Much ado about the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ first visit to America transpired earlier this month, and Home Pages would like to take you down a campus memory lane, to an upcoming anniversary of one of the Beatles’ American musical inspirations. The photograph of Elvis Presley (at left) appeared in the 1976-77 IU Bloomington yearbook, The Arbutus. He made two concert appearances in Bloomington during his life, the first nearly 30 years ago, in June 1974. The second was in May 1976.
Photo by Maryann Kicinski, 1976-77 Arbutus
In an Indiana Daily Student review of the first concert, reviewer Peter Kaufman wrote of the 39-year-old’s Assembly Hall appearance: “Presley has matured to the point where he can see the essential silliness of what he does for a living. Now, whenever he shakes his hips or flips his hair, you can almost see him chuckling to himself, as if to say, “Come on, folks, aren’t we all getting a little old for this?’”
Kaufman’s analysis was, well, off-key. Memphis is celebrating “50 years of Rock ’n’ Roll” this year, dated from that July day when “the king of rock” recorded That’s All Right at Memphis’ Sun Studio.