Wednesday, 30 April 2008
April 30, 2008
Inside Graceland is now available at Amazon.com
The fourth release of the "Inside" series published by Elvis Unlimited and written by Megan Murphy is now available from Amazon.com.
Inside Graceland has been one of the best selling books from this series. The book focuses on Graceland when it still was home to Elvis Presley.
The photographs are from the collecion of one of the world's top Elvis memorabilia collectors, Sherif Hanna. Sherif contributed his negatives, slides and original photographs for this publication.
Inside Graceland is the book that every Elvis fan has been waiting for.
Inside Graceland brings you on a pictorial journey back to the time when Elvis Presley - the biggest entertainer in the history of popular music lived in the mansion.
112 pages of Never before seen pictures of the home. Including for the fist time in print , the red Ludwig XV style rooms that were installed in 1974.
More than half of the pictures were shot in 1975. Elvis' girlfriend from 1972-75 ,Linda Thompson takes the photographer on a tour through the house. The remaining pictures were shot after August 1977, with several from before the opening of Graceland.
The informative book has been written by Megan Murphy. You will also find memories and stories from well know people like Linda Thompson, Sandi Miller, Larry Strickland and others.
Don't miss this unique chance to travel back in time and visit Elvis' home in the 1970's.
See Graceland as it looked before it was remodeled and opened as a museum. This book is a must have for every Elvis fan. Inside Graceland is a full color release. And it is the FIRST Elvis book of it's kind. You can order your copy now by visting the following link to Amazon.com www.amazon.com/shops/elvisunlimited.
Article Source: http://www.pr-inside.com/inside-graceland-r566225.htm
Cory Cooper is a very dear and close friend of mine of many years.... Charmaine
April 28, 2008 6:22 p.m. EST
Jan Westmark - Celebrity News Service
Los Angeles, CA (CNS) - Even though musical legend Elvis Presley is gone, many questions about him still remain. That's why Elvis expert Cory Cooper is claiming that the book by Patrick Lacy entitled, "Elvis Decoded: A Fan's Guide to Deciphering the Myths and Misinformation," is one of the most important books written about The King.
Cooper told Celebrity News Service, "There has been so much wrong, misleading and confusing material written over the years about this very talented, unique and innovating icon," he said regarding information compiled about Elvis.
"Mr. Lacy has accomplished an impressive amount of research and effort to sort out and decipher the mountain of conflicting and misguided information. He explains why and how this might have evolved to begin with and allows the reader to form their own conclusion based on his research," Cooper said in an exclusive interview with Celebrity News Service.
Cooper said that many people want to know about Elvis's personal life, what he did for fun, the music he enjoyed and what he might be doing today had he lived. And then, of course, there are the famous "Alive" theories.
"This topic is part of the reason Patrick Lacy decided to write "Elvis Decoded" to begin with," Cooper said. "Although Mr. Lacy does address this topic, his book covers much more than just the death hoax stories."
Cooper said he became an Elvis fan at a young age, reading and studying everything he could get his hands on that had to do with Elvis. At one point he heard a radio talk show host speaking about Elvis and they mentioned many things that were wrong.
"I called the radio station, they put me on the air and I corrected the host on his errors. That led to many more local and nationally syndicated radio programs, consulting on Elvis projects, guest writing for an Elvis publication and meeting and becoming friends with a wealth of people from the Elvis inner circle including his friends, bodyguards, co-stars, family members, band members and Elvis fans from all over the world," Cooper told Celebrity News Service.
Article Source: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7010786560
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
April 28 2008
Cannock’s most well-known Elvis Presley fan has died after suffering a massive heart attack in hospital.
Charity campaigner Eunice Fitch was known across the region for her love of the King and her house in Danby Drive, Prospect Village, had become a shrine to the star over the years.
It was dubbed Graceland after his Memphis mansion and her extensive collection of memorabilia included statues, neon lights above her door, a gold bust of him on a plinth in the garden and a stained glass window of him.
Mrs Fitch, aged 65, a mother-of-four, had suffered from poor health over recent years and underwent a bowel operation three weeks ago from which she was recovering in hospital.
Her son Paul, aged 34, and of Cannock, today said doctors had warned the family there was a 60 per cent chance she would not pull through although she had appeared to be making good progress.
He said: “She was getting better but suffered a mild heart attack on Wednesday and then she had a massive heart attack on Friday.”
Funeral arrangements were due to be made by the family today.
She was known across the region for having an annual display of extravagant Christmas lights in aid of Cancer Research and crowds braved the cold each year to see them switched on.
Last year’s event was televised on BBC1’s The One Show and the lights included Elvis with Vegas lights, a star of Elvis and a 4ft angel looking down on him.
She also organised several fundraising concerts at Cannock’s Prince of Wales Centre.
Richard Kay, manager at the Prince of Wales Centre in Cannock, said: “We knew Eunice for a good number of years. She was a real stalwart of the community and will be very sadly missed.”
April 29 2008
By John Adey
An image bearing a resemblance to Elvis Presley has mysteriously appeared on a slate in a garden in the shadow of the Preseli hills and could become a shrine to the king of rock'n'roll.
The phenomenon has rekindled interest in speculation that Elvis' ancestors came from the area, and already fans of the legend are showing a desire to visit the north Pembrokeshire site.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo Mississippi in January 1935 and died at his Graceland mansion in August 1977 aged 42.
A TV documentary was made and a number of newspaper articles written in connection with a belief that the singer's ancestors emigrated from the Preseli's.
The slate is a garden ornament at the remote home of Miss Morgan who specifically asked for the location not to be revealed for fear of Elvis fans converging on her home.
Taking up the story she said "My five-year-old niece came into the house and said there was a man in the garden.
I went outside but couldn't see anyone until my niece pointed to the slate. I was totally taken aback, absolutely amazed. The image was not there when we put the slate in the garden. I just don't know what to think," she said.
Going on to say that one of her friends has already offered a four figure sum for the slate she said "I don't want to sell it. I look at it every day to see if the image is still there."
Shown a picture life-long Elvis fan Gaynor Thomas of Cardigan said: "I'm not entirely convinced it is Elvis but there is a real likeness."
Currently saving to become one of more than 600,000 people who visit Graceland annually she said: "If it becomes possible I will definitely go and see the slate, and I'm sure very many other Elvis fans would be interested."
Article Source: http://preview.tinyurl.com/5bwoua
Monday, 28 April 2008
EPE licences new humorous greeting cards: NobleWorks, Inc. is proud to announce a new partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) that will feature The King of Rock 'n' Roll in a series of hilarious new greeting cards for 2008.
For the first time, Elvis Presley's legendary style will be paired with NobleWorks' trademark wit in a new line of Christmas, birthday and everyday greeting cards. NobleWorks is looking forward to joining The King of Rock 'n' Roll at center stage, following the success of its comical card line featuring another Las Vegas icon, Liberace. Highlights from the new line include the iconic image of Elvis and Richard Nixon, with the president saying "I'm not a crook" and The King responding "I'm not a hound dog." Another card features a photo of a young Elvis leaving the front door of Graceland and is accompanied by the caption: "Elvis has left the building."
All the new Elvis cards are available for order at NobleWorks' flagship site, TheHornyRabbit.com, or as completely customizable print-on-demand cards at NobleWorksCards.com.
