The next day, Elvis stepped out of the house in Bad Nauheim for the last time. A drizzling rain was not enough to keep his fans away.
Priscilla was back, but now Elvis had to bid her and his family good-bye. Vernon, Minnie Mae, Elisabeth and Lamar were flying back on a commercial flight. At Ray Barracks Elvis got on a bus with his fellow G. In the chaos at Rhein-Main, Elvis and Priscilla were prevented from saying a final good-bye. The photos of her waving farewell were actually taken before Elvis arrived for his flight. It would be the only time he ever visited the United Kingdom.
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It was also no accident that Elvis was on hand for a special ceremony in April to relocate a stone memorial for German World War I veterans in Steinfurth. See photo below. Elvis paid them nothing, providing only room and board, plus a small weekly allowance. The hot-headed West would later leave and be replaced by Cliff Gleaves , a rock-a-billy musician friend of Elvis from Memphis.
She got along well with grandma and helped her with the cooking each day. Several other army friends were frequent visitors to the Presley homestead in West Germany. Elvis had met Rex Mansfield when he was inducted.
Charlie Hodge was a fellow soldier and musician whom Elvis had befriended during his trip from Fort Hood to Bremerhaven. Elvis and Charlie had been put in charge of producing a talent show during the Atlantic crossing. Dennis's Collection by bmitd Own on Vinyl by aandeandval. Soundtrack Albums by narrug. Elvis' Originals by narrug. Live by narrug. My albums by ckase Wendy Faves by wendyvortex.
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Accompanying Presley's rise to fame, a cultural shift was taking place that he both helped inspire and came to symbolize. Igniting the "biggest pop craze since Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra Presley brought rock'n'roll into the mainstream of popular culture", writes historian Marty Jezer. Presley, more than anyone else, gave the young a belief in themselves as a distinct and somehow unified generation—the first in America ever to feel the power of an integrated youth culture.
The audience response at Presley's live shows became increasingly fevered. Moore recalled, "He'd start out, 'You ain't nothin' but a Hound Dog,' and they'd just go to pieces. They'd always react the same way. There'd be a riot every time. The album includes "Old Shep", which he sang at the talent show in , and which now marked the first time he played piano on an RCA session.
According to Guralnick, one can hear "in the halting chords and the somewhat stumbling rhythm both the unmistakable emotion and the equally unmistakable valuing of emotion over technique. Presley returned to the Sullivan show at its main studio in New York, hosted this time by its namesake, on October After the performance, crowds in Nashville and St. Louis burned him in effigy. Though he was not top-billed, the film's original title— The Reno Brothers —was changed to capitalize on his latest number-one record: "Love Me Tender" had hit the top of the charts earlier that month.
To further take advantage of Presley's popularity, four musical numbers were added to what was originally a straight acting role. The film was panned by the critics but did very well at the box office.
Though Phillips no longer had the right to release any Presley material, he made sure that the session was captured on tape. The results, none officially released for 25 years, became known as the " Million Dollar Quartet " recordings.
Presley made his third and final Ed Sullivan Show appearance on January 6, —on this occasion indeed shot only down to the waist. Some commentators have claimed that Parker orchestrated an appearance of censorship to generate publicity. Leaving behind the bland clothes he had worn on the first two shows, he stepped out in the outlandish costume of a pasha, if not a harem girl. From the make-up over his eyes, the hair falling in his face, the overwhelmingly sexual cast of his mouth, he was playing Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik , with all stops out.
At the end of the show, Sullivan declared Presley "a real decent, fine boy". Already an international star, he was attracting fans even where his music was not officially released. The title track was written by Leiber and Stoller, who were then retained to write four of the six songs recorded at the sessions for Jailhouse Rock , Presley's next film.
The songwriting team effectively produced the Jailhouse sessions and developed a close working relationship with Presley, who came to regard them as his "good-luck charm". Presley undertook three brief tours during the year, continuing to generate a crazed audience response. In a magazine article, he decried rock and roll as "brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people.
It smells phoney and false. It is sung, played and written, for the most part, by cretinous goons. This rancid-smelling aphrodisiac I deplore. He has a right to say what he wants to say. He is a great success and a fine actor, but I think he shouldn't have said it. This is a trend, just the same as he faced when he started years ago. Leiber and Stoller were again in the studio for the recording of Elvis' Christmas Album. Toward the end of the session, they wrote a song on the spot at Presley's request: " Santa Claus Is Back in Town ", an innuendo-laden blues.
Though they were brought back on a per diem basis a few weeks later, it was clear that they had not been part of Presley's inner circle for some time. A couple of weeks into the new year, " Don't ", another Leiber and Stoller tune, became Presley's tenth number-one seller. It had been only 21 months since "Heartbreak Hotel" had brought him to the top for the first time. Recording sessions for the King Creole soundtrack were held in Hollywood in mid-January Leiber and Stoller provided three songs and were again on hand, but it would be the last time they and Presley worked closely together.
They kept him separate. On March 24, , Presley was drafted into the U. His arrival was a major media event. Hundreds of people descended on Presley as he stepped from the bus; photographers then accompanied him into the fort.
