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August 1st 2003

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SAM PHILLIPS DIES

Now will Marion Keisker and Judd Phillips get their true recognition ?

There is no doubt the Sam Phillips will be remembered as a giant in music history. He founded the legendary "Sun Records" in Memphis and recorded, mostly in the 1950's, music legends such as B. B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Ike Turner and Rufus Thomas in blues and R&B, and Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich and Roy Orbison in rock and country. But, it is for Elvis Presley that he has received the greatest recognition and fame. But, others are just as deserving and as the new biographies are written about Sam Phillips perhaps the truth will emerge and that his brother Judd Phillips and 'partner' Marion Keisker will finally get the real recognition they are entitled to and history will be amended.

I had the pleasure of meeting Marion Keisker in Memphis in the late 1980's and spent many hours in conversation with her. I found her a very bright, charming, articulate and a true Southern Lady but inside she was a very bitter woman because of the way she had been treated by Sam Phillips. She discovered Elvis Presley and it was Sam's brother Judd who did all the hard work persuading radio stations to play Elvis' music and record stores to buy the Sun singles. Judd was out day and  night, on the road, doing all the donkey work, all the hard-selling while Sam stayed at the Studio and took all the glory.

Marion had told me she was a partner of Sam but as Elvis became more famous she was pushed aside and Sam took control so that history has relegated her to just being Sam's 'secretary' or assistant but it was Marion who had recorded Elvis that June day in 1953 when Elvis first came into Sun records to record "My Happiness" for his mother's birthday (Gladys' birthday was in April?). 

According to Bill Burk, author of "Early Elvis, the Sun Years" the exact date Marion had recorded Elvis cannot be verified because the log for Sun Records for June 1953 was stolen and has never re-emerged but it would have been a Saturday after Elvis received his pay cheque (paid bi-weekly) and more likely the 13th June 1953. Also, Bill Burk discovered that it was Marion who had Elvis first played on the radio and not Sam Phillips. She offered the song on July 7th 1954 to the Radio Station WREC where she worked as a DJ and only 30 seconds were played by a DJ, Fred Cook, who took it off the turntable saying these immortal words " Marion, that's the worst piece of shit I have ever heard". WREC were just playing wimp music by Bing Crosby, Pat Boone, Dean Martin and Elvis was just too much for poor, old Fred who has since been relegated to a footnote in Bill Burk's book while Elvis is a bit more famous. After he left Sun Elvis hardly had anything to do with Sam Phillips even though Sam has often said he was like a father to Elvis. Apparently, according to Bill Burk none of Sam's famous recording artists renewed their contract with Sun records.

My first lawyer in Memphis, Harold Streibich, was also Sam Phillips lawyer and had told me how Sam would call him 2 or 3am in the morning asking for legal advice. I met Sam Phillips and found him very strange indeed. He had become a born again Christian and had this manner of speaking as if he was an Evangelist talking to masses of people. He had very piercing, penetrating eyes and you did not feel comfortable in his presence. I just hope that now Marion will get the full recognition she deserves for discovering Elvis Presley and Judd Phillips for the contribution he made to music although Sam Phillips took the glory he still had a great gift to spot musical talent and Sun was the catalyst for the true birth of rock 'n' roll. Of course, 2004 is the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' first Sun recording that is arguably the 50th Anniversary of rock n' roll. 

Sam Phillips will go down in history as the Father of Rock 'n' Roll but Judd Phillips was an unsung hero who also gave birth to this new kind of music and maybe Marion Keisker will eventually be remembered as the Mother of Rock 'n' Roll.

ELVIS COMPETITION with signed photos by JULIE PARRISH

Elvisly Yours was asked by Julie Parrish, Elvis' co-star in 'Paradise Hawaiian Style' to help her trace her British ancestry at the Public Record Office in Kew. She has in gratitude given us a large number of signed photos of her and Elvis from the film. Some are being given to charity but we thought we would share some of these great photos with you and have a simple competition. There will be three prizes of three signed photos for each winner. 

Simply email the answer to this question:  

What was Julie's name in the movie? 

