Sunday, 31 July 2011

Shut Happens!

Due to me needing a short break, the office is now closed for a few days. I’ll be back, nicely refreshed, on Tuesday, August 9th after a few days in the sun. Please hold all phone orders and enquiries until then. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Andrew Hearn

Sam Thompson in the UK

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TALKING ELVIS is a formal evening of fine food and entertaining conversation with our special guest speaker, Sam Thompson.
Enjoy an intimate 3-course dinner in style, a special big-screen presentation and get to meet Elvis’ friend & bodyguard.

In response to many fans asking us to move our events to a more central location, we have carefully chosen two fantastic new venues. You also told us that you wanted something more “formal and intimate” that offers a chance to “dress up” and enjoy an evening with class. Well, this is your chance to support a superb event with an incredible after-dinner speaker.

Tickets are just £39.95 and officially go on sale on Tuesday, August 9th via our orderline (01903 525917) or our online events page at…

http://www.essentialelvis.com/offers-events.php

CARDIFF Angel Hotel – November 25th @ 7pm
BIRMINGHAM Thistle Hotel – November 26th @ 7pm

Visit our huge Elvis memorabilia stall open 4pm to 6pm

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Sam Thompson met Elvis through his sister Linda, Elvis’ long time girlfriend. He was a former Sheriff’s Deputy in Memphis when he went to work for Elvis. Starting in 1972 Sam took care of security and acted as a personal bodyguard until Elvis’ death in 1977.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Our Special Guest This Sunday... ED BONJA!!!

I’m thrilled and excited to let you know that Elvis’ friend, tour manager and photographer Ed Bonja will be our special guest at the ‘Spinout In Worthing’ event this Sunday. Ed will be telling some stories about his years with Elvis and the Colonel and there will be a stunning display of his incredible photos - all of which will be for sale. So, come along and meet Ed Bonja this weekend!


When we put on an Elvis event we always give incredible value for money. In addition to our US guest, you’ll also be browsing the UK’s largest and most impressive memorabilia stall, watching rare footage on a huge screen and dancing the night away to a great all-Elvis disco with Shayne Driscoll. David Wade (Arena Travel) will also be there as our guest. There’ll be prizes and a FREE Elvis CD at the door. And the admission charge… ONE POUND!!!!


Doors open at 5pm at the Charmandean Centre here in Worthing this Sunday, May 1st (BH weekend).


Monday, 18 April 2011

Not Long Now!

There's less than two weeks now until our superb Elvis event in the seaside town of Worthing, West Sussex. Things are warming up on the coast and we look forward to giving fans the chance to browse the UK's largest and most impressive collector stall and dance the night away to the sounds of the King with DJ Shayne Driscoll.

We're sure you'll recognise a couple of well known faces, including David Wade from The Elvis Presley Travel Service, who will be on hand to talk to fans about future events and trips to Memphis. Of course, David met Elvis in 1972, so he may tell you about that, too!

You'll be able to relax and watch rare Elvis footage via a huge screen and grab yourself a cool beer whilst chatting to other fans and old friends. We are really taking things back to basics with a good, solid Elvis bash - just like the events we used to enjoy. Come and enjoy an evening of pure 100% Elvis fun. No impersonators, no look-a-likes and no karaoke.

The venue is clean, with plenty of free parking.


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Sunday, May 1st (BH weekend) @ 5pm

The Charmandean Centre, Forest Road, Worthing, Sussex BN14 9HS


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THE BEST BIT... IT'S JUST £1.00 TO ENTER AND YOU'LL GET A FREE ELVIS CD FOR YOUR QUID!!!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Magazine Offer!!!

I’ve recently taken some time to work out the percentage of fans on our Facebook page who do not subscribe to our magazine, and I’ve realised that the numbers are disappointing. Although our subscription figures are extremely heathy and the LARGEST here in the UK, I’m aware that there are still so many fans who do not support what we do. I’m determined to prove that our magazine is the best on the market and worth every penny.

I’m fully aware that a magazine subscription is not always a high priority and the cost may not be something that everyone can easily afford, but I personally guarantee you that what we offer is exceptional value and produced with dedication and passion.

So, to do my part in making sure everyone gets to see our publication, I am offering the latest issue at a heavily discounted price of just £2.00. Yes, you can get your hands on the world’s brightest Elvis Presley magazine for just a couple of quid!

The reason I’m prepared to offer such a bargain is because I strongly believe that once you see this bumper 71-page edition you will take out a subscription immediately. In fact, you’ll probably wonder how you ever lived without it!

Simply CLICK HERE to purchase the magazine.

It’s out next week, and we’ll dispatch to our subscribers and single-issue purchasers ASAP.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Elvis In The Cathedral

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I shall be at both Elvis In The Cathedral events this Friday and Saturday promoting the magazine. If anyone needs anything regarding stock, I'd be happy to bring it and take payment (including credit or debit cards) on either night. Just let me know what you need in a private email (editor@essentialelvis.com). Saves on p&p. See you there!

For more details and for bookings click here.

Glen Campbell Reads EE:UK

Elvis' friend and legendary singer / entertainer, Glen Campbell, enjoys the Elvis mag. Make sure your subs are up to date by checking the box at the bottom of page 4. If you see a tick then you need to re-subscribe. Do it now by clicking here.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Next Mag - Sneak Preview...

