He’s Still the King of Rock & Roll! Elvis Presley Debuts #1 on the Billboard Chart
by Daniel Haim
It looks like all of America is rockin’ to Elvis: The Great Performances as it debuts at the top spot – #1 – on Billboard’s Top Music Video Sales chart this week. Released August 2, 2011, Elvis: The Great Performances 2 DVD Set captures the talent, mesmerizing stage presence and charisma of the man known throughout the world as the “King” of Rock ‘N’ Roll.
This collection follows Elvis’ career from his first televised appearance that shocked America and had everyone talking about his hip-shaking performance, to a sold-out concert a few weeks before his death on August 16, 1977. With over 2-hours of re-mastered footage, new packaging, and never-before-seen interviews, Elvis: The Great Performances 2 DVD set offers a glimpse into the world of one of America’s most beloved icons.
A true must-have for Elvis buffs, rock aficionados and music-lovers alike, the collection covers a span of more than 20 years and unleashes “Elvis-mania” to fans who are able to re-live the excitement and to those experiencing it for the first time. Also included are previously-unreleased interviews, conducted by producer-director Andrew Solt in the early and mid-’90s, with rock icons Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, Sun Records head Sam Phillips, drummer D.J. Fontana, guitarist Scotty Moore, Jordanaires member and backing singer Gordon Stoker, and television host Milton Berle, on whose show Elvis appeared twice in 1956. Footage mined from TV shows and specials, films and home movies provide a revealing look into Elvis’ private life as well as the realities of his unprecedented fame.
Jerry Schilling, Elvis’ life-long friend, was instrumental in producing and overseeing the set. He has helped make Elvis: The Great Performances the most intimate and complete Elvis DVD set ever released.