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August 1 1954 (Sunday)
KWEM Radio, West Memphis, Arkansas
Radio Station Interview
       

November 6 1954 (Saturday)
'The Louisiana Hayride'
Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana
'Southern Maid Donuts' Radio Commercial
      Unreleased

January 8 1955 (Saturday - Afternoon)
WROX Radio, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Interviewer: Early Wright       Unreleased

May 12 1955 (Thursday) (Could be July 28)
Jacksonville, Florida (Motel)
Interviewer : Mae Boren Axton 3:19     A Boy From Tupelo CD3 (FTD)(Extra Dialogue)~The Complete Word
For Word CD1~Elvis Answers Back (Dated July 28)~Memphis Recording
Service Volume 2 (Edited - Dated July 29)+Tape

June 6 1955 (Monday)
KOSY Radio, Texarkana, Arkansas
Radio Station Interview        

August 7 - 10 1955
KSIJ Radio, Gladewater, Texas
Commercial / Promo for Tom Perryman's
"Hillbilly Hit Parade"
0:17     A Boy From Tupelo CD3 (FTD)(Not Dated)~The Complete Word For
Word CD1~Let's Take It On Home~Memphis Recording Service Vol. 2
(Dated August 10)

August 29 - 31 1955 (Monday - Wednesday)
WMPS Radio, Memphis, Tennessee
Interviewer : Bob Neal 5:31     A Boy From Tupelo CD3 (FTD)~The Complete Word For Word CD1
~Memphis Recording Service Volume 2~Elvis Answers Back (Wrongly
dated May 6 1955)

October 25 1955 (Tuesday)
WAIP Radio, Prichard, Alabama
Radio Station Interview        

February 12 1956 (Sunday)
Monticello Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia
Interviewer : Ray Pulley 3:30     Unreleased (www.scottymoore.net)

March 23 1956 (Friday)
'Town & Country Time' WMAL TV, Capitol Arena, Washington
Interviewer : Jimmy Dean       Unreleased (Transcript Only)

Transcript

March 23 1956 - 'Town & Country Time' WMAL TV, Capitol Arena, Washington

Jimmy Dean : So, you're gonna be on the S.S. Mt. Vernon tonight?

Elvis : Yep

Jimmy Dean : Have you ever worked on a boat before?

Elvis : Nope

Jimmy Dean : I imagine you're looking forward to this aren't you?

Elvis : Yep

(Source : 'Behind The Image Volume 2')


March 24 1956 (Saturday)
Warwick Hotel, New York
Interviewer : Robert Carlton Brown 30:22     Young Man With The Big Beat 4 (Legacy)(Complete)~The Complete
Word For Word CD1
~Elvis Answers Back

March 1956
Unknown Location
Interviewer : Don Davis 3:53     Elvis Presley (FTD)~New York - RCA Studio 1 (MRS)

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Don Davis Interview
 


April 9 1956 (Monday)
Municipal Auditorium, Wichita Falls, Texas
Interviewer : Jay Thompson 3:00
EPA3
2744 A Legendary Performer Volume 2~The Complete Word For Word CD1

April 15 1956 (Sunday)
Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas
Interviewer : Charlie Walker (KMAC Radio) 5:15     The Complete Word For Word CD1~Elvis Answers Back (Wrongly
dated September 19 1956)

May 14 1956 (Monday)
Mary E Sawyer Auditorium, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Interviewer : Lindy Shannon 5:39     The Complete Word For Word CD1

May 16 1956 (Wednesday)
Robinson Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas
Interviewer : Ray Green 6:51     The Complete Word For Word CD1+The Ray Green Tapes

June 8 1956 (Friday)
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Interviewer : Lou Irwin 3:30     The Complete Word For Word CD1~Let's Take It On Home
+Standing Room Only (7:00)

June 16 1956 (Saturday)
'Dance Party' WHBQ TV, Memphis, Tennessee
(Video footage of Elvis)        
Interviewer : Wink Martindale 12:08     The Complete Word For Word CD1 (Second part of Track 1 - Edited
- Not Listed)+That Was ElvisTo Me (Wrongly Dated July 16 1956)

July 1 1956 (Sunday)
'Hy Gardner Calling' Warwick Hotel, New York
(Video footage of Elvis)        
Interviewer : Hy Gardner 8:56
LPA5
5810 This Is Elvis (FTD)(Excerpt)+The Comp. Word For Word II~Calling Elvis
(Complete)+TV Guide Presents (March 30 1958 Broadcast - Different
Intro & Edit)

July 10 1956 (Tuesday)
WNOE Radio, New Orleans, Louisiana
Interviewer : Unknown 4:35     The Complete Word For Word CD2 ~Let's Take It On Home Again Vol 2
(Wrongly Dated July 9)

July 16 1956 (Saturday)
Radio Station Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana
Interviewer : Jim Stewart 7:25     The Complete Word For Word CD2 ~Let's Take It On Home Again Vol 2
(Wrongly Dated July 10)

August 5 1956 (Sunday)
Tampa, Florida
Interviewer : Ray Pillow 0:28+
NPA5
5819 A Legendary Performer Volume 4~The Complete Word For Word CD2
~Let's Take It On Home Again Volume 2

August 5 1956 (Sunday)
Tampa, Florida
Interviewer : Norma Pillow 1:31
NPA5
5819 A Legendary Performer Volume 4~The Complete Word For Word CD2
~Let's Take It On Home Again Volume 2

