the United Kingdom and Scotland the Memphis Recording Service 3-CD set 'Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals' made its debut in the Indie and physical album charts.

U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top Christian Album chart: 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' climbed from #49 to #40.
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' re-entry at #22.
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' re-entry at #36.

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' climbed from #72 to #66.
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' climbed from #53 to #49.
  • Official Country Compilations Album chart: 'From Elvis In Nashville' dropped from #7 to #9.
  • Official Indie Album chart: 'Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals' new entry at #19.
  • Official Album Sales chart: 'Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals' new entry at #63.
  • Official Physical Album chart: 'Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals' new entry at #56.
Official Scottish charts:
  • Official Album chart: 'Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals' new entry at #64.
Durch charts
  • Vinyl 33 chart: 'On Stage' new entry #28.
Greek IFPI charts:
  • Greek Album Top 75 chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' new entry #52 
  • Greek Album Top 75 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #72 to #75

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

Friday, March 19, 2021

March 19 - Danish Easter Collection

The Danish Memphis Mansion announced the release of a Limited Easter Edition of their 'The Danish Singles Collection Volume 3' LP, featuring the Danish single mixes of these classic tracks. This release is limited to 100 numbered copies. 

Tracks: A Mess Of Blues - Girl Of My Best Friend - It's Now Or Never - Make Me Know It - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - I Gotta Know - Wooden Heart - Tonight All Right For Love - I Feel So Bad - Wild in Country - Little Sister - His Lastest Flame - Rock A Hula Baby - I Can't Help Falling In Love.

Elvis In Love

The Bellevue record label re-issued the 2017 'Elvis In Love' LP

Tracks: Are You Lonesome Tonight? - It’s Now or Never - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Wooden Heart - I Need Your Love Tonight - Surrender - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Loving You - Fame And Fortune - Love Me Tender - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Good Luck Charm - I Love You Because - She’s Not You - The Girl Of My Best Friend - True Love - Anything That’s Part Of You - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.

Gold Record Award

The 'In The Ghetto' single was awarded another Gold Record Award by the British Phonographic Industry for selling over 400,000 copies since its (re)release on November 17th 2004 (streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales). 

(Source: Memphis Mansion / Bol / Phoenix Elvis Forum)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

March 17 - Photographer Bob Williams died

Photographer Bob Williams died. He was 96. 

The longtime Commercial Appeal photographer enthusiastically chronicled the career of Elvis Presley, capturing the emerging King of Rock and Roll in what would become some of the singer's most iconic poses and most revealing unguarded moments, has died.

But Williams is best known for his Elvis portraits, some of which he took for the newspaper and some of which he took on his own time or for other other publications. He was among the first photographers to take an interest in the future superstar, shooting young Elvis and gaining the trust and friendship of the boy's parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley, when the family still lived at 1414 Getwell.

He later shot the singer at his next house at 1034 Audubon Drive and then, of course, at Graceland, which Elvis bought in 1957, after he had become a recording artist for RCA.

"He got to be very good friends with them," said Mr. Williams' daughter, Paula Hartley, of Tulsa. "He would go and basically hang out. He took pictures of Elvis that are now iconic. Elvis in front of the gates of Graceland the day they were installed, before they were even painted. Elvis with his Rolls-Royce." 

Mr. Williams also shot some of the first pictures of the infant Lisa Marie Presley, and took the beloved photograph of Elvis kissing his mother on the cheek the night before he left Memphis for his stint in the Army.

Some of Williams' memorable Presley pictures captured the singer in humorous, off-the-cuff situations. In an often-reproduced 1956 image, the King stares into Williams' lens as he becomes a smooch sandwich, a local beauty queen kissing each cheek.

Hartley said her father's archive of Elvis-related photographs includes close to 3,000 images. She said many of these will appear in a book she and her father had been preparing before his death, which should be published before the end of the year.

Elvis Lottery

International Game Technology PLC announced that it has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Authentic Brands Group, granting them the exclusive property licensing rights to develop and distribute Elvis Presley-themed lottery games throughout the United States and Canada. 

In addition to compelling instant tickets, innovative draw-based games, and engaging mobile and interactive games, IGT will develop turnkey second-chance promotions and exciting comprehensive experiences for lottery customers and their players. 

