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07-21-2012, 01:06 PM
Some time ago I've been interested in Elvis stay in Germany and have read enough on this subject. On the meeting between Elvis and Haley 10.23.1958, I read enough on this subject, but I can't remember the name of the theater or cinema where Bill Haley performed at. Anyone knows about this information?? I also know Elvis promised Bill to visit him in Mannheim on 29 that month. Anyone knows where?
Thank you in advance. It's very important to me.
Raised on Rock
07-22-2012, 12:15 PM
Elvis never performed in Germany, he did attended Haley performances in Frankfurt Oct 23, 1958, and in Mannheim Oct 29, 1958. I don't have the name of the buildings where Haley performed those dates.
Here is an excerpt from the book: Elvis in Germany - The Missing Years. Schröer, Hentschel, Knorr.
An early break from Bad Nauheim came on October 23 when Elvis attended a concert given in a Frankfurt cinema by Bill Haley and his Comets, the very first "white" rock and roll band and then the only serious competitor to Elvis. Haley's European tour had been disrupted by a number of riots at his concerts with seats often smashed, slashed with knive, or thrown across the auditorium. It was felt that Elvis presence in the audience at Frankfurt could have encouraged even more hysteria and it was therefore suggested that he avoid the show and limit himself to visit Haley in his dressing room. This he did and he also paid Haley a similar visit during that latter's Mannheim concert on the October 29.
Contrary to popular belief, though showbiz rivals at the time, Elvis and Haley were friendly. They had met before during the making of the only movie Elvis was ever to appear in as a "guest" star. Entiteled The Pied Piper of Cleveland, the movie was produced by disc jockey Bill Randal in 1955. Randal wanted to make a film about a day in the life of a famous disc jockey and invited Elvis to Cleveland to perform a few songs for inclusion in the film. Colonel Parker agreed and they signed a contract. Unfortunately Parker also signed a contract with 20th Century Fox for the first full-lenght Elvis movie, which would lead to problems.
Bill Haley and the Comets were featured in The Pied Piper of Cleveland as where the Four Lads and Elvis Presley. Elvis sang five songs - That's All Right, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Good Rockin' Tonight, Mystery Train, I Forget To Remember To Forget - accompanied by Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The movie was made in color and broadcast on local TV in Cleveland, in 1956. At only thirty-five minutes long, it had been intended that it be shown as a "shor" before the main feature when it went on general release to the cinemas. Unfortunately, the movie had been made by Universal, direct rivals to 20th Century Fox with whom Colonel Parker had signed a binding exlusive movie deal for Elvis's first films. The threat of a legal battle prevented the Pied Piper of Cleveland from ever being seen by the public again.
Meeting Bill Haley during his visit to Germany was undoubtely as poignant reminder to Elvis of the life he had left behind in the United States. There could be no greater contrast with the frenetic atmosphere of a rock and roll show than that of the Army life at Ray Barracks, consisted of little more than long rows of bleak brick buildings that had once housed Hitler's SS troops and was now the unwelcoming home of the Third Armored Division.
07-24-2012, 07:21 PM
Dear friend thanks for answering.
I apologize because obviously I meant "where Bill performed" Elvis was in Germany during his military service, lol. Sorry for the lapse.
In relation to the book you mention " Elvis in Germany, the missing years": I know that book. I have it and I've read it but nothing says local name. I read on, and apparently in another book that I consulted : "A Date with Elvis" by the same authors which mention this meeting in the dressing room and makes clear that was is in Wiesbaden not in Frankfurt where Haley performed that day. The local name was the "Rhein Main Halle". The confusion may come from the fact that the name of the city of Frankfurt is Frankfurt Main -this is a guess of mine- I continued looking and researching on the net and found that there was a second meeting between the two musicians the next day in Frankfurt... this is the "unknown" place and I have not yet located. And finally, as I explained, Elvis visited a third time to Haley in concert in Mannheim in the "UFA-Filmpalast" (localized)
10.23.1958: an uniformed Elvis attended backstage Haley's concert at the Rhein-Main Halle in Wiesbaden.
10.24.1958: Elvis attended backstage Haley's concert in Frankfurt ? ?
10.29.1958 Elvis returns a third time to Haley's concert in Mannheim: UFA-Filmpalst (Kino Universum)
Raised on Rock
07-24-2012, 08:43 PM
Well that's interesting, and new info to me. Le'ts keep searching about this!
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