PORTRAITS '53-'77

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A new monster project by Erik Lorentzen. Erik squeezed every last drop out of his hard drive, consulted his online comrades and conjures up a beautiful book from his sky-high digital photo collection.

 

Here you will see more than 400 beautiful publicity photos spread over approximately 400 pages, taken from 1953 to 1977. The best photo material from the greatest and most famous photographers such as: Alfred Wertheimer, William Speer, Sean Shaver, Virgil Apger aso. Elvis up-close and personal.

 

As usual with Erik, these photos come out best when printed on high-quality glossy paper. An average book by Lorentzen weighs about 3

 kilos and measures 25x30 cm. The photos are almost all printed full page, resulting in a beautiful photo book.

 

From the flyer up top you can see that the photos are not commonplace and that makes this book a valuable copy you must have in your collection. NOW is the time to create space on your bookshelf for this mammoth photo book.

 

Only the best high-quality photos deserve a page in this book.

 

 

 

 

ELVIS PRESLEY ─ THE WORLD'S MOST PHOTOGRAPHED

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  Some people tap their feet . . .

           Some people snap their fingers . . .

                    Some people just sway back and forth . . .

 I JUST SORTA DO 'EM ALL TOGETHER, I GUESS.

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On the brink of becoming an artistic phenomenon:

Elvis Presley

On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley, chock full of nerves and not exactly sure of what would transpire, ventured inside Sun Studio for his first official recording session with producer Sam Phillips, guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black.

After trying various songs with middling results, Phillips was ready to end the session, but Presley serendipitously began playing Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s “That’s All Right” on his acoustic guitar, fusing the bluesy number into a heretofore unexplored musical genre that ultimately became rock ’n’ roll.

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Hal Kanter - Not before and not since. I think he's a figment of a vivid imagination. He made up who he was. I remember he sort of hi-jacked the wrap party I organized on the last day of shooting. I hired this nightclub and invited everyone along who'd been involved with the picture. I'd paid for everything out of my own pocket and it cost a fair amount of money. About a hundred people were there having a good time ─ eating, drinking, dancing and so on. And when we arrived the first thing we saw was a booth that Parker had set up with a big sign on it saying `Elvis And The Colonel Thank You.' And there was Parker himself handing out pictures of Elvis and various other promotional gifts, making out that he'd organized the whole thing.

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Elvis Gyrates on The Ed Sullivan Show

Experienced showmen such as Ed Sullivan weren't sure the world was ready for such wild moves as the slick Elvis Presley was offering, but when Elvis proved too popular not to book, Sullivan scheduled him. Elvis made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956.

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GETTING BOOKED

Elvis Presley had already appeared on other national television shows (such as on Stage Show, The Milton Berle Show, and on the popular The Steve Allen Show) when Ed Sullivan booked Elvis for three shows. Elvis' pelvic gyrations during his appearances on these other shows had caused much discussion and concern about the suitability of airing such provocative and sensual movements on television.

Although at first Ed Sullivan said he would never want Elvis on his show, Sullivan changed his mind when The Steve Allen Show with Elvis as a guest had about twice as many viewers as Sullivan's show that night (they were competing for the same audience since they were in the same time slot).

After negotiating with Elvis' manager, Ed Sullivan paid Elvis the huge sum of $50,000 for appearing on three of his shows: September 9, 1956, October 28, 1956, and then on January 6, 1957.

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SULLIVAN DIDN'T HOST AND ELVIS NOT ACTUALLY ON SET

For Elvis' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night at 8 p.m. on September 9, 1956, Ed Sullivan himself was not able to host since he had recently been in a very serious car accident that left him in the hospital. In his place, Oscar-winning actor Charles Laughton hosted the show. Elvis was also not on location in New York for the show since he was in Los Angeles for the filming of Love Me Tender.

 

Laughton hosted from New York and then when it came time for Elvis' appearance, Laughton introduced him and then cut to the stage in Hollywood with Elvis.

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ELVIS' PERFORMANCE

Elvis appeared on a stage with large, artistic guitars as decoration. Wearing a plaid jacket and holding his guitar, Elvis thanked Mr. Laughton and the audience and then said, "This is probably the greatest honor that I've ever had in my life. There's not much I can say except that hope it makes you feel good and we want to thank you from the bottom of our heart."

Elvis then sang, "Don't Be Cruel" with his four back-up singers (the Jordanaires) followed by "Love Me Tender," which was the not-yet-released title track from his new movie.

 

During this second set, Elvis sang "Ready Teddy" and then ended with a portion of "Hound Dog."