"Elvis Presley is one of the most influential pop culture icons of the 20th century, and IGT is excited offer Elvis games to our customers and their players," said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. "We are committed to bringing a robust, multi-channel and multi-jurisdictional program to the lottery community by extending this brand across all available platforms and territories."

"We're very pleased to be partnering with IGT to create fun games for Elvis fans and lottery players alike," said Marc Rosen, Group President, Entertainment, Authentic Brands Group. "Elvis has a special way of continuing to delight fans and we're excited to see how people react to this engaging and interactive format."

(Source: The Commercial Appeal / PR newswire)

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Review Elvis Day By Day 2020 by Carlos Ares - A Helluva Idea

Elvis Presley author, fan and collector Carlos R. Ares, wrote a review of 'Elvis Day By Day 2020' entitled 'A Helluva Idea'. Thank you for the compliments!

A Helluva Idea

When I was just 12 years old back in 1961, thanks to the American 'Teen Screen' I discovered the existence of an English magazine devoted 100% to Elvis Presley: the glorious 'Elvis Monthly'.

Very soon I began to receive my subscriptions of the mag from far away England. In them I discovered both the pen and heart of a true pioneer of the Elvis World: Albert Hand.

I vividly recall my anticipation and subsequent joy at receiving his incredible 'Elvis Specials' in which one could read about everything that had happened Elvis-wise in any given year not just once but over and over again.

'Day By Day 2020' brought me that same feeling.

Now, 43 years after Elvis’ passing, it is unbelievable that a 311-page book compiling all the Elvis Presley releases of 2020 alone can be put out.

And the book is far from being simply a list of the releases for it includes a thorough and exhaustive analysis of each and every single one of them.

Research, compilation, editing and design were carried out by Kees Mouwen, with editorial assistance and proofreading by Nigel Patterson. Many articles by (and with) Piers Beagley and Nigel Patterson were extracted with permission from the Elvis Information Network website to complete the picture of the year.

I must mention Kees' wit when analyzing some key releases such as ‘Elvis At The Hayride’ ('Little Mamma' with better audio, 'I Forgot To Remember To Forget' at its correct speed) by Henrik Knudsen - Memphis Mansion.

Also the fantastic in-depth analysis of the FTD's 'Something For Everybody' and 'That's The Way It Is - 50th Anniversary Collectors’ Edition' and many more.

Needless to say that I feel more than proud to be part of this great piece with my book 'Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969' that has gotten such a wonderful review.

Thanks once again, Kees!

Just quit whatever you are doing and go out and get this wonderful piece of work available at Henrik Knudsen's Memphis Mansion before it sells out.

2021 is already in the works, no doubt it will be another hit!

March 2021 / Carlos R. Ares.

Available at:

The book is available at the >>> Memphis Mansion online shop.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Brexit shipping from Europe is expensive. So for a for Elvis fans outside Europe, the book is available through your local Amazon shop. 

Click here for >>> Amazon.com.
Click here for >>> Amazon.co.uk

The book comes in two editions, just like the 2019 edition, a paperback version and a hardback. The latter, a bit more expensive as it is made print-on-demand', comes with 24 bonus pages holding 8 additional reviews. 

Hardcover edition available >>> from Blurb

Saturday, March 13, 2021

February 13 - DVD Re-issues

Paramount Pictures re-issued the movies 'G.I. Blues' 1960), 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' (1962), 'Paradise Hawaiian Style' (1966), 'Blue Hawaii' and 'Fun In Acapulco' once more on DVD. 

Synopsis 'G.I. Blues':

The year was 1960. A payola scandal shocks the music world. Movie fans are introduced to glorious Smell-O-Vision. The 50-star flag is adopted. And in 'G.I. Blues', Elvis adopts an on-screen persona he knows well in real life–a singin’ G.I. in West Germany. 

Eager to open a stateside nightclub after his hitch in khakis, he takes part in a wager to raise the dough he needs. The bet: he can melt the iceberg heart of a willowy dancer (Juliet Prowse). But all bets may be off when real love intervenes…

Synopsis: 'Girls! Girls! Girls!':

The year was 1962. Teens twist at the Peppermint Lounge. John Glenn orbits Earth. Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a single game. And Elvis digs the possibilities of 'Girls! Girls! Girls!'.

