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Something For The Girls

December 12, 2013 | Book

FTD will distribute a new Flaming Star production early next year, a book on Elvis' second movie, Loving You. Here is FTD's announcement of it:

FTD is proud to announce that we will be distributing FLAMING STAR’s new book on Elvis’ second movie LOVING YOU:

SOMETHING FOR THE GIRLS by Pål Granlund and David English.

Pål Granlund and his people have produced an unbelievably beautiful book filled to the brim with classic and previously unreleased photos from the making of LOVING YOU. The text provides us useful information, and the design is simply breathtaking.

528 pages total. Size is 24,5 x 31,5 cm. The book follows the format of the FRAME BY FRAME books, but different to those books, this package includes a CD (nothing previously unreleased).


1. Mean Woman Blues
(Claude DeMetrius)
2. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
(Kal Mann/Bernie Lowe)
3. Loving You
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
4. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do
(Aaron Schroeder/Ben Weisman)
5. Lonesome Cowboy
(Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett)
6. Hot Dog
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
7. Party
(Jessie Mae Robinson)
8. Blueberry Hill
(Al Lewis/Larry Stock/Vincent Rose)
9. True Love
(Cole Porter)
10. Don't Leave Me Now
(Aaron Schroeder/Ben Weisman)
11. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
(Scott Wiseman)
12. I Need You So
(Ivory Joe Hunter)
13. All Shook Up
(Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley)
14. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
(William Raskin/George Brown/Fred Fisher)
15. I Beg Of You
(Rosemarie McCoy/Kelly Owens)
16. One Night
(Dave Bartholomew/Pearl King)
17. When It Rains, It Really Pours
(William Emerson)
18. Is It So Strange
(Faron Young)
19. Tell Me Why
(Titus Turner)
20. Loving You (Main movie version)
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
21. Party (alternate movie master)
(Jessie Mae Robinson)
22. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do (Main movie version)
(Aaron Schroeder/Ben Weisman)
23. Loving You (Farm movie Version)
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
24. Mean Woman Blues
(Claude DeMetrius)
25. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do (Finale movie version)
(Aaron Schroeder/Ben Weisman)
26. Loving You (End movie version)
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)

Tracks 1-12 from the album Loving You LPM 1515, released July 01, 1957

The process of researching, compiling and writing any book – be it a novel, short story or work of non-fiction – is much more difficult and time-consuming than most people would imagine, as I know only too well from first-hand experience. The task can, almost literally, take over your life. But when that work centres around one of the most written-about artists of the twentieth century – in this case, Elvis Presley – then the task is made even more challenging, especially if you are revisiting old ground. The pressure to offer something new and original for the fans is extremely high. Of course, not all those who produce works about Elvis use this ethic as their guiding principle, settling instead for rehashing material and thus exploiting the fans in a variety of ways. Personally though, I find this approach unsettling and unseemly – not to say unfair. And without pointing the finger at anyone in particular, I think we all know who these people are. Fortunately, in recent years there has been a renewed vigour and sense of purpose about some of the new books appearing, many of which break new ground in a genuinely innovative and exciting way, fleshing out the Elvis story in unprecedented detail. I’m happy to say that this work – Something For The Girls – falls neatly into that category. Let me tell you why.

Unless you’re a complete recluse (or a Cliff Richard fan!) then you hardly need reminding that the film Loving You wasn’t Elvis’ first venture into movie-making. That honour went to the Twentieth Century Fox film Love Me Tender – a western set during the period immediately after the American Civil War – and by common consent a most unusual vehicle for the movie debut of a young rock ‘n’ roll singer. But Loving You (as the film became known) was altogether more appropriate, especially as its story-line – embodying an almost traditional ‘rags-to-riches’ theme – was based quite heavily on Mary Agnes Thompson’s short story ‘A Call From Mitch Miller’, which although written several years before, first appeared in print in the June 1956 edition of Good Housekeeping magazine (reprinted here in this book for your interest). Entirely coincidentally, it implied and reflected some of Elvis’ own experiences in his rise to national fame. Unsurprisingly then, when it was released, it found favour amongst the fandom (in contrast to his first movie which had actually distressed fans, as his character had died at the end) – because fans could see that there was a bit of Deke in Elvis and vice-versa, of course. And that generally held affection for the movie has not diminished at all over the years. It is still held in extremely high esteem, and I would respectfully suggest that this book will simply enhance that feeling.