Please call NobleWorks at 800-346-6253 (x28) or 201-420-0095 (x28) for more information. (News, Source: eMediaWire)
Hotel Grünewald in Bad Nauheim has closed: The famous 'Grunewald Hotel' in Bad Nauheim, Germany, where Elvis rented an entire floor during his (first) army days, is no longer open. The current owners used to rent the 'Elvis Room' to fans. However, they have come to an age that they decided to stop this 'service'. This is a real shame since this was a unique opportunity to experience a special night in one of Elvis' European homes.
End of Elvis Week 2008 - Special Concert announced: With Elvis fans wondering what would be the concert climax of Elvis Week in Memphis at last EPE have announced, 'Elvis: From Broadway to Memphis with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra'. This sure ain't "Elvis In Concert" with the TCB Band - although it still features Elvis via big video screens!
EPE publicity states: "Enjoy a sophisticated and fun celebration of Elvis music with Leah Hocking, from the Broadway cast of All Shook Up, and Austin Miller, television and Broadway star. The show will also star Elvis Presley, via video, accompanied by live music on stage during some special segments of the show. All will be accompanied by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Included in the exciting show will be Elvis fan favorites The Dempseys and lots of surprises.
There will be two shows on August 16, 2008 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis. The matinee will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the evening show will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to the matinee event are $70.00, $50.00 and $30.00. Tickets to the evening show are $125.00, $85.00, $65.00 and $45.00." Shawn Klush while strangely not mentioned in the above publicity is also featured. Go here for more info and images (News, Source;EIN)
"You can go check it out right now at www.elvismall.com
This has all the latest and greatest auctions that contain Elvis memorabilia and collectables. Once I get a chance, I will also be adding various sections for fans to be able to find various Ebay treasures for themselves on there also.
You can search for you favorite Elvis souvenirs. Also, make sure that you bookmark www.elvismall.com so you can come back often and check out all the latest auctions on gear, training materials, tricks, and much more.
I hope that you enjoy it and find it as a great resource!"
Popular Elvis stage musical moves venue: George Twamley, producer of the very successful stage musical My Boy Elvis The Musical , informs EIN:
"After the success of "My Boy Elvis" The Musical in Dublin where it received a standing ovation the show moves to The INEC centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry on Saturday 28th. June. For ticket and accomodation enquires phone 06471555 from the UK 003536471555.
The Hamilton Collection in the USA has released the first in its Elvis Disney collection:
Join Mickey in a magical jumpsuit salute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll®, Elvis Presley®! In a first from The Hamilton Collection, this exciting Disney Mickey Mouse collectible figurine showcases Mickey in his version of the glitzy American Eagle jumpsuit Elvis® wore on his Aloha From Hawaii special.
This Disney Mickey Mouse collectible figurine is licensed by Disney and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and is specially designed by The Hamilton Collection. This limited edition is superbly handcrafted and hand-painted, and, in addition to all the other show-stopping details, Mickey takes center-stage on a self-standing base complete with a fan-tossed red rose and even more sparkling rhinestones. Strong demand is expected for this unique Mickey and Elvis gift, so order now!
Each release is priced at US$19.95 + 6.99 p&p (News, Source: Amber Smith)
Design released for New Overton Park Shell: This may very well be the way the ‘New Overton Park Shell’ will look like, when it’s finished in 2009. The architectural firm working on the renovated design made this image and shared it with other fans through Scotty Moore’s website.
It was here – at the Shell – where Elvis gave his very first live performance, on July 30th 1954. The renovation costs about 1 million dollar & includes – among others – huge video walls. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Elvis Presley Memorial Diamond allegedly made from Elvis' DNA: Currently on eBay is a half carat diamond apparently made from authenticated hair from Elvis. From the listing:
You are bidding on the ONLY .5 ct Blue, Round Cut, Cultured Diamond that will be created from the actual hair containing the mitochondrial DNA of Elvis “The King” Presley. The hair samples being used are a combination of two separately authenticated samples acquired from two different reputable sources as a way to ensure authenticity. Each diamond will come with numerous documents and certifications of authenticity. The hair sample will be reduced to it's basic element…carbon and a real diamond will be created using the HPHT process (high pressure high temp.). Cultured Diamond are real diamonds exhibiting the same identical properties of naturally mined diamonds. The Elvis Diamond will be laser engraved along the girdle with an identity number and Elvis “The King” Presley.
This is the ONLY ½ ct Blue Elvis Diamond that will ever be created and will be done by the exact same process as the .56 ct Beethoven Diamond which sold on EBay for $202,700 in Sept 2007. The ½ ct Blue Elvis Diamond is expected to sell for over $300,000 with a low opening bid of $50,000. This auction is being done without any media or advertising promotion which makes this an unbelievable opportunity for someone to own a truely one-of-a-kind gem.
I wanted to inform you that the venue for the Elvis 2008 Original Cast will be the Conservatory of Music of Milan. Elvis goes Classic! all information available in english language at www.onenightwithelvis.it
Tribute vinyl: Collectors, attention. Following Wanda Jackson's tribute album "I Remember Elvis", there's a limited 7" release on white vinyl.
The A side is her version of "There's Good Rockin' Tonight", while the flip site has a remix of the same song, as recorded by Elvis in the Sun Studio.
This release is limited to 300 copies worldwide, so...Happy Hunting! A hint: the label is Goldenlane Records CLP-2012 (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Janie Steele’s theme song should be “Thanks for the Memories.”
The 67-year-old photographer-turned-bookkeeper retired Friday from the Las Vegas Hilton, where she hobnobbed with Elvis Presley and other celebrities during her almost 30 years at the venue.
“When I feel sorry for myself about not having done anything, I think that for somebody who thought they would never leave their small town, I’ve seen and done quite a lot,” says Steele, a native of Westminster, S.C., population 2,763.
As Steele thought of retirement, she began turning back her pages:
She saw Ike & Tina Turner, Redd Foxx and Frankie Laine at the Hilton lounges and such memorable entertainers as Barbra Streisand, Bill Cosby, Juliet Prowse and Maurice Chevalier with the Kim Sisters at showrooms around town.
And of course, Elvis.
Steele went to work at the Hilton — then the International Hotel — as a photographer in 1970. Streisand was the headliner at the International when it opened in 1969, but then it was Elvis.
“He would do two shows a night, seven nights a week, for four weeks,” Steele says. “I don’t know how he did it, but that’s how all the entertainers used to do here. They never had a day off.”
She lost track of how many times she saw Elvis. She would attend his shows even if she had to pay for them. She often joined members of the public who were invited to his suite.
“It was the only way he could meet normal people,” Steele says. “They would just invite people up to his rooms. Music would be playing. He’d sometimes demonstrate his karate kicks. He’d chitchat with everyone, mingle with the little groups of people who were all around the suite. He was such a gentleman to me. It breaks my heart that things happened the way they did.”
It wasn’t unusual for her to bump into Priscilla Presley and their daughter, Lisa Marie. “The last time I saw Lisa Marie was in the showroom. She was about 6 years old. A gorgeous child.”
When Steele arrived from South Carolina in 1964, she worked in data processing at the Nevada Test Site. “A bus would pick up employees in the morning and take us home in the evening. It was 180 miles round-trip, an hour and a half each way.”
She lived in the Naked City neighborhood near South Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. In those days it was a trendy part of town where showgirls lived and sunbathed by the pools, hence its nickname. “I never saw anyone naked, but they did have awfully tiny little bikinis.”
She married Charlie Steele, music teacher by day and drummer in relief bands in the casinos by night, and they moved to different parts of town. “I loved Las Vegas back then. You could go anywhere in 15 or 20 minutes.”
After her job at the test site ended, she went to work taking pictures in the Hilton’s showroom and lounges. “I was really shy. I had the hardest time walking up to people and asking them if they wanted their picture taken.”