August 6 1956 (Monday)
Polk Theater, Lakeland, Florida
(TV Guide Interview)        
1. "Pelvis" Nickname
2. Adult's Reaction
3. First Public Appearance
4. How "Rockin' Motion" Started
2:39
G8MW
8705 TV Guide presents Elvis Presley
Complete Interview
Interviewer : Paul Wilder
27:27
HPA5
6337 Young Man With The Big Beat 5 (Legacy) (Complete)~The Complete
Word For Word CD2 (Comp)~A Legendary Performer Vol 3 (Excerpts)
+A Golden Celebration CD4 (Excerpts - OPA5 8195)(Backstage before
Elvis' show)
(Various excerpts also later assigned Matrix Numbers OPA5 8305 to
8308)
Interviewer : Paul Wilder interviewing
Colonel Parker & Oscar Davis
22:35
HPA5
6337 Young Man With The Big Beat 5 (Legacy) (Complete)~A Legendary
Performer Volume 3 (Excerpts)+Let's Take It On Home Again Volume 2 (2:03 - Excerpts)
(Excerpts also later assigned Matrix Numbers OPA5 8309 and 8310)

August 7 1956 (Tuesday)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Interviewer : Bob Hoffer (WTSP) 6:44     The Comp. Word For Word CD2~Elvis Scotty & Bill~In The Beginning

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Bob Hoffer Interview
 


August 8 1956 (Wednesday)
Orlando, Florida
Interviewer : Happy Ison (of NBC's "Monitor") 1:55     When All Was Kool~Let's Take It On Home Again Volume 2~The Comp.
Word For Word CD3

August 9 1956 (Thursday)
Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach, Florida
Interviewer : Ed Ripley & 'Peggy' 4:57     The Complete Word For Word CD2

August 22 1956 (Wednesday)
20th Century Fox Lot, Hollywood, California
The Truth About Me (Complete Interview)
Interviewer : Unknown
10:03     Love Me Tender (FTD) CD1~Young Man With The Big Beat 5 (Legacy)
~The Truth About Me (CD)
(Not original interviewer)

August 29 1956 (Wednesday)
20th Century Fox Lot, Hollywood, California
The Truth About Me 2:10     Love Me Tender (FTD) CD1~Young Man With The Big Beat 5 (Legacy)
~The Truth About Me (CD)~The Complete Word For Word CD2
+The Truth About Me (U.K. Version 1957 - 2:12)
+The Truth About Me
(U.S. Version 1956 - 2:14)
The Truth About Me (Outakes) 6:41     The Truth About Me (CD)

Notes

The original 'The Truth About Me' promotional cardboard disc when issued in the U.S. attached to the "Elvis Answers Back" magazine in November 1956 and later as a flexi-disc in "Teen Parade" magazine, had the additional line "I want to thank all of my loyal fans who have watched my performances, and in that way became friends of mine" just before he says "I sure appreciate you listening to my RCA Victor records" at the end. This dialogue does not appear on 'The Truth About Me' which is on the 'Elvis Answers Back' Magazine/CD set or 'Young Man With The Big Beat' box-set.

When 'The Truth About Me' was issued in the U.K. as a mail order from 'Weekend Mail' magazine in March 1957, it also contained the additional line but it was edited to take out the "RCA Victor" reference at the end. On CD2 accompanying the 'The Best Of British' book from 'Follow That Dream' however, the same edit ('Elvis Answers Back' CD & 'Young Man With The Big Beat') has been used instead of the original U.K. edit.


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6" Shellac Disc - The Truth About Me
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September 1956
WMC Radio Station, Memphis, Tennessee
(Video footage of Elvis with George Klein, Barbara Hearn & Nick Adams)        
Interviewer : George Klein       Unreleased

September 26 1956 (Wednesday)
'Mississippi Alabama Fair & Dairy Show'
Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo, Mississippi
Interviewer : Jack Christal (Vernon & Gladys) 1:42
OPA5
8197 Love Me Tender (FTD) CD2~Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley~A Golden
Celebration CD2~The Complete Word For Word CD3
(Also later assigned Matrix Number OPA5 8311)
Interviewer : Jack Christal (Nick Adams) 1:40
OPA5
8198 Love Me Tender (FTD) CD2~Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley~A Golden
Celebration CD2~The Complete Word For Word CD3
Interviewer : Jack Christal (Judy Hopper) 2:24
OPA5
8199 Love Me Tender (FTD) CD2~Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley~A Golden
Celebration CD2~The Complete Word For Word CD3
Interviewer : Jack Christal (Elvis) 1:52
OPA5
8200 Love Me Tender (FTD) CD2~Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley~A Golden
Celebration CD2~The Complete Word For Word CD3
(Also later assigned Matrix Number OPA5 8312)

October 14 1956 (Sunday - Afternoon)
Bexar County Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas
Interviewer : Al Hickock 3:34     The Complete Word For Word CD3~Elvis Answers Back (Wrongly dated
November 2 1956)

October 25 1956 (Thursday)
New York (?)
Recording of Personal Introductions for
latest RCA Victor albums
1:15     Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Edited)~The Complete Word For Word CD3
+Perfect For Parties (EP)

October 26 1956 (Friday)
New York 'Recording of RCA Radio Victrola Division Spots'
Radio Commercial #1
("Hello friends, this is Elvis Presley...)
0:51     Young Man With The Big Beat 5 (Legacy)~The Comp. Word For Word 3
~Lawdy Miss Clawdy~The Complete Word For Word II
Radio Commercial #2
(Thank you very much, but did you know...)
0:51     Young Man With The Big Beat 5 (Legacy)~A Legendary Performer Vol 5
~The Complete Word For Word II

October 28 1956 (Sunday)
New York
Press Conference : Questions by the media       Unreleased

Late 1956
(Exact Date & Location Unknown) - "Telephone Interview"
Interviewer : 'Buddy' 5:26     The Complete Word For Word CD3