This time he’s a charter-boat skipper who helps tourists land the big ones. Of course, plenty of beautiful girls (including Stella Stevens) want to land Elvis. But there’s something Elvis likes almost as much as romance–a boat! He yearns for a sleek sailboat with a $10,000 price tag. Let’s see, that makes him about $9,999 short.

Synopsis: 'Paradise Hawaiian Style':

The year was 1966. A little-known series called Star Trek beams up. Valley of the Dolls is the hot book. Half of all TVs sold are color sets. And in 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style', Elvis takes to the skies over the island paradise of Kauai. 

He's a partner in a helicopter charter service. Romance, naturally, is in the air for the King... but his business may be grounded. A threatened suspension of his pilot's license means he may have to kiss his assets goodbye.

Synopsis 'Blue Hawaii'

The year was 1961. Fallout shelters dot suburban backyards. Ken joins Barbie. Roger Maris slugs 61 home runs. And Elvis Presley is in paradise, playing an ex-G.I. who comes home to 'Blue Hawaii'. His mother (Angela Lansbury) expects him to climb the corporate ladder. But Elvis would rather wear an aloha shirt than a white collar, so he goes to work as a tour guide. Lucky Elvis: his first customers are a careful of cuties. Elvis, lovely scenery, lovelier girls and rock-a-hula songs - now that's paradise! Featuring the hit songs 'Blue Hawaii', 'Can't Help Falling In Love' and more. 

Synopsis: 'Fun In Acapulco':

The year was 1963. The hot line links the White House and the Kremlin. The first major pop art exhibition stirs up a major buzz. The Whisky-A-Go-Go opens. And in 'Fun In Acapulco', Elvis heads south of the border, where he’s fired as a boat hand, hired as a lifeguard and singer, admired by local beauties (including Ursula Andress) and inspired to jump off a 136-foot cliff. Put another way: he overcomes a fear of heights in spectacular fashion. Spectacular, too, are the scenic vistas and Latin-beat tunes. Dive in!

(Source: Amazon)

February 13 - Charts March 2021 - Week 2

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. Just the usual suspects this week. With several new titles coming g out in the U.K. the recent 'From Elvis In Nashville' album dropped on the Country Compilations chart. 

U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #166 to #181.
  • 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 #35.
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #15 to #17.

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album Top 100 chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' climbed from #76 to #72.
  • Official Streaming Album Top 100 chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' climbed from #56 to #53.
  • Official Country Compilations chart: 'From Elvis In Nashville' dropped from #4 to #7.
Greek IPFI charts:
  • Greek Album Top 75 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' is listed at #72.

(Source: Official Chart Company / U.K. Mix Forum)

Thursday, March 11, 2021

March 12 - On Stage on Vinyl

The Music on Vinyl label re-issued the classic ‘On Stage’ album as a this limited edition of 2,500 copies, on 180 Gr. transparent red colored vinyl. 

Read the review >>> here.

(Source: Music on Vinyl)

March 11 - Elvis Presley Acetate Books

The 160-page hardcover book 'Army Vinyl Records 1956 - 1967' was released. This private pressing contains over 280 pictures of Elvis Presley's army vinyl releases on glossy paper.

Previous releases are the 24 x 24 cm hard-cover books 'U.S. Demo and Acetates 1965 - 1993' (released February 2021, 460 pictures on 160 pages) and 'U.S. Demo and Acetates 1953 - 1965' (released January 2021, 660 pictures on 160 pages). 

(Source: eBay)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Review Elvis Day By Day 2020 by Paul Belard

Elvis Presley author Paul Belard reviewed my book 'Elvis Day By Day 2020', I couldn't be more proud. 

Review Elvis Day By Day 2020

If you have been an Elvis fan, but living as a hermit for the past 44 years, you’ve missed the news of Elvis passing. If you decide to end your years of seclusion in 2021 and your first stop back to civilization is a book store to catch up on Elvis’ career, the last book by Kees Mouwen would still not confirm the King’s final departure. With a title 'Elvis Day By Day 2020 - The Year in Review', how could Elvis be dead?

