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INTERVIEW WITH ELVIS PRESLEY - 28 AUGUST 1956

   
Legends
: Cover of Elvis Answers Back! magazine and some of the published photos.
 

Location: 20th Century-Fox studios, Hollywood, California

 

Contents:

About the ďCriticismĒ

About the ďShowĒ

So Iím Never Nervous, Huh?

My Special Girl

What, No Singing Lessons? 

The Green Scrapbook

My Greatest Ambition

My Sideburns

My True Religion

Have I Changed?

Who Am I Going to Act Like?

Do I Really Play the Guitar?

Do I Say All Those Things?

On Amusement Parks

Why Do I Sing Like I Do?

And Now, What Can I Say?

Address Change

 

Hi! This is Elvis Presley! Well, at last Iím getting the chance to sit down and talk to you, to speak right out and tell you all the things that are on my mind. Iíve wanted to tell you about myself for a long time, a real long time. And now that Iíve got the chance to speak right out to you, I hope you wonít mind if I get a lot of things off my chest. Things I think youíll understand, though I know that a lot of people donít. I want to tell you in my own way and in my own words why I do the things I do and why I feel the way I feel. And I know that if I can just sit down with you alone somewhere, if I can just talk with you personal like, youíll understand.

 

Thatís why I made the gold record on the cover of this magazine. In the record business, giving a gold record has a special meaning. Itís kind of like an engagement ring or a new car or a thousand dollars. You just donít passíem around to just anybody. When you give someone a gold record, youíre saying, ďThis is something pretty important to me, something pretty specialÖ from me to you.Ē Thatís just how I feel about this record of mine in the magazine. Thatís why itís gold. And thatís why I wanted to make it up. Because I wanted, more than anything, the chance to get together with you!

 

One of the biggest kicks I ever had in my life was making this special gold record for you. I wanted it to say just exactly the way I feel, and Iíve played it over and over, trying to be sure itís exactly right. You know, one of the things they write about me is that I try to do everything perfect. Maybe I try too hard sometimes. But theyíre right. I feel Iíve got to do my best, whatever I try. Iíll bet you feel that way, too.

 

About the ďCriticismĒ

 

When I first started doing my performances, everyone was happy. All the kids came out and had a good time and released a lot of energy and no one was getting hurt. It lasted that way about two years. I kept singing the songs everyone liked, and kept doing what Iíd always been doing on stage.

 

But during the past six or seven months, Iíve gotten criticism from a lot of people for ďlosing myselfĒ in my performances, for singing the way I do on stage. I canít really understand it. This is the only thing I can say, this is the only explanation Iíve got for it.

 


Legends
: Elvis live in several locations. Click on the photos to view larger versions.

 

Iíve been doing the same thing ever since I started singing on stage, for at least two and half years now. Itís only been the past few months that Iíve felt criticism. So I guess itís because my records have become bigger and everything. I guess the more popular you are, the more criticism you get. If I was still back at a Music Jamboree in Memphis, nobody would care what I did when I sang. But now, as Iím meeting more and more people every day and singing more and more places all the time, itís a different story.

 

I can tell you this, though. I donít scheme up any actions for the songs I sing, like Iíve heard some people tell. I sing the way I do, and act the way I do, because it comes naturally to me while Iím singing. I wouldnít do it if I thought it wasnít the right thing to do, or if I thought someone was being hurt by it. If I thought that, Iíd pack up and go back home and never sing another note.

 

About the ďShowĒ

 

Thereís one other thing, too, that I think people should try and realize. Thereís a big difference in singing on a record and singing for an audience. People can stay home and listen to your records on the radio or phonograph and it doesnít costíem anything. But when they pay their money to come out and see you at a personal appearance, these people want to see a show. They pay their money to see something with life in it, not just to hear something on a phonograph. If I stood up in front of an audience and did nothing but sing, Iíd be holding myself back deliberate. I wouldnít enjoy myself, I couldnít enjoy myself if I did that. And the audience would know it. Theyíd know I didnít enjoy what I was doing, and they wouldnít come out to see me again the next time.

