Davide

1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:07 pm

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June 27 1968
NBC Studio Studio 4 - Burbank, California
Warm Up Rehearsal 3.00pm-5.30pm
Producer : Steve Binder
Engineer : Bones Howe
Guitar : Elvis Presley
Guitar : Scotty Moore
Guitar : Charlie Hodge
Percussion : D.J. Fontana
Percussion : Alan Fortas
Tambourine : Lance Legault


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"Well That's All Right A Mama That's all Right With You"

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"Treat me like a fool,Treat me mean 'n' cool , but Love Me"

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"Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind,Memories, sweetened thru the ages just like wine"

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"Quiet thoughts come floating down
And settle softly to the ground
Like golden autumn leaves around my feet
I touched them and they burst apart with sweet memories"
Sweet memories

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"Of holding hands and red bouquets
And twilight trimmed in purple haze
And laughing eyes and simple ways
And quiet nights and gentle days with you"

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"Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories, sweetened thru the ages just like wine,
Memories, memories, sweet memories"
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THAT'S ALL RIGHT
HEARTBREAK HOTEL
LOVE ME
BABY WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO
Blue Suede Shoes
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?
Santa Claus Is Back In Town
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
One Night

MEMORIES

Elvis is still dressed in the clothes he wore for the pre-records of "It Hurts Me" production number,which was done prior to this Camera/Sound rehearsal.
The songs in bold are probable songs, that are seen in these rehearsal photographs based on the 6.00pm,and 8.00pm sit down shows of Elvis using the J 200 Gibson acoustic guitar.

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To Mr R Suchanan
From Parlan I. Myers
c.c. MR Wn Hylan,Mr Jack Ball

Date May 16th 1968

A report on brief telephone conversation with Bob Finkel re ELVIS PRESLEY SPECIAL.

'Binder-Howe Production Company has been confirmed as the production entity for the ELVIS PRESLEY SPECIAL.Steve Binder will direct and produce. Bones Howe is Binder's business associate,technical advisor,recording expert,etc and works as an associate producer with binder.

Finkel tells me that they are currently putting together a total creative staff,as a matter of fact next week when you are in Los Angeles we can meet with Binder and Finkel if you wish (I have just talked with Steve on the phone this moment and he has suggested that we try have lunch on Tuesday or Wednesday).

Perhaps the most important piece of information from Finkel is that as a result of his recent meetings with Presley there has developed what appears to be an excellent relationship between the two and a rather revealing statement from Presley in that he wants this show to depart completely from the pattern of his motion pictures and from everything else he has done. He has even implied to Finkel that he is not interested in what Col. Parker has to say about this show he "wants everyone to know what he really can do..."

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26th June 1968 Colonel Parker,Steve Binder,Bob Finkel,and Elvis.

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Davide
Last edited by davide on Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:57 am, edited 10 times in total.

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:54 pm

Man they are fantastic photos and most of them are new to me.

Thank you very much for another great thread.

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:59 pm

Davide,that is a fantastic post.Thank you

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:33 pm

Why this forum still doesn't have an history section I'll never fathom out.....threads like these need preserving.

Davide...thank you once again for your time and effort.... I must say this thread is my favourite so far.

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:55 pm

Thank you Davide
Another wonderful post....i always wondered about that "Blue shirt jam" :)....some new photos to me....
Sincerely
Lior :smt006

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:30 pm

Thanks, davide!

HereĀ“s a few more.
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Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:31 pm

And some more...
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Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:32 pm

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Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:38 pm

Amazing photos!

And they beg a question:

The musicians are mic-ed, Elvis himself uses two different mics, which seems a lot of trouble to go to, and yet there is NO AUDIO from this, at all?

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:32 am

Cryogenic wrote:Amazing photos!

And they beg a question:

The musicians are mic-ed, Elvis himself uses two different mics, which seems a lot of trouble to go to, and yet there is NO AUDIO from this, at all?


These pics have led to the belief that there was a 'third sit-down show'.

So, was it just a run-through for cameras & lighting, or did they also record the audio ?

Your suspicions are justified..................

