Meet the dog at the scene of the most sexually
charged concert of the 50's - now worth over
£5,000 - and his glamorous new owner, Rebecca Hooper.
The famous hound is to be displayed at Liverpool's Fingerprints of Elvis exhibition
Elvis shocked his
audience when in a burst of high spirits he rolled around on the stage floor
with the stuffed animal in a highly uninhibited and
provocative manner during a fast and furious
rendition of "'Hound Dog" at the inaugural concert
of his 1957 California Concert Tour. The LA
Deputy Police Chief ordered the Vice Squad to
instruct Elvis to eliminate any 'sexy overtones' from his
performances or risk obscenity charges. Even
Colonel Parker took him to task.
The hound is an original RCA Nipper Dog
from the California Concert Tour 1957. It was
given to Elvis Presley by RCA on the release of his huge hit 'Hound Dog¹.
Elvis kept the dog at Graceland for many years before he gave it as a
gift to his great friend, Paul Lickter, rock concert promoter and manager of the 60s groups The Soul
Survivors and The Vanilla Fudge. Rebecca, bought it for £3,000 in 1997.
Rebecca Hooper, Nipper's owner, is available for interviews.
Rebecca is an ardent Elvis fan and as a sign of her
undying commitment has had a picture of Elvis
tattooed on her arm.
1957 The Principal warned all female students at the Wichita Falls High School that the school would tolerate Elvis music, the wearing of blue jeans or ducktail hairdos...
My, my, my
how times have changed???
UPDATE: FROM A FAN THAT WAS THERE: Dina Angus ...The picture of Elvis
with the RCA Nipper Dog... I was there when that photos was taken!
What a night that was! That was the first time I saw Elvis in person. My
dad, bless his heart, can home one day with four tickets to see Elvis in
L.A. After the show, a bunch of us went backstage, looked up and
there was Elvis... hanging out the window, tossing
stuff out, like his socks, shirts, etc. It was unbelievable!
We were all yelling back and forth. Elvis was just a kid himself and having a ball with the fans. I
thought I would be catching a treasure any minute when my dad showed
up and he was none too happy. He grabbed me by the neck and said,
Let's go, now!" I pleaded with him but it was no use. So off we went, all
of us crying. All the way home, we screamed, cried
and laughed. It was a wonderful night. When I think back to that
time and I can remember all the details as if it were yesterday.