Well, unfortunately, he is! As incredible as it is, it will be soon half a century since he left us. So, as Alanna Nash writes in the foreword: “Why do we still care?”

Kees’ book answers the question straightforwardly. Impeccably written, in an attractive and easy to read composition, it is peppered with facts accompanied by high quality B&W and color pictures. It demonstrates in detail that Elvis is still present and influential. And those news items are plentiful since, as the book clearly proves, something still happens almost every day in Elvis world. 

In a clever fashion, interviews, film and record reviews are inserted in the day to day listings. The recording sessions that produced two of my favorite albums are examined. They resulted in 'Something for Everybody' and 'His Hand in Mine'. Elvis’ voice had never been so accomplished, with a suppleness and a smoothness, an “effortless grace” as Ernst Jorgensen qualified it in his book 'Elvis Presley A Life In Music'. The spirited interaction with the Jordanaires was faultless, the backing from the Nashville greats pristine. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank Kees for listing my books published in 2020, notably for the three-page review of 'Elvis 1960 March 7 to 31'.

Kees should be congratulated on two points. Firstly, to have brought to the 21st century the idea of Guralick and Jorgensen’s 'Elvis Day By Day'. Secondly, for the time and effort that such an endeavor requires. Believe me, I know. I have written several books. It is hard work. Long hours of research resulting in blurry vision and sore wrists. I can also tell that Kees does not do this for the money. To sell a 312 page book of this quality, with color throughout, for only $44 does not leave any room for profit. 

With its gorgeous design, its amount of information, 'Elvis Day By Day 2020 - The Year in Review' confirms that Elvis has even now a presence to be reckoned with. It is a must for every Elvis fan. It is a book I will go back to time and time again. Thank you Kees for your work.

March 2021, Paul Belard.

Available at:

The book is available for European fans at the >>> Memphis Mansion online shop.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Brexit shipping from Europe is expensive. So for a for Elvis fans outside Europe, the book is available through your local Amazon shop. 

Click here for >>> Amazon.com.
Click here for >>> Amazon.co.uk

If you want to keep your series complete, the 'Elvis Day By Day 2019' book is available >>> here.

If you want an autographed copy, contact me at >>> elvis @ xs4all.nl.

The book comes in two editions, just like the 2019 edition, a paperback version and a hardback. The latter, a bit more expensive as it is made print-on-demand', comes with 24 bonus pages holding 8 additional reviews. 

Hardcover edition available >>> from Blurb

March 10 - A Life in Photo's

According to Elvis Files mailing list the new book 'A Life in Photo's' by Erik Lorentzen and Robert van Beek is ready to go to the printers and the authors aim at an release at the end of March 2021.

From the press release: Here you will see more than 400 beautiful publicity photos spread over approximately 400 pages, taken from 1953 to 1977. The best photo material from the greatest and most famous photographers such as: Alfred Wertheimer, William Speer, Sean Shaver, Virgil Apger aso. Elvis up-close and personal.

As usual with Erik, these photos come out best when printed on high-quality glossy paper. An average book by Lorentzen weighs about 3 kilos and measures 25x30 cm. The photos are almost all printed full page, resulting in a beautiful photo book.

(Source: The Elvis Files / Elvis Information Network)

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

March 09 - Auction Items

Up for auction at Kruse GWS auctions are various Elvis Presley items. The main lot is 'Elvis' '68 Comeback Special' Hagstrom V-2 Guitar with a minimal bid of US$ $250,000.00.

Other items are SUN singles, signed by Sam Phillips, sheet music from the special, a 14K & Blue Enamel TCB Necklace, engraved Omega watch and more. 

DescriptionElvis Presley 1968 Comeback Special Hagstrom V-2 Guitar. 

This incredibly important artifact has not been offered for auction since the 1990s and is one of the most historically significant and iconic instruments of all time. This incredible piece of rock n' roll history is the red Hagstrom Viking II show guitar that was played by Elvis Presley in what was perhaps one of the most iconic performances by the superstar on national television to date, the "1968 Comeback Special." 

The '1968 Comeback Special', Singer Presents...Elvis, aired on NBC on December 3, 1968 and marked Elvis' return to live performance after seven years during which his career was centered on the movie business. 

