I am extremely happy to promote the forthcoming album Elvis Christmas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Nobody sings Christmas songs like Elvis and this is sure to be a groundbreaking reworking of his Christmas Classics. For those who have already purchased the two prequels to this LP, If I Can Dream and The Wonder of You, they like I will absolutely endorse these projects. Elvis has never sounded better. Whilst keeping faithful to Elvis’s style and incredible sound, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra somehow enhance the songs in a contemporary and respectful style.
So here we go……
Elvis Presley’s estate will release the album on October 6th via RCA Records and Legacy Recordings and will feature re-imagined orchestral versions of the late singer’s previously issued holiday tracks. is out October 6th via RCA Records and Legacy Recordings.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios the LP includes Presley performances from 1957’s Elvis’ Christmas Album and 1971’s Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas, paired with newly tracked arrangements from London’s famed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Priscilla Presley, Presley’s widow and the album’s executive producer, explains in the liner notes that she assembled the track list to reflect her Elvis’s taste in holiday tunes. “The songs chosen were songs that Elvis was particularly fond of, and it seemed quite fitting to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra once again accompanying him at this very special time of year,” she said. “I’m positive he would be smiling if this opportunity came up in his lifetime and that this album would definitely be in the making.”
The Track List for the Vinyl and CD will be:
1. “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”
2. “White Christmas”
3. “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)”
4. “Merry Christmas Baby”
5. “Blue Christmas”
6. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
7. “Winter Wonderland”
8. “Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)”
9. “Silver Bells”
10. “Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem”
11. “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
12. “The First Noel”
13. “Silent Night”
There will also be a Special Deluxe CD which will include:
14.(There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) 15. I Believe 16. Take My Hand, Precious Lord 17. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) It wouldn’t be Christmas without Elvis, and this Christmas it will sound like no other before…..
This New Years Eve David Presley as Elvis will be letting in 2018 with his Ultimate Tribute to Elvis Show at The Orient in Sandbach, Cheshire, on Middlewich Road. From GI Blues to the 1968 Comeback and culminating in the Las Vegas show it is sure to be a fantastic night.
There will be no hotter ticket in town as the king of rock and roll joins forces with the premier restaurant for Chinese cuisine. With a 5 star Google rating for service and food, and David Presley’s reputation for respectfully paying homage to the greatest entertainer of all time there will be no better place to say goodbye to 2017 and say hello to the New Year.
The Orient Reviews
‘As every one says, great food and very friendly staff, thank you Hong and Lisa! They were very polite and accommodating for my vegan and gluten free preference. The food was not over cooked and very fresh and tasty. They also played classic pop songs at the perfect volume in the background. Would come back again.’
‘Food absolutely delicious. Staff extremely friendly. Can’t fault the place. Well worth a visit!’
‘This is the best Chinese and Thai restaurant I’ve ever been to! Wonderfully cooked fresh food’
To book your tickets contact the restaurant on 01270 759000. See you there!
Earlier in the year I was asked by my main employer TrustFord if I would mind doing a Social Media campaign around my love for Elvis and my passion outside of work. I was delighted to assist the company in their endeavour’s and I am happy to share the final production. Thank you to all involved. I think it complements both brands perfectly.
It was fantastic to have both my children Aaron and Grace see there Daddy perform for the first time on Mothers Day 2017. They both enjoyed the show especially when I performed for the first time Royal Philharmonic versions of ‘I got a thing about you baby, Burning Love, and Big Hunk of Love’. My Priscilla also was happy as I performed one of her favorite songs from the ‘Moody Blue’ Album, ‘Soltaire’. All songs have now been added to my set lists and are available. Thanks to all who attended especially Lisa McDermott who captured this magical moment when Aaron joined me on one knee during ‘Suspicious Minds’.
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Nearly four decades after Elvis Presley’s untimely death, Graceland has expanded with a brand new $45 million development which had it’s grand opening on the 2nd March 2017. I plan to revisit Graceland in 2020 to mark my 10 year wedding anniversary. This time I will be taking the Aaron and Grace as well which will be fantastic. The new entertainment complex has been described by Priscilla Presley as providing “the full gamut” of the the greatest entertainer of all time.
As Priscilla cut the ribbon alongside Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden and Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland Holdings; at the pre-opening event on Thursday over 200 people streamed into “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” and were privileged to be the first to see the $45 million complex for the first time.
Resembling an outdoor mall, the 200,000-square-foot campus sits across the street from Graceland, Presley’s longtime home-turned-museum. The complex features a comprehensive Presley exhibit with clothing he wore on stage and guitars he played; a showcase of the cars he owned and used; a soundstage; a theater; two restaurants and retail stores.
“You’re getting the full gamut of who Elvis Presley was,” Priscilla Presley said during an interview after the grand opening. “You’re getting to see and participate a bit in his life and what he enjoyed and what he loved to collect.”
It’s part of a $140 million expansion, which also includes a $90 million, 450-room hotel that opened last year. The complex replaces the aging buildings that have housed Presley-related exhibits for years. An old, gray, strip-mall style visitor center will be torn down to make room for a greenspace along Elvis Presley Boulevard, the street that runs in front of the house. The new complex means that the old Heartbreak Hotel is scheduled to close and be demolished. Kate and I stayed here on our last visit in 2010 and I have to say it was past it’s sell by date.
