ELVIS – NEWS


Elvis Memphis Auction Results: The Peabody auction held in Memphis by Heritage Auctions at the weekend selling Elvis Presley’s personal memorabilia has raised $630,000. The jar of thousands of strands of hair collected by Elvis’ barber sold to an unknown buyer for $16,680.
Presley’s preferred personal hair colourist and stylist Homer M Gilleland collected the locks over years, and handed them over to a friend. Presley’s quiff gathered international attention when he remarked, “Hair today, gone tomorrow” to the press after getting his famous first GI haircut.
The priciest items included a red ultrasuede shirt worn by Elvis, which was sold for $34,000, and a monogrammed cream-colored shirt that sold for $62,000.
Two concert-worn scarves sold for a combined $2,318. A set of concert-used handkerchiefs went for 732 dollars.
Presley’s personal collection of single 45 rpms sold for $3,904 dollars.
Wedding and bridal shower photos of Elvis and wife Priscilla sold for nearly $6,000 dollars.
Personal letters from Elvis’s relatives were also among the items auctioned, including a collection of letters from his estranged grandfather J.D. Presley ($US1,159) and from his aunt ($458).
The three-page real estate sales contract of Graceland signed “Elvis Aron Presley” fetched $39,000.
The singer’s gold and diamond 18-carat Cameo ring, (right) with “Elvis” engraved against the backside of the cameo, sold for $32,500.
Presley’s custom made gold trimmed sunglasses featuring lightning bolt logos sold for a $21,800, while his gun, a .22 Harrington and Richardson seven-shot revolver was snapped up for $10,700.
However, Elvis’ beloved white grand piano expected to fetch $1 million, did not sell at all. The grand piano was bought second hand by Presley in 1957 and refinished in white with gold trim according to his personal specifications and under his direct supervision.
(News, Source; SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet


Elvis’ HAIR added to Peabody Auction – August 14: Exciting Last Minute Addition to the Elvis Auction! The hair that fascinated the world for decades will be a last minute addition to the Heritage Ultimate Elvis Auction being held for Elvis Week. This unusually large offering of the “King’s” hair was gifted by Elvis’s barber to Thomas Morgan, Jr, a personal friend. The hair comes with a notarized Letter of Authenticity from Morgan and a letter from noted hair collector, John Reznikoff of University Archives. The Heritage Auction Galleries’ Ultimate Elvis Auction will be held live at The Peabody Hotel on Saturday, August 14 in Memphis.
Items also include
* Elvis’ 4-Page Handwritten and Signed Letter to Anita Wood, the most personal offering in the auction. The letter was penned just six weeks after Private Presley arrived in Germany.
Includes Elvis’ mention of ‘Soldier Boy’ a song he would record in 1960 plus the delightful sign off and “PS; No one ever reads this ok” (see below)

* Elvis’ Black Star 14k gold Sapphire Ring.
* Elvis Pair of Nautic Neo Style TCG Sunglasses

* Elvis Gold TCB Necklace with Memorial Plaque given to Janelle McComb.
* Elvis’ Opal Ring surrounded by 34 full cut diamonds.
The items will be displayed for close-up inspection beginning Thursday, August 12th, in the fabulous Venetian Room of The Peabody. And don’t miss the auction itself, Saturday, August 14.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A celebration fit for The King!

Prince Albert of Monaco visits Graceland: Prince Albert of Monaco, son of the late actress Grace Kelly, and fiancé Charlene Wittstock are vacationing in the US this week and paid a visit to American royalty today when they toured Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, home to the undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
The couple visited Presley’s historic home which is a pop culture time capsule, decorated in traditional American styling’s from the 50s, 60s and 70s. During their tour, they also paid their respects to Presley at his grave located in Graceland’s Meditation Garden. Prior to the tour of Graceland, the couple was treated to a traditional Southern meal which included Bar-B-Q, as Memphis is known as the Bar-B-Q capital of the world.

When asked about why Memphis and Graceland were selected as part of the itinerary for an American vacation tour, Prince Albert of Monaco commented, “If you’re on a summer holiday, you’ve got to come at this time of year. I’ve always wanted to come to Graceland. Charlene and my friends wanted to be here today for this visit, Elvis touched our lives as well and the lives of so many people. We wanted to pay our respects and see what this place was all about.”
Following the tour of Graceland, Prince Albert of Monaco went on to praise Elvis for his contributions to the entertainment industry and charitable causes. “Elvis was an extraordinary figure of his time and our time. His legacy was tremendous in terms of the music he created, his films, and in terms of him as an entertainment personality. The generosity that he showed toward others is simply remarkable and I think it’s these aspects of his character, his persona, that make him such a special person.”

“VIVA ELVIS” – CD to be released November 2010: Legacy Recordings in cooperation with EPE and Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil proudly announces the release of Viva ELVIS – The Album, a 21st century celebration of Elvis and his music, featuring the voice of the King in a whole new context. Viva ELVIS – The Album will be available everywhere this November.
The undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley remains one of the most iconic and powerful forces in popular culture. “Before Elvis,” said John Lennon, “there was nothing.”
After Elvis, the world looked and sounded different. With a swivel of his hips and the power of his voice, Elvis broke down barriers and shattered the status quo, revolutionizing the worlds of music, film and fashion while signaling a seismic shift in gender, class, race, and generational relationships. The Elvis revolution continues with Viva ELVIS – The Album.
The postmodern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a contemporary perspective while furthering the revolutionary impulses of Elvis’ sound. Viva ELVIS – The Album re-imagines the king’s own vocal performances in a broad variety of new musical settings.

