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ELVIS HAS BEEN VOTED THE KING OF MUSIC FOR THREE YEARS IN A ROW!!!
LET’S ALL BAN TOGETHER AND VOTE FOR ELVIS EVERY SINGLE DAY THIS YEAR SO WE CAN MAKE IT FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!!!!
Choose who must hold the title of
THE KING for 2018 !
PLEASE VOTE ONCE EVERY DAY!!!
Also Elvis’ song “Suspicious Minds” was in second place for the Song of Ages and was not far behind the #1
Also Elvis’ Album “Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley” was in second place for the Album of Ages and was not far behind the #1
So do NOT forget to vote for these two categories also!!!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2018
I apologize for being absent for two days. Our AT&T router “died” and we had to wait for a replacement unit which did arrive today. Surely, there is nothing else left to break or malfunction! I will be back to posting VERY soon.
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ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2018
My good friend, Tracey H., shared the below new video with me. It is a well done video and does include material taken from my web site and one of my YouTube videos which I originally posted way back in May, 2009 and recently added onto my new channel. I think everyone will enjoy watching this video. I have covered all of the material in this video on my site over the years. My sincerest thanks to Tracey for sending me this video.
4 Incredible Clues That Could Prove Elvis Is Still Alive
Published on Jul 31, 2018
Another Elvis attraction is being added in Memphis.
Long live the King: Memphis’ Elmwood Cemetery introduces ‘Elvis Connections’ tour
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018
Jesse and I just had a very enjoyable phone visit. He and I were each very happy to hear that the other was feeling well and he was happy to hear that Tom is well also. We didn’t discuss anything of interest to post on the site this time. I, of course, was so very glad to get his call. We did talk about the new album which is being released on Friday the 10th.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
The new album with the duet by Lisa and Elvis (from his original recording) will be released on Friday, August 10th titled “Where No One Stands Alone“.
JOIN LISA MARIE PRESLEY AT ELVIS WEEK FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENT
Join Lisa Marie Presley at Elvis Week for an exclusive launch party for the “Where No One Stands Alone” album on Saturday, August 11 at 1:00 pm at Graceland. Celebrate this “once in a lifetime” moment with Lisa Marie as we listen to this powerful and emotional duet with her father of the album’s title track for the first time. Lisa Marie, who co-produced the album, will be joined album co-producers Joel Weinshanker and Andy Childs, along with John Jackson (Senior Vice President, A&R, Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment) to discuss the making of this incredible new album celebrating Elvis’ love for gospel music. Tickets for this event may be purchased individually through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online at ElvisWeek.com.
If you are an Elvis Week ticketholder, please check your email for more details.
Elvis Presley – Where No One Stands Alone (Official Music Video)
Published on Aug 8, 2018
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018
I posted the following on my Facebook page on 8-7-2018:
Skutnik Michel has caused my video proving that Pastor Bob Joyce is not Elvis, by means of Pastor Joyce’s Email to me, to be deleted on YouTube. I have sent feedback to YouTube that he has no grounds for his copyright claim. I know it will do no good…but I felt I had to speak up. The Email is my own personal property and Skutnik certainly has no claim to it whatsoever. This was just done for spite because he promotes that Pastor Joyce is Elvis I believe.
Some of you may recall that this video was placed on YouTube originally by another channel owner. I am so sorry that I can no longer recall that person’s name*. I loved this video when it was on there and saved a copy of it. When Skutnik Michel complained about copyright and got the original video shut down, I put it on my own channel. So, now he has pulled the same stunt again against me.
*footnote: My thanks to Serge C. who wrote to tell me that the original owner of this video is “Finder” on YouTube.
Anyway, in view of what has taken place with me on YouTube in recent months, I have chosen to create a whole new page here on my new web site (which is the continuation of my original site) on which I can upload and display my videos myself without any middle entity like YouTube having any say so at all about my videos.
I invite everyone to visit my new page and to view my videos. I am going to be loading some of my videos onto this page as I go along. Can’t do it all at one time.
So far, I have placed three videos on the new page…please take a look and let me know what you think. I have never had this option available to me on my original web site and decided to try it today after this new “strike against my channel” on YouTube showed up.
Below is the link to my new video page:
Below is an update about the above article:
Below is the private message which I received from Michel Skutnik who had my YouTube video removed because he claimed Copyright Infringement for having my own personal Email from Pastor Bob Joyce displayed. This speaks for the kind of person that YouTube listens to before deleting a legitimate video from an honest channel.
