November 14-15, 1956
Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nv.
Liberace, Elvis in Impromptu Act
Liberace and Elvis Presley, two of the world´s highest paid entertainers, staged an impromptu act for nothing early today after Liberace´s night club appearance.
Presley was in the audience at the Riviera Hotel as the piano-playing television idol went through his performance and after the last show ended he went back to Liberace´s dressing room.
With only a slight amount of urging from photographers and publicists Liberace exchanged his gold sequined jacket for Presley´s striped sports coat and from there it was only a short step to an exchange of musical instruments.
Elvis sat down at the piano and Liberace picked up a guitar and in no time at all a rock´n´roll session was under way. It lasted about 30 minutes with some 200 persons jammed around the pair as they performed.
Said one observer: "Elvis played a mean piano, but Liberace said he was an amateur on the guitar - and he sounded like one."
Said Liberace: "Elvis and I may be characters - he with his sideburns and me with my gold jackets - but we can afford to be."
Copyright: Long Beach Press Telegram, November 15, 1956.
The two photos to the left show Elvis attending Liberace´s show on November 14 while the remaining four were taken backstage in the early morning of November 15.