Elvis' #1 Pop Singles on Cashbox, USA:
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Too Much (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Teddy Bear (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Stuck On You (1960)
It's Now Or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Good Luck Charm (1962)
Return To Sender (1962)
In The Ghetto (1969)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
Burning Love (1972)
(The Cashbox chart is now defunct)
Elvis was 5' 11" tall
Elvis' natural hair color was dark blond
Elvis' blood type was O Positive
Elvis' shoe size was 11D
One of Elvis'( maternal) ancestors, Morning White Dove (born 1800, died 1835), was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian
Elvis' uncle, Noah Presley, became Mayor of East Tupelo on January 7, 1936
The Presley family moved to Memphis on November 6, 1948
Elvis was issued a Social Security card in September 1950 with the # 409-52-2002
In 1954 some of the shows played by Elvis & The Blue Moon Boys were at the Overton Park Shell; the Bel-Air Club; Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club and the Louisiana Hayride
Elvis' first manager was Scotty Moore, then Bob Neal, before signing with Colonel Tom Parker
The first DJ to play an Elvis record was Fred Cook (WREC), not Dewey Phillips (WHBQ). However, Dewey had the distinction of being the first DJ to play an Elvis record in its entirety
Elvis once dated famous stripper, Tempest Storm
Elvis was filmed from the waist up only during his 3rd and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
In the 50s Elvis was friendly with rising stars, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and Ty (Bronco Lane) Hardin
Gladys Presley was 46 years old when she died, not 42, as many books suggest
The Roustabout album sold 450,000 copies on its initial release, 150,000 copies more than any of the preceding three soundtrack LPs. It was Elvis' last "soundtrack" album to reach #1 on the major album charts in the US
Elvis received $1m for filming Harum Scarum (aka Harum Holiday). The film grossed around $2m in the US
Elvis and Priscilla married on May 1, 1967
They were officially divorced on October 9, 1973
Elvis earns nearly $3.5m in 1968 and pays just over $1.4m in income tax
Elvis' return to live performing in Las Vegas on July 31, 1969 was in front of an "by invitation only" audience. Stars in attendance included Wayne Newton, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
On January 9, 1971, the national Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) announced Elvis as one of "The Top Ten Young Men of the Year". Elvis spoke at the official awards ceremony on January 16
"Elvis: Aloha From Hawai" made entertainment history on January 14, 1973, when it was beamed around the world by satellite. In the Philippines it drew 91% of the audience, in Hong Kong 70%. The viewing audience was estimated at more than 1 billion
For his 4 week Hilton Vegas season in August 1973 Elvis received $610,000
Sales of Elvis' 1973 album, Raised On Rock, were less than 200,000 units on its initial release
Elvis paid $2,959,000 in income tax in 1973
In December 1976 Elvis was sworn in as a special deputy sheriff of Shelby County (Memphis) by Sheriff Gene Barksdale
Elvis' final live concert was in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
When Elvis died, he and his father Vernon, were embroiled in an FBI investigation called Operation Fountain Pen
More than 1,500 books have been published about The King in more than 30 languages
At Dec 2005 Elvis' biggest selling album in the US is the budget priced, Elvis' Christmas Album, with accredited sales of 9 million units (fingers crossed it reaches 10 million to give Elvis his first "Diamond" award)
By early2006, Sony BMG's "collectors label", Follow That Dream, had released more than 50 Elvis CDs
During the 1980s, tour guides at Graceland stated that Elvis' biggest selling album (globally) was Moody Blue, with sales exceeding 14 million
While Sony BMG estimates Elvis' global sales exceed 1 billion, the company is unable to substantiate this figure. Accredited sales worldwide are estimated to be less than 400 million
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS
August 5 - 16 at the Egyptian Theatre
HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque presents a salute to Sand, Surf and Elvis onscreen, August 5 - 16 at the Egyptian Theatre and August 19 - 20 at the Aero Theatre as part of Mods and Rockers 2006. The 50's live on with our GREASE (1978, Paramount, 110 min.) Sing-A-Long Screening on August 20th at the Egyptian. Summer beach romps include THE GIRLS ON THE BEACH (with The Beach Boys), BEACH PARTY starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, Elvis Presley receives a week-long celluloid salute with such gems as JAILHOUSE ROCK, KING CREOLE, VIVA LAS VEGAS and offbeat Elvis documentaries culminating on the August 16th anniversary of his death.
