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A DAY ON THE “KID GALAHAD” SET

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A DAY ON THE “KID GALAHAD” SET

(November 1961 by Nancy Ombrello)

THERE has been a marked increase in tourists at Idyllwild, the resort community in the San Jacinto Mountains, during the past few weeks – ever since Elvis Presley and the cast and crew of “Kid Galahad” arrived.

Since Idyllwild is just twenty-five miles from my home, in Banning, California, I was hoping to perhaps having the opportunity to see Elvis in person. However, on November 7, I had the wonderful opportunity of spending the day on the set of “Kid Galahad” and being able to meet and talk to Elvis and Mr. Diskin.

When I got to the village, about 9 o’clock, the movie company was set up in front of a gas station. There were policemen everywhere and even though it was cool and quite a windy morning, a crowd of sight-seers were gathered across the street from the set.

Mr. Diskin explained to me that there is really a lot of hard work that goes into making a movie. The stage crew got up at an early hour to have everything ready at 7 o’clock and the cast had to be in front of the camera at 8 sharp. The working day was anywhere from 8 to 6 and I understand that many night shots were made too.

This movie is surely going to be one of Elvis’s best. It is about a young man who returns to a small community from the Army and embarks on a boxing career. There have been six songs recorded for it, but all of them may not be used. “Kid Galahad” is a modern re-make of the movie starring Wayne Morris some years ago. The supporting cast includes the talents of Joan Blackman, Gig Young, Lola Albright, and Charles Bronson. Several of Idyllwide’s citizens and children are included in the extras.

During the morning, only about two scenes were completed at the gas station setting. Its rehearsals and shooting time amounted to five or six takes. And, of course, with so many sight-seers and tourists milling around and talking, I can well understand why movie making is such an expensive and time consuming business.

After lunch, shooting began in front of a coffee shop. Kleig lights and wires are everywhere and I did not imagine that it took so many people to work behind the scenes. There are 125 in the company of this movie. A scene in which Elvis and Joan stroll down the street took 25 minutes to set up (the camera was on a huge truck and it had to drive at a certain speed to a marked spot to catch all the action). After the scene was rehearsed and shot about seven times, the director shouted “Printit” and they moved onto another scene.

Seeing Elvis was not in this scene, he came over to where Mr. Diskin and I were and we were introduced. I have never met a nice man in all my life. For all that Mr. Presley has and is, he is the most unspoiled and unconceited person in show business. It was indeed an honor to have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him. Even though he was busy and preoccupied, he took several minutes to talk to me and whenever anyone asked for an autograph, he graciously obliged.

Elvis told me what a wonderful President the Tankers have in Gary, and that it is truly one of the best fan clubs in his honor. I, for one, am very proud to be a member and I want to thank Gary, Mrs. Pepper, Mr. Diskin, and of course, Elvis, for helping to make one of my fondest wishes come true.

Whenever Elvis was not needed in a scene, he and his friends were playing touch football. There really was so much to see and the day was too wonderful and much too short.

Elvis and Joan did another scene and soon it was four o’clock and the director said Elvis was through for the day. I said good-bye to Mr. Diskin, watched by Elvis throw some more football passes and said good-bye to him, then happily headed by car back down the till towards Banning.

November 7 is a day I’ll never forget and my sincerest thanks to all who made it possible.

Elvis Monthly, January 1963

It Happened at the World's Fair

21 Jan 2011

IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD’S FAIR

ELVIS – OUT OF TUNE

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Elvis Gives Diamond Ring To New Girl

08 Jan 2011

ELVIS GIVES DIAMOND RING TO NEW GIRL

I think we can consider Elvis' intentions toward Lynda Thompson less than serious after what happened recently at the plush Las Vegas Hilton.

"Stand up, Baby," Elvis directed a girl in the audience, "and show the people the ring I gave you." The girl wasn't Lynda Thompson but, rather, a brunette beauty named Sheila who complied by standing a flashing a huge diamond.