December 1956
"1957 March of Dimes" - Unknown Location
Radio Spot (Broadcast on Jan. 2 1957) 0:27     Easter Special - FTD~The Complete Word For Word II
Open End Interview 1:48 GM8M 0657 The Complete Word For Word CD3~From The Bottom Of My Heart Vol 2
+Remember Me ('March Of Dimes' DJ Interview Disc)

Transcript

December 1956 - Unknown Location

In December 1956, the National Foundation For Infantile Paralysis Inc., released two records to radio stations across America, titled "Remember Me! - Galaxy Of Stars". The discs featured 20 stars, one of whom was Elvis, speaking in support of the 1957 March Of Dimes, with the broadcast of the message restricted between the dates January 2 - 31 1957. The following is a transcript of the disc containing Elvis' part:-

DJ : According to ‘Variety’ the show business newspaper, and I quote:
“Controversy has always meant cash in show biz, and the latest proof is Elvis Presley, whose jet-propelled career…” Well, the rest of the story is something any pop music fan can write for himself.
But for the straight story, here is the man himself, Elvis Presley…

Elvis : Well there’s one thing I’d like to know right away.
What’s so controversial about me?

DJ : That puts me in a bad spot right away.
You’re the one who’s supposed to be answering the question!

Elvis : Well no offence meant, but all right I’ll answer it.
Some people seem to have the idea I’m a controversial influence on the young folks.
Whatever I do I always want to do my best for the teenagers.
I certainly never want to do anything that would be a wrong influence.
When I sing I just…I just sing from my heart.

DJ : Well, it’s pretty apparent the people like you, too, Elvis…sideburns and all.
In 1956 your record sales totaled up to a fantastic ten million. To what do you attribute that, Elvis?

Elvis : Well, now you’re putting me on a spot!
Some people say it’s because I’m offering folks a new kind of rhythm.
I really don’t know about that, though.
Actually, my kind of rhythm is really about as old as music itself.

DJ : Let’s put it this way, Elvis.
What you’re really doing is giving the public something old, something new, nothing borrowed, with a touch of the blues. Would you agree to that?

Elvis : Yeah, I’ll buy it.
But there’s one thing I’d like to say…and that’s this:
As long as I live I’ll never stop being grateful to the American people for giving me this big break.

DJ : And so young in life, too.

Elvis : Yeah, that’s right.
And that kind of leads me into the reason for being here.
You know, so many kids and adults too have gotten just about one or the roughest breaks that can happen to a person.
I’m talking about polio.
Sure, we’re on the way to conquering it, thanks to the Salk vaccine, but take it from me…it sure isn’t licked yet.
Right now some 80,000 polio victims need help.
Some of them are paralyzed so that they can’t even move a finger.
Most of the others can’t do the simplest everyday things that we take so much for granted.
But the situation isn’t hopeless.
We can help these people. And the way to do it is this:
Join the 1957 March Of Dimes. Please. It’s very urgent.
Give every dime and dollar you can to this great cause.

DJ : Well, you’ve got a lot of fans out there, Elvis.
I know they’ll heed your words.
And I also know they’re waiting for a song. What’ll it be?

Elvis : Er…we’ll do ‘Love Me Tender’ for ‘em.

MUSIC: ‘Love Me Tender':

Elvis : This is Elvis Presley again.
Don’t forget, folks…give a break to a polio sufferer.
The need is urgent.
Join the 1957 March Of Dimes. Thanks.

DJ : Thank you, Elvis Presley. All I can add is… don’t abandon those polio victims who so desperately need your help. Send your dimes and dollars to your local March Of Dimes headquarters.


March 28 1957 (Thursday)
'Saddle & Sirloin Club' Stockyards Inn, Chicago, Illinois
Press Conference : Questions by the media       Unreleased

March 29 1957 (Friday)
KSHE Radio, Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Interviewer : 'Uncle Buck' (Ron Lipe) 3:32     Mom and Pop & The King Web Site

March 29 1957 (Friday)
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
Press Conference : Questions by the media       Unreleased

March 30 1957 (Saturday)
Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Press Conference : Questions by the media       Unreleased

March 31 1957 (Sunday)
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
Press Conference : Questions by the media 2:33     Stereo 57 Volume 2+Rebel Talk~Man Or Menace
'Extra' for Fan Club members       Unreleased

April 1 1957 (Monday)
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York
For Fan Club members       Unreleased

April 2 1957 (Tuesday)
Maple Leaf Garden, Toronto, Canada
Press Conference : Questions by the media       Unreleased (Transcript Only)

Transcript

April 2 1957 - Maple Leaf Garden, Toronto, Canada

Reporter : Do you have any plans to get married?

Elvis : (Smiling broadly and turning both thumbs down) I haven't even thought about it. I was engaged twice, but I don't remember that far back.
My first romance occured when I was nine. I fell in love with a woman of 20 and I thought that was it. Now I like all girls.

Reporter : What's it like traveling from place to place doing one-night stands?

Elvis : It's a hectic life, but I'd rather be on tour than making movies and appeaqring on television.

Reporter : Do you have any plans to quit show businass?

Elvis : Not for some time yet. It'll probably quit me first.

Reporter : Do you ever get stage fright?

Elvis : Always. It's the waiting part that gets me. It's not so bad once I've done the first couple of numbers. But I'm never completely at ease.

Reporter : Does the affection teenagers have for you affect your private life?

Elvis : It cartainly does. I haven't been shopping since Christmas.
Then I took a girl from Las Vegas along with me, and I got caught by so many people that she got completely lost and had to take a cab home.
I've been scared a few times during shows, too, though I can only remember twice when the audience was actually out of hand.

Reporter : Have you ever thought of becoming a doctor, lawyer or psychiatrist?

Elvis : I hadn't thught about becoming a psychiatrist, but I thought about going to a few of them.

Reporter : Have you ever considered wearing a disguise?

Elvis : My sideburns would give me away. Besides, a disguise makes you look more of an oddball than you really are.

