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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.
Themodelled himself as a "Welsh Elvis" during his rise to superstardom in the Sixties. Born in Treforest, Pontypridd, a small coal-mining town, Sir Tom was one of few UK artists to . There he rubbed shoulders with his idol and other legendary singers including Frank Sinatra and The Supremes.
Like much of the world at that time, Sir Tom was a huge fan of.
The meeting of the two musical titans came in 1965 when the Welsh singer and his band The Squires were performing a residency in Las Vegas.
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Vernon Hopkins, his former bass player, told Express.co.uk that Elvis snuck into one of their evening performances to watch the show.
He claimed The King kept a low profile to avoid being spotted and mobbed by legions of adoring fans.
However, when Sir Tom announced Elvis was in the building, the crowd went nuts.
Mr Hopkins recalled a spotlight slowly circling the room before shining down on the Hound Dog crooner.
He told Express.co.uk: "It was mayhem... all the screaming, the cheering and clapping, it was incredible."
Mr Hopkins claimed the rapturous response screams continued for "three minutes" if not longer.
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Sir Tom and the band, who were waiting to perform the rest of the show, started to "get a bit on edge".
Mr Hopkins urged the singer to quell the excitable crowds and claimed he would "never forget" the words Sir Tom uttered to do so.
The musician told Express.co.uk: "He went, 'Ah, ah, ah! Hold on, hold on, hold on everybody... Calm down, don't forget I'm the star tonight!'"
After the show, Elvis and Sir Tom finally met and according to Mr Hopkins hit it off straight away.
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Mr Hopkins recalled watching "animated conversation" between them, while he eagerly waited to meet The King himself.
Elvis Presley song meaning: How Elvis wrote That's Someone You Never Forget for his mother
ELVIS PRESLEY was known for singing songs written by others, rather than performing his own tracks - but one song is believed to have come from the singer's grief at the death of his mother Gladys.That's Someone You Never Forget was written in 1961 and appeared on his album Pot Luck in 1962.
Red West, Elvis' childhood friend and bodyguard, introduced the bass player to The King's then-wife Priscilla Presley.
In a 2019 video for Right Recordings, Mr Hopkins recalled her "alabaster-white" skin, which contrasted with her "jet-black hair" and made her "look even whiter".
After "quite a while", Sir Tom called his bandmate over to finally meet Elvis.
The It's Not Unusual hitmaker described Mr Hopkins as someone who had been there "right from the very beginning in South Wales".
Mr Hopkins recalled: "Elvis said, 'Oh, pleased to meet you, Vernon."
The guitarist was speechless and amazed that such an internationally renowned star would show so much respect to someone he didn't know.
Elvis shook his hand and praised Mr Hopkin's performance during the song Land Of A Thousand Dances.
Mr Hopkins recalled: "I said, 'Thanks very much' and then, as I remember, Elvis was scratching his head.
"He said, 'I can't win, you know, I've ordered all this gear I'm wearing from Carnaby Street, in London, because I knew you guys were [from the UK]."
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Elvis told him that with a band name like "Tom Jones and The Squires" he expected them to "be dressed all modern and everything".
However, when The King met the Welsh band he was truly surprised.
Elvis told Mr Hopkins: "Here you are, you're in here with t-shirts and sneakers and looking all American... Man, I can't win you know!"
Sir Tom's friendship with Elvis flourished after that day.
Priscilla claimed she "never saw Elvis so happy in the company of another man" as when he was with the Welsh singer.
In 2011, she told the Daily Mail that they were "like a couple of schoolboys" whenever they hung out together.
Their friendship was sadly cut short when Elvis suffered a fatal heart attack in 1997 at the age of 42.
Vernon Hopkins' memoir Just Help Yourself: Tom Jones, The Squires And The Road To Stardom was published in 2012 by Seren. You canor listen to it in audiobook format later this year.
Elvis Presley revealed he was 'lonesome and blue' during Loving You film shoot .
ELVIS PRESLEY started acting in 1957 in his first major role in the film Loving You, but during an interview about the movie the King revealed he was "lonely" during filming and missed his home.Elvis was interviewed while on the set of the film by Dick Williams, the editor of the Los Angeles Mirror-News.