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" .
Canción compuesta por Claude Demetrius, Compositor estadounidense, fue conocido principalmente por sus canciones de rockabilly y otro estilo de partituras, algunas de las cuales se hicieron famosas gracias a Elvis Presley, como por ejemplo "I Was The One", "Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me)",etc.
Esta canción se compuso expresamente para la película de Paramount "Loving You". Elvis la grabó el 13 de enero de 1957 en Radio Recorders. Una canción muy animada, pegadiza, que se incluye en un momento para recordar cuando Elvis es desafiado a cantar en un local lleno de gente, que sigue, grita y aplaude con la interpretación de Elvis
La canción fue prevista para finalizar la película, pero posteriormente se reemplazó por "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do".
Una canción con ritmo, que Elvis cantaría de forma magistral, impregnando su Personalidad en ella, en el film podemos verle hacer sus famosos movimientos a ritmo con la música. Afortunadamente no había una censura impuesta y se podía ver de cuerpo entero.
La canción "Mean Woman Blues" se publicó en varios álbumes como "Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 2", "Elvis Aron Presley", ".Essential Elvis Vol 2", "The King Of Rock And Roll", "Elvis 2nd to None". "History " y "Elvis Rock", etc
La versión cinematográfica fue grabada días después, en el estudio de la Paramount.
Publicándose en "This Is Elvis" y en el álbum de 1988 "Essential Elvis Vol. 1",etc
Esta fue versionada por Jerry Lee Lewis y Roy Orbison, lograron un éxito entre los diez primeros puestos en 1963.
Del original apareció en la edición de FTD de 2006, "Loving You".

"That's when your Heartaches begin"

Canción escrita por William Raskin, Billy Hill y Fred Fisher. Un éxito en 1951, para Ink Spots.
Esta fue la segunda pista que Elvis grabó en su primera sesión de grabación, con "My Happiness "cuando pagó $4 para hacer un regalo para su madre, en 1953.
Elvis cantó la canción durante su improvisación de Sun Studio , con Carl Perkins y Jerry Lee Lewis en diciembre de 1956, en lo que se conoció como Million Dollar Quartet.
Volvió a grabar esta balada lenta en Radio Recorders el 13 de enero de 1957 . Si comparamos esta grabación con la realizada por primera vez, hay una diferencia vocal y personal en Elvis que ha evolucionado como cantante de una manera acelerada. SU seguridad marca esta interpretación
Una versión más segura, con la voz más madura y con un acompañamiento excepcional.
Se publicó como single como cara B del exitoso sencillo "All Shook Up"; llegó al puesto 58 en las listas por derecho propio.
La canción obtuvo su primer lanzamiento en el álbum "Elvis 'Golden Records Vol. 1". También en "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits vol. 1." , "The King Of Rock 'n' Roll" incluía la trémula grabación de Elvis de 1953.
También en "Sunrise" y en la versión 2006 de "The Complete Sun Sessions". También ha aparecido en el lanzamiento independiente de Joseph Pirzada, "Memphis Recording Service". Tomas alternativas de la sesión de estudio de 1957 , en "Essential Elvis Vol. 2", "Elvis: Close Up" y FTD " Flashback" y "Loving You". Una versión que Elvis ensayó para el especial de televisión de NBC, pero que finalmente se descartó, apareció en la década de 2000 en el lanzamiento de FTD "Let Yourself Go", 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

"Following the Path of the King..."

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.

"Following the Path of the King..."

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.

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