Roadtrip 2020: 1st Week Recap-Elvis, Rock n’ Roll, Music

“Elvis is a workhorse,” his first cousin Harold Loyd, told me in 1976. “It was true when he started back in ’54 and ’55 before he was ever on TV or in the movies. It’s true now.”

“When we played when we was boys, we played hard,” Harold who worked at the front gate security in Graceland guard house smiled. “Whatever we did, he was enthusiastic and excited. I don’t know how anyone could have the stamina he does.”

Over 44 years later, I visit Graceland and reminisce of the excitement of meeting Elvis, Linda Thompson, Harold, Charlie Hodge and others.

Today Dodie and I, along with dog Mr. Beefy, continue to enjoy our roadtrip and are excited to be on our eighth day. Can you guess where we are now based on where we’ve been?

Days 1 & 2 June 19-20:

My first bucketlist item was to stop in Killeen, Texas where Elvis Presley rented this house while in Army boot camp in 1958.

According to the Archives dept. at Graceland, “The entourage of Gladys Presley, Vernon Presley, Minnie Mae Presley, Elvis and Lamar Fike soon out-grew the 3 bedroom Stylemaster Mobile Home Elvis was using. Elvis rented a house at 605 Oak Hill Drive from then Judge Chester Crawford at $1,500 a month.” 

He was assigned to the A Company of the Second Armored Division’s Tank Battalion, at Fort Hood. He completed basic training in June.  In August of that same year, Elvis’ mother Gladys became gravely ill and was sent to Memphis.  Elvis was granted leave to see her, shortly before she died. He then returned to Fort Hood and was transferred to Germany soon afterward, effectively ending his time in Killeen.

When Elvis first received his draft notice, he could have tried to get out of serving or at least made it easier on himself. The Army and the Air Force had both offered to let him serve in “Special Forces” as an entertainer and/or a recruiter.

The Navy offered him a special deal as well, promising to put him in a unit with others from his hometown of Memphis.

He had already sold more than 10 million records and starred in the movie “Love Me Tender” and was tempted. But his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, convinced the young Elvis and his father Vernon that taking the easy way out could anger millions of Americans.

“Elvis pulled his weight,” wrote Ira jones, Elvis’ platoon sergeant in Germany, in his book “Soldier Boy Elvis.” “He used his head and did his job well. He was one of us. He cared about us and he got back the respect and friendship he gave everyone else.”

“In several instances I saw sparks of leadership in Elvis that made me think he could have induced men to follow him into combat just as his music caused millions of young people to follow him.”

Elvis wasn’t a novice when it came to military service, however. Longtime friend George Klein said many people don’t know that Elvis was in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Humes High School in Memphis.

Klein and Elvis were classmates through junior high and high school. Elvis was best man at Klein’s wedding in 1970.

Klein said it was Elvis’ ROTC days in high school that enabled him to become a squad leader while in basic training.

The longtime friend said Presley got so tired of having to wake up his squad that he bought wristwatches for all 30 of them.

Klein said Elvis told him that he didn’t always love his Army work, but he enjoyed his fellow soldiers.

Days 3 & 4 June 21-22

In Vicksburg we started the Delta Blues Highway 61 portion of our journey.

Highlights included visiting homes, birthplaces, gravesites and juke joints of pioneer Blues artists and musicians, including B.B King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and more.

Our second day was spent primarily at Graceland and the Elvis Presley Memphis complex across the street.

This was my first visit to the new museums and exhibits complex across the street.

Days 5 & 6 June 23-24

Touring more Memphis area sites including Lorraine Hotel and home of Jerry Lee Lewis, in Nesbitt, Mississippi. We then spent two nights in Tupelo.

MLK assassination site.

Days 7 & 8 June 25-26

Traveled and researched more around Tupelo and then trekked to the place of my birth in Smyrna, Tennessee.

My parents lived there as my father was stationed there at Stewart Air Force Base. My father would take my mother for walks if it wasn’t too cold to help her “along with the pregnancy,” he said. “The idea was to deliver you (me) before December 10th or he would be sent to Japan.”

“We lived in a small house behind a large church on a hill near the train depot,” my mother elaborated. “We walked across the street and joined other airmen and wives at a picture window of a furniture-appliance store. It was the first time we’d ever seen Elvis.”

