Elvis On Tour : MGM 1972
Also included are portions of a forty minute interview that Elvis gave about his life and career before filming began. Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was unhappy with the inclusion of a scene which mocked Elvis' acting career by showing screen kisses taken from a number of his previous films. According to the producers, it was a tongue-in-cheek dig at the repetitiveness of these films by changing the background 'but the plot stays the same'. Among those working on this film were Martin Scorsese, who supervised montage sequences, and David Draper a former Mr. Universe. The film was directed by Pierre Adidge and Robert Abel.
Elvis on Tour won the 1972 Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary, making it the only Elvis film to win an award of any kind.
Songs Featured on the Film
All songs performed by Elvis Presley unless otherwise noted
Johnny B. Goode
Also Sprach Zarathustra/Opening Vamp - performed by The Joe Guercio Orchestra
See See Rider
Polk Salad Annie
Always On My Mind
Never Been To Spain
For The Good Times
Lead Me, Guide Me
Bosom Of Abraham
Love Me Tender
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Funny How Time Slips Away
An American Trilogy
I Got A Woman/Amen
A Big Hunk O' Love
You Gave Me a Mountain
Sweet Sweet Spirit - performed by J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Can't Help Falling in Love
Closing Vamp - performed by The Joe Guercio Orchestra
Concerts Filmed for Elvis on Tour
The Coliseum, Hampton Roads, Virginia, April 9, 1972 Evening Show
The Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, April 10, 1972
The Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, April 14, 1972 Evening Show
Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, April 18, 1972
Directed Robert Abel
Producer Pierre Adidge
Associate Producer Sidney Levin
James Burton : Lead Guitar, John Wilkinson : Rhythm Guitar, Glen D. Hardin : Piano, Charlie Hodge : Guitar and Vocal, Jerry Scheff : bass guitar, Ronnie Tutt : Drums, Sweet Inspirations : Backing Vocals, J.D Sumner & Stamps Quartet : Backing Vocals, Kathy Westmoreland : Backing Vocals, Orchestra conducted by Joe Guercio.
On CD, DVD and Book
There was no soundtrack album released to accompany the movie. However more recently some rehearsals and a complete show have been released by BMG.
Also an album has been released with the fsamous working title, Standing Room Only and present the Las Vegas masters from February of 1972 and the masters and outtakes from the March 1972 sessions at RCA.
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