Elvis’ history with Texas is extensive, and his time in the DFW area is well documented. In fact, in 1958 on his way to Fort Hood to resume training for the U.S. Army, Presley told the press at Dallas Love Field, “I sorta got my start in Texas.” Now, his personal radio from Fort Hood, along with an outfit he wore in the 1950s and a guitar played in his movie Girls Girls Girls, is on display at the Texas Musicians Museum (the world’s largest collection of Texas music history) in Irving.
The first time Elvis played in Dallas was in 1955 at the famous Sportatorium. A month later, he got the crowds all shook up at historic Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards. By 1956, he was performing in larger venues, such as the Cotton Bowl at the State Fair of Texas.
“He wore a shiny green suit and looked amazing,” Mary V. Holcomb Dickerson told Texas Highways magazine. “At one point he came down on the field with a mic and stand and rolled around on the grass, singing. We had never seen anything like it.”
That next year in 1978, Southfork Ranch found fame by way of the TV series Dallas. Home to show’s Ewing family, the 63,000-square-foot venue encapsulated the notion that everything is bigger in Texas. It’s fitting, then, that the world’s most famous ranch plays host to the world’s most famous (and impersonated) performer.
Attendees of the second-annual Texas’ Tribute to Elvis festival will have plenty of magic moments to experience. Special guests include Presley’s lifelong friend Jimmy Velvet, songwriter Chris Christian, Elvis’ 1970s tour producer Charles Stone and actor Don Collier (Paradise, Hawaiian Style). Artists performing tribute acts include the 2011 Ultimate Elvis World Champion Cody Ray Slaughter and Elvis Presley Enterprises “First Ever” Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion Shawn Klush (named BBC TV’s “World’s Greatest Elvis”).
From Elvis-themed shows to remembrances by special guests to an Elvis tribute artist contest, the festival will give fans good reason to shake, rattle and roll. Get your tickets online and start planning your Memorial Day weekend in Plano.