“Someone found out he was in New York visiting RCA Records and it might be on TV. It was a big deal. Everyone had been talking about him as he was traveling all over the place. That was on December 1st.”

Tom Parker,

“All us wives were keeping track of him the best we could,” she continued. “A few days later two of the airmen saw them (Elvis and his band) filling up gas in their car headed up to Indiana from Alabama. We were so excited he passed through where we all lived. That was in late in the night, early morning on December 4th. You were born less than 24 hours on the 5th. I used to laugh that Elvis passing through caused you to be born when you did.”

Elvis Presley’s 1955 performance schedule coincides with my mother’s memory:

January-1955
Jan 1: Eagles Hall, Houston, TX
Jan 4: Odessa High School, Odessa, TX
Jan 5: City Auditorium, San Angelo, TX
Jan 6: Fair Park Coliseum, Lubbock, TX
Jan 7: Midland High School, Midland, TX
Jan 8: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Jan 11: High School, New Boston, TX
Jan 12: Civic Auditorium, Clarksdale, MS
Jan 13: Catholic Club, Helena, AR
Jan 14: Futrell High School, Marianna, AR
Jan 17: NE Miss CC, Booneville, MS
Jan 18: Alcorn/Courthse Hall, Corinth, MS
Jan 19: Community Center, Sheffield, AL
Jan 20: Leachville H.S., Leachville, AL
Jan 21: Nat’l Guard Armory, Sikeston, MO
Jan 22: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Jan 24: Humble Oil Rec. Hall, Hawkins, TX
Jan 25: Mayfair Bldg/Fairgrounds, Tyler, TX
Jan 26: REA Bldg, Gilmer, TX
Jan 27: Reo Palm Isle Club, Longview, TX
Jan 28: Gaston High School, Joinerville, TX
February-1955
Feb 4: Cadillac Club, New Orleans, LA
Feb 5: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Feb 6: Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, TN
Feb 7: Ripley High School, Ripley, MS
Feb 10: Alpine High School, Alpine, TX
Feb 11: Carlsbad Sports Arena, Carlsbad, NM
Feb 12: American Legion Hall, Carlsbad, NM
Feb 13: Fair Park Coliseum, Lubbock, TX
Feb 13: Cotton Club, Lubbock, TX
Feb 14: No. Junior H. S., Roswell, NM
Feb 15: Fair Park Auditorium, Abilene, TX
Feb 16: Odessa Senior H.S., Odessa, TX
Feb 17: City Auditorium, San Angelo, TX
Feb 18: W. Monroe H.S., West Monroe, LA
Feb 19: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Feb 20: Robinson Aud., Little Rock, AR
Feb 21: City Hall, Camden, AR
Feb 22: City Hall, Hope, AR
Feb 23: Pine Bluff H.S., Pine Bluff, AR
Feb 24: So. Side Elem. School, Bastrop, LA
Feb 25: Municipal Aud., Texarkana, AR
Feb 26: Circle Theatre, Cleveland, OH
March-1955
March 2: Newport Armory, Newport, AR
Mar 2: Porky’s Rooftop Club, Newport, AR
Mar 4: DeKalb High School, DeKalb, TX
Mar 5: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Mar 7: City Auditorium, Paris, TN
Mar 8: Catholic Club, Helena, AR
Mar 9: P. Bluff Armory, Poplar Bluff, MO
Mar 10: Civic Auditorium, Clarksdale, MS
Mar 11: J. Thompson Arena, Alexandria, LA
Mar 12: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Mar 19: White Coliseum, College Sta., TX
Mar 19: Eagles Hall, Houston, TX
Mar 20: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
Mar 20: Cook’s Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
Mar 21: Parkin High School, Parkin, AR
Mar 25: Dermott High School, Dermott, AR
Mar 26: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Mar 28: Big Creek H.S., Big Creek, MS
Mar 29: Tocopola H.S., Tocopola, MS
Mar 30: High School, El Dorado, AR
Mar 31: Reo Palm Isle Club, Longview, TX
April-1955
April 1: Ector County Aud., Odessa, TX
Apr 2: Municipal Auditorium, Houston, TX
Apr 7: Corinth Co. Courthouse, Corinth, MS
Apr 8: B&B Club, Glober, MO
Apr 9: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Apr 10: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
Apr 10: Cook’s Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
Apr 13: Breckenridge H.S., Breckenridge, TX
Apr 14: Owl Park, Gainesville, TX
Apr 15: Stamford High School, Stamford, TX
Apr 15: Roundup Hall, Stamford, TX
Apr 16: Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