 

So Iím Never Nervous, Huh?

 

One of the things theyíve said about me is that Iím never nervous. They say I donít worry about a thing and they say I get eight or ten good hours sleep at night. I wish they were right.

 

But they arenít. Iíve been kind of nervous all my life. And now, going out on personal appearances all the time, I get so keyed up that I just canít relax. After a show Iíll go back to my hotel room and go to bed and try to get some sleep. But you know how hard it is, getting to sleep in a strange room and in a strange bed away from home, particularly when youíre kind of nervous and jumpy. Iíll go to bed at night and close my eyes and just lay there. And then Iíll start turning. And twisting. And a couple of hours will pass, and I wonít have had had a lick of sleep. They say you learn how to relax when you get older. I hope theyíre right.

 

Legends: Elvis in his bedroom, away from home. Click on the photos to view larger versions.

 

I canít help it. I just feel restless sometimes. I donít know what it is. Maybe itís that Iíve never been away from home and all my folks and friends for so long. I donít know. But itís a funny feeling. A lonesome feeling. I guess everyonesí felt it, sometime or another.

 

I like the sun and the outdoors and swimming. I have to be careful of chlorine, though, because I react to it. Thatís why we donít use it in the pool we just had built back home. The neighbour kids love the pool. They come on over all the time. And momma, my best girl, is learning how to swim, too.

 

My Special Girl

 

I know what youíve read about that ďspecial girlĒ I have back home in Memphis. Youíve read that we went steady through high school, and that weíve been dating each other steady for the past three years. I know. Iíve read about her, too. But thatís the only way I know about her, because to tell you the plain facts, I donít have a special girl. Now or ever. Iíve never gone with any one girl three weeks, or three months in a row, let alone three years. And right now, with all the travelling and work Iím doing, I donít have time to date very much. Iíd like to, of course, but I just donít have the time.

 

Legend: Elvis with Dixie Locke, his steady girlfriend for more than a year, even though he claims not having a steady special girl for more than three months/weeks. Click on the photo to view larger version.

 

When I get back home to Memphis every so often, itís easier to get me a date because I still know a lot of girls I went to school with. But Iíve never gone steady with any of them. We all have a good time together, and thatís about all there is to it as far as any ďspecial girlĒ is concerned.

 

Maybe it wonít always be like that. I hope not.

 

Yes, I phone home to my folks in Memphis a lot. Almost every day. But I like to know how they are and how things are going. And I donít get time to write much or like that, so I call instead. It sure sounds good, hearing their voices. Makes me a little homesick sometimes.

 

Iím not a loner, I donít think. But Iíve go to admit. Sometimes I like just getting off by myself. You know. Just off somewhere alone. No crowds or anything. Where itís just peaceful. And quiet. And you can think.

 

What, No Singing Lessons?

 

Nope. Iíve never had a singing lesson in my life. No music lesson of any kind, in fact. I just started singing when I was a little kid, like I told you, and Iíve been doing it ever since. I was 11 years old when I went in front of a real audience for the first time. It was at a fairground in the town I was born, Tupelo, Mississippi. I was shaking like a leaf, but Iíd set my heart on singing, and nothing in this world could have stopped me from going ahead and entering the talent contest at the fair. I did it all on my own, and I didnít have any idea what I was going to do once I got out there in front of all those people. All I had in my head was the idea that I was going to sing.

 

I didnít have any music or anything, and I couldnít get anybody to play for me and I couldnít play for myself because I didnít know how. So I just went out there and started singing. I sang a song called Old Shep, the story of a dog, and I know they must of felt sorry for me because they gave me fifth prize and everyone applauded real nice. Man, Iíll tell you, I was really scared and shaking and all turning over inside. But I felt good, too. Iíd been on a stage for the first time in my life.