Throughout Elvis' entire performance, viewers could hear girls in the audience screaming ─ especially when Elvis did his special twitch or swung his hips or swiveled his legs. Elvis appeared to enjoy himself, frequently smiling or even laughing, which made him seem friendly, sweet, and hunky — depending on who was watching.

CENSORED

During Elvis' first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the cameras stayed mostly from the waist up during the first half of Elvis' appearance, but during the second time he appeared that night, the camera widened out and the TV audience was able to see Elvis' gyrations.

While many have felt that Elvis was censored by only showing him from the waist up on The Ed Sullivan Show, that really only happened during Elvis' third appearance, on January 6, 1957. For some still unknown reason (although there are a lot of rumors as to why), Sullivan allowed Elvis to only be shown from the waist up during that third and final show.

IT WAS A BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Elvis' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was a major success. Over 60 million people, both young and old, watched the show and many people believe it helped bridge the generation gap for Elvis' acceptance into the mainstream.

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That's what www.theelvisfiles.com Is All About - Elvis Presley

The Nashville Tennessean, Wednesday Morning, Feb. 15, 1956.

Rock & Roll Set Adores Elvis Presley

It Happened Last Night.

By Earl Wilson

NEW YORK ─ “Teenagers,” 21-year-old Elvis Presley, of Memphis, Tennessee, exclaims, “I love ‘em!” “Sure,” the new idol of the Rock ‘n Roll set told me “they tear off my clothes, they scratch their initials on my cars, they phone my hotel all night. But they buy my records and they pay me to sing. I’m grateful and when they stop annoying me, I’ll start to worry.”

For the present at least, Elvis would seem  to have little to worry about. After an appearance two weeks ago on Jackie Gleason’s TV program “Stage Show,” with the Dorsey brothers, Elvis was quickly signed for another four weeks. Observers generally credited Gleason with a shrewd move.

If any singer could dent the popularity of the show’s competition, smooth, effortless Perry Como, it was probably Elvis. His fans ─ including a “few” older folks ─ have shelled out for over 100.000 of his latest record, “Heartbreak Hotel,” an almost incredible showing for a two week period. On one-night stands over a good part of the country, Elvis plays to very excited and well-packed-in throngs.

What does this kid Presley have? A couple of particularly cubey squares were asking. Well, he’s got a voice that’s very loud and full of feeling and when he sings, unlike Como, it is not effortless. Like Johnny Ray, to whom he has been compared, he writhes and contorts and suffers through a song, and the kids love it. In addition, he’s some showman. For instance. He wears his hair long, with sideburns yet.

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At CBS-TV Studio 50. Elvis Presley first performance on the Dorsey Brothers' 'Stage Show' program, New York, New York, January 28, 1956.

“I’ve got the money for a haircut.” Elvis assured me. “But this is good business. It’s important that I be conspicuous. His more enthusiastic admirers say he looks like a cross between Marlon Brando and the late James Dean. In a way, he does at that. Incidentally, he’s taking acting lessons.

Then, there’s his clothes. “I don’t think it’s right,” Elvis says, “for a fellow to dress loud. On the street that is. On stage, I want to stand out. The louder my clothes the better.” He favors combinations of red and black, usually without ties. He went to the closet and returned smiling, with a jacket that almost become his trademark. It was a flaming, screaming fire-engine red. A turquoise model is another favorite.

He has “about 75” suits. “Have you worn ‘em all?” I asked. “Most of ‘em” he said. He has 27 pairs of shoes and shirts “I haven’t taken the price tag off yet.” “You see, collecting clothes is my hobby.”

“Mam’s been speaking to me about spending too much money,” (His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Presley, of Memphis). Mrs. Presley may have had in mind his two Cadillacs, a pink one and a yellow one, back home in Memphis. He travels to his personal appearances in a standard, inconspicuous Plymouth. “Why is that?” I wondered.

“Well, I used to use the pink Caddy ─ had it especially painted, you know, but the kids got so they recognize it. They’d scratch their initials in it and walked off with my hubcaps as souvenirs. “I’m proudest and happiest, though, with my motorcycle.” With two powerful cars and a motorcycle, the accent seemed on speed. I mentioned this. “No reason to worry about that,” Elvis assured me. “I never speed. You see, I care too much about living.”

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The Enthusiast issue May 1956. A 1956 KH

Who Is Elvis Presley?

THAT rocket blazing a fiery trail across the musical sky these days and nights is no rocket. It's 21 year old Elvis Presley, Memphis's contribution to the world of music. Presley's rise to fame has been little short of fantastic. Some time ago, Elvis walked into the Sun Record Company in Memphis, Tenn., and recorded his voice at his own expense. Sun Record Company liked Presley's style and signed him to a contract.