Apr 16: Roundup Club, Dallas, TX
Apr 19: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Apr 20: American Legion Hut, Grenada, MS
Apr 22: Municipal Stadium, Texarkana, AR
Apr 23: Heart O’ Texas Coliseum, Waco, TX
Apr 24: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
Apr 24: Cook’s Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
Apr 25: M-B Corral Club, Wichita Falls, TX
Apr 25: Texas High School, Seymour, TX
Apr 26: City Auditorium, Big Spring, TX
Apr 27: American Legion Hall, Hobbs, NM
Apr 29: Cotton Club, Lubbock, TX
Apr 30: High School, Gladewater, TX
May-1955
May 1: Municipal Aud., New Orleans, LA
May 2: Baton Rouge H.S., Baton Rouge, LA
May 4: Ladd Stadium, Mobile, AL
May 5: Ladd Stadium, Mobile, AL
May 7: Peabody Aud., Daytona Beach, FL
May 8: Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL
May 9: City Auditorium, Fort Myers, FL
May 10: Southeastern Pavilion, Ocala, FL
May 11: Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, FL
May 12: GatorBowl Ball Pk., Jacksonville, FL
May 13: GatorBowl Ball Pk., Jacksonville, FL
May 14: Shrine Auditorium, New Bern, NC
May 15: City Auditorium, Norfolk, VA
May 16: Mosque Theater, Richmond, VA
May 17: City Auditorium, Asheville, NC
May 18: Am. Legion Aud., Roanoke, VA
May 19: Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
May 20: KOCA Radio, Kilgore, TX
May 21: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
May 22: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
May 22: Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
May 25: Am. Legion Hall, Meridian, MS
May 26: Meridian Jr. College, Meridian, MS
May 28: Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
May 29: North Side Colsm., Ft. Worth, TX
May 29: Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
May 31: High School, Midland, TX
June-1955
June 1: Guymon High School, Guymon, OK
June 3: J. Connelley Pontiac, Lubbock, TX
June 3: Fair Park Coliseum, Lubbock, TX
June 4: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
June 5: Hope Fair Park, Hope, AR
June 8: Municipal Aud., Sweetwater, TX
June 10: Am. Legion Hall, Breckenridge, TX
June 11: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
June 14: Bruce High School, Bruce, MS
June 15: Belden High School, Belden, MS
June 17: Roundup Hall, Stamford, TX
June 18: Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
June 19: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
June 19: Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
June 20: City Auditorium, Beaumont, TX
June 21: City Auditorium, Beaumont, TX
June 23: McMahon Mem. Aud., Lawton, OK
June 23: Southern Club, Lawton, OK
June 24: Altus, OK
June 25: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
June 26: Slavonian Lodge Aud., Biloxi, MS
June 27: Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
June 28: Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
June 29: Radio Ranch, Mobile, AL
June 30: Radio Ranch, Mobile, AL
July-1955
July 1: Casino Club, Plaquemines, LA
July 2: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
July 3: Hoedown Club, Corpus Christi, TX
July 4: City Rec. Hall, Stephenville, TX
July 4: Hodges Park, DeLeon, TX
July 4: Soldiers & Sailors, Brownwood, TX
July 20: Cape Arena, Cape Girardeau, MO
July 21: Silver Moon Club, Newport, AR
July 25: City Auditorium, Fort Myers, FL
July 26: Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, FL
July 27: Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, FL
July 28: Gator Stadium Park, Jacksonville, FL
July 29: Gator Stadium Park, Jacksonville, FL
July 30: Peabody Aud., Daytona Beach, FL
July 31: Ft. Homer Hesterly, Tampa, FL
August-1955
Aug 1: Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo, MS
Aug 2: Sheffield Center, Muscle Shoals, AL
Aug 3: Robinson Aud., Little Rock, AR
Aug 4: Municipal Auditorium, Camden, AR
Aug 5: Overton Park Shell, Memphis, TN
Aug 6: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Aug 7: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
Aug 7: Cook’s Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
