"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."
"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."
"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."
(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)
"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."
(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)
"Elvis is everywhere"
(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)
"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"
(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)
"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"
(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)
"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"
"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"
"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"
(Soul legend, James Brown)
"Before Elvis there was nothing!"
"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges...producing, no propelling, a fundamental, primordial and unstoppable shift in not only musical, but social, political and cultural history"
(JNP, BBC website)
"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"
( Dr. John Walker)
"It [rock & roll] was always about Elvis; not just because he was Elvis, but because he was the big star"
(Bono from U2)
"If they had let me on white radio stations back then, there never would have been an Elvis"
"Elvis loved opera, and he especially liked Mario Lanza. He would watch The Student Prince which was set in Heidelberg, over and over again. He loved the power of the big voices. And he loved big orchestras. He liked real dramatic things"
(Marty Lacker in 'Elvis and the Memphis Mafia')
"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead"
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
"Elvis -The Ed Sullivan Shows" DVD
This is the cover art of the Image Entertainment release of "of The Ed Sullivan Show - Elvis Presley" which is due November 21, 2006.
This will cost $29.99 SRP, and besides all 3 episodes featuring Elvis Presley, there will be a number of Elvis extras
- A rare home movie capturing a very early Elvis performance, shot on April 24, 1955, at Magnolia Gardens near Houston, Texas
- Elvis and Ed remembered
- Elvis is on his way! Ed Sullivan Show clips
- Special Elvis moments, including appearances by Colonel Tom Parker
- Home movies of Elvis and Priscilla, Elvis and his friends cutting up on a film set and some of the first shots of daughter Lisa Marie.
Andrew Solt, who heads up SOFA Entertainment, will present a preview of the DVD set in a segment of Day Two of this year's Elvis Insiders Conference during Elvis Week 2006.
Share the excitement of Elvis Presley's earth shattering introduction to the nation in these three unforgettable episodes from The Ed Sullivan Show, now on DVD for the first time ever, and experience for yourself why Elvis became the legendary King of Rock and Roll! Appearing on the show Sept. 9, 1956, Elvis sent shock waves through a repressed nation with his soulful singing, wild hip gyrations and raw energy, attracting a record-breaking TV audience of more than 60 million people. Presley returned on Oct. 28, 1956, continuing to provoke ecstatic screams with hits such as "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender" and "Hound Dog." In fact, these exhilarating performances were so explosive that Elvis was filmed above the waist during his final Sullivan show appearance on January 6, 1957.
DISC ONE: September 9, 1956
1 CHARLES LAUGHTON Show Opening" 2:47
2 AMIN BROTHERS Acrobats 4:33
3 DOROTHY SARNOFF "Something Wonderful" from "THE KING AND I" 6:05 4 LINCOLN COMMERCIAL 2:40
5 VAGABONDS "Up A Lazy River" 4:32
6 ELVIS PRESLEY "Don't Be Cruel" 3:49
7 ELVIS PRESLEY "Love Me Tender" 3:50
8 CONN AND MACK Tap Dancers "Tea For Two" 3:57
9 LINCOLN MERCURY COMMERCIAL 0:47
10 CHARLES LAUGHTON "Little Red Riding Hood" 3:47
11 AMRU SANI "I'm In The Mood For Love" 3:27
13 CARL BALLANTINE Comedy & Magic 3:03
15 Preview of Next Week's "ED SULLIVAN SHOW" 1:23
12 TOBY THE DOG Novelty Act 4:00
14 LINCOLN MERCURY COMMERCIAL 2:47
16 ELVIS PRESLEY "Ready Teddy" 2:59
17 ELVIS PRESLEY "Hound Dog" 1:07
19 CHARLES LAUGHTON SAYS "GOODNIGHT" 0:34
20 CREDITS 1:58
TOTAL SHOW RUNNING TIME 58:05:00
DVD has "Play All Elvis Performances" option.
ELVIS & ED REMEMBERED BY…
Sam Phillips - Founder of Sun Records
Gordon Stoker - Member of The Jordanaires
Marlo Lewis - Producer (1948-1959)of "The Ed Sullivan Show"
Gordon Stoker - Member of The Jordanaires
Wink Martindale - TV Host & Friend of Elvis
George Klein - Disc Jockey & Friend of Elvis
WHY ED DIDN'T HOST ELVIS'S FIRST APPEARANCE
This sequence sets up Ed Sullivan and his show and tells the story of Ed's car accident and why he was unable to host the show with Elvis's debut appearance.
