May 22 - Memphis Hotel Will Get It

A new 450 room hotel and convention center came one step closer to opening at Elvis Presley’s Graceland on Wednesday. The Economic Development Board approved $84 million in financing to fund the development.

Graceland, the third most visited home in the U.S. behind the Whitehouse and Biltmore, said upgrading the experience for visitors with a new more modern hotel would generate jobs and boost the economy of Whitehaven.

“We are really excited to get going on this project. Piece by piece it’s taken a lot of organization and ecetera,” said Jack Soden, Elvis Presley Enterprises.

EDGE, the Economic Development Growth Engine, said it approved issuing Graceland $84 million in bonds to help pay for a new hotel. Financing would also come from a tourist development zone set up by city and county and from a tourist surcharge. “The money really comes from a private financial institution which will buy those bonds and therefore inject the money into the project,” said Reid Dulberger, EDGE Pres/CEO.

Even if the project failed the lawyer for Elvis Presley Enterprises told EDGE, taxpayers won’t be responsible for repaying bonds. “There’s not going to be a check written by the city or county to pay the debt so it is merely being paid from incentive revenues, from the revenues created by the hotel:13 and from Guarantees of the owners of the hotel,” said Attorney James McLaren, Elvis Presley Enterprises.

With its 450 rooms, 500 seat theater and two restaurants, the Graceland hotel will be the third largest in the city behind the Peabody and Convention Center Sheraton. In addition, 500 jobs were promised in and around the hotel.

“It’s going to be exactly where we want it in Whitehaven at Graceland where our visitors from all over the world will come and stay longer and spend more of their money and time in Whitehaven,” said Soden. One of the questions board members asked is how much will these jobs pay and who would get them. A representative for EP Enterprises said the average salary would be about $11 an hour and most of its employees traditionally come from the Whitehaven neighborhood.

Elvis Still Has It - Out Now!


The SR label import-release "Elvis Still Has It", featuring the unreleased show from Las Vegas August 09, 1972 MS, has been released. 

Tracks: 01. 2001 Theme 02.See See Rider 03.Proud Mary 04.Until It’s Time For You To Go 05.You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 06.You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling 07.Polk Salad Annie 08.What Now My Love 09.Fever 10.Love Me 11.Blue Suede Shoes 12.One Night 13.Little Sister/Get Back 14.Heartbreak Hotel 15.Hound Dog 16.For The Good Times 17.Suspicious Minds 18.Introductions 19.My Way 20.A Big Hunk O’ Love 21.An American Trilogy 22.Can’t Help Falling In Love 23. Closing Vamp 


Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation drops from #17 to #22 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending May 30, 2015.

The "He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley: Volumes 1 & 2" dropped off the Billboard Music Video Chart after re-entering lat week. 

(Source: WREG / FECC / Brian Quinn)

May 21 - The Summer of '56 Collection

Released on the Stargrove Entertainment label is the CD “Elvis The Collection”. 

Tracks CD 1: King Creole - One Night - Don't - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - I Got Stung - Blue Suede Shoes - Baby Let's Play House - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - A Big Hunk O' Love - (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I

CD 2: Hound Dog - Loving You - All Shook Up - Heartbreak Hotel - Jailhouse Rock - Don't Be Cruel - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Love Me Tender - Treat Me Nice - I Want You I Need You I Love You - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do

Marty Pasetta Died

Marty Pasetta, best known for directing the Academy Awards telecast annually from 1972 to 1988, died Thursday night. He was 82. He also directed “Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii,” which aired on Jan. 14, 1973, in more than 40 countries. The concert special, featuring Elvis Presley at the Honolulu International Center, remains one of the most watched TV programs in history.

Pasetta was struck by a car he had just exited in La Quinta, Calif. in Riverside County, The Desert Sun reported. He died at the scene, police said. The driver, identified as Keith Stewart, 75, of La Quinta, stopped his vehicle to drop off Pasetta and another passenger, according to the sheriff’s department. Stewart then went to exit his vehicle, but accidentally left the car’s transmission engaged, causing him to crash into his passengers.

Elvis: Summer of '56

The DVD “Elvis: Summer of '56” will be re-issued once more on August 4, 2015 b the Madacy (Music Distributor) label. It is a documentary on Elvis Presley’s first love June Juanico. 

(Source: FECC / Amazon / ElvisMatters)

May 19 - Music And Memories

The book / DVD set "Elvis Presley: Music & Memories" has been released by the Entertainment One label. 

Synopsis:
This Illustrated Limited Edition hardback book together with four DVD s provides an insight into the unique journey of one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century Elvis Presley. Follow the authoritative text charting the career of the man they call the King of Rock and Roll . We follow Presley from his carefree beginnings at Sun records to global superstardom. In addition the book features rare interviews with the legendry Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore, Drummer DJ Fontana and many more!

New Releases

Due for release from Sbme Special Mkts. on May 26, 2015 are the CDs “Elvis Live”, “Elvis Golden Records”. 

(Source: Amazon)

May 18 - Elvis Sings Atlantic

The Spanish El Toro Records (Broken Silence) label will release the colored vinyl single "Elvis Sings The Hits Of Atlantic" on May 22, 2015. This single is #2 in a series of 4 commemorative releases.

Tracks:
Such A Night / Judy / I Got A Woman / Shake, Rattle & Roll 

Blue Moon

The Impulsis - Amalfi International (Bogner Records) released the 2 CD “Blue Moon”. 

The Last Re-issue?

The ParkHill label importrelease "The Last Farewell" has been released. This 5 CD box contains complete masters and outtakes from the 1976 recording sessions in the Jungle Room at Graceland. This material was previously released by the Venus importlabel in their "Welcome To The Jungle" series. The CD's are packed in a metal pewter box  with additional 80 page booklet (28 by 28 cm) with unseen photo's, never published before. 

(Source: Amazon / The `King's World)

May 17 - Softcover

The soft-cover edition of the "Ultimate Elvis" by Erik Lorentzens "Elvis Files" team has been released one moth after the announcement of this edition. 

(Source: The King's World)