 

Recently RCA Victor bought Presley's contract and he is on his way up. He recorded "Heartbreak Hotel". His unique style clicked at once. Now this record is a cinch to pass the million mark any day. He is in great demand for personal appearances and TV shows. More of his songs are being released. His head is in a whirl but Elvis is taking it all in stride. He appreciates his good fortune and is determined not to let it change him.

How does Elvis rate cover position in the Enthusiast? He is a Harley-Davidson rider and is shown on his third motorcycle. He started out as the owner of a 165 and at present rides the 1956 "KH." It is a red and white model and is his favorite. His new life makes great demands on him but, he still finds time to roll up some miles on his "KH". Good Luck for your future, Elvis. 

Ted Bruehl Photo ─ January 1956, Getwell Rd. Memphis, Tn.

Article of the Enthusiast® ©Harley Davidson

"Chicago International Amphitheatre"

Elvis meet the press in the Saddle and Sirloin Club - March 28, 1957.

Peter Guralnick wrote; Elvis had a press conference at the Saddle and Sirloin Club at the Stockyards Inn in the afternoon, and that night he unveiled the $2,500 gold leaf suit that the Colonel had had made up for him. The idea had come from the gold cutaway that Liberace wore in Las Vegas, and the Colonel had Nudie Cohen, Hollywood tailor to the stars (or perhaps a certain kind of star, including all the bespangled country and western luminaries), come out to the movie set in his steer—horn-decorated Cadillac to measure him for it.

The Chicago Tribune wrote;

Before opening night of his 1957 tour at the International Amphitheatre, Elvis Presley held a news conference in the Saddle and Sirloin Club, a nearby ritzy hangout for cattle executives visiting the Union Stockyards.

Flanked by a hound dog and a gaggle of reporters ahead of his first-ever Chicago stop — the first concert after his waist-up "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance — the 22-year-old Presley unveiled golden shoes, part of the custom-designed gold suit that he'd debut that night and that would become iconic.

Then came the 16-song, 47-minute performance, attended by some 13,000 rabid fans who rendered "the King" and his backing Jordanaires inaudible with their screams.

Newspaper accounts detail the pandemonium: Grown women were reduced to tears. Dozens of girls fainted. An usher from Bridgeport was cold-cocked by the purse of a fan trying to rush the stage at the arena, located at 42nd and Halsted streets.

From his rollicking rhythm and blues roots to the grandiose stage shows at now-shuttered arenas, the relationship of "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" with the city was special.

"I don't think there was a more pivotal or more important voice to younger generations at that time. They needed that beacon of energy for their generation and certainly Elvis was it," said Cory Cooper, a Nevada-based "Elvis expert."

Like most major cities in the United States, Chicago was a familiar and frequent spot for Presley, where he played both the Amphitheater and Chicago Stadium. But Presley's legacy here took a macabre turn in 1956.

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International Amphitheater Chicago. March 31, 1957.

The American of Chicago produced a series of high quality posters with blank spines except for two notations and a number on each, which have been printed on newspaper, so that they can be folded and show no ink leaks. Celebrities of the time like James Dean, Nancy Sinatra, James Cagney, James Stewart, The Beatles and of course Elvis Presley were all present. In preparation for this special Elvis Presley poster which was to be inserted in Chicago's America issue in 1968, the poster offered announced this upcoming release. Due to the fragile nature of newspapers, few of these inserted posters have survived.

 

Given Elvis' popularity, advertising the pending insert was a smart tactic to elicit interest and, in turn, sell more of this edition. This earlier advertisement for the poster insert is equally unusual and represents the exact image of Elvis in his gold lamé costume that would be included free with the Sunday edition of Chicago's American. What fan could resist to such a dazzling image of the singer in action to hang on his wall?

Erik Lorentzen & KJ Consulting proudly presents the ULTIMATE Elvis Files magazines and books.

 

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"That's The Way It Was"  Vol.4 and 5

We've had Vol.1-2-3 in December 2019 and now we have the complete collection with two more editions and +hundreds of unseen photos ─ in B/W and color ─  from the original negatives (not from the movie slides but from the MGM photographers). In all 5 volumes you see over thousands of unseen photos you'll probably never see again, not in any book ─ EVER.

 

And that's a promise!

