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Interview with Billy Swan

Well-known in music circles since the early 1960's as a top songwriter, sideman and producer, Swan's songs have been covered successfully by Elvis PresleyWaylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, and many others; one of the first he wrote, Lover Please, was a #7 hit for Clyde McPhatter in 1962, and landed a Grammy for Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge in 1975.  Billy Swan's initial hit single I Can Help sold over one-million copies in Europe and over two million worldwide. Elvis recorded I Can Help on March 10, 1975.

Released | Elvis: The Fun In Acapulco Sessions (3-CD) Deluxe Set

Follow That Dream have released the Elvis: The Fun In Acapulco Sessions (3-CD) Deluxe Set and our order is now on the way to us. This is the ultimate Fun In Acapulco 3-CD set: includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes! All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes. The 8"x 8" slipcase replicates RCA Victor's vault-stored session reel box. The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson. The 3-CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation. This set is VERY Limited and we only have a few sets left unsold.

Elvis takes Memphis spin on funmobile | Sept 15, 1975

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI | Sept 16, 1975) - Elvis Presley, resting at home after hospitalization for an enlarged colon and fatigue, felt good enough Monday to go riding down Elvis Presley Boulevard with his girlfriend on twin 'funmobiles'. Presley, who usually shies away from interviews, encountered a photographer as he rode through his Graceland Mansion gates on a newly purchased, three-wheeled funmobile.

For The Billionth And The Last Time | Lifting the Lid on the King's record sales

How many records has Elvis actually sold? Did he really sell one billion records as has been frequently claimed? Ten years ago I researched this subject in depth with help from Ernst Jorgensen and through him Sony BMG and compiled a comprehensive report, which was published on this site. To some extent, as I have said before, this continues to be a work in progress, but the likelihood of more information on the question of international sales outside the USA emerging after all these years are remote. It is, after all, over 40 years since he died.

Review | Elvis Presley: Stage Rehearsal FTD CD

August 10, 1970. The MGM camera crew has been following Elvis around for almost a month now. This afternoon, it's time for one final rehearsal before the opening show later tonight. No camera crew allowed this time, but RCA is rolling tape in preparation for the concert recordings. Follow That Dream Records' latest release, Stage Rehearsal, takes us behind the scenes of this event.

Vegas '69 | This Is The Story (Madison) 2 LP + CD

Madison is finally back! This time to announce their first ever vinyl release titled 'Vegas '69 | This Is The Story' just in time for the 50th anniversary of these special shows. Presented as a stunning double LP set, in three different colors (Clear, Gold, and Red), and naturally on black vinyl. You'll have the ultimate compilation of this very special time in history, Mixed as one long show, hear Elvis sing his heart out, with songs like My Babe, I Got A Woman, Reconsider Baby, Funny How Time Slips Away, This Is The Story and many more!  As a bonus we added a CD in its own period cardboard sleeve, for those who like to listen in their car or just for easy playback. This release will be an exclusive limited edition of 200 copies of each color only!

Hal Blaine has died

Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley on tracks like 'Return to Sender', 'Bossa Nova Baby', 'Viva Las Vegas' and the Beach Boys 'Good Vibrations' and laid down one of music's most memorable opening riffs on the Ronettes' 'Be My Baby', died Monday March 11.
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Elvis Presley and Vikki Carr, backstage at the Tropicana | September 5, 1974

Elvis Presley and Vikki Carr, backstage at the Tropicana - early Thursday, September 5, 1974. Vikki Carr had seen Elvis' Hilton show a few times, including the infamous closing night.

Review | Boston Garden '71 FTD CD

Despite performing more than 1,000 shows between 1969-1977, there are several concerts which stand out among Elvis fans for one reason or another. One of those concerts was a one-time only performance in Boston during the fall of 1971. For many years, this historic and rare concert made the rounds on the import release circuit in varying degrees of sound quality. But thanks to the good folks at the 'Follow That Dream' (FTD) Collector's Label, Elvis fans can now enjoy the ultimate release of this fine performance. Despite the arguably poor quality of the packaging, the main attraction of Boston Garden '71 is clearly the concert performance. Although Elvis only performed once in the city of Boston, he did so with gusto! Thanks to the fine folks at FTD, Elvis As Recorded At Boston Garden '71 is a testament to the true concert genius of 'The King of Rock n' Roll' .. (and) a damn-near perfect Elvis concert!

