Monday 19 March 2018

Elvis Presley at 21: 'I get lonesome sometimes'

Josie Ensor

He may have won the hearts of millions of women around the world, but Elvis Presley was afflicted by loneliness as a young man, according to a never-before-seen interview.

As a 21-year-old on the verge of superstardom, Presley recorded an interview on the set of the film Love Me Tender in which he candidly reflected on love, loneliness and what his future would hold.

Presley gave the interview in 1956 – four years before recording Are You Lonesome Tonight – but it has only just been unearthed.

“Am I in love? No, I thought I’d been in love, but I guess I wasn’t, it just passed over. I guess I haven’t met the girl yet,” he says in the recordings.

“But I will, and I hope I won’t be too long, because I get lonesome sometimes.”

Presley added that he wanted to settle down one day so that he would no longer feel "lonesome right in the middle of a crowd".

"Well I don’t smoke, and I don’t drink, and I love to go to movies,” he says. “Maybe someday I’m going to have a home and a family of my own.”

It was not until 1967 that he married Priscilla Presley, with whom he had a daughter, Lisa Marie. They divorced in 1973.

Presley also defends the dance moves that went on to define his career, which were hugely controversial at the time.

“I guess the first thing people want to know is why I can’t stand still when I’m singing. Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people just sway back and forth. I just sort of do ‘em all together I guess.”

The recordings are part of a box set called: The Young Man With The Big Beat which will be released by RCA on September 27.

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