Saturday, August 5, 2006: Egyptian Theatre: The Saturday, August 5th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is THE GIRLS ON THE BEACH, (1965, Paramount, 80 min.) directed by William Witney. "The jet action surf-set hits the beaches and captures a love-load of bikini beauties!" The girls from Alpha Beta need to raise a staggering amount of money to save their sorority house, so they plan a beauty contest and other fundraising activities. When three guys appear claiming to know The Beatles, the girls decide a benefit concert with the moptops would be the best bet at saving their sinking fortunes. Little do they know these bragging boys are full of hot air. Who will step in to save the day? Why, The Beach Boys (singing "Little Honda" and "Lonely Sea"), Leslie Gore and the post-Buddy Holly Crickets. Starring Martin West (LORD LOVE-A-DUCK), Noreen Corcoran, Ahna Capri (PAYDAY), Mary Mitchel (SPIDER BABY, DEMENTIA 13), Lana Wood (Natalie's sister) and Dick Miller as a grouchy bartender! NOT ON DVD!
Next on the same bill is BEACH PARTY, (1963, MGM/UA, 101 min.) directed by William Asher. The film responsible (some might say "guilty") of starting the whole beach movie cycle had this bizarre tagline: "The perfect summer when the urge meets the surge!" We suppose they had in mind the ocean waves as "the surge," but whatever could they have meant by "the urge"? Answering that question are hot-to-trot sand- and-surf-loving teens, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, John Ashley, Jody McCrea. Reluctantly saddled with chaperoning the lovable kids are traumatized grown-ups Bob Cummings, Dorothy Malone and Morey Amsterdam ("The Dick Van Dyke Show"). With Harvey Lembeck in his first appearance as madman biker, Eric Von Zipper. Dick Dale and The Del Tones supply the music!
Sunday, August 6, 2006: Egyptian Theatre: The Sunday, August 6th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is SKI PARTY, (1965, MGM/UA, 90 min.) directed by Alan Rafkin. It seemed only natural that strange mutations would evolve as the beach pictures continued in popularity at the drive-ins, and here we have the kids hitting the snowy slopes for their summer fun. Hard-up teen guys, Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman (TV's "Dobie Gillis"), fearing they will continue to strike out with the objects of their affections, follow heartthrobs, Deborah Walley (GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN) and Yvonne Craig (Batgirl from TV's original "Batman") when they depart on a ski trip. A bizarre subplot has Frankie and Dwayne taking a page from SOME LIKE
IT HOT as they dress up in drag to spy on their girls. In the meantime James Brown and His Famous Flames (!) perform mega-hit, "I Feel Good" and Leslie Gore sings her ever-popular perennial, "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows."
Next on the same bill is SURF PARTY, (1964, 20th Century Fox, 68 min.). Director Maury Dexter (THE DAY MARS INVADED EARTH, MARYJANE) helmed this ultra-rare, ultra-low budget knock-off of American International's successful BEACH PARTY. Lead teens Bobby Vinton, Patricia Morrow and Jackie DeShannon (a then-regular on TV pop show "Shindig!" and soon to become a sixties pop idol herself) cavort on the beach to the sounds of The Routers (featuring Scott Walker!) and The Astronauts. Shot in colorful black-and-white with back-projected waves for that ultra-realistic beach ambience! NOT ON DVD!
