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Throwback Tulsa: Elvis Presley performs first Tulsa concert 65 years ago today

Throwback Tulsa: Elvis Presley performs first Tulsa concert 65 years ago today

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If you were a teenage girl living in the Tulsa area on April 18, 1956, chances are you were screaming your head off at the fairgrounds Pavilion.

Presley Leaves ‘Em Limp – 8,000 Squeal at 1st Show,” read the headline in the Tulsa World the next day. Elvis was a 21-year-old singer and former truck driver who performed two “frenetic” Tulsa shows 65 years ago. Most of the tickets were $1 each.

The first fainting was recorded five minutes before the 7 p.m. show began, the Tulsa World reported.

Elvis was forced to tone down his gyrations in Oklahoma City the next night after officials there received complaints that the Tulsa show was “indecent” in places.

Elvis performed four more concerts in Tulsa – June 20, 1972; March 1 and March 2, 1974, and at Tulsa’s Bicentennial in 1976. He died in 1977.

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