My Unhappiness

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My Unhappiness

Postby mike edwards » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:32 pm

Evening shadows make me blue
When each weary day is through
How I long to be with you, my unhappiness



"Long believed forever lost, the original acetate surfaced in 1988 in the possession of Edwin S. Leek, a high school friend of Elvis's. He claimed that Elvis brought the disc to his parents' house to play it, having no other means to hear it, and then forgot about it - a nice story contradicted by Peter Guralnick's discovery, as reported in his scrupulously researched Last Train To Memphis: The Rise Of Elvis Presley, that far from forgetting about his first record, Elvis actually tried to make it public, convincing the owner of Charlie's, Elvis's local record shop, to put it on the store jukebox." - Greil Marcus dismisses Ed Leek's version of events as 'a nice story' - Mystery Train (6th edition).


"When I was in High School I had records by Mario Lanza, and the Metropolitan Opera, I just, I loved music." - Elvis Presley 1972 - Ergo, Elvis had means to hear his first disc, he had a record player before he made it. Even without the record player issue, Ed Leek's after-the-fact story requires a huge leap of faith, it's all far too convenient. For his story to be true, we are to believe that a person who Elvis (or anybody else for that matter) never mentioned, is the reason Elvis went to Sun (MRS) in the first place. According to Leek it was he who encouraged Elvis, for weeks on end, to go to 706 Union to make a record. He even loaned Elvis the money to pay for it.


That alone fundamentally changes the Elvis Presley story, with him not so much a Searcher as a lurker. By the time the acetate was auctioned, Leek's role in the story had grown from his encouraging and convincing Elvis to make a record, to him actually accompanying Elvis to the studio! How strange, Marion Keisker never mentioned that! Throw in to the mix Elvis' various contradictory comments on his first record, Gladys and Vernon's 'open house' policy in the early days, the fact that Elvis was deceased and Leek was about to retire when he suddenly appeared on the scene and we have means, motive and opportunity.


And here's the thing that is most about jarring about the Ed Leek story, the condition of the acetate. According to Leek, it was played once and then stored away for thirty-five years. But, the My Happiness acetate is trashed, poorly looked after, just like the second one and in fact every acetate from the 50s in Elvis` collection - they are almost unplayable (My Happiness skips and had to be moved by hand when transferred), yet we are to believe the acetate was stored away by Leek since new. When Jack White released the raw copy a few years back on 78 we hear it is trashed, it has loud pops all the way through - especially at the start, there are several long deep scuffs on `Heartaches` - the record jumped/repeated and had to be edited to repair this damage which makes the record unplayable all the way through without intervention, even if we ignore all the LOUD pops.


We can hear on the second acetate `I`ll Never Stand In Your Way` the same kind of condition, a little worse - seeing as it should have hung around longer in Elvis` collection. The versions released on Sunrise etc are pops and clicks cleaned up somewhat, but the raw copy is a popping/swishing mess. Both acetates are so poor in condition that they are very hard to restore without obvious side effects of the restoration - A Boy From Tupelo. The condition of My Happiness ties in with what Elvis said in a 1956 interview: "Oh, I made the record, in fact, we still got the record at home. It's so thin, it's so thin you can't play it. But, uh, the record I made was "My Happiness," and then one of the Ink Spots numbers."


According to Leek he and Elvis were at Plastic Products when That's All Right was being pressed, Leek grabbed a freshly stamped 78rpm single right out of the machine. He turned to Presley and said: "Hey! You're on your way kid! Sign this one for me". Well, how could Elvis refuse, after all Leek had done. However, if Ed was expecting a gratitude-laden, personalised message from Elvis, he must have been disappointed when Elvis, apparently in full control of his effusiveness, scribbled a less than enthusiastic "To a good pal, Elvis Presley". Wow!


So, where does that leave us. Well, we can, as some have, buy into Edwin Leek's version of events. That's OK, and If we have done that, it would be pretty painful now to admit we have been sold a pup. Or, we can wonder if Ed Leek borrowed Elvis' badly trashed first acetate and simply never returned it. It could have come from Gladys and Vernon's 'open house', or maybe, think about this, from Charlie's record shop, after he had taken it off his jukebox. Either of those options would better match the trashed, poorly looked after acetate of My Happiness, or as Elvis put it: "Oh, I made the record, in fact, we still got the record at home. It's so thin, it's so thin you can't play it."


