Taschenbuch - 128 Seiten - Omnibus Press - Englisch I SAID, ´WHAT´D I DO? WHAT´D I DO?´ HE SAID, ´WELL, WHATEVER IT WAS, GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN!´ An exclusive account of the extraordinary life of Elvis Aron Presley, 1935-1977 The Elvis Archives details the undisputed facts of Elvis´ life and career and is illustrated with over 100 rare and exclusive photographs. Written and compiled by British fan club president Todd Slaughter with international Elvis expert Anne E. Nixon, The Elvis Archives presents the documentary truth about Elvis, a truth that has so often been forgotten amid the deluge of hero-worship, criticism and myth-making of the past 30 years. ... It was very different back in 1935 on that cold January day —the 8th, a Tuesday — when Gladys Love Presley, aged 22, gave Nirth to identical twins in the tiny house on Old Saltillo Road built by Vernon Presley, his father, and his brother Vester. Vernon was four years younger than his wife, and they´d only moved into their new home the previous month. Sadness mingled with joy; the first child, Jessie Garon, was stillborn. Happily, Elvis Aaron survived and was given love in abundance. There may have been dreadful poverty and hardship in East Tupelo in the Depression-hit Thirties, but love cost nothing, and Tupelo´s child grew up secure in the heart of his family, and in a church-minded, close-knit community that sang its heart out in praise of God. The music the boy heard in the First Assembly of God church was to influence and shape his future. A quote in early fanzines, attributed to Gladys, told how the church singing affected her young son: ´´When Elvis was about two years old, he´d slide off my lap, run down the aisle, and stand looking up at the choir and try to sing with them. He was too little to know the words, but he could carry the tune.´´ As he grew older, Elvis sang at church revivals with his parents, a favourite song being, ´I Won´t Have To Cross The Jordan Alone´. ´´Even then,´´ Gladys reportedly said, ´´he couldn´t stand still when he sang.´´ Interestingly, the only Grammys that Elvis ever won were for gospel music (in 1967 for the album How Great Thou Art, in 1972 for the album He Touched Me, and in 1974 for a live performance of `How Great Thou Art´). In 2001, Elvis was inducted posthumously into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, whose previous inductees included Mahalia Jackson and Billy Graham. The pastor of the First Assembly of God church in East Tupelo was Frank Smith, who used a guitar and sang to get his message across to his congregation, and who encouraged young Elvis in his singing. Many years after Elvis became famous, it became known that Vernon Presley had done time in Parchman Penitentiary in Mississippi. With two others, he´d forged a cheque, and in June 1938, began his three-year incarceration, but was released in less than a year. The loss of the main family breadwinner meant that Gladys and Elvis had to leave their home and move in with relatives. On Vernon´s release, the family lived in a succession of homes. Gladys, a skilled needlewoman, did her bit to help the family finances, and Vernon found what work he could. In the autumn of 1941, six-year-old Elvis began to attend East Tupelo Consolidated School on Lake Street, also known as Lawhon Elementary School. One of his classmates was Becky Martin, who recalled that pupils were required to learn the names of the American presidents and the capital cities of each state, as well as the Gettysburg Address, the one that contains the oft-quoted words, ´´... government of the people, for the people, by the people´´, which Abraham Lincoln gave in 1862. Like Elvis, Becky Martin enjoyed singing. Before classes at Lawhon School, Becky said that there´d be a chapel service, and Elvis. would sometimes sing ´God Bless My Daddy´, or say a prayer. It was, some sources say, Elvis´s 5th grade teacher, Mrs Oleta Grimes, who taught Elvis to sing ´Old Shep´, a touching ballad about a boy and his faithful dog. She certainly had plenty of faith in the quiet child, and in 1945, when he was ten years old, it was Mrs Grimes who entered the shy lad into the Children´s Day contest at the annual Mississippi-Alabama fair at the Tupelo Fairgrounds on October 3...