The next edition goes into the printers on Monday, and it's a huge 71 pages! Packed with incredible features, interviews and all the usual news, reviews and rare photos. Nothing is copied from the internet. All content is exclusive and written just for the mag.

If you want to know the TRUTH about the Elvis / Beatles meeting in 1965
THEN SUBSCRIBE NOW

If you want to know the TRUTH about the 1969 sessions in Memphis
THEN SUBSCRIBE NOW

If you want to know the TRUTH about the first Elvis / Tom Jones meeting
THEN SUBSCRIBE NOW

If you want to know why Elvis hated the singer Johnny River
THEN SUBSCRIBE NOW

It's a no BS magazine that now leads the way! Subscribe now by clicking here.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Special Screening of Jailhouse Rock

Young and old are invited to watch Elvis' classic 1957 movie Jailhouse Rock on the big screen on Wednesday, February 23rd. You'll be enjoying the film shown from the reels (rather than a DVD) just like they used to, and there will be free tea, coffee and biscuits.

Don't forget that this will be shown during half term, so please bring along the kids for an exciting movie starring the King!

Seats are just £3.50. Book now by calling 01903 823112 and please mention Essential Elvis UK.

UPDATE: NO NEED TO PRE-BOOK. JUST TURN UP AROUND 12:30PM.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

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May 1st 2011 @ 5pm

The Charmandean Centre, Worthing, W. Sussex BN14 9HS

We are pleased to bring you news of a superb Elvis event giving fans the chance to browse the UK's largest and most impressive collector stall and dance the night away to the sounds of the King with DJ Shayne Driscoll.

Relax and watch rare Elvis footage via a huge screen and grab yourself a cool beer whilst chatting to other fans and old friends. We are really taking things back to basics with a good, solid Elvis bash - just like the events we used to enjoy. Come and enjoy an evening of pure 100% Elvis fun. No impersonators, no look-a-likes and no karaoke.

The venue is clean, with plenty of free parking.

THE BEST BIT... IT'S JUST £1.00 TO ENTER... YES, A QUID!!!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Lamar Fike Has Died

It's with great sadness that I have to report the death of the Godfather of the Memphis Mafia, Lamar Fike. Very often misunderstood, Lamar was always outspoken and he shot from the hip, but once you broke through his hard exterior (as I did) you found a soft, caring giant who often cried when talking about Elvis.

Lamar spent some time with me here in the UK as my guest some years ago, and we often hung out in Memphis. One-to-one time with him was always fun and I respected his often blunt ways. Without doubt, Elvis loved Lamar and I'm sadden by his passing. Many of you won't be, but you didn't know or understand him.

RIP "Buddah"

Andrew Hearn

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

SHUT HAPPENS

Unfortunately, due to a rather disappointing retail year I’ve decided to close the Elvis Shop & museum with immediate effect. It’s with regret and frustration that I have to announce the closure, but like so many businesses, it’s just not feasible to continue with a retail unit that is simply not making any kind of profit.

Sadly, although it has been wonderful to see a handful of regular customers, it’s obvious that this kind of venture is not something that attracts a large number of fans.

IF ONLY I LIVED CLOSER

It’s virtually on a daily basis that fans tell me that if they lived closer they’d be in the store all the time. The location of the store has not been the problem. No matter where in the country we are situated, we will always have been a long way from someone. We’ve advertised extensively both locally and countrywide, plus we have a busy website and a huge Facebook group. In my opinion, the problem has mainly been the lack of support, the ever-present Elvis politics, and the fact that Worthing is an extremely seasonal town.

IMPORTANT

It’s important for everyone to know that the store closure does NOT affect the company in any way. Essential Elvis UK and it’s publication remains a healthy business and by weeding out ventures that are not profitable, we can ensure that there is a great future ahead. Our mail order department is extremely busy (with 85% of our overall sales), and the magazine now has a record number of loyal subscribers. It’s just our retail idea that has not taken off as well as expected.

EXCITING PLANS

The end of our presence on the high street means that we can now spend more time on some exciting ideas for 2011, including a proposed series of collector’s fairs ensuring those customers who enjoyed regular visits to the store can still purchase their Elvis items in person and browse new releases.

THANK-YOU

So, as Essential Elvis UK reverts back to Internet purchasing (isn’t everyone?) and phone orders, I’d like to thank those fans that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in Montague Place. The support was definitely there, but the measure just wasn’t large enough to sustain my dream of owning an Elvis shop.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Latest Mag

In a previous post I had mentioned that the latest mag would be with you before Christmas… that was before the UK and Europe was hit with 10 foot of snow! The severe weather held everything up a little, but all mags will go out today. Hopefully, you should received your copy tomorrow (but don’t bombard me with calls if you don’t!). It’ll be with you very soon.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

RIP Myrna Smith

Sadly, Myrna Smith of The Sweet Inspirations has died. Our thoughts are with Myrna's family, friends and remaining Sweets. Not good news on Christmas day.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Good To Be Back

Gravel Road is back again. They will soon deliver a fantastic release that is every bit as good as their highly acclaimed Return of the Prodigy. The December 13th 1975 is widely accepted as one of the finest later-period Presley shows available on soundboard. Yes, the punk lounge rock feel of the ’69 shows was now gone, but in its place were a warmth and an intimacy that were just as captivating in their own way.

