lunes, 3 de octubre de 2011

October 02, On This day in Elvis history

The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee.
Ever since Elvis was in the regional Billboard charts, Sam Philips had tried to get Elvis in the Opry. Finally he succeeded, thanks to Opry manager Bill Denny. After the Opry Elvis appeared briefly on the Midnight Jamboree Radio show, hosted by Ernest Tubb. All was broadcasted live.
Elvis told to Tubb that his real ambition is to sing country music. So Tubb's advise to Elvis was that Elvis should be doing that until he would be good enough for something else.

October 02, 1956
Elvis radio marathon in 1956 produced unusual results
Chicago radio station WAIT conducted a 12-hour marathon of Elvis records. Starting at 7 a.m., the station started broadcasting 33 Elvis records over and over. When it was done, the station reported the following results.
• One woman called to say she was canceling her dental appointment so she could stay home and listen.
• Another inquired when there would be a break for a long newscast. She wanted to hang out her wash but didn’t want to miss any songs.
• The mother of a 6-month old youngster said the baby usually cried all morning but went to sleep peacefully as Elvis crooned.
• A woman said she hadn’t missed work in more than two years but was playing sick to stick near the radio.
• Many mothers reported they had no trouble getting their teenagers up for school. The trouble was getting them off to school.

Elvis watched a special screening of Jailhouse Rock accompanied by his parents.
Elvis was assigned to the Ray Kaserne barracks in Friedberg. Before he was declared off-limits to the press, there was a news conference, at which Elvis answered all the now well known questions of the reporters.
In Palm Springs at the Frontier Gun Shop Elvis bought 6 guns and a pair of derringers along with ammunition.
Elvis performed at the Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota.
The bodies of both Elvis and Gladys Presley were moved to the Meditation Garden behind Graceland.
This took place under supervision of Sam Thompson.

Tour Ref: 1954
Date: October 2 1954
Venue: Ryman Auditorium
Location: Nashville TN
Showtime: (8:00 PM)
Show type: Grand Ole Opry
Ticket Price:
Blue Moon Of Kentucky


Tour Ref: On Tour number 14 - September 27th - October 9th 1974
Date: October 2 1974
Venue: Civic Center
Location: St Paul MN
Showtime: (8:30 pm)
Crowd: 17163
Article *:
Suit: Peacock
Belt: Original belt

Musicians: White Suit
2001 Theme
C C Rider
I Got A Woman
Love Me
Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Cant Help Falling In Love
** Taken From Review. May Be Incomplete


© St. Paul Pioneer Press

© St. Paul Pioneer Press

CONCERT DATE: October 2, 1974 (8:30 pm) St. Paul, MN. Civic Center.

Elvis Still Makes 'Em Scream
Mike Sweeney
St Paul Pioneer Press
October 3, 1974

Elvis Presley, noticeably plump in a white jumpsuit with a peacock on the back, rode the nostalgia wave into the St. Paul Civic Center Auditorium Wednesday night.

"This is a huge building," the 39-year-old acknowledged king of '50's rock and roll told some 17,000 fans. "What is this, the Astrodome?"

He began his 50-minute concert with "See See Rider," an early tune that set the pace for the evening.

Elvis' fans, including teeny-bop bubblegummers, middle-aged women with beehive hairdos and grandparents, seemed to love it.

As Elvis took his audience through the 1959s with songs like "I Got A Woman," "Treat Me Like A Fool," "Blue Suedes Shoes" and his trademark "Hound Dog," he periodically bantered with the audience and called twice on backup vocalists.

As his backup groups sang and he wandered the stage talking with the audience. Elvis seemed tired. He looked tired - like a man on the brink of middle-age with an enormous reputation to uphold.

Elvis played his reputation as a hip-swinging, hair-tousled, pout-lipped rock star to the hilt.

The fans loved it, at least those close enough to see clearly, as he shot a hip hither and a shoulder yon to the beat of a drum.

Screams, which marked Elvis' concerts in years gone by, were heard periodically throughout the evening and woman flocked near the stageto catch one of dozen or more silk scarves he intermittently tossed to the audience.

The scarf catchers were an unusual seatterd group of women grasping at a legend.

Twice, Elvis lay or knelt on the stage and briefly kissed two scarf catchers. The second one a young girl politely said. "Thank you"

Elvis' renditions of the upbeat tunes which made him famous like "hound Dog," scored well with the audience as memory grabbers, but lacked the verve and vitality which is why most folks remember them.

His ballads such as "Hawaiian Wedding Song" scored less on the reaction scale, but were delivered better and reminded the audience Elvis can indeed sing a fine song when not image-living

He ended with "Can't Help Falling In Love With You," which brought numerous women to the stage lip, screaming "Elvis!" and reaching to tough his hands .

Elvis gave the audience what it wanted and it appeared appreciative.

After all, as the king himself told his fans after a short explanation at his large rings containing 11 half carat stones: "The reason I'm telling you about these rings is that you help pay for them".

Courtesy of Scott


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