Elvis Presley starred in a number of films during his career, when his vocal stylings had just taken off. He starred in musicals, while also making strong dramatic performances as well. Now fans have the chance to choose which of his movies is best.
Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was persistent in trying to build an empire for his act.
According to Peter Guralnick’s book, Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, Colonel Tom persistently lobbied the William Morris Agency president Abe Lastfogel to give Presley a screen test.
Luckily, that paid off when on March 26, 1956, the singer auditioned at Paramount for a supporting role in The Rainmaker.
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Presley did not get the part, but it was the thing he needed to see him sign up with Paramount Pictures to make movies with them, though he was also allowed to make films with other studios as well.
The singer was soon to become an actor as well, and spent a great deal of the 1960s making movies, while often contributing to the soundtrack.
His first film was Love Me Tender, which of course included Presley singing the title song, despite not being the lead actor.
However, that was soon to change, as Presley’s next film, Loving You of 1957, saw him in the starring role, which was a trend to continue for some time.
Easy Come, Easy Go
Stay Away, Joe
Live a Little, Love a Little
The Trouble with Girls
Change of Habit
As well as feature films, Elvis also performed in two concert documentaries: Elvis: That’s the Way It Is and Elvis on Tour.