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Founder of World Press Institute dies.


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Singer Robert Goulet Dies at 73.




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Press Release "Elvis ...A Generous Heart" DVD.




October 30, 2007-Ventura, CA-Following the great success of the DVD Elv...
Imperials In The UK - November 17th 2007.


Still a few tickets left... http://www.essentialelvis.com


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The slogan of Joel Whitburn's remarkable book company, Record Research, is "For Anyone With a Heart for the Charts," and h...
Marilyn, Warhol, Peanuts creator all make the cut, but there’s only one King.


The 13 legends in our seventh annual list ...
Bieber said the singer died in an Alive Hospice facility in Nashville. He had been hospitalized for several days.

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"That part of history could easily have gotten lost in time," he said.

Hawley paid $20,00 for a poster a woman pulled off...
As you know I have been a Baptist minister for better than sixty years. I plan on using the museum buildings for a mission...
Uk Chart Update.




UK Singles chart "If I Can Dream" new entry at #17 this week.


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CEO Joe Chambers announces the inaugural inductees. (LAVONDIA MAJORS / THE TENNESSEAN)




6 groups will be first inducted...
ISBN-13: 978-2915957334).

The illustrated paperback biography by Collectif has been translated from the German to the Fre...
Tears Of A King.


This is the movie based on the Mormons belief that Elvis looked into becoming a Mormon.

Preview for Te...
examination of classic Hollywood and such iconic studio bosses as Jack L. Warner, Darryl Zanuck and Walt Disney, plus memo...
Subtitled in Italian, Danish, Finnish, French, Swedish.

The Dvd comes with an 8 pages booklet.


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evening slot because they were partying with Elvis and his friends.

Rex Mansfield was one of four friends to join Elvis o...
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Compete Cover Art King Of Rock And Roll UK DVD.




This is the c...
Excerpt from 'Can't Buy Me Love' .

By Jonathan Gould.

Chapter 1:

Now, you've got to keep in mind that Elvis Presley was...
Tom Parker who was gradually assuming command of Presley's business affairs.

As one of the half-dozen major labels that d...
BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS

Boulevard Souvenirs, an Elvis-themed gift shop near Graceland, has filed a lawsuit over change...
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PRESLEY SCRIPTS + SONG SHEETS LOST I...
Video - Clip from "Protecting The King" by David Stanley.




