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August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:54 am

I'm not sure if this is a rare photo but it's from The Spokesman Review. (August 30, 1957) But i assume the photo was taken the 29th since this was the morning edition

I keep finding nice things from the 50s so stay tune ...at http://www.elvisconcerts.com :P
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Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:47 pm

Very nice, thanks again Francesc! Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:15 pm

I remember seeing it at least as far back as January when Davide posted it
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Elvis blog entry #70—Posted 7/9/09
(New Posts Every Thursday)
Sharing Memories of Seeing
Elvis in Spokane in 1957
“I loved this book. And with 95% of it being from newspaper reports before, during and after the concerts it doesn't rely on memories, instead on what people said right then. Not for those who want to know who Elvis's girlfriend was at the time but a book for those who want to know the effect of Elvis in 1957 on people and popular culture. Fascinating stuff.”

The other day on Amazon.com I came across the above brief review of my book, Elvis ’57: The Final Fifties Tours. I like it because in just a short paragraph it makes two very good points, not only about the book, but also about Elvis in 1957. First, when it comes to people who saw Elvis perform in the 1950s, fifty-year-old memories are often unreliable. Second, how people reacted to Elvis in 1957 is indeed “fascinating stuff.”

When I was doing research for the book, I gathered as much information about Elvis’s tours in 1957 as I could find. Since Elvis ’57 was published, however, much more about those concerts has come to my attention through various sources. Since it’s too late to include that material in my book, I’ve decided to occasionally pass on additional information about Elvis’s “final fifties tours” in this blog space. This week it’s some additional “fascinating stuff” about Elvis’s 1957 appearance in Spokane, Washington, my hometown.



Here are the basics. After a two-day train trip from Memphis, Elvis arrived in Spokane late on the evening of August 29, 1957. The next night he opened his four-day, five-city Pacific Northwest tour with a concert in Spokane’s outdoor Memorial Stadium. After the show that evening, he caught a train to Vancouver, B.C., for an appearance there on August 31.
A picture with Elvis—first seen 50 years later

In my book there is a photo of Elvis signing an autograph for a girl soon after his arrival at Spokane’s Great Northern station. That picture appeared, along with a excerpt from my book, in a local history magazine, Nostalgia, in August 2007. Soon Gaylene Moos Pope, who lives in Wenatchee, about 150 miles west of Spokane, contacted the magazine publisher. “What a shock to see the picture of Elvis signing an autograph for a young girl in your last issue,” she wrote. “That young girl is me!”

It seems in 1957 Gaylene and her sister went along when her father, who was the manager of a local Cadillac dealership, to the train station to pick up Elvis when he arrived. Gaylene had forgotten to take her camera and didn’t realize until 50 years later that a newspaper photographer had taken her picture with Elvis that night. She described her encounter with Elvis as follows:

“Oh my gosh, he’s really coming right over to us. My heart was pounding. I just kept looking at him. His hair was dark black, shiny clean—not greasy. His complexion was beautiful (not greasy). And what a nice young man—a real gentleman! I finally mustered up the ability to ask for his autograph at which time he smiled at me, leaned over and kissed me on the cheek, took hold of my hand and nicely said, ‘I already signed your book dahlin’.' I embarrassingly looked down at my book, and sure enough, there was his autograph. He had actually taken the book out of my hand, signed it, and slipped it back into my hand without my realizing it.”

(You can read Gaylene’s full account of her encounter with Elvis in Spokane elsewhere on Elvis-History-Blog.com.)


Teenager attended Elvis’s news conference
When teenager Karen Larson first heard Elvis was coming to Spokane, she wrote to Tom Diskin, Colonel Parker’s assistant, asking for a back stage pass. The day of Elvis’s show, Diskin called to tell Karen to report to the dressing room at the stadium to pick up her pass for the press conference that Elvis would hold there before going on stage. The following is an excerpt from her online account of her meeting with Elvis.