Legend: Elvis, on stage of the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Fair Show, having won the fifth prize in the talent contest, singing Old Shep. Click on the photo to view larger version.

 

Later on, when I was 13 or so, me and a bunch of the kids would fool around singing. I never tried to go into any of the High School shows or anything like that, but I sure enjoyed beating up a storm with the other kids. And you know how it is. You get to trying different ways of using your voice and singing the words and such, and pretty soon youíre singing in a style of your own.

 

Everyone does it, no matter whether you want to be a singer or not. So thatís how I got my practice in singing, just experimenting around and singing with the other kids and having a good time. And most important, singing the way I felt. And to tell you the truth, I think itís the best kind of practice I could have had.

 

The Green Scrapbook

 

Yes, itís true that I keep me a scrapbook of a lot of the stuff thatís printed about me. But you know something? I donít save the articles or stories that tell nice things about me. My scrapbook only has stuff in it that isnít very friendly. Iíll tell you why this is.

 

When I first started out, my momma wanted to save all the programs and pictures and things that everyone put in the papers and magazines. I wasnít much interested in doing this, because I was so busy singing and working and learning that I just didnít want to take the time to sit down every so often in the middle of something and start cutting out pictures and things. Momma bought her a big green scrapbook, though, and asked me to send her stuff whenever I got the chance. For the first year or so, I didnít send her a thing, and the scrapbook was empty, except for a couple of clippings she got out of the Memphis papers.

 

 

Then one day I saw this article about me not being a very good singer. I cut that out and send it to momma and she wrote back and told me I didnít want to fill my scrapbook with things like that. But I wrote back and told her, ďMomma, anyone can fill a scrapbook with good things. But what good does it do? Iíd like to know the things people donít particularly like and study them and try to make myself better if I can.Ē So thatís how The Green Scrapbook got started. Iíve got a lot of pages filled, and a lot of them are still empty, but Iíll tell you this. Every time I go home to Memphis, I take down that scrapbook and study it. I know most of the things in it by heart, and Iím always going to do my best to improve whenever and wherever I can.

 

My Greatest Ambition

 

I know Iíve been lucky in an awful lot of ways. But I think the luckiest thing that ever happened to me is that Iím beginning to realize my biggest ambition.

 

All of my life, Iíve wanted to be an actor, though I never was in any school plays or recited a line other than the Gettysburg Address for my sixth-grade homeroom class. But always sticking in the back of my head was the idea that somehow, someday, Iíd like to get the chance to act.

 

I came out to Hollywood almost three months ago, and Mr. Hal Wallis of Paramount Pictures asked me to take a screen test. I jumped at the chance. I went in to take the test and Mr. Wallis told me not to worry about trying to act like John Barrymore or anybody. He told me to just act like myself. I studied up on what they wanted me to do, and then before I knew it I was in front of the camera. I wonder if you can ever know what itís like to be standing in a movie sound stage and hear a bell ring and people shout ďQuietĒ, and then all of a sudden realize that everyoneís watching you, and youíre supposed to be acting out a part. Iíll tell you, itís enough to make your legs slide out from under you.

 

Legend: Elvis, during his screen test at Hollywood.

 

Whenever I get excited, I stutter a little bit. I have a hard time saying ďwhenĒ or ďwhereĒ or any words that start with ďwĒ or ďiĒ. Well, I can tell you I really had a hard time with the wís and iís that day.

 

When the test was over, I thought Iíd been awful. But Mr. Wallis came up to me and he told me that things like my missing letters of some words is actually good in actingÖ it makes the performance more natural. I kind of smiled and thanked him, but you can bet I didnít say a thing about not missing those letters on purpose! If that was natural, what Iíd done, and they were satisfied with it, then it was great by me. And it was a real relief, too. My screen test was over. Iíd gone through the first step of realizing my lifeís ambition.

