The Road to Heaven
Fame and Acceptance

The fulfillment of an artist always comes with recognition and success. Fame had arrived for Elvis Presley in 1956, the recognition would come in 1957, Elvis would be a quoted star and his songs listened to all over the world, his figure reached further than expected as a singer and with time it was indisputable that his new style would mark a path to follow for all the musicians to come. But there was still an important sector of society that did not accept his music, his look, his way of acting.
For a normal artist, this would have happened regardless, but for Elvis this was something that remained engraved in him, although it seemed that he could sometimes take things as a joke, he did not understand the reasons that led part of society to reject him. The morals, the customs were against his music, but it is clear that when things change, they require a time for acceptance and then comes the breakthrough.

Elvis wanted to reach all audiences and his sensitivity in this aspect was very great. Surely if he had not had so many critics, his insecurity would not have haunted him for years or simply, if he had accepted his success without more, without wanting to please everyone, perhaps he would not have been afraid of losing his audience over time. But it is true that since he was a child, Elvis was special and different from the others, and for that reason he had an imperious need for recognition.

Since October 1956 Variety started calling him "The King of Rock and Roll". He had it all, the sales of his records were sweeping, the demand for concerts, offers were coming from Europe and other countries, he would buy his new house in Graceland and earn the unthinkable, his success was international and in 1957, there would be many concerts and he would also make two films, "Loving you," and "Jailhouse Rock". His recognition was real, so it was very important to maintain this success, but also to move forward as an artist...

"Following the Path of the King..."

Single 03/01 1957
"Too Much"
"Playing For keeps"

An absolute success, starting the new year, for Elvis Presley. The song "Too Much" would enter the Billboard Top 100 charts on January 26th and just a few days later, on February 6th, it reached number one. It would remain at number one for four consecutive weeks and also seventeen weeks on the charts. It also reached number five on the Country charts and number seven on the Rythm & Blues charts, and the song "Playing For Keeps" reached number thirty-four. It was a less catchy song than the first one.

JANUARY 6  1957

Elvis arrives in New York, again at the Warwick Hotel, where he had already stayed for the TV show. It was the third and last appearance on the show for Ed Sullivan, who had already taken a liking to Elvis and not only accepted him, but introduced him as a good guy. Elvis had been recognized by someone who had at first taken issue with his music and the way he acted. But he realized that he was an ordinary young man who sang well and was a sure success. Regardless of his artistic interest, his appreciation was real. But it is true that there was still censorship involved and Elvis' performance had to be filmed in close-up or medium shots to avoid problems.
The audience also exploded in enthusiasm with their shouts at every gesture, every look, every movement that Elvis made on stage, so that regardless of the vision that the viewer could have at home, those present reacted as they usually would.
Elvis would dress for this performance in his blue velvet shirt given to him by Natalie Wood and a gold Lamé vest given to him by Barbara Hearn, his attire was striking, but even more so the confidence with which he handled his performance in front of the audience. His confidence during his performance was total in front of a devoted audience, it would be a happy moment for him, which would be remembered as one of his best performances on TV and live.

This time, Elvis sang seven songs, including several he had performed before: "Hound Dog", which he normally used to say goodbye to the audience, curiously he sang it to start his performance, he would follow with "Love Me Tender", "Heartbreak Hotel" and another version of the song " Don't Be Cruel", which he would perform in a different way , more in the style of Jackie Wilson. Elvis then dressed in a wool sports jacket, to continue with the rest of his performance, his clothes as always marked his style, then the song "Too Much", "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again", which was an old country song and what would surprise everyone the most, a gospel song, "Peace In The Valley". It was a song that no one would have expected in his repertoire, only those who really knew him, knew that this style was loved by Elvis.

The public that had only heard him rock songs, more up-tempo country songs or the occasional ballad, had yet to discover other types of songs that he liked and did not know his more spiritual side. Elvis had not yet recorded any gospel, there were still many songs to be discovered in this artist who would surprise his public.
Ed Sullivan did not understand the reason for this last song and did not want it to be sung, because it did not fit his style, but Elvis explained that he wanted to dedicate it to his parents, so he finally agreed, it would be a surprising ending with which everyone realized the magnitude of this interpreter who knew how to reach the public with more styles, including Gospel.
Elvis was fired by Ed Sullivan with these words : "Ladies and Gentlemen, because he is now going to the Coast, to shoot his new movie, this will be the last time we will see him for a while, but... I wanted to say to Elvis Presley and to the country, that he is a real nice and kind boy and wherever you go, Elvis, we all... we want to say that never in our show, we have had such a nice experience with a star. So let's give a big round of applause to this very nice person."
Elvis was grateful and proud for this, but from now on everything was going to change, since he didn't know that his television appearances would be impossible for the time being because of Colonel Parker. In an excess of ambition and greed, Colonel Parker had imposed prohibitive prices for new TV proposals, which obviously made it impossible to see him again in this medium. But the year began with many projects to carry out, many commitments that would continue to bring him the desired success.

What followed would be the concerts he had planned for 1957, and there were many of them. This Ed Sullivan's program, had again the expected audience success, which would bring Elvis even more fame and popularity. The youth would see in him, a symbol of rebellion and change, new airs for a young generation that was trying to get out of the customary way of life. Although Elvis always defended his music against this symbol of rebellion, which he had no intention of having, since all he wanted was to sing and make the public enjoy himself. The year 1957 begins, a year of successes, of rise and madness, also of censorship. But Elvis would be in the most important moment of his career and he would be recognized as "The King of Rock".

"Following the Path of the King..."."

Studio Sessions RCA
January 12 and 13, 1957
Radio Recorders, Hollywood

After the Ed Sullivan TV show, it was time to record new songs and the decision was made to make a Gospel EP, in which Elvis put all his interest. It was his favorite music and surprisingly the proposal was made to record these four songs that had nothing to do with the style for which he was known until now. Elvis had the opportunity to record this album that would be his illusion, it is true that he wanted to improve and sweeten his image so as not to increase the criticism of the more conservative public, but really the interest was special for Elvis and had nothing to do with the public. The idea was to record this EP and some singles to be released later. It would start with the song "I Believe", a song that Elvis liked very much, recorded by Roy Hamilton, whom he admired. He would show confidence in recording it, he would sing in an emotional and delivered way, accompanied by Gordon Stoker on piano. The second song, which he had curiously found by the author Turner, "Tell me why", in the same way, he would show in a sincere and heartfelt way the lyrics of the same. This song had been recorded unsuccessfully before, but Elvis would give body and spirituality to it.Freddy Bienstock of Hill & Range, had proposed another couple of songs for the sessions. Among the regular songwriters they had Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman, who were to write for Elvis. The question of royalties, already beginning to weigh, for these working for Elvis Presley had a clear reward, despite giving up a third of the royalties to Elvis, the reduced share they earned exceeded the total share they would have gotten from a recording. For this Film they had written "Got A Lot O'Livin'To Do", a rhythm song for the opener.Also included in the sessions was Otis Blackwel's composition, "All Shook Up". In fact, Blackwell had been challenged to write a song for Elvis in the same vein as the one written earlier. Otis had given away half of his songwriting share on "Don't Be Cruel," agreeing to let Elvis Presley share the credit. As a songwriter he would have fought all of this, but the success of that song certainly took that idea away and "All Shook Up" received the same treatment, but it would be the last time Blackwell or any other writer would accept this kind of financial deal. "All Shook Up" was almost as natural as "Don't Be Cruel," and Elvis knew exactly how to interpret it. Thorne Nogar, the sound engineer, superimposed Elvis hitting the back of his guitar just as he had done on "Don't Be Cruel," giving the song an upgrade, with a beat that made the song a hit, with a natural and as always delivered performance. The only problem that existed in these recordings was time, Steve Sholes was always concerned about this and on the second day of recording the songs had to be finished, because they had to record the soundtrack of the film "Loving You" the next day, in these two days the spirit and energy were the same, everyone was very eager to do these songs well. Freddy Bienstock's help was important, because he was getting songs for Elvis that could be hits, like the first song they recorded on the second day.
 A Claude DeMetrius song, titled "Mean Woman Blues", with a rock and roll melody that became the basic blues base which made Elvis' interpretation natural, with his usual rhythm when singing it in the film.The song that would cost the most to record "I Beg Of You", the reason being that they couldn't get the rhythm they wanted. After twelve takes, Elvis decided to continue recording a gospel song, "Peace In The Valley", which Elvis felt so strongly about, just like he did for TV, he performed it with all his strength and heart. 
The next song "That's When Your Heartaches Begin", the number that Ink Spots had recorded, Elvis really liked, it was the song he had dedicated to his mother and he would record it again this day. He wanted to live up to it and do a good version, but Steve Sholes wanted to move on to the next song to complete the religious EP. The last song of the night was a second Thomas Dorsey classic, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Another song that Elvis poured his heart and soul into with full interest and feeling. 
The fourth Gospel song was still to be recorded, but Elvis had to be in the studio the next day to record songs for the movie "Loving you". They didn't want to wear him out after these sessions, so the EP would be finished the following weekend. After all the problems he had with the music in Elvis' first movie, "Love Me Tender",  Hal Wallis had learned from Elvis' way of being and fortunately adapted to him. Elvis needed his musicians and they took his band and the Jordanaires to Hollywood and were even hired for small roles in the film "Loving you". It was a solution so that everything would work out correctly and to the liking of his main investment, Elvis Presley. 

"Following the King's Way..."


"I Believe"

Written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and AI Stillman, the song would be a hit for Jane Froman in 1953, when she sang it on TV. It would be one of Elvis' favorite songs, in Roy Hamilton's version, but the most successful version in sales would be Frankie Laine's, who reached number 1 in the UK, staying several weeks in the charts.
A song in which Elvis would pour all his emotion, the accompaniment very much in the tone of the time. Although the version did not change anything from the previous ones, Elvis' voice was heartfelt and credible. A song that would surprise his fans, for the strength of his words in his interpretation.
It was recorded on Radio Recorders on January 12, 1957.   Elvis' version was released on the EP "Peace In The Valley" and on the "Elvis Christmas" 1957.later released in 1971 on the album "You'll Never Walk Alone" and others, such as " Essential Elvis Vol. 2", "Amazing Grace", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Peace in the Valley", "Christmas Peace" and "Elvis Christmas" and the re-release of "You'll Never Walk Alone", etc, etc, etc.

"Tell Me why"

A popular song, written by Titus Turner in 1956. It was a rhythm & blues, ballad with a lot of strength. The first successful version was by Marie Knight. Elvis recorded it on Radio Recorders on January 12, 1957.
The song was proposed by Elvis himself, because he wanted to record it. His interpretation would be wonderful, with strength and feeling. Although the result was optimal, this song would not be published until 1965. The Colonel did not want any problems or lawsuits for plagiarism, since the melody was really very similar to the song "Just a Closer Walk With Thee". It reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a gold record. It would be a hit for Elvis, who at the time, was only recording for movies. It would achieve total sales of 400,000 and eventually go gold.
The song was covered by many stars, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Red Foley, etc. Elvis' version has been released on "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol. 2" , "A Valentine Gift for You", "Essential Elvis Vol. 2" and "The King Of Rock And Roll". The remastered versions are on the 1997 reissue of Loving You and on the 2006 FTD Loving You, etc.

"Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do"

Written by Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman for the soundtrack of "Loving You", a song with a lot of rhythm and in line with the songs he was performing at the time. Elvis recorded it on Radio Recorders on January 12, 1957.
The song was released on the album "Loving You" and the second EP of the movie in the summer of 1957. Three versions of the song were recorded in the film.The film versions are included on the first volume of "Essential Elvis". Also on "Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 2", "The Great Performances" and "Essential Elvis Vols. 1 and 2", "King of rock and roll, Artist for the Century", "Elvis by the Presleys" and "Elvis Rock" . Also the master on "Today, Tomorrow and Forever". 2 CD edition of "Loving You", BMG included the song in their 2006 thematic release "Elvis Rock", etc.

"All Shouk Up"

A song composed by songwriter Otis Blackwell, who wrote it after record executive Al Stanton walked into his office at Shalimar Music shaking a bottle of Pepsi and challenged him to write a song inspired by the words "all shook up".
David Hill recorded it in 1956 and Vicki Young also released "All Shook Up" that year, although this was a completely different song. Elvis recorded it on Radio Recorders on January 12, 1957.His version was a hit that hooked the viewer, his rendition was memorable , Elvis knew it would be a hit .
It was released in late March 1957, as a single with "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" on the B-side. It reached number 1 on the charts, where it stayed for eight full weeks at the position and sold almost 2.5 million copies. It was an incredible hit, plus Colonel Parker made sure Elvis got a share of the royalties and a credit. "All Shook Up" proved to be Elvis' second biggest hit in the U.S. It also gave Elvis his first number 1 in the UK. It was released on the album "Elvis." It was one of the tracks recycled just before his return from the army in 1960 on the "A Touch of Gold Vol. 3" EP. Also on "Elvis 'Golden Records Vol. 1", "Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 1", "Pure Gold", "Essential Elvis Vol. 2", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Platinum: A Life In Music", "Artist Of The Century", "Hitstory" and "The Essential Elvis Presley", etc . In the medley of his early career on NBC TV's "Comeback" special in 1968. In "Memories: The 68 Comeback Special", and the FTD release "Burbank 68".

In opening concert at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1969, on the album "From Memphis To Vegas". He performed it hundreds of times during the 70's. In Concert, 1961 on "Elvis Aron Presley" and continuing through his 1976 show in Tucson FTD "Tucson '76". There are more live versions on "Elvis in Person" Also on "Elvis Aron Presley", "Elvis: Close Up", "An Afternoon In The Garden", "Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden" and "The Live Greatest Hits". FTD releases include All Shook Up, "Summer Festival," "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis," "An American Trilogy," "Elvis At The International," "Live In LA," "It's Midnight," "Dragonheart," "Dixieland Rocks," "Writing for the King" and "Tucson 76." The deluxe 2 CD edition of "ELVIS 30 #1 Hits" includes an additional 1972 rehearsal version. FTD "6363 Sunset" plus the original studio recording, etc, etc.


"Take My Hand, Precious Lord"

Song written by Thomas Dorsey known as a pianist, in his early blues, but later nicknamed "The father of Gospel music". This would be his best known score, with "Peace In The Valley". Elvis knew the song from the Golden Gate Quartet version, which he liked very much, also to his mother. Although it was a slower version than the one he would record, with alternating voices and lyrics.
In Elvis' voice it was a more intimate interpretation and the accompaniment was very light. Its tone was very soft, it goes in crescendo, but the interpretation is still very heartfelt by Elvis.Elvis recorded this song on Radio Recorders on January 13, 1957. A Gospel song, it was sure to surprise his fans, because of the radical change of style in Elvis Presley's all-singing voice.
It was included for the first time on the EP "Peace In The Valley" and then on the Elvis Christmas". The Lp, "You'll Never Walk Alone", in "Essential Elvis, vol. 2", The King of Rock and Roll". Also in the gospel anthologies "Amazing Grace", "Peace In The Valley", " Ultimate Gospel" and "Elvis Christmas", etc etc.

"Peace in the Valley"

A song composed by Thomas A. Dorsey, a very popular Gospel. It was written for Mahalia Jackson, The Queen of Gospel , who recorded it in 1939.Although it has been much versioned, Elvis' version is recognized and valued for its interpretation and delivery. It is a pleasure to listen to his voice, it is pure soul in Elvis, with the accompaniment of the Jordanaires, who would give the magical support so that his voice could stand out and thrill the audience. A song that we remember in the Ed Sullivan Show, who had many doubts that this song would be accepted by the audience, who were not used to listen to him Gospel.
Elvis sang it for the first time in his third "Ed Sullivan Show". It is true that Colonel Parker wanted to soften Elvis' image, RCA also, so he was asked for another kind of song. Elvis insisted on performing the song "Peace in the Valley", because his mother Gladys liked it so much.
Even though it was a Gospel, the audience responded with shrieks and wild screams. That is to say, the public liked to see and hear Elvis sing any style, for this reason the song would also be appreciated in his performance. Elvis recorded it on January 13, 1957, on Radio Recorders. He succeeded almost immediately and said goodbye saying, "I can sing this song all day long". "Peace In The Valley" was initially released on an EP of the same name; although not actually released as a single, the song ranked #39 on the Billboard Top 100. It was also released on the "Elvis Christmas" Album in 1957, and later "You'll Never walk Alone", "Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol. 1", "Double Dynamite", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Amazing Grace", "Christmas Peace", "Ultimate Gospel", "Elvis By The Presleys", "Elvis Christmas" and remastered in "The Essential Elvis Presley".Alternative takes are included in "A Golden Celebration", "Essential Elvis Vol.2 ", "Platinum: A Life In Music", the 2002 anthology "Peace In The Valley", "Today Tomorrow & Forever", "Elvis: Close Up", etc.

"I Beg Of You"

A composition by Rosemarie McCoy and Kelly Owens.
Elvis recorded it on January 13, 1957 on Radio Recorders. With great difficulties, because he could not find the right point to his interpretation, for this reason it had to be finalized on February 23, 1957.A song very suitable to the style and rhythm of Elvis and interpreted in the same line of songs that he was recording more danceable. Although it surprises at some point with his voice tearing to attack the lyrics.
It was released as a single, in January 1958 as the B-side of "Don't". "I Beg Of You" climbed to number 8 on the charts, came within a whisker of number 1 on the country charts and helped the album go platinum. Before long, the song was released on the EP "A Touch of Gold, vol. 1" and the LP "Elvis' Gold Records vol. 2". Since then, it has appeared on "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol. 1", re-releases of "Loving You", "The King Of Rock And Roll" and "Hitstory" . Several alternate takes were included over the years on "Essential Elvis Vol. 2", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Today, Tomorrow & Forever", "Elvis: Close Up" and the 2000s "Loving You" releases from BMG and FTD.
Rose Marie McCoy the composer of this song, started out as a singer to later become known as a songwriter for songs such as, "Trying to get to you", "Everybody Needs Somebody", " It Hurts Me to My Heart ",etc. She went on to write around 800 songs.

"Mean Woman Blues"

"Mean Woman Blues" .
Song composed by Claude Demetrius, American composer, he was mainly known for his rockabilly songs and other style of scores, some of which became famous thanks to Elvis Presley, such as "I Was The One", "Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me)",etc.This song was composed expressly for the Paramount movie "Loving You".
Elvis recorded it on January 13, 1957 on Radio Recorders. A very upbeat, catchy song, which is included in a moment to remember when Elvis is challenged to sing in a room full of people, who follow, shout and clap along with Elvis' performanceThe song was intended to end the film, but was later replaced by "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do".
A song with rhythm, that Elvis would sing in a masterful way, impregnating his Personality in it, in the film we can see him doing his famous movements in rhythm with the music. Fortunately there was no censorship imposed and he could be seen in full body. The song "Mean Woman Blues" was published in several albums such as "Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 2", "Elvis Aron Presley", ".Essential Elvis Vol 2", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Elvis 2nd to None". "History " and "Elvis Rock", etcThe film version was recorded days later, at the Paramount studio. Published in "This Is Elvis" and in the 1988 album "Essential Elvis Vol. 1", etc. This was covered by Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison, achieved a top ten hit in 1963. From the original appeared on the 2006 FTD release, "Loving You".

"That's when your Heartaches begin"

Song written by William Raskin, Billy Hill and Fred Fisher. A hit in 1951, for Ink Spots. This was the second track Elvis recorded on his first recording session, with "My Happiness "when he paid $4 to make a gift for his mother, in 1953.Elvis sang the song during his Sun Studio jam, with Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in December 1956, in what became known as the Million Dollar Quartet. He re-recorded this slow ballad on Radio Recorders on January 13, 1957 .
If we compare this recording with the one made for the first time, there is a vocal and personal difference in Elvis who has evolved as a singer in an accelerated way. A more confident version, with a more mature voice and an exceptional accompaniment.
Released as a single as a B-side to the hit single "All Shook Up"; it reached #58 on the charts in its own right. The song got its first release on the album "Elvis 'Golden Records Vol. 1". Also on "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits vol. 1." The King Of Rock 'n' Roll" included Elvis' tremulous 1953 recording. Also on "Sunrise" and on the 2006 version of "The Complete Sun Sessions." It has also appeared on Joseph Pirzada's independent release, "Memphis Recording Service". Alternate takes from the 1957 studio session , on "Essential Elvis Vol. 2", "Elvis: Close Up" and FTD " Flashback" and "Loving You". A version Elvis rehearsed for the NBC TV special, but eventually scrapped, appeared in the 2000s on the FTD release "Let Yourself Go", etc, etc, etc.

Elvis' image changes forever
His hair is dyed black

On January 14th Elvis Presley shows up at Paramount Studios to have costume and make-up tests for the movie "Loving You".  He always had a great influence of one of his favorite actors Tony Curtis, his black hair, so Elvis decides this day to change the color of his natural blond hair.

The makeup artist tells him that his blue eyes would stand out more on screen with the dark hair. Producer Hall Wallis liked this change for the filming.

From this moment on she will dye her hair black, as she believes it will give a more favorable image on screen. Her image will change forever...


Premiere in Memphis on July 9, 1957 Strand Theatre National Premiere: July 30, 1957 
Gross: $3,700,000

The week of January 14, 1957, rehearsals for the film "Loving You" began at Paramount, while the songs and soundtrack were being recorded, and production of the film began a week later, shooting began on January 21, 1957, and ended on March 8. The film was made in color. The film was shot at Paramount Studios, except for the Jessup farm scenes, which were filmed in the Hollywood Hills. Three titles were originally intended for the film: "Lonesome Cowboy", "Something for the Girls" and "Running Wild". Since in early January it was still undecided which one it would be, Ed Sullivan named "Running Wild" when he said that Elvis was going to film a new movie, when he made his last appearance on his show. Once filming and filming began, it was decided to change the title permanently to match the Leiber & Stoller song "Loving You".

The week of January 14, 1957, rehearsals for the film "Loving You" began at Paramount, while the songs and soundtrack were being recorded. The production of the film would begin a week later, the shooting starts on January 21, 1957, and ended on March 8. The film was made in color. The film was shot at Paramount Studios, except for the Jessup farm scenes, which were filmed in the Hollywood Hills.
Three titles were originally intended for the film: "Lonesome Cowboy", "Something for the Girls" and "Running Wild". Since in early January it was still undecided which one it would be, Ed Sullivan named "Running Wild" when he said that Elvis was going to film a new movie, when he made his last appearance on his show. Once filming and filming began, it was decided to change the title permanently to match the Leiber & Stoller song "Loving You".