ELVIS SUMMER FESTIVAL: 

At the end of last year, THE ELVIS FILES TEAM were very proud when we released the trilogy Box ELVIS SUMMER FESTIVAL - That's The Way It Was Volume 1-2 & 3 with nearly 2,000 unseen photos. The three books were very well received by Elvis fans all over the world.

THE ELVIS FILES are now even more proud to present the new box set.
 

 

ELVIS SUMMER FESTIVAL ─ That's The Way It Was ─ Volume 4&5

 


 

The set consists of two Hardcover books, about 800 pages, packed in a slipcase with more than 1100 color and black/white photos you never have seen before in this pristine quality!


 

NO ONE ELSE HAS OR WILL GET THESE PHOTOS ─ ONLY IN THESE TWO VOLUMES

Erik Lorentzen's new publication Vol.4&5 TTWII Summer Festival 1970
Erik Lorentzen's new publication Vol.4&5 TTWII Summer Festival 1970
Erik Lorentzen's new publication Vol.4&5 TTWII Summer Festival 1970

TTWIwas is a fully documented complimentary 5 book set with over 3000 unseen photos both in B/W and color from the original slides ─ NOT from the film reel ─ from MGM's photographic archives. See Elvis on stage and at the rehearsals in superb quality printing. Elvis 1970 is the KING in his prime! Vol.1-2-3 €249 and €199 for Vol.4-5 (this set comes with twelve 8"x12" photos ─ pre-order) Both sets can be ordered separately Hardcover books in slipcase. Mail: erik@theelvisfiles.com

TTWIwas is a fully documented complimentary 5 book set with over 3000 unseen photos both in B/W and color from the original slides ─ NOT from the film reel ─ from MGM's photographic archives. See Elvis on stage and at the rehearsals in superb quality printing. Elvis 1970 is the KING in his prime! Vol.1-2-3 €249 and €199 for Vol.4-5 (this set comes with twelve 8"x12" photos ─ pre-order) Both sets can be ordered separately Hardcover books in slipcase. Mail: erik@theelvisfiles.com

TTWIwas is a fully documented complimentary 5 book set with over 3000 unseen photos both in B/W and color from the original slides ─ NOT from the film reel ─ from MGM's photographic archives. See Elvis on stage and at the rehearsals in superb quality printing. Elvis 1970 is the KING in his prime! Vol.1-2-3 €249 and €199 for Vol.4-5 (this set comes with twelve 8"x12" photos ─ pre-order) Both sets can be ordered separately Hardcover books in slipcase. Mail: erik@theelvisfiles.com

TTWIwas is a fully documented complimentary 5 book set with over 3000 unseen photos both in B/W and color from the original slides ─ NOT from the film reel ─ from MGM's photographic archives. See Elvis on stage and at the rehearsals in superb quality printing. Elvis 1970 is the KING in his prime! Vol.1-2-3 €249 and €199 for Vol.4-5 (this set comes with twelve 8"x12" photos ─ pre-order) Both sets can be ordered separately Hardcover books in slipcase. Mail: erik@theelvisfiles.com

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The Elvis files double feature book: Behind the scenes of Speedway / Stay Away, Joe

Elvis Presley Meets Success in ‘Loving You’

SOMEBODY — some low-down, ornery skunk — must have been spreading the word that success was spoiling Elvis Presley. For Paramount's "Loving You," starring America's favorite hound-dog hollerer, along with poor Lizabeth Scott and Wendell Corey, does just about everything, and little else, to prove that it ain't — isn't. The film opened yesterday at various neighborhood theatres.

Mr. Presley's second picture, which producer Hal Wallis has seen fit to dignify with color and VistaVision, is a success story, a suspiciously defiant treatment of one young feller's rise from threadbare Southern blue jeans to musical fame and fortune. The hero of this story, written by Herb Baker and Hal Kanter, the director, is a shy, simple and modest lad hog-tied by a hard-boiled publicist, Miss Scott, and forced to submit to such promotional bait as eye-blinding hillbilly attire and spectacular cars. All he wants, really, is to bellow across his guitar, wiggle out from under it and scoot around in his li'l ole hotrod car.

Does Elvis sing? More or less — eight numbers, including the title tune twice. And from this sampling of his musical art, not to say acting, it seems likely indeed that he won't change. Artistically, Elvis grunts his melodies (with a few audible lyrics), studiously shaking his hair over his eyes, whacking his gee-tar and writhing away as if he had just sat down on an anthill.

He also studiously refrains from looking into the camera, and who can blame him? "Uh need somebody," he informs the smitten young Dolores Hart, squinting over her shoulder (probably toward the nearest exit).

