Apr 022014
 

What do we mean when we say someone is cool? Well a major new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is looking to define that term.

The American Cool exhibition runs at the museum until September 7th this year1303_1 and features a whole host of names in some of their most iconic photos. Of course no celebration of coolness would be complete without Elvis and he’s present in one of our favourite photos of him taken in Tupelo in 1956. In fact it’s this photo that the new ‘Hands’ statue of Elvis outside Tupelo’s City Hall is based upon. We also noticed that Elvis got two pictures in the exhibit instead of just one like everyone else as he features as part of Andy Warhols entry too with the famous painting Warhol did of him.

For more on the ‘American Cool’ exhibit visit:  http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/Cool/index.html

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 Posted by at 2:07 pm
Mar 262014
 

It’s another important date in Elvis history today and another that ties up with a future trip we have planned. Exactly 54 years ago today on March 26th 1960 sinatra_elvis_tv_specialElvis recorded ‘The Frank Sinatra Timex Special: Welcome Home Elvis’. It was to be Elvis’ first televised appearance since his military discharge (the show itself didn’t actually air until May 12th). It marked a real turning point in the career of Elvis as up until then the old guard of people like Sinatra had heavily criticised Elvis and his style of music. But after proudly serving his country, they soon realised that Elvis was a fine, upstanding gentleman and started to come round to the fact that he was here to stay. The show was filmed at the fabulous Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami and it’s here that we’ll be staying on the extension part of the 80th Birthday Tour in January next year. After getting to experience the delights of Memphis during the very special Birthday celebrations you’ll have the chance to soak up some winter sun as we head to Florida and see and stay in the very location of this historic event. The full brochure will be mailed along with our newsletter shortly and if you’re not on mailing list contact us at enquiries@strictlyelvis.net or ring us on 01473 621 564.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmWc3XAhCWw

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 Posted by at 5:06 pm
Mar 252014
 

Exactly 56 years ago today Elvis received perhaps the most famous haircut in history at Fort Chaffee Army barracks the day after being inducted into the US Army. As you know we like to give fellow fans something new and different and that’s the Strictly difference as everything we do is for fans – by fans  and so last year Strictly Elvis UK / The Elvis Travel Service visited Fort Chafee and the barbershop (now a museum) where history was made, en route to New Orleans. It was our first visit but was such a hit that we just had to go back and so are pleased to announce that we will be as part of our annual memorial tour in 2015.

But of course it wasn’t just in the USA where Elvis proudly served his country as an outstanding serviceman, the majority of his time was spent in Germany and next year we’ll also be returning to the towns of Bad Nauheim and Friedberg to see the Elvis sights from his time there as part of another fabulous Elvis Travel Service tour – we’ll show you places that you won’t see on other tours.

It’s all part of next year’s celebrations to mark the 55th anniversary of Elvis’ discharge from the US Army. So we hope you can join us as we show you the places that became such an integral part of Elvis’ life story and particularly those that made up one of the most important too – when he turned into a true patriot and proudly served his country. Watch this space for more information.

See a short film of that famous haircut here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyS5wOcYua4

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 Posted by at 11:55 am
Mar 202014
 

Following on from our previous story regarding the huge auction of Elvis vinyl taking place in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk on Friday 21st March, here’s a great little story about the lots up for grabs that featured on the ITV news in the region last night:

www.itv.com/news/anglia/2014-03-19/2-000-elvis-presley-records-go-on-sale-in-suffolk/

More details about the auction, and how to bid, can be found on the website of the auctioneers, Lacy Scott and Knight: www.lskauctioncentre.co.uk

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 Posted by at 12:31 pm
Mar 102014
 

An amazing collection of Elvis vinyl is due to go under the hammer later this month at Lacy Scott & Knight Auctioneers in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

There are hundreds of mint, to near mint, records from the private collection of a Suffolk teacher who first started collecting in the 1950′s.  Details of the 425 lots can be found here: http://www.lskauctioncentre.co.uk/sale-categories/specialist-auctions/ep210314/?page=1

Formats include 78′s and 45′s and as well as the regular mainstream releases from RCA and HMV, there are a number of bootleg and rare and uniquerecords records including such gems as rarely seen British pressings of Elvis records from 1974/5 during the Middle East oil crisis, some Irish pressings with covers specific to individual shops in Ulster and the first copy of the first pressing of ‘Way Down’. It’s a truly impressive collection and a really rare opportunity to pick up some rare Elvis vinyl.