In the film would appear as extras his parents, Vernon and Gladys, in a moment of a performance of Elvis himself.Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J Fontanta, also acted as musicians and even had some phrase in dialogue since they were the members of the company. Dolores Hart debuted as an actress in this film, singing as well, she would also appear in another Elvis film "King Creole".The great actress Lizabeth Scott, was very popular as an actress and singer, considered one of the most emblematic femme fatales of film noir of the 1940s and 1950s.In this film , Elvis looks natural and his interpretation is good, in one of the moments in which he is sincere with the character of Glenda and tells her the true story of Deke Rivers, he shows a promising future as an actor. 
Elvis had an innate potential for acting that he could demonstrate with good films, good plots, although in this film the story was very simple and did not have a great plot development.The film includes several songs in which we can witness the genuine Elvis of the moment, just as he drove his audience crazy. Since this film could describe something similar to Elvis' rise in his own career and the handling of his manager, represented by Glenda in the film.Elvis' character was a sensitive man marked by loneliness, searching for friends, loyalty or a family. The script of the film was embellished with joy, through the songs to be adapted to the story, in order to contrast with the somewhat dramatic history of his character. The numbers that Elvis performed were magnificent interpretations of the moment that could be performed in concert. 
Elvis had moments that would remain in the memory of the viewer, such as the interpretation of "Mean Woman Blues" , his fight in a cafeteria or when he sings "Teddy Bear", for which his fans flooded his house with teddy bears.From the beginning of the shooting Elvis feels very comfortable with his scene partners, mainly with the actor Wendell Corey, who gave him a lot of professional advice (his influence was such, that he later named his cat after him). Also with the young actress Dolores Hart, with whom he would later have a short relationship, with whom he also played in his best film "King Creole".
 Although before he noticed a supporting actress named Yvonne Lime, with whom he would also date, he said she was a very funny girl, in general Elvis lived some pleasant days in this filming and went out a lot in Hollywood, at this time also with Rita Moreno. Elvis immediately fitted into the Hollywood environment, but Scotty and Bill, with whom he had shared so many adventures and so many roads, were not at all comfortable there. They felt displaced and also ignored. The reason is that they were no longer a regular circle with Elvis and it was very difficult to get close to him, because at all times there was always someone in the way. The Colonel was making things more and more complicated by his conditions and Elvis did not seem to be bothered by this distance, nor did he ever do anything to remedy it. So it was even more painful, but this would continue to be the case from then on.

Plot:The screenplay based on the novel "A Call From Mitch Miller", by Mary Agnes Thompson. It tells the story of a trucker, Jimmy Topkins or Deke Rivers (the character of Elvis), who manages to succeed as a singer since he is discovered by the publicist Glenda Markle (Lizabeth Scott). He is accompanied by country musician Tex Warner (Wendell Corey).
Deke is a handsome young man, impetuous and with a good voice, which has a great attraction with the public, but at first he is not interested in acting and being fired from his job, he throws himself into the adventure to reach success. Markle and Warner, believing in his potential, want to promote his talent to fame and fortune, giving him every thing they feel he deserves. At first Warner sees Deke's addition to the act as merely additional, and believes he will return to stardom. But eventually he earns the show for his worth, Glenda's publicity stunts advance him faster, but Deke feels cheated and Warner loses the promoters' interest as a performer. The Elvis-like story would be similar in some ways to his rise to fame and the handling of his manager.

The film would be well received by the public. It was released nationwide on July 30, 1957, reaching the number 7 spot in the National Variety Box Office Poll, remaining on the list for four weeks. The film's soundtrack was recorded from January 15 to 18, 1957 at the Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage, followed by two more sessions at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on January 12, 13 and 19, also from February 23 to 24. 7 songs were composed specifically for the film by Elvis Presley Music and Gladys Music. Reviews were mixed, but generally acceptable for Elvis Presley's performance.
Variety wrote a favorable review, in which they singled out Elvis saying, "he shows improvement as an actor...being surrounded by an able team of performers." The New York Times criticized his performance : "Paramount's Loving you, starring America's favorite hound-dog screamer...", etc.
In any case his character had much in common with Elvis and his quest for true friendship, affection and love.

"Following the Path of the King..."


January 18, 1957.

The recordings for the film "Loving you", the second movie that Elvis Presley made, would take place in January and February 1957. Part of them would be made on stage, in the Paramount studios and others in the Radio Recorders.
Evidently the sound was very different so it had to be coupled and perfected. Part would be the ambient soundtrack of the film and on the other hand the songs that were going to be included in it.

In January and February the soundtrack of the film and the songs that Elvis had to perform were recorded. Elvis would count with his usual musicians and also with the best session musicians at Radio Recorders, such as Dudley Brooks, the pianist, arranger and composer, who worked with the greats of the moment, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley.... They were also accompanied by Tiny Trimbell, guitarist, who would be known at Warner Brothers Studios, for appearing as a musician in many films and also in recording sessions for many artists of the moment such as Doris Day, Ricky Nelson, Bing Crosby, Elvis... Another artist, George Fields, also known in recording sessions for his harmonica.
Thorne Nogar, again would be the sound engineer of Radio Recorders, who would work with Elvis in many films and who understood him perfectly since he knew how to adapt to his requests. One of the ideas they had would be to include the version of "Mean Woman Blues" in which Elvis sang alone, with the orchestra following in the middle of the song. This title was intended for the ending, but it was decided to change it to the song "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do".

Another modification was also made, as an instrumental version of "Peter Cottontail" was recorded for the film, instead of the originally planned "Tennessee Saturday Night". There were several versions of the theme song. The farm version of "Loving You" was originally planned to be guitar and harmonica , while the final version was supposed to have a full orchestra backing. Another curiosity is that they started using the binaural type of track, supposed to perform a lead vocal on one channel and the whole band on the other, so that they could allow for more flexibility when mixing, after recording.

The Colonel, always looking for the biggest profit, had negotiated with Wallis and Hazen to have Elvis' own music signatures, all the music he would sing in the film and even the numbers performed without him. When Hill & Range presented their new material to the producers and Steve Sholes, Elvis' producer, in December 1956, it would be accepted.
Included in the recordings were four songs written especially for the film, composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two great songwriters of the time, responsible for many hits. The film's story was intended to portray the rise to fame of a young singer. In reality the captation by a timely woman who leads him to fame.

The writer and director of the film, Hal Kanter, wanted to meet Elvis and had flown to Memphis for dinner at the Presley home, and then traveled with Elvis to the benefit show in Shreveport, to see how he fared in the show, which represented Elvis' final appearance on Hayride. I wanted to go further by getting to know the audience's vision and Elvis himself on stage, with the intention of developing a story that could be adapted to him. The entire musical score would be created to allow Elvis to shine before the viewer. Hall Wallis was against recording at Radio Recorders, because he wanted to record at Paramount Studios, but Elvis was used to performing his songs in smaller studios, in a more intimate way, so he finally agreed.
In the same way, the way film recordings were made was planned down to the last detail and for Elvis, who was used to being more spontaneous and creative in the studio, it was a disappointment at first. Elvis needed more air for his music, more freedom and this caused him in the early days a bit of insecurity and frustration. The musicians did fit in with the rest, they were professional and used to adapt and even collaborate in the arrangements of Paramount's musical director, Charles O'Curran. There were further complications because Elvis was not happy with the sound recording within the space of the venue and was trying to get the song recorded after it had already been completed.

The song "Party" would be the first to be recorded, with just the band and the Jordanaires. The song "Mean Woman Blues", was so well liked by producer Hall Wallis, that he wanted to replace it with "Without You" by Leiber and Stoller.The recording of "Lonesome Cowboy", had to be done in several takes, at first it was to be the title track, engineer Thorne Nogar had to splice it.During a break in the recordings Ben Weisman, the composer, introduced himself to Elvis. He wanted to meet the artist to whom his songs had been offered, for the soundtrack of his film.

Ben Weisman would go on to become one of the composers with the most songs recorded by Elvis. Their meeting in the studio would be particular as Weisman would tell it, "I noticed Elvis sitting in the corner, jamming some blues on the guitar.""I walked over to the piano next to him, sat down and joined in. He didn't look up, kept playing and even improvised and switched keys with me, but I followed him." Elvis looked at him with a smile and asked who he was and what he was doing in the studio. Weisman told him he was invited to the session, because he had written one of the songs he was about to record, called 'Got A Lot O' Livin' to Do'." They were asked to re-record this track and "Mean Woman Blues", evidently the sound had nothing to do with the studio, on Radio Recorders.
The band would record the instrumental parts first. Included in these sessions was the song "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" written by Kal Mann and the Bernie Lowe theme, with a catchy, upbeat rhythm to give variety and change. It is always necessary to have a main theme that later develops into an ambient score with instrumental variations.
The score chosen was "Loving You" by Leiber and Stoller, although it had been recorded days before, they were not entirely satisfied and wanted to improve it. It was done in different scenes, several versions, also the beginning where the credits were, which was made more animated. But the main problem was that they couldn't get the right sound, and Elvis couldn't find himself, he couldn't feel the score, it was hard for him to get a feel for it. It was hard for him to get a feel for it.
They had to record even more and they started rehearsing versions of "Blueberry Hill", the music was written by Vincent Rose, the lyrics by John L. Rooney and popularized by Fats Domino, as well as the song "One Night" by Smiley Lewis and Dave Bartholomew. Although Elvis did connect very well with the two songs this time, the band was not able to connect, and the recordings were never finished. Although these two songs were not included in the film.
The song "Hot Dog", by Leiber and Stoller, would cost more takes to record. Others of the song "Got A Lot O'Livin'To Do" were also repeated. Everyone's feeling was that the filming had not been properly completed. For this reason there was still much to be done. The day after, they would return to Radio Recorders to finish the Gospel EP.

"Following the Path of the King..."

"(Let me be your) Teddy bear"

Composed by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe.
A song that would fit perfectly in the film and would be interpreted by Elvis with rhythm, to make the public enjoy. Its success would be immediate from its publication as a single on June 10, 1957, would become one of the best known hits of Elvis. It also sold over a million copies and reached number one, with the single it shared with the title song of the film, "Loving You" on the B-side. It would reach number 1 on the charts, where it stayed for 8 weeks.Elvis recorded this song on January 18 Radio Recorders on January 24, 1957 . The song would stay 24 weeks on the Billboard Top 100. It would also climb the Country and R'n'B charts.

Fans were so excited that they filled Elvis' house with teddy bears, they would also throw teddy bears at him on stage, during his performances.Before long, the song was released on volume one of the "Loving You" EP and the soundtrack LP, and would later be included on the anthologies "Golden Records Vol. 1", "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits vol.1 " and others such as "This Is Elvis", "Essential Elvis vol.1", "The Great Performances", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Platinum: A Life in Music", "Artist Of The Century", "Elvis Sings for Kids", "ELVIS 30 #1 Hits".Elvis would also sing it in his live performances when he returned again to the stage in the 70's'. It would be included on other albums, on the FTD " 6363 Sunset", "Hitstory" and "Elvis at the Movies".
In the seventies, Elvis often sang the song with "Don't Be "Cruel". From 1972 he began to sing it regularly and especially in 1974, there are many live recordings.Starting with the official RCA albums "Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden," "Elvis In Concert" Elvis Aron Presley", "An Afternoon in the Garden", "Elvis: Close Up". The FTD release "Loving You" has a remastered version of the studio original, and live versions are on "Writing For The King", "An American Trilogy", "Summer Festival", "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis", "Live In LA", "It's Midnight", "Dragonheart", "Dixieland Rocks", "Dinner At Eight", "Tucson 76", "Spring Tours '77" and "Unchained Melody", etc. .

"(Let´s have a) Party"

Elvis recorded several versions of this song for the album and for the film of the movie "Loving You". The song was composed by Jessie Mae Robinson for the film, on Radio Recorders, on January 18 and 22, 1957.
This song was released on the EP that came out just before the film's release, and later on the LP of the same name. "Party" was released with "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do" in late 1957 in the UK, where it reached #2 on the charts.
 The original and alternate versions of the song are on "Essential Elvis Vol.1" and "The King Of Rock And Roll". A remastered version is available on "Elvis Rock". Alternate takes were also released on the FTD of "Loving You".
Jessie Mae Robinson was an American musician and songwriter, whose compositions included many R&B and pop hits, during the 40's and 50's such as "Black Night", "I Went To Your Wedding" and Let's Have A Party".A rhythmic and catchy song that Elvis knew how to get the best out of in his vocal performance and during the filming of the movie.

"Lonesome Cowboy"

Composed by Sid Tepper and Roy Bennett, two authors that would be important in the artistic path of Elvis, during the time of the movies. This song would be the first one that Elvis would sing of these composers, later there were many more, like "Shoppin' Around", "G.I. Blues", "Western Union", "Relax", etc. They collaborated with Elvis in several movies.It was a score made in melodramatic tone about a lonely cowboy in search of a star, it would be included in the movie "Loving You".Although it was never given much importance the song in Elvis' voice sounds magnificent, with an absolute delivery that reaches from the first note to the last.
Elvis sang better and better with wonderful control in his performance. It was recorded on January 15 and 18, 1957 on Radio Recorders for the movie Loving You. It was released on volume two of the Loving You EP and on the soundtrack LP in the summer of 1957. Later releases are on "Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol 2", "Essential Elvis Vol.1", "The King Of Rock And Roll" and the FTD soundtrack release ""Loving You".

"Loving You"

A song composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which would give title to the movie that Elvis was making. The recording was somewhat complicated since it took Elvis several days to create a version of this song. This song was a choice of RCA producer Steve Sholes.
The song, a ballad in which we can appreciate the warmth in the voice of Elvis, although his interpretation was not entirely linear, for some reason he cut the phrases, possibly because at the beginning he was not with the song. It would become the main title of the film and would take place in various environments. Elvis was not at all comfortable with the Paramount stage, for him it was vast and impersonal and the sound left much to be desired.
It had to be recorded days later at Radio Recorders, on February 24, 1957, as there were errors in multiple takes of the main version, the final version and the farm version. Released as a single in mid-June 1957 as the B-side to "Teddy Bear", the track reached number 20 on the charts. As a single it sold over a million copies, thanks to the success of the "Teddy Bear" theme, as well as staying on the charts for over six months. It was included on the EP AND LP "Loving You" It has been released on many LPS, such as "Elvis' Golden Records", "Worldwide Gold Award Hits, vol 1" and "Pure Gold". When Elvis returned to the stage in 1969, he would sing "Loving You" in a medley with "Reconsider Baby" immortalized, this was included on the 1991 release "Collectors Gold".
The original sound session recordings were released posthumously on "Essential Elvis Vol.1" and "The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" . Also on "Essential Elvis Vol.1", "Today Tomorrow & Forever" and "Elvis: Close Up". FTD's "Flashback" and "Loving You," including multiple takes. FTD also released a 1959 home recording on "In A Private Mome", etc, etc, etc.

"Blueberry Hill"

Written by Vincent Rose and John L. Rooney, it was first published in 1940, Gene Autry originally sang the song in the 1941 film "The Singing Hill". But Glenn Miller and his orchestra, with singer Ray Eberle, took it to number one on the Billboard 100.
Fats Domino made it very popular in 1956 and the version that Elvis would record, would be based on the previous one.
This song was not to be included in the movie, but they would have it recorded for later release.Elvis recorded it on January 18 and 19, 1957, although it was not quite finished, the sessions were very expensive.The song was released on Elvis' third album, "Loving You", also on the EP "Just For You". Also on several LPs on "Essential Elvis Vol.2", "The King Of Rock & Roll", and on Alternative Versions on "Essential Elvis Vol. 2", "Platinum: A Life In Music", "Elvis: Close Up" (the master) and 2006 FTD releases "Flashback" and "Loving You".
When Elvis returned to the stage, he would sing it live again in the 1970s. Elvis performed the song sometime in 1970, with "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy", also in 1974 and 1977. Beginning in 1974, the song appeared on "Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" combined with "I Can't Stop Loving You". A 1977 performance was featured on FTD "Unchained Melody". Also FTD "I Found My Thrill", etc, etc.

"Hot Dog"

A song composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and included in the movie. The song was first recorded by R&B artist Young Jessie.Elvis' version performed with lots of rhythm, catchy but simple lyrics that Elvis would perform with energy and in his usual manner.
Elvis recorded this song on January 18, 1957 for the movie Loving You, at the Paramount Scoring Stage. The song was released on the EP and LP "Loving You", also on "Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol.2". Since then it has appeared on "Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller", "Essential Elvis Vol.1", "The King Of Rock And Roll", and on FTD's release "Loving You", etc.

On this day they also recorded the final version of the song "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do" by Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman, which they had already recorded on January 12.

Songs recorded
January 19, 1957

"It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)" by Stuart Hamblen "Blueberry Hill" by A Lewis , L. Stock and V. Rose "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" by Scott Wiseman "Is It So Strange" by Faron Young and Lancaster January 19, 1957,

In this session Elvis and his musicians Scotty, Bill and D.J. would be accompanied on piano by the famous pianist and composer, Dudley Brooks. As a performer Brooks worked on sessions for Radio Recorders while under contract with Paramount Studios. A great pianist who would work with great artists, such as Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, etc. With Elvis he worked as a pianist, in several recordings for his movies, "Loving You", "Blue Hawaii", "Girls, Girls, Girls", etc. He also collaborated on several of his albums, over the years.Elvis and the band, accompanied by Dudley Brooks and Hoyt Hawkins of Paramount, met at Radio Recorders at 2:00 p.m., to make the recordings. Four songs would be performed on this day, the first being , "It Is No Secret" by Stuart Hamblen, which was selected as the final song on the Gospel EP.
It was a hymn song, although Elvis had many preferences and this was not one of his favorites, he had to record it and surely if he had chosen, he would have chosen others that he liked more. This was not a problem, as "It Is No Secret" was done quickly, and with the EP complete, as this was the last song to be included on the EP. He would then record songs that he had already tried the day before, such as the song "Blueberry Hill", which was still not quite right, although Elvis did his best to get it ready.

With the song "One night (Of Sin)", there was a major issue that had them in trouble. there was a major issue that had them worried, it was the lyrics which obviously posed a problem for RCA and the Colonel.
Elvis was very interested, because he would like this song very much and insisted on recording it, so they would have to negotiate with the copyright holder of the song so that part of the lyrics could be modified.It is clear that this wonderful song could become a hit, but they needed a left hand to be accepted .Freddy Bienstock presented Elvis with several songs, but Jean Aberbach had also reviewed the repertoire and presented him with material as well. But really the only thing Elvis liked was Autry's "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," which he knew in the Red Foley version. It would be somewhat complicated to record, because they had to do fifteen takes and they still weren't happy. The complications that were intervening in the sessions with their regular musicians Scotty, Bill and D.J , as accompanists, were giving trouble in the recordings, it was clear to everyone who was there.
It is true that although they were good musicians and they were used to accompany Elvis, the truth is that in a recording studio it was required the kind of musician able to read a score, improvise and follow the artist, all in a quick way so as not to have to spend a lot of time and without having to repeat too much. For this there were the studio musicians, accustomed to play anything, unfortunately this was more evident in the recordings that were made, but Elvis did not care, because he loved them. Finally a song titled "Is It So Strange", by country singer Faron Young, who had been touring on several of his early shows with Elvis, was recorded. The author sent the score to Elvis to work out a deal. This last song saw a considerable improvement to previous efforts and offered a good result.
Elvis was very tired from the sessions, Paramount, etc. Although the film sessions had not been completed, the Gospel EP was finally finished.

" It is no secret (what god can do)"

A Gospel song written and sung by Stuart Hamblen, for the first time in 1951, would reach #8 on the charts. It was more of a hymn than a traditional Gospel song. It was later widely covered, by artists such as Red Foley, the Andrews Sisters, etc.
It was composed in 1950, a year after its author quit drinking and decided to dedicate his life to the Lord. His story was curious, since he would lose his radio program for refusing to play an alcohol commercial and later ran for president of the United States.
This song was recorded by Elvis on January 19, 1957 on Radio Recorders for his EP "Peace In The Valley". It would be interpreted with all the feeling and vocal maturity that Elvis was already acquiring and that he demonstrated in this score.

It would be included on several LPs, "Christmas Album", on Gospel compilations such as "You'll Never Walk Alone", the reissue of "His Hand In Mine", "Amazing Grace", "Peace In The Valley" and "Peace In The Valley". , "Peace In The Valley" Christmas Peace" and "Elvis Christmas" include the song. Also on others like "The King Of Rock And Roll" , alternate takes on "Essential Elvis Vol.2", "Elvis: Close Up" and FTD 2Easter Special" and "Flashback".

"Have i told you lately That I love you"

A song composed by Scott Wiseman, who was inspired by his wife to perform it, when he visited her in the hospital and she uttered the phrase. It was a popular song that was included in the musical film "Sing, Neighbor, Sing" in 1944. The song was covered by several artists such as Gene Autry Bing Crosby and Tex Ritter, for example.

Since then, Elvis' version has appeared on "The King Of Rock And Roll", BMG and FTD's "Loving You" reissues. Four alternate takes of the recording session was released in 1989 on "Essential Elvis vol 2"; the master appeared on the collection "Elvis: Close Up", and an alternate on FTD "Flashback". Elvis Presley recorded it on January 19, 1957 at RCA's Radio Recorders in Hollywood for his "Loving You" album.  

Elvis would play acoustic guitar on this recording, the rest at his usual position. Accompanied by Dudley Brooks on piano, Hoyt Hawkins on organ and the Jordanaires on backing vocals. When the song was included in the release of the album Loving You in July 1957, immediately some artists like Ricky Nelson or Eddie Cochran recorded versions of the song. A song that Elvis, very much in tune with the Jordanaires, was very fond of, with whom his songs had for him an important support. Elvis as always fantastic in his interpretation, although it is a very simple song, without any vocal complication.

" Is It So Strange "

A Faron Young song covered by Elvis on the EP Just For You , released in the late summer of 1957 and recorded on January 19, 1957 on Radio Recorders . Six weeks earlier, Elvis had sampled the song with friends on Sun Records in what would become The Million Dollar Quartet.
The first time the tune sung by Elvis was released on an album was "A Date With Elvis". Subsequent album releases include "Separate Ways", "The King Of Rock And Roll", the 1997 re-release of "Loving You" and the FTD release "Loving You". Alternate takes have appeared on "Essential Elvis vol. 2," "Today Tomorrow & Forever," "Elvis: Close Up" and FTD release "Flashback," etc.
Faron Young was an American country singer and songwriter from the early 1950s to the mid-1980s. A song in the tone of the era, a romantic ballad that in Elvis' voice is, as in all songs, a joy to listen to.

January 24, 1957

"First in Line"
"Long Tall Sally"
"How do you Think I Feel"
"How´s the World Treating You"

This EP included part of the second LP of "Elvis", released in October. It would not enter the Bilboard charts and sold around 200,000 copies. It had to be taken into account that the release of the LP was recent and the songs were already being repeated. Despite this, the faithful would buy the album.

23 & 24 February, 1957
Radio Recorders, Hollywood

In these new sessions they wanted to perfect some songs already recorded and finalize others, also more songs were added, such as "Don't Leave Me Now" a song composed by Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman.
A song that posed some problems in the recording to the point of needing up to twenty-nine takes to complete it. It would again have impediments with the band, so this would already put in doubt if the musicians could get to record movie soundtracks, even as Elvis evolved with his music, they could meet their needs.

Something similar would happen in the song "I Beg of you", in which twenty-two takes had to be done and even with this, it was not clear that it would be liked in the end. A change had been requested in the song "One Night", composed by Dave Bartholomew, the lyrics were modified to avoid censorship. The censorship problem had been hidden by varying the lyrics slightly. Without these impediments Elvis' interpretation in the new version made up for it: since he felt free of worries about the song itself, as his interpretation became intense and with absolute control, magnificent.
"One Night" would make a splendid recording, so it was decided to remove it from the film's soundtrack and it would be chosen for release as a single. It would be released with the song "I Beg Of You" but with no future date set for the moment. The reason is that since at that time RCA had more singles waiting to be released, this is why its release was postponed.

