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'The Pelvis' Is Still Shaking ... All The Way To The Bank !

Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:16 am

Below is one of the nicer reviews of Elvis' opening night in Las Vegas, Thursday, July 31, 1969, by celebrated AP Music Writer Mary Campbell. These are the photos AP sent out to major dailies to use with Campbell's article.


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Here is the actual review:

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Lewiston Daily Tribune - Sunday, October 19, 1969
Note: full headline is "'The Pelvis' Is Still Shaking ... All The Way To The Bank"!


Here is the full text of Campbell's Sunday piece:


LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Elvis Presley sauntered on to the big stage in the big hotel showroom, a grin coming and going, stage lights reflecting from a ll the diamonds in his wide wedding ring.

He hadn't been in front of a live audience in eight years packed with movie-making, and he said later he was worried whether people would like him or find him dated. The audience was wondering if they were going to see the "old Elvis" or something new.

They say the "old Elvis," or nearly. He was slimmer, at 34, the baby fat gone, wearing a navy suit cut like a karate uniform. But he looked as young as ever, and handsome. His brown hair, said to be graying, was dyed blue-black and cut in a modification of the old ducktail, and he still looked like he'd be more at home driving a truck than doing something fancy.

They also heard the "old Elvis" except that he was pronouncing his words plainer and for some reason it was more noticeable that he had a pleasing voice.

His stroll to center stage completed, without fanfare or introduction, somebody handed him an acoustic guitar. He stood with it a few seconds, giving the audience more time to wonder what it was going to hear. Then he started to sing -- one of the best known of the old ones -- "Blue Suede Shoes -- and right on into more of the songs he made hits in the 1950s: "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," Heartbreak Hotel," "All Shook Up," "Jailhouse Rock."

And he did what he always did when he sang those songs in the 50s, he shook all over, with a rhythmic, violent vibration.

He rotated his pelvis and his guitar. He jerked and kicked his left leg. He punctuated the final note of a song by giving the guitar a big sideways lunge.

Elvis hadn't changed much.

But his audience had changed a lot.

Most of them were old enough to have hated him 13 years ago, and some of them admitted that they had.

Now they applauded wildly as each song started and more at the end. Women rushed to stageside, took off gloves and halfslips and handed them up to Elvis to wipe his sweaty forehead -- and screamed when he did.

In 1956, the year Elvis burst into public notice, he called "Elvis the Pelvis." He could also have been called the father of rock 'n' roll and the dynamiter of the generation gap.

Kids went wild for him. Adults detested him. Most of them thought he was vulgar and obscene and his music was mindless and tuneless. After a couple of TV appearances, during which his suggestive shaking caused controversy all over the country, the Ed Sullivan show televised him from the waist up only.

In 1969, te pelvis isn't stilled and neither is the adulation. But the controversy is.

Young people have liked him right along, going to his movies, watching his TV specials, buying his records. Kids who were babies in 1956 like Presley now. Rock has been through a lot of phases and once again for the kids, Presley's rock is where it's at.

But why have adults, once anti-Presley, become fans?

Presley says: "They learned they can move around like that too."

Rock music no longer gives cultural shock to the middle-aged. And neither does Elvis Presley. Presley still makes those "suggestive" movements. But the shocking of 1956 can be the nostalgia of 1969.

And Presley's personal reputation hasn't hurt him with the over-30s. There haven't been any stories of scandals with girls, or boys, or drinking, or drugs.

Instead of becoming a hippie or a revolutionary, Presley has enjoyed a life of prosperity, spending half the year in Hollywood, where his home is on the movie star maps, and half at Graceland, a $1-million mansion and grounds near Memphis. He sold a farm in Mississippi because he seldom visited it, and moved the horses to Graceland.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss. but has been living at Memphis since he was 13.

He doesn't go to Hollywood parties, which he says he never liked. He makes no political endorsements and rarely gives interviews, though his wit is quick enough for answering questions; he quietly makes a good public impression by staying largely out of the public eye.

Since 1967 he has been married to a petite blue-eyed brunette named Priscilla, daughter of an Air Force officer from Memphis, whom he met in Germany. They have a baby, Lisa.

The older generation began to accept Presley during his two years in the Army, 1958-60, when he served without asking for special favors and passed up an entertainment assignment. He drove a jeep in Germany and rose from private to sergeant.

