$2.5 Million - Crazy Ebay Elvis prices: While on the topic of auctions as above - spotted on Ebay an Elvis RCA 78rpm of 'Blue Moon' up for opening bid of $2.5 Million! Genuinely worth around $100 there is not even a description of its condition. If you have money to burn there are three days to go, no bids as yet! Look here for a laugh.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
New 3-CD 'Love Elvis tin-box set' from Sony/BMG Canada: This is the new 3-CD 'Love Elvis Can Set' featuring 30 tracks and a similar listing to the 2005 'Love Elvis' BMG CD. 'For The Good Times' is still noted as 'previously unreleased Alternate Take 3'. Go here for EIN's original review of 'Love Elvis'.
Elvis' Gretsch Guitar for Live Charity Auction: On February 8th Julien's Grammy Awards Charity Auction will offer various items of music memorabilia including Elvis' Gretsch guitar used by him during the 1969 Las Vegas Season. The estimate is $100,000 and will be, as the star lot, auctioned last as Lot #80. Elvis' Gretsch were used both on stage and in the studio. Elvis was photographed extensively with this guitar on opening night at the Internaional in 1969. According to the auction catalogue, there are two models of this guitar with one still at Graceland. The Gretsch Country Gentleman Guitar was endorsed by Chet Atkins with Elvis, George Harrison and Duane Eddy among players. Accompnaied by a letter of authenticity from Jonathon Taurog, son of Norman Taurog. Norman Taurog was the director of nine Elvis Presley films and was personally given this guitar by Elvis in the 1970s. If anyone would like to buy it for EIN we would be more than happy! Go here for more details.
Monday, 28 January 2008
The Marine Corps League of Joliet will hold its annual fundraiser on March 8, 2008 at the Empress Casino in Joliet, Illinois
World class tribute artists, Irv Cass as Elvis, and Steve Bobbitt as Rod Stewart will be on stage together. There will also be a mystery tribute appearance.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with showtime at 8 p.m.
General admission for advance tickets are $25 or at the door $30; VIP advance, $35 or at the door $40.
The show is brought to you by the Elvis. Entertainers network.
Table seating with cash bar will be in the Grand Ball Room. There will be a selection of raffle items by the Marine Corps League. Valet parking and coat check will be available at the main casino door.
General advance tickets are available at: En Joi Bake Shop & Cafe, 24735 West Eames St. (U.S. 6), Channahon, Illinois
The remix includes a duet with the sensational US singer Lucy Clark who was originally discovered in the 1980’s by Les Paul and has recorded with the likes of ‘Johnny Cash’ , Reggae artists ‘Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare’, ‘Keith Richards’, ‘Bon Jovi’ and many more. For more information on Lucy you can visit http://www.memphisrecordingservice.com/ for this and for details and sample of the new release.
The new remix is produced by Bob Harris and Clark Enslin (Johnny Cash, "The Great Lost Performance); Executive Producer Joseph Pirzada and is remixed by US producer Bob Harris and Mastered by Real Bouwman (MRS Release: New York RCA Studio 1).
However, EXCLUSIVE FOR ELVIS FANS wanting to hear a special preview of the mix can do so on Elvis Express Radio www.elvis-express.com where it will have its WORLD PREMIERE on Friday 25th January.
2. THAT'S ALL RIGHT, DOING IT ALL RIGHT(EXTENDED CLUB DANCE MIX)
3. THAT'S ALL RIGHT(ORIGINAL VERSION)
More new UK releases: Continuing the UK re-releasing of Elvis' 1950's product the Avid label will issue a 2-CD set called "Elvis Presley - Essential Collection" . It contains Elvis' 1956/1957 material and will be released Feb 11. Also released in the UK in March 2008 are the DVD documentary "Elvis: A Generous Heart" on the Snapper label, plus a 2 DVD set called "Elvis Presley - Collectors Box" on the Classic Rock label which also includes a bonus CD.
(News, Source; HMV.uk)
New Elvis DVD 'Gently' - from STAR: Specially for Valentine's day the STAR label are releasing a brand new DVD featuring 35 Elvis ballads and love songs. STAR promises 35 remixed Elvis videos, all in Dolby Digital sound, plus a free Valentine's card!
Tracklisting: I Love You Because, “Elvis love for fans #1”, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Doin The Best I Can, As Long As I Have You, Suppose, I Just Cant Help Believing, Gently, Because of Love, Something, Could I Fall in Love – Alternate Harmony version, I Want You I Need You I Love You – take 16, The Wonder of You, It Hurts Me, True Love, All That I Am, “Elvis love for fans #2”, Love Me – “Live, Through the Years”, There Goes My Everything – take 1, Tender Feeling, 68 Ballads, Puppet On A String, I’ll Remember You, Mary in the Morning – take 4, Until It’s Time For You To Go, Today Tomorrow and Forever – Duet with Ann Margret, Do You Know Who I Am, So Close Yet So Far, Almost in Love – remix, Young and Beautiful – remix, Please Don’t Stop Loving Me – remix, Always on My Mind – strings overdub, Pledging My Love - “Elvis love for fans #3”, Memories (alt), Bonus: Are You Lonesome Tonight (laughing), What Now My Love , by popular request from Elvis the Concert 2002.
(News, Source: Star)
Sunday, 27 January 2008
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Just a reminder that on February 9, 2008 that I will have my 24th Birthday Bash show in Tekonsha, Michigan. The show will start at 5:30PM til 8:30PM.
Half the proceeds will go to "GrandFamilies of Michigan!"
The tickets are:
$10 in Advance for Adults
$15 at the Door for Adults
FREE for Children 5 to 15 years old!
I have attached the flyer to this e-mail if you like reserve tickets at one of the 3 numbers listed at the bottom of the flyer. I will be mailing them out in the regular mail this week also! I do have apology for flyer going out in mail the guy that made copies for me copied the wrong one it had my corrections on it so. Sorry!LOL
Love to all,
Tim Dudley "Tribute to the King"
“Elvis” is Travis Ledoyt, an impersonator that performs the music of young, 50s and 60s-era Elvis. He performs with a full live band.
Ledoyt seeks to evoke the “something special that Elvis had that is unexplainable — a sort of charisma that charmed everyone.”
The first time Ledoyt’s resemblance to Elvis was brought to his attention was in high school, when he “slicked back” his hair for a school event.
A documentary of Elvis performing on TV is what sparked Ledoyt’s interest in the music.
“I went out and bought the Sun Records collection of Elvis songs. I played the CD every day. If they had been records I would have worn them out. The following Christmas my father bought me a karaoke machine with an Elvis tape. I practiced on it so much that when the school talent show came around my friends talked me into entering it,” said Ledoyt.
His practice with the karaoke machine led to a performance in a local talent show. Soon a band formed, and they played a Rockabilly Festival in Jackson, where LeDoyt met members of Elvis’ original band and signed a manager.
An exciting result of signing a manager was a photo shoot for the New York Times where LeDoyt was photographed as Elvis in the Sun Records recording studio in Memphis.
“I think a lot of the appeal (of the show) is the energy of a live show and whatever it was that worked in the 50s seems to still work today,” said Ledoyt.
Ledoyt’s own good looks an charisma make it possible for him to portray Elvis in an era most impersonators seem to shy away from, preferring to hide behind the light shows, lamé, sunglasses and sideburns of later eras. Ledoyt’s show is full of the rollicking rockabilly that made America fall in love. The infectious fun brings back memories for those who saw Elvis during this time, and the youthful spirit is enough to get young toes tapping. Performances are filled with classics such as “Hound Dog,” “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender” and “All Shook Up” are convincingly portrayed by Ledoyt and his band in shows that last for hours.
Since 2004 Ledoyt’s career has included national and international performances. He has a tour to England and Scotland scheduled for the upcoming year.
He has moved from Greenfield, Ma., his hometown, to Nashville. From Nashville he has been able to work on a personal recording project: this five-year project is more evocative of the Beatles than Elvis, though his influence can be found as well, according to Ledoyt.
Tickets for Ledoyt’s Feb. 21 performance can be purchased at the Bradley/Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, 423-472-6587.
