From my old friend Paul Lichter . . .

 

(about Paul: Paul Lichter has published over 30 photo books and magazines on Elvis. A number of books have been issued as reprints. Most of the photographs are from Paul's Elvis Photo Archives, which owns the rights to 40.000 Elvis photographs. During the years 2010-2013 he co-authored and contributed to several books of Joe Tunzi. Since 1970, Paul has operated an Elvis recordings and memorabilia mail order business, the Elvis Unique Record Club. Many rare and out-of-print Elvis books are available from him.)

 

Books arrived. Wow! Can’t thank you enough. Absolutely extraordinary.

 

The following is Paul's comment:

 

Most of you know that the Elvis Unique Record Club has been servicing Elvis fans for 51 years now and in that time I’ve seen the best Elvis record packages from all over the world and the Colonel’s promotional materials. I was fortunate enough to see Elvis’ fifties TV appearances and to have had the good fortune to be at hundreds of Elvis Vegas and concert shows.

 

In 1972 I met Erik for the first time in New York outside Madison Square Garden where we would witness Elvis’ legendary New York concerts. I never realized then that fifty-something years later I could ever relive the excitement of seeing Elvis live and in person.

 

Erik has given me and every other Elvis fan the unbelievable fantasy of living those moments once again. Elvis On Tour 3-book box-set cannot really be reviewed properly as quite frankly there are no words that can describe the beauty, the photos, the stories and quality of these books. Bruce Springsteen once said when referring to Elvis. "There have been pretenders and contenders but only one king."

 

That quote can not be applied to my friend, Erik Lorentzen. The picture you share in the book of you and I outside the Garden in ’72 proves only one thing ─ We sure as hell were young and beautiful!

 

Paul

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NEW . . . 

The beautiful 400-page ELVIS PORTRAITS 1953-1977 had just been been shipped to all our loyal customers and wholesale parties when Erik was already working on a new publication behind the scenes. '72 ELVIS ON TOUR . . . ─ A 3-book edition of approximately 1200 pages with double the amount of photos. Many previously unpublished. Who else but Erik Lorentzen, in collaboration with Jerry Luckenbach, can start something like this! Weeks have already passed to put all the possible material in this series of biopsies.

 

The April, June and November concerts are extensively presented with lots, lots of text to accompany the shows that Elvis performed. 1972 ─ A grueling year for Presley.

 

Not only the photos with newspaper reports, but also ─ for the first time EVER ─ all the studio, the rehearsals and recordings of this series of concerts from 1972 are discussed in detail with many rare and unseen photos with accompanying text. No other publisher can beat this, never done before. Hard cover, glossy paper, weighs 9 kgs and is for pre-order NOW. Little money for such an extensive publication.

And . . . Erik let it all hang out: 10 8"x10" framable pictures for every pre-order . . . for a friendly price of €280,- incl. worldwide shipping. Now, that’s a steal.

We have three dealer release kits waiting for the contest winners ─ That's right . . . It might be YOU (only for subscribers to the site): Cap, bag, posters, photos, 12 page booklet aso. What you have to do, except for ordering a copy. Simply nothing. We pick three names from all pre-orders and will inform them by email and list them here on the site. The announcement will be approximately 1 week before the release of this luxury book

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About the publication: Everyone else will sing second verse after its release. And that’s a promise. I can go on, and on over it but this is, by far, the most complete writing/discography/audiography and bibliography EVER!

 

Erik let the Kool Cat out of the bag . . . Get yours.

 

Pre-order your copy, today.                                                             Shipping of this trilogy has already started!

The first lucky winner of this great kit is: Walter Pöchleitner from Austria.  Congratulations Walter

The second    lucky winner of this great kit is: Pascal Matteo from Canada. Congratulations  Pascal

The third and last winner is TonyTrout from the USA: Congratulations Tony

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Next year we mark the 50th anniversary of Elvis On Tour. This year Erik is presenting the 50th commemoration of ELVIS ON TOUR 1972-2022. An unparalleled and complete discography and biography of the 1973 winner of the best documentary film by HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) ─ ON TOUR.