Aug 8: Mayfair Building, Tyler, TX
Aug 9: Rodeo Arena, Henderson, TX
Aug 10: Bear Stadium, Gladewater, TX
Aug 11: Reo Palm Isle Club, Longview, TX
Aug 12: Driller Park, Kilgore, TX
Aug 13: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Aug 20: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Aug 22: Spudder Park, Wichita Falls, TX
Aug 23: Saddle Club, Bryan, TX
Aug 24: Davy Crockett H.S., Conroe, TX
Aug 25: Sportcenter, Austin, TX
Aug 26: Gonzales B-ball Pk., Gonzales, TX
Aug 27: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
September-1955
Sept 1: Pontchartrain Bch, New Orleans
Sept 2: Municipal Stad., Texarkana, AR
Sept 3: Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
Sept 3: Roundup Club, Dallas, TX
Sept 5: St. Francis Fair, Forrest City, AR
Sept 6: Bono High School, Bono, AR
Sept 7: Nat’l Guard Armory, Sikeston, AR
Sept 8: Municipal Aud., Clarksdale, MS
Sept 9: McComb H.S., McComb, MS
Sept 10: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Sept 11: Municipal Aud., Norfolk, VA
Sept 12: Municipal Aud., Norfolk, VA
Sept 13: Shrine Auditorium, New Bern, NC
Sept 14: Fleming Stadium, Wilson, NC
Sept 15: Am. Legion Aud., Roanoke, VA
Sept 16: City Auditorium, Asheville, NC
Sept 17: Th-ville H.S., Thomasville, NC
Sept 18: WRVA Theater, Richmond, VA
Sept 19: WRVA Theater, Richmond, VA
Sept 20: Fairgrounds, Danville, VA
Sept 21: Memorial Aud., Raleigh, NC
Sept 22: Civic Auditorium, Kingsport, TN
Sept 24: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Sept 26: Gilmer Junior H.S., Gilmer, TX
Sept 28: B&B Club, Gobler, MO
October-1955
Oct 1: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Oct 3: White Coliseum., College Sta., TX
Oct 4: Boys Club, Paris, TX
Oct 5: City Auditorium, Greenville, TX
Oct 6: SW TX St Univ., San Marcos, TX
Oct 6: Skyline Club, Austin, TX
Oct 8: City Auditorium, Houston, TX
Oct 10: Soldiers-Sailors, Brownwood, TX
Oct 11: Fair Park Aud., Abilene, TX
Oct 12: Midland H. S., Midland, TX
Oct 13: Municipal Aud., Amarillo, TX
Oct 14: Odessa H. S., Odessa, TX
Oct 11: Fair Park Aud., Lubbock, TX
Oct 15: Cotton Club, Lubbock, TX
Oct 16: Mun. Aud., Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 17: Memorial Aud., El Dorado, AR
Oct 19: Circle Theatre, Cleveland, OH
Oct 20: Brooklyn H.S., Cleveland, OH
Oct 20: St. Michaels’ Hall, Cleveland, OH
Oct 21: Missouri Theatre, St. Louis, MO
Oct 22: Missouri Theatre, St. Louis, MO
Oct 23: Missouri Theatre, St. Louis, MO
Oct 24: Silver Moon Club, Newport, AR
Oct 25: Houston Armory, Houston, MS
Oct 26: Gulf States Fair, Prichard, AL
Oct 28: Radio Ranch, Mobile, AL
Oct 29: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
November-1955
Nov 5: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Nov 6: Community House, Biloxi, MS
Nov 7: Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
Nov 8: Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
Nov 12: Carthage Milling, Carthage, TX
Nov 12: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Nov 13: Ellis Aud., Memphis, TN
Nov 14: High School, Forrest City, AR
Nov 15: Community Center, Sheffield, AL
Nov 16: City Auditorium, Camden, AR
Nov 17: Municipal Aud., Texarkana, AR
Nov 18: Palm Isle Club, Longview, TX
Nov 19: Gladewater H.S., Gladewater, TX
Nov 25: Wilson Jr. H.S., P. Arthur, TX
Nov 26: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Nov 29: Mosque Theater, Richmond, VA
December-1955
Dec 2: Sports Arena, Atlanta, GA
Dec 3: State Coliseum, Montgomery, AL
Dec 4: Lyric Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Dec 5: Lyric Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Dec 6: Lyric Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Dec 7: Lyric Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Dec 8: Rialto Theater, Louisville, KY
Dec 9: Swifton H. S., Swifton, AR
Dec 9: B&I Club, Swifton, AR
Dec 10: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Dec 12: Nat’l Guard Armory, Amory, MS
Dec 17: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Dec 19: Ellis Aud., Memphis, TN
Dec 31: LA Hayride, Shreveport

