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Elvis Presley : The Cotton Club Lubbock, TX : October 15, 1955

April 15, 1955 Elvis, Scotty and Bill returned to Lubbock and performed at The Cotton Club. For over forty years the Cotton Club stood as the most influential and diverse performance venue in the region.

It was once the only profitable venue for a band to stop between Dallas and Los Angeles.

The Cotton Club was unique because of its blindness to race, color and musical genre, presenting artists such as Little Richard, Elvis, and Willie Nelson among many others.

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Some of the earliest film footage of Elvis was shot there of this performance and backstage by local, Ben Hall.  Ben would later write 'Blue Days, Black Nights', one of the first songs recorded by Buddy Holly in Nashville after he signed with Decca and subsequently his first release. On later dates Ben also shot backstage film footage there of Buddy, Sonny Curtis, Don Guess, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

The Cotton Club : October 15, 1955

The club/dance hall was actually in the city of Slaton, located in the Southeast part of Lubbock County about 15 miles outside of Lubbock on Highway 84.  It was owned and operated by Lubbock native Ralph Lowe and his family and according to the book Rockin Across Texas by Stanley Oberst, the club booked the best talent that waltzed through West Texas from Bob Wills to Harry James.

Ralph Lowe's daughter, Pat, would go to the club after school and fix sandwiches for the night's patrons. One time Elvis was entertaining her and they played Tic/Tac/Toe on one of the white tablecloths. Ralph, the owner got angry, had it washed, and then took .75 cents from Elvis' check that night for the laundering.

She also would let Buddy Holly, Mac Davis and others slip in thru kitchen to see Elvis perform.

Ralph Lowe Jr., Scotty and Elvis onstage at the Cotton Club - Oct. 15, 1955.
Ralph Lowe Jr., Scotty and Elvis onstage at the Cotton Club - Oct. 15, 1955

Pat Lowe and Elvis at the Cotton Club - Oct. 15, 1955.
Pat Lowe and Elvis at the Cotton Club : Oct. 15, 1955

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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December

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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.

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