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Interview with Elvis Presley
By: Elvis Australia - June 24, 2006
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Here's the complete transcript of an Elvis press conference in Canada 1957.
Q: Do you have any records coming out?
EP: Yes, the theme song from my next motion picture will be out about the middle of next month.
Q: What is the picture?
EP: Jailhouse Rock.
Q: How did you find Hal Wallis as a producer/director?
EP: Very fine gentleman.
Q: But he helped you out? Who was the big help in your show LOVING YOU?
EP: Well, thereís nobody who helps you out. They have a director and a producer. As far as the acting and as far as the singing and all, youíre on the own. I mean, nobody tells you how to do that, you have to learn it yourself.
Q: How do you rate yourself as an actor?
EP: Pretty bad. I mean, thatís something you learn through experience. I think that maybe I might accomplish something at it through the years.
Q: You think itís just the sake of acting natural? Donít you do that? In your last two pictures, Iíd say you have.
EP: In some scenes, I was pretty natural. And in others I was trying to act. And when you start trying to act, youíre dead.
Q: Would you say the Jordanaires helped you a lot in your career with your songs, backing you up?
EP: Well, the boys have done a very fine job, the Jordinares have. But actually thereís a lot of groups, you know, a lot of very fine groups that back different people up on their records.
Q: Theyíre under contract with Capitol, are they not?
Q: I know youíre under terrific strain after a show, how do you taper down? What relaxes the nerves after a big show like tonight?
EP: Well, uh, take for instance last night. We had a show in Vancouver. I didnít sleep any until about ten oíclock today. I just get all keyed up, and itís tough to relax.
Q: What do you do before a show to help defer some of the excitement or the tension?
EP: You just walk around. And swallow! Clench my fist.
Q: How much did you pay for the guitar of yours?
EP: About $500, I think.
Q: Is it specially constructed? Or just a standard?
EP: No, itís a standard guitar. I have a leather cover over it. I had that made.
Q: Do you find that touring is much more hard on you than making movies or doing tv shows?
EP: Well, touring is the roughest part. Itís really rough. Because, I mean, youíre in a town and you do a show, you come off, you ride in a car, you go to the next town.
Q: Do you prefer it more to making movies and doing tv, or would you rather just stick to making movies?
EP: Well, I think every performer likes to work to a live audience.
Q: How has Pacific Northwest struck you? What youíve seen of itÖ.
EP: Oh, itís terrific. Itís really beautiful country up here.
Q: Howís the weather down in Memphis before you left? Or where you in Memphis?
EP: Yes, I was home. It was beautiful weather.
Q: Why did you have the Great Northern Train stop two miles out of town today and you get off there? What about the fans waiting for you?
EP: Well, I have to prepare for a show that night. And therefore I have to rest -- and we have rehearsals in the afternoon. So I donít have much time. Iím actually pressed for time. Itís not that Iím trying to avoid them, because thatís certainly not it. Itís just that Iím rushed for time and I have to make every moment count when Iím on the road.
Q: Can you make faster time in your Cadillac on the road than you can on the train?
EP: Actually, youíre trying to trap me now. I donít know what to say. Next!
Q: Have you ever been thrown by a question? What question do you dislike the most?
EP: I donít know. Like I said, Iíve been asked everything. If theyíre too rough, I just canít answer them.
Q: How do you feel about being asked questions about your personal life? Do you think an entertainer should be asked questions about marriage and what girls heís going with, and so forth?
EP: Well, letís face the facts. Anybody thatís in the public eye, their life is never private. I mean, anything you do, the public knows about it. And thatís the way itís always been, thatís the way itíll always be.
Q: Elvis, youíve been on the road for a long, long time Ė itís about time you got a nice rest -- because you deserve it. Where would you like to go for a holiday somewhere?
EP: Africa. No, I donít know Ė thereís a lot of places that Iíd like to go.
Q: Have you considered a holiday? I mean, youíve been on the go for what, two years now? About a year and a half?
EP: ĎBout four years, actually.
Q: Four years? This throws a different light on things all together. What happened four years ago? Did you get your start?
EP: In Memphis.
Q: Is thatís when the first record came out?
Q: What was it Ė That's All Right Mama Ė or something else?
EP: Yeah, thatís the name of
THANKS for posting! You know I love all about 50s Elvis.
Let the stars fade and fall, and I won't care at all, as long as I have you.
"You've got it all together like a lovin' machine
You're lookin' like glory and walkin' like a dream...
Mother nature's sure been good to Y-O-U"
cool interview, thank you. quite revealing about his acting. King Creole he really showed everyone that he can act.
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That aint tactics honey....that's just the beast in me.
Elvis PRESLEY:The most important, most influential artist of the 20th century. b. 8 Jan 1935, Mississippi, US, d. 16 Aug 1977. He holds, or has held, almost every chart-related record including perhaps the most important: more No.1s than any act in chart history.
Thank you Jen and Jon Burrows, both articles were very interesting.
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I'd like to go to Graceland