64 Seiten - Magna Books - 1994 - Englisch RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHS INTRODUCTION Born on 8 January 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis was one of a set of twins born to Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Presley. From the very begin-ning, Elvis Aron Presley was a survivor: his brother, Jesse Garon Presley, died six hours after birth. As a boy, Elvis enjoyed singing in the East Heights Assembly of God Church. He first performed publicly while in fifth grade, singing ´Old Shep´ on WELO radio, as a reward for taking second place in a talent contest. The family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis attended OC Hume High School. While driving a truck for the Crown Electric Company, Elvis stopped by Sun Records Memphis Recording Services, where he paid four dollars to record two songs—´My Happi-ness´ and That´s When Your Heartache Begins.´ He returned there in January 1954 to record ´Casual Love Affair´ and I´ll Never Stand in Your Way.´ This time, Sam Phillips, the head of Sun Records, liked what he heard, and a legendary singing career began. His recordings mounted up, and he became a regional phenomenon, then a national and an inter-national phenomenon. After television appearances on the Dorsey brothers Stage Show and the Milton Berle Show, Elvis signed a contract with Hal Wallis of Para-mount Pictures to star in three motion pictures. Elvis was to make further television appearances on the Steve Allen, Jackie Gleason and Ed Sullivan variety shows. Among his early hit songs were ´Mystery Train´ (1954) and That´s MI Right, Mama´ (1954) (both with Sun Records); ´I Gota Woman,´´Money, Honey,´´Heart-break Hotel,´ Lawdy Miss Clawdy,´´Shake, Rattle and Roll,´´Tutti Frutti´ and ´Blue Suede Shoes´ (all January of 1956, with RCA Records); lailhouse Rock,´ All Shook Up,´ Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear´ and Too Much´ (all 1957, with RCA); plus RCA renditions of ´All Shook Up´ and ´It´s Now or Never.´ In fact, Elvis recorded three dozen tracks in late 1956, many of which were released during his two-year tour of duty with the US Army at the end of the decade. These included love Me Tender,´ Don´t Be Cruel,´ `Ready Teddy,´ Rip It Up,´ Long Tall Sally´ and his greatest hit ever: ´You Ain´t Nothin´ But a Hound Dog.´ His acting future lay in motion pictures, however, and sine Paramount had no immediate project for Elvis, Hal Wallis arranged a deal with the Twentieth Century-Fox studios, and thereafter handled many of Elvis´ movie deals.´ Elvis´ first film for Fox was to be Love Me Tender, co-starring Richard Egan and Deborah Paget. Released on 16 November 1956, it was a smash hit. Through the years, he would star in 30 motion pictures, among which were Loving You (Paramount, 1957); Jailhouse Rock (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957); King Creole (Para-mount, 1958); GI Blues (Paramount, 1960); Flaming Star (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960); Wild in the Country (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961); Blue Hawaii (Para-mount, 1961); Follow That Dream (United Artists, 1962); Kid Galahad (United Artists, 1962); Girls! Girls! Girls! (Paramount, 1962); It Happened at the World´s Fair (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962); Fun in Acapulco (Hal Wallis Productions, 1962); Kissin´ Cousins (Metro-Gold-wyn-Mayer, 1964); Viva Las Vegas (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964); Paradise, Hawaiian Style (Paramount, 1966); Spinout (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966); Easy Come, Easy Go (Paramount,1967); Double Trouble (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967); Clambake (United Artists, 1967); Stay Away, Joe (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968); Speedway (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968); Live a Little, Love a Little (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968); Charro! (National General Productions, Inc, 1969); and The Trouble With Girls (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Decem-ber 1969); Change of Habit (NBC-Universal, January 1970). There were also documentaries such as Elvis: That´s the Way It Is (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970) and Elvis on Tour (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972), plus a number of television specials, including Aloha From Hawaii (1973). With the revival of his live performance career in 1968, Elvis again began turning out the hit records, as is discussed later in this book. When he died in 1977, Elvis Presley was 42, and yet had lived a life that would require most men several full lifetimes to live. In his worldwide community of fans, he lives on. Facing page: Elvis Aron Presley had an impoverished childhood that was rich in his paren& love. When he died a wealthy man on 16 August 1977, the world lost one of its greatest
