In this June 30, 1956, photo, Presley — wearing his lucky horseshoe diamond ring — is said to have been slightly nervous as he traveled from the Richmond, Va., train station to The Jefferson hotel, where he freshened up for his two shows at the Mosque Theatre that night, dubbed The Elvis Presley Show. He also later met his date for the day, Barbara Gray.
Elvis Sips a Glass of Water
Presley sits in the coffee shop of Richmond, Va.'s The Jefferson hotel, after finishing a bowl of soup with crackers, on June 30, 1956. Shortly after, he headed to the Mosque Theatre for two performances of The Elvis Presley Show.
Elvis Backstage at the Mosque Theatre
Presley on June 30, 1956, in Richmond, Va., is in the middle of rehearsals with The Jordanaires, his backup singing group for the night's performances of The Elvis Presley Show.
Elvis Plays Drums
On June 30, 1956, during a break between the early and late performances of The Elvis Presley Show at the Mosque Theatre in Richmond, Va., Presley relaxed by playing the drums. He also was interviewed by a local newspaper reporter.
Elvis in a Press Conference
Presley is interviewed by the press before his appearance on Steve Allen's variety show on July 1, 1956, backstage at New York's Hudson Theatre. His image is reflected in the mirror to the left in the room, which was dimly lit by one fluorescent lamp.
Elvis Reacts Happily to His Songs
Presley listens to "Don't Be Cruel," "You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog" and "Any Way You Want Me" — recorded at the RCA Victor Studio in Manhattan on East 24th — on July 2, 1956.