Our man was in top form vocally in late ’75 (just listen to his sensational vocals on How Great Thou Art), and the December 13th ’75 midnight show stands out as one of the finest from this engagement. This show was the first soundboard to be released on bootleg back in ’91, causing quite a sensation at the time. The technology used for working on vintage recordings have improved greatly in the years since then, and Gravel Road has used the latest version of the renowned Oxford / ProTools technology to work on this show.

The results are it’s an obvious sound upgrade that makes this remarkable show shine that much more - Just like you’ve come to expect from us with Prodigy. It’s also interesting to point out that this release is more complete than the aforementioned ’91 release (which had several edits).

Good To Be Back is a title that really captures the sentiment of the show, since Elvis clearly enjoyed being back on stage again following his August ’75 hospital stay and subsequent three months of rest. He’s relaxed and in a great mood, and he delivers several fantastic performances, with one of the highlights being a beautifully sung Just Pretend.

This new Gravel Road release is a true keeper. Presented in a stunning digi-pack with numerous photos from the actual show, memorabilia related to this engagement, intelligently written liner-notes packed in a 28 pages booklet. As an extra, a special limited “Concert Tour ’75 Photo Folio” as it was available during the tours and Vegas shows in the 70's with some totally new colour photos in high quality from the '75 tours. This album is one of those rare releases that you just got to have.

It’s made with great professionalism and love for Elvis, and this shines through in every single detail of this release. ‘Prodigy’ was sold out within weeks of its release. Order Good To Be Back now to avoid disappointment.

Tracklist: CC Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / Tryin To Get To You / And I Love You So / All Shook Up / (let me BeYour) Teddy Bear - Dont Be Cruel / You Gave Me A Mountain (with false start) / Help Me Make It Through The Night / Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions / Johnny B. Goode (by James Burton) / Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (by Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) / School Day / School Day (Reprise) / Just Pretend / How Great Thou Art (with reprise) / Burning Love / Hound Dog / Welcome To My World (partly) / Softly As I Leave You (with Sherril Nielsen) / America, The Beautiful / Its Now Or Never / O Sole Mio (sung in Italian by Elvis) / Little Darlin' / Little Sister / Cant Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp.

Approximate running time: 76:08

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

10% Off At The Elvis Shop

If you'd like to pop down to our Elvis shop between now and Christmas we'd like to offer you 10% off everthing you purchase!!!

We're open from this Thursday (until 2pm), Friday & Saturday (until 5pm). Next week we'll be open Thursday (until 2pm) and Friday, which is Christmas Eve (until 5pm).

For directions etc. CLICK HERE

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Our Latest Issue

Our next magazine is MEGA. Without doubt the most incredible issue we've ever put together. Why? Because we've conducted an amazingly in-depth interview with Marty Lacker that's very hard hitting. We've talked exclusively to Sony executives about the disappointing sales figures for the Viva Elvis album. There’s a couple of extremely interesting articles looking at The Million Dollar Quartet and the Warwick Hotel in New York (with before-and-after photos) plus, we reappraise Elvis’ career from 1954 to 1960. You’ll also enjoy revisiting 1956 with Heartbreak Hotel and I Was The One. Of course, there’s the regular features, honest reviews and many beautiful, colour photos - just look at the incredible shot on the front cover!

Watch out! This FANTASTIC issue will be on it’s way to you before Christmas. Don't subscribe? Do it now by clicking here

Thursday, 2 December 2010

We're Open Today!


UPDATE: Well, due to the severe weather (where have you heard that before?), Worthing town centre will not offer quite as much as previously hoped tonight. No Santa, no fireworks, but The Elvis Shop & Museum WILL be open from 4pm to 7pm with lots of festive fun, mulled wine and mince pies for our regulars.

I appreciate that many have commited themselves to braving the weather and supporting us. So, we'll be here to welcome you guys.

Personally, I think the snow will make the evening so much more festive. See y'all later!

Monday, 29 November 2010

A Crazy Offer!!!

If you’ve been considering a subscription to our publication, but you’ve never got round to doing it, this might just be of interest to you.

Myself and the team would like to offer all potential subscribers a FREE soundboard CD containing a high quality Elvis concert recording with each new sign-up.

Obviously, this is an incredibly generous offer and we expect many takers, so please take advantage as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

We will have to end the offer at midnight on Friday, December 3rd 2010.

Please note that we are unable to give exact titles of the CDs, but we can guarantee a super-high quality CD. It’ll be an ORIGINAL title in mint / new / sealed condition.

All you need to do is click on the link below and (most importantly) put SOUNDBOARD OFFER in the ‘comments’ box.

You’ll then be a subscriber for 12 months, and we’ll dispatch your first magazine and CD within a day or two.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Our two BW11 events in Memphis

EVENT #1

Essential Elvis UK presents “The Truth About Me”
January 8th 2011

Starting at 6pm Elvis’ old karate school / TKI at the corner of Cleveland and Overton in Midtown.

A completely FREE event organised exclusively for subscribers of the UK’s premier Elvis Presley publication – The Elvis Mag.

We have sent open invitations to many of the wonderful people that we’ve met during our trips to Memphis so that you too can hear their incredible recollections. Come and meet those that knew Elvis personally – and enjoy listening to their stories. You have to be a subscriber to attend, but don’t worry if you’re not. You can take out a subscription on the night (and therefore gain entry).