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Elvis on Tour, Elvis’ final film, shot in 1972 proved to be a critical success by winning the 1973 Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary, making it the only Elvis film to win an award of any kind.

 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented this award for Best Documentary Film at the 1973 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The MGM film was a musical documentary directed by Robert Abel and Pierre Adidge. It provided a behind-the-scenes perspective on Elvis on a 15-city U.S. tour, as well as footage from his legendary live performances.

 

Erik Lorentzen ─ in collaboration with Jerry Luckenbach (Elvis Summer Festival TTWIwas Vol.1-2-3 / 4-5) has been able to get his hands on more than 1000 unseen and unpublished photos from the 1972 April, June and November tours.

 

Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions (live / studio / masters / dubs and overdubs) Tons of  newspaper  reviews from every performance is described and documented. Dates, times, places, producers, musicians, footnotes . . . etc, the list is miles long. We promise a COMPLETE historical film ─ audiobiography presented in a DeLuxe 3-book edition.

 

As 2022 “On Tour” marks its 50th anniversary:

we celebrate ELVIS ON TOUR 1972-2022 this Summer. A very well researched and groundbraking publication by Erik Lorentzen and Jerry Luckenbach ─ ELVIS ON TOUR 1972-2022 is the first and only monumental reference work for decades. A 3-book publication, over 1200 pages with more than 1000 unseen photos. This is Elvis extravaganza.

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June 10, 1972. The NY Times.

Presley Draws 2 Generations of Fans

By GRACE LICHTENSTEIN

In mink and in denim, in bleached blond bouffant and in shoulder-length shags, the fans of 37-year-old Elvis Presley flocked to Madison Square Garden last night to see the first live concert ever given in New York by the King of Rock 'n' Roll. In many ways the event was like a mother and child reunion.

When Elvis the Pelvis, as he was called in his heydey, gyrated, television cameras blipped him at the waist 16 years ago, and parents tried to stop their daughters from viewing the sensual roll of his hips.

Now, 400-million records and a generation later, some of those fans of the 1950's brought their own daughters to see the man their mothers had warned them against. "We had different values in those days," explained Mrs. Eleanor Glick, who proudly accompanied her 16-year-old daughter, Toby.

Last night's performance was the first of four Mr. Presley is scheduled to give this weekend. The audience that filed into the Garden seemed composed of equal parts of the old Elvis fans and the new. "I waited 16 years for this." Mrs. Olga Veiga, 39, of West Islip, L.I., said as she waved an Elvis pennant. "I have every record he ever made. I like Tom Jones, too, but we have a saying in our house ─ Tom Jones is Jesus Christ, but Elvis is God Almighty," Mrs. Veiga said. Mrs. Veiga was accompanied by her two long-haired sons, Rudy, 16, and Augie, 19. "I've been listening to him all my life," said Augie. "I think my mother was pregnant with me when I first heard 'Teddy Bear.'" "As far as today's rock 'n' roll goes, where would we be without him?" he asked rhethorically.

 

A half-dozen 15-year-olds from Brookville, L.I., led by Sinde Israel, obviously couldn't agree more. "Last year I fell in love with him," confided Sinde, who was wearing a polo shirt and bell-bottom dungarees. "He was different. He puts feeling into his songs. Like the Rolling Stones, they're full of music. There's no feeling."

 

It seemed as if all the women at the concert had their own private reasons for coming.

"I'm 29 years old and this has been my fantasy since I was 13. My psychiatrist said, "'Go, get it out of your system'," Kathleen Crumish of Manhattan said without a hint of embarrassment.

On stage in his white sequined jump suit, and cape, Mr. Presley did not disappoint his squealing admirers, one of whom "leaped out of the loge onto the stage after he had tossed her his gold scarf.

With an orchestra, rock band and two vocal groups behind him, he swiveled his way through such classics as "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes," as well as more current songs such as "Proud Mary" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

The climax was a medley of "All My Trials," "Dixie," and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

At a press conference earlier in the day, Mr. Presley ─ lean, tanned and greasily handsome, his coal-black hair glistening with an oily 1950's sheen--was asked for the secret of his longevity on the pop music scene. "I take Vitamin E," he said, smiling.