Viewing of the lots is on Thursday March 20th between noon and 5pm and from 9am on the day of the sale which is on Friday March 21st.

For more information contact Lacy Scott and Knight Auctioneers, 10 Risbygate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 3AA

Telephone: 01284 748 623      E-mail: fineart@lsk.co.uk

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 Posted by at 12:42 pm
Feb 282014
 

Now open at Graceland is an amazing new exhibit entitled ’60 Years of Elvis’
which is all part of the commemorations for this year and the 60th anniversary of the recording of ‘That’s All Right Mama’ – the record that started it all!

The exhibit looks phenomenal – guests will explore the birth of rock ‘n’ roll music in July of 1954 with the recording of “That’s All Right” at Sun Studio and journey through the transformation of the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ from delivery truck driver to worldwide singing sensation and star of the silver screen.
Rare artifacts displayed in the new “60 Years of Elvis” exhibit include: Elvis’ personal “That’s All Right” 45 rpm record; a pay stub from his early days as a driver for Crown Electric; telegrams home to his parents during his first few days on tour; an original script from “Jailhouse Rock”; his 1955 RCA Records contract; Elvis’ last GRAMMY Award for his Gospel hit “How Great Thou Art,” recorded live in Memphis, along with the jumpsuit he wore on stage that night; Elvis’ wardrobe from “Viva Las Vegas”; and the award presented to Graceland and the Presley family upon Elvis’ induction into the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and lots more (as you can see from the photos). EPE and Graceland have once again done an amazing job celebrating the life and legacy of Elvis!
The fantastic news is that the exhibit is open from now until February 2015 which means that those on our Elvis tour this August will get the chance to view it as well as all those travelling on our big 80th Birthday tour in January of next year. For those who can’t manage to get to the States – never fear, as Strictly Elvis will be celebrating this landmark occasion with our super ‘Grande Summer Ball’ on July 5th, the exact day that ‘That’s All Right Mama’ was recorded all those years ago in Memphis. Wow – it’s really going to be a year to remember! For details of our events and holidays please call us on 01473 621 564 or e-mail: enquiries@strictlyelvis.net

For more information about the exhibit head over to: www.elvis.com

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 Posted by at 10:30 am
Feb 282014
 

Elvis features in a nice little article from a lifelong fan of the King in today’s Daily Mail newspaper. It’s always nice to see Elvis get some mainstream publicity.

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The Daily Mail is on sale from all UK newsagents priced at 60p 

Or read the story here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2569833/Elvis-left-shook-How-unlikely-obsession-Presley-brought-shy-public-schoolboy-shell-saw-serenade-Chancellor.html

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 Posted by at 9:20 am
Feb 212014
 

One of our weaknesses here at Strictly Elvis (other than chocolate biscuits!) is the awesome Follow That Dream label collectors label.

Launched in 1999 the FTD label exists exclusively for the dedicated Elvis music collector and currently offers over 130 different Elvis CDs, Books and LPs with additional titles released throughout the year.

The titles include a vast array of Elvis music material ranging from:

*Multiple alternate takes made during recording sessions

*Previously unreleased concert recordings (commonly referred to as ‘sound-board recordings’)

*Movie soundtracks with previously unreleased songs/takes

*Deleted titles from the regular Elvis catalogue that are re-released exclusively on FTD with bonus material

*Special rare photo book/CD combos

*Select titles available on vinyl 33rpm record albums

It’s a great way of discovering Elvis’ music – some you know, some you don’t and some you’re yet to discover! And to help you along our friends at the Elvis Radio Show (http://theelvisradioshow.caster.fm/) have produced this great little free handbook to collecting the FTD series. You can download it by clicking below:

FTD The Series essential guide

FTD releases are available on-line from our friends and partners over at www.essentialelvis.com

Happy Collecting!

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 Posted by at 3:32 pm
Feb 212014
 

Issue 10 of the fab magazine ‘Vintage Rock’ is now available from WH Smiths and other leading newsagents.

There’s amazing articles on the early career of Elvis to tie in with the 60th anniversary celebration of ‘That’s All Right Mama’ the record that kick started the Presley phenomena, as well as all the usual news, views, reviews and stories of all things ‘Vintage Rock’. Nestled within the pages are also a short piece on Strictly Elvis UK / The Elvis Travel Service and also an advert for us too. Pick up your copy today!

 

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Vintage Rock is on sale now priced £5.99 

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 Posted by at 1:04 pm