Friday, November 19, 2021

November 19 - A Black FTD Tornado for Christmas

The Bellevue Entertainment budget label re-issued their 12-track 'Elvis Christmas Album' once more on LP and on CD.

Like A Black Tornado

A new release from the U.K. based Memphis Recording Service appeared in an on-line store. Due January 28, 2022 is a Deluxe CD set titled 'Like A Black Tornado - Live At Boston Garden 1971'. More information when available. 

FTD's Released

The November Follow That Dream CD releases 'Elvis: South Bound - Tampa / Atlanta ‘75' and 'The Pot Luck Sessions' have been shipped to dealers. The vinyl re-issue of 'Raised On Rock' was postponed to December 2021. 

The 'Elvis: South Bound - Tampa / Atlanta ‘75' 2-CD set features two shows: Curtis Hixon Convention Center, Tampa, April 26, 1975 (2:30 PM) and Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, May 2, 1975 (8:30 PM).

The 5-CD 'Pot Luck Sessions' set features one of the most commercially successful recording sessions of Elvis’ career. It is without doubt the ultimate triumph for Hill & Range’s song plugger Freddy Bienstock. Superbly crafted hits like 'Little Sister', '(Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame', 'Good Luck Charm' and 'She’s Not You' dominated pop charts throughout the world in the early ‘60s and Elvis’ flawless performances accompanied by Nashville’s finest musicians still resonate today some 60 years later.

If 'Easy Question', 'Suspicion', 'I’m Yours' and 'Kiss Me Quick' had been released as 45 rpm singles during this fertile period, and not years after, undoubtably each could have matched the chartbusting success of the others.

This remastered 5-CD boxed set includes a 28-page booklet featuring an insightful essay, rare photographs, memorabila, and recording data. 

News included with notification of the new releases, FTD lost everything in the recent fire. There will no longer be any back stock orders taken and the new South Bound CD has already sold out on pre orders.


Various Elvis Presley items were auctioned at Julien's Icons and Idols: Rock 'N'N Roll auction. The most prominent item was Elvis' 1972 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar that was played on stage by Elvis Presley during the mid-to late 1970s both on and off stage. 

The guitar (serial number 296978) was given by Presley to his friend Norman Taurog, who directed many films for him. The estimate was US$90,000, but it sold for US$187,500. 

Digital Earnings shared a new study that reveals how much money Elvis Presley and other legendary musicians would be earning through Spotify and social media in 2021/22. 

As modern musicians make impressive sums from the likes of Spotify, Instagram and YouTube alongside their record sales and touring, the study wanted to find what legendary musicians from the 20th century would earn on these platforms. After estimating the earnings for each using their official accounts and specialist analysis tools, Elvis ranked as the second highest earner, just behind reggae superstar Bob Marley.

Elvis would be earning an estimated US$1,604,033 each year, from streaming and his social posts alone! With more than 13 million streams of his music on Spotify every single month, and a million strong Instagram following, the study shows just how influential Elvis still is to fans both new and old. 

The Top 5:
1. Bob Marley (annual earnings: US$1,667,878) 
2. Elvis Presley (annual earnings: US$1,604,033) 
3. David Bowie (annual earnings: US$1,396,461) 
4. Frank Sinatra (annual earnings: $1,360,528) 
5. Johnny Cash (annual earnings: $1,083,196)

(Source: FNAC / Sounds / Amazon / Elvis Club Berlin / Fan Shop / Memphis Mansion /