Wednesday, January 04, 2023

January 04 - Elvis April 1957

Paul BĂ©lard released a new volume in his ongoing illustrated biography books. This volume, titled 'Elvis 1957' covers April 4th to 30th 1957. 


A tour that started on March 28 which took Elvis to Chicago, St. Louis, Fort Wayne, Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto and Ottawa ended in Philadelphia. He gave four shows at the Sports Arena on April 5th and 6th.

He then returned home to Audubon Drive in Memphis. During this stay, he visited Sam Phillips at home several times, once with disc jockey Dewey Phillips and friends. In the middle of the month he visited his new acquisition, Graceland, which was being renovated. He showed it to Yvonne Lyme, an actress who had a small role in Loving You. On the 22nd, the legendary gates were installed. Elvis would not move into Graceland until June 1957.

On the 27th, Elvis boarded a train to Los Angeles to film his new movie, still titled Jailhouse Rock. On the 30th, he went to Radio Recorders, where he met Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for the first time, and began working on the movie’s songs. The iconic “Jailhouse Rock” was recorded that day.

The book can be ordered directly from the author ( or via Amazon.

More Awards

Baz Luhrmann’s 'ELVIS' has swept Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival at the 27th edition of the film festival in Italy. The movie won Best Picture and Director at Capri, Hollywood Film Fest. Sadly Austin Butler didn’t win Best Actor with the judges favouring Brendan Fraser for his comeback performance in The Whale.

Warner Bros.’s glitzy biopic about Elvis Presley also earned another six awards including best producers, best production design, best costume design and best make-up and hairstyling.

Tombstone Tourist Tour Guidebook

Due for release from Mary Clark soon is her book 'Tombstone Tourist Tour Guidebook'.

SynopsisThe 88-page book is about the gravesites of Elvis' family members and close friends. Mary describes it as "being the perfect guide when making a pilgrimage and paying one's respects to those who have contributed to Elvis' life and legacy".

Apart from Elvis and his family members buried at Graceland, some of the other gravesites recorded in Tombstone Tourist Tour Guidebook include B.B. King, Natalie Wood, Mary Tyler Moore, Bernard Lansky, Sam and Knox Phillips, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, and Sammy Davis Jr.

Mary has been operating Tombstone Tours for the past few years and this book is a photo-narrative record of the gravesites visited on the tours.

Just A Boy From Tupelo

Warner Bros. is adding a new Elvis Presley special to HBO Max to mark his birthday on Sunday, Jan. 8. Just a Boy from Tupelo: Bringing Elvis to the Big Screen is a new feature on the making of Baz Luhrmann's epic movie about the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis is also available on the streamer.

Just a Boy from Tupelo "offers viewers the opportunity to see the phenomenon that was Elvis Presley and the making of Baz Luhrmann's film, Elvis," HBO Max said in a statement. The special appears to be different from the bonus features included in the Blu-ray release of Elvis. HBO Max is also streaming the HBO documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, Presley's hit 1964 movie Viva Las Vegas, and the concert films Elvis: That's The Way It Is (1970) and Elvis on Tour (1972).

The new documentary is part of Warner Bros.' big awards season push for Elvis, which could be one of the few blockbuster hits nominated for the Best Picture Oscar this year. Warner Bros. also plans to host free screenings in 10 cities on Jan. 8, as well as a special screening at Graceland in Memphis. Luhrmann and actor Austin Butler recorded a new introduction.

SiriusXM's Elvis Radio channel will also re-air the Elvis cast town hall from Jan. 6 to 8, featuring Luhrmann, Butler, Tom Hanks, and Olivia DeJonge. Warner Bros. also teamed up with the National Film and Sound Archives of Australia for the Making of Elvis exhibit at Elvis Presley's Memphis, which is opening on Jan. 8. Graceland will also start offering Elvis Movie Ultimate VIP Tours from Jan. 9 to Feb. 28.

"We are so appreciative of the audiences of all ages who came out to see the movie in theaters, and to Warner Bros. and exhibitors who took on what was certainly not a sure bet," Luhrmann said in a statement to Deadline. "A big thank you to audiences who made Elvis the number one original title of 2022 and especially to Elvis's fans-both old and new. The entire Elvis team, along with Graceland and the Presleys themselves, have been listening to you all and working diligently to come up with these very special gifts in celebration of Elvis on his birthday."

Elvis can claim the title of highest-grossing original movie of 2022, with $286 million globally. Only about 52% of its total came from North America, so its success proves that Presley is still a global phenomenon. The film was nominated for three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Drama. Butler and Luhrmann were also nominated for Best Actor and Best Director, respectively. The movie's soundtrack also picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

(Source: Paul Belard / Hollywood Reporter / HBO / Facebook / Elvis Information Network)