Sip a Coke, tuck in to some birthday cake and mingle with Elvis’ friends!!! Win a copy of the ultra rare “The Truth About Me” vinyl from the UK and enjoy some rare Elvis footage on a large plasma TV.

EVENT #2

Andrew Hearn’s Annual BW11 City Couch Tour
January 9th 2011

Starting at 10am

See the famous Elvis sights (along with many of the lesser-known places) in and around Memphis on board a luxury coach. Enjoy accurate commentary by Elvis historians and mingle with special VIP guests along the way. You’ll sample Elvis’ favourite dish at his restaurant of choice and be invited to take an exclusive look inside his former karate school. Come and wonder at Elvis’ Circle G Ranch and learn of his secret escape from Graceland. We guarantee a tour of a lifetime with EE:UK.

Coach leaves from Graceland’s ticket office right after the Imperials gospel show.

Price: £30.00 ($45.00) IN ADVANCE ONLY. Price includes lunch.
Call 01903 525917 to book.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Late Night Xmas Event At The Elvis Shop

This year we are offering customers a great late night shopping event at The Elvis Shop & Museum in Worthing. Come and get in the festive mood with lots of fantastic Elvis Christmas music!

It’ll be held on Thursday, December 2nd and will feature something for everyone. From 4pm Santa, his sleigh and three reindeer will be in Montague Place, so make sure that the kids bring their letters and Christmas lists along.

The grand finale will be a superb firework display from Worthing Pier starting at 7pm, which you can enjoy from outside the shop with a complimentary mince pie and glass of wine. There will be an opportunity to experience a firework never seen before in the UK (Elvis would’ve just loved it!)

Monday, 8 November 2010

No phonecalls today

Folks, for today only (Tuesday, 9th) I'll be "out of the business" as I've several important meetings to attend. My apologies if you're wishing to talk on the phone. Give me a call back on Wednesday.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

NEW BOOK DUE IN A FEW DAYS. NEED YOUR FINAL ORDERS RIGHT AWAY TO ENSURE A COPY!!!

All ELVIS EVENTS in this Time Frame Period 1957-1959 are shown

- Every Working Moment...
- That Busy Elvis Schedule...
- Lots of Returning from Each ELVIS PROJECT
- Elvis AT PLAY Images. (over 200 newly discovered shots)
- Plenty of Off Set CANDID Moments.
- All the Recording Sessions have pages of Features (Film & Studio)
- All the " Interviews" are shown.
- The Tours of 1957 are showcased with many rare pictures
- The Movies: Loving You, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole
- The Army Days
- With many Surprises - more than 1300 PHOTOS on 520 PAGES

Lots of "UNSEEN" "UNPUBLISHED" "AMAZING IMAGES"

We haven't room for Great Photos that you have already seen. Every Section is Crammed with BEAUTIFUL, SUPERB QUALITY, "N E W" ELVIS IMAGE MOMENTS.

On Tour, On TV, In Germany, Paris, Memphis, Hollywood, Hawaii, Tupelo, Nashville & Las Vegas... We cover it all...

The Elvis Files volume 1-6 carefully documents almost every single day of Elvis Presley’s life from the 1953 to 1977, covering everything from what he wore on stage to whom he meet that day. Each book contains more than 460 pages packed with over 1200 images, many of them never seen before, with interviews and concert reviews.

The Six-Volume series contains:

The Elvis Files Vol. 1, 1953-1956 (April 2011)
The Elvis Files Vol. 2, 1957-1959 (November 2010)
The Elvis Files Vol. 3, 1960-1964 (April 2010)
The Elvis Files Vol. 4, 1965-1969 (November 2011)
The Elvis Files Vol. 5, 1970-1973 (April 2012)
The Elvis Files Vol. 6, 1974-1977 (November 2012)

The first book The Elvis Files Vol. 3 1960 -1964 was launched in April 2010 and the next The Elvis Files Vol. 2 1957-1959 November 2010.

Size: 25 (10") x 30 (12") / Glossy / Hardcover / 3 kilos

ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE SHOP NOW OR CALL 01903 525917.

Click here to order

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Lamar Fike OK

Several websites are reporting that Elvis' longterm buddy Lamar Fike is seriously ill in hospital - not true! He was admitted several days ago to Arlington Memorial Hospital by his cardiologist for almost complete dehydration, which was leading to his kidney's shutting down, but he was discharged on October 22nd. I placed a call directly to Lamar himself just 10 minutes ago.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

No single after all.

It's official, the Suspicious Minds single is cancelled as of this afternoon. This is post-release date and a real PR shambles (not to mention a shame) in our opinion.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Suspicious Minds - Already A Lost Cause?

From the minute we opened this morning angry fans have been calling regarding the new Suspicious Minds single – out today (supposedly).

All over the country there have been staff at HMV stores scratching their heads regarding the release, and it seems most don’t even know anything about it. Now, this isn’t the fault of HMV’s staff, but Sony Music who should ensure all high street stores are aware of the single and are carrying sufficient copies.

Many of you are feeling understandably upset but I really can’t answer for another supplier, especially when WE are advertising / selling the new single. If you chose to purchase on the high street rather than support a 100% Elvis organisation then you might just come across people who don’t give a monkey’s about Elvis. But we do! You can get the single from us and yes, we do count towards chart figures (as if there’s any point!).