(Passport) PAL, Code 0, Color, Stereo, 4:3, english, appr. 105 min. The Definitive Elvis - 25th Anniversary A Man And His Music This extraordinary episode examines ELVIS AND HIS AMAZING RELATION-SHIP TO MUSIC: His childhood influences, his early rockabilly sound, his coronation as the King of Rock ´n´ Roll, the stories behind some of his biggest hits, the astonishing diversity in the music he created, and much, much more. You´ll hear from the JORDANAIRES, who backed Elvis up throughout his career about the genesis of the Presley sound. You´ll also hear funny and revealing stories from RIGHT INSIDE THE RECORDING STUDIO, told by the musicians who played alongside Elvis, as well as previously untold anecdotes and insight from such notables as MAC DAVIS, TONY ORLANDO, BARRY GIBB, RAY MANZAREK, JACKIE DeSHANNON, PATTI PAGE, KENNY ROGERS, GLEN CAMPBELL, BILL MEDLEY, and CONNIE STEVENS, just to name a few. And you´ll take a fascinating, in-depth look at the historic jam session between THE KING AND THE FAB FOUR WHEN THE BEATLES PAID ELVIS A VISIT 1N 1965. The Spiritual Soul Of Elvis HIS FAVORITE MUSIC... WAS GOSPEL. Elvis via - raised in an environment that encouraged people to sing out in their devotion, and it was something that he carried with him into all of his music. Ask any-one who has ever heard Elvis sing and they will tell you of the amount and depth of feeling that he poured into his songs... All of that came from the per-son inside, the soul of Elvis Presley. In this program, you´ll hear from LARRY GELLER, Elvis´ friend and spiritual advisor, and JOE ESPOSITO, his closest con-fidant and road manager about his constant battle to make sense out of the life that would be scrutinized by millions. You´ll also hear from the people closest to Elvis about the man within the legend, and his search for spiritual growth and fulfillment that started when he was a young boy in Tupelo and didn´t end until his untimely death at the age of 42 at his beloved Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis is gone, but his soul is still alive... in the music he left for us.
(Passport) PAL, Code 0, Color, Stereo, 4:3, english, appr. 105 min. The Definitive Year The Comeback In 1968, The Beatles Were The Biggest Stars In The Music Business and times had changed from the innocent atmosphere in 1956 when a young truck driver named Elvis Presley shook up the world. Many people wondered if Elvis, with his movie career and fluffy soundtracks,. was still relevant... and then in 1968, HE SHOWED _UP ON TELEVISION, in black leather with his rock ´n´ roll fire burning just as strongly as ever, leaving no doubt in anyone´s mind as to just whose party the bands of the late sixties had crashed... They may have been big, but ELVIS WAS STILL THE KING. He followed his success on TV by beginning the work that would keep him busy for the rest of his life, performing live in front of his millions of fans. THE COMEBACK is a look at the last phase in Elvis Presley´s storied career, the phase that cemented him forever as the greatest entertainer the world has ever known. The Vegas Years In 1969, Elvis Presley began what would become a r performances at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout the rest of his career, Elvis and Las Vegas would be inextricably linked together in the public´s mind. In THE V YEARS, we examine the impact of the King of Rock ´n´ R the city of sin. You´ll hear from the people who knew E this time in his life, including legendary performers BILL Mi KENNY ROGERS and CONNIE STEVENS. You´ll share remembrances of what it was like to be with Elvis Presley onstage and off. You´ll also travel back in time to 1956 there when Elvis opened in Las Vegas for the very first time in his career... and flopped. This show is a look back jumpsuits, the planes, the parties, the girls, the fun an legendary performances of the King in HIS FAV, PLAYGROUND... LAS VEGAS.
