Am 01. Juli 1956, um 20:30 Uhr gab Elvis in der „Hy Gardner’s Live TV Interview Show“ ein Telefoninterview. Elvis war gerade von der Aufzeichnung der Steve Allen Show in sein Domizil – das Warwick Hotel in New York – zurückgekehrt, als Gastgeber Hy Gardner anrief und den King Of Rock ’n‘ Roll Fragen zu seinen Schlafgewohnheiten, zu seiner aktuellen Karriere und zum Einfluß der Rock ’n‘ Roll Musik auf die Jugend stellte.
Original Wortlaut des Interviews
Location: New York, Warwick Hotel – 01. Juli 1956 um 20:30 Uhr
Interviewer: Hy Gardner.
|Gardner: Hallo, Elvis.
Gardner: Did you have fun tonight on The Steve Allen Show?
Gardner: First time you ever worked in tux or tails?
Gardner: You mean you’ve got, they say, four Cadillacs but no tuxedos?
Gardner: Well, that’s very interesting, particularly when the cops stop you and want to know if you own the car, eh?
Gardner: You know, less than two years ago you were earning fourteen thousand dollars a week as a movie usher, and then thirty-five dollars a week for driving a truck in Memphis. Today you’re the most controversial name in show business – has this sudden notoriety affected your sleep, your appetite or the size of your head?
Gardner: How much sleep do you get?
Gardner: Is that enough?
Gardner: What do you keep in mind mostly, I mean, some of the songs you’re going to do or some of your plans or what – what goes through your mind?
Gardner: I think that you’ve got very good company in Colonel Tom Parker, his feet are on the ground and I think he’s doing a wonderful jog of keeping things rolling nicely. You know I want to give you an opportunity here to go over a lot of the rumours that have been printed about you, including a few that I’ve printed myself, because some of these can be checked and some can’t and I think that we ought to sort of fix up the record. Now your style of gyrating while you sing has been bitterly criticized even by usually mild and gentle TV critics like Ben Grose, now do you bear any animosity towards these critics?
Gardner: And do you think that you’ve learned anything from the criticism leveled at you?
Gardner: You haven’t, eh?
Gardner: Do you read the stuff?
Gardner: The reviews.
Gardner: Do you keep a scrapbook at all?
Gardner: Only of the good stuff – that’s smart. Tell me, what kind of a teenager were you – did you consider yourself well behaved?
Gardner: Now how do they feel about your success and the things that come or the critics have said about you, both good and bad?
Gardner: Well, now there are two or three columns this week that carry items that you have bought four Cadillacs – not what is there to that, Elvis?
Gardner: What do you do with four Cadies?
Gardner: Well, some people collect stamps and government bonds and I guess Cadillacs are probably in the same category. I understand you gave one of them to your folks, is that right?
Gardner: You want seven?
Gardner: Well, you know what’s going to happen, you’ll wind up and be the Presley car renting corporation.
Gardner: I understand that you’ve bought a home for your folks and even though your father is only thirty-nine, you’ve insisted that he retire, is that true?
Gardner: Well I think, I think that’s very smart. On your personal appearances, you create a sort of mass hysteria amongst your audiences of teenagers. Is your shaking and quaking in the nature of an involuntary response to this hysteria?
Gardner: Well, I say when you shake and you quake when you sing, is that sort of an involuntary response to the hysteria of your audience?
Gardner: I mean, for example, if somebody is playing ball they play just a little bit harder when the fans rout and I was wondering whether this had anything to…
Gardner: Do you think that your rocking and rolling has had an evil influence on teenagers or do you think that…
Gardner: I understand that Mitch Miller at Columbia Records defines rock’n’roll as a safe form of rebellion against mother, father and teacher – do you go along with this analysis?
Gardner: Well, I guess that answers to Mr. Miller. Now I’ve got a couple of questions here that I’ll like to sort of clear up, one of them and it sort of is a silly one to me, after having talked with you some length earlier, what about the rumour that you once shot your mother?
Gardner: Where did that one come from, have you any idea?
Gardner: Is that right?
Gardner: Well, there’s another one too that you may not have heard before, several newspapers stories hinted that you smoked marihuana to get the bop, in order to work yourself into a frenzy while singing, what about that?
Gardner: You don’t even bother answering that, well, here’s one that’s very interesting. I don’t know whether or not you noticed the column the other day, they predict that Elvis Presley will be another James Dean – now have you heard that?
Gardner: Now if you had your choice, would you prefer to be an actor than be a singing entertainer?
Gardner: Well, that’s always a very, very good sideline. Well, it was just fine talking with you and I hope that you’ll enjoy a long career, whether it’s acting or anything else and I think that all the things said about you, while they’ve been extremely critical, I think they have helped to make you the kind of a big name, that has made it possible for you to do the things for your folks that you always wanted to, so I’d sort of think that I’d look at it that way, Elvis.
Gardner: Well, you can’t be expected to do any more and I want to tell you that’s it’s just been swell talking with you and you make a lot of sense.
Gardner: Give my best to the Colonel.
Gardner: Bye, bye.