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Jerry Schilling talks about the 'Elvis, The Wonder Of You' Tour of Australia 2017.
SHE was the wife of rock 'n' roll's reigning king - a union that put Priscilla Presley on an irreversible path to stardom. And though 2017 marks 40 years since the passing of Elvis, the association between her and the legendary performer is still as strong as ever.
'I miss his laughter', she says, eyes brightening at the memory. 'His laughter was so contagious. He'd start and everyone would start - they didn't know what they were laughing about, they just got so much enjoyment from being with him.
Sonny West has died in Nashville after a long illness. He was 79 years old. He had been suffereing lung cancer. Sonny was a member of Elvis Presley's entourage and met him for the first time in 1958 before Elvis left for his military service in Germany. Later he came to work for Elvis, and he was responsible for the fleet, and bodyguard. He even lived for a time at Graceland. The man had supporting roles in films such as 'Kid Galahad' and 'Stay Away, Joe'. Sonny was with Elvis (and Jerry Schilling
) on December 21, 1970, when Elvis met with President Richard Nixon
. Sonny West worked a long time for Elvis, but was fired in 1976. He was one of the authors of the controversial book 'Elvis, What Happened'.
Rock stars love the grungy look: sweat-stained T-shirts, ragged jeans, worn-out shoes.
But Elvis Presley was no ordinary rock star. He was, after all, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, and he dressed like it. Fans never saw Elvis on stage in anything less than the best. Even early on in his career, he carefully chose his fashionable stagewear. He wanted to give the audience a thrill – not just with his music, but with his look. All these years later, Elvis' style is as iconic as his music. Elvis had great fashion sense, but it was designer Bill Belew
who helped take Elvis' fashion to the next level. Belew designed clothes for Elvis to wear both on and off the stage.
The Wonder Of You Tour of Australia has begun with the first concert in Perth last night with 10,400 Elvis fans in attendance. With Elvis Presley on state of the art screens, specially designed for this arena tour and backed by a full 40 piece symphony orchestra, Elvis is once again back in Australia! Next up is Adelaide Sunday night, followed by, Brisbane, consecutive nights in Sydney and ending with 3 nights in Melbourne through to June 10. These multiple concert dates follow hot on the heels of a sold-out arena tour in the United Kingdom and Europe.
If you have yet to decide, it is easy, do you like the CDs, If I Can Dream
and The Wonder of You
with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra? And/or did you enjoy the 'Elvis The Concert' (1999) and 'Elvis Presley In Concert
' (2006) tours? If you answered yes to either, or especially both, it should be an easy decision!! Tickets are still available in all states. Do you want to spoil yourself a little?
Check out the exciting VIP packages
and be treated like a star by being one of the fortunate few to access the official pre-show party!
The following is an article by Chet Flippo, the Editorial Director for CMT: The 1977 book Elvis: What Happened? was a very messy tell-all expose, based entirely on interviews with the three formerly trusted aides and bodyguards who had recently been fired by Elvis' father Vernon as part of a cost-cutting operation. The bodyguards, the cousins Red West
and Sonny West
and Dave Hebler, felt betrayed after being summarily dismissed after years of what they regarded as devotion to the King. They seemed to seek revenge. And they got it in Elvis: What Happened?
'Elvis' is a great 6 panel digipack CD release (with the stunning cover !) is based on the original 'Elvis' Australia vinyl LP compilation album released in 1975 thru the RCA label. (Australian Only Orange RCA Victor label compilation - Australian Fan Club Release SP-106-G). A fantastic collection of 19 rare outtakes, many of them unreleased in this form on CD by Elvis' official record company.
'If You Haven't guessed by now... it's been 40 years!' CMT is back with an outstanding release! It's been 40 years since RCA released 'Elvis in Concert', still a favorite after all these years, not only for historic reasons, cause although not in good health Elvis' voice was still incredible! The producers have done a new approach on these recordings, and decided to make a more enjoyable version by cutting out all the fans comments, and edit the performances to one live concert, using 24Bit 96KHZ audio for the best possible sound. Most edits sound better then the original ones ... Including all songs from the original double album, plus five rare MULTI track bonus recordings, including a rocking 'Mystery Train'/'Tiger Man' bringing the total to 33 tracks! Presented in six panel digipack, with artwork matching the original release, including beautiful rare pictures.
