Elvis Presley had a full plate nearly as soon as he walked out of Sun Records after recording for the first time in 1954.
By 1956, he had his first number one single “Heartbreak Hotel.”
That same year he entered the film industry with Love Me Tender.
Soon the movie people knew they had a successful formula, throw in pretty girls, songs that were on the radio and Elvis and the audience would show up, guys who wanted to be like him and girls who couldn’t take their eyes off him.
My friends at Paramount just released the Elvis - 5-Movie Collection including Blue Hawaii, Fun in Acapulco, G.I. Blues, Girls! Girls! Girls! and Roustabout.
Whatever you think of Elvis’ acting ability or the quality of these cookie-cutter films they worked and they made money.
In fact, G.I. Blues reached No. 2 on Variety’s weekly list of top-grossing films in 1960 and Fun in Acapulco was the top-grossing movie musical of 1963. Also, Girls! Girls! Girls! earned $2,600,000 at the box office in the United States. Roustabout generated a best-selling soundtrack album that went #1 on the Billboard charts.
Like we know in Tupelo, Elvis still can pack them in.