I apologize for the language used by this man:
You may view the video which YouTube deleted upon the demands of this man by visiting my new MY OWN VIDEOS page of this site.
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ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018
Hear Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley Duet on Revamped Gospel Song
“Where No One Stands Alone” features on new compilation of Elvis’ gospel songs
Elvis Presley duets with his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on a newly revamped version of “Where No One Stands Alone,” the title track from the late singer’s upcoming posthumous compilation of gospel songs.
The two singers alternate and harmonize over piano and pedal-steel on the ballad, which, in its original form, appeared on Elvis Presley’s 1967 LP How Great Thou Art. “Once I stood in the night/With my head bowed low/In the darkness as black as could be,” the elder Presley sings. “And my heart felt alone and I cried oh Lord/Don’t hide your face from me.”
RCA/Legacy Recordings, which will release Where No One Stands Alone on Friday, paired the song with a lyric video featuring family photos and in-studio footage of Lisa Marie Presley in the vocal booth. The footage was shot in studios in Nashville, Hollywood and New York, including two sites where Elvis himself had sang.
“It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father,” Lisa Marie Presley wrote in the project’s liner notes. “The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I’m certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way.”
“Recording with all that history, in rooms that Elvis recorded his most memorable tracks, with the singers that backed Elvis in his most powerful performances, and with the raw emotion of his daughter Lisa Marie singing ‘with’ her father in the same room her father sang in a memory that we will cherish for the rest of our lives, and beyond,” Joel Weinshanker, one of the project’s producers, told Rolling Stone in a statement.
The 14-track album also features newly recorded instrumentation and backing vocals from many other Elvis collaborators, including Darlene Love; Dr. Cissy Houston; Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales and Jim Murray (of the Imperials); and Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland (of the Stamps).
“This was his favorite genre — no question about it,” Presley wrote in the liner notes of her father’s taste. “He seemed to be at his most passionate, and at peace while singing gospel. He would truly come alive — whether he was singing just for himself and me at home, or on stage in front of thousands of fans.”
Video courtesy ABG
The great comeback: Extended version of the 1968 TV special that saved Elvis Presley’s career will air in cinemas nationwide to mark the 41st anniversary of his death
- This Thursday will mark 41 years since the death of Elvis Presley
- Extended version of a 1968 TV special will air in cinemas nationwide on the night
- NBC film, made by Steve Binder, credited with reviving star’s flagging career
- Steve had been reluctant to work with Elvis and film was almost never made
- Elvis said to have regarded it as one of the best things he’d ever done
- Tickets for screenings on 16th August are available from fathomrocks.com
By RAY CONNOLLY FOR WEEKEND
Fifty years ago, not many TV directors would have turned down the opportunity to make a show starring Elvis Presley.
But that was what Steve Binder was planning to do – before a wiser friend persuaded him to change his mind.
It was a re-think that was to lead to one of the greatest comebacks in showbusiness history – an extended 90 minute version of which will be shown on Thursday, the 41st anniversary of the singer’s death, in 250 cinemas around the country.
It was however, a close-run thing. ‘I wasn’t an Elvis fan,’ Binder told me this week. ‘I was involved with the Beach Boys and Laura Nyro [the American singer songwriter] at the time, and had filmed the Rolling Stones.
I knew that Elvis was from Tupelo, Mississippi, which is pretty well the centre of the Bible Belt, and I thought, wrongly, he might be some kind of racist or redneck.’
NBC offered Steve Binder the role of producing a Christmas special starring Elvis Presley (pictured) in 1968. An extended version of the special airs in cinemas nationwide on Thursday, 16th August in memory of the 41st anniversary of the singer’s death
Elvis’s (pictured) career had been suffering at the time he was offered to star in the TV special as he struggled to chart in the Top Ten and many of his films were received badly
That suspicion in itself would have been good enough reason to reject the offer, but there was more.
At the time, Elvis’s career was plummeting towards irrelevancy. Why would an ambitious young director want to become involved with a singer who might soon be a has-been?
Since leaving the US Army in 1960, Elvis had starred in over two dozen Hollywood films, almost every one worse than the one before.
And without a Top Ten hit in the US since 1966, by the late Sixties the movie studio doors had begun closing on him.
