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Elvis performed at the Houston Astrodome (Texas)

By Rosa García Mora

Elvis performed at the Houston Astrodome (Texas), from February 27 to March 1, 1970, the great colossus, known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” It was the return of Elvis, the time to get on a live stage, before an immense audience, outside of his performances in Las Vegas. After his last performance on March 1 and after absolute success in all of his performances, he gave a press conference.

During the conference Sheriff Kern told Elvis: “I know you’re planning on leaving town on Monday and this will help you.” She then gave Elvis a gold deputy sheriff’s badge, one of those that Elvis liked so much, and he was delighted to receive it.

Colonel Parker, jealous of the gift given to Elvis, asked: “And how am I going to get out of the city?” Do you want me to hitchhike?”

So, in response to this comment, the Sheriff also gave the Colonel a badge.

Since Elvis broke all audience records at the Astrodome, Louis Pearce, Buddy Bray and Dick Weekley, representing the city’s entertainment officials, presented him with a magnificent Rolex “King Midas” watch. The watch was valued at $2,500.


Elvis also received a Stetson hat. To which Elvis responded with his usual sense of humor: “They should also give me a prize for the nerves I’ve been through.”

The vice president of RCA, Rocco Loginestra, was also at the event, in order to present Elvis with his five gold records for the singles “In The Ghetto”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Don’t Cry Daddy” and for his two albums ”Elvis In Person, At The International Hotel” and ”From Elvis In Memphis”.

This was the first time an artist received five gold records in one year.

Article written and provided by Rosa García Mora https://www.facebook.com/rosa.garciamora.12

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