Since the "Loving You" soundtrack had only seven songs, more songs were needed for its release, a song that had been a hit for Bing Crosby in 1956, the song "True Love" by Cole Porter, was chosen. Also the song "I Need You So" by Ivory Joe Hunter, which had been dropped the previous September. Again "Loving You" was taken up again to finish it in four takes.
Elvis would also record Billy Emerson's "When It Rains, It Really Pours", the song he had been working on at Sun Records, but which was never finished. This time he would sing it with a more rigid rhythm but with great dedication, to finish this initial task with Sam Phillips.

"Don’t Leave Me Now"

Composed by Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman.
It was a nice slow tempo song, which Elvis would sing in an intimate and intimate way. Elvis recorded this song on February 23, 1957, to be included on Elvis' third album, "Loving You". Later a second recording of the song was made, the film version. It would be included in the new movie "Jailhouse Rock", which would be filmed later.
Interestingly both versions were included in the film. The second version was recorded on May 9, 1957 at MGM, and was included in the EP "Jailhouse Rock". These two versions were included in the anthology "The King of Rock and Roll", on the CDs "Loving You" and "Jailhouse Rock". There are many bootleg releases that include these two versions.They were also included on "Essential Elvis Vol.1", the 1997 BMG, "Silver Screen Stereo", "Flashback", on the 2003 BMG "Elvis Close Up".

Aaron Schroeder made many songs usually in collaboration with other authors, in total 17 songs, great songs like "I was the One", "It's Now Or Never", "young and Beautiful", etc. Aaron liked Elvis from the first moment he heard him sing and as a person too.Ben Weisman would be one of the composers with more songs recorded by Elvis, 56 in total. Rubberneckin", "I Got Lucky", etc. It is true that his compositions were very simple, catchy, other wonderful ballads that would remain for the memory as "As long I Have You", a wonderful song that Elvis perfects vocally, in one of the most memorable moments of the movie "Jailhouse Rock".

Elvis Presley - Don't leave me now 1957 - YouTube

"I Beg Of You"

A song composed by Rose Marie McCoy and Kelly Owens, it was recorded on February 23, 1957 on Radio Recorders. It was released in January 1958 on the Single with "Don't" as the A-side, the record would go platinum. Also on the EP "A Touch of Gold, vol.1", on the LP "Elvis Gold Records vol.2". Also on "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol 1", on re-releases of "Loving You", The King Of Rock And Roll", "Hitstory".Alternate takes were included on "Essential Elvis Vol.2", "The King of Rock and Roll", "Today, Tomorrow & Forever", "Elvis Close Up", also on later releases of "Loving You" in 2000, BMG and FTD, etc.Hill & Range called on songwriters Rose and Kelly to write especially for Elvis.
He had already recorded their song "Trying To Get To You", surprisingly for them and with great luck. This song "I Beg Of You" was shown on demo sung by Otis Blackwell, who was asked and Elvis loved the song.

A rhythmic song, very much in the style of the time, Elvis gets the best out of a simple and uncomplicated song. At one point, he surprises with a heartbreaking vocal resource that many artists used to use to highlight a word.

I Beg Of You - Elvis Presley (HQ STUDIO) - YouTube

"True Love"

Song composed by Cole Porter. Author of more than a thousand songs, considered classics. Most of them were composed mainly for musical comedies and musical movies: "Anything Goes", "Begin The Beguine", "Night and Day", "Easy To Love", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Just One Of Those Things", "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)", "Love For Sale", "You're the top", "True Love", etc,etc.
An excellent musician, Porter composed both the music and lyrics of his songs. Born into a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the family by devoting himself to what he loved most, music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn to musical theater. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s and, by the 1930s, was one of Broadway's leading songwriters. Although he was paralyzed with an accident he continued to work on his music, being recorded by all the major artists.

"True Love," is a popular song published in 1956. The song was introduced by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the musical film "High Society". "True Love" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It has been covered by many artists such as Ricky Nelson, Shelley Fabares, Everly Brothers, Jack Jones, etc.
Elvis recorded a melodic version of this song, on Radio Recorders on February 23, 1957. His version of this song was made in vocal accompaniment, only a first solo phrase, the rest to voices. In a sweet and endearing way, it was a song that had a choral flavor. The song is included on the EP and LP soundtrack to the Elvis movie "Loving You", also on the 1997 and 2005 BMG reissues, and the FTD release for the movie. It's also on the anthology "The King Of Rock And Roll", etc,etc.

"One Night"

Song composed by Dave Bartholomew and Pearl King.The song was recorded by Smiley Lewis and was an R&B hit in 1956. .
A little slower than Elvis' , with a big difference in the interpretation. Elvis gave this score, so much passion, so much power that he made it magic.
Dave Bartholomew would also be the composer of "Withcraft" and the song "One Night", would be for him very important, because Elvis made it even bigger, his version seemed to him intense and he liked very much how he interpreted it." One Night ( Of Sin ) ". This was its original name and was composed by Dave Bartholomew and Pearl King.

Elvis Presley-One night (unreleased version, original lyrics, recorded 1957) - YouTube

One night of sin, it was clear that neither RCA , nor Colonel Parker would allow this title, so as not to further damage the image of Elvis. It was recorded at Radio Recorders on February 23, 1957 and would be released, as a Single, on October 21, 1958 with " I Got Stung " on the B-side . Originally an R&B hit for Smiley Lewis in 1956, also for Elvis as Elvis' single reached #4 and spent 17 weeks on the chart; in the UK it held the #1 spot for 3 weeks. In the US, the single sold 1.5 million copies to become its most successful selling single since "Jailhouse Rock". It was included on the EP "A Touch of Gold vol. 2". Later on "Worldwide Gold Award Hits vol.2", "Elvis: "A legendary performer vol 4", "King Of Rock And Roll", " Artist Of The Century", "Elvis 30 #1 Hits" , "Hitstory",etc.
The first time Elvis recorded this song on January 18, 1957, it was with its original title, "One Night of Sin". The reference to an orgy was considered too risqué by RCA, who arranged a lyric change and a re-recording. The first version was not made public until the 1980s on "Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol.4". It has since appeared on "Reconsider Baby", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Loving You". It was also re-released in 1997and FTD. A live version of Elvis' 1961 Pearl Harbor benefit concert was released on "Elvis Aron Presley". Elvis sang a snippet of this song, in one of his medleys on NBC's Comeback special.
The song was included on the original album. Many more rehearsal recordings and live recordings on "A Golden Celebration", "Memories": "The '68 Comeback Special", "Tiger Man" and FTD "Burbank '68". Elvis performed the song live, in August 1970 on "That's The Way It Is", and continued to sing it until late 1972. Also in late 1975. Live versions are included on "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" , "That's The Way It Is- Special Edition". Live In Las Vegas" and "The Live Greatest Hits" , and also on FTD's "The Way It Was" An American Trilogy" and "Summer Festival".
This song in the voice of Elvis, was a volcano of emotions, of feelings, a magnificent interpretation that hypnotized the audience. Elvis always let himself be carried away by the strength of the score and the lyrics and you could feel it listening to his singing. It was a song that really had a lot of impact and drove the audience crazy listening to it.

Elvis Presley-One Night (1957) - YouTube

"I Need You So"

Written and performed by Ivory Joe Hunter. It reached number one on the R&b billboard in 1950, a hit in the voice of its own composer, nicknamed the Boogie Baron.

I need you so Joe Ivory Hunter (1950) - YouTube

Well known in the 40's and 50's, one of his best known songs "Since I Met you Baby", "I Need You So".
A wonderful melody that Elvis interpreted with heart and melodiously. Slow and easy to remember song in his voice, accompanied by the Jordanaires. Very much in the style of its composer, perhaps a little lighter in air, but with the same intention adding the appeal of the voice in Elvis.
Elvis recorded this tune on February 23, 1957 on Radio Recorders, for release on the EP "Just For You" and the LP "Loving You", that same year. Also on reissues, "The King Of Rock And Roll" and "Loving You", in 2002, "Elvis Presley At The Louisiana Hayride", etc.
It is believed that Elvis also recorded this track on Sun Records, but it was never found. Songwriter Ivory Joe HunterBy 1954, he had recorded over 100 songs and moved to Atlantic Records. His first hit was "Since I Met You Baby" (1956). It was to be his only Top 40 pop song, reaching number 12 on the pop chart.While visiting Memphis, Tennessee, in the spring of 1957,
Elvis Presley invited Hunter to visit Graceland. The two spent the day together, singing "I Almost Lost My Mind" and other songs together. Hunter liked Elvis said of him that he had a very spiritual mind, was polite, not polite and also one of the greatest. Elvis Presley recorded several of his songs, including "I Need You So", "My Wish Came True" and "Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby" , "I Will Be True" and "It's Still Here" in May 1971. Hunter was a prolific songwriter and some estimate that he wrote over 7000 songs.  
Elvis Presley - I Need You So - YouTube

"When It Rains, It Really Pours"

Composed by William Robert Emerson
William Robert Emerson as Billy "The Kid" Emerson and later as Reverend William R. Emerson, as he was a preacher, singer and songwriter of R&B and rock and roll. best known for his 1955 song, "Red Hot". He worked with Sun Records as a songwriter. He went on to own his own Tarpon Records label in 1966, and over the years became a recording manager. As a songwriter, Emerson wrote dozens of songs for artists such as Junior Wells, Willie Mabon, Wynonie Harris and Buddy Guy. "When It Rains, it Really Pours " Elvis already recorded at Sun Records this song, which would be his last with Sam Phillips, in November 1955, but it was not finalized because RCA called to close the contract.
On February 24, 1957, Elvis finally recorded a complete version of the song at Radio Recorders studio in Los Angeles for RCA. Although the curious thing is that the song was not released until 1965, on the album " Elvis For Everyone".Subsequently on "Reconsider Baby", the anthology "The King of Rock 'n' Roll", with Sun's version , the 1997 reissue of , "Loving You", the FTD edition "Loving You" , "Elvis Sings The Blues",etc .
Elvis' original Sun recording was released 1983 "Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol. 4", "Sunrise", "Elvis at Sun" and "Elvis R'n'B". Alternate Thomas on "A Golden Celebration" and "The Complete Sun Sessions." A June 24, 1968 dressing room rehearsal for Elvis' NBC special, it was a popular bootleg before making an official debut on "Memories: The '68 Comeback Special" and the FTD album "Let Yourself Go".A simple song in Elvis' voice, it was more appropriate for the Sun Records era, but by this time in 1957, it would be somewhat outdated and although it made good use of it, it was a song that was somewhat repetitive and needed to be moved forward.

When It Rains It Pours (Vocal Slapback Tape, Take 5/M) - YouTube

The beginning of a new life and a new home

On February 25, Colonel Tom Parker announces that he has made a deal for the filming of the third movie with MGM, the initial title was "The Rock". The contract seems to be the biggest ever signed in Hollywood, which gets Elvis, who is going to earn 250,000€ and also 50% of the total profits of the film. The contract he had with Hall Wallis, the producer, left him free to film with another production company once a year and the Colonel saw a golden opportunity to get even more success and profits with Elvis.
Although RCA wants Elvis to continue with recordings, for the time being he will have a few days off after "Loving You" is finished. His parents are looking for a new, bigger house farther away from downtown Memphis. They find a mansion on the outskirts of Memphis, on highway 51, the house was finished in 1941, surrounded by a large grove of trees called "Graceland".  His parents call Hollywood to tell him that they found a suitable house, so Elvis returns to Memphis on March 19 to see the house.

The Root of Man

The home, the family and the people who surrounded Elvis Presley were always very important. Elvis was created in an absolutely family environment, despite being father, mother and son, but at this time, the rest of the family that could be close would be very important to him, also at work and in his relationship with others.Elvis since childhood would feel that he had no place, no home, until he met Graceland. There he would find the familiar base, where he established his roots, because for Elvis Presley it truly became his place, where he could always be at peace and be happy. Whenever he had time, between tours, movies, recordings... there he found himself, in the place he loved and granted him tranquility and the company of his loved ones.

The place of Graceland is forever associated with the figure of Elvis Presley, as well as his image and his voice. The house became a legend forever linked to the myth. Since he bought the house and, despite the years and other places, this place would undoubtedly be Elvis' desired and loved home. Located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis, Tennessee. The house became linked to his destiny from the day he first visited. The history of Graceland began as an earthly property in 1861, when Stephen Toof named it in honor of his daughter.  In 1939 his granddaughter Ruth Brown Moore and her husband built a two-story house. It was done in classical style for living in. The house was designed for her daughter Ruth Marie, a natural talent, she was a musical prodigy. She was a pianist and played the harp from the age of four. Their architects Fürbringer and Erhman designed large rooms at the front of the house, as a possible stage for concerts they could perform in the house, since the child eventually became a harpist with the Memphis Symphony.

 On March 17, 1957 Elvis purchased Graceland and in April 1957, the Presley family moved into their new house, making it their home and family symbol. Elvis advanced a deposit of $1,000 in order to sign the contract detailing the terms of the sale. He really could have haggled his original price, but Elvis didn't work that way, when he liked something straight away, he didn't think, the decision was made and that would be how he chose the place. The price was $90,000 and the property had the house with a farm, with pastures and in 1957 it was still a rural area. The final contract was signed on March 26, with Vernon, Gladys and Elvis Presley. The idea of transforming some parts of the house and adding others was very clear in Elvis' mind, who knew what he wanted to do with it.   Elvis added buildings, structures and the music doors that open the property. Over time even more land was added and buildings were also added to the original house to accommodate not only his family, but also the people he would have in his employ.  Elvis enjoyed changing the decoration and his parents added the vegetable garden and chicken coop, for Gladys it was also a place to grow crops and keep her animals, she was always a country woman and having a bigger house would not make her change at all. In June 1971 the city council changed the name of Highway 51 South to Elvis Presley Boulevard. The Meditation Garden was built in 1964, so that Elvis could relax as a place of contemplation. 
The style of the decor was initially classic but Elvis kept adding and modernizing the decor, with all the comforts of the time. But over time the house also took on a life of its own, the rooms with ambiences created by Elvis and reflecting his personality.  Just as it did with his music and his clothes, Graceland reflected his personality and tastes for years, the house would change its decor over time, reflecting its owner's changes and maturation.   As we enter Graceland in front is a staircase to the second floor, and to the left is the living room with fireplace and in the background is the music room. To the right is the dining room, the entrances are arched, initially with classical moldings.
 Custom mirrors were added over time. With large carpets that have changed color according to the period. The dining room with curious cabinets in the center with black marble floor. There is a room behind the living room and the kitchen is behind the dining room, also at the back there is a bedroom and a bathroom. In the basement is the TV room , also the billiard room and the jungle room , which would be a joke for Vernon the father of Elvis, but finally the decoration pleased Elvis so much that he left it that way. The rooms are peculiar, the basement tv room with several tv screens, a stereo, a bar, is decorated with mirrors and the TCB beam . 

  Outside the House, a building was added in the sixties, on the south side of the main house. The second floor includes Elvis' bedroom, with his dressing room, his bathroom, his daughter's bedroom and another bedroom in the southeast corner of the house which was his personal and private office. A small corridor was added to annex another part of the house where his trophies, costumes, etc. are currently displayed.  There is a one-story building where Vernon had his office and there were also trailers where friends and employees stayed. There is also the barn and horse stable. In 1975 another two-story structure was built for sport, they called it the Racquetball building. It had a lounge area and a playing court, Elvis' private dressing room, Jacuzzi and other facilities for guests. It is currently used for displaying awards and costumes. What was clear is that Elvis made his house to his liking, mixing styles from different environments but above all as always reflecting his own personality. 
It was always his favorite place and his essence, since in this house Elvis lived great moments with his family and friends. When he moved to Los Angeles, to Hollywood to make movies, or to Las Vegas for concerts, he had other houses that he bought over time. But the reality is that his life was linked to this house forever, Graceland was his true home.

"Following the King's Path..."

March 28 to April 6, 1957
Midwest Tour

Steadfast opposition and success
Elvis stepping on Heaven

Concert tour March and April 1957, clear evidence of how great an artist Elvis Presley would become as he walked through his hits and enjoyed the moment. After finishing the movie "Lovin You" and buying his new home Graceland, Elvis was eager to get back to performing. It had been three months since the last concert and he didn't know how the public was going to receive him, because after making two films, they might have changed with him.

Actually Elvis was always very insecure in spite of success, as he knew that fame was very treacherous. But when the concerts came, Elvis regained his strength to give his best. To accompany him Elvis thought of his cousin Gene Smith, because Junior thought he was too eccentric, he also asked his friend George Klein who was no longer working at WMC, Radio. He needed to be with someone, because he said that otherwise he would feel very lonely.
 It was clear the distance with Scotty Moore, Bill Black and DJ Fontana, more and more far away from him, but Elvis would really let it happen this way.

Elvis would travel to Chicago for his first performance on March 28, 1957, first he would have a press conference held at the Saddle & Sirloin Club. As an influence of a suit they saw at the Liberace show, Elvis suggested to Colonel Parker a novelty in his show, the designer Nudie Cohn was commissioned to make him a special suit for the stage. He was the tailor who worked for the Hollywood Stars and he would create a suit that would become known for how striking it was, the Gold Lamé suit.... It would be the first time Elvis would wear the full suit at this Amphitheater, where he would make a gross profit of $32,000.

During the concert, Elvis knelt on the stage, more than 13 fans fainted and of course the pants of the suit would suffer with his show, so Colonel Parker, asked him not to lie on the floor again, because of the value of the suit. He was also wearing gold-colored shoes, but it was clear that the pants were uncomfortable, because they were too flashy.
From the next show, the following day he would stop wearing the Lamé pants and replace them with black ones. There was a lot of commotion after the shows, including threats, so it was necessary for everyone to carry identification. The concerts started the custom of taking pictures, so thousands of flashes accompanied during the performances, screams, police and hysteria, were the keynote of these concerts.

During the performances there were bomb threats, screams and tumults, security was very important because at all times there was danger for Elvis, as there was no control by his fans. The tour took place during 10 days in 10 different cities and also big, so the profit he would have would be three hundred thousand dollars in which tickets, souvenirs, etc. were included. The public was divided between the fans and those who wanted to ruin the concerts, since they even threw eggs at Elvis, everything was too complex. There were fainting, screams and scandal was the tonic of the newspapers that wanted to criticize the concerts. Elvis was selling records, he was still the most prominent and popular artist, but he had too many people against him trying to boycott his way. This tour was in the northeast and would be interesting, as it would be the first time to give concerts in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. Also the curiosity of the golden Lamé suit that he would wear in these concerts.

The promoter of these concerts was Lee Gordon, of Australian origin, who was very interested in booking Elvis and told the Colonel about a tour in Australia. But evidently, it would never happen, because Colonel Parker was never interested in leaving the country, the performances in Canada were a curiosity. On March 28th Elvis would perform at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, a crowd of more than 13,000 people. Before the concert he gave an interview, in which he was asked about his future projects. Elvis would answer that he was living for the moment, recording records, making a movie, but he didn't really know if he would go back to being a truck driver. It is clear the insecurity he had for these answers in the face of the success he had, because he was not sure that this could really last.

It was a very contradictory tour since there were many interests in a certain sector, so that the public would not go to see him, they wanted to put opposition to any performance and on the other hand his success was undoubtedly clear to the youth who followed him without hesitation.

"Following the King's Way..."  

Gold Lame Suit.
The Reflection of Success  
Elvis Presley, the golden boy.

If there is a known costume in the first period that can recall the image of Elvis on stage, it would be the Golden Lamé suit. It would not only be the effect on stage , its showiness and above all it was again the mark of difference of Elvis Presley as an artist from the rest, the reflection of the success of the moment . Elvis was then the golden boy, the most famous and successful singer and the one who could earn the most money with his performances.
Elvis was very special with clothes, in his particular way of dressing with his flashy colors, his shirts, since he could buy clothes, he would be different to the boys of his age, even to the singers who shared with him on stage. It was his particular way of being, because he really liked the designs of Lansky, the tailor best known for his store on Beale Street in Memphis.
Since he became famous apart from Lansky's designs, which were his personal stamp, he would also try other options for his show. For this reason he asked something very special to Nudie Cohn, Colonel Parker commissioned him this suit, he was the right person since he worked with great stars of the moment to dress them in his show.
It would be a striking and spectacular costume, which would definitely remain for the memory of his golden age. Designer Nudie Cohn was already famous for his costumes, which were elaborate outfits for some of the most famous celebrities of his time. He also became famous for his outrageous custom automobiles, as they were different and very eye-catching. When he decided to become a tailor, he would start making designs to create thongs for burlesque showgirls, but would later switch to making rodeo clothes, in a brilliantly different way. It is said that he was the first to put rhinestones on clothing.

Cohn opened a store in North Hollywood, California, with his wife. The two became custom tailors for Roy and Dale Evans in the early 1950s. From there their careers began, eventually Cohn met Parker. The two spent long lunches together and became great friends. Cohn's designs were advanced at the time, very much in the flamboyant Western style, which was not yet common in the USA.
His particularity was the use of rhinestones and thematic images in chain stitch embroidery, bright, bright colors... he was in great demand. This designer had previously worked for Elvis, with two outfits that he wore, one in the movie "Loving You", with the white and red cowboy suit and the shirt he wears in the Steve Allen show, when he represents a farmer. Later another white cowboy suit, he also wore it in the film "Clambake". Elvis had some publicity photographs taken with this suit days before he wore it for his concerts. Cohn designed the entire gold suit for Elvis, from the jacket, pants, tie, belt and shoes.

The gold Lamé suit would become a special at Elvis' 1957 performances, and was used on several occasions, starting on March 28, 1957. The suit would cost $10,000 in the words of its designer, Nudie Cohn . According to Colonel Parker's press agent later announced that the jacket and pants were made of calfskin and were completely covered with twenty-four carat gold fabric.
Elvis wore the jacket and pants, complete with shoes, on three occasions in 1957, and then only wore the jacket with black pants. It was really uncomfortable to move with this suit on stage and Elvis knelt with it, which bothered Colonel Parker a lot because of the cost of the suit. For this reason he asked him not to throw himself on the floor like that, but Elvis did what he felt on stage and if he had to move or throw himself on the floor, he would do it no matter what the cost was. Elvis used it for the last time in 1961, on March 25, at the Pearl Harbor benefit concert. What is clear is that Elvis, the golden boy of the moment, was at the top of his game, for better and for worse... and this suit reflected his image and would symbolize the pinnacle of success.

"Following the Path of the King..."