Saturday, 26 January 2008
Rock of Ages ~ Sneak Preview Showcase
Featuring tributes to Elvis, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison and a cavalcade of Rock Heroes & Icons. All tribute artists & acts welcome!!!
Saturday July 19th
1pm - 5pm
Harmony Square ~ Main Stage
85 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, ON CANADA
Free Concert. Outside Venue. Bring A Lawn Chair.
For more information please contact:
Joan Minnery, Festival Director @ (519) 752-1694
Michelle King, Festival Coordinator @ (519) 752-0741
*This event is a promotional showcase for the Rock of Ages Festival & Hot Rod Show; rocking across Brantford, August 23rd - August 24th, at the Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre*
Rock of Ages ~ Music That Changed the World & Helped Shape Generations!!!
2008 Contest of Kings - Mall of America
Grand Prize: Cruising with the King - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
April 18th & 19, 2008
-- Cruising with the King
-- 2008 Contest Information
-- Days Inn
The Fifth Annual Contest of Kings is scheduled at Mall of America Friday evening, April 18th and Saturday afternoon and evening, April 19th. This is a chartiy event for the Anoka County Arts Alliance.
Once again Elvis Tribute Artists from around the world will gather to compete for the Grand Prize of a Caribbean Cruise and a contract to appear as a performer for "Cruising with the King" aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines!
CRUISING WITH THE KING provides guests with a full Elvis experience onboard the ship, beginning with a Welcome Aboard Tribute concert followed by a Meet and Greet and photo op with your tribute artists.
Throughout the cruise you will be guests at tribute performances featuring songs from the many decades of Elvis's career. Re-live the excitement of the King in Vegas, Young Elvis, music from the movies, gospel songs and more.
Cruising with the King
THE ELVIS IMPERSONATOR CONTEST
ROUND ONE will start Friday, April 18th at 6pm.
ROUND TWO will start Saturday, April 19th at 12 noon.
FINALIST ROUND will start Saturday, April 19th at 6 pm.
SHOWCASE ROUND will follow the Finalist Round. During the showcase our 2007 Grand Champion, Steve Marcio, will perform a 30 minute concert.
2008 Contest Information
Mention our code word "Elvis Contest" and you'll receive special rates for your stay at the Days Inn Airport - Mall of America. Then join us at the Days Inn Party Room for our "ETA Karaoke Party" Friday night and Saturday night after the contest ends! This is a very nice hotel located directly across the street from the Mall of America and only 5 minutes from MSP International Airport. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, arcade and shuttle service to/from the airport and Mall of America.
Special pricing is: $69 per night Queen $79 per night Double Call 1-800-558-5051 or 952-854-8400 for reservations before 2/28/07 to qualify for these special rates
phone: Sorry! Cruising with the King Jan 26th - Feb 2nd
It's that time of year when it's cold outside and all one could want is someone to snuggle up with in front of a fire (or the TV) listening to the BEST music in the world, ELVIS music. Well, if you don't have the fire, if you don't have the time to snuggle, even if you don't have a TV, c'mon over to Mancino's, 4304 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka (574-255-3300) on Saturday the 9th of February, 2008 (showtime is 7pm). We'll warm you up with the best Love songs Elvis ever recorded. Each lady who comes to the show will be asked to name an Elvis song that has the word "Love" in it and I will sing them for you.
Don't forget that Mancino's has some of the finest Italian food at affordable rates. The Valentine special is 2 spaghetti dinners, salad and bread for only $9.99 (drinks not included).
Please join us for food, fun and the music that stands the test of time, ELVIS music. Hope to see you all there.
January 24, 2008
By Jean Trotter
FLORAL tributes in the shape of a three foot guitar and spelling out the name of Elvis were among the wreaths from family and friends at the funeral of Elvis impersonator Paul Barkham.
His funeral service held at Park Wood crematorium, Elland, included images of his idol and his coffin was carried into Park Wood to the music of My Way which was followed by The Wonder of You and American Trilogy.
Paul, whose home at Bridge End, Rastrick, was a shrine to Elvis, died on January 8 on what would have been Elvis's birthday.
(Full report and more pictures inn the Brighouse Echo 24/01/08)
Hosted By: Pink Cadillac Entertainment
When: February 1 - 3, 2008 at 7:00PM
Where: Anahiem, California
Friday, 25 January 2008
Bruce, who has been portraying the young Presley for 15 years, is recording his first solo album. Of course, the disc is reminiscent of Presley.
"But not the Elvis you're thinking of," Bruce said. "My songs are like Elvis Costello meets The Beatles meets Bruce Springsteen."
Bruce is excited about establishing himself as a solo artist.
"It's my true passion," Bruce said while calling from Los Angeles. "I've wanted to record an album my entire life, and now it's happening."
Bruce's focus is shifting to his "day job," which is evoking the image and sound of rockabilly Presley from the '50s. He and fellow impersonator Mike Albert, who handles latter-day Presley duties, will take fans back tonight at Red Bank's Count Basie Theatre for the fourth annual Elvis Birthday Bash.
Presley would have turned 73 on Jan. 8.
"I might have an album coming out, but I (still) love playing Elvis," Bruce said. "It's always great fun. He recorded some of the greatest songs ever. It never gets tired playing these classics night after night. More than 50 years have passed since many of these songs were on the radio, and they're still great. It says something about the caliber of songs and the man who sang them."
Albert has been playing his hero for 17 years.
"What I love about this show is that you never repeat yourself," he said. "There are just so many Elvis songs you can do."
And then there are the fans, who often are on their feet singing and dancing to Presley songs.
"It's interesting playing all these nice theaters where you would expect people to act all dignified, but it's so much fun watching them get up and holler," Bruce said. "Every so often we'll get ladies undergarments thrown at us. It's all in fun. I'm sure the undergarments have never been worn. It's just that the fans are getting lost in the music and they're having fun and they're pretending, just like we're pretending."
If you run into Bruce or Albert offstage, don't expect them to act like they're the King.
"There's only been one Elvis," Bruce said. "We're about keeping the music alive. It appeals to everyone. You go down to Disneyland and you'll see 4-year old kids singing Elvis songs. Kids love "Jailhouse Rock' and "Blue Suede Shoes.' They're such cool songs. We all know the words from an early age. Those songs and his performance just touched something in all of us."
At some point in 2008, Bruce will hit the stage as himself.
"It'll be interesting," he said. "I'm just going to be myself up there. But I think I picked up a thing or two from Elvis. But I'll deal with my album and that stuff later. I have some dates to do on this tour. I have plenty on my plate right now."
Graceland to Open two New exhibits chronicling key Anniversaries in Elvis Life And offer all new VIP Tour
“Private Presley” covers the time 50 years ago when, at the zenith of his early superstardom, Elvis Presley was inducted into the army. He performed his duties like any other soldier with none of the special treatment his celebrity status might have afforded him. After completing basic training and initial service in Texas, in October 1958 Elvis was sent to Germany where he served until March of 1960. It was during his time abroad that he met his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu.
The “Private Presley” exhibit will include Elvis’ fatigues, dress uniforms, army foot locker and suitcases. Other novel items include the jacket he wore in the 1960 press conference he hosted at Graceland upon returning home, as well as the blue army dress jacket he wore on the train ride home from New York to Memphis and then on the special "Welcome Home, Elvis" edition of Frank Sinatra's television variety program. Another key item never before on display is the cedar chest Elvis kept in the Graceland attic to store both his army clothes and some of his late mother’s belongings.
While in the army, Elvis’ fame continued to grow through the release of music recordings he had made prior to his army induction and on his first furlough, a film he had completed before entering the army, and the publicity and promotion master-minded by his infamous manager Colonel Tom Parker. Upon arriving home from his 18-month stint in Germany, Elvis returned to the recording studio and to his film career. After three benefit concerts in 1961, Elvis did not perform again live in front of an audience until 1968 during the taping of his first television special. This NBC special catapulted his career to new heights and secured his reputation as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Broadcast as “Singer Presents Elvis,” the program returned Elvis to his roots as a musician and performer after years of movie making and became the season’s top rated special, attracting 42 percent of the television viewing audience.
