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(Jan.13-20, 2005)
(On Pink BG Color) Written in Japanese
(Compiled by Haruo Hirose)


(Jan.19, 2005)




"ELVIS," The Previously Announced Four-Hour Mini-Series, To Be Broadcast May 8 and May 11

ELVIS BY THE PRESLEYS, a new entertainment special that will feature a collection of new, intimate interviews with his former wife, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, and their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, will be broadcast Friday, May 13 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Exclusive never-before-seen television performances, photographs from the Presley Estate archives and Presley family home movies will be broadcast for the first time.

CBS, SONY BMG, Crown Publishers and the Elvis Presley Estate unite in a multi-tiered effort to celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley with the television special, a mini-series, a commemorative two CD set and a lavish book all coming in the month of May.

In the special, Priscilla and Lisa Marie speak with unguarded candor about their lives with the legendary Elvis Presley and offer an intimate look at their family and private life. Rare interviews with Elvis' first cousin, Patsy Presley Geranen, and Priscilla's parents, Ann and Paul Beaulieu, are also featured.

Vintage, never-before-seen performance footage will be interwoven with photographs from the Presley Estate archives and press coverage of Elvis over the years. Private home movies of the Presley family illustrate and illuminate his story with vivid detail, honest insight and great warmth. Different aspects of Elvis' life, including his tours, his time in Hollywood and his home life, are depicted with the insight that only his family can bring. His career ups and downs, his kindness and generosity and his human frailties are all brought to light as well as a reflection on his place in entertainment history and his enduring legacy.

Timed to the special, SONY BMG Strategic Marketing Group will release a two CD soundtrack collection in May. The soundtrack will include tracks from the special, Elvis' favorites and family picks by Priscilla and Lisa Marie as well as rare, previously unreleased cuts and outtakes.

Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc., will publish a book, also titled Elvis by the Presleys. Along with interviews with Priscilla and Lisa Marie, taken from the CBS special, the book will include a lavish collection of personal photos, memorabilia, handwritten notes, selections from scrapbooks and previously unseen shots of Graceland from the Elvis archives. It will be in stores on May 3.

Also on CBS in May is ELVIS, the previously announced new four-hour mini-series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the title role which will be broadcast Sunday, May 8 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and Wednesday, May 11 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The fact-based drama, about the life of Elvis Presley, is being produced with the full cooperation and participation of the Elvis Presley Estate. His electrifying yet tumultuous story - from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame - will be told and Presley's master recordings will be heard in a biographical film for the first time.

ELVIS BY THE PRESLEYS is being produced by Red-Eye Flight Productions. David Saltz ("Elvis Lives"), Osmond Kilkenny ("Elvis Lives") and Susan Zirinsky ("48 Hours") are the executive producers. Scott Lochmus ("Venus & Vegas") is the producer; Elisabeth Harris ("Elvis Lives") is the coordinating producer. Rob Klug ("9/11") is the director.

  • May 3; Book, "Elvis by the Presleys" (Crown)
  • May 3; 2-CD, "Elvis by the Presleys" (SONY BMG)
  • May 8; 4-hour mini-series, "ELVIS" (Pt.1) (CBS)
  • May 11; 4-hour mini-series, "ELVIS" (Pt.2) (CBS)
  • May 13; 2-hour TV Special; "Elvis by the Presleys" (CBS)
"Elvis" & "Elvis by the Presleys" の 米国での放送時間が決まりました。

5月 8日 "Elvis" (4-hour mini-series 前編)
5月11日 "Elvis" (4-hour mini-series 後編)
5月13日 "Elvis by the Presleys" (2-hour)

(Jan.19, 2005)

Elvis Set for Another Number One
By Anita Singh

Elvis Presley is set to break another record this Sunday by scoring his third number one in as many weeks.

The re-release of A Fool Such As I is outselling closest rival The Chemical Brothers by three to one.

It would become the 1,001st number one in chart history and give Presley his 21st chart-topper.

Presley is currently holding the top spot with the 1,000th number one, One Night.

The week before he topped the chart with Jailhouse Rock.

And Presley fans have been out in force since Monday buying up copies of One Night, which was originally released on April 24, 1959.

Each of the King's 18 chart-toppers is being re-released to mark what would have been his 70th year.

Monday sees the release of It's Now Or Never, one of his most memorable hits.

It may face competition from Mike Read's tsunami charity single, Grief Never Grows Old, which is released on the same day.

(Jan.19, 2005)

Williams V. "Red" Robertson did field work for his Robertson & Fresh commercial studio. The studio was hired by Col. Tom Parker to photograph a show with Elvis Presley on July 31, 1955

Forever Elvis in Tampa

One of the earliest and most widely seen performance photos of Elvis Presley was taken right here in Tampa, during a 1955 concert appearance at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.

A tightly cropped version of the photo was used on the cover of Presley's first album.