Names will be drawn at random on 16.8.03. Just click on this link and email your answer with postal address to info@elvisly-yours.com 



All the photos can be viewed on the Elvisly Yours website www.elvisly-yours.com and remember all photos are signed by Julie. If you would like to order photos from Julie or even a country music CD of  hers then go to Julie's website : www.julieparrish.com and you can email Julie at : JParr18031@aol.com . 

Julie is one of the lucky women in this world to have had the honour to co-star in a movie with Elvis, kissing and hugging him and has lots of Elvis anecdotes.

LISA MARIE does NOT make UK TOP 40 ALBUM CHARTS

Sadly, after all the hype we gave Lisa Marie on the Elvis website and in our last Cyber Newsletter fans in the UK just did not buy her album. 

The single only got to no.16 in the charts but the album has bombed. I have tried to analyse the lack of success for the single  but for the album to do so badly is a real surprise and reinforces my original thinking about the way her PR campaign was organised in Britain.

Lisa did not get the support of the UK media because many people from the media were refused entry to her Showcase in London.  Of those that did attend my contacts there said most were disappointed. These music critics were waiting for some quotes, some statement from Lisa about her first and only performance in London but she said nothing. She is Elvis' only child but has seemed to avoid questions about her father or even commented how proud she was to be in London, something that her father never did. 

I had suggested to EMI she should do a photo call for all the media and would have made the front page of the national daily papers but my advice was ignored. 

Just a few words, something that the media could have latched on to was all that was required, but Lisa remained silent. She did not perform particularly well and the media were underwhelmed or some were even angry that they were not allowed to take photographs. Although she is Elvis' daughter she is still a new singer trying to break into show business and possibly the first rule of show business is you don't alienate the media when you are starting off your career. 

Further problems were that her music got very little airplay except on Radio 2 and I hardly saw her on MTV or VH-1 except for a good documentary and I was looking out for her video every day. Also, Lisa upset a lot of fans by continually swearing during interviews and having swearing on her album. 

I am sure her father would have disapproved although Elvis swore in private he always was the perfect gentleman in public.

  NEW LISA MARIE COMPETITION

EMI have kindly supplied us some promotional candles for "Lights Out" which will become serious collectors items as so few have been manufactured. The candles are in a glass jar and come in a simple white, presentation box. They were not available for sale and we have three to give away in our competition that closes on August 16th 2003.

 

To enter the competition simply email the song listing of Lisa's Album "To Whom It May Concern" to Lisa Marie Competition2 at info@elvisly-yours.com . The winners will be chosen at random on August 16th. Please remember to include your mailing address when you enter the competition.



ELVISLY YOURS AND PRINCESS DI

Fans in Britain may have read about or seen us in the news recently being interviewed about the disgraceful legal battle between the Princess Diana Trust Fund and Franklin Mint. The landmark Judgements given to Elvisly Yours against EPE in the High Court and Court of Appeals in the UK had a fatal effect on the Princess Diana Trust. The Appeal Court Judges ruled that a person in the UK was not automatically entitled to a trade mark on their name, however famous. The Judges agreed that such a monopoly was against the public interest.

When I discovered the Trustees for Diana were threatening companies and applying for trade marks I wrote to John Major in 1997 as he was a guardian for the State for William and Harry. John Major's law firm replied with a standard, boring  response so I called a Press Conference supported by the Labour MP, Austin Mitchell and the late Leyton Sommors (Elvis look-alike who was at the High Court with me). The Press Conference was filmed by British TV and reported by Associated Press and the story went all over the world. The simple suggestion I made was to re-instate Diana's "Royal" status and then her image would appear with the Royal Standard and companies would have paid £millions for the privilege. It would have cost nothing and no trade marks were needed and certainly no legal battles. I begged John Major and also made a statement at the Press Conference that Princess Diana's Trustees should not do what EPE did and threaten the world and harass companies and traders but instead work with people.

Alas, they completely ignored my advice and proceeded to sue Franklin Mint in California. This was a futile and ridiculous legal venture doomed to failure and I would have charged nothing for the advice instead of £millions. Franklin Mint had been selling Diana memorabilia for years without any complaint from Princess Diana so how could her Trustees possibly win. The expression "all power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" comes to mind when you think of this legal fiasco. Just like EPE Diana's Trustees believed they were invincible "protecting" Diana from wicked traders because they were given the right to represent her in death. A quick phone call to Elvisly Yours would have saved them £millions and stopped the Fund from being frozen.