The “Elvis 68” exhibit will include the white suit Elvis wore for the “If I Can Dream” finale; a black suit he wore during the "club scenes" of the program's big production number; a wristband he wore with the famous black leather outfit (which is part of the permanent exhibitions at Graceland); a red vest worn for promotional photos; and documents relating to the special including tickets to the tapings, photographs and a script. Also included will be a timeline exhibit of events occurring in the United States in 1968 to give historical context to that year in Elvis' life.
The new and expanded VIP Tour will offer an exclusive exhibit featuring several never-before-seen artifacts. The new displays enhance the current VIP Tour allowing visitors the luxury of front of the line privileges, special shuttle service and an all day pass to tour Graceland mansion, the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, Lisa Marie Airplane Tour, Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access exhibit as well as the two new “Elvis 68” and “Private Presley” exhibits.
It will also feature the first-ever professional photos of Elvis. The Presleys could not afford professional photos of the family, but in 1955 Elvis posed for his first photo shoot with William Speers in Memphis. This portion of the VIP exhibit allows visitors to see the original proofs from that photo shoot including Elvis’ personal handwritten notes indicating his favorites.
Other new displays include a first hand look at a young Elvis during his days at Humes High School through a display of artifacts including his high school diploma, Class of 1953 tassel and high school yearbooks.
Also new to the VIP Tour are artifacts that relate to the personal side of Elvis including the deed to Graceland, a gift from Elvis to his parents, and items from Elvis' personal wardrobe. A fascinating variety of off stage clothing including custom outfits for family dinners and lounging around the house will be displayed in a replica of Elvis' upstairs dressing room. And for the first time ever, the living room furniture from Elvis and Priscilla's honeymoon hideaway in Palm Springs will be on display in the VIP Tour exclusive exhibit.
The working barn behind Graceland is one area that is rarely seen by visitors. The new VIP exhibit will feature items from that space including Elvis' personal saddle, chaps and other artifacts relating to the Presley's equestrian activities, as well as information on the horses that still live at Graceland.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Elvis.com
Thursday, 24 January 2008
City, Alabama), and see an awesome show!!! William Stiles
(Previously the headliner at Memories Theatre in Pigeon Forge,
Tennessee) will be performing his 70's Tribute To Elvis Presley
along with Kenny James as Buddy Holly (and possibly Barney Fife?!)
backed by a full band! These people are all professionals and
wonderful at what they do!!
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen
Foundation. We will have several different breast cancer items for
sale, along with other merchandise.
I can promise you that you will not be dissappointed in this show!
It's something you can bring the family out to enjoy, and help a
great cause at the same time!
Tickets are as follows:
VIP (Reserved seating within the first 4 rows)- $25.00
General Admission - $20.00
Children ages 7 to 13- $10.00
Children 6 and under- FREE
If you can't attend but would like to be a sponsor in some way,
please let me know! Donations are welcome, and even raffle donations
For tickets, information, or to say you want to help out in some
way, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to make this show a great success!!!
Thanks in advance!
Produced by: Rob Diamond
Written by: Rob Diamond
Starring: Matt Lewis, Erin Chambers, Brian Wimmer
Length: 117 minutes
OREM — This moving film depicts the spiritual side of Elvis Presley at the end of his life and his search for redemption.
The performance by Las Vegas Elvis impersonator Matt Lewis as the King of Rock 'n' Roll searching for the King of Kings, as the promoters say, is outstanding, including his singing of some of Presley's hits. Lewis quickly draws the audience into the story with his believable portrayal of the legendary icon.
Writer and director Rob Diamond paints a picture of a remorseful Presley regretting lifestyle choices that led to the divorcing of his wife, Priscilla, and disassociation with his daughter, Lisa Marie.
The movie, which was screened last week at the 7th Annual LDS Film Festival, also ties in Presley's study of the Book of Mormon. Although the name of the book is never uttered in the film, audiences are given a glimpse of the blue paperback cover just before the emotionally tortured singer dies of a prescription drug overdose. Filmmakers used the actual Book of Mormon Presley reputedly owned and written in by Elvis. That book is now in the possession of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Diamond uses a series of flashbacks of the singer's life to tell the story and admits to taking license by inserting Presley's conversations with a "mysterious man" who turns out to be the spirit of his twin brother, Jesse, who died at birth. Those conversations examine crossroads in the singer's life.
Diamond also cleverly uses an after-life interview technique between the late television host Ed Sullivan and Presley to tell the story. The filmmaker admits that had a certain amount of cheese attached, but it works in an uncanny way.
He pieced the story together after a year of research, 11 days of shooting (mostly on a sound stage) and a year of editing.
"Tears of a King" is engrossing, based on extensive factfinding and shows a side of Elvis Presley rarely seen.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Upcoming event of the TCB Band & The Sweet Inspirations with Austrian singer Dennis Jale.
They will perform in Sofia / Bulgaria January 30, 2008 which will close the small tour that also features 2 concerts at the Stadthalle of Vienna January 25 & 26 .
TUPELO, MISS. -- The Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation today announced the newest venue at the Birthplace and Park will be the church where Elvis learned the basic chords he needed to begin the trek that ultimately made him the “King of Rock and Roll.”
Foundation Executive Director Dick Guyton said the original structural of the First Assembly of God in East Tupelo, until recently used as a private residence, will be relocated today to the Birthplace grounds and completely restored as it was when Elvis and his family worshiped there.
“The church will be within 100 feet of the existing memorial chapel built by fans’ donations at the Birthplace,” said Henry Dodge, Chairman of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation. “This will present the full life cycle of the gospel music of Elvis, from the roots learned as a boy in the historical original church to the Birthplace memorial chapel where the contemporary gospel music of Elvis is constantly played. This will be the only place in the world where fans can have that experience,” Dodge added.
The structure, which had been located at 1358 Berry Street, will move to a site just south of the chapel. Access to the south parking lot behind the chapel will be relocated, and the church placed approximately 100 feet from the chapel entrance, Guyton said.
“The First Assembly of God Church in East Tupelo was at the center of the Presley family’s life and provided the social structure as well as entertainment on which the family thrived. Young Elvis regularly sang in church, as did many of the members, but according to his minister, Brother Frank Smith, Elvis was fascinated with music and the prospect of learning to play the guitar. Brother Frank taught Elvis how to make a D chord, an A chord and an E chord…all he needed to play “Ole Shep,” Guyton said.
Church, and especially the music of the church, was the motivation for Elvis to become a performer. After the Presleys moved to Memphis in 1948, Elvis regularly went to the all night gospel sings at Ellis Auditorium, near his home in Lauderdale Courts. His burning ambition was to become a member of a gospel quartet. He never realized his dream of becoming a member of the Statesmen or the Blackwood Brothers. He had other worlds to conquer. Throughout the rest of his life, Elvis recorded many of the beloved songs of his youth, the emotional and uplifting music of the church.
The actual building where the Presley family attended services is itself an artifact. Through original photographs of this church and other churches of this area, we will restore the inside and outside of the building to the look of 1940.
The Assembly of God Pentecostal church services of this time period will be described and featured in a multi-media presentation. The plain, humble structure will greatly contrast with the lively and intense nature of the sermons and the music.
Small groups of visitors will be admitted to the church, the optimum number will be 10 to 15 people at a time. A docent will invite them inside. Once visitors take a seat in the center of the church, the docent will turn a key switch that activates the first projector. The entire presentation is about 10 minutes in length. During heavy traffic times the maximum time between tours will be 15 minutes.
The presentation will introduce visitors to aspects of a “neighborhood church” in Elvis’ day and explain the Assembly of God religion. “We plan to film an actual church service in the renovated church using several cameras at different locations,” Guyton said.
A four-minute introductory segment will be shown on the center wall located behind the pulpit. Included will be an overview of the Pentecostal religion, the Assembly of God denomination, and southern Christian churches of the 1940’s.
“We have been working on this quite some time,” Guyton said. “We appreciate the cooperation of the Stanford family and the valuable assistance of real estate professional Tina O’Quinn in helping us acquire the structure. Additionally, Elvis’ boyhood friend Guy Harris was instrumental in helping us locate the structure.
“We have made many significant changes at the Birthplace and park over the past several years as we continue to find exciting new ways to continue to tell the story of the innocence of Elvis,” Guyton said.