DISC TWO: October 28, 1956
1 OPENING 0:49
2 LITTLE GAELIC SINGERS "Dandelion Song" "Believe Me" 3:58
3 MERCURY COMMERCIAL 1:42
4 ELVIS PRESLEY "Don't Be Cruel" 2:24
5 ELVIS PRESLEY "Love Me Tender" 3:44
6 SEÑOR WENCES 6:22
7 1957 LINCOLN CONVERTIBLE COMMERCIAL" 3:13
8 ELVIS PRESLEY "Love Me" 3:48
9 JOYCE GRENFELL "Countess of Cotley" 5:16
10 "Happy To Make Your Acquaintance" From the Broadway musical "THE MOST HAPPY FELLA" 7:15
11 "Big D" "THE MOST HAPPY FELLA" 6:13
12 MERCURY COMMERCIAL 1:26
13 Preview of Next Week's "ED SULLIVAN SHOW" 0:45
14 ELVIS PRESLEY "Hound Dog" 3:41
15 UNUS Balancing Act 6:01
16 ROBERT WEBB (Audience Bow) Director of "Love Me Tender" 1:11
17 ED SULLIVAN SAYS "GOODNIGHT" 1:00
18 CREDITS 1:55
TOTAL SHOW RUNNING TIME 1:00:44
DVD has "Play All Elvis Performances" option.
ALL ABOUT ELVIS & ED 7:38
7/15/56 Two months before Elvis' 1st appearance.
9/2/56 Patti Page introduces next week's "Ed Sullivan Show" headliners.
9/16/56 One week after Elvis's 1st Appearance, Ed Sullivan returns to host the show.
10/21/56 One week before Elvis's 2nd appearance.
11/18/56 Ed introduces Elvis's 1st Film, "Love Me Tender" (3:43)
FIRST FILM OF ELVIS PRESLEY 2:45
Elvis performance at Magnolia Gardens near Houston, Texas in these rare home movies shot on August 7, 1955
DISC THREE: January 6, 1957
1 SHOW OPENING 0:33
2 ELVIS PRESLEY Medley - "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender" & "Heartbreak Hotel" 3:25
3 ELVIS PRESLEY "Don't Be Cruel" 0:50
4 "ARTHUR WORSLEY Ventriloquist 4:19
5 WILL JORDAN Ed Sullivan Impressionist 3:10
6 LINCOLN COMMERCIAL 2:52
7 CAROL BURNETT Comedy Routine "Your Eyes Have Told Me So," "I Love You," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Paper Moon" and "I Feel A Song Coming On" 5:50
8 ELVIS PRESLEY "Too Much" 2:28
9 ELVIS PRESLEY "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" 1:56
10 SUGAR RAY ROBINSON Ed interviews Boxing Great 2:14
11 NANCI CROMPTON Tap Ballet "Thunder and Lightening" 2:32
12 LENY EVERSONG "El Cubanchero" 2:19
13 LINCOLN COMMERCIAL" 1:13
14 THE SIX GUTIS Clown Act 2:48
15 DON BUDGE Tennis Champion (Audience Bow) 1:08
16 JACKIE ROBINSON Baseball Great (Audience Bow) 0:50
17 BORY AND BOR Comedy Dance 1:29
18 LENY EVERSONG "Jezebel" 2:29
19 MERCURY COMMERCIAL 2:46
20 Preview of Next Week's "ED SULLIVAN SHOW" 0:35
21 ELVIS PRESLEY "Peace In The Valley" 1:33
22 ED SULLIVAN SAYS "GOODNIGHT" 1:58:29
23 CREDITS 1:58:39
TOTAL SHOW RUNNING TIME 1:00:46
DVD has "Play All Elvis Performances" option.
SPECIAL "ELVIS MOMENTS" 6:34
4/27/58 Ed talks about Elvis being in the Army.
6/21/64 "A Tribute to The Colonel" by comedian John Byner.
2/9/64 Elvis & The Colonel send a telegram to the Beatles.
9/26/65 "Rock 'n' Roll Ed" - comedian Jack Carter.
9/18/66 Elvis and Colonel Parker congratulate Ed Sullivan.
JERRY SCHILLING'S HOME MOVIES 4:31
Jerry shows his home movies of Elvis and Priscilla horseback riding at Graceland, some of the first shots of Elvis and Priscilla's daughter Lisa Marie, and Elvis and the gang cutting up on a film set.
GALLERY OF PHOTOS & DOCUMENTS
Photos and documents related to the three episodes in the DVD set. Some from Sofa Entertainment's Sullivan archives and some from the Elvis Collection.
From the TV Shows On DVD site:
The Ed Sullivan Show (originally called "The Toast of the Town" for the first seven seasons, before the name change for the rest of its 23 years on the air) is a legendary program in the annals of television history. One of the landmark events during the course of the show was the introduction of Elvis Presley, the future King of Rock And Roll. This will now be released on DVD.
Sullivan's deal with Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, created national headlines. The sexual energy of Presley's first appearance on 9 September 1956 jolted the staid, Eisenhower conformism of Sullivan's audience. By his third and final appearance, Elvis was shot only from the waist up, but Sullivan learned how to capture a new audience for his show.
(News, Source: TV Shows on DVD/Elvis News/EPE, 2 & 8 Aug 2006)
"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