May 25 - Sonny West Died

Sonny West has died. He was Elvis Presley's former bodyguard and one of the authors of "Elvis, What Happend?". It was last year that Sonny West was confirmed to have stage 4 lung cancer - although he had been battling with serious medical issues over the last 5 years. In a twist of bad luck Sonny’s wife Judy was also suffering with breast cancer.

(Source: FECC / Elvis Information Network)

May 24 - Words He Lived By

The Elvis Presley Special Collector's Edition is proud to present the 10th installment in its ongoing celebration of the King of Rock & Roll: Elvis Presley: Words He Lived By. In this exclusive, 100-page collector's edition, fans of Elvis can find rare quotes and interviews, photos from Graceland, on the road and behind the scenes of his films and performances, and an introduction from Priscilla Presley herself.

(Source: On Newsstands Now)
 


May 23 - No Commends

The CMT import-label announced the release of "Elvis In Concert - No Commends".

From the press-release:
“If You Haven’t guessed by now... it’s been 40 years!” CMT is back with an outstanding release! It’s been 40 years since RCA released “Elvis in Concert” , still a favorite after all these years, not only for historic reasons, cause although not in good health Elvis voice was still incredible! 

The producers have done a new approach on these recordings, and decided to make a more enjoyable version by cutting out all the fans comments, and edit the performances to one live concert, using 24Bit 96KHZ audio for the best possible sound. Most edits sound better then the original ones... including all songs from the original double album, plus five rare multi track bonus recordings, including a rocking “Mystery Train/Tiger Man” bringing the total to 33 tracks!

The set is limited to 500 copies and comes in a six panel digipack, with artwork matching the original release, including beautiful rare pictures. 

Full track-listing:
Also Sprach Zarathustra See See Rider That´s All Right Are You Lonesome Tonight? Teddy Bear/Don´t Be Cruel You Gave Me A Mountain Jailhouse Rock How Great Thou Art I Really Don´t Want To Know Elvis introduces his Father Hurt Hound Dog My Way Can´t Help Falling in Love Closing Riff I Got A Woman/Amen Elvis Talks Love Me If You Love Me O Sole Mio/It´s Now Or Never Trying to Get to You Hawaiian Wedding Song Fairytale Little Sister Early Morning Rain What´d I Say Johnny B Goode And I Love You So 

Multi track bonus tracks:
Blue Suede Shoes Mystery Train/Tiger Man Little Darlin’ Help Me Unchained Melody 

(Source: FECC)

May 22 - On Fire In Florida


The Straight Arrow import-release announced the double CD release "On Fire In Florida" dedicated to Elvis' February ’77 tour.

From the press-release:
The Hollywood, February 12th, 1977 show was first released in 1994, 23 years have passed since then and now is the right time for a proper re-release. Straight Arrow went back to the original cassette and restored it from scratch. The West Palm Beach, February 13th, 1977 show was previously released from an incomplete soundboard source.

Our complete recording has been taken directly from a previously unreleased original audience-recorded mastertape. Both shows were recorded by the same person. In spite of Elvis’ unhealthy look especially at the beginning of tour, his concerts were solid and playlists were variable, incl. some rarely performed songs, actually, it was best tour of 1977. As usual, this new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel double digipak that includes photos taken in Hollywood and West Palm Beach and newspaper reviews of both concerts. If you liked our release “Got Me Workin’ Boss Man – 40 Years After Vol. 1” (SA/SP 2016-44-02), we'll bet that you will also love 40 Years After Vol. 2.

CD 1 - 12. 02. 1977
Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - My Boy (On Line) / My Way - Little Sister / Return To Sender (One Line) - Help Me - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions Of Singers, Musicians, Orchestra - Early Mornin' Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - Love Letters - School Day - Hurt (With Reprise) - Hound Dog - Funny How Time Slips Away - Wooden Heart (One Line) / Unchained Melody - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcements

Previously released on the CD "Hot Time In Miami".

CD 2 - 13. 02. 1977
Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Little Sister - You Gave Me A Mountain - Blue Suede Shoes - O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - My Way - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - And I Love You So - Fever - Introductions Of Singers, Musicians, Orchestra - Early Mornin' Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - Blueberry Hill - Love Letters (With Break) - School Day - Hurt - Hound Dog (With Funny False Start) - Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen) - Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) - Jailhouse Rock - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcement

Previously released on "Coming On Strong".

(Source: FECC)

May 20 - New Import Releases

Three new import titles appeared on eBay; 'Great Moments With Elvis', 'Elvis' and the 5 CD set 'TeeVee Treasures: The '68 Comeback Special' . The details from the listing on eBay.

'Great Moments With Elvis'
A superb collection of 17 rare early 1960's outtakes, housed in a 60's style 6 panel digipack. Most tracks are unreleased in this form (no false starts, studio chats or unfinished takes, but the full versions) and hard to find on CD .

1. Swing Down, Sweet Chariot - take 3 2. Surrender - take 9 3. Shoppin' Around - take 5 4. Make Me Know It - take 18 5. Lonely Man - sol - , take 3 6. Milky White Way - take 6 7. Little Sister - take 6 8. There's Always Me - take 9 9. Memphis, Tennessee - take 5 10. I Met Her Today - take 13 11. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow - take 6 12. Something Blue - take 6 13. If You Think I Don't Need You - take 7 14. Western Union - take 3 15. They Remind Me Too Much Of You - take 7 16. Suspicion - spliced takes 4,5 17. Witchcraft - take 2

'Elvis' 
This great 6 panel digipack CD release (with the stunning cover !) is based on the original ‘Elvis’ Australia vinyl LP compilation album released in 1975 thru the RCA label. (Australian Only Orange RCA Victor label compilation - Australian Fan Club Release SP-106-G ). A fantastic collection of 19 rare outtakes, many of them unreleased in this form on CD by Elvis' official record company.

