Monday, 31 March 2008
Hugh Jarrett, former member of the Jordanaires from 1954-1958 was in a car accident. He is reportedly not doing well. During the mid-fifties he was a baritone for the Jordanaires which backed up Elvis.
He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also known as Big Hugh Baby Jarrett.
Source: Elvis Unlimited / Updated: Mar 30, 2008
Sunday, 30 March 2008
BY DAVE HUGHES
FORT SMITH — Building 803 at Fort Chaffee is typically indistinguishable from other World War II era buildings surrounding it.
On March 25, 1958, Building 803 held one of Fort Chaffee’s barbershops — the one where Elvis Presley got his famous haircut during a three-day stay as part of his induction into the Army.
“Everyone in the U. S. knows this building exists and yet it sits here without electricity and deteriorating like the other buildings on the base,” said photographer Rick Altes, who was in a group of about 20 people who gathered Tuesday at Building 803 to commemorate the event.
The group wants to invigorate efforts to preserve the building and establish a museum.
Altes donated five snapshots taken of Presley at Fort Chaffee that he found among items in a closet at an estate sale three years ago. Altes, who purchased the closet’s contents for $ 12. 50, said he could have made thousands of dollars selling the photos.
“I couldn’t see letting this part of Fort Smith history get away,” he said.
Among those attending the anniversary commemoration Tuesday were Edith Peterson, widow of the man who cut Presley’s hair, James “Pete” Peterson; Sheila Merrill, widow of Leon Merrill who swept up Presley’s shorn locks; and Fred Kinslow who was a barber at Fort Chaffee the day of the famous haircut.
Merrill said Tuesday that none of Presley’s hair was preserved. She said a major stood by and kept an eye on her husband while he swept up Presley’s hair from the floor and put it in a trash can with the hair of the others who also had their hair cut that day.
Merrill and Peterson got a military police escort when they went to dump the can containing Presley’s hair to ensure that none of it survived to be kept or sold as souvenirs, said Carolyn Joyce of the Fort Smith Convention and Visitors Center.
“He never regretted” not getting some of the hair, Merrill said of her husband. “He was just glad he was there.” Kinslow acquired one of the chairs from the barbershop and gave it to his son, who has the chair in the den of his Greenwood home. Kinslow isn’t sure it is the same one Presley sat in for his haircut.
“If it came out of there, it’s close enough for me,” he said.
Another chair believed to have come from the barbershop is in Lisa Thompson’s barbershop on the current Fort Chaffee.
Thompson has the Paidar brand barber chair in a section of her shop that has been turned into an Elvis Presley shrine complete with photos, documents and a pew she said Presley sat on when he attended a church service on base.
She’s had the chair for 17 years and it has become a popular attraction. It’s common for foreign soldiers training at Fort Chaffee to have their photos taken sitting in the chair, she said.
Thompson said she has been offered as much as $ 7, 000 for the chair.
Building 803 now sits on a 7, 000-acre tract called Chaffee Crossing. The U. S. Department of Defense gave up the land in the 1990 s to be redeveloped for civilian use.
The walls and roof of the building seem sound, but the interior has been gutted. The sinks and chairs are gone, but dirt outlines on the floor against one wall show where barbers ’ cabinets once stood and, with some imagination, where the chairs were positioned.
Ivy Owen, Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority’s executive director, said he would like to discuss a possible museum with the Fort Smith Convention and Visitors Bureau, which will display the photos.
Such a museum also could involve a restored barracks and the old Maness school, a pre-Fort Chaffee stone schoolhouse near the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, Owen said.
The idea of preserving Building 803 dates to 1996, when Beard Elementary School teacher Jan Honeycutt had students begin raising money for the preservation as a class project. She said Tuesday the project is ongoing and has raised more than $ 1, 000 so far.
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Saturday, 29 March 2008
Wheelerʼs Bar and Grill Harmony, MN
Happy Hour- 6pm
Smoked Pork Loin Meal- 7pm
Dance to follow
Benefit for Camp Jornada Foundation
For tickets call Chuck OʼConnor -@507-273-3856 or Camp Jornada @ 507-358-0958
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
March 26, 2008
By KATIE WALDROP Staff Writer
From dust and memories then back to the stage, Elvis lives again. Jesse Aron, 32, of Wisconsin is a second generation Elvis tribute artist who has returned to Texas.
Aron is a live Elvis impersonator who is known around the country for his talent. He performs nationwide and in areas of Canada.
Aron's Elvis adventure began when he was around three years old. He grew up with his mom and dad being in a band. Aron would take his dad's records of Elvis and sing them in his room.
"I was shy at that age," said Aron. No one saw his talent until he was around 23. "After then the performances began to take off," said Aron.
The show will consist of the 50's - 70's music. A new role portrayed will be Roy Orbison. "Every Halloween I would add a new role to my Elvis one," said Aron. "I had such a great response with Orbison that I decided to bring him back."
Aron does not just put on a show to entertain, but also to teach. "I want to educate the audience," said Aron. During his performances Aron gives tid-bits of information about Elvis that the audience may have not known.
"I try to be respectful of Elvis, while bringing memories back to the fans," said Aron. "I have had fans who may have been having a hard time in their life when coming to my performance. And they said that when I sang the music of Elvis it helped them to get through their problems."
In 2003, Aron competed to achieve the status of an "International Winner." He is a two time grand prize winner at Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Potawanomi Casino Event. He has won numerous competitions and performed at many events.
Aron will perform the last concert of his Texas Tour 2008 at the East Texas Jamboree in Broaddus March 28 at 7 p.m. For ticket information call Steve Fountain at (832)- 623-4812.
Monday, 24 March 2008
A number of you have asked about how to buy tickets. Well, there are a number of ways. You can send a money order. Give me a call at 732 207 9916 and I will gladly give you my address. You can always contact Bobbie Arnold or Will Debley. However, we are looking into ways of selling tickets online securely either on our website or through an online ticket agency. We will announce that when we have it all finalized.
Now, in regards to the accommodations ....
You can call The Days Inn at 717 299 5700 and mention our contest. They will give you a discount rate of $77 a night, including taxes. The hotel is actually very nice. The rooms are equally as nice. Guests will enjoy a continental breakfast. There is a restaurant on site as well as a game room, pool and sauna. We intend on visiting the hotel, which is in the process of changing to a Choice Hotel, to take pictures and post them on our website.
Now, to all ETAs...
Will, Ruben and I have been approached by different ETAs interested in showcasing rather than participating in the contest. We thank you for your interest in showcasing your talents. If you are still interested in showcasing, please contact me about a possible ETA showcase extravaganza in April, 2009 at the same venue. For the October event, we are looking for professional ETAs interested in competing for a chance to pre-qualify for The Images of the King Contest in Memphis, TN. Ruben and Will are showcasing only because, as the contest organizers, they will not be allowed to compete. Any other showcasing time at this event is currently reserved. There are no more opportunities for showcasing at this year's contest. Please email me with your interest in showcasing in April, 2009. That event is still in the planning stages. Therefore, I don't have any more information about it at this time.
To everyone ...
If you're coming to Reflections in Lancaster and don't want to drive, Amtrak has a station very close by to the event. There is also an airport in Lancaster as well as in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support. Thanks to Bobbie who is working hard as our Contest Adviser. Thanks to Charmaine for all of her postings regarding our event. Thanks to all those ETAs who've already contact us in regard to competing. Without you there is no event for the rest of us to promote and attend. (WHEN SENDING IN APPLICATIONS, PLEASE SEND A PIC AND A SHORT BIO) And, thanks to everyone who is supporting the contest in their own way.
And, lastly ....
We are working hard to bring in plenty of vendors, partner up with businesses in the Lancaster area, and invite as many agents and party planners as we possibly can. We will continue to update everyone with more information as it becomes available.
