Leiber and Stoller (great rock and roll writers) were brought to New York to write the music for “Jailhouse Rock”. I assume they had not been there before, so they decided to see the sights. They got so wrapped up in the splendor that is New York City that they forgot all about the music. The day came when they were to meet with the producers of the movie and they hadn’t written a note. The producers, understandably unhappy with them, locked them in a hotel room and wouldn’t let them out until they produced the music.
I think the movie is a cut above “Loving You”, but it essentially follows the same pattern. Elvis plays a man who is sent to jail for accidently killing another man. During his incarceration, he learns to sing and actually does a number from jail that is broadcast on television. Fan mail results and when he gets out, he eventually becomes a singing star and wins the girl.
Tomorrow we wrap up Elvis Week.