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Elvis Presley’s burial crypt withdrawn from memorabilia auction

June 24, 2012

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The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee has been withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests it should be kept as a shrine.

More than 10,000 fans signed a petition against the sale of the tomb which has remained empty since Elvis’s body was moved to a permanent site in the Graceland Meditation Garden in October 1977.

The cemetery says it now intends to find a plan “that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis”.

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Elvis Presley’s burial crypt for sale in memorabilia auction

June 7, 2012

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The stone chamber in which Elvis Presley was first buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis is to be offered for sale by a Beverly Hills auction house on June 23.

  The lot includes the private mausoleum crypt itself which has remained empty since Elvis’s body was moved to a permanent site in the Graceland Meditation Garden in October 1977. Bids are expected to start at $100,000 (£64,000).

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Elvis Presley … Through His Daughter’s Eyes

February 5, 2012

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Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, is giving visitors to Graceland in Memphis a unique inside look at life with her father.

A new exhibition, Elvis … Through His Daughter’s Eyes, displays rarely-seen family photos, home movies and memorabilia from Lisa Marie’s childhood.

She says the new Graceland exhibit also includes some of Elvis’s “most amazing clothes ever” and a chest containing personal items he always took with him on tour.

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Cliff Richard may stage Las Vegas show with Olivia Newton-John

November 1, 2011

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Sir Cliff Richard is reportedly in talks with Olivia Newton-John to stage a series of shows together in Las Vegas.

Over the past six decades, the 71-year-old singer has had hits all over the world and has sold over 250 million records worldwide. But he has so far failed to crack the American market (although his single ‘Living Doll’ promised much when it reached No. 30 on the US charts in 1959).

Sir Cliff is hoping that a residency in Las Vegas will increase his chances of success with US audiences.

“Acts like Elvis and Little Richard were the reason I started, so it would mean a great deal to have at least one success over there,” Sir Cliff recently told Women’s Weekly magazine. “I’ve had nine Top 30 hits in America but never an identity. If I could just have one big hit I’d feel so much satisfaction.”

He added: “Olivia Newton-John and I have talked about joining forces to find a Las Vegas venue to perform at. Elton John recently told me: ‘I can’t understand why you never cracked it’. And I can’t either. It’s the land of rock ‘n’ roll – like Wimbledon is to tennis.”

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Suzi Quatro releases new album, In The Spotlight

October 5, 2011

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Suzi Quatro has released a new rock-orientated studio album, titled In The Spotlight.

The 11-track album sees her teaming up again with Mike Chapman who, along with Nicky Chinn, wrote and produced all of her rock-driven pop hits in the 1970s, including ‘Can The Can’, ’48 Crash’ and ‘Devil Gate Drive’. 

In The Spotlight is Suzi’s thirteenth studio album. It  includes new songs written by Suzi and Mike Chapman and cover versions of contemporary songs such as Rhianna’s ‘Breakin’ Dishes’ and Goldfrapp’s ‘Strict Machine’.

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Rock guitarist Gary Moore dies at 58

February 7, 2011

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Renowned rock guitarist Gary Moore has died in a hotel room while on holiday in Spain. He was 58.

  Belfast-born Moore’s career spanned blues, hard rock and ballads, including several spells with Thin Lizzy and a highly-acclaimed solo career that included 20 studio albums. He also enjoyed UK chart success alongside the late Phil Lynott with the singles ‘Parisienne Walkways’ (1979) and ‘Out In The Fields’ (1985).

  Moore received critical acclaim for his work on Thin Lizzy’s 1974 album Nightlife, but he felt constrained by the group format and launched a solo career. He returned to Thin Lizzy briefly on two occasions in the late 1970s.

  Moore was first drafted into Thin Lizzy by Phil Lynott in 1973, following the departure of guitarist Eric Bell. On hearing the news of Moore’s death, Bell told the BBC: “I still can’t believe it. He wasn’t a rock casualty. He was a healthy guy.”

  Guitarist Scott Gorham – the other half of Thin Lizzy’s distinctive twin lead guitar harmony sound – said it been a pleasure to share a stage with Moore. “Playing with Gary during the Black Rose era was a great experience,” he said. “He was a great player and a great guy. I will miss him.”

Born Robert William Gary Moore on 4 April 1952, he started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. He got his first good-quality guitar when he was 14 and learnt to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed.

  Moore’s early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. After seeing Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green in his home town of Belfast, he started to develop his own style of blues-rock that would come to dominate his career.

  He was only 16 when he moved from Belfast to Dublin in 1969 to join Irish group Skid Row which featured Phil Lynott on lead vocals.

  Lynott asked Moore to join Thin Lizzy in 1973. The guitarist initially played with the group for only a few months, but he returned in 1977 and then again in 1979, staying long enough to play on the band’s landmark album Black Rose: A Rock Legend, which reached number two on the UK album chart.