Lynda wasn't at the hotel that night, but Priscilla Presley was. In fact, Priscilla and Sheila were sitting together! Hmmm…

Don't be fooled by the omission of Mike Stone's name in the above paragraph, Pris and Mike are still close and very much in love. Although Elvis and Mike, aren't exactly buddies, there has been little friction between them. And Elvis still cares for his ex-Mrs.

Also present was Dee Presley, Elvis' stepmother, though for how much longer we'd be afraid to say. On the other hand, El's father, Vernon was absent.

The Sheila who has the new ring was also with El at RCA Studios in Hollywood when he was rehearsing there for his Vegas engagement. However, she's not Lynda's only competition, because Elvis is also being attentive to a pretty 19-year-old girl whom he recently gifted with a $19,000 car. Yes, that's right!

But, whatever Lynda's problems with Elvis may be, she's keeping her cool and her comfortable lifestyle, developed since she began her association with Presley. She arrived at the exclusive (and expensive) Bistro, a Beverly Hills restaurant, in a rented limousine accompanied by one man and seven women, whom she was apparently treating to a meal, and, with great good humor, posed for photographers outside. Lynda certainly knows how to handle herself.

To wind up the report on the Presley's: Dee and Vernon were together at Elvis' opening, but that doesn't mean reconciliation. Dee chose El's opening an occasion to introduce her Nevada and West Coast friends to Bill Strom, a Memphis singer whom she's now managing. But don't get the wrong idea about their relationship. Bill is married and, in fact, was with his wife in Vegas. So much for gossip mongers.

Elvis' opening show was smashing. However, a few days later he was so ill he had to cancel two shows, and Hilton bookers were begging Charlie Rich to stand by as a replacement. Rich said he couldn't do it, which was just as well, since Elvis recuperated sufficiently to finish his Las Vegas commitment.

Cal York, Photoplay, December 1974

Elvis Gives Diamond Ring To New Girl

08 Jan 2011

ELVIS GIVES DIAMOND RING TO NEW GIRL

I think we can consider Elvis' intentions toward Lynda Thompson less than serious after what happened recently at the plush Las Vegas Hilton.

"Stand up, Baby," Elvis directed a girl in the audience, "and show the people the ring I gave you." The girl wasn't Lynda Thompson but, rather, a brunette beauty named Sheila who complied by standing a flashing a huge diamond.

Lynda wasn't at the hotel that night, but Priscilla Presley was. In fact, Priscilla and Sheila were sitting together! Hmmm…

Don't be fooled by the omission of Mike Stone's name in the above paragraph, Pris and Mike are still close and very much in love. Although Elvis and Mike, aren't exactly buddies, there has been little friction between them. And Elvis still cares for his ex-Mrs.

Also present was Dee Presley, Elvis' stepmother, though for how much longer we'd be afraid to say. On the other hand, El's father, Vernon was absent.

The Sheila who has the new ring was also with El at RCA Studios in Hollywood when he was rehearsing there for his Vegas engagement. However, she's not Lynda's only competition, because Elvis is also being attentive to a pretty 19-year-old girl whom he recently gifted with a $19,000 car. Yes, that's right!

But, whatever Lynda's problems with Elvis may be, she's keeping her cool and her comfortable lifestyle, developed since she began her association with Presley. She arrived at the exclusive (and expensive) Bistro, a Beverly Hills restaurant, in a rented limousine accompanied by one man and seven women, whom she was apparently treating to a meal, and, with great good humor, posed for photographers outside. Lynda certainly knows how to handle herself.

To wind up the report on the Presley's: Dee and Vernon were together at Elvis' opening, but that doesn't mean reconciliation. Dee chose El's opening an occasion to introduce her Nevada and West Coast friends to Bill Strom, a Memphis singer whom she's now managing. But don't get the wrong idea about their relationship. Bill is married and, in fact, was with his wife in Vegas. So much for gossip mongers.

