1956: The Year that Elvis Shook the World!

Posted By:  Lisa McGean
Date Posted:  6/23/2008

The Deschutes Public Library is ready to rock and roll with a presentation by Mike Ficher of KPOV called "1956: The Year that Elvis Shook the World". Mike offers an in-depth review of the most exhilarating year in the life of Elvis Presley on Tuesday, June 24th, 6:30 p.m. at the Bend Public Library and then on Wednesday, June 25th, 6:30 p.m. at the La Pine Public Library. Both programs are free and open to the public.

Ficher says that, "Few performers in the long and storied history of pop music entertainment enjoyed a year like the King of Rock'n'Roll did in 1956. In the span of less than ten months, Elvis Presley transitioned from a mama's boy to America's idol, from the Boppin' Hillbilly to the scourge of the older generation and the adulation of the younger set."

At the presentations, Ficher will play most of his hits from 1956, including alternate versions of "Heartbreak Hotel" and the oldest known live recording from the King. Trace all the concert stops, recording dates, key television appearances, and learn about his budding movie career in this insightful and entertaining account of Elvis and the year of 1956.

Mike Ficher hosts the Ultimate Oldies Show on KPOV 106.7 (Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.). He has appeared in several local radio and television comercials, and was a regular on an American Bandstand-style dance show in the Bay Area in the late 1980's, where host Jim Gabbert labeled him "our resident trivia expert."

For questions about this and other library programs, please call 312-1034.

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