1977... a day that will forever be etched in the minds of millions of people around the world.
For it was 25 years ago on this day that the world lost the greatest entertainer of
all-time, the passing of the Elvis Presley.
Records remembers Elvis by releasing a special 4 CD box set,
aimed to include material from every significant phase of Elvis Presley's
career with over
100 previously unreleased tracks spanning the entire
spectrum of Elvis' career from Sun Records to 1954, to the Jungle
Room Sessions of 1976, this set has it all !
Virtually every recording session throughout Elvis' career
is represented in this package by at
least 1 recording. And, in the case of long-lost
recordings, such as the 1956 recording sessions which
yielded "Hound Dog" and
"Don't Be Cruel", the
"Today, Tomorrow & Forever" got creative
and decided to present fans with a previously unheard 1956
LIVE CONCERT recorded by radio disc jockey, Ray
Green. RCA Records & Graceland have officially determined that
Ray's recording of the May 16th, 1956 Little Rock, Arkansas
concert was the FIRST EVER, full length recording of
ELVIS PRESLEY, LIVE IN CONCERT ! But,
there's more !
WIllie Mae 'Big Mama" Thornton was the
first to record "Hound Dog" in 1953 where it stayed at the top
of the charts for 7 weeks & sold half a million copies
Elvis was familiar with the song, but it wasn't until he made his debut in Las
Vegas from April 23rd thru May 6th, 1956 that he took a REAL interest in it. During
Elvis's 2 week engagement in Vegas, Elvis had ample time to see other
shows at some of the other hotels. One of the shows Elvis saw was Freddie
& The Bellboys who played in the lounge at 'The Sands'. Freddie Bell
had changed some of the lyrics which Elvis liked very much. On May 13th, Elvis went back on the road first to St Paul, Minnesota.
But on May 15th at the Memphis Cotton Festival, Elvis
performed 'Hound Dog" LIVE for the first time ! The following night, May
16th, 1956 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Robinson Auditorium, Ray Green
recorded Elvis as he performed
the new high energy version of 'Hound Dog' with an extra lead in dialogue,
"If your not here friends, remember one
thing" & then goes into the song. This is the
FIRST EVER recording of Elvis singing 'Hound Dog' ! This is the ONLY
recording available from the
FIRST TOUR that Elvis began performing the song since he heard it
live in Vegas. The studio recording of 'Hound Dog', which wasn't until
July 1956 with 31 different takes, went on to top the
charts for 11 weeks at #1 along with "Don't Be
Cruel". And, there's still more !
hard as it was even in 1956, to get an exclusive
interview with Elvis, radio disc jockey
Ray Green trumped Col. Parker in an interesting chain of events
& got permission to record an exclusive interview with Elvis
backstage between shows that May 16th, 1956 in Little Rock, Arkansas. This
interview is included on the very first disc of this 5 CD set called "Word For
Word", released in March of 2002. This production
contains everything available & ever recorded in Elvis' talking voice from 1955
to 1977. But, even that's not all !
Click To Hear
of the Soul" was released in 1996 by Erika Records. This
the entire uncut May 16th, 1956 Little Rock, Arkansas interview with Elvis,
by Little Rock disc jockey Ray Green. It also
contains the incredible story of how Ray came to be at
the right place at the right time & got Col.
Parker to agree to conduct an exclusive interview with
Elvis. Ray also reveals some very interesting
information about Elvis from their conversation during
the trip from the airport to the auditorium where
Elvis was to perform that night. Inside the CD
is a rare collectible 5 minute Amerivox long distance
phone card with a FIRST TIME ever released
picture of Elvis on the front. Still there's more !
of the Soul" was also released on this handsome picture disc
which is a playable LP. This is the FIRST EVER
APPROVED shaped picture disc of Elvis ! These
are limited & considered very rare since there were
only about 5000 produced. This item will not go
back into re-production. Like the CD, inside the
package with the picture disc is also a 5 minute
Amerivox long distance phone card with yet a different FIRST
TIME ever released picture of Elvis on the
front. And, still there is more !
years after Elvis's death, Ray discovered the reel to
reel tape of the interview & concert of Elvis
Presley he had tucked away for over 30 years.
Ray admits he forgot he even had the tape until he
happened upon it again.
So in 1988, Ozborne Enterprises & Creative Radio
Network produced for the FIRST TIME EVER, the
exclusive interview & selected audio clips from the
live concert. This recording was NEVER BEFORE
HEARD before this release ! Unfortunately,
production of these LP's was halted after
only producing 100 copies due to legal
But, what is even rarer
than that is the first dozen copies produced which contained
the exclusive interview & the entire uncut live concert
! These LP's are undoubtedly the rarest Elvis
collectibles we know of. Ray still has 5 of these first
dozen LP's & about 25-30 of the other 88 ! And
finally, we saved the best for last.
Ray Green still has the MASTER TAPE of the interview &
live concert from which all of the above productions
were produced from. This is not a safety master,
but the actual magnetic reel-to-reel master and it is in great condition & still playable ! This tape has been
prefectly preserved in a climate controlled environment. Ray has decided to part
with it for the right price. For questions &
details, please contact Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only
serious inquiries please !