Elvis Presley played this guitar in several segments of the show, and is pictured with it on the cover of the RCA album, From Elvis in Memphis. 

This guitar belonged to Al Casey, a wonderful musician in his own right, who performed in the backing band during the special. According to the accompanying letter from Casey, he was asked to let Elvis use the guitar by the producers, as they thought it would look beautiful on camera and with the set. Elvis used the guitar for the opening segment as well as during one of the live "stand-up" segments. 

The guitar comes with a notarized letter of authenticity from Al Casey, a second letter of authenticity from Casey, a notarized statement from Hal Blaine who was the drummer on the 68' Comeback Special and a letter from legendary producer Bones Howe, who was the music producer on the special. 

This stunning piece of history has not been offered to the public for over 25 years, and is truly a must have for any serious Elvis Presley collection.

(Source: Kruse GWS)

Saturday, March 06, 2021

March 06 - Charts March 2021 - Week 1

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. Just the standard U.S. and U.K. listings this week, with a re-appearance at the bottom of the Belgian Album charts.

U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Album Top 200 chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #142 to #160.
  • Billboard Top Christian Album chart: 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' dropped from #49 to #50.
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #22 to #27.
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #14 to #15.

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album Top 100 chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from #64 to #76.
  • Official Streaming Album Top 100 chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from #50 to #56.
  • Official Country Compilations chart: 'From Elvis In Nashville' remained steady at #4. 
Belgian UltraTop charts (Flanders):
  • UltraTop Album chart: 'His Ultimate Collection' re-entry at #196.

(Source: Official Chart Company / U.K. Mix Forum)

Friday, March 05, 2021

March 05 - Love Me Tender

Sona Books announced the publication of the 144-page book 'Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender' by Michael O'Neill and Carolyn McHugh with September 1st 2021 as the release date. 

Synopsis: Follow the incredible story of the man they call the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis Presley's life and career are shown, from his carefree beginnings at Sun Records in the 1950s to global superstardom. In addition, the book features rare interviews with the legendary Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore, Drummer DJ Fontana, and Elvis's loyal backing singers the Jordanaires. 

To bring you even closer to the King the book features a wide variety of superb on-the-page rare memorabilia and documents from the archives, including tour posters, personal letters, publicity material, and fascinating items and tickets from his greatest gigs and best albums.

(Source: Amazon)

Thursday, March 04, 2021

March 04 - It’s Nice To Go Vinyl

Preceding the release of the 'Welcome Home Elvis! - The Acetates' box set, the Danish Memphis Mansion released the vinyl single 'It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling' coupled with 'Fame And Fortune'. Both recorded during the 1960 Frank Sinatra TV Show.

The songs were sourced from a newly found acetate source that once belonged to Sammy Davis Jr. 

Anthony Stuchbury remastered the audio from 61 year old acetate discs, and although they were very scratchy and noisy with faults, the underlying audio was improved significantly to what was available before. 

(Source: Memphis Mansion)

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

March 03 - Christmas Comes Early

Running Press announced the publication of the 144-page book 'Christmas With Elvis: The Official Guide To the Holidays From The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll' by Robert K. Elder.

From the publisher: For Elvis, Christmas at Graceland was a time for family and friends, a respite from the road and the recording studio. It was a time to sing gospel songs around the piano and give out extravagant gifts.

In this spirit, Christmas with Elvis is designed like a Christmas party Elvis himself would have liked. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic music and songs Elvis sang and recorded for his bestselling holiday albums, alongside favorite stories, trivia, and Yuletide cocktails and munchies - all wrapped up with a merry Christmas twist fit for the King of Rock ’N’ Roll. Fully illustrated with color photographs and illustrations throughout."

Elvis - A Medley Of Costumes Volume 1

The Cine8 import label released the DVD 'The 8mm Underground Films - Elvis - A Medley Of Costumes Volume 1'.  

From the press release: Cine8 is proud to present a very special presentation of newly discovered footage. Shot on 8mm and Super-8, you’ll get to see Elvis in a “Medley of Costumes” from Las Vegas to Johnson City.

Everything on this DVD was shot by fans. As most of you know, the majority of these films don’t have complete performances. However, with clever editing, we have assembled a great selection of complete songs. We overdubbed every song with soundboard quality audio, turning it all into a wonderful experience. 

