Sillerman And George Klein On Elvis Projects

If rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley shows up in any future digital projects it will not likely be in a commercial, The Los Angeles Times reports. Robert F.X. Sillerman - who recently gained control of Presley's name, image and likeness - said he doubted Presley would appear in a car commercial, the way the late Steve McQueen recently did. Sillerman also said he didn't think it would be a good idea to do with Presley what was done with the late Conway Twitty recently -- when bits of Twitty's old records were manipulated through a computer program to make it sound like he was singing a new song. "I'm not sure you're going to see Elvis in a commercial," Sillerman said. "With Elvis, less is more." George Klein, a pallbearer at Presley's funeral who currently operates an Elvis station on Sirius satellite radio, said he would welcome a new Elvis record. "I think it's strictly business and this is 2005," Klein said. "He's been dead 27 years, and you have to move on. Market what you got. A duet with Britney Spears or something like that would be great."
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lvisfan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2005report abuse
Everyone is right about Sony/BMG releasing "Don't Cry Daddy" with Lisa as a single. I was at the 20th anniversary concert when they played the video. The response was so overwhelming that they had to play it again. It almost had me in tears...it was that good. I know that Lisa has said it was just a personal project intended for the fans at the show only, but come on! It's got "HIT" written all over it. Maybe the label can eventually put it out. Also the talk about the future of Elvis releases...They can easilly go in and re-mix some album cuts that should have been single themselves. They did it with the "Guitar Man" album. At least that way they can control the mix instead of having an outsider do it. RCA can strip away any unwanted instrumentation and reconstruct it. They could have do this with the "Conversation" single. Actually if they had used the movie version of the song, I think it would have sounded better. Having an outsider do this bury's Elvis' vocals. The label has the masters to play around with. I think the studio version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going' On" would make a great release. Especially the version that's on the "Essentials" CD. There's just so much out there they can do and keep it going for years.
EspenK (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2005report abuse
I think mr Sillermans words were reassuring. We do NOT want Elvis used in lots of commercials. Definately not. And whats this about col. Parker being the "less is more"-guy? Quite the contrary I'd say! Its about time someone thinks quality before quantity. And Lisa Marie not wanting to release the Dont Cry Daddy-duet but keep it for that special occation is probably the only thing I respect her for. New remixes on the other hand - now that would be interesting - IF made right.
Techy_Viola (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2005report abuse
Calm down. It only says Elvis won't appear in a commercial. Nothing about use of songs in commercials a la ALLC. The reason is not only 'less is more' but outside the US there is no copyright or IP rights pertaining to graphically altered images. So no income and no control over usage.
MauriceColgan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2005report abuse
Oh ye of little faith. Elvis Presley is so firmly established in the imagination of the world's population there is no need to worry about his, "Future career". He is usually spoken of in the present tense... Amazing considering how long he has been gone. BUT by no means forgotten. Underestimating the inquisitiveness of music lovers may lead some to dispair but yours truly has witnessed the most astounding turnaround in popular music history. Elvis is not only back...he is back just about everywhere! Those REALLY interested will find Elvis's BEST material and that's more than enough for anyone. Did WE ever need guidance? Then satiated music lovers will move on to L V Beethoven, the "Emperor", and company. Evolution at work. Or is it, Revolution:-)
Colin B (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2005report abuse
"I'm not sure you're going to see Elvis in a commercial," Sillerman said. "With Elvis, less is more." Robert F. X. Sillerman - Tom Parker incarnate ?
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2005report abuse
at last we have someone who doesnt think elvis . we have to get rid of the losers like jorgenson . he came cheap but we have to pay more . the cheaper they are monkeys . roll on elvis lets put the past behind and move on . this is going in the right direction we need more allc and rubberneckin . the future looks good if we get rid of all the elvis losers and that means all those fans who live in the past . go away and watch the improvement and when he happens join on the bandwagon of the 2000's . viva the new retro elvis.
Viva (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2005report abuse
Oh christ, it's Col Parker all over again. Mr Sillerman was obviously busy kissing Lisa Marie's arse when the Nike ad with ALLC was blasting the single to the No1 spot the world over. Yeah Robert, commercials are a bad idea. It's going to be the same problem with Sillerman as it was with EPE- they couldn't give a flying bunk up about the integrity and availability of Elvis' body of work to the masses, they can make more money by getting a cookie jar made by a three year old in Taiwan and selling it at 1000% mark-up. Right from the word go I said the buy out would be bad for Elvis, and I've seen or heard nothing since to change that opinion.
