Review: Elvis Presley: The Searcher needed a little less conversation and a little more action

Elvis Presley: The Searcher, a 3.5 hour documentary which premiered on HBO on April 14, does a great service in giving Elvis credibility for his natural talent and ambition in becoming the biggest entertainer of the 20th century, but it doesn’t go far enough.

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Elvis Presley ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ statue from every angle

For the past several years, TV Land has honored several icons of television by placing bronze statues in various locations around the U.S. In addition to statues recognizing Mary Tyler Moore and The Fonz is one for Elvis Presley recognizing his “Aloha from Hawaii” TV special, the first satellite TV concert which was broadcast on January 14, 1973.

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Soundtrack for ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ documentary

Elvis Presley Searcher Soundtrack

The soundtrack to Elvis Presley: The Searcher, the upcoming HBO documentary, will be released on April 6.

Formats include a single CD or 2LP with 18 tracks, and a 3-CD deluxe edition box set which includes a 40-page book of photos and an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film.

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Elvis Presley’s army induction immortalized at Chaffee Barbershop Museum

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Although Fort Smith, Arkansas is a 4.5-hour drive from Memphis, die-hard Elvis fans should add this town to their Elvis “must-see” list when visiting the South.  The Chaffee Barbershop Museum located in Fort Smith is the only location in the US where fans can commemorate the monumental event where Elvis Presley got inducted into the army.
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New Elvis Presley Box Set, A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings, coming July 28

BoyFromTupeloLegacy Recordings announced that they will release a new 3 CD Box set called A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings on July 28. This collection will include every known Elvis Presley Sun Records master and outtake, plus the mythical Memphis Recording Service Acetates–“My Happiness”/”That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” (recorded July 1953) and “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”/”It Wouldn’t Be the Same (Without You)” (recorded January 4, 1954)–the four songs Elvis paid his own money to record before signing with Sun.

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The Guesthouse at Graceland: High on luxury, low on Elvis

Guesthouse at Graceland
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In the summer of 2016, I was so excited when they were building the new Guesthouse at Graceland luxury hotel right next to Elvis Presley’s mansion. As a frequent visitor to Memphis and Graceland, I have stayed both at the Days Inn Graceland across the street from the mansion and the Heartbreak Hotel next to the Graceland Plaza. Both had a lot of Elvis character but were low on luxury. A new hotel was much needed in this area for many years.

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