It features footage from February 1972 (Las Vegas), July 1974 (Philadelphia, Niagara Falls and Bloomington), September 1974 (College Park), July 1975 (Richfield and Uniondale) and March 1976 Johnson City and St. Louis). 

As a bonus Cine8 included a 40 minutes split screen edit of Elvis’ performance in San Bernardino on November 13, 1972. 

Tracks : Sweet Inspiration (by the Sweet Inspirations) – See See Rider – I Got A Woman/Amen – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – Until It’s Time For You To Go – Polk Salad Annie – Love Me – All Shook Up – Heartbreak Hotel – Love Me Tender – Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel – Blue Suede Shoes – Little Sister/Get Back – I’ll Remember You – How Great Thou Art – Suspicious Minds – Introductions – What Now My Love – Fever – Burning Love – You Gave Me A Mountain – Mystery Train/Tiger Man – Can’t help Falling In Love

Sold Out! Volume 2

The Pyramid import label released volume 2 in the 'Sold Out' 8mm footage series. The label also announced that a third volume is almost ready, with some truly spectacular close-up footage from the concert years. 

Form the press release: Pyramid strikes again! Our first release rocked the Elvis world, in ways that were a surprise even to us. Remarkable 8mm footage, restored with care, truly bringing into focus again what a sensational and charismatic performer Elvis really was, even in his final years. 

It was a surprise for many to see such spectacular footage from concerts that were presumed lost to time. 

Fans contacted us saying how moved they were seeing so much new footage of Elvis on stage, showing his unique interaction with his audiences, his band, being playful, laughing… As one fan wrote: “It’s almost like you brought him back!”.

Now Volume 2 is out, with even more surprises. Almost three hours of Elvis in his prime in Las Vegas from 1970 to 1973, all presented as it was originally recorded. The Rex Martin footage and more. Carefully restored using the latest technology, but without compromising the integrity of the original footage. We also used a few silent clips this time. 

Join us for a unique journey back in time, celebrating Elvis’ artistic rebirth in Las Vegas. People filming at concerts was still in its infancy, and of course there was always the risk of getting caught, and much of the film presented here reflect those realities. But this footage also captures a special moment in time when Elvis was on top of his game, and singing with real fire in his belly. He was clearly excited about performing live again, and his live shows were dynamic and focused. 

Decent footage from the early engagements is rarer than a hen’s teeth, so this is a real treat. A lot of effort was made to present this footage in the best way possible. 

Elvis The King of the Rings Volume 1

Hot on the heels of the book 'Elvis July 1956 July 5 to July 31 Memphis - Biloxi - New Orleans' Paul Belard announced the release of of the 250-page book 'Elvis King of the Rings Volume 1'. And because Elvis bought so many rings during his life, there will be a second volume!

The book description: Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems. Like Elvis himself, they were at times dazzlingly tasteful and things of beauty, and at other times flashy, ostentatious, in your face.

The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring”.

Elvis’ entourage had this line down pat: “Elvis, this ring is beautiful.” And Elvis would remove it from his finger and give it away. Was he taken advantage of? The answer is yes, as quite a few of the rings that show up at auctions were gifted to members of his coterie.

Elvis’ penchant to give things away is sometimes difficult to understand, even taking in the fact that Elvis was not materialistic. When he was in Las Vegas, he saw a doctor whose name was Elias Ghanem. Elvis lavished upon him a $32,000 Stutz car, a Mercedes, watches, rings, including the one he wore in Aloha from Hawaii.

A list of the gifts to this individual comes to a staggering total more than fifty items. The value of the item was of no concern to Elvis. The horseshoe ring he wore in 'Aloha from Hawaii' eventually sold at auction in 2017 for $204,800.

For more information on his book you can contact the author by >>> email

Elvis Statue

The reconstruction of the "Elvis Bridge" in the German city bad Nauheim - where Elvis lived while stationed in Germany -  was completed. There is only thing missing is the new bronze Elvis statue. This will be unveiled officially on August 13, 2021. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Running Press / FECC / Elvis Information Network / Paul Belard / Elvis In Bronze)