The opening comes just before the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42.
Adults pay $57.50 for a standard tour of the house and access to the complex. Visitors can also choose to tour just the house for a lower price. Discounts are offered for seniors and children. A self-guided tour of two airplanes owned by Presley is $5 more.
From the ticketing area, people line up to wait for buses that take visitors to the museum, or they can move through the entertainment complex’s large, high-ceilinged buildings.
Gladys’ Diner – named after the singer’s mother – has the feel of a 1950s eatery, complete with pictures of Presley, aqua-colored chairs and stations where patrons can order hot dogs, burgers and ice cream.
There’s also Presley’s favorite: Gladys’ World Famous Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, fried in bacon grease. Another PB&B sandwich is cooked in butter.
Across a wide walkway lies the automobile museum, filled with some of Presley’s favorite toys. Among them is a pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood – a custom painted model that he gave to his mother – and a sleek, black 1973 Stutz Blackhawk that he drove the day he died.
The walkway leads to the 20,000-square foot museum called “Elvis: The Entertainer,” which features white and purple jumpsuits he wore during concerts and gold-colored guitars he played on stage.
Several retail stores line the complex. A second restaurant, a barbecue joint called Vernon’s Smokehouse – named after Presley’s father – will also open. So will an exhibition focused on Sam Phillips, the Sun Records producer and rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who recorded Presley for the first time.
The complex is still being finished. Priscilla Presley said there’s a warehouse full of artifacts, ready for display.
Among the fans eager to get a glimpse at the new exhibits Thursday was Carol Carey, a retiree who made the short trip across the state line from Southaven, Mississippi, with her son.
Wearing a pink shirt with the words “Wild About Graceland” on it, Carey beamed a wide smile as she talked about the complex.
“We couldn’t wait to see it,” she said. “We’ve been here every other day, checking it out. Getting used to saying goodbye to the old, and seeing friends who are all taking pictures of everything.”
In Novemeber 2016 my wife and I had the pleasure of going to watch Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Manchester Evening New Arena. Hairs stood up on the back of our necks as the sound of this icon filled the arena. It was standing room only and if ever needed any proof that Elvis is a big or as relevant as he was back in the day, then this was the reality of the icon and man. How many artists could fill an arena 39 years after his death and attract all ages who know his songs and has the entire arena on their feet? One Elvis Presley!
Here is a clip from the concert and as you will see he had us all in the palm of his hand.
On Saturday 25th February David Presley as Elvis entertained patrons of the Red Lion in Northup Mold. It was a fantastic evening that incorporated both the 68 Comeback Special and Las Vegas shows. Post the event one attendee commented on the Red Lions Facebook page, ‘A brilliant night with excellent food, can’t wait for the next tribute night. Many thanks to Jamie & Kelly for organising everything.’
Joanne Vickers has also been in touch and offered the following feedback:
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for Saturday.
We have had fantastic feedback with very happy customers.
Good luck and keep doing what your doing as its fantastic.
The Red lion Northop
I am sure Elvis will be back in the building one day. But for now thank you everybody who was in attendance for making it a great night.
Marty Lacker, a member of Elvis’ famed Memphis Mafia and one of the best men at Elvis’ 1967 wedding, died Monday 13th February after suffering from kidney failure. He was 80. He’s the second member of the Memphis Mafia to die in recent months, following the November 2016 death of Joe Esposito, the other best man at Elvis’ wedding.
‘He went to school with (Elvis), that’s how they met. ‘My dad was from New York, the Bronx, and he dressed just like Elvis did. They just formed a bond of friendship through that. They always took up for each other. Both of them went into the army and afterwards, a good friend of his re-introduced them and he went to work for him’, said Mr. Lacker’s son, Mark. ‘They were like brothers. They respected each other’.
Mr. Lacker also worked in the music business both during his time with Elvis and after The King’s 1977 death. In 1967, Lacker helped launch ‘Pepper Records’ and went on to become American Studios’ vice president and business manager. In the early ’70s, Lacker also helped co-found the local Grammy chapter and also served as the chairman of the original Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission.
If not for Marty Lacker, Elvis might never have gone to American Studios in 1969 to record the landmark ‘From Elvis in Memphis’ record.
If not for Mr. Lacker, then, the world might never have had such Presley hits as ‘Suspicious Minds’ – The King’s last chart-topper – and ‘In the Ghetto’, among many others.
‘Marty was working for me and he was still in close with Elvis’, the late Chips Moman, who founded American, told The Commercial Appeal in 2009. ‘So Marty was talking to me about Elvis and talking to Elvis about me and slowly bringing us together. He’s really the one that got that album to take place’.
‘A big thing that I wanted to accomplish was to organize the music industry in town. Memphis was not a very organized city; everybody did their own thing’, Lacker told the newspaper in 2010. ‘At the end of the day, you can’t underestimate the music that came out of Memphis has brought to this city’.
When asked in 2005 to comment on Elvis Presley Marty said; ‘Elvis had whatever it is they call charisma but more than that he came upon the scene when the world was ready for a culture change, especially young kids. He changed the culture of the world and people just hooked on to him. On top of that he was nice to the people he met as most of them were nice to him and people appreciated the fact that he was not big headed.’