“Then it happened, the door opened, and in he came … My heart was pounding so hard I thought it would come right out of my chest. He sat up front on a desk and you could ask him questions … When the conference was over you could get autographs and have your picture taken with him. The shy person I was, kept bugging him for a picture and finally he put both hands on my cheeks, got right down in my face and said, ‘Honey, I ain’t got no picture,’ and kissed me on the cheek. Elvis was only 21 years old [actually 22], and the most handsome hunk you could ever hope to see. Those beautiful blue eyes and long lashes would make anybody’s blood go past the limit.”

More Memories of seeing Elvis in Spokane in 1957

Nostalgia magazine asked readers who had seen Elvis in Spokane in 1957 to send in their memories of the event. Following are a few of the responses that appeared in the magazine.

“Though Elvis performed on stage, separated from his fans by a dirt track, he would still cause a commotion. During his last song, he jumped onto the track and sang ‘Hound Dog,’ while kneeling in the dirt. After Elvis left the stadium I remember fans going wild. The girls jumped out of the stands and onto the dirt track. They were on their hands and knees, grabbing their hands full of dirt and throwing it in their purses and yelling and screaming. It was a madhouse. It was neat, so neat.” — Tom Jackson

“We arrived to find mobs of people, mostly teenage girls, crowded down front. It was so jam-packed that we couldn’t get to our seats … All of a sudden all the lights went out, and the stadium was completely dark. When the lights came on there he was: The King. Elvis! Then the screams really got loud. Elvis stood at the mike and would say a few words before launching into a song. The screams got louder, if that was even possible. I remember Elvis would just say something, twitch his leg or make some gesture to the crowd, and the girls would again go crazy. It was quite a sight—and a good concert when you could hear him.” —Paul and Charlotte Cooper

“That summer Elvis came to town for the first time. I was the ultimate fan and desperately wanted to go. A friend said she would trade days off with me, but then changed her mind. I burst into tears! My boss felt so sorry for me that he gave me the night off anyway. I had a date and we, like most everyone else, dressed in black to attend the concert.” — Sharon Carlton Brazington

“My wife had purchased the tickets and was somewhat taken up with him, in that era. I had heard his name mentioned, but didn’t know who he was or what the magnet was that attracted all the young ladies … We had good seats as I recall, and when Elvis came on the outdoor stage he started out quickly with all the wild gyrations for which he was already gaining popularity. His singing was great and he could have doubled as a contortionist, in my opinion. I found myself enjoying the performance.” — Richard “Dick” Reidburn

“My mother was a pantry cook at the Ridpath Hotel at that time and she was the only one in the kitchen when Elvis sent his eggs back. They were undercooked. So she slapped them on the grill till they were hard as a rock and sent them back. Apparently, that’s the way he liked them and there were no further complaints.” — David Wagner

“Elvis was very polite [at the press conference], addressing everyone as Sir or Madam. And he said two of his favorite singers were Bill Kenny of the Ink Spots and Dean Martin! If you play any records by these people you can certainly hear Elvis singing in that higher register and sliding some of the notes like Martin. Then someone asked what was the deal with the gold medallion around his neck. He said he liked it because it caught the spotlight and really shined. He was really something.” — KNEW disc jockey Bob Adkins (aka Addy Bobkins)


Alan Hanson
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Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:58 pm

Thanks Davide and James ! I should have searched see if it was posted already. Sorry.

Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:14 pm

no apologies necessary. I was just replying regarding your thoughts on if it was rare and then noticed the page on Alan's site while looking the other day when I thought Davide had posted a picture that he had from Seattle. I confused that one with one from Vancouver.

Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:38 am

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Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:47 am

All of those kids, those that remain alive today, are 63 to 68 years old.

"Ain't it funny ..."

Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:51 pm

Ticket stub from the Spokane show.