That much, at least, seems to be accepted as fact by most of the King's archivists and biographers.

But specifics about the photo's origins have been as fuzzy as the green shag carpet in the Jungle Room of Presley's Graceland mansion.

How did a classic image from one of rock 'n' roll's most famous album covers - recently hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 50 best - become shrink-wrapped in mystery?

It's understandable.

The sheer volume of written material about Presley virtually guarantees that factual discrepancies will crop up. Even the most dedicated rock historians have disagreed about when the Tampa photo was taken and who snapped the image.

No longer.

Today, on the 25th anniversary of Presley's death, we are proud to present the definitive story of Tampa's early role in the iconography of Elvis.

But first, a bit of background about the young singer, the concert photo, the album cover and the mysteries surrounding them.

Connections To Tampa

Elvis Presley was just 20 years old when he hit the stage in Tampa on Sunday, July 31, 1955.

Presley already had cut a handful of singles with producer Sam Phillips in Memphis, Tenn., but those original Sun Studio recordings had not received wide distribution. He was still primarily a regional act, although word of his wildly energetic shows was spreading through the South.

It was not the first time the future pop idol had performed for a Tampa audience. Presley had appeared at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory once before - on May 8, 1955, as the closing act in country singer Hank Snow's All Star Jamboree tour.

Five days after his first Tampa appearance, Presley caused a minor riot in Jacksonville by closing his show with the announcement, "Girls, I'll see you backstage." In their 1999 book, "Elvis Day by Day," Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen write that fans pursued Presley into his dressing room, where they tore off his clothes and shoes.

Col. Tom Parker, a music promoter with longstanding ties to Tampa, was impressed by Presley's potential and had begun looking for ways to work more closely with the young singer. Steve Rinaldi Sr. of Tampa, whose parents were friendly with the Colonel, recalls hearing Parker talking enthusiastically about "the kid" in early 1955, confidently predicting he would become "the biggest thing in show business."

By the time Presley returned to Tampa in July, Parker had forged a deal to handle all his booking and long-term planning, according to Guralnick and Jorgensen. Parker also was working to move Presley from Sun Records and onto a major record label.

On The Road To Stardom

Presley performed two shows in Tampa on July 31, 1955, both of them at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory on North Howard Avenue.

The shows, fundraisers sponsored by the Sertoma Club of Tampa, featured folksy comic Andy Griffith as headliner, along with Ferlin Husky, Marty Robbins and other Grand Ole Opry stars. Presley's name was listed near the bottom of the bill in an ad that appeared in The Tampa Tribune. Guitarist Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black shared the stage with Presley. General-admission tickets for the shows, a 2:30 matinee and an 8:15 evening performance, were $1.25 each. Children younger than 12 were admitted for 50 cents.

Parker paid the Sertoma Club $5,000 "for their support and help" as sponsors of the concert, Rinaldi says - a typical example of Parker's loyalty to friends and associates in Tampa. (The family business, Rinaldi Printing, also benefited from Parker's connection to Presley, producing all Elvis-related promotional and concert materials for many years.)

With visions of stardom clearly in mind, Parker hired an established Tampa photo studio, Robertson & Fresh, to document Presley's stage act.

William V. "Red" Robertson was in his late 40s in 1955. A native of Augusta, Ga., he had operated the Robertson & Fresh commercial studio in Tampa since 1932. Robertson worked as the primary field photographer, while partner Harry Fresh stayed in the darkroom, processing and printing the photos.

Robertson died in 1963, but one of his daughters, Verna Lee Lupo, still lives in Tampa - and she recalls that her father had taken some photos of Presley in the 1950s.

"I have his photos someplace," Lupo says. "Two or three different prints of Elvis with his guitar, onstage."

Lupo attended an early Elvis Presley show in Tampa, but not the one that featured Andy Griffith as the main attraction. "I was at the one in 1956," she says. And she doesn't remember seeing her father there.

At this writing, Lupo has been unable to locate the Presley prints - so she cannot say with certainty that it was her father who took the famous photo.

Narrowing The Possibilities

Tommy Eure, who calls himself "the oldest living photographer in Tampa," worked for Robertson & Fresh until 1953, when he left to start his own business. Eure shot photos at one of Presley's early Armory performances, but the singer's clothes are considerably different from those seen on the album cover.

Like Lupo, Eure says he can't recall seeing Robertson at the concert that he attended.

Walter Smalling, now a freelance photographer in Washington, D.C., bolsters the case for Robertson & Fresh.

"I do specifically remember seeing negatives and prints of Elvis Presley in the collection," Smalling says. He was involved in rescuing many of the studio's photos while a student at the University of South Florida in the early 1970s.

Along with several faculty members from USF's photography department, Smalling purchased 50,000 neglected negatives from Robertson & Fresh. "We found them literally rotting in a garage," Smalling says.

