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Following Elvis: Never-Before-Seen Photos of the King at Work and Play

Presley photographer Alfred Wertheimer shares these rare snapshots of the legend in concert and on a romantic date

Elvis Presley

Before the Steve Allen variety show begins, Presley is interviewed in New York City on July 1st, 1956.

Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis Presley must have really liked — and trusted — Alfred Wertheimer. The late music icon allowed Wertheimer, a renowned photographer, to capture him in very intimate moments over the course of two years, resulting in a collection of rare pictures that show the many sides of Presley. Those moments are now immortalized in the 400-page book Alfred Wertheimer: Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll, with some of the most captivating also in a special collection at Rock Paper Photo. Rolling Stone Country has a few from the exhibit that have never been seen before, including some from a romantic date and several that show the true heart of the King of Rock & Roll. (To see the full photos, click the small black box with white arrows to the right of this first photo.)

Elvis Presley

Alfred Wertheimer

Please Mr. Postman, 1956

On the train from Richmond, Virginia to New York, Elvis reads a fan letter to DJ Fontana (his drummer), and shows him the enclosed photograph that says, "I love you."

Elvis Presley

Alfred Wertheimer

Hot Date, 1956

While having his soup and crackers at a Richmond, Virginia diner, Elvis talks to Barbara Gray, his date for the day (in the foreground).

Elvis Presley

New York, 1956

Alfred Wertheimer

Howling at the New York Moon, 1956

Elvis records his future classics "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel" and "Any Way You Want Me" in New York.

Elvis Presley

Alfred Wertheimer

News Update, 1956

After arriving in New York's Penn Station from Richmond, Elvis is absorbed by headlines of a missing airliner with 127 people aboard.

Elvis Presley

Alfred Wertheimer

Call of Duty, 1958

Private Elvis, in profile after having been given the typical military crew cut, waits to board the USS Randall on its way from Brooklyn to Germany, to perform occupation duty. Later on that year he meets the young Priscilla, who would become his wife.

Elvis Presley

Alfred Wertheimer

Kiss From a King, 1956

Elvis and a fan have a private moment during a break in the rehearsal of Stage Show, a program hosted by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and produced by Jackie Gleason. Elvis performed two songs on the New York-based show.

Elvis Presley

Alfred Wertheimer

Double Dating, 1956

Riding from the Richmond, Virginia, train station en route to his hotel, Elvis is slightly nervous as he twirls his lucky horseshoe diamond ring. He will freshen up for two shows at the Mosque Theatre that evening and meet his date for the day, Barbara Gray.

Elvis Presley

Alfred Wertheimer

Sweet Nothings, 1956

Elvis and Barbara Gray exchange an intimate look while the rest of the musicians rehearse for the evening show.

Elvis Presley

Alfred Wertheimer

Made for TV, 1956

At the Jefferson Hotel Coffee Shop, Elvis shows Barbara Gray the script for Range Round-Up, written by Steve Allen, in which Elvis will play the lead role of Tumbleweed Presley. The NBC-TV show will air that July.