Elvis Presley 1957/10
Taken on:
Elvis Day By day (Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen)
Elvis A Celebration (Mike Evans)
Pan Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
In his first show in his new adoptive hometown, Elvis outrages not only the local and national press but an audience filled with Hollywood celebrities and their children. During the fifty-minute, eighteen-number show he "wiggled, bumped, twisted," and prompted headlines the next day that declared: "Elvis Presley Will Have to Clean Up His Show - Or Go to Jail." The Los Angeles Vice Squad warns Colonel Parker of that same potential consequence, but according to the Colonel, Elvis remains unfazed. "He just said, 'Well, if I don't dance tonight, maybe I don't have to take a shower tonight."
The second night a far less flamboyant performance passes the scrutiny of the police, who film it just to make sure.
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