TeeVee Treasures: The '68 Comeback Special Super Box Set with 5 individual jewelcases, packed in LP sized box including oversized booklet this set will bring you back to the old days of CD/vinyl packaging. Something deluxe! This exclusive 5 CD box set contains approx 5 hours of rare and unreleased material from the legendary 1968 NBC TV SPECIAL. Many for the first time available on CD. Listen to how the musical content for the special develops and how this became a turning point in Elvis' career, as well as one of the most iconic music specials in TV history. We take you back to 1968!
Elvis: That's The Way It Was (Boxset) 8 CD's / 3 DVD's set is a very limited quantity of only 400 numbered copies worldwide.
Elvis Presley In Person is set up like a diary that gives us in both words and photos what happened on that particular day in 1957. There are time period interviews and questions and answers from the press conferences Elvis gave that day. One of the things the authors chose to include are present day memories from fans and media that were actually there that day and this is a real bonus. Something that is clear from the press conferences is that only a few years after his career started Elvis knew how to handle the press. Performers today have the luxury of press agents, managers, and various other employees that either shield them from the press or do a lot of prep work. Elvis had none of this. The stories from fans are fantastic and the memories from the press all these years later put the day into proper context. The words are worth reading and would have been a great book even without all of the photos.
Two new Elvis CD's from the Elvis One label with the original mono masters, outtakes and all movie versions from the movies 'Kid Galahad' and 'Follow That Dream'. Elvis Presley: Kid Galahad / Follow That Dream: Part One: 1961 Studio Sessions
. Along with 'Part Two
'. A great addition to the FTD
releases (Follow That Dream
and Kid Galahad
) from these two EP's... Now you can find all known outtakes that were not released officially by Elvis' record company on these 2 albums. This is the key to the most complete collection! 4 Outtakes were officially released on FTD, however, on this album you can hear take 8 of 'This Is Living' and take 12 of 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' in it's complete form. Including a 12 page booklet with photos and recording information. This is a special edition in the The Bootleg Series
'Memphis Recording Service
' will release a Limited Edition 3CD / book 'Elvis Studio Sessions '56
' on June 16th. The 3 CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored to their original sound quality. Also for the first time on CD is the complete 'The Truth About Me' from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Although this has been claimed complete by FTD and other past official releases, they all had a missing sentence that was on the original disc. Included also are all the out-takes from this interview.
Next up from Follow That Dream
(FTD) is 'Elvis In Atlanta
' containing two legendary shows from the Omni Coliseum in 1975 on April 30th and May 1. Due out at the end of May. This soundboard release is another in the 5" 2-CD digipack range
. The digipac features great photos taken by Keith Alverson. The CDs are mastered by Jan Eliasson.
'Great Moments With Elvis' is a superb collection of 17 rare early 1960's outtakes, housed in a 60's style 6 panel digipack! A great and fun album for your collection! Most tracks are unreleased in this form (no false starts, studio chats or unfinished takes, but the full versions!) and hard to find on CD.
The MxF label third special product called 'Packing the Arena' is out now, and featuring both the shows performed from Elvis in Long Beach CA, Long Beach Arena on April 25, 1976. The 2.30 PMshow is previously unreleased, while the 8.30 PM show has been previously released on CD ('California Wave' on Memory Records in 2009). However here is presented in very improved audio-quality so, We believe it is the right time for a proper re-release.
The 'From Kansas City To Sin City
' DVD includes both released and unreleased footage of Elvis in concert in Las Vegas 1973/74 and Kansas City 1974. The material includes matching soundboard audio whenever possible. All footage used for this project were digitally enhanced to achieve best possible picture quality. None of this rare 1973-74 film is marred by a disruptive logo, which would detract from your viewing pleasure.
Kino Lorber (film and video distributor) have confirmed that they are preparing a Blu-ray release of Clambake
along with director Frederick De Cordova's film Frankie and Johnny
(1966), starring Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, and Harry Morgan. The release is expected to arrive on the market later this year.
Following the Record Store Day release of 'Le Retour D'Elvis' Blue Vinyl & 'His Hand In Mine'
White double LP, the French VPI will release a pink vinyl edition of the 'Something For Everybody
' album on November 28, 2016. This edition is limited to 1000 copies and contains master and alternate versions.
Joe Tunzi of JAT publishing
advises us that they have found some newer images and documents and art boards for the revised second volume of the 'The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977
' book. So while we are still waiting it sounds very much like it will be well worth the wait and finally, it is hoped the book will be ready by August.
From the Loving You DVD
, Martin Sheen talks about how much Elvis meant to him
, why Elvis was king. Sheen shows he is a well informed Elvis fan, and music/film lover. Martin is a big fan and tells of his love for Elvis and seeing 'Love Me Tender' about 20 times in the 50's. A great inclusion to an otherwise delightful DVD.
