Live A Little, Love A Little – Part 3 of 3
A Look at the Movie ”Live A Little, Love A Little ” – Part 3 of 3:
During this film Elvis’s father Vernon drove Elvis’s Lincoln out to California for him. While visiting with Elvis, Vernon was given a small non-speaking part in the movie. He can be spotted as part of the scene, in which Elvis’s character Greg is shooting a photograph of a man sitting in an ornate chair at a table. That man was Vernon Presley.
Actress Celeste Yarnall also had a role in the film as a model whom Greg dates. A native Californian, Ms. Yarnall has a successful career in movies and television, having acted with many stars such as Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Jerry Lewis, Charles Bronson, Melanie Griffith and of course Elvis Presley. A lady of many talents she has also owned a commercial real estate business, managed screenwriters, bred and shown champion cats, and having earned a Ph.D. in nutrition, has written several books on animal nutrition. Today she still works in commercials and lectures on nutrition. She has appeared as a very special guest at several Elvis Week Events in Memphis in the past few years.
It was Celeste Yarnall to whom Elvis sang the Mac Davis/Billy Strange song ”A Little Less Conversation” in this film. He recorded another version in June of 1968 that was to be used in his 1968 TV special. It was not used in the special, however, in 2002 RCA/BMG and EPE granted a license to Nike to use it in their televised World Cup Soccer related promotions in Europe and elsewhere. For the commercial Dutch producer/dee-jay JXL was engaged to produce a remix, the first Elvis remix ever authorised by the record company and EPE. The Nike promos started airing and the remix caught fire. A single release had not been planned, but public demand prompted RCA/BMG to rush-release a single in June 2002. It topped singles airplay and sales charts in the U.K. and other territories and topped Billboard’s singles sales chart in the U.S. It has since become the theme song for the TV series ”Las Vegas.”
Principal photography for ”Live A Little, Love A Little” ended on May 1, 1968, which was also Elvis and Priscilla’s first wedding anniversary. The film opened nationwide on October 23, 1968.
While Elvis was making this movie, Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. Elvis took the news very hard. He was known to commit famous speeches to memory and would often quote from or recites them thereafter. Martin Luther King’s ”I Have A Dream” speech was one of Elvis’s favourites to recite. Just two months later in June, while working on his 1968 TV special, Elvis expressed his deep feelings about the loss of the Kennedy brothers and Dr. King to producer Steve Binder. Binder who was so moved by Elvis’s comments said, ”I wanted to let the world know that here was a guy who was not prejudiced, who was raised in the heart of prejudice, but who was really above all that.” It was then that Binder resolved to have a song written expressly for Elvis to close his show with. ”If I Can Dream” was born of this conversation. ”If I can dream–of a better land, Where all my brothers work hand in hand, Tell me why, oh why, can’t my dream come true, Oh why?”