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Elvis Presley Birthday Round-Up

Written by admin on January 8, 2016 – 8:15 pm -

Elvis Presley’s “If I Can Dream” album continues to achieve impressive sales, retaining the number two spot on the UK album chart on what would have been the late singer’s 81st birthday. The album, which features collaborations with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, originally hit the top spot for a couple of weeks back in November and has now been in the top three for 10 consecutive weeks, selling over 900,000 copies in the UK alone. “If I Can Dream” was the UK’s fourth best selling album of the year in 2015 and Elvis’ first number one album since “The King” in 2007.

If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - UK album cover

Another success story in the UK in 2015 was the “Elvis at the O2” exhibition in London, which proved so popular that its original nine-month run time was extended by five months. It will close on Sunday (January 10th) and is well worth a visit for those who can get there this weekend.

Graceland auction

Elvis’ birthday was celebrated in Memphis yesterday with a 126 item auction on the Graceland grounds. The most high profile lot was the 1969 Custom Gibson Ebony Dove guitar that Elvis played in many shows, including the Aloha From Hawaii worldwide television special in 1973. The guitar sold for $270,000 (£184,670).

You can watch the complete auction via livestream.

The birthday celebrations continued today with the now traditional birthday proclamation on the grounds of Graceland.

Elvis Presley Birthday Proclamation Ceremony

Elvis Presley – The Album Collection

Sony recently announced that the 60-disc set “Elvis Presley – The Album Collection” will be released in March. The set features the bulk of albums released during Elvis’ lifetime and concludes with three “rarities” discs featuring outtakes, home recordings and live cuts. The impressive looking collection will be released in March and is a reasonable alternative for those who didn’t purchased the Complete Masters set a few years ago.

Elvis Presley - The Album Collection

“Elvis Presley – The Album Collection” will feature the following albums:
“Elvis Presley” (1956), “Elvis” (1956), “Loving You” (1957), “Elvis Christmas Album” (1957), “Elvis’ Golden Records” (1958), “King Creole” (1958), “For LP Fans Only” (1959), “A Date With Elvis” (1959), “Elvis’ Gold Records Volume 2 – 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong” (1959), “Elvis Is Back!” (1960), “G.I. Blues” (1960), “His Hand in Mine” (1960), “Something for Everybody” (1961), “Blue Hawaii” (1961), “Pot Luck” (1962), “Girls! Girls! Girls!” (1962), “It Happened At the World’s Fair” (1963), “Elvis’ Golden Records Volume 3” (1963), “Fun in Acapulco” (1963), “Kissin” Cousins” (1964), “Roustabout” (1964), “Girl Happy” (1965), “Elvis for Everyone” (1965), “Harum Scarum” (1965), “Frankie and Johnny” (1966), “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” (1966), “Spinout” (1966), “How Great Thou Art” (1967), “Double Trouble” (1967), “Clambake” (1967), “Elvis’ Gold Records Volume 4” (1968), “Speedway” (1968), “Elvis Sings Flaming Star” (1968), “Elvis (NBC-TV Special)” (1968), “From Elvis in Memphis” (1969), “From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis” (1969), “Let”s Be Friends” (1970), “On Stage” (1970), “Almost in Love” (1970), “That’s the Way It Is” (1970), “Elvis Country (I”m 10,000 Years Old)” (1971), “Love Letters from Elvis” (1971), “C”mon Everybody” (1971), “I Got Lucky (1971), “Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas” (1971), “Elvis Now” (1972), “He Touched Me” (1972), “Elvis: As Recorded At Madison Square Garden” (1972), “Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite” (1973), “Elvis (Fool)” (1973), “Raised On Rock” (1973) , “Good Times” (1974), “Elvis: As Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis” (1974), “Promised Land” (1975), “Elvis Today” (1975), “From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee” (1976). “Moody Blue” (1977), “50s Rarities” (new collection), “60s Rarities” (new collection), and “70s Rarities” (new collection).

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Watch The Faces reunion

Written by admin on September 7, 2015 – 6:23 pm -

Rod Stewart reunited with The Faces for the first time in forty years for a charity gig on Saturday night. The gig at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey was a benefit for Prostate Cancer UK.

The Faces reunion 2015Credit: Rod Stewart’s Official Twitter

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Tom Jones to release new album and autobiography

Written by admin on September 2, 2015 – 12:24 pm -

Tom Jones’ latest album “Long Lost Suitcase” will be released in October, accompanied by his long awaited autobiography “Over the Top and Back”. As with 2010’s “Praise & Blame” and 2012’s “Spirit in the Room”, the album sees Jones embracing his roots and tackling a strong selection of country, folk and R&B songs that have inspired him over the years. Fans of the first two albums will be pleased to know that Jones reunited with producer Ethan Johns for this third in the trilogy of albums.

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Legacy Recordings acquires Van Morrison catalogue

Written by admin on August 27, 2015 – 2:06 pm -

Legacy Recordings has released a new “Essential Van Morrison” collection and digital editions of 33 albums after acquiring the rights to Van Morrison’s solo recordings from 1971 to present. The deal also includes all of Morrison’s recordings with Them.

The Essential Van Morrison

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Watch Bruce Springsteen close Jon Stewart’s final “Daily Show”

Written by admin on August 7, 2015 – 9:22 pm -

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band brought Jon Stewart’s final episode of “The Daily Show” to an end on Thursday night with renditions of “Land of Hope and Dreams” (requested by the host) and “Born to Run”. Stewart has been host of the acclaimed satirical news show since 1999 and is a longtime admirer of Springsteen.

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