1. Clean Up Your Own Back Yard (Undubbed Version) 2. Easy Come Easy Go (Take 10) 3. Almost In Love (Original Single Version) 4. Today Tomorrow & Forever (Take 4) 5. Edge Of Reality (Take 6) 6. King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 6) 7. Let's Be Friends (Original Album Version) 8. I'll Take Love (Take 2B) 9. Long Legged Girl (Take 6) 10. US Male (Take 11) 11. Angel (Take 2) 12. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live, August 22, 1969) 13. I'm Not The Marrying Kind (Take 6) 14. C'mon Everybody (Take 7) 15. This Is Living (Take 8) 16. Follow That Dream (Take 2) 17. Flaming Star (Channel Mix Master) 18. A Whistling Tune (Take 3) 19. You'll Never Walk Alone (Take 2 - Edited)


TeeVee Treasures: The '68 Comeback Special

With 5 individual jewelcases, packed in lp sized box including oversized booklet this set will bring you back to the old days of cd/vinyl packaging. Something deluxe. This exclusive 5 cd box set contains approx 5 hours of rare and unreleased material from the legendary 1968 NBC TV SPECIAL. Many for the first time available on CD. Listen to how the musical content for the special develops and how this became a turning point in Elvis’ career, as well as one of the most iconic music specials in TV history. We take you back to 1968! Hear: Trouble / Guitar man / Memories / If i can dream / Let yourself go / Big boss man / It hurts me / Nothingville / Little Egypt and many more.

Disc 1: The Original Mono Album
01 Trouble / Guitar Man  02 Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Baby What You Want Me To Do / Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / All Shook Up / Can’t Help Falling In Love  Jailhouse Rock / Love Me Tender  03 Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Up Above My Head / Saved  04 Blue Christmas / One Night  05 Memories  06 Nothingville / Big Boss Man / Guitar Man / Little Egypt / Trouble / Guitar Man 07 If I Can Dream The Outtakes / June 20 1968nothingville / Guitar Man (Part 1)  Guitar Man’s Evil Section 1 08 Warming Up 09 Take 1  10 Take 5 & 6  Let Yourself Go (Part 1)  Guitar Man’s Evil Section 2 11 Take 1  12 Take 2-5  13 Take 6  14 Take 7 (Master)  Guitar Man (Part 2) / Escape Section 1 (Fast)  15 Take 1-3  16 Take 4-5  17 Take 6-8  Calliope Carnival / Escape Section 2  18 Take 1 Big Boss Man / Escape Section 3  19 Take 1-2  It Hurts Me (Part 1) / Escape Section 4  20 Take 1  21 Take 2-4  22 Take 5  23 Take 6-7 (Master Take Call Only) 

Disc 2: It Hurts Me (Part 2) / After Karate Section 1 / June 21 
01 Take 1  02 Take 2-3  03 Take 4-5 (Tape Cut)  Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I  Go But To The Lord / Yes, Yes, Yes / Up Above My Head  (Intro) / Gospel Section 1 / June 21  04 Rehearsal & Take 1  Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved (Intro)  Gospel Section 2 / June 21  05 Take 4 & 7 Trouble / Guitar Man / Guitar Man Opening / June 22  06 Take 1  07 Take 2-3  If I Can Dream - Record Version / June 23  08 Take 1  09 Take 2-4  10 Take 5 (Master)  Memories - Vocal Overdub / June 24  11 Track Only Take 3 & 4 With V.O Take 1 It Hurts Me - Vocal Overdub & Playback Amusement Pier Part 2 / June 27  12 Take 1-3  13 Preparation For Next Take  14 Take 4  15 Take 5  16 Take 6-8  17 Take 9-10 (Master)  Trouble / Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub Of  After Karate Section 3 Track / June 29 6.00 Pm Show  18 Trouble / Guitar Man  Trouble / Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub Of After Karate  Section 3 Track / Guitar Man With Road / June 29 8.00 Pm  19 Take 1-3  20 Take 4  21 Preparation For Next Take  22 Tiptoe Through The Tulips / Macarthur Park  23 Take 5  Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub Road #2 / June 30  24 Take 1  25 Take 2 (Master)  Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub Road #3 / June 30  26 Take 1  27 Take 2  28 Take 3  29 Take 4  30 Take 5  31 Take 6 (Master)  32 If I Can Dream - Dubdown Of June 23 Master 

Disc 3: If I Can Dream - Vocal Overdub / June 30 
01 Take 1-2  02 Take 3  03 Take 4 (Master)  Trouble / Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub & Playbackopening Section #1 / June 30  04 Take 1  05 Take 2  06 Take 3-5  07 Take 6 08 Take 7 (Master)  Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub / Alley / June 30  09 Take 1  10 Take 2  11 Take 3-5  12 Take 6 (Master) Little Egypt / Trouble - Vocal Overdub / Nightclub  June 30  13 Take 1  14 Take 2 (No Take)  15 Take 3  16 Take 4 (Master)  Trouble - Vocal Overdub / Disco / June 30 17 Take 1  18 Take 2 (Master)  Trouble - Vocal Overdub / Supper Club / June 30 19 Take 1  20 Take 2  21 Take 3 (Master)  Bonus: Memories - Vocal Overdub  22 Memories / June 27 6.00pm Sitdown Show  23 Memories / June 27 8.00pm Sitdown Show Saved (Part 1) / Preach For The Sky / Saved (Part 2)  Gospel Section 3 / June 22  24 Take 6 - Incomplete Used For Spliced Master  25 Let Yourself Go - Alternate Master  26 Memories - Mono Master  27 Memories - Stereo Master  28 If I Can Dream - Record Version Mono Master  29 Let Yourself Go - Spliced ‘91 Version  30 Let Yourself Go - Closing Instrumental Dubdown 