Again, please feel free to contact us. Email us, call us, come and say hello at Lake George. (Ruben, Bobbie and I will be there!) Also, visit Will Debley's site at www.reflectionsoftheking.com. We want to hear your thoughts. Tell us what you think would make a great Elvis event! We look forward to speaking to you.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would be interested.
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Published: March 17, 2008
BRADENTON - The company that made Elvis Presley's gold sunglasses (not to mention frames worn by Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Elizabeth II) has stealthily moved its U.S. distribution headquarters to Bradenton.
High-end frames maker Neostyle, a 48-year-old German company with about $40 million in annual sales, also is launching direct-to-market distribution for the first time in more than 30 years.
The company had previously used a distributor in California for its U.S. operations.
Neostyle USA, which is occupying about 1,000 square feet in the Bank of America building in downtown Bradenton, makes its frames in Italy and Germany.
"We wanted to be in Florida for the lifestyle," said Bob Lawson, president of Neostyle USA, in a statement on Monday.
The Manatee Economic Development Council, he said, "helped us make a painless move to Bradenton. We have a small footprint here now, but our team will grow as we take over U.S. sales and distribution for ourselves."
Nancy Engel, executive director of the EDC, said she was pleased by the move.
"Neostyle is a widely recognized, quality brand in the optical industry," Engel said. "We are excited about the company's plans for its Manatee County location and look forward to assisting with Neostyle's expansion."
Neostyle's target market ranges from "a boutique on St. Armands Circle to the optical departments in Macy's department stores."
The frames range in retail price from $200 to $600, and can be browsed in an online catalog at www.neostyle.de. Neostyle makes its frames from materials that include gold, platinum and diamonds.
"It is not unusual for Neostyle to create family heirloom frames," Lawson said. "Our products are made in the same locales where Mercedes and Porsche automobiles are designed and manufactured. Our brand reflects that same quality."
I've just heard the news that Shawn Klush is playing the Bolton Reebok Arena this August in a big Elvis show! I've attached the flyer and if you click this link it will take you to the teaser promo video, it's very exciting...
Steve Preston, Gordon Hendricks and Justin Shandor are also starring in the show. I'll be doing my best to get on the front row! :)
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Leo is among the top performers in the country. He is a crowd favorite wherever he goes.
For more information call 219-759-2561 between 8am and 3pm. Monday- Friday; after 3 and weekends call 219-759-1442.
Elvis tribute artist and Foley High School Assistant Principal Shane Tucker steps out of his limousine, his bodyguard lurking close by, for a performance at the Wharf in Orange Beach. Katie MIller/staff photo
He said that getting started was almost a fluke. Tucker had been asked to perform at two parties back to back, and when he went to rent the suit, the store owner offered it to him for $50 because the store was closing.
Tucker decided to buy the suit. He said he thought he might do a few more shows. Then, at a performance at the Cactus Cafe, the music Tucker had been lip-syncing would not play, and he decided to sing it himself.
After 12 years, Tucker is still pumping out Elvis’ hits.
Now, Tucker has two professional outfits and has retired his first one. He sports the sideburns and has ice blue eyes, just like the King. He is also growing his side business and is working to open his own website,
www.elvisathegulf.com, in the next few months.
“The last three years have really picked up a lot more,” said Tucker. Last year he did 41 performances.
Tucker has entertained at birthday parties, class reunions and even weddings. At FHS pep rallies Tucker puts on his act, and has performed songs like “Loser Hotel,î” rather than “Heartbreak Hotel,” to the opposing team,
Tucker said that one of his top five favorite performances was singing with the high school's full symphonic band.
To achieve such an infamous persona, Tucker studies Elvis. The costumes portray a specific time in Elvis’ career, and Tucker makes note of that. He said he thinks about the vocal ability and the moves Elvis had at the time, and he tries to perform accordingly.
The moves Tucker has on stage always draws a crowd. At a recent performance, he could not keep his fans off of him.
“It’s got to be about entertaining the people,” he said. “It’s fun to interact with the crowd.”
The interactive part of his show includes Tucker throwing scarves to the audience, and getting kisses, usually on the cheek but sometimes elsewhere.
Tucker said it’s all in good fun, and that his wife, Carmyn, is “such a good sport.” He understands the craze.
“It puts people back.”
He said he can see the joy on people’s faces because the songs transport them to special times in their lives.
Although he has a big following, Tucker said that his daughter Bonnie Clair, 9, loves Elvis and is his biggest fan, however his first daughter, Brandi, 17, has other favorites than Elvis.
As far as the King is concerned, Tucker thinks he would be fine with all the imitators that have followed.
“Nobody is ever going to be Elvis,” said Tucker. ”I just try to do it as close to the way he performed it.”
That’s why Tucker says he is not an impersonator, he is a tribute artist.
“He’s my favorite performer still,” said Tucker.
In a letter to one of the first Elvis impersonators, Elvis wrote that he was flattered by the hard work the impersonator put into his act.
“Mimicry is a sincere form of being a fan,” Elvis wrote.
Memphis, TN - Later this month, Graceland plans to unveil two new exhibits.
The two exhibitions chronicle two key periods of Elvis' life - "Private Presley" and "Elvis 68".
"Private Presley" covers the time, 50 years ago, when at the zenith of his early superstardom, Elvis Presley was inducted into the army. The exhibit will include Elvis' fatigues, dress uniforms, army foot locker and other notable items.
The "Elvis 68" exhibit will include items from Elvis' "68 Special," such as the white suit he wore for the "If I Can Dream" finale, a black suit he wore during the "club scenes," and a wristband he wore with the famous black leather outfit. In addition to those items, other costumes and documents, such as photographs, tapings and scripts will be displayed as well.
The exhibits will be shown to the media Monday, March 24, 2008.
Notice: EPE is having a contest in Cherokee NC on July 25th and 26th 2008 also, Collingwood is the same weekend. Due to this conflict we are changing the dates for Visions of a Legend Contest to June 27th and 28th, 2008. I am sorry for any inconvenience, due to date changes.
We will still only take the first 20 contestants. Our website will be updated today also. The entry form is on the site. Please send your entries as soon as possible..
803 474 2411
Come Meet the fastest rising Elvis Tribute Artist in the United Kingdom.... Marshall King Voted the UK's Best
Elvis on ITV 2007 and Wayne Curtis from Tully NY doing his tribute to Roy Orbison. After the show Marshall and Wayne will be doing a Meet and Greet !!! Please pass this email on to anyone that might be interested..all ages welcome $10.00pp
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Subj: August Meet N Greet Benefit for the Todd Morgan Sound Fuzion Performance Enrichment Fund
I am planning to do a Meetup Meet N Greet on Monday, August 11th, sometime between the Presidents' Event and the Music and Movies at Graceland. It will be between 2 PM and 5 PM (approximately). I am checking into venues available. The two venues I will be checking into are EP Delta and the Rock N Roll Cafe at Graceland Crossing also a club on Beale St.
Hopefully, the venue will allow a silent auction. I will be charging an extra $5.00 USD as a donation for the Todd Morgan Sound Fuzion Performance Enrichment Fund. I will be inviting someone from the University of Memphis to accept the donations. I already have donations that I will add to this fund.
MONDAY, AUGUST 11
A Celebration of Fans - Fan Club Presidents' Event
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location TBA.
Meetup Meet N Greet 2 PM - 5 PM Location TBA
This is the Memphis Meetup event to benefit the
Todd Morgan Sound Fuzion Performance Enrichment Fund
Music and Movies at Graceland – Day One
7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.) Front lawn, Graceland Mansion.
A special Elvis Week 2008 ticket pre-sale is going on now for Elvis Insiders. Elvis Insiders have the opportunity to purchase tickets to Elvis Week before the general public, now through the morning of March 24.
If you are an Elvis Insider and would like to purchase tickets, log onto the members only site and visit the 'news' section for a special link to the Graceland advanced ticket page and password for ordering tickets through Ticketmaster.
