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Brian´s Elvis Corner

 

May 20, 1956

Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Ne.

Elvis Makes Gals Shriek

Entertainer´s "Cooch" Dance a Hit.

"The rage of the teen-age" lived up to his billing Sunday at the Auditorium Arena.

He is a young man named Elvis Presley.

He has sideburns, long hair and wears a bright red coat over a black silk shirt.

Gyrations Do It.

He sings and plays the guitar.

But it isn´t his singing or his strumming that sends the girls into a frenzy.

It´s his gyrations - which simply are no more than a male "cooch" dance, complete with bumps and grinds.

Elvis "entertained" some seven thousand Omahans at two shows. He was on stage for 22 minutes and the shrieks of the gals - from 5 to 50, although most were teenagers - resounded all the time.

Not Too Serious

When Elvis moved a knee, even a thumb, the girls swooned.

Police reported that one girl down front attempted to tear off her clothes. They stopped her quickly.

There wasn´t as much rock ´n´ roll dancing as there is when Bill Haley and the Comets come around. Evidently the girls didn´t want to miss any of Elvis´ movements.

Elvis, backed by a trio, doesn´t take himself too seriously. He introduced one of his numbers as being "a sad song. In fact, it´s downright pityful."

At the afternoon performance he dedicated his finale to the members of the audience who weren´t planning to come back to the evening show. Its title "You Ain´t No Friend of Mine."

Borge Comments

When it was completed and he leaped off stage to avoid the surging mob of girls, the hall filled with shouts of "Please don´t stop. Elvis, please!"

From high in the third tier, Elvis was watched by comedian Victor Borge.

Mr. Borge´s comment, "The only thing he does like me is that he doesn´t come back for an encore. When he walks away the show is over."

Fine Quartet.

The remainder of the Presley show was very good.

The Jordanaires were a fine singing quartet; the Flaims proved a talented rock ´n´ roll unit; Jackie Little, the only feminine member of the troupe, was a good opening vocalist; Frankie Connors was another singer and Al Maraquin was a hard-working comedian.

 

 

 

 

 

Pandemonium reigns when Elvis Presley (left) bursts into song, and his appearance at the Auditorium Arena in Omaha Sunday proved no exception. His body gyrations and moaning didn´t need to make sense; somehow, they managed to intoxicate the 90 per cent female audience, sending most of the teen-age girls and even a few male youths into unrestrained delirium.

 

Copyright: Omaha World Herald, May 21, 1956

 

Photos above: prior to the 3 pm show.

Photos below: prior to the 8 pm show.