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Elvis was right. A string of hard-howling, attitudinal hits followed. "Fujiyama Mama," "Riot in Cell Block #9" and even a ...
Over 800 visitors came to see the Belgian premiere of “The King The Musical”, in the Royal Circus in Brussels. The Belgian...
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  1. 1. News updated October 31, 2007 Click on the banner to enter the shop (Many items will be added in the following weeks) Please Vote for us daily! Click here for NEWS September 2007 Andylon's Guestbook The Dutch Video promo. The Dutch Video promo for the DVD "Elvis #1 Hit Performances". mms://a254.v54558.c5455.c5455.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/254/5455/v0001/bmgdv.download.akamai.com/5455/video/c2m/elvis_presley/elvis_hit_performances.wmv 2007/10/31 Sony BM Entertainment / www.epgold.com 14 Most Controversial Moments In Music. Elvis shakes his pelvis (1956) He's the man that changed the face of music forever, but however much the teens of the day adored him, the establishment was suspicious of what they deemed his lascivious ways. The New York Times is reported to have stated that "when Presley executes his bumps and grinds, it must be remembered ... that even the twelve-year-old's ... curiosity may be over-stimulated." While another renowned publication wrote that popular music "has reached its lowest depths in the 'grunt and groin' antics of one Elvis Presley." Some called his actions "sexual self-gratification on stage" and "a strip-tease with clothes on" while one state judge went so far as to call Presley a "savage," threatening to arrest him if he shook his body while performing in his jurisdiction. For more moments in musicfrom other Artists: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071031/ENT_controversialmusic1/20071031 2007/10/31 www.ctv.ca / www.epgold.com Elvis Presley - The Holiday Collection.
  2. 2. This is information from Sony/BMG Canada about this Christmas Collection to be issued on November 13. The Holiday Collection includes all of Elvis' original 20 Chritmas songs as well as 10 additional sacred performances, featured in a collectible Christmas tin box. 2007/10/31 Barry McLean / www.epgold.com Signed LPs to raise thousands for trust. AUTOGRAPHED LPs by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Queen, Bob Marley and Pink Floyd will go under the hammer to raise thousands of pounds for Dorset Wildlife Trust. The eBay auction, which will take place on Sunday, November 4, will also feature signed LPs by Wings and Monty Python. High street music chain-turned-charitable organisation Our Price donated much of the autographed memorabilia, which is expected to raise thousands of pounds. All the proceeds from the sale of the auction items, above their reserve price, will be donated to the trust. Auction organiser Les Bunce said: "This was a completely unexpected and amazing offer which could make a massive difference to the amount of money which is raised for Dorset's wildlife." Among the LPs being auctioned is an original copy of The Beatles' album Help! signed by all four band members, which is expected to fetch at least £15,000. Also going under the hammer will be a signed copy of Pink Floyd's 1971 album Meddle, estimated to be worth £4,000, and a copy of Elvis Presley's 1965 LP Harum Scarum, signed by The King himself, valued at £7,000. Our Price charity co-ordinator Lisa Bignall said: "Guide prices are funny things. "There was an auction recently in which a gold disc for the film Tomb Raider signed by Angelina Jolie was given a retail price of £1,200 but in the end it went for £18,000. "It all depends who's at the auction and how much they want what's being auctioned." She explained that after the Our Price ceased trading four years ago, the owner retained the name to do charitable work. She added that the guide price for Natty Dread signed by Bob Marley is £2,500 and Wings' Red Rose Speedway is estimated to be worth £2,800. Dorset Wildlife Trust spokesman Nicky Hoar said: "We're all set up and ready to go. "Our Price got in touch with us at the trust to see if we wanted to auction any of these items and take the profits above the reserve prices. "It is not going to cost the trust anything to run this auction but we stand to do very well from it." 2007/10/31 Vissie - Ebay / www.epgold.com ELVIS VS MICHAEL JACKSON POLL - VOTE NOW. To vote, please go to the following URL: http://www.product-reviews.net/category/news/music Thanks. Brian. 2007/10/31 Brian quinn / www.epgold.com Merger Transaction. NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CKX, Inc. announced today that 19X, Inc., which previously had agreed to acquire the Company in a merger transaction, had delivered financing letters in furtherance of its obligation to provide the Company with evidence of financing sufficient to complete the acquisition on the previously disclosed terms. The letters, which have not yet been signed by any parties, include firm commitments from, as well as other detailed arrangements and engagements with, three prominent Wall Street firms and expressions of intentions from management and other significant investors in CKX. The Company has a regularly scheduled Board Meeting this Friday, at which the Board of Directors will review the letters. Following completion of the Board's review, 19X is expected to deliver fully executed letters. About CKX, Inc.
  3. 3. CKX, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of entertainment content. To date, the Company has focused on acquiring globally recognized entertainment content and related assets, including the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley, the operations of Graceland, the rights to the name, image and likeness of Muhammad Ali and proprietary rights to the IDOLS television brand, including the American Idol series in the United States and local adaptations of the IDOLS television show format which, collectively, air in over 100 countries around the world. On June 1, 2007 CKX entered into a merger agreement with 19X, Inc., a private company owned and controlled by Mr. Sillerman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CKX, and Simon R. Fuller, a director of CKX and the Chief Executive Officer of 19 Entertainment Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CKX, that will result in the sale of CKX to 19X at a maximum price of $13.75 per share in cash. In addition and as a condition to the merger, the Company has previously announced its plan to distribute to its stockholders two shares of common stock of FX Real Estate and Entertainment Inc. for every ten shares of common or preferred stock of CKX held on the record date for such distribution. For more information about FX Real Estate and Entertainment Inc. and the planned distribution, please see FX Real Estate and Entertainment's Registration Statement on Form S-1 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 24, 2007 and as amended on October 9, 2007. For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at http://www.ckx.com. A registration statement relating to shares of common stock of FX Real Estate and Entertainment Inc. has been filed with the Securities Exchange Commission. These securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. 2007/10/31 CNN Money / www.epgold.com ELVIS N.1 HIT PERFORMACES DVD OUT IN ITALY. Just released by BMG the new Dvd by BMG the "N.1 HIT PERFORMANCES AND MORE" Adertised on the main Music magazines of Italy. 2007/10/31 EpGold Columist Livio Monari Italy / www.epgold.com Steve Binder Interview 2007 - Elvis. Steve Binder Interview 2007 - Elvis Comeback Special 68. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fEFQg4uYRs 2007/10/31 Youtube / www.epgold.com
  4. 4. Founder of World Press Institute dies. BUCHAREST, Romania - American journalist Harry W. Morgan, who interviewed Mother Teresa, John F. Kennedy and Indira Gandhi and taught generations of journalists, died Tuesday. He was 73. Morgan died of a heart attack in Timisoara, Romania, three weeks after he was admitted to a hospital with breathing problems, his son Benny said. During a nearly 50-year journalism career working for Reader's Digest, Morgan went to more than 100 countries and interviewed many notables, among them Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Elvis Presley and Ernest Hemingway. In 1961, he founded the World Press Institute, which provides fellowships to allow foreign journalists to live and work in the United States. He also founded the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, which promotes cultural exchanges. Morgan moved to Romania in 1994, when the government invited him to help develop journalism schools at the universities of Bucharest, Sibiu and Timisoara. For the past 11 years he lived in Timisoara, where he taught at the university. Morgan first came to Romania in the 1970s, when he interviewed communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. His visit resulted in Romanian-American cultural exchanges. "Harry was a firm believer in the need for understanding between people of all nations, and in establishing the World Press Institute he sought to build a multiplier effect by exposing foreign journalists to the United States, 'warts and all' as he put it," said Claude E. Erbsen, a member of the World Press Institute's board of directors and a retired vice president of The Associated Press. Benny Morgan said his father began all his courses with a sentence that summed up his creed: "As a journalist, you can make a difference in your life and the lives of others". Morgan is survived by his wife, Margareta, and four sons. 2007/10/31 http://news.yahoo.com / www.epgold.com EPE Partnering with St. Jude on Thanks and Giving Program for 2007/08 Holiday Season. From November 1, 2007 - January 11, 2008 visitors to both Elvis.com and Graceland will be encouraged to make a difference in the life of a child this holiday season by joining Marlo Thomas, her celebrity friends and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® for their Thanks and Giving campaign. Your support can help them find cures for pediatric cancers and other deadly diseases. Eighty-five cents of every dollar St. Jude receives goes directly to research and treatment. Beginning Friday, November 23, visitors to Graceland will be encouraged to purchase a Thanks and Giving pinup in exchange for a dollar donation. The vibrant green pinup reflects both holidays and health, and the iconic magnifying glass represents their tireless search for breakthrough discoveries. As each pinup is purchased and signed, they will be placed in the window of the Graceland ticket pavilion. EPE's participation in this campaign will continue through Elvis's birthday celebration. Please join us and as we Give Thanks for the Healthy Kids in our Lives and Give to Those Who are Not. Click here for more information or to donate now. 2007/10/31 EPE / www.epgold.com Dutch Elvis Meeting.
  5. 5. 2007/10/31 www.itselvistime.nl / www.epgold.com Singer Robert Goulet Dies at 73. (AP) Actor Robert Goulet arrives at Broadway's Marquis Theater for the opening night of the musical... LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert Goulet, the handsome, big-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in "Camelot" launched an award- winning stage and recording career, has died. He was 73. The singer died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles hospital while awaiting a lung transplant, said Goulet spokesman Norm Johnson. He had been awaiting a lung transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being found last month to have a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis. Goulet had remained in good spirits even as he waited for the transplant, said Vera Goulet, his wife of 25 years. "Just watch my vocal cords," she said he told doctors before they inserted a breathing tube. The Massachusetts-born Goulet, who spent much of his youth in Canada, gained stardom in 1960 with "Camelot," the Lerner and Loewe musical that starred Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as his Queen Guenevere. Goulet played Sir Lancelot, the arrogant French knight who falls in love with Guenevere. He became a hit with American TV viewers with appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other programs. Sullivan labeled him the "American baritone from Canada," where he had already been a popular star in the 1950s, hosting his own show called "General Electric's Showtime." Note: Robert Goulet will also be remembered as the man that caused Elvis Presley to fire a bullet through his own television set, when he was fed up of watching the singer on the box. However, Goulet maintains that the two of them were good friends and Elvis even gave him a ring. Had Elvis been around to fire another bullet or two, he may have tried again decades later, when Robert Goulet appeared as Priscilla Presley’s love interest Quentin Hapsburg in the 1991 comedy The Naked Gun 2½. 2007/10/30 DAISY NGUYEN - http://deathbeeper.com - Various / www.epgold.com