The bewilderment of Success
Concert March 28, 1957, Chicago

On March 28, 1957 Elvis performed again in front of an audience in concert. It was his first performance on stage after four months that he had stopped touring, due to his TV commitments and his two movies, recordings, etc. He had never stopped touring in the three years he had been singing and it was challenging for him again. Actually the newspaper reviews announcing that his popularity had gone down or his continuous criticisms were still affecting him. But the reality was not quite true, because Elvis was still the highest paid and most popular artist of the moment, he just had to prove to himself and to the public, that he was still performing the same as ever.
Fortunately there was also positive press that defended him and the biggest proof of this was in his fans, since the tickets were sold without any effort. The performance would be at the International Amphitheater in Chicago on the East Side, a venue designed to host conventions. It suited the concerts and allowed for adapting to seating capacity so that more tickets could be sold. Prices were popular at the time, from $ 3.50 $ 2.75 and $ 2.00 , were available at the box office of the Amphitheater .
As far as payment was made to Elvis for these shows, ticket sales would be irrelevant , because his contract signed through Colonel Parker with Lee Gordon, who was the promoter of the Detroit tour, required that Elvis receive a guaranteed fee for each performance. Since Elvis Presley began to be the idol of the young, he had become the greatest artist, his income, TV and the two movies had consecrated him, but curiously not everyone was happy with this.
The newspapers insisted on continuing to slander his image and trying to infect the public, in spite of everything, his fans were loyal to Elvis, but there were also some surveys that tried to subtract popularity to the artist, but not everything was negative, they also defended him and recognized him as a singer and his fans were many who would never betray him. Elvis was marking a style also in the youth, in his clothes, his hairstyle and in the musicians who followed his style. It was a moment of success for Elvis and nothing and no one could doubt it in these concerts.

At the press conference Elvis gave before the concert, Elvis said he would receive $10,000 in Chicago and $120,000 for the entire tour which would be eight concerts. Although Colonel Parker had previously said $25,000 in was his leak to the press, surely a ploy by the Colonel to give him more importance.13,373 fans were ready to see Elvis perform, it was clear that the security of the venue was of most concern, so the Colonel got the protection of 80 to 100 policemen and 40 firemen who were protecting the stage from the rest, plus 175 amphitheater ushers. Also a first aid station was ready to attend to fainting girls and others who might be injured during the show. With this, it was thought that everything was under control and Parker no doubt thought he had a large enough force to maintain order, but reality let him know that it was not enough.
Elvis was still stirring up hysteria, screaming, out of control masses of people shouting "we want Elvis" as they waited with other pre-shows before he came on stage. Prior to this Elvis was giving an interview in which he naturally answered the questions he was asked. Elvis said he didn't mind the shouting because he loved his audience. He spoke softly and politely to the trivial questions he was asked, talked about his taste in cars and his sideburns, etc. He was asked about the Catholic Action youths who were against him to which Elvis replied that you can't criticize something you haven't witnessed. He was also asked about his jewelry and Elvis showed a four-leaf clover that had been sent to him by an admirer and a $300 black sapphire ring. About his music he didn't think about changing his style. "Rock 'n' roll is not going away," he said. "It's just stabilizing. But it's been around for a long time." Asked if his own popularity was waning, Elvis said, "If it is, I haven't noticed. But if it is, I don't have any pain" , "You've done well. You can't stay at the top forever." It was a sample of later interviews in the rest of the cities on this tour.

Elvis' performance begins and they said he looked a little dazed when he came on stage, it was 9:30 pm. Elvis was dressed in full Lamé Dorado attire and comes out with a posture that looks provocative. He would tilt the microphone and began to rotate his hips, doing the moves that made him famous. He started the Show singing "Heartbreak Hotel", after a brief silence the feverish audience starts to roar without letting hear anything, the crowd stood up, they would also climb on chairs and jump up and down. Everything would happen, they would climb on top of each other to see him, they would scream, they would writhe, everything was too chaotic.
Elvis kept on singing completing his show, he sang sixteen numbers for forty-seven minutes on stage. He performed " Rip It Up " and " Paralyzed " from his new album , and his latest single, " All Shook Up " .
The press highlighted Elvis Presley's leaps across the stage, Block described him as follows: "His gyrations, which resembled those of a man trying to ride a wild horse on the ground without the bronco, roused a frenzied crowd". Other journalists described the relationship between Elvis and his audience as frankly primitive and basic or even as a "Tribal rite" in which Elvis was the big boss. All kinds of comments, with no allusion to the music and the show. It was clear that the press just wanted to see it as a circus.
The audience was still doing everything, many clutching their temples, tugging at their skirts or biting their nails. Dozens fell to their knees howling, it was madness. Girls ran to the stage and many wanted to tear down the railing to the stage. They wanted to touch him, to brush against him, they stretched out their arms and could barely get near him. Elvis knew better than to go over that line because it was too dangerous and he stayed out of their reach, all the while leaning forward and pointing to those at the front of the stage as if encouraging their efforts. But at the rail there was a battle for access to Elvis and one girl hugged the iron railing so desperately that it took three policemen to release her. Others were throwing coats at ushers who were trying to hold them back, punches were thrown, bags were flying and fainting had to be attended to because of the hysteria.

Although Elvis' performance would be formidable, all this external show made things very complicated, having to run out of there. But many of the kids milled around the seating area and stage even though the police told them to leave, taking over forty minutes to get them out of there. It was such a success but with so much chaos that logically the chronicles of these concerts speak more of the ruckus that Elvis' performances caused than of his music.

"Following the King's Path..."

The Elvis Flash2 April 1957.
Concert at Maple Leaf Gardens. Toronto

Tuesday April 2, 1957, Elvis Presley would perform in the City of Toronto , Ontario at the "Maple Leaf Gardens" Auditorium (6:00 pm and 9:00 pm)Elvis always wanted to perform overseas, Europe, Japan... but unfortunately the farthest he got was Canada in 1957. Although it was believed that he was not well known enough at the time, Elvis wanted to take his show there. Although the insecurity was great and he believed he wouldn't make much money. Elvis told Ottawa DJ Gord Arkinson, who had received more mail from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal than from anywhere. So he had no hesitation in going there, it was his desire to please his fans. 

The truth is that the volume of mail that Elvis received from his fans in Canada was what convinced Colonel Parker to agree to perform these concerts across the border.The plan was to perform from April 2, concerts in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, but before the deal was closed there were changes because of the authorities. Initially Elvis was going to perform at the arena in Verdun, but finally the permission to use the Arena was withdrawn, out of fear. Since they believed that his presence alone could trigger a disaster because of the crowd that could not be controlled. The local Fan Club, without any help, had already collected 2443 signatures for Elvis to perform. It was just a token, another was the receipt of 45,000 Christmas cards that Elvis had received from the Toronto area in 1956, this was a valuable background to be able to project the concerts.It was promoted through newspaper advertising on March 19 and tickets were available at popular prices. 

They sold out in forty-eight hours and a second show had to be added, for two weeks the city of Toronto became "Elvisized", the city seemed bewitched by the Elvis effect, as if it was its own city, as everyone was ready to welcome him there. His popularity suddenly rose again in front of the statistics to be among the first artists, it was as if everyone had received "a lightning called Elvis", this would affect also the stores, Elvis fashion, even the official Elvis Presley Shoe was announced in Pollock stores, also for women. CHUM Radio, through the disc jockeys invited listeners to send in their reasons for wanting a date with Elvis, it was a sort of contest .Everything was party and The best entries would win the chance to meet Elvis backstage . Photographs were sold, etc. 

But it was not all positive as an anti-Elvis club in Tennessee tried unsuccessfully to convince Toronto DJs to stop playing Presley records. Security was paramount and a large security force of ninety-five officers was assembled in Toronto, the largest security force ever provided to be in the arena during the show. Several special "flying squads" were organized to go around the arena and stop trouble before it could start. They were ordered to eject anyone who got out of their seat. But the tricky part was to empty the arena quickly during the first show so that at 9.00 pm the second show could take place. The funniest thing would be the mystery that Elvis' arrival in the City offered, since when April 2 dawned in Toronto, the headline of the "Toronto Daily Star" wondered. "Where is Presley! He can't be reached. The paper could not find out how Elvis would get to the city, let alone where he would be staying. 

No one knew it was a secret or at least no one leaked that information so Elvis could arrive quietly without harassment. It was only known that at 06:00 p.m. Elvis would have to be at Maple Leaf Gardens for his performance, but Elvis had already arrived and was sleeping in a room on the fifth floor of the King Edward Hotel. The secrecy was short-lived, though, because the hotel secretaries gathered to head to his room, where a pair of bodyguards politely blocked their way. The show is about to start and local disc jockey Josh King takes the stage to introduce Elvis , the crowd starts screaming for thirty seconds. 

"Elvis isn't coming yet," he announced. "Elvis doesn't think you're making enough noise." This would cause the crowd to roar for a few minutes louder. The lights dimmed as Elvis took the stage , camera flashes lit up the scene and it seemed to be filled with stars .The crowd knew they could take as many pictures as they wanted , so almost a third of them went with cameras and kept taking pictures throughout the performance. At the 6 p.m. show Elvis was dressed in the gold Lamé jacket, black pants and a black shirt, wearing a gold locket hanging from his neck. At the second show he was dressed in full gold attire. 

The capacity was filled to 15,000 people. Elvis shows in Toronto, drew about 24,350 people at his performances. Local promoters said the next day that the profit for these Elvis concerts would be between $25,000 and $30,000, including profits from souvenir photographs.The show he performed at the two concerts lasted about forty-five minutes, he sang sixteen songs, with the opening track "Heartbreak Hotel", followed by "Long Tall Sally", "Love Me".... The loud noise that would continue throughout the show was deafening. In many moments Elvis had to cover his ears with his hands because of the screams that didn't stop and barely let him hear. 

But in spite of all that racket, Elvis would manage to control the noise level with his spacing and movements on stage. At the end of the show Elvis accidentally hit his head on the microphone and the screams increased even more. Any performance on his part created a reaction from the audience, like when he stood still, raising his thumb and moving it.Thus Elvis started the show, he grabbed the microphone and began to sing, he seemed to shake from his movements , his whole body seemed to be in a hyperactive state. The lights from the cameras illuminated all the action and a shuddering roar and through it all the band and the drums. 

He moved from one side of the stage to the other dragging the microphone and turning his body, screaming feverishly at times. One effect in his show that Elvis did was to suddenly stand still, frozen... the music stopped too.... Elvis looks at the audience for a few seconds of a special, as if he was in a trance, then jumps up, attacks the song again and begins to move with his legs . This would provoke the madness of the audience, again the screaming. It doesn't matter what he sings because apparently the audience doesn't want to hear it, and it doesn't matter. He says thank you and takes the microphone again by the neck, again from one side of the stage to the other. To the side his quartet ,The Jordanaires , provide the right harmony.Only when Elvis reached his arms towards the seats , the kids stretched their arms towards him , while screaming , moaning , etc.It was impossible to keep the crowd still for the security forces , but they ended up controlling.Initially every time someone got up the police arrived and dropped them again.

Three teenage girls who escaped down an aisle towards the stage , were intercepted by the police and returned to their seats with the help of Colonel Parker . During the second show , again two girls who tried to break through police lines to try to get to the stage were escorted out of the building.But all in all , everyone enjoyed Elvis' performance and control was present so as not to unleash mass hysteria. Between the two shows Elvis stayed in the stadium dressing room. 

 At the end of the second show around 11:10 p.m., he ran off the stage, so that the cab that was waiting for him, would take him directly to Union Station. There Elvis would take an overnight train to Ottawa. This would alleviate the action of the police to empty the stadium without problem, but curiously some fans rushed to the stage to pick up anything that had touched or brushed against their idol.

 Even whatever was on the floor...Also a crowd of almost four hundred, ran outside and surrounded the north side of the building or the service entrance. But by then it was too late because Elvis had already disappeared.As always the press was contradictory , good or bad.Really the experience for the young people in Toronto was memorable and they kept remembering him. His Fans that day received a lightning bolt, called Elvis, that left them dazzled 

"Following the Path of the King..."

Ottawa, Ontario Memorial Auditorium

Concerts on April 3, 1957, 4:30 pm and 8:00 pm, performances at Ottawa, Ontario Memorial Auditorium.

Elvis' presence in Toronto seemed to give rise to contradiction and opposition from the leaders of Ottawa's private schools, forces gathered to obstruct Elvis' appearance in the City. The citizens of Toronto did welcome Elvis with open arms. It was April 3, 1957 and Elvis had two performances at the Ontario Memorial Auditorium in Ottawa. The attempted to dissuade students from attending the Elvis concert because they said the good reputation of their students would be ruined. But many parents of the students and others would fight for the freedom to do what they thought best.
The students were asked for a vote, but it was forced because they were made to pledge in order to curtail their decision, it was all very absurd, because they were trying to boycott his show without ever having seen it.

Elvis said at one point to the press, that he wished people would stop talking about something they didn't know about and watch his show to judge it. He didn't mean to be vulgar or suggestive, Elvis actually said he didn't think so. On the other hand the Ottawa Elvis fan club, which was the largest Elvis fan group in Canada, went ahead with their plans to welcome Elvis to the city.
Again Elvis' lodging was a secret, they were waiting for him to skirt both sides of the road from the city limits to downtown and also the Elvis club in Ottawa, Sidney Ledson, because they wanted to give him a charcoal picture to present at the Auditorium where he was to sing.Elvis Presley's success, far from dropping in the charts or in popularity, had grown even more by the release of his latest single, "All Shook Up".
Everywhere he was climbing to the top of the charts, including Toronto and Ottawa. He would be in every newspaper in town announcing his new album. This was increasing the excitement, the hype at the concerts he was going to perform in these days. The song appealed even more to the audience, because almost everyone had already heard the new song and wanted to see him in person.

As the Montreal performance had been cancelled, it was arranged through a travel agency and Canadian Pacific Railway, that all Elvis fans in Montreal could see him in Ottawa on April 3. Through a train they called "Presley Special" that carried about five hundred passengers and eight other buses. It was audiences of all ages, teenagers and adults.
The Journal would report that more than 16,000 people paid to see Elvis between the two performances on this day and it would be true because the box office takings were $45,000.

As usual, Elvis gave a conference before the concert at the Auditorium. Most of the questions he was asked by the press, would be with not very good intentions. Elvis' attitude would be natural and without any angry words on his part.
He was asked about the moment as an artist as if it were a passing thing and Elvis admitted that his popularity among teenagers might be coming to an end. Elvis said it was a very uncertain business and that the end could come in a few years, his modesty made him think he would have to accept it, when they stopped asking for his autographs. But he affirmed that he would continue singing as long as they liked him, and he also had another project in which he confessed that if Rock and Roll died, he would not cry over spilt milk, because he wanted to become a good actor and he wanted to devote himself to movies seriously.
He would be very honest since he recognized that he was far from that goal, since his work in the movies at the moment was an uncertain birth. He also acknowledged that not having privacy got on his nerves, he had ups and downs but recognized that it was part of the business. It was his attitude that impressed the reporters, more than any information. One of the reporters,
Bob Blackburn said of Elvis that he responded promptly and intelligently, said he didn't try to dodge questions, didn't get angry and remained honest. He was also helped by his keen sense of humor and quick wit. All those who were against him were pleased with the answers of this young artist who really spoke frankly to their questions.

Elvis was attentive to the fan club and also to the winners who were there to see him, all this at the end of the press conference.There were two shows scheduled at 4:30 and 8:30 , so Elvis had plenty of free time between his performances in the dressing room. And in this time he did something unusual, he gave personal interviews.
Elvis was eating a cheese sandwich and drinking from a milk carton in one of the field hockey locker rooms when he spoke to Atkinson who was part of the CFRA studios. He was very surprised that Elvis called him Mr., all the time, since he was a little older than he was. He recorded a brief interview for his Campus Corner Radio show and Atkinson also presented Elvis with a scroll proclaiming him as "The top man in the Campus Corner popularity poll for the last year and a half".
He was also interviewed by Mac Lipson of CKOY Radio, to which he responded with long, thoughtful answers, but it was clear that Elvis was more comfortable with this more personal type of interview. Interestingly he asked him a question about the controversy surrounding him, the good and the bad... to which Elvis responded by comparing his situation of people liking or disliking him regardless of what field you're in. "regardless of what you do, there will be people who don't like you. I mean, even if you're perfect. I mean I'm not saying, you know, I'm perfect, because no man is perfect. But there was only one perfect man and that was Jesus Christ...already people didn't like him. You know they killed him."

The concert would begin with some pre-Elvis acts, but it was time for Gond Atkinson to take the stage to introduce Elvis. Then the noise was deafening: "I'll never get a standing ovation like that again," confessed Arkinson. The roar of the audience reached far and wide, filling the Auditorium for both performances. Elvis Presley was dressed in the jacket, belt and shoes of his gold Lamé suit, but this time he wore dark pants and an open black shirt. Around his neck he wore a silver chain, from which hung a large gold medallion . Elvis would later tell that it had been given to him by an admirer in Ottawa. It is believed that he received it at the press conference just before the performances, later this medallion was used on stage three more times: in Philadelphia, Spokane and Tupelo.

The newspapers wrote about the performance, The Citizen reported that when Elvis appeared for the first time, the reaction of the girls was to cry, cover their faces, scream from the emotion, the great majority were teenagers who seemed in ecstasy, hypnotized and with the only desire to get close to their idol, but there were also many adults, women and men. The noise was such that many of them could not hear Elvis' singing voice, although it didn't seem to matter, since the experience was shocking for many of them, some of them looked amazed, others amused. Evidently the effect was different for each person, but what was clear was that the Elvis magnet left no one indifferent.
Elvis' performance was performed with strength, with confidence, he already knew the attitude of the public, of his fans, and he managed his performance at all times. His songs were always applauded and shouted by the audience, regardless of whether his fans were listening to him or not. Elvis controlled the situation with his songs and his body movements, with every note, every pulse, the audience was still ecstatic with his performance. As in previous concerts, the police were on standby for any situation, for the young people running towards the stage, etc. The control was maximum so there was nothing more than a few reprimands and some had to be thrown out of the concert, but it was logical that the enthusiasm unleashed hysteria.

The newspapers exalted more the lewd and contortionist movements of Elvis than his singing, but they were really stunned with what they witnessed, what gave more to talk about was the attitude of the majority of the public out of their minds, with their screams, moans, their overacting attitudes due to the lack of control and their enthusiasm. Elvis and his band would sing as usual giving their best but the atmosphere was charged with an inevitable spark that he unleashed with his performance. Elvis represented the fuse that would explode the bomb, the Tornado that would sweep the Auditorium. time_continue=20&v=wqWzpNiwwXk&feature=emb_logo

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Concerts at Pennsylvania Sports Arena in Philadelphia.
April 5 and April 6, 1957

Elvis would catch a cold with the change of temperature so cold in Canada and had to rest his voice to be able to face the four shows that awaited him in Philadelphia, but he had to cancel one day that was scheduled. The Pennsylvania Sports Arena had a capacity of 6,500 people, these shows would be announced on March 24 and the sale of tickets priced at $2, $2.75 and $3.50, would be made slowly until the date of the shows.As was customary a press conference had been scheduled at the arena itself and when he finally entered the room, he was accompanied by "four detectives". This was what a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer said, but in reality they were Elvis' usual escorts, including Gene Smith, George Klein, etc.
Elvis had an interview with more than sixty people, a press conference held before his performances. The journalists saw in him the famous young man who was driving the youth crazy, but they would describe him as modest and captivating. Always the image he gave was not the one that really got through to the people he talked to, his real way of being.
Elvis was dressed in a black silk suit, white shoes and socks and a black velvet shirt open to the chest, he wore a chain with a gold medallion, which he later told them was given to him by a fan, days before.
The reporters asked him about his future, if he thought people would be coming to see him in five years. Elvis told him, "I'm not going to predict the future," evidently Elvis was clear that his present might be fleeting so he replied modestly.
" Maybe not . People get tired of you , you don't stay hot forever"... he also added that he didn't believe that his music or any other could be the cause of juvenile delinquency, because kids could just dance or scream but they didn't do any harm to anyone.
He was also asked if he had a special girl, to which Elvis said he did not. He didn't really have anyone concrete or important enough to consider a serious relationship. Elvis told them that when he went on stage he was very nervous and he didn't care if they shouted at him or not, because he felt more confident in case he made a mistake on stage.
About his hobbies he said he liked to play billiards with his father, etc.
Actually most of the questions were usually similar, but they didn't ask him about his albums, nor about his plans to record more songs.

As usual there were a few opening shows before Elvis came on stage. When it was time to sing, on this occasion he did not wear the gold Lamé suit jacket as he would come out dressed the same way as in the Press Room, in his black silk suit and there he stood in front of the spectators, the crowd stood up and began to scream wildly.
There was a great uproar as he began to sing, Elvis wore a guitar around his neck and sang by twirling his legs to the sound of his songs, bringing his arms and knees to the audience. For every move he made, the audience grew angrier. He could only be understood better when he sang a slower song, holding the microphone and swaying slowly.
But the audience drowned out almost everything he did, so his performances were almost inaudible.
The girls would stand up and stretch their arms out to the stage to touch him, this made Elvis smile and keep singing. The girls screamed, held their hands to their heads in discomfort, cried or ran after security. Most of them were teenagers, almost children ...
Of the four performances at the Arena, the last, on April 5, was the one witnessed by the most adult spectators. This show drew much larger crowds than the previous shows and Elvis Presley wore his gold jacket and shoes, along with a white satin shirt and black pants.
Elvis' performance in this last show was described by a fan as if it were an earthquake, his way of singing and moving gave off such energy that it drove the audience crazy. The performance left a mark on the fans and when the end of the show came, twenty police officers escorted him to the street where a car was waiting for him to leave. But nearby there was a group of fifty girls who saw him leave the building and fought the poor policemen who were protecting him, in their eagerness to get closer to Elvis. They ended up chasing the car until it sped off and lost sight of his fans for good.

Curiously, ticket sales for these four shows in Philadelphia would not be as expected. They were not sold out, actually the stadium was less than half full for the April 5 shows, less than 2,300 tickets were sold.  The next day it sold out even more, and although it was a more satisfactory sale, it was not enough to sustain the promotion. The $41,000 gross at the box office would barely cover the contractually guaranteed Elvis show, leaving the local organizers to pay for venue costs and security out of their own pockets. It was unfortunate that the hopes of Colonel Parker and the local promoters who would have liked to attract more fans to Philadelphia could not have been fulfilled. But surely if it had been promoted, provided buses so that they could get to the stadium from nearby cities, this would have been different. It is also true that he had a lot of people against the shows who would try to ruin his shows.

There were many stories about girls who came to see Elvis' show, running away from home without their parents' permission, they were real fans.There were also incidents at one of the concerts, when Elvis had been singing for ten minutes and some eggs were thrown on stage, which fortunately did not reach him. Elvis saw it and dodged them, the Jordanaires did too, but one of the eggs hit Scotty's guitar neck. This made Elvis very angry and he walked away from the stage, finally he turned to the audience, looked at them and said "Most of you came here to enjoy the show".
This anecdote was also cause for comment in the press on Elvis' second day. The headline of the "Inquirer" read: "Elvis Egged at Arena - Gittar Gets the Yolk", in addition to highlighting the anger of Elvis Presley, who managed to end the performance, when he sang "All Shook Up". It was a somewhat isolated incident, but it showed that there were many against his show. By the time the police arrived, Elvis fans had already singled out the four young men, surrounded by broken eggs at their feet, and they were taken to jail for disorderly conduct. The four were later interviewed and said they didn't like Elvis, but wanted to see him live, said he was repulsive, but denied they were the ones who threw the eggs.
There was also an attempted plot by a brotherhood, who wanted to cut Elvis' hair and sideburns, this was discovered by the press, who prevented all this barbarism.
Certainly in any event of an artist, many things can happen, but for Elvis it would be an offense, in spite of the success in front of the rest of the public. Elvis had finished his planned shows, he had performed 10 days and fifteen shows and was already on his way by train to reach his new destination.
The new project he was going to do would be a film, so the concerts would be postponed until September 1957.

