Elvis around the world

with a uniquely Canadian perspective, eh

the 1950s

Give us this day, July 19, our daily Elvis

The Sun Rockabilly Era

July 19, 1954

Elvis Presley’s first single was released. The songs were “That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

Only about 7,000 original copies were pressed, but the disc became a local hit in Memphis.

the 1960s

RCA Star in Hollywood

July 19, 1961

Follow That Dream

July 19, 1962

Elvis was once again at the Fairgrounds and would do so three or four nights a week for the entire time he was at home.

July 19, 1963

Viva Las Vegas

July 19, 1964

Girl Happy

July 19, 1966

Double Trouble

July 19, 1967


July 19, 1969

The Elvis Presley album “From Elvis In Memphis” hit #13 in the U.S.

From Elvis in Memphis was released in June 1969 to favorable reviews. The album peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200, number two on the country charts and number one in the United Kingdom, and its single “In the Ghetto” reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1970. In later years, it garnered further favorable reviews, while it was ranked number 190 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The Elvis Presley album “Flaming Star” hit #2 in the U.K.

Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star and Others is the thirty-third album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released by RCA Records in stereo, PRS 279, in October 1968. It spent five months available only at select retail stores featuring products by the Singer Sewing Machine Company as a promotional tie-in with Presley’s upcoming Christmas television special on the NBC network, which Singer had sponsored.[2] It was reissued for normal retail channels as Elvis Sings Flaming Star in March 1969, becoming the first Elvis Presley budget album on the RCA Camden label, catalogue CAS 2304.[3] The 1969 release peaked at number 96 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[4] It was certified Gold on July 15, 1999, and Platinum on January 6, 2004, by the Recording Industry Association of America.

the 1970s

July 19, 1970

That’s the Way It Is Production

July 19, 1975

Elvis performed at the Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York at 2.30 and 8.30 p.m.

July 19, 1976

Elvis in Vegas, under Dr. Ghanem’s “care” – 14 to 21st an induced coma at the doctor’s house for weight loss.

July 19, 1977

Elvis upstairs at Graceland to the balance of the month


Elvis Presley’s former doctor Dr. George Nichopoulos, lost his medical license for being “too liberal” when prescribing addictive drugs. He also failed to keep records over almost a dozen patients, including Jerry Lee Lewis and a Memphis Business man who, like Elvis, died.


US sales figures were released that showed CD sales falling a further 11.7% since last year. In contrast, vinyl record collectors pushed the demand for 78 RPM platters up by 12.9%.

A Few Nods to Bathos – from the era when Elvis Presley was alive:

On Saturday afternoon, there were a few nods in the direction of bathos, and the few rock oldies were mostly mumbled and thrown away, although he did do his early ‘Mistery Train’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ did begin with some spunk. But the bulk of the show was moderately up-tempo material or overt rock, much of it relatively unfamiliar to a crowd that would squeal at the first recognition of a favorite. It was as if Mr. Presley had decided to recast his repertory in imitation of the livelier sides of Charlie Rich and Tom Jones.

But really, Mr. Presley imitates nobody. The youthful sexuality has long since gone; it couldn’t really be otherwise. But in its place there is a wonderfully relaxed, ironic affection that can be almost as nice.

His baritone is still as solid as ever, with its humorously cavernous bottom and its nasal vibrato on top. When he is putting out as he did Saturday afternoon, reaching for the top notes and shaping phrases with the same easy inviduality that has always marked his best work, he is still the king.https://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/pictures/1975-july-19-nassau-colliseum.html

Elvis Presley Nassau Colliseum | Uniondale, New York | July 19, 1975Elvis Presley performed two shows, 2:30 and 8:30pm. ‘When he wants to, Mr. Presley can still rock, and he felt like rocking a refreshing lot of the time Saturday at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, L.I’. The high point of the evening show is a wrenching performance of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone (Inspired by Roy Hamilton’s 1954 gospel laced version) with Elvis seated alone at the piano.Show Morewww.elvispresleymusic.com.auRepostEmoji

Elvis and Sun Demo Discs

July 18, 1953

Elvis attempts to audition to Sam Phillips but he’s not there – but lucky for Elvis – Marion Keisker was.

Marion Keisker,  wrote down Presley’s information and noted that he is a “good ballad singer.” As she recalled years later: “I said, ‘What kind of singer are you?’ He said, ‘I sing all kinds.’ I said, ‘Who do you sound like?’ He said, ‘I don’t sound like nobody.’”

Long referred to as a present for Gladys, Elvis never took it home, leaving it with Ed Leek – the school friend who loaned him the money, and it would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called ‘Elvis – the Great Performances’.


