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Concerts in the Park, 2003

Elvis Presley (Harry Shahoian) and Buddy Holly (George Trullinger)

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sierra Madre

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The KING and Buddy Make a Triumphant Return to Sierra Madre Elvis (Harry Shahoian) and Buddy Holly (GeorgeTrullinger) performed at the Concert in the Park sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sierra Madre on Sunday.  Harry and George have just completed an engagement at the Orleans in Las Vegas, and are currently "free-lancing," in Harry's words.  A crowd estimated at about 600 people enthusiastically greeted the duo and their band. Lawn chairs and blankets were set up to save locations as early as 7:30 am by Sierra Madreans who anticipated a large crowd for the show. Favorites from the fifties and sixties were the order of the night, as George "Buddy" opened the show with a set of Buddy Holly tunes after which "Elvis" was "released" to do the concert by the SMPD after "being arrested" for allegedly making an illegal U-turn. SMPD gave Elvis an escort into the park, (click here for video) and the crowd cheered as he reenacted many of the hits made famous by the King, who passed away 26 years ago this coming Saturday, of heart failure.   Click on a picture below to see it larger, click on a link to view videos.

Rotarians hard at work cooking and selling tri-tip sandwiches

Rotarian and SMPD Chief Wayne Bailey shares a laugh with customers

Rotarian Louise Calaway sells some tickets

BBQ smoke reflects in this shot of the Rotary banner

Rotary thanks their underwriters and sponsors

The largest crowd so far for this Concert in the Park series was on hand

The band tunes up prior to the show

This family was kind enough to let me cut in front of them to take pictures

Buddy (George) opens up with "Oh Boy!"  Click here for a video taste


George plays a little "Peggy Sue" Click here for a video snippet

The crowd shows their appreciation

Then it was Harry's turn

Click here for a short clip of "Hound Dog," at two different tempos

Crowd member gets a personal greeting Click here for a short clip of Elvis welcoming "special friends

After a wardrobe change

Click here for about 11 seconds of "Suspicious Minds"

Kids who weren't born when Elvis died wanted front row seats, too

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