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This Week in Texas Music History: Elvis in Houston

Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll resin up the bow with one of Western swing’s jazziest fiddlers.

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From Feb. 27 through March 1, 1970, Elvis Presley performed six shows at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Elvis had earned his reputation as a dynamic entertainer during the 1950s with his energetic live shows. However, since leaving the Army in 1960, he had rarely appeared outside of Las Vegas. His electrifying performances at the Astrodome in 1970 before a combined audience of more than 200,000 helped re-establish his position as the King of Rock and Roll.

The spectacular Houston kickoff to Elvis’s 1970 national tour reflected a long relationship between Presley and the Lone Star State, a place he had visited frequently before becoming a national icon.

Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll meet the crown prince of Dallas country fiddlers.