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Hearts Race Over "Elvis at 21"

Rare snapshots throw light on the young icon.

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    Hearts Race Over "Elvis at 21"
    Alfred Wertheimer
    "The Kiss" (detail) by Alfred Wertheimer; it's part of the "Elvis at 21" exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum.

    The pompadour. The promise. The sighing.

    We're still sighing over Elvis Presley, and given that this is the legend's birthday week, the sighing should reach impressive proportions. There are the commemorations, and the Graceland tributes, and the specials. And, right here in Los Angeles, the GRAMMY Museum is presenting "Elvis at 21," a display of photos taken by Alfred Wertheimer.

    The title of the exhibit is pretty clear -- expect to see a still cherubic-cheeked singer at his personal dawn of breaking big -- and the photos are gorgeous and a tad cheeky and a tad provocative and then gorgeous again.

    Oh Elvis. What's your magic? We still say it is the pompadour. The hips don't hurt, either.

    "Elvis at 21" opens to the public at the GRAMMY Museum on Saturday, January 9th, and runs through March 28th.