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earliest photo of Elvis on stage

Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:01 am

What is this earliest known photo of Elvis on stage?

Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:13 am

Doc says it might be this one from 16th October, 1954.
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Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:16 am

Ha, cool picture Colin, was the stage in the living room :lol: .

Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:39 am

Good question -- it's probably the photo taken the night of his "Louisiana Hayride" debut, October 16, 1954. It may be seen in Guralnick's "Last Train To Memphis" and Tunzi's "Sessions III." Some images from the Eagle's Hall in July or August do not show him on stage, only hanging around, Lamar gig in September is the same case.

DJC

Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:25 pm

The same goes for the photos from the Memphis show on July 30, 1954. Only backstage.

However, there IS a photo of Elvis at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis. Don´t know where I saw it taken at the same occasion as the other Eagle's Nest pix.

So you´re right Doc. At this moment the Hayride pic from October 16, 1954 is the earliest on stage photo that we have. At least with a firm date.

Sincerely
Brian

http://www.brian56.dk

http://www.fly.to/brian56

Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:22 pm

bripet56 wrote:The same goes for the photos from the Memphis show on July 30, 1954. Only backstage.


I haven't seen these. are they online anywhere?

bripet56 wrote:However, there IS a photo of Elvis at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis. Don´t know where I saw it taken at the same occasion as the other Eagle's Nest pix.


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The Eagles nest? Are you sure you're not referring to the Mint club in Gladewater TX Nov/Dec 54?

I'm surprised there aren't any from the Katz drug store opening on Sept. 9, 1954. They took a few shots near the car after but no one thought to take any of the show?

earliest

Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:46 pm

... While going thru both Memphis newspapers on micro film, in the memphis public library, I did see a large ad for the opening of the Katz Drugstore for the following day. The text mentioned local performers would entertain the crowd... No specific names though.

... No mention of the local performers in the next day review either. I should have copied the Katz logo. A really kool lookig black cat. But I didnt. I was too much in a hurry to find mention of that other kool kat...

Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:57 pm

bripet56 wrote:The same goes for the photos from the Memphis show on July 30, 1954. Only backstage.

I've never seen any photos from this historic date -- are you thinking of the 05 August 1955 gig at the Overton Park Shell? If not, please post the 1954 images if you can!

DJC

Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:41 pm

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"The first photo, in which we can see Elvis with one of his cars, was shot outside of the Katz Drug Store, which was part of the newly built Lamar Airways Shopping Center, on September 9, 1954. The photos, there are three of them, show Elvis leaning against what was probably the first car he, Scotty Moore and Bill Black used for their earliest appearances outside of Memphis. The car was a 1953 or 1954 4 door Chevrolet Bel Air, which is said to have belonged to Scotty's wife Bobbie. In the photographs Elvis is wearing the same tie and belt that he had used on his appearance at the Overton Park Shell on July 30, 1954. He is clad in a dark coloured suit with a light coloured stripe down the legs and on the shoulders. One photo from this occasion can be seen on page 17 in Ger Rijff `s excellent book "The Voice Of Rock `n' Roll"

It's the same day that Johnny Cash meets Elvis for the first time.

Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:09 pm

Elen wrote:
The photos, there are three of them, show Elvis leaning against what was probably the first car he, Scotty Moore and Bill Black used for their earliest appearances outside of Memphis. The car was a 1953 or 1954 4 door Chevrolet Bel Air, which is said to have belonged to Scotty's wife Bobbie.


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It was Scotty's wifes car, a 53. Scotty and I argued about the model year for a while. I won :) He called it a 54 for years because of a repair receipt that misdated it. The years are similar but the differeence is primarily the tail light shape and emblem shape on the trunk lid. In frustration he finally called Bobbie to settle it once and for all. She confirmed it was a 53.

Elen wrote: It's the same day that Johnny Cash meets Elvis for the first time.


I know that Johnny and his wife Vivian saw them perform then but I don't know that they met then.

Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:05 pm

The photos from July 30, 1954 at Overton Park in Memphis (The August 5 show has never been confirmed and nothing was in the local papers) comes from Bill Burk's Elvis World.
July 30, 1954 Overton Park Shell:
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No, I´m not mistaking the Mint Club photos for the Eagle's Nest photo. Can´t say where I saw the pic though.

Ger, that article in the Press Scimitar about the opening of Katz DID mention Elvis. "Sleepy-Eyed John, the Eagle's Nest Band and Elvis Presley, new recording artist, will finish off the first day of the opening."

Thanks James for posting the entire photo showing Scotty's 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air. Or should I say, Bobbie Moore's Chevrolet as it DID belong to her. Do you have the photo in such a quality that the license plate can be read???

Sincerely
Brian

http://www.brian56.dk

http://www.fly.to/brian56

Tue Apr 04, 2006 1:47 am

JamesVRoy wrote:
bripet56 wrote:The same goes for the photos from the Memphis show on July 30, 1954. Only backstage.


I haven't seen these. are they online anywhere?

bripet56 wrote:However, there IS a photo of Elvis at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis. Don´t know where I saw it taken at the same occasion as the other Eagle's Nest pix.


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The Eagles nest? Are you sure you're not referring to the Mint club in Gladewater TX Nov/Dec 54?

I'm surprised there aren't any from the Katz drug store opening on Sept. 9, 1954. They took a few shots near the car after but no one thought to take any of the show?


is this last pic from
Are you sure you're not referring to the Mint club in Gladewater TX Nov/Dec 54?
?

Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:02 am

Wow, Brian. Thanks for the Overton 1954 image -- I have NEVER seen that shot before. I'll have to find a way to get more of the Burk library. Isn't he the one who found the 1945 Tupelo Talent Show newspaper photo?

It is likely that some on-stage shots prior to October 16, 1954 are in someone's hands, but when the rest of us will see them is another mystery.

DJC

Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:18 am

rezident wrote:
JamesVRoy wrote:
bripet56 wrote:The same goes for the photos from the Memphis show on July 30, 1954. Only backstage.


I haven't seen these. are they online anywhere?

bripet56 wrote:However, there IS a photo of Elvis at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis. Don´t know where I saw it taken at the same occasion as the other Eagle's Nest pix.


Image

The Eagles nest? Are you sure you're not referring to the Mint club in Gladewater TX Nov/Dec 54?

I'm surprised there aren't any from the Katz drug store opening on Sept. 9, 1954. They took a few shots near the car after but no one thought to take any of the show?


is this last pic from
Are you sure you're not referring to the Mint club in Gladewater TX Nov/Dec 54?
?


What guitar is he playing in that pic. It looks too small to be a Martin??

earliest

Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:50 am

... His name was mentioned in the Katz story??!!!!
... Damn! I hate you, Brian Petersen! :D

... Did you photocopy that newspaper ad/ article? Love to see it. Its over 20 years since I was in that library!

Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:01 pm

bripet56 wrote: (The August 5 show has never been confirmed and nothing was in the local papers)


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Hmm, Robert Dye supposedly took the photo of him backstage there on August 5, according to this article anyway. http://www.memphismagazine.com/backissu ... story7.htm
It mentions an ad in the commercial appeal stating Elvis performance.

I checked with Bill and he said "I can't recall ever writing about a 5 Aug 55 show in any of my publications. I am due at the library either later today or tomorrow and will check files on this."

bripet56 wrote: Do you have the photo in such a quality that the license plate can be read???


No, Scotty probably does though. That photo came from his book but I didn't scan it from the original when I was there. I'll ask him. Ronnie McDowell may have it or a copy though cause I believe he used it as the basis for his painting. He put a number on it but I don't know if its the correct one. see http://scottymoore.net/worldsgreatest.html


JonRomanovich wrote: What guitar is he playing in that pic. It looks too small to be a Martin??