She moved back to South Carolina for four years but returned to Las Vegas and worked at Saks Fifth Avenue when the Fashion Show Mall opened in 1981. She returned to the Hilton to work in the accounting department.
“When I left, Siegfried & Roy were a small part of ‘The Lido’ show at the Stardust. When I came back, they had a show of their own.”
Her fondest memory of Old Vegas?
“I always wanted to live where people wore long gowns and gloves and fixed their hair,” she says. “When I first moved here, that’s what you did. You dressed up.” (News, Source: Jery Fink, Las Vegas Sun)
Babyshambles singer/guitarist Pete Doherty was voted the second most popular male hero, behind footballer Stephen Gerrard.
Psychologist Donna Dawson told PA that Winehouse may have topped the poll because she "seems to portray a certain sense of vulnerability or having had to fight against some adversity in their lives".
Among the general population, with categories not restricted by gender or age, Winston Churchill was voted top hero figure. Elvis Presley came second. (News, Source: NME /Elvis News)
New Elvis sculpture completed: Michael Kuznetsov has completed his latest Elvis sculpture. Michael has told EIN:
" This sculpture is made of polymer clay turned into plastic after baking. It is only 7 inches high."
Michael's sculptor's gift was inspired by seeing many Elvis action-figures having nothing in common with their fabulous prototype. See more images (Spotlight, Source: Michael Kutnetsov)
Unflagging interest in all things Elvis means that even 30 years after Presley's death, there are more stories to hear and more images to see. In that sense, the King is definitely not dead.
Two weeks ago, after reading an Associated Press story about newly discovered 1972 Presley concert photos, I shared a picture I have. It shows Presley in the 1950s, when he apparently visited the Dallas radio station KLIF. My late father-in-law David Muhlstein, a radio news director there, is standing right next to Elvis.
Seeing that was all it took to coax a few Herald readers into sharing their personal Presley pictures. I also heard from far-flung Elvis fanatics, who sent theories about my photo. A Danish gentleman, Brian Petersen, is such an Elvis aficionado he believes he can precisely pinpoint the date of my picture -- Aug. 10, 1956. Another e-mail directed me to a message board where Elvis fans guessed at the timing of my photo based on Presley's sideburns.
My goal was to find other candid shots.
Diane Woodall's snapshot may be the fuzziest of the bunch, but the Everett woman has a good story to go with it. Her mother, Arlene Dinsmore, worked at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. She was there while Presley was filming "It Happened at the World's Fair."
Along with the picture her mother took -- Presley flanked by police officers -- Woodall sent a statement her mom wrote about the scene.
Dinsmore wrote that during the time Presley was at the fair, "September Fourth to the 17th, 1962," he was walking to the Seattle Monorail one day with two police officers. "I rushed up to him and grabbed his arm and told him I had two daughters who would like his autograph. He very kindly signed two World's Fair postcards for me," she wrote.
In 1999, Woodall's mother went so far as to have her statement, with the Presley picture attached, signed and stamped by a notary public.
The story behind it may be a riddle, but the photo Mark Hibbert sent looks to be a sharp-looking Elvis posed with a hotel maid -- to me, that maid looks pretty nervous. Hibbert of Marysville said the picture was taken by his late grandmother, Wynn Barry, who was a beautician at Seattle's posh Olympic Hotel.
Describing Barry as quite a character, Hibbert said she lived an elegant life in San Francisco before divorcing and moving here. At the Olympic, she once styled the hair of opera star Maria Callas, among other famous clients. During the Seattle filming of "Cinderella Liberty," Hibbert said, his grandmother landed his brother, Scott, a role as an extra in the 1973 James Caan movie.
About the Presley photo, though, Hibbert is short on details. Searching the Internet, where Elvis Web sites trace an almost day-by-day history of Presley's life, I could find no mention of him being in Seattle in 1966 -- the year marked on the photo's border. Along with his 1962 World's Fair visit, Presley sang at the old Sicks Stadium and in Tacoma on Sept. 1, 1957. HistoryLink.org, an online encyclopedia of Washington state, puts Presley in Vancouver, B.C., and in Spokane on Aug. 31, 1957.
Perhaps Elvis made an unreported Seattle visit, or Hibbert's grandmother photographed him on her travels elsewhere. "If my grandmother saw Elvis, she would have pinned him down," said Hibbert, who runs a Marysville music studio, Whiskey Ridge Recording.
In the mid-1960s, Hibbert played bass guitar in a successful local band, Axis Drive. The band was a regular at Seattle's Warehouse Tavern, and once backed up Bobby Sherman. It was hardly Elvis fever, but Hibbert recalls girls throwing jelly beans at the band.
Retired KJR disc jockey Danny Holiday, who lives near Stanwood, sent me a picture of Presley taken with Holiday's mentor and close friend, Red Robinson.
Taken at Vancouver's Empire Stadium on Aug. 31, 1957, the day before Presley played Seattle, it shows a 22-year-old Elvis with Robinson, then 20. Robinson, who emceed the Vancouver concert and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is still heard on Vancouver's CLEAR-FM, 104.9, every Saturday night.
A half-century ago, Holiday said he went with his parents to Vancouver to see Elvis. "The Vancouver show only lasted 20 minutes because the crowd rushed the stage," Holiday said.
In the summer of '57, Presley's "Teddy Bear" had been a No. 1 hit. With the smoldering look of a star at his peak, Presley posed with the fresh-faced Robinson while holding a cute prop, a plush toy bear.
"Red still has the bear wrapped in plastic," Holiday said. (News, Source: Julie Muhlstein, Herald Columnist / www.epgold.com)
New Elvis related auction: Regency Superior has announced a new Elvis related auction for May 3rd. Among the 20+ items are signed Sun-records, promotional 78 rpms, contracts, signatures, pictures and even a 2 piece buff-colored leather suit, custom made for Elvis by the famous North Beach Leather Company (bearing its label).
The jacket, the highlight of the Elvis items, is hand-stitched, 5-button, with 2-button cuffs. The pants, also hand-stitched, feature a football-style fly, and slightly bell-bottomed. The suit appears moderately worn with some sweat stains. Even Elvis, apparently, appreciated a casual Friday in Las Vegas.
This leather suit was one of his favorites and sometime around 1974 had similar ones made for the stage. It is very similar to his 'Mermaid' and 'Rainfall' suits. The suit was a gift from Vernon Presley to Jim Curtin. (Letter of authenticity from Jim Curtin included). (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Saturday, 26 April 2008
From: Bill Burk
To: EW Update
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2008 7:38 AM
Subject: Bill -- obituary and story
First, thank you for all of your warm comments to me and Bill's children over the past two days -- they have really warmed our hearts!
If you would like to read Bill's obituary and leave guest book comments at the Commercial Appeal newspaper, please go to:
The CA has also written a story about Bill in today's paper:
The making of Thats the way it is now! Behind the scenes...awesome footage .
By Amos Maki (Contact)
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Bill E. Burk was a newspaperman with a front row seat for the life and career of Elvis Presley who later kept the King alive in books and a magazine.
Mr. Burk, 75, died Thursday following a heart attack.
During the last 20 years of Presley's life, Mr. Burk, a columnist for the Memphis Press-Scimitar until it closed in 1983, wrote roughly 400 stories and columns about the King's life.
And over the last 20 years he published 13 Elvis books and the quarterly Elvis World magazine.
The latest issue of the magazine was published in February and Mr. Burk's wife, Connie, said it would likely be the last.
