Recently Joe Kent, owner of the Louisiana hayride Archive stated that BMG owned the complete recording of Elvis Hayride show from Saturday, December 15, 1956.
We checked this with Ernst Jorgensen and he confirmed the text below.
Ernst Jorgensen said "As far as I remember his statement is correct and yes FTD and Sony/BMG both are the owners of the 12/15/56 Elvis Hayride show. This is a complete show on tape, I am only not sure if the show runs exactly 35 minutes, guess I need to check on this again."
Joe Kent mentioned "Sony would have to pay me as I own the rights to all of Elvis Presley's Hayride songs". On this Ernst Jorgensen answers: "on this issue we have a different opinion"
On the release of this tape he says:
"The problem is "how" to release this. Is it commercial enough to release this for the big market on Sony/BMG?At this moment we are afraid not, plus the fact it is a show for 30 - 35 minutes in a reasonable radio sound that needs an upgrade."
Well, of course I am all for it that this show must be shared with the ElvisFans, but at this moment there's been so much Public domain releases from Elvis in the 50's on Sun and loads and loads of 56 -57 budget Cd's for a couple of Euro's - The Artist Elvis has become a cheap product! So, we really have to find a concept on the right time and circumstances.
Mind you, I have a full job at Sony/BMG and can only work on the FTD label in my spare time and that is in the weekend from Friday evening till Sunday. And a lot of my spare time is now used to finish the FTD Sun -project - this is personally my biggest goal and get it released end of this year!
After that, I would love to do a "Day by Day" calender photo book on Elvis in 1956 and if possible later on a 1957 with the same concept, with the help of Brian Petersen (Author of the book "The Atomic Powered Singer) and of course you, Andylon with the tons of crazy and rare pictures you shared with me from your private archives.
Anyway, at this moment we are back on track in the 70's to work on the new FTD releases of the That's the way it is recordings and hopefully after the problem we have is solved with the "Publishing - Copyrights" - releasing new Soundboards on FTD, this must be a relief for a lot of 70's ElvisFans."
Source: EP Gold / Updated: Feb 29, 2008