Reporter : Who chooses your songs?

Elvis : My contract with RCA allows me to choose all my own material. That's a mistake a lot of artists make. Nobody knows what you can do better than you.

Reporter : How come you aren't wearing blue suede shoes?

Elvis : I have five pair of blue suede shoes at home, but I never wear them. That kind of thing gets worn out after a while.

Reporter : Do you have any advice for teenagers?

Elvis : Stay in school if you can. I didn't realize how important it was until I got out.

Reporter : Do you write home to your mother while touring?

Elvis : Honey, I haven't written a letter since I left sixth grade.

(Source : 'Elvis - The Final Fifties Tours' by Alan Hanson)


April 3 1957 (Wednesday)
Ottawa, Canada
Interviewer : Mac Lipson (CKOY) 5:32     A Canadian Tribute~When All Was Kool~The Complete Word For Word
CD3~The Elvis Tapes Volume 2
Interviewer : Gord Atkinson (CFRA)       Unreleased (Transcript Only)
Press Conference (After Show) : Questions
by the 'Ottowa Press'
      Unreleased

Transcript

April 3 1957 - Ottowa, Canada (Interviewer : Gord Atkinson)

Gord Atkinson : Elvis, is this the first time you've been to Canada?

Elvis : Yes, it's my very first trip to Canada.

Gord Atkinson : Though it is too soon for any impressions, do you have any?

Elvis : No. Yes. Well, I do. I was in Toronto last night and I was very much surprised by how wonderful the people are.
How friendly, you know, in this part of the country.

Gord Atkinson : They have certainly been waiting for you for a long, long time.

Elvis : I have been wanting to come up here. In fact when I started looking at the tour, I said: "By all means.
I want to go to Canada. "About a year ago, I tried to get them to book a tour up here but I wasn't well enough known.
A year aand a half ago, everybody didn't know me well enough

Gord Atkinson : Sounds almost unbelievable.

Elvis : So they figured I wouldn't make enough money

Gord Atkinson : No doubt about that now. Elvis, you've certainly even topped the popularity Frank Sinatra had in his heyday.
This may seem like a foolish question for a Presley fan to ask - it seems like an obvious answer - but have you, yourself, given any thought to what it is about you that has made you the phenomenal show business personality that you are?

Elvis : I sure have, onlv I don't like to figure it out because I'm afraid if I find out what it is, I might lose it. So I just keep guessing myself.

Gord Atkinson : You just recently built a home?

Elvis : Well, I didn't build it, I just bought it. It's an estate. It's about ten miles from where I live now.
We had to have a larger place because I have accumulated so much junk in the last two years, I just don't know where to put it.

Gord Atkinson : Will you be living with your parents?

Elvis : Yes

Gord Atkinson : You are an only child, aren't you?

Elvis : Yes sir

Gord Atkinson : Do you have a girlfriend, may I ask?

Elvis : I don't have a special girl. I mean, when I'm home I date a few different girls in Memphis, but I don't have a particular one.

Gord Atkinson : Have you given any thought to the fact that some day you might meet a certain someone and decide that you'd like to get married?

Elvis : I probably will

Gord Atkinson : Do you think this would hurt your popularity?

Elvis : It probably will. I have no plans for marriage soon, I haven't met anybody yet

Gord Atkinson : What about your singing style? Would you say that you are an outgrowth of country music, or the pop field? Or a combination of both?

Elvis : I guess I kind of like 'ern both - more rock and roll than anything else. Rock and roll is actually, you see, what put me over.

Gord Atkinson : There are many people waiting to talk to you and I want to thank you so much.
I have something here to present to you. It's a scroll from our program, called 'Campus Corner'. It is a show that is presented each Saturday.
It's a teenage show, if you can imagine. We had apopularity poll, with the boys and girls on the station voting. And for the past vear and a half you have been number one.

Elvis : Oh, that's great. Thank you very much.

Gord Atkinson : Elvis, I wonder if you'd like to say something to all those fans right now?

Elvis : I would like to tell them how I deeply appreciate this.
I guess I've gotten more mail from Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal than any other place.
I've gotten more fan mail from right around this area than I have from anywhere in the United States.

Gord Atkinson : That's wonderful

Elvis : I am not telling that to you just because I am here, but it is very true.
That is one of the reasons why I always wanted to come up here, because I've gotten more letters from Canada than I can count.

Gord Atkinson : That should make your fans here very happy. It has been a sincere pleasure talking to you, Elvis Presley.

Elvis : Thank you very much

(Source : 'Elvis - Word For Word' by Jerry Osborne)


April 5 1957 (Friday)
Sports Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
For Fan Club members
      Unreleased

August 30 1957 (Friday)
Memorial Coliseum, Spokane, Washington
Press Conference : Questions by the media
      Unreleased

August 31 1957 (Saturday)
Vancouver, Canada
Press Conference : Questions by the media
22:35     The Elvis Tapes~A Canadian Tribute
Press Conference : Held in football clubroom       Unreleased

September 1 1957 (Sunday)
Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma, Washington
For Fan Club members
      Unreleased

September 2 1957 (Monday)
Union Station, Portland, Oregon
(Video footage of Elvis)        
Interviewer : Ivan Smith 1:42     The Complete Word For Word CD3 (Edited)+Tape

September 2 1957 (Monday)
Portland, Oregon
(Video footage of Elvis backstage before show)      
Press Conference : Questions by the media
      Unreleased

September 27 1957 (Friday)
Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo, Mississippi
(Video footage of Elvis backstage before show)      
Press Conference : Questions by the media (Elvis) 10:09     Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley (WELO Radio Interview)
Press Conference : Questions by the media (Anita Wood) 7:16     Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley (WELO Radio Interview)

October 26 1957 (Saturday)
Civic Auditorium, San Fransisco, California
Press Conference : Questions by the media
      Unreleased (Transcript Only)

Transcript

October 26 1957 - Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California

Reporter : Do you wear a wig?