"He's such a gifted writer it wouldn't be the same without him," she said.
Mr. Burk lived one minute from Graceland and at times visited the entertainer there. Every so often Presley would return the gesture with a visit to Mr. Burk's home.
Mr. Burk, a native Memphian who was also a international pilot and standout athlete in three sports, uncovered plenty of Elvis photos and stories, particularly from his early days.
"The Elvis I have come to know in talking to scores of his friends, classmates, teachers and neighbors since 1985 have greatly deepened my knowledge of Elvis and today I find I admire the man much more than I did during those 20 years we were neighbors," Mr. Burk said in a recent column on the Elvis Information Network.
Mr. Burk, nicknamed "007" because of the way he signed his last name, said he always enjoyed the thrill of the investigation, unearthing those personal moments with greatness that so many Memphians shared.
"He enjoyed the hunt," said Mrs. Burk.
Mr. Burk was given the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Award in 1980. He was the first journalist to win the award that honors supporters of the tourism industry in Memphis.
He was also twice named United Press International Columnist of the Year in Tennessee.
"He was a great friend to Elvis fans and a respected journalist who covered Elvis for a number of years," said Kevin Kern, spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Burk is also survived by two sons, Gary and Randy, and his daughter, Jennifer.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Avenue, with burial later in the week at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
The family asks that any memorials be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, stjude.org.
Article Source: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/apr/26/newsman-covered-life-career-of-elvis/
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Shawn Klush and Imperials headline Elvis tribute concert May 17 at Civic Theatre, 182 South Main Street, Akron, OH
Akron, OH—The Akron Symphony will present Fanfare 2008: The Ultimate Elvis Experience on Saturday, May 17, 2008. The event will begin with a dinner and live auction at the Radisson Hotel Akron City Centre and culminate in a one night only concert celebrating the music of Elvis Presley at the Akron Civic Theatre.
Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and feature an Elvis-themed menu of fine southern cuisine. During dinner, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of exciting live auction items including several trips to see other symphony orchestras in cities around the United States. Those attending dinner will enjoy complimentary transportation to the Akron Civic Theatre for the concert.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. and will star award-winning Elvis tribute artist, Shawn Klush— winner of the BBC’s “World’s Greatest Elvis” competition and recently crowned by Elvis Presley Enterprises as the “Closest to the King.” Performing with Klush will be Elvis’ longtime backup singers, the legendary Imperials Quartet. A special post-concert dessert reception, compliments of West Side Bakery, will follow the performance.
Friday, 25 April 2008
This event is a special fundraiser for the Lapeer Center Building, a non-profit, community-run facility opened more than 50 years ago. The building, which was built to serve youth and other community groups, is administered by a volunteer board of directors representing local, community-based, service organizations and interested individuals, and managed by a full-time building manager.
It is maintained and improved without government support, and is now undertaking major energy savings building improvements. The building will stay open while the improvements are taking place.
"We are working on an energy conservation project that has been ongoing since last year," said Cathy Carter, manager of the Lapeer Center Building. "The building needs new air-conditioning, new heating, water...everything. We're hoping the "Tribute to Elvis" show will help with the funding."
"Many people have told me it is a phenomenal show," Carter said. "People from Connecticut, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana have called me to get tickets. It's obvious Leo has fans all over the U.S."
Leo Days was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Oct. 3, 1980. He became an avid fan of Elvis Presley when he was just three years old. At the age of 15, he discovered he had real talent and soon began singing at various karaoke clubs. In 1996, after entering a talent contest at the Genesee County Fair where he won first place, Leo started performing his "In Honor of Elvis" tribute shows.
Days was the 2003 Michigan Bluebird Country Magazine Entertainer of The Year, and he took first place overall in the Peoples Choice Contest in Portage, IN in 2001. Days also won first place in the "Images of Elvis" contest held in Grand Rapids on March 6, 1999.
He has performed more than 600 shows and has opened for various headliners, including The Drifters, Herman's Hermits, and Paul Revere & The Raiders. His knowledge and love for Elvis is apparent in every performance.
Days has also won many talent contests, and he continues to help organize and perform for numerous fund-raising events for various non-profit organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Red Cross.
Those who wish to attend this special event will hear a variety of old and new favorites ranging from "That's All Right, Mama" to "Trilogy" and "My Way."
When asked if they are anticipating a big turnout, Carter said they have lots of seating and are hoping for an estimated 450 people to attend the show. "It's a family show," she said. "People of all ages are welcome to attend."
Tickets are only $20 per person and include hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (810) 664-2109, or are available at any branch of Lapeer County Bank & Trust.
The World's Greatest Elvis Concert
Just when you thought he'd left the building! Music lovers are in for a sensational treat on Sunday 11th May as the Bridgwater Town Hall proudly presents one of the UK's most prestigious tribute shows.
Last year the world's top Elvis tribute artists competed head to head in a bid to be crowned "The World's Greatest Elvis". Now, starring a selection of the best live performers as seen on TV, this is... THE WORLD'S GREATEST ELVIS CONCERT.
The star studded line up will take you on high energetic, musical journey from Memphis to Vegas, celebrating 3 magical eras of Elvis Presley's phenomenal career. Part 1 depicts the young, dangerous Elvis as he burst onto the scene with his pure hip swivelling rock 'n' roll. Part 2 portrays the '1968 Comeback Special' and finally in Part 3 it's the awesome 'Vegas years'.
One thing is for sure, whether it's Young Elvis or Leathers Elvis that leaves you All Shook Up, this spectacular show will leave you in no doubt why Elvis was, and always will be, the King of rock 'n' roll.
We have teamed up with the organisers of the concert to offer five readers a pair of tickets to The World's Greatest Elvis Concert plus a DVD of the performing tribute acts. For your chance to win simply fill in the entry form below and post back to us.
Tickets are priced at £15 and available from the Bridgwater Bookshop, High Street, Bridgwater, Tel 01278 457 565. For more information you can visit the website http://www.theworldsgreatestelvis.co.uk/
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Thursday, 24 April 2008
From: Bill Burk
To: EW Update
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 8:43 PM
Subject: Bill Passed Away Today
It is with such great and abiding sadness that I am telling you that Bill passed away peacefully today at Baptist Hospital at 10:10 am, surrounded by his 3 children -- Gary, Jennifer, Randy -- and me.
He had irreversable brain damage from cardiac arrest suffered Monday afternoon, and it was his living will that he not be kept alive artificially in a situation like that.
It is terribly painful for those of us left behind, who will miss him so dearly, but Bill is now in a much better place.
Services will be at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Avenue. Visitation on Sunday, April 27, 3-6 pm. Service Monday, April 28, 1 pm. Burial at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at a later date next week.
We ask that any memorials be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org, in Bill's name.
Thank you for all your prayers and support throughout Bill's illness. We both truly appreciated it!
A recent BBC News article reports that theatre producer Bill Kenwright revealed on BBC Radio 2 that his friend,50's rock star Tommy Steele, secretly toured Elvis around London in 1958, thus falsifying Prestwick Airport's 1958 claim to be the only place in the UK Elvis ever visited.
Joe Esposito and Daniel Lombardy are the producers of Remember Elvis, Elvis-Straight Up, the creators of the fan favorite, Celebrate Elvis series, and are about to release The Man Who Made Elvis Laugh by Comedy Hall of Famer Sammy Shore and also their Rolling Stone's book, Let It Loose. If you know anything about the Lombardy-Esposito team, you can expect nothing but an extraordinary and exceptional read. We will keep you posted.
