domingo, 15 de junio de 2014

Unseen Pictures From Larry Geller's Archives

Larry Geller opened up his private picture collection and showed two unreleased shots that he took of Elvis. The first one shows Elvis and a cute fan in Hawaii 1965. Larry: "This is another picture - never seen before - that I took during filming of "Paradise Hawaiian Style." Elvis loved little kids, becoming like one of them himself when he was around them. Enjoy."
The second picture, with Elvis & members of Herman's Hermits in Hawaii 1965, is also from Larry's personal collection: "I took this picture of Elvis and Peter Noon of Herman's Hermits (hitsong: No Milk Today), with Col. Parker standing by, during filming of "Paradise Hawaiian Style" in 1965."

Puppy Dog" Elvis Bit Charlotte Reporter in 1956

The Charlotte Observer reported the following incident in its June 29, 1956, edition. It seems Elvis was sitting in his "baby blue" limousine after his Thursday night show in Charleston, South Carolina, when a girl reporter for The News and Courier approached his car to take a picture. Apparently, she was after a closeup. She was so close that Elvis was able to stick his head out and bite her hand.
Many girls probably would have enjoyed being bitten by Elvis. This reporter was not one of them. "Hey, you big bruiser, what's the idea?" she asked him. "You trying to make like Marlon Brando or something."
"I was only being friendly, like a little puppy dog," Elvis responded.
The reporter told Elvis it was the first time anyone had ever bitten her as a sign of friendship. "Lady, if you want to get ahead, you gotta be different," explained Elvis. It was a different era. No lawsuit was filed.

Elvis’s first LP released: March 23, 1956


Elvis's first LP released: March 23, 1956
As "Heartbreak Hotel" rushed up the singles chart in March 1956, RCA released Elvis's first record album, titled simply "Elvis Presley." "This young singer from the south is the latest performer to cash in on frenetic highjinks," read Billboard's review on March 14, 1956. "In this collection Presley works through a repertory that's a blend of hillbilly and rock 'n' roll, ranging from such contemporary classics as 'Tutti Frutti' to the Rodgers & Hart oldie, 'Blue Moon,' in which an echo effect and some falsetto piping almost succeeds in making the song unrecognizable."
A full-page in Billboard (another first for Elvis) on March 31 announced, "A Red Hot Star Is Born on RCA Victor Records!" The LP quickly rose to the top of the LP chart, where it stayed for 10 weeks. It became the first RCA album ever to sell over 300,000 copies on its initial release.


Return to Sender

Return to Sender" has the distinction of being #1 among all of Elvis's #2 recordings. It spent 5 consecutive weeks in the runner-up spot in 1962. The catchy rhythm tune entered the Hot 100 on October 20 and reached #2 on November 17. It had the misfortune, however, of being released almost simultaneously with The Four Seasons' mega hit, "Big Girls Don't Cry." The Jersey Boys rode the top of the chart for 5 weeks, with "Return to Sender" right behind them the whole time. Never able to reach the tantalizingly close #1 spot, Elvis's song began its journey down the chart, exiting the Hot 100 in early February 1963. "Return to Sender" had spent 16 weeks on the chart, 9 of them in the top 10. Elvis would not have a bigger hit until "Suspicious Minds" over 6 years later.

