Elvis Birthday Celebration At Cinema Arts Center

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Rock Legends Live! Rare concert clips and footage from Shelley Archives

Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 pm

Speaker: Freeport Music Archivist BILL SHELLEY

Celebrate Elvis Presley’s 77th birthday (January 8th) with rare performances by the King of Rock and Roll from his early years in the 1950’s to his Las Vegas performances and tours in the 1970’s. Gathered from a number of concerts, television appearances, and rare rehearsal clips, this thrilling celebration will include Hound Dog, Teddy Bear, I’m All Shook Up, Love Me Tender, Don’t Be Cruel, I Can’t Help Falling in Love, Suspicious Minds, and cover versions of other people’s songs sung as only Elvis can, including Sweet Caroline, and Little Green Apples. This all-new program from Shelley Archives is sure to delight any Elvis fan, and chase away the winter doldrums on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 pm at the popular, monthly Rock Legends Live! series at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington 631-423-7611 www.CinemaArtsCentre.org.

$9 Members / $13 Public / Includes reception. Tickets can be purchased online, www.CinemaArtsCentre.org at the box office during theatre hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.


Bob Marley – Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 pm

Bob Dylan & The Band – Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 pm

Steely Dan – Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 pm

About Bill Shelley/Shelly Archives:

As a filmmaker, Shelley has been shooting professionally since the 1970’s when he captured on film and video the following bands playing in small bars and clubs before they became famous: The Stray Cats, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Shelley later associated with rap group Public Enemy, then known as Spectrum City. After they became established, they honored Shelley by asking him to join their cablevision television studio and become an honorary member of The African American Media Network. They even gave him the nickname “Dollar Bill,” due to his lack of funds at that time. He directed their Andreus 13’s videos “Paranoid,” “Channel Zero,” and “Conspiracy,” among others.

Shelley Archives Inc. was started in 1985. After working with Readers Digest Entertainment in 1990, the company’s end product was nominated for an Emmy in 1993 for the three part series “Legends of Comedy.” The program was broadcast on the Disney cable network, and home video sales exceeded a record breaking one million copies sold.

Today the company has more than 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archive and over 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows (from Europe & USA), promos, interviews, out-takes, and home movies. Preservation of films and music clips is a main focus of the organization, as well as the desire to compensate the artists. The archives include rare films of such diverse subjects as jazz musicians, rock and roll performers, cartoons, comedies, Hitchcock, newsreels, travelogues, westerns, horror films, mysteries, musicals, African American subjects, television shows, sports, and feature films. The archives even include an extensive collection of silent films.

In 1982-3, Bill Shelley was working at the Brill Building for the sound studio Studio One, who was taking over and gutting the famous (song)Writer’s Wing, unused since ’69. Told that anything that remained would be trashed, he found and rescued reels of 16mm promo footage, acetates, reel-to-reel recordings, and photos.

 CAC is proud to have nurtured Bill Shelley’s efforts since 2009 and provided Shelley Archives with a home base and a loyal and enthusiastic audience.


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