Listen in to verify or bust this incredible rumor: http://www.tcbjoe.com/TruthaboutUKvisit.mp3
To read the actual BBC story, visit this link:
Elvis The Magazine
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
President and Founder - Kari Lugo
Link to fan club :- http://www.rock-a-hulagirls.com
To Join Rock-a-Hula Girl Elvis Presley Fan Club :- Rockahulagirl1@aol.com
Wednesday, September 26, 1956 was proclaimed "ELVIS PRESLEY DAY" in Tupelo
Elvis rocked the Fairgrounds Stadium, as over 20,000 people welcomed Elvis home to the town of his birth.
* Tickets were $1.50 for admission into the fairgrounds.
A limited quantity of original $1.50 admission tickets from the
MISSISSIPPI / ALABAMA FAIR AND DAIRY SHOW
are now available for a limited time for Elvis fans and collectors
Beautifully framed in museum style quality, that includes:
An original admission ticket,
A gorgeous photo of Elvis on stage in Tupelo, and
A replica of the original advertisement of this historic event.
plus $14. shipping and packaging (USA) $18. ( Canada)
or send check or money order to:
Bud Glass Productions
P.O. Box 180187
Tallahassee, FL. 32318
Please e-mail first if you are sending a order in the mail
for faster delivery
* Page 183 of Lee Cotton’s book “Did Elvis Sing In Your Hometown?”
By Roisin McGroarty
TRIBUTES are being paid to the former Ayr Advertiser journalist who reported on Elvis Presley’s Prestwick touchdown.
Newsman Charlie Bingham, 82, sadly passed away on April 4.
He joined the Advertiser in 1955 and reported on a host of exciting stories, including Elvis’ only visit to Britain in 1960, after working briefly at the Prestwick News.
The pensioner had been a firm favourite of many readers during his days at the paper with his first story the Remembrance Service for the Battle of Britain.
Speaking exclusively to us, daughter Shirley Graham, 58, said: “Did dad enjoy being a reporter? - he lived and breathed journalism. He worked every hour he could and even walked the streets looking for stories.
“Dad felt a strong affinity with Scotland maybe the fact he reported on so many Burns Suppers, he probably knew more about Robert Burns than we did.
“When dad left, his Advertiser colleagues sang `Bonnie Charlie’s no awa will ye no come back again`.”
Charlie also filmed for TV news including the Glasgow Fair Fortnight. However he was big family man, devoted to his wife Betty and their five children Paul, Shirley, Linda, Barry and Colin.
Shirley added: “When he was filming fair fortnight we were on the beach playing, for yachting races we were on the seafront wall and we were the ones sitting quiet while he sat at home on the phone relating his stories to the daily papers. He enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life and situations.”
If he wasn’t busy enough, he also worked as a freelance journalist and photographer for the Daily Mail and Express.
Former Advertiser colleague and friend Bob Blane added: “Charlie was a first class reporter, very quick on the uptake and he had this great ability with his hands which he had used in his Royal Navy days as a Morse Code signaller. When he left the Advertiser we recognised this by buying him a set of bongo drums as he was always drumming his fingers.
“He was very much a family man and he and I had kids and there was one particular occasion the paper had a family outing and 13 of us all got into a car to Ballantrae. Charlie brightened up the whole day for everyone.”
His wife Betty sadly passed away eight years ago and he leaves behind his five children, 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
- Do any of our older readers remember helping Charlie with a story? Send your memories to Ayr Advertiser Series Building, KA22 8DA, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our newsdesk on 01292 267 631.
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Rick Stanley was born December 13, 1953 in Huntsville, Alabama. His father, Bill Stanley, was a career military man in the army. While stationed in Germany, Rick's mother, Dee, realized she could not stop her husband's alcoholic abuse.
She met Vernon Presley, father of Elvis Presley and fell in love. Rick and his brothers were brought back to the United States while his father, Bill Stanley, was out on military manuevers. He had no idea what was taking place within his own home.
Rick spent the next year of his life in a foster home called Breezy Point Farms outside New Port News, Virginia. After obtaining a divorce from Bill Stanley, Dee re-married Vernon Presley July 3, 1960. Several months later Rick and his brothers were picked up by his mother and new step-father and moved into Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tennessee.
Elvis showered all the Stanley boys with love and affection. Ricky was drawn to Elvis from their first meeting. When Rick was 16, he quit school and started traveling with elvis. He became Elvis' personal aid. There was nobody closer to Elvis from 1969 to 1977.
Rick went through the same struggles with addiction (prescription drugs) as Elvis. Elvis personally came to the Memphis Police Department and got Ricky out of jail on August 7, 1975 for a narcotics conviction. Rick was with Elvis 8 hours before his death August 16, 1977.
Two months after Elvis' death, Rick became a Christian. He married Robyn, the girl who witnessed to him. Rick then attended Criswell College provided by Dr. W.A. Criswell after Dr. Freddie Gage introduced Rick to Dr Criswell. Rick later attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated in May of 1986. Rick served as staff evangelist at First Baptist Church of Dallas.
Rick has been married for over 26 years to Robyn, and they have 2 daughters, Brittany and Bethany.
Since July 3, 1978, he has spoken in over 4000 churches, 800 middle and high schools, and hundreds of drug rehab centers and correctional facilities.
His television appearances include Good Morning America, 20/20, Geraldo, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Sally Jesse Raphael, Current Affair, E-True Hollywood Stroy, Fox On The Record with Greta Van Sestern, Inside Edition, Tom Snyder and 5 appearances on Larry King Live. Rick has been interviewed in hundreds of local newspapers and an 8 page article in People Magazine, and has authored 3 books.
From Sunday, May 18th through Wednesday, May 21st, Elvis Presley's little brother, Rick Stanley will be the guest speaker at Bell Road Baptist Church.
Sunday, May 18th: 10:15am (in morning service)
Rick's Testimony: 6:00pm
Monday, May 19th 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 20th 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 21st 7:00pm
Portions of the video, "The Gospel Roots of Elvis Presley", will be shown at 6:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend to hear Rick's pivoting one-of-a-kind life story.
for more information:
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Monday, 21 April 2008
Bring your mother and help celebrate Mothers Day with a stirring tribute to Elvis Presley
"Echos of a Legend Showband"
Saturday, May 3, 2008
LIBERTY SHOWCASE THEATER
101 S. FAYETTEVILLE STREET
DOWNTOWN LIBERTY, NC USA
For reservations call : 336-622-3844
ADVANCED TICKETS $ 22.00
AT THE DOOR TICKETS $ 27.00
THE Centrestage salute to Elvis Presley, Elvis: The Wonder of You returns to the Boardwalk‘s Vodacom Amphitheatre (Marine Drive Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth South Africa) for a repeat run from Tuesday to Friday next week. (22-25 April - 7:30pm each night except Friday - 6:00pm & 9:00pm)
The show, in a slightly revised version, is headlined by Port Elizabeth‘s own Rory McLaren as the original rock ‘n roll and movie Elvis while Durban-based star Danny Fisher, who is renowned as one of the finest impersonators of the King of Rock, takes over to portray the later Las Vegas Presley.
With a supporting cast of 15 – including Fisher‘s blonde daughters Joanne and Danielle among the backup vocalists – this number also includes the Centrestage All-Star Band fronted by Donovan Hattingh on lead guitar and augmented by a brass section.
Hattingh also functions as musical director for the show devised by Gary Hemmings and staged by Lynette Collett.
