The Elvis Presley Tapes I
Comprising two separate and rare interviews with Elvis, one in Vancouver, B.C., in 1957, and the other in his home city of Memphis in 1961, these come from the private collection of D.J. Red Robinson, who served as Master of Ceremonies at the Vancouver show where the first interview was held in Elvis`s dressing room.
It was a hot August night, August 31st, 1957, when the city of Vancouver hosted the appearance of the King of Rock ‘N Roll, Elvis Presley. The concert had been anticipated with great fanfare. For the first time in history, a performer was appearing in a venue that would hold 25,000 people, Empire Stadium. Up to this point in music history no one would have dreamed that a performer could command this much attention from the public. Elvis’ first tour of the U.S. and Canada was unprecedented as it was the first of its kind in history.
More than 26,000 tickets were sold for the event. Presley arrived in Vancouver by train as his manager Col. Tom Parker did not want his “boy” to fly. The train arrived in the morning at the railway station catching the media off-guard as they had anticipated he would be arriving by plane. He was then driven by limousine to the Georgia Hotel where he took over an entire floor. The security was tight. I spent part of the afternoon with Elvis in his room and then later that day at Empire Stadium during the Press Conference and afterward in his dressing room (we used the B.C. Lions Football club dressing room). We waited an hour together in the room while the warm up acts performed on stage. There never was a nicer performer than Elvis Presley. We had so much to talk about during these visits.
At 8 p.m. I left him to go to the stage at the north end of the football stadium to make the announcement of his appearance. He drove out of the area used to house the football equipment in a Cadillac and circled the entire stadium before arriving at the backstage area.
Elvis performed for only 25 minutes as the frenzy of the crowd who by this time were down on the field. He sang many of his hits including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” AND “Hound Dog.” With the fear of the crowd Presley was ordered by his manager to wrap up the show and depart in his Cadillac, now conveniently parked behind the stage.
He had a magnetic stage presentation and even a sneeze would send the crowd wild. Throughout the performance he remained calm and continued to perform. On the stage, that night, he proved why he was one of the world’s great performers as he sounded even better than his recordings. He was indeed the King.
After his departure from Empire Stadium he retired to his Hotel room where he stayed overnight. Her left town the following morning and continued with his 1957 tour.
Elvis only performed once outside the U.S. and that was in Canada in 1957. In April he appeared in Ottawa and Toronto and in August in Vancouver. The memories live on.
Run time a total of 49mins 18 seconds – £11.95 :
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