Franklin Mint are a disgrace for having the cheek to sue for malicious damage. What malicious damage ? Most people around the world had never heard of the Franklin Mint until they sued the Princess Diana Trust Fund. If they are allowed to proceed with this case they should be counter-sued for malicious damage for affecting all these charities that may have to close because of their legal action. It is immoral for the Trustees to freeze the assets of the fund to protect themselves. The real losers will be the thousands of needy people depending on the Fund for support. I hope people will boycott buying Franklin Mint products which are often over-priced and the Fund closed and all money transferred to the Prince's Trust. Below is an extract from the letter sent to John Major in December 1997 :

Mr John Major MP House of Commons

London SW1A  OAA

1.12.97.

  PROTECTION AND MARKETING OF DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES

Dear John,

I am essentially writing to you with reference to the Protection and Marketing of memorabilia for Diana, Princess of Wales. I have been on the other side of the fence with regard to fighting the worldwide monopoly of the Elvis Presley Estate. Sadly, there are no good causes for the Elvis Presley Estate. The whole operation is under the total control of the Scientologists, Elvis’ family and friends receive nothing and are mostly destitute and the lawyers, accountants and business managers have made $millions and put out of business many small traders and fan clubs around the world through legal thuggery. I was sued in the USA and prior to the lawsuit had all my files stolen from my warehouse, my US accountant disappeared and his son went to work for the Elvis Estate without informing me and taking my accounts with him.

I have dealt with hundreds of companies over the past 20 years producing all types of memorabilia related to Elvis Presley and, of course, I have extensive legal experience of intellectual property. There are many ways you can protect Diana without the need of messy lawsuits which you may well lose and you should refer to the Judgement of Justice Laddie (taken from my internet web site at www.elvisly-yours.com ). The Judgement reinforced British Law which states...”you cannot own your own name or likeness”. This decision has serious implications for legally protecting Diana.

If you are interested I would be happy to meet you and any associates that are now embarking on the marketing and protection of Diana to offer “streetwise” advice on the daunting task you have ahead of you. My background is a mixture of Sales (since the age of 6), Commercial Officer for the British Consulate in San Francisco, Advertising, Teacher(5 years in State Schools), Memorabilia Sales and Promotions for 20 years, and even Political Leader. I have fought the Russian Mafia and the Memphis Mafia and my unique experience in Britain and around the world may be helpful.

Like most of the world I was saddened and shocked by the tragic death of Diana and I would hate to see Diana’s name dragged through the Courts fighting small traders who with the right approach from the start could be persuaded to take licenses. The Elvis Presley Estate operate through mass intimidation and harassment and have made thousands of enemies and are hated by fans in America and around the world. Openness and co-operation will produce goodwill and save a fortune in legal fees and there is every possibility that you would lose any legal battle in Britain.

If you are interested in my views you can reach me at my office.  Thank you for taking time to read this letter and you should read the Judgement in my case,                                                              

Elvisly Yours,

Sid Shaw  


BRAZILIAN ELVIS FANS GET BMG 
"ALL SHOOK UP"

We are delighted to announce after all the pressure Brazilian fans put on BMG in Brazil they will release more Elvis CDs. 

Leonardo Moreno organised a worldwide campaign to get fans to complain to BMG Brazil about the lack of Elvis' music in record stores in Brazil. 

After months of campaigning Elvis Fan Power worked and BMG got off their 'ass' and will start to cater to the fans demands. If you want contact with the Brazilian Fan Club please check out their website :

JAILHOUSE ROCK

The Musical 'Jailhouse Rock' will now be launched in London in November. The producers have been busily holding auditions for the cast and have been narrowing down the applicants trying to find the lead character to play Vince Everett, the name given to Elvis in the film.

The producers may also go to the States to have further auditions to find a new star to play 'Elvis'. Although the lead character does not have to look like Elvis he must have that rebellious, young and dynamic spirit that Elvis so well portrayed in the movie and he has to have a good voice. Although based on the movie the Musical will have other non-Elvis songs and other 50's music giving authenticity for the era portrayed.