Although many of the images were badly damaged, thousands were preserved and catalogued at Tampa's downtown library. Those files later were transferred to USF's special collections department.

An entry in a logbook from USF'S archives confirms that Parker arranged for the Tampa studio to photograph a show on July 31, 1955.

Paul Camp, a special collections librarian, discovered the entry (order No. 17142) in an appointment book from USF's Robertson & Fresh archives.

Nearly 3,000 Robertson & Fresh photos are available for online searches through the USF library's Web site, but you won't find any photos of Presley. Camp says no prints or negatives matching order No. 17142 have been found in the university's files.

Elvis biographer Guralnick says it's likely that Parker took possession of the 1955 concert photos. Parker was personally involved in all aspects of the Presley image-making machine, and he almost certainly provided RCA with the cover photo for the 1956 "Elvis Presley" album.

Guralnick and Jorgensen had full access to Graceland's archives while compiling materials for "Elvis Day by Day," including Parker's voluminous collection of photographs and memorabilia. A series of photos from the July 31 show in Tampa is stored in the Graceland archives.

Some of those photos carry a Robertson & Fresh imprint, Guralnick says - but not the shot that was used on the album cover.

Unfortunately, Guralnick and Jorgensen's book is one of several high-profile Presley biographies that credit the album cover shot to celebrity photographer William S. "Popsie" Randolph, not Robertson & Fresh.

Popsie, a former road manager for bandleaders Benny Goodman and Woody Herman, turned to celebrity photography in 1944. He died in Arizona in 1978.

Robertson Or Popsie?

Resolving this apparent historical stalemate took a few phone calls, e-mails and faxes. But the facts are in.

"We were wrong," Guralnick says. Guralnick and Jorgensen relied on a credit line from the back cover of Presley's first album that reads "Photos: Popsie." Guralnick says they didn't know at the time what Robertson & Fresh was, and they could find no documents that would have disproved the Popsie credit.

Joe Tunzi, a music archivist and author of 20 books about Elvis, is adamant about the source of the photo: "Forget about Popsie. Popsie did not take that photo."

Tunzi, who runs JAT Publishing in Chicago, says the credit line refers only to a series of four shots that were used on the album's back cover, not to the vibrant black-and-white cover photo. Though the photo used on the album cover has no imprint, Tunzi says it clearly fits into the sequence of shots by Robertson & Fresh.

Jorgensen agrees. "You're right about the photos," Jorgensen wrote when contacted for this article. "Robertson/Fresh took the front - Popsie the rest."

Rock 'N' Roll Immortality

In spite of the various mysteries that have surrounded the Tampa photo, its importance as a cultural icon has never been in doubt.

Earlier this year, Rolling Stone included the "Elvis Presley" album as one of the "50 Best Album Covers."

"Elvis Presley wasn't the first rock & roll artist," Michael Ansaldo wrote, "but his debut album cover presented the world with the music's first tangible image."

The compelling photo "suggests all the wild gyrations that struck fear in the hearts of the nation's elders - and a rock & roll star was born."

Designer Ray Lowry saluted the "Elvis Presley" cover with his approach to the 1979 album "London Calling" by The Clash. As quoted in the 1999 book "100 Best Album Covers," Lowry says his Clash cover was intended to be "a genuine homage to the original, unknown, inspired genius who created Elvis Presley's first rock 'n' roll record."

Lowry praised "the strange potency of the pink and green lettering and the sheer vibrancy of the Elvis picture."

Did a single concert photo from Tampa help to propel Presley's career? Was the work of an unsung commercial photographer one of the driving forces behind the rock 'n' roll revolution? Music historians and graphic design experts might answer "yes."

Of course, it helps that the album contained a dozen of Presley's most influential recordings, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Tutti Frutti," "Money Honey," "Blue Moon" and "Just Because."

The album undoubtedly would have topped the charts regardless of its cover. Just because.

(Jan.17, 2005)

Elvis Still King with Britain's 1,000th No. 1
By Jason Hopps

LONDON (Reuters) - Elvis Presley notched another musical milestone Sunday when a re-release of his 1959 hit "One Night" became the 1,000th song to top the British pop charts.

The limited-edition re-issue quickly sold out across Britain and was fetching as much as $74 a copy on auction Web sites such as eBay even before it hit No. 1.

The growling, bluesy song became the 1,000th chart topper more than 50 years after Al Martino crooned his way to No. 1 with "Here In My Heart," the first song to top Britain's popular music charts.

The "One Night" re-issue was Elvis's 20th British No. 1 -- more than any other solo artist -- and came just a week after a re-release of his 1957 thumping classic "Jailhouse Rock" topped the UK chart.

Elvis's record label is re-releasing 18 No. 1's in consecutive weeks, in time to cash in before the 50-year copyright protection on sound recordings in most European countries expires on his earlier hits.

