From Martin Myers
25 digitally restored masters includes “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” “All Shook Up,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “It’s Now Or Never,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “In The Ghetto,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Burning Love” – and more!
Full-color booklet includes photos and essay
Available at both physical and digital retail outlets starting January 5, 2010, through RCA/Legacy
Kicks off year-long slate of Elvis Presley catalog releases and coincides with 75th birthday celebration with Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley at Graceland in Memphis, January 7-10, 2010
In February, “Viva ELVIS” by Cirque du Soleil® opens exclusively in a custom-built theatre at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter, Las Vegas. Lavish spectacular created in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc. Ticket and show schedule information available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/vivaelvis.
More than six decades have elapsed since the post-war stirrings that oozed from the primordial swamp of American southern hillbilly boogie, country and western, race music, and rhythm and blues – a gumbo stew that grabbed musicians and singers by the scruff of the neck, and led them kicking and screaming through the birth of rock and roll. There are Great Man Theories and Big Bang Theories that perennially try to pinpoint the fountainhead from which it all sprang loose. Yet it always comes back to Memphis, and always comes back to one man: The King Of Rock And Roll.
Elvis Aron Presley, born January 8, 1935, died August 16, 1977, age 42. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Elvis’ birth – to be celebrated on January 8, 2010 – comes a new 25-track collection of his most well-known songs, ELVIS 75. This single CD follows the December release of the career-spanning 4CD box set, ELVIS 75: GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT. Both titles are produced by long-time Elvis chronicler and biographer Ernst Mikael Jørgensen. ELVIS 75 will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting January 5, 2010, through RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
As the year continues, RCA/Legacy will unveil a full slate of Elvis Presley catalog title reissues and compilations. (In July 2009, RCA/Legacy released a special expanded 40th anniversary Legacy Edition of 1969’s From Elvis In Memphis, his legendary sessions at Chip Moman’s American Studios that yielded the comeback hit singles “In the Ghetto,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Don’t Cry Daddy” and “Kentucky Rain.”)
The release of ELVIS 75 coincides with a 4-day celebration of his 75th birthday, January 7-10th, centered at the Graceland estate, outside of Memphis. Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley are set to take part in the celebration. In addition to the annual birthday proclamation ceremony on the front lawn of Graceland, events will include parties, dances, and panel discussions. For further information, please go to http://www.elvis.com.
In February, “Viva ELVIS” by Cirque du Soleil® opens exclusively in a custom-built theatre at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter, Las Vegas. This lavish stage spectacular was created in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc. “Viva ELVIS” is a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, and a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhiliration and beauty of his music. Created in the image of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – powerful, sexy, whimsical, truly unique and larger than life – the show highlights an American icon who transformed popular music and whose image embodies the freedom, excitement and turbulence of his era. Significant moments in the artist’s life – intimate, playful and grandiose – blend with the timeless songs that remain as relevant today as when they first hit the top of the charts. “Viva ELVIS” focuses on the essential humanity of the one superstar whose name will forever be linked with the history of Las Vegas and the entire world of entertainment: Elvis Presley. Ticket and show information is available now at http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/vivaelvis or by phone at 877.253.5847 or 702.531.2031.
From the moment in early 1956 when Elvis’ first string of hits on RCA Victor proclaimed his arrival on the old ‘Top 100’ – “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender” – there were 17 chart titles in 1956 alone – his hammerlock on rock and roll was unquestioned, his influence on the destiny of all popular music about to be engraved in stone. Even after the Beatles’ conquest started in 1964, and the revolution of Bob Dylan in 1965, Elvis continued his reign on the charts, slotting nearly four dozen songs on the Hot 100 from 1964 to 1969.
As compiled by Joel Whitburn, Elvis is the top-ranked Hot 100 male artist (by far!) of the 1950s and ’60s – and the only act (male, female, or group) ever to be top-ranked #1 for two separate decades. Elvis holds unassailable records for the Most Chart Hits (151), Most Top 40 Hits (104), Most RIAA Platinum Hits (28), Most RIAA Gold Hits (24), and Most Weeks Charted (1,598).
In Jørgensen’s book Elvis Presley: A Life In Music (St. Martin’s Press, 1998), his indispensable guide to The Complete Recording Sessions (as the book is subtitled), the author concludes his text by reflecting on the success of RCA’s groundbreaking 1992 box set, The King Of Rock ’N’ Roll: The Complete ’50s Masters:
By that time, in our worldwide culture, the name Elvis Presley had become its own definition, requiring no other point of reference, embodying all the contradictions, all the anomalies, and all the beauty that his music at its best had achieved. “We will never agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis,” declared writer Lester Bangs with the doleful romanticism of a 27-year old when he heard the news of the death. And what we agreed on most was his music.
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Title Chart(s) From album or detail Rec.___
1. That’s All Right – For LP Fans Only 7/5/54
2. I Forgot To Remember To Forget C#1 A Date With Elvis 7/21/55
3. Heartbreak Hotel H#1, C#1, R#3 Elvis’ Golden Records 1/10/56
4. Blue Suede Shoes H#20 Elvis Presley 1/30/56
5. Hound Dog H#1, C#1, R#1 Elvis’ Golden Records 7/2/56
6. Don’t Be Cruel H#1, C#1, R#1 Elvis’ Golden Records 7/2/56
7. Love Me Tender H#1, C#3, R#3 Elvis’ Golden Records 8/24/56
8. Love Me H#2, C#10, R#7 Elvis 9/1/56
9. All Shook Up H#1, C#8, R#1 Elvis’ Golden Records 1/12/57
10. Jailhouse Rock H#1, C#1, R#1 Elvis’ Gold Records Vol. 2 4/30/57
11. Trouble – King Creole o.s. 1/15/58
12. It’s Now Or Never H#1, R#7 Elvis’ Golden Records Vol. 3 4/3/60
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight? H#1, C#22, R#3 Elvis’ Golden Records Vol. 3 4/3/60
14. Little Sister H#5 Elvis’ Golden Records Vol. 3 6/25/61
15. Can’t Help Falling In Love H#2, AC#1 Blue Hawaii 3/23/61
16. Viva Las Vegas H#29 50 Worldwide Gold Awards 7/10/63
17. How Great Thou Art – How Great Thou Art 5/25/66
18. Guitar Man H#43 Clambake 9/10/67
19. If I Can Dream H#12 Elvis – TV Special 6/23/68
20. In The Ghetto H#3, C#60 From Elvis In Memphis 1/20/69
21. Suspicious Minds H#1, AC#4 50 Worldwide Gold Awards 1/22/69
22. Polk Salad Annie (live) – On Stage 2/18/70
23. An American Trilogy (live) H#69 Elvis Aron Presley 6/16/72
24 Burning Love H#2 Burning Love And Hits 3/28/72
From His Movies
25. Always On My Mind C#16 Separate Ways 3/29/72
Tracks 1 and 2 originally issued as Sun Records single sides, all other tracks originally issued on RCA.
Bold Title indicates track included on ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits.
C indicates Billboard Top Country Songs chart
H indicates Billboard Hot 100 chart
R indicates Billboard Hot R&B chart
S indicates Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart
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