Elvis Presley’s first record, ‘My Happiness, auctions for $300K

The Tennessean-Jan. 9, 2015MEMPHIS – An acetate recording of the ballad “My Happiness,” the first song Elvis Presley ever recorded, … As the story goes, Presley — whose family did not have a record player — left Sun and went to the home of friend Ed Leek to … of the $240,000, with some going to pay for college for her two sons.Elvis Presley’s first record My Happiness up for auction
CBC.ca-Jan. 8, 2015Elvis Presley record ‘My Happiness‘ sells for $300000 at auction
Christian Science Monitor-Jan. 9, 2015Elvis‘ first record sells for $300000 at auction
USA TODAY-Jan. 8, 2015Elvis Presley’s 1st record, ‘My Happiness,’ auctions for $300K
azcentral.com-Jan. 9, 2015Happy 80th to the King of Rock and Roll: Elvis’s birthday brings ex …
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Wise men say Jan. 4 is an important date in Elvis history

The Commercial Appeal-Jan. 4, 2018The commonly recognized birthday recording for Gladys Presley was the previous year. That’s when … 4 — was his first demo for Sun Records.

When Elvis Shook Up Canada, eh

Nina's Soap Bubble Box

 I talked to a telemarketer in Georgia who called me to do a music survey

I told her that Canada was a county that was kinda like the 50s, but without the racist humour – that that was deemed offensive in Canada.

And I am telling the truth – Canada is being as conservative as the 1950’s under our most American of Prime Ministers – who is like your W Bush – and for my British Readers or Anglo History Buffs will understand  – Bush The Lesser.

You see – I am Canadian and a lesbian – both at the same time

I grew up in Canada – sang like an Angel in a junior choir in the 1970’s – to the toughest audience in the world:

Dour Staid Presbyterians who were too Canadian to respond with anything but smiles and nods.


The toughest audience in the world wide…

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Caruso vs The King

Give us this day, July 11, our daily Elvis


Enrico Caruso recorded “Over There.” Already a chart-topper in 1917, the year George M. Cohan wrote it, for three different acts – the American Quartet, Nora Bayes, and the Peerless Quartet – Caruso’s recording of the song, with choruses in English and French, also went to #1, and stayed there for three weeks.

Enrico Caruso – Wikipedia

Enrico Caruso (/kəˈruːsoʊ/; Italian: [enˈriːko kaˈruːzo]; 25 February 1873 – 2 August 1921) was an Italian operatic tenor.Cause of death‎: ‎Possibly PeritonitisResting place‎: ‎Cimitero di Santa Maria del PiantoYears active‎: ‎1895–1920Nationality‎: ‎Italian

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Idolising the late Enrico Caruso, Lanza, also a tenor, was to become what many … The latter, Elvis Presley’s first post-Army hit, was an American redo of the …

Interview with Shaun ‘Sherrill’ Nielsen | Elvis Articles
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Jan 1, 2016 – During a 1970 Las Vegas show, Presley introduced him as: ‘The … used to play for me on a wind-up Victrola, an Italian tune by Enrico Caruso‘.Have You Heard The New Caruso? (No Kidding) – The New …
Feb 20, 2000 – Its cover art, at least, is appropriate: a portrait of Enrico Caruso is …. he sing with Elvis Presley, another RCA mega-seller whose catalog the …

Almost as good as Presley: Caruso the pop idol – The Public …

Feb 13, 2012 – When he died in 1921 the singer Enrico Caruso left behind him …. the great tenor with Elvis Presley is a sign of more enlightened times.Elvis and His Italian Inspirations | ITALY Magazine

Aug 9, 2011 – … of the passing of music’s most well- loved icon, Elvis Presley. … vocal hero was Mario Lanza and indirectly, his predecessor, Enrico Caruso.

Story image for Enrico Caruso and elvis presley from The Sunday Post

‘He could act, he could sing and he was handsome!’: Daughter of …

The Sunday Post-Apr. 28, 2017“Elvis Presley appreciated him. I know that they met, and … “Oh my gosh, my grandfather loved Enrico Caruso!” says Ellisa. “My father could …

Priscilla Presley talks about revisiting Elvis, with a full orchestra

USA TODAY-Oct. 28, 2015Priscilla Presley talks about revisiting Elvis, with a full orchestra ….. Elvis was a fan of tenors Enrico Caruso and Mario Lanza, Priscilla notes, …

Elvis goes orchestral on new album

USA TODAY-Aug. 4, 2015If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, due … collection also included recordings by opera star Enrico Caruso as …

O sole mio: from Neapolitan ballad to football chant, via Elvis

Financial Times-Apr. 10, 2017In 1916 the celebrated tenor Enrico Caruso recorded it for a 78rpm single on the Victor label, a version … Elvis Presley loved Martin’s record.