8: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Jan 11: High School, New Boston, TX
Jan 12: Civic Auditorium, Clarksdale, MS
Jan 13: Catholic Club, Helena, AR
Jan 14: Futrell High School, Marianna, AR
Jan 17: NE Miss CC, Booneville, MS
Jan 18: Alcorn/Courthse Hall, Corinth, MS
Jan 19: Community Center, Sheffield, AL
Jan 20: Leachville H.S., Leachville, AL
Jan 21: Nat’l Guard Armory, Sikeston, MO
Jan 22: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Jan 24: Humble Oil Rec. Hall, Hawkins, TX
Jan 25: Mayfair Bldg/Fairgrounds, Tyler, TX
Jan 26: REA Bldg, Gilmer, TX
Jan 27: Reo Palm Isle Club, Longview, TX
Jan 28: Gaston High School, Joinerville, TX
February-1955
Feb 4: Cadillac Club, New Orleans, LA
Feb 5: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Feb 6: Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, TN
Feb 7: Ripley High School, Ripley, MS
Feb 10: Alpine High School, Alpine, TX
Feb 11: Carlsbad Sports Arena, Carlsbad, NM
Feb 12: American Legion Hall, Carlsbad, NM
Feb 13: Fair Park Coliseum, Lubbock, TX
Feb 13: Cotton Club, Lubbock, TX
Feb 14: No. Junior H. S., Roswell, NM
Feb 15: Fair Park Auditorium, Abilene, TX
Feb 16: Odessa Senior H.S., Odessa, TX
Feb 17: City Auditorium, San Angelo, TX
Feb 18: W. Monroe H.S., West Monroe, LA
Feb 19: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Feb 20: Robinson Aud., Little Rock, AR
Feb 21: City Hall, Camden, AR
Feb 22: City Hall, Hope, AR
Feb 23: Pine Bluff H.S., Pine Bluff, AR
Feb 24: So. Side Elem. School, Bastrop, LA
Feb 25: Municipal Aud., Texarkana, AR
Feb 26: Circle Theatre, Cleveland, OH
March-1955
March 2: Newport Armory, Newport, AR
Mar 2: Porky’s Rooftop Club, Newport, AR
Mar 4: DeKalb High School, DeKalb, TX
Mar 5: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Mar 7: City Auditorium, Paris, TN
Mar 8: Catholic Club, Helena, AR
Mar 9: P. Bluff Armory, Poplar Bluff, MO
Mar 10: Civic Auditorium, Clarksdale, MS
Mar 11: J. Thompson Arena, Alexandria, LA
Mar 12: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Mar 19: White Coliseum, College Sta., TX
Mar 19: Eagles Hall, Houston, TX
Mar 20: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
Mar 20: Cook’s Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
Mar 21: Parkin High School, Parkin, AR
Mar 25: Dermott High School, Dermott, AR
Mar 26: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Mar 28: Big Creek H.S., Big Creek, MS
Mar 29: Tocopola H.S., Tocopola, MS
Mar 30: High School, El Dorado, AR
Mar 31: Reo Palm Isle Club, Longview, TX
April-1955
April 1: Ector County Aud., Odessa, TX
Apr 2: Municipal Auditorium, Houston, TX
Apr 7: Corinth Co. Courthouse, Corinth, MS
Apr 8: B&B Club, Glober, MO
Apr 9: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Apr 10: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
Apr 10: Cook’s Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
Apr 13: Breckenridge H.S., Breckenridge, TX
Apr 14: Owl Park, Gainesville, TX
Apr 15: Stamford High School, Stamford, TX
Apr 15: Roundup Hall, Stamford, TX
Apr 16: Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
Apr 16: Roundup Club, Dallas, TX
Apr 19: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Apr 20: American Legion Hut, Grenada, MS
Apr 22: Municipal Stadium, Texarkana, AR
Apr 23: Heart O’ Texas Coliseum, Waco, TX
Apr 24: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
Apr 24: Cook’s Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
Apr 25: M-B Corral Club, Wichita Falls, TX
Apr 25: Texas High School, Seymour, TX
Apr 26: City Auditorium, Big Spring, TX
Apr 27: American Legion Hall, Hobbs, NM
Apr 29: Cotton Club, Lubbock, TX
Apr 30: High School, Gladewater, TX
May-1955
May 1: Municipal Aud., New Orleans, LA
May 2: Baton Rouge H.S., Baton Rouge, LA
May 4: Ladd Stadium, Mobile, AL
May 5: Ladd Stadium, Mobile, AL
May 7: Peabody Aud., Daytona Beach, FL
