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Jailhouse Rock

Jailhouse Rock is an American motion picture directed by Richard Trofee, released by MGM on October 30, 1957. The film stars Elvis Presley (his third ever film role), Judy Tyler, and Mickey Shaughnessy. Co-star Tyler was killed in an automobile accident a few weeks after the film was completed, and like Loving You before it, Presley was so upset that he refused to ever watch the completed film. In 2004, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Presley plays “Vince Everett,” an ex-convict working in the music industry, and a character analogous to Presley’s then public image. After going to jail for a bar fight he did not start, Everett meets Hunk Houghton in prison, and the two men form a bond. Houghton, a washed-up country singer, teaches Everett to play an old guitar, and to sing a few songs.

Upon his release, Everett lands work at night clubs, but not singing. He meets Peggy Van Alden, a record company talent scout, who allows Everett to record a song. They bring his go to an executive at a small record label, who then records the exact arrangement with one of his established stars. Everett and Van Alden then start their own label to bring Everett’s records to the public, and fame, riches, and a film career ensue.

Everett’s prison buddy Houghton shows up, and instead of getting in on the action as anticipated, has to settle for being Everett’s gofer. Throughout the film, Everett is the epitome of the spoiled star, surly, uncommunicative, bellicose, and treating all around him with either cruelty or diffidence, especially Van Alden and Houghton. A final fight at the end of the movie with Houghton, meant to give Everett his comeuppance, damages his vocal cords, bringing into question his ability to ever sing again. He learns his lesson in humility, and expresses his true feelings for Van Alden and Houghton.

Elvis Presley’s co-star Judy Tyler was killed in a car wreck on July 4, 1957, three days after filming of Jailhouse Rock ended. Presley refused to watch the movie because of this. Composer Mike Stoller appears in the movie as the band pianist.

Elvis #1 Hit Performances

This collection of wonderful performances by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll showcases 15 of his #1 US and UK hits. Culled from his TV guest appearances, movies, concert films and television specials – from 1956, the year his star ascended, to the 1970s when he reached the pinnacle of his career – this is Elvis at his best.

See Elvis perform “Heartbreak Hotel,” his first gold record award winner, shortly after the single’s release. Marvel at his Ed Sullivan Show performances of “Hound Dog” and (from the waist up only) “Don’t Be Cruel.” See the matinee idol croon one of his greatest love ballads, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and sing and dance in one of rock music’s all-time greatest production numbers, “Jailhouse Rock.” Experience Elvis in Las Vegas with an energetic delivery of “Suspicious Minds” and in Hawaii performing a version of “Burning Love” for a global television audience and many more from film and TV.

TRACKLISTING:
1.Heartbreak Hotel(filmed March 24, 1956, in the last of his six appearances on Stage Show)
2.Don’t Be Cruel (filmed September 9, 1956 on The Ed Sullivan Show)
3.Love Me Tender (filmed September 9, 1956 on The Ed Sullivan Show)
4.Hound Dog (filmed October 28, 1956 during his 3rd appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show)
5.(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (from the 1957 movie Loving You)
6.Jailhouse Rock (from 1957’s Jailhouse Rock)
7.Stuck On You (from the “Welcome Home, Elvis” edition of Frank Sinatra’s series of TV specials in 1960)
8.Can’t Help Falling In Love (From the hit 1961 film Blue Hawaii)
9.Return to Sender (From the 1962 film Girls! Girls! Girls!)
10.All Shook Up (filmed during the taping of what became known as the ’68 Comeback television special)
11.Are You Lonesome Tonight? (From the taping of his ’68 Comeback television special)
12.In The Ghetto (Filmed during the 1970 engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas during production of the concert documentary film Elvis, That’s the Way It Is)
13.Suspicious Minds (Shot during production of the 1970 concert documentary film Elvis, That’s the Way It Is)
14.The Wonder of You (Shot during production of the concert film Elvis, That’s the Way It Is in 1970)
15.Burning Love (January 14, 1973, from the concert in Honolulu)