Elvis is a fightin' man, though, on occasion. After appropriately grinding out "Hot Dog" a (piece of music) in a restaurant, he kayoes a heckler with much the same technique. He also squelches Mr. Corey, as a cynical bandleader, about being called Deke Rivers, "'S'muh name," snarls Elvis.

The picture ends with a maudlin televised tribute (in Texas) to the hero, after Miss Scott browbeats some civic stand-offs in a fantastic speech citing "freedom in America" and the initial hostility to, believe it or not, Debussy's "Afternoon of a Faun" and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring.""All that don't matter here," thunders the Mayor. And he's right. It don't.

 

The Cast

LOVING YOU, screen play by Hal Kanter and Herb Baker; directed by Mr. Kanter; produced by Hal B. Wallis for Paramount. At neighborhood theatres. Deke Rivers . . . . . Elvis Presley / Glenda Markle . . . . . Lizabeth Scott / Tex Warner . . . . . Wendell Corey / Susan . . . . . Dolores Hart

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Elvis - The King of Hawaii (2011)
Elvis - The King of Hawaii (2011)

Very impressive book. You can see pictures of all the movies Elvis made in Hawaii. Hundreds of them. Not only The Aloha Special, but also all the other great moments from Elvis in Hawaii. The movies, Elvis on holiday in may 1968 and 1969, and also march 1977. In concert in November 1972 as a rehearsal for the Aloha, and countless pictures of the Aloha Special ─ January 14, 1973. From Erik Lorentzen, 384 pages.

King Creole - Frame by Frame (2012) with Pål Granlund and Erik Lorentzen
King Creole - Frame by Frame (2012) with Pål Granlund and Erik Lorentzen

King Creole: Frame By Frame 400-page hardcover book by FTD, Erik Lorentzen and Pål Granlund. This is the first volume of an exciting new series called Elvis Presley In Hollywood. Volume two in this series, Jailhouse Rock: Frame By Frame Each book will contain more than 400 pages and, alongside text written by Mike Eder, many hundreds of stunning, previously unpublished photographs that have been carefully selected.

Jailhouse Rock - Frame by Frame (2012) with Pål Granlund and Erik Lorentzen
Jailhouse Rock - Frame by Frame (2012) with Pål Granlund and Erik Lorentzen

Jailhouse Rock: Frame By Frame 400-page hardcover book by FTD, Erik Lorentzen and Pål Granlund. This is the second volume of an exciting new series called Elvis Presley In Hollywood. Volume one in this series, King Creole: Frame By Frame Each book will contain more than 400 pages and, alongside text written by Mike Eder, many hundreds of stunning, previously unpublished photographs that have been carefully selected

The Elvis Files book Vol.5 1969-1970 (2012)
The Elvis Files book Vol.5 1969-1970 (2012)

The Elvis Files book Vol.5 1969-1970 (2012) While the 1968 TV Special was an amazing comeback, Elvis’ return to the very top of his profession would never have happened without the Memphis 1969 recording sessions along with the live performances that followed. Let’s face it, Elvis’ amazing legacy was only sealed in gold by these two all-important years. The Elvis Files Vol. 5 contains over 1,500 stunning photos in its 580 pages all from the fabulous return-to-splendour years of 1969 -1970.

The Elvis Files book Vol.6 (2013)
The Elvis Files book Vol.6 (2013)

The Elvis Files Volume 6: 1971-1973 As with the other volumes release so far this again is a huge hardback book with 470 pages and feature more than 1500 photos. Every single concert & tour, the Vegas and Tahoe shows, private moments and in studio, fan memories and more.

The King Of The Jungle (2014)
The King Of The Jungle (2014)

In June 1968 Elvis Presley taped a television special to be broadcast that Christmas. The TV special "Singer Presents Elvis" was a milestone in sixties music and a key to Elvis' musical renaissance. A moment of change, when what was lost is found again. Elvis was lean and chiseled and ─ what he had not seemed in years ─ a little dangerous. Featuring 546 pages the book includes a detailed look at everything that took place at the historic taping and recording sessions.

Ultimate Elvis Recording Sessions Vol.1 (2014)
Ultimate Elvis Recording Sessions Vol.1 (2014)

Its initial impression is one of enormity in appearance and content. The three books in an accompanying slipcase weigh over 23 pounds, with each volume coming in at 7½ pounds. Each book is a large 9¾ by 11¾ inches in size, and collectively the set runs a whopping 1,712 pages. Several hundred of those pages are filled with full-page photos of Elvis. The publisher claims there are “approximately" 1,500 photos of all sizes in the books. Erik Lorentzen, Piers Beagley, Keith Flynn,Gordon Minto.