The musical content consists of 30-plus songs from the extensive catalogue of Elvis successes, from the early mega-hits like Blue Suede Shoes, Heartbreak Hotel, Teddy Bear and Hound Dog, through the big-selling film themes such as Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, GI Blues and Viva Las Vegas to the more unusual items including The Impossible Dream and Burning Love.
Also in the line-up are Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, Are You Lonesome Tonight? Always on My Mind, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, American Trilogy and How Great Thou Art.
Booking is at Computicket with tickets priced from R89,50 to R99,50.
Only available at Computicket stores or through our call centre (083 915 8000)
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April 20, 2008
By Rina De Silva
PETALING JAYA: The audience at a charity concert last Friday could be forgiven for thinking that Elvis Presley was back from the dead.
The "King" of rock 'n' roll was gyrating and singing in his elaborate jumpsuits and had never looked better.
However, it was not the real Elvis but Elvis impersonator Max Pellicano who was wowing the crowd at the Imperial Ballroom of the One World Hotel.
It was easy to see why the French-Italian Pellicano was dubbed the "World's Best Livin' Elvis" by legions of the king's fans.
Pellicano, who is also an actor, captured the style, vocals, performance, mood and personality of the legend to perfection.
Dressed in a high-collared glittering white jumpsuit and a silver scarf -- an outfit made famous by Elvis -- he kicked off the "Max Pellicano as Elvis To the Max" concert by gyrating to the timeless hit One for the Money which was met with rapturous applause.
The concert, organised by the Lejadi Group of Companies, was a walk down memory lane for many in the audience as Pellicano crooned Elvis' classics including In the Ghetto and Suspicious Minds.
As he crooned Are You Lonesome Tonight, stepped off the stage and walked towards the audience, many were spellbound by his likeness to Elvis.
Pellicano, who grew up in New York, proceeded to give each person at the VIP table a blue scarf -- a signature gesture of Elvis to his fans.
He stretched the romantic ballad Love Me Tender to over 15 minutes as he posed for pictures with the audience, especially his female fans who were squealing with delight.
One of them was mother of two grown children, Jackie Nathan, 46, who returned to her seat starry-eyed.
"I am so excited. I'm an Elvis Presley fan. Max is the best Elvis impersonator in the world," she gushed.
This is Pellicano's third concert in Malaysia and he did not disappoint the 1,400-strong crowd as he entertained them for nearly two hours and sang close to 30 of Elvis' hits.
Some fans came dressed for the occasion with greased hair combed back and just a tiny impression of side burns. Some wore thick jackets and shaded glasses.
The glamorous evening started about 8pm with a cocktail function followed by dinner.
Guests were shown a documentary, called Elvis on Tour, which highlighted his early childhood, his rise to fame, his back-up band, interviews with his father Vernon and his concerts.
President and chief executive of Lejadi Group of Companies Datuk Dr Lim Ewe Jin set the tone for the night when he told the audience that he would not be surprised if they went home believing they had seen Elvis perform.
"You won't be lonesome tonight," he promised the delighted audience.
Royal guests at the concert included Tan Sri Syed Anwar Jamalullail and his wife Tengku Puteri Puan Sri Nor Zehan.
Other guests included Health Ministry's director-general and Malaysian Liver Foundation chairman Tan Sri Ismail Merican and his wife Puan Sri Aminahbi Marican; Malaysian Association for the Blind deputy president Datuk S. Kulasegaran and his wife Datin Gisela Kulasegaran; Malaysia Airlines commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan and his wife Datin Siti Zaharah; Institut Jantung Negara chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail; and New Straits Times group editor Datuk Syed Nadzri Syed Harun and his wife Datin Majemin Rahim.
The proceeds from the event went to various charities.
Malaysian Liver Foundation received RM117,071.60, while The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd received RM12,000 for its NSTP Charity Fund.
Syed Nadzri received the cheque on behalf of NSTP.
Malaysian Association for the Blind and Bandar Utama Buddhist Society's Building Fund received RM10,000 each.
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Sunday, 20 April 2008
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME YOUR
BRING HER TO
THE YELLOW ROSE DINNER THEATRE
1005 SW 4th STREET
ON MOTHER'S DAY, MAY 11TH, 2008
TO SEE ELVIS MOVIE MADNESS
STARRING 3 TIME GRAND WORLD CHAMPION
TRIBUTE ARTIST JOHNNY LOOS.
COME JOIN US FOR ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS
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MONDAY through SATURDAY 10-8
Well, it has been a slow three months getting 2008 kicked off, but things are starting to pick back up again. I will be on the road for a few weeks and let me say it has been so nice seeing all of you a few times over the last few weeks.
So, I wont be having any local shows for a while but I do want to tell you about one I will be doing in Elkhart on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11th at the BIG EASY (160Easy Shopping Place),Elkhart, Indiana. This will be a dinner show and pork chops will be on the menu. The cost is $25 per person IN ADVANCE and you can get tickets by calling 574-294-3929, 574-276-7503 or call the Big Easy at 574-293-4890. Dinner will be from 4-6pm and the show starts at 7pm. So, show Mom how much you Love her by showing her an Elvisy time with dinner, a free carnation (for all the Mom's) and the best music in the world, ELVIS MUSIC!!! Hope to see you all there!
Then Roy Gaddy will set the stage with Legendary Tribute to Elvis Presley. Marty Vanderlip is a very talented singer. He also does tribute to Elvis. As well as other rock n roll and country artists, such as Charlie Rich, Ronnie Milsap, Trace Adkins, Johnny Cash, and many more.
All Proceeds go to keep the Nazareth Children's Home alive. The State of NC has cut the funding for the children's home which houses and cares for 75 abused and neglected children. We are asking all Elvis fans everywhere to make a small contribution in the name of Elvis to help the Nazareth Children's Home.
We are giving of ourselves just as Elvis gave of himself, to help others. This home is one of the largest ones in North Carolina. With the state cutting its funding, survival will depend on community donations. The children need things such as, beds, furniture, computers, appliances, vehicles, plus many other items as according to the director.
Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation, please send it to the following address:
Nazareth Children's Home
c/o Linda Benge - Director
P.O. Box 1438
Rockwell, N.C. 28138
Please keep these children and the children's home in your prayers.
Thanks and God Bless,
Elvis Tribute Artist
Saturday, 19 April 2008
Come to the beautiful,scenic area of South Western NY and enjoy and evening of great entertainment!!
Great Valley NY
Legends Live-Elvis and Roy
Tickets on Sale-Reserve your table( Table is for eight)
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. Children 5 and under are free!!! Special note to all the artists..Marshall would love to meet other artists and share experiences and exchange ideas.
Call 716-968-3565 or 716-307-7261
From Buffalo South 1 hour See Mapquest
If you pkan on staying overnight their are motels in Salamanca NY and Ellicottville NY
These are motels in Ellicottville NY which is about five miles North of Great Valley.
A. Wingate Inn
Wingate by Wyndham Ellicottville
11 Mill Street
Ellicottville, NY 14731 US
$126.65 two people
B. New Ellicottville
C. Holiday Valley
(716) 699-2345 - 13 reviews On-Line Reservations is currently under construction. Please email us at email@example.com or call us at 1-800-323-0020 to make your reservation.
D. Telmark Motel
(716) 699-4193 - more
In Salamanca the motel is near the Casino which gets booked quickly because of the location.
This is a newer motel in Salamanca which is 6 miles South Great Valley:
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Salamanca
779 Broad Street, Salamanca - (877) 863-4780
"Overall a nice place to stay. Room was large,..."
Room rate based on two people is $144.00 per night.
