The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:35 pm

The Presley No One Knows
by Steve Sholes
as told to Gregory Merwin
TV Radio Mirror, January 1960
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Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:13 pm

Fascinating, as always, thank you.

The second Opry appearance must have been a Hayride gig.

And it's nice to see the origin of the fingers bleeding story -- thank you!

Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:17 pm

The fool on Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:35 pm wrote:The Presley No One Knows
by Steve Sholes
as told to Gregory Merwin
TV Radio Mirror, January 1960




Another cool share, thank you.

As always, these articles offer information that I don't think I've seen before. In this case, it comes from RCA's Steve Sholes:

- Sholes saw Elvis' 10-02-1954 Grand Ole Opry appearance and met him after (someone told him it was Elvis' "second public appearance," perhaps meaning after the Overton Park gig on 7-30-1954, and perhaps told to him by Sam Phillips).

- He had everyone take a food break at a nearby restaurant during the first RCA session on 1-10-1956, and Elvis politely asked him not to do in the future, as it broke the "swing" of the music they were making.

- After the first take of "Old Shep" on 9-02-1956, both Elvis and the engineers were in tears.

- He watched the April 1956 Paramount screen test with Cynthia Baxter ("a boy explaining to a girl who loved him that he was really in love with her sister"), and thought it the best acting he's ever done.

Thanks again, The fool.

Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:27 pm

drjohncarpenter on 19 Oct 2017, 21:17 wrote:- Sholes saw Elvis' 10-02-1954 Grand Ole Opry appearance and met him after (someone told him it was Elvis' "second public appearance," perhaps meaning after the Overton Park gig on 7-30-1954, and perhaps told to him by Sam Phillips).


I mis-read that part of the article -- and the news that Sholes was at the Opry is certainly news to me too.

Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:38 pm

George Smith on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:13 pm wrote:Fascinating, as always, thank you.


drjohncarpenter on Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:17 pm wrote:Another cool share, thank you.


Thank you both for your comments. I´m glad to be able to contribute something worthwhile to this great forum.

Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:42 pm

George Smith on Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:27 pm wrote:
drjohncarpenter on 19 Oct 2017, 21:17 wrote:- Sholes saw Elvis' 10-02-1954 Grand Ole Opry appearance and met him after (someone told him it was Elvis' "second public appearance," perhaps meaning after the Overton Park gig on 7-30-1954, and perhaps told to him by Sam Phillips).


I mis-read that part of the article -- and the news that Sholes was at the Opry is certainly news to me too.



It's more likely he saw Elvis in Nashville than Shreveport, and probably just by chance.

Perhaps he was there because of RCA artists on the bill, or maybe it wasn't by chance, could Sam Phillips have called him?

If so, why would no one remember?
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Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:46 pm

I have no previous record of Sholes meeting Elvis before 1st December 1955?

Unless I've missed the boat somewhere?

Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:20 am

George Smith on Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:46 pm wrote:I have no previous record of Sholes meeting Elvis before 1st December 1955?

Unless I've missed the boat somewhere?



Peter Guralnick wrote that Sholes was introduced to Presley by manager Parker at the DJ convention in Nashville in early November 1955. That's the earliest date I know about.

So my suggestion is that, if Sholes did say hello to Elvis at the Grand Ole Opry in October 1954, it was a very casual and brief meeting.

Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:42 pm

Very interesting, thanks. Did anyone else notice that Frank Faylen is confirmed as the actor opposite Elvis in his screen test.

Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:24 am

mike edwards66 on Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:42 am wrote:Very interesting, thanks. Did anyone else notice that Frank Faylen is confirmed as the actor opposite Elvis in his screen test.
I did.

Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:58 am

Juan Luis on Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:24 am wrote:
mike edwards66 on Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:42 am wrote:Very interesting, thanks. Did anyone else notice that Frank Faylen is confirmed as the actor opposite Elvis in his screen test.
I did.


Well spotted. Frank Faylen was good but he was no Cameron Prud'homme.

Re: The Presley No One Knows by Steve Sholes (1960 article)

Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:46 am

George Smith on Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:13 pm wrote:Fascinating, as always, thank you.

The second Opry appearance must have been a Hayride gig.

And it's nice to see the origin of the fingers bleeding story -- thank you!



Yes, indeed! I forgot to mention this, it's a striking story.

Unless biographer Jerry Hopkins did a fresh interview with Steve Sholes for his 1971 biography of Elvis, he clearly paraphrased this article.