Previously Unseen | Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash
September 21, 2019
The first shot is Elvis is chewing gum and dancing - a finger from an unseen man snaps along with his dancing (probably Johnny, based on what comes in a moment). Then we get a second shot of Elvis dancing alone. A third shot, a few frames of Elvis with Johnny's pompadour ducking into the left edge of the shot. Fourth and fifth shots that appear to be from the same reel are of Johnny walking a street and in the back seat of a car, respectively.
Then we get the real gem, of Johnny and Elvis standing together around a table, with both looking pensive, Cash leaning on the table and looking at the camera. This fades into a shot of Elvis and Johnny closer to the window, Elvis stretching his arms to the back of his head, and Johnny now standing up. And finally, one last almost voyeuristic shot of them standing still, looking out the window.
Episode 4, 'I Can't Stop Loving You' of Ken Burns movie 'Country Music' covered the years 1953-1963 and pays a visit to Memphis, Tenn. during the age of rockabilly with Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley; Ray Charles crosses over racial borders by recording a country album; Patsy Cline rises to stardom.
Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash 1957 (00:44)
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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. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
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Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.