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Elvis is Still King: ‘Rockabilly’ American Subculture Lives Like it’s the 1950s

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Cliff Richard Releases 100th Album ‘The Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll Songbook’ On November 11th 2013

Here’s a little something for The Mac Wire’s UK followers.  Congrats to Cliff Richard on the upcoming release of his 100th album! Hard to believe. How many of you remember  his infectious  international hit single “Devil Woman” in 1976?  See a TV performance video clip below.

(pr)—Cliff Richard, the UK’s all-time greatest hit-maker, releases his 100th album ‘The Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Songbook’ on 11 November 2013. This new studio album of 15 great rock ‘n’ roll tracks was recorded live at the Blackbird Studio and The Parlor in Nashville, Tennessee, and is Cliff Richard’s tribute to the greats of rock ‘n’ roll who inspired and influenced him, such as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly.

The Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll Songbook sees Cliff Richard, one of the UK’s first great rock ‘n’ rollers come full circle and sing heart-felt new versions of ‘iconic’ songs such as Teddy Bear (Elvis Presley), Rave On (Buddy Holly), Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry), Rip It Up, (Little Richard), Dream Lover (Bobby Darin), Wake Up Little Susie (Everly Brothers) and Dream Lover (Bobby Darin). His 100th album release also features a brand new track One More Sunny Day. The first single to be taken from the album will be Rip It Up – this will be Cliff’s 140th single release.

Cliff Richard said about recording the album: “It was like being back in the 50’s with The Shadows in Studio 2 at Abbey Road – only it wasn’t The Shadows, and it wasn’t Studio 2 and it wasn’t the 50’s. I was in Nashville, Tennessee at the Blackbird Studio with five great Nashville musicians and we were recording….LIVE.”

Cliff Richard said: “This was my chance to pay tribute not only to (in my humble opinion) one of the greatest advances in musical history, but also the artists who took Rock ‘n’ Roll to the top of the charts World-wide. As with all great art forms Rock ‘n’ Roll did not stand still and there have been some phenomenal changes, bringing it to where we are now. All I know is that “in the beginning” what kicked the whole thing off was THE FABULOUS ROCK AND ROLL SONG BOOK. That whole period was new and unbelievably exciting, and to think that I was there!! Saving up my pocket money for weeks so that I could buy Elvis’s first album – borrowing someone else’s collection of Little Richard (my name in part, was a tribute to him) and skipping school so as to get seats to see Bill Haley play live.”

The Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll Songbook is produced by Steve Mandile and Eddie Healy is Executive Producer.

Elvis Presley’s Tomb Up For Auction

Fans of Elvis Presley can now follow the music legend into the grave when his original tomb goes on sale.

The A Little Less Conversation hitmaker was laid to rest inside a large underground chamber at the Forrest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee following his death in August, 1977, but The King of Rock’s remains were relocated two months later and reburied at his iconic Graceland home alongside his mother Gladys.

Now his original crypt is set to go under the hammer at an upcoming sale, according to TMZ.com.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien will oversee the macabre lot and the winner will receive the tomb, opening and closing of the vault for burial, a memorial inscription and use of the chapel.

Bidding will commence on June 23rd as part of the Music Icons auction, which will see the sale of more than 600 items from the biggest stars in the industry, including Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra.

Elvis Found Alive DVD Released on January 24

After visiting
Graceland, Director Joel Gilbert made a Freedom of Information Act
request for US government files on Elvis Presley. Incredibly,
documents arrived from the FBI revealing an address for Federal Agent
“Jon Burrows,” Elvis’ 1970’s alias, in Simi Valley, California. After
a brief confrontation, Elvis agreed to chronicle the secret history of
his life and “death” in an exclusive interview. In Elvis Found Alive,
Elvis reflects on his early life and career, and describes his
admiration for his look-alike, comic book hero Captain Marvel Jr. He
explains that social unrest in the late 1960’s and terrorism by the
Weather Underground drove him to ask President Nixon to make him a
Federal Agent. “If I could help save America, maybe it was my true
destiny that God had prepared me for.” Elvis reveals that he battled
Weatherman Bill Ayers and the Mafia crime families during the 1970’s,
leading to a faked death to go undercover. What followed was a long
struggle to return to his singing career, and an Obama administration
that is preventing it to this day. Elvis Presley remains the single
most influential and respected figure in the history of Rock and Roll
music. Today he is a symbol of America, as recognizable as the flag.
Get ready, he’s back!

New Mr. Potato Head Collectible Elvis Presley Figure

Mr. Potato Head - Elvis Presley

You won’t be able to help “Falling in Love” with the launch of the MR. POTATO HEAD ELVIS PRESLEY collectible figures from PPW Toys, under license from Hasbro, Inc. and Elvis Presley Enterprises.

MR. POTATO HEAD appeared as KISS last year, and this year he is ready to take on The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. A series of MR. POTATO HEAD collectible figures will be released, each with a variety of costumes, instruments and other iconic components representing ELVIS PRESLEY’S most memorable performances.

The first spud to be released this August in tandem with Elvis Week events at Graceland in Memphis and will feature ELVIS’ famous white jumpsuit, microphone and guitar. A second version with MR. POTATO HEAD wearing black “leather” from ELVIS’ 1968 Special Performance will be released during the 2010 holiday season.

Components such as hairstyles, costumes, faces and musical instruments will be compatible with every version, so fans can mix and match the styles with hilarious results.

The MR. POTATO HEAD ELVIS PRESLEY collectible figures will not only appeal to kids, but these figures will also be in demand by music fans and pop culture collectors of all ages.

The MR. POTATO HEAD ELVIS PRESLEY collectible figures will be available at specialty retailers and e-tailers.

Created in 1952, MR. POTATO HEAD, the first toy to be featured in a television commercial, became an instant hit with youngsters. In the past 58 years, the beloved character has emerged as an American icon, a true evergreen brand with broad demographic appeal.

Mr. Potato Head - Elvis Presley

Rare photographs of Elvis Presley Resurfaces

Fans will never forget him, He came, he smiled, he sang and he remained forever. He sang, “Wise men say ‘only fools rush in’, but I can’t help falling in love with you”. It’s been 33 years since he’s gone, yet he goes on to satisfy his innumerable fans via his path breaking showmanship. Even a computer generated image of Elvis in Robert Zemeckis’ film “Forrest Gump” created much curiosity among his fans. It’s his songs in the soundtrack of the film “Fools Rush In” made it a surprise hit of the year. His legacy will soon be evoked again as some rare photographs of the King of Pop will soon be revealed to his admirers.

The said photos of the legend were snapped more than 50 years ago and have been recovered by a team which has been rummaging through the departed superstar’s archives. This set of photos were specifically found in the office of Elvis’s father Vernom Presley. During the time of the snapping of the photos, Elvis is assumed to be 22 years old, fresh with the success of his hit “All Shook Up” in 1957. He is seen wearing a black jacket and long trousers. Some fans are also seen to be gathered round Elvis as the popstar is singing something. The photos will be revealed in front of the fans on 16th August at Elvis’s very own Graceland Estates.