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The Elvis Side of the Moon

Over the years I’ve had fun collecting variations of this iconic Jailhouse Rock image of Elvis.  There were enough to do a post back in 2012, and to expand with lots of new ones on a repost last November.

Here’s one I stumbled on yesterday:

 

Certainly there are some Elvis fans who know what original image inspired this.  But for the rest of you, here it is:

Dark Side of the Moon

It is the front cover of the 1973 Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon. This is a historically significant album because it remained on the Billboard Top LP list for 957 weeks. That’s over eighteen years.  Wow.

 

So, I think an excellent name for the new picture would be Elvis Side of the Moon, and like you, I see it as a variation of an Elvis image.

 

However, Pink Floyd fans would consider it a variation on their album cover, which has been done a lot by some clever Photoshop jockeys.  These are my two favorites.

 

 

So, would you like to see another Elvis / Pink Floyd connection?  Check this out.  It is concert video of David Gilmour, singer and lead guitarist of the band, singing Elvis’ hit “Don’t”.  The guitar part in the middle is totally unique.

 

 

Well, let’s get back to Elvis images to end this post.

Polka Dot Jailhouse Rock.  What’s next?

 

 

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The Lost Elvis Album

In the early 60s, Elvis got into a regular routine. He made movies, and a soundtrack album was released for each. In addition, he went to Nashville every spring to record at RCA’s famed Studio B.

These annual sessions in Nashville produced a cache of songs to be released as singles. Each year after the spring Nashville sessions in ’60, ’61, and ’62, Elvis released a new non-soundtrack album. Col. Parker decided they would not include any hits. He was correct in believing the fans would still buy the albums anyway, and then later all the hits could be included in one of many Elvis “Best Of” compilations.

So, the cycle for albums following the spring Nashville sessions was this:

1960 – Elvis Is Back

 

1961 – Something for Everybody

 

1962 – “Pot Luck.”

Things went differently after the recording sessions at Studio B on May 26-27, 1963. As usual, a new 45 release followed within a month. “Devil In Disguise” was the A-side, and it went to #3 on the charts. The B-side was “Don’t Drag That String Around,” written by Otis Blackwell (“Don’t Be Cruel”). Another good song, “Witchcraft,” was the B-side to “Bossa Nova Baby,” released in October that year.

However, in 1963, no regular non-soundtrack album was released. Pretty strange, considering that they had 13 brand new songs in the vault. It’s an interesting story.

 

Actually, RCA had scheduled an album using these recordings to come out that fall, but then they decided they had enough new hits to make Elvis Golden Records, Vol 3, so they issued it instead.

 

Why bother with untested studio material when a greatest-hits record is a sure thing?

 

Next up was the Fun In Acapulco soundtrack release in November ’63, but two extra songs were needed for filler. “Love Me Tonight” and “Slowly But Surely” were pulled from the remaining unused spring ’63 Studio B recordings.

 

By April 1964, it was time for the Kissin’ Cousins soundtrack album. This movie was also short of enough songs for a full album, so again two songs from the May ’63 Nashville sessions were used: “Long Lonely Highway” and “Echoes of Love.”

That was the death knell for the concept of an album of all the May ’63 Studio B recordings .Two more songs made it into the standard album Elvis for Everyone in 1965. Four of the remaining songs were used in the soundtrack albums for Double Trouble in 1967 and Speedway in 1968.

At that point, all thirteen songs from the planned 1963 Nashville sessions album had been released in one way or another.

 

Finally, in 1991, twenty-eight years after the songs were recorded, RCA decided to right a wrong and released a CD of the May ’63 sessions. It is appropriately titled The Lost Album, and I would rather own it than a lot of the Elvis CDs containing “Previously Unreleased Recordings.”

Elvis was just 28 in 1963, and he was still rocking pretty good. The session featured three guitar players (led by Scotty Moore) playing on each song, and it had a double drum kit: DJ Fontana and Buddy Harman. Elvis also had Floyd Cramer on piano, Boots Randolph on sax, Bob Moore on bass, and the Jordanaires and Millie Kirkham on vocals, truly bringing the group assembled there up to all-star status.

For my money, I think the best song on The Lost Album is “Memphis,” written and first recorded by Chuck Berry. I also like “Devil In Disguise,” “Witchcraft,” and “Slowly But Surely.” The rest of the songs are well described by Earnst Jorgenson in Elvis Presley, A Life in Music. He said they.

“were all passable, and their flawless, pleasant sound make them records Elvis fans could enjoy.”

 

In 2007, RCA rereleased it with a new title and much more appealing cover art:

 

By either title, this really qualifies as a long-lost Elvis album.

So, if the concept of an unreleased Elvis album from 1963 interests you, check out either The Lost Album or For The Asking. You’ll be in for a treat.

 

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The Elvis/Star Trek Connection — Part 2

This is the rest of the 2009 post on the nine actresses who appeared in Elvis movies and Star Trek episodes.

 

Laurel Goodwin:

  Laurel Goodwin was the biggest omission in ElvisBlog’s original “Star Trek Elvis Connection”.  She played Laurel Dodge, Elvis’ love interest in Girls, Girls, Girls.  Actually, it was more like “the winning love interest,” because Stella Stevens was a former flame that still hoped for a future with Elvis’ character, Ross Carpenter, and she kept popping up throughout the movie.  The dance that Elvis and Laurel did (pictured above) is one of my favorite scenes from his films.  It must have been difficult to come up with a dance routine that was funny, but this one was.

