Elvis Presley: Here’s Why the King Felt ‘Lonesome and Blue’ While Filming the Movie ‘Loving You’

by Josh Lanier
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Everything was looking up for Elvis Presley in 1957, but he felt down. He was shooting his film, Loving You, and his music had reset the radio for rock and roll. But he was lonely.

According to the Daily Express, Dick Williams, editor of the Los Angeles Mirror-News at the time, interviewed Presley on the set of the film. But things turned blue when he asked Elvis Presley if he liked Hollywood.

“I like it fine,” he replied, somberly, “but I get lonesome and blue.”

“[Famed American singer] Chill Wills told me a year and a half ago that the bigger you get to be, the lonelier you get. I guess that’s right.”

Williams couldn’t believe it. In fact, he pushed back.

“But why are you lonely? Your parents are here visiting you. You’ve got plenty of girlfriends, I hear. Your pals are with you. You’re cleaning up on the money end,” he said.

But Elvis continued his Eeyore routine, saying he missed his home. Though he admitted that when he got home, all he wanted to do was leave again.

“I guess maybe I’m lonely for home,” he said. “I haven’t been there much in the last two years. But it’s a funny thing. When I get home, after a week or so I’m itchin’ to go again. But someday, I reckon I’ll settle down.”

Loving You was a major hit and was another film that helped launch Presley’s movie career just as his music career was peaking as well.

Elvis Presley struggled with undiagnosed depression most of his life, several close friends and confidants have said. It was made worse by his diet and addictions later in life.

Elvis Worried About His Legacy in His Final Years

Only a few months before his death, Elvis Presley sat in a hotel room in near tears wondering what future generations would think of him, iNews reported last year.

In a small hotel room in New York, he called for his backup singer to keep him company. Years later, she gave interviews talking about how Elvis did suffer from bouts of depression. But that wasn’t uncommon for anyone.

But even as he was sick and unhappy, he was a performer through and through.

He had moments of depression like anybody who is dying … It was totally normal for him to have depressed moments. And yet, despite all of this, and knowing the outlook was really bleak, he was still laughing till the last. He had a sense of humor up to the last, even the worst moments he when he was sickest, we were still laughing. He was silly. He had a silly sense of humor, and he was a very funny man.

Kathy Westmoreland