The Elvis Presley Expert: 1969 review of Elvis Presley in Las Vegas

The Elvis Presley Expert: 1969 review of Elvis Presley in Las Vegas: ELVIS PRESLEY CONCERT DATE: July 31, 1969 @ Las Vegas, NV. Celebrities Applaud Presley’s Return To Las Vegas   By Earl Wilson  …

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1969 review of Elvis in Vegas

ELVIS PRESLEY CONCERT DATE: July 31, 1969 @ Las Vegas, NV.

Celebrities Applaud Presley’s Return To Las Vegas

 By Earl Wilson

 The Lima News, Lima, OH.

 Thursday, August 7, 1969

 

 

LAS VEGAS – It was the summer of 1956 – which I make to be 13 years ago – that we first started hearing about Elvis Presley making pelvis movements on the Jackie Gleason summer replacement show, hosted by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

 

Our columns were filled in those days with a lot of people not with us any more – Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and, in politics: Adlal Stevenson.

 

Eight years later came The “Beatles and Beatle maniacs. Could you believe 1hat was five years ago… 1964? Where are all those little Beatle maniacs now who used to write horrid letters to me when I was so bold as to predict that Elvis, already a veteran, would outlast them as a team?

 

Now Elvis has a new breakthrough – he opened as a saloon singer at the Las Vegas International Hotel the other night, this coming with his hit record “The Ghetto” and a new picture, “Charro.”

 

He performed so brilliantly – singing such of his songs as “Hound Dog” “Well, All Right” and “Jai1house Bock,” bareback – riding his guitar and doing cyclonic exercises with the microphone – that he will definitely challenge the idolaters of Tom Jones, particularly the adoring females.

 

It was his first personal appearance in nine years, and his only night club engagement since he played the Frontier here in 1956. In fact, he told the audience, “Welcome to the new Frontier – I mean the new International – well, I guess I blew the job.”

 

In the audience were celebrities from Las Vegas and Los Angeles – Carol Charming, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson, Wayne Newton. Toti Fields, Ed Ames, Shirley Bassey, Donald O’Connor, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, busting their hands in applause.

 

Comedian Sammy Shore, appearing ahead of Elvis, told the audience that he had been discovered by Col. Tom Parker, when he was a young man working as a boll weevil smasher in Tupelo. Miss. The comedian tried to demonstrate how Elvis mashed a boll weevil with his foot, this reportedly being the birth of his famous pelvic grind.

 

Signs saying just ‘”ELVIS” were all over Las Vegas. Col. Parker, a great promotional wizard, had waited until Barbra Streisand closed her one month engagement, and then hit the town with 200 radio spot announcements.

 

Parker admitted. “This town has never seen a promoter like me.” The visiting newspaper people all wanted to rush out to see their favorites in the other clubs at midnight.

 

Col. Parker, at the last minute, called a 12:30 a.m. press conference for Elvis. It was hinted that he might have something dramatic to say. Elvis told them he was glad to be there. Ecstatic over two genuine standing ovations. Elvis was candid about other things. When a reporter asked him “Why do you dye your hair?”

 

He replied, “Because is gray.”

 

 

1969 review of Elvis Presley in Las Vegas

ELVIS PRESLEY CONCERT DATE: July 31, 1969 @ Las Vegas, NV.

Celebrities Applaud Presley’s Return To Las Vegas

 By Earl Wilson

 The Lima News, Lima, OH.

 Thursday, August 7, 1969

 

 

LAS VEGAS – It was the summer of 1956 – which I make to be 13 years ago – that we first started hearing about Elvis Presley making pelvis movements on the Jackie Gleason summer replacement show, hosted by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

 

Our columns were filled in those days with a lot of people not with us any more – Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and, in politics: Adlal Stevenson.

 

Eight years later came The “Beatles and Beatle maniacs. Could you believe 1hat was five years ago… 1964? Where are all those little Beatle maniacs now who used to write horrid letters to me when I was so bold as to predict that Elvis, already a veteran, would outlast them as a team?

 

Now Elvis has a new breakthrough – he opened as a saloon singer at the Las Vegas International Hotel the other night, this coming with his hit record “The Ghetto” and a new picture, “Charro.”

