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Oldest surviving photo on stage

Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:57 pm

I wonder if this could be the oldest picture of Elvis live on stage. It was taken
at the Bon Air Nigh Club the July 29, 1954.

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Re: Oldest surviving photo on stage

Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:36 pm

In fact this is from March 9, 1956, Chickasaw Ballroom, Chisca Hotel, Memphis

Re: Oldest surviving photo on stage

Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:05 pm

Yeah right not the guitar used in 1954. So what's the known oldest one ?

Re: Oldest surviving photo on stage

Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:07 pm

hilton22000 wrote:In fact this is from March 9, 1956, Chickasaw Ballroom, Chisca Hotel, Memphis


Correct.

The earliest known professional on stage Presley photo was taken on the evening of Presley's "Hayride" debut, Saturday, October 16, 1954. He was 19 years, 9 months old.


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Prior to that we do have some candids taken at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis two months before.

After the Hayride in October, the next stage images appear to date to November-December 1954 at the Mint Club in Gladewater, Texas.


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Thanks to bripet56 for the Eagle's Nest reminder.
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Re: Oldest surviving photo on stage

Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:36 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
hilton22000 wrote:In fact this is from March 9, 1956, Chickasaw Ballroom, Chisca Hotel, Memphis


Correct.

The earliest known on stage Presley photo was taken on the evening of Presley's "Hayride" debut, Saturday, October 16, 1954. He was 19 years, 9 months old.


541016_Louisiana Hayride debut.JPG


The next appear to date to November-December 1954 at the Mint Club in Gladewater, Texas.


541100_Mint Club_Gladewater TX_01.JPG


541100_Mint Club_Gladewater TX_02.JPG


Doc, there is actually one earlier on stage photo of Elvis.
It´s from August/September 1954 and was taken at Eagle´s Nest in Memphis and can be seen on page 39 in "A Boy From Tupelo."
Elvis is wearing the same clothes as in the photo below, only without the jacket.

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That these photos are earlier than the Hayride premiere is evident in the very short sideburns, just like he had them in the parking lot outside the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center on September 9, 1954.

Sincerely
Brian
http://www.brian56.dk
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Re: Oldest surviving photo on stage

Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:10 am

Yeah that picture is from the same day as the oldest one, but backstage. This is the real final word :

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Re: Oldest surviving photo on stage

Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:02 am

Less cropped....

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Re: Oldest surviving photo on stage

Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:07 pm

It was great to see that the people are dancing to his music. 8)

Re: Oldest surviving photo on stage

Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:06 am

Thanks bripet56 and Julian Grant. I have updated my reply.

I completely forgot about the August stage photos at the Eagle's Nest. They are the earliest known.


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One neat thing about the uncropped stage candid is the lady dancing appears to be Gladys Tipler, who co-owned the Crown Electric Company on 353 Poplar Avenue, where Elvis worked. Another is seeing "Elvis Presley" emblazoned on the front of Elvis' tiny acoustic, probably the one used at the July 5, 1954 "rehearsal" at Sun which resulted in "That's All Right."


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She and husband Jim Tipler were big supporters, and went to many of these shows with Gladys and Vernon. They would later see Elvis at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, where Presley would warmly introduce them to the audience.


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Re: Oldest surviving photo on stage

Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:39 am

Great Pictures.
And also great comments about the Tiplers Doc.

I've been reading about them on a couple other sites recently, including Mr. Tiplers story of going with his wife to one of Elvis' Vegas engagements years later to surprise him. You're spot on about there support in those earliest days and it's great to see her in that one photo. Really sound like neat couple and great bosses. How many employeers support their young upstart employee in a band along the way? My guess is they were as accomodating as they could be in those touring days when they were cutting into his work schedule. Probably the perfect bosses/friends at the perfect time.

Really great stuff here