 

On Star Trek, Laurel appeared as Yeoman Colt in an episode that contained Spock, but not Captain Kirk or any of the other familiar Enterprise crew members.  That’s because she was in “The Cage,” the one hour pilot that was produced to sell NBC on the series.  Parts of it were used for flashback scenes in a later two-part episode, but “The Cage was not broadcast intact until 1988, twenty years after the series ended.  I like Goodwin’s look in this better than in the Elvis movie.  That’s Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike.  Don’t you bet he and Laurel Goodwin would have had significantly better careers if they had kept their roles when the series went into production?

 

Nancy Kovack:

Nancy Getting Elvis' Eye in Frankie and Johnny

 

Nancy Kovack also had a major role in an Elvis movie.  She played Nellie Bly, the “losing Elvis love interest” in Frankie and Johnny.  (Not to say Elvis’ movies were formulaic, but do you notice the pattern here?)  Nellie Bly was immortalized in the song as the girl who caused Johnny (Elvis) to do Frankie wrong.  Actually, Johnny just believed Nellie was a good-luck charm for his frequent gambling, but Frankie and the riverboat owner (Nellie’s former boyfriend) thought otherwise.  Skullduggery ensued, and Johnny discovered the real a good-luck charm was the one Frankie gave him.  He carried it in his breast pocket, and it saved him from a bullet to the chest.  Of course, Frankie and Johnny got together at the end of the movie, but Nellie did okay too, as she went back to the riverboat owner.

 

On Star Trek Nancy Kovack played Nona in “A Private Little War,” and got to wear the nifty warrior witch outfit you see above.  Nona was the wife of Tyree, leader of the Hill People on the planet Neural.  However, she wanted power and betrayed him.  She stole Dr. McCoy’s phaser and sought out the leader of a rival faction, but ended up being stabbed to death.


Julie Parrish:

Julie Parrish played Joanna, an employee of the Kahala Hilton hotel in Paradise, Hawaiian Style, but she did not play an Elvis love interest.  However, she was part of a scene that requires much willing suspension of disbelief.  She had Elvis’ character (a helicopter pilot named Rick) transport a consignment of pedigreed dogs to a dog show.  The dogs freaked out and Elvis lost control of the helicopter.  Before he could gain control, he ran a car off the road and into a ditch.  Well, the driver of that car just happened to be a big shot in the Federal Aviation Administration (oops).  Gee, what a coincidence.

 

Her Star Trek role was as Miss Piper, Starfleet Adjutant to Commodore Mendez on planet Talos lV in the two-part episode “The Menagerie.”  This is the show where parts of “The Cage” were shown in flashback.  Captain Pike was also in the newer plot, but he had been badly disfigured by delta rays.  Fortunately, Julie Parrish’s figure was just fine, and it was well displayed throughout the story.

Emily Banks:

The credits for Live A Little, Love A Little list Emily Banks’ character as “Receptionist.”  I know it’s hard to notice with that voluptuous stand-up occupying so much of the photo above, but look closely, there is a receptionist here.  Hey, Elvis, don’t stare.  Emily Banks fared a bit better with dialogue, as she had enough lines to be the fifth woman listed in the credits.           

For her Star Trek appearance in “Shore Leave,” Emily Banks played Yeoman Tonia Barrows and got to do considerably more acting.  When some of the Enterprise crew beamed down to Omicron Delta for badly needed shore leave, a mysterious energy field (they show up at lot, don’t they?) caused strange things to happen individually to each crew member.  For Yeoman Barrows, it was a visit from Don Juan.  Too bad for Dr. McCoy, who thought scoring with her would be the perfect form of R&R.

 

Shari Nims:

Shari Nims was listed way down on the credits of Easy Come, Easy Go as Mary, although this name was never revealed in the film.  In fact, her only part came in the Easy Go-Go nightclub scene where Elvis sand “I’ll Take Love.”  Elvis was rocking so good that Mary came up on stage, grabbed a tambourine, and boogied along with him.

       

There was a bit of real acting by Sheri Nims as Sayana in “The Apple.”  Kirk led a landing party to Gamma Trianguli VI, where they noted an abnormal electromagnetic field (geez, another one) was causing subsurface vibrations.  When they investigate further, they discovered the flower-child-like people of Vaal, including Sayana, who had no concept of love or sex.  Do you think maybe the Enterprise crew educated them?

 

Tanya Lemani:

Tanya Lemani did not appear in an Elvis movie, but she was featured in the ’68 Comeback Special.  She had significant screen time as a belly dancer in the segment where Elvis sang “Little Egypt.”

         

She had a much larger part playing Kara in the Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold.”  Kirk, McCoy and Scotty beamed down to the hedonistic pleasure planet Argelius II, and went to a favorite café.  Kara’s dancing infatuated them all, especially Scotty.  When she came over to their table, Scotty put his best moves on her and she agreed to leave with him.  As you can see in the picture above, Scotty was really pleased with this development.  Unfortunately, Kara was attacked out on the street and stabbed to death.

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