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"What Makes Elvis Tick?" --> October 1956!

Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:35 pm

October 1956 was a pretty good month for Elvis, overall. Despite a dust-up at a Memphis gas station, he was riding high on radio, TV, stage and in motion pictures.


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Elvis, Sunday, October 28, 1956 - post rehearsal, outside CBS's Studio 50, New York


Mid-month, a nationally-syndicated article summarizing the Presley career to date, perhaps in anticipation of his film debut in 20th Century Fox's "Love Me Tender," made the rounds. It was surprisingly accurate, and more than a little funny. Hollywood scribe William Steif refers to the upcoming movie as a "horse opera," and how Hollywood had embraced Presley "heart, soul and cashbox."

It was called "What Makes Elvis Tick?"


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Pittsburgh Press, Wednesday, Oct 17, 1956


Pretty cool, man.


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Elvis, Friday, October 12, 1956 - Heart O' Texas Coliseum, Waco TX

Re: "What Makes Elvis Tick?" --> October 1956!

Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:50 am

Thanks for posting this.

You have to wonder where the writer got his "facts" from.


Just two I noticed in a quick read - he describes RCA as a Hollywood outfit.


He also claims that Hal Wallis first noticed Elvis in Las Vegas performing at the New Frontier. In fact Wallis gave him the screen test two months prior.

Contemporary reports are always fascinating on many levels.

Re: "What Makes Elvis Tick?" --> October 1956!

Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:57 am

KiwiAlan wrote:Just two I noticed in a quick read - he describes RCA as a Hollywood outfit.


He also claims that Hal Wallis first noticed Elvis in Las Vegas performing at the New Frontier. In fact Wallis gave him the screen test two months prior.

Most of the piece is very accurate.

Note "Hollywood outfit" is an idiomatic expression for "not of the South."

And Hal Wallis first noticed Elvis when his business partner Joseph Hazen was told by a neighbor to turn on CBS-TV's "Stage Show" and check out a kid named Elvis Presley, and, as he remembered years later, he immediately called Wallis in California and instructed him to do the same.

So it's no surprise the Hollywood scribe would be fed a different story by Paramount about how their top man "discovered" Presley.

Re: "What Makes Elvis Tick?" --> October 1956!

Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:32 am

Pretty cool, man


Indeed,great stuff Doc,i simply love reading these contemporary articles,thanks again for posting
such material.

norrie

Re: "What Makes Elvis Tick?" --> October 1956!

Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:14 am

Yes,this is a great stuff....

Re: "What Makes Elvis Tick?" --> October 1956!

Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:21 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:Just two I noticed in a quick read - he describes RCA as a Hollywood outfit.


He also claims that Hal Wallis first noticed Elvis in Las Vegas performing at the New Frontier. In fact Wallis gave him the screen test two months prior.

Most of the piece is very accurate.

Note "Hollywood outfit" is an idiomatic expression for "not of the South."

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Would a newspaper in Pittsburg really call a major New York company a
'Hollywood outfit" - very strange.

Re: "What Makes Elvis Tick?" --> October 1956!

Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:00 am

great read Doc i just love these historic findings. ::rocks

Re: "What Makes Elvis Tick?" --> October 1956!

Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:40 am

KiwiAlan wrote:Would a newspaper in Pittsburg really call a major New York company a
'Hollywood outfit" - very strange.

You will be less confused if you read topics with care

drjohncarpenter wrote:Mid-month, a nationally-syndicated article summarizing the Presley career to date, perhaps in anticipation of his film debut in 20th Century Fox's "Love Me Tender," made the rounds. It was surprisingly accurate, and more than a little funny. Hollywood scribe William Steif refers to the upcoming movie as a "horse opera," and how Hollywood had embraced Presley "heart, soul and cashbox."

Re: "What Makes Elvis Tick?" --> October 1956!

Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:27 am

Great topic! Love the article. 1956 was a great year. .the year when "all hell broke loose"