Disc 4 The Soundtrack Versions 01 Trouble / Guitar Man (Incl. Scratch)  02 Gospel Medley  03 Road Medley Road Medley Composite  04 Complete Version  05 Original Album Version - Unedited  Gospel Medley Composite  06 Complete Version  07 Complete Version - Unedited  08 It Hurts Me - Spliced Master  09 Saved - Spliced Master With Edited Intro  10 Trouble / Guitar Man - Stereo Version  11 Tag - Uh Uh Uh / June 30 

Disc 5
The Original Singer Commercials
01 Singer Introduces The Nbc Tv Special #1
02 Singer Introduces The Nbc Tv Special #2
03 Singer Commercial #1
04 Singer Commercial #2
05 Singer Commercial #3
06 Singer Commercial #4
07 Singer Commercial #5
08 Singer Commercial #6
09 The ‘68 Comeback Radio Special

One-Hour Radio Special Which Premiered In August 2008 Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of Elvis Presley’s ‘68 Comeback Special.

Original program director Steve Binder, guitarist Scotty Moore and others look back on how this became a turning point in Elvis’ career, as well as one of the most iconic music specials in TV history. Hosted by singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell this interesting special is put together by the same team behind the acclaimed 2007 Elvis Specials 'The Early Years', 'Viva Las Vegas' and 'He Touched Me'.  Total Running Time : 59.05

(Source: FECC / eBay)

May 19 - New Releases

Due from the Real Gone Music budgetlabel on June 16, 2017 is the 4 CD set "At the Movies Vol. 2". Box set

Due from the Friday Music label on July 14, 2017 is the classic "Elvis Is Back" album. This re-issue comes on 180 Gr. audiophile translucent blue vinyl in a gatefold cover. 

Due from RCA Legacy on July 28, 2017 is the vinyl album "A Boy from Tupelo: the Sun Masters".

(Source: Amazon)

May 18 - Packing The Arena

The MfX import-label announced the release of a new CD set entitled 'Packing The Arena' featuring both shows performed on on April 25, 1976 at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach CA. The label decided to produce longbox digi-pack with five different sleeve variations of 100 copies each. The first cover will be a deluxe edition with exclusive content.

The 16 page booklet contains information on both shows including a collection of live photographs newspapers clips, memorabilia and poster (40x30 cm) on glossy 135 gram paper. Each version comes with one of four different posters and a copy of the original newspaper clip (20x40 cm). Addition to the first 100 numbered copies:

  • Four large art-stickers 
  • Exclusive A4 size digi-pack
  • Two sleeve variations (50/50 copies)
  • Exclusive 12 page booklet
  • Exclusive fridge-magnet (7x5 cm)
  • Exclusive tote bag in two different variations
  • Exclusive poster on high glossy 135 Gr. paper (40x30 cm)
  • Exclusive certificate of authenticity (21x29 cm) on glossy 300 Gr. paper.
  • Copy of the original newspaper clip (20x40 cm) on glossy paper.

May 17 - Elvis On Bootleg Record

The AudiRec import-label announced the release of volume 7 in the "Elvis - Hilton Showroom" series. This volume is due at the end of May 2017.

From the press-release:

Welcome to Volume 7 of our AudiRec “Las Vegas Series” which concentrates on Elvis´ concerts in Sin City. This time we have chosen to release the Dinner Show from February 17, 1972 and it is the first time that this show is available on a “real” CD. Since there aren´t too many “listenable” recordings from this Las Vegas season made by fans who were there in the audience, bringing their own, non-professional recording equipment, it is more than likely good to have another one that is pretty good in sound!

In his 6th Hilton appearance Elvis received quite some rave reviews, especially in comparison to some critics and fans comments which did not sound too enthusiastic when talking about the “King´s” August 71 engagement in Las Vegas. Elvis did a total of 57 shows, starting on January 26 and ending on February 23. RCA was there to do some live recording and because of that and some other reasons Elvis changed his setlist significantly to the benefit of some “big” and “dramatic” ballads.


“Variety” told his readers on February 9, 1972 about Elvis in Vegas: “This time out is the best one yet for Presley. His format is taut, he pays attention to his songs and audience, the karate exercises are quite vigorous and his ringside kissing technique is like a dozen midway attractions rolled into one. He has almost ceased the pelvic sex symbolism, retaining a wee bit of the guitar’s phallic thrust near the top of his vocalistics … Wearing a white cape, orange scarf and white jumpsuit studded with brass buttons and open nearly to his mid-section, he comes on ready and belting strong. Par for his course is about 20 tunes, big, bigger, biggest, either in his own or the general pop catalog. If he keeps up his opening pace there will be no need for repeat of grumbles, heard at the close of his August 1971 month, that Presley was sliding by, generally goofing off and otherwise acting bored with the whole thing.”


Please be aware that this new release is limited to 300 copies only! Be sure to get your copy if you are interested. Once you have it in your hands, we hope your spare time will allow you to sit back, put your headphones on, flip through the accompanied 16-page booklet and listen to the Dinner Show from February 17, 1972. It´s Las Vegas! It´s the Hilton Hotel Showroom! It´s Elvis! Enjoy!


Tracklisting Dinner Show - February 17, 1972:

Opening Riff / C. C. Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - A Big Hunk O'Love - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Suspicious Minds - Band Introductions - Introduction Of Johnny Tillotson - An American Trilogy - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Elvis On Record


A new book from P. Alner is due, 'Elvis On Record - A Comprehensive Guide To UK Record Releases' It is  exclusively available from The Elvis Shop London. 

Synopsis:
A 450 page full colour hardback book with all you need to know about Elvis Presley's UK record releases from 1956 - 2017. Supplemented with sheet music, ads, charts and articles from the time. Every known 78 RPM, 45 RPM, Extended Play EP and album are included and every relevant issue is illustrated in colour.


Billboard Charts 


Elvis Presley has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending may 27, 2017. 

