AUGUST MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S DEATH
SONY BMG Music Entertainment announces today the release of Elvis Presley “Elvis: Viva Las Vegas” which arrives in stores and online on July 31, 2007. The CD features music from and is inspired by the ABC television special ELVIS: VIVA LAS VEGAS – the visual chronicle of Elvis’s life during the Vegas years with particular focus on his music, his ground-breaking style and his legacy. The ABC Special, currently scheduled to air in September will examine how the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll re-invented Las Vegas and how it re-invented him. Top recording stars of 2007 will perform Elvis’s Vegas classics, woven in with previously unreleased music and documentary footage of Elvis’s Vegas years – never-before-seen on TV.
Elvis fully reinvented himself during his first season in Las Vegas in 1969. He performed fifty-seven consecutive sold out shows breaking all attendance records. Elvis, returned to Las Vegas every year until 1976. After his death, a bronze statue of him was placed in the lobby of the Las Vegas Hilton, commemorating the 837 sold-out shows for two-and-a-half million people. From 1969 until 1976, he was the number one attraction in the world’s number one resort.
The 16 track “Elvis: Viva Las Vegas” album includes 15 live tracks of Elvis’s greatest Vegas hits from his prime Vegas years including “See See Rider,” “The Wonder Of You,” and “Polk Salad Annie.” The first track on the album, “Viva Las Vegas,” is from the movie of the same name.
The release date of “Elvis: Viva Las Vegas” is particularly significant as it is timed to hit the market right before the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death. “Elvis Week,” takes place over 9 days in Elvis’ hometown of Memphis (August 11-19). This year’s celebration will draw more Elvis fans than ever from all over the world to Memphis for an array of events including the 30th Anniversary Concert and the Midnight In Vegas concert. For all the details about Elvis Week visit www.ElvisWeek.com.
1) Viva Las Vegas
2) See See Rider
3) The Wonder Of You
4) Polk Salad Annie
5) Release Me
6) Let It Be Me
7) I Just Can’t Help Believin’
Walk A Mile In My Shoes
9) Bridge Over Troubled Water
10) Patch It Up
11) You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
12) You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
13) An American Trilogy
14) Never Been To Spain
15) You Gave Me A Mountain
16) The Impossible dream