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Elvis at a press conference after his first performance

at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, August 1969.

 

Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives

Getty Images

 

Elvis Broke Fashion Boundaries, Too

He was many things, as a new biopic illustrates,

but one of the least appreciated

was his role as a gender pioneer.

NYT

June 23, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/
style/elvis-fashion.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley

Undated

 

Photographer: Al Fenn

 

Life Images

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=83876f12e4d0aaca - broken link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sinatra with Elvis Presley on his last day of military service

for her father’s TV show, 1960.

 

Photograph:

Historical/Corbis/Getty Images

 

Interview

Nancy Sinatra:

'I'll never forgive Trump voters. I hope the anger doesn't kill me

NYT

Fri 29 Jan 2021    05.53 GMT

Last modified on Fri 29 Jan 2021    08.20 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jan/29/
nancy-sinatra-ill-never-forgive-trump-voters-i-hope-the-anger-doesnt-kill-me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley

and a high school sweetheart, Barbara Hearn,

listening to “Hound Dog.”

 

Photograph: Alfred Wertheimer

Govinda Gallery

 

Alfred Wertheimer, Early Photographer of Elvis Presley, Dies at 84

By WILLIAM YARDLEY        NYT        OCT. 24, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2014/10/22/
obituaries/Wertheimer-obit-copy/s/Wertheimer-obit-slide-QC9J.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presley wearing a military uniform, lying on an army cot

with his hands folded across his chest, 10 January 1958

 

Photograph:

Hulton Archive/Getty Images

 

Elvis Presley: a life in pictures, 40 years after his death

G

Wednesday 16 August 2017    14.25 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2017/aug/16/
elvis-presley-king-life-career-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private Elvis Presley combing his hair, 1958

 

Photograph:

Courtesy of Monroe Gallery

 

Life magazine photographer Bill Ray – in pictures

Bill Ray,

primarily known for his work for Life magazine,

has died aged 84.

Born in Nebraska in 1936,

he graduated from local newspapers

to a staff job on Life,

and photographed 46 covers for Newsweek.

He was famed for his images of celebrities,

and also covered the aftermath of the Watts riots

and the Hells Angels motorcycle club in their its days

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Mon 20 Jan 2020    13.19 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/
jan/20/life-magazine-photographer-bill-ray-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley,

1957

Photograph.  Prints & Photographs Division,

Popular Culture: from Baseball to Rock and Roll

Library of Congress (256)

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/british/brit-7.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley backstage at “The Milton Berle Show”

in Burbank, Calif., June 1956.

 

Photograph: Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives,

via Getty Images

 

Elvis Broke Fashion Boundaries, Too

He was many things, as a new biopic illustrates,

but one of the least appreciated

was his role as a gender pioneer.

NYT

June 23, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/
style/elvis-fashion.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley in the front yard of his home

at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis, 1956.

 

Photograph: Elvis Presley Estate,

via Reuters

 

Elvis Broke Fashion Boundaries, Too

He was many things, as a new biopic illustrates,

but one of the least appreciated

was his role as a gender pioneer.

NYT

June 23, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/
style/elvis-fashion.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis performing at “Live in Miami at the Olympia”

in Miami in 1956.

 

Photograph:

Elvis Presley Estate,

via Reuters

 

Elvis Broke Fashion Boundaries, Too

He was many things, as a new biopic illustrates,

but one of the least appreciated

was his role as a gender pioneer.

NYT

June 23, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/
style/elvis-fashion.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley.

New York: RCA Victor, 1956.

Album cover.

Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division,

Library of Congress (265)

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/british/images/vc265.jpg

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/british/brit-7.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis' detractor

 

Photo Robert W. Kelley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley "Hound Dog"

Ed Sullivan Show    September 9, 1956

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley "Hound Dog" (September 9, 1956)

on The Ed Sullivan Show

The September 9th performance was Elvis Presley's first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Elvis filmed the performance in Los Angeles where he was shooting his film "Love Me Tender."

Ed Sullivan was not available for the show while recovering from a car accident.

Film actor Charles Laughton filled in as host for Sullivan during the broadcast.