doctor (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2005report abuse
If you want to continue to bring Elvis to the new generation, remixes like ALLC and Rubberneckin' is the way to go. They buy the remix and then get hooked on the rest of the Elvis catalogue. It's called marketing, folks!!!! I was in a movie theatre full of school safety patrollers (11 year olds) who'd been taken to see "Shark Tale" as a reward for helping their schools. Guess what the reaction was when ALLC played on the soundtrack of the film? They loved it!!!! Now, I would not want Elvis dueting with anybody new. But they could certainly take Today, Tomorrow and Forever with Ann Margret, remix it and it would be a huge hit. There is undeniable passion all over that version of the song (just listen to Elvis sigh after the song is done). Another good candidate for a remix is C'mon Everybody, or Let Yourself Go, or Clean Up Your Own Backyard. What are you waiting for, Sony-BMG? Don't let the naysayers get in the way of good marketing common sense. Long live rock and roll, long live the legacy of Elvis!!
paralyzed (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2005report abuse
Jesus George. The reason he'd been dead for 27 years and is larger than ever, is because of the integrity of his music. Take that away and start piddling it on stupid money making duets with no talent morons and you'll be sure to drive his image into the ground. The man left enough magic behind to have fans as long as the music is available. The catalog is large enough to satisfy all. No need to alter. What are you smoking?
Shaky (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2005report abuse
Sean wrote: I never understood why the 'Dont Cry Daddy' duet with Lisa was never released.It would have been massive.What a wasted opportunity . I heard that BMG did actively approach EPE in regards to putting the Don't Cry Daddy Duet out BUT it was LMP who didn't want it released, just ment for that one special occasion I would imagine that decision will be reversed at some point? Let's see how that difficult 2nd album goes down commercially and then . . . NOW WHAT?
mary (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2005report abuse
Have Mr Sillerman and Mr Klein ever sat, and listened really listened to more than a handful of Elvis songs. He recorded some brilliant songs especially during the seventies. I have been a fan of Elvis since I was little when I used to listen to my Mothers records..I have heard them all,though I enjoy all of his music he did so much more than just the chosen few that we all hear everyday how about releasing something else for a change...this man had more than just an amazing voice he put his heart,and soul in to his music. I hate to think that his talent could be wasted by thinking that a duet with Britney is the best thing that they can think of really..its an insult.There is a duet with his daughter..whitch do you think he would of choosen to do? The man will earn them a fortune for years to come if they give the younger generation a chance to hear more tan just the same songs over, and over again. Give us something more Mr Sillermam, we Elvis fans know he was brilliant..prove you have faith in the name you have bought, and the millions of fans world wide that keep the name of Elvis alive.
Diane W (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2005report abuse
Re: Elvis Girl wrote...Ditto to Don't Cry Daddy Duet. Should have been released right away after the 20th Anniversary. It would be great also if this became available on DVD, the way that it was shown at the Concert during Elvis week.
smudgedapple (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2005report abuse
What's the dilemma? Elvis recorded 773 songs - stop playing the same old hits - after all no ones heard Hound Diog before have they - jeeze!! U want to sell products?? Put 'Promised Land' in an advert and people will listen! They should actually listen to some Elvis stuff before saying anything! When was the last time an advery used 'Moody Blue'? Exactly!! Advertisers should actually do their job properly! There's tons of great Elvis amsters without crappy remixes.
Sean Ryan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2005report abuse
I never understood why the 'Dont Cry Daddy' duet with Lisa was never released.It would have been massive.What a wasted opportunity,what with Lisa being a recording artist now as well. I remember when TTWII SE was released on DVD.A day AFTER it was shown coast to coast on American TV,which also had the 4 missing songs which they left out on the DVD release.It didnt sell as much as they thought it would and no wonder when it was put on the TV. Here in the UK we have had a great run of top ten hits with 3 getting to number one.No footage was allowed by the Estate over some silly arguement with the BBC. I also thought that the Steve Mcqueen ad was awesome. George Klein's idea of Elvis doing a duet with Britney. I thought April fools day had gone. Klein is joking, please tell me he is joking.
Tina S (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2005report abuse
only remixs like ALLc will work
Elvis girl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2005report abuse
I would love them to put out Don't cry daddy with Lisa. it is lovely.
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2005report abuse
OK so where's the future marketing and promotion of Elvis going to come from? I thought that Steve McQueen ad was brilliant. I've heard all kinds of stories that this Sillerman guy is going to start an Elvis Idol TV show in the states. Kamikaze springs to mind!!
Shaky (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2005report abuse
Maybe the Britney Spears quote is a bit off the mark BUT the 'in the can' Video and master of 'Don't Cry Daddy' with Lisa-Marie should be considered for a wider release especially with all the PR over 'Elvis by The Presley' CD & TV Project in May. Other proposed projects like Syphomphic or Orchestral remakes of some of ELVIS ballads would be a commercial success - nothings more classical than Elvis' pure and beautiful vocal tracks!
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2005report abuse
A duet with Britney Spears?? Disgusting ! Another member of the mafia strikes again. Is there anything that can stop these guys ?

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