May 8: Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL
May 9: City Auditorium, Fort Myers, FL
May 10: Southeastern Pavilion, Ocala, FL
May 11: Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, FL
May 12: GatorBowl Ball Pk., Jacksonville, FL
May 13: GatorBowl Ball Pk., Jacksonville, FL
May 14: Shrine Auditorium, New Bern, NC
May 15: City Auditorium, Norfolk, VA
May 16: Mosque Theater, Richmond, VA
May 17: City Auditorium, Asheville, NC
May 18: Am. Legion Aud., Roanoke, VA
May 19: Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
May 20: KOCA Radio, Kilgore, TX
May 21: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
May 22: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
May 22: Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
May 25: Am. Legion Hall, Meridian, MS
May 26: Meridian Jr. College, Meridian, MS
May 28: Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
May 29: North Side Colsm., Ft. Worth, TX
May 29: Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
May 31: High School, Midland, TX
June-1955
June 1: Guymon High School, Guymon, OK
June 3: J. Connelley Pontiac, Lubbock, TX
June 3: Fair Park Coliseum, Lubbock, TX
June 4: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
June 5: Hope Fair Park, Hope, AR
June 8: Municipal Aud., Sweetwater, TX
June 10: Am. Legion Hall, Breckenridge, TX
June 11: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
June 14: Bruce High School, Bruce, MS
June 15: Belden High School, Belden, MS
June 17: Roundup Hall, Stamford, TX
June 18: Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
June 19: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
June 19: Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
June 20: City Auditorium, Beaumont, TX
June 21: City Auditorium, Beaumont, TX
June 23: McMahon Mem. Aud., Lawton, OK
June 23: Southern Club, Lawton, OK
June 24: Altus, OK
June 25: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
June 26: Slavonian Lodge Aud., Biloxi, MS
June 27: Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
June 28: Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
June 29: Radio Ranch, Mobile, AL
June 30: Radio Ranch, Mobile, AL
July-1955
July 1: Casino Club, Plaquemines, LA
July 2: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
July 3: Hoedown Club, Corpus Christi, TX
July 4: City Rec. Hall, Stephenville, TX
July 4: Hodges Park, DeLeon, TX
July 4: Soldiers & Sailors, Brownwood, TX
July 20: Cape Arena, Cape Girardeau, MO
July 21: Silver Moon Club, Newport, AR
July 25: City Auditorium, Fort Myers, FL
July 26: Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, FL
July 27: Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, FL
July 28: Gator Stadium Park, Jacksonville, FL
July 29: Gator Stadium Park, Jacksonville, FL
July 30: Peabody Aud., Daytona Beach, FL
July 31: Ft. Homer Hesterly, Tampa, FL
August-1955
Aug 1: Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo, MS
Aug 2: Sheffield Center, Muscle Shoals, AL
Aug 3: Robinson Aud., Little Rock, AR
Aug 4: Municipal Auditorium, Camden, AR
Aug 5: Overton Park Shell, Memphis, TN
Aug 6: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Aug 7: Magnolia Gardens, Houston, TX
Aug 7: Cook’s Hoedown Club, Houston, TX
Aug 8: Mayfair Building, Tyler, TX
Aug 9: Rodeo Arena, Henderson, TX
Aug 10: Bear Stadium, Gladewater, TX
Aug 11: Reo Palm Isle Club, Longview, TX
Aug 12: Driller Park, Kilgore, TX
Aug 13: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Aug 20: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Aug 22: Spudder Park, Wichita Falls, TX
Aug 23: Saddle Club, Bryan, TX
Aug 24: Davy Crockett H.S., Conroe, TX
Aug 25: Sportcenter, Austin, TX
Aug 26: Gonzales B-ball Pk., Gonzales, TX
Aug 27: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
September-1955
Sept 1: Pontchartrain Bch, New Orleans
Sept 2: Municipal Stad., Texarkana, AR