Elvis : No.

Reporter : Who are you mad about now?

Elvis : No one in particular.

Reporter : Did you say you didn't need the press anymore?

Elvis : No.

Reporter : What is your ultimate ambition?

Elvis : My ultimate ambition is to become an actor.

Reporter : Are you studying drama?

Elvis : I'm not studying anything. I figure it's experience that counts, not studying.


(Source : 'Elvis - The Final Fifties Tours' by Alan Hanson)


October 27 1957 (Sunday)
Oakland Auditorium, Oakland, California
Press Conference : Questions by the media
      Unreleased

October 28 1957 (Monday)
Pan Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Press Conference : Questions by the media       Unreleased
Interviewer : Dolores Diamond (Backstage)       Unreleased (Transcript Only)

Transcript

October 28 1957 - Pan Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, California

Elvis Presleys recent appearance at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles has our Associate Editor, Dolores Diamond, scurrying over there with pen and camera for this backstage interview and exclusive pictures of Elvis, on and off the stage.

Elvis Presley, calm and collected, despite nine thousand screaming girls awaiting him out front, strolled in backstage, propped himself on the table, his legs dangling and swinging freely. Attired in a red jacket, a black shirt and pants, a yellow tie, and black shoes with a cool silver belt studded with rhinestones, he made a rather colourful figure. And a frank one, as you will see!

Dolores : Elvis, exactly how do you feel about all these interviews?

Elvis : The press makes entertainers, and the deejays, too. If the press didn't write, no one would know what you're doing. Everyone needs the press

Dolores : As the reputed King of Rock 'n Roll, how do you feel about the comments Frank Sinatra made railing Rock 'n Roll enthusiasts nothing but a bunch of 'cretinous goons' and the music itself as 'the martial music of every side-burned delinquent on the face of the earth'

Elvis : He has a right to his opinion, but I can't see him knocking it for no good reason. I wouldn't knock Frank Sinatra. I like him very much.
If I remember correctly, he was also part of a trend, just like Rock "n Roll. I think it's the greatest music ever natcherly 'cause it's the only thing I can do! If I were a pop singer, I'd prefer pop

Dolores : What pop singers do you dig most ?

Elvis : I like Pat Boone, the Four Aces, the Ames Brothers, Dean Martin, Tommy Sands, and Ricky Nelson real well. (Ricky, incidentally, was in the audience opening night, left in the middle of one of Elvis' numbers.) I like classical music, too

Dolores : Do you dislike anything?

Elvis : Who am I to sit here and knock someone else? If someone has strived for something, then it's OK. I don't dig in and question it.
I never knock anyone who's successful

Dolores : Is that your criterion? Anything which is successful is automatically good?

Elvis : Yes, I guess so

Dolores : Some critics have openly accuscd you of inciting juvenile delinquency. How do you feel about this?

Elvis : I don't understand it. Delinquency to me means robbing, knife fighting, and things like that. I've done nothing to cause that and I'd never set up a pattern like that for others to follow

Dolores : Do you think a lot about your fans?

Elvis : I sure do, I always try to conduct my personal life to set a good example for them. I think about this all the time

Dolores : Elvis, is it true that you don't smoke or drink?

Elvis : Yes

Dolores : Being in the public eye constantly must be quite a strain, especially dating. What are some of the limitations?

Elvis : Well, I can't roam around like I used to. Can't go to football games or other public places

Dolores : What do you do on a date?

Elvis : Well, usually we just ride around. I get mobbed if I go anyplace. Sometimes the girl comes up to my apartment and we have dinner there.
Sometimes we go to a drive-in for a hamburger, or we go to a real late movie

Dolores : What do you do in Memphis?

Elvis : Well, most of my friends are in Memphis. That's why I established a home there. We've been kicked out of the same places, you know, it's easier to be yourself there

Dolores : You've invited many girls to visit you in Memphis, Elvis. What happens when they get there?

Elvis (grinning) : Oh, we go motorcycle riding and to the movies. Nothing much

Dolores : Are you planning on taking any more gals to Memphis?

Elvis : File your application at the door, honey

Dolores : How many have gone so far?

Elvis : Five (He named off Venctia Stevenson, Naialie Wood, and several others I'd never heard of.)

Dolores : What about Yvonne Lime?

Elvis : Yeah, I forgot Yvonne. That makes six

Dolores : Who pays their fare?

Elvis : I pay all the expenses

Dolores : Do you still date any of these girls?

Elvis : I still see Venetia once in a while. I own three horses, take her riding

Dolores : (handing him comment in 'Modern Teen' listing Anita Wood as his "number one girlfriend") Would you care to comment on this caption?

Elvis : (reading it very seriously) Yes, I would. There's no truth in it. What happened was Anita was seeing me off at the station. A reporter approached, a photographer told me to kiss her and I did. The reporter said, "Number one?" I said, "Yeah, sure" and boarded the train.
I was half-way to California before I realized what he meant. By then, it was in the papers that she was my number one girlfriend.

Dolores : Is there a current number one girlfriend?

Elvis : I've felt close to falling in love a couple of times. In fact, I almost was engaged twice before I got into show business. But I don't care enough for one girl to be identified with them. Honey, I prefer to date 'em all until I find the right one

Dolores : Do you feel that any of these girls have dated you tor publicity or to further their own careers?

Elvis : Yes, several (He gallantly refused to name them)

Dolores : What prevented you from getting involved at the last minute with some of these girls?

Elvis : It's funny, but if you don't care for the gal, it'll come out. What happened was I discovered that I didn't care as much as I thought I did. So now I let things ride. In a way, it's lucky I didn't get tied up

Dolores : Can I say, on the record, that you have no romantic interests as of this interview?