Evening shadows make me blue
When each weary day is through
How I long to be with you, my unhappiness
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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby cadillac-elvis » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:38 am

Hi, Have you read my post on this subject. I too, poked holes in the Ed Leek story big time.
It seems everyone wants to believe his story, but it's filled with holes.
It makes no sense really. If you get a chance check my post on this story.
Thanks for posting what you did, you have added a few things I left out. ie. more holes in the story.
I had forgotten about the condition of the disc, and Ed claimed it was in his possession and in a safety dep. box for years virtually unplayed.
Not likely

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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby mike edwards » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:41 am

cadillac-elvis wrote:Hi, Have you read my post on this subject. I too, poked holes in the Ed Leek story big time.
It seems everyone wants to believe his story, but it's filled with holes.
It makes no sense really. If you get a chance check my post on this story.
Thanks for posting what you did, you have added a few things I left out. ie. more holes in the story.
I had forgotten about the condition of the disc, and Ed claimed it was in his possession and in a safety dep. box for years virtually unplayed.
Not likely



I'm not sure, cadillac-elvis. Have you got a link to your post, please.
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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby cadillac-elvis » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:47 am

mike edwards wrote:
cadillac-elvis wrote:Hi, Have you read my post on this subject. I too, poked holes in the Ed Leek story big time.
It seems everyone wants to believe his story, but it's filled with holes.
It makes no sense really. If you get a chance check my post on this story.
Thanks for posting what you did, you have added a few things I left out. ie. more holes in the story.
I had forgotten about the condition of the disc, and Ed claimed it was in his possession and in a safety dep. box for years virtually unplayed.
Not likely



I'm not sure, cadillac-elvis. Have you got a link to your post, please.


I was wrong I posted something on another forum....but I did post this, because the subject came up during the spa guy video thread.

"I have been vocal on the Ed leek thing for years. It all doesn't add up.
Bare in mind, so much mis-information about the two personal records has come forth over the years,
it really is difficult to tell one story from the next and which record it's pertaining to.
I don't think we will ever know the true story.

We are asked to believe it was Ed who kept after Elvis to make a record. ????
We are asked to believe Ed accompanyed Elvis over to the studio to make the record. ?????
Elvis nor anyone has ever said, "Oh I went with a friend over to the studio to make the record". did Marion remember Ed? doubt it.
So then.....Elvis makes a record for the first time, and he doesn't play it for his mother and father or his girlfriend, because
he doesn't have a record player????
So, what does elvis do????....bring them all over to Ed's grandmother's place to hear the record??
according to Ed, he and Elvis went right
over there, and Elvis left it, and never again looked at it, picked it up, nor played it for anyone?
Just Ed, and his grandmother. yeah right.
This is so farfetched I can't stand it.

The record was made in either july or august, but I have seen claims of july 18th without any proof.
According to Dixie he had a record player.
No one in Elvis' world remembers Ed leek.

In early 1956 Elvis said he still had the dub at his house.

Then later in 1956, he claimed to have lost the dub.

Why would Elvis say these things.
And how did the second dub get removed from Elvis' house?
I think the same way the first one did.
I can't recall where I read it, but Elvis' parents, his mother especially was way to friendly with the fans, and so was Elvis.
They let them in the Audubon drive house and let them roam freely, very trusting.
One article claims Gladys gave some girls a tour of the house and his bedroom while he was on tour. Crazy stuff.
And according to one article which I no longer have, is that because of this happening, so much stuff got "lost".
The article said, "stolen". but elvis was not going to say that to any interviewer. He said "lost".
He knew he had those discs and now they were gone.
Translation: The fans were taking things as souvenirs. Not that hard to comprehend.
I realize I have no proof, but this is my gut feeling based on the facts being so jumbled and that they don't add up.
But, i think those discs probably exchanged hands a few times in the ensuing years.
No way do I believe Ed's story. I apologize if I ruffle feathers, but the facts don't line up.
If they did, I would have no trouble in accepting the story.
I am in no way saying Ed stole the disc, but I think he bought it from someone who had it, knowing or unknowing what it was.
After Elvis died, he came forward and it was time to cash in on his investment.
His story makes a good story, but to me, it's just a story."