The King of Rock and Roll's latest No. 1 comes more than 27 years after his death.

"He was the best and there'll never be anyone like him," said Sid Shaw, who has written several books on Elvis and runs an Elvis memorabilia shop in London.

"He's as popular as he ever was, especially in Britain. There's something in his voice, his songs, his moves, you just can't forget him," Shaw told Reuters.

Welsh band Manic Street Preachers fell just shy of taking the 1000th number one from Elvis, entering at No. 2 with "Empty Souls."

(Jan.17, 2005)

Mick Jagger, Usher, David Stewart, Lisa Marie Presley

 「ゴールデン・グローブ賞」 "Best Original Songs - Motion Picture" 部門で、 プレゼンターとして登場したリサとアッシャー。 ミック・ジャガーと デヴィド・スチュアートが書いた 映画「アルフィー」の主題歌 "Old Habits Die Hard" が選ばれました。

(Jan.16, 2005)

It's springtime for Elvis, with a passel of projects honoring the King's milestone birthday this year. (He would have turned 70 on Jan. 8.)

CBS began shooting Elvis, a miniseries starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Bend It Like Beckham), this week in New Orleans. Now comes word the network has added Elvis by the Presleys, a two-hour documentary with rare archival footage, home movies and photos, and interviews with ex-wife Priscilla, daughter Lisa Marie and other relatives and friends. They're joined May 3 by a double-CD "soundtrack" (Sony/BMG) and a book (Crown) that includes handwritten notes and other memorabilia from Elvis' scrapbook. And a musical, All Shook Up - based on Presley's songs - hits Broadway March 24.

Unlike past biopics, both TV projects, which are set to air in May, are sanctioned by the singer's estate, so they'll have access to Presley's original recordings and unseen photos from the family's vault. The special is a family saga, says producer David Saltz, "telling the story about what it was like being inside the gates of Graceland looking out." (USA Today)

"Elvis by the Presleys" (web-site) の内容が少し分かってきました。

 "Elvis by the Presleys" TV Special は 2時間のドキュメンタリー番組で、 5月初旬にCBSから放送されます。 この番組のために撮影された プリシラ、リサ、家族、 友人のインタビューで構成され、 エルヴィスの多くの秘蔵フィルム、 インタビュー、 ホーム・ムービー、 写真などが挿入されます。

 "Elvis by the Presleys" Book は 288頁のハードカバー本で、 エルヴィス自筆のメモや 思い出の品々で構成された スクラップ・ブック的な本になりそうです。 4月26日の発売予定が 5月3日に変更されました。

 "Elvis by the Presleys" CD は 2枚組CDで、 これも5月3日の発売になりそうです。 エルヴィスや家族のお気に入りの曲に加え、 未発表の音源も入る予定です。

 ニュー・オーリンズで撮影が始まった CBSのミニ・シリーズ「エルヴィス」も 5月に放送されるとの噂があり、 ますます5月が待ち遠しくなります。

(Jan.15, 2005)

 今回の CNN "Larry King Live" の出演者は Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike, Jerry Schilling, David Stanley, Patty Parry, Anita Wood, Kathy Westmoreland でした。

(Jan.15, 2005)

プレスリーのオリジナル曲も・・・ ロック名曲50選アルバム

 1955年のロック誕生から50周年を記念し、 ビートルズ登場以前のロック創世記を彩った名曲50選が 2枚組アルバムとなった。 26日発売の 「グッデイズ〜ロックンロール50〜」で、 ロックの原点といわれる ビル・ヘイリー&ヒズ・コメッツの 「ロック・アラウンド・ザ・クロック」をはじめ、 エルビス・プレスリー、 チャック・ベリー、 リトル・リチャードらが名を連ねる豪華盤だ。
 1、2、3オクロック、 4オクロック・ロック・・・。 「ロック・アラウンド・ザ・クロック」が 映画「暴力教室」の主題歌に使われ、 全米8週連続1位に輝く大ヒット となったのが1955年。 コメッツの奏でる軽快なリズムに合わせて、 当時の若者はこぞって体を揺らし熱狂した。 これが “ロックンロール” という音楽ジャンルを 確立させた始まりといわれる。 つまり、 今年はロックの生誕50周年にあたるわけだ。
 そこで、 50〜60年代の音源を数多く抱える大手レコード会社、 BMGファンハウスと ユニバーサルミュージックが、 共同でロック創世記の名曲50選に着手。 2枚組アルバム 「グッデイズ〜ロックンロール50〜」 (税込3360円)のタイトルで、 今月26日に発売することになった。
 そのラインアップは強力そのもの。 「ロック・アラウンド−」をオープニングに、 エルビス・プレスリーの「ハウンド・ドッグ」、 チャック・ベリーの「ジョ ニー・B・グッド」と続く。
 他にも若くして飛行機事故でこの世を去り、 その生涯が映画にもなったリッチー・ヴァレンスの「ラ・バンバ」や ジェリー・リー・ルイスの「火の玉ロッ ク」、 ロイ・オービソンの「オー・プリティ・ウーマン」など。 ビートルズがカバーした「ロックンロール・ミュージック」 「ロール・オーヴァー・ベートー ヴェン」 「のっぽのサリー」の原曲も収録された。
 特に、 プレスリーのオリジナル曲が 日本のオムニバスアルバムに収録されるのは 今回が初めて。 ロック生誕50年を理由に エルビス財団から異例の許諾が出たことからも、 このアルバムの貴重さがうかがえる。
 10−30代には ロックのルーツを知る意味で興味深く、 40−50代のロックファンには懐かしく感じられそうだ。