  6. 6. Press Release "Elvis ...A Generous Heart" DVD. October 30, 2007-Ventura, CA-Following the great success of the DVD Elvis Presley…From Beginning To End, the Collector’s Edition Volume 2 has arrived-Elvis A Generous Heart. Elvis’s accomplishments as an entertainer have been well documented and they continue to be with an endless stream of music and live performances. Because of his popularity long after his death, new material is continually unearthed and created to fill the demand. Marshall Blonstein, president of Morada Music, the parent company of Tangiers Entertainment, and his creative team have put together a new and unique and never before seen perspective on Elvis. The media unfortunately prefers to focus on sensationalism and all the negative things stars do. Elvis A Generous Heart focuses on the King’s charity to organizations, friends, and total strangers. Everyone knows that Elvis was the most successful entertainer in the world. We have heard of all the riches he attained because of that success. Little has been reported about what a great man he was and the way he freely shared his wealth, his “generous heart”. Elvis loved to make people happy; he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, jewelry and cars away just to see people light up. This revealing DVD takes you through the history of Elvis from being a poor sharecropper’s son with little more than basic daily subsistence to the most beloved, wealthy and famous entertainer in the world. Even though he reached such great heights, he remained a humble country boy always ready to share his love and treasures with friends, family, and even complete strangers. There are many reasons the world mourned his death back in 1977 and it was more than for the joy he brought to people in live performances, movies and recorded music. Many of the unknown events include the legendary Aloha From Hawaii concert in 1973 that raised more than $75,000 for cancer research and in 1964 Elvis purchased the FDR presidential yacht and donated it to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, who in turn raised $55,000 for research upon its sale. People who were the closest to Elvis do in depth interviews on the DVD to tell some now celebrated and new stories of his generous heart. Elvis A Generous Heart is a wonderful tribute to an artist that recorded timeless music that remains as popular today as when it was released. His stature as performer on stage, in the studio and in films remains unrivaled. Thanks to this DVD so does the man’s generous heart. Contact: Marshall Blonstein Company: Audio Fidelity Address: 870 East Front Street, #3, Ventura, CA 93001 Telephone: (866) 203-0647 Fax: (805) 648-7552 E-mail: info@audiofidelity.net Website: www.audiofidelity.net 2007/10/30 www.infonet.com / www.epgold.com Imperials In The UK - November 17th 2007.
  7. 7. Imperials In The UK - November 17th 2007. Still a few tickets left... http://www.essentialelvis.com 2007/10/30 Andrew Hearn - www.essentialelvis.com / www.epgold.com Elvis Insiders Reception Guests Announced. Join Joe Moscheo, Cynthia Pepper and Larry Geller at the 2008 Elvis Insiders Graceland Tour and Reception We're excited to announce these special guests will be joining us on Sunday, January 6, 2008 for the Elvis Insiders Graceland Tour and Reception from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This event is exclusively for Elvis Insiders and their guests. It includes a private evening tour of Graceland in all its holiday splendor and a reception across the street in Graceland Plaza with our special guests. The reception is a “progressive” event moving about the plaza area and will include Elvis's airplanes, The Elvis Presley Automobile Museum and the "Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access" exhibit in the Sincerely Elvis Museum. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bars will be available and everyone wins a door prize. Because of space limitations, Elvis Insiders may purchase only one guest ticket in addition to their own. Tickets are currently selling quickly and we do expect a sell out soon so, if you plan on attending, reserve your tickets today. Admission is $44.00 for adults, $22.00 for children 7-12, and children under seven are free. ADVANCE TICKETS: From all parts of the world call (901) 332-3322 or, from the USA and Canada call toll-free 800-238-2000. E-mail glsales@elvis.com Parking in the main Graceland parking lot is free beginning at 5:30 PM. 2007/10/30 EPE / www.epgold.com Top Pop Singles 1955-2006 Billboard.
  8. 8. The slogan of Joel Whitburn's remarkable book company, Record Research, is "For Anyone With a Heart for the Charts," and his dozens of volumes over nearly four decades have lived up to that boast. The latest update of the "Top Pop Singles" series is a treasure chest of information about pop music. The heart of the book is an exhaustive listing of every recording to make Billboard magazine's weekly Hot 100 lists since 1955, including the number of weeks it stayed on the charts and the highest position it achieved. If you want to know about, say, Prince's singles history, "Top Pop Singles" tells you that 51 of his recordings have made the chart, from "Soft and Wet" (No. 92 in 1978) through "Black Sweat" (No. 60 in 2006). Whitburn also helps us measure the relative impact of artists from different eras by ranking the most successful by decade as well as those with the most Top 100 singles (Elvis Presley, 151), the most Top 40 hits (Elvis, 104), the most No. 1 hits (the Beatles, 20) and so on. Rather than simply update the figures every few years in new volumes of "Top Pop Singles," the Wisconsin publisher is such an obsessed fan that he keeps adding new elements. This time he borrows a page from baseball batting averages and assigns a "hit average" to recording artists. Another pop book of special interest is "Lyrics by Sting." Rather than just provide words to his songs, Sting offers frequently engaging thoughts about many of them. The back story: The funny thing about Whitburn is that his readers are probably just as obsessed as he is, so they'll be intrigued by his new Top Pop Hit Average rankings. But they also may be quick to offer suggestions to refine the approach. The idea was is to find how high on the charts an artist's average pop hit went. If, for instance, an artist had 10 singles and they all went to No. 1, the artist's Pop Hit Average would be 1 -- the best possible score. And who came up with the best pop hit average among artists with at least 20 pop hits? Three Dog Night, with a hit average of 12, and that's why there will no doubt be outcries. Three Dog Night, a fairly pedestrian hit machine in the late '60s and early '70s did well in Whitburn's formula because the trio had a relatively short chart life: just 21 singles in six years. If you took the best six years of the Beatles, Elvis or other key artists, they would probably blow away Three Dog Night. Meanwhile, Whitburn considers the book's Top 500 Artists chart the most prestigious because it is so comprehensive. For the list, Whitburn awards an artist points for every record that makes the Billboard chart, with bonus points for each week the single stays on the chart and for how high on the chart it climbs. Elvis Presley (9,406 points) remains the runaway leader, but the Beatles (5,360) could soon lose their second spot to Elton John (5,045). Just behind them is Madonna (4,749) and Mariah Carey (4,295), who jumps from No. 14 in the 2002 edition to No. 5 in this one. Joel Whitburn "Top Pop Singles 1955-2006" (Record Research, $79.95) 2007/10/30 By Robert Hilburn - Special to The Times / www.epgold.com Elvis leads list of top-earning dead celebrities.
  9. 9. Marilyn, Warhol, Peanuts creator all make the cut, but there’s only one King. The 13 legends in our seventh annual list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities grossed a combined $232 million in the past 12 months. Many are instantly recognizable one-name wonders (Elvis, Marilyn, Warhol) who still command attention worldwide, making them a marketer's ideal pitchman. Indeed, all the members of this year's club are the linchpin of enormously profitable — and growing — merchandising empires. Albert Einstein's name is used to peddle Baby Einstein DVDs. Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's books are a staple of every kiddie library on the planet. Hundreds of performances of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown pad the portfolio of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz each year — as well as comic strips that are still syndicated daily in thousands of newspapers worldwide. But even in death, there can only be one King. Reclaiming his top spot on the list is Elvis Presley, whose estate generated $49 million in the past year. CKX Entertainment, the publicly traded firm which presides over the bulk of the Elvis empire (daughter Lisa Marie Presley retains a 15 percent stake) announced a massive overhaul of Graceland this summer, marking the 30th anniversary of the The King's death. Among the changes are a new hotel convention center, a state-of-the-art multimedia museum and a new, spiffier visitor's center. The plans are already paying off: Revenues from Graceland were up 15 percent this year, to $35 million. And that doesn't include royalties generated from Elvis music, DVDs and licensing deals like the one struck with Cirque du Soleil for an Elvis-themed revue in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the brightest star of 2006 doesn't even appear on this year's list. Kurt Cobain, former frontman of grunge band Nirvana, debuted on the list in first place last year after his widow, Courtney Love, sold part of his song catalog for a reported $50 million. But while the deal opened the door for future ad dollars, Cobain's 2007 earnings weren't enough for him to stay on the list. John Lennon jumps from the No. 4 spot last year to second place this year, with earnings estimated at $44 million. In February, the Beatles settled a 15-year battle with Apple Inc. over the company's decision to get into the music business. (The Beatles' commercial interests are overseen by a firm called Apple Corps.) Two months later, the band settled another long-standing dispute with its record label EMI over alleged unpaid royalties. The settlements, which are believed to have exceeded $100 million, also buoyed the income of the other deceased Beatle, George Harrison, who placed No. 4 on this year's list, with earnings estimated at $22 million. Now that Apple and the Beatles have settled their differences, stock market analysts are hungrily awaiting an announcement from Apple Chief Steve Jobs regarding the covetable Beatles archive being made available for download from Apple's iTunes Music Store. In late August, shares of Apple jumped nearly 6 percent on rumors that an announcement was forthcoming. (No such announcement has been made yet.) ITunes already sells the Fab Four's solo works. Earnings for our top dead celebrities were evaluated for the period between October 2006 and October 2007. That ruled out recently departed superstars like Luciano Pavoratti, who passed away in September. The bulk of his earnings during our time frame, we determined, were made while he was living. Newcomers to the Dead Celebrities list include "King of Cool" Steve McQueen ($6 million) and the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown ($5 million). Rapper Tupac Shakur rejoins the list with $9 million — he debuted back in 2002, before falling off — following the sale of catalog rights in May for upward of $5 million. Over a decade after his unsolved 1996 murder in a drive-by shooting, Tupac remains a hot commercial property. Said to be in development are a Tupac biopic, videogame and — gasp! — Broadway show. Estimating income for celebrities is no small feat. But for dead celebrities, it can prove daunting. Such was the case when attempting to value the income of recently departed mega-producer Aaron Spelling, whose estate still collects royalties for every Love Boat or Melrose Place rerun that airs anywhere on the planet. While royalties have long been a staple source of income for the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities, who collects them has now become a hotly debated issue in the entertainment community. Anna Strasberg, widow of famed acting coach Lee Strasberg, inherited the bulk of the Marilyn Monroe estate from her late husband. Two years ago, she sued two photo agencies run by heirs of Monroe photographers for licensing images without her permission. (One, Sam Shaw, shot the iconic picture of Monroe over a subway grate for The Seven Year Itch.) Strasberg claimed that the images were part of Monroe's intellectual property and therefore only her heirs should profit. But in May, both a California and New York court ruled against her, claiming that the concept of a post-mortem right of publicity did not exist until legislation to that effect passed in 1984, so Monroe could not have bequeathed them at the time of her death. (That law, dubbed The Dead Celebrities Act, grants posthumous rights for 70 years.) Those decisions pave the way for other firms to license Monroe images without cooperation from her estate. That has made celebrities who died before 1984 fair game for licensing deals without the permission of their heirs. In early October, California passed a bill that effectively overrides the recent court decisions and grants posthumous publicity rights to celebrities who died pre-1984 to their heirs. It's still unclear what the net effect of the legislation will be on the disputed Monroe images. © 2007 Forbes.com 2007/10/29 By Lea Goldman and Jake Paine - www.forbes.com / www.epgold.com Country singer Porter Wagoner dies at 80. In a file photo Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner, right, sings 'Someone I Used To Know' with Dolly Parton during his induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, May 4, 2003. NASHVILLE, Tennessee - U.S. country singer Porter Wagoner, lanky Grand Ole Opry star whose flashy Nudie rhinestone suits dazzled fans when he sang with rising new performer Dolly Parton in the 60s, died on Sunday from lung cancer, said his publicity agent, Darlene Bieber. He was 80.