The project is being funded by the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation from ticket sales and gift shop purchases of fans, and by a $40,000 donation from the Carpenter Foundation.
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Elvis’ Close Colleagues Jerry Schilling and Joe Guercio Enter into Multi-Year Agreements with the Elvis Cruise
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Elvis Cruise, LLC (the “Cruise”), the only Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) licensed cruise dedicated to the life, times and music of Elvis Presley, has announced that it has signed agreements with Jerry Schilling to act as the Host and Producer of The Elvis Cruise and with Joe Guercio to serve as the Cruises’ Musical Director.
Schilling and Guercio bring decades of professional and personal experience with Elvis Presley to the Cruise’s unique program. In his role as the Cruise’s Host, Schilling, a friend of Elvis for years, is dedicated to making this Elvis experience as authentic and as rich as possible. Guercio, who also was an Elvis close friend and collaborator, will be providing cruisers with the very best in musical production.
“Both Schilling and Guercio were primarily responsible for the various production elements required to make the Cruise a true celebration of Elvis’ music and a tribute to his legacy,” says Michael McKay, Executive Producer of the Cruise.
After meeting Elvis at a local pick up football game in 1954 at the age of 12, Schilling and Elvis became good friends. In 1964 he went to work for Elvis as the youngest member of The Memphis Mafia. Since then, Jerry has spent the last 45 years in the entertainment industry managing such acts as The Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis and Lisa Presley. Some of his TV and film projects include the A&E Biography's on Brian Wilson and Sam Phillips, and co-producing the ABC prime-time television series "ELVIS, the Early Years." Most recently he has released his memoir "Me and A Guy Named Elvis" My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley. Schilling is still involved in developing projects dedicated to experiencing the life and music of Elvis, such as The Elvis Cruise.
“Many people have tried to recreate Elvis, but lost the richness of his soul. So it is exciting to be a part of an experience that has brought that richness and has sought solely to create an entertaining and authentic Elvis experience,” said Schilling. He adds, “I believe Elvis would be proud of what we are doing.”
Best known and admired for his work with Elvis Presley, Guercio has had a prolific career. He was musical director and conductor for Elvis' concert shows from the summer of 1970 to the summer of 1977, when Elvis made his last concert appearance. His other works include: being musical director for the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Diana Ross, Jim Nabors, Florence Henderson, Diahann Carroll, Gladys Knight, Ann-Margret and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme; being medley arranger for Barbra Streisand’s 1972 hit Sweet Inspiration/Where You Lead; and accompanying blues legend B.B. King to Rome to meet Pope John Paul II and perform in the Vatican's fifth Christmas concert. Guercio's work with Natalie Cole to reunite her on stage in duet with her late father, Nat King Cole, pre-dated her famous early 1990's duet recordings and videos with Mr. Cole.
In addition to being the Musical Director of The Elvis Cruise, Guercio has recently produced The Tanya Tucker Christmas Show.
“Jerry Schilling and Joe Guercio have a genuine personal connection and a history with Elvis Presley. They have put their hearts, souls and wealth of experience into making this program entertaining, authentic and special,” said McKay. “This cruise is the ultimate experience for anyone who admires the work of Elvis, and wishes to mingle and be entertained by the best performers in the music industry.”
The Elvis Cruise, which will embark August 28, 2009, from New Orleans, includes four nights and two afternoons of live onboard entertainment, with each night dedicated to one of the truly spectacular phases of Elvis’ life and career, one afternoon in the Cozumel port of call and many opportunities to interact closely with Elvis’ original cast musical artists.
For more details about the cruise, please visit www.theelviscruise.com, or call 1-800-704-3034.
About The Elvis Cruise
The Elvis Cruise is the only EPE approved and licensed cruise in the world. It is dedicated to the life, times and music of Elvis Presley. The inaugural sailing of The Elvis Cruise was in August, 2007. It is a full ship charter in partnership with Carnival Cruise Line aboard the MS Fantasy.
The Elvis Cruise, LLC
Beth Freeman, 314-591-2388
Monday, 21 January 2008
Last Lap Cafe Valentine's LoveFest
Whether hot “Burning Love” or soft “Love Me Tender” is more your style when it comes to Valentine’s Day, you can be sure that Fred Wolfe will demonstrate that he “Can’t Help Falling in Love” when he asks “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” at the Last Lap Cafe Valentine's LoveFest with Elvis in Westland on Saturday, February 16th. There is no question that there will be “A Big Hunk of Love” to go around for everyone at this event.
Show time is 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 each. Advance reservations-ticket purchases are strongly advised as there is always a full house when Fred performs at the Last Lap. (Fred's performances at the Last Lap have been known to be sold out prior to the show dates.) Please note, a reservation-ticket purchase guarantees you will be admitted for the show, but it does not guarantee you a specific seat. Tickets go on sale January 12th. For reservations and to buy tickets call (734) 266-9420 and ask for Shari or Tracy. All ages welcome.
Location: The Last Lap Cafe is located at 27758 Warren Road in Westland, Michigan, approximately 3 miles South of I-96 between Inkster and Middlebelt.
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January 21, 2008
With Russia's motor industry expanding rapidly today, a group of enthusiasts outside St Petersburg are devoting their lives to restoring car classics. Some of the cars belonged to real-life legends, among them the first man in space Yury Gagarin, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley.
To get the vehicles running is the main aim and they have to pass modern technical checks.
With several car manufacturers in St Petersburg thrusting the city to the forefront of modern automobile production, the warehouse is ensuring that along with modern cars, the old classics are still roadworthy.
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Sunday, 20 January 2008
Saturday, 19 January 2008
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Rocker, who will perform two, 45-minute sets, was born in Milwaukee and lives in Cottage Grove.
Inspired by his mother's love for "The King," Rocker has been an Elvis fan all of his life. He has been performing on a regular basis since the 1980s, playing and singing in various bands that specialize in music from the 1950s to the 1970s. The entertainer started his career playing guitar, then switched to drums, and was a lead singer for several bands. He always sang Elvis songs with these bands and started performing as an Elvis tribute artist in the summer of 2002. Now he performs his own shows and is well-known for his full productions backed by his Elvis tribute band, "The Comeback Special."
Rocker has appeared on several Wisconsin TV programs and has been publicized throughout the Midwest. The popular singer has won Elvis tribute artist awards in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, and has performed at the State Fair and at Summerfest. He has a strong fan club and a full performance schedule.
Mary Jane Payne, BDAAA member and sponsor said, "Tony Rocker is well-known for his commitment to a fully authentic tribute performance, demonstrating respect, dedication and admiration for Elvis Presley. He pays detailed attention to every nuance of the icon's song delivery and he invests in the most authentic costuming possible."
Those who attend the "Your Arts Desire" semi-formal for singles, couples, and groups will also enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, photo opportunities with Tony Rocker and celebrity stand-ups, and dancing to the music of "The Little Big Band."
The evening's program will be managed by master of ceremonies Roger VanHaren and auctioneer Darlyn Pfeiffer of Victorian Lions. The live auction will offer serenades by Tony Rocker, one-of-a-kind "Fab Frames" created by artists and community contributors, and several special items including two framed Owen Gromme prints.
BDAAA welcomes event sponsors who will receive special acknowledgements as part of the sponsor package.
Tickets, at $45 per person, are available at the Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts, 1605 N. Spring Street, Beaver Dam, WISC. or from the event committee, including Brian French, Darlyn Pfeiffer, Mary Jane Payne, Betsy Lampert, Donna Rochwite and Rodney Binder.
Tickets can also be ordered by calling 920-885-3635. Individual or table reservations should be received by Jan. 25.
Web Editor: Kara Matuszewski Reporter/Anchor
January 19, 2008
PALERMO (AP) -- Two horses once destined for the slaughterhouse have a new home at Graceland, where they're being adopted by Priscilla Presley.
Carol-Terese Naser rescued six horses including Max and his brother, Merlin, last summer from a family in Quebec. To defray costs, she and her friend, Cathy Cleaveland, enlisted celebrities to sign T-shirts to sell at auction.
Max and Merlin were lucky enough to catch the attention of Priscilla Presley, former wife of the late Elvis Presley. She tells the Kennebec Journal that horses are what made Graceland home, so she's bringing them to Memphis.
