Elvis as TV critic: Bang-bang, you’re dead

On this day in 1975: Visiting Asheville for the first time since 1955, when he was a warm-up act for Hank Snow, Elvis Presley performs three times in three days at the Civic Center — and shoots out the television in his motel room.

The episode occurs during a month-long binge of bizarre behavior in which Presley also gives away nearly $50,000 worth of jewelry during concerts and buys 14 Cadillacs in midnight shopping sprees for friends, associates and total strangers.


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