  10. 10. Bieber said the singer died in an Alive Hospice facility in Nashville. He had been hospitalized for several days. Wagoner, an Opry star since 1957 and a Grammy winner, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and won three Country Music Association awards for songs with Parton in the Vocal Duo and Vocal Group categories. The two recorded 14 Top 10 hits including "Last Thing on My Mind" and "Please Don't Stop Loving Me." Wagoner's solo hits included "Company's Comin" and the "Green Green Grass of Home" as well as "Carroll County Accident." A $3 million lawsuit filed by Wagoner claiming Parton owed him money after the duo broke up in 1974 was settled out of court. Wagoner, who sported a pompadour until he changed his hairstyle to curls, annoyed some Opry performers when he invited Soul Music King James Brown to perform on a stage not regularly graced by black performers. At the time, Wagoner said he invited Brown to add to the Opry's reputation and "I hope none of the opposition by some members was racial but people have a problem accepting anything that's new." He was also criticized by some for producing an album by soul artist Joe Simon to which he replied that "that's strange because there is such a similarity between black music and country music." Active to the last, Wagoner released "Wagonmaster" produced by fellow country music performer Marty Stuart just last June. Born in Howell County, Missouri, Wagoner grew up on a farm in hardscrabble surroundings, listening on an old battery radio to the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night. A high school dropout after his father's health failed, Wagoner began his career on a radio show in Springfield, Missouri, where he met Nudie Cohen, a Brooklyn-born tailor who advised him to don his trademark suits on stage. Cohen went on to design suits for Elvis Presley. Wagoner sang on Red Foley's "Ozark Jubilee" in Springfield from 1953 to 1957 when he joined the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Later he signed with RCA to produce albums. 2007/10/29 Reuters / www.epgold.com Man looking for Elvis poster from 1955 show in Cape. Andrew Hawley is looking for an Elvis Presley concert poster, similar to the one above, from a 1955 Cape Girardeau performance. (Photo courtesy Andrew Hawley) In 1955, Elvis Presley, then a 20-year-old, relatively unknown singer, took the stage at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau. Children younger than 12 were admitted for free, according to the poster advertising the event. Tickets cost $1 for adults. Five decades later, a Southern California man says he's willing to pay a lot more than that for just the poster. Andrew Hawley of Santa Monica recently took out a classified advertisement in the Southeast Missourian offering $10,000 for an original Elvis 1955 Cape Gir-ardeau concert poster. "I'm on a quest for original Elvis and Buddy Holly concert posters," Hawley said As he spoke on the phone, Hawley, an entrepreneur who dabbles in real estate and stocks, said he was admiring his Elvis concert poster from a show at Municipal Auditorium in Topeka, Kan. "I have a collection of stuff. I trade them, buy them," he said. Because Elvis Presley toured nonstop, Hawley said he believes the odds of his collecting a majority of posters are in his favor, though he doubts he'll be able to track down all of them. Hawley's hobby began about 20 years ago with posters for The Doors. "I loved the graphics and the advertising, the simplicity of it all," he said. Though a big part of the appeal for Hawley lies in the "thrill of the chase," in finding one of the sought-after posters, he said he likes collecting concert posters because they paint a picture of a time period he never got to experience. What he finds particularly fascinating is the difference in the treatment rock 'n' roll stars received 50 years ago on tour, traveling by bus, even in winter, rather than by private Lear jet, he said.
  11. 11. "That part of history could easily have gotten lost in time," he said. Hawley paid $20,00 for a poster a woman pulled off a telephone pole on her way home from a 1956 Elvis Presley concert in Tupelo, Miss., the singer's hometown. "They're not like baseball cards, not like a Honus Wagner baseball card that everyone wants, because there's not a lot of people interested," Hawley said. 2007/10/29 By Bridget DiCosmo - Southeast Missourian / www.epgold.com Elvis Song Features in Christmas Movie. The upcoming comedy Fred Claus, starring Vince Vaughn, features Elvis Presley in the soundtrack. Press release: Warner Bros. Records to Release Soundtrack to "Fred Claus" onDecember 4, 2007 This holiday season, Warner Bros. Records will release the soundtrack to the holiday comedy "Fred Claus" on December 4th, 2007. Filled with traditional Christmas pop favorites by such artists as the Jackson 5, Sinead O'Connor, and Leigh Nash from Sixpence None the Richer, the album will also be available digitally via all online retail outlets on November 13th, a few days after the movie hits theaters on November 9th. The soundtrack includes classic Christmas tunes such as "Silent Night" from Irish songstress O'Connor, "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" from the legendary Elvis Presley, "Christmas Wrapping" from '80s experimental new wave band The Waitresses, and "Sleigh Ride" by famed girl group The Ronettes. It also features an original piece entitled "Suite From Fred Claus" from film score composer Christophe Beck. About "Fred Claus" Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) has lived his entire life in his brother's very large shadow. Fred tried, but could hardly live up to the example set by the younger Nicholas (Paul Giamatti), who was just a perfect... well... saint. True to form, Nicholas grew up to be the model of giving, while Fred became the polar opposite: a fast-talking repo man who's run out of luck and money. Over Mrs. Claus' objections, Nicholas agrees to help his brother on one condition: that he come to the North Pole and earn the money he needs by working in Santa's workshop. The trouble is that Fred isn't exactly elf material and, with Christmas fast approaching, Fred could jeopardize the jolliest holiday of the year. Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Silver Pictures Production, in association with David Dobkin Pictures and Jessie Nelson Productions, a Film by David Dobkin, "Fred Claus." The film is directed by David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers") from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman ("Cars"), story by Jessie Nelson ("I Am Sam") and Dan Fogelman. Joel Silver, Jessie Nelson and David Dobkin produced the film, with Paul Hitchcock serving as executive producer and Vince Vaughn co-producing. "Fred Claus" stars Vince Vaughn ("Wedding Crashers"), Paul Giamatti ("Sideways"), Miranda Richardson ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"), John Michael Higgins ("The Break-Up"), Elizabeth Banks ("Spider-Man 3"), with Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener"), with Kathy Bates ("Failure to Launch") and Kevin Spacey ("Superman Returns"). "Fred Claus" will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated "PG" by the MPAA for "mild language and some rude humor." www.fredclaus.net. For downloadable information and photos from "Fred Claus," please visit http://press.warnerbros.com The track-listing for the soundtrack to "Fred Claus" is as follows: 1. Jingle Bells -- Johnny Mercer 2. Santa Claus Is Back In Town -- Elvis Presley 3. Sleigh Ride -- The Ronettes 4. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) -- Doris Day 5. I Want You For Christmas -- Russ Morgan & His Orchestra 6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town -- Jackson 5 7. Christmas Wrapping -- The Waitresses 8. Silent Night -- Sinead O'Connor 9. Auld Lang Syne -- Guy Lombardo 10. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World -- Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole 11. The First Noel -- Leigh Nash 12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen -- Matt Turk with Matter & Gaby Moreno 13. Suite From Fred Claus -- Christophe Beck 2007/10/29 http://fredclaus.warnerbros.com / www.epgold.com "Elvis Is Alive Museum" for sale. Bill Beeny, operator of the Elvis Is Alive Museum in Missouri and author of a number of books including Elvis' DNA Proves He's Alive sent EIN the following message: "I have a news item and you folks are the first one I am giving it to. After operating the Elvis Is Alive Museum for seventeen years I have decided to close it down and sell all the contents to one buyer. I am doing this for two reasons, I am eighty one years old, even though I an in excellent health I have other interests to take care of.
  12. 12. As you know I have been a Baptist minister for better than sixty years. I plan on using the museum buildings for a mission for the needy. I will not only have church services for them but also operate a food pantry for the poor. In addition we will supply clothing, referral to housing. We will have those who can help the ones who have addictions. We will work with the aged who are poor, taking meals to them making sure they have heat etc." Interested buyers can contact Bill for more information about the Museum: office phone is (636) 745-3154, the Email is beeny@yhti.net Visit the 'Elvis Is Alive Museum' website 2007/10/28 www.elvisinfonet.com / www.epgold.com ROCK BACK THE CLOCK. The "Straight Arrow" label will release a CD at the end of this year titled "ROCK BACK THE CLOCK" (SA 2007-8-02). It will be a special release of Elvis’ infamous first New Year's Eve show in Pontiac, Michigan. The producers are aware that this concert was previously released from another source but in the case of this release, they were able to obtain an ORIGINAL TAPE recorded by the same person that taped the College Park, MD, 27.09.1974 using the same recorder and microphone. That concert has been released on Straight Arrow's 2006 CD "CHAOS IN COLLEGE PARK". The main reason for this new and ultimate Pontiac '75 release is that the sound quality is excellent for an off-line recording. Since no soundboard recording of this show exists, only audience taped documentation of this historic event is available. Over the last 15 years, three independent audience recordings were collected and on each source there was a major problem: excessive echo caused by the large stadium space. This new source is very clear and most importantly, almost echo-free because the person with recorder was sitting very close to the sound system. The content of the show is well known, with the playlist based on Elvis' previous Las Vegas engagement. Among the Pontiac highlights are powerful performances of "Trying To Get To You", "One Night" and "Heartbreak Hotel" and also the ballads "You Gave Me A Mountain" and "And I Love You So", which were sung with passion. Finally, a thundering performance of "How Great Thou Art" brought the stadium down. The one and only real drawback is an unrehearsed "My Way"; Elvis had problems with the lyrics and he paused the song in the middle for a few seconds. We live in the days when almost every obscure CD label is hyping that their product was "taken directly from the original tape"…is, what else - "professionally remastered" and of course – with "fantastic results". Every new CD seems to contain some "deluxe 16- page full color booklet" with many "unpublished photos" in a "very professional layout". The “Straight Arrow” label does not want to exaggerate. If you have any of the previous “Straight Arrow” CD releases, then you know what to expect in design and sound quality. This new CD will contain a 20 page booklet with approx. 60 photos. Some of them are unpublished, some not, but they all were carefully hand-picked from the almost 150 available shots to give the listener a visual overview of The Event. You will see Elvis before and after the show as well as in both jumpsuits on stage. An unusual photo of the Silverdome stage before the concert is included as well as the review from the local newspaper, original ticket stub and show poster. To make the release even more authentic, sleeve notes were written by a fan that was so happy to be there... The “Straight Arrow” team wishes you a Happy New Year 2008 and hopes that you will enjoy this special New Years Eve release! Tracks: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - Monologue (Elvis split his pants) - Love Me - Tryin' To Get To You - And I Love You So - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - Heartbreak Hotel - One Night - You Gave Me A Mountain - Polk Salad Annie - Elvis left the stage to change the jumpsuit - Sweet Sweet Spirit (by J. D Sumner & The Stamps) - Band Introductions - What'd I Say - Drums Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin - for the last time with Elvis on stage) - Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - School Day (Hail Hail Rock'n'Roll) - My Way (with break) - Love Me Tender - Monologue / New Year Countdown - Auld Lang Syne - How Great Thou Art (with last part reprise) - It's Now Or Never - America (The Beautiful) - Elvis thanks / Introduction of Lisa Marie and Vernon Presley - Hound Dog - Wooden Heart (part only) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp. 2007/10/28 E-Mail / www.epgold.com Landmarker Designates Where Elvis Stopped a Street Fight. On the corner of Highway 51 and East Washington Avenue in Madison, a plaque has been unveiled to remember a bizar and unusual event. On June 24 1977, Elvis - who just came back from a concert - ordered the driver os his limo to stop when he saw two teens beating up a young boy. Elvis went over, and wanted to confront the two teans: "I'll take you on right now". Stunned by who was standing next to him, the two teens immediately stopped their fight. Eventually, the three of them posed for a picture & Elvis drove off again, happy that he stopped this senseless fight. Both the driver and an eyewitness have now told their story to ABC. YouTube 2007/10/28 www.elvismatters.be / www.epgold.com
  13. 13. Uk Chart Update. UK Singles chart "If I Can Dream" new entry at #17 this week. 2007/10/28 Various / www.epgold.com Elvis celebrations in Deventer Churches. During 5 special services, the church community of Deventer (The Netherland) will focus on Elvis Presley’s gospel Music. Yesterday was the first Elvis Gospel celebration. Elvis of course, was more than ‘just a rock ‘n’ roll singer’: he believed in God and sang his heart out in his true musical love – Gospels. Other celebrations with Elvis are October 28 (Broederenkerk, 10.30 am), November 10 (Maria Koningin 5 pm), November 17 (Heilig Hart van Jezus, 6.30 pm) and November 18 (Johannes Vianney, 10 am) 2007/10/28 www.elvismatters.be / www.epgold.com STAR´PROUDLY PRESENTS THE ULTIMATE 2007 SEASONS´ GIFT. HAVE YOU BEEN naughty OR nice???? YOU BETTER WATCH OUT...... SANTA IS EARLY THIS YEAR!!!! ´STAR´PROUDLY PRESENTS THE ULTIMATE 2007 SEASONS´ GIFT: ´Elvis- The Definitive Christmas Collection.......and favourite spirituals. A SUPERB 4 DISC BOX SET - includes: 3 CDs - 70 tracks!! Christmas and Spiritual masters, outtakes, live songs and many more rare recordings!
