Elvis Presley's 1st Drummer DJ Fontana, Millie Kirkham Rock With John Krondes and The Elvis 'Hit Making Team'

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No short of a miracle, the divine rock 'n roll mission of the Elvis "Hit Making Team" keeps Elvis and his dream alive.

Is it the second Comeback for Elvis Presley? However you brand it, believe it, or see it; The Dream Lives. Over the last year and half, the young singer/songwriter John Krondes continues to beat the odds and the laws of the universe. After meeting the Jordanaires in Las Vegas a few years ago, and recording his Dad's song "The End," Krondes has found a new beginning both for himself and Elvis in music. The very same song "The End" that Elvis sang to Priscilla on the night they met has become the seed that harvested the return of All The King's Men to the studio. The music making relationship of John Krondes and The Jordanaires has mushroomed to include now virtually all of Elvis Presley's original "Hit Team."

The laws of nature have been suspended in this remarkable story of John Krondes and the Elvis "Hit Making team." The supernatural powers at be in Rock 'n Roll heaven continue to shun the nay sayers and disbelievers as the dream lives on. Many of the faithful Elvis followers now see these fateful series of meetings between the King's men and John Krondes as occurrences that are above nature and above man. For the very first time since Elvis died in 1977, through this eerie "whatchamacallit" project, The "TCB" Band, Elvis' Memphis studio band "The Memphis Boys", the Sweet Inspirations, Jordanaires, Elvis Writers, Producers, and Elvis' best friend Joe Esposito have flocked together to make new music.

Guinness Book of World Records watch out. This past week has witnessed the new addition of D.J. Fontana and Millie Kirkham to the Elvis "Hit Making Team." Elvis Presley's very first drummer and Elvis singer Millie Kirkham rocked with John Krondes and Elvis Presley's "Memphis Boys" band at Masterfonics recording studio in Nashville last week. Just months shy of completing the first compilation of new music in nearly 30 years together, the addition of D.J. and Millie completed the Elvis circle and sent a few new shock waves through the Elvis World.

Elvis composer Paul Evans wrote two new songs with singer/songwriter John Krondes for the latest Nashville sessions and pulled a couple more rabbits out of his hat. The Evans/Krondes team wrote a new arrangement on Paul Evans song "Something Blue" which Elvis recorded in 1962. Both D.J. Fontana and the Jordanaires with Millie Kirkham performed on the original version with Elvis. "Something Blue" was never released in the U.S. as a single but has found new life in this new recording by John Krondes with D.J. Fontana, Millie, the Jordanaires and the "Memphis Boys." The "Hit Team" was joined last week as well by Elvis Pianist Bobby Ogdin. Ogdin played live and on recorded music with Elvis in the 1970s. Evans as well provided the "Hit Team" with two additional songs that Elvis was planning to record.

D.J. Fontana and Miss Millie Kirkham answered Heaven's call and have become part of our Miracle and Dream Come True. Both D.J. and Millie were part of Elvis Presley's beginning and remained a vital part of the Presley team for many years.

D.J. Fontana, began his historical stint with Elvis in 1954 at the Louisiana Hayride. Fontana worked as a staff drummer with Elvis at the Hayride. More notably, D.J. Fontana drummed up a hit with Elvis in 1956 with "Heartbreak Hotel" the first of 17 number one hits. Fontana played on all the Elvis Movie tracks, appeared in four movies, "G.I. Blues", "Loving You," "Jailhouse Rock" and "King Creole." D.J. as well appeared with Elvis on all TV shows through 1968 including the "'68 Comeback Special." D.J. Fontana can be seen playing with Elvis on shows such as Ed Sullivan, Milton Berle and Steve Allen. D.J.'s amazing career continued to include work with Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones, and a Grammy Nomination in 1998 with Scotty Moore.

As for little Miss Millie, Rock 'n Roll Heaven has called on this Angel to help keep the dream alive. Elvis Sopranoist Millie Kirkham began her association with Elvis in a 1957 recording session. That session yielded "Blue Christmas" and other classics sung by Millie Kirkham and the Jordanaires. Millie can be heard on other Elvis standards such as "The Wonder Of You," "How Great Thou Art," "Surrender," "Don't" amongst many other greats. Millie worked with Elvis on recordings as late as 1975, just two years shy of Elvis' passing.

After breaking the Top-40 Charts in the U.S. with "Vegas In The Morning," John Krondes has just released "Indiana Girl" which FMQB has shown to have been the #1 Most Added new song in the U.S. for two straight weeks. To hear "Indiana Girl" by John Krondes go to FMQB.com and then look for "Indiana Girl" on the AC Home Page or click this link: http://www.fmqbproductions.com/epks/2005/johnkrondes/radio.html. Look for the release of the new CD "If I Can Dream" by John Krondes and The Elvis "Hit Making Team" in early 2006. Music by John Krondes and The Jordanaires is available at Amazon.com and other fine internet retailers.

The Elvis World welcomes D.J. Fontana, Millie Kirkham and Bobby Ogdin to the history making music venture by John Krondes and the Elvis "Hit Making Team". History continues to repeat itself in this magnificent musical undertaking by the Elvis "Hit Team." The music world can look forward to many new and exciting recordings with D.J. Fontana on the beat again with John and The Jordanaires. Elvis lives as his memory is in our hearts, thoughts and the souls of John Krondes and the Elvis "Hit Making Team."

Funky Sound of America

Rock 'n Roll News Desk

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