This new sound echoes Elvis’ own versatility and ability to master all music genres, from Delta blues to rockabilly, from raw soul to gospel, from Southern folk to Vegas pop, while incorporating elements of garage rock, punk, urban and hip-hop.
“Viva ELVIS is a tantalizing musical experience,” said Adam Block, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Legacy Recordings. “It’s so creative and so contemporary, it effortlessly places Elvis in a current context that appeals to fans of all ages and all kinds of music.  There’s a freshness, a newness to these songs that grabs you and shakes you and ultimately testifies to the remarkable artist Elvis remains to this very day.”
“What would the songs of Elvis be like if he were doing them for the first time today?,” asks the album’s producer and arranger Erich van Tourneau, Musical Director and Arranger for Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil. “We set out to evoke the soul and spirit of Elvis Presley while building a bridge between his music and future generations of fans.”
Working with tens of thousands of samples of Elvis’ voice, van Tourneau and Bombardier often wove several sequences and sounds into the same songs, sometimes changing details such as the key and tempo. In creating Viva ELVIS – The Album, van Tourneau was looking to accentuate and boost the emotional charge of the songs with the incorporation of ragga, punk or hip-hop elements into classic recordings. In all cases, however, the goal was to respect and understand the essence of the original recordings.
In celebration of all eras of Elvis’ musical genius, Viva ELVIS – The Album includes songs from Elvis’ rise to fame in the ‘50s, his movie soundtracks, his triumphant return to the stage in the “’68 Special,” and his ground-breaking appearances in Las Vegas. “Burning Love,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “It’s Now or Never” are among the songs that have been re-imagined and transformed for Viva ELVIS – The Album.
The first opportunity to hear a sample from this ground-breaking album will take place during Elvis Week in Memphis on Saturday, August 14, during the event “Conversations on Elvis.”
Viva ELVIS – The Album is a 21st century venue for rock’s first and biggest superstar. The King’s Music Lives!
Go here to EIN’s 2010 ELVIS CD News for all the extra new VIVA ELVIS CD details
You can pre-order it from Amazon. It is priced cheaply at only US$11. Go here for pre-order.
Go here to EIN’s Spotlight on all the ‘VIVA ELVIS’ news & Videos.
And for more VIVA information, go to www.vivaelvis.com.

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Newly Discovered Color Home Movies Of Elvis Presley Garnering Rave Reviews World-Wide

Global press acclaims distribution of long-lost films of “The King” at The Seattle World’s Fair as: “…one of the more important

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) March 20, 2006

Only a few months into its initial release, the acclaimed DVD of long-lost color home movies of Elvis Presley at The Seattle World’s fair in 1962 has begun to make quite a stir in national and international press, web sites and fan response. Articles about the rare one-of-a-kind color movies of Elvis Presley have appeared in newspapers across the country including The Los Angeles Times, The Louisville Courier-Journal as well as on the USIA’s Voice Of America both on-line and on radio world-wide and on Elvis Presley web sites in The United States, Great Britain, Italy, Australia, Japan, Russia and Poland.

On March 16th, in an internationally released review by one of the world’s largest Elvis fan sites, the prestigious Elvis Information Network (EIN) , they refer to the DVD footage of Elvis behind the scenes as being of “… important historical significance” and calls it “… an absorbing documentary account of not only Elvis, but the Seattle World’s Fair itself.”

Elvis fans and web sites around the world have called this new DVD edition: “…brilliant … a terrific piece of nostalgia … impressive and awesome … a really great DVD.” Other comments have included: “ … I’m gonna’ watch it again and again …… a lot of time and effort was put into this and it really shows …”.

“Elvis Presley At The Seattle World’s Fair” is the brainchild of Emmy winning Hollywood television producer Albert Fisher who, back in 1962, was TV and Movie coordinator for the World’s Fair in Seattle, Washington. At the time, part of his job was to handle all of the logistical needs for Elvis and the MGM motion picture crew while they shot on location at The World’s Fair. As a result, Fisher had full behind-the-scenes access to every aspect of Elvis Presley’s entourage, friends, co-stars and activities. While doing his job, Fisher also had the foresight to shoot color 8 millimeter home movies of the production as well as still photographs. He also served as Technical Advisor on the film (a screen credit which Elvis’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker eventually took for himself).

Once Fisher’s work was done on the feature film, he put the original footage and photographs in a safety deposit box and basically forgot about it until just a few months ago when he ran across the long-lost (and now historically significant) rare films of Elvis in action. Albert Fisher then had the films professionally transferred to the finest quality digital tape and edited them along with other footage from the production, still photographs and his personal on-camera reminisces about his time in the company of “The King” to create this DVD.

Fisher’s rare footage captures not only Elvis Presley at his prime in 1962 but also Elvis’s notorious “Memphis Mafia” entourage as well as other cast members including co-stars Joan O’Brien, Vicky Tiu and a first-film appearance by a 10 year old kid actor named Kurt Russell.

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