Elvis : I am not in love now. But I can't guarantee about tomorrow

Dolores : Any preferences in women?

Elvis : I don't favor any one type. I like girls!

Dolores : Getting back to your career, you've undoubtedly heard that some writers have printed that Presley is on the decline, that your popularity is waning. Do you think it is?

Elvis : Well, about the reports that I'm through, this is a new one. I haven't noticed any decline. Anyway, you can't stay on top forever. Even if I stopped singing tomorrow, I'd have no regrets. I had a ball while I was there

Dolores : Financially, you're pretty well off, aren't you, even if you retired tomorrow?

Elvis : I don't know exactly how much I've made. It's over a million a year

Dolores : Gross or net?

Elvis : Gross, I believe

Dolores : Don't you have some 20-year contract, too?

Elvis : My RCA Victor recording contract calls for a moderate salary over a 20-year period. Then I have two music publishing companies, plus the Elvis Presley Enterprises." (The latter sells everything from Presley photos and buttons to lipsticks, shirts, and other wearing apparel

Dolores : How many personal appearances have you made?

Elvis : Last year I did 87, this year only 20. (For two appearances in Los An- geles, about an hour total on the stage, Elvis cleared $65,000!)

Dolores : How much did your films 'Loving You' and 'Love Me Tender' gross?

Elvis : I wouldn't know. Hal Wallis didn't tell me

Dolores : He doesn't have to tell you, Elvis. You can get the figures from Variety or the trade magazines. Don't you read them? What do you read?

Elvis : I read 'Superman' and 'Captain Marvel'

Dolores : What about news magazines or newspapers?

Elvis : I don't have time to read

Dolores : What sports do you go in for?

Elvis : Well, I don't particularly like baseball. I like football and boxing. I played football myself once, and I enjoy watchng the 'Peewee Leagues'. As for fighting, I watch them on TV". My favorites are Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano. I know Rocky very well.
He was going to teach me how to fight, but I chickened out

Dolores : Would you like a role in films as a fighter?

Elvis : You bet, a singin' fighter. Actually, I'd like to do a straight dramatic show. I'm betting on an acting career

Dolores : Some critics have said that Colonel Parker, your manager, and you have a Svengali-Trilby relationship. Is this true?

Elvis : Huh?

Dolores : Elvis, do you obey Colonel Parker? Does he rule your private life?

Elvis : Heck, no. Colonel Parker only advises me on business matters and that's all! I'm young, have to do what I want. I hardly ever see him

Dolores : Elvis, you've had quite a few Gold Records marking sales of over a million. What is your favourite song to date?

Elvis : Dolores, I wish you'd straighten out somethin' right here. Many magazines have printed that I have eight Gold Records, but I believe in giving a man credit for what he's done, and I've had 19 Gold Records! My favorite is 'Don't Be Cruel'

Dolores : What was the hardest song for you to sing?

Elvis : 'Jailhouse Rock.' It's the hardest song to sing that I've ever recorded. My tongue practically falls out on this one.
A quarter million of my Xmas album have sold to date!

Dolores : Say, why did you change 'Blue Moon' all around?

Elvis : Honey, when I recorded 'Blue Moon', I didn't know the words to it. When I got to the bridge, I just started yelling

Dolores : Elvis, what was the first song you ever sang?

Elvis : Old Shep' was tlie first song I ever did in iny life; I won $5 in a contest singin' it

Dolores : Now what about all the gyrations you fo through when you sing ?

Elvis : I wasn't aware of what I was doin' until people told me. I Just sing like they do back home. When I was younger, I always liked spiritual quartets and they sing like that

Dolores : It is commonly stated that 'The Singin' Idol' which Tommy Sands did on TV and now is doing for films is a thinly veiled biography of you. Is it really?

Elvis : I didn t see it on TV. From what I hear, the only similarity between it and me is that we both were singers. My grandfather isn't dead yet.
I just heard from him last week.
And that character's manager was nuthin' like the Colonel! (The audience started screaming and applauding for an act which preceded Elvis. He Jumped to his feet, ran over to see who was on) (Laughing) I can t have any of that, applauding for someone else!

Dolores : How do you feel when the girls scream for you?

Elvis : Well, I figure it doesn't last, so I might as well enjoy it while I can

Dolores : Are you nervous at this moment?

Elvis : I'm a little shaky. I go on stage and then I relax, after I start singin'

Dolores : Do you ever forget your lyrics?

Elvis : Sometimes, but no one knows it. They can t tell what I in singin'. anyway.
I never rehearse; the band travels with me and knows all my numbers. Of course, I have to rehearse for TV shows and for movies

Dolores : What goes on ahead of you?

Elvis : I have no idea. I haven't seen the other acts. I get out there and sing for about 50 minutes, do about 17 numbers, all of the favourites

Dolores : Would you say you prefer this type of personal appearance, say to a nightclub appearance in Las Vegas?

Elvis : Ouch! Two years ago, I laid the biggest egg of my life in Vegas. The older groups just don't go for Rock 'n Roll.
My ego went through the floor with that one! There were good crowds, but no response like in a teenage audience.
I felt like I was pulling a booboo

Dolores : Do you have lines in this act?

Elvis : No, I ad lib strictly. When I come off that stage, I look like I've been through a meat grinder

Dolores : Elvis, do you read music?

Elvis : No. And I can't play the guitar, either

Dolores : What do you do with it if you don't play it?

Elvis (laughing) : I use it as a brace

Dolores : Well, your name is listed on the credits of several hit tunes as the author. How do you write music if you don't read it?