Elvis on TV


Elvis on TV was always more than a regular program, more than a special event; it was a cultural experience. Presley was unknown nationally when he first appeared on national television on January 28, 1956. That appearance on CBS's Stage Show, along with the five others that followed, launched him on the road to super stardom. Thereafter, high ratings were the standard whenever Elvis appeared on the small screen.
During his lifetime, Elvis Presley made 15 high profile national TV appearances, 11 of which came in 1956. The first six were on Stage Show, hosted by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, in the first three months of 1956. That was followed by two shots on NBC's The Milton Berle Show on April 3 and June 5. Steve Allen featured Elvis on his NBC variety show on July 1. Ed Sullivan then signed Elvis for three legendary appearances on his CBS Sunday night variety show on September 9 and October 28, 1956, and January 6, 1957. The latter was Elvis's only TV appearance in 1957.
Presley fans and critics then waited over three years to see Elvis on TV again. His first public appearance after leaving the army was on Frank Sinatra's May 12, 1960, ABC special. For the next eight years Presley was seen only on the big screen, as he focused on his Hollywood career. Elvis recharged his waning career when he headlined his NBC "Comeback Special" on December 3, 1968. His last TV special during his lifetime came on April 4, 1973, when Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii was broadcast in the U.S. by NBC. Seven weeks after his death, another Elvis TV special was aired when Elvis in Concert ran on CBS.

Elvis’s Billboard

Elvis's first new single release for RCA first appeared on a Billboard chart on March 3, 1956, when it entered the Top 100 list at #68. Just two weeks later, it reached #1 on the C&W "Best Sellers" chart, displacing Presley's own recording of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget." By April 28, it was #1 on all three C&W charts. Then on May 5, "Heartbreak Hotel" reached #1 on the Top 100 pop chart, where it remained for seven consecutive weeks. On May 12, "Heartbreak Hotel" established a Billboard record. That week it was #1 on eight charts at the same time—the Top 100, "Honor Roll of Hits," and both the pop and C&W "Sellers," "Juke Boxes," and "Jockeys" charts. By mid-April "Heartbreak Hotel" had sold a million copies, making it Elvis's first gold record.


A dazzling photo array of memorabilia will illustrate each day and entry. Concert ticket stubs, RCA memoranda, letters from fans, postcards from Elvis to his family, tour itineraries,
magazine covers and articles, trade charts, fan club relics, RCA publicity photos, concert photos, candid photos
, and more will be a feast for the eyes and the imagination as 1956
unfolds.  The book was assembled by Elvis expert Roger Semon.

YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT will also include:
Five rare 8x10 photographs (suitable for framing)
Five original-size poster replicas
A replica concert ticket stub.  

YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT was produced for reissue by Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, the respected director of RCA's Elvis catalog for over two decades.  Jorgensen is also the
author of the essential research guide, Elvis Presley: A Life In Music (St. Martin's Press, 1998).  He recently completed The Complete Elvis Presley Masters, the 27-CD crown jewel in
RCA/Legacy's Elvis 75 campaign of 2010-2011.  That set contains all 711 master recordings released during Elvis' lifetime, housed in a 12-inch square presentation case which
includes a coffee table-style book.

After nearly a year and a half of studio recording and singles releases on Sun Records of Memphis, Elvis Presley's recording contract was sold to RCA Records on November 21,
1955.  Elvis arrived at RCA Studios in Nashville on January 10, 1956, with his band, guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black, and D.J. Fontana on drums.  It was the beginning of an
odyssey that would not only transform the lives of Elvis and his buddies, but would also reshape the face of popular music, entertainment television, radio, concert promotion, movie
production and more in America and around the world.  

Buddy Holly: "Without Elvis none of us could have made it."

Scotty Moore: "He had so much energy we had to sit up nights to wear him out so that we could go to sleep."

John Lennon: "My crushing ambition in life was to be like Elvis Presley."

Bruce Springsteen: "My mother was watching the Ed Sullivan Show and Elvis came on. I went out and bought a guitar straight away..."

James Brown: "Elvis taught white America to get down."

From the master takes recorded at those January 10th sessions, "Heartbreak Hotel" (inducted into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame) and "I Was the One," to the Million Dollar Quartet jam
session back home in Memphis on December 4th, it was a year in music that will never be equaled.

