'Hey, Elvis, Turn Around'

January 16, 1971

Photographer Dave Darnell was a CA rookie when he jockeyed for position for more than an hour as Elvis Presley was honored by the Jaycees, each time being pushed out of position by bodyguards. But Darnell, who retired after 41 years, said those shielding the star were no match for "a little old lady" next to him with a pocket Instamatic.

“She said, ‘Hey Elvis, turn around.”

Presley complied.

“‘Well, take your glasses off,’ she said, like you’d expect a grandmother to say.”

Darnell said the result was a photo that has been reproduced around the globe, the most recognized of his career despite having photographed six sitting U.S. presidents.

“If I could find that little old lady today, I’d kiss her on the mouth.”

Elvis Presley is reflected in the roof of his automobile as he looks into the camera after attending a luncheon Jan. 16, 1971, at what was then the Holiday Inn Rivermont. The luncheon was part of the festivities surrounding his being named one of the Jaycees of America's Ten Outstanding Young Men in America. (Dave Darnell/The Commercial Appeal)

Elvis Presley is reflected in the roof of his automobile as he looks into the camera after attending a luncheon Jan. 16, 1971, at what was then the Holiday Inn Rivermont. The luncheon was part of the festivities surrounding his being named one of the Jaycees of America's Ten Outstanding Young Men in America. (Dave Darnell/The Commercial Appeal)

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