PAL, Code 2, English G.I. Blues King Creole Blue Hawaii Girls! Girls! Girls! Paradise, Hawaiian Style Fun In Acapulco Easy Come, Easy Go Roustabout G.I. Blues The year was 1960. A payola scandal shocks the music world. Movie fans are introduced to glorious Smell- 0 - Vision. The 50-star flag is adopted. And in G.I. Blues, Elvis adopts an on-screen persona he knows well in real life–a singin´ G.I. in West Germany. Eager to open a stateside nightclub after his hitch in khakis, he takes part in a wager to raise the dough he needs. The bet: he can melt the iceberg heart of a willowy dancer (Juliet Prowse). But all bets may be off when real love intervenes... King Creole The year was 1958. Everybody´s datin´ at the drive-in. America launches its first satellite. The novel Lolita stirs up controversy. And Elvis Presley gives Bourbon Street a new beat in King Creole. He plays a troubled youth whose singing sets the French Quarter rockin´. With a sweet girl to love him and night clubbers cheering, it looks like Elvis will shake off his past and head for the top. But will a mobster (Walter Matthau) and his man-trap moll (Carolyn Jones) snare him in a life of crime? Blue Hawaii The year was 1961. Fallout shelters dot suburban backyards. Ken joins Barbie. Roger Maris slugs 61 home runs. And Elvis Presley is in paradise, playing an ex-G.I. who comes home to Blue Hawaii. His mother (Angela Lansbury) expects him to climb the corporate ladder. But Elvis would rather wear an aloha shirt than a white collar, so he goes to work as a tour guide. Lucky Elvis: his first customers are a car full of cuties. Elvis, lovely scenery, lovelier girls and rock-a-hula songs—now that´s paradise! Girls! Girls! Girls! The year was 1962 Teens twist at the Peppermint Lounge. John Glenn orbits Earth. Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a single game. And Elvis digs the possibilities of Girls! Girls! Girls! This time he´s a charter-boat skipper who helps tourists land the big ones. Of course, plenty of beautiful girls (including Stella Stevens) want to land Elvis. But there´s something Elvis likes almost as much as romance - a boat! He yearns for a sleek sailboat with a $10,000 price tag. Let´s see, that makes him about $9,999 short. Paradise, Hawaiian Style The year was 1966. A little-known series called Star Trek.´ beams up. Valley of the Dolls is the hot book. Half of all TVs sold are colour sets. And in Paradise, Hawaiian Style, Elvis takes to the skies over the island paradise of Kauai. He´s a partner in a helicopter charter service. Romance, naturally, is in the air for the King...but his business may be grounded. A threatened suspension of his pilot´s license means he may have to kiss his assets goodbye. Star TrekTm and related marks are trademarks of Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Fun In Acapulco The year was 1963. The hot line links the White House and the Kremlin. The first major pop art exhibition stirs up a major buzz. The Whisky-A-Go-Go opens. And in Fun In Acapulco, Elvis heads south of the border, where he´s fired as a boat hand, hired as a lifeguard and singer, admired by local beauties (including Ursula Andress) and inspired to jump off a 136-foot cliff. Put another way: he overcomes a fear of heights in spectacular fashion. Spectacular, too, are the scenic vistas and Latin-beat tunes. Dive in! Easy Come, Easy Go The year was 1967. It´s Packers vs. Chiefs in the first Super Bowl. Twiggy is a supermodel sensation. America´s 100,000,000th telephone is installed. And Elvis dives for dollars in Easy Come, Easy Go. On his last day in the Navy, frogman Elvis discovers a sunken treasure ship. On his first day as a civilian, Elvis starts his new job – self-employed treasure hunter! Fans will dig these treasures, too: rockin´ tunes, romance with a go-go dancer, underwater action, and The King twisted like a human pretzel at a groovy ´60s yogafest! Co-starring Elsa Lanchester (Bride of Frankenstein(. Roustabout The year was 1964. The miniskirt is in. If you can´t Watusi, you can´t dance. Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali) claims the heavyweight crown. And Elvis is a karate chopping biker who´s hired as a carnival Roustabout. At first he just provides muscle and a diversion for the beautiful carny girls. Then he picks up a guitar and gets the midway rockin´. Looks like this talented tough guy may be what the good-hearted owner (Barbara Stanwyck) needs to save her travelling show from bankruptcy. Contains mild sex references and