Presley commenced basic training at Fort Hood , Texas. During a two-week leave in early June, he recorded five songs in Nashville. Presley was granted emergency leave to visit her and arrived in Memphis on August Two days later, she died of heart failure at the age of Presley was devastated and never the same;   their relationship had remained extremely close—even into his adulthood, they would use baby talk with each other and Presley would address her with pet names.
He became "practically evangelical about their benefits", not only for energy but for "strength" and weight loss as well, and many of his friends in the outfit joined him in indulging. It became a lifelong interest, which he later included in his live performances.
He donated his Army pay to charity, purchased TV sets for the base, and bought an extra set of fatigues for everyone in his outfit. While in Friedberg, Presley met year-old Priscilla Beaulieu. They would eventually marry after a seven-and-a-half-year courtship. In Special Services , he would have been able to give musical performances and remain in touch with the public, but Parker had convinced him that to gain popular respect, he should serve his country as a regular soldier. Armed with a substantial amount of unreleased material, they kept up a regular stream of successful releases.
Presley returned to the United States on March 2, , and was honorably discharged three days later with the rank of sergeant. The album features several songs described by Greil Marcus as full of Chicago blues "menace, driven by Presley's own super-miked acoustic guitar, brilliant playing by Scotty Moore, and demonic sax work from Boots Randolph. Elvis' singing wasn't sexy, it was pornographic. Presley returned to television on May 12 as a guest on The Frank Sinatra Timex Special —ironic for both stars, given Sinatra's earlier excoriation of rock and roll.
Also known as Welcome Home Elvis , the show had been taped in late March, the only time all year Presley performed in front of an audience. The broadcast drew an enormous viewership. Blues , the soundtrack to Presley's first film since his return, was a number-one album in October.
It reached number 13 on the U. In February , Presley performed two shows for a benefit event in Memphis, on behalf of 24 local charities.
During a luncheon preceding the event, RCA presented him with a plaque certifying worldwide sales of over 75 million records. Presaging much of what was to come from Presley himself over the next half-decade, the album is largely "a pleasant, unthreatening pastiche of the music that had once been Elvis' birthright".
Another benefit concert, raising money for a Pearl Harbor memorial, was staged on March 25, in Hawaii. It was to be Presley's last public performance for seven years. Parker had by now pushed Presley into a heavy film making schedule, focused on formulaic, modestly budgeted musical comedies. Presley, at first, insisted on pursuing higher roles, but when two films in a more dramatic vein— Flaming Star and Wild in the Country —were less commercially successful, he reverted to the formula.
Among the 27 films he made during the s, there were a few further exceptions. Hal Wallis , who produced nine of them, declared, "A Presley picture is the only sure thing in Hollywood.
Of Presley's films in the s, 15 were accompanied by soundtrack albums and another 5 by soundtrack EPs. The films' rapid production and release schedules—he frequently starred in three a year—affected his music. According to Jerry Leiber, the soundtrack formula was already evident before Presley left for the Army: "three ballads, one medium-tempo [number], one up-tempo, and one break blues boogie".
But by and large, according to biographer Jerry Hopkins , the numbers seemed to be "written on order by men who never really understood Elvis or rock and roll". In the first half of the decade, three of Presley's soundtrack albums were ranked number one on the pop charts, and a few of his most popular songs came from his films, such as " Can't Help Falling in Love " and " Return to Sender " But, as with artistic merit, the commercial returns steadily diminished.
During a five-year span— through —Presley had only one top-ten hit: " Crying in the Chapel " , a gospel number recorded back in As for non-film albums, between the June release of Pot Luck and the November release of the soundtrack to the television special that signaled his comeback, only one LP of new material by Presley was issued: the gospel album How Great Thou Art Shortly before Christmas , more than seven years since they first met, Presley proposed to Priscilla Beaulieu.
They were married on May 1, , in a brief ceremony in their suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. It was not until October , when the Clambake soundtrack LP registered record low sales for a new Presley album, that RCA executives recognized a problem.
Presley's only child, Lisa Marie , was born on February 1, , during a period when he had grown deeply unhappy with his career. Parker had already shifted his plans to television, where Presley had not appeared since the Sinatra Timex show in He maneuvered a deal with NBC that committed the network to both finance a theatrical feature and broadcast a Christmas special.
Recorded in late June in Burbank, California , the special, simply called Elvis , aired on December 3, Later known as the '68 Comeback Special, the show featured lavishly staged studio productions as well as songs performed with a band in front of a small audience—Presley's first live performances since The live segments saw Presley dressed in tight black leather, singing and playing guitar in an uninhibited style reminiscent of his early rock and roll days.
Director and co-producer Steve Binder had worked hard to produce a show that was far from the hour of Christmas songs Parker had originally planned. He sang with the kind of power people no longer expect of rock 'n' roll singers.
He moved his body with a lack of pretension and effort that must have made Jim Morrison green with envy. The soundtrack album rose into the top ten. According to friend Jerry Schilling , the special reminded Presley of what "he had not been able to do for years, being able to choose the people; being able to choose what songs and not being told what had to be on the soundtrack.