 

My Sideburns

 

Iíve heard so many stories about why I grew my sideburns that I just canít help from laughing sometimes. One magazine said, ďÖ he started wearing sideburns at 15 because they made him feel mature and important. He still wears them for the same reasonÖĒ

 


Legends
: Elvis during some breaks of filming Love Me Tender, where his sideburns are quite noticeable. Click on the photos to view larger versions.

 

Man, that magazine made me laugh because there wasnít a lick of truth to the things they said. Heck, I couldnít have grown sideburns when I was 15 if Iíd wanted to! I wasnít hardly even shaving by then! I was 17 when I first started growing Ďem. And I sure didnít feel ďmature and importantĒ when the sideburns started coming in. I grew them for one reason onlyÖ because Iíd always admired them. I never thought they make you look older, and certainly never thought they made me look important. Nope. I just like them, thatís all. Thatís why I wear Ďem. A lot of people ask me why I donít cut them off now. You know what I tell them? I tell them that I got started off wearing sideburns and Iím like those folks who donít like to change horses in the middle of the stream. All my friends have liked me with the sideburns on, so I donít really see any reason for cutting them off. And, oh yes, thereís one other thing, too. I still admire them very much, just like I did when I was a little kid.

 

They ask me why I wear the clothes I do. What can I say? I just like nice clothes, thatís all. I like colour and such. Is there something wrong with that?

 

My True Religion

 

The other day, I read this: ďÖ Presley got his start by singing in a church choir, but fame has made him forget all about religionÖĒ

 

I sat right down and cut that out of the paper and put it in an envelope and send it home for my momma to put in my scrapbook. I expected theyíd start saying things like that. About me not being religious. I mean. But this was the first time Iíd seen it anywhere.

 

Well, Iím not exactly sure what they mean by ďreligiousĒ in that article, but I can tell you this much. I donít think theyíre right in saying things like that. No, I donít go to church regular anymore, if thatís what they mean by religious. Being on the road all the time, and travelling every minute Iím not working, I canít ever be sure when Iíll have a Sunday free to myself. I wish I could, just like I wish I could be with my folks more often, but I canít. So if they mean just going to church regularly makes you religious, then I guess I donít fit up to what they want.

 

But I want you to know this. I believe in God, I believe in Him with all my heart. I believe all good things come from God. That includes all the good things that have come to me and to my folks. And the way I feel about it, being religious means that you love God and are real grateful for all Heís given, and want to work for Him. I feel deep in my heart that Iím doing all this. And I pray that if Iím wrong in feeling the way I do, God will tell me. Because I owe everything thatís happened to me to Him.

 

Have I Changed?

 

I guess everyone wonders what heíd do if he got lucky and got in front of the public and got real well-known. I remember I used to think about that, when I was driving a pickup truck in Memphis I used to dream about being a success and wondered how my life would change if it should ever happen. Well, I can tell you how I feel about it now. I donít feel a bit different now than I did before all this happened. Iím just like I always was.

 

Of course, I guess everybody says this. And even though they say it, a lot of people change anyway, without knowing it. But actually, Iím sure I havenít. Iíve never felt a change. I feel the same now as I did five, ten years ago. The only difference Iíve felt since then is happiness, and that things have gotten better for meÖ that God has blessed me and that Heís given me a lot of the wonderful and good things in life. I hope I wonít change. I hope Iíll never be like some of the people Iíve seen, who forget that they never could have been successful or happy at all without Godís help. And I wish, I just wish, that everybody could know the same kind of happiness Iíve known from all this. I wish that, more than anything, with all my heart.

 

Who Am I Going to Act Like?

 

Thereíve been a lot of articles come out lately that I was going to imitate or copy the late James Dean. Well, I want to set you straight on that.