But whatever the secret of his appeal through two rock 'n' roll generations, some things don't change.

Talking about her favorite Presley numbers, Sinde Israel gurgled, "Ooooo, I love the way he sings 'Love Me Tender.' . . . It just sends me." And then she added, "My parents think I'm crazy."

by Lorentzen / Luckenbach

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Aftermath

Although Presley would be offered numerous film roles over the next few years (most notably the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born), he would make no more films in his lifetime. Footage from Elvis on Tour would later be reused in the 1981 Elvis documentary This Is Elvis.

 

"My daddy had seen a lot of people who played guitars and stuff and didn't work. So he told me, you should make up your mind about either playing guitar or being an electrician. I never saw a guitar player that was worth a damn."  ─ Elvis Presley, opening lines of Elvis On Tour.

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  Some people tap their feet . . ,

           Some people snap their fingers . . ,

                    and some people 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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Elvis in "It Happened At The World's Fair"

SEATTLE — The street in front of the Bell Telephone Laboratories exhibit building was jammed with a happy chattering throng surrounding a covered jeep.

“Ailvis, Ailvis,” a woman screamed. There was no doubt about it. Elvis Presley had come to the Seattle World’s Fair, not to see the exhibit but to star in a motion picture.

 

"AILVIS, AILVIS” the woman shouted again. But Ailvis didn’t answer. He smiled at his admiring teenagers who all but blocked the progress of his jeep. On a high platform looking down on the jeep a cameraman fretted and scowled at the crowd.

“We gotta get something on film,” he grumbled. “Can't we get those people out of the way?” “Let ’em alone,” said the director. We can use some of them in the next shot.”

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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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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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“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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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. 

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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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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 Both sets can be ordered separately Hardcover books in slipcase. Mail: elvisfiles-erik@hotmail.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 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 Both sets can be ordered separately Hardcover books in slipcase. Mail: elvisfiles-erik@hotmail.com

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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.

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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 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

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.3 (2017) with Keith Flynn and Piers Beagley
The World of FTD Vol.3 (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 Reno Brothers (2018)
The Reno Brothers (2018)

From Erik Lorentzen is the new mega Hardcover book, 'The Reno Brothers' about Elvis’ first movie, 'Love Me Tender.' This beautiful hardback book will contain many rare and unpublished photos and will be the ultimate book on 'Love Me Tender' with all the stories and, as always, countless mindblowing pictures. This book will be published in The Gold Standard Series. Weight 3 kg / 6.6 pounds. Size W 25cm (9.84") x H 30cm (11.8") x D 3.5cm (1.4")

Las Vegas '56 (2018)
Las Vegas '56 (2018)

Elvis' First Las Vegas season hardcover book. Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut on April 23, 1956. He performs in the Venus Room at the Frontier Hotel. Elvis Presley is in the forefront of the Freddie Martin Orchestra and the comedian Shecky Greene. He is booked for two weeks. Weight 3 kg / 6.6 pounds. Size W 25cm (9.84") x H 30cm (11.8")

TTWIwas Vol. 1-2-3 (2019)
TTWIwas Vol. 1-2-3 (2019)

Summer Festival - That's The Way It Was - Trilogy Vol. 1-2-3 The MGM rehearsals, the Las Vegas rehearsals, and the various concerts will all be beautifully documented with tons of unreleased photos in three large books. Each edition will have 400 pages with 1,800 photos. There will be thousands of new never-before-seen photographs taken directly from the original negatives and slides. Vol.1-2-3 as box-set in slipcase for €249 including world-wide S&H

TTWIwas Vol. 4+5 (2020)
TTWIwas Vol. 4+5 (2020)

Summer Festival - That's The Way It Was - Trilogy 4-5 are two more volumes of the Summer Festival - That's The Way It Was book series. Volumes 4 and 5 will contain even more incredible photos from TTWII, and there will be a huge amount of unseen material exclusive to this package! These two huge hardback books will come in the usual cardboard slipcase, and will be an essential addition to the first three volumes. Vol.4+5 as box-set for €199 including world-wide shipping.

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©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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