  • 'The Wonder Of You' rises from 6 to 5 on the Classical Album Chart
  • 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' drops from 27 to 30 on the Top Christian Album Chart;drops from 27 to 30 on the Christian And Gospel Album Chart and is a re-entry at 25 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
  • 'Heart And Soul' rises from 19 to 17 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
  • 'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' rises from 21 to 20 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
  • 'Crying In The Chapel': Hymns And Gospel Favourites is a re-entry at 42 on the Christian and Gospel Album Sales Chart

Belgian Chart

After re-entering the Belgian Mid-price Album charts last week the two alums 'The Essential Elvis Presley' and 'Top 40 Elvis – His Ultimate Top 40 Collection' dropped off the chart.

Australian Charts

The DVD "The King Of Rock’n’Roll" climbed from #38 to #9 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

Elvis In Duch

The book "Elvis Dichtbij("Elvis Up Close") from author Marc Hendrickx has been released. The Dutch book covers Elvis Presley's career with additional info and facts on 248 pages. Part of the photo's used in this book are new. 

The YouTube clip features an interview with the author.

Due for release on June 1, 2017 is the Dutch translation of "Being Elvis" (Elvis, Een Eenzaam Leven") from author Ray Connolly. 


(The Elvis Shop London / FECC / Brian Quinn / Marc Hendrickx / The King's World)





May 16 - Presley Meets Cash

A new series of 10 inch vinyl records has been announced. It will focus on the connection between Elvis Presley and other music legends. Elvis Presley sang songs which were made famous by them or the other way around. This new limited edition series will start of with 'Presley Meets Cash' on yellow and black vinyl, both limited to 200 copies. 
 
Tracks Johnny Cash:
I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Alternate Take)
Folsom Prison Blues (Alternate Take)
I Walk The Line (Alternate Take)
I Love You Because (Alternate Take)
A Thing Called Love (Master)
Frankie’s Man Johnny (Master)

Tracks Elvis Presley:
I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Live October 1955)
I Love You Because (Take 2)
A Thing Called Love (Take 1)
Frankie & Johnny (Take 1)
Folsom Prison Blues / I Walk The Line (Live, August 14 1970)

(Source: email)

May 15 - Highest Dead Earners Announced

When a person is catapulted to stratospheric celebrity status during their lifetime, not even death can halt their earning potential and ability to draw in revenue. On top of this, there are some whose demise has actually boosted their income with posthumous commemoration coming from all quarters. 
Elvis Presley is listed at #3 on the highest earning dead celebrities over the last 12 months. 

The Top 5: 
1 - Michael Jackson – $825 million
2 - Charles Schulz –  $48 million
3 - Elvis Presley - £27 million
4 - Bob Marley – $21 million                              
5 - David Bowie - £10.5 million

Far from diminishing over time, Elvis Presley’s potency as an artist and his uncanny ability to sell records since his death almost 40 years ago has remained a constant. This has led to $27 million of earnings for his estate in the last 12 months or so.

Presley’s latest albums, 'If I Can Dream' and the follow-up, 'The Wonder Of You', are a collection of orchestral reworkings of some of his greatest hits. Released toward the end of 2015 and 2016, this body of work spent time at the top of the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom and sold more than 2 million copies in the U.K. alone - most of these being physical rather than digital. Combined with the sales of his other albums, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll amassed a huge amount of revenue in 2016. 

Elvis has clearly mastered the art of staying relevant even in the world of digital sales and music streaming sites and has even enjoyed success in other ventures, as shown by the popular Elvis slot at CasinoEuro.

Elvis Week 2017 schedule
 
The Elvis Week 2017 schedule is just announced by EPE. Elvis Week 2017 will mark the 40th anniversary since Elvis’ passing. At Graceland in Memphis, we are anticipating this to be the largest Elvis Week ever with fans from around the world making the ultimate pilgrimage here in August to be with us during this very special celebration of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. Join us in Memphis this August for the ultimate celebration of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley.

Below is the current schedule of events for Elvis Week 2017. All event details, guests and additional information listed below is subject to change. Updates will continue to be made on this page as they are available. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26. 

Friday, August 11

Elvis Fan Reunion

2:00 PM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $10

Join us for one of our most celebrated first-time events from last year – as we welcome Elvis fans to Memphis. This special Elvis Fan Reunion allows fans to re-connect, meet new friends, share stories, play Elvis team trivia and much more. Elvis Week hosts Tom Brown, Joey Sulipeck and DJ Argo will be part of this special event. This is an Elvis Fan "Family" Reunion to celebrate YOU! Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26. 

Elvis Week Dance Party

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $25

Join Elvis Radio DJ Argo as he spins your favorite Elvis records while you dance the night away at our Elvis Week Dance Party event. The night will feature dancing, games and lots of giveaways! Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26. 

Saturday, August 12

35th Annual Elvis 5K Run Benefiting Livitup

8:00 AM. Run starts and finishes at gates of Graceland.

Join Livitup Inc. for their annual 5K run. After the race, enjoy a party featuring food, music and fun! 

Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents’ Event 

10:00 AM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $20

Celebrate the world of Elvis Presley Fan Clubs around the world at our bi-annual fan club event. The event will feature special programming that celebrates both Elvis and his dedicated fan clubs. Special guest speaker for the event will be Elvis’ friend and hair stylist Larry Geller. Fan Club presidents will get an invite and registration form directly from EPE to attend the event. Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26. 

The Auction at Graceland 

2:00 PM. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland

The Auction at Graceland will include artifacts from across the spectrum of collecting, including items owned by Elvis, gifted by Elvis, written by Elvis, used by Elvis and created to promote the king and his career. Each and every lot in this auction has been thoroughly researched and certified by Graceland Authenticated, the authority in Elvis and pop culture authentication. 