Since the people behind 'Jailhouse Rock' are also those behind the hugely successful stage show 'Buddy' no doubt this new musical will run for years and years. We will keep you posted regularly through our website and Cyber Newsletter as we receive more information on this fabulous new, stage show, 'Jailhouse Rock'.




2004 Elvisly Yours Calendar

We are now taking orders for the fabulous new Elvisly Yours Calendar which after 25 years is in a new style. All previous pop calendars in the UK, including our own have been in a portrait format  but the new calendar is square shaped and opens out to double the size like the US style calendars. Our calendar manufacturer has found that this style is what is preferred by the major chain stores and looks like a record sleeve so we are going with the change and marketing this new style which I am sure fans will appreciate as the images of Elvis are just as large but you have much more space to fill in the days with calendar notes. Of course, many fans just keep their calendar for their collection, some do not even open the calendar. We suggest you buy two calendars, one to keep and one to use.

The calendar is priced £7.95 each (plus £1.55 p&p) and you can order direct on line by clicking onto this link :

2004 Elvisly Yours Calendar

N.B. Sadly, American fans are banned from buying the Elvisly Yours calendar because of EPE Inc. We can always ship to a friend in Britain or anywhere else in the free world but not to the States.

 


Rubberneckin' and BMG, 
the Record Company with no 'balls'

Last year Elvisly Yours was instrumental in first getting Elvis fans involved with the promotion for the remix of "A Little Less Conversation". We had been kept informed by BMG of details of the release of the single and two months before it was launched we were encouraging fans all over the world to promote the fact that Elvis was going to get to no.1 in the UK singles charts. We kept up a relentless promotion with fans, fan clubs, the media and even William Hill who stopped taking bets that Elvis would get to no.1

When it was close to release we got fans all over Britain and even around the world to place advance orders for 'ALLC' in UK record stores. On the day of release we had TV and Press at the Elvisly Yours Shop and all this was done without one penny in payment from BMG. We were just happy to help get Elvis to no.1 where he had deserved to be for the last 25 years but RCA/BMG had never bothered to promote Elvis because they had received no support from EPE and even had to fight a lawsuit with them.

You would think BMG would be grateful for all this free publicity but instead BMG have told us that they can have nothing to do with Elvisly Yours because this would upset EPE. What bullshit ! When "Suspicious Minds" was released we had EIGHT Elvis tribute artists singing the song outside the Elvisly Yours Shop and they just got travelling expenses and a free copy of the record with a low number. TV footage was shown all over the world but BMG had done a lousy job getting the records into the stores and Elvis only reached no.13. I complained bitterly to BMG that they had to do a better sales job and when ALLC came around all the stores had good stocks until, of course, it was taken off the shelves to make way for that wimp "Gareth Gates".

We have received no information from BMG about "Rubberneckin" so we cannot tell you when it will be released. We have never been put on the BMG mailing list and it is sad that Elvis' record company should have no balls and stand up to the ignorance shown by the megalomaniacs that run EPE. Any company in its right mind would welcome publicity aimed at its core market. Elvisly Yours has access to a mailing list of 100,000 Elvis fans in the UK and our website is the most popular in Europe with thousands of hits each week for all over the world.

Why BMG chose Rubberneckin' God only knows as it is not a touch on the last remix, "A Little Less Conversation". To be honest, I don't think the remix is as good as the original version but I have only heard it on my computer as BMG have refused to send me an advance copy. There is not much we can do to promote the single, not knowing when it will be released and BMG are notorious about changing release dates. I hope it reaches no.1 but I am sorry to say that it is not a worthy follow-up to ALLC and unless BMG do a great marketing job I do not think it will make the top 10. BMG were lucky that ALLC was used in 'Oceans 11' and on the NIKE ad so their marketing and PR job was done for them, plus a little help from Elvisly Yours. In fact, we cannot tell you anything about new Elvis albums or CDs because we have been excommunicated by BMG but starting next year BMG will start to lose their monopoly rights in Elvis Presley as their copyright expires after 50 years. All the 'Sun' material will become public domain and then by 2006 all the early Elvis 50's hits will start to follow. Explanations of why you think BMG have no balls can be sent by email to info@elvisly-yours.com .