Elvis Presley is flanked by Dallas radio station employees, including Julie Muhlstein's future father-in-law (right), in a photo from the late-'50s.
By Julie Muhlstein, Herald Columnist
Rare. Never-before-seen. Wow!
That's how a newly discovered photo of Elvis Presley was described in Thursday's Herald. Reading the Associated Press article over breakfast, and seeing the 1972 image of a caped King of Rock 'n' Roll at Madison Square Garden in New York, I had to laugh.
Then I had to go check. Yep, Elvis was still in the house.
Before leaving for work, I managed to find my prized Presley picture. It was tucked in an envelope of photos of my late father-in-law, David Muhlstein.
In the late 1950s, David Muhlstein was news director for a Dallas radio station, KLIF. There's a mention of him in a book called "Gordon McLendon: The Maverick of Radio." McLendon owned KLIF, and in the early '50s had pioneered the top-40 music format at the Texas station.
All I know about my Presley photograph is second-hand information, stories from my late husband and his mom. Apparently the young Elvis dropped by the radio station one day to promote a new single -- I don't know which one. Found in boxes of my husband's stuff were several Presley 45 rpm records from the 1950s and early '60s. They're marked "not for sale," so they likely came from the radio station.
The picture has no date on it, but I know my father-in-law worked at KLIF in 1958 and 1959, when Presley would have been 23 or 24. Perhaps a publicity shot, the photo shows a dreamy Presley, with the slightest hint of a lip curl, in all his "Hound Dog" glory.
My father-in-law is on the right in the picture, and looks to be waiting for the star to sign an autograph. I don't know who the two men are on the left; both appear to be thrilled by the encounter. All the men are wearing the era's white shirts, skinny ties and big-shouldered jackets.
Whenever I look at it, I wish that photo could come to life. I'd love to hear the banter between the King and the man who died before I met his son.
The wire story touting the newly found 1972 pictures reported they were taken by George Kalinsky, Madison Square Garden's official photographer. He recently found more shots of a Presley performance than he knew he had.
With permission from Elvis Presley Enterprises, part of Presley's estate, one of the photos is now on a billboard in New York's Times Square.
Kalinsky's photos will be displayed at Graceland, the Presley mansion in Memphis, Tenn., over Memorial Day weekend.
Although never seen at Graceland, my photo was displayed for years in a hallway in my late mother-in-law's house in Arcadia, Calif., near Pasadena. It was hung, framed, alongside all the family graduation, wedding and baby pictures. I remember a few heated talks between my husband and his siblings about who'd end up with the Elvis picture. Finally, one sister had copies made for all of them.
When I went to find the picture Thursday, I was half surprised I still had it. Knowing that my 21-year-old musician son has a few kitschy Elvis items, I thought maybe the photo had become part of his collection. Ah, but it's still mine.
Reading about never-before-seen Presley pictures, I wondered if they're really all that rare. If I have Elvis in an envelope, how many others do?
1963's "It Happened at the World's Fair" was set in Seattle. Anybody out there have a Kodak Brownie snapshot of Presley being kicked in the shin by 10-year-old Kurt Russell?
There must be hundreds, even thousands of never-before-seen Presley pictures. The New York discovery is just the thing to flush them out. Seeing that young, cool Elvis, I couldn't resist. I'll go first.
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How is everyone enjoying the transformation from Winter to Spring? Texas has been beautiful. In fact, California was beautiful this weekend as well.
We took advantage of the weather and filmed three music videos. Thanks to my friends at Pink Caddy Entertainment!
The first of the three was Blue Moon. Hope you like it! We also spent some time in the studio and recorded ten songs.
The others will be released shortly!
This is past month of March I competed in a Prelim for Images of the King. The event took place in W. Monroe, LA. It was a lot of fun and I came in 1st place.
Gary Britt Elvis came in 2nd place. Every tribute artist gave a fanstatic performance. Thank you everyone involed fo rthe great experience.
Since I came in 1st place in the Prelim for Images I qualify and will be competing in the finals in Memphis, TN for the Images of the King 2008 World Championship this August during Elvis Week.
I hope everyone is doing well and hope you have wonderful days to come. Thank you all for your love and support.
This month is packed with fun BIG SHOWS to come! Hope you can make em!
April 10th 2008
Bobbisox Lounge inside the MGM Grande
LIVE on www.KBIGRADIO.net
1515 N. I-35 East
De Soto, Texas 75115
Description:this show will be aired LIVE on www.KBIGRADIO.net
this show is 21+
April 19 2008
Texoma LakeFest Regatta
Benefit Show for Leukemia & Lymphona Society
132 Grandpappy Dr. inside the Pavilion
Denison, Texas 75020
All Proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphona Society
We'll be backed up by Elvis Show band FEVER!
Grandpappy Resort & Marina
May 2nd 2008
Vic Trevino Jr and The Hound Dog Rockabilly Show
Rose Marine Theater
1440 North Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
The World Debut of Vic Trevino Jr and the Hound Dogs!
Full 50ʼs Rockabilly show Tribute to the Early Sun Record and RCA Elvis Years of 1953-1959!
Along with other Rock nʼ Roll Boogie Woogie Legends such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and a few others.
This show is a full Rockabilly Set Up! Were talkin Stand Up Bass and Gretsch Guitars!
Theire wont be a show like this all this in town!
The Rose Marine Theater is an amazing Theater built in 1918! And is a part the Latin Art Assocaition
Doors and Box Office Ticket Sales Open at 7pm May 2nd
Tickets sold at Box Office
HOPE TO SEE YA THERE!!!!
Sunday, 13 April 2008
April 26th Saturday "Legends on Stage" Featuring tributes to Elvis (Patrick Johnson), Roy Orbison ( Tommie Dee) and Johnny Cash ( Billy Dee) East Aurora, NY. Moose Club Admission $20 For Tickets contact 716 652-8800 or 716 668-4387
New website, please check it out and sign the guest book.
Attention All Fans and Friends!
Tickets are being Sold!
Rooms are being reserved!
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April 19 at The Friends of Elvis Showcase and Convention!
Doors Open 11am, Show starts at 12 noon
American Legion Post 455
2 Meadowbrook Lane
New Egypt, NJ 08533
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Saturday, 12 April 2008
By ALDRICH M. TAN
"Blue Suede Shoes: A Tribute to Elvis" returns for the second time to Oshkosh, and one of two performing tribute artists said the duo has surprises for even returning fans. Mike Albert, who performs as an older Elvis, said he plans to perform different songs this year for the Elvis tribute show, which is today and Saturday at the Grand Opera House.
"I always keep track of the shows that we have done before so I'm going to change the line-up, because there are so many and they are so diverse," Albert said. "We do it from the early Sun Sessions to the Vegas and on-tour songs."
The show is intended to span Presley's career for fans.
"It's really high energy and both guys look and sound like Elvis," said Meridith Hankenson, owner of the agency ACTS Inc., based in Tampa, Fla. "It's just going to be a really exciting, fun and reverent tribute."
The two are considered by some to be top Elvis impersonators in the country. Scot Bruce is the official Elvis impersonator in Disneyland and he has appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial and on the E! Channel.
Bruce will appear as the first half of the show accompanied by the Big E Band performing Presley's earlier material, such as "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog," Hankenson said. Following an intermission, Albert will be performing Presley's later material, such as "Love Me Tender" and "Viva Las Vegas."
Albert said he is looking forward to his return to the Grand.
"It's such a nice theater," he said. "It's just gorgeous."