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The Gates of Happiness

On April 22, 1957, Graceland unveiled new iron gates with a special guitar motif, manufactured by Veterans Ornamental Iron Works of Phoenix, Arizona, costing $1,300 and installed with electronic equipment costing $1,752. The gates cost $1,300 and were installed with their electronic equipment which cost $1,752. 

He wanted to have a special entrance with a musical touch on them and so he ordered them. The result would be the pride and symbol of Elvis Presley's estate.  

Elvis would pose at the bottom of them, in front of the gates of Graceland Drive. It was April 26, 1957. Fans would wait for hours to see their idol and Elvis would considerate enough to greet them and sign autographs at these famous gates. Graceland was his home, his dearest home, in spite of the time and the fact that he came to have more properties, there Elvis came to know tranquility and happiness.

The Consecration of the Idol
"Jailhouse Rock" Third Film 1957

The third film Elvis Presley was to make would be one of the best films he was to perform in and with a particularly special film.
a particularly special film.
The recording of the songs began on April 30 and the filming in May 1957.
The film was particular, because his character would be that of an antihero, this caused a scandal for the society, since his character was a convict, who becomes the hero of a movie story.
Although in the film, Elvis killed a man, he also cursed and in one scene he goes out with the protagonist on a bed. But it was also a kind of challenge about the bad boy reputation of Elvis. But the important thing is that for his fans it was a wonderful film, despite the critics .

The initial project between Colonel Parker and the production company was to give him the title of "The Rock", but later, MGM wanted the film to be called "The Hard Way", then it was renamed "Jahouse Kid" to finally be titled "Jailhouse Rock".
Curiously Elvis used the dressing room that MGM had assigned to Clark Gable, when he replaced the principal photography on May 13, 1957.

Elvis had a new contract to make a film that the Colonel had tapped out of Paramount. The new film would be negotiated with MGM, the contract with Paramount allowed a film to be made outside the production company.It was the first film Elvis would make with MGM.
For this, they did not want the same mistakes that occurred in "Loving you", in relation to the recordings, so that neither Elvis nor the musicians, were overwhelmed to record in two places and so much fatigue. That's why it was requested as a condition to record in only one place and in this way what Elvis and his accompanists had to record, would have a logical schedule so that no one would be exhausted. Everything would be recorded in Radio Recorders for their comfort and above all to be able to have more ease in relation to the production and inclusion in the film.

Four scenes with songs were planned to be included in the film and scripts were sent to all of Hill & Range's principal writers so that they could compose appropriate music.
Leiber and Stoller were very impressed by the profits they had made on the two previous songs recorded by Elvis and were asked for two songs. They were set up in a room in New York, but a joke was played on them by telling them that they would not leave there without having composed four songs. They had also proposed Sid Tepper and Roy Bennet, McCoy and Owens, who had also composed on "Loving You," to do the rest of the songs. Hill & Range would get MGM's approval before sending it to RCA, provided Elvis and the Colonel approved them.

The film had several talents, such as the screenwriter Nedrick Young who had already won an Oscar for "The Defiant Ones", also the composers Leiber and Stoller who were already well known, the producer Par Berman who had 3 Oscar nominations and launched the careers of many artists in Hollywood, etc.
Choreographer Alex Romero, who took advantage of Elvis' natural way of moving to choreograph the sequence of the song "JailHouse Rock". Although he had initially planned a different dance, as Elvis was not a dancer, he had to adapt his movements to the general dance of the sequence. Gene Kelly who was in the studio to see part of the filming, applauded Elvis after seeing the test run of the sequence, he knew it was going to be a hit.
Actually the film was very modern for the time and is considered as a model of inspiration for the music video genre.
Other curiosities of the film, the composer Mike Stoller, appears as a pianist in some cameo and Scotty, Billy and Dj, his musicians also appear in the film.
After finishing the filming, the protagonist Judy Tyler and her husband, would have an automobile accident in which they would lose their lives, for this reason, Elvis would be very sad to see her after the premiere.
He saw it for the first time at a special screening with his parents in Memphis, days before its release.
The success of this film was undoubted, as it reached the third highest box office position in the week of its release and would finish as the fourteenth highest grossing film of the year. The total gross would be around $4 million. It would be re-released in March 1960 to coincide with Elvis' return from the army.
In addition to receiving multiple awards more than three decades after its release. Composers Leiber and Soller received an ASCAP award in 1991, for the song "JailHouse Rock", in 2004 the film was included in the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Board, etc.
Another curiosity was that
the young dancer and actor in musicals, Russ Tamblyn , visited Elvis, on the night before the shooting of the scene in the penthouse room of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The two immediately hit it off and were practicing the scene where Elvis was to perform his choreography and would eventually perform his part perfectly.

The number of the song "Jailhouse Rock" is considered the first music video in history. Curiously, Elvis had to wear a wig in some of the moments of the film, when he is in jail.
The critics were contradictory with the film, but there were generally positive comments regarding the quality and the interpretation of Elvis, it would be positive despite a minority that still considered him a scandal.
It would be one of the best films Elvis Presley ever made.

This film would be an open door in his filmography, could be a good direction to follow in their intentions to be an actor and turned to his performance. The result is optimal in his acting and if motivation as well.
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MGM's Jailhouse Rock Soundtrack Recordings
April 30 and May 3, 1957: Radio Recorders.
May 9, 1957: MGM Soundstage, Hollywood

The recordings of the songs from the film "Jailhouse Rock" would take place from April 30 to May 3 and 9, 1957.
The composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were not very excited about this project, since they were still not very clear about the type of person Elvis was and considered him a spoiled young man without culture. When they finally met him, they discovered in Elvis a great and absolute professional, who was not just another young man who sang songs but was a dedicated educated person who knew as much as they did, much more about the music of the moment and who had heard absolutely everything. He was a musician from head to toe, listening and culturalizing himself based on what he heard from other artists. Elvis was always a person who liked to know everything and in terms of music, his way of being was the same.
Elvis was not only a huge fan of the R&B of the last decade (Ray Charles, Wynonie Harris), but he could also discuss, in detail, the obscure R&B types. Even recordings that Jerry and Mike thought only they had ever heard. As the work began, his amazement grew.
Elvis's fame was not only the result of luck, but also his vision as an artist and his hard work. Elvis wanted perfection in his music and this did not depend on any technicality, but on the emotion created. This is what the composers themselves wanted, and for this there was a great rapport between them, both in the control room and during the recording.

“Jailhouse Rock” became the centerpiece of the session.
D. J. Fontana confessed that the intro he and Scotty created was based on a 1940s swing version of "The Anvil Chorus", but added Bill Black's walking bass.
This would be the most powerfully performed song by Elvis to date, followed by Scotty, possibly even going beyond what Leiber and Stoller's compositions intended.
A genuine Rock that would give rise to the title of the film dedicated to this musical style. Not simply as an ornament but as a reason.

In the song “Treat Me Nice” it was not so easy, because they couldn't do it correctly. However Elvis was enthusiastic about the score, he liked it so much that he thought it would become one of his biggest hits.
They had to leave it to continue with the theme "Young And Beautiful".
It had been planned to make three different versions, for different scenes that would appear in the film. Although the first take was easy because it had to sound flat and raw, the last take would be the most complex because it would reflect the maturation of the performance.

An unsuccessful attempt had been made to record the song "I Want To Be Free", but it was impossible.
The next morning, Leiber and Stoller stayed behind to help out on this song, "I Want To Be Free."
Three versions were to be recorded for the same and once again the boys got off to a slow start. Elvis was not comfortable and he spent most of the morning singing gospel music around the piano with the Jordanaires.
During the lunch break, an MGM executive, Jeff Alexander, scolded the Jordanaires for wasting their time, and Elvis got so mad that he stormed out of the studio.

During this absence, Jerry and Mike had the opportunity to work out the proper arrangements for "Treat Me Nice" and "I Want To Be Free", so that the group completed the songs with little difficulty.

The next day Elvis would resume recording and wanted to try again to record "Don't Leave Me Now", which he had originally recorded in February. But he was not really satisfied, so he thought that with Leiber and Stoller their collaboration and harmonious combination could have very strong support.
The question in these recordings was to establish opposing voices or different melodies between the musicians in order to obtain an adequate accompaniment and a harmonic balance.
For Elvis this would become very important, because he would guide him to a new musical world, to improve his songs, the way to perfect them that he had not felt until now and this could finally satisfy his aspirations as an artist. .

Jerry Leiber, who was in charge of production, decided to record "Baby I Don't Care", the song having been left out when the original writing session was held in New York. The difficulty would be with Bill Black who was very upset because he discovered that he couldn't play the opening of the song on his new electric bass. This made him give up, because he got frustrated and left, abandoning his bass. Everyone was surprised and at the same time disappointed by this stoppage, but it would be even more surprising when Elvis decided to go ahead.
Elvis, not wanting to stop, took up the bass and played that part himself, and Jerry de Leiber added a scratch voice, this way a perfect instrumental master could be recorded for Elvis to sing the vocal track.
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Elvis wanted to try to re-record "Don't Leave Me Now", which he had originally recorded in February.
It was important for him to have recognized in Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller a magnificent collaboration from which he would learn many things. With them he would discover a strong
harmonious combination to be able to establish opposing voices or different melodies between the musicians. It was what could give his accompaniment a harmonic balance. It was something that Elvis liked and could lead him into a new musical world.
This would make him aspire to improve the songs looking for a perfection that he would not have felt at the time of making them.
Perfection in music through good interpretation and rapport with the musicians in the room.
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Elvis and the first music video in history
"Jailhouse Rock"

During the filming of the movie "Jailhouse Rock", a choreographed musical number for Vince Everett's character starring Elvis Presley was screened. A number made with the music that gives the film its title and that culminates the success of the character, when they film him singing and dancing for a TV program. The stage and costumes would be set in prison, with bars and prisoner changing rooms.
For this, the choreographer Alex Romero in charge of the number had already put together a choreography for it and would show it to Elvis. It was so that he could show off dancing with the rest of the dancers who were going to accompany him while he sang the song.
The choreographer showed him a special dance but when Elvis saw it he told him "that's impossible sir, I'm a singer, I can be an actor but I'm not a dancer". Elvis didn't really have the training, nor did he know especially about dance to do a special choreography. Romero the choreographer told Elvis "don't worry let's see what you know how to do, how you move"... then he saw how Elvis performed his own steps with the music, he saw how he moved and the next day he prepared a choreography based on what he knew how to do. When he finally showed him how the dance had turned out, Elvis loved it and told him "I can do this, sir, and I'm going to do it." Then Elvis would rehearse over and over again for his own dance.
Elvis's friend, Nick, knew and shared friendship with Russ Tamblyn, who despite being 22 years old, was already known as a dancer and actor, he would introduce him to Elvis and asked if they could go see him at his house on the beach . Russ Tamblyn was already popular for the movie "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and two years later he would play the role of Riff in the musical "West Side Story".
When they met, they listened to music, talked about everything as if they were old friends and Elvis showed Russ the dance that he was going to do for the number in the movie.
Russ Tamblyn, who was apart from being an acrobat dancer, naturally had more technique and was allowed to give him some advice so that he could perfect his movements in the choreography and highlight his dance.
Both were sharing a good moment and Elvis proudly showed him his choreography for the scene they were going to record the next day. Russ told him that his steps were very good but advised him to give his movement a little more force, giving more impact to the knees and body movements that could be perfect. This advice helped and further encouraged Elvis who threw himself into his musical number.
George Klein would say that he was so excited that at one point in the dance, when Elvis slides down the bar, he swallowed one of his dental caps while he was doing it. They had to call a doctor, who at first didn't see anything, but later they realized that Elvis had aspirated the cover and it lodged in his lung.
They had to intervene the next day to remove the cover. As a result, Elvis was hoarse for a couple of days, but he recovered and would return to the set.
There he would meet Russ Tamblyn who was also filming another movie and called him to his dressing room to show him how he had perfected his dance, to finish the scene.
In these days George Klein and Cliff Gleaves had met a very funny guy named Lamar Fike, who wanted to meet Elvis and finally got it. They introduced him to him and from then on, Lamar would become one of the group, because he captured Elvis's interest and gave him confidence. In this film, Elvis would include his friends as extras in the shoot, so we can see George Klein, Lamar Fike or Gene Smith at some point...

In 1957 when the movie was released it would become symbolic and important for the youth, the main reason is that this type of dance would show a new fashion to follow.
The youth evidently did not know him and in the fifties they still danced tightly, the boys did not dance loose, the girls did not dance either and through this dance that Elvis did in his own way, in his own way, he would give a new approach to the way of dancing. You could dance alone without having to hold on to anyone or dance loosely as a couple.
This number is considered the first music video in modern history, but it is clear that there are many musical numbers in films prior to this one that could be considered the same, but within what is classic American musical cinema.

In this film, Elvis prepared his role by internalizing the character of Vince Everett in the manner of the actor's studio, the method. His friends say that outside of the filming, in the hotels and with them he showed himself in the same way as his character, he had the same attitude. In this character Elvis played a rebellious role and doing things his way, he got into it, so thoroughly that those who worked with him saw Elvis Presley as a great professional.
The pride that this film gave Elvis was also very Importantly, it could have been the start of many different things and a new kind of movie style. But what was really good about this film was that the script was also very well done and it was a film that was based on something similar to the life of Elvis but in a more rebellious way that was more shocking for the public. But from then on, the scripts that the Colonel accepted would no longer be so good, because he was looking more for the commerciality of the film, for easy profit. He still had to do something worthwhile like "King Creole", but in general decisions based on a script with songs that offered the public the vision of Elvis singing, was what they would look for from then on.
Elvis was carried away by his insecurity and did not demand different scripts, he gave great signs that he could have been a great actor
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The False, the Evil and the Envy.
anecdotes 1957

The power of the word has always been important when an artist is at the top. It can contribute to his success or ruin his reputation as an artist.
Like all artists, the figure of Elvis always attracted a lot of envy, jealousy and people who could do harm with negative comments about him.
In 1957, there were many, the majority, who spoke well of him about his music, his successes and how he had conquered his fans.
But there were also those who wanted at all costs to discredit him as an artist and as a person.
An example of this would be a rumor that had been circulating in the black community for some time. Elvis was said to have made a derogatory statement towards them.
This is what they claimed Elvis said in an interview: "The only thing blacks can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes", "like making a squirrel run to earth".
Such was the scandal that Jet magazine, which was then an important African-American newspaper, sent Louie Robinson to the set of Jailhouse Rock, to find out from Elvis himself what he had said.
Surprised Elvis said: "I never said anything like that", "People who know me", "know that I wouldn't have said that". For Elvis," "people are people, regardless of race, color, or creed."
Elvis always showed admiration for the music performed by artists of color.
In June 1956, he made the following statement about rock 'n' roll to a reporter in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“People of color have been singing it and playing it like I'm doing now, man, for more years than I know. They played it like that in the shacks and in their juke joints, and no one paid any attention to it until I did. I got it from them. In Tupelo, Mississippi, I used to hear old Arthur Crudup bang on his snare like I do now, and I said if I ever got to the place where I could feel like old Arthur felt, I'd be a musician like no one has ever seen."
But Robinson also interviewed several black people who did know Elvis, from Dr. W.A. Zuber, a black doctor from Tupelo, to Rhythm and blues singer Ivory Joe Hunter, etc.
All of this was very upsetting for someone who had lived so close to the black community, like Elvis. It was absurd to think that he would have said such things.
Robinson dismissed "Sepia" magazine's claim that Elvis made the comment in Boston, since the singer had never been there.
In addition, Robinson had also heard that Elvis made this nasty comment to Edward R. Murrow on his CBS-TV show. But Elvis Presley had never appeared in "Person to Person," so Robinson would eventually write in "Jet" that there was no evidence that Elvis had made the alleged racial statement anywhere.
Clearing his name of these false comments.
But the fake news, unfortunately, had already tarnished Elvis's name...
That was the purpose and it was achieved and despite the time many artists of color did not trust him, but fortunately those who really knew him never believed that rumour.
It is curious to think that Elvis had a great friendship with Sammy Davis Jr and had great admiration for many artists of color with whom he was photographed such as B.B King, Fats Domino, Roy Hamilton, etc. If he had been racist he would never have been photographed with them.
Due to this type of false comments, Elvis would always take care of his image to the maximum and the arranged interviews were always supervised and ordered by Colonel Parker.
For this kind of thing Elvis always wanted to have trustworthy people around him. In order to have a little privacy, since at this time it was completely impossible to be a young man like the others due to his popularity and his success that forced maximum caution.
Elvis never wanted to give an image of himself other than his own personality and his music.
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Anita Wood. A smile in the heart.

There are loves that leave a mark on our path, like a beautiful memory that stays in our hearts. Some indelible images that adorn a happy time full of hope. And although the ending may have been sad and painful, it can never cancel that sweet time where illusions and sincere love were shared.

When Elvis met Anita Wood on July 7, 1957, he was struck by her beauty, her sympathy and her modesty.
She was a young and intelligent woman who had already started her artistic career and shared the same desires as Elvis.
Anita was a television actress and singer, at this time she was already appearing on a program for TV 10 Dance Party' with Wink Martindale and Elvis noticed her, so he would ask his friend George Klein, who already knew her, to ask him for a date.
Elvis had to wait two weeks for her to accept her invitation, because she really wasn't impressed by the invitation and because she had a previous engagement. George was very surprised to dodge the first date, since no one had refused to meet Elvis Presley, but this would not prevent them from finally getting to know each other and little by little intimidate.
Elvis took her to her house and realized that Anita was a different woman from the girls he had known, she was not an easy girl and she had very clear ideas about her. she was a person
she was very sure of herself and like Elvis she was in great demand, but when they met something very special would be born between them. This made her a serious girlfriend for almost five years, they both dedicated themselves to the artistic world and had commitments, but they shared many happy moments.
Elvis introduced her to her family, her mother was very happy with this relationship and Elvis's friends had great admiration for Anita.
He had a habit of giving affectionate nicknames and since he was much taller than her, they affectionately called her "Little Bitty" or "Little". He also prank called her, her number 1 girl.

when she anita
she returned from a week in Hollywood, to prepare for her first role in the movie "Girl in the Woods".
Elvis had given her a ring the week before in Hollywood. For Anita it meant something very important.
She came to really love herself, although Elvis could not stop being "Elvis" and inevitably continued to have some other unimportant relationship, until the obligation of Military Service arrived.
On March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley, accompanied by his parents and a group of relatives and friends, appeared before the Memphis Draft Board to initiate his service. He would have to travel to Germany.
For 18 months it would be more complicated to verse and maintain this relationship.

When Elvis went to Germany he would feel very lonely and would organize parties to entertain himself. In one of these meetings, Elvis would meet Priscilla Beaulieu, with whom he felt very comfortable and for whom he also began to get very close, a love too, that made him want to take her to her house.
She was also her confidant and friend, this would be more important after the death of Gladys, her mother, on August 14, 1958.
This event left Elvis heartbroken and brought him closer to Priscilla, because Anita found herself at a distance from her.
When Elvis returned to his house, he was already very close to Priscilla, a girl of only fourteen years old, because of the moments they shared, because of the pain. This did not go unnoticed by the press as he said that he had a girlfriend in Germany.
Anita, with a confident character and above all with an understanding and loving attitude, would welcome her boy back home as if nothing had changed and she would continue to be her girlfriend.

Although the love for Anita was mature and strong, the letters that Priscillan sent him found that relationship at a distance.
Anita would find a letter and discovered that this relationship was stronger than it seemed.

Elvis had great doubts, he did not know very well what he could pass and who to choose between the two. This unfortunate confession Elvis made to a friend at Graceland, Anita overheard. This caused her to decide to leave Elvis for good, to whom she said: "you don't have to choose, I'm leaving the relationship."
Elvis was left heartbroken and crying, a pity that he had not insisted on fixing this situation. Because we will never know if his path would have gone the other way.
For Elvis, this memory of Anita would remain forever with a smile in his heart because her love would leave him a beautiful memory.
"Following the King's Path..."

The Pact between Colonel Parker and Elvis

At this time that Elvis was making the movie "Jailhouse Rock", Elvis had more and more people around him, his insecurity, his way of being made him need the peace of mind of having friends with him. When he was surrounded by his cousins, his friends, George Klein, Lamar Fike, he felt the security that he lacked when he was alone. They went out in a group even when they met someone from the scene like Russ Tamblyn, Elvis was also surrounded by women despite having a brief relationship with a girl, like the actress Yvonne Lime, also with Annie Neyland and others. But these relationships were short-lived, nothing serious, until he met Anita Wood in July 1957.
There were more people who were becoming more and more important in his group who could be good friends with Elvis, like the songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, especially Mike with whom he began to have more friendships.
Elvis was supposed to be able to make his life his own way and meet whoever he wanted, go out or not, he said he was nobody's property. But the influence of Colonel Parker began to restrict friendships and approaches towards him. Although there was supposed to be a pact between the two, not to interfere in his life, only professionally, when Elvis was surrounded by friends in his room and Colonel Tom Parker appeared, everyone disappeared as if the Devil had arrived. This was realized by Mike Stoller who was invited by Elvis and while they were playing pool he saw how everyone left running and when Elvis himself told him that he had to leave, because the Colonel did not want him to be there.
The situation was really very strange, but Elvis would explain that the Colonel was like a father to him, although no one could tell him what he could or could not do. He recognized that the Colonel knew the business and he didn't, he never got involved in his recording sessions and Elvis didn't get involved in his business.
The idea is that he didn't interfere in his life, but indirectly he did it with his mere presence, his decisions limited the freedom to make friends with a composer like Mike, because the fear of being influenced made the Colonel want to isolate Mike. Elvis. He didn't want members outside his circle who might give him ideas and proposals that he didn't handle first.