Seeing his cash cow no longer wanted in movieland, Elvis’s manager, the phoney ‘Colonel’, Tom Parker, turned to television, the medium that, in 1956, had made the singer a star overnight.
His plan was for a one-hour Christmas special of yuletide songs. That was the show that Steve Binder was offered by the NBC network – and something that he absolutely did not want to do.
He’d been approached, he remembers, because he’d just made a hit show starring Petula Clark.
Harry Belafonte had been a guest star, and, while the two had been singing, Belafonte had touched Pet Clark’s forearm.
Touching each other is something singers tend to do when they sing as duos, but not on primetime US TV in 1968 when one is a black man and the other a white woman.
There was a huge media reaction. A line had been crossed in mainstream TV entertainment, and it had been Steve Binder, the man behind the cameras, who had dared to take the risk.
He, it was decided, was the right kind of brave, modern thinking, inventive director to take on Elvis.
But only when Binder’s musical director, Bones Howe, who had been a technician on several early Elvis hits, told him how good Elvis could be when he had the right people around him, did he agree to meet the singer.
A few days later, Elvis turned up at Binder’s office and the two of them sat down and talked.
Steve claims Elvis (pictured) was open and friendly. He revealed to Steve that he was unsure about television as he was unhappy with some appearances from earlier in his career
‘He was so open and friendly,’ Binder says, ‘I quickly realised he was the complete opposite of what I thought he was.
‘He asked me what stage I thought his career was at. So, I told him that I thought it was in the toilet.
‘He just stared at me for a minute. Then he laughed out loud and said: “At last someone is telling me the truth.”
‘He was unsure about television having been unhappy with some appearances early in his career, when he thought some of the producers had been laughing at him.
‘On one, they’d dressed him up in a white tie and tails, and he’d had to sing Hound Dog to a basset hound.’
Elvis hadn’t thought it was funny. ‘TV isn’t my turf,’ he told Binder.
‘So, what is your turf?’ Binder asked.
‘Making records,’ had come the reply.
‘So, you make an album, and I’ll provide the images,’ Binder had told him.
Elvis (pictured) had no say in the scripts for films he starred in and was contracted to star in three films a year
The conversation moved on to music. Was he open to new styles of songs, Elvis was asked. For instance, would he have sung MacArthur Park, that, at the time, was a very big hit for actor Richard Harris?
‘In a heartbeat,’ Elvis had replied.
The question of Christmas songs wasn’t even discussed. According to Priscilla Presley, who, along with Binder, introduces the cinema version of the show, and who, as the keeper of the flame, is involved in all the Elvis reissues, when the singer got home that night he said to her: ‘I don’t give a goddamn what the Colonel says, I’m going with this guy.’ It was a rare act of defiance against Parker.
After a promising start in the late Fifties with Loving You, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole, movies had become a train to career suicide for Elvis since he’d left the US Army in 1960.
Contracted to make three films a year, he had ‘no say-so in the scripts,’ he would later admit, and had become deeply unhappy. He was, he would admit to friends, ‘a joke’ in Hollywood.
It’s impossible to imagine that Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, other stars of the time, would ever have had no say in what films they appeared in.
Steve took risks for his Elvis special showing the vocalist sing in brothels and partnering with a black trio singing gospel songs
But they were part of the Hollywood establishment.
Neither Elvis nor Colonel Parker moved socially in movie circles. They didn’t know the top new Hollywood directors, screenwriters or producers. And few of the journeymen directors who had made Elvis’s films, had been in the first flush of youth. Norman Taurog, who directed nine of them, had been born in 1899.
Steve Binder was 35, just a couple of years older than Elvis. The two were a good fit, and with agreement reached, the director sent a couple of writers off to raid the record shops, find Elvis recordings they liked, and then come up with a storyline.
They chose 1967’s Guitar Man, and built around it a narrative of Elvis going through the music that had shaped him.
Once again Binder planned to take risks, showing Elvis singing rhythm and blues in a brothel in one scene (largely cut from the original TV show as being too risqué, but included in the extended cinema version), and then partnered by the black singing trio, The Blossoms, when he sang a medley of the gospel songs with which he’d grown up.
Elvis (pictured) who sang for the first time with an orchestra for the Christmas special was nervous according to Steve Binder
‘Elvis liked everything we offered him,’ Binder remembers of the singer’s reaction when he was shown the script.