 

Like I told you with my singing, I donít want to copy anyone. The same thing goes for my acting. I was a powerful admirer of James Dean. I think he was one of the greatest actors Iíve ever seen. He and Marlon Brando, and a whole bunch more I could call. But Iím not going to try and copy anybody. Iím trying to be myself in my acting, with my own name and my own kind of style. Sure, I hope I can be even half as good as James Dean one day. He was the greatest. But I wonít try and copy him. I know I couldnít, even if I tried.

 


Legends: Elvis during a scene of Love Me Tender; James Dean in Giant and Marlon Brando in The Wild One.

 

And another thing. Some magazine a month or so ago already had me playing in the life story of James Dean on the screen. Well, Iím not. It would be a great privilege to be good enough to play the part of James Dean in his life story, but it certainly isnít being planned for now. All I hope is that Iíll do an acting job that will make you proud of me. And I want you to know, Iím going to keep on trying always to do my very best.

 

Iíll tell you something about Hollywood. Itís a really great place. At least, Iíve had the kicks there. I just finished my first movie for 20th Century-Fox, called Love Me Tender, and you know, it was the biggest thrill of my life. Making pictures is, well, I donít know exactly what to call it, except that itís different. Itís something Iíve always wanted to do. And I just hope youíll like me on the screen because Iíd sure like to keep on making pictures for you.

 

Do I Really Play the Guitar?

 

Thereís been another rumour of sorts thatís kind of amusing. I read in one magazine that I canít play a note on the guitar, and in another, the same week, that Iím the greatest guitar player in the world. Well, both of those stories are wrong.

 

Iíve never had any music lessons, like I told you. But Iíve always enjoyed music of any kind, and musical instruments. My daddy bought me a department store guitar when I was pretty young. I learned to pick out a couple of chords on it, but I didnít try to get fancy or anything like that. I can plunk on it pretty good, and follow a tune if Iím really pressed to do it. But Iíve never won any prizes and I never will.

 

Then when I went out on stage in my first personal appearance, I just naturally took my guitar along with me, to sort of keep me company. I used it as a prop or whatever you want to call it. To me, in that first appearance, it was the best friend I ever had because it kept me company and I knew I wasnít alone out there making a fool of myself. Iíve just kept on taking it out there with me, and Iíve got a new one now, a gift to me, that even has my name carved on it. Thereís always another fellow in the band who does most of the playing, and if youíll watch me real close in a performance sometime, youíll see how it works. He follows my motions and hits the chords at just the right time.

 

Legends: Elvis playing guitar during a break in Love Me Tender; playing the piano before one of his appearances at the Steve Allen Show and playing drums for relaxation. Click on the photos to view larger versions.

 

Along down the years, Iíve just naturally take to some other instruments, though. I like the drums, and I really would have like to take lessons on them some day. I tryíem now just for fun, and sometimes it almost sounds like I know what Iím doing. I also like the piano, though I guess I donít play it exactly the way youíre supposed to. I just hit whatever keys look good to me. Itís a lot of fun, and sometimes Iíll play along while Iím singing. Never in a performance or on record though. Iím not that good. I bought my mama and electric organ, which we now have in our home in Memphis. The whole family takes a whack at it, and I guess itís about the easiest thing of all to play. Sounds great, too, when youíre in the mood to experiment around.

 

Maybe someday Iíll learn to play some of these things better. But in the meantime, I keep trying out all kinds of instruments. As I say, I do it because, of everything I know, I like music the very best.

 

Do I Say All Those Things?

 

Itís not just the rumours. Itís the things they claim I say that kinda gets me down ever so often. I donít know why people claim I say things that I donít, but thatís what happens sometimes. And they go off on a whole big business about teenagers being so different today and that kind of stuff. Iíll tell you honestly. I canít understand it.

 

And you know something? Iím sorry that these people who try to put words in my mouth and read something into my actins on the stage donít try, instead, to understand about kids our age. Iím sorry that they donít try to understand that weíve got a lot of energy that weíve got to do something with, and that the main reason we stick together is that we understand each other, and that we can help each other work off some of this energy by sharing our feelings together. Is this wrong for us to do? I canít believe that it is.  And Iíll bet that if the people who criticize us would only try to understand instead, they wouldnít feel we were so bad either.