Candid Elvis Presley Photos | St. Petersburg, Florida August 7, 1956

Candid photos of Elvis Presley Photos Elvis, taken on  August 7, 1956, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Elvis was playing that evening at St. Pete's Florida Theater, and several teenage fans snuck up the fire escape to his dressing room. The Times reported that while a handful managed to make it into his room, the police put an end to that very quickly. However, several kids did make it in, and he posed for pictures with them.

Review | Glen Campbell Sings For The King CD

Review | 'Glen Campbell Sings For The King' CD. Back in 1964, Elvis Presley was busy making movies, three that year including Kissin' Cousins, Viva Las Vegas, and Roustabout. That said, Presley was recording and releasing singles, including 'Viva Las Vegas', 'Kiss Me Quick', and 'Ain't That Lovin' You Baby' to modest sales. He was looking for a hit. At that time Glen Campbell was best-known for his work as a studio musician as part of the Wrecking Crew, who played on a slew of hits. He met Presley during the taping of the Viva Las Vegas soundtrack.

Interview with Wanda Jackson

Interview with Wanda Jackson the first lady of Rockabilly.

Elvis Presley | The King of Rock 'n' Roll

In arguably one of his greatest, and certainly one of his least recognised or remarked upon contributions to popular music, Elvis created the classic and enduring template of the rock 'n' roll band. In 1955 faced with the combination of wants, needs and must, the young king agreed to the permanent addition of a drummer, to his Blue Moon Boys. Intentionally or not, in that one moment Elvis gave the world its first classic rock 'n' roll line-up, consisting of just guitar, bass, drums and vocal. Thousands of bands would follow and be inspired by the template, but it was Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ who were the first.

Record Store Day | Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV Aug 23, 1969

Sony will release the double LP, 'Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969' for 'Record Store Day'. Following his triumphant comeback special for NBC at the end of 1968, Elvis Presley made a highly-publicized return to live performance in 1969, booking an exclusive engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. Live In Las Vegas 1969 showcases this incredible, important phase in Elvis' career with a previously unreleased set from the first of many engagements at The International Hotel.

Elvis Presley backstage in Tupelo, Wednesday, September 26, 1956

Elvis Presley wearing the new 'Elvis Presley hat', backstage in Tupelo, Wednesday, September 26, 1956.

Released | Made In Germany | The Complete Private Recordings 4 CD/Book

Now released, our order is on the way to us | Elvis: Made In Germany | The Complete Private Recordings is a 4CD/152-page book that contains more than 3 hours of all the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958-1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings. The 152-page hardback book contains rare unpublished photographs and documents, complemented by a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis' RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany. We have only a very small quantity remaining unsold.

Elvis Presley | Memphis Southmen's football season opener | July 10, 1974

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at the Memphis Southmen's football season opener on July 10, 1974.
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Elvis: The Fun In Acapulco Sessions (3-CD) Deluxe Set from FTD

Follow That Dream will release Elvis: The Fun In Acapulco Sessions (3-CD) Deluxe Set in March. This is the ultimate Fun In Acapulco 3-CD set: includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes! All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes. The 8"x 8" slipcase replicates RCA Victor's vault-stored session reel box. The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson. The 3-CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation.

'Blue Hawaii | Spliced Takes Special' CD

CMT is proud to present 'Blue Hawaii – Spliced Takes Special' their latest addition to this great series. All 15 tracks are unreleased in this format! New splices and edits gives you a feeling you have a complete new album! 'Can’t Help Falling in Love' has been made just like the master with the 'reprise', 'Slicin’Sand' includes 3 different guitar solos and rocks the sand out of your speakers! 'Ito Eats' has a very different ending.

'Return To Sender... The Summer Of '76' CD from Audionics

The Hampton Roads show has one saving grace: Elvis decided to respond to the audience request for 'Return To Sender', which was an impromptu performance, and a true live rarity. Elvis sings it reasonably well and it was the highlight of the concert. This CD is presented in 3-panel digipak. Due to the lack of quality photographs from the Hampton Roads concert, great collection of various high-quality concert shots from Summer of 1976 has been used. So now you have the chance to obtain the ultimate release of the famous 'Return to Sender' concert. This recording never sounded better. It is dynamic, detailed, and in crystal clear sound!