Max arrived at Graceland this month, and Merlin is due to follow this spring.
Friday, 18 January 2008
With legal battle behind him, new owner reveals plans for future
Katie Ruark • The Desert Sun • January 17, 2008
( Originally published August 11, 2007 )
PALM SPRINGS - If a local man has his way, fans soon will be able to see where Elvis kicked off his blue suede shoes.
The King's Palm Springs home is being revamped to become a tourist attraction. The Elvis Estate - one of only two homes the King owned when he died in 1977 - is free from legal battles and wants to rock fans as the next Graceland.
"I want this to be Elvis of California," said Reno Fontana, who won ownership of the home in November with his wife, Laura Whittier Fontana.
That could be good news for Palm Springs tourism.
"I get asked probably six times a day to see the inside of the Elvis house," said Bill Davis, owner of Celebrity Tours in Palm Springs.
"In fact, last week I had a woman from Poland, and all she could say was: 'inside Elvis house,'" he said. "People want to see what's inside."
More than 600,000 people visit the Graceland mansion in Memphis annually - making it one of the five most-visited home tours in the United States and the most famous home in America after The White House, according to Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Elvis already has a place in Palm Springs' history and a presence in its tourism industry.
The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, at 1350 Ladera Circle, brought in 600 guests for this year's Elvis Weekend. The three-day event celebrating Elvis and Priscilla Presley's honeymoon in Palm Springs enticed a woman to travel all the way from England, according to Leonard Lewis, the hideaway's caretaker.
"There are Elvis fans of all ages that go places other than Graceland," said Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism spokesman Jim Dunn. "He's always had that following."
What you'll find
Elvis and Priscilla Presley bought the home at 845 W. Chino Canyon Road for $85,000 in April 1970. The Presleys and their young daughter, Lisa Marie, lived there part time.
When the two divorced in 1972, Priscilla signed over the home to Elvis with a quitclaim deed. After his death, Elvis' personal lawyer, who represented him during his divorce, took control of the estate.
Visitors won't find a jungle room, Elvis's animal-themed play room in Graceland. The five-bedroom home with a pool and stunning eastern views surprisingly is understated. The most outrageous part - if one can even call it that - is a sunken tub with red-and-black tiles in one of the seven bathrooms.
Today, if someone knocks on the door, Fontana will show them around the house for free.
There's no furniture, yet. When it's decorated - in the King's style - formal tours will be given for a fee.
For a lifelong, "unashamed fan" like Fontana, having a connection to the King is special.
"The first time I heard an Elvis song was Dec. 24, 1961," Fontana recalled. "It was 'Blue Hawaii' at my grandparents' house for a Christmas dinner."
When the house came up for sale, he bought it "site unseen."
"We may have our names on the deed, but we are the caretakers," he said. "This house belongs to Elvis fans around the world."
Other plans for Elvis Estate
But Fontana is also a businessman hoping to capitalize on a home that very few have seen - and hard fought for recently.
A chapel, lagoon, banquet hall, pool and recording studio are in the works so the house can be used for weddings, parties and making more music, he said.
Palm Springs City Manager David Ready said plans have not been submitted but would need to meet the zoning ordinance codes for the residential area.
"We look forward to his proposal, but it must be in compliance," Ready said.
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March 15, 2008 with a dinner/show. Cost is $15.00 per person and
features Elvis Tribute Artist Jim Jones with 3 - 50 minute sets. Call
513-227-1893 for tickets.
Thursday, 17 January 2008
By Carlie Kollath
TUPELO – Come this August, visitors to the Elvis Presley Birthplace will have something new to see.
On Wednesday, Dick Guyton, executive director of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation, announced that the church Presley attended as a child will become part of the attraction. The foundation owns the birthplace.
Immediately after the announcement, the First Assembly of God Church was moved from nearby 1358 Berry St. to a temporary home behind the memorial chapel. Guyton said the foundation will restore the building to what it looked like in the ’40s and open it to the public in August. It will be placed about 100 feet south of the chapel.
“Elvis was probably more influenced by his church and black church music than anything else,” Guyton said, noting that this is part of a long-term plan to add more attractions to the birthplace. “The chapel was his desire for a memorial. This will give a total concept to the visitor of Elvis’ music - where it started and how it ended.”
Six years ago, the foundation added the statue of Elvis at 13 to the grounds of the birthplace. Last week, a Blues Trail marker was unveiled. The foundation plans to build a walkway around the two-sided sign soon.
The church project is being funded by ticket sales and gift shop purchases and by a $40,000 donation from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Al Servati, division manager for the Carpenter Co., which has a manufacturing plant in Tupelo, said the Carpenter Foundation decided to get involved because this is “something that will attract people to Tupelo and attract new businesses.”
“It will benefit the entire community and hopefully Carpenter as well,” he said.
For the past 42 years, the church has been Lawrence Stanford’s home. He said he would have people come by his house every year and take pictures of the building.
He’s remodeled it over the years, but the additions were stripped down to reveal the original siding and flooring from Presley’s day.
“I hate to see it go. I got used to living in it,” he said, watching the moving company pulling it up the hill to its new home. He sold the building recently and moved two houses down the street. And as his former house rolled onto the birthplace property, he said it was nearing its home.
“I feel good about it going up there,” Stanford said. “I really do.”
It’s a sentiment the Presleys most likely would share, said Guy Harris, a childhood friend of Elvis.
“I think he would be well-pleased with this deal,” said Harris, who attended the neighborhood church often. “This is part of him and something he did. Same with Gladys and Vernon because they went here too.”
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VEGAS STYLE VALENTINE'S DINNER SHOWS
Saturday, February 2, 2008 - Vintage House Vegas Style Valentine’s Dinner Show
Join Vintage House and Salute to the Superstars for their first annual Valentine’s Vegas style dinner show. Bring your sweetie for a fabulous night of great food and top entertainment. Featured Artists: Frank Sinatra, Bobby Vinton, Ann Murray and Fred Wolfe as Elvis, all backed by The Radio City Band. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. with show at 7:30 p.m. $40.00 cost covers both. Prepaid reservations required. This is sure to be a sell out so call for tickets today at (586) 415-5678 Location: Vintage House is located at 31816 Utica Road, Fraser, Michigan and is just South of Masonic Boulevard (13-1/2 Mile Road) on the East side of the street.
Saturday, February 9, 2008 - Golden Hawk Golf Club Vegas Style Valentine’s Dinner Show
Join Golden Hawk and Salute to the Superstars for their second annual Vegas dinner show. Golden Hawk will be providing a scrumptious buffet dinner with a great Vegas style. Featured Artists: Loretta Lynn, Jackie Wilson, Bobby Vinton, and Fred Wolfe as Elvis, all backed by The Radio City Band. Dinner will be at 7:00 p.m. with show at 8:00 p.m. $45.00 cost covers both. Prepaid reservations required. Call early for your tickets at (586) 727-4681 Location: Golden Hawk Golf Club & Banquet Center is located at 9861 Meisner Lane, Casco, Michigan. If you are coming from I-94, take the 26 Mile Road - Exit #248. Turn east, toward Marine City. Go approximately 1 mile. Turn left on County Line Road. Go 2.1 miles. Turn right on Meisner Road. Go 1.2 miles. Immediately after crossing over I-94, turn right onto Meisner Lane. Golden Hawk Golf Club is the first driveway on your left. Look for the Totem Pole! If you reach the gravel section of the road, you have gone too far. Map
Sunday, February 10, 2008 - Dimitri's Town & Country Vegas Style Valentine’s Dinner Show
Join Salute to the Superstars and Dimitri's Town & Country of Chesterfield for their second annual Valentine’s dinner show. Dimitri's will offer many delicious dinner entree's along with a Vegas style variety show featuring vocal impressionist Dave Zoran from Oldies 104.3, Fred Wolfe doing his tribute to the King of Rock & Roll "Elvis", and last, but not least, those local icons the Blues Brothers! Dinner will be at 7:00 p.m. and show time at 8:00 p.m. Reservations required - no cover charge. Entrees range from $13.00 to $22.00. The price of your dinner includes the show. This show is sure to be a sell out so call today to get your tickets at (586) 949-9600. Location: Dimitri's Town & Country is located at 50875 Gratiot Avenue, Chesterfield, Michigan, just South of 23 Mile Road, on the West side of the street. MAP
Friday, February 15, 2008 - Mac & Ray's "Love Is In The Air" Valentine's Dinner Show
Join Mac & Ray's and Salute to the Salute to the Superstars for their first annual Valentine's Vegas style dinner show. This will be a true night of romance. Mac & Rays will be providing a scrumptious buffet style dinner that will satisfy the hunger in everyone. Following dinner "Love is in the Air" with a star studded Vegas style show featuring live tributes to Garth Brooks, Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond and a special appearance by Fred Wolfe as Elvis, all backed by the Radio City Band. So bring that special someone out for a night of romance, great food, fabulous entertainment and dancing. Prepaid reservations required. Call Mac & Rays for your tickets at: (586) 463-9660. Location: Mac & Rays is located at 42000 Sea Ray Boulevard, Harrison Township, Michigan 48045. From I-94, take Exit #237, turn left on to North River Road and proceed East approximately 3 miles, turn left on to Sea Ray Boulevard. MAP
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ENGLEWOOD, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Renowned songwriter and producer Clyde Otis was pronounced dead at Englewood Hospital on January 8. He was 83 years old.