‘The only time I saw him upset about anything, was when a senior producer told him his dyed hair was too black!’
There had been recent problems with his weight and prescription drugs, but, says Binder, ‘he was as clean as a whistle’ for his show. ‘He’d just come back from a holiday in Hawaii and was tanned and looking like a Greek god.’
He was, however, nervous. ‘He’d never sung with an orchestra before and made me promise that if he didn’t like it, I would send the musicians home and just keep the rhythm section.
‘But he loved the sound of the orchestra when he heard it.’
While rehearsals were taking place Binder had the brainwave that would make the show a classic.
Noticing how Elvis would rewind after work by playing and singing with some of his guys in his dressing room, he decided, to make it an improvisational feature of the show.
Elvis (pictured) was weary about singing in front of an audience at the time he filmed the Christmas special as it had been eight years since he last did it
Whereupon Elvis suggested they send for his original musicians, Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Fontana.
It was, Binder realised, the best way to get the ‘raw’ Elvis, filming him, cinema verité style, with a hand-held camera borrowed from the NBC sports department.
The Colonel wouldn’t allow them to shoot in the dressing room, but finally agreed to a little stage shaped like a boxing ring without the ropes, that was surrounded by fans.
‘It was fly-on-the wall stuff,’ says Priscilla. ‘That was how Elvis was all the time at home, when the boys would come around and start playing and singing together.’
Even so, before he did it for the cameras, Elvis got very nervous. ‘I haven’t been in front of an audience in eight years,’ he told Binder.
‘What am I going to do if they don’t like me? What if they laugh at me?’
As it happened, the exact reverse happened. The jamming session, with Elvis roaming through over a dozen of his favourite old songs, from Lawdy Miss Clawdy and Trying To Get To You to Love and One Night, became the most memorable part of the show.
Elvis (pictured) began listening to Steve Binder more than his manager ‘Colonel’, Tom Parker during production for his Christmas special
Elvis’s manager Parker, demanded that a Christmas song be included in the special rather than just original songs by the singer
Not surprisingly, as shooting progressed and Elvis listened more to Binder than to his manager, Parker became increasingly irate that he was being side-tracked.
Calling Binder and Elvis to his office he demanded that at least one Christmas song be included. ‘That’s what you want, isn’t it Elvis?’ he said.
Elvis mumbled an embarrassed assent, only to tell Binder once they were alone together. ‘F*** him. We’ll do what we want.’
‘Elvis would never put the Colonel down in front of anyone,’ says Priscilla. ‘That was his way of appeasing him.’
In the end a verse or two of Blue Christmas was added to the improvised medley, but the assassination of Robert Kennedy at the time they were rehearsing ensured that it wouldn’t be a Christmas song that ended the show.
It was just two months after the murder of Martin Luther King in Memphis.
Elvis (pictured) insisted against his manager’s views on including the song If I Can Dream in the Christmas special to show his reaction to the killings happening at the time
Elvis had been in despair over that, ashamed that it should have happened in his home town. Now, with the murder of a second Kennedy, he could talk of nothing else.
Seeing his emotions, Binder asked the show’s music arranger, W. Earl Brown, if he could write something that would reflect how Elvis had reacted to the killings.
The result, written over a weekend, was If I Can Dream, a song about peace, hope and brotherhood that was based directly upon King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.
When Brown played and sang his song to Binder and Parker the manager’s response, was predictably dismissive: ‘That ain’t an Elvis kind of song’, he growled, illustrating his unfamiliarity with the gospel roots of his client.
But then Elvis had his say. ‘We’re doing it,’ he insisted.
‘Steve,’ Elvis said to Binder after the recording, ‘I’m never going to sing another song I don’t believe in.
‘And I’m never going to make another picture I don’t believe in.’
Binder cut two versions of the Elvis (pictured) TV show, the one hour version he was commissioned to make and another longer edit which is set to air for his anniversary
As it happened, he did record quite a few more songs that he didn’t much care about, but nowhere nearly as many as he had done in his Hollywood years.
As for the movies, there were only a couple more to go, anyway.
With several hours of material to edit, Binder cut two versions of the show, one was the one hour special he’d been commissioned to make, but there was also another much longer edit which he hoped NBC would put out instead.
They chose not to. That is the version that will be shown in the cinemas next week.
Elvis watched the screening of the show on December 3, 1968, sitting in his new Beverly Hills home with Priscilla.