グッデイズ ~ ロックンロール50 (ユニバーサルミュージック)
Good Days ~ love Oldies (BVC2-37408) (BMGファンハウス)
 (ユニバーサル盤はロック中心の選曲、 BMG盤はバラード中心の選曲と、 内容が異なります)

(Jan.14, 2005)

CNN "Larry King Live" on Friday, Jan.14.
Remembering Elvis.
Seventy years after his birth, Elvis Presley's ex-girlfriend, stepbrothers and best friends remember the legend. Tune in at 9 p.m. ET.
 CNN 「ラリー・キング・ライヴ」に 再びエルヴィス関係者が登場します。
 この番組は日本のスカパー!ch.257 CNNj で見ることができます。

Lisa will be a presenter at the Golden Globe Awards Show on Sunday, Jan.16.
 16日に全米に生中継される「ゴールデン・グローブ賞」授与式に、 リサがプレゼンターとして登場します。
 この模様は 2月5日(19:30-22:00)に、 NHK-BS2で放送されます。

(Jan.14, 2005)



 多くのコレクション会場に姿を現し、 モード関係者の間で 次なる新世代セレブ筆頭株と噂の ライリー・キーオ、 偉大なるロック・スター、 エルヴィス・プレスリーの孫にして、 リサ・マリー・プレスリーの娘である 彼女は現在15歳。 春からディオールの "顔" となるライリーに スペシャル・インタビューを敢行!

 (ELLE誌掲載のライリーの写真は こちらにあります)

 小悪魔のように チャーミングな瞳をカメラに向けているのは、 ライリー・キーオ。 祖父にエルヴィス・プレスリー、 母にリサ・マリー・プレスリーをもつ、 生まれながらのロックンロール・サラブレッドだ。 現在15歳になる彼女は、 今、 モードの世界に足を踏み入れようとしている。

 モデルになってまだ間もないライリーを、 ジョン・ガリアーノは、 来シーズンの "ディオール" の顔として抜擢した。 彼女がキャンペーンのモデルとなる、 来春のジャケット・コレクションは、 ブランドにとっても エポックメイキングなコレクションとなる。 ガリアーノは、 1947年に ディオールが "ニュールック" としてセンセーションを起こした バー・ジャケットを 現代風にアレンジすることに挑戦した。 「このジャケットを作ることで、 僕がデザイナーになってからの 8年間で発表してきたコレクションを 総括したかったんだ。 そして、 この思い入れのあるジャケットたちを 世に送り出すにあたっては、 ブランニューな "イット・ガール" が必要だと思ったんだ」直接面識はなかったものの、ガリアーノの頭にはすぐにライリーが浮かんだという。 「彼女はただ外見がチャーミングなだけじゃない。 フレッシュで、 現代的で....。 ファッションというよりは、 そのライフスタイルが 魅力に感じられる女の子なんだ。 あの若さで、 驚くほどの存在感をもっているし」

 父親であるダニー・キーオ (ミュージシャン、 リサ・マリーの最初の夫) は、 モードの世界を信用しきってはいない。 「ファッション・モデルたちは痩せすぎだと思う。 ライリーにはあんな姿になってほしくないね。 だいたい、 あの子は僕より食欲旺盛なんだよ」

 生まれて間もなくすでに、 母親に抱かれてタブロイドの紙面に登場したライリー。 リサ・マリーは、 現在、 彼女をパパラッチから守ろうと必死になっている。

 「プレスリーという姓をもつ彼女を 好奇の目から守るのは簡単なことじゃないよ」と ライリーのマネージャーは語る。 「でも 、われわれ周りの人間は、 彼女が "普通の" 少女でいられるように ベストを尽くしているつもりだ」 その努力は見事に実を結んでいる。 ライリーは控えめで礼儀正しく、 部外者の私たちでさえ守ってあげたいと思うような 魅力的な少女に成長している。

ELLE  ガリアーノはどんな印象だった?
ライリー・キーオ(以下RK)  彼は天才的にクリエーティブで、 ほんとうに優しい人。 すごくクール(笑)!