Thursday, August 10, 2006: Egyptian Theatre: The Thursday, August 10th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is G.I. BLUES, (1960, Paramount, 104 min.) directed by Norman Taurog. Elvis Presley is Tulsa McLean, a G.I. stationed in Germany who becomes involved in a scheme with his buddies to melt the icy exterior of cabaret singer, Lili. But in the process our hero falls for the feisty chanteuse. Charismatic and sexy Juliet Prowse is the perfect match for Elvis in this early vehicle for the King before the movie formula became irreversibly set in stone. Elvis sings a lot of songs, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "G.I. Blues" and more. Co-starring Leticia Roman, Arch Johnson, Mickey Knox, Jeremy Slate.
Next on the same bill is ELVIS AND JUNE: A LOVE STORY, (2002, BCI Eclipse, 46 min.). Elvis had many loves including some of Hollywood's hottest stars. But in the beginning he was just a young Southern boy looking for fun and romance. He found both in 1955/6 in the shape of June Juanico a 17-year-old beauty queen from Biloxi with whom he couldn't help falling in love while on the cusp of the stardom that eventually broke up their relationship. Before the break-up - June got Elvis "All Shook Up" to the point of pledging his undying troth. Director Stuart Goldman's charming documentary tells the whole story and features the earliest home movie footage of Elvis. On vacation in Biloxi with his Latest Flame - June in the faraway summer of 1956... Just before "Hound Dog" broke Elvis' career and (at the same time) June's dreams of marital bliss...
Saturday, August 12, 2006: Egyptian Theatre: The Saturday, August 12th program is a 4:00 PM screening of "Elvis" (2005, CBS, 178 min.), directed by James Steven Sadwith. This highly acclaimed (6 Emmy nominations) mini-series was hailed by Presley insiders as being the best yet of the plethora of Presley TV dramas that have flooded the airwaves in the 29 years since the passing of Elvis. It's only aired once and is not yet on DVD. Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as Elvis and projects the complex fusion of sexuality and naïve country-boy vulnerability to great effect - and a Golden Globe. Randy Quaid captured the canny manipulations of ex-carny "Colonel" Tom Parker whose svengali puppeteering engineered the rise of Elvis - yet also led indirectly to his tragic demise. Camryn Manheim and Robert Patrick flesh out poignant portrayals of the parents who cannot fathom the heights or depths their son will scale and sink to - yet love him unconditionally. The story takes us from the earliest days to the triumphant resurrection of his 1968 NBC comeback special. A great place to help us remember Elvis that way. A remarkably powerful evocation of the legend. NOT ON DVD! Note: This TV mini-series will be shown in 2 sections. Part One: 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm. Part Two: 5:45 pm-7:15 pm. Followed by a Q&A with Executive Producer Ilene Kahn-Power and (subject to availability) key cast members. No ticket purchase required, but there is a suggested minimum donation to the American Cinematheque of $10.
Following at 8:30 PM is a Double Feature. First up is JAILHOUSE ROCK, (1957, Warner Bros., 96 min.) directed by Richard Thorpe. Wow, the Colonel would never have let Elvis play a role like this later in his career. In his third film, Elvis is Vince Everett, a guy serving a term for manslaughter. His cellmate, Hunk Houghton (yikes!) played by Mickey Shaughnessy is a former country star who introduces him to the record business. Once the King is released from stir, he quickly rises to the top as a rock 'n roll singer. But will he remember those who got him there? Another of Elvis' best features slambang Leiber-Stoller songs, plus there's that jawdroppingly good "Jailhouse Rock" production number. Tragically, female lead and love interest, Judy Tyler died in a car accident just before the film was released. Elvis belts out the title tune as well as "Baby, I Don't Care" and more!