Elvis came out of the Army, plunged into making movies and rolled over 32 pictures -- all making money, all loaded with songs. Some of the plots were so thin and some of the songs and reasons for singing them so inane that Presley says: "Sometimes I felt like I was singing to a turtle."

He'd like to make movies with stronger plots, taking dramatic parts in which he doesn't sing. And he wanted to get back in front of a live audience as a break from the movies. He'd like to do more live singing. "After all, performing for people is how it all started," he said "I've really missed it. It became harder and harder to perform for a movie camera. The inspiration wasn't there "

Presley has sold more than 250 million records all over the world and RCA Victor records claims that he has been heard by more people in the world than any other singer in the history of recording.

He has 58 gold records; 11 of his long-playing records have sold more than $1 million wholesale, and 47 of his singles have sold more than a million copies. "Hound Dog" sold more than seven million. But lately, LPs of songs from the movies haven't been selling a million.

"When you get 10 songs in a movie, you can't have all good songs, man," the singer says.

Presley had a million-selling record this summer, "In the Ghetto," which wasn't from a movie, and his new single, "Suspicious Minds," also not from a movie, was one of the 19 songs in his Las Vegas show.



Mary Campbell enjoyed a 40-year career with AP, covering everything in music, before retiring in 2000. Ironically, she passed away last October 19, at the age of 78. May she R.I.P.


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Mary Campbell, AP Chicago office, Fall 1968
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?pid=160534665


Thanks to ed40 for the inspiration.
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Re: 'The Pelvis' Is Still Shaking ... All The Way To The Ban

Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:43 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:Below is one of the nicer reviews of Elvis' opening night in Las Vegas, Thursday, July 31, 1969, by celebrated AP Music Writer Mary Campbell. These are the photos AP sent out to major dailies to use with Campbell's article.


691019_AP Vegas photos for Chicago Tribune_01.JPG


691019_AP Vegas photos for Chicago Tribune_02.JPG


Here is the actual review:

691019_Lewiston Morning Tribune_Campbell p21.JPG
Lewiston Daily Tribune - Sunday, October 19, 1969
Note: full headline is "'The Pelvis' Is Still Shaking ... All The Way To The Bank"!


Here is the full text of Campbell's Sunday piece:


LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Elvis Presley sauntered on to the big stage in the big hotel showroom, a grin coming and going, stage lights reflecting from a ll the diamonds in his wide wedding ring.

He hadn't been in front of a live audience in eight years packed with movie-making, and he said later he was worried whether people would like him or find him dated. The audience was wondering if they were going to see the "old Elvis" or something new.

They say the "old Elvis," or nearly. He was slimmer, at 34, the baby fat gone, wearing a navy suit cut like a karate uniform. But he looked as young as ever, and handsome. His brown hair, said to be graying, was dyed blue-black and cut in a modification of the old ducktail, and he still looked like he'd be more at home driving a truck than doing something fancy.

They also heard the "old Elvis" except that he was pronouncing his words plainer and for some reason it was more noticeable that he had a pleasing voice.

His stroll to center stage completed, without fanfare or introduction, somebody handed him an acoustic guitar. He stood with it a few seconds, giving the audience more time to wonder what it was going to hear. Then he started to sing -- one of the best known of the old ones -- "Blue Suede Shoes -- and right on into more of the songs he made hits in the 1950s: "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," Heartbreak Hotel," "All Shook Up," "Jailhouse Rock."

And he did what he always did when he sang those songs in the 50s, he shook all over, with a rhythmic, violent vibration.

He rotated his pelvis and his guitar. He jerked and kicked his left leg. He punctuated the final note of a song by giving the guitar a big sideways lunge.

Elvis hadn't changed much.

But his audience had changed a lot.

Most of them were old enough to have hated him 13 years ago, and some of them admitted that they had.

Now they applauded wildly as each song started and more at the end. Women rushed to stageside, took off gloves and halfslips and handed them up to Elvis to wipe his sweaty forehead -- and screamed when he did.

In 1956, the year Elvis burst into public notice, he called "Elvis the Pelvis." He could also have been called the father of rock 'n' roll and the dynamiter of the generation gap.

Kids went wild for him. Adults detested him. Most of them thought he was vulgar and obscene and his music was mindless and tuneless. After a couple of TV appearances, during which his suggestive shaking caused controversy all over the country, the Ed Sullivan show televised him from the waist up only.

In 1969, te pelvis isn't stilled and neither is the adulation. But the controversy is.