The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Celebration Concert

8:00 PM; Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $40

Enjoy a very special evening at the Graceland Soundstage to celebrate the gospel music of Elvis Presley. Hear the music that not only influenced Elvis, but that also earned him his only three Grammy Awards. Special guest performers for the evening include some who shared the stage with Elvis, plus those who have been inspired by his music: Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Larry Strickland and Ed Hill, former members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet; Terry Blackwood, Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor of Terry Blackwood and The Imperials; plus musician Terry Mike Jeffrey. The show will feature Elvis imagery and videos on the big screen throughout the performance. Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26. 

Sunday, August 13

Elvis 101

10:00 AM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $20

Elvis' influence on music, pop culture and society has been studied, analyzed and debated since his music first hit the airwaves in 1954. Elvis 101 features scholars, authors and those who have spent hundreds of hours studying Elvis Presley talking in-depth about different aspects of The King of Rock 'n' Roll's life and career. Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests for 2017 include: author Peter Guralnick, sharing stories about what it was like to research for his two Elvis biographies “Mystery Train” and “Careless Love”; John Beifuss, film critic and reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, talking about Elvis’ films; Sony Music's Ernst Jorgensen; and Tupelo historian Roy Turner. Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26.

A Salute to Sun Records Hosted by John Paul Keith

8:00 PM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $30

Hosted by renowned singer-songwriter John Paul Keith with Will Tucker and Brad Birkedahl, featuring special guests Jerry Phillips and Sun studio drummer J.M. Van Eaton. Keith, along with some of Memphis' top musicians will pay tribute to the early music of Elvis and all the legendary Sun artists, and will feature appearances Will Tucker, Shawn Zorn, and Griffin Rone. Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26.

Monday, August 14

Official Graceland Insiders Conference

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $50

Hosted by Tom Brown, the Graceland Insiders Conference will feature special segments that highlight various parts of Elvis' life and career with sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes looks, rarely-seen videos, feature segments filmed just for the event and much more. 2017 special guests include: Bill Wallace, Elvis' friend and karate champion; Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard and the brother of Elvis’ girlfriend Linda Thompson; Charles Stone, who worked closely with the Colonel on Elvis' tours and career; Dick Grob, who served as chief of security for Elvis; Lisa Marie co-pilot Ron Strauss; and more to be announced. Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26. 

A Band of Legends Remembers Elvis

8:00 PM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $40

Hear stories and music from the legendary musicians who shared both the stage and the studio with Elvis Presley in this unique concert event. Hosted by Andy Childs, join us for a night of storytelling and amazing music with special guests Norbert Putnam (bass), David Briggs (piano), Memphis Boys’ Bobby Wood (piano) and Gene Chrisman (drummer); plus guitarist Kerry Marx. Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26. 

Tuesday, August 15

Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Family & Friends 

10:00 AM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $25

Elvis enjoyed surrounding himself with friends and family whether he was home at Graceland, traveling on tour, or vacationing. Hear from some of Elvis’ closet friends and family as their memories and stories of time spent with Elvis. Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests include Priscilla Presley, plus Elvis’ close personal friends Jerry Schilling, Bill Medley, Bill Morris plus childhood friend Guy Harris. Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26. 

Songwriters Showcase 

3:00 PM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $30

Hear the stories behind the songs written for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll during our Songwriters Showcase. Hosted by Andy Childs, the Songwriters Showcase will feature music, stories and special guests talking about the music they wrote for Elvis. Confirmed guests include Mac Davis, who wrote many of Elvis' hits, such as "In the Ghetto;" Mike Stoller, who with his partner Jerry Leiber, wrote more than twenty songs recorded by Elvis, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Loving You,” “Love Me,” and “Treat Me Nice”; and Mark James, who wrote “Suspicious Minds,” “Always on my Mind,” “Moody Blue,” among others. Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26. 

Candlelight Vigil 

8:30 PM. Graceland Front Gate

After an opening ceremony at the Gates of Graceland, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis' gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary of Elvis' passing. 

Wednesday, August 16 

Conversations on Elvis: In the Studio

10:00 AM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $25

Hear what it was like to record in the studio with Elvis Presley from those who were there to experience it. Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests include: DJ Fontana, who recorded with Elvis in the 1950s and 1960s; back-up singers Mary Holladay Pederson and Ginger Holladay, who sang with Elvis on some of his biggest hits; and Sony Music's Ernst Jorgensen, author of "A Life in Music," a definitive study of Elvis' recording sessions;. More guests to be announced. Tickets for this event are available as part of an Elvis Week ticket package or individually through Graceland Reservations. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26. 

ELVIS: The Wonder of You

40th Anniversary Celebration Concert Event with Full Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM. FedExForum, downtown Memphis. 


The new, critically-acclaimed concert event which has sold out arenas across the world is coming to Memphis to celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley during the 40th anniversary. In this live concert event experience, a full symphony orchestra performs live on stage with Elvis Presley himself on the big screen. Hear some of Elvis’ biggest hits and fan-favorite songs. The concert will feature a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley plus other surprise guests. This production is inspired by the award-winning, chart-topping album releases "If I Can Dream" and "The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,” which featured archive recordings of the king’s voice, and new orchestral arrangements of some of his biggest hits. The show has received rave media reviews - “So Realistic, fans felt he was really in the building” - “thrilling experience” – “… so gripped were you by THAT voice, the mannerisms and frequent flashes of devilment in his eyes or on the curl end of his lips.” Join us for this historic night as we salute the life and legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Tickets for the show range from $300 to $65. The $300 VIP ticket is only available through Graceland as part of the Elite and Premier Elvis Week Packages. For more on purchasing tickets for the 40th Anniversary Concert, visit the Elvis Week Ticket Page.

