Elvis first billed performance: How incredibly nervous King overcame his stage fright

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Elvis Presley shot to fame in 1956, but two years prior when he was an up-and-coming singer he was suffering from stage fright. The future King’s first billed performance was supporting a Slim Whitman concert. And according to Graceland, Elvis’ nerves actually ended up helping boost his confidence.

Graceland uploaded the poster on Instagram and wrote: “FLASHBACK: July 30, 1954.

“Elvis Presley’s first billed performance takes place as part of a hillbilly hoedown starring Slim Whitman and Billy Walker at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis.

“Elvis is so nervous that his legs begin to shake as he sings, and the crowded park goes wild.

“Elvis initially thinks they’re making fun of him until he’s told that they were just reacting to his movements.”

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