Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 12

Elvis on his Knees - 1st April 1957 - Buffalo NY

This photo shows why Elvis had to ditch the gold lame pants. He liked getting down on his knees while performing, but after a while, the gold started to wear off. According to the tag on this picture, it was snapped on April 1, 1957 in Buffalo NY.

 

1957 Elvis Seattle concert

Here’s Elvis at it again later that year in Seattle.

 

Elvis' Smalest Crowd Ever

I labelled this one, “Elvis’ Smallest Concert Crowd.” To be honest, I screen grabbed it from an Elvis movie. Do you know which one it was?

 

Elvis Presley TCB Band

I’ve had fun trying to figure out who is who here. The easy ones are Charlie Hodge – top right, Ronnie Tutt – bottom right, John Wilkinson – bottom left, and James Burton top left,. I’m pretty sure that’s Jerry Scheff in front of Burton. So, that leaves the two guys in the middle. Any ideas? I did some research, and one of them has to be Larry Muhoberac, the keyboard player for less than a year before Glenn D. Hardin joined the group.

 

Two Elvis bootleg LP's that featured the Elvis Ed Sullivan recordings

This is the cover of a bootleg album. It featured the songs Elvis performed on the three Ed Sullivan shows.

 

Elvis and Mary Ann Mobley

Obviously, this shot didn’t appear in the movie Girl Happy, but Elvis and Mary Ann Mobley seem to be enjoying themselves during a break in the filming..

 

Elvis And Eddy Arnold

This is Eddie Arnold with Elvis. Neither one seems to be enjoying this encounter. Both have their arms folded, and Elvis is looking away.

 

Elvis Blocking the Light

I like to put photos of young Elvis into these pictorials. Unfortunately, the tag said nothing about where or when it was taken.

( Thanks to two reader comments, we now have the uncropped photo and an explanation of what is going on.)

This is cousin Gene Smith with Elvis on May 27, 1956. in Dayton, Ohio. They are playing a made-up game they used to play when they were bored to pass the time. It was possibly a truth or consequence type, where the loser would get smacked on the forehead when they answered wrong.

Thank you Sandy and Leon’a for providing this.

 

3AM Concert Labor Day, September 2, 1973

In the second Eye Candy for Elvis Fans post, I showed a poster for his 3am performance at the Las Vegas Hilton on September 3, 1973. Here is a photo that is supposed to be from that concert, but I don’t believe it. The audience is too big for a hotel ballroom.

3AM Concert Labor Day, September 2, 1973 - Blowup of Stage

I enlarged and cropped to get this view of the stage. It might hold Elvis and the band, but where would the Stamps and the Sweet Inspirations fit? The background is too plain for a classy hotel venue. This has to be somewhere else.

 

Dirty Elvis in Jailhouse Rock

This is the dirtiest you will ever see Elvis. It was on the screen in Jailhouse Rock for a just a couple of seconds, so you hardly had time to notice it.

 

Charlie Hodge, Lamar Fike, Elvis and Rex

The caption under this is hard to read, but it says, “Charlie, Lamar, Elvis and Rex (laughing) in front of the house with a dog.” Charlie Hodge, Lamar Fike, and Rex Mansfield were Elvis’ buddies when they served together in Germany. However, I don’t see a guy laughing.

Anyway, the house mentioned in the tag is this one:

Elvis' Home in Germany

 

 

Elvis in front of Jukebox - Warrior Hotel, Sioux City, Iowa, May 23, 1956

Elvis enjoying free time before performing at the Warrior Hotel, Sioux City, Iowa, May 23, 1956. Guess he hadn’t gotten into big, expensive watches yet.

 

Elvis Army Photo

Think about this. Your brother gives you an autographed Elvis photo he got while they were in the Army. Then a friend of yours who doesn’t like Elvis tears it up. That would make her an ex-friend in my book.

Reader Kathy Kessel says the other fellow in the picture is not her brother and wonders who he is. It’s a long shot, but does anyone have an idea?