 

Iíll tell you, though. I guess no matter how hard you try to be fair and good with people, thereíre always those few who are gonna make up stories no matter what you do.

 

One fellow wrote in a magazine that he knew a ďsecretĒ about me. His piece went, ďÖ Presleyís secret? Simple. Heís popular because he throws himself around the stage. Without his contortions, he wouldnít stand a chance in the big time music business.Ē I wonder what this fellow would say if I told him that most of my records have been bought by people who have never seen me in person!

 

On Amusement Parks

 

Sure, I like amusement parks. I likeíem a lot. And I like winning pandas and that kind of stuff. Thatís about the only relaxation I get when Iím on the road. That, and going to movies. And as for food, give me home cooking. My mouth waters every time I think of mommaís bacon and egg breakfast. I sure fill up oníem when Iím home!

 

Why Do I Sing Like I Do?

 

Everybody asks me: Why do I sing like I do? I know as well as you what some people are saying. Iím not deaf. I can hear it same as you. They donít like dancing. They donít like western music. They donít like rock and roll. And they donít like me.

 

Well, my momma taught me one thing right from the very beginning, and thatís that everyoneís got a right to his own opinion. I believe that. And I also believe that you canít make everyone like you, no matter who you are.

 

I canít explain it. I canít explain what happens when the music starts. But I think I know. I think you know what it is to get all tied up in something, to get lost in it. Thatís what singing and music does to me. It ties me up. It makes me forget everything else except the beat and the sound. It tells me more than anything else Iíve ever known, how good, how great it is just be alive.

 

Iíve been singing the way I do now as far back as I can remember. I donít know what style youíd call it or anything like that. All I know is I sing the way I don because it comes to me natural.

 

A lot of people ask me, ďAre you trying to copy somebody, the way you sing?Ē All I can tellíem is what I honestly know in my heart. Iíve never tried to copy anybody.

 

One girl said I reminded her of Johnny Ray, but I laughed and told her that I donít pull my hair or roll on the floor or anything like that. And I never intend to. No, Iíve never copied anybody, and Iíve also never heard any style like mine. I just originated it accidentally, more or less.

 

When I was called to make my first record, I went to the studio and they told me what they wanted me to sing and how they wanted me to sing it. Well, I tried it their way, but didnít work out so good. So while most ofíem were sitting around resting, a couple of us just started playing around with Thatís All Right, a great beat number. We were supposed to be resting for ten minutes or so, so we just did it natural. It came off pretty good, and Mr. (Sam) Phillips, the man who owned the recording company, said I should go ahead and sing all the songs my own way, the way I knew best. We tried it, and everything went along a lot better. They decided to put Thatís All Right on record, and backed it up with Blue Moon of Kentucky.

 

That was my first record. Iíll never forget it. Lately, as you probably know, thereís been a lot talk about all the ďbouncing aroundĒ that goes on during one my shows. Iíd like to tell you how the bouncing around all got started.

 

When Mr. Phillips called me to make that first record, I went into the studio and started singing. I started jumping up and down, they tell me, and I wasnít even aware of it. My legs were shaking all over, mostly because I was so nervous and excited, but also because I can feel the music more when I just let myself react. After the third rehearsal Scotty Moore, the guitar player for the band, came over to me and said, ďYou still scared, Elvis? You shake all over when you start singing.Ē I told him I wasnít scared once the music started, and that I didnít even realize I was moving around at all while I was singing. I told him Iíd try to just sit still during the next rehearsal.



Legends: Elvis with Scotty Moore, his guitar player, during a rehearsal and with Bill Black, his bass player, live. Click on the photos to view larger versions.

