jueves, 18 de junio de 2015

21st December of 1957. Ryman Auditorium, Nashville 2

Elvis and Hank Snow.
Hank Snow introduced Elvis on October 2, 1954 when he appeared on Hank's portion of the Grand Ole Opry. Colonel Tom Parker was Hank Snow's manager and the two were partners in Hank Snow Enterprises and Jamboree Attractions.Elvis briefly sang Hank's "I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye' on the MDQ session, and 'I'm Movin On' in 1969.
Jimmy Rodgers Snow,(Hank's Snow son), who was also an entertainer, was with Elvis and other performers in 1955 on Jamboree tours. Jimmy came backstage to say hello.
Elvis invited Jimmy to visit him at Graceland, which Jimmy did flying to Memphis on New Year's Day 1958.
Dressing room of some kind. Hugh Jarrett, tenor Gordon Stoker, Elvis, second tenor Neal Matthews and baritone Hoyt Hawkins. Colonel Parker is sitting to left of this image
Johnny Cash and Elvis , which looks to be taken just after the photo above as Hugh Jarrett dosn't seemed to have moved and can be seen to the right of this photo.
Brenda Lee aged 13 and Elvis .
From Brenda Lee's website it states "Brenda's first Grand Old Opry Performance was in December 1957 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. She met Elvis Presley for the first time. One of Brenda's fondest memories is of appearing on the show with Elvis."
This must be a reference to meeting Elvis backstage.It has been mentioned that Elvis said hello to the audience on this night,but with the script being tight for time,maybe that was done in the commercial break?
Lamar Fike describes it "He stood backstage for a while,and then he walked out front and somebody introduced him to the audience.But that was it" 

Brenda Lee describes the meeting -

I was back in Nashville for my debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Elvis Presley was visiting backstage, and the two of us danced together in the wings..

You can bet the cold December air in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium was thick with anticipation that night. Elvis was the hottest thing in the entertainment world and ruled the charts with such smouldering hits as "All Shook Up," "Hound Dog" and "Teddy Bear." I don't care how many other people were there - I swear to you that I was the most excited person in that hall. I looked my best in a crisp gingham dress, a pair of scuffed slip-on flats and a starched white pinafore, but I only had eyes for the King of Rock 'n' Roll. WhenI looked up at him, I grinned from ear to ear.

Elvis had just received his draft notice and was in Nashville to see his manager, Col. Parker. I sang "Bill Bailey, Won't you Please Come Home" for my Opry Debut. But I remember Elvis more vividly than my performance. When he danced with me backstage, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. His hair was dyed jet black, he was wearing dramatic - looking mascara, and when he smiled that curled-lip smile, I thought he was the sexiest thing I'd ever seen.
Faron Young, Mrs Faron Young, Elvis. 

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