November 29, 2014

Rare Photos of Elvis Presley's Concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956

Elvis appeared at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL. Juvenile Court Judge Marion Gooding warned Elvis in chambers after the first show that he must tone down his act. Elvis told reporters “I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong”. Elvis modifies his show nonetheless, wiggling his little finger suggestively with a gesture that replaces some of his less restrained body movements and at the same time still drives the audience wild.

“One of the most memorable events in the theatre's history occurred in 1956, when Elvis Presley came to the Florida Theatre for his first concert appearance on an indoor stage. Presley, the City of Jacksonville and the Florida Theatre found themselves subjects of a LIFE Magazine feature when Juvenile Court Judge Marion Gooding sat through the performance to ensure that Presley's body movements would not become too suggestive”. Florida State Theater.

Crowds await entrance to see Elvis Presley performs at one of his two concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956.

Baptist preacher Robert Gray denounces Elvis in Jacksonville, FL.

Elvis arrives through the alley at rear of theater, Aug 1956.

Elvis arrives through the alley at rear of theater, Aug 1956.

Scotty Moore and Elvis on stage.

Teenage fans during Elvis' appearance at the Florida Theatre.

Elvis Presley, Florida Theater, Jacksonville, August 10, 1956.

Teenage fans scream during Elvis' appearance at the Florida Theatre.

The judge meets with Elvis after a performance.

Judge Gooding and committee members watch Elvis' show(s).

Elvis Presley performs at one of his two concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956.

Elvis Presley performs at one of his two concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956.

Elvis Presley performs at one of his two concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956.

Elvis Presley performs at one of his two concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956.

Elvis Presley performs at one of his two concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956.

Elvis Presley performs at one of his two concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956.

Elvis Presley performs at one of his two concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956.

Elvis Presley back stage at the piano, Jacksonville, August, 1956. Note Red West at left.

Elvis Presley back stage at the piano, Jacksonville, August, 1956.

Scotty and the Jordanaires load up the car for the trip to the next gig.

Elvis and the contest winner, Andrea June Stephens, walked into the hotel lobby, August 10, 1956, Jacksonville.

Elvis and the contest winner, Andrea June Stephens, August 10, 1956, Jacksonville.

Elvis and the contest winner, Andrea June Stephens, August 10, 1956, Jacksonville.

Elvis and the contest winner, Andrea June Stephens, August 10, 1956, Jacksonville.

Elvis Presley and Kathy Campbel, August, 1956.

(via Elvis Presley Music)




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