 

Elvis in front of Gold Curtain

Let’s end with a splash. How do you like that gold curtain? I didn’t know that Elvis made curtain calls.

 

 

(Note: The movie with Elvis’ smallest concert crowd is Loving You, and he sang the title track.)

 

 

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14 responses to “Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 12

  1. Sandy Van Horn

    The caption below was on the young Elvis picture at https://www.shorpy.com/node/14854?size=_original
    “May 27, 1956. Dayton, Ohio. A 21-year-old Elvis Presley with his cousin Gene Smith backstage at the University of Dayton field house, where they sang for a zillion swooning coeds. 35mm negative by Phillip Harrington.”
    My sister and I were part of the crowd of swooning girls at his afternoon concert that day, but unfortunately we did not get backstage…how exciting that would have been!

    More of same pictures at: https://picclick.com/1956-ELVIS-PRESLEY-Dayton-Ohio-PHOTO-Backstage-with-153183092941.html
    Always enjoy reading your blogs!

    • Hi Sandy. I’m sorry you had to comment on this twice. I got a little behind on replying to Comments. Your link and explanation are great, and I will go back to the article and add the picture and information to it. At the same time, I will incorporate information about what Elvis and Gene Smith were doing in the picture, thanks to reader Leon’a Wilson-Mann’s comment. Thanks for being so persistent to get the right stuff about Elvis printed.

      Phil

  2. Paul Maringelli

    As for the photo of Eddie Arnold with Elvis… I’m wondering if Eddie is telling Elvis not to trust Colonel Parker. (Col. Parker managed Eddie Arnold in the mid-1940s)

    • Hi Paul. Sorry it took so long to post your comment. You may be on to something about Eddie Arnold. Thanks.

      Phil

  3. Leon'a Wils0n-Mann

    Phil, I have seen the 8th picture down from the top before. I believe it references a game he and his cousin Junior used to play when they were bored to pass the time. I don’t remember much about the game other than it was maybe a truth or consequence type, where the loser would get smacked on the forehead when they answered wrong. ! It was a ‘made-up’ game and just the kind of fun Elvis loved. !! lol I’m sure it is in one of my many reference books. I could probably find it if I took the time to look for it. Maybe another fan might have seen it too. If you look carefully, you can just see a piece of Juniors’ shirt at the edge of the picture.

    • Hi Leon’a: I am soo sorry it took so long to reply to your comment. I am going back to the post and revise it to include your information.. At the same time, I will include an expanded photo, thanks to reader Sandy Van Horn, that shows Gene Smith with Elvis. Thanks.

      Phil

  4. Looks like Elvis and Eddie Arnold are both looking at something Elvis wouldn’t be so rude as to look away!!!

  5. Hello Phil: Regarding the photo of Eddie Arnold and Elvis, I have a possible explanation for Elvis’ stance with his arms folded. They were both probably happy to see each other, but it could have been a cold day (or a cold wind blowing). Elvis’ hair appears to be wind blown and he looks like he is cold.

    • Hi Gerard: Until something more conclusive comes in, we’ll go with your hypothesis. Elvis could have turned away to keep dust from blowing in his eyes.

      Phil

  6. Hi Phil
    I think the guy seated next to James Burton and Charlie Hodge is Tony Brown , pianist , and former member of the Stamps who play on stage with Elvis in the last years.
    Keep rocking

    • Hi CC: Your suggestion could be right, but the photo was taken in 1969, not during Elvis’ last years. Thanks for your comment.

      Phil

  7. Hi Phil,
    Excellent points to ponder about our main man Elvis. It is amazing how many photos are out there of him with very few good captions included. Does make it rather interesting for true Elvis fan like you and me.
    Regards
    Billy
    Longview, Tex.

    • Hi Billy. You are so right about photos of Elvis without captions on the internet. Also, incorrect captions. It’s good to hear from you again.

      Phil

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