Elvis Presley Water Skiing | McKellar Lake | July 1955 & Biloxi | July 31, 1956
McKellar Lake, July 1955
Bayou, part of Big Lake, near Biloxi, July 31, 1956
June Juanico: Elvis had mentioned his love for water skiing to Eddie, and wanted to hire a boat for the day.
He didn't care to go on a specified route, with a ski instructor, for a ten-minute ride.
He wanted to go it alone for as long as he pleased. Eddie, along with a friend, drove in the driveway pulling a boat behind the car. They launched the boat across the bayou with Elvis, extremely sunburned from the fishing trip, wearing a long-sleeve shirt and long pants to protect his tender skin from the sun.
I sat on the bank with his mom and dad, and we watched the boys skiing up and down the bayou. Eddie, riding in the boat, took some shaky, out-of-focus movies for us to laugh about later.
After skiing, Eddie joined us for a pool-side lunch, along with Elvis' mom and dad and the rest of the gang. Elvis kept insisting he wanted to do something nice for 'Mr Bellman', and finally Eddie - insisting Elvis call him 'Eddie' - came up with the idea of Elvis making a personal appearance at his downtown Biloxi shoe store.
Elvis kept insisting he wanted to do something nice for 'Mr. Bellman', and finally Eddie - insisting Elvis call him 'Eddie' - came up with the idea of Elvis making a personal appearance at his downtown Biloxi shoe store. 'I'd be happy to, Mr. Bellman, I mean, Eddie, just let me know when'. 'I'll talk to my partners, Elvis.
How about tomorrow?' 'Sounds good to me, Mr.... er, Eddie. I don't have any other plans'.
On Wednesday afternoon, August 1, Elvis did a promotional appearance at the store.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.