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"Complex Art + Design" Features Several Rare Photos of Elvis by Alfred Wertheimer

July 31, 2013

Hear the story behind many of famed photographer Alfred Wertheimer's photos of Elvis, as he recalls the events surrounding eleven of his earliest photos on  

In an article titled "Portfolio Review: Alfred Wertheimer Shares Photographs of Elvis From His New Book," the legendary Elvis photographer provides excerpts from his latest book "Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll", going into extensive detail about how some of the most iconic photos of Elvis came to fruition.

Wertheimer writes about the photo (pictured above) while appearing on the "Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show" in 1956:

"Elvis at the time had just turned 21. He hadn't even had a gold record yet. He was only really well-known in the South, connected to the Hanksville Jamboree. And now he was performing, and his job was to sing two songs. It took him about six minutes, and that was it."

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