October 28 - Chart Topping Releases

Due for release from the Not Now Music budget label on December 2, 2016 are vinyl re-issues of Elvis Presley’s first two releases ”Elvis Presley” and “Elvis”. The first one comes on green vinyl. 

The label will also release “Good Luch Charm - 50 Uplifting Songs of the 50’s And 60’s". This set features Elvis Presley on the cover and three tracks on the three discs; “Good Luck Charm”, “Return To Sender” and “The Girl Of My Best Friend”. 

Chart Topping Albums

Due for release from the Golden Stars label on November 18, 2016 is the 3 CD set “Chart Topping Albums” featuring 8 original Elvis Presley albums. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / UEPS)

October 27 - Graceland Guesthouse Opened

The new Guesthouse at Graceland 450-room hotel opend on October 27, right next door to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home. Jack Soden, Priscilla Presley and Joel Weinshanker welcome guests to The Guest House at Graceland.

The hotel reportedly cost $92 million to build and will be one of the largest hotels in Memphis. The hotel promises a 4-diamond experience and includes a 464-seat theater, 17,000 square feet of meeting space, 2 full-service restaurants with indoor/outdoor seating and a large outdoor pool.

There are 430 standard rooms plus 20 VIP suites – many located on the top floor of the hotel called the “The Upstairs”, reminiscent of the upstairs at Graceland where Elvis’ private bedroom is. There are 4 types of themed suites in the hotel which were all designed by Priscilla Presley including The King’s Suites, Vernon and Gladys’ Suites, TCB Suites, and Living Room Suites.

“When Elvis had friends and family visit Graceland, he would have them stay at a hotel down the street. He would have been thrilled to have had his own guest house where they could stay so close by,” Priscilla revealed.

In the Spring of 2017, a new entertainment complex called “Elvis: Past, Present and Future” will open across the street from Graceland to replace the current visitor center. This $45 million facility will include even more exhibit space, restaurants and shops and will be 5 times the size of the current visitor center.


The “The Wonder Of You“ CD remained steady at #13 on the Billboard Classical Album chart. The CD is listed exactly one year on the chart. 
The 2000 Christmas compilation “It’s Christmas Time” dropped from #3 to #9 on the Billboard Holiday Album chart. 
The 2013 CD “Merry Christmas… Love, Elvis“ dropped from #4 to #8 on the Billboard Holiday Album chart. 
(EPE / Twitter / The King's World)

October 24 - Burning Hot Chart

Elvis Presley set to become most successful solo artist in UK chart history with his posthumous album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra "The Wonder Of You" set to a possible chart debut at #1. The album has unexpectedly leapfrogged Michael Buble (who was featured on Elvis Presley's previous abum with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and Lady Gaga in the race for this week’s No 1.

If it holds on then he will defeat Madonna to become the solo star with the most No. 1 UK albums ever — bagging 13 in chart-toppers in total. Elvis Presley and Madonna are currently neck and neck on 12. While Michael Buble’s Nobody But You was tipped for the top after huge pre-orders, Elvis has sold close to 40,000 copies in the UK and soared ahead of Michael Buble by a couple of thousand copies. 

(Official UK Chart / FECC)

October 23 - Don't Be Cruel

Here is the cover-art for the Wagram (Indigo) vily release "Don't Be Cruel" which is due November 18, 2016. 

(Source: Amazon)

October 21 - You Gave Me A Mountain

Due for release from the Rock 'N’ Roll Majesty import-label is the 4 CD longbox “Elvis 1973 - You Gave Me A Mountain This Time”. 

CD 1: February 2, 1973, midnight show was previously released on A Hilton Double Shot (disc 2) / Don't Think Twice (both Madison releases)
CD 2: February 3, 1973, dinner show was previously released on It's A Matter Of Time (Fort Baxter) / Vegas Rhythm + Vegas Rhythm Revisited (GRM)
CD 3: February 10, 1973, dinner show previously released on One For The Ladies (Straight Arrow)
CD 4: August 20, 1973, midnight show was previously released on A Profile the King On Stage volume 1 (Fort Baxter)

The Wonder Of Elvis 

Sony released the “The Wonder Of You” CD by Elvis Presley and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and one duet with Helene Fischer.

From the press-release:
Following up from the success of If I Can Dream, The Wonder of You is available today! The album features Elvis' most dramatic original performances of classics such as 'A Big Hunk O' Love', 'Amazing Grace', 'Always On My Mind' and many more, alongside lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic orchestra. 

"It's exciting to hear him on these recordings, performing with the world-class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra via the magic of Abbey Road Studios. He would have loved these performances and I'm very happy that we were able to make this dream come true for Elvis and his fans." - Priscilla Presley.

Tracks: A Big Hunk O' Love - I've Got A Thing About You Baby -  Suspicious Minds - Don't - I Just Can't Help Believin' - Just Pretend - Love Letters - Amazing Grace - Starting Today - Kentucky Rain - Memories - Let It Be Me - Always On My Mind - The Wonder Of You Bonus Song: Just Pretend (Duet With Helene Fischer).

The Official Collector's Edition

Due soon is volume 8 in the “Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition” magazine series. This volume is entitled “The American Dream”.


Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition is pleased to present its eighth installment, The American Dream, a tribute to Elvis's hometown and the journey it set him on—a journey that would end with a position as rock & roll's greatest pioneer. 

Elvis's 13 formative years in Mississippi showed him how to live in America, survive the Depression, follow his dreams and never take no for an answer. With the help of exclusive photos and commentary from Priscilla Presley, Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition is able to tell the complete story for the first time.

DiCaprio To Play Sam Philips

Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to produce and star in an upcoming, still-untitled biopic about Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, the rock pioneer who produced landmark 

records by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and many more. 

Mick Jagger will also serve as a producer on the Paramount Pictures film, based on the Peter Guralnick's book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll. According to 

Deadline, Jagger will hold a similar role in helping to foster the Phillips story to the silver screen as the Rolling Stones singer played on the HBO music drama Vinyl.

Phillips founded the Memphis-based Sun Records in 1952, setting up the famed Sun Studio, where Presley laid down his earliest recordings, including first single "That's All Right," 

considered one of the earliest rock n' roll releases.

While DiCaprio's Appian Way secured the rights to Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll, Variety reports that the role of the Sun Records honcho likely won't be the actor's first big screen role since his Oscar-winning turn in The Revenant. 

(Source: e-mail / FECC / On Newsstands Now / Elvis Express / Rolling Stone)