  14. 14. 1 DVD - 20 clips!! You know ´STAR´ ?? Then you know you´ll get THE VERY BEST brand new VIRTUAL Christmas and Gospel clips! Hear and see Elvis sing ´If Everyday Was Like Christmas´ and many others!! Never before seen, this will bring your holidays to a higher level!! FREE ELVIS CHRISTMAS CARD!! - Only available in this box set. Limited Edition Only. PRICE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL SET: ONLY 20,00 EURO ! ( and that´s a present already) TRACKLIST: CD 1 Elvis´ Christmas Message / I´ll be home for christmas ° White Christmas ° Here Comes Santa Claus ° Santa Claus Is Back In Town ° Peace In The Valley ° Blue Christmas ° Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me ° O Little Town Of Bethlehem ° Silent Night ° Known Only To Him ° If Everyday Was Like Christmas ° In The Garden ° Somebody Bigger Than You And I ° Where No One Stands Alone ° Mama Liked The Roses ° O Come, All Ye Faithful° The First Noel ° An Evening Prayer ° On A Snowy Christmas Night ° Winter Wonderland ° A Thing Called Love ° The Wonderful World Of Christmas ° It Won´t Seem Like Christmas Without You ° I´ll Be Home On Christmas Day ( master)° Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees ° If That Isn´t Love ° If I Get Home On Christmas Day ° Merry Christmas Baby ° Silver Bells ° I´ll Be Home On Christmas Day( take 10, remake ) TRACKLIST: CD 2 Blue Christmas ( live, 1968 ) ° Somebody Bigger Than You And I ( take 11 ) ° It Wont Seem Like Christmas ( take 6 ) ° Silver Bells ( take 1) ° Oh Holy Night/The First Noel ( remix ) ° A Thing Called Love ( take 1 ) ° I´ll Be Home On Xmas Day ( take 3 ) ° Merry Christmas Baby ( unedited complete master ) ° Santa Claus Is Back In Town ( live, 1968 ) ° Where No One Stands Alone ( spliced take )° Life ° If Everyday Was Like Xmas ( takes 1,2 ) ° Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees ( take 4 ) ° The Wonderful Wold Of Christmas ( unedited master ) ° If I Get Home On Xmas Day ( take 1 ) ° We Call On Him ( take 5 ) ° Listen To The Bell ( informal recording) ° Blue Christmas ( live, 1975 ) ° Winter Wonderland ( undubbed master ) ° How Great Thou Art ( take 4 ) ° I´´ll Be Home On Christmas Day ( take 9, remake ) TRACKLIST: CD 3 Mama Liked The Roses ( undubbed master take 10 ) ° O Come ,All Ye Faithful (extended version ) ° Merry Christmas Baby ( overdubbed ) ° Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees ( take 8 ) ° Known Only To Him ( spliced take ) ° I´ll Be Home On X,as Day ( take 2, remake) ° On A Snowy Christmas Night ( remix ) ° It Won´t Seem Like Xmas ( take 3 ) ° Silver Bells ( remix, take 2 ) ° You´ll Never Walk Alone ( take 2 ) ° Stand By Me ( take 10 ) ° Somebody Bigger Than You And I ( take 15 ) ° I´ll be Home On Christmas Day ( take 4, remake ) ° Blue Christmas ( live, 1977 ) ° Auld Lang Syne ( live, 1977 ) ° BONUS TRACKS: The Elvis Christmas Medley ( unreleased ) ° The Wonderful World Of Christmas ( vocal overdub ) ° If Everyday Was Like Xmas ( demo, sung by Red West ) ° Silent Night ( sung by Lisa- Marie ) ° Jingle Bells / White Christmas ( informal SUN recording, 1956, Million Dollar Quartet) TRACKLIST: DVD: IF EVERYDAY WAS LIKE CHRISTMAS ° WINTER WONDERLAND ° HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS ° MAMA LIKED THE ROSES ° PEACE IN THE VALLEY ° MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG ° ON A SNOWY CHRISTMAS NIGHT ° I , JOHN ° PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND ° SANTA BRING MY BABY BACK (TO ME) ° I´LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS ° HOLLY LEAVES AND CHRISTMAS TREES ° THE GOSPEL MEDLEY ° HOW GREAT THOU ART ( live 1977 ) ° BLUE CHRISTMAS ( live 1977 ) ° YOU´LL NEVER WALK ALONE ° WHITE CHRISTMAS ° OH, HAPPY DAY ° SANTA CLAUS IS BACK IN TOWN ° AULD LANG SYNE ( RUNNING TIME APPROX: 60 mins - DOLBY DIGITAL SOUND) 2007/10/27 EpGold.Com Musicians behind hits step into spotlight.
  15. 15. CEO Joe Chambers announces the inaugural inductees. (LAVONDIA MAJORS / THE TENNESSEAN) 6 groups will be first inducted into Musicians Hall of Fame. The Funk Brothers, the Wrecking Crew, the Memphis Boys, the Blue Moon Boys, the Nashville A-Team and the Tennessee Two. Their names alone carry Rushmore-like heft, but it's the music that these six studio groups made — blockbuster hits by everyone from Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Patsy Cline to the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan — that's for the ages. Though they are largely anonymous as individuals, these behind-the-scenes players finally will be getting their due when they are inducted into the inaugural class of the international Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum. "We're not people who like to toot our own horns," said Bobby Wood, keyboardist for the ubiquitous Memphis Boys, the studio unit that played on more chart hits than the bands at Stax and Sun Records combined, including Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" and Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds." "A while back, though, (A-Teamer) Pig Robbins, a great talent whose licks on piano hooked records like 'Brown Eyes Blue' and 'Behind Closed Doors,' nearly left us and I got kind of fed up," added Wood, who moved to Nashville 35 years ago. "Too often an artist like Pig dies and hardly anybody hears about it. We saw that when we lost A-Team guitarist Hank Garland, so I got on the phone and said, 'Something needs to happen, especially here, in Music City USA'." Established in Nashville in June of last year, the Musicians Hall of Fame will honor its first class of inductees at a 7:30 p.m. awards show at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Nov. 26. "These guys have been overlooked for so long," said Hall of Fame CEO and founder Joe Chambers in an interview prior to Thursday's press conference. "This is the only musicians Hall of Fame, and it's here because this is truly Music City." The Nashville A-Team, a prolific group featuring the likes of Grady Martin, Floyd Cramer, Bob Moore and Boots Randolph, worked on some of the biggest hits by pop stars ranging from Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison to the Everly Brothers and Brenda Lee. They worked with virtually every country luminary of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Three of the other studio ensembles to be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame next month made their biggest mark in Memphis. In addition to Wood and his fellow Bluff City pickers, these include guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant of Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two, as well as guitarist Scotty Moore, drummer DJ Fontana and the late bassist Bill Black of Elvis' immortal combo the Blue Moon Boys. Out of the shadows The remaining two studio groups that will be feted at the Schermerhorn next month, Detroit's Funk Brothers and West Coast heavy- hitters the Wrecking Crew, hail from farther away, but their impact has been no less monumental. Recently celebrated in the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, the Funk Brothers laid down indelible grooves for all of the great Motown groups, from Martha and the Vandellas and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles to the Temptations and the Supremes. The Wrecking Crew, led by guitarist James Burton, keyboardist Larry Knechtel and the drummer extraordinaire Hal Blaine, galvanized the biggest hits by the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra and likes of the Crystals and the Ronettes in producer Phil Spector's stable of groups. "This first year, we're covering a whole lot of ground," Chambers explained. "All six inductees are going in as studio groups. "Musicians will have a chance to be elected as individuals later, but we're starting with these six groups." 2007/10/27 By BILL FRISKICS-WARREN - www.tennessean.com / www.epgold.com French Book Updates. Due for release in Canada is the book "Elvis Presley, Le Livre Des Trésors". This book by Robert Gordon and Anne Bleuzen comes with a CD containing ten original interviews. The publisher is K&B, the release date December 1, 2007 (ISBN-10: 2915957339 /
  16. 16. ISBN-13: 978-2915957334). The illustrated paperback biography by Collectif has been translated from the German to the French language ("Elvis Presley: La Biographie En B.D.") and will be published by Petit à Petit on Nevember 19, 2007 (ISBN-10: 284949111X / ISBN-13: 978- 2849491119). Announced for March 2008 is the book "Elvis Presley (Reliure Inconnue)" by F. X. Feeney (Auteur) and Paul Duncan (Direction). The 192 pages book will be published by Taschen in the French, German and English langueage (ISBN-10: 3822823236 / ISBN-13: 978- 3822823231) 2007/10/27 www.amazon.ca / www.elvisnews.com / www.epgold.com Comeback Special & Aloha CD re-issues. The classic soundtracks for Elvis' "'68 Comeback" and "Aloha" specials have been re-issued on CD in the "X2" series from BMG on September 24, 2007. This package was originally released September 4, 2006. Album Description: Two individual hit albums packaged together and housed in a slipcase sleeve. This handy-dandy two-fer features the timeless soundtracks to Elvis' first two TV specials featuring performances that revitalized his career on two separate occasions. The NBC-TV Special (now known as the Comeback Special) was shown in 1968 and features Elvis at his best, vocally. The performances remain stunning four decades after the were recorded.. Aloha From Hawaii was broadcast worldwide live via satellite in January 1973 at the height of his 'jumpsuit' era and contains yet another solid set of performances. Both soundtracks have been the most consistent sellers in his enormous back catalog. "Elvis - Blue Suede Collection" DVD boxset. This is due for release in the USA on 27 November. The 8 films in the set are: Elvis That's The Way It Is; This Is Elvis; Jailhouse Rock; Viva Las Vegas; Girl Happy; It Happened At The World's Fair; Kissin' Cousins; Live A Little Love A Little. Special Editions of Comeback Special & Aloha for release in Japan. The single disc Special Editions of these TV specials will be released by Sony BMG in Japan on 21 November. "Love Me Tender" DVD re-issue in Japan. Fox will re reissue Elvis' first feature film, Love Me Tender, in Japan on 21 December. 2007/10/27 Amazon - www.biwa.ne.jp - www.elvisinfonet.com / www.epgold.com UK FANS SPECIAL PUSH FOR 'IN THE GHETTO' As most of you will now appreciate the new Singles Campaign in the UK is well under way. All of the singles so far released have entered into the Top 20 with the last four entering at No.14. Bearing the above situation in mind several fans have decided to give 'In The Ghetto' a 'special push' in order for it to get into the Top 10. The release date is 5th November (Guy Fawkes Night). The main thing that fans can do is to try and get it some airplay and this can best be achieved by going to the following site and e- mailing individual DJ's - http://www.mediauk.com/radio/ at the radio stations listed from A to Z. Should any fans on this site wish to send in some e-mail requests then this would be most appreciated. Bearing in mind the release date, e-mails to the DJ's would best be sent around mid to late October to take account of programme scheduling. Sony BMG(UK) have been informed of this initiative and are enthusiastic about it stating they will get their PR Department on to it. Thanks. 2007/10/27 Brian Quinn / www.epgold.com The Flo Peters Gallery Hamburg In Germany. The Flo Peters Gallery in Hamburg is presenting 40 selected prints for the first time in Germany. Apart from the Elvis pictures, the gallery is showing 100 more great portraits of musicians, for example by Jonathan Mannion, currently the most successful photographer of the US-Rap-scene, Harry Benson, who made himself a name with portraits of the Beatles, Frank Stefanko, Danny Clinch, Herb Snitzer, Don Schlitten, William Gottlieb and Alan Tannenbaum. Exhibition dates: 4 Oct to 17 November 2007. 2007/10/27 Octuphoto / www.elvisinfonet.com / www.epgold.com
  17. 17. Tears Of A King. This is the movie based on the Mormons belief that Elvis looked into becoming a Mormon. Preview for Tears of a King: The Latter-Days of Elvis Presley. The King of Rock N Roll meets The King of Kings. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTuOGEEykk0 New Elvis Presley Movie - Tears of a King star Matt Lewis. Matt Lewis talks about the new Elvis Movie that he stars in called "Tears of a King the Latter-days of Elvis". The film takes a look at the personal demons Elvis dealt with and his interest in the Mormon Church and the Book of Mormon in the final Months of his life. Click Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2d6xyPm4KY www.TearsofaKing.com This interview is from Be All Over TV on Kjzz a NorwayFilms.com production. Detailed article: Elvis had a Book of Mormon: www.heraldextra.com/content/view/194204/4/ 2007/10/27 Youtube / www.epgold.com Macca: 'Of course I would download Elvis' The Dutch news show 'Nova' broadcasted a remarkable interview with Paul McCartney yesterday. The former Beatle had no problem that he would've downloaded Elvis music had internet been available 40, 50 years ago. "Maybe I would've used free downloads, if they were available." Also on bootlegs, Macca had his own view: "They don't bother me much. I think it's rather interesting, they're more like a tribute rather than something else." 2007/10/27 www.elvismatters.be / www.epgold.com Book Elvis, Sherlock & Me. (ISBN: 1593931220) Author Michael Hoey as a pocketbook released in October 2007at Bearmanor Media. "Michael A. Hoey is the son of British actor Dennis Hoey, best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard in the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone. A combination memoir and history of the film business covering the decades from the 40's through the present. Here is an