Whilst I’m getting things off my chest – I’ve lost count of how many people are walking around The Elvis Shop with Clinton Cards or Calendar Club bags containing the 2011 Elvis calendar when we sell them at the same price. Come on guys!
UPDATE

Just had a reply from the regional sales manager at Sony who says, “Apparently a 7 inch and CD single of the new album mix of Suspicious Minds is due at the end of November.” but a second email a few minutes later states, “I’ve just been told this has changed to pending and might only be released as a download track. No physical formats. Still waiting on confirmation, so I would not take any orders at the moment. It’s looking unlikely.”

Friday, 15 October 2010

Opening Times

It seems, since receiving one or two rather unfriendly emails, that our opening hours are not clear enough. So, just to recap…

SHOP & MUSEUM (01903 238181)

Monday – Wednesday By Appoinment Only
Thursday 10am to 2pm
Friday – Saturday 10am to 5pm
First Sunday of each month 11am to 4pm

ORDERLINE (01903 525917)

You can call our orderline Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm. We are also open to take calls on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. There is always a lot going on here, and sometimes there is not the manpower to answer every call. So, if you get our answerphone please just leave your number and someone will call you back ASAP.

If your call gets diverted, this is normal. Hang on the line.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Update


IT'S ALL GOIN' ON!

The last couple of weeks have certainly been both hectic and exciting. The big break-away between Arena Travel and the OEPFC has dominated the news and I have no doubt that the split will mean that we can all work together a lot more easier to unite the UK Elvis scene. For the first time in many years I now feel that there is a clear road ahead allowing me to step things up a gear.

I've already noticed a large serge in subscribers, Facebook friend requests and visitors to our Elvis shop in Worthing. Fans who have always felt restricted by ‘Elvis politics’ are now offering their support and being a part of our organisation, and for that I am truly grateful.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MAGAZINE TODAY

Although we are enjoying healthy subscription figures there are still many of you that believe we are in some way inferior to any official group, which is disappointing. If we are to succeed with our plans to ensure British fans receive the best possible value we need more of you to support us. Please, allow us to prove that we are the best.
Take out a subscription today and I personally guarantee you a superb, full-colour publication packed full of exclusive reviews, articles and interviews intelligently written by the best Elvis researchers and historians in the business.

We have already began working with David Wade of Arena travel in support of the greatest Elvis-themed events and holidays, and the first of many advertisements appear in our latest edition.

You deserve a fan magazine that you can be proud of. You deserve a magazine that you look forward to receiving, and it‘s now available for you to enjoy. So, subscribe today and receive news of some great deals and offers for Christmas (with items as much as half the price offered elsewhere).

Visit our main website for subscription details at http://www.essentialelvis.com/subscribe.php

OUR NEXT ISSUE

Our Oct / Nov / Dec issue is now at the printers and will be ready to distribute to several thousand of you within days. It will arrive slightly later than usual due to several last minute news items and announcements that we’ve felt important to include. When it appears on your doormat shortly you will enjoy the latest Sony Entertainment news regarding the Viva Elvis album and Suspicious Minds single. There’s an in-depth review of the Elvis Forever event in Hyde Park and a report on Elvis Week 2010. Watch out for a couple of superb interviews and a number of other fantastic features and rare photographs. It really is a fantastic edition and I hope you enjoy it.

EVENT CANCELLED

I sent out a rather cryptic message a couple of weeks ago about a potential event we’ve been working on for December 4th. Unfortunately, the group we were wishing to book have a problem with returning phone calls and after leaving a number of messages and not receiving any return calls we have had no choice but to boycott the idea. I know several of you have been asking for more information about the event, so I apologies for the disappointing news.

THANK-YOU

To close this online update I’d like to thank those of you who have taken the time to contact us in support of the latest news regarding our future with Arena Travel. With your support we will be working hard to uplift the whole Elvis fandom here in Great Britain. The future really does look bright ahead!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

At Last - Unity Is Becoming A Reality

Over the past few weeks huge changes have taken place and as a result we should see a far more united Elvis scene in the UK. For many years fans have felt divided by politics and boundaries put in place to force loyalties, but a change of huge proportion has just been announced.

In an attempt to remove various restrictions, a decision has been made by Arena Travel (aka The Elvis Travel Service) boss, David Wade, to continue offering exciting Elvis-themed events and overseas trips independently from the OEPFC.

I have enjoyed several phone conversations with David over the past few weeks and as a result I’ve concluded that the partnership break will inevitably result in a far more workable future for the Elvis social calendar.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Arena Travel and Essential Elvis UK will be working together closely from now on to ensure that fans have a far more united approach. It’s important to both of us that every fan feels welcome and has a fantastic experience which ever Elvis event they chose to attend, or group they chose to support.

With Essential Elvis UK and Arena Travel bringing fans together, the British Elvis scene will, without doubt, be the best in the world.

I’m delighted to be involved with Arena Travel and I’m extremely excited about the future.

So, What’s In Store?

After 15 years at ‘Mabo’, Arena Travel is moving the annual party event to a great new location at the 5 star Vauxhall Park in Great Yarmouth, and for the first time ever, we will be there!

The move is sure to be popular with old and new fans alike. With a fresh start, the team will be able to attract and accommodate new fans and therefore have an even better entertainment programme.