He even professionally began to reject proposals that never came to fruition, an example was the visit of Robert Mitchum, who went one afternoon to visit Elvis. He wanted her to play his brother in the upcoming production of Thunder Road, a bootlegger story he had written and was producing. Elvis was very excited about this proposal and with the visit, he told all this to his friend and actor Russ Tamblyn who arrived after Mitchum had left.
But this proposal would not see the light of day, obviously there were many reasons why the Colonel would not want to accept these proposals, but they were completely illogical, since a role, even if it had been secondary alongside Robert Mitchum, would have given him more opportunities to enter on the other Road to the film industry.
Tom Parker's vision could be successful in wanting Elvis to be the absolute protagonist and for now the films he was going to choose could be a success, such as "King Creole" which would be filmed a year later. But many proposals were rejected later that would have become great films and given the opportunity to develop his film career with more dramatic and credible titles.
But Elvis, as he said, did not get involved in business decisions and did not criticize the Colonel's rejections, without realizing that finally his future was going to change in his hands.
Elvis trusted Colonel Parker with all decisions, although professionally he did seek advice and help from film sets, directors or actors, in order to do things better. He would show an interest that everyone saw and probably if he had the opportunity to do another type of film, he would have been a great actor.
A few days after finishing the shooting of the film, the actress Judy Tyler who co-starred with him in the film, tragically died in a car accident, with her husband. Elvis received the news of her with great sadness, because he had made friends with her. It would be a blow to him and when "Jailhouse Rock" was released, he said that he would never see it again, because he was so sad after Judy's death.
What came next were his concerts, after so much time in Hollywood, he had planned a tour of the Pacific Northwest, in five cities.
He would return to the stage again in August 1957.
"Following the Path of the King..."

The Fear of Flying
Elvis Presley August/September 1957

The higher we rise, the more fearful it is to fall, the higher fame is fortune, even more fearful to lose everything in an instant... to think that everything is a dream and that it can vanish like smoke. Although the reality is different, everything can seem difficult and risky and staying with our feet on the ground, makes us gain our security to be able to preserve what we have achieved.
Elvis was the most famous artist of the moment, his assured success made him have more commitments, continue with his performances, travel. But his internal fears sometimes made him lose confidence in himself or in his surroundings, thinking that everything could disappear in a moment. It is very possible that for this reason at this time in his life, he had a fear of flying, which had taken root in him.
At the end of August 1957 Elvis had to perform some concerts in Spokane, Washington, so he would have to travel. But he had decided not to travel by plane again, because he wanted to travel by train. There were several reasons not to do it by car or plane, the first being the death of his "Jailhouse Rock" co-star, Judy Tyler.
She died a month before on the road with her husband, this affected Elvis a lot. Traveling by car would be tiring and uncomfortable because of the distance, and besides, he had been in a car accident.
The reason for not traveling by plane was even clearer, Elvis had flown many times during the year 1957, he flew to Shreveport, New York, Norfolk, Tampa, Nashville, etc etc, also on vacation at home, but he had developed a special fear of flying.
He had promised his mother that he would only fly if strictly necessary. But it would be before this date in August, so Elvis had had to suffer his fear inconsolably on airplanes this year and the year before.
There were also too many accidents and he had suffered some upset, the first time would be April 13, 1956. Elvis and his musicians took a chartered plane in Amarillo to fly to Nashville, where they had a recording session scheduled for the next morning. The reason was that the pilot made an unplanned landing on a runway near El Dorado, Arkansas. He had taken off with one of the fuel tanks empty and the plane's engine was noisy and it died, although it was an unpleasant experience to recover later.
The scare was very big and when Elvis got off the plane he told Scotty Moore and Bill Black that he didn't know if he would fly again... He had another scare later, but the important thing is that Elvis no longer wanted to get on a plane and would choose the train to travel, despite the kilometers and fatigue.

On August 27, 1957, Elvis was preparing to leave Memphis for his tour of the Pacific Northwest with 5,617 miles of travel ahead of him before returning to his hometown a fortnight later.
He had discovered that traveling by train gave him more privacy, even though he spent more time and was more tired.
On a plane he would have spent a few hours, but it would take two full days. Elvis could afford to occupy an entire Pullman car for his own protection, that of his friends and companions, and thus isolate himself from the train's passengers and crowds.
The truth is that for a long time, Elvis would avoid air travel, for almost three and a half years. When he had to act he would travel all over the United States by train, also by sea, he would cross the ocean by ship to Hawaii and the Atlantic Ocean to Europe to do his military service when he went to Germany.
But he would not fly again until March 2, 1960, when he flew from Germany via Scotland to Fort Dix, New Jersey, at the end of his two Army tours.
It was complicated to do all this, due to the schedules in the performances, stages, performing in different cities every day.

But the biggest hurdle was dealing with the fans that would sometimes clog the station when he arrived in a city.
In the 60's and 70's he would have his own bus to travel with.
Over time, Elvis realized that he was safer than before traveling by plane. He would leave that fear behind and fly again, even buy airplanes to travel, Convair 880 "Lisa Marie" ...
Elvis would once again walk through the sky as a Star.
'Following the Path of the King...'

The Walk of Fame.
Spokane, Washington Memorial Stadium. August 30, 1957, 8:30 p.m.

On the night of August 27, 1957, Elvis was accompanied by his girlfriend, Anita Wood, his parents and other relatives to Central Station in Memphis. He made his way to the City of Spokane, where he began a small concert tour. There were photographers and also fans, everyone was able to witness his affectionate farewell and the next day the press echoed this departure and subsequent arrival in the city of the concert. All the local Spokane papers were enthusiastic about his arrival, Elvis had a security detail that had been hired, consisting of three Spokane police officers, for his personal protection at the Ridpath Hotel where he was going to stay to rest his family. on the Great Northern Empire Builder train.
The Concert was scheduled to protect him with 50 Spokane police officers who are off-duty with the department and stationed in various parts of the stadium during the show.

Elvis Presley performed in one of the most conservative cities in the state of Washington, the city of Spokane.
Colonel Parker had organized a tour of the Northwest of the United States. It was a section of the country where he was not as popular and for this very reason he took the risk of taking him there. It is true that there were many clubs in the Northwest and Tom Parker knew that soon after Elvis had to do his military service, so he wanted his image to be on the rise. But the Colonel's only hope was to make a profit and bet on large outdoor stadiums on this tour, since the indoor venues did not have enough capacity.
An entry of around 15,000 people was expected but this number would not be reached, the curious thing is that the majority of the public was between 18 and 38 years old, in addition to young teenagers. The head of security on this tour was Kenneth Moore and he did not want to have any unforeseen events, so he gave himself clear instructions on how to protect the artist and warned that if there were riots and riots, he would immediately leave the stage to protect him. In this city the crowd was only two-thirds the size that promoters had predicted. It is true that the Spokane police also hindered the arrival of some overzealous teenagers who went to extreme lengths to see Elvis perform, but on the whole there were plenty of boys and girls who came from far and wide to see him.
He was traveling by train and wanted to rest, so He did not want to give interviews at the time. He would not leave the hotel room and also they never did any type of rehearsal before the concerts, they usually went out to play in the same way that the sessions were recorded.

The press conference was before his performance, Elvis was faced a room full of hostile reporters, members of the radio who were little known to rock 'n' roll. The questions they asked him were absurd, without relevance. Behind Elvis were his friends they called high school buddies, Cliff Gleaves, George Klein, Lamar Fike and Gene Smith. When asked the reason for the company, Elvis replied that it was to keep him from feeling homesick. The vast majority of journalists were predisposed not to like Elvis, but when writing about him, some changed their opinion when they saw him perform. press release Elvis was dressed in a black suit, blue pants with a yellow sash and a large gold medallion that had been given to him by a fan months before in Ottawa. Although it was not full, there were too many people and the crowd was so packed that it was impossible to order things to work well, because the officials decided to close the stands to concentrate the public. Elvis was already in the habit of jumping into the back of an open Cadillac to get to the show, which drove him up a ramp through the stadium. He walked through a double file of policemen and was always by the stage. This created an emotional impact on the audience, who saw him arrive on stage and in the same way it was very practical, since at the end of the show, Elvis also jumped into the Cadillac and left in a matter of seconds, without being able to be reached by the crowd. Elvis had been away from the stage for five months, it was Elvis's longest absence since he first toured in 1954. But as in previous performances, Elvis would come out with full energy to sing and all the spectators who had come to see him and sat down politely, went wild already with the opening number, with the song "Heartreak Hotel". Elvis was dressed in a gold jacket and moved across the stage shaking his body in constant motion. The performance appeared fifty minutes and would sing eighteen songs, the crowd was a screaming and screaming mass, every move he made got the same reaction. The flashes did not stop during the performance, Elvis moved back and forth behind his guitar and the impression they say was of being a 10-year-old boy having the best time of his life. Many of the attendees would count over the years the emotion of the moment , the emotion caused by his performance, his movements, his voice, they could hardly breathe, the screams sprouted unintentionally. The description was that when Elvis shook both pants legs, they screamed, trembled and closed their eyes and extended their hands towards him as asking for salvation. Many Spokane reporters judged Elvis Presley's performance as something between exciting and inoffensive, but there was a reporter from the Vancouver Sun who went to criticize the concert to anticipate what could be expected of him when he arrived in Vancouver, in the concert of the day next at Empire Stadium.

But the biggest curiosity of the show would be after Elvis's departure, when about fifty teenagers scooped up handfuls of dirt where Elvis had knelt during the show's final number, as if it were holy ground or whatever. to be able to have a little bit of his idol as a souvenir. Some would even pick up the pebbles that were left under the wheels of the Cadillac that transported Elvis. Elvis continued to drive his fans crazy, he was in his golden moment, his performances even in the most conservative places had been successes, despite the bad press . Elvis was still walking successfully, he was still the King!
"Following the Path of the King..."

The Bewilderment of Success
Chaos in Vancouver. Elvis Presley

On August 31, 1957, it would be the last concert that Elvis Presley would perform in Canada, at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, BC.
He had performed a few months before in the northeast area where he was very well received at his concerts.
His arrival was announced on August 8, 1957, on the front page of the Vancouver Sun and in the Victoria Daily Times.
His show would be at 8:30 p.m. m. at Empire Stadium, with planned seating for 22,000 people.
Tickets could be purchased by mail or in store or at the Empire Stadium box office.
But as always, many writers in the local press continued to criticize, but it would not matter because Vancouver was looking forward to seeing his idol.
Elvis would be located in the north area of ​​the stadium in full view of the public, so it would be one of the greatest demonstrations of hysteria in history.
Colonel Parker went ahead four days to organize the concert

Red Robinson, had the opportunity and luck to meet Elvis and spend time with him, in his suite at the Hotel Georgia and then inside the dressing room at Empire Stadium before the start of the show.
He said Elvis had a sex appeal and charisma that was undeniable, but he said there was something else, his aura, his presence was something special. They talked of course about music and normal things at his age, girls, cars and that he was a lovely guy, he just wanted to sing.
Red was a disc jockey in Vancouver and the emcee at the Elvis concert. He was the first to play rock 'n' roll records on a regular basis. He witnessed what
strict and controlled that was the security to reach Elvis, in the Hotel, on the 12th floor, in room 1226. He had two ex-marines as guards guarding. But when he left, he would say that "the teenagers went to the hotel and went up to his room and destroyed it. They took everything, pieces of carpet and pillows, oh, it was a disaster!"
Elvis arrived by train but got off Clark Drive, before reaching Great Northern Station, to avoid the large crowd of waiting fans, he was picked up by a local chauffeur who took him to Empire Stadium.

During his press conference inside the locker room at Empire Stadium, a reporter asked him about this. Elvis didn't want to offend anyone so he said he didn't want to be rude and disrespectful but, they were just on time for the concert and he had to prepare for your show. Also because he had to rest and rehearse.
He also stated that "although he believed that he was acting 'naturally' in the Love Me Tender and Loving You movies, he felt that he was still a rookie as an actor."
Asked about the screaming, if he could sing, Elvis said that the screaming covered up his mistakes when he got nervous. They also asked him about his lack of privacy, but he accepted it because it was his job.

Before going on stage, Elvis played a prank on Red Robinson, asking a policeman for handcuffs and putting them on Red, who he hooked to a bar to his surprise.
shower bar. Then he laughed and left her for a while not knowing if he could come out to present his performance.
The joke lasted a few minutes and Elvis released him like a naughty boy.

Once on stage there were opening acts and the public chanted repeatedly: "We want Elvis!". The air cadets and police officers hired to control the crowd felt tense and uncomfortable with the uncertainty of what was going to happen when Elvis came out to sing. There were more than 25,000 fans.
Robinson's introduction was barely heard when he told the audience, "On behalf of 'Teen Canteen,' Canada's biggest teen show, I'm proud to introduce Elvis Presley tonight."
Elvis arrived waving and escorted to the stage in his convertible.

Already when Elvis begins to sing the song "Heartbeat Hotel" all the attendees were delighted with his performance. Unfortunately, a large part of the audience abandoned their seats to descend onto the grass field to approach the stage at the north end. This would start to cause problems and the show had to be stopped, because a large crowd had formed in front of the stage.
All the lights were turned on as Elvis retreated between boxes and the public was warned that the concert would be canceled if they persisted in his attitude.
The crowd left the stage and Elvis would come out again to sing to continue his show. Although the tranquility did not last long because they would return to the charge. This time it would be another crowd that rushed towards the stage, pushing against an iron fence that surrounded it.
The police formed a chain around it in an attempt to keep people away so they could contain the chaos.

Despite the mess, Elvis continued to sing for his audience, but due to the situation  he was rushing his interpretation. After singing, "All Shook Up","I Was The One","I Got A Woman",
"Thats When Your Heartaches Begin", "Fools Hall Of Fame","Dont Be Cruel","Love Me" and "Mean Woman Blues", ended with the song "Hound Dog", but their concert at Empire Stadium, barely It had lasted 22 minutes.
The riots were still going on when Elvis got under the stage with Red Robinson, while he distracted the audience with a
lure. someone dressed
wearing the gold lamé jacket he entered a limousine and was driven near the tunnel area to confuse Elvis's real exit.
He luckily gave Elvis time to leave in another vehicle that took him to his hotel.
People wouldn't leave the stadium despite being told that Elvis wasn't there anymore.
Many were disappointed, they attacked the scores, the instruments, which went flying. The poor musicians including Scotty, Bill and Dj took up to two hours to come out. They felt the stage moving and they were very scared until they finally got into their cars, they were shaken by the people.
Elvis' vehicle, parked at Empire Stadium, was attacked while he was still on stage. His radio antenna and Tennessee plates were stolen from his car. A disaster that could have been avoided with a more secure organization.
The sad reality is that they were just fans who wanted to get closer to his idol but everything was complicated until the end.

"Following the Path of the King..."

The natural face of the Star.
Elvis Presley  September 2, 1957.
Portland, Oregon Press Conference

On the occasion of his concert at the Multomah Civic Stadium, on September 2, 1957, Elvis will hold a press conference before singing in his show.
The little tour that he was doing was promoted by Lee Gordon, who has already done the spring of Canada and the Midwest. He wanted Elvis to tour Australia, but he was unsuccessful with the Colonel.
Before the show as planned there was a press conference in Portland.
Elvis was very cordial with the journalists, who asked him professional and personal questions. On this day Elvis Presley talked much more than usual with them.

About marriage Elvis said:
"Often when I'm supposed to marry a girl on a certain night, I'll go out with another girl and get married at some point. I don't want to get married now, and I don't know the girl to challenge me." "This is confusing to me, and it may surprise me and wake me up and anyone I want to marry: But if I meet her, I will marry her. I will not overlook love. All these fans of mine will marry and have families However, I think marriage would hurt my career now."
He was asked about Anita Wood, but he said that they were good friends, he did not explain further.
About the albums of him, the recordings of him said:
"I don't have the best voice in the world, so I have to feel it."

Of his favorite artists, Elvis named "The Four Aces", "Nat King Cole", "Dean Martin" and "Pat Boone".
There were many reporters, even Elvis recognized one from TV, John Salisbury.
Elvis confessed that he wore sideburns because the truckers he had admired as a child wore them. Also that he sometimes felt alone and that despite appearances he did not do everything that Colonel Parker told him to do.
He said that he was independent and had respect for his mother and father, neither smoked nor drank.
About his music he said that although he liked fast songs, but he really enjoyed singing gospel songs.
About the way he acted on stage he said that his movements came naturally to him, and there was nothing wrong with it, etc.

There was an autograph and photo session, which lasted longer than in other cities, since there were DJs, journalists, TV reporters, club presidents and winners of five or six radio contests.
arranged for him and his DJs. Elvis attended everyone, as always friendly and attentive. He impressed his way of being close, respectful and interested in pleasing everyone. His attractiveness also drew a lot of general attention.
Disc jockey Bob Blackburn described him as very friendly and very personable, without seeming like a star.
Evidently, Elvis had not changed with the success, nor with the criticism, he was still himself, natural and close, without frills, a simple boy who did what he liked to do the most.
"Following the Path of the King..."

Multnomah Civic Stadium Portland, Oregon
September 2, 1957. Elvis Presley

Elvis left the Multnomah Hotel to drive a mile west along Burnside Street to the Multnomah Athletic Club stadium,
The performance would be at 8:30 p.m. Around 14,000 people would be waiting for him.
After the press conference, Elvis climbed into the back of a white convertible, sitting with Portland Mayor Terry Schrunk and Ken Moore, who was Elvis's head of security.
and Ken Moore, who was Elvis's head of security. He was driven slowly around the rink, where the lights came on and the rising applause and shouts were heard, everything seemed to shine with the countless flashes that greeted his passing. The car stopped at the grandstand near the stage. Elvis walked out and up the stairs, before approaching the microphone, he shook hands with George Arnold who was the conductor of the local orchestra.

Front page article from Oregonians tells how the show went. People would very much enjoy watching Elvis sing and he also seemed to be having as much fun as his audience, although they say he clowned when he sang "Hound Dog".
There was a bit of chaos as a result of the noise, but people continued to enjoy the moment, although there was no movement on the stadium ground since it was a very correct audience.
In Portland they were very conservative, possibly that was the reason. Of his songs the Fans said that his songs sounded even better than on the albums
Although some journalists were not very kind, the conclusion was praise for the moderation of the public and acceptance of the artist for his performance.

In Dorothy Lois Smith's review she would write that watching Presley perform was a multi-sensory experience. "Sometimes it was almost impossible to tell which of his rock'n'roll hits he was singing, burping and wiggling for his fans", "The roar of the music whistled through the right ear and the screams of the audience pierced the left ear , breaking my balance. But my eyesight was perfect, and there's no doubt that it's the bumps and grinds, the wiggles and sinuous contortions that fans love the most. Each movement produced another in the succession of ecstatic screams."
The screaming peaked according to Smith's description of how Elvis gripped his guitar while singing "I Got a Woman," about the rhythmic movement: "The back-and-forth movement of the guitar was more like a cheek to cheek than playing an instrument. It was the peak and euphoric moment that caused even more intensity in the public.
This makes us reflect on how Elvis felt his music when he sang. He needed to move to convey the feeling of it, whether it was a lively song or a slow one. It would always be like this, his musical evolution and maturation also influenced his body movements that would not be the same logically over the years.

At the end of the show Elvis sat on the edge of the stage moving his legs. Then to the surprise of the audience he dropped to the grass below the stage, where he sang the last song writhing on his knees with one hand on the ground.
Another habit that he had at that time, that of jumping off the stage outside to be able to express himself more forcefully. No one was doing this yet and it caused even more shouting.
Finally, he got up looking exhausted, going backstage, where he jumps into the convertible and quickly disappeared.
Since then he could be heard through the loudspeakers:
"Ladies and gentlemen. Elvis Presley has left the stadium."
"Elvis has left the building"
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"The Songs Elvis Didn't Want to Record, a Star in the Sky" 
ELVIS PRESLEY. Recording sessions September 1957.

Studio Sessions for RCA September 5-7, 1957:
Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Elvis Presley had to record again in the studio, in order to publish new songs, he planned to publish a Christmas album and several proposals were made. Elvis did not want to make an album like that, he had no interest, but he did want to record other scores that had been presented to him. It was difficult to make him record something that would be for Christmas on these dates, so the only thing that occurred to the Colonel and the RCA would be to bring a Christmas tree with its corresponding gifts to the studios. But this would continue without motivating Elvis, who despite being a great professional and complying with his contract, he was still not interested, because he only wanted to record what he liked and would agree out of obligation.
These sessions were held September 5-7, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood.
Again the producer would be Steve Sholes with engineer Dudley Brooks. The musicians would be Scotty Moore, guitar and Bill Black, bass, who would still agree to record in these sessions, because they had also been promised to record some instrumental song, but as always, they never fulfilled this commitment. Also the drummer DJ Fontanta, the vocal accompaniment of the Jordanires formed by The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker, Neal Matthews, Hoyt Hawkins and Hugh Jarret and the novelty of including a soprano soloist Millie Kirkham.
In these sessions the collaboration of the composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller would be of great help, since they did the work of arrangers on the scores, contributed their songs and also during the sessions they composed a song at the request of Elvis.
On the first day of September 5, what Elvis wanted was to make an improved version of the song “Treat Me Nice”, which he was enthusiastic about from the first moment and in which he trusted for its publication as a single. Although it had already been included in the film "Jailhouse Rock", he wanted to perfect it and it would have to be re-recorded, because the band sounded very weak except for the claps backing the Jordanaires. Leiber and Stoller had made a new arrangement, changing the accompaniment to more suitable drums, introducing piano, and slowing the tempo to give the song a change, ending in fifteen takes.
The novelty in these sessions would be to include the voice of the soprano Millie Kirkham, whom Elvis had heard and wanted to have her in the session, in the following song it would be particularly necessary for Elvis.
The song "Blue Christmas", had already been recorded by various artists, had also already been a country hit for Ernest Tubb in 1950. Actually it was a song that lent itself to many interpretations and looking for another type of style it was chosen to be able to interpret it in a more modern, slow way and with a more insinuating tone. It was more suited to Elvis' repertoire, which had nothing to do with Christmas. Elvis wanted to make it different and wanted to include the voice of the soprano Millie as a response to her interpretation, a curious intervention that would become a classic in "Blue Christmas". It was what is called in musical slang an "obbligato", a musical passage that must be interpreted exactly as it is written, it was indispensable in the song. Although Millie had to interpret it without lyrics, just a melody and exactly as Elvis had asked her, she felt a little confused, due to the contrast that it was with the singer's interpretation, but the result is special.
Only two songs were made the first day so producer Steve Sholes was desperate and partly blamed the band. But it's clear that Elvis always wanted to perfect takes, so there were many times when he would request a new take.
On September 6, Steve Sholes would confirm his theory since, because of the musicians, they had to take 29 takes on the song "My Wish Came True". Also for him, the result would not be satisfactory and Elvis was not entirely happy either.
Elvis liked Millie's voice so much and he wanted to introduce her in a special accompaniment on the song. It was not a special score for him, but he wanted to record it because it was by one of his favorite authors, Joe Hunter, the song entitled "My Wish Came True".
The next song "White Christmas" was arranged based on the version made by the Drifters and Clyde McPhatter, it was a bit daring and composer Irving Berlin was so offended that he tried to have the record banned from Radio.
The song "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Gene Autry was also recorded on this day. It was covered the same or very similar to that of the author, without any innovation, it did not contribute anything new, only the beautiful voice of Elvis. The following song "Silent Night" by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber would also be recorded without bringing anything different. Although nothing new was added to these versions, Elvis's voice and feeling made them magical.
The last song recorded on September 6, was the one that aroused the most interest in Elvis. "Don´t" a ballad written by his favorites Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who had written the score for him, although they had sent it to him in June of the same year. It was a song suited to his style voice and one that they knew Elvis would nail perfectly.
It started playing in a slow rhythm with arrangements and Elvis sang it beautifully, with all intention and feeling, because it was a song that he really liked. It was a topic to choose to publish as a single, because the result was optimal and sincere. A song with a simplicity and beauty in its interpretation, the score simply adorned with basic arrangements.
Elvis was still not enthusiastic about Christmas songs so he asked for a composition that suited his style so he talked to Leiber and Stoller. They wrote the song on the fly, they got what Elvis wanted when composing a Christmas song in the Blues style. "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The focus of the song was for Elvis a clear invitation to sing it like a hard blues, the lyrics spoke of Santa Claus in a big black Cadillac coming through the chimney. The song would be recorded in seven takes.
The last song that was recorded was already a classic sung by Bing Crosby, “I'll Be Home For Christmas”, which in Elvis's voice comes to shake, due to its sensitivity. It really is a wonderful song that makes it clear that his interpretations come in all styles.
The recordings did not leave time for anything else, although it had been planned to record "Fool's Hall Of Fame", nor for the re-recording of "One Night". There was also another song that was offered to Elvis that could not be recorded in these sessions "I'm A Hog For You", but would be left to record until 1959. Also Colonel Parker realized that Mike Stoller had offered him and the song to Elvis without going through the usual procedure of negotiating with Hill & Range before it got to the singer.
As for the songwriters, the Colonel had a clear commercial strategy, they had been forbidden to do this in order to secure their publishing deals, this made everything much more difficult and to achieve over time, than the songs that Elvis really liked they won't get to him.
Curiously, being an album that Elvis would not like to record, the publication in October of the Lp "Elvis Christmas Album" would be an absolute success, it would reach number 1 and would remain on the charts for 4 weeks, obtaining a Gold disc. It would include the songs Christmas songs and four songs from Elvis's Gospel album. An Ep "Elvis Sings Christmas Songs" would also be published, which would also reach number 1 on the Billboard, selling more than 500,000 copies.
With these Christmas songs, Elvis would once again go up to the Artists' Heaven and leave a Star in the Firmament...
From Tupelo to Memphis
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"Treat Me Nice" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
"Blue Christmas" by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson

"Treat me Nice"

"Treat Me Nice" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

This song had already been recorded for the movie "Jailhouse rock", but Elvis was not happy with the result and wanted to include it in these sessions, because he also considered that it was a star song to publish on a single and that he would be successful with it. . For this new session on September 5, the composers Leiber and Stoller, who were already friends of Elvis and his favorite at that time, collaborated to arrange the score and make it more intense in its accompaniment. They changed the drum accompaniment to make it more suitable, introducing piano and slowing the tempo to give the song a change, ending in fifteen takes. Elvis would interpret it with more desire and with absolute dedication.
A song with a rhythm, catchy and very much in the style of Elvis, the composers knew and already knew the performer, so they knew how to capture his taste.

