Richmond TV station debuts unseen Elvis photo from 1955

Greg McQuade at CBS 6 News in Richmond, Virginia, has helped unearth a previously unseen photo of Elvis.

“Sylvia Brendle was a high school junior when she snapped a never-before-seen picture of Elvis at the Mosque in May of 1955,” McQuade states in a story that aired on television last night (“Elvis fan shares unseen photo as new exhibit opens at VMFA” — wtvr.com).

The photo is significant to local fans in particular because the May 16, 1955, concert at the Mosque was the first time Elvis appeared here in Richmond. The singer was still on the SUN Records label at the time. Just six months later, he would sign with RCA Records and soon go from being a regional star to an international one.

CBS 6: Elvis At The Mosque, Richmond, Virginia, 1955

Also covered in McQuade’s story is the Elvis At 21 exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition features legendary photos of Elvis snapped by photographer Alfred Wertheimer, including several of Elvis in Richmond in June 1956.

Elvis eventually did 15 shows in Richmond, the last one in 1976. Read more about Elvis in Richmond.

4 thoughts on “Richmond TV station debuts unseen Elvis photo from 1955

  1. Yeah, my wife had a relative in Chile who’s name was “Sylvia,” I always thought I should send her a copy of Elvis Now, but sadly I never did.

    And now that yoy mention it, I do remember you writing about that book. Cool to see such a young Elvis portraited that way.

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