Wednesday, April 03, 2024

April 03 - Elvis and Vera

Brazilian author Waldenir Cecon released a new book titled 'Elvis Em Studio: 1953 -1976'. 

Publicity for the Portuguese book stated
With 330 pages, 'Elvis Em Studio: 1953-1976', the new book from the Elvis Presley's World Fan Club in Brazil provides detailed information about Elvis's recordings from 1953 to 1976, including the number of takes required for each song and which of those takes was chosen as the master. 

In addition to meticulous research from books and websites, author Waldenir Cecon includes over 300 reproductions of CD covers (front and back) containing these songs. In addition to official releases, there are also FTD label releases and bootlegs included. It's a true guide for Elvis music collectors. 

The book is available in a color and a B&W version. 

Vera Tschechowa died

Czech actress Vera Tschechowa died, she was 83. She appeared in more than 50 films between 1957 and 1996. 

In 1959, while stationed in Germany, Elvis had a well-publicized relationship / friendship with Vera Tschechowa, particularly in connection with his Oral Poliomyelitis Vaccine (OPV) public booster-advocacy and which they both undertook during Presley's first year in Germany with the U.S. Army.

The press made more of the relation than it actually was. 

King of the Whole Wide World

Reality Bites Publishing announced the June 26, 2024 release of the 126-page paperback edition of Deacon Archer's 'Elvis Presley - King of the Whole Wide World'.

Publicity for this book, already available as a Kindle ebook, stated: 
In the small town of Tupelo, Mississippi on the 8th of January, 1935, a legend was born.

Elvis Aron Presley, the son of Vernon Presley and Gladys Love Presley, entered the world with a powerful presence, destined to captivate the hearts of millions. His birth marked the beginning of a journey that would lead him to achieve a level of adoration we would likely never see again.

Despite his lack of formal education in music, Elvis developed a natural talent for it, and would spend hours in record stores, listening to songs on jukeboxes and in listening booths. This ignited a passion within him, and by the time he graduated high school in June of 1953, he had already set his sights on a career in music that would see him forever known as the King of Rock and Roll.

Elvis was a complex and intriguing character, but forty-six years after his untimely death, he is still regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style polarized fifties America, making him a controversial figure. But his talent knew no bounds, and his music transcended racial barriers, bringing him unparalleled success.

However, the life of this musical icon was not without its struggles. Elvis battled with drug addiction, which ultimately led to his untimely death on the 16th of August, 1977. He was only 42 years old. Was his untimely demise a tragedy, or a carefully orchestrated plan to remove Elvis from the public eye?

The book is available for pre-order from >>> Amazon (associate link)

(Waldenir Cecon / Nigel Patterson / Amazon)