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It's a Martin 000-18. It was the first of 3 Martins that he performed with (4 actually) see http://scottymoore.net/00018.html

Jim

Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:35 pm

Doc! Glad you liked the photo from Overton PArk July 30, 1954, Thanks goes out to Bill Burk for finding this treasure. It must surely be one of the earliest photos of Elvis after recording his first professional record. Yes, it was also Bill who found the 1945 Tupelo Talent Show photo (and Elvis came fifth at that show)

It´s a d--- shame that some fans wants to keep their photos for themselves not sharing with the rest of us what precious photos and memories lies around.

Ger!! I love being hated if it´s because you missed out on something from the 1950´s :lol: I´ll see if I can get a good scan of the article and post it.

Sorry James, I was so into 1954 that I didn´t see you meant the August 5, 1955 show. That show was of course advertised in the paper and I know Robert Dye's magnificent photos from that day.

Sincerely
Brian

http://www.brian56.dk

http://www.fly.to/brian56

Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:54 pm

Elen wrote:[URL=http://imageshack.us]
"The first photo, in which we can see Elvis with one of his cars, was shot outside of the Katz Drug Store, which was part of the newly built Lamar Airways Shopping Center, on September 9, 1954. The photos, there are three of them, show Elvis leaning against what was probably the first car he, Scotty Moore and Bill Black used for their earliest appearances outside of Memphis. The car was a 1953 or 1954 4 door Chevrolet Bel Air, which is said to have belonged to Scotty's wife Bobbie. In the photographs Elvis is wearing the same tie and belt that he had used on his appearance at the Overton Park Shell on July 30, 1954. He is clad in a dark coloured suit with a light coloured stripe down the legs and on the shoulders. One photo from this occasion can be seen on page 17 in Ger Rijff `s excellent book "The Voice Of Rock `n' Roll"

It's the same day that Johnny Cash meets Elvis for the first time.



No photos, but an account of meeting Elvis at Katz:
http://www.memphismagazine.com/backissu ... ature2.asp

Wed Dec 20, 2006 7:40 pm

Memphis wrote:...No photos, but an account of meeting Elvis at Katz:
http://www.memphismagazine.com/backissu ... ature2.asp


The link didn't work for me, dadgummit.

Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:42 pm

Fantastic post, those pictures are SUPERB ,the link didnt work for me too :?

It may be because the link was posted in April and not available anymore. Did anyone put it in their favourites or take bits from it, would love to see it :D

Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:25 pm

Great topic, great to go over it again and again every now and then because things do change and little bits get added into the timeline to enhance and compliment what we already had.

The Doc has mentioned the earliest known photo of Elvis on stage without referring to it as being such.
The 1945 Tupelo Dairy show clearly shows us Elvis on stage.

I would like to think that the court house in Meridian also houses a gem from 1953 (yes, 1953), but I've yet to find anyone going there with the time to look.

EDIT: Just seen Stans comments above and realised he'd already noted the same about Tupelo.
(Yes, i know the question was most likely meant to be "earliest known pic of Elvis performing on stage. :wink: )
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Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:57 am

Good to see this thread come alive again. Too bad though, that I still can't seem to remember where I saw that on stage pic of Elvis from Eagle's Nest.

Memphis Recording Service Vol 1 didn't even bring forth the photo I am thinking about but maybe it will show up in the forthcoming SUN-project from Ernst Jorgensen.

Sincerely
Brian
http://www.brian56.dk

Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:28 pm

[quote="bripet56"]Good to see this thread come alive again. Too bad though, that I still can't seem to remember where I saw that on stage pic of Elvis from Eagle's Nest.

I believe i know the pic you are thinking of Brian ,also think i might have it around here somehwere, but finding the time to look??
but i will try..

Fri Dec 22, 2006 12:35 am

That would be great if you could find that pic Elton. I'd hate to think it's just my mind playing games with me.

Sincerely
Brian
http://www.brian56.dk

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Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:38 am

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And His Music, lately? The one youve never seen before: Overton

Park, July 54, was featured on the cover, in color, a few issues

ago :oops: and theres a great one of him performing at The Eagles

club in the new edition, with compliments from one Ernst J, from

Denmark...

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