The Elvis I Knew DVD by Charlie Hodge
Charlie shares his heartfelt memories of his 17 years with one of the greatest entertainers in the world. Charlie's stories include his time by Elvis' side on stage, on movie sets, in the army, and personal time with the Presley family and friends at Graceland, in Vegas, and in California.
Guest appearances include George Klein, long time friend to both Charlie and Elvis, and accomplished radio disc jockey; J.D. Sumner, also long time friend to Charlie and Elvis, and accomplished base singer (some say the best) with J.D Sumner and the Stamps; and last but not least Gordon Stoker, first tenor and manager of the Jordanaires. They share their perspective of Charlie and Elvis' relationship on and off stage. Charlie really never got a whole lot of credit for what he did for Elvis so it is nice to hear their side since they were first hand witnesses to the relationship, both professional and personal, that Charlie and Elvis had.
In this DVD Charlie remembers Elvis as a bright vibrant life with an exceptional soul. He got to witness Elvis' 'unequal generosity' and saw his impact on the whole world. According to Charlie 'we are all just a little bit better for his having been'. This is definitely a must have for any Elvis fan. You will see a side of Elvis that only an insider could see. Get to know Elvis through Charlie's eyes and you will feel a little closer to the man that Charlie called his best friend.
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The Elvis I Knew DVD
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.