Story image for Enrico Caruso and elvis presley from Classic FM

What are the lyrics to ‘O sole mio’, and who wrote it?

Classic FM-Nov. 6, 2018… English cover versions by Elvis Presley, Tony Martin and perhaps most famously, in an …. It was also famously performed by Enrico Caruso.

Haley Rocked the Planet

Not the comet that circles it, the names are spelled the same but pronounced differently, eh.

July 9, 1955

A landmark in music history is established on July 9th when Bill Haley‘s “Rock Around The Clock” reaches number one on the Billboard chart. Many music historians will eventually acknowledge the song as a dividing line, separating Rock and Roll from everything that preceded it.

July 9, 1956

After the June 30th trouble at Asbury Park, Bill Haley And His Comets are denied permission to play at the Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City. A city ordnance was passed that read: “Rock and roll music encouraged juvenile delinquency and inspired young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city’s beaches.”

July 9, 1958

Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records, where he would remain for the next 30 years releasing over 60 albums.

July 9, 1960

Celeb/TV gossip column in The Times from Hammond, Indiana · Page 35:

Q: What is Elvis Presley’s real name’ How old is he?’-M P, Gauley Bridge.

A: As hard as it may be to believe, Elvis’ name is really Elvis (Although you should I have suspected it–what singer would ever dream of choosing a name like Elvis for himself). He is 23


Pioneering Cleveland disc jockey (WERE) Bill Randle, nicknamed “The Pied Piper of Cleveland,” died of cancer at 81. In the 1950s, TIME magazine called Bill Randle the top DJ in America. Randle produced the movie short “Day in the life of a Disc Jockey” headliner Pat Boone and opening act Elvis – he also introduced Elvis on the Dorsey Brothers show.

see also

Elvis and Bill Haley - October 20, 1955

Elvis Presley and Bill Haley | Elvis Articles – Elvis Australia
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Jul 10, 2004 – Bill and Elvis first met in October 1955. Haley was at his absolute peak with Rock Around the Clock having gone to number one in the charts in June. Haley was sharing the billing with Hank Snow on a tour of the mid-west. There at the bottom of the posters was a little-known act – ElvisPresley with Scotty & Bill.Elvis and Bill Haley | October 20, 1955 & October 23, 1958
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Elvis and Bill Haley - October 23, 1958

Elvis and Bill Haley – October 20, 1955 & October 23, 1958.

How a day can change a life

from before Elvis:

July 8, 1954

Dewey Philips played the acetate which Sam brought him earlier and he got lots of requests to play the song over and over again. However, Elvis didn’t hear that, because he was at the movies, too nervous to stay in the house. When his parents received a call from Dewey, they went to the cinema and sent Elvis to the studio where he had a conversation with Dewey, not knowing he was already on the air. The first question asked was about the high school Elvis went to, so everyone would know what color he was.

April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954

Elvis worked at Crown Electric for $1.00 an hour. He delivered supplies to the job sites and hoped to train to be an electrician. He stayed at Crown until mid-Oct

The Presleys lived at 2414 Lamar Avenue, rented til the end of 1954 to mid-1955

Dewey Phillips – Wikipedia

Dewey Phillips (May 13, 1926 – September 28, 1968) was one of rock and roll’s pioneering … On 10 July 1954, he was the first DJ to broadcast the young Elvis Presley‘s debut record, “That’s All Right” / “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” (Sun 209), and …

Dewey Phillips’ Betrayal of Elvis Presley in 1957

Dewey Phillips is rightfully assigned an exalted place in Elvis history. As the first DJ to play a Presleyrecord on the radio, Dewey can take a bit of the credit for …

On this day in 1954, Elvis is heard on the radio for the first …

Jul 8, 2014 – On this day in 1954, Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips played a new song on the radio for the first time — it was the music of Elvis Presley.Who Inspired the Musical ‘Memphis?’ Dewey Phillips!

Dec 27, 2011 – The best way to describe Dewey, born in rural Crump, Tennessee in 1926, is as a …. led to him becoming the first DJ to ever interview Elvis Presley in July, 1954, … As he became a worldwide phenomenon, Elvis and Phillips …

Dewey Phillips | Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Oct 18, 2012 – For a brief moment, in Memphis in the 1950s, Dewey Phillips was at the center of …. with Sam Phillips, Dewey helped complete Elvis’ musical education. … the prize-winning two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to …

Rock n Rock born July 5

July 5, 1954

Elvis, Scotty and Bill reported to Sun after work. This was his first commercial session. They tried to get something right, but Sam was not impressed.