(Passport) PAL, Code 0, Color, Stereo, 4:3, english, appr. 105 min. The Definitive Elvis - 25th Anniversary The Hollywood Years Part I: 1956 1961 LOVE ME TENDER... JAILHOUSE ROCK... KING CREOLE... BLUE HAWAII... These are just a few of the classic Elvis films you´ll encounter in this extraor-dinary look behind the scenes at Presley´s early pictures. Learn the story behind the landmark JAILHOUSE ROCK dance number. Hear previously untold stories from the producers, directors and costars who were right there on the set. See memorable clips and rare photographs from these early classics. Be there as Elvis gets his best acting notices ever, only to put his promising career on hold when he´s drafted. And share Elvis´ tri-umphant return to Hollywood for G.I. BLUES and BLUE HAWAII. Film clips from all Elvis´ films are represented in this program as well as those he almost got to star in: THE RAINMAKER, WEST SIDE STORY The Hollywood Years Part II: 1962 1969 BLUE HAWAII set the tone for many frothy, featherweight films to come, pushing Elvis´ hopes of becoming a legitimate dramatic actor further away. ut the talented people who worked on those lightweight flicks still have • bulous, behind-the-scenes stories and insight to share, including costars EBORAH WALLEY, SHEREE NORTH, BILLY BARTY, STELLA STEVENS, DIANE McBAIN, MARY ANN MOBLEY, CELESTE YARNALL, and Elvis´ sexy VIVA LAS VEGAS sweetheart, ANN-MARGRET. You´ll also see marvelous musical clips and rare photos from such memorable movies as FOLLOW THAT DREAM, FUN IN ACAPULCO, THE TROUBLE WITH GIRLS, and CHANGE OF HABIT. And you´ll learn the truth behind the film that would´ve changed the course of Elvis´ motion picture career; the BARBRA STREISAND version of A STAR IS BORN.
(Passport) PAL, Code 0, Color, 4:3, english, appr. 105 min. THE DEFINITIVE YEARS THE ARMY YEARS In 1958, Elvis Presley was the world´s biggest entertainer GIRLS, CADILLACS, GRACELAND, movie contracts, and million dollars a year were all his for the asking... and the suddenly, it all came to a grinding halt. In THE ARMY YEARS we examine just what happened when Uncle Sam took the King of Rock ´n´ Roll and made him into a buck private. You´ll hear from Elvis´ girlfriend ANITA WOOD about how America´ foremost rebel reacted to the news that he would soon b drafted, and from his lifelong friends JOE ESPOSITO an CHARLIE HODGE about the shy young superstar they me while serving out their own two-year hitch in the U.S. ARMY You´ll hear about Elvis´ trips to Paris and the wild times share by him and his friends in the world famous nightclubs of that city. FROM GRACELAND TO GERMANY and back again, THE ARMY YEARS is the definitive look at the military career of Elvis. THE MEMPHIS MAFIA In the mafia there is a code of silence that is considered unbreakable... so it was with the men who surrounded Presley every minute of every day. The Memphis version c mafia was much more easygoing than the organized ( syndicates that gave them their name, but no less secretive. IT THEIR JOB TO PROTECT THE KING OF ROCK ´N´ ROLL fro n various dangers that are associated with celebrity... fro n death threats, the fans, the kooks and ultimately himself. Here break that code of silence, many for the first time, and give you inside story of the man they knew as ´THE BOSS,´ a man regarded them as friends and brothers. You´ll hear from ESPOSITO, the so-called ´FOREMAN´ whose 20-year friend with Elvis started in the army, and PATTY PARRY, a fan who become the only female member of the exclusive boys only club.
