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Like A Tornado! (Arkansas, 1955)


By Ger Rijff

Joseph Taylor Robinson Memorial Auditorium LIttle Rock, ARVintage postcard of the Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Elvis performed on February 20, 1955.


02 little.rockAn unused ticket for the February 20, 1955, concert.


04 promo 03 feb.20A local newspaper ad advertising this show.
To the far right we see a souvenir 8×10 glossy sold at the concerts in early ’55.


07 7Mother Maybelle and The Carter Sisters: honeyed voices!


05 little.rock.feb.55As always, The Colonel keeping an eye on the expenses and profits …


06 b2Beautiful poster for the concert the day after Little Rock (Camden, Arkansas / February 21, 1955).


08 5“Will the circle be unbroken, by and by, Lord, by and by …”
Maxine and Jim Ed Brown join in with Elvis on a gospel song.
(May 27, 1955, Municipal Auditorium, Texarkana.)


10 municipal auditorium texarcanaThe Municipal Auditorium in Texarkana, as pictured on a vintage postcard.


09 browns-with-elvisJim, Maxine and little sister Bonnie keeping the young singer company in 1956. Elvis liked Bonnie a lot …


11 municipal.audiElvis appearing at the Municipal auditorium (exact date unknown).


14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Paul Pearce #

    Ger, your work is incredible!! The info you give is amazing … you set out to try and give us a complete and accurate picture on the story your posting. Your work is very much admired by me, thanks, keep it up!

    June 4, 2013
  2. Alan White #

    Ger, fantastic stuff as always, keep up the good work, it’s appreciated by one and all.

    June 4, 2013
  3. Alexander Nijeboer #

    On some boards EIC 1977 once again is a hot issue. Over here it is cool and breezy. Little Rock 1955 must have been AN electryfing experience. Fortunately we have the recording from half a year later: Little Rock 1956. It was the most exciting thing I have ever heard when it was first released on the Bilko label, decades ago. Sweet memories… This thread reminds me of that great book of yours: Long Lonely Highway!

    June 4, 2013
  4. Jim #

    Another excellent article guys. Top class work. The topics are very well written and presented.

    June 4, 2013
  5. Yes, Alexander, they can’t get enough of In Concert. Very sad indeed.
    But as long as they stay over at their favourite70s sites, we can nicely
    continue our work and fun on Echoes, without being interrupted by
    those who haven’t got a clue what Elvis in the 50s was all about.
    Echoes is growing fast, with visitors from all over the globe. And we went
    online only 2 months ago…Our future looks as bright as the Sun logo!

    A warm welcome to all of you who have discovered this site in
    recent weeks. Have fun !
    Ger & Bob

    June 4, 2013
  6. Stu #

    …..keep it going Ger………from your long lost Bud Stu…..UK to USA….keep in touch!

    June 5, 2013
  7. Sheila #

    AWESOME!! I LOVE IT! MORE FROM THE EARLY 50’S GER!! :) Great reading and pictures. Thanks!!

    June 5, 2013
  8. Hey, pretty boy Stu!
    Great to see you here, my man. Hemsby Elvis week, back in
    the late 80s… We had fun… We sure did! How’s life in the U.S?!

    June 5, 2013
  9. Cool stuff. More ads !

    June 5, 2013
  10. Glad you’re back, Francesc.
    These days, I try to use only those newspaper ads of
    good quality. We did so many in the past, don’t want
    to repeat them too often.

    And for those who want more ads, go to Francesc’s site:
    Great info, but beware of the jumpsuits and Santa belts!

    June 6, 2013
  11. Francesc Lopez #

    Quiet Ger. LOL

    June 7, 2013
  12. Keith Hooper #

    Hi Ger, what a great web site you’ve created, ELVIS at his raw best, please more of the early days…

    June 17, 2013
  13. Georgine #

    Thank you very much .. here in your fantastic site I finally found out what it was Elvis sang with the Browns in
    May 27, 1955 at Municipal Auditorium in Texarkana.

    July 16, 2013
  14. Thanks for giving us your time to put together a nice Elvis Presley related website.
    I know firsthand the commitment, time, passion, etc. it takes. Kudos to you.
    Take care and may God bless you.
    Jeff Schrembs

    June 7, 2016

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