Tuesday, May 16, 2023

May 15 - Encore Settlement (Updated)

Joseph Tunzi shared that his new book 'Elvis Encore Performance VII: The Chicago Blues' will be out May 31, 2023. 

Publicity stated: This book will feature photos from Elvis' performance at the Chicago Stadium on June 17, 1972. It comes with a bonus 2023 "pocket" Elvis calendar.

The book 'The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley, Vol. 2: The Back Covers' is planned for the end of 2023 or early 2024. 

Dispute Settled

According to CNN Priscilla Presley has reached a settlement agreement over her petition questioning the validity of her late daughter Lisa Marie Presley’s will.

The parties would like to report that they’ve reached a settlement,” Ronson J. Shamoun, Priscilla Presley’s attorney, told Judge Lynn Scaduto at a court hearing in Los Angeles.

The agreement pertains to the Promenade Trust, which names Riley Keough, Lisa Marie Presley’s oldest daughter, as the beneficiary of her late mother’s estate. Details of the agreement were not discussed in court. Attorneys for the parties said they plan to file a motion to seal the settlement agreement.

The judge asked for the settlement and the motion to seal to be filed by June 12 and set another hearing in the case for August 4.

The families are happy,” Shamoun told reporters outside court. “Everyone is happy, unified, together and excited for the future”. Justin Gold, attorney for Riley Keough, told CNN “she is very content”.

Priscilla Presley said in a statement that her family is “pleased that we resolved this together.”

“My family has resolved all confusion as it relates to our plea to the court and request for document interpretation after my daughter Lisa Marie’s untimely passing,” she added. “Although the media identified such a plea as a lawsuit, I want to make clear that there was never any lawsuit filed against my beloved granddaughter.”

A lawyer for Riley Keough didn’t return a request for comment.

Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley’s only child, died in January after being hospitalized following an apparent cardiac arrest at her California home.

Priscilla Presley disputed a 2016 amendment to her daughter’s will which states that Lisa Marie Presley removed her mother and former business manager, Barry Siegel, as co-trustees, replacing them with her children Riley and Benjamin Keough. Benjamin Keough later died in 2020.

The petition, filed in January and obtained by CNN, alleged that Priscilla Presley did not receive the amendment while her daughter was alive, as required by her Trust, and that the document misspells Priscilla’s name. The petition also alleged that the amendment was not witnessed or notarized and questioned the authenticity of Lisa Marie Presley’s signature.

Lisa Marie Presley’s cause of death remains under review, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner.

Bill Baize Died

Bill Baize, tenor singer of Blackwood Brothers Quartet and J.D. Sumner and The Stamps, died. He was 83. R.I.P. and thank you for the music. He sung as part of The Stamps as Elvis' backing group on records and on tour from 1971 to 1976. That year Baize began a long running solo career.

Baize contributed to the recording session for the 'Promised Land' LP and was there at and was present at the Jungle Room sessions. It is Bill Baize who sings the fabulous falsetto high note at the end of 'Burning Love' and you can see him in action in the 1972 movie 'Elvis On Tour'.

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet lovingly stated: "Legendary tenor, Bill Baize, graduated to heaven on May 15th."

Sam Thompson posted: "Bill was a great singer and good man.  Elvis loved Bill singing 'The Lighthouse' ... So many of us gone now".

Graceland posted: Remembering Bill Baize

In the world of gospel music, there are certain individuals who leave an indelible mark on the hearts of audiences and fellow musicians alike. Bill Baize, the cherished tenor member of the renowned Stamps Quartet, was just that person to Elvis and Graceland. 

Graceland was saddened to learn of Bill Baize’s passing on May 15. He left us with memories of his extraordinary talent and unwavering embodiment of faith which captivated both Elvis fans and gospel music fans.

Bill’s most memorable performances with Elvis – from singing “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” to crafting the “Burning Love” rock ‘n’ roll lyric all love to sing (“ahhh”) – will forever leave a lasting impact on Elvis fans. 

With the voice of angel that could yield powerful performances, Bill would always share a radiant smile and a genuine warmth that made him approachable and beloved by fans. Bill Baize understood the transformative power of music and used it to uplift, encourage and inspire others. 

Bill recently shared with us how blessed he felt to be part of the Elvis world, which sums up how we all felt about him as well:

“I feel that I have been one of the most blessed people on earth to have been able to work with Elvis when I did, and I cherish all the fond memories that I have of that time. I have wonderful memories of the days that we spent working in Hawaii on the Aloha From Hawaii show, and wonderful memories of when I spent days there working on the 40th anniversary show. I miss the fans and their enthusiasm about being at Graceland, and I definitely miss my dear friends there at Graceland. I feel like I have been one of the most blessed people on earth to have been able to work with Elvis when I did.”

Bill, an ordained minister, spent his life singing gospel. He sang tenor for the "Smitty Gatlin Trio" from 1966 - 1967 and later sang tenor for "JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet" from 1971 - 1976. Baize performed with gospel quartets like the "Echoes of Calvary," "The Illinoisans," "The Trailsmen Quartet," and into the professional spotlight with the "Smitty Gatlin Singers." He was with the "Stamps Quartet" from 1971 to 1976 and took the gospel to the world through their highly respected spot with Elvis. 

(Source: JAT Publishing / CNN / Hollywood Reporter / Blackwood Brothers Quartet on Faceboo / Elvis Information Network / Graceland)