Both the box set and the Legacy Edition are currently available for pre-order at  


(RCA/Legacy 88697 93534 2)

Disc: 1 Elvis Presley (1956)
01. Blue Suede Shoes  
02. I m Counting On You  
03. I Got A Woman  
04. One-Sided Love Affair  
05. I Love You Because  
06. Just Because  
07. Tutti Frutti  
08. Trying To Get To You  
09. I m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)  
010. I ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin )
011. Blue Moon  
012. Money Honey  
013. Heartbreak Hotel  
014. I Was The One  
015. My Baby Left Me  
016. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy  
017. Shake, Rattle And Roll  

Disc: 2  Elvis (1956)

1. Rip It Up  
2. Love Me  
3. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again  
4. Long Tall Sally  
5. First In Line  
6. Paralyzed  
7. So Glad You re Mine  
8. Old Shep  
9. Ready Teddy  
10. Anyplace Is Paradise  
11. How s The World Treating You  
12. How Do You Think I Feel  
13. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You  
14. Hound Dog  
15. Don t Be Cruel  
16. Any Way You Want Me (That s How I Will Be)  
17. Too Much  
18. Playing For Keeps  

Love Me Tender EP
19. Love Me Tender  
20. Let Me  
21. Poor Boy  
22. We re Gonna Move  

Disc: 3 Elvis Live In '56
Venus Room, Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, May 6, 1956

01. Heartbreak Hotel  
02. Long Tall Sally  
03. Blue Suede Shoes  
04. Money Honey  

Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 1956
05. Heartbreak Hotel  
06. Long Tall Sally  
07. I Was The One  
08. Money Honey  
09. I Got A Woman  
10. Blue Suede Shoes  
11. Hound Dog  

Hirsch Youth Center, Louisiana Fairgrounds, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 15, 1956, previously unreleased.
12. Heartbreak Hotel  
13. Long Tall Sally  
14. I Was The One  
15. Love Me Tender  
16. Don t Be Cruel  
17. Love Me  
18. I Got A Woman  
19. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again  
20. Paralyzed  
21. Hound Dog  

Disc: 4  The Sessions
First RCA Session Outtakes, January 10-11, 1956
01. I Got A Woman take unknown  
02. Heartbreak Hotel take 06  
03. I m Counting On You take 13  
04. I Was The One take 02  

The Complete February 3, 1956 Sessions
05. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy take 01  
06. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy take 03  
07. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy take 04  
08. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy take 05  
09. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy take 06  
10. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy takes 07, 08, 09  
11. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy take 10 (master)  
12. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy takes 11,12  
13. Shake, Rattle And Roll takes 01, 02  
14. Shake, Rattle And Roll takes 03, 05, 06, 07  
15. Shake, Rattle And Roll take 08  
16. Shake, Rattle And Roll takes 09, 10, 11, 12, 12 (undubbed master)

Bonus Interview
17. The Complete Warwick Hotel Interview  

Disc: 5  Elvis Talks
01. The Complete TV Guide Presents Elvis interview  
02. Colonel Parker Interview  
03. The Truth About Me  
04. The Truth About Me Interview  
05. Victrola Radio ad 1  
06. Victrola Radio ad 2  

live 70

 June 29, 1974
On his way to perform the first show of Tour # 18 in Bloomington, Indiana on May 27, 1976

      3 above are from Savannah February 17, 1977
3 above are from Columbia, SC. February 18, 1977 ( he really looks like he is having fun here)
Johnson City, February 19, 1977
Rapid City June 21 1977

Sir Cliff Richard Visits Graceland


Sir Cliff Richard Visits Graceland

English pop star and Elvis fan Cliff Richard stopped by Graceland this weekend while in Memphis recording a new album. Richard, who has sold over 260 million records worldwide, dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His 1958 hit single "Move It" is often described as Britain's first authentic rock 'n' roll song. He continues to record and perform around the world and is the only artist, other than Elvis, to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s).
This was a return visit for Richard who came to Graceland in the '60s as a guest of Elvis' father, Vernon Presley. Richard was very excited to be back at the home of the King of Rock 'n' Roll and said, "Elvis is the reason I became a rock singer. If he hadn't been around, I don't think there would've been a Cliff Richard either."
One very lucky group of Graceland guests, who happened to be from the UK, had a very special moment when, just before they entered the mansion for their tour, Cliff Richard exited. Their mouths dropped open and one guest said, "CLIFF RICHARD...What are YOU doing here?" Richard responded with a smile, "You never know who you are going to see at Graceland!" 

