PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, APRIL 1957

Elvis Presley drew headlines and approximately 15,000 fans, who paid $40,945 to hear the rock’n’roller at four performances in the 6,500 seat Arena here. Ticket prices were scaled at $2, $2.50 and $3.50 and the two Friday night shows each drew less than half a house. The April 6 Saturday matinee got the heaviest play with an audience preponderantly young and femme. The Saturday evening show was marred by an egg-throwing incident that resulted in an arrest of four youths, all from New York and students at Villanova University. None of then hen fruit struck the singer, although one of the eggs landed on the Presley guitar. The four were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Elaborate police arrangements found 130 traffic cops, highway patrolmen and crime prevention squadders at the Arena. The press turnout was special, with more than 100 reporters, cameramen, newsreel photogs and radio and TV broadcasters present – a larger local contingent than greeted the President here during the height of last fall’s campaign.

By
Wayne Hawthorne
President
Elvis Presley Fan Club of Victoria