(Passport) PAL, Code 0, Color, 4:3, english, appr. 105 min. The Day The Music Died: Elvis Is Gone For millions of fans, August 16, 1977 is truly ´the day th/i, music died.´ Follow the decline and fall of The King in this, intimate and emotional episode, as told by the people who knew him best, such as Memphis Mafia members JOB ESPOSITO, GEORGE KLEIN and LARRY GELLER, as well a.s7´ close friends DIXIE LOCKE-EMMONS, CONNIE STEVENS, JACKIE DeSHANNON, and CELESTE YARNALL. Also featured are rare interviews with Elvis´ personal physician, GEORG ´DR. NICK´ NICHOPOULOS and private nurse MARIAN= COCKE. You´ll also hear, for the first time ever, musk legend-TONY ORLANDO´S incredible story of an eerie premonition he had about Elvis´ death. And you´ll see and hear all about the thousands of grief-stricken fans who descended o Graceland, unable to cope with the passing of The King. It i the story of the untimely end of the twentieth century´s mos4 important cultural force, and the beginning of one man´s ric legacy, one that would reach beyond his life and into eternity! All The King´s Disciples: The Fans When Elvis Presley passed away in 1977 no one could have predicted the impact his death would have on the fans who had supported him throughout his storied career. After a period of profound grief, they simply carded on... as if he had never left. From the homes that have been transformed into virtual museums where Elvis´ likeness can be found on the bottom of pools, to the actual Elvis museum in Las Vegas where you can catch one of many impersonators. From the fans who have tattooed their bodies with his face, to the one´s who have simply decided to surround themselves with his presence. From the streets of Memphis, to the gates of GRACELAND and beyond, ALL THE KING´S DISCIPLES will give you a glimpse into the very special world of those who have made Elvis Presley their touchstone, their hero, their life... THANK YA, THANK YA VERY MUCH
(Coming Home) NTSC, Code 0, 5.1 Dolby Digital, 80 Min., 22 performances/clips narrated by Ashley Judd (The Judds)./ Gelungene Zusammenstellung aus Filmen, Konzerten & TV Auftritten. Kommentare und Bonus Interviews mit deutschen Untertiteln. Bonus Interview (35 Minuten), Dolby Digital 5.1, Bild:4:3 / NTSC , Ländercode:0, Laufzeit:80 Min. A amajor reason for Elvis Presley´s massive, unprecedented appeal to women audiences of all ages was his love songs. Always a true romantic, Elvis recorded many, many love songs throughout his career, beginning with ´I Want You, I Need You, I Love You´ in 1956 and running the entire span of his life. Entire eras of his remarkable life and career can be evoked by the mere mention of the title of one of his many love songs. Mention ´Love Me Tender´ and a hundred images spring to mind. The same can be said for his many other songs of romance. Elvis and his love songs had remained an unexplored area of Elvis´s remarkable career. Now, Love Me Tender...The Love Songs Of Elvis Presley tells the warm story of the tender side of the King of Rock and Roll. Narrated by Ashley Judd, Love Me Tender is Elvis as you´ve never seen him
Taschenbuch - 250 Seiten - Omnibus Press ´´Before there was Elvis, there was nothing:´´ — John Lennon In Elvis, the definitive work on the man and his career, noted music critic Dave Marsh delves into every_ aspect of Presley´s life and art. Presley embodies the heart of American pop culture and Marsh looks at the music — from its roots in gospel and country to its revitalization of those forms. With compassion and penetrating insight, Marsh examines Elvis´s trajectory—from poor country boy to superstar, from faded has-been to his triumphant comeback, and to his ultimate decline and tragic end. Elvis is a richly illustrated tribute to the legend that Presley´s life became and the heroism of the man who lived it. ´´Handsome...an intelligent and generous appreciation...critical and sympathetic´´ —New York Times Book Review ´´A beautiful book...exceptionally well written´´ — Philadelphia Inquirer ´´Opens new avenues of thought on Elvis´s work...should not be missed.´´ — Baltimore Sun