The Elvis Presley Expert

featuring Jeffrey Schrembs

“New” Elvis Gospel Album


I owe it to those who take their time and checkout this blog to state my opinion, context, and facts. Things about Elvis, onstage and off, that I found/find interesting. Let me say that I support the professional endeavors of Lisa Marie, and she sings on one of the songs,  and she is going through a very difficult time. My heart and prayers go out to her and her family including minor children. I have no question that this endeavor uses the greatest care and exceptional individuals with good intentions and I respect, and appreciate, that. But I have very mixed emotions about Elvis songs being “redone” and here is why.

Elvis surrounded himself with the best of the best. The best backup singers male and female. The best musicians. The best orchestra. The best microphones, speakers, etc. The best recording facilities. And most of all it was Elvis and his voice. Elvis never let his voice me manipulated by technology and please note that during Elvis’ life we had sent men to the moon so we sure had the technology to enhance recordings as 99% of the “singers” do now (i.e. auto tune, recording board alterations, etc.). And Elvis, for all intents and purposes, arranged his recordings PLUS Elvis sounded as good or better live than on recordings. WOW. So if it was good enough for Elvis then it is good enough for me today.

However, I understand taking advantage of enhancing, for sound quality only, some of Elvis’ recordings. To clarify some verbiage or inflections. To hear Elvis’ 4 1/2 octave range in all it’s glory.

Since I have not heard this album my opinion, as there has been other songs/albums “redone”, is that I prefer the original recordings BUT I respect the quality of the efforts on the “new releases” including the usage of exceptional musicians and singers. And I have enjoyed listening to a few of these releases and I have them incorporated on various playlists. So what is my final thought(s)? Well, if you only had to chose one version take the one that Elvis recorded during his life but in this day of  “click or swipe and songs magically appear on your iPad, tablet, computer, cell phone, etc.” you can have both.

So now comes the news that there is going to be a “new” release of Elvis Gospel songs and courtesy of Rolling Stone comes this:

New Elvis Gospel Compilation Features Lisa Marie Presley, Darlene Love

‘Where No One Stands Alone’ pairs classic Presley performances with new instrumentals, backing vocals

A new Elvis gospel compilation, ‘Where No One Stands Alone,’ will feature contributions from Lisa Marie Presley and Darlene Love. Rob Latour/REX Shutterstock, Kobal/REX Shutterstock, Greg Allen/Invision/AP/REX Shutterstock

A new Elvis compilation, Where No One Stands Alone, will highlight the rock legend’s love of gospel music and feature contributions from Lisa Marie PresleyDarlene Love and more. The record arrives August 10th via RCA/Legacy.

“It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father,” Lisa Marie wrote in her notes for the album. “The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I’m certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way.”

Along with Lisa Marie Presley and Love, Where No One Stands Alone will also feature vocals from Cissy Houston – who began singing with Elvis in 1969 as a member of the Inspirations – Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales and Jim Murray. The members of Elvis’ longtime backup group the Stamps – Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland – also contributed to the record.

Where No One Stands Alone is available to pre-order. The record will be released digitally as well as on CD and vinyl. On August 11th, Lisa Marie Presley will join producers Joel Weinshanker and Andy Childs for a special “Where No One Stands Alone” event at Graceland Soundstage.

Where No One Stands Alone Track List
1. “I’ve Got Confidence”
2. “Where No One Stands Alone” (with Lisa Marie Presley)
3. “Saved”
4. “Crying In The Chapel”
5. “So High”
6. “Stand By Me”
7. “Bosom Of Abraham”
8. “How Great Thou Art”
9. “I, John”
10. “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
11. “He Touched Me”
12. “In The Garden”
13. “He Is My Everything”
14. “Amazing Grace”


Shout out to some great Elvis Presley websites

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I wanted to share a heartfelt thanks to these, in no specific order, exceptional websites about Elvis Presley.

After studying Elvis Presley, his family, his career, his personal life, etc. for (approximately) six decades now I have seen just about everything related to Elvis such as; newspapers, magazines, books, audio files, photographs, videos, records, concerts, etc. With that said I have very high standards when it comes to Elvis and I put a premium on facts and context and that includes the areas of his life that Elvis did not want publicly known (and I am never judging but in fairness they should be put forth to the public and I do so without sensationalism).

Websites are in no specific order as each are equally wonderful). (Joe Esposito Website) (Phil Arnolds Website) (Paul Lichter’s Website) (Russ Howes’ Website) (Alanna Nash books) (Simply do a search of Elvis Presley and enjoy) – featuring Larry Geller who was a beloved friend of Elvis, along with being his hair stylist, for several decades. (Author of Elvis word for word among others) (Alan Hanson site) (our “Official Forum” – free of course so please join today) (Jeff Schrembs Wiki Answers page & feel free to ask any questions about Elvis Presley onstage or off)

And here are some more of our websites/blogs that we know you will enjoy

Thank you.



