Famed Elvis Photographer Alfred Wertheimer Dies At 85

Alfred Wertheimer, famed Elvis photographer, dies at 85. Alfred Wertheimer who captured Elvis Presley in the early years, poses at the exhibition during the European Elvis Presley festival in Bad Nauheim, Germany on August 16, 2014, where Elvis Presley performed his military service between 1958 and 1960. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes on October 19th at his New York apartment. Credit: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images (PRNewsFoto/W Management)

Alfred Wertheimer, famed Elvis photographer, dies at 85. Alfred Wertheimer who captured Elvis Presley in the early years, poses at the exhibition during the European Elvis Presley festival in Bad Nauheim, Germany on August 16, 2014, where Elvis Presley performed his military service between 1958 and 1960. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes on October 19th at his New York apartment. Credit: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images (PRNewsFoto/W Management)

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Alfred Wertheimer, whose photographs of a 21-year-old Elvis Presley in 1956 are considered the definitive visual document of the soon-to-be “King of Rock & Roll” died on October 19, 2014 at his home in New York City.  He was 85.

His niece, Pam Wertheimer, said he died of natural causes.

Alfred Wertheimer took an assignment nobody else was interested in, to shoot an up-and-coming crooner from Memphis. He had the instinct to know that a revolution was coming and he followed Elvis on the road and elsewhere for another two weeks after his job for RCA was done. What came out of this is extraordinary in its intimacy and unparalleled in its scope. Al immortalized a young man in the very process of making history,” according to Bendikt Taschen, who published Mr. Wertheimer’s last book, Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll, in 2013.

Mr. Wertheimer’s photographs and stories were the basis for four other books about Elvis Presley. His book Elvis at 21 (Insight Editions, 2006) was selected by American Photo Magazine as one of the ten best photo books of the year.

The Smithsonian recently completed a tour of 14 major museums featuring Mr. Wertheimer’s photographs.  Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer, was co-organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Govinda Gallery.  The exhibition was accompanied by a catalog titled Elvis 1956 (Welcome Books).  Mr. Wertheimer’s books were edited by Chris Murray, Director of Govinda Gallery.  That exhibition opened at The Grammy Museum and included stops at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.  Mr. Wertheimer’s photographs were featured in the inaugural exhibition at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Artist to Icons.  Wertheimer also had a one-person exhibition of his photographs at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

Mr. Wertheimer’s photographs, along with Elvis Presley’s own recordings from that time, are the most important vintage documents of Elvis Presley in 1956, the year Presley and his music transformed the American music tradition.

Wertheimer left Hitler’s Germany with his father Julius, his mother Katy, and his brother Henry in 1936 when Wertheimer was six years old.  His family came to New York City and settled in an apartment on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn.  After graduating from high school in 1947 he was accepted at Cooper Union School of Art in Manhattan.  At Cooper Union he photographed his first events with a camera his brother Henry had given him.

In 1951 he graduated with a major in advertising design.  The following year he was drafted into the army.  After finishing his service in 1954, Wertheimer returned to New York City where he found a job with fashion photographer Tom Palumbo who worked for Harper’s Bazaar magazine.  Al eventually started his own business as a freelance photographer in the middle of 1955.  Wertheimer’s friend Paul Schutcer introduced Wertheimer to Ann Fulchino, a publicist at RCA.  Ann asked Al to take photos of RCA’s latest acquisition, a young singer named Elvis Presley.

After working for a number of years as a freelance photographer Wertheimer became a documentary cinematographer working as one of the principle cameramen on the film Woodstock, as well as covering the 1960 Presidential campaigns of John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.

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In 1956, a twenty-one-year-old Elvis Presley was at the beginning of his remarkable and unparalleled career and photographer Alfred Wertheimer was asked by Presley’s new label, RCA Victor, to photograph the rising star. With unimpeded access to the young performer, Wertheimer was able to capture the unguarded and everyday moments in Elvis' life during that crucial year, a year that took him from Tupelo, Mississippi to the silver screen, and to the verge of international stardom and his crowning as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll.” As Alfred Wertheimer photographed Elvis during 1956, and again in 1958, he created classic images that are spontaneous, unrehearsed and completely without artifice.
Wertheimer’s photographs of Elvis are extraordinary and he appears almost ethereal, whether reading a newspaper while waiting for a cab, or washing his hands during one of his many train trips. After 1958 and Elvis’ induction into the army, the world seemingly forgot about Wertheimer’s magical photographs- for nineteen years- until Aug 16, 1977, the day Elvis died and Time Magazine called. “The phone hasn’t really stopped ringing in the last thirty years,” observes Wertheimer.
Many of the photographs in this visual treasury are previously unpublished and some have become almost as famous as the man himself.
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Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Team Up on December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1, a New Collection of Studio Recordings, Coming Dec. 2

Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie's December Day, the first installment of the Willie's Stash archival recordings series, on Tuesday, December 2. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie’s December Day, the first installment of the Willie’s Stash archival recordings series, on Tuesday, December 2. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

First Release in Willie’s Stash Archival Series Showcases 18 Unreleased Selections from the Willie Nelson Family Songbook

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie’s December Day, the first installment of the Willies Stash archival recordings series, on Tuesday, December 2.