(Source: Substream Magazine / Graceland)

May 12 - Charts (updated)

Elvis Presley has no entries on the Official UK Top 100 Album chart for the week ending May 12, 2017. Other entries on the UK Album Specialist Charts:
  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 65 to 79 on the Physical Album Chart and drops from 82 to 93 on the Album Sales Chart 
  • 'The Platinum Collection' rises from 67 to 64 on the Physical Album Chart; drops from 23 to 25 on the Indie Albums Chart and rises from 89 to 80 on the Album Sales Chart
  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 67 to 95 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • 'The Platinum Collection' rises from 87 to 77 on the Scottish Album Chart

Belgian Charts
  • The 'The Essential Elvis Presley' album re-entered the Belgian Mid-price Album chart at #26.
  • The 'Top 40 Elvis – His Ultimate Top 40 Collection' re-entered the Belgian Mid-price Album chart at #29. 

US Billboard Charts

Elvis Presley has no albums on the US Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending May 20 ,2017. Other entries on the Billboard charts:
  • 'The Wonder Of You' rises from 13 to 6 on the Classical Album Chart
  • 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' rises from 30 to 27 on the Top Christian Album Chart and rises from 30 to 27 on the Christian And Gospel Album Chart
  • 'Heart And Soul' drops from 17 to 19 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
  • 'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' is a re-entry at 21 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
  • 'He Touched Me' (The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley) (Vols.1 and 2) rises from 22 to 5 on the Music Video Sales Chart

Australian Charts
  • The DVD 'Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More' dropped from #30 to #38 on the Australian Music DVD chart.

(Source: Brian Quinn on FECC / The King's World)

May 11 - Follow That Kid

The Elvis One label announced the release of 'Elvis Presley: Kid Galahad/Follow That Dream: Part 1 & 2: 1961 Studio Sessions' in their 'Bootleg Series. The discs contain the original mono masters, outtakes and movie versions from the movies 'Kid Galahad' and 'Follow That Dream' and both albums come with a 12 page booklet. 

Tracks Elvis Presley: Kid Galahad/Follow That Dream Studio Sessions Part 1:

Kid Galahad: Extended Play Mono Masters
1. King Of The Whole Wide World 2:09 2. This Is Living 1:45 3. Riding The Rainbow 1:43 4. Home Is Where The Heart Is 1:51 5. I Got Lucky 1:55 6. A Whistling Tune 2:46

Follow That Dream: Extended Play Mono Masters
7. Follow That Dream 1:39 8. Angel 2:40 9. What A Wonderful Life 2:29 10. I'm Not The Marrying Kind 1:52

Follow That Dream: The Outtakes
11. A Whistling Tune (Take 1) 0:34 12. Follow That Dream (Take 5) 0:42 13. Sound Advice (Takes 2 - 5) 3:17 14. I'm Not The Marrying Kind (Takes 1 & 5) 2:09 15. I'm Not The Marrying Kind (Take 7) 0:51

Kid Galahad: The Outtakes (Part One)
16. King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 18) 1:11 17. King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 19) 1:46
18. King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 22 & 23) 2:12 19. King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 24, 26, 27 & 28) 2:21 20. King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 29) 2:55 21. King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 30 & count-in take 31) 0:37 22. A Whistling Tune (Take 3 - 7) 3:14 23. Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 4 & 5) 1:02 24. Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 8) 0:47 25. Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 9 & 11) 0:59 26. Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 15 - 17) 1:43 27. Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 18 & 19) 0:51 28. Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 20) 2:34 29. Follow That Dream Radio Spot 0:50

Tracks Elvis Presley: Kid Galahad/Follow That Dream Studio Sessions Part 2: 

Kid Galahad: The Alternate Album
1. King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 6) 3:05 2. This Is Living (Take 8) 2:05 3. Riding The Rainbow (Take 6) 1:55 4. Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 12) 3:02 5. I Got Lucky (MX5, Take 1) 1:28 6. A Whistling Tune (Take 1) 1:44

Follow That Dream: The Movie Versions
7. What A Wonderful Life 2:22 8. I'm Not The Marrying Kind 1:48 9. Sound Advice 1:24 10. Sound Advice (score) 0:32 11. Angel 2:31 12. Follow That Dream 1:33 13. On Top Of Old Smokey 0:16 14. Angel (score) 0:10 15. Follow That Dream (score / end theme) 0:20

Kid Galahad: The Movie Versions
16. King Of The Whole Wide World 2:13 17. Riding The Rainbow 1:51 18. Home Is Where The Heart Is 2:31 19. A Whistling Tune 1:45 20. This Is Living 1:15 21. I Got Lucky (score / end theme) 0:32 22. The Fight (score) 0:48 23. Kid Galahad (score) 0:53 24. Home Is Where The Heart Is (score) 1:20

Kid Galahad: The Outtakes (Part Two)
25. Riding The Rainbow (M4, Take 2 & 3) 1:29 26. Riding The Rainbow (M4, Take 4) 1:54 27. Riding The Rainbow (M4, Take 5) 0:39 28. Riding The Rainbow (M4, Take 8) 1:57 29. Riding The Rainbow (M4, Take 9) 1:47 30. Riding The Rainbow (MX4, Take 1) 1:03 31. Riding The Rainbow (MX4, Take 2, 3 & 5) 2:44 32. Riding The Rainbow (MX4, Take 6) 1:40 33. Riding The Rainbow (MX4, Take 7) 1:40 34. This Is Living (Take 1 & 3) 2:05 35. This Is Living (Take 4 & 5) 1:08 36. This Is Living (Take 6 & 7) 1:21 37. This Is Living (Take 9) 0:45 38. I Got Lucky (M5, Take 2 & 3) 1:06 39. I Got Lucky (M5, Take 4, 5 & false start take 6) 1:06

Released

The releases 'Past Masters -  Elvis Work In Progress Vol. 3 & 4' and 'From Elvis In New York - 1956' from the same label have been released. 