Albert and Bruce will be available after the shows for autographs and photos, Albert added.
Aldrich M. Tan: (920) 426-6663 or email@example.com
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You won't find Mariah Carey's name mentioned in the news announcement at the official website of Elvis Presley Enterprises, just some timely stats asserting that Presley should be credited for 18 No. 1 singles during his lifetime.
So has Carey merely tied the King, not slipped by him, on the list of all-time hit makers?
"They're wrong," Geoff Mayfield, the king of Billboard's hallowed pop charts, said Friday. Presley took 17 singles to No. 1.
The discrepancy stems from the double-sided hit "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" and partly from the fact that the Hot 100 chart, which has long been the industry standard for such accolades, didn't exist in 1956 when that single came out. The pre-1958 numbers that appear in Joel Whitburn's series of pop music chart stats often reflect a combination of listings that predated the Hot 100.
Like the baseball-stat freaks who argue that Babe Ruth's home run record should still stand because the season was lengthened after his career ended, some Elvis fans, and the Elvis Presley Enterprises site, consider "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" as two No. 1 hits. Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles, 1955-2006," drawn from Billboard's charts, lists it as a single entry, and Mayfield said it's the only example on which fans and Billboard experts differ.
But as far as Billboard is concerned, since both songs appeared on a single disc, it's one hit. Period.
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Thursday, 10 April 2008
The House of Blues Atlantic city NJ
Located inside the ShowBoat Casino
August 16th 2008
Tickets are also available thru Ticketmasters website tickets went on sale about a month ago
or you can check out Michaels site by going to http://www.elvisinatlanticcity.com/
Here is a brief bio
Michael has been performing since he was 10 for 31 years now
Michael has been asked to perform a special 31st Anniversary concert in Atlantic City, the venue holds 800 people. Michael O'Connor has been ranked top 20 worldwide. In 2007 Michael was the only Elvis tribute artist to sign a record deal for having the closest vocals to Elvis. There is no one like Michael O'Connor except for Elvis himself! The voice+ the moves + looks = the ultimate Elvis package! Michael is very down to earth and a true professional! Featured on Channel 3 news in 2007 two times and in many newspapers and radio commercials. The only the second ETA since Elvis has passed to be endorsed by Ron Blackwood ( a close friend of Elvis), Mr. Blackwood actually said (when Michael performs it's like Elvis never left). As well known as Michael O'Connor is, you will find him kind hearted, easy to work with, fun loving, charming and sincere.
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
iVideosongs is proud to announce the addition of five Elvis Presley songs to its catalog. The songs even include Elvis' original band mates, guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana.
Alpharetta, Ga. (PRWEB) April 9, 2007 -- iVideosongs (www.ivideosongs.com) announced today the addition of five Elvis Presley songs to its growing catalog of high-def music instruction videos. The new songs, Don't Be Cruel, Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock and That's Alright, feature Elvis' original band mates, guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana.
iVideosongs is the new service that shows aspiring musicians everywhere how to play their favorite songs completely and accurately, with the instruction provided by the original artists who wrote, performed and produced them, and also from expert instructors.
"Playing these songs is a reminder of the raw power of Elvis' early music, when he was a young rocker and before he became the cultural icon," said Tim Huffman, CEO of iVideosongs. "Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana were a big part of the Elvis sound. On these iVideosongs titles, Scotty and D.J. show how to play these great songs and they bring them to life with stories about the king and his music."
iVideosongs has licensed full rights to its songs from BMG Music Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music and also many secondary and tertiary publishers. This allows the company to provide complete and accurate instructional titles, presented exactly as they were originally written and performed. The iVideosongs titles are primarily for electric and acoustic guitarists, but titles for bass, keyboards and drums are also included in the catalog.
iVideosongs offers three kinds of music instruction content. Tutorials designed to improve basic to advanced skills are available free of charge. Complete and accurate songs, instructed by professional music teachers cost $4.99. Complete and accurate songs, taught by the original artists who wrote, performed and/or produced them, cost $9.99.
iVideosongs customers can choose a skill level and genre, and then download the high- def titles to their personal computer, iPod or other device. Each song title is presented in chapter format, so aspiring musicians learn the introduction, verse, chorus, bridge, outro and other elements in bite-size pieces and at their own pace. Each title also includes a master performance so customers can compare their progress against the song, and tablature notation to aid in learning. Titles featuring artists also include an interview segment, where they reveal the inspiration and influences that went into the creation of the song.
iVideosongs launched the beta of its service this past January.
iVideosongs is the pioneering music instruction service that enables aspiring musicians of all skills levels to learn how to accurately play complete songs from the original artists who wrote and performed them, and also from legendary sidemen and a staff of exceptional instructors. iVideosongs on-demand, high-def video titles live on customers' computers, iPods and other devices, and are accessible to them whenever and wherever they like. Visit www.ivideosongs.com to start learning today.
iVideosongs and iVideosongs.com are trademarks of iVideotunes, Inc. All other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.
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A 1975 Lincoln Continental once owned by Elvis Presley arrives at the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday.
by Chuck Crow/Plain Dealer Photographer
Thursday January 31, 2008
It's no pink Cadillac but Elvis Presley once owned it and now it's on display inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The King's 1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV was delivered to the Rock Hall on Thursday, where it will be exhibited for at least the next two years. It was purchased by Presley on July 28, 1975, at Schilling Motors in Memphis, Tenn., one of many cars Presley famously bought to give away as gifts.
He gave this car to his bodyguard Dave Hebler.
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From: Emma Oldham
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 4:48 PM
Subject: Shawn Klush UK Arena show
I've recieved more links about Shawn Klush starring at the Bolton Arena UK. The show now includes "The Sweet Inspirations" ... :)
Here is the link to the extended trailer shots of the artists performing...
The World's Greatest Elvis Concert - Bolton Arena
This is a touching video with Shawn talking about Elvis...
Shawn Klush - Bolton Arena
I spoke with the Arena and apparently TICKETS ARE ON SALE SOON! Here is the number if anbody wants to keep trying 08448 110999.
More info is also on the official website www.theworldsgreatestelvis.co.uk
Elvis Presley in concert at Madison
Square Garden in 1972
From the Lens of George Kalinsky
April 9, 1972
"Lost" pictures of The King have left a New York cameraman all shook up.
Nearly 36 years after Elvis Presley rocked Madison Square Garden, George Kalinsky raided his files, hunting for pictures he'd taken of the concert and never printed.
He dug out nearly 100 never-before-seen shots, including some Graceland officials consider the most iconic ever taken.
"I thought I had eight or 10 good photos, but I found four rolls of film," said Kalinsky, the Garden's official photographer for 40 years.
"It was mind-boggling. I'd totally forgotten that I'd taken that many."
The collection is headed to Graceland for an exhibit.
One picture - showing a white jumpsuited Elvis, his cape billowing behind him - stands 36 feet tall on a Times Square billboard, part of a display honoring the world-famous snapper.
"That is the one Graceland said was the most iconic," said Kalinsky, who met Elvis backstage after the show and described him as "very humble."
Kalinsky, 64, has taken pictures of every major Madison Square Garden event - including Muhammad Ali's fight with Joe Frazier, a Jimi Hendrix show and the Pope's 1979 visit.
He found the films after being invited to take part in a Times Square display celebrating "Great Moments in New York."
He had asked Graceland for permission to use another of his shots, and they asked if he'd search to see if he had any he'd never published.
"This is an incredible and rare find," said Kevin Kern, spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises.
"It is as if George found a treasure chest of never before seen Elvis photos."
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