Saturday, January 28, 2023

January 28 - Las Vegas Hilton Presents: Opening Vinyl

The U.K. based Memphis Recording Service announced the March 17, 2023 release of the vinyl edition of 'Las Vegas Hilton Presents: Elvis Opening Night 1972'. This 180 Gr. LP follows hot on the heels of the CD edition of this set.

Description: This CD contains a thrilling new show - featuring a revised setlist - from Elvis’ Opening Night at the Las Vegas Hilton on the 26 January 1972. The soundboard recording has been remastered and restored using the most sophisticated technology available, and - for the first time ever - presented in true stereo. The accompanying booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia along with introductory notes. 

This was the concert where Elvis premiered the classic songs 'I'll Remember You', 'You Gave Me A Mountain' (sung with a lighter arrangement), 'Never Been To Spain', 'A Big Hunk O'Love' and 'An American Trilogy' as well as the first time 'See See Rider' was used as his opening number.

This is a Limited Edition set- and will be available in both Black and Clear vinyl.
Please note, the clear vinyl is only available from fan clubs and exclusive Elvis dealers and not be available to the mainstream public stores.

AARP Awards

The 'ELVIS' biopic won 2 AARP Awards at the 21st annual Movies for Grownups Awards. Austin Butler delivered a touching introduction for Best Director winner Baz Luhrmann for Elvis; "No matter what the subject is, his intent is to create art for audiences of all ages to enjoy together," Butler said. "The stories are specific, and his messages are universal." The movie also won the award in the 'Best Time Capsule' category. 

For more than two decades, AARP's Movies for Grownups program has championed movies for grownups, by grownups, by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism, and encouraging films and TV shows that resonate with older viewers. 

Heartbreak Hotel Lyrics

The original working lyrics handwritten by Mae Boren Axton was sold by GWS Kuse for US$165,000 without buyer's fees, meaning it will be recorded as a $206,000 sale. 

: This wonderful piece of music history is a sheet of handwritten original working lyrics for what would be the classic Elvis Presley hit song, Heartbreak Hotel. These lyrics were written by Mae Boren Axton, a high school teacher with a background in musical promotion, and Tommy Durden, a Jacksonville singer-songwriter.

It is said by historians that Mae played a crucial part in the game plan that launched the career of Elvis Presley. Mae first met Elvis in 1955 around the time he was getting his start with SUN Records, and she was doing some PR for Colonel Parker via her TV and radio shows promoting his package shows when they would be in Florida. 

She was asked by Elvis' manager at the time, Bob Neal, for her help in getting Elvis on a Parker tour to convince Elvis that Neal had the connections to represent him well. Mae Axton taped a radio interview with Elvis in July, 1955 in Jacksonville and got Elvis onto the show which Hank Snow was headlining. "Heartbreak Hotel" was written in October 1955 and presented by Axton to Elvis Presley, who loved the song and eventually recorded it in January 1956 for his new label, RCA Victor. This was a pivotal point in Elvis' career as he had just moved to RCA and this would be his first single. 

The lyrics are handwritten in pencil and signed by Mae Boren Axton and Tommy Durden, and also have various edits and corrections. The lyrics come with a letter of authenticity from James Spence Authentication.

Kevin O'Neal Died

Kevin O'Neal, the younger brother of Hollywood star Ryan O'Neal died. He was 77. He played Yale in the 1969 movie 'Change of habit'. 

Elvis Video News Report

Emiel Maier uploaded his monthly Elvis Presley video news report. The February 2023 edition looks back on the sad start of the year and all the other news that happened in the first month of 2023. 


The U.S. based TMZ website mentioned that apparently there was a dispute going on between Lisa's mother and her eldest daughter. Priscilla Presley has filed legal documents, asking a judge to override an amendment to Lisa’s 2010 Trust, and money is at stake. 

Priscilla was named trustee, along with Lisa's former business manager Barry Siegel, to manage things. Priscilla says she discovered what appears to be an amendment to the Trust, removing both her and Siegel as Trustees and naming Riley and Benjamin Keough as Trustees.

According to legal documents, obtained by TMZ, Priscilla questions the validity and authenticity of the amendment, claiming it was never delivered to her, the date on the document is suspicious, the document misposes Priscilla's name and Lisa Marie's signature "seems inconsistent with her usual and usual sign".
Benjamin committed suicide in 2020 and Lisa broke ties with Siegel after claiming he gutted his assets.

Since Benjamin passed away, the amendment would leave Riley as the sole trustee. Apparently Priscilla wants the amendment to be declared invalid and this puts Priscilla directly at odds with her granddaughter.

(Source: Memphis Recording Service / Pascal Matteo / Emiel Maier / TMZ / AARP / PR Newswire / Elvis Information Network / Elvis the man and His Music)