Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:42 am

Chris Roberts wrote:Thank you Doc for that great origional post that I, thanks to Davide and his excellent recent post, have only just seen. so interesting and informative in particuler the info on the additional band members.

As someone else pointed out, it is a great sin that the proposed 1962 tour wasn't forthcomming, after these great 1961 shows, but then I supose we might have missed out on 'Girls, Girls, Girls'!! Don't get me wrong 'Girls' is certainly far from being the worst movie, but a tour would have been far nore fullfilling for Elvis and his career I feel sure.

Thank you kindly, Chris.

DAVID! Holy moley, where did you dig up some of those concert shots?? Please fill us in on those fan memories as well. And you must tell us ... did you find a tape of either performance???

Thanks for sharing all of that material here.

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:39 am

To the Doc:

I feel like "I'm not worthy!" {see great pic in this thread}

Wonderful! This is SOOOO what you do!

Thanks
rjm

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:16 am

What was wrong with those Memphis radio stations? Did Parker stop them? These show were SO big!
Dang. We also do not have that July 31, 69 show so it is possible that Parker/Victor had this sort of control. But why? Why should we HAVE to debate about phantom recordings when they just could have DONE IT?

Bilko perhaps heard a fake pastiche with canned applause. If a radio station did not do it,no one did. No cassete {spelling} machines then. You cannot put a huge reel to reel in your coat pocket!

Being generous, maybe Bilko was taken in by faked casette. Why wouldn't the dude make a boot of it if it was real? Doesn't make sense to me. But why should this be? What WERE they thinking back then?
Elvis was a GIANT. This was 61not the Stone Age! Wanna hear a young Bobby Dylan shortly after, IF that long? YOU CAN! But they did not record THE BIGGEST STAR EVER at that very time!

Cause it was Record Cemetary of America!

Thank God for Ernst.

Just my opinion.

rjm

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:48 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
DAVID! Holy moley, where did you dig up some of those concert shots?? Please fill us in on those fan memories as well. And you must tell us ... did you find a tape of either performance???

Thanks for sharing all of that material here.


Had the photo's on my file a while - the fan's memories are from LA Newspaper archive - found whilst researching for my other projects. No tape's..

Davide

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:39 pm

Gosh, David. Incredible photos! Thank you!

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:28 pm

Muchas gracias, David. This is what it's all about.

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:29 pm

Muchas gracias, David. This is what it's all about.

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Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:51 pm

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Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:50 am

Neat photo -- another one I've not seen before. Thank you so much, David.

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:42 am

davide's photo-print presentations are so magnificent,he should make a lovely Powerpoint automated slide show on a DVD for sale. The application has some really elegant features so that one can drill down or let the slides glide deliciously by.

I would LOVE to buy a compilation of his marvelous work like that.
I will be VERY happy with hard cover! There is SO much info along with the beauty and rarity.

And when they do special "bonus features" on films, they should call him!

Thanks to you both for this masterwork.

::rocks

rjm

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:53 pm

What really makes davide special is how willing he is to share the results of his research.

Thanks again, my friend.

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:50 am

Phenomenal work everybody! Thanks again to all who contributed!

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:22 am

I think I missed this when first posted in 2008 - thanks Doc and Davide - beyond words.

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Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:45 pm

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Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:32 am

Cool find, davide. The photo is from the afternoon performance, with Boots Randolph blasting a fiery solo on "Reconsider Baby," no doubt. Am I correct that someone is holding an open mic in Boots' direction (see hand behind Elvis)? The full text reads:

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- Press Scimitar Staff Photos by William Leaptrott and James E. Reid

KEEPING TIME -- Elvis (right) seems to be calling on saxophonist Boots Randolph for a higher
note and Randolph seems to be responding with extra effort. (story on Page 10).



Obviously, the concerts were front-page news (Sunday 2-26 or Monday 2-27), there were two photographers at the show, and there are more photos to be had on the full front page.

And it would be so cool to read the "story on Page 10," wouldn't it?
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Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:33 am

It's difficult to see if it is microphone, due to lack of clarity, if only!

Take a look at this previously posted photo, and this original version.

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Davide

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:48 am

How odd -- the photo on the Jordanaires website of Elvis and Ray is clearly edited in order to make the caption on the site true. Why would someone do such a thing?

Looking again at the newspaper shot with Boots, I now realize it is probably just Elvis' right hand we are seeing, perhaps he's holding a mic -- it's hard to tell.

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:38 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Looking again at the newspaper shot with Boots, I now realize it is probably just Elvis' right hand we are seeing, perhaps he's holding a mic -- it's hard to tell.

You're right, it is hard to tell, although Elvis holding a mic would make some sense since Boots having stepped away from his sax mic, Elvis could be providing some amplification for his solo with a hand held mic.
Either that or Elvis is texting. :)

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Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:11 pm

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Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:38 pm

$3 for a ticket?! Wow... that was cheap even for 1961 !

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:22 pm

davide wrote:SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 19, 1961

'Stomp, Shudder, Shriek' :
It's The Same As In '56

By Malcolm Adams

Less than five years ago a young man destined to phenomenon of the entertainment world took his guitar onto the stage at Ellis Auditorium.

It was the opening night (May 15) of the 1956 Cotton Carnival. The guitar - twanging former young truck driver was greeted by an overflow crowd. His audience knew that the star of the show had 'arrived' in show business.

The crowd jammed the big hall "to stomp, shudder, shriek and sigh," The Commercial Appeal reported the next day. Elvis Presley comes back to the same stage saturday. It will be a busy day for Memphis' internationally known rock and roll singer. He will raise about $60.000. And every penny of Elvis' money- raising project will go to charity.

Elvis has three appearances scheduled Saturday. The first will be at the $100 - a - plate luncheon at the Claridge. Tickets for the luncheon are available at the Central Ticket Office in Goldsmith's (Buyers of tickets may deduct the price of tickets since the affair is for charity.)

At 3 p.m., Elvis will give a show at the Auditorium. Doors will open at 1.30 p.m. and with no reserved seats, it will be first come, first seated.

Tickets are $3 and are still available at the central Ticket Office. Elvis' second show will be staged at 8.30. It is a sell-out.

The Jordanaires will be on stage with Elvis. The quartet is heard on all of Elvis' RCA Victor records and appeared in the Presley movie, "G.I. Blues." Musicians who will play for the rock and roll singer include Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Bob Alexius, Ronnie Capone and Brad Suggs. Scotty Moore has been with Elvis since the entertainer's start, playing the guitar.....
....Boots Randolph, RCA Victor recording artist. (He plays the saxaphone). Floyd Cramer, pianist and recording artist. Randolph and Cramer will join the Memphis musicians in backing up Elvis when he sings.

Larry Owens and his orchestra will play for the shows. They will present a concert before the variety acts are presented.


Davide

Neat -- if only we'd had that info back when I launched this topic! Is this from the Memphis Press-Scimitar?

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:23 pm

Blue River wrote:$3 for a ticket?! Wow... that was cheap even for 1961 !

$3.00 in 1961 had the same buying power as $22.72 in 2012.

http://www.dollartimes.com/calculators/inflation.htm

That is a reasonable ticket price for such a major star.

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:42 pm

From 'The Commercial Appeal' I believe.

Davide

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:18 am

Outstanding stuff guys!!

Re: February 1961 Charity Shows -> Mysterious!

Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:55 pm

Thanks!

I want a tape recording of both shows, darn it!!