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/elvis-presley-genuine-1957-ticket-stub-+-newspaper
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Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:22 pm

JamesVRoy wrote:“Elvis was very polite [at the press conference], addressing everyone as Sir or Madam. And he said two of his favorite singers were Bill Kenny of the Ink Spots and Dean Martin! If you play any records by these people you can certainly hear Elvis singing in that higher register and sliding some of the notes like Martin. Then someone asked what was the deal with the gold medallion around his neck. He said he liked it because it caught the spotlight and really shined. He was really something.” — KNEW disc jockey Bob Adkins (aka Addy Bobkins)
Alan Hanson
Elvis - 1957.JPG


I know it's just a trick of the light, but he looks the size of a Sumo wrestler here !
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Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:17 pm

On his way to Spokane.

1957, 30 August: Elvis Excites Fans In Short Stopover

By Tom O'Hanlon

Elvis Presley stopped for a few minutes in Whitefish last night and "the call of the wild" was heard for blocks.
But it was those on the other side of the cage that were giving the call. Presley, whose eccentric singing style has brought him to a unique position in American entertainment, came to the door of his railroad car to wave to the fans a few moments before his train, the Empire Builder, left. He wisely did not step into the crowd to sign autographs.

A crowd, estimated at 800 composed mostly of teenage girls with a liberal sprinkling of jealous boy friends, small children, and curious mothers and townspeople jammed the station platform long before the train pulled in at about 6 p. m.

Pony tails and Italian cuts, skirts, sweaters, starched dresses and Bermuda shorts - the clothes were varied, but the girl's excitement was the same. Presley, a handsome young Mississippian, seemed to be used to mob scenes. He stayed on the steps of the railroad car and the only personal contact made was by a few high-jumping girls who managed to touch his hand. This apparently was enough to satisfy them and excite their friend's admiration and envy.

Whatever Presley has, it certainly seems to be in big demand by the bobbie sox brigade.

--- Daily Inter Lake

Elvis The Pelvis Looks Out At Whitefish
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Elvis Presley fans were "All Shook Up" yesterday when he appeared in a white sport coat (no pink carnation) as his train, long as a "Hound Dog," stopped briefly in Whitefish. Fans yelled "love Me Tender," but couldn't tell if he was wearing "Blue Suede Shoes" since he didn't leave the train. He was on the way to Spokane for a special show.
http://www.gnry.net/lookingback/lb1951.html

Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:34 pm

Aunt Delta wrote:On his way to Spokane.

1957, 30 August: Elvis Excites Fans In Short Stopover

By Tom O'Hanlon

Elvis Presley stopped for a few minutes in Whitefish last night and "the call of the wild" was heard for blocks.
But it was those on the other side of the cage that were giving the call. Presley, whose eccentric singing style has brought him to a unique position in American entertainment, came to the door of his railroad car to wave to the fans a few moments before his train, the Empire Builder, left. He wisely did not step into the crowd to sign autographs.

A crowd, estimated at 800 composed mostly of teenage girls with a liberal sprinkling of jealous boy friends, small children, and curious mothers and townspeople jammed the station platform long before the train pulled in at about 6 p. m.

Pony tails and Italian cuts, skirts, sweaters, starched dresses and Bermuda shorts - the clothes were varied, but the girl's excitement was the same. Presley, a handsome young Mississippian, seemed to be used to mob scenes. He stayed on the steps of the railroad car and the only personal contact made was by a few high-jumping girls who managed to touch his hand. This apparently was enough to satisfy them and excite their friend's admiration and envy.

Whatever Presley has, it certainly seems to be in big demand by the bobbie sox brigade.

--- Daily Inter Lake

Elvis The Pelvis Looks Out At Whitefish
Image

Elvis Presley fans were "All Shook Up" yesterday when he appeared in a white sport coat (no pink carnation) as his train, long as a "Hound Dog," stopped briefly in Whitefish. Fans yelled "love Me Tender," but couldn't tell if he was wearing "Blue Suede Shoes" since he didn't leave the train. He was on the way to Spokane for a special show.
http://www.gnry.net/lookingback/lb1951.html


Great to see..thanks

Davide

Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:17 pm

:smt007 GREAT find, thank you very much!!!

Re: August 29 ,1957 Spokane, WA

Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:01 pm

Thanks Aunt Delta. I used that in a page
see http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=67453