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Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:25 am

Can anyone tell me who are the two fellows pictured in this video?


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Elvis Presley Blue Moon Kentucky Rare 50's Color Video


The YouTube uploader calls them the "Everly Brothers," but that is wrong. For one thing, Don and Phil were two years apart. In late 1955 Don was 18, Phil was 16. The boys in the video appear to be a part of the same late 1955 home movie footage from Lubbock where we see Perkins, Holly and Cash.

Someone must know!
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Re: Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:55 am

The Farren Twins?

The Farren Twins and Elvis crossed paths at least twice on July 4, 1955, the 10AM show at Stephenvill, Texas Recreation Hall and the afternoon show at DeLeon, Texas Hodges Park.

Here's a link:
http://www.deleonhandbook.com/De_Leon_H ... Elvis.html

Re: Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:02 am

Jove wrote:The Farren Twins?

The Farren Twins and Elvis crossed paths at least twice on July 4, 1955, the 10AM show at Stephenvill, Texas Recreation Hall and the afternoon show at DeLeon, Texas Hodges Park.

Here's a link:
http://www.deleonhandbook.com/De_Leon_H ... Elvis.html


IIRC previous research showed they were well into their career by the mid-fifties, with their presence being known eight to ten years prior.

The boys in the video cannot be older than 16, probably younger. Plus, they are apparently in the home movie footage from October 1955 in Lubbock -- Elvis was not there.

Surely, someone knows who these boys are?

Re: Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:01 am

Hi, John, does this help?

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The Belew Twins (Bobby and Benny) who would have been aged 15 in late 1955.

They played the Big D Jamboree with EP on 3 September 1955.
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Re: Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:08 am

George Smith wrote:Hi, John, does this help?

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The Belew Twins (Bobby and Benny) who would have been aged 15 in late 1955.

Nice find George! you got it!

Re: Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:31 pm

George Smith wrote:Hi, John, does this help?

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The Belew Twins (Bobby and Benny) who would have been aged 15 in late 1955.

They played the Big D Jamboree with EP on 3 September 1955.


THANK YOU! It's gotta be them.

Re: Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:32 pm

Thank you, John, glad to be of service.

Re: Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:48 pm

Nice work, George!

Re: Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:16 pm

londonflash wrote:Nice work, George!

That's kind, Londonflash, thank you.

Truth to tell, this is an era of EP's career I'm heavily researching at the moment so the answer came quite quickly.

Re: Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:21 pm

Fascinating topic. I love the mystery surround the Elvis early years..
A quick search brought up this tidbit from http://www.rockabilly.net/articles/rockit.shtml

This attempt at all-inclusiveness leads up to one of Rock It!'s creepier moments, when the Belew Twins come out and sing a couple of songs. The twins look alike -- think miniature Frank Gorshins -- and dress alike; the effect, coupled with their not-quite-right songs and delivery, remind one of what you might get if Martians replicated an earthling pop group: 95% accurate, but still unsettling in a wholly alien way.

The Belews had been child stars who had grown up playing hillbilly music; at the time, they had a popular TV show, The Belew Twins' Western Frolic, and were knockin' 'em dead at the Sportatorium's Saturday-night concerts, which routinely drew over 5,000 people. "They were cute when they were little," Gililland remembers. "They grew out of that real fast." Added at the last minute to broaden the film's appeal, the pair sang two songs with oddly inappropriate melodies and overdone hiccup-y vocals that might be dismissed as lackluster Everly Brothers ripoffs -- if their efforts hadn't pre-dated the Everlys' first hit by a good six months (it was the Belews that made it onto It Came From Hollywood).

"They weren't exactly comfortable" with the mix of hillbilly and pop that they sang for the movie, according to Gililland, but they were every bit part and parcel of the changes that were sweeping away all the boundaries that then existed in pop music, even if they were weirder than hell. This reflection of the times -- and the fact that more than half of the movie is footage of bands playing -- has made Rock It! a favorite in Europe and particularly England, where the appreciation of that process is much keener than (sigh) it is at home.

Re: Mystery Twins in Elvis Video!

Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:22 pm

Great find George Smith! :smt023