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:40 am

Thanks for all the comments and extra photo's -

Regarding the fact of the lack of video/audio recording,my experience of working in the TV industry over the last twenty years is that hardly any 'dress runs'
are recorded. This may seem surprising,and is partially down to financial reasons(the cost of tapes and a VT op) and usually the lack of an audience means the footage is difficult to use in the main master. Elvis was obviously not dressed in his leather gear,his hair is not done etc ,so even more of a reason(sadly)not waste VT tape.

Thanks Davide

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:13 am

davide wrote: Regarding the fact of the lack of video/audio recording,my experience of working in the TV industry over the last twenty years is that hardly any 'dress runs' are recorded.


Well its cryin time again

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:55 am

Great shots!

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:39 am

Beautiful pictures......thanks for sharing 8) ::rocks

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:40 am

midnightx wrote:Great shots!
Yes!

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:32 am

Regardless of what some of the so called 'experts' say, Elvis is doing more here than just posing for a few publicity stills.

Like many things in the Elvis world, just because they were not captured on audio or film, it doesn't mean they didn't happen. It has also been proven that the recollections of people that were actually present at events when they happened cannot always be relied upon as fact.

elvisonline

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:16 am

Cryogenic wrote:The musicians are mic-ed, Elvis himself uses two different mics, which seems a lot of trouble to go to, and yet there is NO AUDIO from this, at all?

Anyone familiar with TV production knows that camera, light and microphone rehearsals are crucial, especially if the segment to be taped is considered "informal." Recording the rehearsal was the least of their concerns prior to the 6:00 PM performance.

Engineer Bones Howe told me himself that his only concern, in the short, late-afternoon window he had, was to make sure that the stage audio was well-balanced. In addition, he would not have the luxury of a stereo sound picture to utilize because RCA refused to apply enough money to the budget to fulfill the request.

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:25 am

Great post, davide. Thanks! Those are great pictures.

Rich

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:37 am

Rich_TCB wrote:Great post, davide. Thanks! Those are great pictures.

Yes, thank you, David. I meant to thank you straight off before addressing the audio issue.

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:42 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
Cryogenic wrote:The musicians are mic-ed, Elvis himself uses two different mics, which seems a lot of trouble to go to, and yet there is NO AUDIO from this, at all?

Anyone familiar with TV production knows that camera, light and microphone rehearsals are crucial, especially if the segment to be taped is considered "informal." Recording the rehearsal was the least of their concerns prior to the 6:00 PM performance.

Engineer Bones Howe told me himself that his only concern, in the short, late-afternoon window he had, was to make sure that the stage audio was well-balanced. In addition, he would not have the luxury of a stereo sound picture to utilize because RCA refused to apply enough money to the budget to fulfill the request.


I was wondering, at the least, if someone snuck in a tape recorder somewhere. I'm still wondering that. But the tone of your post is probably correct -- i.e. nothing was taped, at all.

So sad that RCA wouldn't cough up enough money to tape any of the full show in stereo. And didn't you say it wasn't even fresh video tape that NBC used?

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:57 am

Some of NBC's videotape stock might not have been recycled.

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:08 pm

I've got that footage!!!!!!!




Oh. Wait. That was Loving You.

Never mind.




Still, it'd be nice to discover videotape of this session one day, though it's supremely unlikely that any was shot. What seems a lot MORE within the realm of possibility is that the proceedings were recorded on audiotape, and not on a snuck-in recorder (unlikely, anyway), if only for the engineer to check quality. It'd have seemed a good idea but, then again, so would having made soundboard recordings of the 1961 charity shows, 7/31/69, and quite a bit of other rather significant stuff that surely seemed at least halfway worthy of note at the actual time. Sure, magnetic tape didn't exactly grow on trees but, really, when you're dealing with Elvis Presley you most certainly should be able to absorb the cost of a little bit of tape. Nothing I couldn't fix if only I had a time machine, sadly a possibility more likely than finding even audio recordings of this rehearsal, if any were made (and if they weren't promptly taped over that evening).

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:46 pm

If ever a topic should be a STICKY, this is it! And on the ALL ELVIS board too! Some of the best photos of Elvis I've ever seen! Fabulous find - THANK YOU!!!! :D

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:34 am

Never realised there were so many photos from the rehearsal. Definately 'sticky' this thread!

Re: 1968 NBC Studios June 27th (Blue shirt) Camera Rehearsal

Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:35 pm

Very Topical!

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