Follow That Dream
(FTD) have released the second volume of 'Elvis: His Songs Of Praise
', this book completes the story chronicling a further 51 sacred, spiritual and inspirational gospel songs to add to the 55 songs featured in 'His Songs Of Praise Volume 1'
. Once again, the story of each song is told with extensively researched detail. Also observe the high quality and subtle differences on the front cover and many other photographs of Elvis featured throughout the 350 pages. In addition, the 32-track CD that runs for over 79 minutes features many rare and officially unreleased tracks.
A Saturday morning fire caused 'extensive' damage to the former home of Elvis Presley on Audubon Drive, but ongoing renovations meant no Presley artifacts were in the house at the time of the blaze. Memphis Fire Lt. Wayne Cooke said the department responded to the home just after 7:30 a.m. The fire was under control by 7:52, he said. Fire personnel were on scene for several hours. The cause was electrical, Cooke said, and started in the wall between the living room and dining room. The one-story home was unoccupied and undergoing renovations.
Eleven years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Elvis' first drummer D.J Fontana
. I was working as a reporter at a radio station, when, one day in April, 2006, a press release caught my eye. It announced that Fontana was touring Sweden as part of a Swedish group called The Cadillac Band that would be playing my home town that very night. As my news editor didn't seem to understand the significance of this, I practically had to beg him to let me interview the drummer instead of doing the news piece he had in mind for me to do.
The series continues, by popular demand finally a 'fifties' album, 'Spliced Takes Blue Moon' CD will be out soon! Again the STAR team has done all the edits on this album, and they did an even better job, with lots of excellent edits, and surprises. Unlike other 'import' labels, they truly were able to produce an album using many incomplete takes, to create beautiful new tracks. Their professional edits will blow you away, and will make you believe these are unreleased takes. Get ready to Shake, Rattle and Roll with this fantastic release, some highlights include:
The 'Elvis In Person, One Night in Toronto April 2, 1957
' Hardcover Book has been released and our order is on the way to us. This is the third book of Erik Lorentzen in the 'Gold Standard Series' and tells the story of the two performances that Elvis did on April 2, 1957, sixty years ago, in Toronto, Canada. With over 350 previously unpublished photos
taken from the original negatives and new stories in text, you'll be taken back to the fifties! Amazing and beautiful photos
show Elvis before, during and after the performance on stage, backstage, etc. A great collector's item for fifties fan and a wonderful book for every Elvis fan! Available to pre-order at ElvisPresleyShop.com
Ragdoll has announced their second release, 'Lost In The Mail', and this time with another unreleased audience recording of the Elvis show from Carbondale, Ill, October 27th, 1976 8:30 P.M. Coming with a 8 page booklet with rare photos from the show.
'Elvis Presley: Past Masters' is a collection of 22 songs from Elvis' catalogue that were not available on his original albums.
The majority of Past Masters consists of A- and B-sides from Elvis' singles and Extended Play's (EP's), including versions of songs that appeared in a different form on his Long Play (LP) albums. Also included are the full contents of the Elvis Sails EP, masters without any overdubs and 'Kiss Me Quick' without backing vocals as released on the 1964 Spanish EP Viva Las Vegas. On this album you can also hear six songs that Elvis recorded at Sun Records in 1954 and 1955, including 'Mystery Train' from the original HMV 78rpm. This is a special edition from the Elvis One label.
Elvis One proudly presents a special edition from The Bootleg Series, 'From Elvis In New York - 1956
'. With all The Masters recorded in New York 1956, the promo recordings for RCA, the interviews, and 4 selections from his first tv appearances - for the first time together on one great new album. Including 'One-Sided Love Affair' with count-in, 'Hound Dog' in the best sound ever!, 'Lawdy, Miss Clawdy' with count-in and the edited undubbed master of 'Shake, Rattle And Roll'. And of course a booklet with photos and recording information! This is a limited edition of only 500 copies!
Elvis One proudly presents, 'Elvis Work In Progress: Outtakes From The Sixties! - Volume 4
' (The Bootleg Series
- Elvis One
), a great new album with outtakes from 1960 to 1966. An album with 22 alternate takes and 5 binaural masters, all previously unreleased by Elvis' official record company. All-in the best possible sound. This is a fly-on-the-wall experience… Of course, this album comes with a nice CD-booklet with photos and recording information.