In sharp contrast to some of his films from the mid-sixties, many of which were rattled off with little regard for quality or artistic credibility, the production schedule for Loving You spanned two months from January to March 1957 (a mere year since he had emerged onto the pop scene in such a blaze of publicity – much of it highly critical, damning and damaging). Co-authors, Pal Granlund and David English, are especially pleased to able to show – for the first time ever – the recently-found day-by-day production schedule which has been presented here in considerable detail for your interest and enjoyment. It makes for fascinating reading, especially when you match it up against the photographic evidence. And needless to say, what is very clear is that throughout that period Elvis worked very hard either on the film set, or in one of the two recording studios where he cut the soundtrack along with other material, with little opportunity for down-time.

Meanwhile, producer Hal Wallis (who had arranged a screen-test as early as March 1956 and, recognising this young man’s potential, had quickly signed him up to a film deal), and director Hal Kanter had done their homework – as you will see as you browse through the photos and various pieces of fascinating documentation provided in the book. They set out and succeeded in harnessing Elvis’ obvious talents (which extended way beyond his musical ability) and to produce a film of worth. Unique among directors who worked with Elvis, Kanter met and visited him, his family and friends, at his Memphis home prior to the film being made, but even more significantly watched him perform and deliver a stunning show on his final appearance on the Louisiana Hayride in December 1956. His experience of seeing Elvis first-hand – which is detailed in the text of this book – helped shape his presentation of the young star in Loving You. And although it was a fictional and, at times, melodramatic tale, a number of aspects of it rang true to those who watched it. As it must have done to Elvis, too. He wouldn’t have missed the obvious semi-autobiographical allusions, either, though it would be wrong and misleading to overstate this.

But to return to the earlier comments I made about the difficulties surrounding researching and writing a book. By the time you read this boo

