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Over 200 August 1st 1969 Press Conference b/w Pictures

Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:40 am


R: "Why have you waited so long to
perform Live again?" "Did you return to
Live Performing because of the Phenomenal
successes of Wales Singer Tom Jones and
British Crooner Engelbert Humperdinck?"

E: (Elvis shook his head at the suggestion)
"I think they are great",..."But My decision to
return was made in 1965, and it was hard to wait",...
"I don't think I could have waited any longer."...
"We had to finish up the movie commitments we
had before I could start on this... "I missed the
Live contact with an Audience." "It was getting
harder and harder to sing to a camera all day."

R : "Can you remember first coming to Vegas?"

E: "Sure, I was 19 years old." (Elvis was actually 21)
"Nobody knew Me."... "Whe're you from...Boy?,
They would ask."

R: "How do you like being a father?"

E: "I like it !"

R: "Are you and Priscilla planning on
adding to your Family?"

E:"You'll be the first to know." LOL

R: "What things do you do when you are at home at Graceland?"

E: "I ride horse back, swim and talk with the tourists
hanging out at the gates."

R:"How does your wife feel about you being a
Sex Symbol again?"

E: "I don't know... you would have to ask her."

[b]R: "Do your Wife and Daughter accompany you?"

E: "Priscilla is here,... but my Daughter is in L.A.
with her Nanny."...
"She could not make it."

R: "How do you Manage to stay so Young?"

E: "I don't know".."One of these days I'll probably fall apart."
"I feel, I've just been lucky."

R: "Are you tired of your present type of movie,
have you grown tired of the movie plots??

E: "Yes, I want to Change the type of Script
I've been doing. "

R: "What kind of Scripts do you like?"

E: "Something with Meaning"....
"I'm going after More Serious Material."
"I couldn't dig always playing the Guy who'd
get into a fight, Beat the Guy up,..,
and in the Next Shot Sing to Him."

R: "Do you think it was a mistake to do so many
Movie Sound-Track Albums?"

E: "I think so"..... "When you do Ten songs in a
movie,they can't all be good songs." "Anyway",..
"I got tired of Singing to Turtles."

R:"When you met the Beatles", "No press
was allowed, why was that?"

E: "I think because we could relax more that
way and we could talk Candidly."

R: "Do you like to wear leather-jackets, like the one you wore in your TV-Special?"

E: "No".... "I hate wearing them, because they
are too hot when your working."


R:"Where did you get the design for your
stage out-fits?"
E: "I got the idea by a Karate-gi,.. I once had."

R: "What do you think of the Hollywood scene?"

E: "I just don't go for it....." "I have nothing
against it, but I just don't enjoy it."

R: "How long did you rehearse for these shows?"

E: "I practised for nearly 3 months." "Today I went
through Three Complete Dress Rehersals."
"This was the fourth time I did that show today." ...
" I'm really Beat."

R: "How did you choose the songs for the show?"

E: "I just sang My Favorite Songs."

R: "Do you want to do more Live Shows?"

E: "I want to.... I would like to play all over the World."...
"I chose Las Vegas to Play First, Because it is a place
People come to from All Over."

R: "Are you trying to change your image with songs like "In the Ghetto"?

E: "No, "Ghetto" was such a great song,
I just couldn't pass it up after I heard it."
"There are a lot of New Records Out Now that
have the same sound I started,.. But they're Better."....
"I mean, you can't compare a song like "Yesterday"
with "Hound Dog",..... Can You?"

R: "Why have you led such a secluded life all these years?"

E: "It's not secluded Honey."..
" I'm just Sneaky." LOL

R: "Is it true you dye your hair?"

E: "Sure, I have always done it for the movies."

R: "Did you enjoy performing Live again?"

E: "Yes !... "This has been one of the Most Exciting
Nights of my Life."

R: "Did you feel nervous during the show?"
E: "For the First Three songs or so, I didn't feel
relaxed until after "Love me Tender" before
I loosened up."....."Then I Thought, What The Heck.....
Get With It Man!"
"Or you might be out of a Job Tomorrow".

R: "Do you have a share in the International Hotel?"

E: "No, I have not."

R: "Why did you choose a Negro backup group?:

E: "They help get a feeling and get to my soul."

R: "Have you ever seen England's top singer, Cliff Richard?"

E: "Yes, I met him in Germany a long time ago."
(Elvis was mistaken, he could have been thinking
of someone else, maybe Billy Fury, However they
did not meet until 62')

R: "Mr. Presley,".. "I've been sent here by "Lord Sutch Enterprises" "To offer you One Million Pounds Sterling
to make Two Apperances at the Wembley Empire Stadium in England,".... " This Price will include a Documentary that will
be Filmed during and after the Shows."
"It will Only Take 24 Hours."

E: (Elvis points to Col.Parker)"You'll have to ask him about that."

C: (Parker)"Just put down the desposit."

E: "Elvis, how much do you get paid for these performances?"

C: (Parker Speaks up)"We are pleased with the deal.
I am glad He is Here."

R: "Is it true you get paid in International-stocks?"