  Moore released his first solo album, Grinding Stone, in 1973 under the name “The Gary Moore Band”. In 1978, the combination of Moore’s emotive blues-based guitar and Phil Lynott’s distinctive voice produced the classic single ‘Parisienne Walkways’, which reached Number 8 on the UK singles chart in April 1979.

  After a series of successful rock records in the 1980s, Moore returned to the blues with Still Got the Blues (1990), which featured contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison. He stuck with the blues format until 1997, when he experimented with modern dance beats on Dark Days in Paradise. He returned to his tried and tested blues roots in 2001 with Back to the Blues, followed by Power of the Blues (2004), Old New Ballads Blues (2006), Close As You Get (2007) and Bad For You Baby (2008).

  Gary Moore died in the early hours of 6 February 2011, while on holiday in Estepona, Spain.

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Fifties teen idol Eddie Fisher dies at 82

September 24, 2010

 

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US singer Eddie Fisher – who sold millions of records in the 1950s and whose ex-wives included Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Connie Stevens – has died at the age of 82.

Fisher’s good looks and clear dramatic singing voice brought him a devoted following of teenage girls in the early 1950s, with a style that has been described as a “throw-back” to Al Jolson and Tin Pan Alley.

Edwin Jack Fisher was born in Philadelphia on August 10, 1928, one of seven children of a Jewish grocer. At 15 he was singing on Philadelphia radio.

After moving to New York, Fisher met comedian Eddie Cantor and began appearing on his highly rated radio show in 1949. Cantor adopted the young singer as a protégé and helped him become a star on radio, TV and records.

Fisher’s romantic messages resonated with young girls in the pre-Elvis Presley period, and his manager Milton Blackstone helped the publicity by hiring girls to scream and swoon at Fisher’s appearances.

His first few singles for RCA, including ‘Thinking of You’ and ‘Turn Back the Hands of Time’, achieved chart success. But it was two consecutive million-sellers in 1952 – ‘Any Time’ and ‘Tell Me Why’ – that established Fisher as a major star. He also achieved another big hit in 1952 with ‘Wish You Were Here’.

But 1953 proved to be the biggest year of his career. Both ‘I’m Walking Behind You’ and ‘Oh! My Pa-Pa’ spent many weeks at the top of the charts. Fisher then gained his own top-rated TV shows: Coke Time and The Chesterfield Supper Club. His success continued to grow in 1954 with ‘I Need You Now’, followed by more Top 40 hits such as ‘I’m Yours’, ‘Lady of Spain’ and ‘Count Your Blessings’.

Fisher’s fame was enhanced by his 1955 marriage to teen movie star Debbie Reynolds and they were dubbed “America’s favorite couple”. Their marriage produced two children, including Carrie Fisher who starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Fisher stunned his fans by divorcing Debbie Reynolds to marry Elizabeth Taylor after Taylor’s husband (and Fisher’s best friend) Mike Todd was killed in a plane crash in 1958. His divorce from Debbie Reynolds caused sensational headlines – followed by even bigger headlines five years later when Elizabeth Taylor divorced him to marry Richard Burton. Fisher’s career never really recovered from these scandals.

Although his singles did not reach the Top 40 again, a return to RCA in the mid-1960s resulted in a moderate hit with the LP Games That Lovers Play. After two more RCA albums – People Like You and You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet – Fisher rarely recorded again, although he continued to perform live in America.

After being discarded by Elizabeth Taylor, Fisher became the butt of comedians’ jokes. He reportedly began relying on drugs to get through performances, and his bookings dwindled. He later said he had made and spent $20 million during his heyday, and much of it went on gambling and drugs.

Eddie Fisher died on 22 September 2010 as a result of complications following hip surgery at a hospital in Berkeley, California.

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Elvis Presley “crown jewel” launched … ‘The Complete Elvis Masters’

August 8, 2010

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RCA/Legacy is continuing to commemorate what would have been Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday year with the launch of what it claims is “the definitive collection” of Elvis’s complete master recordings.

Described as the “crown jewel” of the Elvis 75 celebrations, The Complete Elvis Masters is a limited edition box-set that includes 30 CDs containing all 711 master recordings released during Elvis’s lifetime, mastered from the original analogue master tapes where available.

The record company says the collection has been “years in the making”, with each recording carefully restored to achieve the best-possible sound reproduction “without compromising the audio quality of the original master”.

Featuring over 35 hours of music, the collection also contains 103 additional rare recordings. It comes with a 240-page hardbound book featuring an annotated discography, original album artwork, rare and classic photos, a complete song index, and an essay by Peter Guralnick.

Launched in October 2010, The Complete Elvis Masters has a limited edition first run of 1000 numbered sets. Each set is housed in a custom-designed, individually numbered display case, complete with a ‘certificate of authenticity’.

Now for the bad news … this piece of music history will cost you over £570 (around US$890)!

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Elvis’s 75th birthday celebrated with 100-track Elvis 75 collection

January 10, 2010

To commemorate what would have been Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday on 8 January 2010, the first definitive overview of his entire recording career is being released as a 100-track 4CD box set, titled Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight. It comes with an 80-page full-colour book containing rare photographs, memorabilia, and a 7,000-word biography.

The 100 digitally-restored tracks include hit singles, album tracks, rare recordings, live performances, and all thirty of Elvis’s number one hits. The tracks appear in strict chronological order of recording dates across four discs spanning 1953-1957, 1958-1962, 1963-1969, and 1970-1977.

Tracks range from the first demo acetate that Elvis made as a gift for his mother in 1953 (‘My Happiness’), to Sun Records releases produced by Sam Phillips between 1954 and 1955 (including ‘That’s All Right’, ‘Blue Moon Of Kentucky’, and ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’), and RCA Victor tracks recorded between 1956 and 1977 (from ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ to ‘Way Down’).

Elvis biographer Ernst Mikael Jørgensen says: “Elvis’s chart hits are of crucial importance. But only when heard in the context of some of the lesser-known artistic achievements can they present a complete picture of an artist with repertoire so vast that he released 711 master recordings during his lifetime.”

He adds: “These tracks span Elvis’ entire career, from his first personal demo in 1953 through his last hit in 1977, and even beyond that to a 2002 worldwide smash hit remix. This is as definitive a summation of Elvis’ career as has ever been attempted on four discs.”

A 75-track Elvis 75 collection – featuring a selection of tracks from the box set – is being released simultaneously as a 3CD set.

Sony Music Entertainment says it plans to reissue more digitally-restored original albums from Elvis’s RCA years throughout 2010.

Elvis Presley to release new Christmas Duets album – 31 years after his death

August 7, 2008

 

Elvis Presley is to release a brand new Christmas duets album this autumn – despite being dead for over 30 years.

 

Sony BMG and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. have announced plans to release a newly-recorded album, titled Elvis Presley Christmas Duets, in October 2008.

 

The release is seen as marking yet another milestone in Elvis Presley’s legacy. It’s the first Elvis album of duets and, according to Sony BMG, the first Christmas compilation of its kind ever produced.

 

With the aid of the latest advanced audio technology, 10 leading country stars – including LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant and Anne Murray – have been able to ‘duet’ with Elvis on some of his classic Christmas songs.

 

For older songs originally recorded on a single track, studio engineers created new musical beds to perfectly match the instrumentation and arrangements on the original recording. In the case of songs recorded in multi-track – where Elvis’s vocal was isolated on a single track – his voice was simply dropped for a given verse or chorus to make room for the duet artist.

 

To be as faithful as possible to the original recordings, the new album was recorded in the fabled RCA Studio B in Nashville where Elvis recorded his second Christmas album, Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas, in 1971.

 

Elvis’s first Christmas LP – titled Elvis’s Christmas Album – was originally released in October 1957. It consisted of eight Christmas songs plus four gospel songs taken from his EP Peace In The Valley. It has since become the biggest selling Christmas album of all time in America.

 

Elvis’s Christmas Album included Presley’s version of the perennial favourite ‘White Christmas’. When the song’s composer, Irving Berlin, heard the recording, he was so disgusted he reportedly tried to have the song – and the entire album – banned from radio airplay in the United States.

 

On the new album, though, Elvis can be heard singing ‘White Christmas’ with the far-from-controversial Amy Grant

 

“We are so pleased that these accomplished artists are collaborating with Elvis in this unique way to make exciting new versions of his Christmas songs,” said Priscilla Presley. “I am sure Elvis would be proud to have worked with them.”

 

Joe Galante, chairman of Sony BMG Nashville, added: “There has been tremendous excitement from the many artists contributing their voices to these Elvis Christmas classics. We believe Elvis fans will truly enjoy these unique collaborations while introducing Elvis’s holiday classics to the many fans of his duet partners.”

 

The album also contains another surprise for Elvis fans. The Jordanaires – Elvis’s old vocal backing group – have even been brought back to re-record their parts.

 

“It’s amazing what they can do,” said The Jordanaires’ Gordon Stoker. “Elvis sounds great. The recordings sound as if they were done yesterday.”

 

The following tracks have so far been confirmed for the album:

 

‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ – with Carrie Underwood

‘Blue Christmas’ – with Martina McBride

‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ – with LeAnn Rimes

‘Silent Night’ – with Sara Evans

‘Merry Christmas Baby’ – with Gretchen Wilson

‘Silver Bells’ – with Anne Murray

‘White Christmas’ – with Amy Grant

‘O Little Town’ – with Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town

‘Santa Claus Is Back In Town’ – with Wynonna Judd.


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