He was out of prison, man. I give you my word I will never sing a song I don't believe in. Buoyed by the experience of the Comeback Special, Presley engaged in a prolific series of recording sessions at American Sound Studio , which led to the acclaimed From Elvis in Memphis. Released in June , it was his first secular, non-soundtrack album from a dedicated period in the studio in eight years.
As described by Dave Marsh, it is "a masterpiece in which Presley immediately catches up with pop music trends that had seemed to pass him by during the movie years. He sings country songs, soul songs and rockers with real conviction, a stunning achievement. Presley was keen to resume regular live performing. Following the success of the Comeback Special, offers came in from around the world. He responded, "That's fine for me, now how much can you get for Elvis?
He was scheduled to perform 57 shows over four weeks beginning July Moore, Fontana, and the Jordanaires declined to participate, afraid of losing the lucrative session work they had in Nashville. Presley assembled new, top-notch accompaniment, led by guitarist James Burton and including two gospel groups, The Imperials and Sweet Inspirations.
Parker, who intended to make Presley's return the show business event of the year, oversaw a major promotional push. For his part, hotel owner Kirk Kerkorian arranged to send his own plane to New York to fly in rock journalists for the debut performance. Presley took to the stage without introduction. The audience of 2,, including many celebrities, gave him a standing ovation before he sang a note and another after his performance. A third followed his encore, "Can't Help Falling in Love" a song that would be his closing number for much of the s.
Cassandra Peterson , later television's Elvira, met Presley during this period in Las Vegas, where she was working as a showgirl. She recalled of their encounter, "He was so anti-drug when I met him.
I mentioned to him that I smoked marijuana, and he was just appalled. He said, 'Don't ever do that again. Several of his family members had been alcoholics, a fate he intended to avoid. Presley returned to the International early in for the first of the year's two-month-long engagements, performing two shows a night.
Recordings from these shows were issued on the album On Stage. Presley was performing in a jumpsuit, which would become a trademark of his live act. Presley had been the target of many threats since the s, often without his knowledge.
Presley went onstage with a Derringer in his right boot and a. The album, That's the Way It Is , produced to accompany the documentary and featuring both studio and live recordings, marked a stylistic shift.
As music historian John Robertson noted, "The authority of Presley's singing helped disguise the fact that the album stepped decisively away from the American-roots inspiration of the Memphis sessions towards a more middle-of-the-road sound.
Another week-long tour, of the West Coast, followed in November. On December 21, , Presley engineered a meeting with President Richard Nixon at the White House , where he expressed his patriotism and explained how he believed he could reach out to the hippies to help combat the drug culture he and the president abhorred.
He asked Nixon for a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge, to add to similar items he had begun collecting and to signify official sanction of his patriotic efforts. Nixon, who apparently found the encounter awkward, expressed a belief that Presley could send a positive message to young people and that it was, therefore, important that he "retain his credibility". On hearing reports of the meeting, Paul McCartney later said that he "felt a bit betrayed. The great joke was that we were taking [illegal] drugs, and look what happened to him", a reference to Presley's early death, linked to prescription drug abuse.
The U. Best received by critics was Elvis Country , a concept record that focused on genre standards. If [Presley's] sin was his lifelessness, it was his sinfulness that brought him to life". A date tour commenced with an unprecedented four consecutive sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden.
After the tour, the single " Burning Love " was released—Presley's last top ten hit on the U. Presley and his wife, meanwhile, had become increasingly distant, barely cohabiting. In , an affair he had with Joyce Bova resulted—unbeknownst to him—in her pregnancy and an abortion. Priscilla related that when she told him, Presley "grabbed Presley replied, "Well, the image is one thing and the human being another In January , Presley performed two benefit concerts for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in connection with a groundbreaking TV special, Aloha from Hawaii , which would be the first concert by a solo artist to be aired globally.
The first show served as a practice run and backup should technical problems affect the live broadcast two days later. In Japan, where it capped a nationwide Elvis Presley Week, it smashed viewing records. The next night, it was simulcast to 28 European countries, and in April an extended version finally aired in the U.
As described by Bobbie Ann Mason , "At the end of the show, when he spreads out his American Eagle cape, with the full stretched wings of the eagle studded on the back, he becomes a god figure. At a midnight show the same month, four men rushed onto the stage in an apparent attack. Security men came to Presley's defense, and he ejected one invader from the stage himself.
Following the show, he became obsessed with the idea that the men had been sent by Mike Stone to kill him. Though they were shown to have been only overexuberant fans, he raged, "There's too much pain in me Stone [must] die.
After another two full days of raging, Red West , his friend and bodyguard, felt compelled to get a price for a contract killing and was relieved when Presley decided, "Aw hell, let's just leave it for now. Maybe it's a bit heavy. Presley's divorce was finalized on October 9, Twice during the year, he overdosed on barbiturates , spending three days in a coma in his hotel suite after the first incident.Aug 19, - Elvis Presley in Germany. See more ideas about Elvis presley, Rock and roll and Elvis presley photos pins.