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April 03,  2017   -   CBC News   /   Elvis Express Radio
The City of Ottawa has declared April 3 Elvis Presley day to commemorate the day 60 years ago that the king of rock 'n' roll shook up the capital with two sold-out concerts.

"Whereas, Elvis Presley is the undisputed king of rock 'n' roll" and "Ottawa has the unique distinction of being just one of three cities outside of the United States where Elvis had a
live performance," Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed on Monday, April 3 shall henceforth be known as Elvis Presley day in the capital.

The king took the stage at the Ottawa Auditorium on Argyle Street on April 3, 1957.

Wearing a signature gold jacket, he and his hips drove the crowd of screaming fans into a full-blown frenzy.

Elizabeth Wallace was one of the swooning teenagers in the audience that day.

'All in his glittery gold'

"It was very exciting," Wallace told Alan Neal, host of CBC Radio's All In A Day, on Monday.

"We were all shooting a few pictures with our little Brownie cameras at the time."

Through a newspaper contest, Wallace won a chance to meet Presley in the backstage dressing room during the intermission. The king autographed her arm, she said, and posed
for photos with the contest winners.

"I actually have a picture of him with his arm around me," Wallace said. "He was all in his glittery gold. It was exciting."

The Ottawa Auditorium held 8,000 people and tickets to both shows sold out.

Each concert ran 40 minutes with a nine-song set list that included Hound Dog, Don't be Cruel, Heartbreak Hotel and Love Me Tender.

Tickets cost $3.50.