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Classic Albums: Elvis Presley (2001)

Video  -  Documentary | Music  -  12 March 2001 (USA)
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The story behind Elvis's first album features performances from 1955 and '56, interviews with the King and rare home movies of him at play and work. There are also interviews with Sam ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (archive footage)
Ernst Jørgensen ...
Himself, producer, RCA
D.J. Fontana ...
Himself, drummer (as DJ Fontana)
Chick Crumpacker ...
Himself, RCA promotions manager, 1956
Carl Perkins ...
Himself (archive footage)
Peter Guralnick ...
Himself, Elvis Presley biographer
Dixie Locke Emmons ...
Herself, girlfriend, 1955 (as Dixie Locke)
Sam Phillips ...
Himself, producer and founder, Sun Records
Scotty Moore ...
Himself, guitarist
Tom Perryman ...
Himself - DJ, Radio KGRI, 1956
Tom Parker ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)


The story behind Elvis's first album features performances from 1955 and '56, interviews with the King and rare home movies of him at play and work. There are also interviews with Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records, Elvis's sidemen, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana, as well as his then girlfriend Dixie Locke. Written by Anonymous

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17 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Classic Albums: Elvis Presley (2001)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This episode in the Classic Albums series takes a look at the first rock and roll album from Elvis, which helped start his legend as well as cause a problem for TV and radio stations. Sam Phillips, Ernst Jorgensen, DJ Fontana (drugs on album), Chick Crumpacker (RCA Promo Manager), Dixie Loche (Elvis' girlfriend), Scotty Moore (guitar on album), B.B. King and Keith Richards are among the people interviewed about the album. Fans of Elvis or music in this era should really enjoy this look at the album because you really get a good idea of what was acceptable at the time and how things started to change when Elvis got on the scene. This includes an interesting discussion of how the record label and others feared what would happen by having a white man sing black songs to a mass public. There's also discussions on which covers Elvis should do and why songs like Blue Suede Shoes, That's All Right and Shake, Rattle and Roll were used. Another interesting topic including the touring that Elvis was forced to do during this period and a few stories about some of the other famous artists he met at the time like Johnny Cash.

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