recalls Elvis concert
years ago on Valentine’s Day, a relatively unknown singer
who would eventually earn the love and adoration of millions
of fans around the world came to Roswell.
the then-North Junior High School auditorium — now Pueblo
Auditorium — at a concert featuring country music legend Hank
Snow, a barely 20-year-old Elvis Presley took the stage as
one of the opening acts.
to Jackie Price, a Roswell woman who attended that show, the
man who later became famous for his soulful crooning and good
looks was just a kid wracked with stage fright on that chilly
February evening. “I didn’t like it,” she said Monday.
was so nervous. He was fidgety and he played the guitar too
fast.” She said that years later, she read that Elvis admitted
to being scared in those early days.
I can believe that,” she said. Price, who attended that concert
with her then-14-year-old daughter Johnnie, was also irritated
by something the future King of rock ’n’ roll told the audience.
he came on the stage, he said ‘I’m glad to be here, but we
tell everybody that,’” Price said. “That didn’t sit too well
who was 32 at the time, said she and her daughter had heard
of Elvis but had gone to the concert primarily to see Hank
Snow, whom they both admired. According to Price, Snow was
an experienced performer who had composure on stage, and as
expected he put on an excellent show that night.
did a great job,” Price said. Presley also became famous later
on for driving his mostly female audiences into a hysterical
frenzy, but again, according to Price, that was not the case
in Roswell in 1955. “There wasn’t any screaming at all,” she
was no scrambling for seats or anything.”
her introduction to Presley and his music that night didn’t
go over well, a year later Price and her daughter were devoted
fans like so many others. In 1956, Johnnie began buying Presley’s
records, which were becoming increasingly popular, and the
difference between them and the Roswell show was astounding,
had calmed down,” she said. “His voice was so heavenly. He
sang his songs slowly.”
(News, Source: Roswell Daily Record, 14