Most everybody knows this quote: "The police filmed a show one time in Florida because of the P.G.A, Y.M.C.A., or somebody. They thought that I was...something. They said, `Man, he`s got to be crazy`. So they, the police, came out and filmed the show. I couldn`t move. I had to stand still. The only thing I could move was my little finger like that. `You ain`t nothing but a hound dog crying all the time`, y`know, for the whole show."...
And now that actual footage is for sale as an Elvis collector is set to cash in on this never-before seen footage. Auctioneers have estimated the value at £10,000 or 16,000.00 $US. Bills Ellis, 67, from Rhyl, North Wales paid the modest sum of £2.50 in today's monetary terms for the showreel, purchasing the unique souvenir alongside some of his favourite Elvis records in 1961.
And now the rare footage thought to date back to the 1950s is expected to fetch the handsome four-figure sum at an auction next month. The footage is believed to have been captured by the Chicago police department who were investigating complaints about Elvis' lewd movements on stage.
Bill who has admitted he's open to offers, revealed he was amazed to see the global icon wearing his famous gold lame suit when he watched the film. And having subsequently watched the footage, the self-confessed fanatic was able to date it between 1957 and 1958 - with the jacket later becoming one of Elvis' trademarks.
Ahead of the auction, Ellis expects fans and collectors of rock memorabilia to pay a vast sum for the reel. 'The film shows Elvis from the waist up and it looks like he's singing Baby, Let's Play House. 'It is silent and was obviously taken by an amateur some distance from the stage. 'One theory is that it was made by Chicago police at a time when the authorities were checking on Elvis' supposedly lewd performances.'
Back in 1997, auctioneers put the item up for sale with a reserve price of £15,000. It was listed among 331 items of Elvis memorabilia to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. However, but despite a live satellite link-up with the Hard Rock Cafe in Berlin, the bidding fell short of that figure but is now expected to fetch the handsome sum when it returns to auction.