Chicken Soup for the Soul magazine announced it will print its launch issue with two different covers, both featuring photographs of Elvis, said J. Mignonne Wright, publisher. Rare and never-before-seen photos of Elvis are included in the issue along with an interview with the photographer, Al Wertheimer. Wertheimer is considered to be one of the most famous Elvis photographers ever.
“Al was the only one that had such lengthy and totally unbridled access to photograph Elvis,” Wright said.
Wertheimer switched careers in the late 1950s photographing New York’s top models and accepted a job with RCA records as a “fly-on-the-wall” publicity photographer. He forged his relationship with Elvis in 1956 when RCA assigned him to photograph the newly signed singing phenomenon. Wertheimer’s interview provides a captivating glimpse into the life of arguably the most famous singer in history.
Wright explained why Elvis was chosen for the cover of Chicken Soup for the Soul magazine.
“Al’s photos were taken just after Elvis’s first television appearance, when no one had any idea how big his fame would be,” Wright said. “These photos show a very innocent side of Elvis as a kid and that’s what’s reflected in the article.”
“The pictures portray an Elvis Presley who loved to be silly, goof off with friends and family and even enjoy the simplicity of a bowl of chicken soup,” Wright noted.
Already a collector’s edition, the magazine’s launch issue with both cover photographs will be on sale July 26 at Barnes & Noble bookstores and at Graceland during Elvis Week, August 8-16, but only in limited quantities.