Since the announcement 250 fans have already booked to attend the festival, which will be from September 10th to 17th 2011, and you too can reserve a place by sending £10.00 deposit per person directly to Arena Travel (see http://www.arenatravel.com/).

Thankfully, All Arena fixtures will remain non-impersonator events, and if anyone has any ideas for entertainment or guests then please let us, or them, know.

To conclude, myself and David believe that we both have wonderful teams that truly care about Elvis, his fans and the quality of what we offer. We both realise the importance of a courteous and friendly service and together I’ve no doubt that whatever we do, the outcome will always be first class.

Monday, 13 September 2010

BBC Kicks UK Fans Where It Hurts

Thanks to the BBC for such a wonderful representation of Elvis' British fans. Great job guys! An incredible amount of damage done.

Click here to view (if you dare)

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Rob Brydon Makes A Visit

Comedian, TV personality and actor (Gavin And Stacey, Little Britain etc.) Rob Brydon made a special trip to Worthing to visit the Elvis Shop & Museum this week. We spent a couple of hours talking about the King and having a teriffic time. A real top bloke!

Andrew Hearn & Rob Brydon at The Elvis Shop & Museum in Sussex

Remembering 9/11 Today

Today at the Elvis Shop & Museum we will be marking the anniversary of 9/11 at 1:46pm. Come and hear a loud rendition of America The Beautiful, sung by Elvis. He loved his country and fellow Americans. Come along if you can, all are invited.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Elvis Shop & Museum

We are open today (Bank Holiday Monday) from 11am to 4pm.

Click here for directions

Friday, 20 August 2010

Elvis Owned Items On Sale Soon

I have made a decision to sell several exciting one-off Elvis pieces from my collection. These will be big pieces including jewellery that once belonged to Gladys Presley, signed photos, contracts, items from Graceland and even personal artifacts from Elvis' grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley. I don't want to do the whole eBay thing just yet, so if you're a serious collection with some reasonable cash to invest, please let me know. A full list will be available soon.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Damn those imps...

video

Well, I actually did attend the finals of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist in Memphis. Take a look at this short video to see what happened there...

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

EW Karate Event - Update

Rick Stanley (far right)

There have been a few last minute developments regarding our guest list. In addition to the legendary Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, we have great pleasure in announcing that two more original Gladiator attendees will be present on the evening of the 11th. Rick Stanley and Barbara Klein Bauer were there in September 1974 during the filming and will be on hand to greet fans almost 36 years later.

Although he was not featured in the 1974 footage, we are delighted that Billy Stanley will be joining Rick in talking to the fans. Unfortunately, Elvis' brave "ookie", David Stanley, will not be in town.

We are 99% sure that Master Wayne Carman will be joining us, too. Hopefully, within hours we will have a definitive answer from Wayne's office about his attendance. Of course, Wayne was a huge part of the Gladiator project and trained with Elvis for several years. Master Carman is the narrator for the Gladiator DVD.

Today I will be calling Master Al Holcome (known as Mr. Bear) who also features heavily in the original 1974 footage. Master Holcome is the martial artist who joins Red West in the "fist in Elvis' throat" clip. Sadly, Master Holcome no longer has good mobility and cannot make the stairs, but the purpose of my call is to tell him that we want him there so badly that if we have to, we'll carry him to the first floor!

We are excited to let you know that Gene Barksdale, former Shelby County sheriff and Presley friend has confirmed, so too has Elvis' 1975 Memphis girlfriend, JoCathy Brownlee Elkington.

Us guys are really looking forward to meeting Toni Loper, the current reigning Miss Shelby County. Toni is a huge Elvis fan and I have asked her to bring along some 8x10 photos to sign for us male admirers!

We are also working on having the newly elected Shelby County sheriff in attendance.

We have been in contact with Master Kang Rhee and he has declined our invitation.

YOU MUST BE ON OUR GUEST LIST TO ENTER THIS EVENT. YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE VIA OUR WEBSITE.

http://www.essentialelvis.com/offers-events.php

Al Holcome and Elvis

I've just come off the phone with Al Holcome in Memphis. Al's health really is not good at all. He is on oxygen most of the day and is now confined to a wheelchair, but he was extremely interested in attending our event on the 11th. I assured him that getting him up the stairs was certainly achievable and with several strong men ready to "bump" him up in his chair, it would be no problem. If he felt that this would not be possible, then I informed him that we'd all be willing to greet him outside for a short photo opportunity with Bill and the others. I made sure that he knows just how important he is to the event and that we'd do anything to make his presence possible.

So, basically, health permitting, Al will be there.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

New Shop Opening Times

As from next week the shop will have new opening times...

Monday to Wednesday - By appointment only

Thursday - 10am to 2pm

Friday & Saturday - 10am to 5pm

First Sunday of the month - 11am to 4pm

Monday, 26 July 2010

Legacy Recordings celebrates Elvis' 75th Birthday year with a new work inspired by Viva Elvis by Circue du Soleil in Las Vegas.

Legacy Recordings, in cooperation with EPE, and Viva Elvis by Circque du Soleil at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, proudly announces the release of Viva Elvis - The Album, a 21st century celebration of Elvis and his music, featuring the voice of the King in a whole new context. Viva Elvis - The Album will be available everywhere this November.

The undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley remains one of the most iconic and powerful forces in popular culture. "Before Elvis," said John Lennon, "there was nothing."