  18. 18. examination of classic Hollywood and such iconic studio bosses as Jack L. Warner, Darryl Zanuck and Walt Disney, plus memorable actors and directors, including John Ford, Fred Zinneman, George Cukor and Elvis Presley, Charlton Heston, Basil Rathbone, Angela Landsbury and Jane Wyman. Filled with the personal recollections of someone who lived it, it is also the story of a father and son, their careers and their turbulent relationship. Interwoven into these stories are numerous historical episodes about Hollywood, Broadway and Television." 2007/10/27 http://bearmanormedia.bizland.com - www.elvisclubberlin.de / www.epgold.com Dvd Elvis - A Generous Heart. is - A Generous Heart. Release date: November 11, 2007. Regioncode: 1 2007/10/27 www.elvisclubberlin.de / www.epgold.com Elvis International Shop - The Netherlands. OPEN: Saturday & Sunday October 27 & 28, 2007 - 1300. PM - 1800 PM. E-Mail: elvisinternational@casema.nl The Netherlands : 0251 - 821240 Other Country's Dial : 00 - 31 - 251 - 821240 2007/10/26 ElvisInternational / www.epgold.com "FOLLOW THAT DREAM" DVD OUT IN ITALY. The "Follow That Dream" Dvd has just been released in Italy - Region 2- with Italian, English, and French languages.
  19. 19. Subtitled in Italian, Danish, Finnish, French, Swedish. The Dvd comes with an 8 pages booklet. 2007/10/26 EpGold Columnist Italy Livio Monari / www.epgold.com Elvis in Italy. (Thanks to: Fred Verdelman, member of "It's Elvis Time" fan club The Netherlands, who provided the picture) A nice picture of a house/apartment called Elvis. You can rent the place in the German language part of Italy. It's a place called " Selva/Wolkenstein " , close to Bolzano. 2007/10/26 www.itselvistime.nl / www.epgold.com General Colin Powell on Elvis Presley the soldier and patriot. (Official Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff portrait photograph) Press Release: In an exclusive BBC Radio 4 interview, former US Secretary of State General Colin Powell talks about the military career of The King of Rock 'n' Roll. In The GI Blues Of Elvis Presley (Wednesday 22 August, 11.02am), Colin Powell joins Elvis' fellow-soldiers in paying tribute to The King's brief, but successful, military career during which he was promoted from private to sergeant in two years. Colin Powell, who met Elvis twice on active service, says he saw him primarily as Elvis the soldier, not Elvis the celebrity. He tells presenter Paul Gambaccini: "He served his country for two years, I saw him in the field, I ran across him in the woods while he was doing what every other GI does and he was thought of well enough by his commanders that he was promoted from private to sergeant before he left. "The focus of your programme of course is Elvis the celebrity and soldier, but I see him as Elvis the soldier who, by the way, happened to be a celebrity." And Colin Powell said that Elvis did the right thing when his draft papers came through and proved he was a true patriot. "He was drafted like any other young man about his age. He stepped forward when his number came up and was willing to give up a career without any objection. Frankly it was in his best interests to do that because it showed he was a patriot and willing to serve as a soldier and he went back after serving in the army to a career that became even bigger." The GI Blues Of Elvis Presley also features friends and military colleagues who recall Elvis' generosity; his first encounter with his future wife, Priscilla; his dedication to military service; and how he earned his promotion to sergeant. The recollections include Elvis taking three friends on two weeks' leave at a cost of $15,000 when they would "sleep all day and play all night"; Elvis knocking a man unconscious in a fist fight; and how a Parisian club's topless dancers nearly missed their late
  20. 20. evening slot because they were partying with Elvis and his friends. Rex Mansfield was one of four friends to join Elvis on two weeks' leave travelling to Paris via Munich. Rex said: "I had a fight with a guy in Munich because he thought I was trying to steal his girlfriend, he was a great big German guy, much bigger than me. "He hit me first now and he jerked her out the booth and shoved her down and she fell down to her knees ... touched him on the shoulder and said you shouldn't be doing that, the next thing I felt was his fist hitting me in the face and Elvis actually knocked the guy out, he slid down the wall, he deserved to get whipped and he did." Another friend recalls how a Private Garcia learned that his whole family had been wiped out in Mexico City. Later fellow soldiers discovered that Elvis had secretly given Private Garcia $1,500 cash, a fortune at the time, to cover all the funeral expenses. But when in the field, according to Colin Powell, Elvis was just like any other GI and his dedication earned him the respect of his fellow troops. Colin Powell said: "He was just another soldier, he wasn't Elvis Presley, well that's not right, he was Elvis Presley but at the same time they assigned him in accordance with the needs of the service and unlike others who have gone in the military from celebrity life and essentially used their talents to entertain troops, he was a scout and he didn't ask for anything special he didn't ask for any special favours. "When it came time to go to the field Elvis Presley was a scout, not a celebrity and, of course, he was still the King of Rock 'n' Roll but he was a good soldier and I think his fellow soldiers respected him for his dedication even though he was as famous as he was." Despite enjoying the luxury of living in a house "off post" (away from the military base camp), when it came to the job, Elvis was just a regular GI prepared to muck in and do his job. Colin Powell said: "When I met him, he was out in the field just as dirty and tired as the rest of us from doing his job and he was recognised for his professional performance even though he had some opportunities for benefits that others didn't enjoy. I'm sure that if any of the other GIs had those kinds of recourses they might also have had a little apartment off post. "When it came time to go to the field, Elvis Presley was a scout and he was in the Third Armoured Division, which was part of the Fifth United States Corps, which I interestingly, subsequently commanded 28 years later and it occupied the shallowest part of NATO battle front ... Elvis' unit and my unit were in that division and we had the toughest job and it was a time of heightened tension and we were in a cold war." The only thing that surprised Colin Powell when he met Elvis was his height. "We were in this wooded area north of Frankfurt and I was driving along in my Jeep and somebody noted that, there he was. When I got out of my Jeep and walked over to him he saluted and was very proper and what struck me was that he looked just like another GI. "He was shorter than I expected other than the fact that he was really Elvis Presley, he acted, and I saw him, as just another soldier, in the woods, kind of dirty, doing a job." And Colin Powell said that there was a real threat of danger during the time Elvis was drafted into military service. "At that time in the late Fifties when there a was a cold war, when there was an iron curtain and there was a Soviet army stacked up on the other side, those were serious times. Back in those days we had people who stepped forward as volunteers and we also had conscription and when his name came up, this country boy took off his blue suede shoes and whatever else he was wearing and put on army green." Notes to Editors: Any use of the above material should incorporate a credit for The GI Blues Of Elvis Presley, Wednesday 22 August 2007, 11.02am, BBC Radio 4. 2007/10/26 www.bbc.co.uk / www.epgold.com Elvis Dressing Gown. The company Groovy UK, creates and distribute designed merchandising products. They just launched a new product which is a Dressing Gown imitating the Elvis one.
  21. 21. 2007/10/26 www.itselvistime.nl / www.epgold.com Compete Cover Art King Of Rock And Roll UK DVD. This is the complete package of the UK edition of "The King Of Rock And Roll - Elvis #1 Hit Performances" DVD. It follows the design of the CD with the same title which recently topped the UK Album chart. In the US this DVD is entitled "Elvis #1 Hit Performances". Content DVD: Disc - 15 Songs - USA Release Heartbreak Hotel (Stage Show) Don't Be Cruel (Ed Sullivan Show) Hound Dog (Milton Berle Show) Love Me Tender (Ed Sullivan Show) All Shook Up (68 Comeback Special) Teddy Bear (Loving You) Jailhouse Rock (Jailhouse Rock) Stuck On You (Frank Sinatra Show) Are You Lonesome Tonight? (68 Comeback Special) Can't Help Falling In Love (Blue Hawaii) Return To Sender (Girls! Girls! Girls!) In The Ghetto (That's The Way It Is) Suspicious Minds (That's The Way It Is) The Wonder Of You (That's The Way It Is) Burning Love (Aloha From Hawaii) Additional 15 songs - International Release: That's All Right (68 Comeback Special) Blue Suede Shoes (Paramaount Screen Test) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Steve Allen Show) Love Me (Ed Sullivan Show) Too Much (Ed Sullivan Show) Treat Me Nice (Jailhouse Rock) Trouble (King Creole) One Night (68 Comeback Special) A Big Hunk 'O Love (Aloha From Hawaii) Wooden Heart (G.I. Blues) Rock-A-Hula Baby (Blue Hawaii) Bossa Nova Baby (Fun in Acapulco) If I Can Dream (68 Comeback Special) Don't Cry Daddy (That's The Way It Is) An American Trilogy (Aloha From Hawaii) Bonus pieces are included on both editions of the DVD: March 7th, 1960 - Graceland 'Home from the Army' Press Conference and June 9th, 1972 - New York Hilton Press Conference for Madison Square Garden Engagement. 2007/10/26 www.dg-literatur.de / www.elvisnews.com / www.epgold.com The Billboard chart listings for the week ending November 3, 2007. Pop Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #19 Comprehensive Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #193 Country Catalogue Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #2 Holiday Albums: Home For The Holidays #14 Holiday Albums: Elvis Christmas: #18 Holiday Albums: It's Christmas Time: #19 Holiday Albums: Blue Christmas: #46 Music Video: Aloha From Hawaii #24 Music Video: '68 Comeback Chart: 20 Comprehensive Music Video: Aloha From Hawaii: #24 Comprehensive Music Video: '68 Comeback Special #20 Country Catalogue Albums: Ultimate Gospel #17 2007/10/26 www.elvischarts.com / www.epgold.com
  22. 22. Excerpt from 'Can't Buy Me Love' . By Jonathan Gould. Chapter 1: Now, you've got to keep in mind that Elvis Presley was probably, innately, the most introverted person that came into that studio. Because he didn't play with bands. He didn't go to this little club and pick and grin. All he did was sit with his guitar on the side of his bed at home. —Sam Phillips Well since my baby left me. . ." The voice, unaccompanied but for the tinny flourish of piano that anchors the end of each line, was somehow bigger and riper with feeling than any voice its young listeners had ever heard. "Well I found a new place to dwell. . ." It projected an authority and an insolence that reached beyond the words themselves, and it came from a place beyond the realm of "entertainment" as they had ever conceived of the term. Now joined by a doomstruck bass line, the sound of that voice seemed only to grow larger and more menacing, yet closer and more confiding as well, as if —given the lurching slow-dance tempo of the music— the singer's lips were pressed tight against the ear of the girl he now began to address, his words expressing a vengeful wish to make her feel the same way he was feeling in his room at the Heartbreak Hotel: "So lonely I could die." Though such things had been said for time immemorial in the lives of ordinary people; and though similar expressions of such dire emotion could be found in a growing number of avowedly realistic novels, plays, and films; and though something very much like it had been available for years on the sorts of records that most people never heard (including earlier, more obscure records by this same singer)—the fact remained that no man had ever sounded this way, or spoken this way to a woman, in front of so many millions of listeners before. Elvis Presley was the catalyst, not the originator, of the phenomenon called rock 'n' roll. Three years before he made his first recordings, the term was being promoted by a Cleveland disc jockey named Alan Freed as a race-neutral pseudonym for the black rhythm and blues that Freed began beaming across a wide swath of the North American continent in 1951. In 1954, the year that Freed moved his radio show, "Moondog's Rock 'n' Roll Party," to New York City, a white band singer named Bill Haley (himself a former disc jockey) recorded a pair of songs on the Decca label, one a novelty tune with a snappy tick-tock rhythm called "Rock Around the Clock," the other a sanitized "cover" version of a current rhythm-and-blues hit by Joe Turner called "Shake, Rattle and Roll." "Rock Around the Clock" failed to catch on at first, but Haley's pallid rendition of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" became a hit record, rising into the Billboard Top Ten in the fall of 1954. The following year, "Rock Around the Clock" was featured on the soundtrack of a film called Blackboard Jungle—one of a spate of Hollywood movies designed to exploit the rising tide of public anxiety about juvenile delinquency in America. Placed in a suitably inflammatory context, the song caught fire, reaching number one on the pop charts in the summer of 1955, turning the chubby, thirtyish, tartan-jacketed Haley into the world's first rock-'n'-roll star. In the meantime, legend has it, an eighteen-year-old delivery truck driver named Elvis Aron Presley sauntered into the storefront offices of Sam Phillips's Memphis Recording Service in the summer of 1953 to make an acetate of a song called "My Happiness" as a birthday present for his mom. (That