Included as part of the Elvis Insiders pre-sale are tickets for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest semifinals and finals on August 13 and 14.
If you are an Elvis Insider, click here to find out how to access details on the pre-sale.
Tickets for the general public go on sale on Monday, March 24 at 10:00 AM CST. If you want to find out more about what is happening during Elvis Week, click here.
This email was sent by:
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.P.O. Box 16508, 3734 Elvis Presley BoulevardMemphis, Tennessee 38186-0508 USA
The new owner of the Memphis Plaza Hotel has recently been in touch with me, and he has asked for me to pass on his name and hotel contact information to Elvis fans on my mailing list...
Memphis Plaza Hotel
6101 Shelby Oaks Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
So for those planning to take a trip to Memphis anytime throughout the year, please give Shiraz a call and tell him that Charmaine Jensen referred you. :)
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The sixth annual Toledo Elvis Festival is scheduled for April 4 and 5 at the Erie Street Market Downtown. This year's event will raise money for Honor Flight Northwest Ohio, a nonprofit organization that provides terminally ill and World War II veterans flights to Washington, D.C., to tour the World War II Memorial.
Michelle Rosencrantz, president of Elvis Presley's Sweet Sweet Spirit Fan Club, the group that organizes the Toledo Elvis Festival, said her organization wanted to honor veterans with this year's event, because it falls near the 50th anniversary of The King's induction into the Army.
As an official Elvis Presley fan club, Rosencrantz's group cannot profit from any events it hosts in his honor. “We don't make money off of Elvis' name,” she said.
Highlighting this year's festival will be a performance by The Imperials, the group that backed Presley from 1968 to 1972, including on his Grammy-winning gospel recording “He Touched Me.” New this year will be a competition among local bands, which will perform their own versions of Presley tunes, said Robert Rosencrantz, vice president of the Sweet Sweet Spirit Fan Club and one of the festival's scheduled performers.
Robert Rosencrantz said he hopes the band competition reaches those not considered typical Elvis fans. “We thought, ‘Let's reach a different audience, reach out to a younger crowd that might not understand what Elvis is all about,” he said. “It's a tough thing to do, to reinvent Elvis, because it's either something you really like or you don't.”
Rosencrantz operates the Chowder House Restaurant at the Erie Street Market, Toledo, Ohio.
Tickets to the Toledo Elvis Festival cost $20 per day and may be purchased by calling (419) 727-5847. Doors to the event open at 6 p.m. April 4 and 2 p.m. April 5.
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Newsletter March 2008
First just a quick reminder that Lee Memphis King's flagship concert at the renowned Hammersmith Apollo takes place this Saturday, 22nd March. Possibly the most awaited Elvis concert this year, this will be a spectacular production and if you have not yet booked a ticket there are still some available although attendance is already over 2000!! Box Office: 08448 44 47 48 or On-Line
Another prestige concert booked for this year is a commemorative 31st Elvis Anniversary concert at London's Indigo2 (formerly The Millennium Dome) on Sunday 17 August Box Office: 0208 463 2711 .
Lee will also be presenting his acclaimed performance at other flagship venues - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, The Birmingham NIA, Aberdeen AECC, Edinburgh EICC plus a special Rock and Roll Sunday Picnic concert at Broadlands, one of Hampshire's finest stately homes. This year also sees Lee 'Memphis' King going into Europe with concerts in Antwerp and Strasbourg. This is all in addition to his regular touring schedule across the UK - there will be around 150 concerts during 2008, making Lee the most successful Elvis Tribute Artist there has ever been in the UK and one of the hardest working men in the industry. Please see the Concert Dates Page in our website for dates and details.
If you have not visited for some while, the Lee Memphis King Web site has been upgraded over the past months with a new look and enhanced Audio and Video pages and our on-line community continues to grow in our chat forum . Many of the Elvis fans and supporters who got together in the forum took themselves off to Dublin in February to attend Lee's concert at The Helix Theatre. A good time was had by all and photos and accounts of the trip are on the board for everyone to see.
We have just taken delivery of our new 2008 second edition Concert Programme which will be introduced at venues very shortly so please visit our merchandise stand to see it.
Finally, here is a message from Lee:
I just want to thank everyone who attend my concerts and for the fantastic support and feedback I receive from so many people. It's more than I ever expected and makes all of the hard work that I and my band and all of the team behind me put into these shows so worthwhile. Its great to know that there is so much interest and love for Elvis and his music.
Lee Memphis King
Fri- May 9th Bull Shoals Theater
Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Tickets are: $12.00
Sat-May 10 Calico Rock Auditorium
Calico Rock, Arkansas
Tickets are: $7.50
Sun-May 11 Horseshoe Bend Theatre
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
Time: 6:30 pm
Tickets are: $5.00
I look forward to seeing everyone there for at least one of the 3 shows if not all of them! Sherrill and VOICE are coming a long way to entertain everyone! and they wont to see Arkansas rock so everyone needs to come out!!!
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Tin Can CD release in Canada: In Canada the 3 CD Tin Can release "Introducing Elvis" has been certified Platinum for 100,000 sales according to a posting on the FECC forum.
This set focuses on the early stages of the King’s career and Includes many of the songs that helped him breakthrough to the mainstream like "Love Me Tender," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hound Dog," "Don’t Be Cruel" and many more! All 30 songs are taken from the original RCA masters, with no re-recordings or live track filler. (News, Source: FECC Forum)
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
Tryin' to Get to You
Love Me (The Jordanaires)
I Love You Because
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Anyplace Is Paradise
Too Much (The Jordanaires)
I'm Counting on You
Love Me Tender
Shake, Rattle and Roll
That's All Right, Mama
Blue Suede Shoes
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Baby, Let's Play House
Hound Dog (The Jordanaires)
Long Tall Sally
I Got a Woman
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Don't Be Cruel (The Jordanaires)
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
My Baby Left Me
I Was the One
I Forgot to Remember to Forget
That's When Your Heartaches Begin
Any Way You Want Me (The Jordanaires)
Both new FTDs are available to pre-order from Graceland: The reissue of the 1970 classic album 'That's the Way It Is' is a 2-CD set featuring 40 total tracks including 29 bonus tracks of remixes and studio outtakes. It features original artwork and a full colour 20 page booklet. 'The Way It Was' is a special 1 disc re-release of the CD that originally accompanied The Way It Was FTD Book & CD. The music on this CD is the same as on the original release.
Click here to see EIN's review of the original FTD Book/CD 'The Way It Was'.
Click here to see whether EIN believes 'That's the Way It Is' is a worthy re-release of the BMG 3CD 30th Anniversary set that we have all bought before. (News, Source; EIN)
'Elvis Presley - The King of Rock 'n Roll' new book release: Another slim biography, 'Elvis Presley - The King of Rock 'n Roll' is a 104 page book which was released by Filiquarian Publishing on March 3, 2008.
Public Memorial Service for EPE's Todd Morgan set for April 1: A public memorial service honoring the life of valued and long time Graceland employee, Todd Morgan, has been set for April 1st, 2008 from 6PM to 7PM CDT at The Rose Theater on the campus of The University of Memphis. Family, friends, co-workers and members of the Elvis fan world that Todd loved so much are all invited to attend this gathering at the 900 seat auditorium located on the U of M main campus in East Memphis.
Due to the enormous number of lives Todd impacted through his service to EPE and the Elvis legacy, this public memorial service will have a predetermined lineup of invited guest speakers and special musical performances.
