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Elvis Presley August 5, 1955, Memphis. Overton Park Shell

August 5, Bob Neal's eighth annual Country Music Jamboree. 

The show also included Elvis Presley, Webb Pierce, Sonny James, Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson and some 22 other country music and comedy performers.  They drew a crowd of over 4000.

The Memphis Press Scimitar on August 6 reported that the Shell was jammed with an overflow audience for the show and that several hundred were turned away.  Local amateur photographer Robert Dye who photographed Elvis at the Shell on August 5th recalled one performer loaning him his guitar after Elvis couldn't find his in time to go on and was pretty agitated after Elvis returned it with two strings broken.

Elvis on August 5, 1955 at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis, TN.

Elvis Presley and Texas Bill Strength at the Overton Park Shell.
Bob Neal's eighth annual Country Music Jamboree August 5, 1955Elvis Presley and Texas Bill Strength at the Overton Park Shell.

We go way back in time with this beautiful backstage picture we are sharing with you this week. On August 5th 1955, Elvis was performing at the Overton Park shell at ‘Bob Neal's eighth annual Country Music Jamboree'.

Also present was cowboy Bill Strength, who Elvis admired and was happy to get his picture taken with. The Overton Park Shell in Memphis was also the location of Elvis his first live performance one year earlier on July 30th 1954.

On August 5th 1955 the show was filled with young upcoming stars, because beside Elvis were also performing; Webb Pierce, Sonny James, Johnny Cash and Wanda Jackson. The Shell was packed with an audience over 4000 people present! One day later the Memphis Press Scimitar reported that the Shell was jammed with an overflow audience for the show and that several hundred were turned away. Local amateur photographer Robert Dye, who photographed Elvis at the Shell on August 5th, recalled one performer loaning him his guitar after Elvis couldn't find his in time to go on and was pretty agitated after Elvis returned it with two strings broken.

Although Texas Bill Strength was better known for his radio career, he also recorded some country and rockabilly songs.

He even recorded at the legendary Sun Records backed by Scotty Moore.

Bill was born in Bessemer, Alabama on August 28th 1928, he died at the early age of 45, following a car accident on August 5th 1973 (on the day, 18 years after this picture was made). Strength was paralyzed from the waist down, slipped into a coma and passed away on October 1st 1973.

In 1990 he was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.

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January 1955

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Elvis Presley Photos Tyler : January 25, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Backstage : Gilmer : January 26, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : January 29, 1955 The Louisiana Hayride

February

Elvis Presley Photos Sun Studios : February 3, 1955 : Elvis, Scotty and Bill
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : February 6, 1955 : Memphis. Overton Park Shell
Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Radio promotion for February 23, 1955 Appearance
Elvis Presley Photos Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley : February 13, 1955 : Lubbock, Tx. Fair Park Coliseum
Elvis Presley Photos February 26, 1955 : Ad for Cleveland Concert on this date

March

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis, Scotty and Bill at Coley's Truck Stop in Dermott, AR : March 25, 1955

April

Elvis Presley Photos Bill Black, Royce Hanson Jr. and Elvis Presley : Gladewater High School : April 30, 1955

May

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Dixie Locke : Dixie Locke's Junior Prom : May 6, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : May 13, 1955 : Elvis with Mae Boren Axton
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Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Texarkana, AR : Friday, May 27, 1955

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Fair Park Coliseum Lubbock, TX : June 3, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : June 5, 1954 : Elvis Presley's Burnt out Cadillac
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Big D Jamboree : Dallas, Texas. Sportarium : June 18, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley & Bill Black : Beaumont Texas : June 21, 1955

July

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : July 4, 1955 : Hodges Park : De Leon
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Water Skiing : McKellar Lake : July 1955 New page link
Elvis Presley Video Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : July 15, 1955 : Joy Drive-In Theatre : Minden, LA
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : July 28 & 29, 1955 : Jacksonville, FL. Gator Stadium Baseball Park
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL : July 31, 1955

August

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Bryan, Tx., Aug 23, 1955

September

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and friends, backstage : Clarksdale, MS. City Auditorium : September 8, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Gilmer : September 26, 1955

October

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The Cotton Club Lubbock, TX : October 15, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : October 18, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Cleveland : October 19, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Cleveland, Ohio : October 20, 1955

December

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : New York : December 1, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Swifton, AR : December 9, 1955
Elvis Presley Photos Scotty, Bill and Elvis onstage (in the ring) at Ellis Auditorium : Dec 19, 1955

CDs

CD The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956
CD Greatest Live Hits of the 50’s CD From MRS
CD Elvis At SUN

Books

Book The Elvis Files Volume 1 : 1953-1956
Book The Rock 'N Roll Years : My Wish Came True : 1954-56
Book Elvis Presley: The Family Album Book

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Elvis Presley Video Video Preview: Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet. Never before have we seen an Elvis concert from the 50's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered Unreleased Film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it. The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people.

We love Elvis Presley !!!!!!!! : So ... Stop, look and listen baby that's our philosophy ... First thing in the morning, last thing at night ... look, stare everywhere and see everything inside ... Stop, look and listen!

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