Elvis' opening show was smashing. However, a few days later he was so ill he had to cancel two shows, and Hilton bookers were begging Charlie Rich to stand by as a replacement. Rich said he couldn't do it, which was just as well, since Elvis recuperated sufficiently to finish his Las Vegas commitment.

Cal York, Photoplay, December 1974

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07 Sep 2010

Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight CD Box Set

11 Dec 2009

ELVIS75 Good Rockin' Tonight CD Box Set

Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the release of Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight, the ultimate career-spanning collection of seminal recordings by Elvis Presley, in commemoration of the King of Rock & Roll's 75th birthday (January 8, 2010).

The first major Elvis Presley retrospective to cover the full spectrum of the artist's world-changing career, Elvis 75 runs from "My Happiness," the acetate Elvis himself paid nearly four dollars to record at the Memphis Recording Service on July 18, 1953, a year before signing with Sun Records, to "A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Remix Edit)," a posthumous #1 hit for Elvis in the UK, Australia and more than 20 other countries in 2002.

Offering fans an unprecedented range of essential material, Elvis 75 provides a generous selection of the electrifying earth-shattering primal rock & roll of young Elvis; the swinging good vibes of Elvis's soundtrack recordings; the heartfelt humility of his gospel performances and the intimacy of his ballads; the pure pop power and show biz magic of Elvis in Vegas; and a record-setting number of #1 and Top 10 international smashes.

The lavish Elvis 75 box set includes an 80-page booklet featuring many rare photographs and a new essay by musical and cultural critic Billy Altman (Rolling Stone, The New Yorker).

Track Listing

Disc 1
1. My Happiness
2. That’s All Right
3. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
4. Good Rockin' Tonight
5. Baby Let's Play House
6. Mystery Train
7. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
8. I Got A Woman
9. Heartbreak Hotel
10. I Was The One
11. Blue Suede Shoes
12. My Baby Left Me
13. One-Sided Love Affair
14. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
15. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
16. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
17. Hound Dog
18. Don't Be Cruel
19. Love Me Tender
20. Love Me
21. Paralyzed
22. Too Much
23. All Shook Up
24. Mean Woman Blues
25. (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
26. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
27. One Night
28. Jailhouse Rock
29. Treat Me Nice
30. Blue Christmas
31. Don't

Disc 2
1. Hard Headed Woman
2. Trouble
3. King Creole
4. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
5. I Need Your Love Tonight
6. A Big Hunk O’ Love
7. (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I
8. Stuck On You
9. A Mess Of Blues
10. It's Now Or Never
11. Thrill Of Your Love
12. Such A Night
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
14. Reconsider Baby
15. Doin’ The Best I Can
16. Pocketful Of Rainbows
17. Surrender
18. Crying In The Chapel
19. I Feel So Bad
20. There's Always Me
21. Judy
22. Can't Help Falling In Love
23. (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame
24. Little Sister
25. Good Luck Charm
26. Suspicion
27. She's Not You
28. Return To Sender

Disc 3
1. Bossa Nova Baby
2. (You’re The) Devil In Disguise
3. (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway
4. I Need Somebody To Lean On
5. Viva Las Vegas
6. It Hurts Me
7. This Is My Heaven
8. Adam And Evil
9. How Great Thou Art
10. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
11. Guitar Man
12. Big Boss Man
13. Too Much Monkey Business
14. U.S. Male
15. If I Can Dream
16. Memories
17. Don’t Cry Daddy
18. In The Ghetto
19. Suspicious Minds
20. Stranger In My Own Home Town
21. Kentucky Rain
22. Only The Strong Survive

Disc 4
1. Polk Salad Annie
2. The Fool
3. Funny How Time Slips Away
4. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
5. I Just Can’t Help Believin’
6. I’m Leavin’
7. An American Trilogy
8. Burning Love
9. Always On My Mind
10. Steamroller Blues
11. Loving Arms
12. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues
13. Promised Land
14. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
15. For The Heart
16. Hurt
17. Way Down
18. Unchained Melody
19. A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Remix Edit)

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