A memorial fund is currently being set up with the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music to benefit the newly-created Todd Morgan Sound Fuzion Performance Enrichment Fund. Sound Fuzion is a touring ensemble of vocalists and instrumentalists that represents the University of Memphis at high schools, corporate functions and University sponsored activities, in addition to performing as part of the Music School's annual concert season. Sound Fuzion is a group Todd loved and supported. He felt this was a great way to see the legacy of Memphis music continue to grow and develop in future generations. Click here for more info (News, Source EPE)
'Elvis: 68 At 40' new JAT book announced: Joe Tunzi has just announced a new limited edition book for August 2008. This time, Joe focuses on the "68 Comeback Special" - 40 years ago by then. Steve Binder (the special's producer/director) has agreed to contribute to the book. According to Joe Tunzi's press release, the book contains many exclusive and never before seen color photos from the private collection of Timothy Mulrenan and Robert Brower. In addition to the 2000 hardcover books is an 8"x 10" photo not used in the book and signed by Steve Binder. Order Your Copy of '68 at 40 via: www.jatpublishing.com (News, Source:JAT)
Marian Cocke Recovers following Fall: Good news from Memphis. Elvis’ former nurse, Marian Cocke, is recovering from a fall she suffered shortly before Todd Morgan’s funeral last Thursday. She wishes for everyone to know that she didn’t break any bones and only suffered some minor internal bruising. Marian is out of the hospital and currently in a rehabilitation facility where she is already on the fast road to recovery.
If you wish to send messages of encouragement, you can do so by writing to:
Baptist Rehabilitation Hospital- Germantown
Marian Cocke - Patient
2100 Exeter Rd. Room 206
Germantown, TN 38138
'Elvis Presley - Portraits' JAT book preview: Yet more publicity for the hard-working Joe Tunzi. The upcoming new book release of "Elvis - Portraits" now has a preview trailer on Youtube. The book contains over 100 full color images, many making their first appearance here. Limited hardcover edition - free bonus gift with order!
For ordering and more information, please go to http://www.jatpublishing.com/.
As a cool observation EIN would say that most of the studio shots in the promo look very familiar to us. Surely one would hope for a glimpse of the "many" rare images that are promised for this rather attractive colour package?
Click here to see the YouTube promo.
Tupelo 10th Elvis Festival cuts costs, but promises Quality: The 10th Annual Elvis Presley Festival is scaling back from last year, but festival organisers still promise it will be a "quality weekend." At this month's board meeting of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, Treasurer Keith Henley said the executive committee approved a festival budget of $251,750, which is about $100,000 less than last year. In 2007 surprisingly the festival lost about $50,000.
"I think we've taken a very smart approach to managing our expenses and making our dollar do more," Henlsey said of this year's budget.
One of the biggest cutbacks this year is having one outdoor stage in the Fairpark District instead of two downtown stages. The Lyric Theatre, which DTMSA members say has its own Elvis lore, will be used for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
And 2008 festival chair Amy Nash said she has had several meetings already to come up with "fresh ideas to make the festival new and exciting."
"First and foremost, we are not going to lose money this year," she said, eliciting applause from the group. "We are going to make money."
She said to expect new merchandise and more promotions downtown before the event. Marketing will begin as early as April for the June 6-8 event, she said. The budget shows a profit of about $34,000 for this year, which will give the group some space to move if the weather is bad or ticket sales are down. However, she said the numbers she used to come up with the budget are averages from the last 10 years, excluding the best and worst years. As this year is likely to be a downturn in visitors after last year's 30th Anniversary, EIN is interested in the final attendance - and we wish then well.
"The plans are outstanding," she said. "I think it will be a quality weekend and a fun weekend." (News, Source;EIN/Sanja M)
In memory of Elvis' 30th year of his death The TOTAL PROCEEDS from the sale of this magazine will be for charity
Besides the statements of our members, drawings from Astrid Gahler, the best German of the Art Contest in Memphis in 2006, we did have the opportunity also to interview national and international stars such as A like Paul Anka until Z like Joana Zimmer, what Elvis meant to them.
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Just some of the interesting content:
Jennifer Hodge: Charlie's widow...what has she told us?
Sue Wiegert: Which meeting with Elvis is in her heart especially?
Paul Anka: His opinion about „My way“ from Elvis…
(Dagmar Berghoff: The lady, who had to read the tv-news of Elvis‘ death…)
(Cisco Berndt (Truckstop): Which song would he like to play with Elvis?)
F. R. David: Which period of Elvis does he like most?
(Jürgen Fliege: Would he had an advice for Elvis out of religious view?)
(Andrea Göpel: What would she like to learn from Elvis?)
(Ted Herold: He tells us about his memories of Elvis…)
(Natalie Horler (Cascada): What is always on her mind about Elvis?)
Engelbert Humperdinck: Backstage with Elvis... (News, Source: Chris Bamford)
Description: That’s The Way It Is NOW brings classic Elvis tracks, such as, “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me”, “Always On My Mind” or “In The Ghetto” into the year 2008 for the first time. This incredible production stars the official winner of BBC’s “The World’s Greatest Elvis” & Graceland’s own “The Ultimate Elvis”, Mr. Shawn Klush (“The closest thing to the King”)!
Supporting this powerful album will be a stunning show production featuring 30 great tracks in a brand new style. Rock’n’Roll at it’s best. Produced by award winning producers Luis Rodriguez, Amadeus Crotti & Roland Michael, “That’s The Way It Is NOW” will blow your mind.
Imagine Elvis Presley would not have died in August of 1977
Imagine Elvis Presley would still record and perform today
Imagine what his songs would sound like today
Imagine what his show would look like today
Imagine billion of Elvis fans around the world finally being able to watch him perform live
Imagine Elvis Presley coming to a city near you
Imagine the heart beat of the Elvis Presley sound in the year 2008
Imagine the excitement of Elvis Presley in front of a live audience
Imagine Elvis Presley re-entering the contemporary music charts all over the world
Imagine it is TRUE
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Sunday, March 16, 2008
Former radio personality Norman Johnson of Nacogdoches holds a unique place in East Texas history: He was the first known Elvis impersonator.
A native of Gilmer in Upshur County, Johnson grew up in the Rosewood community, went to school at Harmony, and made his professional singing debut at the age of three during a bank's Christmas party, earning two dollars.
At eight, he did his first live radio broadcast in Gladewater.
At the peak of Elvis Presley's music career, Johnson dressed up as the world's most famous rock n' roller and belted out Elvis songs all over East Texas and Louisiana. He was only fourteen at the time.
Betty Cook of the Gilmer Mirror remembers those days well: "I remember his pink slacks with a navy stripe down the side seam of the legs. With his black hair combed back in the famous Elvis style, he made quite a good-looking Elvis. Maybe he didn't get quite as much attention as Elvis himself, but he certainly got his share."
Johnson performed an hour-long show each year at the East Texas Yamboree from 1954 to 1958 and worked on road shows with various Louisiana Hayride stars.
Johnson soon found himself performing with stars such as Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, Marty Robbins — even Elvis himself.
During the early days of his career, Presley traveled all over Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas before he recorded "That's Alright, Momma," which shot him to stardom. By 1956, he was America's most popular singer.
Presley performed his first East Texas show at Gilmer, but Johnson didn't perform with Elvis until his second show at Hawkins.
He recalls Elvis as "the most polite, clean-cut guy I ever met." He said Presley "was so different and unusual that the girls who came to see him went crazy when he performed."
Johnson said Presley originally wanted to be a gospel singer, but James Blackwood of the Blackwood Brothers said he wasn't ready for the big time. It may have been the worst assessment of talent in music history.
When Elvis died in 1977 at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, Johnson mourned his passing not only as a musician, but as a friend.
Johnson's own career is a potpourri of achievements: disc jockey, manager of radio stations, a pastor at Palestine, Beaumont and Houston, recorder of his own albums, recipient of seven Texas legislative proclamations, member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, a civic leader in Nacogdoches, and a founder of the Nacogdoches Community Coalition.
And this spring he will release a new CD titled, appropriately, "Old Rock and Roll Dude."
But all of these achievements are pale by comparison to his best-known role as the first Elvis impersonator.