After Elvis, the world looked and sounded different. With a swivel of his hips and the power of his voice, Elvis broke down barriers and shattered the status quo, revolutionizing the worlds of music, film and fashion while signaling a seismic shift in gender, class, race, and generational relationships.

The Elvis revolution continues with Viva Elvis - The Album.

The postmodern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a contemporary perspective while furthering the revolutionary impulses of Elvis' sound. Viva Elvis - The Album re-imagines the king’s own vocal performances in a broad variety of new musical settings. This new sound echoes Elvis' own versatility and ability to master all music genres, from Delta blues to rockabilly, from raw soul to gospel, from Southern folk to Vegas pop, while incorporating elements of garage rock, punk, urban and hip-hop.

"Viva Elvis is a tantalizing musical experience," said Adam Block, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Legacy Recordings. "It's so creative and so contemporary, it effortlessly places Elvis in a current context that appeals to fans of all ages and all kinds of music. There's a freshness, a newness to these songs that grabs you and shakes you and ultimately testifies to the remarkable artist Elvis remains to this very day."

"What would the songs of Elvis be like if he were doing them for the first time today?," asks the album's producer and arranger Erich van Tourneau, Musical Director and Arranger for Viva Elvis by Cirque du Soleil. "We set out to evoke the soul and spirit of Elvis Presley while building a bridge between his music and future generations of fans."

When working on the music for Viva Elvis, van Tourneau -- aided by Hugo Bombardier, Assistant Producer and Assistant Arranger on Viva Elvis - The Album -- spent more than 3,000 hours reviewing countless albums, films, concert recordings, interviews and home recordings of Elvis. More than 17,000 samples of Elvis’ songs – the raw material for the show – were made during the process.

Working with tens of thousands of samples of Elvis’ voice, van Tourneau and Bombardier often wove several sequences and sounds into the same songs, sometimes changing details such as the key and tempo. In creating Viva Elvis - The Album, van Tourneau was looking to accentuate and boost the emotional charge of the songs with the incorporation of ragga, punk or hip-hop elements into classic recordings. In all cases, however, the goal was to respect and understand the essence of the original recordings.

In celebration of all eras of Elvis' musical genius, Viva Elvis - The Album includes songs from Elvis’ rise to fame in the ‘50s, his movie soundtracks, his triumphant return to the stage in the ’68 Special, and his ground-breaking appearances in Las Vegas. Burning Love, Suspicious Minds, Blue Suede Shoes and It's Now or Never are among the songs that have been re-imagined and transformed for Viva Elvis - The Album.

Viva Elvis by Cirque du Soleil, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, opened earlier this year in a specially designed 1,800 seat theater at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. A tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley, Viva Elvis focuses on the essential humanity of the one superstar whose name will forever be linked with the history of Las Vegas: Elvis Presley. Significant moments in his life – intimate, playful and grandiose – blend with timeless songs that remain as relevant today as when they first hit the top of the charts.

Monday, 28 June 2010

New Mag Due Soon!

Issue #70 is now at the printers and will be in your hands on Monday, July 12th. If you subscribe then look out for it dropping through your mailbox soon, otherwise you can pick up a copy, hot off the press, from the Elvis shop on the above date.

Myself and the team have worked hard on this incredible issue. Along with some stunning photographs, articles and event news, you can expect the following exciting features...

AN EXCLUSIVE WITH DIANA GOODMAN

Elvis’ 1975 girlfriend and Miss Georgia herself tells her detailed story of how she met and began dating the King.

NORBERT PUTNAM INTERVIEWED

Trevor Simpson chats to the legendary session musician about his lengthy career, and playing on all those Elvis records.

WILDA TAYLOR INTERVIEWED

Another exclusive interview by Nick Thomas. Enjoy the memories of Elvis’ movie co-star from Routabout and Harum Scarum.

JOAN FREEMAN INTERVIEWED

Nick Thomas tracks down and talks to Elvis’ Routabout co-star.

BLUE SUEDE NEWS

Brian Quinn collates the latest news and Elvis business.

SOUND ADVICE

Andrew Snelgrove reviews the best Elvis CD releases.

MATT MONROE CONNECTIONS

Trevor Simpson interviews Matt’s daughter about the mysterious Softly, As I Leave You.

Make sure your subs are up to date, folks!

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Changes to shop opening times *This Sunday*

Due to an important family commitment, the Elvis shop will NOT be open on the first Sunday in July (4th), but the second (11th), between 11am and 4pm.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Elvis On Tour DVD *IMPORTANT*

Firstly, my apologies if you get this message more than once via our other FB groups and our main website. It’s an important one…

On August 3rd Warner Brothers will release the 1972 movie Elvis On Tour on DVD and BluRay.
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Today we received the alarming news of these two titles being offered to fans at extremely high prices. Please make your purchasing decisions very carefully and DO NOT order under pressure.

We will be selling both versions at SENSIBLE PRICES.

Region 2 DVD
Our price: £12.99 (Offered elsewhere at £20.00)

Region 0 BluRay
Our price: £14.99 (Offered elsewhere at £35.00)

And yes, we also give a FREE gift with each DVD.

DON’T GET RIPPED OFF!!!
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We will not charge your CC untill we can dispatch your DVD.
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Pre-order by clicking here.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Yeah, can't wait to travel 4369 miles to Memphis in August... really!