Released | Elvis Presley 'The '68 Comeback Special' DVD

Elvis Presley 'The '68 Comeback Special' is a newly remastered companion DVD to 'Elvis All-Star Tribute', NBC's upcoming star-studded special, celebrating The King of Rock 'N' Roll's unforgettable 1968 television special. 'The '68 Comeback Special' comprises, as closely as possible, the original television special as NBC would have broadcast it back in 1968. The original special, recorded over several sessions in June 1968, featured Elvis playing the songs that mattered most to him, in his first live performance since 1961. When it aired on December 3, 1968, the special was the week's highest-viewed television program, re-establishing Elvis as a driving force in popular music.

Released | Elvis: The Best of the 68 Comeback Special CD

On February 15, 2019 Sony Music will release 'The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special' CD comprising the Elvis recordings and performances that inspired the upcoming tribute and showcases a new version of the legendary closing number, 'If I Can Dream', as heard in the new special.

Elvis Presley | Western Hills Inn, Euless, Texas | August 9, 1958

Elvis spent some of his free Texas weekends in the summer of 1958 at a fancy establishment called the Western Hills Inn in Euless, about a two and a half-hour drive from Kileen, where he had been renting a home. The candids you can see here were taken on Elvis Presley Photos Saturday, August 9, 1958, as Elvis happened upon a Texas Christian University ΣΑΕ frat party going on there (Sigma Alpha Epsilon). As may be seen, they are thrilled to see him, and he is his usual gracious self, even tuning (and likely playing) a guitar handed to him.

Elvis Presley | The 1972 Madison Square Garden Press Conference | June 9, 1972

The 1972 Madison Square Garden Press Conference : June 9, 1972, in much improved picture quality, plus the transcript to read if you prefer ... Elvis: First of all, I plead innocent of all charges! ...

Review: Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

The Memphis Recording Service (MRS), the producers of the 'Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD, boldly state on the front cover that never before have we ever had live film footage (i.e., with synchronized sound) of an Elvis concert from the 50's ... until this time. Well, we certainly do now! Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it. 
  • The DVD Audio section gives you sound quality superior to CD
  • The DVD Video Section Contains both Video Film and synchronized Sound
MRS has ingeniously coordinated licensed, professionally shot black and white newsreel footage (taken at the afternoon September 1956 Tupelo homecoming concert) with the amateur recording made of the concert (which has previously appeared on the Elvis Presley Golden Celebration LP/CD box sets) and it blows you away! Not because of the quality of the footage and audio, but because of the combination! You will hardly believe your eyes and ears!

Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley

Very few women in Elvis' life meant as much to him as Ann-Margret.  When Elvis later asked his 'foreman' Joe Esposito, what was so special with Ann-Margret, he replied: - She's the female you.

Review | The Wonder of You FTD CD

Experiencing relatively complete shows like this one, when Elvis was in top form, means a lot to me. This is FTD's best concert release to date, and I'll be enjoying this show for years to come. Sit back and enjoy Elvis' August 13 Dinner Show, the sixth and final show that RCA recorded for That's The Way It Is.

George Klein has died

George Klein, the deep-voiced radio personality who became friends with Elvis Presley in high school and stayed close to the King of Rock 'n' Roll throughout his career, has died. He was 83.

MRS April 2019 Vinyl Releases

MRS will have 2 products to release on Record Store Day 13th April 2019. Both titles will be Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP sets with a 24-page photo spread gatefold with stunning pictures. The titles are 'Made in Germany – Private Recordings' which features the best of the remastered private recordings Elvis made in Germany and 'The Complete '50s Movie Masters & Alternate Recordings' containing all the movie masters and movie versions.

Elvis: 'Memphis Ballads' 1969-1976 CD

After the great success of the 'Nashville Ballads' compilation, this is the superb follow-up, 'Memphis Ballads'. Housed in a stunning 6-panel digipack, this CD contains 20 fantastic outtakes from 1969-1976, all recorded in his hometown Memphis, Tennessee. A truly great collection!