The idea of each of these websites, blogs, etc. originated as a “positive distraction” after being diagnosed with cancer. But, with all the content it is still just a fraction of what we intend to post in the upcoming months/years.

With (sadly) each year so many of those who Elvis loved, worked with, were related to, etc. have passed away. Our thoughts, and eternal prayers, go out to those who have lost these fine individuals with the most recent being (sadly) Marty Lacker who was Elvis’ beloved friend – co-best man in Elvis’ wedding in 1967 to Priscilla, and a founding member of Elvis’ “Memphis Mafia”. Elvis Presley’s friend Marty Lacker died at age 80 of kidney failure

And while you are here we hope you like the following images related to Elvis Presley. Please enjoy:

WM 1970 Elvis candid standing 7 other men Felton Jarvis kneeling RS 8WM 1969 Elvis brown stringish vest cool candid

WM 1956 Elvis with Brooke Benton at Red Hot Blue WHBQ radio show

ABC TV interview young Elvis video

Some of the nicknames of Elvis Presley

Fire eyes.

Big E.



Atomic powered singer.

Alan (he used this at Graceland for phone calls and visitors).


Son & my boy (used by Colonel Parker).

Memphis flash.

Tupelo tornado.

King of rock and roll.


The king.

John Burrows.

Dr. Carpenter (or John Carpenter)

Elvis the pelvis (he hated this one).

King of hillbilly (and hillbilly bop).


The hillbilly cat.



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One of the greatest candid Elvis Presley interviews 1956 – via YouTube

This is a great audio, put into a YouTube video, that took place in Lakeland Florida on August 6, 1956 with Elvis being interviewed by TV Guide.

I have enjoyed this candid interview for decades and I hope that you do as well.

This interview shows many aspects of Elvis’ passions, opinions, feelings, etc. To think back that at the time of this interview he had his whole life ahead of him and was, and would be for many years, a great entertainer who was wholly original.

Please feel free to share this post, and our websites, on social media.

Take care and may God bless you.

Jeff Schrembs

Elvis Presley funny moments video circa 1977

Thanks YouTube

Caution: Non Elvis post.

$15,000.00 of Elvis Presley items sold eBay November 2014

There is,was, and forever will be a demand for anything about Elvis Presley.

Such is the case here with two recent eBay sales.


eBay Elvis SOLD November 22, 2014

And here is the direct link:

Renowned Elvis photographer Al Wertheimer died per Alanna Nash

It is with a heave heart to have learned that Alfred (Al) Wertheimer (sadly) passed away today October 20, 2014.

I learned of his passing through my dear friend Alanna Nash.

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to Alanna Nash and those who were; friends and/or loved ones of Mr. Wertheimer.

Having amassed Elvis Presley photographs, for these (6) six decades now, I greatly appreciated the talent and artistry of Mr. Wertheimer who was able to capture magnificent candid photographs of Elvis circa 1956. The most famous of Mr. Wertheimer’s Elvis’ photographs was the one entitled “the kiss” where Elvis has his tongue out to a 50’s short hair cropped beauty against a wall.

Even after all these years the black and white photographs of Mr. Wertheimer, with my favorite being Elvis wearing his suit walking away from the train by himself heading home fin Memphis, Tennessee after being in New York., resonates.

The passing of Mr. Wertheimer (sadly) closes yet another chapter in the lives of those who played a pivotal role in the life of Elvis Presley. Hence, I do wish that Elvis fans worldwide will not only pay their respects concerning Mr. Wertheimer’s passing but to also reach out and support those who were friends and/or loved one’s of Elvis Presley. This list includes, but is not limited to, the following: Marty Lacker, Red West, Sonny West, Billy Smith, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling and Sandi Pichon.

Time proves, each day, that life is never guaranteed in length and/or quality. I will always be a fan of Mr. Wertheimer and I deeply regret that I was not able to meet him in person. Fortunately Mr. Wertheimer has left behind a body of works that are exceptional.

I know that God will grant the time to; mourn, acknowledge, praise, and then the time to heal.

For those seeking more information I refer, with sincere thanks and respect, you to contact Alanna Nash directly.

Take care and may God bless you.

Jeff Schrembs

Elvis Presley interview circa 1955

Man, Elvis sounds (and was) so very very young.

On January 8, 2015 Elvis Presley (had he of lived) would have been 80 years old.

Thankfully he left behind three decades of exceptional work and achievement(s).

While God may not of bestowed the same gifts to us that he gave to Elvis the gifts we have been given are just as meaningful and I implore you, one and all, not to be afraid and to use your talents/gifts to the fullest.

Thanks YouTube

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