Best-known for his long and enormously successful collaboration with singer Brook Benton, Clyde Otis was among the most prolific songwriters and producers of the post-war era, making music business history as the first African American A&R executive for a major label.
Born in Prentice, Mississippi, Otis' early exposure to music was limited — his family didn't even own a radio — and he only began composing songs after meeting "Route 66" writer Bobby Troup during a stint in the Marines. Following his discharge, Otis settled in New York City, spending the next eight years enduring a series of day jobs while honing his songwriting at night. He was driving a cab when, in 1954, he overheard one of his fares discussing a party being thrown by music publisher Sidney Kornhauser; Otis convinced the woman to give Kornhauser his song "That's All There Is to That," which became a Top 20 pop hit for Nat "King" Cole in mid-1956.
Upon joining Mercury's A&R staff in 1958, Otis began writing and producing material for Brook Benton; beginning with the number three smash "It's Just a Matter of Time," they teamed for a series of 17 consecutive hits, including "Endlessly," "So Many Ways," "Kiddio," and the novelty favorite "The Boll Weevil Song." Otis also produced a number of duets between Benton and Dinah Washington, among them "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" and "A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)"; he worked on Washington's solo efforts, as well, most notably the classic "What a Difference a Day Makes." Otis also helmed hits for Sarah Vaughn ("Broken-Hearted Melody"), Timi Yuro (the remarkable "Hurt") and the Diamonds ("The Stroll"), and in 1962 he alone produced an astounding 33 of Mercury's 51 chart hits.
Upon leaving the label, he briefly tenured at Liberty Records before founding his own publishing firm, the Clyde Otis Music Group, and moving into independent production. Upon relocating to Nashville, Otis produced sessions for country stars Charlie Rich and Sonny James; Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, and Patti Page all recorded his songs as well.
Over four decades ago, Otis went to visit good friend Sarah Vaughn, who lived in Englewood, NJ and knew that was the place he wanted to raise his family and continue growing the Clyde Otis Music Group. He was the first African-American to "build" a home in the prestigious East Hill section of Englewood, located across the street from his buddy, Dizzy Gillespie.
Otis is survived by his wife, Lourdes, three children; Clyde III, AnaIza and Isidro, five grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
A private service was held on January 14 in Englewood New Jersey. The family is planning a large musical memorial service to take place in February. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the BMI Foundation. For more information call (212) 586-2000.
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Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Some people may have passed on this production of mine because they mistakenly think it shows Elvis in a negative light.
On the contrary, it shows all that Elvis had to endure through several years of his life. Elvis was the victim, and the hero.
You know the highlights of Elvis' career ...the On Tour documentary, Aloha from Hawaii, recording his many famous albums and touring the country performing in the early to mid-1970's. This is the REAL story about something that was going on in the background all along.
You will be shocked and amazed at what all happened and how long it all drug on, and how it secretly effected Elvis all the while. I guarantee that any marginal Elvis fan will enjoy this production, and any serious fan will LOVE it.
If you have not added this to your collection yet, please do so before it completely sells out like BEHIND THE IMAGE VOL. 1 has.
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" ...DO NOT let the title put you off ...This project is not about sensationalism
or about dragging Elvis and his name through the mud ...It will strengthen your
belief in Elvis character". (Excerpt from one of the letter's below)
HAVE YOU HEARD WHAT ELVIS FANS ARE SAYING?
>From the first frames this documentary GRABS! Your attention and doesn’t let go. It is a fascinating look into an important yet controversial subject. An insight into the private yet publicly sensationalized paternity suit that plagued Elvis during the 1970’s. Bud Glass brings you a factual and spellbinding Book and 95 minute DVD. With fantastic footage and rare photographs this documentary takes you on a journey you will not soon forget. A Must for any collector, don’t miss this intriguing glimpse into Elvis’ private and public life. Miss this publication and you miss out on seeing the man behind the image. The human being that was Elvis Presley.Tony
The very first thing I want to tell everyone is simply to NOT let the title put you off! This project is not about sensationalism or about dragging Elvis and his name through the mud all over again. Like many fans, I lived through this time in Elvis career and we all heard about Patricia Parker and her paternity suit. Most fans felt that it could easily be true. We did not know or have all the details. We had no way of knowing what she put Elvis through either. This project is outstanding in the way that everything is time lined, documented and investigated. It is amazing to see how much time and effort must have gone into this. This was not thrown together quickly or haphazardly. The price is well worth the 95 minute DVD alone. You get exclusive film footage and photos that you will not find anywhere else. The book that comes with the DVD is a bonus! From the book you can study the documents that were found in greater detail, and there are some outstanding photographs as well. These could easily have been sold separately for more money. Once you own the DVD and book you will see that they really are worth every penny. Get the facts, not the gossip. Find the truth as it is really known. No more speculation folks on a black mark on Elvis personal life. The Elvis Presley Paternity Suit uncovered will give you an education on a chapter of Elvis life you probably knew little about. It will strengthen your belief in Elvis character. You will enjoy the rare film clips, photos and Elvis himself talking candidly. I do indeed recommend this DVD and book to all Elvis fans. You really won't be sorry.Cathi
I think It's the best thing you have ever done! What a Great, Great, Great job ! I just can't say enough great things about this documentary. This should win an award! Russ
I just finished reading my copy of the book, couldn't put it down until I read the whole thing, and the only thing I can add to what you have already said is this project is EXCELLENT !! Some fans may have previously heard a mention of this paternity suit but none of us really knew all the facts concerning this case, or what was going on in Elvis life during the years that this suit took place. This production has given the facts along with court documentss (that I found very interesting), things that I never knew. I learned a lot, and surely have even more respect for Elvis. The DVD Documentary of the Paternity Suit used an excellent choice of photos and footage! Story and dialog was excellent. It left me feeling very good, and with a better understanding what Elvis was going through at the time. Thank you again for putting out information to us fans to help us know even better, Elvis, the man, Elvis, Behind the Image. I thank Bud for sharing with us his long and hard research. He did an excellent job giving us fans the facts. Bev
I just got my copy of the "Elvis Paternity Suit" book and DVD combo. First let me say WOW! I was blown away when I got my copy, and think its worth telling others about. The book is a true professional outing in all respects. It includes fantastic rare photos in full color. The paper is top quality, the book is a professional hardcover book, and really well laid out. The info covers the Patricia Parker lawsuit against Elvis that lasted a full 6 years. This book is based in DOCUMENTED FACT, and not hearsay. There are clear court records shown, detailed interviews with people who were close to Elvis, how he even got served court papers right before he took the stage in Los Angeles in 1970! Candid photos of Elvis going in and out of the blood bank for paternity testing, new unpublished photos of Elvis and the gang. What can I say, Bud Glass has proven once again that Elvis books can be done with care, and true professional quality. The DVD was a great bonus too. Its a full 90 minute documentary, not just some bonus footage offered to help sell the book. There are special menus, interviews, more photos, and a great narration from Bud Glass himself. I don’t normally place any types of reviews on books etc, but this was worth the time. Dan
Once again Bud Glass has shown the Elvis fans what a product looks like when it's done RIGHT. Product development, Research and most important QUALITY are the Benchmarks of ALL their products. As the Elvis community ages, it becomes increasingly MORE important to provide the fans with items of substance and quality. It is SO much more than slapping a name on a cover and letting Elvis' name do the rest. These products will be around LONG after we are gone. WE Owe it to ourselves and to the Memory of The Greatest Entertainer to EVER set foot on a stage, to accept NOTHING less. As the old saying goes, The Quality goes in, before the name goes ON. Bob
