Will it ever end? Department: The first convention of Elvis impersonators is set for Chicago next June. For more info, write to Ron Bessette, EPIIA, 2900 Pinetree Court, Aurora, Illinois 60505.
Reeling and Rocking: The Fat Boys are filming Fat Tuesday, a New Orleans--based movie about an evil spell (for more about the Fat Boys, you can dial 900-909-4FAT for a daily earful).... Willie Nelson says that Bob Dylan will produce a movie based on Willie's autobiography.... INXS' Michael Hutchence will play poet Percy Shelley in Roger Corman'sFrankenstein Unbound .... Patti LaBelle news includes a role in the movie bio of Mahalia Jackson, a USA Network film called Fire and Rain, a possible reunion with Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx and a potential Broadway role in Duke Ellington'sQueenie Pie. ... Tom Waits is filming Queens Logic, about seven working-class friends in Queens, with Kevin Bacon, John Malkovich and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Newsbreaks: John Entwistle is working on a book of anecdotes about the Who. The band may also release a three-album set of some of the songs from its 25th-anniversary tour, plus a home video of the L.A. production of Tommy .... The upcoming cable tribute to John Lennon will include a dance salute choreographed by Paula Abdul and starring Rudolf Nureyev .... A campaign is being mounted to get Muddy Waters' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.... The Pet Shop Boys have started their first tour ever, in the Far East and England. An American tour is in the works for the first part of 1990.... Bobby McFerrin plans to conduct the San Francisco Symphony next March, but first he's taking some lessons from Leonard Bernstein to get ready for Beethoven's Seventh. ... Writer and actor Eric Bogosian, who did Talk Radio, is working on a new piece for a one-man off-Broadway show called Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll. He'll play a variety of characters, including a jaded English rock star.... Ronnie Spector is writing Be My Baby: The Autobiography of Ronnie Spector with Vince Waldron. It's due in bookstores next year.... Martha Reeves is trying to collect royalties from Berry Gordy, Jr., for Heat Wave, which she recorded with the Vandellas in the Sixties.... Roger Waters' current favorite dream: to perform Pink Floyd'sThe Wall one more time--at the Berlin Wall before it's torn down.... Dwight Yoakam has been working on a pilot for a TV series you should see any day now.... It's happy 15th anniversary to the Ramones, who met in high school, but as Dee Dee points out, "We didn't go to school very much. We kinda met hanging around the flagpole." ... Look--or, rather, listen--for National Public Radio's BluesStage, hosted by the first lady of rock and soul, Ruth Brown....Shelley Duvall plans to continue to use rock stars in her TV children's-theater productions. Mother Goose Rock 'N' Rhyme will star Cyndi Lauper and Paul Simon. The musical take-off on Mother Goose will appear on the Disney Channel after the first of the year.... Last July, 447 guitar players got together in South Carolina and played Louie, Louie for a half hour straight. Just trying to break one of those silly records.... Finally, we heard it through the grapevine: Michael Jackson is joining the California Raisins in their new commercials. It's bad enough that so much pop music has been reduced to background noise, but to have the gloved one endorse it? Do we want the kids of tomorrow to think raisins wrote all those tunes?