C: (Parker Speaks up again) "Certainly not."...

"The only thing we get for Free are the Crickets in the Rooms."

R: "Do you still own about 10 cars?"

E: "I have never owned that many."...
" Only 4 or 5 at most."

R: "Elvis is there any Other Individual You would Rather Be?"

E: "Are you Kidding ???" LOL









If anyone could continue to add whats not here that would be great !

Thanks in advance :wink:

PEP 8)
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:34 am

Very nice lot
Christian M

Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:01 am

Awesome pictures PEP, thanks. You sure have alot :lol:

Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:59 am

Thanks, PEP. He gave some pretty cool answers that night.

"Anyway, I got tired of singing to turtles!"


Keith Richards, Jr.

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:09 am

PEP, I am not worthy of your contribution, man! Well done!
I'll endeavour to add a few myself . . . but not to take the limelight away from you!

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:17 am

Thanks PEP

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:33 am

thefunkyangel wrote:PEP, I am not worthy of your contribution, man! Well done!
I'll endeavour to add a few myself . . . but not to take the limelight away from you!

"thefunkyangel" Please do not feel this way....

Please contribute as much as you want
that's what its all about, for you and anyone !

More, more, more !

PEP 8)

Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:14 pm


Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:34 pm

WOW! Pep, a very nice layout indeed!
The guy just could not take a bad pic..
thxs. for taking the time to share
well done!

Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:54 pm

Given the number of journalists who attended the press conference, I can´t believe there wasn´t even a recorded tape of this event.

Tue Apr 25, 2006 4:35 pm

Somewhere something is archived

christian M

Tue Apr 25, 2006 4:41 pm

Thanks for taking the time to upload all these wonderful images.
I just now realized for the first time that Elvis never sat down,
while he was taking questions.

Another thing that puzzles me is all those people
sitting at the table. Did Parker put them there?

Also I never new that Lord Sutch Enterprises wanted to
film a documentary at Wembley Stadium.

Just imagine Parker's face if the guy had put down
the desposit infront of all those journalists.

I wonder if Elvis ever asked him what became
of the 1 million deal to be earned in 24 hours.

Tue Apr 25, 2006 4:44 pm

CHRISTIAN M wrote:Somewhere something is archived

I once corresponded with a journalist, who was present
that day. Here is her information.

"I really don't know for certain that the press conference wasn't taped."

"The reason there may not be a transcript is that the press conference was impromptu.
There was no mention of it before the concert and it was held in a very informal manner.
The press was at the concert and it no recording devices were allowed in there in the showroom.
We were shepherded immediately from the opening night performance to the press conference."
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Tue Apr 25, 2006 4:44 pm

Melanie wrote:
I wonder if Elvis ever asked him what became
of the 1 million deal to be earned in 24 hours.

Good question Melanie....
I wonder why there isn't more details as to what took
place after the fact.....behind the scenes...

CHRISTIAN M wrote:Somewhere something is archived

christian M

I would like to believe this too, somebody
has to have something.

It would be great if EPE does come up with
something relating to this press conference
and include it in their Anthology Elvis Series
which I hope will still be in the works over the
next few years.....

PEP 8)

Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:31 pm

boy mah boy..
and I thought I had a lot of these pics..
foolish me :oops:

Thanx a lot..
that is really great work! :smt026

Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:36 pm

Awesome Pictures and interview.. Thank you for sharing. It is wonderful to see all these beautiful pictures!!! :wink: Dovey

Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:24 pm

Opening Show
was reserved to Press and V.I.P
And it s comeback show !
i think this press conference is announced fews days before
why not tv cameras ?
we have footage from Houston press conf 1970,MSG june 1972
somewhere are footage from TV Special press conf 1968 !
christian M

Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:02 am

Thanks for those last sets of pictures FunkeyAngel, they're great.

Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:16 am

these are stunning. thanks for sharing

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:30 pm

Amazing transcript of the press conf. Thanks. My first thinking is that this come from a recording considering the amount of detalis here. What do you think?



Re: Over 200 August 1st 1969 Press Conference b/w Pictures

Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:27 pm

Great stuff ! Thank you

Re: Over 200 August 1st 1969 Press Conference b/w Pictures

Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:28 pm

awesome pics

Re: Over 200 August 1st 1969 Press Conference b/w Pictures

Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:01 pm

Great stuff PEP and funkman. I loved the interview as he was about as open and frank about his feelings about his movie career, as we ever heard him. Can you imagine, he wanted to start touring again in 65, four years earlier!

Re: Over 200 August 1st 1969 Press Conference b/w Pictures

Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:56 pm

Great pics, of course, and interesting text. Our boy was soooooo cool in situations like that, even though he was probably very nervous. As has been pointed out, we should be able to see and hear Elvis's responses, though. This was, after all, a press conference. No one was rolling tape?

I have often wondered why Joe Esposito is sitting at the main table, too.

Re: Over 200 August 1st 1969 Press Conference b/w Pictures

Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:09 pm

KHoots wrote:
I have often wondered why Joe Esposito is sitting at the main table, too.

Most likely because he wanted to make himself appear 'important' and he needed his ego elevated. :roll: