Strictly Elvis No. 6 (October 1968)
By Geert Hof
Welcome to issue No. 6 of ROCKY BARRA‘s classic Elvis magazine!
Some of this month’s highlights:
– Be sure to read Rocky’s heartwarming account of his first trip to Graceland and his interview with Vester Presley.
– “NBC has 24 hours of Elvis on videotape.”
– “Elvis has over 400 tracks in the can (recorded but not released on record).”
– “Director Mark Rydell wanted Elvis to star in Midnight Cowboy.”
– Elvis Presley: “I’m aiming to be accepted someday as a dramatic actor. That’s my aim. Our deal with NBC has a movie tie-in. I’ll do a special a year for a few years and they’ll finance a movie for me.”
– Also a fullpage NBC-cartoon by Ger Rijff (credited as ‘Gerry’ from Holland).
As mentioned above, the movie Frankie And Johnny was retitled Red-haired vs Light-haired (Rubia Contra Pelirroja) for showing in Mexico.
To the left we have a Mexican lobby card from 1966.
It was quite common in those years for Movie Companies to change to movietitle to ‘a more appropriate’ title for certain countries. This led to some farfetched and sometimes even ridiculous titles for (most of) Elvis’ movies abroad. Often these new titles had zero to do with the original title. Most (in)famous in this regard are probably the German titles for Elvis’ films.
To the right we have a small report from The Pittsburgh Press (dated June 9, 1968) that confirms Rocky Barra’s claim that Speedway in Hong Kong was retitled to Spring Flowers Are Always Good And The Moon Is Always Round.
My sincere thanks and respect goes to ROCKY BARRA.
Thanks to GEERT HOF for providing this issue of Strictly Elvis.
For a very interesting interview EIN’s NIGEL PATTERSON had with Rocky please go here: ELVIS INFORMATION NETWORK
Issues of STRICTLY ELVIS currently on ECHOES:
STRICTLY ELVIS No. 1 (May, 1968)
STRICTLY ELVIS No. 2 (June, 1968)
STRICTLY ELVIS No. 3 (July, 1968) coming soon
STRICTLY ELVIS No. 4 (August, 1968)
STRICTLY ELVIS No. 5 (September, 1968)
STRICTLY ELVIS No. 6 (October, 1968)