Young people have liked him right along, going to his movies, watching his TV specials, buying his records. Kids who were babies in 1956 like Presley now. Rock has been through a lot of phases and once again for the kids, Presley's rock is where it's at.

But why have adults, once anti-Presley, become fans?

Presley says: "They learned they can move around like that too."

Rock music no longer gives cultural shock to the middle-aged. And neither does Elvis Presley. Presley still makes those "suggestive" movements. But the shocking of 1956 can be the nostalgia of 1969.

And Presley's personal reputation hasn't hurt him with the over-30s. There haven't been any stories of scandals with girls, or boys, or drinking, or drugs.

Instead of becoming a hippie or a revolutionary, Presley has enjoyed a life of prosperity, spending half the year in Hollywood, where his home is on the movie star maps, and half at Graceland, a $1-million mansion and grounds near Memphis. He sold a farm in Mississippi because he seldom visited it, and moved the horses to Graceland.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss. but has been living at Memphis since he was 13.

He doesn't go to Hollywood parties, which he says he never liked. He makes no political endorsements and rarely gives interviews, though his wit is quick enough for answering questions; he quietly makes a good public impression by staying largely out of the public eye.

Since 1967 he has been married to a petite blue-eyed brunette named Priscilla, daughter of an Air Force officer from Memphis, whom he met in Germany. They have a baby, Lisa.

The older generation began to accept Presley during his two years in the Army, 1958-60, when he served without asking for special favors and passed up an entertainment assignment. He drove a jeep in Germany and rose from private to sergeant.

Elvis came out of the Army, plunged into making movies and rolled over 32 pictures -- all making money, all loaded with songs. Some of the plots were so thin and some of the songs and reasons for singing them so inane that Presley says: "Sometimes I felt like I was singing to a turtle."

He'd like to make movies with stronger plots, taking dramatic parts in which he doesn't sing. And he wanted to get back in front of a live audience as a break from the movies. He'd like to do more live singing. "After all, performing for people is how it all started," he said "I've really missed it. It became harder and harder to perform for a movie camera. The inspiration wasn't there "

Presley has sold more than 250 million records all over the world and RCA Victor records claims that he has been heard by more people in the world than any other singer in the history of recording.

He has 58 gold records; 11 of his long-playing records have sold more than $1 million wholesale, and 47 of his singles have sold more than a million copies. "Hound Dog" sold more than seven million. But lately, LPs of songs from the movies haven't been selling a million.

"When you get 10 songs in a movie, you can't have all good songs, man," the singer says.

Presley had a million-selling record this summer, "In the Ghetto," which wasn't from a movie, and his new single, "Suspicious Minds," also not from a movie, was one of the 19 songs in his Las Vegas show.
Thanks to ed40 for the inspiration.


Doc, Wow, thank you for putting this together.

Seeing photos and reading Campbell's review, it's like being transported back in time!

Thanks to you too, ed40.

drjohncarpenter wrote:
Mary Campbell enjoyed a 40-year career with AP, covering everything in music, before retiring in 2000. Ironically, she passed away last October 19, at the age of 78. May she R.I.P.


680500_Mary Campbell AP Music Writer.JPG
Mary Campbell, AP Chicago office, Fall 1968
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?pid=160534665




R.I.P. Mary

Re: 'The Pelvis' Is Still Shaking ... All The Way To The Ban

Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:11 am

Great read thank you DJC!
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Re: 'The Pelvis' Is Still Shaking ... All The Way To The Ban

Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:47 am

memphisound wrote:Great read guys thanks !!


I'm actually just one person. ;-)

Re: 'The Pelvis' Is Still Shaking ... All The Way To The Ban

Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:13 am

Very great article, Doc. Thank You very much. I found very interesting the remark that Elvis didn't change much but his audience changed a lot.

Re: 'The Pelvis' Is Still Shaking ... All The Way To The Ban

Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:57 pm

gave me goosebumps reading that.......what 'anyone' of us would have given to be there on the 31th

Thanks Doc

Re: 'The Pelvis' Is Still Shaking ... All The Way To The Ban

Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:23 pm

Great reading material - Ty DJC -

Re: 'The Pelvis' Is Still Shaking ... All The Way To The Ban

Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:09 pm

jurasic1968 wrote:Very great article, Doc. Thank You very much. I found very interesting the remark that Elvis didn't change much but his audience changed a lot.


As did I!