Gladys Presley was born in the spring only burnishes the myth.) Sam Phillips, who operated his studio in conjunction with a small independent record label called Sun, had concerned himself to date with recording such talented Memphis-area bluesmen as Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King. Elvis at first made little impression on him. But Elvis made enough of a pest of himself in the months ahead that Phillips eventually called up an aspiring guitarist he knew named Scotty Moore and asked him to work with the boy. In July of 1954, Presley, Moore, and a bassist named Bill Black came in for a recording test. Sam Phillips asked Elvis what he liked to sing. Elvis, it turned out, liked to sing most anything. He sang country songs in a keening tenor reminiscent of Bill Monroe, and pop ballads in a woozy baritone reminiscent of Dean Martin. Phillips started him out on a ballad, "I Love You Because." The performance, like that of nearly every ballad Presley would ever record, was cloying and overdrawn. Then, during a break in the session, Elvis began to fool around with a blues song he knew called "That's All Right"; Moore and Black fell in behind him, and Phillips rolled the tape. Of the many astonishing things about Elvis Presley, nothing is more astonishing than the fact that Elvis "never did sing anywhere in public" (outside of a couple of high school talent shows) before he started making records with Sam Phillips at Sun. For all its romantic associations with dance halls and honkytonks, rock 'n' roll was born and reared as the child of records and radio. That the prime exponent of this new style of music should be a singer who possessed no prior professional experience was an anomaly; but it was also a telling sign of the way that record-making would change the very nature of music-making in the years ahead. Presley's inexperience was all the more astonishing in light of the opinion held by many of his fans that he would never sound much better on a record than he did on "That's All Right." Not only were most of the mannerisms that would define his vocal style present at the creation—from the sudden swoops in register to the habit, derived from gospel singing, of starting his lines with a throat-clearing "well" that gave whatever followed the feeling of a retort; even more impressive was the extent to which his first professional recording was marked by the trait that has characterized every great popular singer: the absolute assertion of his personality over the song. From this it might be concluded that Presley was simply a "natural." But the truth, as ever, was more complex than that. For one thing, the recording Elvis made with Sam Phillips on that hot summer night in Memphis was made in a manner that would not have been technically possible only a few years before. Up through the end of the 1940s, commercial recording had relied upon a "direct to disc" process that was essentially a reversal of what happened when a record was played on a phonograph: the sound in the studio was converted first into electrical signals by a microphone and then into mechanical impulses by a stylus, which cut a sinuous groove in the surface of a spinning wax or acetate disc. Though this method offered audio engineers little opportunity to edit or enhance the finished product, it was quite adequate to a philosophy of recording whose main goal was to produce as accurate a record as possible of the performance taking place. An alternative technology, involving the use of magnetized wire, had been around for decades, but it was not until World War II that German engineers (working on behalf of Nazi propagandists) developed an efficient means of recording sound on reels of magnetic tape. After the war, this new technology was quickly refined, and by the early 1950s it had all but replaced the direct-to-disc process. Tape recording revolutionized record-making in several ways. On a purely economic level, tape equipment was so affordable, portable, and easy to operate that small storefront recording studios sprang up in cities and towns across the United States. Many of the people who operated these studios had backgrounds in commercial radio, and it wasn't long before they grew restless producing audio keepsakes of weddings and award ceremonies and began to think about trying their hand in the record business—drawing, like Sam Phillips, on the talent in their immediate area. A chain reaction occurred: tape spawned the storefront studios, the storefront studios spawned the independent labels, and the independent labels, by specializing in types of music the major labels (for various geographic, demographic, and aesthetic reasons) tended to ignore, spawned a record boom. This boom combined with a comparable trend toward decentralization and diversification in the radio broadcasting industry (caused by the advent of television) to propel the American music business into the Atomic Age. Tape technology did more than decentralize the recording industry, however; it also helped to democratize record-making by adding a new kind of informality and flexibility to the recording process itself. The big commercial studios in New York and Los Angeles were owned by large corporations and run on a cost-effective basis that equated time with money. They relied on a professionalized cadre of engineers, arrangers, and sidemen who prided themselves, above all, on their efficiency. By comparison with these record factories, the storefront studios had a lot of free time on their hands—time to tinker with their equipment, audition and rehearse prospective talent, and, in the case of Sam Phillips, time to coax a historic performance out of a malleable young singer who had never sung in public before. What came to life in the course of that first Sun session was an entirely new vocal personality, as surprising to its creator as it would be to everyone else. "I never sang like [that] in my whole life until I made that record," Presley said later. Awed by the capacity of modern recording technology to enhance the sound of their voices, something similar would happen to a great many other young, unformed singers—including the boys who became the Beatles—in the years ahead. Sun Records released "That's All Right" as a single in August 1954. Paired with an equally eclectic version of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" on its flip side, the record caused an immediate commotion on the radio in Memphis and sold enough copies to qualify as a local hit. In the year that followed, it was succeeded by four more Presley singles on Sun: "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Milkcow Blues Boogie," "Baby Let's Play House," and "Mystery Train." All were blues that had previously been recorded by black artists; all were performed in the hybrid "rockabilly" style of "That's All Right"; and all were paired with country songs on their flip sides. Together with a weekly spot on the Louisiana Hayride radio show and live appearances at high school dances and county fairs throughout the South, these records established Elvis Presley as a regional sensation by the end of 1955. Yet the modest success of these singles— none of which prior to "Mystery Train" sold more than 25,000 copies— put Sam Phillips in a bind. Independent labels like Sun were dependent on a network of wholesale distributors who only paid for the records they handled if and when they sold. This meant that Phillips was constantly strapped for cash to pay for the pressing and promotion of a product whose cost he could only hope to recoup several months down the line. By the end of 1955, Presley's success in the South had drawn a whole pride of hillbilly cats to the Sun label—singers like Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash—any one of whom, Phillips believed, could do what Elvis had done. So when RCA Victor offered him the princely sum of $35,000 for Presley's contract, Phillips jumped at the chance. The deal was brokered by a former carnival barker, pet-cemetery operator, and country music impresario named "Colonel"
  23. 23. Tom Parker who was gradually assuming command of Presley's business affairs. As one of the half-dozen major labels that dominated the American record market in 1955, RCA had a country music division based in Nashville. The label turned Elvis over to its Nashville production staff and in January 1956 he recorded "Heartbreak Hotel." Its release was coordinated with a series of appearances on network television shows that exposed the American public to the provocative visual image that complemented Presley's provocative musical style: the infamous pelvic gyrations, the outlandish clothes and pompadoured hair, the hurting eyes and the lopsided grin, poised between a leer and a sneer, that functioned as a kind of generational Rorschach test. The effect of this television exposure was overwhelming. "Heartbreak Hotel" vaulted to the top of the Billboard charts in April and held there throughout the spring. Over the next eighteen months, by never failing to have a record or two in the American Top Ten, Elvis Presley would completely redefine the amount of attention that a twenty-one-year-old white boy from a place like Tupelo, Mississippi, could expect to receive from the world. As a matter of course, RCA offered "Heartbreak Hotel" to EMI, the major British label with which it enjoyed a reciprocal licensing deal. Released in May 1956, the record was an immediate hit in Britain, where its popularity was all the more remarkable for the fact that it received little direct airplay on BBC radio, which preferred to broadcast live renditions of current releases by in- house studio bands. This meant that Presley's performance of "Heartbreak Hotel"—the only performance that mattered—was first heard mainly on the jukeboxes of dance halls and coffee bars and on the nightly English-language broadcasts of Radio Luxembourg, a clear- channel commercial station that provided the youth of Britain with a service comparable to that of Radio Free Europe in reverse. It was five hundred miles from Luxembourg to Liverpool, but on most nights the signal carried tolerably well, accompanied by just enough static to enhance the aura of mystery that surrounded rock 'n' roll. Thirteen years after the release of "Heartbreak Hotel," a leading theorist of mass communications asked a leading practitioner of mass communications how he got his start. "I heard Elvis Presley," John Lennon told Marshall McLuhan. "There were a lot of other things going on, but that was the conversion. I kind of dropped everything." Excerpted from Can't Buy Me Love by Jonathan Gould. 2007/10/26 By Jonathan Gould - www.usatoday.com / Maurice Colgan / www.epgold.com Russian Elvis Presley DVD Collection. Russian Elvis Presley DVD Collection contents: Jailhouse Rock - Flaming Star - Wild In The Country - Girls! Girls! Girls! - Fun In Acapulco - Viva Las Vegas - Paradise, Hawaiian Style) Release date: October 2007. Regioncode: 5. 2007/10/25 www.elvisclubberlin.de / www.epgold.com USA Elvis TV watch. Thirty years after Elvis has "left the building," TV Land takes an in- depth look at some of the most popularly held mysteries about the King of Rock 'n' Roll and dissects them to separate fact from fiction. Are Oprah Winfrey and Elvis really related? Did he really approach President Nixon in the hopes of becoming a federal drug agent? These, and many other mysteries will be answered in this special edition of TV Land Myths and Legends. TV Land's "Elvis" special airs 28 October at 10pm (check your local guides) 2007/10/25 CNN - www.elvisinfonet.com / www.epgold.com 'The Beat Goes On' .
  24. 24. BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Boulevard Souvenirs, an Elvis-themed gift shop near Graceland, has filed a lawsuit over changes Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has made to vendor licensing agreements that prevent vendors from selling their wares to the gift shop. -- PHOTO BY ANDY MEEK. Battle continues between EPE, area retailer A little more than a year ago, a representative of Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. floated a business proposition to Rick Roberts, the owner of a one-story brick storefront a few steps from Graceland. The offer reportedly involved buying Roberts' Elvis-themed gift shop Boulevard Souvenirs for about $350,000 and assuming the 13 years remaining on its lease. Roberts, who developed his independent retail operation at 3706 Elvis Presley Blvd. on land that once was the site of a car repair shop, turned down the request to sell. The store currently is stocked from front to back with trinkets such as old newspapers, T- shirts and mugs, and it grosses about $1 million a year. But EPE didn't stop there, Roberts' attorney argues in a lawsuit filed earlier this year in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The corporation that officially conducts and manages Elvis-related business recently tweaked the licensing agreements it has in place with merchandise vendors. CKX Inc. and Robert F.X. Sillerman, which acquired an 85 percent ownership of Elvis Presley Enterprises in February 2005, were not named in the lawsuit. License needed A change that was inserted now prohibits vendors from selling their Elvis wares to unauthorized retailers within a 5-mile radius of Graceland. "Well, guess who's within a 5-mile radius of Graceland?" said Randy Songstad, the attorney representing Boulevard Souvenirs. "So the vendors said, 'Hey, you can't do that, they do a lot of money with us.' "And (EPE) said, 'If you sell to them, we'll take your license.' So the vendors called us up, one by one, and said, 'It's killing us, but we can't sell to you.'" Earlier this month, one of the federal claims filed on behalf of Boulevard Souvenirs - a claim that EPE and vice president of international licensing Carol Butler were conspiring to eliminate all independently owned retail competitors near Graceland - was dismissed. Why the conspiracy claim wasn't successful is that under the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, a conspiracy involving a business and an employee can't technically be viewed as a conspiracy. A business, in other words, can't conspire with itself. EPE did not respond to requests for an interview and stated in a previous e-mailed response that no comment would be forthcoming. In a motion to dismiss the claims against EPE, Glankler Brown PLLC attorney William Bradley Jr. wrote that the effort was made to amend the vendor license agreements partly in response to an uptick in the proliferation of bootlegged Elvis merchandise around Graceland. "EPE does not want its 'genuine' merchandise sold in a place where bootleg or unauthorized merchandise is also sold," he wrote. EPE has in place more than 200 license agreements with licensees that either manufacture or authorize the manufacture of Elvis- themed collectibles and souvenirs. Big year for business Graceland, the late singer's famous mansion home, is a tourist mecca that averages about 566,000 visitors each year. Across the street from Graceland sits Graceland Plaza, where EPE operates a number of Elvis-themed museums and attractions and sells related merchandise. This year has been an important year for both EPE and Boulevard Souvenirs, in that it marks the 30th anniversary of the singer's death. Throughout the anniversary year, tourists are expected to descend in droves on the commercial pocket of Whitehaven surrounding Graceland. Boulevard Souvenirs also expected to see an increase in sales this year, according to court documents. Underneath the gift shop's store logo on the sign that's passed by swarms of daily tourists are the words "The Beat Goes On." "If you don't have official EPE merchandise, you get people who come to town, that's what they want - you don't have it, they don't buy from you," Songstad said. "So it's a huge deal in our industry to be able to buy officially licensed Elvis Presley merchandise." Boulevard Souvenirs is preparing its next move in the court action over what EPE sees as an assertion of more control over its signature product line and what the small store sees as a bid by EPE to shut it out of the marketplace inappropriately. Songstad declined to specify what legal options remain available, but insisted the recent dismissal of the conspiracy claim did not close the book on Boulevard's case.
  25. 25. 2007/10/25 Andy Meek - www.memphisdailynews.com / www.epgold.com PRESLEY SCRIPTS + SONG SHEETS LOST IN FIRE. LATEST: More than 30 original ELVIS PRESLEY movie scripts and song sheets were among the memorabilia items destroyed when Kashan Castle in Malibu, California was destroyed by fire on Sunday (21Oct07). Owned by philanthropist and collector Lilly Lawrence, the famous landmark, also known as Malibu Castle and Hodge Castle, was one of the first buildings to succumb to the Malibu wildfires. Lawrence tells the New York Daily News, "Gone are 32 or 33 original movie scripts of Elvis. They were his personal scripts, with all his notes in the margins. "All the music for Heartbreak Hotel It's just devastating." However, firefighters were able to save Presley's Nash Metropolitan car and his U.S. Army jacket before the flames swept in. 2007/10/25 www.contactmusic.com / www.epgold.com Elvis - The Movie Release Date Still not Known. First Look Studios advise us that the release of Elvis - The Movie starring Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley is still delayed, 'the release date status for ELVIS is TBD'. 2007/10/25 www.elvis.com.au / www.epgold.com Elvis, My Best Man will be out summer of 2008. George Klein advises that his autobiography Elvis, My Best Man will be out summer of 2008. George mentioned about the new book 'The Elvis Presley Family Album' and his reply was "It is sort of a coffee table book ... Graceland suggested me as honorary editor ... the publisher made some honest typos and small mistakes after my proof reading it. They are to correct them with an insert." In an interview with Elvis Australia, George said "He was best man at my wedding. That's the working title. It will be from day one, from the first meeting in 1948 until today. It will have inside stories that people don't know and pictures people have never seen. You'll hear the whole, true story. I waited because there were so many books and stories that came out about Elvis after he died and into the eighties and I just didn’t want to get caught up in that circus. 2007/10/25 www.elvis.com.au / www.epgold.com ELVIS - THE KING BMG licensed - MONGOLIA. RAREST OF THE RARE CD!! This is the first ever BMG licensed CD from Mongolia (Khan Records) and it is INCREDIBLY rare for a few reasons. First, Mongolia is a Communist country that long ago banned rock n roll and anyone even caught with a rock n roll record (CD) could possibly be fined heavily or even jailed or WORSE! Crazy but true. Anyway, finally the Khan Record label got permission , just this year, from BMG to issue this legal LIMITED CD which may in fact turn out to be the ONLY CD on Elvis released there but time will tell. Please note the small emblem on the left bottom of the back cover. This is Mongolia's special logo. Please also note that it is illegal to send any of these CD's out of Mongolia. For this reason this CD is one of the rarest ever on Elvis. Content: Suspicious Minds; Blue Suede Shoes; Jailhouse Rock; Love Me Tender;Love Me Tender; Don't Be Cruel; King Creole; Hard Headed Woman; All Shook Up; Hound Dog; Too Much; Heartbreak Hotel; Teddy Bear; Party; That's Allright Mama; One Night; Always On My Mind; Big Hunk; Wear My Ring; Crying in The Chapel; Stuck On You; Wooden Heart; Viva Las Vegas; Devil In Disguise; Guitar Man; Little Less Conversation; Welcome To My World; Green Grass Of Home; Now Or Never; Fever; My Way 2007/10/24 Paul Dowling - www.worldwideelvis.com / www.epgold.com
  26. 26. Video - Clip from "Protecting The King" by David Stanley. Elvis movie clip Protecting The King" (9.49 min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItrkjVFnzPU&sdig=1 Billy and Jo Smith Talking about Elvis early 80s. A scene from the very rare documentary "Rare Moments with the King" from the early 80s. Elvis Cousin Billy Smith and his Wife Jo talking about August 16, 1977. (4.24 min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id4HgvtOI8w 2007/10/24 Youtube / www.epgold.com "HOUND DOG MURRAY 'SLOPPY' ELVIS ACT. He makes a great Elvis, but Bill Murray is no King of hearts. Posing on the premiere issue of Movies Rock magazine, the "Lost in Translation" star confesses that most women have dated him out of "morbid curiosity." And the comic candidly described his kissing style as "semi-sloppy." Not that Murray lacks charm - he entertained the whole photo shoot crew for the new movie-and-music mag with what they described as a "deafening" rendition of "Suspicious Minds." 2007/10/24 www.nypost.com / www.epgold.com Wanda Jackson owes a debt to Elvis Presley. (Photo Provided by Michael Bloom Media Relations): With the encouragement of her then-boyfriend, Elvis Presley, country singer Wanda Jackson became the first female rock and roller. She performs Thursday at the German House Theater. With a couple of country hits on the charts, Wanda Jackson had her doubts. But she and Elvis Presley were touring together, along with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly and that crazy Jerry Lee Lewis. With her dad, of course, as chaperone. A girl's reputation had to be guarded, you know, although Dad's presence made it a little tough on the romance then brewing between her and Elvis. "He was a kid then, only about 20, I guess," Jackson says. "I was 17, 18. Sometimes, he and I would just get a hamburger and a Coke. Drive around. Talk. Get acquainted. We were young, our careers were just starting. He was so encouraging to me. He give me the courage to try this new style." Rock and roll. And rockabilly. All of the guys were doing it, and Elvis was persistent. And Jackson caved. She thought, "Maybe I should. I was a teenager, and this was my generation of music. And it would be silly not to try to do it."
  27. 27. Elvis was right. A string of hard-howling, attitudinal hits followed. "Fujiyama Mama," "Riot in Cell Block #9" and even a song Elvis had done, "Let's Have a Party." She was, as the title of a new documentary suggests, The Sweet Lady With the Nasty Voice. Does Wanda Jackson believe, as many musicologists insist, that she was the first female rock and roller? The 70-year-old born-again Christian pauses for just a moment. "Yes," she says. So it's history Thursday at the German House Theater, with Wanda Jackson backed by the Lustre Kings. As yet another Elvis — Elvis Costello — writes in the liner notes to her 2006 album, I Remember Elvis, "Tell me why this woman isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." It's not that Jackson has gone unnoticed. She is in the country music and gospel halls of fame. And in 2005, she was a National Endowment for the Arts honoree, which spotlights folk and traditional arts. "There were 12 of us, including a 93-year-old woman who wove Navajo rugs," Jackson says. She did take note of how few female singers had been honored by the organization over the years. "That made it all the more special to me. Here we are, putting our American music all over the world. I've done my very best to make it pure and not make it pop music, in the poorest sense." Hers was an era in which rock and roll "turned it upside down," Jackson says. "Up until Elvis, all of our songs were geared toward an adult audience. But young people were now buying the records." She was quickly accepted into the club. "I often wondered why I was able to work with him," she says of shows where everyone came to see Elvis. "The crowd seemed to accept me; they didn't boo me, like they did some of the other artists." Well, if Elvis was for the girls, Wanda was for the guys. But the songs were always for the guys. "There just wasn't that much material available for a girl, and I wouldn't get first chance at a rock and roll song," she says. "They wanted one of the guys to get first crack at it." While Jackson speaks admiringly of Elvis' encouraging words, it's tough to tell to what degree Elvis was the man in Jackson's life; she doesn't tell tales. But Elvis did give her a ring, which she still has. But soon enough, he went off to Hollywood, and they lost touch. The new man in her life was Wendell Goodman, who also manages her to this day. And, a decade later, another man entered their lives. "Let's Have a Party" gave way to "I Saw the Light." Becoming born-again, Jackson has said over the years, saved her marriage. "We were going down a pretty rocky path with the lifestyle," she says. "We knew that we loved each other, that was never a problem. But the lifestyle was getting to us. We knew there had to be a change." Change may come slow to Jackson, as her move from country to rock did, but it's been a constant in her life. It came again, in 1995, when the spirited Rosie Flores asked her to appear on her Rockabilly Filly album. "We had a gospel ministry for many years," Jackson says of her husband. "When she asked me to do Rockabilly Filly, I said, 'Well, Rosie, do people listen to that kind of music?' I just really didn't know, having been in Christian music for so long. "But it got me a whole renewed generation of fans, and we're gaining fans it seems like every day. "The only conflict I had in my soul was, I didn't know if an older lady, a Christian lady, singing these kiddish songs, was going to work. But once we saw the audience liking it, I knew it was the right thing." Rockabilly Filly and a subsequent tour with Flores (It was the first time Jackson had been in a nightclub in 20 years) kicked off a Jackson revival. Her excellent 2003 album, Heart Trouble, featured appearances by Costello, Dave Alvin, Lee Rocker and the Cramps. In much the same way that Johnny Cash and a handful of other classic performers had experienced a career renaissance, so did Jackson. The older lady, the Christian lady, was cool. And now she's brought another man back into her life. The last time she saw Elvis was in 1964, during a brief meeting in Las Vegas. In I Remember Elvis, she sings some of the King's classic Sun Records-era music. Songs that Elvis got first crack at, like "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "Mystery Train." "I was always a little bit leery of tackling his stuff," she says. "I didn't want it to sound like I was trying to copy him. If Elvis has done a song, it's been done. "I wanted to keep the ambience of his songs. And I wanted to tell the stories the fans seemed to enjoy hearing so much." Stories like their first meeting, in 1955, at a radio station while promoting a package tour that the two were a part of. "I had never heard his name, I had never even seen him," she says on the final track of the CD, a handful of respectful Elvis stories. She remembers him as tall, dark-haired and good looking. He was wearing a yellow sports coat, with longish hair, sideburns and a ducktail, "which was different than what my friends in Oklahoma were wearing." She remembers he drove off in a pink Cadillac. The guy knew how to make an impression. "I think entertainers are just special anyway. They put their pants on one leg at a time, but there is a magnetism and a charisma about them. Elvis had charisma. Anybody that's ever known him always says the same thing." 2007/10/24 Jeff Spevak - www.democratandchronicle.com / www.epgold.com The King The Musical: Review.
  28. 28. Over 800 visitors came to see the Belgian premiere of “The King The Musical”, in the Royal Circus in Brussels. The Belgian media didn’t quite know what to think of this concept. Some French speaking reporters were doubting the success, while in the Flemish part of the country, the media reacted with enthusiasm. Time to see the show ourselves. First off: this show is not a musical as we know it. The three different career stages were brought back to life by Leo Days (fifties + sixties) and Kraig Parker (seventies). Behind the actors/singers was a tight running 7 p orchestra plus three  

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