Ellis Auditorium was fortunate enough to have had two golden eras. The first was back in the 1920's and 30's, when it was used
Victor and other "field" recording units to record such luminaries as Memphis Minnie, Tommy Johnson, Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes,
and Frank Stokes. Ellis Auditorium brought such legendary performers as Katharine Hepburn, Mary Martin, the Russian composer:
Sergei Rachmaninoff, and dancer Isadora Duncan to Memphis.
Focus again turned to Ellis during the 40's and 50's when WDIA, "the "Sensation Station of the Nation" packed the auditorium for
their annual Christmastime fundraiser, the Goodwill Revue. The proceeds established and maintained the Keel Avenue School for
Handicapped Black Children. The "Ellis Auditorium" was where JD Sumner and Black Wood Brothers presented themselves.
It was the "point" of gospel concerts in Memphis. Elvis never had the money to go, so people
Security let him enter through the back door and there he was watching the presentations.
Elvis also performed there years at 54, 55 and 61.
In 1971, Elvis returned to Ellis Auditorium to receive another award.
All remember the timeless words of Elvis: "Every dream that I've ever dreamed ..."
("Every dream I have dreamed ...")
NOW & THEN
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