On January 19, 1957, RCA-Victor sent a trainload of its top talent to the Cities as part of its national tour on behalf of the March of Dimes. Once they arrived, they split up to make appearances at many venues around town, including
- All of the TV and radio stations
- A party for record dealers
- The Sister Kenney Institute; the patients were doing so well that only nine were at the hospital that weekend.
- Dayton’s Tea Room; Mary Mc Elmurry remembers, “My mom took me to see Julius La Rosa on the 12th floor. She made me turn my Elvis purse around so no one could see it. Sure wish I still had that purse. It could be worth some bucks!”
- The Prom Ballroom at 9 pm.
Mickey and Sylvia seem to be the only rock ‘n’ roll singers on the list, but there were some some near misses, including Eddie Fisher, Lou Monte, and the Browns.