Elvis : It's all a big hoax, honey. I never wrote a song in my life. I get one-third of the credit for recording it. It makes me look smarter than I am.
I've never even had an idea for a song. Just once, maybe

Dolores : When?

Elvis : I went to bed one night, had quite a dream, and woke up all shook up. I phoned a pal and told him about it. By morning, he had a new song -'All Shook Up'

Dolores : How do you leave a show without causing a riot?

Elvis : Everything is pre-arranged. I'm just like a robot getting in and out. I just follow along, that's all.
I leave before the audience knows I'm out of the building. They tell me to be at a certain door by 10:10 and I am! No bows, no curtain calls.
I finish the last number, and away I go

Dolores : Do you study the day's rushes when you make a movie?''

Elvis : I sure do. I always critiiize myself in films. When I attend a movie theatre, I'll get up and leave during the numbers I don't like.
Then I come back in after they're over

Dolores : Do you have a teenage audience when you re singing in a movie?

Elvis : In 'Loving You' I did, but in Jailhouse Rock' I had to sing without a live audience, and it was a lot harder

Dolores : What did they finally do with your sideburns?

Elvis : They covered them with make-up, I'm keeping them as long as I can, that is, until they draft me

Dolores : Elvis, do you think you'll ever return to school and further your education?

Elvis : No, I see know point in studying. I don't think I need it, do you? But there is one thing, I'd like to be a good actor.
I'm always striving to be natural in front of the camera. That takes studying, of a sort


It was time for the show, so we terminated the interview. Elvis Presley is quiet, courteous, and freer with his quips than expected.
He's shrewd, so don't under estimate him. He'll be around for a long, long time.
Incidently, he is quite tall, much-better looking than his photographs with a clear complexion and dark blue eyes.
He changed into his gold lame jacket with sparkling lapels and went out to mesmerise the audience, all 9,000 of them

(Source : 'Dig' Magazine - June 1958 - Thanks to Richard Otis)


November 9 1957 (Saturday)
'On Board Interview' Honolulu, Hawaii
Press Conference : Questions by the media
      Unreleased

November 10 1957 (Sunday)
Hawaiian Village Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
Press Conference : Questions by the media       Unreleased (Transcript Only)

Transcript

November 10 1957 - Carousel Room, Hawaiian Village Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii

Reporter : Do you like Hawaii?

Elvis : I love it. If I move, I'll move here... if they'll ever deport me..

Reporter : How often do you have a haircut?

Elvis : Not often, and when I do, it doesn't look like a haircut.

Reporter : How about southern cooking?

Elvis : I don't like fried chicken. I like pineapples and coconut.

Reporter : What's your ancestry?

Elvis : Irish, I reckon. And some Italian. Never gave it a thought.

Reporter : Has success affected your life?

Elvis : Of course. I never realised anything like this was possible, thay I'd ever be in Hawaii - or Las Vegas, or Hollywood. It's quite a change to jump into this stuff. If you're not careful you'll crack up.

Reporter : Do you feel an obligation to your public?

Elvis : I do feel an obligation. I'm very careful not to do anything that would disapoint my fans. I behave myself. People have preconcieved ideas about me. It's natural. I've often said, 'I won't like that person', and then found out he's a nice guy.

Reporter : What's your reaction to those older people that don't like you?

Elvis : Honey, I can't please everybody. Maybe they're Pat Boone fans.

(Source : 'Elvis - The Final Fifties Tours' by Alan Hanson)


November 11 1957 (Monday)
Schofield Barracks, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii
Press Conference : Questions by the media       Unreleased

March 24 1958 (Monday)
Memphis Draft Board, Memphis, Tennessee
(Video footage of Elvis)        
'Swearing In' to the US Army 0:30
LPA5
5814 This Is Elvis (FTD)~The Complete Word For Word CD3

March 24 1958 (Monday)
Fort Chaffee, Arkansas
Interviewer : Unknown 0:44     Let's Take It On Home~The Complete Word For Word CD3

September 22 1958 (Monday)
Brooklyn, New York - 'Elvis Sails'
(Video footage of Elvis)        
Press Conference : Questions by the media
'Press Interview with Elvis Presley'
13:35
J2PB
7302 Elvis' Gold Records Vol 2 (FTD)~The Jailhouse Rock Sess. (Memory)
~Elvis Sails~Absent Without Leave CD2+Complete 50's Masters CD4
+This Is Elvis (FTD) (Additional excerpt - 0:51 - J2PH 7305)
Press Conference : Questions by the media
'Newsreel Interview'
2:23
J2PB
7303 Elvis' Gold Records Vol 2 (FTD)~The Jailhouse Rock Sess. (Memory)
~Absent Without Leave CD2~Elvis Sails~The Complete Word For
Word CD4 (Listed as March 3 1960)~A Legendary Performer Vol 1
(Excerpt - 0:34 - J2PH 7305)
Interviewer : Pat Hernon
'In the library of the USS Randall at sailing'
2:16
J2PB
7304 Elvis' Gold Records Vol 2 (FTD)~The Jailhouse Rock Sess. (Memory)
~Absent Without Leave CD2~Elvis Sails~The Complete Word For Word CD3~A Legendary Performer Volume 1 (J2PH 7305)

October 1 1958 (Wednesday)
Bad Homberg, Germany
Interviewer : Unknown 1:09     The Complete Word For Word CD3 (0:51 - Incomplete)+Tape

October 1 1958 (Wednesday)
Friedberg, Germany (or Bremerhaffen)
Interviewer : Unknown 0:30

 

    The Complete Word For Word CD3
Interviewer : Unknown 0:37     Tape

January 3 1959 (Saturday)
'Telephone Call' from USA to Bad Nauheim, Germany
Interviewer : Keith Sherriff       Unreleased (Transcript Only)

Transcript

January 3 1959 - 'Telephone Call' from USA to Bad Nauheim, Germany (Interviewer : Keith Sherriff)

Keith Sherriff : Elvis, how are you?

