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Sunday night, Nov. 12, 1972. The Santa Ana winds were howling, so typical of San Bernardino in November. And it was cold. But a sold-out crowd stood patiently to have an audience with The King.
He stands there in a black jump suit with gold spangles and an orange cape. When he stretches out his hands the cape forms a half sun under his outstretched arms and he looks like the true king of rock 'n' roll. He parades in front of 15,000 people and waits for the applause to wash over him and it comes as it always does and as he knows it will. After strutting from one end of the stage to the other after waiting until he feels just right, and until the audience can't wait another second, he turns to a back-up musican who hands him his acoustic guitar. With the rhythm section churning, he stands in front of the mike, holds but does not play the guitar and sings, 'That's alright mama, that's alright for you, just any way you do'.
Though he never lost the title of 'King', it was an empty crown that Elvis Presley wore during much of the decade of the 1960s. While it is hard to have ever thought of Presley in need of a comeback, it was precisely the situation in which he found himself just a few months ago. Despite his unparalleled success of the late 1950s and early 1960s (more than 250 million records sold and more than 30 movies) ... Unbelievably, Presley, who had been the most important musical influence of his generation, was only a memory to many of his strongest fans during much of the 1960s. For those who were excited by his early recordings (a list that begins with John Lennon
and Paul McCartney
and extends into the millions), Presley would always be a special figure, but it seemed that he would be a figure tucked neatly and permanently into the past.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Mennie Person never expected to meet Elvis Presley
, much less wind up on his gift list. Mrs. Person was caught by surprise Sunday evening when she was admiring Presley's custom-made Cadillac outside a Cadillac agency. 'I had my head over in it and he came out of the back parking lot and asked if I liked it'. The car Mrs. Person selected was a gold and white model that lists for about $11,500. Mrs. Person said that when Presley learned her birthday was Tuesday, he handed her the keys to the car, wished 'Happy Birthday' and told an aide to write her a check to 'buy some clothes to go with the car'.
Elvis, Scotty and Bill played the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the first time on May 7, 1955 while on a tour with Hank Snow that had started in New Orleans on May 1st, and was for nearly three weeks touring with almost every day a show. According to writer Peter Guralnick, they met Mae Boren Axton, publicist for the Florida leg of the tour, at the first Florida date, in Daytona Beach. Mae would later co-write 'Heartbreak Hotel' with Tommy Durden which would be Elvis' first recording with RCA and ultimately his first Gold record.
On the recent MRS boxset 'Elvis: Live In The 50's
' is an interview with Mae Axton and Elvis.
What is an Elvis Presley? by Eddie Condon. Cosmopolitan, December 1956.
Elvis: Power At The Box Office, by Bob Rolontz, Music Business, November 21, 1964.
Who The Hell Is Elvis Presley? By Leonard Bennett. Cabaret, August 1956.
An Intimate Conversation With Elvis, by Rosa Luxemburg. TV And Movie Play, December 1969.
The Ants in Elvis Presley's Pants by Jane Newcomb, Exposed, December 1956.
How Elvis Told His Mom Good-bye. by John Dunne. Movie Stars Parade, November 1958.
The Life And Death Of Gladys Presley, Modern Screen, November 1958.
Celeste Yarnell (sic) Tells All... About Her Life With Elvis by Allison Hayes, Screen Stars, December 1968.
A Craze Called Elvis, by Carlton Brown, Coronet, September 1956 ...