I have recieved your Top Secret Elvis Paternity Documentary. Thank you very much. I found it highly interesting and very well executed. I know your job with this topic was like walking a tightrope...but I found the finished product to be quite unbiased and objective; it had no odor of 'whitewash' that so many projects of this nature tend to emit. Kudos to you and crew on a fine and admirable product! Jim
The price is not bad considering what you are getting, the books are very high grade paper, excellent print with beautiful pictures (not some pic that has been copied so much you can barely tell who it is) they are well bound and nice size. Also you get a DVD with them so what more can you ask for. I personally thing they are a very good deal..........I have vol.1 & 2 of Behind the Image and would not take anything for them....... I don't know where you could find a better deal on an Elvis book and it to be truth too boot! Joann
You have outdone yourself again! Your projects are always more than just a picture book. You investigate & document history creating an understanding of the big picture as it took place in Elvis's life. I attended the 1970 L.A. Forum concert. It was truly spectacular. However, I had no idea all these negative distracting events were going on in Elvis's life behind the scene. He surely did not let it effect the shows. I especially like the complete set of photos of Elvis taken with a hidden camera at the blood lab, they are great! Although I have seen some of the photos before, I did not know the whole story behind them. It was very interesting. My wife is not an Elvis fan, but she enjoyed your DVD. Tom
I found myself watching the entire DVD over again. It's spellbinding to me. But, then, I'm not sure if I toldthat I had never heard of this paternity suit, much lessthat it dragged on for six long years. The covers of tabloids and movie magazines show that itwas highly publicized. Like Elvis, I don't read them,never did. So, I was blissfully unaware of Patricia Parker'sbogus claim. She sure was tenacious in her efforts to securea name and fortune for herself and for her son. What is amazing about the book & DVD is the attention to details and the careful weaving of the timeline of theproceedings of the case with the life of Elvis. Your hardwork makes the story understandable and shows how Elvis,the man and the super star, was affected by this case! I appreciate the interviews, too. Very neat to hear hischauffeur, Sir Gerald, speak. And I learned about JohnO'Grady's influence in Elvis's life. I think that allthe personal interviews you include enrich the text. Eve
Each January, Elvis Presley fans from all over the world come together outside of Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., to commemorate his birthday. At exactly 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 8, fans begin singing familiar gospel songs and of course "Happy Birthday" to remember the "king of rock and roll," according to the official Web site dedicated to Elvis.
Elvis came from humble beginnings but he never forgot his roots. The successful musician and actor could have eaten anything he wanted, but when it came to foods his favorites were those that "everyman" could enjoy.
He loved good down-home cooking similar to what his mother served him as a child. His culinary tastes never strayed far from Southern-style cooking. Grits, black-eyed peas, ham and bacon, fried chicken, cornbread, mashed potatoes and homemade country gravy were just a few of his favorites.
Elvis did not like exotic or foreign foods. He also did not try dishes that contained unusual ingredients or had odd textures or flavors, according to the Web site. Therefore, most of the foods he consumed were basic hearty foods, the type Southern women cooked daily for their families.
At Graceland or at his home in Beverly Hills, Elvis specified what should be kept on hand in the kitchen. Must-haves included fresh lean ground round, hamburger buns, rolls, pickles, potatoes, onions, fudge cookies, assorted fresh fruit, canned sauerkraut, mustard and peanut butter. His refrigerator also contained at least three bottles of milk or half and half, thin-sliced lean bacon, vanilla and chocolate ice creams and freshly squeezed orange juice. Pepsi, Nesbitt's Orange and Shasta Black Cherry were his favorite soft drinks.
When the King was in residence at Graceland, also on hand were ingredients for his favorite snacks -- brownies and banana pudding. Both were made daily by the kitchen staff.
Elvis made the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich famous. He referred to it as a "peanut butter and 'nanner' sandwich." His love of this sandwich helped change this simple delicacy into his signature dish. He would ask that they be prepared for him at all hours of the day and night.
If you are a fan of Elvis and missed the birthday celebration, you have another opportunity later this year to join other devotees. Fans from all over the world will gather Aug. 9-17 in Memphis for Elvis Week. This is a commemoration of the music and memories associated with the legacy of Elvis Presley.Fans enjoy a week of music, dance, sports, social and charitable events. For more information, visit www.Elvis.com.
Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches
From "From Elvis' Kitchen to Yours"
2 large bananas
6 slices white bread
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup peanut butter
Peel and mash bananas. Mix peanut butter with bananas thoroughly. Toast bread lightly and spread mix on bread. Melt butter in skillet and brown sandwiches on each side slowly until golden brown.
From "Are You Hungry Tonight?"
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, sugar
2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 pound box vanilla wafers (approximately 26 wafers)
4 medium bananas, sliced into 1/4-inch chunks
1 cup heavy cream
In the top of a double boiler, beat the eggs lightly. Blend in the salt, 1/4 cup of sugar, and milk. Cook over boiling water, stirring until the mixture coats a metal spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Set aside to cool.
In the bottom of a 6 1/2 x 6 x 2 1/2-inch serving dish, arrange the vanilla wafers, overlapping them. Top with a layer of sliced bananas. Spoon in a layer of the cooled custard. Repeat layers, with custard as the top layer. Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
Just before serving, whip the cream, sweeten with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar, and spread over the top of the pudding. Garnish with sliced bananas.
Biscuits and Red-Eye Gravy
From "Are you Hungry Tonight?"
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 450. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add the milk all at once. Incorporate gently until the dough begins to stick together.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured board for 10 to 12 strokes. Roll or pat to 1/2-inch thickness. Try not to handle the dough too much. Cut the dough with a biscuit cutter or slice into squares with a sharp knife. Dip the cutter in flour between cuts. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.
Drippings from 1.pound cooked bacon
1/3 cup strong black coffee
In a large cast iron skillet, heat the bacon drippings. Add the black coffee. Bring the drippings and coffee to a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.
The King's Grilled Tenders
From "Heart and Soul, Stirring Recipes from Memphis"
1 1/2 cups cooking oil
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons snipped parsley
1 tablespoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 1-pound pork tenderloins
For marinade, combine oil, soy sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, parsley, pepper and garlic. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.
Place tenderloins in a plastic bag set into a shallow dish. Pour marinade over meat. Close bag. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight, turning bag occasionally to distribute marinade.
Drain tenderloins. Place tenderloins on cooking grid. Grill, covered, directly over medium coals for 14 to 20 minutes or until no pink remains. Slice to serve. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
Country Kitchen Soup
From "Are You Hungry Tonight?"
2 tablespoons corn oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup 1-inch cubed potatoes
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
2 tablespoons sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 28-ounce can tomatoes, drained
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crumbled
Dash red pepper sauce
1 10-ounce package frozen sliced okra
In a Dutch oven or large saucepan heat the oil. Brown the pork in the hot oil. Then add the carrots, celery, potatoes, soup mix, sugar, salt, pepper, 4 cups of boiling water, and the bouillon cubes, and mix well. Cover the pan and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.
Coarsely chop the tomatoes, and then add them to the soup with the oregano and red pepper sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes. Gently stir in the okra for the last 15 minutes of cooking time.
Serve hot with crackers or cornbread.
Red Eagle Meatball and Spaghetti Dinner
From "The Presley Family Cookbook"
1 16-ounce package spaghetti
1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup bacon grease
1/4 teaspoon butter-flavored salt
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
2 cups tomato vegetable juice
Grated parmesan cheese, optional
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Mix ground chuck, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, then mix in egg, parsley flakes and bread crumbs. Form into balls and fry in batches in medium-hot bacon grease until browned on all sides.