 

He performed so brilliantly – singing such of his songs as “Hound Dog” “Well, All Right” and “Jai1house Bock,” bareback – riding his guitar and doing cyclonic exercises with the microphone – that he will definitely challenge the idolaters of Tom Jones, particularly the adoring females.

 

It was his first personal appearance in nine years, and his only night club engagement since he played the Frontier here in 1956. In fact, he told the audience, “Welcome to the new Frontier – I mean the new International – well, I guess I blew the job.”

 

In the audience were celebrities from Las Vegas and Los Angeles – Carol Charming, Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson, Wayne Newton. Toti Fields, Ed Ames, Shirley Bassey, Donald O’Connor, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, busting their hands in applause.

 

Comedian Sammy Shore, appearing ahead of Elvis, told the audience that he had been discovered by Col. Tom Parker, when he was a young man working as a boll weevil smasher in Tupelo. Miss. The comedian tried to demonstrate how Elvis mashed a boll weevil with his foot, this reportedly being the birth of his famous pelvic grind.

 

Signs saying just ‘”ELVIS” were all over Las Vegas. Col. Parker, a great promotional wizard, had waited until Barbra Streisand closed her one month engagement, and then hit the town with 200 radio spot announcements.

 

Parker admitted. “This town has never seen a promoter like me.” The visiting newspaper people all wanted to rush out to see their favorites in the other clubs at midnight.

 

Col. Parker, at the last minute, called a 12:30 a.m. press conference for Elvis. It was hinted that he might have something dramatic to say. Elvis told them he was glad to be there. Ecstatic over two genuine standing ovations. Elvis was candid about other things. When a reporter asked him “Why do you dye your hair?”

 

He replied, “Because is gray.”

 

 

Elvis Expert Jeff Schrembs: Long enough

Elvis Expert Jeff Schrembs: Long enough: I’ve lived long enough to know the world’s events through the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, 2000′s, and through the writing of this blog posting….

Long enough

I’ve lived long enough to know the world’s events through the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, 2000′s, and through the writing of this blog posting.

I have known what it’s like to have nothing. I have known the benefits of hard work and 90+ hour workweek. I have known the wisdom of the elderly. The compassion of a friend. And the love of a great woman.

Of all the life lessons none compare to the memories of hearing that you (in this case I) am going to be a Father. Going to all of the OBGYN appointments. Waiting for the first kick/movement. Praying that the Mother and the child will be safe…and healthy. Being there when the baby is born and cutting the cord that bound it physically to it’s Mother. Holding the newborn in my arms while giving thanks go God. I have always put my hopes, dreams, and prayers into each of my children. I will never stop.

I’ve lived long enough to know that life isn’t fair. That bad things happen to good people. That a man is responsible for his actions, inactions, and his works. I learn new things routinely and I carry with me the burden(s) of regrets. I have had to face so much and the mistakes I have made…I’ll never make again.

I’ve lived long enough to lose a sister. A grandparent. A friend. And many others who I respected and cared about.

I’ve also lived long enough to know that the truth doesn’t always come out. That the government doesn’t always work. That relatives can let you down. That those you love can discard you. That people in positions of power are not always objective. That money (sadly) can buy influence…and more.

I’ve lived long enough to see seasons change. To see populations shift. To see the benefits of good Presidents and the senselessness of others.

I’ve lived long enough to have enjoyed snowfalls. The beauty of the leaves changing. The smell of fresh cut grass. The warmth of the sunlight. The breeze on a spring night. The stars arranged in the heavens proudly on display.

I’ve lived long enough to have ups and downs in my weight. In my life.

I’ve lived long enough to accept that (perhaps) I am meant to grow old alone.

I’ve lived long enough to know that a man has; his name, his word, and his reputation and that, when necessary, these are the things (along with family and loved ones and the innocent and those without) are worth fighting for.

I’ve lived long enough to see time. Time that goes by in days that lead into decades. Time that changes a man from within…and on the outside.

I’ve lived long enough to know failure. To know success. To know how much a true friend means. To know the heart break of losing the love of my life. The harsh reality that ones’ best days are behind and the remaining days are far fewer than those that have past.

I’ve lived long enough to be exhausted. To be sad. To be depressed. To be without. To read words written that are blatantly false and hurtful. Words, like memories and burdens, can cause the harshest wounds. Wounds that cannot heal on their own.

The summary of all of these things is that…I’ve lived long enough

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