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Insiders Artifact: 1957 Concert Ad

August 23, 2012

This week's artifact is an advertisement for Elvis' show at Sick's Stadium in the Oregon Journal on August 26, 1957. Elvis along with Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and DJ Fontana performed in front of 16,000 fans in Tacoma, Washington on September 1, 1957. The most expensive ticket to the show was $3.50. Elvis appeared in his gold lame jacket and sent thousands of teenage girls into a frenzy after his final performance of "Hound Dog." This concert followed his only three appearances outside the country in Canada. At the age of 14, Seattle native Jim Hendrix was in attendance and made a color drawing of Elvis performing on stage. This drawing along with his notes were featured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Hendrix often credited this performance as his inspiration to continue his music career. This was one of the first concerts to be held in an outdoor stadium.

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