Mid May 2002
- SCOTT ROCKS ELVIS IN AMERICA
By DUNCAN MCKENZIE
(The Press and Journal, May 22, 2002)
Aberdeen's Scott Henderson might have narrowly missed the cut at the Sprint PCS Open in Tupelo, Mississippi last week, but at least he got the better of Elvis. The Kings Links Golf Centre professional finished the Adams Tight Lies Tour event on one over par to miss the cut by one stroke. Henderson was trailing an Elvis Presley impersonator by three shots after the first round but recovered to finish four ahead of the American. The American has changed his name from Jack Curtis to Elvis Presley. The Sprint PCS Open was his first professional event. Jack and his brother, Kevin, will be playing a set of Presley's Double Trouble in the forthcoming Tupelo Elvis Festival. Henderson will now return to Scotland for the Tartan Tour all shook up, while Elvis will be drowning his sorrows following the tourney at the Heartbreak Hotel.
- NEWS - A*Teens Cover Elvis On 'Pop 'Til You Drop'
By Jason Gelman
(Yahoo.com, May 21, 2002)
The debut single from the A*Teens third MCA Records album, Pop 'Til You Drop (due June 18), is a cover of the Elvis Presley classic, "Can't Help Falling In Love." The Swedish pop quartet recently wrapped work on the song's music video with director Gregory Dark in Santa Clarita, California. "Can't Help Falling In Love" will also be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming Disney animated film, Lilo & Stitch, marking the first time the group has contributed music to a Disney movie. Lilo & Stitch premieres in theaters nationwide on June 21.
- NEWS: ELVIS IS BACK! IN WAKEFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE
(PRWeb, May 20, 2002)
The legacy of Elvis Presley continues. With his amazing talent and unique voice, he's still touching the lives of his army of fans - a quarter of a century after his untimely death at his home, Graceland, in the Southern American City of Memphis, Tennessee. The Leeds Branch of the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Britain, hold regular Elvis events for their members. They wanted to see Elvis on the big screen, and their dream began! They approached 'Cineworld', a major multiplex cinema in the City of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, who were pleased to offer their support for the venture. They secured the rights to show a digitally remastered print of the 1970 Concert documentary, "Elvis - That's The Way It Is". The movie, made by MGM, was first to document Elvis behind the scenes and his concert appearances in Las Vegas. MGM recently restored the film using the original negatives to digitally remaster the soundtrack and picture. This included the discovery of many "lost" reels, held in a salt mine film vault, showing Elvis like never before. The salt mine was a gold mine to his millions of fans. The Leeds Branch is, quite rightly, very pleased with themselves. An Elvis film hasn't been seen in the City of Wakefield for over 20 years! Elvis can be seen at 'Cineworld,' Wakefield, on Wednesday 29th May 2002 at 7pm.
- Youthfully joyous and spirited performances [Review]
By W.L. Hoffmann
(Canberra Times,, May 20, 2002, p. 19)
Bye Bye Birdie. A Phoenix Players production, Belconnen Community Centre, Canberra, May 16 until June 1.
This is a bright and attractive presentation of this 1960s musical, played with engaging vitality by an enthusiastic and largely youthful cast, which is the essential basis for its story of the rock star Conrad Birdie (with more than a nod towards Elvis Presley) who is being inducted into the US Army. Birdie is played with suitable aplomb by Craig Francis, his big number in the second act, A lot of livin' to do, given an appropriately energetic realisation to the accompaniment of a lively ensemble of teenagers. ... [T]his very commendable amateur production, with its youthfully joyous and spirited performances, offers a bright and enjoyable musical theatre entertainment.
- Lisa Marie's pregnant ... and Nic's off!
(Woman's Day [Australian edition], May 20, 2002, p. 16-17)
The millionaire heiress is expecting a baby, and the father is the man she loves, Nicolas Cage. But it didn't take long for a mood of gloom to set in as the lastest instalment in Lisa Marie's tortured lovelife played out - baby or not, she and Nicolas Cage have split again. Nic is not interested in becoming a father again. Lisa Marie's former husband, Michael Jackson, is willing to stand up for her and has offered to adopt her child. He has invited her to Neverland where she can hang out, away from the public eye. Lisa has a soft spot for Michael, but she knows a prolonged visit to the ranch would rile her mother.
- Elvis in the building
(Lubbock Online, May 18, 2002)
Elvis was sighted Friday at Westwind Elementary, but it turned out to be school Principal Daryl Flusche. Teachers danced and swooned, while the student body watched in amazement. The morning assembly was a reward for students' surpassing a reading challenge made by Flusche.