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrn8nTMcv_k

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes 1956 (COLOR and STEREO)

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes 1956 (COLOR and STEREO)

YouTube > Yelserp22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm5HKlQ6nGM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Aaron Presley    1935-1977

 

http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/elvis-presley 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/elvispresley

https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/nixon-met-elvis/

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/jul/30/
elvis-presley-prayed-shows-god-stepbrother-biography

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2022/07/15/
1111058176/michigan-elvis-presley-tribute-festival

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jun/26/
elvis-review-blistering-turbocharged-chronicle-of-the-king

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/
style/elvis-fashion.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/01/
style/vaccine-selfies.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/jan/20/
life-magazine-photographer-bill-ray-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/
arts/music/elvis-presley-69-comeback-vegas.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/
obituaries/dj-fontana-87-elvis-presley-drummer-is-dead.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2017/aug/16/
elvis-presley-king-life-career-pictures

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/
opinion/in-defense-of-cultural-appropriation.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/23/
457083328/the-man-and-the-mistakes-that-invented-rock-n-roll

 

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jul/11/
rock-n-roll-america-review-elvis-presley-pat-boone-jerry-lee-lewis

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2014/10/22/
obituaries/Wertheimer-obit-copy/s/Wertheimer-obit-slide-QC9J.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/jul/18/
elvis-presley-60-years-since-the-start-of-rocks-great-revolution

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2000/01/10/
1068986/hound-dog-dont-be-cruel - Aug. 16, 2011

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2010/mar/04/
elvis-presley-army-rocknroll

 

https://www.theguardian.com/arts/elvis/0,,773411,00.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/11/
opinion/11guralnick.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2002/aug/11/
features.magazine27 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/century/1970-1979/
Story/0,,106935,00.html 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis dies

and the age of Rock is over

 

Wednesday August 17, 1977

Guardian Unlimited

Martin Walker


The King is dead and there will be no replacement. Elvis Presley, the founder, the greatest exponent, and the most passionate figure in rock and roll, died last night in the emergency ward of Memphis Baptist Hospital of "acute respiratory distress."

A hospital spokesman said Presley was found unconscious at his home by his road manager, Joe Esposito, who called the fire department ambulance. Ambulance personnel tried to resuscitate the singer as he was being rushed to hospital but Presley's personal physician, Dr George Nichopoulos, pronounced him dead.

Thus ended at the age of 42 the career of the man who recorded more than 400 songs, who sold more than 260 million records and who will always embody not only rock and roll but the sudden explosion of young white affluence which created it. He received dozens of offers to perform in Britain but turned them all down.

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi. His twin brother Jesse died at birth and his parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley, raised him in the kind of loving and religious poor white home which was the very essence of the deep south.

After winning several talent competitions as a child, working as a cinema usher and a truck driver, the job he always said he liked best. Elvis Presley met his first inspiration, Mr Sam Phillips, the owner of the Sun Record Company.

It was the early recordings of songs by black musicians that attracted the attention of Colonel Tom Parker, who was to become Presley's svengali, guiding his career and personal life with the object of making as much money as possible. Within a year of Col. Parker becoming his manager in November 1955, the young Presley had won his first six gold discs and an international reputation as the most dangerous thing to hit civilisation since the atom bomb.

US churchmen, politicians and Senate leaders railed against "Elvis the Pelvis" whose bucking hips and passionate rhythms on stage were sending shudders of sexual excitement through a whole continent of American girlhood via the new medium of television.

Worse than that, Presley had taken black songs, and a black style of aggressive presentation and sold this passionate music as a neat package wrapped in his acceptably white skin. Years before civil rights legislation, and while the Deep South was still segregated, Presley brought the black man's blues to the hearts and minds of a young America.

The songs that Presley spread around the world were hard driving, uncompromising celebrations of toughness or maudlin despair. Just as in his private life the young Presley regularly flattened the many men who challenged him to fight, and yet publicised his almost sickening devotion to his mother, so his songs were either masculine and hard like Jailhouse Rock or appallingly sentimental, like Heartbreak Hotel and Love Me Tender.

By 1958, Elvis Presley had achieved the kind of international fame which only John Kennedy and The Beatles were to rival. And then it all changed. On March 24, 1958, he was conscripted into the US army.

His hair was cut, his back was straightened and the surly curl to his lip was replaced by a bright eye and a strong chin. The teenage monster had become a doughty defender of mom's apple pie.

He married Priscilla Beaulieu, the daughter of a US Air Force colonel in 1957 after meeting her in West Germany while he was doing his military service. They had one daughter, Lisa Marie born in February 1968, but were divorced in 1973.

When Presley put on uniform and after his return, the guts and defiance went out of his music. He had many hit records with medium paced ballads like His Latest Flame and She's Not You and with very slow numbers like Are You Lonesome Tonight.

To the despair of his old fans, Elvis stopped rocking and started to make bland, commercial films which celebrated the wholesome girl-loving, patriotic decency of young America..

He was taken to hospital several times because of weight problems, and as his weight increased, his public appearances became more infrequent. Sources close to the Presley routine said he has recently been a heavy cocaine user.

As if to show he could still do it, his records still crept into the charts and in 1969, one of them, In the Ghetto, seemed to echo his old passions and to pay a debt to the black roots of his music.

Elvis dies and the age of Rock is over,
G,
17.8.1977,
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/1977/aug/17/
artsfeatures.elvis25yearson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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