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Elvis in Florida 1955


By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
May 8, 2016
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Elvis, Scotty and Bill played the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the first time on May 7, 1955 while on a tour with Hank Snow that had started in New Orleans on May 1st, and was for nearly three weeks touring with almost every day a show. According to writer Peter Guralnick, they met Mae Boren Axton, publicist for the Florida leg of the tour, at the first Florida date, in Daytona Beach. Axton had gotten into country music through the back door when she was asked by Life Today, a magazine for which she did occasional freelance work, to write an article on music. She hooked up with the Colonel in 1955 on a Hank Snow tour and began doing advance press work for him in the Jacksonville-Orlando-Daytona area. Mae would later co-write 'Heartbreak Hotel' with Tommy Durden which would be Elvis' first recording with RCA and ultimately his first Gold record.

On the recent MRS boxset 'Elvis: Live In The 50's' is an interview with Mae Axton and Elvis.


Photo: Elvis, singer Faron Young and Mae Axton in May 1955.

3 CD Set. Elvis: Live In The 50's 3 x CD Set
LP Record. Elvis: Live In The 50's 2 x LP

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