Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 1970 !

Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:11 am

One of Elvis' most lively press conferences took place in early 1970, right after he flew in from Las Vegas.

Enjoy!

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Elvis Presley
Press Conference, Houston, Texas
Wednesday, February 25, 1970



ARRIVAL

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Elvis arrives late in the evening at the Houston airport, Wednesday, February 25,1970


PRESS CONFERENCE

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(Elvis coughs)

Elvis, how do you like Houston?

Nice, sir. I like it, boy. It's got a lot of space.

What made you decide to come to Texas?

Ah, well (coughs), to tell you the truth, I started out here in Texas. I think the first shows that I worked was down here, around Houston, and all over Texas.

Do you remember what locations you worked here in Texas?

Well, I worked Houston, I worked Corpus Christi, every little town, you know. Longview, man, you name it, I've been there, you know, really. I've been all over Texas.

What do you think of Texas?

I like it, I like it.

Elvis, can you give us, I understand with all the big engagements like Las Vegas, etcetera, the reason why you selected the "Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo" this year?

Well, uh, they asked me to do it and I was anxious to do some live appearances, you know. I haven't, it had been a long time since I'd been on stage in front of anybody live and I was anxious to do some live appearances and I thought it would be a good opportunity to get in front of the people.

You ever seen the inside of the Dome before?

Never have. It scares the ... (laughs). It's a big place, man, you know.


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You've been known in the past as the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Do you think your style has changed now, from the days when you were King, or do you consider that still your style?

Uh, I think the overall thing has improved. The overall sound has improved, I mean. I think, uh, it's according to the songs, you know. It's according to the songs.

Is your stage presentation still the same way it was or have you improved on that?

Well, I just do whatever I feel on stage, you know. I always did that.


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Are you going to keep making films?

Hope to (laughs). Well, I'd like to make better films, than the kind I made before.

What do you mean by "better"?

Better than the ones I made before.

You mean, playing general types, westerns and romances?

(Coughs) Excuse me. I can't take this fresh air, man. I'm used to the garbage can at the International Hotel, man (laughter). If I can't smell some garbage, I don't feel at home, man, I tell you (laughter).

Do you have any films in the making right now, or any planned?

No there's nothing as far as I know, is there Colonel? Anything in the working?

Tom Parker: No. I can't commit myself.

An eight-millimeter Walt Disney special we're doing next year, I think, I don't know (laughs). There's nothing as far as I know, no.

Tom Parker: We’re shooting some now.

How do you look at your opportunity to go and try and fill up the Astrodome?

Well, it'll be the type of stuff that I do. It's a mixture of things, you know. It's a little rock and a little country and western.

Is that the same thing you do at the International Hotel?

Yeah. It's the same type of thing. A lot of different type of songs, so I just hope I can put on a good show, mainly.

Whatever happened to the Jordanaires?

I can't get them out of Nashville, man. They got stuck in Nashville and, uh, you know, they make so much money, and they do so well in Nashville, you can't get them out of there, you know.

Do you have any thoughts about the rising interest in country music?

I think it's fantastic. You see, country music was always a part of the influence on my type of music anyway. It's a combination of country music and gospel, and rhythm and blues, all combined, is what it really was. As a child, I was influenced by all that.

Do you consider yourself basically a country music singer then?

Uh, I'd hate to say strictly country because of the fact that, uh, I like all different types of music when I was a child, you know. Of course, the Grand Ole Opry was the first thing I ever heard, probably. But I liked the blues and I liked the gospel music, gospel quartets and all that.

Do you ever pull out any of those old records on the Sun label and listen to them at all?

(Laughs) They sound funny, boy (laughter). They got a lot of echo on them, I'll tell you (coughs). But that's what I mean, I think the overall sound has improved today, you know.


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Well, do you think there's more gimmicks today than there was, say, fifteen years ago?

Well, there's probably more gimmicks, but I think that the engineers have improved and I think that the techniques have improved, the overall recording.

Consideration or further re-evaluation of your career to get you back in front of live audiences again?

(No reply)

In other words, you were available to the public only in films for a long period of time.