Sept 3: Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
Sept 3: Roundup Club, Dallas, TX
Sept 5: St. Francis Fair, Forrest City, AR
Sept 6: Bono High School, Bono, AR
Sept 7: Nat’l Guard Armory, Sikeston, AR
Sept 8: Municipal Aud., Clarksdale, MS
Sept 9: McComb H.S., McComb, MS
Sept 10: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Sept 11: Municipal Aud., Norfolk, VA
Sept 12: Municipal Aud., Norfolk, VA
Sept 13: Shrine Auditorium, New Bern, NC
Sept 14: Fleming Stadium, Wilson, NC
Sept 15: Am. Legion Aud., Roanoke, VA
Sept 16: City Auditorium, Asheville, NC
Sept 17: Th-ville H.S., Thomasville, NC
Sept 18: WRVA Theater, Richmond, VA
Sept 19: WRVA Theater, Richmond, VA
Sept 20: Fairgrounds, Danville, VA
Sept 21: Memorial Aud., Raleigh, NC
Sept 22: Civic Auditorium, Kingsport, TN
Sept 24: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Sept 26: Gilmer Junior H.S., Gilmer, TX
Sept 28: B&B Club, Gobler, MO
October-1955
Oct 1: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Oct 3: White Coliseum., College Sta., TX
Oct 4: Boys Club, Paris, TX
Oct 5: City Auditorium, Greenville, TX
Oct 6: SW TX St Univ., San Marcos, TX
Oct 6: Skyline Club, Austin, TX
Oct 8: City Auditorium, Houston, TX
Oct 10: Soldiers-Sailors, Brownwood, TX
Oct 11: Fair Park Aud., Abilene, TX
Oct 12: Midland H. S., Midland, TX
Oct 13: Municipal Aud., Amarillo, TX
Oct 14: Odessa H. S., Odessa, TX
Oct 11: Fair Park Aud., Lubbock, TX
Oct 15: Cotton Club, Lubbock, TX
Oct 16: Mun. Aud., Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 17: Memorial Aud., El Dorado, AR
Oct 19: Circle Theatre, Cleveland, OH
Oct 20: Brooklyn H.S., Cleveland, OH
Oct 20: St. Michaels’ Hall, Cleveland, OH
Oct 21: Missouri Theatre, St. Louis, MO
Oct 22: Missouri Theatre, St. Louis, MO
Oct 23: Missouri Theatre, St. Louis, MO
Oct 24: Silver Moon Club, Newport, AR
Oct 25: Houston Armory, Houston, MS
Oct 26: Gulf States Fair, Prichard, AL
Oct 28: Radio Ranch, Mobile, AL
Oct 29: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
November-1955
Nov 5: Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Nov 6: Community House, Biloxi, MS
Nov 7: Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
Nov 8: Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
Nov 12: Carthage Milling, Carthage, TX
Nov 12: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Nov 13: Ellis Aud., Memphis, TN
Nov 14: High School, Forrest City, AR
Nov 15: Community Center, Sheffield, AL
Nov 16: City Auditorium, Camden, AR
Nov 17: Municipal Aud., Texarkana, AR
Nov 18: Palm Isle Club, Longview, TX
Nov 19: Gladewater H.S., Gladewater, TX
Nov 25: Wilson Jr. H.S., P. Arthur, TX
Nov 26: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Nov 29: Mosque Theater, Richmond, VA
December-1955
Dec 2: Sports Arena, Atlanta, GA
Dec 3: State Coliseum, Montgomery, AL
Dec 4: Lyric Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Dec 5: Lyric Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Dec 6: Lyric Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Dec 7: Lyric Theater, Indianapolis, IN
Dec 8: Rialto Theater, Louisville, KY
Dec 9: Swifton H. S., Swifton, AR
Dec 9: B&I Club, Swifton, AR
Dec 10: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Dec 12: Nat’l Guard Armory, Amory, MS
Dec 17: LA Hayride, Shreveport, LA
Dec 19: Ellis Aud., Memphis, TN
Dec 31: LA Hayride, Shreveport

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Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Music
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Actors
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Space Explorers
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
Notables
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.

As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.

He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.

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