- Taken on:
- Elvis Day By Day (Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen)
- Elvis taking a break from a grueling schedule in July 1956. (Unseen Elvis by Jim Curtin)
- Gulf Hulls Dude Ranch in Biloxi, Mississippi
July 1956 - Elvis has a grueling schedule. He does his thing through the Southern States of America in June. The media critisize Elvis a lot. His music will damage the society. In an interview Elvis discusses his Berle appearance once again.
He doesn't see that his performance was any sexier than that of Debra Paget, who wore a "tight thing with feathers on the behind where they wiggle the most bumped and pushed out all over the place." On June 28, Elvis gives his concert in College Park, Charleston, South Carolina. Headlines across the country the following day announce that Elvis "Bites Hand of Girl Reporter." The story reveals that, while being interviewed, he flirtatiously nibbled the reporter's fingers. The last concert is at the Mosque Theater in Richmond, Virginia. Elvis receives $9.328 for this June 23-30 tour. Immediately after the concert Elvis leaves for New York. At the Steve Allen Show Elvis opens with "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," backed by the Jordanaires, then performs his yet-to-be-recorded showstopper "Hound Dog" to a nervous basset hound. On July 5 Elvis begins the first real vacation that he has had since gaining national recognition. On Monday July 9, Elvis shows up unexpectedly at June Juanico's house in Biloxi. Elvis' presence in Biloxi fuels escalating rumors that he is engaged to June. June Juanico is a girl Elvis met just one year ago in Biloxi, Mississippi. Elvis spends much of the next three weeks in Biloxi, moving initially into a villa at the Gulf Hills Dude Ranch resort, then into a private home nearby, after his car is scratched and covered with messages by fans in the Sun 'N' Sand parking lot.