The vinyl album 'Elvis – Best Of 50’s' has been released by Universal Music inGermany, Spain and Italy. The album will also be release in France, Belgium, Luxemburg and The Netherlands through the UMSM label. 

(Source: Various)

May 10 - Elvis On Blu-ray

Kino Lorber Studio Classics announced the release of two new Elvis Presley blu-ray titles; 'Clambake' (1967) and 'Frankie & Johnny' (1966). More information when available.

Joy Byers Died

Her official obituary in Gallatin listed her as Joyce Elene Johnston, but as Joy Byers or J. Byers, she was a prolific pop and country songwriter. Byers died at age 82 on May 10.

Her copyrights include “What’s A Matter Baby,” a 1962 pop hit for Timi Yuro, as well as Brenda Lee’s 1964 pop single “When You Loved Me,” “Wishing It Was You” by Connie Francis in 1965 and the novelty “Ring Dang Doo’ by Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs in 1966.

Byers is perhaps best remembered as the writer of the Elvis Presley 1964 hit “It Hurts Me.” She went on to write or co-write 16 songs for Presley’s movies, including the charted “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me’ (1966) and “Let Yourself Go” (1968). Her country top-10 hits included “Gardenias in Her Hair” by Marty Robbins in 1967, “Here Comes Heaven” by Eddy Arnold in 1968 and “I Can’t Say Goodbye” by Marty Robbins in 1969.


Pink Vinyl


The MIS budget label re-issued Elvis Presleyt's selftitled debutalbum on pink vinyl. 

Elvis Guns Set New Auction Record

People still want a genuine piece of Elvis as auction attendees took care of business and picked up a pair of wheel guns formerly owned by The King for all-time highs last week.

Rock Island Auction Company sold the Elvis memorabilia during their premiere firearms auction last weekend with an embellished Smith & Wesson Model 19-2 bringing $195,500 and a Colt Python hitting the gavel at $172,500. RIA said each price is a world record for its respective model.
The Python, also a .357,  was expected to bring $125-175K and went for $172,500.
“We had high hopes for these incredible firearms, and our collectors did not let us down,” said RIAC President Kevin Hogan in a statement. Half an hour before Elvis’ items sold, there wasn’t a seat to be had in our auction hall. It was absolutely electric with anticipation.”

According to the auction house, Elvis bought the revolvers in 1970 from a Beverly Hills sporting goods store before sending them to Germany to be elaborately decorated. One was presented to Vice President Spiro Agnew as a gift but was returned a short time later while Agnew was being investigated for corruption.

A diamond and ruby studded Shelby County sheriff’s badge, also owned by Elvis, went in a separate lot.

(Kino Lorber Studio on Facebook / Elvis Information Network / FECC)

May 08 - Elvis In Atlanta

The Follow That Dream Collectors label announced the release of 'Elvis In Atlanta' which are due May 2017. It contains two legendary shows from the Omni Coliseum in 1975 on April 30th and May 1. This soundboard release comes as a 5 inch double CD digipack which features photos taken by Keith Alverson. The CDs are mastered by Jan Eliasson. 

CD 1 - 30.04.1975: Love Me 3:03 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Love Me Tender - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - I’ll Remember You - Help Me - How Great Thou Art - Introductions - My Boy - T-R-O-U-B-L-E - It’s Now Or Never - Let Me Be There - An American Trilogy - Burning Love - Funny How Time Slips Away - That’s All Right - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Theme

CD 2 - 01.05.1975: Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Love Me Tender - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Help Me - Why Me Lord - Burning Love - Introductions - My Boy - T-R-O-U-B-L-E - I’ll Remember You - Let Me Be There - An American Trilogy - Help Me Make It Through The Night - That’s All Right - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Theme

(Source: Follow That Dream)

May 06 - Das Erbe Unserer Welt

Volume 13 in the German magazine series 'Das Erbe unserer Welt' (the heritage of our world) is dedicated to Elvis Presley. The German Elvis Presley Gesellschaft teamed up with the publisher Square Rock Media. The series is normally only available through a subscription but this also for Elvis Presley fans at the 16th.  European Elvis Festival in Bad Nauheim.

(Source: Elvis Aktuell / Square Rock)


May 05 - Elvis Studio Sessions ‘56 Press-release


The UK based Memphis Recording Service will release a Limited Edition 3CD / book ‘Elvis Studio Sessions ‘56’ on June 16th.

From the press-release:
The set pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s first recordings made for the RCA label in 1956. The 172-page book focuses on each of Elvis’ studio recording sessions during his first year of national stardom - from the first one in January, held in Nashville, then later in New York, before finishing his final session of the year in Hollywood in September. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and pieces of documentation.

The 3CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored to their original sound quality. Also for the first time on CD is the complete ‘The Truth About Me’ from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Although this has been claimed complete by FTD and other past official releases, they all had a missing sentence that was on the original disc. Included also are all the out-takes from this interview.


CD1 - The 1956 RCA Studio Masters:
I Got A Woman - Heartbreak Hotel - Money Honey - I'm Counting On You - I Was The One - Blue Suede Shoes - My Baby Left Me - One-Sided Love Affair - So Glad Your Mine - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry - Tutti Frutti - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Shake, Rattle And Roll - Don Davis Interview March 1956 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - Anyway You Want Me - Playing For Keeps - Love Me - How Do You Think I Feel - How's The World Treating You - Paralyzed - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Long Tall Sally - Old Shep - Too Much - Anyplace Is Paradise - Ready Teddy - First in Line - Rip It Up - The Truth About Me (Original S 45rpm Interview Flexidisk)

CD 2 - Movie Soundtrack Master Recordings:
Love Me Tender - Let Me - Poor Boy - We're Gonna Move - Love Me Tender (End Title Movie Version)

Movie Soundtrack Outtakes (Stereo):
We're Gonna Move (Take 4) - We're Gonna Move (Take 9)