I think the most important thing is the inspiration that I got from a live audience. I was missing that. I didn't …

Was it rough at the International? Was it a little bit of a strain on you after not being on programs?

It was always tough, but I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it. Like, I know I'm going to enjoy it here because it's a live audience and it makes a world of difference.

Let me ask you one thing. What's your father up to?

He's around here somewhere, ask him, I don't know. Daddy, what are you up to?

Tom Parker: Mr. Presley? I’d like to introduce you to Elvis’ father, Mr. Vernon Presley. Could he come right here and sit down (laughter)? Vernon, don’t sign nothing unless I check it over (laughter).

Vernon Presley: I can’t write, I never sign nothin'.

(Coughs) It's this fresh air, man.


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Elvis, there's quite an evidence of sartorial splendor, uh, does this indicate that the, uh …

What? What?

The attire is not one that we are familiar seeing.

It was taken from a karate suit, just a regular karate type outfit (sirens in background). Are they coming to get me, is that it? (laughs)

I mean, does this indicate that with your type dress and everything now, that you're changing a little bit of style perhaps, in deference to what you did a few years ago?

I don't know. I think that you'd have to see the show, you know. It's difficult to tell. I don't feel any different, you know. I don't think the dress has that much to do with it, I got the idea from a karate suit 'cause I studied karate for a long time and I had them make up a couple of suits like it.

What do you do for relaxation? You said you studied …

Karate! If you can relax doing this! (Does a few karate chops in the air) I don't know, I read a lot, and go horseback riding, and stuff like that.

Do you still live principally in, uh …

Memphis. About half of the time, about half of the time, and half of the time in L.A.

In that show you have planned for the Dome, do you play any of the old, old songs, some of the first ones?

I'd like to, you know.

Any special ones?

Try out a couple of them, just to see if they work.

How big is your band with you, Elvis?

It’s a big (laughs) ... fantastic.

Elvis and his father stand up to greet and thank some "Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo" organization members. One says:

Elvis, let me, let me pin this on you. This is the official badge, and we got another one. We didn’t want to put your name on it, not that people didn’t know who you were, but we was afraid they'd be trying to take it off of you for a souvenir (laughter). Pin that on you. (To Vernon) Mr. Presley, it’s a real pleasure to have you down here with your son.

Vernon Presley: Thank you sir, thank you.

We think we’re gonna set all kinds of records down here.

I hope so. I hope I can give ‘em a good show. That’s the most important thing.

No question about that. You sure will.

If I can give ‘em a good show then I’ll feel like I’ve done something, man.

You will.

What’s the biggest live crowd you’ve ever performed for?

Uh, if I’m not mistaken it was, uh, in Vancouver, Canada, wasn’t it, Colonel?

Tom Parker: The Cotton Bowl.

In the Cotton Bowl, in Dallas. Uh, it was about, uh, twenty-five thousand, I guess, something like that.

Would you like to do more songs about people going from poverty to the land of plenty?

Well, I, I think so, if it’s the right type of song. I think so, if it’s the right type of material.

You’ve already made a couple of songs.

Ah, ah, yes, I have. I did “In The Ghetto” and...

Like “In The Ghetto.”

Uh, I don’t know. I wouldn’t like to do all that type stuff, you know. In other words, I wouldn’t like for everything to be a message because I think there’s still entertainment to, you know, be considered.

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It was entertainment, and a whole lot more.


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Elvis Presley, "One Night"
Houston Astrodome, Houston, TX
Friday, February 27, 1970 OS

This show was the only one where Presley did "One Night."

All Shook Up
I Got A Woman
Blue Suede Shoes
Don't Cry Daddy
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
Love Me Tender
One Night
Release Me
Walk A Mile In My Shoes / In The Ghetto
I Cant Stop Loving You
Polk Salad Annie
Introductions of Musicians, Singers
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love
Love Me Tender
(instrumental outro)


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Elvis Presley, "Kentucky Rain"
Houston Astrodome, Houston, TX
Saturday, February 28, 1970 ES


All Shook Up
I Got A Woman
Blue Suede Shoes
Don't Cry Daddy
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
Love Me Tender
Kentucky Rain
Release Me
Walk A Mile In My Shoes / In The Ghetto
I Cant Stop Loving You
Polk Salad Annie
Introductions of Musicians, Singers
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love
Love Me Tender
(instrumental outro)

Good times never seemed so good.
Last edited by drjohncarpenter on Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:37 am

Doc,

I enjoyed it a lot, Thank You.