Elvis One proudly presents, 'Elvis Work In Progress: Outtakes From The Sixties! - Volume 3
'. Volume 3 of Elvis Work In Progress (The Bootleg Series - Elvis One), a great new album with outtakes from 1960 to 1966. An album with 31 alternate takes and 3 unedited masters, all previously unreleased by Elvis' official record company. All-in the best possible sound. This is a fly-on-the-wall experience… Of course, this album comes with a nice CD-booklet with photos and recording information.
We have a few copies only available of this innovative and unique VinylDISC format: one side CD and one side Vinyl, playable also on a turntable; Elvis Presley Re:Mixes comes in a world's first exclusive cardboard packaging with two pockets facing outwards that recalls the old deluxe LPs: one pocket holds the VinylDISC in a beautiful paper sleeve with cut corners that lets the disc label be seen; the other pocket holds a 24 page booklet with rare photos of Elvis. A 'must have' for every true Elvis fan and for all music lovers that not only like good music but also like to 'touch' and 'feel' the music they own. Containing 14 fantastic tracks - rearranged and remixed with love and care, respecting Elvis' unique voice and the original feel of the originals.
This is an interview with Scotty Moore by retired Boston Herald journalist Larry Katz that he has recently transcribed. This is a superb, honest chat he had with Scotty Moore back in May 2002, almost exactly 15 years ago. At one point, Scotty makes an interesting observation. 'The stuff from back in the '50s is what people want to hear', he says. 'They love watching the jumpsuits and everything, but the music in the '70s don’t seem to have the staying power that the other stuff did'.
The Memphis Recording Service
(MRS), the producers of this DVD
, boldly state on the front cover that never before have we ever had live film footage (i.e., with synchronized sound) of an Elvis concert from the 50's ... until this time. Well, we certainly do now! Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
Could Elvis actually play guitar?
He played pretty good, yeah. And he played piano and drums. The first sessions he'd come in and work. After that, when he got more confident, he'd come in and play drums a while, then guitar, then piano. Then he'd practice his karate and then send out for 85 White Cottage burgers and then he'd go to work around 11 o'clock at night. But he loved gospel music. Jake Hess had influenced him and Bill Monroe and Big Boy Crudup. The first time I ever heard him I thought, 'What in the hell is this?' I couldn't tell if he was black or bluegrass or gospel or what. Of course that was what made him what he was. He was so damn versatile he could sing anything.
Memphis Recording Service will release 'Elvis On Television 1956-1960: The Complete Sound Recordings' (2LP 180 Gram Vinyl 24 Page Gatefold), an exclusive Limited Edition 'Record Store Day' release for 2017. Any leftovers the week after April 22nd can only then, (under RSD rules) be available by your local Elvis dealer.
This LIMITED EDITION 180 gram 2LP set contains for the first time ever, the complete archival sound recordings of all of Elvis Presley's television appearances from 1956 – 1960. All the 40 tracks herein are restored re-mastered using the most sophisticated technology. The bonus 24-page gatefold photo album contains many rare photographs with listings of Elvis' TV appearance dates.
Elvis Presley was pulled over April 3, 1955, for speeding on U.S. Highway 171 in Caddo Parish. 'I turned around and followed him for eight miles at speeds of 65 to 80 mph ...,' says a statement by the trooper who stopped Elvis. It's believed that Elvis he was on his way to play a concert at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds in Shreveport when authorities stopped his 1954 pink and white Cadillac. He reportedly was driving at 80 mph in a 60-mph zone. Elvis posted a $25 bond for traveling 20 miles over the speed limit. On April 5, his name was called three times at the Caddo Courthouse door but he failed to appear, leading to the forfeiture of the bond, records show. Click here
to view all the legal documents about his arrest.
We are excited to announce a project that we know you've been wanting for years. The richly illustrated large-format book 'Bruce Jackson: Six Years On The Road With Elvis' delves deeply into sound-man Bruce Jackson's life traveling with the Elvis Presley Show. 'I mixed and ran the sound for Elvis for six years until his death on August 16, 1977
. I was 22 when I started working for him. I did hundreds and hundreds of shows with Elvis across mainland United States and Hawaii, constantly on the road to the next city or town. In between, there were recording projects Elvis asked me to be a part of and stopovers for rehearsals at Graceland
. Over those six years I got to know him on a candid personal level as a friend'. - Bruce Jackson
Due for release in August is 'Strictly Elvis', a new hardcover book from Erik Lorentzen, ('The Elvis Files
', 'Elvis In Toronto
') this time in collaboration with photographer Keith Alverson. 'Strictly Elvis' will contain about 1400 photographs from the period 1973-1975 and will be published in August this year.