Ultimate Elvis Recording Sessions Vol.2 (2014)
Ultimate Elvis Recording Sessions Vol.2 (2014)

Its initial impression is one of enormity in appearance and content. The three books in an accompanying slipcase weigh over 23 pounds, with each volume coming in at 7½ pounds. Each book is a large 9¾ by 11¾ inches in size, and collectively the set runs a whopping 1,712 pages. Several hundred of those pages are filled with full-page photos of Elvis. The publisher claims there are “approximately" 1,500 photos of all sizes in the books. Erik Lorentzen, Piers Beagley, Keith Flynn,Gordon Minto.

Ultimate Elvis Recording Sessions Vol.3 (2014)
Ultimate Elvis Recording Sessions Vol.3 (2014)

Its initial impression is one of enormity in appearance and content. The three books in an accompanying slipcase weigh over 23 pounds, with each volume coming in at 7½ pounds. Each book is a large 9¾ by 11¾ inches in size, and collectively the set runs a whopping 1,712 pages. Several hundred of those pages are filled with full-page photos of Elvis. The publisher claims there are “approximately" 1,500 photos of all sizes in the books. Erik Lorentzen, Piers Beagley, Keith Flynn,Gordon Minto.

Greater Than Ever - Elvis Presley A Touch of Gold Lamé (2015)
Greater Than Ever - Elvis Presley A Touch of Gold Lamé (2015)

A Touch of Gold Lamé a 450+ page Hardcover book by Erik Lorentzen is the same size and weight (3.5kg / 7.7 pounds) as the Elvis Files books and will cover all you could want to know about Elvis and his 1957 concerts featuring the famous Gold Lame Suit.

The Elvis Files book Vol.7 (2015)
The Elvis Files book Vol.7 (2015)

The seventh volume of the Elvis Files story chronicles Elvis' years on tour through the USA, the Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe seasons. All ELVIS EVENTS in this Time Frame 1974-1975 are shown. Every Working Moment, The Mid-Seventies Tours, The Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe Seasons, Plenty of CANDID Moments and Previously Unpublished Photos. The cover photo is by Keith Alverson.

The Elvis Files book Vol.8 (2016)
The Elvis Files book Vol.8 (2016)

Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977 will cover the final years of Elvis' life, the continuous energy - draining treadmill of tours, the final recording sessions and the last CBS TV Special. While Elvis was not a well man in the last twenty months of his life, collectors will surely find this detailed look into these last years not only an emotional ride but also a part of Elvis' history that cannot be ignored. The cover shot is taken by photographer Keith Alverson.

Elvis Presley in Person - The Florida Tour, August '56 (2016)
Elvis Presley in Person - The Florida Tour, August '56 (2016)

Elvis Presley In Person – The Florida Tour August ’56 by Erik Lorentzen. The second book in the ‘Gold Standard’ series from Erik will focus on Elvis’ famous Florida tour of August 1956. This well-known tour began on August 3rd in Miami and Elvis went on to perform 25 concerts in seven different cities over a nine day period. More than 100,000 fans saw Elvis perform, which was unique at the time as no entertainer had previously achieved such an impressive record.

Elvis at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show September 26, 1956 (2016)
Elvis at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show September 26, 1956 (2016)

Having finished the Elvis Files series, Erik Lorentzen is concentrating on his new "Gold Standard Series" where he will expand on certain pivotal moments in Elvis' life enabling Lorentzen to publish yet more newly discovered and previously unpublished photos. EIN has seen the pile of unreleased Tupelo concert photos and they are astounding.

Elvis and Ann-Margret: Love in Las Vegas (2016)
Elvis and Ann-Margret: Love in Las Vegas (2016)

A beautiful soft cover book with 150 pages (25 x 30 cm / 9.8" x 11.8") of PURE LOVE and the latest book from 'The Elvis Files' author, Erik Lorentzen. The book is written in English and contains a lot of great photos of the beautiful couple. KJ Consulting are proud to publish this book about one of the biggest (Hollywood) romance of the sixties. Only 900 copies printed. Almost sold out. Order now.

The World of FTD Vol.1 (2017) with Keith Flynn and Piers Beagley
The World of FTD Vol.1 (2017) with Keith Flynn and Piers Beagley

Elvis recordings specialist Keith Flynn has completed a tour-de-force about the FTD label, a 1200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD. The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others. The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen. Source: EIN

The World of FTD Vol.2 (2017) with Keith Flynn and Piers Beagley
The World of FTD Vol.2 (2017) with Keith Flynn and Piers Beagley

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The Miami News. Wednesday, March 23, 1960.