ELLE  今年の2月にドルチェ&ガッバーナのショーで コレクションデビューして、 10月には ディオールのプレタポルテに出演したよね。
RK  最初は本当に緊張して、 バックステージでガタガタ震えてた。 ディオールのときは、 少しは落ち着いていられるようになっていたけれど、 転んでランウェイから落ちやしないかと心配で。 でも、 ショーは楽しかった。 一緒になったモデルたちもすごく親切だったわ。

ELLE  好きなモデルはいる?
RK  ナオミ・キャンベルとケイト・モス。 私服の着こなしも好き。

ELLE  これからどんなふうに 学業とモデルの仕事を両立させていこうと思ってる?
RK  今後どうするかは、 まだわからないわ。 いずれにせよ、 私は学校が好きじゃないの(笑)。 好きなのは読書。 つい最近、 『ダ・ヴインチ・コード』を読み始めたところ。 すごくおもしろい。

ELLE  オフはどんなふうに過ごしているの?
RK  8匹いる犬の世話をしているか、 友達とLAのブティック巡りをしているわ。

ELLE  流行は気にするタイプ?
RK  そうでもないわ。 いつもジーンズだし。 ヴィンテージが大好きで、 マーク・ジェイコブスの黒いバツグなしでは 出かけられないけど。

ELLE  トップモデルになりたいと思う?
RK  正直言ってまだわからない。 モデルの仕事は気に入っているけど、 ほかの分野にも興味があるの。 たとえば映画とかね。 とりあえず、 来るもの拒まずで、 一日一日ゆっくり進んでいくわ。

(Jan.14, 2005)

Presley's still shakin' things up

The man is gone, the music lives on. And on. Elvis Presley would have been 70 years old on Jan. 8, and though he died nearly 30 years ago, his song catalog is constantly being repackaged and re-released. So powerful is his music that the re-issue of "Jailhouse Rock" is currently sitting atop the British pop charts.

Chicagoans can get their fix of Presley tunes as more than two dozen of his songs are the basis for the new musical "All Shook Up," opening tonight at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The show tells the story of a guitar-wielding, hip- swiveling stranger who arrives in a small Midwest town one day and changes the lives of everyone around him through his music.

While the musical is not the story of Elvis' life, you can explore that subject in Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend ($35, Atria Books), a new book by Pamela Clarke Keogh (no relation to Lisa Marie Presley's ex-husband, Danny). In a rare gesture, Keogh was given the full blessing and cooperation of Elvis Presley Enterprises (the company which until recently held the world rights to everything Elvis), which gave the author unprecedented access to the Presley archives.

Keogh spoke to the Sun-Times about her famous subject.

Q. How much time did you spend combing through Elvis' belongings?

A. I spent one week going through them. What you see on display at Graceland is probably 5 percent of what they have in storage. They drove me to a giant airplane hangar [where] I walked around with three white-glove-wearing archivists who found specific things I asked for, or took items down from shelves for me. Elvis was a pack rat, and they've just kept everything.

Q. What was the coolest thing you found among the items?

A. There was this very old, rough-hewn box, sort of like a military [foot locker], only it was made of wood. It was probably something from the 1940s and was probably something the Presleys used when they moved from Tupelo to Memphis. It was completely empty except for a few games that a little child would have played with probably in the '40s. They were made of cardboard and colored paper. Simple games like tic-tac-toe. Maybe games that a child would send away for with box tops or something. On the same table with the box was a very Vegas-style gold lamp with a telephone as its base. So on that one table was the arch of Elvis' life.

Q. What was the most ridiculous item you found?

A. They lifted up a white sheet and there were 30 professional football helmets. I guess Elvis wanted to make sure his pals were properly outfitted for their infamous football games at Graceland.

Q. What was the most interesting thing you discovered about his life as you put the book together?

A. It surprised me how absolutely beautifully he could sing. He could sing the dopiest song in a movie and you believed it. That's where his genius begins and ends. Elvis could sing the way Picasso could paint.

Q. What surprised you the most about his life?

A. What struck me was his intelligence. Writers often overlook that. He read all the time. There were thousands of books in the archives. Lots of philosophy, metaphysics. He was searching and questioning, trying to find out who he was and why he was put on this earth, why he had this gift for music.

Q. What's the first question you would have asked Elvis if you had had the chance to interview him?

A. What have you learned from your journey, your experience? And I would have loved to have meditated with him. He meditated all the time. He was very spiritual. How groovy is that?

Q. What would Elvis be like today, had he lived to see his 70th birthday?

A. In a perfect world, he would have cut out the carbs. He would still be singing, without question. And doing a relief concert for the tsunami victims.

