News, Jazz, NPR
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty On All Counts In Death Of George Floyd

Elvis Rocks Tampa

May 8th, 1955 was quite a day for rock and roll fans in the Bay Area.  

The Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree was in town for an afternoon extravaganza that included Faron Young, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, and Elvis Presley!  Ticket price: $1.

It took place at the old Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, a popular spot for concerts from the 1940s through the 1970s.  Elvis played there four times from 1955 to 1956. 

- History and Photos of Fort Homer Hesterly Armory
- Elvis in the 1950s


WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.