 

The Fans Were There But Elvis Had Jumped The Train At 11th Street

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By MORRIS McLEMORE

 

Duke Stewart stood on the steps of his tidy place on Miami Beach and peered into the night.

 

"You reckon they're coming?" he inquired of a friend who was busy at the time negotiating the repurchase of his car from the house parking lot.

 

"Who's coming you don't have room for?" the friend asked.

 

"Those kids," declared the restless Stewart. "Our security chief heard a rumor a mess of kids are coming ever to get at Presley . . .”

 

Inquiries among members of a thin picket line at the Fontainebleau Hotel entrance brought the intelligence that none of the young people knew of any contemplated assault. Those still on watch were merely victims of their own enthusiasm and stranded, sick that they had missed their boy.

 

This is not the first time an innkeeper has heard whispers that an avenging horde would descend upon a hotel containing Elvis Presley and spring him, guitar, red cummerbund, neckcloth and all.

 

In each instance, of course. Col. Tom Parker has been somewhere in the woodwork. I do not suggest the colonel planted any such rumor where it would be wafted toward the sensitive ear of the manager of the Gold Coast's most sophisticated hotel . . . but, if he didn't, it's only because he was busy eyeing money.

 

It seems no more than a couple of riots ago that Elvis left us.

 

Actually, of course, it was more like two years and, when he returned last night, he was all skinned up. Fortunately, his fans here did not see the marks on Presley's classic temple, for they might have thought this a result of his recent military service and destroyed the Army.

 

We saw some of their power yesterday afternoon, when several hundred lovers of song gathered at the FEC station to welcome the ex-service man. Elvis could not alight from his private car, or so declared his manager. Colonel Parker, the medicine men's medicine man.

 

Ten minutes of squealing and shouting by the assembly failed to budge Col. Parker from his fateful decision. Although he had at his command a task force of 16 gendarmes under Sgt. Ralph Hinson he feared for his man's person and the car was hauled ingloriously backward to 11th Street.

 

There the slender 25-year-old was hustled to the hotel in a black limousine and soon was lost in a cavernous 8-room suite.

 

This rambling reservation is included in the tab Frank Sinatra will pick up when Elvis appears on a one-hour television spectacular to snuff out all other spectaculars.

 

It is reported Presley will be paid $125,000 for this opening caper in his return to workaday, civilian living. Col. Parker never argues against any such report.

 

"I have nothing to say, nothing further at all," he declared to this reporter. "All matters must be cleared with Mr. Sinatra, because he's paying for it . . . After the money changes hands, we'll be happy to talk on any subject but we have a schedule and we'll stick to it until the cash is in the till . . ."

The Miami News. Wednesday, March 23, 196
The Miami News. Wednesday, March 23, 196
The Miami News. Wednesday, March 23, 196

©1979 Excerpt from Alfred Wertheimer's Elvis ‘56 IN THE BEGINNING

Wertheimer - July 1, 1956. Penn Station.

I woke up in Newark, New Jersey, feeling sticky. We were fifteen minutes from New York, and with a cold shot of water on the face and my all-American breakfast of an apple, a half-pint of milk and a Yankee Doodle cupcake, I was ready to go. 

Elvis was sitting cross-legged in a compartment with D. J. and Bill. He had on the same white bucks as the night before, which were no longer quite so white, the same slate-grey suit and the same slick pompadour, which by now had a gloss that could outshine a waxed black Cadillac. 

He was reading a fan letter. D.J. studied her photograph, a wallet-sized high school picture that was so universal in kind, I was convinced there was a special camera that, no matter how it was used, would forever yield a "cheese" smile looking over the right shoulder. D.J. turned it over to read her name and handed it to Elvis, whose face was still puffy and soft from sleep. Elvis looked her over and passed into a morning daydream. 

D. J. said, "Hey, she's pretty good lookin', huh?" Elvis came back. "Yeah, pretty good lookin'." Bill looked out the window and all went black. 

We were crossing under the Hudson River into the subterranean corridors of Pennsylvania Station." 

The main concourse of the station was active with Sunday morning travelers. Elvis picked up a copy of the Sunday New York Mirror. This time he didn't stick it under his arm. In bold, two-inch type the headline read "2 Airliners Missing, 127 Aboard." I had heard he once had a close call in a chartered plane, somewhere outside of Texas. 

