When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 1959!

Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:56 am

A few months before Elvis' release from the U.S. Army, a nationally-syndicated article on the ladies in his life made the rounds.

Not all the responses are rosy, to say the least, but the article is really a delight. Note Anita Wood's very careful reply, or actress Carolyn Jones' prescient thoughts. "Jailhouse Rock" actress Anne Neyland's extremely angry riposte is hair-raising. Hell hath no fury...

I found this report in the Beaver Valley Times, out of Beaver, Pennsylvania.


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Beaver Valley Times - Saturday, December 26, 1959

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:21 pm

Thanks for posting :) That was very interessting to read! Appareantly not every girl Elvis dated was impressed by him.

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:51 pm

Thank you for posting. I can only imagine Col. Parker's reaction to this article.
Playing "a stack of Elvis records" relaxes me too.

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:10 pm

Thanks for posting.I found the comments surprisingly candid.Particulary for the times.

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:15 pm

Fantastic find,thanks for posting Doctor C

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:21 pm

Thanks for this article. I wonder what some of the girls would've said in '62/'63.
BTW, did for example Debra Paget ever say anything in public about Elvis after his death ?

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:01 pm

I love this history back in the day. Some very candid remarks made by the ladies.
Thanks Doc

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:29 pm

Thanks a very nice read.

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:45 pm

Very interesting article. Thank you once again, Doc!

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:20 am

I wonder how the press would have reacted to discover that he was dating a child while doing his duty in Germany

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:21 am

I wonder how the press would have reacted to discover that he was dating a child while doing his duty in Germany


Probably almost as bad as in the case of the Killer, with one exception that it wasn't his cousin!!

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:05 am

KiwiAlan wrote:I wonder how the press would have reacted to discover that he was dating a child while doing his duty in Germany

There's no need to wonder. About eight weeks after this article appeared, Priscilla was photographed hundreds of times as she said good-bye to Elvis.

There was little or no reaction to Elvis dating a "child" in Germany. Presley was even asked about it during his Graceland press conference, but he said the "little girl" he was seeing there was"no big romance." The segment was used to great effect in 1981's "This Is Elvis."

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:32 am

Sorry, I got this wrong. Jerry Lee actually MARRIED his 13-year old cousin. If this would've been the case with Elvis and Priscilla that would've probably ruined his career. (Well, Pris wasn't Elvis cousin...)

Ah, I'm kinda confused right now... :o :shock: :roll:

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Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:05 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:Sorry, I got this wrong. Jerry Lee actually MARRIED his 13-year old cousin. If this would've been the case with Elvis and Priscilla that would've probably ruined his career. (Well, Pris wasn't Elvis cousin...)...

Who knows?

It was the British press who excoriated Lewis in 1958 for his marriage to Myra Gale Brown, despite the fact they'd been legally married for over 6 months.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Lee_Lewis#Scandal

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:28 pm

Do you think the american press would've treated him more gracious if they'd found out about his "no big romance"?

Of course it's all speculation but I'm not sure if it would've been a very good publicity for Elvis...

I bet there were a lot of people back in '67 complaining about how young Priscilla actually was at the time of their marriage. But hey, she was almost 22 so it didn't matter anymore. :wink:

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:10 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:I bet there were a lot of people back in '67 complaining about how young Priscilla actually was at the time of their marriage.

I've never read a single negative comment, so you might lose that bet. People were a lot more bummed that Elvis got married. It was another nail in the coffin of "respectability" he had been publicly cultivating since about 1962, pushing him that much further into irrelevance in 1967.

Luckily, things got a whole lot better about a year later.

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:42 pm

People were a lot more bummed that Elvis got married.


Yep. Especially the rather feminin people. :D

Luckily, things got a whole lot better about a year later.


Yup. You mean, exactly nine months later? :wink:

I shouldn't have used the word "bet".
"I could imagine" would've been a better term.

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:01 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:Yup. You mean, exactly nine months later? :wink:

No -- more like thirteen months and 26 days later.

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:21 pm

Back then, Getting married young was more common than it is now.
Now people wait for college to end and get thier careers started.
Back then the average age for marriage was around 20 and now its around 25-27.

Loretta Lynn got married when she was 14.
Technically Elvis could have married Priscilla when she was 18, but
he waited(stalled) another 3 years.

Elvis must have felt a lot of pressure and he caved.

Some of his inner circle say that Elvis should never have married, that he wasn't the type
of one-woman guy.

And another side note:

Did Elvis ever date anyone over 25?

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:28 am

ekenee wrote:Back then, Getting married young was more common than it is now.

Do you know what was going on in May 1967?

Re: When Elvis Gets Home, He Just Has To Whistle --> Dec 195

Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:39 am

No -- more like thirteen months and 26 days later.


That was actually my second thought. :D
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Well, not quite the time span you indicated, but almost... :wink:
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