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.
July, 1956 | Jim’s Barber Shop, Memphis
July, 1956 | Audubon Drive, Memphis
August 10, 1956 | Jacksonville, Florida
Same magazine: exhibit “A”.
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 …
Elvis met up with the good Judge that same day (photo left).
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 |
On 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!
(thanks to Jans!)
January 6, 1957 | Warwick Hotel, 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 | Greeneville Station
ELVIS Photo Album (1956)
On 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 |
On the set of
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 | Hotel Grunewald, Bad Nauheim
January, 1959 |
The PX Store
August 19, 1959 |
Goethestrasse, 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)