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 Post subject: Historical marker erected to mark Elvis’ first
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:12 pm 
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Historical marker erected to mark Elvis’ first major public appearance: A historical marker is being erected at the site of the old Goodwin Institute Building (demolished in 1973) in Memphis, Tennessee to commemorate the site of the KWEM Radio Station Saturday Night Jamboree, the location of the first major public appearance by Elvis Presley before signing with Sun Records a year later.

The details of the Elvis performance in the 900 seat arena were unknown to the public before being revealed by Larry Manuel, Rockabilly star and son of KWEM's Joe Manuel who launched the Jamboree in early 1953.

Opposite: Elvis with KWEM Radio DJ Texas Bill Strength, Source: Commercial Appeal Newspaper, Robert Dye Photographer
Not only did the young Elvis make his first major appearance there, other unknown artists including Johnny Cash, Reggie Young, Barbara Pittman, Lloyd Arnold, Charlie Feathers, and Eddie Bond were regulars on the show. The KWEM Radio Station was located in West Memphis, Arkansas, just across the Mississippi River from Memphis and broadcast many of the shows.

The Jamboree was a family oriented country music show that ran from February of 1953 to December of 1954 and was broadcast on KWEM Radio, one of only 7 radio stations in Memphis at the time. The format was much like that of the Grand Ole Opry but the Jamboree, fronted by popular Memphis radio personality, Joe Manuel, allowed and encouraged amateur country music singers and musicians to take the stage and perform for packed houses every Saturday night. Elvis Presley's first official "public appearance" and probably first radio broadcast (as an adult) happened at the Jamboree just months before making his historic recording of " That's Alright Mama" at fabled Sun Records.

(News, Source: Dale Franklin, Memphis Music History Examiner, examiner.com)
(Source Elvis Info Net)



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 Post subject: Re: Historical marker erected to mark Elvis’ first
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:02 pm 
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:hello: Liliane, This is really Great to hear that a Statue is Being put in this Spot and Thank You for Sharing this. :love:



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