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:41 am

Thanks for that.
His answers were generally short...but sweet

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:14 am

Wouldn't it be nice to hear a February 1970 Houston soundboard?

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:32 am

Very nice. Thanks for posting !

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Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:23 am

Thanks Doc, very nice to read.
A soundboard from one of these gigs would be great to hear.

Lennart

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:26 am

Thanks Doc,an interesting read

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:29 am

Dixieland Rocks wrote:Doc,

I enjoyed it a lot, Thank You.


midnightx wrote:Wouldn't it be nice to hear a February 1970 Houston soundboard?


Rocker wrote:Very nice. Thanks for posting !


Lennart wrote:Thanks Doc, very nice to read.
A soundboard from one of these gigs would be great to hear.


keninlincs wrote:Thanks Doc, an interesting read.

You're most welcome.

These topics take time to craft, and are done with great care and an eye to detail, and all on my own dime. I don't see too many others here doing the same.

Yes, a quality recording from his Astrodome run would be a MUST-OWN.

Elvis would never again be as totally great as during these Texas shows.

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:32 am

Yes, a quality recording from his Astrodome run would be a MUST-OWN.

+1

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:42 am

jeanno wrote:
Yes, a quality recording from his Astrodome run would be a MUST-OWN.

+1


+1

Thanks Doc, for refreshing this memory!

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:08 pm

Thanks for your hard work on this, very interesting. Any idea where the press conference actually took place? which room etc.
Seems strange that very few actual 35mm photographs were taken at the press conference.

With thanks
Davide

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:12 pm

I don't usually go for soundboards, but this is one I'd like to have. Especially if the interview was included.. Maybe an idea for an FTD at some point.. The interview and the 2 performances, with the cover/booklet laced with as many photos as possible!

PS - Thanks for the transcript Doc, nice to have!

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:08 pm

Thanks Doc! ::rocks

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:40 pm

Lovely post, cheers Doc!

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:49 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Elvis would never again be as totally great as during these Texas shows.


Agree totally. He was the consummate professional at this point. Every minute detail of his live performances at this point were honed to a tee. His shows tended to get sloppier and less focused in pure musical terms later on in the year - I think he started getting bored; or maybe didn't think it was such a challenge anymore. He also just carried himself so well at this point, the Press Conferene, Elvis just acts like a man totally in control of everything. He has that dynamite charisma about him. A soundboard, especially containing "One Night" with Elvis on Guitar would be a dream come true. Anybody know about any possibility of one existing at all in 2010?

Great topic - very cool pictures you've unearthed too.

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:35 pm

jeanno wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Yes, a quality recording from his Astrodome run would be a MUST-OWN.

+1


Alexander wrote:+1

Thanks Doc, for refreshing this memory!


davide wrote:Thanks for your hard work on this, very interesting. Any idea where the press conference actually took place? which room etc.
Seems strange that very few actual 35mm photographs were taken at the press conference.


KevinK wrote:I don't usually go for soundboards, but this is one I'd like to have. Especially if the interview was included.. Maybe an idea for an FTD at some point.. The interview and the 2 performances, with the cover/booklet laced with as many photos as possible!

PS - Thanks for the transcript Doc, nice to have!


Juan Luis wrote:Thanks Doc! ::rocks


londonflash wrote:Lovely post, cheers Doc!

Thank you all very much!

David - my guess is the interview took place somewhere at the airport. It seemed to be a late-evening, last-minute arrangement, so that might explain why there were not a lot of press photographers there.

Kevin - Your dreams echo mine.

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:46 pm

Good Time Charlie wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Elvis would never again be as totally great as during these Texas shows.