- Nursing Home event brought memories of Lawrence Welk
By BRIAN DENEAL
(Daily Register, May 18, 2002)
While listening to the music of Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline, The Willow of Eldorado resident Elizabeth Pfettscher shared a story of dancing with popular band leader Lawrence Welk.
- Student rewarded for not playing by rules
By RON BROCHU
(Duluth News Tribune, May 18, 2002)
When the dice rolled, juices began flowing in seven young minds. Start with a painting by French impressionist Edgar Degas. Add some Elvis Presley. Don't forget the genie in a bottle. And a box of10 props. Blend that together and what do you get? Destination ImagiNation -- a challenge in which school teams learn the art of quick thinking to solve a problem posed through a series of brain teasers. Improvisation is the specialty for the championship team at Ordean Middle School. "There's a dancer, and nobody really likes her. She finds a genie in a bottle and wishes to be Elvis. Then she wants to be herself again,'' said Charlotte Herold, firing words at machine gun speed. "There should be people screaming when Elvis walks in,'' Mandy Gagnon added during an imperceptible break in the din. Ideas quickly merged into a coherent plot. In a half-hour, the seventh-graders had concocted a six-minute play.
- Elvis will headline State Fair
By PHYLLIS SPEIDELL
(Channel 4000, May 18, 2002)
Although he'll have been dead 25 years, Elvis Presley will headline at this year's Minnesota State Fair. OK, he'll only be on video, but "The King" will entertain fairgoers with "Elvis -- The Concert," which reunites former Elvis bandmates live on stage with a video projection of Presley.
- Suffolk to abound in festivities for weekend
By PHYLLIS SPEIDELL
(Pilot Online / Virginia-Pilot, May 17, 2002)
This weekend will be loaded with activities in the villages of Holland and Chuckatuck, and in Suffolk's historic downtown. In Holland, the annual Ruritan Founders Day Celebration will kick off Saturday morning with a100-unit parade. This year's grand marshal is U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-4th District. Bands, antique cars and floats will set the mood for an afternoon of food, music and an Elvis concert at noon. The event commemorates the founding of the Ruritan Club, a community service organization, in Holland in 1928.
- HEATH LOVES IT TENDER BUT HAS TO WATCH HIS WEIGHT
By Jo Barr
(Exeter Express and Echo, May 17, 2002)
King of the Elvis impersonators Heath Ashton is preparing to step into his idol's shoes - but first he needs to slim into his trousers. Heath, 32, from Tiverton, beat hundreds of other hopefuls to be crowned the best Elvis tribute act on GMTV last year. And now he is set to land a 30-date tour of the UK, beginning in June and culminating in a giant show at Wembley Arena. But first the talented former truck driver has to lose weight in order to get into the costumes that have been specially made for him and recreate the star's trim physique when he was in his prime in the early 1970s. Heath, who receives a lot of encouragement from his family and wife Paula, said: "I have already been measured for the costumes and so I need to make sure they fit. I think they are wanting to recreate the younger Elvis with the 32-inch waist when he was in his prime in the early 70s."
- Elvis remix could see him take chart-topping record
(Ananova, May 17, 2002)
Elvis Presley's first DJ remix could see him become the most successful singles artist ever, in terms of UK number ones. The King is currently tying with The Beatles, with each having 17 number singles in the UK. JXL's remix of "A Little Less Conversation" is tipped to top the charts when it is released on June 10. The track currently features in the Nike Scorpion TV ad. The last time Elvis hit the number one spot was in August 1977 - shortly after his death - with the single "Way Down". The Beatles' last number one single came in June 1969, with "The Ballad of John and Yoko".
- Cabbies not sure whether black is beautiful
(Glasgow Herald, May 17, 2002)
ELVIS loved blue suede shoes while Moira Shearer had a liking for those of a red appearance. Black shoes, however, for Edinburgh taxi drivers, are a different matter. That particular colour of footwear has failed to find favour with some cabbies in Edinburgh, where a dress code now looks set to be introduced shortly as part of new licensing conditions.
- School of thought: Burton Community Historical Society preserving local treasure
By JANE CLARK SUMMERS
(Daily Journal, May 16, 2002)
In 1958, Army Pvt. Elvis Presley was serving his first year in West Germany, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" was a box office smash, "At the Hop" was the number one Rock and Roll hit, Charles de Gaulle was Time Magazine's Man of the Year, the Barbie Doll was introduced, the Hula Hoop was the national craze. And the Burton School closed. The latter was the main concern of the residents of this small Prentiss County Community. Sue McCoy Carr was in Mauveline Wilemon's first grade class that year. Today, she is a member of the Burton Community Historical Society, a group dedicated to preserving and renovating the school building, about 12 miles east of Booneville.
- Elvis is here!