(Jan.13, 2005)

Jack Lord's Special Memory of Elvis
By Marcia Borie

Elvis Presley had the ability to touch others' lives as few human beings ever could. Just as people were magnetically drawn to him, so too, he had an almost fan-like devotion to those he admired. Among that group was Hawaii 5-0's Jack Lord and his wife, Marie. Theirs was a relatively brief but extremely intense friendship so illustrative of the rapid magnet-like attraction Elvis had for those comparatively few people he ever really got close to once fame had crowded in on him.

A few hours after the shocking news of Presley's death, I called Honolulu. I had known for several years of the personal relationship which existed between the Lords and Elvis. They had never wanted to talk about I publicly, but now, I thought they might want to share their knowledge of Elvis with those of us who care.

Marie answered the phone. Cautiously, I asked her if she'd heard of the latest news. There was a pause; then she said, "You mean about Elvis?" I could hear the shock in her voice; she went on, "Yes, we heard. It's so ironic because Jack was just sitting here writing Elvis a letter and getting ready to mail him a package when his secretary came in and told us the news. He was so stunned. So am I. It just doesn't seem possible." Her voice faded, her words seemed to hang in the air.

I told her of this special memorial issue to Elvis, and she and Jack readily agreed to allow me to include something that I'd know about for several years but had never written before.

Early in January, 1973, Elvis Presley was due in Hawaii. There, on the 14th, a little past midnight, he was to appear live at the Honolulu International Center in a concert that would simultaneously be beamed by satellite all around the world live except for the United States. Shortly before the day of the concert arrived. Colonel Parker had personally come to the condominium where the Lords live. By way of the manager, he had left a message inviting them to be Presley's guests at the concert.

The following day Elvis' road manager had called the Lords to re-emphasize how much it would mean to Elvis if they could come. As Jack had told me several years ago, "Ordinarily, Marie and I live like monks during the time I'm shooting. Both of us are up by five in the morning, so we never go out late during the week. But the invitation was so gracious that Marie and I just couldn't turn it down."

The Lords went to the concert and were seated in the special section along with the rest of the Presley party. Midway in the show, after Elvis had introduced everyone of the members of the band and vocal group, he said, "My favorite actor in the world is sitting in the audience and I want to introduce him."

Then he called Jack by name. The Lords, celebrities that they are, told me that as if they had been floored by the introduction and that it had been an almost unbelievable tribute from one artist to another. So Jack stood up and taken his bows, live for all the world - except the U.S. - to see. Afterwards, they had gone backstage and met Elvis up close for the very first time. But as Jack would later say, "The moment we met and shook hands it was as if we had known each other all our lives."

Elvis then told Jack and Marie that he'd love to see them before he left Hawaii and asked if they could have dinner together. Marie, at the time, had said, "Well, I'm sure you don't go out to restaurants." Elvis had smiled back and said, "Well, no, but I could come to your house."

The next days were busy ones for Jack on the set. Quite frankly, he and Marie had almost forgotten about seeing Elvis again - perhaps subconsciously thinking that with Presley's schedule and Jack's, a second meeting would never come off anyway.

Still, one evening a few days later, according to Marie: "I was in the kitchen fixing us an early dinner. The phone rang. Jack answered and then came in and told me it had been Elvis. It was his last night in Hawaii, and he'd said that most of his group had already gone back to the States but he asked if he could come over and say good-bye to us. They had arranged it for eight o'clock."

Promptly at eight o'clock, the doorbell rang. Marie called out over the intercom and asked who it was, and a voice answered, "Elvis." Marie opened the door and he was standing there - "a slim Adonis, looking gorgeous in a white suit with a white silk shirt that had a ruffled collar and cuffs." He kissed her as he came in - bringing seven members of his party!

As soon as Elvis sat down, Marie offered them drinks. Then, much to her horror, she discovered that none of the Presley group touched hard liquor! It was ironic because neither she nor Jack drink except on rare occasions. So, fortunately, their icebox was also full of diet sodas. A few of the guys did have beer, Marie said, but the six-pack was gone in a minute, so all of them sat there sipping soda drinks - and Marie could have dies. But Elvis didn't seem to mind; he just seemed happy being there.

After about 15 minutes, he said to Jack, with a kid-type smile on his face: "I brought you a present, Jack. I tried to think of something to bring you that you don't have. The only think I could think of was this." Inside the box he presented to Jack was a solid gold Walther revolver. Elvis explained that he had ordered a matched set from Germany a year before but that they had just arrived. "But I don't need two guns, so I want you to have this one," he said to Jack, "plus six bullets - just in case you ever need them!"

Jack and Marie were speechless. The golden gun was a pure work of art. While Jack was still recovering from Presley's generosity, Elvis had turned and said, "And I haven't forgotten you either, Marie." He then handed her a tiny jewel box and watched eagerly as she opened it. There, sitting on a mount of velvet, was a gorgeous ring. Elvis took it out of the box and slipped it on her finger. As a former fashion designer, Marie knew only too well what the status of the gem was, but Elvis, like an eager kid, told her, "Those are emeralds and diamonds." She was absolutely floored.

