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Author:
Ernst Jørgensen



Ernst Jørgensen

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Ernst showing an original Elvis studio tape.
(Photo source: internet/unknown)

Elvis Presley authority Ernst Mikael Jørgensen (Denmark, 1951 - ) has been credited with helping to revive audience interest in the late musician through his work as a producer with BMG, the Denmark-based music company that owns Elvis's old record label, RCA. Jørgensen, who has been a fan of Elvis since the 1960s, accomplished this by coproducing several new box sets of Elvis's songs, including The King of Rock & Roll, From Nashville to Memphis, and Walk a Mile in My Shoes, that have sold millions of copies; today, he continues to work on new Elvis CDs and videos for BMG. His diligent research into the daily life of Elvis, especially Elvis's innovative work as a performer, has also resulted in the highly praised books Elvis Presley: A Life in Music, The Complete Recording Sessions and Elvis Day by Day: The Definitive Record of His Life and Music.

After Elvis's untimely death at the age of forty-two in 1977, his reputation and legacy suffered for many years as audiences often remembered him more for the tragic, overweight, drug-addicted Vegas act he had unfortunately become than as the dynamic and innovative performer who greatly influenced rock and roll music. Beginning in the early 1990s, Jørgensen helped revise that image. As David Segal explained in a Washington Post article, "Jørgensen, then the top executive in BMG's Danish office, urged his bosses in Germany to demolish the slum that was Elvis's reputation and build a skyscraper in its place." The release of 1992's The Complete 50's Masters marked the beginning of a posthumous comeback for Elvis, thanks to Jørgensen. The five-disc set quickly went double platinum, far exceeding BMG's wildest expectations and paving the way for many more song collections in the future.

In addition to this success as a producer and repackager of Elvis material, Jørgensen has increasingly been acknowledged as the foremost scholar of Presley's life.

Source: Encyclopedia.com ...

Some selected interviews with Ernst:
Elvis Australia ... (by Arjan Deelen, November 21, 2001)
Pop Entertainment ... (by Ken Sharp, 2006, first appeared in the UK magazine Record Collector)


Text updated: 4 June 2022

References:

1975 - Elvis Recording Sessions 1954-1974 (with Erik Rasmussen and Johnny Mikkelsen)
1977 - Elvis Recording Sessions (with Erik Rasmussen and Johnny Mikkelsen)
1977 - Elvis Recording Sessions (updated version) (with Erik Rasmussen and Johnny Mikkelsen)

1984 - Elvis Recording Sessions (2nd Ed.) (with Erik Rasmussen and Johnny Mikkelsen)
1986 - Reconsider Baby - The Definitive Elvis Sessionography 1954-1977 (1st Ed, 2nd print) (with Erik Rasmussen and Johnny Mikkelsen)
1986 - Reconsider Baby - The Definitive Elvis Sessionography 1954-1977 (reprint) (with Erik Rasmussen and Johnny Mikkelsen)

1998 - A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions
1999 - Elvis Day by Day (with Peter Guralnick)

2000 - A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions
2001 - Elvis Presley: The Way It Was (with Hanna Sherif)
2004 - Elvis Presley: Flashback (with Hanna Sherif)
2007 - Elvis Presley: Live In LA (with Pål Granlund)

2010 - Elvis Presley: King Creole - The Music (with Pål Granlund)
2011 - Young Man With the Big Beat - The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Masters (with Roger Semon)
2012 - A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-55 Recordings
2013 - Elvis Presley: Summer of '61 (with David English, Keith Russell and Pål Granlund)
2017 - Elvis - A Life In Music: Die kompletten Aufnahme-Sessions 1953 - 1977 (with Helmut Radermacher)
2017 - A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-55 Recordings (budget re-release including 3 CDs and 120-page booklet)

2021 - On The Road With Bruce Jackson (with Gary Jackson) (includes a 3 CD set)


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