 

But at the next rehearsal the same thing happened. The minute the music started, I wasnít me anymore. I couldnít have stopped moving around if Iíd wanted to. Because all that motion was just as much a part of the music to me as the words I was singing. I told Scotty and he said, ďOkay, then, do whatever comes natural.Ē So thatís what I did.

 

After that first record was a success, I appeared on this big Music Jamboree in Memphis, my hometown, in an open-air theatre. Iíll never forget how it was, standing backstage and listening to all these great performers and knowing that Iíd have to get out there in just a couple of minutes and try to be as good as all the others. When my time came, I was scared completely stiff. Me and my band went out there and set up and we were ready to begin. But man, we couldnít move! We were all like a bunch of dead people, we were scared so bad. I guess there were four or five thousand people in the audience, and they stared at me and I stared at them. Then someone in the bass section got up nerve and started playing, and the others followed, and before I knew it I was singing. And then the audience got to squealing a little, and then someone started hollering, and then they all got with it and we really had a ball. I left the stage and they applauded and called me back and kept calling me back. I couldnít figure it out. I didnít have any idea what I was doing that they liked. My manager gave me a push toward the stage and told me to get back out there and do what Iíd been doing, and I said, ďWhat have I been doing?Ē and he said, ďYouíve been shaking all over.Ē He said, ďYour legs have been shaking with the music and your eyes twitching and your shoulders twitching and everything! Get out there and keep doing it!Ē

 

So I went back on, and we picked another rock and roll song real quick. And I said to myself, ďNow listen, try and do it again.Ē And then the music started, and I never did remember to do what I said to myself, but I must have done it again because the audience was whooping and hollering like crazy when the song was through. Thatís when it really started, that night, and itís happened ever since.

 

I wish Ė how can I explain it Ė that I could do everything with music. I wish I could play every instrument. I wish I could know every song. And I wish I could thank all of you who feel the same way about music and who tell me so. Iíve been so lucky. From that first wonderful start on the Stage Show TV program until now, and Mr. Sullivan. Iíve been so lucky. I just canít believe it sometimes.

 

And Now, What Can I Say?

 

I just donít know what to say about how I feel now, about all this. Since that first night, things have happened so fast that I really donít know. I like it, of course. Itís been the most wonderful thing in the world. The way youíve bought all my RCA Victor records, and come out to my performances and watched me on Mr. Sullivanís TV show, and all the others. I just donít know exactly what to say.

 

Legend: Elvis with Debra Paget, his co-star, during a break of Love Me Tender, studying their lines together. Click on photo to see a larger version.

 

And now that Iíve made my first movie out at 20th Century-Fox, Iím hoping to learn how to become as good an actor as I can. Making Love Me Tender was something Iíll never forget. Youíll never know how nice Debra Paget was to me, helping me learn my lines and study and such. And the same goes for everyone out there. What can I say, except that Iím thankful to all of them.

 

And what can I say to you? All I can say is the same thing. Thanks. I know itís not enough, but I want to tell you something. With that one word goes out a big part of me. A part of me that never could have existed at all save for your help and encouragement.


 

And I want you to know that my thanks to you comes from right down here, right from the deep bottom of the happiest heart in this whole great big old world.

 

Yes, Iíve been lucky. And you know something? I just feel sometimes like itís all a dream, like Iíll rub my eyes and wake up and itíll all be over. I hope not. I hope it never happens. I hope it never ends.

 

Address Change
 


 

Iím ever grateful to my fans everywhere. They really are responsible for my acceptance and success. So that the ever increasing mail from those wonderful people can be properly and quickly approved, we are moving the Elvis Presley Fan Club Headquarters to Hollywood. Now that I have finished Love Me Tender for 20th Century-Fox, and am making another picture for Paramount, it likes like Iíll be spending a lot of time in Hollywood. So please address your mail to me to Box 94, Hollywood, California. A million thanks!


Source: Elvis Answers Back magazine.

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