Half an hour later Elvis asked if he could see the rest of their home, and Jack took him on the grand tour.

"Over the years, Jack and I had a collection of rare musical instruments from all over the world," Marie had told me. "When we first moved to Hawaii, we had given most of them to the UCLA Music Department. Jack had only kept a few, which he considered real treasures. One was a rare six-string banjo which had been tuned to play like a guitar. The moment Elvis saw it he sat on Jack's bed strumming it. Marie was in the living room when Elvis suddenly ran in shouting, "Marie, Marie, Jack gave me a six-string banjo!"

His eyes were wide again like a kid, and he just couldn't get over it - as though he, himself, wasn't the world's most generous person and as though he hadn't just given Jack the golden gun and Marie the emerald and diamond ring.

Before Elvis left that night, shortly before midnight, he asked Jack and Marie to please be sure to come and see him in Las Vegas whenever they could or to come to his home and stay there anytime as his guest.

One month later and a short break from the Hawaii 5-0 series, Jack and Mare were headed for San Francisco and Los Angeles and, by coincidence, they learned that Elvis was just about to open in Las Vegas. So, they called Colonel Parker and told him they would like to come.

The day they arrived in Las Vegas was one that neither the Lords will ever forget. As they walked off the plane, there, standing at the foot of the ramp, was a tall Hawaiian man holding garlands of fresh flower leis. Colonel Parker had called him, and he was flown in especially from Hawaii with the flower, just to be at the airport to greet the Lords. Then, when they arrived at their hotel and walked into their suite, Marie remembers that they could hardly moved around for all the flower baskets that surround them. It was an unforgettable moment.

That night the Lords sat at Elvis' table and the lights went down and Presley came on stage. The curtains opened and there, on stage center, was the six-sting banjo that Jack had given Elvis, on display, a spotlight beaming down on it. Then, as he had done at the concert, half way through the show, Elvis introduced his group.

"I was in Hawaii recently and this great star and his wife took me into their home," he said the. Marie commented later: "He said it like he was some poor little orphan we had adopted. Then he called out Jack's name, and Jack stood up. The applause was tremendous. Elvis grinned and said, 'Sit down, Jack, you're getting more applause than I am.' Everyone laughed."

After the show, The Lords went backstage with Elvis and then up to his suite where he had his own chef prepare a low-calorie dinner which he always ate between show. During the meal he looked at them sort of wistfully and asked if they would come and see his midnight show.

The Lords, still on their TV series schedule, were early-to-bed people, but for Elvis they couldn't resist. After the late show, they again met with Presley, and he coaxed them to stay on the following day and come to see his show again that night. The Lords would end up staying three extra days and seeing the Presley show six times! They never left Elvis or their hotel. It was as though neither could get enough of the other, and for hours on end Jack and Elvis had talked like old boyhood chums.

On the last evening, Jack and Marie were in Elvis's dressing room when they had previously seen Presley's fantastic array of handmade costumes on one wall and, lining the other, hangers full of custom-made jeweled belts like the hi-huggers that Elvis wore over each of his jumpsuits.

One of those they had seen had been a special belt that did not match any outfit. Elvis had explained that this costume designer had spent years making this particular one, though it didn't go with any of his outfits, but he always carried it with him because he loved it so. "It was an unbelievable thing," Marie said, "all embroidered with coral and jade and turquoise and amethyst."

Anyway, on their last night when the Lords walked into Presley's dressing room, Elvis stood up and in his hand he had the special belt which he now held out to Marie. She began to protest, but Elvis cut her short. He explained that he couldn't wear it because it scratched him, and he even showed where there was a gash on his hand.

But the Lords knew that Presley was just saying that as Marie had personally seen a girl at the last show grab for Elvis' hand and then bite it in her enthusiastic joy at being so close to her idol. But Elvis wouldn't take no for an answer. Marie now has that very special Elvis Presley jeweled hi-hugger framed on black velvet and it hangs in a special place of honor in the Lord's home.

There were subsequent meetings and exchange of correspondence between the Lords and Elvis. There were phone conversations and yet, when you totaled it all up, they really only knew Elvis for such a brief few years. In fact, once he said rather longingly, "Gee, Jack, I wish I'd met you many years ago."

No he's gone. Elvis Presley that rare, talented, beautiful generous and yet lonely man. Lonely as only a few people are who ever reach such dizzying heights. A prisoner of fame and fortune and of a self-made legend surrounding him, but for those brief few years - especially during those times when Elvis, Jack and Marie Lord were together - when they were able to share the special area reserved for the famous. Inside it, together, none of them were lonely.

There will never be another Elvis Presley, and Jack and Marie Lord feel his loss so deeply. They will never forget their special friend ... and neither will any of us.

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