Studio Outtakes & Sessions:
I Got A Woman (Unknown Take) - I Got A Woman (Incomplete Unknown Take) - Heartbreak Hotel (Incomplete Take 4) - Heartbreak Hotel (Take 5) - Heartbreak Hotel (Take 6) - Money Honey (Incomplete Take 10) - I'm Counting On You (FS Take 1a & 1b) - I'm Counting On You (Incomplete Take 2 Dry Version) - I'm Counting On You (Unknown Incomplete Take) - I'm Counting On You (Take 13) - I'm Counting On You (Incomplete Take 14) - I Was The One (Take 1 & 2) - I Was The One (Take 3) - I Was The One (Take 7) - I Was The One (Incomplete Unknown Take) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 1) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 3) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 4) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 5) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 6) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Incomplete Take 7) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Incomplete Take 8 & Take 9) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 10) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (FS Take 11 & Take 12)

Bonus  Songs - Movie Soundtrack Recordings (Stereo):
Love Me Tender - Let Me - Poor Boy - We're Gonna Move

CD 3 - Studio Outtakes & Sessions (Continued):
Shake Rattle And Roll (FS Take 1, Take 2, FS Take 3) - Shake Rattle And Roll (FS Take 5, FS Take 6, Take 7) - Shake Rattle AndRoll (Take 8) - Shake Rattle AndRoll (FS Take 9, FS Take 10, FS Take 11) - Shake Rattle AndRoll (Take 12) - Shake Rattle And Roll (Take 12 Unedited Un-dubbed Master) - Shake Rattle And Roll (Take 12 Edit Un-dubbed Master) - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 3) - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 4) - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 13) - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Incomplete Take 14) - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 15) - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 16) - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 17) - Old Shep (Take 5) - Rip It Up (FS On Take 10, 11, 12, 13, Take 14) - Rip It Up (Take 15) - Rip It Up (Take 16 - Rip It Up (Take 17 - Rip It Up (LFS Take 18

The Truth About Me (Interview Outtakes):
The Truth About Me (Take 3) - The Truth About Me (Take 2) - The Truth About Me (Take 1)

(Source: Memphis Recording Service)

May 04 - Spliced Charts (Updated)

Elvis Presley has no album on the US Billboard Album Top 200 chart for the week ending May 13, 2017. 
  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 11 to 13 on the Classical Albums Chart
  • 'If I Can Dream' rises from 23 to 20 on the Classical Albums Chart
  • 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' drops from 15 to 25 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart; rises from 31 to 30 on the Top Christian Albums Chart and remains at 30 on the Christian And Gospel Albums Chart
  • 'Heart And Soul' drops from 13 to 17 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
  • 'The Essential Elvis Presley' remains at 43 on the Top Country Albums Chart 
  • 'He Touched Me' (The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley) (Vols.1 and 2) drops from 4 to 22 on the Music Video Sales Chart
UK Charts


Elvis Presley has no entries on the Official UK Top 100 Album chart for the week ending May 5, 2017. Other Elvis Entries on the UK Album Specialist charts:
  • 'The Wonder Of You' rises from 81 to 65 on the Physical Album Chart and rises from 93 to 82 on the Album Sales Chart 
  • 'The Platinum Collection' rises from 69 to 67 on the Physical Album Chart; drops from 22 to 23 on the Indie Albums Chart and drops from 88 to 89 on the Album Sales Chart
  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 66 to 67 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • 'The Platinum Collection' drops from 83 to 87 on the Scottish Album Chart
Australian Charts

The DVD 'Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More' climbed from #34 to #30 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

Spliced Release

The CMT importrelease "Spliced Takes - Blue Moon" has been released. It contains 30 newly made tracks from original spliced takes by the STAR team. 
That's All Right - Spliced take 2,3 My Baby's Gone Spliced take 6,7,6 Ill Never Let You Go - Spliced take Jailhouse Rock - Spliced take 7,8,7,6/Pick up take 2 Shake, Ratlle and Roll - Alternate Master (long version) When It Rains It Really Pours - Spliced take 8,5 I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine - Spliced take 2,3,1 Money Honey - Spliced take 10,5,6 Paralyzed - Spliced take 12,5 * I'm Counting On You - Spliced take 13,UN,14,13 I Want To Be Free - Spliced take 8,9 Doncha Think It's Time - Spliced take 39,47,40 Playing for Keeps - Spliced take 7 ,18 * Poor Boy - Spliced take 1,3 Lonesome Cowboy - Spliced take 25,20 * Treat Me Nice (1st movie vs) - Spliced take 12,13 I Was the One - Alternate Master Don't Leave Me Now (Record vs) - Spliced take 17,15,18,8 I Love You Because - Spliced take 4,5 Blueberry Hill - Spliced take 6,5,4,7,8 Baby, I Don't Care - Spliced take 4,1 Lover Doll - Spliced EP/LP/EP Version Let Me - Spliced take 3,4,3 (reversed master) Too Much - Spliced take 12/insert take 2 * I Beg of You - Alternate Master Rip It Up - Spliced take 18,17,17 Young and Beautiful (record vs) - Spliced take 1,3 As Long As I Have You (movie vs) - Spliced take 6,7 Harbor Lights - Spliced take 6,7 Blue Moon Spliced take 7,8.

(Brian Quinn on FECC)

May 03 - Elvis Studio Sessions 56

Due for release from the UK based Memphis Recording Service on June 16, 2017 is the 3CD book set "Elvis Studio Sessions 56 - The Complete Recordings". 

Product description:
3CDs containing the complete archival studio master and session recordings of Elvis Presley in 1956 along with bonus interviews. All tracks have been remastered and restored. The 172-page book focuses on each of Elvis' studio recording sessions and the text is complemented by many rare and previously unseen photographs.

More details by this Friday when the press-release is due. 

(Source: Amazon)