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Saturday, 15 March 2008
To: Elvis Fans Everywhere
Subject: A Star for Elvis - Las Vegas Walk of Stars
Dear Elvis fan,
I am writing you to announce that the Viva Las Vegas Club has signed up to sponsor a star for Elvis Presley to be inlaid in the sidewalk of Las Vegas Blvd, aka, "The Strip". Since 2004, this honor has already occurred for several prominent people important to the history of Las Vegas, now it's time for Elvis!
The star installation has been approved. We need funding: $15,000. If you believe in this project, donate now. Our campaign to collect donations is off to a nice start, and this memo is to ask you to help us build up momentum and excitement. To be frank, we need dollars! Everything else is in place. Of benefit to you is that your donation is completely tax deductible! (USA only) This is a fan driven campaign. We know how powerful Elvis fans together can be.
This is an incredible opportunity for fans to be part of something spectacular that honors the legacy of Elvis Presley in a town he helped make famous, Las Vegas. Special Note to ETA's: We encourage anyone who has benefited from the life & career of this Legendary Performer to contribute.
Please visit our official website for the star to review any information you might need. There is a Q&A section. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to ask.
In the near future, the Las Vegas Walk of Stars organization will issue its own press release and I will forward that to you.
Any assistance you can give with getting the word out and for generating donations is greatly appreciated!
Sue L, President, Viva Las Vegas! Club
If you would like me to mail you cards to hand out that have all the donation information, please email me your address and I would be happy to send those to you.
Would love for you all to come out on May 10th to give Marshall King Elvis Tribute Artist from the UK a big warm welcome to the United States. This will be Marshall's first visit here and we would love to have everyone come welcome him here. He is an awesome entertainer and was voted as the #1 Elvis in the UK for 2007. Also performing will be Wayne Curtis from Tully NY who does an amazing job as Roy Orbison.
This will be one incredible show. You can call for tickets ahead at 716-968-3565 or
Tickets are only $10.00pp Doors open at 6:00pm Show:7:00pm
Great Valley Firemens' Clubhouse
Great Valley NY
Great Valley is less than an hour from Buffalo south
Presented by Follow That Dream Productions
Please check out Marshall's and Wayne's web pages at FTDP
Hope to see you all there
Bobbie Arnold & Cathy Mack
Saturday APRIL 12, 2008 - FRIENDS OF LOLA BENEFIT
The Friends of Lola Benefit Presents Rock and Roll Legends on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the Troy Elks Club, featuring Elvis, The King of Rock and Roll, Roy Orbison performing “Pretty Woman” and Buddy Holly performing “Peggy Sue”, plus that “Solitary Man" Neil Diamond. All proceeds from this benefit will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The performing artists, Fred Wolfe, Sherman Arnold, Brian Grob, and Marco Rancilio, have generously donated their time and talent to this worthy cause. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. A psychic reader will be in attendance from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; food will be served buffet style at 7:00 p.m., and the show will start at 8:00 p.m. The evening will also include raffles, a silent auction and the sale of a benefit cookbook. Tickets are $15.00 each for adults and $5.00 each for children ages 5 to 12 and are available now or at the door. Advance reservations are recommended. For reservations and tickets, call Donna Pinneo at (248) 565-5832. You may also mail a check made payable to Donna Pinneo and addressed to her at 292 Town Center Drive, Troy, Michigan 48084, together with a note as to how many tickets you need and a self-addressed, stamped envelope so they may be mailed to you. The tickets can also be held for you to be picked up the night of the benefit. Please check out the benefit flyer by clicking here.
Location: The Troy Elks Club is located at 1451 East Big Beaver Road (a/k/a 16 Mile Road), Troy, Michigan 48083, East of Rochester Road between Rochester Road and John R on the north side of the street. There is an exit off I-75 at Rochester Road and Big Beaver Road is just north of that exit. MAP
A personal note from the Fred Wolfe Fan Club President and Webmaster - My youngest grandchild, Lola, was diagnosed with Type I Juvenile Diabetes a year ago at the age of two. She is now three years old. On a normal day, her blood sugar levels must constantly be checked by pricking her fingers six (6) times per day and she has to have six (6) shots of insulin per day. Also, she must maintain a tightly controlled diet and scheduled food intake. Worst of all, this disease carries with it the risk of life-threatening complications. Many people who have Type I Diabetes die prematurely. Diabetes is part of Lola’s everyday life. In just a one year span of time, she has endured over 2000 finger pricks and over 2000 insulin shots, just to stay alive. However, insulin is not a cure for diabetes – it’s merely life support. That is why her family is holding this benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. If you cannot attend the benefit show but would like to help by making a donation, send a check made payable to Donna Pinneo to 292 Town Center Drive, Troy, Michigan 48084.
Visit the Fred Wolfe Fan Club Website for other show dates, great pictures, videos and interesting tidbits about Fred. >>>> FREDWOLFEFANS.COM
Please also visit the newly updated "official" Fred Wolfe website. >>>> FREDWOLFE.COM
T-SHIRTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE BY GOING TO EITHER WEBSITE!!!!!
Saturday April 5 2008
Madison High School
in Madison, New Jersey
Cost: $49.00 for Dinner and Show
Contact Dom for more details
SUPPORT MADISON JUNIOR FOOTBALL PROGRAM
With Live Band
Contact Dom for more details
Friday, 14 March 2008
Second Annual 'Elvis Cruise' to Take Place Aboard 'Fun Ship' Carnival Fantasy From New Orleans in August 2008
MIAMI, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Following the tremendous success of the inaugural "Elvis Cruise" last year, Carnival Cruise Lines and St. Louis, Mo.-based The Elvis Cruise, LLC, announced today the second "Elvis Cruise." This year, it will be a four-day voyage aboard the Carnival Fantasy in August 2008.
The only authentic, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.-licensed specialty cruise that celebrates the music and life of the legendary Elvis Presley, "The Elvis Cruise" will sail round-trip New Orleans and visit Cozumel, Mexico, departing Thursday, August 28, and returning Monday, September 1, 2008.
The one-of-a-kind voyage will be hosted by Jerry Schilling, longtime friend and confidante of the late Elvis Presley, and author of the book, Me and a Guy Named Elvis. Entertainment during the cruise will include live shows from artists who performed with Elvis and have been recognized for continuing his musical legacy, including the TCB Band, the Imperials, the Dempseys, Ronnie McDowell, Terry Mike Jeffrey & Band, Andy Childs, Ruby Wilson and others.
Famed conductor Joe Guercio will serve as musical director. 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.
The Elvis Cruise is unique in that the nightly Vegas-style shows celebrate the various phases of Elvis' musical life and career. "And with the voyage departing from the historic Port of New Orleans, we are introducing a new show featuring the sights and sounds from Elvis' most dramatic role in his memorable film, 'King Creole,'" said Guercio.
A number of themed events also will be featured, including an on-board Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, which will award $12,500 in prize money.
Other activities will range from autograph and Q&A sessions with the musicians and hosts, to the Elvis Cruise T-shirt Party, Elvis-themed bingo, an afternoon at the movies with host Jerry Schilling and more.
"Having the opportunity to participate in the only licensed Elvis cruise is particularly special and the fact that the voyage sails from New Orleans only adds to the excitement," said Ruben Rodriguez, Carnival's executive vice president of marketing and guest experience. "This cruise provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Elvis fans to come together and enjoy the exceptional music and memories of one of the world's most celebrated performing artists, all combined with a truly outstanding 'Fun Ship' vacation experience," he added.
"All of us at The Elvis Cruise are thrilled to partner with Carnival Cruise Lines for this exciting celebration of Elvis' life," said Michael McKay, Elvis Cruise executive producer. "We are excited to provide individuals who are passionate about Elvis with the exclusive opportunity to interact with fellow enthusiasts and revered performers in a spectacular and festive cruise setting. This is really the magic of the whole experience."
