December 12 - Mike Leech Died

Posted on the late Scotty Moore website is a posting that Mike Leech, member of the The American Sound Studio Band a.k.a. The Memphis Boys, passed away after a long illness on December 12, 2017. 

Sorry to hear and to report of the passing of Mike Leech. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his friends and family. Mike as you all may remember was a member of the Memphis Boys at American Sound. A bassist, arranger, producer and songwriter he started in Memphis and later moved to Nashville.”

Mike Leech was bass player and arranger at the American Sound Studio. The American Sound Studio Band reigned at the time in Memphis, where Reggie Young, Gene Chrisman, Bobby Wood, Bobby Emmon, Mike Leech and Tommy Cowbell played a lot of famous hits like "Sweet Caroline", "Always on My Mind", "Good Time" Charlie's Got The Blues", "Suspicious Minds", "In The Ghetto","Kentucky Rain", and a lot of other hits.

(Source: Scotty Moore’s Website) 

December 11 - Blue Suede Vinyl Re-issues

Due for release from the French Le Chant Du Monde label on January 19, 2018 is the double vinyl compilation "Blue Suede Shoes". 

All The Best

Due January 26, 2018 is the re-issue if the 3 CD set "Elvis Presley - All The Best". 

CD 1: Blue Suede Shoes - Joshua Fit The Battle - Don´t Be Cruel - Rip It Up - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Heartbreak Hotel - (There´ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - I Will Be Home Again - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - All Shook Up - I Believe - If We Never Meet Again

CD 2: Jailhouse Rock - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Love Me Tender - Young Dreams - Mystery Train - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Hound Dog - You´re A Heartbreaker - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - Young And Beautiful - Blue Moon

CD 3: Tutti Frutti - That´s All Right - Shake, Rattle And Roll - Blueberry Hill - True Love - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - It´s Now Or Never - Fever - Stuck On You - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Pocketful Of Rainbows - Surrender.

Suzanna Leigh Died

Suzanna Leigh, who co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1966 musical comedy Paradise, Hawaiian Style, has died. She was 72. Her daughter, actress Natalia Leigh, announced her death Monday in a Facebook post. 

"My warrior and my heart died at 5:30PM, on her terms," Natalia wrote. "It was time for JESUS to take her home. The world will forever be a little less light and magical. And my life has now and will be forever changed. I personally died a little today as she was my everything and I will never be the same."

Her agent, Melanie Novy, said that she died in Winter Garden, Florida.

Leigh had been fighting Stage 4 liver cancer since September 2016, and a GoFundMe page had been set up in her name to assist with medical expenses.

In Paradise, Hawaiian Style, Presley romances Judy Hudson, played by Leigh, and along the way sings nine new songs, including "Scratch My Back (Then I'll Scratch Yours)," "A Dog's Life" and "Queenie Wahine's Papaya." 

"Elvis and I were both under contract to Hal Wallis, who was known as the star maker," Leigh once recalled. "I remember the day that Hal said that I would be making my next movie with Elvis. I was an incredible fan of his, and then he said you'll be filming it in Hawaii. Wow. Elvis was a fabulous actor, very underrated by a lot of the conventional theater people."

(Source: Le Chant Du Monde / Amazon / FECC / Hollywood Reporter)

December 10 - Follow That Dream Releases Shipped To Dealers

The last batch of Follow That Dream releases should be n it's way to the dealers. 

The releases are the "Kissing' Cousins" soundtrack in the Classic Album series, the double CD set "The Bicentennial Show" containing the July 4, 1976 2:30 PM show as recorded live at Mabee Center, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma and the October 16, 1976 at 8:30 PM show as recorded live at Duluth Arena, Duluth, Minnesota October 16, 1976 at 8:30 PM (with four additional tracks recorded live at Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin October 19, 1976 at 8:30 PM). And finally the limited edition double vinyl re-issue of the "Roustabout" soundtrack containing stereo mixes of the soundtrack, outtakes and mono masters. 

(Source: UEPS / Roger Semon)

December 09 - Lovin' Elvis

Due for release from the Big 3 label is the 3 CD compilation "Lovin' Elvis", 60 tracks packed in a digital-pack showcasing the softer side of "The King"" according to the press-release. 

