martes, 18 de marzo de 2014


Greeting a fan before his afternoon show in Seattle on April 29, 1973

Source - Seattle Times
April 30, 1973
Elvis excites two Arena audiences
by Patrick MacDonald

There was no penetrating Elvis Presley's security web around the Seattle Center Arena yesterday, where he had shows at 3 and 8 p.m. Both sold out weeks ago.
Jim Borda, 23, Mercer Island, collects Presley memorabilia and he showed up at the first show wearing Elvis buttons and carrying copies of Elvis' earliest recordings. 1954 releases from the Sun label in Memphis.
"One of the guys in the band saw me and got Col. Parker (Presley's manager) and he took me to see Elvis. "This is only going to be an in-out thing," Col. Parker told me before we went into the dressing room. He said we wouldn't be staying long. But Elvis talked to me a while after they took the picture."

Elvis with Red West, Lee Ricketts and Sonny West in Las Vegas February 1973. Lee worked with the Hilton Hotel security for a while and then went on with Bobbie Gentry as a Security person

2 above are...Backstage with fans in Las Vegas on February 18, 1973
by Willy Weerts (Dutch fan, now living in Australia)

Although there were 94 people on the trip only about 25 were real Elvis fans & members of the Australian FC. One way or another Col. Tom Parker heard about our bad seating at the first show we saw in Vegas (16th Feb dinner show), so the next day he called Bob (Stephens) and they arranged with Emilio for better seating for the next 4 shows that we saw. The Colonel also promised Bob that he could pick 4 people who would meet Elvis backstage. Virginia (Coons) picked the lucky numbers (I remember Rex you sitting in the same booth as her that night). 3 girls were the lucky ones (my wife being one) + another guy and of course Bob. Just after 8pm on the 18th, the lucky ones were led to the place where Elvis would come out from. They waited for about 40 minutes, talking to The Stamps etc. before Elvis appeared. When The King appeared it was all in a big rush. According to my wife the meeting lasted about a minute. Still in that time they were introduced and some photos were taken (4 slides and 1 colour photo, the later is re-produced on the right). They were all given a blue scarf by Mr. Diskin (see photo). This particular photo was taken by Tom Diskin with my wife´s camera. Elvis is wearing the blue jumpsuit with gold scrole, Bob Stephens on El´s left, with Willy´s wife standing in front of Elvis.

Before his matinee show at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale (Long Island, NY) on June 24, 1973 - In the photos are members of the Norwegian Fan Club, "Flaming Star", presenting Elvis with the Norwegian silver record for She's Not You/Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello and Aloha From Hawaii. Members of the group included Fan club President Pål Granlund, Erik Lorentzen and artist Per "Elvis" Granberg -

2 above are...With members of the Pittsburgh police department on either June 25 or 26, 1973

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