Vancouver DJ Red Robinson with singer Elvis Presley in August 1957. (photo: Red Robinson archive)

60 years ago today, Elvis was in the building in Vancouver

Radio DJ remembers the last ever show ‘The King’ did outside of the U.S.

Elvis Presley was in Vancouver 60 years ago today, and Red Robinson remembers it well.

The local radio DJ met “The King” at old Empire Stadium, once located on the PNE grounds.

“Vancouver was one of only three cities Elvis played outside the United States, and the show was the last performance he ever gave outside the U.S.,” Robinson says in a Facebook post.

“Vancouver’s first rock-and-roll show had taken place barely a year before, when Bill Haley and the Comets drew 6,000 people to the Kerrisdale Arena.

“Now Elvis had drawn a crowd over four times larger. This was the first celebrity to ever rent stadiums and he could do it because he was a giant, even then.”

Last Sunday (Aug. 27), Robinson said goodbye to the radio biz during a special four-hour show on the CISL 650 “oldies” station that has employed him in recent years.

The station will switch to an all-sports format next week, prompting Robinson’s departure from the radio business.

Although Robinson is quitting the radio biz, he promises to continue to entertain at redrobinson.com and other online channels.

Just Posted

‘How do you fly?’: Surrey plays host to quidditch championship

Harry Potter-inspired event is at Hjorth Road Park

Surrey RCMP doesn’t expect big hit in light of projected $10M cut in B.C. budget

Public safety minister says RCMP informed province about projected budget deficit

Surrey’s Sourdif among A-list ‘Players to Watch’ for NHL Entry Draft in Monteal next June

The right-shot forward has eight goals and nine assists with Vancouver Giants this season

‘It felt good’: Milestone cross-country win for Fleetwood Park’s Jaiveer Tiwana

After winning the boys provincial championship, he’ll compete for a national title on Nov. 30

South Surrey man and city settle beef over backyard cow

Asad Syed, who kept a calf on his property last year, met City of Surrey in court Tuesday

VIDEO: B.C. to restrict nicotine content, bring in 20% tax on vaping products

Province will also restrict candy and fruit flavoured vaping products to adult-only stores

Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Dallas is 6-0-1 in last seven outings

UPDATE: Metro Vancouver bus drivers to refuse overtime as transit strike escalates

Overtime ban could disrupt 10-15 per cent of bus service in Metro Vancouver

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

South Surrey man and city settle beef over backyard cow

Asad Syed, who kept a calf on his property last year, met City of Surrey in court Tuesday

Batten down the hatches: Wet and windy weekend on the way for coastal B.C.

Environment Canada issues special weather warning for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

B.C. RCMP investigating stolen boots, credit cards, booze, and beauty products

Langley RCMP investigating property crimes, including credit card fraud in Surrey

Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

Most Read