The song was published on September 23, 1957, as a B-side of the single "Jailhouse Rock", reaching number 1 for the song although it only reached number 27 on the Billboard and number 1 on the R&B charts. This song was included in planned sessions to record a Christmas album that Elvis was not interested in.
After his single, "Treat Me Nice" was included in several albums such as "A Touch of Gold" and LPS Elvis "Golden Records Vol. 1", "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits vol.1", "The Great Performances", "Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller", "The King of Rock And Roll", the 1997 "Jailhouse Rock" CD, including the movie version on it; the record and movie version initially came out together on the 1988 record "Essential Elvis Vol. 1"; the film version on FTD "Flashback", the record version on "Artist Of The Century", "Elvis 2nd to None","Hitstory" ,"Elvis at the Movies", etc, etc.
Alternate versions of the film and these sessions were included in "Elvis: Close Up", "Today Tomorrow & Forever" also features a single outtake.
The Elvis 30 #1 Hits DVD features footage of Elvis performing the song at Jailhouse Rock, etc, etc.
A song that reflects the spirit of Elvis in the first days of splendor, the year 1957 would be for him the confirmation of absolute success, even if it was coupled with criticism from the most conservative.
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"Blue Christmas"

 by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson
Elvis recorded this song on September 5, 1957, at Radio Recorders Hollywood.
Several Christmas themes were included, which Elvis did not really want to record, including this song that had been widely covered previously.
It had already been a country hit for Ernest Tubb in 1950. Actually it was a song that lent itself to many interpretations and looking for another type of style it was chosen to be able to interpret it in a more modern, slow and insinuating tone. It was more suited to Elvis' repertoire, which had nothing to do with Christmas. Elvis wanted to make it different and wanted to include the voice of the soprano Millie Kirkham, as a response to her interpretation, a curious intervention that would become a classic in "Blue Christmas". It was what is called in musical slang an "obbligato", a musical passage that must be interpreted exactly as it is written, it was indispensable in the song. Although Millie had to interpret it without lyrics, just a melody and exactly as Elvis had asked her, she felt a little confused, due to the contrast that it was with the singer's interpretation, but the result is special.
It was first recorded by Doye O'Dell in 1948.
It is a story that talks about unrequited love during the holidays.
Elvis Presley made this song a Christmas classic, without intending to make it mythical. His version is undoubtedly the best and most attractive in Elvis's voice. Also musically, it would innovate musicologically and culturally, the harmony of the choir would also be peculiar and the part of the soprano in obbligato would make it even more special.

"Blue Christmas" was included on "Elvis Christmas, it was also included on a 1957 EP (Extended Play) 45 titled "Elvis Sings Christmas Songs"
Released as a single in November 1964 with the song "Wooden Heart". It was absurd to publish it years later and with a song from a 1960 film, it would not enter the charts, although it would reach number 11 in England. If it would reach number 1 on the Christmas compiled lists. It was re-released as a single in October 1965 with "Santa Claus Is Back in Town", which also charted.
The studio version has since appeared on "Elvis : A Legendary Performer Vol 2", "Memories of Christmas", "A Golden Celebration", "If every Day Was a Like Christmas", "Blue Christmas", "The King Of Rock 'n' Roll","Christmas Peace", "Elvis Christmas",etc.
It was also featured by Elvis as his favorite Christmas song on the NBC TV Comeback Special, taped June 27, 1968. This version was included on "Aron Presley", "A Golden Celebration", "Memories" :The '68 Comeback Special" and "Tiger Man".
Alternatives from this period are found on the FTD releases "Burbank '68" and "Let Yourself Go." Live concert recordings from the 1970s have appeared on "Elvis by the Presleys" and FTD "Tours '77", "Dragonheart", "Dinner At Eight" and "Spring Blue", etc.
A song that will always stay in the memory.
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Studio Sessions for RCA
06 Septiembre 1957.Radio Recorders, Hollywood

"My Wish Came True" de Ivory Joe Hunter
"White Christmas" de Irving Berlin
"Here Comes Santa Claus" de Gene Autry y Oakley Haldeman
"Silent Night " de Joseph Mohr y Franz Gruber
"Don’t " de Jerry Leiber y Mike Stoller

"My Wish Came True"
Elvis Preley. Fidelity and music

RCA Radio Recorders recordings September 6, 1957
"My Wish Came True" by Ivory Joe Hunter
This would be the first song to be recorded on September 6, 1957 at Radio Recorders by Elvis Presley. Producer Steve Sholes was upset that as many as 29 takes had to be done because of the musicians. In any case, a satisfactory result was not given, neither for him nor for Elvis.
because of the musicians, they had to perform 29 takes on the song "My Wish Came True" al. Also for him, the result would not be satisfactory and Elvis was not entirely happy either. He had included Millie Kirkham's voice in this song as well, her voice impressed him so much that he wanted to make the most of it, in a special accompaniment. The song interested him mainly because it was composed by one of his favorite authors, Joe Hunter. Elvis' performance would be intimate, very much in the style of the period, with responsive accompaniment from the choir and the outstanding voice of Millie Kirkham. But the truth is that she was not very much in line with the type of song that Elvis was playing at that time, it could certainly be a bit cloying, but with her voice she makes up for everything.
After so much effort, Elvis would work on it again on February 1, 1959, since he was not convinced of the result. There were some sources that claimed that Elvis attempted eighty takes of this song before settling on a master.
The song was included in a single released on June 23, 1959, with the song "A Big Hunk of Love", reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 15 on the R&B charts, selling over a million copies. .
The song was included in the album "Gold Records Vol.2", later it is published in "Worldwide Gold Award Hits vol.2", "The King of Rock ´n´ Roll", "Hitstory", etc.
Ivory Joe Hunter was a rhythm and blues singer, songwriter, and pianist. After a string of US R&B chart hits beginning in the mid-1940s, he became best known for his hit recording "Since I Met You Baby". He would be called "The Boogie Baron" and also known as "The Happiest Man Alive". His compositions would play various styles, R&B, blues, boogie-woogie, country, etc, in all of them he would have hits. Songs like "I Almost Lost My Mind", which would be hits and some recorded by Elvis such as "I Need you So", "Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby", "I will be True", "It's Still here"...
Elvis admired him and would meet him personally in the spring of 1957, when he invited him to visit his Graceland home. As soon as they started talking, they shared their music singing and commenting about their things, they would spend the day together. Joe Hunter would comment on Elvis, saying that his mentality was very spiritual, courteous and his talent would comment that he was one of the best artists of the moment. Hunter was a prolific songwriter, writing over 7,000 songs.
Elvis had a faithful vision of the musicians who at that time inspired him with his scores and with Hunter he knew that his music would be able to convey all his feeling.
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" White Christmas"

"White Christmas" by Irving Berlin
The song was recorded on September 6, 1957 at Radio Recorders for inclusion on Elvis' next Christmas Album.
A Christmas classic that should never be lacking at the time, although Elvis, as it seems, was not very interested in recording it, but he finally got carried away, it would start slowly and his interpretation would be totally different and unexpected. Elvis sings it in his own way, this time based on The Drifters' "White Christmas" version, but his magical vision of the song was his feeling at the time, although his fans were captivated, not its author Irving Berlin, who saw in the Elvis song a kind of offense, which he did not know how to accept and would write to the radio stations so that they would not broadcast his version.
A classic Christmas score written by Irving Berlin and first sung by Bing Crosby in the 1942 film "Holiday Inn", winning the Oscar for best song and always heard every year at Christmas ever since. It is the best-selling song in history with more than 125 million copies sold worldwide. Being covered since then by many artists from different times.

Elvis was included on the Christmas album, "Elvis Christmas" and the "Christmas With Elvis" EP. It was included on all of Elvis' Christmas albums, including "Blue Christmas", "If Every Day Was Like Christmas", "Christmas Peace", the 2005 box set "Christmas With Elvis", and "White Christmas" was included on Elvis' Christmas , etc. Also in the 1950s anthology "The King of Rock And Roll." An instrumental version on "Million Dollar Quartet" at Sun Studios on December 4, 1956 is on the MDQ etc releases.

Author Irving Berlin was a Russian-American songwriter, composer, and lyricist. His wonderful music was reflected in popular songs, ragtime, Broadway musicals, etc. It forms a large part of the Great American Songbook. Many of his songs have since become popular, becoming typical melodies that transcended time. Examples like "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Easter Parade", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "Cheek to Cheek", "White Christmas", "Happy Holiday" etc, etc.
A composer who will always have a place in the history of music, despite time.
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"Here Comes Santa Claus".
The Christmas Classics.

"Here Comes Santa Claus" by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
Elvis recorded this tune performed by Gene Autry in 1947 at a Radio Recorders session on September 6, 1957. Elvis would sing it as per the original version, maybe not as up-tempo, but there really wasn't anything different. Simply the attractiveness of his voice de él and the way he sings, accompanied again by the choir, without apparently changing anything. There really wasn't any other intention, possibly because the song didn't say much to Elvis. Because of his way of being from him, when a song excited him, he searched inside for something that he could identify, interpret in a special way. But on this topic it would not be the same way.
The song appeared on the first album Navidad, "Elvis' Christmas Album", and soon after on the "Christmas with Elvis" EP. Later in the updated versions of the same Album. It was also included in the albums "If Every Day Was Like Christmas", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Christmas Peace", "Elvis Christmas", etc.
Oakley W. Haldeman the composer author and music publisher. He joined ASCAP in 1949, and his other popular song compositions include "Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes", "I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine", "Tho' I Tried", "Pretty Mary", "Texas Polka" , " Honey Child," "Vic'try Train," "Last Mile," and "Texans Never Cry."
This song is the composer's best known, widely covered, for example Doris Day, Bing Crosby, etc. and since then a Christmas classic.
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"Silent Night".
The sweet taste in Elvis's voice. 

""Silent Night" by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber.
Another Christmas classic interpreted in a sweet and intimate way by Elvis, accompanied by the angelic choir. Although Elvis was not very interested in Christmas songs, his voice sounds sincere, harmonious and close, it is wrapped in a spiritual halo. Even though he seems a bit shy as if he is afraid to perform such a well-known song, there would be no attempt to innovate in the score. The accompaniment is also calm and simple without giving rise to improvisations or that Elvis would have had an effect with his voice in the interpretation, but it would not be like that. It is true that what he really liked were the Gospels, these types of songs did not appeal to him for his repertoire, but Christmas was always important to Elvis, because it represented home and family, as well as being a believer and liking the traditions.
A very respectful version compared to the original. Recorded by Elvis at Radio Recorders on September 6, 1957.
The song "Silent Night" became a popular classic, but it was based on a poem written in the early 19th century by the Austrian priest Josef Mohr, and was set to music by Franz Gruber, according to legend, after the priest discovered that the organ of the church had stopped working just before Christmas. Bing Crosby's English version was the best-selling song of the 1940s, eclipsed during his career only by "White Christmas." "Silent Night" has become one of the most covered songs in the world. Elvis's version would be included on the "Elvis' Christmas Album" and also on the "Christmas With Elvis" EP in 1958, and since then on subsequent versions of the Elvis Christmas Album and on compilations such as "Memories Of Christmas," " Blue Christmas", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "If Every Day Was Like Christmas", "Christmas Peace" and "Elvis Christmas". Christmas carol and popular song The song was declared an intangible cultural heritage by Unesco in 2011. The song was first recorded in 1905 and continues to be a popular hit, covered throughout the ages. A song forever in the voice of Elvis.
A song that in the voice of Elvis brings peace and serenity, something traditional and classic at the same time in his version. It was a surprise for his fans and especially for all those who opposed his songs and his style, for them it would be a record that they would never have imagined in the voice of an artist like Elvis.
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The taste of the authentic 

"Don’t " de Jerry Leiber y Mike Stoller
Uno de los temas más significativos del momento en la carrera de Elvis, grabada el 6 de septiembre de 1957 en Radio Recorders. Elvis ya la había escuchado en una demostración de Leiber y Stoller en junio de 1957 la eligió y dejó a un lado otra titulada "I´m A Hog For You", que finalmente fue grabada por The Coasters. Elvis se había saltado por medio la elección por parte de la editorial y el Coronel Parker, quien se enfadó mucho de esta intervención porque no podía negociar como quería.
Su interpretación dulce, íntima y apasionada de esta partitura ofrecería al público una bella canción. Un tema que siempre recuerda la magnífica interpretación de Elvis.

Publicado el 7 de Enero de 1958, la canción "Don´t" grabada el 6 de septiembre en Radio Recorderes, alcanza el puesto número 1 en el Billboard. Vendiendo más de un millón de copias, incluso con ventas anticipadas. Obtendría el disco de Platino, manteniendo el puesto durante cinco semanas y en las listas durante veinte.
La cara B con "I beg Of You" grabada el 23 de febrero de 1957, llegaría al puesto número ocho en las listas y el número dos en las Listas country y al número 5 en la R&B.
Apareció en el EP A Touch of Gold al año siguiente y luego apareció en los álbumes "Elvis 'Gold Records Vol. 2", "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits vol. 1", "The King Of Rock & Roll", "Artist Of The Century", "Elvis 30 #1 Hits", "Hitstory", "Love Elvis".
También en el lanzamiento de FTD "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong", etc. Un ensayo de Elvis de la canción en 1970 aparece en "Platinum: A Life In Music".
Una canción que muestra su perfección de los años 50'y con el tiempo su maduración.
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September 7, 1957
RCA Radio Recorders. sessions

"O Little Town Of Bethlehem" of Philips Brooks.
"Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" of  Aaron Schroeder  and Claude DeMetrius
"Santa Claus Is Back In Town" of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
"I’ll Be Home For Christmas" of Gannon and Kent 

"O Little Town Of Bethlehem"
Christmas classics.

This would be the first of the 4 songs that were recorded on September 7, 1957 at Radio recorders for RCA. All the songs would be Christmassy on the occasion of the new album that was going to be released for Christmas.
"O Little Town Of Bethlehem" by Philips Brooks and Lewis Redner.
A classic song of these dates and sung with all its emotion by Elvis, although it is true that no innovation was made in it. Simply the great contribution through his interpretation that gives him a placid and pleasant air. Elvis did it with total seriousness and as if it were more of a hymn, because the score seems that way.
Elvis recorded it on Radio Recorders on September 7, 1957. The lyrics were originally written as a travel poem in 1868 by Boston pastor Phillips Brooks and set to music the following year by his church organist Lewis Redner.
Lewis Henry Redne composer known for another popular Christmas carol "St. Louis," set the words of clergyman Philips Brooks to music.
The song would be included on the "Elvis' Christmas Album" and the "Christmas With Elvis" EP in 1958. Also on later releases including "If Every Day Was Like Christmas", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Christmas Peace" and "Elvis Christmas."
"O Little Town of Bethlehemh" is a Christmas carol that is usually common in celebrations, although it has been covered, it is not typical for publishing on LPs, it is curious because it is more typical of home celebrations or in churches.
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"Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" A Christmas Rock

"Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" by Aaron Schroeder and Claude DeMetrius
Claude Demetrius was a songwriter known for his rockabilly songs, in 1956 he began writing for Gladys Music, Inc. He wrote many well-known Elvis songs, such as "I Was The One", "Mean Woman Blues".
The song became the first rock and roll single to earn the RIAA designation, gold record. "Hard Headed Woman" written for the 1958 film "King Creole". it was also released as a 45 rpm single which went to number 1 on the Billboard charts.
Aaron Schroeder wrote seventeen songs for Elvis Presley, including five that reached number one. Elvis would record many of his songs such as "A Big Hunk o' Love", "Good Luck Charm"
"I Got Stung", "Stuck on You", "It's Now or Never", etc.
Schroeder had more than 500 recordings of songs to his credit, including major records by dozens of artists such as Roy Orbison, Duane Eddy, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat King Cole, Perry Como, and Pat Boone.
Schroeder and Demetrius would be regular songwriters in the portfolio of musicians working for Elvis.

Elvis recorded this song on September 7, 1957 on Radio Recorders for release on the "Elvis Christmas Album" and reissues. The song was also featured on the 1957 EP release "Elvis Sings Christmas Songs" and subsequently on "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Elvis' Gold Records Vol.2", and in the "If Every Day Was Like Christmas" anthologies. ", "Christmas Peace "and &Elvis Christmas", etc.

The song, written by Aaron Schroeder and Claude Demetrius, has been a popular Christmas song during the holiday season on radio stations for decades.
It was included as part of an RCA Victor EP, featuring "Santa Claus is Back in Town", "Blue Christmas", and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" in 1957. The EP reached No. 1 on the EP chart of Billboard. The song was recorded on September 7, 1957, and is backed by vocals by the Jordanaires.

"Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" was paired with "Santa Claus Is Back In Town", issued as a Single in the UK at the same time as the album's 1957 release. The single reached number 7 on the chart. UK singles for November 1957

Aaron Schroeder said that he was present when Elvis recorded the song. He was very impressed with his attitude. His impression would be as for Elvis, that he wanted everything to work out.
He saw him focused and even sensitized to the point of tears in his eyes because, Elvis, he felt that he was striving for the result he had in mind.
What is clear is that Elvis threw himself into the songs as he usually did in the ones he chose.
He was a true professional and music always conveyed something so special to him that is why he brought his magic to all of us. The song had rhythm, energy and could seem like a commercial song of the moment, a Christmas rock rather than a classic song, this would be due to the good interpretation of an animated Elvis, who in this song finds another incentive in an initially Christmas score.
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"Santa Claus Is Back In Town".
A song that left its mark.

"Santa Claus Is Back In Town" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Elvis was still not enthusiastic about Christmas songs so he asked for a composition that suited his personal style. He spoke with Leiber and Stoller, with which he got along very well.
They wrote the song on the fly, they got what Elvis wanted when composing a Christmas song in the Blues style.
The focus of the song was for Elvis a clear invitation to sing it like a hard blues, to be able to improvise.
The lyrics talked about Santa Claus in a big black Cadillac coming through the chimney. The song would be recorded in seven takes.

Leiber and Stoller frantically put together this blues song under the working title "Christmas Blues" in the Radio Recorders studio. It was recorded on September 7, 1957, to be included in the LP release. "Elvis' Christmas Album" and subsequent reissues. They were Elvis' favorites and became his friends, until the Colonel screwed up with his obstacles.

Since then, "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" has been featured on "Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Artist Of The Century" and on Christmas-themed releases "Memories Of Christmas", " If "Every Day Was Like Christmas", "Christmas Peace" , "Elvis Christmas", etc.
Alternate takes of the song can be found on "Tiger Man", "That's The Way It Is-Special Edition", and on the FTD release "Let Yourself Go", in a rehearsal version for Elvis' NBC TV special which was released before broadcast.

Santa Claus Is Back in Town" with "Blue Christmas" was released in 1965 by RCA Victor as a Single, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Christmas Singles chart.
It was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 1999.
His unforgettable performance in the voice of Elvis would leave an impact due to his innovation in this musical field.
Elvis Presley's version is special, different, absolutely delivered, in short: "magical".
His swinging vocals, his insinuating version and his masterful performance left a mark on his fans and also scandalized conservative society.

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I'll Be Home For Christmas". Magic in interpretation.

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" written by lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent.
This composition from was composed by Kim Gannon/Walter Kent/Buck Ram from 1943 had sold a million Bing Crosby .
The Song was written to honor soldiers abroad during World War II who longed to be home for Christmas. They wrote to their family dreaming of being with them. It has since become a Christmas standard.

Elvis recorded it at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles on September 7, 1957.
The song was issued on EP on "Elvis Sings Christmas Songs" at the same time as the LP. This song had been planned to be included in Elvis' 1968 NBC television special, but at the last minute it was replaced with "If I Can Dream".
It is featured in Christmas publications, from "Memories Of Christmas" to "If Every Day Was Like Christmas", "Blue Christmas", "Christmas Peace", "Elvis Christmas", etc.
An alternate version is "Platinum: A Life In Music", et.

“I'll Be Home For Christmas”, which in Elvis's voice comes to shake, due to its sensitivity. A song sung with heart, with sweetness and sensitivity.
It really is a wonderful song that makes it clear that his interpretations come in all styles.

Walter Kent was an American composer and conductor. Some of his compositions were notable like "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die", "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over), The White Cliffs of Dover", etc.
Kent received two Oscar nominations, one in 1944 for his song "Too Much In Love" and another in 1945 for "Endlessly". Throughout his career, Kent has worked with various artists, including; Al Hoffman, Mann Curtis, Jerome Jerome, Richard Byron and Milton Drake, etc.
After 1951, Kent's Hollywood career waned and he rarely produced music after his work in Seventeen. Songs Too Much In Love" , "Hitchhike to Happiness" , Endlessly" , "That's My Gal" ."Ahh But It Happens", etc.