Wertheimer - July 1, 1956. Penn Station-
Elvis by Wertheimer - July 1, 1956. Penn

He read that news across the concourse "PHOENIX, ARIZ. June 30. Two luxury airliners, carrying an estimated 127 passengers and crew, were missing and presumed crashed in the Arizona desert ... "), up the stairs ("as darkness wrapped the desert, a vast search-rescue effort was halted for the night ... "), on the street (" ... could be the worst disaster in commercial aviation history ... ") and in the cab ("Other Major Flying Disasters") to the Hudson Theatre, site of the "Steve Allen Show." The train looked better all the time. 

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We were back in New York. The number four Mirror Disc of the Week was "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Sivle Yelserp (sic). Number one was "Wayward Wind" by Gogi Grant. The frosting on the cake was one of "Nick's Snacks!!!": "It isn't what young girls know that bothers their parents ... it's how they found out." 

The cab carrying Tom Diskin, Elvis, Junior and myself drove up Forty-fourth Street, which was deserted and grey under the Sunday morning overcast. At the entrance to the theater, a young girl dressed all in white appeared, escorted by a middle-aqed gentleman. She looked about sixteen going on thirty, and wore what must have been her best white dress (its billowing folds were topped by a bow in the back), white gloves, white pumps, and hat. Her earrings were white rhinestones in the shape of hearts. Around her neck was a rhinestone cross. She looked as if she were ready for her first Communion, except for the dark glasses that she wore. 

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As soon as Elvis opened the door of the cab, she bravely stepped forward and with all the tentative confidence mental rehearsals bring, she asked, Elvis can I have your autograph?" 

"Sure, honey." 

She presented the pen and the book. He asked her and she told him, becoming so excited, that she could barely speak. When it finally came out, it rushed in a choking torrent. 

"I came in all the way from Long Island with my father; we've been waiting here for over one hour; "I'm so lucky I was able to see you before you went into the theater; I can't wait to see you tonight."

 

Elvis returned her autograph book, took a white gloved hand in both of his and smiled graciously. "It's very nice of you to come all the way from Long-Island. I really appreciate it." 

She choked again. "I'm, I'm so happy to see you I love your music. I love your voice; I've got all your records; I love "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You": I listen to it all the time; I read everything I can about you ..." 

She couldn't go on. 

Elvis spoke gently. "I'm glad you like it. I sure hope I do well tonight. You gonna watch?" 

"I sure will." 

Tom interrupted. "Elvis, it's getting to be time for rehearsal."

"I gotta go now." 

She kept it together. "Goodbye." 

As soon as Elvis entered the theater, she covered her face and wept. Her father put his arm around her, delighted that his daughter's wish had come true. I asked to take their picture. She composed for one shot, then covered her face again and burst into tears. It was true devotion. After the scene last night, I believed it. 

July !st New York City, NY.

The Hudson Theatre, the oldest legitimate showhouse on Broadway, a relic of green marble and stained glass, had been overtaken by the unforgiving progress of television and had been converted into a studio. The stage, which had been extended to accommodate both sets and television cameras, jutted deep into the seating area leaving no more than a dozen rows. The balcony had been given over to the lights. 

Elvis met Bill and D. J. outside his dressing room and they quietly walked together across the stage and up the aisle and took seats halfway from the rear. where Tom and a few of the Jordanaires sat. The Colonel was nowhere in sight. 

Elvis was instructed to sing to the dog. Without the mike, he crouched down nose-to-nose with the dog and let her know, "you ain't nothing but a hound dog." She heard that and ignored him for the rest of the song. 

Now they had a problem. Steve wanted the hound to listen to Elvis, so he suggested that they get to know each other. The top hat and bow tie were removed. Elvis leaned over, caressed her neck and whispered in her ear. She turned away. Elvis became intimate, speaking softly, touching her forehead with his hand to let her know she was the only one in his life. She didn't believe him. 

The director tried his technique, scratching her chin and speaking his own special dog language. He convinced her to put aside her feelings and be the trooper he knew she was. 

 

The director gave the cue. Elvis extended his hand and she leaned forward and rested her chin in his palm. He told her again she was nothing but a hound dog, and when he had her where he wanted her, his hand holding her face close to his, he told her she "ain't never caught a rabbit." Elvis tried to keep a straight face when she turned away. Scotty, D. J. and Bill rocked through the refrain. 

Elvis coiled like a runner at the starting blocks, shot his finger straight out at her and told her again. She looked right back at him and took it, and when he finished telling her, "you ain't no friend of mine," he patched it all up, hugging and caressing her, laughing as she licked his face. The audience applauded, the stagehands nodded, and Steve approved. The Memphis Flash was okay. 

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Steve Allen, Hudson Theater, New York, N

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