The "Fun Ship" Carnival Fantasy features a diverse selection of lounges, bars and nightspots, along with a health and fitness center, Wi-Fi Internet access, cellular phone service, and three pools, one of which features the line's signature "Twister Waterslide."
The 2,056-passenger vessel also houses three restaurants, including two elegant main dining rooms with extensive menus and wine lists, and a poolside eatery offering a wide variety of cuisine and 24-hour pizza and self-serve ice cream/frozen yogurt. A sushi bar and complimentary 24-hour stateroom service are also available.
Reservations are currently being accepted for the upcoming "Elvis Cruise" aboard Carnival Fantasy. Prices begin at $699 per person based on double occupancy and include all "Elvis Cruise" activities. Pre- and post-cruise New Orleans land stays are also available.
For additional information or to book, call The Elvis Cruise, LLC at 1-800-704-3034 or visit http://www.theelviscruise.com/.
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. A second full-ship charter "Elvis Cruise" will take place on Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,052- passenger Carnival Fantasy.
For additional information about The Elvis Cruise, please visit http://www.theelviscruise.com/ or call 1-800-704-3034.
About Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) is based in Memphis, Tennessee with additional offices in Los Angeles, California. In addition to Graceland and its related attractions in Memphis, including the Heartbreak Hotel, EPE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television, film, video and Internet projects. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit http://www.elvis.com/. EPE is a subsidiary of CKX, Inc. (http://www.ckx.com/), a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ National Market(R) under the ticker symbol "CKXE."
About Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 "Fun Ships" operating voyages ranging from three to 18 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, New England, Canada, Bermuda, Europe and South America.
The line currently has three new ships on order - the 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor, set to debut in Europe July 2, 2008; and the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic, scheduled for delivery in October 2009 and June 2011, respectively.
March 29, 2008 mark it in the calendar as on of newest TOP Elvis Tribute Artist in the US will perform again on Stage @ the new STATE OF THE ART Ugly Mugs Cafe'.
102 N. Main St.
South Bend, IN 46601
(Main street is one way I believe heading south. There is parking either on the street,Free after 6PM, or there is parking garage on same side as Ugly Mugs 1st 2 Levels are FREE!)
There is a Cover Charge of $10. FREE for Children 14 years old or younger.
And what will TOP this night off. Is NBC Channel 16 and other news channels will be there to COVER this show. Ask NBC is doing a cover story on Tim and His Tribute to th King Show and also on his GrandFamilies of America National Spokesman role.
So please come out and support Grandparents that are raising their grand kids or any kind of caregiver. This is fundraiser to get the Grandparents to Washington D.C. for the GrandRally. Where also Tim Dudley will be performing on the front steps of Capital Building in Washington D.C.
Tim will also have tons of surprises to tell the Elvis fans that night!
Love to all and God bless!
REGIONAL QUALIFIER FOR IMAGES OF THE KING CONTEST MEMPHIS TEN.
JULY 25TH AND JULY 26TH 2008
ELKS CLUB AUGUSTA GA.'
$3000.00 IN CASH AND PRIZES
ONLY FIRST TWENTY CONTESTANTS
ENTRY FEE $60.00
TERRI FUTREAL 803 474 2411 OR DANNY HAYWOOD 803 221 3200
Our guest list includes the famous and fabulous Jordanaires, Terry Mike Jeffrey, Kevin Mills, Vince Anthony, Gary Coleman, Will Debley , Gary Britt and others. As an added bonus we have Kevin Adams doing his great impersonations and he is really something and if you've never seen him perform he will have you in stitches. We have another bonus for you - we will allow three names to be drawn - on stage - for any amateur present who might like to come on stage and sing - bring your own CD!
For tickets ($75.00 each) please make checks payable to EPMD and mail to Marian Cocke @ 784 Pecan Gardens Circle East, Memphis, Tn. 38122 and please enclose a SASE for tickets to be returned to you.
Attire is nice casual - all tables are reserved and for those of you who have specific folks that you would like to sit with - you must send your checks together in order for your request to be honored. Children under 10 will be served a childs plate at no cost to parents but must know the count for proper table seating.
We are now up and running! As you know, information about the contest and convention is now posted on www.followthatdreamproductions.com. Many of you have even been so kind as to post our poster on other sites and we thank you for that! We just wanted to give you an update.
The Days Inn is the location of the contest. They have a block of rooms set aside for the event and the rooms are at a discounted rate. What's the rate? I really don't know. BUT you can give them a call at (717) 299-5700 and ask for the block of rooms set aside for the Reflections contest. Its a very nice place with a restaurant on site, free continental breakfast, a game area, a pool area and a sauna. Best part, they've already taken a few reservations! So, plan early if you can.
Now, what exactly will you be getting for these ticket prices?
A schedule for both days is posted on www.followthatdreamproductions.com. We will have a market place with vendors selling all kinds of Elvis stuff. We will also have a place there where you can meet the ETAs, get on their mailing lists, take pictures with them, and all that good stuff.
Of course, there is the contest. This includes a people's choice so get your pens ready!
There will be a dance party and jam session on Friday following the contest.
Saturday you will have another opportunity to visit the Market Place and to see the contestants at the contest. There will also be a showcase by Ruben Castillo and Will Debley.
We're working on a lot of other great things. We can't really mention them right now but there will be lots to do both at the contest and in Lancaster County.
If you can, book your rooms to ensure that you are right at the center of the action. Also, get your tickets early and at the presale price. Most importantly, look out for future updates. Please forward this email onto anyone else you think would be interested. If they would like to be included in the updates, they can just email us at email@example.com and they will be on the list. Any questions, please feel free to ask.
Thanks and have a great night!
Feel free to contact Will Debley as well:
PS- ETA's, we will need a photo, audio or video sample, and short bio
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Reflections of the King Competition 2008 is now on site at
Follow That Dream Productions
Reflections of the King 2008
We are growing.. whole new contest and look with some exciting and wonderful changes.
Come join us in beautiful Lancaster Pa in the Fall for a great weekend of fun!!
October 3rd and 4th 2008
At the present applications for Tribute Artists are ready to print off.
We will be taking 30 artists for the competition. Get your spot reserved today.
Come meet the new organizers of Reflections....Ruben Castillo and Will Debley.
All information will be on site in the coming weeks...please keep watch!!
Please pass this email on to any artists or other fans that would be interested...
It gives me great pleasure to announce that I will be working with one of the finest ETAs in the business and and all-around nice guy, Mr. Travis Morris. It's been a while since he and I have had opportunity where our paths cross and it is always a good time when we do a show together.
We'll be appearing at the 52890 State Rd 933 N SOUTH BEND, IN, US 46637 (the old Ramada) on Saturday, March 29th. Doors open to the beautifully renovated and spacious Brigid's Irish Pub (formerly Daniel's Den) at 6pm and the show will start at 8pm. Admission at the door will be $20. Children 12 and older, full price. 11 and under FREE (Children are welcome but must remain clear of the main bar area). There are plenty of booths and tables for your comfort and there is a large dance floor for those who feel inclined to get down.
As always there will be plenty of fun, good food and the BEST music in the world, Elvis music. Please come out and join us for a great time, Elvis style!
Call 574 276 7503 for ticket info
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Matinee show (all ages) 2pm - 4pm
Evening show (must be 21) 7pm - 9pm
Admission $10 for one show or $15 for both. $5 for kids.
111 Pershing Boulevard North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
(501) 758-1440 (inside Howard Johnson's)
Sunday, 9 March 2008
February 21, 2008
BIRTHDAY PARTY FIT FOR A KING HONORS THE KING OF VEGAS!