James Kimball "Kim" Gannon was a songwriter, more commonly a lyricist than a composer.
In 1939 he wrote his first song, "For Tonight". But it was in 1942 with his song "Moonlight Cocktail", recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, that gave him success, as it was the best-selling record in the United States for 10 weeks. In 1942 he began to write songs for movies, such as "Always in My Heart", "The Powers Girl", "If Winter Comes". In 1951 he turned to the Broadway stage and teamed up with composer Walter Kent to write the score for Seventeen.
Gannon collaborated with various writers including J. Fred Coots, Walter Kent, Josef Myrow, Max Steiner, Jule Styne, Mabel Wayne, and Luckey Roberts, etc.

From his collaboration this magnificent song was born that Elvis raised with his voice full of emotion and feeling. A feeling of peace and harmony when listening to his magnificent interpretation adorned by the piano and the choir. It is very likely that the feeling of an artist at Christmas can reflect that longing for family, when he is not around for work, tours, etc. It is a song that would have a lot of meaning for Elvis if one thinks that at that time he had been traveling from one place to another without stopping with his commitments.
The Magic in the interpretation of Elvis transports us with this classic Christmas score, the longing and the dream of the family reunion on these very special dates.

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The Last Homecoming, Tupelo.
Elvis Presley. September 27, 1957.

On September 27, 1957, Elvis performs again in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, at the Mississippi Fairgrounds, Alabama 8:00 p.m. m.
Elvis drives to Tupelo with Anita and her parents, along with Cliff Gleaves, George Klein, Lamar Fike, and Alan Fortas.
The local newspaper refers to him as "the best ambassador any city could have", it was a good publicity where he encouraged all the inhabitants to give him a warm welcome.
Of course he was given a different importance
  in many respects from those of the other seventeen cities he visited that year.
Elvis was visiting his town for a few hours and would return to his Graceland home to rest.

This would be the only performance that Elvis Presley did live in the South where visitors from neighboring states would join.
Fair manager James Savery had advance reservations from nine states, as well as Arkansas, Lan Alabama and Tennessee had signed on for the Tupelo performance, taking advantage of their only opportunity to see Elvis perform that year.
Elvis performs to a crowd of 12,000 people.

  Colonel Parker announced on March 21 that Elvis would return to the Mississippi, Alabama, fair and show, stipulating: "We will go to Tupelo, but all money on actual expenses will go to build a youth recreation center for children in East Tupelo. ". Tom Parker's prediction was estimated to raise around $15,000 for the youth center project.
This day $24,000 was raised, it would be an absolute success.

When Elvis walks on stage the first thing he yells at the audience about him is "Take it easy."
"Well, we'll have a party later." "
There were soldiers to contain the crowd, seventy members of the National Guard who formed a barrier between the crowd and the stage, for the safety of the show, but with only a rope separating the public, for this reason there were incidents with young people who crowded and they wanted to touch their idol.

As always there would be a press conference prior to his departure on stage.
It would be his first performance without Scotty and Bill. Because of economic issues, although Elvis did not blame the Colonel, he felt betrayed, not realizing the real situation that his friends had.
Elvis hired two session musicians to replace Scotty and Bill: Hank Garland, one of Scotty's idols and a great jazz guitarist, and Chuck Wiginton on bass. Chuck was close friends with both Scotty and D.J.
After the show, Elvis told D.J. that it wasn't the same without Scotty and Bill. Both musically and for comfort and relaxation on stage, nothing was the same. The Jordanaires did not know anything about this absence, Elvis was very upset because he really loved Scotty and Bill, but he did not know how to handle this matter.

The Show had the following repertoire:
Heartbreak Hotel
I Got A Woman
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Mean Woman Blues
Shake, Rattle And Roll
Hound Dog

The performance would be memorable and Elvis sang his song "Hound Dog" energetically as the crowd made its last surge onto the stage. The guards quickly escorted her to his car and back to Graceland.
It was the last time Elvis Presley would sing again in his hometown of Tupelo.
His Path already had another direction to take.
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"Back to the old days, with Scotty and Bill". October 1957

Elvis would make a small tour from October 26 to 29, 1957, but this time he did not want to do without Scotty Moore or Bill Black. They both received a phone call from Tom Diskin, Colonel Parker's aide. Elvis had four concerts scheduled in San Francisco and Los Angeles, for this reason, Diskin told Scotty that he had a financial proposal to hire them again. Elvis would pay them $1,000 each, or $250 per performance. Scotty and Bill agreed to rejoin the band on those terms, with the understanding that any future bookings would be per day. But to make sure that this would be fulfilled, they asked him to send them everything in writing in the contracts.
They soon found out that it was Elvis who insisted on his return despite the disagreement of Colonel Parker and Steve Sholes, the producer.
The agreement was fulfilled by sending them the contract with the same conditions, it was added that Scotty and Bill could travel from Memphis to California with D.J. in Elvis's limousine at no additional charge, but if they left by other means it would not be paid for with this contract.
Scotty and Bill took the limo and the trip took a day and a half. When they arrived at the Civic Auditorium and met Elvis, they saw that it's as if nothing had happened, he didn't say anything to them and they did the show as usual for them. There didn't seem to be any resentment anywhere, despite feeling hurt, but Elvis knew how to forgive and nothing hindered his laughter and his actions.
Elvis would sing again at ease, with his companions, it really is as if there had been no misunderstanding between them, as if nothing had changed. But despite appearances and the good work between the three of them, nothing would be the same as in the beginning, because Scotty and Bill already felt very far from Elvis and even if they played with him and even filmed in the films that were to come , his artistic path would have another future destination.

During the performances there was a sellout, the usual screams and cheers from the audience, Elvis rolling on the floor as he finished with the song "Hound Dog", hugging a plaster dog, which symbolized RCA. Elvis would joke around and let him improvise like old times. The three of them again enjoyed the scene together.

During the concerts, as usual, Elvis had an interview arranged with the journalists, but the questions they asked him weren't really interesting, they didn't add anything new to what he had already said before.
The performances in Los Angeles would draw much criticism, as the audience included many Hollywood celebrities with their children. During the fifty minute eighteen number show, Elvis moved, twisted and provoked the audience that although he was expecting something like that, he was ecstatic by the way he moved.
The next day it was in the headlines that Elvis Presley would have to clean up the show from him or he would end up in jail.
His manager Colonel Parker is warned of all these consequences, but Elvis ignores these criticisms, despite the fact that the following performance would not be that exaggerated according to the police who controlled his performance.
After the concert Elvis meets Ricky Nelson, who recently had his first hit with Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'." He tells Ricky that he loves his disco. He also has a visit from his friend Nick Adams and other artists like Carol Channing, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tommy Sands.
Scandal followed him again, despite the great success he had achieved, it seemed that the good part was not taken into account and that all his performance could be criticized by the conservative part, it became stronger and this made it seem that success was not achieved. it was so much
Even though they couldn't erase the audience data, they were trying to discredit the artist at all times.
Elvis enjoyed his concerts because he felt supported by his musicians, his battle companions, his friends. For him this was the most important thing to enjoy in his performances.
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"Elvis and Nipper, Music and Scandal on Stage".

 Pan Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles. October 28, 1957.

 Of all the actions carried out in 1957, the one on October 28 would be the one that sparked the most anger and scandal in conservative society and in the authorities.
 Obviously the public did not agree because the performance was received with applause, the usual euphoria and the usual shouting in their shows.

 The reason for this criticism would be the last interpretation of Elvis on stage with which he closed the show, where he sang "Hound Dog".
 RCA had a symbolic dog named Nipper, who represented his record label and it was customary to put his pet on stage to accompany the performances of
 Elvis Preley.

 Elvis was ending with his song "Hound Dog" and he was so excited and focused on his performance
 that he simply grabbed Nipper by the neck with his left arm and lifted him up, then dropping to the ground, continued to sing with the microphone in his right hand, glued to the little dog.

 The general public was enthusiastic, but there were some who were upset and outraged, seeing what was not real.
 What for Elvis would be simply an acting game turned into dirty bad press and a threat of jail time if he didn't clean up the show from him. The Colonel was threatened and so was Elvis, but he really didn't pay much attention, because the next day he kept moving the same way on stage, but without approaching Nipper.

 The next day, the press exaggerated his interpretation in such a way as was usual, they said it was "obscene and outrageous,,".

 But Elvis never saw it that way, he just drifted naturally, like when he would jump offstage and kneel in front of the audience. As an artist that he was, Elvis improvised, he had nothing calculated or intentional, he moved by instinct and by feeling the music.

 One of the attendees who was below the stage, during the performance, would launch a dirty slander. He said that Elvis unbuttoned his pants and rubbed against Nipper as if he were masturbating to him. This was false and also misinterpreted. There was some interest in discrediting Elvis.
 Fortunately Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires, who sang next to him, said that Elvis never undid any buttons, just hugged the puppy while he sang.

 Obviously there was a bad intention, a lot of envy of his success and too many unfounded prejudices. But it was clear that the conservative world of 1957 was not ready for a fresh and intense interpretation of a magnificent young artist: Elvis Presley.
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Elvis Presley. Hawaiian Heat.
November 1957. The first visit to paradise.

The first time Elvis went to Honolulu, Hawaii it would be to enjoy a few days and perform in concert. What seemed like a simple casual and sudden visit, since it had not been planned ahead of time, would become a very special place for him, since Elvis was fascinated by these islands, their people and their customs.
Elvis came to love these islands so much that he went on vacation several times, to rest, until the end of his days. Elvis filmed three of his movies there, "Blue Hawaii", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" and Hawaii would also be chosen to make the first TV program, Via Satellite, "Aloha From Hawaii" . Obviously the love for Elvis would be mutual and eternal.

He had set himself two dates to perform concerts, on November 10, 1957 at Honolulu Stadium, with two performances, 3:00 pm and 8:15 pm. And for November 11, 1957 at 8:00 pm, at Schofield Barracks Conroy Boxing Bowl.

On November 5, Elvis embarked on the USS Matsonia, for a pleasant four and a half day, 2,500 mile voyage to Honolulu. The trip to Hawaii would be pleasant, different, and of course not rushed because it was four days. Elvis actually made a promise to his mother not to fly on a plane unless it was necessary for this he went by boat.

It would be one of the few opportunities to mingle with normal people, with the people who traveled just like him, as well as traveling with some friends from Memphis. The rest of the musicians would go days later by plane and the Colonel was already there to prepare the Concerts.
The trip was fun for him and also pleasant, he would sunbathe, play and be happy to share these days.
Some of the passengers would say that they had the privilege of seeing him every day. At cocktail hour at the Jounge he played the piano for everyone. He was always very polite, he even played bingo. He also posed to take photos for passengers, waitresses, etc.

On November 9, 1957, Elvis arrived in Hawaii on the Matsonia, being greeted by 4,000 fans. He still on the ship he met for a press conference.
At the Press Conference Elvis explained how everything went so fast. The performances had been arranged spontaneously and improvised by Colonel Parker. These days there was no commitment, since they were in Hollywood to start shooting their next film "King Creole", but they were not doing anything because the shooting was delayed until January.
Parker then asked him if he wanted to go to Hawaii, the reason being a proposal from tour promoter Lee Gordon, who offered to perform at the Honolulu Stadium.
They asked him about the clothes and Elvis replied that he wanted to buy Hawaiian clothes while he was there.
Also if he would visit a neighboring island. Elvis said that depending on how he was received there, he would go or not.
He talked about his fellow travelers, he said that he liked to share experiences, because having friends around him made him feel at home.
They asked him about the nickname 'Elvis the Pelvis'. Elvis said there was nothing he could do but that it seemed to him that little children had tried to find something to rhyme with Elvis.
He also talked about his greatest desire to be a good actor and his desire to study for this.
They asked him why he didn't go by plane to which Elvis replied that planes scared him and he preferred not to take them.
While they were there Elvis learned that a commercial Pan American flight had gone down the night before in the Pacific with forty-four passengers and crew. Then it scared him because the Jordanaires and his gang were flying that same day by plane to meet him, but fortunately they had taken a later flight and would arrive without any impediment.
As the Matsonia entered the harbor Elvis hugged a hula girl and posed for photos. A fifteen year old girl would slip a flower necklace around her neck and she kissed Elvis, who told her "Honey it's been five days, since I've seen a girl, you better be careful." On the gangway of the boat Elvis surrounded by hula girls posed for more photographers.
When he went ashore he was surrounded by security and his entourage to catch a limousine that would take him to his lodgings at the Hawaiian Village Hotel, where he had reserved all the rooms on the upper floor. It was the highest hotel on Waikiki beach at the time, where he would have another press conference the next day.
Many fans tried to see him, but it was practically impossible because of the security that had been organized.
The president of the Kaneohe Club, Barbara Wong, would look for him to give him something very special, a pendant with his lucky ivory tusk, but she could not go up to see him, there was a party and no one was allowed in. She was crying desperately when Colonel Parker received the call and authorized her to go up to the room where Elvis was.
Barbara had made him a huge Lei which she delivered to him in person and the Colonel gave him a pass so he could be at the Press Conference.

Elvis was a simple boy with a southern accent, who wanted to enjoy all things and this trip would be special for him, his feeling of freedom would last a short time, but in Hawaii he would find his place, the reception was very warm and close, he would come to be very special to him, although there was a small group that did not agree.
But Hawaii would go out of its way to make Elvis Presley feel at home and leave his mark on his path.
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Elvis Presley the voice of Hawaii
Concerts Honolulu 10 and 11 November 1957

On November 10 and 11 Elvis Presley would perform in Concert in Honolulu, it would be the last time in a long time because he was about to complete his military service. The reception in Hawaii would be benefited by the press, since two days before Elvis's arrival, the Star-Bulletin published a letter from Brenda Matsuda asking the citizens of Honolulu to receive Elvis Presley with open arms." The controversial Elvis Presley comes to our Hawaii. It is a great privilege for the people of Hawaii to welcome this rare talent combined with a personality that represents solid entertainment." knew him they did the same, although he also had some against him. In the Star-Bulletin press, a full-page ad was published that said: "Aloha Elvis-Hawaii welcomes you", in addition to naming all his records. And they were also announcing the Concerts, his new movie "Jailhouse Rock.", soon to open at the Waikiki theater. There would also be a special edition "Elvis Special Souvenir Extra" of the Star-Bulletin, which featured a huge portrait of Elvis Presley on the cover. .With articles that talked about their concerts. Tickets were sold with a price of $2.50 and $3.50 for reserved seats and $1.50 for general admission. The Honolulu Stadium only allowed a capacity of 14,963, due to the layout of the stage. Both concerts were packed and had good visibility for the show. The gross admission was about $32,000.
Tom Moffatt and Ron Jacobs were two DJs for KHVH, which was Honolulu's Top 'n' Roll station, the station was at the Hawaiian Village Hotel. They wanted to promote the concert and they dressed a member of the Radio as Elvis Presley, then they put him in the back of an open convertible and sent him driving around the city, also stopping at the Honolulu stadium. People thought it was Elvis himself, so Moffatt received calls on the radio, saying that they had seen Elvis all over the city. The joke had reached the ears of Colonel Parker who called them and looked at them very seriously, but finally told them. I present Elvis, in addition they were asked to introduce him in their shows.

Concert November 10, 1957 Honolulu Stadium
There was an introduction by Chicago comedian Howard Hardin, then acts by Ray Tanaka and his orchestra. Plus various artists, Sterling Mossman; dancer Kaui Barrett; singer Phyllis Brooks; Eddie yer's Queen's Men from the Queen's Surf Floor Show; and the knife and fire dancer Kal Lee. Tom Moffatt was chosen to introduce Elvis in the afternoon show and Rob Jacobs would do the same in the evening performance. Elvis would enter the Stadium in his limousine to the stage. He was wearing the gold jacket with black shirt, pants and shoes. She would begin to sing and move slightly at first, then she would move her hips, her knees, let her shoulders fall and shake her body until she caused hysteria in the girls. The concert would be the usual, as in previous concerts the shouting grew to a frenzy You could hear shouted comments, moans, applause, an example of the extent to which Elvis's influence on girls reached among the audience, as one of them shouted: "Oh, Elvis, you're killing me. I can't stand it, I can't stand it. I bear." The best would come at the end, when Elvis sat on the edge of the stage, causing the audience to advance to the barrier. He then he jumped onto the grass as he sang "Hound Dog" and they dove over the barrier. Elvis kissed a girl and would return to the stage taking a coconut hat from another fan. He then leaned over the crowd putting on his hat and finishing his song. Then Elvis jumped into his waiting car and left the stadium with an energetic exit that left his fans screaming.
Tom Moffatt described the end of the performance where he said Elvis impressed him when he sang the last song and did an encore, with a sexy version. and slow of "Hound Dog". When he saw him singing on his knees under the stage, he thought it was one of the best Rock and Roll moments he had ever witnessed.

Concert November 11, 1957
Schofield Barracks Conroy Boxing Bowl Honolulu
One day after the performances at Honolulu Stadium, Elvis and his band They would perform at the Conroy Bowl in Schofield on November 11, 1957. It was Armistice Day and Elvis was dressed in a pearl gray suit and a black shirt. With his guitar he would begin to sing and once again win over the audience that he would shout and follow along. Although the Elvis Presley show was primarily intended for military personnel and their dependents, it was also open to the general public. With all tickets priced at $1, a lot of people showed up from Honolulu to help fill the Conroy Bowl to capacity 10,000. A couple of Schofield acts helped open the show. The Lightningaires Band and The Lucky Charms. When Elvis took the stage for his last show of the decade, he was dressed in a pearl gray suit with a black shirt, striped socks and dark shoes. The next day there was only one article from Schofield, Hawaii: "A Great Showman, Elvis Presley, the one-man hurricane who took rhythm and blues and turned it into a multimillion-dollar rock'n'roll rampage, literally ripped into at the Post Bowl on Monday night and rocked 10,000 screaming and screaming fans. The hottest thing on this post since Honest John, Elvis sent the audience, mostly teenage girls, into a state of mass hysteria... his rendition of "Jailhouse Rock" brought the house down. He threw his hips, wobbled his knees, dropped his shoulders, then jerked and rolled. The more he rolled, the more the audience screamed." Again the King rocked his crowd with his voice.
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The Insecurity of the Myth.
Elvis Presley 1957.

Alan Fortas would tell about Elvis's way of being that he liked to joke with everything, but if someone got angry he would get upset and he wanted the anger to be forgotten.
When Elvis walked into a room, his mood was easy to guess. He had a temperament that immediately betrayed his humor. If he was serious he didn't admit jokes, if he was sad or down, you had to cheer him up.

Another curiosity was that Elvis always wanted to make it clear who was boss and wanted to be the center of attention. They were obviously friends even though they worked for him, but this would leave no doubt.
Although Elvis really felt inferior, it may be because of his origins, but he didn't show it clearly.
Sam Philips once said that Elvis was probably the most introverted person he had ever met, when he started out. Actually when he first came to Sun Records, it was his first professional experience, since he had never worked with bands.

One night at the end of 1957, when Jerry Lee Lewis came to visit him at his house, something very particular happened.
Jerry's recent hits with his songs "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" and "Great Balls of Fire" had made him very popular. There were about thirty or forty people there, and after a while, they all went to the music room by Elvis's piano.

Elvis and Jerry Lee sat on the piano bench to play, initially singing together and then playing each other's version.
Elvis played his version of "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" and Jerry Lee played his. Then they did the same with "Hound Dog".
They would continue playing until dawn, singing until dawn... Alan Fortas and George Klein, who were delighted, told Jerry Lee how good he was.
Anyone who knew Elvis knew that his reaction would be what he had...
After everyone had left, Elvis walked over to George and Alan and asked, "Hey, do you think Jerry Lee was good tonight?" They said, "Yes, Elvis, he's fantastic!" Then Elvis said, "Okay. Why don't you go see if he hires you?"
He turned around and went to bed.
Alan thought he was joking, but sometimes he meant these things.
He had a way of being unpredictable.
Although Elvis's personality was humble, because of that great insecurity, he needed and liked to be recognized for his merits. Especially the people he appreciated the most, like his friends.
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The fear of losing freedomDecember 1957

December 1957, Elvis Presley was awaiting his call for Military Service.

He was granted a delay in reporting to the military, which will allow him to make his new projected film, "King Creole" in Hollywood.
This was to be done at the beginning of 1958.
On December 6, 1957, Elvis attended the WDIA goodwill magazine. Located at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, the event was intended to be the annual fundraiser for black children in need. This was his second visit to the event, having visited the previous year. There he would see friends and acquaintances from the environment.

Until this moment Elvis enjoyed freedom and his music and thanked the fans for his enthusiasm and for extolling his music and making him the King of youth culture, he was a symbol of freedom for many. But a serious threat to others, although deep down they thought it was a passing fad.
Elvis would say at some point that when he got back from military service he would change to something else he liked to sing ballads and so he did.

Elvis's reaction to his military service was on the one hand to make a genuine public display of patriotism, but on the other hand in his private thoughts there was great disappointment. Before the press, he was grateful for his country and ready for what he could come up with.
But before his friends he was upset and anxious.
This is what George Klein commented, Elvis said with him he read the letter from Colonel Parker in which he said they could get a postponement for the film. "Dammit, what are we going to do?" It really wasn't safe and Elvis wanted to delay as long as possible.
He would be very frowned upon if Elvis didn't do what any young American does. The Colonel was afraid of the reactions to this and even the delay because he wanted to keep the image of Elvis intact. Elvis never wanted any favoritism during his military service.

The Paramount studio and Elvis Presley requested a postponement in order to make the movie "King Creole." Although Elvis insisted that he was ready to serve his country, it was really a financial reason, since he did not want to harm the studios with such a long delay. The board would agree to his request and although many saw some favoritism in this, Elvis insisted that he did not want any kind of favor or change in his fate.
December 1957 was ending and Elvis Presley would be truly afraid and uncertain about his future and above all losing his freedom.
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End of 1957. " Walking through Heaven ".

The year 1957 ends with Elvis Presley at the top of his career, famous and adored by his public, but criticized by a conservative party that was opposed to his music.
On the verge of making a film that would leave a mark on his career as one of the best films made and an open door to a future as an interpreter.
But a door is also opened to the unknown, to restlessness and bewilderment due to his obligation to carry out military service that will keep him from success and from the public for two years. Elvis was very afraid and did not know what could happen, it was the great unknown in the year beginning 1958.
His interests, his desires were being fulfilled and there was still a lot to do, he had so many projects and dreams, a whole world to discover. He wanted to act and learn as much as he could from everyone around him in Hollywood.
He was young and he wanted to do everything with enthusiasm and strength, the best he could give of himself was what he wanted to offer with his music, with his performances. Even he had so much to offer that military service could be a big slap in the face to his ego and a drastic change of direction he never imagined. But it was reality and Elvis would have to accept it like every responsible young American he was.
Elvis was still a person who accepted what came to him with resignation and the year that begins he is going to prove his worth in another field, besides the artistic one. As a comrade, as a man, as a soldier, he is also going to give his best.
The change is coming... 1958
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