(Geek.com, May 16, 2002)
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- Elvis impersonator will perform at Club Central Friday night
(Whitefish Pilot, May 16, 2002)
Elvis lives, and you have a chance to see him. The King of Rock and Roll supposedly died on Aug. 16, 1977, fat and doped up in his garish Memphis mansion. But if that is the REAL truth, why is the young, swivel-hipped Elvis taking the stage in Whitefish this weekend? Scot Bruce, who revives the King, will be appearing at 9 p.m. Friday at Club Central in Whitefish. Bruce has been featured on "Days of Our Lives," "General Hospital" and other TV, as well as appeared in music videos with Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow and others. He has appeared in numerous feature films as well, not to mention traveled the world performing this excellent show enthusiastic crowds. The show is a glimpse at the young Elvis Presley, featuring a band that performs only the songs from the 1950s, but also in the style of the high energy, earth shattering period before his stint in the Army. Tickets are $13 advance; $15 at the door.
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- Obsessions [Gambling, drugs, fitness freaks, Elvis Presley ... ]
(ABC Radio, May 15, 2002, 6.30 pm)
Jill Singer interviews Milissa Cunningham about fans' obsession with Elvis Presley, asking "What drives someone to become so passionate about a figure like Elvis Presley? And when does that passion turn into an obsession?" Grant Baensch said that as a child he went to sleep many times crying, listening to his voice made him feel better. 73-year-old Joy Watson has been an Elvis fan for more than 20 years. Her house has been transformed into a shrine to the King. She regularly shares her obsession with Elvis on Grant's radio program. Dennys Williams, 50s collectible retailer, said that [Elvis fans]'re very obsessive, more fanatical than most. "We get a lot of oddball Presley stuff in, and that... "
- Elvis' Ax Man Shows Chops
By ISAAC GUZMAN
(New York Daily News, May 15, 2002)
Nearly 50 years after Elvis Presley recorded the rockabilly classics "Mystery Train" and "That's All Right," the tracks still ring with an unquenchable electricity. While Presley was the star, guitarist Scotty Moore was one of the sidemen who helped the King fuse country, honky-tonk, blues and gospel into what became rock 'n' roll. Tonight, Moore appears at B.B. King Blues Club with bassist Lee Rocker, formerly of '80s rockabilly revivalists Stray Cats. The pair are touring the U.S. with a show that mixes Presley classics, Stray Cats hits and a handful of Hank Williams songs that have been revved up into rockabilly raves.
- Dottie Rambo and Dolly Parton Record Duet and Music Video
(Rambo Evangelistic Association / PRNewswire, May 14, 2002)
Gospel music legend, Dottie Rambo recently teamed up with country music legend, Dolly Parton in the recording studio. The pair dueted on an up-tempo gospel tune written by Rambo titled "Stand By The River." The duet will appear on Dottie Rambo's upcoming album later this year. Dottie Rambo is a member of the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame and the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame (which is located at Parton's theme park Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN). As a songwriter she has written over 2,500 songs recorded by Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dottie West, Barbara Mandrell, The Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Cash and more.
- Karaoke keeps Humperdinck's career alive
By Nick Edwards
(Yahoo News, May 13, 2002)
Off-key imitation and out of tune torture to most, to Englebert Humperdinck karaoke is a lifeline connecting him to his millions of fans around the world. "My career is kept alive by the karaoke machine. A lot of people sing my songs on karaoke and I consider that a flattering
situation," Humperdinck told Reuters in an interview here in one of Asia's karaoke capitals ahead of two sell-out concerts. But while he's grateful for the enlivening effect on his 35-year old career, the self-styled King of Romance is not ready to be known as the King of Karaoke. ... He's proud of his long gone, sideburn whiskers, the once fashionable facial hair Elvis Presley is credited with creating. "I started Elvis's sideburns. It was me. I had the long sideburns first and he took them off me," Humperdinck said. "Then the world took it over... everybody grew sideburns after I did."
- Shake your moneymaker!
(Evening Gazette, May 13, 2002)
Are you lonesome tonight? Well fork out £499 and you could be keeping company with the King himself... Two life-size Elvis figurines have gone on sale at Cash Converters in Middlesbrough's Linthorpe Road. But it's now or never if you want to get your hands on one of the replicas of the hip-swivelling legend from his leaner years. One keen fan said he was interested before the 6ft 2ins statues were even delivered. "He said as long as it looked like Elvis he might want one," said George Smith, owner of the business. "I really don't know what people would do with them - they are so huge." George heard about the giant Elvises from a colleague at a Cash Converters store in Liverpool. "I thought it would be a great gimmick for the shop to have one of the Elvises in an England shirt for the World Cup and the Queen's Jubilee," he said. "But I don't think we're going to be able to hang onto them for that long".
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