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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby John » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:26 am

Thanks both. I agree that the Leek story stinks.


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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby Rickeap » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:58 pm

Thanks, really interesting


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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby maurice_colgan » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:15 am

After talking with Ed Leek dozens of times long distance by telephone I know what he would have said about this thread. :-)
Ed was a no nonsense straight shooter kind of guy. Intelligent and transparently honest.

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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby Matt Helm » Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:58 pm

One for the record friends https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e2gYg9qp6A, Matt


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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby cadillac-elvis » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:06 pm

maurice_colgan wrote:After talking with Ed Leek dozens of times long distance by telephone I know what he would have said about this thread. :-)
Ed was a no nonsense straight shooter kind of guy. Intelligent and transparently honest.

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I just wonder if you called him out on all the holes in his story?


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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby maurice_colgan » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:10 pm

cadillac-elvis wrote:
maurice_colgan wrote:After talking with Ed Leek dozens of times long distance by telephone I know what he would have said about this thread. :-)
Ed was a no nonsense straight shooter kind of guy. Intelligent and transparently honest.

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I just wonder if you called him out on all the holes in his story?


Wonder away.

I just wonder why you never asked Ed Leek himself? The stories he put out were there for millions of Elvis fans since 1989.

Movie star, Rock Hudson was at my uncles wedding here in Dublin Ireland. A story not covered by the media. True nevertheless. I have a photo. :-)

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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby Mountain Mist » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:24 pm

maurice_colgan wrote:
Movie star, Rock Hudson was at my uncles wedding here in Dublin Ireland. A story not covered by the media. True nevertheless. I have a photo. :-)



I love those times, Maurice.

Anyway, the stories (including Elizabeth Taylor), as he interacted with the famous people in Hollywood, unfortunately, the stories go when people such as these pass on.



Did you speak with Rock Hudson?
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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby Mountain Mist » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:29 pm

cadillac-elvis wrote:
maurice_colgan wrote:After talking with Ed Leek dozens of times long distance by telephone I know what he would have said about this thread. :-)
Ed was a no nonsense straight shooter kind of guy. Intelligent and transparently honest.



I just wonder if you called him out on all the holes in his story?



Would you do that in real life, cadillac-elvis? See someone who is a stranger, and pull them up on something?

I am always curious as to how people work, and always learning. :D
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Postby maurice_colgan » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:02 pm

Thank you, Mountain Mist. I did not speak with Rock Hudson as I was not at the wedding, I was living In the England at the time. My uncle was the concierge at the famous Shelbourne hotel here in Dublin where all the movie stars stayed. He escorted Grace Kelly into the place in the 1960s. He usually drove Rock Hudson around when he was in Dublin.

Some People do not understand every celebrity story was not newsworthy back then.
I played chess with the 'Captain of the Titanic'.

Okay he was only a student actor Bernard Hill back in 1971. :-) 'Star of, The Black Stuff, on TV.

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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby Colin B » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:22 pm

As regards the Presley home not having a record player - they didn't have a phone either, but Sam & Marion were able to ring him.

They had a neighbour with a phone who would summon them round to answer calls.

Said neighbour, or another one, could easily have had a record player & may have loaned it to them.

I know my first interest in records sprung from listening to them on a 'borrowed' portable player !
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Re: My Unhappiness

Postby Mountain Mist » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:31 pm

maurice_colgan wrote:Thank you, Mountain Mist. I did not speak with Rock Hudson as I was not at the wedding, I was living In the England at the time. My uncle was the concierge at the famous Shelbourne hotel here in Dublin where all the movie stars stayed. He escorted Grace Kelly into the place in the 1960s. He usually drove Rock Hudson around when he was in Dublin.

Some People do not understand every celebrity story was not newsworthy back then.
I played chess with the 'Captain of the Titanic'.

Okay he was only a student actor Bernard Hill back in 1971. :-) 'Star of, The Black Stuff, on TV.



You are welcome, Maurice and thank you, too.

Did your uncle share any of his thoughts on Rock Hudson?

Was Grace Kelly as beautiful as she appeared on TV? What were your uncle's impressions of Grace Kelly?

Uncle Stanley said that Elizabeth Taylor was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen; however, she swore like a sailor, lol (which surprised me).

Uncle Stanley (Welsh heritage) did not speak of the Hollywood parties he attended (of course).
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