Elvis Reading (about Elvis)
By Bob Pakes
Every now and then you run into a photo of Elvis checking out a magazine. ‘Teeny-mags’ were published by the truckload in the late 50’s, and since Presley had become the hottest thing in showbusiness, he appeared in nearly all of them in one way or another. And Elvis apparently enjoyed reading the articles about himself!
Most of these vintage magazines are very collectible nowadays, especially the ones that have Elvis on the frontcover. In this topic you’ll find a chronological collection of photographs of Elvis reading (or in another way connected to) magazines that could be identified. Where possible, an image of the magazine in question accompanies each entry.
August 10, 1956 |
When Elvis came to town, juvenile court Judge Gooding did his best to control Elvis’ uncontrollable movements on stage. He even attended one of his shows that day. So Elvis couldn’t move, he had to stand still, the only thing he could move was his little finger …
Unknown | Humes High School, Memphis
Humes High’s history teacher Mildred Scrivener did not think Elvis was a bad influence at all. In a March 1957 article in TV Radio Mirror (that this image appeared in) she states she saw him as a “decent-thinking, right-living, generous and kind person.”
August 18, 1956 |
Knickerbocker Hotel, Hollywood
HEAR the Voice of Hollywood
September, 1956 |
The set of Love Me Tender
Check below the awesome photo of Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps going through this magazine!
The magazine can be found HERE!
January 6, 1957 |
New York City
Elvis is checking out some magazines in the lobby of the Warwick Hotel.
In the photo to the right we can see him going through an article titled What Presley Really Wants.
The titles of these two magazines are, as of yet, unknown.
January 7, 1957 |
ELVIS Photo Album
The set of Loving You
(Germany. February 17, 1957)
BRAVO reporter Thomas Beyl visited Elvis on the set of Loving You and showed him an earlier edition of the magazine that had Elvis on the cover.
Thomas visited Elvis again when he lived in Bad Nauheim.
March, 1958 |
The set of King Creole
October 23, 1958 | Wiesbaden, Germany
BILDJOURNALEN, No. 20 (Sweden. May, 1958)
Swedish singer Little Gerhard met Elvis at a Bill Haley concert,
and he brought along a magazine that had an Elvis-article in it.
November, 1958 |
THE ELVIS PRESLEY ALBUM No 2
(UK. October, 1956)
It’s interesting to note that the magazine Elvis is reading here, is actually over 2 years old.
October 26, 1958)
November 30, 1958)
January, 1959 |
The PX Store
August 19, 1959 |
Goethestrasse, Bad Nauheim
(Germany. August 22, 1959)
The second time that Thomas Beyl interviewed Elvis was in Bad Nauheim.
1959 | Germany
DIE TONENDE STORY
(Germany. November 1959)
This is actually one of the first books about Elvis Presley, and the first in the German language.
March, 1960 | Germany
(Germany. March 1, 1960)
March, 1960 | Germany
March 25, 1961 | Hawaii
December, 1961 |
On the set of Kid Galahad
(Germany. December 5, 1961)
February 14, 1964 |
Long Beach, California
(Holland. January, 1964)
This magazine can be found HERE!
and the many unknown photographers!
Jans (for the Elvis Presley 1956 magazine)
Kari Paju (for the Radio TV Mirror article)
Josep Rulló Guàrdia (for the upgrade-photo of Gene Vincent)
Roger Ersson (for identifying the Swedish magazine)
A real Nice overview Bob … I had Fun with this one, cool !!
Nice magazines, wished I had them all.
Great topic, Bob !
And many rarely seen photos too. Thank you !
About the first magazine … You have the cover of the UK edition of the magazine. You might want to change that to the cover of the US edition that Elvis is reading. It is slightly different.
Bob, if you still need a copy of the US edition of the 1956 Elvis mag, let me know, okay?!
Fascinating stuff. I remember the Elvis Presley magazine from the time I got it in, 1957. I was 15 and had not yet seen Elvis in a movie!
This is great…..superb research
A wonderful treat to see this! Thank you so much.
I enjoyed this very much, in fact this whole site is just splendid! Thank you.
The title of the Swedish Magazine is Bildjournalen
Still a superb piece of research, Bobman!
Great collection of newspaper articles.
You guys did a great job. Well done, friends.
Ralf (webmaster of “Elvis-Cinema”)
I must have missed this one – fascinating.
Splendid piece. Does anyone know if there is any Elvis content within the March 1960 ‘Film Revue’ magazine?
The picture of Elvis looking at the magazine was taken in his compartment on the train, at Union Station in Los Angeles. It was taken by Mary Cary Culp, with Sandie Kaye Stevens’ camera. Sandy was there too.
Missed it…Fantastic topic!!!.