Agree totally. He was the consummate professional at this point. Every minute detail of his live performances at this point were honed to a tee. His shows tended to get sloppier and less focused in pure musical terms later on in the year - I think he started getting bored; or maybe didn't think it was such a challenge anymore. He also just carried himself so well at this point, the Press Conferene, Elvis just acts like a man totally in control of everything. He has that dynamite charisma about him. A soundboard, especially containing "One Night" with Elvis on Guitar would be a dream come true. Anybody know about any possibility of one existing at all in 2010?

Great topic - very cool pictures you've unearthed too.

Charlie - Your summary is spot-on. And don't forget how much of the set was dominated by contemporary hit material by ELVIS ("Kentucky Rain," "Don't Cry Daddy," "Suspicious Minds," "In The Ghetto").

If you listen to the Houston 1970 audience recordings, you can tell the crowd is most excited by the NEW songs. How often do you think that happened? Yet Elvis never again grouped that quartet of American Sound smashes into one show.

Are there soundboards? I sure hope so, I'm not getting any younger.

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:49 pm

As a fan who was born in 1983, I enjoy reading these articles and seeing how the press viewed/covered Elvis during his life. Great post.

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:32 pm

If you listen to the Houston 1970 audience recordings, you can tell the crowd is most excited by the NEW songs. How often do you think that happened? Yet Elvis never again grouped that quartet of American Sound smashes into one show.

That´s a pretty spot-on observation!

Let´s pray Ernst will get one of those soundboards sooner than later...

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:01 am

DJC...You missed the one about liking Houston better than Vegas...Can we trust the rest of your transcript...?

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:24 am

jeanno wrote:
If you listen to the Houston 1970 audience recordings, you can tell the crowd is most excited by the NEW songs. How often do you think that happened? Yet Elvis never again grouped that quartet of American Sound smashes into one show.

That´s a pretty spot-on observation!

Thanks! I do what I can...

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:32 am

Too bad JAT publishing removed all Houston '70 interview posts from Youtube. Copyright be damned.

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:33 am

Thank you Dr Carpenter for bringing up Elvis most facinating topic about the Houston gig. As you say, our man was on top of the game in every way in these Houston shows and he is ultra cool in the pressconf. I remember when I got really obsessed getting the best possible generation copies of the audience recordings back in the early 80s. I have bought all the 6 shows about 20 times on cassette back then before I finally got the second generation copies in best possible sound which Maria Davis recorded back then.

He is sharp as a razer in every aspect as a performing artist and sure he is really on fire in the tour shows in Sept/Nov 70, but something is gone.especially how focused he is performing not only the ballads, but also the rock¨n roll songs. He are not rushing the songs in Feb/March 70 which become a little problem later this year in the tours.

Well, it is about time we got a soundboard so we can get a close up view of Elvis live in concert with raw and complete mature vocal in 100% control in every aspect of a singing voice. It was the last time in his live-shows every song were performed with totally commitment.

Take care and have a nice weekend.

Sincerely

Kenneth

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:07 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:Thanks! I do what I can...


Care to comment my post? I know you do what you can...

Re: Elvis --> Everybody's Talkin' - Houston, February 25, 19

Sat Dec 11, 2010 3:18 am

Kenneth wrote:Thank you Dr Carpenter for bringing up Elvis most fascinating topic about the Houston gig. As you say, our man was on top of the game in every way in these Houston shows and he is ultra cool in the pressconf. I remember when I got really obsessed getting the best possible generation copies of the audience recordings back in the early 80s. I have bought all the 6 shows about 20 times on cassette back then before I finally got the second generation copies in best possible sound which Maria Davis recorded back then.

He is sharp as a razor in every aspect as a performing artist and sure he is really on fire in the tour shows in Sept/Nov 70, but something is gone, especially how focused he is performing not only the ballads, but also the rock¨n roll songs. He are not rushing the songs in Feb/March 70 which become a little problem later this year in the tours.

Well, it is about time we got a soundboard so we can get a close up view of Elvis live in concert with raw and complete mature vocal in 100% control in every aspect of a singing voice. It was the last time in his live-shows every song were performed with totally commitment.

Thanks Kenneth for a terrific post -- are all 6 of the known audience recordings by Maria Davis?