Friday, February 09, 2024

February 09 - The Story of Elvis and James

Due for release from Fox Chapel Publishing on July 30, 2024 is the 128-page paperback 'Story of Elvis: The Rise and Fall of the Undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll'.

Publicity for the visual history paperback stated
: Take an intimate and fascinating look into the life of Elvis Aaron Presley, the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll! Learn what his life was like growing up in poverty in Tupelo, MS, about his childhood as told by his father, Vernon, his rise to fame in the music world by his mid-twenties when the world lay at his feet, his military career, and sizable film career, and the pressures that led to his self-destructive behavior and early death. 

You'll also learn all the ups and downs in Elvis's life including intimate details about his relationship with his parents, his wife--Pricilla, the Memphis Mafia, and array of girlfriends with photos to match. Many of the photos were originally seen in LIFE magazine, but there are private family photos as well. 

Also included are fascinating explanations of Elvis's state of mind while recording each album, behind-the-scene photos, the track list, how each album was received by fans and critics, and the effect it had on his career.

James Burton on Charity Single

Mark Knopfler has announced a very special charity single featuring more than 60 rock legends including Bruce Springsteen, Brian May and Nile Rodgers.

Credited to Mark Knopfler’s 'Guitar Heroes', the single is a re-recording of his hit 1983 instrumental Going Home and will raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. The original version of song will be particularly familiar to fans of Newcastle United, Mark's home football team, where it has long been embraced as a match day anthem.

James Burton is part of the single's line-up that feature: Joan Armatrading, Jeff Beck, Richard Bennett, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Brown, Jonathan Cain, Paul Carrack, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Jim Cox, Steve Cropper, Sheryl Crow, Danny Cummings, Roger Daltrey, Duane Eddy, Sam Fender, Guy Fletcher, Peter Frampton, Audley Freed, Vince Gill, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Keiji Haino, Tony Iommi, Joan Jett, John Jorgenson, Mark Knopfler, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Greg Leisz, Alex Lifeson, Steve Lukather, Phil Manzanera, Dave Mason, Hank Marvin, Brian May, Robbie McIntosh, John McLaughlin, Tom Morello, Rick Nielsen, Orianthi, Brad Paisley, Nile Rodgers, Mike Rutherford, Joe Satriani, John Sebastian, Connor Selby, Slash, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Zak Starkey, Sting, Andy Taylor, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Ian Thomas, Pete Townshend, Keith Urban, Steve Vai, Waddy Wachtel, Joe Louis Walker, Joe Walsh, Ronnie Wood, Glenn Worf, Zucchero.

The new charity version, which also features the likes of Joan Armatrading, Sheryl Crow and Ronnie Wood, will be released on March 15 in various formats: CD, 12-Inch with etched B-side, deluxe CD+Blu-ray, download and streaming. 

Pre SuperBowl ELVIS Commercial

The US SuperBowl is watched by over 100 million viewers. In fact SuperBowl 2024 was the Most-Watched telecast of-all-time with 123.4 million viewers! During the pre-SuperBowl commercials FedEx showed an advert with FedEx agents tracing a highly sensitive package that had interesting ties to Elvis Presley - and it is a true story - with 'Burning Love' and the commercial's music. 

(Source: Amazon / Official Chart Company / Elvis Information network / Dennis Laverty)