An eclectic album collaboration from outlaw country legend Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Nelson, December Day debuts intimate new recordings of the siblings performing 18 songs they love.

As brother and sister growing up in Abbott, Texas, Willie and Bobbie Nelson learned to read music and play instruments as pre-teens under the tutelage of their grandparents, who raised them.  They played together in Texas bands early in their careers and Bobbie has been an essential member of Willie’s Family Band since its official formation in 1973.  Willie and Bobbie’s deeply intuitive musical bond, formed and developed through of decades of practice and spontaneity, can be felt throughout December Day.

With songs personally selected by Willie and Bobbie, December Day includes new versions of gems from Willie’s extensive songwriting catalog (“Permanently Lonely,” “My Old Peculiar Way”) alongside some surprising cover tunes (Al Jolson’s “The Anniversary Song,” Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “What’ll I Do” and “Always”).

The album’s sound is augmented by contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass on “What’ll I Do,” recorded during his poignant last session with Willie.

In his first-hand observer liner notes for December Day, Family Band member Mickey Raphael provides fascinating details of the album’s performances and insights into the artists’ creative process.

“As long as I can remember, Willie and Bobbie, who ride together on Willie’s bus, spend some of their traveling time jamming on their favorite songs,” Raphael writes.  “Bobbie has a travel size keyboard on the bus and Willie’s guitar, Trigger is always by his side. This is where the idea for December Day was born. ‘Why not record our favorite songs like we play them for ourselves?’ Bobbie asked…

“…When it comes to a brother-sister collaboration with the longevity of Willie and Bobbie, there is beauty in keeping things simple. ‘Less is more’ is the underlying theme. We’ve heard these songs before but not like this. The spontaneity born out of familiarity is what this record, December Day, is all about.

“It’s not rocket science, it’s alchemy.”

His last Legacy release, Band Of Brothers, was released in June 2014

His last Legacy release, Band Of Brothers, was released in June 2014

The Willies Stash series will present a variety of releases, personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, a singular career that’s established Willie Nelson as an American musical icon.

December Day is Willie’s fifth release since signing to Legacy Recordings in 2012. His last Legacy release, Band Of Brothers, was released in June 2014 and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

December Day is produced by Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas.

Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (Trigger) and Bobbie Nelson (piano, B-3 organ) with Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin Smith (bass), Bee Spears (bass), Billy English (drums, percussion) and David Zettner (acoustic guitar).

 

Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie
December Day
(Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1)

1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)

2. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson)

3. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin)

4. Summer of Roses / December Day (Willie Nelson)

5. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)

6. Mona Lisa (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)

7. I Don’t Know Where I Am Today (Willie Nelson)

8. Amnesia (Willie Nelson)

9. Who’ll Buy My Memories (Willie Nelson)

10. The Anniversary Song (Al Jolson & Saul Chaplin)

11. Laws of Nature (Willie Nelson)

12. Walkin’ (Willie Nelson)

13. Always (Irving Berlin)

14. I Let My Mind Wander (Willie Nelson)

15. Is the Better Part Over (Willie Nelson)

16. My Own Peculiar Way (Willie Nelson)

17. Sad Songs and Waltzes (Willie Nelson)

18. Ou-es tu, mon amour  (Emile Stern & Henri LeMarchand) / I Never Cared for You (Willie Nelson)

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Country music legend Willie Nelson is opening his vault with the launch of a brand-new archival series, titled Willie's Stash. The first release of the series is titled, December Day Willie's Stash Vol. 1 .

Central to December Day is the collaboration of Willie and Sister Bobbie. From Willie's earliest years in his native Abbott, Texas, Bobbie, two years his senior, was a part of his musical upbringing; the duo learned to read music and play instruments at an early age under the tutelage of their grandparents. Playing together in bands early on in their careers, Bobbie has been a key highlighted member of Willie's Family Band since its inception, and their bond as siblings and musicians a bond that reflects years of both practice and spontaneity is palpable throughout December Day.

December Day features new versions of gems from Willie's extensive songwriting catalog ("Permanently Lonely," "My Old Peculiar Way") and some eclectic covers (Irving Berlin s "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "What'll I Do") with some sprinkled contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass.
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