Source: / Updated: Apr 11, 2011



A photo of Winnifred Innes with Elvis, I used to write to her in the sixties and this is one of her photos, she was at the taping of the 68 Special.  She sent me several of these photos of Elvis and some of Priscilla in a car but not with Elvis!

Elvis 56 57

Apr 5, 1957 - Philadelphia

Backstage at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, FL on August 10, 1956

Putting his shoes on after a long ride from Jacksonville, FL to New Orleans on August 12, 1956

Backstage in Chicago, IL on March 28, 1957

Talking to the press in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada on August 31, 1957, the last time he ever performed a concert outside of the US

Backstage in San Francisco on October 26, 1957

On this very day Judge Marion Gooding came to visit him after the first program and told him to "tone down" his act - a story he recalled during the taping of the 1968 TV Special

Birthplace Gets $6.6 Million Upgrade

Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo, MS


A Tupelo tourism attraction which attracts over 75,000 visitors each year is about to receive a large face-lift. City leaders held a ground breaking at the place where Elvis Presley was born as it will soon expand 10,000 plus square-feet. Project plans estimate to cost about $6.6 million including a theater, reception hall, walking trail, and other displays. Two and a half million dollars for this upgrade comes from the Mississippi Legislature, a wise investment according to some of our tourism experts.
"For every dollar we spend in advertising and marketing in the state of Mississippi we get about seven dollars returned on that one dollar," says Neal McCoy, Director of the Tupelo Convention and Visitor's Bureau. "So this is a good sound investment we think will attract visitors." "We're the number one tourist attraction for the State of Mississippi. The state tourism people realize that and they're not afraid to put money into a project like this," believes Executive Director of the Elvis Presley Memorial, Dick Guyton.
Records show in 2010, the birthplace brought visitors in from all 50 states as well as 50 foreign countries. 

Christmas 1958

Private Elvis Presley in Grafenwoehr - November 1958

Christmas 1958 was especially hard for Elvis. In August he had lost his beloved mother
Gladys. Now, he was stationed in Germany as a soldier in the U.S. Army, far from home and
also concerned about his music and film career being on hold.
Elvis' fellow soldiers had decorated the company Christmas tree. They had taken up a
collection and given a party for the orphans in nearby Friedberg. Elvis had visited the
area promoting the new Salk polio vaccine. On the day that some of the men were to go on holiday leave and furlough, they had to have all theirequipment cleaned and inspected and they could not have their passes before 1700 hours.
Some of the guys were humming and singing Christmas songs. One soldier asked Elvis to
show them how he did his Christmas songs. He finished polishing mirrors in the latrine and then joined the crowd. He told them to "make an instrument." Out came spoons, combs with wax paper, and makeshift drums using tent pins for drum sticks. They sang a rock version of "White
Christmas" with great fervor. It was almost 1700 hours and one soldier asked before they
went would Elvis sing "Silent Night." Elvis took the guitar and asked his sergeant to help him. Recalls Sergeant Jones, "Elvis sang as if in a trance, totally oblivious to the spoons, combs, and tent pins...Somewhere along the way the instruments fell silent and only Elvis' voice could be heard. Those going on pass didn't interrupt. They simply walked silently by Elvis, touched his shoulder and walked out the door. Not another word was spoken after the song until Elvis broke the spell. 'Merry Christmas, everyone,' he said. 'Merry Christmas Elvis!'
they replied in unison."

On Christmas day Sergeant Jones came by the barracks to look in on those not on leave. He
expected to find a somber place. Instead the barracks were jumping. Elvis too had
thought of the others with nowhere to go and had stopped by with a visiting movie actress.
He took the time to introduce her to each soldier before they were off to see a show in Frankfurt. After he left one soldier told Jones, "'You know, Sarge,
that Elvis, he sure does know how to make people feel good." Jones replied, "Amen." And
then "Amen!" the guys in the barracks shouted back.

