Elvis…Live In San Antonio,TX.

April 15th 1956  3:00 p.m. 

By Michael Forney

 

In 1956, just before the start of my senior year of high school, I heard that Elvis Presley was going to appear at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.

I'd been hearing about this new entertainer for the past year or so. His name was strange - I often wondered if "Elvis" was misspelled - but I sure liked his music. I'd been a rock'n'roll fan even since hearing Bill Haley and the Comet's' Rock Around the Clock.

I wanted to see what all the commotion was about, but I didn't have the $1.50 for a ticket. I'd already spent my allowance on records, including one of Elvis'.The afternoon of the concert, I contacted a couple of buddies and suggested we go downtown and hang around the stage door. We couldn't see the show but maybe we could catch a glimpse of the star.

Lee Cotten © From the book " Did Elvis Sing In Your Hometown? "

( note: If you have a chance to get your hands on a copy of " Did Elvis Sing In Your Hometown ? " book by Lee Cotten then buy it. This is a GREAT book about Elvis on tour in the fifties. )

When we got to the stage door, however, there was no one around. We thought we'd missed the show and that Elvis was already gone.As we started to leave, the stage door opened. A man stepped out, looked at us and lit a cigarette. We asked him if he was with the show. "No," he said.

We stared at each other for a few moments. Then the man asked us, "Would you guys like to see the show?" Would we ever! The man told us to follow him into the auditorium very quietly. We were in the wings. All of a sudden, like a bolt of lightning, Elvis burst onto the stage and started singing. Wow! We watched the whole performance from the wings.

 

Tutti Frutti Productions © Elvis - backstage at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio,TX.

When the show ended and Elvis walked off the stage, he headed right for us. He asked the man who'd let us in, "Who're your friends, Red?" The man introduced us. We all shook Elvis' hand and told him how much we'd enjoyed the show. Elvis was very polite. He thanked each of us, then excused himself, saying he had an interview to do.

I think we were all still in shock on the way home. We not only saw Elvis, but shook his hand and saw him perform for free. The man who'd let us in was Elvis' longtime friend and bodyguard, Red West.

Songs performed that day in San Antonio,TX. were : Baby Let's Play House, Heartbreak Hotel, Long Tall Sally, I Was The One, I Got A Woman, Only You, Blue Suede Shoes, Money Honey and Tutti Frutti.

This article was originally published in the book " We Remember the Fabulous Fifties " by Reminisce Books and reproduced here with the permission of Mr. Michael Forney.