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1959 Dick Clark offered the only respected adult voice in support of Elvis. "He’s a great talent..." Clark declared. "Whether you call it rock and roll or rhythm and blues or country music, his style is authentic. He has never faked his music. His music is honest. Many adults couldn’t see it. The younger generation, whose tastes were not prejudiced, accepted Presley’s singing for its freshness and exuberance. But this is not the secret. It’s something more than talent that Elvis has. Some people call it magic. I call it girl-appeal."
Elvis made some of his last live appearances that he would
make. He did a charity dinner on
25 February 1961
, charging $100 a plate and donated the money to charity.
RCA presented him with a plaque for achieving 76,000,000
records sales. Although Elvis never appeared on American
Bandstand TV show Dick Clark was a huge Elvis
fan. Dick Clark honored Elvis Presley with the American
Bandstand award for the top male vocalist. The luncheon
was followed by this press conference: Here is what Dick
Clark asked Elvis
Dick Clark: How's your love
Elvis: I'll let you know.
DC: What's your favorite record?
Elvis: Its Now or Never...sir.
DC: Are you happy?
Elvis: I don't know... just nervous.
DC: What was your best movie role?
Elvis: King Creole
DC: Are you going to move to Hollywood?
Elvis: No sir, I'll stay in Memphis
DC: Are you going to be doing anymore TV?
Elvis: I'm too tied up. Too much TV hurts movies.
DC: Do you smoke?
Elvis: Cigars....rarely. Usually when the Colonel gives me
DC: Why did you cut your sideburns?
Elvis: I just outgrew them.
DC: What about the girls in your life, Anita Woods in
Elvis: Anita's just a friend. If I take anyone out a
couple of times, the
newspapers make a big deal out
DC: Will you be touring soon?
Elvis: Colonel Parker will have to answer that one.
Eventually, I'll tour Europe
DC: Do you keep any pets?
Elvis: I've just added a couple of mules.
DC: How many cars do you own?
Elvis: Two at the moment...
DC: What has been your biggest thrill in show business?
Elvis: Getting my first gold record.
Dick Clark has put his 22-acre mountaintop Malibu, California home on the market for $3.5M. Although details about the architect are unknown, it is obvious that the one-bedroom, two-bathroom house has taken a page from the Flintstones' book, with a mass that looks carved from bedrock, vaulted ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass. Clark, now in his 80s, seems rather adventurous, even young at heart, when it comes to his architecture: he's got two other places in town and one is shaped like a hexagon.