STAR FOR ELVIS PRESLEY TO BE ANNOUNCED AT BIG E BIRTHDAY PARTY
(Las Vegas, NV)-The fan generated kick-off event announcing “A Star for Elvis” campaign for The Las Vegas Walk of Stars takes place THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2008 (3 PM to 8 PM) at a FREE SHOW in the LOUNGE at BILL’S GAMBLIN’ HALL & SALOON during the Annual BIG ELVIS Birthday Celebration. “A Star for Elvis” campaign, sponsored by the Viva Las Vegas! Elvis Presley Fan Club will bestow the ultimate honor on the King of Rock ‘n Roll, with a dedication on The Las Vegas Walk of Stars scheduled for the fall of 2008.
Thursday, February 28th in the Lounge at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, Elvis fans from across the Las Vegas Valley are invited to a jam packed entertainment showcase at the award winning Big Elvis Show (starring Pete Vallee), with celebrity entertainers, and other special guests including Sonny West, former Memphis Mafia member, Presley confidante and author; West’s assistant and author of two Elvis books, Sandi Pichon; stars from Presley’s movies, including Darlene Tomkins (Blue Hawaii), Cynthia Pepper (Kissin’ Cousins), and Jon Patino (Charro); and Sandi Miller, Presley friend.
More information about the Viva Las Vegas! Fan Club and the fundraising campaign for “A Star for Elvis” on The Las Vegas Walk of Stars is available online at http://www.astarforelvis.com/. The Las Vegas Walk of Stars is a non-profit organization that hopes to honor well over 3000 individuals who have achieved a level of prominence while living and or working in Las Vegas. These honorees receive personalized granite stars, to be installed along designated portions of Las Vegas Boulevard. More information is available at http://www.lasvegaswalkofstars.com/.
Celebrity spokesperson for “A Star for Elvis” campaign, Pete Vallee has performed his heartfelt tribute to Elvis for the past 6 years at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon (Harrah’s Entertainment), Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 7:15 PM. Vallee’s tribute show has received multiple awards from the Review Journal Best of Las Vegas, including Best Elvis Impersonator 2006, as well as awards from What’s On Magazine, VegasTripping.com, and Las Vegas Magazine. Vallee has been featured in documentaries and interviews on the BBC, German TV, FOX National News, Game Show Network, Travel Channel, E-Entertainment Network, Discovery Channel; and in articles from the L.A. Times to the National Enquirer, for his vocal similarities to Elvis, and most recently stemming from his weight loss of over 500 pounds during the past 3 years. More information is available at http://www.bigelvis.biz/.
For Information/Interviews Contact:
Lucille Star, Personal Manager/Publicist (702) 563-2793
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MAKING A DONATION AT THIS TIME, please visit (http://www.astarforelvis.com/) . Your donation is tax-deductible. Thank you!
Make your check or money order payable to the Las Vegas Walk of Stars and mail to: Viva Las Vegas Club , 8174 S Las Vegas Blvd #109-150, Las Vegas NV 89123
Saturday, 8 March 2008
Tillsonburg Lions Club proudly presents...
Rocking In Memphis ~ A Salute to ELVIS & the 50s & 60s!!!
Starring Geph Mitchell & Memphis Motion
Saturday March 22nd
8:00pm - 1:00am (door at 7pm)
Tillsonburg Community Centre
45 Hardy Avenue, Tillsonburg Ontario
$10 in advance / $15 at the door
(show & light lunch)
For tickets please contact
Bruce Kendrick @ (519) 550-3166
Glen Harrop @ (519) 842-5178
DJ Dance. Cash Bar. Door Prizes. 50/50 Draw. All Ages Welcome!!!
Sound by Mike LaPointe
Friday, 7 March 2008
The East Anglian Air Ambulance transported Mr Russell to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge after he suffered a near-fatal head injury a year ago.
HGV driver Mr Russell, of Magdalen, wants to show his appreciation by donating the proceeds of his next Elvis "spectacular" to the air ambulance service.
In March last year, Mr Russell plunged 15 feet from the back of a lorry. He was taken to Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital from where his emergency airlift to the Cambridge hospital took only 19 minutes.
His wife, Christine, said: "He needed the air ambulance and now he has recovered he wants to raise money for it."
The concert will take place at Searles in Hunstanton on the Norfolk Coast, UK on Sunday (March 9). Doors open at 5pm.
The support acts will be singer Alex Mills and a comedy act, Winston The Singing Farmer.
The £9 tickets are available from Mrs Russell, 01553 810771.
That Doug Church had entered a 2nd ETA Contest - "Bluegrass Tribute To The King" Frankfort, KY on March 9-10, 2008.
Doug won 1st place and People's Choice.
The two suits, valued at £3,000, were stolen during an Elvis impersonator's performance at the Oakwood Real Ale and Music Festival, at Oakwood Technology College, on Moorgate Road.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said the theft of the suits, one red and one blue, was "disappointing" and appealed for anyone with information about their whereabouts to contact police.
He said officers would like to speak to the two men shown on the image taken from the festival CCTV system.
Anyone with information about the men or the suits is asked to contact PC Janine Allen-Wasteney on 01709 832161 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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THE KING AM I PRODUCTIONS
As you already know from Bobbie Arnold's email, Ruben Castillo and Will Debley are proud to bring The Reflections of the King Contest to the Lancaster area. More news about location, date, and time as well as ETA and vendor applications will be posted on www.followthatdreamproductions.com by Sunday, March 9th. For now we would just like to say this ....
Ruben Castillo and Will Debley are working hard to bring to you a professional contest, a wonderful market place, and just a wonderful time. We welcome your input, ideas, suggestions and anything else you can think of to make this event one to remember. What do we need right now?
Elvis Tribute Artists! It isn't a show without you!
Vendors! We're looking for licensed vendors to sell merchandise at the Market Place. Vendor applications will also be available this Sunday.
Volunteers! Come have some fun with us!
Donations for door prizes!
Your thoughts! In your opinion, what would make a great contest?
We would love to hear from you about anything Elvis. We look forward to working with you and seeing as well as meeting you in Lancaster. On behalf of Will Debley and Ruben Castillo, thank you so much and please feel free to forward this email on to anyone else you think would be interested in learning more.
The King Am I Productions
Reflections of the King, 2008
But even without the ability to sell his songs, CKX says Elvis will generate $68.8 million for them this year. Not bad for a guy who died in 1977. But the future looks even brighter: CKX says that Elvis hotels, casinos and other projects will bump that number up to $189 million by 2013. Which makes Frank Sinatra's $50 million payday last year look like bupkis. (Sale of EPE, Source: Peter Kakka, Silicon Valley Insider)
EIN Comment: The $50m payment to the Sinatra Estate gives the late crooner inside running to top the next Forbes Annual List of Top Earning Dead Celebrities. It is likely EPE's revenues will fall after the ultra successful 30th anniversary year in 2007.
View EIN's comprehensive arcvhives of news and articles about the sale of EPE and its aftermath
New EIN Competition- Elvis’ Celebrity Relationships: During his lifetime Elvis was linked with many famous and not so famous beautiful women and celebrities. His relationships with these women ranged from brief encounters to affairs of the heart involving deep and lasting feelings.
Rather than just listing each of Elvis’ paramours we thought it would be more fun to offer cryptic clues and award prizes to the first five people to submit a fully correct set of answers (in the event of no fully correct answers, prizes will be awarded to the 5 entrants with the most correct answers). Click here to View the 25 clues and full competition details. Entries close on Friday 14 March.
(Competition, Source: EIN)
"His Hand In Mine" CD reissue: On March 11, 2008 SONY / BMG will re-issue Elvis' gospel albums "His Hand In Mine", "How Great Thou Art" and "He Touched Me" with bonus tracks. This is the complete cover of the "His Hand In Mine" album.
All tracks of this album have been remastered from the original mono tapes according to the text on the back cover.
Product description: Elvis' million selling first gospel LP from 1960, His Hand In Mine represents one of the many proud moments of Elvis' career. His voice is stunningly beautiful in this tribute to his gospel heroes: The Blackwood Brothers, The Statesmen Quartet, and The Golden Gate Quartet. Includes bonus tracks from Elvis' platinum selling gospel debut EP Peace In The Valley from 1957.