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VivaLasDavies wrote on December 13, 2013
What a stupid, pointless title. What has this got to do with Loving You, the title of which does not appear to be mentioned anywhere on the cover. Baffling.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on December 13, 2013
Lol,more money to be saved,honestly,what a stupid title,more brillant ideas from ernie. Very little interest in this label. Before they call it quits how about a real rehearsal set,the concept of a collectors label for other artists is right on target but with ftd you get the way it was,a patched together cd not knowing what its focus is,so anyways heres what ftd could release that would make sence for a collectors label. Ttwii rehearsal sets (rehearsals released on plugged in and geared up,brightest star 1&2,get down and get with it) Twii multi tracks 2 shows On tour shows 3 shows or at least one, i know ernie is still holindg out for a dvd set thats not going to happen) elvis in concert both shows,its been bootllege and bootlegged so why not.
TheMemphisFan wrote on December 14, 2013
Slow down with the criticism, fellas! Try doing some research for a change! "Something for the Girls" - (working title) "The Lonesome Cowboy" - (working title) "Running Wild" - (pre-release title) USA Now you know.
TheMemphisFan wrote on December 14, 2013
Some of you so-called "fans" need to do some reading before judging and spouting off about things you know nothing about. "... they (Pal Granlund and David English) uncovered... lots of previously unseen publicity photographs along with accompanying documentation – both of which made the project much more likely. But the mother-lode was struck in the spring of 2013 when, on another trip to the USA, David was able to unearth a further 100 previously unseen images which confirmed that the book was a viable proposition. And as you will see from its contents the book offers not only fascinating details about the production of the film but some simply stunning photographs – most of which tell their own story." Tracey Jayne, just because the JHR & KC books didn't have CDs with them, why complain about a new "Loving You" book that does include a bonus CD? Look at the titles of many of the 19 different songs... indeed, Something for the Girls!
Smile:-) wrote on December 14, 2013
I am confident that this one will be just as beautiful and detailed as the other Flaming Star / FTD books released the last two years:-) The cd must be considered a bonus (just having the music available when you flip through the book). And for the title, why the heck not? I just wonder if Flaming Star will ever start releasing an English edition of their fantastic magazine. At least a yearbook.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on December 14, 2013
Unseen pictures? this is what excites people? ok i am not a real fan i guess!
TheMemphisFan wrote on December 14, 2013
mature_elvis_fan75, Get over yourself. It's a book with many unpublished, newly discovered photos and documentation. If you're not interested, don't buy it. There's no need for you to drag Pal Granlund, David English, and Ernst Jorgensen through the mud. Please grow up and act like your login name... mature.
Tony C wrote on December 14, 2013
Some people love books like this, others do not. I cannot understand why those that do not even bother to comment, although most have a very fixed agenda. Yes, the discovery and publication of unseen pictures of Elvis that are more than fifty years old do excite some people, I for one. As for the stupid comment "more brillant ideas from ernie" (sic), the above news story states that FTD will be merely distributing a Flaming Star book. This book is not instead of future FTD CDs, it is as well as.
marty wrote on December 14, 2013
Many people are simply never satisfied. The FTD label has been a blessing to all fans but some don't see it that way. FTD is not perfect but nothing is perfect, Elvis for one wasn't! The volume and quality of material released over the years is truly astonishing. The books, especially the more recent ones, are superb. To my knowledge no other fans of any artist have a label dedicated to releasing pretty much everything that has been recorded and is still available. You can't ask for more! The older fans will remember that the official releases were few and far between before Ernst came along. The new looks like another superb release for those who like picture books. I have some old Flaming Star magazines and the quality has always been great. Looking forward to this release...
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on December 15, 2013
Its a view,give your view and i will give mine,putting others down is just as bad as what some of you claim i do,your trying to drag me through the mud,saying i have some agenda,its music,more things important to worry about. Enjoy!
Gorse wrote on December 15, 2013
I personally will not be buying this production but I do find it extremely sad the vitriol that exists between and is exhibited by fans on this forum and the endless criticism of Ernst/FTD. I endorse Marty's comments wholeheartedly and for me without FTD and Star Productions who are also roundly panned, then the Elvis world would be a lot poorer. Make our common interest a joyous one and this might help us deal with the more important challenges in our lives.
JerryNodak wrote on December 15, 2013
I have no interest in this. But I'm glad it's available for those who do. FTD="Something For Everybody."
alanfalk wrote on December 15, 2013
Ernst has been called ; arrogant, egoistic , "not to smart", greedy, and a few other things, and when someone are trying to defend him and the work he and the FTD team has done, we are told that there are other things to worrie about ?! Well then get off this site or lay off he harsh words then if it is so unimportant, instead of using every oppotunity to critizise FTD. Now THAT would be mature !
TheMemphisFan wrote on December 15, 2013
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote -- "What a stupid title.... Its a view, give your view and i will give mine..." The difference is that you (too often) form your views/opinions based on ignorance/lack of information. From the beginning of this thread, you and VivaLasDavies criticized the title of the book without having any idea about the history behind it. With all the exclamation marks that you used in your last post, it looks like you need to seriously work on growing up. I probably won't buy the book, but I'm happy for those that will buy it and enjoy it.
VivaLasDavies wrote on December 15, 2013
In answer to the previous post, firstly please do not link my post to those of others. As for my criticism of the title, I stand by it. Regardless of the reason behind it, it sounds like a cheap girls comic - remember this title was mercifully rejected for the film. Also despite lacking your obviously superior knowledge, I still feel entitled to state my dislike of a book title. By the way, I WILL by buying the book (which despite the title, sounds excellent) as I do all FTD releases.
TheMemphisFan wrote on December 16, 2013
VivaLasDavies, "superior knowledge" (as you call it), has nothing to do with it. You asked a rhetorical question in your first post and I answered it. You wrote - "What a stupid, pointless title. What has this got to do with Loving You[?], the title of which does not appear to be mentioned anywhere on the cover. Baffling." - The back cover will more than likely explain that the content of the book is all about Elvis' second movie, Loving You. Nothing baffling about that.
Jerome wrote on December 16, 2013
That outfit which he wears on the cover is a bit too much I think. Okay, it is a movie outfit but still. I would rather see some hot woman wearing a scarf around her neck like that (and nothing else)..
benny scott wrote on December 16, 2013
Owning the books 'Inside Jailhouse Rock' and 'Inside King Creole' both by Ger Rijff, I didn't purchase the 'Frame by Frame' books. This 'Something For The Girls' is defenitely on my list, the movie 'Loving You' being my all time favourite. As for the title : maybe they should have chosen something with 'Loving You' in it, but, as Smile:) wrote : " why the heck not ?", after all, THEMEMPHISFAN is right : 'Something For The Girls' was a working title, so there is a direct connection with the final title 'Loving You'. Hope the book will contain not only b/w pics but also some (a lot I hope) in colour, the movie being in colour. Gorse, alanfalk, Smile:), Tony C, Jerry Nodak, Marty, THEMEMPHISFAN, I wholeheartedly second your postings ! Always El.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on December 16, 2013
Its better to to attack others than some book title? ok then i guess thats how grown ups do it. Merry Christmas or happy holidays to everyone,not sure with the political correctness these days.
TheMemphisFan wrote on December 18, 2013
mature_elvis_fan75, Sorry if you felt attacked. No offense intended... really. Merry Christmas to you, too, and I hope you and everyone else on this forum has a healthy & happy 2014!
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on December 18, 2013
Thanks,same to you.
john9904 wrote on January 07, 2014
This might not be for the die hard Elvis fan however if you have family or friends who like Elvis and don't get chance to buy such material (I.e as we know Elvis isn't publicly released much) then items like this are great. And it gives you the opportunity to promote Elvis yourself by offering these as gifts to new Elvis fans.....