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|ELVIS THE LEGEND
THE AUTHORISED BOOK FROM THE GRACELAND ARCHIVES
August 02, 2017 - Daily Mail Online / Elvis Express Radio
|Watching TV with his mum, sharing tender times with Priscilla... even his last tragic moments. A stunning new book of photos from the Presley family’s private archive to mark the
40th anniversary of Elvis' death will leave you all shook up.
EER Comments: As shown in these images above, not everything in this Presley Family authorised book is exactly.....Ummm, accurate (Left to Right).
Image 1 - Taken in New York, 1956.......The book tells us it is "Elvis backstage reading fan mail in 1957" = WRONG!
Image 2 - Taken August 1970......The book tells us it is "Elvis performing in Vegas, 1960" = WRONG!
Image 3 - Taken April 1972 ........ The book tells "performing in a rhinestone suit in 1976, just a year before he died" = WRONG!
And so, the Daily Mail online tell us what the book brings....
On the 40th anniversary of his death, Event presents a glorious pictorial tribute from the family’s private Graceland archive
He was labelled ‘Elvis the Pelvis’ for the onstage gyrations that drove his teenage fans to distraction. Others called him ‘swivel hips’. In the end, however, Elvis Presley was known
simply as The King of Rock ’n’ Roll – a mantle that has stuck to this day.
Now, on the 40th anniversary of his death in 1977 at the age of 42, the Presley family has released Elvis, The Legend, with unique images from the family-owned archives, detailing
every aspect of his life.
Not many stars, particularly in the Fifties, were known only by one name. But Elvis was always different. His musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the
gospel music he heard in church and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager. But he loved all music, and was a perfectionist who never
stopped till the sound was perfect – he did 31 takes of Hound Dog before he was convinced he’d got it right.
With his pegged trousers, leather jackets and jumpsuits – devised so he could more comfortably display the kung-fu kicks he had mastered after studying the martial art since his
time in the army – he also developed his own iconic style including the slicked back hair which made him look like the truck driver he once was in his youth. Indeed he went on to
define what it meant to be a rock star: he had his own custom-made jewellery and sunglasses, a lavish Southern mansion, planes, trains and a fleet of luxury cars.
He was devoted to his mother Gladys and was determined to rescue his family from the poverty they had known through most of his youth. At her graveside he sobbed: ‘Oh God.
Everything I have is gone.’
Elvis starred in 33 successful films and has sold over one billion records – more than any other artist. His talent, good looks, sensuality and self-deprecating humour endeared him
to millions – and that musical legacy lives on today.
Over the following pages Event pays tribute to The King, with never-before-seen images, personal details and very private tributes for a man the world remembers simply as Elvis.
‘Elvis: The Legend’ by Gillian G Gaar is published on August 10
by Carlton Books, priced £25.
Offer price £18.75 (25% discount with free p&p) until August 6.
Pre-order at mailbookshop.co.uk or call 0844 571 0640
A poverty-stricken childhood, his stillborn twin... and a rocky start to the career of the man who would be rock ’n’ roll’s King
Born on January 8, 1935, in a two-room shotgun shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, the future King was a twin.
Elvis’s brother, Jesse, was stillborn, and pain over the sibling he never knew would ‘tear up his head’ in later life. He grew up a ‘mama’s boy’, devoted to his mother, Gladys, and
close to his father, Vernon, who during Elvis’s early childhood served time in jail for cheque fraud.
A tall, shy child, at the age of ten Presley gave his first public performance, singing Old Shep in front of several hundred people at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show on
October 3, 1945, dressed in a cowboy suit and standing on a chair to reach the microphone.
Soon after, he was gifted his first guitar on his 11th birthday. In 1948 the family moved 100 miles southeast to a small apartment in Poplar Avenue, Memphis.
Rumour had it that Vernon was involved in a moonshine racket and had to leave town fast. ‘We were broke, man,’ Elvis later recalled. ‘We just left overnight. Things had to be
From hillbilly to soldier, husband, father... and rock sensation
Elvis began the decade a poor ‘hillbilly’ and ended it the most famous face on the planet. Working odd jobs, from cinema usher to truck driver, he began exploring the Memphis
music scene on Beale Street, home to the R&B clubs.
Slicking back his long hair with Vaseline he cut an eccentric figure, often singled out for ridicule. In 1953, he recorded an acetate of My Happiness at Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios in
‘Who do you sound like?’ he was asked. ‘I don’t sound like nobody,’ he replied.
A year later, on July 5, 1954, Presley was back to record his version of That’s Alright Mama – and everything changed forever. The song was a sensation. A string of hysteria-
fuelled local shows and regional hits followed.
Signing to RCA in 1956 was the final step. Heartbreak Hotel and Hound Dog unleashed international Elvismania, accelerated by his teen-corrupting gyrations on The Ed Sullivan
The same year, Elvis made the first of 33 feature films, Love Me Tender, and in the next 24 months scored ten No 1 singles.
The momentum barely ceased when he was drafted for military service in March 1958. He spent two years stationed in Germany, but manager Colonel Tom Parker ensured there
was enough product stockpiled to keep Elvis flying high.
John Lennon’s quote that ‘Elvis died when he went into the army’ was typically barbed but not entirely baseless.
In the Sixties, Presley could no longer convince as a rebel. After completing his military service in 1960, his first TV appearance was with Frank Sinatra in a tuxedo, while the
conveyor belt of formulaic movies rendered him tame and predictable compared to The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
Yet there was no shortage of highlights. In 1967 he married Priscilla Beaulieu. A year later their daughter Lisa-Marie arrived.
There were many unforgettable songs, a handful of decent films and the legendary 1968 Comeback Special, in which the King reclaimed his throne.
From Elvis In Memphis, his best album, was released in June 1969, while his run of hits included If I Can Dream, In The Ghetto and Suspicious Minds, some of his greatest songs.
Gaudy rhinestone-studded jumpsuits. Bizarre karate poses. Junk food. Drug bloat
Elvis’s final decade is overshadowed by the weird stuff – being made an honorary narcotics agent by President Richard Nixon being perhaps the oddest escapade – yet it started
His concerts were wildly popular, he recorded The Wonder Of You, Burning Love and Always On My Mind, and his revved-up version of Chuck Berry’s Promised Land proved he
could still rock with a vengeance. And he was still thin.
The final years, however, were painful. His marriage ended in 1972, and he became addicted to a dizzying variety of prescription drugs. His weight ballooned and his live
performances became erratic. He’d stumble, slur and ramble, and had difficulty breathing.
The final show took place in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977, after which Elvis retreated to Graceland, where he lived in seclusion, sleeping through the days. Debilitated by high
blood pressure, liver damage, an enlarged colon, glaucoma, migraines and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Elvis died on the afternoon of August 16, 1977, aged 42, suffering heart
failure in the bathroom.
The King was dead. Long live The King.
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