Monday, 14 June 2010

Don't forget Father's Day this week-end.

Our top gift ideas for Dad...

If you're a Dad and the kids are asking you what you might lke for Father's Day, then may we recommend a couple of fantastic items, which we'll send with an extra FREE CD if ordered between now and Friday.

Images - A Photo Documentary.

This stunning hardback book contains 250 images with 200+ never seen before. Shots from all three decades of Elvis' career. Easily one of the most impressive books we've ever seen.
Comes with FREE postcards!

Order by clicking here.

Elvis Now

A beautiful 2xCD set containing the classic album along with outtakes and bonus tracks. Comes as a neat 7" package with a 12 page booklet.

Order by clicking here.

We will dispatch very quickl after we recieve your order, but don't leave it too late. You can also call on 01903 525917 to place your order.

Any questions? Email: enquiries@essentialelvis.com

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Well Done EPE

No! No! Noooooo!

Firstly, 'Elvis Week' was changed to 'Elvis Impersonator Week', then we got the Elvis rubber ducks. Now EPE has stamped on Elvis' legacy and memory by endorsing, promoting and selling an Elvis Mr. Potato Head. Has anyone at EPE got a DVD called Loving You? If so, maybe they ought to watch it once in a while. That guy was once the King, the most enduring icon of the 20th century... Not a potato!

Friday, 11 June 2010

FREE gift at The Elvis Shop & Museum on Saturday!!!

Tomorrow is England's first game of the World Cup and to mark the occassion we are giving away a either a FREE keyring or fridge magnet (your choice) with each purchase at the Elvis shop (no matter the amount spent).

These items are certain to become very collectable in years to come, and they are exclusive to us!

Come along and visit us to get your FREE Elvis / football gift whilst stocks last!!!

Friday, 4 June 2010

Official Elvis shop opening tomorrow!

Myself and the team are looking forward to seeing lots of you tomorrow at the Elvis shop & museum in Worthing.

The weather will be baking but luckily, our side of the street gets the shade early afternoon, so it'll be nice and cool to chill out in the sea breeze. Next door is a great bar called The Biz so if you like a beer, they'd be happy to serve you. PLEASE ONLY USE CHAIRS AND TABLES BELONGING TO THE BIZ IF YOU'VE PURCHASED FROM THEM.

We'll be starting to serve the hog roast at around 1pm. Expect a real taste of Memphis with BBQ pork along with Hickory sauce, salad, roll and a cold drink of your choice. This great lunch is just £6.00 per person and YOU'LL NEED TO PAY AT THE SHOP before you eat.

Now, the shop is a reasonable size but I'm slightly concerned that if everyone shows up at once we'll have a problem with crowding. We have plenty of stock and we're open until 5pm, so there is no need to be outside at 10pm. Please be aware that there may be times throughout the afternoon when the shop might be packed. Maybe try to stagger your visits.

As I look over towards the pier the sea looks inviting as there are lots of amusements, kids rides, trampolines and even a classic Punch & Judy show. Obviously you'll be free to come and go as much as you like throughout the day, so if it's too busy at the shop, pop back after a wasting a few quid on the pier!

Shayne Driscoll will be playing Elvis music, and singing a few songs, outside the shop all day long.

The event in the evening starts at 6pm. Charge is just £5.00 on the door to cover the cost of hiring the venue. We are considering a SMALL stall in the evening, but please do all your purchasing at the store during the day.

Any questions, call the store directly on 01903 238181.

See you tomorrow,
Andrew

Friday, 28 May 2010

Elvis friend visits shop...

Sara Erwin, Elvis' friend and Graceland neighbour, visited our Elvis shop & museum this afternoon. Fans enjoyed chatting to Sara for several hours, who flew in from her Memphis home (just over the Graceland fence) just yesterday. You never know who you might meet at the UK's only Elvis shop!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Just last week we gave fans the chance to meet someone that actually dated Elvis. There was no charge to attend and those that did enjoyed some quality time with an extremely friendly and generous lady who had nothing but kind words to say about Elvis.

Today I've been saddened by some comments by a number of blinkered women in regards to Sherry dating a married man. Firstly, you're gonna have to "attack" the other couple of thousand or so women. Secondly, it was a two-way street with Elvis usually convincing the young lady that he was separated from Priscilla. And thirdly, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?

I'm not in favour of married people having affairs in any way but hey, were talking about Elvis Presley here!

Lucky Fan...

A young fan, who has only just discovered the King, was recently allowed to wear Elvis’ famous yatching cap for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. Jade Marshall was visiting the Elvis shop & museum on Friday when the rare decision was made to unlock the cabinet for just a few minutes. I’m sure you’ll agree that Jade looks every bit as good as Elvis did in the cap.

You never know who you'll see at the UK's only Elvis shop and museum

So, it was the beautiful Sherry Williams who joined fans at the UK's only Elvis shop and museum this week. Elvis and Sherry dated on and off from 1970 to 1972 and remained friends untill he died. The last time that they saw each other was during Elvis' last Hawaiian vacation in March 1977.

The flashlight once belonged to Elvis and is now part of our museum. As soon as Sherry saw it she recalled Elvis carrying in everywhere. One time he woke her up by shining it in her face. "Are you awake, honey?" Elvis said. "Well, I am now!" Sherry replied.