Toronto 1957 magazine article

Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:46 am

Here is an article from the Canadian magazine Chatelaine, published in Toronto in June 1957. I thought some of you might like to read this, as it is quite interesting and intelligently written. Unfortunately, the magazine is so big that I had to scan it in eleven parts. I hope you don´t mind.

Parts 1-5.
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Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:48 am

Parts 6-9
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Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:48 am

Parts 10-11
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Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:19 am

Cool! Thanks

Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:31 am

Thank you very much!!! Great article, if you have more please post. :smt006

Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:38 am

Another great post, thanks

Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Fri May 18, 2012 4:34 pm

Hi,

Were any other Elvis photos featured in the article?

Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Fri May 18, 2012 5:13 pm

Thanks for scanning and posting

Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Fri May 18, 2012 10:58 pm

I really enjoy these vintage write ups. Have you tracked these mags down recently "Fool", or have you had them in your collection for a long time?

Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Fri May 18, 2012 11:26 pm

Tony.. wrote:I really enjoy these vintage write ups. Have you tracked these mags down recently "Fool", or have you had them in your collection for a long time?


At least he had this magazine since January 2011

Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:13 pm

The fool wrote:Here is an article from the Canadian magazine Chatelaine, published in Toronto in June 1957. I thought some of you might like to read this, as it is quite interesting and intelligently written. Unfortunately, the magazine is so big that I had to scan it in eleven parts. I hope you don´t mind.

Parts 1-5.


Five years late, but such a great article. June Callwood was in interesting an intelligent journalist!

Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:00 pm

This is indeed a fascinating and intelligent piece on Elvis at a time when they were as rare as hen's teeth. It's also just a shade condescending.

Thank you so much for the share, I'm sorry I originally missed it.

June Callwood had an extremely significant career as a Canadian print and TV journalist, and prolific author. Here she is with Elvis that day:



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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Callwood#Life_and_career
https://books.google.com/books?id=difj1PtYzPUC&pg=PA48



In this June 1957 Chatelaine article, June seems to not find Elvis as a person of great depth, with statements like "He is now what he was then, a semiliterate Tennessee youngster with a man's body and lusts and simplicity of a guileless ten-year-old." Or "When the question contains a word he doesn't understand, a rather frequent occurrence ..." Elvis missed "annuities," "sinister" and "range" (as it applies to his voice). Please June, quit proving how much smarter a 32 year-old journalist is than a 22 year-old singer.

She delightfully describes Gene Smith and George Klein as "two small, slight and sleepy men who slouched against a wall." But she also correctly identifies them as "Presley's cousin and a Tennessee disk jockey." I'm sure Klein did not convey he was actually between jobs at the time.

Elvis talks about his first live professional appearance, the 7-30-1954 Overton Park gig, and the screaming that accompanied it, but no new details emerge. June confirms there were two press conferences, one before the first performance, another after. The photo above is her asking him questions at the second one. Sadly, she claims "it was impossible to hear Presley sing at all" so we get nothing regarding his set list. It's interesting to learn the second Toronto show ran late, so he had to immediately leave to head to the next city, Ottawa.

She notes Tom Parker barging into her chat when she asks a thoughtful question that Elvis needs time to process. The manipulation and control of the artist was well at hand in April 1957. The close of her article is prescient, as she writes "How can Elvis Presley mature without destroying himself? His prospects look heavily seeded with tragedy."

Wow.

Last thought: there does seem to have been a photo on page 12: "Onstage in Toronto -- the screams drowned out his singing." Can we see it?

Thanks again.

Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:44 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Last thought: there does seem to have been a photo on page 12: "Onstage in Toronto -- the screams drowned out his singing." Can we see it?

Here´s the photo from the first page of the article. Also, I just noticed there is a photo of June and Elvis on the first page of the magazine.
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Re: Toronto 1957 magazine article

Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:46 pm

The fool wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Last thought: there does seem to have been a photo on page 12: "Onstage in Toronto -- the screams drowned out his singing." Can we see it?

Here´s the photo from the first page of the article. Also, I just noticed there is a photo of June and Elvis on the first page of the magazine.

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You are too kind, thank you!

Both are John Sebert photos, and it's neat to see the concert shot was published at the time.