Daily Archives: December 4, 2005





Things are moving much faster than I reported in the news a week ago.  The URL address for Elvisblog has already been changed to www.elvisblog.net.  If you have the old address bookmarked as a favorite, it will still work for a while, but why not change it now to www.elvisblog.net.



Odd Websites


On November 28, someone typed odd websites into Google Search.  Google reported they found 3,170,000 odd websites, and the listed the first ten.  Elvisblog came in #8.  I printed out the page and showed it to my wife.  She asked, “Is That Good?”  I mumbled, “Well, yeah, I guess, sort-of.”  Then I went back and checked Google.  They weren’t passing judgment on what was odd.  They were reporting the magnitude of hits on sites containing the words, “odd websites.  On November 7, Elvisblog posted, “New Archive Articles, Some Odd Websites, and A Tease. 



New Magazine Article


The new issue of Elvis International, The Magazine is off the presses, and it contains another article by your blog host, Phil Arnold.  It has been added to Elvisblog as well.  Just click on the Archives folder in the left column.  The first listing will be “January, 1956,” and it takes a detailed look at what this writer considers the most significant month in the life of Elvis Presley.


In the late 50’s and early 60’s there were three blond bombshells sometimes referred to as “The 3 M’s”: ”Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Mamie Van Doren.  Howard Hughes discovered Mamie Van Doren at age 16, and she signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1953. 


On her web site, www.mamievandoren.com, she talkes about herself in the third person: “Mamie starred as the “bad girl” in some of Hollywood’s most enduring teenage cult films.”  Her signature film was the 1960 feature “Sex Kittens Go To College.


“Off the screen, Mamie was a maverick in her personal life as well, often following her heart in torrid off-screen romances.”  According to http://allmovie.com, her autobiography Playing The Field claims she slept with nearly every male in the entertainment industry


OK, would you like to know if Elvis was one of those lovers?


Mamievandoren.com has a section called Bedtime Stories, and Elvis is in there.  So are Burt Reynolds, Tony Curtis, and a bunch of other famous men.  Mamie goes into quite graphic detail of her sexual liaisons.  Sometimes, the Bedroom Stories almost read like pages from a romance novel.  Here’s one sample about Elvis and her:  “He French kissed me deeply and I responded passionately to him, barely able to hold myself back.”


So, the question is, did she hold back or not.  Or did Elvis hold back like he did with Elvira?  You’ll have to check out Mamie’s web site to find out.  It’s a better place than Elvisblog for that kind of stuff.  Let’s just say they had quite a night.   Elvis took her to the Frontier Hotel, the Sahara, and the Desert Inn before they started necking in his Cadillac.


There are two other interesting things of note.  Mamie proudly admits she stole Elvis’ wiggle when she danced and sang in the 1957 movie Untamed Youth.  Also, her site has present-day photographs of her in revealing outfits.  For a woman in her 70’s, she looks great.  Sort of makes you of wish you had been in those Bedtime Stories.

© 2005   Philip R Arnold


From:  71st Birthday Tribute, January 2006


 (A Look Back, 50 Years Later, At What Could Be The Most Significant Month in Elvis’ Career)

 by Phil Arnold


On January 2, 1956, Elvis performed at a high school in Charleston, Mississippi.  It was an event similar to more than a hundred others in 1954 and 1955 when Elvis toured extensively throughout the south and southwest.  But things were about to change for Elvis – in a big way.


Back in late November 1955, Sam Phillips sold Elvis’ contract to RCA Records for $35,000, but nothing changed in Elvis’ life immediately.  He still had a string of previous concert commitments to fulfill, and there was the usual downtime over the Christmas holidays.  Right after his 21st birthday, however, things got very busy for Elvis. 


On January 10, he and Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, and Bill Black did their first recording session at the RCA studios in New York City.  Floyd Cramer, who had played piano behind Elvis on some Louisiana Hayride shows and Chet Atkins, guitar virtuoso and RCA Nashville studio chief, augmented the small group.  This first session produced “I Got A Woman,” a hit for Ray Charles a year earlier, and “Money Honey,” and earlier hit for the Drifters.  Both would end up in Elvis’ first LP album, Elvis Presley.


The big accomplishment of the day was recording “Heartbreak Hotel,” a song that sounded unlike anything Elvis had recorded before.  It would ultimately become his first hit for RCA and would stay at # 1 for seven weeks.


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After one of his last performances at the Louisiana Hayride on January 15, Elvis started a six-day tour through Texas, as part of Hank Snow’s All Star Jamboree.  Col. Parker was Snow’s manager before taking over Elvis’ career, and he put Elvis on thirty-two of Hank Snow’s shows.  On January 20 in Fort Worth, Elvis did his last appearance as a supporting act.  From then on, he would always be at the top of the bill.


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Hank Snow and Elvis                                                Seventh Billing


On Saturday, January 28, Elvis made his first appearance on national television.  He and the boys performed on CBS’ Stage Show, starring Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.  Elvis sang “I Got A Woman” and “Shake, Rattle, and Roll / Flip, Flop, and Fly,” two Joe Turner hits he often performed on stage.  Although Elvis’ first TV exposure was on a rather low-ranked show, it was the start of the buzz about him that grew to a roar later in the year.


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First TV Show – January 26, 1956                                  Elvis with Dorsey Brothers


Elvis finished January on a tremendous roll.  Next up, in quick succession, were more recording sessions at RCA, more television appearances, a two-week tour through Virginia and the Carolinas as the headliner, the release of his hugely successful first album, and a screen test with Hal Wallis at Paramount. 


In spite of all this, bigger things were still ahead for Elvis.



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