He was very quiet during the transmission, hardly speaking to Priscilla, only for the phones to start ringing and never stop from the moment the end titles appeared. In her opinion it was one of the best things he ever did.
The public liked it, too, with 42 per cent of the American viewing public having watched.
Steve recalls being at war with Elvis’s manager throughout production for the Christmas special and being unable to continue working together after its completion
The single, If I Can Dream, had been issued a month earlier to lukewarm reaction, but now it raced up the charts, as did the album of the show.
One hour on television had turned Elvis’s life and career around.
More big hits, such as In The Ghetto and Suspicious Minds, soon followed, before the next summer Elvis began doing live shows again, starting in Las Vegas.
Steve Binder was there to see his first night back on stage, but there was never any chance of his working relationship with Elvis continuing.
During the entire production of the TV special he and Colonel Parker had been ‘in a state of war. He wouldn’t let me within a mile of Elvis after that,’ he now laughs.
For him, the strength of the show was in ‘seeing Elvis rediscover himself’. But Elvis didn’t do it alone. As Priscilla would tell Binder. ‘You brought him out of the darkness.’
Elvis: ‘68 Comeback Special will be shown in cinemas nationwide (and worldwide) for one night only on Thursday, 16 August. Tickets available from fathomrocks.com
Elvis: A Lonely Life by Ray Connolly is now available in paperback from Weidenfeld & Nicolson (£9.99)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018
My Facebook post for today…
41 Years Ago: Elvis Presley Dies At 42, And Rock And Roll Loses More Than Just Its King
Before Everything And After, There Was Elvis.
Only heaven could have known that the shy boy born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a Tupelo, Mississippi shotgun house would grow up to be royalty, his reign as the the king of all things rock and roll changing not just the world he was born into but the world that would remain long after he took his final bow.
Elvis Presley’s August 16, 1977 death at the age of 42 brought with it a special form of grief we’d only experienced one time before, with the plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper; where their deaths represented the end of our collective innocence and helped usher in an era devoid of rose colored glasses, Elvis’ death represented the end of all that we’d ever known – our link to rock and roll’s roots, its past and present and everything thereafter, was gone like a thief in the night.
41 years on, it’s impossible to imagine rock music’s evolution without Elvis’ influence and frankly, we don’t really want to try. There isn’t a rock figure alive who has captivated the world on the level that he did during the course of a 23 year career that spawned over 600 million records sold, countless records smashed, and generations of rock fans and musicians. A heady brew of rock, country, and a whole lot of soul, Elvis set the bar impossibly high for singers to follow and while many have tried to meet or exceed that bar, all have paled in comparison.
This is a very good interview with Lisa Marie…
Lisa Marie Says She Felt Elvis Presley’s Helping Hand When Recording (Extended Interview)| Lorraine
Published on Aug 14, 2018
Subscribe now for more! http://bit.ly/1KyA9sV Lisa Marie Presley is joined by co-producer Joel Weinshanker in Graceland to chat to Ross King about recording a special duet with her father, Elvis Presley, 41 years since his death. Broadcast on 13/08/2018
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ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018
The below article and video will be very informative to people who have not been involved in the long history of the “ELVIS IS ALIVE” adventure. This is a flash from the past for those of us who have been there since day one – August 16, 1977.
The woman in this video is Gail Brewer-Giorgio in a current interview. The man being interviewed is Mike Joseph who is the man who took the famous pool house door photo of Elvis on New Years Day, 1978.
Mike Joseph spoke on a Larry King TV show on which Gail appeared. Mr. Joseph changed his story completely on that show and lied about everything including the fact that he did make a taped recording in which he explained about it being Elvis in that photo in great detail. Now, he is currently back to telling the truth that he believes Elvis did not die. Evidently pressure was put upon Mr. Joseph to lie on the Larry King show in an attempt to discredit Gail. I have my own video of the Larry King show and will insert my video below this article.
I do want to emphasize one thing here before one watches this video: Jesse told me firmly and in no uncertain terms regarding Gail Brewer-Giorgio: “I don’t want that woman to make any more money off of me.” So, I am NOT sharing all of this to support her in any further work she does to expose Elvis.”
Elvis lives? Best-selling author, former record producer claim Elvis didn’t die in 1977
Posted: Aug 16, 2018 2:00 PM EDTUpdated: Aug 17, 2018 2:14 PM EDT