Gladewater in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
"King of Rock & Roll"
Donated by Jim & Suzanne Bardwell & Lois Reed
Elvis Presley booked one of his first shows in Texas at the Mint Club in Gladewater on November 22, 1954 with the assistance of KSIJ DJ Tom Perryman. Elvis would continue to book shows throughout East Texas, while staying with the Perryman family in Gladewater. Perryman was also instrumental in bringing in other major music acts, such as Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, Faron Young, Hankshaw Hawkins and Ray Price. Throughout the 1950's Gladewater had a major influence on the music scene.
Metal art done by Wesley Morgan & Monty Graham For more Gladewater History, visit the Gladewater Museum
Erected by Gladewater Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. A significant historical date for this entry is November 22, 1954.
Location. 32° 32.049′ N, 94° 56.683′ W. Marker is in Gladewater, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and East Commerce Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. The marker is located on the west wall of the Gladewater Antique Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Commerce Avenue, Gladewater TX 75647, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Johnny Cash (here, next to this marker); Deb Mohon (here, next to this marker); Gennette Shepperd (here, next to this marker); Manual T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaulles (a few steps from this marker); Gladewater (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gladewater Discovery Well (within shouting distance of this marker); The City of Gladewater (within shouting distance of this marker); The Notorious Bonnie & Clyde (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gladewater.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.