King Creole

Thanks to the film " King Creole "Elvis stole some critics praise for a role of dramatic content. It is ironic that even with more songs than his two previous films "King Creole" earned much less, perhaps because of the hardness of the story to tell, about a rebellious misfit. Elvis liked the idea because he thought it was very much in line with the characters popularized by Brando , and was not entirely wrong. Although, in fact, had written to James Dean . If the promising actor had not been killed on Sept. 55 to board the brand new Porsche Spyder he affectionately called "Little Bastard" starring Elvis had never "King Creole" . This original project is what explains that in front of it is none other than Michael Curtiz, director and other classic Casablanca. A Hall B. Wallis cost to convince the veteran filmmaker who agree to meet Presley, and he was not willing to stoop to address the typical teen entertainment vehicle. The fi nal accepted, was working the boy and liked him full of enthusiasm for starring in a film that would enable it to demonstrate its potential as an actor. In fact, Curtiz came to feel some affection for Elvis, and helped him so much during filming that, once completed, the singer, always humble and grateful, he said: "Mr. Curtiz, now I know how to work a real director."

Pending that FTD rush once and for all as God intended review of the soundtrack favorite movie of all Elvis fans, we have to make do with bootlegs like us today, published by the house Cajun in 2008. Today I bring you, Antendo an old friend called Tito, acting without loss and with the full booklet included. Possibly the most complete version has been done to date for this soundtrack. So you know, "If you're looking for trouble ..."

Humes High School


 Elvis enrolled at L.C. Humes High School in late 1949. Mrs. Billy Arnold was the registar at the school at the time. The school was originally called the North Side High School. It was renamed in honor of Laurence Carl Humes, President of the Memphis Board of Education from 1918 to 1925.
 When Elvis enrolled there it was an all-white school with a student body of 1,600. The three story, red brick building is located at 659 North Manassas Street.
 Thomas C. Brindley was the principal at the school when Elvis was there. He lived at 1505 S. Wellington with his wife, Ella. Eleanor Richmond was the assistant principal, she lived at 1780 Forrest._,___

Elvis Presley Songs Now With Imagem Music

Elvis Presley Songs Now With Imagem Music

November 16, 2011
Imagem Music USA and Elvis Presley Music/Gladys Music announced today a worldwide music publishing deal for representation of the Elvis Presley catalogue, effective January 1, 2012. The impressive Presley catalogue, co-owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and the families of the late, great publishing giants, Jean and Julian Aberbach, includes over 1,000 songs that have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole and other legendary entertainers. The timeless hits in the catalogue include "All Shook Up," "Love Me Tender," "A Little Less Conversation," "Jailhouse Rock," "Return to Sender," and "Can't Help Falling in Love," among many others.

Songs from the catalogue include some of the most sought-after for commercials, television shows, movie trailers and soundtracks around the world.

Recently, "A Little Less Conversation" was included in the Dreamworks animated film Megamind; "Can't Help Falling in Love" is featured in the current film, Like Crazy; "Jailhouse Rock" was utilized for a television commercial for Fiat; and "Fever" could be heard in a spot for Brazil's leading fashion retailer C&A, just to name a few.

We are grateful that Elvis created such a significant amount of music during his lifetime," stated Jack Soden, President and CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. "It's impressive how it continues to resonate with people around the world as new generations discover the King of Rock 'n' Roll."

In a joint statement, André de Raaff, CEO of Imagem Music Group and Richard Stumpf, President of Imagem Music USA said, "Elvis Presley defines Rock 'n' Roll, and his songs are loved all over the world. We are thrilled and honored to represent such a legendary body of work on a global basis, where we will ensure the songs are promoted and managed in a manner suitable for the king."

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