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Elvis Presley: Kurt Russell on acting opposite ‘really cool' King and hanging out on set
KURT RUSSELL, who turns 70-years-old today, co-starred opposite Elvis Presley in It Happened At The World's Fair and has shared what it was like meeting The King, acting with him and how the star wanted to meet his father Bing Russell.Back in 1963, Elvis Presley starred in It Happened At The World's Fair, which featured an 11-year-old Kurt in his first movie.
The photograph was taken on April 6, 1968, and shows Sir Tom with Elvis and his wife Priscilla, backstage in Las Vegas. The King had driven all the way from Los Angeles, against the wishes of his manager Colonel Parker. Afterward, they retired to Tom's intimate dressing room where Priscilla and Tom's wife Linda exchanged pictures of their babies Lisa Marie and Mark. Tom, himself, notoriously disliked the photographs because it looks like he has a double chin, although that night he complimented Elvis on losing weight, to which the King replied, "Too right, I have! I put it on across the cheeks." Tom also confessed his worry that It's Not Unusual wouldn't be a US hit but The King promised him, "It's a great record, It will be a smash here." Superstar banter aside, however, Elvis was there on serious business.
Elvis Presley's debut album 65th anniversary: How Colonel organised controversial cover
ELVIS PRESLEY's debut album was released 65 years ago today. Here's the story behind that iconic and controversial cover that was organised by his manager Colonel Tom Parker.RCA had signed Elvis for a record-breaking $40,000 in November 1955 and the album included The King favourite Blue Suede Shoes and covers of rock and roll hits like I Got A Woman and Tutti Frutti.
The two stars had met briefly in 1965 when Tom was touring the Hollywood studio lot at Paramount. Elvis had kept an eye on the Welsh star's career and saw how successful he had been performing in Las Vegas.
Colonel Parker was still keeping Elvis making ever-less-successful films and his recording carer had stalled. So he decided to take matters into his own hands and told his road manager Joe Esposito to set up a meeting in Vegas.
Esposito told Hutchins they were defying Parker, who didn't like 'his boy' doing anything that would give coverage to another artist, "but Elvis wants to see Tom perform so we're coming anyway."
Hutchins said: "At fifteen minutes to midnight Elvis, his wife Priscilla and eight of their friends walked through the Casino of the Flamingo Hotel and took their ringside seats..."
Tom Jones unmasked: Insider exposed swipe during iconic first meeting with Elvis Presley
TOM JONES dealt a cheeky swipe to Elvis Presley during their iconic first meeting, an insider told Express.co.uk.Sir Tom rose to fame in the mid-Sixties after the release of his first number one hit It's Not Unusual.
"I told Tom, who said, 'Great, invite him round afterwards, I'd like to see him again...
"In the first up-tempo number Don't Fight It the action started and Jones the body slammed into action. I could see Presley slapping the table and waving his head in time with the beat...
"Later in the act, Tom announced, 'Ladies and gentleman we have in the audience tonight a man I have admired for many years, Mr Elvis Presley.'
"The audience cheered and clapped as Elvis stood up to wave and take a now. Then Tom said jokingly from the stage; 'OK that's enough, sit down.' And everyone including Elvis laughed."
Tom always built to big numbers like Danny Boy and It's Not Unusual but it was the encore that brought The King to his feet.
Tom Jones unmasked: Elvis Presley moaned ‘couldn't win' during meeting with The Voice star
TOM JONES and Elvis Presley were known to have a very close friendship - but an insider revealed The King moaned that he "couldn't win" during their iconic first meeting.Like much of the world at that time, Sir Tom was a huge fan of Elvis, the man forever known as The King Of Rock And Roll.
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Tom's classic number Land of a Thousand Dances was a big uptempo routine and "the wildest song he performed."
Hutchins added: "As he gyrated from one side of the stage to another. As the number reached its climax, Presley stood up applauding and the rest of the audience got to its feet with him.
"Then he went backstage to tell Jones, 'Man you are the GREATEST!' Then he introduced his wife with the words, 'Priscilla here is a big Tom Jones fan but I told her to cool it tonight.'"
Elvis reportedly said to Tom: "You lit a fire in me tonight, 'I'm going to tell that old man (Colonel Parker) I need to get back on the road'".
Elvis Presley: How Sean Connery's James Bond inspired The King to buy an early gadget
ELVIS PRESLEY famously love technology but did you know that Sean Connery's James Bond inspired The King to purchase an early gadget after watching From Russia with Love?While showing fans around Graceland's Jungle Room via live stream, Angie had brought out Elvis Presley's mobile phone in a big black case
Tom later recalled: "He came to see me at The Flamingo in '68, because he said he wanted to make a comeback, live, because he hadn't sung live for years.
"He wanted to sing in Las Vegas, so he felt that I was the closest thing to him; I had a similar approach. My stage presence, he felt, was very similar to his. So he said to me, 'You were very successful in Vegas, I want to watch you, I want to see what you do'. And then it gave him more confidence to make a comeback."
The King called the Colonel the following day and told him he wanted live shows lined up instead of yet more formulaic movies. It was a move that would redefine the rest of his career.
Although Elvis rarely challenged Parker directly, in December 1968 Elvis he defied his manager's directions and made his NBC TV comeback show edgier and more rock 'n roll based, rather than the middle-of-the-road sound Parker wanted.
And then, on July 31, 1969, Elvis opened the brand new International Hotel in Las Vegas with a four-week residency.
Over the following years, he played 636 shows there, often at the same time as Tom was in town with his own residencies. The Welsh legend explained how their connection went beyond simple friendship.
Tom said: "I think he was the only person I've spoken to that felt the same way about music as myself, as far as versatility is concerned. Because he loved ballads as well as rock 'n' roll, he loved Gospel, he loved pop.
"And we would sit in the suite and talk about music... and we would sing, mostly jam."
Six years after that first Vegas encounter, Elvis returned the favour when Tom came to one of his shows and paid him the ultimate compliment in front of a cheering crowd.
Elvis told the crowd: "There's somebody in the audience I'd like you meet. To me ... he's my favorite singer.
"He's one of the greatest performers I've ever seen, and the greatest voice, Tom Jones. There he is. He's too much. Tom, you open at Caesar's Palace tomorrow night, right? Folks, if you get the chance, go over and see him.
"He's really something. He always comes to see my show here and I go to see his. It's a mutual respect."
Tom Jones speaks out on future of 58-year long career: 'No room for anyone else!' .
SIR TOM JONES has addressed the future of his career in the spotlight and, in particular, one role he has held for nearly a decade during an interview on Sunday Brunch.The singer first joined the programme to offer his expertise as a coach when it was broadcast on the BBC in 2012.