Sunday, August 13, 2006: Egyptian Theatre: The Sunday, August 13th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is FOLLOW THAT DREAM, (1962, MGM/UA, 109 min.). Country folk, Elvis and pa, Arthur O'Connell, are travelling in the Florida boondocks with their poor family in tow when they run out of gas. Short on funds, the clan stake a claim to what seems to be unused land, but soon have corrupt state officials harassing them as well as gangsters scouting acreage for a casino. Pro director Gordon Douglas keeps things appropriately light-hearted and brings a charming tone to one of Elvis' fluffier early films. Co-starring Simon Oakland, Anne Helm, Jack Kruschen. Songs include: "Follow That Dream," "I'm Not The Marryin' Kind" and more.
Next on the same bill is KID GALAHAD, (1962, MGM/UA, 95 min.). Although it doesn't pack the same punch as the original starring Edward G. Robinson and Humphrey Bogart, Elvis Presley is well-cast as the naïve boy pushed into the boxing ring to enrich the pockets of his less-than-honest mentor manager Gig Young. Director Phil Karlson, like FOLLOW THAT DREAM helmer Douglas, was a tough guy director who cut his teeth on noir pictures (and went on to make the original WALKING TALL), but he obviously has his work cut out for him with the behind-the-scenes presence of The Colonel shaping the King's image. Karlson keeps things moving and surrounds Elvis with a great cast, including Lola Albright, Charles Bronson, Joan Blackman, Ned Glass and Robert Emhardt. Songs include: "I Got Lucky," "King Of The Whole Wide World" and more.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006: Egyptian Theatre: Elvis Memorial Tribute - The Wednesday, August 16th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is VIVA LAS VEGAS, (1964, Warner Bros, 84 min.). George Sidney (PAL JOEY, BYE BYE BIRDIE) directs what is certifiably one of Elvis' better middle-period pictures. A great deal of the credit for it's exhilirating verve can also be laid at the feet of fiery leading lady, Ann-Margret, who is more than up to the challenge of going head-to-head with The King. Elvis arrives in Vegas trying to get his car ready for The Las Vegas Grand Prix. In the meantime, he does some courting of his distinctly hard-to-get co-star. Formula and fluff are the order of the day, but whenever these two are together, you don't mind. They are that good as a pair, especially at the knock-out finale where they perform the title tune, Elvis singing and Ann-Margret shimmying for all she's worth. The closest Elvis got to really rockin' in mid-sixties cinema. Elvis also sings Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," "Come On Everybody" and more. Ann-Margret smokes on the smoldering "Appreciation."
Next on the same bill is ALTERED BY ELVIS, (2006, 54 min.). An acclaimed documentary exploration of lives deeply and permanently affected by Elvis Presley. It follows those who have been impacted, mesmerized or fulfilled by Elvis - and even one childhood friend who claims to have been destroyed by the King of rock 'n' roll. Among the subjects is Larry Geller who fulfilled a dual role in the court of the King. He was Elvis' longtime hairdresser - and also the man who Elvis credits with being his spiritual advisor. (One of the more unusual hyphenates in Hollywood.) His devotion extended to styling Elvis' hair for his funeral... Husband & wife directing team Jayce & Tiffany Bartok use their film to illuminate both the phenomenon of worldwide Elvis obsession - and the broader topic of the impact of celebrity culture on ordinary people. Discussion in between films with ALTERED BY ELVIS directors Jayce Bartok & Tiffany Bartok - and with Larry Geller - Hairdresser/Spiritual Advisor to Elvis Presley.
Saturday, August 19, 2006: Aero Theatre: The Saturday, August 19th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is BEACH PARTY, (1963, MGM/UA, 101 min.) directed by William Asher. The film responsible (some might say "guilty") of starting the whole beach movie cycle had this bizarre tagline: "The perfect summer when the urge meets the surge!" We suppose they meant the ocean waves as "the surge," but whatever could they have meant by "the urge?" Answering that question are hot-to-trot sand- and-surf-loving teens, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, John Ashley, Jody McCrea. Reluctantly saddled with chaperoning the lovable kids are traumatized grown-ups Bob Cummings, Dorothy Malone and Morey Amsterdam ("The Dick Van Dyke Show"). With Harvey Lembeck in his first appearance as madman biker, Eric Von Zipper. Dick Dale and The Del Tones supply the music!