Season the spaghetti with butter-flavored salt, pepper, tomato sauce and tomato-vegetable juice. Add meatballs to spaghetti and cover pan; simmer over low heat. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired. Makes 8 servings.
Elvis Presley's Favorite Pound Cake
From "Gourmet, September 2005"
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for buttering pan
3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring), plus additional for dusting
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups sugar
7 large eggs, at room temperature 30 minutes
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup heavy cream
Special equipment: a 10-inch tube pan (4 1/2 inches deep; not with a removable bottom) or a 10-inch Bundt pan (3 1/4 inches deep; 3 quart capacity)
Put oven rack in middle position, but do not preheat oven. Generously butter the pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess flour. Sift together sifted flour (3 cups) and salt into bowl. Repeat sifting into another bowl (flour will have been sifted 3 times total).
Beat together butter (2 sticks) and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes in a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or 6 to 8 minutes with a hand-held mixer. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour, then all of cream, then remaining flour, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down side of bowl, and then beat at medium-high speed 5 minutes. Batter will become creamier and satiny.
Spoon batter into pan and rap pan against work surface once or twice to eliminate air bubbles. Place pan in (cold) oven and turn oven temperature to 350. Bake until golden and a wooden pick or skewer inserted in middle of cake comes out with a few crumbs adhering, 1 to 11/4 hours. Cool cake in pan on a rack 30 minutes. Run a thin knife around inner and outer edges of cake, then invert rack over pan and invert cake onto rack to cool completely.
Cake keeps, covered well with plastic wrap or in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days.
The "King's" Cake
From "Mr. Food"
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed banana (about 3 ripe bananas)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Preheat oven to 350. Coat two 8-inch pans with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, cream the granulated sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Gradually blend in baking soda, flour, and salt. Beat in mashed banana and 1 teaspoon vanilla until thoroughly combined.
Pour mixture into prepared cake pans. Bake 22-25 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let sit 5 minutes then remove cakes from pans and place on a wire rack to cool.
In another bowl, combine cream cheese, peanut butter and butter; beat until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined. Frost cake and sprinkle with peanuts.
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
AUTHOR: Michael Hoey (left) in a shot
on the set of Live A Little, Love A Little
(1968)with cast members including Elvis
Presley. Hoey recently published the book
Elvis, Sherlock &Me, How I Survived
Growing Up in Hollywood.
COURTESY OF MICHAEL HOEY
Michael Hoey's life in Hollywood has included writing, directing and looking at baby photos with Elvis Presley. Now he's written a book about it all
By ANDREW GOOD
Watching a man leap through a plate-glass window sealed Michael Hoey's fate.
It wasn't real glass, of course – just a movie prop made from spun sugar. Hoey, a San Clemente resident, was just 10 at the time, visiting the set of a Sherlock Holmes film. The director gave him a chunk of "glass" to keep, and the magic of the movies had him hooked.
Hoey went on to become a screenwriter, director and producer, working on six of Elvis Presley's films, the television series "Fame" and the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. He's written a book about his Hollywood upbringing and career called "Elvis, Sherlock and Me: How I Survived Growing Up in Hollywood." It's now available online.
The career path Hoey chose didn't come as much of a surprise. As the son of English actor Dennis Hoey, best known for his role as Inspector Lestrade in Universal's Sherlock Holmes series, Hoey was born into the movies. Living in Beverly Hills in the 1940s, he remembers sneaking through broken fences onto studio back lots. He went to school with Richard Chamberlain, and in high school formed a band with Robert Blake.
But it was never the glamour of Hollywood he found alluring, he said. It was the magic of storytelling that seemed to dwell there.
He dabbled in acting, but ultimately found behind the scenes work more gratifying. He decided he wanted to be a director, by far his favorite role in moviemaking.
"It's somewhat of an ego boost," Hoey said. "As a writer, you sit in front of a blank screen, and it's a lonely experience," Hoey said. "As a director, you walk on to a set and there are 50 people who want to hear what you want them to do. It's somewhat intimidating, sometimes, having to answer all those questions."
He initially broke into the business as an editor, but soon found himself working as a producer. In the early 1960s, the Catholic Legion of Decency raised some controversy over a film called the "The Chapman Report," on which Hoey served as assistant editor. It was loosely based on The Kinsey Report, and explored the sex lives of several suburban women.
The Legion "didn't like it at all," Hoey said. A list of criticisms was presented to Warner Bros. president Jack Warner. He joined various staff members for a screening of the film, trying to find a way to compromise with the Legion. Hoey attended that screening, and asked to make a suggestion.
"OK, kid, go ahead," Warner told him. "Everybody else has."
The Legion wanted them to reshoot a new ending; Hoey, as assistant editor, knew about a piece of film that could be used as an alternate ending.
Warner loved the idea. He was so impressed with it that he had Hoey promoted to associate producer, which is how he got to know Elvis Presley.
By Michael Hoey -336 pages, $24.95
Writer for The King
As an associate producer, Hoey met director Norman Taurog, who worked on nine films starring Elvis Presley. Hoey eventually become a screenwriter for six Presley films, and his book is filled with stories about working with The King, who he found to be a vivacious prankster. He loved jokes, especially practical jokes. On more than one occasion Presley and his entourage, known as The Memphis Mafia, ran through a movie set hurling water balloons at each other.
Hoey added that Presley had an appetite to match his personality: He'd send someone for a box of doughnuts and eat the entire thing himself.
That said, it wasn't easy getting close to The King. Presley often appeared to be aloof; in time, Hoey realized he was terribly shy. He thinks that's why the Memphis Mafia – made up of relatives and Army and school buddies – followed him wherever he'd go.
"Between takes, he wouldn't hang around on set. He'd go hang with the guys," Hoey said.
In his book, Hoey writes that Presley would sometimes mistreat his entourage, but he had a softer side, too. Shortly after the birth of his daughter, Lisa Marie, Presley spied Hoey on the set of a film and waved him over. They walked to another set, decorated as a bedroom. Presley laid out five or six photographs of his daughter on the bed, beaming over them and saying "That's my little girl."
Hoey worked with Presley until 1968. Shortly afterward, Presley returned to a hard-living life on tour, taking diet pills to keep his weight down, and downers to sleep after taking diet pills, Hoey said. The combined addiction is what Hoey believes led to his early death.
A taste of "Fame"
Hoey always loved musicals. He learned to love singing through his father, so working on the television show "Fame" came naturally to him. The television series, based on the 1980 film of the same name, followed a group of teenage performing arts students. It balanced musicals with high school drama.
Hoey started on the show as an editor, and eventually moved up to be a producer and screenwriter, as well as directing two or three episodes. The series won numerous Emmys in its five year run; two of them went to Hoey, for best editing and best graphic design/title sequence. He's currently researching a book on "Fame."
Several years later, Hoey served from 1998 to 2006 as executive producer for the Creative Art Emmy Awards, which recognizes achievements by television crews rather than actors, directors or writers. It's more of a "behind the scenes" Emmy Award, Hoey explained, broadcast in a tape-delayed version on the E! network.
Part of Hoey's job when he was brought on was to increase the award show's quality. They started with a banquet room and dinner, and ended up with an extravagant, red carpet affair.
"When we were finished, we couldn't recognize what we started with," Hoey said.
Unfortunately, as the number of awards each year increased, the length of time it was broadcast was not. The challenge was to wrap the show up in three hours and edit it down to two.
After deciding to compile his career experiences, it took Hoey a year and a half to send out sample chapters to publishing companies. He estimates he sent out 20 to 25 rejection letters.
"I was getting very nice rejection letters," Hoey joked. A friend of his was also submitting a book to publishing houses, and they would trade rejection notes.
Eventually, Hoey got a tip from a film historian named Tom Weaver, who had interviewed him in the past. Weaver mentioned Bear Manor Media, a publishing company he was with, and recommended Hoey send over his book.
Hoey sent the company head a copy on CD, and some time passed. He eventually responded, saying he couldn't get the CD to open, and would Hoey please e-mail him a copy.
Hoey sent it on a Saturday afternoon. Sunday afternoon, he received a reply saying the company head was almost finished reading it. A contract was attached.
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