The First 16 Magazine
Front cover of the first 16 Magazine - May 1957 (click to
read the issue)
courtesy Ger Rijff
think there was a school girl growing up in the 1960s, '70s and probably
the '80s and '90s that didn't buy copies of 16 Magazine to get the
latest on their pop music, movie and TV teen idols. According to
wikipedia it is sometimes credited by those in the publishing and
entertainment industries as a primary influence in shaping rock
Though based in New York city, the first
issue, billed as "The Magazine for SMART Girls" hit the stands in May of
1957 and was predominantly centered on Elvis. Initially advertised and
introduced as a bimonthly publication it cost 15 cents. The editor, of
the first issue at least, was Robert Johnson, the staff writer for the
Memphis Press-Scimitar who had been following
the careers of the boys since the beginning. The issue was also
filled with stories by and about others in the Elvis world at the time
like Barbara Hearn, Nick Adams, Wink Martindale and others.
Interestingly enough, the issue also included a short piece consisting
of several pages devoted to Scotty, Bill and DJ and probably revealed
the first hints at the conditions that would ultimately lead to Scotty and
Bill resigning the following September.
It discussed their exclusivity to the Elvis organization with regards to
earning income and also mentioned the planned instrumental album they
Another interesting piece is the inclusion of the photo taken at Sun in
December of 1956 identifying
Marilyn Evans during an impromptu session referred to as the Million
Dollar Quartet. About a year back there was a big search to identify the
"mystery woman" and she saw an article and came forward.
Interestingly enough, she had been known and named in various
publications since by Colin Escott, Peter Guralnick and even Brian Petersen in his book "The Atomic Powered Singer" had
identified her also ten years ago.
Ger Rijff was kind enough to share his
copy of the first issue for use here and we've presented it as a
flipbook. Several pages and the back cover
were missing, including a couple from
the section about Scotty, Bill and DJ, however they have since been
added courtesy of FECC's the fool.
October 3, 2009
missing pages added April 9, 2012
Gloria Stavers became editor in chief of 16 Magazine in 1958.