Next on the same bill is THE GIRLS ON THE BEACH, (1965, Paramount, 80 min.) directed by William Witney. "The jet action surf-set hits the beaches and captures a love-load of bikini beauties!" The girls from Alpha Beta need to raise a staggering amount of money to save their sorority house, so they plan a beauty contest and other fundraising activities. When three guys appear claiming to know The Beatles, the girls decide a benefit concert with the moptops would be the best bet at saving their sinking fortunes. Little do they know these bragging boys are full of hot air. Who will step in to save the day? Why, The Beach Boys (singing "Little Honda" and "Lonely Sea"), Leslie Gore and the post-Buddy Holly Crickets. Starring Martin West (LORD LOVE-A-DUCK), Noreen Corcoran, Ahna Capri (PAYDAY), Mary Mitchel (SPIDER BABY, DEMENTIA 13), Lana Wood (Natalie's sister) and Dick Miller as a grouchy bartender! NOT ON DVD!
Sunday, August 20, 2006: Aero Theatre: The Sunday, August 20th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is KING CREOLE, (1958, Paramount, 116 min.). Director Michael Curtiz (CASABLANCA) directs yet one more of The King's better films. Although the studio and The Colonel toned things down a bit, this adaptation of Harold Robbins' bestseller A Stone For Danny Fisher remains surprisingly good. Young New Orleans punk and high school dropout, Danny (Elvis) quits his busboy job and wrangles his way into performing a song in front of duly-stunned patrons. Before long, he is in demand and being pressured by mobster club owner, Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau) to sign an exclusive contract. Elvis once again receives grand support from such pros as Carolyn Jones ("The Addams Family"), Dolores Hart (his leading lady in LOVING YOU and a future real-life nun!), Dean Jagger, Vic Morrow and Paul Stewart. Songs include the title ditty as well as "Hard Headed Woman," "Trouble" and more! Also showing at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, August 12.
A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films is available on our website. General Admission is $9. Double Features are two films for one admission price. There is generally a 7 - 10 minute intermission between films. 24-Hour information: 323.466.
FILM TICKET PRICES $9 General; $6 Cinematheque Members. $7 Seniors (65+ years) and students with valid ID card. Must be shown at box office at time of purchase.
THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
American Cinematheque, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
"Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"
(Sir Paul McCartney)
"You can't say enough good things about Elvis. He was one of a kind"
"And don't think for one moment he's just a passing fancy....he's got enough of it to keep him on top for a long time"
(R. Fred Arnold, Fury magazine, Aug 1957)
"It isn't enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn't a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public"
(Eddie Condon, Cosmopolitan)
Elvis records reaching #2 & #3 on the Cashbox Pop Singles chart:
#2: A Fool Such As I (1959)
#2: A Big Hunk Of Love (1959)
#3: Hard Headed Woman (1958)
#3: One Night (1958)
#3: (You're The Devil) In Disguise (1963)
Tickets for Elvis' show on March 29, 1957 in St. Louis cost $2.00 to $2.50
While in Germany Elvis was hospitalised with tonsillitis in October 1959
Despite being an illegal immigrant, photographic evidence shows Colonel Tom Parker traveled to Canada with Elvis in 1957
Elvis strongly believed there weren't enough good songs in King Creole to justify releasing a soundtrack album. RCA initially agreed, releasing two very successful EPs from the movie. A soundtrack LP eventually followed
During the 1960s Elvis had his own football team, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which played in the Memphis touch football league. In the 1962 final, EPE narrowly lost to Delta Automatic Transmission, 6-13
In Clambake, (Elvis) Scott Hayward's driving licence shows February 23, 1940...taking 5 years off Elvis' real age
In the 1970s Elvis was offered $5m to stage a concert in front of the Pyramids in Egypt. When the Colonel declined the offer, Saudi billionaires raised the offer to $10m