CD 1: Love Me Tender - Don't Be Cruel - Teddy Bear - Now And Then There's (A Fool Such As I) - Loving You - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - One Night - Love Me - I'm Counting On You - Don't - Too Much - I Was The One - Tryin' To Get To You - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - I Want You I Need You I Love You - Anyway You Want Me - How's The World Treating You? - Playing For Keeps - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - True Love

CD 2: Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Treat Me Nice - It's Now Or Never - I Need Your Love Tonight - Stuck On You - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Such A Night - I Need You So - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - Don't Leave Me Now (1) - Young And Beautiful - I Beg Of You - Don't Ask Me Why - As Long As I Have You - Young Dreams - A Big Hunk O' Love - My Wish Came True - Fever - The Thrill Of Your Love - It Feels So Right

CD 3: Can't Help Falling In Love - The Girl Of My Best Friend - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Wooden Heart - Good Luck Charm - Return To Sender - A Mess Of Blues - Surrender (Torna A Surriento) - What's She Really Like? - Pocketful Of Rainbows - Tonight Is So Right For Love - Doin' The Best I Can - I Gotta Know - There's Always Me - It's A Sin - Starting Today - In Your Arms - Gently - Blue Hawaii - She's Not You

(Source: Amazon / Proper Music)

December 08 - Silver Award (Updated)

The UK B.P.I. awarded the "Christmas With Elvis And The and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album a Silver Award for 60,000 copies sold (digital streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales) in the U.K. since it's release a few months back.

UK Charts

  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is listed at #9 on the Official UK Album chart selling 27,206 albums. 
  • The "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a re-entry at #90 on the Official UK Album chart.
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #35 on the Official UK Download Chart; #9 on the Album Sales Chart; #9 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart; #37 on the Official UK Vinyl Album Chart and #16 on the Official UK Record Store Chart
  • The "The Wonder Of You" album is #72 on the Official UK Album Sales Chart and #69 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart
  • The "If I Can Dream" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic orchestra is #97 on the Official UK Album Sales Chart and #89 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart
  • The "Long Live The King" album is a new entry at #37 on the Official UK Indie Album Chart
  • The "The Elvis Collection" is #10 on the Official UK Music Video Chart
European Charts
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #12 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Real Elvis" is #40 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is #81 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #11 on the Irish Album Chart.
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is a new entry at #42 on the Austrian Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is a new entry at #82 on the Swiss Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album dropped from #70 to #92 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The 20-CD-Box "Elvis – 20 Original Albums" dropped from #23 to #41 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis – El Disco De Oro" is listed at #30 on the Spanish Album chart.
Charts Down Under
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album dropped from #10 to #11 on the Australian Album chart.
  • The "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" DVD climbed from #31 to #27 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album dropped remained steady #8 on the New Zealand Album chart.
Canadian Charts

Two Christmas compilations albums with the same title on the Canadian Album chart.

  • The “Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album climbed from #77 to #35 on the Canadian Album chart.
  • The “White Christmas” album climbed from #59 to #47 on the Canadian Album chart. 
  • The “White Christmas” album climbed from #67 to #49 on the Canadian Album chart. 
Pontiac Silverdome Demolished


One day after explosive charges failed to bring down part of the Pontiac Silverdome, a repeat attempt did the trick Monday afternoon. The implosion was the long-awaited beginning of the end for an obsolete landmark that hosted Elvis Presley concert, a Super Bowl, World Cup, plus hundreds of Lions and Pistons games.

The building opened in 1975 and cost $55.7 million. It featured performances from Elvis on New Year’s Eve 1975 and Pope John Paul II in 1987 and the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event at WrestleMania III 1987. But the stadium fell into disrepair after the Lions left in 2002 and moved into Ford Field in downtown Detroit.

Reprints Delayed

The Follow That Dream Collectors label announced that the reprint of the recently deleted titles "Elvis In Atlanta" (containing two legendary shows from the Omni Coliseum in 1975 on April 30th and May 1), and "Elvis Las Vegas '74" (containing two Legendary Shows From The Hilton Hotel On August 20, 1974) has been delayed until 2018. They will now be with the first releases of 2018.


(Source: FECC / Reuters / Elvis Information Network)