In a previously unreleased tape, the singer dreams of becoming the king of rock 'n' roll

By Tim Nudd
Updated September 20, 2011 02:35 PM
Credit: Barney Sellers/Commercial Appeal

At just 21, Elvis is not yet the most famous person on the planet, but he soon will be. He is sweet, innocent and soft-spoken, but already feels his destiny approaching – his fate to conquer the world with his music and find the girl who can take away his loneliness.

Elvis Presley’s life changed forever in 1956.

Now, a new audio recording of the young rockabilly singer – as part of a five-disc box set featuring interviews and live and studio recordings – from Mississippi captures him on the precipice of fame, daydreaming about cars and girls and, one day, fame and family.

Listen to the interview interview here:

“I don’t smoke and I don’t drink, and I love to go to movies,” he tells his listeners in a recording included in the new deluxe Elvis 1956 package, due out Sept. 27. “Maybe someday I’m going to have a home and a family of my own, and I’m not going to budge from it. I was an only child, but maybe my kids won’t be.”

He also addresses the question that every American girl would soon wonder about: “Am I in love? No. I thought I’ve been in love, but I guess I wasn’t. It just passed over. I guess I haven’t met the girl yet, but I will.”

Elvis had another love in the meantime: cars.

“The first car I ever bought was the most beautiful car I’ve ever seen,” he says. “I parked it outside of my hotel the day I got it. I sat up all night just looking at it. And the next day, well, the thing caught fire and burned up on the road.”

And of course, he explains why he can’t stand still when he’s singing.

“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers,” he says, “and some people just sway back and forth. I just sort of do them all together, I guess.”