Elvis : Just got in from work. I still got my fatigues on.

Keith Sherriff : Are you concerned about your popularity fading while you're overseas?

Elvis : Well I don't really know about that. I have no way of telling. And I'm in no position to worry about it right now.
It's pretty hard to say about something like that. I've got so much on my mind all the time... if I'd worry about everything I would go nuts.

Keith Sherriff : Along those lines, how many songs did you record before you left the States?

Elvis : Not very many.

Keith Sherriff : Do you have any plans to record in Germany?

Elvis : I don't plan to, but that would all be handled in the States. I really don't know what they're gonna do.

Keith Sherriff : Do you miss Memphis, and your home?

Elvis : I would give my neck to be hack home. I am homesick all the time... you just don't know. I'm happy to do my part in the Army, but you'll never know how much I want to get back home. ..back in the entertainment business. I guess I'll stay in the entertainment business one way or another the rest of my life... whether playing or as a stagehand.
You will never know how wonderful old Memphis is until you've been away for a while.

Keith Sherriff : There was one story that said you might sell Graceland. Is that true?

Elvis : That's strictly a rumor. I would never sell Graceland! Not at no price to nobody, as long as I can hang on to it. Besides it would be foolish to sell now that I've got it completed. And, uh, I don't think my mother would like it if l did.

Keith Sherriff : Some people saying you wrote your latest hit "I Got Stung." Did you, Elvis?

Elvis : No. I never wrote a song myself. 1 probably could've if I sat down and tried hard enough but I never had the urge.

Keith Sherriff : Has there been any talk of you being put in Special Services, to possibly entertain troops and so forth?

Elvis : Well, I don't know just what they're gonna do with me, you know what I mean.

Keith Sherriff : Do you have to say "yes sir"?

Elvis : You better believe it.

Keith Sherriff : The papers carried a story about you and a German girl. Anything to that report?

Elvis : About the German girl, there is nothing to it but a lot of ... publicity. That's all it is.
Don't get me wrong, she's a cute little girl and all of that but it's mostly a lot of publicity.

(Source : 'Elvis - Word For Word' by Jerry Osborne)

Note: This interview is listed as being from Wednesday January 28 1959 in 'Elvis - Day By Day' by Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jørgensen.


January 30 1959
'Telephone Call' from USA to Friedberg, Germany
Interviewer : Dick Clark 4:30     The Complete Word For Word CD3 (Dated as March 1959)

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June 15 1959 (Monday)
Bayrischer Hof Hotel, Munich, Germany
Interviewer : Hannelore Krab
'Incognito in Paris'
3:49     The Comp. Word For Word CD3+Let's Take It On Home Again Vol 2
(Edited)+Tape (Complete)

June 17 1959 (Wednesday)
Prince De Galles Hotel, Avenue de George V, Paris, France
(Video footage of Elvis)        
Press Conference :
Interviewer : Mario Delagarde
2:04     Internet

June 1959 (Late - Exact Date Unknown)
'Radio Promo' for KPOY Radio in Hawaii
'Hello Hawaii' 0:52     Tape

June 1959 (Late - Exact Date Unknown)
'Telephone Call' from Hawaii 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' to Germany
Interviewer : Tom Moffatt
'Uncle Sam's Man'
5:41     The Complete Word For Word II (Edited - Wrongly Dated Jan 5 1959
& March 19 1961)+TV Land Web Site (Complete)

July 25 1959 (Wednesday)
Location Unknown
Press Conference : Interviewers Unknown       Unreleased (Source: Elvis Day By Day - Jørgensen / Guralnick)

June / July 1959 (Exact Date Unknown)
'Telephone Call' from USA to Bad Nauheim, Germany
Interviewer : Don Owens (WARL) 2:57     The Complete Word For Word CD3~Let's Take It On Home

August 1959 (Exact Date Unknown)
'Telephone Call' from USA to Bad Nauheim, Germany
Interviewer : Dick Clark 3:36     The Complete Word For Word CD3~Let's Take It On Home

September 1959 (Exact Date Unknown)
'Dance Party' KHJ TV 'Telephone Call' to Friedberg, Germany
Interviewer : Wink Martindale 4:05     That Was Elvis To Me

1959 (Exact Date & Location Unknown)
Germany
Interviewer : Unknown (German Interviewer) 3:55     The Complete Word For Word CD3

1959 (Exact Date & Location Unknown)
'Telephone Call' from Kingston to Germany
Interviewer : Unknown (WBPM)       Unreleased (Transcript Only)

Transcript

1959 (Exact Date Unknown) - 'Telephone Call' from Kingston to Germany (Interviewer : Unknown)

Elvis : Well, I have three movies to make in 1960, plus a television show. I think I've got a lot of work to do but I'm willing to try.

WBPM Radio : Elvis, we don't want to keep you away from your duties too much longer for Uncle Sam. It's certainly been a pleasure chatting with you for these few minutes, all the way from Germany. And your fans here, we would just like to tell you, Elvis, are more loyal than ever. I think this is true.

Elvis : Well, I certainly appreciate that and I'll do my best to live up to it, and I'm looking forward to coming back and everything.

WBPM Radio : One more note. We've had more requests for this question than, I think, for any other. Elvis, when you get out of the Army are you going to keep your crew cut, or are you going to let your hair grow long?

Elvis : Am I going to do what?

WBPM Radio : Are you going to let your hair grow long?

Elvis : Oh! To a certain extent, yes.

(Source : 'Elvis - Word For Word' by Jerry Osborne)


1959 (Exact Date Unknown)
'Radio Promo'
'Hello Australia' 0:06     Tape~A Legendary Performer Volume 8

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