In the last issue of Elvis Unlimited, we brought you loyal readers, THE MOST IN DEPTH interview with Jimmy Velvet. No one before or after Elvis Unlimited has touched on so many topics with the God father of Elvis memorabilia. Our interview with Jimmy had hard core fans talking and learning new facts about Jimmy's legacy and history in the Elvis world.
In reference to all the recent Jimmy Velvet interviews, Paul Peters, moderator a.k.a Pep of FECC and Elvis Unlimited subscriber says, " I found in the Murphy interview with Velvet, he decides to talk a little bit more about EPE and his relationship with them which he didn't bring up with others, plus he talks a little further about the trade marks he once owned and how he was forced to give them up to EPE in the early 80's and then last but not least he talks about the Elvis items he once owned as well in a little bit more detail.
I found it all rather interesting, especially about the trade marks he had and how many jumpsuit's he owned at one time, which was a surprising number to me, as I didn't realize he owned as many as he did at one time and could have gotten most if not all of them from Vernon if he had decided to take advantage of Vernon's situation at the time. All in all I found the interview to be eye opening on a few things."
Velvet has now gotten local press in Nashville which touches base on Jimmy, his career and his book, Inside The Dream. We share this interview with you. To learn more about Jimmy's involvement in the Elvis world, subscribe to Elvis Unlimited today!
Jimmy Velvet, legendary entertainer and photographer to the stars, has published a new book entitled "Inside the Dream, the Jimmy Velvet Story." The book is a collection of photographs of music and entertainment figures with whom Velvet worked throughout his career that spans nearly six decades.
The large "coffee table book" is a virtual history of rock music as seen through the lens of Velvet's camera. Velvet said, "I was blessed to have worked with about every star you could name and for some unknown reason, I always had my camera." Adding that in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll there was no paparazzi.
Velvet went through more than 5,000 negatives in preparation for "Inside the Dream." The book contains 1,090 pictures of celebrities, including rare early photographs of legends Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis. Velvet has separated his book into decades from the ‘50s through the present. He described his book as "somewhat like a scrapbook" because he has included radio station charts and playbills. Velvet said that "Inside the Dream" provides a unique look into the history of rock and roll and that colleges are requesting copies to use as a teaching resource.
Although most of the celebrities in the book are in music, Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope and Natalie Wood are included as well as boxing greats Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano. Velvet says that there are actually 508 stars in his book. An index in the back of "Inside the Dream" has the name, birthplace and birth date of each celebrity.
Velvet was born in Jacksonville, Fla. His high school English teacher was music promoter and songwriter Mae Axton (“Heartbreak Hotel”). In 1955, Velvet pleaded with Axton to get him backstage passes to see the Carter Family perform in Jacksonville, hoping for a chance to meet his idol, June Carter. While waiting backstage, he and a virtually unknown young performer named Elvis Presley struck up a conversation. The two hit it off, and Velvet watched Presley perform that night - a performance that "stole the show." Velvet said, "It was at that moment, I knew I wanted to be an entertainer."
Marty Robbins brought 18-year-old Velvet to Nashville to record. In 1963, his hit, "We Belong Together," went to number one. Other hits include "It's Almost Tomorrow," "Blue Velvet" and "Teen Angel."
Velvet's career has had highs and lows. He says that he's very grateful to God for getting him through the tough times. Today, he says he's never been happier as he awaits the arrival of his son, who is returning from military service in Iraq. Velvet lives in Hendersonville with his wife, Robin. They have 11 children, 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
"Inside the Dream" may be ordered online at www.InsideTheDream.net
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2008/06/09 www.elvisunlimited.com / www.epgold.com