Harbour Lights, nice, eventually released on the RCA Legendary Performer Series of what was thought to be bottom of the bin leftovers – masters of unreleased songs or substantially different versions or particular live performances.

I love You Because – sweet and not released by Sun but used by RCA to fill out Elvis’ first album – the Iconic Pink n Green Elvis Presley Hillbilly Cat Yowling Guitar

During a break Elvis burst out in “That’s All Right” and Sam Phillips demanded to know what Elvis was doing – and to do it again with the tape machine running. and he’s on the take, a hot damn little man, that’s a pop song now!

Not everyone was convinced of its commercial appeal. Upon hearing the playback, lead guitarist Scotty Moore said, “They’ll run us out of town when they hear this.”

Sam Phillips then rushed the one sided record to the biggest DJ in Memphis, Dewey Phillips (no relation) and it became Elvis’s breakout hit – and is the first rock n roll record that established the Rock n Roll band as Strings with drums later.

July 5, 1955

Elvis returned to Memphis for a two-week vacation. During this weeks Elvis rehearsed the song ‘Mystery Train’.

July 5, 1958

Ray Charles performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI. Atlantic Records recorded the performance for a live album.

July 5, 1960

After returning from his army service, Elvis had 4 consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart; “Stuck On You”, “It’s Now Or Never”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and “Surrender”. The second single in this amazing string of hits was “It’s Now Or Never”. The single spent 5 weeks on the top spot, and are now Elvis’ bestselling single ever, besides “Hound Dog”! Some sources claim that the single has sold 25,000,000 copies worldwide.

RCA releases “It’s Now Or Never.” It was a number-one record in the U.S., with five weeks at number one and in the UK, where it spent eight weeks at the top in 1960 and an additional week at number one in 2005 as a re-issue, and numerous other countries, selling in excess of 25 million copies worldwide,

July 5, 1963

The Beatles played at the Plaza Ballroom in Dudley in the West Midlands. Appearing with The Beatles – Denny and the Diplomats, led by Denny Laine, who went on to join the Moody Blues and eventually, Paul McCartney’s group Wings.

July 5, 1969

Chuck Berry and The Who at the Pop Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Albert Hall banned rock ‘n’ roll after over-zealous fans charged the stage.

The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London’s Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Adonais’ and released 3,500 butterflies; it was also guitarist’s Mick Taylor’s debut with the Stones, King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner’s New Church also appeared on the day.

Elvis Presley’s “In The Ghetto” hit #2 in the U.K. The song was Presley’s first Top 10 hit in the US in four years, peaking at number 3, and his first UK Top 10 hit in three years, peaking at No. 2. It hit No. 1 on Cashbox. It was a number-one hit in West Germany, Ireland, Norway, Australia and New Zealand.

July 5, 1970

Elvis flew to the West Coast by way of Chicago, where he checked into the Marriott during his layover.

July 5, 1971

Elvis leaves for Los Angeles to start rehearsals for an engagement at the Sahara Tahoe beginning on July 20.

July 5, 1976

Elvis performed at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.


Instead of the usual “Elvis has left the building” the 1970s memphis concerts end with “Elvis has left for Graceland”

1982Sun records musical director Bill Justis died of cancer aged 55. He worked with Sam Phillips at Sun Records, worked with also worked with Johnny Cash,Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison,Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. Had the 1957 US No. 2 single ‘Raunchy’ (the first Rock and Roll instrumental hit). Also had a No.1 hit in Australia in 1963 with ‘Tamoure.’

Bill Justis – Wikipedia

Bill Justis – IMDb

Bill Justis | Sun Record Company

Kissin’ Cousins | Elvis Presley Official Web Site Elvis The Music


In Cincinnati, the Everly Brothers began their reunion tour, playing together onstage again for the first time since 1973.


Johnny Cash made his last ever live performance when he appeared at the Carter Ranch. Before singing “Ring of Fire”, Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage: “The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.” Cash died on Sept 12th of this year.


Elvis Presley`s “That`s All Right” was played simultaneously on radio stations around the world to mark the 50th anniversary of The King’s first professional record. Scotty Moore, Presley’s first guitarist, hits the button on a control board at Sun Studios to begin the satellite broadcast to over 1,200 stations.

Scotty Moore – Global Moment in Time

Scotty Moore – “That’s All Right” Gold Record Awards

Scotty Moore - Global Moment in Time

Scotty Moore | Vintage Guitar® magazine