ELVIS ON STAGE in Killarney

Review of the Emerald Elvis Shows

July 4th-6th 2003 we were again privileged to have our Elvis shop at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney for the Emerald Elvis Shows with the Imperials, the Exspence Account Showband and Quentin Flagg.

Yet again, Mark Leen, the Emerald Elvis surpassed himself and put on some spectacular shows. For these shows he was supported by a young, 50's Elvis from the States whose real name actually is Quentin Flagg. Mark again produced and promoted the shows, booked all the acts, did all the running around and still had to perform while having serious back trouble after a fall. 

He had to have a massage every day to keep him moving onstage for each performance and he was in a lot of pain. I lost count of the number of costume changes Mark made and the range of songs he sang. He changed the show every night, so each audience saw a new show. Again, the Exspence Account Showband were truly magnificent and can play practically any Elvis number and the Imperials were a delight and sang a few gospel songs of their own in their inimitable style. Quentin Flagg was a sensation and I have never seen a 'young' Elvis tribute artists move as much as Quentin. He has a good voice but his appeal is he has so much energy. After one of his performances I had asked Quentin if I could meet him to see if I could help him in his career but he refused. Elvisly Yours has helped many Elvis tribute artists over the years with publicity and advice.


"ELVIS26"

A TRIBUTE TO THE LEGEND OF ELVIS
In aid of terminally ill Children

August 16th will be 26 years since Elvis Aaron Presley left this world and we aim to honour his memory in style this year in Brighton. If you can't make it to Memphis this year, then why not come to the City by the sea for "ELVIS26".

Our special "ELVIS26" event is in aid of the ‘Chestnut Tree House Appeal’ which is a hospice for Children with terminal illnesses and allows for the Children and their families to live in comfort in those last days together. This hospice is very much like ‘St. Judes Hospital’ in Memphis, which Elvis himself donated much money to in his life time and so we are only too pleased to be able to help this wonderful cause in some way.We hope to raise £3,000 so if you cannot make it on the 16th, then why not help us by donating some money? Anything will help. Ask your friends and family to contribute £1.00 each and pretty soon we will reach our target for these Children. Our very special guest is Donna Presley Early, the first cousin of Elvis. She lived at Graceland and also on Elvis’ Circle G ranch. 


Donna’s mother was Nash Presley, the sister of Vernon, and Donna has many wonderful memories of life with Elvis the man.Her book, "Elvis - Precious Memories" will be available to buy at the event and she will be signing copies for the fans. Donna will also be holding a short Q&A session for those wishing to ask questions.

The event will include a talk by Donna Presley, Elvis Disco, Raffle, Tribute Artist, Jive Show, and Elvis shop.

Tickets cost £15.00 and can be purchased from our usual address.

The venue is the HILTON METROPOLE HOTEL on Brighton seafront. Tell EVERYONE, and together we will raise money for the Children and make their last days more comfortable and all in the name of Elvis Presley.

If you require more information or advise on hotels in Brighton then call us on 
01273 386312 and ask for Lana.
If you would like to make a donation to our fund then please make cheques/postal orders payable to: The Elvis Express

Address all letters for donations to: The Elvis Express Childrens Hospice Appeal,                
208 Queens Park Road, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 9ZB, England


ELVISLY YOURS Competition Winner
 

The winner of the Elvisly Yours monthly draw for the Cyberclub is : 
Mrs Sandi Pichon from Slidell, USA.

Congragulations Sandi, a copy of  "Rare Elvis, Vol 1" signed by Sid Shaw is
on its way to you.

Remember, each month a member of the Elvisly Yours Cyber Club will be drawn at random to win an Elvis prize. Get your family and friends to join our FREE Elvis Presley Club. 

They can simply join ONLINE at www.elvisly-yours.com 

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We are open 7 days a week 10.30am-6.30pm

next door to the London Beatles Store open 8 days a week

How to find us:
233 Baker Street, London NW1 6XE
tel: 020 7486 2005 

We are just 100 yards north of Baker Street Station at the top end of Baker Street near Regent's Park, plenty of parking in side streets or Regent's Park if driving.



                                    
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 Elvisly Yours,


Sid Shaw

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