'All Things Are Possible' DAE - Diamond Anniversary 2 LP + CD Set

'Diamond Anniversary' goes back to 1971. 'All Things Are Possible' was the fourth CD release and it is about time it became available on vinyl. The first four titles : 'Here I Go Again', 'Old Times They Are Not Forgotten', 'Let Me Take You Home' and 'Holding Back The Years' were a complete sell out and were well received by vinyl collectors. Now 'All Things Are Possible' is available on this deluxe double vinyl album. It mainly contains the January 27, 1971 12.00AM performance. These recordings are among very few known soundboard recordings from 1971. Now this remarkable show is available on this deluxe vinyl album and it's a beauty! And of course the show is included on CD too. The show is remastered and updated in the best way possible! This release is very limited and is available in red or blue vinyl presented in a gatefold sleeve. Get it while you can and add this awesome DAE product to your collection.

Guitar Man / Help Me Jarvis Records 45 RPM + CD

In 1980 Felton Jarvis, Elvis' record producer for the last decade came to the remarkable idea to freshen up some of Elvis' recordings. The idea was to add total new backing tracks to Elvis' voice. This resulted in the 1981 record release of 'Guitar Man'. You either hated it or you loved it is probably the right thing to say about the album. Felton was convinced Elvis would have loved it. The title track 'Guitar Man' written and first performed by Jerry Reed was one of the tracks considered for the album. Jerry Reed was part of the original recording by Elvis in 1967 and now Jerry Reed was back in the studio with Felton Jarvis to work on the new album. Besides the guitar work he also recorded a 'duet' version of the song.

Elvis | Made In Germany | The Complete Private Recordings 4 CD/Book Set from MRS

MRS will release a 4CD/152-page book entitled Elvis | Made In Germany | The Complete Private Recordings on 8 March 2019. The CD set contains more than 3 hours of all the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958-1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings. Although the original tapes were damaged with noise, hiss and distortion, for the first time ever, all of Elvis' recordings made in Germany, have now all been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology. This means that, finally, these truly historical recordings now provide for a complete and enjoyable listening experience. The 152-page hardback book contains rare unpublished photographs and documents, complemented by a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto.
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Guitarist Reggie Young has died age 82

Less than a week before the 50th anniversary of his most iconic recording 'Suspicious Minds' being waxed at the American Sound Studio with producer Chips MomanReggie Young passed away.

'Elvis: St. Paul To Wichita - October '74' (2-CD) from FTD

FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'Elvis: St. Paul To Wichita - October '74' at the end of January. Released as a 5" digipack, and taken from the original soundboard source, this 2-CD set features Elvis in excellent form from the fall tour of 1974. Elvis was in great form and using a variety of repertoire.
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Elvis: 'Through The Lens Of Phillip Harrington' Hardcover Book from FTD

Following up from the excellent 'Rebel With A Cause' and 'The Wild One' in 2018, Elvis: 'Through The Lens Of Phillip Harrington' includes more than 350 photos. Over 150 unpublished from the original negatives of Phillip Harrington. A bonus CD features Elvis live at Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1956, Harrington briefly toured with Elvis Presley for a story that he and Gerry Zimmerman published in Look Magazine. They went to three shows: Detroit (May 25, 1956), Columbus (May 26), and Dayton (May 27). They also photographed the Presley family at home at 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis.
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Kissin' Cousins | Limited Vinyl Edition 2 LP Set from FTD

FTD Vinyl is pleased to announce the release of 'Kissin' Cousins - Limited Vinyl Edition' limited edition double LP set. The album contains great alternative versions of songs from the film soundtrack sessions and related tracks. Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the album is released in 180 gram format.
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Interview Elvis' Kissin' Cousins co-star Cynthia Pepper

Interview with Cynthia Pepper, PFC Midge Riley in Kissin' Cousins, an Army stenographer assigned to accompany a lieutenant (Elvis) to the hills of East Tennessee to negotiate the sale of land to build a missile base. There, they encountered angry property owners, including the lieutenant's cousin, (Elvis)!

Elvis Presley and Sammy Davis Jr

While it is well known that Elvis Presley and Sammy Davis Jr. were good friends, first meeting in the 1950s, maintaining a friendship through the years, now, we have a fantastic photo via a news paper clipping from Jet magazine, February 27, 1958 showing Sammy in full swing imitating Elvis, and what's more, the clipping tells us that Elvis was sitting in the front row, roaring with laughter. Imitations were a big part of Sammy's shows and Elvis was not left out in this regard, with Sammy singing Hound Dog in concert.

Elvis Presley in Britain

Elvis Presley in Britain (Well kind of).
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