RIP DJ Fontana 15th March 1931 – 13th June 2018

I was sad to learn today of the passing of Elvis’s first drummer the great DJ Fontana.  Listed in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Drummers of all time he was undoubtedly a massively respected and talented musician.  On hundreds of early Elvis Presley recordings, Dominic Joseph “D.J.” Fontana was the cutting edge of rock & roll­ drumming, making hillbilly music swing at a time when country and bluegrass groups were shunning drums altogether. He pioneered a litany of oft-imitated licks from the jumpy snare hits of “Blue Suede Shoes” to the waves of punchlines that made “Hound Dog” howl. “He had incredible technique and fast hands, so he could deploy those Buddy Rich press rolls whenever he wanted to. He played like a big-band drummer — full throttle,” Levon Helm once said. “Now Elvis had a real foundation, some architecture, and he made the most of it. D.J. set Elvis free.”

Paying tribute to the late drummer, the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis began his career, wrote on Facebook: “We are extremely saddened to hear about the passing of legendary drummer D.J. Fontana.

“The band is all back together now.”


Recording Credits with Elvis

  • Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One, 2x Platinum
  • Blue Suede Shoes/Tutti Frutti, Gold
  • I Want You, I Need You, I Love You/My Baby Left Me, Platinum
  • Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel 4X Platinum
  • Love Me Tender/Any Way You Want Me, 3X Platinum
  • Too Much/Playing for Keeps, Platinum
  • All Shook Up/That’s When Your Heartaches Begin, 2X Platinum
  • (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Loving You, 2x Platinum
  • Jailhouse Rock/Treat Me Nice, 2X Platinum
  • Don’t/I Beg of You, Platinum
  • Wear My Ring Around Your Neck/Doncha’ Think It’s Time, Platinum
  • Hard Headed Woman/Don’t Ask Me Why, Platinum
  • I Got Stung/One Night, Platinum
  • (Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I/I Need Your Love Tonight, Platinum
  • A Big Hunk o’ Love/My Wish Came True, Gold
  • Stuck on You/Fame and Fortune, Platinum
  • It’s Now or Never/A Mess of Blues, Platinum
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight/I Gotta Know, 2X Platinum
  • Surrender/Lonely Man, Platinum
  • I Feel So Bad/Wild in the Country, Gold
  • (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame/Little Sister, Gold
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love/Rock-a-Hula Baby, Platinum
  • Good Luck Charm/Anything That’s Part of You, Platinum
  • She’s Not You/Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello, Gold
  • Return to Sender/Where Do You Come From, Platinum
  • One Broken Heart For Sale/They Remind Me Too Much of You, Gold
  • (You’re the) Devil in Disguise/Please Don’t Drag That String Around, Gold
  • Bossa Nova Baby/Witchcraft, Gold
  • Kissin’ Cousins/It Hurts Me, Gold
  • Viva Las Vegas/What’d I Say, Gold
  • Ain’t That Loving You, Baby/Ask Me, Gold
  • Crying in the Chapel/I Believe in the Man in the Sky, Platinum
  • I’m Yours/Long Lonely Highway, Gold
  • Puppet on a String/Wooden Heart, Gold
  • Blue Christmas/Santa Claus Is Back in Town, Platinum
  • Tell Me Why/ Blue River, Gold
  • Frankie and Johnny/Please Don’t Stop Loving Me, Gold


Hotel and Holiday Park Date Announcement

David Presley as Elvis will be rocking the midlands and North Wales this Summer.  All venues have booked the Ultimate Tribute Show, combining the GI Blues, 68 Comeback Special and Las Vegas era’s.

On the 21st July 2018 the Lea Martson Hotel Birmingham will kick off this 3 leg tour.  Details of the evening and special overnight offers can be found at:

On the 4th August 2018 it will be over to Brynteg Coastal and Country Retreat.

In the foothills of Snowdon and with its own private lake, 5-star Brynteg park is a nature lover’s paradise. The miles of picturesque coastline, quaint villages and the unique scenery of Snowdonia National Park are yours to explore.

On-park facilities include a state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool, spa and beauty lounge for the ultimate in pampering luxury. If exploring Snowdonia National Park isn’t for you, Brynteg’s leisure facilities also include tennis courts, water-sports facilities, and more, keeping your whole family entertained.  Contact the park on 0808 231 7404 to book your short break and join us for this night of rock n roll.

Finally on the 20th October 2018 the Abbey Hotel in Redditch Birmingham will complete the tour.  Details of the evening and special overnight offers can be found at:


We hope to see you at one of these events.

A Lovely Testimonial from a Satisfied Mr and Mrs Jones

Hi David
Just wanted to say a big massive Thank you from myself and Mark for making our wedding perfect. You was fantastic and worth every penny would of paid double!!
Everyone of our guests enjoyed your performance and were talking about it (still talking about it) I will recommend you to everyone. Mark is even thinking of excuses to hold a party to book you again.
Thanks again
Mr and Mrs Jones

The TrustFord Promotion just keeps on getting bigger..

He's got the motor world all shook up

Posted by Northwich Guardian on Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


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…..



New Years Eve at The Orient Sandbach

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!

A Special Guest See’s David Presley ‘Daddy’ For the First Time

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’.

The All New Guest House at Graceland

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.”