The rise of America’s entertainment capital: Exploring Las Vegas 60 years after Elvis first graced its stages
At the end of April 60 years ago, Elvis Presley was performing his very first residency in Las Vegas, the city that would one day be nearly synonymous with his name.
Ironically, he utterly bombed during those first concerts at the New Frontier Hotel in 1956. The middle-aged audience sat in stunned silence throughout the young hip-shaker's set, creating an atmosphere so uncomfortable that a Newsweek magazine review from one of the shows described the budding King as 'a jug of corn liquor at a champagne party'.
Though he shot films there, visited on occasion and even wedded Priscilla there in... read more
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