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|STILL THE KING 60 YEARS ON
One Lucky Fan Remembers Seeing Elvis Live in San Francisco
Geoffrey Lindsley writes... While Holidaying in San Francisco in 1959, I was privileged to join a vast audience who witnessed a young Elvis Presley give the performance of a lifetime.
He was superb. His emotional impact was so overpowering that many members of the audience became hysterical.
This reaction was due partly to Elvis' unique vocal talent and outstanding charisma, because his backing musicians didn't enhance his performance in any way.
Scotty Moore on guitar provided a rather nondescript rockabilly-influenced style of accompaniment and Bill Black on stand up 'slap' bass sounded out of tune.
Despite this poor accompaniment and a level of amplification that by today's standards was almost non-existent, Elvis drove his fans wild and confirmed his status as a true icon of
His continuing popularity and legendary status is due, in part, to the fact that he possessed a repertoire of truly phenomenal proportions and throughout his illustrious career, he
regularly demonstrated an insouciant mastery of many musical styles.
Most people seem to recall Elvis from the time when was a bloated, tragic parody of his former self, but I remember him when he was at his peak - a vivid memory that will remain with
me until the day I die.
Elvis Express Radio Comments - What great memories to have, but, as we know from history, it's impossible for Elvis to have performed in San Francisco during 1959 as he was
not in the USA at that time. He was in Germany serving in the United States Army. So maybe Mr Lindsley saw him in 57 and not 59 as he remembers?
Originating Source - Geoffrey Lindsley Bournemouth Daily News