His Hand In Mine Album Notes
Personnel: The Jordanaires (background vocals).
During his lifetime, Elvis Presley recorded three gospel albums and a four-song gospel EP. Presley's first full-length gospel album, HIS HAND IN MINE, sticks close to the quartet-style gospel singing Elvis loved as a youngster in Memphis. In fact, most of the arrangements on His Hand In Mine mimic arrangements used by two of Elvis' favorite groups, the Statesmen and the Memphis-based Blackwood Brothers.
The influence of such black gospel quartets as the Swan Silvertones and the Golden Gate Quartet, whom Elvis would have known through radio broadcasts, can also be heard on many numbers. As on all recordings inspired by the musical enthusiasm of his youth, Elvis shines on His Hand In Mine, singing with breathtaking passion and dexterity. The first twelve songs on this disc, all classics of the genre, constitute the album as it was originally released in 1960. RCA subsequently added three tracks to the CD: "It is No Secret," originally released on Elvis' 1957 Peace In The Valley EP; a 1967 recording of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone"; and "Who Am I," recorded in 1969. (News, Source: CD Universe /Elvis News)
New official DVD release for 2008 "Elvis Presley – His Home, His Story": EPE will be releasing a new DVD focusing on Elvis' home Graceland after its premiere during Elvis Week. Called "Elvis Presley – His Home, His Story", EPE promises new stunning footage with the DVD telling the story of Elvis’ life at Graceland and his amazing career. The new DVD features photos from the Graceland archives, home movies and more. It will get its theatrical Premiere during Elvis Week on Saturday, August 9th at Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Avenue, Memphis with three screenings: 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:15 am. Tickets for the event are free, however you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public. Go here for more info.
Elvis Week 2008 Event Calendar: Saturday, August 9 - Sunday, August 17.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9
- 26th Annual Elvis Presley International 5K Run to Benefit United Cerebral Palsy
- Elvis Presley - His Home, His Story - DVD Theatrical Premiere (see above).
- Memphis Welcomes the Fans Redbirds Baseball Game
- Elvis Week Kick-Off Party at the Memphis Hard Rock Café
SUNDAY, AUGUST 10
- Elvis Gospel Brunch in the Elvis Presley Car Museum.
- Graceland Scavenger Hunt
MONDAY, AUGUST 11
- A Celebration of Fans - Fan Club Presidents' Event
- Music and Movies at Graceland Front lawn - Day One. Movie TBA
TUESDAY, AUGUST 12
- Elvis Film Festival Presented by Malco Theatres
- The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Meet 'n' Greet
- Shawn Klush 2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner in Concert 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location TBA.
- Music and Movies at Graceland - Day 2. Movie TBA
- Club Elvis. A private party with your fellow Elvis fans at Elvis Presley Car Museum
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13
- Elvis Expo 2008 - Day 1 Location TBA. The ultimate Elvis tradeshow.
- The Official Elvis Insiders Conference - Day 1. Location TBA. Special guests confirmed so far Dixie Locke Emmons, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Sammy Shore. More guest announcements coming soon.
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinals. Location TBA.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 14
- Elvis Expo 2008 - Day 2
- The Official Elvis Insiders Conference - Day 2. Location TBA. Special guests confirmed so far Steve Binder, producer of Elvis's '68 Special. More guest announcements coming soon.
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Finals. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
- Breakfast at Graceland with Special Guest at Elvis Presley Car Museum.
- Elvis Presley - His Home, His Story - DVD Theatrical Premiere, (see above)
- Candlelight Vigil
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
- Special Concert Event To Be Announced Soon
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
- Elvis Gospel Brunch at Elvis Presley Car Museum.
Go here for further information from EPE - (News, Source; EPE)
Ernst Jorgensen On George Klein's Elvis Duets: Continuing the story on the "duet" tapes that George Klein owns. Several websites mention that George Klein is thinking of selling three duets he acquired from Felton Jarvis' widow after Felton Jarvis Died. The duets with Larry Gatlin ("Help Me"), Jerry Reed ("Guitar Man") and Carl Perkins' ("Blue Suede Shoes") were produced after Elvis died as part of Felton Jarvis' 1980 -1981 "overdub" project from which we got the "Guitar Man" album. In an interesting legal follow up Ernst Jorgensen has stated to Elvis News that "George Klein has tried to sell them to us, and we told him that he has no rights to sell the tape for commercial use". (News, Source;ElvisNews)
Elvis' Home Trainer Bicycle For Sale!: The Florida real estate dealer Anthony Pugliese, who for the past 25 years has quietly been putting together what experts call the greatest collection of pop culture artefacts in the world, is selling his entire collection. Among them: the gun Jack Ruby used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas back in 1963. The expected price: US$2-3 million. Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover's badge will be sold off, rifles that once belonged to Elvis Presley and Elvis’ gold plated home trainer. The auction is scheduled to take place March 15th and 16th. Earlier, Ginger Alden had already agreed to sell 14 personal items of Elvis, at the same auction.
Though it is one of the Bay Area's historic venues for concerts and events, the Cow Palace may soon go the way of other old structures - like New York's Polo Grounds and San Francisco's Playland at the Beach- that are torn down to make way for redevelopment.
"The Cow Palace has outlived its usefulness," said City Manager Patricia Martel. Events there "contribute nothing to our community. Why would we keep it?"
Since Yee introduced the bill Friday that is making its way through State Senate committees, opponents have gathered forces in a bid to preserve what they say is a Bay Area treasure. If anything, they argue, the Cow Palace - built in 1941 with funding from the Works Progress Administration - should receive special status as an officially designated landmark.
"I'm mad as hell," said Kevin Patterson, a San Francisco native whose Great Dickens Christmas Fair is held every year at the Cow Palace. Patterson, with other outraged residents, started the Web site www.savethecowpalace.com. "It should not be sold to Daly City, and certainly should not be bulldozed. This is a real estate venture disguising itself as an attempt to improve the local community."
Alan J. Smith, a homecare provider who grew up near the Cow Palace, says the venue, besides providing jobs for working-class people, hosts a number of children-friendly events. "I've been coming to the Cow Palace since way back watching the original Globetrotters; I took my little stepkids to the Globetrotters last month," said Smith, 50, standing near the corner of Geneva and Santos Streets as he, too, waited for a Muni bus.
"It's a landmark," he said. "They have the rodeo, the flower show, the antique show - there are so many good things going on in there."
The debate over the Cow Palace's merits would never have reached the Legislature if the Cow Palace and Daly City had completed their negotiations over the property.
Cow Palace history: The Cow Palace has hosted some of the country's biggest names and events in its 67-year history:
1941: Using money from the government's Works Projects Administration, the Cow Palace is built on Daly City land that adjoins San Francisco.
1946: The Grand National Rodeo begins its uninterrupted string of yearly shows.
1958: Billy Graham brings his evangelical message to tens of thousands who crowd into the Cow Palace over the course of two months.
1960: During his presidential campaign, Sen. John F. Kennedy tells an audience of 20,000 that the United States should establish a Peace Corps.
1962: The San Francisco Warriors, the NBA team formerly based in Philadelphia, choose the Cow Palace as its new arena.
1964, 1965: The Beatles give concerts before thousands of adoring fans.
1970: Stuntman Evel Knievel does one of his motorcycle jumps that has him go up a ramp and soar over parked cars and trucks.
1970: 13th November 1970 Elvis performs to 14,000 in his "Red-Ladder" jumpsuit.
1976: November Elvis performs 2 sold out concerts.
1991: The San Jose Sharks open play at the Cow Palace while they await the building of an arena in San Jose.
2004: The heavy-metal band Metallica performs.
2006: At Oracle's Cow Palace event in 2006, Elton John was the star attraction.
(News, Source;EIN/San FranChronicle)